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Mickie Clements entered a quilt for the first time at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
It was the most difficult quilt she has made, which included challenging paper piecing and applique techniques. It was a large Queen size pattern.

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Congratulations Mickie! Beautiful quilt!!

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Knights Earn National Honors In FBLA Contest

Elmwood-Murdock FBLA was elated to secure two top-ten placements at the 2021 National Leadership Conference this summer. The conference was held virtually during the month of June with 9,324 students competing nationwide, with the awards ceremony being held on July 2. 

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Ten students competed in the national competition and six received a qualifying finish. The Partnership with Business team of Bailey Frahm, Sela Rikli, and Lexi Bacon earned 8 th place in the Partnership with Business project. The American Enterprise team, which consisted of members Rylee Hogue, Kylee Rieflin, and Nate Lockman received 9 th place in their event. Gus Pope was nationally recognized for earning his Community Service “Achievement Level” award, which signified that he completed over 500 hours of community service during his high school career. Other members that competed in the national competition were Noah Arent & Gus Pope in the Publication Design team event; and the team of Claire Ernst and Levi Offner in Business Ethics.

The Elmwood-Murdock chapter also earned three prestigious national awards. These included Outstanding Chapter (1 of 5 chapters recognized from NE), the Chapter Challenge award (1 of 5 chapters recognized from NE), and the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit (1 of 14 chapters recognized from NE).


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Elmwood Library Hours

Monday:  3:00 pm to 8:00 pm  
      Tuesday:  2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 Wednesday:  2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
       Thursday:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm
        Saturday:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Easy Library Links

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

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

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As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 30, 2021.  

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Good Neighbor awards 2021

Good Neighbor Award Nomination Form 2021

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I received this inquiry and if you know any other information please send me an email at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

I am researching an old bell, that used to sit in front of a barbershop in Alvo, NE.  My understanding is that it had come from a firehouse in a nearby town.

So do you know anyone in your town that may remember such a bell having hung in your firehouse there?  And what may have happened to it or how it came to be in Alvo?  This would have been back in the 1960s.  

Thank you for your attention to this.

Adele Voss

 Elmwood Farmers Market

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Saturdays from now until October

There is still room for MORE VENDORS - No signup, no fee, no mandatory number of times to set up. Just bring your tables and join us!

Just about every kind of vegetable was available from potatoes to cauliflower. 

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

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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. 

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  • 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. 


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 news and photos to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com It's that simple. 
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There is a new location for the Cass County Food Bank.

The Food Bank has moved to the previous Village Office location. 

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Village Updates

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  Village Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to the public and are 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.  

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.

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) 

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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

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

Service starts at 10:00 am


We are currently serving hard ice cream in dishes.
we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

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Weeping Water Fall Festival Returns September 25th

WEEPING WATER, Ne — September 14, 2021 — The scarecrows will be lining Eldora Avenue ready for some fall fun and mysteries in Weeping Water on Saturday, September 25th. Headlining the events is the Show N Shine car show from 11 am to 4 pm on Eldora Avenue and the craft & vendor show at Gibson Hall from 9 am to 4 pm. While you’re at Gibson Hall, grab clues for adult and youth scavenger hunts and vote for your favorite scarecrow. The Vault Boutique at 208 W Eldora will be open and celebrating with giveaways, drinks, and deals.

The historical society has a day of family-friendly events planned. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Heritage House at 300 H Street and catch Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay as he presents Nebraska Territory Stories. In this upbeat presentation, David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes, he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of the everyday life of pioneers during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. Snacks will be available from Will Cover’s chuckwagon and the museums will be open for tours following the presentation. At Memory Lane Museum, stop in for ice cream and pick up a clue book for the Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt.

Take a hike and check out the new Heritage Trail Walk. The self-guided 3.2-mile trek takes you to 14 points of historical interest through town. Learn about the brave settler who built the first cabin in the yet-to-be platted town. Walk past the grand home of drug store proprietor and state legislator Stephen Orton. See the site of the former CCC and German POW Camp. Stroll through the beautiful Oakwood Cemetery and learn about its rich history. Maps are available at the gazebo on Eldora Avenue, Heritage House Museum Complex, and the campground.

Food options for the day include Drue’s Kitchen, Dairy Sweet, Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Express Lane, and Stop N Shop.

To get registered for the non-judged car show contact Jerry at 402-297-8078.

For information regarding the craft & vendor fair contact Brooke at 402-297-6872.

Event Highlights:

Show N Shine Car Show - Eldora Avenue 11 am to 4 pm
Craft & Vendor Show - Gibson Hall 9 am to 4 pm
Youth & Adult Scavenger Hunts
Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
Scarecrow Contest
Nebraska Territory Stories presentation by Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay - Sept. 25 at 11:00 am at Heritage House, 300 W H Street, Weeping Water
Ice Cream Social - Sept. 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora Avenue
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Hosts Day of Free, Family-Friendly Events During Fall Festival

 WEEPING WATER, Ne — September 13, 2021 — Join the Weeping Water Valley Historical Society on September 25th for a day of free, family-friendly events. The day kicks off the Cemetery Scavenger Hunt at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Entrants can pick up official clue books at area locations then visit the cemetery and find the answers to the mysteries while learning intriguing history about some of Weeping Water’s early residents. Enter as an individual, team, or family. Those who complete the hunt and return their entries by October 12th will be put into prize drawings. Oakwood Cemetery is one of the stops on the new Heritage Trail Walk, a 3.2-mile self-guided tour featuring 14 sites highlighting the history of Weeping Water.

 At 11:00 am, bring lawn chairs or blankets and join us at the Heritage House Museum Complex at 300 West H Street where Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay will present Nebraska Territory Stories. In this upbeat presentation, David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes, he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of the everyday life of pioneers during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. Combining his passions for music, history, and storytelling, David has presented HN Speakers Bureau programs since 1997. He is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-the-Schools Communities Residency Program and performs with his wife, Deborah Greenblatt, in the popular musical duo Greenblatt & Seay, which has participated in the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Program for more than 30 years. David plays over a dozen instruments, teaches private music lessons, and conducts workshops in harmonica. There will be snacks available from Will Cover’s historic chuckwagon and the Heritage House and Dr. Fate’s office will be open for tours following the presentation. Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Take a nostalgic stroll through the historic main street at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora, where the historical society is hosting an ice cream social from 10:00 am t0 2:00 pm. Memory Lane features displays and memorabilia cataloging the business interests of Weeping Water from the time the town was established. A diorama of the downtown businesses, built by the UNL School of Architecture includes pull-out drawers showing the occupants through the years. The Wilkinson Confectionery soda fountain was moved from next door, and a restored counter from Gibson Grocery is featured in the General Store display. You'll also find cemetery records, Weeping Water advertising collectibles, postcards, old yearbooks, and town records at Memory Lane.

The Scavenger Hunt Clue Book will be available starting September 25th in Weeping Water at Memory Lane Museum, Drue’s Kitchen, Express Lane, Stop N Shop, State Farm Insurance, and at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm near Avoca.

Nebraska Territory Stories is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers, and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation. For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, or visit www.humanitiesnebraska.org.

Founded in 1969, the Weeping Water Valley Historical Society (WWVHS) recently celebrated 50 years of preserving the history of the Weeping Water Valley. WWVHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depends upon memberships, contributions from our community, and the dedication of volunteers.

Event Highlights:

Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt - Sept. 25 through Oct. 9

Nebraska Territory Stories presentation by Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay - Sept. 25 at 11:00 am at Heritage House, 300 W H Street, Weeping Water

Ice Cream Social - Sept. 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora Avenue

For more information visit www.weepingwaterhistory.org 

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