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February 11, 2009

The Pancake Man Flips for Elmwood

The Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Choir invited the Pancake Man to come and do a fundraiser for them at the Flying Wheels. He showed up Sunday morning and started flipping flapjacks at 8:30. He kept going until noon. He served almost 200 people all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages. Ernie, also known as the Pancake Man, is quite a character. He arrived in a pickup loaded down with all the supplies and tools he needed to make the pancakes and sausages. Vince helped him unload and set up the grill. Ernie put me to work filling the syrup bottles. David and Eli soon appeared and they were quickly put to work. Eli learned how to cut butter and David just did whatever Ernie asked of him.

The first customer was Lou Allgayer’s mother and his sister, Carlene. They had to wait a few minutes while the grill warmed up but were soon enjoying their breakfast. Soon more people trickled in and more help arrived. Ernie quickly put them to work serving up sausages and pouring juice and coffee.

Ernie was an experienced pancake flipper and an experienced showman. He would pick out someone in line, usually a teenager, and tell them he was going to throw a pancake to them. Sometimes they were excited, like Tanner Bornemeier, and sometimes they were reluctant like Sierra Ronhvde. Tanner and Clint caught their first few pancakes…and dropped a couple. But then it was time for seconds and Tanner was ready! He jumped up and held his plate out waiting for that pancake to come flying through the air. He was so determined to catch it that he dove for it! Unfortunately the pancake hit the floor right before he did so he dove right on top of it! Even though Sierra was a reluctant catcher she managed to do just fine, in a skirt no less! Jake Ita could have been in a little hot water with his mom when he missed his pancake and it landed in her purse! But Kris thought it was great fun.

The Pancake Man has quite the griddle for making his pancakes. I noticed several men admiring it and trying to figure out if they could make one. I’m sure the Pancake Man can handle the competition. There are actually two “Pancake Man” in the company. The original “Pancake Man”, Jim Kuper, had to make pancakes at the Children’s Museum in Omaha and we got Ernie. Ernie had a little trouble getting here because there aren’t a lot of road signs that tell where Elmwood is located. He suggested we post some signs on Highway 50 and Highway 34. I suggested he just come more often and then he’ll learn his way. He said he would love to come again. He thought we had some great kids.

We had a lot of fun with the Pancake Man and are thankful he came to help us. We are also thankful to all the people who came and enjoyed pancakes with us and donated to the Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Choir. The kids appreciate your support and the parents really appreciate your support! It will be a trip of a lifetime for these kids and we are grateful for all your help!

Vince and Ernie unload and set up the griddles.

Eli samples the sausage.

Lou and his mother wait patiently.


Jake Fischer and Glenn Murdoch enjoy a laugh with the Pancake Man.

The Pancake Man squirts out batter onto the griddle.

Alyssa and Cody Brown have a little brother/sister rivalry going on.

Tanner dives for the pancake!

The Pancake Man flips for Elmwood!

Deb Coleman doesn’t have to work too hard to persuade granddaughter, Marissa Oehlerking, to try the pancakes.

Mikey Rice waits patiently for his pancake.

Ernie serves them up!

Sierra waits for her turn.

The Pancake Man’s new assistant.

The clean up crew does a bang up job!

Heather Lancaster is styling in her top hat. She’ll need that in New York!

Kris Ita shows off her new niece, Ellie, daughter of Mark and Michelle Meyer of Murdock.

For more pictures of the Pancake Man click here to see our online web album. Trust me..there are some good pictures here!

A Sight reading Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 1 PM - 3 PM in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska. This will be a wonderful opportunity to play with other music students, and sight read music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again. During the workshop, musicians will be discussing how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music. The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up. There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required. For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail

Update on the Dawgs….they aren’t enemies but they aren’t friends either. They do nap together though.


Roller Skating Lessons!

Miss Rhonda has been giving roller skating lessons to some very talented kids! They are learning how to skate on quads and use their two stops, how to go forward, and how to cross over. The kids are having fun and are learning a lot!

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. Once the sessions with Southeast are over we will continue to offer lessons beginning Thursday, March 12th. The lessons will be $6 a session. Call if you have questions! (402)867-4123

Miss Rhonda and Taylor Douglas

The Class takes a break.

Click here to see more pictures of the roller skating lessons!

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
Dig out those boxes of pictures, gather up your scrapbooking supplies, and come scrap with us! You’ll have plenty of time to organize and create your scrap books.

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).


A Texas Chili Contest

Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better.

For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is. They actually have a chili cook-off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio city park.

The notes are from an inexperienced chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.

Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cooking contest. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted." Here are the scorecards from the event: (Frank is Judge #3)

Chili # 1 Eddie's Maniac Monster Chili...

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.

Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

Judge # 3 -- (Frank) What the heck is this stuff?! You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put out the flames. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy!

Chili # 2 Austin's Afterburner Chili...

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.

Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor; needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chili # 3 Ronny's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili...

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans.

Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers.

Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. A barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting pie-eyed from all of the beer...

Chili # 4 Dave's Black Magic...

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish, or other mild foods; not much of a chili.

Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. woman is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Chili # 5 Lisa's Legal Lip Remover...

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead, and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Rednecks.

Chili # 6 Pam's Very Vegetarian Variety...

Judge # 1 -- Thin, yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.

Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.

Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulphuric flames. I pooped on myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair! No one seems inclined to stand behind me anymore. I need to wipe my hind end with a snow cone.

Chili # 7 Carla's Screaming Sensation Chili...

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

Judge # 2 -- Ho-hum; tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should make note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress, as he is cursing uncontrollably.

Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing; it's too painful. To heck with it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Chili # 8 Karen's Toenail Curling Chili...

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold, but spicy enough to declare its existence.

Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild, nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3 farted, passed out, fell over, and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?

Mckenna’s Birthday!

Mckenna brought these friends from Eagle to celebrate her birthday. Several parents were pleased to discover the skating rink in Elmwood. They didn’t even know we existed! One mother told me she didn’t even know that Elmwood existed! They promised to come back now that they have found us.

Click here to see more pictures of Mckenna’s party and the other birthday parties at the rink this weekend.


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



Job Duties of Rink Employees

So you thought all we do at the rink is make pizza and clean up tables? Not true! Bradly demonstrates another of our duties…keeping Jordyn happy. Bradly, Brody, and Vince gladly take Jordyn when she is fussy. She seems to calm right down for them. Another duty we have is to learn all the dances that the kids do. One of the most popular dances is the Cotton Eyed Joe.

Bradly and Jordyn watch out the window.

Neither Bradly or Jordyn look very happy here but at least they aren’t crying!

Bradly does the Cotton Eyed Joe!

Suzie does the Cotton Eyed Joe on skates!

Billy, Kalee, Brooke, and Jordyn stomp around the rink. They are professional Cotton Eyed Joe dancers.

For more pictures from the Rink this weekend click on this link.

Update on Joe…

Joe had his check up last week at Children’s and he is doing well. His shunt is cracked and will need to be replaced as soon as we can schedule it. He was measured casted for new braces and his wheelchair will be adjusted so it will last another year. Overall it was a good day. He just needs to eat more fruits and veggies and drink more milk! Who doesn’t? After his check up we went to lunch at Charlie’s on the Lake. He wanted fish so we had the best fish! We’ll keep you posted on his surgery. It will be his first since he was four. But we have faith in Children’s Hospital…they will take good care of him.

Looking forward to meeting new friends….
If you see someone new in town this weekend take a minute and introduce yourself. Tony and Gail Schneider of Albany, Minnesota, have been looking at the Elmwood area in hopes of moving here. They were looking for houses on the internet in the area and came across this newsletter. They started reading it and thought our town looked very friendly and welcoming. They emailed me and told me of their plans to come visit the area over Valentine’s Day weekend. I told them to be sure and come skating! Let me know if you have any activities going on this weekend that they could check out. They have two children so they are interested in the schools, too.

(Hi, Tony and Gail…looking forward to meeting you this weekend! Don’t wait for skating on Saturday night…come by the house anytime…I’ll send you the directions. Hope you have a safe trip!)

Have a great week everyone! Kiss your kids and snuggle your spouse. Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day…do it every day!



This one is for you, Vince! Happy Valentine’s Day to my stud muffin!

Love, Julie J


Julie Anderson


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