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.

Pippert, Sears Earn Degrees From MU

Two Scotland County men were among the students to earn degrees during the University of Missouri 2016 spring semester graduation ceremonies.

Nathan A. Pippert of Memphis graduated with an Educational Specialist, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis (EDSP) degree with an emphasis in Educational Administration.

James Rodney Sears of Memphis received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSED) degree with an emphasis in Mathematics Education and a minor degree in Mathematics (MI).

Say Cheese – Yearbook Class Needs Cameras to Create Memories

Say Cheese – Yearbook Class Needs Cameras to Create Memories

A picture is worth 1,000 words. If that saying holds true, then the Scotland County R-I publications wants to make sure said photographs are the best quality possible.

That’s why SCR-I publications instructor Tammy Walton has started a fundraising drive to help purchase two new digital cameras for the yearbook class.

Walton has joined with DonorsChoice.org, an online platform created in 2000 by a high school teacher in New York to help public school teachers match up with prospective donors wishing to support educational opportunities across America by helping fund much-needed supplies and other educational opportunities.

“My publication students want to create the best yearbook possible,” said Walton. “This year they’re doing something special for the 100th anniversary of yearbooks for our school. We have several photographers on staff and some want to pursue photography as more than just a hobby.”

The SCR-I DonorsChoice.org goal is $601.

“Give to my classroom by September 4, 2016 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org,” said Walton. “Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).”

If funded, the program will help the yearbook class purchase a pair of Canon PowerShot SX410 20 megapixel digital cameras.

The fundraiser will be active through December 25th.

Caleb Doubet Wins Scotland County Antique Fair 5K Run

Caleb Doubet won the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run during the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair. Doubet ran the course in a time of 19:47.

Caleb Doubet won the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run during the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair. Doubet ran the course in a time of 19:47.

Saturday’s festivities at the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair got off to a running start at 8 a.m., literally, as the Scotland County Hospital 5K Run and Fun Walk departed from the east side of the Memphis city square.

Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 graduate Caleb Doubet was the first runner to cross the finish line in a time of 19:47. Current SCR-I eighth grader Kylee Stott was the top female finisher, with a time of 24:45.

Rounding out the age division top finishers were Brady Curry (22:16), Corbyn Spurgeon (24:36), and Spencer Kerkmann and Kallen Hamlin (25:10) in the men’s 18 and under class.

In the 18 and under female division, the top three finishers were sisters, Abi Feeney in 26:04, Katie Feeney in 27:56 and Hannah Feeney in 31:08.

In the 19-29 division it was Jeremy Wiggins with the top time of 21:32 followed by Kody Parkins in 25:22.

The top finishers in the 19-29 female division were Ashley Sears (38:51), Aimee Shultz (39:24) and Jacqui Onken (42:52).

Derek Weber led the Men’s 30-39 age division to the finish line in a time of 22:21. Larry Balanda was second in 27:42 followed by Andy Miller in 34:05.

In the 30-39 age female class the top time was 26:28 by Michelle Parrot followed by Brenna Poe (27:48) and Jenny Palmer and Michele Duer (29:02).

The men’s 40-49 division saw Mark Wiggins turn in a top time of 22:08. Simon Plowman was second in 48 minutes.

The 40-49 aged women division was won by Trinity Davis in 26:25 followed by Karri Feeney in 27:12 and Julie Arnold in 35:32.

The men’s 50 and over class victory went to Joe Doubet with a time of 26:21. Kevin Fromm was second with a time of 27:27 followed by Mark Fryer in 28:37.

The women’s 50 and over division saw Dani Fromm cross the finish line in 32:03 followed by Angela Hawes in 33:57 and Suzie Miller in 42:40.

The event was sponsored by Gas and More, Hair Co, Pizza Hut, NEMO Rural Telephone, Scotland County Pharmacy, Exchange Bank of NEMO, Kapfer Construction, Road ID, Rose Hardware, Cook’s Mens Store, J’s Food, Memphis Democrat, Scotland County Community Fitness Center, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Mayberry Farms, Scotland County Care Center, Laser Creations, Sweet Treats ETC, Walker Motors, International Eyecare, BH Construction, Tumbleweeds, Kevin Brown Attorney at Law, MB Anesthesia, Party Shack, and Lisa Rollison General Surgery.

Chickens

I know some of my articles are typical.  I try to stay in the subject, but my mind does wonder, and sometimes quite a ways off.  Doesn’t yours?

Over the years, I have always had an opportunity to either gather the eggs, feed the chickens, go shut them up at dark, and on and on.  For several years, I had 10-12 chickens for fresh eggs and it was just a way of life.  Usually always got my pullets from Beverly Dieterich, my neighbor and friend.  The name of the breed was Sex Link and they were good layers.

Curtis had chickens for his FFA project in high school, and when he sold some of them, we transported some to our cousin in Livonia.  One day when Kayla was small, her and her good friend Heather were playing here at home and they said they would like to see me kill a chicken.  I had one old hen that was on her last leg (not literally), but old and ill. They were able to get their eyes full and a few laughs as well.

My grandmother used to have chickens at her house, and she said on Sunday morning, she would go to the hen house and kill a chicken for Sunday dinner.  I am sure many of you have done just this. Fresh chicken fried in lard.  Take another high blood pressure and cholesterol pill.

Kayla has not been found of chickens or birds in general.  Although this year, she did have wrens and I think she enjoyed them, and likes hummingbirds. She has recently acquired some chickens of her own.  This is interesting to say the least.  They have had their ups and downs, but are doing ok.  Their family has big plans for the chickens for laying and for eating. It will be exciting when they get their first egg.

Several years ago when the 3rd graders get to participate in hatching chicks, my grandson Josh brought his little black chick home, and I volunteered to raise it in my portable coop.  Blackie spent the summer in my back yard and grew into a good sized chicken. Angela Westhoff, a friend of mine, said she would take it and put it with her chickens.  Well. Blackie ended up to be a rooster and went straight to the sale barn.

I don’t personally want chickens now, but I do love to see chickens in a country yard pecking away for bugs and worms.  Their gentle song makes it sound so peaceful on the farm.  Over the years, there have many chicken stories, from my pet chicken at my mom’s to me taking the gun to a coyote heading for my chicken lot at high noon.  I am sure many of you have had a few chicken stories as well.

Until next time, good bird watching.

Edinburg Church to Host Reunion Sept. 11th

The Edinburg Church Reunion is scheduled to be held Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Annually, it is held the second Sunday of September.  Service will start at 11:00 a.m. with Bob Neese bringing the message.  A carry-in dinner will be under the yard tent immediately after the church service.

It is time for paying yearly dues of $5.00 each from associated family members.  Any donations would be appreciated toward the upkeep of the cemetery, especially funeral memorials.  Also, any church restoration donations would be appreciated.  The new roof is the latest project.  Send donations to Mike Myers, 305 Grand Ave., Memphis, MO 63555

Respectfully submitted, Diana Wagner, Secretary

Downing Appreciation Days September 8th-9th

Downing, Missouri wishes to welcome everyone to their annual Downing Appreciation Days on September 8th-10th, 2016.  The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrate”.

The event will actually kick off on Sunday evening, September 4th with a community church service at the Appreciation Days Grounds beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, September 8th, a free beef barbeque sandwich meal, co-sponsored by Bank of Downing, will be served starting at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m. the Baby Show (ages Birth to 24 months) and Mr./Miss (ages 2-4 years) and Prince/Princess Contests (ages 4-6) will be held.  Registration for these events will start at 6:15 p.m.  Contestants are asked to dress according to the theme and in case of questions you can call 660-342-5073.

Battle of the Bands will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. and a drawing for $100 cash plus other nice prizes will be held at 9:30 p.m.

On Friday, September 9th, events include a Tractor Pull starting at 6:00 p.m.  Another drawing for $200 cash and other nice prizes will be held at 10:00 p.m.  For questions about the Tractor Pull, contact Clarence Kinney at 641-208-7960 or Randy Sayre at 660-342-1515.

On Saturday, September 10th, the day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Barrel Racing, Team Roping and Calcutta, sponsored by Coffey Ropers.  For more information, contact 660-341-6874.

The Kiddie Parade starts at 11:30 a.m.  Registration for the parade will be from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Line-up next to the Bank of Downing.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Bikes, Pets, Open and Motorized (not over 12 hp).

The Parade will start at 12:00 sharp with registration at 11:15 a.m.  Line-up is at the Baptist Church. Everyone is asked to register!  Please call Penny Swindler at 660-379-2624 or Sue Jane Brewer at 660-379-2385.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for floats in several categories including Youth Clubs/Schools, Adult Clubs/Lodge and Church.  In the Motorized category, trophies will be presented for Best Restoration, Best Classic and Best Motorized.  Trophies will also be given in the horse category for Best Hitch, Best Showmanship and Largest Group.  The parades will be announced in front of the bank.  Parade winners will be posted inside the shelter house following the parade.  Prizes can also be picked up there.

Kids and Adult games, at the Coffey Ropers Arena, will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Ping Pong Ball Drop, for ages 12 and under, will start at 1:15 p.m. and be held on the Appreciation Days Grounds.  A Pie and Cake Baking Contest and Auction takes place at 3:00 p.m. Entries should be delivered between 3:00-4:00 with judging to begin at 4:00 p.m. and Auction will start at 6:00 p.m.  Phone 660-216-6467 for more information.

Entertainment for the evening is provided by ‘One Horse Town’ and will start at 7:00 p.m.

A Teen Dance is also being held, starting at 9:30 p.m.  Music for the dance will feature Caraway Music Systems, a professional DJ and is being co-sponsored by Craig Comstock, Investment Professionals Inc.

The final drawing for $300 cash plus other nice prizes will take place at 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, September 11th, Barrel Racing and Team Roping by Coffey Ropers will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Call 660-341-6874 for more information.

Food and ice cream will be available on the grounds and the Depot Museum will be open during the Celebration.

Classified Ads 9-1-2016

GARAGE SALE – 208 W. North Street, Friday, September 2nd (7:00 a.m. to Noon).  Household misc., some tools, some power tools, many fishing items, rods, reels, etc., FULL tackle boxes! Don’t miss this one!

YARD SALE – September 2nd and 3rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Clark Co. Rd. A, one mile N. of Wyaconda or South off Hwy 136, approx 3 ½ miles.  Watch for signs and balloons.  Saddles, tack, sporting goods, guns, tools, household goods, small furniture, too much to list.

HELP WANTED – Local company has immediate opening for an OTR Truck Driver.  Paid mileage and home weekends.  Contact Mark Drummond at All-States Equipment, 660-465-8572 or after hours at 660-216-6227.

GARAGE SALE – Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Memphis Fire Station.  Boys’ and girls’ clothes (NB–4T), some baby items, few women’s clothes (S-L).

BABY PARSONS

Chris and Lynette Parsons of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, McKenzie Grace Parsons, born August 25, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. McKenzie weighed 5 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother Teddy. Grandparents are Lynn and Teresa Parsons of Eagleville; Stanley and Shirley Green of Memphis and Steve Osborn of Oaks, OK.

BABY MOORE

baby moore web

Cody and Sadie Moore of Baring are the parents of a daughter, Kelsey Elaine Moore, born August 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kelsey weighed 7 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Kayden and Kameron. Grandparents are Joe and Renee Schrage of Baring; Wayne and Janet Parrish of Baring; Larry and Connie Kelsey of Brashear; Brent Moore of Hurdland; the late Heather Kelsey; Janet Moore of Baring; and Ruth Schrage of Edina.

BABY BAGENT

baby bagent web

Shaila Sturm and Scott Bagent of Kahoka are the parents of a daughter, Brylie Adalyn Bagent, born August 26, 2016 at 4:39 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Brylie weighed 7 lbs 2.6 oz and was 20.75 inches long. Siblings are KayLeigh and Aliah. Grandparents are Jim and Tracy Sturm of McCloud, OK; Joe and Betty Young of Kahoka; and Charles Bagent of Carthage.

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