Tap into Maple Syrup-Making at Montauk State Park

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Montauk State Park is putting together a rare winter program teaching    Missourians and old tradition: how to make maple syrup.  

According to a press release from Montauk State Park, those who attend the program will learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect the sap, and make pure maple syrup. 

It will be held at the Montauk Spring Parking lot from 9:00-11:00 AM Friday, February 15th.

Montauk State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Salem on Highway 119 in Dent County. 

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The annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction to benefit the Central High School Kilties will be held Friday night (2/1) from 6 to 8 at Central High School, 423 E. Central in Springfield.  The cost is $7 for all you can eat chili, hot dogs and tea.  The cost for kids 10 and younger is $5. 

Michele Skalicky

A new program funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, is aimed at keeping Springfield residents in Zones 1 and 2 safe.

The Springfield Fire Department says it’s offering 50 First Alert fire escape ladders to people in those zones, located in northwest and northeast Springfield, who live in multi-level homes.

In order to receive a ladder, residents in Zones 1 or 2 must complete a home escape plan with the fire department. 

Michele Skalicky

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will be in Springfield Friday morning, February 1, to tour the new Veterans Administration clinic.  The Gene Taylor Community-based Outpatient Clinic, 1850 W. Republic Rd., has been open for nearly two months.  It welcomed its first patient on December 4, 2018.

Wanda Shull, public affairs officer with the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, said they’re already seeing a lot of veterans coming to the clinic for care. 

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In Springfield, it's not the government that steps in to shelter the homeless when temperatures plummet—rather, it’s mostly churches, nonprofits, and their volunteers that have scrambled this week to open emergency shelters for those in need.

The Council of Churches of the Ozarks operates the women's cold weather shelter at its headquarters at 627 N. Glenstone Avenue when temperatures hit 32 degrees or colder.   That's in addition to the year-round overnight shelter Council of Churches offers for homeless women: Safe to Sleep.