September 16, 2010

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Sometimes I wonder, what could be more difficult than living in a house full of women? How about taking said women fishing...

As a father of three young daughters, I know many challenges lay ahead for me, especially since the teenager stage hasnt even erupted yet. So I guess I should enjoy thesimple things now, such as a Saturday afternoon fishing outing.

Let me start by explaining that I will speak in generalities and some stereotypes, which Im sure will only further alienate the opposite sex who may read this, but hopefully you all will chalk it up to a frustrated father and not just a male chauvinist.

My first shot across the bow really cant be aimed at women in general, but should specifically target the finer sex in my family which apparently were absent the day the Lord handed out our internal clocks. I call my ladies, clock challenged, which is a nice way of saying they have zero concept of time. I dont think Superman flying backwards around the earth to halt time would help us arrive at our destination less than a few minutes late.

A big part of the problem is the preparation. I feel like I need to get out a giant chalk board and draw out all of the equations to prove my theory that one cannot pack 97 tasks into the five minutes you have left prior to your planned departure time. Those figures also should pinpoint the logic behind my assumption that one can not arrive on time, if one departs the home at the time when one is expected to be arriving at said destination. For some reason we always seem to forget it takes just a tad bit of time to load ourselves, let alone any luggage, gear or carry-ons we always seem inclined to require for even the shortest trip across town.

Anyway, I digress... So after my wife informs me we are going fishing (at around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday) she also announces plans to shoot bows, and cap off the night by sitting in the hot tub.

As Im working on loading up the fishing gear, I notice the girls are excited about the opportunity to fish. Unfortunately their enthusiasm did not translate into speed. Fifteen minutes later, after I have piled eight arm loads of rods, reels and tackle into the truck, they still havent changed clothes or even begun to prepare. As it turns out, there was no rush, since the wife decided we had time to make some supper.

I knew we would be lucky to have an hour of outdoors time, but as you can tell by my expanding waistline, I like to eat, so I held my tongue.

Once the chow was downed, I sat patiently in the truck, as each one of the girls made at least two trips back into the house to get something they had forgotten or failed to load during the already half hour delayed departure time. You know, such things as fingernail polish, Nintendo DS, juice box... all fishing essentials.

The whole time Im doing the math in my head, 15 minutes drive time to the farm, 5-10 minutes to untangle all of the fishing poles they threw on top of each other in the pickup bed... two minutes of fishing then repeat steps one through five (I have no idea where she is going to fit in time to shoot bows and search for the arrows everyone but me will lose?)

Somehow I was able to put my obsessive quest to teach my family better time management on hold, and focus on the task at hand, and was it ever worth it.

After the normal arrival meltdown by one of the children who somehow forgets her boots at home, we work things out, getting a pole in each wanting hand and head down to the water.

My desperate need for a tranquil moment or two chasing that lunker bass, is immediately interrupted by a huge splash at the other end of Whiteys first cast. I look over to see her holding the base of her fishing pole, reeling away as if she has hooked into Moby Dick. What the seven-year-old doesnt realize is, the upper half of her fishing rod, a two-piece unit, has come off when she made her cast.

Fortunately the lure is large enough to prevent losing the section of rod, which is now under water and picking up weight as moss and other debris make my daughters fish feel bigger and bigger.

She tells us all to stay back, she needs no help in landing her giant fish. I fully expected there to be some disappointment, but she proclaimed quite joyfully to us all... Hey I caught a fishing pole.

That was enough to make time stand still for me.

Hyde Reunion

The annual Hyde Reunion was held at the Grand Hall in Memphis on Sunday, July 17, 2016.  Those in attendance believe this to have been the 41st reunion.    Over 70 descendants and friends of Hollis and Nellie Hyde, and Virgil and Helen Hyde gathered to enjoy a catered meal prepared by the Rutledge School Restoration Group.  The afternoon was spent visiting, taking and sharing pictures, and reminiscing.

Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Leland Hyde,   Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Richie Radar, Annette and Dustin Humphrey, Jerry Hyde, Mary Morgan and Karla Rainey, all of Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bertram of Gorin; Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Townsend, Joshua and Danielle of Wyaconda and Taylar Eggleston-Wood; Tim and Chloe Bertram and Richard Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hunziker and Hunter, Connie Bross,  Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hunziker,  Mr. and Mrs. Asie Boatman, and Lance Boatman of Kahoka;   Stacey Boatman of Wayland; Connie Hyde, Tobias and Oakley Hyde, and Michaela Newberry of Luray; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hyde of Eldora, IA;   Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Waterman, and Taylor and Cole Courtney  of Donnellson, IA; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hughes of Kirksville; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Winkler, Brittany and Allison of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Ballhagen and Jason Sherrer of Lebanon; Jessica Thompson and Nick Smith of Green City; Mrs. Kathy Hyde of Conway; Mr. Bob Moore of Keokuk, IA; Mr. and Mrs. Don Bundy, and Mrs. Vanessa Bowlin, of Blue Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bundy, Sandra Bundy, Stephen Bundy and guest of Lee’s Summit; Mrs. Margaret Hyde, and  Katie and Michael VanMeter of Independence; John Gauld V and John Gauld IV, of Kansas City; and Mr. and Mrs Chad Ebeling, Zach and Lydia of Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Mr. Maurice Hyde offered the blessing on the meal.

The next Hyde family reunion will be held on July 16, 2017.

Redmon, House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Continues to Work through the Interim

Representative Craig Redmon (right) pictured at a public hearing earlier this year, is keeping busy during the legislative summer break working with his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources preparing for the next budget process.

Representative Craig Redmon (right) pictured at a public hearing earlier this year, is keeping busy during the legislative summer break working with his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources preparing for the next budget process.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the Missouri General Assembly concluded the 2016 legislative session in May, members of the Missouri House of Representatives have remained busy throughout the interim with committee work and research that will pave the way for the next budget process.

State Rep. Craig Redmon and the members of the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources have met during the months of June and July to discuss and investigate numerous issues ranging from water quality and wastewater treatment to the outstanding maintenance costs for the state’s park system to funding for the statewide beef initiative. In addition, members have heard from department and division directors on issues such as feral hog control, and efforts to control the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp.

Redmon said he is proud of the work his committee members have done as they have gained valuable information that will help them to more efficiently allocate funding to the departments they oversee. Redmon’s committee is responsible for more than $780 million in appropriations for the departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Conservation.

“I know most folks think the legislature only works from January to May, but the interim is a time for us to carefully sort through the facts and figures so that we can make informed decisions on the budget during the legislative session,” said Redmon, R-Canton, who chairs the committee. “I am proud of my committee members for travelling great distances and giving up their time back in their districts to participate in these hearings. The end result is that we will have the information we need to make the best possible use of taxpayer dollars with the spending plan we craft.”

Redmon said the committee plans to meet again in August. For any questions, please contact Rep. Redmon’s office at 573-751-3644.

BABY MOORE

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Michael and Kristan Moore of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, born July 19, 2016 at 1:46 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kenzleigh weighed 8 lbs 10 oz and was 22 inches long. She is welcomed home by a sister, Kierstyn. Grandparents are Tony and Karen Moore of Unionville; Roger and Sonia Kaldenberg of Memphis; and Beverly Moore of Clever, MO.

BABY KIGER

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Kolt and Victoria Kiger of Kahoka, MO are the parents of a son, Kylar Allen Kiger, born July 19, 2016 at 11:08 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kylar weighed 9 lbs 7 oz and was 23 inches long. Grandparents are Troy and Mitzi Kiger, Kahoka; Jeff and Kim Dyer Maynardville, TN; and Wayne and Kim Barkman of Maynardville, TN.

Dauma to Celebrate 95th Birthday

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Dorothy Verlee Chambers Dauma will be celebrating her 95th birthday on July 31st. She was born in 1921 in Scotland County. Verlee was married to Harley Wayne Dauma for over 70 years prior to his death in 2012. The couple has three sons, Kenneth A. Dauma, Stephen S. Dauma, and Jon A.C. Dauma; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Verlee is an avid family researcher. She has been Registrar for the Jaiflione Chapter for many years and has proved and completed over 50 applications.  She is a member of the Scotland County Genealogy Society and volunteers at the Scotland County Senior Center weekly.  She belongs to the 1st Baptist Church of Memphis and is active in the Joy Group.  Verlee co-authors a guest column, American History Moment, for the Memphis Democrat.  She enjoys sitting on her deck surrounded by her flower garden and watching the wrens and their hatchlings leave the nest.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital recorded 46 admissions and 42 dismissals from July 2 – July 21, 2016.

ADMISSIONS: 7/2/16 – Frances Oliver, Arbela; Joann Ferguson, Memphis 7/6/16 – Nicole Cowell, Memphis; Emersyn Cowell, Memphis 7/7/16 – Opal Emel, Memphis 7/11/16 – Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Lora Buckallew, Greentop; Kyson J. Buckallew, Greentop 7/12/16 – Chandler Cole Harris, Memphis; Raillie Ledford, Queen City; Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Holly Miller, Warsaw, IL 7/14/16 – Amber Kaldenberg, Memphis 7/15/16 – Delia Priebe, Memphis 7/19/19 – Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, Memphis; Kristan Moore, Memphis; Kylar Kiger, Kahoka 7/21/16 – Christine Marlow, Memphis; Julietta Marlow, Memphis

DISMISSALS: 7/8/2016 – Nicole Cowell, Memphis; Emersyn Cowell, Memphis 7/9/16 – Opal Emel, Memphis 7/13/16 – Lora Buckallew, Greentop; Kyson J. Buckallew, Greentop; Helen Hammack, Memphis 7/14/16 – Chandler C. Harris, Memphis; Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Raillie Ledford, Queen City; Frances Oliver, Arbela 7/15/16 – Amber Kaldenberg, Memphis 7/17/16 – Delia Priebe, Memphis 7/21/16 – Kylar Kiger, Kahoka; Kristan Moore, Memphis; Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, Memphis.

White Friend, Where to Begin…

White Friend, Where to Begin…

Taken from the Blog Run the Race, published by former SCR-I graduate Nicki (Webber) Moore who currently serves as the Athletic Director for the University of North Carolina.

 “Black people don’t need to be convinced that anti-black racism, structural inequity and skin privilege are facts; white people do… White people have to do the hard work of figuring out the best ways to educate themselves and each other about racism. And I don’t know what that looks like, because that is not my work, or the work of other black people, to figure out. In fact, the demand placed on black people to essentially teach white folk how not to be racist or complicit in structural racism is itself an exercise of willful ignorance and laziness.”Darnell L. Moore, senior editor at Mic and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire.

In the wake of yet another two police shootings of young black men, I am moved even further this time toward, and perhaps finally beyond the edge of my comfort zone. Sitting in the St. Louis airport returning home from a vacation, during which per usual I did not have to think about my race, I watched the Diamond Reynolds’ live stream unfold followed by President Obama pleading with us to be better than this, I realized I can not remain on the sidelines.

I don’t know where to start, but neither do most of my white friends and family. And, if it is up to us to fix ourselves, and I allow myself to be paralyzed by my fear, my busy-ness and my not-knowing, how can I sincerely hope that we will ever get better? When you consider that I have even been trained in these matters, have spent hours soul-searching, reading and conversing, and have a sincere desire to help, an even gloomier picture is painted when I am not actively, consistently involved in doing something – anything.

I am ashamed to admit that I’ve tried to shake it…that sneaking feeling I have had when hearing the Edmund Burke quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It’s been there – in the back of my head, or a corner of my heart – a sense of some kind that I am part of the race problem in our country if I’m not actively working to be part of the solution. I tell myself I’m busy. I tell myself I AM actively working – internally. I quiet that feeling by reminding myself that I have a demanding career, a family to support guide and enjoy, extended family to encourage and a home to keep. I’m doing things that help people in other ways. I retweet articles that strike a chord with me and that feel like they are centrist enough that they won’t terribly offend, turn off or further alienate my largely-white network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

But, it’s not enough. It isn’t even CLOSE to enough. Just like I want more men to start doing the work with other men to sincerely understand that women are their EQUALS – not because they are someone whom they possess (their moms, their daughters, their sisters, their aunts) – but because we are fellow human beings. Period. Anyway – I know that women can’t solve the problem of male privilegemisogyny, and everyday sexism without men being 1) aware of it, 2) educated about it, 3) moved to a point of action about it, 4) taking consistent, constructive action to change themselves, 5) taking consistent, constructive action to advocate change among others, and 6) taking consistent, constructive action to change the plethora of systems that quietly perpetuate current norms.

By the same token, people of color (try as they may) can not do this work of fixing our society, our culture, our country alone. White people carry an enormous share of the power and privilege and leverage available in our country, even though most of us are unaware of this fact. My white friends, if we want a country that is stronger, healthier, smarter, more Godly, more wealthy, more fair and more free, WE MUST DO OUR PARTS TO ADDRESS THE RACE ISSUES IN OUR COUNTRY. These issues belong to all of us, even if you can’t see it just yet – please trust that each of us can do something to help.

Stumble as I may, screw up as I will, I am going to try to help. Please come along with me to daily think about and generate action. Let’s start today.

Suggested action: Grab a journal and respond to these 3 questions:

How might I possess privilege (defined as “when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.” ~Peggy McIntosh)? Some categories to consider:

Race

Gender

Citizenship

Class

Sexual orientation

Ability

Religion

Physical stature

Health

How might my privilege in any of these categories affect how I perceive someone or act toward someone who has less privilege in the same category?

What is one thing I can do today to use my privilege to enhance the life of someone else who lacks that same privilege?

I’ll do the same, and I’ll share the results with you in the next couple of days. Maybe some good ideas for actions will result. Maybe we can begin to peer outside of our comfortable positions of privilege to contribute in a more proactive, tangible, real way to making our small corners of this world a more equal, respected and loving space.

I expect it will be painful, I expect it’ll take some of my all-too-scarce time, and I expect it to be an inconvenience. I also know with certainty that if I get to the end of my life not having tried a little harder because it hurt a little, took some time and was inconvenient, that I will have defaulted on the glorious loan of life my God has given me. Who knows – it might actually work, it might in fact add a little light to the darkness, and it might be a rich adventure.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, July 21 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations. Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

Friday, July 22 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, July 26 – 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.

Thursday, July 28 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Greenley Research Center Field Day to Focus on Battling a Challenging Growing Season 

Kelly Nelson, research agronomist, will be one of several presenters during the 39th annual Greenley Research Center Field Day in Novelty, MO.  Photo by Logan Jackson, University of Missouri

Kelly Nelson, research agronomist, will be one of several presenters during the 39th annual Greenley Research Center Field Day in Novelty, MO. Photo by Logan Jackson, University of Missouri

This growing season has been a challenging one so far, with early dry conditions and escalating weed control problems.

The Greenley Research Center will cover both of these management issues during its 39th annual Field Day on Tuesday, August 9.

The agronomy tour will address innovative irrigation options in both corn and soybeans. There will be a follow-up presentation to the drip-tape irrigation system that was installed as part of Greenley’s Field Day in 2014. Results from its long-term drainage and subirrigation work focusing on yield variability will also be presented.

“We are currently utilizing both the drip-tape and subsurface irrigation systems this year,” said Dana Harder, Greenley superintendent. “Last year, it was so wet the systems were not used, so it will be good to see them in action.”

The pest management tour is back after a year hiatus to focus on cover crops in 2015.

“Weed control has been a big issue this growing season,” Harder added.

Weed science related presentations will be a focal point of the tour, which includes discussions on field pennycress and the importance of cleaning spray equipment. Field pennycress is traditionally a winter annual weed but is now being used as a biofuel and cover crop. Logan Bishop, a University of Missouri graduate student in plant, insect and microbial science, will showcase Greenley’s findings on the influence of field pennycress seeding dates into corn and how various corn herbicide programs affect field pennycress yield.

“Our work is focused on developing the agronomic management of field pennycress as a crop,” Harder said. “We have data-driven results to present from our initial trials.”

Along with the agronomy and pest management tour, there will be a beef tour. Topics include toxic plants and substances for beef cattle, pasture weed control management, and artificial insemination protocol evaluations for mature beef cattle.

Randy Miles, associate professor emeritus in soil science, will give soil health demonstrations throughout the Field Day. The University of Missouri-Kansas City AgrAbility Pharm to Farm Project will also conduct free personal health screenings for interested attendees.

The Field Day is free and open to the public. A free breakfast begins at 7 a.m., with tours beginning at 8 a.m. There will also be a program at noon that includes a free lunch. After the program, attendees can learn more about the MU Drainage and Subirrigation research conducted at Greenley.

The Greenley Research Center is located at 64399 Greenley Place in Novelty, Mo. For more information about the Field Day, call (660) 739-4410 or email Dana Harder at harderd@missouri.edu. For more information about the Greenley Research Center, visit greenley.cafnr.org

Clarity, Conviction and Integrity

Missouri desperately needs leaders of clarity, conviction and integrity. This year, we’re blessed to have an excellent slate of conservative candidates for statewide office. While any of them would be far more capable than their liberal counterparts, there are a few that stand out from the crowd.

For the past eight years, we’ve seen the damage that can be done by a liberal, career politician who has been more focused on the next office he can run for rather than focusing on the Missourians he was elected to represent. Jay Nixon has seemingly been absent from the office outside of making sure to veto as many bills as possible that were passed by our Republican legislature. It’s time to send a conservative outsider who won’t be afraid to roll up his sleeves and get Missouri moving again. Eric Greitens is the perfect fit for this need. Eric had the courage to fight for our freedoms in four deployments as a Navy Seal and we can count on him to fight for us as Missouri’s next Governor.

In the race to be Missouri’s next Lieutenant Governor, Bev Randles is the proven conservative we need. Though she is new to running for public office, Bev Randles is not new to the conservative fight. For over a decade, she has been involved in grassroots efforts to promote various issues, including standing up to the Nixon administration and securing the first income tax cut for hardworking Missourians in nearly 100 years. Bev knows that government doesn’t create jobs, our small business owners do As Missouri’s next Lieutenant Governor, we can count on her to continue to fight for limited government and stand up for the values we all hold dear.

When it comes to Missouri’s next Attorney General, we need an Attorney General who will fight for all Missourians and not cower to the liberal left. Kurt Schaefer is a proven prosecutor with a record of protecting our communities and standing up for what is right. As a prosecutor, Kurt Schaefer put away hundreds of dangerous criminals. In the Missouri Senate, Kurt has been a bulldog for our constitutional rights. In fact, Kurt fought against billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group and won. As the chairman of the Sanctity of Life Committee, he stood tall against attacks from the left and defunded Planned Parenthood in Missouri. He’s endorsed by the NRA, the Missouri State Troopers Association, Missouri Right to Life, and several of Missouri’s agriculture groups. With dangerous mandates coming down from Washington, D.C. that target our constitutional rights, we can count on Kurt Schaefer to fight back.

For too long, liberal Secretaries of State have used the office to advance their agenda. In fact, since 1945, Missouri has only had two Republican Secretaries of State. With Jay Ashcroft, we have the chance to send a principled, consistent conservative to Jefferson City to ensure our elections are fair and free from corruption. Jay has been a tireless proponent of photo voter ID in Missouri which will root out fraud and ensure that folks who vote are who they say they are, and ensure our elections are fair. Jay also knows that burdensome regulation stifle our economy. He will be an advocate for small businesses and farmers by streamlining the process for creating a business and stopping unconstitutional job-killing regulations.

I encourage you to get out and vote on August 2nd for these outstanding conservatives. Together, we can get Missouri back on track.

Ron Alexander

Memphis, MO

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