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“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. ”

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Enjoy An Old Fashioned Fourth Of July Event Springfield’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration in the Midtown Historic District

Springfield, MO— The Midtown Neighborhood Association schedules a variety of events along with Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration throughout the year to promote and preserve the character and quality of living in the Midtown

Neighborhood. The Parade Celebration in Washington route will travel from Drury Park, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. parking lot north of Admission: Free and Central High School open to the public. on Benton Ave., go The 4th of July Celnorth on Benton ebration at Washington to Calhoun Street, Park will have free ice east on Calhoun to cream and water, hot Washington Avenue, dogs and hamburgers north on Washingavailable. The national ton to Locust Street, anthem will be sung, east on Locust to and trophies will be Norman Jackson Washington Park for awarded for best pathe celebration and music, 1600 rade entrants and they will have N. Summit. music provided by "The NorTime: Parade 10 a.m., man Jackson Band."

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LCL Call for Parade Entries for Annual ParkDay Events 10th Annual Park Day Parade: The annual Park Day Community Parade, coordinated by the Ladies Civic League, will take place at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 3 and will follow the same route as in the past. The

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Springfield, MO—Bring the whole family for this Independence Day celebration that includes a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, including a Springfield Cardinals baseball game and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. From 3 to 9 pm, patrons will be able to ice skate and play on inflatables from Amberg Entertainment in the Mediacom Ice Park, create art and crafts at The Creamery Arts Center, and

enjoy the hands-on activities of the Discovery Center. The Springfield Cardinals will host the Corpus Christi Hooks at 5:09 pm at Hammons Field and MDock Band will be the featured headliner after the game. The region’s largest fireworks show will begin at Hammons Field at 9:45 pm. Location: Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway St. Time: check website Admission: $7 in advance and

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Diamond, MO—The staff at and humanitarian is the first the George Washington Carver National Park dedicated to an National Monument, I wishes African American. Typically 700to invite you, your friends and 1200 visitors come to the park family, to the 70th Carver Day to honor Carver's legacy on this celebration at the day. park on July 13, 2013 The special from 10:00 a.m. to guest speaker for 3:00 p.m. this year is Dr. LinCarver Day da Edwards, whose celebrates not only 1981 biography the life and achieveGeorge Washingments of George ton Carver, ScienWashington Carver, tist and Symbol is a but also the estabmilestone in Carver lishment of the park scholarship. Dr. George W Carver on July 14, 1943, only Edwards conducted seven months after Carver's much of her research at the park death that same year. as well as at Tuskegee UniverThe birthplace of the dissity, and her work interprets tinguished scientist, educator the myths and facts surroundGeorge Washington Carver National Monument Diamond MO

70th Carver Day Celebration! Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.       

Exhibitors Music Performers Storytelling Guided Tours Education Programs Activities for Kids Food Concession Lem Sheppard Blues, Jazz and Folk Guitarist & Musician

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well throughout the day. Carver Day is also a time for kids to explore the park, and connect to the child who was born here about 150 years ago. There will be peanut milk demonstrations, guided tours, Junior Ranger Activities, and storytelling from the engaging Loretta Washington, and other activities for all ages. The Diamond Lions Club will be selling food concessions to benefit the park, the Carver Birthplace Association and Lions Club International. The celebration perfectly complements the National Park Service's A Call to Action strategic plan, which charts a path towards the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service. One action concept, "History Lesson" showcases the meaning of parks to new audiences and provides communities an opportunity to connect to their heritage, Carver Day celebrates the African American experience through speakers, storytelling, music and educational programs. In keeping with Carver's legacy of accessible and affordable education, Carver Day, like all our programs, is free of charge. Please come and celebrate Carver Day with us on July 13. We hope to see you at the park soon, and as always, thank you for your support!

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(The school is where Carver and many African Americans received an education.)

Storyteller Loretta Washington

ing this complex figure, and explores Carver as a remarkable and enduring symbol of black achievement in a racially divided America. A book signing will be held following her presentation. Additional speakers include Architectural Historian Deb Sheals and Architect Angie Geist Gaebler, who along with team members from Susan Richard Johnson and Associates, Inc, produced an intriguing study of the 1872 Neosho Colored School where Carver and scores of African Americans received an education. This study is helping the park and CBA in our efforts to preserve and restore this rare resource that speaks to the black struggle for an education, Carver Day always features gospel and roots music artists who celebrate Carver's love of music. This year marks the return of the Sensational Wonders from Kansas City, whose energetic performance always keeps the music tent swaying. Blues, jazz and folk music troubadour Lem Sheppard joins us as well. Lem has played with such blues greats as Taj Mahal and Albert Collins, and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Several choirs will perform as

The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road.

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continued from page 3 some youths may experience when they don’t have access to the latest technology. But it also provides a new way for kids to enjoy books, which we hope will encourage them to read through the summer to maintain and even improve their reading skills before fall. What’s more, the project will also furnish paper books for the clubs so kids who want to continue reading can check out the book from the club and read at home. ••• The Summer Reading Program is in full swing through Aug. 3, and it comes with lots of fun programs. Here are some programs for kids in K-grade 5 you won’t want to miss: • Entertainers Jay and Leslie of Laughing Matters will perform at 2 p.m. July 16 in the Library Station Frisco Room. • StarLab, a walk-through plan-

etarium, will have tours at 2 p.m. July 23 in the Library Station Frisco Room. • Dinosaur O’Dell, musician and storyteller, will perform at 2 p.m. July 24 in the Brentwood Branch; and 1 and 2 p.m. July 25 at the Library Center. • KY3 anchor Paul Adler will read to kids at 10 a.m. July 29 at Midtown Carnegie Branch. ••• Mark your calendars! The Friends of the Library received an unexpected bounty of specialized books, so the group plans a one-time, Friends Summer Cookbook Sale on Aug. 9 and 10 at the Library Center. More than 2,000 books donated from a private collection will be priced at $1, $3 and individually priced. Proceeds will benefit the Brentwood Branch Renovation Project. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

Oprah Donates $12 Million to New Smithsonian Black History Museum Washington DC—Television mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Her gift is the museum’s largest donation to date, and to honor her generous donation, a 350-seat theater at the museum will be named after her as the "Oprah Winfrey Theater". The museum, which will display more than 22,000 objects of significance to Black history, began construction in early 2012 on a five-acre site right next to the Washington Monument. Half of the $500 million project is be-

ing funded by the federal government, and has so far received another $140 million in private funds. It is expected to open in the year 2015. Winfrey commented, "I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole. I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come."

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Health & Mental Fitness Step Up. Stand Up. Speak Up by Starr Kohler, CEO SWMO Office of Aging Sometimes, on the most important issues of all, we get all quiet. Are any of you like me? When I have to say something to someone who appears to be important and busy-even if it's just through the phone-the little girl in me peeps around the comer, all timid. I can find a bunch of reasons for staying behind that comer and not doing the things that make me uncomfortable. The choice is plain. I can walk away from the situation as a timid little girl, or I can step up, stand up, and speak Up. And the surprise is, when I choose to step up, stand up, and speak Up-something in me gets stronger, healthier. Learning how to better represent ourselves and others is a way to keep growing. I like motivator John Maxwell's tree analogy on aging: "We must keep growing. There is no such thing as a fullgrown tree. The day a tree stops growing is the day it is alive no more.~~ We have some tough stands to make right now, and in coming days. Our nation has too much debt and needs to go on a "Biggest Loser" diet. But the intelligent way to lose weight is to get rid of all the foods and activities that get in the way of healthiness. It doesn 't make sense to get rid of the foods and activities that help you win the battle. The work we do through the

nation's Older and speak up ...even if it's hard Americans Act helps the nation for you? Will you call your and State of Missouri achieve Congressmen and tell them to leanness—we're not extra invest in the Area Agencies on weight be starved out. We work Aging-for in-home meals, senior to keep Seniors center outreach, health\. indeone-on-one Call: Senator Blunt pendent, and out assistance, and (202) 224-5721 of nursing homes guidance to help Representative Long for as long as Seniors? YOU (202) 225-5636 safely possible-so can choose to be Senator McCaskill that tax-payers strong and to be (202) 224-6154 and government counted. programs don't We're here, have to pay $4,000+ every making bold choices for you. month for nursing home care. When you step up alongside ... Multiply that benefit by millions it feels good to know there are of Seniors across the nation! friends around for us, too. Yet, when all the federal and Call your U.S. National state cuts are being made, Area Senators and Representative as Agency services are thrown in well as your Missouri Senators the hopper with everything else and Representatives and tell to '*Chop!" And, sadly, the less them funding for Area Agency service we are able to offer, the senior programs is a bargain for more it costs everybody-and the the buck! Their phone numbers fewer options there are for indeare listed on the following page,. pendence. Will you step up, stand up, for your convenience.

Grant From Dollar General Provides eReader Technology by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District About 240 youths attending the Boys & Girls Clubs this summer are learning some new technology they may not have at home, thanks to a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The $2,500 grant will fund six e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared to ‘tween and teen reading tastes. The devices will be rotated among the three Boys & Girls Clubs through July. A library outreach assistant will teach groups of the kids on how to use the e-readers, and at the same time involve the kids in book discussions about the titles they’re reading on the electronic devices. Clever idea? We think so. These one-on-one lessons could help bridge the technology gap that continued on page 11

Free Counseling Opportunities for Seniors In September 2011 Burrell Behavioral Health and Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, received a two-year grant from Missouri Foundation of Health. Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri. It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. The grant, titled Senior Connections, is intended to reduce stigma in the older adult population regarding mental

health services. In addition, the grant provides for education, individual therapy, and group therapy for older adults. Individual counseling is available at four senior centers: Bolivar, Forsyth, Ozark, and South Side in Springfield. Counseling is free of charge and confidential. Seniors can be seen for a variety of issues including grief, later life adjustment issues, depression, and anxiety. If you would like to make an appointment for a confidential visit(s), please call Pam Stoelzel at (417) 761-5725.

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Bishop Elect Dr. Wilbourn & Wife will be Honored For Seven Years of Service Springfield, MO—Holy Ground Ministries will be honoring their Pastor, Bishop-Elect Dr. Marshawn Wilbourn, Sr. and LadyElect Donna Wilbourn on July 12 through July 14. The celebration will begin on July 12 with a semi-formal and formal Inauguration Banquet which will be held at the Double Tree Hotel, 2431 N Glenstone Ave., at 7pm. The event will commemorate their seven years of service as pastors. Also scheduled, pastor Wilbourn is being consecrated as Bishop under the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship by Presiding

Prelate, Bishop Bernard Williams of Killeen, Texas. They will also be saluting his accomplishment in graduating on June 8, 2013, with a conferred Doctorate Degree in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. The cost for the banquet is $20 for a single ticket and $30 for couples. On Saturday, July 13 at 3 pm at Holy Ground Ministries' new location there will be a consecration service for Bishop-Elect Dr. Marshawn C. Wilbourn, Sr. On Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm at Holy Ground Ministries a cel-

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live. There was also a lot of buzz about the elongated action scene at the end... hmmm I think that is a personal decision based on how the air is working in your theatre and how comfortable you are feeling. I'm teasing of course! I had a personal catharsis at a few points in the movie when there was language that Superman is the hope of the world and it bordered on him being the saviour of mankind. Well the parallels are obvious

but perhaps a bit unsettling. Now that I have covered all of that let me say that it is a fun flick and has wonderful effects and if you don't tell I won't tell that Henry Carill i.e. Clark Kent and as you discover his real name is Kal-El is from the United Kingdom which means Superman is not American. So if you want to believe in the power of good over evil and get inspired all over again plus support the summer blockbuster season then check out the Man of Steel! 90 out of 100

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Daily Planet. I am always a little curious why the big hero blockbuster movies don't really haven a diverse cast and apparently not a lot of diversity on the other planets like Krypton. But I think diverse people need rescue as well by superheros... just my two cents for the day. Superman purists shared with me some concerns over the moral and ethical dilemmas

of the actions of the famous superhero. I don't want to give away the highlights but it is an important aspect of the film. Superman historically does not kill... do I need to say more..... he turns people over to the authorities but the Man of Steel does the unthinkable so let me know what you think about it. The movie is also interesting because it depicts life on the planet Krypton which of course does not seem like a place that we Earthlings would like to

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watching to do and it was on the warm side so my party opted for the air. We were greeted more than warmly and had our pic of seats. I have to admit the specials will call me back and the more I pay attention to menus here, there and everywhere I appreciate more and more the great pricing that we take for granted in the Ozarks. In this case the drink specials were too cheap to mention and they have a different feature each night. The menu had a decent selection of all the typical favorites such as chicken parmigana, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti, salads, subs and great pizza selections including a few house favorites. We got pepperoni pizza, eggplant and chicken parmesan and a great steak and cheese sub. Not only were the dishes very well prepared but arrived in a timely basis and we took food home and did not break the bank. The portions were ample and the chicken and eggplant were also available in sandwich selections as well. We all felt our selections were tasty; I had gotten a side Caesar

which was average at best but it was a Caesar. I notice that in many places the chicken parm sometimes can be a little dry or maybe I like a lot of sauce. It could have used a little more sauce but I convinced myself that I didn't need the extra calories and that I had enough marinara sauce so it sufficed. The eggplant, sub and pepperoni pizza were on the tasty side. No complaints from us. The restaurant was not crowded as it was Monday night and that is not the eat out night in the suburbs Because I noticed a lot of wait staff I concluded that they were either busier earlier or they were not too worried about their labor costs but it worked fine for us as our waters were frequently replenished and we were offered beverage refills often. Now don't get me confused this was not a gourmet meal but it was good Italian comfort food that hits the spot and there were plenty other entrees on the menu that would do the same. It was actually a nice change to get out of the chain spots and taste the cuisine of local folks and this was good and filling plus the Sicilian edge was nice as well.

In a comedy of errors when we left the waitress had to run out to the car to bring sunglasses to one of our group and we thanked her... well... don't leave yet... I wasn't driving so I decided to leave my keys and she ran out again and held up a set of keys which indeed were

mine. She was a really good sport about it and this time we profusely thanked her and were glad we had done our part on the tip department. So just for that alone I have to go back and support Rocco's. On the slap your pappy scale... 3 and 1/2 slaps

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “Man Of Steel—Still Going Strong!” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

fact the popular rating sites give it a collective thumbs down Of course it is another one of those Greetings everyone.... sumafter the world is over .....I am mer is here and with it all of the always curious as to why we are blockbuster movies that go with so interested in what is going it. For ardent movie fans this to happen after the world blows is the favorite time of the year... up....of course I have my theowarm weather... sultry nights ries but I don't need to share and a lot of big action them here. The film on the silver screen! is also CGI on steroids Who could ask for anywhich of course is thing more?! the use of computer Speaking of blockbustgraphics for almost ers and I really don't everything except Will have anything against Smith and his son. I Brother Will Smith but need personally some Lyle Foster After Earth if you want more folks in my movto see it you may want ies... as in the kind with to wait for the dollar show (yes, blood and guts. I know there are no more dolNow on to the Man of lar shows but the bargain movSteel... well we all grew up with ies!) This movie received one Superman and he has shown of the lowest opening weekend up in several different versions box office receipts for a Will over the years sometimes we Smith starred film. Of course like him and sometimes we this one is in many ways the are not so sure. Not surprissuper debut of his son in a title ingly comic series like these role which does not necessarily want to try to do pull off the speak to his future but many prequel which asks the quesfans have given this effort the tion where did the superhero thumbs down in a big way. In come from? So without giving

the full story away we get to see where Superman was born and meet the parents... how cool is that? Well that will be your decision if you get to see this flick. Another interesting feature of this Superman installment was the glimpse into his boyhood in Smallville, Kansas. With us living in the show me state sometimes its pretty fun to hear a neighboring state referenced in a blockbuster film and there is certainly a significant part of us that can relate to the life2013 Warner Brothers style depicted. I personally liked the family life scenes and some of the struggle his parents faced with how to raise a kid as normal as possible who just happened to posess superhuman strength. Now of course we all recognize that at the heart of the

Superman as well as the superhero concept is the eternal struggle of good versus evil and which will win and which humankind will choose? And for the citizens of Earth when confronted with the reality that there is life on other planets at least as far as this movie goes...we have to confront our greatest fears. The Warner Brothers produced film is directed by Zach Snyder stars Henry Carill as the man of steel. Amy Adams is the Lois Lane with Michael Shannon as General Zod. Kevin Costner .... who was great as Superman's dad and Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne as the well known and frustrated Perry White the editor in chief of the continued on page 9

Food Review: Rocco’s— Sicilian Style Cooking by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Well friends and family we are branching out in this column ...we are going to the suburbs... yes there are some restaurants and fun eating places surrounding our fair city of Springfield. And we have a lot of readers and friends who live and work and hang out in the burbs so

we are going to mix it up a bit. It's also summer and we branch out a bit and hopefully try some new places. I checked out a place in Republic a few nights ago called Rocco's and they advertise the Sicilian style cooking so you know that is authentic Italian from the old school. I like Italian; in many ways it is one of my favorite cuisines next of course to good old Southern

home style Soul food cooking. I got hungry just typing that! The location on Route 60 in Republic is fairly convenient and provides for easy access. It is not fancy but that is a part of the charm if you will of the restaurant and sometimes it is just fun and enjoyable to be in a local place where you can take in the local flavor...well at least as long as it is not creepy...lol.

Locations are also in Nixa and Lebanon so we have the suburbs covered in three directions. The ambience is ample...pictures of some old world Italian scenes and comfortable seating...the location in Republic had some outdoor seating but Route 60 is not the most scenic spot and there are no folks on the sidewalk so no people continued on page 9

KCMO Freedom School Name Faulkner Executive Director Kansas City—Rev. Darren plans and policies in the areas Faulkner has been appointed of non-profit management, fiscal Executive Director and CEO of responsibility, fundraising and metropolitan area. the oversight of siteSchool Initiative based operations and (KCFSI). The KCFSI management. In his is a program of the previous capacity as innational Children's terim Director, he had Defense Fund. similar responsibilities, KCFSI currently opbut also developed and erates six sites in the introduced new prometropolitan area. grams for the sites. Rev. Faulkner's Under Faulkner's duties and respondirection, the Kansas Rev. Darren Faulkner sibilities include City Freedom Schools working with the board Initiative recently inof Directors and staff to estabtroduced a Saturday Reading lish long-range goals, strategies, Academy for children in grades

K through 3rd and will start the Initiative's 18th year of Summer youth programming on June 17, at six Kansas City, MO sites. In addition to offering core reading, literacy, math and leadership programs to students residing in the KCMO School District, Rev. Faulkner and his staff will undertake a new "Kindergarten Readiness Boot Camp" program for children ages 4 and 5, with no previous preschool experience to prepare them for the 2013-2014 school year. "Our overall goal is to acquaint and prepare 4 and 5 year olds for the classroom environ-

ment, teachers, and social and academic expectations before entering kindergarten," states Faulkner: adding, "In addition to the established Freedom School activities that promote self-esteem, social-emotional and interpersonal skills, the PreK program will focus on developing reading numeric and literacy skills." Faulkner has worked with KCFSI since 2007 and holds a B.A. degree in Criminology from Drury University and a degree in Divinity from Alameda University School of Theology. Reprinted from the KC Call.

Experience Watercolor USA 2013 At The Springfield Art Museum Springfield, MO—Watercolor U.S.A. 2013 opened at the Springfield Art Museum on June 7, 2013. The exhibit continues through September 1, 2013 and is located in the Eldredge, Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries This is the 52nd exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A., a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. Featuring some of the country's best known artists and jurors, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. Approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event attracts thousands of visitors annually to the Museum and to Springfield to view the work of exhibitors. A catalogue of the exhibition is available.

The exhibition drew 442 entries by 244 artists from 37 states. Fifty-seven works by 46 artists were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Twenty-one states are represented in the exhibition. Ten artists from Missouri were selected for the exhibition including Kent Addison, Marilynne Bradley, Larry Carver, Karen Deeds, David Lakish, Kay Melton, and Sandra Shaffer; Springfield artists include Sharon Harper, Karla Breeding Trammell and Sharon Warren. The Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Drive is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00 Thursday: 9:00 – 8:00, Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 Closed: Monday, Call: 417-837-5700 Admission is Free.

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Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.890.8501 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.837.2619 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Creative Summer Marketing Ideas by Rieva Lesonsky, Community Administrator SBA.com Summer is here and it’s time to take to the streets. In the summer, your customers feel festive and spend more time outdoors. So, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get creative with your marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to try. Take part in a community event. Summer in most towns is packed with fun runs, street fairs, music festivals, outdoor movie nights, concerts in the park…you get the idea. Contact your chamber of commerce and your city’s parks and rec-

reation department to find out what events are planned for the upcoming few months. Decide which events are likely to attract your target customers, whether that’s health-minded seniors, parents with toddlers in tow or Millennial music fans. Once you’ve chosen some events with potential, you could: · Sponsor the event in return for your name on flyers, programs or banners at the event · Host a booth at the event and give out free samples or sell your product. (Be sure to collect contact information with a signup sheet or fishbowl to collect business cards). · Donate product to the event (a

health food store could donate healthy snacks for refreshments at a fun run, for example) Host an event for your customers. Get creative with a barbecue or beach party for your best clients and prospects. Or consider springing for something more adventurous like a Duffy boat rental or a wine tasting afternoon at a local winery. This can be a way to reward your best customers, learn more about their needs and provide them with networking opportunities that will lead to more referrals and more business. You don’t have to be a B2B business to make this work. If you continue on page 7

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own a retail store or restaurant, host a summer-themed event for your most loyal customers, like a special shopping night where they get to shop after the store is closed, or a special five-course dinner and wine tasting on a night your restaurant is usually not open. Join with other business owners. If your business is in an area with lots of foot traffic, consider joining with the other business owners to hold a sidewalk sale or other outdoor event. Get with your chamber of commerce and plan how local businesses can attract foot traffic to the area. This could include: · Having a sidewalk sale where each store puts specials out on

Terminology

continued from page 6 ponents of a monthly mortgage payment. PITI: Principal, Interest, Taxes and Insurance. Acronym used when a monthly mortgage payment includes principal, interest,

Decoding Mortgage Industries Terminology mate is based. APR: Annual Percentage Rate. The actual effective rate of interest charged on a loan When I purchased expressed on a yearly my first home nearly basis. (Differs from 20 years ago, I soon simple interest which discovered that those is calculated on princiemployed in the real pal only). estate and mortgage inClosing: The final dustries communicated step of a real estate in a jargon loaded with transaction in which acronyms and obscure Kim Jones title transfer and loan terminology. Some were self-explanatory, but others documents are signed. Closing Costs: Expenses required further investigation. In an effort to assist anyone who incurred in the purchase and sale of real property paid at the may now find themselves in my time of closing (ie: appraisal fee, old shoes, I have compiled a recording fees, commission, short list of the more commonly etc). used terms. Conventional Loan: A Appraisal Report: A writmortgage loan that does not ten evaluation or estimate of involve a government insured property value by a qualified program (ie: FHA, VA). professional (appraiser) which FHA Loan Program: A includes data on which the estiby Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

loan which is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (a government agency) most often used for first-time homebuyers. Homeowner’s Insurance: Insurance which protects the home and its contents against a variety of hazards. HUD: Housing and Urban Development. An agency of the federal government responsible for housing programs and laws. Interest Rate: The percentage of a loan amount which is charged for its use for a specific period of time. MHDC: Missouri Housing Development Commission. Also referred to as Bond Money. An affordable housing loan program for qualified first-time homebuyers. P & I: Principal and Interest. These are the major com-

the sidewalk and offers deals to draw customers inside the store as well · Hosting a “stroll and savor” event where local eateries sell small samples of their menu items outside on the sidewalk · Hosting a music night where local musicians play inside restaurants or shops and “busk” out on the sidewalk to attract passersby There are many other ideas, from closing off the street to cars and hosting an arts fair or classic car show, that can bring foot traffic into your shopping area. Brainstorm with other business owners to generate the best strategies for your area, and work with your city to be sure you get all the appropriate permits. How will you market creatively this summer? taxes and insurance. PMI: Private Mortgage Insurance. A form of insurance coverage required by the lender to be paid by the borrower on high loan-to-value loans. The coverage protects the lender in case the borrower defaults on the loan.

African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Missouri Jurisdiction PHA Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 8804 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878

American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359

Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809

Art Kanes Archive 1958

A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance

Marketing Ideas

A Call For Springfield Missouri Retired & Present Musicians

Springfield, MO—I have been wanting to recreate Art Kanes historic photograph of "A Great Day In Harlem 1958," with Springfield musicians for several years now. With each year that I let this project pass, so does one of our musicians. On July 20 at the amphitheater in Phelps Grove Park at 12:00 noon, I will recreate this historic photo with Springfield's own!. If you are a musician here in Springfield, and would like to participate in this photograph, shine up your spats or lace up your corsets & show up. I am especially looking for the musicians that helped shape live music in the Springfield area as far back as I can get them, up to the present date. For more info contact: stspencer55@gmail.com

Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.890.8501 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.837.2619 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Creative Summer Marketing Ideas by Rieva Lesonsky, Community Administrator SBA.com Summer is here and it’s time to take to the streets. In the summer, your customers feel festive and spend more time outdoors. So, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get creative with your marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to try. Take part in a community event. Summer in most towns is packed with fun runs, street fairs, music festivals, outdoor movie nights, concerts in the park…you get the idea. Contact your chamber of commerce and your city’s parks and rec-

reation department to find out what events are planned for the upcoming few months. Decide which events are likely to attract your target customers, whether that’s health-minded seniors, parents with toddlers in tow or Millennial music fans. Once you’ve chosen some events with potential, you could: · Sponsor the event in return for your name on flyers, programs or banners at the event · Host a booth at the event and give out free samples or sell your product. (Be sure to collect contact information with a signup sheet or fishbowl to collect business cards). · Donate product to the event (a

health food store could donate healthy snacks for refreshments at a fun run, for example) Host an event for your customers. Get creative with a barbecue or beach party for your best clients and prospects. Or consider springing for something more adventurous like a Duffy boat rental or a wine tasting afternoon at a local winery. This can be a way to reward your best customers, learn more about their needs and provide them with networking opportunities that will lead to more referrals and more business. You don’t have to be a B2B business to make this work. If you continue on page 7

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own a retail store or restaurant, host a summer-themed event for your most loyal customers, like a special shopping night where they get to shop after the store is closed, or a special five-course dinner and wine tasting on a night your restaurant is usually not open. Join with other business owners. If your business is in an area with lots of foot traffic, consider joining with the other business owners to hold a sidewalk sale or other outdoor event. Get with your chamber of commerce and plan how local businesses can attract foot traffic to the area. This could include: · Having a sidewalk sale where each store puts specials out on

Terminology

continued from page 6 ponents of a monthly mortgage payment. PITI: Principal, Interest, Taxes and Insurance. Acronym used when a monthly mortgage payment includes principal, interest,

Decoding Mortgage Industries Terminology mate is based. APR: Annual Percentage Rate. The actual effective rate of interest charged on a loan When I purchased expressed on a yearly my first home nearly basis. (Differs from 20 years ago, I soon simple interest which discovered that those is calculated on princiemployed in the real pal only). estate and mortgage inClosing: The final dustries communicated step of a real estate in a jargon loaded with transaction in which acronyms and obscure Kim Jones title transfer and loan terminology. Some were self-explanatory, but others documents are signed. Closing Costs: Expenses required further investigation. In an effort to assist anyone who incurred in the purchase and sale of real property paid at the may now find themselves in my time of closing (ie: appraisal fee, old shoes, I have compiled a recording fees, commission, short list of the more commonly etc). used terms. Conventional Loan: A Appraisal Report: A writmortgage loan that does not ten evaluation or estimate of involve a government insured property value by a qualified program (ie: FHA, VA). professional (appraiser) which FHA Loan Program: A includes data on which the estiby Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

loan which is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (a government agency) most often used for first-time homebuyers. Homeowner’s Insurance: Insurance which protects the home and its contents against a variety of hazards. HUD: Housing and Urban Development. An agency of the federal government responsible for housing programs and laws. Interest Rate: The percentage of a loan amount which is charged for its use for a specific period of time. MHDC: Missouri Housing Development Commission. Also referred to as Bond Money. An affordable housing loan program for qualified first-time homebuyers. P & I: Principal and Interest. These are the major com-

the sidewalk and offers deals to draw customers inside the store as well · Hosting a “stroll and savor” event where local eateries sell small samples of their menu items outside on the sidewalk · Hosting a music night where local musicians play inside restaurants or shops and “busk” out on the sidewalk to attract passersby There are many other ideas, from closing off the street to cars and hosting an arts fair or classic car show, that can bring foot traffic into your shopping area. Brainstorm with other business owners to generate the best strategies for your area, and work with your city to be sure you get all the appropriate permits. How will you market creatively this summer? taxes and insurance. PMI: Private Mortgage Insurance. A form of insurance coverage required by the lender to be paid by the borrower on high loan-to-value loans. The coverage protects the lender in case the borrower defaults on the loan.

African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Missouri Jurisdiction PHA Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 8804 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878

American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359

Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809

Art Kanes Archive 1958

A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance

Marketing Ideas

A Call For Springfield Missouri Retired & Present Musicians

Springfield, MO—I have been wanting to recreate Art Kanes historic photograph of "A Great Day In Harlem 1958," with Springfield musicians for several years now. With each year that I let this project pass, so does one of our musicians. On July 20 at the amphitheater in Phelps Grove Park at 12:00 noon, I will recreate this historic photo with Springfield's own!. If you are a musician here in Springfield, and would like to participate in this photograph, shine up your spats or lace up your corsets & show up. I am especially looking for the musicians that helped shape live music in the Springfield area as far back as I can get them, up to the present date. For more info contact: stspencer55@gmail.com

Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “Man Of Steel—Still Going Strong!” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

fact the popular rating sites give it a collective thumbs down Of course it is another one of those Greetings everyone.... sumafter the world is over .....I am mer is here and with it all of the always curious as to why we are blockbuster movies that go with so interested in what is going it. For ardent movie fans this to happen after the world blows is the favorite time of the year... up....of course I have my theowarm weather... sultry nights ries but I don't need to share and a lot of big action them here. The film on the silver screen! is also CGI on steroids Who could ask for anywhich of course is thing more?! the use of computer Speaking of blockbustgraphics for almost ers and I really don't everything except Will have anything against Smith and his son. I Brother Will Smith but need personally some Lyle Foster After Earth if you want more folks in my movto see it you may want ies... as in the kind with to wait for the dollar show (yes, blood and guts. I know there are no more dolNow on to the Man of lar shows but the bargain movSteel... well we all grew up with ies!) This movie received one Superman and he has shown of the lowest opening weekend up in several different versions box office receipts for a Will over the years sometimes we Smith starred film. Of course like him and sometimes we this one is in many ways the are not so sure. Not surprissuper debut of his son in a title ingly comic series like these role which does not necessarily want to try to do pull off the speak to his future but many prequel which asks the quesfans have given this effort the tion where did the superhero thumbs down in a big way. In come from? So without giving

the full story away we get to see where Superman was born and meet the parents... how cool is that? Well that will be your decision if you get to see this flick. Another interesting feature of this Superman installment was the glimpse into his boyhood in Smallville, Kansas. With us living in the show me state sometimes its pretty fun to hear a neighboring state referenced in a blockbuster film and there is certainly a significant part of us that can relate to the life2013 Warner Brothers style depicted. I personally liked the family life scenes and some of the struggle his parents faced with how to raise a kid as normal as possible who just happened to posess superhuman strength. Now of course we all recognize that at the heart of the

Superman as well as the superhero concept is the eternal struggle of good versus evil and which will win and which humankind will choose? And for the citizens of Earth when confronted with the reality that there is life on other planets at least as far as this movie goes...we have to confront our greatest fears. The Warner Brothers produced film is directed by Zach Snyder stars Henry Carill as the man of steel. Amy Adams is the Lois Lane with Michael Shannon as General Zod. Kevin Costner .... who was great as Superman's dad and Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne as the well known and frustrated Perry White the editor in chief of the continued on page 9

Food Review: Rocco’s— Sicilian Style Cooking by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Well friends and family we are branching out in this column ...we are going to the suburbs... yes there are some restaurants and fun eating places surrounding our fair city of Springfield. And we have a lot of readers and friends who live and work and hang out in the burbs so

we are going to mix it up a bit. It's also summer and we branch out a bit and hopefully try some new places. I checked out a place in Republic a few nights ago called Rocco's and they advertise the Sicilian style cooking so you know that is authentic Italian from the old school. I like Italian; in many ways it is one of my favorite cuisines next of course to good old Southern

home style Soul food cooking. I got hungry just typing that! The location on Route 60 in Republic is fairly convenient and provides for easy access. It is not fancy but that is a part of the charm if you will of the restaurant and sometimes it is just fun and enjoyable to be in a local place where you can take in the local flavor...well at least as long as it is not creepy...lol.

Locations are also in Nixa and Lebanon so we have the suburbs covered in three directions. The ambience is ample...pictures of some old world Italian scenes and comfortable seating...the location in Republic had some outdoor seating but Route 60 is not the most scenic spot and there are no folks on the sidewalk so no people continued on page 9

KCMO Freedom School Name Faulkner Executive Director Kansas City—Rev. Darren plans and policies in the areas Faulkner has been appointed of non-profit management, fiscal Executive Director and CEO of responsibility, fundraising and metropolitan area. the oversight of siteSchool Initiative based operations and (KCFSI). The KCFSI management. In his is a program of the previous capacity as innational Children's terim Director, he had Defense Fund. similar responsibilities, KCFSI currently opbut also developed and erates six sites in the introduced new prometropolitan area. grams for the sites. Rev. Faulkner's Under Faulkner's duties and respondirection, the Kansas Rev. Darren Faulkner sibilities include City Freedom Schools working with the board Initiative recently inof Directors and staff to estabtroduced a Saturday Reading lish long-range goals, strategies, Academy for children in grades

K through 3rd and will start the Initiative's 18th year of Summer youth programming on June 17, at six Kansas City, MO sites. In addition to offering core reading, literacy, math and leadership programs to students residing in the KCMO School District, Rev. Faulkner and his staff will undertake a new "Kindergarten Readiness Boot Camp" program for children ages 4 and 5, with no previous preschool experience to prepare them for the 2013-2014 school year. "Our overall goal is to acquaint and prepare 4 and 5 year olds for the classroom environ-

ment, teachers, and social and academic expectations before entering kindergarten," states Faulkner: adding, "In addition to the established Freedom School activities that promote self-esteem, social-emotional and interpersonal skills, the PreK program will focus on developing reading numeric and literacy skills." Faulkner has worked with KCFSI since 2007 and holds a B.A. degree in Criminology from Drury University and a degree in Divinity from Alameda University School of Theology. Reprinted from the KC Call.

Experience Watercolor USA 2013 At The Springfield Art Museum Springfield, MO—Watercolor U.S.A. 2013 opened at the Springfield Art Museum on June 7, 2013. The exhibit continues through September 1, 2013 and is located in the Eldredge, Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries This is the 52nd exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A., a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. Featuring some of the country's best known artists and jurors, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. Approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event attracts thousands of visitors annually to the Museum and to Springfield to view the work of exhibitors. A catalogue of the exhibition is available.

The exhibition drew 442 entries by 244 artists from 37 states. Fifty-seven works by 46 artists were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Twenty-one states are represented in the exhibition. Ten artists from Missouri were selected for the exhibition including Kent Addison, Marilynne Bradley, Larry Carver, Karen Deeds, David Lakish, Kay Melton, and Sandra Shaffer; Springfield artists include Sharon Harper, Karla Breeding Trammell and Sharon Warren. The Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Drive is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00 Thursday: 9:00 – 8:00, Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 Closed: Monday, Call: 417-837-5700 Admission is Free.

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Bishop Elect Dr. Wilbourn & Wife will be Honored For Seven Years of Service Springfield, MO—Holy Ground Ministries will be honoring their Pastor, Bishop-Elect Dr. Marshawn Wilbourn, Sr. and LadyElect Donna Wilbourn on July 12 through July 14. The celebration will begin on July 12 with a semi-formal and formal Inauguration Banquet which will be held at the Double Tree Hotel, 2431 N Glenstone Ave., at 7pm. The event will commemorate their seven years of service as pastors. Also scheduled, pastor Wilbourn is being consecrated as Bishop under the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship by Presiding

Prelate, Bishop Bernard Williams of Killeen, Texas. They will also be saluting his accomplishment in graduating on June 8, 2013, with a conferred Doctorate Degree in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. The cost for the banquet is $20 for a single ticket and $30 for couples. On Saturday, July 13 at 3 pm at Holy Ground Ministries' new location there will be a consecration service for Bishop-Elect Dr. Marshawn C. Wilbourn, Sr. On Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm at Holy Ground Ministries a cel-

ebration honoring their Pastor and Lady-Elect for seven years of faithful service. All festivities and services for July 13 and 14 will be held at Holy Ground Ministries' new location which is 2722 West Mt. Vernon. Dinner will be served each night. Everyone is welcome.

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live. There was also a lot of buzz about the elongated action scene at the end... hmmm I think that is a personal decision based on how the air is working in your theatre and how comfortable you are feeling. I'm teasing of course! I had a personal catharsis at a few points in the movie when there was language that Superman is the hope of the world and it bordered on him being the saviour of mankind. Well the parallels are obvious

but perhaps a bit unsettling. Now that I have covered all of that let me say that it is a fun flick and has wonderful effects and if you don't tell I won't tell that Henry Carill i.e. Clark Kent and as you discover his real name is Kal-El is from the United Kingdom which means Superman is not American. So if you want to believe in the power of good over evil and get inspired all over again plus support the summer blockbuster season then check out the Man of Steel! 90 out of 100

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Daily Planet. I am always a little curious why the big hero blockbuster movies don't really haven a diverse cast and apparently not a lot of diversity on the other planets like Krypton. But I think diverse people need rescue as well by superheros... just my two cents for the day. Superman purists shared with me some concerns over the moral and ethical dilemmas

of the actions of the famous superhero. I don't want to give away the highlights but it is an important aspect of the film. Superman historically does not kill... do I need to say more..... he turns people over to the authorities but the Man of Steel does the unthinkable so let me know what you think about it. The movie is also interesting because it depicts life on the planet Krypton which of course does not seem like a place that we Earthlings would like to

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watching to do and it was on the warm side so my party opted for the air. We were greeted more than warmly and had our pic of seats. I have to admit the specials will call me back and the more I pay attention to menus here, there and everywhere I appreciate more and more the great pricing that we take for granted in the Ozarks. In this case the drink specials were too cheap to mention and they have a different feature each night. The menu had a decent selection of all the typical favorites such as chicken parmigana, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti, salads, subs and great pizza selections including a few house favorites. We got pepperoni pizza, eggplant and chicken parmesan and a great steak and cheese sub. Not only were the dishes very well prepared but arrived in a timely basis and we took food home and did not break the bank. The portions were ample and the chicken and eggplant were also available in sandwich selections as well. We all felt our selections were tasty; I had gotten a side Caesar

which was average at best but it was a Caesar. I notice that in many places the chicken parm sometimes can be a little dry or maybe I like a lot of sauce. It could have used a little more sauce but I convinced myself that I didn't need the extra calories and that I had enough marinara sauce so it sufficed. The eggplant, sub and pepperoni pizza were on the tasty side. No complaints from us. The restaurant was not crowded as it was Monday night and that is not the eat out night in the suburbs Because I noticed a lot of wait staff I concluded that they were either busier earlier or they were not too worried about their labor costs but it worked fine for us as our waters were frequently replenished and we were offered beverage refills often. Now don't get me confused this was not a gourmet meal but it was good Italian comfort food that hits the spot and there were plenty other entrees on the menu that would do the same. It was actually a nice change to get out of the chain spots and taste the cuisine of local folks and this was good and filling plus the Sicilian edge was nice as well.

In a comedy of errors when we left the waitress had to run out to the car to bring sunglasses to one of our group and we thanked her... well... don't leave yet... I wasn't driving so I decided to leave my keys and she ran out again and held up a set of keys which indeed were

mine. She was a really good sport about it and this time we profusely thanked her and were glad we had done our part on the tip department. So just for that alone I have to go back and support Rocco's. On the slap your pappy scale... 3 and 1/2 slaps

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Health & Mental Fitness Step Up. Stand Up. Speak Up by Starr Kohler, CEO SWMO Office of Aging Sometimes, on the most important issues of all, we get all quiet. Are any of you like me? When I have to say something to someone who appears to be important and busy-even if it's just through the phone-the little girl in me peeps around the comer, all timid. I can find a bunch of reasons for staying behind that comer and not doing the things that make me uncomfortable. The choice is plain. I can walk away from the situation as a timid little girl, or I can step up, stand up, and speak Up. And the surprise is, when I choose to step up, stand up, and speak Up-something in me gets stronger, healthier. Learning how to better represent ourselves and others is a way to keep growing. I like motivator John Maxwell's tree analogy on aging: "We must keep growing. There is no such thing as a fullgrown tree. The day a tree stops growing is the day it is alive no more.~~ We have some tough stands to make right now, and in coming days. Our nation has too much debt and needs to go on a "Biggest Loser" diet. But the intelligent way to lose weight is to get rid of all the foods and activities that get in the way of healthiness. It doesn 't make sense to get rid of the foods and activities that help you win the battle. The work we do through the

nation's Older and speak up ...even if it's hard Americans Act helps the nation for you? Will you call your and State of Missouri achieve Congressmen and tell them to leanness—we're not extra invest in the Area Agencies on weight be starved out. We work Aging-for in-home meals, senior to keep Seniors center outreach, health\. indeone-on-one Call: Senator Blunt pendent, and out assistance, and (202) 224-5721 of nursing homes guidance to help Representative Long for as long as Seniors? YOU (202) 225-5636 safely possible-so can choose to be Senator McCaskill that tax-payers strong and to be (202) 224-6154 and government counted. programs don't We're here, have to pay $4,000+ every making bold choices for you. month for nursing home care. When you step up alongside ... Multiply that benefit by millions it feels good to know there are of Seniors across the nation! friends around for us, too. Yet, when all the federal and Call your U.S. National state cuts are being made, Area Senators and Representative as Agency services are thrown in well as your Missouri Senators the hopper with everything else and Representatives and tell to '*Chop!" And, sadly, the less them funding for Area Agency service we are able to offer, the senior programs is a bargain for more it costs everybody-and the the buck! Their phone numbers fewer options there are for indeare listed on the following page,. pendence. Will you step up, stand up, for your convenience.

Grant From Dollar General Provides eReader Technology by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District About 240 youths attending the Boys & Girls Clubs this summer are learning some new technology they may not have at home, thanks to a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The $2,500 grant will fund six e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared to ‘tween and teen reading tastes. The devices will be rotated among the three Boys & Girls Clubs through July. A library outreach assistant will teach groups of the kids on how to use the e-readers, and at the same time involve the kids in book discussions about the titles they’re reading on the electronic devices. Clever idea? We think so. These one-on-one lessons could help bridge the technology gap that continued on page 11

Free Counseling Opportunities for Seniors In September 2011 Burrell Behavioral Health and Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, received a two-year grant from Missouri Foundation of Health. Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri. It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. The grant, titled Senior Connections, is intended to reduce stigma in the older adult population regarding mental

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Diamond, MO—The staff at and humanitarian is the first the George Washington Carver National Park dedicated to an National Monument, I wishes African American. Typically 700to invite you, your friends and 1200 visitors come to the park family, to the 70th Carver Day to honor Carver's legacy on this celebration at the day. park on July 13, 2013 The special from 10:00 a.m. to guest speaker for 3:00 p.m. this year is Dr. LinCarver Day da Edwards, whose celebrates not only 1981 biography the life and achieveGeorge Washingments of George ton Carver, ScienWashington Carver, tist and Symbol is a but also the estabmilestone in Carver lishment of the park scholarship. Dr. George W Carver on July 14, 1943, only Edwards conducted seven months after Carver's much of her research at the park death that same year. as well as at Tuskegee UniverThe birthplace of the dissity, and her work interprets tinguished scientist, educator the myths and facts surroundGeorge Washington Carver National Monument Diamond MO

70th Carver Day Celebration! Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.       

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well throughout the day. Carver Day is also a time for kids to explore the park, and connect to the child who was born here about 150 years ago. There will be peanut milk demonstrations, guided tours, Junior Ranger Activities, and storytelling from the engaging Loretta Washington, and other activities for all ages. The Diamond Lions Club will be selling food concessions to benefit the park, the Carver Birthplace Association and Lions Club International. The celebration perfectly complements the National Park Service's A Call to Action strategic plan, which charts a path towards the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service. One action concept, "History Lesson" showcases the meaning of parks to new audiences and provides communities an opportunity to connect to their heritage, Carver Day celebrates the African American experience through speakers, storytelling, music and educational programs. In keeping with Carver's legacy of accessible and affordable education, Carver Day, like all our programs, is free of charge. Please come and celebrate Carver Day with us on July 13. We hope to see you at the park soon, and as always, thank you for your support!

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ing this complex figure, and explores Carver as a remarkable and enduring symbol of black achievement in a racially divided America. A book signing will be held following her presentation. Additional speakers include Architectural Historian Deb Sheals and Architect Angie Geist Gaebler, who along with team members from Susan Richard Johnson and Associates, Inc, produced an intriguing study of the 1872 Neosho Colored School where Carver and scores of African Americans received an education. This study is helping the park and CBA in our efforts to preserve and restore this rare resource that speaks to the black struggle for an education, Carver Day always features gospel and roots music artists who celebrate Carver's love of music. This year marks the return of the Sensational Wonders from Kansas City, whose energetic performance always keeps the music tent swaying. Blues, jazz and folk music troubadour Lem Sheppard joins us as well. Lem has played with such blues greats as Taj Mahal and Albert Collins, and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Several choirs will perform as

The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road.

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Oprah Donates $12 Million to New Smithsonian Black History Museum Washington DC—Television mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Her gift is the museum’s largest donation to date, and to honor her generous donation, a 350-seat theater at the museum will be named after her as the "Oprah Winfrey Theater". The museum, which will display more than 22,000 objects of significance to Black history, began construction in early 2012 on a five-acre site right next to the Washington Monument. Half of the $500 million project is be-

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Neighborhood. The Parade Celebration in Washington route will travel from Drury Park, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. parking lot north of Admission: Free and Central High School open to the public. on Benton Ave., go The 4th of July Celnorth on Benton ebration at Washington to Calhoun Street, Park will have free ice east on Calhoun to cream and water, hot Washington Avenue, dogs and hamburgers north on Washingavailable. The national ton to Locust Street, anthem will be sung, east on Locust to and trophies will be Norman Jackson Washington Park for awarded for best pathe celebration and music, 1600 rade entrants and they will have N. Summit. music provided by "The NorTime: Parade 10 a.m., man Jackson Band."

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LCL Call for Parade Entries for Annual ParkDay Events 10th Annual Park Day Parade: The annual Park Day Community Parade, coordinated by the Ladies Civic League, will take place at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 3 and will follow the same route as in the past. The

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Springfield, MO—Bring the whole family for this Independence Day celebration that includes a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, including a Springfield Cardinals baseball game and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. From 3 to 9 pm, patrons will be able to ice skate and play on inflatables from Amberg Entertainment in the Mediacom Ice Park, create art and crafts at The Creamery Arts Center, and

enjoy the hands-on activities of the Discovery Center. The Springfield Cardinals will host the Corpus Christi Hooks at 5:09 pm at Hammons Field and MDock Band will be the featured headliner after the game. The region’s largest fireworks show will begin at Hammons Field at 9:45 pm. Location: Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway St. Time: check website Admission: $7 in advance and

$8 per person at the door, Children 5 and under get in FREE


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