December 15, 2011

Miscellaneous Authors - Letters to Santa



Little Rascals Daycare Santa Letters



Dear Santa, We are getting very excited for Christmas and will leave you some homemade cookies and a big glass of milk! I like to play with red tractors, trains, 4-wheelers and CAT equipment. My sisters are pretty great too so if you could find room in your sleigh for a gift or two for them it would be nice. I'm pretty ornery but as you can see, I'm a fun, loving boy and can't wait to see you. Merry Christmas! Love, Zayden Arey 2 years old

Dear Santa, Hi! I'm 10 months old and I've been a very good baby. I like to play with baby dolls and anything that makes noise. Could you please bring my big sis something nice also? Thank you and Merry Christmas! Love, Lena VanGorkum

Dear Santa, I'm 6 months old and my mommy and daddy tell me I'm your favorite! I like to snuggle so I would enjoy a stuffed animal. Also, could you bring my doggie a treat? I sure do love him! Thank you Santa! Love, Brenan Douglas

Hi Santa! I would love a baby doll swing please! Also, I would like a new baby doll. I'm trying very hard to be good this year because I want a lot of things! I even gave some of my toys away to make room! Merry Christmas Santa! Love, Ava Remley 2 1/2 years old

Dear Santa, I've been a good boy this year! I love to play with trucks, cars and tractors. I also like to color! I will leave you cookies and juice. Merry Christmas! Love, Chandler Snyder Age 2

Dear Santa, I want a power ranger semi and car, a Buzz Lightyear and a skateboard. I've been pretty good this year and will leave you some candy and juice. Thanks Santa, Merry Christmas! Love Wesley McSparren Age 3

Dear Santa, How are you? I would like new shirts, a necklace and horse curtains for my room. I am going to leave chocolate and milk waiting for you by my tree. I hope you have a safe flight! Merry Christmas! Love, Kylie Small Age 5

Dear Santa, I've been a good girl this year. I try to help my mommy by cleaning up my toys when I'm done. I would like a pretend cash register, pretend food for my cash register and a build a bear DS game. I'm going to make you chocolate chip cookies and white milk and I will leave them by my daddy's chair. Have a Merry Christmas, Santa! Love, Brenna Phillips Age 5

Dear Santa Hi! I just turned 2 years old and I've been such a good boy that I got a new baby brother for Christmas! He's pretty special so could you bring him a little toy to play with? I love to play with trucks and blocks! Merry Christmas! Love, Jaden Bergeson

Dear Santa, I am so excited for Christmas! We went to see the cool Christmas lights and now I'm just waiting for you to come visit.....I love to build with blocks and to play ball. My brother and I like books a lot too. I will leave you some goodies and chocolate milk because it's my favorite. Merry Christmas! Hope to see you soon?! Love, Degen Wood Age 3

Misc. Santa Letters

Dear Santa, My name is Addylynn and I am 10 months old. My mommy says I have been a good girl, but my brother says I am bad because I like to play with his toys. Will you please bring me something that plays music, I like to dance, and a pink stroller to push (I like to push things all over the house). If my brother Grayson is on the nice list will you please bring him his own bouncy horse so will stay off mine. Thank you, Addylynn Chance

Dear Santa, I'm sorry I was scared of you again this year. My mom said she would help me write a letter to you. Will you please bring me a semi truck with logs and guys, remote controlled 4-wheeler, Cars 2 movie, and a drum set? My mom says I act just like my Uncle Jeff when I play them. I would really like it if you would let the Elves bring my presents because your beard scares me. Will you bring my baby sister Addylynn a toy? She has been really good. Thank you, Grayson Chance

Dear Santa, My name is Eli and I am one year old. Will you please bring me some trucks, play phones, and a tractor. I have been a good boy this year. I will leave you some cookies and some carrots for the reindeer. Will you please bring my brother Silas a toy? I think he is on the nice list, you might have to check. Your friend, Eli Williams

Dear Santa, I am 3 years old and would be happy I you would please bring me some dinosaurs, trucks and a gun just like Grayson's. I will leave some cookies for you and some carrots for the reindeer. Oh ya, will you please bring my brother Eli something. He has been a good boy (most of the time). Your friend, Silas Williams

Dear Santa, I am 3 years old and would really like you to bring me 5 Thomas the Train shirts, Percy the Train toy, Henry the Train, and the Talking Tow Mater Truck and a robot. I will leave you some cookies and a pencil. I have tried very hard to be good. Please bring my sisters and brothers something. Your friend, Gavyn Dodge.

Luray Head Start Santa Letters



Dear Santa, I would like a musketeer sword, a Barbie house, and a princess castle. Thank you, Lana B. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like make up, paper, and a butterfly toy. Thank you, Iceilyn E. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a robot, Star Wars, and a rocket ship. Thank you, Landon Y. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a bicycle with a horn, baby dolls, and clothes. Thank you, Kayleigh S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Toy Story, Cars Two movie, and Lion King. Thank you, Lane P. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a semi, a truck, and play dough. Thank you, Gavin K. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like dress shoes, crayons, and a dinosaur. Thank you, Rylee S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a Dora butterfly with a wand, a microphone-big and little, and a puppy. Thank you, Gabi K. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a computer, a baby doll, and a kitchen set. Thank you, Madison E. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Batman things, a computer, and play dough. Thank you, Christopher R. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a racetrack, a helicopter, and Cars Two movie. Thank you, Ben S. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a helicopter, a water gun, and a wagon-tractor with hay. Thank you, Jerret B. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like a hat, dress- up clothes, and play dough. Thank you, Gabby D. Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like make up, finger nail polish and a princess. Thanks, Macia D Luray Head Start

Dear Santa, I would like Best Friends Forever, baby doll, and a stroller. Thanks, Elizabeth B Luray Head Start

Misc. Santa Letters



Dear Santa, I have been a good girl, and so has my sissy. Please tell all the reindeer hello. I would like a Lalaloopsy School Bus, a Baby Alive Whoopsie Doll, BBQ Grill set, and a new cash register. Thank you, Santa, I love you. I will leave you some chocolate cookies and some pop. Be safe while flying with the reindeers! Carman Robinson

Dear Santa, I have been really good this year. How are Mrs. Claus and your reindeer? I wish you could come to my house! I wish I could have a princess castle, new skirts, KooKoo birds that flap their wings, a turtle, and some new tutus! I love you! I will leave out milk and cookies for you! Be safe! Love, Lily Grace Wheeler

Dear Santa, I want Power Rangers and Power Transformers. My brother, Roe, would like a gun. Thank you, Rennie Lilo

Dear Santa, I love your deer. Mommy and Daddy say I have been wild but I promise I have been good. For Christmas I would love for you to bring me a Barbie with a horse. I get very excited when I see it on TV. I also love baby dolls and books, but will be happy with whatever you bring me. Love, Halle Miller (2 by Christmas)

Dear Santa, How are your reindeer? I have been good this year. I would like a .22 cricket, a red beanbag, a crayon maker, and a remote control car that has RAT on it. I will leave cookies and milk for you and a bag of carrots for your reindeer. Love, Merit Miller (5 years old)

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would like a Fairy Princess Doll, doll house, kitchen food, color books, crayons, shoes and earrings. I will leave you cookies and milk. Also, get Kendra a 3D-DS. Your friend, Kennedy Middleton (Age 4)

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would like a Lightning McQueen necklace, my own chair, some Hot Wheel cars, a puzzle and some new clothes. I will leave cookies and milk on the table in the front room. Your friend, Bristol Alexander (Age 5)

Dear Santa, I hope you are getting plenty of naps so that you are ready to deliver all of those toys on Christmas Eve. I am pretty ornery, but I've tried really hard to be a good boy. I will leave you milk and cookies by the fireplace Christmas Eve. For Christmas this year I would like to have a new fire truck, more Thomas the Train toys, and Cars toys. Please bring my sissy, Karli, something special, too. She is a great big sister, and teaches me lots of new things everyday! Your Friend, Kwayde Hamilton (Age 3) (Son of Derrick & Tia Hamilton)

Dear Santa, I have been pretty good this year. I really would like a princess castle, princess table, princess doll house, and princess sunglasses. I love you very much Santa. Your friend Deana McKinney (Age 3)

Dear Santa, I am Braylon Campbell and I am 3 years old. My daddy is Lance and my mommy is Allison. She don't like me to call her Allison, just mommy. I have been good. I would like a Big tractor and a big wrecker to go with it. It needs a big hook on it. I need a dump truck too. Take care, see ya later! Braylon Campbell (Age 3 years)

Dear Santa, My name is Greyson. I have a little brother Liam. Can you bring him something nice? He hasn't been too bad. I would like a tractor with no scoop, a big crane and could you bring something for my mom and dad? Greyson Browning (Age 3)

Dear Santa, Bring me some presents. Lots of them please. I have been very good! Could you bring my big sister Dystinee something? I will leave you something to eat. Your friend, Danny Priebe (Age 3)

Santa, I'm Silas and I have been good! Can you bring me some dinosaurs and I would like a race car that goes fast. Please hurry and come. I can't wait! Love, Silas Williams (Age 3)

Dear Santa, I would like to have a dolly. Also could you bring me some books and some necklaces and bracelets. I have a baby brother; he's been real good. Can you please bring him something? I love you Santa. Love, Your friend, Sadie Williamson (Age 2 years)

Gorin R-3 Elementary Mrs. Myers' 2nd & 4th grades



Dear Santa, I want a few things this year. Santa, I think you are real. People don't believe you. I am going to have something at my house for you as a snack. I love your reindeer. I've been a good girl. All I want for Christmas is to see you. I want a remote control puppy, jewelry, more makeup, some Nerf guns, some teacher supplies, and a McDonald's cash register. Love, Jada P.S. I hope you're hungry!

Dear Santa Claus, I will not lie to you. I will be trust worthy to you Santa Claus. It's been so so with my behavior, please forgive me. When I want to be good I can. Santa Claus I hope you can come. I hope your reindeer are not sick so Rosebuds and her brother don't have to guide your sleigh. Santa Claus I would like new clothes and an iPod for me. I would like an X-Box 360 and Kinect for my whole family. I know all the reindeer's names Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. Your reindeer are so good to help you get us presents. I would like to leave some reindeer food but don't know how to make it. That's all I want for Christmas. I will leave you some milk and cookies. Love, Breann

Dear Santa, How have you been this year? How is Mrs. Claus? I want a pup and cars, cologne, but I like you Santa. From, Caden

Dear Santa, I have been so so. Have the reindeer been good? I hope you are hungry. I love you Santa Claus. I would like to have a cat and a dog. I would like a picture of Caden. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. Santa all I want for Christmas is reindeer food. Love, Kayla

Dear Santa, I don't know how this year has been. I don't know if I'd been naughty or nice. I would like a tall nutcracker for Christmas. Your friend, Laura

Dear Santa Claus, How are your reindeer? I have been so so and my family has been kinda good. How are you feeling today? I would like to have a baby doll and a camera. Love, Abeni

Memphis Head Start Santa Letters



Dear Santa, Would you please bring me a super soaker water blaster, some legos, and some art things. I have been pretty good this year. Thank you, Skylar

Dear Santa, I have been really good this year! Will you please bring me a Kilan doll and a Dora doll and a pirate. Love, Melody

Dear Santa, I Love You! Please bring me 2 baby doll alive dolls, I-pod touch, I-phone, a real camera, a calendar, rocking horse, CD player, and a Glee movie. Love, Destynee

Dear Santa, I want a camera, a barbie doll, and a journal. Love, Desera

Dear Santa, Can I please have for Christmas Dragdans, a couple walkie-talkies, DS, MP3 player, and 2 Zhu Zhu pets named Stonewall and Moo. Could you also bring me a couple packs of batteries? Love, Marcus

Dear Santa, We have a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for you. Will you please bring me a baby, a Barbie, and some candy canes? Love, Abby

Dear Santa, I want a paint set, monster truck, bicycle, a train set, and a sled. Love, David

Dear Santa, Would you please bring me a Toy T-Rex and a Nerf Gun. Thank you! Aden

Dear Santa, Could you please bring me a horse. Love, Kylee

Dear Santa, I Love You! I would like to have an I-pod. Thank You! Alexia

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a book and a new little Christmas tree. Thank You! Kendall

Dear Santa, I like you! I want some rings, a ball, a Christmas tree, and a doll. Thank You! Brittney

Dear Santa, I like you! Please get me a puppy. Thank You! Casidey

Dear Santa, I want a doll for Christmas. Love, Baylee

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a Pillow Pet, DS, and a toy monster truck. Your Friend, Jonathan

Dear Santa, Could I please have new snow boots, black toy pliers, balloons, and a star? Thank You! Katelyn

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a 4-wheeler? Thank You! Brayden

Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a red semi, like the one on the movie Cars? Thank You! Chris

Dear Santa, Please bring me some trucks, cars, and tractors. Thank You! Clint

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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