Murdock News July 26, 2017
Murdock Nebraska News
Two E-M Students Attend FCCLA National Leadership Conference
Two E-M Students Attend FCCLA National Leadership ConferenceSpencer Koehn and Thomas Hynes of the Elmwood Murdock FCCLA chapter joined more than 7,500 student leaders, members, and advisers at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville on July 2-6. Elmwood Murdock instructor Lisa Hynes attended as a sponsor for the trip.
Spencer Koehn participated in the STAR Competitive Events, earning a silver medal in Teach and Train. Teach and Train recognizes participants for their exploration of the education and training fields through research and hands-on experience. For Spencer’s project, he assisted fifth-grade science classes at Elmwood Murdock and presented on his experience.
Thomas Hynes, an FCCLA State Peer Officer Team member, attended the conference as a student volunteer. At the National Leadership Conference, Spencer and Thomas attended youth leadership and network opportunities at the conference. A variety of learning sessions is offered throughout the week to allow students to grow their leadership skills and to obtain new ideas for their chapters. The students had time for some sightseeing in Nashville, and also attended several national and state social events.
The students had time for some sightseeing in Nashville, and also attended several national and state social events.
Spencer Koehn had the unique opportunity to become reacquainted with Claire McCoy from the Aurora, NE FCCLA Chapter while in Nashville. The McCoy families are friends and former neighbors of the Koehn family. They enjoyed spending time together on this trip at Nebraska delegation events.
Both Spencer and Thomas will be chapter officers for the 2017-18 school year.
The Theme for Bible School 2017 was "Cave Quest."
It was held at Elmwood Methodist Church and put on by Elmwood Methodist Church Elmwood Christian Church and Murdock Methodist Church.
We had 54 kids attend. They rotated through a craft and science station led by Dani Dunker and Laura Stock, games led by Kelli Brewer, Cathy Stewart; Deep Bible Quest with Pastor Ra, Reverend Michael, and Anne Pope, videos with Sarah Kraeger, snacks were made by Hallie Mills, Kim Cawley and Diane Mills.
The preschool teachers were Karey Koehn, Kim Hanson and Carae Oehlerking. Highlights of the week were when the kids got to walk on water, a visit with lizards, making catapults, and root beer floats.
The kids were led in songs and skits by Jen Brettman and Clara Cave aka Kate Zakaras and Megan Hawks. The hallway of the daycare was covered in brown paper and lined with torches to make a cave walk for the kids.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA will be hosting at the high school in Murdock.
Monday, August 7th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Of course walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment for a specific time. Right now there are 56 slots open!
If you have an account on the Red Cross you can schedule your appointment on the website or you can call the FCCLA adviser Lisa Hynes at 867-2167 or the school at 867-2341.
9:15 Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30 am Divine Service
Listen to the weekly sermon anytime at Pastor Brent Kuhlman's Blog
Murdock United Methodist Church
Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday
Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30
(dismissed from worship following the "Children's Chat")
Murdock Business Space for Rent
Over 1900 square ft available. This space can work for just about any business type. 3 separate entrances, ADA Compliant, a patio area, bar/counter, kitchen area, men's and women's bathrooms, and a modern fire/sprinkler system to meet today's codes. Affordable rent, based on the term of lease and business type. Please share and let's find another business for Murdock!
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Nates Produce Now at the Elmwood Convenience Store
Fresh Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, and even herbs (basil, mint)
Saturdays from 8:00 am - 11:00 am
On Monday, August 21st at approximately 11:25 AM we will find ourselves on the edge of a rare celestial event, a total eclipse of the sun.
This is unique because it will travel through the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina, dissecting Nebraska from Alliance in the Northwest corner to Falls City in the Southeast tip of the state.
Elmwood is located approximately 4 miles north of the “path of totality”. We will be able to see an eclipse where the moon will almost cover the sun completely.Elmwood Public Library is working with The Elmwood-Murdock School’s science teacher, Laura Stock, to give you the very best information and view-ability possible in our area.
We are planning two events which you and your family can have some hands-on activities to help make these events extra special.
Attend our “Solar Eclipse-2017 Family Night” informational activity at Elmwood Public Library
Monday, July 24th at 7:00 pm.
Monday, August 14th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School
Delve into the “facts & fiction” regarding the eclipse.
(There will be crafts and activities for children at both events)
Monday, August 21st 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Join us at the Library on Monday August 21st for the “Viewing Party”!
We are still working out the details so please keep checking in for further information!
Bubble Soccer 2017
You are Invited to the Cass County 4-H Fair Kickoff
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm
Cass County Fairgrounds in the Open Air Auditorium
8400 144th Street, Weeping Water, NE
Everyone is invited to join us for an awesome kickoff event at the Cass County Fair. Come out to the fairgrounds to support and congratulate the exhibitors. For the Cake Auction, 4H’ers make delicious baked items. Each item has a minimum bid of $5.00.
From the monies earned, ½ goes to the 4-H member or club selling the item. The other ½ goes to the 4-H Council to fund programs, including: camp and workshop scholarships, community service projects, Citizenship Washington Focus sponsorship, static exhibit prizes, contest prizes, and more yearly expenses.
The 4-H Fashion Show and Awards program will follow the auction. Beautiful outfits, trophies & medallions will adorn the stage.A sneak peek of exhibits and REFRESHMENTS will be held for everyone in the 4-H Building following the program. Silent Auction bids for Quilts made by 4-Hers will begin after the Awards Program.It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits.
It's Time for the County Fair and BBQ
Good Eating, recognizing the talents of our community and contributing to a good cause. All in the name of BBQ.
Do you make Great BBQ??? Find out how to enter HERE
Just want to eat Great BBQ and vote on your Favorite Learn More HERE
Categories · Ribs· Pulled Pork· Wings
All categories have 1-3 place prices
1st Place $200.00
2nd Place $150.00
3rd Place $100.00
Want to eat it, not make it? No need to stand in line! pre-sale meal tickets available at
Fair Office 9:00 am-5:00 pm the week of the fair.
Cass Co. Community Volunteer Award
$500 total award to be split 50/50
$250 donation to a local Cass Co. charity of the winner’s choice and $250
Award to Volunteer. Send in a nomination for a Cass Co. volunteer who deserves recognition.
Include a brief description of the good deeds the nominee has provided. Nomination form due August 6th, 2017
Download and Print the Nomination Form HERE
Quest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community TheatreQuest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community Theatre
Pictured (From Left) Chris Berger, Aaron Spracklin, Benjamin Pettiford, Matthew Parker, Lowgaen Schmidt, Wade Mumford and Matthew Hansen are King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the Lofte Community Theatre’s upcoming production, “SPAMALOT."
Manley, NE [July 10, 2017] - King Arthur and his knights are on a quest to find the Holy Grail and their search begins at the Lofte Community Theatre!
The Broadway smash, ‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’ opens on the Lofte stage Friday, July 21.
The stage musical is lovingly ripped from the 1975 cult classic film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Winner of three Tony Awards, ‘SPAMALOT’ retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. But, in true Monty Python style, their adventure takes a silly spin. The production features beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, plague-ridden peasants and rude Frenchmen.
’SPAMALOT’ originally ran on Broadway for three years and was seen by more than two million people.
Popular songs from the show include, “The Song That Goes Like This,” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production features Chris Berger of Louisville as King Arthur and Catherine Bobst of Lincoln as Lady of the Lake. In 2016, they played leads Harold Hill and Marian Paroo in the Lofte’s production, “The Music Man.” Sir Lancelot is played by Wade Mumford of Lincoln. Aaron Spracklin of Elmwood shines as Sir Galahad. Brave Sir Robin is brought to life by Matthew Parker of Papillion and Lowgaen Schmidt of Louisville is the humble Sir Bedevere.
“These are some of the best voices in the area,” said Colbert. “We’ve got a great cast and that should translate into a great show this summer. Python is sort of check-your-brain-at-the-door humor, so folks can come and just laugh.” Colbert does mention that there is some mild adult humor and suggests a PG-13 rating.
Show dates for ‘SPAMALOT’ are July 21-23, 27-30 and August 4 and 5.
Tickets are $19.
Sunday, August 6 is already sold out so those interested in tickets should make their reservations soon.
The Lofte is also offering a Medieval themed pre-show luncheon, complete with games and entertainment available for purchase on Sunday, July 23 and 30. Advance reservations are required for the meal. The Lofte box office can be reached at 402.234.2553, or tickets can be purchased online at Lofte.org.
Auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community
Theater auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community Theatre
Manley, NE [July 6, 2017] - The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding open auditions for its upcoming thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 at 7 pm.
Artistic Director Kevin Colbert is looking for one woman, three men and one young girl to fill out the cast.
“Wait Until Dark,” is a classic thriller of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman imperiled by a trio of men in her apartment. As night falls, Susan discovers that her blindness just may be the key to escape. The play first debuted on Broadway in 1966 and was released as a major film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967.
Production dates for the play are Sept 8-10 and 14-17. Rehearsals will begin in mid-August. Those wishing to audition should bring a list of possible schedule conflicts and be prepared to read from the script. No experience is necessary, but actors should be prepared to work hard and have fun.
The Lofte is located just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 50 in Cass County, near the town of Manley.
Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Cass County.
The next training session is scheduled to begin October 1 and will run for five weeks. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training. We are also seeking male volunteers for this class as over 60% of our CASA children are males. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Green at (402) 296-9521; email
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