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Lola’s Vintage Market takes a new approach to the flea market scene

The start to a culinary journey for Dr. Q


SERVING UP SMILES Good eats and summer treats in Washburn

A PASSION FOR PAINTING A creation and birth of a watercolor artist

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connection living 17 booK reVieW one Was a Soldier

18 green aCreS gal 2 daughters, 2 weddings, 2 weeks 25 DEAR DADDY

connection food 38 OVER THE HOT COALS The start to a culinary journey for Dr. Larry Quinalty 59 froM the reCipe boX 61 bottleS and breWS 62 SERVING UP SMILES at Mama Mango’s Drive-In and Shaved Ice 65 healthy ConneCtion Midlife nutrition for women over 40

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June 2014 7 A SPECIAL OCCASION Lola’s Vintage Market takes a new approach to the flea market scene 20 FIXING FENDER-BENDERS AND RIGHTING WRONG TURNS Celebrating a decade of treating people right 34 HEALTHY TREATS THEY’LL LOVE all-natural snacks for man’s best friend

44 STAY A WHILE AT STONE MEADOW RESORT 50 A PASSION FOR PAINTING the creation and birth of a watercolor artist 55 THE MESSENGERS SINGING THE GOSPEL 50 years of good news

66 My ConneCtion 69 faMiliar faCeS 70 on the Spot Fred Whisenhunt 72 Stay ConneCted July events

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on the cover: Dr. larry Quinalty has learned to cook with precision using hot coals and a cast iron Dutch oven. read his story to learn how to get started on this culinary quest. Photo by kerry hays

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chool Is ouT anD

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about lightning bugs.

time to dig out the

time all around us, from my childhood to my kids’

through the changes of

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sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats. the marigolds

Watching my kids chase lightning bugs and put

and petunias are blooming, and our vegetable

them in a jar is exactly the same memory as i had

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the wet grass is all the same. Just like spotting a

that time – but, since that is suppertime, it makes for

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a late meal, which is par for the course in the summer.

house, dodging the brown bugs that fly around the

Late suppers and late nights spent outside are pretty

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i count us all blessed to live in our beautiful

the kids will yell, “i think i saw something, i think i saw

ozarks, constantly surrounded by nature and

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goodness. the birds are singing and the sound of the

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breeze is rippling through our magnificent oak trees –

and denials, and after carousing everyone to watch

sounds of serenity.

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A special occasion Lola’s Vintage Market takes a new approach to the flea market scene

Story by Meagan Ruffing P h o t o s b y S h e i l a Ha r r i s

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Who knew

there was such a trendy boutique right here in Mt. Vernon? there is a new fad popping up all over the country called, ‘the occasional market,’ and a couple of savvy business owners have put their hats in the ring.

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Kressy Brown and Linda McDonald decided to take their homegrown dreams of refurnishing flea market finds and turn them into reality. “i’ve done a lot of craft shows in the past,” says Kressy. “For a lot of years, several years, it’s been in my mind to

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do something like a shop. this has been 1012 years in the making.” So, when the two friends got together and agreed to move forward with their ideas, they started selling their treasures out of Linda’s barn in Sarcoxie. Kressy and Linda opened their doors in September 2012 and stayed open through november with a Christmas show. “We had a huge response,” says Kressy. “People loved it.” an occasional market is marketed more as an event than an actual store. the theme changes every month and the ladies ‘gear up’ in a sense, preparing the venue for their one-day-a-month open house. Kressy goes on to explain that they had only finished their Christmas show about a week or two before Linda had gotten word from a friend that there was an old house built in 1899 for sale in Mt. Vernon. “Within 10 minutes of seeing the house we decided this is what we needed to do, and we bought it,” says Kressy. after a few months of having the house rezoned to be used as a commercial building, Lola’s Vintage Market opened in april 2013. Since Kressy has a fulltime job as a paralegal, and Linda is a new retiree, both women knew that they did not want to commit to a store that was open all the time and, “i didn’t think that’s where the trend

“When I walk around the shop, I hear people say, ‘Every room is different.’ They are excited about being here.” linda McDonald

was going anyway,” says Kressy. “Prep work takes all month long,” explains Kressy. “We piddle more.” Kressy and Linda like to work on their pieces at their own homes and then meet up at the store to start staging each room. no room is ever set up the same way twice, and the ladies like to decorate the store around specific holidays. “We have contacts/pickers

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that find stuff for us,” says Kressy. “Finding stock is the biggest thing. With each room staged inside, sometimes people will end up buying the whole set because they like the way it’s been set up. if we have a great show, then we are empty. We have to find stuff for the next show.” the weekends of apple Butter Makin’ Days (aBMD) and Christmas have been

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their best sales to date. even though Lola’s is only open the first Saturday of each month from 8-4, they will stay open the entire length of the aBMD festival each october. the idea behind an occasional store is something that business owners are starting to catch on to. With less overhead, less employees to pay and a one-daya-month sale lends itself to a sense of urgency with shoppers. not knowing if the item they want will be there the next month gives people a sense of urgency to want to buy now. “When i walk around the shop,” says Linda. “i hear people say, ‘every room is different.’ they are excited about being here.” Lola’s has recently designated a room upstairs where customers can sit down for tea, with additional seating outside on the rooftop. an outside caterer makes a certain amount of baked goods, scones, muffins, breakfast food and coffee and then brings it to the store. once it’s gone, it’s gone. there is a special meaning behind the market’s name. ‘Lola’ used to be Linda’s grandmother’s name. “She was always my encourager,” remembers Linda. “She had 12 kids. She would always pull me aside and tell me how great i was. She always built me up. it meant something to me. Lola is an old fashioned vintage name, and it’s easy for people to remember.” the market has since widened its purchasing of old items from the tulsa, oklahoma area. Linda moved there after retiring and is able to buy pieces, fix them up and bring them back with her when staging the store for its next opening. “People come in and say that everything is affordable and our prices are reasonable,” says Linda. “We try to keep prices in the range where people can afford to buy in this economy. the stuff we have is more repurposed furniture. i like to change my furniture around too much to invest too much in it.” Since Kressy and Linda have a knack for staging, they have dabbled in a bit of interior decorating within the community and are currently offering their services,

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should you want them to come and redecorate your home. “I think Linda and I both have a passion for it [decorating],” says Kressy. “We both love to read decorating magazines. We’re constantly

going to stores where we love their displays. When it’s your passion, it’s stuff you’re already going to.” Linda says her love of decorating started when she was just a little girl. “My mother was really good about just letting me have a room to decorate.” “I think I kind of stumbled into it,” says Kressy. “I needed a creative outlet in my life.” The two ladies have been friends for 10 years and first met in a Bible study at church. “We complement each other in a lot of ways,” says Kressy. “We both have the same vision.” And their vision is so inspiring that there is usually a buzz around town among the locals as to who is going to Lola’s and when. What was once an ordinary shopping trip has now become an excursion where you can gather your girlfriends and make a morning or afternoon out of it. Pictures of the staged rooms are posted on Facebook about a week before the first Saturday of each month. All of the photos on Lola’s Facebook page show what has been staged thus far. If there is something you see in one of the pictures, you can always call to ask how much it is or to see if it is still available. “We’re not just rusty, crusty junk,” says Kressy. “Our store has a good mix that represents a lot of people’s style.” Lola’s Vintage Market is located at 505 South Hickory Street in Mount Vernon. n

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One was a soldier by julia Spencer-Fleming Reviewed by Anne Angle

Even though this mystery is another in the series of the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne stories, if you have never read any of the other books in the series, you will find this one compelling and easy to follow. The story begins with a counseling session. All the members of the group have returned from Iraq and none of them want to be there. Will, the youngest member, is now a double amputee. The oldest member of the group, Trip Stillman, is an orthopedic surgeon suffering from head trauma. Eric, an MP, is having difficulty controlling his explosive anger. The other two members of the group, and the clinical therapist leading the sessions, are women. Tally, a bookkeeper while in the service, appears to be being stalked by someone she had an affair with while in Iraq. Reverend Clare Fergusson, claims to be there to support the other members of the group, but she begins to realize she is trying to escape (through alcohol and drugs) from the memories of what she saw while serving as a combat helicopter pilot. ONE WAS A SOLDIER examines a serious societal issue as it focuses on the problems our military members face when returning home from combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East. The situational ethics dilemma seems to lurk in the deepest, darkest areas of the tormented minds of returning veterans, and this story helps the reader better understand the growing epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each of the characters mentioned above has adopted a different way of coping with the problem and eventually realizes his/

her need for professional help along the way and the benefit of communicating with others who have “been there-done that” in this band of brothers (and sisters) with military experience. As with all of Spencer-Fleming’s stories, this is a mystery. One of the veterans in the counseling group dies (suicide?) and the mystery begins there. Clare does not believe the death is suicide, but Russ, the Chief of Police in the small upstate New York community, does. Clare decides to do some investigating of her own and eventually the whole therapy group is caught up in the adventure as they uncover a plot to steal millions of dollars from the U. S. Government which involves high-ranking Army personnel. The dust jacket bio of Julia SpencerFleming tells us she is a recipient of Agatha, Anthony, Barry, Dilys, Gumshoe, and Macavity awards. All of these awards are

coveted mystery writer recognitions. Her books have appeared on the short list for the Edgar and Romantic Times awards also. Due to the theme of this story, I would recommend it as a Father’s Day gift. n

Anne Angle is a retired Cassville High School life sciences teacher. An avid reader, Anne is a member of Crowe’s Cronies Book Club based in Cassville.

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daughters weddings weeks

wo Daughters, two weddings, two weeks is too much! At this point, I knew I had helped raise these girls to be independent and resourceful. And for that I was thankful. I have to give you a little background on the girls and how their personalities played out for their unique wedding days.

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By Pam Wormington

Daughter #2 was the first to get married, she had been planning for several months and the details were perfectly Pinterest. As she stated, “if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” And she did, for the most part. Daughter #1 was the second to get married and she has yet to begun to procrastinate. I might add that she planned her wedding within a week. And yes, she was running late to her own wedding, which was no surprise to anyone. Daughter #2 had a theme of black, white, red and bling…a wedding with all the trimmings. Daughter #1 had a country theme and was married in a barn with everything simple. Both daughters were beautiful and we delighted in their happiness. Dad on the other hand, well once he is out from under the sedation, I will let you know. Actually, he did quite well from giving his blessings to the boys who asked for it, to walking his daughters down the aisle. Fortunately, the lump in his throat wasn’t so big that he couldn’t say who gives the bride. He even managed a daddy daughter dance. I might add, this is the man who learned to dance from Bill Cosby. We don’t typically let him dance in public. I had to laugh, when telling my dentist about 2 daughters, 2 weddings in 2 weeks. His response was “What were you thinking?” Oddly enough, no one asked!

From these events, I took away some funny and fabulous memories. I was asked by daughter #2, to not take up the whole page in the guest book entitled “Advice from the parents of the bride.” Remember, there are four parents that have to write on this one little page. Perhaps she thinks I am a bit wordy. I cherished that June 2014

‘our’ wedding song was played again at daughter #1’s wedding, what a special gift to her dad and I. And when push comes to shove, I learned a new phrase, “put it in Pam mode.” I’ll take that as my daughters’ interpretation of Get-R-Done. I am usually up for a challenge and change but this one, or shall I say two, has me constantly thinking about details such as: with two sons-in-law, will the Christmas budget double and now what am I going to do with those four matching stockings? Glad I bought two additional chairs for the dining room table. What kind of marital advice will I give my daughters? I think the “boys have cooties” speech is out-dated at this point. Come to think about it, maybe they weren’t listening when I delivered that speech. To my readers and mentors, I cherish you and any survival tips you can share. In the midst of the wedding planning and preparation, I got to step back and watch two grown girls play out their dreams, make decisions on their own, have a tantrum or two. Then, at the end of the day, they were married to the men they love and desire to spend the rest of their life with here on earth. The men whom we have prayed for over the years long before we even knew their names, the men we trust to be the spiritual leaders of their home and the men whom will protect and provide for our daughters. Springtime on the farm means green grass, baby calves and flowers. This year our herd increased beyond our expectations and once again, we are thankful. n Pam Wormington is a city girl by birth, and a farm girl by marriage. She lives in the country, with husband Kirk, and two step-daughters, Nicole and Kimberly. Though she grew up as a Navy “brat,” and moved many times and swore never to marry a farmer or rancher, or live in a small town, God had different plans. Pam loves her life in the country, and admits, “There is never a dull moment in our lives; however, I do wish for them occasionally.”

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Fixing fender-benders and righting wrong turns Celebrating a decade of treating people right Story and photos by Kerry Hays


t started out like a hundred other family meals for a teenaged Ken Cieslinsky. Mom fixed the dinner, the family prayed, and then began to eat a wonderful feast. It wasn’t long though when Ken realized that this wasn’t going to be just any ordinary meal. “We were just getting done eating dinner, and I was probably 13 or 14 years old,” Ken recalled. “ Mom and dad knew I didn’t particularly like school and we were again about done eating dinner when they said, ‘Whenever you get the dishes done, we need to talk to you out on the front porch. ‘We got done eating, mom and dad moved away from the dinner table, and I commenced to asking my brother and sister; ‘What kind of mud do you got on me,’ because I didn’t know I’d done anything wrong. Lord knows I’d done plenty, but not

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that I knew I got caught at. I had no idea, I didn’t know what was going on.” Once the dishes were done, Ken slowly made his way out to the porch where his parents asked the question that would profoundly change the direction of his life. “I went out front and mom and dad asked, ‘What are you going to do with your life,” shared Ken, who credits this conversation with setting him on a path that would lead him into a job that would eventually become his career. Ken’s dad was an auto mechanic and this was something that Ken knew he didn’t want to do for the rest of his life. It was while he was attending a technical school near St. Louis that Ken met a teacher named Willis Sansoucie who offered him an opportunity that would start him on his occupational journey.

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“He asked me if I worked, and I said that I did,” Ken remembered. “He asked me if I would be interested in going to work in a body shop. I told him that I didn’t know anything about it, and he said; ‘That’s what you’re here for, and you’ll never learn better than in a shop.’” Ken would learn the trade and worked near St Louis before moving to southwest Missouri in 1992. He was 22 years old when this event occurred and his career advanced to a different level. “I only worked in two places up there before I moved down to Cassville,” Ken said. “I worked there for about five years and then the school of hard knocks started – running a business at a relatively young age.”

“As I still say today... it’s not rocket science what we do. It’s just about customer service. In this customer service business, all we do is fix cars in the process.”

This partnership would last about 10 years at which time Ken would sell his interest in the business and take a job as an adjuster for a local insurance company. It was always his intention to open another company on his own, and his three years as an adjuster would serve him well when the time came. Ken’s reputation in collision repair and his commitment to excellence was something that local residents found hard to forget. When he decided it was time to start his own shop, one conversation led to another, and Ken’s Collision Center suddenly became a reality in July of 2004. “It was just people who didn’t bat an eye on what I would consider to be the most basic business plan – simply to repair cars correctly and treat people the way I wanted to be treated,” said Ken. The reaction of the community to the opening of Ken’s Collision Center far exceeded expectations. It was also during this time that Ken met a person that

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would eventually become his wife - Leesa Cieslinsky. Leesa initially worked part-time from home on her days off, but the demand soon required more of her time. “I told Leesa that I’ve got some stuff that you can help me with, but I don’t know if I can sustain full-time [work],” said Ken. “She’s been an absolute blessing because there’s no way that I could take care of the paperwork the way she takes care of it.” A 6,000-square-foot shop was more than Ken and Leesa thought they would ever need. Ten years later, “treating people right” has translated into a need for more space to streamline their procedures and better serve the needs of their customers. “It became a challenge processing cars the way they should be processed,” Ken shared. “It wasn’t the most efficient operation.” Ken and Leesa’s eyes were opened while sharing their experiences with others from around the country. They were invited to a meeting held by Mike Anderson from Virginia, who offered suggestions on how

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to improve their delivery of service. “That guy just barely touched the surface of our business, and he started breaking down barriers that Leesa and I weren’t even aware of being true barriers on generating and turning the cars out that we were capable of turning out,” Ken shared. “He was somewhat astounded at the numbers we were churning out by the way we were operating.” These new ideas and processes became a reality earlier this year when Ken and Leesa decided to expand their business space in an effort to offer their customers a better – and more efficient experience. “The parts will come into the parts department and be checked in by Lance, our parts guy and placed on parts carts,” said Leesa. “Everything will be there so that when the vehicle comes in, he’ll check it into our system, and all he has to do is take the parts cart to wherever this vehicle is going to start the teardown process. This will create one smooth easy flow.”

In addition to streamlining their processes, a new space will also be made available for any customers who need to wait for their vehicles. “We try not to make them wait too long,” said Leesa, “but if they do have to wait for just a little bit they’ll have a nice place.” Members of the community will have an opportunity to see the many changes at Ken’s Collision Center later this month when Ken and Leesa will host an open house on the June 27. “Our paint people will bring barbecue down so we’re going to have food,” said Leesa, “We’ll have a live broadcast from Talon Radio Group, and then we’ll just plan it to be an open house all day if people want to come in and take a tour. We’ll also have giveaways.” Ken looks to a future where he and Leesa can continue to serve a community that has embraced them with open arms. He also knows that being true to his core beliefs is what will hopefully bring more success. n

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the burt family, from left: nathan, Samantha, tatum, Carson, libby and baylen

Dear Daddy One of the many sentiments floating around this time of year on Pinterest, coffee mugs, T-shirts and cards declares, “Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad.” On Sunday, June 15, countless dads across the country will read these and similar sayings, feel the warmth of tiny arms wrapped around their necks and hear the three most beautiful words in the universe whispered into their ears, “I love you.”

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Blessed indeed are those children who get to spend Father’s Day loving on their dads and showering gratitude and affection on their first and greatest hero. Sadly, not everyone is so fortunate. according to a report published by the Fathers and Families Coalition, approximately 150,000 military fathers will spend this special day a world away from those they hold dearest ( among them is nathan Burt from Purdy. nathan and his wife, Samantha, the music teacher at Purdy elementary, met at a young single adult group at their church. Samantha recalls, “We hung out at a dance with a mutual friend. We ended up spending most of the evening together, and less than two months later we were married.” the Burts will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in September, but they will do it approximately 7,500 miles apart. nathan was deployed to afghanistan in February as a member of the 276th Vertical engineer Company in


the army national guard. He will continue to serve for the next seven months. During their first 12 years together nathan and Samantha began to expand their brigade, which now includes five beautiful children. Tatum, a fifth-grader at Purdy Middle School; Carson, a second-grader at Purdy Elementary; Amarie, a first-grader at Purdy elementary; Libby, a preschooler at Purdy and 2-year-old Baylen won’t get to wish their daddy a Happy Father’s Day in person this year, but nathan’s absence is also felt in the normal days. the older Burt children are keeping journals containing letters to their daddy, in which they share those ordinary, everyday moments that end up being the most precious of memories. they don’t want their daddy to miss a thing. Samantha graciously shared with me a sampling of their journal entries. as you read them please remember that the Burts are experiencing this separation to provide you and me the freedom we enjoy, yet often take for granted. ConneCtion Magazine | 25

Carson Burt Carson Burt is all boy. A second-grade student in Mrs. Rodden’s class, Carson recently seized the honor of being the first Burt child to suffer a broken bone. He fell out of a tree and broke a bone in his wrist on a growth plate. Nathan had to lend support from far away during the doctor’s appointments, the surgery and the casting.

Dear Dad, My favorite thing about you is that you help us fix things. I miss you, Dad. When can you come back? When you come back to our house we will be super duper happy. You are the best young adult that is a boy. Please come home in one piece. Thanks for serving our country. My wrist is amazing. Bye. See you next year.

Love, Carson Burt

Libby Burt Libby Burt is a capricious 4-year-old who attends Mrs. Ball’s Purdy Preschool Class. Nathan is missing out on some serious story time with Libby on his knee.

nathan and Samantha burt

Dear Daddy, Amerie Burt I miss you, Daddy. We say Amarie Burt is a rambunctious, fun-loving first-grader in Mrs. Stanford’s class. She just started taking piano lessons. Amarie recently passed her bye-bye dad, and he leaves. Math test, qualifying to go on a special field trip that Nathan won’t We sleep and he’s gone. When Monster get to attend. he gets home, he comes over Dear Dad, here. We share candy with You are the best dad. I miss you, Dad. I love Daddy. He is hungry. Daddy you, Dad. I like snuggling with you. I miss reads with us, and we hug him. playing with you. I started piano lessons. What We play. We love Daddy. are you doing? I love you, Dad. I love you. Amarie Libby 26 | ConneCtion Magazine

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Tatum Burt


Tatum is a quiet, thoughtful fifth-grade student, who, like her mother, is a gifted musician. She performs in the school choir, Eagle Echoes, and plays in the fifth-grade band. On April 24, Tatum received a medal from Purdy Middle School Principal Janet Boys for maintaining membership on the A/B Honor Roll throughout the entire school year. Nathan didn’t get to watch as the medal fell around her neck.

Dear Dad, My favorite thing about you is that you take care of our family with care. I miss you! I hope a year goes by fast. I miss building fun stuff with you. I hope you can come back to our happy, crazy, fun and loud home soon. Did you know I’m in piano now? I hope to hear from you soon. Love, Tatum Burt

While nathan Burt serves our country in afghanistan, Samantha Burt serves here at home. Her sacrifice is no less difficult than Nathan’s. She must play multiple roles – mother, father, mechanic, handyman, landscape artist, doctor and drill sergeant, to name just a few. nathan is a hero, but the hero at home makes his sacrifice possible by holding down the fort. “usually we tag-team with the kids, and now i’m running solo. often when i start getting frustrated with a situation he can step in all calm and collected or vice-versa. now, i get to be the one to take care of all the maintenance of the house, cars etc. i’m starting to realize that there is a lot that i never had to worry about.” Samantha confides that her greatest struggles occur when she sees the sadness on her children’s faces when their dad isn’t there for special moments, and, “not having my best friend to talk to.” How does she do it? among other things, Samantha credits modern technologies, such as Skype, that allow her family to communicate with nathan on a regular basis, as well as involvement with other wives of deployed soldiers and the Family Readiness group, which keeps her informed and connected. She also leans heavily on family, especially her mom,

Patty Halbmaier. “She kind of stands in as a second parent, helping me more than any daughter deserves.” Samantha is also deeply grateful for the community support she receives. “i know that everyone says they live in the best place, but i know for sure that what i have experienced in Purdy is not normal in other areas. So many people have stepped in and helped without me even asking. i can’t begin to tell you how many acts of service people have already blessed me with – someone going to my house while i was at work to fold my pile of laundry, another bringing a plate of cookies on a rough day, and another showing up with her lawnmower and making my lawn look amazing – they’re just a few examples.” above all, Samantha points to her faith in god and the prayers people speak on behalf of her family as the ultimate sources of strength during nathan’s deployment. “i can feel the prayers of so many people working in our lives. there is no way i would be able to go through this without the peace that i am receiving as an answer to many, many prayers. We grow from our trials. When i think about nathan’s deployment like that, it all seems doable. i know that i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


the burt children with their grandparents at the purdy Music department’s 5K fundraiser, rock the Color. from left: amarie burt; patty halbmaier; darald halbmaier; tatum burt; Carson burt. in front: libby burt

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What will you be doing on June 15, 2014? if you’re blessed like me, you’ll be hugging your daddy’s neck, telling him you love him and thanking him for being your hero. However, i plan to add to my celebration of Father’s Day this year. after loving my own dad i’m going to take time to say a special prayer for nathan and the other 149,999 dads who don’t get to spend Father’s Day and many other days with their families because they’re protecting our freedom, and i’m going to ask god to bless their families – the heroes at home – and provide for them the strength and resources they need to make it through to homecoming day. i hope you’ll join me. n ConneCtion Magazine | 27

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cientific studies point directly to the downside of feeding cheap dogfood and treats made from unnatural processes and products to our so-called best friends. The more understanding we have about how quality food for our companion animals has a direct correlation to the quality of life they receive, the more concerns and questions there are about where that food comes from. Cliff and Kim Przybyl asked the same question and did something about it. The Przybyls are the owners and creators of LuvBites, heart-shaped, all natural dog treats that are made in small batches in their large home kitchen on beautiful Table Rock Lake. The preservative, sugar and salt free treats are made with only natural ingredients, such as spring water, rolled oats, molasses, vitamin E and fruit. They are delicious and healthy for dogs, as well as people. LuvBites was born to provide the Przybyls’ dog, Arrow, healthy alternatives to existing options. The multitude of commercial pet snack and bone recalls set this force in motion. Seeking a treat that was both healthy and affordable, the Przybyls began baking treats themselves, and a few of the neighborhood dogs took part as their test subjects. Soon, the dogs were visiting June 2014

“The important point is to know and trust your treat company’s commitment to purity and quality control.” Dr. Karen Becker Proactive and Integrative Wellness Veterinarian

In 2014, there have been at least five pet food or treat recalls and over 30 were issued in 2013. quite frequently and the treats were being shared locally with friends. The treats are created with home-baked, simple, wholesome ingredients, and sealed with printed packaging that can be shipped throughout the United States. They produce 70 to 100 pounds of snacks per month, and the brand is starting to take flight. They are now accepting orders on their website, which is making the treats more available has truly expanded the LuvBites reach. Now, with three peanut butter varieties available: banana, pumpkin and oatmeal, the LuvBites brand has grown at a comfortable pace since the fall of 2012. A recently opened

retail location also stocks other pet items such as doggy life preservers, bones, leashes and dog and cat toys, all below suggested retail price. With no large box store within miles, The Wee Flea Market fills a need in the area, and makes available healthy treats at an outlet price, usually half the cost of ordering online. “We wanted to fill a need and keep prices affordable for our neighbors,” Kim states. “We love giving back to the community.” The couple moved to the Ozarks nearly 10 years ago after vacationing here for 25 years and falling in love with the area. They have been involved in many aspects of the Shell Knob community and feel that these little heart-shaped treats

are just another way to show their love and commitment to a better world for people and their pets. Haven of the Ozarks, a no-kill dog and cat shelter located in Washburn, Missouri, is happy to receive treats supplied by the Przybyl s. The shelter staff stated that the dogs, “love the homemade snacks a lot more than the conventional variety.” The new K-9 unit of Central Crossing Fire Protection District of Shell Knob also benefits from the wholesomeness of LuvBites, and its mission to provide healthy options. They receive a portions of retail sales, and

treats are often donated to their department. “We are extremely grateful for the support from the Przybyls,” said Chief Rusty Rickard. “They have been here for us since day one, and the dogs love the treats, which we use to train and reward.” You can visit The Wee Flea Market, a cute little space that houses a big idea, seven days a week. Selling from a small booth inside Treasures Then and Now Antique and Flea Market on Highway 39 in Shell Knob, Cliff and Kim share their heartfelt creations with the Ozarks and provide a solution to a growing need in a niche market. n

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The start to a culinary journey for Dr. Quinalty STORY AND PHOTOS BY KERRY HAYS


EOPLE RELOCATE TO the area for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the draw of family or friends. For others, it’s the opportunity for a job, retirement, or a chance for new beginnings. Sometimes the decision takes careful planning and years to make. Sometimes the simple ringing of a telephone makes the decision for you. It was the early 1970s and Larry Quinalty had just spent three years studying in the graduate program at the University of Missouri in Columbia. It was time to find a job and Larry was offered interviews in two places – Cassville and Farmington, a much larger community located on the opposite side of the state.


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“When I came here to interview, Jim Ford was the superintendent,” Larry recalled. “I walked in, they asked me to sit down and he said; ‘Your interview may not be as long as you think it ought be because we only have one question. We’ve already seen your credentials and we’ve already read your letters of recommendation. We only have one question, what do you think about America?’ Taken aback; Larry didn’t know how to initially respond. He took a few moments to collect his thoughts and started to speak. “I don’t remember what I said, Larry remembered. “I talked for about four or five minutes and said; ‘That’s what I think about America.’ They thanked me and told me they would be in touch. I drove from there all the way to Farmington, Missouri. I had my interview there and when it was done they told me they would be in touch. Well, Cassville called first.” Larry has become an integral part of the community fabric in the southwest Missouri Ozarks since moving to the area. Earning a doctorate, “Dr. Q” as his students fondly referred to him retired from Cassville High School and currently teaches at Crowder College. He has published a short novella, two novels and two volumes with Dutch oven cooking recipes. A third volume is expected to be made available later this summer. His diverse experiences in childhood have provided inspiration for his varied interests as an adult. Born in Seminole, Oklahoma, Larry’s Native

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American heritage continues to serve as an important influence in his life. Descended from the Cherokee tribe on his father’s side, his early childhood would be spent surrounded by native cultures. “My dad was the smartest man I ever knew,” Larry shared. “He made it through the eighth grade and then he left so he could help support the family. My dad was known for his word, he was known for his knowledge, and he was known for the respect that people gave him.” Larry’s father was transferred to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, as Larry was just entering high school. This was in the largest county in the state

and home to the Osage Tribal Council with many of his friends being members of the tribe. It was from his mother and grandmother, though, that Larry would learn the skills that would become his passion later in life. “My mom was as smart as tack and a fantastic cook,” Larry recalled. “Of course, she learned from her mom who was a master baker. She baked pies from sunup to sunset at a downtown shop in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where everybody went for lunch. My uncle ran it and she would drive up from Seminole and make pies all day. Man, was she good. My mother taught me how to make gravy, and then she taught me how to make potato soup.”

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The cooking lessons learned from his mother would serve as a foundation for a lifetime of exploring and creating recipes from around the world. For Larry, it all began while hiking with his sons on a Boy Scout event in New Mexico. “We had hiked for half a day at a location called Black Mountain,” Larry shared. “The only way to get there was to approach it from one end of the canyon or the other. You can stop about halfway and so we did at a real log cabin because it was raining. I hadn’t even gone down to the campsite yet and a woman named Penny came out and said; ‘Hi, you’ve got two sons that work here don’t you? What do they talk about eating when they get home?’ I think she overheard them talking and she wanted to see what I would say. I said; ‘I think they want potato soup.’” It would take awhile and some ingenuity, but the ingredients were found and Larry would cook up a batch of his mom’s recipe. This one event would extend his reputation as a cook to all of the scout groups camping that summer. “I fed them fresh potato soup and the word spread,” Larry remembered. “When I got back to base camp to check out certain people came over to me who had been at camps where I had cooked. They told me they really enjoyed my cooking and hoped that I would come back.” Larry did come back three times that summer and groups would ask that his itinerary be changed so that he would be available to cook for them.

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“A person who wants to know Dutch oven cooking needs to be open to suggestions and be patient. There are some people who think it ought to be done just one way. Look at grandmas, they didn’t always measure stuff.”

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“That one time at Black Mountain making potato soup started the whole thing,” Larry recalled. “I cooked for six different staff camps and people would even hike from nearby staff camps to come over. They claimed that they could smell the food.” Larry would use the experiences gained that summer to provide some of the recipes found in the first volume of his Dutch oven cookbook. Subsequent recipes would come from his experiences traveling to various countries throughout the world. “Every time I go to a country, I always try to taste their food,” Larry said. “If there’s a flavor I just fall in love with, I come back and try to create it. There are recipes in my books from most of the countries I been to that I’ve customized for the Dutch oven.” Larry has traveled to every continent in the world and his upcoming third volume features a very unique discovery. “In my third cookbook there’s one that is a chicken dish from Kilimanjaro,” Larry shared. “I tasted it and learned how to do it in the middle of the Serengeti prairie. I couldn’t believe how good it was and I asked for the cook. He came out and took the back of an envelope to write down the five or six main things. The rest of it we shared.” Larry’s books can be found for sale in a variety of places around Cassville. About two years ago, his Dutch oven books were selected to be sold

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in several national parks. Five national parks and battlefields currently sell each of the volumes because they fit so closely with the period being preserved at those locations. Larry also teaches Dutch oven classes in a variety of settings around the area. His biggest suggestion for anyone just starting out is to be patient.

“A person who wants to know Dutch oven cooking needs to be open to suggestions and be patient,” Larry said. “There are some people who think it ought to be done just one way. Look at grandmas, they didn’t always measure stuff.” Through it all, Larry remains a teacher at heart and he loves sharing what he’s

learned along the way. His life has been guided by a quote from John Steinbeck. “The introduction to my dissertation has a quote that says; ‘A person is lucky in their lifetime if they have had two or three real teachers,’ said Larry. “I guess after some of the successes I’ve had, I wanted to be a real teacher.” n

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A passion for pa in t in g The creation and birth of a watercolor artist Story and photos by Sheila Harris

Watercolor artist, Carol Shipman, has traveled down many paths in pursuit of an outlet for her creativity. Her single-minded determination to be creative, however, has been the key, which has unlocked doors.

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While growing up in the Hornor community south of Cassville, she doesn’t remember even having any crayons until she started to kindergarten, although, she admits, her memory may be faulty. “I didn’t realize I was lacking anything at the time,” she laughed. “And, really, I wasn’t. Living south of Cassville, in the most beautiful corner of Missouri, I had the entire outdoors – all of the hills and flowers and trees for my playground. They soaked into my soul and provided me with everything I needed to be creative.” “Of course, my grandma helped out a lot,” she continued. “She made me plenty of homemade glue out of flour and water, and I became a scavenger. I was always outside, on the lookout for feathers, wild flowers and other treasures that I could glue onto paper to make collages. Grandma thought my collages were beautiful, and that was all that counted. She set me on my way to becoming an artist.” While many artists begin to develop their talent during junior high and high school, Carol, much to her chagrin, was never able to enroll in a high school art class. “Because my father had a job, which required regular moves, by the time I

enrolled in a new school, the art classes were always already filled,” she stated. “That was something I really regretted.” As a young woman, Carol did take an art class in college, though, before marrying and moving to Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where her husband, Joe, was stationed in the military. While staying home with the couple’s newborn son, Terry, Carol began making designer clothes for Barbie dolls as an outlet for her creativity, a craft she pursued until she tried her hand at painting. The Barbie clothes then quickly fell by the wayside. “I tried painting with acrylics first, but I didn’t like them at all,” stated Carol. “Even though I gave them a fair trial, they just never felt comfortable to me. Later, I switched to oil paints and was amazed by how silky-smooth and buttery the oils felt when compared to acrylics.” Carol’s first work with oils involved decorative tole painting on metal and wood surfaces, which she later laid aside in favor of painting on canvas. After the Shipmans moved back to Southwest Missouri and settled north of Monett, Carol began offering private oil-painting lessons, an ideal way of combining her love for art

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“Painting with watercolors can be a rather costly hobby, and it’s tempting to try to pinch pennies. But whatever you do, never cut corners with your brushes and paint. Spend whatever you need to for top quality in both of these products. You can use cheap brushes and paint, but it’s kind of like trying to bake a cake with a sledgehammer.”

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with being a stay-at-home mom for young daughters, Leslie and Heather. However, after several years of working with oils, Carol noticed the paint fumes were making her ill and decided another change in medium was in order. This time she opted for watercolor paints, which offered vivid hues bound in a water-soluble base. Although watercolor paintings are highly favored by many artists because of their luminous, and often transparent, qualities, the medium has a well-earned reputation for being challenging to work with. “At first, I was a little intimidated by the thought of painting with watercolors,” declared Carol, “and with good reason. The water, when added to paint, is like a wild card. It adds an element of uncertainty to any project you envision. You may have an image in your mind of exactly what you want to create, but half of the time, the paints, when mixed with water, have a mind of their own, and you have to take a different direction than the one you originally intended. That can be frustrating, or it can be very exciting … kind of like opening a package on Christmas morning, not knowing for sure what’s inside. Personally, I’ve found that I love that element of surprise!” Although there are several techniques, which can be learned for painting with watercolors, fundamentally, the key is to learn how to anticipate the movement of the paint on the paper when it’s combined with water, then use that movement to achieve the desired result. After her kids graduated from high school, at the recommendation of Pierce City artist Becky Golubski, Carol began taking watercolor lessons from Eloise De Laval in Joplin, who became her friend and mentor. “I learned more from Eloise in one day than I have ever learned anywhere else,” exclaimed Carol. “She is one of the most energetic women I have ever known, and her enthusiasm really set off a corresponding passion in me for painting with watercolors.” Carol’s first watercolor work was a painting of her nephew’s feet when he was a baby, based on a sketch she had drawn in church. The painting, entitled Wyatt’s Piggies, now occupies a place of honor on her dining room wall.

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Carol’s work was first displayed at the Spiva Membership Show at the Spiva Art Center in Joplin about 10 years ago. Much to her delight, both of her entries were sold in the annual fundraising event. “I was surprised and thrilled,” declared Carol. “At first, there’s always an element of uncertainty about whether the public will like your work as much as you enjoy doing it, so when you sell a piece, it really validates you.” “Let me clarify something right now, though,” she laughed. “I don’t think it’s possible to ever get rich being an artist. I’ve found that, instead, you have to pay. But when you love to paint, you have to do it, even if you do have to pay.” Experimenting with different painting techniques is also something Carol loves. She’s not afraid to try anything at least once. “I used my husband’s air compressor for several of my paintings,” declared Carol, with obvious glee. “Of course, I had to work outside. It’s a good thing I did, because it made a horrible mess, but it was exciting to see the way the paint responded to the blasts of compressed air. I could never have achieved that look any other way.”

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Carol also ventures into new territory occasionally by creating whimsical collages as she did in her childhood, this time using a background of Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and found objects, such as buttons, cogs and even small pieces of silverware, to add both texture and interest. Her studio is a veritable treasure trove, containing

drawers upon shelves of small objects she’s collected over the years, simply because she likes them and would like to use them in a painting someday. Since Carol’s first entries at the Spiva Membership Show, her work has been shown numerous times in various local and national venues, including the Thomas Hart Benton Show, and The Southwest Art Alliance Show at Crowder College in Neosho, where she has won several Excellent ratings in Experimental Art. Her work has also been displayed at the Not-So-Square Art Festival and Keen Bean Coffee House in Mt. Vernon, Bookmarks in Pierce City, as well as in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building. In 2009, on a whim, she entered a painting in the International Society of Experimental Artists Show, where it was purchased by a buyer in Pennsylvania. It also tickles Carol to tell people that she even has a piece on display in Strasbourg, France. “It’s always surprises me when people recognize my work,” declared Carol. “I don’t think about it as being unique, but every painting has a little bit of me in it, and I guess it shows through.” Carol’s work, including a piece created with the air compressor, is currently on display at Utopian Bean Coffee House and Café in Purdy. To make arrangements for private watercolor lessons, she may be contacted at 417-235-7471. n

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Late in 1964, when gospel music was in its heyday, brothers-in-law Art Negre and Norman Spain decided to form a new quartet. Each had been with a quartet previously, which had disbanded for one reason or another. Art sang baritone, with Norman singing lead, so they needed a tenor, a bass and a piano player. Both attended Ken’s sister, Sharon Clifton, was an accomplished pianist and her husband, Loren, sang bass. The only drawback was they were singing with another quartet at the time, but they agreed to practice with the three until the guys could find someone else. Sharon, who had been singing with the other group, was now playing the piano, her first love, and Loren’s bass blended perfectly with Art, Norman and Ken. After much prayer, Sharon and Loren joined the June 2014

Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, and, after some inquiries, found that a fellow attendee, Ken Hall, had sung tenor in small ensembles and choir in high school before graduation the previous year. He was approached; they sang some close harmony, and a quartet, lacking a bass and piano player, was born!

group, and the rest, as they say, is history! The quartet sang often at their home church, Macedonia, but began to be in demand for revivals around the area. It was not unusual for the group to be singing somewhere five to six nights a week, with a practice session on the off night . . .and this was with all members and spouses holding full time day jobs! The local Monett radio station, KRMO, invited the quartet to do a 30 minute radio

show on Saturday mornings, sponsored by Fred Bounous Oil. Their theme song was, “It’s A Great, Great Morning, That First Day In Heaven.” Taping of the show usually took place on Friday evenings, or whichever night the group was not booked to sing. Norman left the group after a couple of years and Janie Morlan joined the quartet. Janie was a 13-year-old student at Purdy School at the time, but had a powerful voice that fit the group. Connection Magazine | 55

Pop singers of today have their “groupies”, but so did the Messengers! There were several people from the Monett-Purdy area who enjoyed the quartet and made a point to attend area revivals when the group sang. A couple of times, when the group sang at a particularly small church, the quartet, spouses and followers outnumbered the church congregation!

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One particular time, the group was asked to sing at a small church outside Rogersville. Because of its isolated location, one of the church members said he would meet the quartet at a convenience store in Rogersville and lead everyone to the church. Not realizing just how far out of Rogersville the church was located, the quartet members did not allow enough time to get to the church. When they arrived at

Rogersville, the church member was frantic, knowing there were several miles yet to travel. And what miles . . .crossing a creek with no bridge, a one-lane road for much of the trip – you get the picture! Upon arrival at the church, however, the group was warmly welcomed and even had supper prepared for all! Earl Blansit, the evangelist, often requested The Messengers sing at his revivals. On this occasion, the revival was at his own church, Oak Ridge, located at the top of one of the cuts on Highway 65 between Springfield and Branson. It was the dead of winter and sleet was falling heavily when the quartet started out from Purdy. The roads became worse and worse the farther they went, and it took more than two hours to make the trip. Slipping and sliding up the hill to the church, everyone commented on the lack of crowd; there was only one car in the parking lot, Earl Blansit’s. Church had, of course, been called off due to the weather, but, since this was before cell phones, the weary travelers had no way of knowing this. And, since they had promised to sing, they made the trip! A Friday evening trip to sing at a revival in a Tulsa suburb turned into a house party, when the pastor of the church, Bill Ketchum and his wife, Jessie, invited the quartet to spend the night. There was lots of good food and good fellowship before the group headed back to Missouri the following afternoon. Former State Senator Emory Melton is a big fan of gospel music and is an accomplished bass singer himself. He and his wife, Jean, invited the quartet to come practice at their home on a Saturday evening when they were not booked to sing anywhere. It was a fun evening of music and visiting, with Senator Melton joining in on several numbers. Because the members of the quartet felt they had been called by God to sing for Him, the group seldom turned down a request to sing at a church. Consequently, they sang for all denominations, from Pentecostal to Presbyterian and most everything in between. They sang from Springdale to Tulsa to Branson to St. Louis (and places like Carr Lane and Easyville, too small to even be on a map!). They also sang June 2014

The Messengers performing in August, 1969.

at fundraisers, political rallies and chicken barbecues, always singing the gospel, or good news, about Jesus. When Albert E. Brumley organized his first all-night gospel sing in Springdale, Arkansas, in 1969, The Messengers, along with another local quartet, The Morlan Family, were invited to sing. It was heady stuff appearing on the same stage with the greats of gospel music: J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet; Hovie Lister and the Statesmen; The Blackwood Brothers and others. The Messengers were invited back a second year and it was just as aweinspiring as the first. When the Stamps Quartet appeared in Neosho, The Messengers were the opening act. The group also sang in a several-week American Idol-type talent contest, held at Fantastic Caverns in Springfield, taking second place behind the Foggy River Boys of Branson. In 1969, the quartet decided to record some of their best songs. This was before the Branson phenomenon, so the closest studio was in Flora, Illinois, up by St. Louis. The group left early on a Saturday morning (think 4:00 a.m.) and recorded 12 songs for their first album, returning home that evening (actually, the next morning, since it was 2:00 a.m.!) in time for church on Sunday. June 2014

Sharon put the thoughts and feelings of the quartet very succinctly when she did the write-up for the album cover. She said “There is another one who goes with The Messengers wherever they go and that one is Jesus. It is to Him that this album is dedicated and The Messengers sincerely hope that through some song

you will be blessed and drawn closer to Him.” In 1972, Ken Hall left the group to continue his education and the face of the quartet changed once again. Emmett Poindexter, from Carthage, joined the group, and The Messengers continued to sing for the glory of God; however, due to changing times and family circumstances, the group disbanded in 1977. After a hiatus of several years, four of the original Messengers began singing again: Sharon and Loren Clifton, Art Negre and Ken Hall. Sharon played, as before, but also sang alto, with Art on lead, Ken on tenor and Loren on bass. Singing was done mostly at Macedonia, but the group did do a few outside appearances. As the guys said, “We’re getting too old to sing for long at any one time.” Due to the serious illness of one of the members of the quartet,* the group is no longer performing, but all agree it has been a great 50 years. The legacy lives on, however. Doug Clifton, the son of Sharon and Loren, formed his own group, New Road, and gospel music to the glory of God continues. n Sharon Clifton passed away on April 3, 2014. A shining star of gospel music is now singing with the angels.

The Messengers performing at Macedonia Church in June, 2013.

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1 cup blanched slivered almonds 2 tbsp sesame seeds 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 1 head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 1 8-ounce package crumbled feta cheese 1 4-ounce can sliced black olives 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced 6 fresh mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup grated romano cheese 1 (8 ounce) bottle italian salad dressing Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the almonds in the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned. When the almonds are beginning to turn, add sesame seeds, and cook 1 more minute, or until seeds are toasted. in a large salad bowl, combine lettuce with feta cheese, olives, almonds, sesame seeds, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and Romano cheese. When ready to serve, toss with italian dressing.

French Pineapple Cream Dessert 1/2 cup butter, creamed 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 egg yolks, beaten 2 egg whites Vanilla Wafers 1 no. 2 can crushed pineapple 1 cup Cool Whip 8 macaroons More Cool Whip for topping Cream 1/2 cup butter, with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add 2 beaten egg yolks. Beat 2 egg whites until they reach a soft peak and add to the mixture. Roll 1/2 lb. Vanilla Wafers until real fine and line a dish with 3/4 of them. Spread the mixture over the crumbs. Drain 1 no. 2 can crushed pineapple and add 1 cup Cool Whip and 8 crumbled macaroons and spread this over the mixture. Cover with the remaining vanilla wafer crumbs. Let stand overnight in the refrigerator and top with whipped cream or Cool Whip before serving. ConneCtion Magazine | 59



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f You are TraVelInG In souTh barry County, take a detour just past the railroad tracks on west hwy. 90 in Washburn to Mama Mango’s for a gourmet burger experience. though general Manager, Stephanie ridenoure says, “the most popular burger is probably a toss-up between our Cheeseburger, the Mushroom Swiss burger or the Wildcat,” there are several burger varieties on the menu to suit your flavor cravings. The Wildcat is capable of taming a huge appetite with it’s double meat, double cheese, cheddar, pepper-jack, bacon, jalapeno, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion.

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the menu features several specialty burgers, including the Mama’s Southwest burger, with mushrooms, bacon, cheddar, swiss, green chilis and grilled onions, and the gus burger with bacon, fried egg, cheddar and sauteed onion. “our owner, Stan’s, favorite burger is the gus burger with the fried egg. When we are training a new cook, he will always test them by having them make a gus burger,” shared Stephanie. “My favorite would have to be the Mushroom Swiss burger. We use fresh mushrooms, slice them and gently saute them on the grill, and we use really good Swiss cheese.”

Stephanie goes on to explain, “We add a secret blend of spices, hand form our patties and weigh them out at 5 to 5.2 ounces. We start the process fresh daily, and typically make our own buns too.” they also make a special in-house sauce to top their burgers, and have their own seasoned batter for their onion rings, as well as three different seasoned homefries. owners, Stanley and amanda dotson, moved to the Washburn location after making a partnership with the owners of ollies this-n-that flea Market and Consignment auction. the collaboration June 2014 2014 June



has worked to benefit both in bringing business to each other. “We are open tuesday – friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on their auction nights we are open till late. We are also open for lunch on Saturdays. the shaved ice stand is open seven days a week, and during the summer, we are open as long as we need to be,” said Stephanie. Stephanie also explained that they will reserve for parties and events, “We have amusements, including the bounce house, and will reserve that for two hours, and serve 20 small shaved ice for $75. We will also include grill packages if there is interest.” though the shaved ice stand June 2014 2014 June

is permanent, the grill shack is mobile, and the site in Washburn is their base of operation, “We are available for all events and have done corporate occasions and catering.” Specializing in gourmet burgers and a variety of shaved ice is just a small piece of the pie, they also have fun making special fried treats, such as fried twinkies and fried Snickers, “it can be tricky to fry a Snickers, but we have worked on a technique to fry it, and cook the batter without the Snickers falling apart.” said Stephanie, who works the grill on most days.

Shaving ice that melts instantly in your mouth is the goal and secret to a good shaved ice. Mama Mango’s offers flavors, “from apple to wedding cake,” says Michella Morgan, who, along with daughter, Mikayla Kellogg make madeto-order shaved ice treats. Michella, along with husband, Ollie, own the flea market where Mama Magoes makes its home. they make a special treat called the hawaii ice, “it is soft-serve vanilla ice cream on the bottom, topped with shaved ice with any flavor combinations,” explained Stephanie. perfect for a hot summer day. n ConneCtion Magazine Magazine || 63 63 ConneCtion

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midlife nutrition for women over 40 By Nancy Ridgley


n all familiar complaint from women that is hear often is, “No matter what I do, I cannot lose weight.” Aging is not always easy, especially for women. We still see ourselves as 20-something! According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES) data, the largest jump in the percentage of women who become overweight or obese occurs between the ages of 20-39 (51.7%) and 40-59 (68.1%). Hormonal changes have some Nancy Ridgley, RD, LD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator for the CoxHealth Center for Health Improvement. She is also a Mad Dogg certified spinning instructor and holds certifications in adult weight management and childhood and adolescent weight management.  The mother of three enjoys spinning, reading, Mizzou football, travel, spending time with her children and grandchildren and having coffee with friends.  For more information about wellness and living a healthy lifestyle, check out Cox Monett Hospital’s webpage at

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to do with this increase in weight. “Due to a loss of estrogen, fat is metabolized differently,” says Colleen Keller, PhD, regents professor and director of Arizona State University’s Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging. “It’s actually laid down differently in the body as subcutaneous fat.”

I have listed some common challenges for women over 40. They are not insurmountable. For those of you who have not yet reached 40 years of age, you can start taking steps now to avoid common issues for women over 40. If you are already over 40, we can still overcome the challenges we face.

Weight Gain It is important for women to fight this unwanted weight gain with exercise. 60 minutes of activity every day is recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Lean Body Mass Maintaining lean body mass is harder as we grow older. Loss of lean body mass starts in the 30s and 40s, and women over 40 lose about 1% of their lean body mass per year if they are inactive. All types of exercise are important to maintain and build muscle, from cardio and strength training to yoga.

Protein Protein is also very important for stimulating muscle-protein synthesis. We recommend 30 grams of protein at each breakfast, lunch and supper. So, toast for breakfast isn’t nearly enough protein. A better breakfast with adequate protein might consist of 1 piece of toast, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 8 oz. of skim milk, and 8 oz. Greek yogurt.

Bone Health After the age of 50, the Recommended Dietary Allowance for calcium climbs to 1,200 mg/day. Vitamin D and protein, not smoking and exercise are also important for decreasing bone loss.

Nutrients The risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and weight gain rises after menopause so it is important to choose nutrient rich foods with fewer calories. Choose more often lean meats, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. n Connection Magazine | 65

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“My Connection” photos should be e-mailed to Photos should be sent in the original JPG format at the highest resolution possible. A short explanation of who is in the photo and where the photo was taken should also be included.

Ralph Kelley and Pat Chapman, both of Cassville, took a cruise to the Eastern Carribean and brought their copy of Connection along. Above, while on the “Shades of Ireland Tour” through Making Memories Tours, Jerry and Angie Varner pose with Connection in front of Cabra Castle located in Kingscourt, Ireland. At right, Keith and Brenda McCracken, and Jane Rogers are at the 2014 Kentucky Derby, cheering for their favorite horse, Wicked Strong, who finished fourth in the race that day.

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Above, Charlotte Schoen, of Monett, and and Pat Johnson, of Verona, took a New Orleans Plantations tour in April with Making Memories Tours. While in New Orleans, they enjoyed a guided tour of the city and visited four sugar cane plantations Oak Valley Plantation, Laura’s Plantation, Evergreen Plantation and Houmas House Plantation where they dined at two of them.  They also enjoyed an exhilarating ride on an air boat tour of the Louisiana swamps, along with a slow and relaxed pontoon boat cruise, where they saw local wildlife, got to hold a small alligator and saw many live alligators and moss-draped cypress trees in the swamp. At right, Debbie (Wierman) Elwood, Felicia Tudor, Jacquie Lane and Karen Smith took a four-day girls’ trip to Memphis, Tennessee, in May.  They enjoyed good food, good music, good fun and good friends.

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familiar faces the Pierce city art Festival was held saturday, May 17. 1. Jessica yang, Jillian hang, Michelle hang and lychee Cha. 2. hannah Johnson and Zirah adams with her robot creation “hh.� 3. Cathy lewis and Julie Waetke-bishoff. 4. Julie farnsworth and eurixi Crawford. 5. Matthew and lisa hall. 6. Kole, Sara and Jack parrigon. 7. dylan hall, dana allen and aric Zabala. 8. Karissa St. Clair and Melinda hodginbatton. 9. tom and Kahlie Jones. 10. emilee Marcum and alex Mason. 11. ginger dohmen and Sheila guinn.12. hana lane and Megan rayon. June 2014

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BouT 23 Years aGo, freD enTereD The croWDer nursing program at 44 years old. He made a huge career change and became one of the few men, at the time, that graduated in the first few years of Crowder’s nursing school. Fred made the decision to become a nurse after seeing, and appreciating the care that his grandmother received while she was ill, and dying, in the hospital. Previous to that, Fred had already been in the service, graduated from SMSu, and pursued other career paths. Fred’s destination as a nurse was born from his life experiences, and love of people. Fred and his wife, Jean, live in Cassville and enjoy their friends and family. When Fred is not busy with his work as a Mercy’s Home Health Rehabilitation nurse, he is working on his farm and spending time with Jean. Fred also loves classic cars, and he and Jean currently enjoy cruising in one of their restored vehicles. You should get to know Fred:

connection: what do you enjoy about caring for people, and being a nurse? fred: Meeting new people and caring for them in their homes. Most of the medical community only see the patient in the hospital, medical clinic or physician’s office. as a home health nurse, i’ve drawn blood over the hood of a Cadillac in the driveway or done dressing changes on the tailgate of a pickup in the yard. as a nurse, every day brings new challenges. Having confidence in my own skills

and having the backup of the home health agency along with good physicians makes for good patient outcomes. connection: what is the most challenging aspect of your job? fred: going to work every morning and never knowing what you are going to be doing. as a home health nurse your patients are constantly changing. You might start the day with a new patient with iV or dressings. Drive time also is a challenge in rural areas because visits are so far apart.

fred having fun with some of his great-grandkids, ava, lucky, roper, ansley and landrie.

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FRED’S TOP : Five favorite classic vehicles:

all would be american made and would have to include: 1958 Corvette 1955 to 1957 ford t bird 1950 to 52 buick convertible 1967 Camaro 1953 Studebaker.

Four favorite places in the Usa: connection: what was your first classic car, and what got you interested in them? fred: My favorite car is actually not a car, but a 1952 Chevrolet pickup that i bought in 1973 and i used on the farm until the 1980’s and then parked in the barn. about three years ago, i decided i needed to drive to the Christmas parade and take the grandkids. i was telling one of my home health patients about it, and she told me that her son did body work and liked to work on old cars. one thing led to another, and her husband and son did both the body work and the mechanical work on the pickup. i never have had the time to take it to the Christmas parade. Since then i also bought a 1961 Metropolitan that was a early 1950s economy car. about six months after we bought the Metropolitan, i was on eBay and found a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible that was in Cassville. i called about it and found out that it had been restored by a local man for his wife. He had passed away and she had driven it for a while but had lost interest and wanted it to go to a good home. one

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thing led to another, and it found a home at our house. the grandkids all love it. connection: is there a classic car on your wish list? fred: i hope there might be room for a Model a at sometime in the future. i love the older cars and trucks that you don’t see anymore. it would sure be fun to drive one to the restaurant for morning coffee. connection: you also have a herd of beef cattle, what do you enjoy about farming? fred: Spring of the year when cows are calving, the grass has turned green and begins to grow is my favorite time to farm. there would have to be something wrong with anyone who wouldn’t enjoy going out early and watching young calves run and jump. Least favorite is when mortgage comes due at the bank.

connection: what do you plan to do when you retire? fred: that’s something i really haven’t thought much about. i would like to slow down a bit but i still enjoy working. n

We have been blessed to do several short vacations and road trips but my favorite place was niagara falls. pictures and movies can’t show the grandeur of the falls. the drive northwest up the 101 highway, along the coast from California to oregon. The first week of September to second week of October, a drive through ohio, pennsylvania, new york, Connecticut or Vermont. Last would be Mt. Rushmore and area around Spearfish canyon.

three things you do in your free time: top of the list is spending time with family.

i enjoy camping with my wife and grandkids, either at big M or roaring river. Third on the list would be going to flea markets.

two favorite foods:

not the nurse in me answering, but i love beef. there is nothing better than good steak off a hot grill. I also enjoy cooking and eating fresh fish cooked in the deep fryer on the patio. both are always better with friends and family. Jean’s potato salad always makes both better.

one favorite holiday:

it would have to be Christmas morning. We always have been able to have family and friends close for Christmas night and Christmas day. both Jean and i would be lost without family and friends.

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July 4 4th of July celebration at 6 p.m. at Seligman City Hall Event Center. Fire & Thunder Fireworks Display over Table Rock Lake, 9:30 p.m. July 4, one mile east of Shell Knob Bridge. Boat parade starts at 7 p.m. at Lost Hill Island.

July 7 The monthly dance at the Monett Senior Citizens Center will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. There is a $3 cover charge with all proceeds benefitting the center. Evelyn Locke and the Outriders will perform. June 2014

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cOnnectiOn events July 11 It is Mt. Vernon Day at the Springfield Cardinals. tickets are $7 and available at the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce. friday Squared and 5K run in Cassville. live music, shopping, concessions, 5K run around the greenway trail and outdoor entertainment around the Cassville square.

open mic night at Seligman event Center. free admission. donations accepted. Shriner’s poker run in Shell Knob. for more information, call randy haggard at 417-455-2325 or 417-342-4017.

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July 26 the Seligman Chamber of Commerce will hold a dance at the Chamber event Center on north highway 37. three hits and a Miss will perform. Snacks are optional and there is a cover charge of $4. for more information, call the Seligman Chamber of Commerce at 417-662-3612.

5K/1Mile fun run illuminate the night at 9 p.m. at the Monett City park. proceeds will Sportboats uSa Cobalt regatta at Shell benefit The Den. Registration forms may be Knob. for more information, call 417-858July 12 Saturday night Special. Cheyenne will picked up at Mocha Jo’s in Monett or at www. 6164. n perform from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Seligman Chamber of Commerce event Center. If you have an event you would like featured in our monthly admission is $4. Snacks optional. for more events listing, please email the event information to Melonie information, call the Seligman Chamber of Roberts at Commerce at 417-662-3612.

July 15 the Southern beekeepers of Missouri will meet at 7 p.m. at the first united Methodist Church of Monett. anyone interested in bees is welcome to attend. for more information, call leon riggs at 417-2355053 or Kevin young at 417-847-5464.

July 17 Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host its regular monthly dance at 7 p.m. the event will be held at the Seligman Chamber event Center. for more information, call the Seligman Chamber of Commerce at 417-662-3612.

July 18 - 20 blast off VbS at the first baptist Church in pierce City. for more information, call Marian Mobley at 417-483-2981.

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