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Sacred Heart’s Jared Dey has been named the Democrat’s December Athlete of the Month. — Sports, B1

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Nixon scraps tapping college reserves JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he will not tap university reserves to help balance Missouri’s budget, scrapping the idea just a few weeks after its debut generated a generally negative reaction. Nixon’s administration had floated an idea that would have taken $106 million from the reserves of five of Missouri’s largest universities to help fund the higher education operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year. The reserves would have been replenished over several years with money from

Plan would have aided budget balance Missouri’s student loan agency. state colleges and universities for a Asked Thursday about the idea, bailout.” Nixon responded: “That is off the Nixon said Thursday that he table.” would continue to look for ways to The idea had not gone over well put as many dollars as possible with some university officials and into the classrooms at K-12 public state lawmakers, whose approval schools, colleges and universities Nixon would have been needed. — directing cuts toward the On Wednesday, House Speaker administration, as much as possiSteven Tilley had vowed that lawmakers ble. “will not balance our budget by asking our The governor’s office has always

stressed that the potential to borrow from university reserves to finance the state’s budget was only an idea, not a firm plan or proposal. One thing that made the idea potentially attractive was the ability to redirect money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to finance classroom education in the immediate future instead of using agency funds for longerterm campus construction projects, as a 2007 state law requires, Nixon said. But some lawmakers had expressed

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Cox to run for new state


Incumbent lives in 54th District, but can file for 52nd District race


Healthy U panelists, from left, Sarah Nail, Dave Clippert, Kathy Basler, and Mike and Missy Comfort share their weight loss lessons and answer questions from a sizable crowd Thursday in the State Fair Community College Stauffacher Theatre during “A Night of Inspiration,” a launch party for the yearlong communitywide weight loss effort that will pair 12 Pettis Countians with exercise and dietary coaches in an effort to help them stay motivated to live healthier lives.

BY DENNIS RICH Democrat Managing Editor

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Stanley Cox (RSedalia) announced Thursday that he will seek re-election to the newly created 52nd state representative seat in November. Cox, who has served three terms in the former 118th District, found himself drawn out of his own disCox trict when new legislative boundary maps were released in December. Although Cox lives in the new 54th District, state law allows candidates to file for seats in their county of residence after the postcensus release of new district lines. The 52nd District includes Sedalia and a narrow strip running south of U.S.

They win if they lose 12 will participate in weight loss challenge,strive for health BY DENNIS RICH Democrat Managing Editor


n impromptu back-ofthe-seats drum roll was followed by cheers as organizers announced the 12 finalists set to participate in the yearlong Healthy U weight loss challenge. The 12 finalists are Bob Satnan, Holly Brown, Kathy Burnett, Richard DeFord,

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Healthy U finalists, from left, Bob Satnan, Holly Brown, Kathy Burnett, Richard DeFord, Alicia Maggert, Chris Pummill, Lisa Brock, Robin Wollard,Trish Ballance, Brian Jackson, Lettie Rodriquez and Amy Schneider pose after being selected at Thursday’s event.

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Park board OKs software purchase to ease registrations BY EMILY JARRETT Democrat Reporter

Sedalia residents may have an easier time registering for Parks and Recreation classes in the future, thanks to new software. During its monthly meeting Thursday night, the park board approved a $25,000 software and

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computer server upgrade. “Right now we use paper for everything,” Recreation Superintendent Amy Epple told the board. “It’s extremely time consuming. For example, if we have a mom call in and say, ‘My husband was supposed to register our child for T-ball,’ then I might have to go through 300 registration forms or check all our

receipt books for her check, when her child may not have been registered at all. With this new software, everything will be streamlined and in one place.” The software, RecPro, is used by Parks and Recreation departments in many surrounding cities, Epple said. “Not only will (the parks department) have a complete



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database on our servers, RecPro also allows patrons to register for classes and pay online too, which I know a lot of people have told me they wish they were able to do,” Epple said. “And, what I think will be the most useful is that we would be able to create pool passes with a photo ID on them and will give families an option of buying regular season

passes individually. I think we’re losing money by not having passes like these available.” The RecPro software will cost the department $10,000. The remaining money will go to a new server for $13,000 and $2,000 for two new computer stations. Epple said the server


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OBITUARIES artist, loved animals and enjoyed reading. 1974 – 2012 Besides her parents, she Smithton, MO is survived by ———————— her brother Deborah S. Morrison, 37, of Doug Morrison Smithton, passed away January 5, 2012 and his wife at her home. She was born on January Nina of 20, 1974 in Sedalia, a daughter of Sedalia. Oland Dean and Diane E. Morrison. There will Deborah graduated from Smith be no service. The family will receive Cotton High School in 1992, where she received many awards for her art work friends from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Rea Funeral Chapel, and painting. She attended State Fair Sedalia. Community College and Longwood Memorial contributions may be Community College, Lee’s Summit. given to Sedalia Animal Shelter in care She enjoyed landscaping and growing of the funeral chapel. flowers. Deborah was a very gifted

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Tom my Ru le Cra ig 1936 – 2012 Cole Camp, MO ————————— Tommy Rule Craig, 75, of Cole Camp, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at Boone Hospital, Columbia. He was born on February 21, 1936, near Lincoln, a son of Troy Kenneth and June Beatrice (Rule) Craig. He is survived by his wife, Marietta Craig of the home; one daughter, Brenda L. Vansel and her husband Robert of Cole Camp; one son, Eddy T. Craig of Cole Camp; one sister, Donna Johnston of Windsor; six grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Marilyn Kay

Pa ul W a l te r , J r . 1949 - 2011 Sedalia, MO ————————— On January 4, Paul Walter, Jr., 62, died in Sedalia, MO after being diagnosed with cancer in November 2011. The second oldest child of six children, Paul grew up in the food service industry vicariously through the ownership of restaurants by his parents, Paul and Ida Lorraine Walter. He was a 1967 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and later attended Central Missouri State College (now the University of Central Missouri). His adventurous, devil-may-care streak resulted in two motorcycle accidents and one life-altering accident during which he broke his back at the age of 19 and learned to walk again. He dedicated 36 years of his life to the United States Postal Service from which he retired after 36 years of service in 2008. In retirement he pursued his love of the West, instilled in him by his parents who vacationed in the Rocky Mountains and other National Parks. In 1980 he biked Highway 101 on the west coast, the entire length in 21 days. In retirement he continued to cycle the Katy Trail. On his trips to the West in retirement, he hiked mountain trails and was always there in the fall when the elk started their mating dance, listening to the bugling in the brisk evening with thousands of other tourists. Other interests included cruising; he was booked on a cruise in December 2011 and two additional cruises in the 2012 new year. He was a scholar of Abraham Lincoln and a huge American history fan. Paul Walter showed steadfast support for the Red Cross, donating 119 times, one pint short of 15 gallons. His community service resulted from rescuing an individual from a burning home while delivering his mail route for which he was recognized by the Pettis County Crime Stoppers and the United States Postal Service.

Craig; and one brother, Kenneth Craig. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Donna Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Union-Williams Cemetery, rural Cole Camp, with military honors by the American Legion Post No. 305 of Cole Camp. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church. Arrangements by the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

He was a good friend, a beloved brother, father, son, nephew. Even at the end, he still maintained a sense of humor and was more concerned about being a burden to this family than being concerned about his dire medical condition. He was such a loving, caring, sweet brother. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Walter and a brother, Gregory Ray Walter. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Elisa and Jeff Menning; his adoring, loving mother, Ida Lorraine Walter; his sister, Paula Walter; three brothers, Michael Walter, Robert L. Walter, and William Walter; niece, Karissa Walter and nephew, Niles Walter. Also surviving are three aunts and an uncle and several cousins. Visitation will be held from 6pm8pm on January 6, 2012 at EwingSchutte-Semler Funeral Home, 701 S. Osage Ave., Sedalia, MO. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 starting at 2pm at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home. In accordance with his wishes, Paul Walter’s remains will be cremated and his ashes spread above Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bothwell Hospice, Rocky Mountain National Park (, the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (, or the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum ( Lunch will be served noon -1pm preceding the celebration service at the Elks Multi-Purpose Building, 320 W Fourth, Sedalia, MO.

11 a.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in Boonville. Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home. Woolery Marilyn M., 5 p.m. today at Heckart Funeral Home. Gail, Dale M., 10 a.m. Saturday at Heckart Funeral Home. Lettler, Lillian B., 11 a.m. Saturday at St.

Robbers involved in heist were victims,too ST. LOUIS (AP) — It turns out the robbers involved in what is believed to be the biggest heist ever in St. Louis were victimized, too — at least $1.3 million of the $6.6 million taken in the ATM Solutions robbery in 2010 was re-stolen. The St. Louis Post-Dis-

patch reports that information about the re-stolen money came out Wednesday during a federal court hearing, when three women who were not part of the actual robbery pleaded guilty to peripheral roles in the crime. During the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney

Tom Mehan said a woman was entrusted to help hide at least $2 million of the money. But it was later determined that at least $1.3 million of that money went missing. Fourteen people have now been accused of the robbery, its planning or its aftermath.


family of 25 semifinalists chosen from the 142 applicants who sought to participate in Healthy U’s class of 2012. Looking at a 5-year-old picture of herself, Nail told the audience, “The old me was not living life. “I was motivated by the realization that that was not the life I wanted for myself,” Nail said. “My weight never prevents me now from doing the things I want to do.” Her experience was echoed by Dave Clippert, Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency director, who took his habits and weight more seriously after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Clippert told participants “this is a lifestyle change” and encouraged them to “take a realistic approach” to weight loss. “Celebrate your victories and don’t beat yourself up over your setbacks,” Clippert said. With the 12 finalists selected, participants will begin meeting with their coaches and devising a plan to face the challenge through the year. In addition to individual and group activities, Healthy U participants will join in

public cooking demonstrations, weekly walk/run groups and other activities meant to help motivate the entire community. “Everything is made easier when we do it together,” Nail said of the communitywide challenge. In addition to the 12 yearlong participants, Healthy U will feature a separate communitywide weight-loss contest that is set to launch this summer. Participants in the community challenge will weigh in at the launch and at the end of the year, Nail said. Participants from both contests who see the largest percentage of weight loss will win prize packages each valued at about $1,000. They include a spa package from Bodyworks Day Spa, a year’s membership at Total Fitness Gym, an assortment of “makeover” packages including gift certificates for a new wardrobe and other prizes. For more information on the program and upcoming events, see the program’s Facebook page at PettisCounty.

Continued from A1 Alicia Maggert, Chris Pummill, Lisa Brock, Robin Wollard, Trish Ballance, Brian Jackson, Lettie Rodriquez, and Amy Schneider. They were paired with trained nutrition and exercise coaches and will share their experiences with the community through 2012. Healthy U, an initiative devised over two years by the Blue Ribbon Steering Committee’s Healthy Living Action Group to address obesity rates in Pettis County, launched Thursday night in the State Fair Community College Stauffacher Theatre in a “Night of Inspiration.” The evening included a panel of guest speakers, all community members who have been successful in battling their weight and committing to healthier lives. Group chairwoman Sarah Nail, who began exercising and paying attention to what she ate, shared a sometimes emotional story with a nearcapacity crowd in the theater, including friends and

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FUNERALS Atkinson, Donald R., 2 p.m. today at Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home. Denny, Velma L., 2:30 p.m. today at CampbellLewis Chapel in Sweet Springs. Ivy, Robert K., 2 p.m. today at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton Wilson, Rev. Donald G.,


Conner Dean, 8, a third-grader at Horace Mann Elementary School, enjoys an afterschool treat Thursday as he surveys his surroundings in bare feet and short sleeves atop a dirt pile at Vermont Park. His schoolmate, Sheldon Gooch, 6, sheds his jacket after running up and down the dirt piles at the park.

Joseph Catholic Church in Slater. Arrangements are under the direction of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Newbill, Edward, 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of H.T. May and Son Funeral Home. Walter, Paul Jr., 2 p.m. Saturday at Ewing-SchutteSemler Funeral Home.

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is a warm water bath for the buttocks. Sit in a regular bathtub with a few inches of warm water, or buy a small plastic tub that fits over a toilet seat. Over-the-counter painrelief creams can temporarily soothe pain, irritation and itching. Finally, sitting on cushions rather than hard surfaces can help reduce swelling. If the treatments I’ve discussed don’t help, talk to your doctor. You may benefit from a simple outpatient procedure to treat hemorrhoids. (Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to send questions and get additional information:

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Trish Ballance

Leticia (Letty) Rodriguez

AGE: 31 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married to Chris Ballance with two children,Ta Kayla and Chris HEIGHT: 5-8 WEIGHT: 229 Just because you re alive, doesn t mean you re living! I want to be happy, healthy and to be able to enjoy life with my family.This was the best opportunity for me to get myself together and to inspire others that they can lose weight and be happy as well.


The 12 Healthy U participants posed for a photo on Thursday.

Lisa Brock

Shapin’ up

AGE: 48 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married with three children HEIGHT: 5-3 WEIGHT: 265 The sidelines are great when your child is on the field playing, but sitting on life s sidelines is something I had done long enough! Healthy U is an opportunity to get started and keep going.And if one person can begin their own journey reading about my personal walk p e r fection!

Healthy U teaches 12 participants how to live healthier, but whole community can benefit from message BY DENNIS RICH Democrat Managing Editor


hile the main thrust of Healthy U activities will focus on the 12 individuals selected to participate in the class of 2012, health issues related to poor diet and lack of exercise plague communities across the nation.

Holly Brown AGE: 25 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Single with a 7-year-old son HEIGHT: 5-5 WEIGHT: 307 I applied for Healthy U to get an education for myself and my son. I wanted to develop a healthy lifestyle to obtain a normal, healthy life.

The National Health Institute believes up to 300,000 deaths a year are attributable to obesity. Locally, the Pettis County Community Health Assessment released last year found 30 percent of Pettis County residents have a Body Mass Index (BMI — a number representing a person’s body weight divided by the square of his or her height) of greater than 30. A range of 20 to 25 is considered optimal weight,

Kathryn (Kathy) Burnett AGE: 48 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married to Jason with a son, Noah, and daughter, Emilee HEIGHT: 5-5 WEIGHT: 247 I had several reasons why I wanted to participate in Healthy U. I m fat, unhealthy, diabetic and plain tired. I needed a plan to undo these things because I wanted to be around, and the closer I got to 50 the more I realized I had to change. I was giving all my bad habits to my children and I believe they were entrusted to me to do better than what I was showing them. I believe things happen for a reason and Healthy U came along for a reason!


while 30 and above is considered obese. The Pettis assessment also found 29.4 percent of county residents reported engaging in no physical activity in their free time, and that was described as a possible contributing factor to various health issues, including the county’s 8.3 percent diabetes rate. Bothwell Regional Health Center Outreach Coordinator Sarah Nail — who is credited with the idea behind Healthy U — and Katy Trail Community Health Center Executive Director Chris Stewart spoke with the Democrat during the first full week of activities for the inaugural class of Holly Brown, Kathy Burnett,

Richard DeFord, Alicia Maggert, Chris Pummill, Lisa Brock, Robin Wollard, Trish Ballance, Brian Jackson, Bob Satnan, Letty Rodriquez and Amy Schneider. Nail and Stewart said the Healthy U initiative was devised over two years by the Blue Ribbon Steering Committee’s Healthy Living Action Group (HLAG) to address obesity rates in Pettis County — and the related public health concerns and costs associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes. “It is an issue everywhere. It is not just exclusive to Pettis County. The Midwest and the South tend to be heavier than other parts of the country,” Stewart said. “It is the easy function of a diet that is not healthy and a lack of exercise ... it is just endemic.” Nail said the issues can be cultural and are influenced by the “accessibility of healthy foods.” Stewart added that food “traditions” such as Midwestern staples of “meat and potatoes” and Southern diets that often rely on fried foods contribute to a culture

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It is an issue everywhere. It is not just exclusive to Pettis County.The Midwest and the South tend to be heavier than other parts of the country.


Chris Stewart, Katy Trail Community Health Center executive director

AGE: 39 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married HEIGHT: 5-5 WEIGHT: 214 I decided to participate in the Healthy U challenge because I want to learn how to eat healthy and be there for my family. I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy and I am very afraid of being a diabetic. My grandmother died weighing more than 350 pounds; my mother is over 230 pounds and has many health issues. I want to show my daughter that healthy eating and moving more can make a difference in my life and in the lives of other people that I can inspire.

Bob Satnan AGE: 48 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married to Melany with two children HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 327 It is time to stop being tired. It is time to be able to walk a couple of flights of stairs without being winded. It is time to move more and eat less. It is time to make healthy choices. It is time to stop making excuses. It is time.

Amy Schneider AGE: 31 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married to Eric with two sons, Ezra, 7, and Ephraim, 5 HEIGHT: 5-4 WEIGHT: 224 I experienced my rock bottom moment and it was devastating.My goal with Healthy U is to really learn the essentials needed to benefit my whole family.As a stay-at-home mom,I realized that I had to include myself in the priority list.My family needs me to be here for them.

Richard DeFord

Brian Jackson

Alicia Maggert

Chris Pummill

Robin Wollard

AGE: 40 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married with three children HEIGHT: 5-9 WEIGHT: 338 I have often looked ahead and been able to imagine myself at various life points, such as my sons graduations, marriages, etc. I came face to face with the realization, that no matter how hard I tried, I could not see my 2-year-old daughter s graduation.

AGE: 39 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Single HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 546 This is going to be a year of change for me. I am turning 40 and it was time to get many aspects of my life in order. My weight is one of the biggest things I want to change.The opportunity to participate in the program is amazing.

AGE: 32 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Single HEIGHT: 5-4 WEIGHT: 260 When I got the application I knew that I wanted to be a part of Healthy U.What a better way to motivate myself and my family into being healthier. I knew it was time to make a change! I am very excited!

AGE: 30 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married to Nichole with three stepchildren, Hailee, 9, Niklas, 6, and Madee, 3 HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 375 I joined Healthy U because I wanted a lifestyle change that I have wanted for a long time.Also, I want to be around a long time for my wife and watch my stepkids grow up with a healthy stepfather.

AGE: 50 RESIDENCE: Sedalia FAMILY: Married with son, 22, and daughter, 20 HEIGHT: 5-5 WEIGHT: 237 I was intrigued by the ripple effect this project could have in our community as much as I was inspired to improve my personal health. I see and feel the consequences obesity can have on the human body. I aspire to be a good role model for a healthy lifestyle.

WEEKEND PLANNER The Democrat s guide to Saturday and Sunday events in Sedalia and within a couple hours drive, and a look ahead to next weekend


Smith-Cotton Classic The three-day event will wrap up with a pair of games at the Smith-Cotton gym, 2010 Tiger

Pride Blvd. in Sedalia: Parkview will face Bishop Ward at 4 p.m. and S-C will take on Hickman at 5:45 p.m.

Chili cookoff and pool tournament American Legion Post 642 will host a chili cookoff and pool tournament on Saturday at 2016 W. Main St. in Sedalia.

The chili cook-off will be from 5 to 7 p.m.All entries are due by 4:30 p.m. and there s a two-quart minimum.The entry fee is $5.The top three people s choice winners will receive a plaque.

The pool tournament will start at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. League rules apply, and it s double elimination. Payback is 80 percent of the take to the top three players.

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Susan QuigleyDuggan Soprano Susan QuigleyDuggan, assistant professor of voice and opera at Central Methodist University, will present a guest faculty artist recital at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hart Recital Hall at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.Admission is free.

S-C Bingo The Smith-Cotton Athletic Booster Club s bingo games will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the UPS building, 3003 Clinton Road in Sedalia. MUSIC

Rumblestrip The band will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que, 4860 S. Limit Ave. in Sedalia.The cover charge hasn t been announced. Call 8273344. MUSIC

Pepperland The Beatles revue will be at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Mojo s, 1013 Park Ave. in Columbia.Tickets are $6.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Gun and knife show Big Boys Gun and Knife Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Stover Community Center.


Drake Bell The former Drake & Josh star will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St. in Columbia.Tickets are $15.

NEXT WEEKEND Saturday, Jan. 28 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, ticket prices vary, sprintcenter. com. 12:30 p.m.: Missouri vs.Texas Tech men s basketball, Mizzou Arena, Columbia, ticket prices vary, mutigers. com. 1:30 p.m.: Central Missouri vs. Pittsburg State men s and women s basketball, Multipurpose Building, Warrensburg, ticket prices vary, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Bill Gordon (guitar), El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, 1705 W. Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, free. 6 p.m.: Art Auction, Liberty Center, 111 W. Fifth St., Sedalia, $30 (individual), $50 (couple), 8 p.m.: Doo Idol preliminary round, Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que, 4860 S. Limit Ave., Sedalia, free, Sunday, Jan. 29 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Bill Gordon (guitar), ElTapatio Mexican Restaurant, 1705 W. Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, free.


Bill Gordon The Sedalia guitarist will pull out his enchanted guitars as part of his weekly engagement from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, 1705W. Broadway Blvd. in Sedalia. Admission is free, dinner extra. drbillsenchanted

1 and 4:30 p.m.: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, ticket prices vary, 7 p.m.: Monty Python s Spamalot, Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, $19$39,


On April 6, 1987, singer Etta James performs at the Vine St. Bar & Grill in Hollywood, Calif.The singer died early Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia.

Legendary blues singer Etta James dies at 73 She was best known for enduring classic ‘At Last’ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Etta James’ performance of the enduring classic “At Last” was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait. In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde’s first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents. The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manJames ager, Lupe De Leon said. “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.” James’ spirit could not be contained — perhaps that’s what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock ‘n’ roll’s underrated legends. “The bad girls ... had the look that I liked,” she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, “Rage to Survive.” ‘’I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be.” “Etta James was a pioneer. Her ever-changing sound has influenced rock and roll, rhythm and blues, pop, soul and jazz artists, marking her place as one of the most important female artists of our time,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Terry Stewart. “From Janis Joplin to Joss Stone, an incredible number of


performers owe their debts to her. There is no mistaking the voice of Etta James, and it will live forever.” Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would always be remembered best for “At Last.” The jazzinflected rendition wasn’t the original, but it would become the most famous and the song that would define her as a legendary singer. Over the decades, brides used it as their song down the aisle and car companies to hawk their wares, and it filtered from one generation to the next through its inclusion in movies like “American Pie.” Perhaps most famously, President Obama and the first lady danced to a version at his inauguration ball. The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James — born Jamesette Hawkins — was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: “I don’t remember everything. I wish I did, but I don’t.” She was raised by Lula and Jesse Rogers, who owned the rooming house where her mother once lived in. The pair brought up James in the Christian faith, and as a young girl, her voice stood out in the church choir. James landed the solos in the choir and became so well known, she said that Hollywood stars would come to see her perform. But she wouldn’t stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from the church, and she found herself drawn to the grittiness of the music. “My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy,” she recalled in her book. She was doing just that when bandleader Johnny Otis found her singing on San Francisco street corners with some girlfriends in the early 1950s. Otis, a legend in his own

right, died on Tuesday. “At the time, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a hit with ‘Work With Me, Annie,’ and we decided to do an answer. We didn’t think we would get in show business, we were just running around making up answers to songs,” James told The Associated Press in 1987. And so they replied with the song, “Roll With Me, Henry.” When Otis heard it, he told James to get her mother’s permission to accompany him to Los Angeles to make a recording. Instead, the 15year-old singer forged her mother’s name on a note claiming she was 18. “At that time, you weren’t allowed to say ‘roll’ because it was considered vulgar. So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it ‘Dance With Me, Henry’ and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts,” the singer recalled. The Gibbs song was one of several in the early rock era when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists, often with sanitized lyrics. After her 1955 debut, James toured with Otis’ revue, sometimes earning only $10 a night. In 1959, she signed with Chicago’s legendary Chess label, began cranking out the hits and going on tours with performers such as Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers. “We would travel on four buses to all the big auditoriums. And we had a lot of fun,” she recalled in 1987. James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and ‘60s including “Trust In Me,” ‘’Something’s Got a Hold On Me,” ‘’Sunday Kind of Love,” ‘’All I Could Do Was Cry,” and of course, “At Last.” “(Chess Records founder) Leonard Chess was the most aware of anyone. He went up and down the halls of Chess announcing, ‘Etta’s crossed over! Etta’s crossed over!’ I still didn’t know exactly what that meant, except that maybe more white people were listening to me.”

It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world. She’ll be missed.A great American singer. Her music defied category.


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HEALTHY Continued from D1 of obesity. Both women agreed that while the issue may be a cultural one, solutions will only be found through individual accountability. “Ultimately, we are responsible for our own health. Our doctor is not responsible for it. Our health care system is not responsible for it. Our school system is not responsible for it. We are responsible for it. We are

responsible for being advocates of our own health,” Stewart said. HLAG members hope Healthy U will be a first step in helping educate and motivate the community to become more aware of how personal lifestyle choices like overeating, lack of exercise and smoking affect not only themselves but also their community at large. “This is an opportunity to say publicly that this is a problem. This is what makes us have such high rates of diabetes and such high rates of heart disease. This is what creates expensive health care systems.

The two factors that create it are being overweight or obese, and tobacco. If we could address those two issues, we could decrease costs considerably,” Stewart said. While the 12 Healthy U students will have the benefit of nutrition and exercise coaches to help them be successful in embracing healthier lifestyles, the women said there are basic things everyone can do to improve their health. Stewart said a good starting point when it comes to diet is for at least half of a person’s daily food intake to con-

sist of fruits and vegetables, with only a small portion of his or her diet coming from meats and carbohydrates. As to exercise, Nail said people should try to be active for at least one hour per day, though such activity need not all be done in one block; nor, Nail stressed, is it necessary for people to join a gym or participate in other formal workout routines. “There are other ways to get out and get exercise. It isn’t about having to go to the gym, it is about getting active and staying active,” Nail said.

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Getting healthy, with help Good relationships with trainers,nutritionists key to participants’success Letty Rodriguez, a Healthy U participant, demonstrates a simple exercise to work upper body muscles while sitting at a desk. It involves holding a water bottle with both hands and dipping it behind the head and then forward until level.

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ealthy U student Kathryn Burnett powered away on a treadmill in a State Fair Community College gym on Thursday, waiting to meet her fitness coach Nicci Funk. Like all Healthy U participants selected in January, Burnett was paired with both fitness and nutrition coaches — all community volunteers with professional backgrounds in their respective areas — in an effort to help her succeed in her goal of losing weight and improving her quality of life through exercise and better eating habits. “It’s been a lot of work, but it has been worth it. I feel like I was ready for this,” Burnett said. A few minutes later, Burnett was joined by Funk, who asked: “How is your ankle doing?” “It’s a little tight, but no pain,” Burnett told her. Beyond their official duties, coaches and students alike agree that they’ve made great friends with the people they were paired with. Burnett said Funk’s steady support and positive attitude have helped her stay focused on her goal. The feelings are mutual, Funk said, saying she feels “blessed to have been paired with Kathy.” “She has put her whole heart into it. She is determined and dedicated and has really


LEFT: Rodriguez does a modifed form of a pushup because she does not want to aggravate a lower back problem. RIGHT: Rubber tubing allows Rodriguez to do a range of resistance-type exercises in the office. BELOW: Rodriguez has a list of light exercises that she does at her office in the morning and afternoon. In addition to losing weight, she said, the exercises keep her muscles limber, improve circulation and engender a sense of well-being.

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WEEKEND PLANNER The Democrat’s guide to Saturday and Sunday events in Sedalia and within a couple hours’ drive, and a look ahead to next weekend


Command Performance Show Choir Competition The Cole Camp School Vocal Music Department will host the third annual competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium.The admission price is to be announced. The middle school division will feature Sedalia and Blair Oaks.The high school division will include Stover, Lincoln, Green Ridge, Blair Oaks and Knob Noster.Trophies will be presented in each division along with individual honors. Cole Camp’s three show choirs — Encore, Impressions and Code Blue — will perform exhibition shows.

Farm Toy Show and Sale The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the La Monte High School Gymnasium. Admission is $2. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult.




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The conference tournament title will be decided at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St. in Kansas City. Ticket prices vary. MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big 12 championship The conference tournament title will be decided at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. in Kansas City. Ticket prices vary.

The former “Blue Collar” comedian will perform soldout shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Midland by AMC, 1228 Main St. in Kansas City. THEATER

“The Full Monty” The Liberty Center musical will wrap up its run with a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 111 W. Fifth St. in Sedalia.Tickets are $12. Call 827-3228.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Show-Me Crafters Show The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Agriculture Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.Admission is free.


“Emerald Evening” The schedule of events for Saturday’s sold-out fundraiser in the Stauffacher Center at State Fair Community College in Sedalia is: 6 to 7 p.m.: Cocktails,appetizers and “Emerald Chance” 7 to 8 p.m.: Dinner, “Emerald Chance” revealed 8:15 p.m.: Special announcement 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.: Auction 9 to 10 p.m.: Sedalia Stars dance competition 10 to 10:15 p.m.: Sedalia Stars poster auction and awards evening

Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que, 4860 S. Limit Ave. in Sedalia, will host the blues-rock stylings of the Todd Wolfe Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.The cover charge hasn’t been announced. Call 827-3344. dickie


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“Momentum” The dance concert choreographed and performed by University of Central Missouri students and faculty will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Highlander Theatre on the Warrensburg campus.Tickets are $7-$12. Call 660-543-4020.

The Sedalia guitarist will take the stage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, 1705 W. Broadway Blvd. in Sedalia.Admission is free. drbillsenchantedguitars.


Paula Vogel The playwright of “How I Learned to Drive,” which was staged last month at the University of Central Missouri, will host a Q&A session at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Highlander Theatre on the Warrensburg campus. It will be followed by a reception in the lobby. Call 660-543-4020. MUSIC

Radiohead The British band, touring in support of last year’s “The King of Limbs,” will perform a soldout show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. in Kansas City.

NEXT WEEKEND Saturday, March 17 7:30 p.m.: Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, 8 p.m.: The Elders, Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway St., Kansas City, $37 (back tables), $45 (front tables), uptown 8:30 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Nate & Creig, Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que, 4860 S. Limit Ave., Sedalia, cover charge TBD, 827-3344,




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HEALTHY Continued from D1 put her whole heart into it,” Funk said. While some Healthy U students, like Burnett, spend several days a week in the gym, others have found creative alternatives to get in their exercise time. Letty Rodriguez, who spends her days running the office at Amigo de Cristo where her husband, Manny, serves as pastor, devised a workout routine with her fitness coach, Marilyn Grechus, that can be done at her desk through her regular work day. “It is all about the repetitions,” Rodriguez said as she demonstrated a series of stretches and exercises that form her daily routine, including using averagesized water bottles like dumbbell weights, or resistance training with a thick exercise rubber band. In addition to improved flexibility and the loss of three inches around her waist since starting her workout program, Rodriguez said the workouts have also helped her manage the pain of her fibromyalgia. “I was really worried about how that would affect my ability to work out, but the doctors told me exercise would help manage the pain and I have already been taken off a few medications,” Rodriguez said. Grechus, a professor of nutrition and kinesiology at the University of Central Missouri, said she understood at the launch of Healthy U that some students may find the gym intimidating and wanted to devise a program Rodriguez would be comfortable with.


Healthy U participant Kathy Burnett works on a set of hamstring curls at State Fair Community College as her fitness trainer, Nicci Funk, watches her form and delivers encouragement. “I understand how intimidating it can be to go to a gym and put yourself out there in front of a bunch of slim little 20somethings. I told them my plan would be very down to earth. What you can do at home? What can you do comfortably without having to worry about being intimidated by other people? That is what I put together. I was happy Letty was happy to do that kind of program,” she said. Grechus said she stressed with Rodriguez during their first meeting that using weight loss alone to judge her success was not the best way to go. Noting that denser, heavier muscle would eventually replace fat, Grechus told

her instead to focus on “looking and feeling better in general.” “I told Letty, ‘Your weight may not change that much.’ It is your shape that counts, and how you feel. Once she saw that and she is starting to see her body sliming down and she is wearing smaller clothes, I think she started to see how much more important that is than just what the scales say,” Grechus said. Like Burnett and Funk, Grechus and Rodriguez say they have bonded through working together. “I feel like we are very comfortable with each other. I understand where she is coming from and she appreciates that I am not a slave driver and I am not going to put her in a situation that makes her uncomfortable,” Grechus said. While exercise is an essential component to weight loss and a more healthy lifestyle, our diet — how much and what kind of food we eat — is also a significant part of a truly healthy lifestyle change. Jessica Mango, a nutrition and wellness coach for BackBone of Health Chiropractic Wellness Center, serves as the diet coach for

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office the first time,” she said. However, Mango stressed that dinner table staples of corn and potatoes don’t really qualify. Instead, she recommends “eating around the rainbow,” by incorporating nutrient-rich leafy vegetables and fruits. “Each color is a vital mineral, vitamin or nutrient that is important healthwise. The extra fiber and lower calories make it important when losing weight but it also makes us more healthy all around,” Mango said. In a world of Big Gulps and “biggie-sized” fast food meals, Mango said portion control is a key component of any healthy diet. “You can eat almost anything you want as long as you limit the amount you eat,” she said. Mango said a good rule of thumb for eating meat is to consume about 3 ounces, roughly the size of your palm, per meal. Likewise, carbohydrate-packed items such as pasta or rice should be limited to “a fistfull portion.” With important fatty acids and high protein, Mango also said she encourages people to eat


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Healthy U students Richard DeFord and Trish Balance. “I would be willing to say 80 to 90 percent of lifestyle change is dietbased. It has to start with food — calories in and calories out. If you want to lose weight, you either have to burn them through exercise or not eat them,” Mango said. “It comes down to choices, making better choices, like choosing a chicken breast sandwich over a cheeseburger. That is where it starts.” Mango said she tells her students and clients at Backbone to not think of changing eating habits as a diet, but instead to “change the way you think about food.” “I always start out with water. You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water (for example, a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of water per day),” Mango said. Along with water, Mango instructs people to eat meals that consist of 50 percent fruits and vegetables. “Anyone I work with, they learn both of those lessons before they leave my

fish over other mass-produced meats like beef or pork. Other tips Mango offers her clients include choosing clear soups, using mustard instead of mayonnaise as a condiment, choosing steamed vegetables, and ordering dressing and cheese on the side “so you can control the portions yourself.” The main thing, Mango said, is to set realistic goals. “I tell people if you can be successful five out of seven days you will still get results. Being told to do this every day for the rest of your life can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be hard. It can be as simple as you want it to be,” Mango said. Sarah Nail, chairwoman of Healthy Living Action Group, which launched the Healthy U initiative as a community effort to address the growing number of people considered obese and the varied health problems associated with being overweight, said including trained diet and fitness coaches from the community was “part of the thought process right from the beginning.” “We knew we would need experts to help the students get started. It was another way to tie in the community and really make it again a community project by including more people from different businesses and individuals.” Nail was able to draw from professionals at Bothwell Regional Health Center, where she serves as outreach coordinator, as well as Backbone, Total Fitness Gym, the Pettis County Health Department, the MU Extension Office and Katy Trail Community Health. “I think one of the really interesting things is both the coaches and students feel they were paired perfectly. I had some anxiety about it because that relationship is very important to their overall success. I knew all the coaches were capable, so I think matching personalities and views of what they are looking for was the main concern. If that relationship didn’t mesh well, the success of the students could be a lot harder,” Nail said.



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ment will stage the musical “The Secret Garden” — the sentimental tale of Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl sent to live on a mysterious English estate — at 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the Liberty Center, 111 W. Fifth St. in Sedalia. Tickets are $5. Call 8273800. “The Secret Garden” is directed by Jan Bahner with music direction by Stacy Gier. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” is a beautiful coming-ofage story. Mary, a 13-yearold living in British India, is forced from her home by tragedy. She finds herself in Yorkshire, England,

on the estate of her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven. Haunted by the loss of his beloved wife, Archibald forsakes his ill son, Colin, and guardianship of Mary, until she infuses new life into a hidden garden shrouded by grief and disuse. What ensues is a mixture of love, suspense and rebirth in which the raw power of nature gives way to miracle and magic. “The Secret Garden” opened on Broadway in 1991 and won over audiences, claiming three Tonys and three Drama Desk Awards. It was penned by Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist and playwright Marsha Norman. Norman’s words are complemented by the score by composer Lucy Simon. The cast includes: • Megan Ortmeyer as Mary Lennox • Nathan Edwards as Archibald Craven • Stephen Chappel as Neville Craven • Kim Chmelir as Colin Craven • Allie Martin as Martha • Ben Foell as Dickon • Sydni Herrick as Mrs. Medlock • Aaron Church as Ben Weatherstaff The Dreamers (ghosts on the estate) include: • Anna Wendt as Lily Craven • Hannah Krueger as Rose Lennox • Jess Carroll as Albert Lennox • Tiffany Greene as

Claire • Maranda Jacks as Alice • Virginia Vanegas and Sharmaine Muldong as Mary’s Ayahs ROAD TRIP

PIANIST HYNES SLATED AT UCM The Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri will continue its Spring Piano Recital Series as Mia Hynes, professor of piano, presents “Duets I: An Evening of Piano with Mia Hynes and Friends” at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Hart Recital Hall on the Warrensburg campus. Hynes will be joined by three award-winning concert pianists and a violinist in a program that will include the “Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano” by Johannes Brahms, Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” and a barnburning rendition of the “Carmen Fantasy,” a virtuosic exploration of the most famous themes from the opera by Bizet. Hynes’ guests on the program are concert artists who have appeared on stages throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Pianists Tian Tian, Jon Hynes and Rhoda Jeng are alumni of the Eastman School of Music. Violinist David Hays is currently the concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony and serves on the faculty of Missouri State University.

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Band director shipping out to Navy Smith-Cotton Director of Bands Brian Kloppenburg keeps time for the jazz band during the annual Big Band Dance fundraiser April 13 in the high school cafeteria. Kloppenburg is leaving the district, having accepted a position as the keyboard player for the U.S. Navy Band.

School board scheduled to vote on replacement Aug.20 BY BOB SATNAN Democrat Editor

Brian Kloppenburg was drawn to a dream. Grant Maledy was drawn to a destination. Kloppenburg, 27, director of bands for Sedalia School District 200 the past two years after serving as assistant director for two years, has resigned after being accepted into the U.S. Navy Band as a keyboard


player. He reports for boot camp Aug. 12 at Great Lakes Naval Station north of Chicago. Replacing him, pending school board approval, will be Maledy, 31, who led the instrumental music department at Odessa High School the past three years after holding the same position for two years at El Dorado Springs. One of the key factors in his decision was having concerts in the Heckart Performing Arts

Center. “It’s one of those things where you always dream about being a professional,” Kloppenburg said. “At my age, this was my last shot, and if it didn’t work out, then I would stay on as a teacher. I had one more go at it, and it ended up working out.” After boot camp, Kloppenburg will go to Virginia for formal classroom training, known as “A School.” for six months.

“Basically, it is like going back to college for six months,” he said. “They will train me on piano playing and what its like to be a Navy musician.” Kloppenburg will be assigned to one of 11 Navy fleet bands. He will select his top three choices, “but there is no guarantee which one you’ll get,” he said. Kloppenburg and his family — wife Ali and daughter Eloise, 2 — are

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Tractor-trailer will be parked in parking lot for items while cash donations will be accepted on Friday, Saturday nights BY EMILY JARRETT Democrat Reporter

Lee Aldrich, of Sedalia, moves in for a backhand shot Monday morning as he plays against Mike Grove, of Lincoln, at Liberty Park Tennis Courts. Aldrich said they play about three times a week.

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Daisy Dukes & Cowboys Boots owner Dale Malone and general manager Bill “B-Mac” McDowell have a history with the Mark Twain Apartment building. Both attended grade school at Mark Twain Elementary and when the building was turned into an apartment complex, McDowell lived there for a time. So when the pair first heard of the fire last week that displaced nearly 30 people and destroyed the building, they started thinking about what they could do to help. “Pretty immediately

after I heard (about the fire), Bill and I started talking about what we could do for a fundraiser,” Malone said. “(Last week) was just such a tragic one, locally and nationally with the Colorado shootings, we thought it was important to bring the community together and do what we could.” Around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sedalia firefighters were called to the historic building at 800 W. Second St., on a report of smoke being seen. Crews worked through the night to extinguish the fire that started in the attic and gutted the building, which has been classified as a total loss.

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Healthy U to launch weight loss contest BY DENNIS RICH Democrat Managing Editor

ABOVE: Grove, right, returns a serve from Aldrich on Monday morning at Liberty Park Tennis Courts. Between games, sweat dripping from his brow, Grove said, “It’s almost too hot for this.” LEFT: Grove serves a winner to Aldrich as the pair battled each other and the heat Monday morning at Liberty Park Tennis Courts.


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Healthy U organizers are hoping to capitalize on the success of the fledgling program with a communitywide contest set to launch Aug. 2. Though similar to the weight loss challenge launched in January — including a first-place prize package valued at over $1,200 — the community contest will see participants weigh in at its launch event at 6:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Celebration Center. Contestants will weigh in again in January as the two programs wrap up, and the community member who


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Obama,Romney trade jabs over foreign policy RENO, Nev. (AP) — Their goodwill moment gone, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney plunged back into their acrimonious political campaign on Monday, Obama doubting Romney’s readiness to be commander in chief, Romney accusing the president’s team of offering “almost all attack ads.” Days after the Colorado movie massacre brought reflection and talk of national unity from both camps, the fight was on again. Foreign affairs made a rare move to the fore of the campaign as Republican Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, readied for a closely watched trip overseas. Obama, meanwhile, told a military

audience that he was the only one in the race with a record, not just words, on internaObama tional matters as he sought to undercut Romney’s travels before they began. Both White House contenders are trying to gain the military vote. In the 2008 election, 54 percent of those who said they had served in the military voted for Sen. John McCain, himself a veteran, to 44 percent for Obama, according to exit polls. More broadly, both sides ended what had been a weekend of political truce in deference to grieving families and victims of the

shooting. Obama and Romney returned to raising millions of dollars and taking jabs Romney at each other over jobs, leadership and security. Both saw little time to waste in a tight, bruising race — and saw little need to apologize for any tactics. A positive campaign “really would be nice,” Romney said even as he declared that sentiment over in an interview with CNBC. He blamed Obama for the tenor. Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars he has kept his promises to end the war in Iraq, wind down the conflict in Afghanistan

and go after al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden wherever he was hiding. The terrorist mastermind was killed in a raid on Obama’s orders. In every example, Obama poked at Romney without naming him. On Iraq, Obama suggested Romney would have kept forces in the war zone indefinitely. “When you’re commander in chief, you owe the troops a plan,” Obama said. On Afghanistan, Obama needled Romney for opposing the 2014 timeline for ending the war. “You know what? That’s not a plan for America’s security,” he said. Romney was to get his say before the VFW, too, on Tuesday before setting out for England, Israel and

Poland. Trying to set the expectations for the opponent, Obama campaign officials challenged Romney to offer clear policy ideas during his three-country trip. Romney’s travels will be viewed as a measure of how well he can stand up on the world stage. Obama took an even broader such trip as a candidate in 2008. Four years later, Obama said Monday: “We’re leading around the world. There’s more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go.” A Romney spokesman, Ryan Williams, countered that Obama had “diminished our moral authority” in the world. Still in the shadow of the Colorado rampage, both

campaigns weighed how to calibrate their tones. Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the president was moved by his visits Sunday with survivors and family members of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting outside Denver. Still, she said: “We’ve got a long way to go here. ... (Obama) knows that he needs to make sure people know what’s at stake.” Romney noted that Obama aide David Axelrod had begun the day reminding via Twitter of the campaign’s request to see more of Romney’s tax returns. “I haven’t seen the healthy, important debate coming from the president’s team,” Romney said. “It’s been almost all attack ads on all sorts of peripheral issues.”


found to help them be successful,” Nail said, including a community support group that will meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the Bothwell Education Center. The first meeting will be Aug. 23. “Our 12 Healthy U students have found their weekly support group meetings extremely helpful on their journey to healthier lifestyles,” Nail said. “We wanted to offer

that same support to the community with a monthly meeting support group. It’s an opportunity for people, who are all working toward the same goal, to come together and share their struggles and victories in order to learn from one another.” Participants will be asked to sign a pledge to refrain from extreme weight loss methods, such as bariatrics surgery or diet pills, with the hopes of

spurring long-term, lasting changes to lifestyle. After the weigh in on Aug. 2, Healthy U students Bob Satnan, Lisa Brock, Richard DeFord, Alicia Maggert and Trish Ballance will participate in a public question-andanswer session and will share their experiences in attempting to exercise more, eat less and permanently alter their lifestyle. A Healthy U textbook will also be made available

at the launch event that will feature diet and exercise tips and other information to, as Nail said, “Help people lose weight in a safe and healthy manner.” Nail said the prize package is a way to help “people who need a little more motivation,” and includes a one-year membership to Total Fitness Gym, a “Day at the Spa” package from Bodyworks Day Spa, a $100 gift certificate from Woods Supermarket, a

$250 gift certificate to Lockett’s Fig Leaf Boutique, haircut and style from Amy at Trendi Reflectionz, prizes from Pro-Velo and Champion Cycles, a set of high-quality cookware underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and more. For more information, contact Nail at 827-9138 or Or, find Healthy U on Facebook at County.

much worse, and that he was thankful no injuries were reported or lives lost, those that lived in the building have to now start over. “We heard Furnell (Companies) is giving them some rent money back, so they’ll be able to rent another place,” he said. “But I’m sure most, if not all of them, just left with the clothes on their back and one or two other items.

They need everything from bedding to kitchen appliances to furniture.” All this week, Dukes & Boots will have a tractortrailer from Marcum Hauling and Ditzfeld Transfer in its parking lot to collect items for the victims. Those with larger items to donate — dressers or couches — can call Dukes to schedule a pickup from their homes if they can’t bring it on site.

“We trying to keep that just for those large-scale items,” McDowell said. “But really, anything people bring will help. They don’t need water or food, but they need everything else.” In addition, cash donations will be taken Friday and Saturday nights. “All money collected through a cover charge or donations will be given to the American Red Cross,” McDowell said. “We’ll be

earmarking it specifically for the victims of the fire. And if people don’t feel comfortable giving cash or writing a check, Walmart or other area gift cards can be donated too.” Dukes will give outdoor prizes and officials from the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Sedalia Fire Department will be on hand to take donations and answer questions. “These families are just

trying to get by like everyone else and now they have this tragedy happen to them.” Malone said. “Sedalia has pulled together to help the community out before. It’s time to call on that generosity again.” Items may be dropped off after 11 a.m. this week at Dukes and Boots, 21746 W. U.S. Highway 50. For more information, call 8265500.

excited about the change. “We talked about this a lot. We wanted to make sure this was the right

move for our family,” he said. “It was a very difficult decision for us to make, but we are excited about it.” Maledy and Kloppenburg are friends, and when Kloppenburg submitted his resignation to the district, he suggested Maledy as his replacement. “I know he’ll work wonders in the school district,” Kloppenburg said. “I am fully confident in Grant.” Maledy, who was in Sedalia on Monday working with the drumline and

color guard at the high school, said Kloppenburg sent him an email about the opening two weeks ago and noted that if Maledy was interested, the district likely would be moving quickly to fill the position. Maledy turned in his application, was interviewed July 16 and on Thursday evening, the Odessa board accepted his resignation. The Sedalia 200 board is scheduled to vote on approval of Maledy’s contract at its Aug. 20 meeting. “I’m looking forward to

working with the school and the students,” Maledy said. “And given the time constraints, the administration thought it was OK” for him to lead band camp, now under way, and marching camp, which begins Monday. Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said Assistant Director of Bands Stephen Broadbent “will play a big part” in the camps, and that Maledy “tried to hit the ground running, even though ever ything’s not official yet.” “We were ver y fortunate to get someone with his experience at this late date,” Pollitt said, adding that the marching band’s planned trip to Memphis to perform New Year’s Eve as part of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is still on. Also remaining mostly unchanged is the program and music for this fall’s marching band season. “I’m going to run the plan like it is, with the music they had selected,” Maledy said. “I’m the only one who had a change in plans. ... For the most part, it is going to run pretty much like it is on paper — pending board approval (of his contract).” Superintendent Harriet Wolfe said the Navy position is “a chance of a lifetime” for Kloppenburg, so “we understand why he would take that opportunity.” Kloppenburg “was set on growing that program. ... We think the person we are replacing him with shares that commitment.” Senior Jessica Bergman, clarinet section leader, said band students liked Kloppenburg’s teaching methods. “He was nice, he made it fun,” she said. “Band is supposed to be fun, and

Continued from A1 feature the same one-onone nutrition and exercise coaches; however, “you can do this without the nutrition and fitness coach. The people and the program have made it work.” “We are trying to replicate some of the support Healthy U students have

FIRE Continued from A1 According to building owner Furnell Companies, 15 units were rented out at the time and Sedalia Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld said an investigation into the exact cause of the fire is still under way. Malone noted that while it could have been

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Grant Maledy, will be the new Sedalia 200 director of bands, pending school board approval. everybody enjoyed being around him. ... He was really good at his job.” Bergman said bringing in a new band director just a week before marching camp starts “is going to be a challenge, but we’ll pull through. Mr. Broadbent has stepped up, so we’ll still be able to be really good.” Wolfe said Kloppenburg “brought a huge amount of energy and connectivity with the students. They will miss it, and he will miss it, too.” Maledy is excited to be part of a district with a strong commitment to instrumental music, pointing out the schedule providing blocks for band, jazz band and orchestra, as well as having concerts in the Heckart center. Pollitt said Maledy mentioned the Heckart center during his interview as one of the drawing cards for the position. Kloppenburg said he’ll miss the students more than anything, and he praised band parents as being extremely supportive of the program. “It was a bittersweet decision,” he said. “This is an excellent opportunity, but it is sad to lose something I have built up.”

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Starting weight: 229 pounds 9-month weight: 191.4 pounds Total lost: 37.6 pounds

Starting weight: 259.8 pounds 9-month: 216.6 pounds Total lost: 43.2 pounds Starting BMI: 45 9-month BMI: 37 Improvement: 8

Starting BMI: 33 9-month BMI: 28 Improvement: 5

Half mile Start: 9 minutes 9-month: 6:09 Improvement: 2:51

Half mile Start: 9 minutes 9-month: 5:29 Improvement: 3:31 faster

3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 44 9-month: 74 Improvement: 30

3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute: Start: 32 9-month: 60 Improvement: 28 more

Full push-ups in 1 minute Start: 1 9-month: 0 Improvement: -1

Full push-ups in 1 minute Start: 6 9-month: 28 Improvement: 22 more

Lisa Brock Starting weight: 265 pounds 9-month: 223.4 pounds Total lost: 41.6 pounds Starting BMI: 47 9-month BMI: 40 Improvement: 7

Holly Brown Starting weight: 307.6 pounds 9-month: 243.2 pounds Total lost: 64.4 pounds Starting BMI: 51 9-month BMI: 40 Improvement: 11 Half mile Start: 8 minutes 9 month: 7:30 Improvement: 30 seconds 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 37 9-month: 59 Improvement: 22 Knee push-ups in 1 minute Start: 0 9-month: 16 Improvement: 16

Kathy Burnett Starting weight: 247 pounds 9-month: 228.6 pounds Total lost: 18.4 pounds Starting BMI: 42 9-month BMI: 39 Improvement: 3 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 54 9-month: 72 Improvement:18 Knee push-ups in 1 minute Start: 0 9-month: 32 Improvement: 32

Richard DeFord Starting weight: 338.2 pounds 9-month: 296.6 pounds Total lost: 41.6 pounds Starting BMI: 50 9-month BMI: 44 Improvement: Sit-ups Start: 9 9-month: 58 Improvement:49 Push-ups Start: 31 9-month: 55 Improvement: 24


Healthy U student Letty Rodriguez leads a group of Smith-Cotton Junior High students through a set of sit-ups on Monday. Rodriguez and 10 other Healthy U students are entering the final quarter of their year-long community weight loss challenge, with the winner due to be announced during a public event in January.

U students battle the dreaded plateau It can be frustrating,but there are strategies to get weight-loss momentum going again BY EMILY JARRETT Democrat Reporter


or the students in the Healthy U class of 2012, the nine-month mark was a significant milestone. The goal of losing weight is still ongoing, but as the weeks pass, some participants are finding it harder to drop the same number of pounds week to week.

“It’s becoming a mental game,” said participant Amy Schneider. “Motivating yourself to push past any blocks you may have, it’s hard.” Nutritionist Stephanie Fraley said it’s normal for those losing weight to hit a plateau,


where weight either stops coming off or slows down significantly. “In fact, it would be odd not to have some plateau,” she said. “I know people don’t like to hear that, but it happens frequently.” “I would have thought the first three months would be the hardest in terms of weight loss,” Healthy U Program Coordinator Sarah Nail said. “That’s not to say the first three months were easy, but it seems like between six and nine months, that was the most mentally challenging time for

them. It’s frustrating when the number on the scale isn’t moving as quickly as you think it should be.” Nail noted that by this point, “things in life tend to creep up” and it can sometimes be more of a struggle to eat well and make exercise a priority. “They start out guns a-blazing that that carries them through for the first six months or so, but then they get to that point and they realize it’s harder than they thought it would have been,” she said. Fraley agreed, noting there could be several causes for a weight-loss plateau. “It could be anything from your body adapting to regular workouts, over-training, stress, minor slip-ups that add up over time or not being as strict about portion control,” she said. “I know it’s frustrating because when you put in the same amount of work but aren’t seeing the same results, it can get very discouraging.”

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It seems like between six and nine months, that was the most mentally challenging time for them. It’s frustrating when the number on the scale isn’t moving as quickly as you think it should be.


Sarah Nail, Healthy U coordinator

2013 Healthy U applications being taken BY EMILY JARRETT Democrat Reporter

For those wishing to be part of the Healthy U Class of 2013, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday. According to Bothwell Regional Health Center Community Outreach Specialist Sarah Nail, the response so far has been steady, with 30 applications received as of Thursday. “I think seeing the success of students this year has really encouraged people to apply,” Nail said. “This year’s class really acted as our experiment with the program and the Healthy Living Action Group and I have come up

with a lot of ideas of things we can tweak and change for next year.” Nail said she wanted to improve the behavioral health support aspect of the program, including lessons on how people’s relationships with food effect their eating habits. “We want to look at how you look at food, how you deal with food and how that affects your ability to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “We had intentions of providing more of that support this year, but I don’t think we executed it as well as we could have. We’re planning now on how to do a better job giving support from a psychological standpoint.” Improving community pro-

grams and outreach was another goal, Nail added. “We did do some community things, but we really plan to step up that side of the program too,” she said. “Overall, I think this first year was a really great learning experience and I’m very proud of our first class.” Those wishing to fill out an application can find them at any Healthy Living Action Group agency or online at A selection committee will blindly review the applications, narrowing them down to the top 25, then interviews with the top candidates will be held. For more information, call Nail at 827-9138 or email

Letty Rodriguez Starting weight: 214.6 pounds 9-month: 190 pounds Total lost: 24.6 pounds Starting BMI: 37 9-month BMI: 33 Improvement: 4 Half mile Start: 11minutes 9-month: 8:14 Improvement: 2:46 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 0 9-month: 65 Improvement: 65 Wall push-ups in 1 minute Start: 28 9-month: 36 Improvement: 8

Bob Satnan Starting weight: 326.8 pounds 9-month: 238.6 pounds Total lost: 88.2 pounds Starting BMI: 43 9-month BMI: 31 Improvement: 12 Half mile Start: 10 minutes 9-month: 4:23 Improvement: 5:37 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 41 9-month: 72 Improvement: 31 Full push-ups in 1minute Start: 5 9-month: 45 Improvement: 40

Amy Schneider Starting weight: 224.6 pounds 9-month weight: 181.6 pounds Total lost: 43 pounds Starting BMI: 37 9-month BMI: 30 Improvement: 7 Half mile Start: 11 minutes 9-month: 4:54 Improvement: 6:06 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 50 9-month: 57 Improvement: 7 Full push-ups in 1 minute Start: 2 9-month: 21 Improvement: 19




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HEALTHY Continued from D1 Schneider knows that feeling well. For five straight weeks during the summer, the scale didn’t move an ounce. “I tried everything,” she said. “I was still eating well and working out my normal amount. It was so frustrating because I didn’t know what was going on, so I couldn’t fix the problem.” Schneider eventually brought the problem up with Fraley, who advised her to start tracking her calories. “I was never a tracker of calories,” Schneider said. “With two kids and work and everything else, (Fraley) and I decided that if I had one less thing to do, that would be it. So when she asked me to start keeping track of exactly what I was eating and how many calories I was taking in, I was surprised at the results.” Instead of taking in a recommended 1,500 calories, Schneider was averaging around 1,000. Calling it her “a-ha” moment Schneider realized since she was-

Robin Wollard Starting weight: 237 pounds 9-month weight: 211.4 pounds Total lost: 25.6 pounds Starting BMI: 41 9-month BMI: 36 Improvement: 5 PHOTOS BY DENNIS RICH/DEMOCRAT

Healthy U students Bob Satnan, left,Trish Balance, Amy Schneider and Letty Rodriguez share their health and fitness experiences with physical education students on Monday at Smith-Cotton Junior High School. n’t eating enough, her body wasn’t getting enough fuel to burn off. “The next week I made an effort to get to or above the 1,200 mark every day,” she said. “I was still eating the same things, but just slightly bigger portions. At that week’s weigh-in I lost 2.2 pounds; eating those extra calories made a

world of difference and I was ecstatic, jumping up and down excited that I had finally figured out what I was doing wrong.” Since then, Schneider said that she’s seen the weight come off more consistently and she’s modified what she eats and her exercise routine to help keep taking the pounds off. “(Hitting a plateau) is incredibly frustrating; two weeks in a row after weighin I went to the bathroom and cried because I was so upset,” she said. “It’s really a mental game at that point and learning how to break past that barrier.” Schneider credits allowing Saturdays as a “cheat day” for her continued weight loss. “I give myself a free day, knowing that if I want to go out to a restaurant that night I’ll order whatever looks good on the menu or if I want a Route 44 Coke, I can drink it,” she said. “It’s very beneficial to me because it’s something I can look forward to during the week.” Not that Schneider forgets everything she’s learned about nutrition on

3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 40 9-month: 63 Improvement: 23

During the Monday program, Smith-Cotton Junior High students Miranda Gunn, left, Brandon FIsher, Caleb Larimer, and Kasse Dowler answer a series of health and fitness trvia questions from Healthy U program coordinator Sarah Nail. cheat days. She said she still practices portion control and has learned not to immediately go for the junk food. “Honestly, when you eat like that after practicing good, healthy habits for months, you get incredibly sick and feel awful,” she said. “It’s another mental game; it’s about knowing that I can have that brownie if I want. I think that’s the reason I’ve done so well. If I had to deprive myself of everything I loved for a year, come January I’d be bingeing on everything I missed.”

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Fraley said there are several ways to get over a plateau. “Nutrition-wise, I’d advise them to really start assessing their food intake and be very honest with themselves. Get back to measuring portions out and pay attention to portion sizes,” she said. “Track calories consistently and for a week try eating only foods that you know the calorie intake of and avoiding processed food.” Fraley also suggested checking sodium levels, skipping alcohol and increasing water consumption. Changing exercise routines to include more interval and strength training are key too, she added. “When you build muscle your metabolism raises, helping you lose more weight,” she said. “And, most importantly I think, look at your sleeping habits. Your body’s rest and recovery time is just as important as exercise. If you’re chronically running on not enough sleep it’s much easier to gain weight.” Despite the slow-down in weight loss for the students, Nail said she was proud of the group for sticking with the program. “I have to give them credit that in spite of all the setbacks, all of them have remained committed and dedicated to Healthy U, to themselves and to changing their lives,” Nail said. “That’s incredibly admirable.”

Full push-ups in 1 minute Start: 1 9-month: 0 Improvement: -1

Redina Yantz Starting weight: 224 pounds 9-month: 214 pounds Total lost: 10 pounds Starting BMI: 41 9-month BMI: 39 Improvement: 2 Half mile Start: 8:16 9-month: 7:27 Improvement: 49 seconds 3-inch sit-ups in 1 minute Start: 35 9-month: 74 Improvement: 39 Full push-ups in 1 minute Start: 1 9-month: 0 Improvement: -1

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Hartzler should stay focused on real issues


oliticians can say a lot with what they leave unsaid. At the very least, they can give the impression that something has validity when they choose not to dismiss it.

On Thursday, 4th Congressional District Rep. Vicky Hartzler held a town hall event at State Fair Community College. The Harrisonville Republican addressed issues ranging from gasoline prices to the national debt. But her responses to a question from an audience member — “What do you think about Obama’s birth certificate being called a forgery?” — and followup questions from the Democrat’s Dennis Rich left us troubled. Hartzler told the audience member: “You know I have a lot of doubts about all that. I don’t understand why he didn’t show that right away.” During media availability after the event, Rich pressed Hartzler to clarify her doubts about the president’s birth certificate — and thus, his legitimacy to serve in that office. Her response: “I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that.” As Rich wrote, “Hartzler declined to say whether she believes Obama is a U.S. citizen, calling the issue ‘irrelevant.’ ” When a member of Congress — who serves on the Armed Services Commit-

OUR VIEW tee, no less — tells constituents she has doubts about whether the president is legally eligible to hold office, it is not irrelevant. And while scores of Obama critics continue to foist up claims that the longform birth certificate the president released in 2011 is a fake, reputable websites including and have debunked every one of those arguments as fully lacking merit and numerous court cases challenging the president’s citizenship have been roundly rejected by the courts. In a ruling rejecting challenges to Obama’s qualifications to appear on the ballot in Georgia issued in early February, Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi wrote: “The Court finds the testimony of the witnesses, as well as the exhibits tendered, to be of little, if any, probative value, and thus wholly insufficient to support plaintiffs’ allegations…. None of the testifying witnesses offered persuasive testimony. Moreover, the Court finds that none of the written submissions tendered by plaintiffs have probative value. Given the unsatisfactory evidence presented by the plaintiffs, the court concludes the plaintiffs’ claims are not persuasive.” Hartzler was right to say that people should “focus attention on (Obama’s) specific policies and not his birth certificate.” It will be easier for them to do that when she stops justifying conspiracy theories and stays focused on real issues.

SEDLINE “The St. Paul’s Lutheran reenactment of the Last Supper and crucifixion was so impressive.The photos were lovely in the Democrat. Happy Easter, and God bless.” • “Thank you to the Democrat and to Sydney Brink for running the St. Paul’s Lutheran last supper (and) crucifixion pictures. It was wonderful. It is time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.” • “I would like for MoDOT to explain why they have to close the road in the 500 block of East Broadway when they are not working until you get to the 500 block of West Broadway.” • “I want to applaud the kids who are trying to be very conservative around town. I noticed they are doing their best to save from wearing their front tires out on their motorcycles by only riding on the back ones.” • “Remember, while some businesses turn you away, there are plenty that work hard to get and keep your business. It always costs less to keep a good current customer than it does to get a new one.” • “I cannot believe people leave all this junk laying around their yards, like old appliances and everything. I mean, some people, I think the trashier their yard looks, the better they like it.” • “Someone said now that Cheney has a heart, he could switch to be a Democrat. I don’t think so, as long as he has a brain he’ll remain a Republican.And if you need confirmation of this, just check out Joe Biden.” • “‘We don’t want to go bank-

rupt,’ Republican Vicky Hartzler is screaming.Where were the Republicans at when George Bush for eight years was running our country into the ground and breaking us?” • “To all those associated with ‘Hunting and Fishing with Harry’:The past weekend was a beautiful and memorable day.Thank you very much, Harry.” • “Hey, Pettis County R-V school district voters, way to turn out.A whopping average of 11 percent.” • “I don’t really believe in halls of fame of any kind, except for Stan Musial.” • “They’re cleaning Broadway so nicely, why don’t they cut the weeds down at the overpass?” • “On April 5, Richard Parkhurst had a spectacular column that applies to each of us in many ways. Please take time to read it.” • “Gasoline in Cole Camp on Sunday,April 1, was $3.45. Why is Casey’s in Sedalia $3.69? If you want cheap gas, go to Cole Camp.” • “Hey, Mrs. Mayor and City Council, you’re spending all this money on things in Sedalia, a million here and a million there. How about spending some money on something that would bring revenue to the city, like a public golf course? That would be nice. People are driving 30, 40, 50 miles to play golf.We could have that money here in Sedalia.” • “I’d like to know how come the city of Sedalia has more holidays than the Post Office or any other place around the state. Good Friday is a holiday

ONLINE VOICE “Both Randy Rogers Band and Jake Owen put on awesome shows, and have great music. I, personally, am VERY excited and will be at both shows along with several of my friends!” Rebecca Eslin Posted on “McMullen: Fair’s grandstand lineup a mystery to me” • Join the conversation at

for city employees? That’s ridiculous — get outta here.” • “We want to thank you very much for your pretty Easter decorations on Thompson Boulevard.We appreciate your hard work. Hope all will drive by and admire them, too.” • “I think you guys should have it bold and bright right on the front page of the paper:When your windshield wipers are on, your lights should be, too.” • “I was in an office one day last week and witnessed a woman, who considers herself a supervisor ... reprimand a young lady in front of everyone working in there and totally blew off this girl’s apology. Now if you are a real supervisor, wouldn’t you take the young woman into a private room to do that? Very, very unprofessional.” • “It’s so much better to distribute yearbooks while students are still in school. There is no reason why Smith-Cotton can’t accomplish this. It’s not right to expect the students to come back for that.” • “Take note of Rose Nolen’s and Reg Henry’s articles on the March 30 Opinion page. There are a whole lot of us grateful for ObamaCare. It’s the well-to-do and Republicans causing all the stink.” • “Think the United States is a utopia? It has the highest prison rate in the world — over 7 million people incarcerated.” • “Today’s Sedline said they would like to see more funny things. (Monday’s) release of grandstand entertainment at the fair is a big joke.”

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Don’t be a saboteur; support health efforts MORE INSIDE

Trying to lead a healthier life is a challenge. It is made all the harder when the people we count on, our family and friends, make that road tougher to In his “Diet Detective” travel. column, Charles Stuart I am a participant in Healthy U, the Platkin shares five Healthy Living Action Group’s initiative underrated weight-loss to raise awareness of healthier lifestyles strategies — including and nutrition throughout our commufinding friends who will nity. I am fortunate; my family and be supportive. Page D6 Platkin friends are supporting me on every level. Friday morning, my wife, Melany, and our kids Hannah and Chaz all hit don’t make bad decisions just because Total Fitness Gym at 5 a.m. to do the you are hungry, and “surveying the BodyPump class together. Yes, my landscape” of edible options before loadteenagers got up at 4:30 a.m. to join me ing your plate with bites or blobs of for my workout, and I have to say it was things you should be avoiding. a great experience. In working with her patients, the I knew my circumstance is not the topic of “saboteurs” has come up fresame that others experience when they quently. try to diet and get healthier, and an “Generally, the people who are saboemail I received this week proved that taging you are aware of what they are point. doing,” Delimont said. “Your Medi-Weightloss Clinics, a lifestyle change brings to light national franchise of doctorthings they are not ready to supervised weight loss cenchange yet, but they recognize ters, conducted a survey of that they have a problem.” more than 300 women ages 25 The easy answer is to get to 55 who have dieted or are these people to join you on dieting. According to the news your journey. That is a lot easBob release, “66 percent of women ier said than done in many (surveyed) say they have felt cases. Satnan family and friends don’t Delimont encourages peo—— respect their attempts to lose ple to communicate openly and DEMOCRAT weight and some have even directly with those who are EDITOR tried to sabotage their diets.” undermining their health-conDieters surveyed said colscious efforts. leagues, friends and family members “Tell them, ‘This is very important to pressured them to eat foods not on their me,’ and make it clear why that is the diet (53 percent), cooked and served case,” she said. On the home front, food not on their diet (40 percent), made “Incorporate your changes into their life jokes about their diet (35 percent) and very overtly,” she added. ordered them food at restaurants they Platkin contends that a good way to knew were not on their diet (31 perstay on track is to “change your environcent). ment.” Because of those actions, the dieters “Think about it,” he wrote, “if you felt pressure to break their diet because don’t have bags of cookies lying around they didn’t want to insult the host (boss, the house, fast food meals being waved client, family member) (56 percent), in front of you, or large-scale Italian dinthey wanted to eat like everyone else ners tempting you to move off your newand be part of the crowd (51 percent) found healthy behaviors — oh, how and they didn’t want to call attention to much easier it would be to shed those their diet or weight (41 percent). unwanted pounds.” Charles Stuart Platkin, whose “Diet And if the dieter is not the primary Detective” column appears in the Spotfood preparer in the household, they light section each weekend, has tackled need to offer to help with shopping for this issue before, writing that “family healthier foods and planning lower calomembers can really put a damper on rie menus. Achieving success takes your diet. ... (I)f your spouse doesn’t eat effort. healthfully, it can make it difficult for you And like Delimont, Platkin encourto eat right.” ages open lines of communication as the Platkin stressed that people trying to best way to win over loved ones — or at make healthier choices need to be aware least keep them from knocking your of challenging family situations and efforts off track. think ahead about how to overcome “Remember to talk with your family them. That same theme was discussed a and let them know you want their help couple of weeks ago at one of our — not to police your eating, but to supHealthy U meetings. port your healthy eating choices,” he Nicole Delimont, an advanced regiswrote. tered nurse practitioner at Katy Trail So here’s a plea: If someone you Community Health, spoke to us about know is trying to make changes for the the challenges of eating at family getbetter, do what you can to support them. togethers and holiday parties. Some of Trading out mashed potatoes for cauliher tips included bringing something flower won’t kill you, and taking a walk that works with your diet, eating a might help lower your stress level, too. healthy meal before you arrive so you


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Amendment funding better used elsewhere


he condition of Missouri’s state budget is well-known: Revenue is down, expenses are up and lawmakers have spent the past four years cutting costs just about everywhere. We also have noted that state funding for maintenance and upkeep for the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia has been cut to zero. That circumstance has forced the Missouri State Fair Foundation to aggressively raise funds throughout the year to help cover costs of even the most basic necessities on the fairgrounds. And when it comes to a lack of funding, it seems our fair is not alone. We spoke this week with Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, and the issue of financing state fairs came up; Wolfe told us: “The situation the fair is in, and most fairs are in, is pretty much no funding. Even though they are considered state fairs, the states in general don’t financially support their fairs anymore.” To be clear, the topic of the state prayer amendment on Tuesday’s ballot was not part of our conversation with Wolfe. But the discussion of finances linked the issues in our editorial board’s minds. The proposed constitutional amendment, as the Associated Press reported, “says people have the right to pray in public or private so long as they do not disturb the peace, and it gives a specific imprimatur for prayer before government meetings.” State Rep. Mike McGee, R-Odessa, admits, “We’re not changing anything except the way people are thinking and ...

OUR VIEW letting people know, ‘You want to pray, Go ahead, it’s OK.’” While the populist measure is predictably gaining statewide support, it provides no significant rights or protections that are not already on the books, either through federal law or the state constitution. In its editorial on the issue, The Joplin Globe wrote: “According to the Missouri secretary of state’s office, it is estimated that this proposal will result in little to no costs or savings for state and local governmental entities. However, it did cost the taxpayers about $250,000 to place it on the ballot.” We can think of a lot better ways to spend a quarter of a million dollars, starting with upkeep of a statewide treasure that celebrates the role agriculture plays in Missouri’s economy and lifestyle. “Yes, we are a state agency, but we pay all of our own bills out of the money we generate,” Wolfe told us. “On top of that, the state owns the facility and the buildings and has all this input, but they no longer are spending any money to take care of it — for four years now. I understand the budget situation, I know that’s an issue. For us, it may not be the way you like it, but you know, you want to keep doing this, keep putting this fair on, you’ve gotta figure out ways to do it cheaper, and cut those costs.” Wolfe and his staff are doing their part to reduce costs and maximize dollars. It would be nice if state lawmakers would stop throwing money away on redundant legislation and instead channel those funds where they could have a lasting, positive impact.

SEDLINE “As a cattle farmer here in the area, we are having a tremendous time getting feed for our cattle.We also are frustrated with the ethanol situation making our grain prices much, much higher. I ask a question:Would we rather have food or fuel? That is what we are going to be faced with.” • “Is there any way to opt out or keep all these politicians from calling you? I’m on the Missouri no-call list, but evidently it doesn’t cover the politicians. I get so tired of all those calls.” • “Everything old is better. And all of the old know that, because they had the old.” • “I would like to know why all the cops in Sedalia are harassing all the kids on the strip with custom cars and motorcycles.” • “It’s a shame no one noticed the extreme cracking on the Sedalia Public Library. Now it’s a major problem. It’s a beautiful building, I hope it can be fixed.” • “Gary Edwards’ idea about changing trash pickup and what you can put in plastic bags — They need to think about sending our city workers to the gym to get in shape for the heavy loads.” • “The Sedalia Water Department has asked its customers to conserve water, yet I still see residences and businesses using lawn irrigation systems to keep their precious grass green. I think the water department should put a ban on these water-wasting systems until the drought lets up.We all need to pull together to conserve our precious underground well water.This includes area business owners.” • “Thank you to the Copper Kettle restaurant in Sedalia. During July, they had a 50 percent discount for all veterans, and being a veteran of World War II, I was able to take advantage of it.The food was good, the servers were excellent, I think it was a big plus for Sedalia for them to do it.The servers are pretty, too.” • “I’d like to talk about Joe. I tried to call my sister, but they won’t answer. Maybe they are rerouting my phone or something.” •

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“The city of Sedalia must absolutely hate motorcyclists.This cheap stuff they are using on the roads assures me that they wish nobody in the world would own a motorcycle or ride one in this community.They wasted a lot of money.” • “Secretary of Defense Panetta says Israel should have patience with Iran in regards to nuclear weapons.This Obama administration is a joke.Yes, Israel should have patience with Iran the same way Kennedy had patience during the Cuban missile crisis.” • “Whatever happened to pronouncing the -ing on the end of a word? All you hear is gettin’, instead of getting ... And most of all, one person says, ‘Good morning,’ and the other person says, ‘Morning.’ This sounds awful.” • “I am the owner of the Toyota with the bumper stickers mentioned in Sedline July 21. I would like to send a big thank you to the person who added my bumper sticker messages to Sedline, as this has increased the reach of my messages several fold.” • “I believe the do-gooders calling City Hall think they are helping the Clean Up Sedalia committee.Why don’t they go to the committee meetings and do something constructive? It is easy to sit back and complain.” • “I’m calling about KCP&L. Since we are in the middle of this heat wave and the temperature is above 95 degrees ... I’d like to know why they send out shut-off notices.” • “Election Day is Tuesday. Please exercise your right to vote.The more votes, the more accurate the results for what the community really wants.” • “Be sure to get out and vote Tuesday in favor of the constitutional amendment in Missouri. We want to be sure that our children are secure in their myths ... we wouldn’t want them to be challenged by science and rational thought.” • “Here is some information for you anti-gun liberals:We are on to your United Nations gun ban treaty. ...We also are on to your CIA mind-control shootings.”

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A Healthy challenge for changing community

All of the students involved in view at the Democrat in 2008 when I was Healthy U have made significant about 70 pounds heavier than I am now. progress on their weight-loss and But the star of the evening — at least lifestyle change goals. We’ve all put in a to me — was Alicia Maggert. She spoke lot of work, and the results so far are passionately about how she appreciated nothing short of amazing. all the guidance provided by her fitness But what we hope to do over the next coach, Megan Webb, and nutritionist, six months is the real reason Leslie Hesse, but neither of for Healthy U. them ever ran a lap for her or On Thursday night, about took a bite of food for her. Her 70 people came out to the Celeffort is what is making a difebration Center for the kickoff ference in her life, and anyone of the Healthy U community who claims it is easy for the contest. Area residents who Healthy U students because we register and weigh in with the have those experts in our corBob Healthy Living Action Group ner has no idea how much Satnan can compete for a prize packtime, effort and dedication it age worth more than $1,200; takes to be successful on this —— the winner will be the person journey. DEMOCRAT who loses the greatest perMaggert closed with a pasEDITOR centage of their body weight sage from the poem “The by Jan. 3 — without the use of diet pills Awakening,” by Sonny Carroll: or supplements. “There comes a time in your life The kickoff was a chance for contestwhen you finally get it ... When in the ants to weigh in, pick up a free Healthy midst of all your fears and insanity you U textbook filled with weight-loss tips stop dead in your tracks and somewhere and information and hear messages the voice inside your head cries out from current Healthy U students about ‘Enough!’” their progress, challenges and sucIt was great to see how many people cesses. decided to say “Enough” and join us Richard DeFord, my co-worker at the Thursday night. But if you missed that Democrat and an associate pastor at event, know that you haven’t missed out. Katy Park Baptist Church, delivered a You can still weigh in and register and moving sermon on the value of focusing join us on our quest for health and happion nutrition. Trish Ballance talked about ness. Just contact Sarah Nail, commuovercoming struggles with less-thannity outreach coordinator at Bothwell enthusiastic support at home. Lisa Regional Health Center, at 827-9138 or Brock encouraged the contest for details. pants to get their children involved, to After the kickoff event, Shelley, a help ensure the next generation underwoman who signed up for the commustands the need to maintain good health. nity contest, came up to say she related I talked about personal responsibility to one of my motivations to start on my — how you are the only one who knows lifestyle change. Those kinds of bonds if you ate a portion-controlled meal, you can be all it takes to help get a person on are the only one who knows if you the right track. pushed yourself during a workout and I have a load of inspirations to keep your success is dependent on being me going on my Healthy U journey, but truthful with yourself about your effort. I Thursday night, by reaching out, Shelley also threw in some cornball theatrics, gave me one more. donning the suit I wore for my job

LETTER Visitors were treated well I had the pleasure of working as a Chamber/CVB volunteer for the recent Airstream Convention and BMW Motorcycle Rally at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Connie Smith and Carolyn Crooker should be commended for their efforts at bringing these (and other) events to our community. They have an infectious enthusiasm for promoting Sedalia and are always coming up with great ideas. After leaving my shift at these events, sometimes I would forget to take my name tag off while running errands in town. This gave me an opportunity to see how our guests were treated, since many of the people I came in contact with assumed I was one of them. People bent over backwards to make sure I was taken care of. From store clerks in Bings, Woods or Walmart to counter salespeople at Western Extralite, O’Reilly Auto Parts or


Mandy’s Frozen Delight, I was greeted with smiles and extra-helpful service. I tried explaining that I wasn’t really a visitor the first few times I heard, “We appreciate you coming to our town.” But, I could tell that these folks actually felt good about being able to welcome me and I didn’t want to spoil it for them. So, I just started smiling back, telling them I appreciated the hospitality, too. When visitors leave with a good impression, our reputation goes up a few notches in the world of convention booking. That leads to more visitors and the millions of dollars they bring with them. If there’s one thing Connie and Carolyn keep preaching over and over, it’s the importance of making our visitors feel welcome. Well, from my experiences I’d say the message was received loud and clear. Well done, Sedalians! Dave Phillips Sedalia Chamber/CVB Board member Smithton

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Big changes ahead


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How do U do it? On May 5, Kathy Burnett and her nutrition coach, Angela Kammeyer, were the first to kick off the summer lineup of The next Healthy U cooking Healthy U participants who will demonstration is noon to 1 p.m. be demonstrating nutritious Saturday at Woods Supermarket. recipes at Woods Supermarket. The store will feature a partic- Student Bob Satnan and nutrition ipant and his or her nutrition coach Stephanie Fraley will be coach from noon to 1 p.m. on the making The Wheem, a chickenfirst Saturday of the month. Customers can ask questions, watch, and-tomato stew served over brown rice. Recipe cards with taste and receive a copy of the nutrition information and samrecipe. Burnett demonstrated how to ples of the dish will be available. prepare her colorful Cowboy Future sessions Salsa. • July 7: Lisa Brock and Helen “Rinse canned vegetables to Peters get rid of sodium,” nutrition • Aug. 4: Alicia Maggert and coach Kammeyer said. “TomaLeslie Hesse toes are a great source of vitamin C and beans, of course, a great Kammeyer said. source of protein. You can use She also has stopped one of any sort of onion.” her diabetes medications since Kammeyer said: “This is one beginning the program. we’ve adapted from several difBob Satnan, editor for the ferent recipes. The recipe we used originally called for rice and Democrat, will be demonstrating his recipe called “The Wheem,” cubed pepper Jack cheese — it was more of a side dish. I felt the a chicken-and-tomato stew served on rice or quinoa, on Satrice added more carbohydrates urday. He echoed Kammeyer’s without adding any flavor. sentiments in an email message. “The original called for salsa; “As we plan our meals, I look the second recipe called for for a lot of protein and distinct flacumin and chili powder. We felt this one had more kick to it. And vors. I hate bland food,” he said. Satnan said he chose the when you get summer tomatoes recipe because it was out of the garden and a “complete” healthy fresh corn it’s even and hearty meal. better!” “It is my family’s Cowboy Salsa can version of a recipe my be used as an appemother-in-law, Pat tizer with baked TosPetersen, came up tito tortilla chips (that with when she was on have 3 grams of fat) or a very strict diet — Faith as a stand-alone side about 8 grams of fat a dish. day. Honestly, it was Bemiss “And with these one of the few super—— chips you can have 16. low fat meals she With the others, you FOOD made that I really can only have 12,” COLUMNIST enjoyed,” he said. Burnett added. “And Satnan said Sarah those four extra chips Nail, BRHC community outare important.” reach coordinator, suggested he The salsa is also versatile. It try a cookbook called “America’s can be added to a quesadilla with Test Kitchen Healthy Family pepper Jack cheese or, Kathy Cookbook.” added, used in a tortilla wrap “We have found some really with fresh spinach. good recipes in there, including “It’s very nutritious and a a great preparation for fresh good source of fiber,” said Kamgreen beans with toasted meyer, a dietitian at Bothwell sesame seeds, and a fish recipe Regional Health Center and a that includes a cilantro-infused diabetes educator. pineapple salsa.” Burnett, a behavior intervenSatnan will be demonstrating tionist at Heber Hunt Elemenhis recipe with his nutrition tary School, said as of May 3 coach, Stephanie Fraley, who is a she’d lost 21 pounds since beginregistered and licensed dietitian ning the Healthy U program. and is employed at Whiteman She also has diabetes. Air Force Base. “It’s amazing how well I’m In a recent email message, doing now,” she said. “I walk out Fraley said, “Bob is doing outat SFCC and the Katy Trail. I standing on the Healthy U probought my first size 18 pair of gram, I couldn’t ask for a better jeans in — I couldn’t tell you — student. He has shown to be how many years.” extremely dedicated to changing Burnett also walks on her his eating habits as well as lunch break and has inspired her co-workers to walk with her. adhering to his commitment of Although she watches what she exercising regularly; he is noreats, she allows herself small mally at the gym at 5 in the occasional treats such as a mini morning putting in his workout Blizzard from Dairy Queen. for the day.” Moderation is the key to sucHaving a family support syscess. tem is important, Satnan said. Her diabetes is improving, as His wife, Melany, helps him with well. Her A1C (a three-month meal planning and his children, blood sugar average) went from Hannah, 17, and Chaz, 13, 6.7 to 6.1. A normal A1C is 5.5, haven’t balked at new foods. His

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Healthy U members are sharing their favorite recipes through demonstrations



Angela Kammeyer, left, and Kathy Burnett give a demonstration at Woods Supermarket on how to make Cowboy Salsa, a versatile mixture of canned black beans and fresh vegetables that can be eaten with chips or as a topping for a main course. family also comes to the gym to work out with him from time to time. Learning to eat properly is vital to a healthy weight loss, Fraley said. It’s not only what you eat, but when you eat. “I have educated Bob on the importance of eating healthy food regularly throughout the day to prevent extreme hunger and decrease the possibility of poor food choices. Bob also understands he must fuel his body to support his new level of physical activity. I believe Bob has lost approximately 50 pounds to this point. “Consistency is the key,” Fraley added. “My advice to others wanting and needing to lose weight is to set small, attainable goals for improving eating habits and exercising more.” C O W B OY S A L S A

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups chopped tomatoes 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed 2 green onions, thinly sliced 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1/3 cup light Italian dressing 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin In a large bowl stir together the beans, tomatoes, green pepper, corn, onion and cilantro. Combine Italian dressing with chili powder and cumin, add it to the vegetable mixture and toss to coat. You can serve this with tortilla chips as an appetizer, use it as a side dish, or incorporate into various Mexican dishes. Nutrition facts for 1/2-cup serving: 60 calories; 10 grams carbohydrate; 2.5 grams protein; 1

Cowboy Salsa on a chip. gram fat. Recipe from Healthy U participant Kathy Burnett and nutrition coach, Angela Kammeyer THE WHEEM ( O R C H I C K E N - T O M AT O STEW)

1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 package frozen Mediterranean vegetable blend 2 cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes with garlic and peppers 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or other cooking oil) 2 tablespoons basil 2 tablespoons minced garlic Salt and pepper 3 cups prepared white or brown rice, or quinoa (we prefer quinoa cooked in chicken broth) Put oil in wok and heat to medium-high temperature. Add chicken and 1 tablespoon garlic; cook through. Drain liquid. Add tomatoes, the rest of the garlic and the basil. Heat until bubbling. Add frozen vegetables, stir frequently until vegetables are cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve stew

over rice or quinoa. NOTE: We like a lot of garlic and basil. Use as much as your taste dictates. Recipe from Healthy U participant Bob Satnan and nutrition coach Stephanie Fraley H O M E M A D E F RO Z E N Y O G U RT

Any kind of yogurt that you prefer (I use low-fat vanilla Dannon Activia) Any type of fruit you prefer (I use bananas) 1 tablespoon sliced or slivered almonds 1 tablespoon light Kraft Cool Whip topping Put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth, place in freezer for four hours. Sometimes I hand mix it, so it will be more “chunky.” You do not have to use the topping. I only use it to give it more of a creamy texture. Recipe from Healthy U participant Holly Brown and nutrition coach Lori Bohenstiehl

Everyone who eats should pay attention to upcoming Farm Bill debate I never thought about vegetables and fruits would our nation’s agriculture pol- heal much of what ailed icy until I became seriously me. I was irritated and disill. gusted to see that fresh Foolishly, I thought that produce items were the the Farm Bill should only most expensive in the be of interest to farmers store. We bit the bullet and and agribusiness compaspent more on food, nies. thereby investing in our Diagnosed health (achieving with multiple extraordinary sclerosis at age results). But how 34, I was devascould a few heads tated. Convenof broccoli, fresh, tional treatments unprocessed, and (which included nutrient dense, $1,500/month cost so much Beverly every-other-day more than a self-injections) whole box of Rollings didn’t work for Froot Loops —— me. (which contain I dug deeper no fruit)? SEDALIA AREA for a cause and a FARMERS’ MARKET The answer is cure. Like most surprisingly comAmericans, our little family plex. Start in 1933, when long sought to minimize President Roosevelt signed our food budget. Any food the First Farm bill into law. that was boxed, canned, or It was a good-faith effort to wrapped fit the bill. These save family farms (corn processed foods didn’t fit prices actually hit $0) and with good health, though. the nation’s food supply I would learn that fresh during the Great Depres-

sion. The Farm Bill (which goes by many names, such as 1996’s Freedom to Farm Act) is debated and renewed about every five to seven years. The bill determines expenditures (of our tax dollars) on such things as agriculture, nutrition and conservation. Once a law, it is primarily executed by the United States Department of Agriculture. Like much wellintended government legislation, the bill now as convoluted as a Slinky gone bad. Ask any hardworking farmer you know, and they’ll agree; most have ideas on how to fix it; many think it should go away (with safety nets in place, such as crop insurance, for the occasional weather disaster). In March, I attended a legislative luncheon, where our congresswoman Vicky Hartzler spoke. She is on

the House Agriculture Committee. She’s well qualified for such, as she and her husband are farmers and own three farm equipment stores. During the open commentary portion, I asked Hartzler what she thought of the fact that the USDA recommends that we eat abundant vegetables and fruits to achieve good health, but instead subsidizes the production of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice and cotton, which makes for an inexpensive, but largely unhealthy processed food supply. Hartzler noted that subsidies are a small portion of our nation’s budget, which indeed they are. In fact, even in the Farm Bill, the majority of expenditures go to nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). However, the implications behind the

subsidy policy decisions are huge. Think like this: Farm Bill equals Food Supply equals Health Outcomes. Needless to say, Medicare and Medicaid are enormous portions of our budget. How can we possibly have conversations about each in isolation from the others? Other “nontraditional” players are hot on the Farm Bill’s trail. For example, President George W. Bush’s 2008 cancer panel (which counted the executive vice president of the MD Anderson Cancer Centercq in Houston and Lance Armstrong among its members) blasted our current subsidy system. Quoting from the panel’s summary letter to the president, “efforts of those committed to an America less burdened by cancer often are compromised by Federal . . . policies that have decreased

the availability and affordability of healthy foods.” Sadly, SNAP does not restrict purchases to nutrient-rich foods such as veggies and whole grains. We are lucky in Sedalia that the Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market does accept SNAP, thereby increasing everyone’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Bothwell Regional Health Center and Women’s Service League, SNAP purchases will be matched (as much as $20 per day) while funds last. The 2012 Farm Bill debate in the Senate is about to begin. If you eat, you’re already involved, so go deeper and help set our agriculture policy on the right path by contacting your representatives. None of this is to blame for what has been done in the past, but in the words of Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.”

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Healthy U the right prescription for many



he proof is in the numbers, and the photos, and the smiles and the

stories. Healthy U has made a profound difference in the lives of the program’s “students,” Pettis County residents who committed themselves to make significant lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness this year. The program, an initiative of the Blue Ribbon Committee’s Healthy Living Action Group, extended its reach beyond the dozen applicants selected to participate by launching activities such as Moving 101, a Saturday morning walk/jog/ride from the Katy Trail’s Clarendon Road trailhead, and monthly cooking demonstrations at Woods Supermarket featuring Healthy U students and their nutritionists offering flavorful, nutritious recipes with fewer calories. As part of its community outreach efforts, Healthy U also has offered a community weight loss competition, which continues through the end of the year, and four of the program students along with HLAG chairwoman Sarah Nail led physical education and health classes on Monday at Smith-Cotton Junior High School, providing insight into proper nutrition and exercise. Today’s Spotlight section features the nine-month update on the Healthy U students’ progress, and the statistics indicate the program clearly has been a success.

The students have been asked regularly about their weight loss and fitness journey, and they have readily shared the tips and techniques that have helped them change for the better. As the year draws to a close, and this year’s students move toward their graduation, HLAG has opened applications for another 12 Pettis County residents to have the opportunity to transform themselves through Healthy U. Applications are available at Bothwell Regional Health Center, Katy Trail Community Health, Pettis County Health Center, Pettis County Community Partnership and University of Missouri Extension. The application can also be found online at or at HUPettisCounty. Completed applications should be returned to the Bothwell Education Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and the contest is open to Pettis County residents who are at least 18 years old and who are willing to share their yearlong challenge with the public. We encourage residents who are willing to commit to serious change to submit an application for Healthy U. The program’s benefits are real, both for those who are selected and for the people who love them. Democrat Editor Bob Satnan is a student in the 2012 Healthy U program.

SEDLINE “I think people who call Sedline to complain, I mean, there are more important things in the world than what they are complaining about. ... Some of the comments are just dumb. ... Don’t complain about stuff that doesn’t even matter.” • “Well, folks, Mayor Bloomberg has banned large soda drinks in New York, Michelle Obama is telling kids what they can eat in schools. I guess next will be the ban on Halloween candy. No more buying Twinkies or Oreos at Walmart, or hot fudge sundaes at DQ. I want to thank you, Michelle, for keeping us a healthier but sadder nation.” • “If people wouldn’t spend money on Halloween, they could pay their cable, their telephone, their house payment or whatever they’re short.Too bad we give credit to Halloween.” • “I just found out that with Proposition B, a carton of cigarettes will go up $13.Vote no.” • “One goal gets you athlete of the week? Seriously? I think the Democrat needs to revamp their voting procedure, such as having area coaches decide on who best deserves athlete of the week.” • “When Republicans tell you they know how to create jobs for the middle class, notice what they are not telling us — what their plans are to create these jobs.The jobs, if any, are low-paying with no benefits, with the profits staying with the Republicans at the top of the business.” • “Obama doesn’t give us health insurance unless you’re on Medicaid and other freebies. We pay dearly for our insurance and glad we are able. Our motto is, health insurance before purchasing cars, boats and other luxuries.” • “Pumpkins are cheaper at Walmart than they are at local pumpkin patches.” • “I’d like to know why it is that people who work stay broke all the time and have nothing to show for it, while you have people who don’t work, draw disability, Social Security, welfare, have everything given to them.” • “It seems now that even the U.N. is jumping in to support Barack Obama and his presidency. ... Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and the U.S. out of the U.N.” •

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“I was watching ‘The View’ and when Ann Romney said that her husband, Mitt Romney, and her five little mitts didn’t have to go to the military because of religion, I remembered when they wanted to put Muhammad Ali in prison because he didn’t want to go to the service because of his religion.” • “Thank you, farmer’s market, for staying open as long as you can throughout the year. It’s very much appreciated.” • “We’re very thankful for the recycle bins at Thompson Hills.We drive 25 miles from Houstonia to recycle, so I really don’t think people in town should complain.” • “After watching the final presidential debate, I thought Mitt Romney looked like the confident commander-in-chief and Barack Obama looked like the nervous challenger who was trying to catch up.” • “The Republican Party is saying that Obama has done nothing in his four years in office. Let’s go back in time, if you will. In Congress, the Republican Party would not agree on anything that Obama was wanting to do. ...When it comes election day, use your mind and heart to vote what is best for this country.” • “I’m not for special taxes.You put some taxes on cigarettes, then you’ll go after guns and ammunition. Pretty soon you’ll go after more taxes on gasoline, then you’ll go after more taxes on hunting goods and automobiles. All for the school system — one big joke.” • “Over the past two weeks, Obama’s lead in the national polls has disappeared. Also over the past two weeks, gasoline prices have dropped dramatically. Surprise, surprise, see any connection here?” • “There is a strange truck parked outside and I don’t know what their trip is.” • “I can’t believe the board approved $1.5 million for repairs to the library.The director herself said this isn’t enough, the other parts of the building need repair.This is a money pit ... I fear this will hurt passage of the bond. Perhaps the people who want the bridge and the fire station should speak up.” • “There is a lady named Carla who works at the Sedalia Post Office. She’s always cheerful and polite and she always has a smile, so I wanted to say thank you to Carla for making my errands seem less like a chore.”

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Europe offers intrigue, beauty at every turn ABOUT THIS COLUMN

I am pleased to share my endeavors from various parts of Europe including Paris, Venice, Rome and Istanbul. Although the rubble that lies about in Mathew Stockstill, of Smithton, writes ancient parts of Greece whisper tales of monthly about his experiences as a old and give one an earnest desire to student in Greece. research their origins, the cultures I was fortunate enough to experience over the ting in a pew inside Notre Dame and past few weeks will stick with me until watching a seasonal symphony. Once my residence on the Earth is at its end. the concert let out and we were tired of The first stop in my European advensearching for a tavern that played baseture was in Rome, where monuments ball games, which ultimately failed, we various in size filled the streets in every retired to our hostel only to wake up a direction. My group and I were lucky few hours later and carry on with our enough to stay in a hostel only a few excursions. That day we visblocks from the grand Coliited a couple museums and seum, which we first encountook an elevator to the top of tered under a night sky where the Eiffel Tower, which could lights surrounded the struccertainly fulfill anyone’s yearnture and made it glow as if it ing for adrenaline, heights and were a star at its peak. The beauty. On the last day, I visnext day found me roaming ited Notre Dame again to see the city aimlessly, where every its beauty in daylight. Garturn exhibited a piece of the Mathew were keeping a watchworld’s rich history. Beautiful Stockstill goyles ful eye over the perimeters of and elaborate fountains, such this Gothic building, with its —— as Trevi and Triton, can be intimidating and rather eerie heard and seen everywhere GUEST design. After this I walked to around the city, and large COLUMNIST the Luxembourg Palace, which obelisks reach for the clouds in the center squares. St. Peter’s Basilica was surrounded by the most extravagant and extensive garden I had ever proved to be as magnificent as porseen. Before that I visited the Opera Gartrayed, and even though it was full of nier, possibly the world’s most famous curious bystanders, it still housed an opera house, where decadent halls were aura of divinity. Walls and ceilings were covered in spectacular paintings and any filled with what resembled gold and crystal. My last stop in Paris was at the void in such was decorated with bronze Louvre, where I approached many great and stone statues. pieces of art including the “Mona Lisa.” The second stop on our 10-day trip As a class, we traveled to Istanbul, was in Venice, where canals and gondoTurkey, this past week to perform field las overpowered streets and cars in research on some of the Byzantine and quantity. The city was a maze with tall Ottoman Empire’s most prized crebuildings, none shorter than three stoations. Mosques towered above the city ries, surrounding you and leaving little in an immaculate fashion, which only remnants of a sky above. The food in added to the already dominating presVenice, as well as Rome, contained flaence of the Muslim religion. I was previvors and scents strong enough to make ously blind to the traditions of Islam but you forget about any home-cooked one could not help but feel strong admimeals, and desire a plate every minute. ration for the dedication shown by these Pizza and pasta proved its reputation faithful practitioners. legitimate even in the most unappealing After three weeks of little retreat from places and at any cost. the road or sky, I am back in Aegina, Paris was our last stop during our fall only to reminisce on my previous experibreak and it served well as our concluences and wonder when I will be able to sive host. Our first adventures took have them again. place at night, where I found myself sit-

LETTER JROTC cadets thankful for community support Smith-Cotton JROTC Tiger Battalion would like to thank all those who helped us with our Eighth Annual Raider Meet. Without their help, we would have been unable to have had such a successful meet. There are many people we would like to thank, including the 40 & 8 who donated the trophies, the restaurants that donated food items, the volunteers who gave up part of their weekend, and those who attended the awards ceremony, including Tony Gallagher, who said a few words to the teams on the excellent jobs they did. Overall, we would like to thank our community, because without our community’s help we would not have had the successful meet that we did on Oct. 6. JROTC enjoys helping our community because in the end they are the ones who help us. Our community helps JROTC with the fundraisers that our program does in order to help out our cadets; they also help us with our events, such as the Raider Meet and the Drill Meet that we will be having on Feb. 16. There is just so much that our community does for us. Without the support of our community we would not be the successful program that we are now. Smith-Cotton JROTC Tiger Battalion, Sedalia


by Scott Stantis


Sedalia Democrat coverage of the HealthyU program, including stories, columns, a food page and an editorial.