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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Winter at the Airport

Ice can impact air travel in many ways, much like that of traveling by vehicle. However, the complications for aircrafts and airports can be much more difficult and expensive to resolve. First, there is the ice that can accumulate on the runways and taxiways the aircraft use to takeoff. To remedy this on roadways, a form of salt is used by many different entities to melt the ice and make travel possible, but we also know this leads to rust and corrosion on vehicles and deterioration of roadways. While this is not an ideal situation for our cars and trucks, it is manageable. Corrosion of an aircraft's landing gear or pavement failure can have catastrophic consequences. It is for this reason, only those deicing chemicals found to be non-corrosive and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration may be used on airfields. 

There are both liquid and solid deicers an airport can use to try and battle the ice and the city's aviation division uses both at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. The solid form is an irregular shaped blue granular which is spread onto an airfield by a drop in a spreader attached to one of the operations and maintenance vehicles. The liquid version used is a brine made from mixing the granule type with water and then applied to the runway with a sprayer attached to a tractor. Due to its complexity and strict certification standards, solid airfield deicers normally cost around $1 per pound, compared to bulk road salt at a price of around $.03 per pound. Therefore, each ice event at an airport becomes a game of chess between the staff and mother nature to use the material most effectively and efficiently as possible, in order to provide quality of service to the military, public and private aircrafts flying into the airport.
Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool

Though it might be a few more months until the Aquatic Park and Krug Pool open for the season, another public pool is an option to get in those laps. The Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool, located at Missouri Western, is open various hours Monday through Saturday. For more information on hours and pricing, visit stjoemo.org
Outlaw Adventure Run

Are you a runner looking for a new challenge or are road races just becoming too boring and predictable? The St. Joseph Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities Department has just the event for you! Registration is underway for the 3rd annual Outlaw Adventure 5k Run on Saturday, March 28, at Krug Park starting at 10am. Contrary to many walks and road races, this unique race provides various challenging obstacles for participants to conquer as they complete the course through St. Joseph’s largest park. Challenge yourself to conquer obstacles as you follow the path that winds its way through the unimproved trails of Krug Park, down around the amphitheater and lagoon then along the roadway through the park. This event is a perfect team building opportunity for various groups so challenge your family, friends or coworkers to join in on the fun. Registration is $50 per person with group discounts available. Make sure to register by Friday, March 13, to guarantee a race shirt. For more information, call 271-5501.

Stress Less with Pets

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Super Science Saturday

Do you have a child who is interested in science? Make sure to head to Super Science Saturday on Saturday, January 25, from 10am-3pm, in the Remington/Agenstein Hall at Missouri Western State University. This lesson-packed day, presented by Saint Joseph Museums and Missouri Western, gives students the chance to try chemistry experiments, meet amazing creatures and even learn about weather from local television meteorologists. Admission is $3 for students and adults. Children under five are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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