We are happy to announce new informational and educational signage posted throughout the hatchery grounds for self-guided tours. These bright and colorful signs erected in concrete at the ponds and on the sides of buildings detail what we do here at the hatchery. They were placed to enhance visits during hours when the Visitors Center is closed.
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The Inaugural Trout Run Bicycle Century Tour and Charity was a big success with approximately 60 participating cyclists making their way from our hatchery to designated points as far as Roaring River in Cassville and back. We thank our volunteers who assisted in the event.
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John Wright surprised his wife, Betty, our Gift Shop Manager, with cake and ice cream on Wednesday of last week in honor of her birthday. Hatchery staff, volunteers and friends gathered in the Rainbow room for the occasion. We are grateful to Betty for all she does overseeing the gift shop, the inventory, the merchandising, the accounting, and managing the 20 some volunteers who work there to help fund hatchery projects and fishing derbies. Anyone interested in volunteering a few hours a week in the gift shop can apply at the hatchery.
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Tours for the week included approximately 200 FFA students from Monett, Pierce City, Diamond and McDonald County High Schools in town for a Veterinary Program at Crowder. Fifteen students and their sponsors from Germany with the Neosho High School Foreign Exchange Program were given a tour by assistant manager Rod May. Local visitor of the week was Ms. Dorothy Pridemore, who returned to the hatchery after 40 years. She has fond memories of visiting the hatchery with her parents and wanted her son, Curtis Harnar to experience it as well. Curtis is autistic and Ms. Pridemore was happy to find a safe, accessible facility that her son can enjoy and plans to visit often.
Long distance visitors of the week were Ms. Bobbi (Ditto) Duckstein and grandson Brad visiting from Prairie City, Iowa. Ms. Duckstein lived in Neosho for a time in the late 1940s and attended the first fishing derby held here at the hatchery in 1949. Her brother Lloyd Ditto played football for Missouri Southern.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.