The Franklin County Special Education Cooperative is seeking a full time paraprofessional for Early Childhood Special Education serving New Haven and Franklin County R-II students. This position would be located at Franklin County R-II School District. 60 college hours are preferred however, the Paraprofessional Mega exam is acceptable. Applicants should contact Cindy Edwards at (636) 629-3571 ext. 105 or email email@example.com for more information.
Learn how Missouri’s different wetland natural communities play an important role in the ecosystem.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn about Missouri’s wonderful wetlands during American Wetlands Month in May. Wetlands play a critical role in every ecosystem by improving water quality, providing habitat for plants and animals, and reducing flooding by absorbing excess rain.
“May is a great time to experience Missouri’s rivers, streams, and wetlands,” said MDC Wetland Ecologist Frank Nelson. “Water is flowing, temperatures are warming, and plants are bursting with a myriad of green hues.”
Wetlands are a transition zone between land and aquatic environments, and they protect the quality of both. Once abundant, wetlands now make up less than 1 million acres, or roughly 2-percent, of Missouri’s landscape.
“We have nine different wetland natural communities in Missouri,” explained Nelson. “They include marshes, shrub swamps, bottomland prairies, bottomland forests, swamps, sinkhole ponds, oxbow lakes and sloughs, and riparian areas and groundwater seeps.”
Missouri’s wetlands provide numerous ecological benefits, such as erosion control, water quality improvement, pollution filtration, and even supporting fertile farm land. They are also the primary habitat of hundreds of plant and animals that are considered rare or endangered in Missouri.
“Wetlands are frequently referred to as nature’s kidneys because of their ability to store and filter contaminants from the land that could harm other waterways,” said Nelson. “They also are likened to sponges because of their ability to soak up floodwaters.”
Wetland areas also provide the public recreation and tourism opportunities, such as wildlife watching, fishing, boating, hunting, and hiking.
To find a wetland near you, visit MDC’s website at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places.
WETLAND PLANNING INITIATIVE
According to Nelson, wetland conservation activities in Missouri are crucial to protect habitats, maintain those that have been restored, and take advantage of opportunities to enhance and improve upon the efforts of previous conservationists. Extensive partner collaboration has led to the newly created Missouri Wetland Planning Initiative, which provides strategic vision to manage existing wetlands and engage a variety of partners to plan and incorporate wetland conservation and management into lands that include local agriculture, businesses, and communities.
“We’ve been assessing the current conditions of Missouri’s wetlands over the last several years,” explained Nelson. “We’ve looked at the function wetlands and other bottomland habitats provide. We’ve also been looking at a range of wetland species and their habitat requirements throughout the year. Our goal is to determine what we’re doing well and what we can improve upon.”
Nelson added that the Wetland Planning Initiative also assesses the social landscape.
“Do people value our rivers and wetlands?” he said, “What activities do they enjoy at wetlands? What are major obstacles or opportunities we’re facing? We’ve used several different surveys to various groups of people, including waterfowl hunters, birders, and the general public. The Initiative will help us lay out our vision and goals for wetland conservation for the next 25 years.”
To learn more about Missouri’s wetlands, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/habitats/wetlands.
Betty J. Niewald, 77, of New Haven, MO, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at her home.
Betty was born in Owensville, Missouri on April 2, 1943, a daughter of the late Warren & Mildred (Asher) Branson.
Betty was the wife of Ervin W. Niewald. They were united in marriage on March 12, 1960, at Presbyterian Church, Owensville, MO.
Betty was a member of Church of Christ, Owensville, Missouri, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, New Haven, and New Haven Fire Department Women's Auxiliary.
Betty worked as a cook at Kellwood and for the New Haven School District for many years. She also worked at New Haven Care Center and part-time for Barreth Chrysler, Shelter Insurance, New Haven Ice Cream Shop, and she was an Avon Representative.
Betty is survived by her husband Ervin, of the home; by two daughters, Debbie Freitag & husband David, of New Haven, Missouri; and Rhonda Grannemann & husband Dave, of New Haven, Missouri; a son, Michael Niewald, of New Haven, Missouri; by two sisters, Brenda Creacy, of Ranger, Texas; and Robin Peters & husband Gus, of Aurora, Colorado; by a sister-in-law, Nada Branson, of Denver, Colorado; by her grandchildren, Denise Berlekamp & husband Jeff, of St. Louis, Missouri; Daniel Freitag & wife Erica, of New Haven, Missouri; Todd Grannemann & wife Sarah, of New Haven, Missouri; Erin Lewis & husband Andrew, of Lake City, Pennsylvania; Alyssa Niewald, of Nampa, Idaho; and Nathan, Savannah, & Jackson Niewald, of Coupeville, Washington, and great-grandchildren, Emma, Addison, Grayson, Tatum, Margaret, Darcy, and Olivia. She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Ron Branson.
Betty enjoyed reading, fishing, bird watching, and being with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She especially loved Christmas and celebrating her family's birthdays.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 7th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, where funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. James Niewald officiating.
Burial will be at Country Side Memorial Gardens, Owensville, Missouri. Memorials may be given to New Haven Care Center or American Diabetes Association. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
**Visitation and funeral services will be open to the public. People that are attending the visitation or funeral will be asked to maintain social distancing, 6 ft. The capacity and seating may be limited, and people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face masks to protect themselves and others.
The New Haven School District has the following job positions open for the 2020-2021 school year.
Deadline for applications is 5/10/20 or until filled
Special Education Teacher
Deadline for applications is until filled
Parents as Teachers Educator
Coaching positions are available.
If you would like to apply for these positions, visit https://newhavenschools.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
The New Haven Middle School student of the month for April 2020 is Kyra Mauntel. Kyra is the daughter of Jason and Brande Mauntel. Kyra is a student council class representative, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, she is the choir soprano section leader, and a trumpet player for the marching band. She was involved in both band and choir district competitions and is a member of the track and basketball teams. Outside of school, she plays softball for the New Haven Youth League, enjoys target practice, hunting, helping at the humane society, and spending time with her grandmas. She wants to be a paleontologist someday and hopes to attend the Colorado School of Mines.
The New Haven High School student of the month for April 2020 is Lauren Hoerstkamp. Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Elisha Hoerstkamp. She is the president of Educators Rising at Four Rivers Career Center, a member of the marching band, FBLA, FCA, student council, and played varsity volleyball. Outside of school, Lauren, raises pigs for the Washington fair, likes to hang out with her friends, is making the best of COVID-19 lockdown, and is homeschooling her little sister. Lauren plans to attend the University of Central Missouri to study speech pathology.
Give a Hand: Help 4-H'ers reach goal of 250,000 meals.Source: Lupita Fabregas, 573-882-5035
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri 4-H’ers across the state need generous donors to give a hand in this final week of the 4-H Feeding Missouri food drive.
“We know that every $1 donated buys 10 meals for a family. If everyone gave just $5, that would be the helping hand we need to meet our goal of donating 250,000 meals to serve hungry Missourians,” said Lupita Fabregas, director of University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development.
The second 4-H Feeding Missouri food drive started Jan. 1 and runs through April 30. Even with in-person local food drives, fundraising, volunteer service, and education and outreach activities suspended for much of that time, 4-H clubs have raised the equivalent of more than 218,000 meals.
To reach the 2020 goal of 250,000 meals, Missouri 4-H is asking Missourians to donate online at www.FeedingMissouri.org/4H, or text “4HFM2020” to 44-321 to donate.
Donations go directly to Feeding Missouri, a coalition of the state’s six major food banks that provides hunger relief through a network of more than 1,600 community-based food programs in every county and the city of St. Louis. The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented demands on food banks and pantries across the state with so many people out of work and with existing community resources feeling the strain, said Chris Baker, resource development manager of Feeding Missouri.
For this year’s effort, Missouri 4-H Feeding Missouri is partnering with Missouri Farmers Care for its Drive to Feed Kids campaign, which works to raise awareness of food insecurity and increase resources for the Feeding Missouri network of food banks.
“Truly, our 4-H Feeding Missouri effort — in partnership with Drive to Feed Kids — could not come at a better time of direct service to our state,” said Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement.
For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.
Workers delivered supplies and began prepping the high school roof for replacement last week. The completion of this project was not dependent on passing Proposition I, and classes being canceled for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 allowed work to start earlier than originally planned. Voters will decide on June 2nd whether or not Proposition I will finance the project through debt service funds or if it will be financed using operating funds.
MDC and St. Louis area City Nature Challenge 2020 partners invite everyone to join worldwide citizen science effort kicking off April 24
You can become a scientist in the St. Louis region by taking part in this global citizen science data collecting effort.
St. LOUIS, Mo.-- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is joining multiple conservation partners in the St. Louis area City Nature Challenge that kicks off this Friday, April 24. St. Louis is one of more than 160 cities around the globe to take part in the effort.
The City Nature Challenge runs from Friday April 24- Sunday, May 3, and MDC, along with its St. Louis Metro area organizing partners, invite you to pitch in. This innovative effort will enable people to become citizen scientists, so they can observe and record as many species of plants, birds, and animals as possible during the event.
Participants can make observations by taking photos and uploading their observations using the free mobile app iNaturalist. The data collection portion of the City Nature Challenge will take place from April 24th- April 27. In addition to connecting with nature, the objective is to create a snapshot of the biodiversity that can be found around the metro area, including wild plants, insects, birds, and mammals, fish, frogs, fungi, and other forms of life. Then, from April 28-May 3, experts from around the world will identify your observations.
“You may be surprised at what you might discover in your own backyard or windowsill,” said MDC Naturalist Emily Crawford.
Newborn animals, such as birds, rabbits and fawns, are best left alone
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the weather warms up and more people head outside, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though young wildlife oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents that interfering with wildlife can do more harm than good.
“Young animals are rarely orphaned,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell. “If the young is left alone, the parent will usually return. Parents are normally out searching for food and cannot constantly attend to their offspring.”
Russell added that baby birds are a common newborn people come across.
“If you see a chick on the ground hopping around and it has feathers, leave it alone and bring pets inside because it is a fledgling and the parents are nearby keeping an eye on it,” she said. “Fledglings can spend up to 10 days hopping on the ground while learning to fly. If you find one that is featherless, you can return it to the nesting area if possible, as it probably fell out of the nest.”
Other common issues include dogs catching baby rabbits and lawn mowers running over nests.
“Rabbits seldom survive in captivity and can actually die of fright from being handled,” Russell cautioned. “Even if the animal is injured, return it to the nest because the mother will most likely return.”
Despite what many believe, wild mothers do not abandon their young because of a human scent, and most newborn animals do not survive in captivity.
“While people have good intentions, the care and rehabilitation of wild animals requires special training, knowledge, facilities -- and permits,” she explained. “Without such care, wild animals will remain in poor health and could eventually die. And it is illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit.”
Russell also noted that wildlife can become dangerous as they mature, and can also carry parasites, disease, and can damage property.
“Native wildlife can carry mites, ticks, lice, fleas, flukes, roundworms, tapeworms, rabies, distemper, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, and skin diseases,” Russell said. “Some of these can be transmitted to humans.”
Although tempting to take them into homes and care for them, the best help people can offer wild animals is to leave them alone.
For more information on Missouri’s many native wildlife species, visit the MDC online Field Guide at www.nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/search.
MDC reminds the public that it is still critical to continue to heed all recommendations for physical distancing, avoiding overcrowding, handwashing, and other public health measures during outdoor activities.
Take a moment to enjoy the therapeutic beauty of springtime in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to unwind in nature by enjoying Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs. Many of Missouri’s native trees and shrubs bloom in spring, putting on dazzling displays that attract native wildlife such as birds and pollinators. Flowering spring trees and shrubs can be enjoyed while out in the yard, out on a walk, or even from the indoors while social distancing. In order to make enjoying the outdoors as safe as possible, it’s critical for the public to maintain physical distancing, avoid overcrowding, and continue hand-washing or sanitizing.
Early-bloomers in the coming weeks include:
Wherever the location in Missouri, take time to enjoy the natural beauty of spring-flowering trees and shrubs.
With the current public-health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), MDC reminds people to continue to heed recommendations for hand washing, phyiscal distancing, and all other public-health measures during outdoor activities. Find more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on best practices for keeping you and your family safe at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Spring turkey season in Missouri remains open and as scheduled. For more on spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-forecasts-challenging-spring-turkey-hunting-season-0.
Flood-prone areas in southeast Missouri will be closed to all hunting during spring turkey season when river levels exceed certain limits on local river gauges. To see if an area is closed for hunting, visit mdc.mo.gov/semofloods.
MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission have temporarily waived permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. The waiver of needing a permit or trout tag to fish will run through April 15. Seasons, methods, and limits still apply and will be enforced. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-temporarily-waive-fishing-permits-starting-friday.
MDC emphasizes that it is still critical for everyone to continue to heed all recommendations for physical distancing, avoiding overcrowding, hand-washing, and other public-health measures while fishing.
Please vote for New Haven High School’s film production class video about Henniges Automotive. Voting ends this Friday.
Click on the image above to take you to voting. Watch the entries and vote for your favorite by clicking on the circle to the left of the video.
Then click the blue “Vote” button at the bottom right of the page to submit your vote! Voting is open through April 3 (Friday) and you can vote once every 24 hours.
TRIM grants can help fund tree inventories, removal, pruning, planting, and more.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is taking applications for its annual cost-share grants to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.
“By accessing these cost share grants, Missouri communities can do more to plan and manage their trees,” said MDC Community Forestry Coordinator Russell Hinnah. “TRIM grant recipients focus on keeping their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, which translates to a whole host of social, economic, and environmental benefits for the community and the state.”
TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 15 percent in matching funds.
TRIM grant applicants must submit a completed application by June 5. Applications must include details on project costs and funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, and a narrative outlining the purpose and anticipated long-term impacts of the project. Proposals are assessed on a competitive basis for their value to the community, the ability to promote, improve and develop a community’s urban forest, and economic feasibility.
Get more information, including grant application forms, online at mdc.mo.gov/trim.
MDC also has a series of online application tutorials available at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zn4.
ObituaryElwood L. Amrein, age 84, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away passed peacefully at his home with his loved ones on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Elwood was born on February 12, 1936, the son of the late Franklin & Mildred (Teckemeier) Amrein.
He was united in marriage to Carol Ann Smith on June 22, 1963, in Capplan, Missouri. Carol preceded him in death on March 15, 2005.
Upon his marriage to Carol, he adopted her six children to raise as his own. Several years passed and they had one daughter together. After moving to the farm in New Haven, Elwood worked for area farmers for many years as well as digging graves by hand, concrete finisher and in most recent years installed and repaired septic systems and other backhoe work.
Through the years, the doors to his home were open to family as well as strangers in need. Many of his children and grandchildren came to live with him for periods of time and found out firsthand how he liked to play tricks on them. The stories and lessons learned in those times will not easily be forgotten. After several years of being away, Jessica made the family farm her home to raise her family. Elwood’s two grandsons, Michael and Luke, were his pride and joy. From the time they could walk they were riding beside him in the truck or backhoe and digging in the dirt right beside him. He loved being with his grandsons on the farm, cutting wood, shooting guns, fishing, catching snapping turtles, working on equipment or whatever needed attention and most of all retelling tales of the good ole days.
Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Franklin Amrein, his wife, Carol Amrein, a brother, James Amrein, a sister, Mary Upton, eldest son, Charles Amrein, and grandchildren, Jeanette Downey, Brittany Downey and Neil Amrein.
He is survived by six children, Jessica Wiser and husband Mike, Julie Amrein and special friend, Olan Broch, Kevin Amrein and wife Elizabeth, and Linda Lutes, all of New Haven; Ed Amrein and wife Kathy, of Fenton and Carol Dotson, of Hermann; siblings, Elaine Bueneman and husband Jerry, of Wright City and David Amrein, of Montgomery City; grandchildren, Michael Wiser and fiancé Kati Davis, Luke Wiser and girlfriend Tori Eckerle, Brandy (Nathan) Bugg, Christina (Jeff) Lockhart, Elisha (Michael) Stout, Kimberly (Sean) Kallbrier, Nicole Novak, Thomas (Sarah) Amrein, Stacy Jones, Christopher Jones, Susan Mitchell, Terrance Amrein, Robert Amrein, Crystal Amrein, Lee Downey, John Downey, Jennifer Allmann, Tyler Dotson, Desirae Dotson, and Kelsey Daffron; by a very special friend, Carol Alexander of New Haven, 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
New Haven High School needs your vote to win the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Show Me Manufacturing video of the year competition.
Help New Haven High School's TV/Studio class be voted best Show Me Manufacturing video of the year! High school teams from around the state are competing for bragging rights to have the top video in the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Show-Me Manufacturing Video Competition. The purpose of this contest is to paint an accurate picture of advanced manufacturing career opportunities through the eyes of high school students from around the state. The winning team will be selected by a variety of criteria, one of which is the most votes received from the public. The winning team will receive a 4-K drone or 3D printer for their school. In addition, the winning video will be used by hundreds of school counselors, Career Technical Education (CTE) directors, educators and industry representatives to educate youth on today’s manufacturing environment. Vote at https://mochamber.com/2020videocontestvote/
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