Missouri State Journal

One of Springfield’s claim to fame is being the Birthplace of Route 66 – the most famous highway in the U.S. One man who was instrumental in developing not only Route 66 but also Springfield and the Ozarks was John T. Woodruff.

Besides serving as the first president of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, Woodruff dedicated his life to creating civic and regional development projects throughout Springfield and surrounding areas for four decades. However, his contributions seem to be underappreciated or even forgotten.  

While the holiday season is a time of enjoying festive food, family gatherings and gift giving, it also generates a lot of waste.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons each week.

You’ve survived a major catastrophe. While the world you know - including your home, familiar places and potentially your loved ones - have been washed away in this natural disaster, you remain. How do you cope? How do you look at the world? What actions do you take to get your shattered life back together? This ability to bounce back is your resiliency.

During the last decade, the sustainability movement has changed from conservation efforts and recycling programs to initiating daily individual and organizational changes that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental conservation, economic prosperity and a just society for present and future generations.

After two years of work, a team of researchers at Missouri State University and Drury University recently released a report titled “Springfield Area Congregations Study: Profile and Community Engagement” that explored the dimensions and community impact of congregations in Greene and Christian counties.

The study focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity and other forms of civic activity.