July 30, 2009

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if Old Yeller had never taught me that it was okay to cry? Okay, I'm not one that totes a box of Kleenex around with me every where, nor do I openly sob, weep and whimper during such tear-jerkers as the Disney classic. But I'm not afraid to admit that I occasionally become "a little verklempt" as Mike Myers famous Saturday Night Live character, Linda Richmond, would proclaim when her emotions would overcome her.

I've recently discovered my biggest soft spot is for military stories. Saving Private Ryan hits home for me every time I watch it, and regardless how many times I witness Private Ryan returning to Europe to visit the graves of his fellow soldiers that lost their lives "saving" him, it gets me every time.

Since I don't have the cable service, HBO, I never had the opportunity to watch the mini-series, Band of Brothers, based on the 2001 book by Stephen Ambrose that chronicled a company of the 101st Airborne during World War II.

But that didn't save me from getting a tad red-eyed when I read a recent e-mail regarding one of the true-life heroes of the book.

Often we get mass-circulated tall tales that leave us a bit skeptical, so much so that I have Snopes.com book-marked on my web browser. According to the fact checking website, the following is true, so I wanted to share it with any of you that may not have already found it in your inbox.

According to Snopes.com, an employee of Dow Jones had a chance meeting with the war veteran in a Philadelphia airport. He took exception to the fact that this hero's passing had not been deemed more newsworthy, and he penned an e-mail regarding his meeting, with little idea it would end up accomplishing the goal of reaching readers across the world.

One of the "Band of Brothers" soldiers died on June 17, 2009.

We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services for such as Michael Jackson.

I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 " at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in first class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall-to-wall back to back 24/7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that's not right.

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest In Peace, Shifty.

Okay, we're not CNN or the USA Today, but at least one media source in America can claim to have spent more ink on memorializing a worthy veteran than was wasted flattering the passing of an embattled pop star idol.

SCR-I Dominates Newtown-Harris 77-4 in Tourney Opener

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Scotland County went about its work on Monday night in the opener of the Novinger Tourney. The Lady Tigers who are looking for their ninth straight Novinger Tourney title, entered bracket play as the top seed, taking on #8 seed Newtown-Harris.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the first period and then spent much of the second half trying to avoid scoring too many points en route to a 77-4 victory.

Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer to open the contest for SCR-I. Despite never deploying its full-court press, SCR-I’s half court man-to-man defense still generated plenty of turnovers and the Lady Tigers poured in 10 straight points in transition capped by Chelsea Wood. The center picked off an errant pass and went coast-to-coast through traffic for the score.

Scotland County dominated the boards as well, cleaning up missed shots with offensive rebounds. Ashleigh Creek had six first quarter points coming from her work on the offensive glass.

With a home junior varsity game on Monday night as well, SCR-I dressed just seven players for the varsity tourney.  That still offered plenty of depth. Sadie Davis came off the bench to sink a pair of three-pointers in the second period.

SCR-I dialed back the fast break with the big lead. The half court offense proved plenty potent even without the transition game. Newtown-Harris had trouble defending the high-low pass in the post. Wood was the main benefactor, as she received several open looks on nice passes from fellow post player Creek, leading to some easy buckets.

Davis’s second three-pointer of the period just beat the buzzer and gave SCR-I a 53-2 lead at the half.

Scotland County further slowed down the offense in the third period, with Coach Cory Shultz demanding a minimum number of passes before SCR-I took a shot.

The results were much of the same. Bair drained a three pointer on the first possession. Creek and Wood continued their strong games in the paint, cleaning up missed shots with points on the offensive rebounds. But the third period was mostly about the Mad(d)ies. Maddie Brassfield scored in the paint on a nice pass from Bair before converting a three-point play on an offensive rebound. Madie Bondurant added a pair of field goals off the bench as SCR-I extended the lead to 70-2.

SCR-I went into a full-blown stall the final five minutes of the contest, refusing to take wide open shots while running through the offense as the clock ticked away on the 77-4 victory.

Wood finished with 20 points to lead Scotland County to the win. Bair had 19 points and Brassfield had 16 points while Creek finished with 10.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Keller, Coy Wedding

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Matt and Lisa Coy of Kaysville, Utah and Dr. Ronald and Blanche Keller of Memphis, Missouri are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Joshua McIntosh Keller and Kelsey Rae Coy. They were married September 3, 2016, at the Bountiful Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That evening they were honored at a reception at the Rock Chapel Courtyard in Kaysville, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School, the bride served 18 months on a Spanish speaking LDS mission in Mesa, Arizona. She is a senior at Brigham Young University where she is studying English and Business Management. Josh attended Scotland County High School before serving two years on an LDS mission in Villahermosa, Mexico. He is currently attending Brigham Young University, preparing for medical school. They reside in Provo, Utah.

2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour Sunday

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The Boyer Retreat, owned by Shelly Boyer and Natalie Cook, located at 229 N. Clay in Memphis, will be one of the homes featured on the 2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour.  This Victorian style home underwent restoration and beautiful changes by the previous owners, Keith and Michelle Klein.  The couple also remodeled the home’s kitchen.  With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, Shelly and Natalie are opening the house for lodging.  Their motto is “Let us be your home away from home.”  Home Tour guests are reminded that parking for the Boyer Retreat is limited.  The Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th.  Tickets will be available the day of the Tour only at Tumbleweeds on the square in Memphis starting at 12:45 p.m.  Ticket price is $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Scotland County 4-H Extension Council.

Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter: Expected Snowfall Between 15 and 20 Inches 

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Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets.

Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Nina conditions that are in the Pacific. Generally, when that happens, we get that jet stream that is coming down from Alaska and cutting through the central United States then back up the east coast. It usually leads to cooler conditions in our part of the world.

“I look for that forecast to continue through the winter.”

The average winter temperature hovers around 32 degrees in Missouri. Lupo said that average temperatures should hang around 30 degrees this winter.

“Right now, we’re watching Alaska and Siberia,” Lupo said. “Siberia is pretty snow covered right now. We’re getting cold air masses built up there, which is very normal. There is a lot of cold air on the Russian side of the globe. We watch that to see if it has any tendency to nose into Alaska. When it does, and you get these La Nina situations, the jet stream can punch up into the northern regions and push that cold air into the United States.

“That’s what we’re watching right now. The Siberian cold seems to be deeper and larger than normal.”

Lupo added that precipitation should stay around normal, with 15 to 20 inches falling.

“Typically, in Missouri, you get four inches of snow and it goes away,” Lupo said. “Then you get two inches of snow and it goes away. This year, with cooler temperatures, that snow may stick around a little bit longer.”

If the winter temperatures do average 30 degrees, it will be very different than last year. Lupo said last year’s winter was one of the warmest in Missouri history. Average temperatures were 37 degrees, five degrees above normal.

“That’s a pretty healthy warm anomaly, to be that far above normal,” Lupo said.

Lupo said that Missouri has seen a variety of weather patterns this year. The spring was cooler than normal and the summer was warmer than normal. The summer is usually dry as well, but was wetter in 2016.

“The heat was just constant during the summer months,” Lupo said. “We didn’t get any cool spells and no 100-degree heat. It was very consistent.”

The warm weather continued into the fall.

“Right now, we’re on track to have the second warmest fall ever,” Lupo said. “It’s been unreal. After the warmest fall, in 1931, they had the warmest winter ever. I don’t think that’s going to happen in 2016, but there certainly is precedent for something like that to occur.

“If it doesn’t cool down and this warm fall continues, I’ll be eating crow and we’ll have a very warm winter.”

Regardless of where the temperatures end up, Lupo said it’s important to be prepared for whatever happens, especially if cold weather comes.

“You want to have some things on hand like candles and blankets, put some of that in your car just in case,” Lupo said. “Carry some kitty litter or sand in the back of your trunk. It helps with the weight and, if you are stuck, you can use some of it under your tires to give you traction.

“Just be prepared.”

Lady Tigers Ranked #7 in State to Start Season

The Scotland County Lady Tigers were ranked #7 in the 2016-17 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll recently released.

Skyline, which returns the bulk of its lineup from last year’s third place team in state, earned the #1 ranking in girls Class 2.

Hartville slotted in at #2 followed by SCR-I’s new Class 2 District 6 foes, Clopton, ranked at #3.

Plato comes in at #4 with New Franklin, the team SCR-I lost to last season in the state quarterfinals, earning the #5 ranking.

Norwood is ranked just ahead of SCR-I at #6 with Van Buren, Purdy and Tipton rounding out the MBCA Class 2 Missouri Top 10.

Despite going 28-2 last year, Scotland County failed to earn a state ranking until the post season poll, that had the Lady Tigers ranked 9th.

District also features two top 10 teams on the boys side as well.

After knocking off SCR-I in the district championship and advancing to the Elite Eight a season ago, Knox County is ranked #7 in the boys pre-season poll. Clopton is ranked #9.

Hartville is the top ranked boys team in the state in Class 2, followed by Mansfield, Stanberry, Crane, Vienna and Thayer. Ellington is ranked #8 and Purdy comes in at #10.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, December 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, December 2 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Apple Cinnamon Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, December 5 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, December 6 –Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, December 8 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, December 1 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices, Fresh Fruit

Friday, December 2 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Banana

Monday, December 5 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Chocolate Pudding, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, December 6 – Bar BQ Hamburger, Bar BQ Hot Dogs, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Oven Ready Fries, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Dec. 7 –Salisbury Steak, Chicken Alfredo, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, December 8 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, December 1 – Meatloaf, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend, Mandarin Oranges, Bread, Cake

Friday, December 2 – Catfish Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, 7 Layer Salad, Cornbread, Cherry Crisp

Monday, December 5 – Beef Stew, Lettuce Salad, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Baked Apples

Tuesday, December 6 – Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Peas, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wed., December 7 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thurs. December 8 – Creamed Chicken/Biscuit, Tomato and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, December 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

MDC Reports November Firearms Deer Harvest Tops 185,000

A fair share of the larger racks from the nearly 900 antlered bucks harvested in Scotland County rest beside the work desk of local taxidermist Scott Brassfield (pictured above), who said 2016’s firearms season produced an abundance of trophy deer for local hunters.

A fair share of the larger racks from the nearly 900 antlered bucks harvested in Scotland County rest beside the work desk of local taxidermist Scott Brassfield (pictured above), who said 2016’s firearms season produced an abundance of trophy deer for local hunters.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 185,066 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12-22. Of the 185,066 deer harvested, 95,383 were antlered bucks, 18,889 were button bucks, and 70,794 were does. Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,910 deer checked, Franklin with 3,738, and Texas with 3,562.

Scotland County hunters checked in 897 antlered bucks, 173 button bucks and 632 does for a total of 1,702 deer. Schuyler County bagged 1,156 deer while Knox County topped out at 1,649 deer and Clark County checked in 1,539 deer.

Last year, Missouri hunters checked 186,542 deer during the 2015 November portion of firearms deer season with 90,094 being antlered bucks, 20,911 being button bucks, and 75,537 being does.

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall firearms November portion. Two of the three incidents involved self-inflicted firearm wounds and occurred in Barry and Camden counties. The third involved one hunter in a party in Grundy County wounding another while shooting at a deer.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, firearms late youth portion Nov. 25-27, firearms antlerless portion Dec. 2-4, and firearms alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

2,944 Deer Checked in During Late Youth Season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reported that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,944 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of this year’s deer hunting season, Nov. 25-27. Of the 2,944 deer harvested, 1,149 were antlered bucks, 426 were button bucks, and 1,369 were does. Top harvest counties were Pike with 70 deer checked, Howell with 55, and Lincoln and Osage with 52 each.

Scotland County youth hunters checked in 26 deer, including 11 antlered bucks. The total was 16 deer in Schuyler County, with Knox County youth harvesting 28 deer and Clark County kids getting 23 deer.

Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 2,353 with 664 being antlered bucks, 376 button bucks, and 1,313 does.

National Adoption Month Reminds Missourians That More Than 1,500 Children Are in Need of  Family

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November is National Adoption Month and approximately 1,500 children and youth in Missouri are waiting for a forever home with a loving family.  Every day, the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division and the Missouri Heart Gallery work to raise awareness of the youth and children in foster care who deserve a family they can call their own.

The wait for a forever family is especially hard for teens, approaching adulthood without a nurturing, loving and caring forever family by their side.   A forever family provides the encouragement, guidance, security, and reassurance they need at this crucial time in their life.  Older youth long to have a forever family they can make proud and share memories and celebrate joyful moments. They are anxious to begin their lives with a forever family exploring the world around them, pursuing their dreams, and building a brighter future with a loving family by their side.

Shelley Curry, First Circuit Manager for the Children’s Division reminded the public that anyone can apply to become an adoptive parent in Missouri, as long as they are 21 years old and willing to go through the training and assessment process. You can be with or without children; be single or married, own or rent a home, apartment, condo or other residence that meets licensing standards.

The adoption process includes background checks, health screenings, financial discussions and home assessments.

Basic requirements include:

At least 21 years of age

Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check (including fingerprints)

Be in good mental and physical health

Have a stable income

Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process

The Children’s Division is always looking for nurturing individuals who would be interested in becoming adoptive parents and opening their home to one of these incredible older youth or another child in need. If you would like to find out more about these wonderful youth or if adoption or foster parenting is right for you, please visit our Web site at http://www.MOHeartGallery.Org  or call 1-800-554-2222 for more information, or email us at MOheartgallery@adoptex.org.  You may also contact your local Children’s Division office at 660-465-8549 or 660-727-3393. You can make a difference in the life of a child through foster parenting and/or adoption.

On November 29th, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Amy Klobuchar (MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, welcomed Senate passage of their resolution recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 19th as National Adoption Day.

“Every child deserves a stable, loving home and the foundation for a successful future that it provides,” Blunt said. “As a proud adoptive parent myself, I hope more Americans will use this opportunity to consider expanding their families through the gift of adoption. It has been an honor to work with the adoption community to help connect children who need permanent homes with the devoted parents ready to welcome them into their lives, and I look forward to continuing that effort.”

As co-chairs of the bipartisan CCA, Blunt and Klobuchar work to engage Members of Congress on issues pertaining to children in need of permanent homes, children in the foster care system, and domestic and international child welfare.

Klobuchar added, “Over the years, some of my most memorable work as Senate co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption has been helping families navigate the often difficult and complicated adoption process. By recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 19th as National Adoption Day, we help increase awareness about children in need of loving homes and honor the hard work of these nurturing adoptive families.”

Last week, Blunt and Klobuchar joined Representatives Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), House co-chairs of the CCA, in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of State expressing concern over new international adoption regulations and the negative impact some of the Department’s proposed changes could have on the adoption process. Blunt and Klobuchar have also worked to resolve pending adoption cases from several countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal.

In July, Blunt and Klobuchar introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act, which would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option.

Last year, Blunt and Klobuchar introduced the Supporting Adoptive Families Act to provide resources for pre- and post-adoption support services, including training, counseling, and mental health treatment.

Blunt and Klobuchar have also co-sponsored the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act and the Adoptive Family Relief Act, which was signed into law last year.

Memphis to Host 35th Annual Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd

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The 35th Annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi of Memphis, MO will be held Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at the Scotland County High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  There is no charge for admission.

A food stand will be open all day.  Doughnuts and coffee will be available in the morning.  Lunch will consist of hot dogs, chili dogs, ham sandwiches, chili, chips, pie, cake, tea, milk, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolate and bottled water.

Santa pictures will be taken from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Child care will be provided again this year for bazaar shoppers.  There is a charge for these two services.

Vendors may set up Friday evening December 2nd between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Along with our faithful exhibitors over the past 34 bazaars, we have a lot of new crafters with different items to be sold this year.  Come out and do your Christmas shopping and enjoy a meal with family and friends.

Exhibitors will be coming from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has given over $3,300.00 back to the Memphis Community including Scotland County Senior Scholarships for continuing education, donations to school organizations, FBLA, SCR-1 Band, SCAMP, Boys Senior Breakfast, Dictionaries to the Spelling Bee winners and Scotland County After Prom Parents as well as helping with community emergency need assistance, May Day flower delivery, SC Care Center, Methodist Church Christmas Wish program, Head Start Adopt a Child and St. John’s Church Thanksgiving Dinner, just to name a few.

Doors open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for additional vendors to set up.  Students will be available to help exhibitors load and unload.  Exhibitors are asked not to leave before 3:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Christmas Bazaar, please call: (660) 465-2496 or (660) 465-2668.

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