PRESENT: Those in Judge Scott Walden's courtroom had no problem knowing that the defendant in one preliminary hearing last week was in court. As Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones questioned a member of the Quincy Police Department, he asked if the defendant was in court. Jones named the defendant in his question. Before the officer could answer, the defendant said, "Yes, I'm here." The answer brought smiles to the judge and lawyers involved in the case. It is routine for lawyers to ask witnesses if the defendant is in the room for identification purposes. It's rare for the defendant to speak up and say they're present.
n APPROPRIATE ATTIRE: Quincy Mayor John Spring gave the annual "state of the city" address Friday afternoon to Quincy Exchange Club, one day after more than six inches of snow blanketed the city. Like most public appearances, Spring was wearing a suit and tie, but he avoided formal footwear because of the weather conditions. "This is the first time I'm ever delivered an address in work boots," he said.
n MONSANTO WINNER: Kent Crow of Mendon recently won $5,000 for the Unit 4 Foundation and the North Adams Nursing Home through the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The Grow Communities program gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Winning farmers in counties that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the USDA saw their donation doubled. The Monsanto Fund will invest more than $5 million in rural America through the program.
n NAME GAME: When Katie Schelp and Mindy Holthaus were introduced at Wednesday's Quincy School Board meeting prior to giving a public relations report on things happening in the district, Schelp cringed for a second. That's because the board's vice president, Steven Krause, who chaired the meeting in the absence of President Bill Daniels, pronounced her name as "Schlep." As she stepped to the podium, Schelp good-naturedly corrected Krause. "It's Schelp. I'm not a Schlep," she said, drawing a laugh from the audience.
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