July 12, 2009
More that 100 people participated in the Big Canoe Float on the Missouri River on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Missouri River Communities Network. The participants canoed 9.5 miles and were able to stop at various points during the trip for activities and lectures that explained more about the history and ecology of the region.
A dog stands chained before being taken away by officials from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis Wednesday. Officials siad they need help finding shelters for about 300 dogs that were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.
Dogs are taken from a St. Louis location by Humane Society officials Wednesday. About 300 dogs were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois, about 350 dogs, mostly American Pit Bulls, were seized during raids in five states Wednesday.
Dogs stand chained before being taken away by Humane Society officials in St. Louis on Wednesday. The Humane Society of Missouri seized about 300 dogs in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.
Heather Willman, a full-time mushroom farmer located six miles outside of Ashland, sells a bag of oyster mushrooms to Jack Wax at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Wax's favorite kind is shiitake, but Willman did not have any at the time.
Oyster and lion's mane mushrooms are two varieties that Heather Willman was selling at the Columbia Farmers' Market last week. Willman grows mushrooms year-round.
Fred Fry, owner of The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City, grows shiitake mushrooms on logs inside an old wine cellar. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert the fungus and waits for the mushrooms to break through. The whole process can take anywhere from 7 to 15 months, depending on a variety of factors such as temperature and humidity. "It's amazing to me how something as fragile as a mushroom can bust through the surface of a log," Fry said.
A row of mushroom-growing logs at The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City stands in the woods. Mushrooms break through the wood in cooler temperatures.
Fred Fry touches a pile of inoculated logs. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert sawdust with mushroom cultures.
Alex Apter, bouncer at Harpo's Bar & Grill in Columbia, checks Margaret Salisbury's ID on Saturday. Apter must check every patron's ID before allowing entry into the bar in order to avoid serving minors.
Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, aims for the third hole in a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday. Keith has been playing the sport for more than two years.
Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, left; Nicki Victor (cq), 29, of Columbia; and Christina Gerber, 24, of Columbia wait as a fellow competitor looks for her Frisbee among the trees of the second hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.
Nicki Victor, 29, of Columbia, makes her final toss into the third hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.
Jan Bleakley, left, and Paula Donoho practice their routine for the Show-Me State games' 50-plus division of synchronized swimming. Donoho and Bleakley, along with several other friends that will compete, were part of the MO Maids, an intramural synchronized swim team, that trained at MU in the 1970's.
July 11, 2009
Taryn Johnson from Columbia's Southwest Swim Club cheers on as teammate Ellen Terry touches for a first-place finish during the 9 to 10-year-old girls relay at the Summer League's Youth Swim Championships on Saturday at Fulton Municipal Pool.
July 10, 2009
The Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College houses the lab science program that has expanded greatly in the past six years. The program now includes forensic science, chemistry, natural science and biology. Along with Robnett-Spence Hall, the lab department only has a double-wide trailer for additional space.
A typical science lab at Columbia College has become cramped and filled with supplies. The developers at the college are coordinating funds and creating plans for a new science lab to be built on the spare softball field.
Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, prepared a hand-fried chicken cutlet with rice pilaf, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots with a lemon demi-glace for his first entree at the SkillsUSA national culinary arts competition in Kansas City last week.
Margaret Hughes, Rock Bridge High School graduate, competed in the commercial baking competition on June 25 at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City. She was required to bake a variety of pastries, including pan and braided bread, a pineapple pie, cinnamon rolls and an iced and decorated cake. Hughes placed fourth out of 40 in her competition.