October 30, 2003

Pheasants Forever Proceeds Being Put To Work On Local Wildlife Projects

Scotland County con-servationists are taking advantage of locally generated funding to restore wildlife habitat and to construct new territory friendly to gamebirds, deer, turkey and the countless other creatures that call this region home.

During the past seven years the Northeast Missouri Chapter of Pheasants Forever of Memphis has contributed more than $20,000 for local wildlife projects.

More than 28,000 pounds of food plot seed has been distributed to no fewer than 400 different landowners, resulting in the production of greater than 3,000 acres of crops specifically to feed and house wildlife.

The Chapters tree planter has been responsible for putting approximately 60,000 seedling trees and shrubs in the ground since it was purchased by the group and first made available for public use back in 1998.

Burn equipment made available to the Scotland County Soil and Water District courtesy of the NEMO PF Chapter has also assisted in habitat work. The equipment, which is available for use by the public for prescribed burning management of CRP ground has accounted for 400 acres of habitat work locally.

In 2001 the NEMO PF partnered with the Knox County and Scotland County soil and water districts to promote continuous CRP resulting in 200+ acres being enrolled in the project. The program helps develop excellent wildlife habitat and protects the ground for 10 to 15 years based on the contract.

Last year the local group purchased a rear-mounted tractor roto-tiller to be used for the construction of fire lines. Combined with the previously purchased burn equipment, local landowners now have quality tools to help them manage their CRP grounds in an easy, affordable manor that also benefits wildlife.

That same year the group assisted with the planting of more than 80 acres of native grasses for permanent nesting cover for gamebirds.

This year the chapter is partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of Memphis and the NRCS to construct a small wetland adjacent to Lake Show-Me. The new wildlife habitat will be available for public use.

The groups efforts did not stop with equipment, seed and special programs for wildlife habitat. The local chapter also has maintained youth education and training as a top priority. In seven years, PF has provided $2,500 to local youth groups such as 4-H, FFA and various other youth events.

The backbone of Pheasants Forever is the national organizations unique system of county chapters that provide incentive for chapter fundraisers to raise money for habitat and other projects in their own area. All net funds (100%), generated by chapter events, remain at the local level, to be managed by the local organizers for local projects.

Pheasants Forever is celebrating its 20th year as a leader in habitat conservation. The organization has more than 100,000 members and volunteers who have developed more than 2.3 million acres of habitat since 1983. Currently there are more than 600 chapters that raise the funding for over 25,000 wildlife-oriented projects annually in North America.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

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.

TEN YEARS AGO

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.

20 YEARS AGO

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.

30 YEARS AGO

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.

40 YEARS AGO

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.

50 YEARS AGO

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.

60 YEARS AGO

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.

70 YEARS AGO

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 www.4honline.com. 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 health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords. 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

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OF PARTIALLY DISABLED PERSON

 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, MISSOURI

PROBATE DIVISION

Karl DeMarce, Judge

STATE OF MISSOURI

ss.

County of SCOTLAND

 

In the Estate of

T.J. ENGELBRECHT, a Partially Disabled Person.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OF PARTIALLY DISABLED PERSON

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED 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 dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

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

www.outdoortruths.org

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 www.shadowmountainmortuary.com

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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