Archive for November, 2008

Southeast Missourian Coverage of Christmas in the Foothills…

November 30, 2008

Marble Hill Christmas in the Foothills Festival marks start of holiday season
Sunday, November 30, 2008
By Brian Blackwell
Southeast Missourian

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These children, from left, Aaron Bailey, Logan Thomsen and Landon Thomsen, played one of the “reindeer games” Saturday at Twin City Park in Marble Hill during the Christmas in the Foothills Festival. (FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com ) [Order this photo]

The Christmas parade begins at the Christmas in the Foothills Festival in Marble Hill. (FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com) [Order this photo]

MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Christmas tunes, the laughter of children and the aroma of roasted chestnuts filled the air Saturday afternoon at Twin City Park in Marble Hill.

Hundreds of children and adults attended the second Christmas in the Foothills Festival, marking the beginning of Marble Hill’s Christmas season, said festival organizer Jack Watt.

Among the activities were craft and food vendors, eight games, Christmas ornament making for children, an appearance by Santa Claus and dog sled races. The festival ended with a recreation of the Nativity story, a parade of 15 floats from throughout Bollinger County and the lighting of the community Christmas tree at Magnolia Park.

“I had always wanted to do something like this for my community,” said Watt, who along with his wife, Carla, came up with the idea 10 years ago. “I wanted something that would celebrate Christmas and give people an opportunity to kick off the Christmas season. A couple of years ago I told my wife, ‘let’s do it.'”

Last year’s event drew an estimated 400 people. This year, the crowd was estimated to be between 200 and 300. Watt said each year new elements will be added, such as this year’s chestnut roasting and ornaments crafted by children that will hang on a tree at nearby Magnolia Park.

“We want this to gradually build this festival up each year,” Watt said. “If it does go away, we’ll come up with something else but we can at least say it served its purpose.”

Proceeds raised from the event will go toward building a $7,000 community stage at Magnolia Park. Other events this year coordinated by the Christmas in the Foothills organization — which is made up of community members — included an ice block race, waffle breakfast, family picnic and fall festival.

Since 2007, the organization has raised $2,500 to build the stage.

“We’ll have to have more events like this,” Carla Watt said. “With the economy the way it is, less people will be able to travel like they used to.”

Howard Bellew of Burfordville, Mo., was a participant in the dog sled races. While a team from Crader Distributers in Marble Hill placed first, he said the half-mile race reflected what the festival was all about — a chance to make memories.

“The race took me back to when I used to sled as a kid,” Bellew said. “Seeing my kids cheer on their dad was a moment that made the exhausting experience worth it.”

Diana Norwood of Mountain Home, Ark., returned to the festival this year. The former Marble Hill resident said the event allowed her to rekindle relationships with friends and family.

“The best part of this is that I get to see people I normally don’t get to see the rest of the year,” Norwood said. “It’s fun seeing those people and how much Marble Hill has changed.”

Unlike Norwood, Christy Bollinger of Cape Girardeau did not attend the festival in 2007. Bollinger said she was impressed by the way the community came together to hold the event.

“This is what community spirit is all about,” said Bollinger, with her beagle, Sam, by her side. “A festival like this gets me in the mood for the holiday season.”

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Parade of Lights / Christmas in the Foothills Nov. 29th…

November 24, 2008

From the Southeast Missourian Newspaper…

Christmas in the Foothills Festival **An Invitation**
Friday, November 14, 2008
Carla Watt

“Hello Southeast Missouri! You are invited to attend the second Christmas in the Foothills Festival in Marble Hill Missouri on November 29th.

This festival will have craft and food vendors, fresh roasted chestnuts, eight fun and exciting “reindeer games” for the young and young at heart, a Santa’a workshop with crafts,hot chocolate & cookies for the kids and wonderful local voices raised up in celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season. The event starts at 11 a.m.and goes to 4 p.m. in Twin City Park in the center of Marble Hill……Oh but the best is always saved for the last.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. a dazzeling Christmas Parade of Lights will begin with the telling of the Christmas story by a live Nativity that will head up the parade! Floats, floats and more floats will light up Main Street much to the amazement of all who come to watch!

We had a wonderful time last year and we know that it will be wonderful this year. A great place to bring the family and a special treat to end the Thanksgiving weekend.

The folks in Marble Hill want to share this experience with you. Hope to see you there!”

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Vietnam vet from Marble Hill receives Purple Heart nearly 40 years late

November 24, 2008

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From the Southeast Missourian newspaper 11/23/2008

“MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Jack Faries finally received a Purple Heart on Saturday, nearly 40 years after his service in the Vietnam War.

Many family members attended the ceremony at Community Church in Marble Hill.

“Today means a lot,” Faries said.

He also received the Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm.

Faries said he was ambushed on a mountain pass Aug. 12, 1969, his 42nd day in Vietnam. “I was a truck driver for a five-ton tanker,” he said. “We were hauling jet fuel from a seaport to an airport.”

A grenade blew up under the seat of his truck.

The result was two four-inch wounds on the back of his legs. While not life-threatening, the wounds healed slowly because of infection. They haven’t bothered him since.

Faries felt disappointed during his recovery in a military hospital at Cameron Bay, Vietnam, because he didn’t receive a Purple Heart.

“Others who got wounded in different battles got their Purple Hearts the next day,” he said.

Faries was sent to Japan for convalescence for a few weeks, then went back to Vietnam where he was stationed in Long Bien. At first he was a little shaky, but “you kind of get used to it,” he said.

Faries started actively pursuing his Purple Heart six years ago.

“My son insisted,” he said.

Wayne Faries said he encouraged his father to apply for the Purple Heart because as time passed by he began to understand the significance of the reward his father had never received.

“It became important to me that Dad got his rewards,” Wayne Faries said. “When I was a kid I knew Dad had been wounded, but it was not something we talked about.”

Jack Faries said the chase after his records began at U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s office and expanded to include VFW Post 5900, the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and the St. Louis Records Center. “

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Thank You Mr. Faries for your service to your country and Thank You to Representative Emerson, the VA and VFW Post 5900 for helping Mr. Faries get his purple heart.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill

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Journalistic Integrity, Proffesionalism Lacking in Marble Hill

November 21, 2008

Thanks to the Southeast Missourian for allowing me to respond to the Banner Press’s coverage of the Marble Hill City Council meetings…

From the Friday November 21, 2008 online edition of the Southeast Missourian newspaper:

Journalistic integrity, proffesionalism lacking in Marble Hill

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to an article published in the November 19th Banner Press:( Board of Alderman Meeting Rescheduled-Again).

I can’t help but feel that either City Hall, or the Banner Press {or both} has taken the opportunity to portray me as a “dead beat alderman”.

The article repeatedly states that I was absent for both the regular and special meetings held this month.

Some quotes from what I can best describe as an unproffesional “hatchet job” included… “On November 10 Alderman Lacy was absent” ” After holding a public hearing on the 13th to rezone property from residential to commercial-a quorum isn’t needed for a hearing- the members who were present waited for Lacy and Alderman Joel Southwick to arrive for a special meeting to vote on the rezoning and then to hold a separate meeting to take up the business postponed from Nov. 10. Neither alderman arrived”

I find this more than ironic since I informed the mayor immediately following the October 30th special meeting that I would not be able to make the November regular meeting nor the November special meeting.

Even more ironic is the fact that I informed Linda Redeffer, the editor of the Banner Press, that I would not be able to attend the meetings when I was dropping off information for the meetings so that the she could report about what was on the agenda, as well as maintenance reports, police reports and budget information.

In addition, I published in my November 7th post to my Alderman Lacy Blog that I would be unable to attend the meetings.

The allegation made by City Clerk Carolyn Surface that I could not be contacted is a total fabrication. The truth of the matter is that when City Hall calls, I pick up the phone.

I apologize to the citizens for not being able to make these meetings, but I depend on my personal vacation time from work in order to fulfill my duties.

Unfortunately November is a tough month to obtain vacation due to the upcoming holiday preparations and deer season. I have willingly given my time, in order to participate in city government and inform the citizenry about what is transpiring there. but the reality is that someone is lying and it is not me.

I tried calling the Banner Press today in an attempt to talk to the editor, only to have her secretary tell me, “I could call back later”.

Feel free to contact me by email at: mobushwhacker@yahoo.com

You can also keep informed about what is happening in your city government by visiting my Alderman Lacy Blog located at the following address:

https://aldermanlacy.wordpress.com

Thank You,Sincerely, Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

Marble Hill

Someone’s Lyin’ !

November 20, 2008

From the Banner Press

Wednesday November 19th, 2008

“Board of Aldermen Meeting Rescheduled… Again”

By Linda Redeffer:

After first rescheduling a meeting from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 because of a lack of a quorum, the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen rescheduled again Nov. 13 for the same reason.

On Nov. 10, Alderman Clint Lacy was absent and Alderman Tim McCain arrived just minutes after Mayor Russell Masterson adjourned the meeting. City Attorney Steve Gray advised Masterson that he could reopen the meeting,but the mayor declared the meeting adjourned. No one objected and the business was carried over to November 13.

After holding a short public hearing on the 13th to rezone property from residential to commercial-a quorum isn’t needed for a hearing- the members who were present waited for Lacy and Alderman Joel Southwick to arrive for a special meeting to vote on the rezoning and then to hold a separate meeting to take up the business postponed from Nov. 10. Neither alderman arrived.

City Clerk Carolyn Surface said she  has been unable to reach Lacy and Southwick, and is unsure when the city will be able to meet next.”

First of all, as I have done so previously on this blog, I apologize to the citizens for being unable to attend the past two meetings. That being said, I notified the mayor well in advance that I would not be able to make the regular and special meetings.

As a matter of fact, I notified the Banner Press’s editor, Linda Redeffer well in advance as well when I delivered he my information packet so that she could inform the public what was on the agenda for the next meeting.

To skew the story in order to make it look like I was some kind of “dead beat alderman” shows a lack of professionalism.

As to the allegations that City Clerk Carolyn Surface has made about being unable to contact me, again, totally false, she called me the night of regularly scheduled meeting asking me if I was coming to the meeting, I answered the phone at work and told her I would be unable to attend, and that I had informed the mayor of this.  Mrs. Surface called me back shortly afterward to inform me that the meeting had been rescheduled to after the public hearing on the 13th, again I told her I would be unable to attend this meeting , and that I had informed the mayor of this as well.

I explained to her that I have to use my personal vacation time in order to attend the meetings, and that during this time of year it is very difficult to get vacation time. 

Today (November 19th) I again received a call from Mrs. Surface asking if I could make a meeting on Monday, again I told her it was next to impossible.

So that’s where we are at.  I have to work for a living, the government is not going to “bail me out” if I don’t pay my bills.  I ran for office so that the people would have some representation at City Hall, and so that I could inform the citizens about what their City Government is doing.

It is a sacrifice of time, and in my case money, (I have dedicated nearly a week’s worth of vacation time so that I could attend meetings and special meetings) but one I have made willingly.  I have not achieved everything that I have wanted to in my first year of office,  but I have managed to help a few folks out.

Why would the Banner Press act like I did not inform them about my absence for the regular meeting when I told them well in advance?

Why would City Clerk Carolyn Surface say that she has been unable to reach me, when she has had absolutely no trouble contacting me?

Someone is lying and it’s not me.

I will continue to relay meeting information to the Banner Press as I always have, but I want them to know that it is for the citizens benefit, not theirs.

Clint Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill, Missouri

P.S.

I will be at the December meeting , I was able to schedule vacation to attend it well in advance.

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Meeting Postponed Again

November 18, 2008

Dear citizens, the November meeting has again been postponed, we will try again next week. The problem is that Mr. Southwick (Alderman Ward II) and myself (Alderman Ward I) have manufacturing jobs and it is a very bad time of year to try to get off of work. The vacation slots are full due to deer hunters.

The City Council has to have at least 3 members present to constitute a quorum, so again my apologies.

I would suggest that interested parties, call City Hall at: 573-238-3622 to keep apprised of the situation.

In other news…

A small victory of sorts, the Mayor authorized the entrance to Peligreno park to be resurfaced, this is a project that has been long past due. The park is used by citizens of Marble Hill, as well as citizens from neighboring communities and the country side, the conditions of our parks reflect our town pride, so I would like to thank Mayor Masterson for approving the project.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill, Missouri.

Meeting Up in the Air…

November 15, 2008

Last Monday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting was canceled due to the lack of a quorum. It was rescheduled for Thursday November 13, following the Public Hearing and Special Meeting of the rezoning of an area of town so that Greg Peters could put in a retail business, (which I approve of by the way).

Before I begin, let me first state that I can not make all the meetings due to my work schedule, and most meetings I have to use vacation time to attend.

I could not get vacation time for the regular meeting or the public hearin and special meeting on Thursday.

On Monday, I received a phone call from the City Clerk asking if I was coming to the meeting, I informed her that there must have been a mix up because I had already informed the mayor that I would not be able to attend.

Later I received a phone call saying that the meeting had been rescheduled due to the lack of a quorum.

Today I learned that last night’s public hearing and meeting could not be conducted due to a lack of a quorum, so, if three council members are going to be available on Monday, the Public Hearing, the Special Meeting and the Regular Meeting will be held on Monday , November 17th, starting at 5:00 pm at City Hall.

If a quorum is not available on Monday then the meeting will be moved to Friday  , November 21’st starting at 5:00 pm at City Hall.

I encourage citizens to call City Hall on Monday morning at: 238-3622 to find out exactly when the meeting will take place.

Again I apologize to the citizens for not being able to make it, but as I stated before, my work schedule will not allow it this week, due to vacation coverage.

Thank You,

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman Ward I

Marble Hill

Zoning Committee Aproves Plan for Retail Expansion

November 7, 2008

On Thursday October the 30th, 2008 the Planning and Zoning Committee approved a request by Greg Peters to rezone an area near the old Twin City Materials property in order for Mr. Peters to build a new retail store.

There will be a public hearing On Thursday November 13th at 5:00 pm at City Hall to seek public input on this issue. Following the public hearing, a Special Meeting we be held to decide on whether or not to approve this rezoning.

I will not be able to attend due to my conflicting work schedule, but I would like to share my views on the matter:

1’st:  Surrounding property owners have agreed to the rezoning.

2’cd: Anytime we have the opportunity to recruit new business to town, or expand existing business, especially in the current economic down turn, we need to make every effort to do so.

What are your views?

Please leave a comment or email me at: mobushwhacker@yahoo.com

As always your public input is appreciated,

Clint Lacy

Alderman

Ward I, Marble Hill.