SANTA PAWS SEEKS OUT SUPPORT DOGS

Chesterfield residents Susan and Bob Snyder transformed into a wonderful “Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws” for two full days to encourage and pose with working canines who participate in the touch therapy, service dogs and courthouse facility programs of St. Louis-headquartered Support Dogs Inc. The Snyders modeled with a variety of dog breeds, ranging from 3-pound Yorkies to 174-pound mastiffs. Additional family dogs and members joined the working dogs in the photos. Support Dogs is a national, nonprofit organization that is largely powered by 600-plus volunteers who help staffers breed, raise, train and place certified dogs with people with physical, mental, visual and auditory challenges.

HOG HOLLOW ART OUT TO PASTURE

After 50 years in business, owners of the Art Gallery of Hog Hollow retired and closed the operation located at 14140 Olive Blvd.

MINNESOTA-TURNED-MISSOURI 
SINGER PERFORMS LOCALLY

American singer Erin Bode recently performed live at The Sound Room, 17373 Chesterfield Airport Road. Her music is a combination of jazz, folk and pop. Her latest album, “Here & Now,” was sold at the event. Her professional recording career began in 2001.

Erin graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, where she studied vocal jazz with pianist and vocalist Christine Hitt, who helped to launch her career as a vocalist.

ELECTRIC AUTOS ZOOM TO CHESTERFIELD

A new Tesla dealership site is being built in Chesterfield by HBD Construction Inc. Telsa Motors is an American automaker, energy storage company and solar panel manufacturer based in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in 2003 and specializes in electric cars.

CHESTERFIELD MALL 
LIGHTS UP IN NEW WAY

Chesterfield Mall underwent an extensive lighting upgrade throughout the retail spaces and common areas, earning them more than $98,000 in incentives from the Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program.

“The new LED lighting has really made a difference in the mall’s atmosphere, giving shoppers brighter, more pleasant experiences,” Frank Schaffer, operations manager for the mall, said.

The lighting upgrade is estimated to save almost $93,000 on the mall’s annual energy statement.

Mall managers worked with Villa Lighting and the Biz Savers program to upgrade its inefficient HID, CFL and metal halide lighting to efficient LED lighting, which requires less energy to produce longer-lasting, higher-quality light. The upgrades also allowed mall staffers to optimize the color temperature of the lighting.

“Lighting projects are a great first step for any business to participate in the BizSavers program,” Rich Wright, manager of energy efficiency for Ameren Missouri, said. “It’s fantastic to see how Chesterfield Mall has been able to utilize the program to save energy as well as create an improved shopping environment for its customers.”

Any business within the Ameren Missouri Electric Service Territory is eligible to participate in the BizSavers Program.

PARKWAY ONE OF THREE MISSOURI DISTRICTS ON COLLEGE BOARD’S AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL

Parkway is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Eighth Annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the honor roll, Parkway had to increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement course since 2015, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of three or higher. Parkway was one of only three districts in Missouri to receive this honor.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking at 38 AP exams, including world language and culture.

CHESTERFIELD TO HOST FUTURE 
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS AIR SHOWS

Organizers of the annual Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo announced the event will return to the Chesterfield-based airport in both 2018 and 2019. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the F/A-18 Hornet, which was made in St. Louis.

This year’s air show will be held October 13-14. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will join the 2019 event to be held September 7-8. All tickets to the air shows will be sold online; visit Spirit-AirShow.com for details.

Previous air shows were held in Chesterfield during 2014 and 2016.