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"Growing Together"

October 3, 2007

Dusting

"A house becomes a home when you can write
"I love you" on the furniture." AMEN !!
And my house is sure a home!!
I can't tell you how many countless hours
that I have spent CLEANING!
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend
making sure things were just perfect --
"in case someone came over."
Then I realized one day that no-one came over;
they were all out living life and having fun!
Now, when people visit, I find no need to
explain the "condition" of my home.
They are more interested in hearing about
the things I've been doing while I was
away living life and having fun.
If you haven't figured this out yet,
please heed this advice
Life is short. Enjoy it!
Dust if you must,
but wouldn't it be better to
paint a picture or write a letter,
or do some Bible study, spend time with a friend
bake a cake or plant a seed, go play golf,
ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear, songs to sing and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.


I don’t take credit for writing this, it came to me in an email this week but it is sure the truth. Those of you who have been to my house can attest to that. I don’t have the time I wish I had for the cleaning and cooking that needs to be done. But I’m sure glad for the time I get to spend with my family and friends.

The Waffleman
Is Coming To Elmwood
Sunday, October 14, 2007
9 AM to Noon
Elmwood Fire Station
The Waffleman will continue to serve his famous
waffles as long as people keep coming!

All You Can Eat
Belgian Waffles, 5 Flavored Syrups
Strawberries, Whipped Cream
Sausage and Drinks
FREE WILL DONATION
Proceeds to the Elmwood Rescue Squad
to help purchase New Equipment

 

NEW LIBRARY HOURS
Effective: October 1, 2007

Monday 9:00 - 12:00 2:00- 8:00
Tuesday 2:00 -8:00
Thursday 9:00 - 12:00 2:00- 8:00
Saturday 9:00 - 12:00 2:00- 5:00

If you have any questions about the library please contact :
April Andersen, Director
Elmwood Public Library
elmwoodlibrary@alltel.net
402-994-4125

 

Check out the new website for the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department!!

http://elmwoodvfrd.org/

Jacob Blunt is the webmaster for this site and undoubtedly has put in a lot of time designing it. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Jacob through the website on the Contact Us tab.

Meet the Teach

Featured teacher this week is Robin Kuhlman, 5th and 6th grade teacher at Elmwood-Murdock Elementary. Mrs. Kuhlman’s primary responsibilities are with the 6th grade but she also teaches math to the 5th graders. Robin has been teaching for 17 years, ten of those at Elmwood. She is married to Brent and they have three children, Alli, a sophomore, Jake, an 8th grader, and Carlie, a 4th grader. They live north of Murdock on Church Road next to the little white church where Brent is the pastor. Since the kids all attend Elmwood-Murdock Robin has had the honor of teaching her own children. She even had Brent come to Parent Teachers Conferences! Robin is shown here in a picture with her son, Jake.

Robin grew up in Cozad which is home of the Haymakers. The Haymakers was the name of their mascot and still is today. She had three favorite teachers that influenced her life so much that she still maintains contact with them today. They took a personal interest in Robin and showed her that they cared about her and were good role models for her. They wanted her to grow up with good morals and values and Robin tries to pass that on to her students today.
In Robin’s own words, “I teach with the hope that I too will make a difference in the life of at least one of my students in the way that these three teachers made a difference in mine. I want my students to know I care about them.”

This is evident if you have ever seen Robin working with the kids. It is obviously not work for her. She loves being with the kids and loves to teach. Her favorite moment in teaching is when someone is struggling with a new math concept and finally looks up and says, “I get it!” That is the greatest moment in teaching for Robin.

Robin has little time for hobbies because she is involved with her kids and their activities. But when she does have time she likes to read, do jigsaw puzzles, and play golf. Robin is a very outgoing person so it was hard for her to come up with one thing her students might not know about her. They already know she can juggle, walk on stilts, and ride a unicycle. All of these skills come in very handy when working with children. She obviously had two career choices, teaching or the circus! One thing the kids might not know about her is that she played short stop all four years at college. And she got a hole-in-one once when golfing!

Check out her website for the 5th and 6th graders. She even has her lesson plans for the next week posted. This is so handy for parents when we are wondering what the homework assignment is for the kids. http://em.ishareinfo.org/rkuhlman/

Robin is one of those teachers that do make a difference in her student’s lives. My son has only been in her 5th grade math class since August and has already shown great improvement not only in his math skills but in his ability to be responsible. She makes him work but more importantly, he wants to do the work for her. No one wants to disappoint Mrs. Kuhlman! As I head off to Parent Teacher Conferences this week I can’t help but wonder if Robin will be the teacher that makes the difference in Joe’s life and will he be talking about her someday to his students?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is that Spiderman hanging off of the water tower? No, it’s a man spray painting the tower. A fresh coat of paint will spruce up the looks of the tower. Due to the possibility of overspray the teachers at the elementary school were asked to park their cars on the other side of the school on Friday to keep from getting an unwelcome paint job. One teacher told his students that he thought it might be a nice improvement so he was going to leave his car there!

Take a look at the old Elmwood water tower. These pictures were sent to me from the Boyd Clements photo collection. I don’t know much about the history of Elmwood but it looks to me like this water tower was located near where the Village Clerk office is…possibly behind the Clements Insurance building? Does anyone have any information about this? What a difference in size of the two towers!

It is harvest time again. The fields were beautiful and full but now are being cut down. It is the beginning of the end of the warm season. Farmers are working to bring their crops in before the bad weather hits. This is a cycle that continues year after year for which all of us who are not farmers are thankful for. I love watching the progress in the fields and appreciate the hard work and long hours that the farmers put in to harvest their crops. The semis full of grain are seen on the highways everyday as they go to unload their grain. Years ago it was a different task to take the crops to market. The trucks weren’t as large and combining wasn’t as quick. Farmers have come a long way and may not work in the same way as farmers of long ago but they work just as hard to harvest their crops. This picture is from the Boyd Clements collection.

“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.” I didn’t say this either but I like it. I don’t know who to attribute this quote to so I’ll say someone very wise once said this.

Flying Wheels Fun Center will be open after the homecoming game (9-midnight) for high school and older to come and hang out. Free admission - skate, dance, talk, whatever you want. Concessions will be open.

Friday night at the rink was Junior High Night. This includes 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. What a time was had by all! You can see by the pictures that they all had fun. We had skating, dancing, Guitar Hero II, games, laughing, and a lot of silliness.

Saturday night we were visited by Busty St. Clair, a No Coast Roller Derby Girl. The No Coast Roller Derby Girls are the only roller derby league in Nebraska and consist of three teams. They practice primarily at Pershing Auditorium and play all over the country. In her childhood and before she became Busty St. Clair, she used to skate at the Flying Wheels. She was a member of the roller hockey team, too. So she was very happy to come out and play with the kids for an evening. She taught us some new games and played the old ones with us. Busty said playing with the Rink Rats was more of a work out than practicing with her team. She signed trading cards for the kids and even danced the Cotton Eyed Joe and the Cha Cha Slide before she said good bye. She was fresh back from a recent roller derby match in Sacramento where the No Coast Derby Girls won. She said she had bruises from landing hard on her rump but couldn’t show them to us. That’s okay, we believed her. She’s one tough cookie but a real softy with the kids.

To learn more about the No Coast Roller Derby Girls check out their website at: http://www.nocoastderbygirls.com/


Julie Anderson

Editor@ElmwoodNebraska.com

 

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