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Short Story Submission- Why I Love the Letter G (Part 11)

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 Pictures of the poppies in the yard of Joan Powers on Fletcher Ave. Beautiful! We always think of poppies on Memorial Day. Who still has the poppies the Cub Scouts passed out at the cemetery during the Memorial Day recognition last week. What a beautiful reminder.

Thank you Joanna Hill for this photo. It is gorgeous!! I love the white fence amoung the poppies. If you have a photo of flowers around town, an activity, baseball, or a 4-H Club activity.


Garage Sales this WEEKEND!! Yeah!

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E M FBLa fundraiser The String Beans Band in Town

The park was rocking all day on Sunday.

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It was the official kickoff for the Summer library program and the String Beans were a perfect way to kick off the program.

stringbean 06022019cIt started with The Tastee Trailer. at lunchtime. Yum, Yum, Yum!

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Kona Ice was a big hit with kids and adults alike. A perfect day all around, not too hot, not too cold, not too windy. 

Thank you for Julie Anderson for the video and the pictures of The String Beans performance. 

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It wasn't just kids that had fun but parents and grandparents got into the fun too. 

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I remember playing parachute games when I was in elementary school. So much fun! 

The goal is to show how much fun the library can be and if this event is any indication then the library is going to be the place to be this summer. 

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Governor Ricketts has issued a news release, which is now available below.

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Virginia Beach

06/01/2019 04:16 PM CDT

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from President Donald J. Trump, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Summer Detassling Jobs

The bus picks up in Elmwood! Informational meeting

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

EM BaseballSoftball

 The E-M youth baseball and softball season is here and we need umpires.

If you are 14 and over and interested go to emsports.org to sign up as an umpire.

Behind the plate umpire needs to be 18 or older except for 8 and under baseball.

Softball umpires are required to be certified except for 8 and under softball.

Share if you know anybody interested. Any questions call or text 402-499-0993.


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The Bess Streeter Aldrich House with the assistance of the Novel Approach Book Club would like to invite you to the Aldrich Gardens for a book review.

60344017 3167056179975090 4314880061464379392 oOn Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m., Melissa Amateis from Lincoln will review her book Nebraska POW Camps.

This is a FREE event, and refreshments will be served. Please join us!  

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ElmwoodNE Community Center  RENT the Community Center

Having a 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



ElmwoodlibrarycardSpread 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  

Time for the Good Neighbor Awards

We have a lot of people in the Elmwood-Murdock area who help make our community vibrant, active and a better place to live. If you know one of those people, nominate them to be forever recognized. 

Good Neighbor Award Nomination Form 2019 page 001This award goes back to 2004 and just take a look at all the good people who have been recognized.  List of good neighbors 2019


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 Local Concealed Carry Course 

The Elmwood Community Center will be hosting a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) course on July 13, 2019.

Contact Erin Cook for more information

Concealed Handgun Permit page 001Did 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) 

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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

Would love 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  Part 6    Part 7   Part 8   Part 9

Why I Love the Letter - Part 11

The school had a bell on a tower outside at the southwest corner of the building.. The bell was rung perhaps six or eight times at 8:00 AM, then again in a similar way at 8:25, and the last bell, two claps at 8:30.

Ringing the bell was the janitor’s job. Herb Halfish had that job for as long as I could remember. He cleaned, painted, and repaired anything needing that sort of attention. Heating the building, securing it at day’s end and opening it in the morning, were all his responsibility. I am sure that he was the first person Miss Kunz called when she needed something done. He was tall, slender, had black hair, as I remember, and a quiet demeanor. He smiled when spoken to, not a broad smile, but a pleasant one. I never heard him raise his voice, a very quiet man.

“Reading and writing and arithmetic taught to the tune of a hickory stick,” This was the first line of a little ditty that I learned somewhere. It wasn’t Miss Kunz’s method. She used flash cards that we made ourselves. Addition, subtraction multiplication, and division were taught in order while I was in grades one through four.

The cards were of a uniform size, about an inch and a half by two and a quarter. On one side we wrote the problem and on the reverse side, the problem with the answer. The cards were secured in a pack with a rubber band and losing them was not an option. She would seat us in a semicircle of kid’s chairs at the back of the room. Miss Kunz sat facing us. She pulled one card and showed the problem side to one person. 

Whoever it was spoke the answer and the process was repeated with each student and in random order.

If you keep that process up on a daily basis you will learn all you need to be able to do any arithmetic that you will encounter in the next eight years. I have met and taught many students who cannot add, subtract multiply or divide in their head using the numbers zero through ten without resorting to an electronic calculator. 

Learning algebra without the ability to do mental arithmetic is a daunting and for some, an imposable task. Frequently I encounter store clerks who are baffled trying to make change if given a ten-dollar bill and thirty-eight cents in coins as payment for a purchase costing six dollars and thirty-eight cents.

   To be continued...  

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