Another St Louis curiosity is coming to light in the Proposition A question on the ballot. During the early years of the Civil War, because St. Louis is a river city and very important to troop and equipment movements, it was feared that the city fathers might utilize the police force to interfere with river traffic. The State Legislature decided to insure that would not happen by making the St. Louis police Department a State run organization. Fast forward 150 years, and guess what, it still is. The State still controls the police department by appointing the commissioners and influencing the controls that were initiated 150 years ago. The citizens of St. Louis, in my mind rightly so, want to have control of their own police department. This is the reason for the Proposition A question. Yes, they should be able to elect their own commissioners and as a side benefit, this will eventually save the State taxpayers 3.5 million dollars.
We traveled to Monett on Saturday for the Senior Olympics. No, I was not entered in any of the competition! Patients from area nursing homes form teams and compete in what is arguably the most delightful athletic competition you will ever see. There were participants there from Seneca House, Granby House, Medical Lodge of Neosho, and Golden Living Center at Anderson among many other facilities around the area. These folks take their games seriously! They start with their team cheer, led by the cheer leaders of course. There were milking contests, basketball tosses, soccer kicks, ring tosses, chair races, and my personal favorite, Hog Calling! Thanks to all the hard working staff and volunteers for putting this wonderful event on.
There was a wonderful school carnival at Southwest City Elementary on Friday night. It was well attended and they were able to raise some much needed funds for classroom activities. Sunday afternoon we were at Pineville for Kenny Underwood's birthday party. Talk about some great food! They had a great crowd and everyone had a ball.
Plan ahead for next weekend. Seneca is having its autumn fest at the School Farm with free events for the entire family. It starts at 9:00 a.m. They will have everything you can imagine including a carnival beginning Oct.25 and running through the 27th.
Pineville is having their Oktoberfest on the square on Saturday the 27th, also. They have lots of events and plenty of food planned there as well. If we can't find somewhere fun to go next weekend, it's our own fault. I look forward to seeing all of you at one of the events, until then, I am and remain, in your service.