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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Carousel Production’s presents “9 to 5” The Musical

Helen Snodgrass Macon, MO MACON COUNTY FARM & CITY NIGHT The Macon County Farm & City Night, sponsored by the University of Missouri Macon County Extension Council will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Macon First Christian Church, 806 E. Briggs Dr from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A free lasagna dinner, 4-H working demonstrations & Mini-showcase of extension programs will be on the agenda. Free event and everyone is welcome! For more information call 3852173.

TEENS CAN BUCKLE UP AND WIN Three hundred winners at high schools around the state will receive a $15 iTunes gift card when they are spotted buckled up. Here’s how it works: 175,000 window clings were distributed at Missouri high schools in preparation for an unannounced Seat Belt Spotter Day in March. Teams of spotters will be out looking for 300 random teens wearing their seat belts and prominently displaying a seat belt window cling. Seat Belt Spotter Day is part of the youth seat belt campaign that kicks off this month. The campaign includes a combination of education and enforcement. Visit to find out more information. Buckle up and Arrive Alive.


ABOVE - Actors from “9 to 5” The Musical perform during a recent show. RIGHT - The Musical stars Jenae Young as Violet, Toni Reikberg as Judy, and Jamee Nelson Bowen as Doralee. The show is running at the Royal Theatre in Macon starting March 9.

“9 to 5” the musical hits the stage running at the Royal Theatre in Macon on March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17. Carousel Productions once again takes a musical that is new to amateur and community theater audiences and brings it to life in only the way Carousel can. “We were looking for a new, fresh musical to produce that would excite our audiences and would “fit” our group of actors and singers. Everyone knows the movie “9 to 5” and the strength of the three women who made the movie famous. Well, we feel we have those women in our show!” says Mary Beth Lolli Truitt one of the co-directors. Portraying Violet (the Lily Tomlin role) is Jenae Young, a Carousel veteran who was last seen playing Adelaide in last year’s production of Guys and Dolls.

Judy (the Jane Fonda role) will be played by Toni Riekeberg who is a favorite local vocalist. And Jamee Nelson Bowen will dazzle as Doralee (the Dolly Parton role). Jamee is known locally for her success in the country music field. Her most recent success was as the winner of the Texaco Country Showdown sponsored by KRES radio station. And of course, where there are beauti-

ful women, there are always men in pursuit! The role of Franklin M. Hart, JR. the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss will be played by Craig Bonnett. Craig is one of Carousel’s lead actors and directors. The musical has also created a love interest for Violet, Joe,

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NATIONAL GUARD RETIREES ATTEND TRAINING Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012, Sue Wynne and Phyllis Campbell, U.S. Army National Guard Retirees, attended The American Legion Green Hills Post 57 monthly manual of arms training, held at the Bucklin Legion Hall. The Bucklin Legion Post conducts the practice for quality performance at military rites and honor guard events. The Post also has been performing the Four Chaplains

JEAN FIQUET Parents: Dr. Louis and Jeanne Fiquet Favorite Subject: Jazz Band and Pep Band Extra-Curricular Activities: Baseball, Basketball, Track, Carousel Productions Stage Crew, and Assistant Coach for a YMCA Soccer Team Future Plans: Attend Trenton College for two years and then transfer to a four year university

Ceremony. Both Wynne and Campbell had active duty military service before joining the Moberly Army National Guard Military Police Unit: Wynne was United States Navy and Campbell a United States Air Force veteran. Wynne resides in Bevier and Campbell at Clifton Hill, and are members of the American Legion Moberly Bazan-Bailey Post 6.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Leighton Reid-Post 57 Commander, Sue Wynne, Phyllis Campbell-Post 6 Adjutant, Wayne KitchenPost 57 Sergeant at Arms.

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Kate Johnson, granddaughter of Leon and Marguerite Thrasher of Bevier, is currently studing health sciences at the University of Botswana in Africa. Kate is a junior at the University of Colorado where she is majoring in Audiology. She was chosen for the competitive program at the University of Botseana to study the healthcare system in Botswana while taking courses at the University. While there she is working in village clinics and volunteers at an orphanage. On her Spring break, Kate was able to spend a few days at Victoria Falls.

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Having a plan can help your family make it through any disaster with minimal stress. A comprehensive family disaster plan includes information about each family member, household pets, insurance and finances, the home itself and its contents. Most important, the plan outlines what each family member should do during an emergency and identifies safe places inside and outside the home. University of Missouri Extension has created a disaster plan template to guide families through the development process. Creating a plan begins with a family meeting to discuss

Carousel Productions - “9 to 5” The Musical

who will be played by Joel Vincent. Joel started with Carousel during “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” and has found a home with the group in every production since. Another role that was expanded for the stage is the role of Roz. In the movie, Roz is Hart’s “right hand girl” and is played fairly rigid AND is the only woman Hart is NOT after. In the musical, Roz becomes the comedy relief. Martina Wyatt Miller will bring Roz alive with her comedic acting and vocal skills. The audience will look forward to her entrances. The music for “9 to 5” was written by Dolly Parton. “Dolly wrote the music and lyrics, but the arrangements are purely Broadway. The music is fantastic! We have the singers to pull it off and a pit (led by Beth Dixon) that is superb. When Beth puts together a group of musicians, you can bet it’s going to be the best. I know there are people who come for nothing else but to hear the overture and the entr’acte!” says Truitt. An ensemble of actors and singers completes the

cast in what is called a true ensemble show. There are very few scenes that the ensemble is not part of. “Many of our Carousel regulars are filling these roles as well as some of our most talented high school students from the area. We are always thrilled to have the young people in our shows. It brings a great energy to the stage. We have been so impressed with the sound we are getting from the ensemble,” says co-director Jeanne Fiquet. Kavi Surapaneni and Abby Lang are helping with choreography. These two young ladies have performed in Carousel and now have taken on a leadership role with the choreography. Directing the show is Jeanne Marie Fiquet and Mary Beth Lolli Truitt with special directing assistance from Hannah Wyatt. Todd Davison has designed the set, and Dan Coons with Duane Snyder and his group of local carpenters are bringing it to life. “I’m sure many ‘baby boomers’ have seen the movie. The play follows the story very closely. So with that said, the show

might need parental guidance for the very young. The kids will love the music, but although presented in a very funny way, the humor can be a bit more on the mature side. We just ask that you use your judgment when bringing children,” says Fiquet. The evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday matinee (March 11) beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in advance in Macon at C & R Market, Prengers, Macon Atlanta State Bank, both U.S. Bank locations, the Chamber Office and at the Moberly Chamber Office. All tickets are general admission with no reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. For ticket information call 660-3498260. Like us on Facebook at carousel9to5. Characters are: Violet Newstead – Jenae Young , Doralee Rhodes – Jamee Bowen, Judy Bernly – Toni Riekeberg, Franklin Hart – Craig Bonnett, Roz Keith – Martina Miller, Joe – Joel Vincent, Dwayne – Josh Meyer, Josh – Louis Fiquet IV, Missy – Johnna Bixenman, Maria – Ana

Rucker, Dick – Dan Coons, Kathy – Annika Winkie, Margaret – Hannah Wyatt, Bob Enright – Chris Ash, Tinsworthy – Duane Snyder, Detective – Stacy Stuart, Cop—Robert Martin, Doctor – Lindi Bell Farmer, Orderly – Suzanne Martin, Candy Striper – Tomesia Brumbaugh, New Employee – Allison Wilson. Ensembles are: Bull Pen Ensemble - Tomesia Brumbaugh, Emily Casady, Lindi Bell Farmer, Louis Fiquet, Aaron Laughlin, Robert Martin, Suzanne Martin, Josh Meyers, Kavi Surapaneni, Stacy Stuart, Allison Wilson. Roz’s Girls: Tomesia Brumbaugh, Emily Casady, Lindi Bell Farmer, Suzanne Martin, Stacy Stuart, Annika Winkie. Hart’s Boys: Louis Fiquet, Josh Meyer, Joel Vincent. Dancers: Tomesia Brumbaugh, Emily Casady, Louis Fiquet, Aaron Laughlin, Josh Meyer, Joel Vincent, Allison Wilson, Stacy Stuart, Kavi Surapaneni. Off Stage Chorus: Johnna Bixenman, Denise Czuba, Janet Prokup, Shelly Schaefer. Corpse----Jean Baptiste Fiquet.

and decide how the family will respond to a disaster. Use this template to guide the process. This family disaster plan is designed to be filled out electronically. Download the file to your computer before filling in the plan to protect your personal information. The plan also may be downloaded, printed and completed by hand. Additional pages for family members, pets and household contents have been provided. If needed, those pages should be included with the completed plan. Creating an electronic document is convenient;

however, it is essential to have paper copies of the plan available because electric and wireless services may be disrupted during an emergency. A copy of the plan should be stored with your disaster supply kit in the home. A second copy should be stored off-site with a relative, friend or at work. Families should review their disaster plan annually and update as necessary. The disaster plan can be found online at http:// publications/DisplayPub. aspx?P=EMW1011.

Macon County OATS Volunteer Support Committee Meeting The Macon County OATS Volunteer Support Committee met Monday, February 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the Macon United Methodist Church. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Mary Clark, followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The volunteers who attended OATS Transportation Day on February 1, at the state capitol in Jefferson City gave a report on the trip. Elsie Sagaser said the trip was very enjoyable. Vivian Helm praised OATS driver, Steven Russon, for his expertise in organizing the trip, escorting the volunteers inside the capitol, and for donating four dozen cookies made from a recipe in the OATS Fortieth Anniversary Cookbook. Betty Smith commented on how well-organized OATS Transportation Day was. Kathy Vivian gave a brief report on the trip which included visits to the offices of State Senator Bill Stouffer, and Representatives Tom Shively and Randy Asbury. The highlight of the visits was having pizza with Tom Shively

and the OATS volunteers from Shelby County. The purpose of the trip was to let the congressmen know how much OATS Transportation, Inc. is needed in Missouri and how much their support is appreciated. Old Business - The trip to Boonville, planned for Thursday, March 8, was finalized. Fliers announcing the Macon County to City of Macon route scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month have been posted on Oats buses and in various businesses. Mary announced that the next meeting will be held March 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the hospitality center of the Macon United Methodist Church. Volunteers are asked to bring canned good donations for the food pantry, Best Choice labels, and birthday money donations to the next meeting. All OATS meetings are open to the public. Anyone needing a ride to the meeting may call OATS at 800654-6287 by 3:00 p.m., Friday March 16. The meeting was adjourned.

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573-356-4405 ESTATE AUCTION Saturday March 17, 2012 @ 10:00 A. M. Maud/Lentner, MO area

Owner : The Late Dorris Yvonne Weisenborn Directions: From Clarence, MO go east on Hwy. 36 approx. 5miles to Hwy. TT. Turn onto TT and go south to Hwy. DD, then go east on DD toauction. From Shelbina, MO. go west on Hwy 36 Approx. 6 miles to Hwy. TT. Turnon TT and go south to Hwy DD, then turn east on DD to auction, watch for signs. Auctioneers Note: Ladies and Gentlemen Mrs. Weisenborn Hasbeen a long time resident of the Maud/Lentner/ Shelby County area for most ofher life. Mrs. Weisenborn kept everything very clean and in pristine condition.Please join us as we have excellent low mileage car and interesting furniture,collectables and antiques. Food and Restroom available. To view Picture Gallery for this auction visit us at As David Rose passed away we will offer his farm and estate at auction. Ladies and gentlemen this auction has something for everyone. As this is only a partial listing Mr. Rose had tons of things in storage new and old. It’s hard to advertise everything for this auction, but I can guarantee you don’t want to miss out on this one. Thanks for joining us Col. Scott Kuntz

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ABOVE - Shelmadine Tire and Service in Bevier. RIGHT - Brian and Ronald Shelmadine, owners, opened the business in July of 2011 and have not stopped growing.

Just before you get to downtown Bevier you will drive right past Shelmadine Tire and Service LLC. After Brian Shelmadine graduated from Grand River Tech, he and his dad began Shelmadine Tire and Service LLC. Opening the doors on July 1st 2011 the two have not stopped adding to their list of services. Shelmadine Tire and Service offers everything from tires, oil changes, vehicle repair and now on site tractor and semi tire service. Bri-

an has a trailer completed and is ready to head out on those emergency service calls. During the 4th of July season, the family also runs a firework stand. This is something they enjoy and will be starting their fourth year this summer. Kim, Ronald’s wife takes care of the book work and Cheyenne, Ronald’s daughter, helps with the fireworks. But, as of last week, there was even another business added to the Shel-

madine Empire. You can schedule Guided or Semi Guided Hunts all over the area through Shelmadine Outfitters. So whether you need auto repairs, inspections, fireworks or the need for

hunting land, you can stop by Shelmadine’s from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday or by appointment on Saturdays. Just call 660-773-6877 business or 660-349-0333 for Brian, or 660-349-8568 for Ronald.

Four Guidelines to Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s is a disease that can strike anyone, anywhere. It hits the famous and not-sofamous; the wealthy and the poor; and people of all races, creeds, and political persuasions. The disease is not only a challenge for the patient. It also challenges the families and friends of those who are afflicted. Because there’s currently no cure, it can be tempting for loved ones to deny the dementia and other symptoms and to attempt to maintain an “ordinary” life for as long as possible. However, getting past denial and facing the disease provides huge benefits for everyone. Following are four guidelines for the journey of dealing with Alzheimer’s when it strikes someone you love: 1. Inform yourself. Seek a deep level of knowledge and understanding as early on as possible, and stay on

top of the research. This will help you fully grasp the mental and physical implications for the Alzheimer’s patient, and you will better understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of you. You will have the tools and knowledge you need to recognize what will be the new normal for the patient: the agitation, the paranoia, the phobias, and the memory loss. 2. Find the best medical help. Many older people have had the same internist or general practitioner for twenty or thirty years. They’ve developed trust and familiarity with that person and commonly resist turning their care over to a stranger. While that’s natural, it’s also true that a specialist – a geriatrician, neurologist with a specialty in memory loss, and other doctors with specialties in aging – can provide a much higher level of care. They under-

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stand the many forms and diagnoses of memory loss, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the challenges of nutrition, and the range of treatments and protocols needed to deal with the loss of abilities such as speech and swallowing. 3. Live in your loved one’s new reality instead of fighting it. When a person has Alzheimer’s, his or her brain misfires. Dementia patients experience things differently, and it’s tempting to argue with them. However, that serves no useful purpose. In fact, all “reality therapy” does is agitate the person. So instead of insisting that your loved one face reality, enter your family member’s reality. 4. Celebrate. Although during the late phases of the disease, traditional ways of honoring a person can be difficult or even impossible, there are other ways to celebrate.

You can have a family gathering and reminisce, and assume that the patient is listening and participating. You can also share the outdoors. Too often, people who suffer from Alzheimer’s are confined to the halls of their community or their rooms. You can connect through music which physiologically changes your body and attitude. Enjoying the food is far more important than its nutritional value. Most of all, give the gift of touch which is a primal need we all share. Touching can provide comfort, care, understanding, and stimulation, so celebrate the moment with a hug. Finally, cut yourself some slack. Even the most giving, skilled, and loving family caregiver can get overwhelmed rather quickly. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and taking care of your own needs.

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Home Health Director of Nursing HomeCare of Mid-Missouri Home Care of Mid-Missouri has a great opportunity for a Director of Nursing (DON) to oversee Home Health operations. DON is responsible for: *Direct Supervision of all aspects of the department *Coordination of patient care services *Ensures the agency meets current regulatory and compliance requirements *Ensures the agency meets current regulatory and compliance requirements Education / Experience Requirements: *Bachelor’s degree with minimum of one to two years related experience and / or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience *Must have a current Registered Nurse license in the state of Missouri Competitive salary & benefits package. To apply, email resume and salary requirements to david.young@ Refer to Job Code HPS 63532 when applying.

Make A Difference. We’re Looking For An Assistant Supervisor HomeCare of Mid-Missouri seeks an In-Home Assistant Supervisor for our corporate office based in Moberly. These positions provide management to staff and oversight of area In-home service delivery to senior and disabled clients. Minimum requirements: two years home care experience/caring for elderly/ disabled, six months’ supervisory experience, and average computer and internet skills. State Provider certification a plus. Competitive salary & benefits package. Call 660-263-1517 for an application, apply in person, or download an application at www., email to employment@, or mail to: 102 W. Reed St., Moberly MO, 65270. EOE Refer to Job Code HPS 63532 when applying

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Ryan Dawson

Twilight, brooms and the equinox

Bevier Art Student Of The Week


The Bevier Art Student of the Week is Ryan Dawson. Ryan, a 7th grader, is the son of Kelly Dawson and Robert Dawson. Ryan’s art work was created with pencil.

Well, I have to say Crow doesn’t taste too bad, which is what I had to eat after watching the Twilight series on DVD last week. I argued the fact that is wasn’t going to be any good, but was talked into watching it. I mean really, who wants to sit through a boring love story that was full of fake vampires and werewolves? OK….all I can say is I was wrong and now I may have to fight my way into the midnight showing of the new Breaking Dawn Part II. The funny thing is if you ask my husband, he’ll admit he loves it just as much as I do. Go Team Edward!…No, Go Team Jacob!…No, I think I’m sticking with Edward! Can you believe the weather?! One day it is 70 degrees and the next morning I step out on the deck and almost slide to my car and I don’t mean on my feet. Missouri weather! This has got to be the warmest winter I can remember. We were telling our kids that the snow we received the two years was what we used to get when we were kids. Now there isn’t enough to enjoy. My definition of enjoying the snow is getting snowed in and not being able to go to work. Now, thanks to the internet, that doesn’t work any longer, I just have to work from home. I do like the snow on Christmas or when it is over a foot high, other than that I don’t want to see it. There is something that has me thinking this week. The Equinox! I just don’t have it figured out. I understand the earth is tilted on its axis either away or toward the sun, depending on which equinox it is, making the day and night have the same amount of

LIEBHART hours. I haven’t figured out how this has anything to do with the gravitational pull on earth. Now, anyone that knows me knows I am way out of my league here because I know nothing about gravitation or masses, except the fact that the older I get, the more mass I have and the harder I fall. But my thoughts are this: Maybe a broom will stand alone on any day. Has anyone tried it? The only time I have ever heard of anyone actually trying to stand a broom up is during equinox. I know there isn’t anyone in my home that will touch a broom any other time. Another question, if a broom will stand on its own other than during Equinox, will it be as exciting? However, I do believe that if the man of the house takes a broom and sweeps the floor during equinox (or any day for that matter) it does bring good luck and if he vacuums and does dishes on that same day his luck will overflow. Last but not least, I want to say thank you to everyone for the compliments and support for the paper. We do love to hear from you so please take this as an invitation to send us your thoughts, photos, ideas etc… PO Box 65 Bevier, MO 63532. Remember our reader submitted articles and recipes!


From the desk of the Worship Center Beatitude 5 Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Mercy is: Kindness [Webster] in excess of what may be expected or demanded by fairness. Mercy is not governed by fairness; it is governed by Love. When God judges He has His mercy to contend with. God never ask us to be merciful to Him, as He has no need for mercy. Mercy is for those who fail, miss the mark, backslide, and may or may not ask for forgiveness. God gave those of us who fail a tool called mercy. Mercy keeps us in the labor force, because our labor includes showing mercy to others. When I am without excuse, guilty as sin, exposed before others, and ready for sentencing, I can survive if I am among the merciful. A fair judge is the last thing I need. Do we really

want what we deserve? Once a man rescued another man from drowning. Later the one who was rescued broke the law. When he went for his day in court, he was relieved to see the judge was the man who had rescued him from the water. When he heard the judge’s harsh sentencing he asked, “Don’t you remember that day on the lake when you saved me?” The judge replied, “I was your savior then, now I am your judge”. For this time of grace, Jesus says: Come unto me all. Who so ever will, let him come. I am not willing that any should perish. I am with you always. After the time of grace look at what follows. Rev.20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Go to him Now, for there is mercy. Pastor Ron Thomason

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COIN OPERATED by Jim Coin The mighty Mississippi is once again flowing like a river, to coin a phrase. Yes the ice is broken up and headed for the gulf which means one of my favorite fishing spots is now fishable. This one is real close to the house and only accessible in early spring during high waters ( the thaw ) unless you are a duck hunter and its fall ,I will explain. Every place In the river I have caught good fish I have named, this one is called The Duck walk, it is a small river that joins the big river through the village park . It is about 200 yards from the park to the big river and about 20 ft. wide in its widest part 2 to 8 ft. deep from start to finish only in the spring when the waters are up. It’s a great little spot tall reeds along the sides block the wind, also gives some shade from the sun ,water is calm, just a great place with all kinds of fish and lots of them. Well it was the last Friday before duck hunting season started last year which means it was fall conditions, low water and lots of water hazards showing up everywhere; But I was determined to go fishing before stowing the boat for the year. Now my other half advised me it’s the wrong time of year for that spot, Hmmm sounded like a challenge to me and now there were 2 reasons to go there and away we went. 10 minutes later we are there, strong winds ,low water, stobbs sticking up and the sand bar blocking the entrance just inches below the surface. BAM !!! all of a sudden we are stuck… ( big time stuck ) oh well, we can’t get out, might as well fish cause I knew I was getting ready to hear it from the rear of the boat, due to the look on her face she was just waiting for her time to speak her wisdom. First and only cast got hung up –cause the water was only 6 inches deep , weeds, sticks, rocks ,sand it’s a terrible place in the fall. So I throw in the towel and say the obvious word gosh Hun you were

right let’s get out of here, which was very painful at the time, but nothing like what was yet to come. About an hour later still fighting the current ,and the wind and still ,trying to pole off the sand bar, 3 ft. forward 2 feet backwards, getting very tired with a occasional word from the rear of the boat; want some help, told you this was a sand bar, hey its getting dark and cold and the biggie, Hey I got to go to the rest room. What a dilemma I guess I will just get out and pull us into deep water ,not being prepared for getting into the river I was very hesitant. All of a sudden a sweet voice from the rear said why don’t you ask those guys for a push ,well that just about did it I was losing it, ok I said we’re in the middle of the Mississippi river and that’s not funny, frustration has set in and in a strong voice I reminded her that there isn’t anybody out here but us.. And then all of a sudden a VOICE–no not the one in the back of the boat. A voice like from the heavens, a man’s voice and it wasn’t mine, I am thinking GOD is that you? The voice then said very calmly but with some humor in it ,would you like us to give you a push to deeper water. I turned around I swear I thought it was Jesus and the boys walking on water pulling canoes full of duck decoys .I thought delirium had set in and I was seeing things. But alas it was just duck hunters wanting they’re favorite spot for hunting, walking the sand bar to set up camp in about 2 inches of water it really looked like they were walking on water really. I have been saved I muttered quietly to myself as they pushed us out to deep water and on to the dock we went. Well this is how this spot got named THE DUCK WALK. And boys the moral to this story is when she’s right she’s right and when she’s wrong she’s right to, if you’re a smart man. So until next time happy fishing my friend’s.

Everyone enjoys trying new recipes. You may find something new to add to your weekly menu. We love to hear from our readers! Please submit your favorite recipe and we will publish it in one of our issues. Mail to Home Press South, PO Box 65, Bevier, MO 63532 Attn: Reader’s Kitchen


1 lb. Hamburger 1 tsp. Salt 1 Chopped Onion 2 Cans Tomato Soup 1 Chopped Garlic Clove ½ lb. Sharp Shredded Cheese 1 tsp. Chili Powder 1 ½ C. Cooked Converted Rice ½ tsp. Pepper 8 Green Peppers Directions Seed peppers and cook in salted water about 3 minutes. Cook rice and set aside. Mix hamburger, tomato soup, chili powder, salt, garlic, onion and cheese. Fill peppers and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. BANANA BREAD

1 ¾ C. All Purpose Flour 2/3 C. Sugar 2 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Baking Soda ¼ tsp. Salt 1 C. Mashed bananas (2 – 3) 1/3 C. Shortening or Butter 2 Tbs. Milk 2 Eggs Directions In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add mashed bananas, shortening or butter and milk. Beat on low speed until blended, then high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and blend well. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake on 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and wrap and store overnight for best slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

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LOCAL NEWS by Jayne Roberts

Celebrating Birthdays: Joanne Cross celebrated her 75th birthday Tuesday, February 28th. Her daughters, Debbie Waddill and Kim Elam of Macon, took Pizza and Birthday cake to the home and had supper with their parents, Jim and Joanne. 4-H - Callao Shamrock 4-H will meet March 16 at the Callao Christian Youth Center at 6:00 p.m. Church News - Cowboy Church met Thursday evening at the 36 & 3 One Stop Café in Callao. The opening prayer was given by Jim Fitzgerald. Genny Wright brought a special song. Connie Lowe asked for prayers request as Bro. Jim Fitzgerald delivered the message and offered closing prayer. Cowboy Church is held every Thursday evening at 7 pm

Lt. Colonel Restarts Linneus Legion Post

at the 36 & 3 One Stop in callao. Everyone is welcome to attend. Wedding shower for Johnathan Cook and Kristi Erisman will be held at the Callao Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Sunday March 18th at 2:00 pm. The couple are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. Remember Daylight Savings Time Begins march 11th Thought for the day - Senior Citizens are a natural for a commercial-They snap, crackle,and pop without any other sound effects. Please send news for the Callao Chatter to Jayne Roberts E-mail at, drop it by the house at 103 8th St. or call 768-5557

Callao Students Take First in a State Contest Callao C-8 Students grades 5 – 8 had the opportunity to join a statewide math contest. They joined the Missouri Presidential Day Contest. This contest is a computer contest that uses the math standards set by the state. Student can play math games anytime anywhere on the computer and earn points. “Teachers can decide what standards each student needs to work on and set their individual levels,” said Mrs. Reed The contest opened February 22 and ended on February 29. The school had 22 students grades 5 – 8 compete. They were competing against 28 other schools in Missouri. “The competition was exciting to see the students use their time after school hours and on the weekends to answer math problems,” voiced Mrs. Reed. Our school won 1st place overall with a score of 2503 points, 2nd place was Pleasant Hope Ranch School with 1680 points. There was another race going on the same time as our contest, like the Northeast Area Contest, but we chose to join the statewide one. The winning district of the North-

east Area Contest was Monroe City R-1 School with a total of 342 pts. Up until the last 3 hours of the final day Casey Richardson had led the entire contest. Some where between lunch and communication arts the final day he fell 50 pts behind and could not catch up. I had 3 students stay after school on the final day to continue to compete until 4:00, which was the time the contest ended. “Kudos to you Casey! Congratulations” expressed Mrs. Reed. Some students made comments that it seemed easier to work on the everyday math problems now after all the quick review. Some students liked the fast pace setting of the games and were entertained by the challenging games. I think the contest was a great success for my students. I was able to gain knowledge of grade level skills mastered and the reports gave me a list of skills my students still need to master. The web site is available all year for students, parents and teachers. I challenge everyone to check out the site, said Mrs. Reed.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Post 538 Adjutant Cleo Munsterman, John Danco, Ralph Ham, Wesley Grove, Max Smith, Jerry Powell, Rick Scruggs, Past Commander James Clemons, John Murell, Gerald Murphy, Lloyd Grafter, and James Anderson-Post 538 Commander.

Thursday evening, March 1, 2012, at the Linneus, Missouri Methodist Church Thorne Activity Center, Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, Rick Scrubbs met with members of the Linn County Memorial American Legion Post 538 to discuss reactivating the Post. Scrubbs had recovered Post 538 Colors, rifles, and records from

long time Adjutant George Emery Wood. Wood had been instrumental in keeping Post 538 going, but ill health has ended his participation. Guests Harry Bill Rhodes-Browning Post 274 Adjutant and Ralph Thomas-District Two Commander were recognized by Scrubbs. Twelve Post 538 Legionnaires and Sharon Munsterman, 538 Ladies Auxiliary Presi-

by Doris Noah

Bridal Shower for Paige Women of the Bucklin United Methodist Church served as hostess of a wedding shower to honor Paige Casady, daughter of Richard and NancyCasady of Meadville. Paige and Danan Knott will be married on March 17, 2012 in Cameron, Missouri. Hostesses for the March 3 shower included Belinda and Candice Coe, Faye, Abbey, Laney, and Angie Johnson, Karen Arnold, Carole Kinnison, Donna Switzer, Lori Davis and Nancy Williams. Karen Arnold gave the welcome and prayer prior to a lovely Spring tea. Decorations were in keeping with the bride’s colors and Spring flowers. Belinda Coe led the game. Abbey and Laney Johnson assisted the bride as she opened gifts. Brittany Gall sat with her good friend and recorded the gifts. Other honored guests included the bride’s mother, Nancy, and the groom, Danan. Those present included: Ashley James and Ava, Francis Bigger, Lori Hanson, Lisa Finney, Doris Noah, Betty Shoemaker, LeNell Hughes,Thelma Jones, Becky Hulett, April Knazik and Haylee Knazik, Liz, Brittany and Kate Gall, , Mildred Garner, Aleta and Philip Casady, Ted and Van Casady, , Janet Casady, Twila Casady, Clydene Jones, Betty Burris and Emily Burris, Tracey and Caroline Thompson, , Emily Switzer, Marilyn Williams, Amber Liebhart, Gracyn Hanson. Gifts were sent

by those who could not attend: Kelsey Casady, Megan Johnson, Ruth Ann Sturdy, Deloma Gall, Tammy Standley, Trisha Bracken, Brigen Kinnison, Charlotte Nickerson, Patty Switzer, Peggy Finney, Lynette Liebhart, Sue Borron, Nancy Williams. Queen Mums meet The Queen Mums chapter of the Red Hats met at Tall Paul’s for lunch recently with one guest, Tauna Billups, present. Marj King and Trudy Eads were in charge of the program. Prizes were awarded Marge Sportsman, Mary Jane Artz and Beverly Bandy. The door prize was won by Faye Leppin. Hostesses for the meeting were Blanche Whisenand and Ruthe Penderson. Gone with the wind A walk through the Masonic Cemetery one Wednesday morning was really a contest with the gusty south wind. Flowers have blown from graves over into Vernon Payne’s pasture, Jenkins bean field and even along the railroad track to the east. No matter how firmly they are secured it appears the wind comes out the winner. So many lovely arrangements and baskets are scattered by a relentless wind. This is worse I am told than Oklahoma and those folks are used to it. We aren’t. This wind even blew the top off of the old blue bird house on the west fence. They will be wanting to move in before long so that is on the “to

dent, were present. Post members elected officers: James Anderson was selected as Post Commander and Cleo Munsterman was elected Adjutant/Finance Officer. Post members discussed placing American flags on veteran graves this Memorial Day and forming an Honor Guard for military funerals. Members voted to send Linn County R-1 Junior

Marc N. Jungles to Boys State. Sharon Munsterman stated Post 538 Auxiliary was sponsoring six high school junior girls, from Linn County R-1 and Meadville schools, to Girls State. Commander Anderson stated he would contact members with the next meeting date and welcomed any area military veterans to attend future Post meetings.

do” list today. A positive note along the way; a pair of Meadow Larks were singing non stop in Payne’s pasture. It sounds like spring for sure.

myself that a bright purple crocus was blooming in our south flower bed then Larry Kinnison tells me they have at least a dozen blooming and they have been for a week. So much for my big news. By the time you get this newspaper the daffodils will be full of bloom and Larry’s crocus, and mine,a thing of the past. Remember: The Mt. Zion Church NW of New Cambria is hosting an open house celebration on March 24th to honor Jim and Cherry Miller as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Time is from 2 till 4 in the afternoon. Everyone is invited to come and share this special time with Jim and Cherry. Hope you can make it to the American Legion Hall for breakfast March 17. All donations go to Rick and Sandy Foster to help with medical related expenses. There will be a bake sale going on at the breakfast as well. All proceeds to benefit the Fosters as they deal with health problems. You are invited to bring baked goods or buy (or both). Watch for news of the annual Irish Stew, Bucklin City Council meeting and the Civic Club meeting in the Bits From Bucklin column next week.

Cooper’s program Pat Noah was in Marshall recently to attend the Second Grade Spring Program. The theme was Dr. Suess. Pat’s grandson, Cooper Noah, took part in the program. Cooper is the son of Craig and Julie Noah, Marshall. Fellowship dinners The United Methodist Church had their monthly fellowship dinner following morning worship on March 4. Host committee was Larry and Carole Kinnison and Darrell and Faye Johnson and family. Fellowship dinner was held after morning worship at the Bucklin Christian Church March 4. Host committee was Leighton and Debbie Reid, Danny Ervie, Calvin and Donna Gall, Ken and Mary Stufflebean and Trudy Womack. On the sick list As this is being written John Kitchen is a patient at Boone Hospital in Columbia. He is having tests run and expects to be home in a day or so. John will be starting a lengthy series of treatments this week. Joe Sportsman had double knee surgery the 6th at Boone Hospital in Columbia. Joe is a Marceline resident who well known as a referee at Bucklin R2 basketball games for many years. Odds ‘N Ends It does not pay to brag does it? So full of

Do you have a news item to share? If you do please call 660 695 3600, email dnoah112@ or just come by our house anytime. Each article is appreciated and just what it takes to make the news newsy. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Doris Noah

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LOCAL NEWS Four Instant Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills


Students are currently holding Fund Raisers for their International Ag trip to Greece. March 31st they will host the Second Annual Dinner and Auction at the First Christian Church in Macon at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please e-mail or contact Macon Area Career Center at 385-2158. Members of the International Agriculture Class are pictured from left to right: ShyAnne McDow, Trevor Green, Sean Richards, Blake Rose, Jessica Young and Lauren Wright.

Minutes Macon County Commission – February 13, 2012

Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. John Cook was in to speak with the Commission regarding an entrance tube needing to be installed on Harvest Road. Accounts payable received and signed. Minutes Macon County Commission – February 16, 2012 Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. Wally Amedei met with the Commission regarding

rock on Golden Avenue. Phillip Millburn was in concerning rock on Golden Avenue. Completed contract for Economic Development was presented to Commission. Minutes Macon County Commission – February 20, 2012 Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. The Commission met with Josh Meisner, Prosecuting Attorney, Philip Prewitt, Associate Circuit Judge, Robert Dawson, Sheriff, Kimberly March, Circuit Clerk, David Moore, Jail Administrator, and Rick Tucker, Circuit Judge. The meeting con-

cerned a $69,000.00 drop in funds into the Jail in 2011 and how to correct this. The group determined that more information was needed and agreed to meet again in the near future. Minutes Macon County Commission – February 23, 2012 Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. Bob Strait with The Railroad Yard Steel Company was in to talk to the Commission about Culvert needs. Roy Warren met with the Commission regarding rock on Owatonna Road.

Wayne Johnson met the Commission to see if the County could work with the City of Atlanta on a chip and seal project. Minutes Macon County Commission – February 27, 2012 Members Present: Alan R. Wyatt, Drew Belt and Jon Dwiggins. Chris Waddle, road supervisor, was in to discuss work orders for the county. The Commission appointed Commissioner Dwiggins to the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation Board. The seat is now being filled by Commissioner Belt whose term is up on June 30, 2012. Pursuant to section 205.100 RSMo, The Com-

Everyone – including your significant other, your boss, your employees, your neighbors, and your family members – wants to feel heard and valued. Yet we are not born with the skills it takes to be a good listener. We can learn to listen, though, even when we are dealing with angry, mistaken, or hostile people. Hecklers, or those who need to be corrected, are really just people who are having a bad day and need our attention. Sometimes, all it takes to improve the situation is prove that you are listening. Here are four ways to instantly improve your listening skills: 1. Be in the moment. Prepare, both mentally and physically, the way you would if you were an athlete. Get rid of all distractions. That means turning off the computer, muting your cell phone, and ignoring the telephone. Ignore everything else. If any worries or concerns threaten to intervene, jot them down, and commit to dealing with them later. 2. Bypass your bias. It’s okay to have preconceived ideas (such as believing that someone’s idea won’t work) as long as you admit it. If you have a bias against an individual, admit it. Keep an open mind, though, and let the person persuade you trust him or her. You could be wrong. Be willing to allow for that possibility, and see what happens. You might

be pleasantly surprised. 3. Use your empathy. Sometimes, we hear the facts, but we overlook the emotions behind those facts. Find the feelings that lie beneath the words, and separate the facts from the emotions. Hearing not only what people say, but also what they feel about what they say, is the key to delivering an appropriate and helpful response. 4. Pay attention. Ideally, you’d be able to listen to everything, but sometimes, you can’t. You might be easily distracted, or the person delivering the message might be a poor communicator. In that case, focus on the cue words that can help you know what’s most important. Listen for the phrases, “The bottom line is‌,â€? What we need to do hear‌,â€? “My main goal is‌,â€? and “To sum it all up‌.â€? Those are your cues to pay close attention to the words that follow, because the person is going to deliver the message you need to remember. Show that you’re engaged by making great eye contact as you listen, and prove that you’ve been listening by paraphrasing what he or she has just said. Once you’ve validated the speaker, you’ll find that he or she will respond differently to you. The defensiveness will disappear, and so will your frustration. Your ability to listen will help the speaker, and you’ll benefit, too.

mission voted to appoint Judy Rushton R.N. Administrator of the County Health Department as the County Health Officer. Motion made by Commissioner Dwiggins, seconded by Commission Belt, Vote 3-0. David Bibbs called in

regards to CFO regulations. Gary Simmons called in regarding the right of way on Matador Place. Fuel bids were awarded to Brownfield Oil for gas and M.F.A. for diesel.

Legion Hosts Community Morning Coffee

36 & 3 ONE STOP






LEFT TO RIGHT: Post 57 Legionnaires Jim Kosman and Larry Kinnison install the new coffee sign on the Bucklin Legion Hall.

The American Legion Green Hills Post 57, located in Bucklin, Missouri, lost their morning coffee meeting location, when the local restaurant stopped serving breakfast. Post 57 began hosting a monthly breakfast the third Saturday of each month, but this was not suitable for a daily social event. Post members began meeting at the local legion hall with Ko-

rean War Navy veteran James Kosman starting the coffee at 6:00 am. The legion hall daily coffee meeting has continued the past year and it was decided to post a banner inviting the public. The group continues to meet each morning with regulars and transitioning walk ins. The morning coffee is open to everyone.

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International Incidents and Language I was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps when I received my orders to the United Kingdom. I thought “Fantastic!” I won’t need to know a second language because I speak English. Let me clear this up, we speak American and they speak English. After 24 hours of not sleeping, 12 hours of flying in various planes and getting in a line to go through customs I found I was feeling a bit ill. Standing in the “queue”, it came to my turn. The guy took one look at me and said, “Are you alright, love?” Thinking I must look as bad as I feel, I regaled him with my woeful travels and how tired and thirsty I was. I was in near tears by the time I got to the fact my luggage hadn’t arrived. He gave me the oddest look and said, “Alright, well, I see your orders, hurry along.” I couldn’t understand his apparent lack of concern after hearing of my woes. It wasn’t until a fellow American explained to me that “Are you alright?” is how they say, “How are you?” Some months later, I hopped on my bicycle and rode away from the base with a backpack filled

with things that one needs for an overnight stay. I was armed with a map and all the confidence a young Marine is endowed with when first given their Eagle Globe and Anchor insignia. I found myself in a little village called Darley. I found a Bed and Breakfast, wonderful places to stay, found all over the UK. I was getting ready to settle in for the night when the chap who owned the establishment asked me “What time shall I knock you up?” Somewhere in my mind a record screeched and I leveled a gaze at him I reserved for only my war face. My mind flipped through memories rapidly trying to assess his meaning. Finally, I settled on a conversation I had had months earlier with an Air Force associate, “knocked up” means “woken up” he had informed me. As a smile took over my face I said 7 am would be lovely. I then wiped my brow with the back of my hand and thanked the Lord for the international incident that had just been avoided. In the interest of avoiding the possibility of others getting into an international incident, we speak American and they speak English!

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IN-HOME MANAGER RN leadership position available, HomeCare of Mid-Missouri is seeking a Home and Community based RN manager. The successful candidate must possess management experience, critical thinking and problem solving skills, be self motivated and able to train and provide oversight to nursing and supervisory staff. Download an application at www.homecaremo. org. Mail to: HCMM Dept. MGRIH 312, 102 West Reed, Moberly, MO. 65270. Apply in person, or email resume and salary requirements to: Refer to Job Code HPS 63532 when applying.

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Country Living This week we are going to get out of the county a little bit and go to the country town of Bevier. Located in the center of Bevier is the First Baptist Church. Along with my sister-in-law, not only are we members but we are commanders of the AWANA program. This program is for children ages 4 to 15 and held on Wednesday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. currently we have about 70 kids enrolled. For those of you that don’t know what AWANA is, it is bible based teaching for children. That means we do not teach a specific religion, we teach the bible. The kids love it; there are three stations they go to in the program. One of them is Story Time; this is where the leader of the group tells a story from the bible to the children. Another station is Games, the game leader conducts fun games for the kids, in this part of the program they get to act silly and release energy, this is the loudest room in the educational building by far, and there is a snack after games. Then the last station is Handbook Time. Each child earns a book, shirt or vest, and a bag to put their things in. In this part of the program they are able to earn awards by completing a section of their handbook, they receive an award that coincides with that club. We have four clubs in the AWANA program. Preschool aged children are in a group called Cubbies this is a lively group with a lot of heart. They come in every Wednesday and tell us stories or something important that has happened in there week. The next group is grades Kindergarten to second grade, the Sparks group. These kids know

their stuff. In this group we have two kids that have already completed their book and some others that are very close. The TnT group is grades 3rd through 6th, this group is one of the biggest groups we have in the program. It has been split into two groups and that has seemed to work better for all involved. The last group is our new group Trek, which has been added just this year. These kids are pre-teen and a wonderful group. They prepare a skit or a song and perform it in front of the whole AWANA group. The skit is something they have come up with on their own and it usually involves a life lesson. They try to get the message across to the younger kids to be kind or to think of others. At the end of each Wednesday night usually ten kids or more volunteer to say the closing prayer up on the stage in front of everyone. That’s really something. I absolutely love being a part of this program and many of the adults involved in this program feel the same way. You do not have to be a member of the church to be in the program. In fact, we have many kids that are a member of the AWANA program at Bevier, that attend other churches. We have been able to take a field trip to the Macon Skate Center which was a lot of fun. The Trek group has gone to the golf course as a reward for completing sections of their book. We try to make it a fun experience for every kid. If anyone would like to stop in and check out the program, please feel free to do so. Everyone is welcome! It’s another perk of living in a rural area and having the simple pleasures in life.

“For those of you that don’t know what AWANA is, it is bible based teaching for children. That means we do not teach a specific religion, we teach the bible.”

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LOCAL SPORTS Tri-County All Conference Basketball Teams Named


Tri-County All Conference Basketball teams were named. Congratulations to all the players and to coach Janet Prokup for receiving Coach of the Year! Girls First Team Dominica Prokup (MVP) Bevier Rachel Shahan La Plata Maci Hullinger Linn Co. Valle Wilson Bevier Emily Sorenson Green City Girls Second Team Sara Duncan Macon Co. Makay Belt La Plata Chloe Hubbard Novinger Cheyanne Heaton Green City Cheyenne Shelmadine Bevier Girls Third Team Samantha Reed Atlanta Meredith Thomas Brashear Shelbie Nolte Macon Co. Cassandra Peterson Macon Co. Shelby Salter Brashear Girls Coach of the Year: Janet Prokup (Bevier)

The MO Energy team traveled to Shawnee Mission, Kansas on February 25 and 26 to participate in a GYM RATS/ MAYB Tournament. The girls did very well as they played all teams from Kansas. They ended up going 3-1 in the tournament and their only loss was to a big 6A school from Denver Kansas by 10 points. They will now finish their season at Marceline on March 9 and 10 and then Kirksville on March 17th. Members of the team. L- R front row include: Amber Garner ( Highland), Karissa Hamlin ( Knox), Madison McCabe ( Knox). back row L-R Nate Simler coach ( Kirksville), Jennah Strange ( Knox), Chalee Britt ( Macon), Savannah Jochem ( Bucklin), and Kaylee Smith ( North Shelby).

Boys First Team Trevor Stocks (MVP) Novinger Christopher Hoerrmann Green City Peyton Swift La Plata Chris Smith Novinger Aaron Maddox Macon Co. Boys Second Team Weston Smith La Plata Jarrett Alexander Linn Co. Jonathan Novinger Novinger Mick Garnett Atlanta Ty Stillwell Linn Co. Boys Third Team Brett Peukert Bevier Brandon Pearson Green City Anthony Kitchen Bucklin Joe Clarkson Brashear Taylor Herron La Plata Boys Co-Coaches of the Year: Shane Stocks (Novinger) & Donnie Fields (Green City)

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