When you don't live on or near the coast getting fresh seafood can be a problem for folks who enjoy such treats. A couple of local guys feel that way and so have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Mark Moore and Randy Caldwell are putting in a saltwater pond. It's not unusual for folks to have a saltwater tank, but it's tough to stock something that small with saltwater fish.
I'm not sure of all the different types of fish they're planning to have in their pond, but I'm hoping there's going to be some tuna included in the mix. A few other folks have suggested grouper and red snapper. One person even suggested shark, but that may be a little too exotic.
I don't know if their long-range plans include stocking for others for a fee, but I'm sure it's something they've talked about. Most of us wouldn't mind paying a little to stock fresh seafood locally, but that does raise another question.
If it's a private pond does the Missouri Department of Conservation require a fishing license to get your own fish out of your own pond? Don't know but by the time they get this thing up and running I'm sure one of them will have the answer.
Both of these guys have full time jobs and won't be able to devote all their time and energy to the venture, so I think they've got their wives to help. And, since Mrs. Randy (Paula) works as a teacher, Paula's sister and neighbor, Pam Milum has signed on to help as well. I think Pam's been designated as the person in charge of feeding the fish on a daily basis.
I just did a quick internet search for the price of fresh tuna -- yellowfin tuna shipped to your door is running a little over $23.00 per pound. I think these guys are on to something. I'll try to talk them into actually buying an ad when time comes to stock the pond and letting everyone know.
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Ouch, that hurts
I've held this story for a couple of weeks, until school was out, so as not to unduly embarrass one of our educators.
About a month ago dutiful congregation members from the "early service" were going from the main sanctuary building to the education building for Sunday School. Right beside the sidewalk was a big 'ol turtle.
Several folks walked by and spotted the turtle. Kinda hard to miss actually, because it was a pretty good size turtle. Several other folk recognized this particular reptile was a "snapping turtle." Since it was a "snapping turtle" these folks also knew to steer clear of the thing.
The chelydra serpentina is known to have a bit of an attitude when they're out of the water. Apparently everyone doesn't know about that trait of the "snapping turtle."
One such individual is South School Principal Kim Lowry. Kim was walking past the turtle with one of her teachers when she decided to take a poke at the thing with a stick or something similar. The turtle was obviously not the one in the famous fable known for being slow, but persistent. When poked, this turtle quickly leaped, flipped up and took a nip from Kim's finger. Fortunately for the principal, I don't think any of her students happened to be around at that time.
In case you're wondering, the snapping turtle is a fresh water reptile so there probably won't be any around Mark and Randy's saltwater pond.
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As I write this column rain is in the forecast. Unfortunately we all know what that means. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned rain and Rita Orr wanting to go play in the first rain she had seen in days. A day or so after that column came out we actually got about a half-inch of rain on a Sunday evening.
Rita said it was too dark to go out and play in that little bit of rain, but I got the impression she sure was considering it for a while.
Several of us were having lunch and ran into Terry Scott at one of the local eating establishments a few days after that rain. Mark Pelts asked him about rain on the south end of the county.
Terry's assessment was that farmers either "got nothing or a couple inches south depended on where you were."
Mark suggested someone wasn't living right and therefore wasn't getting the right amount of rain. Terry said that couldn't possibly be him. He did have an opinion as to who that might be, but Terry and I will both be better off if that information is not revealed.
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I couldn't reproduce the photo, but Vivian Helton sent along a clip from the Thursday, November 11, 1956 edition of the DDD that showed the "No. 1 Bowling Team in (the) State."
The caption read, "Even if the reign proves only temporary, and there is no certainty it will, the Wilcoxson Bowlettes of Kennett can proudly claim recognition this week as the No. 1 Class B bowling team in the state and may continue to do so as long as their 2,612 series score leads Missouri Women's Bowling Association state tournament competition at Joplin.
"Team members who compiled that score (were) Mavis Williams, Evelyn Wilcoxson, Wanda Wilcoxson, Jerris Waddell and Bonnie Ballenger. Vonita Reed, who accompanied the team as an alternate, earned a plaque for rolling more than 50 pins above her average in singles competition."
Bud Hunt is regional vice president, publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.