Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a resident for over 35 years. He was honorably discharged form both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. In April 2008, he was re-elected to a full, four-year term.
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Message from Mayor Pagano
Another Great Celebration!
I can’t say enough about how our Celebrate St. Peters celebration at 370 Lakeside Park has taken off in just four years! That’s right—we only started this community event four years ago just months after we opened 370 Lakeside Park. Now, we’re getting more than 25,000 people in the park on just two days!
Celebrate St. Peters 2014 was the result of a yearlong effort by our City of St. Peters staff to plan a fun and FREE event for the community. I am proud to say that we were able to provide top-notch entertainment with no entry fee and affordable rates for carnival rides, in addition to extra free activities for kids such as building with The Home Depot and creating art with the Cultural Arts Centre.
When headliner act Ozark Mountain Daredevils took the stage on Saturday night, we had more than 10,000 people in the park! Wasn’t the music wonderful? We had great entertainers on the Community News Family Stage, 100.7 The Viper Celebrate Stage and the Main Stage both on Friday (presented by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine and The Big 550 KTRS) and on Saturday (presented by KSHE 95). Notice that we had media partners for all of those entertainment stages. This means two things: 1) Our media partners believe in our event enough to want to be associated with it, and 2) that means they publicize the event at no extra cost to our taxpayers. They’re a part of making this so successful. This year, we had 70 vendors and a growing waiting list to join the festival. Yes, the word has gotten out about Celebrate St. Peters!
Of course, this is an outside event, and that means that the weather can also be a major factor. This year, forecasters were telling us that we could get pop-up storms Saturday evening. So, our event organizers had to make a decision Saturday afternoon about that night’s entertainment. They moved up the Ozark Mountain Daredevils to start the Main Stage music at 7 p.m. to give the headline act a better chance of taking the stage before any weather rolled in. As it turned out, the storms stayed north of us, and we were lucky to have clear skies … but there was no way to know that when decisions had to be made earlier that day.
Did you get a chance to see the fireworks over the lake? They were simply fabulous. We were able to move the fireworks to a better location this year right across the lake from the festival grounds. And, we were able to move the vendors closer to the Main Stage and parking area. These were moves that we made after getting plenty of feedback from past events, and working hard to find alternatives. Our City staff is already looking back at this year’s event for ideas on how to make next year’s event even better!
As Mayor, I’m proud that we’re able to provide such a wonderful way to “Celebrate St. Peters,” and I look forward to many more celebrations along the lake with you at 370 Lakeside Park!
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