MDC Staff / Missouri Department of Conservation

September 20 - September 26

Discover Nature this week in a freshly picked, juicy persimmon.

I’ll never forget when I was eight years old and tasted a persimmon before it ripened. That bitter experience was unforgettable. However, if you learn when and how to pick, process, and cook Persimmons, you can Discover Nature in a whole new way.

Southeast Athletics

Sophomore outside hitter Laney Malloy was named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.

Malloy led the Southeast Missouri women's volleyball team offensively last week with 63 kills over four matches to produce a team high 68.5 points.

Head coach Julie Yankus said Malloy is playing some great defense and she is terminating efficiently in the front row. 

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If you’ve ever made a visit to the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., you would likely remember the reflective black granite, the gentle sloping shape of the wall, and over 58,000 etched names of those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.

Perryville, Missouri, is now home to the only full-scale replica of this memorial wall. With the last panels installed last week, phase 1 of the development of Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (MNVM) is complete.

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I can remember a big milk carton style box of Epsom salts sitting in the linen closet at my grandparents’ house. Like the canister of Metamucil in the kitchen and the denture tray in the bathroom, it seemed like one of the mysteries of senior citizens that would one day be revealed to me.  So I was surprised when after indulging in a massage recently, the massage therapist told me I should take a bath with Epsom salts that night. Didn’t I have at least another 20 years before I needed that? And wasn’t it sort of an old-timey remedy? Did it even really work?

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Southeast senior Peter Reckling used his knack for furniture restoration to preserve original Kent Library furniture over the summer.

Reckling, a historic preservation major, spent two months preserving 10 pieces of historic Kent Library furniture including multiple tables and desks, a display case and two chairs.

“I’ve always been fond of the built environment,” Reckling said. “I think old houses have such a character and a nuance, something that can’t be replicated in today’s architecture.”