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i "~ PRESS-NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. Canton Community Betterment Group tells plans :' For the period ahead the group has decided to fo- Cus on obtaining new street l ghts in downtown Canton hnd renovating the Lincoln School in Martin Park as iia educational and tourism site. "Downtown Canton has improved tremendous- .l in recent years and there ]s a great opportunity now t'6r us to extend those gains hnd work on site improve- ments that can enhance the attractiveness of town and attract visitors," said- Chairman Bob Rea. "The Downtown Development Strategy envisions a 'safe and attractive streetscape [with] inviting parks and public spaces.' The CCBG members are committed to promoting that outcome." "We have a strong and growing group of volun- teers and look forward to spring continuing the good work of the recent past," said CCBG Treasurer Kelly Hinton. "We are now look- ing to attract new members who are interested in the current projects. We have taken some important first steps, including preparing grant proposals and obtain- ing bids, so this is an excit- ing time to join." The CCBG is a non- profit membership organi- zation fobused on working to improve the commu- nity.The CCBG, among other projects, ensured new sirens were installed throughout town and sup- ported the development of a "Downtown Vision and De- velopment Strategy" (see www.showmecanton.com). The group is assisting the Lewis County Nursing Home Auxiliary to con- struct a patio and garden. armers o Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor ' It's not been much of workable spring yet for f rmers. . John Wheeler of Farm ervice Agency in Monti- Cello said so far, area farm- brs have planted about 12 percent of the corn, and bout two to three percent .of the beans. ,, "It's been terrible for them so far," Wheeler said. ', Wheeler said they need four to five days of warm veather to be able to get ihto the fields. This means unshine and winds. Cool and overcast doesn't pro- Vide the drying of the fields heeded. ;" "Quite a few fields not yet planted. Some underwater again (like they were last year at this time) ." River bottom farmers may be used to seeing fields flood, but Wheeler said hill ground farmers are seeing a lot of erosion. "Terraces are being top- ped. Terrace channels are being silted in." He said most farmers don't typically have insur- ance to cover needed ter- race repairs. Thus, some with terrace damage will have to wait until after this crop year to repair them, hoping rain doesn't hamper the efforts. Wheeler said livestock farmers haven't yet been hit as hard as grain farm- ers, although occasionally a livestock farmer will lose a cow or calf to flood wa- ters. pie have boats checked i 3,Dan Steinbeck Rangers. :,- PNJ Editor The officials gave sug- ,: , gestions for how boats %" , A free boat inspection could be more compliant Was offered in LaGrange with regulations before aturday, in conjunction they are taken on the wa- with the La Grange Appre- ters. iation Days. Tony Jacobs, organizer pf the annual event esti- mated some 25 boats were reviewed for safety con- siderations by the Coast Gt~ard Auxiliary and the Army Corps of Engineers Jacobs, Dick Zahn, and PC Bait provided materials for a free hot dog lunch dur- ing the boat safety check. Jacobs said as long as interest continues in the an- nual il l tion, it will con- tinue. Board training sessions set There will be a train- ing series called "Serving on Public Boards" June 9 and June 16 from 6-9 p.m. in three locations. Locations are the ETN Room at the Putnam County High School in Unionville (803 South 20th Street); Moberly Area Community College ITV Lab in Mober- "}y (101 College Avenue in the Multi-Media Center); and the Northeast Regional Extension Office in Palmy- ra (400 South Main Street, Suite 2600). The courses will be done via Interactive Tele- vision so people can speak to the presenters. There is a cost to attend. Pre-registration is re- quired by June 5 and can be sent to the Putnam County Extension Office at Court- house Room 104, Union- ville, Missouri 63565 The June 9 session in- cludes: Missouri's Sunshine Law and what it means for the board; University Extension Resources for Public Boards and Board Procedures; and Personnel Policies - put it in writing. The June 16 session will discuss: How to Hold a Meeting; Liability Issues and Concerns for Boards; and Fiscal Responsibili- ties. "Many of our local governmental boards re- ceive very little or no train- ing and yet we as a public. expect them to carry out large responsibilities and this meeting is designed to assist them in that respect" says Joe Koenen, with Uni- versity of Missouri Exten- sion a coordinator of this program. "It will help them bet- ter understand their role on the board and to know what resources are available to them if they have questions and concerns later on" Koenen said. Public boards which ght be interested in this ould include ambulance, fair, fire protection, health department, nursing home, public water supply and Soil & Water Conservation (SWCD) districts; 9-1-1, hospital, library, schools, townships, villages; city and extension councils; and County Commission- ers, and other boards. The fee can be paid by the board. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Exten- sion Office at 947-2705 or putnamco@missouri.edu for all three locations. BLASTOFF! - Darren Arp (far left) helps a Canton sixth grade student launch a compressed air two-li- ter bottle water rocket in Martin Park Monday. The LaGrange Appreciation Days Committee would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in LaGrange Appreciation Days. Special thanks to the numerous sponsors and volunteers who gave donations, gifts and time. Please show your appreciation by supporting the businesses and sponsors who make this annual event possible. THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009 - PAGE 4 TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE CHECK- Kenneth Krueger, Jr, left and Robert Kirchner, right, present Wider Oppor- tunities Director Peggy Childress a check for $1,034 from donations for Tootsie Rolls. The money will be used for summer field trips for Wider Opportunities. i ng for health rance? Call an agent who cares! KIM HUGENBERG 203 E. Layfayette St., P. 0. Box 35 Monticello, MO 63457 573-767-5351 SOLID. STRONG. SECUR.E Missouri Farm Bureau of Insurance Companies The following banks will be l closed, Monday, May25 in honor of Memorial Day. Bank of Monticello Monhce~ 11o and Canton Town & Country Bank of Mo. LaGrange Canton Town & Country Bank Midwest LaBelle tlnited State Bank Ewing - Lewistown - Edina Heartland Bank Canton Member FDIC