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“Growing Together”
April 15, 2009

Have you seen this babe?

Rebecca Fortney is sporting a great new hairstyle. She looks so grown up!

Friday, April 17th
5:30 – 8:00
Elementary School Gym
Advance tickets available contact any elementary school student or call Kim Rust @ 994-4395 or Miki Bruns @ 994-2770

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Contest Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, May 16, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest. Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll. Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see. Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed as well. The Workshop will be particularly helpful for those folks planning on entering the Monumental Fiddling Championship in Beatrice on Saturday, May 23. The Schoolhouse Contest Fiddling Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 16, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited. The fee is $20.00 per fiddler. For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features an old-time dance on Sunday, May 10, at 2:30 PM, with Greenblatt & Seay & Their Fine Audience. The afternoon festivities will encourage and instruct the audience in the art of circle dances, contra dances, waltzes, polkas, and a few surprises.

Greenblatt & Seay will provide the live music for the dances, and will provide a little background music and vocalizing between the dances, so that the dancers can catch their breath.
The dance will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

Lofte to Feature Branson Show

Debbie Horton with Branson on the Road will perform at the Lofte Theatre on April 18 & 19.

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that it will showcase "Branson on the Road" on Saturday, April 18th at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 19th at 2:00pm.

Fronted by Debbie Horton of Branson, Missouri, the group presents a full concert of bluegrass, gospel and country-western songs. Musicians Donnie Wright and Brian Capps add not only musical talent, but corn-ball humor to the act that is sure to please many classic country fans.

Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Lofte ticket office at (402) 234-2553 or ordered on-line As a special tribute on Saturday night, the group is donating a portion of Saturday's ticket sales directly to the Lofte which is a non-profit organization.

Bess Streeter Aldrich
Foundation’s Spring Banquet
Apr. 18, 2009 – 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a catered meal and program by Carol Miles Petersen, author of the biography "Bess Streeter Aldrich: The Dreams Are Real". Carol will discuss the writing of the novel A Lantern in Her Hand and the story behind the story. Location: Elmwood Elementary, 400 West F St. Tickets are $9.00. RSVP to 402-994-3855 by Apr. 12, 2009. All are welcome!

Free Library Seminar Schedule
Dr. Bryan Hufstader
April 20th @7PM
Starving For Fat
We are fat, and we are starving for fat. The desire to lose a few pounds has pushed many of people into a diet that is low in fat; these diets are dangerous. Come and learn the importance of consuming fats. Learn what fats to avoid and what fats to consume liberally. Come and see why fat is our friend.
All seminars are being held at the Elmwood Public Library.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we would prefer to know that you are coming.
Call 402-994-2030

Speaking of new employees…C-D’s Express is looking for one! If you are 19 or older, responsible, get along well with others, and can work weekends and some week nights stop in at C-D’s Express for an application.

Spring Fling Bicycle Ride

On Saturday, April 25 the Spring Fling Bicycle Ride will take place. The route has a starting point in Eagle and Louisville with riders coming through Elmwood from both directions.

Louisville Business Completes a Special Project for Good Friday

WireBuilt Company was hired to renovate and enhance a website for the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna in time for a special event on Good Friday 4/10/09.

The new website:

The addition of a 45' Crucifix Spire designed by Nebraska Artist Michael Montag will create an inspired impression on travelers and visitors for many miles.

Click HERE for more Details


Friday night was a flashback to the good ole’ days! There was Bon Jovi, Springsteen, and AC/DC. Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Pat Benatar. There was leg warmers, tye dyed shirts, and rolled jeans. Big hair, headbands, and afros. Disco ball, Saturday Night Fever, and the Bay City Roller. We had a great time reminiscing about the music, the clothes, and the hair. Even those who were too young or not even born yet could appreciate the evening.

Click here for more pictures of Retro Night!

More Fun Times at the Rink….

There were birthday parties, skating, and fun. Bradly learned a new trick on skates from John. John came out from Omaha to visit his sister, Mandy, who is Merl and Debbie Merchant’s son-in-law. John is a rink rat from Hope Skate in Omaha and had many tricks to share. And then there was Jon Pratt’s birthday party. Jon is our own little rink rat who just turned 9. He is growing up so fast. Seems like only last week he was 8.

Bradly shows off his tricks.


Jon Pratt, birthday boy.

Click here for more pictures from Saturday!

The Easter Bunny visits Elmwood Park

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of Elmwood-Murdock High School had an Easter egg hunt in the park Saturday. The event was sponsored by American Exchange Bank, Clements & Drevo, The Punkin Patch, Neels Trailer Outlet, and the FBLA. Over 100 kids descended on the park and found their respective hunt. It was divided into age groups so the kids had a fair chance. They found eggs and turned them in for prizes. The Easter bunny shook hands and had his picture taken with the kids.

Mr. Shrader gives Marcus Winter instructions.

Ross Mumford fills the prize bags.

Theresa Fritz and Lyndsey Hrabik are the Bunny’s helpers.

And the sponsors are...

The Easter Bunny and his fan club.

Jackson Kronk is ready for the hunt.

Don Kronk and his dad.

Kabbie Mumford is just hanging around.

Josh Sheldon clowns with his friend.

Shay Campbell and Raynee Stohlmann are poised to hunt for eggs!

These girls aren’t penned up…they are ready to go!

Lyndsey, Kathryn, and Kirsten just came to watch.

Amanda Dill and her new baby girl, Paige.

The Easter bunny doesn’t mind posing with a baby!

After the hunt the kids hit the playground!

Mark Meyer just takes it all in.

Ethan, Collin, and Mikey find a spider and have fun following him.

For more pictures of the Easter Egg hunt click here:



Julie Anderson


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