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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Roaring River State Park to host bald eagle viewing 

When water sources freeze in the north, bald eagles migrate south to find food and water. People may join Roaring River State Park staff to watch for bald eagles along Roaring River at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19. People may also watch a movie about the national symbol and participate in eagle-themed activities. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes to get a closer look at these magnificent birds. This event is free and open to the public. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water and snacks. Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112 in Barry County. For more information about the event, people may contact the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at 417-847-3742 or the park office at 417-847-2539. For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit the web at mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Benefit, auction to be held for cancer patient

A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held for Adam Herd, to help with cost of cancer treatments and surgery. The event will be Jan. 19 from 5-7 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church, located at 1600 N. Central Ave. in Monett. On the menu will be chili, white chicken chili, jambalaya, vegetable soup, ham and beans, mostaccioli, broccoli and cheese soup, chopped onions, cheese, cornbread and buttery stuff, desserts and coffee. The silent auction will feature gift certificates, services, items and other things of value.

Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe to hold meeting 

The Springfield, Mo., District No. 9 Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe meeting will be held on Jan. 19 at The Library Center, located at 4653 S. Campbell Ave., in Springfield at 1 p.m. There is going to be a lot of news coming from the group’s Legislative Meeting on Jan. 12. There will also be a raffle held that will include all 11 districts. There will be pictures by the artist Charles Russell, an afghan and possibly some other things. There will also be drawing for a scarf made out of the tribe’s colors — red, yellow, black and white. All members are encouraged to come.

Health Department doing coat drive

The Barry County Health Department is holding a coat/winter gear drive to help support the local schools and children in need. Drop offs are Save-a-lot and La Michoacana in Monett, and the Monett Barry County Health Department. Initially, items donated will be distributed to the local schools and any surplus will be kept at the Monett branch Health Department. People in need will be able to pick up from the health department location.

Medical equipment lending available

The Central Crossing Senior Center has medical equipment available to lend out free of charge to anyone in the community who is in need. Items include walkers, either plain or with seating; wheelchairs, push or motorized; canes; bedside commodes; toilet risers; toilet arms; shower or bath chairs of several types; and a limited number of adult diapers. The Center also has a board with an arm to help someone get out of bed. All items are on a first-come, first-served basis. Borrowers’ names and phone numbers are required for administrative purposes. The only requirement the Center asks is that durable items are returned when no longer needed. Anyone who could use the items may contact the Central Crossing Senior Center at 417-858-6952 or visit the facility 20801 YY-15 in Shell Knob. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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