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continued from page 1 but some activities have a small fee. Punch cards, giving access to five activities, are available at the park for $8 ($10 value.) Activities

include: • Pumpkin Patch- Pick your own pumpkin (prices based on weight). • Corn Maze- Get lost in the 10acre corn maze. • Hay Maze- Meander through

a maze of large round hay bales, ideal for small children. • Cow Train- Kids and adults ride the one-of-a-kind Cow Train through the park. • Hayrides- Tour the park with your family on the tractor-drawn

FALL FEST at rutledge-wilson farm park saturdays & sundays Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 6

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Sept. 21 - oct. 27, 2013 | sundays: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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pumpkin patch cow train corn maze hay rides corn cannon inflatables hay maze performances & demonstrations & more!

Haunted Trail Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 4 - 26 | 6 - 10 p.m. ENJOY

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hayride. • Corn Cannon- Shoot an ear of corn through the cannon, prizes awarded to those who hit the target. • Inflatables - Jump and play in the inflatables. • Pony Rides- Saturdays only, the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center brings ponies for children to ride. Additional activities vary throughout the festival, including crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, temporary tattoos and more. Starting Oct. 4, stay late for The Haunted Trail, which includes a hay ride to the trail entrance, where brave souls are dropped off to explore a frightening quarter-mile loop through the woods, where they may encounter a number of terrifying characters. The Haunted Trail is open Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 4-27. The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze also stay open late while the Haunted Trail is open. Admission is $5/person, children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park at 417-837-5949. For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield- Greene County Park Board, at 417-8742176 or 417-224-5510.

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Springfield, MO—RutledgeWilson Farm Park's annual Fall Fest opened Sept. 21, kicking off six weekends of fall-themed family fun at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield. Meander through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin and more at the annual festival, open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays, noon-6 p.m., Sept. 21- Oct. 27. Admission is free, continued on page 12

Consultant Networking Meeting & Mixer, Oct 2 for All DBEs Springfield, MO—MoDOT is sponsoring a Consultant Networking Meeting and Mixer, October 2, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the SpringfieldBranson National Airport (SGF) 2300 N. Airport Blvd. All Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Owned small businesses are encouraged to attend. For more information call Jerica Holtsclaw at (573) 5226-8484.

Springfield’s Jazz Festival announces 2013 performance lineup on two stages on Oct. 4, 2013

Springfield, MO—Long before the Civil Rights Act, long before Brown vs. The Board of Education, and long before President Truman's integration of the armed forces, black and white

jazz musicians were breaking social taboos in order to share and learn from each other. Experts, in fact, say the creation of jazz was due to a melting pot of sorts: the combination of European musical tradition and African musical tradition. Organizers of Springfield’s 4th Annual Jazz Festival hope both jazz aficionados and those who know little to nothing about continued on page 2

Saxophonist, Brad Leali

Missionary Baptist State Convention Returns To Springfield Springfield, MO— The delWednesday night at 6:30 p.m. egates of the Missionary Baptist Scholarships will be awarded State Convention will convene to deserving students who are in Springfield at members of a church the Ramada Oasis in the convention. Convention Center Springfield Mayor, Bob October 14-18, 2013. Stephens, will bring The Springfield comgreetings from the munity is invited to city and Cheryl Clay, join them Monday N.A.A.C.P. President night at 7:00 p.m. for will also bring greetthe Opening Night ings. The public is Dr. Jimmy Brown Musical/Welcome invited to attend this program. Local dignitaries will event. Tickets are $35 each. bring greeting and music will be President Rev. Dr. Jimmy L. provided by choirs and soloists. Brown will host an invitational The Annual President’s Edu- “Ministers and Leaders” luncational Banquet will be held cheon at 12:30 p.m. on Thurs-

day. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Todd Parnell, former Drury University President. He will be speaking on the importance of getting students on a firm foundation by third grade to improve the odds of them completing high school and hopefully going on to college! President Brown will then give his annual address Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. This always proves to be the highlight of the convention. The public is invited to come hear an inspiring and uplifting message from Dr. Brown. Auxiliary continued on page 11


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the musical genre, will take this opportunity to listen and learn. The local festival, taking place in downtown Springfield, Friday, Oct. 4, is free to the public and combines a variety of grooves jazz has to offer. The lineup, performing on two stages, includes university jazz bands, longtime weekly performers such as The Linda Sala Project and The Richard Bruton Quintet. It culminates with a concert by Elaine Richardson (“Dr. E”) and University of North Texas graduate, renowned saxophonist Brad Leali. Both Richardson and Leali will also perform and speak to more than 200 high school students Friday morning at the Youth Empowerment Summit! (YES!) conference on the Missouri State University campus. The YES! Conference was started 12 years ago by former Springfield NAACP President Larry Maddox as a way to emphasize the importance of rigorous classes and college preparation for black students, who as a group were behind their peers academically.

provide insight and food for thought. The final session in the series is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. It’s limited to 75 adults and requires registration. To register or for details, call 882-0714. The session is “The 50 Percent: Poverty in Our Community.” It poses this thought: Fifty percent of our citizens live at or below the poverty level. What are the consequences and the impact on our community and the organizations committed to serving our impoverished neighbors? Moderator the Rev. Mark Struckhoff,

Jazz Festival Performance Lineup: Friday, Oct. 4 Park Central East Stage • The Linda Sala Project, 6-7 p.m. • The Brandon Mezello Triplet, 7-8 p.m. • The Richard Bruton Quintet, 8-9 p.m. Park Central Square Stage • Missouri State University Jazz Studies Ensemble 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Missouri State University Jazz Faculty Quintet 7:30-8:30 p.m. • “Dr. E”– scholar, performer and soul recording artist, and featured artist Brad Leali with the Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) 9 – 10 p.m.

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classes will be held and Auxiliary Presidents will give their annual address throughout the week. Just in case you have not received enough “Word”, you can get some at the Late Night Services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 pm where several anointed men of God will bring the message. All sessions will be held at the hotel. For additional information or tickets to the Educational Banquet, please contact Timothy or Carlene Ferguson at (417) 869-1443.

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continued from page 10 leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. What you can expect during a massage

Executive Director, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, will be joined by panelists Annie Busch, member of the Springfield Public School Board; Dr. John Bentley, Jordan Valley Community Health Center; Carmen Ammerman, a single mother supporting her daughters; and Kevin Huffman, principal of Robberson Elementary School. ••• Drury University artist in residence Patrick Mureithi will talk and show his film, “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s his latest documentary about healing from psychological trauma after Kenya’s 20072008 post-election violence that left 1,200 dead and 500,000 people displaced from their homes. The film focuses on a gathering of victims and perpetrators in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum and the epicenter of the violence, as they learn ways to take responsibility for their healing. The late Roger Ebert called it “an urgent documentary from a filmmaker I admire.” Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

You don't need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use. In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loosefitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients. A massage session may last from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel

calm and relaxed during and after your massage. Massage can be performed by several types of health care professionals, such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or massage therapist. Ask your doctor or someone else you trust for a recommendation. The take-home message about massage: Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.

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Health & Mental Fitness Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits

deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. Soothing massage can • Deep massage. This massage help you unwind, but that's not all. Explore the technique uses slower, moreforceful strokes to target the possible benefits of masdeeper layers of muscle and sage and what to expect. connective tissue, commonly to Massage is no longer availhelp with muscle damage from able only through luxury spas injuries. and upscale health clubs. Today, • Sports massage. This is simimassage therapy is lar to Swedish masoffered in businesses, sage, but it's geared Studies of the clinics, hospitals and toward people involved even airports. If you've benefits of massage in sport activities to demonstrate that it help prevent or treat never tried massage, learn about its possible is an effective treat- injuries. ment for reducing health benefits and • Trigger point masstress... what to expect during sage. This massage a massage therapy sesfocuses on areas of sion. tight muscle fibers that What is massage? can form in your muscles after Massage is a general term injuries or overuse. for pressing, rubbing and Benefits of massage manipulating your skin, musMassage is generally concles, tendons and ligaments. sidered part of complementary Massage therapists typically and alternative medicine. It's use their hands and fingers for increasingly being offered along massage, but may also use their with standard treatment for a forearms, elbows and even feet. wide range of medical condiMassage may range from light tions and situations. stroking to deep pressure. Studies of the benefits of There are many different massage demonstrate that it is types of massage, including an effective treatment for reducthese common types: ing stress, pain and muscle ten• Swedish massage. This is a sion. gentle form of massage that While more research is uses long strokes, kneading, needed to confirm the benefits By Mayo Clinic staff

of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for: • Anxiety • Digestive disorders • Fibromyalgia • Headaches • Insomnia related to stress • Myofascial pain syndrome • Nerve pain • Soft tissue strains or injuries • Sports injuries • Joint pain Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist. Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have. Risks of massage Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have: • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication • Burns, open or healing wounds • Deep vein thrombosis • Fractures • Severe osteoporosis • Severe thrombocytopenia Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain. Some forms of massage can continued on page 11

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Improved Options For Free Movies, & Music At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District October is a great time to gather for a soup dinner and stimulating conversation, so that’s what’s on tap at the Library Center. The Library, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Civility Project launched a series, “Food for Thought: A Civil Discussion on…” Oct. 3. Adults are invited to break bread and participate in a discussion about three challenging community issues – diversity, the impact of multitasking on our ability to talk to one another, and our 50 percent poverty rate. Each evening begins at 6 p.m. with a complimentary meal of soup, bread, cheese and dessert by Branch Bistro & Catering, a program of Victory Mission Trade School. Every session features a different panel designed to procontinued on page 11

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Market research to drive decision making for small businesses by Vincent H. Lyons

Lifestyle & Entertainment News

Movie Review —“The Butler” by Lyle Foster

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school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners, adding to their viability in a The Springfield School Board competitive world. has approved plans for According to Huffyear around school at ington Post research, Robberson Community two-thirds of students School. who cannot read proBoard President Dr. ficiently by the end of Tom Prater says the 4th grade will end up in goal is to increase literjail or on welfare. Over acy and keep students 70 percent of America’s from losing what they inmates cannot read Gwen Marshall learn during the school above a 4th grade level. year over the summer. 1. One in 4 children in Literacy is the ability to read America grow up without learnand write. Children who are ing how to read. solid readers perform better in 2. As of 2011, America was the

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only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous. 3. Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who can neither read nor write. 4. Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate. 5. Fifty-three percent of 4th graders admitted to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20 percent of 8th graders could say the same. (2009 study) 6. Seventy-five percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare. 7. Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of

wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently. 8. Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. Reading must be taught. Most children learn language naturally but reading skills must be taught. Children who already know about their world and the purpose of language will be better prepared to learn how to read when they enter school. Parents can help their children prepare by providing reading material in the home. Transforming your home into a literate home is simple and inexpensive. Make sure there are magazines, newspapers, or a collection of high-quality children's books and other material that you can read aloud to your children. Encourage your children to read. The more children read the better they become at reading. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” — Frank Serafini

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dismay of his father who is trying to make a living for his family. This creates a lot of difficulty between father and son sets a major backdrop theme for the movie. There are those who loved the film and it has been a definite box office success with over 100 million in box office receipts ….not bad for a film

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continued from page 8 share conversation with for seven courses. Did I say yet that the dinner is $30 for seven courses of French cuisine? I think that is pretty amazing based on previous experiences when it was about $30 to sit down ( at high end French restaurants). Now just for the record I am not a strong fan of French fare but I have given it a try. My favorite food is still the slap your pappy cooking of my ex…but you have to expand your horizons. The trip to Fordland was fun and the seating was at 6:30…so with all of my Friday errands and changing clothes to look like a world traveler I phoned to say we would be about 10 minutes late. The town is small and the establishment is housed in what might be described as a country café or local gathering spot but not what you would think of for a French restaurant. The majority of cars parked on the main drag in town were actually at the restaurant so we quickly spotted it. I was a bit nervous about my late appearance but the staff and greeters immediately urged us in and said the first course was just being served. The place which

with a budget of 30 million. But it has been criticized for inaccuracies on the real life of the individual it was based on. In addition there was strong criticism for the portrayal of Ronald Reagan by friends and ex staffers who stated there were a lot of false claims and that White House personnel were very happy under his watch. Well…..I am not going to touch that but to say it may seemed to house close to 50 was full but there was a comfortable booth for us and so let the food begin. The atmosphere was homey would be the best way to describe it and very simple but useful for the community and the informality. Rabbit pate, chicken, beef, brie, sorbet , apple tart, fresh rolls, salad and veggies delighted us for the next two hours. I neglected to mention that you could bring your own bottle of wine and openers were on the table. We brought some Savignon Blanc and sipped as we tasted and dined on our seven courses. There was no corkage fee and not having to pay for the drinks made the evening even more affordable. We were also greeted by Chef Roland who told us that he was from the central part of France. Staff were very friendly and attentive. I am not going to say that you come here for the atmosphere….you definitely come for the food. French cuisine…very well prepared and very tasty. I don’t even think I have space to write about everything because there is so much that I do want to share. I did get the skinny on when the place is open; the seven course French meal was usually only on the First Friday but now they are also doing it on the third Friday which is when I was

be best for film goers to not consider the movie a historical drama but a film that considers what it must have been like for someone like Mr. Allen to have worked in the special place on Pennsylvania Ave through some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. I liked the film and it is worth seeing…..I did not find the same level of enthusiasm as others…but I do apprecithere. They are also open for breakfast and lunch on Thursday through Saturday until midafternoon (phone for hours) and the menu which I asked about sounded scrumptious and I am adding it to my fall calendar for quiche and crepes! And there are also cooking classes that you can pay a nominal fee to participate in……wow!!! I am out of space and I haven’t told you about the food really yet….the chicken and beef and I know I shouldn’t put them in the same sentence. Absolutely tender and the pastry around the beef …..flaky and delicious. The beef was beef en croute…..mercy is all I can say….flavorful and I want some more thank you kindly. The

ate the story is an important one and many have so soon forgotten the struggles that it took to achieve even the level of dream that is now realized. Don’t forget that the fall lineup is ready and primed with a lot of promising films coming out. The Prisoners is out now and it is a thriller….more to follow on that. 90 out of 100 raspberry sorbet was just the right thing for the palette….. and absolutely refreshing. Can you tell I enjoyed the meal? The chicken was Chicken DuBois and the meat was moist and flavorful accompanied by fresh vegetables. I am not a big pate fan and the rabbit pate was okay. Rabbit of course reminded me of my uncles giving us rabbit for dinner when I was growing up in the South. The meal was something to experience and more than worth the $, the trip and a Friday night. Let me know if you ever go! 4 Slaps on the Slap your pappy scale! A definite winner and a treasure in the surrounding countryside of Springfield.

*Robin Thicke will open up to Oprah Winfrey this month in an episode of her interview show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” There will be plenty to discuss. The singer’s summer jam “Blurred Lines” has been described as “rapey” and his bizarre performance of it with Miley Cyrus on the MTV Video Music Awards continues to make waves. Thicke will discuss the impact of “Blurred Lines” as well as the avalanche of VMAs response, according to Billboard. He’ll also talk about his family life with wife Paula Patton, his role as a father and working with collaborators such as Pharrell and will.i.am. “Blurred Lines” topped the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks this summer, selling over 5.4 million downloads. Thicke’s sit-down will air Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.


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Gaines the character he plays served during eight presidents is loosely based on real Let's go to the movies! life butler Eugene Allen. It is Many of you have seen the interesting and educational Butler and it has done well at to observe the various presithe box office almost surprisdents and the issues that the ingly well. The movie based nation confronted during on the life of Eugene their administration. Allen (sort of ) has It wasn’t always encountered its comfortable or fun share of critics and to remember and in it is unfortunate that some cases reflect on there are always the the tumultuous days naysayers out there of the height of the attempting to stop Civil Rights movesomeone else’s party. ment and the difficult Lyle Foster The Butler joins a times it brought for growing list of based on true people of color. stories of African-Americans The Butler portrays the claswhose stories are now comsical modern house servant ing to the forefront to eduof the day as he sought to be cate and inform. The film is loyal and faithful no matter directed by Lee Daniels. what the consequences were. Forest Whitaker is an actor Witnessing the full compleextraordinaire and in the title ment of staff and the inequirole of the Butler he does ties that were highlighted in a very good job of portraythe movie were disturbing ing the lead character over at best. But eventually the the full career of his White butler begins to question his House butler career. Oscar unwavering loyalty as the

be a good wife she has a very mood of the nation shifts and important role in maintaining popular leaders such as John the home while her husband Kennedy and Dr. King are was often gone for very long murdered. days in the White House. Oprah Winfrey plays the There were times watching Butlers wife and there is a the film that Oprah reminded strong cast of characters me of the Color with a few Purple so I notables enjoywas not as coning what can vinced about be described gold statutes as cameo roles. as others but it Jane Fonda was a credible created quite job. a buzz playing The Gaines Nancy Reagan have two and pretty much sons…..who nailed the role. are very differMany were ent from each quite impressed other. The with Oprah’s eldest goes character and 2013 The Weinstein Company to college in there has even the South and been some Oscar soon joins in the student buzz. She does do a convincing job as she ages and has to protests around the Freedom Riders…this changes his balance her role as a faithful future. He drops out of wife and mother two markedschool and is very involved ly different sons through the in the movement much to the turbulent times. Struggling continued on page 9 with alcohol and wanting to

Food Review: How do you spell French? FORDLAND! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Well, you are probably wondering if the bright September weather has finally gotten to me...let me assure you it has not. But I am fairly enthusiastic about a recent restaurant experience that I can’t wait to share with you. I visited La Galette

Berrichonne for one of their Friday 7 course French dinners and it was magnifique! Qui..Qui! I learned of this hidden gem over the summer but wasn’t sure how I would ever make my way to Fordland which is where it is located and learned that they only do the seven course French meal once a month on the

First Friday when everything else is going on. I also knew that I had heard of Fordland but wasn’t sure if it was north, south, east or west! Just by happenstance I learned that they had some cancellations for an upcoming Friday and I decided to see if they could seat me. I knew Fordland was a small town but soon found out that

it is only about 10 miles east of Rogersville. But still a good French restaurant in a town that doesn’t yet have a Burger King? However, I had heard that the food was very good to excellent. Not turning down an adventure I found a dinner partner and fellow adventurer to accompany me and to also continued on page 9

East Lansing MI— Floyd H. Har- faculty adviser to student groups and will add to existing efforts to din III joined the Michigan State make sure that all students know University College of Osteopaththey are in a safe and healthy ic Medicine (MSUCOM )as its environment so they manager of outreach can grow academically and inclusion in the and personally. Office of Admissions. “The admissions He will also serve as department has done an advisor to proa great job of reaching spective and current different populations,” MSUCOM students. Hardin says. “I’m hopHe plans to proing I can build on that mote MSUCOM foundation to maxithrough a variety of Floyd Hardin III mize MSUCOM’s presmeans, including orgaence on campus, and throughout nizing and hosting conferences Michigan.” for students and professionals “Floyd Hardin’s background and giving students exposure will allow him to bring innovative to osteopathic medicine and its subspecialties. He will serve as a approaches which will increase

Renown Anheuser-Busch Great Kings and Queens of Africa Art Collection Inspires Scholarship and Mentoring Program Brewer grants $150,000 in scholarships along with professional development to HBCU student leaders nationwide

Young Sister). Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), established the Legends of the Crown St. Louis, MO—A Leadership Scholarpopular and influential ship in 2012. This year, collection of artwork Anheuser-Busch is featuring African awarding 30 $5,000 leaders and rulers, scholarships for the up 'The Great Kings and and coming leaders. The Queens of Africa,' is brewer has partnered the inspiration for a with UNCF for more unique leadership than 30 years. Hill Harper symposium at the First commissioned Anheuser-Busch headquarters by Anheuser-Busch in 1975, in St. Louis last month. The 'The Great Kings and Queens brewer designed the two-day of Africa' is a series of 30 works symposium to encourage its 30 by 23 African American artists, Legends of the Crown Leadermany of whom went on to have ship Scholars by engaging them successful careers in fine art. with the artwork, original artTo view the collection, visit ists, Anheuser-Busch executives www.anheuser-busch.com/inand keynote speaker - actor and dex.php/our-responsibility/comauthor, Hill Harper (Letters to munity-our-neighborhoods/edua Young Brother, Letters to a cation/legends-of-the-crown/.

diversity and inclusion within the student body and will allow us to develop and build on our highly successful outreach programs,” says Dr. William Falls, associate dean of student services for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hardin previously served as the Minority Male Initiative district coordinator for the 10-campus Maricopa County Community College District, Tempe, Ariz. Prior to that he was an instructor and adjunct faculty member at Gilbert Community College, Gilbert, Ariz. “Floyd radiates an uncanny eagerness to initiate outreach and enhance collaboration. With

his positive leadership approach, tireless work ethic, and his professional background in creating pipeline programs with under-resourced populations in Arizona, we found Floyd to be a perfect fit with MSUCOM’s admissions team as our manager of outreach and inclusion,” noted Katherine Ruger, MSUCOM director of admissions. “We are thrilled to have Floyd join us and look forward to helping him acclimate to Michigan!” Hardin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Morehouse College; his master’s degree in educational psychology at Arizona State University and is currently working on his doctorate at Pepperdine University.

City of Springfield project bids Open for business – Open to all The City of Springfield Division of Purchases welcomes all contractors and vendors to participate in the City’s bid opportunities for providing needed supplies, equipment, and services to the City. Information and notification about bidding is open to all, and there is never a charge. To view or download all current documents for bidding opportunities with the Division of Purchases, please go to our website at: Springfieldmo.gov/purchasing, and click on ‘Bid Processing Center.’ Contractors, consultants and other types of vendors may also sign up to receive notifications of the City’s future bid opportunities based on the type of services they provide. This service can be found by clicking on ‘Bid Notification Service’ on the Purchasing website. There is a fee (for use of a third party notification service). The City’s Department of Public Works also uses the City website to let contractors know about upcoming construction projects. Go to Springfieldmo.gov/departments/publicworks and look for the ‘Notices To Contractors’ box. The links will direct you to a virtual plans room for more information on projects.


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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance 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 Market Research to drive Decision Making for Small Businesses By Vincent Harris Lyons Unite contributing Writer Business owners and marketing professionals are constantly engaged in finding opportunities to dominate the marketplace. Whether it is launching a new product or service, conducting an environmental scan of the market to gauge their customer’s needs and wants, or finding new emerging markets to offer their services or products. These activities are conducted every day in all Fortune 500 companies to maintain an edge over their competition. As a small business owner, I would

encourage you to think like a a competitive advantage in this Fortune 500 CEO and find a marketplace due to its location, niche in the market you serve. amenities, highly skilled bar"In looking at the bers, and professional Springfield metropoliatmosphere. This tan area, minority busiallows them to capture nesses, especially those the majority of Africanthat cater to their speAmerican males in this cific ethnic group have region for a haircut, as an extreme competitive well as a good share of advantage over others other ethnic groups." in the marketplace. For This is an example Vincent H Lyons example, in the Springof how one can: 1.) profield community there are at vide a service or product that least four barbershops that speconsumers need and desire and cifically cater to African-Ameri2.) outpace your competition by cans, but have the ability to cater providing services that your custo all seeking a haircut. Out of tomers desire from your induscontinued on page 7 the four, one may currently have

Preparing Your Home For The Winter by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

base of the fan. The fan should turn clockwise during the winter months. This is especially helpAlthough it is difficult to ful in rooms with higher ceilings believe, winter will soon be upon above ten feet. As the warm air us. Just as we adjust our wardrises, the fan will force it back robes and stock our down and circulate it pantries, our homes around the lower pormust also be prepared tion of the room. Also, for the cold months if you plan to use a wood ahead. One of the burning fireplace, now first items on the list is the time to have the should be to have chimney inspected and the heating system cleaned. Many house Kim Jones serviced by a licensed fires are started each technician. The service year by use of a fireplace will include checking for any with a cracked or dirty lining. leakage of carbon monoxide and Don’t forget the exterior also changing the filters. This of the home. Check the roof for tune-up will result in a more damaged or missing shingles. efficiently operating unit and a Most roofing companies offer inless expensive utility bill. spections free of charge. GutterMost ceiling fans will have a ing should also be inspected and ‘reverse’ switch located on the cleaned of all debris. If neces-

sary, extenders should be added to the downspouts to carry water away from the foundation. These are very inexpensive and can be found at nearly any hardware store. Windows and doors can be a utility nightmare, especially in older homes; however, the problem can be resolved by the use of a tube of caulk and weather stripping. Fill exposed space between all windows and frames with caulk and add stripping to doorways for a snug fit. This will keep the cold air out and the warm air inside. If you have questions regarding any winter home maintenance items or real estate buying and selling, you may reach me by email at kjones@caroljones.com or call 417-861-5025.

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try, but is not receiving. These two key points can drive your business to grow in a positive or negative way. The takeaway is to do your research upfront, prior to starting a business and launching a new product or service in the marketplace. Your research should include these three elements: 1.) learn about the marketplace that you want to serve and its needs, 2.) know your competition and their products or services 3.) develop a projection or forecast of the profits that your company will produce in launching the business or product. Afterwards, use the information you gathered from doing an environmental scan to drive executive decision making at your existing business or start up. I like to admit that I am sure that Henry Ford did not apply these elements that I am urging you to apply to his first successful product offering, the Model T. Let’s imagine if he did, I am sure that the Model T would have been offered in more colors than black to better serve his cus-

tomer’s needs. In applying this market-based strategy, his company would have attracted more customers and from that would have been more profitable in that era. At the end of the day, entrepreneurs typically go into business to fire their boss, but few realize that they are about to hire on more bosses than they ever had in their life. This new boss called, “the customer” is the sole person that has the ability to give a business great quarterly profits or horrible quarterly profits. In saying this, I would urge business owners across the globe, not just in Springfield to take out the time to understand the most influential person to your business, “the customer”. Find out your customer needs and wants upfront and sculpt your business around them. Finally, remember that a successful business is one with satisfied customers that embrace the service or product that they received! Mind-snack: Is your company creating products or services that your customers embrace? If not, it is time to do some research to find out why!

Ray Charles Honored with a Forever Postage Stamp Legendary music icon Ray Charles is being honored with a limited edition Forever® postage stamp, and the September 24th date of release for the stamp fell on what would have been his 83rd birthday. The stamp will be featured in the 2013 Music Icons Forever series released by the U.S. Postal Service, and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California will be officially unveiling the stamp during an event headlined by R&B legend Chaka Khan. In addition to the stamp, a retrospective CD/DVD titled

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

“Ray Charles Forever” will also be released. It will feature a number of Ray Charles’ greatest hits, including “A Song For You,” “America the Beautiful,” and “Come Rain or Shine.”

Dennis Davis Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Springfield Alumni P.O. Box 6287 Springfield, MO 65801-6287 417-496-7365

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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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance 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 Market Research to drive Decision Making for Small Businesses By Vincent Harris Lyons Unite contributing Writer Business owners and marketing professionals are constantly engaged in finding opportunities to dominate the marketplace. Whether it is launching a new product or service, conducting an environmental scan of the market to gauge their customer’s needs and wants, or finding new emerging markets to offer their services or products. These activities are conducted every day in all Fortune 500 companies to maintain an edge over their competition. As a small business owner, I would

encourage you to think like a a competitive advantage in this Fortune 500 CEO and find a marketplace due to its location, niche in the market you serve. amenities, highly skilled bar"In looking at the bers, and professional Springfield metropoliatmosphere. This tan area, minority busiallows them to capture nesses, especially those the majority of Africanthat cater to their speAmerican males in this cific ethnic group have region for a haircut, as an extreme competitive well as a good share of advantage over others other ethnic groups." in the marketplace. For This is an example Vincent H Lyons example, in the Springof how one can: 1.) profield community there are at vide a service or product that least four barbershops that speconsumers need and desire and cifically cater to African-Ameri2.) outpace your competition by cans, but have the ability to cater providing services that your custo all seeking a haircut. Out of tomers desire from your induscontinued on page 7 the four, one may currently have

Preparing Your Home For The Winter by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

base of the fan. The fan should turn clockwise during the winter months. This is especially helpAlthough it is difficult to ful in rooms with higher ceilings believe, winter will soon be upon above ten feet. As the warm air us. Just as we adjust our wardrises, the fan will force it back robes and stock our down and circulate it pantries, our homes around the lower pormust also be prepared tion of the room. Also, for the cold months if you plan to use a wood ahead. One of the burning fireplace, now first items on the list is the time to have the should be to have chimney inspected and the heating system cleaned. Many house Kim Jones serviced by a licensed fires are started each technician. The service year by use of a fireplace will include checking for any with a cracked or dirty lining. leakage of carbon monoxide and Don’t forget the exterior also changing the filters. This of the home. Check the roof for tune-up will result in a more damaged or missing shingles. efficiently operating unit and a Most roofing companies offer inless expensive utility bill. spections free of charge. GutterMost ceiling fans will have a ing should also be inspected and ‘reverse’ switch located on the cleaned of all debris. If neces-

sary, extenders should be added to the downspouts to carry water away from the foundation. These are very inexpensive and can be found at nearly any hardware store. Windows and doors can be a utility nightmare, especially in older homes; however, the problem can be resolved by the use of a tube of caulk and weather stripping. Fill exposed space between all windows and frames with caulk and add stripping to doorways for a snug fit. This will keep the cold air out and the warm air inside. If you have questions regarding any winter home maintenance items or real estate buying and selling, you may reach me by email at kjones@caroljones.com or call 417-861-5025.

Market Research

continued from page 6

try, but is not receiving. These two key points can drive your business to grow in a positive or negative way. The takeaway is to do your research upfront, prior to starting a business and launching a new product or service in the marketplace. Your research should include these three elements: 1.) learn about the marketplace that you want to serve and its needs, 2.) know your competition and their products or services 3.) develop a projection or forecast of the profits that your company will produce in launching the business or product. Afterwards, use the information you gathered from doing an environmental scan to drive executive decision making at your existing business or start up. I like to admit that I am sure that Henry Ford did not apply these elements that I am urging you to apply to his first successful product offering, the Model T. Let’s imagine if he did, I am sure that the Model T would have been offered in more colors than black to better serve his cus-

tomer’s needs. In applying this market-based strategy, his company would have attracted more customers and from that would have been more profitable in that era. At the end of the day, entrepreneurs typically go into business to fire their boss, but few realize that they are about to hire on more bosses than they ever had in their life. This new boss called, “the customer” is the sole person that has the ability to give a business great quarterly profits or horrible quarterly profits. In saying this, I would urge business owners across the globe, not just in Springfield to take out the time to understand the most influential person to your business, “the customer”. Find out your customer needs and wants upfront and sculpt your business around them. Finally, remember that a successful business is one with satisfied customers that embrace the service or product that they received! Mind-snack: Is your company creating products or services that your customers embrace? If not, it is time to do some research to find out why!

Ray Charles Honored with a Forever Postage Stamp Legendary music icon Ray Charles is being honored with a limited edition Forever® postage stamp, and the September 24th date of release for the stamp fell on what would have been his 83rd birthday. The stamp will be featured in the 2013 Music Icons Forever series released by the U.S. Postal Service, and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California will be officially unveiling the stamp during an event headlined by R&B legend Chaka Khan. In addition to the stamp, a retrospective CD/DVD titled

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

“Ray Charles Forever” will also be released. It will feature a number of Ray Charles’ greatest hits, including “A Song For You,” “America the Beautiful,” and “Come Rain or Shine.”

Dennis Davis Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Springfield Alumni P.O. Box 6287 Springfield, MO 65801-6287 417-496-7365

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: “The Butler” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Gaines the character he plays served during eight presidents is loosely based on real Let's go to the movies! life butler Eugene Allen. It is Many of you have seen the interesting and educational Butler and it has done well at to observe the various presithe box office almost surprisdents and the issues that the ingly well. The movie based nation confronted during on the life of Eugene their administration. Allen (sort of ) has It wasn’t always encountered its comfortable or fun share of critics and to remember and in it is unfortunate that some cases reflect on there are always the the tumultuous days naysayers out there of the height of the attempting to stop Civil Rights movesomeone else’s party. ment and the difficult Lyle Foster The Butler joins a times it brought for growing list of based on true people of color. stories of African-Americans The Butler portrays the claswhose stories are now comsical modern house servant ing to the forefront to eduof the day as he sought to be cate and inform. The film is loyal and faithful no matter directed by Lee Daniels. what the consequences were. Forest Whitaker is an actor Witnessing the full compleextraordinaire and in the title ment of staff and the inequirole of the Butler he does ties that were highlighted in a very good job of portraythe movie were disturbing ing the lead character over at best. But eventually the the full career of his White butler begins to question his House butler career. Oscar unwavering loyalty as the

be a good wife she has a very mood of the nation shifts and important role in maintaining popular leaders such as John the home while her husband Kennedy and Dr. King are was often gone for very long murdered. days in the White House. Oprah Winfrey plays the There were times watching Butlers wife and there is a the film that Oprah reminded strong cast of characters me of the Color with a few Purple so I notables enjoywas not as coning what can vinced about be described gold statutes as cameo roles. as others but it Jane Fonda was a credible created quite job. a buzz playing The Gaines Nancy Reagan have two and pretty much sons…..who nailed the role. are very differMany were ent from each quite impressed other. The with Oprah’s eldest goes character and 2013 The Weinstein Company to college in there has even the South and been some Oscar soon joins in the student buzz. She does do a convincing job as she ages and has to protests around the Freedom Riders…this changes his balance her role as a faithful future. He drops out of wife and mother two markedschool and is very involved ly different sons through the in the movement much to the turbulent times. Struggling continued on page 9 with alcohol and wanting to

Food Review: How do you spell French? FORDLAND! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Well, you are probably wondering if the bright September weather has finally gotten to me...let me assure you it has not. But I am fairly enthusiastic about a recent restaurant experience that I can’t wait to share with you. I visited La Galette

Berrichonne for one of their Friday 7 course French dinners and it was magnifique! Qui..Qui! I learned of this hidden gem over the summer but wasn’t sure how I would ever make my way to Fordland which is where it is located and learned that they only do the seven course French meal once a month on the

First Friday when everything else is going on. I also knew that I had heard of Fordland but wasn’t sure if it was north, south, east or west! Just by happenstance I learned that they had some cancellations for an upcoming Friday and I decided to see if they could seat me. I knew Fordland was a small town but soon found out that

it is only about 10 miles east of Rogersville. But still a good French restaurant in a town that doesn’t yet have a Burger King? However, I had heard that the food was very good to excellent. Not turning down an adventure I found a dinner partner and fellow adventurer to accompany me and to also continued on page 9

East Lansing MI— Floyd H. Har- faculty adviser to student groups and will add to existing efforts to din III joined the Michigan State make sure that all students know University College of Osteopaththey are in a safe and healthy ic Medicine (MSUCOM )as its environment so they manager of outreach can grow academically and inclusion in the and personally. Office of Admissions. “The admissions He will also serve as department has done an advisor to proa great job of reaching spective and current different populations,” MSUCOM students. Hardin says. “I’m hopHe plans to proing I can build on that mote MSUCOM foundation to maxithrough a variety of Floyd Hardin III mize MSUCOM’s presmeans, including orgaence on campus, and throughout nizing and hosting conferences Michigan.” for students and professionals “Floyd Hardin’s background and giving students exposure will allow him to bring innovative to osteopathic medicine and its subspecialties. He will serve as a approaches which will increase

Renown Anheuser-Busch Great Kings and Queens of Africa Art Collection Inspires Scholarship and Mentoring Program Brewer grants $150,000 in scholarships along with professional development to HBCU student leaders nationwide

Young Sister). Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), established the Legends of the Crown St. Louis, MO—A Leadership Scholarpopular and influential ship in 2012. This year, collection of artwork Anheuser-Busch is featuring African awarding 30 $5,000 leaders and rulers, scholarships for the up 'The Great Kings and and coming leaders. The Queens of Africa,' is brewer has partnered the inspiration for a with UNCF for more unique leadership than 30 years. Hill Harper symposium at the First commissioned Anheuser-Busch headquarters by Anheuser-Busch in 1975, in St. Louis last month. The 'The Great Kings and Queens brewer designed the two-day of Africa' is a series of 30 works symposium to encourage its 30 by 23 African American artists, Legends of the Crown Leadermany of whom went on to have ship Scholars by engaging them successful careers in fine art. with the artwork, original artTo view the collection, visit ists, Anheuser-Busch executives www.anheuser-busch.com/inand keynote speaker - actor and dex.php/our-responsibility/comauthor, Hill Harper (Letters to munity-our-neighborhoods/edua Young Brother, Letters to a cation/legends-of-the-crown/.

diversity and inclusion within the student body and will allow us to develop and build on our highly successful outreach programs,” says Dr. William Falls, associate dean of student services for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hardin previously served as the Minority Male Initiative district coordinator for the 10-campus Maricopa County Community College District, Tempe, Ariz. Prior to that he was an instructor and adjunct faculty member at Gilbert Community College, Gilbert, Ariz. “Floyd radiates an uncanny eagerness to initiate outreach and enhance collaboration. With

his positive leadership approach, tireless work ethic, and his professional background in creating pipeline programs with under-resourced populations in Arizona, we found Floyd to be a perfect fit with MSUCOM’s admissions team as our manager of outreach and inclusion,” noted Katherine Ruger, MSUCOM director of admissions. “We are thrilled to have Floyd join us and look forward to helping him acclimate to Michigan!” Hardin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Morehouse College; his master’s degree in educational psychology at Arizona State University and is currently working on his doctorate at Pepperdine University.

City of Springfield project bids Open for business – Open to all The City of Springfield Division of Purchases welcomes all contractors and vendors to participate in the City’s bid opportunities for providing needed supplies, equipment, and services to the City. Information and notification about bidding is open to all, and there is never a charge. To view or download all current documents for bidding opportunities with the Division of Purchases, please go to our website at: Springfieldmo.gov/purchasing, and click on ‘Bid Processing Center.’ Contractors, consultants and other types of vendors may also sign up to receive notifications of the City’s future bid opportunities based on the type of services they provide. This service can be found by clicking on ‘Bid Notification Service’ on the Purchasing website. There is a fee (for use of a third party notification service). The City’s Department of Public Works also uses the City website to let contractors know about upcoming construction projects. Go to Springfieldmo.gov/departments/publicworks and look for the ‘Notices To Contractors’ box. The links will direct you to a virtual plans room for more information on projects.


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There are many benefits for children who are solid readers by Gwen Marshall, Unite Contributing Writer

school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners, adding to their viability in a The Springfield School Board competitive world. has approved plans for According to Huffyear around school at ington Post research, Robberson Community two-thirds of students School. who cannot read proBoard President Dr. ficiently by the end of Tom Prater says the 4th grade will end up in goal is to increase literjail or on welfare. Over acy and keep students 70 percent of America’s from losing what they inmates cannot read Gwen Marshall learn during the school above a 4th grade level. year over the summer. 1. One in 4 children in Literacy is the ability to read America grow up without learnand write. Children who are ing how to read. solid readers perform better in 2. As of 2011, America was the

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only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous. 3. Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who can neither read nor write. 4. Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate. 5. Fifty-three percent of 4th graders admitted to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20 percent of 8th graders could say the same. (2009 study) 6. Seventy-five percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare. 7. Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of

wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently. 8. Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. Reading must be taught. Most children learn language naturally but reading skills must be taught. Children who already know about their world and the purpose of language will be better prepared to learn how to read when they enter school. Parents can help their children prepare by providing reading material in the home. Transforming your home into a literate home is simple and inexpensive. Make sure there are magazines, newspapers, or a collection of high-quality children's books and other material that you can read aloud to your children. Encourage your children to read. The more children read the better they become at reading. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” — Frank Serafini

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dismay of his father who is trying to make a living for his family. This creates a lot of difficulty between father and son sets a major backdrop theme for the movie. There are those who loved the film and it has been a definite box office success with over 100 million in box office receipts ….not bad for a film

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continued from page 8 share conversation with for seven courses. Did I say yet that the dinner is $30 for seven courses of French cuisine? I think that is pretty amazing based on previous experiences when it was about $30 to sit down ( at high end French restaurants). Now just for the record I am not a strong fan of French fare but I have given it a try. My favorite food is still the slap your pappy cooking of my ex…but you have to expand your horizons. The trip to Fordland was fun and the seating was at 6:30…so with all of my Friday errands and changing clothes to look like a world traveler I phoned to say we would be about 10 minutes late. The town is small and the establishment is housed in what might be described as a country café or local gathering spot but not what you would think of for a French restaurant. The majority of cars parked on the main drag in town were actually at the restaurant so we quickly spotted it. I was a bit nervous about my late appearance but the staff and greeters immediately urged us in and said the first course was just being served. The place which

with a budget of 30 million. But it has been criticized for inaccuracies on the real life of the individual it was based on. In addition there was strong criticism for the portrayal of Ronald Reagan by friends and ex staffers who stated there were a lot of false claims and that White House personnel were very happy under his watch. Well…..I am not going to touch that but to say it may seemed to house close to 50 was full but there was a comfortable booth for us and so let the food begin. The atmosphere was homey would be the best way to describe it and very simple but useful for the community and the informality. Rabbit pate, chicken, beef, brie, sorbet , apple tart, fresh rolls, salad and veggies delighted us for the next two hours. I neglected to mention that you could bring your own bottle of wine and openers were on the table. We brought some Savignon Blanc and sipped as we tasted and dined on our seven courses. There was no corkage fee and not having to pay for the drinks made the evening even more affordable. We were also greeted by Chef Roland who told us that he was from the central part of France. Staff were very friendly and attentive. I am not going to say that you come here for the atmosphere….you definitely come for the food. French cuisine…very well prepared and very tasty. I don’t even think I have space to write about everything because there is so much that I do want to share. I did get the skinny on when the place is open; the seven course French meal was usually only on the First Friday but now they are also doing it on the third Friday which is when I was

be best for film goers to not consider the movie a historical drama but a film that considers what it must have been like for someone like Mr. Allen to have worked in the special place on Pennsylvania Ave through some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. I liked the film and it is worth seeing…..I did not find the same level of enthusiasm as others…but I do apprecithere. They are also open for breakfast and lunch on Thursday through Saturday until midafternoon (phone for hours) and the menu which I asked about sounded scrumptious and I am adding it to my fall calendar for quiche and crepes! And there are also cooking classes that you can pay a nominal fee to participate in……wow!!! I am out of space and I haven’t told you about the food really yet….the chicken and beef and I know I shouldn’t put them in the same sentence. Absolutely tender and the pastry around the beef …..flaky and delicious. The beef was beef en croute…..mercy is all I can say….flavorful and I want some more thank you kindly. The

ate the story is an important one and many have so soon forgotten the struggles that it took to achieve even the level of dream that is now realized. Don’t forget that the fall lineup is ready and primed with a lot of promising films coming out. The Prisoners is out now and it is a thriller….more to follow on that. 90 out of 100 raspberry sorbet was just the right thing for the palette….. and absolutely refreshing. Can you tell I enjoyed the meal? The chicken was Chicken DuBois and the meat was moist and flavorful accompanied by fresh vegetables. I am not a big pate fan and the rabbit pate was okay. Rabbit of course reminded me of my uncles giving us rabbit for dinner when I was growing up in the South. The meal was something to experience and more than worth the $, the trip and a Friday night. Let me know if you ever go! 4 Slaps on the Slap your pappy scale! A definite winner and a treasure in the surrounding countryside of Springfield.

*Robin Thicke will open up to Oprah Winfrey this month in an episode of her interview show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” There will be plenty to discuss. The singer’s summer jam “Blurred Lines” has been described as “rapey” and his bizarre performance of it with Miley Cyrus on the MTV Video Music Awards continues to make waves. Thicke will discuss the impact of “Blurred Lines” as well as the avalanche of VMAs response, according to Billboard. He’ll also talk about his family life with wife Paula Patton, his role as a father and working with collaborators such as Pharrell and will.i.am. “Blurred Lines” topped the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks this summer, selling over 5.4 million downloads. Thicke’s sit-down will air Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.


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IN THIS ISSUE

Health & Mental Fitness Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits

deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. Soothing massage can • Deep massage. This massage help you unwind, but that's not all. Explore the technique uses slower, moreforceful strokes to target the possible benefits of masdeeper layers of muscle and sage and what to expect. connective tissue, commonly to Massage is no longer availhelp with muscle damage from able only through luxury spas injuries. and upscale health clubs. Today, • Sports massage. This is simimassage therapy is lar to Swedish masoffered in businesses, sage, but it's geared Studies of the clinics, hospitals and toward people involved even airports. If you've benefits of massage in sport activities to demonstrate that it help prevent or treat never tried massage, learn about its possible is an effective treat- injuries. ment for reducing health benefits and • Trigger point masstress... what to expect during sage. This massage a massage therapy sesfocuses on areas of sion. tight muscle fibers that What is massage? can form in your muscles after Massage is a general term injuries or overuse. for pressing, rubbing and Benefits of massage manipulating your skin, musMassage is generally concles, tendons and ligaments. sidered part of complementary Massage therapists typically and alternative medicine. It's use their hands and fingers for increasingly being offered along massage, but may also use their with standard treatment for a forearms, elbows and even feet. wide range of medical condiMassage may range from light tions and situations. stroking to deep pressure. Studies of the benefits of There are many different massage demonstrate that it is types of massage, including an effective treatment for reducthese common types: ing stress, pain and muscle ten• Swedish massage. This is a sion. gentle form of massage that While more research is uses long strokes, kneading, needed to confirm the benefits By Mayo Clinic staff

of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for: • Anxiety • Digestive disorders • Fibromyalgia • Headaches • Insomnia related to stress • Myofascial pain syndrome • Nerve pain • Soft tissue strains or injuries • Sports injuries • Joint pain Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist. Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have. Risks of massage Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have: • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication • Burns, open or healing wounds • Deep vein thrombosis • Fractures • Severe osteoporosis • Severe thrombocytopenia Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain. Some forms of massage can continued on page 11

Community News

Improved Options For Free Movies, & Music At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District October is a great time to gather for a soup dinner and stimulating conversation, so that’s what’s on tap at the Library Center. The Library, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Civility Project launched a series, “Food for Thought: A Civil Discussion on…” Oct. 3. Adults are invited to break bread and participate in a discussion about three challenging community issues – diversity, the impact of multitasking on our ability to talk to one another, and our 50 percent poverty rate. Each evening begins at 6 p.m. with a complimentary meal of soup, bread, cheese and dessert by Branch Bistro & Catering, a program of Victory Mission Trade School. Every session features a different panel designed to procontinued on page 11

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There are many benefits for children who are solid readers by Gwen Marshall

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Market research to drive decision making for small businesses by Vincent H. Lyons

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Movie Review —“The Butler” by Lyle Foster

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the musical genre, will take this opportunity to listen and learn. The local festival, taking place in downtown Springfield, Friday, Oct. 4, is free to the public and combines a variety of grooves jazz has to offer. The lineup, performing on two stages, includes university jazz bands, longtime weekly performers such as The Linda Sala Project and The Richard Bruton Quintet. It culminates with a concert by Elaine Richardson (“Dr. E”) and University of North Texas graduate, renowned saxophonist Brad Leali. Both Richardson and Leali will also perform and speak to more than 200 high school students Friday morning at the Youth Empowerment Summit! (YES!) conference on the Missouri State University campus. The YES! Conference was started 12 years ago by former Springfield NAACP President Larry Maddox as a way to emphasize the importance of rigorous classes and college preparation for black students, who as a group were behind their peers academically.

provide insight and food for thought. The final session in the series is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. It’s limited to 75 adults and requires registration. To register or for details, call 882-0714. The session is “The 50 Percent: Poverty in Our Community.” It poses this thought: Fifty percent of our citizens live at or below the poverty level. What are the consequences and the impact on our community and the organizations committed to serving our impoverished neighbors? Moderator the Rev. Mark Struckhoff,

Jazz Festival Performance Lineup: Friday, Oct. 4 Park Central East Stage • The Linda Sala Project, 6-7 p.m. • The Brandon Mezello Triplet, 7-8 p.m. • The Richard Bruton Quintet, 8-9 p.m. Park Central Square Stage • Missouri State University Jazz Studies Ensemble 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Missouri State University Jazz Faculty Quintet 7:30-8:30 p.m. • “Dr. E”– scholar, performer and soul recording artist, and featured artist Brad Leali with the Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) 9 – 10 p.m.

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classes will be held and Auxiliary Presidents will give their annual address throughout the week. Just in case you have not received enough “Word”, you can get some at the Late Night Services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 pm where several anointed men of God will bring the message. All sessions will be held at the hotel. For additional information or tickets to the Educational Banquet, please contact Timothy or Carlene Ferguson at (417) 869-1443.

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Executive Director, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, will be joined by panelists Annie Busch, member of the Springfield Public School Board; Dr. John Bentley, Jordan Valley Community Health Center; Carmen Ammerman, a single mother supporting her daughters; and Kevin Huffman, principal of Robberson Elementary School. ••• Drury University artist in residence Patrick Mureithi will talk and show his film, “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s his latest documentary about healing from psychological trauma after Kenya’s 20072008 post-election violence that left 1,200 dead and 500,000 people displaced from their homes. The film focuses on a gathering of victims and perpetrators in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum and the epicenter of the violence, as they learn ways to take responsibility for their healing. The late Roger Ebert called it “an urgent documentary from a filmmaker I admire.” Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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a maze of large round hay bales, ideal for small children. • Cow Train- Kids and adults ride the one-of-a-kind Cow Train through the park. • Hayrides- Tour the park with your family on the tractor-drawn

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hayride. • Corn Cannon- Shoot an ear of corn through the cannon, prizes awarded to those who hit the target. • Inflatables - Jump and play in the inflatables. • Pony Rides- Saturdays only, the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center brings ponies for children to ride. Additional activities vary throughout the festival, including crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, temporary tattoos and more. Starting Oct. 4, stay late for The Haunted Trail, which includes a hay ride to the trail entrance, where brave souls are dropped off to explore a frightening quarter-mile loop through the woods, where they may encounter a number of terrifying characters. The Haunted Trail is open Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 4-27. The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze also stay open late while the Haunted Trail is open. Admission is $5/person, children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park at 417-837-5949. For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield- Greene County Park Board, at 417-8742176 or 417-224-5510.

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Springfield, MO—RutledgeWilson Farm Park's annual Fall Fest opened Sept. 21, kicking off six weekends of fall-themed family fun at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield. Meander through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin and more at the annual festival, open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays, noon-6 p.m., Sept. 21- Oct. 27. Admission is free, continued on page 12

Consultant Networking Meeting & Mixer, Oct 2 for All DBEs Springfield, MO—MoDOT is sponsoring a Consultant Networking Meeting and Mixer, October 2, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the SpringfieldBranson National Airport (SGF) 2300 N. Airport Blvd. All Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Owned small businesses are encouraged to attend. For more information call Jerica Holtsclaw at (573) 5226-8484.

Springfield’s Jazz Festival announces 2013 performance lineup on two stages on Oct. 4, 2013

Springfield, MO—Long before the Civil Rights Act, long before Brown vs. The Board of Education, and long before President Truman's integration of the armed forces, black and white

jazz musicians were breaking social taboos in order to share and learn from each other. Experts, in fact, say the creation of jazz was due to a melting pot of sorts: the combination of European musical tradition and African musical tradition. Organizers of Springfield’s 4th Annual Jazz Festival hope both jazz aficionados and those who know little to nothing about continued on page 2

Saxophonist, Brad Leali

Missionary Baptist State Convention Returns To Springfield Springfield, MO— The delWednesday night at 6:30 p.m. egates of the Missionary Baptist Scholarships will be awarded State Convention will convene to deserving students who are in Springfield at members of a church the Ramada Oasis in the convention. Convention Center Springfield Mayor, Bob October 14-18, 2013. Stephens, will bring The Springfield comgreetings from the munity is invited to city and Cheryl Clay, join them Monday N.A.A.C.P. President night at 7:00 p.m. for will also bring greetthe Opening Night ings. The public is Dr. Jimmy Brown Musical/Welcome invited to attend this program. Local dignitaries will event. Tickets are $35 each. bring greeting and music will be President Rev. Dr. Jimmy L. provided by choirs and soloists. Brown will host an invitational The Annual President’s Edu- “Ministers and Leaders” luncational Banquet will be held cheon at 12:30 p.m. on Thurs-

day. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Todd Parnell, former Drury University President. He will be speaking on the importance of getting students on a firm foundation by third grade to improve the odds of them completing high school and hopefully going on to college! President Brown will then give his annual address Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. This always proves to be the highlight of the convention. The public is invited to come hear an inspiring and uplifting message from Dr. Brown. Auxiliary continued on page 11

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