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The Flute Consortium, composed of Carolyn Karl, Dick Braun and Aaron Neely, practice with accompanist Emily Byrens for the Jan. 22 concert in Pleasant Hill.

On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. the first concert sponsored by the Music Committee of Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC in 2012 will be presented in the new sanctuary. The Flute Consortium of Pleasant Hill consisting of Carolyn Karl, Dick Braun and Aaron Neely on flutes and recorder will be accompanied on the organ and piano by Emily Byrens. The versatility of the organ will be shown by its use as a harpsichord for the performance of music of the Baroque era. Music of the Baroque period will be featured with selections by George Friedrich Handel for the ensemble as well as two sonatas performed by Aaron Neely. A sonata by Johann Friedrich Fasch from the same period will be performed by the ensemble. The program will conclude with Four Pieces for Three Flutes and Piano by contemporary composer Louis Moyse.

Aaron Neely was born in Key West, Florida, but grew up in the Homesteads of the Crossville area. After teaching and performing flute and chamber music for many years in Switzerland and Italy, he now lives in his hometown of Crossville and continues to give concerts and rehearse with his concert partners in early music. Many of us know him as the owner of the Stagecoach, across from the State Park, where he and his wife, Maren serve authentic European cuisine.

Dick Braun lives in Pleasant Hill and Carolyn Karl in Fairfield Glade. Both Braun and Karl began flute lessons at early ages, fourth and sixth grades, playing in school orchestras and bands. In college Dr. Braun met and married another flutist and never completely put away his flute. The Brauns had their flutes with them all those years in Africa as medical missionaries, where wife Trudy and he frequently played duets. Since then he has participated in several instrumental groups, including the Cumberland County Community Band and Pleasant Hill Ensemble. Both have played in their respective churches as soloists and in duets. They also sing in their church choirs and at other venues.

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Soon after classes resumed at the Pleasant Hill Elementary School, report cards were sent home. Back to reality after enjoying the relaxing days of vacation. PHS is in good standing according to state NCLB status reports both in Achievement Grades and Value Added Marks, which show how much progress students made in a year. The fifth and eighth grades scored especially high in TCAP writing. Parent/teacher conferences took place on Jan. 10 when individual scores, progress, and behavior were discussed. The first week back the students participated in team spirit activities such as mix and match day, team hat day, pajama day, and spirit green and gold day. Basketball games resumed weekly with good attendance and spirited support. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed with no school, but preceded by many activities related to his life in the classrooms. 
Mayor Al Dwenger reported to the January Pleasant Hill Council meeting about the Legislative Breakfast he attended with State Senator Charlotte Burks and State Representative Cameron Sexton. Energy saving thermostats and two fans have been installed in the town hall office and garage. Heavy rains have made it difficult at times for mourners to get to the grave site in the New Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Wood walk ways will be installed to facilitate people’s access.

Councilwoman Lisa Patrick expressed concern for security after a recent break-in. The council emphasized that homeowners should lock their doors even if only away a short time. She warned citizens not to give out any personal information or Social Security numbers to callers who might be perpetuating a scam. The council noted that the sheriff's patrol cars have been visible throughout town, adding to the security of residents.

The Refuse and Trash Collection ordinance was reviewed with emphasis on “Tree trimmings, hedge clippings, and similar materials shall be cut to a length not to exceed five feet and shall be stacked in piles, etc.” The placement of brush was also discussed. Similarly, the council reviewed the ordinance regulating animal control. Violations will be reported to the County Animal Control Officer. Although most of the animals in Pleasant Hill are pets, there are occasional pigs and chickens running loose.