AROUND TOWN: Renovations at Farmer’s Market are a Hit!

Last weekend our renovated Farmer’s Market opened with the new high ceiling over the stalls, protecting Gophervillans  even if it rains.  With the added coverage, plans are that the market can stay open through the holidays, selling holiday wares.

The design and construction of the roof was done by Roger Raddicar who recently visited Dallas and was inspired by a unique place called “The Shed.”  Roger said, “I walked into the The Shed while visiting my daughter who lives in Dallas with her husband and little girl, my darling granddaughter, Molly.  “The sun was beating down and I noticed how cool it was under the roof, and the fans helped a lot too.  I thought to myself, wow, it’s not only cool under here, but if it rained, I would still be dry.” Out of the blue, I swung Molly up in my arms and said “Baby girl, I bet we could build a roof like this over our farmer’s market in in Gopherville.”  I could hardly wait to get home and make it happen.”

The pavilion and new stalls were funded by our city taxes, and through a special fund-raising effort from Gopherville’s 2nd graders who sold their ceramic artwork to family members and friends. Thank you Ms. Dribble’s class who contributed $152.11 to the Market fund.



Investigative Reporter: Favoritism at the Farmer’s market?

Dear readers, our special investigative reporters responded to some of your complaints that Farmer Jake Ramer’s stall appeared to be moved closer to the entrance and sitting between Marge Brown’s Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and Mrs. Handy’s Crafts,  both considered premiere vendors. Reporters made inquiries at the Mayor’s office asking if placement decisions were tied in any way to contributions to his re-election campaign.  Mayor Jake Ramer Jr. reported, “Absolutely, no preferential placement was provided to any vendor.” He continued, “Stalls were assigned based on a lottery system, which was meticulously overseen by my office.”

This reporter is relieved that no wrongdoing was uncovered!



Mrs. Handy has the perfect gift for that crazy person in your life who’s planning to vote in the upcoming elections.

The Trump giftbag includes (1) a mirror encased in a royal blue background and an engraved gold crown at the top; (2) a scrapbook titled Great…Really Great where the recipient can cut in photos of him/herself with Trump, e.g. with Trump’s arm around his or her shoulder, and caption the photo as desired (e.g. “you’re not fired!” or “handpicked by Trump”; and (3) a baggie of Legos that can be used to create a wall, towering hotel, or the White House, and includes a large plug-in  lighted  “Trump” sign that glows at night.

Mrs. Handy also has a selection of Hillary earrings  featuring the candidat, and t-shirts featuring her head saying “Email sucks,”  “Why do I want to be president again?” and “I meant to say basket of f***ing racist a**holes.”

Gifts available at Mrs. Handy’s Handicrafts stall inside the Farmer’s Market.





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Gopherville’s Matty Kappins maybe on cable tv!



Matty Kappins, the daughter of Ralph and Maude, will soon be seen on the new  Hallmark  series Bopkins (assuming  the show gets picked up). In episode 5 Barney solves the case of the dead girlfriend with the help of local actress Matty who plays an policewoman “Tina” on the show. Bopkins is about detective named Barney Bopkins who has a knack for finding the bad guys, every time: it doesn’t matter if they are hiding in the attic, pretending to be an upright citizen, or taking a vacation – if you commit a murder, Detective Bopkins will find you. Bopkins also teaches important life lessons to the show’s characters.

“You were right, detective; he is at his girlfriend’s house. Let’s go!” Matty delivers  these words in the episode with such feeling that this reporter was tempted to jump into his Chevy Cavalier in the same way that Tina (Mattie)  and detective Bopkins  jump into a  police sedan!  The detective and Tina (our Maddy)  were at the girlfriend’s house  by the time the show returned after a commercial break.  When no one answers the door, Matty (playing Tina) looks into the window  and immediately calls Detective Botkins over upon spotting a lifeless leg.

Later in the show, Detective Botkins notices Tina (Mattie)  sitting at her desk looking upset — and boy did Mattie get into her role!  Botkins learns that Tina and her mother, whose picture is on Tina’s desk,  have been fighting and Barney suggests that she (Tina, who’s played by Mattie)  give her mom a  call.  Mattie picks up the phone and dials, and a moment later says “I’m sorry, Mom.  Listen, do you want to meet for lunch? ” while giving Barney a teary smile. (The person on the other end  was not really Matty’s mother, of course, but Tina’s, and there wasn’t actually anyone on the phone at all, because Matty was just acting.)

Noneone in Gopherville is surprised at Mattie’s latest achievement.  We all remember Matty’s superb acting ability playing “Pure” in  the 2010 production at  Gopherville High of  “As Pure as the Driven Snow,” Annie in the 2011 production of “Annie Oakley”  by the park district, and Mame in the Gopherville High production of “Aunty Mame.”

Mrs. Kappins told us that by  getting this role, her daughter has become  qualified to join SAG, an actors union. There is a possibility that the role in combination with her background work might even qualify her to earn unemployment as an actress!  However, until she qualifies for unemployment or becomes a major star, Matty has told her real mom that she plans to keep working as a waitress at the DinDin Restaurant in West Los Angeles.

Accompanying this story is Matty’s most recent head-shot. Mrs. Kappins said that she has around 50 of them, signed, to distribute to anyone who wants one.  This is the time to grab them up — they’ll be valuable soon!


RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cheesy Cheese Dip


1 lb Velveeta Cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel or other)


Unwrap and dice Velveeta into 1 in. cubes.  Place cheese in microwave-safe bowl, and add tomatoes.  Cook 3 minutes, then stir.  Cook another 2 minutes or until Velveeta has just melted.  Mix well.  ALTERNATIVE COOKING METHOD: Put cheese and tomatoes in slow cooker and melt over slow heat as long as desired, stirring well.

Serve with tortilla chips, or just about anything!!