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August 8, 2007

GAR Hall Fundraisers! - Two fundraisers sponsored by American Legion Post 247 are planned to help support the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Military Museum: The first is the third annual Ice Cream Social, which will be held at the G.A.R. Hall on Sunday evening, August 19th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. There is no program planned for the evening, just an opportunity to enjoy ice cream and desserts, socialize, and view the museum.
The second event is a golf tournament (hopefully “first annual”) at Grandpa’s Woods on Sunday afternoon, September 23rd, starting with a 3 p.m. shotgun start. We will conclude the evening after 9 holes of tournament play with hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, salads, and desserts. Call Grandpa’s Woods at 994-2100 or Bonnie Brewer at 994-5315 to register.

A Little Background On The G.A.R. Hall

Our American Legion Post 247 (Elmwood-Murdock) had a two-fold dream of preserving the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall and creating a museum to help preserve the rich military history of our area. The hall is a reminder to us and to our children of the presence of Civil War veterans in Elmwood and the role they played in the growth of this community after the war. Since many of the pioneers in this area were Civil War veterans, a G.A.R. Post was established here and the hall built in 1886. At one time there were over 100 G.A.R. Halls across Nebraska; now there are only four, Elmwood, Falls City, Grand Island and Nebraska City. That fact alone makes the preservation of this building important historically. The G.A.R. offered membership to all military personnel who served in the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. The purpose was to provide camaraderie for the veterans and support for the widows and orphans of the Union soldiers.

The G.A.R. Hall is now the home of our Legion Post and Auxiliary and the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Military Museum. As it became obvious that there was a wealth of military history in this area and a need to preserve that history, the G.A.R. Hall seemed the logical place to preserve our heritage. Teaming together with the FBLA students at the high school, the first part of the dream was fulfilled as the Hall was renovated and made ready to serve as a museum.

The second part of the dream is an on-going project. Display cases seemed to be the largest obstacle to overcome, but they have been acquired and are in place awaiting display items. Mannequins have arrived for uniform displays, and service flags are ready to be flown.

Several new display items from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II were recently donated. Display items are accepted on either a permanent or temporary basis and the goal is to fill all the display cases. If you know of anyone who has military or local history items they would like to have displayed, please have them contact Bonnie Brewer at 994-5315.

As with all endeavors, creating and maintaining a museum or any building requires financial support. We hope many of you, your family, or friends will be able to play in the tournament or attend the ice cream social. If you are not a golfer but would still like to participate in that event, please join us for the meal to be served shortly after 5 p.m. on September 23rd.

Stop by the G.A.R. Hall on Sunday evenings this summer (through Labor Day) from 6:30 - 8:30 - you might be pleasantly surprised at what you will find!

*Thanks to Bonnie Brewer for contributing this!

**Elmwood Library – The Library Board is looking for a new board member! If you are interested in participating in and contributing to the community in this way, please contact Susan Ernst at 402-994-6365 and receive more information.

Help our community receive a General Mills Grant! –The baseball/softball fields in both Elmwood and Murdock need more dirt and General Mills is, once again, supporting small towns by offering grants. However, our project will not be chosen if there is a lack of community support for it. Therefore, please visit and post a comment and pass the word on to show your support!

Upcoming REAP Meetings - Special TWO PART FREE SEMINAR - Cass County REAP proudly sponsors Jennifer Dietloff of the Omaha Law Offices of McGrath, North, Mullin and Kratz, PC LLO, as she brings us a special small business training presentation in a two part series. Topics include State and Federal Laws affecting small business, Nebraska wage payments and collection act, employer's obligation for payment of wages, payment of bonuses, commissions, vacation pay and sick pay to employees and human relations tools for small business.
Both sessions will be held at the upstairs conference room of the Main Street Plattsmouth State Bank. Cass County REAP business meeting will begin at 6:30pm followed by training at 7:00pm. Part one will be held Wednesday, August 15th.
Part two will be held Wednesday, September 19th. Please contact Angie Neumiller at 296-4040 or email us at for any questions or additional information. Mark your calendars - you cannot afford to miss this FREE business training seminar!
Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is a state-wide non-profit organization. The Cass County REAP roundtable meets in Plattsmouth on the third Wednesday of every month. Nebraska Center for Rural Affairs / Nebraska REAP:
"Believing in the Economic Future of Cass County!"

Quilting Night out! – Acorn Quilting - NEW! QUILTING NIGHT OUT!
STARTED Thursday July 12th 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.

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! For more information, visit!
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

Soaring Wings Vineyard (17111 South 138th Street)
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES - 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 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 12 Chris Saub
Aug 19 TBD
Aug 26 TBD
Sept 2 TBD
Sep 9 Kim Eames
Sept 15 TBD
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Sierra Ronhovde


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