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“Growing Together”
August 1, 2007

The Chain of Love – Clay Walker

He was driving home one evening,
In his beat up Pontiac
When an old lady flagged him down,
Her Mercedes had a flat
He could see that she was frightened,
Standing out there in the snow
'Til he said I'm here to help you ma'am,
By the way my name is Joe

She said I'm from St. Louis,
And I'm only passing through
I must have seen a hundred cars go by,
This is awful nice of you
When he changed the tire,
And closed her trunk
And was about to drive away,
She said how much do I owe you
Here's what he had to say

You don't owe me a thing, I've been there too
Someone once helped me out,
Just the way I'm helping you
If you really want to pay me back,
Here's what you do
Don't let the chain of love end with you

Well a few miles down the road,
The lady saw a small cafe
She went in to grab a bite to eat,
And then be on her way
But she couldn't help but notice,
How the waitress smiled so sweet
And how she must've been eight months along,
And dead on her feet

And though she didn't know her story,
And she probably never will
When the waitress went to get her change,
From a hundred dollar bill
The lady slipped right out the door,
And on a napkin left a note
There were tears in the waitress's eyes,
When she read what she wrote

You don't owe me a thing,
I've been there too
Someone once helped me out,
Just the way I'm helping you
If you really want to pay me back,
Here's what you do
Don't let the chain of love end with you

That night when she got home from work,
The waitress climbed into bed
She was thinkin' about the money,
And what the lady's note had said
As her husband lay there sleeping,
She whispered soft and low
Everything's gonna be alright, I love you, Joe

Lofte Community Theatre! – For those of you who are unfamiliar with our local Broadway, the newly built Lofte Theatre is about ¾ of a mile north of Highway 1 just outside of Manley. Right now, they are showing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! It is hilariously comedic and at the same time an inspiring story of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness based on the story of Joseph in the Bible. I saw it last week and thoroughly enjoyed it! Several of our own community members play roles in it as well. So call 234-2553 for showing times and make your reservation today! Visit

Quilting Night out! – Acorn Quilting - NEW! QUILTING NIGHT OUT!
EVERY Thursday at 6:30 PM. The purpose of these Thursday night meetings is to help everyone finish their unfinished quilts and to also show you how to piece quilt blocks so you can make your own quilt. ABSOLUTELY FREE! Meeting time and place: 6:30 every Thursday night at 4032 310th Street, Elmwood NE. NOTE: Not meeting Aug 9th due to the Cass County Fair. Space is limited if you plan on bringing your sewing machine. Call 402-994-2281. The only prerequisite: Knowing how to use your own sewing machine. No small children, please. For more information, visit

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 Summer Hours!
Tuesday - 1:00 - 4:00 - Open skating $3 admission + skate rental
Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 - More than just skating!  Fun activities and movies! - $4 admission + No skate rental charge
Saturday 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday mornings and Sunday nights just for the summer!  Regular weekend hours will resume in August - stay tuned for details!

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 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.

Check out this site - - People vote for the book(s) that got them hooked and then choose a state to receive free books - Nebraska was 2nd at last count - so perhaps we need to spread the word to people to vote so we can get some free books given to Nebraska.  You can vote every day until it ends, so people should go back to this site daily.

April Andersen, Director
Elmwood Public Library

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.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House - 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.

Village of Elmwood Contact Information

Village of Elmwood Board of Trustees

Ed Blunt, Chairman
Cindy Meyer, Vice-Chairman
Mike Winter, Street Commissioner
Mark Hogue, Water/Sewer Commissioner
Fred Cline, Park Commissioner

Village of Elmwood Personnel

Bonita Drake, Village Clerk
Dan Spaulding, Village Engineer

How to Contact Us

Village of Elmwood
113 West E Street
P. O. Box 62
Elmwood, NE 68349
Phone: (402) 994-6705
Fax: (402) 994-6705

Sierra Ronhovde, Elmwood Newsletter Editor

For other information regarding organizations (schools, churches, etc.) visit

Other Cass County Happenings:

Weeping Water

Cass County Fair! – August 8-11 will be several days of competition, performances, and fun! Join your neighbors at the fairgrounds and see the products of all our community members’ hard work! The parade will be on Saturday evening so be sure to come and cheer for the local bands, businesses, and clubs!

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


Sarpy County Fair – August 1-5 – Brave the heat and see the hard work of 4-Hers and other community members!

Soaring Wings Vineyard (17111 South 138th Street)
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES Begins at 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket if you like. Sit back and enjoy wonderful music, great scenery, and fine wine. There are few better ways to relax than at our vineyard with a glass of wine and music. There is a $5 cover for most performances (Wine Club members are admitted Free!). Kids under 12 are also admitted free.  Laughter and smiles are most welcome.

Aug 3   Novak & Harr
Aug 10  Mark Irvin
Aug 17   TBD
Aug 24   Steve Thornburg
Aug 31  Bill Ritchie Trio
Sept  7  Novak & Harr
Sept 14  Steve Thornburg

Acoustics Sundays - FREE ADMISSION - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (approx.)
Kick off the new week with a relaxing afternoon with live music by a solo artist.  Purchase wine by the bottle, glass or, if you haven't experienced a wine tasting, you might just find a new favorite. 

Aug 5     Kim Eames
Aug 12  Chris Saub
Aug 19  TBD
Aug 26  TBD
Sept 2   TBD
Sep 9  Kim Eames
Sept 15  TBD

For more information access this link:

Sierra Ronhovde


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