Club news 7-20-14
Town and Country FCE members held their annual picnic July 9 at Pizza Inn in Fruitland. Sue Jones and Lois Seabaugh were in charge of arrangements. Linda Thompson, president, conducted the business meeting. Darlene McCain, secretary, read three notes of appreciation from Cottonwood Treatment Center for the end of school party, Salvation Army for the donation of two box fans, and Parkview State School for treats that were provided for residents. ...
Generosity - Cape Elks
Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge No. 639 donated $2,000 to help the Missouri Children's Burn Camp at its annual Fourth of July celebration. At left is DeWayne Kirchhoff, chief of the East County Fire Department, and Jason Ledure, exalted ruler of the lodge...
Generosity - United Way
United Way of Southeast Missouri -- through Success by 6, its early childhood education initiative -- distributed 811 books during the 2013-2014 school year, nearly doubling the 440 books reportedly distributed in the previous year. These were in addition to the 405 Destination Kindergarten books distributed to six area school districts...
The 45th annual Perkins Fire Department fish and chicken dinner will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse. Music will be provided by Country Junction karaoke and Sound System, and an auction is will take place at 5 p.m. Church offering school supplies...
A school of little suckers
These fish are hog suckers. They are about 7 inches long. I found them in a clear stream in Scott County. Usually growing to about 9 inches long, the hog sucker can reach a length of at least 16 inches in ideal conditions. This fish is a good indicator of stream health because it thrives in clear-water streams that often have gravel bottoms. ...
Quilt guild presents quilts to veterans
The River Heritage Quilters' Guild honored five local veterans and their family members Monday evening at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Presenting the quilts was St. Louis-based quilter and budding blogosphere personality Kevin Huffman. Huffman, also known as "Kevin the Quilter" has been making quilts to donate to the Quilts of Valor program that presents quilts to veterans to commemorate their service...
Ill vet sees granddaughter, receives home renovation, goes camping in one weekend
In less than a week, Matt Johnston scratched off every item on his bucket list. The requests of the Purple Heart Marine veteran battling stage-4 lung cancer were simple. He wanted to take his young grandson fishing, go camping one last time with his family, see his 2-year-old granddaughter from Hawaii and make sure he didn't leave his wife with a leaky roof...
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...