June 7, 2007

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Im not sure a vacation recap qualifies as an Outdoor report, but the way the weather looks this week, it is likely the only way I am going to get this editorial spot filled. Besides, my familys four-day vacation to the West Coast offered so much comic relief, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to share some of the tales. Well that and the fact that my accountant tells me if I write about my trips, I can write off some of the expenses as business related. And I definitely can afford to do that after paying for five plane tickets and giving over an arm and a leg to gain entry to Disneyland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo.

Running a weekly newspaper makes vacation scheduling a challenge. We tried to maximize our travel by printing the newspaper a day early. While the concept is right, that means cramming an extra day of work together, with packing and last-minute planning that ultimately leads to some issues.

It all seemed okay until we arrived at the airport a little behind schedule. Well, we arrived on time, but construction and detours had us searching for the entrance to the parking area for way too long.

Once we ultimately caught the bus to the terminal and checked in our luggage, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then checked in. This is where I wished we had allowed ourselves a little more preparation time. As an infrequent flyer, I was unaware that you could not carry on any liquids (above the tiny travel size shampoo, etc.)

Im not one for messing around, so I suggested that my wife simply dump her toothpaste, hair products and 99 other creams and accessories in the trash can so we could get through security.

Instead, security and their cooler heads prevailed, recommending that we simply check the carry on in as a regular piece of luggage. I was still lobbying for a quick disposal, but my wife gathered up the massive amount of toiletries and snatched one of the girls back packs and began repacking, all too the dismay of the growing line behind us. She charged off to the baggage area and finally made it back as we were preparing to board the plane.

Who says vacation is supposed to be about relieving stress? That phrase must have been coined before the clamp down on air traffic security. If not, Im quite certain it was never uttered by a vacationer from a little Midwestern town who finds himself thrust into the chaos of Los Angeles traffic.

Any Californian wouldnt even bat an eye at the short jaunt from L.A. to Anaheim. But when your hometown doesnt even have a stop light, the 12 lanes of high-speed, merging traffic can be a bit intimidating to say the least. Add to it, the fact you have no idea where you are going, and you have four screaming kids in the back of a full-sized cargo van that drives like a tank with a dozen blind spots and no acceleration - lets just say I was happy to arrive alive at our hotel at the doorsteps of Disneyland.

I wasnt the only one. Katie was up at the crack of dawn and was fired up to start the day off with Mickey and the gang.

We tried to sneak in a quick breakfast break before we headed across the street but she would have nothing to do with it.

Fill me up a cup of milk to go and Ill meet you at Disneyland, she told her uncle as she tried to march off to the park. We ruined the escape attempt, but needless to say we didnt get much time to enjoy our breakfast.

Disneyland was awesome. Just ask my Jedi-trained daughter. Abigayle is a big fan of Star Wars. She found the feature on the parks website and informed me she would be attending Jedi-training school at the park.

After we watched the first show from the background of a huge crowd, I was a bit concerned about her options. On the other hand, she had no doubts. With just under an hour to wait for the next show, she dragged me through the exiting spectators to lay claim to her spot on the front row, as we awaited the return of the four Jedi knights.

The wait proved well worth it, as Abi was among the 20 or 30 youths picked from the crowd to participate in the training session. She was outfitted with a robe and a toy lightsaber and was given instruction in wielding the futuristic sword before ultimately going head-to-head in battle against Darth Vader himself.

The rides, the other attractions and even the huge finale, a parade of all the Disney characters, were all incredible, but they couldnt hold a candle to Abi crossing swords with the Star Wars villain.

After more than 12 hours at the park, it was back into the van to drive from Anaheim to San Diego. It could go without saying that I slept well that night when we finally arrived at the home of my sister-in-laws parents.

My slumber did not last long enough as we were up and at em early on Thursday for a day at the San Diego Zoo.

I dont mean to short change the nations greatest collection of animals, but it is all a blur.

Thats because sleep-deprivation was beginning to kick in. Day three had us again breaking camp early en route for Sea World.

We arrived just in time for the first Shamu show. I couldnt believe that we were able to get seats up front. It never registered, even after the vendors passed down the aisles selling waterproof ponchos and towels. The huge killer whales did not disappoint. Their aerobatics had me spellbound, so much I never even noticed the big signs at the end of each row in our section that said WET ZONE.

I was awakened from my stupor by a tremendous torrent of icy-cold saltwater. The tidal wave had to have impacted me directly in the chest, as I was immediately 100 percent soaked from head to toe. As I saw the whale surface, and then do a somersault underwater, I barely had enough to time to hide my camera behind my back before the whale kicked its tail down, not once, but twice, drenching our area.

Fortunately for me and the kids (unfortunately for my wallet) the fine marketing people at Sea World just happened to have a large store at the exit of the Shamu show where you could purchase towels and dry clothes.

I refused to give in to the scam. By lunch time I was starting to dry out, and my teeth chattering in the cold just helped me chew up my food that much better.

All that was forgotten as we took in the sea lion and dolphin shows.

Despite being all washed up, Id say Sea World was still my favorite stop. It offered plenty of interaction with the animals. The kids got to handle starfish and even were allowed to pet the dolphins. The latter is yet another ingenious scheme of the parks bean counters. They allow you to buy fish and feed the dolphins. Mark Twain got his buddies to paint the fence for him, and Sea World not only gets you to feed the animals for them, you are more than willing to buy the food as well.

All kidding aside, it was well worth the price, as the kids ate it up, just as much as the dolphins did. Not the cold dead fish, but the experience of being up and close with the animals, actually petting them as they gently fed within inches of you.

But the park isnt just about the animals. They have incorporated a ride or two into the amusement factor as well.

The big finale for our day was a ride on Journey to Atlantis. My brother-in-law and I did the good dad deeds, and watched the two youngest children, so the girls could enjoy the ride.

After three days of near perfect behavior, our two little ones went into full meltdown mode, crying for mommy and just about everything else in the world the entire 20 minutes they were in line and enjoying the ride.

I was about ready to cry too, when they finally got back. It was time to head to the van, but Katie wouldnt have it. She was going to ride the water-filled roller coaster one final time.

As my luck would have it, I found myself in the front seat. I still had a few damp spots from Shamu, but those were all replaced as our car slammed into the water after a speedy descent from the top of the cliff.

Drenched for the second time, I hardly noticed the next seven hairpin turns, climbs and twists. We topped it off with another plunge that insured I had not a single hair left dry.

I guess the ride attendant thought it was pretty funny. She said the park was closing but we could stay on and ride the roller coaster down to the end if we liked. Katie informed us that we could be chickens and walk down if we wanted, but she was not passing up a free ride.

Saturday, our schedule was a bit abridged as we had an afternoon flight back home. We used the morning to give the kids a quick trip to the ocean beach.

Our strict instructions of a short visit went unheeded. So there I was in line at the beach-front store, purchasing yet another set of dry clothes for my three little girls who somehow had found themselves trying to learn how to bodysurf.

For some reason, they all three slept nearly the entire plane ride home and hardly stirred in the car on the trip back from Kansas City to Memphis. I was sure glad to get back to work on Monday, so I could relax.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Scotland County Ambulance.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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