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Bucklin, MO Election Filing Update As of Wednesday, December 26, 2012 local filings have consisted of: City of La Plata: Bill (Grizz) Adams, Ward I Alderman, John McGee Ward I Alderman and Dennis Jones, Ward II Alderman. City of New Cambria: No Filings. City of Elmer: No Filings. City of Atlanta: No Filings. City of Bevier: Ron Johnson Sr., Mayor; Patty Cheever and George Murphy, Aldermen; and Trinette Peukert, City Clerk. Village of Gifford: No Filings. City of Callao: Lyla Strong, West Ward Alderman and Larry Cross, East Ward Alderman

Bevier & Macon County R-IV Homecoming Bevier will be hosting Brashear on Friday, January 11th for their annual Basketball Homecoming game beginning at 6:00 p.m. Bevier will be announcing winners of the Silent Auction Bidding for school inventory. Macon County/Bucklin teams will be hosting Northwestern on Friday, January 11th, as well for their Homecoming game, also beginning at 6:00 p.m. Watch next weeks Home Press for more information on Homecoming activities.

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Conservation Commission Sets 2013 Turkey, Deer Season Dates The Missouri Conservation Commission set dates for 2013 turkey- and deer-hunting seasons at its December meeting, giving hunters plenty of time to schedule vacation. The Commission set the following dates for turkey hunting. • Youth season, April 6-7 • Regular spring season, April 15-May 5 • Fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31 Bag limits and shooting hours remain the same as last year. Additional details, including spring managed turkey hunts and regulations for spring turkey hunting on conservation areas, will be published in the spring turkey hunting regulation guide in March. The Commission set the following dates for 2013-2014 firearms deer hunting. • Urban portion, Oct. 11-14 • Early youth portion, Nov. 2-3

• November portion, Nov. 1626 • Antlerless portion, Nov. 27Dec. 8 • Alternative methods portion, Dec. 21-31 • Late youth portion, Jan. 4-5 The Conservation Commission also simplified requirements for tagging harvested deer, effective June 1, 2013. Other deer-hunting regulations will be set in the spring of 2013. Details will be published in the fall deer and turkey hunting regulation guide. Missouri offers some of the nation’s finest deer and turkey hunting. Howeve r, this wasn’t always the case. In 1925 Missouri’s deer herd was estimated at 500 animals and in the 1950s the Show-Me State had only about 2,500 turkeys. Today, deer and turkey hunting are big business in Missouri as a result of restoration efforts by the Missouri

Department of Conservation and the help of conservation partners and private landowners. Approximately 155,000 turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on travel, food, lodging and hunting equipment. In all, the economic impact of turkey hunting in Missouri is more

than $248 million annually and supports more than 2,300 jobs. More than 500,000 deer hunters spend more than $750 million each year directly related to deer hunting in Missouri annually. These expenditures generate more than $1 billion in business activity and support more than 11,000 jobs.

Multi-County Pursuit Leads To Arrest On December 18, 2012, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers recognized the driver of a maroon 1995 Chevrolet Lumina, Daremiah Lajai Gibson, 30, of Wright City, MO, who had several active felony warrants for his arrest. When the troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensued westbound on Interstate 70, near the Montgomery and Warren County line. As the pursuit neared the Montgomery City exit, troopers observed a small child in the vehicle and the ground pursuit was terminated. A Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft

was in the area and continued visual contact with the vehicle as it continued westbound on I-70. A short time later, the vehicle stopped and an adult female and a small child exited. Troopers made contact with the exiting subjects while other troopers continued to follow the vehicle westbound. Once again, troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point another pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued westbound on I-70 where several attempts were made to deploy spike strips. The vehicle exited I-70 at the Lake of the Woods exit and turned onto several outer

roads, eventually leading back to U.S. Highway 63 where it continued northbound. The Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft continued to follow the vehicle northbound, into Randolph, Macon, and Shelby counties. In Shelby County, the vehicle traveled onto county roads where it eventually ran out of gas on County Road 315, near Missouri Route MM. The aircraft pilot advised troopers of the vehicle’s location, and they subsequently took the driver into custody without further incident at 12:10 p.m. The driver, Daremiah Lajai Gibson, was taken into

custody for felony probation and parole warrant; felony Warren County warrant for fraud; felony Lincoln County warrant for bad checks; and Franklin County warrant for driving while revoked. Various traffic charges are pending. Gibson is being held at the Shelby County Jail. The charges for which Gibson has been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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December 20th brought the first snow to the Northeast Missouri area. With school being out on the 21st for Christmas break the area children enjoyed sledding, snow ball fights, building snowmen and forts and then warming up inside with some hot cocoa.

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Live Nativity and Santa Visited by Many at Clarence

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Wednesday, December 19th was a busy day in Clarence as the Clarence Horseshoe Club hosted a Live Nativity and Santa at the VFW Hall that evening. Santa was visited by 32 children as families enjoyed the Live Nativity, cookies and hot chocolate. Pictured is Santa taking Christmas wishes and the Live Nativity as seen that evening.

Oklahoma Indians 4-H Central Methodist The meeting was held on November 13, 2012 at the La Plata Family Baptist Life Center. The meeting was called to order by Justin. Sharron called roll, 11 answered. The minutes were read by Sarah and they were approved. The club collected $333.33 for United Way and signed a letter for Kyle Larson, he will be stationed in Guam, we will be collecting items for Kyle to send him for Christmas. An award was handed out to MaKenzie, Trista and Madison for completing their recognition forms. The club initiated new members: Brooklynn Couch and Travis Grove. We will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army on November 30th and December 1st. Caroling will

be December 14th at 4:00 p.m. with the Lions Club. The club will be bringing in cans of food to donate to the La Plata Food Bank. December 14th is the deadline for members to turn in their 4-H story for the ambassadors contest. Recognition night will be held January 19th, 2013. Birthdays this month were Julie, Brenda, Tori, and Darrell. Members present were Cordel, Lance, Brooklynn, Travis, Justin, Ben, Kirk, Sarah, Matthew, Madison and Molly. Leaders present were Nikisha, Alan, LeAnna, Jenifer, Brenda, Sharron and Barbara. The next meeting will be held December 11, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

IHCC Announces Local Graduates Indian Hills Community College has released the names of the students who completed their graduation requirements at the end of the 2012 Fall Term. This is a list of students who received an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, or Diploma at the end of the Fall Term. Those from the

area are: Terri M. King (AAS), Edina, Missouri, Sasha Robinson (AAS), Greentop, Missouri, Christopher Bowers (Diploma) and Donnita M. Shultz (AAS), Kirksville, Missouri, Sara R. Mathews (AAS) and Jessica K. McMann (AAS), La Plata, Missouri and Stacey Jack (AA), Memphis, Missouri.

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Dean’s List Area Students Make the Grade Local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall semester at Central Methodist University. To qualify, students must be enrolled full time and achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on CMU’s 4.0 grading scale for the spring term, according to Dr. Rita Gulstad, Vice President and Dean of the University. The following students are on the Dean’s List: Kailey Harpster, a Child Development major from Atlanta; Andrew Stewart, a Middle School - Math major from Callao; Sarah Espino, a Pre-Education major from Macon; Elizabeth Roberts, a Chemistry

major from Macon; James Schwieter, a Undeclared major from Macon; Sarah Tucker, a Chemistry major from Macon; Joslyn West, a Music Education major from Macon; and Luke O’Laughlin, a Physical Education major from Bevier Founded in 1854, Central Methodist programs range from undergraduate and graduate studies to high-school dual credit offerings. Serving more than 5,000 students on its historic main campus in Fayette, through collaborative programs at locations across Missouri, and online, the CMU mission emphasizes academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.

SHEPHERD’S CALL

What’s New?

by Dr. H. Wade Paris Walking down the street, I met my friend, Jack. “Hi,” he shouted at me, “what’s new?” He caught me off guard, so I stammered a moment before replying. “Gee, it’s a new day.” “No, it isn’t”, he said. “It’s at least ten hours old; and who knows when a new day begins? Just because we say it begins at midnight doesn’t mean it really does.” “No,” I agreed. “You’re right. It’s not a new day, but,” I replied, “our friend Ralph has a new car.” “Naw,” he said, “that car’s not new.” “Sure it is.” “No,” he said, “it can’t be new. The metal in that car is thousands of years old. It’s been in the ground for who knows how long. The car was placed on the assembly line more than a year ago. Someone drove it to test it, and drove it onto the truck, and off the truck. By the time Ralph got it, it was a used car.” He grinned, knowing he had gotten me again. I gave up. “What is new?” I asked. “Well,” he replied, “probably nothing. A new moon is not new. It’s the same, old moon. A new crop is not new. It was

planted with old seed. A new house is not new. It was built out of lumber that took years to grow. There’s probably not anything new”, he laughed. Feeling good about his “success”, he left to find another quarry. This incident happened long ago, and I forgot it until I began to write The Shepherd Calls for the New Year. I am sure that what brought it to mind was Jack’s death two weeks ago. Now he is in heaven where everything is new. The apostle John saw heaven in a vision, and he declared it is always new. (Revelation 21:1-5) For now, however, Jack was right. There is not much really new on planet Earth. Personally, I call something “new” when I experience it for the first time. That way every day and every year is new. In the midst of John’s vision of heaven, God said, “Behold, I make all things new . . . write these words . . .” It sounds like God was giving John a new page, a new leaf to write on. God is about to give us a new leaf as well. At the top of our new page is written, Year of Our Lord 2013. Write it well!

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On 12/12/12 at approximately 4:53 pm, the Macon Police Department responded to a report of a 10-year old boy being chased by older boys displaying a large knife. Upon arrival, it was determined the incident happened in the 600 block of Jackson Street. A witness to the incident also contacted the Macon Police Department about what took place. As a result of the investigation, police located and arrested a 17-year old white male of Macon for assault in the third degree. The suspect was processed at the Macon Police Department and released pending a municipal court date. A 16-year old juvenile white male suspect was also identified and located. The juvenile suspect was turned over to Macon County Juvenile authorities for their handling. On 12/14/12 at approximately 1:35am, a Macon Police Officer was conducting a traffic stop at Rutherford and Bourke Streets when a pedestrian approached the officer and began to interfere with the officer’s traffic stop. The officer asked him numerous times to step away from the area while he conducted the stop and the subject refused to comply with the officer’s request. Due to the subject being non-compliant, the officer attempted to place him under arrest, at which time he became combative

and assaulted the officer. After a short struggle, the officer gained control of the subject and placed him into custody. As a result, the 21-year old white male from New Bedford, MA, was arrested for failure to comply with reasonable command of an officer, resisting arrest and assault of a law enforcement officer. The suspect was transported to the Macon Police Department for processing and was later taken to the Macon County Jail where he was placed on 24hour hold pending formal charges. The Macon Police Department continued the investigation into the allegations of two suspects chasing a younger boy with a large knife. After interviewing additional witnesses and obtaining more information about the incident on 12/14/12, the Macon Police Department applied for additional charges to be filed against the 17-year old adult in the case. Today, 12/17/12, criminal charges were filed in State Court for the arrest of Mason R. Doyle, 17 of Macon, for felony unlawful use of a weapon. Police arrested Doyle and transported him to the Macon County Jail to be held without bond at this time. A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is, of course, presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Obituary Sharel L. Redmon Mr. Sharel L. Redmon, age 85, of La Grange, Missouri passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:35 p.m. at the Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, Missouri. He was born August 9, 1927 near La Plata, Missouri a son of LeRoy and Anna DeHeer Redmon. He married Mary Ellen Hulse on March 4, 1952 and she passed away on October 16, 1977. He later married Charlotte Ann Brown on April 14, 1979. She survives. Sharel was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during W.W.II from 1945 to 1948. He loved to be outdoors hunting and fishing. He worked for Missouri Power and Light as a lineman for 30 years retiring in 1985. Sharel was a faithful member of the La Grange Christian Church where he served as an Elder and Deacon. Survivors include his wife Charlotte of La Grange; two sons, Chris (Marsha) Redmon of Kirksville, Missouri and Craig (Brenda) Redmon of Canton.; step children, Rae (Rennie) Ludens, of Burlington, IA, Debbie (Lyle) Massner of Morning Sun, Iowa and Wally (Elaine) Brown of Milaca, Minnesota; one brother, RL (Marjorie) Redmon of Kirksville; two sisters, Olivan Herndon of Springfield, Missouri and Peggy Amerman of La Plata, Missouri; grandchildren, Elizabeth Altepeter, Kathleen Redmon, Thomas Redmon, Andrew Redmon, Audrey Barton, Amber Ludens, Jonathan Ludens, Derrick Brown, Taryn Brown and Luke Massner; great grandchildren, Dominic Altepeter, Isabella Barton and Lance and Graysen Ludens. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Harold, David, Paul, Thomas and James Redmon; three sisters, Orpha Collins, Blanche Perry and Genevieve Mc Afee. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the La Grange Christian Church with Rev. Kary Myers officiating. Music was provided by Judi Myers, organist and Kathleen Redmon, vocalist. Burial with military honors was in Chariton Grove Cemetery in Gifford, Missouri. Pallbearers were Andrew Redmon, Thomas Redmon, Jonathan Ludens, Luke Massner, Luke Barton and Gary Bagley. The family suggests memorials be made to the La Grange Christian Church or to Camp Courageous. Online condolences may be made at www.davis-fh.com.

Northwest Announces Fall 2012 Trimester Honor Rolls The Office of the Reg- Presidents List; La Plata

istrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced the names of students named to the Academic or President’s Honor Roll at the end of the 2012 fall trimester. Local students making the honor rolls were: Clarence - Jade E. Barry, Presidents List, Daniel J. Chinn, Presidents List and William R. Mefford,

- Caleb J. Gladbach, Academics List and Emily M. Snodgrass, Academics List; and Macon - Jessica A. Gipson, Academic’s List, Jakob W. Kircher, Academic’s List, Rachel L. McGowan, Academic’s List, Michael R. Smith, President’s List and Quinn T. Whitaker, Academic’s List.

Obituary

Edwin P. Nuhn

Edwin Paul Nuhn, age 88 of Macon, Missouri and formerly of Atlanta, Missouri passed away Monday night, December 24, 2012 at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon, Missouri. Edwin was born on September 17, 1924 in Atlanta, Missouri the son of John Christopher and Elfie Belle (Grugin) Nuhn. Edwin was never married. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Phillip, Karl and Grove Nuhn; one sister-in-law, Kathleen Nuhn and a brother-in-law, B.T. Lamb. He is survived by a sister, Mary Anna Lamb of Excello, Missouri; three nieces, Patricia Callis and husband, Ron of Moberly, Missouri, Shirley Switzer and husband, Ronnie of Excello, Missouri and Karleen Baker and husband, Richard of Lake Forest, Illinois; three greatnephews, Chris, Mark and Nathan Switzer; and other relatives and many friends. Edwin resided most of his life in the Atlanta community and was a graduate of the Atlanta High School. He and his brother, Grover owned and operated a dairy farm and he delivered milk I the Atlanta area. Edwin and Grover were well known for raising miniature mules and Belgian mares and showed them at the Missouri State Fair as well as other fairs within the state. He was the oldest member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church. He was a past member of the Missouri Miniature Mule Association in Sedalia, the Atlanta Saddle Club, and the Atlanta Community Club. He enjoyed gardening and had raised Pomeranian dogs. He and Grover had moved to Macon in 2002 to make their home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. (December 28, 2012) at the Elliott Funeral Home in Atlanta, Missouri with Brother Jim Bolin officiating. Music was provided by Sue Cavender, organist and Leanna Carriker, soloist. Musical selections were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace”. Burial followed the services at Hopewell Cemetery, west of Atlanta, Missouri. Casket bearers were Ron Callis, Ronnie Switzer, Richard Baker, Chris Switzer, Mark Switzer and Nathan Switzer. Services were under the direction of Elliott Funeral Home, Atlanta, Missouri. elliottfunerals.com

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TOPS MO877 La Plata met Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the La Plata Christian Church fellowship hall with five members weighing in. Gail led the meeting. The group opened with the TOPS and KOPS pledges and sang the TOPS/KOPS Winter Wonderland song, led by Karen C. Roll call was “did you lose, did you journal, and what are your Christmas plans?” Best TOPS loser was Barb Y. and runner up was Karen C. Best KOPS loser was Barbara G. The 2013 SRD (State Recognition Day) will be April 5th and 6th in Springfield, Missouri. Gail heard from Cindy Story, Area Coordinator, concerning the Spring and Fall workshops. More on those later. Gail read inspirational ideas and thoughts from the TOPS calendar. The weekly challenge is to eat wisely and sensibly during the holidays. Anyone interested in visiting or joining TOPS is welcome. Please call Gail at 660.641.3025 for more information.

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Opal Prough Shumaker

Opal Prough Shumaker, 97, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Klein Center in Burlington, Iowa. She was born in Adair County, Missouri, and lived in that area her entire life, until her husband’s death in January 2006 when she moved to Fort Madison, Iowa to be near her son. Born August 2, 1915, she was the oldest of three children born to Amzie and Verna (Parrish) Prough. She was only three years old when her father died, forcing her mother to move her young family in with their grandparents where a difficult farm life during the depression followed. She made it through the 8th grade before she was forced to leave home to go to work caring for the elderly, other families, their homes and farm animals. At the age of 24, she became a single mother who faced the hardships that brought during those days. With the help of her mother, brother and other family members, she raised her son and he became the most important thing in her life to the very end. She continued her work until October 1954 when she married Roy Shumaker, and then became a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and every year would grow a garden large enough to provide produce to all of her neighbors and friends, in addition to filling her cellar with canned goods. Their farm in Macon, Missouri, became a retreat for her family and friends and many fun-filled days were spent there, with her enjoying every minute. Opal not only adored her son, but also her two granddaughters who spent summer days with her on the farm throughout their childhoods and beyond. She was pure of heart, kind, loving, and faithful and never complained about anything- except for the cold weather. Her spirit will live on in those who loved her. She is survived by her son, LaVern Prough of Fort Madison, and her granddaughters, Kim (Ray) Crutcher and Deb (Doug) Bergquist, both of Wever. Preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents and two brothers, Edwin and Olen Prough. The funeral for Opal began at 11:00 am Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa, with Chaplain Dave Plooster officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.

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COMMENTARY COMMENT

Kathy’s Korner BY KATHY LIEBHART kathy@hpsouth.com

Another year past and a new one to begin! It seems they are going by much quicker each year. We had another wonderful Christmas filled with programs, Santa, nativity scenes and of course family gatherings with some serious food! I am afraid to step back on the scale. For those of you that read my last column, you are aware that our granddaughter, Brylie, didn’t ask for much, but wanted to make sure we did not get her a “LaLa Loopsy” doll. Well, her Pop got her one and she not only opened it at our Christmas on Christmas Eve, but it was wrapped up for her again at our Christmas on Christmas day! She ended up giving it to her Pop and said, “Here Pop, you can have this, I don’t want it”. I think she was afraid it would come back a third time if she didn’t get rid of it. To sum our Christmas’s up quickly, several family members were in this year, it was great to see everyone. My brother was his usual self and Tatum was the only one to get stuffing in her face, but she did win the “Minute to Win It” Games and even won the bonus game for an extra $50 prize. One family member got to go on a scavenger hunt for his

LIEBHART present and mine was just about stolen, but I caught the culprit (my brother). Wade has become a “Minute to Win it” fool. Our dining room is now the official game site for all his games. We had friends over on Christmas Eve night and you guess it, we played for hours! Battle of the sexes, anytime we were ahead, the guys wanted to play another game to end it. They couldn’t stand the competition! I need a bigger house, at least a game room!!! On another note, we have had early deadlines with the holidays and you may not see some of the articles you enjoy reading. We will be back on track with the usual Thursday deadline next week. Thank you for all the calls and we are here to answer any questions. I want to wish everyone a great New Year and hope you have many blessing in store! I sincerely appreciate each one you. God Bless!

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Pastor’s Corner When the shepherds arrived at the place where the infant Jesus was lying in the manger, the shepherds told Mary and Joseph all that happened while they were in the fields. Then, we are told in Scripture, “Mary treasured these all these words and pondered them in her heart.” When I hear or read the word “ponder” my mind flashes to a couple of cartoon mice, Pinky the not so bright, and the Brain, the maniacal genius. Every episode begins with the two in their cage and the Brain asks Pinky, “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?” Pinky always replies with whatever random thoughts were fleeting through his small mind, something like, “ I think so, Brain, but if they called them “sad meals” no one would buy them.” And every episode the mice would embark on one of Brains’ crazy schemes to take over the world and every episode they would fail. So in this season after Christmas, what are you pondering? Are you pondering on how to take over the world? A better thing to ponder is how to make this a better world. An even better thing to ponder is how you can allow

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Jesus to use you to invite people into his kingdom, his family. Jesus, this baby in the manger is already the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is as the song says, “Lord at thy birth.” He is already the Savior of the world. Those of us who claim to follow him are supposed to be looking for ways to introduce others to Jesus. We ought sharing the love and joy his mother felt at his birth with those around us. But do we feel this love and joy? Let ‘s ponder with Mary the things the shepherds were told and the things that all the things the witnesses to his life and work say about him in the four gospels. Are you pondering what I am pondering? Denzil Thomas, Pastor

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The Oklahoma Indians 4-h Club was joined by Gary Cunningham of the La Plata Lions Club when they chose to sing for the La Plata Nursing Home residents on December 14, 2012. They sang traditional Christmas songs and gave many hugs to the residents. Pictured are Gary Cunningham, Madison Taylor, Trista Smith, Matthew Lewis, Janet Taylor, Elaine Larson, Olivia Larson, Ben Larson; back row includes Hannah Larson, Naomi Larson, Tanner Smith, Skylar Rhodes, Jennifer Taylor, Elizabeth Larson and Sarah Larson. They were accompanied by their leader Sharron Burns. A KTVO Channel 3 reporter also filmed the group for a later broadcast.

Bits From Bucklin December 19th News Citizen’s Appreciation Dinner The ladies of the Civic Club prepared a spaghetti dinner for their neighbors on Thursday December 6th, 2012. A large crowd attended the dinner at the Community Building in the park. Door prizes were awarded at noon to the following guests: Marilyn Williams, Wayne Kimler, Darla Snyder, Frances Bigger, Madeline Clemons and Monty Montgomery. Special guests, Russell Davolt, Jerry Davolt, Roger and Gloria Davolt arrived in time for dinner and a good visit with former neighbors. Russell and Jerry lived here on Walnut Street for many years until failing health prompted a move. Following the dinner clean up Cherry Miller, Marj King and Patti Gilmore delivered the boxes of gifts gathered by the Civic Club members for a family they have “adopted” for Christmas. Christmas Program A large crowd attended the Christmas Program presented at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church north of Bucklin Sunday morning December 9th, 2012. Gary Lane welcomed those attending and offered the Morning Prayer. Belita Amen is song leader. The Advent Candle was lighted by Steve Burks before the children entered the sanctuary to begin the program which was titled, “The Birthday of a King”. Patty Switzer coordinated the music. The program was complete with the youth choir, solo performances, the nativity scene, shepherds with their variety of sheep and angels. Following the program Phillip Martin spoke briefly and invited all to come down to the church fellowship hall for lunch. He asked the Lord’s blessing on the bountiful lunch the women had prepared. The morning service closed with the crowd joining in the singing of Silent Night. Christian’s Women Fellowship President Judy Bakke led the group as they prayed the CWF prayer to open the December 11th, meeting. The Christian Women’s Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1:45 p m in the Christian Church. Judy led in the worship with an article from the booklet, ‘It Is Who You Know’. Patsie Hughes took roll call and read the secretary report from the November meeting. It was approved. Jean Still gave the treasurer’s report which was approved as given. Courtesy chairperson Marj King reported she had sent nine cards this month. Old business was taken care of and under new business it was voted to give a gift of money to a young man dealing with health issues. It was also decided to adopt a neighbor who is having a hard time right now. Betty Shoemaker had the study portion using scripture from First Corinthians Chapter 13 as the base for her lesson. She closed her study with prayer. Following the benediction refreshments were served by hostesses Linda Hensley and Patsie Hughes. Jean Still had baked a cake to celebrate the December birthdays of Patsie and Linda. She served the cake at this time and presented each a gift. Judy Who is going to take care of us? Judy Niemeier is retiring. She came as manager with the opening of Prenger’s Bucklin Store and has been a faithful presence ever since. How can we let her retire we wonder? She answers all our silly questions, keeps her finger on the pulse of the town, she always has a jar set out for donations when there is a fire, illness or death in the community and sees the money gets to the proper place. When the ambulance or fire truck sounds a siren the phone starts ringing at the store and Judy is expected to know who is in trouble. When a child is short of coins to pay for their items we know she digs into her pocket to make up the difference. Judy even makes good coffee. Who is going to take care of us we wonder? This does not seem right. Judy will be just fine. We suspect she will get a lot of traveling in as soon as her move is complete to the new house just north of town. She has four sons, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to visit when she isn’t traveling about the world. We are the ones left behind. We can only hope the person sitting behind that old desk in the front window will be as patient with us as our soon to be retired friend has been. Company Recent visitors in the home of Marj King here in Bucklin were Bill and Barb Stagg from Independence, Mo and Pearl Olinger from Brookfield. The group enjoyed dinner in Marceline with Beverly Bandy and the afternoon spent in the Bandy home visiting and playing cards. Congratulations Gary and Phyllis Anders Gary Anders & Phyllis Breeden were united in marriage on December 8, 1962 in New Boston, Mo. The couple was honored by their family on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception held at the American Legion Hall here in Bucklin on December 8th, 2012. We add our good wishes to the many this couple received as they celebrate 50 years together. Odds and Ends Take some time to drive around town any evening and you will be amazed at the beauty you see. Christmas lights in the park and along Main Street are just the

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beginning. There are too many decorated homes to start mentioning. Come to town and see for yourself what a festive place we have come to be. While you are here we have two great places to eat… supper on either side of the street is a stop you will be sure to enjoy. So many little towns long for a restaurant and we are blessed with two. Clean, friendly, good food, you can’t beat that anywhere. Welcome to town, we are celebrating the birth of our Lord here. December 26th News A Christmas Guest It was a damp Wednesday December evening just about dusk when a big worn looking covered wagon came into town. The wagon was being pulled by 5 chestnut colored draft horses and behind this wagon was an old trailer with a large American flag fluttering in the breeze. For heaven sake, what now? You think you have seen it all only to learn you have not. Here is a short tale we will title, Bucklin’s Christmas Guest. We discovered the driver was named Lee. He said, “Just call me leehorselogger.com.” that is his website and so that is what we will call him. The stocky built horses are Suffolk Punch draft horses. This is an English breed that is rather rare in the United States. I asked their names and he said with a chuckle. “Look them up on my website for if I say their names they are trained to go forward.” It was a stroke of good fortune our guest pulled into town and found shelter for his horses and the wagon he calls home when he did. They settled in a large shed here in town and stayed for a few days. During their first night in town a cold north wind started up and by morning the freezing rain blew in which later turned to snow. Our story begins in August 2006 when Lee was diagnosed with a very serious cancer in his neck and lymph nodes. About this time his ranch in Montana was sold (as he put it) out from under him. He had an old wagon, a team of horses and 75.00 in his pocket as well as cancer that Doctors presumed to be fatal. Lee treated the cancer with a variety of herbs and cancer killing natural remedies and in 6 months according to his own testimony the huge knot in his neck disappeared. He has been declared cancer free ever since. Lee makes it clear he is not protesting anything and has no agenda. At this point in the Christmas Guest’s story he states, “I do not claim to cure cancer or convert anyone. I do claim the right to my own definition of life. Sometimes to slow down you have to get up and go. “ Slow down and get up is just what Lee did. It was August 9th, 2006 when he left East Glacier, Montana with only that team, wagon and 75.00 to see the United States of America from the seat of an old covered wagon. According to his estimate he travels about 3 miles an hour and avoids Inter State Highways. Again according to his own estimation he has seen thousands of people and been treated very kindly by thousands of people all across America. Early Sunday afternoon he stopped at a nearby home to “borrow” some air for his wagon tires and away he went out of town. This interesting man has been interviewed on CNN and CBS but until he visited Bucklin many here had never heard of him. God go with you Christmas guest. Stop in again anytime. Pictures of Christmas The Bucklin Christian Church all church Christmas program was presented to a capacity crowd in the sanctuary Sunday morning, December 23rd. The play titled Pictures of Christmas was written by Darla Snyder and Frances Jenkins with Patsie Hughes and David Jenkins in charge of production. Readers were Lynn Akins and Leroy Miller. Cast members were Chris, Greta, Calvin, Emma and Reese Cathey portraying the family reading the Christmas Story. Cast members were Kenny Sappington, Lauren Leamons, Bryce Cupp, Patrick Peterson, Charles Snyder, Charllie Hughes, Ross Roberts, Ethan Dowell and Hayden Gall. Marilyn Dowell led the children’s choir as they sang Away In A Manger with soloist Lily King. Pianist Johnna Bixenman accompanied the church choir as they sang selected Christmas hymns throughout the play. Dates To Mark On Your Calendars January 9th, 2013 Bucklin City Council meets at 5:00 p m in City Hall. You are welcome to attend. January 19th, American Legion Post #57 men fix a full breakfast (they even have waffles and good syrup) for everyone. They start serving around 8:00 a m and serve till the gravy is gone. Donations are accepted but not required. January 20th, Regular meeting of American Legion Post 57 at the Legion Hall. January 21st, 2013 Bucklin Community Association meets at 7:00 p m at the community Building in the park. You are welcome to come and get involved with the improvement of our town. NOTE: The Bucklin Civic Club does not meet in January or February. There will be no Citizen’s Appreciation Dinner for the months of January or February. It will be business as usual in March. Odds and Ends By the time this column reaches you we will be writing 2013. It takes a month or so to make the change every year. I look forward to the New Year just as a child anticipates Christmas. Do you have an item for the Bits From Bucklin? If so please call 660 695 3600, email dnoah112@gmail.com or feel free to come by our house anytime with your news. Every item is welcome and just what it takes to make the news newsy. God Bless America, Doris Noah

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Dean and Pam Burris visited with Bobby and Verna Buck on Saturday evening December 22 at the La Plata Nursing Home. Pastor Zach Vicars sermon on December 23 came from Hebrews 1:1-4. Practical applications this Christmas season: 1. When giving a gift or receiving a gift, think about the greatest gift ever given, Jesus. 2. Kind words-God spoke the kindest words through His son, Jesus. 3. Read the Christmas story either in Luke 2 or Matthew 2 before unwrapping Christmas presents. Amy’s grandmother, Nadine from California join them for worship service. There will be no Wednesday night services on January 2. Dean and Pam Burris and Roger, Betty and Matt Tipton of Macon spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with Mike, Melanie, Mady and Maddox Tipton of Trenton. All of us enjoyed the candlelit Christmas Eve service at Hatton Chapel Church where Mike is pastor and Melanie led the song service. We open our presents before going to church and had a nice lunch and then a nice supper after services. Christmas morning the Burrises and Tiptons enjoyed watching Mady and Maddox see what Santa brought them. Zhu zhu pets were a hit, DS Player and Basketball hoop. Maddox could dunk the ball and he was thrilled. Mike read the Christmas story. We had brunch and then Mady and Maddox rode home with Dean and Pam to drop off stuff and pick up more to go to their son’s home in Moberly. Dean and Pam Burris, Mike, Melanie, Mady and Maddox Tipton of Trenton had Christmas supper with Shawn and Jennipher Burris of Moberly. Asher Kimbrough and his fiance, Joni Wilkerson of Moberly was there and Zach Kimbrough. We enjoyed a nice meal and opening up of presents especially Maddox and Mady. Maddox like opening up Aunt Jennipher’s presents too. He really enjoyed opening his spider man cycle and Mady her I pad. Mike read the Christmas story before we open up our presents. Dean and Pam Burris went through Callao on the way home to look at the Christmas light display and it was beautiful. Mike, Melanie, Mady and Maddox Tipton spent the night and the next night with Roger, Betty and Matt Tipton of Macon. It was back to work for Pam on the 26th but was thankful to have a job and not be laid off. I wish each and everyone of you a prosperous, peaceful, productive and prayerful 2013.

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Trooper Talk Yielding To Emergency Vehicles Living in a small town, I often get asked, “Where were the police going the other night when they went by my house?” Or, “Do you know what call the fire department was on when they were headed out of town?” When outside our cars, we are often drawn to the sound of sirens and attuned to the lights of emergency vehicles as they pass by. Why is it that when some people get behind the wheel of their vehicle, there is a shift of senses? Inattention continues to be the leading cause of traffic crashes in Missouri. Whether it is other passengers in the vehicle, eating, applying make-up, reading, or using some electronic device, all of these distractions turns driving into a part-time occupation. Technology, specifically, has advanced in recent years making cars quieter and the ride nicer; however, it also has blurred the lines from home and office to the car. Access to voice and data in our vehicles, while convenient, has been shown to have a negative impact while driving. Along with crashes, inattention has increased a trend of not seeing or hearing emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens activated. Section 304.022 RSMo. requires a motorist to pull as far as possible to the right of the traveled portion of the highway and

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It was a Merry Christmas in the Heartland community this year. We celebrated with a staff Christmas party on Friday night, followed by a children’s party on Saturday morning. All the children in our community enjoyed games, stories, food, and gifts along with a special visit from Santa. The Jolly Old Elf held an amazing resemblance to Grandpa Bobby Patchin,

but that might have been a coincidence. For several families in our community, this Christmas represents an entirely fresh start in life. Some husbands, wives, and children enjoyed their first peaceful Christmas together in many years. We are so grateful to God for restoring lives and letting us see up close and personal the results of His good will toward men.

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or an area with many intersecting roadways presents other challenges. The sound of a siren reflecting off buildings sometimes makes it difficult to know exactly where it is coming from. Slow down and be mindful of intersections while looking for the emergency lights. Never try to outrun an emergency vehicle at an intersection or any location. Sometimes, due to traffic conditions, or at congested intersections, emergency vehicles may have to travel in opposing lanes. This is another reason why it is imperative drivers from each direction yield to the right, when it can be done in a safe manner. A discussion of yielding to emergency vehicles would not be complete without mentioning what to do when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle working alongside our highways. The now 10-year old law requires motorists to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped ahead with its flashing lights activated. Motorists must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they are on a multi-lane highway and can do so safely. If a driver can’t change lanes safely, or they are on a two-lane highway, they must slow down while maintaining a safe speed as not to impede other traffic. A new law,

that went into effect this past August, now includes Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) vehicles, displaying flashing amber or white lights, stopped roadside, within the “Move Over” law. Safe movement of emergency and other vehicles is one of mutual responsibility. Laws requiring actions of motorists also hold drivers of emergency vehicles to certain standards. Phrases such as “slowing down as necessary for safe operation” and “not endangering life or property” are just part of the standards set by Missouri law. By remaining vigilant while driving, consistently checking your mirrors, and reducing the distractions inside the vehicle, you not only increase the chances of your safe arrival, but also those who depend on you to move over in order for them to reach their destination safely. When you are behind the wheel, please remember: Driving is a full-time job. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorist to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!

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This past Wednesday rain turned into a blizzard on Thursday. Mother Nature came in for a strong windy visit on December 20th. Those who needed snow for Christmas got their wish, with about 4 inches of accumulation. We hope all have a blessed Christmas time with families and friends. Guess 2013 will soon be here. Todd and Leslie Gray visited his parents, Donna and Jerry Gray this past week. Charles and Dillon Howe visited Marilyn Sinnock Sunday. This week Jeremy Jarman visited his grandparents, Mary and Roger Jarman. Ron Gallagher spent Wednesday with Steve and Ronda VanHara. Best wishes to two special couples in our area. Mary and Roger Jarman celebrated 56 years of marriage this weekend. Another couple, Bud and Donna Seibold celebrated their 66th anniversary. Have you checked out the beautiful Christmas lights at the home of Mr.

and Mrs. Allen Grove, at the corner of 156 and Flagpole Avenue? The Village of South Gifford held its council meeting on December 13th, with a Christmas party for the council members. Attending were Dean Aholt, Neva Attebery, Mike VanHara, Jerry and Donna Gray, Cindy Draken, Steve and Ronda VanHara, Tina Hubbard and Tracy Cassidy. It was reported they had replaced the tube at the intersection of Main and 2nd streets. Amy Burns of Columbia met Sharron Burns Wednesday at Funny Pages in Moberly for lunch. The Sunday message at Gifford Christian Church was delivered by Nathaniel Iman. The congregation this Sunday consisted of Dean and Marietta Slaughter, Rich and Sharron Burns, Kirby Bailey, Debbie Newland, Kim and Leighton Shoop, Bud and Donna Seibold, Chad and Amanda Belfield and daughters, Morgan and Claire, Donna Kelly and Jean Elliott.

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by Patty Truitt

Well folks Christmas is over and I for one am sorry to see it go. It is time, because I have to pack away all these decorations and undecorated 8 trees. Every year at this time I say I am not going to put up so much next year. But what do you leave behind in the attic. We did so much this last weekend that I went back to work today to take a break. We started last Thursday during the storm and the power outage, between lights out I made chocolate covered pretzel and six kinds of cookies plus some pies. Then Friday I had to work but Saturday I was off, and started the day by finishing up the gift wrapping. Then Saturday night Kenny and I took our Grandson Derek to Pizza Hut for supper and we went to the Macon T heather to see The Hobbit, and by the way if you haven’t seen it, go, It is a great movie, but be prepared it is 3 hours long. Sunday we were guests of our daughter and sonin-laws, Bonnie and John McMurry of Atlanta. It was a wonderful day with lots of good food and lots of loved family. Bonnie served a traditional English Christmas dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding. She had so many wonderful dishes and we all had a great time. Those present were my daughter Laura Claus and her daughters Kaylee and Katherine, my Granddaughter and her family Krystal and Justin Williams and children, Cole, Allie, and Blake. Kenny and myself, plus Bonnie and John. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed all the presents and the great time visiting. Monday was Christmas Eve and we enjoyed a great Christmas party at the home of Rickey Noyes of Macon. He and Brenda Thorton, my sons motherin-law had a great dinner and a fun time. Those present were Brenda and Rick, Jeanette Thorton and son Garret, Jason Thorton and his son J.T. Raymond and Jessica Wood, Kenny

and myself. We all had a wonderful time with great food and great friends. Thank you Brenda for inviting us. Tuesday or Christmas day we stayed home. Guests were Derek Wood, our grandson, Granddaughter Kay lee Claus, Raymond and Jess wood and daughters Norma and Bella. We had a really fun day and the highlight was when we gave Norma and Bella what they asked for for Christmas. Norma wanted a piano keyboard and Bella wanted a guitar so Norma got a keyboard and Bella got a Barbie Rocker Guitar. I hope Ray and Jess really enjoy the girls music. Christmas Day our neighbors, Bonnie and Gary Chadwell who went to Texas for the winter to avoid the cold weather called. They were enjoying a white Christmas. It was cold and snowing their. Also talked to my son Larry in Elk City Oklahoma He called and it was cold and snowing their also. The Clarence Community Betterment chose the best decorated houses in Clarence. Decorated yard went to Marilyn Kriner and Nativity Scene category was the home of Jim and Kay Johnston. Both families had beautifully decorated homes. Congratulations to both of you. Carolyn Stinder has her daughter Nova Gene visiting and this week-end they are going to Kansas City to visit Carolyn’s other two daughters, April and Tina. Shirley and Latrell Walker spent the holidays at the home of Latrells son and family, Sonny and Tish and Children in Crocker Mo. Shirley told me they had a wonderful time. I do hope all of you have a great New Years and a lot of fun putting Christmas away. Be careful and be safe. Have a blessed week, Patty

Atlanta News by Marsha Hammons Kailey Harpster is on the Dean’s list at CMU. December 22 dinner guests of Basil and Marsha Hammons were Julie Kay and Daniel Howe, Dylan, Dalton, and Sheridan of Novinger, Jacie Hammons and Josie of Kansas City, Walter Serra of Virginia, and Justin Hammons of Coulmbia. Jacie, Josie, Walter, and Justin stayed overnight.

Julie Kay and Sheridan Howe visited Basil and Marsha Hammons Christmas afternoon. Christmas night supper guests of Ronnie and Beth Garnett, Grady, Mick and Courtney were Jill Garnett, Matt Winkler, Josey and Jennie Garnett, Josh and Shannon Garnett and Kennedy, Terry and Carla Garnett and Zeke.

Clarence Care Center

by Kim Hutcherson

Doug Beldon, Danny Harvey, Rhian Beldon, and Cathy Carothers led Church services for the residents and their guests Sunday morning. Cathy played the piano.  Those attending were Helen Griswold, Jim Hill, Dorothy Dee Daniel, Marilyn Stockmann, Grace Killen, Frank & Martha Mason, Isabel Hutcherson, Norma Latimer, Donave Still, Loreta Wynne, Mary Gertrude Edwards, Felicia Lomelin, Oreta Imler, Mildred Walter, and Della Griffith.   This afternoon, Bill Bevan came out and read to the residents. Holly and the residents watched the movie, Elf, on Monday, Christmas Eve.  It was a fun movie to start their day.  Everyone played Bingo this afternoon.  The grand prize winners were Felicia Lomelin, Martha Mason, and Dorothy Dee Daniel. Tuesday was Christmas Day and the residents really enjoyed having so many family members and friends come visit throughout the day.  Several residents went out for the day and spent it with their families. It was a beautiful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Wednesday, Holly and the residents played the Nintendo Wii Shooting Range game.  Helen Griswold received the most points.  Rev. Stan Hudson, from the Clarence Church of the Nazarene, led Bible study this afternoon.  The study title was “God’s Gift of Love”.  Scripture was read from 1 Corinthians 13:113. The residents watched the movie, The Orphan Train, Thursday morning.  Many of the residents remembered when the Orphan Train came through town.  They exchanged stories and memories while watching this very interesting movie.  Holly and the residents played Bingo this afternoon.  Mary Lee Gingrich came by and offered a helping hand to those playing.  Everyone had a great time visiting while also winning some delicious tasting prizes!  The grand prize winners were Geneva Oliver, Lou Ann Taylor, and Oreta Imler. Clark Dobbs, from the Macon First Baptist Church, led Bible study Friday morning.  The topic of study was “Jesus Our Emmanuel”.  Scripture was read from Isaiah 9:67; Matthew 1:18-25.  We learned that God came to

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earth as Jesus our Savior and Emmanuel. These 2 names tell us that He saves us and is with us. Saturday morning, Ronnie Shores visited with the residents and they listened to his collection of cd’s.  Another Christmas movie was shown on the big screen this afternoon.  The residents are trying to watch all the holiday movies they can before the 1st of the new year! We would like to thank Sandra Guffey, Grace Robuck, and the Lentner Pioneers 4-H Club for their recent donations to the Care Center.  We wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with many blessings!  Have a wonderful week!

Linda Hoff Clement, pictured above, is the author of three children’s books: The Cozy Little Igloo, Hit the Road Mr. Monster and The Third Time’s the Charm. The books are based on her own childhood. Linda was at C & R over the weekend displaying and selling her books.

FAITH

From The Desk Of The Worship Center That Which Cost Me Nothing Luke 9:58 A certain man said I will follow you whither so ever you go, And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nest; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head. Jesus Christ asked him to count the cost, and warned there would be no free rides. Jesus called “following him” our reasonable service. We have no record of Jesus living anyplace. Even though he had homes that he would visit he admitted he was homeless. The home of his dear friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazareth, was such a place where he would stop for rest and meals. On one such visit Jesus told Martha she was troubled with too many things. Martha had the same opportunity to set at Jesus feet as her sister Mary; but she missed it because she was so busy with the meal. The meal could have waited. If our daily life has no time for Jesus we must cut back. We are too busy. Jesus said, come unto me. Jesus sent seventy men out to witness by twos. He told them not to carry their purse, script, or shoes and salute no man by the way. Go in all haste don’t get caught up with needless conversation, or complaints, and keep the load light. When David decided to repent he was offered a trashing floor and oxen free to sacrifice. He said he could not offer to God what cost him nothing, for some this would have been a dream come true, a chance to serve God with no cost. Do we understand that we have a job to do? We can not leave the Christian duties for others. We all are responsible. Worship Center Pastor Ron Thomason

GOOOOOOD MORNING Thomas Hill Lake! Snow blankets your lands my lady with very cold temperatures. You blessed us with a white Christmas, now let’s turn the heat back on!! The duck’s don’t seem to mind the weather, I can hear them quacking on your waters, especially in the evening. The coyote’s are still on the prowl, barking at dusk calling in their packs, it sounds like their “chattering” is getting closer to the house...our outside dogs seem to keep them somewhat at bay....good dogs!!! I always wondered why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth....Then I ask myself the same question! (H. Yahya) Big Cedar Lodge brought us warm weather, sunny skies and cool nights! We stayed in a cabin that was tree top high, what a view of Table Rock Lake we had! A wonderful large stone fireplace in the cabin gave us flickering lights and crackles throughout the night, the spa in our cabin was marvelous! Watching the sunset on the balcony was breath taking, the multitude of colors filled the skies, stars appeared twinkling in the heavens as if they were saying something, they seemed close enough to touch! Critters scampered beneath the balconies rustling the leaves as they ran around, yes I fed them, it was fascinating watching a skunk not far from a raccoon or possum eating their treats. They offer “Tree House Cabins”, might have to see what they are all about next time, hope there is an elevator! I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas! We sure did, all of our kids came home this year with all five of our grandbabies! Chaos at it’s best with all the little ones running around, the wonder and excitement in their eyes is beyond words, it is engraved within my heart never to be forgotten! This my friends is the last column for this year, so with that......I wish you a Very Happy New Year and I hope that 2013 brings only the best for you! May God Bless you all! See ya’ll next year! As Always, Love & Hugs from the lake........Connie P.S. Let’s talk, tell me your tales! einnoc@cvalley.net

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City Power Outage - The City of La Plata was without power last week (Thursday, December 20th) when a tree collapsed into a power line on Clark Street (Highway 156). The town was totally a blackout on the south end of town for approximately 1 ½ hours before the city crews were able to restore power. Working on the power lines were Nathan See, Cory Cook and a local citizen that contributed his help in the frost bitten weather, Cody Gladbach.

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The Spare Parachute By Glen Cope Some words of wisdom my dad once gave me about farming were “you must save in the good years to get you through the bad.” This is good advice when you consider that many Americans are no longer saving to overcome a job layoff or in anticipation of an injury or sickness that could lead to a loss in wages. The drought of 2012 qualifies as a “bad year.” It will take several “good” years for farmers and ranchers to overcome not only the financial losses that occurred, but also bring the condition of their land back to a healthy and productive state. Family farms, like other small businesses, are subject to many variables that bring uncertainty to having a profitable or break-even year. However, agriculture is at the mercy of Mother Nature, a potentially disastrous variable that does not affect other businesses so significantly. Farmers know rainfall amounts and weather conditions are some of the most im-

portant factors when it comes to having a successful year. Some might say downswings in the market, taxes and regulations, and even high fuel and fertilizer costs have a huge impact on a farm’s profitability. And they do, but when looking back on 2012, the lack of rain was enough to convince the most optimistic farmer that a drought of such historical magnitude could affect the future of the farm. Even saving like Ebenezer Scrooge during the good years could not help many farmers overcome its devastation. If there is one saving grace for farmers in 2012, it is that federal crop insurance helped limit the potential for many farms to go completely under. With corn yields in some areas of the country near zero and the cost to plant, fertilize and harvest the crops at elevated levels, the losses were staggering. Thankfully, because of the federal crop insurance program, which is essentially a partnership between USDA, private

insurers and farmers, there was modest support for farmers who felt the ill effects of our weather. Crop insurance isn’t free, or another government handout. It is a risk management tool only available to those who have purchased coverage. It is because of federal crop insurance that some farmers are still in business after a disastrous year like 2012. Crop insurance has become a central part of our nation’s farm safety net, and the farm bills approved by the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee make some important improvements farmers would like to see

in place. These changes, along with the other parts of the farm safety net, remain in limbo since Congress has not completed its work, and leaves farmers in a quandary as they plan for 2013 and beyond. As 2012 comes to an end and farmers reflect on the challenges this year has brought, we think back on how bad it could have been had crop insurance not been in place. It is still good advice to “save in the good times,” but would you jump out of an airplane without a spare parachute? Crop insurance is the farmer’s spare parachute.

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