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“Growing Together”
August 6, 2008

Wednesday, August 6th
Countdown to first day of school: 9 days

2008 Cass County Fair
August 5-9, 2008

Theme: "Old Traditions/Breaking New Ground"
Motto: "The Fair with the Flair"
Cass County Fairgrounds
144th & Highway 1
Weeping Water, NE

Important info for Mom’s and Dad’s:

Kids Day – Thursday 1:00 – 5:00
Mutton Buster Registration – Thursday 6:30
Mutton Buster Show – Thursday 7:00
Kids Day – Saturday 1:00 – 5:00
Parade: Saturday – 6:00

There are many, many more activities so check out the website for the full schedule.
There are so many 4-H activities that you just have to look it up! Stop by all the booths and see what everyone has contributed. A lot of hard work goes into 4-H activities…not just the cooking, the crafting but the animals! Oh, my, the animals! One of the great things at the fair is checking out the animals. Many families are putting in many hours at the fair with their animals.

You can check us out at the Fair! The Flying Wheels will have a booth in the air conditioned building! Stop by and see us!

(That means the Flying Wheels will be closed on Saturday, August 9th!)

Why do you live in Elmwood? What would you tell someone who was looking to move here? How would you sell the town? What do you think can be improved? Let me hear from you…we are writing a promo for Elmwood and who better to promote it than the people who know it the best.


Let’em Roll…but not at the Flying Wheels!

This week my son, Joe, attended his 6th year at Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp sponsored by Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association (ENWAA) and Alegent Health and This camp invites kids from 6 years to 18 years who are in wheelchairs. They must be able to participate in the activities though. Instruction includes archery, aquatics, basketball, body conditioning, tennis, track and field, basketball, softball, and more. Recreation and leisure activities may include photography, pottery, creative dramatics, and ceramics.

Joe caught a bus in Lincoln with 3 other kids and went to the Iowa School for the Deaf. On Tuesday they hit a golf course and tried golfing before they headed to the Quest Center. There they watched the afternoon activities at the National Wheelchair Games. I took the day off from work so I could join them. I arrived at the Quest Center and started wandering around. I had never been there so it was great to see what everyone has been talking about. The thing that struck me first was the number of people on the streets and parking lots in wheelchairs. And the number of people wearing white t-shirts. This signified that they were volunteers. I heard that there were over a thousand volunteers for the three day event. I met up with a guy we met on Sunday and asked if he had seen Joe. His name is Cory Anderson, easy for us to remember. Joe and Cory had instantly hit it off. Usually when I’m looking for Joe all I have to say is “Have you seen Joe, he’s the kid in the wheelchair.” But this day there were about six hundred people in wheelchairs. I finally found him and we watched the wheelchair basketball games and part of rugby. The players were awesome. Age didn’t matter. There were some players who never would have been able to play in a national game like this if they had been able to walk.

During a break between games the kids from wheelchair camp were allowed out on the court and some players came out to play with them. They want the kids to see that even though they may be in a wheelchair there is so much that they can do. And the kids got the message. They were full of grins and chattering about the games.

Friday was family day at camp. Joe and I went to the Iowa School for the Deaf and joined in. After so many years it is partly like a reunion and partly an introduction to new family members. This year there were many new people to meet. Several kids who have attended the camp for years have now graduated and come back as counselors. That means a lot to the kids who have attended camp with them in the past. One girl told me how much it means to her to be a counselor and to see camp from the other side.

Every year there are different activities and this year it was centered around the Paraplegic Olympics that will start in September. Everyone was encouraged to take their turn and try out the events. We played tennis, basketball, volleyball and races. And we were all in wheelchairs! It is not as easy as it looks! The kids kicked our hineys!

After the events we watched the awards ceremony where the kids received awards for the events they competed in all week. Joe got four certificates! Then we were served lunch by the Omaha Optimists. They have been supplying and serving the lunch here for over 15 years. It is so wonderful to see everyone who contributes to this camp. It is designed to show the kids the possibilities that lie ahead for them but for us parents and friends it also shows us that our kids can do more than we sometimes give them credit for or will let them do. I look at the older boys who are in college now and remember back to when I first met them. I hope that Joe will look to them as role models and find his way, just like they have.


Life is short. Break the rules , forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love deeply, Laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.


Happy Birthday to Lori!

Kelly Jensen certainly hit a home run this week with his wife, Lori. Her birthday is coming up and he surprised her with something she has wanted for years, a horse. They will board the horse at Stovecreek Stables south of Elmwood. The stables are run by Clint and Marcy Poteet. Information about their services can be found on the business page of the Elmwood web site.
Just try to top that one, guys!!

Beating the heat!

How did you beat the heat last weekend? We went swimming! Millie and her friends went to Mahoney State Park and enjoyed the wave pool. I couldn’t help but notice that Omaha and Lincoln all came out to the park this weekend. There was not an empty spot around! Joe and I took our friends Laura and Bridget to Lincoln and went swimming at a friend’s pool where we were practically the only ones there. That was more our speed! We did cruise around in the convertible a little but it was just too hot! Laura and Bridget wore the hats to keep the sun and wind off of them.

Elmwood G.A.R. Hall
Veteran’s Museum
Sunday, August 17th
6:30-8:00 pm
5th & D Street Elmwood
Sponsored by the American Legion Post 247
Free Will Donation. All Proceeds will help to support the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Veterans’ Museum. For more info call 994-5315
Come see the new displays!!!!!

American Legion Post #247
Sign up for the Legion Golf Tournament!
Sunday Sept. 7th
@ Grandpa’s Woods
3:00 pm shotgun start
9 holes
2 person scramble
$30 per person
(includes meals and prizes)
Meal only available – free will offering

Grandpa’s Woods
5505 310th Street, Elmwood
Directions: 2 miles north, 1 mile east, ½ mile north of Elmwood

To Register call:
Grandpa’s Woods – 994-2100 or
Bonnie Brewer – 994-5315

Sponsored by:
American Legion Post #247
All Proceed go towards replacing flags and flag poles in the Elmwood Cemetary.


See you at the fair!!!!

Julie Anderson


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