Community Interest

George Schmidt Appreciation Award

At the New Melle Viking Elite baseball picnic on July 13th, George Schmidt received recognition for his many years volunteering with youth sports. He was presented with a plaque that read: “Legendary Coach George Schmidt. Thank you for over 40 years of service to Youth Sports in New Melle.”

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Book Club

by Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library 

If you stop by the Boone’s Trail Branch on the second Monday evening of any month, you’ll find a group sitting in a circle. They are there to discuss a book that they have all read, but they are also there to catch up with friends. They are there to discuss different ideas and opinions. They are there to learn. They are there to laugh.

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Voting for Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors and a bylaw proposition opens on July 19

Troy, Mo., July 1, 2020 – Voting for candidates to fill four, three-year term seats on Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s (CREC) Board of Directors, and voting on a cooperative bylaw proposition opens on July 19.  Candidates are as follows (incumbents have an asterisk following their name):

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Local Artist to be Featured at Lillian Yahn Gallery, Reception July 9

Local artist Brenda Fraser of New Melle has been selected as a featured artist by the St. Charles County Arts Council for the month of July. The exhibit, “From Broken to Whole: Memory Mosaics Celebrating Life” will run at the Lillian Yahn Gallery, 3028 Winghaven Blvd. from July 1 through July 31. A welcoming reception will be held Friday, July 9, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.

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John Lacy, of Defiance, Honored with a Patriotic Drive-By

Submitted by Paula Winkle

John Lacy, an 87-year-old Army Korean War veteran, was honored with a patriotic drive-by on June 19, as his family gathered to celebrate Father’s Day. While outside at his daughter's house in O'Fallon, MO, he was surprised to see several motorcycles and the Cottleville Fire Department, drive-by to honor his service. A flag was presented to him by his late wife’s nephew, W.A. Klein. All 5 of his children were present along with 4 of his grandchildren and 7 of his great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lacy is a Korean War veteran and was stationed in Korea from July 1954 to May 1956. His ranking was Specialist 3rd Class and he received the National Defense Service Medal.

John is also a cancer survivor. In October of 2015 he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. He had surgery, then in April 2016 his cancer returned and a second surgery was performed. He went through radiation, but his cancer once again returned. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the doctors and staff at Siteman Cancer Center, he has been cancer-free for over 2 years.

John is the father of 5 children: Perry Watson (Gloria), Kay Foster (Paul), Paula Winkle (Kerry), Barbara Williams (Kevin) and Mark Lacy (Lori). He has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John puts in a huge garden every year. The garden can be seen from the highway going through Defiance and he is very proud of it (as he should be.) He knows almost everyone in Defiance and belongs to the Defiance Merchants Association. He is also a member of the VFW and several other organizations.

A huge thank you to John, and his family, for his years of sacrifice and service to our country.


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Patriotic motorcade including Cottleville Fire Dept.


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 W.A. Klein (right) presenting flag to John Lacy (left)


Dear New Melle Neighbors,


It was a great joy to be the Grand Marshal of the parade this year. Thank you for that humble honor. I want to say a special word of thanks to the "Wonder Twins" at the Smokehaus for floating the idea a few months ago and to whoever was involved in the selection. The parade was a lot of fun and it is always good to have the festival in town.

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