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Updated on: 04.01.10

STORY - Story Inn bartender (and ballotkeeper) Danielle "Dani" Hamm took up the title this April Fool's Day as Story Inn's Village Idiot of 2010.

Hamm won election by consensus for unwittingly setting her hair on fire while driving to work.

A press release from her employer details the incident:

"This particular incident occurred in February as Dani was attempting to 'make up' for lost time, coaxing her coiffure witha liberal dose of hair spray while attempting to control her 2000 Acura on Brown County's legendary back roads. 'I was late, and I was on my way to bartend at a wedding,' she explains. 'As I look back on it, it was probably not a good idea for me to light up a cigarette at that precise moment.'

"Dani noticed that that volatile mix had ignited when she looked into the rear-view mirror. 'I saw flames and smoke coming from the back of my head,' she explained. Fortunately, she was able to control the vehicle while dousing the flames, sustaining no injury.

"Dani did, however, endure a succession of 'bad hair days' thereafter. 'I didn't hear about the blaze until Dani had gone to another hairdresser to repair the damage,' says Terri Imel, Dani's mother (who also works at the Story Inn and cuts hair part-time). 'That is just as well, since I probably wouldn't have known how to deal with a challenge like this.'"

Dani went ahead and worked her scheduled shift after the blaze, and then nominated herself as Village Idiot.

"This was undeniably an impressive achievement, and Dani has earned this accolate," said Rick Hoftstetter, the Story Inn owner and himself a former Village Idiot.

Read about the other Village Idiot nominees' feats in the April 7 issue of the Brown County Democrat.

  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road