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Missouri Stream Team Clean Water Refresher

Mark Smith Using Catch and Release Fishing Valley Water Mill Lake Mark Smith showed off his morning’s catch of crappie before he released it back into Valley Water Mill Lake.  He and several other Springfield, Missouri-area residents were spending the morning at the popular fishing hole that also contains largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill.  The […]

Continue Reading By on March 27, 2012 in clean water, environmental, Midwest, natural, outdoors, Ozarks

Ozarks Watershed Center

Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park Nearby resident Judy Cousins was walking her dogs at the Watershed Center when she encountered Executive Director Mike Kromrey.  She’d been wondering what those interesting chains were that hung down from the new building, and Kromrey was able to explain how they carry water down to filter boxes […]

Continue Reading By on March 26, 2012 in clean water, education, environmental, green, Midwest, outdoor, Ozarks, sustainable

Down the Dirt Road

The tree branches bow into an arbor, stretching to touch the face of the rocky bluff. The creek meanders just at the edge of the road, threatening to trim it narrower yet again. This is the dirt road where I rode the school bus, an entire hour every morning to school and another hour back. […]

Continue Reading By on August 27, 2011 in farm, Ozarks

Preserving One-Room Schoolhouse in Ozarks

Linda Smith-Johnson at Bunker Hill School My dad says he broke his left arm playing jumprope outside the one-room Bunker Hill School.  He told me this story the summer after my mother died from cancer, when he asked me to come along to an old-fashioned gospel singing on the lawn.  The outhouse was the only restroom facility on […]

Continue Reading By on August 24, 2011 in community, education, historic, Midwest, Ozarks, quilt

101-Year-Old Quilt Designer

Her hands move nimbly with needle and thread, even though she admits the stitches aren’t as perfect as they used to be.  The colorful cotton fabric starts in three-inch-wide pieces of squares and triangles, ending up together in one of many intricate patterns. Lena Vaughan’s been doing this longer than most of us have been […]

Continue Reading By on August 22, 2011 in crafts, feed sacks, frugal, grandparents, Ozarks, quilt, sewing, thrifty, with our own hands