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25 April 2007

Nebraska State Tree - Cottonwood

It may seem hard to believe that Nebraska was once a treeless plain. The lack of trees and a pioneer from Detroit moving to the Nebraska territory in 1854, named J. Sterling Morton, led to the founding of Arbor Day.

Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska's first newspaper. Given that forum, he spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience. His fellow pioneers missed their trees. But, more importantly, trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun.

On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for planting properly the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Arbor Day was officially proclaimed by the state's Gov. Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874, and the day itself was observed April 10, 1874. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska and April 22, Morton's birthday, was selected as the date for its permanent observance. Other states soon followed suit and declared an Arbor Day observance.

Today the most common date for the state observance is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day on that date. But a number of states Arbor Days are at other times to coincide with the best tree planting weather, from January and February in the south to May in the far north. Arbor Day has spread beyond the United States and is observed in many countries of the world.

Arbor Day proved successful in the eastern half of the state, but the Sand Hills and the panhandle of Nebraska were not thought suitable enough for farming and therefore lacked population. It would take more than Arbor Day to lure people to this desolate area of Nebraska. Indeed, April 28th is the anniversary of exactly what it took for people to homestead this vast area….

Elmwood’s Annual Cleanup Day – June 9th, 8am – 1pm. There will also be a horse trail opened between Elmwood and Wabash this day.

Elmwood Electronic Sign (Fire Station) - If you would like to have something posted on the electronic sign outside the fire station please send your requests to: Signage is for non-profit use to include birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Athletic Banquet – Friday, April 27th, 6:30pm, at Murdock school.

ECNC Golf Championship Results - Congratulations to Kevin Z., Quentin D., Tom L., Josh V., and Nick Beebee for winning the ECNC golf championship. Kevin repeated as individual champion and Quentin was 4th.

District Contest Results – Congratulations to all!

Large Groups
Concert Band Superior
Concert Choir Superior-Plaque
Jazz Band Superior
Small Groups
Flute Duet Superior
Flute Duet Superior
Clarinet Duet Superior
Flute/Clarinet Duet Excellent
Sierra, Madi, Hannah, Brittney
Trumpet Duet Excellent
Scott, Tom
Piano Solo Excellent
Piano Solo Excellent

Vocal District Contest results

Mixed Chorus – Superior + Plaque (I’s from all 3 judges)

Mixed Quartet (Jessica & Ross Mumford, Alex Ulmer & Samantha Colbert)
Mixed Duet (Jessica & Ross Mumford)
Solos: Jessica Mumford, Sierra Ronhovde, Alex Ulmer, Samantha Colbert, Ross
Mixed Trio (Scott, Sierra & Staci Ronhovde)
Mixed Double Sextet (Jessica Mumford, Natalie Stander, Sunshine Bacus, Ashley Beyer,
Kirstie Harvey, Rachel Fortney, Griffin Hovorka, Noah Philson, Patrick Johnson,
Sean Stille, Art Burtch, Trent Shrader)
Girls Duet (Hannah Fischer, Sierra Ronhovde)

Solos: Staci Ronhovde, Ashley Beyer, Hannah Fischer, Tamara Rorie, Taylor Moreau.
Girls’ Triple Trio (Victoria Rosenboom, Amanda Brewer, Ashley Beyer, Staci
Ronhovde, Rachel Fortney, Molly Zimmerman, Shayna Dwyer, Ashley
Kitrell, Megan Scholting)
Girls’ Sextet (Lacey Reed, Tamara Rorie, Taylor Moreau, Paige Meyer, Brooke
Glasshoff, Patricia Schwechtje

“Camping With Henry and Tom” - The Lofte in Manley is showing this historical comedy now through April 29th. for more info.

The cast includes Lofte veterans Larry Bauers (Thomas Edison), Bob Pinkerton (Henry Ford), and Jamion Biesterfeld (secret service agent Col. Starling). Newcomer Dave Shamblin rounds out the cast as Warren Harding. Get your tickets now -- 402-234-2553.

This Weeks EVFD weekly Winner is: Wayne Althouse, Elmwood Ne. Congratulations!

NEW Elmwood Library Hours:
Monday - 9:30 - 12:00, 2:30 - 5:00
Tuesday - 2:30 - 8:00
Thursday - 9:30 - 12:00, 2:30 - 8:00
Saturday - 9:00 - 12:00

Elmwood Annual Garage Sales – will be held on Saturday, June 9th. Those interested in having a garage sale can contact Rose Dankleff at the Elmwood Post Office for details. Maps will be available in Elmwood at C-D’s Express. The cost for advertising your garage sale on the map is $7.

Colorado Peaches! The Elmwood Lions Club will take your order BEFORE July 15th. These will be delivered in August. Contact number 994-4895.

Prairie Rim Plants – Will be opening up for the summer again very soon, if not by the time you read this. Bedding plants, geraniums, perennials, potting soil, mulch…. It’s the little Red house on the West side of Hwy 1, North end of the Elmwood business district! For more information call 994-4895.

Flying Wheels Fun Center – New Music!
*New Change - Tuesday nights – Two fer Tuesdays – Two admissions for the price of one – Any age! It’s not just for adults anymore! 6:00 – 8:30.
FRIDAY, May 4th – Old Time Rock & Roll – More of the Best of the 80’s! 6:30 – 10:00 – Adult Admission free with a paid child admission ($3.00)
SATURDAY, May 5th – Cinco De Mayo – Nachos Grande Special!
SATURDAY – May 26th – School’s Out, School’s Out, Teachers let the Mules Out! End of the School Year Blast! IT’S AN ALL NIGHTER!!! 6:30 pm – 6:30 am – If you are up to it!!!!

*WATCH FOR NEW SUMMER HOURS! WE WILL BE OPEN for the SUMMER – Including some afternoons!!!!!!!

Other Cass County Happenings:

City Wide garage sales May 5th.
May 5 & 6 - Friends of the Library Plant Sale at Springcreek Gardens, 122nd & Main St. The sale will run from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday and 12:00 - 3:00pm on Sunday. Entertainment for the kids will begin on both days at 1:30pm. Proceeds from the sale will help purchase replacement computers for the library.

Needed, New Elmwood Editor! I will be writing my final official newsletter the latter part of May. If you are interested in editing this newsletter, please contact me! The rules are pretty simple, write and submit! You are encouraged to write and create your own style that makes you and our newsletter unique!

Moses Pierce Kinkaid, attorney, judge, and congressman, came to O'Neill, Nebraska in 1881 to practice law. Kinkaid was born in West Virginia in l850 and received his law degree at the University of Michigan. He became a member of the Nebraska State Senate in 1883 and served as chairman of the judicial committee. He was appointed judge of the ten-county l2th District in northwest Nebraska in 1887 by Governor John Thayer and served until 1896.
Kinkaid served ten consecutive terms in the United States Congress from 1903 to 1922. In April of 1904 he proposed the Kinkaid Homestead Act which allowed settlers in a thirty-seven county areas in northern and western Nebraska to homestead up to 640 acres in western Nebraska. The Kinkaid Act was intended to stimulate settlement in Nebraska's Sand Hills and panhandle, where farming was impossible on the 160 acres allowed by the original Homestead Act. The Kinkaid Act, like the Homestead Act, required the homesteader to live on the land for five years and make $800 worth of improvements. Although even the Kinkaid Act failed to provide enough land for farming in the Sand Hills, it did help bring settlers into western Nebraska.

Stay dry and have a great week!

Gina Fahrenholz


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