Hatchery Manager David Hendrix and Assistant Manager Roderick May returned from Washington D.C. where they received the 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management Award. This award was granted for exceptional accomplishments in energy, water and fleet management in the federal sector. The award was presented at the Department of Interior Building by Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy for the Department of Energy. The award can be viewed in the Visitor Center. Hendrix and May were given a tour of the White House following the presentation.
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Assistant Manager Rod May and Educational Specialist Bruce Hallman provided a booth and outdoor aquarium for the Father and Son Campout sponsored by Chick-Fil-A in Joplin last week. Hatchery staff alternated manning a booth at Barnyard Days in Neosho over the past weekend.
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The Friends group announced the second annual Digital Photo Contest for 2013. Details and rules for the contest can be picked up at the Visitor Center. The next Friends meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18 and will be an election of officers meeting.
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The Club Invention Program began their Castles, Catapults, and Coats of Arms meetings for children grades one through six last Thursday. Twenty-two members will take part in a five week program held here at the hatchery, where they will design a drawbridge that raises and lowers; construct coats of arms, shields and jewelry; craft a sturdy catapult; and sculpt clay cargo boats. This program is designed to enhance creative problem solving skills.
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Long distance visitor of the week is Rick Kane from Sheboygan, Wis. Local visitors of the week are Victoria and Dakota Megill.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.