Weston • Platte County • Missouri

Jessica Janorschke.

Rev. Cody Oshel stands in front of the Weston United Methodist Church with the Free Library Box.

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Council Moves Closer to Crossing Solution

   A new bridge design is being explored by the Weston Board of Aldermen for replacing the Humes Road Crossing.
The Crossing, off Goodlet Circle, has flooded multiple times, and the culverts and surface have been severely damaged. It is the only way to access the homes in Humes Addition.
The crossing and roads were put in as private drives, and the city had to obtain an easement to put in a new structure over Wells Branch Creek.
Years ago, the city began to provide maintenance to both the crossing and Humes Road.
Successive boards have looked at a bridge, then a box culvert, and now a prefab aluminum and concrete design that could costs about $220,000 and provide a 50 year or more solutions to the need for a crossing. The design is being used by Platte County Road and Bridge for some bridge replacements around the area, including the one at White Bridge, just off North Bluff Road.
Humes Road will have to be shifted, which will add additional costs. The plan is to have bid specs put together and proceed with the new design.
The Land Application system at the sewer lagoons is nearly finished, as is the clean-out of Cell 3. Once that is done, the contractor will start on Cell 4.
In a backflow inspection, the city found that there is one business that is required to have a backflow regulator, but the owner has refused to install one. The city is sending notification that the water supply will be shut off if the device is not installed.


Jessica Janorschke Awarded National American FFA Degree

   Jessica Janorschke, a member of the DeKalb FFA chapter in Missouri,   was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-29, held virtually.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.    This year 4,136 American Degrees were awarded.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee.
Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities.  Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

Free Libary Box Has Books for Kids

Have you run out of books for the kids at home?
The congregation at the United Methodist Church in Weston has created a Free Library Box for an exchange of children’s books.
“The books are for school-aged children they are free with no expectation that they will be returned,” Rev. Cody Oshel said. “The idea is that every child would have a book to call their own.
“We started this free library to work toward putting as many books as possible in the hands of local kids.”
It’s working. More than 75 books have gone out in just a few weeks of having this open.
Patrons have also added non-perishable foods to the box for anyone in need of something to eat.
Anybody who would like to donate is welcome to do so by placing books in the box. “I will be at the church 8:30-12 Thursday and we are closed on Friday,” he said.