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Page 4 Cold Spring Record Tuesday, August 6, 2013 ROL Express continued from page 3 date to be opened at the train show. Meanwhile a second car took shape and it looked just like the circus car on the Barnum & Bai- ley Animal Crackers boxes. Com- plete with the round bars and or- nate carved trim. It was decided that this car would be orange and yellow and Que Mayers along with wife Ann consulted with each other to build the frame and create the canvas top for this Cin- derella styled cab. Eventually, a two foot carved and flagged spire would rise from the top courtesy of our wood carver and these cus- tom wheel covers would sport the images of a lion, monkey, giraffe and elephant. Seats covered in mock tiger, giraffe and zebra would be installed and hooks would hold masks and hats of var- ious animals for the passengers to wear while they rode. To surprise everyone, the team exchanged the first car with the second car on the day of the train show, keeping the first car hid- den. Supper of beans and dogs was again served to the approxi- mately 300 that attended the show. The team with help from others served everyone in less than 45 minutes with drinks and dessert. The show began with the team and helpers dressed in railroad bibs, red bandanas and railroad hats, carrying parts and building an old fashioned train in front of the audience on the stage, while chanting/singing "I've Been Work- ing on the Railroad." The lively show had over three dozen kids dancing to the music of "Wabash Cannonball" "Long Black Train", "Little Red Caboose", "Down By the Station", "Get On Board Little Children" and many other tunes, as well as a comedy skit, black light show and Power Point pres- entation about life on a train that had been customized with photos using the children and adults in the church dressed in old time costumes and shot at railroad lo- cations around the area. Church semi - and professional photogra- phers Rhonda Thomas, Jen Lessinger and April Sauer took hundreds of pictures for the team painted in the interior. Ann May- to choose from. ers upholstered the interior and Then while the second car still the two exterior seats. sat "wrapped" in the box on one Finally in the spring of this side of the stage, the first car was year the motor was done with six pulled out - completed to show small front wheels and four large the audience. Immediately the au- back wheels. dience wanted to know what was Que added the body over the in the box, so the pastor was engine including customized called up to unzip and pull out the name cut in the face, headlight second car. Many donations were with eye brow cover, cow catcher, received and went toward paying smokestack, oil plate, gas tank, for the engine parts and other compressor tank, brake and drive needed items, shaft and pedals and back step. The chassis for the third car Mitch designed and made the cab. was found and was extended to Gary Thelen, another church make the caboose. Mr. Olson member, glazed in the glass win- worked his magic and Mr. Wagn- daws. Mitch designed and made er painted the little Caboose with the horns. The whistle, off a real its duo-red signature color. De- Burlington Northern train was tails were added to the windows donated by George Drontle (along and the words and drawings de- with lights that will be installed picting '%ittle Red Caboose" were at the Depot later) and Mitch In recent weeks, animal rights groups have become very aggressive in their fight against ani- mal agriculture. Potentially the most damaging campaign yet to come is "The Someone Project." Spearheaded by the animal rights group "Farm Sanctuary," they are capitalizing on people's emotions with the mes- sage that farm animals are just like cats and dogs and people need to know farm animals the way they know their pets. They site studies that have shown pigs are as smart as a dog, have emotions and dreams and therefore shouldn't be part of our diet. Representing those involved in raising farm animals, the "Animal Agriculture Alliance" is coun- tering such campaigns with their own message that these groups are using propaganda to appeal to the emotions of voters, which is becoming a favored tactic among animal activist organizations. In a recent interview, David Warner of the National Pork Producer Council said, 'T rhile ani- mals raised for food do have a certain degree of intelligence, Farm Sanctuary is seeking to human- ize them to advance its vegan agenda and put an end to meat consumption." Meanwhile, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals"(PETA) has also launched a new initia- tive to destroy the meat industry. They are trying to guilt parents who feed their children meat with billboards featuring a picture of a young child smoking a cigar with the caption:" "You wouldn't let your child smoke. Like smoking, eating meat increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. Go vegan!" The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) immediately stepped in and banned the ad saying: 'Tee considered that because the ad likened the risks associated with eat- ing any kind of meat to the risks of smoking, con- sumers would understand from the ad that the connection between eating any kind of meat and the risk of heart disease and cancer had been proven beyond doubt, which was clearly not the case, and we therefore concluded that the ad was misleading." Undeterred, PETA is revising its mes- sage, focusing on bacon and other processed meats as contributors of heart disease. In another "over the top move" PETA has been shot down over a request to erect a giant chicken statue by the city of Salem, Oregon. They wanted to put up a memorial at an intersection where a semi-truck full of chickens on its way to a process- ing facility, flipped over killing many of the birds. PETA wanted the 6-foot statue to "let people know that the best way to prevent crashes is to go vegan so chickens don't have to make the trip to the slaughterhouse in the first place." While those involved in the meat industry would like to discount these groups as ineffective radicals, we have to recognize that they are gain- ing recognition and have become successful in rais- ing money to support their cause and turning more and more people away from meat consumption. Hopefully the day will never come that we see huge statues of chickens, pigs and other farm ani- mals along our highways. ...jus-sayn (Your thoughts? email me at: jussayn @live.cam) Copyright 2013 Strom Communications All rights reserved. This column sponsored by COLD SPRING COUNTRY STORE for birthday gifts...Shop Local! im tb t O PARAMOUNT THEATRE- DOWNTOWN ST. CLOUD @ , MN Performances by: The Claire Lynch Band Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice Darin & Brooke Aldridge Bigfoot AND International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year - The Gibson Brothers The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)in Nashville. And many more! 800-635-3037 www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org gave up his deck bell for the en- we were ready to roll! gine bell! On July 12th, at 7 p.m. after a The engine needed paint for concert by the Kingery Family, botl the wooden cab and the met- the ROL Express Railroad was al engine cover. Owner of Koronis given to Pastor Denny and the Motors, Doug Hawkinson, anoth- River of Life Church, delivering er church member, said he had a ice cream treats to the hundreds gentleman who was interested in in attendance at the concert. painting the train and could do it It also gave rides to all comers at the dealership. It was delivered during the weekend festivities. there and came back all red and The train runs starting a half black and terrific. Again, details hour before each service taking were added to customize it. Then trails on the grounds and deliver- ing kids to children's church from the caboose "delJot" at the end of the church's parking lot. The De- pot is a restored Burlington Northern Caboose from a Min- nesota museum, and will soon be used as the check-in for ROL Chil- dren's Church. Several members of the church are training on run- ning the train, being conductor and brakeman as needed. The River of Life (ROL) Ex- press appeared in its first pa- rade - River Lake Days in Rich- mond and won First Place in the Theme Division. Giving out candy, its crew also gave out "tickets" to ride the train to our childrens' church. We hope to use the train for many community events and make it available to rent to the public for birthdays and other parties, parades, and other situa- tions. It can hold up to 36 chil- dren, or can transport adults. It has wireless speakers and trans- mitter for music also. We wish to use it to give rides and provide fun as a service in the local com- munities. Oh - the six friends that decid- ed to do the project and who now help to run the train for church and parades? Merle and Diane Eisert, Ann and Que Mayers, Dan Stein and the woman who enlisted their help- me, Kasi Stein. THANK YOU We would like to take a mo- ment to thank all the family, friends, and co-workers who were there to support us through the difficult times with Mary T. Gill. Thanks to Father Edward, the Saints Peter & Paul Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and Wenner Funeral Home for all the support and prayers. Thank you to everyone who donated food and helped prepare the meal. Special thanks to the St. Cloud Hospital ICU staff who were there for us, and also for the support from the Coborn's Cancer Center. The Gill and Sand Families .p