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[OCT. 3, 2001] “Barron’s
Keeping Snakes: A Practical Guide To Caring For Unusual Pets."
David Manning, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2001, 64 pages.
a recent "Top Ten of Everything" poll by Reader’s
Digest, respondents were asked to name the most popular pets in the
United States. Predictably, cats, dogs, parakeets, small animals and
fish finished in the top five. Surprisingly a new pet has
"slithered" its way onto the list, passing perennial
favorites such as parrots, canaries and cockatiels: reptiles. One of
the most popular reptile pets is the snake. In a new addition to the
popular "Barron’s Unusual Pets" series, David Manning
explores the snake as pet in his book "Barron’s Keeping
to Manning, "snakes make surprisingly good pets. They are
clean, quiet and easy to care for creatures…although not as cuddly
as more traditional domestic pets, they are fascinating and low
maintenance animals." Manning introduces the reader to pet
snakes by explaining their biological composition, living spaces,
food and other useful information. He also identifies and discusses
12 snakes that make suitable pets for the family. They are:
Sinaloan milk snake
Yellow rat snake
Common garter snake
Rough green snake
Brazilian rainbow boa
the decision to become a snake owner requires careful consideration.
Space requirements, handling and holding, diet, health, breeding,
and snakebites are important factors. It is also important to become
knowledgeable about the snake’s physical characteristics. External
features such as eyes, tongue, skin and the tail are part of a
healthy snake’s anatomy. Key to maintaining that anatomical health
is thermoregulation. Regulating the temperature in the living
environment improves the snake’s ability to achieve a proper
balance in warming and cooling their bodies. This balance is crucial
for the snake’s movement, digestion and energy reserves.
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contributing factor to a snake’s health is the artificial home
(known as "caging"). According to Manning, "it is
essential to provide your pet snake with the correct environment —
in terms of heat, light, and space — in order to keep and maintain
it successfully." These containers are known as vivariums and
come in many shapes and sizes (glass, plastic or wood). The vivarium
must also be outfitted with the necessary support items —
heating-lighting, water, shelter, furnishings, arboreal (for
climbing) and substrates (base coverings of leaves, bark, sand,
setting up a proper vivarium the next consideration is food. The
snake’s age, size and type of species determine the kind of food
for a suitable diet. Mammals such as mice, rats and rabbits work
well with larger species, while fish and invertebrates (crickets,
grasshoppers, worms, etc.) are better for smaller species. When
feeding a snake, it is important to remember these guidelines:
Consider feeding the snake in a separate container.
A diet of healthy prey eliminates the need for dietary supplements.
Frozen food should be thawed before feeding.
Use foods that are relative to the snake’s size.
Avoid overfeeding (obesity is a common problem).
author also recommends that owners keep a record card on their
snake. According to Manning, "snakes are difficult to follow
and study in the wild…observing and making notes will help you to
discover more about their habits." The information on the card
can include anatomical features (color, length, etc.), feeding times
and habits, skin shedding, and other behaviors.
Manning’s "Barron’s Keeping Snakes" is an
indispensable guide for any snake enthusiast. This colorfully
illustrated book contains all of the information necessary to join
the growing legions of pet snake owners. Especially helpful in the
chapters on the individual snakes is the key that easily explains
the desirable housing, diet, life span and length for each species.
A compilation of societies, magazines, books and online sites offers
resources for further information. This book is highly recommended
for all snake owners and anyone considering a snake as a pet.
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]
26, 2001] Keith
Zimmerman, former director of bands at Lincoln Junior High School,
will present his faculty saxophone recital at Bradley University in
Peoria at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Dingledine Center. On
Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. he will repeat the recital, performing
in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall on the Illinois Wesleyan
University campus, where he is also saxophone professor. The
recitals are free and open to the public.
Zimmerman for the recitals will be pianist William West, who is a
flute and saxophone professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is
also first flute with the Opera Illinois orchestra. Zimmerman and
West have been performing together for over 15 years. Before that,
the late Lincoln pianist Marie Brooker accompanied Zimmerman for
many years in concerts throughout central Illinois.
program for each recital will consist of a new transcription for
soprano saxophone of Handel’s Sonata No. 3 in F major, originally
for violin, and Melvin Solomon’s Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone.
For alto saxophone Zimmerman has chosen Charles Koechlin’s Etudes
1, 2, 4 and 8; Pierre Sancan’s "Lamento et Rondo";
Darius Milhaud’s "Scaramouche Suite"; and Rudy Wiedoeft’s
"Sax-o-phobia" from the saxophone craze days of the 1920s.
holds a B.M.E. and an M.M. in saxophone performance from Illinois
Wesleyan University. Additionally he studied at the graduate and
post-graduate levels with American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil
Leeson at Ball State University and with Canadian saxophonist Paul
Brodie. He also studied in France with Daniel Deffayet, professor of
saxophone at the Paris National Conservatory, on a French Ministry
of Culture scholarship arranged by Deffayet.
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directed bands at Lincoln Junior High for 33 years before retiring
May 26, 2000, to devote more time to university and private teaching
and saxophone clinics and seminars for students and teachers.
has performed in England, France, Germany, Canada and many parts of
the United States as soloist and chamber music player. He was a
founder of the Illinois Saxophone Quintet and a member for the
entire 22-year life of that group. He is also a saxophone artist and
clinician for The Selmer Company whose saxophones he plays. As a
founding member of the World Saxophone Congress and the North
American Saxophone Alliance, he has frequently appeared as a
performer at regional, national and international meetings of those
bodies. Since 1994 he has been first alto saxophonist with the Pekin
Municipal Band. He previously worked as lead alto saxophonist for
the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus on many occasions.
of the season
recital by soprano Alison England
24, 2001] Friday,
Sept. 14, the Lincolnland Community Concert series began. The first
program was a recital by soprano Alison England entitled
"Opera, Broadway, & Beyond."
accompanied by pianist Sandra McCune, performed a variety of songs
from various operas and musicals, including "Romeo &
Juliet," "Carmen" and "South Pacific."
Styles in the first act ranged from the romantic "Le Canzone de
Doretta" (Doretta’s Song) from Puccini’s "La Rondine"
to the absurd Carol Burnett-esque version of "I Could Have
Danced All Night" from Lerner & Lowe’s "My Fair
did not allow for a passive audience, either. In the racy "Meine
Lippen, Sie Kussen So Heiss" (My Lips, They Kiss so Hot) from
Lehar’s "Giuditta," she descended from the stage
to flirt with "six wonderful guys" who happened to be
seated on the aisle.
the intermission, the audience was greeted with a stage empty of all
but McCune and her piano, as England made her way up the aisle in
the darkness. She wore a cloak and carried a lantern, setting the
stage for her next set, a mysterious mixture of music from Yeston’s
"Phantom" and Webber’s "Phantom of the Opera."
moods completely, England dedicated her next set to Judy Garland,
whom, she says, many people say she resembles. This set included
songs from Berlin’s "Easter Parade" and Martin &
Blane’s "Meet Me In St. Louis." Besides just her
appearance, England imitated Garland in her attitude. She sat on a
stool, rolled around on the piano, and kicked her legs in a way that
would have made Judy Garland proud.
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her final set, England allowed a short question-and-answer period,
during which it was revealed that it was her birthday. The audience
sang "Happy Birthday" to her, after which she responded,
"I’m 25." Members of the audience asked question such as
"Do you still get nervous?" (yes); "Do you want your
daughter to follow in your footsteps?" (no); and "What are
your favorite roles in musicals?" (Anna in "The King and
I," and Maria in "The Sound of Music"). The last
question asked was "Where is home for you?" She responded,
"Home is Beverly Hills. That is where I would like to
live!" She went on to explain that she currently lives in
Covina, Calif., which is a town outside Pasadena, but was raised in
New York. As though it were planned, this question led her directly
into her last set.
final set of the concert was dedicated to the "heroes" of
the terrorist acts of Tuesday, Sept. 11, from the men and women
serving now to help clean up to those who called on their cell
phones from the airplanes, trying to make a difference. The set
consisted of Mariah Carey’s "Hero," Celine Dion’s
"My Heart Will Go On," and Margaret Bonds’ arrangement
of "He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands."
a standing ovation, England returned for an encore consisting of
Albert Hay Malotte’s version of "The Lord’s Prayer"
and "America the Beautiful." During the final song, she
invited children sitting on the front row to come and join her on
stage, and the audience to stand and sing with her. The mood was
arts group plans for a clown,
a classic film and a Spanish guitarist
18, 2001] The
Logan County Arts Association, meeting at Lincoln Public Library on
Monday night, chose officers and discussed plans for its first three
events, which include a clown, a showing of "Casablanca"
and a classical Spanish guitarist.
Jacobs of Lincoln, previously the organization’s acting executive
director, will continue to lead as its first president. Jean Gossett
as vice president, Louella Moreland as secretary and Jeanie Xamis as
treasurer round out the slate of officers. Chris Gray was selected
as first program chair and Marshall Jacobs as marketing chair.
Tone, a clown who presents hands-on children’s programming, will
perform at the association’s first fund-raiser, to be Saturday,
Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of St. John United Church of
Christ. Admission prices are $1 for children 2 to 6 years, $2 for
children 7 to 12 and $3 for adults. Mr. Tone, of Atlanta Ga., is a
graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown
College. Gossett’s Decorator Studio is co-sponsoring the event.
will be shown at the association’s first classic film night,
planned for Thursday, Oct. 11, at Lincoln Cinema. Kerasotes Theatres
is the co-sponsor. Seating will be limited to 200, with ticket
prices of $5 for adults and $2.50 for those 13 and under. Tickets
will be on sale at the theater starting Oct. 1, as soon as the
poster appears in the window. At the showing Marshall Jacobs will
present a brief introduction, including cinematographic techniques
and facts about the film.
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Culleton, a Lincoln native, will present a classical Spanish guitar
program on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.
All proceeds from the three fund-raisers will go to the Logan County
association is also in the midst of a logo contest, with Oct. 10 as
the cutoff date. Local schools have been notified about the
members tentatively set a second classic film night for Jan. 10,
2002. An exhibit of paintings by Lincoln artist Leola Dowling has
already been scheduled for October 2002, and other potential
programs include exhibits of ceramics and watercolors.
Logan County Arts Association is in the process of soliciting
memberships, beginning at $25 for an individual, and sponsorships.
County Arts Association will join the celebration of Illinois Arts
7, 2001] Joining
an annual statewide celebration of the arts, the Logan County Arts
Association will host Classic Film Night on Thursday, Oct. 11, from
7 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater. Classic Film Night will feature
"Casablanca," courtesy of George Kerasotes Corporation.
The film is to be shown in its entirety, without commercial
interruption, on the big screen.
George Ryan has proclaimed Oct. 7-13 as Illinois Arts Week 2001.
"To reach out to the community and beyond, Classic Film Night
will be included in the Illinois Arts Council’s statewide campaign
to promote Illinois Arts Week," said Marshall Jacobs, president
of the local arts association.
Illinois Arts Week theme, ‘The arts are all around us,’ captures
the important message that the arts are present every day, in some
way, in our lives. Arts Week helps to focus our attention on all the
arts activities and programs that surround us in our
communities," said Illinois Arts Council Chairman Shirley R.
County Arts Association is pleased to be able to join the Illinois
Arts Council to be part of this statewide initiative," said
Jacobs. "We hope that the entire community and surrounding area
will take the opportunity to attend Classic Film Night and join the
exciting statewide celebration. "
to the local event is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children.
County Arts Association news release]
in Logan County
Upcoming events and logo contest
1, 2001] The
Logan County Arts Association is a newly formed organization
dedicated to introducing all disciplines of the arts to our area.
From hands-on programs for children to classical music for adults,
the spectrum is broad and entertaining. Though it is still very new
and in the setting-up stages, the association has already scheduled
Magic, and More" by Mr. Tone, a professional clown, is geared
to children's activities and set for Sept. 29. Classic Movie Night
featuring "Casablanca" will open on Oct. 11. An afternoon
performance of classical Spanish guitar by Spanish-trained Chris
Culleton is scheduled for Dec. 16.
we don’t have," says Marshall Jacobs, director of the
association, "is an identifying logo that graphically shows who
we are! Here's where we hope you can be of help and have fun in the
association is sponsoring a contest in Logan County schools for a
logo the arts group can adopt. Jacobs says this challenge can be an
exciting art project for students in middle school and high school.
winner will be publicly recognized and receive a cash award and a
free membership to the association’s first-year activities.
should be sent to:
County Arts Association
S. Kickapoo St.
should be postmarked no later than Oct. 10 to be considered in the
judging. For more information, please contact Jean Gossett, (217)
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