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16 May 2007

This Saturday, May 19th, is Armed Forces Day. The day stands to honor service men and women, and those who have served, in all branches of the military, which are unified under one department, the Department of Defense. The creation of Armed Forces Day was an effort led by President Harry Truman as a way to thank our military for their patriotic service in support of our country. President Truman announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950. And officially, on May 20, 1950, all branches of the military complied by celebrating the first Armed Forces Day, themed “Teamed for Defense” which also marked the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any event. This day was originally created to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces, but this day has and does serve other purposes as well…

FREE! This Saturday - entry into the Nebraska state parks. Also free fishing – no license needed this day to fish in the state! Courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Congratulations to the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Dept weekly winner, May 12th – Barbara Walsh, Murdock!

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 (Fletcher Ave), 1 mile west of Elmwood. No cost – just go! (Editor note: I have been to the iris garden – though it was probably long before they had 500 different kinds! But it was truly beautiful to stroll among them then and probably more beautiful now!)

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 and the cost is $5. The village office asks that you do this BEFORE THE END OF MAY! 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.

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

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.

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

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!!

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!

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

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 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.

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 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, crafts, misc. activities throughout the day, and fireworks! To see a list of events, click here:

Weeping Water:

Great Country and Bluegrass Music
When: June 21, 22, and 23
Where: Weeping Water City Park
Bring: Lawn Chairs

Admission: Adults……………………………………………………………$7.00 per day
Adult weekend pass……………………………………………………$15.00
Age 13-16 and 65 & over……………………………………….…………....$5.00 per day
Weekend pass…………………………………………………………$12.00
Children 10 & under…………………………………………………..FREE
Camping, clean showers, and restrooms are available at the city park. There will also be concessions, flea markets, and a playground on grounds.
Camp with electrical hook-up: $10.00 a day
Camp without electrical hook-up: $7.00 a day
Tent Camping: $7.00 a day
For more information call: 1-402-325-9481

Exciting Good News! …about the future of our newsletter! I’ll be sharing that with you next week!

…these other purposes of Armed Forces Day was for a type of “educational program for civilians,” one in which there would be increased awareness of the Armed Forces. Further, it was designed to expand public understanding of what type of jobs are performed and the role of the military in civilian life. A day to show “state-of-the-art” equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And, it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States. Today, our nation’s military continues to not only educate, but educate the civilian sector through community-based programs, mentoring, and conducting open houses on their military facilities. And today we not only honor and acknowledge our service men and women in the United States and a few select overseas locations, but the world throughout.

Thank You to all the men and women who are/have served in the Armed Forces!

This Saturday, May 19th, is for you and I hope it’s an inspirational day!

Have a great week readers!

Gina Fahrenholz, (CMSGT retired, USAF)


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