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January 7, 2009

Welcome to 2009!

What a way to start the New Year. My laptop somehow acquired a virus or something that caused it to crash on New Year’s Day. Vince is working on it and it will be good as new…or should I say it has no files on it just like it was new. I feel like a whole year has been erased. I guess I’ll start the New Year with a clean slate…or hard drive. We will have the latest version of Trend, a virus detector, installed on both of our laptops. Luckily I did have a lot of files backed up on an external hard drive. The children have been threatened that they cannot download anything or go to MySpace or Facebook. I can dream, can’t I?

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Jamming Workshop on Saturday, February 28, from 1 PM - 3 PM. Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some hints to help you play in a jam session with minimum stress, and maximum music. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited. For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to


Tuesday – January 13th
1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
At the Elmwood Fire Station

For an appointment contact JoAnn @ 944-5095
Walkins also welcome

16 year olds need a signed parent permission slip every time they donate until they turn 17.



A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Elmwood Community Center
Saturday, January 10th
6:30am – Noon
Freewill Offering


Youth-To-Carnegie Hall T-Shirts

The Youth-to-Carnegie Hall kids and parents are selling t-shirts to help raise money for their trip to Carnegie Hall next May. If you haven’t heard the story yet our high school choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall next May. The kids and parents have been conducting many fundraisers to raise money to offset the cost of the trip. It doesn’t take only practice, practice, practice to get to Carnegie Hall, it also takes $2000 per person. Each family is responsible for their fee and have been making payments to the fund but if we can raise money it will help with the expenses. I say, “We” because my daughter is going, too, so we are very involved with the fundraisers.

The latest fundraiser is selling the t-shirts that were designed by the Millie Anderson, Ashli Brown, and Griffin Hovorka. The front of the shirt has their design while the back lists the sponsors who helped pay for this project. The sleeves will have a remembrance for Dillon, Tyler, and AJ. The whole trip is dedicated to their memory. The students will also wear the shirts on the trip so that the chaperones will be able to easily spot them.

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt just let me know and I’ll hook you up! They are $12 for youth, $15 for adults up to size XL and $16 for larger adult sizes. The shirts are very cool and we would appreciate the support!

Just shoot me an email or give me a call… or (402)867-4123

(Mom, I got your order! Thanks!!)

Brrr!!! How can you warm up?
Try the Soup Supper at the High School!
Saturday, January 17th

Tickets are on sale now…$5.00 each.
If you haven’t been asked yet then contact me and I’ll set you up! Or you can buy one that night, too.
Proceeds to benefit the Youth-To-Carnegie-Hall Fund.

Who’s the new kid?
Rhonda Combs rediscovered the Flying Wheels. Years ago, (not that many actually), Rhonda skated here during the roller hockey days. Last weekend she came out for a birthday party and found herself volunteering to make drinks at the all nighter. She worked at skating rinks in Omaha and has vast experience with kids, birthday parties, and fun! You could say she majored in it! She made strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas for the kids, non-alcoholic, of course. Then I had the brilliant idea of adding ice cream to it…instant smoothies! The kids loved it! And Rhonda loved them. I think we’ll be seeing more of her! I hope so!

What did you do to ring in the New Year?
We spent the evening with eighty-five kids at the All Nighter at the Flying Wheels. And it was a lot of fun! A few kids did fall asleep and we let the little guys snooze but the older kids were not given that chance. We skated and then played broom soccer. That was a big hit. Then we danced. And then…dodgeball. Then a rousing game of Bingo and then more games and more skating…and pancakes. Lots of pancakes. The kids were so good! That really helps to make if fun for us, too. I can’t wait until the next all nighter…maybe we’ll be caught up on our sleep by then.

Tommy wants to be the dice roller.

Garyn’s cousin, Brandon, came all the way from Adams just to hang out with Garyn…or maybe Rachel was more fun.

Caleb Jones and Laura Fortney join Bradly’s cousins.

Okay, this girl is just too limber!

Paige Tuttle and Rachel Fortney get Jacob in the middle of their dance.

Noah Tays referees while Alexander Stout, Mason Ritnour, and Jamie Doll go after the “soccer” with brooms.

Raynee finds out what happens to your eyes when you stay up too late.

Millie, Garyn, and Brandon master the Macarena.

Anna is just a bit camera shy.

Raynee finds out what happens when you stay up too late. She was a sleeper that we didn’t wake up.

Click here to see pictures of the New Year’s Eve All Nighter on our on line web albums.

8 Year Olds Celebrate Birthdays

Branden Lavigne of Auburn, nephew of Tony and Wendy Waites, had his birthday party at the rink. He turned 8 years old! He loves John Deere so that is what his cake looked like.

Ryan Smith also celebrated his birthday at the Flying Wheels Saturday. He and his friends mastered the skating quickly and dominated the limbo.

Click here to see pictures from the birthday parties.

Libby Loves the Scooters

Libby loves to skate and ride the scooters. She often convinces her dad, John Fareks, to bring her out from Omaha so she can practice her skills. See more pictures of Libby by clicking on the link above. She just happened to come skating during Branden’s party.

Saturday Night Fun
Kids braved the ice Saturday night to come skating. There weren’t many but they were very enthusiastic! They kept busy with skating and karaoke.

Nate sneaks a smile.

Joe Petersen and his friend entertained us with their singing skills. They were really good!

Katelyn and Mikey, grandchildren of Dan and Karen Rice, mug for the camera.

For pictures of the Saturday night fun click here to see our web albums.

Roller Skating Lessons!
Can you guess where?

The roller skating lessons are provided through the Continuing Education from Southeast Community College program. Classes start Thursday, January 15th; 6:30 to 8:30, and will run for 4 weeks. The cost is $24 for the class. All ages welcome! There will be instruction for beginners through intermediates.
The Winter Session schedule with enrollment information should be in your mail this week. Or check out this website for more info.

Rookie Night – Friday Night!
Rookie night is a good night for families to come out. We are open from 6:30 to 9:00 for skating only. (no dodgeball) It is a great opportunity to practice your skating skills. We’ll play the dice game, limbo and maybe even ghostbusters! So come on down!

Have a great week! Hopefully I’ll have my own computer back next week…I just feel so discombobulated. By the way, Vince isn’t having good luck with the computer…does anyone know anything about Linksys…or wireless internet…or reinstalling the operating system? I think I’ll be calling Merl at Specialized Computer Solutions…it won’t be the first time he’s saved us. J


Julie Anderson


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