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Senator Rob Clements Update 5-10-2021

The Nebraska Legislature is now in all-day debate and is considering a wide range of issues. This week I would like to discuss a few bills of interest.

LB 408, the Property Tax Request Act, was a bill to limit local government spending in order to limit property tax increases. It would have limited annual growth in property tax requests to three percent plus real growth, exempting bond payments. Spending could increase no more than three percent for two consecutive years and could not exceed nine percent over three years. It also included a sunset date of 2027 so the legislature could review its effectiveness. I supported the bill as it came up for debate on April 22, but it was filibustered and received 29 votes of the 33 needed to advance.

LB 364, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, allowed an income tax credit for contributions to a non-profit K-12 scholarship organization. The bill allowed low-income students to apply for grants to help them attend a private K-12 school that might better fit their educational needs. There was a $5 million annual limit to state income tax credits. I supported the bill, but it failed to advance due to another filibuster, receiving 29 of 33 votes needed.

LR 14, Article V Convention of States resolution, would propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. LR 14 would allow three topics. First, impose fiscal restraints on the federal government. Second, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government over the states. Third, provide for term limits for Federal officials and members of Congress. This resolution is stalled in the Government Committee with a 4 to 4 tie. On April 23 there was a motion to move the bill out of the committee. I voted in favor, but the vote was two votes short of the 25 needed to advance it.

LB 236, County Concealed Carry Option, is my priority bill for this year and will be coming up for debate soon. LB 236 would let a county board authorize the lawful permit-less carrying of a concealed weapon within their jurisdiction. Citizens could conceal carry within the county if they are legally eligible to possess a weapon. The bill excludes counties that contain a city of the metropolitan class (Omaha) or primary class (Lincoln). LB 236 requires counties to consult with their county sheriff prior to passing the ordinance. Persons with a lawful permit-less concealed weapon must immediately inform any emergency responder in the event of an official contact.

Budget – The April 29th forecast added $90 million to the budget projection. There are still many spending bills sitting on the second and third round of debate. These bills currently total more than $245 million and will need to be reduced in the upcoming debate. I will work to reduce the total and prioritize only essential spending so the extra adds to our cash reserves.

Feel free to contact me or my staff for assistance, information, or questions on issues.
You may reach me at: Senator Robert Clements, State Capitol Rm 1120, Lincoln, NE 68509, Phone 402­471­2613, Email: rclements@leg.ne.gov.


 Tails and Tales (Summer Reading Program)

Lions and tigers and bears and . . . KIDS! The Elmwood Public Library will be hosting the Summer Reading Clubs during the month of June and this year’s theme is “Tails and Tales” (animal literature)!

The clubs will meet on Thursdays during the month of June (3, 10, 17 & 24). Little ones aged 4-7 will meet at 10:30 am. Older kids ages 8-11 will meet at 1 pm. Each session will last approximately one hour. Parental supervision is not required, as we will have some volunteer coordinators on-site to help.

Library summer reading program

We have a lot of fun things in store including presentations and live animals on-site! We’ll also get our hands dirty with some crafts and kick back with some animal crackers and watch a cartoon or two! Between all of these fun activities, we’ll discover some great animal stories and integrate them into the weekly activities. Earn tickets towards prizes by reading books and attending our meetings. Prizes will be awarded on June 24.

Advanced registration is required. Please stop by the library prior to May 31 to fill out a registration sheet and reserve a spot for your child(ren). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Library Director Anne Pope at elmwoodlibrary@outlook.com.

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 The Elmwood Library is open. Regular hours with just a few adjustments for social distancing.

Easy Library Links

Online Card Catalog https://elmwoodpubliclibrary.follettdestiny.com/ 

Libby Library App https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm  


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Jewelry, hot coffee, tea, eggs, it's just a few things you will find at the Elmwood Farmers Market.

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Oh did I mention friends? It started off a chilly morning, so a little slower, but it gave people time to chat, visit and actually visit with our customers. Someone said, spent 2 hours at the market this morning and still didn't see all the vendors. We had five vendors and pretty good for a chilly morning. 

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We had another new vendor who has baked goods and hot flavored coffee.

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We sold out of the Barn tote bags below, and the truck bags were very popular. More are on order and will be here for the May 22nd Market. 

Look Look, we have Elmwood Farmers Market bags too!

The barn totes are back in stock. Stop by the market this Saturday for a NEW design!

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They are only $15, and two dollars from each purchase goes back to the Farmers Market for future supplies. 

These will go fast! Pick yours up on Saturday.

There is still room for MORE VENDORS - No fee, no mandatory number of times to set up.

Join our Elmwood Market Vendor group here for more details or contact Dawn via email 

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New Summer Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House started its new summer (extended hours) today. 

We can also schedule a private tour on different days for groups of five or more.

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This 1925 flapper-style wedding dress gets front room attention because it, like the Aldrich House, is about to celebrate it's 100th birthday. This dress belonged to Mim Custard's mother (Mildred Hoffman who married Ray) on August 26, 1925, in Chambers, Nebraska.

Our wedding exhibit goes through August 29. Are you responsible for planning a bridal shower? Why not consider hosting it at the Aldrich House which is already beautifully decorated. Check out some of the more than 20 dresses on display (as early as 1867)!

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House is pleased to host Dottie Wolverton who will give a presentation entitled “Tied to My Apron Strings” on Friday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. Considered essential kitchen apparel, the look, and functionality of the apron has changed over the decades. Dottie will bring many of her extensive collections to show.

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Designed as a garden event, the program may be moved inside or to the nearby learning center in case of inclement weather. Please pre-register with the director at aldrichfoundation@gmail.com. The cost is $5 and includes admission to the Wedding Exhibit at the Aldrich House. wedding exhibit speaker 06242021

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Congratulations to Norah Green, a current UNL student from Elmwood, who was selected to be part of Jacht (pronounced like yacht), UNL’s student-run advertising and public relations agency through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Jacht provides students with real-world experience that extends beyond classroom instruction by giving students opportunities to work in a real advertising agency setting.

Students use their skills and knowledge to work with real clients in areas of brand strategy, graphic design, photography and videography, social content creation and strategy, and public relations.


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 Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website    

The "Pie Ride" is coming to Elmwood this summer.

Marie Gregoire has organized a new event for Elmwwood. For those that are familiar with the Nacho Ride to Eagle - same thing, only we will feature pizza and dessert pi!

"Pie" - Pizza and Dessert Pie.

The C Store and Quonset will sell pizza slices and local civic groups will sell dessert pie at the Park Gazebo.

1st & 3rd Thursdays 

June, July, August

The Nacho Ride has brought economic development to Eagle. We even see riders in Elmwood Taco Tuesday is the BEST in Elmwood!!

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Many of you probably don't realize how big this really is, but bike tourism is HUGE. The MoPac trail is part of the ride across America program and every week I see bicyclists in town visiting the C Store, taking a photo by the mural, or stopping by the Farmers Market on Saturday morning. 

Since this is our first year we don't expect the same high numbers as Eagle. But, her organization has the grant to promote this for our community. More details will be coming later.

Bike Share in Elmwood Nebraska

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In coordination with St Paul Methodist Church, United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Bits & Pieces five bicycles are available to check out (just like a library book) and ride around town, to the park, or on the trail. 

  • To check out a bike, you must sign a waiver. General bike share program rules-
    must show a drivers license at check out
  • 12-17 can rent bikes with a parent at check out. Parents take full responsibility and sign a waiver for their child.
  • The bike is due back by the next Bits and Pieces business day. Plans are in the works to get a key dropbox. (Stay tuned.)
  • The condition of the bike is checked at check out and when it is checked back in
    when you check out a bike you are responsible for the bike. Any damage will result in a fee.
    failure to return the bike by the due date will result in the suspension of your ability to check out bikes.
  • No holds/reservations on bikes will be allowed
  • We do not provide helmets. You can bring your own helmet to use while riding the bike.
  • Have fun!!!!

Funding for this project was provided in part by the United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas.💗 About 30 people attended the official ribbon cutting on April 12th and I was even the first person to check out a bike. It's easy and once you are registered you just add the next date and time to the notebook. 


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The Elmwood Library is open. Regular hours with just a few adjustments for social distancing.

Easy Library Links

Online Card Catalog https://elmwoodpubliclibrary.follettdestiny.com/ 

Libby Library App https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm 


Elmwood St. Paul UMC Cass County Food Bank

There is a new location for the Cass County Food Bank.

The Food Bank has moved to the previous Village Office location. Advertisement for Food bank 2020 page0001 3

They have a new space at the previous Village Board building!

Parking is improved and there is now more space and room for freezers, food storage, and a permanent distribution site. Please let people know about the new location who could use this service.

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May Fitness Challenge

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May fitness challenge-Run, bike, or walk. The highest number of miles completed for each group will win a prize!! A prize will also be awarded for the most posts/updates to the Facebook page.

Sign up here or contact Nicole at the United Methodist Church for a tracking form.  


2021 Memorial Day Flyer to print

Cass County VETS June Save the Date

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Use your card # and the PIN number (streeter) to see available titles online.

It's easy to get a library card and borrowing electronic books can be done on your tablet or Kindle. Anyone can be a library member. Even if you live in another town or state. t's only $10/year!

Access digital media! Audiobooks, eBooks, magazines!

 Spread the word about the Elmwood Public Library!

Village Updates

Elmwood Board offic 2021

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Board meetings are open to the public and held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The meetings are held at the new Village Board office located at the Learning Center on the south side of town. 

Official agendas are posted the day before at the Post Office, Gas Station, and Village Office. Prior to the posting of the agenda, meeting items can be added to the meeting. At the end of each meeting is a Public Comment Section. Attendees have three minutes to speak about anything at this time. Further discussion on the topic can then be added to the next board meeting.  

Next Board Meeting 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

 7:00 pm

The agenda is posted at the Elmwood C-Store, the post office, and the Village office.

Minutes can be viewed at the Village office or can be found online.

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Wouldn't it be amazing if the board meetings were FULL every time? This is your opportunity to be involved, be "in the know" and learn how to influence how your community grows, how improvements can be made, and how you can participate in the steps needed to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

As of January 2021, the Village of Elmwood requests that all utility bills be deposited in the new dropbox. 

Village Office Hours

Monday 8:00 - Noon

Tuesday 8:00 - Noon & 12:30 -4:30

Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday 8:00 - Noon & 12:30 -4:30

Friday CLOSED 

Take It Or Leave It Pantry

The free pantry is here to serve our community. It is for neighbors helping neighbors. Take what you need or leave what you can.

Here are some ideas that may be useful:

  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned soup
  • Granola bars and snacks
  • Fruit snacks
  • Dry soup mixes
  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna etc)
  • Boxed prepared meal kits (hamburger helper etc) 

Elmwood Food Box

Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

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

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Online services are available on their Facebook page.

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400 West G Street

Elmwood, NE  68349

The daycare phone is 402-994-2384.

Pastor Michelle Chesnut

Cell Phone 402-314-7988  Church Phone: 402-994-6735

E-mail: stpaulelmwood@gmail.com

 Website:  elmwoodmurdockumc.com 

Elmwood Christian Church

Virtual Sunday Services via Zoom. Stay in touch with your congregational members.

Come on in at 9:30 am for some socializing and catching up.

Service starts at 10:00 am

Did you know that the initial concept of this online town newsletter more than 15 years ago was supposed to be based around READER SUBMISSIONS!
Yup, that's right. Back then it was harder to send in news. NOW, you can just email me news and photos to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com It's that simple. 
Remember not everyone has Facebook. Really they aren't.
Even if they are subscribed to the local Stay in the Elmwood-Murdock Group, Facebook does not show ALL the content and you might miss out. VOLUNTEER BUTTON BITSb.pub


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we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

Elmwood C Store

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Louisville Food Pantry
OPEN: every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: 304 Main Street, Louisville

Please come and pick up what you need for your household or a friend’s.
We have canned goods, boxed meals, breakfast items, frozen meats, bread, eggs, baking ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal care items, diapers, and wipes.


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Witte Physical Therapy

Louisville Clinic
1268 E Henry St Ste 1
PO Box 68
Louisville, NE 68037
phone: 402.234.3333
fax: 844.272.6479

Plattsmouth Clinic
205 S 23rd St Ste 1
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
phone: 402.298.4747
fax: 844.272.6479

Hooper Clinic
111 Main St
Hooper, NE 68031
phone: 402.654.2121
fax: 844.272.6479

If you are one of the lucky ones, you haven’t been adversely affected by the covid-19 pandemic, but we all know people that haven’t been so fortunate. Sadly, whole families are hurting right now, but there's good news. Local help is here to assist!


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We want to assist those who are overwhelmed with these problems. We’ll help you to get the resources to speed-up the recovery process and get things back to normal again. However you must act soon, as funds are limited.

For more information and to fill out an application visit our website cassdisasterrecovery.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Case Manager, Darla, at casscnty.ltrgcm@gmail.com, or call our office, (402) 267-3165.

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Saturday, May 15th, 7:30 pm, the PLUM-TUCKERED BAND will entertain young and old alike.

Admission $4; FREE for kids 13 and under!
Sunday, May 16th, our monthly jam session will commence starting at 1 pm.

Bring your instruments and join us for a fun afternoon!

Masks required unless you're performing on stage. FREE fun for all ages!
Our nonprofit theater is located at 211 Main, Louisville, NE.
Call 1-800-480-8797, ext 211, for updates.
Email us at cornhuskercountrymusic@gmail.com.
Like us on Facebook! 

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Demolition of the old railroad bridge on Highway 1 in Murray started March 1st. One lane traffic is being electronically controlled, so please be patient at the lights when waiting, then driving through. Work is expected to continue through the summer months, so plan your travel accordingly. Be careful, watch for workers and machinery and make safety the priority.


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