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July 30, 2020 Volume 19, Issue 21

Kindermusik: Makes educator’s heart sing, going virtual, page 4

Sisters share love of education, page 23

SIUE to look Home & Lifestyles: Debut different in fall, page 24 of first issue, page 7

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JULY 30, 2020 Cover story: Kindermusik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Religious directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Home and Lifestyles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Food for Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Movie Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Sisters in education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Fall at SIUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 What’s Up... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

THE EDGE PUBLISHER • Denise THE EDGE ADVERTISING DIRECTOR • Carole Fredeking THE EDGE MARKETING STRATEGIST • Kristine Ressler THE EDGE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF • Jill Moon ..................................... THE EDGE CONTRIBUTORS • Vicki Bennington............... • Keith Brake

(For The Edge) ON THE COVER: Licensed Kindermusik educator Ellen Singh, of Edwardsville, in a Kindermusik class, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Singh is taking her Kindermusik classes virtual. Kindermusik is a music program for children, founded by Dan Pratt, who, while studying in Cologne, Germany, discovered a curriculum that empowered young children to learn through music.

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Kindermusik with Ellen Singh launches virtual classes for fall

By Jill Moon EDWARDSVILLE — Licensed Kindermusik educator Ellen Singh is moving full speed ahead with virtual Kindermusik classes this fall — just in time to help parents, too. Kindermusik is a music program for children, founded by Dan Pratt, who, while studying in Cologne, Germany, discovered a curriculum that empowered young children to learn through music. Determined to bring this educational approach to families around the world, he introduced the first Kindermusik classes in 1978. Steeped in educational theory, Kindermusik’s research-based curricula is designed to recognize every child’s potential and set a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Singh, who has been licensed with Kindermusik since 2004, is offering her virtual Kindermusik with Ellen Singh program through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and through her virtual “Move & Groove” classes at Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) Music Preparatory School, in Godfrey, with registration and enrollment through the LCCC Music Department at 618-468-4731. Class schedules will remain the same, but presented through the Zoom platform. “It’s been more interactive and even better than I hoped it would be,” Singh, of Edwardsville, said. This summer she is offering virtual Kindermusik with Ellen Singh “one-time” Kindermusik Playdates, which do not require full enrollment in a series of classes, yet gives parents a sampling of the program. Singh also held a virtual Kindermusik camp that took place four consecutive days which equals a four week curriculum. Singh officially became a part of the SIUE faculty approximately 14 years ago, offering school year classes and summer camps every year since she joined the SIUE Music Department, under the direction of its Suzuki Program, of which all four of Singh’s children have been or are a part. The Suzuki Program is for children, starting at 3 years old, in string development typically starting with the violin, but also can include cello, bass, etc. “That program is steeped in the idea of the Suzuki method, where children learn to hear and play music before reading music,” Singh explained. “Then, around the time you start reading in school, children start learning to read music, as a part of the program.” Kindermusik with Ellen Singh program is tiered, offering a foundational class, called “Village,” for infant to approximately 1 and a half years old; then Level 1, “Sing & Play,” and Level 2, “Our Time,” for 1 and a half years old to age 3; and, Level 3, “Laugh & Learn,” for 2 years old to age 4.

In a Kindermusik with Ellen Singh class, Singh demonstrates how to produce sound with a drum.

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On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 5 “I’ve always focused on preschool, primarily birth to 5 years old,” Singh said. “The curriculum is designed by music and child development experts, tapping into all these different things going on developmentally. I’ve had classes with as young as 8 weeks old.” Singh’s own blog, at, describes Kindermusik with Ellen Singh as a music and movement program with curriculum for children age birth through 7 years old. Classes provide a holistic musical and learning experience in the critical first years of young children and their families. This developmental program, guided by a proven methodology, she said, combines music and childhood development, providing opportunities to nurture child/parent relationships and gain a lifelong love of music and learning by a licensed educator. Musically, she has her foundations in many years of piano and flute lessons, as well as having taught herself to play electric bass guitar. She has performed in various groups throughout high school and college. Additionally, she has enjoyed the opportunities of performing as a flutist in her church and various community orchestras throughout the

Children during a Kindermusik class.

country, as well as teaching flute lessons. She is currently a member of the Edwardsville Community Symphony. “In every Kindermusik class, you’re welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where your child will experience music of varying styles, genres and cultures,” Singh said. “They’ll interact with other children and engage in movement, rhythm and vocal activities that develop far more than just music skills. “Our approach to early childhood education and award-winning, researchbased and developmentally appropriate curricula prime children for success in school and in life.” Singh’s lifelong passion and joy has been her work experience in the music field alongside young children and their families, she noted. A graduate of both the University of Evansville, with a bachelor’s in sociology and interpersonal communications, and the University of Illinois, with a master’s in social work with Licensed Master Social Worker licensure, Singh has a broad spectrum of educational and clinical experiences, including child development, group dynamics and relationship building, which are essential in teaching music to children and their families.

Singh taught the SIUE Suzuki Program Pre-Reading Music Theory class from 2005-2011. Currently, she is an adjunct professor for LCCC, where she teaches a class titled “Music for the Preschool Teacher.” “Another element of my SIUE work, for the last two years, and I absolutely love, is through its SIUE Head Start program in East St. Louis,” Singh said. “I’ve had the privilege of going into all of their seven sites, and the East St. Louis school district. I absolutely love it and plan on continuing and increasing this collaboration.” Another aspect of Singh’s work is teaching at St. Louis’ Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), inspired by her son, William, now 15, when Singh and her husband, Dave, adopted him at nearly age 5. Dave Singh’s father is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from India, who came to the U.S. for university studies. William had severe and profound hearing loss, who at age 5 received bilateral cochlear implants, and began attending CID to learn to speak and hear. “I walk in their doors and I’m inspired every time,” Ellen Singh said. See “SINGH” on Page 19

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How home design trends are evolving for social distancing

(MS) — COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends: Houses over apartments: Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action — work, entertainment and shops — and never planned on spending much time at home. But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again. Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular. Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat like fireplaces and

stoves, and even urban and indoor gardens that allow you to grow your own produce. Outdoor living: Between playgrounds closing and parks becoming overcrowded, many of us are turning to our balconies, patios and backyards for fresh air and nature. This means we’re going to be investing more in our outdoor spaces, with functional kitchens, soothing water features, cozy firepits, and high-quality outdoor furniture to create a muchneeded escape. Healthier spaces: Thanks to spending more time indoors and reprioritizing our health, we’ll turn to design to help ensure our homes are safe and healthy for our families. We’ll see a rise in products like water filtration systems as well as materials that improve indoor air quality. For new homes and additions, alternatives to wood-framing like insulated concrete forms from Nudura, which offer improved ventilation for healthier indoor air quality and an

environment that’s less susceptible to mold, will be key. Home office space: Business experts are suggesting many companies will see that working from home is not only possible but offers tangible benefits, like saving money on office space rent. With working from home on the rise, creating a home office space that inspires productivity will be a major project many of us tackle. Luxury home office furniture that feels chic and blends into your décor as well as ergonomic chairs and desks will see a major boost. Custom and quality: With the hit to the economy, people are going to be buying less, but what they do buy will be better quality, while at the same time making an effort to support American businesses. When it comes to design, trends will shift to locally made furniture, custom-built homes and pieces and materials that stand the test of time. Find more information at

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Use renovations to create healthier homes Home renovation projects are done for several different reasons, whether to update styles, repair damaged or broken items or to achieve more living space. More than ever before, homeowners are choosing improvement projects geared toward making their homes healthier. Establishing a healthy home means different things to different people. For example, to an environmentalist, a healthy home may incorporate eco-friendly or green products. To those with young children or mobility-impaired seniors, a healthy home may be one free from potential hazards. Others may view a healthy home as one that alleviates allergies. The World Health Organizations says inadequate housing conditions, such as poor ventilation, radon, urban pollution, and moisture issues, can contribute to many preventable diseases and injuries

— e s p e c i a l l y re s p i r a t o r y p ro b l e m s , nervous system disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Furthermore, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies have found that indoor air pollution levels were roughly two to five times greater than outdoor pollution levels. People interested in making their homes healthier can embrace these renovations and lifestyle changes. • Be aware of furniture materials. Toxic PBDEs, which are chemicals used as flame retardants on furniture fabrics produced prior to 2006, can send toxins into the air. Some manufacturers may still use these flame retardants in new forms, but with similar risks. Before purchasing furniture, ask if a product is treated, and select naturally fire-resistant materials like wool and cotton.

• Lighten up. Lighting is often underappreciated but can have a dramatic impact on whether a home feels inviting, warm and/or uplifting. Experiment with different types of bulbs and lighting fixtures to turn drab and dreary environments into brighter places. Lighting may improve mood and productivity. • Let the sun shine in. Modify window treatments to let more sunlight into the house. There is evidence that the sun, particularly UV light, is a potent bactericide. The Sunlight Institute advises that there’s no harm in letting natural sunlight do its work, as bacteria within eight feet of low-intensity UV light can be killed in 10 minutes. • Inspect and service wood-burning appliances. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology has found regular inhalation of wood smoke limits immune

activity and function, and anyone who burns wood indoors should be aware of these potential health risks. Ensuring proper ventilation of smoke and routinely cleaning the chimney can help cut down on particulate matter. • Turn to nontoxic cleaning products, pesticides and insecticides. Always opt for nontoxic, natural products when cleaning in and around the house. • Declutter the home. A cluttered, hectic space can affect emotions and mental state, never mind attracting dust and making a home harder to clean. Spending time in spaces that do not elicit stressful feelings is healthier and can help residents to rest and recharge. Making a home healthier can be on the list of this year’s renovation plans.

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5 outdoor projects that add value

Exterior renovations can enhance the appearance of a property and make it more enjoyable for homeowners. Certain renovations have the potential to add value to a home, while others may do the opposite. Learning which one have the largest return on investment can help homeowners select features that will have the most positive impact. Curb appeal goes a long way toward attracting potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, first impressions of a property have a strong influence on buyers. Landscaping and external features can do much to influence

such impressions. . • Lawn care program: Investing in a lawn care program that consists of fertilizer and weed control application and can be transferred over to a subsequent home owner is an attractive feature. NAR says such a care program can recover $1,000 in value of the $330 average cost, or a 303 percent ROI. • Low-maintenance lifestyle: When choosing materials for projects, those that offer low-maintenance benefits can be preferential. These include low-maintenance patio materials, composite decking, vinyl fencing, and inorganic mulched beds.

• Fire pit: A fire pit can be used for much of the year. In the spring and summer, the firepit is a great place to congregate to roast marshmallows or sip wine and gaze into the fire. In the fall, the fire pit can make for a cozy retreat. A fire pit that has a gas burner is low-maintenance, and the National Association of Landscape Professionals says that most can recoup about $4,000 of their $6,000 average price tag. • Softscaping: Hardscaping refers to structures like outdoor kitchens or decks. Softscaping involves the living elements of the landscape. Hiring a landscape designer to install trees, shrubs, natural edging, and

rock elements can do wonders toward improving the look and value of a home. • Pool or water feature: In certain markets, particularly hot climates, a pool or another water feature is a must-have. However, in other areas where outdoor time is limited, a pool or water feature can actually lower the value of a home. Speaking with a real estate professional can give homeowners an idea of how a pool will fare in a given neighborhood. Outdoor improvements can improve the marketability of a home, as well as enhance its appearance and function.

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How to help flowers withstand heat waves

Heat waves are an inevitable part of summer in many places across the globe. While humans can escape indoors to air conditioned rooms when heat waves hit full swing, flowers planted around a property have no such luxury, putting their survival in jeopardy whenever the mercury rises to especially steamy heights. Wilted flowers that have succumbed to the summer sun are a sight many gardening enthusiasts can recognize. But there are ways to keep flowers safe and vibrant during periods of extreme heat. • Water at the appropriate times of day. The National Gardening Association notes that it’s best to water in the early morning and evening because less water will be lost to evaporation during these times of day than during the afternoon, when temperatures tend to be at their hottest. • Choose the right watering method. It’s not just when but also how you water that can affect flowers during summer heat waves. Aboveground sprinklers might be great for lawns, but the NGA notes that such sprinklers can encourage the spread of disease on certain plants, including roses. Many gardening professionals recommend soaker hoses when watering flowers because they promote deep watering that can help the plants withstand the summer heat. If you must use an overheard watering system, set the timer so plants are watered in early in the morning or evening. • Routinely check the soil moisture. Soil moisture can help gardeners determine if their flowers have enough water to withstand the heat. The NGA advises gardeners to dig a 12-inch deep wedge of soil from their gardens to determine its moisture levels. If the top six inches of the soil is dry, water. If that area is still wet or moist, the plants have enough moisture to withstand the heat. Check these moisture levels more frequently during heat waves than other times of year. • Av o i d o v e r w a t e r i n g . N o v i c e gardeners may be tempted to water more frequently when they see wilted leaves on their flowers. But wilted leaves are not necessarily indicative of suffering plants. Plants release moisture to protect themselves from excessive heat, and that release of moisture can cause leaves to wilt as the plants try to protect themselves by providing less surface area that can be exposed to the sun. So long as soil moisture levels are healthy, the flowers should be fine, even if their leaves have wilted. No gardener wants to see their flowers succumb to the summer heat. Fortunately, there are many ways to help flowers survive heat waves.

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Signs your gutters are in need of repair Fall is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each fall allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat or cold, while interior projects like painting are made easier because homeowners can open the windows to allow for proper ventilation. Fall also marks a great time to prepare

for upcoming projects that can make winter work that much easier. For example, fall is a great time to take stock of your gutters so you can address any issues before leaves begin to fall or the first snowstorm touches down. Compromised gutters can contribute to water issues in basements and adversely affect a home’s foundation if not addressed immediately, so it behooves homeowners

to learn the signs that gutters are in need of repair or replacement. • Gutters hanging off the home: Gutters were once installed predominantly with spikes. However, many industry professionals now install gutters with hanger brackets. Why the change? Spikes loosen over time, leading to the gutters hanging off the home. That can contribute to serious issues if left untreated. Gutters hanging off the home need not necessarily be replaced, but rather secured to the home, ideally with hanger brackets instead of spikes. Brackets hook into the front of the gutter and are then screwed into the fascia of a home. A professional who specializes in gutter repair can perform this task relatively quickly, and it’s an inexpensive yet highly effective solution. • Gutter separation: Gutters that are no longer fastened together can leak and contribute to issues that affect the home’s foundation, siding and appearance. Clogs and the accumulation of debris can cause gutters to separate because they are not designed to hold too much weight. Replacement of separated gutters may

or may not be necessary depending on how big the problem is and the condition of the existing gutters. If replacement is not necessary, separated gutters may be remedied by securing the joints, another relatively simple and inexpensive fix. • Peeling exterior paint: Paint that appears to be peeling off of your home may indicate that water is seeping over the edge of the gutter closest to your home. When that happens, water is coming down the side of the house, causing the paint to peel. In such instances, replacing the gutters is often necessary. • Basement flooding: Not all signs of deteriorating gutters are outside a home. Many a homeowner has been flummoxed by flooding in their basements, and such flooding can be caused by aging, ineffective gutters. That’s because deteriorating gutters sometimes allow water to leak near the foundation of a home, contributing to basement flooding. Fall is an ideal time to inspect gutters and have any issues fixed before leaves begin to fall or harsh winter weather arrives.

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Laundry room renovations you’ll love

Does it seem like your hamper is always full and the washing machine is running constantly? You may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, a wash, dry and fold service, says the average household washes 50 pounds of laundry a week and 6,000 articles of clothing every year. Families with children at home are doing laundry most often, and those with pets may find there is ample laundry to wash as well. With so much laundry being generated, homeowners may want to consider paying extra attention to the space in the house where their clothing is being cleansed. Laundry room renovations may not top homeowners’ priority lists, but it may be time to give these rooms another look. Assess your equipment If your appliances are aging, a laundry room renovation can start with an investment in new appliances. New models have large capacity loads, tend to be energy-efficient and could have innovative features that help fit with your laundry lifestyle. Purchasing front-loading models also can free up design space, as you can install a counter directly above the units, saving room for other items like drying racks. Figure out your room needs A laundry room need not be limited to laundry only. Many homeowners make large laundry rooms catchall spaces that can serve as utility or mud rooms, pantry overflows, or off-season storage areas. Consider the functions you want the room to serve and include those ideas in your designs. Add some natural light If possible, include a window in your laundry room. Natural light can help make the room more enjoyable. It also can help you identify stains on clothes that need to be addressed and make it easier to fold matching items like socks. Think about a utility sink Many washing machines drain out directly to waste pipes in the floor or wall, but you also can opt to have them empty into a utility sink. This sink also provides a convenient place to handwash items, clean tools or paintbrushes, or store items that perhaps you do not want to bring into a bathroom or kitchen sink. Include some flair This utilitarian space need not be boring or bereft of design elements. Mirror your home’s style in the laundry room, and include wall hangings, plants, accent items, and even task lighting. Play up certain features with a bold floor tile or brightly colored walls. Updating laundry rooms can be a great way to make doing laundry more enjoyable and efficient.

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Remote work has been around for many years, though it certainly picked up steam in 2020. In an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in March 2020 government officials implemented stay-athome measures that mandated many working professionals to begin working from home. That transition occurred seemingly overnight, forcing men and women to find somewhere in their homes to work. As the dust settled and working professionals grew accustomed to working from home, many recognized the need to have an office in their homes. Various factors can make home offices more conducive to getting work done, and the following are some home office must-haves that can help people be more productive while working from home.

Home office must-haves

Quiet Professionals forced to work at home when social distancing measures were implemented may not have had much quiet, especially for those with young children whose schools were closed. But when designing a home office, homeowners have the chance to make their offices more conducive to concentration. Soundproofing walls may not be necessary, but look for areas of the home that don’t get much foot traffic. Kitchens are very popular rooms in many homes, so try to locate your home office away from the kitchen. A spare bedroom upstairs may make for the most

ideal home office setting if the home does not have a traditional den. Spare bedrooms come with doors, which can instantly create a sense of quiet when closed. A converted garage also can make for a useful home office, but make sure the room already has cooling and heating and, ideally, windows. Electrical outlets Recently built homes tend to be equipped with enough outlets to accommodate our increasingly connected lifestyles. But older homes may need some electrical updates before they can capably accommodate home

offices. When updating your electrical, replace existing outlets and fixtures with energyefficient LED fixtures, which save money and benefit the environment. Before updating the electrical, decide on how you want the office to be laid out so you can have outlets installed where your computer, devices and other items, like a printer and television, will be. This makes it easy to hide cords and give the office a clean, professional look. Home office capabilities became a big priority in 2020. Designing such spaces can be fun and easy.

Lighting Lighting is important in a home office. It’s easy to overlook natural light, especially for workers who previously worked in offices that did not have windows. But natural light can help save on energy costs and boost mood. In fact, natural light is a valued commodity for people used to working in office settings. A 2018 survey of more than 1,600 workers conducted by the human resources advisory firm Future Workplace found that access to natural light and views of the outdoors were the most sought after attribute of a workplace environment. In addition, 47 percent of workers surveyed admitted they felt tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office. When designing their home offices, homeowners should keep this in mind and choose areas of their homes that get ample natural light during a typical workday. Additional lighting also will be necessary. Recessed lighting can give an office a sleek look, and lights that can dim can allow workers to adjust their lighting based on how much they need at any given point in the workday.

Outdoor remodels and landscaping projects can add valuable curb appeal to homes. The National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals agree that certain projects offer significant returns when selling a home. The NAR says these are the 10 most appealing outdoor features to buyers.

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(For The Edge) Children experiment with percussion sounds in a Kindermusik with Ellen Singh class.


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“I have a heart for children with special needs because of him. So I’ve been able to be their Kindermusik music program at CID.” In addition to William, who graduated from CID two years ago and now attends middle school in District 7, the Singhs’ children are Katelyn, 20, studying computer science at the University of Colorado - Boulder; Michael, 19, an Edwardsville High School graduate, who the couple also adopted from India when he was an infant; and Anna, 16, who is a junior at EHS. When the Singhs started a family, the couple’s priority was for her to be a full-time stayat-home mom during her children’s young years, but she still wanted to have a career, if possible. “I was searching for something in general and felt like when I saw it, I would know,” Ellen Singh recalled. “Prior to starting our family, I was in social work, but I wanted something different in their young years. I’m a Type A, and while my priority was with my young children, I also wanted something that could be mine aside from that. An acquaintance happened to be undergoing licensure for Kindermusik, who Singh ended up helping as a subject for a class in the

woman’s licensing process. “Kindermusik took my passion for the love of music, and young children and their families, utilize my musical skills and social work skills,” Singh said. “I feel it’s very important work and benefits a child, as well as parents, adult relationships, grandparents, in some of the most important bonds you can have.” Equally, Singh had to learn about setting up a small business. Equally, Singh gained widespread networking/public relations and entrepreneurial experiences as her Kindermusik business has grown and continues to develop throughout the years. “What I didn’t know about myself was I love being an entrepreneur, and doing marketing and public relations for my own company,” she noted. The most current information about Singh’s program are at her Southern Illinois University Edwardsville webpage, Facebook page and blog. Singh said her greatest love is being a wife and mother of her four children. For more SIUE class information, fee and downloadable/printable registration forms visit Today, Kindermusik programs continue worldwide, working to enhance knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm for learning through the power of making music. Internationally, Kindermusik’s mission is to spread the power and joy of music-making as a vital learning experience for young children and families. The organization believes that

(For The Edge) Ellen Singh holds a student of her Kindermusik program, a curricula for children age birth to younger than 18 years old. the earlier a child is introduced to singing, instrument play and joyful movement the fur-

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Food For Thought…with Vicki Bennington

Farm-fresh fabulousness! By Vicki Bennington For The Edge GODFREY — Another destination this week, especially if you’re ready for a drive and to get out of the house. Adopting a seed-to-table philosophy, Bakers & Hale uses naturally, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. And with credentials like Kelsi Baker Walden as executive chef, and Rex Hale as consulting chef, you can’t go wrong. Walden and Hale, who were instrumental in starting the restaurant a couple of years ago, worked together at destination restaurants, like, Fox & Hounds Tavern, Boundary and Basso, all at St. Louis’ famed, historic Cheshire Inn, and Three Sixty at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis, among others. Both grew up with Midwestern family influences of freshly grown food, which planted the seed — so to speak — for Bakers & Hale.

Bakers & Hale’s large garden on the restaurant property provides readily available fresh produce for whipping up salads and other fresh dishes. There’s also an herb garden with things, like, ginger root, lemon balm, mint, basil and lavender. Menus change with the seasons in order to utilize the freshest ingredients. Even cocktails rotate and include herbs that are in-season and syrups with things, like, lemon verbena. Out-of-season vegetables are brought in fresh from area greenhouses. People drive from far and wide to sample the fresh fare and made-from-scratch creations. Last fall, my husband’s class reunion was held on the outdoor patio, which is a surprisingly big space with a large bar that is great for social distancing — though those thoughts didn’t cross my naïve pre-COVID 2019 mind. The food was great and the atmosphere couldn’t be beat. Even though now the outdoor bar has reopened following the lifting

(Vicki Bennington | For the Edge) (Vicki Bennington | For the Edge) Hand-breaded chicken strips B&H Burger

of shelter-in-place orders, there is limited indoor seating, so we recently opted for curbside ordering. Our order was conveniently brought to the car when we pulled up under a canopy. We ordered and paid by phone. For our curbside order, I chose the “B&H Burger,“ which comes with bacon jam and aioli (and white cheddar, if you want it) on a Duke Bakery bun There’s also a mushroom and gouda burger that includes fried onion strings and aioli on a Duke Bakery bun. I started my meal with a side salad with a Chardonnay vinaigrette that was especially good, and the greens were crisp and fresh. My husband’s chicken strips were plentiful – more than he could eat, and the French fries, which I couldn’t help but sample, were tasty. I’m picky about my fries, so that’s saying something. Plate choices include two 5-ounce steak skewers with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; pork steak

On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 21 (can’t be found just anywhere) – 24 ounces smoked and grilled; a beef brisket; grilled salmon with zucchini and black bean succotash; Cajun fettuccini and ribeye steak, among others. Fried pickled vegetables on the starters menu are definitely a must-try for our next visit, or maybe the burnt end brisket nachos, which I had once before. A selection of soups and salads using fresh seasonal ingredients and house-made dressings make for a meal all their own. Keto selections are offered in the form of a gyro bowl with cauliflower rice and gyro meat, or a fajita bowl, with the cauliflower rice and steak or chicken. Other menu items include a selection of pizzas and tacos. If you have more than a couple of people to feed and you like the idea of curbside, the family take-home dinners provide a nice break from cooking. You can even get appetizers in quantities for four to six people, like a dip tray, wings or a burnt end brisket nacho bar.

Family fajitas are meant for four to six, and include chicken or steak with a selection of veggies, house-made pico and salsa and a dozen tortillas. Brisket mac ‘n’ cheese, steak skewers, fried chicken or pizza are among other family choices to try. Don’t forget dessert! Madefrom-scratch on site, choices are lemon gooey butter cheesecake with blueberry compote and whipped cream, seasonal fruit crisp or chocolate fudge brownie with bourbon pecan caramel and vanilla bean ice cream – yum! Bakers & Hale serves lunch and dinner, and under normal circumstances, a popular Sunday brunch buffet, which is currently unavailable, but will hopefully, be back soon as the world returns to normal. The restaurant is located at 7120 Montclaire Ave. in Godfrey. And Bakers & Hale also caters! For hours of operation, more information or to check out the catering menu, visit

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By Robert D. Grubaugh Contributing columnist

Masked matinee: Uncovered

For The Edge EDWARDSVILLE — Ugh, I’m going to write about masks this week. It’s probably everybody’s least favorite topic right now. The president mocks us for wearing them and then begs us to put them on to show our patriotism (and improve his re-election chances). You’re tired of wearing them because they’re hot, and you can’t hear each other, and they keep steaming up your glasses. But they’re not going anywhere in the age of our great pandemic. You know who else wears a mask who isn’t going anywhere? Some of our favorite movie characters. In the three seconds it took this idea to latch into my consciousness, I was able to imagine a list of a dozen major film characters whose masks are either remarkable, indelible or downright horrifying to movie history. Here is a quick list of (arguably) the three best films, in my mind, with masked characters (but there are so many more that you’ll probably love, too). When I talk about movie “masks,” I mean literal disguises that hide an otherwise attractive or talented star. I can’t include the actual real-life appearance of an actor or special effects, because those are something purely different unto themselves. The “Star Trek” universe alone would take up an entire issue of this publication to highlight. I also don’t mean a “metaphorical mask.” There’s no shortage of roles that turn a character into something manipulative with motives, which the viewer can’t always foretell. • Zorro — 11 feature films have been made about the

masked swashbuckler over the last 100 years, and he has been played by the likes of Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella and Antonio Banderas. That’s a fair pedigree for the Californian folk hero who also was mocked extensively by George Hamilton in 1981’s “Zorro, The Gay Blade.” • Darth Vader — perhaps the greatest movie villain of all time existed only in the black-masked robotic suit that kept him alive during the course of George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy. We glimpsed his decrepitude at the conclusion of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” and saw Hayden Christensen, a path into the early 2000s’ sequels, but the hissing, breathy delivery of James Earl Jones, is why the image survives in our collective mind’s eye now. • Hannibal Lecter — Lecter’s (Anthony Hopkins) somber Jack-O’-Lantern style of mask is not funny, and it quickly shows the true element of this character’s nature, as he comes rolling in on a dolly, straight-jacketed, in a mask that also alludes to “Friday the 13th’s” Jason Voorhees, who entered our conscience in 1980. Yet, still, other characters underestimate madness at every turn. How good was Hopkins’ portrayal? I gave preferential positioning to “the mask” in this horror movie — above 1978’s “Halloween’s” Michael Myers, then Voorhees’

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hockey goalie, “Scream’s” Ghostface and whatever you would call that abomination of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s” Leatherface. Great opportunities of plot create cinema’s fantastic masked moments. “Romeo and Juliet’s” central characters were at their most romantic wearing feathered masquerade masks. The actual phantom of “The Phantom of the Opera” is identifiable purely by his mask in any version of his story’s promotional materials. “V for Vendetta” is but a Natalie Portman-colored memory, to me now, of a Guy Fawkes mask. There also are other anomalies. Jim Carrey once famously acted in a movie called “The Mask,” which was ridiculous — and curiously beloved. Tom Hardy, however, wins the award for “Most Masked.” He has famously kept his mug covered in four of his biggest hits: “Venom,” “Dunkirk,” “Mad Max” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” How some struggle for their craft, huh? Keep wearing your masks, too, my friends. We’ll get through this.

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BETHALTO — “I teach tiny humans. What’s your superpower?” That statement is on the front of a shirt worn by Mollie Lavezzi, referring to her job as a preschool teacher at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto. Joining her on the early childhood ministry team is her sister, Katie Ray. “I have the pleasure of working with these dedicated women every day,” said Sarah Koch, Preschool and Summer Camp director. “It is a joy to see them share the love of Jesus with children. “Katie and Mollie are a blessing to so many children because of the investment of teachers and staff at Zion and Metro-East Lutheran High School,” Koch said. “Lutheran School communities really do change lives one child at a time.” As preschoolers, the two daughters of Ken and Marla Ray of Bethalto attended Zion’s Preschool and continued at Zion through Grade 8. “I still remember the scavenger hunt on my first day at Zion,” said Lavezzi. “One of the most important lessons I learned at Zion was how to care for others,” she said. “We learned how to get along with one another. I made lifelong friends during those days.” Ray said school was an extension of the girls’

home. “We learned the same values of faith and family wherever we were,” she said. “Our Zion teachers taught us how to deal with life from our early years.” Both girls said they value their teachers’ investment in their lives — academically, spiritually and socially. “Because our classes were small, our teachers really knew us,” Ray said. “And our families were very involved in our school. Zion students still have these benefits today.” Strong relationships and important life lessons from Zion stayed with the girls as they went on to graduate from Metro-East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville. Ray began her higher education at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and then graduated from Liberty University. Lavezzi graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. Today, as Zion teachers, they said they value the opportunities they have to bring God into everything they do with their students. “We make faith in God more than Sunday sound bites,” Lavezzi said. “We live our faith, and we teach our students and their families how to live with God’s help. “Our Preschool lessons about love and hope go home with our students,” she said. “Parents are learning more about God’s kindness and

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SIUE to look different in fall

Fall courses will include on-ground, online and hybrids formats By Scott Marion EDWARDSVILLE — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall semester at SIUE promises to be a mix of familiar elements and new experiences.

The semester begins on Monday, Aug. 24. Fall courses will be held in varied formats (onground, online and hybrid) in order to maintain the health and safety of the community while ensuring academic excellence. Classrooms will require social distancing and face covering. “This is the biggest challenge I’ve had to

face in my 35 years at the university in getting ready for a semester,” SIUE Vice Chancellor for Administration Rich Walker said. “We have reimagined the university three times and we’re ready for a fourth time just in case. Even if we would have to go back to Phase 3 [of the Restore Illinois plan], we have contingency plans in place for that.”

Masks and physical distancing will be required for all on-ground courses during the fall semester at SIUE.

Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected nightly. Personal cleaning resources will be made available in classrooms for students who want to do additional cleaning. Classes will feature floor markers and altered traffic flows to reduce face-to-face contact. Reusable, washable face coverings will be provided to all students and staff and will be

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On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 25 required in all classes and related academic activities. “We’re providing sanitizing supplies to all the offices and classrooms so that if individuals see something that needs to be cleaned, they don’t need to wait for the custodial staff to show up,” Walker said. Hand sanitizing stations are being installed in all buildings. Traditional water fountains will be turned off where a bottle refill water fountain is available. Plans that consider traffic flow in and out of buildings, and within buildings will be marked. Elevators will be signed with limits based on ability to 6-foot distance. Doors for entering and exiting buildings will be designated. Enhanced cleaning protocols will remain in force for frequently touched surfaces. Even with all those protocols in place, Walker reminds people that they play the biggest role in ensuring their own safety and the safety of others. “Any time I get a chance to say it, I encourage everybody to wash their hands, watch their social distancing and wear a mask,” Walker said. “We can argue all day whether the governor has the authority to do what he has done, but it doesn’t matter. Health says it is the right thing to do if you care about other people.” Student move-in, which is normally a one-

a time to keep people healthy and safe.” Waple explained the check-in process will be done outside and in a way so students can remain in their cars and that the SIUE Experience will be virtual this year. New rules are also in place for housing and dining. A maximum of two residents will be assigned to each bedroom. In suite-style bathrooms, signs will be posted to remind students of proper cleaning procedures. Guests will not be permitted in any University Housing living area. Isolation rooms will be created to accommodate residential students who test positive for COVID-19. Common areas and high touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Dining will provide pre-packaged, graband-go meal options for carryout. Locations will utilize social distancing and line queues. Face coverings will be required in all dining locations, except when eating. “We’re still going to feed everyone, and all of our dining locations will have queuing lines,” Waple said. “We will keep a six-foot distance in Center Court (of Morris University Center and there will be a main entryway with one way in and one way out. It will take a little longer to get through lines, but we’re

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engaging online teaching and learning. “These efforts have been ongoing since the spring 2020 semester. In addition, instructional designers, ACCESS members and other learnContinued from Page 25 ing support units have been working with faculty in all disciplines to design their online asking students to be patient. courses, and faculty across campus have been “We will have hand sanitizer stations and helping their colleagues by offering suggeswe’ll limit the number of people who are in tions and examples of their own successful Center Court. Chick-Fil-A, which is being remodeled, will have its own entrance and exit, teaching practices or products. This collective support effort is helping to ensure faculty have so we’ll be able to monitor that a little better.” the resources they need to develop and deliver SIUE faced numerous challenges and conhigh-quality online courses.” cerns in preparing for academics for the fall The changes will continue well after the start semester. of the semester. “The chancellor (Randy Pembrook) and Many on-ground academic activities will I approached fall planning collaboratively transition to an online format beginning Nov. by engaging the Academic Continuity Task 30 following the Thanksgiving break holiday Force,” SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for (Nov. 23-29). Academic Affairs Denise Cobb said. “Our A select number of approved courses will shared priorities focused on ensuring the continue to meet on-ground after Thanksgiving health and safety of our campus community and supporting academic quality and excellent break. Instruction in all classes ends with finals week, occurring Dec. 14-18. learning experiences, regardless of modality.” Co-curricular activities, including intramuOne of the most difficult decisions for SIUE administrators was determining which courses rals, club sports and student organizations, will be on campus this fall, with the size of would be on-ground, which would be online, social gatherings and meetings based upon the and which would be a hybrid of the two. guidelines set by the state. On-ground opportunities have been priThe Morris University Center, Student Sucoritized for student capstone experiences that cess Center and Student Fitness Center will all require deep engagement and programs that be operational with some service adjustments rely on equipment and campus facilities. and limitations. “The decision about the format was made “At the Student Fitness Center, we’ve collaboratively at the university and departmarked off every other (exercise) machine and mental levels, identifying those courses or portions of courses where an in-person experi- people will be required to wear masks except when they’re doing cardio workouts or someence was critical,” Cobb said. “Students and thing similar,” Waple said. faculty in the in-person courses will engage All student organization fairs that are norin physically distanced learning in classrooms mally held in person will be virtual, as will job that have been set up for safe interaction with participants wearing masks. There will also be fairs for the SIUE Career Development Center. “Our counseling and health services have increased cleaning in classrooms. done a great job of making telehealth work,” “The online courses delivered during the Waple said. “There will be in-person and telefall 2020 semester will have the same level of health services and counseling will be able to quality and rigor as the equivalent in-person courses. When all courses moved online during do both as well. SIUE Access will still be able to the spring 2020 semester, that was a quick tran- help students virtually or on-ground.” Due to the pandemic, there will be additionsition and the change from in-person to online al costs associated with technology, software delivery caught a lot of faculty and students licensing, cleaning supplies, masks, etc. SIUE off-guard. There was a period of adjustment while everyone adapted to the new conditions. has made investments in technology to support students, faculty and instructional spaces. Faculty, staff, students and the administration “As we move forward, we anticipate that supported each other during this period, with all parties creatively thinking of ways to adapt there may be some additional costs for instruction,” Cobb said. “For example, on-ground teaching and learning activities for the new classes will now be limited to no more than 50 environment.” in a room. As such, we may need additional With that being said, the rapid switch to sections for high enrollment courses. This is online in spring is not the reality for fall. coupled with all classroom capacities being “There has been an understanding since the substantially reduced in order to preserve the start of the university’s planning efforts that health and safety of our community members. many courses, at some point during the fall “Likewise, we will need to work through semester, will have online activities or meetings,” Cobb said, “In order to help faculty plan appropriate supports for online courses. The for their fall 2020 courses, something they were university received money through the CARES Act, and a portion of that money helped supunable to do as thoroughly during the rapid port institutional expenses related to the panswitch in spring, there have been almost daily demic. The CARES Act also helped support faculty development webinars, workshops, students directly with technology needs and discussions, and distributed resources about other expenses incurred during the pandemic.” online pedagogy and strategies for effective,


• Maryville’s Movie in the Park Maryville Park and Rec Committee will present their first free Movie in the Park on Saturday night Aug. 8 with the Spiderman-Into the Spider Verse (PG) at Drost Park, 8 Schiber Court. The movie, which will start at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.). Bring your lawn chairs, loungers, blankets, and bug spray to make your evening comfortable. The restroom across the cove in Drost Park will be open. Visit the village web site https://www.vil.maryville. a park map. Come and enjoy an evening outdoors with your family. • Tri Township Tri Township Park is open but asks users to use social distancing when in the park. All sports fields, playgrounds, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts are closed. • City of Troy All in-person events are canceled or postponed until further notice. • Village of Glen Carbon The village of Glen Carbon has made the decision to not have our Community Garden for the 2020 season. • Collinsville parks The trails and restrooms are open. Playgrounds are closed at all locations. • Maryville parks Maryville parks are open. The playgrounds and restrooms are closed at all locations. At Drost Park, the outdoor exercise area is closed. The lake is open for fishing the bike and walking trails are also open. • Glen Carbon parks Tennis courts, ballfields and pavilions are open to the public. All walking and biking trails are available for use. Restrooms will remain closed. Movie in the park is canceled. Kayaking on Drost Lake is canceled. Master Gardeners Open Gate House is postponed. • Glen Carbon Large Item Pick-up Republic Services’ village-wide Large Item Pick-Up will be Sept. 21 through Sept. 25 on residents’ regular trash day. • Glen Carbon E-Waste Collection For those looking to get rid of old, inoperative computers, tablet computers or other electronics, the village will host an E-Waste Collection on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. – noon at village hall, 151 N. Main St. • Glen Carbon Yard Waste Village residents may drop off these

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What’s up… items at the public works garage, behind the village hall and police station, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2020. Acceptable items include grass clippings, leaves, sticks and twigs. • MCT walking paths, trails open While city parks remain closed, the walking paths and trails are available for walking and jogging. Playgrounds, restrooms, drinking fountains, pavilions, basketball courts, volleyball courts and baseball/softball fields will remain closed. • Village of Glen Carbon The Glen Carbon Senior/Community Center is closed for all group activities and events. At this time, transportation services will continue. • Grow Solar Power Grow Solar Metro East is providing free, no-obligation webinars to explain the program’s benefits. To find out more, check out our website or Facebook page, for dates and times and to register for a webinar. Experts will be on-hand at the seminarrs to answer your questions. https:// or • Metro East Humane Society Camp MEHS kits will be available for purchase beginning July 1, 2020. Kits are $75 for adults (supplies for 2), $50 for kids (supplies for 2), $10 for an animal, and $20 per additional child and can be purchased at • Fireworks are not over Worden has fireworks on Patriot’s Day which is Sept. 12. • Edwardsville KC Fish Fry The Edwardsville Knights of Columbus will begin to host a Fish Fry on the first and third Friday of the month, serving 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. • Leclaire Parkfest The 29th Annual Leclaire Parkfest celebration, previously scheduled for Oct. 18, has been canceled. • American Legion Post 435 in Glen Carbon American Legion Post 435 in Glen Carbon has resumed curbside carry out orders for their Friday night fish fry. Phone in orders at 288-7118 or 288-7119 or order at curbside. Chicken fingers are also available. • The Troy/Maryville/St.Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is meeting virtually. The first Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. “Networking.” The 3rd Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. “Business Before Breakfast.” For a link go to the website https://www.troymaryvillecoc. com/ • Madison County Historial Society Although the building is closed to visitors at this time, the Society researchers are taking questions and providing advice on local history and genealogy through the Facebook page, “Madison County Historical Society,” or by calling 618-6567569. • Genealogy The meeting of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society has been rescheduled for Aug. 6. Watch for information on the web site at or Facebook/SCCGS. • Pin Oak Senior Citizens The Pin Oak Senior Citizens Club that meets on the fourth Thursday of each month has been canceled.

• Edwardsville Main Street Community Center The center has ended all group activities. All essential activities, including home-delivered meals, transportation and assistance appointments will continue. • Glen Carbon Senior Community Center The center will be suspending all group and social activities until further notice. Essential services will continue at this time. • Edwardsville Children’s Museum All museum programs will be canceled during this time and we will be reaching out to reschedule what we can and provide refunds for things we can’t. • IBEW 649 Retired Members Club The club is canceling its monthly breakfast meetings until further notice. • Cribbage Club Cribbage Club at the Camelot Bowling Alley, 801 Beltline Road, Collinsville has suspended meeting until further notice.


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