Spanish Lake News 2013


Kuhs Farm-Zoning Hearing - November 18th

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!

Kuhs Farm and Estate, 13076 Spanish Pond Road in Spanish Lake, is Seeking a rezoning to a Landmark and Preservation Area in order for her to have special events on her property. This will help to raise the necessary funds to care for her rescue animals.

The Board of the SLCA voted unanimously to support this rezoning.

There is a public hearing in Clayton, this coming Monday evening, November 18th at 7 pm, in the County Council Chambers in Clayton.

If you would like to ride a bus there, call Cathy Jaeger @ 741-4765 or cell: 322-6056 to reserve space.
That way you will not have to drive to Clayton and find a parking place.

The Letter from Owner Elizabeth Parker attached to this notice gives complete details about this incredible property. You may remember it was the Star of our 2013 Garden Tour!!!

Petitions Supporting this rezoning are also attached. You can deliver them to Cathy @ 12919 Spanish Pond
or bring them with you to Kuhs when you board the bus there.

If you can speak at the Rezoning Commission meeting on Monday, that will also be extremely helpful.

Please try and do everything you can do help. We do not need to lose this beautiful place here in our community.

Thank you!
Questions? Just call Dora Gianoulakis @ 741-8425.


Residential Inventory & Security Education Handbook

Learn how to protect your home and neighborhood better by reading the Residential Inventory & Security Education Handbook. This handbook has been provided by the Saint Louis County Police.


North County Pool Groundbreaking - November 6th

Join St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis County Port Authority for the groundbreaking of your new North County Pool at the North County Recreational Complex. Presented by St. Louis County, St. Louis County Port Authority and St. Louis County Parks Department.

Date: Wed. November 6th, 2013
Time: 10:00 am
Place: North County Recreational Complex
2577 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63136
Register: Go to http://www.slcec.com/north-county-pool.html to register.


Spanish Lake Amazing Quest to be rescheduled

The fund raising event, Spanish Lake Amazing Quest, will not be happening as originally scheduled on November 9th, 2013. The event committee is looking at a reschedule date for the spring. Stay tuned for the new date.


Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Fall 2013


MEDICARE RECIPIENTS: NEW HEALTH LAW DOESN'T AFFECT YOUR COVERAGE
2013-08-29 By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health Newsstltoday.com

Some answers
Some questions from seniors about Medicare and the Health Marketplaces:

• Will I lose Medicare coverage? No.
• Do I need a new Medicare card? No.
• Do I have to re-enroll in my Medicare Advantage or supplement plan through the marketplace? No, these policies are not sold in the marketplaces.
• Will seniors in Medicare have to buy supplemental insurance? No.
• Will they be fined if they don’t buy coverage in the health marketplaces? No, as long as seniors have Medicare Part A, which is free and covers hospitals, nursing homes and hospice — already have insurance, so they are not subject to the penalty that most uninsured adults under 65 will have to pay.

While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to persuade millions of seniors to please stay away – don’t call and don’t sign up.

“We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing and the marketplace doesn’t require them to do anything,” said Michele Patrick, Medicare’s deputy director for communications.

To reinforce the message, she said the 2014 “Medicare & You” handbook – the 100-plus-page guide that will be sent to 52 million Medicare beneficiaries next month — contains a prominent notice: “The Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, will take effect in 2014. It’s a new way for individuals, families, and employees of small businesses to get health insurance. Medicare isn’t part of the Marketplace.”

Still, it can be easy to get the wrong impression.

“You hear programs on the radio about the health care law, and they never talk about seniors and what we are supposed to do,” said Barbara Bonner, 72, of Reston, Va. “Do we have to go sign up like they’re saying everyone else has to? Does the new law apply to us seniors at all and if so, how?”

Enrollment in health plans offered on the marketplaces, also called exchanges, begins Oct. 1 and runs for six months. Meanwhile, the two-month sign-up period for private health plans for millions of Medicare beneficiaries begins Oct. 15. In that time, seniors can shop for a private health plan known as Medicare Advantage, pick a drug insurance policy or buy a supplemental Medigap plan. And in nearly two dozen states, some Medicare beneficiaries who also qualify for Medicaid may be choosing private managed care plans. None of these four kinds of coverage will be offered in the health law’s marketplaces.

Because many of the same insurance companies offering coverage for seniors will also sell and advertise policies in the marketplaces, seniors may have a hard time figuring out which options are for them.

“Over the next six months seniors will be bombarded with information, and a lot of it will be conflicting and confusing,” said Nick Quealy-Gainer, Medicare task force coordinator for Champaign County Health Care Consumers, an Illinois advocacy group.

“Every time there is publicity about the marketplaces, our calls spike,” said Leta Blank, director for the Montgomery County, Md., office of the state Health Insurance Assistance Program.

While Medicare officials steer seniors away from the marketplaces, nothing in the health law prevents beneficiaries from signing up for marketplace plans, said Juliette Cubanski, of the Kaiser Family Foundation. If they do, they will not qualify for premium tax credits for the marketplace plans. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

These plans may appeal to wealthy seniors — about 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries — who pay higher premiums for Medicare based on their income and assets, said Cubanski. But for the vast majority of seniors, she said, Medicare’s benefit package is better and more affordable compared to marketplace coverage.

Confusion about different government health programs could also create opportunities for scams.

In Denver, AARP officials received complaints from seniors who were told they would lose their Medicare coverage if they did not divulge their Social Security numbers and other confidential information needed for their new “national health insurance card” under the Affordable Care Act. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert about such scams in March.

“One of the things we are paying special attention to is fraud prevention messages,” said Medicare’s Patrick. Seniors can be particularly vulnerable to scams “but with all of the changes in the health care landscape, we may need to be even more careful this year.”

Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.




PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Do you encounter congestion along I-270 in North St. Louis County? Cross oncoming traffic at the Dunn Road exit ramps?
Come share your experiences at the I-270 North Environmental Assessment open house. This study is the next step in addressing congestion, safety, mobility, accessibility, and aging infrastructure along I-270 from I-70 on the west to the Chain of Rocks Bridge on the east.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is identifying proposed improvements. We want to hear from you and get your input.

YOU’RE INVITED

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(stop by anytime)
Student Multi-Purpose Center
St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Road / St. Louis, MO 63135

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

1-888-ASK-MoDOT • www.modot.org/stlouis/I-270North.htm


2013 Summer Camp - Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis

Enrolling NOW!

For more information, visit www.bgcstl.org.

See the attached file for more details about the program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis offers a structured environment providing age appropriate activities for
youth 6-14 of age that includes a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Our summer campers are exposed to a variety of learning and participate in field trips, social recreation, and cultural activities on-site and in the community.

We offer summer camp at four of our Club locations:

• Adams Park Club
4317 Vista Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
June 17, 2013 - August 2, 2013 (7:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

• Herbert Hoover Club
2901 N. Grand Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63107
June 17, 2013 - August 2, 2013 (7:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

• Southeast Middle School Club
918 Prigge Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
June 10, 2013 - July 26, 2013 (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

• Twillman Elementary School Club
11831 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
June 10, 2013 - July 10, 2013 (12 PM - 5:30 PM)
July 11, 2013 - July 26, 2013 (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)


Trinity golf tournament set for June 10

The 2013 Alumni Golf Challenge sponsored by Trinity Catholic High School will be held Monday, June 10 at Winghaven Country Club in O’Fallon, Mo. The four-person scramble event will begin at 1 p.m. and cost $95 per player or $380 for a foursome. The price includes lunch, dinner, refreshments throughout the day, a gift bag, contests on the course and the chance to bid on silent and live auction items. All proceeds will grow the Trinity Angel Fund for tuition assistance. Only 36 teams will be accepted and spots are filling fast.

To reserve a spot call Dan Grumich in the Trinity Advancement Office at 314-741-1333, ext: 223 or e-mail at dgrumich@trinitycatholichigh.org.


Mother/Daughter Princess Tea at Trinity - May 11

The Trinity Catholic High School Domestic Divas Club is sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Princess Tea from 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11 in the Trinity cafeteria. Girls and women of all ages are welcome and for the girls under 12 years of age there will be games, cupcake icing and the Disney Princesses will be available for photos. So make sure you bring your camera. The event will feature a catered breakfast of all you can eat pink pancakes and sausage. The cost is $7 for adults and teen girls and $10 for girls 12 and under.

Reservations must be received by April 26. To make a reservation email Debbie Petrowske at Trinity at dpetrowske@trinitycatholichigh.org.


D.R.E.A.M.S. presents the Miss Monarch Butterfly Ball Registration/Sponsorship

Are you One in a Million?
Sign up Today for the 4th Annual Miss Monarch Butterfly Ball!
June 22, 2013
Ages 3-18

Watch the video on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4JSbx2-CLvQ#!

For more information contact
D.R.E.A.M.S. Org. Inc.
314-323-3290
dreamsorg@sbcglobal.net
For Application
www.dreamsorg.com


Add comfort, breathe easier, and save money with CAASTLC’s Weatherization Assistance Program!

Weatherization helps to reduce energy costs for income eligible families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring better health and safety.
CAASTLC uses advanced technologies, certified auditors and qualified contractors to help reduce energy loads and save money, at no cost to the qualified client.

“Your ticket to healthy and efficient home performance” call, search or visit:
www.caastlc.org
2709 Woodson Road
St. Louis, MO 63114
314-446-4436

(CAASTLC) Community Action Agency of St. Louis County Incorporated

Funded with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy, Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri.


Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Spring 2013

In this edition read about:

  • What's new with the Twillman House
  • Local students to perform at Spanish Lake Town Hall Meeting on April 8th
  • How to maintain your roses
  • Cleaning up Spanish Lake
  • Seeds of Hope Community Farm is growing
  • and more...

Neighborhood trash pick-up - Mar 23

Make a difference in your community by joining an upcoming trash pick-up event.

Spanish Lake Community Association Road Side Pick-Up
Road cleanup for the Columbia Bottom road area from Larimore to Spanish Pond. Please meet at 9:00 AM Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at the entrance to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road. The clean up will last about one hour.

Bring your neighbor!


Community Celebration for National Public Health Week - Apr 6

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Health Campus
6121 North Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134
(At the corner of North Hanley and Airport Road, just off of I-170)

The Saint Louis County Department of Health invites you to come celebrate National Public Health Week at our Health Campus at 6121 North Hanley Road on Saturday, April 6th! In addition to the Radio Disney Road Crew, the Community Celebration will include:
• Free health screenings in the Saint Louis County Department of Health’s Mobile Medical Unit!
• Tours of the Safety Central Trailer from Safe Kids!
• Performances by Afriky Lolo and D.R.E.A.M.S. Orgs. Inc.!
• Face-painting by Cookie the Clown!
• Fire trucks from the Berkeley Fire Department!
• Free electronics recycling provided by RNA Worldwide!
• Free and secure paper shredding provided by Cintas!
• Music, displays, and giveaways!

Featuring the Radio Disney Road Crew from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Details are subject to change. For the latest information, visit:
www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/CommunityCelebration

see Community Celebration flyer


St. Louis County Junior Academy (SCJA) North County Law Enforcement Explorers program

The North County Precinct Explorer Post 9773 is currently seeking members who are interested in becoming leaders in their community. Police Explorers meet once a month. The Law Enforcement Explorer program provides experiences to help young people mature, become responsible adults, and prepare for a possible future in law enforcement. See the attached Police Explorer Pamphlet for more details about the program.

Our goal is to make North County aware that we are hosting an eight week St. Louis County Junior Academy (SCJA), starting Saturday May 4, 2013 (9:00AM-12:00PM). The program runs through June 22, 2013 and will meet at the Black Jack Fire Protection District, 5675 North Highway 67.

The SCJA is designed to familiarize potential Police Explores with the operations of the St. Louis County Police Department. SCJA cadets will have an opportunity to interact with police officers from various bureaus within the department, including K-9 Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Special Operation Unit.

The Police Explorer Post 9773 is for teenagers, ages 14-18, who may be interested in a career in law enforcement. If you are interested, please contact:

Officer Yvette Summy, DSN 3927
Neighborhood Policing Unit
North County Precinct
11815 Benham Road
St. Louis, MO 63138
Office: (314) 438-4623


St. Louis ArtWorks Summer Employment Opportunity for Youth

Please help spread the word about a potential summer employment opportunity for youth! St. Louis ArtWorks provides paid apprenticeships in the arts to teens in the St. Louis area. We are looking for teens ages 14 to 19 that are creative, motivated, and hardworking.

This summer, we'll be hiring approximately 86 teens for projects in a variety of disciplines including: painting murals, making sculptures, designing bike racks, and graphic design projects. The program is 6 weeks long and runs from June 10 to July 19. Teens will work 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, and are paid an hourly wage.

If you know of teens who might benefit from this kind of awesome opportunity, please have them apply online at:

http://www.stlartworks.org/Programs/Apply/ApplicationforFirstTimeApprent...

St. Louis ArtWorks
Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103
p: 314-289-4188 f: 314-289-4189
www.stlartworks.org


GREATER NORTH COUNTY CHAMBER MEMBERS:

REMINDER: IF YOU HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO LIVES IN NORTH COUNTY, DON'T FORGET TO HAVE THEM SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE CHAMBER FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE A $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO BE RECEIVED AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE IS NOON ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15.
APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL AREA HIGH SCHOOLS, AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE, AND THE CHAMBER WEBSITE AT WWW.GREATERNORTHCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF ITS MEMBERS, THE CHAMBER HAS AWARDED $41,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE THE PROGRAM'S INCEPTION.

THIS YEAR, THE CHAMBER WILL AWARD 5 $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CHAMBER OFFICE AT 314-831-3500


Ferguson Twilight Run hosts free race training programs

With the help of volunteers and supporters, Ferguson Twilight Run has free race training for the 5K and 10K distances.

The fourth annual Ferguson Twilight Run/Walk is Saturday, May 18, 2013. The race includes one-mile, 5K and 10K distances. The race is formerly known as LiveWell Ferguson Twilight 5K Run/Walk.

The Ferguson Running Club meets on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the winter months. The club is free and geared toward intermediate or advanced runners who want to train for the 10K distance. Training includes 2 to 6 mile runs, interval and hill workouts. The runs begin in January Wabash Memorial Park, located at 501 N. Florissant Road. For more information about the Ferguson Running Club, contact Blue Tapp Scheffer at blue@bluetapp.com

A Couch to 5K training program begins March 18. It is free to anyone interested in training for the 5K race. It is geared for beginning runners or those working to get back into shape. The nine-week sessions are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Workouts include a warm up, cool down and stretches, and each session is under an hour. For more information about the Couch to 5K program, contact Pat Shelton at patshelton60@yahoo.com

The Ferguson Twilight Run is a USATF certified course. The races start and finish at Plaza at 501, an outdoor entertainment area at the intersection of Florissant Road and Suburban Avenue. Ferguson Twilight includes post-race festivities such as a free live concert, vendors and specials at local restaurants. It’s the only evening race in North St. Louis County.

Race fees are $20 for the 5K and 10K for early registrants. The race fee for the One-Mile Fun Run is $10. Special rates are offered to teams of 10 or more. Awards and prizes are presented to top finishers. The course is timed by Big River Running.

Runners and walkers can register online at www.fergtwilightrun.com
Since 2010, proceeds from Ferguson Twilight Run have benefited youth scholarships to attend camp programs at the Emerson Family YMCA. The 2012 race raised $10,000 for local youth.

Ferguson Twilight is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Christian Hospital, Emerson, Ferguson City Walk, Live Well Ferguson, Big River Running, Pearce Neikirk and Partners Realtors, the City of Ferguson and Emerson Family YMCA.


STLCC’s Harrison Center to Host FAFSA Frenzy Event - Feb 16

Need assistance filling out college financial aid forms? Free help is on the way. And you could win a scholarship just by attending the FAFSA Frenzy event at St. Louis Community College’s William J. Harrison Education Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the first step in applying for federal financial aid and many state programs. Families will be able to complete the 2012-13 FAFSA on site and obtain valuable information.

The center, located at 3140 Cass Ave. in St. Louis, will have financial aid professionals on hand to assist students and parents with the FAFSA process.

Next school year, the U.S. Department of Education will make more than $150 billion in post-secondary financial aid available to students throughout the nation. As part of a College Goal Sunday (CGS) program, FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students with free help.

Participants are asked to bring:
· 2012 W-2 forms.
· Copies of their 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If students or their parents have not yet filed 2012 returns before they attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, they should be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete taxes. This will allow students and their parents to submit FAFSA online during the event. The student will then need to go back to the FAFSA and submit corrections once tax returns are filed. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be available to help submit corrections accurately within a few weeks after the tax file date.
· Student PIN and parent PIN. Students and parents may apply for PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending a FAFSA Frenzy event.

Students who attend a FAFSA Frenzy event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win a scholarship. Winners will receive their scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2012 fall semester at a Missouri post-secondary institution. Scholarship funds are being provided by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel.

All students will receive gift bags with helpful information for planning and paying for college. This is the 10th year Missouri is participating in the CGS program. During the past nine years, CGS/FAFSA Frenzy has helped more than 7,300 Missouri students obtain financial aid.

For dates, times and locations for FAFSA Frenzy events, go to www.dhe.mo.gov or www.masfap.org/showmetocollege.

For more information about the event at the Harrison Education Center, contact Alandrea Stewart at 314-763-6000.


Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Winter 2013


4th Annual Casino Night Benefiting Christ Light of the Nations School - Mar 23

Saturday, March 23rd
Doors Open at 6:00 pm
Mouse Races Start at 7:00 pm

Holy Name of Jesus Community Center
10235 Ashbrook, Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 63137

Tables of 8 for $80.00 or $10.00 per person (tables of 10 available)
Includes: Beer, Soda and Set-Ups
Feel free to bring your own snacks and bottles

Events: Mouse Races, Chuck–a–Luck Wheel, 50/50 Raffles, Silent Auction and Basket Raffles
Special Raffles: Barrel of Booze, Television/DVD Combo, and Live Lottery Tree

And much more, so come out and have a fun evening while supporting the School.
(21 AND OVER PLEASE)

For Table Reservations and Individual Tickets, please R.S.V.P. to Mary or Pete Jones 314-355-3738

THE PTO AND SCHOOL BOARD THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


It's Coming! SLCA Trivia Night! - Feb 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: Doors open 6pm - Trivia starts at 7pm
Where: Trinity Catholic High School
1720 Redman Road
Spanish Lake, MO 63138
Cost: $160 per table (for up to 8 people)
includes beer, soda and water

Prizes for 1st and 2nd place!

Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Twillman House as a Community Center for Spanish Lake.

For more information contact: Cathy Jaeger at 314-322-6056 or wetbar1@sbcglobal.net

Print the PDF document to reserve your table today!
Don't forget to tell your friends!


EPA Announces West Lake Landfill Meeting - Jan 17

A message from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Who: Environmental Protection Agency
What: Meeting on the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site
Where: Machinists Union Hall. 12365 Saint Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044
When: January 17, 2013
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reconsidering its 2008 decision to leave radioactive wastes in the Missouri River floodplain. The radioactive wastes threaten the drinking water of more than 300,000 people in north St. Louis County as well as people living downstream.

In August, groundwater samples were taken at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site. The EPA meeting will discuss the results of the groundwater testing, a timeline moving forward, and an overall site update.

We need your help sending the EPA and our elected officials a message! We will not tolerate radioactive wastes that were illegally dumped decades ago to remain a threat to our drinking water for generations to come.

The Army Corps of Engineers has removed over 1,000,000 cubic yards of radioactive materials around the St. Louis area related to the development of nuclear weapons. The EPA has removed zero cubic yards of the same radioactive materials dumped at West Lake.

Be sure to attend the EPA meeting. Before that, help gather signatures for a petition that MCE will send to elected officials requesting radioactive removal. Contact Ed Smith at 314.727.0600 to pick up petitions and other materials from the MCE office.

Another way to get signatures is to share our online petition with your friends through Twitter and Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter at @RidRadWasteSTL and use #FloodplainsFlood

TAKE ACTION!!!


Round 3 of the Community Planning Area Meetings for a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development - Jan 10

St. Louis Regional Sustainable Communities

Community Planning Area Meeting
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Riverview Gardens High School, Library
1218 Shepley Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63137
6:30-8:30 pm

In Round 1:
You identified critical issues and we listened.

In Round 2:
You identified retail diversity and housing priorities.

In Round 3:
You can provide feedback on examples created specifically for your community.

Come join us in this continuing effort to create a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

Bellefontaine Neighbors
Riverview
Glasgow Village
Spanish Lake

For more information visit www.ewgateway.org/rpsd

All facilities are accessible. ADA and LEP accommodations are available. To request accommodations contact Julie Stone at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 314-421-4220 or titlevi@ewgateway.org.


General Daniel Bissell House Museum

St. Louis County Parks announces a new exhibit, the War of 1812, at the General Daniel Bissell House Museum. Often referred to as the second American Revolution, two hundred years ago on June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on the British Empire. Reasons were many and included trade restrictions, British impressment of American merchant sailors and support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, and humiliations on the high seas. This was the first time that the United States had declared war on another country.

Now you can view an exhibit on the oft forgotten conflict at the Bissell House Museum and get a tour of this magnificent old house. The exhibit includes descriptive panels from the Museum of the U.S. Navy, General Daniel Bissell artifacts, including the field desk that he used during the war, and prints from the Company of Military Historians.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday or you can schedule a visit any other day by calling (314) 544-6224 or (314) 544-5714. Cost for the exhibit and tour is $5 per person. Children under 12 are free.