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Employees at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson can hear the sounds of construction while they go about their daily jobs. They may step aside for the workers who emerge from behind secured doorways or who use the stairways. By all appearances, the employees don't mind the disruptions. They know that progress is being made on the 18,000-square-foot addition to the courthouse. The Stark County Commission knew of the need for expansion years ago, but didn't have the necessary funds to finance the $6.48 million needed for construction, furniture and fixtures.
Dickinson Elks Lodge executive chef Joe D'Amico, age 50, is particular about the food that is prepared in his kitchen. It has to be fresh, homemade and served in a timely manner. "I love it here—it's a little more slow-paced and more laid-back," said D'Amico, who moved here from Arizona and recently started working at the Elks Lodge. He has noticed differences in the way food, particularly steak, is prepared in local restaurants, as compared with other parts of the country.
In 1929, the Vaudeville magician Morgo the Magnificent, assisted by his beautiful wife, Clarisse, are entertaining for a show. The high point of their performance was when Morgo would “saw” Clarisse in half. On that fateful night, he sawed her in half -- REALLY sawed her in half. In his grief, Morgo hanged himself and the couple haunts the Ramada to this day.
Nashville recording artist Lauren Alaina will celebrate the release of her latest album “Road Less Traveled” when she appears in concert at the 53rd annual Trinity Mardi Gras. The message of self-acceptance is the theme of the album, which will be released the day before the concert.
Rudy, a border collie mix pup, is all about playing, while a kitten named Blizzard is affectionate and loves to be petted. Both animals are waiting for families to adopt them through Oreo’s Animal Rescue. “Rudy is very energetic and playful,” licensed veterinary technician Chelsea Nelson said. “He definitely needs room to run and play. He’s a very hyperactive pup and needs lots of attention.” Nelson described the kitten as very sweet and loving.
Several fairy tales are intertwined when the musical “Into the Woods” is presented in the Trinity High School auditorium Jan. 20-22. “Everybody has a wish and reason for going into the woods and that’s what pushes the story forward,” said Ethan Herner, one of the characters.
Pam Stedham and Tom Bittleston, both of Dickinson, had little success in finding jobs after their previous careers ended. The challenges of being an older worker didn’t help either. Stedham, 58, had sold her dry cleaning business, but lacked computer skills. Bittleston, 56, worked for an oil service company before being laid off.
RockPile Energy Services will host its fifth annual Chili Cook-off from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Astoria Hotel and Conference Center in Dickinson. The cook-off is an opportunity to sample chili prepared by 20 teams, as well as raise funds for area fire departments. “We’re so excited,” said RockPile marketing administrator Miranda Rough. “We have one team coming from Texas -- they’re trying out their chili on the frac guys.”
The Gladstone firefighters have moved their trucks and equipment into the new fire hall, and are enjoying the amenities of a new kitchen, offices and bathrooms. Gladstone Fire Chief Joe Wanner credited the firefighters who volunteered their skills to finish the inside construction, as well as the donations received at RockPile Energy chili cook-offs. “The funding this year will probably support a few things inside, as well as finish the bathrooms,” Wanner said.
The staff of CHI Health at Home & Hospice encourages families not to wait so long before seeking end-of-life services for their loved one. “Hospice is for anybody who is terminal or with a life-limiting illness, who no longer wishes to receive treatment and has a diagnose of six months or less to live,” said Tami Christianson, social worker and bereavement and volunteer coordinator. “Don’t wait -- we can get to know the patient better, and help them on the last journey of their life,” she said.