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PBS to Air Local Documentary on Missouri River's Influence
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 23, 2018 - Rivertowns: 100 Miles, 200 Years, Countless Stories taps into the social, natural and cultural changes in Missouri River communities over more than two centuries.

This Tuesday, September 26, Channel 9, viewers can watch the film, inspired by the book, Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri' The book's author, Dan Burkhardt, tells the compelling story of how the Missouri River Valley has influenced the country and the world.

From the contributions of German immigrants in the Civil War to the fledgling wine industry and the long-lasting implications of the area's industrial efforts during World War II, this one-hour Nine Network special looks at the historical significance of this special region.

Actress and comedian Ellie Kemper introduces the film by welcoming viewers to her hometown, which was filmed near the Gateway Arch. Kemper comments on the many "a-ha!" moments in the book that even locals might not know. Rivertowns is beautifully filmed by director Kara Vaninger and includes spectacular drone footage and original illustrations from the book by Missouri-based painter, Bryan Haynes.

Rendering of Ferguson Teen Center Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Begin Work on New Teen Center in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 16, 2018 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis have begun work on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence at 9200 West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri.

The center will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. The Teen Center of Excellence, one of the first in the country, is being built on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa, will be 26,856 square feet, have three levels and include a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gym, intellectual commons, teen lounge, auditorium, outdoor basketball and activity court, music and art studio, office space and maker space.

Ferguson and North County area teens currently have limited options for out-of-school time activities. They need a place to go for safe, structured, and supervised programs that can help them learn and grow as well as additional resources and support to help them academically, socially and emotionally. Their hopes and aspirations must be a top priority.

Opening a Teen Center in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been challenged with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people's attitudes and help them navigate a path to success.

A new Teen Center will enrich our children's lives and the surrounding communities by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50 year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally recognized programs at the new center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates.

Ameren Missouri Donates $5 Million for Energy Assistance
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 2, 2018 - Ameren Missouri is donating $5 million over the next three years to provide energy assistance and new programs for its limited income customers to address immediate needs and help them keep bills lower over time.

In 2018, approximately $1 million will be allocated to Ameren Missouri's energy-assistance partners - including United Way and Heat-Up St. Louis and Heat-Up Missouri - to provide immediate energy assistance dollars to customers impacted by this summer's extreme temperatures. The remaining $4 million will be administered by Ameren Missouri's community partners through 2020 for additional energy-assistance programs and long-term sustained energy improvements, such as weatherization support and equipment repair. This Energy Outreach program from Ameren Missouri comes from corporate earnings and is not charged to customers.

"This has been one of the hottest summers in our region's history, and we know we have customers who have struggled," said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri. "With this program, we are providing immediate relief to our neighbors with limited means. The program is also designed to make a larger, longer-term impact for these customers by giving them access to new and expanded programs to help them better manage their energy usage and reduce their energy costs going forward."

"The unveiling of Ameren Missouri's Energy Outreach Program is a welcome relief for seniors, physically disabled and the working poor in Ameren's service area," said Melanie DiLeo, Board Chairwoman, Heat-Up St. Louis and Heat-Up Missouri. "Many of our state's financially challenged neighbors often wrestle with grocery, housing, medical and utility bills, especially after a bitter winter and scorching summer. Ameren's effort may give them a chance to breathe from their crisis."

"We are grateful for Ameren Missouri's ongoing commitment to helping people in the St. Louis region through United Way," said Orv Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. "Since the beginning of May, United Way 2-1-1 has received more than 20,000 requests for energy assistance from around the state of Missouri. Through the generosity of local organizations like Ameren Missouri, United Way is able to help thousands of families every year during the extreme heat and cold weather. Additionally, we look forward to furthering this partnership to help connect Ameren Missouri customers to sustainability programs that will help them reduce their energy use now and well into the future via agency partners statewide."

$135k+ Awarded to Local First Responders
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 16, 2018 - Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded $135,721 worth of lifesaving equipment grants awarded throughout the greater St. Louis area.

There are approximately 1,550 firefighters employed across the 43 districts and departments that encompass St. Louis County, and each of them are required to undergo rigorous training provided by the St. Louis County Fire Academy. To ensure the protection of citizens and first responders, it is crucial the academy possess the most efficient, up-to-date training tools available in order to thoroughly educate and prepare St. Louis' future firefighters.

"The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant awarded to the St. Louis County Fire Academy places today's technology in the hands of our recruits. The new equipment provides a greater understanding of hazard identification, thermal layering, fire behavior, and search and rescue techniques. Learning with today's technology provides our recruits with a greater knowledge and respect of the hazards they will face while on the job, improving their confidence, safety, and lifesaving abilities when our residents need us the most," said St. Louis Fire Academy Chief Instructor Jim Usury of the Pattonville Fire Department.

The below encapsulates each grant award, including a brief description of equipment use and value.

  • City of Ferguson Fire Department received 15 sets of turnout gear, valued at $34,169, including coats, pants, boots and gloves.
  • Collinsville Fire Department received a chest compression system, valued at $12,975. The awarded system will assist firefighters by delivering uninterrupted chest compressions at a constant rate and depth to cardiac arrest patients, helping to improve a patient's chance of survival.
  • Cottleville Fire Protection received five thermal imaging cameras, Fosterburg Fire Protection District received one thermal imaging camera and the St. Louis County Fire Academy received four thermal imaging cameras, worth a combined $60,511. These will be used to detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims and provide lifesaving assistance.
  • Ferguson-Florissant School District received eight automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and accessories, and the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District received six AEDs, worth a combined $15,066. The awarded AEDs will help ensure the organizations are prepared to provide medical assistance if an individual goes into cardiac arrest.
  • French Village Fire Department received 20 dual-band pagers, valued at $13,000. These new pagers will replace the outdated communication system, streamlining and stabilizing the volunteer alert system, and eliminating the potential to miss a life-threatening emergency.
Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar. The Foundation is also the beneficiary of a Charitable Sales Promotion where Firehouse of America (FOA) will donate to the Foundation a sum equivalent to 0.13% of all gross sales with a minimum donation of $1MM through December 31, 2018.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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