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Sunday, August 3, 2008


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TV2Nite “Pam: Girl on the Loose,” the reality TV series, premieres 9 p.m. tonight on E! The show follows Pam as she works as an animal rights activist, an environmentalist and a dedicated mom to her two sons. Viewers will get a look into her private life, including on-camera interviews each episode with Pam in the tub. And FYI: Tommy Lee is in every episode.

Verbatim “It sounds kind of strange, but jail time was almost a good experience for me.” — Tommy Lee

Did you know? A previously unknown portrait of a woman by Vincent van Gogh has been revealed in a high-tech look beneath another of his 1887 paintings, “Patch of Grass.” It was announced Wednesday. Scientists used a new technique to peer beneath the paint of van Gogh’s “Patch of Grass.” It was already known there was likely a portrait of some sort there. Van Gogh was known to paint over his work perhaps as much as a third of the time. Behind the painting, done mostly in greens and blues, is a portrait of a woman rendered in browns and reds. The new technique is based on “synchrotron radiation induced X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy” and is said to be an improvement on X-ray radiography, which has been used to reveal concealed layers of other famous paintings.

Don’t miss this The new season of “Eureka” kicked off this week on the Sci Fi channel. The show airs 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The show is about the small town of Eureka, a top-secret residential development created by people like Albert Einstein and President Truman to protect and nurture America’s most valuable “intellectual resources.” In other words, it’s secretly a town full of geniuses. U.S. marshal Jack Carter accidentally finds himself in Eureka along with his teenage daughter, and he ends up staying and becoming sheriff. — Free Press Staff and news services

Photos by Matt Gorrie

Ryan Lano recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his business’ newest location: an 1860s church in Minnesota Lake. Lano has been teaching guitar in the Mankato area for over nine years. His business, Park Street Guitar Lessons, with the new location and at-home lessons.

Park Street Guitar Lessons aims to inspire students ages 6 to 65 By Cathy Jones

wanted to start up again, “but I wanted a teacher who was young — someone that I could relate to, and also someone ometimes one pivotal moment in who would push me to practice and get childhood can start us on our better,” he said. life’s path. Coyle said that after each lesson Take Ryan Lano, for example. Lano gives him an easy song to play He picked up his father’s guitar at age and different chords and techniques to 13, and nary a day goes by that he is not learn. playing, composing or inspiring others “In the six months that I have been to play music through his business, Park playing, Keith Richards I am not, but I Street Guitar Lessons, am getting better and I based out of Minnesota enjoy it immensely,” Lake. “In the six months Coyle said. In the last month, the Student Linda Gish of that I have business hosted an open St. Peter dabbled in guibeen playing, house celebrating one tar many years ago but Keith Richards year in its new location: didn’t take it seriously, an 1860s church. Nine I am not, but I am she said. She’s been Since Ryan Lano picked up a guitar at age 13, he has years and 1,000 stuworking with Lano for getting better and I been involved in playing, composing and teaching dents before, Lano an hour twice a month music to other people. enjoy it immensely.” since January. taught out of locations in Mankato like Music Gish wrote a song to a band coach in the way he teaches bass RICH COYLE, Mart. Now, with the Park Street student accompany a children’s students how to play along with drums addition of the church book she wrote. She cred- and guitar and how two guitars play location and at-home lessons, he has a its Lano for finally being able to grasp together successfully. home base (literally; the basement con- scales and theory. Some at-home lessons involve multiverted nicely into his living space) and a “Ryan has a laid-back style and the ple students playing together, and the wider reach of a 60-mile radius. ability to treat me — and I am sure his monthly student recitals have been A 2004 graduate of Minnesota State other students — as individuals,” Gish known to evolve into all-out jam sesUniversity with a Bachelor of Arts in said. “Maybe he is able to accomplish sions. music, Lano first finds out what his stu- this by getting to know our eccentriciBut connecting local musicians isn’t dents want to learn and tailors the lesties and learning style faster and more just a benefit of the business. It’s also a sons to meet their goals whether they be efficiently by coming into our homes.” long-term goal. learning the blues, country, folk or Lano said he integrates music theory Lano would love to have more favorite songs by Green Day and My and reading into his students’ lessons in advanced players come in for collaboraChemical Romance. a practical manner so they can become tion and coaching because, he said, even Student Rich Coyle, 61, of Mankato good musicians and communicate with had taken lessons seven years ago and Please see GUITAR, Page E8 other musicians. He could be likened to

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Couple turns large lawn to backyard meadowland McClatchy-Tribune News Service

PHILADELPHIA — When Patricia and Conrad Cregan moved from Bustleton, Pa., to Huntingdon Valley, Pa., in 1984, the new house came with 11⁄3 acres and a John Deere lawn tractor. They were delighted: “We wanted more land,” says Patricia. They got it, along with a heavy-duty lawn-care regimen shared by millions of Americans. But by 2004, the water-

ing, weeding, fertilizing and mowing had gotten old. And Patricia, by then a volunteer at nearby Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, had learned about an alternative to the royal-family-style lawn. She suggested to her un-outdoorsy husband, “Why don’t we rip up the backyard and plant a meadow?” Sounds so easy, so carefree. And how romantic is this? Every spring, the meadow rolls out a rain-

bow: first violets, then lavender and Indian paintbrush, yellow coreopsis and orange butterfly weed, purple coneflower and bee balm, black-eyed Susans and goldenrod. All this and more, dotted with native grasses, everything shimmering in the sun, bending in the breeze and offering year-round beauty and food and shelter to the all-important “3 B’s” — bees,

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Please see MEADOW, Page E8 Patricia Cregan stands in her meadow in the back of her home.

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