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"Samuel's Winter" A short story by Erik Hand.

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"Samuel's Winter" A short story by Erik Hand


deafening crack cut through the roaring wind that blew through the forest around us. The crashing thud that followed sent a tingling vibration through my toes that crawled up my legs to my spine and turned to a shiver of fear as it worked its way up the nape of my neck. It was impossible to tell how far away the massive branch had landed from our small, fragile cabin, but even I knew it hadn't missed us by much, and as I heard the soft whistle of Mother hesitantly letting out a deep breath that had caught in her chest by the loud snapping of frozen wood, I was certain that we had been lucky. The wind roared on, turning into a droning hum that simply had to be ignored. We had been hunkered in our small two room cabin for what I reckoned was going on about three weeks now and there seemed to be no signs of letting up, at least that's what Father seemed to think. The snow had started in mid-October. It began slow enough, but then the small flurry of flakes just never stopped. It just kept snowing and snowing until the entire territory was covered in knee deep flakes as fine as sand and cold enough to freeze the toes off of Satan himself, as my father put it. Even when the snow finally let up the wind didn't. It had been blowing for weeks now and the drifts were ten feet tall, burying fences, covering trails, and making it so that if you weren't careful, you'd step your foot down into a stream that was running as cold as ice beneath the snow. I heard father tell Mother that Mr. Jatton's horse had stepped knee deep into a creek that had a snow covering over it and that its leg was frozen straight through by the time he made it across the field and back to the barn, said he'd probably have to shoot it. My Mother softly scolded him with her eyes and gestured toward me. She knew I was incredibly fond of horses and was concerned that the blunt comment may have been a knife aimed for my heart. Of course my father had never been as gentle with my feelings as she had. Turning to me he said, “You know that it's the only way that horse would ever be of any use anymore. At least this way he can get some meat off of her in case he finds himself in a bad spot this winter. Plus that horse was in pain, couldn't even walk anymore. They ain’t like dogs that are fine on three legs. He stopped her suffering, son.” I just nodded my understanding, keeping my face stern it had saddened me to hear of the horse coming against the business end of Mr. Jetton's Winchester, but there was no chance I was going to show any sign of the sorrow that it had caused me. My Father wasn't a stern man, but he did expect a certain amount of maturity and manliness out of his son, and I had figured out long ago that tearing up over a dead horse was no way to meet his expectations. Thinking of that horse caused another series of shivers to course up my spine until they locked into the muscle at the base of my skull, tightening up my neck and jaw with worry. Worry that our own two horses wouldn't survive the freezing torrents of wind that tore down from the mountains into our land. They had been kept in the open sided barn that father had built for them and the pigs, with racks in the back wall for the chickens to roost and lay eggs. The back wall faced the mountains and kept most of the wind out but the large open front wasn't going to keep any amount of heat in, so when the snow hadn't stopped after a couple days and easily reached over Father's shoes as he walked, he began tying bundles of straw together and stacking them in the opening until he had only a small portion of the barn open, just to get the horses out. But that hadn't stopped the cold. Every morning my father

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Erik Hand and I bundled up as best as we could and made our way out to the horses to check on them and take them warm water from the pot in the fireplace. Every morning we brushed the ice from their mouths and the whiskers on their chin. I'm certain the only way they were surviving was by never standing or laying without one pressed against the other. Though in the cabin, we were only faring slightly better. Father had heard that winter was shaping up to get off to a rough start so when the leaves turned brown and fall came upon us with a heavy frost each night, we got to work mudding the cabin. My job was to take a bucket down to Six Mile Creek at the bottom of the hill and load it up with the finest sand I could find and bring it back to my father. Up at the cabin he would be pulling buckets of water out of the well and splashing it in the garden for mud. Then he would mix the mud and sand and rub it over the boards and cracks of the house. He said it kept the heat of the fire in. I just liked the time I got to spend at the creek. Each time I went to fill the bucket up I would bring Mother a new crawdad that I would find hiding on the creek bed beneath a large rock and she would throw it in the pot she had over the fire, and by the time I was back with a new bucket of sand and a new crawdad the last one would be laying on the table ready to be shelled and eaten. Mother, who had grown up on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean, said the rich people in her town would eat really big crawdads called lobsters. She said they had more meat than ten crawdads. I hoped I would get to try a lobster someday. The idea of eating a hot crawdad straight from the fire was causing my already unsettled stomach to growl and turn in hunger. Food had been getting scarce since the storm had landed on us. Father said the deer and the boar had bedded down since

the storm had started and that he wasn't sure if he was going to be able to bring in any meat as long as the wind kept up. He had been able to bag a couple of squirrels with his scatter-shot about a week ago but since then all we had to eat was a broth mother had made with some cured fat clippings and stale biscuits that Mr. and Mrs. Haywood, an elderly couple from our church, had brought by after the first few days of snow. They brought us a large sack full of stale rolls, said they were dropping them off with anyone who wasn't living in town. Mother tried to give them some of our eggs in return but they refused and left, simply saying, “You'll be in our prayers,” as their carriage rolled back down the hill. I looked over to what was left of the sack. It hung on the wall next to the hearth, where mother had a pot of water warming. The large sack, which had golden brown rolls peeking out the opening three weeks ago, now hung lightly on the wall with just a small bulge in the corner seam at the bottom where a small bundle of stale gray flavorless biscuits sat. There couldn't be more than half a dozen left. As I glanced from the sack to the warm fire where mother sat wrapped in her shawl reading her Bible, the wind outside roared and pressed hard on the walls of our cabin. As the boards creaked and groaned under the force of the mountain winds a soft smile crossed Mother's lips and she looked up from her Bible. “Samuel, if your Daddy didn't know how to build us such a strong home we would be buried under a pile of splinters weeks ago,” she said matter of factually to me. As I looked around the room at the cabin I noticed how right she was. The wind outside was strong enough to get the better of a man who didn't have his wits about him and blow him off of his horse, but after pounding endlessly on our house for more than two solid weeks the only damage was clods of

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dried mud and straw that had broken loose as the cabin flexed and fought the onslaught. The heavy wood beams that made the cabin's corners were big enough around that if I wrapped my arms around them, I could only reach far enough to hook my finger tips. Their bare gray wood was smooth and silky to the touch, void of any splinter or crack from the hours Father, Mother, and I stood stripping and filling the large post. Those hours, however, felt like tedious labor when compared to the massive holes that we had to dig to set the posts in. The posts were set four feet in the ground and would have been deeper if it was up to Father but the sheet rock wasn't far enough under the dirt and stopped us short of his five foot mark. It took a team of mules and the help of the Clintons boys from town to set the post in holes. Once the posts were set Father had the house up in a month. The walls and ceiling were all cut and built from the trees he had cut down to clear the land around our home, while the floor boards were scavenged from three wagons that he had found abandoned along the creek. He said the wagons saved him over two weeks of stripping and cutting trees into boards. He even used the wheels to make a place to hang meat to cure and his tobacco leaves to dry. Of course now those racks stood bare out in the barn simply collecting ice. Again an icy blast of wind ripped through the trees, splintering the weak limbs that were overladen with layer upon layer of ice and causing the giant pines to sway and groan all around us. All the while I had been sitting on top of my bed contemplating on anything I could do to keep my attention for more than five minutes. Mother called it going stir crazy. She said a young boy was like a border collie and that they was meant to be out running in the fields and basking in the fresh air and sunlight, not cooped up inside. So far I had been occupying my time drawing pictures on fresh firewood with small pieces of cool coals that father had pulled out of the fire and using a small knife he had given me to work on carving small figures out of soap and wood. I was better with the soap but Mother stopped letting me use it, said she was tired of washing up with a pile of shavings that she had to smash together. I could work the wood, too, but it took quite a bit longer and I usually either lost interest or ended up with so many splinters I would have to give my hands a day or so to heal. Today, however, I had been spending my time waiting for Father to come back. He had awoken early this morning and began to bundle up his clothes and furs that Mother had sewn. After eating three of the biscuits and a few strips of fat, he threw a bear pelt over the back of his horse, saddled up and rode off. “How much longer you think he'll be gone?” I asked. “I don't honestly know Samuel,” Mother replied. “He was hoping that the Hodgers would have a cured shank to spare or maybe they had luck hunting and could spare a deer shoulder, but if they haven't anything to give him he's got a long ride ahead of him.” Jonathan and Cynthia Hodger were the closest thing we had to neighbors in the valley. In good weather they were a two hour ride away, but Father figured the storm would at least double that. The Hodgers were good people. They were a young couple, about ten years younger than my parents, and had just had their first child in late August. Due to their lack of kin, the Hodgers had adopted our family as their own. About once a week the steady clacking of of hooves and wagon wheels could be heard coming up the path to our cabin as the Hodgers came to find an herbal remedy to some ailment that had come upon one of them or to offer us some of Cynthia's fresh picked vegetables. Usually the visit never ended until we all sat down to a full dinner that Mother would prepare for everyone. Continued on Page 4

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People Winter Continued from Page 3 I liked the Hodgers a lot. Especially Cynthia. At only 23 years old, she was incredibly pretty. It took a long time before I was comfortable even talking to her. All it took was a simple “How are you Samuel?” and my stomach would tighten, my cheeks would flush, and I would find myself staring at the ground mumbling something incoherent and uninteresting without the slightest ability to shut myself up. She always just smiled sweetly and did her best to pretend like what I was saying was interesting. As I sat at the table, pushing the small blade of my knife into the smooth bare piece of wood in my hand, I began to picture her face. Her features were so small and delicate, so much so that she could pass for someone only a few years older than me were it not for baby Mathew wrapped up in her firm, yet slender, arms. I imagined her as I favored her best, not the way she looked when she, Joanthan, and baby Mathew first rode up, with her hair back tight, a soft polite smile on her face, the neck of her dress buttoned tight on her throat, and a blinding white pair of gloves that met the sleeves of her dress. Though she always looked beautiful when she was done up in such a fashion, I always preferred the Cynthia who had been at our home for a few hours and was in the kitchen helping Mother with the meal. As I thought of her now I saw her sitting on a short stool with her gloves off, shucking ears of corn over the bucket that sat between her knees, her hands gently working the silky hairs off of and out from between the kernels on the ears of corn. I saw her dark hair hanging slack over her ears after it had pulled and worked itself from the ribbon that held it in a pony tail while a few loose clumps fell in front of her face and stuck to the slight dampness on her forehead as she bent over her work. I could see the soft curves and crevices of her neck and collarbone after she had loosened the buttons on her dress and turned her collar down. I thought of her smile and small softly upturned nose, laughing as she and Mother talked and giggled like young girls. As I brushed the shavings from the piece of wood in my hand I inspected my work. Though no carving I had ever attempted was ever close to capturing Cynthia's beauty, I was pleased with my work, especially without Mother letting me use the soap. The beginnings of her face were well proportioned and with some work and a small file, I might even be able to soften them out properly. I had attempted to carve Cynthia many times, but most of them had eventually met the same fiery fate that all of my weaker attempts had met. I just had never been able to get them to look the way she did in my mind. As I pictured her I was reminded of where she was and what my Father was doing. The wind once again pressed against the house as if it were validating my fears. When Father had announced, over a broth and biscuit dinner last night, that he was going to ride up the path to the Hodgers, I didn't feel even the slightest twinge of worry or doubt, but with each gust of wind that broke against the north wall of our cabin, my chest tightened and my breath would catch. More than once I would catch Mother, still sitting by the fire, watching me through the corner of her of her eye. I knew she wanted to console me and she would have, had she not thought better of it. As soon as my fingers would start working the blade across the wood, she would turn her eyes back to her Bible or her sewing. I wasn't sure what made her hesitate, but I was glad she did. “How long has he been gone?” I asked without looking up. “It's hard telling, Samuel,” she said. “I would guess 'bout half a day now, but I haven't seen a peek of sunlight since he opened the door to leave this morning. So I really don't know. “Time moves so slow lately.” She half whispered the last bit, unable to hide the worry in her voice. She was right. The days moved by painfully slow in the storm. We hadn't seen the sun, moon, or stars in weeks, just gray days followed by


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black nights. And even then, there were only two opening in our entire cabin: the front door and the chimney. Father had built in a window on the wall just over my bed, but boarded it up on both sides when winter came, and now the only way to tell night from day, inside the cabin, was to open the door which, if left shut for any length of time, would have at least a foot of snow that had drifted up against it. Every morning it would take my father and I pressing our shoulders up against it before we could push it open enough to slide out and tend to the horses. Sleeping had become a way to simply pass the time. There were even days when I would only leave my bed to find something to eat or to go to the out house to relieve myself, which to be honest wasn't a very common occurrence since food was so scarce. Occasionally I would push against the door enough that it would crack open at the top and I could see whether it was day or night or if the sun had broken through the clouds or maybe if the snow had stopped coming down, but whether it was dark or light the same heavy clouds blocked out the sky from giving any light. It was always the same. I tried to remember the warm sun coming up over the hills. The way it rose just on the other side of our barn. You wouldn't even notice it until you came around the side and met it full on. A lot of times I found it uncomfortable, the piercing light chasing the soft dark from my eyes, but right now I ached for it. Even if I couldn't feel its warmth, even if I had to see it through the fog of my own breath freezing on the air, I just wanted to see it. “Samuel, it's getting cold in here. Could you come put some more wood on the fire?” Mother asked, freeing me from my hopeless thoughts. “What were you thinking about, son?” she asked, seeing that her voice had shaken me. “Nothing really,” I shrugged, standing to retrieve the wood. “Anything you can to stay sane in here, I reckon,” she said with a sympathetic smile. I crossed the room with a log in each hand and knelt beside the fire, placing the logs on the healthy bed of coals. I knelt there for a moment as they quickly began to flare up from the strong heat of the embers. Their warm orange glow made me think of the sun once again, rising up behind the barn. But it only took a minute for the hot air pouring from the hearth became too heavy and stuffy and I had to move back to the table where the air was cool and light. Slightly awakened from the bit of movement, I looked over to Mother. “Do you think the Hodgers are going to be...OK when he gets there?” I asked her. “I'm sure they will be, son. Jonathan is a very strong man, and Cynthia may be small but she has a strong heart son and that can count for a lot,” she said. I could tell from the way she held herself that she believed what she had just told me, her head high, nodding ever so slightly, her eyes content, and a small, confident smile curled at the edges of her mouth. “Of course, I hope he's there by now or else it's going to be dark before he gets home,” she said. I hadn't thought of that. I had simply assumed he would be back before nightfall, but she was right. If it had taken him this long to get there then there was no way to be back before dark. There was no way he would be able to travel in the dark. In a storm like this the night time was the blackest dark I had ever known. Not a drop of light made it through the clouds to touch the ground. To ride a horse in this storm was dangerous, but to do it at night would be suicide. I began to worry about my Father, possibly for the first time in my life. Good Lord, bring him home soon, I prayed through my breath. Quickly trying to push the thought from my mind, I reached for my knife and the beginnings of my Cynthia. I had a rough working of her face worked out that, with some work, could be perfect. I decided to begin working on her hair and the shape of her head since it was the next hardest part. I had learned not to put hours into carving all of the easy parts just to mess up the hard parts, making it all worthless. Get the hard part done and if I could do that well enough move on to the simple. I began carving the top of the head, rounding it out and working

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it into a flat oval shape before cutting away the edges and giving it a dome. The shaving had to be as small as possible so I could work off as little as I could at a time. This left less possibility for uncorrectable errors. I worked the edges around the oval that I had made above and around her face, slowly bringing the wood down until I found the top of her head buried in the shavings. Once I found it, I began working it down along the sides of her face until I met her shoulders. Then I began on the back of her head, working down ever so slightly from the dome to where her ponytail began to form and then curving back up where her thick hair bunched when it was all pulled into a small clump. I wouldn't even attempt to work her ribbon into it, but perhaps a few bright threads tied gently around it would look good when I was finished. Beneath my working hands lay a small pile of shavings, as fine as saw dust, that was forming as I worked my way back down the arc of her ponytail where it wrapped under itself and curled back up as it came to a point. I worked as slowly as I possibly could, focusing more on detail than I ever had before. After all, I had all the time I needed. Once I had given the hair texture and had worked the edges down to her neck and shoulders, I gently blew the dusty shaving from her face. It was easily the best work I had ever done on wood. I reached for the thick square of leather I kept my knife wrapped in when I wasn't using it and began to firmly, but slowly, rub the rough edges, removing any small splinters or uneven marks on the wood. Occasionally I would lick my finger and rub some moisture into the wood to make it softer and easier to work. “What have you been working on so diligently over there?” Mother said, speaking for the first time in what must have been hours. “Just whittling on some wood, Mother,” I responded, as easily as I could. I felt rather uncomfortable with the fact that she had seen me putting so much time and effort into a carving of a woman. “Well, let me see it,” she said happily. “It's not done,” I said, trying to work my way out of letting her see it. I knew she would see right through it, right through it and right into me. “Samuel, son, you've been sitting over there most of the day working on that same piece of wood and staring at it as though it were a gold nugget. Now bring it here and show me what has kept you from talking to your mother all day,” she said, her voice insistent this time. Knowing there was no way out of it, I pushed my chair back away from the table, the wood leg biting and grinding against the floor signaled my defeat, but there was another noise there. I stopped pushing and sat frozen, listening for the sound again. “Samuel, bring it he...,” the sound cut her off. I had definitely heard it that time. There were voices. More than one. I lept from my seat and ran full force into the door. It gave a loud crack but began to slowly push open against the snow that had built up since Father had left earlier in the morning. It wasn't completely dark outside, but it would be soon. I could definitely hear Father's strong, stern voice talking over the wind. “Get Mathew inside, Cynthia. Tell Samuel to put his boots on and come out and help me carry him.” As I continued pushing the door open I could see Cynthia's small figure making its way through the snow toward me. She moved quickly and cumbersomely toward me, hunched over baby Mathew in her arms, keeping him out of the wind and stinging snow as much as possible as she made her way from the barn. By this time Mother had moved from her chair and was leaning against the door with me. The awful biting cold tore past our bodies and whipped around our cabin blowing out candles and causing the fire to roar in a violent fluttering dance. As Cynthia reached the door, Mother met her with a warm blanket from near the fire that she told Father would be there when he got back. As she pulled Cynthia into the cabin and wrapped her in the warm blanket, her soft lips were blue and trembling, her dark silky hair was matted and crusted in snow and ice, her veins stood out dark and blue against her creamy white skin.

“S-S-Sam, hel-help Jon,” she stuttered out. I stuffed my feet in my boots and ran out the door. Moving as quickly as I could through the deep snow I moved towards Father's voice as he talked to Jonathan. “Father!” I yelled over the wind. “Over here, son,” I heard him by the barn. “ Jonathan needs help getting inside.” As I neared them I saw Father crouched in the snow beside a makeshift sled that held Jonathan. Crouching on the other side of the sled, Father and I each grabbed one of Jonathan's arms and wrapped them around our shoulders and did our best to stand him up. Jonathan, who was a bigger man than either of us, was tall enough that his feet drug on the ground as we hauled him toward the cabin, his face contorting in anguish and pain with every step we took. “What happened to him?” I asked as we neared the door. “I think he has some broken bones,” Father said. Mother was waiting at the door of the cabin for us with a chair to set Jonathan in. After we set him down, Father leaned the chair back on its back legs and pulled him toward my bed. Mother and I went over to help him hoist Jonathan into the bed. “Samuel, get under his shoulders, Claire get under his legs, and be gentle. I think his right one is broke. Ready, Jonathan? On three: One, Two, Three.” Jonathan cried out through tightly gritted teeth as we clumsily laid him on the bed. Cynthia, who still huddled by the fire, turned quickly at his muffled shouts. A mixture of exhaustion, sorrow, and her own pain shown all too well in her eyes, drawing me to her. As Mother and Father tended to Jonathan, I quietly moved across the room to her side. Wordlessly I pulled my chair up beside her and wrapped my arm around her shoulders. Unaware of my own brazenness, I felt her still freezing body curl into mine. It was loving, obviously not in the way I dreamed it to be, but in that moment she needed nurturing, and I was more than happy to provide it for her. As we sat there, Mother and Father bustling behind us, she rested her head on my shoulder. Her hair was damp with cold water and the melting snow was soaking her clothes. I looked down to see baby Mathew, in her arms, with drops of melted snow dripping on his forehead. “You need to dry off and get into some dry clothes, Cynthia,” I said. “Samuel, take the kettle into the other room and pour the hot water in the washtub for Cynthia. Then fetch her a bar of soap, some candles and one of my heavy nightgowns,” Mother said, obviously overhearing my concerns. Hating the idea of moving from my current position, I slowly rose and did as I was told. Finding a cloth holder, I took the heavy cauldron into my parent's room. It was a room equally as large as the main room with a large bed on the far side and bathing curtain in the corner with the washtub behind it. The washtub was about two foot deep and big enough around that a child not much younger than I could sit in it with their legs crossed. I drug the large kettle behind the curtain and tipped it into the washtub until there were only a few inches of space between the water and the brim of the tub. After placing a bar of soap and a wash rag on the wooden stand near the tub, I found Mother's heavy nightgown hanging by the bed and laid it neatly over the curtain and lit some candles behind the curtain so Cynthia could see. Just then I turned to see her standing in the door. “Thank you so much, Samuel,” she said, with tears brimming in her eyes. “I haven't had a bath in two weeks. Our kettle rusted out. I must look a mess.” She did, of course, but her eyes and mouth were still beautiful and untouched by the harsh effects of the storm. “Don't mention it, ma'am,” I said awkwardly. Her beauty had caught me off guard this time, and I had turned right back into a bumbling child. “How dare you, Samuel,” she said, trying to sound offended. “Calling me ma'am like I'm a stranger and not your dearest friend.” Her joking made me smile. I hadn't felt like smiling in some time. Continued on Page 5

People Winter Continued from Page 4 “Now go help your parents take care of my husband, while I clean up.” I awkwardly made my way past her, unsure of whether or not to make eye contact, so I simply put my head down until I was through the door and heard it shut behind me. I walked over to where Jonathan was laying in bed just in time to hear my mother asking what had happened to him. She was just finishing up lashing a splint to his calf. “It didn't take me as long to get there as I thought it would,” Father began to explain. “The snow was deep, but I reckon the deer and wolves are using the path at night to move around because it was fairly easy to stay on track.” “The wind wasn't so bad as I got to the bottom of the hill, either, but by the time I got there, I was still half frozen and the horse seemed to be in worse shape than I was, so I loaded her into the barn to give her a bit of a rest while I went to speak with Jonathan and Cynthia. The problem was that they were in worse shape than we were. No food to speak of, said they had finished off the last of their venison the day before and hadn't eaten since. Worse yet, they had run themselves out of firewood. They were huddled around the fire praying when I showed up.” “My goodness,” Mother gasped. “So we loaded Cynthia and Jonathan on our horse and I saddled up his little black yearling and took Mathew and we started working out way back. Miss Red must have been in worse shape than I thought, though, because about a mile up the path she stumbled under the weight of Jonathan and Cynthia and swayed sideways off the path, knocking Jonathan into a tree and smashing his leg and ribs up pretty good. Cynthia was able to slide off the back end before the horse fell over all the way but Jonathan took it pretty hard on the right side of his body there.” That was when I realized it. The horse with the sled was the Hodgers horse, the little black one. “Where's Miss Red?” I asked in sudden panic. Mother immediately covered her mouth in horror. Father closed his eyes and took a deep breath. “She's dead by now, son,” he let out in a sigh. “Her leg was broke bad. She wasn't going to make it back, not in this snow. We had to leave her there and get Jonathan home as quick as possible.” I stared at him in disbelief. Miss Red was born to our old mare about six years ago. She was a big, wide rumped horse that Father tended to favor over the others for her size and was more tame than most dogs. I had spent countless hours riding her up and down the mountain paths around our cabin and working her in the stable lot. In a lonely place where companions were hard to come by she was the closest thing I had to a friend. Of course I realized she was just a horse, but she was my horse, my pet, my friend. Mother reached for me with tears in her eyes, “I'm sorry Samue..,” but I turned and cut her off, trying to avoid giving into my emotions. I moved to the table where my knife and carving of Cynthia lay and picked them up, but my fingers didn't move. I just sat there staring at them. “I'm sorry, son. I know you loved that horse,” my father began now. “She worked hard to get us home, but it was bad out there.” I payed him no attention, just nodded. Just then Cynthia made her way out of the back room in Mother's gown. “Thank you so much for the bath Samuel, and for the clothes, Claire,” she added. “You're very welcome,” Mother said wiping the tears from her eyes. Mother and Father moved away from Jonathan and let Cynthia in by him. “Here, Cynthia, let me take Mathew and I'll get him cleaned up and in a fresh wrap.” “Thank you, Claire. Will he make it?” Cynthia half joked of Jonathan, who lay asleep now. “He looks pretty beat up.” “Oh, he is,” Father replied. “But he should

be fine. His leg seemed to set well, and as long as he stays off of it for a few weeks, he shouldn't have any problems.” “Thank you so much for coming to get us, Saul,” Cynthia said to my father. Father just nodded and sat at the table across from where I had sat down and had quietly resumed whittling on my figure of Cynthia. I felt his eyes studying my own, searching for some clue of the emotions that were hiding behind them. I held my face as stern as possible, pretending as though my focus on what was before me was unbreakable, but behind the focus I felt as though I was being torn apart and shredded to pieces. All I could think about was my horse, miles away, dead, and slowly being covered in snow and ice. As my father's eyes continued their onslaught over my face, I found my breaths becoming short and quick, my jaw clenched, and my eyes became moist and blurred. I won't let this happen now, I thought, but the harder I tried to keep my focus on the blade of my knife, the worse it became. With my face held stern and moisture weighing heavy on my eyelids, a tear broke. I tried to ignore it, but as it curled past the corner of my mouth and down the side of my chin, it hung on my jaw, tickling and aggravating the spot where it rested until I reached up and swiped it away with the sleeve of my shirt. Acknowledging the tear only made more come, causing my eyes to blink away the water that was welling up within them. My nose began to run, causing me to sniffle and wipe at it with my sleeve. As I tried to bite at my trembling lip, I realized there was no stopping it now. My emotions were going to have the better of me and there was no stopping it. Setting my knife and the piece of wood on the table I began to quietly cry. My Father looked to the fire and opened his mouth, taking in a deep breath as though he were about to say something, but then let it back out without a word. He stood and walked around the table toward me. Putting his large, rough hand on my shoulder, he gently squeezed and patted my back. He stood there for a minute or so, gently squeezing and patting before he went to his and Mother's bedroom and closed the door. I then realized that the room had gone silent after he had stood up. Embarrassed that Cynthia and Mother had been behind me watching me cry, I wiped my eyes again, wrapped my knife in the leather square, and tucked it in my shirt pocket. Silently I brushed the pile of shavings off of the table into my cupped hand, picked up the halffinished carving, and dumped the shavings in the fire. After kneeling before the dancing flames for a moment, trying to shake off the embarrassment, I lay down on an elk pelt that was laid out on the floor a few feet back from the fire. Soon I heard both women as they began to move around. I heard Mother sniffling and a kissing sound that I assumed was Cynthia kissing Jonathan's forehead. After a few moments, I felt the floor near me flex under the soft weight of a person as someone sat on the coarse fur beside my head. I lifted my head and looked up, expecting to see my Mother's red eyes damp with tears, but the tear-stained cheeks were that of Cynthia, not my Mother. Not sure what to do, I just looked up at her soft, empathetic face. She slid her thighs under my head and wrapped her feet up under her. I let my head rest on her lap and stared at the fire as she began smoothing my hair across my head. Without control of my emotion, I began softly crying again, but I began to realize that I wasn't only crying for Miss Red, who was laying frozen and dead miles away. It was this whole damn place, frozen, hungry, lonesome. I had never been so damn lonesome. The evening passed by slowly. I eventually fell asleep on the elk fur by the fire. When I woke up, Cynthia was on the floor beside me wrapped in a blanket with a corner of the fur rolled up under her head. I made my way over to the table where there was a cup of water. Trying to sift through the emotional evening before, I looked around the quiet room. Jonathan lay motionless on my small bed, Cynthia stirred slightly on the floor, and Mother sat rocking in front of the fire while water warmed in

the kettle. “Got you some fresh water there, Samuel,” Mother said. “I figure you're going to have a hard day today, so you better drink plenty.” Her words were spoken as though their meaning was obvious, but I hadn't the slightest clue to what they meant. “What do you mean?” I asked before taking a sip of the warm water, sure that the question would be completely foolish. “Samuel, there are six mouths to feed in this house and only three more of those stale biscuits left in that sack, and I only have another pot's worth of clippings to make soup from. You and your father are going out today to find us some food,” she explained. I couldn't believe I hadn't realized it. I had been so caught up in Miss Red dying that I had forgotten the reason Father had went to the Hodgers' home in the first place was to find food before we starved. Just then Father stepped out of the other room. Despite the full night's sleep he still looked tired. His eyes were dark and dull, his arms hung rather limply at his side, and his movements were slow and labored. He crossed the kitchen, with hides already wrapped around his forearms, legs, and around his stomach. All of them had been cut down by Mother to fit him perfectly and had then been laced with thick strips of leather to pull them tight to his body and hold them snugly in place. Taking a cup and and scooping some grounds out of the coffee sack that sat on the shelf with the salt and sugar, he turned to me and said, “Better get ready, Samuel. We have some work to do today.” With that he walked over to the fire where Mother poured hot water from the kettle into his cup and over the grounds. Coming back to the table, I noticed his face lacked all expression as he sat and waited for his coffee to steep. It was the same face I had seen him use when he played liar's dice with Jonathan and the men in town. Of course Mother never let him play for money, she didn't believe in gambling, but Father was the best dice player in town, and that face meant he was holding something that he didn't want me to know. “Better dress as warm as you possibly can. Cynthia can help you lace up your furs while Mother gets us something to eat.” Though he was speaking to me, it was clear to everyone in the room what they needed to do. “Once we eat, you and I will go out and saddle Jonathan's horse and lash the sled to the mule. Then I want you to grab my sharpest hatchet and put the seven foot lead on the mule. Understand?” “Yes, sir,” I answered without hesitation. Though my mind was flooded with questions, I knew better than to begin asking them now. My orders were clear. I pulled on both pairs of my pants and two of my heaviest shirts. Taking a chair from the table, I sat and began lacing up the furs on my left arm while Cynthia bent at my feet, lacing up my boots and then moving up to the furs on my legs. Over in the corner Mathew stirred slightly in the crib and settled back down to sleep. Mother had managed to keep him fed by crumbling up half of a biscuit and soaking it in fatty broth until it was just warm mush. Cynthia had me stand as she tightened the laces that ran up the outside of my thighs. In the bright light from the fire and all of the candles Mother lit every morning, I could see the lines of her face much more clearly than the night before. It was then that I noticed how sunken and sharp her face was, as every line of her already thin face was accented by days of hunger and worry. Her eyes, nevertheless, still held their brightness. By the time I was wrapped up and ready, Mother had biscuits on the table with two small bowls of thick, fatty, salty broth. “Eat up, son, but hurry. The sooner we leave, the better,” Father said. I ate quickly and stood up. Though the boots I wore didn't have a particularly thick sole, I felt taller as I stood up from the table with Father. Mother and Cynthia draped furs over our shoulders and tied them at our necks and across our chests. I raised my chin to let Cynthia tie mine on as we stood at about eye level to each other. Smiling, she tried to make light of the situation. “Please bring me back something to eat,

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Samuel. I'm oh so hungry,” She tried to voice humor behind the words, but the words hung heavy in the air between us. She stood still for a moment as her face drooped sorrowfully, then suddenly she threw her arms around my neck and buried her face in the fur on my shoulder, whispering again, “I'm oh so hungry.” She pulled away before I could return the embrace and stepped over and put her arms around my Mother, who said, “Hurry along now, boys. We're all hungry.” With that, Father pushed the door open, and we stepped out into the ravishing cold. I did as I was told without question. Saddling the horse proved difficult as it was hesitant to brave the storm a second time, but after some effort, we had the horse saddled, the mule's lead tied to the horse's saddle, the sled that carried Jonathan lashed to the mule, and Father's sharpest hatchet tied to the sled. After we had draped both animals with blankets and furs, Father mounted the horse as I slid up on the mule, and we set off down the path. As we rode down the hill from our cabin, I turned and watched it disappear behind the billowing snow. As I watched its image get dimmer and dimmer behind the icy fog of flakes, I slowly begin to feel the gravity of the situation as it settled like a stone in my stomach. I had no idea what Father had planned or how far he was wanting to go. The icy air ripped at my chest and bit at my eyes as I clung to the mule, trying to keep warm, but the warmth from his body was lost all too quickly to the frozen blasts of the winter storm. We moved quickly through the the snow, as we were fortunate enough to still be able to see the tracks in the snow from were Father had drug Jonathan on the sled behind the horse the afternoon before. Father never spoke, and it was plain to see from his riding posture that his body was quickly becoming exhausted by the cold ride. Tired of being left in the dark, I yelled out to him over the wind. “Where are we going!?” “Just up the path a ways,” he answered, trying to brush off the question. “What's up there?” I asked, remaining persistent. I kicked my mule a bit to bring myself closer to him. He kept his head down this time. “What's up there?” I tried again. Without turning around he answered simply, “Your horse.” Kicking his horse he pulled back away from me as far as the lead would allow. I sat atop my mule, motionless for a minute. Confused. Then it clicked. I remembered back to the conversation he had had with Mother regarding Mr. Jetton. I turned back to where the sled held the hatchet, and as the reality of what was about to happen set in, my stomach began to churn, and I fought to hold in my breakfast. We rode silently on for what felt like hours, dread and disgust constantly battling for which one would overtake me first. I wanted to beg him no, to ask him to let me turn around, but I couldn't. The sternness in his face this morning was all I could picture in my head as I stared at his back swaying weakly in front of me with each step of the horse. That face meant that it had to be done. I knew he would only ask such a horrific thing if he knew there was no other option, but it didn't make it any easier. Then I realized Father was slowing down. We were here. As I peered around my father's shoulders, Miss Red came into view. Along the edge of the path, under a light dusting of snow, I could make out a mound of rust colored fur beneath a large pine. Suddenly, the sound of the howling wind turned to a deafening roar in my head, and breathing the frozen air became unbearable as my chest tightened and my stomach turned. I could see tufts of fur and mane flicking and ruffling in the wind. Her eyes were wide and milky white from the ice that had frozen over them. Climbing off of my mule, I felt as though I were in a deep haze. The snow flakes swirling around me became very disorientating, and I felt myself listing from side to side, my body begging to collapse from the cold and exhaustion. Just then I felt my father's hand grab me by the back of my neck and snap me back to life. Continued on Page 6

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People People planner Let's Go Fishing Show scheduled The Let's Go Fishing Show arrives January 6-7-8 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Illinois, for its 19th year. Returning for their second year in a row will be the “Fishin' Magicians.” The act features Amy Short and Steve Craig, with a humorous, fishing-themed, magic show using traditional props and fishing equipment. The Springfield, Missouri, area duo have entertained audiences at boat shows and entertainment venues all across the country, and appeared on the ESPN cable television network.  The show will again feature 30 seminars on Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Walleye, Trout, Muskie and other species. These seminars are conducted by local experts, as well as national and regional professionals. Among the pro's featured this year will

Winter Continued from Page 5 “Hey son, stay with me, I need your help,” he said. “Fetch me the hatchet, and let's get this over with.” Slowly regaining control of myself, I did as I was told and brought my father his hatchet. As I handed it to him, he paused for a moment. “Son I'm weak right now. I need you to know that even though I'm going to start this, you will probably be the one who finishes it. Understand?” I nodded in understanding, though I'm sure my face gave me away as terrified at the thought. Nonetheless, Father approached the dead horse with the hatchet in his hand. After brushing the snow away from the front quarter and shoulder of the horse, he drew his arm back and brought the blade down hard on the horse's body. The hatchet sunk into the horse's frozen flesh like it was sinking into wet wood. The noise was dull and thudding. There was no squish of soft flesh or crack of metal hitting bone. Just frozen meat. Father continued bringing the hatchet up and slicing it down until he had worked a deep cut around the top of the the shoulder, and beneath the inches of meat shone a pearly white bone. Gasping for breath he stood up from his knees and made his way over to me, but not before kicking a pile of snow over the face of the dead animal that until a day ago was my best friend. As he walked up to me his head was down and his arm was outstretched with his hatchet in his hand. “I need a break son,” was all he said. In most circumstances I wouldn't have needed another command. I had quartered more than a dozen deer in my life and I knew what needed to be done, but this was my pet. I stood motionless, unable to reach out and take the hatchet from his hand. “Son think of our family, think of the Hodgers, they need our help and I can't do this alone. Please son,” he pleaded with a look of sorrow on his face. I looked down at the hatchet, the metal was completely clean, even after cutting through a horse. The meat was frozen, there was no blood seeping through the cut at all. I looked at the partially separated shoulder. Then I heard her voice, still hanging in my ear: “I'm oh so hungry Samuel.” Taking the hatchet from my Father's hand he looked as though I had taken an anvil from his shoulders. I walked over to where Miss Red laid and knelt beside her body. Brushing my fingers through the fur on her shoulder I closed my eyes and let a silent tear flow down my face, leaving an icy trail behind it. Then I brought the hatchet over my head, opened my eyes, found my


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aim, and brought the hatchet down on target. Again and again I dropped the hatchet on the flesh and into the bone, always thinking of Cynthia. I hacked until the leg and shoulder were completely separated from the body of the horse. As I tied the piece to the sled, Father resumed cutting, but this time on the back quarter. He made it a third of the way through before I had to resume cutting. By the time we were through it was all we could do to drag the quarter over to the sled and hoist it on, but we had over 200 pounds of untainted meat. More than enough to feed all of us through the storm and on into the winter.

As I brushed my gloves through the snow, trying to rid them of loose horse hair and frozen flakes of blood, Father pulled himself up onto the horse. With the mule loaded down with its burden I climbed up right behind father and wrapped my arms around his broad chest. “You ready, son?” With my face pressed against his back I nodded. As we rode back along the path I fought to stay awake. My father had told me more than enough stories of men falling asleep atop a horse and slid off only to get their neck stepped on. Still, I felt exhausted. The emotional toll weighed even heavier on my lids than all of the soft frozen muscles


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in my body. It was all I could do to push the images of the day from my head. Finally ready to give in, I blindly tied the lacing from my gloves together on the other side of Father's body, hoping that they would at least give me time to react if I began to slip. The ripping wind forced my eyelids shut and once I was alone behind their dark doors sleep crept through the darkness and took my conscious mind, but even as I slept she still hung in my mind. Her dark hair hung slack over her ears after it had pulled and worked itself from

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People People planner Science Center to host Star Trek: The Exhibition This winter, the Saint Louis Science Center will present Star Trek: The Exhibition. The exhibition is now open. For more than 40 years, Star Trek has entertained audiences with compelling stories, colorful characters and powerful allegories. No other science-fiction brand has become so interwoven with popular culture. While entertaining and delighting, Star Trek also foretold the world today: humans exploring other worlds, miracles of modern medicine and even the first cell phone.  "Star Trek: The Exhibition aligns with our scientific mission," said Philip Needleman, interim President and CEO of the Science Center. "From the Planetarium to Cyberville and the Breakthrough Gallery to Space in Popular Culture, the Science Center is full of galleries directly related to science and technology that have been inspired in some way by Star Trek."  This exhibition brings 45 years of authentic Star Trek artifacts to life, showcasing the largest collection of artifacts ever put on public display. One-of-a-kind costumes, props and filming models from every Star Trek television series and feature film will amaze and inspire Star Trek fans and novices alike. An impressive array of exhibits features sets, costumes and props from all five live-action Star Trek television series and eleven Star Trek feature films. Visitors will be able to step aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, explore Dr. Crusher's Sickbay from Star Trek: The Next Generation andsit in James T. Kirk's

captain's chair. By simultaneously taking audiences into the universe of the future and the past, Star Trek: The Exhibition allows audiences to reconnect with iconic Star Trek moments and characters while exploring the creative spirit of science fiction that gave us many of today's modern marvels. A d d i t i o n a l l y , special programming designed by the Science Center will explore the science behind the most enduring science-fiction franchise in history. " T h e S t a r Tre k s e r i e s a n d films have captivated audiences for decades," said John Lakey, Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium at the Science Center. "By bringing the exhibition to the Science Center, we are able to supplement and complete fans' experience in the exhibition with one-of-a-kind science-based programs and events throughout our museum."  In the Planetarium, a new Space Show has been designed to accompany the exhibition. In the TV show Star Trek, the ship and crew visited many fictional worlds with intelligent life. The new Space Show, Seeking New Earths, explores the real knowledge of planets orbiting other stars and where current space exploration is in the hunt for these planets and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Other special programming includes Star Trek First Fridays. Visitors are invited to come in costume and enjoy special sciencefiction themed activities and demonstrations throughout the Science Center. Upcoming highlights include: • Friday, January 6, 2012: Star Trek trivia contest

• Friday, February 3, 2012: Special guest Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager Tickets and more information at Information on related programs at the Science Center will be available at

Royal Rumble coming to St. Louis The WWE's Royal Rumble will come to Scottrade Center at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 29. This is the beginning of the road to Wrestlemania in Miami. On the card are John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Miz, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan and the Divas. Tickets prices are $300, $90, $75, $45, $20 and are available at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets or charge-byphone at 1-800-745-3000.

Garden to host Orchid Show The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a colorful respite from the winter doldrums with its muchanticipated Orchid Show, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. The annual Orchid Show is the one time of year for visitors to see a re g u l a r l y - ro t a t i n g d i s p l a y o f 800 blooming orchids from the Garden’s renowned collection, one of the largest in the nation. Stroll through the lush, tropical landscape of fragrant blooms on Saturday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Show admission is $5, in addition to regular Garden admission. Visit to learn more. The Orchid Show is a temporary display built from the ground up inside the 5,000-square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Show themes change annually, offering visitors new ways to experience the orchid collection from year to year. In 2012, to celebrate the Garden’s “Year of China” and 25th year of work on the Flora of China project, the Orchid Show transforms into an architecturally-inspired indoor Chinese strolling garden. Pass through a replica of the Moon Gate (the iconic, rounded entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden) to enter a landscape of greenery infused with Chinesethemed accents. Stroll along the curved paths to uncover numerous water features, small stone lanterns and other statuary. Thirty oversized, tasseled silk lanterns suspended overhead add vivid, eye-catching pops of color. Freeform bamboo shoots are shaped into artistic arrangements. Replicas of a small stone footbridge and a stone pagoda are nestled in the moss-covered, orchid-filled flower beds. At every turn, orchids of many colors burst from the landscape. Approximately 800 orchids are on display at any one time, including

Cattleya, Laelia, Epidendrum, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum and other varieties. Size and fragrance vary, but all orchids are displayed as they would be found in their natural habitats, with terrestrial o rc h i d s a t g ro u n d l e v e l a n d epiphytic orchids suspended at eye level atop tree branches. Several hundred tropical plants, including bamboo palms (Chamaedorea seifrizii), heavenly bamboo nandina (Nandina domestica) and assorted ferns help fill the scene. The 2012 Orchid Show is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. O rc h i d S h o w a d m i s s i o n i s $5 per person (ages 3 and over), in addition to general Garden admission ($8 for adults; $4 for St. Louis City and County residents, with free admission Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon; free for children ages 12 and under). Missouri Botanical Garden members enjoy free general admission along with free Orchid Show admission. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.


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Religion We should all learn to play nice Have you ever said to a group of children who have been playing and there seems to be a bit of trouble and increased rowdiness, “Now, come on, can’t you play nice?” I know I have admonished my children, grandchildren and others to ‘Play nice.” I was reading several quotes using the word ‘nice’ and it occurred to me to wonder just what exactly we mean when we ask someone to play ‘nice’. My first step was to look up meanings for the word ‘nice’. Here are just a few of the many…”fine, proper, refined, agreeable, pleasing, good, pure, correct, genteel, kind, pleasant,” and many, many more. I know that often I’ve heard folks in a more pessimistic mood say, “Nice folks finish last.” And, I’ve wondered if they really do in the long run and if so, does it matter if you have to be something other than nice to succeed. As I thought about this whole concept, I decided to visit scripture and see if I could clarify my idea about ‘being nice’.

In my own mind, it doesn’t necessarily mean being what we call a ‘push over’. I believe I can be ‘nice’ and still hold firm to my moral and religious beliefs. I can defend an action or choice without becoming nasty, loud and belligerent. I don’t have to belittle others to hold to my choices and beliefs. I searched in one of my books called “The Quotable Bible” and I didn’t find a quote using the word ‘nice’. There were many other attributes however that if one were behaving ‘nicely’ we would find mentioned in our scripture. First, let me share one of the verses I still remember from when I was in church school ages ago as a young child. I recall reciting, “Be ye kind to one another, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Or perhaps, at least in my mind, the words from Galatians that say, “The fruit of the spirit is love, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

I’d say if we were striving to be ‘nice’, we would live by the values instilled by our families and the values that we as adults model our lives after. Our faith would offer us many pathways of life that would lead us in making proper choices. Let me just give you an example or two of being ‘nice’ and being true to our faith. P e rh a p s s o m e o n e i s d o i n g something that you both feel and know is morally and ethically wrong. How far do you think one would get if you approach the person with anger, a sense of superiority, looking down at them, making fun of them, really and truly antagonizing them? Would just reaching out in a loving manner and striving to understand just what has caused them to make such bad choices be a first step? Could just being a confidant and friend cause any change in their behavior? Would they ever ask for help in living in a different way? I re a l l y c a n ’ t a n s w e r s u c h

questions. But I guess I feel it might be a beginning and I guess I’d also add that we could pray for such individuals. I think I am a bit stubborn and I am not about to waiver in certain beliefs that I hold fast. But as I’ve grown in maturity, and yes, also in faith, I find it easier to ‘hold my tongue’ and speak in a manner that doesn’t cause animosity and anger. Do I always do it? Sadly the answer is probably ‘no’. But I am trying. I never want to feel I am denying my God by condoning immorality, but then again, I’ve learned that sometimes all I can do is ‘love and accept’ and leave the judgment to God. I find myself thinking how often I’ve said to little ones, “Now stop your fighting and play nice.” Now I look about our troubled world and think how nice it would be if we’d stop the violence, the indifference, the hopelessness of many of God’s children, the needs, the disparity, the wars, the seemingly never ending problems and I think, Oh, why can’t

we all play nice.” I don’t think it is going to happen. But I do think that each of us can be a little kinder, a little gentler, a little less hypocritical and judgmental… and certainly a little more forgiving and understanding. At least by acting in that manner, we’d be trying to be ‘nicer’ and also walking in a more ‘Godlike manner’. I’ll confess this whole thought process that ended up in this article came when I read a quote I jotted down. I don’t remember who said it or where it came from but it caught my eye. It is, “Sometimes it is better to be kind than right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks but a patient heart that listens.” I’m not saying we don’t need a clear, intelligent mind, but to that mind, we do need a kind and forgiving heart. If we’d meld the two, perhaps we might all learn to play nice.

clothes, he handed each a toothbrush and barked “use it.” The crackdown marked the latest effort by authorities to promote strict moral values in Aceh, the only province in this secular but

predominantly Muslim nation of 240 million to have imposed Islamic laws. Here, adultery is punishable by stoning to death. Gays have been thrown in jail or lashed in public

with rattan canes. Women are forced to wear headscarves and told not to wear tight pants. Though pierced and tattooed teens have complained for months about harassment, the roundup at

a concert last Saturday attended by more than 100 people was by far the biggest and most dramatic bust yet. Hasan said 59 young men and five women were loaded into vans and brought to a police detention.

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Religion briefs Appeals court: California church can fire teacher living with boyfriend and their child SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California church can fire an unmarried preschool teacher living with her boyfriend and their child, an appeals court has ruled. Sara Henry filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after she was fired in May 2009 for living arrangements contrary to the religious beliefs of Tustin’s Red Hill Lutheran Church and its school. The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana last week upheld a lower court ruling in favor of church. The appeals court said that Henry was fired because she lived with her boyfriend in a sexual relationship while unmarried, a violation of church belief. The court noted she wasn’t terminated because she had a baby out of wedlock. Red Hill Lutheran says on its website that it is a member of conservative-leaning Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, which was formed by several congregations that left the more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over theological differences.

Photographs for the Edwardsville Intelligencer 150th Celebration We need help compiling photographs for a local history book depicting stories found in the Intelligencer. Examples of Photographs wanted that represent people and events in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area. • Celebrations and Milestones • Occasions for Mourning • Weather Events • Local Sports Championships • The first or last in the Community (Business) • Photographs of Interesting Feature Stories

Hard-line Indonesian province says punk rockers affront to Muslim values, shave off their mohawks BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Police in Indonesia’s most conservative province raided a punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived threat to Islamic values. Dog-collar necklaces and chains also were taken from the youths before they were thrown in pools of water for “spiritual” cleansing, local police chief Iskandar Hasan said Wednesday. After replacing their “disgusting”


While we have archived microfilm photos, original photos are much better to reproduce. Original photos will be returned to their owners. Although all photos might not be used, all images will be archived for future generations at the Madison County Historical Society unless otherwise requested. Choices for inclusion in the book will be based on availability of space and quality of photograph. The book will be authored by local historian Cindy Reinhardt.

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Summit at School Street Glen Carbon, IL 288-5620 Rev. Dr. Arnold Hoffman Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

MOUNT JOY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH OF EDWARDSVILLE 327 Olive Street • Edw, IL 656-0845 Steve Jackson, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Wed. Prayer & Bible Study: 12 noon & 7 p.m.

ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 N. Buchanan Edwardsville 656-6450 Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner

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NEW BETHEL UNITED METHODIST 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL Rev. William Adams Church Phone: 288-5700 Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Adult & Children’s Sunday School 9:40 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Nursery 8:30 a.m. to Noon Senior High Youth Group Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Senior High Bible Study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Fully Accessible Facilities e-mail

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Rev. Diane C. Grohmann September - May Worship 10:15 a.m. June-August Worship 9:30 a.m. Our Facility is Handicap Accessible

Located 1 Block North of Post Office Early Worship: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:15 a.m. Child/Youth Choir: 10:15 a.m. Late Worship w/Chancel Choir: 10:45 a.m. For Music and Other Activities


Sunday Schedule: Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 am Worship at 10:30 am Wednesday Schedule: Men’s Ministry 6:45 pm

Hillsboro at North Buchanan in downtown Edwardsville 656-1929 The Rev. Virginia L. Bennett, D. Min. Sunday Services: 8:00 a.m. Said Eucharist . . 9:10 a.m. Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Church School 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist . . Come worship with us!

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The Old Church with the New Attitude Rev. Jackie K. Havis-Shear

Journey’s Inn Praise Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Coffee & More 10:15 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Youth Group UMYF -- Sunday evenings - 7:00 pm Every Friday - Free Lunch - 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Handicap Accessible Skilled Child Care Provided Disabled Adult Religious Education “Discover Faith, Friendship & Family”


407 Edwardsville Rd. (Rt. 162) Troy, IL 62294 667-6241 Dennis D. Price, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Worship: 6:30 p.m.

LECLAIRE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1914 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, 656-0918 “Loving People to Jesus” Shane Taylor Senior, Minister Matt Campbell, Youth and Worship Minister Ashlei Woods, Pre-School Minister 0- Pre-K


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Traditional Worship: 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship: 10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Youth: 6:00 p.m. Dr. Brooks, Lead Minister

“The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race.” ~ Baha’u’llah Promote the Unity of the human race everyday! The Bahá’is of Edwardsville warmly welcome and invite you to investigate the teachings of the Bahá’i Faith. For more information call (618) 656-4142 or email: P.O. Box 545 Edwardsville, IL 62025

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Music Tuning in Botti to perform at the Peabody Chris Botti will appear at the Peabody Opera House at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD "When I Fall In Love," Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards. Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler. Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Tickets are $47, $42, and $37. Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at There is a facility fee on all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online. For disabled seating, call 314622-5420.

Celtic Woman returns to the Fox The Nine Network presents Celtic Woman at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on April 11. Tickets are $42 and $72 and are available at the Fox Box Office or by calling (314) 534-1111. Order tickets online at www.  Celtic Woman’s breathtaking new show, BELIEVE, features the all-female singing sensation performing classic Irish tunes, such as ‘The Water Is Wide,’ ‘Green Grow the Rushes,’ ‘A Woman’s Heart,’ and ‘The Parting Glass,’ timeless pop anthems such as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Sailing,’ and inspirational songs including ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Ave Maria,’ with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.  Celtic Woman’s awe-inspiring vocalists and mesmerizing violinist will be backed by a dazzling six-piece band, the Aontas Choir, and renowned championship Irish dancer. Celtic Woman’s newest studio CD and companion DVD, BELIEVE, will be available in stores January 24 through Manhattan Records. Filmed for the first time in America in front of some of their most loyal fans at The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA) in September, 2011, BELIEVE: LIVE began airing December 3rd on Public Television stations around the country as part of the network’s quarterly pledge drive. Celtic Woman’s signature sound has emerged as a transcendent force and their spectacular live shows embody a radiance and purity that connects powerfully with their


adoring fan base. Celtic Woman’s all-new production, BELIEVE, marks the pinnacle of their illustrious career, a celebration of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family.  

Clarkson to appear at the Fox Global superstar Kelly Clarkson announces her highly anticipated Stronger Tour 2012 in support of her fifth studio album, Stronger, which was released on Oct. 24. The first leg of her world tour kicks off with a North American 40 plus city trek beginning in Mashantucket, CT on Jan. 13, with special guest Matt Nathanson. Clarkson will appear on March 16 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are available at the Fox Box Office or The album, Stronger, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 2 on the Digital Albums Chart. All 5 of Kelly’s albums have debuted in the Top 3. The first single, “Mr. Know It All” has reached No. 4 on the iTunes Singles Chart and marks Kelly’s ninth Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Kelly recently won a Country Music Association award for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean, for their hit single “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” E n t e r t a i n m e n t We e k l y c a l l s Stronger, “a breakup album for the ages” while Billboard states, “she’s in her strongest form yet on fifth album Stronger.” The New York Times claims, “Ms. Clarkson is turning into the Mary J. Blige of pop,” while USA Today says “vocally, Clarkson has never sounded better.” Rolling Stone states Kelly has, “one of music’s most remarkable voices.” Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released five studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 9 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards, 1 Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.

The Fox to host the Fresh Beat Band The Fresh Beat Band is coming to the Fox Theater Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25 and are on sale now at the Fox Box Office, by calling 314/534-1111 or at  T h e F r e s h B e a t B a n d , Nickelodeon's popular preschool

music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will hit the road in February 2012 for the first time ever on a 15-week nationwide concert tour. Kiki (Yvette GonzalezNacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music.

Imagination Movers to appear at the Fox Disney's Imagination Movers are coming to the Fox Theatre in St. Louis for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25 and are avilable at the www.metrotix. com, at the Fox Box Office or Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty – of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers” – will be bringing their high-octane rock concert to the Fabulous Fox Theatre on March 25th and it's an event the whole family can enjoy.  The Movers were the highestrated and most popular live family act of 2011.  The key to the Movers’ appeal is they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. Throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness and you’ve got a recipe for a live musical event that will truly engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents.  It doesn’t hurt that the Movers pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers. On the Rock-O-Matic tour, the guys will be playing all their favorite songs from their wildly popular TV series as well as debuting new material from their brand-new “Rock-O-Matic” CD/DVD.

Single tickets on sale for Touhill events In its ninth season, the Touhill showcases an ever-expanding variety of genres on the two stages at the performing arts center. Single tickets for most 2011-12 events went on sale Aug. 22. The diverse programming is largely due to strong partnerships with esteemed local arts organizations, including Dance St. Louis, Modern American Dance Company, Saint Louis Ballet,

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Ambassadors of Harmony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Arianna String Quartet and Jazz St. Louis, as well as select, outstanding resources on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus. Interactive children shows, titled Arts@Play, bring new partnerships with Paper Slip Theatre and The Muny. Please see the calendar that follows for a chronological event list with show times and ticket prices. Tickets are available at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at; or by phone at 314-516-4949. A R T S @ P L AY: Exercise Imagination Presented by Touhill & MADCO January 20 • Fri @ 7PM • $5 With excerpts of its athletic and entertaining dances, MADCO will share how artists get their inspiration and what it takes to turn an idea into dance. Everyone will work together to create a new dance for the company with special roles for the audience. This program is suitable for elementary school students. EMSEMBLE ESPAÑOL SPANISH DANCE THEATER Presented by Dance St. Louis January 27 & 28 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM • $50, $40, $35 • on sale September 6 Wi t h p a s s i o n , p o w e r a n d spectacle, the 40 dancers, singers and musicians of Chicago's celebrated Ensemble Español highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures from around the world. Their repertory features more than 125 dances in flamenco, folkloric and classical Spanish styles. PRO ARTE QUARTET Welcomed by the Arianna String Quartet February 10 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 The Pro Arte Quartet perform regularly throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, this oldest string quartet in continuous existence celebrates its centennial in 2012. STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG February 17 • Fri @ 8PM • $65, $40, $30 This is no ordinary puppet show. No Kermit or Miss Piggy. It’s an adults-only, improv show from Henson Alternative, the edgy branch of the Jim Henson Company that’s played off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre to rave reviews and has been touring since. The bawdy puppeteers perform off-the-cuff comedy combined with musical theatre for a hilarious puppet romp. SILVER ROOTS: Japan Meets World Presented by the Center for International Studies February 18 • Sat @ 8PM • $18 An intersection between Japanese

music and the Western World, this performance showcases classical and traditional music from both hemispheres, as well as original works for violin, flute, cello, voice and dance. ARIANNA STRING QUARTET: World Premiere March 2 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 The centerpiece of the evening is the World Premiere of David Stock’s Quartet No.9, a work written for the Arianna. Stock’s award-winning compositions have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony and St. Paul Chamber O r c h e s t r a , t o n a m e a f e w. BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F minor, Op.95, “Serioso” ; STOCK: Quartet No.9; TCHAIKOVSKY: Quartet No.3 in E-flat minor ST. LOUIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA Spring Concert March 6 • Tues @ 7PM • $20 general admission; tables start at $46 Eight years and countless touring miles since it formed, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra has claimed the Lee Theater at the Touhill as a new home. Under the direction of bassist/educator Jim Widner, the orchestra brings together some of the finest jazz artists in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. THE JOFFREY BALLET Presented by Dance St. Louis March 9 & 10 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM • $60, $55, $40 • on sale September 6 A pioneer in ballet creativity since its birth in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet flexes its muscles in a stunning contemporary program. Works by modern masters James Kudelka and William Forsythe set classical moves off-kilter with results both provocative and exquisite. SYN-AULOIS : Rembetika to Modern Presented by the Center for International Studies * March 10 • Sat @ 8PM • $18 general admission; tables start at $46 The repertoire is a journey through the history, landscape and people of contemporary Greece, Bluesy, heart-wrenching rembetika, bouzouki-driven music, is the music of the 1920s Greek demimonde inhabitants of the waterfront bars of Piraeus. (E3!) HERBIE HANCOCK Presented by Jazz St. Louis March 18 • Sun @ 7:30PM • $150, $ 60, $40 Throughout his explorations, Hancock has transcended limitations and genres including jazz, bebop, R&B, electro funk and classical, all while maintaining his unmistakable voice. His illustrious career spans five decades and 14 Grammy Awards. His latest album is The Imagine Project.

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Music Tuning in Fox to host Beatles tribute Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationallyacclaimed Beatles concert, Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles, returns by popular demand to St. Louis! As a special offering of the 2011-2012 U.S. Bank Broadway Series, RAIN - A  Tribute to the Beatles will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre for 3 performances only on January 20th and 21st. For more information on the production, visit  As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. Performances of Rain –  A Tribute To The Beatles run from January 20-21.  Performance times are Friday evening at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $27.50 and are subject to change. Please refer to for current pricing.  Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at or by phone at 314-534-1111.  Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more by calling 314-5352900.  The Fabulous Fox Theatre is located in Grand Center at 527 N. Grand Blvd. RAIN is a special offering of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series and is sponsored locally by American Airlines.  

"Rock of Ages" coming to The Fox In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s "Rock of Ages", a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers

Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. This 5 time Tony nominated musical is coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre as a special offering of the 2011-2012 U.S. Bank Broadway Series for four performances only February 3-5. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! "Rock of Ages" is a worldwide phenomenon with smash hit productions in Australia, London, South Korea and still rockin' on Broadway, featuring 28 classic rock tunes including “Don't Stop Believin'”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Harden My Heart”, “Can't Fight this Feeling”, “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”. "Rock of Ages" is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You,

Mamma Mia). "Rock of Ages" features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair). Performances of "Rock of Ages" run from February 3-5. Performance times are Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30 and are subject to change. Please refer to for current pricing and content advisories. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at metrotix. com or by phone at 314-534-1111. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more by calling 314-535-2900. The Fabulous Fox Theatre is locates in Grand Center at 527. N. Grand Blvd. "Rock of Ages" is a special offering of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series and is sponsored locally by American Airlines. "Rock of Ages" is produced by PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT. For additional information, visit www.rockofagesontour. com.

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Thursday, Jan. 5 Equal Squeeze, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7 p.m. Ultraviolets, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 7 p.m. La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 6 Stendek, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8 p.m. VibeSteady, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. All Mixed Up, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 8 p.m. Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven w/Poison Control Center, The Pageant, 7 p.m. Door La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7 Rob Delaney, The Firebird, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Hoosier Daddy's, 3 p.m./ All Mixed Up, 8 p.m., Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton Memories of Elvis, The Pageant, St. Louis, 7 p.m. Door La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 8 Kidzrock!, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 12:30 p.m. Scott and Karl, 2 p.m./ Ultraviolets, 7 p.m., Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 AVICII, The Pageant, St. Louis, 7 p.m. Door La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Jay N Waylon, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 6 p.m. La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 Gary Dammer Sextet Coffee C o n c e r t , Wi l d e y T h e a t r e ,

Edwardsville, 10:30 a.m. The Lawrence Arms, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7 p.m. Radio Star, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 7 p.m. La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1 p.m./ 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13 Geoff Kock, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8 p.m. Christine Brewer Sings Strauss,

Powell Hall, St. Louis, 8 p.m. TILTS, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. Fantasy, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 8 p.m. JJ Grey & Mofro, The Pageant, St. Louis, 7 p.m. Door La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Kim Massie & The Solid Senders, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Edwardsville, 8 p.m.

Various Hands, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8 p.m. Christine Brewer Sings Strauss, Powell Hall, St. Louis, 8 p.m. The Dead Celebrities, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. Red Rock, 3 p.m./ Fantasy, 8 p.m., Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 8 p.m. Rare Earth, Wildey Theatre,

Sunday, Jan. 15 Mozart's The Magic Flute (Abridged), Powell Hall, St. Louis, 3 p.m. Red Rock, 2 p.m./ Radio Star, 7 p.m., Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton The Civil Wars w/The Staves, The Pageant, St. Louis, 7 p.m. La Cage Aux Folles, Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m.

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Dining Delights Tiny desserts, bacon backlash shape 2011 Looking back at the year in food By J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor 2011: The year I officially became the last American to still eat gluten. Or did it just feel that way? Because though only a tiny fraction of Americans suffer sensitivities to this wheat protein, the multibillion dollar industry of foods, cookbooks and magazines touting their gluten-free cred this year would suggest an epidemic. Didn’t notice? Perhaps you were too busy chugging raw milk, herding your backyard flock of chickens and hunting down nearby sources for heirloom vegetables, all popular pastimes buoyed by growing demand for so-called “local” foods — a market the government predicted this year would generate some $7 billion in sales. And so went the year in food, a period marked by some unusual dietary dichotomies. At the same time sharply rising food prices made it ever harder for American families to get dinner on the table, our nation was seized by an almost obsessive need to know just how many courses would be served at Prince William’s wedding. And how does one make that kooky chocolate biscuit groomsman cake? At least our government was mindful of its food dollars, right? Accusations that the Justice Department spent $16 per muffin at a breakfast conference turned out to be false. They spent $16.80 for a continental breakfast of pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, juice and, of course, muffins. Wait a minute... Isn’t that what I get for free when I stay at a hotel? Meanwhile, Congress apparently wants to send plenty of cash to the potato and pizza industries. For this was the year our politicians blocked efforts to limit french fries in school cafeterias and declared the tomato sauce on slabs of pizza the equivalent of a vegetable. Add a ketchup chaser and it’s practically a salad. Maybe kids can get some healthy eating tips from Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam. This fall, the government gave cartoon characters a hall pass when it comes to pushing sugary cereals and similar foods, caving to food industry pressure while crafting guidelines aimed at toning down the marketing of junk food to kids. But childhood obesity remained on Michelle Obama’s radar. The first lady spent 2011 forging alliances with restaurants to offer healthier foods, and even enticed Wal-Mart and other retailers to get more fresh and healthy items into regions where such foods are scarce. Just don’t ask people where those ingredients fall on the food pyramid. Government health officials decided pyramids were too perplexing and scrapped them in favor of a new healthy eating icon, “My Plate” — a circle divided into different sections for fruits, vegetables, protein and grains.


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In this Nov. 22 photo, Bo Muller-Moore stands in his home studio in Montpelier, Vt. Muller-Moore, the Vermont man who is building a business around the term "eat more kale," which has been plastered on T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items, ran into opposition this year from the second largest fried chicken retailer in the country, Chick-fil-A. Food safety also was a hot topic. Despite new regulations signed into law in January, the nation suffered its deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in more than 25 years when listeria-contaminated cantaloupes sickened 146 people in 28 states, killing 30 of them. Worrisome obesity rates and food safety concerns didn’t slow America’s fetishizing of food. We continued to swoon over food trucks, the more esoteric the better, even using Twitter to track the movements of our favorite mobile eateries. Don’t have a truck cruising your ‘hood yet? Don’t worry, the moment has nearly passed. Meanwhile, foodies struggled to crown a new “it” food. Bacon and cupcakes have had their moment. Ditto for offal and ramps. Macaroons are trying, but fussy French cookies are an unlikely contender in this country. Nutella wants it bad, but probably won’t quite get there. Meatballs are yummy, but it’s hard to get excited about a ball of meat. Tiny desserts also don’t stand a chance, even — if not especially — with retailers pushing waffle iron-like countertop baking appliances for churning out small cupcakes, whoopee pies and cake pops. These devices were the chocolate fountains and turkey fryers of 2011. There will be lots of them under trees this year, all destined to be used once and never again. Speaking of foods it’s hard to get excited about, what is up with kale? People were tripping over themselves to buy or bake kale chips this year. And now fast food chain Chick-fil-A is suing a Vermont man for selling T-shirts with the logo “eat more kale.” The company claims he is ripping off

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with abandon. And that wasn’t the only offensive term slung in 2011. Inspired by Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” skit about a baker named Pete Schweddy, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s released a new flavor called Schweddy Balls — vanilla ice cream studded with fudge-covered rum balls. Not everyone was amused and some grocers refused to stock it. The food publishing world continued to bustle. Bon Appetit magazine got a new editor-in-

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QuickGlance Movie Reviews

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

To put it bluntly, this movie kicks butt. Director David Fincher orchestrates a stark but enthralling adaptation of the first novel in late author Stieg Larsson’s trilogy. Its harsh emotional terrain could have wound up softened and sweetened, yet this was an ideal match of filmmaker and material. Fincher is one of the least sentimental directors in Hollywood. If anything, his “Dragon Tattoo” is even bleaker than the 2009 Swedish-language hit. Rooney Mara, who had a small role in Fincher’s “The Social Network,” gives a controlled detonation of a performance as traumatized victim-turnedavenger Lisbeth Salander. Mara’s the breakout star of the year, a cold, detached waif in form, a fearsome, merciless zealot in spirit. How strange it is to say that the nice guy here is Daniel Craig — who, of all the big-screen James Bonds, comes closest to the nasty, tortured soul Ian Fleming created. Mara and disgraced journalist Craig make an indomitable screen pair, he nominally leading their search into decades-old serial killings, she surging ahead, plowing through obstacles with flashes of phenomenal intellect and eruptions of physical fury. Larsson left behind two other novels loaded with more dark doings for the duo. We haven’t seen the last of this tattooed girl. RATED: R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language. RUNNING TIME: 158 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law bicker and banter and bob and weave with diminishing returns in this sequel to the 2009 smash hit “Sherlock Holmes.” Director Guy Ritchie once again applies his revisionist approach to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic literary character, infusing the film with his trademark, hyperkinetic aesthetic and turning the renowned detective into a wisecracking butt-kicker. But what seemed clever and novel the first time around now feels stale and tired; a lot of that has to do with the bleak, gray color scheme, which smothers everything in a dreary, suffocating sameness and saps the film of any real tension or thrills. “Game of Shadows” finds Downey’s Holmes facing off against brilliant supervillain Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), who’s cooked up a scheme to pit European nations against each other in hopes of benefiting from the demand for arms. Holmes must stop him with the help of his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson (Law), who’s newly married and not nearly so gung-ho about such wild adventures anymore. And it shows in the script as well as the performances; Law gets little to do beyond functioning as the skeptical straight man, and the chemistry just isn’t there this time. Noomi Rapace tags along for some reason as a gypsy fortuneteller looking for her missing brother, but the formidable presence she displayed in the original Swedish “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels goes to waste. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material. RUNNING TIME: 129 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

T h i s g r i e f - d re n c h e d S e p t . 11 d r a m a i s i n c re d i b l y mawkish and extremely annoying, even infuriating.


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Jan. 5. 2 p.m. – Gori-Julian Associates P.C. presents "Hot Coffee" Jan. 6, 7 p.m. – Gori-Julian Associates, P.C. presents "Hot Coffee" Jan. 8, 3 p.m. – "To Kill a Mockingbird" Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. – Gary Dammer Sextet Coffee Concert Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. – Double Feature - "Touch of Evil" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" For ticket information, visit Featuring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, the film exists in some contrived alternate reality through which director Stephen Daldry, adapting Jonathan Safran Foer ’s novel, fabricates the perfect cleansing ritual for a Sept. 11 Manhattan family in mourning. Perfect for them, that is, not for a movie audience. This story is not a catharsis. It’s a cheat that has nothing to do with overcoming sorrow in the real world, where Sept. 11 happened. Hanks plays a dad killed in the World Trade Center attack, leaving behind a troubled young son (Thomas Horn) who sets out to unravel the secret of a mysterious key that his father left behind. The boy’s journey is supposed to be a healing one for him and the people around him (among them Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright). The film’s a class act for performances and production, providing a lovely travelogue through the nooks and crannies of New York and grim images of the burning towers. And as everyone works through their pain, it all sounds so sweet and life-affirming. Yet it feels so extremely soppy and incredibly phony. RATED: PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images and language. RUNNING TIME: 129 minutes. ASSSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

“In the Land of Blood and Honey”

The heavy-handed touch of Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut is evident from the start, when a bomb explodes in a nightclub before our main characters, out on a date, have even shared a word. Throughout the film, Jolie puts politics ahead of story and character, blatantly imposing a message — an altruistic message, but a message nonetheless — on the film. And the result is a movie whose narrative feels like a fictionalized United Nations presentation. Certainly, Jolie’s bluntness is justifiable. The film, in Bosnian with subtitles, is about the Bosnian War of the early 1990s and the atrocities of genocide that came with it, conducted by the Bosnian Serb Army in an ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” exists as a caution to international inaction, to highlight the horror that transpired in the years before NATO airstrikes and international pressure brought an end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of it is horrifying to watch. What Jolie depicts on camera (random murder, abysmal rape) is scarcely any less ugly than what transpires just off-screen (mass murder, a slaughtered baby). In the midst of this is the story of a hesitant, uncertain love between a Bosnian Muslim artist, Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), and a Serbian police officer turned military captain, Danijel (Goran Kostic). RATED: R for war violence and atrocities including rape,

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sexuality nudity and language. RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes. ASSSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

“War Horse”

Just in time for family friendly holiday feel-goodery is Steven Spielberg’s sweeping, historical epic. The story began life as a children’s book by Michael Morpurgo, then made its way to the London and New York stages to great acclaim featuring inventive puppetry, and now arrives in theaters with all the grandeur a master filmmaker can conjure. “War Horse” features a strong cast and the sort of impeccable production values you would expect — that trademark Spielbergian lighting, the work of his longtime collaborator, Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. And yet it’s overlong, painfully earnest and sometimes even hokey. Clearly, Spielberg intended “War Horse” as a throwback, an homage to good, old-fashioned, heart-rending storytelling, full of recognizable types and uplifting themes. Yet the dialogue is so frequently on-thenose and repetitive, it might just make you cringe. Yes, the horse is remarkable — of course he is — that’s why they made a movie about him. That should have been obvious to us through the action alone, yet the script feels the need to remind us repeatedly that he’s “remarkable.” The majestic Joey comes into the lives of a struggling British family just before World War I. The father (Peter Mullan) buys him at auction, even though he knows he cannot afford him; the mother (Emily Watson) insists he return him and get the family’s money back. But plucky teenager Albert (good-looking newcomer Jeremy Irvine) begs to keep him and promises to train him. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence. RUNNING TIME: 146 minutes. ASSSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

“We Bought a Zoo”

This is about a family that buys a zoo. It’s as highconcept as you can get, and it’s equally straightforward in wearing its heart on its sleeve. We know to expect this because “We Bought a Zoo” comes from Cameron Crowe, the writer-director of “Say Anything ...,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous” and, more recently, the 2005 flop “Elizabethtown.” We know there will be some poignantly phrased life lessons in store for this family as they struggle to reconnect after the mother ’s death. The whole exercise could have been agonizingly mawkish, and/or filled with cheap, lazy animal-poop jokes. And yet, it’s not. It’s actually surprisingly charming and more emotionally understated than the material would suggest, and a lot of that has to do with Matt Damon’s performance. He is an actor incapable of faking it, so he brings great authenticity and gravitas to the role of Benjamin Mee, a widower and father of two. Six months after his wife died of cancer, Benjamin is struggling to move on. He’s having trouble dedicating himself to his career as a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and finds himself squabbling with his troublemaking teenage son, Dylan (Colin Ford). Benjamin thinks a change of scenery might help, so he quits his job and moves the family to a rustic, rambling house on 18 acres outside the city. Seems perfect — except for the fact that the land includes an animal park that has fallen into disrepair. Scarlett Johansson co-stars as the hottest zookeeper on the planet. RATED: PG for language and some thematic elements. RUNNING TIME: 123 minutes. ASSSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two and a half stars out of four.


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Director Cameron Crowe poses for a portrait in New York

Crowe returns with "We Bought a Zoo" By JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off an inspired writing session, Cameron Crowe is pulsing with enthusiasm. He spent the previous night sitting outside New York’s Plaza Hotel, a spot that made him recall one of his first trips to New York — as a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone — in which he stayed at the Plaza while chronicling a Led Zeppelin tour. “I was just thinking, ‘Man, it’s like no time has passed,’ says Crowe. “This is the future time. That’s what it was. You always wonder, ‘In the future time, what will this all mean? What will it all amount to?’ That was kind of

the revelation of last night: Here I am. And it feels like no time.” After six years of uncertainly, the present is feeling good for Crowe, the writer-director of earnest, personal films such as “Say Anything ...” and “Jerry Maguire.” He’s back with his first feature film since 2005’s critical and boxoffice misfire “Elizabethtown”: “We Bought a Zoo,” an unabashedly warmhearted family film about a father (Matt Damon) who, after his wife dies of cancer, impulsively buys a rundown zoo to re-energize himself and his two kids. “I don’t look at the time post-“Elizabethtown” as the bottom of the roller coaster,” says the perpetually writing Crowe. “I kind of look at it as a gathering time.” In those years, Crowe plotted a film

about Marvin Gaye that failed to get off the ground (he hopes to still make it), scripted an adaptation of David Sheff’s “Beautiful Boy” and “Tweak” (a pair of books about an addict father and his son) and made two music documentaries (the Pearl Jam retrospective “Pearl Jam Twenty” and “The Union,” about Elton John’s collaboration with Leon Russell). He was also divorced from his wife of 24 years, Nancy Wilson of the band Heart, with whom he has 11-year-old twin sons. Crowe says Wilson remains a “close collaborator” with the children, and that he eagerly voted for Heart in this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The parallels with “We Bought a Zoo” — which includes moving scenes of Damon’s

character fondly reminiscing about his wife — aren’t lost on Crowe. “This movie is about keeping souvenirs of a lost love,” says Crowe. “Even in the broken relationships or people that have died or moved on, there’s valuable luggage to be kept that guides the future.” Crowe, himself, is a big collector. His largest collections might be his LPs and various music memorabilia, such as treasured set lists and ticket stubs. But he also keeps things from his movies. The boombox John Cusack raised over his head in “Say Anything ...” sits in his garage. His most cherished item is a signed Vans sneaker from Sean Penn, who played the Vans-wearing stoner Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” — Crowe’s first script.

Holmes' sequel a bit too much By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge When I submit my review of 2011's best movies next week, I won't be including a very popular sequel in current release. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," while featuring a few things I much liked, was not something on the whole that I would recommend to many. Guy Ritchie's follow-up to the hit 2009 romp so over relies on gimmicky filmmaking conventions that character makeup gets lost in the shuffle. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a master of disguise and talented, observant detective. He's also a little unconventional in doing so. His personality is aloof and wacky. If not for his strong relationship with Dr. Watson (Jude Law), one would think him

hermetic and cutoff from the human condition. His drug use does not help to ease this notion. "A Game of Shadows" opens with Holmes hot on the track of the well-regarded Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris, so great on TV's slow burn Mad Men). He believes the famous, connected educator/author is actually the greatest danger to peace the world has ever known. No one believe Holmes's ranting, though. Not Watson, not Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard (Eddie Marsdan), not Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams in a very brief, motivating role), and not, for some strange reason, Holmes's own brother, Mycroft (Stephen Fry). He's a man with a mission that many believe to be a fool's errand. The nefarious plot Holmes sees as developing at Moriarty's behest

is world war centered in Europe and aimed at its great capital cities. The main warring factions, France and Germany, are already under attack by random, devastating bombings that are being blamed on an anarchist's league of young, idealistic rebels who have replaced complaining with action. Still others put the root in the gypsy population, vandals and vagrants by prejudiced reputation. The movie takes great care in emphasizing over two full hours that Holmes is right and the Prime Minister's buddy is the guilty party. Money, of course, is the root of all this evil. The film's use of digitized backdrops for the great skylines of 1891 London, Paris, Switzerland, and Germany is forgivable, but the over stylized scenes in which Holmes (and eventually Moriarty)

use instant analysis to "predict the future" in the outcomes of things as various as winning a fight to escaping a locked room become tedious the more we see them. Which is often. This gets in the way many times, but at the sacrifice of introducing new characters into this interesting world of Sherlock Holmes. We don't get much more than dubious, worried looks from Madam Simza Heron (Noomi Rapace), a gypsy fortuneteller who eventually convinces Holmes and the resistant Watson to join her on an international trip to clear her brother's name as the leader of the anarchists. She's the first person to believe that Moriarty must be as guilty as Holmes thinks he is. She's his muse from that point forward, of course, and to the disappointment of Watson who is hoping for a nice

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honeymoon with his new wife, Mary (Kelly Reilly), another victim of the overactive plot. The movie isn't terrible. In fact, the humor is quite ribald and baudy. The innuendo sometimes smacks you in the face. I just wanted more interplay between the two old friends that Law and Downey bring so well to these roles. I'd even have taken another few scenes of one-onone between Downey and Harris. The chess match sequence was probably the film's best, but over before you knew it. The game is afoot, but the emphasis is awry. ••• "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" runs 141 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some drug material. I give this film one and a half stars out of four.

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Thursday, Jan. 5 Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Runs through Jan. 22.

Friday, Jan. 6 In the Loop2, COCA, St. Louis, 7 p.m. Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 7 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 7 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 1:30 p.m./ 8 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Thursday, Jan. 12

In the Loop2, COCA, St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 5 p.m. Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 5 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

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Friday, Jan. 13

In the Loop2, COCA, St. Louis, 1:30 p.m./ 3:30 p.m.

Belinda Lee: Inside Out/Outside In, COCA, St. Louis, Runs

through Feb. 26 Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Saturday, Jan. 14 Buckets and Tap Shoes, COCA, St. Louis, 10 a.m. Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre, St. Louis, 5 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Sunday, Jan. 15 Buckets and Tap Shoes, COCA, St. Louis, 1 p.m. S u n d a y i n t h e P a r k w i t h G e o rg e , T h e R e p e r t o r y Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m. Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Monet's Water Lilies, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 22.

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The Fox to host "La Cage Aux Folles" The critically acclaimed production of "La Cage Aux Folles" starring George Hamilton and

Christopher Sieber, arrives in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for 16 performances January 3-15, 2012. "La Cage Aux Folles" recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. The new, freshly reconceived LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). "La Cage Aux Folles" tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton) the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly. "La Cage Aux Folles" is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves! G e o rg e H a m i l t o n w i t h h i s exceedingly handsome looks and charming personality is noted for his dashing, sporting, jet-setter image and perpetually bronzed skin tones in commercials, dramatic and comedic film roles and reality shows. He is best known for his MGM films in the 1960s' Where the Boys Are, Your Cheatin' Heart and Evel Knievel, he was nominated for a Golden Globe as the campy

neck-biter in the Dracula spoof Love at First Bite (1979), which he executive-produced, and continued on the parody road successfully with Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981). Mr. Hamilton has been seen in a string of fun commercials, hosting beauty pageants and making breezy gag appearances. He has broken through the "reality show" ranks by hosting "The Family" (2003) and participating in the second season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (2005/I). Co-starring with Mr. Hamilton, is two time Tony Award nominee and Broadway veteran, Christopher Sieber who makes his road debut in the role of “Albin.”. Most recently, Sieber appeared on Broadway as “Georges” opposite Harvey Fierstein in the Tony Award-winning revival of "La Cage Aux Folles.  Christopher Sieber received a Tony nomination for his performance in Shrek and Spamalot. Broadway credits also i n c l u d e C h i c a g o , T h o ro u g h l y Modern Millie, Into the Woods, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. His television and film credits include "Morning Glory," "Pushing Daisies," "Johnny and the Sprites," "See You in September," "It's All Relative," "Two of a Kind," "Sex and the City," "Ed," "Guiding Light," "All My Children” and Another World.”  "La Cage Aux Folles" is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani and Fran and Barry We i s s l e r i n a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h NETworks Presentations. "La Cage Aux Folles" features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.  The creative team includes director Terry Johnson, who won a

2010 Tony Award for his La Cage direction, choreographer Lynne Page, set designer Tim Shortall, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Nick Richings, sound designer Jonathan Deans and orchestrator/musical supervisor Todd Ellison. The new production of "La Cage Aux Folles" played from November 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across the board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical. "La Cage Aux Folles" is a production not to be missed and reviewers agree. The Associated Press raves it is “Riotously funny! LA CAGE could not be more timely or enjoyable.” Variety called it “Funny, heartwarming and terrific!” Time Out New York sums it up: “Five Stars (out of five)! The Musical Revival of the Year! A Sensation!” "La Cage Aux Folles" graces the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage January 3-15, 2012. Performance times are Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2pm and Sunday, January 8 at 7:30pm. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, January 12 at 1pm. Ticket prices start at $15, $25 & $30; depending on performance date & time. Prices are subject to change; please refer to for current pricing.  Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at and by phone at 314-534-1111. 

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In a culture defined by an indiscriminate onslaught of images, John Stezaker ’s work conveys both a fascination with their lure and a critique of their seductive power. Using classic movie stills, vintage postcards, book illustrations and other found materials, the contemporary British artist brings new meanings to old pictures, adjusting, inverting and slicing them together to create collages that are at once captivating and unsettling, eerie and elegant, nostalgic and absurd. This spring, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University will provide the only U.S. venue for the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition. Organized by the Whitechapel Gallery in London, in collaboration with Mudam in Luxembourg and the Kemper Art Museum, John Stezaker surveys his career through more than 90 works dating from the 1970s to the present. Taken together, these works chronicle a lifelong investigation into the meanings generated by visual language and the ways those meanings are shaped by context and circumstance. The exhibit, opening Jan. 27, will remain on view through April 23. Coordinated by Karen K. Butler, assistant curator for the Kemper Art Museum, John Stezaker is roughly organized according to the artist’s use of series and various collage techniques. Included are subtly manipulated found images, from a variety of sources; works created though excision and cutting; and found photographs layered together in startling new combinations. Among the earliest works on view is Untitled (1977), a found blackand-white film still depicting a woman and man sitting at a piano. Stezaker initially received the print as a gift and unconsciously placed it upside down on a music stand. “There it stayed for five years, until I decided it was a work in its own right,” Stezaker says in the accompanying catalog. “The right way up, the image shows a closedeyed pianist, seemingly wrapped up in his own music. An admiring female, who could also stand as the muse, looks at him as he plays. When you turn it upside down, there is a kind of reversal: the muse in reflection somehow dominates the active musician, who becomes this strange sleeping figure.” Film stills also figure prominently in Stezaker ’s Marriage series. Splicing together publicity photos of classic movie stars, both male a n d f e m a l e , S t e z a k e r c re a t e s hybrid characters that appear both disjointed and oddly harmonious, their residual allure rendered poignant by the discrepancies between the elegantly mismatched features. Conversely, the Dark Star series turns publicity portraits into cutout silhouettes, draining the image of celebrity and suggesting a more ambiguous presence, while the Mask series collages profiles of glamorous sitters with faded postcards of caves, hamlets and waterfalls, resulting in composite scenes that fuse portraiture with landscape. Stezaker ’s obsession with recasting old images achieves a kind of apotheosis in his Third Person Archive. Begun in 1976, this continuing series consists of hundreds of incidental figures collected from maps, atlases, geographic encyclopedias and

obsolete travel illustrations dating to the 1920s and ’30s (when surrealism, an important influence on Stezaker’s work, was at a peak). Reproduced as stamp-size miniatures, these peripheral characters, originally captured by chance or happenstance, are granted posthumous agency, their long-forgotten journeys now taking the center stage of our attention. Stezaker was born in England in 1949 and currently lives and works in London. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in the 1960s and has since taught at Central Saint Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. Since the 1970s, Stezaker has exhibited widely across the United Kingdom and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include Freiburg Kunstverein (2010); Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen (GAK) (2008); Rubell Family Collection, M i a m i ( 2 0 0 7 ) ; S t i l l s G a l l e r y, Edinburgh (2007); and White Columns, New York (2006). Major group shows include Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York (2008); Tate Triennial 2006—New British Art, Tate Britain, London (2006); The British Art Show 5 (2000); and the 40th Venice Biennale (1982). For more information, call (314) 935-4523 or visit kemperartmuseum.

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The long road to recovery Wood River native back on his feet after head-on collision By STEVE HORRELL Of The Edge


he pickup rounded the curve on Noel Road, crossed the center line and slammed headlong into Derek Landolt’s truck, sending the iPhone on his belt flying. The impact shattered the clip but, worse, it also rammed the steering wheel into his mouth and jolted his head against the cab’s back window. Landolt, 28, played football, wrestled and ran track at Wood River High School. A couple of years ago he began working construction near Norris City, and he moved there recently when the commute from his mother’s home in Alton became too burdensome. In July he rented a house there when a great uncle asked him to help combine corn. He began doing that as well, on property that straddles Gallatin County and neighboring White County. Around dusk on Oct. 2, at the end of a second day of combining, Landolt called it quits, climbed into his 1985 Ford Ranger and drove onto Farmer Road, heading toward the farmhouse. At Noel Road he turned north. Coming south on Noel Road was Matthew T. Beaver, 27, of Omaha. It’s around this time that Landolt’s memory of the evening falls into a black hole. Friends have told him that as he rounded the S curve, Beaver veered into his lane and the trucks collided head on. Beaver was issued citations for improper lane usage and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. “Some people told him he tried to swerve out of the way but other people said they think he didn’t see it,” says Landolt’s girlfriend, Erica Preston, who lives in Edwardsville. Offers Landolt, “I might have swerved and thought I was out of his way.” The road is about an hour’s drive west of Evansville, Ind., in a remote part of the region. Landolt says that Jonathon Noel saw the crash and was the first paramedic on the scene. Noel works for the Norris City Ambulance Service and the Williamson County Ambulance Service. He cut Landolt from his seat belt and, after realizing he would need oxygen, ran back to his house and grabbed an oxygen tank from the garage. When he returned, Noel pulled the tank from his backpack and placed the mouthpiece over Landolt’s mouth. About 20 minutes later, the ambulance arrived. Because the steering wheel had pinned him to the seat, paramedics had to cut the top off the cab off, lift the dashboard off him with the Jaws of Life tool, and push the steering wheel back. The impact not only broke a rib, but the steering column knocked a couple of teeth out and loosened another. “They said that with it hitting my jaw, it probably knocked me straight out, like getting punched in the jaw,” Landolt says.


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Erica Preston and Derek Landolt Paramedics eased the gurney board between Landolt and the seat. As someone steadied his head, paramedics lifted his shoulders and strapped him onto the board. Landolt was sedated for the hourlong drive to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. News of the crash spread quickly. Derek’s father, Dale, and his step-mother, Beth, arrived at the emergency room trauma unit just before 10 p.m. About 20 minutes later, Preston arrived. By then, surgeons had already cut into his skull to drain blood and fluid and relieve pressure on the skull. When they arrived, Landolt was hooked up to an IV. “He looked better than I expected, but he was still hooked up to things” Preston said. “I didn’t know what to expect at all. I was more like a realist. I was trying to stay cautiously optimistic. I wasn’t like ‘It’s all going to be OK,’ but I didn’t let myself get too scared either.” The two had met during youth group at St. John’s United Methodist Church, in Edwardsville, and begun dating the end of Preston’s junior year. She went on to attend SIUE, where she is an early childhood education major.

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Landolt’s brain was still swollen so much by Monday morning that doctors decided to make an incision in the side of his head and remove a “brain flap” - about a third of his actual skull - to relieve pressure. “They said otherwise he would be dead in two or three days,” Dale Landolt said. “Obviously that’s what we did.” Things went well until Saturday when doctors noticed that swelling was hindering the brain’s ability to monitor blood pressure. They also learned that certain things – swabbing his mouth, moving the ventilator – were causing his blood pressure to spike. Preston was in the hospital room when Landolt had a storming episode that a nurse said had caused Landolt’s blood pressure to shoot to 250-over-130. “That was the worst moment for me the whole time I was there,” Preston said. “I could tell the nurse was scared, so I was scared. And I knew those were just bad numbers.” During his stay at Deaconess, doctors kept him in a paralytic state to keep him from jerking around, which would cause more swelling, Dale Landolt said. There is little that Derek Landolt remembers about his stay at Deaconess. When he finally

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woke up, a nurse asked what he remembered. “The only thing I remember,” he told her, “is right before the helicopter ride someone telling me to take three deep breaths and hang on.” Anything else? There was a loud noise, he continued, and then it all quit. “That was the saw cutting off the top of his truck,” Dale Landolt said. Then there was the bumpy ambulance ride from Deaconess to the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. A “pretty bad accident,” was how a paramedic answered his question about what had happened. He recalls lying in the ambulance and holding his hands out in front of him. “ I also looked at my head and I looked at my feet to make sure everything was still there,” he said. By the end of his stay at Deaconess, Landolt had dropped 15 pounds, and he arrived at the rehab center weighing 126 pounds. “You were eating like crazy, right from the beginning,” Erica Preston told him. “You were shoveling that food right in.” Landolt was in a wheelchair at first but before long he was tottering down the hall, a leather

belt around his waist and a nurse trailing for support. In the days that followed, there were balloons to bat around and pass back and forth with the therapists, and playground balls to bounce and catch. And miles of cycling and stair climbing. Just before Halloween, therapists decided to see whether Landolt could navigate a grocery store and bake a batch of brownies. They took him and a couple of patients up to the grocery store, and afterward he pushed a pumpkin-filled cart to the far reaches of the parking lot. Landolt’s speech has completely returned, and he is able to walk at “98 percent.” He can dress himself. He can cook. But he has suffered a couple of mild seizures, which he controls with medication. On Dec. 30, he returned to Deaconess to get his brain flap reattached. For now he’s staying at the Landolts’ home near Pierron. He has seen photos of the truck, but not the truck itself. After paramedics cut his clothes off, they folded them and placed them in a bag for Beth. That’s where the phone was eventually found.

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Shepherd Hills Arabian Horse Farm Equine boarding – and a whole lot more By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


et among 60 acres of lush pastures and quiet wooded trails about 15 miles outside of Edwardsville lies Shepherd Hills Arabian Horse Farm, where horses and their owners will find an idyllic place to board, ride and just enjoy each other's company.

The farm is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jeff Heinzl and Karen VanAnrooy, who started Shepherd Hills a decade ago with just seven stalls. Back then, the plan was simply to create a place to house their own growing family of Arabian horses. Years of boarding gave them a good idea of what they liked and what they didn't. Eventually, they realized that there was a gap in the market for a place that offered both state-of-the-art boarding facilities coupled with an intimate, personal touch which provided owners with complete peace of mind. The farm now boasts 33 stalls spread over two barns equipped with grooming and wash areas, two tack rooms with heat and air conditioning, an impressive 60 foot by 120 foot indoor arena and indoor round pen. Currently, the farm is home to 27 horses of varying breeds. The name may say Arabian Horse Farm but Shepherd Hills is happy to open its doors to horses of all types. "All of our barns were built by Morton Buildings and are

insulated,” said Heinzl. “The feed room is insulated and has a humidity-controlled fan to keep the grain fresh. It’s completely mouse proof and the concrete aisles, which we like, keep the dust down ... so we just took a lot of the ideas we had from other places we had been to and incorporated it into this.” Additionally, VanAnrooy is a qualified veterinarian and is on staff at the Edwardsville Pet Hospital. Owners who choose to board with Shepherd Hills have the option of having their horse trained by the on staff trainer, Ted Webber. They also have 10 large pastures for the horses to graze in daily and 50 acres of trails to ride through. “We offer a full-care boarding facility. We don’t do self-care. Everything we take care of. The stalls are fully cleaned 365 days a year and we only use Purina feed. Basically, the only thing you have to do is come out and enjoy your horse,” said Heinzl. “We’ve got some people who just come out here to groom and ride their horse a little bit and some that are dedicated trail riders. And then you’ve got some who, like us, show their horses. So, a variety of people.” Lynn Dermody, barn manager, said the farm has regular visits from the farrier and they manage each horse’s vaccination and worming schedules and feeding. “My most important thing everyday is the care and safety of the equine. One of the things that I think is really beneficial is the

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Above, Shepherd Hills Arabian Horse Farm owners Karen VanAnrooy and Jeff Henzl with one of their horses. Below, two views from around the farm. feeding. They all have their own individual feeding plan and they’re all fed in their stalls, which allows us to monitor their health and wellbeing.” She said they do not store the hay above the horses, which can contribute to breathing problems and be a fire hazard. “It’s made a better environment for everybody that way. A lot of safety issues went into designing it,” said Heinzl. “Once they’ve been here two to three months, (owners) notice. When they come here, their horse looks good and doesn’t have any injuries.” The farm also grows 90 percent of its own hay, something that helps keep costs down and ensures the hay is never moldy and always in good condition. Heinzl said they use between 3,000 and 4,000 bales of hay per year.

Owners also have the option of getting involved with the show circuit, something Heinzl and VanAnrooy are big believers in. “What I’ve seen at the shows that, I think, is really neat is the kids are given responsibility. I’ve just seen the kids really get a lot out of that,” said Heinzl. Transportation to and from shows is provided. The farm also provides plenty of socials and hayrides throughout the year for everybody to get to know each other and spend some time together. Heinzl is an enthusiastic cook making chili and barbecuing for everybody. Many happy owners on the Shepherd Hills website describe the farm as being like a family. The cost to board a horse at Shepherd Hills Arabian Horse Farm is $310 per month for full-

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care in the smaller barn, which has seven stalls, or $410 per month for full-care in the large barn. There is no difference in service between the barns, just the size of the facilities and proximity to the indoor arena. There is an extra $50 fee for an additional turn out. Lessons with Trainer Ted Webber cost $30 per hour and package deals are available. Additionally, people interested riding lessons may “rent” one of the farm’s horses for $10 per day plus the additional lesson fee of $30 per hour. Shepherd Hills Arabian Horse Farm is located at 13112 Heritage Lane in Pocahontas. For more information, call 675-3792, email or visit

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O Canada Travel show returns to St. Charles



anada is famous for its rugged landscape and breathtaking natural beauty. If, like many Americans, you've always dreamed of visiting this amazing wilderness but didn't know where to start, the All-Canada Show is for you. Now that the excitement of the holidays is over and the last of the Christmas wrapping paper has been recycled, it is a great time to finally start planning your Canadian adventure. The All-Canada Show returns to St. Louis this weekend, Friday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the St. Charles Convention Center, located at 1 Convention Center Plaza in St. Charles, Mo. Parking at the St. Charles Convention Center is free. If you're interested in traveling to Canada, this is the show for you. Now in it's 29th year, the show will once again feature Canada’s top fishing and hunting destinations and provide visitors with free seminars, maps and travel guides, a free magazine with features and tips on Canadian adventures and so much more. You will find a wide variety of destinations including canoe outfitters, drive in resorts, remote fly-in outposts, five-star fly-in lodges and hunting outfitters. Visit face-toface with lodge representatives and outfitters and take in free seminars providing information on how to plan an adventure and avoid common pitfalls travelers to Canada make. The All-Canada show is your all-under-one-roof resource for planning the perfect adventure.


Featured speaker Norm “The Great” McCreight, an icon of the All-Canada Show who has attended the show every year for the past 28 years, will give daily seminars on hunting and fishing in his beloved Canada. McCreight said the show will have just under 80 booths showcasing the best in fishing and hunting that Canada has to offer. From isolated cabins that are only accessible by plane to five-star luxury resorts with gourmet chefs and even bus tours, there is sure to be a trip that's right for you. According to McCreight, a trip to Canada is much more affordable than people might expect. "We have trips starting at $500 per person per week and going up to $4,500 per person per week. Whatever price range you're looking for, Canada will have those accommodations for you," said McCreight. "It's a good time to come to Canada. The prices are excellent right now." He said over the past 10 years they have seen a surge in interest from families and women looking for an authentic wilderness experience. The trips available are exactly the same for both men and women, said McCreight. One of the most popular plans offered is the American Plan, which provides everything a visitor will need during their trip up north - almost. "Just bring your clothes and fishing rods," said McCreight. Updated seminar schedules will be posted on the All-Canada website: These informational presentations offer insight into selecting the perfect destination, choosing the right lodge plan, crossing the border, plus tips on saving money and wilderness safety.

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Visitors to the All-Canada Show will be able to get information on a number of activities from renting a rustic cabin, above, to chartering a plane for a flight over the wildernesss. Other show features include the "Musk Ox Mount" from High Arctic Lodge presented by Cabela’s. This 800 pound musk ox was taken in September, 2011, in Nunavut. Musk oxen have been around this earth for over 150,000 years. They are the only prehistoric animals who haven’t adapted since the Ice Age. They lived with saber tooth tigers, wooly mammoths, Megaloceros, and Mastodons.

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Artist Anthony J. Padgett, who is rated in the top 10 wildlife artists in the United States and is the 2008 DU International Artist of the Year. Padgett will be present during all show hours in the gallery. Padgett painted “Locked at Lac Seul,” the original artwork of two trophy moose near Lac Seul, Ontario. An exhibit, presented by Cabela's, of the two trophy moose with original antlers locked in a duel to

the death will be back by popular demand. The display is the largest of its kind in the world. On opening night, every paid admission will receive a free collector Eppinger Dardevle, one of the best lures to take along on your Canadian fishing trip. Throughout the show, children between the ages of 8 and 16 will receive a free mini-Dardevle with a paid admission. The show’s traditional favorites will be back as well, including an authentic "Canadian shore lunch" available for purchase in concessions, featuring Labatt's Blue. Kids and adults will enjoy trying out the free Cabela’s hunting simulator and all show guests will receive a free copy of All-Canada Adventures magazine and free maps and brochures from exhibitors and the All-Canada Show Travel Centre. There will be several drawings throughout the show, including one grand prize for an original Anthony J. Padgett piece, plus a $1,000 Cabela’s gift card. One lucky visitor will win a vacation prize for an American Plan trip to Camp Quetico in Atikokan, Ontario for three days and four nights for two people, which includes all meals, boat, motor, gas, guide (two-day minimum) and tax. Show hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and children (1316); and children 12 and under are free. For a $2 off coupon and complete show details, log on to or call 800325-6290. Buy tickets online and save 50 percent.




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Performs preventive mtce tasks & minor mechanical repairs to material handling & other Dist. Centr. Eq. Use CMMS generated worksheets to maintain eq. according to mfg’s recommendations. Assoc. Deg. in Ind or Mtce Technology plus 2-yrs mtce exp in a facilities, distribution &/or mfg, environment. Requires knowledge of ind elect including single & 3-phase power motors, protective devices &/or photo sensors. Min 6-mo exp w/PLC logic principles, upload/download PLCs, Sys Control Software, scanners, photo sensors remote I/O modules, servo drives, variable freq drives. Send resume to david.schwartzkopf EOE/M/F/V/D

Misc. Merchandise


Leather jacket w/fringe all around & big rose on back, size Medium Paid-$300; Asking$125. 618-660-9520.



TRI-COR Industries, Inc. Call Center at SIUE is looking for dependable, mature telephone Pom-Poo: 3-month-old male interviewers, computer skills & w/shots. Adorable! Friendly. typing required. Evening and $75/OBO. 314/610-5774 weekend shifts. Up to 29 hours per week available. Shifts are: 4-8, 5-9, (M-F), 9-3 (Sat), 126 (Sun). Fax resume to: 618659-9376



Maintenance, Sr. & Master Technicians


RNs/LPNs needed to provide one-on-one care to a 9 month old girl in Edwardsville. Call Anchor Home Health Care for more info. 800-853-5292 ext. 8. EOE

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Rt. 105 - Newspaper carrier needed in the area of Elsie St, Thomas Ln, Guy St, Olivia Ln, Williamsburg Ln in Glen Carbon. There are approximately 15 papers on this route. The papers need to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and by 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. If you are interested in this route, please call the Intelligencer at 656-4700 ext. 40.




We can help sell those special puppies, kittens or any other pet!!! Want to know more? CALL US FOR DETAILS 656-4700 EXT 27

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Houses For Rent


3rd student housemate needed. NICE 2 bedroom apt, large Rent $333+utilities. rooms, walkin closet, coin-op email: laundry. 10 minutes to SIUE. $525/mo. 618-806-0220.

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Quiet residential neighborhood. 2 BR; all appliances incl. wshr/dryer; w/s/t. Garages available. $750/mo. Call 618-343-4405 or go to:

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1 excellent 3BR, 1200 sq.ft. TH: Collinsville, near 157/70; 12 min. to SIUE, FP, DW, W/D, ceiling fans, cable, sound walls, offst. prkng. Sm pets OK, yr. lse. $780/mo. 618/345-9610 give AM/PM phone. 2 BR townhouses, 15 min to SIUE very clean. $650 incl w/s/t & w.d. On-site mgr/maint. No pets, no smoking 618.931.4700

on selected homes 2 bed $450-$1,650 3&4 bed Houses $650-$2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS HARTMANN RENTALS 344-7900 for Photos & Prices 24/7 recording 345-7771



Roommate Wanted: Newly renovated condo w/private room, fully furnished w/washer & dryer in unit, quiet cul-de-sac. 3 min1 BR apt.,on Main St, Edw. utes from SIUE, private parking across from courthouse; off-st. spot. $375 + security deposit. parking. w/s/t incld $550/mo+ 563-581-2234. dep. refrncs reqd 217-851-1398 1 BDR loft apt. CREDIT CHECK. No pets, no smoking $585mo. $585dep. 656-8953.

Houses For Rent


2 BR 1 BA, fully renovated, near Bed - Queen PillowTop Mattress downtown Edw., convenient to Set, NEW, in the plastic, $200 shops/work: ceiling fans, stove, (618) 772-2710 Can Deliver fridge, bsmt, w/d hookup, off-st. parking. $825. 618-407-3139

1 BR upstrs apt, downtwn Edw., remodld. $525/mo. + dep., water incl.; 1 yr. lse. Refrnces. No pets. Avail now. 618-781-1487.

BR, 1 bth in Edwardsville. All 2 BDR townhouse, 1/5 Bath, Appliances 418 2appliances & W/D/ Fenced yard W/D hookup, patio. No pets, one year lease, $665/mo plus 233 Third Ave. 618-406-8414. deposit 692-7147. GREAT USED APPLIANCES: 3 BA, 2 BA, 1300s.f., gar., pet 4200 Hwy. 111, Pontoon Beach friendly. 22 Fox Meadow, Glen 2 Bdrm 1.5bth apt on 3rd flr at 618-931-9850. Carbn; available 1/15. $850/mo. 420 E. Vandalia, Edwardsville. Coin w/d, no pets, yr. lse. Leave Large Selection — Warranty + $850 deposit. 217-999-2206 message @656-0923. 3 Bdr 1.5 Bth close to dwntwn, Misc. possible commercial property 2 Bdrm apt in Glen Carbon. Merchandise 426 for professionals, off strt prkng, W/D hookups. $740 per month. all hrdwd floors refurnished, Avail. 1/1. 618-975-0975 2-Old Style 6 pane wood win- w/d, frig, stove, microwave, dshNow Hiring: Director 2 Bdrm near SIUE. Washer dows, 27x34(excellent condi- whsr incl, full unfnsd bsmt. For More Information Visit: & Dryer. NO pets/smoking. $1500/mo $1000/dep. Avail Jantion) $54. 488-3384. $625 mthly. (618)972-3715. uary 1st, 314-574-3858. Brothers Sewing Machine with PARALEGAL PART-TIME 3 Bdrm house, $900/mo. Living caring case/accessories. 1-year 2 Bedroom APARTMENT, Local business seeking paraleold, used twice basically brand- rm, Kitchen, 1 BA, fencd back- Edwardsville, minutes from gal for part-time secretarial yd, near Nelson School, Edw., 2 new machine $125FIRM. 618SIUE: 1.5 bath, W/D hookup. work. Must have excellent commi. to SIUE. Call 314-971-5766 558-0523. $625/month. 618-407-5333 puter skills. 10-20 hrs per week. $12 per hour to start. Call 800- Emerson TV, video/audio jack 3 Bedroom 2 bath house, 2 car 2 BR $600 1.5bth or 1 BR garage in Collinsville $30. 402-4120. 778-9805 (leave message). $500, apts. Spacious, 300 S. $925/month. 618-670-8717. Main, Edw., water, sewer, KENMORE white dishwasher, works great $75. Call 618-288- 3 Bedroom 2 Full bath 1600sf, trash pd., coin w/d, 1 yr lease. Alhambra $775/month. 618- No pets. Lve msge@656-0923 5515. 520-8919. 2 BR 1Bth apt, Troy: Close to hiItems Of Interest 3 BR 2 BA home., Edw: reno- way access, off street parking, For All Your Needs... vated interior, new kit., 2-car on-site laundry. No smoking, no The Intelligencer’s gar., bike trail access. $1,300/ pets $600/mo. 618/975-0670 Merchandise Section mo. No smoking. (618)520-9541 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Edw./Glen Cbn., near SIU: W/D hookups, off-st. pkng. $710 up to $745. 6926366. HSI Management Group

Hospice of Southern Illinois is seeking a FT Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to join our Belleville Multiple Hospice Location. The Hospice Nurse Practitioner works in collaboration with the Medical Director and Interdisciplinary Team to provide hospice care services to patients and families in a variety of patient care settings. Home visits/evaluations and inpatient evaluations will be a part of the Nurse Practitioner’s role. Successful outcomes of this position include high quality patient care provided in a compassionate, competent and caring manner; clinical program development; skill development for Hospice clinical staff, regulatory compliance with proper documentation, enhanced community relationships, program visibility; excellent staff and patient satisfaction. Requirements: • Active Illinois RN license • APRN Licensure • Certified as a Family Practice or Adult Nurse Practitioner • At least 5 yrs of general nursing experience in a healthcare setting • 2 yrs experience as a Family Practice or Adult Nurse Practitioner (EOE)

To apply forward resume to: Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. 305 S. Illinois St. • Belleville, IL 62220 Fax 1-618-235-3130 Email:

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3 BR, 1 BA, fin. bsmt w/bar, W/D, Available Now! 2 & 3 bedall appliances furnished, good rooms. Ask about our specials. size yard, in a good Edw. neigh692-9310 borhood. $1,000/month. AvailMove in Special able January 1st, Flexible lease. 1st Month 1/2 off 618/656-2449, 618/410-3694 2 BR, 1.5 Bath Glen Carbon 3 BR/1BA: Cute home, quiet Cottonwood Sub., w/d hookstreet, remodeled; all applncs. ups, TH, Newly Renovated, 413 Sanner, Edw. $725/mth. $675 (618)346-7878 Available now. 618/210-7966


Apts/Duplexes For Rent

Mobile Homes For Rent


2 Bedroom 1 bath trailer in Glen Carbon on wooded lot. $525/month. Agent owned. Call Rose at 580-6956. 3Bdr 1.5ba $600/mo; 2Bdr 1ba $500 incl W/T/S. 1st & last mo, will work w/dep No pets. 618780-3937.

Commercial Space For Rent 720 FOR LEASE OR SALE Retail/commercial bldg. 4500 sq ft with parking lot 500 N. Main, Edw. 692-4144

Office Space For Rent


800 Sq. Ft. office or store space, newly remodeled, across street from McDonalds, 1719C Troy Rd., Edw. 618/977-9459 ALL BUDGETS & SIZES! FREE RENT & OTHER DEALS COLLINSVILLE/TROY OFFICE & RETAIL $500 - $2500 month 500 - 2500 SQ FT We have what you need Call Doug Sr @ Hartmann Rentals 344 7900

2BR TOWNHOMES, Edw. 1.5 BA, Office space for lease at IL 157 w/d hook up, all kit appliances. and Center Grove Road, up to No pets. $800 w/gar;$750 w/out 3200sf, $2300/mth. 656-1824 gar,. 618/659-2188; 978-2867 3 BDR/2BA apt. CA, Edw. Big rooms, very nice! W/D hookup, Application, deposit, lease $750/mth. 791-8091. 3 BR 1.5 BA Duplex, nice neighborhood, 638 Harvard, E’ville No pets. $875 Mo. includes water/trash 618-946-9719.

Homes For Sale


3 BR DUPLEXE, Montclaire Enjoy wiser home buying with area: 1car garage. $950/mo. an agency exclusively for buy618-541-5831or 618-558-5058. ers! New and enlarged web 304A Reid, Troy 3BD 2.5BA sites and “Walk Score” a new duplex for rent, double garage, community analysis tool are at lrg family room, $975/mth $900 Home Buyers Relocation Sersecuriy deposit. 618-344-1678. vices! In our 21st year, always, ALL NEW INTERIOR!! 2BR apt: grt only on the buyers side. 6620 Maryville location near SIU; Center Grove Road, w/s/t. $525/mo,. Agent owned. Edwardsville; 618-656-5588 618-977-7657. Avail. now: 1 BR apt., 1 BA, all Lots kit. appliances, lndry facilities, 5 For Sale 820 min. to SIUE, parking lot; no pets. 618/656-0544, 920-2961. 1.1 acre flat lot for sale: Mary Glen Carbon: 2 BR, loft family Drivein Edw. $52K OBO. Call room, off-street parking, W/D 580-6052 hookup. $650 incl W/S/T, lawn care. No pets. 618/344-1838. Acreage Immediate Occupancy: 2 For Sale 825 Bedroom Apt., 50 Devon Court, Edw.: 5 minutes to SIUE. W/S/T House & 40 ac., Alhambra,IL: paid. 618/656-7337 or 791-9062 18 ac. tillable; 3BR, 2BA, full brick, w/o bsmt, 2-car attchd gar Price Reduced!! 618-887-4579

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ESIC ONE STORY! 3 BR, 2 bath, woodburning fireplace, privacy fenced backyard. Sparkling clean. $182,900 Edwardsville PR100102 IRMA AUGUST (618) 558-8422

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FARM HOME ON 2 1/2 ACRES. Machine shed, barn with stalls, full basement. Attention needed.

3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 1,152 sq. ft. ranch in Highland. One car garage. New carpet, gutters and exterior doors.

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SPACIOUS & INVITING! 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 1.5 story with 4 car garage is amazing! $434,900 Edwardsville PR9801

ATRIUM RANCH with finished walk-out LL, 4 bedrooms, 3 bahs, SS appliances & fireplace! $299,900 Edwardsville PR9393

CHARMING RANCH with open floor plan, fenced yard, granite counters & many amenities. $235,000 Edwardsville PR9893

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BREATHTAKING VIEW OF 9TH GREEN AT FOX CREEK GOLF COURSE! Gorgeous custom built ranch! $399,000 Edwardsville PR9782

TREE LINED, FENCED back yard, 4 bedroom, formal DR, kitchen with granite, & finished LL. $309,000 Edwardsville PR9782

BELLEVILLE BEAUTY lovingly restored 1853, 4 BR, all season sun room, wood floors, near the Square. $207,000 Belleville PR9838

ALL BRICK 3 bedroom with large back yard, family room on main & lower levels. $170,000 Glen Carbon PR9810

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE! 3 BR, 2 full BA, great room w/wood burning fireplace, fenced, move-in condition. $149,000 Collinsville PR9923

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Ford Focus Wagon, #CC352A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 Buick Century, #BB1010B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,910 Ford Explorer XLS, #P7935B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,912 Jeep Liberty Sport, #CC138A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,912 Pontiac Firebird, #P7932B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,995 Ford Explorer XLT, #BB1044A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,913 Chrysler 300C, #CC291A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,968 Mercury Gr. Marquis, #P7911A. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,983 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL, #BB867A. . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,511 Ford Taurus SEL, #P7941A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,959 Ford Ford F150 XLT, #BB1065A. . . . . . . . . . .$11,912 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd, #CC138A. . . . $16,485 Ford Expedition Ebauer, #BB1074A. . . . . .$16,910 Dodge Durango Limited, #BB1075A. . . . . . $16,990 Mercury Mountaineer, #CC4BB00. . . . . . . . . . .$8,980 GMC Envoy, #CC445A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,995 Nissan Altima, #D7938A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,910 Ford Sport Trac, #BB1070A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,910 Ford F-150 Lariat, #CC380A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,990 Ford Explorer XLT, #BB879A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,913

2011 Ford Escape XLT, only 2K miles #P7943. . . . . . . . . .$28,295 2008 Pontiac G6, only 8K miles #P7942. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,908 2008 Mercury Milan, #P7944. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,940 2010 Jeep Wrangler, only 9K miles #CC363A. . . . . . . . . . . .$23,909 2007 Pontiac G6, #P780B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12,989 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT1, #BB723A . . . . . . .$17,554 2005 Chrysler 300 Touring, #BB820A. . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,931 2010 Ford F-150 XLT, #BB989A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,979 2011 Ford Focus SES, #P7945. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,933 2011 Ford Focus SES, #P7946. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,933 2011 Kia Forte EX, #P7947. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,928 2009 Pontiac G5, #CC444A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,946 2006 Pontiac Charger SXT, #BB1067A. . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,943 2010 Ford F-150, #BB951B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$27,928 2007 Ford Focus, #CC257A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,971 2007 Ford Focus SES, #CC232A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,985 2008 Ford Escape, #BB991A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,977 2011 Ford Escape XLT, #BB1037A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23,911 2007 Ford Taurus, #CC442B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,951 2006 Dodge Ram SLT, #K1033B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$18,960

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1820 Vandalia s Collinsville, ),s ( 618 ) 344-5105

OVER 50 2011/2012 FORD ESCAPES IN STOCK!!! 0% FOR 72 MONTHS ON SELECT 2011 FORD TAURUS AND 2011 FORD FLEX MODELS 2011 Ford Ranger 4X4 XLT Supercab MSRP Schmitt Discount Rebate

$29,225 -997 -3,000

SALE PRICE $25, 228*

Stk# BB640

Stk# BB952

$42,000 -2,464 -5,000

SALE PRICE $3 4,536*

2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT

2011 Ford Edge FWD SE MSRP Schmitt Discount Rebate

MSRP Schmitt Discou nt Rebate

$27,495 -1,667 -4,500

SALE PRICE $21 ,328*

Stk# BB750

2012 Ford Fiesta S

2011 Ford Flex FWD Limited

MSRP Schmitt Discount Rebate

Stk# BB965

MSRP Rebate

Stk# CC410

2011 Ford F-150 Supercab 4x4

$14,490 -500

SALE PRICE $1 3,990*

2011 Ford Explorer XLT FWD

$23,810 -1,119 -500

SALE PRICE $22, 191*

MSRP Schmitt Discount Rebate

Stk# BB879

MSRP Schmitt Discount Rebate

SALE PRICE $2 9,112*

Stk# BB636

2011 Ford Taurus FWD Limited MSRP Schmitt Discou nt Rebate

$37,4000 -2,184 -1,000

SALE PRICE $34, 216*

$36,795 -2,683 -5,000

$37,240 -2,429 -3,500

SALE PRICE $3 1,311*

Stk# BB868

*Sale price includes factory rebates and dealer discounts.


NEW 2010 Lincoln Town Car Signature Lmt

BB685 3LBR765880

K850 2LAX752725


MSRP................$43,200 MSRP ..........$43,200 Schmitt SchmittDisc........-$2,000 Disc ..-$2,000 Factory Factory Rebate....-$3,500 Rebate .-$3,000

37,700 38,200

$ $



NEW 2011 Lincoln MKZ AWD

BB295 1LBG607474




** 37,208 38,407


MSRP ............ $48,765 MSRP................$48,765 Schmitt Disc .... -$3,865 Schmitt Disc......-$10,779 Factory Rebate -$5,000

MSRP ............$43,435 MSRP................$43,435 Schmitt SchmittDisc........-$2,727 Disc ....-$2,028 Factory Rebate....-$3,500 Factory Rebate-$3,000


39,900* 37,986


*Price includes all applicable rebates, incentives and dealer discounts, excludes tax, title, license and administrative fees.

On the Edge of the Weekend

January 5, 2012

010512 Edge Magazine  

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