June 4, 2008
DEAN AND JUDY’S IRIS PATCH
28617 FLETCHER AVENUE, ELMWOOD, NE 68349
DEAN & JUDY DOUGLAS, 28617 FLETCHER AVENUE, ELMWOOD, NE 68349
Phone—402-994-4805, Cell—402-430-4805, E-mail email@example.com
2008 iris bulletin
IRIS GARDEN OPEN HOUSE
MAY 15th --TO--JUNE 5th 10:00 AM --8:00 PM DAILY
(IF BY CHANCE WE ARE GONE, PARK ON 286TH STREET AND GO
THROUGH THE HEDGE ARBOR TO THE GARDEN---“CODY” THE DOG
GREETS ALL VISITORS)
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT OUR GARDENS
• IN 2007, OUR BLOOM WAS DAMAGED BY THE FREEZE, BUT
THIS YEAR WE EXPECT A NORMAL BLOOM SEASON.
• OVER 500 DIFFERENT BEARDED IRIS HYBRIDS
• A FULL SET OF THE DYKES AWARD WINNERS DATING
FROM 1927 TO 2007---(74 HYBRIDS IN ALL)
EAST ON ‘O’ STREET TO THE ELMWOOD CORNER (THIS IS
16 MILES FROM 84th & O ). THEN GO NORTH ON HY #1--A TOTAL OF 4
MILES TO FLETCHER AVENUE, THEN TURN LEFT (WEST) AND GO 1
MILE TO 286TH & FLETCHER--WE ARE ON THE CORNER. PARK ON
2 MILES NORTH ON HY #1, THEN 1 MILE LEFT (WEST) ON FLETCHER
FROM INTERSTATE #80
EXIT ON EXIT #420, GO SOUTH ON HWY #63 TO ALVO (APROX. 7 MILES) ,
TURN LEFT (EAST) ON THE SOUTH EDGE OF ALVO (FLETCHER AVE.),
GO EAST ON FLETCHER 4 MILES TO 286TH. PARK ON 286TH STREET.
I have to share this letter and my response with you. I received it this week from a former Elmwood resident.
I lived in Elmwood, Nebraska from about 1957-58 until 1972 when my family
moved to Safford, Arizona. My parents bought the old Miller house with the
whole city block between F and G streets and 1st and 2nd streets. The "new"
school was only 1 block west.
I remember Elmwood as a typical Midwestern village with few "outsiders" (my
Dad was from Nebraska but we moved to Elmwood from College Park Maryland and
that made us "outsiders"). I remember all the trees, the smell of cut grass
in the summertime, and the smell of burning leaves in the fall. We listen
to Cornhusker football on KFAB and traveled to the big city of Lincoln (were
my Dad worked) to shop. My Mom had a big garden, and I had lots of grass to
I remember many of my classmates from Elmwood Public Schools (we were the
"Pirates") and the fact that my graduating class (we moved my senior year
and I graduated from Safford High school in Safford, AZ) had 18 members (my
SHS graduating class had 200 plus members).
I now live in Gilbert, Arizona (a small city in the Phoenix area of about
200,000) and have been an Arizonan longer than I lived in Nebraska. All the
same I still consider myself a Midwesterner in my outlook and thinking. I
love Arizona and will probably never leave but I think of Elmwood from time
to time and remember what it was like to grow up there.
Thanks so much for your letter. We are “outsiders” to Elmwood, too. Our family has been here only 7 years. But we don’t feel like we’ve been excluded. If anything, the people of Elmwood have been very welcoming. I attribute that to the Midwestern outlook. I am glad that you remember so much about Elmwood. I think you would be surprised at how much has changed since you were here last. And how much is probably the same. Everything you remember about Elmwood is still here, the trees, the smell of cut grass, burning leaves, and Husker football. The school has consolidated with Murdock so they are the Elmwood-Murdock Knights now.
There’s just something special about growing up not only in the Midwest but in a small town in the Midwest. We are more grounded, less obsessed with objects, happy to shoot the breeze with a neighbor after mowing the lawn. We are busy yet not too busy to enjoy each other. Sounds like you took that with you to Arizona. Perhaps you were able to pass that on to your kids. If you ever make it back this way please stop in and say “Hi”. In the meantime you can keep up with the happenings of Elmwood by subscribing to the newsletter at www.elmwoodnebraska.com. Check out the newsletters from surrounding communities, too. You may recognize Murdock, Weeping Water, Eagle, Avoca, etc.
Take care and never forget your childhood, it was the best!
Robin Hood - Kids in Tights at the Lofte!
For the third straight year, The Lofte Community Theatre is proud to be hosting The Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Residency Program. This year's show, an original adaptation of the classic, "Robin Hood," is sponsored by the Home State Bank in Louisville.
The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 35 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit more than 1,200 communities this year with 45 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team will hold an open audition at the Lofte on Monday, June 16 at 10am and cast 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday, June 21.
Students must be preparing to enter the first grade through the 7th grade. Those receiving a part in the play will be notified immediately after auditions and rehearsals start at 12:30pm on that same day. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be made available to the actors, but generally practices will take place each day that week (June 17-21) from approximately 10am to 2pm. Absolutely no acting experience is required, but actors should be prepared to smile and have a good time!
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the Lofte Box Office at (402)234-2553 or by using the Lofte's website, www.Lofte.com. Questions in regards to the MCT production can be directed to Anne Pope at LoftePr@Lofte.com.
Check out Springfield, Nebraska!
Springfield is located south of Omaha on Highway 50 about 5 miles. It is the home of the Sarpy County Fair. This weekend there is a lot going on in Springfield. Springfield Days are June 6th and 7th. Surf into Springfield is the theme. There will be a Springfield Idol contest and everyone is welcome to compete. There will be a flea market all weekend, a fireworks show, the kid’s band “The String Beans”, parades, and the Street Dance! Check out the brand new website for Springfield for more details. The Home State Bank of Louisville (www.HSBOnline.com) has agreed to be the principal sponsor of the Community Website. Check it out and make your plans! Click here!
A Turtle Tale
Joe, my soon to be 12 year old son, called me at work today and we had this conversation.
“Hey, Mom, you don't need to stop and pick up the aquarium for the new turtle on your way home. “
“Why's that, Joe?”
“The turtle's gone.“
“Where'd the turtle go, Joe?”
“I don't know but I think I know why the dog had diarrhea last night.”
“The dog ate the snapping turtle?”
“I'm not sure but the jar is laying on the floor and the lid is off. And the turtle is gone. And the dog has diarrhea.”
“Where's the dog now, Joe?”
“Laying on your bed.”
“Does the dog still have diarrhea, Joe?”
“Just a minute….(calls the dog)…..no, she looks good now.”
“How did the dog get the turtle, Joe?”
“Duh, Mom, I didn't screw the lid on all the way so it could get air.”
“Oh.” (What more could I say?)
“So you don't need to get the aquarium on your way home.”
‘Thanks, Joe. Love you, I’ll be home soon.”
Two hours later…second phone call from Millie this time.
“Hey, Mom, go ahead and get the aquarium.”
“Did the turtle turn up.”
“Yep, he was hiding under the chair. The dog still has diarrhea though.”
“Thanks for the update, honey. See you soon.”
And thanks to Brody for bringing Joe the turtle! Without it I wouldn't have had this belly laugh today! :)
Happy Birthday, Joe!
Joe’s Birthday is this week. I gave him his present early. Not only does he have a snapping turtle, he also is the proud owner of two dwarf hamsters. I have to admit it…they are cute! The wheel isn’t the metal one that my gerbil had when I was 11. It squeaked all night long! Joe’s is quiet! The hamsters, Dust Bunny and Snowball, each have their own cars and race each other across the living room floor.
Joe and Kerry went fishing down the bike trail and look at this whopper they caught! I didn’t know they grew that big down there! After the rains last week the creek was high and you can see where the water rushed down the creek bed. See the picture below of the tree that fell into the creek.
Good bye to more puppies!
This week I advertised the puppies on KNCY’s Partyline (103.1 FM). I immediately started getting phone calls! Apparently the mix of walker hound and Australian Shepherd is a very good thing. Two puppies were adopted this week as a result. We said goodbye to Scrawny who went to live with a woman named Heather by Syracuse. She immediately fell in love with him even though he got car sick on the way home. She called to let me know she renamed him Dodger.
One Eyed Jake went to live with a family on a farm by Humboldt. The mom teaches school in Johnson and the dad is a farmer. They have two little kids who will help take care of Jake. He will get to ride in a pick up truck and run free on their farm. What a lucky dog! And they like his name so much they are keeping it.
There are still two puppies left! You, too, could be the happy owner of one of the sweetest puppies on earth! Penny, is a wonderful little girl and Blake is a smart pup! Penny looks more like her dad, the Australian Shepherd while Blake takes after his mom, the hound. Call me if you are interested! They won’t be here long!
Summer is here, Joe is learning to cook.
One of Joe’s favorite meals is Sketty. Sketty is spaghetti without the sauce but smothered in butter and sprinkled with “Papa John” cheese. That’s parmesan cheese to you and me. It is relatively easy to make so he does this himself. I came home to find this on my kitchen wall. He said he was just testing it to see if it was done. Apparently if it sticks it is done.
Bambi is lost!
Look what we found in the alley behind CD’s Express! Bambi couldn’t find his way around the fence. We slowly crept behind him and guided him to an opening where he took off! We made sure he headed toward the bike trail and not the highway and we left him alone.
**Don’t forget the Eagle city wide garage Sales next Saturday! Bring the truck!**
**And the Dodge Ball Tournament at the Flying Wheels on Sunday! Check out the website for more details…www.flyingwheelsrocks.com**
***And the Indoor Garage Sale at the Flying Wheels on June 14th, same day as the Elmwood Murdock City Wide Garage Sales!!! And Site Wide Clean Up, too.***
Enjoy your week!