Weston construction projects are underway or nearing completion.
• Work on Washington Street is underway again and could be finished by the end of the week, weather permitting. Asphalt work will go up some so the overlay can be deeper than originally planned. After milling the street, workers found there was very little base on the east side of that block.
A payment for the work was passed, but is contingent on Eric Mosier’s approval of the work.
• Construction started on the Humes Road Bridge early last week and is expected to be finished mid summer.
• The last of the sewer lagoon cells to be repaired is waiting for the ground water level to drop so the cell floor can be leveled and lined.
• Three bids have been received for asphalt work on Goodet Circle and Rock Street from Spring to Walnut. Each bid was priced in a different way (tons vs. square feet, vs. square yards) so the board will meet at 5:30 May 20 to review the revised bids figured by the ton.
• Aldermen will continue to explore putting a crosswalk at 45 Hwy. and Fifth Street. Mayor Kent Stelljes said the city will have to have an engineering study done, develop a plan, have it approved by the state and maintain the improvements. The crosswalk would be required to have a flashing light and more overhead lighting at the intersection. It must also be served by sidewalks.
• Aldermen decided to turn down an 80 percent matching grant for improvements to the South Bluff Trail. The grant took the board by surprise last month, and they still don’t know who applied for it. At Monday’s meeting they decided it was not a high priority this year and they did not want to rush planning for a project. They hope to be able to have a plan and the match money in hand for a project next year.
This year’s City-wide cleanup day is May 22. From 8:00 a.m. until noon, use of the Bulky Items Dumpster will be FREE for Weston Residents.
The MARC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is 8-noon June 5 at Platte Ridge Park. All Platte County residents are able to use the service. If you would like to volunteer to help, call City Hall at 640-2752.
You are welcome to see what the Cottage Gardeners of Weston are all about when they meet at Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyard Wednesday May 12. Owner Eric Olson will speak to the garden club at the orchard.
With his wealth of knowledge about trees, Erik will talk about the crops he has at the Orchard and how to take care of fruit trees. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and all are welcome to walk around the Orchard. Guests are welcome to attend.
Erik has been in the Orchard business for 20+ years working at a couple of Orchards in Nebraska and working at the Arbor Day Foundation.
He opened Weston Orchard 7 years ago and has continued to grow it adding a retail barn, kid’s activities, you pick gardens and more.
Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyard is located at 18545 County Road H, Weston, MO 64098.
by Emma Shouse
I am the daughter of a sixth generation farmer. My father and his father before him raised their own specialty tobacco crop for years on our 177 year old farm. It is where I have strived to work hard in the face of adversity because farm life is not predictable.
When I was old enough to work, my father had me out in the field beside him, sowing the Earth to plant. One year, he decided that he would hand off the crop to me. It was me, as well as help from my family, that was in the field raking the weeds out of the three-acre field in the sweltering July heat.
When the crop grew to its full height, it was cut and laid out to dry. Before fall would come, we loaded up the tobacco on wagons to be put high up into the barn. It would sit there until it was time to come down.
There were many winter nights when I stayed up late taking down our tobacco crop from the high railings in the barn, tightly stacking it into a pile. When it was ready, I stripped the tobacco leaves from the stalks in order for it to be baled.
My experience leading our specialty crop operation furthered my skills and knowledge needed for my future. It is my only wish, as well as my family’s, to uphold tradition and to take my experiences, goals, and ambitions from home into the world.
Senior Emma Shouse learned on Wednesday, May 5, that she is the recipient for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship. This scholastic $1500 award is made available through the National FFA Foundation and administered by the National FFA Organization.
The Missouri Bicentennial Celebration in Weston June 5 will kick off with a Rotary Club benefit Fun Run at 8:00 a.m. Runners and walkers will help raise funds for the Weston Food Pantry and Weston Chamber of Commerce.
The untimed 5K fun run starts from City Hall, 300 Main Street and heads out South Bluff Road.
Entry of $25 includes a race t-shirt. Registration ends June 4 at https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/Weston/WestonMissouriBicentennial FunRun
The festival parade from the City Hall Parking Lot, around Market, Blackhawk, Thomas and Main back to the parking lot, will follow the run at 10:00.
During the day, the Ben Holladay Festival will feature a beard contest, local food vendors, games, and possibly a dance.
There are no plans for any street closures at this time.