University piloting welcome program for foreign students
To help international students better adjust to life in the United States -- and to Southeast Missouri State University and Cape Girardeau -- the university's office of International Education and Services this summer is piloting a program called Families Across Borders...
Not a miniature meadow lark
While driving a gravel road in the low-lying countryside of southern Scott County, I spotted up ahead a small bird sitting on a top limb of a dead bush. I slowed to a stop and noticed the bird was singing. He spooked and flew into the weedy ground cover as I killed the truck engine. Knowing that birds often have favored perches from which to sit and call, I readied my camera and waited. Within 15 minutes the bird flew back to the limb and began singing again...
Club news 7-6-14
The John Guild Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a lunch meeting June 18 at the home of Adelaide Parsons. Mary Meyer was co-hostess. Those attending were asked to donate $15 for veterans. It was noted that $375 was collected...
Generosity - Isle Casino
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau recently presented the American Cancer Society a $3,000 check from funds raised by employees for Relay for Life. The society also acknowledged Isle's $2,500 sponsorship of Relay for Life and its $15,000 in-kind donation toward the American Cancer Society Gala to be held Aug. ...
Tickets are on sale for a July 20 bus trip to St. Louis, hosted by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, where the St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Discounted game tickets are $25 each and a bus trip ticket is $20. The chartered bus will leave the Osage Centre parking lot at 4 p.m...
Dog agility races gaining popularity
When handlers describe the joys of agility, they talk about the euphoria of a perfect run, being in sync with their dogs, making friends at competitions and having the opportunity to travel.
Club news 6-29-14
The auxiliary met June 11 at Arena Park for its annual picnic. Three women veterans from the Missouri Veterans Home, Eleanora Brewton, Normandy Myers and Yvonne Sale, were special guests and were presented with gifts. This was a potluck meal with the auxiliary providing sloppy joe sandwiches and members providing covered dishes...
Generosity - SoutheastHEALTH
SoutheastHEALTH presented a $10,000 check to the American Cancer Society in support of the annual Relay for Life. From left are Terri Stuckey and Mitzi Richter of the Southeast Cancer Center, Kelli Schenimann of the American Cancer Society and Scott Givens of HealthPoint Fitness in Jackson...
Generosity - Community Counseling Center
Community Counseling Center employees responded to the request of a friend deployed in Afghanistan and assembled care packages that contained 48 pounds of soap, toothbrushes and other hygiene products; 71 pounds of snacks; 2 pounds of drink mixes; 18 pounds of magazines and games; 2 pounds of hard candy; and 7 pounds of beef jerky. ...
Saxon Lutheran Memorial will host a public auction at 11:30 a.m. today to raise money for future improvements to the historic site that commemorates the German Lutheran heritage of East Perry County. Ruehling Family Auction Service is donating its services for the consignment auction, to be held at the memorial site, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive in Frohna, Missouri...
Plaza Tire, customers raise funds for St. Jude
Plaza Tire and its customers raised $11,712 during the fourth annual St. Jude Give Thanks, Give Hope campaign to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Plaza Tire joined more than 2,600 restaurants, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide that encouraged consumers to donate $1 at checkout in April and May. In four years, the annual campaign has raised more than $1.6 million for St. Jude...
The American butterfly king
Here I have captured the images of two male monarch butterflies visiting the bloom of a milkweed plant. The word monarch means king. It is believed that this butterfly was named long ago in honor of King William III of England. The monarch butterfly is a migrating butterfly and is sometimes seen in England...
Cliff scholarship established at Southeast
The Ray and Melissa Cliff Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Ray and Melissa Cliff of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, made a $5,000 gift to establish the scholarship; it will be matched with an additional $5,000 through a university program and another $5,000 through Procter & Gamble Paper Products...
Club news 6-22-14
The Town and Country FCE Club met June 12 at Grecian Steak House in Cape Girardeau to celebrate the club's 48th anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, members exchanged secret pal greeting cards. Mary Klaproth and Joyce King were hostesses. King read a devotion titled, "Overcoming Temptation."...
Generosity - Cape Lion's Club
Mona Copeland, Cape Girardeau Evening Lions Club treasurer, right, delivered a check for $100 to Jamie Jones and Amanda Winschel for the Backpacks for Fridays program of the SEMO Food Bank. ...
Armond and Bonnie Morales, teachers and ministers, will appear at 10 a.m. today at a special service at the In The Father's Arms Fellowship Sanctuary, 1400 Main St., Scott City. Armond was with the quartet The Imperials, which won four Grammy Awards and 13 Dove Awards. The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. More information is available by calling 573-264-4233 or at armondmorales.com....
Definitely not a house fly
Up close, this fly looks as if it is wearing a white face-mask with big brown eyes. It's scientific name is archytas apicifer. It is a member of a large family of tachinid flies. There are several thousand species of tachinid flies worldwide. This fly is slightly bigger than a common housefly and, unlike the housefly, does not like being inside your house. ...
Pollinator of the foxglove beardtongue
The morning of June 5, I shot this photograph of a sweat bee gathering pollen inside a flower of a foxglove beardtongue plant. The single blossom shown here is slightly more than one-inch long. It is one of a cluster of blossoms that grow at the top of the approximately 3-foot-tall wildflower. The foxglove beardtongue is native to most of the eastern half of the United States...
Club news 6-15-14
The Cape Girardeau County FCE Council met June 5 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Jackson. The meeting was called to order by Shirley Palen, president. After the devotion "Things I Have Learned About Life" was given by Palen, roll call was answered by 11 members...
Applications for the 2014 Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarships are now available. The program awards 23 scholarships of up to $2,000 annually to students pursuing a health-care-related career. Applicants must have successfully completed one year of an accredited health care program and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. ...