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Page 6 INDEPENDENT Thursday, March 1, ZO 12 Ventriloquist brings antibullying message to L.O students By Ginger Holm Nationally renowned ven- triloquist Joe Gandelman from San Diego, California, paid a visit to LeRoy- Ostrander to entertain stu- dents and deliver a message on bullying. Gandelman has been per- forming as a professional ventriloquist for more than 20 years. He performs at schools, corporate and other venues with a large cast of characters. Gandelman played around with ventriloquism as a kid, but it wasn't until 1990 he decided to make it a full- time profession. As a kid I liked puppets. I like Howdy Doody and I liked certain ventriloquists. "I used to like Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney. Paul Winchell was a ventriloquist, singer, come- dian in the 50's. His sidekick was a dummy named, Jerry Mahoney." Gandelman started doing ventriloquism for relief stress when he worked for the newspaper in Wichita Kansas as a journalist. "There was a ventrilo- quist by the name of Jimmy Nelson from the 50's who did the old Nestl6 quick commercials. I wrote to him in Florida when I was visit- ing my parents and he said, 'stop in and see me.' We talked and I showed him a video I did. He said, 'You know, you're so relaxed the way you do this, you could probably do this full-time.' And that's what planted the seed." Gandelman's visit to L-O is part of his tour with the Bureau Lectures and Concert Artists "I go wherever they tell me to go," said Gandelman, who customizes his pro- grams to the audience. "I talk to the principal first and ask how they want me to do it. Sme want a 'tougher se, sCime a  tittlelighter. I am touching a little bit on bullying in this program." "Coming from a back- ground of working 10 years in Las Vegas with 1500, I've seen some bullying," said Principal Aaron Hungerholt. "I think we have a very good school here. I think the atmosphere is very safe, but it would be naive to say kids don't get picked on. When an issue is brought to our atten- tion, it is dealt with right away." Hungerholt wanted to get the message across to stu- dents, that bullying is wrong. He also hopes the program will help teach students what bullying is and how to deal it. Gandelman introduces the audience to his puppet friends one at a time. "I get them laughing and then hit them with some kind of message - in this case a message against bullying." Gandelman distinguishes between teasing, bullying and joking around, stating a "general putdown" between friends isn't bullying, but just kids fooling around. L-O Social Worker Sara Rich agrees, "There are always kids going through phases of name calling and eye-rolling and teasing. That's not bullying. Bullying is a consistent and repeated [behavior] against the same person. It's not just one inci- dent. When it's just kids being kids and sometimes saying something mean, they just need to be taught that is inappropriate and hurts peo- ple's feelings. When some- thing like that happens each situation is different and we deal with it according to the severety." Gandelman also showed the kids how the puppets work. He called for volun- teers from the audience to to work the puppet and parctice making it "talk." "It was pretty cool," said sixth grader" Reece Alstat. He was talking and you couldn't even tell his mouth was moving. I couldn't do that." Eighth grader Ashley Norby said she enjoyed the show, too, "It was interest- ing. I liked the people char- acters best." Bullying is a hot topic in schools everywhere. "Anti-bullying is proba- bly the most popular topic, but some schools ask for messages on internet safety, responsibility, or reading. I adapt whatever themes they ask for. Gandelman stated that bullying in some places has become such a big issue that some schools won't allow and "joking around" at all. "They feel that is the way to control it," Gandelman explained. According to Gandelman, people have different views on bullying and there's a split in the educational communi- ty on how to deal with issues of bullying. However, Gandelman says one thing is certain, "You need to try to stop it as soon as it starts, so it doesn't escalate. Bullying is a seri- ous issue." "There is also a split in the literature as to how to deal with issues of bullying," said Gandelman, who believes there is a difference between reporting issues and t.andon O'Byrne volunteers to help ventriloquist Joe Gandelman with his performance. Cheri A. Austin, la.Lic.NBC-HIS. Hearing Aid Specialist of Audio Hearing Aid Center will be at the Independent Apartments in the Community Room in Riceville, IA at 109 Westward Dr. Cherl A. 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You don't want children reporting every little thing or use incidents as a pretext to get someone in trouble." When asked if LeRoy- Ostrander has a bullying problem, students over- whelmingly said "no." Josh Williams eighth grader at L-O said," I haven't noticed any bullying." "Everybody here is pretty good friends," said eighth grader Thomas Mcnally, who added. "Bullying s shoving people around and calling names. There was a guy doing that, but he got sent away to Southland and we don't have a problem now." Not everyone agreed with the majority opinion. One seventh grader said she has been bullied, "[LeRoy] has a very bad bul- lying problem. I have been bullied for many years. Basically, I fight back." she said. "I have one friend who likes to harrass me, so I will just punch him and let him go cry to mom." While L-O may not be perfect, Rich said, "I see LeRoy as a pretty friendly school where the kids get along." Rich, who communicates with other social workers from other schools for sup- port, and networking, acknowledged, "There are some issues in every school by comparison LeRoy is a very safe school." Reece agreed, "I don't think we have a bullying problem in LeRoy. If we have something happen, it gets taken care of right away. LeRoy is a good school. I wouldn't go anywhere else. If I had a choice I would stay right here." * some names have been omitted to protect the priva- cy of minors who contributed to this article Kelly Hanson learns how to be a ventriloquist ARK BETHANY BIBLE CHURCH LeRoy, Minnesota Pastor Steve Huecker Sunday, March 4: 9:30 a.m.- Sunday School for Children Bible Study for Adults 10:30 a.m.- Worship Wednesdays: 7:00 p.m.- Bible Study Thursdays: 7:00 p.m.- Men's Bible Study TRINITY EVANGELICAL Ostrander, Minnesota Pastor Rolf Wangberg ~ 507.202.6790 Sunday, March 4: Second Sunday in Lent 9:15 a.m.- Sunday School. Coffee. & Fellowship 10:30 a.m.-Worship Wednesday, March 7: 10:30 a.m.- Text Study 7:30 p.m.- Lent Service Thursday, March 8: 6:30 p.m. Trinity Council Meeting Communion is served on the 2M & 4th Sunday of each month. Confirmation Class is at 8:00 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of each month. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Chester Iowa ~ Pastor Candy Carey Sunday. March 4: 9:00 a.m.- Service Pastor Rolf Wangberg LeRoy, Minnesota Lenten Services ~ Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Everyone Welcome Sunday, March 4: 8:30 a.m.- Worship 9:30 a.m.- Education Hour 9:45 a.m.- Choir Rehearsal Wednesday, March 7: 1:30 p.m.- D0.Day 6:00 p.m.- Worship GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH LeRoy, Minnesota Pastor Brian Thiet Sunday, March 4: 9:30 a.m.- Sunday School 10:30 a.m. -Worship Service Coffee & Fellowship following Wednesday, March 7: 7:00 p.m.- Bible Study GRAND MEADOW LUTHERAN Gram Meadow Minnesota Pastor Ann Siverling FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH LeRoy, Minnesota- Neal Solomonson, Pastor Sunday, March 4: 9:15 a.m.- Sunday School/Adult Bible Study 10:30 a.m.- Mornng Worship followed by Coffe Fellowship 12:00 Noon- LAMA Luau Fund-Raiser for the Good Samaritan Fund at the Community Center. Includes food. games, and prizes for the family Wednesday, March 7: 6:30 p.m. - Lenten Service 7:15 p.m.- Choir Practice Thursday, March 8: 7:30 p.m; - Session Meeting Friday, March 9: 2:30 p.m. Service at Adams Care Center ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC, CHURCH LeRoy, Minnesota-Fr. Steve Peterson Saturday, March 3: 5:00 p.m. - St. Finbarr. Grand Meadow Sunday, March 4: 8:30 a.m - St. Patricks, LeRoy Sunday, March 4, I0:30 a.m. St. Ignatius. Spring 9:00 a.m.- Worship Service & Coffee Valley Fellowship following Service lO:15 a.m.. Sunday School Wednesday, March 7: 7:00 p.m: Bible Study HINDT FUNERAL HOMES