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Summer begins and Southwest Missouri is a buzz with activity


une is the beginning of many adventures. This is the time that many start planning their vacations, planting their flowers and manicuring the yard, summer camp for the kids and making plans for those backyard barbecue get togethers.

There is one day in June that means a lot to me and that is Father’s Day. Father’s Day always meant that I got the privilege to honor the most important man in my life, my dad and my best friend, Winford Atwell. I have written about him in Connection before but believe me when I say that he is definitely worth mentioning again. Most of those in our town of Monett knew him as a giving man with a great personality and he had a wonderfully huge heart for Jesus Christ. You could always count on my dad for one more story that would definitely have your attention. He lived a full life and was blessed with many friends and a very loving family. It seems today that with a lot of dads, the roles have changed in the fact that they are father and mother both so the responsibility is not what it use to be. At one time, the main concern for a dad was to make sure they earned a good living to support their family and spent some quality time with the family. Today there are situations where fathers play both roles and mothers play both roles. I know Mother’s Day was last month, but in this instance, I salute them both. This is a difficult role to combine both into one package. I have done it and I can testify that being both parents is quite the challenge. Enjoy the June Connection where Murray Bishoff and Yvonne Kerr share their love and admiration for their father. Both stories touched my heart. Take time to honor your father this month and spend some quality time together, you will always remember it.

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General Manager, Connection Magazine Lisa Craft is General Manager of Connection Magazine, The Monett Times and Cassville Democrat. She can be reached at or

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June 2018

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Honoring Fathers Feature columns

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First on Front Concert Series

Happy Father’s Day St MiSSouriAnS

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Contents 9 Parenting Column: Fun for Father’s Day

15 Connection with the Past, guest columnist 31 Healthy Connection: Orthorexia 32 Cutest Kid

34 Recipes: Dad’s favorites

39 Remembering my father by Murray Bishoff 44 Cutest Pet

49 Community Calendar 51 Familiar Faces 58 Parting Shot

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Find Fun for Let’s be honest. Dads can sometimes get the short end of the stick

when it comes to Father’s Day. Guys are hard to shop for and there’s only so many times you can paint your kids’ hands to make those super cute handprints that make for a great present but inevitably get stored away with the rest of the drawings and family photos. Why not throw a little fun into the mix this year and think outside the box for Father’s Day? Here are some pretty neat ideas for you and your kids to do together to honor the man in your life.

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orget handprints and go for the full use of your hands and feet this Father’s Day. Take your dad to an indoor rock climbing facility. See who can make it to the top of the wall the fastest!

dd another tool to his toolbox this year by taking him to a hardware store and picking one out together. Instead of just giving him a new tool, make a project together like a new dog house or a bird house.

on’t stress over what to get your husband for Father’s Day. It’s a day meant to celebrate all that dads do and to show appreciation for their love and investment into their families. Keep it simple and make the priority be about honoring your child’s dad and not how much money you think you need to spend.

sk your husband what he wants to do for Father’s Day. If he’s someone who doesn’t like surprises and really just wants to keep things low key, ask him what would make him happy on this special day.

rampoline parks are the new “IT” fitness craze. Get your whole family together and jump around for some good old-fashioned exercise and laughter. Your dad might even surprise you by doing a back flip!

ou know your family best. Think about the times you’ve heard your husband laugh or when his eyes have lit up and his smile stretched from ear to ear after your kids have said something funny. Take those moments and turn them into more memories for the special man in your life.

Father’s Day Enjoy some one-on-one time with your dad this Father’s Day.

ike your way up a nature trail in town or go for a car ride and head to a state park where you can hike and explore nature together. For an extra fun time, turn it into a scavenger hunt. Print out a list of things to find like acorns, twigs, leaves, etc. and see who can find the most items. Whoever wins gets to take the other out for ice cream.

njoy some one-on-one time with your dad this Father’s Day. That might look like spending time alone with each kid doing something that is special between just the two of you or extending Father’s Day from one day to an entire week to make sure you can fit in all of the one-on-one dates. I know my kids love having it be just them and their dad because their personalities get to come out. For example, my youngest daughter loves going to McDonald’s and to the park with her dad. My son however, loves going to Old Navy and picking out new clothes or getting a new toy. Tailor it to be something special between dad and child.

est. There’s nothing like sleeping in when you have kids. Before dad even gets up in the morning, take your kids out for breakfast so the house is nice and quiet for dad to sleep in. Bring him back breakfast so when he wakes up he can eat it in bed. You might even get him a new pair of pajamas and have your kids give them to him the night before so he knows he can sleep in without having to worry about getting up and taking care of anything the next morning.

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 17 this year. Take this list of ideas and make it personal to you and your family. This just might be the best Father’s Day ever.

urprise dad with a day out. Don’t tell him where you’re going or what you’re doing. Maybe even take it one step further and put a blindfold on him when you’re in the car so he doesn’t peek! Your kids will think this is the most hilarious thing ever. Let your children help plan the surprise excursion by asking each one to come up with something fun to do. You might end up driving all over town to complete your day but it will be fun and exciting; especially to see what your kids come up with.

Meagan Ruffing believes that her husband is the hardest person to shop for, surprise, and plan for when it comes to Father’s Day. This list, along with the ideas from her three kids, will be what she uses to plan a special day for their dad. To stay in touch with Meagan, visit her Facebook page, writermeaganruffing or visit her at for free Father’s Day printables.

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he inaugural performance of First State Bank’s summer concert series, First on Front, which took place Friday, May 4, far exceeded the expectations of its organizers and vendors attending the event. “We started planning last fall,” said Amanda Lee, assistant cashier at First State Bank in Monett, which hosts the series. “Our idea was to offer a family-friendly event that brings the community together. We started with music and food and the idea just evolved from there.” And it was quite the evolution. About 2,000 people attended the first five-hour concert, which featured three area bands. The Lucas Gates Band, of Bentonville, Ark., kicked off the First on Front summer concert series at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park on Front Street in Monett. Other entertainers included Laura Ashley, of the Rogersville area, and the Mark Chapman Band, from Pierce City.

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Concert-goers cheer as Mark Chapman Band takes the stage on May 4 for the First on Front concert in downtown Monett.

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Regional country singer Laura Ashley takes the stage during the First on Front concert series at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park in Monett.

“In this first series, we wanted to emphasize shop local, eat local, listen local and bank local,” Lee said. “Twelve business owners on Broadway remained open later that evening to accommodate after-hours shoppers. “We had several food trucks on site,” Lee said. “When speaking to those vendors after the event, they said they had sold out. So did Mocha Jo’s. We’re adding more food trucks for the next event.” Area businesses also put together gift baskets, which will be awarded at the end of the concert series in July, promoting their products, services and locations. “The Monett Museum also stayed open late,” Lee said. “They have air conditioning in the event center for those who may have needed to get out of the heat for a few minutes.” Cox Monett Hospital had a trauma crew on site, and Monett Fire Department had a truck and crew on standby in the event of accidents. The venture would not have been possible without the cooperation of the board of directors 12 | June 2018

at First State Bank, Monett Main Street, which built the infrastructure for the downtown venue, City of Monett employees and the Monett Police Department. The board of directors committed to financing the initial three concerts at the Jerry D. Hall Memorial Pavilion at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park on Front Street in Monett.

While adults lounged in lawn chairs enjoying the first in the summer concert series, First on Front, children explored the new playground equipment at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park on Front Street in Monett. The community-oriented event will continue on the first Friday of June and July.

The inaugural performance of the summer concert series First on Front was not only for humankind. Several attendees brought their fur-friends along to enjoy the food, fun and friendly belly rubs. Joyce Botasnak and her smiling canine companion, Lola, were among those in attendance.

The Lucas Gates Band, of Bentonville, Ark., kicked off the First on Front summer concert series at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park on Front Street in Monett. The First on Front summer concert series will continue on the first Friday evening of June and July.

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“The city has been wonderful to work with,” Lee said. “ The city’s workers, water, electric, and police have provided everything we needed for this venue. The Monett Chamber of Commerce has also contacted us to offer assistance for future events.” And the success of these joint endeavors was evident in the sheer numbers of regional residents who turned out to enjoy the event. “In just talking with people who were there, our staff found guests had traveled from Springfield, Nixa, Republic, Aurora, Cassville and Warrensburg to attend this event,” Lee said. “There were people here of all ages and from all walks of life. We had KTTS radio doing a live feed, telling listeners if they didn’t have anything else going on, to come to Monett. They also put information out on their social media.” After months of planning, organizing, scheduling and anticipation, Lee said the first event was everything she could have hoped for. “There was a moment, that evening, when I stopped and looked at all the kids laughing and having fun at the playground, heard the music playing, and saw all of those people visiting friends and neighbors on the lawn or at the food trucks, and thought, ‘This is it. We did it.’ That’s what it’s all about — bringing people together.” In keeping with the “first” theme, events will take place the first Friday of the month for the summer concert series, with the next scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 1. Featured bands will include Rocked ‘N Loaded, Better than Nothin’, and Porter Union. “All of the bands have local ties,” Lee said. “Rocked ‘N Loaded is out of Seneca, and Better that Nothin’ is out of Marionville. Porter Union is from Springfield. The Outlaw 101.3 will be broadcasting a live feed from the venue. The July event, slated for 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 6, will feature Screendoor Serenade, from Purdy; The Playboyz, from Purdy; and The Black Moods, from Wheaton. KRMO/ KKBL will be broadcasting a live feed from the venue. In the event of inclement weather, the events will not be rescheduled due to previous commitments on behalf of the bands and vendors.

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y father, Raymond Overstreet, had a great interest in learning about rural life in the past. After working for Jumping Jacks Shoes, Inc. for 30 years, he retired at the age of 62 and had more time to pursue this interest. Dad enjoyed talking to the “old-timers” (who were really not much older than he was) about the tools of the past and how they were used. He enjoyed going to flea markets where people would bring their items and set them up for sale, usually in the open air, where they personally managed their sales. Dad frequently purchased tools and began building a collection. He was also attracted to the booths where old books were being sold. He especially enjoyed the old agriculture books. Dad was not a stranger to agriculture. He and his family lived on a farm in western Kansas until he had finished eighth grade, at which time, they sold out and bought a farm near Pierce City, Missouri. They had grown very weary of the Kansas dust storms. As it turned out, their new home was right next to the farm where Marjorie Roberts lived, who would later become Mrs. Raymond Overstreet. Mom and Dad did not have the opportunity to go to high school because there were no school buses to take rural children to Pierce City where the high school was located. Besides, the family needed the labor of their children at home. The Great Depression had hit, and many people had to practice subsistence farming. They raised as much of their food as possible and, hopefully, had a little extra to sell to purchase things they could not produce. Dad and his siblings had to work very hard on the farm, which included a great deal of manual labor. When they finished work for their own family, they worked for other farmers, earning a few cents an hour to help out with the needs of the family.

Not long after Mom and Dad were married, Dad enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After he got out of the service, he and Mom purchased a ten-acre farm, also not far from Pierce City, about three miles from their own family farms. Mom and Dad cleared the land and started raising strawberries for a living. When they quit raising strawberries, Dad went to work in Monett at Railway Ice Company. When it went out of business, Dad got a job as a receiving clerk for Jumping Jacks Shoes, Inc. also in Monett. During all that time, he kept his little farm. In Dad’s retirement, he continued to pursue his passion of learning about the past. His dream was to build a log cabin on his own property using the tools and methods of the past. Before he could fulfill this dream, however, age took its toll on his body and robbed him of much of his physical strength. Mom and Dad moved to Monett in 2007, and Dad passed away in October 2008. I still treasure Dad’s memory, including his strong work ethic, his love and dedication to his family, and his Christian values.

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Thank you, Dad. Yvonne Kerr is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Monett with her husband, Tom.

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Appearing similar to a beautiful crystal flower, aragonite is a carbonate mineral, one of the two most common, naturally occurring, crystal forms of calcium carbonate that can sometimes be found inside local caves. It is formed by biological and physical processes, including precipitation from marine and freshwater environments. One cave in southwest Missouri has proven to have been home to some of the earliest members of the Osage Indian tribes. In addition to artifacts, a muddy footprint, pictured, is believed to be 600 years old.

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“Soda straws” are typically found on the roof of a cave, where water leaches through the cracks in rock. They form when calcium carbonate or calcium sulfate dissolved in the water comes out of solution and is deposited. In soda straws, as each drop hovers at the tip, it deposits a ring of mineral at its edge. They are some of the most fragile of cave formations.

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onathan Beard, of Springfield, first became interested in caves when he was looking for something new to photograph. “It was something different from a bowl of fruit or autumn leaves,” Beard said. “It was interesting because you are 100 percent responsible for the lighting and the angles.” Since 1970, Beard has been to more than 1,500 different caves discovering new critters, formations and lighting angles while capturing awe-inspiring images of the mysterious underground. “I’ve visited many caves multiple times,” Beard said. “I’ve taken about 4,000 trips to various caves in 20 different state parks, primarily in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.” Beard is no novice to speleology, the study of caves, and he cautions those considering spelunking private caves on some important safety tips. “Remember, you are putting yourself in an isolated space, as opposed to falling on a sidewalk and breaking a leg,” he said. “Phone signals won’t travel through several feet of overhead rock, so use a buddy system. Ideally, you’ll want four people, each with triple sources of lighting, because the chances of 12 flashlights failing at the same time are very slim.

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Jade Rinehart, a volunteer with the Cave Research Foundation, holds a “match,” while waiting for the epoxy adhesive to dry enough to hold on its own.

“Tell someone where you are going,” he continued. “If you don’t return, they’ll know where to look, and take the proper equipment. That means helmets, a helmet mounted light and two flashlights as well as extra batteries.” In an ideal world, Beard said whatever cavers saw 20 years ago is what people should see today. “You take nothing but photographs, leave no trace of your visit and kill nothing but time,” he said. “These days, I spend my time as a volunteer, cleaning graffiti, and repairing stalactites and stalagmites. It’s like working on a jigsaw puzzle. We clean, dry, drill a hole through the parent piece for all-thread, and apply epoxy. We let it dry for a minimum of two days before we remove the support holding it. So far, I’ve repaired over 1,400 formations. The problem comes when someone removes a piece, and that formation can’t be repaired.” Beard said that two formations resting immediately adjacent to each other may still form at different rates. “Water drips down and deposits minerals which create the formations,” Beard said. “Even if they are sitting side by side, formations may develop at different rates because of the amount of water and mineral available. In a drought year, the pH can be affected. If the water is too acidic, it can eat the formations away. It can take years or hundreds of years for these formations to develop.” Beard said there are more than 7,400 documented caves in Missouri. To qualify as a cave, the structure must be at least 20-feet long.

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“There are 60 or 70 caves that are more than a mile long,” he said. “But in Barry County, one of the largest counties in the southwest Missouri, we have yet to find a mile-long cave.” Caves are inhabited by a plethora of creatures, including bats, bears, cave frogs, cave fish, salamanders, crayfish, fresh water shrimp, and more. “There are four classes of inhabitants,” Beard said. “Accidental, which is an animal that discovers, ‘oops, I’m in a cave’; the trogloxenes, which are cave guests, such as raccoons, rats and others that do not spend their entire life-cycle inside a cave but use it for specific parts such as hibernation, nesting or giving birth; troglophiles, animals that can survive outside the cave but may prefer to live inside, leaving the shelter only in search of food; and troglobites, spend their entire life cycle within a cave, unable to survive an outside environment. The troglobites are the animals that have adapted to cave life. They have poorly developed or no eyes, little or no pigmentation, slow and metabolisms that allow them to go for long periods without food. Troglobites include cave fish, cave crayfish and shrimp, millipedes, as well as some salamanders and insects.”

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The Northern Long Eared Bat is native to North America and typically hibernate in caves throughout the winter months. They measure about three-and-a-half inches. Their diet consists primarily of moths, beetles and flies.

Unlike their country cousins hanging out at the Jolly Mill Dam, Bristly Cave have adapted to the dark environments of cave living. They have no eyes or pigmentation, allowing their bodies to conserve energy for hunting food.

The Camel Cricket, or car crickets, are commonly found in caves or old mines. However, they are also known to inhabit other cool, damp environments such as rotten logs, stumps and hollow trees, and under damp leaves, stones, boards, and logs. This one was photographed during its molting process. Those documenting the ecological health of various caves in the southwest Missouri region might run across the Northern Grotto Salamander, a blind creature having no pigment, that lives its entire lifecycle in the dark depths of the underground.

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Flowstones are composed of calcite or other carbonate mineral deposits, which form where water flows down the walls or along the floors of a cave, creating undulating formations.

When Beard, who is a member of the Springfield Plateau Grotto, the Cave Research Foundation, Missouri Speleological Survey, Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy and the National Speleological Society, enters a cave these days, he has to have a purpose. “Recreational caving is no longer allowed on federal or state lands,” he said. “That is because humans are considered a vector to the white nose fungus, which can decimate bat populations. It has spread throughout the United States and Canada, with the exception of Louisiana and Florida. As researchers, we go in and map caves, monitor the cave biology and ecology, and we follow strict de-contamination protocols to prevent the spread of white nose fungus.” Members of those agencies all have agreements with officials at Mark Twain National Forest to monitor caves located on state and federal lands. “We volunteer to do this work, because they don’t have hundreds of employees available to monitor caves and report the findings,” Beard said. “We have to submit a report every time we enter a cave. We document everything, Native American artifacts found, petroglyphs, every species of bat, salamander, fish, cricket, or whatever we may find. We have even discovered some undocumented caves. We are the eyes and ears of the Forest Service.” That does not preclude novice spelunkers from enjoying cave exploration.

A helictite starts its growth as a stalactite. The direction of the end of the straw may wander, twist like a corkscrew, or the main part may form normally while small helictites pop out of its side like rootlets or fishhooks. Helictites are the most delicate of cave formations and can be easily crushed or broken by the slightest touch.

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A Western Slimy Salamander mama guards her eggs, never leaving the pod until the youngsters hatch. She can go without hunting or eating for up to five months, while guarding her young. The Cave Salmander, a lungless salamander native to caves of the eastern United States, is one of the many species of the salamander kingdom that is documented by cave researchers when they are detailing the environmental health of a cavern.

“About 70 percent of the 7,400 caves in Missouri are on private lands,” Beard said. “You’d have to get permission from the landowners, but it is possible to do some recreational caving. Then there are commercial caves, such as Onondoga, Meramac and Lake Ozarks. There is even a guided lantern tour at Round Spring Cavern near Van Buren.” The best way for people to learn about caving is to join one of the 14 organizations throughout Missouri. There are a number of affiliated grottos. “In order to be able to go to agency caves, people will have to contact the Cave Research Foundation and sign a contract, then work with other members for conservation and preservation efforts,” Beard said.

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Eigenmann cavefish, one of the species of the Southern Cave Fish Complex, may be found in some areas of southwest Missouri, are both blind and lack pigmentation.

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t took driving three million miles for Don Curren to discover his passion for scroll woodworking. “I was driving a truck for Walmart and came into the warehouse in Bentonville, and saw something in the window of the guardhouse that caught my eye.” Don didn’t have the time to talk to the fellow in the guardhouse for long, but the following week he made time for a longer visit. “I talked to him for about two hours, went home and told Mama, ‘I’ve got myself a new hobby.’” She said, “What’s it going to cost?“ Sixteen years later he’s still at it. He’d dabbled in some other crafting hobbies such as leatherwork, but nothing caught his interest for as long as scroll

Story by Polly McCrillis

woodworking has — Except fishing. “If I could fish every day I would.” The only thing that keeps him from that goal is the weather. Before driving for Walmart, Don drove for other companies, racking up a lot of over-the-road miles, but in a total of 20 years of driving, the nearly three million miles he accumulated was from his job with Walmart, Inc. “I went to the moon and back a few times driving for them.” Don was born and reared in Phillips, Texas, 54 miles northeast of Amarillo. “I always hated that country and swore up and down that when I got old enough to leave I’d be gone. Well, I got old enough to leave but decided to get married and make her go with me.”

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That was 57 years ago. He and his bride, Faye, left Phillips to move all of 80 miles north to Norman, Oklahoma. He didn’t think that was much of an improvement over his life in Texas, except for the job; feeding 16,500 head of cattle, two and half bunches a year, it’s the only job he’s ever truly loved. Then a friend asked Don to join him on a trip to Pea Ridge, Arkansas. It was there in Pea Ridge that Don found “where God’s country was.” It took him three years to relocate from Oklahoma to Arkansas and shortly after he bought a 160-acre farm near Powell, Missouri. He eventually sold it and moved to Eagle Rock, Missouri. His first scroll woodworking projects were silhouettes of people and animals but he quickly grew bored with them. He wanted more of a challenge. Being that his artistic skills weren’t top-notch, he turned to woodworking patterns sold in Wooden Teddy Bear and Sloans catalogues. When his wife told him she knew he couldn’t take on this hobby without getting technical, he had to agree with her. “The patterns, they’re challenging; A silhouette, naw.”

Don’s skills are entirely self-taught.

Don’s skills are entirely self-taught. The man in the guardhouse who sparked Don’s interest told him a lot about the craft of scroll saw woodworking, but never outright showed him how to do it. “I learned by trial and error — and I had a lot of errors.” He has no idea how many projects he’s completed in the sixteen years he’s been honing his art. Occasionally someone will ask for something in particular but

that doesn’t happen often. “I’ve done things I didn’t think I could do,” he admitted. “My sister gave me a picture of a man on his knee with an arm around his bird dog. She took the photo, shrunk it down to an ink drawing, sent it to me and said ‘Now, do your magic.’ Don shook his head. “I looked at that thing for a couple months before I started it and had about 200-300 cuts on it — and that was just the dog.”

Demonstrating on a snowflake how to make the cut-outs with the scroll saw

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The equipment Don uses takes up very little space in his large workshop. A drill press, Dremel scroll saw, table saw and two sanders. The scroll saw blade is thinner than a nail file and flexible. “The orbital sander, which I use most often, goes in circles and vibrates and makes a lot of racket.” The mouse sander, which resembles a clothes iron is smaller. “The mouse just vibrates… and makes a lot of racket.” He chuckles. “Everything in here makes a lot of racket — Including me.” Don doesn’t have a favorite single piece. Whatever is the most complex is always at the top of his list. Like the nativity scene that took thirty hours of painstaking work to complete. The wood he primarily uses is Baltic birch plywood because, unlike hardwood which is very fragile, the birch doesn’t shatter. “It’s hard as all get-out until you start poking holes in it. When you start doing that, it’s a whole different ball game.” He especially likes working with purpleheart wood because of its color. When freshly cut the heartwood of purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. As it’s exposed, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple and with further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. Interest in his work is primarily raised by word of mouth from friends, like Roberta at Uncle Roy’s convenience store and Jennifer at the library, who both praise his creations. In March, an independently owned store called Revamped Creations will open. Located at Farm Road 1218 and Hwy. 86E, just east of Eagle Rock, the

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consignment store will display several of Don’s pieces. The space for artists is free. All that’s expected is 10 percent of his sales. After creating a piece for a friend retired from the U.S. Navy, Don got inspired to do the same for every military branch of service. He’s completed all but the Coast Guard. “The Marines is the hardest to build,” he said. “But I think it’s the prettiest. The challenge is the thin ribbon with Sempre Fidelis on it.” Don’s home is essentially a gallery of his finished works. What won’t fit on the walls or bookshelves are displayed or stored in his workshop. True to his fun-loving nature, some of his favorite fun pieces are ones with words only, such as: “The neighbors have better stuff ”, “And your point is?” There is one he is rather partial to, however. Not solely because of the craftmanship required to create it, but also because of its unique and humorous message: “The midnight ride of Paul for beer led to a warmer atmosphere.”


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Understanding Orthorexia and other Eating Disorders

Extreme Healthy Eating:


ating disorders are more than just a disruptive eating pattern. They are serious psychiatric illnesses that can have potentially lethal consequences. Over 30 million Americans have an eating disorder, and a third of those people are men. While the most common and most heard of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, a new eating disorder has been making waves since its coining in 1998. Orthorexia is the obsession with proper or healthful eating, and has not yet been formally recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It’s important to note that healthy eating of itself is not orthorexia. When eating becomes obsessive to the point where it disrupts social activities or feels ritualistic is when orthorexia has manifested. Common signs of orthorexia include compulsive checking of nutritional labels,

cutting out whole nutrients or food groups (i.e. no sugar, no dairy, etc.), showing distress when healthy foods aren’t an option, and obsessive talk of healthy foods. Certain diets that aim to eliminate “problem” foods can lead to orthorexia. Other factors like social media use and obsession with nutrition blogs can also lead people to obsessive thinking of eating.

imbalances, malnutrition, anemia, kidney problems, and starvation. Eating disorders can affect every system in the body.

Eating disorders are influenced by genetics, temperament, and environment. A common myth is that families are to blame for a person’s eating disorder or that a eating disorder is a choice made by the person. Another myth is that a person with an eating disorders looks extremely ill when in reality, they actually look healthy. There are many biological influences that cause eating disorders, which can lead to serious health consequences. Some health consequences include heart problems, electrolyte imbalances, impaired gastrointestinal function, sleep disorders, hormone

Currently, there is no developed treatment for orthorexia. Many health professionals are viewing orthorexia as a subtype of anorexia or bulimia, which could lead to a more developed treatment plan for people experiencing orthorexia. Treatment for all eating disorders should involve a team of healthcare physicians, which normally consist of a psychiatrist, a primary physician, a registered dietitian, and other adjunct therapists. Many eating disorders go hand-inhand with other psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. As with all eating disorders, it is important to work together with your healthcare team to create a treatment plan that is best for the patient.

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Who: Duane and Sue Latta What: Make unique woodworking gifts especially suited for men

When: Started two years ago Where: Cassville area

Cassville man beats odds Creates nature- and sports-themed gifts from wood with his fresh start


fter beating a near-fatal medical situation, Cassville resident Duane Latta started making unique woodworking creations. Latta makes animal and nature-themed clocks, sports-themed carvings covering just about every sport, crosses, plaques, holiday, and children’s items. His works are on display in the At The River store in Main Street in Cassville. But he almost didn’t start the hobby and business, because in November 2015 — he died. “Two years ago, I lost my health,” he said. “I had heart surgery and four days later, my colon perforated. I died on the table. I spent three months in the hospital, one on life support, and was on dialysis for two months. They told my wife I had no chance, and if I did make it, I would be in a skilled nursing facility.” But against all odds, Latta survived. “It is a miracle of the good Lord, and I try to use it to that advantage,” he said. “I think everybody had about given up on him but God, I guess,” said Latta’s wife, Sue. “The doctors didn’t expect him to pull out of it — but God had other plans.”

Story by Julia Kilmer

After that ordeal, he had to find a new path. “I had to quit fishing, so decided to try some woodworking,” he said. “That’s how I got started was sending kids in Thailand things for missions, so puzzles and cut-outs for puzzles. I try to honor God by making a lot of items to send to the mission field, as well as keep it clean with animals and things of nature, unlike so much we have going on in our world.” With Father’s Day approaching, many of Latta’s gifts, which Sue helps put the finishing touches on, appeal to men. “I help with the painting, especially if it’s intricate painting, but other than that, it’s mostly all him,” she said. “A lot of the gifts like the fish clocks and animal plaques [and sportsthemed plaques] are things a man would appreciate,” Sue said. “She helps with painting and finishing, and she is very supportive,” Duane said. “We also do a lot of Christmas decorations like Santas and Christmas trees, along with Thanksgiving. If I can get a pattern for it, I can make almost anything out of wood.” And several types of wood, at that. “I do cedar, walnut, cherry, pine and maple,” Duane said.

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Men especially love sports. “Duane has done projects for basketball and baseball, but he has also done special orders for soccer, wrestling and gymnastics that people have ordered for gifts and for their grandkids.” The duo say they enjoy having the woodworks featured in At The River’s outdoor-themed store. “I think that store is a fantastic concept,” Sue said. “They brought so much together in their store. They still are using consignment, that they originally started out with, but they brought vendors in and just have so much to offer now. We feel blessed to have our items in their store. The missions work is near and dear to both their hearts, which is through their church, Arnhart Baptist, east of Purdy. “They go to Thailand every year, and Duane has sent things over there every year,” Sue said. “Those children don’t have anything to play with; toys are unheard of there. Last year, he sent them two shoeboxes full of little animals. They are restricted on how much they can take. They have a church and a school. This year, we’re sending a Noah’s Ark set for the church and school.” “I feel like I was allowed to live to further God’s work, and this is one way I am doing it,” Duane said of the gifts he makes for children. Duane and Sue’s works can be found in At the River, 805 Main, Cassville, and at Oak Hill Court on Highway 112, south of Cassville. For more information, or a special order gift, Latta can be reached at 417-847-7358 or 417-342-2765. Examples of the works can be seen on Facebook under ‘Sue Latta.’


Just for Dad Tex-Mex Burger with Cajun Mayo Ingredients 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1 1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup diced white onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 4 slices pepper jack cheese 4 hamburger buns, split 4 leaves lettuce 4 slices tomato Add all ingredients to list

Dad’s Steak Rub Ingredients


4 beef steaks

• Preheat grill for medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Set aside. • In a large bowl, mix together the ground sirloin, jalapeño pepper, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce using your hands. Divide into 4 balls, and flatten into patties. • Lightly oil the grilling surface, and place the patties on the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until well done. During the last 2 minutes, lay a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Spread the seasoned mayonnaise onto the insides of the buns. Put burgers in the buns, and

1/4 cup maple syrup

top with lettuce and tomato to serve. Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Ready In: 40 minutes

1 tablespoon crushed garlic 1 tablespoon seasoned salt Morton Iodized Salt 1 tablespoon ground black pepper Add all ingredients to list

Directions • Preheat the grill for high heat. • Place the steaks in a bowl, and drizzle on both sides with maple syrup. Rub with garlic, seasoned salt, and pepper. • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place steaks on the grill, and cook 7 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Ready In: 30 minutes

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Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Dad’s Breakfast Pizza



3 cups all-purpose flour

cooking spray

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 pound bacon, chopped

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits per can)

1/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon butter

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

12 eggs

3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

2 tablespoons heavy cream

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup turbinado sugar

salt and ground black pepper to taste

8 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Add all ingredients to list

1/4 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Add all ingredients to list

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9x12-inch baking sheet with cooking spray. • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until the bacon is browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. • Open up the cans of biscuits, separate the biscuits, and arrange onto the prepared baking sheet so they touch. Press the biscuit dough down to seal them together into a crust that covers the baking sheet. • Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is slightly cooked and very lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from oven. • Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the foam disappears. Beat the eggs in a bowl, and pour the eggs into the hot skillet. Use a spatula to lift and gently stir the eggs just until set, but still moist, 3 to 4 minutes. Arrange the lightly scrambled eggs on the semi-baked biscuit crust. Top with the cooked bacon, onion, and green pepper; spread the Cheddar cheese all over the pizza. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. • Return to oven, and bake on the top rack until the cheese is melted and bubbling and has begun to brown, about 10 more minutes.

Directions • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/3 cup white sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. • Cut in cold butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (If desired, place flour mixture into the work bowl of a food processor with the butter; pulse several times to cut butter into the flour mixture. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl, and proceed.) • Stir in buttermilk until the flour mixture is moistened. • Drop 1/3-cup scoops of the dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. • Brush biscuits with heavy cream and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar. • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. • Mix together the sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup white sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Allow berries to rest until juices develop, about 30 minutes. • Serve the strawberries with juice over the biscuits. Prep:
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Mancakes Ingredients 8 ounces bacon, chopped 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Dad’s Cookies Ingredients

3/4 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 pinch ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/3 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup white sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 tablespoon white sugar

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1 cup warm maple syrup, or to taste

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, or to taste

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon butter

Add all ingredients to list

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Directions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, white sugar, brown sugar, oats and coconut. Make a well in the center and pour in the oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix well using your hands or a wooden spoon. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with a fork. • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, cookies should be a very light brown and chewy - not crisp. Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Prep: 18 minutes Cook: 12 minutes Ready In: 30 minutes

Directions • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes; remove from heat. Stir green onions into bacon and saute in hot fat until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bacon mixture to a strainer to drain, retaining drippings. • Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Add drained bacon mixture, milk, Cheddar cheese, eggs, melted butter, and sugar to flour mixture; whisk until batter is smooth. Let batter rest for 10 minutes. • Combine maple syrup and chipotle chile powder together in a small bowl; whisk until chile powder is completely dissolved. • Heat 1 teaspoon bacon drippings, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 teaspoon butter on a griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by 1/4-cupful onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer pancakes to plate and top with maple syrup. Prep:
15 minutes Cook:
20 minutes Ready In:
45 minutes

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Column special to Connection Dale Bishoff and his family around 1964, while he was pastor at the East Moline State Hospital in Illinois. He is pictured with his wife, Ann, and sons Leonard and Murray, right.

Remembering my father


ust as the ugly duckling turned out to be a swan, the most unlikely and seemingly under equipped warrior can carry the day. Snap conclusions about people can miss the mark by a mile. So it was with my father, Dale Bishoff. In looking at the course of his 89 years, he was a great success story and an inspiration as much as he could have ever hoped. My father came from a middle class family of entrepreneurs. His grandfather had tried his hand at many businesses, including photography in Nebraska, and returned to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he hauled milk from trains to dairy processing plants. His son — my grandfather — took the business one step further and bought the dairy processing plant then expanded into distribution. My father was a second son, not blessed with the social graces of his charismatic older brother. He did well enough in school to go on to college in dairy husbandry. He was, I suspect, a bit of a geek, a member of the radio club, a collector of milk bottle caps. He

Column by Murray Bishoff

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of urban mission work through her college. She too was searching, having escaped from a meager farm her immigrant parents had started in the desolate middle of South Dakota. She had worked as a nurse, gone back to school and was living with her two sisters in Chicago. These were two plain, socially awkward people who recognized kindred spirits and bonded. They got engaged quickly and married. My grandmother accepted her as the daughter she never had, and my mother saw my grandmother as the mother she had lost at a young age. Church work proved no certainty for my father. His first church assignment, in Beau, New Hampshire, lasted only a year. The town was too small, very provincial and alien to both of them. My mother really didn’t fit in. They packed up and went back to Pittsburgh, where my grandfather’s business was facing difficulty. While back working for his father, my dad worked on his speaking voice, reading into a wire recorder, trying to compensate for what he could not hear. It was a slow process. I came along during this period. These were lean years after my grandfather left the dairy business and retired. My father, without a job, gathered references and finally successfully pitched himself to the State of Illinois as a chaplain at a mental institution. At the end of 1958 the family drove two cars through a blizzard to reach a new home in East Moline in western Illinois. My father likely knew very little about the state mental health system at the time. The doctors were practically all immigrants, from Eastern Europe or Cuba, poor speakers of English, trained in Freudian psychiatry, with little interest in religion of any sort. The state hospital was a city unto itself, separated, where everyone from psychotic patients to alcoholics and the developmentally disabled were warehoused, along with those who could work in jobs like the bakery or the farm on the grounds.

My father was not there to impress the doctors, though he read up on Carl Jung and would engage them in staff meetings. He was there for the people, these pitiful ragamuffins of society. He understood them. His sermons, from the notes he left, were about encouragement, acceptance, understanding and God’s love. Those who came to his services got better and were discharged at a higher rate than most of the doctors saw, which didn’t endear him to their circle. Many nights the phone would ring at home, with word that a patient was “weak and failing.” My father went, and sat with them until they died. Often he was all the family these people had. My father’s work was made possible by a team of volunteers from an African American church located not far from the state hospital. My father had probably never had much contact with African Americans prior to that, but he recognized these women as the saints they were, the only people who committed themselves to ministering to the state hospital population. On my trips onto the grounds as a boy growing up, mostly for caroling at Christmas, I would see them, and only later learn to appreciate their dedication. My father learned from them as well. In the late 1960s, daycare centers were rare. He collaborated with others to establish a daycare center in the African American community, and served as treasurer for many years. That organization, while no longer in the original neighborhood, continues to this day. I also remember my father marching in the front lines of a civil rights parade through downtown East Moline -- the only time I ever witnessed such a sight. I was proud he was there. Outside of his job, my father was a curious man, a tinkerer. He liked to go into hardware stores and buy tools he had never seen before and figure out their function. He would check out a book from the library and use it to diagnose and repair the family TV.

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He learned electrical work to wire the home basement, woodworking to panel it, car repair. These were often difficult tasks. He would take electrical components that ran in parallel circuits and switch the same part from circuit to circuit until he isolated the problem and could replace the failed part. This required enormous patience, often more than the family had while eagerly waiting to watch a show. We were never a wealthy family, but we never felt in need. My parents provided so well that we didn’t know what we didn’t have. My father also made time for his children, including listening to my endless prattle about comic books. He patiently tried to show interest in what enthralled me, which extended to everything but music, something he couldn’t really hear. After my father was squeezed into retirement by the conversion of the state hospital into a prison, his energies shifted. He continued to volunteer, lining up churches to make weekly visits to a county nursing home for around 30 years. He focused on helping to raise a grandson after my brother passed, and later, keeping my mother going as kidney failure and dialysis slowly devoured her. Her last years were hard to watch, but he stayed at her side even when his strength was nearly exhausted. In his later years, my father tried to stay involved with his home church, offering insight from his studies, donating much of his library, taking the pastor tear sheets of articles from medical magazines he read. He constantly looked for ways to help, frequently involving himself in his grandson’s activities. When he came to Monett, my father liked seeing the community involvement, and especially liked the Festival 42 | June 2018

Pictured with his son, Murray, and his daughter-in-law, Julie Waetke-Bishoff.

When he came to Monett, ... He liked seeing a small town engaged with its people. of Lights. He liked seeing a small town engaged with its people. He would call me “his hero” for being involved with so much community activity, yet it was from him that I learned, the one who provided the model. On one of our last trips, he told me about the first time he took a group of volunteers at the state hospital to a locked ward to sing. He recounted how one of the orderlies became quite irate, declaring those patients had not seen a woman in years and would become absolutely wild in their presence. My father stood his ground and held the service without incident, not then or any time later. Just before the hospital closed, he recalled going back to that ward, now with only a few staff members, who were themselves women. How times had changed! And he had helped change it. When I think of my father’s smile, recalling he had stood up for the right thing, even if it was a little thing, for people no one cared about, I see someone who took the Apostle Paul’s edict “Bloom where you are planted” to heart. He may not have shaken the world, but he touched lives in a little way and succeeded beyond what he could have imagined.

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‘Mother of Us All’ Marionville’s Doris Rapp looks back at 22 years of public service


n April, two days after the municipal elections, a party was held at the fire station in Marionville for Doris Rapp, who was stepping down as mayor. Rapp, now 82, talked Alderman Chris Murphy into running for mayor, allowing her to run for his seat as alderman from Ward 1. The party was clearly a celebration for Rapp, the longest serving woman in an elected municipal position in at least Barry and Lawrence counties, if not in all of southwest Missouri. She could easily be referred to as “The Mother of Us All,” a role she clearly relished in a room packed with friends and colleagues, past and present. “I started in office in 1996 whenever a friend said he planned to run for mayor, and he asked if I’d run for city council.” Rapp said. “Before that I’d served on the school board. I’d worked for the Marionville newspaper, for I’d long been interested in

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What’s it like in the day of a trash hauler? Doris Rapp went along for a short ride to see for herself.

city business. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll sign up.’ I’ve been at it ever since.” In 2002, Rapp lost re-election by 15 votes, but she came back the next year, running unopposed. She retired in 2010, but kept busy around town. She and her husband, Jack, bought the turn-of-the-century bank building on the Marionville square and opened a tea room for a year. Her granddaughter, Valerie Kutzner, subsequently bought the building from

them and turned it into the Coleman Vault events center. In 2014, when Mayor Bob Clevenger resigned following his impeachment for statements in the media supporting views of a well-known local white supremacist, city council members called on Rapp to restore order and civility to the city government. She did so, in her typical style. “Personally, I kind of like to be in charge,” Rapp said.

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Doris Rapp, holding her framed resolution from the Missouri House, posed with the ladies with whom she worked regularly at Marionville City Hall. From left are: Patti Lane, police clerk; Debbie Bateman, city clerk; Rapp; Kathy Urschel, collector; Ivanna Maxwell, court clerk; and Barry Kienenberger, street superintendent. Not pictured was Dwain Cribbs, animal control officer.

Former police chiefs Mark Webb, left; Tony D’Andrea, right; and Rapp with Rich Witthuhn, current chief, center right. (left) Rapp posed with new Marionville Mayor Chris Murphy at the party in her honor.

A plaque presented by the Marionville/ Aurora Police Department honoring Doris Rapp’s leadership. (far left) The Missouri House resolution passed in honor of Doris Rapp’s public service.

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Several years ago a little girl had her rabbit stolen from her yard and was devastated. The next day Doris Rapp — with her own money — purchased a bunny for the girl.

She also set the example, coming to work usually by 9 a.m. and often staying until 4 or 5 p.m. One night, while the city staff struggled late into the evening figuring out taxes on a new system, she came back at 9 p.m. with cookies for the employees. “I like meeting people and helping any way I can,” she said, describing her approach to public service. “I like seeing the hometown improve. This is the only town I’ve ever known. I just want to do what you can to make things better. Somebody’s got to do it. Why not me?”

Those who worked with her have felt enthusiastic about her leadership. “All I can say for sure is that she has been a great mayor to work for,” said Kathy Urschel, the city collector. “She always tried to stay on top of things with the city, always available to talk to anyone if needed, not afraid to get her hands dirty, would help anyone! Also, made the best darn no-bake cookies ever!!” Rapp said she did not find being a woman made her job more difficult. “People know I took the time and effort to do the job,” Rapp said. “I

put the time in. I went to the meetings. I had a great respect from those I met.” Nor did she have much advice to offer to her successor in the mayor’s chair. “I told him to go for it,” she said, “but be sure you’re committed and dedicated. I’ve been there, and I was going to see it through. “I remember one time, my mother was in her 90s and having a birthday. We had a meeting at City Hall that night, so I came to city hall, and then came late to the party. I was discussing it with the new mayor. I think I missed one time in the last four years as mayor, and there was one time in the previous six years when I was an alderman.” Rapp hasn’t let her age get in the way either. “I’m remarkably well preserved,” she said. “I take no medicine other than a baby aspirin a day. I’ve been blessed with good health.”

“I like meeting people and helping any way I can.” - Doris Rapp The grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Rapps’ restaurant in the old Coleman Bank.

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There is nothing she wouldn’t or couldn’t do for her city. Issue with the flag pole and only one worker available, no problem, she drove the bucket truck.

Nor did Rapp rule out another run at the top city job. “Who knows? If the opportunity arises, I may come back,” she said. Every administrator takes memorable moments away from the job. Rapp has had her share. Her most famous incident was back in 2005 and involved two neighbors who got into a disagreement over a rooster that continued to crow. On this occasion, it was a Saturday morning and Rapp was out of town in Ozark at a Marionville Comets game. The rooster went at it, making his morning proclamations. A neighbor called the police, declaring the rooster was too loud. “The city attorney and the police chief arrested the rooster,” Rapp recalled. She got back to town and found the rooster, named Mister Peaceful, behind bars. “I made several phone calls and then I pardoned the rooster,” Rapp said. She presented the handwritten pardon and the rooster to its owner, Gene Smith. She told media reporting the case, “When you incarcerate someone, it’s to rehabilitate them. And I think the rooster has been rehabilitated.” The story got Rapp on national TV and a notice on Jay Leno’s show. “Sure, I’d do it again,” Rapp said. “I like to have a good time and just enjoy life.” The reception in honor of her tenure as mayor also didn’t pass without Rapp getting into the act. “I brought the girls [the city hall staff who organized the party] a card, designating them as the premiere 48 | June 2018

party planners,” Rapp said. “They did an excellent job. It was wonderful to see some of the people.” That included two past police chiefs, Tony D’Andrea, now with the Springfield department, and Mark Webb, who served from 2009 to 2012 and now works in Bolivar, along with current chief, Rich Witthuhn. She also had a phone call from State Representative Mike Moon, who secured a proclamation from the Missouri House honoring her service. The resolution praised Rapp as “an outstanding individual who has faithfully performed her important duties and responsibilities with the utmost professionalism, conscientiousness and fairness.” The resolution concluded, “We, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, join in expressing deep gratitude for the unparalleled service Doris Rapp has rendered to the City of Marionville and in wishing her the long, enjoyable retirement she so richly deserves.” “My husband went fishing and didn’t come,” Rapp said. “He and

Years ago, the Marionville City Hall received numerous calls about a dog running the highway and looked like it was starving. Callers were also worried it was going to get hit by a car. Doris Rapp had Seth, the ACO at the time, set a safe trap. After many attempts, the dog — now named Highway by all involved — was caught. It turned out she had pups and was scavenging food for them and herself. One of the concerned callers took Highway, pictured, and all of her pups! The caller also wrote a sweet article to the local newspaper thanking Mayor Rapp for her concern and kind actions.

our middle son said they had to try out new fishing poles. They’ll go fishing next week. I’ll make them take me with them.”

Community Calendar

June 2018 June 1

 The Monett Chamber of Commerce

will hold its 31st annual Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament at Windmill Ridge Golf Course in Monett. Each company is invited to have four participants. Lunch, 11:30, Tee Time, 12:30 p.m.

 The Cassville Chamber of Commerce

First Friday Coffee this month will be held at Security Bank beginning at 8 a.m.

June 2

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will host a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 each, and attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

June 4

 Notary Services available at the

Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 The dance hosted by the Monett

Senior Citizens Center at the Monett City Park Casino will be held from 7-10 p.m. with Evelyn Lock and the Outrider Band.

June 6

 Blood Pressure Check at 10:30 at Cen-

tral Crossing Senior Center, Shell Knob.

 Blood Pressure check at Cassville

Senior Center at 9:30 a.m.

June 7

 Benefit Enrollment Counseling by

appointment at the Cassville Senior Center. Call 847-4510.

 Paint Class at the Cassville Senior

Center at 9:00 a.m.

June 8

 Lunch sponsored by Old Town Phar-

macy at the Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy Street, Monett.

June 9

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will host a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 each, and attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

June 11

 Free Breakfast at the Cassville Senior

Center, 8 -9:30 a.m.

 Grace Foot Care by appointment at

Cassville Senior Center. Call 847-4510.

June 14

 Oxford Health education will be the

guest speaker at the Cassville Senior Center at 11:30 a.m.

June 15

 The Shell Knob Strings will perform

at the Monett Senior Center and the monthly Birthday Dinner will also be held at 11 a.m.

June 16

 Duffers for Veterans Golf Tourna-

ment, which benefits Missouri Veteran Home Assistance League Fund, will be held at Honey Creek Golf Club in Aurora. For more information call David Kloppenborg, 417-466-7103.

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will host a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 each, and attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

 The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce

will sponsor a “Pirate Themed Poker Run.” This is a fundraiser for the annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks Display to be held on the 4th of July. Call Twilia for more info, 417-858-3300.

June 18

 Notary Services available at the

Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Grace Health Services at the Central

Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob. Call for an appointment 417-858-6952.

 The American Red Cross blood drive

will be held. For time and location, call Donna at 417-235-2265.

June 20

 Blood Pressure Check at 10:30 at Cen-

tral Crossing Senior Center, Shell Knob.

June 21

June 23

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will host a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 each, and attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

June 25

 Nell’s Nails will be at the Central

Crossing Senior Center by appointment. Call 417-858-6952.

 Free Breakfast at the Cassville Senior

Center, 8 -9:30 a.m.

June 27

 WIC will be at the Central Crossing

Senior Center. Call 417-858-2114 for an appointment.

 Nell’s Nails begins at 9 a.m. Call 847-

4510 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome at the Cassville Senior Center.

 Oxford Health Speaker Susan Raus-

ch will be the guest speaker at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.

June 28

 The Pierce City Senior Center Dance

will hold its regular monthly dance.

June 29

 Mt. Vernon’s Red, White & Boom

Independence Day Celebration will be held on Friday night at the Spirit of ‘76 Park.

 Computer class at the Cassville Senior

Center beginning at 10:30 a.m.

 Birthday Lunch at the Cassville Senior

Center at 11 a.m.

 Nell’s Nails will be at the Monett

Senior Center beginning at 9 a.m. Call 417-235-3285.

June 30

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will host a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 each, and attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

 Paint Class at the Cassville Senior

Center at 9:00 a.m.

 Computer class at the Cassville Senior

Center beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Support groups Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) BINGO Held every Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Unit 137 in Mt. Vernon. A smoke-free room is available. Oak Pointe Bridge Club Oak Pointe Bridge Club meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Lunch can be purchased for $3. Call 417-235-3500.

Aurora: Alcoholics Anonymous of Aurora

meets at 8 p.m. at Aurora Community of Christ Church at 120 E. Elm every Tuesday and Thursday. Call 417-229-1237

Cassville: Alcoholics Anonymous of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold Street in Cassville every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 417-847-3685.

Eagle Rock: Alcoholics Anonymous of Eagle

Rock meets at 7 p.m. at 86 & P (Mitchel Plaza) every Monday and Wednesday. Call 417-271-0434.

Marionville: Alcoholics Anonymous of MONETT SENIOR CENTER Bingo every day at noon; Pitch every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30; and Pinochle every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Balance Class every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. CASSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Dominoes every Tuesday and Friday at noon. Exercise class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. Call 417-847-4510 for more information. CENTRAL CROSSING SENIOR CENTER, SHELL KNOB, MO. Regular events: Friends’ Bridge every Friday. Call Quita at 417-271-9803 for details. Cards Galore every Friday with Pitch beginning 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. Line Dancing every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Quilting for Charity every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Balance and Flexibility class is held every Monday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wii Bowling is Wednesday 12:30 p.m.

Marionville meets at 8 p.m. on Highway 60 next to Dairy Queen every Sunday. Call 417-463-7640.

Monett: Alcoholics Anonymous of Monett

meets at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 405 Seventh Street, every Sunday and Wednesday. Call 417-489-5058.

Mt. Vernon: Alcoholics Anonymous of Mt. Vernon meets at 8 p.m. at the Christian Church on 703 Hickory every Monday. Call 417-489-2413 or 417-440-1567.

Washburn: Narcotics Anonymous and

Alcoholics 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. 417-4897662.

Al-Anon Cassville: Al-Anon Family Group meets at

8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cassville every Thursday of each month. This is for family or friends of alcoholics.

Caregiver Support Group Monett: 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.

Cassville: Celebrate Recovery meets at the

Family Life Center in Cassville every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Meeting at the same time is Celebration Station for children. This is for anyone with hurts, habit or hang-ups.

Golden: Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Baptist Church on Route 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.

Monett: Celebrate Recovery meets at New

Site Baptist Church, 1925 Farm Rd 1060 in Monett, on Thursdays. Doors open at 6. Childcare provided. The Landing, a Celebrate Recovery group for teens, meets at the same time and site.

Purdy: Celebrate Recovery meets at First Baptist Church, 301 Washington St. in Purdy, at 10 a.m. on Mondays.

Seligman: Celebrate Recovery meets at

MOZark Fellowship, 28277 Frisco Street, every Wednesday. Food is served at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Diabetes Support Group Aurora: The Aurora Diabetes Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at Mercy Hospital in Aurora in the private dining room at 4-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Note: There is no meeting in December.

Grief Care Support Marionville: Grief Care Support, sponsored community support 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.

Monett: 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 417-235-3500.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Shell Knob: The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care-

Monett: Vision of Hope Narcotics Anony-

The Caring People

Monett: Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8

givers Support Group meets at the Central Crossing Senior Center, 20801 YY-15, the third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.

(Single Mothers)

Cassville: The Caring People, a Single

Mom’s Support Group, meets the second Monday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Cassville. This is jointly sponsored by The Caring People organization and First Baptist Church, Cassville. A meal and children’s activities are provided. The meeting is open to anyone. For more information, call 417-847-2965.

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Celebrate Recovery

mous group meets at 8 p.m. every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in the upstairs of Monett Community Church, 2101 E. Cleveland. p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the basement of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, located at the corner of Seventh and Cale streets in Monett, 417-442-3706.

Washburn: Narcotics Anonymous and

Alcoholics 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. 417-4897662.

familiar faces

The Inaugural performance in the First on Front summer concert series took place Friday, May 4, at the Jerry D. Hall Memorial Pavilion, located at the Glen and Sharon Garrett Downtown Park, on Front Street in Monett.








1. Cheyenne Gunter, Jennifer Gunter and Michael Bradbury. 2. Frank and Mary Rauen 3. Rick and Linda Jaques 4. Jamie Walker and daughter, Elizabeth 5. Megan Meyer holding Rosie Chapman 6. Ireland Mertens, Chase Pennington and Brandon Pennington 7. Karen Corn and great-grandson, Kyler Bartkoski 8. Belinda Harp and Dolores Casberr


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The Monett Lions Club held its annual steak dinner on April 14 at the Scott Regional Technology Center.

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1. Harold and Linda Schelin 2. Alysa Oyerly, Samantha Watson 3. Samantha Blackstone, Corey Kelley holding Zaylor Kelley 4. Gary Wightman, Mathew Watson 5. Maryal and Terry Hunt 6. Robbie Davis, Rick Minton, Bob Davis 7. Zane, Shaun, Meghan, Cade, Zoey and Luke Courtney (in the stroller) 8. Annie and Brian Smith 9. Cara Josh, Raely and Reiid Osterloh 10. Johnathan, Tiffany and Joshua Tallent


The Monett Kiwanis Club held its annual pancake supper on April 19 at the Scott Regional Technology Center.




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Amy Green, Tegan Rand Karen and John Richardson Sue Beshears, Randi Cox with Lillian Carney Brandon Ross, Gracie Maylee, Amberlyn Ross, Lillian Higdon, Savanna Higdon Kilee, Megan, Kiptyn and Brad Wilson

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Lindsey Butler, Ashley Keith, Levi Paul, Michalea Hunter, Bill Escobar Jaque Salas, Emily Hinojosa, Gisselle Villasenor Cheyenne Jobe, Debra Bagwell, Jamie Misener, Owen Misener


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8 The Monett Historical Society sponsored a fundraising concert featuring the band Keltic Knot on April 20 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.

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Blaise Randall, J.J. Randall, Jack Randall, and Carolyn Randall at rear Mamie Lane, Annie Burnetti Leon, Norma and Steve Hilton Spencer and Ann Ellis Charlotte and Dan Conner Marty Probstfield, Mike McMeley Glenda Brown, Glenda Arner Kathy and Steve Fairchild Claudia Nolan, J Thor Myers, Raegan Nolan





The Ozark Festival Orchestra held its Pops in the Park concert on Aril 15 at the Monett City Park Casino.

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Amy Mattlage, Shayla Doss Fay Williams, Mary Blinzler Leslie Chavarrla, Luci Hilliard Linda Lines, Linda Dohmen Logan Sparkman, Livee Bellah, Avi Bellah



7. Jonathan and Karen Echols 8. Barbara Carroll, Norma Clinton 9. Carolin Hopkins, Trauta Helsel 10. Michele Freiburger, Michells Goff, Michelle Goodson

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The Liberty United Methodist Church held its annual spaghetti dinner on April 14 at the church.






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1. Karyl Vermillion, Connie Jarvis 2. Melissa and Marley Priest, Jim Bass 3. Jeanne Ann Camp, Larry Roller 4. J.D. and Pam Mayo 5. Joyce and James Lawrence 6. Madison Williams, Andrew Karnz 7. Front: Zurich and Zella Zahn; Back: Jerry and Nancy Stroud 8. Aletha Smialek, Maurice Schoen 9. George Ballay, Doris Sisco 10. Justice Burkett, Seth Jarvis, Jordyn Misner

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Parting shot “Some nights you drink tea, some nights you drink whiskey.” — Atticus

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