Library Awarded Grant

The St. Joseph Public Library was recently awarded $11,550 in grant funding to support the 2017 summer reading program by the Offices of John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State. With this funding, the library has been able to purchase new materials for activities and will provide weekly entertainment programs throughout the 2017 “Build a Better World” summer reading program. The summer reading program runs May 30, 2017 to July 30, 2017 and will include a reading initiative, eight weekly performers, weekly story times and other fun library programming events.

The St. Joseph Public Library offers a summer reading program for all ages, from babies to adults. Much of the grant funding will be dedicated to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming in the library this summer.

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CVB to Offer Business-Related Eclipse Sessions

Is your business ready for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse? Think you won’t be affected? THINK AGAIN.

Attend one of 3 seminars on June 12: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 1201 N. Woodbine Road

Increased numbers of people on the roads and using data may affect everyone --

  • Will cell phones and credit cards machines work?
  • Will deliveries be able to get to and from your business?
  • Will you have enough inventory -- food, water, supplies to sell?
  • Will your staff be able to get to and from work on time?

Come to one of these meetings to talk to a panel of experts and talk to fellow business owners about how to best plan for the largest tourism event in memory. The four-day event has gathered international attention. Be prepared!

The sessions are free. No RSVP is required. Questions? E-mail

AgriLabs Vaccine Reduces Bacteria in Trial

A new vaccine based on Siderophore Receptor and Porin (SRP®) technology is showing considerable promise in reducing Klebsiella mastitis in dairy cows, based on data from an Iowa State University trial shared at the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants spring conference in Dallas.

Dr. Patrick Gorden, clinical professor of Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State, said the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacterial extract vaccine (Kleb-SRP) reduced the prevalence of Klebsiella mastitis by 71 percent in the vaccinated half of the herd. The Iowa State dairy herd was chosen for the trial due to an ongoing Klebsiella mastitis problem, which had persisted despite using multiple doses of E. coli core antigen vaccine annually.

In addition to prevalence reduction, the Kleb-SRP vaccine also reduced mastitis incidence, which accounts for recurring infections in a single dairy cow, by 76 percent. Milk production also increased in Kleb-SRP vaccinated cows by two pounds per cow per day, and somatic cell count was reduced by 42 percent, compared to the half of the herd not receiving Kleb-SRP vaccine.

“Production losses from Klebsiella mastitis, as well as deaths or culling that result from severe mastitis infections, are a significant challenge for the dairy industry,” Gorden said. “A different approach to controlling Klebsiella mastitis is sorely needed.”

The Kleb-SRP vaccine is currently offered as an autogenous product by AgriLabs® in partnership with Epitopix. AgriLabs is working to license the vaccine with USDA, and the Iowa State study is part of the efficacy trial work associated with the licensing process.

Sean O’Hare, executive vice president of AgriLabs, said the Iowa State results align with field results with the autogenous product. “Klebsiella mastitis is a frustrating production challenge for dairy producers, and we’re seeing considerable potential for the Kleb-SRP vaccine to reduce production losses, deaths and culls.”

The Klebsiella vaccine technology is fundamentally different from other options because it utilizes SRP technology. Disease-causing bacteria such as Klebsiella require iron for growth and survival.

Trails West! Offers “Total Eclipse of the Arts”

     The Trails West! ® Festival committee proudly announces its 2017 entertainment lineup, which includes funk rock, country, and blues-pop. Bringing together chart-topping musicians and exciting newcomers to the main stage, Trails West!® 2017 promises to deliver an incredible weekend of music, entertainment and visual arts on August 18-21 in Civic Center Park in St. Joseph, Mo.

     Funk rock fan favorite, Here Come the Mummies, takes the stage Friday night; country music stars Clare Dunn and Trace Adkins entertain crowds Saturday; and festival attendees will reminisce on classic hits with Grand Funk Railroad Sunday evening.

     “We are thrilled to announce such a fantastic lineup for the 2017 festival,” says Shana Meyer, Trails West!® Festival co-chair. “Trails West!® offers a great weekend full of exceptional entertainment. We are proud to continue with the tradition of bringing well-known as well as fresh and new artists to St. Joseph.”

     Admission to the festival is by souvenir button or 2017 Trails West! ® T-shirt. All festival guests over the age of 10 will need a button for admission. Trails West! ® T-shirts must be purchased in advance and can be worn to the festival as an alternative option to purchasing an admission button. Buttons will go on sale July 1.

Eagle Honored with Excellence Award

     Eagle Communications, Inc. has been selected by the ESOP Association as the winner of the 2017 Printed Materials Annual Award for

Communications Excellence. The AACE Awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The awards are presented each May at the ESOP Association’s Annual Conference in Washington to companies that have excelled in communicating the ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) and its meaning to the company’s


     This is the third time in the past four years Eagle has been recognized by the national ESOP Association in the Printed Materials category. This award recognizes excellence in the use of original, printed informational materials to explain or promote the company’s ESOP to employee-owners, customers, or community.

     Eagle was also recognized for its Intranet. This award recognizes company Intranets that excel at educating the employee-owners about the company ESOP, and excel at spurring employee-owners to engage in the company’s ownership culture.

     “We are excited to have been selected as a 2017 AACE Award winner by The ESOP Association,” Eagle President and CEO, Gary Shorman said. “We are proud to be an ESOP company and strongly believe in the power of employee-ownership and work hard to share that belief with all our employee-owners and our customers.”