Chocolate Extravaganza

  • By Kelly Wilson
  • 23 Feb, 2017

Downtown Hannibal becomes a candy-filled paradise March 11

Women walk through downtown Hannibal during last year’s Chocolate Extravaganza. This year’s festivities kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, with Chocolatier Trivia Mixer at Finn’s Food and Spirits. Submitted Photo

Expect wall-to-wall chocolate when visiting Historic Downtown Hannibal on Saturday, March 11.

The Chocolate Extravaganza, now in its seventh year, continues to grow, and this year includes chocolate and wine pairings, a cooking-with-chocolate demonstration, a cakepop class and, of course, an abundance of chocolate treats including candies, mochas, martinis, muffins, cupcakes, pies and more.

Brought to you by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, the popular event features a Chocolate Extravaganza Passport, which serves as your guide to the event and contains five chocolate tickets that may be redeemed for your choice of an abundance of special offers exclusive for passport holders — ranging from chocolate soaps, cashmere scarves, spa treatments and more. Passports also provide entrance to some events and award discounts at some merchant locations. Only 500 passports will be available, and passports have sold out the last two years. The $20 passports may be purchased at chocolateextravaganzahannibal.com.

One of the passports includes a golden ticket, and the lucky holder immediately receives an all-access pass with additional passport tickets and a golden ticket T-shirt.  

In addition to the passport giveaways, the weekend will feature live music, a gallery art walk and make-and-take classes.

New at this year’s event is a Chocolatier Trivia Mixer that includes, of course, chocolate-themed questions and an all-you-can eat appetizer bar included with your ticket purchase. Each of the Chocolatier Trivia Challenge winners will receive a free Chocolate Extravaganza Passport. Form a team or come solo and you’ll be teamed up with other trivia and chocolate enthusiasts. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. will be at Finn’s Food and Spirits. Tickets are $15.  

Passports and tickets for the Chocolatier Trivia Mixer may be purchased at ChocolateExtravaganzaHannibal.com or at these downtown Hannibal businesses: Ava Goldworks, Chocolaterie Stam, Danni Nicole’s, Java Jive, Main Street 101, Mark Twain Museum Gallery, Mark Twain Dinette, Mark Twain Book & Gift, Mississippi Marketplace, the Powder Room and the Wine Stoppe.

More information is available by contacting Dena Ellis at the Mark Twain Museum at 573-221- 9010, ext. 403, or Kenna Bogue at Mark Twain Dinette at 573-221- 5511. 

- By KENNA BOGUE

People plan their activities during last year’s Chocolate Extravaganza. For information on this year’s event contact Dena Ellis at the Mark Twain Museum at 573-221- 9010, ext. 403, or Kenna Bogue at Mark Twain Dinette at 573-221-5511. Submitted Photo

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

7 p.m .: Chocolatier Trivia Mixer at Finn’s Food and Spirits

All-you-can-eat appetizer bar; winners receive a free Chocolate

Extravaganza Passport. Come as a team, or come solo and you’ll be teamed up with other players. $15.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

9 a.m. to 4 p.m .: Anniversary Sale Kick-Off, Ayer’s Pottery. Save 29 percent on all regularly priced pottery. Steve Ayers is celebrating more than 40 years as a potter.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m .: Guessing game to win jewelry, AVA Goldworks

Guess the number of chocolates in the jar to win a piece of AVA jewelry. Free.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m .: Cooking demonstration, Mississippi Marketplace. Learn how to make chocolate gravy — fun for children and adults. Sample the chocolate gravy on biscuits. Free

11 a.m. to 2 p.m .: Learn to use a fabric yo-yo maker, Bits & Pieces.

Ideas for embellishing clothing and accessories. Free.

1 to 3 p.m .: The Museum and The Chocolate Factory, Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

family-fun event with chocolate games and prizes based on the characters of the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” All ages can enjoy games including Charlie Bucket’s newspaper toss and Violet Beauregarde’s grape stomp and compete in Augustus Gloop’s pie-eating contest, Veruca Salt’s egg-putting challenge and Willy Wonka’s pin-the-hat game — and snap a photo in Mike Teavee’s Wonka Vision Studio Booth. Chocolate Passport Ticket or $6.

2 to 6 p.m .: Wine tasting, Badger Cheese Haus. Taste a variety of wines, including, of course, chocolate wine. $6.

2 to 4 p.m .: Ribbon embellishment demonstration, Bits & Pieces

Ribbons can be used to beautify clothing, bags and more. Free.

3 to 5 p.m .: Ned Behrensmeyer, pianist, Java Jive. Enjoy a mix of classical, rag-time and modern music while sipping hot chocolate or espresso over a chocolate. Free.

3 to 5 p.m. : Cakepop-making class, Mark Twain Dinette. Cakepops are almost as much fun to make as they are to eat. We’ll provide the cake, melting chocolate, decorations and other supplies. $30 includes supplies and instruction to make 12 cakepops per student. Register at marktwaindinette.com/cakepopclass

3 to 5 p.m. : Passport-holders’ wine tasting, Chocolaterie Stam

Free tastings to those with a Chocolate Extravaganza Passport.

7 p.m. : Live music, Wine Stoppe

No cover charge.

People browse during 2016’s Chocolate Extravaganza. Many stores in downtown Hannibal will offer deals to holders of a Chocolate Extravaganza Passport. Submitted Photo

PASSPORT

Here is a listing of benefits of the Chocolate Extravaganza Passport. Redeem your passport tickets for five items from those listed here.


Ava Goldworks : Petite sterling silver key pendant, without chain.

Ayer’s Pottery : Twain quote coaster.

Badger Cheese Haus : Chocolate fudge cheese spread.

Bits & Pieces : Creative Grids ruler 6.5” x 2.5” that is easy to carry, great for small cuts, paper or fabric.

Chocolaterie Stam : Choice of medium gelato or three bon bons.

Danni Nicole’s : Scarf.

Encore Emporium : Burlap bag filled with chocolate candy.

Esthetics Studio : Chocolate bath bomb; Drop this moisturizing bomb into your bath for soft skin.

Finn’s Food & Spirits : White chocolate martini.

Hannibal History Museum : Altered art key pendant.

Java Jive : Your choice of chocolate dessert served with a small mocha or hot chocolate.

Labinnah Bistro : Free glass of wine or dessert with entree purchase.

Main Street 101 Upscale/Resale : Chocolate muffin.

Main Street Wine Stoppe : Chocolate rasberry pudding shots.

Mark Twain Book & Gift Shop : Bag of assorted chocolates.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum : Red and gold Lexi lighted tip pen and stylus with Mark Twain signature and/or entry to the Museum and the Chocolate Factory, event, 1 to 3 p.m.

Mark Twain Brewing Co. : Bite-sized dessert with 4-ounce chocolate coffee stout taster.

Mississippi Marketplace : Rabbit Creek brownie mix.

Paddlewheel Popcorn Candy Co. : Spring Thaw, chocolate popcorn. drizzled with white icing.

Savannah’s Upscale/Resale : Chocolate goodies.

Mark Twain Dinette : Large hand-mixed chocolate shake or malt and a basket of french fries.

The Powder Room : Chocolate martini with chocolate hand massage followed by hands dipped in chocolate paraffin.

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By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

Join the Rotary Club of Hannibal for a fun-filled day of music, brews and food at the fourth annual Fiesta del Sol.  

The event will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Central Park. It is co-sponsored by Wade Stables, P.C., the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau and Mark Twain Distributing.

Each year’s event features a select craft brewery, and this year’s event will be a double-header of sorts — spotlighting Missouri Boulevard Brewing Co. of Kansas City and Kraftig Brewing Company of St. Louis.

Beverages from Boulevard Brewing will be featured noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., with a Kraftig sampling 2 to 4 p.m.  

The first Boulevard sampling will feature its Smokestack Series of beers that are hard to find outside of the Kansas City area.

All samplings are included with the price of admission. Boulevard also will have a brewer on hand throughout the day to discuss the brewery’s history and process.    

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Tickets are available at County Market locations in Hannibal, Quincy and Palmyra or online at hannibalfiestadelsol.com. Children 17 and younger get in free.  

Food vendors and other merchants offering crafts and clothing will fill Hannibal’s tree-lined Central Park; there will be vendors with activities and items for children as well. Missouri Bat Census will be on hand to provide information about Hannibal’s Sodalis Nature Preserve and endangered bats in Missouri.

Details about the event may be found at facebook.com/RotaryFiestadelSol/. 

MUSIC LINEUP

• 11 a.m. to noon

Singer/songwriter Murray McFarlane

• Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Frate

• 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Liz Bentley

• 3 to 5 p.m.

Burnt Toest performing indie rock

• 5 to 7 p.m.

Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band performing rhythm and blues

• 7 to 9 p.m.

Kent Burnside with the Flood Brothers performing blues and rock


By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

It’s a music festival. It’s a home-brew competition. It’s a vehicle show. It’s a race. And it’s a fundraiser for a good cause.

Brew Skies Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 10, at Mark Twain Cave and Campground, 300 Cave Hollow Road, and proceeds will benefit Hannibal Nutrition Center.  

“This is the ultimate summer music festival and beer-tasting adventure in Northeast Missouri. A wide variety of musical genres will be represented, with many original singer-songwriters as well as tributes to some musical greats,” organizer Jason Gregory said, adding six different musical groups will perform 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Twenty or more homebrewers from the Midwest will face off in an annual competition organized by the Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association.

Sampling will be noon to 2 p.m. and is included with the price of a general admission ticket to the festival.

Hannibal’s Mark Twain Brewing Co. will host the HAHA Homebrew Competition.

“Mark Twain Brewing has been an important supporter of the local homebrew community. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to bring in some of the musical acts and provide such a strong lineup of performers,” Gregory said.

Joining Mark Twain Brewing at the festival will be Bell’s Brewing Co. from Kalamazoo, Mich. Mark Twain Brewing and Bell’s brewers will serve as judges. The Judge’s Choice winner will receive a trip for two to Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.

Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show — along with a second and third place — and a People’s Choice award.  

Cars and more will be on display at the festival’s Vintage VW Meet-Up 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owners of vintage Volkswagens are expected.

“Festival-goers will be able to check out the best of air- and water-cooled Volkswagens at this informal, nonjudged gathering,” Gregory said, adding that more than 50 vehicles from eight states have confirmed their participation.  

The festival promises no shortage of food. The menu is extensive and includes lobster, steak, chicken tacos, gourmet grilled sandwiches, tenderloin and catfish sandwiches, specialty hot dogs and a range of barbecue dishes. No outside food or drink is permitted.

The all-ages festival is family friendly, and children ages 12 and younger get in free. Children’s activities will include a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., VW painting with the Hannibal Arts Council, photos with Herbie, face painting and more.

A 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., with an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The course begins and ends at Mark Twain Cave.  

Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female participants overall, and the top two male and female finishers in each age group. Proceeds from the race will benefit Eugene Field Elementary School’s efforts to raise money for a new playground area for the school and its neighborhood.

While there is some seating, attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Large tents will offer shelter in the event of rain.

Parking is limited. Attendees are encouraged to use shuttle service from Hannibal Trolley Co., 220 N. Main St. Cost is $3 one way for the five-minute trip. Service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 30 minutes after the final performance.

More information and tickets are available at hannibalbrews.com. Tickets are $10 online and at County Market Stores in Hannibal, Quincy and Palmyra until June 1. Tickets are $15 after that date. 

MUSIC LINEUP

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frate                          

• 1:30 to 3 p.m. Arkansauce

• 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Flood Brothers  

• 5:30 7 p.m. Urban Pioneers      

• 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Mulligan Brothers  

• 9:30 to 11 p.m. Sean Canan’s VooDoo Players perform Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead  

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

The 22nd annual Hannibal Cannibal is right around the corner — Saturday, July 1.

Registration is open, and you may register online at hannibalcannibal.com. Forms also are available at the concierge desks at Hannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Regional Medical Group, and the offices of Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Register before June 19 for just $25. Those registering for the Cannibal will receive a performance T-shirt, cinch sack race bag and a custom finisher’s medal.  

The race includes something for everyone — a 5/10/15k run, a 5k walk and a fun run for children ages 10 and younger. The race will begin at 7 a.m., with the fun run following the race at 9 a.m.  

Proceeds from this year’s race will support the Cherish Campaign, which is raising money to assist the expansion of Women’s Health Services at Hannibal Regional — a crucial element in meeting the health needs of the region. Offering a continuum of services and resources for all ages of women and their health needs is invaluable to growth and success in this area.  

For the fifth consecutive year, Advance Physical Therapy will serve as official race sponsor.

More information is available at hannibalcannibal.com or 573-629-3577. To stay updated on the Cannibal, find us on Facebook under Hannibal Cannibal, on Twitter @CannibalRace and now on Instagram at Hannibal_cannibal_race.    

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

The Tom and Becky Program invites you to the 2017 Tom and Becky Dinner Cruise, scheduled Monday, June 19.

Hosted by the 2017-18 Tom and Becky Goodwill Ambassadors, the annual event raises money to support the Tom and Becky Program, and gives people an opportunity to meet Hannibal’s current, past and incoming Tom and Becky Ambassadors while cruising the Mississippi and enjoying an evening of stories, entertainment and food.    

Tickets for the Tom and Becky Benefit Dinner Cruise are $41 for adults, $22 for children ages 6 through 12 and $5 for children ages 2 through 5. There is no charge for children younger than 2 years old.

Tickets may be purchased from any of the 2017-2018 Tom and Becky finalists: Linnea Brown, Brooklyn Haye, Kendel Locke, Claire Martinson, Jade Thomas, Colton Broughton, Andrew Catalpa, Elijah Dexheimer, Samuel Hirner and Eric Hudson, or through the Tom and Becky Program by calling 573-221-9010, ext. 404.

For more information on the cruise or how you can help support the Tom and Becky Program, contact Melissa Cummins at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum at 573-221-9010, ext. 404. 

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, Hannibal’s newest museum, highlights the courage and accomplishments of — and gives dignity to — Hannibal’s nameless, invisible ancestors who labored as slaves in our community.

On Monday, June 19, Hannibal will celebrate Juneteenth with an event that commemorates the date — June 19, 1865 — when the last 200,000 slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas, with the arrival of federal troops.  

On that day in 1865, a spontaneous celebration of emancipation was born. Yes, it was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. To avoid compliance, tens of thousands of slaveholders fled to Texas to keep their slaves, a process known as refugeeing. Whites also came from neighboring states in droves, believing their slave property would be safe in Texas, the last frontier, where slaves continued to be bought and sold.   Although estimates vary widely, historians believe that after 1863 between 50,000 and 150,000 refugeed slaves were brought to Texas.  

Hundreds of miles east and months earlier the Missouri State Convention delegates passed the 1865 Emancipation Proclamation Ordinance. Because Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to loyal slave states, Missouri became the first slave state to free its slaves — more than 114,000 men, women and children. Newly freed slave responses ranged from exhilaration and celebration to incredulity and fear. The fears proved justified as nearly 25 percent died in the first 5 years post emancipation, beset by homelessness, starvation and disease.

By 1845, Hannibal had achieved city status and by 1860, the population had more than doubled, making it the second largest city and third commercial center in Missouri.

The history and culture of slavery in the Hannibal area are told in Terrell Dempsey’s book “Searching for Jim: The Untold Story of Slavery in Sam Clemens’s World.”  

Dempsey writes:

“Like land, slaves were a valuable asset — traded, inherited, rented, bought and sold. ...   An important source of city and state income amounting to more than 20 percent of Marion County revenue.”

Slaves worked as household help and field hands, skilled tradesman, railroad builders, nursemaids,   miners and riverboat laborers and much more, contributing to Hannibal’s fiscal success and growth. The life of the slave was brutal, replete with laws that regulated the slave’s life from cradle to grave. 

This year's Juneteenth

Hannibal’s first Juneteenth Celebration was June 1997. Marsha Mayfield, co-founder of Parents and Youth Reaching For Educational Excellence and Cultural Togetherness, aka PYRFEECT, was its most ardent sponsor. The group sponsored years of family-oriented events, celebrating with parades, picnics, marches, plays, dances, workshops and educational opportunities. Mayfield says that “the festival has always served as a venue to educate and bring a multicultural purpose and feel to the community. This year will mark 20 years of observance. While PYRFEECT has been dissolved, its mission educating/uplifting/serving youth continues.

This year’s celebration will start at B&B Theatre, which will be screening “The Children’s March,” a story of how children can make a difference leading positive social change. The film will begin at 3 p.m. for children in grades four through 12. It is sponsored by Kids in Motion; for ticket information, contact Amy Vaughn at Douglass Community Services, 573-221-3892.

From 4 to 5 p.m., all are invited to a community scavenger hunt sponsored by Jim’s Journey; prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

The event will conclude at Jim’s Journey, 509 N. Third St., with museum tours, a soul food cooking demonstration and a cookout.

Coming together to bring to the community the Juneteenth event, free and open to the public, are B&B Theatres; Branson L. Wood, Attorney at Law; Continental Cement; Douglass School Reunion Committee; Douglass Community Services; and Jim’s Journey. 


— By Faye Dant

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

Sometimes passion surprises even the creator. 

One day, this month’s Alliance Art Gallery guest artist Minetta Heidbrink found herself literally stunned into photography when she visited the Valley of Fire in Nevada. Yes, of course, like every other American, she had pointed-and-shot hundreds of pictures: family, vacations, flowers. But now, the camera became a source of creativity. On that day, the brilliant orange glowing stones, the dusky sage, the brilliant blue sky with clouds texturing her newfound world, she began to click, and click, and click. Soon she hungered for wilderness.

“That got me to travel,” she said. Canada. North America. Mountain climbing. Though she had traveled to China, Japan and other places, those were pre-passion moments.

Minetta moved up from point-and-shoot to today’s Nikon D800 with its full-frame features, and a Luminex for its lightweight portability. Photography, for her, has become a form of fine art. In today’s world, with a camera embedded in every phone, and people snapping scenes at fast-food speed, she relishes digitally enhancing her images.

“People do not want straight-up photography. They say to themselves, ‘I can take that picture,’ ” she said. 

Minetta pushes herself to find the deeper expression of the image, connecting the emotional impact she experienced when photographing the image to her enhancement techniques. In some strange way, the photograph becomes so much more than a recorded image; it becomes an expression of beauty or nostalgia or quietness.

Recently she began harvesting gray slate shingles from old New Orleans homes, adhering her images to them. To see pink lupines from a mountain meadow against the slate draws the viewer right into being on a granite-topped mountain. The effect of photography and stone does not stop in the wilderness. Old New Orleans homes and scenes from downtown Hannibal couple with the slate to take you back in time, to quietly be in and with the image she has so beautifully captured. 

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

When Quincy attorney Talmadge “Tad” Brenner began his day on June 11, 2016, he didn’t realize his life would flash in front of his eyes in a matter of hours.

Brenner was enjoying a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride on his 1952 Vincent.

“The coolest bike made in the ’50’s,” Brenner said.

He was finishing his ride, getting ready to pull into his driveway when he was rear-ended by a semitrailer. Within minutes an ambulance arrived. He had many traumatic injuries — so severe he was transported by helicopter to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Both shoulders were broken, and he had sustained a crushed pelvis, nine broken ribs, broken heel, bleeding kidney and spleen, four broken vertebrae and a collapsed lung.   Rehabilitation would be essential in order for him to fully recover.  

His stay at Barnes lasted 12 days.

“I remember thinking, ‘Where do I go from here? I know I need rehabilitation.’ ”

While at Barnes, he was visited twice by a representative of Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab services.

“They offered to take care of me, and they wanted to take care of me,” Brenner explained. He knew he would need physical therapy and rehab for his severe pelvic injury.  

The Inpatient Rehabilitation staff at Hannibal Regional provides innovative treatment approaches to assist patients in returning to a normal lifestyle. The comprehensive team provides individualized and goal-oriented treatment programs specifically for older adults. The patient is treated physically, emotionally and socially. The goal is to return patients to their optimum level of function and open the door to better quality of life.  

Brenner made his decision to receive care at Hannibal Regional.

“I felt very comfortable making my commitment to use the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab facility.   On several different occasions I had heard through word of mouth what a great facility it was, and that is what influenced me to make the right choice. I knew this would be a critical phase to my recovery, and I was confident in what I was about to embark on,” Brenner said.

An ambulance transported him from St. Louis to Hannibal.

“I felt very welcomed from the beginning. Everyone who I came in contact with knew me and my case very well,” he said.

Brenner received several hours of physical and occupational therapy daily. During his 10 days as a patient at Hannibal Regional, he practiced walking up and down stairs, learned to use a walker, worked on flexibility and endured strengthening exercises.  

“The physicians, nurses and therapists I worked with daily were skilled, personable and compassionate. The patient-to-staff ratio was extremely good. This was a critical phase in my recovery, and they went out of their way in every aspect. The quality of care was astronomical,” Brenner said.

“I now take a spin class and do Pilates. Recovery is a real process. The staff were always working for me and with me. I can’t imagine better anywhere else than at the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab,” he added.

Hannibal Regional serves residents of the Tri-State area from more than 10 locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Hannibal Regional Hospital is a 99-bed, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services. Hannibal Regional is recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention care and was also honored with the Healthgrades 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence Award, placing Hannibal Regional among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional is the only hospital in Missouri to receive both achievements two years in a row, 2016 and 2017. In addition, Hannibal Regional is recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, putting it in the top 15 percent in the nation for this category. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multispecialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in Northeast Missouri. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit hannibalregional.org. 

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

Hannibal Regional is pleased to announce that Complete Family Medicine soon will become part of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

In eight short years, Complete Family Medicine has expanded to five locations spanning more than 80 miles along U.S. 63 and has nearly 100 employees.

“The landscape of health care has changed dramatically over the past eight years, and with those changes have come many obstacles. As we looked at organizations, we knew we wanted to find one that would allow us to better serve our patients, enhance our resources, allow freedom to think outside the box and bring Complete Family Medicine value and longevity. Once we met with and saw their mission and vision in action, we knew that Hannibal Regional was the right choice,” said Dr. Justin Puckett, medical director at Complete Family Medicine.

As a service of Hannibal Regional, Complete Family Medicine will continue to deliver the excellent standard of care the community relies on, provided by the same great team of physicians and staff.

“Hannibal Regional is honored to have the opportunity to help serve the patients of Complete Family Medicine,” said Todd Ahrens, president and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

“The physicians and staff at Complete Family Medicine exemplify our R.I.S.E. values of respect, integrity, service and excellence. It’s our vision to be the trusted guide to better health – every patient, every time. Together, we will be guiding even more patients to better,” Ahrens said.

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System serves residents of the Tri-State area from more than 10 locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hannibal Regional is in the top 15 percent in the nation for this category. In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, placing it in the top 5 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and a 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades, which places it among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement procedures.   Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multispecialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in Northeast Missouri. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit hannibalregional.org.  

Complete Family Medicine is a physician-led medical clinic with six on-staff providers who deliver family medicine, internal medicine, osteopathic manipulation and urgent care services. With locations in Kirksville, Lancaster, La Plata, Moberly and Macon, Mo., Complete Family Medicine is focused on the long-term health needs of the region and making health care convenient in our communities. For more information on Complete Family Medicine, visitcfmcares.com. 

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

The results of the Sodalis Nature Preserve bat census reveal both good and bad news.

There are nearly 44,000 more of the federally endangered Indiana bats living at the preserve since the last census count in 2015, the February census showed, but white nose syndrome, the likely culprit, has dramatically reduced the other species of bats in the same two-year period.

The numbers of the gray bat, also federally endangered, dropped from 570 to 31, and the threatened northern long-eared bat went from having 83 living at the preserve to none. Three other species saw drops of 50 percent or more in numbers, as well as bats that were unidentified as belonging to a particular group.

“We have known since the previous census that white nose syndrome was at the preserve,” Missouri Bat Census Director Kirsten Alvey-Mudd said.

The disease, first documented about 2007, is a fungus found on the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats, U.S. Geological Survey research shows. It has a 90 percent to 100 percent mortality rate on affected bats.

“The northern long-eared bat has been hardest hit by white nose syndrome,” Alvey-Mudd said. “It’s sad. We’ve only seen seven northern long-eared bats in the entire state this year.”

As for the gray bat, Alvey-Mudd is not as concerned about its population numbers.

“We’ve had a mild winter, and warm weather causes them to emerge from hibernation to seek out a colder environment,” she said. “This could be the reason for the fluctuation in numbers. Across the state, their population numbers are stable.”

Hannibal has one-third of the world’s population of Indiana bats, and to see the endangered species increase in size is encouraging to Alvey-Mudd.

“We’re happy in regard to that. Gating that area has made it much more conducive for them to return and raise their young,” she said.

In February, about 40 people took part in the survey. They counted hibernating bats in the former limestone mines for about four hours. Conservation officials take a census of bats every two years. 


— By Ashley Szatala

By Kelly Wilson 31 May, 2017

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation for most, but can be a painful time for others. Doctors have seen sharp increases, sometimes a rise of as much as 30 percent, in patients who develop kidney stones during the warm summer months. 

The most common reason kidney stones develop is dehydration. 

“As the temperature rises we sweat more, and without proper hydration, the body’s fluids become more concentrated with dietary minerals, such as calcium,” said Dr. Steven Cockrell, urologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “This increases the risk that the minerals will concentrate into stones.”

It also is important to know that even forming a stone just once increases your risk by 50 percent of forming additional kidney stones.

“The easiest way, particularly in the summer, to prevent kidney stones, is to drink plenty of fluids,” Cockrell said. “An easy way to determine if you are drinking enough fluid is to pay attention to how often you are using the restroom. If you aren’t using the restroom every couple of hours, you aren’t drinking enough.”

If you experience any symptoms of kidney stones — extreme, sharp pain in the back or side that will not go away, blood in the urine, nausea and vomiting, cloudy or odorous urine, frequent urination, a burning feeling when you urinate, fever and chills — you need to see a doctor. To diagnose kidney stones, a doctor will do a physical exam and may perform additional tests — intravenous pyelogram, CT scan, urinalysis, blood test and/or a renal ultrasound. Forms of treatment for kidney stones include shock waves, ureteroscopy or watchful waiting for spontaneous kidney stone passage. To schedule an appointment with Cockrell call 573-629-3500.

As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of Northeast Missouri residents. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City and Shelbina, as well as an Express Care clinic and a Vision Institute in Hannibal. 

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