Rural Missouri - April 2013 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 Departments 4 5 Operation cooperation 14 Electric co-ops team up to battle two late-winter storms It’s all about redemption 32 Hearth and Home Simply eggscellent! Purdy students give back through their nationally recognized recycling effort 25 Best of rural Missouri 12th annual contest results reveal readers’ favorites 36 38 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 25 42 Marketplace Classified ads 48 Neighbors The ceaseless Charles Marmaduke’s Cape expedition Union forces halt Confederate push into southeast Missouri 44 12 News Briefs News you can use 18 Outdoors Runners on the trail Best Antique Shop/Flea Market: Antique Centré Mall, Benton 22 Columns Hart to heart Companion planting Some plants protect and feed each other when grown side by side 14 Comments National and statewide news 50 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy The soldier’s paper Museum returns Stars & Stripes to its roots in Bloomfield 48 About our cover Y ou don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy the revelry of Missouri Tartan Day Festivities. The annual spring event, held at Frontier Park in St. Charles, draws thousands of people from around the world — rain or shine — and it’s great fun for all ages. The objective of the gathering is to promote and preserve Scottish-American culture through music, dance, food, athletics and storytelling. You’ll find many pipers, such as the one on our cover, strolling the grounds, sharing their heritage as they play their bagpipes. The three-day event includes numerous bands playing everything from pipe and drum, bagpipes to rock ‘n’ roll with a Celtic twist. One big draw is the Highland athletics competition. Men and, yes, even a few women, come from across the United States to toss the caber (a long, tapered pine pole, similar to Cover and photo at left by Heather Berry. a telephone pole), participate in the sheaf toss (a bundle of straw), throw stones (similar to shot put) and toss the Scottish hammer, as shown in the photo at left. A round metal ball, ranging from 16 to 22 pounds for men and from 12 to 16 pounds for women, is attached to the end of a shaft. Then the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Be sure to try the vendor food while there — you’ll be able to try things such as the Scottish dish of haggis. Don’t ask what’s in it; just try it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you’re Scottish, wear your clan tartan in some form or fashion — you’ll feel right at home. This year’s event is scheduled for April 5-7 and admission is free. For more information, e-mail or log on to You also can join them on Facebook at Missouri Tartan Day Festivities. To order prints of the cover, call 866-962-1191 or visit APRIL 2013 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2013

Rural Missouri - April 2013
Table of Contents
Companion planting
News Briefs
Operation cooperation
It’s all about redemption
Best of rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
Marmaduke’s Cape expedition
Around Missouri
The soldier’s paper

Rural Missouri - April 2013