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 As I write the weekly news this week I am even more impressed with the leaders in the community that make Elmwood GREAT!

Seriously, we had hundreds of people in the park both Saturday and Sunday for church picnics, birthday parties, Famers Market and a Color Run event Sunday afternoon and early evening. All of these events were separate and unconnected to each other but brought joy and smiles to hundreds of faces.

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People who couldn't even attend the weekend festivities baked brownies (thanks Gretchen) and cooked pulled pork for the dinner (thanks Dan)

Who says there isn't anything to do in a small town? There is a LOT to do!

In fact, you can't do all of it every week! I could go to Wing Wednesday and Taco Tuesday. I don't make it to Fitness Boot Camp, and there is always a fundraising meal at least every month so I don't have to cook.

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Last Tuesday I attended the Main Street Revitalization meeting. I even ended up volunteering to be on the long-term steering committee. Why? Because I was inspired by the people at the meeting who want to move forward, who want to make a positive difference.

Because I want to be a part of something great that will have a positive impact on the people of Elmwood for years ahead. 

Read this weeks news, share it with others. There is a Facebook share button (somewhere...ah, there it is..) If you want to help grow Elmwood, have skills (cookie baking is a skill) standing and passing out water is a skill...then get involved and I will see you at the next event!

Elmwood Park Color Run

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What a fun day at the park. There were minute to win it games, pulled pork sandwiches made by a local BBQ Champion (more on that below) Oh and there was also a fun color race. What is a color run you ask?

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It's not just a race, but a fun race where you run through clouds of color powder and cross the finish line in all different colors. Shirts start off white but end up as a rainbow at the end of the race. It is a way to include people of all ages from kids to hobby runners, to serious fitness professionals like Shannon Josoff below.

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Shannon runs the Elmwood Fitness morning boot camp class that meets at the Quonset. Her tip when I saw her here..."Gotta hydrate before the race..." With a smile like that, it's easy to see why she can inspire people to work out at 5:00 am in the morning. The women's group meets at the Quonset on Tuesday, Thursdays, and 6:00 am on Saturdays if you are interested.

But I digress...

Getting back to Sunday in the park. All afternoon hundreds of people visited the park, played on new playground equipment and socialized with friends. 

ElmwoodPark ColorRun 0826 2018 7High schoolers volunteered to throw color at the runners and you can tell they had a lot of fun doing it. Maybe it just wasn't for the runners. You could tell the "professional color run crowd" from the first timers as they had white bandanas on their heads to keep their hair from turning color. It did wash off I was told.

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Over $1000 was raised for the Mommy and Me swings. It's events like this that help pay for the equipment. Julie Anderson recently provided an accounting of all of the fundraising and most likely there will be another "community build" to save even more money on the installation.


Just look at the joy on this little ones face as Mom pushes her on the swing. Soon they will be able to ride the swings together.

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Remember last fall? Almost 100 different people over a five-week span came together to build the park. They dug holes, hoisted poles, screwed in bolts, and moved thousands of cubic yards of wood chips. 

We thought the height was a little tall, but the older kids LOVE climbing up to the top. You can't help but smile when you see kids having fun.

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THIS is why Elmwood is GREAT and will remain great!

The people who get involved for the sake of the community is what keeps our community strong. It's for smiles on kids faces like these and the stories they can tell in the future of how much fun growing up is in Elmwood. It's leading by example, taking action, going out of your way to stop at the park events like ice cream feeds, farmers markets and fun runs that encourage and inspire community spirit.

I didn't forget the Minute to Win it games either, although the park and the race took much of my attention.

Our newest foreign exchange students came out to volunteer and by the looks of it, they had fun. (I will do an interview with each one for future editions)

Azeal is helping with the "Bounce the Balls" game. 

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I saw Norina running, literally running all over the park playing with kids and having a great time. Here she is learning how to play GaGa ball in the GaGa Pit built as an Eagle Scout project. I don't even know. But the elementary kids do. That might actually be a tutorial in an upcoming newsletter. 

What kids want to meet me at the park on Saturday at noon and teach people how to play? 

I will film you and post it here and on the Elmwood-Murdoch playlist on my YouTube Channel.

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After the race was an air guitar contest. Just imagine if there was audio to this photo. Someone "might" have gotten video of this. If you did I want to see it. Email me at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com and I will include it in next weeks newsletter.


Thank you to everyone in helping with the color the park event  From decorating, setting up, serving food, and cleaning up afterward! YOU are what makes Elmwood GREAT!

The next day at the park two groups had the picnic shelters reserved. One was a church group and the other a birthday party. It doesn't cost anything to reserve the space, but it does let others know there is an event happening so space won't be overbooked. 

What a great problem to have! More and more people are enjoying the park every day. Not only from Elmwood but the surrounding area and even from Omaha and Lincoln. The Bess Streeter Aldrich house is hosting garden weddings which are bringing people from even a further distance. 

Benefit for Lauren Platt

September 7, 6:30 - 1:00 am
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Darin Platts wife Lauren has been battling illness for a long time now. Several months ago she was FINALLY diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease after years of hospital stays, treatments, specialists, and emergency room visits.

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Currently, shes lost half of her vision and use a walker. She has almost lost her life once already resulting in a lengthy hospital stay. They are aiming to send her to the Hansa Center in Wichita, KS for alternative treatment. The only problem is that the 3 wk program is very expensive and with all of the other medical bills, medication, and trips out state for Lyme literate doctors, they are unable to send her at this time.

As a mother of a young son and wife to a husband, she fights for her life every day for her family.

There will be a free will donation for pulled pork sandwiches, beans and a bag of chips. Also, a silent auction will also take place with karaoke following. If your able to make it all proceeds will go directly to Darin and Lauren to help out with all of the medical expenses they will incur through this tough time. Let's all show our support for a great friend and family.


Sunday, September 9th Noon- 5:00 pm

The Elmwood Rescue Squad is hosting their 4th Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser!

We are hoping to make this year our biggest and best year yet!

Check-in starts at Noon **All team members must be present to check in**

Games start at 1 pm
Will be at the Elmwood Park in Elmwood, Nebraska

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

For a registration form send us a message with your email or mailing address!

Delicious food will also be available for purchase.

Local Grillmaster Champions

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Dan and Cody Brown took the GrillMaster Championship at the Bites, Brews & Beats | Ground Zero 20th Anniversary Music Festival in Lincoln Nebraska. Wow! Congratulations guys.

I can attest your pulled pork was amazing at the Color Run. It wasn't your run of the mill pulled pork.

Now we need to have a local celebration feast. When is the next time you are cooking?

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 Elmwood Farmer's Market


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 If you want tomatoes and jalapeno peppers come to the Famers Market on Saturdays. Apple Butter and salsa is also available. Rumor has it there will also be a 5-Alarm Jalapeno Jelly for sale. 


 The Farmer's Market will be open from June to October 1st and anyone is welcome to participate.

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You never know who you will see there. It's a great place to hang out on a Saturday morning. Bring your kids to the park, or walk your dog. You might see Hank there.

Plus there are always samples to taste. There is some delicious peach jam that is just divine. Made with Lions Club Colorado Palisade peaches.

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Have extra produce from your garden? Extra tomatoes, squash, or even some cookies?

People are ALWAYS asking for cookies! Give your kids a fun project and let them earn some extra money and have a cookie sale.

There is no sign-up sheet or a fee...just show up and set up and sell your items.


  Preschool Story Time begins September 6th

Thursdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5

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Library cards are available for non-residents for only $10.00 What does this include? Access to the books, movies, and services at the library, PLUS e-books for your Kindle, or tablet reader. 


Spread the word about the Elmwood Public Library!

Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media. 

Library hours

Monday 3- 8pm

Tuesday 2-6pm

Wednesday 2 pm -6 pm

Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm


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  School Events - Calendar Reminders


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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.    

Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website

If the date is TAN (Beige) then there is something to do in town that day!! 

Send me Elmwood-Murdock events you would like me to place on the calendar at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com     


DanWitte PhysicalTherapy StudentoftheMonth 2018STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Witte Physical Therapy would like to announce a few changes to the 2018-2019 Student of the Week(now Students of the Month) program.

We continue to look for nominations from local community members, teachers, coaches, athletic directors, or anybody else who would like to nominate a deserving student. The student could be from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Public Schools. Please see the criteria below.


1. The student must be an enrolled 7th-12th grade student at Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Schools.

2. The student must participate in at least 1 extra-curricular activity outside of normal class work.

3. The student must be nominated from someone outside of their family and be verified by the school before their nomination can be accepted.

4. Nominations are due the first and third Fridays of the month. Please send an email to your school athletic director or principle for verification prior to sending it todan@wittephysicaltherapy.com.

5. Nominations must include the student’s name, parent(s)’ name(s), activities involved in, grade and school attended, and reason for nomination. Additional information including pictures would be appreciated!

The selected student will be posted on Facebook and Twitter pages belonging to Witte Physical Therapy on Wednesday mornings for consecutive weeks. A post will also be submitted to the weekly community newsletters for Murray, Elmwood, Murdock, Louisville, Weeping Water, and Manley, as well as the Plattsmouth Journal. The selected student will have the opportunity to stop by Witte Physical Therapy in Louisville and receive a free Witte Physical Therapy swag!


Selected Student Winners will be posted on 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/12 in 2018. Dates in 2019 include 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, and 5/15.

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 Plan ahead to attend the Fall Quilt and Barn Quilt Show at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House

September 1 to October 14

With the help of the Oxbow Quilters and several other contributors, the Aldrich House is expecting over 40 fall quilts for the inside the house. Outside, you will find 15 mini barn quilts (2' x 2') that have been designed to go along with our garden themes.

These "wooden quilts" are available for viewing in our beautiful gardens and will be for sale through a silent auction process. Please share this post with your friends and make this special exhibit part of your fall activities!flaghalfstaff 0829 President Trump has issued a proclamation noting Senator John McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag should be lowered to half-staff through his interment, Sept. 2.

The full proclamation may be found on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-from-the-president-2/

 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

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Elmwood’s Main Street Revitalization Project

Several concerned and dedicated community members gathered at the Community Center last Tuesday to give their input on what should be the priority in revitalizing Main Street Elmwood.

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Well, you take four dot stickers and you use them to vote on ideas important to you. The ideas gathered from the previous meeting were put into three categories. Low hanging fruit, which is easy and relatively inexpensive to do and accomplish. This included things like murals, community art projects, American Flag brackets on the street lamps and community classes

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The Moderately Difficult would take a little bit more involvement. Long-Term were those ideas that would take 2-5 years to accomplish and require outside funding and assistance with multiple steps and strategic planning. Repairing and revitalizing existing buildings is what people were most concerned about, deemed the most important and wanted to tackle

As you drive through Elmwood what do you see? First, a wonderful park that was built by the community, a bank on the left with an American flag, beautiful gardens by the apartment....but then to the right...what begins with well-kept storefronts then quickly goes downhill.

ElmwoodMainStreet CommunityCenterRemodeling and revitalizing the community center, offering classes, a coffee shop, and updating business signage and infrastructure are considered low hanging fruit and moderately difficult.

But fixing empty stores and buildings that are in disrepair, falling down and literally dangerous is a long-term project.  Rebuilding these buildings was clearly the top priority. The other projects with several votes ironically fit quite well into the larger project.

A focus committee was formed to meet on a regular basis to lay out a plan and a timeline. More details about this committee and progress will be posted as it develops. 


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The Elmwood Community Center provided daily lunches Monday through Friday for anyone who wants a good home cooked meal for a very reasonable price...$5 per person! The Center not only hosts daily meals but it is also a facility that is rented out for meetings, receptions, and family reunions. It is a wonderful facility that provides a great service to the community. 

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, Milk

(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00

Noon Meals (Eat in or Take-out)

 Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00 

Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

Elmwood has a  "Little Free Pantry" in town. Bet you didn't know about it? Or maybe you did and didn't know what it was all about. It's a little cabinet located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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The items in it are FREE for those who are needy, don't have food in their cabinets and need just a little something to get them by till the next day. Various people donate items to put in the cupboard, and they notice that several items do disappear. 

Spread the news. Stop by and put something in when you come back from grocery shopping. If you know a family or anyone struggling, let them know this resource is available in town. 

What can you donate, what may you find?

Generally, canned vegetables and proteins, personal care items, and paper goods. Kid-friendly non-perishables, crayons, and school supplies are perfect.

Don't forget to send me your news 

It's Summer and time for all kinds of activities

There are things happening. Who is in the news, who is making news? This is what I need for the upcoming year

Baseball sign updates

Softball sign updates

Game Schedules

Business special events or Open Houses

4-H meeting dates (photos from meetings)

School Accomplishments (high school, college)

Alumni News

Holiday Events & photos (What Memorial Day Activities are planned, garden tours, plant sales etc)

SEND ME THE NEWS and PHOTOS to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 



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 Work on N-63 Alvo North Realignment

March 15, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Weather permitting, work is scheduled to continue the week of March 19 on N-63, between Alvo and I-80, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Knife River, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa has the $11,758,926 contract. Work will include realignment of N‑63, culverts and box culverts, and wetland mitigation. This will be the second of two phases of work.

During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 (Alvo) to Reference Post 9+68 (Church Road). A marked detour will be in place along I-80 to N-66 to N-50 to US-34 for southbound traffic and along US-34 to N-50 to N-66 to I-80 for northbound traffic. This portion of the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.

The Department’s project manager is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones and along detours.

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