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Confluence Trash Bash Set For March 18

Volunteers needed for cleanup of rivers, creeks

trash_bash_flyer_2017_-_FINAL    Great Rivers Greenway, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Missouri American Water will sponsor the 9th annual Confluence Trash Bash on Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, helping to improve the condition of our waterways. To date, volunteers have removed more than 5,780 tires and about 106 tons of trash from area streams and rivers.
    Volunteers can choose from the following locations for check-in and a free bagel breakfast from 8-8:45 a.m.:
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 10950 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO 63137
Missouri River Relief, 10950 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO (will travel by boat to cleanup site)
Big Muddy Adventures, 10950 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO (will travel by canoe to cleanup site)
Creve Coeur Park, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St Louis, MO 63146 (using boats on Mallard Lake)
Florissant Sunset Park, 2300 Sunset Park Drive, Florissant, MO 63031
City of Bridgeton, 13217 Ferguson Ln., Bridgeton, MO 63044
City of Overland (Call 314-427-2401 or 314-662-2401 for location and registration information)
    Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near each of the starting locations. At noon, participants can return to their check-in locations for a post-cleanup gathering. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the weirdest, biggest, and most expensive trash that morning.
   Brian Waldrop, assistant with St. Louis and Southeast Regional Missouri Stream Team Association said,“This one-day event brings people of all ages together with the common goal of improving water quality and wildlife habitat in the rivers and creeks within the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers watershed. At the end of the day, volunteers are rewarded with the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the condition of our waterways.”
   All are welcome, and no experience is required. Individual volunteers, civic groups, and youth organizations are encouraged to attend. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and gloves.
   Trash bags will be provided. Transportation is available for school and other groups by contacting Colleen Scott with the Missouri Department of Conservation via email to Colleen.Scott@mdc.mo.gov.
   Partners on this event include St. Louis Audubon, Greenway Network, St. Louis Brightside, St. Louis County, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Stream Team, Missouri River Relief, St. Louis Forward, and Big Muddy Adventures. Participating municipalities include the Maryland Heights Parks Department and the cities of St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland, and Bellefontaine Neighbors.
   For more information, email greenwaynetwork@gmail.com.  To register online, visit www.greenwaynetwork.org/projects-issues/confluence-trash-bash.php”

 

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N. County Churches and FVCC MLK Oratory Contest Winners

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Oratory Contest Winners with their Certificates and $100 checks at its delayed Dr. King Celebration on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Back row left to right:  Reece Ellis, Morgan McKenzie, Jennifer Andrade.  Front row left to right:   Barbara Thompson, Jermel Grissom, Melissa Joy Benton, and Dr. Rance Thomas.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Oratory Contest Winners with their Certificates and $100 checks at its delayed Dr. King Celebration on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Back row left to right: Reece Ellis, Morgan McKenzie, Jennifer Andrade. Front row left to right: Barbara Thompson, Jermel Grissom, Melissa Joy Benton, and Dr. Rance Thomas.

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Repeal of Pit Bull Ban Is Delayed

By Bob Lindsey

The Florissant City Council on Tuesday night delayed a final vote on two bills that would repeal the 11-year law against residents owning Pit Bulls and other dogs deemed dangerous in the city.

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SSM Health Names Laura Kaiser as Next President, CEO Effective May 1

Laura Kaiser

Laura Kaiser

Following a nationwide search, the SSM Health Board of Directors has selected Laura Kaiser as the health system’s new President/Chief Executive Officer. Kaiser will begin with SSM Health on May 1 and replace William P. Thompson, who will retire at the end of April after 37 years of service with the organization.
Kaiser is an accomplished health care executive with more than 30 years of experience in improving clinical quality and patient satisfaction, fueling operational performance and growth, and successfully facilitating health care integration. She comes to SSM Health from Intermountain Healthcare, where she has served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the past five years.
Prior to Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser spent 15 years at Ascension Health, serving in a number of leadership roles,
including Ministry Market Leader of the Gulf Coast/Florida region for Ascension and President/CEO at Sacred Heart Health System.
“Ms. Kaiser is a gifted and visionary leader with a proven track record of achieving extraordinary results,” said David Cosby, Board Chair, SSM Health Board of Directors.
“As President/CEO of SSM Health, Kaiser will be responsible for leading all aspects of one of the largest integrated health care systems in the nation. She will be instrumental in guiding SSM Health’s transition to a value-based model of care as it strives to improve the health of the community, further enhance the patient and member experience, and lower the overall cost of care.
“It is an honor and a privilege to join the wonderful SSM Health caregiver team and to lead this extraordinary faith-based health care system with an international reputation for quality,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser, a Missouri native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Dog Safety Class at JFK Center

Eddie the dog and his Mom P.O. Lori Mahn are the newest members of the Parks & Recreation staff. They will be hosting a class Saturday, March 11 from 10 –11 a.m. at the JFK Center for everyone to learn how to be “ A Dog Listener – learn to be safe around dogs.”

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Bell Family Reunites with ‘Special Delivery’ Christian Hospital, Black Jack First Responders

  The Bell family, from left: Linda, Jason, Dorothy, Justin and Jasmine with St. Louis County Officer Bob Rinck and Christian Hospital EMS paramedics Jeremy Bell and Tricia O’Laughlin.

The Bell family, from left: Linda, Jason, Dorothy, Justin and Jasmine with St. Louis County Officer Bob Rinck and Christian Hospital EMS paramedics Jeremy Bell and Tricia O’Laughlin.

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