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"Growing Together"

January 24, 2007

I traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, this past Friday to visit with family. Overnight the city underwent a magical transformation. The humid air met with the cooler air of the night and coated the city in a beautiful, glistening, thick layer of frost. I wished I would have had my camera as we traveled the city Saturday morning. Everything was frosted and the trees appeared decorated for the holiday season that just passed. The frost cleared within a few hours and by evening a beautiful snowfall began – the kind where the flakes seem to fall in slow motion. Soft, quiet. So peaceful into the night. Their lacey presence displayed on the windows.
Just how are those pretty little snowflakes made?

Annual Omaha Shootout at the Qwest Center! Elmwood-Murdock vs. Louisville!
E-M received an invitation to play at this event. The purpose of this event is to spotlight the teams and players in Nebraska and from around the country. E-M is one of 12 schools from across Nebraska and the nation to be invited. This is the only high school basketball event held at the Qwest Center on a regular basis. This is quite an honor for our school to be invited to play!

The game between E-M and Louisville is scheduled for 1:00pm on February 10th.

*In order to make this event happen some rescheduling of events had to happen as per below:

  • The E-M vs. Mead boy’s and girls’ junior varsity and varsity basketball games originally scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, have been moved to Tuesday, February 6th, at Murdock.
  • Parents Night will be held between the boy’s and girl’s varsity contests on Tuesday, February 6th, instead of the originally scheduled date of February 10th.
  • The junior varsity boy’s basketball tournament scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10th, has been cancelled for 2007.

Tickets for the Omaha Shootout:

  • $16 reserved (courtside seating) – available at the Murdock school site.
  • $7 student general admission. These are for high school, junior high or elementary students and are available, only in advance, at the Murdock (or Louisville) school site.
  • $11 general admission ticket will be available on game day at the Qwest Center Box Office.

Students who purchase tickets the day of the contest will have to purchase an $11 general admission ticket. The purchase of any ticket allows you admission for all six games scheduled for the Omaha Shootout. You will be allowed to leave and re-enter the Qwest Center during the day as long as you have your hand stamped at the door before you leave. Checks for payment of tickets should be made payable to the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools. Any questions should be directed to Dan Novak, E-M school superintendent, 867-2341.

UFO (United Faith Organization) Annual Valentine’s Day Banquet

Serving roast beef and ham lunch from 11:30 – 1:00pm on Sunday, February 11th at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elmwood. The luncheon also includes green beans, buttered corn, rolls/butter, a variety of salads, a selection of desserts, and a beverage. Members of the E-M high school Speech Team will perform at 12:30pm. Proceeds from this luncheon will go towards the UFO mission trip to Red Bird Mission, Kentucky, which is planned for this summer. The UFO is the combined youth group of the Elmwood Christian Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elmwood. Free-will offering. Take-outs will be available. Please contact Bonnie at 994-5315.

Benefit for Angie Fries
(Angie is a Murdock, NE community neighbor who has been battling cancer for several years. This benefit is aimed to help reduce the medical bills associated with her illness.)
January 27th
6pm – 1am
Round the Bend Steakhouse, Southbend, NE (East of Mahoney State Park)

$10/person (children under 12 free)
BBQ pork dinner with all the fixings
Dance to the Band “The Urban Sand Hills”
Door Prizes, Auction & Silent Auction

*Donations are also being accepted at Corn Growers State Bank
333 Nebraska Street
Murdock, NE 68407
(402) 867-2141

Now, about those snowflakes….
Snowflakes and snow crystals are basically made up of ice and nothing more. A snow crystal is a single crystal of ice. A snowflake is a more general term that can mean an individual snow crystal or a mass of snow crystals stuck together that form “puff balls” that float down from the clouds.

Snowflakes are not frozen raindrops, which is what sleet is. Snow crystals form when water vapor condenses directly into ice, which happens in the clouds. The water molecules in an ice crystal form a hexagonal lattice. The most basic form of a snow crystal is a hexagonal prism. Surfaces of the crystal, called the facet surfaces, accumulate material very slowly – causing them to “grow.” Branches sprout from the corners to make more complex shapes. Thus, the elaborate symmetrical patterning emerges as the crystals grow.

Have a Great Week!
I am asking for anybody who has any information of early Elmwood to share to please contact me!

Gina Fahrenholz

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