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How I’ve loved all the stories over the years. Some of my favorites: Holiday Balls, fund-raising dances and events, and summer concerts that have been smashing successes. Although I won’t be reporting I’ll continue to attend the Dayton Rodeo, Frontier Days, Dragon Boat Races and Market on Central – in fact I might even try jumping out of a plane with the hundreds of Skydivers that descend upon our city every fall. I can’t forget the Buddy Holly tributes and the interview with Robert Waller, one of Iowa’s most well-known writers. A personal highlight was covering the Oprah show when she came to Madison County. And chasing down the Presidential candidates for a photo with Twist & Shout?? Who will ever forget that!

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When I look back, I am amazed at how many talented people we have showcased. Whether it be high school musicals, Hawkeye Community’s super plays, Iowa Central’s great musicals year after year,- or unique individuals with unbelievable talent-- it never ceases to amaze me!

Huge kudos go out to my talented columnists; some current and some past. They’ve dispensed advice and information on everything from Rock n’ Roll history, how to be a ‘kinder person’, and answered questions you might have about how to care for your ‘best’ friend in the right way.



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Babes in Toyland Can Tom-Tom the Piper's son help Bo Peep find her lost sheep and defeat wicked Barnaby's schemes to blackmail her into marriage? It takes a trip through a spooky forest to Toyland to do so. The grand finale includes the spectacular March of the Toys (toy soldiers) and a unique surprise audience participation element. The director wants everyone to understand that this production is an adaptation, by Eric Stedman, of the original version by Victor Herbert. “This is only the third time that this version has been done and will be the Midwest Premiere!” stated director Mary Jo Laupp, “The other two productions were directed by Mr. Stedman himself on the east coast. He has been an invaluable asset to getting our production up and running.”

Hawkeye Community Theatre is Fort Dodge is proud to present “Babes In Toyland”, directed by Mary Jo Laupp at 7:00 Pm on Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st, and at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 22nd. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at or at the door. Bo Peep and friends from Mother Goose land, in search of Bo Peep’s lost sheep, venture into a dark forest and encounter the magical Moth Queen and deadly spider, then make their way to Toyland and encounter Grumio the Toymaker and his toy soldiers who help drive off villainous Barnaby and foil his plan to kidnap children and turn them into marionettes and trick Bo Peep into an undesired marriage. Originally created rather hastily in 1903, Babes In Toyland was designed to cash in on the box office success of the previous year's immensely successful The Wizard of Oz. The production was four hours long, with a cast of over 200, and a plot lifted from a play that was old even then (entitled The Merry Christmas of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe), and an abundance of special effects scenes, from spectacular parades of toys to glittering fairies and a fight between a giant spider and a bear. It was originally designed with spectacle in mind, and as such, its loosely-connected comic songs and dances didn't have to make any sense. In this new adaptation, the cast has been trimmed substantially, the original four leads replaced with two, and the bear and other extraneous nonsense have been cut in an attempt to simplify the story while retaining most of the original music, and the charming spirit of the original production. The production also incorporates additional numbers by Herbert from other sources, such as "On the Promenade" (included as a pas de deux between Simple Simon and the Toy Ballerina), and "Punchinello." Though the characters are many, the plot is simple:

This production is held near and dear to the directors heart, “the biggest reason I chose it is very personal – my very first show ever was Babes in Toyland (a different version than the one we are doing!) when I was in first grade. I can STILL sing pieces of the title song!” Mary Jo has been able to take this great personal experience and allow other children in the Fort Dodge Community to have the same experience! “We had an amazing turnout for auditions! Upwards of 70 performers showed up to share their talent!” stated Mary Jo when asked what the hardest part was about casting this show. Hawkeye Community Theatre’s December Special is also their Scholarship Fundraiser. Each year the theatre awards one or two scholarships ranging from $500 to $750 to deserving seniors. The proceeds from the December show go into the theatre’s scholarship account. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy this holiday treat at Hawkeye Community Theatre! Babes in Toyland, music by Victor Herbert, Lyrics by Glen McDonough, with New book and additional lyrics by Eric Stedman is produced with special arrangement with Storyland Theatre

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Nursery rhyme characters, young love, bumbling bad guys who really are not all that bad, a villain you will love to hate and plenty of music and dancing! It might not be raindrops on roses, or brown paper packages tied up with string, however Hawkeye Community Theatre’s production of “Babes in Toyland” is the perfect compliment to the holiday season!

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The Music and Arts departments at Iowa Central Community College are busy preparing and rehearsing for their much-enjoyed Holiday Concert. The Music Department and the Visual Arts Department will bring the holiday season into the Decker Auditorium on December 12th with performances at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and December 13th at 7:00 pm.

Kathleen Schreier, Director of Vocal Activities at Iowa Central said it best about this year’s concert,” This is the end of our semester and the culmination of a lot of work. It will also be a slightly different Holiday concert in that we are performing a varied selection of music,” she said. As is tradition with the Iowa Central concert, the show will open with the Concert Band, under the direction of Paul Bloomquist. This year they

will open with ‘Second Suite in F’, followed by a Holiday Gumbo featuring ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. There will then be the Brass Ensemble and Percussion ensemble performing ‘exciting music’. Others include ‘One For My Baby’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’. “We have a solid group of musicians, the music the Concert Band is playing will put everyone in the holiday spirit!”

Under the direction of Schreier, accompanied by Mary Heimbruch on piano, the Concert Choir will perform ‘Silent Night’, “Cum Sancto Spiritu’, ‘All My Heart This Night Rejoices’ and Find Your Grail’, with soloist Courtney Skeens and Jacob Bennett and a trumpet solo by Micah Levi.

They will conclude with ‘Gloria Fanfare’. Schreier said, “And we just added ‘White Christmas’”.

The Encore Singers will open up the second half of the concert with a Beatles Medley, somewhat in honor of their 50th anniversary in their visit to the United States. Singing this medley are Christopher Pilling, Jade Green, Chelsea Egger and Tara Jackson. “Our String Quartet will be back, and Susan Knapp is decorating our foyer!” Schreier stated that many of the students will also perform at a fundraiser/holiday dinner on December 19th at St. Marks Episcopal Church; “Many have volunteered to postpone their holiday travel- which is amazing.” She said Rev. Richard Graves is the Rector and has offered the Parish Hall to them; ‘This meal will be catered by Howard Ball and is a free-will donation.” Schreier said that all in the audience will walk away from the concert having heard several holiday favorites along with some great surprises, music-wise, “And its free and shuttle service will be available!”

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Santa THROUGH MY EYES “Would you play Santa at our children’s Christmas party? We have a suit you can use.”

By Rocky Pepples

That summer I had a proper Santa suit made so I was no longer the goodwill Santa. But this is not the reason I am here. I really dislike store and mall Santas! Their main purpose is to sell pictures and toys. I realize that this is the only chance many children have to talk to Santa but there are so many Santas that some of the kids have to be getting confused. How can Santa talk to the child and make them feel special with all those people hanging around. I have always tried to make the child feel special by making sure no one was close enough to hear us talking and by talking quietly or whispering and sharing secrets. I have discovered there are four different types of children that visit Santa: • The non-believer – This child plays along to see what they can get. With a little work I win a couple of them back as believers. • The I’m not sure – This child is afraid not to play along just in case Santa is real. I won a couple of these back also. • The believer – The source of many great memories. • The I’m shy or scared – These children take extra time and attention.They have to be brought along slowly and you can’t force them to do anything they are not comfortable with. Over the years I have had many parents in my lap holding children. Hopefully I have never turned any child away from Santa.

This was the question posed to me by one of the officers of our local Moose Lodge in the fall of 1997. Being rather portly and sporting a white beard, I had no choice but to say “YES”. They gave me the suit; an inexpensive coat with a mismatched hat and black plastic shoe covers. All I had to do is add a pair of red sweat pants. I looked like a refugee from a goodwill store, but what the heck, I was going to be Santa. This was the beginning of a very happy and gratifying period of my life. The children’s Christmas party at the Moose is a really well planned and choreographed event. The Moose purchased nice gifts, with a little guidance from the parents, for each of the children. These gifts were put in Santa’s bag, one at a time. After the child talked to Santa, one of Santa’s helpers would hand Santa his bag so he could give the child their gift. 50-60 kids. No problem. I had so much fun doing this I borrowed the suit for additional parties. The YWCA and the women’s shelter (DSOAC) became the two additional parties for the goodwill Santa. These parties are considerably different than the Moose party. The YWCA party had about 20 children. People donated gifts for the children which were given out in the same manner as the Moose party. The DSOAC party had about 30 children. After talking to Santa, each child was given a stuffed animal and a candy cane.



But this is not the reason I am here. In 2002, at the DSOAC party, I had a girl (5 or 6 years old) that was really sad and reluctant to come to Santa’s lap. I finally coaxed her into coming and talking with Santa. She sat in my lap and I gave her a hug and I just started talking quietly to her. When she had relaxed, I asked her what she wanted for Christmas. She said she didn’t want anything but could I help her Mom stop crying and help them move back home. WOW! How do you answer that? Through my tears I tried to reassure her that God would help them and things would eventually get better. I gave her another hug and a stuffed animal and she got down. When she got back to her Mom, she gave the stuffed animal to her Mom and whispered something in her ear. Her Mom looked at me, gave me a half-smiling nod, and they went back to their room. That was the last time I put on the Santa suit. I donated it to DSOAC for their future parties. This period of my life is over but I will always cherish the experiences and memories and the knowledge gained by being Santa for those six years. This is the reason I am here.

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OPEN HOUSE December 8th Decorator Cyndi Fallon noted that the outside of the house will be decorated with over 4,000 feet of red and green plaid ribbon to coordinate with the painted trim on the house. “All four porches and the two balconies will be trimmed with lighted garland and bows, with wreaths in all of the windows.

There will be a Holiday Open House at the Ringland-Smeltzer home at 1019 2nd Ave South on Sunday, December 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Open House is free and open to the public. “We are excited once again to be showcasing’ this beautiful, historical home in all it’s holiday splendor,” said Delpha Holztman, Chairperson of the Smeltzer Education Committee.

Holtzman said the refurbishing of the living room in 2010 can only be described as an ‘amazing transformation’. “There are new wall coverings, draperies and all of the woodwork and floors were refinished,” she said. “The room will offer a 9 foot tree decorated with gold and ivory ornaments. A beautiful, large Nativity scene will surround the base of the tree. And the six mantles of the fireplaces will be decorated according to the theme of the room,” Holtzman said.

She said that both the main floor and the second floor will be open for viewing. “The main entry, foyer, up the stairs and the second floor hallway were refurbished in 2009. In 2010 the living room and the library were also refurbished, and in 2011, the dining room and the butler’s pantry were restored to the 1910 era.” Holtzman said the kitchen has recently been refurbished, which means that all of the rooms on the first floor have been restored. “Both the first and second floors will be open for viewing,” she added. “Each room will be decorated in a traditional, yet themed look, with all four porches’ and the two balconies trimmed with lighted garland and bows.” With the kitchen now restored, it will be on the tour for the first time. “The kitchen shines with the original wood flooring that was refinished.” She said new cabinets, appliances and countertops all reflect the era of the home. “The kitchen will be decorated with a holiday gingerbread theme, red plaid bows hanging from the glass cupboards.” Holtzman is excited because this year Ann’s bedroom has been newly refurbished and decorated in a youthful Victorian theme. The colors are pink, silver and white. The Christmas tree rotates and is topped with a Christmas crown. “You won’t want to miss this room,” promises Holtzman. She said there will also be large photos of the third floor ballroom and third floor classroom displayed.

The theme in the library will be ‘old world’ charm. “The tree and mantel will be decorated with earth tone ornaments.” She said the floor and woodwork have been refinished, and plantation shutters have been added, as well as new wall coverings. The dining room has been decorated using natural and earth tone colors that complement the new wall coverings, courtesy of decorators Cyndi Fallon and Scott Gernhart. The dining room table was set by Gernhart with the Ringland-Smeltzer antique china, silver and crystal. All three bedrooms on the second floor will also be decorated and open for viewing, said Holtzman. Hosts and Hostesses will be dressed in 1900’s period attire for the Open House. A snowstorm date is Tuesday, December 10th, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, in case of severe weather on December 8th “We hope people mark their calendar for December 8th and join us for a great way to usher in the Holidays.”

She said that also – ‘for the first time’, visitors will be invited to go through the master bedroom dressing room and bathroom. “The two maids’ rooms will be open for viewing,” said Holtzman.

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Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour LIVE at Stephens Auditorium on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour is set to launch in March 2014. These special event performances represent an ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by BandFuse: Rock Legends, the month long tour, brings together a diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix. This year's line-up ranges from metal legend Zakk Wylde [Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society], blues icon Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the innovative Dweezil Zappa, Los Lobos' stalwarts Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, left-handed blues rocker Eric Gales, Texas guitar gods Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson, funk legend Bootsy Collins, Mato Nanji [Indigenous], and, from Serbia by way of Memphis, Ana Popovic. The rhythm section, as always, includes bassist Billy Cox, the only player, apart from Jimi Hendrix himself, who was part of both the Band of Gypsys and the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Chris Layton, the drummer who, along with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, was a founder of Double Trouble. "BandFuse: Rock Legends will inspire the millions of Hendrix fans who truly appreciate his incredible artistry and talent, as well as introduce his genius to a new generation of budding musicians," said Jeff Marshall, Director of Artist Relations, Realta Entertainment. "Playable kiosks of the game will be at each of the shows, giving attendees a pick up and play, real rock experience with the only game that provides the tools to help become the next guitar legend."


It's appropriate that BandFuse: Rock Legends is presenting the tour in light of it being named "The Best Music Video Game on the Market" by Guitar World Magazine. BandFuse: Rock Legends seamlessly connects real guitars, basses and microphones to game consoles, empowering players to jam using authentic animated tablature to a fully unlocked library of hit songs from rock to metal and punk to funk. Among the game's mentors are such noted artists as Zakk Wylde and Bootsy Collins who are performing on the Experience Hendrix Tour as well as Slash, George Lynch, Mike Ness, Alexi Laiho, Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook. Janie Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C., noted, "Jimi often spoke of his concept of 'Electric Church' and using music to connect directly with people. Every day, we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. It's our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he's given us and to keep his music in the forefront: the Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound."

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Coming Attraction December 2013

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Noon Sertoma Presents

Lights at Kennedy

By Anne Kersten

“We are very excited about the event this year,” said John Ueltschy, who is one of those helping with the event. “We’ve had a great response from past participants as well as some new ones. “ He said they have 28 different displays and people are getting excited and ‘in the mood’. They will once again be having the ‘live” Nativity scenes every Sunday evening. “We will have students from area church groups acting out the Nativity,” said Ueltschy. “The students from Good Shepherd will be participating on the first Sunday, the 8th, with students from Holy Trinity doing it the 22nd.” (It was unknown at press time what youth group was doing it the 15th) He explained that the displays are created by area businesses, service clubs, schools and non-profit organizations. Ueltschy added that all who attend the ‘Lights’ are able to vote for their favorite display; with prize money awarded to the top three vote getters. Businesses that win are asked to designate their winnings to a local charity or non-profit.

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All net proceeds of this years ‘Lights’ will be used toward the Backpack Buddies program. “More than 450 students utilize the Buddies program, which is designed to supplement school breakfast and lunch programs by providing elementary and middle school age children with nutrient rich foods over the weekend, when many of these children may have little or nothing to eat,” said Ueltschy; “a typical bag includes nutritious food items such as peanut butter crackers, fruit cups, seeds and nuts, small boxes of cereal, juice boxes and shelf stable milk cartons. “The Backpack Buddies program is an excellent program. We know that many of these children rely- and depend – on this food to help them and sometimes their siblings through the weekend.” He said all those in Sertoma have high praises for Matt Cosgrove and his staff at Webster County Conservation. “Without their help, an event like this wouldn’t be possible,” he said. The time for each evening will be from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; with an admission of $5 per car. “Santa Claus will be meeting with children of all ages on Friday and Saturday of each weekend,” said Ueltschy, “It’s always fun for the kids to have him there.”

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The Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club has been busy organizing and planning for their annual ‘Lights at Kennedy”, which will be held the first three weekends through December, starting Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, the 8th. With the goal of putting area residents in the Holiday spirit, the event also raises money for a much-needed cause, the ‘Backpack’ buddy program.

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hhh it’s the holidays, the most wonderful time of the year. I will admit my tree, garland, balcony lights and wreaths were up well before Thanksgiving. Fireplace, Christmas carols, candles burning, tinsel, lights, regal pine tree, presents, baked goods…oh I love this time of year. Did you notice each item listed could also be very dangerous to our furry friends? Frigid temperatures and frozen water bowls aren’t the only dangers to our pets this year…so here is a rundown of ways to ensure their safety during the holiday season: Christmas tree: make sure your tree is anchored securely. Whether real or fake, a falling tree could seriously injure your furry baby. If real, make sure he cannot access the water. Tree water may contain fertilizers as well as bacteria which could cause diarrhea. Tinsel town? While cats are more apt to chew and swallow tinsel, it may be best to skip the tinsel all around as any animal can ingest this which would just lead to digestive issues. Presents under the tree? First of all make sure nothing edible or tempting is wrapped up. While presents are being unwrapped, be very cautious that all cardboard, wrapping, tape, staples and tissue paper are secured away from your pet’s reach.



pets. That being said, if you want to decorate with these items just make sure they’re securely placed and out of reach. Essentially, keeping your furry friends safe and happy around the holidays just takes common sense although

By Sarah Estlund with Stella & Max

I think that giving them a quiet space or “alone zone” is important to keep in the back of your mind as well.

Happy Holidays to you and yours and might I add this is a wonderful time to bring a foster animal into your home – to give them a warm, loving home for the holidays as well.

Cocktails, chaos and chocolate – oh my! ‘Tis the time for cocktails, company and so much food. It goes without saying to ensure your pet doesn’t get a hold of alcohol, and make sure she has a ‘safe place’ to retreat to if you’re hosting during the holidays. Crowds and chaos (New Year’s Eve parties) can cause anxiety in many pets. Baked goods, chocolate, cookies – it’s no secret one of the best aspects of this time is the immense amounts of food we have at home. That being said, please make sure your furry friends cannot access it. House guests bring joy and comfort however they can also bring medications, Ziploc bags and countless other things that your pets may be tempted to get into. Advise your guests to keep their belongings secure and door closed at all times. Random decorations such as mistletoe, garland and holly are reportedly very dangerous when ingested by

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(concert) Fort Dodge Area Symphony

Holiday Concert December 8th

Calling all kids and families, your wait is over! That’s right; Fort Frenzy is open! Come celebrate the BIG grand opening December 9th. According to General Manager, Effie Hill, Fort Frenzy is planning an entire week of fun. “But, it doesn’t stop there. It will always be fun here at Fort Frenzy. From birthday parties, arcade games, laser tag, mini-bowling, roller skating, dodge ball, go-carts, water wars, bumper boats, and minigolf there is always something to do, “ said Hill. “We are planning many family friendly events, concerts, and activities. All of us here at Fort Frenzy strive to create a safe and exciting place for everyone to come and play.” Hill said there will be a new ID card for our middle school guests to use. Watch for details coming soon on that.

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony is holding their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 pm. It will be held for the first time at the new Middle School Auditorium. Joining the orchestra for this holiday-themed program will be the young crooner and Des Moines native Max Wellman. Known for his cool voice and crisp beat, Max will serenade you with holiday classics made famous by Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin.

Hill is excited about the Cardiff Center. “The Cardiff Center is home to the hottest wedding receptions, corporate events, adult birthday parties, banquets, award ceremonies, Christmas parties, and just about anything else you can imagine.” “When all the snow melts and the temperature heats up, we will open up the outdoors area, complete with all electric go-carts, water wars, bumper boats, mini-golf and our Plaza,” said Hill. She invites you to visit the website at

Some of the music the audience can expect to enjoy include Sleigh Ride, the Hallelujah Chorus, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and White Christmas. The Symphony invites you to make it a family traditional to kick-off your holiday season with them!

On the website you will find hours, party packages, pricing, contact information, and more. You will also find all the fun details about the grand opening week. Don’t miss it.

Cost is $10 per person, or a season ticket. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. There will be Season Tickets available to purchase the day of the Concert.



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Songs for a New World January 25th and 26th

The bleak and cold days of January will be ‘warmer’ due to a weekend of music planned to be held on January 25th and 26th. Thanks to the formation of a new musical group in town, Stage Door Productions, “Songs for a New World” will be performed at the Iowa Central Bioscience and Health Sciences Auditorium the last weekend in January.

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History of Take 2 Summer Theater includes performances such as ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live’ for middle Schoolers, and “High School Musical” for High School and College age cast members. She said that plans for 2014 include performances of “A Year With Frog and Toad”, and Disney’s “Peter Pan”. “Future plans also include expanding the youth theater program to include theater classes,” she said. “There are some amazing small cast musicals that we hope to bring to the actors and audience members of Fort Dodge,” said Ahlers Leman. Watch for more information on ‘Songs for A New World’ in the January issue of Twist & Shout.

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According to cast member Susan Ahlers Leman, the intent of the group is to “further enhance the already rich tradition of community theatre in Fort Dodge; as in Comedia Musical Players and Hawkeye Theater.” Ahlers Leman added that their goal is to bring small cast adult musical theatre and youth theater experience opportunities to the Fort Dodge area. She went on to say that Stage Door will serve as the parent organization for Take 2 Summer Youth Theater which offers two summer youth theater experiences.

Music Director for the group is Shelly Bottorf. Along with Ahlers Leman, other cast members include Mary Jo Laupp, Nate Gibson, and Ben Ahlers.


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ecently on Facebook, there has been postings where someone gives you a number, and

you’re supposed to reveal that number of things about yourself that people don’t

know. So, in the spirit of that, here are 5 things you didn’t know about the library. • Half of the staff has worked here 10+ years.

By Rachel Lavender and Amy Presler

• The day after Presidents Day is our busiest day of the year. • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer has been checked out more than any other book. • We have a basement. If you want to see it, be here when the tornado sirens go off. • The staff has a secret candy drawer. And it’s right by me.



Three authors that deserve your attention this month have each just one a prestigious literature award.

ur patrons rock. I’ve met some amazing people in the five years I’ve

worked at the Public Library and they just keep coming. One of our great library fam-

Eleanor Catton has won the Booker Award for Fiction with her

ilies recently gifted us a signed copy of the

novel The Luminaries.

book “All The Truth That’s In Me” by Julie Berry. This young adult novel is different from what I usually read; if I would have been searching on my own I don’t think I would have chosen it. I sat down on a lazy afternoon and read the entire thing in one sitting, it made me rethink my selecting abilities. How many other gems have I overlooked?!

James McBride just won the National Book Award for his novel

Not only was the writing style unlike anything I had read before but the

The Good Lord Bird.

way the story twisted timeline to timeline…it intrigued me to say the least. The main character Judith returns to her quiet town two years after she and her friend go missing, she’s alone and unable to tell her story due to half her tongue being cut out. This second person narrative slowly weaves a tale of lost love, the unjust prejudice Judith faces after she escapes the horror of the last two years and the inner workings of a girl who lives solely in her own head. It shows the world for what it is, the horrible people so afraid of what they

Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She has written several books, but most recently Dear Life.

don’t understand, those who judge the victim for crimes that were com-


mitted against them and the few who open themselves to better under-

library carries all of her previously published books in addition to

stand who a person is, under all the gossip and assumption. This story is a

the other award winners mentioned here.

beautiful example of why it’s important to treat others with kindness because the truth you think you know might not be true at all.



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(Acts of Kindness)


December is the month of Christmas cheer, shopping, family and friend gatherings. I love how Christmas brings out kindness in people as well. Giving and thoughtfulness are at the top of mind for a lot of people. I actually came across a new Facebook and Pinterest page entitled “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness”.It’s a pretty cool idea. People offer some sort of kindness

By Katie Averill

and then leave a note that says “You’ve been RACK’d”(Random Acts of Christmas Kindness). People make 25 of these cards and hopefully people will reuse the card and pass it on. If you are in the Christmas spirit but not sure how to take it a step further, here are some ideas for you.

• Give the Salvation Army bell ringer a cup of coffee or cocoa. • Offer to help a teacher with the Christmas party at school. • Make Christmas wreaths for residents at a nursing home. • Pick out a toy and donate it to Operation Christmas or Toys for Tots. • Hold the doors open for people. It’s a small but appreciated act. • Leave a bouquet at the hospital — the nurses will know who needs it the most. • If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first. • Slip a $20 gas card into someone's purse or pocket. • Give the good parking space to someone else. • Share happy memories. Stick an old photo in the mail to a friend and write a note about the day it was taken on the back. • Leave a copy of a book you love, with a note of what was your favorite thing about the book for the next reader at a Little Free Library drop box. • Load extra change into the vending machine to buy the next person a can of pop. • Resolve to refrain from negative comments. • Send a friend a funny video from YouTube.

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(A Look Back )



n doing research for this column, when I saw that Gene Pitney performed at the Laramar Ballroom, all I could say was, “wow”!

Billboard. He followed this up with “It Hurts To Be In Love/Hawaii” (Musicor 1040), “I’m Gonna Be Strong/E-Se Domani” (Musicor 1045) and “Nobody Needs Your Love/Dream World” (Stateside 518)

If some of you don’t recognize the name Gene Pitney, he unquestionably possessed one of the great voices from the decade of the 60's and 70's. An amazing singer with iconic selling songs, and a name that is forever tied to the classic days of rock and roll.

His top charting hits dried up somewhat until 1968 when he hit it big again with “She’s A Heartbreaker/ Conquistador” (Musicor 1306). All the while his chart success was hot, he regularly toured England, and was a top draw in Great Britain.

In 2002 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Today, Gary Rue tours with a large scale tribute show to the legacy of Gene Pitney, that has been endorsed by the Pitney family.

In early 1962 he released the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/Take It Like A Man” (Musicor 1020). Again, it was taken from a movie with the same name, “The Man Who Liberty Valance”, starring John Wayne. It went to #4 on Billboards Hot 100. Impressive! While he was releasing his own records, he was writing hit songs for other artists as well. A few include: “He’s A Rebel” - The Crystals, “Rubber Ball”Bobby Vee, “Hello Mary Lou”- Ricky Nelson, and “Today’s Teardrops” for Roy Orbison.

If you ever get the chance to see Gary Rue’s Pitney tribute, don’t miss it. Last but not least, Happy Holidays and have a great 2014. I’ll be back next year with some more amazing rock and roll stories, Fort Dodge style.

In early 1964, he was back on the charts with the amazing, “Twenty Four Hours To Tulsa/Lonely Night Dreams” (Musicor 1034). It charted at #17 on

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The record went to #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. In addition, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Song Of The Year and Pitney performed the song at the Oscars. Not bad for a new artist and his first major release.

I really hope you were one of the very lucky ones to see and hear Gene perform when he came to Fort Dodge in August of 1962 with the “Galaxie of Stars” package show with Bobby Vinton, Gary Charles, and the Bachelors from Ireland . I’m envious of those that were there. Recently I saw a poster for this show, what an amazing rock and roll artifact.

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As I sit and write this story, I couldn’t help myself, I had to go on line and order the “Greatest Hits Of Gene Pitney”. It has stirred many great musical memories.

Pitney was to record and release “Town Without Pity/Airmail Special Delivery” (Musicor Records 1009). The song was the title song for the movie with the same name, “Town Without Pity’, starring Kirk Douglas.


In 1961 Gene was signed as a song writer for other artists by Musicor Records. Soon the owner of Musicor, Aaron Schroeder realized Pitney was simply an incredible singer on his own. Pitney would soon record his first Musicor release under his own name.


In 2006, while touring England, Pitney would sing his final song, “Town Without Pity”, walk off stage and collapse. He would pass from a heart attack.


He did some recordings in the late 50's under various names, but always felt he had what it took to be successful as, Gene Pitney. He was right.


In the early 1980's, he would partner with Gary Rue from Marshall, Minnesota and tour the world with a full orchestra to never ending sellout crowds.


Born Gene Francis Pitney, in Rockville, CT. in the early 40's. Pitney was always fascinated with pop music, so much in fact he formed his first band, Gene & the Genials in the mid 50's.



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ne would think if you put Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman together you’d have one amazing film. Well not so much, unfortunately. While the screenplay was done by Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid Love”) we see four great actors trying to pull off something that falls so short of our expectations. Douglas plays Billy, a 70 year old that is having mid-life crisis and decides it’s time to tie the knot with his 30-something girlfriend. Spray tanned to the max and sporting the white/yellow hair, Billy is the epitome of fighting age. He decides he wants to pull his three childhood best friends together for one last hoorah in Las Vegas. Bring in Sam (Kline) who’s living in the retirement community with his wife and longs for excitement. Then we have Archie (Freeman) that wants desperately to get away from a smothering son (Michael Ealy) after suffering from a stroke and last but not least Paddy (De Niro) who is won’t leave his apartment as he’s still mourning the loss of his wife. Paddy is also has some pent up frustration towards Billy as they always have had some deep rivalry that they both went after the same girl when they were young. Paddy won her heart but we learn later on that there was more to that story that I won’t reveal.



a third of their age in some of the glitziest nightclubs really all we have to do work with his the lead cast. The boys want to live it up as though they are still in their 20’s and not a day has gone by. But, we see that with age things have changed and the friendships have evolved. The Billy-Paddy rivalry is by far the deepest the plots goes and Sam and Archie are just there for entertainment. They do the best they can with what is given to them. My favorite was definitely Freeman who normally plays the more serious characters in films but he does shine in this one.

By Angela Trevino

I actually loved all the men and thought that the chemistry between them seemed as genuine as they come. This is a sweet film and will make you smile. Just don’t expect much too much and you’ll be fine.

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