June 7, 2007

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

I’m 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 family’s 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.)

I’m 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, I’m 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 wouldn’t even bat an eye at the short jaunt from L.A. to Anaheim. But when your hometown doesn’t 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 - let’s just say I was happy to arrive alive at our hotel at the doorsteps of Disneyland.

I wasn’t 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 I’ll 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 didn’t 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 park’s 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 couldn’t 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-law’s 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 don’t mean to short change the nation’s greatest collection of animals, but it is all a blur.

That’s 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 couldn’t 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, I’d 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 park’s 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 isn’t 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 wouldn’t 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.

Scotland County Memorial Library to Host Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Ready, Set … Read!!” during their summer library program. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages 3 through 6th grade with programs and prizes. Registration for “Ready, Set … Read!!” begins on Monday, June 6th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 22nd.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

The programs will be on Wednesdays beginning June 8th with Michael Collins, Missouri Conservation Agent and Natalie Miller at 10:00 a.m. On June 15th at 10:00 a.m., “Reptile Experience” will give an animal presentation. Other programs (at 10:00 a.m.) will include Travis Mathes from Lewis County Electric Coop, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department and the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County 4-H, and Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.

All programs are free of charge.

FSA Reminds Farmers of Haying, Grazing Regulations on  CRP Acreage

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CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) participants may release their CRP acreage for haying or grazing.  A payment reduction of 25% of the annual rental payment times the number of acres actually hayed or grazed will be assessed.  The assessment may be paid in advance or deducted from the annual CRP payment.

Before haying or grazing CRP, you must sign a request at the FSA (Farm Service Agency) office and obtain a modified conservation plan from NRCS.

You may hay or graze the acreage one out of every three years.  For example, if field #3 was released for grazing in 2013, it may not be hayed or grazed again until 2016.

Haying/grazing CRP does not substitute for required Mid-Contract Management (burning, discing, or spraying), if applicable to your contract.

Eligible acreage may be hayed or grazed between July 16 and September 30, 2016.  Hay must be removed from CRP acreage by October 30. You may not hay and graze the same acreage.

Any cover destroyed or damaged as a result of the haying/grazing will be re-established at the CRP participant’s expense. CRP hayed/grazed without being released is subject to a penalty or cancelation of CRP contract.

For more information or to release CRP acreage for haying or grazing, please contact your county Farm Service Agency office.

The phone number for the Clark County office is (660) 727-3364. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Scotland County office at Memphis is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

Bullet Stop to Host Hartford Fest 2016 June 3-4

Jim and Doreen Madison will host Hartford Fest 2016 this weekend, June 3rd and 4th in Hartford, MO.  This is a family event that has it all; games and rides for kids, shooting contests, live music both nights, fireworks and tons more!

Jim started having events like this years ago.  Jim had his first event in 1989 and called it “Junk Sale”.  Junk Sale consisted of thousands of used gun related items that Jim would pick up from other gun dealers.  Jim would travel in an old Chevy Suburban around the Midwest buying items for future sales.  When the old Suburban was full, he headed home.  The original sales were held in the basement of his first store.  Customers had to navigate tricky wooden stairs to view Jim’s finds.  In later years, these sales grew and when he built his Hartford gun shop, he had the same ideas in mind; build a large building and have nice large sales.

Originally called Hartford Days, Jim would have three to five every year.  Although these were a big hit, this also proved to be a lot of work to organize.  So after Goobers Hartford Store was opened, a decision was made to combine both stores into one big sale event known as Hartford Fest.

Hartford Fest is held on both properties and has something for everyone; good deals on guns, free cookouts, horse rides and yes, lots of give-a-ways.  Jim says this is a great way to thank his customers for the many years of support.

This year, Anthony Imperato, owner of Henry Repeating Arms Company, will be on hand to meet and greet.  Jim and Anthony will give out thousands of dollars in free Henry rifles.  Also, this year, the highway patrol and the National Rifle Association will have displays.

Twenty-eight years ago, Jim and Doreen cooked up this sale.  Please come and join the fun.  Jim has one hint as to parking; this huge event requires a large area to park so on the west side of the property will be a grass field.  Turn by the dumpster and look for the green gates!

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

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The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Scotland County Hospital from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7th.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

To donate blood, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission n some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

SCR-I Elementary School Releases 4th Quarter Honor Roll

The Scotland County Elementary School recently released the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year.

Named to the 3A A Honor Roll were: Luke Arnold, Owen Brown, Will Darland, Emma Gist, Owen Hassell, Kassidee Jack, Jaci Knupp, Payton Miller, Jackson Siegfried, Kylie Small, and Marcus Smith. Named to the B Honor Roll were Logan Buford, Reese Cook, Dylan Dawson, Aden Drummond, Megan Frederick, Brooklynn Fuller, Kwyn Hamlin, Sabrina Heimer, Chris McKinney, Mason Mallett, Hayden McClain, Kennedy Middleton, Caiden Nichols, Kendall Small, Serina Vickers, and Anissa Yerhardt.

Named to the 3B A Honor Roll were: Bristol Alexander, Casidey Altobelli, Hannah Campbell, Grayson Chance, Vince Dale, Sadie Dilliner, Taylor Egenberger, Isaac Exner, Kevin Henn, Holly Mauck, Merit Miller, Katelynn Penn, Brenna Phillips, Ben Scott, Destynee Small, Layne Stott, Makyla Swearingen, and Beau Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Austin Curry, Ariana Edwards, Kennya Goldenstein, Abby Jones, Larkyn Justice, Kayden Miller, Rylee Starbuck, and Renee Tinkle.

Named to 4A A Honor Roll were: Emma Anders, Hugh Baker, Corbin Blessing, Emma Harvey, Taydem Morton, Kennady Sapp, and Hailey Small. Named to B Honor Roll were: Alice Darland, Logan Day, Mazy Dodge, Tristen Fuller, Elias Hatfield, Dillon Hayzlett, Tyson Hillyer, Clarence Koser, Chloe Krise, Janail Miller, Carlee Smith, and Matison Tinkle.

Named to the 4B A Honor Roll were: Kendal Anderson, Brooke Campbell, Madigan Frederick, Payton Frederick, Jadin Fuller, Hunter Holt, Makynlee Jack, Carson Miller, Hattie Mumford, Emma Tinkle, and Fawntana Wells. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Chason Campbell, Kyndra Cochran, Kallen Hamlin, Kaylee Hobbs, Ryan Hollon, Lathan McAfee, Charlotte McRobert, Breyonna Mitchell, Tori Peterson, and Tanner Vallee.

Named the 5A Honor Roll were: Bryn Aylward, Ethan Blessing, Sidney Brandon, Penelope Cline, Lucas Durflinger, Ethan Herring, Elsie Kigar, Iris Mishra, Hunnter Sapp, Quinton Shaffer, Lauren Triplett, and Julian Valle. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Anne Anderson, Aden Aldridge, Jayden Burgess, Layne Egenberger, Aaron McDaniel, Riley Small, Nancy Voitik, and Ian Wilson.

Named to the 5B Honor Roll were: Hanna Anders, Kina Billings, Lydia Davis, Abby Doster, Karli Hamilton, Jewley Kraus, Jackson McKee, Eric Mohr, Caelin Robinson, Sean Schroeder, Elizabeth Sevier, Justin Swearingen, and Owen Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Danielle Bass, Paige Bishop, Grady Dodge, Phillip Esser, and Tresa Huber.

Named to the 6A A Honor Roll were: Jared Cerroni, Abby Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Brant Frederick, Alex Long, Haylee McMinn, and Corbyn Spurgeon. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Trayton Buckallew, Rylea Camp, Hunter Cook, Kale Creek, Cameron Hake, Kabe Hamlin, Destiny Lamb, Will Montgomery, Baileigh Phillips, Tamara Vaughn, and Alaynna Whitaker.

Named to the 6B A Honor Roll were: Zach Behrens, Sorrel Frederick, Caitlyn Johnson, Eli Kigar, Corbin Kirchner, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, and Emily Terrill. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Jess Girardin, Shire Gross, Taryn Hassell, Vikke Huber, Aayla Humphrey, Mary Kellum, Lydia Krouse, Zane See, Shantel Small, Rose Whitley, and Zach Young.

Local Students Make C-SC Honor Rolls

CANTON, MO – Culver-Stockton College announced its President’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the President’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Katie Watson, a Psychology major from Brashear, and Megan Creek, a Biology major from Memphis, both earned the honors.

C-SC also announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the list were: Brittany Thompson, a  Psychology major from Lancaster; Dakota Peterson, an Accountancy major from Luray; Delaney Gundy, 2017 Art Education major from Gorin; and Shelby Thompson, an Accountancy major from Lancaster.

C-SC announced its Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Honor Roll, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the honor roll were: Ashley Watson, an Art major from Brashear; Taylor Huffman, an Elementary Education major from Edina; and Wyatt Kice, an Art Education major from Memphis.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Smith-Roberts Graduates

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Loren Smith-Roberts graduated from Truman State University on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Spring Commencement ceremonies were held at Stokes Stadium on the Truman campus at 2:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, due to an afternoon rain, the ceremony only lasted about half an hour and in order to speed the process, the 1000 Truman State University students who were supposed to walk across the stage, were asked to stand up in their different fields to be recognized.  While at Truman State, Loren was a member of Delta Zeta social sorority, Kappa Delta Pi education honors fraternity, Order of Omega, and National Education Association.  She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Chuck and Audrey Roberts of Memphis and Terry Smith, Jr. of Granger.  She has accepted a teaching position at Grange Middle School in Fairfield, California where she will be teaching 6th grade.

Duley, Hunolt Graduate From NMSU

The Office of the Registrar and the Graduate School at Northwest Missouri State University have released the names of students who completed requirements for degrees at the conclusion of the 2016 spring trimester.

Andrew Michael Hunolt of Baring graduated  Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74) with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing.

Anna Appaline Duley of Memphis graduated Magna Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.94) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation: Corp Rec/Wellness.

Duzan Graduates

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Elizabeth Grace McNeil Duzan, along with more than 200 other college graduates, walked across the stage to receive her degree at Mabee Sports Complex, Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO, on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.  Prior to the ceremony, the graduates processed through the HLGU arch on the University’s traditional Walk of Honor, symbolizing the end of their schooling and their entrance into the world as college graduates.  Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Media Communication with a General Business Minor.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude.  While at Hannibal LaGrange University, Elizabeth was a member of the HLGU Softball team for two years, Student Newspaper and Student Magazine for three years each, Student News Network for one year and a Member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and Phi Beta Lambda.  She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Michael Duzan and Marie and Curtis Ebeling, all of Memphis.

Scotland County 4-H Council Monthly Meeting Held May 18th

The Scotland County 4-H Council held their monthly meeting on May 18, 2016 at the Memphis Court House at 6:00 p.m.

Under old business, discussion on enrollment forms was discussed.  These forms need to be submitted by June 6th and arm bands will be available to purchase when the forms are submitted. Fair season passes are currently on sale for non-exhibitors for $30, the price will go up after June 1st. Kids age 7 and under are free.

Pre-Fair clean up will be on June 25 starting at 9 am. There is a shooting sports event the same day from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Open Shows are scheduled for July 2nd.

Under new business, there was discussion about the Phillips family hosting a fishing derby with a number of different prizes. (The fishing derby was held May 21st at 2:00 with refreshments served).

Renee Blaine has offered to make a 4-H quilt for members to sell by selling raffle tickets at the Antique Fair. She will need thirty-two 4-H shirts by June 15th. Anyone willing to donate a 4-H shirt, including clubs shirts, state 4-H shooting sports shirts, local and other county fair shirts, and other shirts of that sort, whether it is a youth small or an adult extra large, can drop them off at the local Extension Office. Renee Blaine will use these shirts to make the 4-H quilt.

The July Council meeting, usually is followed by a meal and a swimming party, will be held on July 31st at the Memphis Legion Park. We hope to see you all out there!

Submitted by Jessica Huff (Council Reporter).

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