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December 11, 2006

Reminder: Winter Concert at the Jr./Sr. high school is December 14th at 7pm at Murdock. Open to the public and admission is free.

The Giving Tree. Help make Christmas special for some boy or girl from the Elmwood-Murdock community. To select a child, please see Patty Wolcott at Clement’s Insurance. How it works: Pick a gift tag. The gift tag will tell you the age, if this is a boy or girl, and list two or three items this child would like from Santa. (You only need purchase one of the gifts they list or more as you wish.) The names of the children are anonymous – and so are you. Purchase the gift, wrap it up, attach the gift tag you selected – don’t put your name, but you can put “From Santa,” and get your present to Patty no later than December 20th.

Flying Wheels Fun Center (Also available for private parties! Call Julie or Vince Anderson 994-6655):

Friday, Dec 29th – Rookie Night, 6:30 – 9:00pm. Admission $3 plus skate rental. Beginners or people wanting to refresh their skills.
Christmas Eve – Closed.
Christmas Day – OPEN 2pm – 5pm with FREE Admission!
New Years Eve All Nighter! 7pm – 7am with Skating, Dancing, Games, and Breakfast included. Anybody or any age is welcome. $10 admission, plus skate rental.

Theft From Gift Cards! If you buy Gift Cards from a display rack you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store. They wait a few days, hoping that somebody else has purchased and activated the card, and then call to see how much of a balance THEY have left on their card. Once they find the card is “activated” they go online and start shopping. You may want to purchase your gift cards from a customer service person where the public does not have access to the card numbers.

“Journey into Christmas” at the Bess Streeter Aldrich house. See each room of the house decorated by volunteers. Complimentary refreshments. Admission is a free will donation. Closed Christmas Eve.

Our School Students: (Courtesy of Joyce Mortensen – Thank you Joyce!)
Spanish 2 students have been studying the weather. As a culminating activity the students created a children’s book about the seasons in Nebraska, what the weather is like in each season, advice for each season and what to wear. When the books were completed, the students went to the elementary school in Elmwood and shared their books with Mrs. Vice’s kindergarten class, Mrs. Drueke’s first grade class and the fourth grade students of Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Willadsen.

The Spanish 2 students were enchanted with the comments and reactions of the elementary students. They enjoyed sharing their books and teaching the young people new vocabulary words in Spanish.

4th Annual Community Celebration Banquet. To be held 6pm, Friday, January 5, 2007, at the E-M High school. Sponsored by the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants’ Assn. Tickets are $7.50 and includes a delicious roast beef/ham dinner. Theme: Reflections of the Past – Snapshots of the Future. Community Awards and Entertainment by the E-M Jazz Band and the Lincoln Continental’s Sentimental Journey Quartet. Purchase your tickets from Judy Cline, 994-2406, or any FBLA member.

Toddler/Preschool Storytime. Monday’s 10am at the Library. The library also accepts donations of DVDs, Videos, CDs, computer programs, etc. Library hours: Monday 9:30am-Noon, 2:30-5pm; Tuesday 2:30-8pm; Thursday 9:30am-Noon, 2:30-8pm; Saturday 9am-Noon.

Hanukkah (The Jewish Festival of Lights) begins December 16th. A menorah is lit, one candle each night, for eight nights. Each candle is lit by a ninth candle called the “shammash.” On the eighth night, a fully lighted menorah shines – a symbol of faith and hope.

From the Editor: send info to
You should see an updated newsletter after 3pm on Wednesdays. The cutoff for submitting info for inclusion in the newsletter is Sunday prior (so there is time to compose, edit, and post.) Preferably, send me info as far in advance as you can.

The newsletter and our community web page will be as good as “you,” our community, makes it! I would like to emphasize that the contents of both the web page and the newsletter will be based on input and information received largely from you. If you have a business web page and would like to link it to our community web page, please send me your business information (Your name, business name, hours, phone, nature of business) to post under the business section of the web page and the web page URL (address) that you would like linked.

Electronic Newsletter: As you have noticed, the emailed copy of the newsletter is not yet happening. The key word is “yet” and be assured that in time the newsletter will indeed be coming to you via your email address you signed up for- hopefully starting sometime in January. Please encourage people to sign up! In the meantime, the newsletter will need to be accessed from the web page, click on the “What’s New” link.

Happy Hanukkah!

Gina Fahrenholz, Editor


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