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Short Story Submission- Why I Love the Letter G (Part 6)

Bess Streeter Aldrich is Back in Town!

Ok, not the "real" person but her spirit is being honored by a reenactor who will portray Mrs. Aldrich and give a tour of her house. 

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 Donna Durrette (Mrs. Aldrich) will be in character for the Sunday afternoon tour the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm. She portrays the spirit, not only of the author but a love of Elmwood and our small town of Elmwood.

I have experienced it a thousand times since I moved to Elmwood - the warm-hearted hospitality, loyal friendship and deep sympathy of the small town. And it is these characteristics and other of the better features of a small town and it's people that I have tried to stress in my short stories and books.

- Why I Live in a Small Town, American magazine, 1933


The Bess Streeter Aldrich Park

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It is this sense of community that Bess Streeter Aldrich loved that still remains today and makes Elmwood great!

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That was in evidence this week as again volunteers gathered to erect the Mommy and Me swings.

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What is a Mommy and Me swing? It's a special swing where you and an infant/toddler can both swing together face to face. Or in this case, a girl and her doll. 

Spirit Squad News

It’s time for the
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Plant Sale!! 

As always, we will have plants available for the day of sale too!

Hanging baskets, tomatoes, peppers, and annuals!

This Saturday!!
May 4th 10a-3pm

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Thank you for supporting the
Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad!

plantsaleThe String Beans are coming back!!

This will be EPIC!!! For those who don't know who the String Beans are...like my brother...they are not the Wiggles.

Here is the info from their website:
"From pop and country to rap and rock n’ roll, The String Beans perform a wide variety of original, family-friendly songs about all the things kids love: animals, cartoons, food, science, sports and lots more!

Each show is hilarious, inclusive and spontaneous, and each catchy tune is designed to get every audience dancing and singing along!

Since forming in 2004, The String Beans have released 10 albums, appeared on dozens of radio and television programs, and delighted thousands of fans, becoming Nebraska’s favorite entertainers for pre-school through elementary-aged audiences, not to mention parents, teachers, and communities.


The String Beans perform at fairs, festivals, libraries, schools, churches, museums, zoos and more! In their hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, the “Beans” sold out the Lied Center for Performing Arts and consistently set new attendance records at the Lincoln Children’s Museum’s “Music & Mozzarella” concert series.

The band has also performed for the Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony and recently completed a tour of the southeast United States with performances in Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida."

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Secure your spot at http://buytickets.at/greengablesinn/257574 

Do you Love fresh produce and Vegetables?

Well, there is a new service coming to Elmwood if there is enough interest.

This will complement our Farmers Market,...which news will be coming shortly in regards to the 2019 season. 

 Time for the Annual Plant Sale

  The Elmwood-Murdock Cheer Squad is having their annual plant sale again this year.  It is such a popular event they run out of plants, as early as Saturday!! 


Mother- Daughter Team Party and Fashion Show

In addition to the clothing exhibit at the Museum DON'T MISS the Mother-Daughter Tea Pary and Fashion Show.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2:00 pm

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Do you love history?

Do you love the history of Elmwood?

Are you intrigued by the history that lies in our cemetery?

Are you interested in helping research and/or portray individuals who represent all walks of life from our community in order to bring the voices of Elmwood history to life? 

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If so, please join us to help brainstorm and plan for the First Annual Elmwood Cemetery Walk.

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.

at the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Veterans Museum.

For information, please contact Bonnie Brewer, bb45231@windstream.net.

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April 24th, 6:30 pm at the Elmwood-Murdock High school. detasseling 2019

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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  

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 RENT the Community Center

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 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

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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Did you know we have a Community Calendar on the website? 

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

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This week our Student of the Week Winner is Syndey Kunz. She is a senior at Elmwood Murdock High School. Her activities include volleyball, basketball, FBLA, journalism, student council, science club, and track. She is the daughter of Ken and Chris Kunz.

She was nominated for these reasons:

  • She is always friendly and polite
  • She is an extremely hard worker
  • She is the salutatorian of the class of 2019
  • She is admired by both students and staff

Syndey, Ken, and Chris 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 5/8/19

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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. 

  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

Why I Love the Letter - Part 6

“Show them, don’t tell them”, must have been at the core of Miss Kunz’s daily lesson planning.

Front and center in our classroom was a post office. I have no idea who made it but it was well done and I doubt very much that it was bought through a catalog.  Imagine the front wall. It may have been ten or twelve feet long and stood about six feet high. In the center was a window just like you would have seen in any post office.

It had a writing surface for the customer, a grill to separate the postmaster from the customer, and a larger writing surface on the postmaster’s side.  About four feet on either side of the grill was given to rows of individual mailboxes. A pane of glass allowed each of us to see if we had any mail. We could then ask the postmaster to retrieve it.

The front wall was held up by the two end walls that were attached to the front by hinges. The one on the right had no openings. The one on the left side had a Dutch door that allowed entry and provided a place to receive parcels too large to be handled at the front window. These two end walls were tight against the west wall of the room. It was very secure and could be taken down in a matter of minutes if need be.

The post office was in heavy use at Christmas and in February. I think that we also honored May Day. Each student sent a Christmas card or a Valentines Day card to each of the other students in the three grades. 

The postmaster’s job was shared so everyone had a turn. What did we learn? We learned the proper way to address an envelope. How to write a properly formatted letter and the name of the each part of the letter.

Did you know that those parts had proper names?

The inside address is placed at the top left.  Next on the left is the. salutation

Next comes the body and finally the complimentary close. We learned about the prices of stamps and why there were different kinds of stamps. We learned how to meet the public and how to treat public servants.  There was always a motive and some way to act it out or demonstrate the objective.

   To be continued...

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May 11 - Almost Good with John and Bonnie Stephens
May 25 - Alex Vanderbeak & Friends

June 8 - Rayne McGill & Friends
June 22 - Frank Bigelow Group

July 6 - Down Home Band
July 20 - Roger Roberts & Friends

August 3 - Lucas Minor & Friends
August 17 - Larry Hanson & Company




Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States. An estimated 108,000 new cases will be diagnosed each year. Regular colorectal cancer screenings can detect colorectal cancer early when the chances for cure are best.

Because of this, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department is offering free fecal occult blood test (FOBT) home screening kits to both men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years.

The screening kits are available at the Health Department’s office at 701 Olson Drive, Suite 101, Papillion, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (402) 537-6969 for more information.


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