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December 20, 2006

POGO Discount Cards - The Son Shine Child Care Center is selling these discount cards. The cards are good at over 90 different Lincoln restaurants and attractions. A POGO discount card is $20 and $10 goes back to the daycare from the sell of each card. This money is going to be used to help defray the start-up costs associated with the daycare. If you are interested in purchasing a card, please contact the Son Shine Child Care Center, 994-2384, or Carae Oehlerking, 994-2048. These make great stocking stuffers or a last minute gift – you know, for that person who has everything!

Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) Raffle. The EVFD members are selling tickets for a weekly $100 dollar drawing. Winners are announced every Saturday. Purchase a $20 ticket for 52 chances of winning $100 dollars. Tickets may be purchased from any EVFD member. To order through the mail, you must mail a self addressed STAMPED envelope and a check made out to the EVFD. Mail to: EVFD, C/O Ed Blunt, 104 Railroad Ave., Elmwood NE 68349. Tickets will be sold until December 31st.

School Facilities Off Limits. The Nebraska School Activities Association has imposed a moratorium the past several years at which time school facilities are off limits to students. The Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools will be closed for students use from Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 26, 2006. The school will be open for student activities starting on Wednesday, December 27th. Students are not allowed in the building during the moratorium. The faculties will also be closed for Knightstar and other student related activities. Staff members with school age children should not allow their children to use school faculties during this time. Notices will be posted on entrances of each school site informing individuals of the moratorium. This is time for students to spend with their families during the holiday season. (Dan Novak, Superintendent)

Village Board Trustees. The village board is composed of 5 members as follows: Ed Blunt, Chairman; Cindy Meyer, Vice-Chairman; Mike Winter, Street Commissioner; Mark Hogue, Water/Sewer Commissioner; and welcome Fred Cline, Park Commissioner.

Electronic Sign outside the Fire Department. The electronic sign is maintained by a few select individuals of the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department. You too can place a message on the sign as long as it is for non-profit use, such as churches, Senior Center, Red Cross, or Personal Events. If you would like to have something placed on the sign, the preferred method is to email Please ensure your name and a phone number is included with your email.

Community Web page! Please take the time to visit the web page, You can access a lot of things from the web page, such as the Elmwood-Murdock school web page. The Fire Department is now located under “Organizations.” Several area businesses are not only listed but linked with their own web page. You will see items for sell, etc., under the “Classifieds.” And we have links to several other Cass County community web pages. If you are a business, small or large, store front or out-of-your-home, please provide me your information to list you in the business section. If you happen to have a web page, please provide your business web URL address and get linked from the web page. There is no fee associated with this! Other Cass County Community web pages are linking to us as well!

Flying Wheels Fun Center! Have fun over the holidays!

Friday, Dec 29th is Rookie Night, 6:30-9pm. Admission $3 plus skate rental. If you are a beginner or need to freshen up on your skill, this night is for you!

Christmas Eve – Closed.

Christmas Day – Open 2-5pm with FREE admission!

New Year’s Eve All Nighter!! 7pm – 7am. Skating, Dancing, Games, and breakfast too! All ages welcome. $10 admission, plus skate rental.
(Flying Wheels is available for private parties too. Call Julie or Vince Anderson 994-6655)

4th Annual Community Celebration Banquet. Friday, January 5, 2007 at 6pm, at the E-M High School. Sponsored by the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Assn. Tickets are $7.50 and includes a 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.

Newsletter is now E-mailed! You should see a new newsletter nearly every Wednesday afternoon. If you would like to have something included in the newsletter, it must be forwarded to me, no later than Sunday evenings, to be included in the next edition. This allows time to compile, format, edit, and post the newsletter.

The Origins of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In 1939, Robert May, an advertising copywriter for the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago, sought something novel for its Santa Clause to distribute to parents and children. May conceived the idea of a shiny--nosed reindeer, a Santa’s helper. And an artist friend, Denver Gillen, spent hours at a local zoo creating whimsical sketches of reindeer at rest and at play. May considered many names and finally settled on Rudolph, the preference of his four-year-old daughter. That Christmas of 1939, 2.4 million copies of the “Rudolph” booklet were handed out in Montgomery Ward stores across the country.

“Rudolph” was reprinted as a Christmas booklet sporadically until 1947. That year, a friend of May’s, Johnny Marks, decided to put the poem to music. One professional singer after another declined the opportunity to record the song, but in 1949, Gene Autry consented. The Autry recording rocketed to the top of the Hit Parade. Since then, three hundred different recordings have been made, and more than eighty million records sold. The original Gene Autry version is second only to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” as the best-selling record of all time.

Rudolph became an annual television star and a familiar Christmas image in many of the countries whose own lore had enriched the international St. Nicholas legend.

Family, Friends, & Neighbors,
Wire Built (Irina & John - our Web site hosts),
Our Nations Military Men & Women - who are so close to my heart…..
Merry Christmas
Peace on Earth
Gina Fahrenholz,



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