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23 May 2007

It’s Official – School is OUT! Kids will be everywhere – Watch Out!

This past Saturday was Armed Forces day where we honored our nations’ military men and women for their service. This coming Monday is Memorial Day – another day for our service men and women. But this holiday isn’t meant for celebration, rather a somber day of remembrance and mourning to honor those who paid, what is called when you die for your country, “the ultimate sacrifice.” The actual “birthplace” of this day is not known for sure although organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. As a kid I remember businesses were closed. There were parades without clowns or candy being thrown. Not your typical celebratory parade by any kids’ standard. My dad was off work. And going to the cemetery to lay flowers on graves was what the day was mostly all about. But currently there is much controversy about this day – that this Monday observance should be changed.

Good News! As I said last edition, we have good news about the future of our newsletter! My last newsletter as editor will be published on May 30th. Beginning with the June newsletters, Sierra Ronhovde, will be taking over as the editor. Sierra will be a Senior at Elmwood-Murdock this next year. This should be a seamless transition as far as readers are concerned. The link: will still be valid for sending information, but note that after the 24th of May correspondence will begin going to Sierra. Welcome Sierra as our new editor!

…and so, with that said, what’s going on?

DATE CHANGE! Great Country and Bluegrass Music at Weeping Water. Originally the dates were scheduled for June 21-23. The dates have changed to June 7, 8, & 9. All other information for this, as outlined below under the “Other Cass County Happenings/Weeping Water,” is the same.

Iris Garden Open House – (Dean and Judy Douglas) The garden is open until June 3rd, 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!

Please license your dog(s) by the end of the month! Take $5 and proof of rabies vaccination to the village office to get new tags for you pet!

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. Maps will be available in Elmwood at C-D’s Express.

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).

Flying Wheels Fun Center: Flying Wheels is no longer open on Tuesday NIGHTS through the summer. New schedule below.

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:


June 1st & 2nd - SPRINGFIELD DAYS: A HIDDEN TREASURE. Join all the fun in Springfield. There will be lots going on. Barbecue contest, Springfield Idol, fireworks, fun run, pancake feed, flea market, children’s activities… just to name a few of the events happening during the Springfield Days celebration. For a complete schedule, check out the link at:


May 26th - Louisville’s 150th Birthday celebration! Parade, crafts, misc. activities throughout the day, and fireworks! Events as follows:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Craft and vendor booths on Main Street
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Cutest baby contest
10:00 am Tractor pull on Main Street
10:00 am Moon walk for children and “drippin’ wet water balloon wars”

Food vendors include: Boy Scouts burgers & hot dogs
and various others during the day

2:00 pmParade on Main Street with dancing entertainment and
demonstrations by parade participants immediately
following the parade

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tours of the Louisville Care Community
All Day

Entertainment Court - (Copple’s parking lot) 3rd & Main
Guitar Hero, Dance-Dance Revolution, Jaycees’ D.J. and Dance

Louisville Volunteer Fire Department Bar-b-que
Visit local businesses which include specialty shops, antique shop,
art gallery, or restaurants such as an old fashioned soda fountain,
family restaurant, dairy cream, pizza, and sub shop.
Fireworks display in the Louisville school football field at dusk!

Weeping Water:

Great Country and Bluegrass Music
When: June 7, 8 and 9th
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

Weeping Water swimming pool will open Saturday, May 26th.
Hours: Sunday-Friday 1-8, Saturday 1-6
Admission Prices:
Daily-$4.00 - 5 and under FREE
Family Season Pass - $125.00
Single Season Pass - $75.00
10 Punch Ticket - $35.00
Family Passes are for immediate family only!
Immediate family includes husband, wife & children living in one household.
Children in diapers must be in swimming diapers.
For Swimming Lessons (dates and times), please contact Mary Mozena @ 267-7525

On May 5th, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first observed on 30 May 1868. Initially, only the Northern states recognized this holiday until after WWI when the holiday was changed from just honoring those who died in the Civil War to honoring those who died fighting in any war. The National Holiday Act of 1971 changed the date to the last Monday in May to coincide with a three day weekend for Federal holidays. Many people believe that the true meaning of this holiday has been lost for the sake of creating a 3-day weekend. That in many cemeteries the graves of the fallen are increasingly neglected and that there is misconception that this day is for honoring all dead – not just for those who have fallen serving their country. Because of this there are currently two bills, one in the Senate and the other in the House of Representatives, to restore Memorial Day back to its original date of May 30th.

S 189 and H.R. 1474, bills to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day.

Have a great week readers!

Gina Fahrenholz


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