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April 22, 2009

Elementary Band and Music Concert Makes Beautiful Music!

The elementary students performed beautifully once again. The fourth graders were exceptionally in tune with their recorders. Besides the performances Mr. Friedrich also took a minute to thank Mrs. Willadsen who will be retiring at the end of this school year. This is her 30th year of teaching and is ready for some time off! Betty Colbert, choir director, and Mike Hansen, band instructor, made sure the program was exceptional.

Pictures are compliments of Tammy Brummer. Thanks, Tammy!

Sheridan Spohr, Jessie Spaulding, Cassie Novak, and Hannah Justesen aren’t a bit nervous!

The whole shebang.


More kindergartners

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

More 3rd Grade

Fourth Graders

Fourth Graders play the recorders.

Fifth Grade

Jessie Spaulding accompanies the choir.

6th Grade

Jaden VonRentzell on the recorder.

Mr. Friedrich

Mrs. Willadsen keeps an eye on the fourth graders.

The Finale was One Nation…it gave me chills!

For more pictures of the Spring Program click here:

World-Class Entertainers at the Lofte

What do you get when you cross world-class juggling talent with family friendly comedy? The answer is, the Gizmo Guys!

Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. The Gizmo Guys have strutted their stuff in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Japan and have taught juggling at the renowned French and Canadian National Circus Schools. But, what makes their act so appealing is their combination of technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.

The Gizmo Guys are based out of New York City, but have visited Nebraska several times in the past. Most recently they performed at Lincoln's Lied Center for the Performing Arts in 2007 and treated a sell-out crowd to their special brand of family entertainment.

The Gizmo Guys will be performing at the Lofte on Friday, May 8th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Their show generally runs about an hour.

Everyone from age 0-100 is encouraged to join us for this fun-filled evening. Bring the kids. Bring Grandma and Grandpa. The whole family will have fond memories of this one!

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The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker will perform for one night only at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley on Friday, May 8th.

School Carnival Fun!

The Elmwood-Murdock SOS sponsored a great carnival Friday night. There were games, a moon walk, a giant slide, a cake walk, brats, hamburgers, silent auction, and much more. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Here is a basket from the silent auction.

The kitchen crew! Robin Kuhlman, JoDee Paulsen, and Rose Vogler

Erin Clymer and her look alike daughter. Lookin’ good, Erin! Boot Camp is paying off!

This big guy was a big winner at the Frog in a Basket game.

Vanna spins the wheel at the cake walk…I mean, Vanessa.

Sara Dreamer helps keep the cake walk moving along.

Nikki Baumgart worked hard on this beautiful cake! She donated several really cool cakes to the cake walk.

Animal Land…the kids were able to stuff their own animal. They even got to put a heart inside.

John Willey was a big winner when he won this huge stuffed animal.

Trevor Lockman took his job seriously when he painted Shay’s toenails.

Shay took it easy while Trevor worked on her toes.

Kathleen Althouse and Deb Mumford take a break in the action.

Keri Hogue worked the prize room. Her enthusiasm was contagious!

Kim Rust keeps track of the winners of the raffle. Mr. Warner, PE Teacher, won the Wii and plans to use it in his class.

Mark and Cynthia Sheldon have taken it all in and are ready for a rest. From the bleachers they can see their kids having fun.

Alex Osmond and Cale Arent show off their cakes.

Rebekah Pratt shows off her new garden flower that her parents won in the silent auction.

Kelly Anderson totes her auction winnings to the car.

Steve Cawley, Charlie, and Katie, and Jacob Rhodd, claim their basket.

Kris Ita won one of Nikki’s cakes.

My new do…and my hair twin, Rebecca. She’s my inspiration.

For more pictures of the carnival click here:

Surprise Party for Kalee!

Kalee tried to fool everyone by telling us her birthday was not on the actual day. But we were just a step ahead of her. We let the day pass with little fan fare but we got even with her later! Saturday we had the perfect opportunity. Josh Bogatz had his 16th birthday party at the rink and had invited his whole class…and guess who is in his class? Yep, Kalee. So we just added a little surprise party for Kalee to the agenda. Her parents, Tom and Kelly, and her brother, Travis, came in with a cake and ice cream for everyone. We did surprise her! And then there was dodgeball and skating until midnight. It wash Hawaiian night, too, so there was a bit of tropical feel to the evening.

Kalee blows out the candles..or she tries…they just keep lighting up!

Kalee is congratulated by Tracy Zeorian.

Garyn looked like a hottie on the beach.

Back view, too.

Jacob Waites looks suspiciously like Garyn….must be twins.

Raynee and Shay are beach bums.

Cody Fries volunteered to help ref the dodgeball game. (notice the boots!)

Kalee and Ben admire the balloon sculpture.

The deputy stopped by to see what was going on at the rink and we talked him into posing for us.

Click here for more pictures of Saturday night.

Elmwood Idol

The talent show had many good acts. Were any American Idol material? Maybe, you have to start somewhere.


Are you up for a bike ride? If so, check out the Spring Fling Bike ride.
On Saturday, April 25 the Spring Fling Bicycle Ride will take place. The route has a starting point in Eagle and Louisville with riders coming through Elmwood from both directions.

Click here for the Spring Fling Flier

Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Choir Prepares for the trip!

And guess who gets to go with them? Yep, I’m going! We made a last minute decision that I should go. I decided that I wouldn’t be able to report on the trip from here so I should just tag along! I’m doing this for you so you will get to see what the choir is up to! J I’ll be taking a lot of pictures! Does this surprise you? We leave on Wednesday, May 20th and will return on Sunday, May 24th. I think there will be a Broadway show, a Yankees game, and a midnight boat ride around the Statue of Liberty. And maybe you will see us on Good Morning America!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and as always it’s that time of year when graduations seem to take precedence. This is just a heads up to be sure you take some time for your mom. She’s probably busy doing something for you and you are busy with your families. Take a minute and give her a call, drop her card, send her some flowers. The day will be here before you know it. Don’t let it slip up on you. Remember your mom however you can. She will love it! I’m thinking about you, Mom!! Love you!

Special Mothers….by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But has she patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make him live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect -she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a "spoken word". She will consider a "step" ordinary. When her child says "Momma" for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

"And what about her Patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."


Take care and have a super week!


Julie Anderson


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