Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.
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WESTBROOK -- Just one day shy of the actual milestone, members of Immanuel Baptist Church will celebrate "100 Years of God's Faithfulness" on Sunday. A Council of Recognition to make the new church official was convened Nov. 17, 1908, according to the church history, and a week later, Immanuel Baptist's first pastor, N.H. Byers, was unanimously called to lead the new congregation. Immanuel's current pastor, the Rev. Rob Adams -- 11th in the church's history -- has been part of the committee organizing the centennial efforts, which included the publication of a history booklet.
WORTHINGTON -- Area residents woke up to their first taste of winter on Friday morning, greeted by fresh blanket of white -- although wet and slushy -- snow. It was a pretty sight, but the reality of winter weather came when motorists hit the roads and highways. The Nobles County Sheriff's Office responded to several reports of vehicles in the ditch, but there were no serious accidents as of noon Friday. "It's usually right away in the morning when the guys are running to check on the cars in the ditch," said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.
WORTHINGTON -- When Ruth McCready looks at a fancy earring, she sees a chandelier, or perhaps a petite basket of fruit. If she has occasion to stay overnight in a hotel, she might take a picture of the carpet, hoping to duplicate the pattern in miniature. Before she discards an empty tube of toothpaste, Ruth salvages the top, knowing she can use it as a tiny flower pot. Ruth has a knack for "thinking outside the box," a skill she's honed during the last 20 years of furbishing dollhouses on a budget.
WORTHINGTON -- Initially, Steve Nowatzki is a tough nut to crack open. He's a quiet, introspective man, and talking about himself doesn't come easily. But as he begins to describe the process of printmaking -- zinc etching, to be exact -- Nowatzki's eyes begin to light up, and his voice and gestures become more animated. This is a man who enjoys what he does and is passionate about both the artistic process and the messages he conveys through his work. Since his dad served in the military, Steve spent many of his growing-up years in Europe.
WORTHINGTON -- "Communik8: Thriving, Not Just Surviving, the Parenting of Teenagers" is a free seminar begin offered Saturday morning in Worthington. Sponsored by Lifelight Student Ministries and the Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association (WAYMA), the informal session will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at BenLee's Coffeeshop in downtown Worthington. "Lifelight is networking with probably about 32 communities in the tri-state area, and we're one of the satellite communities," explained Dave Kinsman, youth director at St. Mary's Catholic Church and WAYMA member.
WORTHINGTON -- Christmas is still almost two months away, but the holiday spirit is already in full swing for organizers of Operation Christmas Child. Touted as "the world's largest Christmas project," Operation Christmas Child is an effort of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham. "This is a great opportunity, not only to bring hope and joy to a hurting child's life, but to also teach children in this country about generosity and compassion," said Graham.
WORTHINGTON -- Taste by taste, spoonful by spoonful, guests at a fundraising luncheon ate their way through 48 dishes Saturday at Worthington's First United Methodist Church, taking careful note of the ones they enjoyed the most to perhaps re-create in their own kitchens. PEO Chapter EJ's Autumn Sampler luncheon has been a local tradition for 17 years, raising funds for PEO projects while giving attendees a chance to try some new fare and glean a wide selection of recipes.
WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lynn Olson was pleasantly surprised and encouraged when almost 30 people showed up for a recent presentation about the hospital at the Round Lake Senior Center. "They came prepared with questions," he shared. "It showed that they were very engaged in health care. It showed they were concerned and know what's going on. What I heard from them, loud and clear, is they want services locally, they expect that.
WORTHINGTON -- Many kids grow up with a pet or two around the house -- a dog, a cat, perhaps a fish or even a hamster. But for Emily Donahue, age 15, the pet population at home has always been a bit more exotic -- monkeys, snakes, a Geoffrey's cat (South American leopard), sugar gliders. "I remember lots of animals," reflected Emily. "There have always been so many around that I can't remember specific ones." Emily's parents, Randy and Lorna Donahue, began taking in exotic animals before Emily was born. "It's kind of her parents' fault," admitted Lorna.
WORTHINGTON -- What's it going to take to successfully relaunch the Long Branch, Worthington's infamous downtown bar and dance hall? A team effort, says the saloon's new proprietor, Raul Godinez, who is committed to returning the facility to the bustling establishment it was in the past. Godinez's team includes former Long Branch owner Bob Henderson, who has agreed to serve as manager for a year; Joel Krommendyk, an experienced bartender who is returning to the Long Branch for a fourth tour of duty, this time as assistant manager; and Rick Steele, who will lease the kitchen operation. Once