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ELMWOOD, NEBRASKA
“Growing Together”
June 18, 2008

 

Batter Up!
Tis the season for popcorn and peanuts and the crack of the bat. Everyone with a ball player in the family is busy running to practice and running to games. Hot dogs and nachos for dinner every night…they are just longing for a night off. As sad as it sound some are praying for rain just so they can stay home. Even though it is a busy time it is also a good time to hang out with your friends in the bleachers, on the playground, and at the snack shack. But the season will be over soon and the running will slow down. Baseball is more than a national pastime…it is a forever memory for anyone who has spent time on the bleachers. Enjoy the games and root for the kids! They are all winners.

 

Get your Car Washed here!

Elmwood-Murdock Cheerleaders were on hand Saturday to wash cars for a fundraiser. Rebecca Fortney, Lindsey Hrabik, Ashley Byer, and Ali Block, Tori Spellman, and Brook Spiering scrubbed and rinsed under the supervision of April Bacon and Michele Fortney. They washed my car and it has never been cleaner!

 

City Wide Clean Up Effort
The city wide clean up day was last Saturday. Local residents drug out old appliances, tires, furniture and some items that couldn’t be identified. They came in droves with their trash…some even brought trailers full of trash. Volunteers helped unload and throw the items into the dumpsters. In total they filled four huge dumpsters. Who would have guessed we all had that much junk laying around?


GARAGE SALE MANIA!

Not only did residents of Elmwood clean out their trash for clean up day they also set their treasures out on the lawn for sale. It was city wide garage sale day. I didn’t get to go garage saling because we had our own little sale going on at the rink. We rented out space for people to bring in their wares for sale. Unfortunately I didn’t get the word out good enough so there wasn’t much to sell. I managed to bring up two pick up loads and several van loads from home. And much of it sold! I hope everyone had such good luck.

My paparazzi crew took pictures of the sales for me so I could see what I wasn’t buying. I could also see everyone else out having a great time at the sales. I think the best sale we made was to Garyn and his little sister. They bought the huge stuffed animals and took off up the street with them. Garyn looked so cute carrying the giant teddy bear and six foot dolphin. Now that’s a guy who will do anything for his little sister!

Did you have some lemonade Saturday? We had some at Kabby Mumford’s house as we were taking our leftovers to Bits N Pieces. It sure tasted good!

I see by the pictures there is one garage sale that had a really nice old car. Something tells me this wasn’t a real garage sale.

 

Poker Run Stops @ the Elmwood Fire Hall
You may have noticed an over abundance of motorcycles parked at the Fire Hall Saturday. Elmwood was chosen as a stop for a poker run sponsored by the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department. The poker run was a cooperative fundraiser for the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department Museum. The purpose of the Museum is to educate the public about fire safety and the history of firefighting in Nebraska City from its inception to the present day. This will be accomplished through interpretive exhibits, educational programming and research. For more information about the museum check out this website:
http://www.nebraskafirefightersmuseum.com/


Storms AGAIN!
Hopefully the storms will be over soon! Our basement has been staying dry so we are thankful for that! I know others aren’t as lucky. As I drove to work last week I actually drove through the Missouri River to get to work! I work in Brownville at Cooper Nuclear Station which is right on the river. The river over flowed the banks and the local highway. We had to take the back country roads through Nemaha to get to work. I can remember one other time when this happened in 1993, I think. The flood was so bad we had to park in Nemaha and they shuttled us to work on hayracks. Luckily it wasn’t so bad this time. But the dark skies and the flooding is getting a little old. We love storms at our house but it’s time for some sunshine!

 

Visit from Grandparents
We had some company this weekend. Millie and Joe’s grandparents from Michigan came to visit! They played with the kids and had lunch with us. They came up to the rink and watched Millie perform her tricks, too. We really enjoyed the visit with them. Now we need to plan a trip to Michigan to visit them!

4th of July Fun in Murdock!
7-11 am – Breakfast @ Bulldog’s
10:00 Parade Line Up @ EM High School
11:00 Parade on Main Street
$25 prize from Corn Growers State Bank for Best Antique/Classic Vehicle
$25 prize from Corn Growers State Bank for Best Float
*judging begins at 10:30
More activities:
10am 2pm Moon Walk Fundraiser Mainstreet
Sponsored by EM Choir to Carnegie Hall
Underwritten by Elmwood Murdock Merchants Assoc

10am 2pm Elmwood Murdock Little League Fundraiser MainStreet
Games

11am-1pm Lions Club Lunch Old Fire Hall

11am Parade Main Street

12- 3pm Pie and Ice Cream United Methodist Church
United Methodist Women

1pm Ball Games Ball Field

Lots of Food, Games, and a Street Dance!
Contact Bruce Stock – 402-944-2585 or Dale Vanderford Jr. 402-867-2545

Street Dance!!!
July 4th Bash
Main Street, Murdock, NE
Featuring:
The Mezcal Brothers
With special guest:
Blind Dog Fulton
6:30 pm – 12:30am
Fundraiser for the Elmwood-Murdock Little League
Come out and support the teams!


I was curious who the Mezcal Brothers were so I looked them up. Here’s what I found…looks like it will be a great show! There will be lots of dancing going on!

The Mezcal Brothers of Lincoln, Nebraska have been playing their own brand of roots rock and rockabilly for the past five years. Last year the band received the award for recording of the year from radio station KZUM and was mentioned as one of the top rockabilly bands in the country by Goldmine Magazine. The Mezcal Brothers are currently on tour promoting their new album, "Next Town." The album features twelve heartpounding original songs that are sure to get those feet a tappin'.

Over the years The Mezcal Brothers have shared the stage with some of the most well known acts in the country, such as The Blazers, Kim Lenz, Sleepy LaBeef, Lee Rocker, Cave Cat Sammy, Jimmy Thackery, Billy Bacon, Scott Keeton and the Deviants, The Belairs, Big Sandy, Magic Slim, Los Straitjackets, Ronnie Dawson, and the Paladins, who were quoted as saying, "They should change their name to the Fabulous Mezcal Brothers because they are fabulous!" The band members are nothing but entertainers to the very end with their greased up hair, flashy clothes, and some of the wildest stage antics you'll ever see.

Since the Mezcal Brothers last album "Rev It Up", the lead guitarist Mark Simpkins was replaced by Benny Kushner, who apparently also knows his business. The overall sound of this new album is a bit more "authentic" than the previous one, but still with a bite, and this will surely appeal to the rockabilly purists. This is definitly one more hit record for the Mezcals, containing yet another 12 seflpenned originals. The 2 remainig songs are covers of Johnny Horton's "Electrified Donkey" and a splendid rendition of Ronnie Dawson's "Rockin' Bones". The album, by the way, is dedicated to the memory of Ronnie dawson, who sadly passed away last September.
Check them out on youtube!

So you don’t know how to dance….
Lucky for you there will be free dance lessons Sunday, 3:00 pm, at the Flying Wheels! Come learn some steps so you can twirl your girl all around. You don’t dance, you say? Only slow dances when you are three sheets to the wind. Now that’s attractive to the ladies. I heard a wise man (Heath) give some advice to a group of boys…he said,

“Boys, I’ll pass on to you the secret of a happy life. If you have the coolest car in the world…you will have all the pretty girls. Until the car is gone. Then the girls will be gone.

If you have all the money in the world…you will have all the pretty girls…until the money is gone. Then the girls are gone.

But if you know how to dance…you will have all the pretty girls…all the time.”

And it’s true, isn’t it, ladies? How many of you reading this can say, “I wish my man would take me dancing?” If you want to make your lady happy, take her dancing. If you don’t know how you can learn. Come on down and let Hannah and Brian show you some moves. Five years from now you are going to be five years older…you might as well have five years of memories of holding your lady close, twirling her around, and seeing her eyes glow when she looks at you. All because you took her dancing.


Flying Wheels Fun Center
Hawaiian Skate/Dance on Saturday!
6:30 – midnight
Admission $6 + skate rental
Let’s have some summer fun!
It’s a Luau! Wear
your Hawaiian shirt
and you will be rewarded


He Didn't Have to Be

About ten years ago I was going through a divorce, had two little kids, one with a handicap and an ailing grandmother I was helping. Life was busy and dating was the farthest thing from my mind. Then Vince came back into my life. I have known Vince since before I was born. He used to go to my grandmother's house to play cards with her and watch my mom get ready for dates with my dad. Years later, I became the babysitter for Vince's two boys. They weren't much younger than me but they were at that age where they just couldn't be trusted home alone yet. Fast forward to 1999 and we were both going through divorces. He offered to teach me to dance. He invited Millie and me to go roller skating with him and his granddaughter for our first date. You can guess where we went.

About that time Brad Paisley had a hit song on the radio and it was so very appropriate for our situation. It was called, “He Didn't Have to Be.” I'm sure you all know it but this is how it starts:

When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview
My momma used to wonder if she'd ever meet someone
Who wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go
A few months later I remember lying there in bed
I overheard him pop the question and prayed that she'd say yes

And then all of a sudden
Oh, it seemed so strange to me
How we went from something's missing
To a family
Lookin' back all I can say
About all the things he did for me
Is I hope I'm at least half the dad
That he didn't have to be

Vince didn't have to be a dad to my kids but he wanted it. He has been there for them from the very beginning and last year he made it official when he adopted them and gave them his last name. His family treats them like they are his own. Millie and Joe now have two older brothers, Darin and Aarin, two sister-in-laws, Jennifer and Mariko, and three nieces, McKenzie, Madison, and Emma. Joe thinks it is so cool to have nieces older than him. In truth they were friends long before they were related.

Vince didn't have to be a dad to my kids. He didn't have to give them his name. But he did. He's more than a father to my kids because he chose them. He knew them with all of their faults. He has experienced their temper tantrums. He's wiped the tears. He's disciplined them. And yet he chose them. In spite of their faults he loves them anyway. Just like a dad. Even though he didn't have to be.

(Love you, Vince ! J Happy Father's Day!)

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Anderson
Editor@ElmwoodNebraska.com

 

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