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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Property Damage Assessment Resource

If you are a property owner whose property was affected by the flooding in south St. Joseph and need a property damage assessment, please contact the building development division at 271-4751.

Ball Field Upgrades

The Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities Department recently began improvements on Drake Fields/South Park Complex. In March, Midland Empire Sports Association donated $40,000 for the installation of new fencing and bleachers along with concrete work to prevent standing water. Partnerships like this are essential for creating better experiences not just for the donors and the parks department, but for our community and everyone who uses the facilities. 

Other partnership donations include the Lions League Baseball Field Organization who donated more than $12,000 for new fencing and bleachers at Lions Field in 2018. The Robert J. Buller Trust gave a donation of more than $60,000 in 2017 toward new fencing and hard surfaces, laser grading the fields and a new batting cage at the Eagles Ball Field Complex. Not only do these upgrades improve the quality of experiences for our community’s youth, but also is a way for the organizations to give back to the parks department for its support. The collaboration with those willing to give funds to accomplish good things does create a positive impact within our community. The parks department values all of these partnerships and the impact they have in St. Joseph.
Staying Healthy at School

We all know this school year will look a little bit different than in years past. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the coronavirus, in how we can prevent the spread and how it affects different people. However, throughout the state, schools are working closely with public health experts to make plans and preparations for a healthy learning environment.

We all want this to be a safe, successful school year which does not have to come to an unexpected halt. For this to happen, schools need all staff, families and entire communities working together and learning to adapt together so our kids and educators can stay healthy.

Students have been out of school for a long time, so returning is an even bigger transition this year. Families may experience a wide range of emotions about what’s to come. Be sure to connect with your child and let them know it’s normal to feel fear, stress or even anxiety during this time.

Turning preventive measures into good, solid habits, we can stop the virus from spreading in our school systems. These include:
  • Staying home when we feel sick. 
  • It’s more important than ever to evaluate your child’s health every morning. Before they even leave the house, check for a fever or chills, cough, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, new runny nose or congestion, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sore throat. If your child is suffering from any of these symptoms, talk to a medical professional and stay home from school. 
  • If your student is at school and starts feeling ill, it’s important to tell the teacher immediately. Protecting yourself and others is incredibly important this year, so speak up.
  • Practicing social distancing by staying at least six feet from others.
  • Washing our hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Trying not to touch our faces.
  • Wearing a face mask or fabric face covering.
  • Avoiding touching frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs or railings.

The Value of a Mutual Aid Agreement

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Discover Downtown

Have you taken some time lately to see what downtown St. Joseph has to offer? From browsing the many one-of-a-kind stores, treating your tastebuds to one of the locally owned restaurants or checking out the Sculpture Walk, there is always something to discover. Don't miss the monthly events put on by Downtown First. Make it a day and explore downtown St. Joseph.
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