The Final Word
by Diane Lowrey, editor
Taking advantage of the wonderful weather we’ve been able to experience the past several days, I recently took a drive around Trenton just to see what was going on.
And boy did I get an eyeful.
The most obvious activity is going on along Iowa Boulevard, which is the location of the new Wright Memorial Hospital and medical office building. it seems like it was just a few months ago ground was being broken for new construction of those facilities and now, as you drive by, the outside of the main building is nearly complete and looks to be on schedule for opening next spring. Wright Memorial Hospital has done a lot over the past several years to improve its medical offerings in a 1950s buildings and the time has now come for those medical updates to be included in a start-of-the-art facility that will much better serve the residents of this area. Having spent a week there a little over a year ago, I know the importance of having a hospital near to take care of your medical needs and I still have a hard time fathoming how well WMH personnel perform their duties in the current facilties. The new hospital will allow them to provide even better medical attention to its patients and I am so proud of the foresight Dr. J.B. Wright and the Wright Trust to make sure the area continues to have good medical services available.
And of course, right down the road is the North Central Missouri College Barton Farm Campus, on which ground is being broken today. Plans call for the construction of facilities that will provide classroom space and learning labs for not only students involved in agriculture, but those who want to receive training in such areas as wind technology and other green-related jobs. Bids are currently being obtained to construct the first two structures on the site – resource and plant science buildings – along with a parking lot and other land improvements. A structure for animal science as well as a visitor’s center are in the future plans for the farm, which was given to NCMC through a generation donation by the Arthur and Elizabeth Barton family.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful assistance both the hospital and college has received from local entities, including the city of Trenton, the Grundy County Commission, the Trenton Township Board and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Without their assistance, developing good access to these areas would have taken much longer and it was a coalition of these groups that worked together to get the new access road onto Iowa Boulevard from Highway 65, making it easier for those headed to either place to get to their destinations.
If you haven’t been out that way, I would suggest you do so and see for yourself exactly what is going on in that area. It’s a great picture of the progress that is taking place in this community.
By Jeff Berti
Grundy County Conservation Agent
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery; what does a hunter do when it is July or August?
The ducks are thousands of miles away, doe are weaning their fawns, bucks are growing antlers and ticks rule the woods. Life can seem tough at times.
For the avid shooter, there is life during the summer, just at a different pace. Most hunters put their shotguns or rifles in the closet, not to be seen until September or October.
However, this is the time to buff off those visible rust spots and put a little bluing on the barrel. Check the scope mounts that are working loose, tighten a screw or two and put some sandpaper to those scratches and gouges in the stock, cover them with wood putty and stain.
The new do-it-yourself gun finishing kits on the market make these cosmetic repairs a great deal easier than they use to be.
For those shooters who are mechanically inclined, use this off-season to do a thorough gun cleaning. This means completely breaking the firearm down.
There are several new cleaners on the market, cleaner impregnated patches and liquid baths that you can immerse your steel and polymer guns in for an excellent cleaning.
For a shooter, all of this gun care stuff is a necessity that must be done, but it takes the smell of gun powder in the air to really get the blood flowing.
Well, if that’s what it takes to get the juices flowing, then do it. However, make a couple of minor changes.
Instead of shooting those shoulder-bruising hunting loads, downgrade to lighter practice loads. For shotguns you should use light field loads. For a black-powder shooter, use 20 or fewer grains of powder. For a rifle shooter, use a lighter load shell or a .22-caliber rimfire rifle with a good scope. To make it a challenge, set a goal of quarter size groups at 100 yards and make summer shooting fun.
If you are not a reloader, there are high-quality “light load” pistol and rifle shells at most of the larger sporting goods retailers. These loads will allow you get to know your gun, obtain painless shooting practice, sharpen your shooting skills and build your confidence in your shooting ability. Whether it is a pistol, rifle or shotgun, you probably didn’t buy it to sit in the closet for nine months.
There is another equally important benefit of summer shooting. You can share the learning experience with someone else that you want to get involved in the shooting sports.
This is the time of the year that you can devote to being teacher and coach and not interfere with your prime-time hunting. We as shooters have to realize it is up to us to keep the shooting sports alive. That’s why there is a new phrase being used in the shooting sports, “Pass it on.”
A recent magazine article pointed out that 67 percent of hunters were over 35 years of age. Only 6 percent of Americans 16 years of age and older hunt, and children that are not exposed to hunting by the age of 14 will most likely never get involved.
This means that is up to us to teach others the things that we enjoy about trap shooting, hunting, archery, rifle shooting, sporting clays and other related activities. If we don’t teach others our traditions, the sport of shooting may die a slow and painful death.
Summer is the ideal time to train a new pup and a young hunter for this year’s hunting outings. Both are bound to give you years of satisfaction.
So, it is up to you. You can sit around the house with the air conditioner on full blast, or you can get out and enjoy the outdoor opportunities that are waiting for you. As always, be careful whenever you are handling a gun!
by Gary Beverlin, Building Inspector
Building codes and ordinances are put into effect to ensure that homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings in our community are as safe as possible.
Codes address all aspects of construction including structural integrity, electrical, mechanical, plumbing systems and property maintenance. Building and code officials are here to help the public understand building safety issues. The codes currently adopted by the city of Trenton are the 2006 International Codes. Pamphlets containing the building guidelines are available at city hall.
Building permits are issued by the building inspector and are required for any project over 120 square feet. If you are replacing an existing structure (often decks) and you are not changing the dimensions of the original structure, you will not need a building permit. We are often contacted about the building of fences. If you construct a fence 6 feet or less, you do not need a building permit. The fee for a building permit is based on the cost of the project. It is important to remember to call Dig Rite before you begin any project that involves excavation. Excavation is defined as; any operation in which the earth, rock or other material in or on the ground is moved, removed or otherwise displaced. Once Dig Rite is contacted they will notify all utilities to mark any underground lines. To contact Dig Rite call 1-800-DIG-RITE or go online to submit your request at mo1call.com.
The city of Trenton also has a sidewalk program that is designed to help homeowners replace damaged sidewalks within in the city. With this program the city of Trenton will pay for the concrete and the homeowner is responsible for the labor and materials. A building permit is required for this project and may be picked up by the laborer or the homeowner. The cost of a concrete permit is $15.
Unfortunately, this is also the time of year that our department is busy writing tickets to citizens who are in violation of city ordinances. Weeds and grass that has been allowed to grow past 8 inches on any property within the city limits, is in violation of the city ordinance. Tall weeds and grass are not only eye sores, they are also a haven for insects and rodents, which causes a safety issue for the surrounding neighbors and any pedestrians. Brush piles standing on your property will also be the cause of a ticket to be issued. Like weeds and grass, brush piles provide shelter for many unwanted rodents, pose fire hazards, block views if near roadways, and are unsightly. Putting yard waste in the streets whether it be intentional or unintentional is also in violation of city ordinances. Yard waste will not be picked up by the trash company. Indisposed yard waste gets carried off by weather elements and ends up in the city storm drains and causes severe flooding damage. You are allowed to burn yard waste as long as you follow a few simple rules; it must be on your own private property, during daylight hours only, you must have a water source near the burning sight, and you must contact the fire department before burning to make sure they have not issued any burning bans. The other common ordinance violation is abandoned vehicles on properties. Any vehicle damaged, disabled or dismantled that is left unmoved for seven or more days is considered a nuisance. A ticket for this nuisance will be issued. If you are issued a ticket for any of the aforementioned nuisances, you will be facing a fine of $100.
The city of Trenton strives to provide a safe and desirable community to live in. These permits, codes and ordinances are designed for that purpose. If you have any questions regarding the information provided in this article or questions in general about building codes, inspections, permits or nuisances, please feel free to contact me by calling 660-359-4310.
Retired longtime Trenton barber Ed Wilson, 72, died at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday July 1, 2010 at his residence in Trenton, where he had been under hospice care.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2010 at Resthaven Mortuary, north of Trenton. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, north of Trenton.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral time.
Mr. Wilson was born on June 3, 1938 in Spickard, the son of Robert and Beulah Powell Wilson. He graduated from Spickard High School. He started a barber shop in Fairfax and Princeton before moving to Trenton in 1960. He was married to Jean Proctor on June 13, 1965 in Trenton.
He was a member of the Spickard Methodist Church and was a former Trenton Elks member.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Jean of the home; a daughter, Robin, now Mrs. Edward Yerington of Blue Springs; a son, David Wilson of Trenton; a sister, Donna Shipley of Trenton; and two grandchildren, Olivia and Stone Yerington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Berniece Leytham.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Wright Memorial Hospice.
Online condolences can be made at www.whitakereads.com
Rian Bree Wilson, infant daughter of Jeff (Bud) and Amanda Miller Wilson, died on Thursday morning, June 24, 2010.
No funeral services are planned.
Rian Bree was born early Wednesday morning on June 23, 2010 at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. She weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces and was 13 inches long.
She is survived by her parents; a big sister, Ralee Jacole Wilson; and other family members.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitakereads.com
The Final Word
by Diane Lowrey
No one likes to think about dying, but I have found that with the recent death of my friend, Judy, I have become more reflective and thought more about some of the things I would like to do before I leave this earth.
One of my favorite movies is “The Bucket List,” which tells the tale of two friends who, after finding out one of them is going to die, make a list of things they would like to accomplish in the time they have left. I think we all probably have a “bucket list” that we’ve tucked away somewhere, wishing we could do those things but never getting around to even contemplating making them a reality.
The nice thing about a “bucket list” is that it makes you think about the things that are really important but at the same time, also make you stop and think about the “what if’s” in your life. In talking the other night with my husband about this very subject, I’ve decided I don’t want any “what if’s” in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to be able to do a lot of things, in particular travel to places that I could only imagine as a child. But for all those things I have done, there are still so many more that I want to do and, after a lot of soul searching, I’ve come up with a list of five that I feel like are attainable.
1. Travel to Egypt to see the pyramids and take a trip down the Nile River. This has been on my list for many, many years and at one time was actually in the planning stages. I’ve always been fascinated by how the pyramids were constructed and I want to see it for myself. The ride down the Nile River is an added bonus.
2. Learn to fly an airplane. This is actually a new addition to my list. I have a friend who is a retired commercial pilot and in listening to his flying stories, along with my sense of adventure, I think it would be fun to fly an airplane. No, I don’t want to pilot a passenger plane. The idea of being up in the air, flying around like a bird, sounds so peaceful and something that I really want to do.
3. Learn more about by father’s family. My father, who passed away in 1996, was adopted at a young age by the couple that I always considered by grandparents. I always knew my father was adopted; in fact his half-brother and wife came from California for a visit with us when I was a small child. But for whatever reason, we never kept in touch with them and now that my father has passed on, I have wanted to know more about them. I have my father’s birth certificate and a few other items, so now all I really need to do is to begin the search. Wish me luck.
4. Visit Washington D.C. I’ve always wanted to go to our nation’s capital and while it would be fun to see all the historic sites like the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, etc., I really have only two places I really, really want to see. The first is the White House. I know you can take tours, but I want to go into the places that the general public doesn’t normally get to see. I want to visit the Oval Office while the President is there and yes, I need to see for myself if there really is a Lincoln Bedroom. Seeing the press office there would also be interesting as well. My second place of interest is the Supreme Court during a time when there is an actual case being argued before the court judges. I’ve always been fascinated by the law and to hear cases being argued before the top court of the land would make my day.
5. Write a book. I have talked about this for years. And not just any book. I’ve had an idea in my head about a story that actually happened in my hometown when I was in junior high school involving a high school student who dropped off his brother at a Thanksgiving dance and was never seen again. Growing up, I can remember hearing all of the stories that speculated what actually happened to the young man and since that time, other stories have come to light connecting a later incident that occurred in my hometown to this disappearance, tying it all to one certain individual. I see a story here. I now need to take the time to make this happen.
So there’s my top 5 bucket list items. If you don’t have a list, I hope this inspires you to sit down and think about some of the things you want to do. If you’ve already made your list, let me know. Perhaps we can work on our lists together. I’ll keep you posted.
The Final Word
by Diane Lowrey
On Monday night, I was proud to be from north Missouri.
I was one of the more than 1,200 persons who gathered in the Princeton Elementary School gymnasium for a public meeting with Attorney General Chris Koster, who was in this area to address concerns involving a request from Premium Standard Farms to extend the deadline to meet a consent degree that expires on July 31 of this year.
As those of us who live in this area know, not everyone has been pleased with the location of PSF in north Missouri since the company arrived on the scene some 20 years ago. Yes, the company has provided around 2,500 jobs to residents in a seven-county area, allowing many individuals to remain “at home” while others have chosen to make north Missouri their new home. New businesses have sprung up, school districts have seen finances improve and the local economy, which 20 years ago looked like it was headed downhill and wasn’t stopping, has certainly showed much improvement since that time.
But there have been those individuals who haven’t seen PSF as a good neighbor, complaining of the odor that emanates from their operations as well as claiming environmental regulation violations that have resulted in the consent decree now being debated. Those numbers seem to be the same few, but for whatever reasons, their voices seem to be heard the loudest.
Until Monday night. That’s when I saw a community band together to support what has become that area’s largest industry – an industry that wasn’t necessarily well received by those living there 20 years ago, but that has now become an important part of their lives.
Anyone who has ever been to a public forum involving a controversial subject knows that when a question and answer session is included, crowds can be less than civil on both sides and things said and done that aren’t necessarily in the best interest of either party. However, Monday night’s forum was anything but that. Instead of the bickering that I believe some individuals were anticipating, the crowd was well behaved and those who spoke made their points without being angry or confrontational. It was obvious that the majority of those who gathered in that gymnasium were passionate about their efforts, but realized they were not going to get anywhere by being upset. The result was the attorney general receiving a lot of good information from those individuals who know this area best and I believe that he went away with a positive feeling about the people of north Missouri, something which will bode well as he contemplates the decision he faces in whether or not to extend the consent decree deadline for PSF. He will remember that north Missouri is part of the rest of the state and that we care about what happens not only to our area, but to the entire state as well. And we do it with passion and dignity.
And that’s what made me proud.
The Final Word
by Diane Lowrey
The new wrestling facility to be constructed at Trenton High School as part of projects approved by voters last November will be named after the Ron Hurst Family. And rightfully so.
The R-9 Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a recommendation from a committee of school officials, members of the public and the student council president to name the facility after the Hurst family. Hurst was involved with the THS wrestling program for over 30 years, first as a wrestler and then as a coach, guiding his teams to numerous district and sectional titles as well as a number of top 10 finishes at the state tournament. He’s received several honors as a coach, culminating with him being named to the National Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame.
It was heartening to look out in the audience at the board meeting and see the number of former wrestlers who came in support of their coach, many of whom traveled several miles to be there. As a former sports editor at the newspaper, I kind of felt it was like old home week and that I should have my pencil and paper back out, interviewing these guys like it was yesterday. I was then brought back to reality when Duane Urich reminded me that none of them could possibly ever wrestle again at their high school weight.
But what I really felt from this group of former THS wrestlers was the love and respect that have for not only Ron, but his family as well. After all, anyone who knows about wrestling when Ron was coach, it was a family affair. Marsha (his wife) was there at every match, playing mom to all the wrestlers, while daughters Jill and Amy were cheerleaders for the team. And Loma, Ron’s mom, never missed a meet a well and became a grandmother figure to those wrestlers, many of whom I know still keep in touch with her.
Steve Marlay, Trenton’s first state champion, probably summed it up best when he told the board about the influence Ron had on each and every one of them, not only on the mat, but life in general. While there are teachers who can say that about a few students, this was one of the rare times I have witnessed so many say the same thing about one teacher.
Congratulations to the Hurst family. It is an honor well deserved.
Weight Loss Update: Last week I suffered a bit of a slip-up, but overall I am still on the negative side in my battle to lose weight as part of the Green Hills Weight Challenge. So I have done a little re-adjusting with my diet, added a little bit more exercise and, hopefully, when I get on the scales later this week, those efforts will show.
Are you involved in the weight challenge and have a story to tell? If so, let me know. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send it to my attention and tag your story “weight loss.” I would love to hear about your success and/or struggles. I have found that sharing with others is one of the best ways and motivators in making this effort a success.
by Wendell Lenhart
The Trenton R-9 Board of Education will consider a naming opportunity at its meeting on Feb. 9. As a part of the improvements to be made to school facilities as a result of a bond issue approved by voters last fall will be the construction of a new wrestling room for the Trenton Wrestling Team to use for practice.
Following a presentation by community members at last month’s board meeting expressing interest in having the room named for longtime wrestling coach Ron Hurst, a committee was appointed to make a recommendation to the board concerning the request. That committee has forwarded two options for the board’s consideration at next week’s meeting: “The Ron Hurst Family Wrestling Facility” and “The Ron and Marsha Hurst Wrestling Room.” Board policy states two or more suggestions must be made to the board and the committee favored the first option.
I am glad the board has a policy in place to address these types of considerations. Naming a school facility after a community member is a pretty big deal and requires careful consideration and I believe the committee and school board have done the proper due diligence in this matter. Recent letters to the newspaper have listed Ron’s accomplishments and reasons he and his family deserve this honor and I couldn’t agree with them more.
Putting the Hurst name on the new wrestling room is a fitting tribute to a person who gave so much to his school and community and I hope the R-9 Board feels the same way and will give the naming opportunity its wholehearted endorsement.
Local physician Dr. J.A. Keuhn continues to do his best in providing care to the residents of Haiti who continue to suffer the effects of a devastating earthquake last month. Dr. Keuhn has been providing care for several years through a medical clinic he and other physicians have operated near the town of Montrouis. Other area residents have also assisted in that area, which also includes a school for Haiti children.
I hope you have had the opportunity to read the stories in the newspaper provided by his wife Chris since he has returned to the country following the earthquake. There are many ways to help the people of Haiti through donations, American Red Cross, etc.; but if you are interested in making a local impact please consider the following local opportunities which will help Dr. Keuhn and his work. To help with medical supplies and the clinic, donations may be sent to His Way, 3310 E. 10th St., Trenton, MO 64683. To help provide funding for the school, Life Connection Mission, 2734 Sportsman Road, Trenton, MO 64683. I am sure they will be much appreciated and helpful.
Everyone is looking to stretch their income as far as possible these days and the Republican-Times and Green Hills Weekly can help.
Today’s newspaper has an insert with over $121 in savings on name brand items that can be used by everyone and are carried by local businesses. That is a pretty good amount of savings on many everyday items.
The newspaper and weekly carry savings each week in inserts and ads on everything from groceries to vehicles, which will help area residents maximize their hard-earned dollars.