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Outdoors

It was a miracle, no doubt about it

    I want to thank everyone who came to our big swap meet last Saturday, the crowd was the biggest one we have ever had and the place was packed. I think it was the biggest crowd we have had in the five or six or seven years we have done this big event. I surely did enjoy getting to meet so many readers of this newspaper column, and lots of old friends.  

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Bash Trash in April with MDC and MoDOT Annual Trash Bash

Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.

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Enjoy Batfest at Onondaga Cave State Park April 5

The fascinating and often misunderstood world of bats will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5 at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the free festival will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Little yellow grubs and a swap meet

    I took Sondra Gray and her husband fishing this past week and she caught some really nice smallmouth. All over again I had to explain to her why everyone should return smallmouth to the water, as they are a supreme game fish in the Ozarks, disappearing mostly because our streams are becoming so degraded, and filling in as the water recedes more and more each year. But I gained some ground when I showed her the evidence of the little yellow grubs in the meat.  She doesn’t want to eat them now. 

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Dogwoods, redbuds could bloom early this year

With anything resembling normal weather, Missouri could see dogwood and redbud blossoms earlier than usual this year. But all bets are off if the thermometer continues the yo-yo behavior seen over the past month.

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