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As always, all of our staff and contributors did a fantastic job on this month’s edition. One article in particular that caught my eye was Healthy Connection by Shannon Gigliotti, a dietetic intern at Cox College. In her article, Gigliotti writes about the role sunshine plays in enhancing our moods and regulating our body clocks. The older I get, the more the weather effects my mood. It is common for my spirits to be high on a sunny day, and equally common for me to drag on a cloudy day. The good news is that summer will be here on the 20th, so those sunny skies will be here for a while. During the summer, there are plenty of great events going on right here in our backyard. Darlene Wierman does a great job of putting together our community calendar each month. Read through it and find some opportunities to get out and visit with your friends and neighbors while soaking up some rays. The great thing about living in a small community like ours is that the bonds one builds tend to be stronger than those in large cities. I was
reminded of this on Saturday, April 29 — after May’s Connection deadline had passed. Kelly Creek was rising in Monett and a flood at The Monett Times’ office was imminent. Being the weekend, most of my staff were out of town, and I knew there was no way I could get the floodgates and sandbags put up on my own.
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Nonetheless, all it took was one quick Facebook post and I had eight local volunteers helping me secure the building, with plenty of time to spare before the creek left its banks. This is just one of many examples of what makes living in our neck of the woods so special. This is the month we celebrate fathers. I know I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my dad, and many of you reading this could say the same. In this month’s edition, Meagan Ruffing writes about the perfect gift for all kinds of dads. We also have several dad-approved recipes to make his day even more special. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition — preferably outdoors with the sun shining down on you.
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features 8 | Serving the community Eagle Rock firefighters answer the call to serve their community, despite obstacles
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Horsemen across the country gather to ride horseback through hundreds of miles of Ozark trails
21 | If the shoe fits Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar trains up the next generation of ferriers
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Despite challenges, Eagle Rock Fire Department By Polly McCrillis
You usually hear them before you see them. Vehicles responding to an emergency, the whoop whoop of an ambulance, the high wail of a police car, a fire truck’s urgent bleeps or steady cadence, sounds that send the message to clear the way. As a responsible automobile operator, you pull onto the shoulder of the road to let them pass. Unless you live in Eagle Rock. “We don’t use lights and sirens,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Pamela Stilwell, “because there’s no shoulder for motorists to steer onto or for us to use to get around them.” A driver’s natural reaction to seeing an emergency vehicle is to get out of its way, which involves braking. “For us, the best thing you can do if we come up behind you is speed up,” she said. Not the directive we’re given when learning how to drive, but that’s what emergency responders need Table Rock Lake residents to do. The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District has been in operation since January 1, 1974. Following the death of a man and his son, the Farwell family donated the property. They believed that if there had been emergency responders in the area, the man and his son would have had a chance at survival. The fire station is manned by a devoted crew of three. Captain Randy Carroll has been with the station for 38 years. A parttime paid employee, Carroll’s decisions at a scene are vital to the safety of the firefighters and people they are helping. 8 | June 2017
Eagle Rock isn’t the only community this fire station serves.
Roaring River State Park and the residents in Cassville, Holiday Island, Ark., and Shell Knob are also in its jurisdiction. When there is a structure fire, an “automatic aid” system is activated, meaning all stations in the area respond. Residents who live within the 102 square miles covered by Eagle Rock’s station are fortunate to have not only seasoned firefighters, but also Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Pierson and Stilwell are nationally registered medical technicians. “We do all of the training in-house,” Chief Pierson said. “Crowder College in Cassville offers classes for firefighters, but not emergency medical rescue. For state certification which isn’t required, Firefighter 1 and 2 classes will put a candidate through rigorous, intense training.” If a new recruit is interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Responder, a sixweek class is available.
Stilwell added that it’s important for people to be updated on CPR. Chief Mark Pierson has been with Eagle Rock’s fire department since September 2013 and a firefighter for 18 years. Stilwell has been on board 10 years. Both are full time paid personnel. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the department respond to calls 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Supported by taxes, the station is reliant on the assistance of its current 22 volunteers to answer a call whenever possible. Thirty-five call-outs a month are average. In 2016, station personnel responded to a record 398 calls. As of March 15, they had responded to 84. “Eighty percent of our calls are medical,” said Pierson. “House, grass, brush and vehicle fires, MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) and boating accidents make up the rest of the calls.”
“It’s so easy to learn. Six minutes of compressions keeps that brain operating. Just drop and start.” CPR classes can be taken at the Springfield Red Cross facility. Volunteers are required to attend three in-house training sessions per month for the duration of their time with the fire department. All sessions are on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 p.m. The first Tuesday is dedicated to firefighting training, the second is for EMS training and the third is devoted to equipment maintenance. “Randy handles that one,” Stilwell said. “He’s our maintenance guru.” Outside the station the captain’s role at a fire is as scene command. Pierson and Stilwell are front-line firefighters, the ones who work the hoses. When asked what motivated them to become firefighters, the chief replied that
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Firefighting apparel is costly. Known as turnout gear, the trousers, jackets, boots, and suspenders costs $3,000-$4,000. Helmets and protective wear for hands and face are additional.]
he’d wanted a change from working in the family-owned business. “I signed on with Cox ambulance service and did that for nine years before coming to the fire department.”
One of the biggest struggles we have with locating you is we can’t find the house number.
Stilwell saw a sign in front of the fire station stating volunteers were needed. “I’d always been very active in the Eagle Rock Community Association, volunteering around the area wherever they needed me. Signing up just made sense.” When called to a scene, three vehicles arrive: an engine, a pump, and a rescue vehicle. Unlike fire trucks that are equipped with fixed ladders, a fire engine’s ladders are unattached. Its ladders can be carried around and set up wherever needed. Because rural communities do not have fire hydrants, the water used to fight fires is pumped out of Table Rock Lake.
with a reflective sign. That’s the easiest way to help us find you.” Peel and stick reflective numbers are sold in several places. “Put the sign in your yard,” Stilwell stressed. “Putting it on a mailbox or house doesn’t help us.”
Added to that challenge is searching for an address. “One of the biggest struggles we have with locating you is we can’t find the house number. Address your house
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Our gear weighs about 50 pounds. And then you get wet which makes it heavier. Assistant Chief Pamela Stilwell showing some of the equipment that is carried on the fire engine.
“The cat hissed at me,” said the chief. “It did not want to come down.” And then there are the cat rescues. Yes, rescuing cats from trees really happens. Three times they’ve rescued cats from trees. “And a puppy off a bluff.” Stilwell smiled at the memory. “It was covered in mud. I took one of its paws and pressed it down on the report. Like a fingerprint.” One of the cat rescues was the craziest call they’ve ever responded to. With the ladder fully extended to 25 feet, it took both Pierson and Stilwell to get to it.
Harmless firehouse pranks aren’t uncommon. Pierson and Stilwell chuckled when they described their favorite prank. “Putting Randy’s ‘office’ outside.” They moved his desk, computer, chair to a space behind the station. “Everything went,” Pierson said. “Even the overhead light.”
from the left, Assistant Chief, Pamela Stilwell, Chief Mark Pierson, center, Captain Randy Carroll, right. Boudreaux, a 5-year-old Blue Heeler is the station mascot and Mark’s buddy. “He goes on calls with me at night,” the chief said. “Every day at 6 p.m. there’s a radio check. When that tone goes off, he just looks at me and doesn’t move. He knows it’s not a call.” 10 | June 2017
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on the trail
Local endurance riding enthusiasts return to Barry County
At camp base during the Jo Tate Memorial Ride are, from left, Amber Burton of Oklahoma, Karon Goodman of Nixa, and Cathie Birmingham of the Springfield area. Many riders return year after year to enjoy the scenic setting of the Flag Springs Conservation Area.
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Riding along the stream bank at the Flag Springs Conservation Area.
Sheila Dale, a rider from Oklahoma, on the second day of a Jo Tate ride. Horses coming in from an endurance ride must have their heart rates checked, then go into a 45-minute hold period to rest and let their heart rates return to normal before being allowed to continue. This horse heads off for its mandatory rest session.
ach spring, horse riding lovers gather in southwest Barry County for an experience that draws them close to nature and the camaraderie of fellow equestrian enthusiasts. The 25th annual Jo Tate Memorial Ride was held May 27-28 at the Flag Springs Conservation Area, west of Washburn. The ride included three separate 50-mile loops to provide significant variety for the participants. The event is named for endurance riding enthusiast Jo Tate, who died of cancer in 1988. Tate organized as many as 10 rides a year and was the first in the area to host winter rides. The ride continued in her name is one of only 10 rides sanctioned by the American
Endurance Ride conference that has been at the same location for more than 20 years, and the only endurance ride in Missouri currently held on state conservation land. For Jodi Hess-Schlup, who served as ride manager for the 25th year, all the years the event has been held at Flag Springs, the ride is more than an exercise... it’s an organizational task to gather friends. It’s more of a religious experience. It’s a chance to commune with nature in its most engaging form — untamed and open, space for all who want to be a part of it. Flag Springs is approximately 4,000 acres of conservation land with many of miles of trails. The terrain varies from hills to rocks, with a combination
of old logging roads with trails that connect them. Cliffs and overhangs provide habitat for eagles in the winter, ice forming on rocks, a meadow of orange poppies, spring flowers, mushrooms and an abundance of ponds and creek crossings. Horses especially enjoy the trails, seeming to always want to see what’s around the next corner. Many similar rides in other locations serve as fundraisers. Hess-Schlup said the local one is a bit small for that. Proceeds here go to the veterinarians who meticulously check the horses before and during the rides. She observed it takes up to four years to condition a horse to handle such an event. Endurance riding is different from casual recreational rides, providing dif-
The late Jo Tate, namesake of the local endurance ride, on her horse Zabella Blue. By Murray Bishoff
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Veterinarian Jeannie Houser, at rear left, checks out the horse ridden by Sue Phillips of Texas, before approving the horse to continue in the Jo Tate ride.
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- Jodi Hess-Schlup, ride coordinator Riders from across the country come to the Jo Tate Memorial Ride. ferent opportunities and challenges. Riders come from the four-state area, most unfamiliar with the conservation area itself and rely heavily on the trail markings to follow the route. The Tate ride was booked up weeks before the event. “I got involved with endurance riding when I was living in Idaho in 1978,” said Hess-Schlup. “I had a 4-H Club and a flyer came telling all about endurance and that there was going to be a ride that summer in the mountains near Boise. Back then, I was going to the library and trying to find a book about this sport. No internet! “One of my 4-H members did the 50-mile ride with me, we took almost all of our allotted 12 hours to complete for a gorgeous belt buckle, and I was hooked.” The Jo Tate Memorial Ride is not a race, though it is a timed event. A rider has six hours to complete the 25 miles, 12 hours to do the 50 and 24 hours to complete the 100 miles. Riders must finish before their time is up and be fit to continue to call it a completion. “I have two riders so far — a very tough couple from Vinita [Okla.] — who are going to compete in the 100mile ride on Saturday, and they plan on riding a 50 on Sunday with their second horses.” Hess-Schlup said. “I
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might have more 100’s as the time gets closer.” The location is a big part of the attraction, and, especially this year, in the preparation. In the second weekend in May, Hess-Schlup was at the conservation area fixing and marking trails, looking for problems created by spring flooding. She calls Flag Springs “a primitive camping area,” with about 15 different spots to park, several around ponds with lots of grazing available. “We use the old Rath Homestead site during our event that is centrally located in the conservation area,” she said. “There is not a pond or creek there so that’s why I have to have water brought in for us. Not all trailers can carry enough water for a long weekend with horses that are competing. Hy-
Allison Schlup-Witt at the Jo Tate Ride.
Louise Burton riding through the scenic terrain of the Flag Springs Conservation Area, west of Washburn.
dration for both horse and rider are so very important in this sport.” Preparations have gotten easier over time. Hess-Schlup has to use her checklist to make sure she has not forgotten a necessary step. The event is sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference, which requires paperwork to secure sanctioning. Information goes into the Endurance News magazine and online. Permits and insurance re-
quirements are needed working with the Missouri Department of Conservation, as well as arranging for adequate porta potties. Veterinarians are also hired to be present throughout the event. “As I look back at the 25 years of being the ride manager, I think the hardest part was always wondering if I’d have enough help the day of the ride to make it go smoothly,” Hess-
Schlup said. “We need pulse takers to take horses pulses before they can enter their vet check, scribes for the vets that check the horses before the start of the ride, at every vet check and again at the end of the ride, and the volunteers that help need to be fed during the day so they stick around. My worries about volunteers are always relieved when spectators, family and friends of the riders will come to me and say they can help until their rider comes into camp when they will then go help take care of them and their horses during their hold.” Hess-Schlup extended much of the event’s success to the team that has come together over the years to manage it. Several participants live in the area
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and undertake endurance rides. She said mutual interests created a natural alliance for running the event. “Members of the team have changed some over the years, but the core group has always been here, and I welcome new members not only to our work/ fun team but to endurance riding as well,” she said. “This team is what rides the trails all year long and helps with keeping them maintained so they also can do the endurance ride on the big weekend. “It’s very rewarding to meet the ones that come from many miles away because they have heard about this ride from others who have ridden it and then they put the Jo Tate Memorial at Flag Springs on their bucket list. What a great feeling to know we have a reputation of putting on a super ride, but we are blessed to have this beautiful country in the Ozarks to work with.” As ride manager, Hess-Schlup has had to stay in camp, keeping timing sheets, making sure riders completed their vet checks and tracking hold times. In the few times she has competed, she spent much of her time worrying about what was going on at camp, despite the help that took her place. “I would say what I enjoy most is all the riding I do at Flag Springs year round with others,” she said. “I am always carrying a pair of loppers and a small saw to keep the trails clear of deadfall and overgrown branches. Even while doing this ‘work’ on trail, I get to enjoy the scenery and just being outdoors in the quiet knowing that the trail is being prepared for this event and all other riders.” The motto of endurance riding is “To Finish Is To Win.” “I want all riders and horses to have a successful ride,” Hess-Schlup said. “Then I get to go home, put all the
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Tabitha Underhill, a student hailing from Michigan, made several attempts to shoe a colt that had never before been shod, while Ethan Wright, of Chatfield, Minn., held the animal in place. Both are students at Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, where they will undergo an intense 24-week training schedule under the supervision of world renowned farrier Chris Gregory and other members of the Gregory family. Gregory has hosted clinics and training on six continents since he started teaching in 1991.
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Eric Villa, a student at Monett High School, took advantage of the opportunity to have his quarterhorse shod by students from Heartland Horseshoeing School out of Lamar. Students travel to Davidson Quarter horses, located east of Monett on Highway 60, the last Tuesday of each month during classes to experience hands-on training.
Dakota Hanley, of Cook, Neb., a student at Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, uses a rasp to file a horse’s hoof down prior to shoeing. The rasp removes excess hoof growth so shoes will fit properly and the hoof and foot will remain healthy and stable.
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“This is how the best people shoe horses,” Gregory said. “I’ve been on six continents, learning how from the best and teaching others.” Gregory has hosted clinics and classes all over the world. “I’ve written a textbook that has been sold worldwide,” he said. “It’s in the process of being translated into Spanish.” The school offers housing and a forge for heating steel shoes, as well as a wealth of materials and tools for the novice farrier. “Horses, like people, outgrow their shoes,” Gregory said. “Each has unique characteristics to their feet. No two horses are alike, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ horseshoe.” The process for shoeing includes pulling the old shoe off, trimming the excess hoof growth, choose the proper shoe size, shape it, using a portable propane forge that heats the metal to an astounding 2,350 degrees, hot fit the shoe to the appropriate hoof, then nail it into place. “We hot fit the shoes to kill any bacteria on the horse’s foot,” Gregory said. “That prevents infection from forming under the shoe.” As he inspects one of his students’ work, that of 14-yearold Dakota “Little Cody” Bayless, of Lockwood, he points out the shoe is slightly rotated and tells Bayless to pull it and reshape it. “You’ve got to watch that,” he said. “Will it hurt the horse? No. But it’s not right and that bothers me.” Gregory’s reputation as an award-winning farrier and world renowned instructor finds students from all over the world applying to Heartland Horseshoeing School. “I’ve had students from Canada, Africa and Thailand, among other countries,” he said. “There aren’t many horses in Thailand, and there are fewer farriers.” His classes are taught by family members, who are also certified in the craft. His wife, Kelly, has competed in several contests,including the World Championship Blacksmiths Contest in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and was named co-winner of the American Farriers Association Outstanding Farrier Educator of the Year award with Chris. Their son, Cody, achieved his certification from the American Farrier’s Association at the age of 14, the youngest to reach that goal in the organization. At 15, he passed the American Farrier’s Association Certified Journeyman Farrier exam, the youngest to achieve that milestone. At 17, he joined the ranks of those earning a diploma from the Worshipful Company of Farriers, and at 19, earned an associateship from the same organization. He has competed in both international and national events. He is also an instructor at Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar.
One size does not fit all. Steel horseshoes come in a variety of sizes, just like their human counterparts. Each is custom fit to the animal students are working with on any given day.
Dante “Punkin” Diego, left, coaches 14-year-old Dakota “Little Cody” Bayless, of Lockwood, on leveling the hoof for a secure-fitting shoe. Both are students at Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, one of the top training farrier facilities in the world.
He married fellow farrier Kirsty Ryzak, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who also teaches at the school. Their son-in-law, Cameron Whetten, originally hailing from Mexico, has also joined the ranks of certified instructors at the school. Dakota Hanley of Cook, Neb., chose to attend the school because of a chance remark by her farrier. “I had trimmed my own horse’s hooves before he got there to shoe him,” she said. “He told me what a good job I had done and told me I should think about learning the trade. It kind of hit me then, yeah, this is what I should do.” Jesse Huff, of Iva, S.C., said he had been working alongside his younger brother, who is already a certified farrier. “We work pretty well together, and there is enough business to keep us both employed,” he said. “My brother said this is the best school in the country, so I figured this is where I needed to be.”
Dante “Punkin” Diego, left, and Chris Gregory, owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, observe Dakota “Little Cody” Bayless, of Lamar, hot-fitting a shoe to a horse. The hot-fitting process kills the bacteria underneath the shoe and prevents bacterial infections from developing. The hot-fitting process is painless to the horse.
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The motivations driving those who choose the physically exhausting work of shoeing horses are varied, but they all boil down to one reason. “They love these majestic animals and want to do what’s best for them,” Gregory said. “This isn’t an easy job. It’s physically demanding. But they all love working with horses, and they want to be the best at what they do.” For more information on Heartland Horseshoeing School, visit HeartlandHorseshoeing.com. To participate in the hands-on event locally, call Chad Kelly at 417-437-8934 to schedule an appointment to have a horse shod.
Jesse “Wolfman” Huff, of Iva, S.C., takes a moment to absorb information from Cody Gregory, one of the instructors at Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar. (above) Chris Gregory, owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, reheats a steel shoe in a portable propane forge. The redhot metal comes out of the 2,350 degree unit ready to be custom shaped to the horse’s hoof.
For Every Dad Find that right gift for the father in your life
Father’s Day is just around the corner — Sunday, June 18, and deciding on a gift for your loved one can be harder than you might think. Guys are hard to shop for; they just are. Not one dad is the same so there is no one-size-fits-all gift for the dads in our lives. Imagine you had a personal shopper at your disposal who could pick out the perfect gift for your father or husband. Lucky you! I’ve done just that. Most of these things can be found right here in southwest Missouri.
thing, consider purchasing a new-toyou treadmill or elliptical machine. There are tons of southwest Missouri for-sale sites on social media where you can possibly purchase one of these items.
For the businessman,
there is nothing more relaxing than a massage. Check out Grove Spa, Nu Essence Spa, or Massage Envy in Springfield. Many of these places offer Father’s Day packages, so be sure to ask when you call. Take it one step further and actually schedule his massage when you buy the gift certificate. This ensures that he will go!
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For the stressed out, burned out, overworked tired man,
For the dad who doesn’t want anything, a tree for him
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For the workout fit healthy lifestyle man,
you should consider gifting a gym membership, community recreational center membership or a one-month pass to a local CrossFit gym. If he hasn’t started the workout routine yet, help him get started with any one of these ideas and include a new workout outfit. Think mesh shorts, Tshirt and even a nice pair of workout socks. If working out in public isn’t his
For the new dad
, handprints from the baby. Grab some white paper, throw some ink on your baby’s hands and plop them right on the paper. Put their name, date and Happy Father’s Day before you seal it up in a frame and wrap it up with a bow.
For the sports guy, get tickets to a Springfield Cardinals baseball game at milb.com (minor league affiliate), or tickets to a Missouri State baseball game at MissouriStateBears. com.
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For the beer drinker,
get a 6-pack of beer, tickets to a game, his favorite candy bars and cookies and call it the “Beer Basket.” For a local twist, pick up a hometown brew from White River Brewing Company or Mother’s Brewing Company in Springfield.
For the romantic, hire a
sitter, get tickets to a movie and take him out to his favorite restaurant. Wear his favorite dress while you’re at it. If he’s a romantic, he’ll notice and he’ll compliment you on it.
For the thrill seeker, a trip to an amusement park like Silver Dollar
City, rock climbing, white water rafting, camping or sky diving should hold him over until his next adventure itch kicks in.
For the boating man,
there are several marinas nearby in the Table Rock area where you can rent different types of boats such as a pontoon boat, deck boat and ski boat, along with rentals for tubing, wakeboarding, and skiing. Check out Kings River Marina, Table Rock Lake Pontoon, or Indian Point Marina & Boat Dock.
For the introvert, a good
book and a new coffee cup will be right up his alley. If you’re not sure what books he has and hasn’t read, just pick up a gift card to your local bookstore so he can pick out his own.
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For the chef and food lover, a cooking
Keep this list close by and add to it as you come up with new ideas for the next Father’s Day. Don’t stress about this holiday. When it comes down to it, it’s simply about celebrating and loving on the man in your life.
class, new grill cover and wine glasses will set the tone for your next night in at home.
Meagan Ruffing gets a kick out of trying to surprise her husband each year on Father’s Day. She and her three kids have made it their mission to show dad just how much he is appreciated on this day and every day of the year.
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(above) Elephant with trainer, Erika Zerbini (far right) Ceremonial tent-raising done electronically by the push of a button, with Tarzan Zerbini, right, and honorary ringmaster, Joplin city councilman Taylor Brown, left.
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Tarzan Zerbini, left, and Ringmaster, Ian Garden, Jr., right
here’s nothing like a circus to bring out the child in even the most seasoned adult. Such was the case for me, when I recently attended a performance of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which has winter headquarters near Joplin and a central office in Webb City where the daily details of its operations are managed. From its opening act — featuring majestic tigers, trained and presented by energetic Bruno Blaszk — to its grand finale some three hours later, the circus provided a mesmerizing showcase of human and animal talent. About 90 percent of the performances on Tarzan Zerbini’s 10-month U.S. and Canadian tour are “Shrine Circuses,” with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Shriners as part of their fundraising efforts. Performances in Joplin benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of The Four States. Born “Jean,” Tarzan Zerbini, owner of the circus, is a ninth-generation performer, whose family traveled extensively throughout Northern Africa with the Zerbini Family Circus when Tarzan was a child. In 1961, when Tarzan was a teen, his father moved his family to the United States, where they joined the Mills Brothers Circus. In 1962, as part of his new liontaming act, young Jean began calling himself “Tarzan,” then later had it legally changed in order to avoid conflict with the producers of the television show by the same name. By 1964, his lion act became the highest paid in the circus world, a business where many performers, along with their animals, work as independent contractors for circus owners.
In 1979, Tarzan leaped on the opportunity to purchase the current circus from Hubert Castle and has since worked hard to build up its current extensive circuit throughout the U.S. and Canada. While the Joplin performance featured a single ring under a “big top,” many of the shows are held in indoor venues and feature three rings. According to Tarzan, it is possible to run away and join the circus any time, but circus life, he warns, is not for the faint of heart. Travel is practically nonstop, except for setting up shop in the cities where performances are scheduled.
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The circus train is, for the most part, a thing of the past. Tarzan Zerbini’s circus equipment is transported by 12 tractor-trailer units, with eight trailers alone required for the massive Italian-made tent, the seating, the lighting, the sound-system and the components of the ring where some 20 acts are performed for the typical show. Separate tractortrailer units are required for the ticket booth, the concession stand, and the generator which provides lighting for the tents, booths, and the performers’ individual travel-trailers. According to Cristhian Videla, whose family is independently contracted to perform with the circus, approximately 20 temporary workers are hired from each location where performances are scheduled to help with tent set-up and take-down. “Our last show is usually on a Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.,” explained Cristhian. “As soon as it’s over, we begin disassembling the tent and reloading it, along with all of the seating, lighting, acoustical equipment, porta potties, et cetera. Most of the time, we’re finished by 3:00 a.m.” No small task for a show-weary group, who typically must be ready for another performance, in another location, later that same week. Practices, too, must be worked into their schedules, with constant training required in order to keep performers and animals in peak physical and mental condition. “Most of us like to practice about three hours a day,” Cristhian said. “When we’re not on the road, that is.” In addition to aerialists, acrobats and Piolita the Clown, some of Tarzan Zerbini’s animal acts include the aforementioned tigers; performing
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Tarzan Zerbini’s circus equipment is transported by 12 tractortrailer units, with eight trailers alone required for the massive Italian-made tent, the seating, the lighting, the sound-system and the components of the ring where some 20 acts are performed for the typical show.
poodles; America’s Show Camels, owned and trained by Ringmaster, Ian Garden, Jr.; and The Zerbini Liberty Horses and The Zerbini Performing Elephants, trained and presented by Erika Zerbini, daughter of Tarzan Zerbini. Erika, who began performing at age 3, then working with the horses and elephants at ages 14 and 18, respectively, wants to emphasize that the Zerbini family elephants and horses are extremely well cared for. The family owns Two Tails Ranch in Florida, home to six Asian elephants, including Maria and Shelly, who per-
formed in the Joplin show. “It’s so fun to watch the elephants when they’re not performing,” Erika said. “They can’t wait to get into the lake that we have on our property. They wade into the water up to their ears and play around like little kids. To see them is to have no doubt that they’re happy.” I certainly have no doubt. From my front-and-center, nearly-ringside seat during the hometown performance of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus, in addition to the children and adults around me, it looked as though even the elephants were smiling!
Life is a Circus
aised by a professional clown and an aerial artist, Cristhian Videla’s life, by most people’s standards, has been unconventional. “Circus life is a world of its own,” explained 15-year-old Cristhian, whose family is independently contracted to perform with the Tarzan Zerbini Circus. “When you grow up in it, it’s the
only life you know. Making an audience happy gets in your blood.” Cristhian, 15, is a fifth-generation performer in the Videla family, which hails from Argentina, where they have a home they rarely see. Cristhian’s father entertains as “Piolita the Clown,” and his mother, an aerialist, floats high under the big top on props made for those not faint of heart. Cristhian’s grandfather, once a
strongman, now performs as a juggler, and his grandmother is the choreographer for the family’s performances. She also designs and makes all of their costumes, and, according to Cristhian, cooks amazing Argentinian food. Not only are the Videla family’s costumes custom-made, but their mechanical props are, too. Cristhian often teams up with his dad and grandfather to engineer unique unicycles, bicycles and tricycles for clown acts. Multi-talented Cristhian is a unicyclist, a stilt-walker, plays five musical instruments, and is practicing on the high-wire. His primary joy, though, lies in making people laugh. “I’m a clown at heart,” he confessed, “just like my dad. I love planning new comedy skits and routines with him, then trying them out on audiences to see what brings laughs.” Cristhian freely admits, though, that his uncommon skills would be difficult to put to use outside of a circus environment. “Not that I would ever want to leave,” he said. “As it is with most people associated with the circus, performing is my passion. If I didn’t love what I did, I wouldn’t be here.” When asked about the dangers inherent when performing, Cristhian said he always remembers something his grandfather told him: “Don’t be afraid. The ground is always there to catch you if you fall.”
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Cristhian knows all about the hard ground. Two years ago, his femur was broken during a performance, when he fell off his stilts after being bumped by a dancer. “The show must go on,” is no trite quote in the circus world, and Cristhian’s accident proved no hindrance to its progression. He was carried out on a stretcher, and the show did, indeed, go on. “I’ve never been forced to perform,” Cristhian said. “Most kids who want to perform have a choice of what they want to do. We’re allowed to choose our own ‘yellow brick road.’” Of necessity, children who travel with the circus are home schooled. “I do my school work while I’m traveling from one location to the next,” said Cristhian, whose family has its own travel trailer, as do the other families affiliated
with the circus. “Once we get to scheduled stops, there’s not much time to study because we’re busy setting the tent up, then practicing for our performances.” Cristhian always looks forward to winter break, typically during the months of December and January, when members of various circuses gather for the winter in the same area of Florida. “It gives me a chance to hang out with friends who are part of other circuses, and see what kind of acts they are performing,” Cristhian said.
“We always learn from each other.” At the end of my interview with him, Cristhian surprised me with the news that he will be leaving the Tarzan Zerbini Circus for Circus Hollywood. “Every circus needs its own clown,” Cristhian said. “My dad’s the clown for Tarzan Zerbini, so this move will not only provide me with work, but it will also give me the opportunity to develop my own act.” Ultimately, in spite of a lifestyle that’s unique, Cristhian’s move symbolizes a rite of passage desired by every teenager: The chance to leave the family nest and strike out on his own.
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s of June 20, it’s summer. The sun is shining, days are long and bright.
There is a certain warmth to this time of year, both outside and inside our hearts. Moods are brighter and people more easygoing. Sunshine plays a role in this. It is a mood enhancer we get for free. Sunlight helps our mood in many ways by aiding in the production of hormones and helping to regulate our internal body clock (also called circadian rhythm). The mood boosting hormone serotonin is made when you are exposed to sunlight, which helps you feel calm and have focused energy. Vitamin D is also made by sunlight exposure and it has many functions in your body. Well-known is its role in bone health, vitamin D has also been
associated with improved mood and cognition. In addition to boosting your mood, sunlight exposure during the day sends a signal to your brain which sets your internal clock to “wake mode,” suppressing the action of melatonin (the sleep hormone). At the end of the day, when exposure to sunlight decreases, melatonin takes over and your body is ready to go to bed. Setting the internal clock is another reason why sunlight is so important. How long you need to be exposed to sunlight depends on the time of year, the time of day, the clothing you are wearing, and your skin color. Sunlight must penetrate the skin for the beneficial hormones to be produced. According to the World Health Organization, getting anywhere
from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face 2-3 times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of sun. Getting too much sunlight can be harmful, cause sunburns, and raise the risk of skin cancer, so remember to wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you are going to be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is when the sun is most intense and when wearing sunscreen is most important. Wearing a protective hat and shirt can also help. Sunlight is good, but be careful not to get too much. As Hippocrates once said, “Everything in excess is opposed by nature.” Remember this saying the next time you get a sunburn.
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Bode Hoyt, center, feels the burn as he squeezes the last seconds of his minutelong time trial on the stress ball, replicating a heart beat, as Mollie Salsman at his side cheers him on. Janell Patton, Cox Monett Hospital community relations director, left, watched Megan Strong, the staff educator at CoxMonett Hospital, lead the class.
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ne of the challenges for the future of heathcare is finding enough doctors to help serve an aging
population. CoxHealth Systems introduced an innovative program this spring for the first time as an outreach to third- and fourth-graders at Central Park Elementary School in Monett — a small step, but possibly a door that will open interest and possibly lead into a career. The CoxHealth Little Medical School ran for six sessions after school, beginning in March. Students were allowed to dress up like doctors and nurses, and learn how the body works. Each week focused on a different subject, such as the heart, lungs and digestion. The first week explored “What’s in the doctor’s bag?” As the sessions wound down, the next to last session focused on surgery, with hands-on dissection of a pig’s heart. “Welcome to the CoxHealth Little
Medical School!” said the letter that went home with participating students. “The Little Medical School lets kids experience science and healthcare in an entertaining and hands-on setting. The program was developed by Dr. Mary Mason, a board certified physician at St. Luke’s Health System in St. Louis. CoxHealth partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network to bring the Little Medical School to Monett. More than 45 elementary schools, as well as public and private hospitals across the nation, have used the program.
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â€œThe Little Medical School lets kids experience science and healthcare in an entertaining and hands-on setting.
Students used their stethoscopes to measure their elevated heart rates after exercising. The measurement wasnâ€™t that easy for some, and one measured a 140, a bit high for a little workout.
Little Medical School instructor Megan Strong urged on students to squeeze their stress ball 60 times in a minute to replicate the strain of the heart. Rylee Poole, left, applied pressure while Taylor Bryan and Vayla Smith looked on.
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Instructor Megan Strong used graphics she could bring up on her phone to illustrate heart activity for the Little Medical School students.
Graduation ceremonies for the first Little Medical School in Monett, as participants hold up their certificates of completion.
Megan Strong, the staff educator at CoxMonett Hospital, led the sessions. During the section on the heart, she showed students the parts of the heart, the atrium and the ventricle. She described the difference between cardiac muscles, operating cross-linked with each other, either supporting or pulling each other down, and smooth muscles, which make other organs work. The difference emphasized the heart’s unique function. Strong distributed stress balls and had the students squeeze them 60 times, demonstrating how hard the heart works. Students used their stethoscopes to measure their own heart rates, noting the variation among the group. Then she had students run in place
or do jumping jacks to boost their heart rates, after which the students measured again. They were surprised their heart rates generally doubled. She observed how the body needs more oxygen when it’s moving, and how the faster heartbeat delivers the supply throughout the system. Strong urged them to listen for the distinctive “lub-dub” sound of the heart. A heart with problems, like atrial fibrillation, would flutter, creating an erratic beat, she explained. A healthy heart beats 86,400 times a day, and over 42 million times a year. The students were impressed. Strong observed the students most enjoyed the hands-on activities, such as using the stethoscopes or taking each other’s blood pressure.
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Dog Head 90 Minute IPA
A Delaware craft beer, the Dog Head 90 Minute IPA, an imperial IPA, sports a whopping 9 percent ABV and was first released in 2001. Dubbed by Esquire Magazine as perhaps the best IPA in America, the golden amber brew has a raisiny, citrusy flavor with the lingering, hoppy bitterness traditional to IPAs. Those at BeerAdvocate.com seem to side with Esquire, as the Dog Head 90 Minute IPA has a 94 score from 15,482 ratings, and a 96 score from the site’s founders.
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For a sweet and sour kick into summer, look no further than Angry Orchard’s Green Apple Cider. With hints of melon and kiwi, the brew has a tart taste, balanced with the sweet finish of a classing green apple. At 5 percent ABV, Angry Orchard Green Apple uses Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala and Pink Lady Apples to craft its flavor, and it’s available year-round.
Aviation American Gin
First imagined in 2005 and brought to life in June 2006, Aviation American Gin went through 30 rounds of trials before the perfect recipe was crafted. A dry gin, it moves away from the traditional juniper use to a more modern balance of botanicals with notes of lavender, cardamom and sarsaparilla. Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded the gin 97 points out of 100, naming it their top gin, above Hendrick’s and Bombay Sapphire.
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Monte Cristo Benedict Ingredients 2 large eggs 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 pinch salt 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 4 thick slices day-old French bread 1 tablespoon butter 8 thin slices cooked ham 4 slices Cheddar cheese 4 slices Havarti cheese 8 poached eggs 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, or to taste 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
Directions n Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. n Whisk 2 eggs, cream, white sugar, salt, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and allspice together in a bowl until batter is thoroughly combined. n Lay bread slices into batter, one at a time, and let bread absorb the mixture. Turn bread slices in batter until almost all batter has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. n Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and melt butter in the hot skillet. Cook bread slices in the hot butter until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer French toast slices to a baking sheet. n Lay ham slices into the hot skillet and cook until meat begins to brown, about 1 minute per side. n To assemble, place a Cheddar cheese slice on a slice of French toast, top with 2 slices of ham, and lay a Havarti cheese slice over ham. n Bake in the preheated oven until French toast pieces are no longer wet, the batter is set, and cheese has melted and begun to brown, about 20 minutes. n Place sandwiches on serving plates and top each with 2 poached eggs. Season with kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
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Fatherâ€™s Day Mancake Pancakes Ingredients 8 slices bacon 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or as needed 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 10 fluid ounces dadâ€™s favorite beer, or more if needed 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Make this Fatherâ€™s Day day special with these Dadapproved recipes.
Directions n Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on top of baking sheet; place bacon strips on wire rack. n Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle tops of bacon strips with half the brown sugar. Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and flip bacon to other side; sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and bake until bacon is crisp and brown sugar is golden brown, 10 to 15 more minutes. Remove bacon, let cool, and crumble into small pieces. n Lightly grease a skillet with vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. n Whisk flour, white sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl; in a separate bowl, whisk beer, melted butter, salt and vanilla extract. Lightly stir the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture to make a smooth batter. Stir candied bacon pieces into the batter. n Pour batter into the hot skillet 1/2 cup at a time and cook until edges are browned, about 2 minutes; flip pancake and cook until golden brown and the center is set, 3 to 5 more minutes.
Strawberry Pie Ingredients 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 1 quart fresh strawberries 1 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions n Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. n In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.
The perfect dish to show Dad you care.
American-Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package fusilli pasta 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons milk 1 (0.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed 2 (2 ounce) cans sliced black olives 1 cup cubed Genoa salami 3/4 cup chopped green onions 3/4 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Directions n In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water, and drain. n In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, milk and Italian dressing mix. Whisk together until smooth, set aside. n In a large salad bowl combine cooked and cooled pasta, peas, olives, salami, green onions, celery and parsley. Mix in dressing last, reserving 1/2 cup. Let sit overnight in fridge. Stir before serving. Add extra dressing if pasta appears dry.
Beerbecue Beef Flank Steak
Dadâ€™s Day Strata
1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup molasses 1/3 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon white sugar 2 teaspoons ground black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup strong beer 1 (1 1/2-pound) trimmed beef flank steak salt and ground black pepper to taste
Directions n Pour ketchup, molasses, and white vinegar in a bowl; add white sugar, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon. Whisk until sauce is smooth. Pour in beer. n Place flank steak into a non-reactive container; pour sauce over meat. Poke at least 100 holes per side in the flank steak using 2 forks. n Cover container with plastic wrap and marinate beef 8 to 12 hours (up to overnight). n Remove flank steak from marinade and pat the meat dry with paper towels. Pour leftover marinade into a saucepan, place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes to make a basting sauce. n Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Season flank steak with salt and black pepper. n Grill flank steak for 2 1/2 minutes; turn meat around on grate to a 45-degree angle to make diamond grill marks; grill for 2 1/2 more minutes. Repeat on second side, turning meat 45 degrees after 2 1/2 minutes and grilling 2 1/2 more minutes.
1/2 cup broccoli florets 3 slices whole wheat bread, cubed 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, drained 8 slices deli honey ham, shredded 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese 4 eggs 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder salt and ground black pepper to taste
Directions n Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square casserole dish. n Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. n Mix steamed broccoli, bread cubes, diced tomatoes, ham, and pepper jack cheese together in a large bowl. n Beat eggs, cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a separate bowl; stir into broccoli mixture. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish. n Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are set in the middle, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes before cutting.
n Flip steak to original side and paint meat with sauce. Continue to grill until sauce has glazed onto the meat, about 30 seconds. Turn meat over and brush other side with sauce. Sauce will burn if cooked too long. Repeat 1 more time, brushing and glazing sauce onto meat for about 30 seconds on each side. An instant-read meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the flank steak, should read 125 degrees F. n Transfer steak to a platter and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing lengthwise down the center; cut each half across the grain into slices about 3/8 inch thick. Drizzle slices with more sauce to serve.
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Tomas Saaf worked with patient Chip Kammerlohr, at right, exercising an injured knee to restore mobility and comfort.
(below) Smiles on faces at the reception for Tomas Saafâ€™s 25 years of work in physical therapy in Monett reflected the affection shared for him, despite the often grueling routines Saaf demands on the therapy table. Paul Strahl, at center, in the Army shirt, came in with a walker after back surgery, and now can record a mile on the treadmill.
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Bringing the body
back to life
Tomas Saaf uses physical therapy to renew body and spirit
euse and recycle are terms most frequently used in reference to things that have been worn, possibly set aside or forgotten. Beyond mere stuff, these strategies can also apply to the body. Bringing back movement, usefulness and renewing the joy of life is what assistant physical therapist Tomas Saaf is all about. Recently Saaf recently celebrated 25 years of collaboration with John Lowry at Lowry and Associates Physical Therapy in Monett. A reception was held in his honor, one that was as much a party for those attending as for the honoree. Gregarious by nature, Saaf doesn’t work on selling himself. That comes naturally. “Ninety percent of our referrals come from patients requesting to
I make them feel like they’re not alone. -Tomas Saaf, physical therapist
By Murray Bishoff
The Water Bugs group enjoying a session of aquatic arthritis exercise at Lowry and Associates. “They have a good time,” said Sharon McBride, coordinator of the aquatic activity, under the direction of Tomas Saaf.
come here,” Saaf said. “They come here and become repeat customers.” One of those patients was Cassville veterinarian Chip Kammerlohr. He slipped on stairs at work and needed surgery. His cousin, Max Easley, recommended Saaf, and he made the connection, now coming for therapy. Paul Strahl is another patient, having had three back surgeries in Oklahoma City that kept him hospitalized for 37 days. “I came here on a walker,” Strahl said. “In December, I walked a mile on the treadmill. Tomas’ true desire is to see people get better. He aggravates you to perform at your peak. You’re not in a sterile environment, but one of healing. I feel very fortunate to have made it here. He gets results.” Saaf has walked the “long and winding road” to a professional position in the Monett community. He knows something about what his pa-
tients are going through as well. “I’ve been through a lot of rehab myself,” Saaf said. “I have an artificial elbow. I broke mine in a fall. I have a steel plate in my jaw. I broke it on my steering wheel in a car collision with my seat belt on. I broke all three bones in my left arm playing tag on the roof at age 5. I broke my left ankle playing mud football in college. I have toes broken playing soccer barefoot as a kid. I broke knuckles hitting a brick wall swimming. I was a pretty wild kid. My mother spent a lot of time in the ER with me and my siblings. “Having ‘been there, done that’ gives me heads up on empathy with my patients. I make them feel like they’re not alone. A lot of times that’s what patients feel.” Saaf was born in Sweden, where he competed as a swimmer. His swimming coach worked with handicapped children in the water.
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“I saw how much children could do when they were not on land,” Saaf said. “I was around 13 or 14 when I got an interest in physical therapy.” At age 17, Saaf was accepted into a foreign exchange program and went to high school in the south suburbs of Chicago. He got a scholarship in swimming and subsequently graduated from Drury in Springfield. After an internship as a graduate assistant coach, Saaf and a new wife moved back to Sweden for 4-1/2 years, where he worked as a swimming coach and in adult rehabilitation. His wife’s interest in moving closer to family brought him back to southwest Missouri. Saaf ’s professional collaboration with John Lowry began on March 1, 1992, when he became aquatic director for Monett Physical Therapy. Lowry introduced water therapy in 1985, something quite rare at the time in the Midwest. “I’ve gone through a lot of courses in aquatics abroad and here,” Saaf said. “This was one of the first certified aquatic arthritis programs in southwest Missouri when it started in 1993.” Part of that program is water exercise sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participants have dubbed themselves, “The Water Bugs.” “I come here to do exercise in the water,” said Alida VanderMeer. “I really feel better for that. It’s one of the best massages you can get. We have such a good time. We had a big party for him on Thursday [three days before the anniversary reception]. If someone has a birthday, we have a cake. “I got massages for rehabilitation too. [Tomas] learned in Sweden. He’s one of the best I’ve had. He’s fun too.” “I’m a licensed massage therapist,”
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Saaf said. “What I’ve learned on physical therapy, mixing techniques, there are some things others don’t have. “I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for more than 30 years. That’s my specialty. I love the aquatic environment. The Lord led me to work in a field I feel strongly in my heart. Caring for people brings me joy, to see people doing better. They may not like it while they’re here. By the time they are done, they have usually achieved a better life.” Saaf also offers a lot of manual hands-on-the-patient therapy. He specializes in manual technicals, from trigger point to myofascial to mobilize joints. He credited John Lowry with teaching him an immense amount of manual techniques. “You don’t learn different techniques in school,” Saaf said. “It takes years of practice, not just an introduction.” Saaf also works with children, his youngest patient having been 3 months old. He said the secret of success with children is play. “Think of games you can utilize to reach the right function, getting the muscles to work by having a game,” Saaf said. “You also need patience. I’ve had children who cried the first month coming to therapy. Sometimes you have to find what a child likes to do.” Succeeding with adults requires different approaches as well. “Think of challenging them,” he said. “You need patience, and really getting to know the patient — not just your problem, but what makes you want to do the next step. Reading people is very important.” One of Saaf ’s most memorable successes came from working with a
300-pound woman who had developed very bad knees. In addition to counseling, the patient began workouts in the water, losing 100 pounds so that she was able to successfully undergo knee replacement. “Now she is up running around, doing everything she wanted to do,” Saaf said. “Seeing people who feel it is not possible to enjoy life reach a point where they can is very satisfying.” Saaf ’s role in the business has evolved, as has the company. In 2003, Lowry and Associates organized, and Saaf became part-owner and chief operating officer. Lowry himself takes more of a background role, teaching at Ozark Technical College. Saaf finds himself in a good place personally these days, with his present wife, Belinda. The death of his son, Sean, in a car accident seven years ago left its mark. “His death got me closer to God,” Saaf said. “I learned to take one day at a time, so we make the best out of every day. “This is what I want to keep doing. My health is good. The Good Lord has provided me with a good education for me to take care of myself as well as others. I believe in having fun. If I can make my patients smile, I’m doing my job.”
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A father looking to the future Oscar Serrano reflects on the importance of having choices
t the age of 16, Oscar Serrano was brought into the United States with his father from La Paz, Mexico, the place he had called home his entire life. “My dad applied to come to the United States when I was 3 years old,” he said. “We finally got approved when I was 16. It took 13 years. “In our family, the dream was to come to the U.S. We did. So now what? You work, you earn your money, and then you go back home. For many, it’s the Mexican dream, to be able to go back home.” When they arrived in the country, Serrano didn’t speak English, so the cultural shift was difficult. “I was easily enrolled in school,” he said. “There was a bilingual teacher there that helped get me enrolled. But I did not speak English, so it was hard.” To learn, Serrano immersed himself in children’s cartoons and programming on television to learn the basics. He also obtained a part-time job at a fast food chain and a donut shop, where his coworkers taught him the English words for ingredients used in preparing menu selections. “I learned very quickly, onion, lettuce, tomato,” he said. “I also sang a lot of American music, repeating the lyrics over an over. I didn’t have any idea what I was saying. I could have been praying to God or the devil. But it helped get rid of some of my accent. Most of the English I have learned has come from the streets. Latino people also help each other out with the language.” By Melonie Roberts
In this family photo, Oscar Serrano is pictured with his sons, Cesar Serrano Salas, 6, and Alexzander Serrano Salas, 4.
Serrano dropped out of high school and worked independently on getting his general education diploma. Ironically, he failed the Spanish portion of the test. “Native Spanish is much different than what is taught in classrooms here,” he said. Although Serrano is here legally, thanks to a green card, he has faced his share of fear that authorities will target him because he is Hispanic. “I’ve thought about trying to get my citizenship, but I’m worried,” he said. “I’ve heard you have to be an upstanding citizen, and I have had a few traffic tickets. “A friend of mine flew into Texas not too long ago and was stopped by immigration. She lives in Texas, but they kept her in a locked room for several hours, questioning her. “A similar thing happened to me, as well. I was kept in a locked room for two hours and was told by immigration officials they were going to deport me because
of unpaid tickets. But I had paid them. Right here in Monett. I have a green card and I am afraid of being deported. Can you imagine what people with no papers go through?” To get around some of the identification problems faced by undocumented immigrants in the city, Serrano said they call each other by their nicknames only. “A lot of my coworkers use fake identification. I ran into someone and called him by his real name, and my boss said, ‘No, no, that’s Jose,’” Serrano said. “I told him I had been mistaken. It’s easier for us to just call each other by our nicknames. That way, we don’t get confused on our real names versus our fake names.” When it comes to his undocumented coworkers, Serrano sympathizes. “They are here, just because they want to survive,” he said. “Money is the main reason.” In La Paz, Serrano said an American Connection Magazine | 53
Balandra Beach in La Paz, Mexico corporation, Pepsi-Cola, has a plant that employs natives on the production lines. “They will pay about 600 pesos a week,” Serrano said. “That’s about $30 American dollars a week. In Mexico, there are cheap jobs for cheap pay. But if you are buying a house, payments would run about $250 [American] a month. A twobedroom apartment is $60 a month. Then you have gas, utilities, food. In Mexico, it’s the law that workers have to be paid 72 pesos a day. That’s about $3.50. You can’t live on that. Some things are cheaper in Mexico, but gas is very expensive. You can survive on $3.50, but not live comfortably.” Somehow, when immigration enforcement moves into the area, word trickles down. “We use social media to let others know,” Serrano said. “For their safety and the safety of their families and friends. Several agencies will call immigration on something as simple as a traffic stop. They tried that with me, even though I have a green card. They said it was fake. My lawyer saved my life on that one. “I want to stay local for my kids.” Serrano said he is content to remain in this small community where he will help raise his family. “I love Monett,” Serrano said. “In a small community, you can say hi to the police without having them watching you. The traffic is not bad. People are close, friendly. I go to a restaurant to listen to the old men who will tell you something new every day — about the cows, the weather or whatever is going on.” But deep in his heart, Serrano misses La Paz, the place he called home for so many years. “The beaches, the cliffside, the clean waters,” he said. “La Paz is not crowded with tourists like Cancun and places. The people there are all kind. “There are small communities located along an old stretch of roadway, like your Route 66. In one, they have mangos ev54 | June 2017
erywhere. For a few dollars you can get all the mangos you want. You can have a good meal of fresh lobster and cold beer with several friends for just $20. Some things you just have to see to know why I love La Paz. I guess it’s true, you have to go away to learn to appreciate what you have at home.” With part of his family remaining in La Paz, Serrano tries to get back as often as possible to catch up and relish those distant connections. “I can’t go back as often as I would like,” he said. “It takes a couple of years to gather up the money. Time flies, and you miss a lot. My mom and her family, cousins, uncles, everyone, is still in La Paz.” While he remains in the United States, Serrano has the goal to keep learning everything he can. “I may not be a high school graduate, but I have the heart to learn new things. If you do the same thing every day, you’ll never know how far you can go. I’ve worked on computers, in construction, operating heavy machinery, and I’ve even run a topography machine. Everything I know comes from job experience. “I’m learning how to speak Thai and Hmong, because one day I might be in a place where someone needs to know how to speak Hmong. Every day, I strive to be better. I want to be there for my kids and
teach them the things that I have learned.” As a father, Serrano has learned that parenting young boys can be an adventure. “It’s a daily journey,” he said. “I encourage my kids to do what they’re told. They have to understand if they want something, they have to earn it. No sacrifice, no victory. “They understand both English and Spanish, they speak Spanglish, a language that doesn’t even exist,” he laughed. “I hope my kids will grow up as I did in Mexico. On spring break, we would go camping at the beach. We’d fish and clean it for our dinner. We’d hunt for wood for the campfire. On one side of the street there would be a beach, and on the other side, desert. I want them to experience the bonfires, family stories, real life experience, those family connections. The coyotes calling at night, it’s the most amazing sound. You lay back on the beach and see the stars stretching out overhead for miles.” Serrano said when he retires from the workforce, he will very likely return to La Paz and settle down to live comfortably with his extended family once again. “My dad chose this life for me,” he said. “As for my own kids, I’ll let them decide to either come and live with me, or just visit. It’s whatever they want to do.”
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The Monett Times and Connection Magazine, in conjunction with the Monett Chamber of Commerce and Monett Young Professionals Network, hosted a Business After Hours event on Thursday, April 27. 1. 2. 3. 4.
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7 The third annual fundraising Poker Run took place Saturday, May 6, at the Tom Wolfe Memorial VFW Post No. 4207 in Monett. Funds from the event will go toward the purchase of a $15,000 memorial honoring all five branches of the U.S. military and those who served. The memorial will be placed on the grounds at the VFW.
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Familiar faces The Ozark Festival Orchestra held its annual Young Artists Concert and pops concert on April 23 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
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Brianna Colf; Jeremy, Megan and Ireland Krause; Rachael, Jude and Tim Colf; and Draven Krause Lisa and Alexis Hall, and Daniel Walker Brenda Conn, Tabitha Spencer and
4. 5. 6. 7.
Mark Conn Vicki and Paul Nelson Richard and Susan Brewer Adelyn, Dan and Olivia Janssen Rita and Billie McKinley
10 8. Larry Cooper, Dave Furry and Marsha Cooper 9. Ann and Travis Kingrey 10. Chris, Izaiah and Teresa Unzner
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1 The Monett Lions Club held its annual steak dinner fundraiser April 22 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. 1. Amber and Levi Shirley 2. Sherry Hull, Jackie Langley, Dori Minton, Ann Watson and Linda Dohmen, 3. Meagan Hull, Natalie Long and Tiffany Hull 4. Eric Horning, Norma Clinton, Barbara Carroll and Wes Strosahl 5. Kent Arnaud, Steve Wise, and David and Marilyn Harris 6. Skip Smith and Barbara Henson 7. Ann Caraway and Donna Patterson 8. Ken and Darlene Lampe, and Ervin Holle 9. Front: Adelynn and Jennifer Inman, Dennis Myers and Allyson Inman. Back: Ronnie Myers, and Richard and Donna Caton 10. Front: Tom Wormington, Lynn Lowe and Carolyn Wormington. Back: Georgeanna Wormington, and Marge and Rich Wormington
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The Liberty United Methodist Church held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser on April 22. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Gary and Joyce Holder Nancy and Jerry Stroud Max Easley, Jeanne Ann Camp and Bill Thurston Madeleine Comas, Emily Payne Karyl Vermillion, Connie Jarvis and Joyce Lawrence Adelma and Sonny Drake James and Wilma Callan
8. Robert and Vicky McGuire 9. Healther, Kalysa and Rob McGuire 10. Maurice Schoen and Artha Smialek 11. Bonnie Worm, Charlotte Schoen and Pat Johnson 12. Charles Johnson, Larry Schoen and Hershel Worm
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Do you have an event you would like to have featured in our calendar? June 1
Paint Class begins at 9 a.m. at the Cass-
Email it to
ville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street, in Cassville.
Photo by Joseph Miller
Knob by appointment. Call 417-8586952.
The First Friday Coffee, sponsored by
the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Roark Family Health Medical & Spa from 8-8:45 a.m.
Monthly dance hosted by the Cassville
Senior Center will be held from 7-10 p.m. Finger foods are welcome. Admission is $4. For more information, call 417-846-3024.
The St. Mary’s Church in Pierce City will
hold its 30th annual church festival. This is an all-day event and features chicken or beef dinner with all the trimmings, special food stands, a beer garden and games for all ages. There will be a drawing at 8 p.m. The top prize is $1,000. All are invited.
Blood pressure checks by Ozark Meth-
odist Manor, 10:30 a.m. at Cassville Senior Center.
Father’s Day lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the Cassville Senior Center. Suggested donation for those over 60 is $3.50. Under 60, the cost is $6.
The Antique Boat Show will be held at
the Big M Marina. This event is sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 417-858-3300.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.
Grace’s Foot Care will begin at 9 a.m. at
the Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street. Call 417-847-4510 for an appointment.
The Alzheimer Support Group will meet
at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob at 2 p.m.
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Paint Class begins at 9 a.m. at the Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street, in Cassville.
The Monett Senior Center will be hav-
ing their monthly birthday lunch and Special Bingo.
The first performance of the Cassville
Rotary Rodeo will be held at the Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville, beginning at 8 p.m.
The second performance of the annual
Rotary Rodeo will be held at the Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville, beginning at 8 p.m. on Business Highway 37 north, Cassville.
The Central Crossing Senior Center
fundraising breakfast will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. and will feature biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37, beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.
Grace Health Services will be held at the
Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell
The Pierce City Senior Center monthly
dance will be held at the center.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.
Nell’s Nails will be held by appointment
at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob by appointment. Call 417858-6952.
Nell’s Nails will begin at 9 a.m. at the
Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street, Cassville. Call 417-847-4510 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcomed.
OJ’s Cookout will be held at the Central
Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.
Nell’s Nails will be at the Monett Senior
Center. For an appointment, call 417235-3285.
The monthly birthday lunch will be held
at the Cassville Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
GROUPS Grief Care Support, sponsored by Integrity Hospice, is held the last Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in Marionville at Methodist Manor, 205 South College Ave. in the Alice Lounge. Care group is for anyone experiencing grief through loss.
Caregiver Support Group meets at Oak Pointe of Monett from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 1011 Old Airport Road in Monett. For more information call Kathy 417-235-3500.
Aurora Diabetes Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at Mercy Hospital in Aurora in the Private Dining Room from 4-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. There is no meeting in December.
The Turning Point AA Group meets at 7 p.m. at the west corner of Mitchell Plaza on Highway 86 in Eagle Rock on Mondays and Tuesday every month.
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 2
support group meets at the First Baptist Church, 602 West Street in Cassville at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Call for more information, 417-847-2965.
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett on the second Thursday of every month. No charge to attend. Call 417-269-3616 or 888-354-3618 to register. The Grief Support Group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at Oak Pointe of Monett, 1011 Old Airport Road from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Kathy at 417-2353500. Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Baptist Church on Highway J in Golden every Monday of each month. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. This is for anyone with hurts, habit or hang-ups. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold Street in Cassville on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays every month.
DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and
Cassville Senior Center 1111 Fair Street
Dominos every Friday at Noon.
Call 417-847-4510 for more information.
Central Crossing Senior Center Shell Knob, regular events:
Friends’ Bridge every Friday. Call Quita at
417-271-9803 for details.
Cards Galore every Friday with Pitch be-
ginning at 9 a.m.
Domino Poker, every day from 12:45. Mah Jongg every Monday and Wednesday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cassville Al-Anon Family Group meets at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cassville every Thursday of each month.
Paint classes, every second and fourth
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. the
Line dancing every Tuesday and Thursday
first Tuesday of every month in the basement of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, located at the corner of Seven and Cale streets in Monett, 417-442-3706.
Quilting for Charity every Wednesday and
Narcotics Anonymous and Alcohol-
ics Anonymous group meets at 7 p.m. the first
Tuesday of every month at the First Baptist Church Activity Center, 618 Second Street in Washburn. 417-489-7662.
Monday of each month. from 9-10:30 a.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pinochle every Thursday from 12:30 to
Balance and flexibility class is held every
Monday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
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Grady and Andrea Ehrhardt, with Squanto, took Connection to Great American’s Day at Carthage.
Cathy Lewis and Norma Clinton pose with Connection at Valley Forge.
Linda Fenske and Denise Crowell pose with George Washington and Connection Magazine at Great American’s Day at Carthage.
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The Paul and Susan Fly family took Connection to Crabby Bill’s in Clearwater, Fla.
Susan Thomas, Ann Hall and Meghan Shaner traveled to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market. While in Waco, they toured Baylor University, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Dr. Pepper Museum. They also visited several homes featured in the TV show Fixer Upper.
On a Making Memories Tour to New Orleans plantations, from left, Kaye Scott of Mt. Vernon, Cathy Lewis of Pierce City and Charlotte Williams of Mt. Vernon took their picture with Connection in the Gardens of the Houmas House Plantation. They also toured other plantations such as Oak Alley Plantation, Laura’s Plantation and Destrehan Plantation, along with an airboat and swamp tour. In the May issue of Connection Magazine, a portion of the “What would make Mother’s Day special for you” was misreported. The portion should have read: Mocha Jo’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 McKay Quality Roofing. . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Meeks Building Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Michael Carman Furniture Gallery. . . 44 Monett Chamber of Commerce. . . . . 38 Monett Main Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Ozark Methodist Manor. . . . . . . . . . . 43 Peppers and Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Race Brothers, Monett . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
“Sharon Cole-Terry, Carthage, whose second husband is Gary Terry, of Purdy: ‘Just having my grandchildren at home with me and to be able to see my grandkids. I don’t get to see them very often. A special Mother’s Day I remember was when my late husband [Larry Cole], who’s been gone for 15 years, took me out to dinner.’” Robbins Auto Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Scott Regional Technology Center. . . 27 Second Chances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Security Bank of Southwest Missouri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Shelter Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Smile Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Stanphill Sanitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Superior Spray Foam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
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“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” — William Feather
Parting shot Photo captured by Jennifer Conner of rural Pierce City on May 19.
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