Hodge wins $200,000 prize

NEW YORK — Compo-ser Huck Hodge has won a $200,000 prize designed to free up creative time.

On Wednesday, the American Academy of Arts and Letters told The Associated Press that Hodge is this year’s recipient of the Charles Ives Living award. The intention is for a “promising” composer to work on music over a two-year period and not accept any salaried employment.

Academy President Yehudi Wyner said in a statement that Hodge was a “brilliant colorist” and praised him for his “gorgeous, lyrical soundscapes.” Hodges has received numerous honors and his compositions include “Psalm XIII” and “Time is the substance I am made of.”

Field of Dreams site damaged

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs.

Owner Denise Stillman says a vehicle made deep gashes in the outfield and damaged a sprinkler system. The damage was especially severe because the ground was soft following warm weather and rain.

Stillman says repairs will continue through the summer but that the field will remain open.

Thousands visit the eastern Iowa field for free, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding cornfields.

It was created for the movie “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner.

The Associated Press