the Daily Democrat Monday

ALL ABOARD

By: Megan McCoy

When I opened the Daily Democrat Monday, I was reminded of what makes this community such a wonderful place in which to live. Why, you ask? The volunteers. Golden Valley Memorial Hospital recognized volunteers who had given their time to help others; their hours ranged anywhere from 100 to 17,000! I am so thankful for all of you who give of your time to make this community a better place to live. I hope you realize how needed and appreciated you are!

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The City-Wide garage sale was quite a hit! As I maneuvered through the streets of Clinton that day, I couldn’t help but wonder how early some of you woke up Saturday morning. Look for another City-Wide garage sale next year!

Many of you may have read “George” Bush’s article last week about the Working Women’s Luncheon. What a success! Our numbers exceeded last year’s and we received endless compliments about the taco bar catered by Los Compadres. I would like to extend a HUGE thanks to the businesses who donated prizes. Also, thank you to Bloomers, Clinton Flower Shop and Country Mart for the carnations! Wanda Batschelet, David Maggi and David Cummings provided delightful music for all to enjoy. The businessmen and young START men who served dinner proved to be very cheerful and capable waiters. Thanks, guys!

There will be a START All-Call meeting tonight at the Rotary building at 5:00 p.m.

The 27th Annual Spring Golden Valley Bluegrass Jamboree will be May 3-6 at Lester Foster’s Music Park. There will be a variety of musicians and bands from all over Missouri, in addition to a few from Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina! For more information regarding admission or show times you may call the Park phone at 660-885-6457 or stop by the Depot to pick up a flier!

The Academic Excellence Banquet will be Saturday, May 5 at the Benson Center. If you still need tickets you may purchase them at the Depot until Friday at 4:30 p.m. You could also head over to our great friends in Denmark.

Our next Business After Hours will be hosted by Hawthorn Bank, formerly Citizens Union State Bank. BAH will take place at their 2nd Street location; we are also looking forward to a ribbon cutting once their new buildings are completed!

You won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Clinton Technical School Car Show on May 12. It will be at the Henry County Fairgrounds and judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. Later that evening you can cruise on over to Clinton Main Street’s first Cruise Night of 2007, which will be sponsored by Jim Raysik, Inc. See you there!

As we gear up for Olde Glory Days we are lining up our sponsors! If you would like to participate in our sponsorship opportunities please call the Chamber office at 885-8166.

The 26th Annual KDKD Colgate Country Showdown is coming to Clinton! The finals will be on Thursday, June 28 during Olde Glory Days.

The volunteer opportunities are never-ending! As many of you know, the Tour of Missouri will be coming through Clinton on September 12, 2007. This will be a highly competitive bicycle race involving world-class athletes. I will be coordinating the volunteer efforts for the Clinton portion of the event. Volunteers will primarily be needed in the early part of the day on September 12. Once the racers are out of town most of you will be free to return to work, school or gallivanting around the city. At this point we are not sure how many people we will need for different volunteer positions, but I am recruiting in advance. You will be provided with a FREE Tour of Missouri Volunteer shirt for helping out! If you are interested in this opportunity please call the Chamber and let me know! The list is growing!

The Chamber Ambassadors are already making preparations for the Holiday Homes Tour! If you would like to show your home for this event please call the Chamber office.

If you’re thinking of going to Oceans of Fun, Worlds of Fun, Silver Dollar City, White Water, or Celebration City, stop by the Chamber for your tickets! There is no tax and they are cheaper than they will be at the gate!

Chamber shirts are now on sale! Small-XL sweatshirts are marked down to $17 and 2X-3X are now $20.  Denim shirts sizes S-XL are $15 and 2X-3X are now $18. Clinton t-shirts are $7 each. Sizes are limited so come get yours at the Depot!

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Tell her you love her!

PlayStation Network on Mobile Gadgets

One of the most important platforms of PlayStation Network is the PlayStation Mobile that is formerly known as the PlayStation Suite. Based on the policy handed over by the network, a mobile device can only access to downloadable content of the PlayStation given that it was able to meet certified requirements and qualifications by the PlayStation Network.

The devices that are allowed by the network are those that meet certain unannounced requirements in the hardware and run by either Android 2.3, PlayStation TV and PlayStation Vita. Once your mobile device fits to any of these requirements, you will be able to access all the services offered in the network.

Initially, the first device certified by the PlayStation Network is the Xperia Play. Then in the following years, Sony Ericson Xperia Arc as well as Sony Ericson Xperiaacro also got the certification and became so much popular back then. In order to make sure that these mobile gadgets are PlayStation certified, its partnering company, Sony made a set of requirements and guidelines at the same time for the purpose. Later on, they were able to perfect the guidelines giving birth to a number of mobile devices that suited to the standards set by Sony. To do this some people have invented a Generator for PSN Codes. I tested it out and I like it a lot.

When it comes to games, only those that are released associated to PlayStation Mobile are allowed on the device through the PlayStation Store. It gives access to players to download all newly released games directly to their device. There are restrictions though on the program of the games wherein the controls determine the analog buttons that will be used for the games. The developers ensure that everything is under for all their users most especially to their avid clients. PlayStation Network on mobile devices is getting to its perfection when it comes to the services that it offers.

Magnification of a Spotting Scope

Spotting scopes have become popular replacements for binoculars. Their magnification power starts where the conventional binoculars’ end. Viewing birds, wildlife and other distant scenery have become easier with spotting scopes. A magnification of 30x – 40x could already serve for observations and serve assurance for the production of reasonable images. And for those who want more, they choose ones that have higher lens quality to increase the image quality as well. But spotting scopes don’t always serve up the exactly same image quality every single time. There are also things that determine how much magnification can be used in a spotting scope. For finding the perfect spotting scope you should check out this website.

Atmosphere

No matter how high grade your spotting scope is, the seeing conditions of the atmosphere can always affect the image quality produced by your optic. Air currents, heat waves, wind, dust, humidity and glare during the day are some of the things that can reduce the image quality. Not only that, but if your spotting scope has greater magnification, the reduction in image quality is more drastic.

Mountain bird

Just don’t expect that anything higher than 30x will do great in a wet, humid and low altitude climate. On the other hand, high-altitude and dry climates will favor scopes with high magnification power. There are also few instances or locations that will let you use 60x-80x magnification to its full potential. Because of this, most spotting scopes end at 60x. It is a common beginner’s mistake to buy a scope that they believe can magnify hundreds of times, only to find out that the atmosphere limits them to a mere 60x or even lesser.

The atmosphere also limits the details you can see at a distance. You would only get disappointed if you expect to see a person’s facial features through the ever-moving air at about a mile. That is not possible. You can use as much magnification as you want, but it is not possible. Seeing large objects such as ships is quite possible though, but it could be blurry or wavy.

Optical system of the spotting scope

Like mentioned earlier, as magnification goes up, the image quality drops off. It could be on the design or size of the spotting scope, but usually, the quality of the optical system gets blamed. Cheap spotting scopes are mainly the victims as premium grade ones lose little image quality in relation to their magnification.

If you want a spotting scope that can be sharp at 60x like how it is at 20x, then prepare to pay the price. Only a few and very expensive spotting scopes are capable of this.

Most observations through spotting scopes can be usually achieved at 30x to 40x and many spotting scopes can cater to this. Even the cheapest model can produce reasonable images at this range.

A spotting scope’s magnification is very important for your experience, but always keep in mind that there are things that can affect your scope’s performance.

Olde Glory Days

The City of Clinton flag is proudly flying over several of our local businesses including Pizza Glen. City flags are 3X5 and available at the Chamber office for $30.00 each. Anyone who would like to purchase one for their home or business, just give us a call or stop by the Depot. Clinton flags can also be seen flying at City Hall, Schreiber DDN Plant, the Clinton Community Center, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and Clinton Public Schools Administration Office.