July 12, 2007

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

I remember the good old days when fishing was my favorite form of entertainment. Used to be, If I needed a little escape from real world worries or the stress of work, I would grab a fishing pole and go hide out at my favorite pond for a little while.

Unfortunately that wasnt the case last week. Angling actually became work for me. I was designated as provider of the fish for a family reunion feast.

At first, I was elated by the news. I mean, come on, what better excuse to schedule an excessive amount of time on the water. Sorry hun, cant help do the dishes tonight, I have to catch some fish for the reunion.

That was great, for the first few outings anyway. I was so confident of my ability to fill the fish requirements that the first two times I went fishing for food, I released everything I caught. It was still over a week away, and I had more important things to do than clean fish.

But after my next scheduled outing was preempted by a meeting and the following trip was unproductive, I became a bit worried. I had only a few days until I was scheduled to fry up the big meal, and I was fillet-less.

I had messed around and made fishing like work. I was becoming a bit worried about meeting my deadline. Was I going to be able to live up to expectations?

The girls pitched in to take the edge off my impending anxiety attack. We gathered at the farm for a meal the day before the 4th. After supper I tried to sneak away to the pond to fill some of my quota, but was caught by five little girls who all wanted to fish too.

I let work get in the way of stuff like this too often, so I gave in to their puppy-eye act and hauled them all down to the waterfront. Maybe I should employ the youngsters more frequently, as they bailed me out big time. In less than an hour we had a nice bucket of fish. I use the term we, only because I was responsible for putting them in the bucket. They did all of the catching. My niece Zoey did the bulk of the catching, reeling in the biggest bass and the largest bluegill while also landing her own pole, after she accidentally made too good of a cast and launched the rig into the water.

These kids did such a fine job, I was tempted to keep their noses to the grindstone, but there is something about four year olds and sharp fillet knifes that just dont mix, so I spent the next few hours cleaning fish while the fisherwomen sat on the porch and enjoyed homemade ice cream and lightning bug chasing.

Instead of Are we there yet? I was serenaded with a chorus of Are you done yet? While I was happy to end the suspense for the peanut gallery, I was a bit disappointed by the final haul when my butchering was all said and done.

The small pile of fillets insured that I would be up at the crack of dawn on the 4th of July instead of enjoying the day off by sleeping in.

I was amazed when I was able to lasso a friend into assisting me. I used the old Mark Twain routine, telling him how much fun I was going to have painting my fence. He couldnt resist my tales of big fish and the lure of landing a lunker bass. I left out the part about having to help me clean all the fish after we were done, but those were just minor details.

We werent deterred by the sprinkles that started to fall as we traveled west of town toward our destination. Those same small raindrops were forgotten as I quickly hooked into two fish in the wake of where we had just launched the boat.

But it is just like bragging on how well behaved your kids are being. Its the kiss of death that immediately turns them into little devils. As soon as we were tricked into believing the fishing action was going to be hot and heavy, the bubble burst. The next 30 minutes were calm both on the weather front as well as without a single fish landed.

Ultimately the action broke free, on both fronts. The rain returned but so did the fish. The light rain was enough to soak us, but the fishing action made it bearable. We never landed anything over three pounds, but we were able to catch several nice bluegill and plenty of pound-size bass to fill the live well.

Fortunately we did that in about an hour, because the weather finally chased us to the shore. With the investment already made in getting up so early, we decided to wait it out in the truck.

The rain subsided but the weather didnt break. We jumped in the boat and decided to motor across the length of the large structure. Not a single cast was made, as by the time we arrived the wind had whipped up some white caps and the rain had returned. While it was no Perfect Storm, my little bass boat was doing some wake jumping as we rushed back to the trailer and called it a day.

As usual it was a whole lot of worrying for no reason at all. We had plenty of food and the fish fry was a success. I need to start planning some turkey cooks and a venison barbecue so hunting becomes work as well.

Two Area Men Seriously Hurt in Early-Morning Crash

Two area men suffered serious injuries in an early-morning accident in Scotland County on Friday, January 13th at 6:25 a.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Noel K. Meier, 58 of Kahoka, was westbound on Highway 136, one mile west of Highway A, in a 2001 Dodge Dakota when the vehicle impacted the tow unit of a eastbound 2014 Peterbuilt semi that was eastbound and trying to make a left hand turn. The semi was driven by Charles G. Cook, 36, of Keokuk, IA.

Meier and a passenger in his vehicle, Delbert E. Hoage, 65, of Keokuk, IA, sustained serious injuries in the crash. They were both flown from the scene by Air Evac Helicopter and transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Cook was uninjured in the crash. His vehicle sustained moderate damage while the Meier vehicle was totaled. Both were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Ambulance, Gorin Fire and Rescue and Air Evac.

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

April 27, 1945 Mrs. Vernon Priche; (could be misspelled due to original letter hand written); wrote a letter requesting information about how her husband was wounded, treated and died. He was a soldier in Europe, and a friend of my deceased father, Donald Minster.

I found her letter in my father’s old letters. If there is anyone who knows any relative that may desire the letter, I will be happy to forward it.

The address was; 351 East Madison St., Memphis, MO… in April 1945!

I hate to have someone’s family treasure undiscovered.

Thank God for soldiers and wives like this, so I can enjoy my freedom!

Hopefully,

Alan Minster

1861 Selby Circle, Camarillo, CA 93010

aminster@verizon.net

At Halfway Mark, SCR-I Expenditures at $2.79 Million

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present.

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented a financial report for the district, which recently reached the halfway mark of the fiscal year.

Year-to-date revenues are $2,331,017.41 and expenditures are $2,793,651.66.  The year-to-date deficit is $462,634.25 compared to $440,152.92 at this time last year.

“The deficit will correct itself with the receipt of local taxes received in January,” Bergeson told the board.

Future Projects

The board voted 6-0 to set a special board meeting for January 18 at 7:00 a.m. in the Elementary Art Room to discuss future capital projects and other upgrades for the district.

Building Trades

The board voted 6-0 to accept the low bid proposal of $7,727.00 from Ketchum Heating, Cooling and Electrical for the 2016-17 Building Trades Furnace and Central Air Units including all duct work, thermostat, thermostat wiring, gas line installation, and vent covers.

Update Budget

The board voted 6-0 to amend the budget as presented to reflect a projected ending balance of $18,974.97.  The budget was amended to reflect the current revenues, expenditures, and projections for this fiscal year.

Observe School Board Recognition Week

The week of January 22 – 28 is School Board Recognition Week.  Board members were presented a certificate from the Missouri School Board Association, a proclamation from Governor Nixon, and invited to the elementary carry in luncheon on Friday, January 20.

February Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

December 8, 2016 Minutes

Approve MSBA Policy Maintenance Agreement

Updated Sub List

Update District Health Services and District Testing Procedural Evaluation Plan

Approve Extended Holiday

Approve Overnight Request

Approve LJ Hart and Co. Underwriting Agreement

Executive Session

The board entered into executive session and the following items were approved 6-0:

Approve December 8, 2016 closed session minutes.

Offer Jennifer Tinkle the 7 hour food service position in the elementary school.

Approve Superintendent Bergeson’s Evaluation.

Move to extend Superintendent Bergeson’s contract through 2019-20.

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

Are we entitled to never have to lose?

What if we did away with declaring a winner and a loser in a competition and just gave everyone participation medals?

I vote no on that motion, but it sure seems like that is where we are headed as a society. Instead of recognizing people who work hard and excel at something, it seems like we would rather drag them down and draw them back to the rest of the crowd so that no one feels inferior.

This internal debate arrived in my mind last night at a basketball game as I listened to the crowd react to a lopsided game, which is often what you experience in a varsity basketball tournament when the #1 seeded team takes on the #8 team.

Scotland County’s state ranked girls defeated Marion County 85-19. (For the record I looked back to when Marion County won the state championship back in 2010-11 season. They posted victories like 83-16, 67-13 and 69-19.)

I’ve been on the 19 point-side of that mountain before, and yes it sucks. But after I got over the frustration, I had to ask myself what should have been done differently? I came to the conclusion, I could either get better, or I could get used to it. Sometimes in life you are going to run into a superior opponent. Tip your hat and get ready for the next challenge.

Is it really fair to ask the better team to not play so hard? “Look I know you worked really hard to be this good, but we didn’t, so could you please waste all of your efforts to make yourselves better players, and not showcase your talents to the college scouts in the crowd so that we don’t look so bad?”

Before you say that the coach should play the bench more, let me remind you this is a varsity tournament. There is a junior varsity season for the younger kids. The varsity kids do not get to travel to all the junior varsity games and play extra minutes if the competition level dictates it. These seniors only have so many minutes left in their high school careers. They didn’t make the schedule. They have no control over the competition. They deserve to be able to play, not because they are entitled to it because they are seniors, but because they have put in the time and the effort to be the best players on their team.

Sure you can argue that the better team should back off, and not try so hard. But you have to stop and ask yourselves why we are here in the first place? Do you get any better by only giving 50%. In a tournament, you are trying to win all three games to claim the championship and a plaque for the trophy case. Over the season, you are trying to get better and possibly be able to hoist the conference championship banner, or claim a district title and make it into the state playoffs.

If your best players are only getting to play half a game because everyone else is so worried about beating someone too bad, it can only make it that much more difficult to achieve your goal.

On game nights, there is no practice. So kids are getting their conditioning in via the game, meaning they need to run. If they only play half the game, they are going to be out of shape when they need to be able to play an entire game.

If you are asking them to hold back, and not play so hard, the same thing can happen. When the time comes for them to make a good play, will they be able to, as before they weren’t allowed to try because it might create too large a margin of victory.

Before you send the lynch mob my way – I’m not encouraging calling timeouts late to try to reach 100 points, or demanding the full-court press all 32 minutes. I’m only suggesting that people cut these kids a little slack. They aren’t out their trying to rub it in the face of their opponents. They are simply working to produce the best basketball play possible for every second they have left to be on the court together.

When did we become so entitled?

If one person excels at the workplace, should they be told to slow down, and not work so hard so that everyone else has a chance at the promotion?

How about in the classroom? Do we need to force the top students to the back of the room to play video games, watch movies or sleep instead of paying attention in class and completing their assignments? That way no one makes the honor roll.

Should we move the kindergarteners into calculus and physics classes to bring down the competition level to boost the self esteem of the lower achieving high school students by giving them someone that they can do better than?

No? Then why should the basketball court be any different? I say do your best and forget the rest!

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, January 19 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, January 20 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, January 23 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, January 24 – Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Cereal, Hash Browns, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wed., January 25 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, January 26 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, January 19 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Friday, January 20 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, January 23 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Mixed Vegetables, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, January 24 – School Made Pizza, Bar BQ Meatballs, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wed., January 25 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Pineapple Tidbits

Thursday, January 26 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thurs. January 19 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Wax Beans, Bread, Cake

Friday, January 20 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Roll, Strawberry Shortcake and Topping

Monday, January 23 – Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato or Regular Fries, Breaded Tomatoes, Applesauce, Bread Slice, Pudding

Tuesday, January 24 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Lettuce Salad, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Rice Krispies

Wed., January 25 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thurs. January 26 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, January 19 – Scotland County Health Department blood pressure checks here; Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 26 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

NEMR Telecom Accepting Applications for 2017 Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

All local high school juniors whose parents or guardians have local service with NEMR telecom can apply for the all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Northeast Missouri Rural Telecom is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Tour to Washington D.C., which will take place June 3  through June 7. The application process is open to all high school juniors whose parents or guardians have local service with NEMR Telecom.

Students must be under 18 years of age at the time of the Youth Tour to apply. In addition to meeting specific eligibility guidelines, the NEMR board is asking student applicants to submit, along with their application, a one-page essay covering the topic: “Why I Should Be Chosen for the FRS Youth Tour.”

The 2017 Youth Tour gives students the opportunity to gain a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and government process  as they spend four days visiting famous historical sites, including the Washington Monument, The Smithsonian, and much more.

Guidance counselors at each high school in the service area have the application form, or students can request a form by calling Tammy Childers at NEMR Telecom, 660-874-4111 or send an email to tchilder@nemr.net.

Applications and essays should be mailed to NEMR Telecom, Attn: Youth Tour, PO Box 98, Green City, MO 63545 by March 6, 2017.

The Foundation for Rural Service’s (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth.  2017 marks the 23rd annual Youth Tour.  Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for a four-day tour of the some of the most historical sites in the nation. 

Tigers Top Atlanta 53-10 in Tourney Opener

Scotland County advanced to the semifinals of the North Shelby Tournament with a 53-10 victory over Atlanta on Monday night.

The Hornets dressed just five players, but after the initial tip off, only had four players on the court due to an injury.

Grant Campbell scored 16 points in limited action to lead the Tigers to the win, improving SCR-I’s record to 9-3 on the year.

The game was shortened in the second half to two four minute quarters, with a running clock the entire time, as SCR-I led 39-9 at the half.

The Tigers will take on South Shelby, who bested the host squad 66-65 in a triple overtime thriller to close out Monday night’s action.

27th Annual SPRINT Quiz Bowl Tournament Being Held January 21st

The 27th Annual SPRINT Quiz Bowl Tournament is being held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Scotland County R-1 Elementary School.  Ten area schools will be involved in the tournament this year.

This tournament features two divisions of play with 12 teams in each division this year.  Division 1 consists of 5th/6th grade teams and Division II is for 7th/8th grade teams.

Tournament play starts at 9:00 a.m. with the morning round consisting of round robin play; giving each team three games in its pool.  All questions are toss-ups with no bonus questions involved.  This year, Scotland County has one 5th/6th grade team, coached by Kara Wickert and one 7th/8th grade team, coached by Billie Lanham.

For breaks and an intermission between the morning and afternoon rounds, the SCR-1 FBLA and SPRINT organizations will be operating a food stand cooperatively.

In the afternoon round of play, the top eight teams in each division are seeded based on their morning records.  The 1st seed team plays the 8th seed, 2nd seed plays 7th seed, etc.  In this round, the winning teams advance while the losing teams are eliminated.

The Semi and Final Rounds are the top four teams remaining after the first afternoon seed play.  Plaques will be presented for 1st-4th places and individual medals will be given to all the players on those top four teams.

SPRINT instructor and tournament organizer, Denice Blaine, says, “This event uses volunteers from our community, FBLA members, NHS members, SPRINT students, SCR-1 faculty and administrators, all who work together to make this tournament a huge success.  We even have one reader coming all the way from Northwest Missouri State University to help us out. It truly is a group effort.”

The community is invited to come out and enjoy a day of Quiz Bowl trivia!

Tigers Weather Westran Run to Post First Conference Win

Grant Campbell closes down the trap on the Westran ball handler as the Tigers’ full-court press worked to force several turnovers by the Hornets.

A 15-point advantage evaporated in the third period Tuesday night in Westran, but Scotland County was able to rally to post a 73-59 victory and claim the program’s first ever Lewis & Clark Conference win.

After dropping their league debut Friday night at Harrisburg, the Tigers used an 8-0 run to close the third period and kept pouring in the points in the fourth period en route to the win.

The Tigers came out of the gates slow against the Hornets (1-10, 0-2 L&C), falling behind 8-2 before a three-pointer by Elijah Cooley. A three-point play by Lane Pence knotted the score. After Aaron Buford scored on the fast break, Alex Hunolt grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up and in while drawing the foul. His free throw put SCRI on top 13-9. Cooley’s second three-pointer of the opening frame gave SCR-I a 19-14 lead after eight minutes of play.

Grant Campbell sank a pair of three-pointers to start the second period and Scotland County continued its fast-paced attack, scoring 20 second-period points to pull ahead 39-24 at the half. Buford had six points in the period.

Westran’s Austin Dale caught fire from behind the arc in the third period. His third triple of the quarter cut the SCR-I lead to 46-44 with 2:39 on the clock, forcing an SCR-I timeout.

The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to close the period. Cooley connected on a three-pointer and Hunolt continued a strong game off the bench with a pair of free throws. Pence closed the run with another three-point play to put the Tigers ahead 54-44.

Campbell closed out a big game with a pair of fourth quarter field goals. He also sank three of four free throws down the stretch. Will Fromm added a pair of buckets in the final minutes as SCR-I closed out the 73-59 win.

Campbell led Scotland County (8-3, 1-1 L&C) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Buford and Cooley each added 14 points and Hunolt had eight.

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