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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A Must-See Exhibit
You have an opportunity for a few more weeks to view a unique and moving photography exhibit at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The photos were taken by homeless members of our community as part of a project sponsored by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. Called “In Plain Sight, Homelessness Exposed,” the exhibit shows the top 20 photos taken when homeless people took 100 disposable cameras to document their lives with pictures.
The exhibit is also a fundraiser—read down to the bottom of this column to learn how you can contribute.
The idea for this project came to Pam Struckhoff, Director of Program Services at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, about a year ago when she was working with a homeless individual who would sit at a gas station near a very busy intersection in St. Charles County. Pam said that the man was noticeably homeless, but when she mentioned him to friends and neighbors, many were in disbelief over the idea of homeless people in the area.
“We came up with the name, ‘In Plain Sight,’ because this gentleman was in plain sight of thousands of people a day and they never saw him,” Pam told us. “The more that we do to enlighten ourselves and embrace the people who need us the most, the better off our community will be.”
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service assists about 6,000 people a year in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties, Pam says, and about half of those are children. She said that not all of the people they help are homeless, but they’re in crisis or on the verge of homelessness. The care service started the “In Plain Sight” project in January of this year and distributed disposable cameras to 100 homeless individuals in April, asking them to take pictures of their daily lives on the streets. The cameras were collected and the photos were narrowed down to the final 20 by a panel of eight local judges.
The final 20 photos chosen are on display at the Cultural Arts Centre through Aug. 20. Another traveling exhibit with a secondary set of 20 additional photos will be displayed at various sites throughout the community on an ongoing basis.
The exhibit at our Cultural Arts Centre has some very powerful images and messages—and it’s a reminder of how the arts can help us learn more about our community … and ourselves. I am proud that the Cultural Arts Centre could play a part in the project, and play a part in helping people in need.
If you want to contribute to Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service’s mission to help people in our community, go to www.inplainsight.live and click on links at the top of the page to view photos in the exhibits. You can contribute by voting on the best photographs by way of an online donation. The minimum donation to vote is just $3, which can go a long way at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. The photographers of the top three photos will receive prizes based on their most immediate needs.
The winners will be announced at a dinner auction, where the 20 framed photographs will be auctioned off to raise funds to assist those served by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service programs. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, which is at the west entrance of City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Tickets start at $50 each and cover the cost of dinner; tables of eight can be purchased for $400. You can purchase tickets online or call 636-441-1302, ext. 263.
Our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
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Tips for a Safer Summer
We all love to have fun outdoors in the summer—there’s so much to do, from the backdoor barbecues to playing or relaxing in our beautiful parks! Sometimes, though, we get so excited about all of this fun, we can forget that there’s a few things we should do to make summer safer and even more enjoyable for us all.
One of the things we all can do is help reduce our mosquito population. You’ve probably seen the stories in the news about mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and West Nile. The City of St. Peters is in full response to this health concern with our mosquito spray and prevention program—but we need your help, too! Mosquitos require standing water for breeding. These pests can develop from eggs to adults in as little as seven days, and very little water is needed to become a home to mosquito eggs—even a tray under a flowerpot can hatch mosquitoes.
Please try to eliminate standing water outside your home to control the mosquito population. Please look around your home regularly. If you see tires, buckets, planters, toys, kiddie pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, trash containers or any other items collecting water, be sure to empty and scrub the item, or take action to make sure water doesn’t collect there in the future. If you have a rain barrel, cistern or other water storage container, please tightly cover it so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs. For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
If we all work together to control the mosquito population and protect ourselves from mosquito bites, we will help limit the chance of mosquito-borne viruses spreading in our community—making it a safer summer for everyone.
And, when you’re outdoors, please try to protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing mosquito repellent at all times. You can also protect yourself by limiting your time outdoors after dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Another thing to think about this summer: A lot of times, we’re having fun in the backyard, or maybe gardening or doing lawn work, and we leave our garage open and unattended. Or, maybe you go inside and know that you’ll be back outdoors soon, so you don’t see a need to close the garage door. While St. Peters has a low crime rate, one of the things that police tell you is that criminals look for opportunities—and that goes for anywhere, including in safe, quiet neighborhoods. Anytime you walk away from your garage, please close the door. It’s too easy for someone to walk into your garage and walk away with valuable items, or break into your car, in just a matter of moments.
Have fun this summer, and please try to do what you can to be safe!
Our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
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