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November 25, 2008

Open Wednesday 1:30 to 5:30
Early Out for Thanksgiving Break
$3.50 admission + skate rental

Military Orchestra Graces Lofte Stage

The Lofte Community Theatre is proud to be hosting its first orchestral concert. On Sunday, December 7th at 2pm, the 43rd Army Band from Lincoln will present a one-hour concert. The sixty-member orchestra will fill the entire Lofte stage. The concert will include patriotic selections, marches and emphasize holiday music. The concert is free and open to the public – no ticket is required for admission.

The 43rd's members are citizen soldiers who bring a wide variety of skills, talents and longevity to the unit. The members' various civilian jobs and experiences contribute a great deal to the overall success of the 43rd Army Band. This group meets one weekend a month and 15 days during the summer to rehearse and to fulfill military training requirements.

Officially, the band traces its history back to 1924 when it was created in Crete, Nebraska as the "Band Section, Service Company 110th Medical Regiment." The band went through several reorganizations and on March 3, 1948, the band was federally recognized as the 43rd Army Band. Over the years, they have not only won several music competitions, but also received many designations for overall excellence as well as tropies for Outstanding Company.

The Lofte has hosted other military groups in the past, one as recently as this November. However, when given the chance to host such an impressive group, the Lofte jumped at the chance. We welcome everyone in the surrounding communities to join us for our first Christmas Symphony. It's sure to be a memorable event for years to come.

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee. The Lofte Community Theatre isdedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages and those in surrounding communities to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.

Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza
Craft Sale – Garage Sale & Treasure Event
Flying Wheels Fun Center - Elmwood

Saturday, Nov. 29th
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Set up for Vendors 6:00 – 8:00 am
Up to 25 vendors under one roof!

Vendors include:
Premier Design Jewelry
Usborne Books
Jenn's Designs - handmade jewelry
Sugar Charm Bakery
Traveling Treasures – Crafts
Spin a Yarn by Carol and Sabrina
Uppercase Living
Whoa Nellie! Jellies
Plus more craft and garage sale vendors!
Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza Activities

Saturday, Nov. 29th.

Craft Show/Garage Sale at Flying Wheels Fun Center
Pancake Feed – Elmwood Fire Hall
Barn Quilt Touring
Bingo – Community Center

Quilt Show – Christian Church
Antique Appraisal – Tom Bassett – Bits N Pieces
Winter Holiday Workshop for kids - Library
Bess Streeter Aldrich House Tour
Santa visit – Elmwood Fire Hall
Free Movie – Wall E! – Methodist Church
Soup Supper – Community Center
Card Tournament – Community Center
Coloring Contest
Decoration Display
Roller Skating/Dodgeball – Flying Wheels Fun Center

See for more details!
Elmwood Extravaganza brought to us by the EMMA –
Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association


The Tomorrow's Producers 4-H Club of Murdock is sponsoring a night of free holiday babysitting. Friday, December 5th at the Methodist Church in Murdock from 5-10pm. A light supper and snacks will be provided, along with games, crafts and a movie. Space is limited to the first 25 children to pre-register before November 30th! So, plan your night of shopping or dinner out! To reserve your space call Kim Griffin at 867-2106 or Karen Bogatz at 867-2057.


Library News!!

The hours at the Library have changed. The new hours are:

Monday & Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm; 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Check out the Books, newspapers, city manuals, copy machine, High Speed Internet, and more! Stop in for a tour! Cindy Mumford would be glad to show you around and get you your very own library card.

The Library Excudes Knight Pride!

The library is selling “Go Knight” yard signs. To get your own “Go Knights” sign stop in at the library or contact Cindy for more information.
124 West D Street

Holiday Extravaganza Skate/Dance/Dodge
Flying Wheels Fun Center

Saturday, Nov. 29th
6:30 – midnight
$6 admission + skate rental
Roller skating, dancing, and Dodgeball!

Flying Wheels Closed Saturday AM for the Craft Show/Garage Sale!

Barn Quilt Project

Elmwood-Murdock Future Business Leaders of Amer ica wanted to “IMPACT” the community by Involving Members, Promoting Activities, and Creating Tourism. Adding painted quilt blocks to prominent barns seemed like a good idea because together they created a unique tourist attraction with long term potential. Local quilt enthusiast, Mickie Clements, proposed the idea and served as the project adviser. Twelve 8’ x 8’ barn quilts were created by Elmwood-Murdock students, while FBLA members developed publicity, solicited barns, and generated funds for the project. All members of the chapter are convinced
this project will impact the community for years to come.

This information came from the pamphlet created about the Barn Quilt project. If you would like to see the map of the locations of the 12 barn quilts check out this link:

This barn quilt is #2 on the list.
Quilt: Double Windmill
Owners: Bob and Alma McLaughlin
Address: 283180 Hwy 34, Elmwood
Sponsor: Clements Law Firm
This barn was built in 1916 by Henry and Sophia
McLaughlin. It was used for milking cows and boarding
eight horses. Hay was stored in the center of the
barn loft. The original roof was replaced with steel
roofing several years ago.

Quilts are Grandma’s Hugs

My grandma was a master quilt maker. My earliest memories of Grandma were of her sewing at her sewing machine with the foot pedal. The faster she pumped the faster it stitched. Sometime she let me help pump the pedal even though I would throw off her rhythm. Grandma put more than fabric and thread into her quilts. She put prayers, thoughts, and memories of the person she was making it for. Rarely did she make a quilt that didn’t have an owner. She labored over each one, stitching her love into the fabric. She collected everyone’s worn out clothing and cut it up and sewed it into beautiful blocks that were special to each one of us. I have quilts made from my play clothes, a quilt made from my tie collection, and a quilt made from my Hawaiian shirt collection.

I can remember her quilting frame sitting in the spare bedroom and helping her when it was time to turn it. Even now I sometimes find a stray stick pin poking out from a quilt that used to hold the quilt in place for her. I helped her sort her fabric, cut the pieces, and sew the blocks. She also let me help her tie quilts, too. She was so patient with me and taught me the grain of the fabric. She taught me how to thread a needle, how to embroidery the blocks, and how to put the love into the quilt.

Quilts are a big part of my family history thanks to my Grandma. We were blessed to have Grandma care so much for each of us that she left each of us her legacy. When we curl up under one of Grandma’s quilts we feel her love reaching out and holding us in her arms. Grandma’s quilts help keep Grandma’s hugs living on. We treasure our quilts because Grandma treasured us, with her stitches and her whole heart.

Elmwood Extravaganza Quilt Show
Stop by the Christian Church 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday to see a collection of quilts.

Weekend Fun at the Rink brings new skaters, new families, and old dodgeballers

Saturday mornings are becoming popular with the little guys. It’s a perfect time for them to learn to skate and also to play together. Now that it is getting colder outside it is harder for them to find a place to run and blow off steam. I guess it isn’t just the little guys who need to blow off steam. Even the preteens and teens had a lot of steam to blow off this weekend! Mason Ritnour won the new pair of rollerblades and got the opportunity to try them out this weekend.

Claire and Teddy


Mark and Rilee


Closet Crew! The kids love to hang out in the closet. It’s their clubhouse.

Kat and Megan

Little girl talk in the bathroom…bet their talking about boys!

Scotty brought his great nephews and nieces skating. And they did great for their first time!


Sometimes we just have too many cooks in the kitchen.

Cody loves to help out with the Limbo.

Mason and his new skates.

Katie is from Kansas and Jana is from Elmwood. And we are pretty sure they are twins. Katie is Bob and Nancy West’s granddaughter and Jana is the daughter of Murray and Beth Petersen.

These boys are practically professional dodgeballers. They took on everyone else (28 other people) and won almost every game!

This is a new family to the rink. They came from Alvo to check us out. Their son will be starting kindergarten in Elmwood next year. He didn’t hesitate to jump in and take on the big boys in dodgeball. (stupid me! I forgot to ask them their names!) sorry about that!

Millie and Kalee – I think they are up to something.

Bradly and Kalee – Bradly thinks he has Kalee right where he wants her…boy, does he underestimate her!

Shay. Perfectly cute.

For more pictures from the weekend at the Rink, check out this link from the web albums at



I’ve been thinking how thankful I am for everything I have in my life. I have a great family, (hardly dysfunctional at all J), wonderful friends, awesome kids, and a really great husband. We are lucky to live in a country where we are free to do what we want. I’m thankful for all of you and I appreciate your comments about the newsletter. The encouragement I receive is overwhelming. I am truly blessed and extremely thankful.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. We are planning a quiet holiday, curled up with the kids and dogs and cats in front of the wood stove watching 24 hours of House on USA. God Bless America!


PS…Special love and blessings go out to our family in Missouri, California, Florida, and Vermont! Love you all!


Julie Anderson


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