Leap Day


By: Beth von Behren on February 29, 2012 Print This Post

Leap Day, 1:00 p.m.:   Have you been outside today?  Gloriously beautiful day.  Quite blustery too, but the sun’s warmth makes up for it.  Unfortunately, the sun’s warmth also has some things erupting in the gardens that maybe should have waited a few more weeks.  The picture at right is McEntee Park, next door to City Hall, where the tulips have decided it’s time to appear.

Wednesday, February 29, 10:00 a.m.: HAPPY LEAP DAY!   While there are no great celebrations planned for this once-every-four-years event, be on the lookout for weirdness and food specials.  Einstein Bros Bagels is offering a buy one/get one sandwich special on Facebook (you have to “like” them to get the coupon), and St. Louis Bread Company will give you a bowl of soup today if you bring in three non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks (we have both of these restaurants in Kirkwood!).  Also:  IHOP is giving away pancakes and requesting donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

On the Weirdness front, there’s this from the AP:
  “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the first bits of tsunami debris [from the Japanese earthquake a year ago] will make landfall soon on small atolls northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Other pieces were expected to reach the coasts of Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Canada between March 2013 and March 2014.”  Sometimes it’s a good thing to be a land-locked city!

In other news:  You can now download a copy of the City’s Strategic Plan here.  The new plan replaces the plan from 2009 and was adopted in December (2011) after an almost-year-long process of research, discussion, and planning, including a survey of residents.  Thank You to all Kirkwood residents who participated in the survey last year!

Biggest Loser Update:  In our competition with Webster Groves’ employees, we are winning as of last Friday, which marked the halfway point for the contest.   Kirkwood City employees have lost a total of 509.3 pounds (there are 55 of us), or 4.27 percent of body weight.  Our three Biggest Losers are Pete Laufersweiler (horticulturist), James Hughes (electric department), and Duane Orr (fire department).  Webster has lost 3.72 percent of body weight.



Written by Beth

Beth von Behren is the Public Information Officer for the City of Kirkwood. She manages the City Website (KirkwoodMO.org) and writes/edits both the monthly "Eye on Kirkwood" (published on the last Friday of the month inside the "Webster-Kirkwood Times") and the every-other-weekly e-newsletter "Kirkwood Happenings." To sign up for the e-newsletter, send an email to Info@KirkwoodMO.org.

Website: http://www.kirkwoodmo.org