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“Growing Together”
June 13, 2007

Girls State

Seven days…

  • learning about government.
  • without boys.
  • working and bonding with other girls my age.
  • brainstorming solutions to Nebraska’s problems, economic and otherwise in meetings using parliamentary procedure.
  • appreciating all our great country and this great state have to offer us!

Last week, I had the wonderful privilege of attending Girls State, a program run by the American Legion Auxiliary in which young women entering their senior year in high school can learn about legislature, politics, campaigning, important current events and issues, the court system, and much more. So what exactly did we decide concerning these issues?

Contrary to what some may believe, young women across our great state do have opinions and are passionate about the issues concerning Nebraska’s economy, education, and laws. To express these ideas, we held meetings where we discussed and voted to form a platform of issues to support:

  • Farmer friendly solutions for water rights between Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming
  • Increased funding for Nebraska Public Schools
  • Production of ethanol and other alternative fuel sources in Nebraska
  • Disaster relief and special aid for Nebraska farmers
  • Investigation of oil companies regarding price gouging

The experience I gained at Girls State greatly increased my knowledge about Nebraska government and the process one must go through to make his or her opinions known to it. I also realized that while many people can report problems we are having, it is far more beneficial to have many people discuss solutions to these problems. It doesn’t take a lawyer or politician or expert to brainstorm ingenious answers to difficult questions. It takes the experience of a farmer, the innovation of a young adult, and the diversity of people in Nebraska to form the best solutions. So don’t wait for someone else to control the economy and laws of your state. Take action. Make your ideas known. Vote. Lead. And encourage other upcoming seniors in high school to attend Boys and Girls State. They will gain a wealth of knowledge, meet other outstanding people, and have fun while doing it!

*Thank you to the American Legion Auxiliary and Murdock Lioness Club for sponsoring my attendance at Nebraska Cornhusker Girls State.

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

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.

Get a Clue @ your Library Special Event – As a part of this program, a puppet show will be presented at 12:30 on Monday, June 25 at the Community Center! The Urban Prairie Puppeteers will be entertaining us with “The Case of the Missing Goodies!” Come and join the FUN!
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.

"Cookout & Concert on the Lawn" - Bess Streeter Aldrich House on June 16, 2007, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 10 & under.
Relax on the shady Aldrich House lawn while enjoying a tasty picnic 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 (reg. $3.00). Menu: Sloppy Joes, Homemade Cole Slaw, Chips & Drink with free refills. For dessert, indulge in an ice cream sandwich for $1.00. There's no need to RSVP, just show up and bring a lawn chair if you'd like.
The Aldrich House is open every Weds., Thurs., Sat. & Sun. from 2:00-5:00 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Visit our website,, for additional news and information.

Other Cass County Happenings:
Weeping Water

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


1st Annual Louisville Boosters Golf Tournament 2007
Sunday, June 24th
TIME: 8AM Shotgun Start and a 1PM Shotgun Start
PLACE: Lake Ridge Golf Course, Beaver Lake, NE
FORMAT: 2 Person Scramble (teams may be Male only, Female only, or both)
Cost: $55.00 per person ($110 for team)
Mulligans: Can be bought at the tournament: 3 for $5
LIMIT: Open to the first 44 teams to sign up (22 to each time slot)
PRIZES: We will give prizes to the top 3 place winners in the first flight and top 3 place winners in the second flight per tee time. There will also be flag prizes and door prizes.
LUNCH: Will be provided at the golf course starting at 11:45 AM.

Sponsorship Opportunities
*Hole Sponsor: $50 for a half hole sponsor or $100 for a full hole sponsor, signs will be made for your company. Please include a card of what you would like on the sign. If you sponsor a full hole and sign up a team you will save $10 on your entry fee ($200).

*Donations: Donations for prizes for the golf tournament would be greatly appreciated as this is a money maker to help support the Louisville MS/HS athletes and athletic programs

All proceeds for this golf tournament will be going to the Louisville Booster Club.

You can register to play by emailing your information (name and partner’s name) to
Dan Huber -
Sign-up soon for the Louisville Boosters Golf Outing – registration closes June 15!
ASAP as it is first come, first served!
Please indicate which time youwould prefer to play as the first to sign up will get their choice. We will notify you of your tee time when we set them.

Also, if you would like to be a hole sponsor or donate prizes you may
email: or Call Kim Roecker @ 402-690-2874, Christy Lemmers @ 402-944-7783 orDan Huber @ 402-429-1860.

We will also make arrangements prize donation pick up. Any questions feel free to call either one of us!

Thank you for any and all support!

Sierra Ronhovde


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