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hope most of you are like me in feeling that you have lived a blessed life. God has blessed me with a loving family, healthy children (who are my favorite accomplishment so far) and great friends whom I can always count on. But every once in a while, just when you have all the family and best friends you think you need, a blessing presents itself like a fresh bouquet of tulips in the spring. I am so lucky to know and present to you my friend and co-worker Rebecca Rademan, Jefferson City Magazine’s new associate publisher. Rebecca started with City Magazine four years ago as an intern from Lincoln University. Rebecca was studying journalism, finished her degree and began her journey with us as a sales support representative, which included the gathering of artwork, designing ads and, of course, anything else that needed to be done. No matter what, Rebecca never said, “No, I can’t do that.” We are so proud to have Rebecca on our management team and of the professionalism she brings to City Magazine. I think you will see that Rebecca will bring an edgy difference to City Magazine! Thank you, Rebecca, for being a part of our team!

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From the Editor

hether I want to blame it on the kids’ busy schedules (no time!) or last year’s new puppy digging up my plants, I’m simply not a good gardener. The flowerbed next to our deck mocks me every time I come home, and I’m thankful for the climbing ivy, the previous owner’s contribution and a consistent bright spot of green that grows wild without any input from me. Last year, I brought in a trunkful of plants, planted them and hoped to keep track of what was sprouting up and pull weeds instead of darlings as they grew. The dog beat me to it. We had a nice bed of holes all spring and summer. Last fall, I vowed to try again; I planted tulip bulbs. They’ve lain in wait through the winter. Now that the crazy spring craving for color has started, I’m praying that I’ve got a head start in the ground, ready to poke through and bloom, looking beautiful and well-planned. Honestly, I’m not optimistic about the outcome, but I’ll take whatever I get. Each year, I get my hands a little dirtier, and I get a little better with the gardening. Whatever has you striving for improvement at your house, I encourage you to give into the urge. The more you do, the more you know, and the more confident you become. Our spring construction issue is full of help and advice. Have fun!

Because our 1970s home is a bit dated, I was excited to be assigned the remolding article for this issue (and secretly hoping to get some tips and advice!). In speaking with several local design and remodeling experts, I learned inexpensive fixes, such as changing out a sink or installing a new backsplash, can freshen up an older bathroom or kitchen. I also learned the importance of having an overall game plan rather than jumping in with both feet and swinging a sledgehammer. With the wide range of materials, options and costs, home remodeling is not only popular these days, but it’s also an attractive alternative to moving. Molly Wright, contributing writer

While I was pregnant, people often told me that once the baby was born, I wouldn’t be able to remember what I used to do with all my free time. Boy, oh, boy (or girl, oh, girl, in my case), were they right. I write this as my 3-month-old daughter sleeps in her bouncer next to me because as any new parent knows, when baby is sleeping you have one of two choices: catch up on work or catch up on sleep. The job is wonderful, but it’s certainly nonstop. Lucky for moms and dads in Jefferson City, St. Mary’s and JCMG have put together an event to provide information, advice and resources for expectant parents, new parents, even four-kids-in-tow-but-westill-have-a-lot-to-learn parents. I’ve learned quickly that no one has all the answers — but I’ll take all the help I can get.

Within minutes of speaking with Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders, I knew highlighting their contributions to the success of the Vitae Foundation benefit would be a challenge because they are two of the most humble and gracious people I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing. And that is saying something because I’ve met many wonderful Jefferson City citizens. But the Schnieders’ passion for life is so innate that it colors their conversation despite their best efforts to downplay their involvement in various community organizations and charities. It’s no wonder the Vitae Foundation is honoring the Schnieders during its 20th anniversary benefit.

Katrina Tauchen, contributing writer

Heather Shields, contributing writer

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Features 20 Home Remodeling 101

Ripping out your bathroom? Need a new roof? This overview gives you the basics of time involved, costs and options, plus advice from local experts.

29 Building a Legacy

A look at how local architect Hurst John (1911-1979) left his mark on Jefferson City.


32 Architectural Design Inspiration

Ranch style might rule as most popular, but these design options stand out with distinction.

35 A New Order

Get organized! Options and advice for a more orderly household.


39 Special Advertising Section: Construction

Your go-to list for everything related to home building and remodeling.

At Home 50 58 62 64 67

Home Tour: Glitz, glam and New Orleans charm Before & After: Complete kitchen rehaul


Designer’s Palette: Spring color splash Hit List: Tile style Gourmet: Cupcakes for March of Dimes


At Work 74 76

Business: Commercial landscaping Business Profile: Huber & Associates’ Enterpol Solution for Public Safety


Business Profile: Welcome back, Machens Automotive


Person You Should Know: Ken Hussey, YMCA community relations director

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City Character: Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders


The Dish: Pulled pork sandwich, Lutz’s BBQ

At Ease 92


Health: Young women’s health and Baby Bonanza 2012


94 Ask Eric: How to branch out from basic black 97 The Man Page: Play ball, time for spring training 101 Philanthropy: HALO’s new center for

homeless youth

102 Artist Profile: Mark Wegman and Scene

One Theatre

In Every Issue 12 Welcome 16 Calendar 90 Business Briefs 108 Snapshots 114 Last Word

On the cover March/April 2012 Display until April 30

Spring Construction Issue

Scott and Bobbie Schaeperkoetter's new home gets it right: a little glam and a little Old World/New Orleans charm create a beautiful hub for family. Tour their home on Page 50. Photo by Chris Hollaway.

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March Sunday



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Girls’ Night Out and Domestic Olympics, The Community Breast Care Project, Truman Hotel

Chanticleer, 7 p.m., Jefferson City Concert Association, Miller Performing Arts Center, 501 Madison St.

Trinity Tigerfest, St. Martins Knights of Columbus



Moments of Magic, 7:30 p.m., Miller Performing Arts Center







Museum After Hours, 5-8 p.m., Missouri State Museum, Missouri Capitol

5K for Kamp (Run or Walk), 9 a.m., Jefferson City Memorial Airport

March 9-10 “Golden Traditions” 50th Annual Ice Show, 7 p.m. Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St. March 9 & 10 The 39 Steps Dinner Theater, doors open at 6 p.m., Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive



Daylight Saving Time

March 12-13 Daffodil Days of Cole County

“Golden Traditions” 50th Annual Ice Show, 2:30 p.m., Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St. The 39 Steps Dinner Theater, doors open at noon, Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive


March 12 - 17 Miracle League Baseball Fundraiser, Paddy Malone’s, 700 W. Main St.



ABLE and MRRL Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., St. Martins Knights of Columbus

Vitae Foundation’s Pro-Life Benefit Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Capitol Plaza Hotel






Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) Used Book Sale, 4-8 p.m., St. Martins Knights of Columbus

March 15-17 The 39 Steps Dinner Theater, doors open at 6 p.m., Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive

ABLE and MRRL Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., St. Martins Knights of Columbus

March 17-18 19th Annual Capitol City Classic, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St.



March 17 ABLE and MRRL Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Martins Knights of Columbus


Puttin’ on the Ritz for the Y, 5 p.m., Jefferson City Area YMCA, 525 Ellis Blvd.

The 39 Steps Dinner Theater, doors open at noon, Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive



Council for Drug Free Youth Magic Show, 2 p.m., Miller Performing Arts Center


Princess and Papa Dance, 2-4 p.m., JCPS Foundation, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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30 Dreams to Reality Open House, 512 Jefferson St.


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Spring Fashion Show, noon, Calena’s Fashions





Easter Sunday








23 Cole County Historical Society Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m., Jefferson City County Club



March for Babies, March of Dimes, Memorial Park

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7 First Day of Passover


Missourians to End Poverty’s April Poverty Rally, 10:30 a.m., Missouri Association for Community Action, Capitol First Floor Rotunda

Princess and Papa Dance, 2-4 p.m., JCPS Foundation, Lewis and Clark Middle School


14 Granny Basketball, 6 p.m., Senior Nutrition Council, Helias Catholic High School Field House



Capital City Cook-Off, SLC Foundation, Jefferson City Fairgrounds

Dreams to Reality Boutique Sale, 512 Jefferson St.



Run for Dignity in Memory of Tess Cleary, St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation, Memorial Airport

Cruisin’ for MDA, 5-9:30 p.m., High St.

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By Molly Wright

In the past several years, home remodeling has become an attractive alternative to moving, but whether you’re replacing a few appliances or tearing everything out and starting over, remodeling requires careful planning to achieve the desired results. In this section, we offer remodeling tips, advice and cost estimates from several local professionals. Their combined expertise is sure to benefit everyone, from the greenest novice to the handiest of do-it-yourselfers. Jefferson City Magazine | 21

➲ Roofing

Our local experts Shannon Wade, Real Property Improvement Jude Markway, Markway Construction Company Linda Bogg, Best Fire Inc., Stove and Fireplace Center Jim Schmidt, Frank Schrimpf Plumbing Chad Sommers, Sommers Interiors Patsy Luebbert, Luebbert Wood Floors Paul Sneller, Designer Kitchens and Baths

Before you jump in 1. See what’s out there. Talk to someone who works with remodeling, and see what’s available in regard to materials, appliances and other building options. 2. Decide how much you can spend. Wade suggests setting aside extra money for remodels, perhaps as much as 20 percent of the total job amount to cover hidden costs, such as rotten subfloors when replacing a toilet. “Remodeling is a dirty job,” he says. “It’s not clean like new construction. With remodeling, you have to deconstruct before you can construct.” 3. Realize remodels take time. According to Schmidt, “If you're putting in new cabinets, for instance, you often have to unhook and reconnect sinks, ice-makers and disposal, which could take up to four hours.” He adds it can take eight to 16 hours or more just to move a sink from one part of the kitchen to another. Additionally, inspections along the way, such as plumbing and electrical, add time as well.

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Time: Depends on the size of the home Cost: About $220 per square (a square is a 10-by-10-foot area). There are many variances involved with every roof though, such as pitch and height, but a typical ranch-style house costs $7,000 to $8,000 for the complete job. Removal and disposal: $125 to $130 a square foot Shingles: another $100 to $125, $250 a square on average About $2,000 to $2,500 for a typical ranch house. A higher quality roof on the same house could run $6,000 to $8,000. Asphalt-based, architectural roofing shingle is the most common with its different grades and more designer colors. The warranty on an architectural is better: five-year additional on the wear on the shingle. Other options of premium shingles include: clay, metal, shake and imitation metal shingles. The costs of these will double and triple that of an architectural shingle. Problems during a roof remodel that can increase remodel costs and take more time include: rotten roof decking, broken rafters, chimney reflashing and removal of multiple layers of old roofing.

➲ Siding Several types are available. Prices including materials and labor (cost/square) Vinyl: $200 to $250 Steel: $450 to $550 Hard-board: $500 to $600 Wood: $400 to $500 Cost of average house (material and labor) Aluminum siding: $2,800 to $3,500 Steel: $6,300 to $7,700 Hard-board: $7,000 to $8,400 Wood: $5,600 to $7,000 Things to consider before siding: House wrap and extra ½-inch insulation are necessary. For homes with existing siding: old siding can be torn off or new siding can go over top. Window or door replacement needs to be done before siding for better results.

➲ Bathroom Time: Three to seven days, including patching walls and tile installation. A light remodel, which might include a new countertop, stool, vanity and faucets, can be done in a couple of days if the products are picked out and ready to go. Cost: Labor can run $70 to $90 an hour. Some ideas for inexpensive bathroom remodeling: • Remove wallpaper and paint the walls • Update window coverings • Install new faucets: $75 to $80, (imported faucets with touch control can run $400 to $500) • Install a new, good quality toilet: as low as $100 A new design trend today called Aging in Place is offering older individuals and those with handicaps a chance to stay in their homes and continue to be independent as they age. Some Aging in Place bathroom options include: • Replace tub with shower • Install walk-in bathtub: can cost $7,000 • Utilize a lower shower threshold, 4½ to 4 5/8 inches tall or 1½ inches tall instead of the normal 7 to 8 inches, which can be difficult to step over. Also available for those in wheelchairs, base ramps (permanent or removable): around $130 • Install comfort height toilet seats (kitchen chair height): around $140 • Replace standard shower heads with hand-held shower heads: can be removed to allow individual to bath self and can be used to clean shower: around $140 • Use taller vanities: also called “kitchen” or “gentlemen’s” height, from $50 to $100 and up • Install slip-proof flooring • Create wider doorways for ADA compliance of 3 feet wide

Advice from Sneller: Replacing countertops, faucets and sinks are good choices if trying to sell a home.

Advice from Wade: Fiberglass doors can be stained or painted, whereas steel doors can only be painted, but both are better insulated and more energy efficient than wooden doors. Overall, newer doors add more curb appeal.

➲ Kitchen Time: Approximately two to four weeks to tear out and remodel Cost: A major remodel can run anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 plus. Lighter remodels, such as installing a laminate countertop, quality sink and faucet, can run from $800 to $1,500. Countertops alone can run anywhere from $500 to $8,000 depending on the material. Granite and quartz are more expensive. Hidden costs might include plumbing and ductwork problems discovered when removing plaster. Some ideas for inexpensive kitchen remodeling: • Add a simple-style tile backsplash: as low as $200 • Install a laminate countertop that looks like granite or quartz: starting at $400 to $500 • Incorporate interior organizing accessories, such as pull-out spice racks or pull-out shelving: less than $20 a piece • Replace hardware on cabinets: wide range of prices • Put a fresh coat of paint on walls: wide range of prices

➲ Front Door Time: One day Cost: From $200 to $2,000+ (depending on types) Steel and fiberglass (paint or stainable) are more popular than wood, which expand and contract.

Room Addition Time: Varies with the job Cost: Around $100 a square foot Advice from Schmidt:

➲ Plumbing

Contact the plumber before you get too far along in planning your project. Have him or her come out and see if what you want to do is possible.

During the remodel, water lines, pipes or other items may need to be replaced, which requires extra time and money. In the case of water heaters, be aware that today, water pressure must be below 80 psi. Also, copper gas lines also need to be removed/replaced because of deteriorating joints.

Advice from Boggs:

➲ Fireplace

Safety is most important. Before remodeling, get the chimney inspected, have them check for cracks, and get it cleaned. If you are burning wood, get it checked professionally every year. Don’t burn green and/or wet wood, and empty ashes appropriately to avoid starting a house fire.

Advice from Wade: Because HVAC parts typically begin to fail between 10 and 20 years, sometimes it‘s better to replace the whole system instead of replacing parts as needed and nursing it along.

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Time: Running a gas line and gas log takes less than a day. A total change to a high-efficiency fireplace can take about three days. A metal chimney and wood stove can be installed in one day. Cost: $1,200 to $1,500 to run a gas line and put in a gas log Cost to convert: Tearing out metal box models and putting in a highefficiency fireplace can be $5,000 and up Cost to add a wood-burning insert (with blowers) into wood-burning fireplace: $4,000 to $5,000, $60 to $100 a cord for wood Biggest expense in chimney conversion is the stove or wood-burning insert. In 2012, expected Environmental Protection Agency changes will require high-efficiency, ceramic glass, air-tight doors on fireplaces. Replacing older bi-fold fireplace doors costs $600 to $1,200. Because brick chimneys can crack over time and start flue fires, stainlesssteel pipes are a better choice and have lifetime warranties. For aesthetics, brick can be built around the metal flue (though this can be expensive). Easiest way to modernize an older fireplace: Replace the old brass doors common on older units with a newer color, such as black, nickel or titanium: $700 to $1,500.

➲ HVAC Time: One and a half to two days to replace a furnace system (no ductwork included) Cost: The average cost to replace a HVAC unit (not duct work) is $5,000 to $7,000 depending on whether it’s gas or electric, with electric being a little less expensive. A qualified HVAC contractor can determine what size unit is needed by doing a load study.

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Advice from Luebbert: Hardwoods can last a long time and look like new, 20 years and longer, if you take care of them, dust mop and keep the grit off the floor.

Advice from Sommers: With carpet being a petroleum product, prices increase every year. Last year there were four price increases in the first six months. So buy carpet ASAP, and take advantage of a good price because prices do not look to level off any time soon.

➲ Flooring: Hardwood (bare wood) Time: About four days at the most for one room; several rooms, maybe five days. Floors are sanded and coated the first day, then one coat is added on each of the next two days. For homes with older hardwood, restoration takes one day to buff and apply an extra coat of finish, about one-third the cost of a new hardwood floor. Cost: Hardwood is a bit more expensive when remodeling than with a new build because it must be fitted around stationary objects such as cabinets. Hallways: normally about $15 a square foot for materials and labor (sand and finish) Rooms: average $8 to $9 a square foot Typically, hardwood planks are 2¼-inch-wide oak (red or white); 3¼ inches is also available (about $.50 more per square foot). Hardwoods can be installed over concrete directly or by laying two layers of plywood first for cushioning. Hardwood can also be laid over pine flooring. Hardwoods are better for allergies than carpets and adaptable to all types of room designs.

➲ Flooring: Carpeting Time: Three bedrooms and a living room, usually installed in one day. Longer for projects with hallways and steps and if furniture needs to be removed. For instance, the main level of a 1,700-square-foot house would take two days with steps and hallways. The same house would take a day or a half day more if furniture needed to be moved. Cost: Good quality carpet starts at around $25 a yard (including pad and installation): basically, $2.80 a square foot with 17 cents a square foot for tearing up and hauling old carpet away. Tighter nap is suggested for hallways and steps to avoid traffic patterns in the carpet. Looser yarns, such as LCL (loop cut loop) or PCU (precision cut/uncut), similar to the older Berber style but with a softer feel, are popular in bedrooms. For higher humidity areas such as basements, a soft-back style, which has fiber on the back of the carpet, provides more structure for a stronger foundation, which helps the stretch to last longer. To reduce VOC (volatile organic compound) levels, install carpets with zinc and silver woven in, which lowers VOCs and freshens air quality.

➲ Central Vacuum System Cost: Remodels range from $1,200 to $1,500 Advice from Markway: Although most new houses are designed with a brick ledge to set brick on the foundation, if the home originally had siding, it would need to have a steel brick lintel bolted to the house; otherwise a cultured stone product must be used instead.

Advice from Wade: Manufacturers give a recommended R value for the region, which indicates the most efficiency for the money spent.

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➲ Exterior Brick A popular type of brick modular is the 8 inches by 3½ inches by 2¼ inches, but there are many colors to choose from. Cost: $8.50 to $10 per square foot Example: Exterior brick for four sides on an average ranch-style house: $14,000 to $16,000

➲ Windows Time: Depends on number of new windows being installed Cost: About $250 (labor and window) for vinyl windows to $700 for wood and clad (wood on the inside with fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum on the outside) Older window replacement may cost more because of lead paint issues, and many times older homes have much larger windows or odd sizes, but window replacement is always possible.

➲ Insulation The insulation required in 2-by-4 walls is R-13; 2-by-6 requires R-19; attics, R-38; and crawl spaces and in floors, R-19 minimum. The most common insulation used in homes is fiberglass batts, blown-in fiberglass, blown-in cellulose and spraying foam. Blown, loose insulation is used in attics, whereas batt insulation is used in walls and floor. Spray-in foam is common in walls, ceilings and floors. Cost: Insulation contractors can provide material selling points and cost differences. Typically, spray foam is more expensive than fiberglass but arguably a better product for completely sealing air leaks in houses. Insulation in general seals all penetration areas, cracks, holes from electrical, plumbing, HVAC applications and caulking. Electrical: When remodeling, be sure to stay within modern building codes, such as installing smoke detectors that are wired in and changing electrical panels to 200 amp services. Also, keep in mind that with increased computer and entertainment use, homes today require more electrical outlets than older homes. n

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By Anita Neal Harrison Photos by Chris Hollaway

Mid-Missouri Architect Hurst John

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ollowing World War II, the United States saw a wave of home construction, and the architect behind several Jefferson City residences of that period was a born-and-raised mid-Missourian, Hurst John (1911-1979). A prolific architect, Hurst John amassed some 950 client files between 1946 and 1979. His architectural firm, Hurst John and Associates, was based in Columbia, and most of his work was for mid-Missouri residences, though he also designed several commercial buildings and had a few out-of-state clients. The Hurst John Papers, archived in the State Historical Society of Missouri, includes around 60 files for Jefferson City clients. Just browsing through that list, Gary Kremer, director of the State Historical Society and author of several Missouri history books including Exploring Historic Jefferson City, was struck by

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how many well-known Jefferson City names are included, such as Bob Bregant, David Brydon, Harold Butzer, former Gov. John M. Dalton, Dr. Stuart Exon, James W. Gallaher, Mildred Hodges, Byron Kinder, Dr. Julian Ossman and Dr. Joseph Summers. “The inventory of the Johns’ Papers reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of prominent Jefferson Citians from that period,” Kremer says. Several Hurst John homes sit on Crystal View Drive, a street that provides incredible bluff-top river views. Greenberry Road and Old Boonville Road are two other areas of Hurst John concentration. Hurst John’s son, John John, a Realtor with RE/MAX Boone Realty, describes the overall look of his father’s designs as “’50s modern.” “Everything was not at right angles,” John John says. “He would set it on the lot so that maybe the garage was set off at a

slight angle from the rest of the house,” and rooms could even be octagonal. Designing the house so it made the most of the lot — its views and position to the sun — was a top concern of Hurst John. “He would often go sit on the lot at sunrise and watch the sun come up,” John John says. “And he’d watch it go down. He’d like to do that at different times of the year so he could set the house so it used the light of the sun, so the sun came in the proper ways.” Mary Pool lives in a Hurst John home on Crystal View Drive — a home built for $30,000 in 1956 for Roy and Joyce Sone, who still live in Jefferson City — and she loves the results of Hurst John’s careful attention to the lot’s offerings. “Every room has a vista; there are just little vignettes everywhere,” she says. “It’s charming.”

Other significant features of Hurst John homes were room flow; fireplaces that defined living spaces; large, stylized chimneys; and visual structural elements inside the home, such as a massive salvaged beam serving as a mantel. “Hurst John homes have something special about them,” Pool says. “His homes are gracious.” Hurst John was born in Maries County. His family moved to Columbia when he was in elementary school and then to St. James when he was in high school. In 1930, he entered the University of Missouri to study landscape architecture but had to drop out in 1932 because of the Depression. He began working as a maintenance man at Stephens College and later, from 1937 to 1940, he worked as a draftsman and apprentice for MU architecture professor Harry Satterlee Bill, who, Kremer notes, designed Jefferson City’s Warwick Village. n

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Design Inspiration By Nicole Gaither


rying to decide on what you want your new home to look like? Ranch-style homes dominate the Jefferson City area, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the norm. Here’s a look at what’s popular and some ideas for giving your home a custom distinction. “People usually lean towards ranch-style homes because they are able to get more home for their money and they have the option to finish the basement,” says Angie Zimmerman with Signature Homes. Ken Otke Construction notes the same trend, especially with an increase in people opting to finish the basement while still under construction rather than in the future. People are finding a need for that extra space, whether for extra bedrooms or an additional entertaining area. Although ranch-style continues its reign of popularity, Zimmerman says a market exists for story-and-a-half homes, especially for those people who want more space or design options. Signature Homes has seen a recent trend in new construction with clients wanting something different from the traditional red brick, white window and black roof home.

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“On the last few houses that I have designed, I experimented with straining the brick and mixing in exposed stone and brick on the exterior to create a unique look,” Zimmerman says. Stone has become a popular additive to houses to break up brick or stucco. For those who do not want a drastic change from the traditional ranch home but want something unique, choosing small custom architectural aspects can make a difference in the overall look. For example, Zimmerman says, “Instead of going with the signature white trim, people have started picking a sandstone or two-toned coloring to change up the look.” If you’re looking for a good way to change up the look of your home, researching different architectural designs is a good place to start. Picking certain elements from each can create that special look you’ve always wanted. Need a refresher in popular architectural design styles? Take a look at our primer:


This castle-like design emerged after the Civil War and was praised for its exquisite details, grand appearance and asymmetrical facades. The exterior can have many variations, but the tall and narrow frame usually boasts wildly colored trim, steeply pitched and irregularly shaped roofs and intricate additives. The inside is complete with an open floor plan containing oddly shaped and varying sized rooms, hand-carved woodwork and multiple balconies.

Ranch Spacious garage, simple floor plan and roomy

backyard all complete this 1930s, traditional American home. This single-story style also features large front windows, a smooth driveway, a combination of brick and stucco and simplistic elegance. Ranch homes vary from area to area, but generally the rooms flow from one to the next and put off a livable and flexible vibe.

Bungalow Perfect for warm weather areas, this design

became a popular option in the early 1900s. The outside is characterized by simplicity and often lacks intricate details. The one-story structure is narrow and deep with a lowpitched roof, overhanging eave and wide porch on the front for gathering. The exterior varies in brick, stucco or siding. The interior mirrors the outside in simplicity and has minimal wasted space.

Cape Cod

Known for simplicity and practicality, this one- to one-and-a-half-story style originated in eastern Massachusetts and was revived in the 1900s. Modeled after English houses, this design usually features a hall and parlor on the first floor, with low ceilings and inviting décor. Modern versions of Cape Cod are completed with brick, stone, and/ or stucco, decorative shutters, steeply pitched roofs with side gables and a central chimney.


Beautiful country retreat, this style of home is uniquely simplistic and full of character. First built by Native Americans, this box-like design usually includes two stories, a steeply pitched roof, timber framing with brick and stone accents and a long wraparound front porch. Few formal moldings are found in the interior, but wide-planked wood floors and elements of nature are used throughout. The kitchen is usually located in the back of the house, with bedrooms on the second story.


This style originated in Paris and is known for its creative balancing of retro, futuristic and glamorous. It features an open floor plan, intricate fireplace, elegant staircase and railing, flat roofs, glass bricks and strong horizontal lines. The outside is typically rectangular, low to the ground, boxy and finished with white or pastel stucco. The design is flexible but is more prevalent in warmer climates such as Florida and California.

Mid-Century Modern Popular in the 1940s and

’50s, this design stems from the idea that a fulfilling and healthy life begins at home. The floor plan is open, with no walls or interior rooms. Solid glass and steel beams constructs the outside so one can enjoy the views from nature. The outside landscape becomes a part of the inside experience.

French Provincial

This irresistible and romantic French-country design was originated in France in the mid1600s. The square symmetrical shape resembles a townhouse with massive hipped roofs, brick or stone exterior, tall secondfloor windows, arched entry and private gardens or patios. The balance and symmetry continues on the inside, which is usually comprised of a central hall and two identical wings. The rooms boast high ceilings and are accented with thick moldings, soft contemporary colors and natural materials.

Neoclassical Fit for a king — or president — this

style is illustrated by residences such as the White House and Elvis’ Graceland. The design is timeless and grand. The two-story floor plan has symmetrical features including a full-length porch, towering columns, striking entry, elegant dining room and lavish parlor. This design is inspired by ancient Greece and Rome.

Tudor Flourishing in the 1920s and ’30s, this design

resembles an intimate English cottage with high vaulted ceilings and exposed beams in the interior. The rooms are large and inviting, with warm colors and décor. The outside is complete with stucco and timber finishes accented by large decorative chimneys, a steep roof, tall and narrow windows and multiple cross gables. n

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A New Order

Options and advice for getting organized By Lauren Sable Freiman Some people are filers; others are pilers. That’s what Charlette Heyer, owner of Organize that Space, has learned from working with clients to organize their homes. Although many struggle with getting and staying organized, small changes go a long way toward a more orderly household.

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Valet rods are another simple yet useful component of a master closet. The rods allow homeowners to hang temporary items such as dry cleaning, the next day’s outfit or clothes that will be packed for a trip. Heyer says she likes to install at least one in every master closet but often receives requests to install anywhere from two to four, as homeowners find a variety of uses for the retractable rods. “There are also things like pant racks that look nice but are not always very efficient,” Heyer says. “You have to determine where the compromise is between something that looks great and something that is efficient.”

Transforming problem areas

Built-in cabinetry offers neat and tidy storage options for the master closet.

Tackling the master closet

In homes across America, one of the most common areas screaming for organization is the master closet. The good news is that new tools for organization provide unique and unlimited options. “Holy cow, where to begin,” says Tina Davis, manager of interior design at Scruggs Lumber. “You see anything from hidden hampers to hidden compartments for jewelry, gems or guns.” According to Davis, most master closets now have built-in cabinetry that gives homeowners specific places to store various items, such as ties, shoes and clothes. A jewelry box or cabinet can be condensed into one or two deep drawers with sliding trays for jewelry, units that are “exceptional when you see them,” Davis says. Heyer helps clients organize their master closet with built-in hampers or hampers hidden behind the door. Some homeowners are choosing to install builtin ironing boards, which store neatly and discretely in a drawer. Full-length mirrors can also be discretely hidden behind a vertical panel in the closet. Full extension glides allow the mirror to pull out and pivot for use.

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Another typical problem area is the space right off the garage or back entry, where hats and scarves, jackets, mail, dog leashes and other everyday items accumulate. Davis advises clients to transform the space into an organizational section equipped with builtin cabinets or cubbies. A bench with storage for shoes and a row of coat hooks helps transform that space into a very usable area. If space is a concern, don’t let it be a deterrent to getting organized. Davis says often these spaces are only 4-foot sections that are 18 inches deep. But with the right storage treatment, it can become a highly organized space within a very small square footage footprint. “People can make this area look more or less decorative,” Davis says. “Most of the time we have the custom cabinet guys make the storage units to mimic the cabinets they are close to since this area is often the extension of a kitchen or laundry area.” With new storage options for the bathroom, even the master bath can become a highly organized space. New vanities have pull-out drawers that allow homeowners to keep their cords and hot devices such as curling irons and hairdryers tucked away. On some of these units, opening the drawer turns on the power while closing the drawer shuts the power off. “The people that have these would never not have them after having them,” Davis says. “Cords all over the countertop are never fun, so these are really popular things in the bathroom.” n

Simple tips for easy and practical storage Even those short on time or budget can turn their home into a clutter-free environment.

Use decorative baskets to give everything a place. Baskets are an easy way to organize items in a way that allows quick and easy access. If things such as gloves or mail go in a basket by the door, it doesn’t look messy, Davis says. Target, Pier 1 and thousands of other retailers sell wood or wicker baskets with liners in a plethora of colors, so handy storage takes on a designer look without the designer price tag.

Have a plan in place to deal with clutter. Clutter is just delayed decision-making, Heyer says. “When people have to make a decision about how to deal with something every time, it can be stressful for some people,” Heyer says. “If you list out everything that comes into your house and where it goes, you don’t have to decide again how you’ll handle it.” For example, Heyer suggests devising a process for dealing with donation requests, so when they come in the mail, a system is already in place. Although mailbox systems are helpful for organizing important papers and pieces of mail, Heyer has another simple suggestion for limiting clutter: stopping it before it gets into the house. “Evaluate every piece of mail, and if you don’t really need it, get off as many lists as possible so you can keep it from becoming clutter in the first place,” Heyer says.

Create an attractive bulletin board. Gluing 12-by-12-inch cork tiles onto a wall between cabinets and countertop is another fun, simple way to organize frequently used phone numbers, grocery lists, invitations and other important papers, Davis says. Tiles come in a variety of stains to match any décor, and a handcrafted board is much more attractive than a traditional bulletin board. However homeowners choose to organize their home, Heyer’s only caution is to make sure the system works for their particular lifestyle. “You can buy any fancy thing, but if it doesn’t work the way you need it to, it becomes clutter itself,” she says.

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Construction Special Section Designer Kitchens and Baths............. 40

Green Horizons Garden Center.......... 45

Mid-City Lumber.................................41

Missouri Solar Apps........................... 46

Midwest Block and Brick.................... 43

MRA Construction. ............................ 46

Signature Homes............................... 42

Longfellow's Garden Center............... 47

Dave Burks Custom Homes................ 44

Mid-America Bank.............................. 47

LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting.............. 44

Mueller Landscape............................. 48

Martellaro Marble & Granite............... 45

River Region Credit Union.................. 48

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or over 69 years, Mid-City lumber company has been a trusted, locally owned building supply source. All these years later, they’ve made a name for themselves in the interior design and fixture business. Of course they are known for their lumber and plywood, but Mid-City is also an incredible and affordable source for doors, windows, paint, counter-tops, floor coverings, siding, roofing, paint, and light fixtures. Customers come to Mid-City’s professional interior designers Gayla and Casey time and time again for help with everything from backsplash tile choice to entire room and home design. Getting professional advice before beginning a renovation saves time, money, and ensures the knock-out result that you want for your home. Delivery, you ask? Mid-City has a quality team of professional delivery drivers to bring your materials to your door with a courteous smile.

118 Jaycee Dr. • Jefferson City (573)636-6138 •


Getting the Job Done Right

hen you’re building a new home or remodeling an older one, quality work is of the utmost importance. With Signature Homes, the job doesn’t just get done — it gets done right. Signature Homes specializes in custom homes, remodels and spec homes, and the company prides itself on meeting the needs of today’s families with homes that fit clients’ unique tastes and ever-changing lifestyles. With a talented team of professionals behind the process from start to finish, no detail goes unseen and no need goes unmet. Not only does every Signature Homes project carry the quality stamp of the team behind it, but every house and remodel is also a clear reflection of the individuals who call it home. That personalization starts from the initial meeting and continues throughout the building process, as Signature Homes learns about the client, the families and what’s most important to them when it comes to

floor plans and room designs. The result is a flawless design that fits the family like a glove. In addition to personalized design, quality work and exceptional customer service, the Signature Homes team, led by builder Scott Schaeperkoetter, offers support and vision that can carry projects to the next level. Paulette Kreter, Signature’s project coordinator, helps relieve the stress of homebuilding by guiding clients through the process, and Angie Zimmerman, interior designer, is available to help clients select everything from colors and lighting to flooring and cabinets. And with job superintendant Brad Mitchel, finish Forman Mark Holterman, and framing foreman Ryan Herigon, job supervisors are on site to coordinate employees and subcontractors to keep everything running smoothly and on schedule. With a great team offering innovative design, quality construction and impeccable finish work, Signature Homes is sure to please.

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Building to Last

hese days, it seems time is moving faster than ever. Between hectic schedules, demanding jobs and growing families, it’s not often we allow ourselves to slow down and relax. When it comes to our homes, however, words like fleeting and temporary don’t fit the bill. We want our homes to withstand the test of time and to look just as beautiful 20 years from now as they did the day they were built. Midwest Block and Brick, the largest manufacturer of masonry and landscape products in the Midwest, is in the business of building to last. “The products that we manufacture are superior,” says Jami Buffington, marketing manager at Midwest Products Group. “The products that we distribute are numerous. … We have unique products in each of our locations available to customers in any part of our region.”

Part of Midwest Products Group, which employs 350 people throughout its locations across the Midwest, Midwest Block and Brick specializes in residential and commercial masonry, as well as residential and commercial landscaping. The company’s impressive product list takes into account consumer concerns such as style, quality, maintenance savings, energy conservation, fire resistence and resale value, and new products continually cycle in. “We have two new products, which we are most excited to promote: Rosetta Belvedere Walls and Rosetta Outcropping Walls,” Buffington says. “Beautiful weathered stone textures with multiple natural color blends complement any décor. It is the perfect fit to outdoor living spaces of any style and size.”

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Built for Comfort and Beauty


t Dave Burks Custom Homes, no project is too big or too small. The business specializes in new home construction and all sizes and scales of renovation projects and has operated for 26 years with an important goal in mind: bringing customers the homes they desire in a style they love and a cost that suits their budget. “Live within your budget, and have fun doing it,” owner Dave Burks says. With Dave Burks Custom Homes, the customer remains at the forefront, and superior craftsmanship and attention to details are what keep clients coming back. “Expert craftsmanship and stunning details are the foundation from which we have operated and built our reputation,” Burks says. “We enjoy applying a mix of different styles and trends to customize and suit our customers’ needs.”

Dave Burks Custom Homes 1 573.619.5269 919 Sherwood Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109

Finding Your Personal Style


hen it comes to home remodeling and construction, it’s all about the choices, and at LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting, product selection is top notch. Whether clients desire a sleek new look, an edgy vintage feel or an eclectic mix, LaBelle works hard to ensure that the finished projects reflect personal styles. In addition to cabinetry and lighting, LaBelle provides countertops, ceiling fans, plumbing, mirrors, lamps, accessories and much more. That, in addition to superior customer service, keeps the company going strong after five years in business. “We go the extra mile to make sure all those decisions that need to be made on a remodel or on a new job are not overwhelming to the customer,” says Kristin Schroeder, owner of LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting. “We want this to be a fun process.”

1311 Creek Trail Drive, Suite C Jefferson City, MO 65109 • (573) 632-2438

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No Stone Unturned


t Martellaro Marble & Granite, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. There is, however, a team of knowledgeable employees who will have the answer you’re looking for. “All of us at Martellaro Marble & Granite take great pride in our work, each bringing our own special talents to please customers,” says Diane Martellaro, who heads the company with her husband, Jack. “We are not satisfied until you are, no matter how big or small your project.” In business for 11 years, Martellaro Marble & Granite specializes in countertops for kitchens and baths and also provides fireplace surrounds, table tops and more. The company offers complete customization with a variety of products and materials, but it’s not just the wide selection that appeals to customers. “Our knowledge of natural rock, keen attention to detail, highly personalized approach and small business integrity have earned us a solid reputation among both commercial and residential customers,” Martellaro says.

407 Lost Indian Lane • Chamois, MO 65024 (573) 763-5009 • (866) 657-0110


ondering which plants will grow best in the shade or how far apart to plant spring flowers? Green Horizons Garden Center is the place to go for one of the largest selections of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals in the area and for advice and pointers from a knowledgeable and professional staff. Whether or not you have a green thumb, Green Horizons makes gardening easy and enjoyable. Staff members are ready and willing to assist with plant selection, proper planting technique and maintenance of plants. Owners Rick and Joan Penno are so committed to providing quality products that they offer a one-year warranty on all trees and shrubs. And with a full line of lawn and garden products including bulk seeds, topsoil, rocks and mulch, yard statuary, bird baths, pottery and gift items and landscape services for both commercial and residential needs, Green Horizons is a one-stop shop for gardening.

2607 Route CC Jefferson City, MO 65109 (573) 636-4373

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Energy Investment


pgrading a home is notoriously expensive, but sometimes it pays to invest. What’s the No. 1 piece of advice that Vaughn Prost, president and CEO of Missouri Solar Apps LLC, gives customers? Ask, “What is my return on investment?” Missouri Solar Apps is the largest solar energy installer in midMissouri — a market that’s exciting for both businesses and consumers. The company provides solar electric and hot water energy systems for commercial and residential applications, along with energy-efficiency upgrades. With the federal and utility incentives available for customers and businesses that make the switch to solar energy — from 10 to 20 percent depending on the application and client — Missouri Solar Apps provides a sound investment. “Where else can you invest your money and get such a great guaranteed rate of return on your investment?” Prost asks. Incentives are time limited, though, so interested consumers should act quickly.

P.O. Box 1727, Jefferson City, MO 65102 (573) 659-8657 •

Above and Beyond


xcellent home construction relies on two key factors: quality work and quality product. “Be smart; don’t always purchase the lowest bid. …” says Matt Allen, head of MRA Construction LLC. “If you only get one or the other, then your investment isn’t worth what you have in it.” At MRA Construction, quality is at the top of their game plan. Whether it’s servicing roofs, siding, windows, gutters and soffits or working on interior remodels, new homes or additions, Allen and his team work hard to go above and beyond the clients’ requests. “Our business stands out because of the versatility in all fields,” Allen says. “We offer more so the customer will rely on us for the other projects as well as the one they hired us to do. We strive for excellence in all that we do and the services we provide.”

502 Schumate Chapel Road Jefferson City, MO 65109 • (573) 230-8493

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“Relationship Banking at its Best”


xperience speaks volumes about a company’s vision and practices — what that company cares about and how it goes about getting the job done. After 98 years in business, Mid America Bank is doing something right. “In today’s technologically advanced world, we at Mid America Bank still remember we are in the people business,” says Brian Berhorst, President/CEO. “Yes, we offer all the bank products our competitors do. But who are our clients? People like you. … They come from all walks of life, and at Mid America Bank we take the time to know our customers.” With locations throughout mid-Missouri, Mid America Bank strives to keep its local communities vibrant and growing by emphasizing relationship banking, in which the focus is on the needs of the individuals, dealt with in a face-toface, one-on-one basis. At a time when personal contact is getting harder to find in business, Mid America Bank is embracing the basics.

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Loving the Landscape


he grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but with help from Longfellow’s Garden Center Inc., your side can look pretty great, too. Whether it’s gardening plants and supplies, trees and shrubs, landscaping supplies or landscaping services, Alice Longfellow, Bob Call and their team at Longfellow’s can help you with landscaping solutions. Longfellow’s Garden Center has been in business for 25 years, and it’s their mission to be the best garden center in mid-Missouri. With the highest quality plants and a knack for landscape problemsolving, Longfellow’s provides excellent service and results while staying sensitive to the customers’ needs. “We have a very loyal customer base,” Longfellow says, “and we have to do what we can to take care of their plant and landscape needs.” Bring this ad in to Longfellow’s Garden Center and take home a FREE Plentifall Pansy – You’ll be glad you did!

From left to right: Bob Call, Staci Hentges and Rick Goans

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Service with a Smile


avigating the world of finance, whether personal or professional, can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, the team at River Region Credit Union is all about ensuring a comfortable yet professional experience. “From the inviting décor to the warm smile that greets you, we want you to feel at home each time you visit one of our branches,” says spokesman Darren Heckman, of High 5 Communications. River Region Credit Union provides financial services for professional and business needs, such as savings, checking and loans. Established in 1954, the business continually offers competitive rates, on the low end for loans and the high end for savings, according to published reports. That, combined with friendly, professional service, makes them a standout in the Jefferson City banking community.

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The Schaeperkoetters get it right

By Jennifer Bondurant Photos by Chris Hollaway

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Clockwise, from top left: A series of three wood panels decorate the office ceiling. A white marble fireplace and mantel lend a classic air to the great room. Custom ceilings are a Signature Homes specialty. A wrought-iron grate set within an open-air transom conveys some of the Old World charm that Bobbie Schaeperkoetter sought.

As owners of Signature Homes, Scott and Bobbie Schaeperkoetter have been involved in 100 new constructions in and around Jefferson City in the past 10 years. They’ve built three homes for themselves. They completed their last one in October 2011, and according to the couple, their newest home is the best reflection of who they are. It’s not uncommon for a homebuilder to build his or her own home with an eye for resale: The Schaeperkoetters are no exception. In the past, they kept to safe choices and popular trends and created a space that they knew would be popular for another buyer, sooner or later. (For their last house, that next buyer came sooner than expected. They had been in their previous home for four months when it was featured in Jefferson City Magazine, January 2011. The family of four began building again after a reader made an unexpected offer to buy.) With short notice, they built their latest house more on the fly than their previous homes, and the couple let their personalities flow throughout the new design space and home plan. The resulting residence is a home that fits their young family, including 5-year-old Gavin and 9-year-old

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Brayden; reflects Signature Homes’ skill in custom home design; and most truly reflects who they are. According to Bobbie, as you get older, it’s easier to develop that kind of space. “The building gets easier each time,” she says. “As you get older, the more you want your home to fit your family.” A trip to New Orleans was instrumental in the design vision for their house. The couple toured homes in the Big Easy and scoured various expos and design centers in Missouri to compile ideas for their current residence and to help inform their work for other customers. “Bobbie’s a glitzy, glam type of girl,” says Angie Zimmerman, Signature Homes’ on-staff interior designer. Taking in Bobbie’s enthusiasm for the heavy French architecture she saw in the South, Zimmerman presented a “Hollywood meets New Orleans” design concept for the Schaeperkoetters’ new home — a perfect fit. Zimmerman says that, while working closely with Bobbie, they often went into “snowball design mode” as one thing rolled into another and the two elements came together. “We are always trying to set our homes apart from what’s out there,” Scott says.

“To be as unique as possible, it’s a big thing for a lot of our clients, whether it’s by painting the cabinets or adding a hearth room.” Bobbie acknowledges that it can be a struggle to stay creative. “You do a lot of things over and over when you know what looks good. You have to push out of the box and let the unique elements come together.”

Building a family hub “We’ve never used this home plan before,” says Scott, who worked on the plans with Signature Homes’ Zimmerman and Paulette Kreter, designer/project coordinator. “We pulled a lot of our favorites together for it.” With five bedrooms and three baths, the Schaeperkoetters’ home covers 2,606 square feet on the main level and 1,913 on the lower. Although their two previous homes were very similar in layout, the home plan for the new home included a hearth room, a new addition to their home scheme that they say they will never again do without. “The kitchen tends to be the hub, where we all come together,” Bobbie says. “I wanted a comfortable place where I could

Clockwise, from right: Notable kitchen features include a long, narrow kitchen island (adds cabinet space and hides extras such as a built-in spice rack and pull-out trash cans on both sides), a pressed tin ceiling and a marble countertop amid gray painted ceilings. A unique groin vaulted ceiling makes an impression in the master bedroom. Punches of color, such as a deep purple pillow, add to a classic black and white scheme. A 10-foot ceiling and plate-glass mirror, framed by tile, opens up the master bathroom. An oval jetted tub sits beneath the bathroom window and a circular light fixture.

still cook and do what I needed and the boys could still be in that space.” The hearth room was the answer: a cozy alcove connected to the kitchen and informal dining area. A small desk space, built into the kitchen cabinetry, adds even more function. The kitchen is spacious, yet follows a basic galley design, anchored by a long, narrow island with a butcher-block top in the middle. Bobbie likes defined spaces, not all open, and the home manages to create a comfortable compromise, as the kitchen is partially exposed to the more formal family room.

Standout features

A few of the distinctive elements that Bobbie chose for this home included

painted cabinets in Kendall Charcoal (gray) beneath a pressed tin ceiling. An open-air transom off the kitchen features a wrought-iron grille, carrying Old World charm. Avoiding more traditional earth tones used in their previous homes, the Schaeperkoetters sought a “classy” look with black, white and silver. For example, silver-backed tile in the kitchen creates a shimmery, upscale feel. Additional striking color choices — Birds of Paradise (pink) for the laundry room, Queen Anne’s Lilac (purple) for the bedroom, Dill Pickle (green) for the craft room — surprise and delight. A window seat in the hearth room begs for a story to be told in the afternoon light. In the formal sitting area, a white marble surround encases the fireplace, beneath a high ceiling. The master bedroom features

a groin vaulted ceiling, most often used in museums and churches, according to Scott. He cites the Fox Theatre as one example where you’ll find this type of ceiling, characterized by two barrel vaults that intersect at right angles and create beautifully defined geometric arches. Downstairs, a more laidback living room, bar and entertainment area gives the family the perfect place to relax. A media room, exercise room and craft room house favorite diversions. The Schaeperkoetters are at home in their new place, but that doesn’t mean it’s a spot they’ll settle. The couple says they will, of course, build again. “It’s so much fun,” Bobbie says, but she doesn’t have to. All you have to do is look at their home to see how much they love the task. n

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The house was designed for function. Outside the cubby room, a door-length chalkboard is the Schaeperkoetter boys’ go-to spot for the days’ run-down.

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Clockwise, from far left: The home’s lower level reflects a more playful space for the family, including a media room, space for ping pong and checkers and Bobbie’s well-organized craft room (shown). Chalkboards in the hall between the boys’ bedrooms are a perfect spot for messages from Mom. Fun with color: bright blue chair in the craft room. Lively lime green walls create an inspiring backdrop for the craft room. St. Louis Cardinals rule in 9-year-old Gavin’s room, where he sleeps beneath a stadium wall mural.


Builder: Signature Homes Inc. Designer: Paulette Kreter, Signature Homes Interior Designer: Angie Zimmermann, Signature Homes Lumber, Windows, Trim Material: Scruggs Lumber Brick: Dave Smith Masonry, Midwest Block and Brick Brick Staining: Nawkaw Siding, Soffit, Fascia: Mark Ewers, Superior Exteriors Gutters: California Siding & Gutters Landscaping and Hardscape: Pure Horticulture by Signature Homes Concrete: Cole County Industries Foundation: Callaway Foundations Cabinets: Wes Scheulen Cabinetry Granite: Martellaro Marble and Granite HVAC: Stieferman Heating & Cooling Plumbing: George's Plumbing Electrical: MaRC's Electric Drywall: Mike Simpson Drywall Painting: Signature Homes Faux Painting: Angie Zimmermann, Signature Homes Finish Carpentry: Mark Holterman, Signature Homes Floor Covering: Scruggs Lumber Light Fixtures: Lowe's Appliances: Lowe's

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Clockwise, from upper Left: Modular porcelain tile carries a clean line and gives an upscale vibe in the lower-level bath. Cars, traffic signs and license plates deliver an automotive theme in 5-year-old Gavin's room. A chair, bright with floral upholstery, creates a welcoming spot in the craft room. The media room adds to the home's entertainment options. Glass backsplash tile gleams, reflected in the master bath vanity's black granite top. Making a grand impression, a round chandelier hangs in the great room.

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Complete Kitchen Rehaul Remodeling adds functionality and an invitation to enjoy By Molly Wright | Photos by Chris Hollaway

hen it comes to a kitchen remodel, functionality tops the list of importance, but truth be told, a warm inviting gathering space for family and friends is also essential. When Kristin Schroeder, owner and designer of LaBelle Cabinetry and Lighting, and Theresa Heckman, of Theresa Heckman Interior Designs, recently updated a 16-year-old kitchen, they kept this in mind. Their ownerpleasing results created a room with not only more serviceable cooking and serving areas, but also an exceptionally welcoming atmosphere. Although the majority of the house was updated in 2008, the kitchen had not been touched since the home was built. With baby blue and mauve colors, seafoam countertops and white appliances, it was stuck in the late 1990s, and Schroeder and Heckman knew the room needed a complete makeover. “We wanted to create something new, with different heights, colors and textures to give the kitchen a more timeless appeal,” Schroeder says. They also wanted to simplify the traffic flow by taking out the L-shaped counter peninsula and making room for a center island that the owner desired. They began by gutting the kitchen, with the exception of the hardwood floors, which they had restained a darker walnut color. For the walls they chose rich mocha paint to soften the room, and they replaced the older white appliances with stainless steel. With the peninsula gone, they installed a vintage onyx island in the middle of the space, where its detailed cut granite surface creates interest and the extra thick overhanging ogee edge is perfect for tucking barstools underneath when not in use. Using cream-colored cabinets, Schroeder and Heckman staggered the heights so the ceiling now appears taller and the room bigger. They utilized the original desk space more efficiently as well. “We did a nice little cabinet that’s kind of an organization area where she can have the phones plugged in, with nice deep drawers to keep their stuff when they walk in the door,” Schroeder says. Removing the desk also opened up additional pantry space.

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For the countertops, Heckman choose budget-friendly granite-look laminate. To give the kitchen personality, she added new window coverings, eye-catching ceramic tile designs for the backsplash and special touches, such as deep drawers with a soft-close feature, a pull-out spice rack and pull-out hidden trash cans. Can lights on the ceiling and lights beneath the cabinets were utilized to provide brighter cooking and serving areas. “It has a richer, warmer feel,” Schroeder says about the revamped space. “Now the kitchen fits the house.” n

Top, Above: New cream-colored cabinetry delivers a more timeless appeal. Granite tops the vintage onyx island, with an overhanging ogee edge. Above: Kristin Schroeder of LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting and Theresa Heckman of Theresa Heckman Interior Designs collaborated on the kitchen remodel. Designers: Kristin Schroeder and Theresa Heckman Cabinetry and laminate countertops: LaBelle Cabinetry and Lighting Cabinetry installation: Marvin Eiken Granite: Martellaro Marble and Granite Lighting: LaBelle Cabinetry and Lighting Electrician: Sam Thomas Painting: Rita Lindenbusch Ceramic tile installation: Major Interiors Hardwood floors: JCL Hardwood Floors (refinished existing)

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BEFORE: The 16-year-old kitchen needed a complete overhaul. Tasks included restaining the hardwood floors to a darker color, new cabinets, ripping out seafoam countertops and replacing the white appliances.

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Spring Splash All items from Schaefer House, 618 Broadway. Photos courtesy of Schaefer House

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➊ Rouge tile 18-inch pillow, $72. ➋ Provence narrow buffet in a red heavy distressed finish and an aged honey mahogany top, $550. ➌ Talavera tile rug (6-by-9-foot), $495. ➍ Assorted table runners, $22.50 each. ➎ Mel stripe duvet, $158 (queen). Euro shams, $38 each. Calhoun standard shams, $58 each. Diamond canary matelasse coverlet (queen), $288. ➏ Jane’s Mums 60-inch square tablecloth, $52. ➐ Melody napkins, set of four for $38. ➑ Rockport large ottoman covered in Wendy’s Garden hooked rug, $995.

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Tile Style Planning to remodel a bath or kitchen? Choosing the right tile makes a statement! Look for some of these top options.

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Clockwise from Top Right: ➊-➍ Brushstrokes from Premier Distributors, Brown Gold/Oceans Blue/Oceans Burgundy/Oceans Latte (12-by-12-inch sheet with varying sizes: 2-by-2-inch, 4-by-4-inch and 2-by-4-inch), Scruggs Lumber. ➎ Noce travertine from ISC Surfaces (12-by-12inch or 18-by-18-inch), Scruggs Lumber.➏ Black scratch marble from TOPCU, $23.20 square/foot (4-by-12-inch), Sommers Interiors, 1512 Creek Trail Drive. ➐ Chinese multi slate from ISC Surfaces (12-by-12-inch or 16-by-16-inch), Scruggs Lumber, 1707 Christy Drive. ➑ White marble (polished and wide beveled) from TOPCU, $21.40 square/foot (3-by-6-inch and 4-by-4-inch), Sommers Interiors.


“The 1940’s Radio Hour”

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, unmissable comedy smash straight from Broadway, The 39 Steps.

A musical comedy tribute to the Golden Age of Radio is a musical treat full of 1940s big-band music, swing dancing, patriotism, and old-fashioned sound effects.

April 12-22 Directed By Gail and Frank Bise

March 9-18 Directed By Rob Crouse

Experience Missouri’s Only Year-Round Broadway Dinner Theatre!

Enjoy a three course, full service meal hosted by award-winning Chef Ryan P. Davis of Argyle Catering Company, recently voted best catering company in Jefferson City.

For show tickets call: 573.681.9012

Argyle Catering Company 573.680.1144 | Argyle, MO

Presented by:

Capital City Players

573.681.9012 | Shikles Auditorum | Jefferson City, MO

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Oh, Baby! Cupcakes for March of Dimes

By Jennifer Bondurant Photos by Chris Hollaway

In support of the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 29, Jefferson City Magazine asked three local gourmet bakers to each design a cupcake in honor of the organization. Take a look at their delectable creations on the following pages, then log onto our Facebook page at to vote for your favorite.

Why vote? Vote to show your support for the March of Dimes. You can also help us raise awareness of the March of Dimes and its important work. Share our Facebook posts about the March of Dimes, the importance of prenatal care and facts about premature births on your Facebook page. Your vote also helps reward the top supporters for our local March for Babies. The winning cupcake will be featured at parties for the top fundraising company and top fundraising family for this year’s March for Babies. Watch our Facebook page for info on the March for Babies and local team fundraisers.

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Lavender Honey Cupcake with Honey Cream Cheese Icing By Something Yummy | “We picked these flavors as they are naturally calming, soothing flavors, which is something we think of when we think of the support March of Dimes provides for babies and their families.” – Amy Duke, owner, Something Yummy Something Yummy LLC was founded in September 2010. Owner Amy Duke started her business after looking for something a little different for her own kids’ birthday parties. Something Yummy operates an in-home bakery, with Cole County Health Department approval, taking orders online and specializing in cakes, cookies, cookie cakes, cake pops and cupcakes for birthday, anniversary, baby showers, bridal showers, grooms cakes and corporate functions. Duke is a Jefferson City native, returning to her hometown after living in St. Louis and Chicago. With her husband, Bill, she is the proud parent of four boys.

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March of Dimes Cupcake By B.K. Bakery | Featuring white devil’s food cake, plus pink lemonade buttercream and blueberry buttercream. Led by Brandon Kelley, B.K. Bakery is an artisan bakery that offers handcrafted breakfast pastries, desserts, pies and cakes. In addition to sweet treats, B.K. Bakery also serves Kaldi's coffee, espresso, loose-leaf teas, blended beverages and more. Kelley is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., where he earned an A.O.S. degree in baking and pastry arts. He gained experience at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Wash., and the Upper Crust restaurant in Columbia prior to opening B.K. Bakery in 2009. Jefferson City Magazine | 69

Whoa, Baby! Pucker-Up KeyLime Cupcake By Cameo Cupcakes | With a lifelong love of baking, Lindsey Rowden started Cameo Cupcakes in 2005 as a hobby that grew quickly with the help of social media and referrals. Currently, Cameo Cupcakes takes custom orders for cupcakes and cake pops and accommodates both small and large groups. A Jefferson City native, Rowden has three small children who she says are the best taste testers she knows. n 70 | March/April 2012


Commercial Landscaping By Abbe Meyers

A nice, neat landscape around your business may affect more than just the property value. It can make a statement to the world about you and your business. The first time customers approach your front door, they form a first impression. What they see can add — or detract — from their perception of what it’s like to do business with you.

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“An attractive, well-maintained landscape can create an image in the customer’s mind of the business itself,” says Don Mueller, owner of Mueller Landscape Construction. “If the landscaping is appealing, neat and professional, the business will carry that same image.”

Picking the right commercial landscaper

If you are considering a landscape project or want to establish a lawn maintenance program for your business property, consider the following: Find several reputable, insured companies and request bids. Start by looking at the well-maintained properties near your location, and ask who handles their landscape maintenance. Keep in mind that March and April are very busy months for landscapers, so if you don’t already have a relationship established, the pool of companies to choose from may be small. Take a walk with the prospective company. A bidder should appear in person at your property so he or she can answer your questions and discuss details. Walk the property together. The walk-through is a great time to get a feel for the company’s knowledge and expertise, show them the property boundaries and discuss any questions or issues you have. Look for a company that talks maintenance. Strong candidates for the job will make suggestions about making your property more maintenance friendly. “With commercial landscaping, there should be more consideration for the maintenance factor,” Mueller says. “For example, lower maintenance plant materials make better choices. Any materials that are more durable and less fancy or decorative are less expensive to care for.” The cost for a routine landscape maintenance program can range anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 per year. “For companies looking to improve their landscaping, the majority of the time their limitations are their budget,” says Nathan Real, owner of Truescape, a commercial and residential landscape company. “Better results can be achieved overall by using the same company for all services. A single landscaping company will do a better job of making it all work together than if you have several companies providing different services.” A commercial maintenance program will be more intense and performed more frequently than a residential program to keep the landscape appearance in consistent top form. One of the most important considerations for any lawn maintenance program is that the timing of certain functions is critical. Performing lawn care applications, weed control and trimming at the appropriate time is a must.

“In general, one of the biggest factors in any successful landscape maintenance is providing services at the right time for optimal results,” Mueller says. “A good landscaping company stays in tune with the weather and ground temperature. A local business can more easily customize a program to a customer’s needs and react at the appropriate time.” Inquire about eco-friendly options available from potential landscape companies. Most offer organic fertilizer and weed control. Permeable pavers are available from some landscapers and are a new “green” choice for parking lots and patios. Rainwater is absorbed through the pavers and trapped in a gravel or sand-layered base called an aquifer, preventing run-off. A pump system can disperse water from the man-made aquifer to planter beds and greens spaces. The parking lot at Lincoln University’s Dickinson Research Center was recently renovated and expanded using permeable pavers. Some commercial landscape companies also build special basins called retention or detention ponds. These are required now in some cities for new building projects so that run-off water is trapped and can absorb into the ground. A retention pond will trap and hold water continually. A detention pond, also known as a dry pond, will temporarily store water after a storm. Construction and upkeep for these ponds can also be part of a business landscape project and maintenance program. n For more information, contact: • Truescape LLC, Jefferson City, 573-634-0074, locations also in Fulton and Columbia, • Mueller Landscape Construction LLC, Jefferson City, 573-893-2404,

What can a landscaper do for your business?

Routine ground maintenance services: fertilization, weed control, lawn mowing/trimming, gutter cleaning, tree/shrub trimming, mulching and weed/ debris cleanup. Some landscape companies offer tree removal and stump grinding or provide snow removal in the winter. Services for new landscape construction projects: design, excavation, tree/shrub/flower plantings, irrigation/sprinkler systems and outdoor lighting. “Hardscaping”: Design and installation of inanimate elements of landscaping, especially any masonry work or woodwork. Hardscape projects can include features such as parking lots, retaining walls, boulder walls, walkways, patios or water fountains.

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business profile

Streamlining Huber & Associates’ Enterpol

ost people don’t know it, but booking someone into jail is a lot of work. Filling out reports is a time-consuming process that requires transferring the same information — such as name and address — to multiple sheets of paper. The Enterpol Solution for Public Safety changes that. A computer programmer in Canada originally wrote the Enterpol software. After his brother, a police officer, came home night after night complaining about having to write the same information over and over again every time he filled out a report, the programmer wrote a records management application to streamline the process and save time. He also wrote a dispatch management system to work in conjunction with the records management software. Huber & Associates bought the Canadian company in 2001 and developed a third application, the jail management system. Today, the Enterpol Solution includes three major components: Enterpol Records Management System, or RMS; Enterpol Jail Management System, or JMS; and Enterpol Computer Aided Dispatch, or CAD. Each piece of software can be used individually, but they’re also set up to pass information back and forth among applications. Additional interfaces make electronic finger printing, mapping and other functions simpler and more coordinated. “In law enforcement, there is a lot of reporting that has to be done, and everything has to be recorded for things like the court system and to track evidence,” says Ken Enloe, director of marketing and business development for Huber & Associates. “Our whole goal is to eliminate duplicate entry. Once information is captured, we don’t want anyone to have to enter it again, and that is why our software can pass information back and forth.” The Enterpol software, which is currently being used by more than 100 law enforcement agencies, is designed to add ease and accuracy to each phase of the law enforcement process. As soon as the phone rings in a dispatch center, CAD kicks in. Caller identification information from the phone company pops up for the dispatcher, and from then on, all the information is put into CAD. “When the dispatcher determines that the officer is done working on the incident, the dispatcher clears the case and pushes it over into RMS,” Enloe says. “All the dates, addresses and other information associated with the call are pushed into the incident report, so the officer doesn’t have to reenter that information.” JMS then tracks everything that happens with an inmate from the time he or she is booked into jail until he or she is released. Information on cell assignments, medical issues, visitors, phone calls and even commissary


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the Process Solution for Public Safety

purchases are tracked in the system. Because the system is automated, the law enforcement agencies are able to track information that wouldn’t be practical in a manual system, Enloe says. For Robbie Harrison, jail administrator for Callaway County, the No. 1 benefit of using the Enterpol software is the time savings, both in entering information and in conducting records searches. Callaway County uses all three pieces of software. “JMS speeds things up from when everything was on paper,” Harrison says. “All the information is saved on the server, so 10 years down the road we can look something up on the computer versus doing a hand search.” Bobbie Rice, who works in the records department for the Callaway County Sheriff's Department, uses RMS to search for information and run statistical reports. Although running certain reports on the old software system could take an hour, Rice says it now takes about 20 minutes. RMS also helps Rice get information to deputies who request it. “It can narrow things down when you’re searching with information, which is helpful, especially with the deputies needing it pretty quickly,” Rice says. Huber & Associates has also developed another tool to improve the efficiency of public safety agencies: an inmate management system called InfoMate, which is being used exclusively by the Missouri Department of Corrections. Through more than 500 kiosks placed throughout 20 different facilities, inmates can access their inmate bank account, order snacks and personal items from the commissary and transfer money from their bank account to a telephone account, which allows them to make longdistance calls. The kiosks provide a welcome change from the methods of a few years back, when inmates had to go to a caseworker and fill out a form to request their bank account balance or when they ordered items from the commissary without knowing what was in stock and available. “This has been a huge timesaver and has a big payback in terms of manpower,” Enloe says. “With software that makes people more efficient in how they use their time, we’ve helped agencies use their personnel more effectively.” Enloe says the plan is to eventually implement the InfoMate system outside of Missouri. Meanwhile, the Enterpol Solution for Public Safety is still used by Canadian agencies in Toronto and Ontario and is now used in nine different states across the country, with the biggest concentration of users located in the Midwest. n

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Sponsors Crimson:

Stonebridge Communities Jefferson City Nursing and Rehabilitation Capitol Plaza Hotel



Jenny Craig Dr. Tom and Carol Schnieder Dr. Kevin Murray Joan Firley Dr. Conrad and Karen Balcer Dr. Terry and Kristi Klamet Whaley’s Pharmacy Victoria’s Bridal

Valet Sponsor

Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln

Thank you! The American Heart Association thanks the sponsors, auction donors, and attendees of the 21st Annual Mid-Missouri Heart Ball for their generosity and for their support of its lifesaving mission “to build healthier lives, free of “cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The event was held on February 12 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and raised a gross amount of $190,000 for research and education.

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Dessert Sponsor

Naught-Naught Insurance Agency

Go Red For Women Sponsor JCMG - Laser and Vein

Open Your Heart Sponsor

GO Partners Health Care Solutions

Silent Auction Sponsor Missouri Vein Care


AFLAC, Carson and Coil, P.C., Central Bank, Dr. Conrad and Karen Balcer, Dr. Daniel and Breanne Gibson, Dr. Jason Dunville, D.D.S, Dr. Richard and Sally Graham, Dr. Terry and Kristi Klamet, Freeman Mortuary, Gibbs Pool and Turner, P.C., Gilbert and Helen Schanzmeyer, Golden Living Center, Hawthorn Bank, Huber & Associates, Inc., JCMG - Cardiology, Jefferson Bank, Jefferson City Medical Group, Lincoln University, Millard Family Chapels, Providence Bank, Scruggs Lumber, Sydney Broderick Salon and Spa, UMB, Wallstreet Insurance Group, Williams-Keepers, LLC, Wilson’s Fitness, Winter-Dent, YMCA

Business profile

Welcome Back, Machens. With Rusty Drewing in the driver’s seat, the Joe Machens family of dealerships returns to Jefferson City. By Lauren Sable Freiman Photo by Chris Hollaway Jefferson City Magazine | 79


he Machens name used to grace a Honda dealership in Jefferson City, but in 1997 the company sold it to focus on growing its Columbia dealerships. Now, after many years of growth throughout Columbia, the car giant has re-entered the market with the opening of Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln. The former Mike Kehoe dealership reopened on Nov. 1, 2011, with the Machens name, and it has been providing the customer service that Machens customers have grown accustomed to ever since. “We believe in treating customers right, and we believe in doing the right thing,” says Rusty Drewing, president of Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln. “We don’t want to sell just one car; we want to develop a relationship that will last a lifetime.” That philosophy helped the family of dealerships become the No. 1 automotive group in the state of Missouri last year and one of the top 10 employers in Boone County, a level of success that Drewing says doesn’t happen by accident. “It happens one sale at a time, by taking care of one customer at a time,” Drewing says. “You have to treat customers the way you want to be treated because bad word-of-mouth advertising can hurt you.” Although the dealership just opened months ago, Drewing says it is amazing how quickly and warmly they’ve been accepted into the Jefferson City market. “I’ve already been to events, and everyone seems very excited for us to be here,” Drewing says. “We feel it is a win-win situation.” That means that Jefferson City can look forward to the same level of community support that Machens has committed to providing in Columbia. In Columbia, the company has a 100 percent participation rate in the United Way campaign, and the children’s hospital has benefited from its generosity as well.

“We give a lot to the community, and we like to support people who do business with us, from Little League teams to local functions,” Drewing says. “We will pretty much donate to anything. We’ll be big supporters of Jefferson City, and we’re excited to get more involved with what goes on here.” Jefferson City holds a special place in the history of the Machens story. Drewing’s father, Gary, got his start in the car business in Jefferson City at Capital City Ford, which is where he met Joe Machens. First, he became Machens’ general manager and later, a partner in the business. After Joe Machens passed away in 1997, Gary Drewing and Dave Machens continued as partners. Despite his history and success in the car business, Rusty Drewing says his father never pushed his children to follow his career path. “Everyone thinks the car business is in my blood,” Drewing says. “But my father didn’t push us to be in the business. He allowed us to choose what we wanted to do.” For Drewing, that meant heading off to college at Truman State in Kirksville, where he played on the football team. After returning to Jefferson City, he decided it was time to join his father in the car business. That was in 2005, one year before Gary Drewing became the sole owner of the family of dealerships after buying Dave Machens’ half of the company. Today, the father-son team of Gary and Rusty Drewing owns the company, supported by a capable team of general managers and employees. As for the future, Drewing doesn’t rule out expansion within Jefferson City, but the company’s focus for the next couple years will be on building three new facilities in Columbia. “People think we’re trying to own everything, but we’re trying to do what makes smart business sense,” Drewing says. n






Joe Machens opens first dealership in Columbia

Number of full- and part-time employees in the Joe Machens organization

Number of employees at Machens' Capital City Ford Lincoln store

Number of Machens' employees with 20+ years tenure

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person you should know

Community relations director at the Jefferson City Area YMCA: I assist our CEO with board development and strategic planning and represent the Y to the community. I also serve as state director of our Youth In Government program, serving more than 800 high school youth statewide in a mock government/ leadership development program.

Number of years in that position: Six and a half Family: Married to Kelsey for eight years; daughter, Lillian, who is 3. Kelsey is the nurse educator at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia. Education: B.S. in political science from Truman State University, master of public affairs from Indiana University Community Involvement: Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, board of directors; HYPE (Young Professionals), current education chair and past chairperson; Jefferson City Evening Rotary Club, past president, current assistant governor of Rotary District 6080; Governor’s Student Leadership Forum, Planning Committee member At work, my favorite things to do are interact with others and help make a positive impact in our community. When I get to the office in the morning, the first thing I do is check my email without fail. At the end of the day, the first thing I do is pick up my daughter from daycare and spend time playing with her at home. She is a master at puzzles! The last thing I expected when I started this job was how many opportunities I would have to develop and grow as a person. I have a somewhat adventurous side to me that most people don’t know about: I like to backpack, hike, run, go whitewater rafting and recently zip lined for the first time. My favorite website is Facebook. My favorite movie is too many to name, but how about Office Space? The last book I read was The Jefferson Key, last month while on vacation. It was a fun book to sit by the pool and read. My favorite U. S. president is Abraham Lincoln. When I was a kid, many professional athletes were my heroes. Now, the many teachers and volunteers I work with who give back so much to our youth are my heroes. Someday when I retire, I will …I’ve still got 30 or more years to figure that out! n

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city character

Photo by Chris Hollaway

Support for a Shared Vision Vitae Foundation pro-life benefit celebrates 20 years: Spotlight on Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders

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n 1992, Vitae Foundation President Carl Landwehr approached Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders for a donation to the life-affirming organization, but it didn’t come in the monetary form he was anticipating. Instead, the Schnieders’ contributed an idea that is now being used throughout the nation to support the Vitae mission. “I suggested we have a barbecue at our house,” Don Schnieders explains. “At the time I thought, ‘What has he gotten us into?’” Ruth Ann says with a laugh. “Now it’s surreal how Don’s original fundraising concept for the organization has grown.”

How it began

“In the early days, there was no playbook from which to draw upon for tactics, strategies or goals,” Landwehr says. “No one was engaged in attempting to change the American culture by restoring the values that affirm life and families. It was Don and Ruth Ann’s belief that the first and most important tactic was to take the Vitae mission and invite people to support the effort.” And that’s exactly what they did. The Schnieders invited 70 people to the first fundraising backyard barbecue in the spring of 1992. They furnished food and beverages for the attendees and shared with them the importance of what Vitae was doing — educating the public about the value and sanctity of human life. “I’m partial to the unborn,” Don says. “They need more help than I do.” Don and Ruth Ann’s first barbecue raised $18,000 for the organization.

How it’s grown

The annual event was held in the Schnieders’ backyard for two years, and their initial expectation to increase supporters was quickly met. Increased attendance caused a move to the Knights of Columbus Hall, then to St. Joseph Cathedral’s undercroft and finally, in 2004, to the current location of Capitol Plaza Hotel. The backyard gathering of 70 friends evolved into an event that last year hosted 1,100 attendees. “Up until it moved to Capitol Plaza, I was still preparing the meat,” Don says. “Now, I more or less sit on the sidelines.” Stacey Kromer, Vitae Foundation vice president, explains that even while “sitting on the sidelines,” Don and Ruth Ann continue to contribute to the success of the benefit due to “the relationship Don and Ruth Ann have with the table captains and the respect the captains have for Don and Ruth Ann’s pro-life beliefs.” The concept of table captains is to utilize the social network resource to raise awareness. Supporters are chosen to be table captains, who in turn invite others to attend the benefit and learn about what Vitae Foundation does and why. Don and Ruth Ann, both born and raised in Jefferson City, have spent their lives working to make the community stronger by being involved on civic and

Above, top: Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders with adopted granddaughters Anna Rogers and Mia Schnieders. Above, bottom: From left, Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders and Carl and Henrietta Gentges at the 2001 annual Vitae fundraiser, when Henrietta was honored for her long-standing contribution to the event, including organizing volunteers and preparing food. Above, right: Don Schnieders took charge of the barbecuing for every Vitae dinner from 1992 to 2003. With approximately 70 people at the first event, the annual fundraiser grew to serve more than 900 in the early 2000s. The event moved to the Capitol Plaza Hotel in 2004.

business levels. In addition to Vitae, the Schnieders support the Samaritan Center, Capital Region Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and more. They also own their own business, Don Schnieders Excavating. Because of this, their social network is extensive. Combine those relationships with their passion for the cause and endearing humbleness, then add nationally known guest speakers, and it’s easy to see why the benefit continues to sell out. This year’s scheduled speaker is former Planned Parenthood director turned prolife advocate Abby Johnson. Past speakers have included Colonel Oliver North, Pat Boone, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Kurt Warner. “One of the highlights of my life was the half hour I got to talk one on one with [political activist and benefit speaker] Alan Keyes,” Don says.

Belief in life

For Don and Ruth Ann, the desire to help educate women on the alternatives to abortion stems from personal experiences. There is a long history with adoption in their family.

“My mom arrived in Jefferson City in 1902 on an orphan train,” Don says. “She was raised by a foster family and was treated very, very kindly,” Ruth Ann adds. “Not everyone who came on the orphan trains had that experience. Some were treated no better than slaves.” Don and Ruth Ann, married for 53 years with seven children and 17 grandchildren, have that tradition continued in their own family today. “Four of our grandkids are adopted,” Ruth Ann says, “two from overseas and two domestically. We hate to think that they might not be with us if their mothers had chosen abortion rather than adoption.” As the Vitae Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the benefit and spotlights Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders’ involvement, Don and Ruth Ann continue to support the event and organization while humbly downplaying their contribution to the success. “The success is due to the foresight and dedication of Carl and the Vitae staff,” Don says. “We don’t deserve the honor.” n For more information on the Vitae Foundation, visit

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We will miss you, Juanita


n behalf of the staff of Jefferson City Magazine, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for the life of Juanita Donehue. Juanita was a lifelong resident of Jefferson City who spent her life making Jefferson City a better place to live. Juanita was so proud of her work to revitalize the east end. Every day she would open the doors of O’Donoghue’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant with a smile and the latest local news. You knew you could always engage in an interesting conversation with Juanita. She loved to discuss politics, education and religion, but most of all, she liked to talk about how we could work together to make a better Jefferson City. I am a better person for knowing Juanita Donehue, and her memory will always remind me to continually support this community and work hard to help Jefferson City grow and prosper. Juanita, thanks for being the dedicated, hardworking and compassionate person that we all loved. Thank you for being our friend.

October 1, 1935 – February 6, 2012

We will miss you,

Tami Turner Publisher, Jefferson City Magazine

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the dish

Pulled Pork Sandwich Lutz’s BBQ


and sweet Kansas City-style sauce (also sold by the bottle). Make sure to pair it with Lutz’s famous Cajun or cheddar homemade chips. Despite the location (Lutz’s shares space with a Phillips 66 station), this dish isn’t just takeout: There's plenty of open seating and a charming dining atmosphere, checkered tablecloths and all. n – Rebecca Rademan, associate publisher

Photo by Chris HollAway

s we set out to prepare for the spring construction issue, it occurred to us that there is nothing more manly than the sweet taste of Lutz’s BBQ. Locally owned, Lutz's is renowned for good ol’ fashioned comfort food, including made-from-scratch baked beans and mac ’n’ cheese. We recommend a belt-busting pulled pork sandwich anointed with Lutz’s award-winning meats

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Who’s Next?

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Ryan Imhoff Stephanie Bell

Jefferson City Magazine’s annual feature of up-and-coming professionals in our community

Check out Jefferson City Magazine’s July/August issue for “Ones to Watch,” a special feature to recognize the top up-and-coming leaders in our community.

To make a nomination visit ones-to-watch/


business briefs

Business Briefs Central Bancompany recognized as one of Forbes’ Best Performing Large Banks in America For the third year in a row, Central Bancompany was recognized as one of America’s Best Banks by Forbes magazine and one of only two Missouri-based banks ranked within the top 20 on this list. Central Bancompany maintained its position at No. 16, for the second year in a row, in the Forbes’ 2012 analysis of the nation’s 100 largest financial institutions. Central Bancompany is a $9.8 billion, Missouri-based bank holding company with 13 full-service community banks in 235 locations and 66 communities serving consumers and businesses in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma.

CRMC docs achieve board certification in pediatrics, neurology Capital Region Medical Center is pleased to announce Dr. Pauline Burrell, pediatrician at the Capital Region Pediatric Associates, is now board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Aloka Amarakone, neurologist at the Capital Region Neurology Clinic, is now board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

McKnelly named CRMC 2011 Physician of the Year

St. Mary’s announces new CFO, board members, vice president St. Mary’s Health Center has named Marvin Kurtz its new vice president of finance/chief financial officer. Kurtz has more than 40 years of experience in finance for large health care systems and has served as interim CFO at St. Mary’s for the past six months. St. Mary’s Health Center has named Brian Barry its new vice president of business development. Barry has more than 11 years of business-development experience in health care, including his recent position as director of planning and business development at St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo. St. Mary’s Health Center has appointed four new members to the hospital’s board of directors: Ken Ferguson, Lincoln University; John Landwehr, Cook, Vetter, Landwehr, Doerhoff P.C.; Linda McAnany; and Marie Peoples, Cole County Health Department. St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation has appointed Eric Struemph to a three-year term and Kirk Farmer to a two-year term on the Foundation board of directors. Members of the board reappointed to another three-year term were: Harold Butzer, Roger Dudenhoeffer, Randy Halsey, Greg Meeker, Ann Michael, Kevin Riley, Judy Schneider and July Wieberg. New Foundation board officers include: Larry Kolb, president; Greg Meeker, first vice president; Terry Rackers, second vice president; and Debora Snyder, secretary/treasurer.

St. Mary’s expands Heart Center with new surgeon

At the annual Capital Region Board of Governors Dinner in early December, Skip McKnelly, D.O., was recognized as the 2011 Physician of the Year. McKnelly is an infectious disease specialist at Mid Missouri Medical Consultants, a Capital Region Medical Clinic.

Dr. Allyson Walker, cardiac and thoracic surgeon, joined St. Mary’s Heart Center in February. Walker joins the practice of Dr. John Crouch, St. Mary’s longtime cardiac surgeon. In addition to heart surgery, Walker also will perform thoracic surgery, including the lungs, chest and esophagus.

Capital Region Customer Comfort Team recognized nationally

Kit Stolen appointed president and CEO of Providence Bank

Capital Region Medical Center’s Customer Comfort Team has been recognized by national health care news publication Modern Healthcare. The team received honorable mention in the Spirit of Excellence team category.

Central Bancompany promotes three to senior vice president The board of directors for Central Bancompany recently approved the promotions of three individuals to senior vice president. Alan Stonum was promoted to senior vice president, bankcard services. Daniel Westhues was promoted to senior vice president, retail administration. John Hofmeister was promoted to senior vice president, director of marketing.

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The Providence Bank board of directors has appointed Alvin T. “Kit” Stolen III as president and CEO. Stolen earned a B.S. from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton. Providence Bank has more than $675 million in assets and provides fullservice banking to customers in Columbia, Jefferson City, Osage Beach, St. Louis, Elsberry and Winfield, Mo., and Grapevine, Texas.

Morris joins Ascend Business Strategies Laura Morris has joined Ascend Business Strategies as business strategist. Morris will oversee sales and training for the growing human resource development company based in Jefferson City. Ascend Business Strategies provides business training and consulting services that focus on employee engagement, personal effectiveness, leadership and change management. n

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Health The Baby Bonanza focus group: A collection of local women ages 25 to 35 assembled by St. Mary's and Jefferson City Medical Group to share their thoughts on challenges and needs concerning OB/GYN care.

The Planning

By Katrina Tauchen Photo by Chris Hollaway

Stage Whether it’s sticking to a healthy diet or welcoming a new baby, health care for young women is about preventive medicine and planning for the future.

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oung women ages 25 to 35 have a lot on their plates. They’re building careers, starting families, taking care of loved ones — and they’re doing it all simultaneously. Amid all the juggling there’s little time for extras, and when it comes to health care, efficient and easy are often just what the patient orders.

Preventive care

Because women ages 25 to 35 tend to be healthy, preventive medicine is key when it comes to caring for their health. According to Dr. Amanda Rodemann, OB/GYN at the Women’s Clinic of Jefferson City Medical Group, women in this age group should have yearly breast exams, pap smears and gynecologic exams, in addition to a cholesterol check sometime during the decade. Such preventive measures, Rodemann says, improve the chances of having a normal, healthy pregnancy. Unhealthy weight gain is another concern for this age group. Heart disease and high cholesterol, Rodemann says, “doesn’t wait until your 40s and 50s…” Rodemann also stresses that pregnancy isn’t a “pass” time when it comes to watching your weight. Not only do too much weight gain during pregnancy (more than 40 pounds for a single baby), gestational diabetes and retaining weight between pregnancies put women at higher risk for diabetes and obesity later in life, but they also increase babies’ risk of diabetes and obesity in the future. In addition to pregnancy planning and prevention and regular exams, women in this age group might go to their OB/GYNs with a slew of other concerns. “Fatigue, weight gain, depression, irregular periods, decreased libido,” Rodemann says. “All of these complaints center around one similar trend; women in this age group are usually starting new jobs, starting families or already have families and are incredibly busy.”

Baby Bonanza 2012

The doctors and staff at St. Mary’s and Jefferson City Medical Group are well aware of the work load facing women today, so last summer they took action. “I think the biggest health issue that goes underrepresented [for women in their 20s and 30s] in the media is the mental and physical stress of being a mom,” says Dr. Jodi Berendzen, also an OB/GYN at the Women’s Clinic of JCMG. St. Mary’s and JCMG assembled a focus group, made up of women ages 25 to 35 in the Jefferson City area, and presented them with the challenge of determining what women wanted from their OB/GYN care. Among the group’s suggestions was a baby expo that would offer visitors the resources they need when starting or raising a family. “The tagline for Baby Bonanza 2012 is ‘Every Stage and Age,’ and I think that is perfect,” says Kelsi Schlotz, who served on the committee for this year’s event. “We are hoping to not only attract woman who are currently pregnant but also those who are thinking about starting a family or are even raising five kids.” The Baby Bonanza event is twofold. More than 30 vendors will be on site, including photographers specializing in babies and families, spas to treat mom, bakers for showers and special birthdays and more. Then there’s the education aspect, which will offer information on women’s health issues, breastfeeding, family health and child development. Baby Bonanza 2012 will take place Sunday, March 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Cost is $5, with all proceeds going to the March of Dimes, and giveaways, raffles and contests will be held throughout the day. A special baby crawling contest is free and will be held at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Whaley's Mommy & Me Product and Fashion Show will be held at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the event, joining the Baby Bonanza committee or sponsoring a booth, visit n

Baby Bonanza 2012 Sunday, March 18 1 to 5 p.m., $5 Capitol Plaza Hotel

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ask eric

ask Jefferson City native Eric Luebbert has been a wardrobe and fashion stylist in midMissouri, Kansas City and St. Louis for more than two decades.

Dear Eric,

I always wear black. My friends tease me that I should work in a funeral home. The truth is I grew up with parents who were involved in the theater, and we always wore black to work backstage. In college wearing black gave me an artsy, creative edge, and at business school my black power suit became my best friend. I wear black for practical reasons, to blend in and to disguise my changing figure. I thought a fashion update from you about color might inspire me to change my ways and brighten my future. Sincerely, Black Beauty

Dear Beauty,

Naturally, winter months lend themselves to wearing black and dark colors. Like tulips, lighter and brighter colors will attempt to break through as the weather warms up and spring’s sporty vibe approaches. Mod cool and colorful looks are on the horizon! Adorn yourself this spring with fabulous vivid colors. Island colors are in this year; orange in all shades is hot! Other color trends this spring include soft, sweet and subtle sorbet shades (pleasant to the eye and nostalgic to the soul), soothing tribal desert hues and mystical hues of the deep sea, including metallic. Overwhelmed with making the jump from black? Start small, or take a lesson in contrast. Punch up your black with white; try stripes. Shoes are the perfect place to start when adding a splash of color, or try bright fingernails or shocking lipstick in matte or glossy finishes. If you are ready to go big, look for super bold prints, oversized florals, mirror-like geometrics, techno and parrot prints, in both soft and vivid colors this season. The one-color look is chic: Pick a color hue you look great in, then layer, mix and work with like tones. Seek out easy-to-mix separates to create a low-key, lady-like silhouette. Cheerful color blocking using bold solid color pieces makes simple dressing look glamorous. Stick to three colors max to avoid a girly rainbow look. No matter what color you choose, always remember it’s all about the curves, regardless of size, so choose cuts that draw in the waist and accent the bust and hips. Find something you can’t wait to put on, and enjoy your spring in all its color. Yours in Style,

Need to add to your style savvy? Send in your “Ask Eric” style questions to Eric Luebbert

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Even though the games don’t count, spring training is a warm experience. By Tom Loeffler | Photos courtesy of Greg Markway


arm breezes. Sunshine. Birds chirping. Pelicans posing. Feel it, hear it. Love it. The smell of freshly cut Florida grass. Hot dogs. Bengay. For baseball fans, these are the scents of happiness and renewal. The sound of a ball popping into a glove. The crack of the bat. Chatter, hearing your heroes talk in a friendly space. The groan of a pulled muscle. There are no other sounds quite like it. Ah, spring training for Major League Baseball, when the boys of summer start their ritual, when, for most of us, it’s still winter.

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Above: The Cardinals take on the Minnesota Twins during a spring game in Jupiter, Fla. Opposite Page: Left, former Cardinal great Lou Brock brings out the lineup card prior to a game with the Baltimore Orioles. Right, former Cardinal great Albert Pujols chats with Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins.

Play ball!

It doesn’t matter that the games don’t count; a trip to Jupiter, Fla., to watch the St. Louis Cardinals get ready for the season is worth it. “I really liked the whole experience,” says Angie Gunnell, who made the trip last year. “The stadium is so intimate compared to being at Busch Stadium — or any other stadium for that matter. I just like the intimacy of the smaller stadium and smaller audience. “And I love looking at the people, that’s part of it.” Gunnell enjoyed the experience with Darrell Davis. “You can talk to the players; they’re great, and it’s more of a relaxed atmosphere,” Davis says. “You see a lot of the ex-ball players, like Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, wearing their uniforms. They both look like they can still play. “And all the guys are really good with kids. They talk to them, take pictures with them, sign autographs, the whole deal. That doesn’t happen during the regular season. It’s everything I expected and then some.” Davis is 56. How long has he been a Cardinals fan? “Fifty-six years,” he says. “My grandfather [Arthur Collins] was a huge baseball fan. I can remember when I was really young, I’d go to their house to spend the night during the summer, and he had that radio on, listening to Jack Buck

St. Louis Cardinals: Pitchers and catchers reported Feb. 19 in Jupiter, Fla. First spring training game: March 5 vs. Florida Marlins Regular-season opener: April 6 at Milwaukee Brewers Kansas City Royals: Pitchers and catchers reported Feb. 14 in Surprise, Ariz. First spring training game: March 4 vs. Texas Rangers Regular-season opener: April 6 at Los Angeles Angels

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and Harry Caray and the Cardinals. Those broadcasts were always in the background of my youth.” But in spring training, these guys are in the foreground. “Just getting to see them up close,” says Jo Williamson, who’s been to nine straight Cardinal spring trainings. “They’re very cordial, and it’s very much laid back.”

Spring training experience

The spring training experience is like the backyard softball game at your family reunion. These guys just have a few more zeroes at the end of their paycheck. And they may hit the ball a bit farther and throw it a bit harder than we do. “After they’re done for the day, they’ll stop along the fence and sign autographs and take pictures,” Williamson says. “It’s very relaxed because once you get into the season — unless you’re at the right place at the right time — you don’t get that.” Davis says: “One of my favorite parts of spring training is that when a pitcher is done pitching, he’s running in the outfield on the warning track — while the game’s going on. I thought that was interesting.” At spring training, you have a chance to see all the players in the organization, not just the players who will head north for the regular season. “You get to see the rookies they’re looking at, the coaches and the manager doing instructions. … I love that,” Williamson says. “When they bring up some of the younger guys, you say, ‘I’ve seen him.’ I love to see what they look like before the season starts.” Jump forward to fall: Davis was at Game 7 last October when the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers to win their 11th World Series. “We paid a good chunk of money for those tickets,” says Davis, who attended the game with his son, Adam. “But it’s a memory I’ll have forever.” So how much is a “good chunk?” “More than I really want to say,” Davis says. He also attended Game 7 in 1982, when the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers to claim the crown. “We sat in the bleachers; we paid eight bucks for the tickets,” Davis says. “We ran onto the field after the game,” he adds. “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I didn’t know what to do once I got out there — besides act stupid.” But it all starts with spring training. And for most fans, it’s not a once-in-alifetime experience. “Without a doubt,” Davis says, “100 percent yes, I will do it again.” n With nearly 29 years of journalism experience, Tom Loeffler has become a fixture on the local sports scene. After building a following through the Jefferson City News Tribune, Tom is now a sports columnist for and KRCG (Loeffler's Link) and contributor to Jefferson City Magazine.

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Young & Homeless in Jefferson City Local Kids Find Hope at HALO Educational Center

By Nicole Gaither | Photo by Chris Hollaway


ounded by Jefferson City native Rebecca Neuenswander Welsh and headquartered in Kansas City, the HALO Foundation began with a mission to help orphans in Third World countries. The Jefferson City HALO branch originally launched to fund the HALO Mengo home in Kampala, Uganda, but now it is turning its focus to homeless youth in the local community. Located at the Old Town Center (1015 E. Atchison St.), the HALO Educational Center will provide practical workshops such as financial planning and creative classes, including painting, sewing, dancing and yoga, for homeless and at-risk youth. The center is designed for youth to engage in art therapy while also enhancing their self-confidence and self-expression. HALO saw the need for a local educational center as the number of homeless and at-risk youth in the Jefferson City area began to rise. As of February 2012, the Jefferson City Public School system identifies 106 students as homeless. These students may live in shelters, doubled up with other families in a single dwelling, in motels or may be on the streets without shelter. According to Lacy Voight, HALO Foundation program director, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other local agencies work hard to serve these youth by providing them with shelter and other basic needs. HALO hopes to fill in beyond the basics. “There are many areas where more support is needed, including education, creative and emotional growth opportunities,” Voight says. “HALO is committed to providing the resources to meet these needs.” The Jefferson City HALO Educational Center is modeled after one in Kansas

City, which has grown to serve more than 200 youth in its two-year existence. Starting off, Voight expects the Jefferson City center to serve around 40 young people but hopes that number doubles within the first year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Old Town Center, a shared community center that serves various nonprofit community events and meetings, was held on Feb. 2. The local HALO Educational Center antici-

HALO ArtReach Auction

The fourth annual HALO Jefferson City ArtReach Auction will be held on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. The auction will feature artwork from around the world and will help raise awareness for the HALO mission.

pates opening by early March, funded by the HALO Foundation. In addition to the workshops and classes led by Jefferson City area volunteers, the center will provide futurefocused educational support, including scholarship opportunities, resume assistance and career planning. The center will be open after school and hopes to extend summer hours for special events such as fashion shows and camps. HALO operates through the support of fundraising events and the help of hundreds of volunteers worldwide. The co-directors of the HALO Jefferson City branch are Joyce Neuenswander and Laura Morris. Interested in helping out at the HALO Jefferson City branch? Email halojc@ For more information about the HALO Foundation, visit

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artist profile

Life's a Stage

Scene One Theatre's Mark Wegman plays many roles

By Faye Zumwalt


ark Wegman is a man who wears a lot of hats, but they all come down to one starring role: thespian. In his day job, Mark Wegman drives the Missouri River Regional Library Outreach Services Bookmobile throughout Cole and Osage counties. His second job, theater, crosses over into his full-time library job when he plays the role of reader’s theater coordinator for library performances. He also plays several roles for Scene One Theatre including founder, president, artistic director, actor and sometimes playwright. His library role crossed over into Scene One when it produced one of Wegman’s original plays, based on his experiences as a bookmobile driver. Wegman began participating in plays about 1978 at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and continued at Helias and at the University of Missouri, where he studied theater. The idea of starting a theater such as Scene One was born of that background. “I thought if I didn’t pursue theater, I wanted to start something like this on a big proscenium stage,” Wegman says. (According to Wikipedia, in a proscenium theater, the audience directly faces the stage, typically raised several feet above front row audience level, and views the performance through the proscenium “arch.”) “Performing in a small space is so intimate,” Wegman says. “The actors are about one foot away from the audience. An actor learns a lot from working in such an intimate setting. It’s very thrilling for the actor.” Wegman incorporated Scene One Theatre in 2002 and began looking for theater space. When he found it at 121 E. High St., beneath Carrie’s Hallmark, the not-for-profit Black Box Theatre was formed in 2005. The theater is painted black, and the set is very flexible. Wegman also wanted a venue for local playwrights to stage their original plays. “We have always done shows that are a

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Matt Morris and Mark Wegman in Scene One Theatre’s 2010 production of The Day Smokey Died: Memoirs of a Mid MO Bookmobile Driver.

little edgier, more avant-garde, with some edgier scenes,” Wegman says. “Some shows are for the whole family, but most are for adult audiences.” The slogan, “Scene One: Theatre that’s bully!” reflects that difference from other local theater groups. Scene One’s popular “Short Attention Span Theatre” is an example. They will perform the fifth installment of several 10-minute plays next season. Wegman says: “We have an excellent theater environment in Jefferson City. A lot of these (Scene One participants) are veterans of theater in Jefferson City. Many of us have roots with The Little Theatre, one of several great theater groups that get along. We all love to be creative together.” Jack Renner is a local theater veteran who will direct Scene One’s upcoming play, The Book of Days, by Missouri playwright Landford Wilson. “Scene One Theatre is just so unique because we are able to do things you might not otherwise see in Jefferson City,” Renner says. “This is a wonderful venue for people who have a play in their

attic and for plays that don’t fit in the other local theaters.” Wegman encourages couples to consider dinner and a play at the Black Box Theatre instead of a movie on date night.

How to buy tickets

Currently in its seventh summer-tosummer season, Scene One performs eight shows per season. Find show info at Each regular show features six performances. Tickets are $10 (watch for half-price night). Purchase tickets at 573-681-9199 or by email via Performances often sell out, so it is best to get your tickets in advance.

Upcoming performances

• The Book of Days by Landford Wilson, March 22-24 and 29-31 • Art by Jasmine Reza, April 26-28 and May 3-5 The 2012 season will conclude in August with a musical based on Robert Fulghum’s book All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, their 50th show. n

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Moms have spoken... and the babies have cooed! CRMC’s OB Department Achieves 99th percentile in Patient Satisfaction!


Our All-Star Staff Achieving the 99th percentile is the highest ranking a hospital can receive! Service is the lifeblood of any organization and the CRMC OB team understands that patient satisfaction is not a department, it’s an attitude. One Labor and Delivery patient said, “The nurses were great as usual-always smiling and ready to help with whatever I needed. You can tell they enjoy working with babies.” CRMC strives to provide emotional

and physical support to patients in order to provide for a better patient outcome as well as satisfaction with their care. A big congratulations and thank you to the OB unit team for their outstanding service! CRMC is proud to partner with University of Missouri Health Care in bringing highly specialized family medicine to the people and communities we serve –– providing convenient treatment, close to home

Better. Every day.

Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Morrison Michaele Dinolfo Parents:

Joe Dinolfo & Brogan Moore Birth Weight:

7 pounds 9 ounces Height:

21 inches

Charlotte Rose Schanuth Parents:

Drew & Liz Schanuth

What is your favorite moment so far? Seeing the interaction between our son and our daughter. He is only 18 months older than her so we were unsure of how he might react to a new baby but he has done so well. He loves to hold her hand.

McKenna Elizabeth Toosley parents:

Daniel & Whitney Toosley Birth Weight:

7 pounds 1 ounces

Birth Weight:


9 pounds 1 ounce

20.75 inches

How has being a parent changed you? Patience has been the biggest change for our entire family. Patience for a new baby and for a sibling that is becoming familiar with our new little one.

What is your favorite moment so far? For me, it has been the birthing process. It is truly a memory that I will remember for the rest of my life. Your whole aspect of life changes after seeing a miracle such as birth. Then to see how perfect your child is after birth is the best feeling in the world.

What has surprised you most about being parents? The amount of love your heart can hold for one child and then another.

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to to submit your announcement and picture.

Better. Every day.

Cuties of Capital Region


Brock Allen Carel

Kade Garet Vanderfeltz


Tim & Christy Carel Birth Weight:


6 pounds 8 ounces

Luke & Lauren Vanderfeltz


Birth Weight:

19 inches What has surprised you most about being parents? It’s a tough job. Being responsible for how this little person grows up and becomes the person he is comes from us and the experiences we give him. I hope we can provide him all the opportunities to make him a wonderful individual.

10 pounds 2 ounces Height:

Amanda Kay Goff Parents:

Kim & David Goff Birth Weight:

8 pounds 3 ounces Height:

19 inches

22 inches What is your favorite moment so far? Watching our older son, Jax, interact with his little brother. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? To Toalways alwaysexpect expectthe theunexpected. unexpected You can never anticipate what the future holds.

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If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to to submit your announcement and picture.

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Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Mackenzie Joellen Martin Parents:

Joe & Shawna Martin Birth Weight

5 pounds 7 ounces Height:

17.25 inches

Javin Philip Hickman Parents:

Nathan & Jill Hickman Birth Weight:

8 pounds 3 ounces Height:

21.5 inches What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? Grandparents are going to spoil their grandchildren, no matter how hard you may try to prevent them from doing it. But, they are also still there for us when we need them the most.

What has surprised you most about being parents? The realization that my mother knew what she was talking about when she’d taunt me saying, “just wait ‘til you have kids...”. Whatever the situation...discipline, responsibilities, money, relationships. It’s far different being the wizened parent than the kid who thought she knew it all.

Maddox Allan Bryant parents:

Scott & Amanda Bryant Birth Weight:

9 pounds 1 ounces Height:

22 inches How has being a parent changed you? We have learned to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? You do the best you can, and trust that the decisions you make are the right ones  

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to to submit your announcement and picture.

Better. Every day.


March of Dimes Kick-Off

When: Jan. 31 Where: Providence Bank Photos by Jennifer Bondurant




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1. Providence Bank: Lori Owen, Laurie Roach, George Welling 2. Trop Feltrop and Savannah Feltrop 3. St. Mary’s Hospital: Becky Schwaller, Jamie Gilliland, Cathy Singer 4. Grayson Moore, Jeff Moore, Sally Moore 5. Alison Craighead with daughters Caroline and Katie 6. Amy Davis and Julie Baker 7. Christy Carel, Donna English, Sally Moore and Leslie Tomlinson 8. Katie McIlwain, Shelly LePage, Tayler LePage, Ted LePage 9. Emily Mantle, Lisa Feltrop, Kyle Feltrop

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Jefferson City March for Babies Sunday, April 29 12:30 p.m. • Memorial Park Register: 12:30 pm Walk Starts 1:30 pm • Register online at



UCP Deal or No Deal 1

When: Jan. 25 Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge Photos courtesy of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland







1. The Case Girls 2. Kent Kaiser 3. Emily and Andy Stuckenschneider 4. Laura and Bill Naught 5. Trae Lorts and Corey Backus 6. Rod Smith and Susan West 7. West and Diane Ferguson

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Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Gala

When: Jan. 27 Where: Capitol Plaza Hotel Photos by Taylor Allen Photography, Linda’s Studio and Mid America Bank



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1. Dr Eston Schwartz and wife Dr. Raonak Ekram, Sara and Nick Hutzler 2. Dr. Wanda Wilson and Jane Reed 3. Dr. Tom Turnbaugh, Michelle Rackers 1. Shelly Pierson, Danielle 4. Grefrath, Lynne Bateman, Leydens and Tina Sooter 2. Stephanie Bell and 3. Randy Ken Hussey and Dr. Andy Roudebush Hugh Waggoner and Dr.Brenda Lisa Kolb Waggoner 5. MU Health Care President JimJanet RossWear with Enloe wife Doris and Allen CRMC4.President Ed and Janet Wear Enloe 5. Wheeler Sarah Alsager andConnie Dan Westhues (Gala chairs emcees) Allen and and wife Melissa Thoenen 7. Susan and Tyler Beck Farnsworth 6. Dr. Doug and wife 7. Jeff Hoelscher andand Jakie Palmer 6. 8. Candace Dr. Paul Teget Jennifer 9. Diane and West Tom Niekamp

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American Heart Association Heart Ball

When: Feb. 12 Where: Capitol Plaza Hotel Photos courtesy of American Heart Association








1. Dr. Richard and Sally Graham 2. Dr. Jack and Jimmy Kay Sanders and Janet Schlegel 3. Brandon Scott, Tami Turner and Jerry Keefer 4. Bill Case, Tami Turner and Carolyn Case 5. Trina and Douglas Keeler 6. Rod Smith and Matt Morton 7. Heart Child Brenna Ocheskey and Jamie LeCure

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ADVERTISER INDEX Aerodry Disaster Restoration...................................91 American Heart Association....................................78 American Shoe Store...............................................63 Argyle Catering/ Capital City Players......................65 Bee At Home............................................................34 Bella Capelli Salon And Spa.....................................34 BK Bakery.................................................................13 Boys & Girls Club Of The Capital City.................... 113 Brad Hutchison And Lori Branch/ State Farm........ 61 Burns Optical............................................................86 Calena's Fashions....................................................96 Capital Region Medical Center.................14, 104-107 Capitol City Cork...................................................... 61 Carrie's Hallmark.....................................................65 Catherine Crum Salon..............................................98 Central Bank.................................2,37,108,110,111,112 Columbia College.....................................................38 Columbia Facial Plastic Surgery..............................96 Columbia Pool & Spa...............................................95 Columbia Regional Airport.......................................38 Cummins Mid-South................................................99 Dave Burks Custom Homes.....................................44 Designer Kitchens & Baths......................................40 Ecowater Systems....................................................28 Fechtel Beverage & Sales Inc.....................................4 Frank Schrimpf Plumbing.........................................65 Fuji Japanese Steak House......................................95 Girl............................................................................95 Green Horizon's Garden Center..............................45 Hawthorn................................................................ 116

Home Helpers..........................................................28 Huber And Associates..............................................49 Hy-Vee......................................................................23 Initially Yours............................................................ 61 International Wines & Liquors..................................63 J Pfenny's..................................................................77 JCMG-Weight Treatment..........................................34 JCMG-Laser & Vein...................................................19 JCMG-New Physicians................................................7 Jefferson Bank Of Missouri......................................25 Jenny Craig.................................................................5 Joe Machens Hyundai..............................................10 Joe Machens BMW................................................... 11 Joe Machens Ford....................................................72 Joe Machens Toyota.................................................73 Joe Machens Auto Group.........................................17 Joe Machens Nissan................................................27 Joe Machens Mitsubishi........................................... 71 Joe Machens Mazda.................................................57 La Belle Cabinetry & Lighting...................................44 La Sienne Salon & Day Spa.....................................28 Longfellow's Garden Center....................................47 Major Interiors..........................................................37 March Of Dimes.....................................................109 Marshall And Co.......................................................86 Martellaro Marble And Granite................................45 Mid America Bank....................................................47 Mid-City Lumber Co................................................. 41 Midwest Block & Brick.............................................43 Missouri Credit Union................................................6

Missouri Solar Applications LLC..............................46 MRA Construction....................................................46 Mueller Landscape Construction LLC.....................48 Naught-Naught Insurance Agency...........................49 Nick’s Family Restaurant And Steve’s Family Style Restaurant...............................83 Organize That Space................................................63 Paddy Malone's Pub................................................93 Petals For You..........................................................66 ProStorage...............................................................96 Providence Bank......................................................86 Riley Chevrolet, Buick, GMC & Cadillac.................103 River Region Credit Union........................................48 Saffee's.................................................................... 81 Scruggs Lumber..................................................... 115 Shannon Wade/Real Property Improvements........37 Signature Homes.....................................................42 Smart Business Products........................................83 Sommers Interiors...................................................66 Southbank Gift Co...................................................63 St Mary's Health Center............................................3 Taylor Allen Photography......................................... 81 The Ecco...................................................................66 The Tiger Hotel.......................................................100 Truescape Landscaping...........................................25 Victoria's Bridal.......................................................8,9 Whaley's Pharmacy Inc..................................... 66, 83 Wilson's Total Fitness.............................................103

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the last word

Careful Inspection Snakes, lizards and empty cages: Home inspection tips for buyers and sellers By Bob George

114 | March/April 2012

Photo by Chris HollAway


’ve been inspecting homes for 24 years, and I love what I do, especially when it involves first-time homebuyers. Young engaged couples or newlyweds are great fun because they are so excited about beginning their lives in their first home and all the possibilities. It makes me feel good about helping them do so; it’s a rewarding job. That doesn’t mean the job is without its adventures though. During one job, I had finished the first-floor inspection and was headed to the second story. I had ascended enough so I was at eye level with the floor and noticed a chest of drawers against the hallway wall near the top of the stairs. The bureau was raised off the floor, and I saw a huge boa constrictor hidden underneath the bureau. I stopped, slowly began to back down the stairs and told the homeowners about the snake. “Oh, you found her!” they exclaimed. I decided to inspect the basement while they moved the snake back into a cage. In the basement I found other cages, which were empty with open doors. As I came to a shelving unit, I saw a 2-foot-long lizard flicking its tongue at me. I closed my folder, headed back up the stairs and bid the homeowners a fond farewell as I went out the front door. You never know what you’re going to find! In addition to caging any animals, here are a few tips if you’re planning to have a home inspection done: For sellers: Check the furnace filter and change if needed. If the property is vacant, turn the heat or cooling on and make sure all the lights work. Check for mold in the most likely places — bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, basements ��� and clean. Check the relief valve on the water heater. Make sure it is not corroded. Make sure smoke detectors have batteries. For buyers: Ask about the age of the roof, the air conditioner, the furnace and the water heater. Ask to see receipts on any recent repairs. Know that you have to have a home insurance policy in place when you close on a house, so the insurance company has final say on the findings. Make sure the inspector explains his or her findings in a way you understand, and if you don’t understand, ask questions. Ask that the safety issues are looked into: the carbon monoxide levels, checking for gas leaks and having the water heater checked. Just remember, a 30-, 40- or 50-year-old home isn’t going to be “like new” just because it’s been inspected. What you’re looking for is the safety factor at the moment you purchase the house. I certainly like to be as thorough as possible to help people when buying a home — just not when a 7-foot-long boa constrictor is roaming around the house. n Bob George is a local real estate inspector.

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