*I am saddened to hear of the recent loss of Judge Stanley Grimm. He was a former Court of Appeals and circuit court judge of Cape Girardeau County. He was a humanitarian and stalwart of the community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My husband, John, and I have been honored to call him friend.
*Say, have you seen the recent AT & T commercials about texting while driving? It is part of a nationwide campaign to remind Americans of the potential dangers of this all too pervasive habit whether among teens or adults. You will want to not only view the video called Text While Driving Documentary but will want to pass it along to your family & friends.
If this video doesn't convince you that texting while driving is dangerous then nothing will. If you're convinced you can take a pledge by clicking on either the dedicate your pledge or pledge now areas to submit your pledge not to text while driving. You can also stop by a local AT&T store to pick up a sticker to help get the word out.
*Congratulations are in order for three Southeast Missouri organizations that are recipients of Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) grants. MFH is an organization dedicated to improving the health of Missourians. Among their many activities the foundation awards $5.1 million to 62 organizations to improve health of Missourians.
Grants in this round of funding support ongoing operational expenses; health care workforce development; and health services for women. Below is a description of the grant-areas and those recipients in the SEMO region.
MFH's Health Care Workforce Development funding program supports projects that provide solutions to Missouri's shortages of physicians, nurses and other health practitioners. Funding aims to increase the number of health care practitioners in underserved areas; encourage youth to consider health careers; and increase health professional schools' enrollment and graduation capacity.
Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, $250,000. The hospital is using funding to help establish nurse educator and clinical nurse leader education programs.
Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, $248,501. Funding helps the southeast Missouri college offer career counseling, mentoring, tutoring and other support services for nursing students.
MFH's Basic Support program funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits' existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies.
Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Cape Girardeau, $150,000. The organization is using funding to provide Meals on Wheels and nutritional services to seniors.
*The Missouri Department of Conservation offers a variety of programs and events for citizens in southeast Missouri. I've listed a couple below.
Mighty Marvels of Missouri is an action-packed heroic adventure comes to the nature center as we witness a band of amazing and often strangely powered crusaders fight to maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Join us on a thrilling guided trail walk and experience the excitement of conservation heroes in action! Crafts and activities inside. Free tickets available at the door beginning at 6pm. Tours depart every half hour beginning at 6:30pm. Youth and adult groups welcome. No registration required. Program runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night. Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center; October 26, 6:30 PM to October 27, 2012, 9:30 PM.
Duck Decoy Making Learn how to make a beautiful teal decoy from rough-cut cork to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique are. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your very own duck decoy. Program runs from 6pm-9pm Friday then from 8am-1pm Saturday for finishing. Cost for materials is $15. Ages 8 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Registration begins November 1; phone (573) 290-5218. Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: November 16, 6:00 PM to November 17, 2012, 1:00 PM; reservations begin 11/01.