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Mayor Reed Dupy

"AROUND OUR TOWN"
By Mayor
Reed Dupy

OCTOBER 2018

GOOD DAY CHILLICOTHE!

We have entered into the fall season of cooler weather, football, and the threshold of the end of the year. The City government is also winding down our calendar year projects, but the fiscal year extends until April 1, 2019.

Main Street Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Area Arts Council have been working with the local Lowe's Home Improvement store and the many volunteers to develop the new Arts District along Locust Street from Clay Street to Ann Street. Sidewalk tree plantings and sidewalk and street art paintings are just the initial phases of the many improvements to come in this expansion. It is very amazing to see the enthusiasm these organizations and their people and the volunteers of the area show for our town.

The Wine Walk and concert with the band Members Only was a great success. It brought hundreds of people to the downtown area to taste the large variety of Missouri-produced wines. The check-in at Main Street headquarters started at 4:00 p.m. and by 5:30 p.m. over 300 tasting glasses had been sold. Another tremendous event staged by the Main Street staff, board members and volunteers.

These functions are the reasons our Main Street Chillicothe remains one of the top organizations in the entire country. Don't forget "Boofest Downtown" on October 31 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council staged another wonderful concert in this season's series this past Sunday afternoon. The group, "Sounds of Summer, Beach Boys Tribute Band" delighted the large audience for over two hours with the musical hits that made the Beach Boys famous for decades.

Please check out www.chillicothearts.com for the diverse schedule of events remaining in this year's program and support one of the oldest continuous arts organizations in the state of Missouri.

KSHB Channel 41 came to town Tuesday, November 2, to interview regarding the history of sliced bread and the Sliced Bread Committee's progress on the movement. News anchor, Kevin Holmes, talked to Ed Douglas about the origin of sliced bread, the two slicing machines housed at Grand River Historical Society Museum, and featured an actual on-air slicing of a loaf of fresh bread in the machine by museum curator Pam Clingerman. The segment will all be broadcast on the Now Kansas City at 4:00p.m. on a later date. But we must remember that this would not have come to light without the work and persistence of Cathy Ripley.

The police, fire, and the EMS are starting to install their new communications equipment that will enable them to use a new low frequency band and the state-wide MOSWIN frequencies. The fire personnel will soon have the use of bullet-proof vests. We feel these are a necessity because the rural first responders have a higher probability of being involved in active shooter situations than urban departments.

As I close this installment, I am so thankful and appreciative of all the giving people that make this city a great place to live. Thank you in advance to the committee, volunteers and park department personnel who are already at work preparing this year's "Festival of Lights" which we all enjoy year after year.

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