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Patty Mills captured a freezing soap bubble to claim the “Best of Show” prize in the Crossroads Museum’s annual photo contest.
Patty Mills captured a freezing soap bubble to claim the “Best of Show” prize in the Crossroads Museum’s annual photo contest.
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Museum names photo contest winners
by Jebb Johnston
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Patty Mills captured a freezing soap bubble to claim the “Best of Show” prize in the Crossroads Museum’s annual photo contest.
Patty Mills captured a freezing soap bubble to claim the “Best of Show” prize in the Crossroads Museum’s annual photo contest.
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Patty Mills’ bubble burst many times before she got the perfect shot. The magic moment finally came on a freezing January morning just before dawn, when she captured the photograph “Frozen Bubble,” the Best of Show winner in this year’s Crossroads Museum Photo Contest. An opening reception for the photo exhibit with awarding of the prizes is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum. Contest entries will be on display through Nov. 12. Mills, a resident of Grenada, braved a cold morning of about 20 degrees to get the shot. “I had seen something online about a photographer who lived up north who wanted to try this with their child,” she said. “She had step-by-step of how to do it. I tried several times and it just wasn’t quite cold enough, even though it was below freezing. If there was wind, it wouldn’t work. If the sun was up, it wouldn’t work.” On this particular morning, about 6:30 or 7 a.m., a few of the soap bubbles began to freeze with crystals creeping up the sides of the dome, and Mills was ready with camera in hand. The recipe for the bubbles involved dishwashing soap, water and a bit of Karo syrup. Mills, who considers herself “a serious hobbyist,” captured the shot with a Canon EOS 40D. Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen enjoys seeing the variety of work submitted each year. “You get to see how good some of these photos are,” she said, “and I hope it is inspiring to others that would like to start taking photos.” The contest, a fundraiser for the museum, drew 164 photos from 31 different individuals. “Still life and people were our two biggest categories this year,” said Steen. “Still life was a hard category to judge.” The frozen bubble photo continues a trend of closeups winning accolades from the panel of judges, which included a professional photographer, an amateur photographer and a graphic designer/marketing manager. The other winners are: People: First - “I Hate Weddings” by Mark Boehler; second - “Ink” by Jonah Holland; third - “Outside My Window” by Bill Avery; staff pick - “Butterfly” by Ramon Pineda Vacations: First - “Mehane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem” by Marty McLendon; second - “Circle of Friends at the Beach” by Rebecca Parent; third - “Capturing Mount Rainier” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “The Colors of Fall” by Susanne Cooper Still life: First - “Memorial Light” by Mark Boehler; second - “Mississippi Delta Sunrise” by T. Lowry Wilson; third - “Hope” by Jonah Holland; staff pick - “The Killing Frost” by Joey Wilder Pets, animals and wildlife: First - “Alligator Reflection” by Cheryl Meints; second - “Fresh Catch” by Torrance Pollard; third - “I Ate The Whole Thing” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “Noisy Neighbor” by Joey Wilder Close-ups: First - “The Pollinator” by Don Meints; second - “Locust Leaving Shell” by Gina Wallace; third - “Mushroom Togetherness” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “Shadows of Light” by Jake Wadkins Hometown teams: First - “Hold Me Back” by Steve Beavers; second - “Tay’s Play” by Steve Beavers; third - “T Sea” by Steve Beavers; staff pick - “Untitled” by Anson Keith
Rotary Club laces up for 5k
by Zack Steen
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Lacing up their running shoes, organizers and participants are gearing up for an annual footrace. Slated for Saturday, Oct. 1, the Austin’s Shoes Run with Rotary 5K will return for its eighth year. Going AML orange in honor of 15-year–old Addie Paige Pratt, who was diagnosed in February with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, the Corinth Rotary Club has chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis as their newest beneficiary. “Registrations have been coming in steadily, but we still have a long way to go from where we would like to be,” said organizer Greg Cooley. “We hope people will register even if they don’t plan on participating just so we can increase our donation to St. Jude.” Each participant who registers for the race will have $2 donated to the hospital by the Rotary in Pratt’s honor. Cancer free since July 29 of this year, Pratt has now returned home after a six-month stay at St. Jude for treatment. In addition to the children’s research hospital, proceeds from the annual run will be utilized as support for the club’s Christmas Basket giveaway and Rotary Student of the Month. Other charities supported by the civic club include The Lighthouse Foundation, The Boys & Girl’s Club, Project Attention, The AMEN Food Pantry and Pine Vale Children’s Home, as well as endowed scholarships to Northeast Mississippi Community College. Beginning in Corinth’s downtown business district, the race takes participants through the shaded tree-lined streets of the older residential neighborhoods before concluding at the finish line adjacent to the city’s oldest church building. “The race course is relatively flat and is USATF certified,” said Cooley. “It also features disposable chip timing with multiple timing displays along the course.” Awards will be given to the top three participants in 41 brackets divided by age and gender, as well as overall top finishers. The cost to register is $35 and includes an adult sized long sleeved technical t-shirt. To register and for more information, visit corinthrotary5k.com. On race day, check-in and registration will be at Farmers and Merchants Bank at 515 Fillmore Street. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. (Staff writer Kimberly Shelter contributed to this story.)
Schools approve hirings
by Zack Steen
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Leading with servant hearts, the Corinth Civitan Club installed new officers last week. Readily accepting their new responsibilities, the humanitarians quickly stepped up to the plate and were anxious to begin a new season of civic leadership. Those elected to offices on Wednesday were: president — Lesley Raines; vice president — Zeb Taylor; secretary — Kayla Latch and treasurer — Shirley Perkins. Outgoing president Trish Parks was radiant as she graciously accepted a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses for outstanding service during her presidency. “The newly elected officers you see before you will be instrumental not only in what our club does, but also how its perceived,” said club member Rick Miller as he officially installed the new leaders. “True leadership is an attainable asset, but is very conspicuous if not present. That being said, the Civitans will be judged by their leadership and conduct.” “It’s like my mom used to tell me as a kid growing up, ‘What you do reflects on me.’ Likewise, what these men and women do will reflect on all of us,” he continued. “We want to be perceived not simply as a club that meets to eat on Wednesdays, but as a club who does good things in our community. I charge all members to follow leadership and to ask questions if they are unclear about certain issues. Even the best leader in the world is nothing without those willing to follow. We will also be relying heavily on our past officers for their advice and experience.” Addressing club members and special guests, newly elected President Lesley Raines challenged members and officers alike to become better informed. “I want to encourage everyone who is able to take some time to visit the Civitan International Research Center in Birmingham, Ala.,” he said. “They are doing some amazing things there and I would love for all of us to see and experience it.” Preparing to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Corinth Civitans Club on Nov. 16, the members also set aside time to ponder their annual fundraisers such as their steak sale and Claxton holiday fruitcake sale. “We are currently selling Belk charity sale fundraiser tickets for those who are interested,” said Vice-President Zeb Taylor. “The tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased from any club member.” In addition to the peace of mind of giving back, those purchasing tickets will receive an extra incentive from Belk. “Patrons who buy tickets will receive $5 off their total purchase from 6 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5,” explained Taylor. “It’s really a win, win investment.” The guest speakers for 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Taylor’s Escape will be representatives of United Way.
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