The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 10, 1986 · Page 19
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Neighbors The Salina Journal Friday, January 10,1986 PageNl Thank you notes Poetry KSAL disc jockey Rick Mach, right, is pictured with, from left, Ruby Cummings, Buy Weis and DoraLadd. Being on radio was fun The Salina Nursing Center wished everyone a Merry Christmas by doing a Christmas wish on the KSAL Radio Station. It was an exciting time for us to be able to go to the radio station and talk on the radio. This was one of the most unusual things we have ever done but we did enjoy it. We want to thank Rick Mach for being so kind and patient with us. Ruby Cummings Dora Ladd Guy Weis 1007 Johnstown Life Life is a butterfly Life is a bird Life is a road Life is a game of cards, a game of chess, a big game, a game of life, a matter of life and death. Life is a volcano ready to explode, Life is a bird in a high, high tree, spreading its wings, about to fly, way, way into the sunset, taking a chance of life and death, that's what life is about, Life is life Nevin Alvin Paris, age 10 Routes At school Cub Scouts helped decorate the tree at the Salina Nursing Center. Cub Scouts entertained Monday, Dec. 9, turned out to be a very unusual Christmas program for us at the Salina Nursing Center. Dean Crist and Cub Scout Pack 29 entertained us with a special program. We watched while the Cubs were presented with their awards. Then the Cubs entertained us with Christmas carols. They brought us tree ornaments that each den made to decorate our tree. We were served refreshments by the boys and we visited with them and their parents. It was a wonderful Christmas gift to us. Thank you again, very, very much. Ethel Mobley 1007 Johnstown Many made merry The residents of the Salina Nursing Center would like to thank all of the wonderful adults, teenagers, and children from the groups of South High School, South Junior High School, Cub Pack 29, Sod Buster 4-H, Redeemer Lutheran Church carolers, Jaycees Christmas carolers, Southeast of Saline music group, St. Mary's 2nd grade, Cub Scout Pack 6, Gospel Mission and the Foursquare Covenant Church for the entertain ment. We would also like to take this tune to thank the Salvation Army for the wonderful Christmas dinner and the presents that we received from them. Alma Dunsworth Mary Downing 1007 Johnstown Fraternity elects Religa Kevin Religa, Brookville, was elected vice-president of the Kansas Iota Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity at Kansas State University for the spring semester of 1986. Religa also received the Western Seedsmen Association Scholarship at KSU, which he accepted at the annual Western Seedsmen Association meetings in Kansas City in November. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Religa, Brookville. Bergkamp in honorary Marcia Bergkamp, Sauna, a University of Dallas senior, was recently initiated into the Nu Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society* To qualify for the national honor society, students must have a 3.0 GPA, and a commitment to education. Bergkamp, daughter of Melvin and Marge Bergkamp, Salina, was one of 15 new members inducted Nov. 6. Family Leeches celebrate 40th Elliott and Eleonora Leech, Minneapolis, celebrated their pre- 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 22 with an open house in the United Methodist Church. The open house was hosted by their sons and their families: Mr. and Mrs. Keith Leech, Morrison, 111.; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Leech, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Leech, Minneapolis. Granddaughters Christine and Jennifer Leech attended the guest book. Daughters-in-law Barbara, Carolyn and Angie Leech served the cake and punch. Granddaughters Rheann and Kathryn Leech helped carry plates to the kitchen. Assisting in the kitchen were Blythe Atwell, Paula Chapman and Laurene Pridey. Katrina Behrendt entertained the youngest guests in the nursery. Keith, Dale and Karl videotaped the occasion. Santa made a surprise visit, handing out candy canes and visiting with the guests. Out-of-town guests attending were Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bartsch and daughters, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Carlson, Manhattan; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Carlson and children, Hoxie; Wilton Cooper and daughter, Littleton, Colo.; and Mr. and Mrs. Don Mergen, Salina. Prior to the open house, a dinner was served in the church basement. Those in attendance other than the immediate family were Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Bartsch, Minneapolis; and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bartsch and daugh- Music career may not be first choice By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It takes about 10 minutes for Denise Middleton to drive from her apartment to the Tennessee State University campus. Drive 15 minutes the opposite way and you arrive at "music row", the home of recording studios and music publishers — a haven for aspiring songwriters. For Middleton, success could lie in either direction. Deciding which avenue she wants to pursue is the hard part. Middleton, 21, Salina, who last semester was a senior in speech pathology at Kansas State University, has taken a shortcut to a music career others spend their lives dreaming about. She's in Nashville now, working as a songwriter and recording artist for Music by Hummingbird, a company that publishes contemporary Christian and theater music. Her mother, Hannelore Middleton, 2400 Drake Place, is not surprised with her daughter's achievement. "She has lots of talent," her mother said. "She can sketch — she's just an all around artistic person." Middleton wrote her first song in the eighth grade, "in a Liberace Big-Note songbook," she said, giggling. Since then, her love of music has never wavered. "My friends always said they liked my music but I just thought they were being nice," she said in a telephone interview. "They're real supportive. They say 'we could hear you on the radio someday.' " That someday could come soon, as Middleton plans on releasing an album in the spring of 1987. But for now she's content learning the ropes of the music industry in a place where she feels welcome. "If I had had to struggle on the street as a writer I probably would feel differently," she said. "But here I am alone and I just say 'Okay Jesus, this is where you want me." I'm really just stuck with faith." Middleton's road to Nashville was anything but a struggle. Working at a Christian athletic camp in Missouri last summer, she was asked to sing for an evening program. She was spotted by a singer-songwriter from Nashville in the audience, who asked her to come to Nashville in July to discuss a singing career. But upon her arrival she discovered the songwriters weren't interested in her contemporary Christian music. Middleton's music is similar to toj>40 tunes but with Christian lyrics. Her idol is Amy Grant, a crossover Christian artist whose songs have made the popular music charts. One of the country songwriters told her about an open performance night being sponsored by a local bookstore. Middleton performed and got an enthusiastic reaction from the audience of pub- Ushers, agents and fellow Christian artists. Two songwriters and representatives from two publishing companies came up to her afterwards to talk about recording contracts. Now she is negotiating one-year concurrent contracts with Hummingbird as a writer and recording artist. "We actually haven't discussed the financial details at all which frustrates my mother," she said. Middleton returned home Aug. 5 despite her publisher's advice to remain in Nashville. She returned to Nashville more than a week ago and plans to finish her degree in five semesters at Tennessee State University. "I would like music to have on the side and enjoy but I really don't want to have it as a career," she said. If that comes to pass it would put Middleton alongside her three older brothers who also were musically talented but chose to pursue other vocations instead. Hannelore Middleton, a German immigrant, believes her children's in- Irad Fonihltr Denise Middleton may prefer to keep music as a sidelight to speech pathology. terest in music is understandable. "I guess part of it has to do with my musical background," she said. "My father was an opera singer. It's not that children inherit talents but the background has an influence. Music is something we all felt comfortable with." Her sons played trumpet, trombone and drums and marched in the band. Her daughter, however, played viola and piano and stuck to orchestra and choir. "Music was always my first love but I didn't want to study it," the collegian said. Since arriving in Nashville, Middleton has spent most of her time settling in and plotting her class schedule. The few people she has shown her music to have liked her material, she said. "But they want me to be more upbeat," she said. "I'm too mellow for them." Right now, Middleton said her own music "is on the back burner." She plans, instead, to try and become better known by doing backup singing, concerts in area churches and perhaps singing television jingles. She might also collaborate with other writers, as well as trying to sell her own material. Getting noticed, though, can be difficult. "There are quite a few large publishing companies but it's hard to break in. Some are real fickle and it depends on who you know," she said. Hannelore Middleton is proud of her daughter for being self-reliant, and working hard for what she's already managed to achieve. "I'm proud because it is totally her own accomplishment," she said. ters, Jewell, and Mrs. Hazel Robertson, Salina. The beautiful centerpiece on the serving table, and also the corsages, were arranged by Elliott Leech's niece and nephew Melody Reap and Brent Leech, Polo, 111. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Greene, Tescott, took family and group pictures. At work Bell promotes Hernandez Southwestern Bell Telephone Company has announced the promotion of Carlos V. Hernandez to manager- administrative at the company's Kansas headquarters in Topeka. Hernandez is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Hernandez, 215 N. College. He had been customer services supervisor-administration in Mission. Hernandez, a native of Salina, joined Southwestern Bell in 1972 and has held a number of positions in Salina and Mission. He is a graduate of Kansas Technical Institute and is on the board of directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Hernandez and his wife Betty have two sons and a daughter. Klein named top salesman Bob Klein, Salina, has been honored for the second time as salesman (Continued to Page N2) CERTAINTEED REPLACEMENT WINDOWS 20% OB Through the month of January. Hurry and call now before the real cold weather begins! We Do A Better Job MIDWEST SIDING I R.G.O. SCHMIDT 405 East Iron Avenue fnsurance, inc. n Avenue (913)827-7233 Salina, Kansas 67401 We can select the Insurance Coverage that meets your needs! We Represent Many Companies: •Aetna 'Commercial Union 'Continental Western 'Employers Mutual •Great Plains Mutual 'Hartford 'New Hampshire 'Safeco •United Fire and Casualty 'U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty • Western Insurance and many specialty companies. 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