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Congratulations to the Elmwood-Murdock Graduating Class of 2007!

“Growing Together”
9 May, 2007


Graduation will take place this Saturday, May 12th, 2:00pm at the Elmwood-Murdock Jr/Sr High.

"I love you,"
said a great mother.
"I love you for what you are
knowing so well what you are.
And I love you more yet, child,
deeper yet than ever, child,
for what you are going to be,
knowing so well you are going far,
knowing your great works are ahead,
ahead and beyond,
yonder and far over yet."

~Carl Sandburg

Mothers, without a doubt, are one of the most important facets of our lives. We honor them in most countries around the world. Many historians believe that honoring our mothers originates from ancient spring festivals dedicated to maternal goddesses. In 1600’s England, Mothering Sunday was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. But in the United States, the person credited with first suggesting a “Mother’s Day,” and the person who campaigned for it to be successfully declared by the president, were never mothers and the intent was not for a celebratory day, but rather one of somber honorable intent.

New Postage Rates will go into effect on May 14th. To mail a standard letter it will cost .41 cents. Post cards will cost .26 cents. Get your graduation cards mailed before then!

Iris Garden Open House – Dean and Judy Douglas will be opening their iris garden to visitors again this year, May 15 – June 3, 10am-8pm daily. They have over 500 different iris hybrids! They are located 2 miles north, 1 mile west of Elmwood.

Elmwood Community Center – On May 16th hear the Lincoln Senior Band. Call 994-2145 for more info.

Elmwood Volunteer Fire Dept – Congratulations!
Weekly Winner: April 28th #17, David Baer, Elmwood Ne
Weekly Winner: May 5th #18, Robert Clements, Elmwood Ne

Price of Gas Got You Down? Well after you’ve filled up at C-D’s Express, get yourself an ice cream cone! Stop in for weekday lunch specials! Pizza, sandwiches, and more. Call ahead for take-out, 994-3305.

Last Day of School – Yippeee! The 22nd is the last day! Elementary will be dismissing at 11:15 and the Jr/Sr high will dismiss at 11:30.

Elmwood-Murdock Great Bike Race – September 8th. The Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee will be assisting with the promoting of the race again this year, but a large number of volunteers are needed to help with the race the day of activities. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Judy Cline, president of the Elmwood Murdock Merchants’ Association (EMMA).

CHANGE – Flying Wheels Fun Center: Flying Wheels is no longer open on Tuesday NIGHTS through the summer. It will be decided in the fall if they offer this night again.

NEW Summer Schedule as Follows:
Tuesday, 1-4pm, regular roller skating and activities. Cost $3.00 plus skate rental.
Thursday – 1-4pm, skating, games, crafts, activities, and/or movies. Cost $4.00 and there is no skate rental cost this day due to less skating and more of other activities.
Saturday, 10:00am – Noon, 6:30 – 10:30pm
Sunday – 5 – 8:30pm

***End of the School Year All Nighter! May 26th, 6:30pm – 6:30am. Cost $12.00 plus skate rental. Will include breakfast. This is primarily for kids 15 and under, but parents are welcome and are free!!

G.R.E.A.T Kids Doing Great Things!

The 8th grade students of the Elmwood-Murdock public school have been participating in a great program called GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) one class period during each school week since January 8th. The students officially graduated from GREAT May 8th. The program was provided by the Cass County sheriff’s office and its purpose is to teach violence prevention skills to help avoid gangs, violence, drug abuse, and crime. The students further worked on skills to develop beliefs and behaviors to help them avoid destructive habits.
Each student was involved through class room activities, such as role playing in scenarios, and was required to complete and document a community project to graduate. While spending a couple hours picking up trash along the road or the park was the most popular activity, other community projects included preparing a meal; snow removal; working concessions at an auction; cleaning the family camper and getting it prepared for summer; cleaning a house; yard work; and planting flowers among other things. Upon graduation, students each received a GREAT t-shirt, a water bottle that turns purple/pink in the sun, a certificate, and a randomly drawn prize.

8B Science Class - Half of the 8th grade G.R.E.A.T Graduates with Deputy Tuttle from the Cass County Sheriffs office

Josh Bogatz prepared a full meal for a family whose mother is under-going medical treatment

Austin Nickel planted flowers outside the Elmwood Community Center

Shanika Campbell found a lot of trash during her trash pick-up day

Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Elmwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Paul United Methodist Church, and Ebenezer United Methodist Church invite you to bring your children to our joint Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the week of June 18-22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Elmwood Christian Church, 311 North Fifth Street, Elmwood. VBS is open to children who have just completed preschool through children who have just completed 6th grade. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18. Registration fee is $7.50 per child or $10.00 for two or more children. Scholarships are available for those in need. Dinner for the children will be provided each evening!

License your Dog(s)! The village office has sent out reminder letters to license your dog. You need to provide current documentation of rabies vaccination. Tidbit: The fees collected from the dog tags go to the school. However, when people don’t license their dog(s) as required and the village needs to hire an attorney to proceed legally, this not only reduces the amount that would normally go to the school, but this actually runs up the cost to you and me in the future to license our pet. So please act responsibly and license your pet!

CHANGE - Booster Club Meeting! May's Booster Club meeting has been moved to Thursday, May 24, 2007.

Middle School Madness Meeting - is at 8:00 pm May 10th at the Murdock School. It is for adults only.
May 14 – School Board Meeting
May 15 – Middle School Honors Night @ Murdock 7pm
May 21 – Field Day from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the football field for all K-6 students.

Get a Clue @ your Library – 2007 Summer Reading Program
Come and join your friends at the Elmwood Public Library for the 2007 Summer Reading program. You can “Get a Clue @ your Library” on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Pre-school thru 3rd grade will met from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, and 4th thru 6th can participate from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Both groups will be exploring the public library, checking out Nebraska Wildlife from the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission, and learning about Geo-Cashing with the GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Units from the Gretna 4-H camp. Mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun at EPL.
April Andersen, Director
Elmwood Public Library

Booster Club Stadium Seats - Attention all E-M Knight Fans: The E-M Booster Club is now selling sturdy framed stadium seats. Get them now while they're hot and be the first to show off your new E-M stadium seat! The cost will be $40.00 per seat and they will come with the Knights logo in-printed on the back of the seat. You may get your order forms at both the elementary and the secondary sites. For more information call and speak to Tim Allemang at 867-2341 or e-mail him at

ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL CAMP – Boys in Grades 3rd-6th (Fall 2007) are eligible to attend the camp. Basketball Skills Camp will be held July 12th and 13th from 9:00-11:30am at Murdock Gym. You may download an entry form for the school website. If you have any questions feel free to call Terry Warner, at 994-2125 (School) & 867-4132 (Home).

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.

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.

Other Cass County Happenings:


May 12th, 12:00 - 9:00pm, Spring Wine and Blues Festival at Soaring Wings Vineyard. Tickets are $25 for age 21 and older, $20 for ages 12-20, and free for under 12. Includes full day of music. Click here to get advance tickets.
May 19 & 20 - Third annual Spring Art Festival at Weiss Studios and Gardens, 13603 Pflug Rd. Enjoy the spring flowers, art & music. Open Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm.


May 26th - Louisville’s 150th Birthday celebration! Parade, celebrations throughout the day, and fireworks!

Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” visited many Civil War injured and felt that mothers who had sons injured or killed in the war effort suffered a great loss and because of that, in 1872 suggested and led a campaign for national recognition of mothers. Anna Jarvis, whose own mother tried to create a Mother’s Friendship Day, as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War, began a campaign to create a national holiday honoring mothers. Finally, in 1914 President Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Jarvis used white carnations as a symbol for mothers, because they represent sweetness, purity, and the endurance of mother love. As with many holidays, Jarvis became upset, and even filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mother’s Day event, due to the commercialization it became. Neither Howe nor Jarvis had children. Today, white carnations represent a mother who has died, while red carnations represent a living mother. As was not the intent of Howe and Jarvis, Mother’s Day remains a commercial holiday in the United States.

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: "My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?" When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the mothers out there!
I hope you have a spectacular day on Sunday, May 13th!

Gina Fahrenholz


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