August 23, 2007

Gorin R-III Open House To Be Held August 28th

The Gorin R-III School District will host an open house on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a brief meeting in the gym. The classrooms will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to allow parents and community members to meet the staff and tour the facility.

At 7:30 the district will host a celebration of Mrs. Melinda Masdens life.

The Gorin R-III instructor passed away this summer. She taught third and fourth grade and had been with the district since the start of the 2000 school year.

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.

Conservation Considerations

The Chill of Winter

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

As the winter is in full-swing in North Missouri, we all know that the weather can turn bitterly cold in a hurry. Those of us who still find ourselves out in the elements need to be prepared for surviving extreme conditions. All of Missouri’s deer seasons have now concluded – however, there are many other activities to be prepared for. Whether you are feeding cattle, enjoying a good rabbit hunt, cutting timber, ice fishing or running your trap lines, planning and preparation will go a long way in preventing an outdoor mishap. In addition, maintaining a calm mind can help you make good decisions when things turn unfavorable. This time of year, two of the biggest dangers outdoorsman may encounter are hypothermia and frostbite. These two conditions are a direct result of exposure to extreme conditions. Let’s discuss these dangers as well as possible prevention measures.

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than your body can produce it. This can cause your core body temperature to drop to dangerous or deathly low levels. This condition can be accelerated by environmental factors such as extreme cold, high winds, rain, snow, or immersion in water. Prevention is the key. Be prepared by always having a cold weather survival kit. This kit should contain items such as extra clothing, shoes, gloves, blankets, fire making supplies, water and emergency signaling devices or a whistle. Of course, each person may also include any other items they see fit for emergencies. Dressing in loose layers can help retain body heat, while eating some high-calorie foods may increase your body’s heat production. If you are in the elements and find yourself shivering uncontrollably and have slow, slurred speech, memory loss, irrational behaviors or sleepiness, there is a high probability that you are experiencing hypothermia. If not addressed, you could find yourself in a life-threatening situation. Immediately find shelter and, if wet, remove the wet clothing and replace them with dry clothing. Slowly rewarm yourself or the person experiencing hypothermia by making a small fire, drinking warm liquids, direct body contact and blankets. The majority of body heat is lost through your head, so a hat or covering for the head can also assist in warming and retaining a person’s body heat. It is imperative to contact Emergency Medical Personnel if the hypothermic individual is at or near unconsciousness.

Many times, frostbite can come along with hypothermia. It is important to cover all exposed skin when being exposed to extreme cold temperatures and conditions. This is important because frostbite can occur rather quickly. Frostbite symptoms include a sharp prickly sensation or tingling of the affected skin. As frostbite progresses, a person will feel pain and eventually lose feeling within the affected area. Frostbite can be treated in similar fashion to hypothermia. However, it is important that warming methods such as rubbing, hot water, external heat sources be avoided because they may cause you to burn the affected area. You should seek medical attention if you experience frostbite.

As always, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – now and for more to come. Get outdoors and always remember that safety is paramount. Plan ahead and always be prepared for the conditions that you will be venturing into. Be safe and good luck out there.

New Year…New You!  Health Department Offers Heart Tips

Scotland County Health Department – As we begin a new year many of us set goals for improving our health. Heart Disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disease among men and women across the nation, and particularly here in Northeast Missouri. As a way to help individuals get a baseline with regard to risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, and begin a new path to wellness, Scotland County Health Department will be offering special “health risk assessments” during the month of February 2016. These assessments will include blood draw tests: total cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL), Good Cholesterol (H1DL), CHOL/HDL Ratio, Triglycerides, Non HDL, Glucose (for Diabetes) and a Hemoglobin A1C that will show averages of your blood sugar over the past three months. Finally, all individuals will complete height and weight assessments, along with blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation assessments. When the laboratory results come back, the nurse will call each participant and go over the results (which may be mailed or picked up at the health department).

Anyone wishing to meet to discuss their results will also have that option. All of this will be conducted for a minimal fee of $25, but individuals must register on a first come first serve basis at the health department 660-465-7275.

What are the risk factors for heart disease? . Tobacco Use

  • Diabetes or Pre Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • A Family History
  • Inactivity
  • Excess Weight
  • Unhealthy Diet

Heart attacks are the first form of heart disease we think of heart disease. Heart attacks can come with no warning, or warning that women typically ignore.

Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain. Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack. They are also symptoms that we often brush off as the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather – which could put our lives in jeopardy.

If you experience tightness, squeezing or pressure in the chest that lasts for minutes or goes away and comes back; pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath with or without pain in the

chest; and/or are breaking out in cold sweats with or without nausea and vomiting—you need to be seen and cleared by a healthcare professional. These things could mean a heart attack is imminent. You need to call 911 or as a last resort have someone drive you to the hospital (NEVER DRIVE YOURSELF!). Also try to remain calm and take slow breaths while you await emergency personnel.

Strokes can also be a complication seen among those with risk factors for heart disease. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the United States. Although death can be an outcome related to stroke; the disability a stroke may leave behind can be very frightening. Many avoid burdening those around them, and will overlook the blurred vision, the tightness in their chests, the fluttering heart, the inability to move their body as they know they should be able to, an inability to put voice to their thoughts, sudden headaches, numbness in any part of their body (particularly on one side) or simply sudden loss of consciousness with recovery. A stroke may be occurring with any one or all of these symptoms and time is of the essence when fighting a stroke.. .every second that is lost is function that is lost.

As a spouse, child, grandchild, friend, neighbor, acquaintance on the street, be prepared to save someone from a stroke. Know the Signs. Recognize the Signs. Admit they are Signs. And Get Help! Heart Disease can be stopped, and the devastation (both emotional and physical) it leaves behind can be minimized or eliminated! For more information about heart disease and how we can change the statistics locally, call the health department. Also call the health department to make an appointment for the February 2016 Low Cost Health Risk Assessment Screenings available to Scotland County Residents.

During February the health department is also offering a Walk with Ease program. The program is the Arthritis Foundation program and is a six week walking program. You will receive a guide to walking for better health, improved fitness and less pain. If interested in participating contact Kim at 660-465-7275.

Jennifer Miller Named to Dean’s List

Columbia, MO – Jennifer Miller of Memphis, MO, was named to the first semester high honors dean’s list for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0.

Miller is an SCR-1 graduate and a senior English major at Stephens College.

Stephens College, established in 1833, is historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women.  Stephens prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world, and engages lifelong learners in an educational experience characterized by intellectual rigor, creative expression and professional practice.

Community Sew-In Event to Benefit Project Linus

The 18th Annual National Project Linus “Make A Blanket Day” event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Moose Lodge in Kirksville. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer blanketeers.

Blankets for children in need will be assembled at the Moose Lodge, located at 2405 E. Illinois St., in Kirksville. Organizers invite the community to attend. No sewing experience is needed to join the fun. Anyone who can learn to tie a square knot is invited to participate in the event anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

“Volunteers may bring a completed blanket, or bring their own sewing machine and complete one of the precut kits available during the event.”, stated Conni Douvier, North Central Missouri Chapter Coordinator, “Community involvement is so vital to our success at this event.”.

Donations of cotton fabric, acrylic yarn, fleece, and other blanket-making supplies will be accepted during the event.

The North Central Missouri Chapter of Project Linus has delivered over 9,700 blankets to area children in need.

For more information on the Sew-In event and to learn more about Project Linus, please contact Conni Douvier at 660-947-4315, email, or visit the group’s website at

Baby Morgan

Rob and Jacki Morgan of Fulton, MO are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Robert.  Jacob was born on December 1, 2016 at 7:50 a.m. at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO.  He weighed 8 lbs 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Welcoming Jacob home are his siblings; Vincent, Audrey, and Alexander.  Proud grandparents are Jim and Linda Morgan of Memphis, Mary and Ronny Weyker of Fredonia, WI, and Bill and Ronnie Hull of Shell Knob, MO.

Classified Ads 1-19-2016

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WORK WANTED – House cleaning or whatever you need done in your home.  Call any hours, morning or evening.  660-328-6260. Levonne Simerl

SEEKING HUNTING LAND – Three K-9 law enforcement officers and military veterans are looking for land to hunt in exchange for land management work and/or cash rent.  We are responsible hunters that will respect and care for the land.  We are wildlife management minded and will follow all requests and special instructions of the landowners.  We have leased in Northeast Missouri for a number of years and can provide references.  Please call Jake Williams at 636-222-3769 or email

WANTED – Pasture/hay ground to rent or lease.  Call 660-216-4395.

HOUSE FOR RENT – 135 Cecil Street, Memphis. Two bedroom house, new carpet.  $350/month. 660-341-6062.

The Secret Is in the Crust

Just one of the many fine pies up for auction at the Black Mesa support fundraising event. Photo by Alline.

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I’m feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much of my weekly work and responsibilities are computer-based, mixed with a child-like anticipation of widespread and long-lasting power outages, as such things usually result in an unexpected break from responsibility, school, work, and so on. So much of nature’s beauty is shared with the awesome power of wind, snow, rain, or ice. So I’m hedging my bets, looking forward to some cozy extra time off with my kids, but writing this column a bit early so it can be transmitted while the electrons are still flowing freely.

As I’m sitting trying to weave the events of the past week into a coherent (or at least readable) narrative, I keep coming back to the notion of destruction and beauty as two sides of the same coin, as that dichotomy seems to flow through much of what has been going on lately, at least for me.

First up is the culmination of nearly a year of meetings relating to the membership of a long-time Rabbit. Fortunately such questions don’t come up very often, because they are always extremely hard, emotionally, legally, and logistically. After an extensive community process, we acted to revoke the membership of an individual for whom many of us still hold strong feelings of care and concern. This is the destructive side of the coin for me, making a decision with significant negative impact, not only for that individual but for a portion of our community as well. The challenge this presents to ongoing relationships, perspectives, and emotions is not minor.

So what’s on the beauty side? Well, I’d like to think that we have learned some lessons and gained insight on how to act earlier, allowing for better outcomes. I also saw a lot of care and concern for folks who were totally burned out on the subject, and were literally unable to continue if action wasn’t taken. Letting go of my attachment to everyone getting what they need, even after it was clearly impossible, was super challenging, and yet I feel that I’ve learned to see the beauty in both exhausting all possibilities AND in acting more quickly, so that folks can move on in whatever ways they need.

And in another example, after years of nursing the Milkweed Mercantile as an LLC, Alline and Kurt have joyfully participated in the re-birthing of the Milkweed Mercantile as a worker-owned cooperative business. The collective energy of this cooperative cannot be denied. The Mercantile is now open daily, from 8 a.m. for coffee, to 6 p.m. for last call at the bar, and has a robust series of workshops and events scheduled for 2017, which you can find on the website at (click on “All Workshops”).

One of the joys of bartending on Pizza Night (every Thursday from 5-9 p.m.), is visiting with neighbors from the surrounding area. A number of folks from Memphis and beyond were in this week, and it was a delight to catch up on the news of whose kids were where, doing what, and what their plans were following college graduation, to say nothing of wedding plans and party favors.

The Mercantile staff was also treated to many creative ideas for other ways to bring in business (raise your hands for Taco Tuesday!) or broaden our pizza specials (Jambalaya anyone?). If you have opinions, we’d certainly love to hear them. (And yes, I am a member of the Mercantile Co-op, so you must pardon this shameless plug… But wait, there’s more!) The Mercantile also now has the capability for professional-grade karaoke, so if you’re in the mood give us a call and we’ll see what we can schedule.

OK, that was the bright side of the coin; now for the darker side. Much like the membership issue I talked about earlier, CAFOs are a complex beast of a topic to discuss. There are so many different values wrapped up in such a small acronym. Everything from supporting family farms and maintaining a way of life, to climate change and environmental impact, to ethical treatment of other sentient beings: nothing about CAFOs is easy. To talk about, to build and run, to constrain or regulate, you name it, it ain’t easy.

Scotland County’s current health ordinance governing CAFOs was fraught with conflict and high emotion when it was instituted several years ago (replacing an older, repealed ordinance). I know there are differing opinions about whether a proposed CAFO just outside of Rutledge is in conflict with this ordinance, both in terms of the spirit and the letter of the law. It has been illuminating for me to hear differing opinions even at Dancing Rabbit, as different folks hold different aspects of this complexity more strongly. I am hoping to see the beautiful side of this coin, in bridging conversations and attempts to really understand seemingly-contrary viewpoints. We are neighbors, many are friends, and we all have to live together in proximity. We can’t thrive in an environment of invective and mistrust. So what to do? The Mercantile will be scheduling a conversation in the coming months, and I hope that we can set our personal fears aside sufficiently to shift the conversation from one of “you or me” to “us”. Stay tuned.

This ice-storm naturally has me thinking about climate change, and how unusual such an event is for a normal January deep-winter. I’d expect 40-below-zero windchill with blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures, at least overnight. But not rain, for heaven’s sake! This is a March threat, not January. The recent pipeline protests come to mind, and the need to keep fracked gas from the Baaken formations underground, rather than in the atmosphere. But that’s only the most recent development in the energy sector. It has been upsetting for me to learn about the 40-plus year callous and dehumanizing efforts of Peabody Energy in the coal fields out west, specifically on the Native American lands of the Hopi and Navajo. Destruction of habitat. Destruction of a way of life. Destruction of an ancient indigenous culture. For coal, one of the dirtiest power sources there is, and which must be kept in the ground if we are to survive the next seven generations. And yet, here I am writing this column after dark while my solar panels are dead. Augh! It’s so hard to balance between wants and needs!

The bright side of this particular coin are the many actions folks are taking to block and halt destructive projects, and bring these issues into the light of public awareness. I strongly believe that no one actively wishes harm on another, and once the realities of our collective actions are known, we have the power to make different choices. This is not to say that everyone gets what they want, or that a path can be found to meet all needs, but that, to the extent that we can make decisions with full awareness, we will make better choices.

Therefore I have deep gratitude for the work of some of our friends and neighbors at Sandhill Farm, who are working to support the elders of the Diné (Navajo) community at Black Mesa, where Peabody Energy has been actively working to dismantle and relocate the community in order to access the coal beneath ancestral lands. And gratitude for pie, because… pie. The Sandhillians held a pie tasting/auction fundraiser this week to help fund their annual trip to Black Mesa to support the elders of that community who are resisting relocation. Who among you would voluntarily surrender your land, or move away from the only way of life you have known for generations, so that some faceless corporate entity could strip-mine your hills and valleys, destroying all trace of your ancestry, and poisoning the very land so that even your great-grandchildren could never return? This is not small stuff. We can talk about energy policy or domestic energy security until we’re blue in the face, and not overcome these underlying fundamental facts. Well, that got dark. And fast. Hmmm… back to pie.

There was key lime, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, bourbon pecan, and even grape pie available for bidding. (Grape pie? I hear you ask. As a native of the upstate New York Finger Lakes region, I can answer that grape pie is a highly-anticipated annual delicacy there. Generally made from Concord grapes, although Catawba is also a frequent contender, there are innumerable contests for the best of the best, much like barbecue seems to be around these parts.) To my great good fortune, nobody bid on my grape pie offering, so I brought it back home where it was happily consumed for breakfast. (Hey, it was fruit! Don’t judge.) Overall, sufficient funds were raised to cover the expenses of this year’s service trip to Black Mesa: such is the power of pie. For those of you who didn’t already get the clue from the headline: the secret is in the crust.

If you have the curiosity (and bandwidth), take a look at this link to learn more about the seriousness of this conflict, and the incredible beauty of this land and culture that is under severe threat of extinction. Consider how you would feel, how you would react, how you would survive, if you were deemed to be of lesser value than the resources you sit upon. How would you balance these wants and needs?

Speaking of balancing wants and needs, there are fewer stark reminders of the differences we hold as Americans than the recent presidential election. Again, a situation fraught with complexity upon complexity, with too many competing needs and wants to grasp in their entirety. I know that I grasp at the things I CAN understand as an anchor, or as a point of reference. I welcome alternative viewpoints, but can’t truly bridge to others unless there is enough commonality for me to feel like I am seen and understood, even if there isn’t agreement. I suspect that is common among most humans. So the bright side of that coin is that we CAN bridge. We CAN understand one another. We CAN find some sliver of common ground from which we can work together for the benefit of all humanity.

Here’s the secret in the crust: oil and water, un-mixable ingredients, combine to create the delicious flaky goodness that makes the pie. There are other aspects to be sure: salt, maybe a touch of lemon or cinnamon, amendments that complement or draw out the essence of the filling. But it is the crust that makes the pie. Pasty and soggy, or dry and burnt, are no good, no matter what it’s filled with.

I’ll be blunt. I have issues with Donald Trump, and what I anticipate from his administration. I understand others’ frustrations with the status quo and feelings of being left behind or left out, and I’m not pretending that things have been perfect. But here’s the thing: dark side/bright side. Language of division and blame vs. language of inclusiveness, forgiveness, and love. And I suspect we each ascribe the positive aspects to ourselves, and the negative to others. So how do we meet? How do we reach out to each other? How do we heal these artificial divides, when we all want to be seen and heard and understood?

I don’t have a glib answer. But I do have an offering. I am hosting an inauguration day celebration that will focus on the things that uplift us and bring us together. No, it will not be focused on the president-elect, the individual. Rather it will be about acceptance, love, and redemption. Please join me if you are able. I will be hosting a “Concert for America” watch party at the Milkweed Mercantile, on Friday, January 20th from 2-5 p.m. The bar will be open, snacks will be available, and lively conversation will be present. Help me see you, as I hope you will see me.

And remember, the secret is in the crust.

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