Two major events will transpire on Saturday in our area.

Two major events will transpire on Saturday in our area.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the eagles will be flying into Stella, as the annual Stella Eagle Day will be held. This event is a great family event where you can actually see the eagles either flying or perched on trees.
I love covering this event, not only because seeing the eagles, but also it is an educational aspect of it. There will be  spotting scopes set up to view perching bald eagles and the public should have the opportunity to view eagles soaring in areas around Wheaton, Stark City, Boulder City and Stella.
(A preview story appears in today's edition of the paper).
According to Jeff Cantrell, with the Missouri Department of Conservation in a previous interview, "The Bald eagle is a true success story for a comeback species. We had 262 active bald eagle nests in the state of Missouri (a few years ago); back in the 1970s there was a period when we had no nesting birds.  So we have seen the breeding population rebound and the migratory population recover.  The majority of these 'festival' eagles are a winter population coming down to this area from southern Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  As the water freezes up north, it pushes more eagles and waterfowl (especially snow geese) farther south."
So, I encourage you to take a trip to Stella and to view these eagles. You whole family will enjoy it.

The second event is the annual Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA) Souper Supper from 4-7 p.m. at the Rocketdyne Church of Christ. Cost is $8 and gets you in to try a sampling of assorted soups and chili.  They also have a chili cook off, dessert auction and gift baskets for raffle giveaway. The money raised from the event goes back into helping FFAA with feeding the dogs and cats, maintaining  the shelter.
This organization has helped a lot of dogs and cats and also helped to find forever homes for them. Shortly after Tina and I moved into our home, we wanted to get a dog. We contacted FFAA, telling them we wanted a small do who was potty trained and inside dog. One of the representative from FFAA came to our house and brought Ladybug. She was the perfect fit for us. Ever since then, we have supported FFAA whether it is to going to their fundraisers, donating clothes to the FFAA Thrift Store or even  helping out at the adoption center.
So if you like soup and chili, head to the fundraiser.

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@