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July 4, 2007

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What's the most effective sunburn treatment? When does sunburn require medical attention?

Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson, M.D., and colleagues answer:

Unfortunately, there is no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once sunburn occurs, you can't do much to limit damage to your skin. However, the following tips may reduce your pain and discomfort in the hours and days following sunburn:

  • Take anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), on a regular basis according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subsides.
  • Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool tap water — to the affected skin. Or take a cool bath.
  • Apply a moisturizing cream, aloe or 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to affected skin. A low-dose (0.5 percent to 1 percent) hydrocortisone cream may decrease pain and swelling, and speed up healing.

Some dermatologists warn against using products that claim to relieve sunburn pain but may actually irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. These include topical "-caine" products, such as benzocaine.

Keep in mind that it may take four to six hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn. If blisters form, don't break them. They contain your natural body fluid (serum) and are a protective layer. Also, breaking blisters slows the healing process and increases the risk of infection. If needed, you can lightly cover blisters with gauze.

Within a few days, your body will start to heal itself by getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin — the "peeling" process. Following this process, your skin may have an irregular color and pattern for a time.

Seek medical care for sunburn if:

  • Severe sunburn covers a large portion of your body with blisters
  • Sunburn is accompanied by a high fever or extreme pain
  • Severe sunburn doesn't respond to at-home care within a few days

* Thank you to Gina for this information! *

Inspiration: The Duck & the Devil

There was a little boy visiting his Grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said, "Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."

Thought for the day and every day thereafter?

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done that the devil keeps throwing up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)...whatever it is...You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven.

He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today. Share this with a friend and always remember: God is at the window! When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!

Ride-Along Program (Elmwood Rescue) (This is for anybody who may be interested in becoming a member of the rescue squad.)

1. To give prospective members an opportunity to ride along on actual rescue calls for a period of 90 days. This will help the prospective member decide if he/she desires to become a member of the Elmwood Rescue Squad.

a. EXCEPTION; An individual who is already an EMT- A or B with a valid Nebraska certification will ride along for 30 days.

2. To give officers and members a chance to observe a prospective member’s manner and attitude during rescue calls. This will help officers and members decide if the Elmwood Rescue Squad will invest in membership and training of the Ride-A-Long candidate.

1. Any person wishing to become a member of the Elmwood Rescue Squad must first participate in the Ride-A-Long program.

1. Any person interested in participating in the Elmwood Rescue Squad Ride-A-Long program must first fill out an application form which may be obtained from any current member of the squad.
2. Application must be filled out, turned in, and signed by one sponsoring current member of the squad.
3. If said applicant is accepted by the squad, he/she will fill out the necessary insurance forms supplied by the squad secretary. The squad secretary will submit the forms, and inform the Ride-A-long when he/she is cleared to ride the squad.
4. The Ride-A-long will be issued a pager, and a copy of the By-Laws. The rules and regulations of the program will be explained by the Training officer.

1. Ride-A-Long personnel are NOT members of the Rescue Squad.
2. A Ride-A-Long may only go as an observer and as crew capacity dictates. The Ride-A-Long cannot drive, cannot participate in hands-on patient care, cannot fill out NARSIS forms or use the radio,UNLESS, he/she is instructed to do so by the person or persons in charge of the call and or patient. Violation of any of these rules will be just cause for immediate dismissal from the program. Such action will be carried out by a majority vote of squad membership. The individual who stands in violation will have no possibility for entering into Squad membership.
3. A Ride-A-long may help carry jump kits, oxygen kits, the cot, and other squad equipment as directed by squad member on that call.
4. Squad calls are private and privileged information that is not to be discussed with outsiders. The patients name and problems are not to be revealed to the public.
5. Ride-A-Longs will not respond to a rescue call under the influence of alcoholic drink or any controlled substance. [Influence is defined as any alcoholic drink or controlled substances of any kind or amount].
6. Ride-A-Longs should conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner, using common sense as any situation warrants.
7. The Ride-A-Longs will follow all instructions by the EMT and person in charge on the rescue call.
8. At the end of the rescue call, the Ride-A-long will help in the cleanup and restocking of supplies on the squad.
9. The Ride-A-Long is required to attend the monthly business meetings and training sessions as part of the orientation process, but will not be able to vote on any issues.

1. After 90 days and a minimum of 4 rescue calls {30 days and a minimum of two rescue calls for the already documented Nebraska EMT}, the Ride-A-Long’s application will be submitted to the membership for a 2/3rd majority vote of the membership in attendance at the next regular monthly meeting as to whether or not to accept the applicant into membership.
2. If the Ride-A-Long is accepted into membership he/she will be eligible to begin training in squad procedure as an EMT.

Elmwood-Murdock FBLA and Nebraska FBLA members represented us well at the National Leadership Conference! – Next week, all the results and pictures from the conference will be posted!

Booster Club Stadium Seats - Attention all E-M Knight Fans: The E-M Booster Club is now selling sturdy framed stadium seats. Get them now while they're hot and be the first to show off your new E-M stadium seat! The cost will be $40.00 per seat and they will come with the Knights logo in-printed on the back of the seat. You may get your order forms at both the elementary and the secondary sites. For more information call and speak to Tim Allemang at 867-2341 or e-mail him at

Elmwood-Murdock Great Bike Race – September 8th. The Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee will be assisting with the promoting of the race again this year, but a large number of volunteers are needed to help with the race the day of activities. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Judy Cline, president of the Elmwood Murdock Merchants’ Association (EMMA).

**Change** in the Flying Wheels Fun Center Summer Hours!
Tuesday - 1:00 - 4:00 - Open skating $3 admission + skate rental
Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 - More than just skating! Fun activities and movies! - $4 admission + No skate rental charge
Saturday 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday mornings and Sunday nights just for the summer! Regular weekend hours will resume in August - stay tuned for details!
Watch for us at the local parades! We'll be the ones having all the fun!
Summer Skate/Dance - Saturday, July 7th - 6:30 - Midnight - Come Party with us!!! Kids and adults of all ages welcome!

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 met 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, 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.

Check out this site - - People vote for the book(s) that got them hooked and then choose a state to receive free books - Nebraska was 2nd at last count - so perhaps we need to spread the word to people to vote so we can get some free books given to Nebraska. You can vote every day until it ends, so people should go back to this site daily.
April Andersen, Director
Elmwood Public Library

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).

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.

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

Bess Streeter Aldrich House - The Aldrich House is open every Weds., Thurs., Sat. & Sun. from 2:00-5:00 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Visit our website,, for additional news and information.
Other Cass County Happenings:

Weeping Water
Weeping Water swimming pool is open!
Hours: Sunday-Friday 1-8, Saturday 1-6
Admission Prices:
Daily-$4.00 - 5 and under FREE
Family Season Pass - $125.00
Single Season Pass - $75.00
10 Punch Ticket - $35.00
Family Passes are for immediate family only!
Immediate family includes husband, wife & children living in one household.
Children in diapers must be in swimming diapers.
For Swimming Lessons (dates and times), please contact Mary Mozena @ 267-7525

Tex & Mary Schultz
July 7 - Sat. 7PM
Weeping Water
1st Christian Church
Blue Grass/Southern Gospel Concert
Concert is Free -
An Offering will be taken for the Ministry of Tex & Mary.
Info: 402-267-5414 or 402-269-5508 email:

Soaring Wings Vineyard (17111 South 138th Street)
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES Begins at 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket if you like. Sit back and enjoy wonderful music, great scenery, and fine wine. There are few better ways to relax than at our vineyard with a glass of wine and music. There is a $5 cover for most performances (Wine Club members are admitted Free!). Kids under 12 are also admitted free. Laughter and smiles are most welcome.

July 6 Novak and Harr
July 13 Mark Irvin
July 20 Bill Ritchie Trio
July 27 Steve Thornburg
Aug 3 Novak & Harr
Aug 10 Mark Irvin
Aug 17 TBD
Aug 24 Steve Thornburg
Aug 31 Bill Ritchie Trio
Sept 7 Novak & Harr
Sept 14 Steve Thornburg

Acoustics Sundays Beginning May 20th - FREE ADMISSION - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (approx.)
Kick off the new week with a relaxing afternoon with live music by a solo artist. Purchase wine by the bottle, glass or, if you haven't experienced a wine tasting, you might just find a new favorite.

July 8 Kim Eames
July 15 Matt Whipkey
July 22 George Walker
July 29 TBD
Aug 5 Kim Eames
Aug 12 Chris Saub
Aug 19 TBD
Aug 26 TBD
Sept 2 TBD
Sep 9 Kim Eames
Sept 15 TBD
For more information access this link:

Sierra Ronhovde


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