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Elmwood Murdock High School Blood Drive

Thursday, April 4th


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Heavy snow and flooding over the past week have caused the cancellation of more than 600 blood donations and counting.

If you're eligible to give, please visit RedCrossBlood.org to find a blood drive near you. Local blood needs are met first, but because the Red Cross is a national network, we are able to send blood wherever it is needed across the U.S. In our time of need, we are also able to get blood from donors outside of Nebraska and Iowa.

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The American Red Cross focuses on the needs of those affected by the flooding. Volunteers are needed at shelters to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, hot meals and referrals to partner agencies.

Anyone can make a difference by volunteering. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. Those interested in helping can sign up to volunteer at redcross.org. Volunteer Services will contact newly registered volunteers to identify opportunities for them to help.

The American Red Cross is focused on the immediate needs of those affected. If you would like to help with cleanup efforts or search and rescue, contact other disaster relief organizations in the community who assist with these areas of response and recovery. Learn more about what other organizations are doing by contacting the United Way at 2-1-1.


Those interested in making a financial donation to support relief efforts can do so by visiting www.redcross.org/donate and selecting ‘I want to Support Disaster Relief.’ Donations can also be mailed to American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha NE 68124. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

We appreciate the good intentions of those wanting to donate goods, supplies or other materials, but the best way to support is to make a financial donation. Financial donations allow the Red Cross to be flexible in using the funds to directly address the needs of those affected.


Download the Red Cross Emergency App for shelter information and to get instant access to information and resources on what to do during a flood. The app is free and can be downloaded in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or going to redcross.org/apps.

Also, follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/NEIARedCross) and Twitter (@NEIARedCross) for up-to-date information.

Make your appointment now to donate your life-saving gift at the

Elmwood Murdock High School Blood Drive on Thursday, April 4th from 1 PM – 6 PM.

Give the gift of life

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Elmwood Murdock High School
300 Wyoming
Murdock, NE 68407
1:00 PM - 06:00 PM 

 Egg My Yard for Easter

What a fun Easter tradition. The Elmwood Murdock Knights Cheer team will "Egg" you yard with candy-filled plastic eggs. You don't have to go out at the insane hour of 5 am to try and hide the fact you are the Easter Bunny. 

Just wake up weary-eyed with your kids and look out at a yard covered with eggs.  EGG MY YARD 

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Having a Graduation party, 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 in 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.

Elmwood Community Center rental

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) $5.00

 Please call by 9:30 am to reserve


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Reserving the Shelters at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Park


The Bess Streeter Aldrich Park is a public park but you can reserve the shelters for an event. 

The reservation calendar is located on the Village website. 

There will be a sign posted at the shelter when it is reserved to show who has it reserved. 

If you would like to reserve the picnic shelters call the

Village Office (402)994-6705 or Julie Anderson (402)867-4123.2019 GS FlyerForm 


library book 03 27 2019The library received a little bit of everything this week!

American Sign Language: For those interested in learning ASL, we’ve got “The Complete Beginner’s Guide,” with pictures and easy-to-follow instructions on every page!

The First Lady: For our amateur sleuths, we have the new James Patterson novel. The First Lady is missing after the wake of a scandalous revelation that her husband was having an affair.

Grumpy Monkey: A fun new children’s book that’s about negative emotions in primates (and toddlers)!

  Preschool Story Time 

Thursdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5 

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 

 05 04 2019 Litter Pick Up Day

Did 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) 

 Short Story Ralph Parish

Earlier this month received an email from a former Elmwood resident, Ralph Parish. He has fond memories of Elmwood and is quite the writer.   He sent me a story he wrote about his childhood in Elmwood and I thought it would make a wonderful "Series" Addition to the weekly news. This will be a multi-part story series, so make sure to come back each week.

A little bit about Ralph Parish. A few people may still remember him.

I was born in Elmwood Jan 1, 1935. I’m 84 now and have started writing, nothing spectacular yet, but I think a lot about my years in Elmwood and regret that I didn’t pay more attention to the people around me. The population then was three hundred forty-five according to a sign posted beside state route 1 where the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks crossed the highway.

The Elmwood Leader Echo was being printed then by a man named George Blessing and his wife. Her name escapes me just now. One name that will never escape me, if I’m lucky is, Miss Kunz. I've written a short story about her that I have titled, “Why I Love the Letter g”.

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

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Why I Love the Letter g - Part 2

The second and third grades were also under Miss Kunz and we all shared the same room. The desks were attached to pieces of one by four lumber. There were four desks in a row and if five or more desks were needed another set of two or maybe four would be slid in place, lengthening the row.

The architecture of the building itself was red brick construction in a variation of four over four. There were four main classrooms on the ground floor and a variation of that on the second floor. Entry was through double doors on the south side of the building. I suppose that the area just inside the front door could be called a foyer. Looking to the right you would see a stairway leading to the basement and to the left a few steps taking you to a lobby. From there you could enter any of the rooms on the ground floor.

Miss Kunz’s room was on the southwest corner. Fourth fifth and sixth grades were on the southeast corner. On the northwest corner was an identical room for seventh and eighth grades. The school and principal’s offices were directly ahead on the north side. There was a drinking fountain to the right and a broad stairway leading to the second floor. This may sound like a joke but it is true. I was thirteen years old before I realized that high school didn’t mean upstairs.

In 1867 Nebraska went from being a territory to being a state. Eventually, ninety-three counties were carved out of the land and the county of Cass, like all of the others, was subdivided into townships.  Each township dedicated one acre of land for a country school. These schools were designed to handle grades one through eight, all under the tutelage of one teacher. Farm families could send their children to the country school in their township or they could opt for the town school. Families living in towns naturally sent their children to the town school.

When I was very young, five or even eight or nine, adults would ask my age or grade in school.  If my answers was five through seven or eight they would usually respond, “Oh, you are in Miss Kunz’s class.” I had the impression that Miss Kunz had been the first-grade teacher for every adult in our town. This would produce a longing to be in any other teacher’s class.  Oh to be in fourth grade.     

To be continued...

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Updates from the Legislature merged

Highway 63 UPDATE

The first phase of the project from I-80 to Church road was completed in 2017. This opened Church road east-west and connected it to I80.

Last year, 2018, was supposed to be culverts, grading and paving from South of Church road to Alvo.
The weather put the culvert work, grading work and utility relocation work behind schedule. By the time we had the subgrade stabilized and embankments constructed it was too cold to pave.

We will go to work on subgrade reconstruction and foundation placement once the frost is out of the ground and we get some drying weather.
Paving should go fast and we hope to be paved out by July.

I know it is frustrating but grading work is very susceptible to delays with wet weather and last year had a lot of rain.

It is with the hope that we can open in July.
Please encourage anyone interested to call the district office for updates.


Our project manager is Jesse DeLosSantos.
Our Construction Engineer is Curt Mueting.

Tom Goodbarn
District Highway Engineer

 This is looking quite ahead, but if you are thinking of a bike or show car project this year now is the time to start. 

The 2nd Annual Car/Bike Show will be on August 3rd this year on Main Street. 

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 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

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St. Paul United Methodist ChurchMethodistChurch 2018
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Elmwood, NE 68349 

Sunday School (Sept.-May) 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m.



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This week our Student of the Week Winner is Nicole Meyer. She is a senior at Elmwood Murdock High School. Her activities include FBLA, volleyball, track, choir, and band. She is the daughter of Vince and Susan Meyer.

She was nominated for these reasons:
- She is always friendly and polite
- She is consistently setting goals for herself and working hard to achieve them
- She has been given a scholarship to play volleyball at Bellevue University
- She is admired by both students and staff

Nicole, Susan, and Vince are invited to stop by (we are located under the water tower in Louisville), call (402.234.3333) or email (dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com) to get their Witte Physical Therapy t-shirts!

The next Student of the Week winner will be announced on 4/10/19

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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.

Even 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. 

Don't forget to send me your news 

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

Alumni News

Holiday Events & photos 

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

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 NEST 529 Scholarship Contest Encourages

Children to Draw Their Dreams for the Future

Twelve Winners to Receive a $1,000 NEST 529 Account Contribution

Lincoln, Neb. (April 2, 2019) – Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the ninth annual NEST 529 Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest, open nationwide to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The 12 winning entries, selected by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association, will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account.

To enter the Draw Your Dreams contest, children are invited to submit a drawing of what they aspire to be when they grow up. The entries should be drawn on a 9- by 12-inch landscape using pencil, crayons, paint, watercolor or paper collage.

To qualify, the drawing must be one of the first 400 entries received between 12:00:00 a.m. CT on April 2, 2019, and 11:59:59 p.m. CT on May 14, 2019.

“The Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest encourages children to think creatively and proactively about their futures,” said Treasurer Murante. “Every child can achieve their higher education goals with hard work and the right preparation. With the help of NEST 529, Account Owners are able to prepare financially for the costs of college and make these dreams a reality.”

“For nearly a decade the Draw Your Dreams Contest has been an opportunity for NEST 529 to celebrate and empower young students and their families to pursue their educational aspirations,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We are delighted to provide these children with a boost to their NEST 529 accounts, and to spark important conversations about saving for college.”

Applicants can submit a copy of their drawing by mail or online at planartsnetwork.org. For scholarship contest rules, visit NEST529.com/scholarships. Contest rules also are available at treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships.

2018 Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest Winners:

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NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 261,000 accounts, including over 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Investment Option


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