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2 May, 2007

Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday, May 5th. Do you know what this day is? Some say it’s a Mexican independence day? No! But it’s an American holiday right? No!! However most say it should be both of those things. So why do we celebrate it? Click on the link and find out!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Elmwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Paul United Methodist Church, and Ebenezer United Methodist Church invite you to bring your children to our joint Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the week of June 18-22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Elmwood Christian Church, 311 North Fifth Street, Elmwood. VBS is open to children who have just completed preschool through children who have just completed 6th grade. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18. Registration fee is $7.50 per child or $10.00 for two or more children. Scholarships are available for those in need. Dinner for the children will be provided each evening!

License your Dog(s)! The village office has sent out reminder letters to license your dog. You need to provide current documentation of rabies vaccination. Tidbit: The fees collected from the dog tags go to the school. However, when people don’t license their dog(s) as required and the village needs to hire an attorney to proceed legally, this not only reduces the amount that would normally go to the school, but this actually runs up the cost to you and me in the future to license our pet. So please act responsibly and license your pet!

CHANGE - Booster Club Meeting! May's Booster Club meeting has been move to Thursday, May 24, 2007.

Middle School Madness Meeting - is at 8:00 pm May 10th at the Murdock School. It is for adults only.

School Officers for the 2007-08 school year. Trent Shrader, Pres.; Jon Luetchens, VPres of Special Projects; Megan Bober, VPres of Public Relations; Mallory Buck, Treasurer; Hannah Fischer, Recording Secretary; Erin Andersen, Corresponding Secretary; Beth Washington, Historian; Sierra Ronhovde, Reporter; Kevin Zoz, Parliamentarian; and Marcus Winter, Web Master.

School Calendar Reminders:
May 7 – All Stars Ceremony for all 6th grade students and parents at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary gym.
May 8 – 3rd Grade Fieldtrip to the Rose Theatre and Hot Shops Art Gallery in Omaha
May 8 – High School Honors night @ Murdock 7pm
May 9 – 4th Grade Fieldtrip to Fairbury and Beatrice
May 10 – Kindergarten Fieldtrip to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha
May 10 – 1st Grade Fieldtrip to Morrill Hall and the Children’s Museum in Lincoln
May 14 – School Board Meeting
May 15 – Middle School Honors Night @ Murdock 7pm
May 21 – Field Day from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the football field for all K-6 students.
May 22 – Last day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. at the elementary and Jr/Sr High dismissed at 11:30.

ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL CAMP – Boys in Grades 3rd-6th (Fall 2007) are eligible to attend the camp. Basketball Skills Camp will be held July 12th and 13th from 9:00-11:30am at Murdock Gym. You may download an entry form for the school website. If you have any questions feel free to call Terry Warner, at 994-2125 (School) & 867-4132 (Home).

Winners for the 2007 “Get a Clue @ your Library” Coloring Contest:
Pre K – K
Ryane Matulka
Morgan Hancock
1st - 2nd
Emily Hollenbeck
Jenna Meyer
3rd – 4th
Tristen Williams
AnJynette Olson
5th – 6th
Jacob Rhodd
The winners each will receive free admission & skate/roller blade rental, a slice of Pizza & a Medium Fountain drink from Flying Wheels Fun Center. They also received a free book from the Scholastic Book Fair (a $5-$6 value) from Michael & Pat Wray.

Get a Clue @ your Library – 2007 Summer Reading Program

Come and join your friends at the Elmwood Public Library for the 2007 Summer Reading program. You can “Get a Clue @ your Library” on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Pre-school thru 3rd grade will meet from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, and 4th thru 6th can participate from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Both groups will be exploring the public library, learning safety tips from a Nebraska CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) representative, checking out Nebraska Wildlife from the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission, and learning about Geo-Cashing with the GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Units from the Gretna 4-H camp. Mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun at EPL.
April Andersen, Director - Elmwood Public Library

Elmwood’s Annual Cleanup Day – June 9th, 8am – 1pm. There will also be a horse trail opened between Elmwood and Wabash this day.

Elmwood Electronic Sign (Fire Station) - If you would like to have something posted on the electronic sign outside the fire station please send your requests to: Signage is for non-profit use to include birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Elmwood Annual Garage Sales – will be held on Saturday, June 9th. Those interested in having a garage sale can contact Rose Dankleff at the Elmwood Post Office for details. Maps will be available in Elmwood at C-D’s Express. The cost for advertising your garage sale on the map is $7.

Colorado Peaches! The Elmwood Lions Club will take your order BEFORE July 15th. These will be delivered in August. Contact number 994-4895.

May Feature Business: Flying Wheels Fun Center

The skating rink has been a main attraction to both young and old for the nearly 22 years that I have lived in this community. I don’t have the specific information on exactly when the rink first opened, or who the original owners were. However, Lou and Suzie Allgayer have owned and operated the rink since 1988 when Lou not only bought the rink for Suzie’s wedding gift, but they were married there as well.

In 1999, a couple named Julie and Vince, who lived in Auburn, came to the Elmwood rink for their first date. They enjoyed it so much that they continued coming to adult night and on occasion bringing Julie’s children and Vince’s grandchildren. The skating rink is responsible for Julie and Vince’s move to Elmwood in 2001.

Over the years Julie and Vince became friends with Lou and Suzie and said they joked about one day purchasing the rink from them. That day came in 2006 when the Allgayer’s decided to retire.

Carrying on the tradition, Julie and Vince Anderson were married in the rink. Over the past year, Julie and Vince have made their own personal touches to the rink and added several new activities to the schedule. Their two children are also active in helping out at the rink. Many friends volunteer to work during the skate/dances and thanks to their help parents can feel their kids are in a safe environment for the evening.

The Flying Wheels can be rented for private parties, family reunions, and receptions. Birthday parties are also popular at the rink. The Anderson’s plan to continue making changes and improvements and are enjoying the kids just as much as Lou and Suzie did. They want the Flying Wheels to be a safe place for the kids to come and hang out and have a good time.

Flying Wheels Fun Center, Elmwood (South end of Main Str., Hwy 1)

Millie Anderson, Sammie Olson, and Serena McKinney on St. Patrick's Day.

Norman Brockoff and Loren Carlton....before Loren fell!!

Christina Bykerk taking dance lessons from Heath Vogt.

Flying Wheels Fun Center – New Music!
*New Change - Tuesday nights – Two fer Tuesdays – Two admissions for the price of one – Any age! It’s not just for adults anymore! 6:00 – 8:30.
FRIDAY, May 4th – Old Time Rock & Roll – More of the Best of the 80’s! 6:30 – 10:00 – Adult Admission free with a paid child admission ($3.00)
SATURDAY, May 5th – Cinco De Mayo – Nachos Grande Special!
SATURDAY – May 26th – School’s Out, School’s Out, Teachers let the Mules Out! End of the School Year Blast! IT’S AN ALL NIGHTER!!! 6:30 pm – 6:30 am – If you are up to it!!!!

*WATCH FOR NEW SUMMER HOURS! WE WILL BE OPEN for the SUMMER – Including some afternoons!!!!!!!

Other Cass County Happenings:
City Wide garage sales May 5th.
May 12 - 12:00 - 9:00pm, Spring Wine and Blues Festival at Soaring Wings Vineyard.

May 5 & 6 - Friends of the Library Plant Sale at Springcreek Gardens, 122nd & Main St. The sale will run from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday and 12:00 - 3:00pm on Sunday. Entertainment for the kids will begin on both days at 1:30pm. Proceeds from the sale will help purchase replacement computers for the library.

Weeping Water:
The southern gospel band, Living Sacrifice, will be performing at the First Christian Church in Weeping Water on Saturday, May 5th at 7:00 pm.

The Greenhouse at Timber View
There are Roma tomato plants (+100), Jalapeno Peppers (+50), Marconi peppers (+40), Basil (+50) in addition to several other varieties of plants.
It's time to be planning for making that Salsa & Spaghetti Sauce!
Also... hundreds of birdhouses will be available for sale in case you want to do some early Mother's Day shopping! (We have the inventory from 'A Birdhouse' that was previously in Louisville). "We have garden planters, trellises, and other garden items too! We are located just West of the Platte River State Park at 34404 East Park Highway." - Ken and Nancy Kratky

National Nurses Day, Sunday, May 6th. The roots of International Nurses Day goes back to 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was not officially made. But, this day was born and eventually gained national recognition

Needed, New Elmwood Editor! I will be writing my final official newsletter the end of this month. So far we don’t have a replacement. What will happen to the Elmwood newsletter? Stay tuned……

Gina Fahrenholz


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