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A The APPEAL, the oldest continuous newspaper in MONROE COUNTY, since 1867 Be Aware 18 PAGES 50 CENTS Paris Patriots celebrate beginning of 4-H Week Paris MERCURY Page 3 - - The Paris Mercury - - - - The Madison Times -- 2012 Paris R-II Homecoming Pictures, Pictures, Pictures 2012 Homecoming Pages 15, 16 THURSDAY, October 11, 2012 Xi Beta Xi Sorority announces the annual Halloween Parade to be held on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. The parade will start at the west side of courthouse and continue through downtown. All area trick-or-treaters and merchants are welcome to participant. VOLUME 145, NO. 41 Proclamation signed for cancer awareness Members of both Relay For Life of Monroe County and Monroe County Cancer Supports came together to visit the Monroe County Commissioners to receive a proclamation for breast cancer awareness month. “We are here to request a proclamation for cancer awareness month,” said Relay For Life Chairman Ali Rentschler. Rentschler explained to the commissioners the activities planned for the month including painting the two “pink.” “We are not only doing Paris but Monroe City and Madison also,” added Rentschler. The group was in agreement that a proclamation was an important symbol to designate the month and announce to local residents the significance of the pink all around town. On hand to request the proclamation were Relay For Life and Monroe County Cancer Supporters members Leslie Rosenkrans, Karen Conley, Ali Rentschler, Barb McCall and Donna Turner. All were quick to note that each organization is active in making sure that cancer is eradicated in their lifetime. “We are happy to create this proclamation,” said Western District Commissioner Glenn E. Turner. The proclamation read as follows: Whereas, The Monroe County Com- mission recognizes that Breast Cancer is a terrible disease that affects the lives of citizens of Monroe County everyday. Many of our citizens have lost their lives to Breast Cancer and many more live with the fear of its return even after successful treatment. Whereas, The Monroe County Commission applauds the efforts of Monroe County Relay For Life, Monroe County Cancer Supporters, as well as businesses and individuals who are working to elevate the awareness of Breast Cancer in Monroe County. Therefore, the Monroe County Commission has proclaimed the month of October, Two Thousand Twelve, the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Monroe County. The proclamation was signed by all three commissioners. Why sign a proclamation designating the month? According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 4,440 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 900 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in Missouri in 2012. The American Cancer Society offers 24/7 support to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones. In fact, one out of every two women turn to the Society for help and support following their breast Members of both Relay For Life and the Monroe County Cancer Supporters were on hand for the receipt of a proclamation by the Monroe County Commissioners declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Monroe County. Left to right: first row Leslie Rosenkrans, Karen Conley, Ali Rentschler, Barb McCall and Donna Turner. Second row - Eastern District Commissioner Glenn E. Turner, Presiding Commissioner Mike Minor and Eastern District Commissioner Mike Whelan. APPEAL PHOTO cancer diagnosis. This October, the Society will be using National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind women about the importance of breast health. “The American Cancer Society encourages all women to put their health first. We want women to understand the benefits of eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol intake,” said Laura Ozenkoski, health initiatives director at the American Cancer Society. “More than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year thanks to early detection and improved treatment.” Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. The Society is reminding women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. Also, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam at least once every three years. The five-year survival rate is 99% for breast cancer that is diagnosed in the earliest stages. The American Cancer Society is the most Continued to page 9 With Fire Prevention Week 2012 scheduled for Oct. 7-13, State Fire Marshal Randy Cole urges Missourians to remember the importance of having at least two escape routes for your family to safely exit your home in case of an emergency. “It is important that families plan and prepare for the unpredictability and dangers associated with fires,” State Fire Marshal Cole said. “Fires can spread rapidly, blocking planned escape routes. This makes it essential to have at least two quick escapes routes planned in advance from different rooms throughout your home. Having an alternate route in case another route becomes blocked can save lives.” Fire Prevention Week is recognized annually by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fire departments and safety agencies across the country. This year’s campaign, “Have 2 Ways Out,” encourages everyone to plan multiple fire escape routes for their families. According to NFPA, in 2010 there were an estimated 369,500 reported home structure fires across the U.S., resulting in 2,640 civilian deaths. An NFPA survey also revealed that only 23 percent of American households have actually developed and practiced a fire evacuation plan. Fire Marshal Cole suggests developing a home escape plan as soon as a family moves into a new residence; regularly practicing the plan and explaining it to children; and revising the plan as the children grow up. Cole adds that having a working smoke detector is essential to ensuring your family is alerted in case of a fire. “Working smoke detectors increase your chance of survival by 50 percent, and are something every household should have.” For more than 85 years, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. the slogan for Fire Prevention Week has taken many shapes – from the straightforward “Help Prevent Fires” (1937); to “YOU Caused 1,700,000 Fires Last Year!” (1947); and this year’s “Have 2 Ways Out!” 2012 Fire Prevention Week features new slogan “Have 2 Ways Out” Paris Rural Fire District Chief Steve Jones, right, shows fireman Cory Putnam in full gear to the Paris R-II Elementary students as part of 2012 Fire Prevention Week. Chief Jones and firemen Putnam, Sy Fields and Jamie Ebbesmeyer displayed different fire fighting equipment including axes, hoses, fans, oxygen and other related equipment. Chief Jones and the firemen also instructed the students on fire safety. APPEAL PHOTO Team voting to be provided in county before Nov. 6 According to Monroe County Clerk Sandra Francis team voting will be provided prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election. Anyone who is shut in and unable to go to the polls may request the “Absentee Team” to visit them in their home or they may contact the County Clerk’s Office to be placed on the permanent disabled list. Missouri Election Law 115.284 (I ) establishes an absentee voting process to assist persons with permanent disabilities in the exercise of their voting rights. Monroe County Appeal Clerk Francis urges anyone who would like to be placed on the list to contact her office by either mail or telephone. Those people who are already on the permanent list will remain on the list and do not need to contact the office. Individuals wanting more information on either of the above need to contact the County Clerks Office, 300 North Main, Room 204 or telephone 660-327-5106. The Absentee team will visit area nursing homes on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Anyone wishing to vote an absentee ballot may do so in the County Clerk’s Office during regular office hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or mail in a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to their place of residence. When mailing in a request, individuals must list Continued to page 9 Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people. Since its first observance in 1922, 2012 Paris R-II Homecoming Queen and Princess... 2012 Homecoming Queen Shelby Dickey, left, and 2012 Homecoming Princess Jill Nobis. Additional photos pages 15, 16 APPEAL PHOTO

Monroe County Appeal, Oct. 11, 2012 • Week 41

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