Opinion

Bob Mitchell: Rustyís generous scholarships

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Those who may have missed the Dr. Russell Robinsonís scholarship presentation a couple of weeks ago really missed a special program, which not only recognized Dr. Robinsonís generous program of scholarships to Cassville Music Department students going into college, but also put on display the excellence of the vocal music department.

Rusty, as he will always be around our house, was very generous in setting up the program over a period of years that will stay with those following a music education degree throughout college. Sticking with the Rusty name is no down-play of the Emeritus Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida ó itís simply the way we choose to remember him.

Various choral units performed his arrangements and original compositions under his baton before an appreciative audience that rivaled the best-attended basketball games in recent years.

It was especially appropriate that Rusty heaped praise on the R-4 music department for their achievements and performance excellence. Cited, as listed on the program were: Mary Richmiller, high school; Micah Boise, middle school; and Shelby Long, elementary.

Rustyís generosity, as far as my memory goes, is the first for a former faculty member to recognize his tenure here. Since Cassville was his first teaching assignment out of Drury College, he also made reference to another past conductor, Dr. John Knight, whom he joined on the staff his first year.

Coming here from their Gainesville, Fla. home, Rusty and his wife spent an early appearance in the gym obviously visiting former pupils and friends and lingered long after the program for visitation and photo sessions. They were the guests of longtime friends, Phil and Valarie Hutchens.

Remember 67 years ago?

There probably wonít be many folks who remember what happened about this time 67 years ago, but that was a significant event in my Navy career.

For some reason, our team was at United Nations Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on May 1, when a group of Japanese Communists was parading near the Imperial Palace, which was across the boulevard. Three sailors on the street were taunting the group when the paraders suddenly descended on the Americans and tossed them in the moat. Shallow water didnít hurt them, but got them soaking wet. Japanese guards provided ladders to get them back on dry land; actually, there was no harm, but a lesson learned.

This isnít the first mention for this incident and probably wonít be the last, since itís a lasting memory for May 1.

This one even outranks the number of times past generations might have ďwrapped a May PoleĒ on the Cassville schoolsí campus.

Merry month of May

Reaching the fifth month of this year could be a good one for civilization with so many events occurring during the 31-day period. First to appear on the American Legion calendar is May 8, which is V-E Day, for the younger generation that was Victory in Europe Day in WWII, 1945. Next is Motherís Day on May 13, followed by Armed Forces Day on May 19 and then Memorial Day on May 28.

Each of these events is important in the lives of all Americans, whether they realize it, or observe them, or not!

Note to gardeners

Shake your memory and the date of Feb. 19 might come up as the first of two days there was thunder heard in Barry County. Now if you subscribe to the old adage of ďthunder in February, frost in MayĒ you might need to be hesitant to do much gardening just right now. As I have reminded a number of times, there are a lot of the old-time, successful gardeners who didnít put much in the ground until around Motherís Day,

They always seemed to have plenty of veggies to eat during that growing season and most likely didnít have to purchase plants or seeds nor do any tilling after that initial effort.

In this area, having just gone through what could have been the Easter storm, it might be wise to realize there is still the Blackberry storm ahead of us.

Perhaps these remarks might be out of line, but they could also be words to follow.

Best fishing days

Since there appears to be considerable interest in fishing throughout this area, according to the Almanac, the best angling days for May are the 8th, 10th, 18th, 26th and 29th. And the good days are the 6th, 7th, 17th and 21st.

There have been some excellent crappie and white bass outings reported in Table Rock Lake during the past three or four weeks.

Keep in mind, with the possibilities of more wet weather, donít forget to put the rain gear in the boat during some outings, especially during the middle and latter parts of the month