May 28, 2008
Come Join Us at Avalanche Ranch!
Vacation Bible School 2008
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elmwood
A combined effort of St. Paul UMC, Elmwood Christian Church, and Ebenezer UMC
Registration forms are available at the three churches
Suggested donation : $7 per child or $10 per family
For more information, contact Myrna Bornemeier at 994-2685
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, It’s a Dog in the Tree!!
Yes, it’s true. Chevy is a coon dog, not a bird dog but she fooled us all and climbed the Peterson’s tree the other day. I suspect she was just trying to escape the puppies but it could be that she caught the scent of a raccoon. Christopher and Jordan Peterson headed up the rescue effort and were cheered on by their family and neighbors. Apparently she was up the tree for awhile before the rescue effort was attempted. She did howl a bit which told everyone that she wasn’t coming down on her own. Christopher climbed one ladder and tried belts and putting her in a sleeping bag but it didn’t work. Finally, Brody Baer climbed a second extension ladder and offered his help. The best approach seemed to be just grab her and climb down which is what he did. As soon as he set her down we all congratulated her and praised her rescuers. She ignored us all and immediately tried to climb the tree again! Must have been a really good scent! We took her home and secured her for the night. What a dog! Thanks, Brody, Christopher, and Jordan and all the other rescuers!
Speaking of dogs, we still have puppies. Call me…please, if you need a puppy!
The D.A.R.E. graduation for the 5th grade was last week. Sheriff Bill Brueggeman, Deputy Wes Tuttle, and guest speaker, Meggan Smisek presented the program. Elmwood-Murdock has participated in the D.A.R.E. program for 17 years and Officer Tuttle has been teaching it for the majority of those years. He taught Meggan when she was in the program in Weeping Water. She is now graduating from UNL and was doing her student teaching in Eagle when Wes ran into her and asked her to be the guest speaker at the E-M graduation ceremony. She talked to the kids about how the D.A.R.E. program helped give her the tools she needed to resist the temptation to use drugs and alcohol. The relationship she developed with Sheriff Bill and Deputy Tuttle also helped her.
The students were required to write an essay about what they learned from D.A.R.E. and four essays were chosen to be read at the ceremony. Hannah Justesen, Matt Griffin, Jeb Vavak, and Naomi Snyder read their essays to the audience.
Several other D.A.R.E. graduates were on hand to watch their siblings graduate. Millie and Rebecca took the opportunity to tease Sheriff Bill and Deputy Tuttle. I hope this theirs is a success story just like Meggan’s. I know it is too early to tell but the more they encounter positive role models the more likely they will also have success. Patrick Hynes’ brother also cheered for him! D.A.R.E. is a long way off for him but I’m sure Patrick will make sure he is a good role model for his brothers.
Weekend of Storms!
I don’t know how you deal with storms at your house but at our house we love them. We have been lucky to not have significant damage so we haven’t been traumatized by the lightning, thunder, and wind. Our neighbors lost a tree in the wind Friday night and it landed on their car! During Saturday night’s storm our other neighbor, Betty, lost a huge tree limb. Millie tried to take a picture of it and Julee, another neighbor, thought she was signaling so she started signaling back. We had our own little Morse Code going on. After the eminent danger passed and the lights were still off we did what almost everyone in town did…we went out to check out the damage. Jordan Peterson and Brody Baer stopped at Betty’s and made arrangements to haul off the limb the next morning. We decided to go check out the Campbell’s residence since they weren’t home to see if they had any limbs down. They did so our friend, Kerry, hooked a chain on the limbs and hauled them to the burn pile. But we don’t do things like normal people do. What would be the fun in that? Kalee Brewer was with us and she is always up for an adventure. She rode the limb down to the burn pile. When we got there we found Lesley Haas and her son, Josh, who were also helping out the neighbors and were hauling limbs down to the pile. We heard that the port-a-potty had overturned at the school so we went up there and set it upright. Then we heard a report of limbs down by the library so we headed over there. Sure enough, there were limbs. We hooked those up to the chain and this time Millie joined Kalee on the pile. They made sure they had a good footing and Kerry didn’t drive very fast. Not totally safe, but very fun. We decided that if there is anyone who thinks Elmwood isn’t fun hasn’t spent an evening with us! Since the lights were still off we spent the rest of the evening outside conferring with the neighbors on the storm damage. From what we can tell it seems that storms bring people out of the woodwork. Families were out walking, talking with neighbors, helping each other, and enjoying the aftermath of the storm. Storms not only bring people out of the woodwork, storms bring out the best in people.
Saturday night started out pretty productively for me. I’ve been cleaning and painting at the rink, which is why we were closed this weekend. Kalee Brewer has been helping me in this project. We were in the middle of a painting project when Millie and her friends stopped by. They called some people. And they called some people. And before we knew it the place was crawling with kids. We put the paint away and started making pizzas. They started a dodge ball game that went on for hours. Not only were there kids but a couple dads stopped to play, too. It was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy the pictures! If you like dodge ball stop in and play sometime. There will be a dodge ball tournament on Sunday, June 8th, starting at 3:00. Put together a team and call me to sign up. Teams consist of 5 members…age groups are 6th grade and under and 7th grade and above. Game fee is $25 per team with the winning team getting a prize. Come up with a name for your team and contact me for a registration form. You can check out our website for tournament rules.
SUMMER HOURS @ the Rink!
Starting Tuesday, May 27th the Flying Wheels Fun Center will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be regular skating and games. Wednesdays will be skating and other activities. We want to keep it exciting for the kids so we’ll also have other games such as scooters, dodge ball, bingo, Twister, crafts, and lots more!
Tuesday morning will be a special skate session for the little guys! The Wee Skate will be for 5 years old and under from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. We’ll show them some basic lessons and they can practice skating. Great time to learn!
Something is fishy around here!
Have you been fishing yet? Time’s a wasting! Get your fishing license and take a kid fishing! Just look and see what they can catch! Brody caught fish this weekend and Joe caught a catfish tonight that was something to be proud of. This is a picture of Brody’s fish.
Don’t forget to reserve your space now at the Indoor Garage Sale at the Flying Wheels on June 14th. Check out our website for more details! Special thanks to Jacob Blunt for keeping our website up to date for me!