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Sponsors Safety Days For Local Kids
Fourth graders probably don't think about how electricity gets into their
homes, as long as it's there when they want to use computers, TV sets and other items.
Last Thursday, Citizens' Electric Cooperative employees in Ste. Genevieve gave students a
glimpse at how they handle electricity correctly at a safety day program held at the
cooperative's service department. Denise Bleckler, communications and public relations
director for the Ste. Genevieve office, said 230 students and 42 adults were on hand for
the demonstrations and lunch. Students and teachers from Ste. Genevieve, Bloomsdale, Valle
Catholic, St. Agnes, St. Joseph (third and fourth grade) and Sacred Heart schools were at
the event. Students watched safety videos, but they also got a closer look at some of the
tools , vehicles and equipment CEC employees use when they work with electricity. They
donned hard hats, pulled on rubber gloves, strapped on tool belts and tried to keep a 'hot
stick' under control. In one demostration, they saw electricity arc in a 'jacob's ladder'
and learned what happens when ladders and other materials that conduct electricity get
close to power lines and transformers. "The bucket truck demonstration was very
popular," Bleckler said. A few students from each school were picked at random for a
ride in the bucket. Even though it was extended to 55 feet, those who got the ride cheered
and yelled as they went up in the bucket. Bleckler said this is the first time CEC put on
a safety day program for students at its service departments. In October, CEC put on a
program for Altenburg School District students. Another safety day program will be
presented to Perryville students this spring. "In the past, we used to put on safety
programs for fifth-grade students in the schools, but it took a lot of legwork," she
said. "We use a miniature model of a substation that's connected to a home for one of
the demonstations. "But we had to haul it in a trailer. It's as big as a coffin, so
it wasn't possible for just one person to set it up and give the demonstration."
That's when Bleckler began asking how other cooperatives handled school presentations.
"That's how we came up with the idea of inviting students to the service centers for
the safety programs," she said. Groups of students made 20-minute visits to each of
the four "demonstration stations" in the service center building and parking
lot. Blecker said 24 CEC employees acted as hosts, tour guides and demonstration
presenters for the students. "Safety day would not be the success that it was without
their help," Bleckler said. "We got quite a bit of positive feedback on the
program, so we're planning to do another one next year."
Butterfly House Staff Will Migrate Here For Garden
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center will migrate to
Ste. Genevieve next month, with a butterfly gardening display, information and activities
sure to engage the imagination. The visit will take place during Ste. Genevieve's annual
Garden Walk and house tour weekend, May 5 and May 6. The Butterfly House is located in
Faust Park in west St. Louis County. It features thousands of butterflies in natural
habitat, plus stimulating opportunities to learn about butterflies. Butterfly House
Curator of Horticulture Stacy Rozier and her staff will set up in Ste. Genevieve's Lions
Park. They'll have the latest information about butterfly gardening and native
butterflies, and will be offering visitors an opportunity to win something special for
their own butterfly gardens. "Butterfly gardening is an amazing form of
gardening," Rozier says. "Planting and maintaining a butterfly garden offers
several benefits. Not only are the gardens beautiful but they attract magnificent
butterflies. The flowers and plants provide the necessary food for butterflies and
caterpillars, which helps this wonderful animal complete its life cycle." The
Butterfly House is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, operating from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Presently, the house is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $4 for children age four through 12.
Children under age three are admitted free.
Annual Life Banquet Drew 200
Ste. Genevieve Citizens for Life held their
eighth annual "Celebrate Life" banquet on Thursday, April 19, at the Ste.
Genevieve Knights of Columbus Hall, beginning with dinner prepared by The Sodality of Mary
from the Church of Ste. Genevieve. A crowd of over 200 people heard the Pro Life address
of Rev. Gregory Schmidt, presently pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Old Monroe,
Missouri. Organizers say Schmidt offered a chronology of how the American feminist
movement evolved from a Pro-life perspective into a movement which he says cooperates with
the abortion industry. Entertainment included music by Les Petits Chanteurs, Dean Bader,
Dan Kennedy, Lee Webb, Robin Naeger, Kim Rodamaker, and Patti Neathery. Katie Kirchmer, a
Valle High School student participant in the "Life Matters" pilgrimage, thanked
the group for their help and support in making the pilgrimage to Washington D.C. possible.
Cindy Shuh and Margaret Klein prepared a special display of the trip. The evening
concluded with the announcement of raffle winners. Ste. Genevieve Citizens for Life plans
to donate the money raised to various pro-family organizations in the area.
LIBRARY DONATIONS SOUGHT
Friends of the Library are accepting donations of used books for a book sale May 26 at the
Orris. Donated books can be dropped off at the library. Call Becky at 483-3057 with any
HOSPITAL AUXILIARY MEETS
The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary meets April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the
BEGIN AGAIN MEETS
The Begin Again New Outlook Program for the Widowed potluck dinner and meeting is April 24
. The 6 p.m. program will be a short version of the Valle High School Drama Club's play,
The Odd Couple.
JOUR DE FETE COMMITTEE MEETS
The Jour de Fete Committee meets April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Ste. Genevieve.
ADULT BASIC ED CLASSES WIND UP
Adult Basic Education classes are in their final weeks, with this session ending April 26.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the vocational building at Ste.
Genevieve High School. Classes will resume again in September. Call 883-5720 for more
ELKS 'SAFE NITE' PARTY PLANNED
The Ste. Genevieve Elks Lodge hosts a 'Safe Nite' party for kids in grades three through
six on April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The drug-, alcohol- and violence-free event i
ncludes free food, games, prizes and fun.
SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT, FREE SCI-FI FILM SERIES END THIS WEEKEND
The final showings of the free sci-fi film series being offered in conjunction with the
Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit show up this weekend, at 7 p.m. on Friday at
the Great River Road Interpretive Center. The last day to see the Yesterday's Tomorrows
exhibit is April 28.
ANNUAL PRAYER MEET SLATED AT CITY HALL
The tenth annual "Meet at City Hall" prayer day, sponsored by the American
Family Association and Ste. Genevieve Citizens for Life, will be May 3 from 12:20 p.m. to
12:40 p.m. at Ste. Genevieve's city hall. For more information call Kenny Williams at
HOME AND GARDEN TOUR WEEKEND PLANNED
Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual Home and Garden Tour on May 5 and May 6, featuring special
events and tours of seven gardens and several historic homes.