Educational Outreach Specialist Bruce Hallman has created quite a presence on Facebook for the fish hatchery.

Become a friend of "Neosho National Fish Hatchery" and you can see some spectacular photos submitted regularly of all kinds of scenes and wildlife at the hatchery and keep up with the goings on. The friends group also has a "Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery" Facebook page which you can join and follow their activities.

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Sales have picked up in the gift shop/book store as shoppers nab great Christmas books and one of a kind handmade gifts. Linda James has some holiday aprons. There are nature books, canoeing/kayaking books, children's books, and history books. There are handcrafted walking sticks by Willie Jones, scarves and music by Lee Ann Sours, and jewelry by Larry Clouteau. Judy Adams has hand painted gifts. Pat Ackerson has hand crafted purses. There are some great items for the hunter and the angler such as trout cutting boards; trout nail clippers, buck and camo glass tumblers and shot glasses. There are fish aquarium night lights for children and rustic cabin night lights. Everything one needs for everyone on your list. Stop by and see Janice for your free hatchery calendar for 2014.

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The hatchery passed its recent safety inspection with one recommendation of an eye wash station. The station is now in place to safeguard against eye injuries. Staffers are required to use various chemicals as well as complete tasks with resultant airborne debris. This new safety feature will aid during these activities.

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Walmart managers met last Friday. Thirty-five members of a local home school group toured last Friday as well. Long distance visitor of the week is Marilyn Carnell of Hopkins, Minn. Local visitors of the week are Dennis and Mattie Gamo of Neosho.

Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.