first_imgAhhhhh, Thanksgiving!  A sport-loving man’s favorite day!  What could be better–a hardy meal with 5 or 6 football games to watch after you stuff yourself with turkey and all the trimmings?  This is great, right?  Oh, you are the lady of the house, and you don’t see it quite the same as your husband!  Just maybe he could take the kids outside and run some energy off of them while you clean up after the meal.  Or better yet, he and the kids could help mom clean up so that all can sit down and relax or go out and have some fun.  If you are the mom, you might even say “how about dad and the kids cleaning up this one time?”  Oh, come on, we all know that on Thanksgiving everybody likes the turkey and all of its trimmings, and I suppose, most people don’t begrudge watching a game or maybe two.  I do find it hard, however, even as much as I like sports, to believe that the TV is the man’s possession and the kitchen is his wife’s.  Come on, guys, give your wife a break.  Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

Mason City council approves agreement to help with Forest City building inspections

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Forest City on building inspections. It allows Mason City building inspectors to inspect buildings within Forest City as that community is working to address blight and dilapidation. Mason City’s city administrator Aaron Burnett says Forest City’s needs do not warrant employing staff specifically dedicated to building inspections.  “We received the request from Forest City to see if there was an ability to partner to help them essentially pursue 657As and other delinquent properties. When you’re in a smaller community, you just really don’t have the staff that we have here in Mason City. So with that, and understanding that very well from my previous work in smaller communities, it’s a good opportunity to be a good regional partner and help kind of raise the tide for the whole area.” Burnett says the work for Forest City would be on an overtime basis with all costs being covered by the City of Forest City.  “We reached out to staff before we even started the 28E to see if they were interested in the overtime opportunity, and if at some point they’re not interested we would not provide staff towards that purpose. It will not affect service because it will be all overtime. It’s all time that they would not be working anyway, and all of that time will be fully reimbursed, mileage and hours. So as far as our services I don’t think we will have a problem.”  — The council also passed the second reading of an ordinance for increasing water, sewer and sanitation rates. The council approved the increases in the city’s fiscal year budget that started on July 1st, with increases in the water and sewer rates to help fund capital projects, and the increase in the sanitation rate to build funds for vehicle replacements in future fiscal years. The water rate increase is 2.55% and will increase about 71 cents per month for the homeowner that averages 500 cubic feet of monthly use. The sewer increase is 2.83% and will increase about 49 cents per month for the typical homeowner. The sanitation rate will go up 40 cents per month to $12.05 starting for the July utility bill.last_img read more

Oklahoma, OK!

first_imgIt’s been 11 years since the school’s Department of Performing Arts performed a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, said Matt Byers, the show’s director and executive producer – and that also was “Oklahoma.” “Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals present such great music and dance and really memorable characters,” he said. “But the interesting conflicts, in this case, are the farmers at the turn of the century versus the ranchers and the cowboys, who are a little bit of the outlaws at the time. It was a very dynamic time in Oklahoma,” he said. “Oklahoma” tells the story, set in 1906, of cowboy Curly Claremore, his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams, and their interaction with threatening interloper Jud Fry, who works for Laurey and also loves her. The two-hour show will feature a cast of 106 students, a 30-piece orchestra directed by department chair Bert Ferntheil and a stage crew of 25. Auditions took place in November and rehearsals started in January. “We are very ready for opening night,” Byers said. “It’s been a great experience for the students, learning all about the Oklahoma territory. … It’s been quite a little social studies unit.” Senior Stuart Tseng, 17, plays Curly. He said as preparation for the musical they watched all the film versions of “Oklahoma.” “Curly is a really cool, sort of a charming character,” Tseng said. “In preparation for that I just thought to myself, `You’re cool, you’re charming, women dig you.’ So it’s kind of entering the stage … with that kind of mindset.” Laurey is played by Annelise McKendrick. The 17-year-old senior said Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals can be difficult because they have a history and so many people are familiar with them. “So a lot of people who come to the shows know what the show’s about,” she said, “and expect so much and have a lot of heart and feelings that go into the show.” Jeremy Evans plays Jud. He’s familiar with the 1954 film and Rod Stieger’s famous portrayal. “The man who played him in the movie, I feel he wasn’t, like, scary enough,” Evans said. “I wanted him to be a little bit more psycho. \ was very stoic, like the whole time. I wanted people to kind of go `Ugh!.”‘ Costumes were provided by Kathy Mushinskie, Ann Seitz and Annette Costantino. Michael Kidd is technical adviser, Darrell Clark technical director and Gail Clark choreographer. Tickets are priced at $20, $18 and $15. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Galleries: Temple City High School performs “Oklahoma” SAN GABRIEL – Memorable, hum-along tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin”‘ and “People Will Say We’re in Love” are among the many pleasures of seeing the Temple City High School production of “Oklahoma” at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. The school’s 41st annual musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, 320 S. Mission Dr. last_img