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Volume 160 | Number 2

Mobile Clinic Has Strong Start
By Sarah O’Daniel
St. Clair Staff Writer

The Rural Parish Clinic, a free mobile clinic operating out of a 40-foot
van, had a successful first visit to St.
Clair Thursday, March 5, according to
Pat Bira, the clinic’s executive director.
“They had a very busy day,” Bira
told The Missourian.

n Set Up at St. Clare Parish

The clinic is located behind the
former St. Clare Catholic School at
the St. Clare Catholic Church and
is open every Thursday from 9 a.m.
through 4 p.m.
The clinic offers free health care
to uninsured adults ages 19 through

64, whose household income falls at
or below 200 percent of the federal
poverty level.
Bira said the clinic is an initiative
of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson to provide medical services to all
needy uninsured.

A variety of primary care services
are offered, including acute care for
minor injuries, illnesses and infections, preventive care, psychiatric,
gynecological and social services, as
well as chronic disease treatment.
“Our goal is to provide primary
health care and social services to the
rural communities of the Archdiocese
• See Clinic Page 2S

Garden to
Open Soon
n Dedication March 21
At St. Clair Library

By Sarah O’Daniel
St. Clair Staff Writer

Playing for Books
A large crowd showed up to
play book bingo Monday, March
9, at the St. Clair branch of Scenic Regional Library.
All winners of book bingo received a book as a prize.
Sallie and Kevin Levart,
right, enjoyed playing. Book
bingo takes place every second Monday of the month at
11 a.m. 
Missourian Photos.

Plan Board OKs Changes
n To Flood Insurance Rate Map

By Sarah O’Daniel
St. Clair Staff Writer

The St. Clair Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday night to approve the updated Franklin County flood insurance rate map
(FIRM), and the new flood insurance study for
the St. Clair community.
The commission board voted 4-0 to recommend approval to the board of aldermen. Commission members Wayne Dierker, Pat Wilson
and Darin Slater were not present at the meeting.

A public hearing was held before the meeting, giving residents a chance to address the
commission on the FIRM. No public comments
were made.
According to St. Clair City Inspector Michael
Bursey, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) has updated its flood plain
“Basically, we’re incorporating that into our
city ordinance to be approved,” he said.
A letter sent to Mayor Ron Blum from FEMA
• See Changes Page 2S

The community garden at the Scenic Regional Library St. Clair branch will officially open Saturday,
March 21, following a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m.
Speakers at the event will include Roger Bardot,
president of the St. Clair Farmers’ Market; Kevin
Levart, vice president of the St. Clair branch Friends
of the Library; Paula Dace, master gardener and
member-at-large of the St. Clair branch Friends of
the Library committee; and Kara Bell, branch manager.
The dedication ceremony officially marks the beginning of the growing season for the garden.
Land Donation
In the spring of 2016, the St. Clair Farmers’ Market expressed interest in the creation of a community garden. At that time, the library was in search
of ideas for creating unique public spaces at its new
facility and thought a community garden would be a
great fit.
In the summer of 2016, First Baptist Church and
United Methodist Church each donated one-tenth of
an acre to the library for the purpose of constructing a community garden following the library’s renovation. The newly renovated and expanded library
opened August of 2018.
“I think it was a nice gesture on those churches’
parts to think of something that would benefit the
entire community when they made that donation,”
Bell said.
Friends of the Library
In 2019, the St. Clair branch Friends of the Library group agreed to take on the community garden
project by providing both financial support and physical labor.
According to Bell, Dace directed construction of the
garden and provided many hours of volunteer labor.
“She (Dace) provided a lot of the sweat equity and
the leadership for the Friends on how to get the garden looking nice,” stated Bell.
Local landscaper Cozy Bailey, owner of Cozy by
Nature, and her mother, master gardener Caro• See Garden Page 2S

Asked to Use
Trash Bags
n Trash Blowing in Wind
The city’s code enforcement office has noticed
a large amount of trash blowing in the wind and
is urging residents to dispose of their waste using
trash bags and not simply placing it in their trash
City officials said trash not placed in bags is
blowing away when Waste Connections workers
empty the containers.
Guidelines to keep in mind are as follows:
• To ensure a clean and effective pickup, residents must have their residential toter at the
• See Trash Bags Page 2S


Business..................................... 1B
Classified Ads........................1E-5E
Deaths/Obituaries........................ 4B
Editorials, Letters.................. 6C-8C

Community Garden to Open
The community garden at the St. Clair branch of Scenic Regional Library will officially open
for growing season Saturday, March 21, following a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. The garden still has beds available to be checked out. 
Missourian Photo.

Entertainment............................ 5C
Pacific....................................... 4S
Public Notices............. 6E & 3F-4F
Real Estate...........................1F-2F




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