Heat wave won’t
By Bill Jenks, III
I’m not a Meteorologist, but with the unseasonably, record-breaking warm temperatures we have had since October of 2011 in the Ozarks, you might think mother nature decided to skip winter and slide right into spring.
Although that may be wishful thinking for some folks, the reality is, eventually, most likely, colder, more extreme winter weather will return before the months of February and March are behind us. This means of course, we don’t want to lower our guards into thinking this beautiful spring-like weather will continue throughout the winter months. So if you haven’t winterized your automobiles, got out your snow shovels, and winter gear, you might consider that it would be best to be prepared for the first snow or ice storm that comes our way. The other matter to consider is that whenever warm temperatures collide with cold weather systems in Missouri, it makes the atmosphere ripe for a tornado or severe thunderstorm, much like the tornados that wreaked havoc on Phelps County two years ago on New Year’s eve, Dec. 31, 2010. Those tornados claimed the lives of four individuals, destroyed several homes and barns, and reminded us all that winter can be one of the most dangers times of the year for tornados and severe weather conditions.
One of the positive aspects of the milder weather we have been experiencing is of course the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the many recreational opportunities that abound in Rolla and the region. The die-hard tennis players are taking advantage of the weather and playing at the Ber Juan Tennis Complex (six courts) located in Ber Juan Park (14th and Holloway). The walkers and joggers are taking advantage of the walking and fitness trail in Ber Juan Park and the City’s 12-mile-long pedestrian/bikepath network, that includes the ACORN Trail, Deible Loop Trail and others maintained by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
While the month of February is typically not jam-packed with large community festivals and outdoor events like the St. Pat’s Parade in March (March 17, 11 a.m.), you might want to make note that with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, The Centre will be hosting the first annual Daddy/Daughter Valentines Dance on Friday, Feb. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fidelity Gymnasium, 1200 N. Holloway St. The event is open to all daughters ages three and above to attend with their Dads. The cost to attend is $25 for non-members and $20 for Centre members. Pre-registration at The Centre (341-2386) is required and the event will be limited in numbers. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 7.
In closing, I would like to mention again that I plan to formally recognize, along with members of the Rolla City Council, the Rolla city employees who participated recently in the City’s Early Retirement Incentive Program. The employees will be presented with appreciation plaques at the next City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Their total combined years of service to our residents and community is more than 222 years! So please plan to attend the meeting and join me as I recognize and show my appreciation to the following City employees: Ken Kwantes, Director of Parks and Recreation; Kevin Leonard, Captain, Rolla Fire and Rescue; Rita Duval, Municipal Court Clerk; George Lewis, Maintenance Manager, The Centre; Larry Windle, Laborer, Parks and Recreation; Richard Skaggs, Equipment Operator, Parks and Recreation; Bruce Borgerding, Custodian; The Centre; Linda Roberts, Recreation Manager, The Centre; Marvin Bell, Equipment Operator, Environmental Services; and Karen Nappier, Custodian, The Centre. We owe all of these employees a great deal of appreciation and admiration. Let me once again thank each of them for their many years of service to the citizens of Rolla.
Enjoy the weekend and have a safe week!
Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Feb. 6
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm Street.
Rolla City Council meetings are ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. except when there is a conflict with an observed holiday. To review a copy of the City Council agendas or the full agenda packet, please visit http://www.rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtm. For more information, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.
City Council meetings are also broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16 (RC16). To check to see when the City Council meetings are rebroadcast, please check the RC16 Program Guide online at http://rollachannel16.pegcentral.com.
at The Centre, Feb. 10
A Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre - Rolla's Health & Recreation Complex located in the Fidelity Gymnasium, 1200 N. Holloway St.
The event is open to all daughters ages three and above to attend with their Dads! The cost to attend is $25 for non-members and $20 for Centre members. Each additional child will be $2.50. This first time event at The Centre will be a fun-filled night for Dads and their little ladies.
Dad's - put on your best suits and daughter's put on your prettiest dresses and join us for a very special evening to remember. The event will include dancing with a live DJ, refreshment area, craft table, soft play equipment for the tiny ones and a keepsake picture.
Do not miss out on this magical evening and be sure to register early. Pre-registration at The Centre (341-2386) will be required and the event will be limited in numbers. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 7.
PLEASE NOTE: Only family members may register together for this special event!
Grand Family Conference
set for March 10
at The Centre
Find out more about the resources in Phelps County that are available for grandparents raising their grandchildren by attending the Grand Family Conference on Saturday, March 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Centre, 1200 N,. Holloway St.
To register or for more information, please call (573-341-2FUN) or stop by The Centre located at 1200 N. Holloway Street in Rolla, Mo. You may also contact the following individuals: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the event sponsors, this event is a FREE event for all! Free continental breakfast, free lunch, goody bags with great information to take home, free activities for the kids, and great door prizes!
Major event sponsors include: The Centre; AARP; and University of Missouri Extension.
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Rolla Channel 16
24/7 on the Web
If you happen to miss the airing of a Rolla City Council meeting, Planning & Zoning meeting, Rolla Public School Board meeting or Board of Public Works meeting, you can now watch them online on the Rolla Channel 16 Website at http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. RC16 is live streaming all Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, all future episodes of “City Minutes”, all Rolla Public Schools board meetings, and Rolla High School Review.
Other syndicated content on RC16 such as Missouri Outdoors, Army Newswatch, and Capitol Dialogue will also live stream on RC16 at http://rollachannel16.com.
For more information regarding programming or DVD duplication of Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning meetings, and Rolla Public Schools board meetings, etc., please contact Gabe Mankin, Digital Media Operations Manager, at (573) 426-3377 or at Gabe.Mankin@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – Education, Government and Community for you!
Feb. 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 10 – Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance (7-8:30 p.m.); The Centre
Feb. 20 – City Hall closed for Presidents’ Day
Feb. 20 – Environmental Services Dept. closed for Presidents’ Day; Monday’s trash picked up on Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash picked up on Wednesday
Feb. 21 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 5 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 10 – Grand Family Conference (8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.); The Centre; FREE; to register, call 341-2386
March 14 – Procession of St. Pat’s Court down Pine Street begins (11 a.m.) with arrival at Downtown Bandshell at 11:45 a.m.
March 17 – 104th St. Pat’s Parade (11 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
March 19 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 2 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 3 – Rolla Municipal General Election (polls open at 6 a.m.)
April 7 – City-wide Spring Clean-Up; items to curb by 6 a.m. (residential only)
April 16 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
City of Rolla, Missouri
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