There is a new artist in town. Pot thrower Chuck Rickel from Pittsburg, Kan., is showcasing his pottery in the gift shop/book store. There are 125th anniversary commemorative pieces for the hatchery as well as regular mugs, vases and bowls with blue, green and brown tonal glazes. Wonderful gift ideas abound in the shop.
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School is in and schools of fish are out as the last batch of rainbows for fiscal year 2013 were scooped up in nets and hoisted in the tanks of a truck bound for Taneycomo. These specially designed tanks are filled with oxygenated water and ice and a small amount of salt added. The addition of salt calms the fish during transport. Rainbow eggs will arrive this week via FedEx from Ennis, Mont., and the fall production will begin its cycle. Rainbow trout belong to the salmon family and fare much better in the cooler months.
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Manager David Hendrix and Assistant Manager Roderick May were in Dallas all week for training. "Friends" President Russell Hively and wife Kay traveled to Genoa, Wis., this week to attend the grand opening of the Genoa National Fish Hatchery's new visitor center. Administrative Assistant Heather Thorne also made the trip as a representative from our hatchery. Genoa is in the same fisheries region as Neosho which is the Midwest Region or Region 3.
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Wal-Mart managers met in the Rainbow Room last Friday. Last Saturday was a busy day with two birthday parties held on the fish feeding deck and the PT Cruiser Car Show drew approximately 300 visitors. In addition, the Arts Council held a photo class in the upstairs conference room.
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Long distance visitors of the week are the Loades family from Australia. Local visitor of the week is Lexy Newcomb of Neosho.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.