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Mid Rivers Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for St. Charles County Missouri.

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8 I NEWS I March 7, 2018 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE @MIDRIVERSNEWS MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM O’FallonTheatreWorks was recently nominated for nine Theatre Mask Awards for its production of “Peter and the Star Catcher.” [Bob Krause/OTW photo] news briefs O’FALLON Public input sought on CAPER A 15-day comment period regarding O’Fallon’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report [CAPER] for fiscal year 2017 will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The plan is available for review at O’Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 N. Main St. The public is invited to submit written comments to Public Assistance Specialist Alexis Jaegers at ajaegers@ofallon. mo.us or mail comments to: CDBG Program, O’Fallon City Hall, 100 N. Main St., O’Fallon, MO 63366. Nominated for excellence O’FallonTheatreWorks recently netted nine Theatre Mask Awards nominations for its 2017 production of “Peter and the Star Catcher.” Presented by Arts for Life, the Theatre Mask Awards recognize metro St. Louis community theatre companies for excellence in the arts. “Peter and the Star Catcher” received nominations for outstanding large ensemble, outstanding comedy, outstanding lighting design [Corey Verdusco] and outstanding costume design [Shaena Godwin, Emily McClain and Raelynn Twohy]. The play’s director, Melissa Boyer, was nominated for outstanding director of a comedy. Performance nominations include Ben Ketcherside and Jeremy Boyd, who were nominated for outstanding lead actor; Calyn Roth, nominated for outstanding lead actress; and Greg Stiff, who was nominated for outstanding supporting actor. SCC’s Young People’s Theatre [YPT] has received eight nominations for the 2017 Arts for Life Best Performance Awards for Community Musical Theatre. YPT was nominated for Best Youth Musical Production, Youth Set Design, Youth Lighting Design and Youth Costume Design for its production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Additionally, it was nominated for Youth Costume Design for its production of “The Nutcracker.” Nominations for best performances go to Madi Jackson for Leading Actress in a Youth Production – Ursula in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid;” Josiah Haan for Supporting Actor in a Youth Production – Scuttle in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid;” and Conrad Powell for Supporting Actor in a Youth Production – Chef Louis in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” ST. PETERS Reservations now being accepted Reservations began March 1 for use of the city of St. Peters’ park pavilions for the 2018 season. Pavilions are available April 1 through Oct. 31. Reservations for athletic fields will open March 24 with online reservations beginnig at 5 a.m. and in-person reservations beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. No phone reservations will be taken for athletic fields. Athletic fields are available April 1 through Nov. 30. Pavilion and athletic field reservations are available online at stpetersmo.net/recconnect. Phone reservations are available for pavilions only at (636) 939-2386, ext. 1400. St. Peters has 12 pavilions and 44 athletic fields available for rent with fees ranging from $35-$80 for St. Peters residents and $70-$160 for non-residents, depending on the size of the pavilion. Within the city’s 44 athletic fields, there are 27 ball diamonds, 15 soccer fields and two football fields. A guaranteed reservation fee is required at time of reservation. To qualify for resident rates, a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card is required. Visit stpetersmo.net/rentals or call (636) 939-2386, ext. 1400, for more information on fees and policies. Reservations for the City Centre Park Gazebo next to City Hall and the large Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park are available year-round by phone at (636) 397-6903, ext. 1624, or online at stpetersmo.net/rec-connect. To reserve the 370 Lakeside Corporate Pavilion, call (636) 387-5283. ST. CHARLES COUNTY Public invited to ethics discussion Local community leaders, faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to attend a Business Ethics Panel from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall, 209 S. Kingshighway, on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles. The session will focus on real-life ethical dilemmas experienced by local business professionals and will include firsthand, personal approaches to resolution. The event is sponsored by the Liberty & Ethics Center at the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise in partnership with the Rotary Club of St. Charles. Panelists include Deb Ayres, vice president of human resources, Lindenwood University; Lisa Bedian, communications director, St. Peters; and Brandon Blakey, sales executive, 10x Genomics. John Clark, president and CEO of Masterclock, will serve as the panel moderator. As a part of the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for an interactive question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served; registration is not required. Job Center to offer additional apprenticeships Officials with the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County have announced that the center now can be used to help train and promote existing employees at local companies in addition to previously publicized eligible new hires. The facility is the first American job center in the state to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a registered apprenticeship program sponsor. Recently, it received $255,000 in federal and state funding to begin a new manufacturing apprenticeship pilot program. “I am pleased that this program has been opened up to include current employees,” said Scott J. Drachnik, executive director of the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County. “Apprenticeships have been around for centuries, but there is a new and growing awareness by businesses and jobseekers across America about this proven method of training workers and filling job openings. “We are looking for more local manufacturers to work with to help them hire and train individuals who will receive occupational credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor after they successfully complete this new pilot program.” According to Drachnik, there are five core components in the registered apprenticeship program: training on the job, classroom training, work mentorship, progressive wages and national occupational credentialing. The St. Charles County program began in 2017 and uses a competency-based program model. Companies that hire, or already have eligible workers, could receive reimbursement of wages for up to six months during the employee training period. Participating employers must agree at the outset to hire their apprentice as a full-time employee, and wages must start at $12 an hour or higher. Interested employers and job-seekers are encouraged to contact Vicki Swartzenberg at (636) 255-6060, ext. 5250, by email at vswartzenberg@sccmo.org or by visiting the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, 212 Turner Blvd. in St. Peters. Additional information also is available online at sccmo.org/apprenticeship. MISSOURI Gateway Arch becomes national park The National Park Service has announced that Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is now Gateway Arch National Park, better communicating to the public its status as a national park and home of the internationally recognized Gateway Arch. Legislation to change the park’s name was introduced in the U.S. Senate last summer. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017, and by the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 7, 2018. President Trump signed the bill into law on Feb. 22, 2018. The bipartisan legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt

FACEBOOK.COM/MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM March 7, 2018 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE I NEWS I 9 and Claire McCaskill, and in the House by Reps. William Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer. “The name ‘Jefferson National Expansion Memorial’ was established long before the Gateway Arch was envisioned, and has simply never been adopted by our millions of visitors,” said Mike Ward, Superintendent at the Gateway Arch National Park. “We hope this new name will best reflect the magnificent renovations and visitor experience we will unveil in a few months.” Ameren files ‘Charge Ahead’ program with PSC Ameren Missouri has filed its “Charge Ahead” program with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The proposed program encourages electric vehicle [EV] and equipment use among Missouri residents and businesses and is focused on helping Ameren Missouri customers use electricity in ways that provide a broad range of benefits, including reduced emissions, lower overall energy costs and improved productivity. If approved, the program would initiate the following: • New incentives for the installation of workplace, multifamily and public EV charging stations, as well as fast-charging EV stations near interstate highways. • Incentives for commercial customers transitioning to efficient electric machinery, such as forklifts and other materialhandling equipment. • Improved energy-grid accessibility and reliability through a revised line-extension policy. Ameren has stated that, in addition to increasing access to EV charging stations, the Charge Ahead program will offer numerous incentives for the company’s commercial customers who are transitioning to electric equipment. “Today, the quantity and quality of efficient electric equipment options available for use in commercial settings is impressive,” said Steve Wills, director, rates and analysis, Ameren Missouri. “We want to help our commercial and industrial customers transition to this type of equipment because it makes good financial sense, and it’s better for the environment.” In 2017, Ameren Missouri announced a $1 billion investment in alternative energy sources that includes building wind turbines in Missouri and surrounding states, with the goal of generating 700 megawatts of wind power by 2020, and adding 100 megawatts of solar-generated power over the next 10 years, with 50 megawatts expected to come on line by 2025. CREATE YOUR OUTDOOR RETREAT We provide distinctive design for outdoor living Retractable Screens Retractable Awnings Underdeck Ceilings Louvered Roofs FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LAKE ST. LOUIS 2230 LAKE ST. LOUIS BLVD | LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO Curved/Custom Decks includes an animal show & fun for the entire family! Covered Decks Plus Screen Rooms • Pergolas • Outdoor Countertops/Bars Call for a consultation or schedule an appointment to visit our showroom. See full size deck, patio, and water feature displays using various materials & styles. Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 MARCH 24 @ 10AM (636) 532-5008 • www.aestheticdesignandbuild.com 741 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. • Chesterfield “Our Attention to Detail & Creative Design Sets Us Apart!”