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T H E D A L L A S P O S T
A familiar dance pattern hasneverlookedsofrisky.Instead of the usual heel-toefootsteps, Helen Gilbertson andherSiberianHusky,Indy,regular-lypracticeheel-pawmovesatthe Wilkes-Barre Dog Training ClubinHanoverTownship.Gilbertson, of Sweet Valley,kicks out her right foot as 8-year-old Indy taps it with his left paw,andthepaircontinuethepattern while walking backwards to thebeat of “Do You Believe In Mag-ic?”byTheLovin’Spoonful.GilbertsonandIndyarepartof the Doghouse Dancers FreestyleClubinwhichpupsandtheirhan-dlers combine music, costumes,props and chorography to create“tail-wagging”performances. The group, based in the BackMountain, performs for nursing homes and civic club meetingsand competes in dog dancing competitionsalloverthecountry.FoundingmemberEileenHoy-son, of Shavertown, said she’llneverforgetthefirsttimeshesawa freestyle performance at a dog show years ago, remembering asprightly group of dog show per-formerswhobroughttearstohereyes.“I was completely mesmer-ized,” she said. “You could justsee the great bond between theownersandtheirdogs.”Hoyson said most of the clubmembershaveexperienceindog training, and the dancing allowshandlers and dogs to expresstheircreativesides.“Obedienceisalotmorerigid,”said Hoyson. “There’s no roomfor creativity. Freestyle opens upthecreativepartsofyourbrain.”As Hoyson and her 6-year-oldGolden Retriever, Munch, takethefloor,adizzyingarrayoffancyfoot and paw work commenceonce the first beats of “Pencil- ThinMustache”byJimmyBuffetbeltthroughthetrainingcenter. With a few quiet commandsfrom Hoyson, who always has atempting treat in her hand,Munch is weaving in and out of Hoyson’s legs, circling his owneras she lifts her arms and walking backwards in step with Hoysonandthebeat.Munchisrelentlessinhisener-gy, swooping and stepping anddancingrightoncue.“They call it the tail-wagging sport, because those dogs whohavetailsareconstantlywagging and having a wonderful time,”saidHoyson.Betty Gower’s Beagle-Weim-ramer mix, Jingles, is new tofreestyle,andneedstobeleashedduring her performance. Despitetheextrarestraint,Jinglesseems just as excited to have that extrainteractionwithherowner.“I think she’s smarter than Iam,” laughed Gower, of FortyFort.Una Valanski, of Dallas, saidshe can’t walk a straight line, sothe freedom that freestyle offerstothoseusuallyinvolvedinstrictdogshowscanbeliberating.Shedancedto“RedneckWom-an” by Gretchen Wilson with hertwo dancing dogs - 8-year-oldSpencer, a Papillon, and 6-year-oldChadwick,aPomeranian-Chi-huahuamix. The toy dogs rolled on theirbacks between Valanski’s legs,
This dance troupe has literally gone to the dogs
BILL TARUTIS/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
Doghouse Dancers leader Eileen Hoyson, of Shavertown, practices her routine with her dog Munch at the Wilkes-Barre Dog TrainingClub in Hanover Township.
Tail-wagging performancescombine music, costumes,props and lots of love.
For more information about theDoghouse Dancers Freestyle Club,including information about join-ing the club or scheduling a per-formance, contact Eileen Hoysonat 696-4925. The group meetswithout their furry partners at 7p.m. on the first Tuesday of everymonth at the Kingston TownshipMunicipal Building. Anyone in-terested in the club is welcome toattend meetings.
M O R E I N FO R M AT I O N
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The Shavertown UnitedMethodist Church Fine ArtsConcert Series will presentCarols by Candlelight at 7p.m. today, Dec. 4 at thechurch, 163 N. Pioneer Ave.,Shavertown. The annual Christmas con-cert will be an evening of carol singing accompaniedby The Anthracite Brass,hand bells, piano and organ. The chancel choir, guestsingers and three of the oth-er choirs from the church will also sing and play spe-cial arrangements of favoriteChristmas and Advent car-ols.A reception will follow theconcert and a free will offer-ing will be received. Formore information, call 675-3616.
Members of the Praise Ringers of the Shavertown United Methodist Church are, fromleft, firstrow, Michele Butts, Courtney McCarthy, Taylor Hodle. Second row, Beckie Kimpel, Cara Farina,Bethany Dennis, Kate Jenkins, Barbara Mark. Third row, John Bunney, Thomas Ketchner, ChrisBiesecker, Cindy Biesecker, Bryan Biesecker.
SUMC bell ringers plan concert
Aholidayconcertwillbepresentedat7p.m.today,Dec.4attheNewLifeCommunityChurch,TwinStacksCenter,1100N.MemorialHwy.,Dallas.PastorGideonGaitano,tenor,willbejoinedbysingersandreadersspanningawiderangeofagestopresentsongsthatwilltouchtheheart.Call333-4567formoreinformation.Fromleft,firstrow,areAvareeGaitano,JonathanAllen,RachelMadeira, Lee Lauver, Lucille Madeira, Dennis Madeira. Second row, Diane Czajkowski, April Ros-kos. Third row, Pastor Gaitano, Mike Czajkowski and Ed Kowalski.
The following memorial/hon-or books have been added to theshelves of the Back MountainMemorial Library, 96 HuntsvilleRd., Dallas, for the month of No- vember 2011:
In memory of James Durkin,
“Ultimate Food Journeys,” pre-sented by Jack and Alice Sallada
In memory of Charles D. “Rus- ty” Flack,
“Sail: A PhotographicCelebration of Sail Power,” pre-sented by Alice and Jack Sallada
In memory of Robert L. Flem- ing,
“Statistical Abstract of theUnited States 2012” (reference),presented by Bladwen H. Ottoand Otto Family
In memory of Clara Miller Brown,
“Beginnings” by AnneGeddes, presentedbyherdaugh-ter, Barbara
In memory of Aileen Dymond,
“Death at Christy Burke’s” byAnneEmery,presentedbyBarba-ra J. Eyet
In memory of Elin Northrupand J. Bawden Northrup,
“Talk-ing about Detective Fiction” byP.D. James, presented by SaraLonda
In memory of Lucy Sabatura,
“Inferno:TheWorldatWar,1939-1945” by Max Hastings, present-ed by Karen Adams and Family
In memory of William Cragle,
“Black Bear Hunting” by GaryLewis, presented by David andJoan Roskos
In memory of Donald Frank King,
“Getting Smart” by TomVander Ark, presented by Mrs.Dorothy King Wadas
“Eyewitness Travel Spain,”presented by The Meadows So-cial Club
In memory of my aunt, Eliza- beth“Betty”Moran,
“Auroras”byDan Bortolotti, presented by Ju-dy and Dave Petro
In memory of Wanda Baseski,
“Making Spirits Bright” by FernMichaels(largeprint),presentedby Linda and John The following books are
inmemory of William Poepperling
and are presented by Pat Zikorand children: “Goodnight, Good-night, Construction Site” bySherri Duskey and Tom Litchen-held, “Drawing from Memory”by Allen Say The following books are
inmemory of Mabel Meehan
andare presented by Pat Zikor andchildren: “Treasuryof GreekMy-thology” by Donna Jo Napoli, “If YouGiveaDogaDonut”byLau-raNumeroff,“ToysComeHome”by Emily Jenkins The following books are
inmemory of Robert Fleming
andare presented by John, Beth andHenry Puchalsky: “The GildedStage”byDanielSnowman,“TheNational Audubon Society FieldGuide to African Wildlife” The following books are
inmemory of Frank E. Wadas
andarepresentedbyMrs.DorothyK. Wadas: “Basic Fishing: A Begin-ner’s Guide” by Wade Bourne,“The Complete Fishing Manual”by Henry Gilbey The following books are
inmemory of Elizabeth R. Moran
andarepresentedbyTheRenais-sance Center Age of Innocenceand co-workers: “Country Cook-ing of Ireland” by Colman An-drews, “Martha Stewart’s Ency-clopedia of Crafts,” “Decorating with Evergreens” by Robert Waite The following books are
inmemory of Harold Fritzges
Memorial books remember loved ones
See BOOKS, Page11
Church memberssell coupon books
Members of the ShavertownUnited Methodist Church areselling Save Around CouponBooks for $30. Each book hasover $3,000 worth of couponsto be used locally. To place your order, call thechurch office at 675-3616.
Mark Pall offersconcert today
Mark Pall will offer an organAdvent/Christmas concert at 3p.m. today, Dec. 4 at the Dal-las United Methodist Church,4 Parsonage St., Dallas. This will be Pall’s fifth Ad- vent/Christmas organ concert.At 14, he is the youngest mem-ber of the local chapter of theAmerican Guild of Organists.A free will offering will bereceived to benefit the Amer-ican Red Cross Flood Relief.Refreshments will be served
Chi Rho Singerswill appear at TUMC
The Chi Rho Singers willpresent an evening of music at7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 atthe Trucksville United Metho-dist Church, 40 Knob Hill Rd. This choir of the Susquehan-na Conference of the UnitedMethodist Church includesapproximately 40 pastors un-der the direction of the Rever-end John Dromazos, retiredand living in Lewisburg.Various styles of music willbe presented, which may in-clude classical, traditional,contemporary, folk and folkrock selections. Several in-struments are used to accom-pany the choir. At times, theaudience is invited to join thechoir in a few selections.A free will offering will bereceived.
‘The Gift’ returnsfor 18th year
Back Mountain HarvestAssembly, Carverton Road, Trucksville presents its 18thannual presentation of the“The Gift” at 6 and 8 p.m. onFriday, Dec. 9 and Saturday,Dec. 10 and at 6 p.m. on Sun-day, Dec. 11.“The Gift” is a musical dra-ma recreating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem whereover 100 actors and live ani-mals perform in an outdoorsetting.For more information, call696-1128.