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Hope you had a FANTASTIC 4th of July!!

It was hot, yes it was. But it seems that didn't stop people from flocking to Murdock for the road race and the parade. There were pluses and minuses to the heat. More people went to Bulldogs to eat after the parade, but the line to the Lions Club dinner seemed to be longer this year. 

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The kids loved the bounce house and the petting zoo. We had a case of heat stress in our group and for the first time did not get watermelon or the Lions Club lunch. we had burgers and fries at Bulldogs.

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You could even buy a raffle to win a tractor!! The Cass County 4-H kids sponsored the petting zoo and were raffling off tickets to win a John Deere Tractor. More details can be found at the Cass County Fair, where I believe you can purchase more tickets and the winner will be drawn at the end of the fair. So search out a 4-Her for your tickets. Each club receives 25% of the ticket proceeds.

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If you were out of town or missed the festivities here is a video highlighting the people from Elmwood in the parade. Visit the Murdock website for even more photos and videos. 

Subscribe to the weekly news to get updates each week on what is happening in town. Want something posted to the Elmwood website? It's easy just email me at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com.

If you forget then you can stop by the American Exchange Bank or Post Office for a pull-off tab to keep in your wallet so you can easily email me your phone photos and a short message. 

We are ROCKING Elmwood 

RockPainting ElmwoodLast Sunday several people gathered at the Thairapist Salon for a Make & take Rock painting class.

There are rocks in the Elmwood Park and around town. If you see one, you can pick it up, admire it. Then you can move it to another location so it can be found elsewhere. 

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Nicole Stackpole provided the paint, brushes and technical assistance with glow in the dark paint. 

RockPainting Elmwood4Painted rocks are also great to bring color into gardens. I have an herb garden that doesn't have flowers, so I'm going to do herb markers.

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The creativity was amazing. We have some fantastic artists in Elmwood. Hannah painted circles around me, I had trouble with just simple lettering. But it served my purpose.

Rumor has it there will be another rock painting session this year. If you are interested let Cindy know on her Facebook page Your Thairapist VIP


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 inexpensive party favor items are great for Summer...school supplies for August!

It goes without saying that during the summer months any items you place inside should be heat friendly and non-perishable. 

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WOW!!! The Farmers Market is REALLY taking off!! We had even more people last weekend. 


People came from Omaha and even Chicago. Yes, they did. The couple from Chicago were passing through and were doing some local CouchSurfing with someone from Elmwood. It was suggested they stop by and they were pleasantly surprised.


Last week there were EIGHT vendors and several sold out before noon.  Get there early for the best selection. 


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

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

ElmwoodNebraskaLibrary What’s New at the Library?

The library is constantly refreshing its collection. Here’s just a sample of what’s new this week!

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Devil in the White City
2003 Best Seller which tells outlines the true story of serial killer H.H. Holmes with the backdrop of 1893 Chicago and the World Columbia’s Exposition.

The Shipping News
1994 Pulitzer Prize Award for Fiction. A hard-luck reporter follows his maiden aunt and moves to a small town in Newfoundland. Dramatic and deep, it gets two thumbs up from the librarian!

Come in and see what else is new and exciting at your local 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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Koehn Recognized with Top Honors
at PBL National Leadership Conference in Baltimore

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(Lincoln, NE), (June 26, 2018)—More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Maryland to Elevate their Futures as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $110,000 in cash awards.

The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference was held June 23–26 in Baltimore. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Whitney Koehn from Elmwood, Neb. competed as part of the Nebraska Wesleyan University team. She received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 26. Koehn competed in Marketing Concepts and placed fifth in the nation.

Whitney Koehn was a four-year member of Elmwood-Murdock FBLA during high school. She
was a state winner and qualified for National Leadership Conference three consecutive years. Koehn chose to move to college level competition when she started at Nebraska Wesleyan this past fall. During her freshman year, Koehn was elected to an officer role at Nebraska Wesleyan and qualified to compete at PBL National Leadership Conference. Nebraska Wesleyan University sent five team members to compete at the National Leadership Conference, and all five students placed in the top ten nationwide in their events. Koehn will serve as Vice President for the Nebraska Wesleyan PBL Chapter next year.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.

 Alumni updates are easy. Send me a photo, or two or three and just a quick couple of sentences. Let's recognize Elmwood-Murdock Alumni who are having a unique experience, achieved a new accomplishment, or celebrating a new job.

Send your alumni news to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com and let's recognize the achievements of our alumni. 

  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 (it's to the right) ---->>>>

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    

 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

We welcome a special presentation of the good news from Rev. James McReynolds.

Hear Jim’s gospel message on the JOY of the LORD our God.

July 8th, 10 am @ 311 N 5th Elmwood NE 68349

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Join VBS on July 23-27

All kids ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to join Vacation Bible School on July 23-27 from 6:15-8:15 p.m.

The event will be held at the Murdock Methodist Church. VBS will be hosted by the Murdock Methodist, Elmwood Methodist, and Elmwood Christian churches.

This year’s theme is “Hero Central” and kids won’t want to miss the chance to meet local heroes and learn about having power in their own lives. Join the fun for singing, crafts, games, science discoveries and daily lessons.

The week will end with a family program and celebration on Friday, July 27.

The cost to attend is $7 per child or $14 per family. Contact kareykoehn@gmail.com with questions.

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Superhero/Princess Fundraiser

Son-Shine is hosting a Superhero/Princess Fundraising event

Saturday, July 21st 9:30-11:30

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Spiderman, Batman, Moana, and Elsa will be at the event interacting with kids, signing autographed pictures, singing and posing for photos.

We will also have theme crafts, activities and donuts. Tickets are required for each child and can be purchased ahead of time at the link below for $22 each, or $25 each at the door the morning of the event.

All proceeds benefit Son-Shine daycare. The link to the tickets can also be found on the Son-Shine facebook page.

Register and buy your ticket here below




ElmwoodMurdockGoodNeighborAward 2018

EMMA (Elmwood-Murdock Merchants’ Association) is proud to announce the
2018 Good Neighbor Awards

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Elizabeth Behrends, Elmwood
Liz has long been a volunteer at the Elmwood Community Center and serves on the board there. She not only volunteers at the Center but also helps with the monthly food distribution. Liz is a member of the St. Marys Catholic Church. We appreciate your generous giving of your time to help make Elmwood a better place to live.

Kristyn Shrader, Elmwood

Kris has shown a commitment to the communities of Elmwood and Murdock that is greatly appreciated. She volunteers at Bits and Pieces and the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum. Kris organizes the Operation Santa program which greatly benefits the communities. During the Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza she coordinates Candy Cane Lane which benefits a local charity or cause every year. Last year the proceeds from that event helped the Mommy & Me swing project in which Kris has also been instrumental. Kris serves as Co-Chairperson of EMMA and this year coordinated the EMMA Elmwood Murdock Garage Sale Day and provided the maps and lists of sales for shoppers. Kris is a member of the Elmwood Christian Church.

The communities of Elmwood and Murdock recognize the sacrifices and contributions of these Good Neighbors and are very grateful to them. The actions of all these individuals have helped to make the Elmwood and Murdock communities a better place to live and work. We congratulate and thank them all.

Do you have a neighbor who is deserving of the Good Neighbor Award? If so, be sure to get a form from the EMMA website and nominate them for the 2019 Good Neighbor Award. The Good Neighbor nomination form and information is available on the new EMMA website: www.elmwoodmurdock.com


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Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
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 Elmwood Community Center 

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 BubbleSoceer 2018

Bubble Soccer is coming back.

Mark your dates on the calendar now!! 

Get your teams together, it's a LOT of fun!

Elmwood Rescue's 4th Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser
Sunday, September 9, 2018

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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Lofte Community Theatre to Present the Classic Musical, Oliver!

Opening Soon OliverManley, Neb., July 3, 2018 -- The Lofte Community Theatre, located in Manley, NE will stage Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! July 21 - 22, July 26 - 29, and August 2 - 5.

Set in Victorian England, the musical follows the story of young Oliver who escapes from an abusive orphanage and soon finds himself on the streets of London, settled in with a band of pickpockets and thieves, led by Fagin. When the boy is captured for a theft that he did not commit, his benevolent victim becomes his only chance of discovering the true love of a family.

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. Lionel Bart wrote the music, book and lyrics for Oliver!

Oliver!, premiered on London’s West End in 1960 before moving to Broadway in 1963. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the show making its American debut which is why Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert thought it was time to bring the show to the stage in Manley once again, “This classic piece of musical theatre has been charming audiences for more than five decades.

It’s full of memorable tunes, a heart-warming story, and, of course, allows the Lofte to fill our stage with so much local talent. That’s a hallmark of a big summer musical at the Lofte. This cast has been hard at work since the beginning of June, and there are countless others who volunteer their summer to make Oliver! A huge success. We can’t wait for audiences to see this show!”

Joining Colbert’s artistic team is musical director, Betty Colbert, and choreographer, Noelle Bohaty.

The cast of Oliver! Includes John Bell, Natalie McGovern, Peyton Banks, Chris Berger, Wade Mumford, Atticus Heneger, Brandy Abbott, Rilynn Whitney, Kharis Jensen, Cyrus Monson, Drew Carlson, Haley Cecava, Xander Monson, McKenna Jones, James Nygren, Skyler Radloff, Therese Rennels, Kathryn Rappold, Kori Radloff, Aaron Spracklin, Eric Radloff, Khyenne Cottrell, Stephen Paal, Lilly Frields, Abraham Vidaurre, Hannah Segure, Piper Monson, Ken Patry, Jeff Johnston, Lynette Boyce, Brenda Jones, Bob Boyce, Lucas Hrabik, Dayton Carlson, Rachel Radloff, Lily Borland, and Andrew Schell.

Tickets for Oliver! can be purchased by calling the Lofte Community Theatre box office at 402-234-2553, or by visiting the theatre’s website at www.Lofte.org and clicking on “Tickets”. Curtain time for the show is 7 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. For more information, call the Lofte Community Theatre or visit www.Lofte.org .

About The Lofte Community Theatre: The Lofte Community Theatre is located in Manley Nebraska, approximately 25 miles south of Omaha. The theatre, a new post-and-beam style performing arts facility can seat approximately 330 patrons for each performance. Actors and audience members enjoy a beautiful climate-controlled venue year around. The Lofte offers a full concession stand, and also sells beer and wine. The theatre offers six core season productions each year as well as many special events featuring visiting artists including week-long children’s theater workshop, a free Veterans Day concert, and host high-school one-act play competitions in the fall. Approximately 12,000 visitors come through the doors annually.

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  2018 County Fair Quilt Raffle

"Remember last year's quilt block contest at the 2017 County Fair? Everyone who saw all the quilt blocks commented that the finished quilt would really be pretty. It is finished and ready for this year's raffle at the 2018 County Fair. Do be ready to purchase your raffle tickets when at the fair!"

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Eagle Farmers Market 

Thursdays by the pool
 In the community park next to the swimming pool, 6th and D St, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, through August 30th. New vendors are still welcome.



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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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