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December 3, 2008

Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza a Success!

The Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by the Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association was a success by all accounts. The day started for many with pancakes at the fire hall. Our day started at the Flying Wheels by welcoming vendors to the craft show/garage sale. The FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America, showed up on Friday night to help some vendors move their items into the rink and then came back at 6:00 am Saturday morning to help the rest of the vendors get settled. Some of the kids stayed and helped out in the concessions area and at the end of the day more showed up to help the vendors get loaded into their cars again. The vendors all commented on how nice it was to have help especially since it was snowing! The kids were very friendly and helpful. Elmwood Murdock should be very proud of their youth. They not only helped out at the Craft show/garage sale but they helped at most of the activities throughout the day. Most of my team is also in FBLA so they were doing double duty. They had strict instructions to work a little and play a little all day. They managed to do just that. I really have to thank Kalee and Bradly for their support throughout this event. They were on hand to do whatever was needed without me even telling them what we needed to do. They worked hard and still had fun.

Attached are several pictures from some of the events. We were so busy at the rink we weren’t able to get to all of the events for pictures.

Local Firemen hang the Christmas decorations on the light poles in town.

The Flying Wheels on Friday night as people begin to set up their displays.

Bradly jumped in and offered to help clean the kitchen in preparation for the big day.

Garyn and Taylor are ready to assist with the set up. Taylor believes in safety first!

Millie and Jon Luetchens wait by the car to carry in boxes.

Ashli Brown had a table where she sold popcorn stretch shirts and Husker wind art. The shirts were very popular. They are tiny but stretch to fit anyone.

Brooke Campbell sets up her Tupperware display along with handcrafted purses made by her grandmother.

Kelli Forest came out from Lincoln to sell her jalepeno jellie. Her four children and her husband were her elves.

Jacob Fisher helps set up tables.

Millie and Sunshine take a break and color a picture.

Jacob Blunt gives a big thumbs up. He is one of the videographers who are documenting the day.

Josiah Poole, Sam Shepherd, and Lyndsey Hrabik man the kitchen.

Angie Willey helps Keenan make a bracelet at her booth.

Olivia Forest helped Angie Willey by entertaining Ben all afternoon.

Two shoppers with their grandmother.

Richard Meyer shows off his health products.

Candies for Caleb raised funds for Kim Blair’s nephew who is recovering at Madonna.

Tammy Brummer kept her mother, Pat Spellman, company at her booth. Tammy had her own booth next to Pat’s where she was displaying her photos from her photography business. Pat displayed a sampling of her crafts.

Howard Stubbendieck makes these yard ornaments from glass dishes.

Jordyn Campbell tries out the picnic tables handmade by Brody. Her daddy helps keep her from sliding through.

Mid afternoon at the rink and everyone is busy shopping.

Meanwhile, up at the fire hall, Santa is greeting children even the big ones.

Jacob and Ed Blunt at the tree lighting ceremony.

Kids singing at the tree lighting ceremony.

For more pictures of the weekend festivities check out the web album at:

Winners from the Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza Coloring Raffle
Five winners were selected from each category for the coloring raffle. Students from the elementary school submitted their pictures and the names were drawn at random. Kindergarten through third grade was given a winter scene to color while the fourth through sixth graders were given a blank quilt block to make their own designs. The sixth grade students took their quilt blocks and organized them into a paper quilt. Each winner will receive $5 in EMMA bucks.

Third grade and under:
Henry Clymer
Liberty Cronk
Samuel Behrends
Noah Arent
Lindsey Spracklin

Fourth Grade and Above:
Brady Dreamer
Isaac Behrends
Carlie Kuhlman
Gary Ritnour
Matt Griffin


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.

Knight Pride signs for sale at the Library for only $15! Show your Knight Pride by displaying the sign in your yard and support your library at the same time! For more information stop by the library or give Cindy Mumford, library director, a call.
124 West D Street

Food Drive for the Local Food Pantry

The Elmwood-Murdock schools are having a food drive for the local food pantry. The kids have extra motivation. Besides bringing in food for the pantry if each school brings in 750 of the requested food items for a total of 1500 items school will be dismissed early (1:15) on December 23rd.

Food items that will count toward the total are: Canned fruits, canned vegetables, cereal, rice, pasta, (no Ramen noodles), and paper products. Items will be collected from December 1st through 9:00 a.m. on December 19th. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.


Scholarship Donations Also Needed

The Elmwood-Murdock schools are also collecting money for a memorial music scholarship fund in memory of A.J., Tyler, and Dillon. The goal is $500 for each school.

Hello, Dolly!
Bits N Pieces has received a large collection of dolls. Stop in and check them out! They would make great Christmas presents for some little girls!

Elmwood Christian Church
Potato Bar
Sunday, December 7th
11:30 – 1:00
Free Will offering

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish Lou, Richard, and me a happy birthday Sunday. I’ve been blessed with tons of great friends who wished me well on my birthday. I’ve received flowers, Kalee brought me my newspapers so I wouldn’t have to get out in the cold and an ice tea! Millie did the dishes and cleaned the litterbox! Tonight we will go out to dinner. I am truly a happy woman!

Have a great week!!



Julie Anderson


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