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Employee of 34 years receives national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Coppock   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:30
August 20, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa -

Joan Sammons, 80, from Cedar Rapids was awarded the Spotlight Award from the American Association of Community Theatres.  She was presented with this award by Rod McCullough, past president of the AACT at the Theatre Cedar Rapids Ovations Ceremony, an annual event to recognize TCR volunteers.    "Joan represents the highest level of commitment to the theatre she has served and, thus, the community she lives in.  AACT is pleased to be able to recognize Joan and Theatre Cedar Rapids," commented McCullough in his remarks to the 250 person audience.

Sammons recently retired from Theatre Cedar Rapids after working over 33 years in various positions throughout the organization.  At the event, Sammons was also named a Fed Hedges Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  This TCR award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a life-long commitment and passion for theatre and the performing arts. "For years Joan was the theatre's administrative staff in its entirety - accountant, receptionist, box office manager. Though she professes to not be a "theatre person," she was, in truth, more of a community theatre person than most of us.  She was the community theatre's essence.... always so incredibly warm , welcoming and committed to volunteers and patrons alike, that I always felt she embodied what this community theatre is all about," said J David Carey, TCR Finance Director and longtime friend of Sammons.  "Her day to day presence will be missed but her positive influence on this organization and the thousands of people she inspired serves as her legacy."

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is the national voice of community theatre. As part of that responsibility, AACT seeks out and recognizes the efforts of the most important aspect of community theatre:  the people who come together to make it happen. AACT evaluates award nominations from the communities that support over 5,000 theatres in the U.S.

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Theatre Cedar Rapids
Julie Coppock

TLP Presents An Evening of Art & Music PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Parsons   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:30
Mount Carroll, IL--Although the mainstage season for Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) is coming to a close, the theatre is pleased to announce an upcoming off-season event, An Evening of Art & Music.

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An Evening of Art & Music will take place at Brick Street Coffee, downtown Mount Carroll, in conjuction with Brick Street Days on Saturday, September 1st from 3pm to 8pm.  The evening will include local TLP performers from 3pm-6pm featuring:

2:30pm: Joe Morrow, Mount Carroll, will be kicking off the event outside of the coffee shop on his acoustic guitar. Joe was a participant in the TLP Arts & Music Festival last season. He has performed locally in several events.

3pm: Susie Rogers, Mount Carroll, played Ren’s mom in Footloose this season at Timber Lake Playhouse. She appeared onstage at TLP in West Side Story starring Sandra Santiago in 1980. She is a member of the New Spirit Band and owner of Red Rudy Inn in Mount Carroll.  Juliene McCormick will be accompanying by piano, Bill Foley on guitar and Ron Deyo on harmonica for An Evening of Art & Music.

3:30pm: Levi Skoog, Chadwick, has appeared in TLP productions of Footloose, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up and many others, including a featured role in Children of Eden in 2011. He is a freshman at Milledgeville High School and performs at the Woodland Arts Academy. He is a member of the Triple Threat Team at WAA and was selected to perform at the Waterfront Stage in Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL. He will be performing with Natailie Old who teaches dance at WAA and was Elle Woods in Legally Blonde this summer at Centennial Auditorium Summer theater Academy.

4:00pm: Carissa Heath, Mount Carroll, is a concession stand worker and usher at TLP. She played Maria in the Sound of Music at WCHS in the spring. She will be attending Knox College in the fall, majoring in psychology and minoring in art. Carissa went to IMEA her Junior year for choir.

4:15pm: Liesl Meador, Mount Carroll,  One of the ensemble of Footloose, Played Elsa in the Sound of Music at WCHS in the spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Most Outstanding choir member as a Freshman. Liesl won the 1st timer in a Play award in 2011.

4:30pm: Ben Rogers, Savanna, was in the ensemble in Footloose at TLP this past summer. He played Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at West Carroll High School last spring. He plays at least 15 different musical instruments and was a National Anthem Finalist for the IMEA Honors Choir. He sang the National Anthem at a semi-finals softball game in June.

4:45pm: Katie Woods, Savanna, was in the ensemble of Footloose this season at TLP. She played Luisa in the Sound of Music at WCHS this past spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Best Concert Choir Student of the Year her Sophomore year. Katie made it to Junior IMEA once and Upstate Illini Festival twice.

5:00pm: Brad Field, Mount Carroll, appeared in Guys and Dolls and Footloose this season at TLP. He performs with Northwest Illinois Theatre Coalition and last appeared as in the Mike Craver musical, Oklahoma Hale and Damnation. Brad is Technical Director of the West Carroll School District.

5:30pm: John Chase, Mount Morris, appeared in TLP productions of Oklahoma!, Sunset Boulevard and Working. This Spring, John returned from a short tour to California and Wisconsin with his wife, Beth, performing their 2-person version of The Cotton Patch Gospel that will be sampled at An Evening of Art & Music. Upcoming dates for their 2013 Spring Tour are at John premiers a new musical in October, One More For the Road- A Johnny Mercer Tribute. His other local theatre credits include Performing Arts Guild of  Mt. Morris,  Byron Theatre, Pecatonica Playhouse, and Rockford’s Starlight Theatre and Artist Ensemble.

The evening will end with an open mic from 6pm-7:30pm with a guest appearance from TLP's Magic Owl to close out the event. TLP Board member Andy Shaw will be emceeing the event. Admittance is free and donations for the 2013 season will be accepted.

Youngsters Power Past Competition in Pedal Power Pull at Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:33

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Young Fairgoers pedaled their way to victory at the Pedal Power Pull held Tuesday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

In the Pedal Power Pull, kids attempt to pedal a mini tractor 40 feet (a "full pull") pulling a box weighing from 80 pounds for 4-year-olds to 260 pounds for 11-year-olds. In the event of a tie or two full pulls, weight is added and a re-pull is held to determine the winner.

Results below:



1) Reagen Liggett, Corydon, 26 feet, 4 inches

2) Lillianna Wayne, Iowa City, 22 feet, 4 inches

3) Katelyn Moffitt, Indianola, 21 feet, 8 inches

4) Kylee Beamer, Dallas Center, 21 feet, 3 inches

5) Landri Steenhard, Ankeny, 18 feet, 7 inches


1) Stacia Linder, Deep River, 33 feet, 7 inches

2) Alyssa Bartlett, Pleasant Hill, 29 feet, 6 inches

3) Samantha Price, Bloomfield, 29 feet

4) Rylee Jiras, Oxford, 27 feet, 6 inches

5) Emma Cook, Colfax, 23 feet, 4 inches


1) Elizabeth Stohlmann, Marengo, Full Pull, 34 feet, 6 inches

2) Grace Prybil, Riverside, Full Pull, 31 feet, 2 inches

3) Laney Jiras, Oxford, Full Pull, 26 feet, 9 inches

4) Isabella Van Oosbree, Full Pull, Des Moines, 25 feet, 6 inches

5) Allie Turnbull, Mingo, Full Pull, 25 feet, 4 inches


1) Quinn Grubbs, Casey, 27 feet, 8 inches

2) Madeline Barker, Floris, 26 feet, 3 inches

3) Julia Bents, Ames, 20 feet, 9 inches

4) Erin Renshaw, Cedar Rapids, 19 feet, 3 inches

5) Lydia Sandbulte, Waukee, 16 feet, 6 inches


1) Becca Mohlis, Tripoli, Full Pull

2) Katie Schlosser, Colfax, 39 feet, 6 inches

3) Katie Wardlow, Kahoka, Mo., 37 feet, 5 inches

4) Clare Schnicker, Mount Pleasant, 32 feet

5) Keely Malone, Morning Sun, 21 feet


1) Kenzie Smith, Knoxville, Full Pull

2) Megan Van Zante, Sully, 39 feet, 7 inches

3) Sky Weber, Harper, 22 feet, 1 inch

4) Tatum Grubbs, Casey, 20 feet, 7 inches

5) Kayla Jiras, Oxford, 19 feet, 9 inches


1) Korie Jack, Kellogg, Full Pull, 36 feet, 2 inches

2) Tala Saulmon, Memphis, Mo., Full Pull, 30 feet, 6 inches

3) Renee Grimm, Audubon, 30 feet, 8 inches

4) Learia Wardlow, Kahoka, Mo., 28 feet

5) Rowan Langford, Des Moines, 21 feet, 1 inch


1) Morgan Hines, Clinton, Full Pull, Full Pull, Full Pull

2) Lexi Mohlis, Tripoli, Full Pull, Full Pull, 35 feet, 9 inches

3) Faith Diephuis, Farmington, Full Pull, Full Pull, 33 feet, 6 inches

4) Camilla Schlosser, Colfax, Full Pull, 39 feet, 4 inches

5) Madison Warschkow, Iowa Falls, 33 feet, 7 inches



1) Evan Stohlmann, Marengo, 26 feet

2) Dawnson Elliot, Bloomfield, 25 feet, 1 inch

3) Trice Van Ryswyk, Chariton, 22 feet, 7 inches

4) Cooper Linder, Deep River, 22 feet, 6 inches

5) Truman Van Oosbree, Des Moines, 19 feet, 5 inches


1) Kaiden Smith, Knoxville, 36 feet, 4 inches

2) Leyton Steenhard, Ankeny, 33 feet

3) Colton Metcalf, Pleasantville, 32 feet, 11 inches

4) Tanner Klejah, Grant City, Mo., 32 feet, 6 inches

5) Michael Jensen, Winterset, 31 feet, 10 inches


1) Ethan Thimmes, Mechanicsville, Full Pull

2) Isaac Wardlow, Kahoke, Mo., 32 feet, 1 inch

3) Cade Odell, Princeton, 27 feet, 9 inches

4) Brayden Moeller, Urbandale, 26 feet

5tie) Milo Staver, Afton, 22 feet, 6 inches

5tie) Jesse Kenseth, Ankeny, 22 feet, 6 inches


1) Brandon Greiner, Washington, 38 feet, 5 inches

2) Lanten Simpson, Albia, 32 feet, 8 inches

3) Ryan Doud, Batavia, 31 feet

4) Zachary Bradfield, Huxley, 30 feet, 6 inches

5) Luke Van Essen, Pella, 29 feet, 5 inches


1) Kenny Schlosser, Colfax, 38 feet, 7 inches

2) William O'Connor, Clearfield, 37 feet, 2 inches

3) Bryce Moffitt, Indianola, 34 feet, 9 inches

4) John Koll, Urbandale, 32 feet, 2 inches

5) Kai Malone, Morning Sun, 30 feet, 6 inches


1) Benjamin Moffit, Indianola, Full Pull, Full Pull, 36 feet, 4 inches

2) Grant Prybil, Riverside, Full Pull, Full Pull, 32 feet, 4 inches

3) Dominic Baker, Des Moines, Full Pull, 38 feet, 2 inches

4) Jaxton Elliot, Bloomfield, Full Pull, 27 feet, 4 inches

5) Thomas Schnicker, Mount Pleasant, 39 feet, 4 inches


1) Ethan Diephuis, Farmington, Full Pull, Full Pull

2) Tristan Clark, Swan, Full Pull, 37 feet, 9 inches

3) Dillon Berynett, Panora, Full Pull, 33 feet, 8 inches

4) David Wedemeyer, Lake City, Full Pull, 30 feet

5) Nathan Kroeger, Carroll, Full Pull, 28 feet, 6 inches


1) Koby Van Houweling, Prairie City, Full Pull

2) Brady Smith, Knoxville, 33 feet

3) Noah Bassett, Urbandale, 31 feet, 2 inches

4) Sage Bents, Ames, 25 feet, 1 inch

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Local Students Named to Dean's List at Cornell College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Kelly   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:37

MOUNT VERNON, IA (08/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, named 321 students to the Dean's List for the spring semester. The following students in your area were named to the list.

Leanna Doyle of Davenport, earned Highest Honors.

Christine Nguyen of Davenport, earned Highest Honors.

A grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale is required for this designation. "Highest honors" are granted to students with 4.0 averages; "high honors" are awarded to students with 3.8 to 3.99 averages; and "honors" include grade point averages of 3.6 to 3.79.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Melissa Parsons   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:13
Mount Carroll. IL- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) closes its 2012 season with a stunning collection of compositions of songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein with the show, Some Enchanted Evening. The final production will feature favorite song selections that audiences will love from Oklahoma!, The King and I, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and many others.

Guest Artist Samantha Dubina returns to TLP to perform in this special production. Dubina has been seen in TLP productions for the last 5 years, including White Christmas, All Shook Up, Church Basement Ladies and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. She said she is excited to be a part of the upcoming production because “the music is beautiful and it’s been such a long time since I’ve been in a show that’s almost all choral singing.” Dubina resides and in Chicago, performing with theatre companies such as Griffin Theatre, Bailiwick Rep, Northbrook Children’s Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, Noble Fool Theatricals, and Bailiwick Chicago, where she serves as Casting Administrator. In the fall, Sam will be playing Rachel Jackson in the Midwest Premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Some Enchanted Evening will also feature newcomer Melissa Griffith from Oklahoma City. She recently received a Kennedy Center Commendation for Distinguished Achievements in Vocal Arrangements for Flipside: The Patti Page Story. Rounding out the small cast will also include TLP residents Henry McGinniss (Ren in Footloose), Dryden Meints (Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls), Analisha Santini (Bertha in Boeing Boeing) and Kyle Brazel (Willard Hewitt in Footloose) who performs and music directs the production.

Some Enchanted Evening performs August 16-26. Performances are at 7:30pm, Tuesday through Saturdays and there are 2pm matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. New this season, there is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2pm. Tickets are available through the box office during regular business hours, 11am - 6pm daily, at or 815-244-2035. Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.

Timber Lake Playhouse, What’s Your Story?


This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Production Sponsors are Kunes Country Auto Group and Compliance Signs.


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