Community briefs 7/1/04

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Crisis center receives support from community

For the ninth year, the Perry County Saddle Club rode in honor of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Comprised of men, women and child riders, the recent event raised $200 to support the work of The Regional Family Crisis Center. Individuals from the First Baptist Church of Perryville also worked to paint the center's interior. The center provides free professional and confidential services to all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on a continual basis. Available services include court and child advocacy, crisis intervention, 24-hour hotline, information and referral services, transportation, support groups, emergency shelter services, and case management.

USDA Rural Development funds made available

Households in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Perry counties served by the USDA Rural Development office in Jackson may be eligible for grant assistance to remove safety and health hazards. Applicants age 62 and over with low incomes and no loan repayment ability may qualify for loans up to $20,000 at a 1 percent interest rate with payment term not to exceed 20 years. Call community development manager Randall Friend, community development technician Whitney Watts, or community development assistant Debra Baker at 243-3158, extension 4.

Travelers attend 114th annual meeting in Illinois

The 114th annual meeting of the Travelers Protective Association was held June 10 to 13 in Peoria, Ill. Attending as delegates from Cape Girardeau Post M of the Missouri Division were Leon and Margret Dickerson and Jerry and Juanita Henley. Margret Dickerson, current Post M president and retiring Missouri Division president, was elected to the national board of directors. Recently members of Post M enjoyed a cookout at Cape County Park with Post M officials from outlying areas.

Circle S holding block party tonight

Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Circle S Saddle Co. will hold a block party. Food, games, prizes, a live worship band and speaker are included. For more information, call 334-3511.

Vandivort Properties planning weekend fun

A weekend long family reunion and business meeting of Vandivort Properties Inc. is planned Friday through Sunday. Activities include touring Bollinger Mill; an ancestry program with an appearance by Chief White Eagle; visiting Memorial Park; a fireworks celebration; walking across the Mississippi River bridge and visiting the Red House; a family golf tournament; and a skeet-shooting contest.

Wendy Ray recognized for work on Alzheimer's

This year's recipient of the Alzheimer's Association Public Awareness Award is Wendy Ray from KFVS12 in Cape Girardeau. She was recognized for promoting the annual Memory Walk and also actively participating in it. Her hard work at increasing community awareness of the disease was also lauded because her efforts helped the local Alzheimer's Association chapter grow.

Trail of Tears State Park schedules programs

Trail of Tears State Park has announced July programs. Groups wishing to attend programs are requested to contact the visitor center to provide a rough estimate of participants. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center for all programs unless otherwise indicated. At 9 p.m. Friday bring a flashlight for a night hike in the park. At 10 a.m. Saturday frog creepin' is on tap, followed by a 7 p.m. program on how to make moccasins. On July 10 at 10 a.m. participants will make recycled jewelry and the program "Who wants to be a Missourian?" will be presented at 7 p.m. A program on the lorax will be held on July 16, with a 9:30 a.m. American Indian lifeways presentation on July 17, followed by a 7 p.m. program on mammals in Missouri. Participants will make nature shirts at 7 p.m. July 23. A moccasin springs stroll is offered at 9:30 a.m. July 24, with a program on bats at 8:30 p.m. Dreamcatchers will be made at 7 p.m. on July 30, followed the next day by a 10 a.m. snake program and a 9 p.m. nigh hike on July 31.

Jackson Municipal Band performing Sunday

The Jackson Municipal Band will perform a special 8 p.m. Sunday concert at the band shell at Jackson City Park, located on Route D. Special guests include the Saxy Jazz Quartet, a group organized and founded by Pat Schwent, retired Jackson High School band director. The group also features Pete Parysek on keyboard, vocals by Steve Williams and Sam Godwin on bass. Musical numbers will include popular jazz, blues, swing, rock and country songs.

Produce from Scholarship Garden going on sale

Organically raised vegetables will be for sale from 3 to 5 p.m. every Saturday until the end of the season, beginning this weekend at the Boardman Pavilion across from Hutson's in Old Town Cape. Over the past three years, the Downtown Merchants Scholarship Garden has raised approximately $2,700 for a scholarship at Southeast Missouri State University. All proceeds from vegetable sales are donated to the Downtown Merchants Association Scholarship Fund. Vegetables are grown in an elevated garden located in the alley between Spanish, Lorimier, Merriwether and Independence streets.

Human Society washing cars, remodeling

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri's Kids for Animals group will hold a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Crowe Orthodontics on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Donations will benefit the Humane Society. The organization's building will be closed Sunday through July 8 for repairs and remodeling. The shelter will accept animals in emergency cases, but will be closed to the general public.

Benefit on tap in Jackson for Tony Wagoner

From 4 p.m. to midnight July 9 an auction, dinner and dance with raffles will be held at the Elks Lodge, lower level, 542 W. Independence St., Jackson. Donations can be mailed to The Tony Wagoner Benefit Fund at Union Planters Bank for those unable to attend the benefit.

DNA testing topic at American Indian Center

The topic of discussion for the July 10 American Indian Center of the Heartland meeting will be how to prove an American Indian blood line through DNA testing. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m at the center, 811 Broadway, Cape Girardeau. Call 334-4929 for more information.

'Independently Speaking' to air July 11

Semo Alliance for Disability Independence will air "Independently Speaking" at 5:30 a.m. July 11 on WDKA-TV 49 (cable channel 17) and at 7:30 p.m. July 13 and 27 on Cape Girardeau Cable Access Channel 5.

-- From staff reports

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: