September 19, 2002

Marceline Plays Friday The 13th Villain To Tigers Football Team

Quarterback Curtis Cochran cuts the option inside as he tries to break past the Marceline defenders during Friday night football action at Scotland County R-I High School.

It wasn't your typical hack and slash Friday the Thirteenth show but the results were just as scary for the Scotland County football team which saw its record drop to 0-2 on a night that saw most of the Tigers competition in the Tri-Rivers Conference get on the winning track.

For the second straight week Scotland County ran into a tough non-conference foe as Marceline traveled to Memphis and handed the Tigers a convincing 33-6 defeat.

The only thing stopping the visiting team early on was itself as Marceline was hurt by penalties. The MU look-a-likes had a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game called back on a holding penalty.

That only prolonged the drive by Marceline, which quickly ate up the field position in big chunks behind a massive offensive line led by all-state candidate Greg Harrison (#54). Marceline ultimately got into the endzone on a four-yard run by Reece Switzer. Harrison made the point after attempt to put the visitors on top 7-0 with 8:23 left to play in the first period.

The yellow hankies continued to daunt Marceline as back-to-back offsides penalties gave SCR-I its first first down of the game. That was the only time the Tigers moved the chains on the opening possession however as a fumbled pitch attempt backed the Tigers way up and forced a punt.

Marceline took over and quickly picked up a 15-yard run from quarterback Scotty Wolfskill but the Tigers defense held from there and forced a punt that went into the endzone for a touchback.

Aaron Dale started the second possession with a six-yard gain for the Tigers. SCR-I then lost a yard on second down before an incomplete pass ended the possession with a punt.

Marceline moved the ball behind the ground game of running back Zack Neblock but ultimately put the points on the board through the air. Wolfskill connected with tight end Nathan Brownwell for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick by Harrison was good pushing the Marceline lead to 14-0 with over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The third time looked like the charm for Scotland County as the offense got rolling on the third possession of the contest. Joel Myers rambled for nine yards on first down. After Dale picked up the first down another offsides penalty on Marceline gave SCR-I the ball first and five.

Coach Brent Bondurant took advantage of the opportunity and looked for the immediate strike by calling for the pass play. Clint Cottrell made an outstanding grab to haul in the 37-yard completion despite tough coverage on the play.

Clint Cottrell hauls in the pass as the Marceline defender wraps him up.

Myers again picked up good yardage on the first down. However the Marceline defense came alive and stopped the Tigers on fourth and one at the 12 yard line, turning the ball over on downs for SCR-I and ending a big scoring chance.

Marceline started right where it left off as Neblock busted back-to-back runs of more than 10 yards each to move the ball close to midfield. Coach Bondurant called a timeout and used the stoppage to challenge his defense to step up their play.

The strategy worked as the Tigers held on the next three plays forcing a Marceline punt.

Unfortunately the momentum did not carry over on offense where Scotland County could not pick up a first down and went three and out, punting the ball back to Marceline.

A clipping penalty backed Marceline up to start the drive. But three straight runs of 10 yards or more quickly had the team in scoring position at the 29-yard line. But the flags kept falling and a holding call stalled the drive making it first down and 20 yards to go. The Tigers stopped the Marceline screen play for a short gain and then broke up a pair of pass attempts to force a punt.

Linebacker Jared Shelley fights off a block as he tries to pounce on a fumble by the Marceline runningback during the game September 13 in Memphis.
Scotland County took over at the 13-yard line with 3:32 left in the first half. Dale moved the chains with a couple solid runs. That didn't stop the Marceline sidelines from using all three of its timeouts trying to get the ball back one last time.

The strategy seemed to work as the Tigers drive stalled and SCR-I was forced to punt. Ultimately it backfired as the kick returner muffed the punt and it was recovered by Scotland County at the 30-yard line.

The Tigers barely got the first down on fourth and inches on the quarterback sneak by Curtis Cochran. That set up the next play a 20-yard pass completion from Cochran to Cottrell for the touchdown. Marceline blocked the PAT kick by Tim Robinson, making the score 14-6 at the intermission.

The momentum carried over for the Tigers to start the second half. On the first play from scrimmage Cochran kept the ball on the option and broke free around the right end covering 41 yards before he was tripped up.

That was as close as SCR-I could get going three more plays before punting.

The defense came out strong for Scotland County backing Marceline up on its first possession of the half and forcing the punt.

The turnover bug bit Scotland County on the next possession. Cochran found receiver Joe Talbert across the middle between two defenders. Talbert made a tough catch but the ball came loose as he was immediately hit on the play. Marceline picked up the fumble and returned it to the 31-yard line.

Marceline looked poised to blow the game but fumbled the ball away at the two-yard line where Scotland County took over. The Tigers could not mount any offense under the shadow of the goal line and narrowly escaped a safety before Robinson punted the ball out of trouble as time ran out on the third quarter.

Marceline made it 20-6 when Wolfskill connected with Ben Mosler for a five-yard TD pass. Cochran blocked the PAT kick.

Jared Shelley gave Scotland County good field position with a solid kick return. But the Tigers could not take advantage of it as the Marceline pass defense held the Tigers to three incompletions followed by a punt.

Switzer quickly put Marceline in scoring position once again as he broke a 62-yard run. Cottrell made a touchdown-saving tackle bringing down the Marceline back at the 13-yard line.

The junior defensive back stopped the drive for good three plays later as he intercepted a pass in the endzone.

Marceline returned the favor four plays later intercepting a Cochran pass and returning it to the 25-yard line.

The visiting team took advantage of the turnover as Wolfskill threw his third TD pass of the game, hitting receiver Blake Weese for a 27-yard scoring completion. The PAT failed leaving the score 26-6 in favor of Marceline.

The SCR-I offense turned the ball over for the second straight possession as Cochran scrambled and tried to find a receiver before fumbling to give Marceline the ball at the 14-yard line.

Marceline brought in the junior varsity offense with 5:09 left to play and the Tigers defense stopped them on four downs to get the ball back.

The Tigers turned the ball over one final time, fumbling the snap on a punt attempt allowing Marceline to take over just yards from the final score. Chuck Core punched it in from five yards out. Harrison made the PAT kick to make the final score 33-6.

Marceline racked up 19 first downs on the night behind nearly 300 yards on the ground. Switzer had 159 yards on 19 carries while Neblock had 97 yards on 19 attempts. Wolfskill completed seven of 14 passes for 93 yards. He had three TD's and one interception. The lone negative was the 10 penalties for 75 yards.

The Tigers rushed for 89 yards, with nearly half that total coming on one play by Cochran. The senior QB ran for 49 yards on five carries. Dale was held to 16 yards on 16 attempts. Myers had 12 yards on six attempts.

Cochran completed five of 18 passes for one TD and one interception. Cottrell caught three passes for 64 yards. Talbert had one grab for 16 yards and Dale caught one pass for 11 yards.

Eric Long topped the Tigers defensive performance with 11 tackles. Brett Masden had 10 stops while Dale added nine. Cottrell and Myers each made eight tackles and Cochran had seven stops.

Living Life Over


Despite an obvious apprehension surrounding theaters, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln will be the guests of honor for a special program to be held at the Memphis Theatre on Wednesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

It won’t be the famous couple’s first trip to town.  Max and Donna Daniels have brought the historic figures back to life for spectators in Memphis on more than one occasion.  They lent their talents to the historic Bring John Home ceremonies for the burial of a Civil War veteran in May of 2005.


The Scotland County Courthouse has withstood the test of time for 100 years.  Now the group hosting a centennial celebration for the facility is working to insure the historic landmark continues to keep time for future generations.

The Scotland County Community Betterment Group will host a special celebration on Monday, October 22 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the county seat.


Local, state and federal authorities are searching for a parole violator who walked away from the Scotland County Jail at approximately 8:45 p.m. October 18th.  The prisoner was entering the last week of his stay at the jail when he allegedly was assisted by at least one accomplice in escaping from the jail.

The prisoner was out of his cell as part of the department’s trustee program.  He had been held in the Scotland County Jail since September 23rd as part of a parole warrant for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections.  He had been part of the trustee program for more than three weeks, during which time he did painting at the courthouse and other work, and was considered a low-risk prisoner.

The sheriff’s department is being assisted in the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Drummond stated the case would mark the end of the trustee program at the Scotland County jail.


The Jolly Workers Club celebrated their 50th year at Carol Rogers, of rural Gorin, October 8, 1987.

The club was organized 50 years ago with Vivian Bertram at this same home.  Two charter members, Anna Belle Peterson and Cleo Curfman, were able to attend the meeting.  Vivian Bertram of Sun City, AZ is a charter member, but was unable to attend.  Other former members present were Frances Shacklett, Lois Humes and Susan Ammons.  One guest, Lucille Bundrem of Salem, Arkansas, was present.


Mr. and Mrs. Don Wheaton and daughter, Jamie, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Mustoe were hosts to the Rural Rough Riders card party and supper Saturday evening, October 15.  There were 31 present.

Winning high prizes were Florence Stevenson and John Pitzer, and low, Katheline Johnson and Marion Cowell,

The next card party will be November 5th with Katheline Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Powers hosts for the evening.


Announcement is being made this week of the Grand Opening of the Junction Café, formerly the Highway Café, by Danny Knupp Monday, October 23rd.

Free donuts and coffee will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and registration can be made for a door prize.


Hatton and Harold Hustead of Hustead’s Garage have recently embarked on a new enterprise which has brought much interest to quite a number of local personages.

Murl Colton approached them several days ago, after his wife was released from the hospital, to make a walker for her.  It will be recalled Mrs. Colton broke her hip a few weeks ago.

After debating, deciphering, cussing and discussing, someone came up with the idea of using a thin-walled electric tubing for the walker.  The enterprise was finished last week, complete with casters and a fresh coat of aluminum paint, and it’s really a fine piece of work.

It’s the understanding of this writer that the Husteads plan to make another one or two, to be used by those who may need them in the future.


The Memphis High School band, under the supervision of Charles Warren, music instructor, participated in a massed band with sixteen other Missouri high schools at Columbia Saturday during the football game between the University of Missouri and Kansas State College.

Including the University of Missouri band, there were a total of 1,170 instruments in the massed bands all playing under the direction of the University of Missouri director.

Superintendent and Mrs. R. L. Terry, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Roberts and son, Tommy Roberts, attended the game.

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Blanche Klocke.

Erma High was in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  She got home Sunday night.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.  They ate with Randy and Jenny Walker.

Martin and Reva went to Highland elementary school to Ivy Wagy’s concert.  Rich and LaCrisha Wagy, Travis, LaKaylee and friend Eliza, Randy and Jenny Walker, Penny Hustead, Will and Waid all attended.

Steve and Charlene Montgomery went to The Catfish Place on Friday, Oct. 13, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer (Burlington, IA), Patty (Colton) Howard (Zillah, WA), Brenda Miller and Cecil Boyer Jr. (Springhill, FL) came in Zimmerman’s on Saturday, Oct. 14th.  They were all going to the Gorin Alumni Banquet Saturday night.  Don Tague, Dale Tague, Oren and Celina Erickson, and Bob and Dorothy Hunolt also attended.

Waverly and Dixie Bunting from Virginia said they had bought a place outside Colony and will move here in the future.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Don Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Ronnie and Bonnie Boyer, Paul Tague, Milt Clary, Oren and Celina Erickson, John Riddle, Frank from Kansas City, Thomas Kortkamp, Merle Myers, Bob Yokum, Katherine Hanson, Matthew and Carolyn Bunge and Henri.

Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club Installs New Officers

The new officers for the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H club are (L to R) Baileigh Phillips, Kendal Anderson, Abby Doster, Karli Hamilton, Kwayde Hamilton and Bryn Aylward. Not pictured were Avery and Christopher Cowell.

The Azen Jolly Timers 4-H held a regular monthly meeting on October 8, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis, MO with 21 members in attendance.

The meeting was called to order by Brock Aylward, with the Pledges led by Laney Doster and Lilly Frederick. Roll was called by Kendal Anderson with “What is your favorite Halloween candy?” The September 2017 minutes were read. The secretary report was not read this meeting. The treasurer’s report was read by Baileigh Phillips, approved by Katie Miller, and seconded by Bryn Aylward.

During the meeting, the new officers for the 2017-18 year were installed by Christy Aylward during the Rainbow Ceremony. They included President: Baileigh Phillips, Vice-President: Abby Doster, Treasurer: Bryn Aylward, Secretary: Karli Hamilton, Reporter: Kwayde Hamilton, Song Leaders: Avery and Christopher Cowell, and Recreation Leader: Kendal Anderson. The club leaders this year will be Lisa Doster and Leslie Troutman.

Old Business: The new 4-H year started October 1, 2017. Members can start enrolling online now by going to Members are to pay their $20.00 dues to the club, and the club will pay the 4-H Council. Members were also encouraged to continue to invite new members to join our club (children ages 5-7 years old may join Clover Kids and ages 8-18 4-H members). The old business was approved by Katie Miller and seconded by Brenna Phillips.

New Business: Members were asked to volunteer to put up and take down flags on the Courthouse lawn Veteran’s Day, November 10, 2017. The Stott and Frederick Families volunteered to do both.

Upcoming Events: Recognition Event Night will be November 5, 2017 at the Elementary Gym. This is an event to recognize members with year-end pins, special awards, etc. It is also to recognize community members that have made a difference for Scotland County 4-H. This will be a carry-in. Information will be announced to members as to what our club is responsible for bringing at a later date.

Shooting Sports Fun Shoot will be October 14 at Little Fox River Sporting Club. This event is for Scotland County 4-H members and their families and any prospective members along with Memphis FFA trap team and their families. Attendees will be responsible for any costs associated with shooting (shells and targets).

Our club will be having a Hayride at Kiddoo Barn on October 29 starting at 4:30 pm. There is a wiener roast planned. Brad Doster and Jeff Frederick volunteered to coordinate the Haunted Hay Ride. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. The club will provide hotdogs and drinks. This will be our November meeting..

The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kendal Anderson and seconded by Katie Miller.

The members enjoyed a carry-in dinner to finish up National 4-H week. Be sure to check out our page on facebook. Anyone interested in joining Azen Jolly Timers are welcome to come our next meeting and/or contact Lisa Doster/Leslie Troutman.

Submitted by AJT Reporter: Kwayde Hamilton

New Law Providing Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates

Per the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, adoptees born in 1941 or later will be able to request a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate beginning January 1, 2018. To expedite processing, the Bureau of Vital Records (BVR) is now accepting applications for adoptees to request a copy of their original birth certificate. In accordance with the law, the certificates will not be provided until January 2, 2018, but early submittal will allow BVR to research and process the request in advance.

Scotland County Health Department Administrator Margaret Curry stated the records will not be available locally.

Non-certified original birth certificates may only be obtained by the adoptee or the adoptee’s attorney, and may only be obtained from the BVR office in Jefferson City. To make a request, an adoptee or their attorney must complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate and pay a non-refundable $15 fee. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The application must be notarized unless the adoptee brings it in person to the BVR office in Jefferson City.

Although BVR will begin accepting applications to expedite processing, it may take six weeks or longer to locate requested records. Non-certified copies of the original birth certificates issued by BVR cannot be used for establishing identity, and will be stamped “For genealogical purposes only—not to be used for establishing identity”.

In addition, no records will be released without first checking for receipt of a parental preference form. Another provision of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, the parental preference form allows birth parents to designate whether they want their information released. Birth parents may also establish a contact preference and complete a medical history form.

 The Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, Birth Parent Contact Preference and Medical History forms can be obtained at the BVR office in Jefferson City, requested via phone or found on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at Completed forms and a non-refundable $15 fee must be sent to:

Bureau of Vital Records
ATTN: Adoptee Rights

930 Wildwood

Jefferson City, MO 65109




Karl DeMarce, Judge



County of SCOTLAND


In the Estate of

T.J. ENGELBRECHT, a Partially Disabled Person.



On the 11th day of October, 2017, the Honorable Patty Freburg, duly elected Public Administrator of Scotland County, Missouri, was appointed limited conservator of the estate of T.J. Engelbrecht, a person adjudicated partially disabled under the laws of Missouri, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The business address of the conservator is R.R. 2, Box 55, Memphis, Missouri 63555. All creditors of said disabled person are notified to file their claims in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. Date of first publication: October 19, 2017.

Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk

Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 5, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from October 4, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 2-0 with Commissioner Wiggins abstaining.

Commissioner Wiggins reported that he attended the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Wednesday.

Commissioner Clatt moved to enter executive session at 8:35 a.m. pursuant to RSMo §610.021(1).  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to exit executive session at 8:45 a.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins and carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, presented a monthly settlement of funds.

Batina Dodge, County Clerk, presented budget reports.

Martin Meyer and Skip Wilson, engineers for PSBA, presented plans of rehabilitation to the county road and bridge facility for review by the Commission.  No action was taken.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:05 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes from October 5, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission signed court orders 23-2017 through 45-2017.

Commissioner Wiggins reported that he attended the solid waste and TAC meetings at NEMO Regional Planning Tuesday.

The Commission approved the quarterly assessment reimbursement request to the State Tax Commission as presented by Nancy McClamroch, Deputy County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

The Commission reviewed the Railroad and Utility Tax Book prepared by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Seeing no further business, Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

New Folks and Movie Stars

Movie stars making their grand entrance at the world premiere. Photo by Stephen.

This week held many highlights, for me anyway, so it was hard to decide what to leave out! Even the weather was exciting, with a cold snap, a few gloomy dark days, other days of unseasonable warmth and bright sun, not to mention some intense storms and a tornado watch (no actual tornado, thank goodness). And even though the time of year suggests that things should be slowing down, there’s no sign of that in my reality, at least not yet.

Here’s the news of the week, according to Tereza.

Quite a few of the week’s highlights for me relate to a new visitor group being here. They’re the last of the season, and given the rain, cold weather, and the inevitable late-season low-energy-for-new-folk many of us are having, they seem to be doing remarkably well.

My overall impression of the group is that they’re friendly, kind, and very eager to learn. I might have an extra-special soft spot in my heart for this group of folks because I already knew Robbie and Jack, who both took part in the Milkweed Mercantile’s writing workshop earlier this year. In that most excellent of workshops we participants bonded really quickly, and came to trust each other a lot in a very short time, so it’s extra great for me to have these two back again for a longer stay.

And I virtually met Jo, another visitor in this group, a few weeks ago, when a college theater professor connected us via social media. Jo and I were both greatly impacted by this professor during our college years, and the fact that our time with him was 25 or so years apart doesn’t seem to have diminished the bond that gives us. We haven’t yet had a lot of time to connect, but we’ve had some wonderful laughter and reminiscing, and I’m looking forward to more.

Perhaps the highest highlight of the week was the World Premiere Screening of “Beyond Home,” a movie made by a group of tri-community kids. For weeks they’ve been meeting with Erica (our resident film industry expert), learning about many different aspects of filmmaking. The kids came up with ideas, wrote the script, and assigned on- and off-camera roles, including location scout, clapboard clapper, goat-wrangler, and more.

Finally on Wednesday night it all came together with the first public showing of the results. It was decided to make it a gala event, so folks were invited to dress up if they wanted. Some went all out on their amazing outfits. As the kids walked up the ramp (aka red carpet) into the Casa, the paparazzi were out in force, flashbulbs (aka flashlights) popping, and the crowd going wild: so much clapping and hooting and stomping for these new movie stars! The movie itself, about five minutes long, was really entertaining, as was experiencing the kids’ reactions to our reactions. Then there was time for the audience to ask questions of the kids (and Erica).

After the Q&A we watched a bloopers reel, where we got to see some fun outtakes/mistakes found while editing. (I think my favorite was a scene happening on Main Street, and someone—I still have no idea who it was—walked across the street right behind the action.) The kids especially seemed to get a big kick out of this part of the evening.

It was interesting to me the next day to hear Aurelia say she had no idea so many people would be there. For some reason she thought only the parents would come. I was surprised she was surprised: it’s all they’d been talking about for quite a while, and most of us, parents or not, were excited to see what the kids had made.

That’s one of the things I love about living here: how encouraging we are of each other’s interests and passions, even if we don’t have a blood relationship, even if we aren’t personally very interested in the actual topic or event in question. If you’re super into it, or it feels important to you, we’ll come out for your event, we might even dress up in sparkly attire, and we’ll clap our hands ‘til they sting to encourage you in reaching for your dreams. (I wish everyone reading this the chance to feel the joy of such support!)

Let’s see, what else? Of course we had all the usual events that happen during the first week of a visitor session, like Meet and Greet, and Q&A with Rabbits, and the visitors dining with with various food co-ops and in various kitchens. On Friday the 13th Taylor had a spooky birthday dance party, which sounds like folks had fun at. I was prepping for the Q&A and was a bit under the weather, so I didn’t make it.

Saturday night, right after some pretty ferocious storms, we had a clothing swap. The weather might have led to perhaps lower attendance than otherwise, but those present had a great time. It was chaotic and fun, with three of us simultaneously holding items up, announcing size or other salient features, and then flinging them across the room to whomever said they wanted it. Not only is it fun to see people trying on different things and exploring outfits, it’s nice to know that just because I don’t want something anymore doesn’t mean it might not give someone else great joy for a while.

After the swap I went to the common house to see the visitors “non-fire”. While I was there for just a short time it was a lovely mellow scene, with lots of candlelight, drumming, ukulele, and various other percussion instruments.

In most of my updates I don’t mention what’s going on in the outside world, and I hesitate to do so now, but I want to acknowledge that even when we don’t write about it, for many of us the news often has a very big impact. (My first draft had a very long rant about a multitude of issues in this space, but I deleted it. You’re welcome.)

As just one example, on Sunday night Men’s Group hosted an open meeting, where all tri-community folk are welcome to attend. I always appreciate the opportunity to be in that space, where deep personal work and support can happen. This week I especially appreciated it, as I was able to work with what’s been up for me lately, triggered by the topic of sexual harassment that has been in the news of late. As someone who has experienced this personally, it was difficult, but powerful and healing for me to do that work with the support of some of the men in my community. I have big “hearts” for all who attended.

Reflecting on my experience the next morning, I suddenly thought of how often I’ve heard non-community folks hint (or even say outright) that they think we come to Dancing Rabbit to get away from the world. But that feels to me to be missing the point. I didn’t come here to escape from the world, I came to help create an alternative to ways of living that aren’t working in the rest of the world. Despite the challenges, I keep choosing to live here out of hope, hope that we can show the world that other ways are possible.

Peace out.

Last chance for a tour this year! We take the colder months off from our regularly scheduled public tours, so next Saturday, Oct. 28th will be our last public tour until April. Hope to see you there!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at To find out more about us, you can also check out our website:

Olive Branch Petition

The Olive Branch Petition was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 5, 1775 in a final attempt to avoid a full-on war between Britain and the thirteen colonies represented in that Congress. The Congress had already authorized the invasion of Canada more than a week earlier, but the petition affirmed American loyalty to Great Britain and beseeched King George III to prevent further conflict. That the petition was followed on July 6 “The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms” made its success in London improbable. In August 1775, the Colonies were formally declared to be in rebellion by the Proclamation of Rebellion, and the petition was rejected by Great Britain – even though King George had refused to read the Olive Branch Petition before declaring the colonists traitors. The Second Continental Congress convened in May 1775, and most delegates followed John Dickinson in his quest to reconcile with King George III of Great Britain. However, a rather small group of delegates led by John Adams believed that war was inevitable. During the course of the Second Continental Congress, Adams and his allies decided that the wisest course of action was to remain quiet and wait for the opportune time to rally the people. This decision allowed Dickinson and his followers to pursue their own course for reconciliation. Dickinson was the primary author of the petition, though Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, John Rutledge, and Thomas Johnson also served on the drafting committee. The petition was signed by John Hancock, President of the Second Congress on July 6, 1775. Again, the Kings refusal to consider the petition gave Adams and others the realization that, from this point forward, the choice was complete independence or complete submission to British rule.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

When Why Matters the Most

It’s amazing how deer are transformed from summer to fall and winter. In the hot months my trail camera’s pictures are of deer that look like they’re about ready to die. Their hide is patchy with hair, ticks cover parts of their body, and you seemingly can count every rib on their frail frame. And while some do die from various issues related to the heat, most make it to the colder, more comfortable months. As they arrive to better days, that same exterior that once looked unhealthy, thin, and weak, becomes thick with hair and fat, and as muscular -looking as if they had changed their diet and began a new exercise program.

Wait a minute. That’s exactly what they have done. They changed their diet and increased their activity. In the summer deer are filling themselves on the various salad combinations. As the days move along, fruit is added to the meal until the entrée of nuts begin to fall from the trees. These acorns come in various sizes and tastes and provide the nutritional profile the deer need to get ready for a cold winter. When there is a bumper crop of acorns deer can gain several pounds in only a couple of weeks. And in order to find other trees that are holding this favorite food of theirs, the deer must move around, more than they did in the summer.

There you have it. Eating better and exercise produces a healthier body. But we knew that all the time; didn’t we?

What goes for deer goes for you and me. But while deer are forced into their salad-eating starvation period because there is nothing healthier around, we are dependent on self-control and accountability. Especially in civilized countries, we have to learn to say no to the bad things and yes to the good ones. We have to choose what is best. The choices we make, however, become easier when our “Why” matters the most. “Why” am I doing this?

Let me put it this way. We are more willing to make changes in our lives when the alternative is dying. Let me simplify again. When the doctor tells you you’re going to die if you don’t quit drinking, you quit drinking. When the doctor tells you, you’re going to die if you don’t lose weight; you exercise and get on a diet.  When the “why” matters the most, we are more likely to make changes. And perhaps the greatest “why” is the one that says, “Because I don’t want to die!”

I do think, however, we don’t need to wait until we get the “why” of dying before we can choose correctly. I think the “Why” of living and the “Why” of purpose can work as well. For a Christian the “Why” of taking care of our bodies is because it is called the temple of God and it is the instrument that God uses to carry his message. It is God-designed with a Godly purpose, and it is the only one we will ever have. Don’t wait until the doctor gives you the “Die Why” before you do what God wants you to do anyway.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

OSWALD “GENE” KRATZER (7/-/1933 – 8/27/2017)

Oswald “Gene” Kratzer, age 84, of Phoenix, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in July of 1933 to the late Oswald and Madeline (Mathis) Kratzer in Downing, MO. He attended Downing High School graduating class of 1951. Gene worked in security and law enforcement. In April 1993, he married Ruthanne Otte in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was a member of United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War as military police officer, and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He enjoyed gardening, water sports, horses, walking and bicycling. He was a high school basketball star and was always committed to physical fitness.

Oswald is survived by his loving spouse of 24 years, Ruthanne Kratzer; four children: daughters, Robyn Wedelich (Hank) of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jill Hansen (Hans) of Modesto, California, Kay Saavedra of Fort Madison, Iowa and son, Kerry (Yvonne) of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Jean) Kratzer, Fort Madison, Iowa; Larry Kratzer, Beaumont, Texas; Chuck Kratzer, Donnellson, Iowa; Jim Kratzer, Memphis, Missouri; sister, Carolyn Huls (Marion), Copperas Cove, Texas; former spouse, Mary Kratzer, Wickenburg, Arizona and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oswald and Madeline Kratzer and brother, Tim Kratzer of Keokuk, Iowa.

Memorial services were held Friday, September 1, at the Shadow Mountain Mortuary in Phoenix, Arizona. A burial service with Military Honors will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in November. Online condolences can be given at

Thanks to many considerate contributions, a memorial in Gene’s name was established at the Downing Depot Museum in Downing, Missouri. Donations to the Kratzer Memorial Fund can be made to Downing Depot Museum, 251 E. McClintic Place, Memphis, MO, 63555.

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