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By Kelly Wilson 02 Aug, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Big River Steampunk Festival.

The festival is produced by the board and staff of the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a benefit to sustain the Hannibal History Museum.

The festival also is a great way to celebrate the history of Hannibal, Mo., a town that became a main hub of commerce during the Industrial Revolution and was the epitome of the Gilded Age, a term coined by none other than Hannibal’s own Mark Twain.

We are delighted to present this year’s festival. A lot of entertainers are making their debuts in Hannibal, and there are so many fun activities for the whole family including Splendid Teapot Racing, Parasol Dueling and, of course, the highlight of the festival — the costume contests.

Festival activities may be found throughout downtown Hannibal.

Main Street 

Free entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend on the Main Street stage, located in the 200 block of North Main Street. This is where costume contests will be held, and nearby will be Splendid Teapot Racing and other events. Next to the stage is the Big River Steampunk Festival ticket and information booth, where you may purchase tickets for premium events and inquire about festival activities. Also on Main Street will be the cosplay booths with Airship Isabella, Children of Proteus, Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings and This Way to the Egress.

The Great Midway  

Located in Kiwanis Park on the riverfront, here you will find 50-plus vendors from around the country selling their Steampunk wares. Seminars and workshops will be held in the park pavilion, and all types of food and beverages will be served here. 

There are several other “off-site” locations for events such as the Time Traveler’s Ball on the Mark Twain Riverboat, British Raj Afternoon Tea at the Hannibal Arts Council, Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory at Bluff City Theater, Masquerade! at the Star Theater and more. The full schedule of events will be posted at BigRiverSteampunkFestival.com and also made available in our free 2017 Festival Guide distributed during the festival throughout downtown Hannibal.

While a majority of the events at the Big River Steampunk Festival are free, various premium events require you to purchase a ticket for admission. Please see the schedule of events for more information.

And finally, be sure to frequent the wonderful shops, restaurants, watering holes and museums in historic downtown Hannibal — many have sponsored the Big River Steampunk Festival and all will be open throughout the festival weekend. Please thank them for their support. 

By Kelly Wilson 01 Aug, 2017

Hannibal Regional has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the best places to work in health care in 2017.  

“Employers in today’s highly regulated health care industry face great challenges in recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent, which is key to quality care and positive patient experiences,” Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare, said. “I commend those organizations that have risen to the occasion and have made the list of best places to work in health care.”

“Hannibal Regional is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. This award speaks volumes about the dedicated team members we have at Hannibal Regional and their commitment to working together to guide our community to better. I want to personally congratulate our entire team on this recognition,” said Todd Ahrens, president and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Now in its 10th year, the award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the health care industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“I am beyond proud of Hannibal Regional for being recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s best places to work in healthcare for 2017. As a team member, I see the ongoing efforts to make us the best place to work, including our team-member pharmacy and actively engaged senior leadership. One of the greatest benefits of Hannibal Regional is our team, or more accurately our work family. We are so blessed to have a team of genuinely good, kind-hearted people who support each other and care for our patients like family,” said Kim Runquist RN, director of ICU.  

Hannibal Regional will be honored at the 2017 best places to work awards dinner in September in Las Vegas.  

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. 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, visit hannibalregional.org. 

By Kelly Wilson 01 Aug, 2017

We know the last thing you want to do on the way home from the hospital is make another stop.

Hannibal Regional recently began offering a new service for patients to help eliminate having to do this: the Bedside Medication Delivery Service. As a patient you now have the opportunity to have your new prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital. The hospital pharmacy accepts major prescription insurance cards, including Missouri Medicaid. You will receive a personalized visit with a pharmacist who will explain your new medication and possible side effects and answer questions.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Here are patient benefits of the new service:

• Reduced chance of readmission.

• Improved health literacy.

• Improved compliance.

• Corrections or changes to medications can be made before the patent leaves the hospital.  

For information on the new service, contact Hannibal Regional Pharmacy directly by calling 573-248-5744. 

By Kelly Wilson 01 Aug, 2017

The Hannibal Arts Council created the Wild and Wacky Art Adventure to provide positive and healthy activities during which parents and children can interact, work side by side, explore creativity and, in some ways, strengthen the sense of family. The event is free, thanks to the sponsorship of local businesses and organizations in partnership with the Hannibal Arts Council.  

Each year about 400 children and children-at-heart enjoy the event, which is open to children ages 3 through 12 and families. It will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 5, at Hannibal’s Central Park.   This year’s theme   — Animal Planet — will be packed with projects featuring creatures from around the world.    

This year’s projects will include annual favorites Masterpiece T-Shirts,   cool animal photo opportunities and Friends of Historic Hannibal’s Box Town in addition to new theme-related projects — painted porcupine, sea turtle clay sculpture, folded-paper slithery snake, hiding-tiger drawing and 3-D whale. In addition, there will be yoga for children with Twisted Juniper Yoga.

For more information on the Wild and Wacky Art Adventure, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or findit@hannibalarts.com, like the Facebook page, or go to the website at hannibalarts.com. 

By Kelly Wilson 01 Aug, 2017

The month of August is designated as Missouri Breastfeeding Month by the Missouri Department of Health. The theme for this year’s celebration is Support Breastfeeding, which showcases the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and babies.

Hannibal Regional is planning to celebrate our local breastfeeding mothers and babies at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, with a brunch in the mall area of the hospital.

More than 81 percent of mothers in the United States choose to breastfeed. Mother’s milk is very different from formula. Breast milk contains live cells, growth factors and other substances that regulate the immune-response system. These cells mean milk is a living tissue — like blood — with the ability to influence the development of other tissues in the body. In the early weeks of breastfeeding there are as many white blood cells in milk as there are in blood, working to keep a baby healthy. Breast milk contains many nutrients that are essential for the baby’s health and development and cannot be reproduced. Breastfeeding provides unmatched benefits to both mother and baby.

Hannibal Regional is a designated Milk Depot. This means that mothers with an abundance of breast milk now have a convenient way to donate their milk to other babies in need of breast milk. The Milk Depot has had an overwhelming response with milk donations. To date over 35,100 ounces of milk have been donated by local mothers. The Milk Depot offers an easy way for mothers in the community to give their milk to the most vulnerable preterm and sick infants. This is done at no cost to the donating mother.

Call the Breastfeeding Warmline at 573-406-2122 for more information.

Hannibal Regional Hospital, designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, works to assist mothers to meet their goals and successfully breastfeed. One service offered in support of this mission is the support group Honeysuckle Café, which meets twice weekly: Mondays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The Honeysuckle Café is a place where mothers can enjoy support from other mothers and the expertise of a lactation consultant if needed. The goal is to troubleshoot problems in the early days of nursing and also be a community for support as baby grows. For more information about the Honeysuckle Café group, please call 573-248-5161. You do not need to register to attend, and siblings are welcome. For questions about breastfeeding, please call Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Breastfeeding Warmline at 573-406-2122. 

By Kelly Wilson 01 Aug, 2017

Muddy River Radio is a catch phrase for a troupe of voice actors who breathe life into old radio scripts.

The group began performing last year at Hannibal’s Rialto Theater on Broadway and has relocated to Java Jive, 211 N. Main St.

This year’s remaining shows will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7; Monday, Aug. 21; and  Thursday, Sept. 14

Each of this season’s presentations features episodes from “The Baby Snooks Show,” “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” and “Gunsmoke” with extra elements of fun and variety. 

In addition — to celebrate the solar eclipse anticipated Monday, Aug. 21 — the troupe will present the original Ford Theater broadcast of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” that day at Cave Hollow West Winery at the Mark Twain Cave Complex, 217 Cave Hollow Road.

The presentation will begin at noon inside the winery, and then attendees may step outside to experience the eclipse, which will occur at approximately 1:15 p.m.

The radio play is based on the book by Mark Twain — in the scene, the protagonist, Hank, saves himself by accurately predicting an eclipse.

All shows are free and open to the public; freewill donations are accepted. 

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