July 5, 2010
Skateboarder Deron Rehma from St. Louis crouches down to steer his board along a sidewalk Sunday at MU. Rehma has been skating with his friend Jason Zoellers of Columbia for about two and half years.
Jason Zoellers checks his wheels on a skateboarding outing Sunday at MU.
Laura Holloway, left, and Julie Adams of the SEMO Animal Rescue Alliance in Lilbourn help Don Rieser of Antioch, Ill., load puppies bound for new homes on June 28 at the Sikeston Memorial Airport in Sikeston.
Jason Zoellers and Deron Rehma lean into a curve while skating a sidewalk Sunday at MU.
Jason Zoellers, left, and Deron Rehma plan their route on a skateboarding outing Sunday at MU. Rehma is from St. Louis but often comes to Columbia to skate with Zoellers.
Columbia's Jason Zoellers, a 36-year-old counselor, skateboards Sunday at MU's Turner Avenue parking garage on a longboard, a type of board that doesn't work well for tricks, but allows surfing-like movements on wheels.
Jesse VanEngelenhoven pours corn stalks into a biomass compactor during a demonstration of the machine Wednesday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.
A biomass compactor compresses biomass fuels such as switchgrass into tablets. This tablet was created during a demonstration of the compactor on Wednesday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.
Ecologic Tech research director Jesse VanEngelenhoven demonstrates how the company's new biomass compacter works as the machine compresses corn stalks on Wednesday.
Harold Nichols looks over a repaired tombstone at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery on Sunday. Nichols and 11 other church members have spent about 45 hours for the past few days to make repairs on more than 80 tombstones that were toppled over and damaged last weekend.
John Gerau, son of Bob Gerau owner of Bob's Fireworks, hauled a truck-load of spent fireworks from his July 4th celebration into the store on the 5th for disposal. John spent 4 hours setting up his display, which lasted 30 minutes and rung up a bill of $1,500. Each year his fireworks are sorted by size and speed, then glued to a board and lit with a single fuse. Last night's show entertained upwards of 400 eager attendees.
Bob Gerau, owner of Bob's Fireworks and self-proclaimed "Man Who Takes the Aspirin", passes the time with son, John Gerau inside the family firework stand on July 5. Bob Gerau opened his first firework stand on July 4th, 1965, the day after John Gerau was born. Bob Gerau mans the stand on 63 in Deer Park year round and a sign out front says, "CALL TO OPEN". When asked which fireworks are his favorite, Bob responds, "Anything that's got a fuse."
Wholesale fireworks dealer, Spirit of 76, discounted all retail fireworks sold at their tent starting on July 5 after a full night demonstrating fireworks for customers in the parking lot. Of the one or two dozen, July 5 customers, several are still celebrating, but one man bought bottle rockets for a unique reason: to scare off geese.
A BP worker power-washes booms that have been collecting oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in Cocodrie, La. A column on the oil spill published this week got readers talking.
July 4, 2010
Rachel Whitacre, 15, receives the final touches of glitter on her face paint at Memorial Stadium's Fire in the Sky on Sunday evening.
From left, Tim Krumm, Jason Hampton and Steve Held of Septagon Construction help James Bassett, right, of Mid-City Lumber, delivers a pallet of sheet rock and fiberglass insulation to the Centeral Missouri Humane Society on Wednesday.
James Bassett, right, of Mid-City Lumber, delivers a pallet of sheet rock and fiberglass insulation to the Centeral Missouri Humane Society on Wednesday. The Humane Society is currently undergoing renovations underwritten by a $1 million prize from a 2009 contest sponsored by Zootoo.com.
Rebecca Berg is a reporter, columnist and assistant city editor for the Missourian.
July 3, 2010
Dave Rasmussen, right, and Kammy Lai fix some packaging on some recently unloaded fireworks at the stand located off of St. Charles Road. Dave Rasmussen is the son-in-law of Bob Gerau of Bob's Fireworks. Rasmussen travels to Liuyang, China, every year to pick fireworks for the business. Lai is a fireworks exporter from Liuyang.
Dave Rasmussen, left, talks to Nick Witthaus about what fireworks he should buy. Rasmussen helps to run the family business started by Bob Gerau of Bob's Fireworks. Gerau has sold fireworks in Columbia for 45 years and sets up three other stands during the fireworks season.