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

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

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Volunteer to clean up litter through May 15 and report efforts at nomoretrash.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one-month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as discarded plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags, and it can kill them,” said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter can also poison wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”

Jerek added that helium balloons released for social or celebratory reasons can also become a litter threat to fish and wildlife, which may consume or get tangled in the deflated balloons and ribbons.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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An estimated one billion or more people in 192 countries commemorated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, including the City of Memphis.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported a pair of trees were planted in Johnson Park as part of the celebration that fosters environmental awareness while promoting such activities as community clean ups, and like this year, planting trees.

This year Earth Day Network focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide.

“Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

Recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Memphis continues to promote tree health and expansion of the tree inventory within city limits. The city offers free tress for planting on city right-of-ways on private property.

“The City of Memphis is again giving a tree to residents who will help with its survival,” said Monroe. “The trees will be planted by city employees on city right of ways.  Species will be determined by tree ordinance with consideration given to utilities at the location of the tree.”

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

According to the US Census Bureau, trees play a key role in the national economy. More than 54,000 people are employed in forestry fields. More than 2.5 million homes nationwide are heated primarily by wood-burning, which is more than 2% of all housing.

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Help Kickoff 2016 Scotland County Speedway Season on May 7th

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

After losing a pair of spring shows to Mother Nature, Scotland County Speedway is hoping to kick off its 2016 schedule of special races with a bang on Saturday, May 7th when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will travel to Memphis.

Modifieds have been added to the card courtesy of J & J AG, Jon and Jardin Fuller, for a show that will also feature Stock Cars, Sport Mods, and Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30, p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand prices will be adults $20, students $10 and 6 & under free.  Pit pass will be $30.  Check out Scotland County Speedway on Facebook for more information.

The stop in Memphis on Saturday will cap off a three-day run across Iowa and Missouri. The MLRA late models will hit Donnellson, IA on May 5th for a $3,000 to win race at Lee County Speedway. The following night they will be chasing a similar purse at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA before arriving at Scotland County Speedway for another $3,000 race.

The circuit was last in action on Sunday afternoon, April 17th at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize.

Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pileup caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22-lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner-up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Being Held at Johnson Park

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The City of Memphis Parks Department is hosting a Pitch Hit and Run Competition on Saturday, May 7th starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event is being held at Johnson Park Ball Field.

The competition, a free, 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14, is divided into two separate divisions, baseball and softball, and participants may compete in either division.

Divided into three fundamental aspects of baseball/softball, participants are scored on pitching, hitting and running.  In pitching, the participant is tested throwing strikes to a designated “strike zone” target.  Any method of throwing is permitted.  In hitting, the participant hits a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy.  In running, the participant is timed, starting from second base, touching third then touching home plate.

All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables.  After competing in each of the three components, participants accumulate a total score based on his/her performance.

Champions at the Local level advance to a Sectional competition.  Those winners then become eligible to advance to the Team Championships held in June and then the final culmination occurs at the National Finals held at the 2016 MLB All-Star Week.

Complete information and rules can be found at PitchHitRun.com.  Registration forms for the Local completion being held on May 7th can be picked up at Memphis City Hall and the Memphis Democrat.  For more information, contact Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

Service Day Brings Out Best In CMU

From sororities and fraternities to sports teams and service clubs, some 700 volunteers from Central Methodist University did their part on Thursday, April 7 to, in the words of the CMU mission statement, “make a difference in the world.”

The University called off classes for its annual Service Day, when students, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities to support a variety of causes. Event coordinator Matt Williams, associate director for CMU’s Center for Faith and Service, estimated CMU dedicated more than 1,700 hours this year.

Lucas Howard, a Sophomore computer science major from Memphis, volunteered with the Cleanup Fayette project, where over one hundred volunteers worked to pick up trash around town.

The many Service Day projects included yard work at various homes, work at the food bank in Columbia, volunteering at Fayette Head Start, sewing colorful pillow cases for children who are battling cancer, and many more.

“As President (Roger) Drake likes to say, we’re helping to prepare students for ‘advanced citizenship’ in the world around them,” Williams added. “Even though classes were canceled for Service Day, the learning continued.”

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Mo., and through extension sites located across Missouri and online

Delaney Gundy Inducted Into C-SC’s Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

Delaney Gundy, senior art education major from Gorin, MO, was among 22 students inducted into the Missouri Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. The ceremony was held Wednesday, April 20, in Johnson Hall Parlor on the Culver-Stockton College campus.

Faculty co-sponsors Dr. Scott Giltner and Dr. Lauren Schellenberger welcomed the new members into the society. Dr. Dell Ann Janney, Associate Dean of Instruction and Professor of Accounting, delivered this year’s charge to initiates, family, and friends.

Alpha Chi honors those juniors and seniors in the top ten percent of their class. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi has over 300 chapters nationally and works toward the goal of “Making Scholarship Effective for Good.”

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Show Me Dog Club to Host Dog Day in the Park

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Dog parks are becoming more popular all across the United States. They are different in size and design but share the same purpose: to provide a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Although they’re not for everyone, dog parks can benefit both people and their pets. Once or twice a year the City of Memphis generously opens Johnson Park as a dog park. Here are some tips on why you should take your dog to the park:

Many behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs were born to lead active lives. They’ve worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. Dogs’ wild relatives lead busy lives, too, hunting, scavenging, avoiding predators and complex social interaction. Most pet dogs, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time alone at home, napping on couches and eating food from bowls. Many become bored, lonely and overweight. They have excess energy and no way to expend it, so it’s not surprising that they often come up with activities on their own, like unstuffing couches, raiding trash cans and gnawing on shoes.

To keep your dog happy, healthy and out of trouble, you’ll need to find ways to exercise his/her brain and body. If she enjoys the company of her own kind, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life. Benefits of going to the dog park include:

Physical and mental exercise for dogs: your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.

Opportunities to maintain social skills: dogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using his/her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.

Fun for pet parents, dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs. This article was from petsWebMD.com.

Please join us for A Dog Day in the Park at Johnson Park this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please no female dogs in heat or unneutered males. We ask that all dogs be current on their shots. Just a fun hour or two for you and your dog to run around, socialize, and have fun. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge went to the Edina Nutrition Center on April 18th.  Marjorie Peterson was hostess.  She gave everyone a petunia and a packet of flower seeds.

Those attending the meeting were Celine Erickson, Marilyn Dunn, JoAnn Rood, Virginia Hustead, Joyce Bass, Ruth Ludwick, Reva Hustead, Marlene Henry, Neta Phillips and Nancy Jo Waack.

The next meeting will be Monday, May 16th at Keith’s Café in Memphis.  Hostesses will be JoAnn Rood and Marilyn Dunn.

Memphis FFA Hosting 2016 Awards Banquet

The Memphis FFA Chapter will be celebrating the successes of its FFA Chapter members on Thursday, May 5th at their annual Awards Banquet.

The Memphis FFA has had a very successful year and seen many accomplishments.  They have been awarded Proficiencies, attended Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events where they qualified and competed at top levels.  The Chapter credits their successes not only to their own hard work but also to the support received from businesses and the local community.

The Memphis FFA Banquet is being held at the Scotland County High School Gymnasium with dinner starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.  In addition to regular banquet activities, they are also holding a silent auction to raise funds to help with the cost of sending members to leadership conferences, CDE events and state and national conventions.

Is Maintenance Due On Your CRP?

Mid-Contract Management is required on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) acreage. MCM (Mid-Contract Management) practices must be performed during the program years indicated in the participants’ Conservation Plan. For most contracts, management practices will be required to be performed one time on each contract acre during contract years 3 through 6.

CRP participants, in consultation with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), have the choice of one or more of the following three required MCM practices after a grass stand is considered established: strip disking, prescribed burning, and chemical application. Mowing alone is not an approved MCM practice. Each practice has a specific time-frame it may be performed. In no case will MCM be allowed during the primary nesting season of May 1 to July 15.

Spring disking ended March 31stt. The deadline to burn cool season grasses is April 30th. The spring deadline for chemical application of cool season grasses is also April 30th. There are additional times later in the year available to perform MCM practices.

CRP participants are to report to their FSA (Farm Service Agency) office when the practice is done. After the bills for the disking, burning, or chemical application are submitted, cost-share of $11 per acre may be issued.

CRP that does not have the required MCM practices applied as required will be subject to a penalty or cancellation of the CRP contract.

For more information about when you need to perform MCM, the specifications for each MCM practice, or any other questions in regards to maintaining your CRP, please contact your county FSA office. The Scotland County FSA office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

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