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The holiday season is upon us and it’s a time of year when things can become extremely hectic with
numerous family and community events, shopping for presents, and oftentimes a considerable amount of travel. As things tend to speed up and the hours of the day seem to evaporate too quickly, it is important that we do our best to slow down and take a moment to appreciate the here and now, and the many blessings we are fortunate to have as Missourians and Americans.
The thing I appreciate about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it has not been diminished because of the over-commercialization that other holidays have experienced. Yes, we see stores pushing Black Friday sales this time of the year, but the Thanksgiving holiday itself remains a safe haven from the storm of commercialization we too often see. Instead it is a time to enjoy moments with good friends and family, as well as some delicious food and maybe even a little football. And in doing so, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a nation where we are free to gather and celebrate in the way we see fit.
Thanksgiving also is a time to remember that not all Missourians are fortunate enough to have a warm meal and the comforts of a nurturing home. As we appreciate our own blessings, we also must take time to acknowledge that the less fortunate need our help. That’s why the holiday season is a perfect time to work with your church or organizations like the Salvation Army or the local food bank to provide food and clothing to those in need. Your contribution can take the form of donations of goods, or your time if you have it to spare. Whatever the case, know that anything you can do will be of immense help to those who could use a helping hand.
Greetings! Following is an update received from the Missouri Department of Conservation I thought you might find of interest. Late November through December is a great time to get out and explore Missouri’s forest, fish and wildlife resources. To celebrate this time of the year, the Department of Conservation will be hosting several outdoor programs in the Saint Louis area.
Also, included is a link to the Department’s revised hunter education class schedule.
Rockwoods Reservation Events
To reach Rockwoods Reservation, exit I-44 at Highway 109 and continue four miles north to Woods Avenue. Go west on Woods, then north on Glencoe Road.
Rockwoods Reservation harbors a rich diversity of plant and animal life as well as springs, caves, and rock formations. Cool, moist, north facing ravines and lush creek bottoms contrast with the nearby arid, rocky ridge tops, and south slopes. The terrain is reminiscent of the Ozark hills and, indeed, many plants and animals found in hill country are also found here.
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
(All Ages) How much do you know about Missouri’s largest bird, the wild turkey? Did you know that their restoration in our state is truly an amazing story of conservation in action? Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the 2 mile Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will discuss the habitat, food, calls and other habits of the wild turkeys. If we are lucky we may even hear or see some wild turkeys during the hike. Reservations begin November 8. Please call 636-458-2236.
From St. Louis: Advocate Publication of the St. Louis Regional Chamber:
Last Friday the St. Louis Regional Chamber recognized the service of leaders and members of the Missouri General Assembly at its first annual "Championing a Greater St. Louis" luncheon. Chamber Board Member and Policy Council Chair Tom Campbell, shareholder at Polsinelli, emceed the event, which was attended by approximately 200 business executives and legislators.
On behalf of the Chamber, Tom presented "Chamber Champion" awards to five Missouri lawmakers that played critical roles in the passage of key Chamber priorities last session. Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), Sen. Scott Sifton(D-South St. Louis County), and Rep. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) received awards for their leadership in passing a comprehensive workers' compensation reform bill (SB1) that will restore solvency to the state's Second Injury Fund and return occupational diseases to the workers' compensation system as intended. Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) and Rep. Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles) received awards for sponsoring a measure (SB10) that will strengthen the region's hand in the national competition for amateur sporting events. The Chamber lauded these lawmakers for their leadership, bipartisanship and perseverance in getting these important bills across the finish line.