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ELMWOOD, NEBRASKA
“Growing Together”
August 15, 2007

Back To School!
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
I'm excited because it's my first day!
I'm gonna learn and I'm gonna play!
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!

It is time for us to go, now.
We're gonna ride the school bus-
Our new teacher's waiting for us!

Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
Wonderful feeling, on my first day!

Isn’t it amazing how most of us become so excited when there is newness in our lives…new school year, new job, new car…and we think, “This is going to be so great!” We have such a positive attitude for a while. But then, the next year of school is hard and we have homework, the new boss isn’t as kind and hard-working as he seemed in the interview, and the air conditioner in the new car doesn’t quite cool every cubic inch of interior space. And our attitude turns sour.

But what do you suppose would happen if we all remained optimistic? We would see our world in a different light. We would be excited to be learning so much in the new school year, forget about the boss and focus on being the best employee that we can be, and love the new car because even if the air conditioner isn’t perfect, at least it has one! Basically, our lives would be virtually the same, but we would enjoy each day and know that we are truly blessed! We have electricity, clean running water, a vehicle, and we live in a free country where we can pursue whatever job, dream, or avenue of happiness we desire!
* Poem from http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/mzipadee.htm
School Starts! – School will begin for teachers on Wednesday, August 15 and for students on Monday, August 20.

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.

**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 http://www.myhometownhelper.com/ViewProject.aspx?tell=2&id=26939 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 REAP@PlattsmouthSquare.com 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 http://acornridgequilting.com/

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 tallemang@esu3.org

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: evfrdwebmaster@yahoo.com Signage is for non-profit use to include birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Colorado Peaches! - The Elmwood Lions Club will deliver your order in August. Contact number 994-4895.

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, www.bessstreeteraldrich.org, 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

Springfield
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 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 19 TBD
Aug 26 TBD
Sept 2 TBD
Sep 9 Kim Eames
Sept 15 TBD
For more information access this link: http://www.soaringwingswine.com/

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


Sierra Ronhovde
Editor@ElmwoodNebraska.com

 

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