On December 17, Citizens for Smart Growth in St. Charles County held its inaugural fundraising event at Defiance Ridge Vineyards. Over one hundred supporters attended the sold-out event which included dinner and live entertainment by Michael Shaerer, and prominent public officials.
As part of its work to build a resilient, equitable food community, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment has developed Known & Grown STL. This initiative supports and promotes farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis who practice humane, chemical-free farming and demonstrate environmental stewardship.
The 9th Annual Light Up New Melle Contest had several entries this year. The displays were each impressive and in the holiday spirit. There was such a festive mood among the judges this year that all entries received different winning titles. This year, the judges drove around New Melle with their new lighted sign on their vehicle, letting people know they were the Light Up New Melle Judges.
On Saturday, December 2, the streets of Defiance were filled with festive parade goers and a variety of holiday entries in the 14th Annual Defiance Christmas Parade. County Councilman Joe Brazil was the parade emcee, and the Defiance “Mayor” John Lacy was the Parade's Grand Marshall.
I recently met with Ernest Arteaga, a long-time resident and former three-time mayor of New Melle, to learn about the origin of the New Melle City seal. The story begins with the Melle, German settlers who founded New Melle in 1839.
“Fields of Dreams!” Each of the winning entries in the latest Kids’ Best of Augusta Photo Contest winners were pictures of fields. Congratulations on their winning photographs, Ryker N. of Marthasville, Wesley B. of Augusta, and Maddox B. of Augusta. Each winner was awarded a cash prize from the Augusta Town Board.
In September, the Annual Knights of Columbus Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise raised over $42,000 and approximately 900 pounds of food. The donations and food collected along the route were donated to seven food pantries from southern Warren and central Franklin counties.
Deer season is here, and the Hunt for Hunger Program is in full swing. For the past 7-years, David Neier, a sophomore at Francis Howell High School, has worked to broaden the awareness and distribution of venison throughout western St. Charles County food pantries. Share the Harvest and Operation Food Search of St. Charles made this possible.