Public Works inspectors investigate BMPs

Also present at the Maguire Boulevard extension site during the investigation on Wednesday were, from left, construction project manager David Bugg and Public Works inspectors Jim Thaxter and Veneet Kapila. Visible in many of the photographs are elements of what Bugg describes as BMPs, or best management practices, construction strategies used to control water flow and silt runoff, such as silt fences (black plastic barriers), rock berms (rock levees layered with dirt and straw) and sediment basins, where eroded silt is able to settle into controlled pools of water.

Environmental specialist visits construction site

Matt Sperry, a Missouri Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist, visits the Maguire Boulevard extension site to investigate Columbia resident Scott Wilson’s complaints of "extreme erosion" in the construction area on Wednesday. The site is part of a city project to extend Maguire, which involves building bridges over both the north and south forks of Grindstone Creek. On Monday, Wilson recorded video of silty water pouring into the creek and made a formal complaint about inadequate storm water controls. According to Sperry, the Natural Resources Department generally follows up on complaints within five days.

Stream Extravaganza fun for all ages

Five-year-old Madison Hayes investigates a Mink pelt during the Stream Extravaganza. The event featured educational information on streams and the wildlife that live in and around them.

Heat and humidity draws crowd at Stephens Lake

Amy Sarver dips her son, Owen, into Stephens Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures were hot, predicted to reach above 90, and humid after days of thunderstorms.

Seeking muddy relief from the heat

4-year-old Owen Sarver, covered in mud, is ready for a dip at Stephens Lake on Wednesday afternoon. It was hot and humid after days of thunderstorms, with temperatures predicted to reach above 90 degrees. Also pictured, from left, are Lexi Hox, Brooke Bigard and Lindsey Hox.

Jordan Wyner

Jordan Wyner is a reporter for the Missourian.

John Brown

This 1857 file photo shows John Brown, leader of the historic raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Brown, an abolitionist, and his followers attempted to bring attention to the plight of slaves in the United States by using armed force in the raid on Oct. 16, 1859.

John Brown's fort

This undated file photo shows John Brown's fort, a fire engine house located at the entrance of the Armory Grounds at Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Brown and his followers used the fire engine and guard house as their fort when they raided the U.S. arsenal on Oct. 16, 1859. Brown was captured by Colonel Robert E. Lee, put on trial for treason, sentenced to death and executed in December 1859.

Dennis Frye talks about John Brown's raid

Dennis Frye, chief historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, talks to tourists about John Brown's 1859 raid on the arsenal, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on April 4. "John Brown was not the cause of the Civil War, but he certainly was the first serious shot that sent us reeling toward division," Frye said. In the background is the fire engine house where Brown and his followers took refuge with their hostages, now restored and moved to a new location.

View of Harpers Ferry

A view of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., at the conjunction of the Shenandoah, left, and Potomac rivers, on July 20, 2008. The town was the site of abolitionist John Brown's infamous 1859 raid on the local arsenal, an event that led toward the Civil War.

Navigating flooded roadways

A vehicle slices through standing water in University City, Mo. on Tuesday.

Securing buildings

Bill Robison rides in the bucket as he and driver Kenny Carter bring sandbags to help secure buildings along Mary Avenue in Brentwood, Mo. when the road flooded following the heavy rain Monday.

Food preservation worskshops through MU Extension filling up

Vera Massey, a nutritionist, conducts a home food preservation workshop on using boiling water to can foods at the Boone County MU Extension Center. Hot water canning may be used to safely preserve fruits as well as homemade jams, pickles and salsas.

Food preservation workshops teach how to can jellies, salsas at home

Vera Massey conducts a home food preservation workshop on using boiling water to can foods. MU Extension has offered the food preservation workshops for years, but there was a waiting list to register this year, possibly because of rising food prices.

Using hot-water canning to preserve homemade jams, salsas

Vera Massey spoons blueberry-spice jam into a jar following a home food preservation workshop on using boiling water to can foods as part of a food preservation class offered through MU Extension. Hot-water canning may be used to safely preserve fruits as well as homemade jams, pickles and salsas.

Enjoying homemade preserves

Pam Mietzner, Stephanie VanVranken and Erika VanVranken sample homemade preserves following a food preservation workshop on using boiling water to can foods.

Burundi gospel choir celebrates ceremony

Members of the Burundi gospel choir, Paz Sauti (Big Voice), broke out in dance and song in the church sanctuary after the service concluded.

Preparing for the wedding ceremony

The women prepare before the ceremony in a preschool room of the church. Clementine M'Sengabo, Stani's sister-in-law, looks on as Shirley Colbert fixes her dress in the bathroom and a friend does the bride's makeup. M'Sengabo came from Hazelwood with her husband, daughter and four boys to attend the ceremony. Colbert organized much of the wedding while Moyosola, from Ghana, a good friend of the family and past neighbor, sang during the service.

Wedding day send-off

Marianne and Stanislas Bihomora leave Christian Fellowship Church after renewing their vows. Members from Christian Fellowship Church, the St.Louis-based Global Christian Church, the International Friends Center, Church Afrique, along with other friends and family of the Bihomoras, all joined for the ceremony and send-off.

Wedding vow renewal ceremony

During the service, pastor Phil Schaefer of Christian Fellowship Church spoke some words tailored to both Stani and Marianne about faithfulness and endurance of hardship. While he spoke, Caritas Habimana, a relative of Stani, translated the sermon into Swahili for the diverse audience. Shaefer concluded with a reference to a biblical metaphor saying, "Twenty years of marriage, six children, is rain coming down, streams rising, winds blowing on your relationship and things beating against your house ... but God is going to make you stand together for his glory." Both Marianne and Stani saw the wedding renewal ceremony as a gift from God.