June 19, 2008

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. That can be said about my entire sports-related weekend.

Im not sure luck is the correct word for my first experience. It was more like just plain lazy.

It pains me to say this, but Saturday evening I went fishing for just the second time this year. In years past I went fishing twice on the same day. Its taken me nearly four months to get outing number two in the books.

With my wife and kids at her sisters for the weekend, and my duties covering the fair complete for the day, fishing seemed like an excellent idea for the evening.

I had big plans as I loaded up four different fishing rods. I even took along my fly rod and all the tackle that goes along with it. So after three trips to the truck, I had everything I needed loaded up and ready to roll.

Unfortunately when I got to the farm I found that the boat was blocked in by a couple of wagons and the loader, which was in the middle of some major engine repairs.

So there I sat stuck on the bank surrounded by chest-high weeds that pretty much insured the fly rod was going to stay in its case. I can barely cast it from wide-open spaces so I knew better than attempting to sling flies toward the water with all of the clutter in my background.

That lightened my load a bit. I also decided to leave my suitcase tackle box behind, more out of desire not to have to visit the chiropractor in the morning, than for any technical fishing rationale.

Thats where the luck comes into play. It just so happened that both rods I packed to the waters edge had lures attached that definitely would not have been my first choice to catch fish with.

Lets just say my wife and I have different tastes in bait. I try not to say much when we check out at Bass Pro or Cabelas. I have my fishing tackle and she has hers.

I guess Ill have to quit snickering at her selections, because Saturday night I caught four fish that topped out at five pounds or larger, not to mention a dozen more decent sized bass, all in a little less than an hour.

With no tackle box in reach, and truthfully no desire to walk back to the truck for a lure change, I reluctantly tossed a goofy looking soft plastic bait into the water. Not only was I unimpressed by the baits appearance, but I was concerned about how the lure was rigged. It featured a corkscrew type hook that attached to the head of the bait, leaving the entire hook itself exposed at the front of the bait. The corkscrew attached the bait to the hook with a small hoop that went over the hook and was kept in place midway up the hooks shaft by two small plastic spacers.

I was really impressed at how weed-less the first retrieve went. I was sure that the rig was going to be a moss dragger. Of course I was more excited when the water boiled behind the bait, which gave the impression it was a wounded baitfish flailing around close to the waters surface.

I was all alone but I still laughed out loud when I landed the first lunker bass. A skeptic might chalk it up to dumb luck, the blind squirrel finding an acorn every once in a while. Four fish later that thought was totally erased. Wow this bait really worked.

I guess if I was stubborn, I would have gone to the truck and changed to some of my lures to see if it simply wasnt a great night of fishing, with bass biting no matter what I tossed their way. But like I said before it was better to be lazy than good, and I was happy with my haul (and lack of hauling).

Sunday I was just plain lucky, not lazy and definitely not good. Timber Ridge Golf Courses annual fathers day tournament featured 27 teams for the morning session. After the first two holes, I believe my partner and I were in 27th place.

But our luck changed as a couple extremely long putts miraculously went in, and then by the luck of the draw, we found ourselves tied atop the leader board (well not the championship nor the A flight). With four teams tied, a card off decided the prize distribution, and by the luck of the draw, we took second place and were lucky to have that. Being a lazy fisherman and a lucky golfer, sure made for a good weekend.

Grackles

I usually stop feeding the birds at the feeders about April. I have continued putting seed in them and providing suet due to my Cardinals and Red-bellied woodpeckers.  I also have the occasional finch.  I also have about 90 percent grackles and starlings. I mean my knuckles are sore from hitting the window.  Honestly. Watch them at your feeders. They have several antics they go through.  Every so often you will see them point their bills to the sky.  They are performing a display called a bill tilt.   It is usually done between two males or two females.  This usually means a dominance over a mate or feeding site. Bill tilting is usually happening when a new bird arrives at the feeder. Their song will also never make the record books for a great sound. Just sounds like a squeaky old gate or a bad door.  Lots of times I see them get all puffed up right before they give their call. It is called a ruff out.

Grackles often have several more unusual antics.  One is the occasional killing of other small birds, especially house sparrows.  Some have even seen then drown house sparrows in a bird bath. I noticed one yesterday eating a mouse.  Another behavior is referred to as anting. Here the grackle rubs different materials over its feathers, possibly to rid itself of parasites or smooth their skin. Sometimes they will sit in an ant hill and let the ants crawl over them thus removing parasites and conditioning their skin.  Sometimes they will even use moth balls or cigarette butts.  Nasty .

Another habit involves feeding. Grackles are often seen taking some kind of food, crackers, dog food. Stale bread,  to the bird bath to soak it before eating.

It takes them sometimes around four weeks before they finish their nests.  They use grass and mud, the finished nest resembling a large robins nest. The female builds it alone, with the male just following her around.  You may see them carrying large amounts of grass around, which is not really used to build the nest.  When they are ready to build the nest they will sometimes place the actual nest on top of the collected grass.  There are many things they do a little different. I just can’t seem to enjoy many of them.  I hope they soon move on and go out into the fields and nest building.

All of you need to get your humming bird feeders out.  With this cool weather, they will need all the energy they can get.

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BABY PENCE

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Landon and Alyssa Pence of Kirksville are the proud parents of a daughter, Harper Devin Pence born April 22nd at 2:12 a.m. at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Harper weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Victoria Sanders, Connie Norfolk, Darell Athon, Kim (Green) and Mike O’Donnell all of Kirksville, MO; Mitchell and Kathy Pence of Memphis, MO.

Great-grandparents are Larry Athon, Carol and Jerry Black, Linda and Jim Fawver of Kirksville; Don and Mildred Pence and Jean Hull of Memphis; and the late Larry Green.

 FRANCES LAVON CASTEEL (9/11/1921 – 4/3/2016)

Frances Casteel, 94, of Indianola, Iowa passed away April 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Indianola, Iowa.

She was born September 11, 1921 on a farm in Queen City, Missouri to Ralph and Helen Myers.

She married Thurman Casteel on October 5, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri.

Frances enjoyed spending time and talking with her many friends and family.  She particularly enjoyed hearing about her sons, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren’s day-to-day lives.

She was a proud member of the P.E.O. and loved reading, watching Cardinals baseball and reminiscing over the pictures and photo books her granddaughters made for her.

Frances was a member of the Lancaster Christian Church in Lancaster, Missouri.

She is survived by her two sons, Rex Casteel of St. Louis, Missouri and Max Casteel of Rockford, Illinois; her four grandchildren, Valarie (Chris) Wichael of Peoria, Illinois, Jarrod (Heather) Casteel of Indianola, Iowa, Julie (Mike) Dierks of Kewaskum, Wisconsin and Emily (Jerry) Meredith of Moulton, Iowa; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Virginia Gardner of the Detroit, Michigan area.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Kent and Tamara Casteel and husband, Thurman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with burial to immediately follow at Arni Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.  

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Velva Freburg and also Donnie Small and Guy Gardine.

Katrina and Neta went to Columbia.  Neta had surgery on her ears.  Hoping she will be able to hear better.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Lena Mae Horning went to Memphis and visited with Bette Wiley.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer and daughter-in-law, Michelle and son Wesley, were in Zimmerman’s Saturday.  Michelle and her husband came to spend the week-end with his parents.  He was turkey hunting on Saturday.

Bob and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.  They ate lunch with their daughter, Julie Voss, Rick and family.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Quincy.

A bus load of ladies from Monroe City came and went shopping at Zimmerman’s.

Some of those in this week were Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Dale and Lisa Tague, Don Tague, Larry Tague, Paul and Lola Slater, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Keith and Marilyn Dunn, Opal Blaine, Neta Phillips, Marjorie Peterson, Milt Clary, Vada Granger, Thomas Kortkamp and Jacob Wellenburg.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

As one cleanup project on the city square is coming to an end, another situation is looming on the opposite corner. On April 28th the City of Memphis ordered the properties of 100 and 102 East Madison Street to be vacated in an emergency action due to the declining structural integrity of the buildings.

City Attorney, April Wilson, indicated the move was made in the interest of public safety after the city’s building inspector identified worsening conditions at the site.

The two buildings were inspected by an independent structural engineer on Friday, April 29th. All-State Consultants of Columbia met with city officials following the five-hour review of the site and concurred with the opinion of vacating the premises.

“They basically substantiated the city’s order to vacate the two buildings on an emergency basis due to the seriousness of the situation and the threat to public safety,” said Wilson.

That threat was deemed significant enough for the board of the Memphis Theatre, located directly east of the two buildings, to cancel scheduled movies for the weekend, and to close the facility until the situation is resolved.

TEN YEARS AGO

When the bell tolls Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the congregation will be ringing in a new era. The church will be holding its first services in the new facility located on Highway 15 north in Memphis.

The first services will mark the completion of a year-long project that saw the construction of the new building, adjacent to the existing church buildings that had served the congregation for more than four decades.

The church family marked the end of an era on Sunday, April 30th, hosting the final services at the original facilities, ending 42 years of service to the group.

The buildings now will be on loan to the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance to house the Community Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet.

20 YEARS AGO

Nearly 100 members of the community gathered May 2 at the Memphis Theatre to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.

More than a dozen local churches sent representatives to the gathering which took place over the lunch hour.

The service was led by Rev. Tim Hawkins of the First Christian Church of Memphis.  The hymn sing was led by Pastor Robert Garringer, of the First Baptist church of Memphis.

Members from the various churches each addressed the gathering and lead the meeting in prayer.

50 YEARS AGO

The Air Force, to meet increasing commitments, has substantially raised Air Force enlistment quotas for the months of April, May and June.  Staff Sergeant David Lail, the local air force recruiter said, in the past few months we have had to turn away a lot of good men because of the small quotas and long waiting list.  With the increased quota we can now process an applicant with a minimum of delay.

The Sergeant also stated that the Air Force recruiting office at 122 East Third St., Ottumwa, Iowa will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays for the convenience of young men and women who are now working or going to school.

60 YEARS AGO

Mitchell F. Jayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sears Jayne, formerly of Kahoka, had his first story to appear in the Saturday Evening Post in the last issue of that weekly magazine.

Jayne with his wife and two children live on a farm near Salem, Missouri.  He is a rural school teacher, an announcer on the Salem Radio station, along with work as a writer and artist.

A picture appears of Jayne, his wife and two children on the page at the back of the magazine along with a story of the family.  Mrs. Jayne is holding a young wolf on her lap, which they had raised from a pup.

The fictional story was written about the wolf pup and was a very interesting one.

VELVA MAE FREBURG (1/10/1932 – 4/29/2016)

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Velva Mae Freburg, 84, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 29, 2016, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born January 10, 1932, at Cantril, Iowa, to Leonard Edgar and Norma Esther Eichelberger Stockdale.

She attended school in Bushnell, Illinois and was a graduate of the class of 1950.

Velva was married to James N. “Pete” Freburg on November 19, 1950, at Bushnell and to this union four children were born.

She worked at the J. C. Penney store in Memphis and GTE before becoming the secretary for the Christian Church in Memphis from where she retired in 2007.   She was an accomplished pianist and organist and played for services at her church for many years.  Velva and Pete wintered in Texas for fifteen years, enjoying friendships with many people and their favorite hobby of square dancing.  She enjoyed sewing and cooking and was especially noted for her apple pies and chicken and noodles.  Velva realized her greatest joy when she could spend time with her family.

She was a member of the Memphis Christian Church and the Memphis Red Hats.

Velva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1996, a brother, Earl Dean Stockdale and two sisters: Ruth Eggers and Naomi Wilson.

She is survived by her children:  Michael James Freburg and his wife, Sue, of Bettendorf, Iowa; Douglas Wayne Freburg and his wife, Patty, of Memphis; Cynthia Jane Priebe and her husband, Tom, of Hartsburg, Missouri; Angela Ruth Newman and her husband, Bob, of Memphis; seven grandchildren:  Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg and his wife, Lindsey; Jamie Nolke and her husband, Chad; Megan Newman; Michella Hull and her husband, Ken; Jamie Mauck and his wife, Amy; John Morton and his wife, Jana; eight great-grandchildren:  Brady and Tanner Morton; Jacob & Justin Hull; Nathan and Matthew Mauck and Michael and Anna Freburg.  Other survivors include a sister, Irma Lee Bennett and her husband, Meredith, of Moline, Illinois; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A visitation, with the family present to greet relatives and friends, was held at the Christian Church in Memphis on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Funeral services follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Jack Sumption officiating.  Piano music was provided by Ann Luther.

Private burial in Lawn Ridge Cemetery followed the service.  Casket bearers were Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg, Jamie Nolke, Megan Newman, Jacob Hull and Justin Hull.

To honor Velva’s memory, a contribution may be made to the Scotland County Nutrition Center and may be left at the church or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

On line condolences may be made to the Freburg family by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

Junior High Teams Turn in Top Five Finishes at Milan Relays

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Hailey Kraus finished second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

The Scotland County junior high track teams both turned in top five performances in the 10-team field at the Milan Relays held on April 19th.

The boys’ team took third place with 67 points. Milan won the event with 162 points followed by Brookfield with 78.5.

The Lady Tigers earned 54 points to finish fourth behind Green City (137), Brookfield (100), and Brashear (67).

Parker Triplett earned second place in the triple jump and was 5th in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and seventh in the 200 meter dash.

Kaden Anders finished second in the 200 meter dash, third in the 400 meter dash, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

Christian Siver was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and eighth in the 100 meter dash while Riley Shoemaker was fifth in the 1,600 meter run.

The 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams took third place. Team members were Siver, Brady Curry, Jacob Buford and Spencer Kerkmann. The 4×800 team of Eric Yarbrough, Shoemaker, Kerkmann and Buford finished third.

Hailey Kraus led the girls’ team with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash and fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Katie Feeney was second in the long jump and Bobbi Darcy took seventh. Tala Saulmon was seventh in the shot put and Katie Parsons took seventh in the 200 meter dash. Brooke Samuelson was fourth in the 1,600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meter run.

The 4×400 team of Morgan Blessing, Darcy, Feeney and Jenna Blessing took second place. The girls teamed up for fourth place in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays.

Track Teams Finish 12th at Brookfield Relays

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The Scotland County track teams traveled to Brookfield April 22nd and ran into some stiff competition in the 8-team fields. The Tigers finished 12th overall with 31 points while the Lady Tigers tied for 12th place with 14 points.

Palmyra won the boys’ division with 116 points ahead of Trenton, Marceline, Fayette and Knox County. The girls’ division win went to Marceline with 113 points followed by Palmyra, Fayette, Trenton and Highland.

The SCR-I 4×800 relay team took second place. Team members were Caleb Doubet, Tristen Kice, Ryan Miller and Zach Doubet.

Kice finished fifth in the 400 meter dash and seventh in the 100 meter dash.

Zach Doubet was third in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs.

Caleb Doubet was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 800 meter run.

Riley Kliethermes finished fifth in the javelin.

The 4×400 team of Kice, Kliethermes, Claeb Doubet and Miller, finished seventh.

The girls team was led by Miranda Holland with a third place finish in the shot put and fourth place finish in the javelin.

Morgan Alexander was eighth in the javelin. Khloe Hamlin finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles.

The 4×400 relay team of Kaylyn Anders, Hamlin, Maddie Bondurant and Katelyn Talbert finished sixth as did the 4×800 relay squad of Abby Blessing, Annie Hyde, Julie Long and Bondurant.

Junior High Track Squads Compete at Knox County Relays

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

Christian Siver finished 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.

The Scotland County junior high boys finished fifth with the Lady Tigers taking sixth place at the Knox County junior high relays held in Edina on April 26th.

Milan won the boys event with 117.50 points followed by Paris, South Shelby and North Shelby. The Tigers were fifth with 60 points, besting, Knox County, Schuyler County, Holy Rosary, Marion County and Canton.

Kaden Anders led the way with second place finishes in the high jump, the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash while finishing fifth in the long jump.

Parker Triplett was fourth in the 200 meter dash and took fifth in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.

Christian Siver finished third in the 100 meter hurdles and was eighth in the 100 meter dash while Hunter Carter was fifth in the shot put.

The Tigers 4×200 relay team took fourth and the 4×400 team was sixth.

The girls finished sixth overall with 41 total points. Holy Rosary was tops with 156 points followed by Paris, North Shelby, South Shelby and Schuyler County.

Katie Feeney had the top individual performance, finishing second in the long jump. Hailey Kraus was third in the 200 meter dash and took fourth in the 400 meter dash while Jenna Blessing finished sixth in the triple jump.

The Lady Tigers’ 4×200 team took second place with the 4×400 team finishing third and the 4×400 team earning fourth.

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