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Friday Club hears program on City Water System

The GFWC Friday Club met Feb. 17 at the library.

President Doris Firebaugh introduced Madison County resident, John Bennett. Friday Club members were honored to have such a knowledgeable speaker give a history of Fredericktown’s water system from around 1924 up to the present new ultraviolet treatment system and building which is now complete and due to start up on Feb. 27. This new system is to be much more effective in reducing contaminates in our water as well as being more economical and environmentally safe.

Bennett became aware of our water problems shortly after moving here after working at Jacob’s Engineering. This led to his concern and interest in helping our town find solutions to our water problems and giving of his time and knowledge to help us secure grants to help finance ways to correct our water issues. Our city is also busy replacing old pipes with larger ones along some city streets to give the city the needed water flow to be able to provide adequate water amounts to fight fires in town. The improvements are also being funded with the help of grants the city received.

Addressing new problems as they arise and looking forward to ways to prevent new problems with our water system will insure our water remains safe. In the future City Lake may need to be dredged to remove lead contamination which has been found there by the EPA. The lake has a high level of algae because of all the sediment in it from the mines. Bennett says he feels very safe drinking our city water. Members asked about what type of home water filters could be used if they wanted extra protection. He recommended National Science Foundation approved filters because they are good to get out lead.

After Bennett’s presentation the club meeting began with flag pledges followed by the approval of the secretary’s minutes and the treasurer’s report. A very humorous devotional was given by Nenita Talaban entitled “Old Folks are Worth a Fortune.” She ended her February devotional by reading Ephesians 3: 17-19, “May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and established in love may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

The meeting continued as members enjoyed refreshments provided by Betty Schmale and Margaret Miller. The club received a thank you from Fredericktown R-I School for the donation they made to help with the new high school gym floor. Missouri Girl’s Town also sent a thank you for the recent donation they received from Friday Club. Doris Firebaugh reported that our Sophomore Pilgrimage candidate will be Darian Whitener from Marquand. The club was proud of the reported 10,978 volunteer hours members of the Friday Club contributed to our community in 2016.

The next meeting will be March 17 at the library with our program being provided by a representative from our local Ozark Regional Library.

John Bennett with Friday Club President, Doris Firebaugh

John Bennett with Friday Club President, Doris Firebaugh

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