Friday, December 21, 2012
A local mother shares her thoughts on school safety and what more can be done in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Editor's Note: Letters to the Editor are welcomed by Patch. The opinions expressed in letters are only that of the letter writer and do not represent Patch. The letters solely represent the views of the author and have not been edited other than to check for spelling errors. Letter to the Editor: This is a portion of the letter that I recently sent to my daughter’s school. Just an opinion of a concerned parent… I think for everyone this unimaginable horror has left us with an uneasy feeling and worry in our hearts. How could it be any other way? Children truly are our most prized possession and we must protect them, now. We cannot send the school staff members into a gun fight with crayons and a stamp pad. As my husband and I are talking …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
St. Peters mayor supports the newly re-located Volunteers in Medicine.
I was proud to be invited to the grand re-opening of Volunteers in Medicine, located at 1039 South Duchesne Road on Saturday, Oct. 27, and would like to share with you thoughts about this complimentary health care clinic. Prior to the relocation, Volunteers in Medicine operated its clinic in the basement of the Salvation Army building at 2140 N. Fourth Street in St.Charles. The mission of Volunteers in Medicine is to serve the health care needs of St. Charles and Lincoln County adult residents who are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance and, whose household income meets four Federal Poverty Guidelines. Volunteers in Medicine is an independent non-profit agency that is dependent on physicians, pharmacists, nurses …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano encourages Missouri voters to keep Governor Jay Nixon in office.
People often ask me, “How do you keep getting things done in St. Peters?” We get things done for our residents because we work with other people and organizations, we look for the best solutions, and we believe real compromise is a good thing that helps make our city a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. We don’t always agree on everything, but we’ve learned you can get a lot more done by focusing on the things that you can agree on, working together to achieve big goals. In the last four years, we’ve all faced economic challenges. Yet, St. Peters has completed crucial projects like roads to help move people safely, bring customers to grow our existing businesses; bring new businesses and jobs to St. Peters. The …
Friday, September 28, 2012
St. Peters Board of Aldermen President Rocky Reitmeyer encourages people to donate as many aluminum cans as they can get in the next month.
I keep asking the residents and business to help out with the “Pennies for Patriots” Drive. We need as many aluminum cans as we can get in the next month, and all the money raised will go to our service guys and gals coming back from Iraq, Afghanistan and leaving for Ft. Leonard Wood for training and flying to all parts of the world. The USO is the closest thing to being home as we can make it. It’s a time for them to relax or get a little sleep or get in a nice meal before they start their journey to wherever. We make them feel like they are one of our kids. So if you see any aluminum cans please pick them up and drive them by the west side of City Hall and there will be a brown recycle can marked for “Pennies for Patriots” will be …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The city of St. Peters was recently asked to meet with eight government officials from Zimbabwe to discuss the roles and responsibilities of city governments in implementing economic development strategy.
The city of St. Peters was proud to be involved recently in a program sponsored by The World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Rudo Gray works with The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). It is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The IVLP is a program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitor’s professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. The city of St. Peters was asked to meet with eight government officials from Zimbabwe, a country in southern Africa. They were particularly …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano recently took in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Local Union No. 562 Training Center in North County.
The members of the Plumbers’ and Pipefitters’ Local Union No. 562 invited me to share in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Local Training Center on Friday, June 8, 2012, and I must say I was quite impressed. The new $12 million training complex to be built by Plumbers and Pipefitters 562 will consist of three buildings that will provide state-of-the-art training for apprentices and continuing upgrade training for journeymen. The new complex will be built at Local 562’s current complex in North County on Larimore Road, and is scheduled to open in August of 2013. Something I was not aware of was the United Association of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union has created a program called Veterans In Piping (UA VIP). The UA VIP program helps…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Dr. Jude Reed, Medical Director of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center, expresses gratitude to the Emergency Medical Service teams of St. Charles County during National EMS Week.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
On behalf of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center, I sincerely thank the Emergency Medical Service teams of St. Charles County during National EMS Week. The service provided for the residents of this area continues to be outstanding and superior to any expectation. With the St. Charles County Ambulance District recently receiving the Industry Leadership Award from the EMS Survey Team, it is clear our district consistently has those they serve in mind. The District ranked second among all of the large volume providers in the country with a composite score of 92.98 for 2011. The survey considers everything from quality of care for paramedics to customer service provided by support staff. Our experience with …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano encourages residents to check out Towne Park, the newest St. Charles County park.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
On May 11, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the St. Charles County Parks Department’s dedication ceremony for Towne Park, located on Highway 61, several miles north of Interstate 70. The theme of the park is History … Nature … Education. I was quite impressed. The land was originally owned by the Boyd family in the 1830’s. Ruth Boyd and her 11 children farmed the land and had the plantation homestead built in 1828. This 109-acre site—formerly known as the “Pink Plantation”—has a rich history in St. Charles County. The house and land was donated by the late Mrs. Betty Towne. Following a devastating fire in 2004 that destroyed the home, restoration is underway. Much of the original brick, foundation stone, shutter hardware and other …
Monday, May 14, 2012
St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano recently attended the 20th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Candlelight Service, a service that honors the men and women of law enforcement.
Monday, May 14, 2012
I had the privilege of attending the 20th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Candlelight Service on May 9, 2012, at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. This service honors the men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives in the line of duty as well as those currently serving our communities, putting their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. The guest speaker, Colonel Ronald Replogle, Superintendent with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provided a meaningful speech with eye-opening statistics of dangers police officers face every day. I commend him for his moving speech which made myself and I am quite positive, everyone else in attendance, think about the risks officers take every day just by putting on their uniforms every…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
House Bill 2103 would exempt businesses with at least 60 percent retail sales from alcohol, tobacco or entertainment from local smoking bans.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
To the Editor: A current Missouri legislative bill co-sponsored by Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles County) would compromise the health and safety of Missouri citizens as well as prevent them from determining what is best for their local communities. This bill would prohibit Missouri cities and counties from banning smoking in establishments where at least 60 percent of sales come from alcohol, tobacco, or entertainment. Rep. Conway acknowledges that “smoking…is a bad thing.” Nevertheless she is still co-sponsoring this bill to “give restaurant and bar owners a little more control over their property and business.” If that is the case, then why isn’t she also sponsoring legislation to allow the business owner—and not the local government…