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“Growing Together”
January 9, 2008

Bess Streeter Aldrich Birthday Celebration

Sun. Feb. 17, 2008

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 East F St., Elmwood


$3.00 adults, $2.00 children ages 6-12

Celebrate the author's 127th birthday with a guided tour of the historic home where she raised a family and wrote her novels. Enjoy birthday cupcakes and punch after your tour.

For more information contact:
Teresa Lorensen
204 East F St.
P.O. Box 167
Elmwood, NE 68349



Family Movie night at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School. Free Admission! This is open to Elementary students and their families. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT.

"The Rookie.”
The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, shows you that it is never too late to believe in your dreams. A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Pizza and drinks are available from 5:30-6:30 before the movie. Cost is minimal. Popcorn and Pretzels will be sold for the movie.
Movie @ 6:30 pm
Bring your blankets and pillows!
Sponsored by the S.O.S.


It is also Rookie Night at the rink on Friday, October 18th. This is a true coincident because we’ve had this scheduled for over a month! We do this once a month just to give the “rookies” a time to practice without the “experts” zooming all around. So if movies aren’t your thing and you want to practice your skating come on down…6:30-8:30.


Do you still remember how? Do you just want to get out of the house without the kids? Come on down, Thursday, January 17th, 6:30 – 9:00. I know the previous newsletter had different times…what was I thinking, 2 hours isn’t enough! Even if you don’t want to skate, come on down and enjoy the company!

Vince was “Dancing with the Stars” last week at his work. He works at an assisted living facility in Hickman called Haven Manor. They sponsored the dancing exhibition at one of their Lincoln facilities. Several employees dressed up and danced the night away. I even got to dance a couple time. I danced with a nice old man named Bill who was concerned that I don’t stomp on his toes. I didn’t. When it was all over a very small, very old lady using a walker came up to me and told me that she thought we were not exciting enough. We needed more pep. Faster music. So I went and told Vince but he said they were all done so Gladys was out of luck. Little did he know how much she wanted to dance! She wheeled out on the dance floor and yelled for more music! So I quickly hit the play button on the boom box and luckily it was a fast song. She danced a jig and even got some others to do it. Even after we eventually turned the music off she complained that she wanted to keep dancing. “Someone put a record on!” Gladys yelled. The funny thing is that Gladys is 103 years old. Now who are you calling old?

Out of that night though we had some couples express interest in getting together to dance at the rink. Once again, this is for adults. Want to practice your two step? Or your waltz? We are putting together plans for an adult dancing night. If you and your significant other are interested in coming to an evening of dancing send me an email or keep watching the newsletter for more details. I will have a definite date set up to advertise in the newsletter next week. I’m just looking for some input right now. If you are a teen and are seriously interested call me…we can make exceptions.

Looks like we will find out just who knows the most about Geography on Thursday, January 10th.
The 4-6th grade Geography Bee will be at 1:00 p.m. in the music room. The finalists from 4th grade are; Rebekah Pratt, Kara Zimmerman, Katie Bornemeier, and Elijah Greene. The finalists from 5th grade are; Brenna Backemeyer, Owen Kunz, Naomi Snyder, and Jessica Spaulding. The finalists from 6th grade are; Mitchell Rust, Whitney Tiedeman, Tyler Bruns, and Shelbie Delisle. Congratulations to the finalists and good luck at the Geography Bee! Parents are welcome to attend, please sign in at the office first.

Elmwood Public Library
Have you checked it out? This is our own little National Treasure.
Stop by and see what it has to offer!
Monday: 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Local girl and husband buy the Bulldog! Jerry and Adrienne Stansell have bitten off a big one but they are handling it just fine. January 1st was their first official day of operation but they have been working with the previous owners for at least a month to learn the ropes. They have made some changes and left some things the same. They are adding a few things to the menu such as a delicious patty melt. There will be new specials such as a Reuben sandwich. They will be open seven days a week and want everyone to know that they have a full kitchen that serves up a wonderful variety of food. They are slowly introducing more home cooking into their menu such as homemade gravy, breads, and pies. (This is not going to help my resolution.)

Jerry and Adrienne want to be more community friendly and plan several activities to draw people in. One example she gave me was to offer a discount if someone brought in a program from a ball game or a play bill from a local theater.

The Stansell family is made up of mom and dad, Tony (10), Justin (8), Elyse (6) Drake and Chloe (6) and Cali (4) Stansell. I asked Adrienne how she will manage and she said she has a great support system and good employees. She schedules her time so she can be with the kids as much as possible. The boys even help out behind the scenes. She is looking forward to them helping even more as they get older. So stop by and wish them well! Have you tried their broasted chicken? My, oh, my…that was in my pre-resolution days. Wink-wink…nudge nudge. J

Bulldogs Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday – 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Saturday – 7:00 am – 1:00 am
Sunday – Noon – 10:00pm

Daily Specials:
Tuesday – Old Timer Tuesday – Those 55 and over get to take their age off of draw beer.
Wednesday – Mexican Night
Thursday – Ladies Night 7:00-10:00
Friday – Fish
Saturday – Prime Rib
Sunday – Pot Roast

So how is your New Years resolution going? Just thought I would update you on mine. Dr. Phil did a show this week on resolutions and how to keep them. For losing weight…you have to want to be thin more than you want to eat. I’m working on that. I really wanted those oatmeal scotchies sitting in my cookie jar so I emailed a friend and told him to come and get them before I got home from work. And he did. So we were both happy with that. I think that proves that more than the Oatmeal Scotchies I want to be thin.

You’ll be glad to hear the “not doing dishes” resolution has a funny story. I was so busy Friday cleaning and getting ready for the weekend that I did run out of time to do the dishes Friday night. Vince said, “Don’t do them.” So I didn’t. Then Saturday, I worked at the rink then took Millie shopping and picked up groceries. Before I left I expressed concern about the mounting pile of dishes that had taken over not only the sink but the entire counter and stove. Again, Vince said, “Just don’t do them.” So I didn’t. We got home just in time to unload and go back to the rink. I noticed when we got home that there were even more dishes. So I asked him what exactly he meant by “Don’t do them.” Did he mean that he didn’t care if they piled up so he didn’t care if I let them pile up? Did he mean that he was going to coerce the children into doing them? Did he mean that they would sit there until I was mad enough that I would just go do them? Or did he mean that he was going to do them when he was ready to? He laughed at me when I asked him this and said, “Just don’t do them.” Can you imagine how the pile of dishes was beginning to haunt me? Several times at the rink that night he wondered if he should go home and start the dishes. I told him, “Just don’t do them.” And sure enough, when we got home they were still there. First thing Sunday morning I was asking him what he was going to do that day. I actually had forgotten about the dishes. He said he thought he would get up and do the dishes. And he did. He washed and I dried. It took us almost two hours but it was a lot of fun. It’s Monday night now…I’m still not doing the dishes again. Please don’t stop by…I would be so embarrassed.

As you can tell by my story I need to work on the “Not talking so much” resolution. Perhaps for next week.

Julie Anderson


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