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There’s an app for that
With the chance of severe winter weather still prevalent in Missouri, it is important to be aware of road conditions when traveling. To help keep you safe, the Missouri Department of Transportation has released a new application for smart phones that updates travelers on road conditions, work zones, flooding and incidents along highways and interstates. Available for iPhones and Android-powered phones, the MoDOT Traveler Information Map application is available for free on iTunes and the Android Market. When the map loads, users see the entire state at a glance and can zoom in for more detailed information. Weather-related road conditions are loaded as a default, but users can view work zones, incidents and even MoDOT traffic camera images by tapping the “Conditions” button and choosing alternate display options. The Traveler Information Map also is available online at http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi. Although the map is a useful tool for Missouri travelers, MoDOT
A blue ribbon for the fair
The Missouri State Fair, held each August in Sedalia, was recently recognized as one of the best in the world by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. Missouri’s fair rated high in competitive events, agricultural exhibitions and communications efforts. The Missouri State Fair is one of more than 3,000 domestic and international members of the IAFE, which is based in Springfield, Mo. For more information about this year’s fair, which will be held Aug. 9-19, visit www.mostatefair.com or call 800-422-3247.
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urges drivers to always check local weather reports and law enforcement alerts before traveling and to not use mobile phones while driving. For more on MoDOT, road conditions and to download the application, visit www.modot.mo.gov.
B R I E F S
more than 3.6 million square feet — nearly 85 acres — of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and native plants. Garden registrations are still being accepted through AgriMissouri’s website at www.agrimissouri.com/ gardens. A map of the previously registered gardens also is available online. In addition to the challenge, MDA has kicked off the Harvest for Hunger Food Drive. Donations of fresh and nonperishable food items will be accepted at MDA’s offices located at 1616 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City. The drive will continue through March with proceeds going to the Missouri Food Bank Association to be distributed statewide to food banks. For more on the food drive and how to contact MDA, call 573-7514211 or visit www.mda.mo.gov.
Great work green thumbs
Last year, more Missourians joined in the effort to get gardens growing throughout the state. In late December, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced it completed its 10,000 Garden Challenge. The challenge was started to connect Missourians with the land and to bring awareness to locally grown products. The 10,000 gardens registered throughout the state represented
Calling all young wordsmiths
Young writers are invited to enter the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest. Cash prizes totaling $1,700 will be awarded to winners in grades 6-8 and 9-12. All entries must be submitted by March 15. Contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.owaa.org.
Missouri Seniors’ Legal Helpline
You can donate to the Children’s Trust Fund through your tax form to help children & families all over Missouri.
Legal information on senior issues
• Powers of attorney • Living wills • Health benefits
Assistance in accessing legal services
A service of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services & Area Agencies on Aging
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2012
Rural Missouri - February 2012
Table of Contents
A plague of enmity
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
If the shoe fits
Rural Missouri - February 2012