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April 22: National Jelly Bean Day

After makeover, Bodie Island Lighthouse to open

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About a decade ago, the Bodie Island Lighthouse was in rough shape. Filled with wasps, the stairs to the top wobbled and the glass in the lantern room was broken. Iron work had rusted from rain.

After a $5 million makeover, the Bodie (pronounced bah'-dee) Island Lighthouse opens Friday to public for the first time in its 141-year-old history.

The 214 steps to the top are safe and the 344 hand-cut glass prisms of a 19th century lens have been cleaned so that the complex system can once again cast light 20 miles out to sea.

The lighthouse stands among pine trees and marshland, and people who have climbed it say Bodie's finest feature is its unimpeded view of marsh, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound.


Missouri State House panel adopts right-to-work (for less) bill

Jefferson City – Last week a House committee combined three right-to-work (for less) bills (HBs 77, 91 and 95) and passed it out of the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee. The measure includes a referendum clause, which would put the right-to-work (for less) question before voters in August 2014. Missourians rejected right-to-work (for less) once before in 1978.

“Our legislative leaders should be coming together to balance the budget, improve our schools, and create jobs,” Hugh McVey, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO said. “Instead, extremists are pushing this unnecessary and irresponsible right-to-work bill that would hurt Missouri’s middle class families.”

Although proponents deceptively call the current measure “freedom to work,” right-to-work (for less) is designed to weaken labor unions by forcing them to bargain for workers who would no longer be required to pay representation fees. Unions are required by federal law to represent all workers in a bargaining unit even if they are not members but are currently allowed to charge fees for collective bargaining.

Call 888-907-9711, listen to the recorded message then, follow the simple prompts to be connected with your representative.

April 18: Animal Crackers Birthday

Urban Chestnut To Build St. Louis' Largest Craft Brewery

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) has announced plans to significantly expand its brewing operations in the City of St. Louis.

UCBC announced on Monday its plans to build a new brewery in “the Grove” Neighborhood located off of Manchester Blvd. The brewery will occupy the former Renard Paper Company building at Manchester and Taylor. UCBC will be partnering with Green Street St. Louis (Green Street), a real estate firm specializing in redevelopment of underutilized commercial properties into LEED certified buildings.

Urban Chestnut was founded in 2010 by two former Anheuser-Busch employees Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe. Their current 20-barrel brew house, taste room and biergarten on Washington Ave. in Midtown will remain open as a test brew operation, as well as to package and sell smaller batch beers.

The new location will feature a 70,000 square-foot production brewery, packaging facility, warehouse and indoor/outdoor retail taste room. When complete it will be the largest microbrew facility in St. Louis, eclipsing Schlafly’s Maplewood Bottleworks in terms of size and brewing capacity.


April 17: National Cheeseball Day

April 16: Day of the Mushroom

April 15: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day


April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day

New book uncovers Chesterfield’s (MO) ancient past

Two outlet malls under construction in Chesterfield valley are nothing new for that neighborhood.

People have been shopping there for years. Thousands of years, in fact.

"Not many folks realize there have been people living and buying things and creating things in Chesterfield for 11,500 years," said Mark Leach, of Chesterfield.

One of those malls is going in near Rombach's Pumpkin Farm, which is across the street from the Dampier site, a major Native American market and ceremonial center 1,000 years ago, Leach said.

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