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  • Evansville Best Restaurants

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  • Arts in Evansville

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  • Upcoming Concerts

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  • Art & Wine Festival in Evansville, IN

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  • MEET LIL FRANZ NEW SOCIETY ADITOR OF THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER

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    I’m glad to be back in Southern Indiana after 21 years traveling the world. Although I can speak five (5) languages fluently, my favorite language is good ole “SOUTHERN INDIANA TWANG”.  All I can say about myself is, I was born, highly educated (7 college degrees) and presently living! Lately I been hanging out and enjoyed connecting with my roots once again. Though I am still grieving about the passing of my 5th husband, oil man, Wolfgang Franz from Germany.  Recently, I have rekindled an old flame with my high school sweetheart CCO Mole #3. We parted ways after high school due to his risky enlistment into the CIA. He is now retired CIA and is an undercover informant for the City-County Observer.  I look forward to hearing all about his new career in detail  at tonight’s reunion dinner at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. Oh, I want to personally thank the City County Observer for allowing me to write the new weekly life style-social column titled “Lifestyle Lil“. Hope you enjoy reading my unpredictable articles! Presently I’m looking for a home that could be converted into a bed and breakfast located in the majestic Historical District, so I called Market Realty. They sent Michelle Peterlin to help me find the home of my dreams. Michelle really knows her stuff! However, I am a bit fickle so I am still looking and am glad Michelle is extremely patient. I am pleased to hear that the Old Evansville Historic Association is dedicating the time and resources needed to restore and maintain the Historical District. Their goal is the replacement of the old utilitarian sidewalk/street light fixtures with historically correct fixtures that provide ample lighting and promote safety and walk ability while preserving the areas historical character. I want to give a special thanks to OEHA members Elmer Buchta, Karen Timberlake, Pam Guthrie, Sherry Wright, Chuck Hudson, Cathie Hite, and Jamie Wicks. Hopefully we can get the city of Evansville to sign on as equal partners in this worthy community restoration project. I needed new tires and a detail done on my car so I went to D-Patrick on North Green River Road. I must say the General Sales Manager, Tony Ricketts took excellent care of me. The detailed staff did an outstanding job on my car! I would highly recommend the ladies and gents at D-Patrick’s to anyone! Of course I had to change my auto insurance policy. I went to  Neace Lukens insurance for new car insurance. I met this guy, Doug Bays and must say is great at what he does. Not only did he save me a great deal of money but also increased my coverage. Since I’m single-ish now, I decided to go out and paint town RED-BLUE and GREEN. I stopped at Phoenix  Night Club located in the Brinkers  complex located on the Lloyd and Green River Roard.  I had a monster time. Great people, wonderful live music and nice atmosphere. This also happens to be where I ran into the Mole. #3 again. Just sit and watch him talk his trash and woo the woman.  Its obvious that he hasn’t changed much after all of these years. What a piece of work. They say in Evansville that “political games are the same but the names have change“! However it’s refreshing to see females faces on the political scene such as Katharine Martin-Knight Township Trustee, Stephanie Terry-Vanderburgh County Council and Gail Reicken-State Representative District 77. I was surprised yet glad to see Connie Robinson is still on Evansville City Council. I am really happy to see John Friend, CPA is still serving on Evansville City Council. I predict that a higher office awaits him in near future! Oh, John was my 5th husband’s CPA and did a remarkable job for him. I was really pleased to hear my favorite retired heart doctor, Dr. Dan Adams is also serving on the Evansville City Council.  The real surprise came when I heard that my ole friend Scott Danks, who represented me through four divorces, is now legal counsel for the Evansville City Council. I can tell you one thing; Scott is one he– of an attorney and he shall serve the council well! Until next time, don’t take any wooden nickels! I’m on my way to give a lecture at Harvard University on “DSYFUNCTIONALITY”!  I can guarantee that I know all about this subject!   Anyone who has any social news can contact me at citycountyobserver@live.com! Amore! LIL Franz.
  • Simply Sam

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    By Peter Rowe Here’s the thing about Sam Zien: He fails. As business manager for a San Diego biotech firm, he failed to adopt a corporate image: “I was always the guy who wanted to be more funny than serious.” In the summer of 2001, he quit that job to launch his own TV travel series. Another recipe for failure: “I had neither travel nor TV experience.” If the show ever had a chance, 9/11 rocked the travel industry. Sam the unemployed guy let his wife support their family of five — thanks, Kelly! — and sat on the couch, watching TV. Then he came up with a new scheme. Today, the 51-year-old Vancouver, Canada, native is nearing his 10th anniversary as “Sam the Cooking Guy.” His half-hour show has a devoted following. He wins Emmys by the colander and is in demand as a guest cook at charity events. And as the cameras roll, he fails beautifully. He’s taping a show in his Carmel Valley, Calif., home. His regular producer, Michelle Mattox, is on maternity leave but has stopped in with her 1-month-old daughter. Sam, the father of three, cradles little Lola. As the camera moves in for a close-up, Lola spews a stream of white, fermented goop across Sam’s black sweater. Sam fails. And it’s great TV. Kelly Zien insists that the camera does not lie. “He’s exactly the same,” she says of her husband, “on camera and off camera.” They met in Vancouver when he was 22 and she was 19, each the youngest member of their respective families. They fell for each other quick and hard — the engagement was announced two years after their introduction — but they are not mirror images of each other. She loves sports. He doesn’t. She enjoys light, healthy foods. He’s all about comfort dishes. They moved to Arizona and then to San Diego, where Sam sold real estate in the go-go 1980s. “I was always good with my mouth,” he said. But Kelly sensed that his destiny lay somewhere beyond the MLS listings. “I always knew he had the creative talent, that he had to do something in the (entertainment) industry.” He filmed a sample cooking segment late in 2001 and shopped it around San Diego’s TV stations. The handheld camera jitters, the star scowls, the whole segment is as appetizing as liver and onion ice cream. But at the local Fox affiliate, news director Alberto Pando saw something he liked. Soon, Sam was filming short segments for Fox. The show grew and moved. In 2006, “Sam the Cooking Guy” began its run on Channel 4. Cox doesn’t have the reach of Fox, but the show is seen in San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties; Phoenix; Tucson, Ariz.; and Macon, Ga. “People say, ‘What’s your style of food?’ I say, ‘Easy.'” Even as a TV rookie, Sam knew what he didn’t want. His show would be fast — no excruciating 30-second takes of someone stirring batter. His show would be casual. “Here’s what I’ve learned — you can’t make it simple enough.” His show would be unscripted and shot in his home. His sons would walk through the kitchen — Zach is now 17, Jordan 19 and Max 22 — and dogs would roam in and out of shots. Sam drops ingredients on the floor and yelps in pain after stuffing his mouth with hot-from-the-oven food. Why? “The answer is simple — because I do the same thing when I’m totally alone and there are no cameras around. It may not be the brightest move, but it’s what I do.” That last quote comes from Sam’s third book, “Just Grill This!” (Wiley, $19.95). The first, “Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipes,” was published in 2008 after Sam spent 10 days agonizing over the book proposal. His editor’s response: “Not only do you not know how to write a book proposal, you’re gonna need help writing the book.” But Sam resisted efforts to saddle him with a ghostwriter. He wanted the book to echo his voice. It may not be the brightest move, but … But he’s not trying to create high art on the page or in the kitchen. He’s a cooking guy, not a four-star chef, someone who makes blue cheese-stuffed sliders and Cap’n Crunch-crusted ahi tuna, someone who spills mustard-and-lemon-peppered lamb chops on his kitchen floor before his TV audience. “Why?” he moans. “Why must it be like this? Why do I have to be that person?” Why must he be that person who fails on camera? Why not? Works pretty well for Sam the Cooking Guy. CHINESE GRILLED SHRIMP 10 wooden skewers 1 cup Asian salad dressing — one with sesame and ginger would be ideal 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound large shrimp, shell on and deveined (see note) Put the skewers in a casserole dish and cover with water; let soak for about 30 minutes. Put the dressing and pepper flakes in a bowl, and mix well. Add the shrimp, stir to coat well, and let sit for about 20 minutes. Preheat the grill. Skewer the shrimp up through the tails so they stay straight. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until done. Serve with shrimp still on the skewers. Makes 10 skewers Note: To devein shrimp with shell still on, you will need a shrimp de-veiner, a knifelike tool that can be purchased at a kitchen supply store. Peter Rowe writes for The San Diego Union-Tribune. COPYRIGHT 2011 THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM
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  • RELEASE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2014

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    Dear Ann Landers: Our daughter, who is away at college, is suffering from depression. She is on medication and seeing a therapist at school. “Maya’s” first semester was a nightmare, partly because her father refused to let her come home to visit, even though the college is only three hours away. I finally overruled him and insisted she drive home for the weekend. I could see how debilitating the depression was. If Maya cannot survive another semester and wants to come home, I don’t know what my husband will do. We have been married for 20 years, and he is getting harder and harder to deal with. I’m tired of arguing with him, but I have to stand up for my daughter. Not every child can be sent away from home at age 18 and cope. If anything should happen to her, I never would forgive myself. Should I bring Maya home and tell her to go to school in town, or do you think my husband is right in saying she should tough it out? — Virginia Beach Mom Dear Virginia Beach: If your daughter is on medication, she must have a doctor who prescribed it. Consult with him about whether Maya should tough it out. She sounds emotionally fragile, and this could push her over the edge. Dear Ann Landers: My husband has been clinically depressed for most of his adult life. A while back, “Herman” began seeing a female therapist who focused on my husband’s early years to see whether something in his childhood might be the cause of his depression. His therapist discovered that during adolescence, Herman had been a cross-dresser. He apparently had worn women’s clothing in his early teens but repressed it as an adult. Now Herman wants my permission to express this part of his personality around the house. He says he would not go out in public. This disgusts me, Ann. The thought of my husband in makeup, wig and high heels makes my skin crawl. His therapist told me I need to be more tolerant. She doesn’t seem to think his behavior is abnormal or sick. Herman is artistic and sensitive, a gourmet cook and an avid sportsman. More importantly, he is a terrific father to our two sons. I used to think he was the most masculine man alive. Now I don’t see how I ever can look at him the same way or stop wondering whether he is gay. I don’t want to break up our marriage, but if anyone found out about the makeup, wigs and high heels, I would be devastated. I need your advice. — N. Carolina Dear N. Carolina: You need to have a better understanding of your husband’s cross-dressing. Herman is a transvestite. Some transvestites are gay, but many are not. They get their thrills from dressing up in women’s clothing, but that’s as far as it goes. Please go to the public library and read up on the subject. The more you know the less you will fear it. Forget to save some of your favorite Ann Landers columns? “Nuggets and Doozies” is the answer. Send a self-addressed, long, business-sized envelope and a check or money order for $5.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. ANN LANDERS (R) COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
  • RELEASE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

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    Dear Ann Landers: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We have a wonderful marriage and two terrific children. The problem I am writing about involves my husband’s brother. He is gay. “Rick” is a great person and a devoted uncle to our children. Until now, we haven’t had a problem with Rick or his live-in companion, “Dennis.” Our children think of Dennis as their uncle’s friend. The two of them have been together for 20 years. Everything was fine until Rick and Dennis decided to get “married” and asked our 9-year-old daughter to be the flower girl at their wedding. I am raising my children to believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman. I do not want my daughter to participate in Rick’s wedding. My husband feels the same way. In fact, he doesn’t even want to go. So far, the only comment my daughter has made is “I am too old to be a flower girl.” I am not prejudiced against gay people, Ann, but I do not condone that lifestyle, either. Please tell me what to do. — Dilemma in the Dairy State Dear Dilemma: Gay couples who wish to have a ceremony to celebrate their union should not be asking a 9-year-old to participate. It would be too confusing. A service for those in the inner circle would be OK, but please, no children. Tell your brother-in-law that your daughter will not be participating. (P.S. I agree with her that a 9-year-old is a bit beyond the “flower girl” range.) Dear Ann Landers: My husband is a wonderful man, 56 years old and highly intelligent. He had an ingrown toenail that was red and swollen and looked infected. I suggested he soak it in hot water and try to cut as much of the nail as he could. Well, Ann, I caught him soaking his toe in my good crockpot. I went ballistic. He insisted that a little hot water and soap would clean the pot up just fine and I had no reason to fly off the handle. I threw the contaminated pot in the garbage. The next morning, I discovered he had put the pot back in the cupboard. I took it with me to the office and threw it out there. Was I wrong, Ann, or am I married to a man with the brain of a flea? — Grossed Out in Stockton, Calif. Dear Stockton: Sorry, dear, but you threw out a perfectly good piece of crockery that would have been OK after a thorough scouring. It could be that after seeing your husband’s infected foot in the pot, you could not bring yourself to cook in it, but actually, the problem was more in your head than in the pot. Should your husband get another ingrown toenail, ask him to use an aluminum pail instead of a cooking utensil. And while we’re on the subject of toenails, they should be cut straight across. Sorry if I ruined some breakfasts out there, but this information is something you need to know, folks. Forget to save some of your favorite Ann Landers columns? “Nuggets and Doozies” is the answer. Send a self-addressed, long, business-sized envelope and a check or money order for $5.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. ANN LANDERS (R) COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM