THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Lifestyle j-ois O'Rourke, lifestyle editor. 468-3522 THURSDAY, JUNEr-h, 1998 COMMUNITY CHATTER By KATHY DAVIDSON s I do in all of my columns, I research my -information by calling whom I believe to be the principals in an organization, take personal interviews and usually run the rough draft column by someone in the organization just to be sure everything has been interpreted correctly. In my last column I told you about three military organizations in our area, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The Disabled American Veterans. Because of Memorial Day weekend hitting at:the same time of my column deadline, and the involvement of veterans on that weekend, I could not get any "proofing" of my information and there were some errors. I would like to clarify some of them and also tell you about a fourth organization that is not a club but county office which also aids veterans. First what was written: "The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1900's membership consists of men and women who have served in combat." Correction: "...who have served overseas for a designated term, and who have earned campaign ribbons in the theatre of operations. They need not to have served in combat." Re: The American Legion. " . . . will accept any person who has served in the military at any time." Correction: ". . . will accept any person who has served in any wartime period, and need not have left the United States, but was active in wartime military service." "The Disabled American Veterans Association, (DAV), specifically Chapter 50, is a group of peers who have been disabled in the military and provide mutual support for each other." Correction and Addition: "The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), specifically Chapter 50, are a group of veterans who have a service-connected disease or illness, including those that may not surface until years later, i.e. Agent Orange, etc..). This group's sole purpose is to aid, assist and serve veterans who fit these categories." In addition the DAV van, operating since 1990, has transported an average of 180 veterans a month who need help getting to Fort Miley." Fort Riley Veterans Hospital in San Francisco: Correction: Fort Miley. The County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) was established by: the Board of Supervisors and is operated as a separate division of the Social Services Department to assist veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits from federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans. •CVSO is an advocate for the veteran community regarding entitlement to federal, state and local programs. Some of its services include: comprehensive benefit counseling; claim preparation and submission; claim follow-up to insure final decision; initiate and develop appeals when appropriate; and networking with federal, state and local agencies. Claims for medical and dental Care, home loans, vocational training, death benefits, work study, education, insurance, compensation pensions, are a big part of their activity. The office works directly with the California State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Veterans Administration to help local veterans file and receive the claims. Responding to requests for military records and deporations, burial benefits, life insurance assistance, discharge records/ certification, and dependent allowances are also under the See CHATTER, PageA-7 He's devoted to teaching Shakespeare By CAROLE HESTER Journal correspondent O ften seen with a leather cap, leather pants, and colorful shirt, Joe Hughes, 63, enjoys hanging out at Escape From San Francisco Bakery and Ice Cream Shop in Willits. An attorney from the Bay Area, he moved to Willits last December, liking the quiet, small-town atmosphere that he found when visiting there. Born in Covington, Ky., just south of Cincinnati, Ohio, he had a more cosmopolitan upbringing than is normally associated with "the South." His mother sang professionally, even had a contract ready to be on radio, when she met her future husband and set her career aside to become his wife. Hughes' father was also an attorney. Hughes, a recovering alcoholic, struggled with alcohol addiction his whole life; had his first alcoholic blackout at age 13 and his last one 39 years later. About that lost portion of his life he quips, "I drank as long as Jack Benny lived (39 years). The sad thing is, now there are young folks who don't even know who Jack Benny was, nor about his reference to his age." Hughes graduated from the University of Virginia in linguistics with a degree in philology, the study of the science of languages. He has a smattering knowledge of some 30 languages. It was later that he decided on a law degree, rather than pursuing a career in academia, for he saw law as the place where money was. Hughes has loved Shakespeare's works all his life. Growing up, he read the Bard's works constantly and followed studies in that area in college. Then, bent on "making as much money as I could," he became a lawyer. With his quiet laugh, he explained, "I've made lots of money and spent lots of money." When he lost his third and last campaign for political office, he began memorizing Shakespeare's Sonnets intently, performing annual one-man shows in Golden Gate Park and, in 1993, in London at the new Globe Theatre. "As a street performer, I'd encourage people to pick any Sonnet number to challenge me and then I'd quote it, acting it out as I went along," he said. He found number 18 to be the most popular Sonnet: "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of Maie, And Sommer's lease hath all to short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd, And every faire from faire some-time declines By chance, or nature's changing course untrim'd: But thy eternal Sommer shall not fade, Nor loose possession of that faire thou ow'st. Nor shall death brag thou wand'rst in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st. So long as men can breath or Photo by Cnrolc llcslcr Joe Hughes, 63, a student of Shakespeare, currently houses all of his theater props in the back of his car because he lacks storage space for now. Below, Hughes talks with some of his students. eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee." Hughes began gathering information on the poet and his works, planning a commentary perhaps one day for publication, titled, "A Simple and A Satisfying Sound." In that draft, completed in 1993, he sets forth what scholars are probably going to discuss as a controversial theory regarding the Sonnets. "When I began studying the Sonnets from the perspective of learning them, I thought it most likely that some of the story was missing, that there were additional poems or comments necessary in order to draw the Sonnets into a meaningful journal. More than anything, in the CC nets. Hughes' life-long study of Shakespeare has led him to his mission: To teach as many people about the author as possible. He laughed as he elaborated, "Long after I'm gone, I want enough people to be knowledgeable about Shakespeare that when inaccurate information is presented, someone will be confident to refute with the true facts." In his short time in the Willits area, Hughes has played a bit part in Willits Community Theater's production of "Gypsy," put on a one-man show at that same theater, and has established a unique summer school called, "A Summer with William Shakespeare." Long after I'm gone, I want enough people to be knowledgeable about Shakespeare that when inaccurate information is presented, someone will be confident to refute with the true facts. -Joe Hughes 55 Hughes spent a large portion of his later years putting together his analysis of the Sonnets and developed a unique theory about the Poet and his work. His theory is that the Sonnets were initially published in precisely the order the Author intended. Only Shakespeare would have had the information and the cause to publish them in this order. "This probably is my most controversial assumption," said Hughes, whose research efforts are as yet unpublished. A devotee to the Arts, Hughes has definite ideas concerning the importance of Art in our lives. His philosophy is, "Art isn't the spiritual event - it prepares us for the spiritual event. Art grows out of man's service to God. Sometimes Art can be so ennobled that it comes as if it were direct message from God - it can be frightening to mere mortals." process I felt that I was attempting to enter the Poet's mind as thoroughly as possible, to see through his eyes, hear through his ears, what he intended to say. I looked into every major line of thinking on the Sonnets, have re-memorized them for public appearances, and have searched for every knowable circumstance of the lives of the Poet and the Patron and of the theater and publishing businesses of that day." Regarding his gargantuan task of memorization, the scholar explained, "I knew I could commit the Sonnets to memory only in certain blocks or cycles. There are more than 100 poems." He completed his memorization in April 1984, in time for a public recitation of the Sonnets on the Poet's birthday and just before the 375th anniversary of the first publication of the Son- Hughes believes that every philosopher understands in some way that there is a universe larger than our own. Sai Baba, an "avatar" in the Hindu religion, has played an important part in his pilgrimage. In a recorded speech, as well as Hughes can recall, Baba said: "There is only one race the human race. There is only one God - the God we all worship. There is only one language - the language of the heart." "A Simple and A Satisfying Sound" - was the working title of Hughes' 1993 draft of the Sonnet story, taken from a passage in "An Essay on Shakespeare's Sonnets," by Stephen Booth. Booth is Professor of English as University of California at Berkeley. Hughes expressed gratitude for the permission granted by Booth to use the phrase. "I especially want to say thanks to Dr. Booth's superb life-work concerning the vSon- nets the best work ever clone on the subject," added .Hughes. "A Summer with William Shakespeare" is a series of weekend events, where students of all ages may study the Bard and gain from Hughes' expertise. These study sessions take place on the Saturdays preceding Sunday performances. Younger students perform Sonnets in Recreation Grove in Willits at 1 p.m. The schedule remaining is: June 13 and 14 "O Thou Minnion " Sonnets 78 through JOS will be studied and acted. June 27 and 28 - "By A Virgin Hand Disarm'd" - Sonnets 127 through 154 will be scrutinized and performed. There is no admission charge to the performances but "the hat will be passed." For more information about his intriguing "Summer with William Shakespeare," call 459-9449. RV fire department to hold 40th annual barbecue The Redwood Valley/Calpella Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 40th annual Beef Barbecue Saturday, June 20 at the firehouse in Redwood Valley. The traditional menu of barbecue beef, chili beans, green salad and garlic bread will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, coffee and homemade desserts will be available. Dance into the night music of Ed Reinhart and the New Identity Crisis Band. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under 5 are free. The proceeds from this event go to purchase fire fighting, rescue and medical equipment for the department. Organized fire protection in the Red- wood Valley/Calpella area began in 1938 with the acquisition of one small truck and commitment from the state of California to pay one man to drive it five months out of the year. For the next 12 years that one truck and driver provided fire service to the area. Manpower came from neighbors and funding was sought through an annual $5 per household donation. In 1950, a small firehouse was built and a second truck was purchased. Some of the money for the firehouse came from the civil defense branch of the federal government with the stipulation that the structure have an observation tower that could be manned to watch for enemy aircraft during a national emergency. 1953 saw the formation of an organized group of volunteer firefighters. The establishment of this group provided a dependable source of trained manpower for the fledgling fire department, but funding was still uncertain. Donations continued to be a major source of revenue and the newly formed volunteers sponsored turkey shoots and "Chicken Pot Pie" feeds at the local Grange Hall to raise money. An official fire district with tax-based revenues was formed in 1958 and from that point on the major expense of providing fire protection and emergency medical service to the area has been funded by property tax revenue. The Redwood Val- ley/Calpella Volunteer Fire Department : today consists of 22 volunteers and three ' paid people with nine pieces of equipment ; housed in a modern facility. The depart- • ment responded to 562 calls last year. : Throughout the years the volunteer firefighters have continued to hold fundraising events in the community to augment the fire district's budget. The most popular of these is a Beef Barbecue am! dance held at the firehouse each year on the Saturday after school lets out. The proceeds from this barbecue are used to purchase fire fighting and rescue equip ment to improve the capabilities of tlu j department.
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