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“Growing Together”
February 4, 2009


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!!!
Do you have your gift for your special someone yet?
Give Pat Spellman a call at Traveling Treasures.
She has Valentine’s candy bouquets ready for you! (402)994-6834




New Addition to the Family

Although we are expecting a new addition to our family when our new grandson arrives in April we are celebrating a different kind of addition…yes, it is another dog. Meet Romeo! Millie has been begging for a bassett hound puppy for her birthday and Vince finally gave in. I had nothing to do with it…other than finding him in the paper, making the arrangements, driving to Norfolk to pick him up, paying for him…other than that I had nothing to do with it! But he is so sweet…who could say no to this face?

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. Even though we are half way through the class sessions please come down and join us. Call if you have questions! (402)867-4123

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!


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

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: (Cindy (402)994-5995) or (Kristy at (402) 994-2545).

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out But I can usually shut her up with cookies.


After having dug to a depth of 10 yards
last year, New York scientists found traces
of copper wire dating back 100 years
and came to the conclusion that their New
York ancestors already had a telephone
network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the
weeks that followed, California scientists dug
to a depth of 20 yards, and shortly after, headlines
in the LA Times newspaper read:
'California archaeologists have found
traces of 200 year old copper wire and have
concluded that their ancestors already had an
advanced high-tech communications network
a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'

One week later, the Lincoln Journal Star, a local newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska reported the following:
'After digging as deep as 30 yards in a corn
field near Milford, NE, Larry the Cable Guy, a self-
taught archaeologist and dyed-in-the-wool Husker
fan, reported that he found absolutely nothing.
Larry has therefore concluded that 300 years
ago, Nebraska had already gone wireless.'

The Nebraska Women’s Basketball season is in full gear and is looking to pack the house each and every game. On Saturday, February 21st at 7:05 pm the Huskers host Missouri at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Murdock native, current Husker and former Elmwood-Murdock High School student-athlete Nikki Bober will be honored as the Hometown Husker of the game.

Nikki is a strong asset to the Nebraska Women’s Basketball team and an outstanding student-athlete. She unfortunately suffered a season ending injury in late December, but continues to be an asset as an emotional leader for the rest of the team. In an attempt to get as many Husker fans from Murdock and Elmwood as possible to show their pride and support for Nikki, fans will be able to purchase tickets to the game on February 21st at a special group rate:

For Groups of 25 or more:
Adults: $4 Each
Youth: $2 Each (Youth includes everyone ages 18 and under)
Children 6 & Under are admitted FREE!

To order tickets, please contact the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8BIGRED. A minimum order of 25 is required and must be purchased in advance to receive the discounted group rates. Thank you very much for your time and Go Big Red!

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 PM. The concert will include vocals and a variety of instrumental textures, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 8 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

Special Needs Kids have a Blast!

Friday we had quite a few guests at the Flying Wheels from all over southeast Nebraska. The Life Skills classes came and some kids from the Nebraska School for the Blind came, too. My cousin, Heather McKinney, teaches the Life Skills class in Nebraska City and she asked if she could bring her students skating. Of course I said, “Yes!” Then she asked if she could invite all the Life Skills students in the area. Of course I said, “Yes!” Heather let me know last week that there could be almost 100 students plus helpers and 32 would be from the blind school. I started calling all of my friends who didn’t work on Friday and enlisted their help. I even had students volunteer from the Elmwood-Murdock High School.

We had close to 75 students of all abilities and disabilities come skating that day. Some were blind, some were deaf, some were in wheelchairs. They also brought volunteers to help the kids. Most of the kids skated or rode on the scooters. The kids in wheelchairs were able to take their chairs out on the floor and join everyone. One young man had a motorized wheelchair and he zoomed around with a blind girl hanging on for dear life! They ended up helping each other!

The kids from Elmwood-Murdock admittedly volunteered just to get out of school for a few hours. But by the end of the time they got more out of it than just some time away from school. They helped people skate who never had tried before. They stepped up and talked to the kids and offered to help them. They watched kids go from being scared and not making eye contact to laughing and giggling and skating.

The kids who came to help were surprised that blind kids could roller skate and deaf kids could jam to the music. Kids in wheelchairs could race around grinning wildly. A quadriplegic could ride on the scooters.

The kids who came to learn how to skate were not surprised that they could skate and scooter and jam. They face new challenges every day…it’s just a matter of how they are going to do it. It doesn’t occur to them not to try…there’s no reason not to. Every day is a struggle just to live. The opportunity to go skating was just one more thing to tackle. More importantly, it was one more accomplishment for them. One more memory. One more smile. And that is exactly what they gave to us…memories of their many smiles.

Virginia and Cassandra

Using the best resources…the boy in the wheelchair leads the blind girl around the rink many times!

David meets a new friend and sees that even though he was blind his new friend could keep up with him on skates.

Blaze enjoys the scooters.

Ben pulls this guy around and around and he loved it!

This little girl could not stop smiling. It was pure happiness.

Wes gets a push from Sam.

The limbo was a complete hit.

Natalie Stander, LaShelle Stille, and Lindsay Hrabik take a much deserved break.

Click here for more pictures of the Life Skills kids’ day.

Rookie Night is more than just skaters!

The rookies were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Romeo. He popped in for a minute to say “Hi!”

Shelby and Sierra love him!

Shay rides the scooters.

Brody puts Jordyn out.

Click here for more pictures of Rookie Night.

One Hot Mama!

Hey, Corey, did you know your wife was so hot?


Happy Birthday, Michaela!
Happy Birthday, Taylor!

Michaela Lawrence celebrated her 10th birthday on Saturday but her real birthday wasn’t until Groundhogs Day. Taylor Douglas and her friends celebrated her 5th birthday covered in ribbons!


Taylor in ribbons with her friend Shay


Bradly has guard duties but still manages to work for awhile. But is the Cupid Shuffle really work?

A family enjoys skating and scootering.

Jordyn and Shay go for a wild ride.

Taylor gets a push from brother, Tyler

Click here for more pictures of the birthday parties.

Saturday Night Fun!!!
Saturday was fun for kids of all ages. From skating to dodgeball to playing in the ball bag. Everyone had fun!

Erin – Big Dan’s youngest granddaughter

Kabby is styling as usual.

Jake takes a break from dodgeball.

Dogpile on the couch! Billy, Bradly, and Garyn pile on.

Jordyn climbs in the ball bag to see if there are anymore.

Kalee and Schyler ham it up.

Click here for more pictures of Saturday night.

Our Humble Abode
Have you ever wondered just where do I live? Probably not but I’ll share it with you anyway. This is our humble little home...someday it will be a log cabin!

Hey, if you have any activities coming up in your church or organization, let me know so I can advertise it for you!

Have a great week!


Julie Anderson


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