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"Growing Together"

December 27, 2006

4th Ed.

It’s Official! School students are officially on winter break until January 3rd, when second semester begins. The school year is officially half over!

For the Kids. Are you looking for something new for the kids to do during this break? Visit this website The website contains free games, stories to read, pages to color, puzzles and other activities.

Please Visit the NEW Elmwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Website at:

….also on the web, from the home page ( click the following tabs to get this information:

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS - things going on!
BUSINESSES – take a look at what is available! You will be amazed!

  • School web page
  • Organizations, like the Fire & Rescue
  • Links to Elmwood Neighbors
    • Other Cass Co. town websites
    • Elmwood Links (Cemetery, Grandpa’s Woods, Bess Streeter Aldrich home page, Cass County links, and much more!
    • Nebraska Virtual Library
  • Churches of Elmwood

CLASSIFIEDS: Items for sale, needed, special services, etc.
WHAT’S NEW: Current newsletter and archived editions
CONTACTS: Village Board

If you would like to have any items posted on the web page please contact me! You can include items in the newsletter that relates to small town living, such as birthday and anniversary wishes, birth of a child, a whimsical story…..whatever! Please send to me at

Cook Needed! The Elmwood Senior Center is in need of a cook, Monday – Friday, 6:30am to 1:30pm. If you are interested or can help out please call Joann Hill at 994-5095.

Oh NO! Christmas is over and you forgot Uncle Fred! … still don’t have all your gifts purchased for friends and family you get together with after the holidays?? Well fear not! You can still purchase a POGO DISCOUNT CARD good for over 90 different Lincoln restaurants and attractions. They cost a mere $20. You’ll be helping the community as $10 will go back to the Son Shine Child Daycare Center. If you would like to purchase, please contact the daycare center, 994-2384, or Carae Oehlerking, 994-2048.
You can purchase raffle tickets from the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) for 52 chances to win a weekly drawing of $100. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any EVFD member. Purchase by December 31st.

Electronic Sign Messages. For the sign located outside the Fire Station send your message requests to Please include your name and phone number on your email request.

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 $7.50 and include 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 tickets from Judy Cline, 994-2406 or any FBLA member.

Are they Nuts? YES! New Year’s Eve All Nighter! Flying Wheels Skating Rink 7pm – 7am. Skating, Dancing, Games, and Breakfast for $10 plus skate rental. All ages! Have Fun!

New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time of renewal and many people resolve to break bad habits and begin good ones. These resolutions require people to examine their lives over the past year and plan for the coming year.

The earliest documented New Year celebration occurred in Mesopotamia around 2000 B.C.E. (before the common or Christian era.) The celebrations typically occurred in the middle of winter in an attempt to ensure the return of spring and fertility. Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of sacred tree branches and, later on, gold covered coins imprinted with the face of Janus. Janus had two faces: one looked forward and one looked backward. Gift giving was extended to the emperors who eventually demanded them. However, these and other pagan customs were forbidden by the Christian church in 567 C.E. (common or Christian era.)

In the United States, some of the early colonists fired guns into the air and frequented the local taverns. Others attended church or open houses. The current celebration includes parades such as the Tournament of Roses parade, and college football games.

I hope all of you ring in the New Year safely.
Happy New Year Elmwood!

Gina Fahrenholz,
(Items for the next newsletter are due to me by Monday morning, Jan 1st!)

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