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December 05, 2007

Shop Locally!

We’ve all heard that before!  Christmas is coming and where will we head?  To WalMart, Best Buy, and the Mall instead.
5But this year before you head out to the cities
Look in Elmwood for all your pretties!

There are crafts, wreaths, and signs for you yards.
Or candles, lotions, or even gift cards!
Cards for movies, gas, food, or skating,
Members of the EMMA are just here waiting!

Waiting to help you with your Christmas lists.
To find that perfect match that fits.
Quilts, photos, or hand made treasures.
There something for everyone’s very own pleasure.

So before you head out of town this year…
Stop and shop local and leave you money here.

Thank you….come again!  We’ll leave the light on for you!

I was working on my shopping list this year…what to get Aunt Pat, mom, my brother…when I went to the Garage Sale Mania at the fire station sponsored by the EMMA and the FBLA.  I didn’t realize there were so many local businesses that would be glad to help me out with my shopping dilemmas.  And I won’t need to leave town! 

I’ll highlight a few this week and more next.  Maybe there are more people that were unaware of what is available here in Elmwood. 



Green Gables Tree Farm, LLC

Christmas Trees and Christmas greenery

Wreaths, Garland, Christmas Trees!
Open Weekends – Daylight Hours
Please call for an appointment outside of the weekend

Between Elmwood & Murdock on Highway 1
Follow the signs to 30312 Alvo Road, Murdock
Phone (402)867-2002

You Choose – We Cut!
Hundreds to Choose from, all sizes one great price.

The tree farm is owned by Tom Burtch and Marie Gregoire.  We have gone here for several years to get our Christmas tree.  It is always such an adventure to walk through the “forest” of Christmas trees to find just the perfect one.  Then Tom grabs his chain saw and cuts it down for you.  They also have wreaths and greenery for sale.  I know many people prefer the artificial trees to the real Christmas trees because there is less mess. But I love the real deal.  The traditional trek out to the farm is fun because it is usually cold the day we go and then we have hot chocolate when we get home as we decorate the tree.  The smell of a real tree is something that you never forget.  When I was a kid I used to lay under the tree and watch the lights twinkle and think about not only the presents but the whole Christmas holiday.  Okay, mostly the presents.  But now I think more about the holiday, family, and friends.  We haven’t got our tree yet but we’ll be going soon.  We are in the process of remodeling so we haven’t figured out where to put a tree.  The dogs are anxious though…I think Taz is looking for a new tinkle spot. 


This is Vince and I
decorating the tree.


Traveling Treasures

For the past 6 years I have walked or driven past the house on West F Street with a yellow sign in the front yard advertising Traveling Treasures.  I wanted to stop everytime but was always afraid I would be bothering Pat.  I found out this week that it is no bother for Pat to show off her crafts and creations!  Pat Spellman is the owner of Traveling Treasures which is located in her basement.  She is responsible for making some of the crafts and collecting others from fellow crafters.  She displays them in her basement and at craft shows. 

This Saturday is the Traveling Treasures Annual Open House.  Stop by for specials, drawings for prizes, and discounts.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to find that something special for your secret pal, the mail carrier, day care provider, grab gifts, teachers, friends, Sunday School teachers, beauticians, favorite Elmwood newsletter writer, or yourself!  Don’t you have a stash of gifts on hand for that unexpected moment when you need something NOW?  I do!  So take a minute on Saturday and stop by Pat’s.  If you can’t make it that day just give her a call and I’m sure she will let you in!



Traveling Treasures Annual Open House

Pat Spellman
312 West F Street

Saturday, December 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Discounts, Discontuied, and SALE items
Candles, gells on sale!  Buy 4, get the 5th FREE!!!

All 2007 hostesses will receive an additional 15% off your ticket total (after any bonus, discount)

Receive a free gift for each uninvited buying guest that you bring (you pick a gift out of a basket)
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Drawings to be held during day (Need not be present to win)

You choose your % of discount of total ticket!!!!

Come have fun, visit, and have refreshments!

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As you remember last week Santa Claus was in town.  This week The Grinch was here.  I’m sure it was him because I don’t want to think it may be someone that I meet on the streets everyday that might have done this despicable deed.  Someone stole Christmas lights from the Eastman’s residence!  Not only this year but last year, too! In spite of the vandalism the Eastman’s put up a magnificent display this year and were rewarded with more theft.   Their son is old enough now to appreciate the lights and now they are thinking about not doing it next year!  How sad that this young family’s new tradition has been marred by some careless thieves.  They could have taught their son the tradition of putting up Christmas lights for everyone to enjoy.  Instead, they will keep their house dark next year and remember why.  I, for one, hope they reconsider.  I’ve never told them but we drive by their house all the time to see if anything new has been added.  I really hope it was the Grinch who stopped by our town last week…and I really hope his heart has grown three sizes since then.  For the thieves, this is for you…

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch.

I wouldn't touch you, with a
thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch.

Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crockodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch.

The three words that best describe you,
are, and I quote: "Stink. Stank. Stunk."

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You're the king of sinful sots.
Your heart's a dead tomato splot
With moldy purple spots,
Mr. Grinch.

Your soul is an apalling dump heap overflowing
with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable
rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseaus super-naus.
You're a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool
With arsenic sauce.


S.O.S. Participating in the Our Family
Labels for Learning Program

We are all aware of the increasing difficulty schools face in acquiring
sufficient funds to provide the necessary educational and extra-curricular
materials needed for our children. Budgets today simply cannot keep up with
the high cost demands.

Our area grocery stores have the same concerns we do about providing a
quality education.  That is why they have introduced the Labels for Learning
program.    Area stores participating in this program are No Frills, Jack
and Jill, Food Pride, Bag-n-Save and Sunmart.

During 2007 through July 2009, they will donate 5 cents for every Our Family
product barcode that you purchase and turn in.  A collection area is
currently being set up at the elementary school in Elmwood.  For every
bundle of 500 UPC barcodes collected the Elmwood-Murdock SOS will receive $25.00.  The SOS will then be able to use this money to help supply the needed materials for our school.

This program is so simple because Our Family is so popular.  Did you know
that 22,000+ Our Family products are sold each week?  Collecting the bar
codes adds up quickly.  We encourage you to save "Our Family" barcodes to
help Support Our School.

Helpful TIP!!
Earn a Barcode While Making Your Whites Sparkle

Did you know that automatic dishwasher detergent makes a wonderful bleaching agent for white clothes?  Simply fill your washing machine with the hottest possible water for the fabric you are working with and add ¼ cup to ½ cup of automatic dishwashing detergent.  Agitate for several minutes and then add clothes.  Soak for 30 minutes or even overnight.  Then add detergent and launder as usual.

If you don't want to use your washer, you can also accomplish this technique
with a bucket.  Fill a bucket with the hottest possible water for the fabric
and add 2 tablespoons of automatic dishwashing detergent.  Soak as directed above.  Dump into the washer and launder with your detergent as usual.

By using the Our Family brand of automatic dishwasher detergent, not only
will you be getting sparkling whites, but you will be earning a barcode for
the elementary school.


Got a Junk Car in your yard and don’t know what to do with it? 
Call 994-5525 for FREE removal of your junk car.
(please don’t take my dad’s truck away, I swear they are coming for it soon!)



"Journey Into Christmas" Open House Weekends
at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House
204 East F Street, Elmwood

Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Tour the historic home to see every room dressed for the holidays.  Each room has its own tree and theme and has been decorated by an area group, family or individual.  Following your tour enjoy complimentary holiday cookies and hot cider.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 6-12, and 5 & under are free.  Whether you're a frequent visitor to the house, or have always wanted to visit but just haven't done it yet, this is a great time to come!


You are cordially invited…
To a reception celebrating the 100th Wedding Anniversary of
Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. (Bess Streeter) Aldrich.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
2:00-5:00 p.m.

During “Journey Into Christmas” at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House
Cards and donations to the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation can be sent to: P.O. Box 167, Elmwood, NE 68349. All cards will be displayed at the house during the Christmas season. The dining room has been decorated using fabrics and flowers similar to those used by the bride on her wedding day.  Please join us for this special celebration!


Too tired or busy to make those cookies for Santa this year?  Let the folks down at CD’s Express help you out.  Put your order in early though!  You don’t want to disappoint the man in red!

And, while you’re at it, better think about yourself.  Will you have a houseful of company that day?  Or will it just be your family?  Wouldn’t a fresh plate of cinnamon rolls really hit the spot?  CD’s Express will fix you right up for Christmas morning!  Better call now!


Thanks for all the Birthday wishes!  This was the best one yet!  Thanks to everyone who came to the rink Sunday night to help us celebrate our birthdays!  It was a blast!  Great food, too!

Sorry no pictures this week…looks like I need a new camera for Christmas!  Hear that Santa!

Julie Anderson

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