The three things I miss the most from my past modern living is/was ice cubes, showers and box fans. As long as we are still able to afford propane to run our fridge/freezer, we 're set on ice cubes, Praise the Lord! And once we can get a few more solar panels and batteries, running that and a few box fans shouldn 't be an issue. However, having indoor plumbing is a long way down on our priority list if it 's on the list at all, so taking a quick shower is one of those things I can only enjoy while visiting friends or family.
I 've had plans on building a shower house for myself for a few years, but every year something more important seemed to claim my time and energy. The second drawback for this project was lack of materials. There 's really no need for a roof since getting wet is the whole idea in the first place, so roofing is no snag in the plans. I had a bit of a collection of flat rocks good for putting down for the floor, so no problem there. The difficulty was what to cover the walls with. I thought of old metal roofing which we had, but is a treasured material and is being saved for more important ventures. We do have a nice little supply of decent lumber, but who 'd use that on a shower house when it could be used for either an addition to the cabin for all these kids we keep having, or a chicken coop. But I don 't know which one is more important. If we don 't get chickens soon, the ticks are liable to start hauling off with all them kids. Course, we wouldn 't need that addition then, so perhaps using the wood for the shower house is just as well. Come to think of it though…I 'd rather not lose any kids to overpopulated blood suckers, so I guess I just figured out that the chicken coop is more important than the addition. We 'll just have to keep stacking the kids on top of each other until we come across more wood for the add-on to this cabin.
Anyhow…what the heck was I talking about? Oh yes, the shower house! So my dilemma was fixed in the most unexpected way when we were in IL and some friends gave us a ton of bamboo starts. Everyone has been assuring me in somewhat of a worried manner that bamboo is prolific and will take off like wild fire. This greatly encouraged me and I got to thinking about my shower house again. What if I didn 't put up walls at all? What if I just planted bamboo all around it? All I 'd need is a frame. The stuff grows twenty feet tall and also grows dense. It would be like showering in the jungle.
So when Doug asked me what simple project I 'd like him to help me with for my birthday, there was no hesitation in my decision making. All we needed was a very tall frame with a pole beam across the top to hang a bucket. Shouldn 't take but one day at the most.
First I scouted out where I wanted the building. There was a nice little spot near the front of the cabin at the edge of the yard, tucked away in a small grove of small trees. The ground was remotely flat and not obscured with big boulders or large trees.
I then started gathering up needed materials and soon realized we had no cedar poles tall enough and cutting down additional trees was not an option for a quick project. I found two poles that would almost work, but naturally four poles are needed for a square frame. I went back to my chosen spot and noticed two smallish cedar trees about six feet apart in the perfect position. Why cut them down for poles when one could simply use them as is. The spacing was perfect!
~ To be Continued ~
Celebrate the 2nd Annual Round Springs River Community
On Sunday, July 2nd, the National Park Service and the Shannon County Museum Association will sponsor the 2nd Annual Round Springs River Community Celebration at the pavilion by the spring. Visitors are invited to join former members of the Round Springs River community in the afternoon for a pot luck dinner, stories, memories and music by local musicians. Participants can enjoy a VIP tour of Round Springs Cave. Bring a covered dish, any relic you might have from this community and join us for a good time. For more information contact Judy Stewart, 573- 247-8706
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News and Sports
Mt View Public Library
FRAKES TOWER TALK
Eminence Area Senor Citizens News
Winona Senior Citizens News
Eminence City Board Meeting News
WHS Alumni News
EHS Alumni News
Shannon County Food Pantry
BUILD A BETTER WORLD: 2017 SUMMER READING PROGRAM THEME
Summersville Branch Library will kick off registration for the 2017
BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading Program with a "Build Your Own Sundae"
activity on Friday, June 30th @ 1:00 p.m. Parents need to accompany
children registering that day.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to all young people and
includes programs, prize drawings, story times, and more. An awards lunch
will be held on Friday, July 28th. For more information, call the library at
All programs are free of charge, thanks to the Texas County Library and
Summersville Friends of the Library.
The Summersville Branch Library will kick off registration for the 2017 "Build a Better World" summer reading program with a "Build Your Own Sundae" activity Friday, June 30th @ 1 PM. Parents need to accompany children registering that day. For more information, call (417) 932-5261. All programs are free!
Summersville Senior Center
Shannon County Health Department Calendar
June 21: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only) at Birch Tree Pioneer Baptist Church
June 26: Blood draws, immunizations, blood pressures, blood sugar screenings; Health Department downstairs; Robin Harwell, RD, Diabetes Education Class 11:00 am till 1:00 pm (Walk-ins Welcome), Health Department downstairs; Monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 4 pm, Health Department upstairs
June 27: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs; blood pressures at Winona Senior Center
June 28: WIC (cert/recert, check pick-up, appt. only); immunizations; Health Department downstairs
55 Year Reunion
The Class of 1962 reunion will be Saturday, July 1, 10 AM at the old ball park in Eminence.
Logan Fox and Alisa Garland, Winona, are the parents of a baby boy, Kayden Fox, born June 9 at 9:48 a.m. at OMC. He weighed 8 pounds 5 1/2 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Jamael, 10; Soloman, 6; and Ryder, 2. Grandparents are James and Charlene Garland, Winona; John Fox, Winona; and Anita Fox, Cheyenne, WY.
Brent Reed Hood
Maurick and Hailey Hood, Mountain View, are the parents of a baby boy, Brent Reed, born June 12 at 4:58 p.m. at OMC. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Lane, 1. Grandparents are Marc and Linda Cornman, Mountain View; Judy Hood, Norwood; and Schane Hood, Willow Springs.
Jaidlyn Ann Reeves
Jared and Shana Reeves, Winona, are the parents of a baby girl, Jaidlyn Ann, born June 8 at 7:31 a.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). She weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long. Her sibling is Kinley, 1. Grandparents are Tina Mays, Winona; Billy Lay, Colorado; and Clinton and Kathy Reeves, Birch Tree.
West Plains Parks & Recreation
Park Board News
Work in Concert with Nature to Manage Garden Pests and Mosquitoes in the Landscape
By Melinda Myers
A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden 's productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests.
But what about those unwanted visitors to the garden? The aphids, mites and cabbage worms that feed upon our plants or the mosquitoes that feed upon us. There are ways to have a beautiful garden and at the same time enjoy the outdoors when we work with nature to manage our landscape.
Add a birdbath, a few birdhouses and plants for the birds. They 'll repay you by eating many of the insects that feed upon your plants. Include seed-bearing plants like coneflowers, Rudbeckias and cosmos as well as berry plants like Juneberry, dogwood and firethorn. Add an evergreen and a few trees for shelter and nesting, if space allows.
Include a hummingbird feeder and a few of their favorite flowers like columbine, salvia, penstemon, and phlox. Then watch as these fast flyers feed upon aphids, mites and mosquitoes in between sips of nectar.
While watching the birds, bees and butterflies, examine your plants for garden pests. Catching insects early may mean the difference between a successful harvest and disappointment. Before reaching for the pesticides and destroying their food source, attract the good guys and manage unwanted pests with a few of these eco-friendly strategies.
Tolerate a bit of damage and wait for the birds, lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects to move in and eat the bad bugs in the garden. Use barriers like row covers to keep cabbage worms off your cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. Sink shallow containers filled with beer into the soil around hostas and some of the other favorite plants of slugs and snails. These pests are attracted to the fermenting yeast, crawl inside and die.
If the bad guys persist, step up your eco-friendly control. Knock small populations of aphids and mites off plants with a strong blast of water. Apply insecticidal soap or Summit Year-Round Spray Oil if nature needs a helping hand. These organic insecticides are effective at managing pests, while gentle on the good guys when used properly.
Keep mosquito populations to a minimum. Drain water from toys, buckets or any object that can hold water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Change the water in birdbaths several times a week. Toss a Mosquito Dunk (SummitResponsibleSolutions.com) in rain barrels and water features. This organic insecticide only kills the larvae of mosquitoes, black flies and fungus gnats. It won 't harm bees, butterflies, birds, pets and people.
Evaluate your success and make needed adjustments. Write a note in next year 's calendar to watch for the return of these pests. You 'll be ready to step in and lend nature a hand if needed.
As you begin to work in harmony with nature you will find more birds, bees and butterflies visiting your garden. Together you can grow a beautiful and productive garden for all to enjoy.
Gardening expert Melinda Myers has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener 's Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone" DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda 's Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Myers ' website is www.melindamyers.com.
Letters to the Editor!
I read Chuck Banks' column in the June 7th paper, and one of the remarks he made about the pollution in the 1960's made me think, he said "we all" had to drive with our lights on in the daytime because of pollution.
I worked in two major cities during the 60's, Chicago and St. Louis, and I don't recall ever using headlights during the day due to polluti9on.
Looking at Mr. Banks' photograph, I doubt if he was even born in the 60's and certainly not driving.
Whipping the same dead horse, why doesn't anyone ever mention the airline industry when talking about government.
Shannon County will always be my home. I read the article in my hometown paper "The Current Wave" about the National Park Service and the quarters that will have a picture of Alley Mill. In high school, I played softball on the grounds at Alley. It was then a state park but the picture of the mill since there are 85 veterans in the New Eminence Cemetery. There are countless many in Blair Creek in the Chrisco as well as Pilgrims Rest. I would have voted for the quarters to have a picture of the Unknown Soldiers. I'm sure park service is aware where that happens to be. My mind or heart will never forget these men in uniforms!
Reflections from the Road
By Rick Mansfield
A dog. A horse. A gun. A gal. A dear friend of mine had for quite some time assured me it was a life well lived, if that during that time a gentleman had been privileged to have had an exemplary example of each. A dog. A horse. A gun. And, of course, a gal.
Over our nearly half-a-century of friendship, we had enjoyed that specific conversation many times; along with a myriad of others. This friend was an intelligent man; extremely well read. We often discussed the works of whom many considered the great writers, along with historical biographies of our great men.
We had shared reading about the lives of Jefferson and Washington, Jackson and Lincoln. Had discussed the era of the Northern Invasion of the mid-19th century along with the country 's rebuilding after WWII and were both fans of Brokaw 's The Greatest Generation. We bemoaned the present state of congress and the culture of entitlement that so pervaded our nation. Championed the actions of those brave enough to stand against what we both saw as a socialist tide.
We questioned the present practices of his beloved National Park system, as well as the future of public education. Despaired the hatred that had become politics and the farce that was modern journalism. But, sooner than later, we would return to those favored topics. Ownership, or at least enjoyment, of a good dog. Horse. Gun. And gal.
If we are judged by the company we keep; we might also be considered by these four choices.
His dog was Spike, a Brittainy Spaniel with whom he bird-hunted his beloved Ozarks. When we had an abundance of quail, he spent many happy hours watching the little dog work the fields along Current River. Enjoyed the harvest he periodically took home and shared with his family.
His horse was Zorro, last male foal of the fabled Black Jack stud of real-life cowboy turned trail guide Buck Deatherage. Zorro in turn sired many a gaited offspring while also serving as one of the last mounts for when our Park Rangers visited campgrounds and patrolled our riverbanks astride a noble steed.
His gun was a Model 99 lever-action Savage chambered in their own .300 caliber. The first hammerless lever-action complete with the first rotary magazine, allowing for the use of more ballistically shaped bullets than the tube feeding designs of other companies. It was a rifle of innovation ahead of its time; built with the craftsmanship of the past.
Much like my friend. He was a far-sighted businessman; envisioning and even designing the park at Camp Zoe a full three decades before the DNR got involved; though his design was one more of historical preservation than what sits there now. He wished our rivers more fully stocked and the practice of guided floats returned. Yet he was a man of outspoken boldness; a man for whom a handshake and one 's word was enough.
And there was the gal. A childhood sweetheart; a Michigan beauty that had captured his heart when she was but sixteen. A woman with whom he had raised a family, built a business and shared a life for almost fifty-eight years. He loved and honored Lois all that time.
In a final conversation; we added obedience to the Gospel and the company of good friends to that list of blessings.
We said goodbye to Jack Peters ' remains at the edge of the old Jeremiah field last evening. Shared a meal beside pictures of his beloved dog, horse, gun and gal. Thanks for joining us!
Area Church News
Jack's Fork Country Church
Jacks Fork Country
"Faith has no sorrow that heaven can 't heal."
Dave Anderson welcomed us this morning! We stood for the pledge and our opening prayer. Promise: John 10:10, and Scripture: 1 James 1:12. We sang "This Is My Father 's World", "America the Beautiful" and "Give Thanks". Dave invited us to stay for our monthly dinner after church! Guests and visiting family members were welcomed! Happy Birthday to Caleb! Allen and Val Akers and Mike and Connie Svaleson celebrated anniversaries!
We were presented with a memorial wall plaque made by Dick Hunt, in honor of Bruce Cox. Thank you, Dick!
Prayers: Nikki Watson, Allen Akers, Lois Cox, Bill Gass, Julie Duncan, Ryan, Randy and Shawn Liggett, Dwight Maggard, Baby Uriah, Jerry Evans, Terri 's parents and co-worker, Cindy Marks, Mike 's parents, Paris ' grandmother, Danny Ray and Kate, Dorothy Ennis, Jeannie McConnell, the family of Janie Payne, our military and families and our country and leaders. Bill Fullerton, Jr. led us in prayer and the Lord 's Prayer.
Dave Anderson was asked to perform "God Must Be a Cowboy", in honor of Bruce Cox.
Nancy Ray adjourned to teach Children 's Church, where they made Father 's Day gifts for all the fathers. After the sermon, they gave out the gifts and did special bible readings.
Brother Tommy Boyd gave our sermon today, reading from II Timothy. Abraham told his son about his faith, and then Isaac passed it on to his son. God wants us to also pass God 's message on to our children! God remembered Timothy 's faith that was handed down from his family, and he showed his faith by the way that he lived his life! Timothy believed in God, his creator and creator of the universe, who loves us all very much. God teaches us many things, some being unwelcome lessons! These lessons are to teach us to have faith even through hard times! All things work together for good!
God has given you a gift to use to serve others. When you serve others, you are serving God! Fathers, lead your children through a Christian life! Tommy led us in prayer.
Closing songs were "Old Country Church" and "Church in the Valley". Mike Svaleson led us in our closing prayer.
Quote: Those who leave everything in God 's hands will eventually see God 's hands in everything.
Welcome prayer and pledge by Dave Anderson.
Promise: Luke 11:13
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Opening songs: I 'll be listening, Farther Along
Prayer and The Lord 's Prayer led by: Allen Akers
Special Music: Telita- He Didn 't Throw the Clay Away
Childrens Church: Mike and Connie (Fathers Day projects)
Message by: Howell Burkhead
Verse: Psalms 8:1-3
Message: The Excellence of God 's name, A Good Name: Trust in God for your reputation and be faithful; fame is not the same as a good name our greatest goal is to have a good name for the Lord. There is no name greater than our Great God! God 's name is perfect. Far more excellent than any other name.
Why is God 's name so great? 1. All of humanity exalts His name (whether they intend to or not)-everything visible/invisible in our bodies testifies to our maker-the diversity and beauty of all cultures-intelligence and creativity points to God. vs 2-emphasizes how little children and infants exalt the glory of God. 2. The heavens exalt His name (verse 3)-the perfect order of the planets ' orbit tells us there must be a God-the loveliness of the night sky, the setting/rising sun, all exalts Him. 3. Even hostility exalts His name (verse 2)-there will come a time when every knee will bow and every tongue confess the glory of God, the Father. Story of German ruler after fall of Berlin wall, German Baptists cared for Him-admitted His fault and gave glory to Christ. God 's name is Great!
We sang Happy Birthday to Judy Stewart.
Prayer list: Nikki Watson, Allen Akers, Lois Cox, Bill Gass, Gwen Counts, Dwight Maggard, Ryan and Randy Liggett, Baby Uriah, Jerry Evans, Terri 's parents and coworker, Mike 's parents, Paris ' grandmother, Danny Ray and Kate, Kate 's friend, Dorothy Ennis, Julie Duncan, family of Judy (Barton) Davis, trail riders, our military and families, our country and its leaders.
Closing songs: When We All Get to Heaven and The Old Country Church
Closing Prayer: Dave Anderson
Birch Tree Assembly of God
Area Church News
Eminence Assembly of God
Mt. View Baptist
Come worship with us as we learn more about the Holy Spirit, which acts for Jesus in our lives. Our church is located just west of the intersection of Highways 19 and 106. Summer worship time is 10 AM with Sunday School following at 11. Let our church become your church.
The sermon was "Paraclete," from the Greek ‘beside ' and ‘called. ' This is the spirit of truth, and as the Holy Spirit is a comforter, encourager, companion, counselor, advisor and advocate. We as Christians carry it alongside us, teaching us everything Jesus wants us to know. When Jesus left us, we were not abandoned like orphans but the Holy Spirit remained to remind us of everything he taught us. The still, small voice. Key Verse: John 15:26, "I will send you the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me." Our 1st and 2nd Scripture readings were John 14:15-26 and 16:5-15, read by David Neal and Dick Hunt.
Today was Father 's Day. Pastor David read a tribute from the Upper Room booklet. All fathers were asked to stand and state how many children they have. Sharon Newman prepared little gift bags. Special prayer was offered giving thanks for all the qualities demonstrated in being a good father.
Church family items of joy and concern include Jim and Edibeth just marking their 20th anniversary, Edibeth telling us that son Jason is now home from the hospital, Carol Underwood will be having back surgery in Springfield this week and the thrift shop was able to donate $800 to flood victims. It was also noted how several community members, Rick Mansfield and Greg Smith, recently spent much time helping to clear the river of tree debris which can be potentially deadly. Our thanks to them for caring. Our condolences to the families of Betty Burrus ' sister Judy and Jack Peters.
Area Church News
We enjoyed a beautiful day of worship as we gathered on Fathers Day. Mindy and Hunter Ipock were our friendly greeters. Jon and Tessa Bates led us in worship singing of our Lord-"You're a Good, Good Father, There is Nothing Above You, and I'll Fall Facedown. We prepared for communion with "Nothing but the Blood". Jerald Conway led our communion devotion with a focus on remembering the great love of the Lord.
Prayer Needs Shared include David Smith, Norma Brinker who had successful surgery, Glenda Bates, Betty Cannon, the Hicock family, Joe Moore, Draven Pritchett, Chad Thompson, Jon and Tessa Bates and girls in their move, and Vacation Bible School this week.
We also honored our fathers with the kids singing "Jesus Loves Me" and giving a gift to all of the men attending.
The Sermon today was "The Challenges of Fatherhood". Just as a ship is safest in the harbor, so a child should be safe at home. But a ship is destined for the ocean and a child is destined for the broader world. So we can seek to know God's will for us and help our children to seek Him, as well.
We invite all kids age 3 to teen to attend VBS this week from 6 to 9 each evening. It will be a great time for all kids, so don't miss it.
Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence
Women of Faith
What a blessing it is each month to get together with our ladies group. Joyce and Hazel are such wonderful hostesses. We love you both. Our group has been together since 2012.
Lord, the best way I know to say thank you for your wonderful guidance is to try to be the kind of person You have taught me to be. Please continue to lift me up every day as I strive to be my best self.
Jouce opened in prayer and shared some devotions. We talked about our upcoming events. We are planning on a picnic Aug. 8 and we're taking up lover offering for the Shop With The Cops program and the Shoe Box Christmas. Thanks to all our ladies that make this group possible.
Joyce shared: As you become increasingly aware of My presence, you find it easier to discern the way you should go.-Psalm 32:8. Earlene: Worship Me only. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your God.-Psalm 112:7. Lilly: Come to Me for understanding, since I know you far better than you know yourself.-Psalm 139:1-4. Stella: I will deliver you from condemnation-Romans 8:1-2, John 3:21-22.
Our women's meetings are always the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Joyce and Hazel 's house at 6 PM. Come join us for fun and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.
Have a blessed week and do something kind for someone this week. God Bless.
Jennive Shemwell and The Women of Faith Group
Winona Assembly of God
Winona Baptist 6/11/17 Our prayers go out to Brother Nick. He was a little under the weather
today. We miss you when you're gone. Please keep Freda (Norris)
Grandstaff's family in prayer. Freda went to be with the Lord, and pray
for our nation, leaders, police officers and pray for one another. Thank you Sharon K for leading our testimony service, and Paul for our
special music. Your help is so appreciated. A time for everything-Ecclesiastics 3:1-8. As Soloman reflects on all
of life, he expresses in a beautiful poem of 14 pairs of opposite events
that God has a severeign design behind all events. To gather stones refers
to the process of clearing land for planting or building. To hate means to
withdraw from intimacy and should not always be taken in absolute sense. Happy Birthday to Ben Sutton-Jun. 18 and Charlene Stephens-Jun. 22.
Wish you many more. We will be having cake and ice cream Sunday, Jun. 25 after church to
celebrate our April, May and June birthdays. Come join us for a wonderful
celebration. Do something to help someone this weeik. God will richly bless you.
Tell your family you love them. Tomorrow may be too late. Sunday School-10 AM, Worship Servi8ce-11 AM. Have a blessed week. God
Our prayers go out to Brother Nick. He was a little under the weather today. We miss you when you're gone. Please keep Freda (Norris) Grandstaff's family in prayer. Freda went to be with the Lord, and pray for our nation, leaders, police officers and pray for one another.
Thank you Sharon K for leading our testimony service, and Paul for our special music. Your help is so appreciated.
A time for everything-Ecclesiastics 3:1-8. As Soloman reflects on all of life, he expresses in a beautiful poem of 14 pairs of opposite events that God has a severeign design behind all events. To gather stones refers to the process of clearing land for planting or building. To hate means to withdraw from intimacy and should not always be taken in absolute sense.
Happy Birthday to Ben Sutton-Jun. 18 and Charlene Stephens-Jun. 22. Wish you many more.
We will be having cake and ice cream Sunday, Jun. 25 after church to celebrate our April, May and June birthdays. Come join us for a wonderful celebration.
Do something to help someone this weeik. God will richly bless you. Tell your family you love them. Tomorrow may be too late.
Sunday School-10 AM, Worship Servi8ce-11 AM. Have a blessed week. God Bless.
Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship
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