Caring Clowns

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    Patty Boeglin, operating under the nickname Peppermint Patty, threw her hands in the air after placing a balloon hat on Northwood Retirement Community resident Dorothy NiggÕs head during a performance at the Jasper residence April 7. Peppermint Patty is a part of a group of local clowns that dubbed itself the Red Nose Society. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Northwood Retirement Community resident Viola Heitz, center, and Darlene Francone, working as Tootie, playfully competed in a tickle sword fight during the Red Nose Society performance at the Jasper residence April 7. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ruth Kuebler put away her makeup before leaving her Jasper home for the Red Nose SocietyÕs performance at Northwood Retirement Community on April 7. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ruth Kuebler, left, and Patty Boeglin tested various hats March 22 at BoeglinÕs home in preparation for an Easter performance. The skit reversed the traditional trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, replacing the old routine with the pulling of a hat out of a rabbit. The Red Nose Society often practices shows at the home of one of its members. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ruth Kuebler laughed after she smoothed out the makeup on the face of her mother, Lucille Kuebler with a tissue April 7 at RuthÕs Jasper home. At 88, Lucille is the oldest member of the five-person Red Nose Society. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    During practice at the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper on Feb. 10, Patty Boeglin, left, Ruth Kuebler, and Donna Linette picked out who was going to tell which joke for an April performance at Northwood Retirement Community. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ruth Kuebler, otherwise knows as Bubbles, painted the face of her mother, Lucille Kuebler, who goes by the name Loosey Goosey, in RuthÕs Jasper home April 7. Lucille, 88, became the fifth member of the group when Ruth joined the Red Nose Society more than a year ago. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Darlene Francone, known during clowning shows as Tootie, adorned her costume with pins and stickers for the Red Nose Society performance at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper on April 7. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ruth Kuebler, left, made a face at her mother, Lucille Kuebler as she held up a mirror so Lucille could see her makeup April 7 at RuthÕs Jasper home. At 88, Lucille is the oldest member of the Red Nose Society. She goes by the name Loosey Goosey and joined the group when Ruth came aboard more than a year ago. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Darlene Francone, operating under the persona of Tootie, left, told a joke to Northwood Retirement Community resident Gertrude Major during the Red Nose Society performance at the Jasper residence April 7. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Donna Linette, working as Giggles, left, scratched the back of Northwood Retirement Community resident Gertrude Major with a plastic hand on a stick during the Red Nose Society performance at the Jasper residence April 7. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald