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ELMWOOD, NEBRASKA
“Growing Together”
January 28, 2009

 

WINTER POEM
Unknown author

It's winter in Nebraska
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Nebraska
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Nebraska
Cuz I'm frozen to the ground!



Elmwood Bestowed an Honor
Read-All-About-It!!!

For the past 5 years, the Nebraska Library Commission has choosen a book of the year and challenges the entire state of Nebraska to read that book. This year, the Nebraska Library Commission has chosen A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich! All Nebraska libraries are given the information and are asked to promote the event through various activities, curriculum, etc. Because this author is so near and dear to our heart the Elmwood Library will be having some special events throughout this year promoting Bess Streeter Aldrich and the One Book, One Nebraska program. Elmwood has frequent activities throughout the year promoting Bess Streeter Aldrich, her books, and her museum. Due to her book being chosen as the book of the year the Nebraska Library Commission will be involved in these activities, too.

There will be an official Proclamation at the Bess Streeter Aldrich museum on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 from 4:00-5:00pm. The Lt. Governor, Rick Sheehy, will be presenting the proclamation of One Book, One Nebraska. Senator Pankonin will also be in attendance. Other interested organizations will also be in attendance.

If you would like to get involved get a copy of A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich and read along! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've never read the books by Elmwood's most famous author. Nor have I toured her home. I am guessing that there are a lot of people like me in town. I challenge you to join me in the adventure this year and read the book and tour the museum. Besides reading they story you can get involved and write your own story. There is a Short Story Contest (http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org/contest.html) for Nebraska authors (Adult, High School, and Middle School). Prizes will be awarded for original stories to winners in each age category. Deadline for submissions: February 17, 2009, Bess Streeter Aldrich’s birthday. That date is sneaking up fast so get busy and write a story!

A good time to get acquainted with the Bess Streeter Aldrich house will be on February 15, 2009 at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Birthday Celebration and Open House at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 East F Street, Elmwood, Nebraska. It will be the kick-off the yearlong celebration of One Book One Nebraska 2009: Nebraska Reads A Lantern in Her Hand.
We could all become not only experts on Bess Streeter Aldrich but we will learn more about our library. The time to start is now...let's read.


Elmwood Rescue
Weekly Winner: January, 24th #4. Bill Zoz, Murdock Ne


A Day of Scrapbooking!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Elementary School Elmwood, Nebraska
Come Scrap With Us!


Here is an uninterrupted 15 hours to work on those scrapbooks you’ve been meaning to start. If you have a student graduating this year, you know you’re running out of time. Those display boards aren’t going to make themselves.

Give yourself a whole day to really dig in and accomplish enough to make it worth getting everything out in the first place. You know you’ll feel better.

Need help or supplies? Creative Memories consultant Mary Simon will be on site throughout the marathon with scrap-booking supplies and professional advice. She will also be teaching an optional Power Scrapping class which will be a special shortened version of her Power Scrapping class. Class includes paper and supplies for completing two colorful pages complete and ready for your photos. All for only $5!
Whether you are an experienced scrapper or a novice, you will find inspiration and ideas for your scrapping pleasure. Registration fee includes brunch, an afternoon dessert bar and dinner.
Proceeds from this event will go towards helping the Elmwood-Murdock students have a great post prom party. For More Information contact: CindyHovorka@windstream.net (Cindy (402)994-5995) or kkmiller12@windstream.net (Kristy at (402) 994-2545).

Click on this link for more information



Lifetime Wellness Clinic Celebrates 1 Year in Elmwood!

Drs. Bryan and Sally Hufstader opened the Lifetime Wellness Clinic one year ago and have had a great year in Elmwood. They provide chiropractic and general health care to the community. To help celebrate, and to give back to the community, half of all proceeds earned from services provided on Saturday, February 21st will be donated to the Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Choir. Call 994-2030 to schedule an appointment. The clinic will be open from 9:00 to 5:00 that day. This is open to existing or new clients!


Roller Skating Lessons!

The roller skating lessons are provided through the Continuing Education from Southeast Community College program. Classes are Thursday through February 12th - 6:30 to 8:30. All ages welcome! There will be instruction for beginners through intermediates. Call if you have questions! (402) 867-4123


The Pancake Man Will Flip for
Elmwood-Murdock
Youth-to-Carnegie-Hall Choir
Flying Wheels Fun Center
Sunday, February 8th
8:30 – Noon
Free Will offering with the proceeds to benefit the Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Choir.

The first time I saw the Pancake Man was in 1994. Millie was a baby and going for pancakes was the thing to do. I had never been before but I had heard it was fun. We went and we have been going ever since. Jim Kuper, the Pancake Man, puts on quite a show. He’ll call out to someone in line to alert them their pancake is coming. He flips it around his back and across the room in hopes the person will catch it with their plate. Everyone cheers for Jim and the pancake catcher. As Millie grew older she loved to watch the Pancake Man. We would laugh and laugh when someone dropped the pancake. When Joe came along he found that he loved the sausages.

I hope you can come out and enjoy the show and the pancakes.


Constructions Continues at the Elementary School!

Imagine my surprise when I walked in the school last week and there were two poles in the middle of the hallway. The construction workers are very smart though. They put a lot of foam around the poles so no one would get hurt if they walked into them.

 


A little something fun…if you don’t laugh at this you are one tough cookie.

Every now and then this comes around via email. It is funny every time I read it. I don’t know who the author is but he is special.

Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. This was submitted by a guy who purchased his lovely wife a "pocket Taser" for their anniversary.

Last weekend I saw something at Ski's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 36th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife, Toni. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety.... WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two triple-A batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I'd get the blue arch of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. Awesome!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Toni what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?!!!

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, taser in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily
control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, "no possible way!"

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.....

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, "don't do it master," reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and HOLY MOTHER, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION@!@$$!%!@*!!!

I'm pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs. The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, "do it again, do it again!"

Note: If you ever feel compelled to "mug" yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself. You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be considered conservative.

SON-OF-A-.. that hurt like heck!!! A minute or so later (I can't be sure as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they up get there??? My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I'm still looking for
my testicles. I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return.

Still in shock,

Art


Check up for Joe

My son, Joe, was born with Spina Bifida. This is one of the most common birth defects. As a result of the Spina Bifida he also developed hydrocephalus and a couple other things. Spina Bifida occurs during the first month of life when the spine forms. It just doesn’t form all the way to the bottom. Everything from the point where it stops can be affected. Joe’s problems are with his feet and legs. And most embarrassingly, his bladder and bowel control. But we don’t need to talk about that. He has no feeling in his feet and can’t move them. As a result he wears braces and uses crutches to help him walk. He has a wheelchair, too. Hydrocephalus is more commonly referred to as “water on the brain.” The spinal fluid that cushions the brain usually drains through the spinal column. Joe’s brainstem is securely lodged in the top of his spinal column so it can’t drain. When he was four days old the doctors installed a shunt in his head. It is a tube inserted into his skull that drains the fluid out through the tube which extends to his stomach cavity.

Now that I have totally grossed you out I can get to the important part of my story. That was just the back ground. Every year Joe goes to Children’s Hospital for a check up. He has to have various x-rays and ultrasounds. We go one day for the tests and then go back in two weeks to meet with the doctors and hear the results. The staff at Children’s has always been very professional and fun with Joe. They make it so it is not scary. Every year the results are all the same. “He’s doing fine, all is well.” This year was a little different. The x-ray technician noticed something was wrong with the tube that runs from Joe’s skull to his abdomen. She immediately called the doctor’s office and they analyzed the situation. Apparently it hasn’t been working for quite awhile. As long as he has no symptoms of malfunction we can wait until the appointment to see the doctor.

We aren’t the only parents with a child with a disability. Every child has something going on. We are very lucky to have a facility like Children’s Hospital to help our kids. And to help us parents through it! Not only are they health care providers they are teachers, too. They make us experts on our kids. They hold Joe’s hand and they’ve held mine. Together we will get him through and make him well. Our kids become their kids and that makes the difference.



Something to look forward to! Mark your calendar!


Take care, have a great week, kiss your family and hold them close. We have a chance every day to make new memories. Make them count.

Julie


 

 

Julie Anderson
Editor@ElmwoodNebraska.com

 

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