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“Growing Together”
February 21, 2007

Today is Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent. It is a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages and is common among Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Episcopalians, and many Lutherans. Many Methodists and Presbyterians adopted the practice in the 1990’s. Ashes then and now may have been placed on the foreheads of the faithful to remind them of death and the sorrow they should feel for their sins and the necessity of changing their lives and to remind them “thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.” The custom was used for public penance in the early church. It isn’t known when this was extended to the entire congregation; however it was in common use by the late 10th century.
Lent is the seventh Wednesday before Easter. It is considered forty days long because Sundays during this period are not counted among the days of Lent. It falls on different dates from year to year, according to the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.
While there aren’t any greeting cards to celebrate this particular day, the day before Lent, known as “Fat Tuesday” has indeed become a day of celebration...

Peanut Butter Recall. Peter Pan and Great Value brands of peanut butter are being recalled by ConAgra Foods because of a possible salmonella contamination. The recall only pertains to those that have a product code of 2111 imprinted on the lid. Approx. 100 people in 37 states have become ill. So far, at the time of writing this, it has only been confirmed that 2 people from Nebraska have actually become ill from the peanut butter. If you have one of the brands in question with this product code, throw away the peanut butter and mail the lid to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103. You will receive a refund.
(Editor Note: Salmonella is a bacterium which can cause food borne illnesses. Symptoms can include fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea which can further lead to dehydration. Many cases are mild, but severe cases can cause other health concerns.)

Don’t Pass It On! One of the ways salmonella can be spread is by an infected person who has not washed their hands after using the bathroom. Bottom line, you spread bacteria, viruses, and other germs with your hands all day long. Hand washing is considered the number one prevention for their spread. You don’t need anything special. It’s in your home - soap & water. You don’t need to spend money on specialty soaps to do the job well. You just have to do it – all the time. Keep your hands away from mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth. During increased cold and flu season follow your mother’s advice - keep your hands to yourself. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer, but note that hand sanitizer does not replace hand washing.

Lifesaving List. You may not be a list-maker, but this one particular list could someday save your life. You may know your allergies and medications and think nothing of this, but if you were unable to communicate with emergency personnel this list could be your life saver. Keep it in your wallet.

  • Allergies (include both medications & non-medication allergies)
  • Blood Type
  • List each medication, strength, and how often you take (include non-prescription)
  • Doctor(s) name, phone number, and address
  • List specific medical conditions you have as some medications may be used for more than one condition.

Save Some Green at Tax Time! If you installed specific energy-efficient home improvements during 2006 you just might qualify for a one-time tax credit up to $500. This can include new windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment in your home. Windows, doors, and insulation must meet the requirements for your region of the 2001 or 2004 International Energy Conservation Code. All ENGERGY STAR windows qualify. Heating and cooling equipment must meet stringent efficiency requirements – not even all ENERGY STAR products will qualify. Windows, doors, insulation, and roofs must be expected to last at least five years (a two year warranty is sufficient to demonstrate this.) Some manufacturers certify which of their products qualify for the tax credit. Improvements must be on your principal residence. You can qualify for this one-time tax credit from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2007. Consult with a professional tax consultant or visit

Cookie Dough for Sale! The basketball fundraiser has leftover cookie dough for sell if anybody is interested. $13 a box. Contact Mr. Justin Moline at the Murdock school, 867-2341 if interested.

Shhh! We are being Watched! Do you realize that the Elmwood web site is averaging 100
hits a day?! This is people inside and outside the Elmwood area. It’s people inside and outside Cass County. From the business perspective placing items for sale in the Classifieds and listing your business under the Business links is the best way to advertise. And it’s Free! Below I’m going to explain the process for making/changing/removing an Ad under the Classifieds section. And I’m going to explain “banners” and how they work for your business:

Creating an Ad (Classifieds) – FREE!
1. From the web page, click on “Classifieds”
2. Scroll down and click on “Post an Event / Classified Ad”
3. Where is says “Event Name / Ad Item” enter your Headline, Ex: Free Kittens
4. “Information” enter what you want your ad to say
5. “Contact Info” Include necessary info so you can be reached about your Ad
6. Need to add a picture? Click “Browse” and locate on your computer where you put the picture. Double click the picture…..wait about 10 seconds for the picture to upload.
7. Now click “Submit for Approval” button

Your Ad and picture is now being sent to the webmaster for approval. Your ad should be approved and appear under the classifieds within a reasonably short time. If you don’t see your advertisement appear within one business day, contact me and I’ll give the webmaster a little nudge and wake him up. Your classified ad will stay on the web page until you remove it.

Removing & Changing your Classified Ad – Okay, so now you’ve given away all those kitties and you want people to stop calling or emailing. It’s simple, click “view/post comments” to the right of your ad. When the next screen opens with just your advertisement, click the “Remove Ad” at the top. Incidentally, if you want to change/update your ad, you need to remove the existing ad and re-create your ad.

Banner Advertising in a Nutshell.
Banners are the ads you see that show up directly on the web page. These are purchased and provided through the Nebraska Community Websites Project, 201 Main Street, Louisville, NE.
Call 234-2345 or 866-932-4774 if you are interested.
If you are interested, you get your information to the office – banner message and graphics you have from business card, website, or brochure.
The first banner will be created free ($29 Value) and it will be yours to keep!
Banners cost $69 to activate and run for 30 days. It will run on 13 community websites simultaneously. Have a banner made and run it whenever you want!
*Editor Note: The purchase of banners supports the Nebraska Community Websites Project – this provides for our web sites and community electronic newsletters in Cass County.

Flying Wheels:

Feb 24th – Skating and dancing - 9pm Twister Tournament!
Feb 27th – Reminder NO adult night tonight.
Feb 28th – Celebrate February & August half year birthdays!

Junior Youth Fellowship Talent Show! March 18th. Supper, games, and talent showcase to help raise funds to participate in mission trips, camps and other fellowship/spiritual activities. More info to come!

Open House/Pancake Breakfast – Murdock’s NEW Fire Barn! 10:00 – 2:00pm. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice & coffee. Door Prizes drawn every half hour and raffle drawing at 2pm. Free will offering at the door. (If you are a non-community member reading this, Murdock is a neighbor 5 miles North of Elmwood on Hwy 1. They are a Mutual Aid partner. Come join the activities!)

…this celebration before Lent, in the U.S., is known as Mardi Gras. Traditionally, households consumed all the remaining foods that would be forbidden during Lent on that day. It is a one-day event in France, commonly known as “Fat Tuesday.” Other places in the world that hold similar Mardi Gras style parties are Venice in Italy, Mazatlan in Mexico, and many cities throughout Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The carnival in Rio de Janeiro lasts for two weeks prior to Lent. In the U.S. this celebration has been most notable in historic New Orleans, where it lasts for several days marked by parades, street celebrations, and extravagant costumes. Even after all the devastation and destruction that New Orleans has faced, Mardi Gras was indeed officially held again this year on “Fat Tuesday”, February 20th.

Looks like some nice days – enjoy it!

Gina Fahrenholz

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