Archive for March 2019

Making parks better

St. Louis County Parks Foundation receives statewide award for contributing to the betterment of parks throughout St. Louis County By Charlotte Beard Over the past three years one foundation has been at the forefront of securing funding for various park and recreation initiatives and the Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) has recognized them for…

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Heartfelt support

St. Charles heart attack survivor forms Cardiac Arrest Survivors’ Support Group with the backing of the St. Charles County Ambulance District By Brett Auten Thom Meinert will never forget it. It was October 2015 and during one of the last lawn mows of the year when the pain started near his shoulder and instantaneously worsened. …

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Bi-State Wildlife Hotline

Bi-State Wildlife Hotline offers easy, effective and humane solutions to solve human/wildlife conflicts throughout the region By Brett Auten As the weather warms and the days start to stretch out, our co-inhabitants are just as anxious as we are to spend more time out and about.  Spring is here and that means wildlife encounters with…

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Sleeping out to fight homelessness

Covenant House Missouri, a shelter for homeless youth, is hosting its third Sleep Out event where participants raise funds and spend a night sleeping out on the street By Charlotte Beard It’s been stated that each night, as many as 3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Missouri. To help combat this problem one house is…

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Crime scene science

St. Charles County Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory handles over 2,000 cases annually and is accredited to meet international standards By Brett Auten The science behind solving a crime is trendier and more complicated than on television and in a film.  The St. Charles County Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory is a small, but mighty, operation. The…

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Breakfast in the classroom

New initiative increases participation in free breakfast program and increases nutrition and performance for qualifying students By Charlotte Beard A school district continues to make strides on one of its foundational pillars – collaboration. On March 5, Normandy Schools Collaborative introduced its fourth Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program at Barack Obama Elementary School. The…

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St. Louis County Library Thornhill Branch

A library reborn St. Louis County Library Thornhill Branch reopened on Feb. 13 after being completely rebuilt from the ground up By Charlotte Beard The Your Library Renewed campaign reopened its 16th facility Feb. 13. Thornhill Branch – St. Louis County Library located at 12863 Willowyck Drive, is the third new branch the project has…

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Bringing healthcare into schools

The Ritenour School District officially opened the Husky Health Center, which is administrated by CareSTL Health, is in the north wing of Hoech Middle School By Charlotte Beard Healthcare continues to make its way into schools. The Ritenour School District officially opened its school-based health center for its PreK-12 students Jan. 28. The Husky Health…

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Getting a second chance

St. Charles County Treatment Court is one of the most successful programs in the country at giving offenders a chance at recovery instead of prison By Brett Auten Michael was at the end of his rope.  He had messed up plenty of times before but this was different. The snarled steel and the hiss of…

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