Jan/Feb
2015

Rochester Author Abbie Williams: Newest novel “Heart of a Dove”

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

 

Rochester author Abbie Williams penned her ninth novel “Heart of a Dove,” the first in a new trilogy. Released by Central Avenue Publishing in December 2014, “Heart of a Dove” is a beautifully written novel about Lorie, a young woman who is orphaned in the days following the Civil War and sold into the slavery of prostitution at the tender age of 15. A former Confederate soldier—a customer—realizes that he knew her family in the days before the war. His southern honor will not allow him to leave her behind, so he rescues her. Together with two other men and a young boy, they begin their trek by wagon train toward a new life in Minnesota. 

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Inspired by her favorite novel, “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry, Williams brings the sights, sounds and hardships of the wagon train to life through the eyes of its main character. Lorie is a gentle, educated young woman who is trapped in the life of a prostitute. Through Lorie, we are reminded of the inner strength that can see us through the most desperate of times and the healing that is found through unconditional love and acceptance.  

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Worth Singing About

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Written by Debi Neville

Southeast Minnesota a cappella Festival

It’s not about numbers. It’s not about size. It’s about notes—musical notes, that is. On November 11, 11 choirs will converge on Lourdes High School for the fourth annual Southeast Minnesota a Cappella Festival. The phrase, “a cappella” is Italian for “in the style of the chapel,” a style of singing without instrumental accompaniment. The event features high school, collegiate and post-collegiate choirs.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

When the cheering stops

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Written by Debi Neville

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The road home can be a long one for women who have served in the military. The transition is wrought with challenges common among all veterans, yet female service persons face unique challenges. The women featured in this article have had varying experiences, but they share a common thought: Each is glad she served our country and notes the strength it took to transition back into civilian life. The landscape of returning to “everyday routines and responsibilities” presents numerous hills and valleys of opportunities, concerns and physical and emotional adjustments.

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Environmental Affairs

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Written by Jennifer Gangloff

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Flo Sandok’s mission to protect the earth

 

As a young girl concerned about the world, Flo Sandok used to pick up litter she found scattered around the New York City neighborhood where she grew up. But it would be years before she considered herself an environmentalist.

Today, having spent more than 40 years in Rochester, Sandok has sealed her place in the community as a leader in environmental concerns. “Our own well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of others, everything we share with the earth,” she says.

 

Nov/Dec
2013

The Place for everyone to call home

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Celebrating Rochester’s new neighborhood-based family and youth center

September marked the long-awaited opening of the new neighborhood-based family and youth center: The Place. The 55,000-square-foot facility is the incredible outcome of collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (B&GCR) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R). A nine-year vision, the new center is now home to both organizations where they simultaneously carry out programs for youth and families, help kids and ensure positive beginnings.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Art Imitates Life

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

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Touching Lanesboro production echoes familiar experiences

Memories…sibling rivalry… life choices…are some of the universal themes explored in the Commonweal Theatre’s production “The Memory of Water,” a heartfelt, inspiring comedy that runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 10 in Lanesboro.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Seeing Purple

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Written by Bob Freund

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Pursuing a Cure For Pancreatic Cancer at the PurpleStride Walk

Purple will be the color of the day on Sept. 21, when hundreds of walkers, runners, supporters and cancer survivors gather at the Regional Sports Center at University Center Rochester. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a rallying color against pancreatic cancer.

Tens of thousands of lives each year are devastated by cancer of the pancreas: 73 percent of patients die within a year of diagnosis and only about 6 percent survive for five years.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Homeless in Rochester

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Written by Amanda Wingren

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Seeking Shelter, Rebuilding Lives

Crystal Bartz and her three children, Temperance (age 6), DaCorey, (age 4) and Darius (7 months), have been situated in transitional housing through the Salvation Army for two months—a place they are relieved to be even if it is only temporary.

When Crystal was four months pregnant with Darius, she encountered health problems that required her to be on strict bed rest, which meant she couldn’t work. A domestic dispute and subsequent breakup left Crystal and her children without a home.

 

May/Jun
2013

Fifty Years Never Looked So Good

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Written by Debi Neville

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Kellogg Middle School celebrates the half-century mark

The doors of Frank B. Kellogg Middle School in northeast Rochester first opened in late fall 1962 to a flood of seventh through ninth grade students. Known then as Kellogg Junior High, the building was designed for 1,200 students on 17 acres and built for only $13.81 per square foot (which included cost of equipment).

Tucked into a wooded hill, it still glistens inside and out and is now home to about 900 students grades six through eight.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Breaking the Chains of Modern-Day Slavery

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Written by K.L. Snyder

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The slave trade, an ages-old enterprise, has updated its modus operandi, added the internet to its dealings and undergone a name change: human trafficking. Modern-day slavery—sophisticated but still nefarious—perpetuates its ancestor’s evil.

Human trafficking is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor),” according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

 

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