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February 1, 2001

Biscuits and Gravy
There are many things in my life that I have decided I am absolutely going to do one of these days but I never seem to get around to. Recently the one that bothers me the most is the "Biscuits and Gravy" breakfasts that they occasionally offer at the Senior Center. 

First off, I like supporting local activities and community gatherings. Second; I have learned that in rural Nebraska, Biscuits and Gravy is usually a pretty tasty deal! Thirdly there are some pretty great cooks in Louisville and lastly I live within walking distance of the Senior Center.
The first time I saw the advertisement, I was not really very interested owing to my misconception that I had to be 60 years or older to get in. I have since learned that everybody is invited; even middle-aged short fat, bald guys. 

So, last Saturday morning I figured that the Elves would be hungry and we could just cruise on down to the Senior Center, tuck that napkin in around the collar and pig out! Come to find out, "We" are all on a no-gravy diet these days and so I had better get used to some nice carrots and lentils. 

Community Support is strong for Bashem Family
For those of you who didn't recognize the name immediately, I am sure that you will recognize the faces, I did.
Click Here> http://louisvillenebraska.com/fire/fire_on_depot_street.htm  
Thanks to Keri Cosson for providing us this photo.

Keri provided and update on Ken's condition:

Ken is looking a little better. He had gotten an infection the other day, but they caught it right away and started him on antibiotics and that has killed it. They started doing skin grafts on Monday. They did his right hand. So things are looking up. Diane is doing well everything considered.

We are going to have a Contribution Drop Day to collect items for Ken and Diane. 
Right now we are only asking for clothes donations for Diane. Due to Ken's burns we won't know what he'll feel comfortable wearing and it will be a long healing process. The following are her sizes: 

Pants 12-14 
Shirts/Sweatshirts/Coats - Large/X-Large 
Shoes - 9 or 9 1/2 

We are also looking to collect any household items for all rooms of the house, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, towels, curtains, bedding, silverware, pots/pans, washer/dryer and anything else you can think of to help them restart as everything was a total loss. We already have a kitchen table/chairs, a loveseat, a double bed/box springs, 2 end tables. 

Please bring these items to Louisville on Saturday, February 3rd, across from the Methodist Church by the railroad tracks. There will be vehicles there to load up everything to take to storage. We will have guys there to do the unloading from one vehicle to our trailers and such but need people to bring what they can...no matter how small. If you cannot bring the items yourself, you can call me at home at 234-2663 or Theresa Kline of the Louisville Jaycees 234-6355 and we can arrange for a pick up or alternate drop site. 

The Louisville Jaycees are putting on, and Herbie and the Hotheads 
( http://www.HerbieandtheHotheads.com/ ) will be playing a benefit on Sunday, February 25th at the Good Times Tavern 2 pm - 8 pm.

Also, there will be a Fundraiser Pancake Feed held at the Louisville High School Cafeteria on February 17th from 7a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the "Super Shooters" contest in the school gym.

Keep in mind you can make monetary donations at Home State Bank in Louisville. The mailing address there is: 

Bashem Fire Relief Fund
c/o Home State Bank 
PO Box 429 
Louisville, NE 68037 
Phone: 402-234-2155

Diane at Home State Bank said that the Community donations are approaching $1000 and that they are hoping for much more soon.

This is a very tragic time for the Bashem family so let's do all we can to take the stress out of their recovery and help them as much as we can. Please keep them in your prayers.

We would all like to thank the Louisville Firefighters and especially Les Hlavac, Mike Keyes, Jerry McClun, and Jack Faubion. When some ambulance personnel wouldn't keep my sister, her boyfriend Scott and I informed on Ken's condition when they returned to the fire, these guys took the time and compassion to update us as best they could and then took us into the house so we could look around and get what valuables we could out that same night. They are a great bunch of guys that know how to do their job and don't mess around. I just want them and everyone else to know we appreciate them very much. 

Also, would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Rose from Louisville Liquors. Yesterday while we were cleaning out the house, we took some laundry we thought we might be able to salvage down to the laundry mat. Mrs. Rose was in there and offered to wash them for us for no charge and she took care of everything for us. That meant a great deal. Even these little things the businesses can do mean a lot. 

Thank you everyone for you Prayers and Good Wishes!

The Elves are Revolting!
In an act of rebellious hostility against the gas company, The WireBuilt Elves posted this notice on the web: http://louisvillenebraska.com/png.htm Come to find out, the Elves have never liked the name, "Peoples Natural Gas" as it seemed vulgar.

There is a serious issue in that we have spoken to 5 other households that have received outrageously high gas bills last week and found out that there meter readings have been just estimates for several months. All the recent press about skyrocketing gas prices might cause people to just pay the bill without question, but I for one am glad that we decided to look into it a little further. So should you!

Our Mayor can beat-up Your Mayor...
I was absolutely delighted to see that someone contributed some local poetry to our ever popular but culturally-void Discussion Forum: Ah.. hem...

"Downtown, whenever snow is a factor 
You'll see our Mayor, out on his tractor." 
author: anonymous

I don't know about you, but I felt a tear welling up in the corner of my eye as I read that poem, partially because it is real stink-o poetry, but mostly because it captured the essence of our little City for me. The combination of sugar-plums and diesel fuel springs to my feeble mind.

Now I have heard many stories of Parka-Clad Mayoral Snow Sightings from various sources, but like the proverbial Abdominal Snowman, there are never any photos! No Proof!

Well, we may not have any good Mayoral Snow Shots, but what about this? Click Here: http://louisvillenebraska.com/images/mayor01.jpg  

You Go Mayor Dan Dude!!

City Council Meeting Minutes:
Click Here: >  http://louisvillenebraska.com/city/mn012401.htm  

Lions Remember Memphis
Click Here: > http://www.louisvillenebraska.com/memphis/  
Check out some wonderful photos of our Marching Lions trip to Memphis!
Remember: Feb 9th Music Boosters 
Soup Supper High School Cafeteria 
Chicken Noodle & Chili (Yummm!)
5:00 - 7:00 pm be there or be square.

Louisville Commerce
Louisville is the home of one of the most creative, fun and down right giggly businesses I have ever encountered, right smack on Main Street. All of us at one time or another have been witness to the spectacle of wildly dressed, prancing, cavorting, waving and singing women spilling into the street.. (No I don't mean from the Good Times Tavern...) ... from in the inimitable Art Chicks Gallery! Click Here> http://www.nebrartchicks.com/  

The Elves at WireBuilt are having a particularly good time working on their new website. I guess this "Fun" thing is contagious!

Get Regular...
Stay up with all the latest buzz, by checking into the Discussion Forum ONCE A WEEK! http://www.louisvillenebraska.com/discus/   Click on the words "Last Week" on the top left of your screen and read, post and get into the Louisvillian Groove...

Louisville Memories
Once again our History Editor, Bill Tempelmeyer has brought us some great memories of Louisville Long Ago. 

Story # 5 My Favorite Eccentric 
By Bill Tempelmeyer

(AUNT FLORENCE ... 1940) Truly my favorite eccentric. Her name itself should have served as an ominous omen of my fate. 

Poor old Aunt Florence, not really a relative, was just a kooky old maid neighbor. 
When I was a boy of ten she must have been about forty years old. She lived right next door with a nice lady I knew only as Elma. We always refereed to them as, 'the old maids,' although Elma had been married. 

Elma was near normal and she never said anything or did anything to call attention to herself. Aunt Florence on the other hand was a delight to pester.

These two little old ladies had a double taste of bad luck. They not only had the grave misfortune to live right next to my Mom's house but they also had an iron picket fence. I can still vividly recall roller skating past their place as fast as I could with a sawed off broom stick held out at arms length. This always prompted poor old Aunt Florence to come out her front door on a dead run yelling at me to get off of her sidewalk. 

After I had disappeared on down the street she would go back inside her little house and peek out between the curtains, waiting for me to come back. This was the signal for my brother and his friends to make a lot of noise out in back and pretend to be doing something with her back fence. 

After a while Aunt Florence would leave her lookout by the front window and step out onto her back porch to see what was going on near the back gate. This was the cue for me to race back across her front sidewalk with the broom handle again clattering away along the iron picket fence.

There are still hundreds more of Aunt Florence stories to tell but space and time are limited. Maybe some time I'll write an essay called, "Aunt Florence and the neighbor kids." In it I will tell you about her cats and the problems they had with my B B gun.

Next story Johnny and his gas machine.

Mr. Tempelmeyer can be reached by emailing: mailto: [email protected]

What the Cat Saw...
Hi Hardware Cat Fans!
I will see you all at the Bashem Donation Drop Off site on Saturday Morning!

Hank's Link of the Week
Many of you believe that I spend most of my time sleeping on the paint shelf, but the reality is I am concentrating so that I can read your mind!

There is no extra charge for this service and if you forget something I will just drop on you like a bag of Mole-no-More! This is the site that first got me interested in reading minds, check it out! http://www.sandlotscience.com/Games/Mind_Reader.htm  

Having fun, and Puttin' on Funny Hats south of the river....

Hank the Hardware Cat
mailto: [email protected]

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