July 23, 2009

Main Street Caf to Reopen on July 23rd

Less than four months after a fire gutted the kitchen area of the Main Street Caf, the restaurant is back in business. Doors will reopen to the restaurant on the west side of the Memphis City square on Thursday, July 23rd.

The March 31st fire originated in the rear of the caf. Causing extensive damage to the back half of the buildings lower story and destroying the kitchen and business office.

Basically everything in the kitchen but the dish-washing sink was a total loss, said Jeanne Snodgrass, who owns and operates the caf along with her husband Dave. Fortunately the quick response by the fire department prevented any major structural damage to the building.

The restaurant owners spent the first week following the blaze reviewing the damage and working with insurance adjusters to determine the next course of action.

After determining the building was structurally sound, the work began removing the debris and cleaning up the site.

The owners made a few minor changes to the facility. They had to replace the stairwell in the back of the building that led to the business office located in the middle of the store. A design change allowed this improvement to result in a slightly larger kitchen area.

The kitchen itself features many of the same style of appliances. All of the equipment was replaced, but Dave noted he was very pleased to be able to find plenty of affordable options to restore his work area.

Another upgrade is a new computerized point-of-sale cash register system that will making paying the check quicker and easier.

Fans of the caf will be pleased to learn that the regular menu is returning, with some new additions. Dave is adding several appetizers, entrees and breakfast items to the normal favorites.

The Main Street Caf will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant will be closed Mondays.

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

National Nursing Home Week is May 8 – May 14, 2016


Every skilled nursing care center is a small, vibrant world.  Care centers are sharing, welcoming communities that encourage everyone to interact with the wonderful folks who populate them.  Once a year, always beginning on Mother’s Day, care centers nationwide take pride in publicly honoring the indomitable spirit of residents and recognizing staff who face each day with a sense of purpose and compassion.

During National Nursing Home Week, May 8 to 14, 2016, skilled nursing care centers will coalesce under the theme, “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart”.  This theme underscores the bond between staff, older adults, and individuals receiving therapies or with developmental disabilities.  Staff and residents view each other in the spirit of family.  For staff, this reality is often a calling to a special mission and life’s work.

In observance of Nursing Home Week, the Scotland County Care Center will be hosting several events meant to encourage residents, families and other relatives to reach out to and visit with their loved ones and caregivers.  SCCC’s theme is Carnival/Fair Craze Days.

The week will begin on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9th with a Cheesecake Social at 2:00 p.m.  Amazing Grace will be entertaining that afternoon.

On Monday, May 9th, the theme for the day is Messed Up Monday and the dress style is mismatch.  Terri and Tammy, the activity girls, will lead devotions at 10:00 a.m. followed by Carnival Fun Facts/1904 St. Louis World Fair at 10:30 and a photo booth with deep fried ice cream Twinkies at 2:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 10th the theme is Topsy Turvy Tuesday with the dress style being Red and White.  Devotions will be lead by Robert and Sheila Moseley at 10:00 followed by exercise at 10:30 a.m. Corn Scramble Bingo will start at 2:00 p.m. followed with Cotton Candy Ice Cream.

The theme for Wednesday, May 11th will be Wacky Tacky Wednesday and the dress theme is wacky and colorful.  Dr. Harlo Donelson will lead devotions at 10:00 followed by a Muffin Walk at 10:30. At 2:00 will be Carnival Games/Teamwork followed with funnel cakes.

On Thursday, May 12th the theme is Throwback Thursday with a 50-60 style dress theme.  Sue Kirchner will lead devotions at 10:00 and the 10:30 activity will be Big Top Trivia.  The SCCC Queen Pageant will be held at 2:00 followed with root beer floats. A hymn sing will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The theme for Friday, May 13th is Finally Friday with a jeans and care center shirt dress theme. Departure for the Golden Age Games in Hannibal is at 7:00 a.m.  Dan Hite will lead devotions at 10:00 followed by Carnival Food Information at 10:30.  At 2:00 p.m. Nancy Tague Platz will present a program and refreshments will be served.

The week’s activities will conclude on Saturday, May 14th with the 19th Annual Car Show.  Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with judging at 1:00 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, May 5 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, May 6 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, May 9 – Office closed for Truman Day.

Tuesday, May 10 – Skin screening clinic from 9:30-3:30.  Please call 465-7275 to schedule an appointment. Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  Board of Trustees meeting at the Health Department at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Jeffrey Davis, DO, Installed as President of MAOPS

Dr. Jeffrey Davis was installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) at the MAOPS Convention. He is pictured with past president Dr. Mark Pelikan, a family physician from St. Louis.

Dr. Jeffrey Davis was installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) at the MAOPS Convention. He is pictured with past president Dr. Mark Pelikan, a family physician from St. Louis.

Jeffrey Davis, DO, of Memphis, Missouri was recently installed as the President of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS). Dr. Davis has been a member of MAOPS since 2000 and is a prestigious Wetzel Scholar. During his membership, he has held the leadership positions of Education and Convention Committee Chair, Convention Program Chair and Young Physicians Committee Chair.

As President, he will ensure the association adheres to its mission and vision through its strategies.  He will also lead the Missouri Delegates to the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates, the AOA’s policy making body for the national association, and will be responsible for ensuring that the voice of Missouri’s almost 3,000 osteopathic physicians is heard.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of A. T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri and is currently Chief Medical Officer at Scotland County Hospital and the Medical Director of Memphis Medical Services, Wyaconda Medical Services & Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Missouri.  Additionally, he is the Coroner of Scotland County, the Physician for Scotland County R-1 Schools and the Medical Director of Clark County Ambulance District in Kahoka, MO.

The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, is a not-for-profit professional membership association dedicated to osteopathic physicians and their patients in the state of Missouri.  Its mission is to preserve and protect the distinct philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine in the state of Missouri and to serve and advocate for its members in their quest to provide the highest quality of medical care.  For more information about MAOPS, visit www.maops.org or call Executive Director Brian Bowles at (573) 634-3415.

Behind The Lens: Spring Cleaning Your Camera


By Taylor Lloyd

April showers might bring May flowers but to a photographer, this equates to mud and pollen producing flowers. With these conditions in mind, it is important to once in a while deep clean your camera.

While it is important to clean your gear, you certainly don’t want to overdo it. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s not dirty, don’t clean it. But when it does get dirty, the first thing you’ll want to do is start with the exterior of the camera. Start by taking a soft bristle brush, like a toothbrush, and gently remove any large particles of dust or grit in the harder to reach crevices. Obviously, if your camera is muddy, now is a good time to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe it down.

Once your camera body is clean, move onto your lens by cleaning the lens barrel with a softer bristle brush, like a makeup brush. Be sure to extend the barrel all the way to get all the grit off in those close knit places. Next, remove the lens cap, lens hood, and any filters that may be on your lens. Use a hand blower or a condensed air canister to first blow off the big particles of dirt and dust and then move the soft bristle brush over the glass. Then take a soft cloth, like a microfiber or disposable lens tissue, and put just a drop or two of lens cleaning solution (some people recommend using a highly concentrated isopropyl alcohol) onto the cloth to remove any stubborn smudges. Clean the glass in a circular motion starting from the middle and working your way outward. My recommended cleaning regimen is to breathe upon the lens in most situations and to only use the cleaning solution when tough smudges are present. A few things to keep in mind is to use only lens cleaning solution or alcohol. Household cleaners contain harsh chemicals which could damage your glass. You also want to apply the solution to your cloth first, not your lens. Paper towels are too abrasive and regular tissues are too linty so it is often best to use microfiber cloths or lens cloths specifically made for cleaning lenses.

If your camera has a detachable lens, check and make sure all the contacts and lens mounts are clean and shiny. If they are not, your auto focus may have trouble focusing. Your contacts shouldn’t ever get too dirty, but if they ever do, clean them by applying a drop of lens cleaning solution onto a Q-Tip and place a microfiber cloth or disposable lens cleaning wipe over the Q-Tip. Very carefully swab the contacts on your lens and allow it to dry for a few minutes before replacing it on your camera body. Most photographers recommend never using erasers to clean your electrical contacts because they can scratch or wear off the protective coatings.

Now comes the scariest part, cleaning the inside of your camera. The biggest components inside most DSLRs are the mirror and the image sensor. The mirror is often the first thing you will see when you remove the lens, if it isn’t a mirrorless camera of course. It sits at a slight angle in front of the image sensor and its purpose is to reflect light from the lens into the viewfinder pentaprism, allowing you to capture exactly what the camera “sees”. When you push down the shutter button to take a picture, this mirror folds up briefly (which is why your viewfinder goes dark) to expose the image sensor to light. If the mirror looks clean, don’t clean it and never touch anything inside the camera with your bare hands since small traces of oil can remain on your hands even when washed thoroughly.

Ok so you notice some lint and dust on your mirror, now what? Your first go-to should be to face the camera downward to allow gravity to do its thing, then grab a hand held blower and proceed to blow air onto the mirror. Never use compressed air inside your camera. Compressed air, like the kind you buy in a can, is too forceful and can either cause dirt and dust particles to lodge deeper into your camera or damage fragile components. Also avoid using your breath to clean the inside mechanisms because small moisture particles can get onto delicate electronic parts and cause them to malfunction. After you use the hand blower, if dust still remains on the mirror, you can use the Q-Tip and cloth method like as you would when cleaning your electrical contacts.

Once finished with your mirror, you should proceed onto the sensor. If you notice spots on your images, often resembling small dark specks, this might be from a dirty sensor. If you are unsure if your sensor needs cleaning, a good way to check is by taking a plain, white piece of paper (I usually use cardstock since the underside won’t show through) and placing it on a well lit, flat surface. Turn your camera to manual mode and turn your ISO as low as it will go and set your aperture to the smallest possible aperture (large F number). Pre focus on something the same distance from you as the paper, like the wood grain on a table so that any noticeable grit will be visible on your image. Take a few test pictures and review them at 100% on your LCD screen. Any dark spots you see are either dirt or dust.

Since the mirror covers up the sensor, refer to your camera manual on how to raise or “lock” your mirror up. On my Canon, I raise the mirror up by going to my camera’s menu and finding the Sensor Cleaning option. Once there, I then choose the Clean Manually mode, which folds up my mirror, allowing clear access to the sensor. When you choose to clean your sensor manually, it is important that your battery is charged up since many cameras have to stay on in order for the mirror to stayed folded up.

Once the mirror is up, tilt your camera upside down again and gently use the hand blower a few times. These blowers, usually called rocket blowers, sell on Amazon for $10 but in a pinch, I’ve used a clean turkey baster from my kitchen or even a sterile, disposable syringe like what you’d get at an animal health store. If the dust isn’t coming off, you may have to avert to a sensor brush. Since most sensor dust is caused by static from changing your lens while your camera is on, this brush works by using your blower to statically charge the bristles, and allows dust to cling to the brush.

Cleaning your gear can be tedious but it is a satisfying feeling when your gear is all spick and span and functions better. Until next time, happy cleaning, I mean shooting!

Downing House Museum Complex News

The President's String Quartet from Truman State University recently performed at the Downing House Museum in Memphis.

The President’s String Quartet from Truman State University recently performed at the Downing House Museum in Memphis.

The Museum Complex is now open for the 2016 season.  The Museum will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by at other times by appointment beginning May 3rd and concluding on September 1st. Volunteers will provide guided tours through the Downing House, Boyer House, Summer Kitchen, Carriage House and the Memphis Depot. The cost of tours is $5. and children under age 10 are admitted for free.

The Museum depends on donations of time and money and recently we have been blessed with both. The Shopko Foundation awarded the Downing House Museum Complex a $250 grant to improve exhibits and tours. The Exchange Bank of Memphis provided the copies for our yearly newsletter to patrons and also awarded the Museum $500 to use for the upkeep and general maintenance. Volunteers from the Rutledge Eastern Star and Memphis Masonic Lodge worked to clean the Museum grounds on Saturday, April 9th and Dr. Larry Wiggins rounded up volunteers to work in the Boyer House on April 16th. Both groups made great progress and the results were outstanding. We will continue to call on volunteers to improve the exhibits and the overall appearance of the complex throughout the summer and early fall. Thanks also goes to Chuck Myers, former Memphis resident, who sponsors the museum website. He will be helping us keep our information up-to-date. You can visit the website at: www.downinghousemuseum.org.

The new outside pole lights in the front of the Downing House illuminate the property beautifully. The updated lights were purchased with memorial gifts given in memory of Florine Forrester. Additionally, refurbishing the rose garden in the front of the Downing House is also on our list to complete this summer. This will be partially paid for with the memorial gifts in memory of Wilma June Kapfer. It is very important to our community that the grounds and gardens are kept up for special events and for photo opportunities for our patrons. It is a very popular place for prom pictures and is often used for wedding pictures, senior pictures, and family pictures. We firmly believe in our mission statement: “Working to Preserve the Local History for Future Generations”.

A special thank you to Dr. Harlo Donelson who arranged our May Day Concert in the historic mansion. The President’s String Quartet and harpist Maria Fisher from Truman State University performed in the Jayne Music Room and more than 30 spectators were seated in the front parlor. The setting complimented the musical presentation beautifully.

Farm & Home Supports FFA

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Members of the Memphis FFA Chapter are pictured here with Memphis Farm and Home Manager, Rayburn Snell, who presented the chapter with a check for $274.00.  Farm and Home partnered with a program known as Home Grown.  The program runs from January 1 through December 31 and applies to all new orders of Red Brand Field Fence, Sheep and Goat Fence, Barbed Wire, Red Brand Non-Climb and Keepsafe V-Mesh Horse Fence, Red Brand 2×4 Welded Wire and Red Brand Poultry Netting placed by dealers.  For every roll ordered, $1.00 is donated to the local FFA chapter in the dealer’s name ($.50 for Red Brand 2×4 Welded Wire and Red Brand Poultry Netting).     Pictured here are McKaela Bradley (1st Vice-President), Rayburn Snell, Sadie Davis (President), Kyle Aldridge (Historian), Jessica Huff and Waltedda Blessing (FFA Advisor).


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.

Classified Ads 5-5-2016

GARDEN TILLERS FOR SALE – Rear and front tine tillers.  All makes and sizes.  Lots of Troy Bilts. Kahoka, MO 660-216-1809.

ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE – St. John’s Catholic Church, Memphis. Thursday, May 5th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 6th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CONSTRUCTION GENERAL LABORERS WANTED – MLRS Construction LLC is hiring for the position of construction laborer.  This job will require a multitude of tasks including the construction of all agricultural grain facilities and concrete construction.  Applications can be picked up any time between 8 a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Ridgetop Farm Supply LLC on Hwy 136 E.  Contact Dawn Miller at 816-550-7647 for any questions regarding the position.

FOR SALE – Asparagus.  Call 945-3020.

BULLET STOP GUN SHOP – Smith and Wesson AR-15 Rifles now only $585 – Hundreds of handguns on sale – huge Henry Rifle sale on June 3rd and 4th – Stop at the largest gun store in northern Missouri! Open – Thursday-Friday-and Saturday 10 a.m. til 5:00 p.m.  Bullet Stop – Hartford – 660-355-GUNS.

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