Wreaths Across America will once again be held at the Missouri Veteran’s Home (MVH) in St. James on Saturday, December 14. The MVH, along with the Patriot Guard Riders, the Christian Motorcycle Association, Veterans Home employees, Missouri Veterans Commission, U.S. Army members from Fort Leonard Wood, and other volunteers will hold a special ceremony followed the laying wreaths on each headstone in the cemetery.
High school Agriculture and FFA students are getting hands-on experience working with a CNC plasma cutting table, creating custom metal works for the community. Projects began with creating and selling wreaths for the holidays, but has expanded to other custom metal works as well.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce is again holding a tree decorating contest, with community members to select the winning tree. Ten businesses have entered a tree in this year’s contest, and the winner will be decided through a Facebook vote.
The James Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board will hold an art show and bake sale on December 10 to raise money to purchase new young adult books for the library. The event, called Snacks & Sketches, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature baked goods and art for sale throughout the evening.
The city has plans to use leaves picked up from city streets as compost and reusable fill soil for a possible tree nursery planned to be installed near the middle school. Reliable Excavating was contracted to begin the process of spreading the leaves in the city dump.