THANK YOU TO ANNUAL UNION GRAPE HARVEST VOLUNTEERS!
It was another amazing morning harvesting grapes in West Union. Thank you to all the volunteers who chugged the coffee and braved the brisk morning temps to help us with our annual grape harvest. We finished in record time this year. Way to go!!
HARMONICA WORKSHOP & CONCERT
David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop/Concert on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Each paid admission includes a free harmonica for those 6 years old or older. The workshop will include an introduction to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major.
The workshop will be downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, and followed by light refreshments, and an acoustic jam session with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.
Friday ~ Sunday
September 19 ~21, 2014
Nebraska City, NE
MILITARY AND VOLUNTEER FIRE/RESCUE FAMILIES INVITED TO A FREE DAY AT THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Special day will kick off tenth-annual Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm\
Avoca, NE--Sept. 9, 2014— Bloom Where You're Planted Farm & Pumpkin Patch is hosting an event to honor service men and women on September 20th. On that day, which is also opening day of the farm’s tenth-annual Pumpkin Festival, military members, fire and rescue volunteers, and their immediate family members will receive free admission to the farm when presenting ID.
Farm owners Terry and Teresa Lorensen recognize the sacrifices these men and women, their spouses and children make as they serve their communities and country. “We’ve been hosting this event for the past eight years. We always look forward to providing a chance for these families to have fun day together. They really deserve it.”
The Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm runs September 20 through Nov. 2. Hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Several more special events are planned, including Doggy Day October 11th to benefit the Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, and a concert October 19th celebrating of the farm’s 10th season of agricultural entertainment. For a complete listing of activities at the farm, visit www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com.
Bloom Where You‘re Planted Farm is located at 911-108th St., rural Avoca, NE, 27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha. Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north. Visit www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com for a map, directions, and calendar of special events, or call 402-267-4104.
The farm is owned and operated by Terry and Teresa Lorensen, and has been in Teresa’s family since 1944. The farm and pumpkin patch opened to the public in 2005 and is celebrating its tenth pumpkin patch season.
State Treasurer Stenberg, Bank Officials to Help Launch
Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars at Elmwood-Murdock High School
Who: Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg will help launch the financial literacy education program, Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars, at Elmwood-Murdock High School. The online program was developed by EverFi, Inc., of Washington, D.C.
Joining in the event will be Rob Clements, president of American Exchange Bank in Elmwood, and Brian McHugh, president of Corn Growers State Bank in Murdock. The two banks are co-sponsoring the program at Elmwood-Murdock. The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, a division of the State Treasurer’s Office, is statewide sponsor.
Dan Novak, superintendent of Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools, also will participate. Elmwood-Murdock seniors and sophomores will attend.
When: 2 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014.
Where: Gym, Elmwood-Murdock High School, 300 Wyoming Street, Murdock.
What: About the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust
The Nebraska College Savings Program provides four qualified tuition plans under Section 529 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The four plans are the NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer is Program Trustee, and First National Bank of Omaha is Program Manager. Investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Learn more at www.treasurer.org/cs/.
About EverFi, Inc.: EverFi, Inc., is the leading education technology company to teach, assess, and certify learners in critical skills. With backing from some of technology's most innovative leaders including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, EverFi has built a comprehensive critical skills platform and has certified more than 7 million learners. The company is powering a national movement in 50 states that enables adults and students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, 3D gaming, simulation, social networking, and virtual worlds. Learn more at www.everfi.com.
About American Exchange Bank: American Exchange Bank of Elmwood is a family-owned bank that was incorporated in 1889. It operates out of offices in Elmwood and Eagle. The Clements family became involved with the bank in 1910. A former director of the bank in the early years was the well-known Nebraska author, Bess Streeter Aldrich. More at www.aebank.com.
About Corn Growers State Bank: Corn Growers State Bank was incorporated in 1949 in Murdock and is located at the same address where some parts of the original bank are still in use today. While the bank building has been expanded and remodeled, the assets have also increased many times since the bank's founding by the late Edwin McHugh, a graduate of the University College of Law. The McHugh family has continued the banking tradition over the years and now the third generation of the family is now involved in the bank. More at www.corngrowersbank.com.
SCHWAN'S ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER
The Murray Presbyterian Deacons, under the name of "Mighty Murray Small Church", are raising funds to be donated to the Lori Williams family of Murray, NE. Lori was paralyzed due to an accident several months ago and now her family is under mounting financial stress. Lori's family will receive 20% of orders starting August 18 through October 2, 2014 and, after October 2, will receive 5% for one year.
To order online, you must enter www.schwans-cares.com/f/32144 . Go to 'Shop Now' and an online catalog, with the name 'Sherrill Konfrst', (church deacon), will be presented to you.
If you would like to place your order over the phone, please call
1-855-870-7208 and use fundraiser ID # 32144.
If you live in the U.S. and have local Schwan's delivery, you may participate in this worthy cause. A Schwan's delivery person will deliver your products directly to your home and you'll be helping Lori and her family! Feel free to forward this to your friends across the country!
Please direct any questions you might have to Sherrill at 402-235-2844.
Thank you for your support!
Keep Cass County Beautiful is the recipient of a Keep America Beautiful Community Paint Donation Program grant. Linda Behrns, Executive Director, presented a grant check for $416.00 on Friday to Elmwood village clerk/treasurer, Connie Carlton, and village board trustee, Andy Clements.
The Dow Community Paint Donation Program –KAB will help the village of Elmwood beautify and improve the interior of their city office building, restroom, storage room, and city park restrooms. “We are pleased to offer this grant to help the residents of Elmwood continue to provide facilities that reflect the beauty and pride of their community,” said Behrns.