Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Elmwood City Park, Elmwood, NE
Hourly van tours of historic sites at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Old-fashioned games and activities from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Bess Streeter Aldrich House (204 East F)
Visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org for a complete schedule.
Sponsored by the Elmwood Public Library and Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.
with a family festival.
August 4-8, 2009
Theme: "Meet Me at the Fair"
Semi Truck Pull
Bush Pullers Tractor Pull
4-H Shows and Exhibits
Antique Tractor Pull
Pedal Pull, Young and Old
Doc Anderson's Traveling Medicine Wagon Show (click here for more info!)
Cass County Fairgounds
144th & Highway 1
Weeping Water, NE
Click here for more information about the Cass County Fair and
CASS COUNTY FAIR - 2009
Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish
Friday, August 7th 7:00pm - 12:00am
Exit 420 Between Omaha & Lincoln
Live Music by Nashville Star Jaime Fox
Monster Rock Band Competition
Our mission at Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes
of children with life threatening medical conditions
to enrich the human experience with hope, strength,
and joy. We are part of the largest and most respected
wish granting organization in the world
See Lacey Tuttle, local Elmwood girl, driving
the pink z00 Race car. Check her out at
www.laceytuttle.com. She is on a mission
to raise money for Make-A-Wish!
Let's help her out!
May I have your autograph...
and Deb Mumford of Elmwood was nominated for a
TAG award for her performance in the Sound of Music
last year at the Lofte Theater. The Theatre Arts Guild
of Omaha main purpose is to advance and promote the
live theatre art form in the metropolitan Omaha, NE area.
Their mission is to raise awareness of and participation
in live theatre in the Omaha community through professional
and educational development, recognition of contributions
to the art form, and communication to the theatrical community
and the community at large. Each year the TAG membership
nominates and votes for metro area theatres' outstanding
productions, actors, designers, and technicians. The process
announce and honor recipients and celebrate the year's achievements.
and found that it was a very flamboyant Broadway affair.
It was Black Tie at the Holiday Inn in Omaha. Many of the
TAG committee members and board members recognized
Kabbie and complimented her on her acting ability. Although
many told her they voted for her it wasn't enough to win.
to pick up her award! Everyone encouraged Kabbie to follow
her dreams and one day she would be walking down the red
carpet at the Oscars. And I will have the honor of saying,
"I knew Kabbie when..."
Inspire & Believe
Every year my son, Joe, attends Junior Wheelchair Sports and
Recreation Camp at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.
It is a program within the Omaha City Parks and Recreation and
is supported by many sources. The camp gives kids in wheelchairs
an opportunity to try different sports. Joe got to play basketball,
volleyball, boccia ball, and tennis. He also tried martial arts, sled hockey,
and archery. One day they went to Seymour Smith Park in LaVista to
play softball. It is a handicapped area with two handicapped accessible
softball fields and play equipment. They also went bowling that day.
My daughter, Millie, and her boyfriend, Garyn, were volunteers at camp
this year. This was great for me because they drove Joe there everyday.
I didn't have to get him to the bus. They met kids like themselves who
were volunteering for the first time and others who come back year
after year. I think they were most surprised at the friendships they made
with the campers. Every night I would hear Millie exclaim with delight
that another camper had made her a friend on Facebook. Even though
her brother is handicapped she didn't know much about kids with
disabilities. To her surprise they are not much different than her friends.
I attended camp on the first day and met a man that came from
my home town. He is a lot younger than me but I remember him. He
was the local drug dealer, gang banger, trouble maker. Then he was
in a car accident and was confined to a wheelchair. Through his
rehabilitation he met people who helped him. He couldn't believe
that what they did was an actual profession. They assured him that
it was and he became determined to do it, too. He is almost ready
to graduate and will be a rehabilitation therapist. He works with these
kids in wheelchair basketball and softball. Soon he will achieve his dream.
Wheelchair camp is more than just giving kids an opportunity to try out
different sports. It's about getting them together so for a short time they
are not different. They are the majority. They are not alone. It's about
inspiring each other and everyone who meets them to be more than they
thought possible. It's about believing that we can do it. The local drug dealer
is now an inspiration to kids in wheelchairs. He is an inspiration to me not
because he is in a wheelchair but because he had a goal and he shook off his
past to achieve it. It was a week of learning about inspiring and believing.
Inspire others to do what they want to do and believe that they can do it.
Joe playing Sled Hockey..did you see him on Channel 7 News?
Millie helps a camper swim laps.
Millie, Christian, and Garyn. They are tight.
Caitlyn is surrounded by her boys, Matt and Garyn.
Rick, inspiring the kids to believe.
Have a great week and we'll see you at the fair!
PS...the rink will be closed for the fair...it will open again on Thursday, 13th.
PPS...if you are disappointed at with the updates to the newsletter, I'm still learning this program...I
think I need a tutor! For those who sent me really cool flyers to put in the newsletter,
I couldn't figure out how to embed them so I had to just retype. Sorry!