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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:50

STL250 acknowledges Illinois' contribution

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - As St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday, some Illinois historic sites are being recognized for their significance to the city.
   
Three historic sites and one monument from Illinois are on a list of 250 places compiled by stl250. The group's list includes sites, tourist attractions and businesses they say have made St. Louis what it is today.
 
Cahokia Mounds, Cahokia Courthouse, and Lewis and Clark state historic sites all made the cut from Illinois. The Elijah Lovejoy Memorial in Alton, Ill. also made the list.
 
 Amy Martin is the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. She says the Illinois sites represent important eras in St. Louis history, from Native American achievements to battles against slavery.
 
The list also includes places such as the Gateway Arch and Fox Theatre.
   
 
Published in Local News

   St. Louis' Burnin' Love festival at Forest Park will be held on what's expected to be the warmest day of the year so far.  

   The outdoor festival celebrating the Gateway City's 250th anniversary had originally been set for Friday night, Valentines Day, but had to be rescheduled because of bitter cold and icy conditions at the venue.  

   The event will now be held Tuesday evening at the top of Art Hill.  

   Festivities will include music, food, fire dancers, video presentations and a World Record attempt.  More than 300 St. Louis couples plan to get engaged, or re-engaged simultaneously.  There will also be special activities for the kids.  

   The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and caps off with fireworks at 9:15.    

Published in Around Town

As the city of St. Louis celebrates turning 250 years old, event organizers are hoping for a world record.

 

STL250 is organizing a Burnin' Love Festival for Friday. The group wants to invite 250 couples to get either engaged of re-engaged on Art Hill on Valentine's Day. Couples can register to take part at the stl250 website. If chosen, they could win prizes ranging from a steak dinner to a diamond engagement ring.

 

The festival takes place at Art Hill in Forest Park, starting at 4:30 p.m. The "lovin' moment ceremony" will occur at 7:30 p.m.

Published in Local News
Monday, 20 January 2014 11:15

Wanted: 250 thousand volunteers

As St. Louis city continues its' 250th birthday celebration in 2014, there is an ambitious effort underway to encourage volunteerism.

Erin Budde, executive director of STL250, tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch officials are seeking 250,000 people to volunteer this year.  She calls it an ambitious project and goal, but points out that the St. Louis region has consistently ranked high nationally in its volunteer efforts.  

A report released Saturday looking at the “civic health” of Missouri shows that the state ranks 15th in the country in volunteerism, with 30 percent of residents participating compared with 27 percent nationwide.

The St. Louis region does even better, at 32 percent.  The region also fares better than the rest of the country in donating to charity, with 57 percent of residents doing so, compared with 51 percent in the U.S. overall.

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