Rural Missouri - November 2013 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 Departments 4 5 8 Helping our neighbors Concern for community highlighted at 2013 AMEC annual meeting 14 16 Outdoors On the wings of eagles 18 Out of the Way Eats Café Blackadder A rolling tribute to freedom 24 Hearth and Home Thankful once more Three Missouri Guardsmen pay homage to fallen citizen soldiers 20 Columns Hart to heart White mules and family wine Schlottach family aims to put Missouri wine back on top 12 Comments National and statewide news 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings Big man from a small town 14 Hard work took Tim Barnes to the NFL 26 34 Marketplace Classified ads Best of rural Missouri 36 Neighbors The most dangerous game Vote for your favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state 28 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy Salvaging history Grundy County group preserves a historic gem for future generations 20 About our cover I n November, the summer haze has burned off and the night sky is often clear. That's when stargazers flock to Fayette for a chance to view the heavens through the beautiful 17-foot-long Clark telescope at Central Methodist University's Morrison Observatory. While the evening's hosts usually bring along some more modern telescopes to bring viewers up close to celestial objects, the star attraction is the antique telescope inside a rotating dome atop the unique structure that was constructed in 1875. In the late 1870s, Clark telescopes were the best in the world and had been installed in the most prestigious observatories, including Arizona's Lowell Observatory and Chicago's Yerkes Observatory. On a good night, the telescope can show you the rings around Saturn, the red planet Mars or the moons of Jupiter. Cover and photo at left by Jim McCarty Other nights, the vintage black and brass instrument peers deep into the craters of the moon. You never know what might be in store when you visit on a cold, clear night. When the observatory was first built, it was located in Glasgow at a now-defunct private college. The entire building, including the 12-inch-diameter telescope and the manually rotating dome, was moved to Fayette in 1935. The telescope was purchased for $6,000 in gold. It was one of the first to be used to study Jupiter's now-famous red spot. The observatory holds free public viewings on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Nov. 7. Viewings also are held again in March. It is located at 700 Park Road next to the Fayette City Park. To reach it, take Besgrove Street west from the intersection of Highways 5 and 240 in Fayette and turn left on Park Road. For more information, call 660-248-3391 ext. 383. To order prints of either photo, see page 31. NOVEMBER 2013 3

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

Rural Missouri - November 2013
White mules and family wine
Helping our neighbors
A rolling tribute to freedom
Out of the Way Eats
Big man from a small town
Hearth and Home
Best of rural Missouri
Salvaging history
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2013