Jennifer Werges

Taylor Werges and Adyson DeLaney at Rombachs Farm, 2004.


Know: Rombachs Farm announced on facebook, July 15, it is closed for good.

Inform: The well-known Chesterfield pumpkin patch will not be opening its gates ever again. The farm posted on facebook, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are closing.” Margaret Rombach, sister of the original founders, and Norman “Chip” Rombach, son of founder Norm Rombach, each currently owns one-third of the property. Beneficiaries Kurt Rombach and Scott Rombach both own one-sixth of the property. Kurt and Scott are suing Chip and their aunt Margaret. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the lawsuit claims Margaret and Chip did not pay them rent for the share of the property they own or out any portion of the proceeds. Chip and Margaret are countersuing to be reimbursed for the time and money he put into the farm. The owners later said on facebook, “As far as questions/comments for us to do a finale this year. It is out of our control. Big businesses are not running us out down here.To make a long story short, one of the inheritees (if there is such a word!) is suing my husband and aunt to sell. It’s very sad.”

Care: This well known pumpkin patch has been entertaining families since 1951. During the fall, families from communities all around, including Eureka, went to this patch for pumpkin picking, hayrides and various family fun for children of all ages. After 65 years of Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities, the tradition comes to an end.


Know: President Donald Trump hosted American-founded manufacturers from across the United States for a product showcase, July 17.

Inform: President Trump wanted to showcase American-made products made from businesses U.S. soil from all 50 states. The product showcase was called “Made in America” and was held at the White House. The White House released an article stating, “The Trump Administration is honoring the incredible workers and companies who make ‘Made in America’ the world standard for quality and craftsmanship.” By exhibiting the detailed work of Americans to the world, he displays his pride in his country and its businesses.

Care: The “Show-Me State” showcased door hinges from St. Louis’ Beehler Corporation. St. Louis was able to display a small piece of what Missouri. With this recognition, it proves that true craftsmanship resides in our county.


Know: Iran sentenced a Princeton University student to a decade in jail, July 16.

Inform: Xiyue Wang, with a dual citizenship with China and America, sentenced to ten years in Iranian jail for espionage.  Wang was studying abroad for school research when he was arrested nearly a year ago. The university released a statement stating, “We were very distressed by the charges brought against him in connection with his scholarly activities, and by his subsequent conviction and sentence. His family and the University are distressed at his continued imprisonment and are hopeful that he will be released after his case is heard by the appellate authorities in Tehran. In the interim, the University will continue to do everything it can to be supportive of Mr. Wang and his family.”

Care: Wang was carrying out a research project in the Islamic Republic when he was arrested.  This is something to think about for students considering study abroad in the future. Universities do not allow students to study in countries that have been placed on travel ban. Students should do thorough research and check for travel warnings/alerts.