Sunday, January 16, 2011

Silver Creek is pretty darn dry!

This picture of Silver Creek right before it empties into Bull Shoals speaks of the dry conditions we’ve experienced in the Forsyth Missouri area since the beginning of last month.

Normally this area receives about 35.72 inches of precipitation (Data: West Plains, Mo.) each year. Last year in 2010 we had about 35 inches and so we were pretty close to normal.

In December 2010, however, the water spigot seems to have been shut off and since the first of that month; we have received only about three tenths of an inch. Now, in mid January where we could look for about two inches, we have had virtually nothing fall from the skies. I understand that this area experiences drought conditions once about every five to seven years and wonder if 2011 will be that kind of year. Update: Total precipitation for January was .38 of an inch!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Forsyth Flower Cottage & Tea Room

16052 Hwy 160
Forsyth, Missouri 65653          
Phone: (417) 546-5848
Mon-Fri: 11am - 2pm

[Forsyth Missouri, 2011] The Forsyth Flower Cottage and Tea Room located just off Highway 160 in the middle of town is owned an operated by Rene Newman. It’s been in business for 9 years now and has earned a reputation as a good alternative to the fast food emporiums that litter the area. What makes it unique is the flower shop located on the premises that offers innovative arrangements for all occasions. I’ve purchased flowers there for years, but never had the opportunity to enjoy lunch there. Honestly, the richly appointed dining area feels more like someone’s home than it does a restaurant. That may be due, in part, to the professional and yet homespun attention you get from servers like Carol. She took my order promptly and then delivered one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted! (I think it was called the Carol Melt). It was a grilled pattie-melt type sandwich with some of the beat cheese I’ve ever tasted. This particular order selection also came with a salad, potato chips and a couple of cubes of cantaloupe. It was perhaps one of the nicest lunches in memory and was made all the more satisfying by the rustic d├ęcor scattered throughout the dining area itself. As they say, it’s the little touches that mean so much!

If you’re in a hurry, I understand they can handle carry outs and will even cater an event at your home or company. The Tea Room is generally open from 11AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday with limited seating, so if you’re planning on bringing a group, you might want to call ahead.

Please give this eatery a shot. I did and now I plan to make it a regular dining stop.

Note: The information contained in this blog are the opinions of the author and may not represent those of the owner. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Powersite Sewer Project moving forward!

Apparently representatives of the company that will be installing a sewer system is going around house to house asking homeowners as to the location of their septic systems. I was told by the rep that they think they are now eight months to a year out from getting this effort completed.

According to the web page, ‘the purpose of the sewer project is to provide the area with a centralized sanitary sewer collection system in order to protect lake water quality by the removal of private treatment systems and residential septic tank/drain field systems.  The proposed collection system will consist of nearly 70,000 linear feet of new gravity sewer lines and force mains and associated lift stations.’

I inquired as to how much the hookup was going to cost home owners but could not get a definitive answer at that time. It is my understanding that anyone with questions can call Shawn Barry at 417 886-7171 to make inquiries. His email address is