This past week, I made a new friend named Tucker. We look a bit alike, but he is a bit bigger and fluffier. Tucker is older than me and would put me in my place when I wanted to play rough. It’s nice to meet new friends. We drank out of the same water bowl, our families gave us treats when we did tricks, and we ran around the house barking. I wish Tucker could come over more often!
As for other news, I heard my family speaking on the phone to the vet about me peeing on the curtains and something about being “neutered.” I wonder what that is. Oh well, I guess I will find out on March 3. I don’t get treats for peeing on the curtains. I don’t know why! I was thinking those curtains could be all mine.
100 Years Ago
February 25, 1921
He Paid Up.
One day last week Frank Koontz, who represents a wholesale grocery house was run over by an automobile while crossing the street at Amsterdam. Koontz suffered a dislocated shoulder besides numerous bruises. According to the Bates County Republican the fellow who was driving the car was formerly in the grocery business and had had some financial reverses and had owed Franks's house a little bill for some time. He had told Frank that "some day I'll run across you and pay you for that bill." Immediately after the accident, the fellow sent his check in for the bill. Frank says "he sure is a man of his word."
80 Years Ago
March 14, 1941
Effective April 1, delivery of mail in Pleasant Hill will be changed from village carrier service to city delivery, according to official word reaching Postmaster Basil V. Jones this week. The change, which brings mail delivery up to the standard sought for several years follows the advance in rating of the Pleasant Hill postoffice to first class, a year ago, and the recently completed campaign of making complete the town's street signs and house numbers.
65 Years Ago
March 1, 1956
Pleasant hill set new records in consumption of both electricity and water during 1955, the annual report of the Municipal Utilities shows. The city's electric plant generated 3,712,550 kilowatt hours, an increase of approximately 20 percent over 1954. The water plant pumped 97,041,300 gallons, nearly 20 percent above the 1954 figure.
– During today's press briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson provided an update on COVID-19 data and vaccine administration in Missouri.
“Missouri continues to make great strides in administering the vaccine across the state,” Governor Parson said. “As supply continues to gradually increase, more and more Missourians will have an opportunity to receive a vaccine. However, it is important to remain patient and understand that the demand for vaccines will still far outweigh supply for some time.”
At the start of this week, approximately 1,115,100 first and second vaccine doses had been shipped to Missouri. Please note that the number of vaccines shipped does not equate to the number of vaccines received by state vaccinators. The 1,115,100 vaccines shipped include doses allocated to CVS and Walgreens through the federal pharmacy partnership to vaccinate residents and staff at long-term care facilities. Of these doses, 79.5 percent have been reported as administered.
Excluding vaccines shipped to CVS and Walgreens, 903,700 first and second doses have been shipped to Missouri vaccinators as of February 16. Of these doses, 86.2 percent have been reported as administered.
As of February 17, Missouri providers have administered approximately 940,000 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to citizens across the state. Nearly 667,000, or 11 percent, of Missourians, have received an initial dose vaccination. Collectively, Missouri vaccinators have demonstrated the capacity to administer nearly 50,000 vaccines daily once supply will consistently allow. Administration capacity will only increase as more vaccinators are onboarded.
The state also continues to move forward with regional mass vaccination events. To date, the Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services, State Emergency Management Agency, and local health care partners have completed 27 mass vaccination clinics across the state. More than 50,000 Missourians have received an initial vaccine dose at one of these events.
Targeted vaccination teams are also fully operational in St. Louis and Kansas City. After the first round of events, these four-man teams have administered more than 2,000 initial doses in Kansas City and St. Louis. These vaccines have gone to vulnerable populations in communities with limited access to health care.
Missouri has mechanisms in place to ensure the most equitable and efficient vaccine distribution as possible. Recently, there has been increased attention on vaccine allocation to the St. Louis region. To date, Highway Patrol Region C, which represents 37 percent of the state's population, has received 315,200 doses, or 35 percent, of the 898,175 doses delivered to Missouri vaccinators. That amount does not include vaccines allocated to federal partners.
The St. Louis metropolitan area – which includes Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and St. Louis City and represents approximately 31 percent of Missouri's population – has received 282,300 doses, or 31.4 percent, of the state's total vaccine allocation.
In addition to vaccine successes, Governor Parson also highlighted encouraging signs in Missouri's COVID-19 data.
“We are happy to report that COVID-19 activity in Missouri has declined for the fifth consecutive week. The continued decrease in our positivity rate shows that Missourians are taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Governor Parson said. “Our administration has never wavered in our balanced approach to addressing this pandemic, and we know we are on the right track to winning the fight against COVID-19.”
Missouri's seven-day PCR positivity rate has fallen to 7 percent, and the antigen (rapid) test rate has fallen to 5.1 percent. The state's current seven-day case average is approximately 533 cases per day – a number that has not been this low since June of last year.
Missouri data shows also that since a peak of 7,616 new cases reported on November 9, new daily case volume has fallen 95 percent to only 346 confirmed cases on February 15. Over the past 14 days alone, data reporting by the New York Times shows that Missouri's volume of new COVID-19 cases and numbers of hospitalizations have fallen by 42 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
“We are confident that these current trends will continue if Missourians stay committed to practicing COVID-19 preventative measures, including social distancing, wearing a mask, washing their hands, and avoiding unnecessary large gatherings,” Governor Parson continued.
Missourians are encouraged to visit MOStopsCOVID.com to view the latest vaccine updates, find out when they are eligible for the vaccine, and locate available vaccinators in their area.
By Gwendolyn Allen
Do you know what the job of a news team is? It is to report the news. Facts. Not sugar coated or socially modified to make stories more digestible. Unbiased truth. Not to be bent in one direction or another. That is how I was taught news reporting in high school. Far too many times news is reported with an agenda attached. It leans so far one way that one wonders where the facts went?
I appreciate the Pleasant Hill Times. The staff reports facts. They don’t bend it, lean it, or attach an agenda. I appreciate that the Times uses social media to keep us up to date between printings.
To continually find news in a small town, the staff must be sleuths who are inner woven into society. Pleasant Hill is like a family. Have you ever been to a big family dinner or reunion? Some are always going to be cheerful and some are never going to be. It is extremely difficult to make everyone happy.
This last week the community experienced a horrific event. The event was devastating. The staff at the Times took on the difficult task of sharing the news on social media. It was information that had already been released. The platform which gives us small bursts of information followed the same pattern. Heartbreaking as the news was, the Times used clear concise words.
Unfortunately, some of the PHill family was mean spirited in comments. It could have been out of hurt and sadness. It could be whoever said those things had an open wound that now had salt in it. I don’t work at the Times, but I have had to be the family member who has stood up, gave bad news and took the belittling brunt. It’s hard. It’s hard to care so much and be shot down by a word choice or by timing.
A lot of people are hurting in the community. Prayers are being said for a community healing. It’s okay to hurt, get angry, and cry. Family comes back together. It amazes me to see the pulling together of so many to support the grieving families at this difficult junction. May we all show mercy to one another as the days pass as we are reminded in Matthew 5:7.
Again, thank you Pleasant Hill Times. You have a difficult job and continually to perform it well.
Do you have a gardening or horticulture question? The Cass County Master Gardeners are available to help! During Covid-19 gardening is more important than ever and the MU Master Gardeners can answer your important gardening and other horticulture questions.
Every Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. beginning March 3, Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and deliver resources on a variety of horticulture topics. They provide citizens with unbiased research-based information to answer your questions.
You can also call or email the Cass County Extension anytime with horticulture questions and Kathi Mecham or an Extension Master Gardner will get back to you.
Visit the Cass County website at - https://extension2.missouri.edu/counties/cass
On February 15, 2021, the state of Missouri released additional guidance for Missouri vaccinators regarding the residency status of those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
“Vaccine supply is slightly increasing, but it is still not yet close to meeting the current demand that exists in our state,” Governor Mike Parson said. “State allocations are determined based on population, so it’s important that we use our limited supply each week to vaccinate and protect our Missouri residents.”
With many of Missouri’s metropolitan areas located near state borders, and Missourians and non-Missourians regularly crossing the borders, a common question has been raised regarding who is eligible to be vaccinated in Missouri.
The federal government delegated the prioritization and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to individual states and has allocated vaccine doses to each state to distribute accordingly. To date, Missouri vaccinators have administered more than 873,600 total vaccine doses to Missourians.
Just as other states are prioritizing their own citizens, Missouri’s plan prioritizes the vaccination of Missouri residents first. Using a self-attestation process, vaccinators should either use the state’s screening form or a similar process asking individuals to self-attest to their status in a prioritized population and verify their residency.
There are certain exceptions, however. If an employer-based vaccination clinic is arranged, and a Missouri employee lives in a neighboring state, vaccination of this person is allowed.
For additional guidance and resources, please visit MOStopsCOVID.com/vaccinators. Vaccinators found to not be in compliance with Missouri’s vaccination plan may be penalized and risk losing future vaccine allocations.
February 24 is National Tortilla Chip Day! With last week's cold and snowy weather, we at the Times thought that our readers would love a good reason to celebrate something warm, crunch, and fabulous! National Tortilla Chip Day is the perfect day to sit down with your family, a big bowl of salsa, and your favorite bag (or homemade) tortilla chips. We gathered up some of our favorite recipes for tortilla chips, dips, and salsas to help with your celebration. Enjoy!
2.5 cups of All-Purpose Flour (plus extra for dusting)
3 Tbs of vegetable oil (or oil of choice)
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of HOT water
In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour and salt, stirring to combine. Add in oil of choice and mix. Slowly add in hot water and combine until dough forms. Place dough on a well-dusted surface and work for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Divide dough into equal amounts and roll into a ball (roughly 8 balls). Dust surface and rolling pin with flour and roll ball until it forms an 8-10” round circle (It doesn’t have to be perfect).
Preheat a large, dry, skillet (or cast iron pan) over medium heat. Once the temperature is reached, place a tortilla in the center of dry pan, for 30-45 seconds, or until small bubbles start to form. Flip and continue to cook for another 30-45 seconds on the other side. (Tortilla should have small golden brown spots, but should not be burned black).
Homemade Tortilla Chips
Stack 6 small tortillas together, cutting into 4 equal quadrants.
In a large skillet, heat enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Place tortilla triangles evenly into the oil (be sure they are not overcrowded in the pan, roughly ½ inch between each chip). Fry at medium-high heat until golden brown. Flip and continue until both sides are golden and crispy.
Remove and place on a paper towel to drain. Serve warm or store in an air-tight container.
2 ripe avocados, pitted and cut into ½ -inch cubes
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
Optional add-ins: ¼ of a small onion, minced; 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro; a small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced; grilled or roasted fresh corn, small can of diced chilis
Place the pitted, cubed avocados in a medium bowl.
Use a potato masher or a fork to mash the avocados to a relatively smooth puree.
Add lime juice, salt and garlic powder; stir to combine
Super Easy Salsa
1/2 large onion (diced)
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 Jalapeno (minced)
2 cans Mexican Seasoned Stewed Tomatoes (15oz ea)
1 can Diced Green Chiles (4oz)
2 Tbs Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chile powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
Small handful chopped Cilantro
Drain chiles and tomatoes well.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse to desired consistency
Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip
½ cup full-fat sour cream
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup red onion, diced
¼ tsp cumin
¾ tsp smoked paprika
¾ tsp chili powder
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
½ lime, juiced
2 cans of corn, rinsed and drained
In the bottom of a large bowl whisk the sour cream, parmesan cheese, onion, cilantro spices, and lime together.
Pour in rinsed and drained canned corn and fold it into the sauce.
Top with more parmesan, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Albert G. Blakey
Mayor for the Terms Beginning in:
Known as "Colonel" A.G. Blakey was born in Kentucky in 1831 and was president of the Agricultural and Mechanical Association of Cass County for the years of 1874 and 1875. He died sometime between 1875 and 1883.
Kennedy, Robert E. THE MAYORS OF PLEASANT HILL 1859 - 2008, Pleasant Hill Historical Society, July 2007