Greetings, My Fellow Missourians

My wife, Marla, and I were blessed on Sunday to attend the 125th Anniversary Celebration of New Hope United Methodist Church in Edwards.  The original church was constructed in 1892 with free labor.  There have been many loving additions and expansions; and just recently, they doubled the fellowship hall area with no debt incurred along the way.  I was honored to present Minister Cliff Saupe and the congregation with a resolution recognizing this wonderful anniversary and building dedication of the fellowship hall addition.  Church members and visitors celebrated with a delicious dinner with all the trimmings and praise music.  “To God be the Glory” was ever present throughout the day’s worship and praise.

El Dorado Springs Senior Center:

I visited the El Dorado Springs Senior Center last Friday and was given the opportunity to work at the Reception Desk meeting and greeting visitors during lunch time.  I have sure enjoyed the time I have spent during September learning more about the vital role senior centers play in our communities.  The El Dorado Springs Senior Center serves almost 27,000 meals per year.  That’s about 520 meals per week just in the El Dorado Springs area alone.  Yes, the meals are very important, but all of the other activities, services and social time that each senior center provides are irreplaceable.   As I have encouraged before, please consider attending, volunteering or taking part in a fundraiser.

Community fish fry in Fristoe:

Join me in Fristoe on Saturday, Oct. 14, for the Community Fish Fry.  It will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Center in Antwiler Park on Route CC.  Fristoe is making plans for a new community center to include many wonderful opportunities, and surveys will be available at the fish fry for public input on the new center.

Harvest season is underway on Missouri farms…

MoDOT Cautions Motorists to Watch Out for Slow Moving Vehicles

It’s harvest time on Missouri farms and MoDOT wants to remind motorists to pay extra attention to farm equipment using and crossing state roadways. “Harvest season is a busy time of the year for Missouri’s farm families, and MoDOT wants to make it a safe time of year, too,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood.  “Farm equipment vehicles can be slow moving, and motorists may be surprised when they come up behind one on a Missouri highway.”  Missouri’s 34,000 miles of state roadway pass alongside the fields of thousands of farms throughout the state. Farm equipment vehicles were involved in 582 crashes in the three years of 2014 through 2016.   These crashes resulted in 17 people being killed and 199 injured.  The majority of these crashes occurred on letter routes and county roads, but some crashes occurred on interstates and other high-speed roadways.  Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching farm vehicles.  Be patient as the farm vehicles travel to and from their field entrances.  As a reminder, legislation was passed in 2015 that allows weight limitations to be exceeded by as much as 10% on highways for hauling grain and grain co-products during the harvest season.

Veterans week kickoff-Nov. 4:

There will be a special Veterans Week Kickoff at the Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 4, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson to honor veterans, law enforcement and emergency personnel. Special performances, displays and recognition have been planned for the ceremony that will take place on the South Lawn beginning at 10 a.m.   Motorcycles and patrol cars are welcome and encouraged.