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The Cape Chamber named the 2017 Educators of the Year. They are as follows: 

• Ms. Jennifer Hecht, Cape Central Middle School

• Ms. Renee’ Peters, Notre Dame Regional High School

• Ms. Elizabeth Sterr, Alma Schrader Elementary

• Ms. Sarah Strohmeyer, Notre Dame Regional High School

• Dr. Dana Schwieger, Harrison College of Business Department of Accounting, Southeast Missouri State University

These five outstanding educators were honored at the Educator Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The honorees were given the prestigious Crystal Apple Award, a $500 check, resolutions of honor from the 

Missouri Legislature, and a commemorative video at the reception. The reception began at 4:00 p.m. with the program starting at 4:30 p.m. 

This is the twenty-fourth year the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has honored well-deserving area educators with the Educator of the Year Awards. The selection process opened for nominations in late April and nominees submitted applications in July. A selection committee,made up of volunteers from the Cape Chamber membership, determine the winners every year. Selection criteria encompassed their efforts in professional development, educational history, teaching effectiveness, and community involvement. 

The Educator of the Year Award serves as a way for the business community to honor the hard work and dedication of educators in our area. The Educator Appreciation Reception is supported by very generous companies and organizations. The Cape Chamber thanks Wood & Huston for serving as the Title Sponsor for the event. The Chamber would also like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: 

Award Sponsors 


 Banterra Bank

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation

Chap Arnold Insurance

Dille Traxel Architecture

Kohfeld Companies

Medicap Pharmacy


Robinson Construction

bistro saffron

Southeast Missouri State University

The Dale & Hancock Center for Individual and Family Therapy

Friends of Education Sponsors

 Child Care Aware of Missouri

Cultural Exchange Network


Osburn, Hine, Yates LLC – Ross McFerron

Patrick Furniture

The Bank of Missouri 

The Chamber thanks the many volunteers who assisted in the selection of the honorees. The Chamber also thanks Southeast Missouri State University for hosting the event at the Show Me Center, Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library for donating books for guests to take with them, and Mr. Jonathan Fritzler with Sightnsound Media Services for producing videos of the honorees.

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Grass Roots Motorcycles wants to help you get organized and clean up some clutter. Bring us your motorcycle gear and accessories/farkle and we'll turn it into cash to help you fuel your fall riding.

Our consignment extraordinaire, Mira, tags everything as she receives it, so nothing gets lost. Then takes the time to research each item for accurate pricing, to bring the biggest return in the least amount of time. After that involves taking lots of pictures, putting up online ads, as well as featuring some items in the Grass Roots Motorcycles showroom, or contacting interested individuals who may be in the market for a given item.

Bring us gently used, premium brand gear, accessories/farkle, bags, electronics, etc. Please wash all garments and check to see that bags have all required straps. Also, helmets in good condition and less than seven years old, examples include: Arai, Shoei and Schuberth.
You get 55% of the profit and Grass Roots gets 45%. PayPal and eBay fees come out of our end, either way. We cover any shipping differential (what the buyer doesn't cover) and return liability (if it sells, then is returned, it’s our problem). Your money will sit in an account you can use at Grass Roots Motorcycles, or you can get a check. Drop off your items any time during regular business hours.
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Buchheit Agriculture holds Open House. Buchheit Agri is a full-service feed mill, seed cleaning operation, fertilizer blending facility and grain elevator in Biehle, Missouri. The Open House provided lunch for approximately 60 farmers and was held from 11:00 am- 1:30 pm. This event offered the perfect opportunity for customers and community members to see what Buchheit Agri offers, ask questions, meet team members, and view the latest Agri addition, built just in time for the 2017 fall harvest.  Buchheit Agri revealed their new G4 grain leg which can handle 10,000 bushels/hour. 1,000 bushels can be unloaded in under six minutes, greatly reducing the total unloading time. This new expansion helps “farmers get back in the field faster.”

In 1934, Rudy Buchheit learned the importance of customer service when he set up shop in a Missouri hamlet during the depths of the Depression. Rudy left the family farm, bought a truck and started hauling livestock, hay, and corn to St. Louis from Perry County. As time at the original facility went on, few hardware items were added and he began selling livestock feed. The company has grown steadily since the early 1930's and the company has grown to employ over 650 people and is comprised of multiple divisions. Today, the Buchheit Agri Division provides quality agricultural products for customers as well as support, advice, and information. Their premium feeds provide balanced nutrition of a variety of animals including beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, equine, rabbits, and poultry. They also mix custom feeds and their feeds are available at the mill in addition to being available for pick up at the retail stores or for delivery.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Agri Open House.  For upcoming events and additional information, please visit

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Read to Excel

Hello, Cape Chamber members!

I am working with United Way of Southeast Missouri to launch an extension of the literacy program Read to Succeed. This pilot program, Read to Excel, works with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students at Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Elementary and with 5th and 6th grade students at Central Middle School, as we, with the help of ABC Today committees, identified as having the greatest need for literacy intervention.  

If you have not heard about the work Read to Succeed and Read to Excel do, we work with students in Cape Girardeau Public Schools whose classroom teachers have identified as being about one grade level behind regarding reading. This amazing program is reliant on community members coming into the schools to work with struggling readers. For example, this week Read to Excel started working with CMS during their "Tiger Time" at the end of the school day from ~2:30-3:10PM, facilitating "Tiger Book Club" which is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The 5th grade students come to Tiger Book Club Monday and Thursday and the 6th grade students come to Tiger Book Club on Tuesday and Friday.

My intention with this communication is first & foremost to raise awareness about these programs by starting a conversation throughout our community about these amazing literacy programs fostered by United Way. I would also like to ask you to check out our social media page, perhaps sharing with members of the Cape Chamber who may not know about this program. It makes SUCH a difference for young readers. The link is as follows:


Thank you in advance!

Emily Cabot
Site Coordinator: Franklin Elementary & CMS
United Way of Southeast Missouri

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October 4th, 2017 (Biehle, Missouri)- Buchheit Enterprises, Inc., a retail store, agricultural division, and trucking company held a supplies drive for hurricane relief efforts. During the month of September, each retail location had a Texas relief donation box displayed in the front of the store. In October, these items were collected and sorted at the Central States Distribution Center in Biehle, Missouri. Along with these contributions, Buchheit Enterprises, Inc. donated additional pallets of bottled water for the storm relief efforts. On October 4th, several pallets of water and miscellaneous cleaning supplies were packed into a trailer and sent to Beaumont, Texas. Beaumont was among the state’s cities that was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey. Once the supplies have reached Beaumont, Catholic Charities will distribute the supplies to those affected by the storms.

Buchheit would like to thank everyone who participated in our supplies drive. It was wonderful seeing all the donations that each store collected. We are so pleased to see members of our community coming together to help those in need. These donations will help those displaced by the hurricane and the volunteers working to restore the city.

Buchheit Retail has been serving the community since 1934. Currently Buchheit Retail operates 8 stores – Herculaneum, House Springs, Perryville and Jackson in Missouri and Jacksonville, Greenville, Centralia and Sparta in Illinois. Buchheit features merchandise for the home, garden, and farm that is geared toward exploring the possibilities of a simpler life.

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Plans are well underway for the 13th Annual Zonta Women of Achievement Celebration & Luncheon. This year’s event, which honors local professional women and serves as the Cape Girardeau Zonta Club’s largest fundraiser, will take place on Friday, November 17 at Ray’s Plaza Conference Center, 3257 William Street in Cape Girardeau.

 The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased by calling (573) 576-6351 or sending an email to The event includes a sponsor expo which opens at 10:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m.

One of this year’s honorees is Wendy Kurka Rust who has been chosen by the Club as the recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Rust was chosen for her many years of dedicated service to the community and for her lasting legacy as an inspiration for future generations of women.

Also being honored this year is Mary Rhodes Russell who served as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri from July 2013 through June 2015 and who still sits as a judge on the Court.  Russell is the recipient of the Club’s 2017 Celebration Award.  This award is unique among the others to be presented because it does not always go to a local woman.  Rather, the Club selects someone who has achieved exceptional success in her field while upholding the ideals and missions of Zonta which seek to advance the status of women worldwide though service and advocacy.

Unlike the Lifetime Achievement and Celebration Award recipients, who are announced in advance, the recipient of the 2017 Zonta Woman of Achievement award will learn of her selection for the first time at the luncheon. 

This year’s nominees for the Woman of Achievement Award include:

  • Liz Glastetter, Service Line Director of Maternal and Child Services St. Francis Healthcare System
  • Jessica Hill, Executive Director Safe House for Women
  • Kathy Mangles, Vice President of Finance & Administration at Southeast Missouri State University
  • Rekha Patterson Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Southeast Missouri State University
  • Gina Raffety, Publisher Cash-Book Journal
  • Kim Voelker, Vice President of Community Development Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Bridget Watson, middle school teacher at Oak Ridge

The generous support of corporate and individual sponsors enables Zonta to recognize these deserving women and provide funding to organizations that improve the lives of others locally and worldwide.  Several levels of sponsorship are available. More information about sponsorships can be found at


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The grand opening of Levi’s Adventure Trail, a new native American-themed, ADA-accessible playground facility located in Cape Girardeau County Park South will be on Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 pm. The public is invited to this free event, celebrating the opening of the playground and remembering the short life of Levi Collom, the boy who inspired this new facility.

On March 17, 2012, 3 ½ year-old Levi Stephen Collom of Benton, MO took a nap and never woke up. He was a happy, healthy little boy who loved camping, exploring nature and superheroes. He died unexpectedly with no answers or explanation for his family who loved him dearly. The cause of Levi’s death is still unknown.*

Levi’s family and friends began channeling their grief into helping others and chose to honor his life through an outdoor exhibit, Levi’s Adventure Trail. Their vision for this interactive exhibit is to incorporate all the things Levi loved: playing outside, camping by the river with his family, exploring nature, spending time with his family and, of course, superheroes.

Six months after Levi’s death, his family and friends hosted a Celebration of Life to recognize Levi’s 4th birthday and raise awareness about SUDC. In 2013, Levi’s Children’s Charity, a 501c3, was formed to aid in fundraising efforts to build Levi’s Adventure Trail. Friends, family and community members volunteered their resources to plan and execute fundraising events.

In March 2016 a partnership was formed between the Cape Girardeau County Parks Department and Levi’s Children’s Charity to bring new life to the playground located at Cape County Park South. After 5 ½ years of working toward this goal, it has finally become a reality and the grand opening is upon us.

Please join us for the grand opening and celebration of Levi’s life with free food, crafts, entertainment and refreshments. We hope to see you! More information is available at and

* Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child 12 months and older which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. SUDC is a category of death that currently eludes our scientific understanding today. 

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The principal, Brother David Migliorino, of Notre Dame Regional High School announced that Drew Beussink has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” More information on Notre Dame Regional High School is available at

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CONTACT: Conley Clark, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri


The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is looking for interns for the Fall 2017 semester. Eligible applicants must be energetic, interested in non-profits and the arts, and have excellent writing and social skills. Interns will be responsible for participating in every aspect of running a gallery, including hanging shows, deinstallation of shows, writing press releases, designing images, and coordinating the Arts Council’s social media presence.

Job description:

  • Provides support for special projects the Arts Council undertakes
  • Prepares press releases and information for media sources
  • Practices the utmost discretion in handling confidential materials and information
  • Reports to and communicates with the Director and Gallery Manager
  • Develops and maintains cost-effective ways to achieve maximum media exposure
  • Assists in maintaining website and social media
  • Become proficient with online newsletter software, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of and interest in the arts
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

 If this sounds like you, then please apply! Email a copy of your resumé to Call 573-334-9233 if you have any questions.

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