The Rugged Life
I'm a member of a Facebook group called Off-Grid Wilderness Living, and most of the folks on there who desire to live off-grid and off-the-land have this notion that the only way to do that properly is to move to Alaska. Now I'm sure Alaska is a right good place to live the rugged life and is also probably one of the most gorgeous places in the US. But there's one slight problem with it...it's an ice block 99.9% of the time and is ALWAYS trying to kill you, according to the men in the Mountain Men reality show.
Good news is, there's other places you can live primitively without having to freeze your blessed seater off just to survive or struggling with the threat of sudden death lurking around every corner, waiting for you to make a slip-up. In fact, you can off-grid it, raise your own food, hunt AND still have that slightly dangerous atmosphere right here in the Missouri Ozark Mountains.
If it's the lack of indoor plumbing you want...no sweat! All you got to do is build a house without it? You'll get to fully struggle through droughts, possibly being too pregnant to carry much water in the first place, deal with frozen-solid, water barrels or troughs in the winters, and dealing with the water in those barrels turning green in the summer time and getting infested with mosquitoes. A true off-grid experience I must say. Hacking through a solid barrel of ice with a hatchet just so one can wash the dishes can be quite time consuming. But hey...at least you're not like everybody else during a big freeze whose having to deal with frozen pipes.
Now then...the whole freezing to death adventure. There's so many other ways to die dramatically, so why get stuck on the freezing to death idea by moving to Alaska? Yes, I actually knew of a family who froze to death while out hiking not far from us, but in general, Missouri isn't that cruel. How about drowning? Our many rivers and creeks are very willing to take the life of someone who's possibly being careless.
Logging! Another hazardous occupation that can be obtained here in MO. Even the guy who's just going out to cut some firewood can end up seriously injured, or worse. And then there's splitting the wood. There's no law against using a good, old fashioned ax to split your firewood in MO, and there's always that chance of miscalculating your aim and hitting your leg instead. I'm sure it hurts just as bad in MO as it would in Alaska...only you don't have to bleed to death because you're so far from help.
Food. Yes, it is most fulfilling to be able to grow your own fruits and vegetables, and hunt or raise your own meat. And it's so much healthier for you. However, moving to the coldest state in the US to find meat to kill and to attempt to grow something doesn't sound too terribly smart to me. These off-grid dreamers must not realize that not only do we have deer in MO, but we now have elk and bears that may end up with a hunting season in the matter of a few years. And we certainly have a larger window of opportunity to grow edible foods before everything freezes.If it's "If I can't get this garden to grow, or if I'm unable to down a deer, I'll die", drama you want, just wait for that first drought to hit and you realize you can't haul enough water to keep the garden alive. Or move to a remote area where poachers are known to clean out the valley just before a season starts. You're sure to strike out at some point. But instead of dying of starvation like all these Alaska reality people seem to be at the verge of doing, drive the hour and a half to town and buy some food for pity's sake.
Wild animals! We've got 'em! They may not be as wild as Alaska's critters, but they'll still cause you to be more cautious. We've got a trouble brute of a black bear that roams our area and I worry he'll catch wind of the fridge/freezer we've got on our front porch. I have no doubt he'd not only rip the entire fridge to pieces, but wreck our porch as well. Cougars. Got those too! Had one come right by our place three different times. They're some pretty sneaky pussy cats if you ask me. There's so many places one can be crouched; ready to pounce if he ever got the notion. Coyotes are a common thing in these parts and as far as I know, don't cause too much trouble, but they're the closest thing we've got to wolves. If it's wolves you want...then move to Alaska.
If it's no electric you desire, no one is twisting anyone's arms to get it in this state. I must say, I still thoroughly enjoy the soft glow of our oil lamps; especially in the winter. And of course, the wood cookstove is a welcome addition to the whole off-grid thing. Just as long as we don't forget to buy kerosene when we're in town, or chop our leg off while splitting firewood.
So there you have it. Rugged living in Missouri and still having most of the nice trimmings to go with it; just devoid of the constant danger to make it a continual life-threatening situation. I still enjoy our way of living and desire to live like this for the rest of my life. I wouldn't mind a few more conveniences around here, and I think I could even handle a few frozen pipes in the winter if only I had a well to get my water from. But living out here and the way we do has been such a fulfilling dream of mine; I'll never want a modern, mundane lifestyle. And we didn't have to move to Alaska to live in such a way! Maybe that's why our own reality show didn't last. There wasn't enough lethal opportunities to put our viewers on edge.
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Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Kicks Off Next Century of Female Entrepreneurs with 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season
The 101st year of Girl Scouts selling cookies begins with the return of the popular Girl Scout S'mores.
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland enters the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program¨ not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them across the United States. After last year's 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, troops across our 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma are kicking off this season with the return of Girl Scout S'moresª, the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Consumers can now help fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout S'mores and classic favorites like Thin Mints¨ and Caramel deLites¨
During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ª sets out to sell delicious cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills that are imperative for leadership and future success. And all the net revenue raised 100 percent of it stays with Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Cookie earnings power amazing experiences for girls through programming, and funds financial assistance, volunteer training and support, and program resources. Girls and their troops decide how to spend their troop proceeds, investing in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. Further, skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking.
Last year, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland debuted Girl Scout S'mores a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crme icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating which are sure to be best-sellers again. This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales as well as through the innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. The online option brings Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Friday, January 5, 2018 and runs through April 1, 2018. All Girl Scout Cookies are $5 per box. Contact us at email@example.com to connect to a Girl Scout near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org, or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.
Summersville Branch of Texas County Library will host its 4th Annual Princess Tea Party on Saturday, January 20th @ 11 a.m.
Madison Horner, Miss Texas County, will be our special guest and speaker.
Everyone is invited, and girls are encouraged to come dressed in their fanciest "princess" clothes and wear a tiara if they have one. We're going to have a Royal Time @ Summersville Branch Library on January 20th!
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Ozarks Medical Center welcomes first baby of New Year
Zane Graham was the first baby to be born at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) in 2018. He made his arrival at 5:00 p.m. January 1. He is the son of Andy and Danyell Graham of Mountain View. Zane is pictured with his parents and delivering physician Dr. Leslie Barr of Burton Creek Medical Clinic. His siblings are Allie, 9; Cole, 7; Ty, 5; and Ryder, 3. Zane was born weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. As the first baby of the New Year, Zane was presented with a gift basket from the OMC OB Department and Public Relations Department that included diapers, sleepers, supplies, blankets, and more. Each year approximately 700 babies are born at OMC.
Refilling the well with love
Over the past few weeks, I have said goodbye to many friends and family, and I share this story in honor of each of them and those who gave tirelessly to care for each of them as they prepared for their final steps. Perhaps it will give us all something to carry throughout the coming year - to always remember that we are here to love one another.
As Pearl looked into the eyes of her father, Grandpa Bill looked back with a stare that was almost empty.
There was nothing more scary, more disheartening than looking into those deep blue eyes that had given so much throughout life, such caring, such love and on occasion a stern glance that made you know you were on very thin ice.
But now as he looked upon you there were moments that he did not know who you were.
Pearl longed for a chance once again to hear his gentle voice speak her name for no other reason except to be sure that he knew her.
Fear overcame her worrying that such a moment might not come again or perhaps his thoughts might land in a place of anger and frustration making him want to strike out at her and those who love him so much.
The family had seen the cycle again and again as the older generation slowly yielded its control to the next, albeit sometimes kicking and screaming along the way.
But that is only appropriate not to go quietly into that good night.
In the valley below the Gravelly Spur Mountain there is no such thing as a nursing home or assisted living. You found your assistance at home among your family and friends.
No matter your age or disability there was always some series of chores you could perform to keep a daily routine until you body rebelled and no longer allowed you to do them.
Then if your hands remained active, a chore that required only slight movement might be shared, peeling potatoes, breaking green beans, sewing on buttons.
But Grandpa Bill had reached the point that those days were behind him and he was giving comfort only in the brief moments of clarity as they came and went within him.
Pearl wondered what she might do to make the situation better, alas there was little she could do except be there leaning back in the woven seat oak chair holding his hand as it lay upon the blue and white cotton patchwork quilt. She tried to make each day as close to what he wanted as possible.
There was no doubt of the love shared between the father and daughter and yet that did not ease the fearful moments when the ravages of time seemed to wipe it clean like the swipe of an eraser across a school blackboard removing the chalk so no one could see it.
But she found her solace waiting for that next moment when the writing once again appeared on Grandpa Bill's class slate perhaps not in all its detail but enough to hold on to. Enough to sustain until there was no more.
It makes one wonder where love goes when the board is wiped clean.
Perhaps that is the purpose of family caring for family. The well of love pours out throughout the lives of those contributing filling the hearts of those around them. When the well begins to dry up does that mean that the love is gone? Of course not, the love still remains within all those who have shared in it throughout that person's life.
As the level of one's well begins to diminish it is simply the job of all of those who have drank from that well to now bring some of that love back to that person.
Just because they may not be able to drink it in fully does not make the gift any less valued.
From the book "A Mountain Pearl: Appalachian Reminiscing and Recipes"
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Senior citizens can register for spring classes beginning Jan. 12
Area residents age 62 and over who would like to take a class at Missouri State University-West Plains this spring under the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program can register beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., in West Plains.
The Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program allows Missouri residents age 62 and above to take tuition-free academic courses being offered by the university during the spring semester on an audit, non-credit, "seats-available" basis, provided they have met all prerequisites, officials said.
Online courses, law enforcement academy classes, or any course offered in conjunction with the South Central Career Center in West Plains are not included in the fee waiver program. Seniors must pay supplemental course fee and the costs of required textbooks and supplies, if applicable. They also should note that classes with less than 10 students registered might be cancelled.
To register for classes, senior citizens should be fully admitted to the university as non-degree seeking students and follow the regulations outlined for non-degree seeking students. Participants should declare their intent to enroll in the program at the point of admission in order to have all eligible student fees waived, officials said.
For more information, contact the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 1-888-466-7897.
West Plains Parks & Recreation
Reflections from the Road
By Rick Mansfield
City Council Board Meeting
City Board Meeting October 10, 2017
Ice Fishing Heats Up in Chilly Temperatures
As we begin the New Year, sub-zero temperatures have blanketed much of Missouri. This artic blast has been cold enough to keep most people indoors, but those brave souls with the desire to catch some winter fish, have an opportunity to pull some slabs through the ice.
Ice fishing is pretty simple. You only need a few special tools. An ice auger is needed for drilling the holes in the ice you fish through. A skimmer is used to keep the hole clear of ice chunks. Special ice fishing rods can beneficial for fishing close to your hole, but regular fishing poles will work if you do not want to invest in special ice fishing gear.
Fishing consists of lowering your bait down through the hole and working to find the depth fish are holding at. I generally drop my bait all the way to the bottom and slowly bring it back up. Fish are often found holding near the bottom, but at times can be suspended at different depths.
Depending on what you're fishing for, baits vary. Live bait, like worms, beemoths, and minnows are favorites of most ice fishermen. Jigs used for ice fishing are small and some savvy ice fishermen will use various fly fishing flies. Even when using jigs, most anglers tip them with live bait. When ice fishing for bluegills, I have had most of my success using a small jig with some flash and tipping it with a beemoth. Most of the crappies I have caught have come on minnows hooked through the lip.
Some ice anglers choose to fish from a shanty, which is a shelter used to protect you from the elements. You can set up a heater in a shanty. These are nice for staying warm, but limit scenery and natural exposure. Depending on how much weather you are willing to take, ice fishermen do sit on a bucket or chair out in the open.
Most say the magic number for ice to be thick enough for safe ice fishing is 4-inches. Once your favorite body of water has sufficient ice, you want to set up in areas where you would expect to catch fish in open water conditions. Along weed edges, drop-offs, on points or over brush piles. You can use fish finders while ice fishing by dropping a transducer down through the hole.
Larger bodies of water, like Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake can offer safe ice fishing in the backs of coves and close to the shore. I wouldn't recommend venturing too far out. Personally, I prefer to do my ice fishing on smaller bodies of water. Here are a few places to consider giving ice fishing a try.
D.C. Rogers Lake
D.C. Rogers Lake is located on the west side of Fayette in Howard County. This 185-acre impoundment is known for good fishing and has ample access from the city park on the north side of the lake. The west end of the lake is shallower with a large lily pad growth. If you can find the outer edge of these weeds under the ice, you should find some fish.
Binder Community Lake
Just west of Jefferson City off Highway 50, you'll find Binder Community Lake. Surrounded by a beautiful 644-acre city park, Binder Lake is great place to ice fish for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Since this 155-acre lake is in the city, there's a good chance others will be out there. Which in the case of ice fishing is a good thing, because if an accident were to happen, others would be around for safety sake.
Little Dixie Lake
Located Columbia and Fulton on Route J is Little Dixie Lake. With 205 acres of water and numerous coves, anglers have plenty of room to spread out. Crappie are plentiful in Little Dixie and few things are better in my book than cold-water crappie filets dropped in crackling peanut oil. There is a 12-15 inch slot limit on largemouth bass.
Safety is paramount to the enjoyment of ice fishing. Be sure to check the thickness of the ice near the edge of the water you intend to fish. A good rule of thumb is to never fish on ice less than 4-inches thick. Never ice fish alone. Having the assistance of another to pull you to safety if you were to break through is essential. Wear a lifejacket and carry an ice pick or screwdriver in your pocket. The life jacket will keep you a float, and the ice pick will allow you to grip the ice and pull yourself out.
See you down the trailÉ
Pic: Ice fishing is a fun and productive way to catch fish in cold weather (Credit: Bill Konway)
Letters to the Editor!
In the GOP controlled congress/senate, we have seen a nearly total lack of representation this last year. They have been so busy currying favor from their big contributors that they are ignoring their constituents. Many of us have repeatedly invited our congress critters to meetings, pot luck dinners, and town halls. Only Claire McCaskill attended to take our questions and concerns. Jason Smith and Roy Blunt appear to be afraid of us and the concerns we have. I sent a message to senator Blunt in February regarding the appointment of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education and he responded just before Christmas (a mere 10 months later). We know they are not too busy, as this congress has spent less time in session than any previous legislature. (you can look it up) But they did pass a tax bill to benefit the rich folks and cut needed services to many of us.
Congressman Smith has been invited to meet with his constituents at Timber Lodge on January 21st at 2:00 about the desperate need for broadband in rural areas. This is during a congressional "work week" that is for representatives to be in their districts. I wonder if he'll show up - but I won't hold my breath.
Some years ago, teachers and others who deal with children every day, came up with the "time out", where unruly or disruptive children were asked to stop and think.
I think it is high time everyone in the U.S.A. took a "time out", especially those whom seem so prone to protests and demonstrations. Everyone should ask themselves, are my words and actions offering any "rational" solutions to the problems this country faces, or are they strictly selfish motives, and just creating new problems?
Each individuals words and actions do have some impact on the big picture, stop and think about what impact your words and actions might have, they can either be positive or negative.
Mark your calendars and get your New Year off to a good start by making plans to come to our chamber meetings and be involved with our chamber.
Our 2018 Annual Meeting is next Wednesday January 10th at 12:00 Noon at the Eminence City Office. We will be electing board members, officers, working on the budget, completing our membership drive and planning for the Ozark Mountain Festival which will also be a Celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the relocation of the City of Eminence.
If you haven't already mailed your membership form and dues please do so as we will be sending information to our webmaster next week.
Working together to make a difference,
We invite you to a luncheon meeting for our 2018 Annual Meeting at the Eminence City Office, we will be having drinks, finger foods and dessert.
We hope you will join us in celebration of the New Year. Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
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Shannon County First Responders Had a Busy 2017
The Shannon County First Responders had a busy year in 2017. The responder groups in Eminence and Winona, along with the Birch Tree Volunteer Fire Department, responded to over 300 medical calls and twenty-five vehicle accidents, including seven fatalities. This does not include incidents handled by the Eminence Area Volunteer Fire Department, the Summersville Fire Department and the Timber Community Fire Department that did not involve the Shannon County First Responder group. Contrary to popular belief, First Responders in Eminence and Winona are not part of the Fire Departments. In Birch Tree they are, which can be a little confusing. Regardless, all these men and women are volunteers working hard to keep you safe and help you on your worst day.
It is a dangerous world, and these trained responders perform a valuable service, arriving in advance of the ambulance to provide life saving emergency care. Due to strict rules about patient confidentiality, they do not release details of their calls, although if there was an injury accident mentioned in this newspaper, it is very likely they were there.
The group is currently funded entirely by donations. The First Responders do not receive any funding from fire department dues, taxes, medical bills, health insurance or any source other than donations and they never charge for their services. Donations to help their work are appreciated and can be sent to P.O. Box 140, Winona, MO 65588 or made at any Security Bank in Shannon County. All donations are fully tax deductible.
To learn more about the Shannon County First Responders, check out their Facebook page. If you have medical training and would like to join, please send a message through the page.
Five generations celebrated a birthday at Earl & Frances Ledgerwood's rural Winona Home on Sat. Jan. 6th Pictured are Kerry Cox, Mountain Home AR. Kalli Wade Houston Mo; Kathie Cox, Summersville; and Frances Ledgerwood of Winona is holding Cooper Darin Wade , son of Darin and Kalli Wade
Area Church News
Jack's Fork Country Church
We gathered for worship Sunday morning, & Dave Anderson welcomed us all! He led us in prayer & the pledge. We praised God with songs, "Here I Am, Lord", "Just As I Am" & "Give Thanks".
Prayers are asked for Mary Barnes, Evan Marks, Donna Bohms, Lois' grandson, Patsy Coker, Randy Liggett, Brooke Fields & baby, Nikki Watson, Eleanor Maggard, Leta Hightower, Charlene Williams, David Smith, Betty Porter, Shirley Powell, Jerry Evans, Terri's parents, Mike's parents & their daughter, the Fleger family (Judy's TX family), Dorothy Ennis, Dave Kentch, Dustin Riley, Daniel Hanger, Sheila Worrell, Daniel & Brook Keeling family, Avis Rayfield family, winter weather victims, our military & families and our country & its leaders. Mike Svaleson led us in prayer.
Allen Akers led us in communion, served by Bill Fullerton, Jr. & Brian Wallace. Allen read from Psalms 1:19:35-37 and Philippians 4:19.
Tommy Boyd gave our sermon, "God has invited you to come to Jesus!"
Who is this man called Jesus? When Jesus asked Peter this, he replied "Thou art the Christ, son of the living God!" Matthew 16:13-17. When we reach heaven, we will bow down to Jesus because He is the messiah, the greatest man to ever walk the earth! Jesus lived His life without sin as God the son. Those who love Him will be the only ones in heaven!
God created the universe, everything! He gave us wisdom to continue to create. He allowed us to use this wisdom to improve our quality of life. We have done great things with this wisdom - created the light bulb which made a huge difference in our world!
Our God is a merciful God. He is all power! He knows everything & He has a plan for us, even though we may not understand. You can come to Jesus & find healing in your time of need. Hebrews 4:15. He loves us and gave His life to pay our sin debt in full! Give your life to Jesus because He first loved you. Prayer.
We listened to the beautiful song "I Believe" by artist, Jimmy Fortune, which reinforced Brother Tommy's powerful words today. We ended with prayer, led by Allen Akers, & the song, "Old Country Church". Come visit our casual, country church at The Hat Shack in Eminence, Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.
IF GOD ISN'T IN THE PICTURE, ADJUST THE VIEW!
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The weather was threatening, but the fellowship was warm as we entered to worship at WECC. It was good to see so many that we hadn't seen since last year. Shirley Powell and Bea Atchison were our friendly greeters as we gathered. Gary Colvin and worship team led us in scripture and song in celebration of Christ in this new year. Noel Orchard led our communion devotion. We are here because of the love of Jesus. As He said, "Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus did that for us, so we celebrate that love as we partake each Sunday.
Praises are for Marcia Beller surviving a very dangerous surgery and moving toward recovery. Also congratulations go to the Redwings basketball team which one the Cabool Holiday tournament. Prayer needs include Stephanie Verren, Samantha and Riley Titus, Jim Fry, Dakota Pulliam, Justina Dawson, Deloris Hiebert, Shirley Conner, Sherry Slattery, Shirley Powell, and all of those suffering fom colds and flu.
Bro. Allen's message was Newness of Life. In Romans 6:3-10, Paul writes about entering into a new relationship with Christ. He notes that baptism is a uniting with Christ in the likeness of His death and burial and resurrection. It is characterized by a new life free from past sin. And it is seen in a life free from the power of sin. It is seen in a new life of passion for the things of God. Jesus had a passion, a strong desire, to share the Passover and the Lord's Supper with his disciples, so as to prepare them for what was to come. Paul had a passion to come to the new Christians so as to encourage and establish them in faith. Paul's passion involved a focus on eternity, not just the present. May that be our aim, as well.
We'll have Kids Stop after school on Wednesday. We invite all to join us on Jan. 14 evening at 6:00 when some of our young men and youth share scripture memorization and devotion and mini-sermon.
Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence
Women of Faith
Winona Assembly of God
Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship
Winona Christian Church
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