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There are many benefits to living in a small town and the evidence filled the downtown area today with a non-stop flurry of activity by Brunswick RII students, donning neon orange T-shirts. A host of community volunteers worked alongside the students and teachers to beautify the downtown area. The windows sparkle and the streets have been swept clean. A great big thank you to the school administration, staff, and students for jumping into this project with such enthusiasm. What a blessing to see the community come together on this project. Everyone involved did a fantastic job! Thank You!
Chariton County farmer, Kenny Reichert, was recognized as one of the ntion’s conservation leaders January 29 at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Reichert, who owns and operates a farm near Brunswick and is chair of the Chariton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors, received the Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award from Jason Weller, acting chief of the USDA’s Natural REsources Conservation Service (NRCS). The award recognizes an individual who provides superior service to the conservation community in promoting and leading conservation on private lands. The late Olin Sims was a Wyoming rancher and NACD president whose life was distinguished by years of volunteerism to conservation.
“Like Olin Sims, Kenny Reichert sees conservation of natural resources as more than something you just do for yourself and for the benefit of your own farm or ranch. It’s something you do to benefit your neighbors, community, state and country.” Weller said.
Reichert has been practicing and advocating no-till planting for nearly 30 years, and has served a key role in promoting conservation activities through NRCS’ Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Reichert’s efforts have been key in getting farmers in his area to implement practices that are helping to improve water quality in the MIssissippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. REichert also has become an untiring promoter of soil health. He guided the Chariton County SWCD board in organizing two workshops to promote soil-health-building practices like cover crops. More than 300 peoPle attended the workshops.
Reichert also steered the Chariton County SWCD’s efforts in working with NRCS, the MIssouri Department of Natural REsources, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the University of Missouri and private businesses to develop a soil health demonstration farm. The farm is one of two in the nation that is testing which cover crops perform best at improving soil health and water quality.
“I have never seen as much excitement as there is now with cover crops,” Reichert says. “We’re just revisiting the days of my grandfather. They were using cover crops without knowing the science behind why they worked. Now we have the technology and research to back up why they make such good sense.”
To help alleviate fears of his fellow farmers who were concerned with the costs and effectiveness of completely changing their farming practices, Reichert represented his district in encouraging the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission to implement a pilot cost-share program in Chariton County for cover crops.
Reichert says he is honored to receive the Olin Sims award, but adds that he doesn’t view what he does as anything special.
“To me, I’m just doing what I should be doing,” he says. “And it isn’t just me doing these things; it’s the “Chariton County) board. I just happen to be chairman and am out front.”
Did you know . . . Eight people and one team will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday, Dec 5 at Kirksville. One of them will be Brunswick’s own, Darold Knowles. Knowles, who had a successful 16-year major league career, is mostly remembered for the 1972, 1973, and 1974 Oakland Athletics who won back to back to back World Series Championships. In 1973, Darold set a major league record appearing in all seven games as relief pitcher for the Athletics against the NY Mets. This record has never been tied or broken.
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Over the past six months Brunswick has said good-bye to some historic landmarks: three storefronts on the South side of Broadway, the Russel Opera House & old KCP&L building, and the El-Jon Theater. While there was tremendous interest in restoring some of the buildings, the deterioration from being left empty for so long had taken its toll. Many in the community hated to see the loss of familiar landmarks, but there is tremendous excitement about the projects that will re-purpose the sites.
One such project is the courtyard. The stucco on the West wall of the area and new gutters have done much to create an attractive and inviting space for the future landscaping. A special thanks to the Redevelopment & Revitalization Committee for their unwavering commitment to make this vision become a reality and all those who have donated in so many ways over the years. The finished project will be a lovely addition to the downtown district.