⚡️ Local Olympians, Mosquitoes Surge & More

👋 Good Morning, West County!

In today’s ⚡️ West County Pulse newsletter:

  • 🌟 Local Olympians

  • 🦟 Mosquito Surge

  • 🦞 'Shark Tank' Lobster

Let’s jump into today’s newsletter!

Jared Michel


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🌟 Local Athletes Shine On World Stage

Tyler Downs, a 20-year-old diver from Ballwin, and Emily Sisson, a runner hailing from Chesterfield, have both qualified to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Downs, a decorated diver with numerous titles, and Sisson, a record-setting runner since high school, will vie for gold on the world stage, making their hometowns proud.

🦟 More Mosquitoes Buzzing In St. Louis Area

This spring's frequent rains have led to more mosquitoes in the St. Louis area, but experts say most are the non-disease-carrying variety. The heavy rains actually reduce populations of Culex mosquitoes, which can spread illnesses like West Nile virus. Local residents are using an app called Mosquito Alert STL to help track mosquito species, and officials are focusing on safe larval control methods to manage populations without harming pollinators.

🗳️ Rep Claims Bribe Attempt by County Exec

State Rep. Gretchen Bangert claims St. Louis County Executive Sam Page offered her jobs to drop out of a council race. In a recorded May 11 call, Page mentioned "opportunities" for Bangert in his administration. County Council members harshly criticized Page's actions at a Tuesday meeting, with one calling it "sleaze." Page maintains he simply wanted to avoid a primary fight between Democrats.

🌊 Eureka Fire Tackles Multiple River Calls

The Eureka Fire Protection District had a busy Sunday on June 16, responding to four calls along the Meramec River. In one incident, three canoers were rescued from a pile of floating debris under a pedestrian bridge near Route 66 State Park. The warm weather likely contributed to the increased river traffic and subsequent rescue calls. Despite the multiple incidents, no injuries were reported, and all individuals were brought back to shore safely.


🦈 'Shark Tank' Success Story Scouts STL Locations

Cousins Maine Lobster, a fast-casual seafood chain featured on ABC's 'Shark Tank,' is looking to expand into the St. Louis market. The company, known for its lobster rolls and chowders, is seeking franchisees to open permanent locations in the area. As part of its market research, Cousins Maine Lobster will be operating pop-up locations in the area from June 26-30, including a stop at the Ellisville Square Shopping Center on June 27. Read more here.

🏙️ Chesterfield Co. Powers Nat'l Music Tours

Chesterfield residents have a hometown connection to major national music tours. Gateway Studios & Production Services, based right here in Chesterfield, helped the popular band Goose kick off their summer tour at The Factory this month. Gateway provided custom lighting, video equipment, and crew to make the show look and sound great. The local company has worked with over 40 big-name acts and is company behind the new $120M studio complex in Chesterfield.


Clarkson Valley

🆕 City Unveils New Online Resources

The city of Clarkson Valley has announced the availability of updated resources on its website. The new user-friendly format and additional information aim to improve the online experience for residents. The updates include revamped pages for Trash Collection, Emergency Preparedness, Popular Code Topics, Schools and Libraries, and City Officials.


🚨 Police to Conduct Active Shooter Drill Today

The Chesterfield Police Department is conducting an active shooter training exercise today from noon to 4pm at the Chesterfield Mall site. Residents can expect to see a significant presence of emergency vehicles during this time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Chesterfield Police Department at 636-537-3000.

Des Peres

🔥 Engine 2810 Brings Relief to Campers

The Des Peres Department of Public Safety's fire engine 2810 provided some relief from the heat for campers at Des Peres Park yesterday afternoon. The crew used their deckgun training as an opportunity to cool off the kids, who enjoyed the impromptu water display.


🚪 Eureka Pauses Door-to-Door Solicitation Ban

Eureka has temporarily stopped enforcing its ordinance against door-to-door solicitation due to a legal inquiry. For the next 90 days, residents can post "no trespassing" or "no solicitation" signs to prevent solicitors from knocking. If solicitors ignore the signs, residents can report them for trespassing.


🎸 Manchester Reschedules Padre and Pulse Show

The city of Manchester announced that the Padre and the Pulse concert, originally scheduled for tomorrow in Schroeder Park, has been postponed due to the expected excessive heat. The concert has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, October 19, at the same location.

Town & Country

🍕 Food Trucks & Live Music at Town Square

Get ready for a nostalgia-filled evening as Zero to 90 takes the stage at Town Square tonight from 7-9pm. The band will perform a free outdoor concert featuring beloved 90s alternative hits. Popular food trucks, including Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza and SNS Goodies, will be on-site to offer delicious meals and snacks. While parking at Town Square is limited, ample parking is available at nearby locations such as the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Longview Farm Park, and First Church of Christ Scientist, with drop-off permitted directly at the venue.


🚗 Wildwood Prepares for New Roundabout on Hwy. 109

The city of Wildwood is moving forward with a $2.1 million project to construct a new roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 109 and Route BA. The project aims to improve safety and traffic flow, especially for left turns from Hwy. 109 onto BA South. Ameren Missouri has agreed to dedicate land and grant temporary construction easements for the project, which is expected to complement other roundabouts along Hwy. 109.

🎸 Music on Main Features Fat Pocket Concert

As part of Wildwood's ongoing Music on Main Summer Concert Series, Fat Pocket will perform live on the Main Street stage tonight. The concert is scheduled from 6:45pm to 9:15pm. Attendees are reminded to bring their own chairs and leave pets at home for everyone's comfort and safety.


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Town & Country Concert: Zero to 90 @ Town & Country Town Center from 7pm to 9pm 🔍
Wildwood Music on Main: Fat Pocket from 6:45pm to 9:15pm 🔍

Chesterfield’s Concert: Pyromaniacs @ Chesterfield Amphitheater beginning at 6pm 🔍

Saturday September 21
Winchester Fun Fair @ Reber Park from 12pm to 4pm 🔍️


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