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Kate Tobias (left) of Kate’s Skin Care Studio and Dana Ryan of Plum Nail Boutique share a space at 92 South Hennepin Ave.

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Kate Tobias, 44, of Dixon, opened Kate’s Skin Care Studio at 92 S. Hennepin Ave. 2 years ago and Dana Ryan, 42, joined her in March, opening Plum Nail Boutique. Tobias focuses on skin treatment, customized facials and eyebrow work, while Ryan uses nontoxic polishes and focuses on all-natural nail care for her manicures and pedicures. She makes her own scrubs, butters, cuticle and massage oils and soaks in her Plum Spa Apothecary, using organic oils and other natural products. “It’s a cleaner, it’s a healthier beauty experience,” Ryan said.“It’s more mindful about what you’re putting on your body.” Neither woman pushes their products on their customers. “People really do appreciate that

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Crowe open the store to both fill a need – other running supply stores are at least an hour away – and because there is a strong running community here, a community she proudly counts herself among. Plus, she’s always wanted to run a business. “I love the running community. I think the camaraderie is amazing, and so I wanted to bring that to the area.” The focus on local doesn’t stop at the people who come through the door, it’s on the walls, too. The store decor is from Polo, Morrison, and Rock Falls.

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inifred Bird shared a gentle, yet powerful, message on a warm Saturday morning at the Franklin Creek State Natural Area on the edge of Franklin Grove. “Nature is so content and makes its own rules – untroubled and adaptive.” Bird, 38, was there hosting a nature writing workshop that took participants on an adventure to reflect and write about the physical and inspirational messages the earth has to offer. The petite writer, expecting her first child in July, is hopeful that people will become more aware of what is beyond their human communities by understanding the importance and magic of nature. As an accomplished journalist and translator, she now resides in Oregon after a decade of living in Japan. She has written on topics ranging from wildlife and agriculture to nuclear disaster and environmental issues for national and international publications. Continued on page 15

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Bird began the interactive workshop by having the group of five women read aloud from the “A Sand County Almanac,” written by Aldo Leopold in 1949. He is credited as one of the first ecologists of the conservation movement. A second reading by poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder set the tone for a discussion of the emotions spring elicits. The group was then encouraged to write about and share their personal connection with spring as an annual rebirth of nature. After a hike into the thriving forest, under a canopy of trees and a carpet of vegetation, the women sought solitude to write about their surroundings. Some chose a seat on a rocky cliff along a meandering stream, another at the edge of a pond, green with algae. The only sounds came from the rustling of leaves, streaming creek, scurrying of small animals in the undergrowth, insects and the flight and songs of birds. “When you’re not talking, you become more aware of nature,” Bird said. “Essential to writing is being able to focus and be in that moment. It is an opportunity to let go of being judgmental of yourself and getting in the right zone.”

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Go to winifredbird.com for more information on Winifred Bird. The event was presented by Franklin Creek Conservation Association. Go to franklincreekconservation.org or find it on Facebook for more information. The women regrouped appearing somewhat changed by the experience. Nancy Wadsworth, who lives in rural Dixon, defines herself as a free spirit. She had never participated in a writing workshop but wanted to take advantage of a beautiful day in a new way. She came away feeling rewarded by the experience. “Writing about nature is really off my radar,” she admitted. “But the whole experience led me to think about creation in a new way.” Another participant, Kate Gross of Franklin Grove, had a particularly interesting reaction. “I felt like my feet were rejoicing on the trail. Singing praise to the ground below,” she said. “Nature is so reassuring and brings balance to our lives.” For Bird, she accomplished her two-fold mission of encouraging a greater respect for nature and appreciating writing as a way to interpret a person’s physical surroundings.

Moreover, she has an impressive resume beyond her work for conservation causes. As a skilled translator, she is proficient in Japanese-to-English translations. Initially, she concentrated on translating academic texts, but has added translating fantasy fiction as an additional outlet for her skill. Bird also volunteers for Project Vital at Sauk Valley Community College – a program focused on adult literacy and mastering the English language. Her empathy for students resulted from her own experiences in Japan when she arrived knowing little Japanese. She had an important need to learn the language quickly so that she could integrate and communicate more effectively during her stay in the country. A skilled journalist, she has an appreciation for writing based on facts and research, avoiding political or activist bias. Going forward, she is looking forward to writing essays that will allow her to take more reflective and personal positions to advance environmental causes about which she is passionate. Bird aspires to share the joyfulness of nature with others and an understanding of the partnership people share with the earth. “We need to take care of the earth so it can take care of us.” s

Oregon-based environmental journalist Winifred Bird discusses a writing sample from famed environmental poet Gary Snyder during a free writing workshop on May 26 at Franklin Creek State Natural Area. She guided participants through several writing exercises and reviewed work from various great nature writers of the past.

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DIXON New director Mark Dempsey leads the Dixon Municipal Band on June 7 at its first concert of the season.

New director never dreamed he’d be leading the band Story By Lucinda Hall & Photos By Peter Balser For Dixon Living

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ark Dempsey, 35, has a whole new view of the Dixon Municipal Band. After nearly 2 decades of playing in the band, he is now the new director, facing the musicians with his baton in hand. “The band has been such a big part of my life, and I never dreamed I would someday be the director,” he said. Mark Bressler, director of the band until 2017, first approached Dempsey with the idea several years ago. Knowing he was going to eventually retire, Bressler wanted to leave the band in good hands. “It was humbling, but it really meant a lot that he wanted me to succeed him,” Dempsey said. It has been an interesting and rewarding journey for Dempsey, a Dixon native and music graduate from Bradley University in Peoria. He is also looking forward to beginning a new teaching career this fall as the band and

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Go to dixonmunicipalband.com or find the band on Facebook for more information and a complete schedule of the band’s remaining concerts. choir director for the Ashton-Franklin Center School District for grades five through 12. He started playing the trombone in fifth grade and never looked back. By the time he was in high school, he was already playing in the Dixon Municipal Band. And he’s not the only one. It’s in his DNA. His three siblings have also played in the band and his wife, Jessica, plays the baritone saxophone. The Dempseys are hopeful their daughter, Alorya, 5, will share their love of music. His favorite “happy place”? Where else? The Page Park bandshell on the shore of the Rock River for Thursday evening concerts in the summer.

“The atmosphere of being outside, performing for all our listeners in whatever weather we have is just amazing to me,” he said. “There are times I wish I could be sitting in a chair, relaxing and listening to the band. Looking out after our first song and just seeing all the support we have, from younger kids to older adults, is just an awesome sight to see.” As director, Dempsey is also the architect of each concert. He focuses on finding the right balance for each concert for both the audience and the band members. He is grateful for the support of music librarian Ruth Johnson, who is charged with finding and providing music for each performance – up to 500 pages per concert. Johnson also plays horn in the band.


Band members gather for rehearsals the Monday before each concert, tasked with learning nine to ten new pieces each week. A typical season will include 80 to 100 pieces of music. “The next week, we start all over again,” Dempsey said with a smile. “You don’t want to make it too difficult, but you also want to challenge the band,” he said. “You want to make certain to include music the listeners are familiar with, but also expand their knowledge of music they may not have heard before.” Members range from high school students to retired teachers and community members. “Anytime I have a high school student tell me they are having a great time and thank me for inviting them to play, it makes me happy to have given them these opportunities,” Dempsey reflected. Dempsey is very cognizant of the band’s role in the community and the need to reach out to the city and the community to assure funds are available to support the future of the band.

Fundraising will also be a key focus for the new director. “We are servants of the city, but we need the community’s help,” he said. “City funding for the band has been reduced, so we are actively looking for alternative, additional funding to make certain we can continue. We’re willing to step up to make certain the band continues and we’re interested in building lasting community partnerships to help us achieve that. It’s an investment in the community.” Dempsey believes he has a good team in place to help the band navigate the future challenges. Band announcer Don Johnson has been instrumental in heading up fundraising initiatives. Those efforts have included sponsorships available for businesses and individuals, as well as fundraisers. The band members also self-funded concert shirts this year with support from Nancy Burnett, who designed the logo and coordinated the

shirt purchase. Her brother, Don Burnett, supports the public relations and marketing efforts of the band. The team is rounded out by band manager Cathy James, who not only handles the accounting, but is the lead clarinetist. As its historian, James Higby has documented the band’s history from its start in the 1850s. Not surprising, Dempsey has a broad and diverse appreciation for music of all types. “I always love the patriotic concert on the Dixon Courthouse lawn,” he said. “That is always our best attended concert and the music is just so much fun to play.” His tastes in concerts, though, couldn’t be more diverse. “Beethoven is my favorite composer of classical music, but I am pretty open to all kinds of music,” he said. “My favorite two concerts were the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The other was seeing Metallica perform at the Iowa Speedway!” s

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Jessica Friday (right), a former Dixon police detective, recently took over as executive director for Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center, a role Shelly Brantley has held the past 6 years. Both women drew high praise from those who know them.

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ABOUT SHINING STAR Established in 2002, Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center’s multidisciplinary team interviews, assesses and provides individualized counseling, treatment and follow-through for victims of physical and sexual abuse, and their families. If you know of or suspect such abuse, you can call the center’s hotline at 800-252-2873. Shining Star also provides presentations and professional training to businesses, civic groups and organizations, and the center, in Commerce Towers in downtown Dixon, is available for guided group tours, by appointment. Find it on Facebook, go to shiningstarcac.com or call 815-284-1891 to donate, or to learn more. her husband, Chris, plan to open a coffee shop in Dixon sometime in the fall. Her last day was June 29. Her replacement comes with an impressive background of her own.

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Jessica Friday a former Dixon police detective, took over July 2 as executive director for Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center.

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Friday, 35, was on the force 12 years, the last 10 1/2 primarily handling investigations of crimes against children – which is how she became so familiar with, and passionate about, Shining Star, its mission and its impact on the community, she said. She also has been on Shining Star’s board for more than 2 years, and so has become as well-

versed in the nonprofit’s budget, programs and operations. Her focus will be on expanding the services the center offers, reaching out to the community and fundraising, she said. The former Jessica Baker and her husband, retired police officer Trenton Friday, have two children, ages 9 and 13. “Working in the field to fight child abuse is incredibly taxing on all team members,”

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Story By Gavin T. Jensen & Photos By Alex T. Paschal For Dixon Living Before opening Revive Boutique, self-proclaimed lover of fashion Jamie Shierry worked in the retail business for 10 years, honing her craft and sharing her love for fashion. “I love shopping, clothing and dressing people,” she said. It makes me feel good to help others feel and look good.”

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Salesperson Taylar James displays some of the outfits available at Revive.

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“I just couldn’t get away from the fashion world,” she said. Early last year, Shierry decided to open up a shop, and location was important. “I think this is a great location for a business,” she said. “I want to help grow the thriving, east side of Dixon.” In addition to her retail storefront, Shierry’s also embraced social media and online shopping. Customers can check out new arrivals and order merchandise on her Facebook page and the store’s website, and she’s created a First

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Dixon man rolls out the barrels to help young cancer patients Story By Gavin T. Jensen & Photos By Alex T. Paschal For Dixon Living

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he smell of smoke filled Dan Gascoigne’s garage as he stippled the side of a small barrel with his wood burner. “This is the first time a box is going to someone that I know,” Gascoigne said. At the request of a family friend, the 67-year-old retired carpenter was making another barrel for Beads of Courage, a nonprofit support program for children being treated for cancer. The program lets children choose a bright-colored bead every time they are treated, or hit a treatment milestone. Each color is significant – white for a round of chemotherapy, yellow for an admission to the hospital, silver for a blood draw, brown for hair loss, even glow in the dark for radiation treatment. A child can accumulate hundreds, even thousands, before treatment is over. And they need a special place to keep those keepsakes. That’s where Gascoigne and his handmade barrels comes in. Continued on page 29

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Izzy Doyle, now 2, was diagnosed with leukemia at 15 months. She has accumulated her fair share of beads while undergoing treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where Gascoigne sends his barrels. Izzy’s barrel is made of red oak, hand-turned on a wood lathe, dyed a leathery shade of brown and sealed with lacquer. The inside is waxed to seal in the odor from the finishing methods, the outside is decorated with handburned bands and hearts. Four years ago, the Chicago Woodturners Club was looking for volunteers to make the barrels, and Gascoigne jumped at the opportunity. His first barrels were small, and meant for two patients. When he was asked to build more, he discovered that one patient had to use two because of the sheer amount of beads she had accumulated.

Using a wood burner with a ball tip, Gascoigne stipples bands into the barrel. He also uses this technique to add patterns to the lid.

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Gascoigne uses a bird’s-mouth bit to angle off a bit of wood from each stave before joining them in a concentric pattern. He then glues and clamps them together before the barrel goes to the lathe to be smoothed out. Continued from page 29

“So I made them bigger,” Gascoigne said. Monday, he had a dozen barrels-in-progress lying around his garage, all in different stages. It

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“It’s my signature style.” When the Woodturners Club calls for more barrels, he’ll head right back to the garage and start the process all over again. “I do it because the kids need it.” s

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