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“Growing Together”
4 April 2007

This Friday is Good Friday. It is the commemoration of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, while Easter, this Sunday, April 8th, is the date of the annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Easter is a date that, to me, seems to “hop” all over the place from year to year. It’s very complicated as I found out, but Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25. The usual statement that Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs after the vernal equinox is not a precise statement.

Easter is the Sunday following the Paschal (pronounced “PAS-KUL”) Full Moon (PFM) date for the year. In 325 A.D. astronomers approximated full moon dates and called them Ecclesiastical Full Moon (EFM) dates. From 326 A.D. the PFM date has always been the EFM date after March 20 (which was the equinox date in 325 A.D. when they approximated the full moon dates.)

….are you still with me? If so, in a nutshell, from 1853, each PFM date differs from an Astronomical Full Moon (AFM) date usually by no more than 1 date, and never by more than 3 dates. (Each AFM is a two-date event because of the world time zones. Each PFM is a one-date event world wide.) ….I told you this was complicated!

Anyway, if I lost you, the purpose was to keep Easter on the same Sunday around the world. The purpose of the Easter dating method is to maintain, for each Easter Sunday, the same season of the year and the same relationship to the preceding astronomical full moon that occurred at the time of Jesus resurrection in 30 A.D.

Believe it or not, as I researched this, I actually found instructions on how to calculate the dates myself using astronomical data, a calculator and, well, let’s just say I’m not good in math. Then I actually came across mind-boggling instructions to make a program on my computer that would compute the dates for Easter something like a bazillion years out! Are you kidding me?? I’ll just keep buying calendars!

But even after researching all this I’m still baffled! What does any of this have to do with the Easter bunny and eggs?!

Raffle Winner!
The March 31st raffle winner from the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department is D.J. Fleischman.

Easter Egg Hunt!
This Saturday, April 7th, there will be an Easter egg hunt at 1pm for children age toddler through 4th grade at the elementary school.

If you want to dye eggs, but don't want to spend money on a store-bought kit, food dyes work in a pinch.
You'll need: Food coloring, hot water, white vinegar, small bowls or cups, a slotted spoon, cooking oil and a soft cloth. Pour 1/4 tsp. food coloring in a small bowl. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. vinegar. Add eggs to sit until they're the color you want. Remove with spoon and polish them with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Email the Easter Bunny at eggs@EasterBunnys.Net and he will try to get back to you! (Editor Note: I have not tried this address myself, so parents please be advised. But I did get this from what I believe to be a reputable site.)

How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs
The Ingredients you will need to make these are:
Eggs, Large Nail, Milk Chocolate Chips, and Sugar flowers or white icing (Recommended using an icing that gets hard like Royal icing.)
1. Use the nail to make a fairly big hole in the eggs. Shake out the yolk and white into a bowl to cook later. Rinse a little water inside the egg to clean out.
2. After eggs have dried out, melt the chocolate in a small pan set in a larger pan of boiling water or use a double boiler.
3. When the emptied eggs have dried out, support them in an egg cup (use the carton) and pour the melted chocolate through the hole.
4. Leave the egg in a cool place to harden, break open the shell.
5. You can decorate the chocolate egg with icing and/or sugar flowers stuck on with more melted chocolate, or with swirls of white icing squeezed through an icing nozzle.

No School – this Friday, April 6th, and next Monday, April 9th – Spring Break.
No School for Kindergarten Kids – Friday, April 13th, due to Kindergarten registration for new students coming next year.

Spring Carnival – April 20th, 5:30 – 8pm, sponsored by S.O.S.

April 21, 2007, 6:00 p.m. Annual Aldrich Spring Banquet at the Elmwood School, 400 West F St.
Enjoy a catered meal followed by a great program and an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the 2007 Aldrich Short Story Contest.

Program Details: In 2004, author Charlotte M. Endorf made the decision to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains from 1854 to 1929. She traveled over 3,000 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendants. She created Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo, a book that brings to light an important chapter in America's history. Sit back and be entertained as the Endorf family brings the book to life for you in a fun-filled, entertaining historical presentation for all ages! Charlotte will be selling and autographing her books after the program.
Admission $8.00. RSVP on or before April 16 by calling 402-994-3855

Hy Vee Grocery Store Receipts – STOP saving them! The last day to turn these in to the school was March 31st! Thanks to all who saved and supported the school!

Elementary Spring Concert - Apr. 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

The Summer Knights Childcare Program will be offered again this summer. Informational packets will be sent home soon. If you don’t get a packet and are interested, please contact the elementary school.

SOS Cookbooks – There is still plenty available. If you’d still like to purchase, $10, please contact the elementary school. They would make a great gift too!

The Elmwood Lions Club is sponsoring a talent show on Thursday, April 5 at the elementary school in Elmwood. The talent show will begin at 4:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the school office.

FROM THE EDITOR: Elmwood is looking for a new editor to compile and publish this newsletter. I will be officially writing my last newsletter sometime in the last two weeks of May. I appreciate all the wonderful comments about the newsletter that I’ve heard from the community. If you are interested in editing this newsletter, you may contact me at and I will help you get started!

Easter is associated to spring (not explaining this one!) which represents new growth and life. The rabbit, being one of the most fertile animals, and the egg, representing new life, therefore have become symbols of Easter. But the actual origins of the bunny as a symbol came from Germany where it was first mentioned in writings in the 1500’s. Germany also made the first edible bunnies in the early 1800’s. German settlers in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700’s introduced the Easter bunny to American folklore. Children believed that if they were good “Oschter Haws,” as the Easter bunny was called, would lay a nest of colored eggs. Boys and girls would leave out their caps and bonnets for the nests. In the history of eggs, they were painted brightly to represent the sunlight of spring and used for gifts – exchanged by lovers much like a valentine. In medieval times the eggs were given at Easter to servants. In Germany they were also given to children as gifts. Some of the most beautiful eggs come from Ukraine where the artist uses a tool called a Kistka – a brass cone on a stick that heats and melts the wax which is then drawn in religious designs onto the egg.

(There will NOT be a newsletter published next week. Look for the next edition on April 18th. I would appreciate information and a few pictures from any of the above mentioned events to post in future newsletters!)

Happy Easter Elmwood!

Gina Fahrenholz


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