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May 20, 2009


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The American Exchange Bank has volunteered to sponsor the website! Rick and Rob Clements, President and Vice President respectively, clearly value Elmwood and the people in the town and recognize that this website is used by a lot of people. Not only can you read the newsletter and get all your local news but you can post items for sale and events on the Classifieds page. And you can check out the list of local businesses and their websites. You can read the minutes from the Village Board meetings. You can check out the big doin’s by clicking on the other towns’ websites. You can keep up with the library news. As the author of the newsletter this will benefit me because I will get new software that will make it easier to produce the newsletter! So instead of facing the end of a good thing the American Exchange Bank has allowed us to continue and improve the website. If you happen to be in the Bank be sure and tell the guys, Thank you!!

Feeding Time at the Farm!

Brody Baer has been working on the farm and it is calving season. Shay and Jordyn are big helpers. They helped feed the calves and Jordyn is practicing for the Mutton Busters next year!

Lesley's Dancers Present

"All That Glitters"

Friday, May 22, 7pm
and Saturday, May 23, 2:30pm

at Weeping Water Elementary Auditorium

The girls practiced some of their dances at the rink and we got a little preview of the show. I can’t go to the performance so I snuck some pictures to share with you…

Lofte Theatre Begins 33rd Season

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley is proud to begin its 33rd season with Tom Dudzik's family drama, "Over the Tavern." The story is set in the Eisenhower years of 1950s America. However, life is far from idyllic for the Pazinski family of Buffalo, New York. They live in a cramped apartment above the tavern owned and ran by their father. The youngest of the Pazinski family, 12 year-old Rudy, decides that he's had it with traditional family values and those of the Roman Catholic Church. When he announces to his already stressed family and the ruler-wielding nun, Sister Clarissa, that he wants to look around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose.

While "Over the Tavern" does have some hilariously funny moments, it is truly a sentimental look at families, growing up and God. It's a great script that is sure to both entertain and cause audience members to reflect on their own adolescent experiences.

Performance Dates are May 29-31, June 5-7 and 11-14. Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:30pm on Sundays. General admission tickets can be purchased for $16 either on-line or by contacting the box office at (402) 234-2553. However, if you're still thinking about purchasing season tickets, now is the time. Season passes (for the 5 regular season shows) may be purchased for $60 which equals $12 per show. This is an overall savings of $20 for the entire season. The season package pricing is only available through June 14th.

Memorial Day is a special holiday, the single day during the year in which we pause and honor the spirit of all those who died in service to our nation--those we continue to remember and honor in our hearts. We assume the unspoken duty to remind others - our friends, family, neighbors, and children about their actions - their sacrifices – the freedoms we enjoy today because of them - and we do it all in their names.
During Memorial Day services at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 25th, at the Elmwood Cemetery, in addition to remembering our fallen comrades, thirty-eight new flagpoles, each bearing a United States flag, will be dedicated in memory or in honor of family members and loved ones. Six additional poles will fly the military service flags and POW/MIA flag honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
During the September 2008 Golf Tournament, American Legion Post 247 kicked off a fundraising drive to raise money to replace the 36 flagpoles and flags at the Elmwood Cemetery which lined the front of the cemetery along Highway 1 and were located at intersections within the cemetery. The poles being replaced had been installed in 1985 by the American Legion and had served proudly those many years, but the time had come to retire them due to the stress of wind and weather. Memorial donations were received to not only replace the original poles, but to add additional ones. The new taller poles allow for a larger (4 x 6 feet) flag to be flown. In late April, the Sons of the American Legion with an all-volunteer force installed 44 new poles.

We invite you to join us on Memorial Day to remember again and preserve for the future the names of those individuals who helped shape our community. Everyone is invited to meet at the G.A.R. Hall Veterans Museum at 9:30 to march/walk/ride to the cemetery. In addition to the dedication of the flagpoles, David Wells, a well-known Civil War historian will give the keynote address “Walking in the Presence of the Past.” In case of rain, the services will be held at the Elmwood Fire Hall. Following the ceremony, a free-will offering luncheon will be served at the Community Center. The G.A.R. Hall Veterans Museum will be open until 3:00 p.m. showcasing the members of our community who have served their country.
In addition to services at the cemetery, the Nebraska Air National Guard KC-135R Strato tanker crews will pay tribute to the many brave Americans who have served and continue to serve their country by conducting aerial salutes over 136 Nebraska cemeteries on Memorial Day. The flyovers salute their courage and sacrifice in the face of danger as well as saluting the communities who have supported their hometown military members serving in times of war and peace. The flyover for the Elmwood Cemetery is scheduled for 11:25 a.m. on May 25.
American Legion Post 247


The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom. It will help to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble holiday it was meant to be. In this shared remembrance, we connect as Americans.

How to Participate In the National Moment of Remembrance

Wherever you are, observe the Moment at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day. Ask others to remember—relatives, friends, church, neighborhood, or co-workers to observe the Moment at places such as your neighborhood, local pool, picnic grounds, etc., for one minute of Remembrance. Participation can be informal as ringing a bell three times to signify the Moment.

Refreshments! Giveaways! Recipes! Open House!
Multi-Vendor Party
3015 120th Street, Weeping Water, NE
Need directions - call 402-297-0632
Saturday, May 30th 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come see what’s new with Pampered Chef, Scentsy Candles, Mary Kay, BeautiControl, Tammy’s Soap Shack, Tastefully Simple, Partylite, Chic Pursenality, Avon and More
Enter a drawing for one great prize!


NWTF Helps Women Learn, Laugh and Lighten Up
The Missouri River Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will host its 10th annual Women in the Outdoors event on August 14th & 15th, 2009 at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Ashland, NE
“Our program is about encouraging women to try new outdoor activities in a safe environment that makes them feel at ease,” said Brenda Valentine, the NWTF’s new spokeswoman and First Lady of Hunting™. “This event is also an opportunity for women of all walks of life – singles, moms, daughters, young and old – to spend a weekend outdoors, away from home, having fun and making new friends.”
Since 1998, the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors program has organized events designed especially for women. By providing expert instruction and hands-on education, the NWTF helps members develop outdoor skills and emphasizes the importance of wildlife management and the role of hunters in conservation.
The combination of sponsorship and local chapter support allows the NWTF to offer these programs at a low cost to participants. The cost of attending each event includes a membership in the Women in the Outdoors program and a subscription to Women In The Outdoors magazine, the Federation’s full-color, quarterly publication with articles and information on various outdoor adventures and activities.
“The Women in the Outdoors program allows the NWTF to reach an entirely new audience, one that has the potential to benefit conservation efforts,” Valentine said. “It’s an opportunity for women to find great satisfaction and enjoyment in the outdoors.”
For more information, contact Christy Christiansen at 402-672-6826 or email, or call (800) THE-NWTF or visit
For more information about the NWTF visit or call (800) THE-NWTF.
About the NWTF: In 1973, Tom Rodgers founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Fredericksburg, Va., as a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions. Shortly thereafter, Rodgers relocated the NWTF to Edgefield, S.C., where it's still headquartered today.
At the time NWTF was established, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.
Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to nearly a half million today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF's partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.

While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.

If you would like to become a member of Team NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, please visit our Web site at or call us at 800-THE-NWTF.

Saturday Night Crowd gets Ready for Summer!

The kids are anticipating a fun time this summer at the rink. We will be open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday nights. And there will be special events all summer long. We’ll get the web page updated with all the info and keep it updated with new events. There will be skate/dance/dodges, dodgeball tournaments, and an all nighter! We will be closed on Saturday mornings and Sunday nights for the summer only because everyone has other things to do. There will be some Sundays that we will be open so watch the website for posting and watch the window at the Rink!


Nebraska on the cheap
Check out our list of 100 free (or nearly free) things to do

LINCOLN, NEB. (May 14, 2008)—Just because you’re pinching pennies this summer doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a vacation. Thinking local–and affordable–is what we’re all doing, and here in Nebraska, it’s what we’ve always done.
Our list of 100 Free (or almost free) things to do in Nebraska includes ideas for even the most discerning traveler, and considering May 9-17 is both See Nebraska Week and National Travel and Tourism Week, it makes perfect sense for Nebraskans and non-Nebraskans alike to start planning their summer vacations now. If no price is listed on an event or activity below, it’s free. Everything else comes in at under $5 per person.
Read on, and start planning your vacation now with trip ideas, interactive maps and a downloadable copy of the2009 Nebraska Travel Guide now at
100 free (or almost free) things to do in Nebraska
1. Check out a small-town rodeo (typically less than $5 for admission; not recommended for vegans)
2. View a sunset in the Sandhills (less than $5 for bug repellent)
3. Hike the Panhandle’s Toadstool Park
4. Take a bike ride on one of Nebraska’s many roads, trails and bike paths
5. Go to Lincoln’s Jazz in June or…
6. Omaha’s Jazz on the Green
7. Browse used book or music stores while juggling a latte (~$5)
8. Visit a Nebraska State Park ($4 for a daily park permit)
9. Walk around Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium and soak up the atmosphere
10. Visit Lincoln’s Sunken Gardens
11. Visit Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering ($4 per entering car)
12. Take in the architecture and artwork at the Nebraska State Capitol
13. Visit one of Nebraska’s many farmer’s markets
14. Visit Lincoln’s Pioneers Park and get ice cream at the store on the corner of Coddington and Van Dorn (~$5)
15. Go to a park and play softball or catch
16. Go fishing at a lake or pond (amortize the fishing license out over several fishing trips for adults)
17. Tour the Happy Jack Chalk Mine in Scotia
18. Hike the Pine Ridge region of the state
19. Gaze at stars in the Nebraska countryside
20. Watch a Nebraska thunderstorm lumber across the open sky
21. Go down the Cowboy Trail near Valentine to see a quarter-mile long former train trestle that rises 150 feet above the Niobrara River
22. Drink great, free Nebraska mineral water out of a drinking fountain
23. Check out the First Friday art walk in downtown Lincoln
24. Watch live horse racing at Lincoln’s State Fair Park ($2 general admission)
25. Discover your heritage at the Wilber Czech Festival Parade
26. Go swimming at Branched Oak Lake ($4/day park permit)
27. Check out Music & Mozzarella music event at the Lincoln Children’s Museum
28. Go four-wheeling in the Platte River Valley
29. Take your toddler to Lincoln’s Ager Play Center (Admission is $2.50/person)
30. Ride North Platte’s Cody Park Antique Carousel and eat an ice cream while you do it ($1 total)
31. Eat an apple at Nebraska City’s Kimmel Orchard (~$5)
32. Take in artwork at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum, free every Saturday until noon
33. Check out the Welcome Camel in Cairo
34. Attend beer school at Lincoln’s Lazlo’s Brewery
35. Go to NEBRASKALand Days in North Platte
36. Water ski at Oliver Lake State Park near Kimball ($4/day park permit)
37. Grab a bite at the Annual Taste of Omaha Festival (~$5)
38. Visit Hastings’ Fisher Fountain
39. Sit a spell on the World’s Largest Porch Swing in Hebron…
40. Or travel back in time with the World’s Largest Time Capsule in Seward
41. Take in a movie at one of the state’s two remaining drive-in theaters in Alliance or Neligh (~$5)
42. Eat a piece of pie at Crawford’s High Plains Homestead (~$5)
43. Take in the scenery during Omaha’s Annual North Hills Pottery Tour
44. Visit the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell
45. Feel positively ancient at Alliance’s Carhenge
46. Snap a photo under the 100th meridian sign at Cozad near the train depot
47. See the only Union Pacific 3977 Steam Locomotive on display anywhere at the Cody Park Railroad Museum in North Platte
48. Visit the arboretum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus
49. Absorb some culture in UNL’s Sheldon Art Gallery
50. Visit the Sachtleben Observatory at Hastings College, where you can use one of four telescopes free on two Saturday nights per month
51. Take the Fountain to Fountain Walking Tour of Hastings Historic District
52. Ride ‘em cowboy at Omaha’s River City Roundup
53. Hear the story of Buffalo Bill Cody at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park in North Platte ($4)
54. Visit Centennial Hall, near Valentine, which is the oldest standing high school in Nebraska and also reportedly haunted ($2)
55. Take a stroll through a small-town downtown
56. Go back in time on Hastings’ WWII Naval Ammunition Depot Driving Tour
57. Take in the Annual Intertribal Gathering at Fort Robinson State Park during the second weekend of June
58. Visit Robidoux Pass National Historic Landmark, eight miles southwest of Scotts Bluff National Monument, where you can view wagon wheel ruts made along the Oregon Trail
59. Visit a county fair and enjoy the parades, root beer floats, races, etc. (~$5)
60. Go off the main roads and drive up a scenic overlook. Free beautiful views.
61. Have a picnic in a small town park
62. Visit Smith Falls State Park, near Valentine, and see the state’s highest waterfall ($4/day park permit)
63. Play disc golf
64. Visit Merritt Reservoir and enjoy fishing, swimming and excellent beaches in June, July and August ($4/day park permit)
65. Get historical at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte ($3)
66. Enjoy a free concert at Lincoln’s Antelope Park
67. Take a boat ride at Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall (~$5)
68. Visit Beatrice’s Homestead National Monument
69. Pitch horseshoes
70. Visit the Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte
71. Visit Hastings’ Holiday Island
72. See some western art at the Stones and Bones Gallery and Emporium in North Platte
73. Visit the new Golden Spike Tower in North Platte ($5 for students, $4 for seniors)
74. See the animal displays at the Cabela’s location closest to you, or road trip to the store’s original Sidney location
75. Visit Wildlife World in Gering
76. Go to Nebraska’s Highest Point in Kimball
77. Stroll along one of the many historic walking tours around the state
78. Go to a small town Nebraska high school sporting event
79. Take in the vast Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, near Red Cloud
80. Visit a town that only has one stop light
81. Pace Union Pacific trains across the Sandhills
82. Drive down one of Nebraska’s nine scenic byways
83. Honor and remember 20th century veterans at America’s 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte
84. Ride a bike to the Nebraska state line
85. Watch a calf being born on a Nebraska ranch
86. See wheat, bean, corn or sunflower harvests
87. Visit Nebraska’s most famous Chimney Rock in Bayard ($3)…
88. Or check out Court House and Jail Rocks, near Bridgeport for a more individual rocky experience
89. While you’re on the pioneer trail, see California Hill, where the Platte River divides in two…
90. …and then follow the Oregon Trail from Oshkosh to Bridgeport
91. Absorb culture at the Western Nebraska Art Center in Scottsbluff
92. Visit the Nebraska Major League Baseball Museum in St. Paul
93. Visit the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha
94. Hearken back to the first spectator rodeo in Nebraska that took place in 1882 at North Platte’s Cody Park Wild West Memorial near the Old Glory Blowout site
95. Walk along the Omaha riverfront and cross the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
96. Go on a public art tour of Omaha or Lincoln
97. Relive the life of homesteaders at Kimball’s Brookside Farm
98. Shop the annual central Nebraska Junk Jaunt (free but will cost you some gas and a few bucks on junk)
99. Eat a tin roof sundae in Potter (~$5)
100.Visit the Pawnee Earth Lodge in Goehner

Can You Hear Me Now?
Just got a new phone and love it! I’ve spent a little time at Alltel this last week and am surprised and pleased to report that it was a good experience. I tried the new Alltell office on O Street in Lincoln several times because there is a woman who works there that is absolutely wonderful but there was a long line each time I stopped. So I drove out to the office on North 27th and didn’t have to wait very long at all. The man who helped me was great! If you ever need help from Alltel and are at the office on O Street ask for Kayla. If you are at the office on North 27th ask for Amanda or Adam. (Amanda lives outside of Elmwood and is married to the local State Trooper.) These three people have been great help to me. I won’t tell you who the people are that managed to mess up my phone. I need to let that go and focus on the positive!


Bon Voyage!

By the time you are reading this the Elmwood Murdock High School Choir will be in New York City…or close to it. We leave Wednesday morning at 2:45 a.m. We will ride the school bus to the airport and the first wave of people take off around 6:00 a.m. The second wave, three of us moms, take off around 10:00. We have a straight through flight but we will make it to New York far sooner than the choir. We’ll be there to greet them.

Thursday morning we plan to visit the Today Show or Good Morning America and get up front so we can wave at all you folks back home. So set your TVs so you can watch us. It will probably be the Today Show because it is closer to the hotel.

Stay tuned next week for the details of the trip. A special shout out to Larry Bornemeier from Danbury, Connecticutt. He was going to meet up with us in New York but as luck would have it he will be in Elmwood at his 50th class reunion.

New York, New York, It’s a Helluva Town! But are they ready for us? We’ll find out! 

Take care…and see you soon on the Today Show!




Julie Anderson


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