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“Growing Together”
April 8, 2009

.Did you notice the Cassgram in some of our local businesses last week? They were trying out distribution in our area to see if we would like it. The Cassgram is a daily flyer with all kinds of good information from the weather forecast to the local high school sports results. Local businesses advertise by buying space on it. If you liked picking up the Cassgram locally email Steve at this address and let him know!
You can access the Cassgram on line daily at but there is a subscriber fee. I like to pick it up for free!!

In Your Easter Bonnet
With All the Frills Upon It
You’ll be the grandest lady
In the Easter Parade!!!

Saturday You Are Invited to the Grand Chicky Easter Bonnet Parade!!
Sponsored by the Fabulous Coop De Ville and Feathers and the Louisville Art Gallery

Here is The Scoop from the Coop:
Contestants wear a bonnet of their own design.
Contestants register between 9:00-10:00 at Coop de Ville (4/11 this Saturday).
Parade begins at 10:00 at the Art Gallery.
All participants will get 20% off their entire purchases at Coop de Ville and Feathers.
First place wins $100 gift certificate, $75 to second place, $50 to third place.

Here is the Coop de Ville website:

”It will be Grand, Darlings!”

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning the devil says,

Friday, April 17th
5:30 – 8:00
Elementary School Gym
Advance tickets available contact any elementary school student or call Kim Rust @ 994-4395 or Miki Bruns @ 994-2770

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Contest Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, May 16, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest. Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll. Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see. Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed as well. The Workshop will be particularly helpful for those folks planning on entering the Monumental Fiddling Championship in Beatrice on Saturday, May 23. The Schoolhouse Contest Fiddling Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 16, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited. The fee is $20.00 per fiddler. For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features an old-time dance on Sunday, May 10, at 2:30 PM, with Greenblatt & Seay & Their Fine Audience. The afternoon festivities will encourage and instruct the audience in the art of circle dances, contra dances, waltzes, polkas, and a few surprises.

Greenblatt & Seay will provide the live music for the dances, and will provide a little background music and vocalizing between the dances, so that the dancers can catch their breath.
The dance 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.


The Louisville’s B.U.I.L.D. group (Businesses United in Louisville’s Development) hopes you will consider joining in the fun. We encourage you to use your imagination! We would love to see floats in our parade and think the theme will lend itself easily to many different ideas. Be as creative as you can!! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact one of the committee chairs below. We are including an entry form for your convenience. Also, you may complete an entry form on line at the Louisville website: and click on “EVENTS”

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in participating in our parade.

Everyone much check in with parade officials
in the parking lot behind OPPD (1st and Main St) for a map of your placement in line


Apply on line at or
Mail to BUILD PARADE, P.O. BOX 281, Louisville, NE 68037
or drop off completed form to Louisville City Office, 210 Main Street, Louisville

Nancy McManis Dee Arias
402-670-9016 402-234-7705

Somebody’s Watching You….

You know how sometimes something just strikes you funny and you can’t stop laughing? That happened here this weekend. Millie had a squishy light up toy with eyes and the eyes came off. They were big squishy eyes that reminded us of something. I grabbed a stack of dollar bills and attached the eyes with a rubber band…and you know what we had then? The money we could have been saving with Geico. I don’t know why but we just laughed and laughed about this. As you can see below…we had a lot of fun with it.

The Geico money watches from the Candy stand.

The Geico money watches over the skaters.

Jacob considers calling Geico.

Sergio knows somebody’s been watching him!

Watch Bradly’s reaction here!

Local Racer Gearing Up

Mikey Rice is getting ready for the racing season. Actually, Grandpa Dan Rice and Mikey’s dad, Mike Rice, have been gearing up for Mikey. Go cart season will start soon and Mikey will be competing.


We made our first trip to Cabela’s this week. Joe was fascinated by all the animals and took many pictures. Did you know they will give you tokens to play at the shooting gallery?

If you would like to see more of Joe’s pictures from Cabela’s click here:

Free Library Seminar Schedule

Dr. Bryan Hufstader
April 20th @7PM
Starving For Fat
We are fat, and we are starving for fat. The desire to lose a few pounds has pushed many of people into a diet that is low in fat; these diets are dangerous. Come and learn the importance of consuming fats. Learn what fats to avoid and what fats to consume liberally. Come and see why fat is our friend.
May 4th @7PM
My Grandma Used to Eat Livers, Kidneys and Tripe… Yuck!
Ever wonder why she lived to be 100? Come and learn why these nutritionally dense foods do more to promote health than just provide a lot of vitamins and minerals. This class is not candy-coated-easy-to-understand information. Bring a pen and paper and have your thinking cap on. If you do, you will be rewarded. Understanding how to apply this knowledge could save your life.

All seminars are being held at the Elmwood Public Library.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we would prefer to know that you are coming.
Call 402-994-2030

Progress at the Elementary School

Crews used a crane to put the new roof on the school. School will be out May 1st and then the workers will be busy! If anyone has plastic tubs that the teachers can borrow for the summer please contact the school! They have to pack up all their supplies, books, and treasures.

Meet the New Employee at the Flying Wheels…

Garyn Folden has an important quality that I look for when hiring employees…he’s not afraid to have some fun. Garyn is the son of Nicole Folden and is a junior at Elmwood Murdock. He has been a regular at the rink for quite awhile so it was inevitable that he get a job there. He’s great with the kids and really knows the music. Stop in and say Hi to Garyn and meet the whole team!

Speaking of new employees…C-D’s Express is looking for one! If you are 19 or older, responsible, get along well with others, and can work weekends and some week nights stop in at C-D’s Express for an application.

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza is our specialty!

People are always surprised when they try our pizza for the first time. It is actually very good! We have thin or thick crusts which are partially baked and frozen. We thaw them and add our own toppings. Our usual pizzas are hamburger, cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Our specials include BBQ, chicken alfredo, Hawaiian, cheeseburger and Canadian bacon. They are delicious!

Where Did 6 year olds Go for Birthdays This Week? The Flying Wheels!

Brittnee Meyer and Noah Jones both celebrated their 6th birthday this weekend. Lyric ?? also celebrated her birthday but she turned seven.


Brittnee and friends

Moms enjoying the party

Brittnee party

A couple of Weeping Water girls help celebrate.

A group of regulars also get silly.

Jessie and Raynee ham it up, too.

Noah’s party


Noah’s friends Carson and Zach

Noah’s big brother, Cole, pulling kids on scooters

For more pictures of the fun at the rink last weekend click here:
Have you checked it out lately?

This is the website that sponsors this newsletter. It has a great deal of information about Elmwood. The home page usually has postings of important events that are coming up. You can read the latest Village Board minutes here and click on the link to see the past minutes, too.

From the main page you can click on Community and find out info about area churches, schools, surrounding communities, and area organizations. The Surrounding Communities all have websites like this so you have a wealth of information at your fingertips!

If you click on “Businesses” you will find a listing of area businesses. If you check out the list and you don’t see your business here then follow the instructions for getting it added. This site is used a lot so please get registered!

If you click on “Classifieds” you will see a list of items for sale, items people are searching for, job postings, houses for sale or rent, or services to be performed. You might say it’s our own little Craig’s List. This is a great place to sell items or advertise your services. If you have an ad that you want to posted indefinitely you might want to remove it periodically and repost using a different approach. Newer ads are at the top so frequent visitors might get the impression that your ad is old or outdated. Occasionally I will review it and send out emails to the owners of the ads to find out if they are still valid. If they aren’t I will have them removed. You can go to the Surrounding Communities and post items on their Classifieds also. Just don’t forget to remove the ads when they are old!

The next option would be “What’s New” and that is the location of all the historical newsletters. You can see the most current one here and all the past issues, too. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here…or sign up your mom, or your family in Kalamazoo. Anyone who might be interested in the happenings of Elmwood!

The “Contact Us” page has all the important contact information about Elmwood such as who is on the Village Board, the Village of Elmwood office info, and how to get a building permit.

Something I learned today,
I was cleaning up the Classifieds today and emailing people to see if their ads were still valid and I came across this one:

Classified Ad Item: Music Lessons View/Post Comments
Details: I just finished my Master's degree in Music from UNL and have openings in my studio for new students. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome for the following instruments: Oboe, Saxophone, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Beginners to intermediate are welcome on flute. I also sell oboe and bassoon reeds. Please contact Ryann at for more information.

I emailed the owner of this ad and to see if she still needed it and I found out that she did. I hadn’t heard of Ryann Johnson before so I asked her if I could interview her for the newsletter. She thought it was a great idea.

Ryann and her husband, Andrew moved to Elmwood in July of 2006. Andrew is the band director at Johnson County Central. She works in Lincoln part time at the First Evangelical Free Church office and she substitute teaches when she isn’t working in the office. She is also a substitute oboist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and she volunteers to play at the First Evangelical Free Church every Sunday. They picked Elmwood because it was in between Tecumseh and Lincoln, sort of…Ryann thinks she got the better end of the deal but Andrew doesn’t mind the drive. They also picked Elmwood because they fell in love with the house. They moved into a cute little ranch style house on North 5th Street, just up from the park. They painted all the rooms and finally settled in.

Ryann grew up in Sioux City, IA, and Andrew grew up in Panama, NE. She got her Bachelor of Music Education at UNL where she played Oboe, marched with her saxophone in the Cornhusker Marching Band, and met her future husband. After graduation she went back to UNL to study woodwind performance and received her Master of Music last May. In order to get that degree she had to give recitals on oboe, bassoon, and saxophone. She also took clarinet lessons. This gave her the experience she needs to give lessons on these instruments. This is what she really enjoys. “Teaching lessons is my passion and I would love to be able to work with more students.” She currently conducts lessons out of her home but occasionally will go to the student’s home. She has a Korean student in Lincoln that she tutors in English writing after the music lesson. She starts with beginners as young as 3rd grade and has had students as old as 60! Ryann feels that “any age is a great time to learn a new instrument or brush up on one that’s been sitting around for awhile.”

Ryann suggests that “Lessons are a great way for students to supplement what they are learning in school--in lessons you get to learn more about what your instrument can do. It's also a great idea to at least take lessons in the summer so you don't lose your "chops".”

Ryann also makes her own oboe and bassoon reeds. She says that the handmade reeds are essential for a beautiful and consistent sound.

So this one little ad had a big story behind it! I’m glad I checked into it and I’m glad I met Ryann. If your child plays one of these instruments you may want to check out Ryann’s ad and give her a call!

More Prom Pictures:
Last week I neglected to include the link to more Prom pictures. If you would like to see more pre prom pictures click here:

Elmwood Park
Saturday, April 11th
1:00 pm
Preschoolers –
fourth grade
Sponsored by the Elmwood-
Murdock FBLA

Julie Anderson


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