Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
When graduation comes around here at the seminary we get the opportunity to talk to many people who are on campus for the festivities and who we have never met before. Last night we listened to a man relate how he sailed a catamaran from South Africa to Brazil. Wowser. I asked him if he had some sort of support team or even made the news at the end and he said no, but the hardest part was how boring it got to be.
Finally got a picture of the new wall along 159 by St Peter and St Paul Catholic church parking lot. It's not a great one because the weather is gloomy and there really isn't a good spot to park and get the best shot. The best angle is in the car at the stoplight, but that's not the best situation.
This may need to be clicked to enlarge it. As I said before we sort of liked it before the black iron arches went on, but I am not at all sure about that sculpure in the middle.
"With all of the attention on student athletes and the day they sign to play at the college level, some Collinsville High School teachers and counselors thought their academic stars deserved some of the recognition, too.
On Monday, they gathered in the library, decked out in purple and white balloon sculptures, to honor about 60 seniors who have earned college academic scholarships at the school’s first-ever Academic Signing Day.
The seniors, joined by their parents and friends, sat at a table covered with a purple CHS tablecloth, signing a special certificate and posing for photos with the principal and representative from their college."
Someone, either the city of Collinsville or IDOT constructed a huge brick all with undulating curves across the south east corner of Clay and Vandalia behind which is the Catholic church and school parking lot. We rather liked the look of it until recently when they added iron gate-like arches across the top and other things. Now it looks a bit too busy.
It's amusing to read the names this wall is being called nowadays. The Great Wall of Collinsville and the Monument to Bert's Chuckwagon. Bert's of course was the iconic A framed place to get tacos and other fun food which sat at that spot for years.
I found this picture of Bert's on Google and it was taken by the owner at some point in its history.
Haven't had a chance to get a picture of the big wall as yet, but one of these days...
Last week the Collinsville city council voted to purchase the old post office property across from city hall in order to construct a parking lot. The building will be demolished. This is one of those projects that in the end, is a good idea. Collinsville's downtown has made a comeback with lots of people spending time in the various eating places. But there are only so many places to park along the street.
When a city has parking available the more likely people will come out to events than they would if they figured finding a place to park will be just too hard. Maplewood is about to have their Taste of Maplewood, a cool event featuring many of the newish places which have opened in that city. But after considering the difficulty that parking will bring, we'll probably just skip it. How and where to park is a big consideration when deciding on where to go.
Parking is important to the continuing vitality of a downtown and it's good Collinsville took the bull by the horns and went ahead with this plan.
Here's a view of what has happened to the homes along Vandalia in Collinsville due to IDOT's expanding of the road. As we were heading to Carisilos for dinner after Maundy Thursday church, I drove and Dale took these pictures while sitting through several long red light jams.
I guess Opening Day for baseball is also the official start of spring and a perfect storm of a date for all the state departments of transportation to begin going full bore with highway and road construction.
For Illinois drivers....ugh....
IDOT will be closing lanes east and west bound on 55/70 beginning at 157 (Collinsville) and ending at 270. Drivers probably won't know what part of the roadway will be closed at any particular time or day.
And, according to the electronic message board along Vandalia in Collinsville, there will be only one lane for traffic beginning today. That's one lane for both directions which means one direction will have to wait for a flagman to let cars going in the other direction to get through and then stop them to allow the others to move.
There's no accountability from IDOT or MoDOT or any DOT to the public. They do what they want when they want.
As part of a year long celebration of the 250th birthday of St. Louis, Cakeway to the West will highlight places of note throughout the St. Louis region, providing residents and visitors with an interactive almanac of locations that tell the story of St. Louis' past, present and future. 250 regional locations will have a 4 foot high, two tiered cake painted by local artists and will mark a location of note in our region.
The group wants St Louisans to go on a regional scavenger hunt to see if they can find and look at all of them.
Entities in the various locations could choose to have the organization design and paint their cakes or they could choose their own theme and artist. Concordia Seminary was invited to be a part of the Cakeway to the West and chose to have local artist Janice Mudd do a uniquely Seminary theme. It turned filled with gorgeous detail.
Here are Dale and Janice lifting the curtain from the cake in front of many students and some of their families.
Let's have a look.
And Jake is here for the weekend.
Collinsville also has a Gate to the West cake and it looks as though they had STL250 paint theirs. And, it was put in place under the Catsup Bottle.
I kind of wish this cake had been put where there is more foot traffic so people could get a good look at it by walking around it.