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“Growing Together”
30 May 2007

Today is a bittersweet day for me and an important anniversary for Nebraska. This is my final newsletter as editor and I feel some reluctance to give it up. But it is the right choice and as befitting, I leave you with one final story about the evolution of Nebraska and its anniversary.

The present-day area of land, now known as Nebraska, was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase which almost doubled the size of the nation in 1803 when land was purchased at 4 cents an acre! Besides Nebraska, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Montana were the 13 states (of course they weren’t states then) that were part of the Louisiana Purchase (called the Louisiana Territory.) This vast area of land, nearly 900,000 square miles, was purchased from France. Originally this land was owned by France, who gave it to Spain, who in turn gave it back to France to pay off some of their debt. Long story short, France knew that the war with Great Britain was looming and that they could not defend this territory against the strength of Great Britain. They therefore decided to sell the entire territory to the U.S. who wanted land along the Mississippi River to build its own seaport. Soon after acquiring this territory many explorers traveled throughout the region keeping journals and maps of what they found. Upon their return and telling about the barren, parched, dry soil it didn’t sound like the U.S. had made a very good deal with France. The area of present day Nebraska to Oklahoma was referred to for many years as the “Great American Desert.” Pioneers did not come and the area, later to become Nebraska, was still nameless for more than 40 years following the Louisiana Purchase. Then along came the explorer who is credited with naming the state, and one of the most important dates of Nebraska history would transpire.

Ball field rescue by Hamburger Helper? Yes! You know the stuff in the box you mix with hamburger? They provide grants to help schools showing a need and their community patrons showing their support! The initial request for $5,000 has been made to Hamburger Helper by Erin Clymer asking for the grant for the purpose of the ball fields, to help both the Elmwood and Murdock sites, not only for the kids T-ball and baseball, but so adult ball teams can be formed as well. Hamburger helper says that the more comments they get the better the chances for getting the grant. If you are not familiar with grants it’s important to note that this is FREE money – not a loan to be paid back! This is what you need to do to help: Go to the web site Across the top click on “Find a Project” and when that screen comes up you click the arrow where it says “States” and select Nebraska, then click the “search” button. The screen with all the school project requests will come up and in the first column find Elmwood-Murdock, NE. To the far right click on our project request “Improve Elmwood-Murdock Ball Fields.” The screen will come up to post your comments. This is truly a case where showing community support is necessary to get the grant. Please visit the web site right now and post a comment showing your support to help the ball fields!

Bess Streeter Aldrich House, Cookout & Concert on the Lawn: June 16, 2007. 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission: $7.00 adults, $5.00 children 12 & under. Relax on the shady Aldrich House lawn while enjoying a tasty supper and listening to the sweet sounds of the Trinity Brass Band. This is a favorite annual event and a great way to enjoy a summer evening, Tours of the Aldrich House will be available for just $1.00! Menu: Sloppy Joes, Homemade Cole Slaw, Chips & Drink (with free refills). Ice Cream Sandwiches $1.00. No need to RSVP, just show up and bring a lawn chair if you'd like. If you can’t make this event but would like to tour the house and museum at another time, click this link for days/hours

Hand Sanitizer Alert! Have you ever looked at the labeling on hand sanitizers? They usually have a general precaution that says something like “keep out of reach of children.” Hand sanitizers contain surprising levels of alcohol! Small children who like to put fingers, or substances, in their mouth can actually sustain symptoms of intoxication or worse, alcohol poisoning – which is life threatening. According to the New York Poison Control, as little as an ounce or two can be fatal to a toddler. Treat hand sanitizers the same as you treat any household cleaners – out of the reach of your children!

Congratulations Brenna Powers of Elmwood! She is the May 19th weekly winner for the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Dept. drawing.

Elmwood Cancer Support Group
4th Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM at the
Elmwood Community Center.
Contact Janice Miller at 867-2004

Elmwood’s Annual Cleanup Day: June 9th, 8am – 1pm. The new horse trail between Elmwood and Wabash will also be officially open this day!

Annual Garage Sales: Saturday, June 9th. Maps will be available at CD’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: 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

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:

Friday Night Music Series held at Soaring Wings Vineyard until September! Bring your lawn chair and picnic basket to enjoy a relaxing evening at the vineyard. For more information access this link:


120 Hour EMT Basic Course
Tuesdays and Thurdays 7-9 pm
Starts June 5th, 2007
Alvo Fire Station
135 Main Street
Taught by ALS Affiliates
Pre-Register with
ALS Affiliates----402-292-8535
For more information
Alvo Rescue----402-781-2710

Weeping Water:

The Gospelmen Quartet (pictured below)
Where: Weeping Water First Christian Church
When: June 2
Time: 7:00 pm
Free Will Offering Concert
For additional information call 402-269-5508 or e-mail at
This group originated from Genesee, Michigan, which is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Flint. As the name indicates, The Gospelmen are just that - a Gospel quartet with a Southern & Traditional Gospel flavor. Be it the new sounds of quartet music or the old hymns of the church, The Gospelmen do it all!

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 is OPEN!
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

Following the Louisiana Purchase the boundaries, for what would become Nebraska, changed 9 distinct times. Lt John C. Fremont, an explorer, is credited for naming Nebraska. He mentioned the Nebraska river in one of his reports. The word came from the Oto Indian name “Nebrathka”, which is their name for the Platte River. It means flat water. In November 1844, over forty years since the Louisiana Purchase, the U.S. Secretary of War, William Wilkins, suggested that “the Platte or Nebraska River being the central stream would very properly furnish a name to the territory.” The first bill to organize the Nebraska Territory failed on December 17, 1844. Both the second and third attempts failed too. Finally, after bitter struggles, the fourth bill, called the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed and signed by President Franklin Pierce on May 30, 1854. Exactly 153 years ago today Nebraska was opened for settlement!

On March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th State.

There are a lot of people I need to thank. Thanks to Mike Winters, literally (ha!) for getting me into this in the first place! I gladly told him I’d love to help get this going…later when I asked who else helps I found out I was the help! I started out last December with 6 subscribers- two of which were me and Mike. Mike then proceeded to tell me he had never known anybody compose and stick with a newsletter for more than about 3 issues. What?! Oh Great… Sounded like a challenge and I’m glad I proved him wrong! We now have approx. 100 subscribers if not more! Thank you to the community for your input, but mostly for your supportive comments. That has made it all worthwhile. Special thanks to John Harrington – the Cass County websites would not be here without you! And John, as the senior editor, thanks for never rejecting my work and ticking me off!! And I have to especially thank Irina Harrington at Wire Built. The person and the place who so graciously posts the newsletter on the web for me! Readers, I did this for you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletters and perhaps even anxiously looked forward to the next edition. Thanks for subscribing and making this another story!

It’s been a pleasure!

Gina Fahrenholz, signing off as


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