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Ski equipment awaits the return of the owners at a Sunday service at Copper Mountain Community Church at Copper Mountain, Colo.

Skiers find religion at 11,000 feet By R. SCOTT RAPPOLD McClatchy-Tribune

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — For the Brown family, skiing usually means missing church. Same for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. “Most of the time, we end up having to go to Saturday night service so we can do something on Sunday,” said Danny Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo. “If we have (plans) for the whole weekend, we Please see SKIERS/Page 3


Keeping it fresh

Goode Food Delivered sells seasonal, locally produced food.

Eat locally and seasonally

By BROOKE VANCLEAVE St. Joseph News-Press


he concept of eating seasonal produce isn’t new to this region. Fruits and vegetables are naturally fresher and tastier when they’re grown, bought and consumed during their proper growing seasons. What people might not realize is that if freshness, taste and quality are important to them, it’s best to buy local foods as well. In St. Joseph and the surrounding area, there are many opportunities to support local farmers and businesses and eat healthier foods by buying local products. The Pony Express Farmers Market has been a fixture of the St. Joseph landscape for years. As their winter market is winding down, the annual open-air springthrough-fall market will resume in the East Hills Shopping Center parking lot off Woodbine on April 20. “When people come to our market and they want to know where their produce is coming from, (our farmers are) not afraid to tell you where it comes from and how they grow it,” says Joe Bauer, president of the Pony Express Farmers Market. Mr. Bauer says all the vendors at the market come from within a 50-mile radius of the city. While they might not be government-certified organic growers, most of them use safe, sustainable growing practices. Megan Gallant is one of the owners of Goode Food Delivered, a produce delivery service that works with Goode Acres Farm in Wathena, Kan. Customers can contact Goode Food at the beginning of the week on their Facebook page and order different produce boxes, then pick them up at certain locations around St. Joseph or have them delivered.

Ms. Gallant’s business provides customers with fresh, local food that is grown using organic practices. The contents of the food boxes change with the seasons, allowing customers to eat seasonally and naturally without expending a lot of effort. “The chemical farming that is the major agricultural system that we currently have is damaging to the environment, and ultimately damaging to our health,” she says. “Buyers can have choices, not just with what they put in their bodies but how that influences their environment.” Ms. Gallant notes that the farmers who contribute to Goode Food Delivered often add important minerals back into the soil for the produce to absorb. She says our bodies need about 90 vitamins and minerals to fully function, but conventional farming and food production methods usually only focus on about three. When Jason Thomas and his wife opened up a restaurant in Stanberry, Mo., almost two years ago, they focused on featuring menu items from local sources. As a result, Wabash Junction’s menus change frequently according to what is in season and what their 25 to 30 partners can provide them on a weekly basis. “Our biggest push is not organic ... ours is know your local farmer. I want to be able to introduce you to the farmer,” Mr. Thomas says. He says he wants to remove the questions and the fear from food. By partnering with food sources from the area instead of using out-of-season, chemically treated produce from halfway around the world, that fear is gone. He also believes this kind of food simply tastes better, too. “We don’t need to do anything to our food because it’s coming straight out of the ground and right on your plate,” he says. Eating locally and seasonally grown food can be better for our bodies and the

environment, but most of all it is better for the surrounding community. “That’s a huge thing, is that the community supports us and we try to give back and support our local farmers,” Mr. Thomas says. “Any time you buy local, you’re supporting your local economy. Everyone that gets more money locally spends more money locally,” Ms. Gallant says. Mr. Bauer says local farmers and vendors appreciate the loyalty shown by their customers, and they’ll continue to provide the community with quality products. “We’re in business to stay in business,” he says. This Wabash Junction recipe is an easy way to feature a vegetable that is currently in season.

Butternut Squash Hash 1 medium to large butternut squash 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon maple syrup Pinch of cinnamon Pinch of salt 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries 2 ounces cooked and chopped bacon Your favorite crumb topping (optional) Cut squash in half and remove the seeds. Place in casserole dish or cookie tray cut side up. Sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours. (When removing be careful as the syrup will be very hot.) Let squash cool enough to handle and scoop out squash into a bowl, being sure to keep all the syrup in the squash. Leaving squash in as large of pieces as possible, stir in cranberries and bacon. Here is where you can also add your favorite crumb or crisp topping.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Part of the dance

Area dance instructors honored for work with Down syndrome By JENNIFER GORDON St. Joseph News-Press

Olivia Stoll’s mother, Tara Stoll, lingered at Inspirations Dance Center after she dropped Olivia off for her first class. Mrs. Stoll peeked around the curtain that separates where the parents sit from the class to see how Olivia was doing. When she saw her 4-yearold join the rest of the students in the activities, Mrs. Stoll breathed a sigh of relief. She sat down for a few minutes, cried, and then left. Olivia participated in the class. She made friends. “It’s really an amazing feeling when you weren’t sure your child could do something, and she exceeds your expectations with it,” Mrs. Stoll says. Olivia is the only one in her Little Dancers class at the Savannah, Mo., studio who has Down syndrome. But her teacher and studio owner Mary Ingersoll doesn’t single Olivia out. She expects Olivia to do what her peers do. For the most part, Olivia does. Mrs. Stoll and Olivia recently presented Ms. Ingersoll with a Commitment to Excellence award in honor of World Down Syndrome Day, which took place March 21. The award, given by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, recognizes teachers, friends and loved ones who work with individuals with Down syndrome. “I was very surprised and honored,” Ms. Ingersoll says. “Now, thinking about it, I guess I didn’t think that what I do with Olivia was anything special because I treat her like any other kid.”

formance because Olivia joys. He also likes to perform, had to be there 90 minutes Ms. Sherman says. He gets before she went on stage. the opportunity to do that Mrs. Stoll worried about on the big stage during whether Olivia would need Dance Arts’ recital held at to go to the bathroom or if she would listen to Ms. the Missouri Theater. “That’s really a great Ingersoll’s directions. It opportunity for our kids, ended up not being a probtoo, to be up on the stage lem at all. Olivia went on and learn how that is to stage and hammed it up, perform,” Ms. Sherman Mrs. Stoll remembers. Mrs. Stoll doesn’t linger says. “A lot of people have never experienced that, anymore when she drops and it’s quite a big deal for Olivia off for her weekly them. I’m really thank- class. She reads in the Sait Serkan Gurbuz | St. Joseph News- Press Mary Ingersoll, second from left, helps Olivia Stoll, second from right, ful to Marla for providing car or does errands. She knows her daughter’s in to do a backbend recently at Inspirations Dance Center in Savannah, that for us.” Mrs. Stoll also says that good hands. Mo. “It feels good knowopportunity to perform Mrs. Stoll enrolled OlThe Dance Arts Center has been a big deal for her ing you walk into an ivia at Inspirations Dance offers a free class speenvironment and you’re daughter. Olivia had her Center last August be- cifically for children with first opportunity to dance welcome,” Mrs. Stoll cause Ms. Ingersoll’s Down syndrome on Satursays. in public for a Christmas mother-in-law was Ol- day mornings. The class program Dance Inspiraivia’s physical therapist draws about nine to 10 stutions puts on every year. Jennifer Gordon can be reached at and mentioned the studio dents each week. In addiOlivia’s mom was a little to the Stolls. Olivia’s older tion to ballet, hip-hop and Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPGordon. concerned about the persister, Amelia, 7, had tak- jazz, Ms. Heeler also works en dance, and Mrs. Stoll with the kids on muscle wanted Olivia to experi- strengthening exercises. ence it as well. Low muscle tone is a comInspirations Dance Cen- mon symptom of Down ter’s class sizes are also a syndrome, so the kids will The Sign of experience little smaller, so Mrs. Stoll do bear walks and other for over 35 years! thought it would be a good activities to build up their Rick Barnes, Broker • 660-442-3177 fit. She was right. arms and legs. Olivia observed for a “It’s a very entertaining Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:30 AM little bit and then fell into class,” Ms. Heeler says. “It the class routine, Ms. takes all of our energy and Velma Houts Fair Building Ingersoll says. Students in all of our attention but it’s 201 Hwy. 136 East, Rock Port, MO the 3- to 5-year-old class so worth it. It’s as good for A truly rare opportunity! Located help Olivia with direcus as the teachers as it is on 106 acres, m/l this offering tions when she needs it. for the kids.” truly has it all! Cash rent & farming Ms. Ingersoll wasn’t the Renee Sherman and sevincome, outstanding hunting, an only area dance instruceral other parents in the almost-new efficient custom built tor to be recognized by the class teamed up to nomihome, with an attached garage, Down Syndrome Guild. nate the Dance Arts Cenand a full unfinished basement Marla Heeler, owner ter for its work with their to do with what you will, two nice of Dance Arts Center for kids. Her 7-year-old son sheds, and it’s so close to Rock Dance in St. Joseph, also Liam has taken the class Port you’re just minutes away received a Commitment since 2011. from the Grocery Store and I-29! to Excellence Award. A Ms. Sherman says member from the Down friendship has been one of SCAN THE QR CODE or VISIT Syndrome Guild came to the biggest things Liam’s for complete details. the dance studio with the gotten out of the class. 75003868 certificate and the studio Dancers from other classalso received money to es help out with Liam’s CROSSWORD put toward its program. class, which her son en-

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Horses and hope

Skiers find religion CONTINUED FROM page 1

Fundraising event featuring famed cowboy singer will benefit area equestrian center By ERIN WISDOM St. Joseph News-Press

Colin Foster made up his mind in the air on the way to Denver. Or, rather, a magazine article did. Then a Dodge City, Kan.,-based manager of a feed company who was f lying west for business, Mr. Foster read a story about equine therapy and felt a distinct calling. “It was just like God said, ‘Hey, I want you to do this,’” he says. Mr. Foster’s response has unfolded over the past five years in Easton, Mo., — the home of the faith-based Soaring Hope Equestrian Center. “We’re not cramming our Christian beliefs down people’s throats, but we’re trying to walk the walk,” Mr. Foster says. “We’re to help other people, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.” How exactly the center ended up in the St. Joseph area rather than central Kansas is another occurrence in which Mr. Foster sees divine intervention. His wife was offered a job at Heartland Regional Medical Center, and it just so happened that the facility that became Soaring Hope’s was relatively nearby and not in use. It also ended up being a perfect place for providing therapy for at-risk youth and those affected by physical, mental or emotional disabilities. At their location, Mr. Foster says, they’re blessed to have everything they need: A roomy indoor riding arena surrounded outside by concrete that makes it easily accessible for kids in wheelchairs; plenty of outdoor pens; and pastures. Parents who are able pay a suggested donation of $30 per session for their children to work with an instructor who utilizes horses and other tools to help them make breakthroughs. “They get on a horse, and awesome things happen,” Mr. Foster says. “When there’s a disconnect through autism or whatever it is, the horse bridges that and helps the instructor connect.” One boy, for example, counted for the first time while riding — saying a number with each step the horse

took, all the way up to six. Others have benefited simply from the physicality of being on horseback, since a horse’s movement is similar to that involved in a human’s gait. And for many, there’s also something emotionally soothing about being on a horse. Soaring Hope began its spring session this week and also has another notable item coming up on its calendar: A fundraising event featuring cowboy singer R.W. Hampton. “Evening in the West” will take place at 7 p.m. April 13 in the Millennium Youth Center at Word of Life Church, 3902 N.E. Riverside Road. Tickets purchased in advance by calling 2539164 are $12 for one or $20 for two for adults and $7 each for children ages 6 through 15. (Tickets also can be purchased the evening of the event at the door for slightly more.) Mr. Hampton is a New Mexicobased rancher-turned-singer/songwriter who has recorded 13 albums and won numerous awards from the Academy of Western Artists, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Western Music Association. He’s received an American Cowboy Culture lifetime achievement award as well, and happens to be a friend of Jeff Anslinger, a Soaring Hope board member. It just so happens that Mr. HampMatt Reid | St. Joseph News- Press ton’s wife formerly worked for an Kurt Blakely watches his son Cooper Blakely, 7, sit on his favorite horse equine therapy organization like Stripe. Soaring Hope, which Mr. Anslinger notes as another connection the cenCROSSWORD SOLUTION ter has with him. But even people who don’t have an interest in anything cowboy- or horse-related can find common ground in Mr. Hampton’s songs, Mr. Anslinger adds. “It’s something the whole family can enjoy: A man who sings about his faith, his family and his way of life,” he says. And of course, it’s for a good cause. Anyone interested in learning more about Soaring Hope or this fundraising event can visit nwmws. com/soaring or contact Mr. Foster at the number above. Erin Wisdom can be reached at Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPWisdom.

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just miss out.” But with the right people present, church can be anywhere — even an open-air pavilion at 11,000 feet on a snowy mountainside. That’s where the Brown family came across the Copper Mountain Community Church on a recent Sunday. “It’s great to come out and worship the Lord in this way,” Brown said. “We’re told to praise God regardless of what we’re doing, so this is a great opportunity for us to do that.” Nearly every ski area in Colorado offers some kind of on-mountain service, and the church at Copper Mountain is one of the oldest. For 20 years, volunteers have been helping skiers find some religion, and not just when they confront their mortality on a double-diamond run or thank God for a powder day. “As Christians — especially if you’re active and you’re a skier and you want to go on Sunday — sometimes your schedule doesn’t allow any other days, but you hate the fact you’re going to miss your worship time,” said pastor Dale Holland, one of three lay ministers who run the service and spend the rest of the day handing out cookies. There is an early-morning service in the base village, and the on-mountain service begins at 12:30 p.m. On a recent warm and sunny Sunday, more than two dozen skiers showed up for it, the snowy spine of the Tenmile Range forming a stunning backdrop. Not that the weather always cooperates. “Two weeks ago, it was 12 below zero when we got on the mountain,” Holland said. “I don’t think it was more than zero and it started getting windy when it was time for the service, and we’re all thinking, ‘We’re not going to have anyone today.’” Still, about 10 hardy Christians showed up. Said pastor Dick Jacquin: “Depending on who’s doing the preaching, if it’s really cold, we make them take their gloves off. It kind of keeps the length of the service down.”

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