November 2, 2006

Face to Face with Your Candidates for State Senator and Representative

The Memphis Democrat asked a series of five questions to the candidates in the First District State Representative and 18th District Senate races.



1. Amendment #2 seems to be one of the more divisive issues on the November 7th ballot. Where do you stand on stem cell research?



BRIAN MUNZLINGER - I am against Amendment 2. I am for adult stem cell research, which has had luck in finding cures, but I am against embryonic stem cell research where they destroy a human embryo; it still has yet to develop a single cure. Amendment 2 is the most far reaching of any amendment for Missourians to ever vote on. It takes away any legislative oversight and mandates that state funding can never be cut. It redefines cloning to fit their needs and would change our MO Constitution in 45 sections.

BEAU HICKS - I am against human cloning and Amendment 2 does ban human cloning, something that is NOT banned in this state at this time. I am and always have been 100% pro-life and feel as Governor Blunt that this is a very Pro-Life Amendment...pro-every life. There is a lot of misinformation out there on this and I encourage folks to take time to study the issue and vote what they feel best with and I will use the vote of the First District as a guidepost in my votes on this sort of issue in Jefferson City. Personally I will vote for Amendment 2 because I think all life precious and because God gave us the gift of knowledge we just must be good users of that knowledge.

WES SHOEMYER - I have served six years in the legislature voting pro-life 100% of the time. This amendment language clearly bans cloning and the attempt to clone. It would allow Missourians access to the same life saving cures as the rest of the country. I believe that life is precious the whole life. Missourians should be allowed to benefit from that research.

BOB BEHNEN - Ill be voting no on Amendment 2, the stem cell initiative, and my reasons are both from faith, morals and personal based. My faith tells me that you shouldnt create a life and summarily end a life in order to save a life.

Sanctity of life isnt an issue you can have and not have for political gain; its a true system of beliefs. From a scientific standpoint, there are absolutely zero diseases or illnesses that are proven to be scientifically curable through embryonic stem cell research.

Finally, my decisions are deeply personal. Earlier this year, my sister, who has juvenile diabetes, became gravely ill, went into septic shock and nearly died. I sat with her in the hospital, and this very topic came up. I asked her what she thought, as the supporters of this proposal were looking to her as someone who might benefit from this initiative if passed.

She said, When I get to Heaven, I dont want to have to think whether or not I took a life to save mine. I agree, and that reason, coupled with the sanctity of life issues, are why Ill be voting no.



2. Rural Missouri continues to struggle with population drain, as our youth have to go where the jobs are. What ideas do you have for economic development to stop this devastating trend?



BEAU HICKS - We must see progress in this district because too many of our children are leaving because they see no progress here...no good jobs being created. I want to make sure that our name is on the table in Jeff City and that prospective businesses know that we are ready for them and that we have incentive packages ready for them to bring good paying jobs with benefits to our region. I also plan to work on bringing back the Main Street program from the days of Sen. Merrill to help revitalize our struggling main street businesses that are fighting the big guys to stay alive. This is an area where I see great potential and cant wait to work for some REAL RESULTS. -

BRIAN MUNZLINGER - We all know that a large employer of 1,000 or more is probably not going to happen locally so we need to tailor help to boost small employers. Education can play a key role in building entrepreneurship in our rural areas. Agriculture is another area that we cannot overlook as times changethere are opportunities that may be available.

WES SHOEMYER - We need to look at the policy that forged our ethanol industry in Missouri. It ensured we give priority to local ownership by farmers. If Archer Daniels Midland would have owned the plant in Macon, we would only have 27 jobs, and all of the profits would leave the state. The Macon ethanol plant was the first ethanol plant with 312 local owners, including owners who live in Scotland County. As a result, the profits stay in our local communities. This in turn allows for more taxes to be paid and gives young people, like my son, a greater opportunity to come back to the family farm. We need to expand this model to locally or cooperative owned businesses to keep what wealth we have here at home.

BOB BEHNEN - Ive helped create two strong initiatives in the past few months to bring jobs to rural Missouri. I spearheaded the effort in Kirksville to bring the first Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center north of I-70 to the region. This will help current business owners wholl receive much-needed support and advice from economic development professionals. It also will help potential small business owners who just need that extra push to fully develop an idea into a thriving market. The center will serve the next generations of Northeast Missourians very well, and I worked hard to bring this to fruition.

I also believe my BRING program - Businesses Reinvesting in the Next Generation - will help small and mid-sized businesses in rural Missouri, allowing them to take a tax-free part of their profits and invest it for job training, equipment updates, or new product lines, helping to fight off potential closures. We hear time and again that in rural Missouri, businesses close because they cant compete with the incentives offered from other states or cities.

I believe these types of ideas and plans are what earned me the endorsement of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Associated Industries of Missouri.



3. Cuts to Missouris funding of social services have come under fire during the election. Does the current system work, and if not what needs to be fixed?



BOB BEHNEN - From 1965 to 1995, Missouri Medicaid had built up its roll to 500,000 people. Over the next 10 years, we doubled what wed done in the previous thirty years. We had 1 million people on the rolls in 2005. This exponential growth, coupled with declining revenues, caused us to come to a crossroads as to how to reform the system.

Further, distressing reports from the state auditors office, noting that half the recipients were not annually verified for eligibility, meant that precious dollars were being taken away from those who most needed the assistance. So what we did is slow its growth; we didnt cut Medicaid. In fact, Medicaid was the single-largest increase in the budget last year with an additional $284 million. Only in Jefferson City is a $284 million increase considered a cut.

Clearly, Missouri voters wanted the state to live within its means. Tough decisions were made in order to make sure our citizens most in need received the necessary assistance. So, we went through the entire Medicaid program directing money to those who needed it the most, making it more efficient and realizing savings of over $137 million.

We need to further make the programs more efficient and make sure our citizens who need the help the most are addressed before we move the program to different levels. We must take care of the needy, not the greedy.

WES SHOEMYER - The cuts that were implemented were cruel and certainly not efficient. The vast majority of the fraud in the Medicaid system is on the provider side. We need to root out waste, fraud and abuse so that we have the resources to provide the services that are needed by our seniors, children, and disabled. I will work to find a solution to restore these cuts.

BRIAN MUNZLINGER - Missouris Medicaid still had the largest increase of any state program this year$280 million. I think we all agree that we need to have a way to provide health care for the needy, but I have heard of cases of program abuse where families making over $60,000 a year were being subsidized by our tax dollars. My constituents must have heard of abuses also because 89% responded to my questionnaire that they would rather see us slow the growth in Medicaid rather than raise taxes. We currently have a committee looking into changes that will help get care to where it is needed without the abuse. There are tax and spend liberals who want to restore the old program where there were over 30,000 people who did not even qualify but were benefiting with our tax dollars at the needys expense!

BEAU HICKS - Missouris Healthcare system is broken and we must step back and fix it. We cannot continue to put band-aids on this system...we can NOT continue to take a meat axe approach by cutting hundreds of thousands of people off of their healthcare plans. We must address the real problems and that starts with the drug companies and the prices that we have all seen soar in the past years. We need a Representative who will not just go along with the crowd but who will stand up and fight the fight that needs to be fought. No one in Northeast Missouri should have to choose between healthcare and food...there are many right here in our district who think it is cheaper for them to die than to fight the system of continuously raising healthcare cost. Rep. Munzlinger voted for these cuts and has yet to give us a good reason why, when I cast a hard vote I will explain my actions to you the people whom my actions will affect.



4. Voters are hearing the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage via Proposition B. Where do you stand on this issue?



WES SHOEMYER - If people do not have money they cannot spend it. If their economic status is so low, the state ends up providing services. The earning power of the minimum wage is lower than ever. Citizens deserve a raise and that is why I support it.

BOB BEHNEN - I will be voting against Proposition B, because I believe it will cost people jobs who were ultimately trying to help.

Obviously, like everyone else in Northeast Missouri, I believe people should have the opportunity to earn more. But, employers have told me time and again theres only a finite amount of money to go around. I think the way for employers to pay more is to have more competition for employees, allowing them to pay higher wages and better benefits. But, others are poised to lose their jobs altogether. All were doing is shifting the amount of money already being used.

We need to find a way, through economic development, to increase the amount of money we see in the state. We dont need a bigger piece of the pie; we need a bigger pie. The proposed minimum wage increase will benefit some, but at the expense of others.

BEAU HICKS - The minimum wage in the state of Missouri is too low and I think we can all see that, however I do have an issue with Proposition B. This proposition not only dramatically increases the minimum wage but it also puts in a cost of living raise each year and that is where my problem is. Many of us would simply love to see a cost of living increase each year based on the national rate but, that just is too often not feasible, especially to a small business.

BRIAN MUNZLINGER - I am against Prop. B. What we really need are good paying jobs. Most people do not realize that this affects the whole pay scale and not just the bottom end. I know of very few minimum wage jobs anyway, but our youth would suffer as they try to get part-time jobs to earn money.



5. The Northeast Missouri Grain, LLC, the cooperative that owns the Macon ethanol plant has ties to Scotland County. What roll does alternative fuel play in the future of our state and what other plans do you have for the states agriculture policy?



BRIAN MUNZLINGER - Value-added agriculture can play a large roll in the future of our state. Missouri is the leader in production of several agriculture products. As we have increased production of corn and soybeans in this state, the fuel alternative industry is one where we can be a leader. Our 10% ethanol bill shows Missouris strong commitment to alternative fuels. As we produce these fuels, we also produce livestock feed, another ag area that has growth potential. All of this combines to provide a stable rural economy and jobs. Wind energy is something new on the horizon that I think we need to look into.

BEAU HICKS - Value Added Agriculture is the future of our area and I truly believe that our State Representative should be actively working with community leaders and farmers to bring these industries into our area. We see value added plants popping up from Quincy to Keokuk yet here we sit, there is a lot of potential in this area and I WILL WORK to bring industry right here into the First District. The Macon Ethanol Plant is a wonderful investment in the future of our state, but I also believe that we can work on other sorts of value added ventures for the First District without affecting the personal investment of our Representative or any of the other investors in Northeast Missouri Grain, LLC. Examples include; Corn Flour, Corn Oil, Soy Oil and other ventures looking to locate small plants into the Midwest with good paying jobs and benefits and opportunities for local investments.

WES SHOEMYER - As I have mentioned, locally-owned ethanol plants like the Macon plant with several Scotland County co-owners will play a pivotal role in many family farmers personal operations. But, more than that, it will help to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, help keep our environment clean and it helps rebuild our local economies. I will also continue to be an unwavering voice for family farmers fighting to return their right to save their own seed. This will keep more of our wealth at home and keep us competitive in the world market.

BOB BEHNEN - Missouri is among the first few states in the nation to pass an ethanol bill. I wrote, sponsored, and never wavered in my support for this bill, bringing lower gas prices, more jobs, and giving a significant boost to our rural farmers. Im the only candidate in this race that can make that claim.

I also strongly support our move to implement other forms of alternative energies, such as our support of biodiesel and the opening of the new Biodiesel Plant in Mexico.

Its time we took a stand as a state and as a nation to stop sending money overseas to people who hate America and the values we stand for and hold dear. We need to keep our money here. We dont need to look to the Middle East for our future energy needs; we need to look right here in Middle America.

I also plan to sponsor legislation to remove the sales tax on diesel fuel and fencing materials used for farming purposes. That, plus my 100% voting record, motivated the Missouri Farm Bureau to endorse me over my opponent, who has a 24% voting record with Farm Bureau.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

National Nursing Home Week is May 8 – May 14, 2016

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Every skilled nursing care center is a small, vibrant world.  Care centers are sharing, welcoming communities that encourage everyone to interact with the wonderful folks who populate them.  Once a year, always beginning on Mother’s Day, care centers nationwide take pride in publicly honoring the indomitable spirit of residents and recognizing staff who face each day with a sense of purpose and compassion.

During National Nursing Home Week, May 8 to 14, 2016, skilled nursing care centers will coalesce under the theme, “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart”.  This theme underscores the bond between staff, older adults, and individuals receiving therapies or with developmental disabilities.  Staff and residents view each other in the spirit of family.  For staff, this reality is often a calling to a special mission and life’s work.

In observance of Nursing Home Week, the Scotland County Care Center will be hosting several events meant to encourage residents, families and other relatives to reach out to and visit with their loved ones and caregivers.  SCCC’s theme is Carnival/Fair Craze Days.

The week will begin on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9th with a Cheesecake Social at 2:00 p.m.  Amazing Grace will be entertaining that afternoon.

On Monday, May 9th, the theme for the day is Messed Up Monday and the dress style is mismatch.  Terri and Tammy, the activity girls, will lead devotions at 10:00 a.m. followed by Carnival Fun Facts/1904 St. Louis World Fair at 10:30 and a photo booth with deep fried ice cream Twinkies at 2:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 10th the theme is Topsy Turvy Tuesday with the dress style being Red and White.  Devotions will be lead by Robert and Sheila Moseley at 10:00 followed by exercise at 10:30 a.m. Corn Scramble Bingo will start at 2:00 p.m. followed with Cotton Candy Ice Cream.

The theme for Wednesday, May 11th will be Wacky Tacky Wednesday and the dress theme is wacky and colorful.  Dr. Harlo Donelson will lead devotions at 10:00 followed by a Muffin Walk at 10:30. At 2:00 will be Carnival Games/Teamwork followed with funnel cakes.

On Thursday, May 12th the theme is Throwback Thursday with a 50-60 style dress theme.  Sue Kirchner will lead devotions at 10:00 and the 10:30 activity will be Big Top Trivia.  The SCCC Queen Pageant will be held at 2:00 followed with root beer floats. A hymn sing will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The theme for Friday, May 13th is Finally Friday with a jeans and care center shirt dress theme. Departure for the Golden Age Games in Hannibal is at 7:00 a.m.  Dan Hite will lead devotions at 10:00 followed by Carnival Food Information at 10:30.  At 2:00 p.m. Nancy Tague Platz will present a program and refreshments will be served.

The week’s activities will conclude on Saturday, May 14th with the 19th Annual Car Show.  Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with judging at 1:00 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, May 5 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, May 6 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, May 9 – Office closed for Truman Day.

Tuesday, May 10 – Skin screening clinic from 9:30-3:30.  Please call 465-7275 to schedule an appointment. Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  Board of Trustees meeting at the Health Department at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Jeffrey Davis, DO, Installed as President of MAOPS

Dr. Jeffrey Davis was installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) at the MAOPS Convention. He is pictured with past president Dr. Mark Pelikan, a family physician from St. Louis.

Dr. Jeffrey Davis was installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) at the MAOPS Convention. He is pictured with past president Dr. Mark Pelikan, a family physician from St. Louis.

Jeffrey Davis, DO, of Memphis, Missouri was recently installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS). Dr. Davis has been a member of MAOPS since 2000 and is a prestigious Wetzel Scholar. During his membership, he has held the leadership positions of Education and Convention Committee Chair, Convention Program Chair and Young Physicians Committee Chair.

As President, he will ensure the association adheres to its mission and vision through its strategies.  He will also lead the Missouri Delegates to the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates, the AOA’s policy making body for the national association, and will be responsible for ensuring that the voice of Missouri’s almost 3,000 osteopathic physicians is heard.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of A. T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri and is currently Chief Medical Officer at Scotland County Hospital and the Medical Director of Memphis Medical Services, Wyaconda Medical Services & Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Missouri.  Additionally, he is the Coroner of Scotland County, the Physician for Scotland County R-1 Schools and the Medical Director of Clark County Ambulance District in Kahoka, MO.

The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, is a not-for-profit professional membership association dedicated to osteopathic physicians and their patients in the state of Missouri.  Its mission is to preserve and protect the distinct philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine in the state of Missouri and to serve and advocate for its members in their quest to provide the highest quality of medical care.  For more information about MAOPS, visit www.maops.org or call Executive Director Brian Bowles at (573) 634-3415.

Behind The Lens: Spring Cleaning Your Camera

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By Taylor Lloyd

April showers might bring May flowers but to a photographer, this equates to mud and pollen producing flowers. With these conditions in mind, it is important to once in a while deep clean your camera.

While it is important to clean your gear, you certainly don’t want to overdo it. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s not dirty, don’t clean it. But when it does get dirty, the first thing you’ll want to do is start with the exterior of the camera. Start by taking a soft bristle brush, like a toothbrush, and gently remove any large particles of dust or grit in the harder to reach crevices. Obviously, if your camera is muddy, now is a good time to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe it down.

Once your camera body is clean, move onto your lens by cleaning the lens barrel with a softer bristle brush, like a makeup brush. Be sure to extend the barrel all the way to get all the grit off in those close knit places. Next, remove the lens cap, lens hood, and any filters that may be on your lens. Use a hand blower or a condensed air canister to first blow off the big particles of dirt and dust and then move the soft bristle brush over the glass. Then take a soft cloth, like a microfiber or disposable lens tissue, and put just a drop or two of lens cleaning solution (some people recommend using a highly concentrated isopropyl alcohol) onto the cloth to remove any stubborn smudges. Clean the glass in a circular motion starting from the middle and working your way outward. My recommended cleaning regimen is to breathe upon the lens in most situations and to only use the cleaning solution when tough smudges are present. A few things to keep in mind is to use only lens cleaning solution or alcohol. Household cleaners contain harsh chemicals which could damage your glass. You also want to apply the solution to your cloth first, not your lens. Paper towels are too abrasive and regular tissues are too linty so it is often best to use microfiber cloths or lens cloths specifically made for cleaning lenses.

If your camera has a detachable lens, check and make sure all the contacts and lens mounts are clean and shiny. If they are not, your auto focus may have trouble focusing. Your contacts shouldn’t ever get too dirty, but if they ever do, clean them by applying a drop of lens cleaning solution onto a Q-Tip and place a microfiber cloth or disposable lens cleaning wipe over the Q-Tip. Very carefully swab the contacts on your lens and allow it to dry for a few minutes before replacing it on your camera body. Most photographers recommend never using erasers to clean your electrical contacts because they can scratch or wear off the protective coatings.

Now comes the scariest part, cleaning the inside of your camera. The biggest components inside most DSLRs are the mirror and the image sensor. The mirror is often the first thing you will see when you remove the lens, if it isn’t a mirrorless camera of course. It sits at a slight angle in front of the image sensor and its purpose is to reflect light from the lens into the viewfinder pentaprism, allowing you to capture exactly what the camera “sees”. When you push down the shutter button to take a picture, this mirror folds up briefly (which is why your viewfinder goes dark) to expose the image sensor to light. If the mirror looks clean, don’t clean it and never touch anything inside the camera with your bare hands since small traces of oil can remain on your hands even when washed thoroughly.

Ok so you notice some lint and dust on your mirror, now what? Your first go-to should be to face the camera downward to allow gravity to do its thing, then grab a hand held blower and proceed to blow air onto the mirror. Never use compressed air inside your camera. Compressed air, like the kind you buy in a can, is too forceful and can either cause dirt and dust particles to lodge deeper into your camera or damage fragile components. Also avoid using your breath to clean the inside mechanisms because small moisture particles can get onto delicate electronic parts and cause them to malfunction. After you use the hand blower, if dust still remains on the mirror, you can use the Q-Tip and cloth method like as you would when cleaning your electrical contacts.

Once finished with your mirror, you should proceed onto the sensor. If you notice spots on your images, often resembling small dark specks, this might be from a dirty sensor. If you are unsure if your sensor needs cleaning, a good way to check is by taking a plain, white piece of paper (I usually use cardstock since the underside won’t show through) and placing it on a well lit, flat surface. Turn your camera to manual mode and turn your ISO as low as it will go and set your aperture to the smallest possible aperture (large F number). Pre focus on something the same distance from you as the paper, like the wood grain on a table so that any noticeable grit will be visible on your image. Take a few test pictures and review them at 100% on your LCD screen. Any dark spots you see are either dirt or dust.

Since the mirror covers up the sensor, refer to your camera manual on how to raise or “lock” your mirror up. On my Canon, I raise the mirror up by going to my camera’s menu and finding the Sensor Cleaning option. Once there, I then choose the Clean Manually mode, which folds up my mirror, allowing clear access to the sensor. When you choose to clean your sensor manually, it is important that your battery is charged up since many cameras have to stay on in order for the mirror to stayed folded up.

Once the mirror is up, tilt your camera upside down again and gently use the hand blower a few times. These blowers, usually called rocket blowers, sell on Amazon for $10 but in a pinch, I’ve used a clean turkey baster from my kitchen or even a sterile, disposable syringe like what you’d get at an animal health store. If the dust isn’t coming off, you may have to avert to a sensor brush. Since most sensor dust is caused by static from changing your lens while your camera is on, this brush works by using your blower to statically charge the bristles, and allows dust to cling to the brush.

Cleaning your gear can be tedious but it is a satisfying feeling when your gear is all spick and span and functions better. Until next time, happy cleaning, I mean shooting!

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