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8B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 9, 1990 Free Play At My mother doesn't like ani- mals. She considers them great nuisances, and so I didn't have pets growing up. Now 1 have two dogs, a black mutt and a chocolate retriever who is preg- nant, and four cats. The dogs are great pals -- they romp and greet each other every morning as though they were reuniting after a long absence. They som- ersault down the hill, they chase each other's tails, they bound over and through the flower beds. The cats are quieter. They lounge in my container pots and play hide and seek on the patio. Needless to say, my plants get smashed with all these animals roaming around. 1 refuse to give up either plants or animals, but I spend my summer coming to terms with having my cake and eating it too. Last week, mr example, 1 planted impatiens in the gaps in the hosta under the maple tree. They are tender little plants with fragile blooms and stems, l spent an hour under the tree planting them in a satisfying color arrangement of pale pinks, oranges, and reds. 1 envisioned them a month later when they would be full and bushy instead of scraggly little seedlings. When 1 came back out to check on them later that afternoon, Hershey, my labrador, had made the hosta bed her sand- pile. She had pawed a huge hole in the middle of the bed. The dirt was splattered over the patio and most of my impatiens lay in a wilted mess on their sides. Flershey grinned up at me with enthusiasm. Earlier in the late spring my cat Cleo used the patio as the training ground for her brood, She brought them out Of the garage onto the patio for boot camp. The calico, striped, and spotted kittens enjoyed the porch furniture and terracotta pots as command posts to launch their surprise attacks. They lurched, bounded, and wrestled their way all across the patio. As a result, my newly pot- ted flowers were mashed and torn. My older mutt Chuck takes his afternoon nap in the bee balm. 1 had this wonderfully huge drift of red tx,K" balm in the bed by the garage. Three feet high and citrus-smelling 1 con- sidered it my piece de resistance. The center of the clump now caves in because of all the naps. Chuck sleeps there curled into a ball while the bees and hum- mingbirds buzz around his head, unable to resist the fragrance. There are, of course, compen- sating factors to having both ani- mals and a garden. The cats kill the moles that kill my tulip bulbs. The dogs warn me if there is a snake nearby. But the rnam reason I wouldn't part with my animals is that they are my com- panions m the garden, along with the daisies and delphini- ums. When 1 weed, sweaty and down on my knees, Chuck is there by my side to give me an encouraging lick. When 1 ri,~ to stretch, ready for a break, my eyes are taken with the happy tableaux of kittens jumping from [x)t to pot. When I'm drinking my iced tea alone and blue on the patio, Hershey will bring me her rex1 rubber ball to throw. Sometimes it all works to- gether. The plants, the animals, and 1 can be found peaceful and happy on a summer's after'noon. 1 can be found swinging in the hammock, dogs snoring by my side, gazing out at my blooming beds that are thriving despite my beasts. A public performance of "The Belle Of Amherst" by William Luce, a play that celebrates the life of American poet, Emily Dickinson, will be given at The Gesundheit Institute on Locust Creek Road near Hillsboro Au- gust 17 featuring actress Emma Palzere. Free admission. The Gesundheit Institute is currently being constructed on 3 t 0 acres. "The Gesu nd heit phi- losophy states humor and the arts are important ingredients in healing. 'The Belle Of Amherst' is a perfect example of the heal- ing effects of the arts," according to James John~m, a spokesman for the institute. "The one-woman show is also a perfect vehicle for Palzere to bring to life the words and works of Emily Dickinson as dramatized by playwright Wil- liam Luce. The play opened on Broadway in 1975 and won a Best Actress Tony for Julie Har- ris. The play is directed by Mi- chael LaPolla, currently em- ployed with the soap opera, 'Loving,'" Mr ]ohnson said. "Palzere and LaPolla are graduates of Emerson College, Boston. Patzere interned at Hart- ford State Company, Connecti- cut and has also performed at American Stage Festival, New Hampshire; Berkshire Public Theatre, Massachu~tts; Indiana Repertory Theatre in lndianapo- lis;.Centennial Theater Festival, Connecticut. l'alzere lives in New York City and appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association," Mr Johnson added. The performance will be at 8 p.m. For further information, call 653-4338. t~( The Messenger [ PE OPLE I SERVING] i! :: Bmlmm 24-PACK 12 -OZ. CANS OUR PRICE LESS Mfr. Rebate NET COST AFTEI REBATE -2.00 II RED OAKS SHOPPING CENTER- FAIRLEA, WV SALE IN EFFECT THURSDAY, AUG. 9 thru TUES. AUG. 14 b ~i~!: i . iii ! Stacy Munsey (left), Sharon Campbell, and Paula Kohen Monroe Day Care and Stressful' By Jonathan Wright Sharon Campbell's two-and- one-half years as director of Monroe Day Care Center have been both rewarding and stress- ful. Rewarding because of the opportunity to train children ea- ger for learning - stressful be- cause of finances which have made bill-paying a continuous challenge. "Because of decreases in gov- ernment support, there have been some times when we've just barely been able to pay our expenses, " she ~tid. "In addi- tion to that, we've been in this building for 13 years now, and very little has been replaced." The building is on Shanklin Street near downtown Union. "We have the same appliances we had in 1977," Ms Campbell said. "Only two eves of our stove work now, and we have to tape the refrigerator door shut to keep it closed." The aging facilities result in unexpected repair expenses at times when excess funds are scarce, according to Ms Campbell. Additionally, loss of so me go vern men t-su bsid ized personnel has put a strain on fi- nances. The center must take on added salary expenses when funding for required positions is removed. "State licensing will not allow for volunteer help," she added. "Everybody is paid. I really wish we could pay our staff people better, but our finances just won't allow it -- and we cer- tainly can't afford to hire any additional workers," The recent hike of the federal minimum wage has put an added strain on the center's budget, forcing an increase in the per-day charge for each child from $8 to $10 per day, full-time. Parents of children who attend part-time (fewer than three days per week) are charged $10.50 per day. Ms Campbell said although funds are a problem, the staff is committed to providing children nutritious meals. Breakfast and lunch are served, m addition to an afternoon smack. The federal government subsidizes food ex- penses. Elimination of the surplus food program to day care cen- ters by the United States Depart- m~nt of Agriculture has made things tougher for the meals program at the center, Ms Campbell said. "We could get honey, rice, flour, cornmeal, butter, and cheese -- all at 15 per cent of cost. We were really able to operate well under that program. Now we don't get any- thing from it." Ms Campbell added, how- ever, that the Cheese and More Store of Gap Mills has helped take up the slack somewhat by offering its cheese at cost. "They've really been nice to us," she said. "Also, Bostic Feed and Sup- ply here in Union sells us flour at their cost. It's people like these who make a difference." For the past two years Atlan- tic Financial, a banking institu- tion, has donated $1,000 to the center, and once when a local businessman heard it was hav- ing financial trouble, he donated $3O0. Despite these contributions, though, community support has been low in recent years, accord- ing to Ms Campbell. "1 really don't know the reason, either," she said. "Many people in the area don't even know where we are located." The staff and parents do what they can to help. During the past year they participated in Campbell Soups' label program. "We collected 2,500 labels, "Ms Campbell said. "We received two playground balls and two art books from them. That wasn't much, of course, but we do what we can. "At one point last winter when our heat pump broke, we needed $150, and we just didn't have it. The idea of selling doughnuts to raise the money was brought up, and some of our parents and staff members cringed. Many of them are faced with that a lot in their work with the public schools and did not want to have to go out and sell more. Our Board of later came up with Help has been sou foundations, but so far ter has not qualified their funds. "There seems to be some requirement we don't Campbell said. "We slip through the 1oo where." During the school staff includes two substitute, a cook, a manager, and Ms Cai Only the business Ms Campbell are em the summer, along wit workers hired throUi Governor's Summer gram. An average of 15 from two to ten years tend the center in the~ The number 20 during the school children up to kindel attend. "I feel we do a good ring our kids ready garten," Ms Cam: recently heard from a who said our kids are pared when they get - both socially and The Monroe center only a few non-profit centers in'the state, Forsberg, Day Care the Department of Human Resources in said, "'1 don't know care centers can get little as the state They get $7 per day child who attends at days per month. the going rate earned I~ agers who babysit." Monroe Day Care governed by its 1 Board of Directors, the Early Childhood Members of the board nated from the other board members. The non-profit status the center from all but payroll ing to Ms Campbell. Stop by the on your way to the Fair! 164, Exit 156 US 60 West 1 Mile Crawley, W.Va. (304) 392-6500 l NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATION CLASSES STARTING FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER Call 645-7962 or 645-4218 t~ r~B~MI~ iiimll BIBII m m Illll IIIBI m I1~1 Blmll IIIBIB m m m m m I~11 Imml IBI1 I ADDRESS I I GRADE AGE PHONE Mail to: 222 S. LAFAYETTE ST. 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