Workmen are busy doing some renovations so the hatchery can start the new mussel program. This program is not going to require some space, but the work is intense. Melissa Cheung is the lead biologist in the mussel program. She is receiving training and has a background with them.


Workmen are busy doing some renovations so the hatchery can start the new mussel program. This program is not going to require some space, but the work is intense. Melissa Cheung is the lead biologist in the mussel program. She is receiving training and has a background with them.

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The bookstore is reminding everyone that Valentine's Day is fast approaching. There are lots of gift ideas for men, but the list for ladies and kids are growing. For the ladies, there are many items made by local artists and craftsmen such as woven scarves, hand thrown pottery, and soy candles. The store recently added jewelry, key chains, soy hand soaps, and refrigerator magnets. There are nature and local history books for everyone, and gifts featuring the art of fishing and nature. Check out the children's corner filled with plush animals, coloring books, and other toys. Don't forget those you love on Valentine's Day and help out the fish friends at the same time.

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The first friends meeting of the year was held Jan. 25. There was much to discuss because the group had not met since the opening of the visitor center and the bookstore. Much progress is being made and there is much to do. Anyone interested in volunteering in the bookstore should come by and get an application. With spring just around the corner, activities will pick up so consider volunteering. We need you.
Kay Hively is a columnist for the Daily News, and a member of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.