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(Willow Springs)- The Willow Springs Senior Center Board of Directors is hosting a full breakfast on Saturday, March 15, from 7-10AM.
The breakfast is $4 a person and will include pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs and a choice of orange juice or coffee.
For more information on the Senior Center Breakfast you can call them at 417-469-3892.
(West Plains) – AirMedCare Network is now an OzSBI Champion.
In addition to having a banner displayed in the Ozarks Small Business Incubator lobby, Champions receive exclusive benefits including free use of meeting rooms and discounts on OzSBI Premier and Professional workshops.
Businesses interested in participating should contact Executive Director Heather Fisher at 417-256-9724 or at email@example.com.
(Columbia) – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of additional funding for the second year as an initiative to improve water quality in three watersheds in Missouri.
Landowners in the three watersheds have until Friday, April 18, to apply for assistance through their local NRCS offices. The watersheds include: Lower Little Medicine (Grundy and Sullivan counties in northern Missouri); Upper Troublesome (Knox and Lewis counties in northeastern Missouri); and Opossum Creek-North Fork Spring River (Jasper and Barton counties in southwestern Missouri).
NRCS will make $837,000 available this year to help farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in those watersheds install conservation practices that manage nutrients, pathogens and sediments. Funding comes through the agency’s National Water Quality Initiative.
Eligible producers will receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring.
NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year.
For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Missouri, visit www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov.
(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith recently sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and asking the secretary to move swiftly on the project’s application.
In his letter, Smith outlined the economic benefits of the project, saying the Keystone project will create an estimated 42,000 construction jobs with roughly $2 billion in salaries for hardworking Americans.
“The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will infuse our country’s economy with the kind of infrastructure investment that creates and supports jobs. This pipeline is a $7 billion expansion that will create an estimated 42,000 construction jobs. The project will direct roughly $2 billion into the pockets of hardworking Americans who desperately need it. These dollars will potentially go to cash-strapped communities in Middle America, supporting local grocery stores, local car dealerships, local restaurants, local housing markets and the list goes on and on.”
Smith also said the Keystone project will provide a reliable source of energy in North America, instead of relying on Middle Eastern nations to meet our energy needs:
“Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would further enhance our nation’s energy security. Too long we have depended on foreign sources for our energy when we now have access to an abundance of energy right here in America and with our close ally Canada. However, through the overwhelming regulations that have been imposed through the EPA and other agencies, our use of these resources has been delayed. The Keystone XL Pipeline will carry nearly 830,000 barrels of North American oil per day, with nearly 25% coming from the Bakken shale region in the western states. Combining the American shale resources with what will be transported through the Keystone Pipeline will help us become less dependent on far away energy sources and get our energy more close to home.”
(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he has amended his supplemental budget request for the current fiscal year to include $3.5 million in general revenue for the Utilicare program, which provides fuel and utility assistance for low-income Missourians.
“The unusually harsh weather Missouri has experienced this winter, along with the rising cost of heating fuel, has put many households with limited means in a real bind,” Gov. Nixon said. “This additional funding for Utilicare will enable more families to pay those higher utility bills.”
The General Assembly will now consider the Governor’s request as part of the Fiscal 2014 Supplemental Budget. Utilicare is administered through the Department of Social Services. It provides assistance with energy bills for low-income Missourians, including seniors and people with disabilities.
Some Americans might think: “I know junk food is not cheaper in the long run because I will likely have more health issues if I continue to eat junk food.” That is certainly true.
“But, now we know that junk food is not cheaper in the short run either,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and others have shown that whole foods such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are actually less expensive than food products that are often high in fat, salt, and sugar according to Duitsman.
“When researchers substituted salty and sweet foods, baked foods and frozen treats with fruit and vegetable options, they found that equivalent portions of whole foods where cheaper. They also found that if these substitutions were made daily for one month, they amounted to 3,780 less calories consumed,” said Duitsman.
An added benefit to eating whole foods is that they tend to satisfy the appetite much better than junk foods. For example, eating a candy bar with 290 calories might not make a person feel full but a banana with 105 calories might.
“Whole foods are not only lower in calories, but they contain many health-promoting and disease fighting compounds to keep us healthy. There is an endless variety of fruits and vegetables that can also be quite convenient if we plan ahead,” said Duitsman.
Analysis of this research shows that Americans following the USDA Dietary Guidelines, based on 2,000 calories per day, can purchase the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by USDA for only $2.00 to $2.50 per day.
“Basically, smart shoppers can make their food budget go even further by buying whole foods in-season,” said Duitsman.
University of Missouri Extension has developed the Seasonal and Simple smart phone application, which is now available in both IOS and Android versions. Seasonal and Simple has a chart showing when each item is in season locally. It also provides recipes and nutritional information and explains how to select and prepare the fruit or vegetable, including what part(s) are edible and how to store each part.
“Whole foods are available fresh, frozen, canned and dried. If packaged, always read labels to ensure you are getting only the whole food, and not unhealthy additives,” said Duitsman. “Whether you’re looking for ways to protect your wallet or your waistline, whole foods may be the way to go.”
For more information on nutrition contact one of the following nutrition specialists: Dr. Lydia Kaume in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Dr. Pam Duitsman, in Greene County, (417) 881-8909; or Cammie Younger in Texas County, (417) 967-4545. Information is also available online http://extension.missouri.edu.
For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.
(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently held a ceremony honoring graduates of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.
Graduates completed 99 hours of course work and passed a skills and knowledge test to graduate. Students finished their course work in four weeks. ASUMH instructor Deanna Grace, RN presented the graduates with their certificates.
For information on upcoming classes or scholarships, contact ASUMH Health Science Coordinator Sarah Smith at 870-508-6266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Eminence) – Standing in the hot summer sun and cold winter winds for over a hundred and twenty years, historic Alley Mill can benefit from a checkup. Recently, the red mill received that much needed physical to determine its current health.
A group of experts visited the Alley Mill to access how well it has withstood the ravages of time. Architects, historians, and engineers joined local park staff in examining the Alley Mill from top to bottom. They crawled through the muddy basement and the dusty attic and investigated all the floors in between to uncover possible future rehabilitation needs. Among them were Don Stevens, the historian who wrote the classic book on the area, A Homeland and a Hinterland; Bruce Cardwell, civil engineer; Kim Shafer, landscape architect; Daniel Jackson, historical landscape architect; and Mark Chavez, historical architect.
The team discovered and was especially concerned about the mill’s foundation due to the encroachment of tree roots from a large sycamore growing next to the building. Further evaluation of the tree will determine the best course of action to address this issue. The concrete dam structure surrounding the turbine and extending across the spillway was also a worry.
Soon the team will send a full analysis of their inspection findings to the park. The report will be used to determine the course of action for Alley Mill repairs or stabilization that may be necessary.
(Jefferson City)- Missouri senators continue debate on Senate Bill 509, which would modify provisions relating to income taxes.
Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, speaks on the differences from last year’s version of this bill:
Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, is speaking against the bill:
The measure has been set aside for future debate.