May 21, 2015

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Northwest District
Clean Community Team
Community Clean Up on Finch Road
From county roads like Finch Road (pictured at left) to state highways, lakes and streams, volunteers armed with trash bags and a desire to clean up their rural communities set out in April in Linn and Sullivan counties. The community-wide clean up spanned two counties and was a joint effort between the departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources.

Northwest District Area Engineer Tonya Lohman helped coordinate the clean up from the MoDOT side of things, arranging to have vests, bags and signs for the volunteers. More than 70 volunteers participated from Linneus in Linn County to Boynton in Sullivan County.
Smithfield AAH Group
The Smithfield Adopt-A-Highway group teamed up to tackle portions of Route 5. Message boards were set up to alert motorists that they might encounter several different groups cleaning up the right of way in Linn and Sullivan counties.
Meal time
After the community clean up, many of the volunteers gathered to enjoy a picnic meal together.
Special Treasures
On display at the picnic were what the group called "special treasures" that they found along the roadside during their clean up efforts.
Armed Forces Day Event in St. Joseph

The local Salvation Army was the site of an event for veterans and their families May 16 in St. Joseph. The one-day event, called Vet2Vet, was a chance for vets to learn about local resources available to them in the St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri area. Representatives from educational institutions, social services and local businesses filled the gymnasium. Human Resources Manager Kendra Ezzell staffed a table and represented the Northwest District at the event, which is now in its fifth year.

Armed Forces Day ceremony
Veterans from around the St. Joseph area gathered at the Salvation Army for a service honoring them on Armed Forces Day.
Vendor Fair
After the Armed Forces Day ceremony, vendors from the community, including MoDOT and other potential employers, filled the gymnasium at the Salvation Army.
Teen Safe Driving Assembly in Maryville
Four high schools participated in the Teen Safe Driving Assembly in Maryville on April 29. This informative program was funded through a Northwest Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety grant that was awarded to the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. The event was planned and organized by the Northwest Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's Education Co-chair Linda Laderoute.

Northeast Senior Highway Designer Shannon Skoglund was able to attend the event and, as an added bonus, her daughter was participating in the event as a student from South Nodaway High School. Shannon proudly displayed the picture below on her personal Facebook page along with an overview of what the students heard at the event.
South Nodaway County High School students
Students in grades 9-12 from South Nodaway High School take a break from their activities at the Teen Safe Driving Assembly to pose for a picture.

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Marcia Johnson
Communications Specialist
Northwest District

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