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MERS GoodwillSeeking inspiring older workers

MERS/Goodwill is currently seeking nominations for older workers who strive for excellence with its 25th annual Older Worker of Missouri Contest. The contest honors Missouri residents who are at least 60 years old, gainfully employed at a Missouri job site and working an average of 20 or more hours per week. To nominate an older worker, employers must complete a nomination form available through the MERS/Goodwill website ( or the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website ( by July 4.



St. Charles native Mark Vogt has been named chief financial officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Vogt has worked for the past 30 years for auditing firm Price Waterhouse Coopers, and transitions back to the U.S. From Brazil, where he has served since 1996 as an assurance partner in the Sao Paulo office.



Several new businesses recently opened in the St. Charles County area. Owners Rachel and John Sauter celebrated the grand opening of their new women’s clothing and accessories shop, Leopard Boutique, with a ribbon-cutting in May. The store is located at 1650 Beale Street, Suite 150 in the Streets of St. Charles. OPO Startups, located in the former Post Office property at 119 South Main Street in the St. Charles historic district, also recently celebrated its grand opening. The fully renovated building will be used as a co-working center for digital startups. In St. Peters, Painting With a Twist recently opened at 5837 Suemandy Drive. The company provides group painting experiences which include step-by-step instruction from local artists, along with private parties and corporate events.

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The St. Charles County Police Department recently received 140 new backpacks filled with basic needs and comfort items from Project Backpack St. Louis. The backpacks, each valued at a minimum of $75, will be gifted to children displaced from their homes as a result of domestic violence, disaster, homelessness and other life-changing situations. Project Backpack was established in 1999 to provide services for children in crisis in St. Charles County, as well as St. Louis city and county.



Insurance Brokers Group, located in St. Peters, recently received a Patriotic Employer Award. The Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized the company and Broker/Owner John Espenschied for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

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Augusta Wine Company, comprised of Augusta and Montelle Wineries, recently received top honors at the 2015 Riverside International and Pacific Rim Wine Competitions held in California, winning a total of 14 awards including Gold and Best of Class awards for particular vintages. Both events consisted of two-day blind tastings conducted by professional wine evaluators.



The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts a June Business After Hours event/Member Appreciation Weenie Roast on Thursday, June 25, from 4-8 p.m. at Webster Park, 2201 South River Road in St. Charles. All chamber members are welcome. Register online at or contact Lori Tainter at 636-946-0633.

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Young Professionals of St. Charles meets on Wednesday, July 8, from noon-1:30 p.m. at Lindenwood University, 209 South Kingshighway in St. Charles. Lunch and a tour of the university will be provided. For information, contact Scott Tate at (636) 946-0633

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, July 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at BMO Harris Bank WingHaven, 3001 WingHaven Blvd. In O’Fallon. Register online at or call Sara Henderson at 636-240-1818.

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