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“Growing Together”
February 13, 2008


Elmwood Rescue $100
Weekly Winner: Feb, 9th #6.
Lou Allgayer,
Elmwood, Ne

Check out the new website for the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Elmwood.
Webmaster, Jacob Blunt, has worked hard to put this together. See what you think!


I bet you’ve been wondering just what does Julie do on Monday nights besides write the newsletter? Well, I’ve been taking my daughter, Millie, and her friend, Ashli, to Tumbling at Platte Valley Tumbling on Church Road. Millie took the classes a few years ago but decided to quit. She recently changed her mind and talked Ashli into joining her. They are working on their cartwheels, roundoffs, and Millie almost has her back handspring! Amy Snodgrass is the owner and instructor at Platte Valley. I’ve watched her give lessons to all ages of kids and am very impressed with her program. She knows each kid and their abilities. She is able to coach them with little tips that make a big difference in their performance. At the end of the year they put on a recital where they all show off their talents. She always has a theme for the recital so it makes it fun for the kids. The kids are learning some good skills, having a lot of fun, and staying in shape. What a deal!


Boy did it snow last Tuesday! It snowed so hard the schools let out. It was a great time to try out the automatic notification system the school is using. I got a phone call to let me know the schools would be releasing students early and then another one later to let me know that school for Wednesday had been cancelled. That was a nice break for the kids. Dan Spaulding was out clearing snow early and his kids were riding shotgun. I bet they were good company! It was too cold to sled, too cold to ice skate, and too cold to make a snow man. But never too cold to drink cocoa!

Thanks to the snow storm the long awaited Science Fair was postponed until Friday night. I was busy at Teen Night so I sent my resident photographer and girl Friday, Christina, to the Science Fair with Joe. She took some pictures for us so we could see some of the exhibits. As always they were impressive! I wish I could have been there.

Alex Calloway and Jessica Spaulding must have both been hungry. They both did a project to determine which brand of microwave popcorn popped the best. Joe Anderson, near and dear to my heart, wanted to find out which size of bottles created a larger vortex. With help from his dad he drilled holes in the caps of soda bottles then glued them together. Then he filled one with water and screwed the other on to it. He hypothesized that the larger set of soda bottles would have the better vortex but to our surpise the smaller set of bottles won. Vince and Joe came up with some logical, technical reason for this but I missed that part of the lesson. Shelbi Furgerson did the egg flotation project and Sheridan Spohr’s project was to determine which pop is the “worst” for our teeth. I’m guessing that all pop is bad for us. Abby Bobbett built a Hydro Power Plant. She had a tall frame with a tube and when she poured water down the tube it caused a magnet to spin at the bottom which generated enough electricity to light a light bulb. I think we are surrounded by geniuses who are disguised as children. I know they think they are smarter than we are…could it be true?

No, really, it is. Friday was teen night at the rink. Boy was it fun! If you ever wonder what goes on here you will just have to wonder. What happens at the rink stays at the rink…unless it is just too good and I have to share it with you. We had kids from as far away as Sterling, Avoca, and Eagle come to have fun. There were a lot of good kids just being good kids. I kept waiting for them to give me a reason to get the super soaker out and they didn’t. So it was a little boring for us! In case you were wondering what good kids look like here are a few pictures from teen night. You might notice a recurring theme where they don’t want their pictures taken.

Some kids had so much fun on Friday that they had to come back on Saturday for the Valentine’s Skate/Dance. We also celebrated Aaron Poole’s 12th birthday. He blew out the candles and only left three burning which means he has three girlfriends. Then somehow he managed to get his face squished into the ice cream. I didn’t see it happen but I did get a picture of the after effects. Abby was our speed skating ref and Rebecca was the holder of Chad’s keys and hat while he limbo’d. Just a bunch of kids doing what kids do best…

If you’ve ever wondered just what do we do with children who are naughty…here you go!

Actually, this is my child and I’m sure she deserves whatever she is getting here.

Last week I told you about the kids coming out from UNL to skate and dance and give dancing lessons. We’ve had to change the date from Friday the 15th to Friday the 22nd. This is not an event designed around kids. They are welcome to come but we plan on having some serious fun with some great music…that might not include a lot of rap, or any rap. SORRY! If you and your significant other need a night out this is your chance. Come on down and skate, boogie, and hang out. The rink is not just for kids!


The Elementary Parent Organization (S.O.S.) will be having a Soup Supper at the Murdock School on February 15, 2008 during the Louisville basketball game. The soup supper will be held in the old gym from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Better come hungry!

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones

the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Robert Frost

If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
At Sir James M. Barrie

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Henry Louis Mencken

Love is a friendship set to music.
E. Joseph Cossman

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
Erich Segal

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
William Shakespeare

Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.
Lord Byron

Don’t forget your special someone this week. That someone maybe a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, your mom, dad, kids, or neighbor. Just take a minute to let them know how much they mean to you. We will be spending the evening with the king @ Round the Bend!


Have a great week! I’m off to the car wash…I just can’t seem to keep the spots off! No matter how many times I go.

:) Join me?

Julie Anderson


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