Rural Missouri - December 2010 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 Lester Dent La Plata’s man of bronze Departments 4 Comments National and statewide news 5 Columns Hart to heart 10 The owl innkeepers Fredericktown couple offers barn owls a place to stay as they transition to the wild 8 image courtesy of Will Murray 12 Mail Bag Letters from our eaders r 14 Out of the Way Eats Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank 21 Hearth and Home Five golden rings 22 News Briefs News you can use 16 Best of Rural Missouri Share your selections for Missouri’s best places to see and be 18 Coach After a 40-year coaching career, Hugh Dunn is still a major figurehead in Macon 10 To order a print of this photo, see page 29. 28 Marketplace Classified ads 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 32 Neighbors Turning back the clock 34 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 23 Just Claus Kevin Begley brings joy to collectors with his whimsical wooden Santas 26 Too good to be true? ‘Energy-saving’ boxes and other plug-in promises won’t lead to lower energy bills 18 About our cover F or many, Christmas has become too commercialized. With stores putting out Christmas decorations in September, it’s no wonder some find it difficult to get into the spirit. Fortunately, the Sullivan Christian Church offers a faith-filled event from Dec. 2-5 that is sure to remind you of the reason for the season. The Journey to Bethlehem leads down a winding path depicting the trip the Holy Family took on the way to Bethlehem. Featuring a cast of hundreds, the outdoor reenactment transcends time as visitors encounter fierce Roman soldiers on horseback, shepherds watching over their flock, angels singing on high and a host of other Biblical characters. One of the most popular characters is Sampson, a camel purchased for the event by Gerald Medlin, who portrays one of the three wise men with help from his “servant” Blaine Bridges (pictured at left). Like Mary and Joseph, those along the journey will be counted in the census and will meet the notorious tax collector. They’ll also experience an authentic marketplace and meet some interesting characters there and in the lodge (where there’s no room to stay, of course). The journey ends in the stable where Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus (on the cover portrayed by Scott and Chastity Jones) are joined by a singing shepherd (Steve Prusik) and the church’s pastor, who delivers a message of peace and love. Bonfires at each stop keep the chill away, as will the hot chocolate and coffee served in the church at the end. For more information on the Sullivan Christian Church Journey to Bethlehem, call 573-468-8142, e-mail scc@fidnet. com or visit The Journey to Bethlehem is presented at other Missouri churches as well, including Crocker, Harvester, Jefferson City and Racine. See page 30 in this issue for more information. Cover and photo at left by Jim McCarty DECEMBER 2010 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - December 2010

Rural Missouri - December 2010
Lester Dent
The Owl Innkeepers
Mail Bag
Out of the Way Eats
Best of Rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Just Claus
Too Good to Be True?
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - December 2010