April 9, 2019

A bi-monthly newsletter about things happening with your fellow members.

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Thrivent Financial Services

Attend this free workshop!
Get important financial strategies from a membership organization of Christians that's been helping members be wise with money and live generously for more than 100 years.
Topics include:
  • Social Security: Timing Is Everything
  • 5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly
This workshop is hosted by Eric Gibson & Lance Wiley.

 Refreshments will be served.

Are you concerned about: Running out of money, the volatile market, the negative impact of inflation, changing tax laws, or life changes? The need for a retirement strategy has never been greater. Join us to learn how to solve these issues.

Social Security - Timing is Everything Workshop
April 09, 2019, 12 - 1 p.m.
East Towne Conference Room - 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains, MO
Are you concerned about: outliving your money, the volatile market, the impact of inflation, changing laws, or unplanned life changes? It is never too late to plan for the future. Join me and Lance Wiley as we discuss these situations and how to better your picture. Lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP

5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly Workshop
April 09, 2019, 6 - 7 p.m.
East Towne Conference Room - 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains, MO
Are you concerned about: outliving your money, the volatile market, the impact of inflation, changing laws, or unplanned life changes? It is never too late to plan for the future. Join me and Lance Wiley as we discuss these situations and how to better your picture. Dinner will be served at 6 pm.  Please RSVP.

Call 417-204-5456 or email eric.gibson@thrivent.com.

Old Time Music Festival
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival features both demonstrations and sales by a wide variety of material artists and craftspeople throughout the two-day event. This year's Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, in and around the West Plains Civic Center grounds. Admission to all festival events is free.  

Additional demonstrators are currently being sought for this year's event, and practitioners of traditional arts are encouraged to apply. Applications are available on the Festival website at   Old Time Music  Requested demonstrator hours would be noon-8 p.m. both days. 

Many of the material arts and crafts originated for entirely utilitarian reasons and were essential for meeting the basic needs of Ozarks residents in past generations.  As a result of changes in the region's economy, especially the increased availability of manufactured goods since the mid-twentieth century, such arts and crafts are no longer practical necessities, but many talented artisans and craftspeople in the Ozarks continue to practice them both as outlets for their creativity and as means of celebrating the region's rich cultural heritage. 
In many cases, these crafts and art forms have incorporated more aesthetic elements as they have evolved over time, and artistry now takes precedence over functionality in the work of many of their practitioners, though this is certainly not always the case.

Some of the artisans and craftspeople who participate in the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival practice their arts and crafts as living traditions, and their work reflects ongoing developments within those traditions, including, in some cases, their own innovations.  Other participants in the festival are more historically-based, and they strive to practice their arts and crafts as they were practiced generations ago.  Some have products available for purchase; all of them encourage festival goers to observe their work and learn about it.

2019 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, Missouri State University-West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, and the West Plains Civic Center.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic.org, or "like" the Facebook page at Old Time Music .

West Plains Council on the Arts

Fidelity Communications
Fidelity Communications Upgrades 19,000 Customers to 50 Mbps

Fidelity Communications is proud to announce the close of a 1-year initiative to move all standard cable modem customers to 50 Mbps Internet speed. That's right, those Fidelity cable modem Internet customers that had an Internet connection below 50 Mbps now have increased speeds at no additional charge.

Broadbandnow.com customers have Internet speeds between 15-25 Mbps to stream HD content and 40-100 Mbps for 4K. The site further explains that Internet speed isn't consistent for all devices but instead is more like a pie, with each device taking a slice when they connect. The more devices connected, the smaller the slice of pie/bandwidth each device receives. By proactively upgrading customers' speed, Fidelity strengthens the customer experience, ensuring customers can consume and enjoy their content the way it is meant to be.

"At the end of 2017, Fidelity saw the growing need for more bandwidth within the home for our current customers," states Fidelity Communications' President, John Colbert. "While these customers have had the opportunity to upgrade to speeds of 50 Mbps and above for several years now, we believe the proactive move for those who have not adopted the new speeds will ensure a superior experience to their ever-growing connected lives."

Content streaming isn't the only case for increasing speeds. In a recent report from Parks Associates, U.S. broadband households owned an average of 10.4 connected devices in 2018. The report also predicts the sales of video doorbells will be owned by at least 12% of the U.S. broadband households in 2020; sales of voice assistant capable speakers will reach nearly 65 million units by 2022.

Understanding that more and more people are connecting multiple devices to the Internet, the need for more bandwidth is a necessity. Upgraded customers have instantly benefited from the increase in speeds. "After our first round of moves last summer, we immediately saw an increase of usage in our network," states Robert Dicus, Inside Plant Engineering Manager. "When we completed moving customers provisioned at 1.5 Mbps and 3 Mbps, we saw a 35% increase in usage; proof that our customers needed us to take action."
Fidelity is contacting upgraded customers to perform modem swaps as needed to ensure they receive the full benefits of their new speeds. The company aims to continue keeping it simple for customers, by offering speeds from 50 Mbps to 250 Mbps in all cable markets. Internet packages include a 1 Gbps capable modem and WiFi service for the whole home.
"It is a priority for us at Fidelity to make sure every customer has the best experience possible with our services," states Jarrod Head, Vice President of Engineering & Technical Operations. "It took every department working together to ensure our network, internal systems, and care teams were prepared for the mass moves without impacting service quality. I am proud to see the teamwork and commitment to our Mission and Core Values."
For a complete of service areas and offerings, go to FidelityCommunications.
Media Contact:
Marketing Department
Fidelity Communications Co.
Tel: 573-468-8081
Fax: 573-468-7986
Email:  marketinginfo@fidelitycommunications.com

MSU-West Plains
We may be several months away from the start of the 2019 volleyball season, but the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team already has three new recruits on its 2019 roster.

They are Maria Julia Loureiro, a 5-foot, 8-inch freshman outside hitter from Curitiba, Brazil; Priscilla Crowell, a 5-foot, 4-inch sophomore defensive specialist from Houston, Texas; and Julieta Campana, a 6-foot, 1-inch freshman setter from Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said the trio joined the team in January and already have signed their letters of intent to play for the Grizzlies beginning next fall.

Crowell comes to the Grizzlies after playing one season at Florida International University in Miami. 

Grizzly fans can see the new recruits in action when they join their teammates for an intrasquad scrimmage on April 29 at the Student Recreation Center on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. More details about the event will be announced later.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit its website at Grizzly Volleyball.
Ozarks Medical Center
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit  www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com .

These physicians and nurse practitioners are just some of the more than 40 female providers at OMC.
Pictured left to right are:
Dr. Jen Lambert, Family Medicine; Christy Russell, APN, Urology; Susan Kenslow, APN, Oncology; Dawn Clough, APN, Neurology; Dr. Archana Sinha, Cardiology; Julie Gunter, APN, Cardiology;
Dr. Mary Pendergrass, Family Medicine; Jennifer Rhoads, WHNP, OB/GYN; Dr. Reah Kurian, OB/GYN; Dr. Clara Applegate, Neurology; all of Ozarks Medical Center.

West Plains Optimist Club

Optimist T-Ball Registration Sessions

Monday, April 15, 2019
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m
at West Plains Civic Center Lobby

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
at West Plains Civic Center Lobby

For more information or registration forms see West Plains Optimist Club

MSU-West Plains
West Plains Country Club

Ozark Independent Living
Ozark Independent Living (OIL) will host its seventh annual Art Show Featuring Seniors and Artists with Disabilities, May 18-27 at the West Plains Civic Center Gallery on the mezzanine. OIL Marketing Specialist Terry Hampton said, "We love offering this opportunity for artists to display their talents and for the community to view and appreciate their work. Artists with disabilities of all ages and skill levels, and seniors, age 65 and over, with or without disability, are encouraged to enter."
Hampton said the Senior Division is new to the show this year. "We know there are artists in our service region who are age 65-plus who are doing neat things, so we're expanding our exhibit to showcase their work."
Artists may enter multiple pieces, with a limit of one entry per category. There is no fee to enter, but an entry form is required. First, second and third place medals are awarded in three divisions: youth artists with disabilities, age 17-and-under; adult artists with disabilities, age 18-and-under; and the Senior Division. All entrants receive a ribbon of participation.  Artists are invited to offer their work for sale. Hampton said, "Artists are in no way obligated to offer their art for sale, but if they would like to price their pieces, we can pass along to them the contact information for potential buyers." No commission will be charged.
Entry forms are available at and artwork can be delivered to OIL, 109 Aid Avenue, West Plains, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning April 25.  All work must be delivered no later than May 4. For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Kathy Bauer, 256-8714, or see the Facebook event page " Art Show Featuring Seniors & Artists with Disabilities ."  

First Baptist Church