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Did you see Santa in Elmwood? He was here and greeting over 100 kids at the Elmwood Firehall from young to old. I'm being indulgent here, but these are my Grandbabies and their first visit to Santa. People also shopped at Bits N Pieces which supports our local community in many ways. If you need Christmas decorations head over there. You need stockings, ornaments, clothing, purses, frames, greeting cards etc. 

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The day was packed with activities opening with the Pancake breakfast to the Soup Supper at the Community Center. The Craft Fair gave an opportunity for people to buy local and support small businesses.

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The Starry Night Parade was fantastic as always, it gets bigger and bigger every year and my favorite part is seeing Susie Vogler and her miniature horses. She did not disappoint this year either. Here is a video of the parade, it shows every entry, but isn't as long as the entire parade.

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bag for gifts 2927962 640The Elmwood Giving Tree is located in the foyer of the Clements and Drevo Law and Insurance offices on Main Street. Tags are on the tree and ready to be chosen for shopping. There are 28 tags this year please stop by, take a tag and shop for a child. 

It's sponsored by the Christian Church. It is for the kids of area families.  Each year the school determines who the letters go to and the families send their wish lists to Kris Schrader. 

Each child has a tag on the tree. No names, just boy or girl, and age with the items they asked for. Requests are wide-ranging.... clothes, gift cards, games, toys, etc.

The gifts are to be returned by December 13 (unwrapped) to the insurance office. If you have any questions you can ask Penny Richter can answer any questions (Families will pick up their gifts on December 16 at the church.


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The park officially opened with a red ribbon gala that was attended by a huge crowd. It was so much fun to watch the kids running around and playing. Thank you to Marie Gregoire for organizing the opening and being the emcee.

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 There is the next generation "hamster wheel" at the park. If you remember the old hamster wheel and how much fun it was then you should try out the spinning tulips and spinning cage. I don't know what the official name of it is, I'm sure Julie knows. Next week I'll show you it's NOT just for kids.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

As you plan your Holiday get-togethers, consider the Aldrich House. Starting November 25, we will be completely decorated for our Journey Into Christmas event. Why not have your civic groups and other clubs meet in this beautiful environment. Contact us to learn about the options.

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16th Annual Short Story Contest

Start thinking of ideas for the 16th Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich short story contest. 

The goal is to generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future).

Writers are encouraged to focus on historical and/or realistic topics. This year the Aldrich Foundation is paying tribute to Mrs. Aldrich’s novel The Rim of the Prairie and believe it would be an excellent resource.

Eligibility (Four divisions):

Adult: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
High School (Grades 9-12): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Intermediate School (Grades 3-5): 1st Prize $25; 2nd Prize $15; 3rd Prize $10

Complete rules are found at the Bess Streeter Alrich Website

Stories can be submitted on online. Deadline is February 17, 2018


 Check out the new books at the Elmwood library!

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There are also FREE Elmwood Library hour magnets available. Stop by and pick one up for your refrigerator. Never forget when the library hours are again. I know I'm going to get one. I have a memory like a sieve sometimes!

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 Pre-school Storytime 

Every Thursday

 10:30-11:30 am

It will continue every Thursday except when the public school is not in session.

 Do you have a review of a book at the library, submit them by emailing editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

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 Student Council Food Drive

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Shutterfly Fundraiser

Shop Shutterfly to support your school

The holidays are almost here, and many families will order photo holiday greeting cards or photo holiday gifts. One of the most popular online websites for photo cards and gifts is Shutterfly.com.

The Elmwood-Murdock Booster Club is partnering with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints to raise money for our school. For each purchase you make from one of these online stores, 13% will be donated to the Elmwood-Murdock School.

How To Support The Elmwood-Murdock School:
1. Go to our Storefront URL here –  http://emboosterclub.shutterflystorefront.com/
2. Click through to Shutterfly.com or Tinyprints and start shopping
3. Make a purchase

That’s it, it’s that easy! And you can still use any promotions that are being advertised on the Shutterfly site – right now, all holiday greeting cards are 50% off! Feel free to share this tip with all your friends and family, the more people who purchase, the more our organization earns.

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Elmwood Village Board News

Mail-in election ballots have been mailed. Make sure to VOTE!!

Elmwood Village Board Special Election

Meet the Candidates: Over the course of the next three weeks, I will post information about each candidate running for the Elmwood Village Board. Additional candidates are welcome to submit their information to the Elmwood News by emailing me at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

Kathy (Taylor) Goerlitz

I was born in New York City and lived in Manhattan until I was 16. My family moved upstate to Monroe, NY, located in Orange County, which is about an hour North of the city. I have been married twice and have two sons; Curt Taylor of Harriman, NY and Charles Taylor of Denver, CO. I have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The first phase of my professional career was spent at Frontier Communications in Monroe, NY. After 22 years, I retired and moved to Maine where my husband and I owned a summer home. We purchased a home and lived in Dexter, Maine, about 8 miles from our summer place. The second phase of my professional career was spent working for Wal-Mart in Palmyra, Maine. I worked there for 17 years before retiring again.

My years of public service began in Monroe, NY, when I joined the Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corps. I am a lifetime member and have served for nearly 51 years, 28 of which were in active service. I responded to over 2,500 calls during my active tenure. I led the organization as Chief Dispatcher and then later Vice President and President.

I further served my community on the Mombasha Fire Company, also in Monroe, NY, as the Treasurer, Vice President, and President. I earned lifetime membership from this organization as well, and my active tenure was 32 years.

While living in Maine, my husband and I were active members of the Kiwanis Club. I served the Town of Dexter on the planning board for many years, as well. I ran for and was elected to the Mayo Regional Hospital board in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. I served on this board for 10 years.

My husband passed away in Maine in 2010. In 2015, I decided to sell my property in Maine and move to Nebraska. I arrived in July of 2016 and moved in with my sister, Maggie Smith. I lived with her until recently, when I moved into the apartments on Main St. In Nebraska, I am closer to my son and grandchildren in Denver. I enjoy spending time with my niece, Allison Meister, and her family.

I look forward to serving the community of Elmwood if given the opportunity to serve on its board. I bring a wealth of experience in public service and can help lead the board into the future.

 Brandon Collins

I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up south of Greenwood where I learned to appreciate the value of living in a small town. I moved to Lincoln to attend college but continued to come to Elmwood to go to the roller rink, where I met my future wife, Mikaela Shrader. I moved to Elmwood in 2008.

While living in Lincoln was convenient, I missed the laid-back nature of a small town.Since moving to Elmwood, I have served as treasurer for the Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association and am currently on the board of the Elmwood Public Library. I plan on living in Elmwood for a very long time as I have loved living here for the past nine years and want my daughters Sophie (4) and Hadley (2) to grow up here. I could not imagine living anywhere else.

I graduated from Southeast Community College in the summer of 2006 with an Associates Degree in Business Administration that focused on Accounting. I pursued my Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University and graduated in the winter of 2008.

My professional life has been spent in the accounting/finance field, most recently with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as the Business Manager for the Regional Centers located in Lincoln, Norfolk, and Hastings.

The nine years working for the state of Nebraska has taught me numerous skills I feel can help me be an efficient trustee for the Village of Elmwood. I am competent at setting and monitoring a budget; and I also have an open mind, which will serve me well because I understand the importance of listening to others and making decisions based on research and community consensus. I also see this as a great opportunity to meet more people in the community and to continue to make Elmwood a great place to raise a family.

 Trent Shrader

When I moved to Manhattan, KS to attend Kansas State University in 2008, I was sure that I would find an exciting and improved lifestyle away from small-town Nebraska. True to my expectations, I made many friends, learned a great deal, and grew as a person during my 3 years as an undergraduate. However, I didn’t find a new home. I got married to my incredible wife Karen, who grew up in Murdock, in 2012. We came back to Nebraska for the wedding. Yet I still was not convinced that my future lay back in Elmwood. When I was accepted into veterinary school at KSU, I was confident that four more years in Kansas would make it feel more like home.

It wasn’t until Karen and I had our first son, Landon James, that I started to realize what I owed this small village. As many of you reading this may be aware, Landon was born with a terminal brain disease that caused severe seizures during his entire life. He passed away in 2014, at 14 months old. During those very difficult months, the Village of Elmwood put my family on its collective shoulders and helped us cherish the moments we had with our son and let him live with dignity. Not only did the community give their time and resources generously, but they gave us hope, which was in short supply during those days.

Reflecting on my own challenges during Landon’s life, I realize that every aspect of my character that helped us survive were traits I learned from watching my family, friends, and neighbors in Elmwood and the surrounding communities: my faith, determination, drive, and devotion to my family.

This opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees is an opportunity to use my unique knowledge and experiences to serve the community to whom I owe all my current success and happiness. Guided by my own experiences, I want to see Elmwoodutilize our unique advantages to develop and grow in the coming years.

My primary goals, if elected, will be:
1.) Develop 5, 10, and 20-year plans/goals for the village – To have a vision for the future
2.) Bring professional and steady conduct to the village leadership
3.) Seek new investments for our main street and bring growth to the community
4.) Develop incentives that encourage new families to move to Elmwood

I’m honored to have this opportunity to run for the Board of Trustees and I look forward to investing in the community, just as the community has invested in me.

Dr. Trenton Charles Shrader
Director of Medicine and Conservation Projects | Lincoln Children’s Zoo
Founder | Nebraska Labor and Agriculture Coalition


Terry Carlton

My name is Terry Carlton and I was raised on a farm near Alvo, Nebraska.  I graduated from Waverly High School in 1977 and held welding positions for many years, including five years in Colorado.  I have been married to Connie for 37 years, and we have one son, Clay, who graduated from Elmwood-Murdock in 2008.  Our son, along with his wife Laura, teach and coach at Lourdes Central Catholic School; they have one son, Kamden. 

Connie and I purchased our home in Elmwood in 1984.  I coached little league baseball and Legion baseball for nearly 20 years.  I have been a volunteer for Teammates, mentoring at the high school level for 4 years until the young man graduated and went on to study at the university.

I have been employed with Ash Grove Cement in Louisville for over 32 years; as I stated earlier, I am a welder by trade, but have been employed as a control room operator for 20 years.  I am a 32-year member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local D-174; serving on the Safety Committee, as Chief Steward, Vice-President, and two terms as President.  During these years I helped successfully negotiate six contracts, representing over 100 working families.  In July 2017, I finished my term as Union President, deciding not to run again. 

Should the residents choose to Vote for me; I am fiscally responsible, and traits that I admire include Commitment, Honesty, and Civility.  Thank you.

Updates on official Candidates can be viewed at the Cass County Website

To vote you must be a registered voter in the Elmwood district online Voter Registration is available here -->> - https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/

Due to the resignation of three board members at the October 18th board meeting, there will be a special election to fill their positions. 

The election is set for Dec. 12; interested candidates have until the close of business Nov. 9 to file with the Cass County Election Office, according to a press release issued by Gale's office. Candidates must be registered voters in Elmwood in order to be eligible for the ballot, the release states.

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The Elmwood Village Board and Library are seeking community feedback regarding how we can grow and improve our community and library. We value your feedback, so please consider completing these surveys to continue making Elmwood a great place to live!

The Elmwood Library is seeking feedback on how to better serve the community. The following survey contains questions regarding what the library does well and how the library can improve. Please be as thorough as possible with your answers so we may get the best results. Thank you for helping us improve the Elmwood Library!

The surveys can also be taken online outside of the newsletter by clicking on the categories below.

Elmwood Village Survey Here

Elmwood Library Here 


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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
Daily Menu


Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00


We are currently serving hard ice cream in dishes.
we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

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Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00

Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday 

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"The Forgotten Carols” Kicks Off Christmas Season at the Lofte

Manley, NE [November 28, 2018] - The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces the opening of its Christmas production, “The Forgotten Carols,” on December 2 at 7 pm. The script and original music are written by Michael McLean. Mr. McLean was the producer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for nearly 20 years. The music and story are family friendly and will soon have you in the Christmas spirit.

Directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water, "The Forgotten Carols" tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little-known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

Sara Mattix of Bellevue stars as Nurse Connie Lou. Kevin Colbert is pulling double duty in this production both directing and starring in the role of the mysterious Uncle John. Rounding out the cast are John Bell of Omaha, Brenda Jones of Louisville, Vic Kiefer of Plattsmouth, Lynette Boyce of Lincoln, Brandy Hall of Papillion and Scott Pope of Eagle. Also in the production is a community choir directed by Brandy Hall. Choir members include Lyle Reinholz, Megan Lane, Rebecca Adams, Lily Borland, Timothy Campbell Christina Daley, Jeff Hanson, Pat Lane, Jerry Patry, Ken Patry, Kendra Reynolds and Nick Roth all of Omaha, Adele Bakirane, Gabriella Bakirane and Bob Boyce of Lincoln, Jean Colbert and Tyge Thomas of Weeping Water, Molly Feile and Chelsea Lulla of Ashland, Ken Snyder, Janet Sorensen, Abraham Vidaurre and Jim Wolcott of Elmwood and Diana Geditz of Louisville.

Production dates are December 2, 3, 7-10 and 15-17. Showtimes are 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sunday performances are 2 pm matinees. All seats are reserved and cost $19.

The Lofte Community Theatre is located just east of the town of Manley and their box office number is 402-234-2553.

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Job Openings 

FT Night Charge Nurse (3, 12-hr Shifts weekly including every other weekend),

PT Night Charge Nurse,

FT Evening CNA’s,

Weekends Only CNA’s all shifts;

PT Dietary Assistants (1-8:30pm).

FT Maintenance Workers.

Free Single Coverage Medical, Dental, Vision;

PayFlex; 401K Plan; Educational Assistance.

Competitive Wages & a Superior Working Environment.

Apply in person at 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE or call (402) 296-7300 for more information.

www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for application – then hand deliver or mail.

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2017 No Limits Southeast Regional Training

Big Tobacco has a long history of deceiving the public, hiding the truth and targeting youth with its marketing. It’s time to do something about that. Through peer-to-peer education and youth empowerment, No Limits is giving youth like you the know-how, skills and resources to take a stand against Big Tobacco. We envision a smoke-free world in which youth have the power to be the first tobacco-free generation. Unite with other youth from your area and learn how to fight back against Big Tobacco in your community using new resources such as Taking Down Tobacco. Let’s take a stand so everyone can “Breathe Easy”.

Here’s a quick summary: When: Saturday, December 16

Where: Firespring (1201 Infinity Court, Lincoln, NE)

Cost: FREE (We will even pick you up) - DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

We’re looking for Nebraska youth who:

▪ Are 12–17 years old in grades 7–12.

▪ Want to find out the truth behind Big Tobacco’s lies.

▪ Are willing to take action against tobacco in their community and state.


No Limits tries to provide transportation to and from the regional training at no cost to participants. Our buses will be making several stops across the state.

Contact No Limits if you’re having difficulties with transportation.

Youth attending from Lincoln please meet at 1201 Infinity Court by 9:00 a.m.

Application Checklist:- Fill out the application completely. Be sure to answer the essay questions on the last page!

Submit your application by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Find out more information at www.NoLimitsNebraska.com.

All applications must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Acceptance announcements and transportation schedules will be EMAILED by Monday, December 11, 2017.

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