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Short Story Submission- Why I Love the Letter G (Final Part 12)

Bess Streeter Aldrich House Banner It was a busy week at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House. 


Sunday was a Garden Fairy Workshop and it was so popular there will be another one. So keep your eyes peeled for the next date. Just take a look at these creative mini gardens for make-believe fairies. 


Fairy Gardens are potted gardens normally planted with succulents and other miniature easy to maintain plants. You can decorate them with decorative fairies, paths, mini ponds, and houses. Aren't they cute?


Cindy Mather and Lil made this adorable little garden and sent me the picture.

Don't you just LOVE it?

I want to make one!!

Maybe I will be in town the next time. 

Did you see the Tractor Drive? What fun!!

What about the Vintage Car Parade through town?


Elmwood certainly is a mecca for special events in Eastern Nebraska.  I was on vacation this past week and missed all the excitement so thank you to Julie Anderson, Cindy Mather, and The Quonset for the photos.



Water Therapy for Bella

14-year-old Bella was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

OI, in short, causes Bellas bones to break easily with little or no trauma. Bella quit counting her fractures at 50 over 10 years ago. Last month she fractured her tail bone just trying to scoot on her bottom on the stage at school during gym class. 

Over the last few years, Isabella's fractures are not healing the way they used to. Since strong muscles protect weak bones it is very important that Bella exercise however since she is completely wheelchair bound her mobility is extremely limited. Her Ortho team has requested that she do water therapy 3-5 times a week. Unfortunately, the rehab location where she would be doing this water therapy is a 45-mile round trip.

With the cost of gas and missed classes and or work this is not an option either. I have decided as Isabella's mom to install a pool here at the house for her. This will allow for therapy 7 days a week, it will not be limited to 1 hour and it will do so many amazing things for her strength, mobility, and overall pain management. 

This pool is a big undertaking. The first step required us to have the electric supply to the house trenched and rewired. The cost of this is $5,230. The cost of the above ground pool and heater with installation and set up is just under $10,000 and was financed with Green sky at $160/month. 

The third step in this project will be getting Bellas wheelchair out to the pool and safely getting her into the water. The main floor of our house is not ground level. We will be knocking out a portion of the back wall and putting in a sliding glass door to allow her to take her wheelchair from the house safely out to the pool. The deck placed around the pool will have a Hoyer lift placed on it to safely move Bella from her wheelchair into the water. 

This project is a huge undertaking but the positive difference it will make in Bellas life is priceless. The warm water will help her with bone pain, the water will allow her to move without putting undue stress on her bones allowing for very important muscle strength to help protect her bones and help reduce fractures. The exercise will allow her to be mobile, and the activity allows for her to lose weight increasing her mobility and reducing the stress excess weight puts on her fragile bones. 

I want to thank everyone in advance for your prayers and support. I  appreciate any help you can provide in helping me meet this need. Please take a minute to share this with your friends and family as well as send up a prayer for Bella. 

Thank you all so very much 


Updates from the Legislature merged

State Sen. Rob Clements 6-7-2019

The 2019 Legislative Session ended on May 31. It was a busy session with over 250 bills passed of 739 introduced.

One of the highlights is LB 512, which I co-sponsored. This bill helps those who had property damaged by flooding. Under prior law, your assessed value was the value on January 1st, even if it was destroyed later. Now, if you have more than 20% damage, the property will be assessed at the value after the damage. The damage must occur by June 30th to receive a reduction.

To claim the discount, the owner must file Form 425. It must be filed with the County Assessor and County Clerk by July 15th. Form 425 is available at http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/index.html, the Dept. of Revenue website, along with more details regarding the new law.

Property tax relief was an important issue again this session. I supported LB 289, which addressed property tax reform along with K-12 school funding reform, but it stalled at round one of debate. LB 289 had several good provisions in it and is heading in the right direction, but the increase in sales tax from 5.50% to 6.00% was opposed by many. Its controls on local spending increases are important for any long-term reform plan to be successful.

We did raise the Property Tax Relief Fund by $51 million, a 22% increase. That raises it to $275 million for 2019 and $275 million for 2020. This is a nice increase, but more is needed to reduce the burden on property taxpayers.

LB 183 addressed an important issue regarding school bonding projects. It lowers agricultural land assessments from 75 percent to 50 percent for the purpose of bond payments, giving those with fewer votes less of the debt payments. LB 183 advanced to the second round of debate as amended, with my support.

An attempt was then made to amend LB 183 to remove the original bill and add more sales taxes to the property tax credit fund. Removing good provisions and not including any local spending controls in the new version made it a bill I could not support, and it did not advance. Both LB 289 and LB 183 will carry over to next January’s session while improvements are worked on over the summer.

LB 720, the Imagine Act was designed to replace our current business incentive program which expires December 31, 2020. There are many improvements in LB720, providing better tracking and simplicity, but it failed to get 33 votes needed to end debate. A major factor in its failure was the failure of long term property tax reform. LB 720 will also carry over to the 2020 session.

Feel free to contact me or my staff for information on issues or if I may be of assistance. Please reach me at: Senator Rob Clements, State Capitol Rm 812, Lincoln, NE 68509 (402­471­2613), or at my email: rclements@leg.ne.gov.


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 The E-M youth baseball and softball season is here and we need umpires.

If you are 14 and over and interested go to emsports.org to sign up as an umpire.

Behind the plate umpire needs to be 18 or older except for 8 and under baseball.

Softball umpires are required to be certified except for 8 and under softball.

Share if you know anybody interested. Any questions call or text 402-499-0993.

 Give the gift of life copyThe Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Elmwood on June 3rd.

Thank you to all of the donors who came to help reach the goal and help so many people.


ElmwoodNE Community Center  RENT the Community Center

Having a baby shower, family reunion or large family dinner?

You can have your party and STILL keep your house clean.

Don't worry about the rain for a graduation party. Have inside with couches, a full kitchen and plenty of seating.

Only $75.00 for four to 6 hours.

Call 402-994-2145 for more details and to set your date. 

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

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

Noon Meals (Eat in or Take-out) $5.00

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ElmwoodlibrarycardSpread 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  

Time for the Good Neighbor Awards

We have a lot of people in the Elmwood-Murdock area who help make our community vibrant, active and a better place to live. If you know one of those people, nominate them to be forever recognized. 

Good Neighbor Award Nomination Form 2019 page 001This award goes back to 2004 and just take a look at all the good people who have been recognized.  List of good neighbors 2019


 Local Concealed Carry Course 

The Elmwood Community Center will be hosting a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) course on July 13, 2019.

Contact Erin Cook for more information

Concealed Handgun Permit page 001Did you know we have a Community Calendar on the website? 

Elmwood Community Calendar

 (click here or on the banner above to find the monthly calendar for the month) 

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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

Would love photos of the past events, at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

 Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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You may not get out as often, but people are still in need of emergency supplies and cupboards are bare in some Elmwood homes. 

   Short Story Ralph Parish

Earlier this month received an email from a former Elmwood resident, Ralph Parish. He would love to hear how you liked his short story and if you have any memory of Miss Kunz as a teacher. 

This will be a multi-part story series, so make sure to come back each week.

Miss Kunz taught First Grade through Third Grade for more years than I could then remember. She taught four of the five Parish children.

Read Part 1     Part 2      Part 3    Part 4   Part 5  Part 6    Part 7   Part 8   Part 9   Part 10

Why I Love the Letter - Part 12

 All of those students that shared the experience of having Miss Kunz for their primary school teacher finished school through their senior year. Many went to advanced education fully clothed and in their right mind.

Deliver us from new math, the belief that memorization is unnecessary, bad manners and the vernacular of the uncouth.

Late May or early June Nineteen forty-three I was seated in the last row of desks beside the north wall of the classroom and was relishing the thought of being in a different room come the Fall term.  I sensed Miss Kunz slowly walking up the aisle between my row and the wall. She stopped. I knew something was coming that I wouldn’t like. She placed her left hand on my shoulder, bent down and in a very low voice she said softly,

“Next year I will be teaching grades one       through four,”

My heart sank.

      “You won’t mind being with me one more year will you?”

      “No.” I lied.

Whatever was said next I don’t remember. I wasn’t going to go to confession for that lie.

 Now that a good many years have past and I know a few things that I didn’t know then. I know what font means and whenever I see the letter g and recognize Cambria or Times New Roman or any other font that dresses up the lower case g,

A flash from a film clip made over seventy years ago comes to mind, it’s Miss Kunz, smiling and the same age that she was then.

God bless you Miss Kunz, where ever you are. You laid the foundation stones that were the start of the road to the character for many, many young lives.

The End

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