May 13, 2009
John Cheetham takes part in a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham plays euphonium as well as conducts a work he has written.
Matthew Thurman toys around with audio editing equipment in his room on May 5. Thurman is a singer, music producer and owner of his own production company.
Boone County doctor Lee Meyers stands at a high pass with the Himalayas and Mount Everest behind him during a three-day driving trip to the base of Mount Everest.
Tents fill the Rongbuk base camp at 17,000 feet. The tents act as homes for three months of the expedition when climbers are not too high on the mountain to use them.
After receiving his purple tassel, Asher Kolieboi sits with fellow graduate Mallory Herrmann as others are recognized during Lavender Graduation. The event was hosted by MU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and the student group Triangle Coalition. Kolieboi helped create Queer People of Color, a group at MU.
May 12, 2009
During the Puja ceremony performed by the Buddist monk, small pieces of paper containing prayers are thrown skyward to ask the gods for a safe and successful journey.
Before one of Lee Meyers' trips up Mount Everest, a Buddhist monk was invited to perform a Puja ceremony, which is to ask the gods for the safety of all on the trip. Tibetan prayer flags are strung out in four directions, and as the wind causes the flags to flutter, it is believed that the prayers are taken skyward.
Willie Payne, left, prays with volunteer Jim Frisby on April 4. Frisby donates his time at Truman Veterans Hospital by working with and interacting with patients.
Patient Tony Dolahite recounts a war story while volunteer Jim Frisby listens at Truman Veterans Hospital on April 4.
Lugine Hein guides her son Austin's hands over a piece of clay during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. Austin, who has Batten disease and is blind, has been attending class at Access Arts since 2004.
Students' projects line the walls inside of the Access Arts pottery studio.
Austin Hein, 15, reacts as his mom, Lugine, congratulations him on their two completed clay picture frames during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. "He likes the interaction, the social aspect of it — also the texture, working with this hands is good for him," Lugine Hein said.
Mercede Blackston, 18, molds clay with her hands while her mom, Gayla Palmero, watches during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. "The girls (Mercede and her sister Cheyenne, 16) used to get occupational therapy, but this is the best occupational therapy there is," said Palmero of the class.
Mercede Blackston cuts clay with a knife while her mom, Gayla Palmero, guides her during their Access Arts pottery class. Mercede has been going to class with her sister Cheyenne for about six years.
Tom Atkins speaks at the dedication of Thomas E. "Country" Atkins Jr. Memorial Park on Monday. The park is north of the Boone County Fairgrounds and features two baseball fields. Plans could allow for five more fields.
From left, Tom Atkins, Mayor Darwin Hindman and Commissioner Skip Elkin in unison throw the first pitch at the dedication of Thomas E. "Country" Atkins Jr. Memorial Park on Monday. Atkins donated the 80-acre property to Columbia and Boone County with the intention that it be developed for youth recreation.
May 11, 2009
Hickman runner Jimmie Garth, left, who helped the Kewpies finish third in the 4 x 400 relay at last year's state track meet, takes a handoff from teammate Darius Wright during a practice.
Steve Peuster has been mowing a "99" on a patch of hill along highway H near the Columbia Regional Airport since the 2005 NASCAR season. Ninety-nine is local racing superstar Carl Edward's Sprint Cup Series number. "I figured he's running back and forth, in and out of here (the airport). "I just wanted to let him know one more poor fool is rooting for him!" Peuster said.
Wearing a t-shirt celebrating Carl Edward's Nationwide Series Scotts team and riding a Scotts lawn mower, Steve Peuster sets about mowing the four acres of property at his home near the airport. Peuster mows about once a week and the chore takes about 5 hours.