Wings of Hope Partners With Samaritan Aviation Serving New Guinea

Chesterfield-based Wings of Hope, the humanitarian, non-profit aviation charity based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, now is partnering with Samaritan Aviation to serve the basic medical needs of the people of Papua, New Guinea.

Samaritan Aviation uses floatplanes to run medevac missions. The SA team answers emergency calls for help from villagers and flies them from their homes to the only hospital in the vicinity, which some estimate would take up to five days to get to via the typical transportation of dugout canoes. Along the Sepik River, where SA operates, an estimated 220,000 people are surrounded by jungle with little-to-no access to roads, electricity or emergency medical care. 

Wings of Hope team members have been assisting international community supporters for more than 50 years. 

Former Chesterfield Mayor Appointed to Board of Freeholders

John Nations, former Chesterfield mayor during 2001 to 2010, and presently member and chair of the business services group at Evans and Dixon, LLC, was nominated for The Board of Freeholders by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. John then was confirmed by St. Louis County Council members. 

Freeholders’ board members will consider changing the structure of local government, and may identify potential areas in which St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis could collaborate. However, any proposal requiring a change in government structure that emerges from the Freeholders will require the approval of voters in both the county and the city. 

John previously served as the Bi-State Development Agency CEO. He is one of nine Freeholders members to the newly formed board.

Chesterfield Set to Gain New Restaurants

Pittsburgh-based casual dining chain, Walnut Grill, is scheduled to open its fourth location in Chesterfield Valley during spring 2020. Its future location at 17392 Chesterfield Airport Road currently is the spot for the local Syberg’s. Syberg’s reportedly will relocate to 17416 Chesterfield Airport Road, which formerly was Fox & Hound. 

Additionally, Ruth’s Chris Steak House announced its third St. Louis location will be at the new mixed-use WildHorse development, located near Interstate 64 and Chesterfield Parkway West. The new restaurant will occupy more than 18,000 square feet, with seating for up to 400 guests. 

Ruth’s Chris managers plan to have rooftop patios, six private dining areas, as well as indoor and outdoor bars. It is tentatively slated to open in late 2020.

The WildHorse development was planned to include luxury apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel and a conference center. Designed by TRi Architects, the housing units may be available for occupancy in early 2020.

St. Louis Civic Orchestra Launches 70th Season in Chesterfield

St. Louis Orchestra Civic Orchestra members began their 70th season on Oct. 26 at Logan University’s Purser Center in Chesterfield. They perform under the musical leadership of maestro Edward Dolbashian and concertmaster Carolina Neves. 

Future performance dates and themes include a free performance at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Ritenour Auditorium, 9100 St. Charles Rock Road in St Louis; Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2” at 7 p.m. on  Feb. 15 at Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive in Town & Country; the annual Florence Frager Young Artist Competition winners concerto at 3 p.m. on April 19 at Purser Center; and the annual outdoor pops concert at Chesterfield Amphitheater in May. 

Aside from complimentary concerts, admission for Civic Orchestra performances is $18 per person, with special discounts for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at 

Local Authors Provide Book on St. Louis’ History With Cars

Chesterfield resident Thomas Eyssell, with co-author Molly Butterworth, debuted their new book They Will Run: The Golden Age of the Automobile at the St. Louis-based National Museum of Transportation. The book signing event was accompanied by a vintage car show in the Lindburg Automobile Center.

The authors profess that if it weren’t for a few quirks of history, St. Louis might have become the center of the American automotive industry instead of Detroit. Since the late 1800s, St. Louis has been home to dozens of automobile makes and to numerous manufacturers, large and small.

The book outlines St. Louis’ prominence as a key automobile manufacturing hub through the 1960s, and the role played by notorious St. Louis playboy and bon vivant Harry Turner in getting the automobile to St. Louis.

The book is available on Amazon for $39.49 in new hardcover format. 


2020 Street Tree Applications Due Jan. 31

To be eligible for Chesterfield’s Residential Street Tree Program, applications from homeowners are due Jan. 31, 2020. The program provides for the planting of street trees along public residential streets.

This is a cost-sharing program for those who qualify. Homeowners are required to submit $100 for each tree applied for, with city representatives contributing the remaining amount needed to plant the tree. Homeowners must agree to provide proper tree care, as described in the city’s tree guide. 

The city’s contractor installs 2-1/2-foot caliper trees. Trees are planted each spring throughout May and June, and each fall/winter throughout November and December. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at City Hall with the fee. Hard copies of applications and program materials are available at Chesterfield City Hall.

If there are existing trees in the right-of-way that need removal, homeowners must call the city at 636.537.4000 to request the trees be inspected for removal before filling out the Street Tree application.