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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Fall Open Burning

Open burning has been approved for November 1-30, between the hours of 8am-6pm. Only dry yard waste such as leaves, brush and logs grown on the residential property may be burned. Residents are encouraged to explore alternatives to open burning. Many options for disposing of yard waste are easy, do not contribute to air pollution, are not dependent on time restrictions or the weather and provide the health benefit of physical activity while doing yard work.

Fall Swimming Lessons

Swimming is a fun activity for all ages to enjoy, so learning how to swim is imperative for water safety. The St. Joseph Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities Department is offering evening swim lessons in November at the Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool at Missouri Western State University. For $50 per child, participants will receive eight classes taught by a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.
  • Parent/Child – ages 6 months to 3 years
  • 5:30-6pm
  • Each child will need to have a parent/guardian in the water with them. Swim diapers are required.
  • Level 1 – ages 6+
  • 6:30-7pm
  • Will learn to 1) enter the water independently, 2) travel at least five yards, bob five times, then safely exit the water, 3) open eyes underwater and retrieve a submerged object, 4) glide on their frontside with assistance for at least two body lengths, 5) roll onto their back and float for five seconds with assistance, 6) recover to a vertical position with assistance, 7) combine arm and leg actions on their front and back with assistance, and 8 ) alternate and simultaneous arm and leg actions on their front and back with assistance.
  • Level 2 – ages 6+
  • 7-7:30pm
  • If your child can do all eight skills from level 1, they are ready for Level 2.

The preschool level class for children ages 4 and 5 is full.

Lifestyle & Living: Health

It may be hard to believe, but Halloween is right around the corner. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, chaperoning, or handing out candy, follow these COVID-19 and other safety tips to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween experience.

COVID-19 Tips
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Enjoy outdoor activities rather than crowded indoor events.
  • Trick or treat in small groups, preferably within the same household.
  • Wear a mask which covers your mouth and nose.
  • Step back 6 feet after knocking on the door or ringing the bell.
  • Keep 6-foot distance between groups or crowds when trick or treating.
  • Keep hands clean. Use sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water.
  • If passing out candy, step out of your home onto the front porch or other outside space to distribute treats.
  • Have candy placed in the child’s bucket as opposed to having children reach in and grab treats themselves.

Additional Halloween Safety Tips
  • Never let children trick or treat alone.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Check costume for tripping hazards such as pants/dresses that are too long.
  • Make sure costume masks do not obstruct vision. Consider face paint instead.
  • Put phones down while walking to avoid trips and falls.
  • Have a grown up inspect all candy before eating.
  • Eat dinner before trick or treating so children won’t be tempted to eat all of their candy while out.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow sticks, or use reflective tape for visibility.
  • Be cautious when crossing streets. Make sure to use crosswalks whenever possible. 
Community Survey

The city of St. Joseph is developing a comprehensive plan to guide its growth and development over the next 20 years. The plan should reflect the ideas, aspirations and values of the community. Make your voice heard by taking a brief community survey. This survey will help the city determine the areas of focus and provide useful information about the community as a whole.

Prescription Drug Take Back

Have unused or expired medications? Bring them to the Prescription Drug Take Back event this Saturday, October 23, from 10am-2pm, in the East Hills parking lot off Woodbine for safe disposal. You may bring controlled, non-controlled, over the counter substances and sharps. This event is sponsored by the Drug Free Community Coalition, St. Joseph Youth Alliance, Buchanan County Sheriff's Department and the St. Joseph Police Department. For more information, call 232-0050.
(816) 271-5300