April 4, 2013

MDC, Federal Agents Snag Major Paddlefish Poaching Operation



Local conservation agents were among the officers involved in a huge operation that resulted in more than 100 citations and arrests following a two-year investigation into illegal taking and selling of paddlefish and paddlefish eggs. Photo courtesy of MDC

Known as the "Paddlefish Capital of the World," Warsaw, Missouri, is a favorite area for many of Missouri's approximately 16,000 sport paddlefish snaggers because of its location along the Osage River.

Agents with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), including Scotland County agent Gary Miller, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) discovered that the Warsaw area is also a favorite location for paddlefish poachers.

A cooperative undercover investigation by the two agencies recently resulted in more than 100 suspects from Missouri and eight other states being issued citations and/or arrest warrants for state and federal crimes related to paddlefish poaching.

Missouri's official state aquatic animal, paddlefish are an ancient species. Also called spoonbills, they can grow up to seven-feet long and weigh 160 pounds or more. Paddlefish are valued as a sport fish for both their size, and for eating. Paddlefish are also valued for their eggs, or roe, which are eaten as caviar.

The section of the Osage River running along Warsaw in Benton County is a paddlefish hot spot because it is blocked upstream by Truman Dam. When spawning paddlefish reach the dam, their route is blocked and their numbers increase dramatically. This dramatically increases sport anglers' chances of snagging the big fish with a random jerk on a fishing line equipped with large hooks.

This concentration of female paddlefish laden with eggs also makes Warsaw a prime location for paddlefish poachers to get the fish eggs for national and international illegal caviar markets.

"The national and international popularity of Missouri paddlefish eggs as a source of caviar has grown dramatically in recent years," said MDC Protection Chief Larry Yamnitz. "This is a result of European sources of caviar having declined from overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful and lucrative beluga sturgeon, another species of fish known for its caviar."

Caviar is a delicacy created by preserving fish roe in special salts. According to MDC, about 20 pounds of eggs or more can be harvested from a large, pregnant female paddlefish. Retail prices for paddlefish caviar vary. A current common retail price is about $35 per ounce.

"Caviar prices in illegal or black markets also vary," Yamnitz said. "A common black-market price is about $13 an ounce. Therefore, a single large female paddlefish with about 20 pounds of eggs is carrying about $4,000 worth of potential caviar for black market sales."

Over the course of March 13 and 14, approximately 85 conservation agents of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), 40 special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS), and wildlife officers from other states contacted more than 100 suspects in Missouri and eight other states to issue citations, execute arrest warrants, conduct interviews and gather additional information regarding a paddlefish-poaching investigation.

The effort included eight individuals indicted for federal crimes involving the illegal trafficking of paddlefish and their eggs for use as caviar. Other states involved were Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

The arrests and citations were the result of a multi-year joint undercover investigation by MDC conservation agents and special agents of the USFWS involving the illegal commercialization of Missouri paddlefish and their eggs for national and international caviar markets. The undercover investigation ran during the spring 2011 and spring 2012 paddlefish seasons, March 15 through April 30. It was based out of Warsaw, Missouri. Additional MDC conservation agents and federal agents supported the undercover operation.

"Sport anglers may only catch two paddlefish daily and the eggs may not be bought, sold or offered for sale," Yamnitz explained. "Extracted paddlefish eggs may not be possessed on waters of the state or adjacent banks and may not be transported. Paddlefish and their eggs may be commercially harvested only from the Mississippi River."

He added that through the undercover operation, agents were able to identify suspects engaged in wildlife violations involving the illegal purchase, resale and transport of paddlefish and their eggs, document other violations of the Missouri Wildlife Code in addition to the core investigation, and determine that paddlefish eggs harvested in Missouri were being illegally transported out of the state for redistribution.

Federal crimes tied to the poaching involve violations of the Lacey Act. The Act makes it a federal crime to poach game in one state with the purpose of selling the bounty in another state and prohibits the transportation of illegally captured or prohibited wildlife across state lines.

MDC and the USFWS worked with the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Benton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Department of Justice on the investigation.

Identification of suspects in violation of state wildlife charges is pending legal filings. Copies of the federal indictments may be obtained from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City.

The investigation began with tips from the public about illegal activities.

"Individuals from the Warsaw area first alerted us to potential paddlefish poaching in the area," said Yamnitz. "We are grateful to them, and encourage anyone spotting suspected illegal fishing or hunting activity to contact their local conservation agent, or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous and rewards are available for information leading to arrests."

Paddlefish are highly valued by both sport anglers and commercial fishermen. Through Missouri Department of Conservation stocking efforts at three large reservoirs, Missouri offers some of the best paddlefish snagging fisheries in the U.S. The reservoirs are at Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, Harry S. Truman Reservoir and its tributaries, and Table Rock Lake and its tributaries, primarily the James River arm.

Without MDC's stocking of these fisheries, and other paddlefish management practices, paddlefish numbers would sharply decline in Missouri's reservoirs, reducing opportunities for sport snaggers.

In the past, paddlefish were naturally abundant in Missouri, but their numbers declined because of channelization, damming, impoundments and other river modifications. These modifications have greatly diminished the natural habitat paddlefish need to reproduce in the wild.

Today, paddlefish in Missouri must be stocked. The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks about 45,000 hatchery-produced 10-12-inch-long paddlefish fingerlings each year in Missouri's three main paddlefish locations: Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks.

Paddlefish can grow to a length of about seven feet, weigh up to 160 pounds or more, and live 30 years or more. Females grow larger and heavier than males. It takes about 6-8 years for a paddlefish to reach legal harvest size (34-inches) in Missouri's large reservoirs. Female paddlefish reach sexual maturity at 8-10 years and spawn every 2-3 years. Male paddlefish reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years and spawn annually. The egg masses of female paddlefish can be up to 25 percent of their body weight, with a large female paddlefish carrying about 20 pounds of eggs, or roe.

Paddlefish live mostly in open waters of big rivers and were historically found in the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage rivers, along with other streams. Paddlefish spend most of the year dispersed throughout large reservoirs and rivers until warm spring rains increase flows and raise water temperatures, which prompts the big fish to swim upstream on their spawning run. Spawning runs occur in late spring at times of increased water flow. It is triggered by a combination of daylight, water temperature, and water flow.

For more information about paddlefish, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.

Eight Indicted for Trafficking of Paddlefish 'Caviar'



WASHINGTON -Eight individuals face federal charges stemming from a joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation investigation of interstate and international trafficking in paddlefish "caviar," the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced. Arkadiy Lvovskiy, Dmitri Elitchev, Artour Magdessian, Felix Baravik, Petr Babenko , Bogdan Nahapetyan, Fedor Pakhnyuk, and Andrew Praskovsky have been charged in four, separate indictments in the Western District of Missouri for acts that occurred in 2011 and 2012.

The American paddlefish (Polydon spathula), also called the Mississippi paddlefish or the "spoonbill," is a freshwater fish that is primarily found in the Mississippi River drainage system. Paddlefish eggs are marketed as caviar. Paddlefish were once common in waters throughout the Midwest. However, the global decline in other caviar sources, such as sturgeon, has led to an increased demand for paddlefish caviar. This increased demand has led to over-fishing of paddlefish, and consequent decline of the paddlefish population.

Missouri law prohibits the transportation of paddlefish eggs which have been removed or extracted from a paddlefish carcass. Missouri law also prohibits the sale or purchase, or offer of sale or purchase, of paddlefish eggs. There are also several restrictions on the purchase and possession of whole paddlefish in Missouri.

Among other things, the Lacey Act makes it unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase fish that were taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State, or to attempt to do so. Such conduct constitutes a felony crime if the defendant knowingly engaged in conduct involving the purchase or sale, offer to purchase or sell, or intent to purchase or sell, fish with a market value in excess of $350, knowing that the fish were taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of, or in a manner unlawful under, a law or regulation of any State.

Arkadiy Lvovskiy, 51, of Aurora, Colorado, Dmitri Elitchev, 46, of Centennial, Colorado, Artour Magdessian, 46, of Lone Tree, Colorado, and Felix Baravik, 48, of Aurora, Colorado, were charged with conspiring with each other, and others, to violate the Lacey Act, and with trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. The indictment alleges that in the spring of 2011 and 2012, the defendants traveled to Warsaw,

Missouri, where they engaged in multiple, illegal purchases of paddlefish and processed the eggs from those paddlefish into caviar. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, the defendants transported the caviar from Missouri to Colorado. The indictment further alleges that, during the interstate transportation, the defendants engaged in counter-surveillance efforts in order to avoid being detected.

Petr Babenko, 42, of Vineland, New Jersey, and Bogdan Nahapetyan, 33, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, were charged with conspiring with each other and other individuals to violate the Lacey Act, and with trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. The indictment alleges that between March and April 2012, the defendants traveled to Warsaw, Missouri, where they engaged in multiple, illegal purchases of paddlefish and processed the eggs from those paddlefish into caviar. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, they transported the caviar from Missouri to New Jersey.

Fedor Pakhnyuk, 39, of Hinsdale, Illinois, is charged with two counts of trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. According to the indictment, in the spring of 2011 and 2012 Pakhnyuk traveled from Illinois to Missouri for the purpose of obtaining paddlefish eggs. The indictment alleges that Pakhnyuk procured paddlefish eggs by purchasing them, and by performing processing services for other persons in exchange for a share of the processed eggs. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, Pakhnyuk transported the caviar from Missouri to Illinois. The indictment alleges that Pakhnyuk also attempted to form an enterprise with other individuals that would market processed paddlefish caviar at markets in Chicago, Illinois.

Andrew Praskovsky, 40, of Erie, Colorado, is charged with two counts of trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. According to the indictment, in March and April 2012, Praskovsky twice traveled to Warsaw, Missouri, for the purpose of purchasing paddlefish. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, Pakhnyuk transported the caviar from Missouri to Kansas. The indictment alleges that, in April 2012, Praskovsky attempted to export some of the paddlefish eggs in checked luggage on an international flight departing from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. The paddlefish eggs were seized at Dulles, as paddlefish eggs may only be exported if they are accompanied by a valid permit issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

If convicted, the individual defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine per count, as well as forfeiture of any vehicles that were used during the commission of the crimes.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation, with assistance by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys James B. Nelson and Adam C. Cullman of the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri.

An indictment is a formal accusation and is not proof of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are found guilty.

SCR-I Swats Hornets 12-0 to Stay Unbeaten

Grant Campbell cracks a double versus Atlanta.

Two Scotland County hurlers limited Atlanta to just one hit while the offense produced 12 runs on Monday night in Memphis as Scotland County stung the Hornets 12-0 in five innings to improve to 9-0 on the season.

Jacob McDaniel limited Atlanta to just one run in three hits as he picked up his second victory of the season. The lefty struck out five and walked one. Justin McKee notched his first save of the year, tossing two scoreless innings of relief, striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

Aaron Buford walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning. He stole second base and came in to score on a single by Will Fromm. He came in to score on a base hit by Lane Pence. An RBI single by McKee made it 3-0.

In the second inning, Will Pickerell reached on an error and then scored when Buford smashed his second homer of the season to make the score 5-0.

Grant Campbell led off the third inning with a double. McKee walked in front of an RBI hit by Elijah Cooley. After a pair of Atlanta errors, Buford and Fromm delivered RBI singles that extended the lead to 12-0.

Buford went 2-2 with a walk, a home run and three runs scored to pace the offense. The senior is a perfect 10-10 at the plate over his last three games. Fromm went 2-3 with three RBIs and Blessing went 1-2 while driving in a pair of runs.

Plants and Natural Remedies Used to Repel Insects

by Andrea Brassfield

With threats of a buggy spring and summer, enjoying the great outdoors might be a little trickier, especially if you aren’t a fan of chemical pesticides and bug sprays.  Fortunately, some selective planting in your landscape can also help with pesky, unwanted guests who want to crash your party.

Many decorative flowers and herbs offer natural insect-repelling qualities.  Marigolds and Chrysanthemums contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.   Petunias are brightly colored and planted to repel squash bugs, beetles, and aphids.  Basil contains an oil that kills mosquito eggs. Lemongrass contains citronella oil and lemon balm has a calming, strong lemon scent that many undesirable insects find incredibly unpleasant. On the upside, bees, butterflies, and humans seem to love the fragrance!

Rosemary is another fantastic mosquito repellent.  You can keep it indoors or out, making sure it gets full sun.  Rosemary is also great when you want to gather around a fire without battling mosquitoes.  Just toss some in and the incense it gives off when it’s burned adds a nice smell, but it’s strong and unpleasant enough to keep mosquitoes and other types of insects away.

Bugs and rodents hate mint, especially peppermint.  Its essential oil has also been shown to kill larvae of many bug species and repel adults.  Since mint is an aggressive growing plant, some suggest growing it in containers and placing them around your patio or garden.

Another popular plant used to repel mosquitoes is catnip.  The plant contains an essential oil called nepetalactone. Eucalyptus, similar to citronella, also has a powerful smell that interferes with mosquitoes’ senses and makes it difficult for them to locate their food sources.

Other natural insect repellents commonly found around the home include vanilla extract and white vinegar.

For more information about natural insect repelling remedies check out these websites: www.mnn.com, www.bestplants.com, www.motherearthnews.com, and www.gardendesign.com.

 

McKee Tosses Shutout as Tigers Rout Raiders 17-0

Justin McKee tossed a complete game shutout versus North Shelby on April 11th in Shelbyville as the Tigers dominated their former conference foe in a 17-0 victory.

Justin McKee scattered three hits over five innings en route to a shutout victory in his starting debut for the Scotland County baseball team, which blanked North Shelby 17-0 on April 11th in Shelbyville.

SCR-I jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Gage Dodge led off with a double. Aaron Buford singled and Will Fromm was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Lane Pence who delivered a two-run double. Parker Triplett added an RBI single and pinch runner Jacob Buford scored on an error to put the Tigers on top 4-0.

That was more than enough offense for McKee, who limited North Shelby’s scoring opportunities. He pitched out a jam in the second inning after hitting a batter and giving up a base hit.

The Tigers plated four runs in the third before adding another four spot to the scoreboard in the fourth.

McKee led off the third inning with a base on balls. After a walk to Elijah Cooley, Aaron Blessing plated both runs with a base hit. Buford and Fromm added RBI singles to make the score 8-0.

The fourth inning started the same as McKee walked. Parker Triplett plated courtesy runner Anthony Whitaker with an RBI single. After a base hit Cooley, Blessing added another two-run single and Buford had another RBI hit to extend the lead to 12-0.

McKee again led off the fifth inning and singled to start another rally. A base hit by Triplett and a walk to Cooley loaded the bases. Dodge plated two runs with a base hit. Fromm, McKee and Pence worked bases-loaded walks to force in the final three runs.

McKee scattered three hits over five innings and worked around some control problems in his first start of the year. He shutout the Raiders over five innings, striking out five while walking two and hitting three batters.

Buford was a perfect 5-5 at the plate with two RBI s and two runs scored. Triplett was 3-5 with a pair of RBIs in his first varsity start. Blessing went 2-4 with four RBIs.

The Tigers improved to 7-0 with the victory.

Tigers Finish Fourth at Putnam County Junior High Relays

Kaden Anders sprints out of the blocks to start the 200 meter dash at a recent event in Clark County. Photo courtesy of the Hometown Journal.

The Scotland County junior high boys finished in fourth place at the Putnam County Junior High relays held in Unionville on April 13th while the Lady Tigers brought home sixth place.

Kaden Anders led the Tigers. He took top honors in the long jump while finishing second in the high jump and the 200 meter dash and third in the 400 meter dash.

Teammate Alex Long took second place in the long jump and was runner up in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash as well while earning fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Hayden Long finished third in the 400 meter dash and was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash.

Hunter Cook finished fifth in the shot put.

The 4×200 relay team of Kade Richmond, Austin Holtke, Kale Creek and Hayden Long took fifth place. The 4×800 team of Levi Briggs, Caden Goldstein, Brant Frederick and Kabe Hamlin also took fifth place while the 4×400 relay team of Richmond, Brady Curry, Corbyn Spurgeon and Creek finished seventh.

Milan took first place with 112 points ahead of Kirksville (104), Brookfield (98) and the Tigers (91).

The Lady Tigers finished with 49 team points.

Aayla Humphrey finished third in the 100 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was fifth in the shot put while Shantel Small was sixth in the long jump and Hailey Kraus finished seventh in the high jump. Brook Samuelson was seventh in the 400 meter dash.

The 800 meter sprint medley relay team of Humphrey, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Bobbi Darcy and Morgan Blessing earned first place.

The 4×800 relay team of Emiley Dial, Kraus, Emily Terrill and Hannah Feeney took third place.

The relay team of Darcy, Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing finished fifth in both the 4×200 relay and the 4×100 relay while the 4×400 relay team of Small, Feeney, Terrill and Kraus finished sixth.

School Board Approves Roof Repairs, Building Trades Proposal at April Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order.

The board voted 7-0 to certify the April 4th election results: For Proposition 2 – Yes 422; No 443 Scotland County; Yes 1; No 5 Clark County.

The board elected new officers as follows: President – Trinity Davis; Vice President – Christy Aylward; Secretary – Cole Tippett; Treasurer – Jamie Triplett.

Financial Update

The fiscal year is 75% complete.  We have received 87% of our budgeted revenues year to date and have expended 69% of the budgeted expenses. At this point, we are operating with a fiscal year surplus of $1,168,290.11.  This surplus will begin to offset as revenue will begin to slow down and many budgeted expenditures remain as we near the end of the fiscal year.

Bond Issue

The board of education discussed the election results and feedback from the public.  The board and administration thanked everyone in attendance for their feedback and ideas.

Repair Bids

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Joel Kapfer of $20,394.85 for the Elementary and Jr/Sr. High School roof repair project.

The board voted 7-0 to re-bid the HVAC project with bids due at 2:00 p.m. on April 27th and to hold a special board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017 to approve the sealed bids.

Salary Committee

President Trinity Davis appointed Christy Aylward, Rhonda McBee, and Trinity Davis to the salary committee.

Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept the resignation from Brad Doster as district transportation director.

Parking Lot

The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bid the maintenance of the High School and Elementary parking lots.

Fund 4 Transfer

The board voted 7-0 to accept the following transfer resolution:  Be it resolved that the SCR-I School District transfer $262,137.00 of the allowable funds by law from the Incidental Fund to the Capital Projects Fund in order to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund. These transfer monies will be used for technology enhancement, building and grounds repairs, maintenance projects, athletic facility upgrades, purchasing of new equipment for the elementary and secondary schools, transportation department and lawn equipment. The aforementioned projects are to be completed on or before June 30, 2018.

Technology Proposal

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid for the Firewall/Security of $7,291.20 and the Off Lease Dell Optiplex 990 (I5 3.1 Ghz, 8GB, 3 yr) (Teacher Machines) of $7,155.00 from Quality Network Solutions as provided in Quote 13182.

Building Trades

The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Glen and Susan Miller of $19,000 for the Building Trades program to perform contractual labor and mileage for the 2017-18 school year, pending liability insurance approval and preparation of the construction site by them.

May Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to set May 15th at 6:30 as the May regular session meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

Executive Session   

In closed session the following items were approved:

March 13, 2017 closed session meeting. 7-0

Offer Contract to Emilee Cramsey as an Elementary Teacher 7-0

Offer Contract to Miller Bowles for JH Social Studies 7-0

Offer Extra Duty Contracts for following list of coaches/sponsors 7-0

9-12 Chorus Activities – Nathaniel Orr; Assistant Basketball boys – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Football- Rod Sears; Assistant Football (Coordinator) – Kyle Ellison; Assistant Softball    – Michael Moore; Asst. Marching Band -Chanel Oliver; Athletic Director – Lance Campbell; Band Activities – Nathaniel Orr; Drama – Dane Riggenbach; Elementary Music     – Chanel Oliver; FBLA   – Jenna Ward; FCCLA    – Jenna Ketchum; FFA Sponsor – Waltedda Blessing; Flags            – Schelle Cooley; Freshmen Class -Ryan Anderson; JH  8th girls basketball – Lauren Ewing; JH 7th boys basketball         – Nathan Pippert; JH 8th boys basketball – Michael Moore; Jr High  Track – Lance Campbell; Jr. High  Track -Kimberly Small; Jr. High Cheerleaders FB      – Tia Hamilton; Jr. High Football – Nathan Pippert; Jr High Football      – Kody McCluskey; Jr High Softball – Kimberly Small; Jr. High 7th girls basketball – Megan Creek; Junior Class Sponsors – Kody McCluskey, Jenna Ward; National Honor Society – Terri Slaughter, Kara Wickert; Pom Pom Sponsor – Shelby McAfee; Senior Class – Terri Slaughter; Sophomore Class – Marc Colvin; Student Council- Jenna Ketchum; V/JH Campus Bowl -Dane Riggenbach; Varsity Basketball boys – Lance Campbell; Varsity  Track -Troy Carper, Lauren Ewing.

Hire Allen Garrett as 2017-18 Bus Driver 6-1. Gary Miller voted No

Hire following non – certified staff for 2017-18 7-0: Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Shirley Green, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Brian Chance, Allen Garrett, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  Pam Chance, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Rader, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, Don Ryland.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Area Youth to Compete in Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit and Run Competition

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Presented by Scotts is the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 are given the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

Memphis Parks and Recreation will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit and Run Competition for area youth on Saturday, April 29, 207 at 9:00 a.m.  The competition will take place at Johnson Park ball field.

Pitch Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.  This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2017 MLB All-Star Week.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition.

For questions concerning the competition, please contact Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 20 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, French Fries, Pea Salad, Pineapple, Brownies

Friday, April 21 – Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Monday, April 24 – Sausage/Biscuits/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Cookie

Tuesday, April 25 – Lasagna/Meat Sauce, Lettuce Salad, Hominy, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wednesday, April 26 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 20 – Blood Pressure checks here by Health Department from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24 – AAA and Care Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 20 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 21 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, April 24 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, April 25 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, April 26 – Sausage/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 20 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 21 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Peas/Carrots, Strawberries, Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Monday, April 24 – Submarine Sandwich, Hot Dog/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Chips, Pork and Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, April 25 – Pepperoni Pizza, Meatballs/Sauce, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, April 26 – Meatloaf, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Makes Plan for Fair at April Meeting

by Sadie Davis

Vice President Morgan Blessing called the April meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H club to order at 2:00 on April 9th, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church. Pledges were led by Anna Triplett and Will Montgomery. Joanie Baker called roll by asking each member what they liked best about living in Scotland County.

Before starting the meeting business, Luke Triplett and Carter Clatt gave demonstrations and Sadie Davis gave a speech.

Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the club had a current balance of $3,588.22.

Amy Talbert announced that the next 4-H Council meeting would be on May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County Courthouse.

The program committee reported on the livestock and art hall requirements for the fair. Chris Montgomery said that 32 hogs were weighed in at the swine weigh-in. Amy Talbert reported that 42 lambs were weighed in at the sheep weigh-in.

Joanie announced that there would be a Poultry Day in Columbia on June 17th for the Poultry project group.

Vanessa Triplett reported the fair show dates that were decided at the Superintendents’ Meeting. She asked that if anyone had suggestions for improvements to the barns that they tell a superintendent.

The club decided to have the May meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30 at the hospital library. Joanie asked members to stay after the meeting to help with the trash pick-up. She also asked that members check their meeting attendance. She reminded members that they must have attended six meetings to show or sell at the fair. She announced that Scotland County 4-H sold 201 items in the cookie dough fundraiser and raised $3,216. She asked that members pay $25 if they did not sell any cookie dough in order to receive premiums at the fair. Joanie told members to let her know if they did not want to be in the Junior Super Farmer contest at the fair so they wouldn’t be put in the drawing to be a contestant at the next meeting. She announced that 4-H Day with the Cardinals is May 20. She also asked that members sign up at the May meeting to raise and lower the flags at the Gorin Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Morgan Blessing announced that April 22 is safety training for Shooting Sports. She reminded the club that at the May meeting, the Davis and Jamie Triplett families would be in charge of refreshments and Holly Mauck, Alex Long, and Hayden Long would be giving demonstrations. She also announced that the goat weigh-in is May 7 from 2:00-3:00 and that the Cattle Fitting Clinic is May 12-14.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed snacks and picked up trash in Gorin.

Sew & Go Quilt Guild Hosts April Meeting

The Sew & Go Quilt Guild met Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis, MO.  Delicious refreshments were served by Virginia Mullenix and Marilyn Blessing.

Treva Wittstock brought the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Virginia Hoyal won the “April Fool” raffle bag. Thanks so much, Angela Neese! The minutes were read, corrected and approved as corrected.  Motion was made by Linda Marlow and 2nd by Betty Duncan. Treasurer’s report was given and approved.  Roll Call was answered by “your favorite color”.

Correspondence:  Karen Farnsworth announced that she had been contacted about being a presenter at the First Missouri Star Academy by the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton.  It is May 23/24 and is their first ever.  The price is minimal for one or two and will feature many of the top-notch fabric makers and pattern makers.

Activities:  We are still asking questions about making the tie-quilts for Virginia’s sister.  More questions are being asked and we will schedule a work day when all our ducks are in a row!

Challenges:  Keep working on your “All Creatures Great & Small” with embellishments.  This is due in June.

Program Committee had no report.

Retreat:  17 people came to the spring retreat and it was VERY well-received. Several people have already made items using techniques they were taught at the retreat!

Old Business:  Joyce Startt announced that she had a large stock-pile of the pellets used in weighted blankets.  She is willing to donate them for use in the making of the weighted blankets for charity. Thanks so much, Joyce!

New Business:  Nothing to report.

Troubleshooting:  Sarah gave two tips that should make things easier when making circles and also when using tearaway.

Show & Tell:  Pretty items were displayed by Sarah Myers, JoAnn Schultz, Joyce Startt, Joyce McGoldrick, Betty Duncan, Susan Chidester, Michelle Drummond and Jeanie Childress.

Susan moved and Debbie K. 2nd that we adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Betty Duncan

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