Pianos for a Purpose 
Rocks Pacific 

The second annual Pianos for a Purpose took place Jan. 25 at the Pacific Eagle's Hall, 707 W. Congress.  About 300 people filled the Eagle's Hall dancing and drinking and having a blast with Spanky Entertainment, www.spankyentertainment.com.  Attendees paid to have friends/family get on stage to dance or sing for the boisterous crowd.  And, if you really didn't want to get on stage there were a limited number of "buyouts" available--so you had to buy them early and quickly.  This year's proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Pacific Soccer Association and Liberty Field's restroom and concession stand project.  This event was sponsored by the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bend Bridge To Be Reopened For Use

By Debby Kwiecien

Jan. 27, 2014...  At the public hearing held at the Franklin County Commission Jan. 21 the Commissioners moved forward with the plan to reopen Bend Bridge.

According to attendee, Tracy Gullet, "Bend Bridge is one of the best maintained bridges in Missouri."  Bend Bridge is 100 years old.

Horner and Schifren, 5200 Oakland, St. Louis, the engineering firm used by the Missouri Department of Engineers presented a report to the Commission verifying the veracity of the bridge for use by vehicles 12-tons and smaller.  That opened up the question of which entity would be responsible for the liability of the bridge, if it failed.

The cost estimate for repairs of Bend Bridge are at $32,500, plus $3000 for the engineering fees.  The repair would allow vehicles weighing 17 tons to use the bridge, however, the Commission decided to only allow vehicles at 12-tons to use the bridge.

  At this time the Commission has sent the repairs out for bid and the old Bend Bridge could be reopened as early as March (dependent on weather and other conditions). https://medium.com/the-mission/genius-pr-lessons-from-walter-obrien-and-scorpion-he-s-real-6765a4bbf37e

About 50 local citizens gathered inside the Franklin County Commission to hear the fate of Bend Bridge, Jan. 21.                  

                                                                                        Photos by Debby Kwiecien

Show Me Acro Headed to Local and State Competitions

By Debby Kwiecien

Jan. 22, 2014... Show Me Acro, 2297 Rose Lane, Pacific, held a fundraiser at JP’s Sports Bar & Grill, 95 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Eureka, on January 18. Parents, Meg and Bryon Thiemann, organized the pool tournament to help defray the costs of Show Me Acro’s students/gymnasts’ upcoming tournaments, travel costs, competition fees, costumes/uniforms, etc.

There were 25 players making $20 entry fees, participating in the pool tournament for which half the monies raised would go to Show Me and half to the winner of the tournament. Plus, a portion of all sales from the bar, excluding alcohol sales, would also be donated to the teams, as well as monies raised from the silent auction which featured everything from baskets filled with alcohol to Monster High toys.

“We hope to make this an annual fundraiser for Show Me Acro,” said Bryon. “We believe that every kid deserves the opportunity to participate if they want to.”

Coach Laurie Borcherding has been working with the Show Me Acro teams since early 2013 and is looking forward to taking them to the upcoming tournaments. The Show Me Acro facility features the only spring floor for Olympic training within 25 miles of Pacific.

Scott Borcherding said, “These acro sports teams are one of the most supportive team sports I’ve ever seen. There’s no other sport like it. It’s amazing to see teams from other areas rooting other teams to do their best.”

The Thiemann’s 12 year old daughter, Julie, is on the Show Me Acro Team and was so excited about the day’s fundraiser that she didn’t mind celebrating her birthday with the whole team.

The Show Me Acro team will be holding a mock competition Sat., Jan. 25 at Show Me Acro, 2297 Rose Lane, Pacific, at 3pm. Cost is $2 for adults, children FREE. There will also be concessions available during the competition.

  • Meg Thiemann with her daughter, Julie.
    Meg Thiemann with her daughter, Julie.
  • The Show Me Acro Team with their parents and coaches.
    The Show Me Acro Team with their parents and coaches.
  • Denise Leuthauser, Meg Thiemann and Coach Laurie Borcherding showing off the cue stick donated for the fundraiser.
    Denise Leuthauser, Meg Thiemann and Coach Laurie Borcherding showing off the cue stick donated for the fundraiser.

Polar Bear Cook Off

Jan. 31, 2014.... The Dan Donnelly Backpack Team hosted the seventh annual Polar Bear Cook Off Jan. 26 in the parking lot of the Pacific Eagles, 707 Congress.  All proceeds go to purchasing backpacks and school supplies for children in the MVR-III School District for the 2014-15 school year.

A portion of this year's proceeds will go to assisting the Police Explorer 9066 program in Pacific.

This year's judges were Walter Arnette, Carol Johnson, Matt Mansell and Rick Schultz.  Heather Filley made the announcements for the event.

The winners of the 7th Annual Polar Bear Cook Off are in 1st Place, Jeff Filley, in 2nd Place, Leonard Clark and 3rd Place Chris D'Attoli.

Photo by Debby Kwiecien

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