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
Celebrate Finished with a Bang!
Now that we’ve experienced six years of our Celebrate St. Peters festival, we’ve seen a little bit of just about everything. The biggest factor that we can never control is the weather. This year, for the first time, our organizers had to cancel an entire day of the event.
Unfortunately, with such a big outdoor event, that’s going to happen from time to time. How’s the old Motown song go? “Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain.” Friday was full of rain and threats of severe weather. On Saturday, the sunshine returned, the show went on, and more than 10,000 of you came out to enjoy a beautiful day filled with free entertainment, carnival rides, yummy fair food, fireworks and more.
I know that the parking on Saturday wasn’t ideal for visitors to Celebrate St. Peters 2016. Because we got so much rain, the grassy parking lot area would have become a muddy mess if we parked cars there. Because we don’t have a lot of pavement area inside the park to accommodate free public parking, we lost more than half of our available parking inside 370 Lakeside Park. And, we lost parking on grass just outside the park. That’s why some of you had to park as far away as on Premier Parkway. I know that it took a long time for some people to reach the festival. Many of you understood our difficulties with parking, and I really appreciate that. Our City staff does all it can to put on a fun festival, but rain followed by sun meant less parking for a large crowd. Our free shuttle service was in high demand over a larger area to serve, and that meant more delays.
Judging by the fun time so many people were having at the festival, I sure hope that the wait was worth it! Lots of people told me how great a time they had. Families enjoyed carnival rides and entertainment at the Community News Family Stage. The muddy conditions led staff to cancel the first three acts at that stage. But, we were still able to put on two wonderful free shows. Kids loved interacting with Abra-Kid-Abra and Mad Science of St. Louis. Plus, The Home Depot Kids’ Workshop was popular once again, as families spent quality time together creating some projects to take home.
Every chair was taken at the Celebrate Stage in the beautiful Corporate Pavilion, but so many of you were up out of your chairs dancing! Acoustik Element opened with a wonderful set, then Butch Wax and The Hollywoods put on a three-hour show that really got people moving and singing. What a treat listening to Theo Peoples sing with Butch Wax. Theo performed with both The Temptations and the Four Tops, and he still has a world-class voice!
And, we hadn’t even started with the Main Stage entertainment. Rogers & Nienhaus put on a great show as always, warming up an enthusiastic crowd. After another beautiful sunset, clear skies were filled with beautiful fireworks over the lake to the delight of festival-goers. And, then Randy Bachman put on one of the best shows we’ve seen at Celebrate St. Peters!
One more thing that people have asked me: No, unfortunately, we couldn’t reschedule Firefall and Orleans, whose shows were cancelled on Friday night. Those are touring bands that had to move on to other shows. Cancellations are one of the risks of having an outdoor event with bigger acts.
While Celebrate St. Peters 2016 was slow to start, it truly ended with a bang! And, I thank our City staff and wonderful volunteers for adjusting to the weather, doing a great job of salvaging the weekend, and making it possible for our community to take time and celebrate all that we have that is special about St. Peters. It’s fitting that Randy Bachman ended his set and the event with the song Takin’ Care of Business. Because that’s what the City of St. Peters does all the time, and that’s exactly what we did at Celebrate St. Peters 2016!
Our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
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