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Fact-free liberals Someone summarized Barack Obama in three words – “educated,” “smart” and “ignorant.” Unfortunately, those same three words would describe all too many of the people who come out of our most prestigious colleges and universities today. President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again. Economic equality? That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who coined the term “socialism.” Those communities all collapsed. It was tried even earlier, in 18th century Georgia, when that was a British colony. People in Georgia ended up fleeing to other colonies. Many other people would vote with their feet in the 20th century, by fleeing many other societies around the world that were established in the name of economic equality. But who reads history these days? Moreover, those parts of history that would undermine the vision of the left – which prevails in our education system from elementary school to postgraduate study – are not likely to get much attention. The net results are bright people, with impressive degrees, who have been told for years how brilliant they are, but who are often ignorant of facts that might cause them to question what they have been indoctrinated with in schools and colleges. Recently Kirsten Powers repeated on Fox News Channel the discredited claim that women are paid only about 75 percent of what a man is paid for doing the same work. But there have been empirical studies, going back for decades, showing that there is no such gap when the women and men are in the same occupation, with the same skills, experience, education, hours of work and continuous years of full-time work. Income differences between the sexes reflect the fact that women and men differ in all these things – and more. Young male doctors earn much more than young female doctors. But young male doctors work over 500 hours a year more than young female doctors. Then there is the current hysteria, which claims that people in the famous “top 1 percent” have incomes that are rising sharply and absorbing a wholly disproportionate share of all the income in the country.


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Eagle-watching programs begin Families can view live eagles during the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Bald Eagle Winter Watch program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 8 at Hideaway Harbor Park in Portage des Sioux. Each year, more than 2,000 bald eagles have been reported to migrate to Missouri during the winter season. To celebrate the arrival of the national icon to the area, the parks department is offering several birding activities for

the public to participate in while visiting. From 9:30 a.m. until 11: 30 a.m., get an up close and personal look at an American Bald eagle provided by the World Bird Sanctuary. Through high-powered telescopes, provided by the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM), spectators will get a chance to view eagles nesting in the trees, in flight and feeding off the open Mississippi River waters. Park staff will also offer educational eagle presentations and park history tours at the top of every hour from 9 a.m. until noon. Children will also enjoy assisting staff with building a life-size eagle’s nest, and a fire ring and hot cocoa will be offered to combat the winter chill. During this free program, park staff will be available to answer questions about the eagles’-feeding habits, their migration patterns and the structure of their nest as well as explain the rich history of Hideaway Harbor Park and other birds that live in the 49-acre park. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk to the outskirts of this riverside park that mirrors the scenic Alton bluffs to get the best views of the eagles.


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Robber caught A 43-year-old Warrenton man has been charged after allegedly robbing the Bank of Old Monroe in Wentzville on Jan. 15. Robert E. Lascelle, of the 100 block of Cedar Grove, was charged with second degree robbery. According to police, Lascelle entered the Bank of Old Monroe at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 15, approached a teller and demanded money. After receiving the currency, Lascelle fled, police said. Minutes later, Lascelle was caught by police. Lascelle is currently being held at the St. Charles County Jail with a $50,000 cashonly bond.

Contract review The Wentzville Board of Aldermen reviewed the proposed contract for the appointment of Robert Bartolotta as the city’s new city administrator on Jan. 22. Wentzville has been without a city administrator since the unexpected passing of T. Michael McDowell last August. Bartolotta was chosen from the five finalist candidates city officials recently interviewed for the city administrator position. “Wentzville is the type of community which is a great place to live and work. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the city’s officials, staff, and the great citizens of Wentzville and join with them (in) helping to move the community forward,” said Bartolotta. Bartolotta has worked for 35 years in municipal management in four states and multiple suburban areas. He holds a master’s degree in public

O’FALLON Public hearing set The city of O’Fallon will conduct a public hearing at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 at O’Fallon City Hall, concerning the Fiscal Year 2013 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the O’Fallon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. “We received $240,326 and disbursed it into the following programs: Home Improvement Loan Program, Emergency Homeless Prevention, Senior Transportation and Rides, ADA Public Facility Improvement Program and Administration,” said Public Assistance Specialist Jessica Hawkins. Hawkins still has an opening for the Home Improvement Loan Program for fiscal year 2013.

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Park opens to cars Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon reopened to regular public use on Jan. 20. The park had been closed to traffic so that parks department staff could complete the de-installation of the Celebration of Lights, the city’s 2013 holiday lights display. “We had more than 1 million lights on display, and we hosted more than 10,000 cars through the event,” said Tom Drabelle, public relations director for the city. A late Thanksgiving date meant one less week of the holiday display. “This meant that our totals were down slightly from previous years, but still very good,” Drabelle said.

ST. PETERS Suspended sentence for video A 27-year-old St. Peters man received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor invasion of privacy. Kyle Gregory Pressy, a former part-time field marshal for the St. Charles County Youth Association, pleaded guilty of video-taping a 16-year-old boy through a peep-hole in a public bathroom at the Woodlands Sports Park. According to court documents, a video camera was found in the storage area by a referee. The referee looked at the recording in an effort to identify the owner. He contacted police after recognizing the teen. Police discovered four holes in the men’s restrooms at the concession stands. Police said Pressy admitted to taking the videos.

Shock time for cell phone A 24-year-old St. Peters man who threatened to stab a woman after his cell phone got wet spent 60 days of shock time in a St. Charles County Jail. Trevor Wade Livingston, of the first block of Paul Drive, pleaded guilty to second degree assault after threatening to stab a woman after his cell phone was found in a puddle of water on a kitchen countertop. “Livingston grabbed the victim by her neck, which she was able to break free from,” said



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Local state rep springs into action when woman collapses By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Quick action by a local state representative on Wednesday, Jan. 22, may have helped save the life of a young woman. State Rep. Ron Hicks and Bruce Holt, a painter’s union lobbyist, stepped out of an annual state of the judiciary address in Jefferson City and noticed a woman in distress. The woman was standing in the capitol rotunda where a table had been set up to serve lawmakers and servicemen a barbeque lunch. She began to shake. “We noticed that the young woman staggered,” Holt said. “It turned out that she was having a seizure.” A man seated next to the woman grabbed her as she fell to the floor. The woman was the man’s daughter. Hicks heard the man call for help. Holt said Hicks, 42, a freshman Republican whose district includes portions of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and St. Peters, didn’t hesitate. He moved people aside and started asking the man questions about his daughter’s medical history. As Hicks spoke to a 911 emergency responder, the woman appeared to stop breathing. “Her eyelids turned blue and her lips turned blue,” Hicks said.

Hicks said he gave the phone to someone else, saying that he had to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). With the help of others, he began chest compressions. “I was about to start a fourth compression when she woke up,” Hicks said. Physicians and other staff were nearby to help but Holt credits Hicks with taking charge. “It’s a good thing to see people who don’t flinch or run away from things,” Holt said. “I was just impressed.” Hicks said the real hero was the father who remained calm and answered questions. As for the CPR - Hicks said, “Anyone would have done it. Everyone there did a good job.” Hicks said he was told that the woman had never had a seizure but was on blood-thinning medication to treat blood clots. “I haven’t done CPR in 15 years,” said Hicks. But he said he was helped by a visit last summer to the Wentzville Fire Protection District, where firemen demonstrated CPR. “I immediately thought of this,” Hicks said. He said he remembered that fire personnel had told him not to be shy about pressing hard during chest compressions.


County struggles to recover from rash of bad weather, low temperatures By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Snow, ice and chilly temperatures have already taken a toll on St. Charles County government buildings. Water pipe breaks and snow falling off roofs have damaged the county Sheriff’s Department headquarters in O’Fallon, along with the Family Arena and the St. Charles County Old Courthouse, both in St. Charles. The old courthouse, also known as the Executive Office Building or Historic Courthouse, suffered serious damage on Jan. 8 when a water pipe burst, affecting three floors on the Jefferson Street side of the building. The courthouse, at 100 North Third Street, houses the county’s executive offices including the County Executive Steve Ehlmann’s office, the county counselor, video production, public information and county council offices and the council chambers. The building remained closed to the general public through Jan. 21 as damage was assessed and repaired. Several public meetings, including a County Council meeting on Jan. 13 and a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Jan. 15 were moved to other locations. Colene McEntee, the county’s public affairs coordinator, said last week that there has been no determination when the building will be open to the public and public meetings. County officials were also awaiting damage estimates. The County Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 was held at the Siteman

Center Cancer Event Room 240 at Spencer Road Library, 427 Spencer Road in St. Peters. The room is the same location as the Jan. 13 meeting. On Jan. 23, the county announced that council meetings would continue to be held at the Spencer Road Library through March. Joann Leykam, the county’s director of administration, told the council at its Jan. 13 meeting that condensation formed in a pipe that burst prompting a damper to open, allowing water to flow through. Fire alarms went off at 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 8 as water entered a broadcast center behind the council chambers on the third floor and an area where video screens were stored, turning them into “one massive shower stall, ” Leykam said “We had hundreds of gallons of water pouring down from there,” she said. The water poured down from above, entering 50 percent to 60 percent of the offices below, particular the counselor’s office, she said. Leykam said the snow and ice along with subzero temperatures that began a few days before also prompted other damage. Snow and ice atop the Family Arena roof fell on an area near gates 3 and 4. The county had boarded up the area and the public is being kept away from two restrooms and a concession area and arena until a structural engineer examines the area for major damage. Three pipes also burst at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters in O’Fallon causing water damage to carpets.

St. Peters Board votes down one-way outer road plan By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH How traffic congestion will be addressed along north and south I-70 outer roads in St. Peters remains an unknown after the city rejected the latest plan to reduce it. The St. Peters Board of Aldermen, at its Jan. 9 meeting, voted 7-1 against a plan that would have continued twoway traffic on the north outer road from the I-70-Cave Springs interchange west to Mid Rivers Mall Drive but limit the south outer road to one-way traffic. What the board rejected was a resolution in favor of the project. Rejection of that resolution means that St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation could forego pursuing additional funding, city officials said. The rejection also may mean that additional federal funding to fix the outer roads may be years away, perhaps

waiting for a larger I-70 corridor study a study which is currently in the works. But the project, which has been studied and amended for several years, faced strong opposition from 11 auto dealers located along the outer roads, as well as from other businesses and residents worried about turning the outer roads into one-way routes. St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said in a city work session before the vote that he didn’t see the board approving the resolution. He said he wouldn’t support it because he wanted the board to be in agreement on a plan. “This government, right now, acts as a unit,” Pagano said during the city work session. A divisive vote would cause “chaos in our government,” he said. Pagano said he spoke with St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann about asking the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to

restore the original $8.4 million in MoDOT officials worked through sevfederal funding for the project. The eral compromises to come up with a money could be used to improve on proposal that residents, elected officials, and off-ramps to the Cave Springs and businesses could accept. But many businesses and auto dealers remained interchange, he said. The resolution was to support a $15 skeptical. The aldermanic meeting had a large million plan that would have changed the configuration of the Cave Springs turnout that included business and auto interchange, adding eight ramps to and dealer representatives. Pagano acknowlfrom I-70, eliminating several traffic edged that the outer roads had the largest signals and extending one-way traffic auto business locations in the county. on the south outer road from Suemandy The vote drew applause from the audiDrive to the Cave Springs interchange. ence. Alderman Thomas Roberts, Ward 3, The Cave Springs interchange would cast the lone vote in favor of resolution. have included a new cross-over interAlderman Donald Aytes, Ward 4, said change with two-way traffic west along the opposition he heard to one-way the north outer road to another cross- streets wasn’t just from the business over interchange to be built at Executive community. Centre Loop Drive. Roads along the “The average resident is afraid of (onesouth outer road would be one-way with way streets),” Aytes said at the work sesnearby streets improved. Connections sion. “The only ‘yes’ I get is from the would be included to I-370. city and county and not from residents. County and city planners along with The residents put me here.”



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By AMANDA KEEFE The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen plans to tighten its rules on public comments to allow for speedier, more orderly meetings. At its Jan. 22 board meeting, Alderman Dave Kampelman (Ward 1) said “endless discussion” has become an issue at both board meetings and planning and zoning meetings and requested stricter levels of enforcement on public forums. Officials plan to draft a bill to appear at the city’s next meeting, slated for Feb. 5. Included in the draft will be a submission cut-off concerning the required comment form to be given to City Clerk Kim Clark. “We need to put a limit of time on how long people can fill out the affidavit to talk to the board,” Kampelman said. “I suggest that people can sign up until the public forum begins, but not after.” Other suggestions included enforcing the amount of time in which the public can address the board. Currently, the board allots three minutes each to a community member, but noticed comments tend to exceed the time limit. Alderwoman Sharon West proposed bumping the limit to five minutes, noting that three minutes didn’t seem ample for an individual to address officials. Kampelman’s final suggestion involved removing the public’s ability to “give minutes away,” a concept City Attorney John Young said he wasn’t aware of. Regardless, Young recognized the need to tighten the city’s open forum. Currently, the affidavit form the public is required to complete clearly defines what is expected during the board’s open forum opportunities. But Kampelman asked the board to consider by posting signs, notifying the community that the floor is not open forever.

Promoter pulls out of city’s blues festival By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH The news is mixed for two St. Peters outdoor community celebrations planned for later this year. One celebration – Celebrate St. Peters – may feature a “daredevil” signing of a prominent rock band. The other – a live music blues festival – may have city officials rather than musicians singing the blues because it may not happen this year. Celebrate St. Peters, a two-day community festival to be held Sept. 19-20 at 370 Riverside Park, could feature a prominent rock band for a Friday night concert. Lisa Bedian, the city’s communications director, asked the city’s Board of Aldermen at a Jan. 9 work session if the city could try to sign the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The band, formed in 1972 in Springfield, Mo., had two major singles, “If You Want to Get to Heaven” in 1974, and “Jackie Blue” in 1975. Bedian said the band had been recommended to the city for a number of years, but has been too expensive to book in the past. This year the band has agreed to come down $5,000 to $20,000 for appearing at the celebration. Last year, the city booked the Little River Band as the Saturday night headliner and drew an estimated 12,000 people to the performance. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils fee is similar

to what the city paid the Little River Band last year. “They were really excited to come and join us this year,” Bedian said. The board agreed to allow the city to try to book the Ozark Mountain Daredevils but Bedian said last week that the band had not yet signed off on the agreement. The celebration this year is expected to feature carnival rides, including a large Ferris wheel, food and refreshments as well as booths and other entertainment. The booth fee for private vendors will increase $25 this year to $150 but booth fees for nonprofit organizations will remain the same at $50. A proposed new celebration, set for June, may have to wait. City Administrator Bill Charnisky told the board that a proposed blues festival at 370 Lakeside Park on the weekend of June 6-8 may not happen. He said the mayor’s office had received a call from Foust Entertainment, the show’s promoter, that the group didn’t intend to execute its agreement with the city. St. Peters signed an agreement with Foust Entertainment last October for a live music “blues” festival that local officials hoped would become an annual event. Regarding the pullout, Charnisky said, “There won’t be (a festival) this year (through) they might come back next year.”

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The I-70 Shoppers Fair and Family Center is a must-see shopping venue conveniently located off I-70 on North Service Road in St. Peters. Open every Saturday and Sunday, the indoor-outdoor flea market has been in operation since August 2013. “Our family owned the 14-plus acres where the market is located and originally attempted to sell the property,” Dan Fetsch explained. “Due to the location, a developer approached us with the idea to create an indoor and outdoor market. After researching the potential, we proceeded with the developer to create the I-70 Shoppers Fair.” I-70 Shoppers Fair and Family Center vendors rent space at the market and offer a diverse and interesting array of products and services. As its name implies, it is a family-friendly destination. “A variety of products and services are available, such as clothing, women’s accessories and skin care products,

jewelry, knives and cutlery, toys, crafts, antiques and numerous services,” Fetsch said. “The venue includes a fullservice sports bar and food offerings. Fresh produce is offered year-round.” The indoor area of the market is located in clean, well-lit 23,000-square-foot building that is heated during the winter months. The building can accommodate 130 vendors, and outdoors, there is ample space for many more. In fact, the ultimate goal is for the market to include hundreds of regular vendors and to attract visitors not only from the area but from out of town as well. “We want to become a recognized destination within the St. Louis region, providing a family-oriented venue containing 300-400 regular vendors,” Fetsch said.

John Harris & Sarah Sanders opened Two Shamrocks Public House with the goal of making it “the friendliest place in O’Fallon.” Well into their second year in business, they have done just that. “We provide a friendly, fun, comfortable neighborhood place for everyone to enjoy at an affordable price. We are the hosts of a ‘Public House’ or meeting place that we want everyone to be proud to claim as their hangout and their favorite place to watch sports,” said Harris. “We’ll do whatever it takes to keep customers coming back. Everyone should leave here happy, and never leave hungry.” Leaving Two Shamrocks Public House hungry is unlikely considering its upscale pub-style food offerings and great drink specials. In-house smoked meats, award-winning Rob’s Wings, and specialties like the Reuben Kincaid and Beef ‘n Boursin sandwiches have

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By AMY ARMOUR The Fort Zumwalt School District welcomed four new future teachers into its Grow Your Own Teacher program this school year. Makenna Farrier, Jacilyn Kaysinger, Abigail Flynn and Kiriana Sackett were named the 2013 Grow Your Own Teachers winners. All four students are currently seniors and plan to study special education. “The students filled out applications, completed online screening questions and participated in up to three interviews,” said Deputy Superintendent Patty Corum. “The decision is very difficult every year, because all of the applicants are bright, highly involved and demonstrate caring, leader-like qualities.” The Grow Your Own Teacher Program provides accepted students who are studying to teach in a high needs area — such as special education — with financial assistance. Funded by the Fort Zumwalt Public School Education Foundation, accepted students receive $3,000 for tuition each semester of college. In return those students are obligated to teach in that high needs area within the Fort Zumwalt School District for four years after graduation. Some of the high needs areas include: special education, high school foreign language, industrial technology, physics, high school science and math, and English Lan-

guage Learners. Currently there are five students studying at Missouri universities with the help of the GYOT tuition assistance program. Erin Herbig, Fort Zumwalt East High graduate and student at Missouri State, is beginning her student teaching this spring at Fort Zumwalt North High in math. Marissa Mullen and Alec Gerke, both from Fort Zumwalt East, will student teach next school year in math. Mullen is studying at Missouri State and Gerke is attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. Emily Byers, a Fort Zumwalt North graduate, is attending Truman State University studying science, and Katie Harting, a Fort Zumwalt East graduate, is in her first year at Missouri State studying special education.  Four graduates of the program are already teaching in the FZSD. Robin (Aston) Bira is in her second year teaching special education at FZ North and Kelsie Kestler is in her second year as a special education teacher at Rock Creek Elementary.  Both were 2008 graduates of Fort Zumwalt and both attended Southeast Missouri State University.  In 2013, Danielle Newton and Megan (Welby) Stockton were hired after earning degrees and certifications. Newton is teaching science at Fort Zumwalt South High and Stockron is teaching special education at Fort Zumwalt West High.

Weldon Spring takes home annual ‘Cornucopia’ award By AMY ARMOUR A friendly competition between cities has benefited local needy families again this winter. Thousands of canned goods and toiletry items were collected during the annual Tri-City Food Drive Challenge during the holiday season. For the fourth consecutive year, the cities of Weldon Spring, Dardenne Prairie and Cottleville competed to collect the most food for Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. The food pantry serves hundreds of families each week in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. The Tri-City Food Drive Challenge was held from Nov. 25 through Jan. 3 and after careful deliberation, the city of Weldon Spring was crowned winner, earning the “Cornucopia Traveling Trophy”—and bragging rights. Weldon Spring has collected the most items for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service for three out of the last four food drive competitions.

But the real winners of the competition are the hungry families in St. Charles County. “We do it because there’s a need, especially after the holidays are over,” said Moe Kwiatkowski, Weldon Spring city clerk. Cottleville Mayor Jim Hennessey said Cottleville residents, business owners and city staff once again donated more than 2,000 non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Tri-City Food Drive. “We congratulate our good friends at the city of Weldon Spring for successfully defending the coveted Cornucopia Trophy,” Hennessey said. “We are pleased to join with our sister cities in supporting the J&A Care Service and wish to thank everyone who donated to help those in our communities in need. We look forward to participating again next year and bringing that trophy home to Cottleville.” The city of Dardenne Prairie collected toys and canned goods for the Salvation Army this year.




Weldon Spring plans right-of-way acquisitions in 2014 By AMY ARMOUR Weldon Spring will continue to improve its roadway infrastructure into the New Year, according to City Administrator Michael Padella. “The city continues to build improvements to our existing roadway infrastructure system,” Padella said. “Independence Road Phase II and Weldon Spring Parkway Phase I were completed in 2012; building on those improvements the engineering design for Independence Road Phase III and Weldon Spring Parkway Phase II were completed in 2013.“ Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin and conclude in 2014 with construction of the actual improvements slated for 2015. “These roadway improvements improve public safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists by implementing shoulders, curbs and gutters, improved sightline distances and construction of walking trails or sidewalks,” Padella said.

Cinderella Project seeks formals, gowns The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project, a program of the Community Council of St. Charles County, has begun collecting new and gently used formal dresses to provide to girls in need for their proms. The Cinderella Project encourages young girls experiencing financial or other crisis by providing them a free prom dress. Students are referred to the program by their high school counselors. In 2013, 165 girls from more than 40 metro-area high schools received free prom dresses through the Cinderella Project. Dresses remaining after the referral program are sold to the public March 1 through March 10 at Mid Rivers Mall ,at the Cinderella Boutique located on the mall’s lower level near Sears. Long dresses are priced at $39 and short dresses at $29. All proceeds support the Cinderella Project and the Community Council’s other programs addressing homelessness and hunger in the region. Dresses will be collected throughout February at CBL Mall’s Customer Services Desks at Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center and West County Center. All locations of West Oak Cleaners are also serving as collection points. For a complete listing of collection site locations, visit In addition to dresses and gowns the Project is also seeking salon services and accessories. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. The Community Council is a 501(c)(3) organization and a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

He added that the city is sensitive to the loss of trees because of the roadway improvements. “In 2013 the city contracted with Davey Tree Resources to conduct a citywide tree inventory of our public rights-of-way and parks and develop a tree management plan for our urban forest,” said Padella. “The project was a success and elements and findings of the study will be taken into consideration on the current and future roadway improvement designs.” In 2013, the city also developed and

implemented a new city website, and electrical improvements were completed in City Hall and Parks Building facilities. “City Hall is now able to be powered by a backup generator in case of emergencies or major power outages,” Padella said. In addition, new playground equipment was installed at the city park. Mayor Don Licklider said he’d like to see more park development in 2014. He envisions a one-acre low-impact park off of Hwy. 94 near CenterPointe Hospital in the future. No plans have been determined as of yet.

The city also hired Todd Streiler as the new City Planning Consultant. His role will be instrumental in one of the city’s major goals for 2014 — to update the city’s 2008 Comprehensive Plan. “We are planning to utilize the new Planning Consultant to facilitate the process which will include a great deal of community engagement and outreach,” Padella said. “The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to serve as a roadmap for the future as it relates to identifying community goals and objectives related to land use, development and other city priorities.”

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Ceasar and Cherry Villegas enjoyed Smoothie King smoothies so much that they purchased a franchise in Cottleville. “I have been a big fan of Smoothie King smoothies since 2000,” Cherry said. “I love the taste, and I don’t feel guilty drinking them.” Smoothie King is not your average juice bar. “It is considered a juice bar, but Smoothie King is the premier smoothie bar and nutritional lifestyle center in the industry,” Cherry said. “Smoothie King offers guests the original, nutritional real fruit smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports nutrition products, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs and minerals. The combination helps achieve health and fitness goals.” A new favorite smoothie is the Lean1 smoothie, which burns body fat up to 68 percent faster. The high-protein smoothie is known for fighting hunger cravings as well as helping to tone and define muscles. With 27 vitamins and minerals, Lean1 smoothies also aid in



commitment to volunteerism and support countless organizations and initiatives in an effort to give back to the community. In fact, the St. Charles County management team serves on the Boards of 14 not-for-profit organizations in the community.” Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $23.1 billion regional bank holding company. For almost 150 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and business throughout the Midwest region. Commerce Bank 435 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters 6271 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles 1101 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles 2700 S. St. Peters Parkway, St. Charles 101 E. Elm Street, O’Fallon 2913 Highway K, O’Fallon 1994 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville (314) 746-8700

speeding recovery from workouts and are available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. A healthy alternative to fast food, a Smoothie King smoothie is served in a cup, so it is easy to consume on the go. Smoothies are the perfect meal alternative for those wanting to trim down, build muscle, get an energy boost or indulge in a healthy snack. Flavor options are limitless, and each smoothie is made fresh to order by the friendly staff. Ceasar and Cherry accept catering and volume orders at a discounted price and offer fundraising for schools, sports teams and social organizations. “Taste does not have to suffer to live a healthier lifestyle,” Cherry said. Smoothie King 4765 Highway N • Cottleville Corner Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (636) 939-KING (5464) Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,; Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Grace Community Chapel is an independent, evangelical church that was started in 1983 to serve the growing population of St. Charles County. Since its first official “meeting” of 38 people in a member couple’s home 30 years ago, the church has grown significantly, dedicating its first Chapel in 1985, completing construction of a new sanctuary in 1988, and in 2011, drawing nearly 1,000 people to the first Sunday services and Sunday School at its current Worship Center. “We have a large core of dedicated people who serve God and others with joy,” Director of Outreach Barbara Coghlan said. “We have great worship services and balanced ministries for all ages.” Walking into a church for the first time can be uncomfortable, but newcomers to Grace Community Chapel are welcomed by friendly, genuine people who believe their purpose is to reach up to God in worship, reach in to one another in mutual support, and reach

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out to impact the community with God’s love. “We believe that Jesus Christ made it possible for people to connect to God,” Coghlan explained. “Our goal is to live out the teachings of the Bible to our benefit and God’s glory.” Grace Community Chapel is a place where adults, adolescents and young children can go to grow in their relationship with God and with others. “We apply the ancient truths of the Bible to our lives today,” Coghlan said. “This provides answers to the great questions and trials of life and guides us in daily living.”

Grace Community Chapel 7661 Mexico Road • St. Peters (636) 970-1311 Traditional Worship: Sun., 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Sun., 10:40 a.m.

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By SUZANNE CORBETT wiches are built using local producers such as Volpi in Catering to the community begins with serving its needs, addition to the premium luncheon meats of Dietz & and Tony Valenti, of Valenti’s Market & Catering Co., Watson, a specialty company from Philadelphia. A big draw for many is Valenti’s on-site bakery does just that by providing a variety of options to help customers answer the never-ending question, “What’s for where breads, pies and pastries are baked fresh daily. Each is designed to complete any meal, whether dinner?” “We’re an old-fashioned market operation that began 60 cooked at home or picked from the extensive cateryears ago,” said Valenti, who for 12 years has operated the ing menu. Bitter cold temperatures like those Market “The catering side of our business keeps growing St. Peters business. “We’re proud to be a part of the neighborthe Midwest has been experiencing & Catering Co. hood we serve by providing an old-fashioned meat and farm and growing. We were named ‘Best Caterer’ last this winter make keeping homes year by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine readers and listed market, a bakery, deli and a full-service catering operation. warm essential. Johnson Heating and You can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We have as the 13th largest caterer in the St. Louis area by Whether it’s who a credited customhis cut piece of to baby showers. Just in time for the ready to at takepeak out andperformance. eat dinners that all Customers you have to do iswith St. Louis Magazine,” said Valenti, Cooling can provide area homeowners pick up, take home, and heat. Or, if you want to cook, we catering growthsteak to today’s fast lifestyle’s. a deli sandwich or chicken, or Super Bowl,& Catering, Valenti’s offering Valenti’s Market whichishas a history a $3 with a comfortable, quality indoor have air whatanyou Elite Safety & Efficiency Agreement“People don’t have the time to cook anymore, and Tony Valenti operates need to make a great meal, from steaks to that dates back 60 years. a tray of hot pasta, Valenti’s Market off coupon for party sub sandwiches. temperature regardless of the frigid can take advantage of a twice-yearly sausages,” he said. there’s a generation that doesn’t cook. That’s why and Catering canespecially provide delicious, full-service can also weather outside. inspections cleanings. Valenti’s’ unique blendand of farm market, butcher shop, our ready-made To lighten The the burden of customers’ market holiday cooking, dinners are popular, any events, providing bakery andStaffed caterer is what Valenti calls a one-stop shop. highly On those from our affordable Valenti’s hascater releasedcorporate a holiday menu that features elegant box top 22 specials meals that you for can get anyoccasion. day.” The family-owned heating and cooling with expertly trained, the market side, the backbone of the operation, customers can those 22 core items areand Italian and Ameri-is a entrée such as peppered tenderloin or with salads brandy and Market Catering full-picks lunches, hotbeef lunches business is a passion for husband and qualified employees, Johnson Heating Counted amongValenti’s pick up fresh-cut meats such as USDA Choice steaks that can classics, such as chicken spiedini with pasta con broccoli, cream sauce, succulent baked ham with honey-pineapple service market and catering company in sandwiches. Brides and grooms can wife Tracy and Shaun Johnson. and with Cooling will not steak sell butter customers can be paired house-made seasoned and Carolina pulled pork or chicken with pasta salad, and breaded glaze and applewood-smoked turkey. Peters offering customers authentic to that cater their locally sourced produce to create a side or salad. sand- pork chops andSt. “We have choose a completeValenti’s turkey dinner comes withspecial potatoes au gratin. There’s even the ultimate “I’ve been in the industry since I was unnecessary products or Deli upgrades. Italian and American cuisine. mashed The potatoes, day, salad whether a wedding shower, American comfort food: meatloaf paired with red-skinned and our it’s own special Italian-style 5 years old, and it’s in my blood,” said In fact, the company offers free stuffing made with whatdinner I call ‘the Valenti twist.’ The mashed potatoes. family-owned meat market has served rehearsal or wedding reception. Tracy Johnson, the company’s owner Valenti’s estimatesMarket for replacing heating and air Beyond the core items, custom menus can be designed stuffing is made with our own baked bread, sage, eggs, & Catering Co. local families for more than 70 years. “Our wedding catering is great, noand CEO. “My husband, Shaun, got conditioning systems and will gladly on request. In addition, full bar service is offered for off-site seasonings and parmesan,” Valenti said. 6750 Mexico Road • St. Peters “You can come in for affordable food nonsense affordable With holiday shopping food gearingatup, Valenti’s goalprices is to with events. 636-970-2992 in the business over 15 years ago. We send a sales consultant to a home to to any prepare you party can pick up customers a great wait staff,” said Valenti. provide with a great experience. “We can handle cateringyourself, need – fromor an office p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., of Sat.;furnaces 9 are a great team and we share the same9 a.m.-6:30 explain the different types of five to a wedding reception for 350,” said. “We chicken As Valenti said, “From thecan marketcheck side to our a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. prepared foods likeValenti meatballs, Couples outcatering, the full passion.” and air conditioners so the homeowner can make your Thanksgiving turkey or the entire Thanks- we’re here to help provide a good neighborhood shopping wings or deli items,” said Tony Valenti, menu and book an event online at Located in Wentzville, Johnson can confidently choose the best system experience.” giving dinner. Just give us a couple days’ notice.”

owner. Heating and Cooling services, for the home’s particular needs. The market has a wide variety of meats, “We know the needs of people in the maintains, sells and installs heating, “We provide a family-friendly HVAC g n i from steak and chicken to pork steak and St. Charles area, and we meet those x a cooling, and air systems at every company , Relthat customers can rely on,” , Fun y l brats, all ready for dinner preparation. needs,” Valenti said. d n a efficiency level. All of their heatingFrie Tracy tsaid. Pizz Town Bes our tfamily To complete a meal, customers can er in take care of your e B and cooling systems are designed and “Let es Cold choose from freshly made side items, installed to deliver customers the best family’s heating and cooling needs.” warm homemade bread and custompossible comfort, quality, service and baked pies and cookies. Valenti’s Market and Catering reliability. Johnson Heating and Cooling Upscale Casual American Grill Valenti’s Market and Catering can 6750 Mexico Road • St. Peters The company also offers “clean and 223 N. Callahan Road • Wentzville Live Music Every Saturday alsoNight cater any event, from Super Bowl (636) 667-2600 checks” to ensure its customers’ heating (636) 332-4141 Freshest Local Ingredients & to Valentine’s parties Day celebrations Please visit us for that unique gift idea! and cooling systems are ready to operate

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Design On A Dime is a unique home décor consignment shop in St. Charles featuring an ever-changing mix of gently used items. “We’re not your typical consignment shop. We also feature one-of-a-kind, custom painted furniture,” said Carrie Keipp, Design On A Dime owner and manager, whose business is a real family enterprise that utilizes the collective talents of three generations of family members, including Carrie’s parents, her two daughters and her son. Carries’s parents search for items to refurbish, Carrie fixes them, her parents paint them, and then they are placed on the floor for sale. The shop’s specialty is shabby chic, and the inventory is ever changing. Carrie’s mother, Shabby Shirl, and her son, Philip, also custom paint furniture. “We now offer custom painting on furniture that our customers bring from home,” Carrie said. “If they have a piece at home that needs a facelift, they can bring it in and we will give it a


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Bu llet i n Boa rd WENTZVILLE Kindergartener registration Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration/ screening process for 2014/15. This event is for all children who will turn five years old before Aug. 1, 2014. Registration/Screening dates are as follows: Boone Trail: Tuesday, Feb. 25 Crossroads: Thursday, Feb. 20 Discovery Ridge: Tuesday, Feb. 11 Duello: Tuesday, March 11 Green Tree: Thursday, Feb. 13 Heritage: Thursday, Feb. 27 Lakeview: Tuesday, Feb. 18 Peine Ridge: Thursday, March 13 Prairie View: Tuesday, March 4 Children who have not been screened by Parents as Teachers this year can make an appointment by contacting the Wentzville School District Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863, ext. 22281. Screening appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that screening may need to be at another elementary school in the district. 

FRANCIS HOWELL Giving tree Bryan Middle School held its third annual Giving Tree Fundraiser in an effort to make wishes come true for families during the holiday season. With the help of the Bryan Middle School students, teachers, staff and community the Giving Tree Fundraiser raised more than $3,000 for families. To raise money, staff members sold candy canes prior to school hours. The Bryan Middle PTO donated several items, along with the National Junior Honor Society,

which partnered with Toys for Tots. Additional money not used for the Giving Tree was used to support school financial needs to the end of the school year.

Hall of Fame Francis Howell Central High School inducted Zach Gerler, class of 2006, and Pierre Desir, class of 2008, into the FHC Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 24. Gerler played soccer from 2002 through 2005 and baseball from 2003 through 2006 at FHC after transferring from Hazelwood Central High School. He was a four-year varsity letter winner in both sports. In soccer, Gerler was named 2nd Team All-Conference as a freshman, 1st Team All-Conference and 3rd Team St. Louis Area All-Metro as a sophomore. Also, as a junior and senior he was named 1st Team All-Conference and All-State by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Adidas.   Desir played football from 2005 through 2007, basketball from 2005 through 2007 and was a member of the track and field team from 2005 through 2008 while at FHC. In football, he was a three-year varsity starter and was named 1st Team All-Conference as a running back and All-State defensive back as a senior. In basketball, Desir was a two-year varsity starter and was named All-Conference as a junior. In track, Desir still holds the school record in the long jump after earning All-State honors with a sixth place finish, becoming the first and only two-sport All-State athlete in FHC history.

Paint it pink Francis Howell Central High School has partnered with the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer to sponsor its second annual “Paint it Pink” night. The event will take place on Feb. 7 during the FHC boys

Kindergarten registration Registration for incoming kindergarten pupils in the Fort Zumwalt School District for the 2014-15 school year will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 6 at all of the elementary schools. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached the age of 5 before Aug. 1, 2014. Children that have not attended kindergarten in the Fort Zumwalt School District and have reached the age of 6 before Aug. 1, 2014, may register for the first grade on the same date and at the same locations. A valid birth certificate, proof of residency, and immunization records must be presented at the time of registration. 

SCC Black history month events St. Charles Community College will host a series of events in honor of Black History Month. The events include a lecture, film showings, lunchtime trivia, a dance performance and more. “A History of the Negro Leagues in St. Louis: Giants & St. Louis Stars” will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 3, in the Social Science Building at SCC. Dwayne Isgrig will discuss the history of the Negro Leagues in baseball. The film “42” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the auditorium at the Social Sciences Building. The film is about Jackie Robinson, a Negro League baseball player in 1946, who never took racism lying down. Rayvon Owen will perform music at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Black History trivia will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Scooter’s Place at the Student Center. To round out the events, “Celebrating African-American History Through Dance,” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. All events are free. For more information, call 922-8469.

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At registration, parents will receive a packet of information, including a physical examination form, which should be returned on or before the first school day. Students must have completed all immunizations and have begun the Hepatitis B vaccination series to be permitted to attend the first school day. Immunizations may be scheduled through the St. Charles County Health Department by calling 949-1857. Parents unable to have their child registered March 6, 2014, should complete the registration process at their child’s school no later than June 1.


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and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Timberland High School. The Paint it Pink night will help raise awareness and fund important work of cancer research, free programs and services for cancer patients and caregivers, legislative advocacy efforts and education for early detection tests, as well as cancer prevention. In an effort to raise awareness and funds, FHC will be hosting a variety of fundraising activities. T-shirts will be sold for $10 and can be purchased in advance from the FHC Activities Office. Also, FHC will be selling paper cut-outs in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer. The cut-outs will be hung on the FHC Wall of Hope. Leading up to the games, each grade will participate in a coin wars battle, where each grade level will compete to see who raises the most change. During the games there will be a “miracle minute” where 57 seconds will be put on the game clock and cheerleaders and dancers will run through the stands collecting donations from fans. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

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Spor t s Fort Zumwalt South energized by win over Howell Central at MLK Classic By JONATHAN DUNCAN In a season that has seen plenty of peaks and valleys already for the Fort Zumwalt South girls’ basketball team, a visit to North St. Louis County in late January seemed to give the Bulldogs a much-needed boost of confidence. Zumwalt South squared off against rival St. Charles County school Francis Howell Central on Jan. 20 in the final game of the sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shootout at North Tech. The Bulldogs came out ready to go and made it clear from the opening tip that they were there to play and play very well. Zumwalt South (8-7) utilizing a mix of suffocating one-on-one defense and backcourt pressure, raced to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter. That lead increased to 29-6 at the half, and Zumwalt South rolled on to an easy 58-31 victory over the overmatched Spartans. Maddie German provided the big offensive spark for the Bulldogs as the senior guard broke loose for 14 points on the night. German also got some major help from teammates Abby Modaff and Courtney Rondeau. Modaff and Rondeau chipped in 10 points each. The win at the King Shootout also helped keep the Bulldogs on a positive stretch as it marked Zumwalt South’s third win in a row going back to Jan 11. In that mini-streak, the Bulldogs defeated Cleveland NJROTC 49-18 on Jan. 13, and notched a Gateway Central conference win over Wentzville Holt 48-37 on Jan. 17. Against Cleveland, the Lady Bulldogs brought a frenetic pace to the floor in

racing to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and at the half, enjoyed a commanding 29-11 advantage. Three players led the way in double figures for the Bulldogs as Hannah Karl and Modaff scored 11 points apiece and senior guard Danielle McLean added 10 points on five of eight shooting from the floor. Karl’s floor game was superb on both ends as she dished out four assists and collected three steals. Four days later in their conference opener at home against Holt, the Bulldogs were solid again in taking down the Indians. Zumwalt South led just 23-17 after the first half but outscored Holt 25-20 in the final half to pull away for the win. Free-throws helped lock up the victory for Zumwalt South as the Bulldogs hit 13 of 17 from the line with McLean and Karl knocking down five free-throws each. Modaff pumped in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Maddie German scored 10 points and had four steals. McLean added nine points. German and Modaff are the keys to the Bulldogs offense averaging 11.3 points and 6.4 points per game. Junior guard/forward Katie Lamkie is the backbone for the Bulldogs on the boards. Lamkie averages 4.9 rebounds per game. German has been a ubiquitous presence on defense, averaging just over two steals a game. Zumwalt South entered the final week of January tied for first place in the Gateway Central with Washington and with five conference games left over the next month, a big finish is still quite possible.





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Leaps and Bounds was founded in 2005 by Lisa Cooseman and Carrie Salyer, occupational therapists with a passion for helping children and families understand sensory processing and its impact on their lives. Recognizing that many children were “slipping through the cracks” because they did not qualify for school-based services or qualified but needed more intense intervention, they opened the pediatric therapy center to provide children of all ages and abilities with occupational, physical and speech/ language therapies. “Our occupational therapists specialize in the treatment of children who exhibit challenges with sensory processing, which can impact attention, behavior, learning, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, feeding, emotional regulation and social skills,” Salyer explained. “We are dedicated to providing services that go above and beyond traditional therapy services. Whether through our therapeutic programming, a referral to a trusted professional or just listening to a parent’s concerns, our team is committed to helping families.” That team consists of energetic,

Specializing in basement finishing, Richbuilt Basements has been serving homeowners in the St. Charles area and surrounding communities since its establishment in 1989. Before launching the business, Rich Kempa, owner and founder of Richbuilt Basements, worked for more than 16 years as a designer and draftsman at consulting engineering firms. Today, Kempa operates his business from a home-based office. Richbuilt Basements specializes in complete basement remodeling. Originally, Kempa handled projects from start to finish by himself, but over the years, his business has grown substantially. “Now, with multiple crews and the same employees for more than 10 years, we work as a team to complete projects in a timely manner,” Kempa said. “Our goal is simple: to achieve customer satisfaction.” To reach that goal, Kempa said, he

compassionate therapists who have the most advanced training available and use a comprehensive approach to determine the underlying reasons for a child’s challenges. Therapists develop individual, innovative programming for each child and family to facilitate development of the skills necessary for home, school and the community. Some families travel from hours away for weekly appointments because they believe the quality of therapy is worth it. “The mission statement we developed in 2005 continues to be our focus: to enhance a child’s development, empower families, and educate the community through innovative, therapeutic programming,” Salyer said. “People walk in the door as clients, become our friends, and feel like family.” Call for information on free monthly Leaps and Bounds seminars. Leaps and Bounds 324 Jungermann Road • St. Peters (636) 928-5327

and his team make sure to keep the lines of communication open at all times, provide customers with straightforward answers to all of their questions, show respect for each customer ’s home and property, emphasize cleanliness and deliver worry-free completion of every project. To date, Richbuilt Basements has completed more than 160 basements. “We know how to get the job done right the first time in a timely manor and at the right price,” Kempa said. “We take care of everything – from framing to electrical, from plumbing to ductwork, from floor to ceiling, from theaters to family rooms, from painting to pantries and everything in between.” Richbuilt Basements O’Fallon (636) 978-3479 or (314) 713-1388

Positive Paws Pet Training believes that strengthening the communication between your dog and family is essential in creating a healthy bond and achieving acceptable behaviors. Owner Kim Gracner, has educated owners and changed behaviors of over 2,000 dogs. Positive Paws opened in 2006, and offers in-home customized training programs tailored to achieve your goals and your dog’s needs. Kim believes that training in the dog’s environment is most effective for behavioral change. “Problematic behaviors typically occur within the home environment. Since dogs need leadership and proper structure, the family plays an important role in the training process,” Kim says. “It is essential for your dog to understand your expectations for successful training”. The programs at Positive Paws Pet Training are structured to teach all ages and breeds. Whether you’re just acquiring a new puppy, attempting to manage your strong-willed adolescent, or striving to maximize your adult dog’s potential, Positive Paws can

Ten years ago, Sarah Corrigan and her mother, Mary Kay, felt there was a real demand in the community for a unique decor, gift and floral boutique. They soon joined forces to start The White Hare, offering distinct home accessories, gifts and an extensive, topnotch floral selection. The store’s extremely popular inhome accessorizing service caters to the personal desires of the client to help with a new space or simply add finishing touches to an existing one. “We come to your home, talk to you about what areas you would like to work on and then we take pictures and measurements,” Sarah Corrigan said. “We then schedule another day when we return with a selection of items specifically for your space. It’s that easy.” In addition, the store carries the best quality floral and merchandise available while maintaining a good price for its loyal and dedicated customers. Custom floral design is another popular service that keeps customers coming

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Having an overweight or obese parent is one of the three biggest risk factors for childhood obesity, a study showed.

The new skinny on fats The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals – has updated its position on the amount and types of fats people should consume. The new recommendations call for healthy adults to eat 20-35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and limit their consumption of saturated and trans fats. The position paper, “Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults,” was published in the January issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In a news release, the Academy translated the paper for the public as follows: • A simple and effective way to improve health is to eat more fish, nuts and seeds and to consume fewer desserts and convenience foods. • Fat is a critical nutrient, and certain types of fat, such as omega-3s and omega6s, are needed for good health. For this and other health reasons, a fat-free diet is not recommended. • Fish is an excellent source of the omega-3s EPA and DHA; flax, walnuts and canola are good sources of ALA omega-3.

• Both the amount of fat (how much) and the type of fat (what foods) in the diet can affect health and risk of disease. • Different foods provide different types of fat. Some fats improve your health (omega-3s help your heart and brain), while some are detrimental to your health (trans fat increases heart disease risk factors).

The big three: childhood obesity predictors What factors raise the risk of childhood obesity? According to researchers at the University of Illinois, the most significant factors contributing to a preschooler’s childhood obesity risk are inadequate sleep, an overweight or obese parent, and a parent who restricts the child’s eating in order to control the child’s weight. “We looked at 22 variables that had previously been identified as predictors of child obesity, and the three that emerged as strong predictors did so even as we took into account the influence of the other 19,” said Brent McBride, director of the University of Illinois Child Development

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Laboratory. “Their strong showing gives us confidence that these are the most important risk factors to address.” After analyzing data from the study, researchers came up with the following parental recommendations for reducing the risk of childhood obesity: • Encourage early bedtimes for young children. • Recognize that parental food preferences are passed to children, and remember that tastes are established during the preschool years. • Consider the fact that restricting a child’s access to certain foods will only make the child want those foods more. A child who always is deprived of potato chips, for example, may eat them excessively at a friend’s home. • Make sure the food environment in the home includes a wide variety of healthy choices, such as fruits and vegetables. • Bear in mind that kids often need to be exposed to a food several times before they will try it. • Do not use food to comfort a child who is hurt or disappointed. • Allow preschoolers to select their foods as bowls are passed at family meals, and encourage them to be thoughtful about what they choose. Pre-plating a meal at the counter discourages self-regulation.

School start time and student health A delay of less than 30 minutes in the time they start school can produce significant health benefits for adolescents, according to a sleep expert. Psychologist Julie Boergers, co-director of a Rhode Island pediatric sleep disorders clinic, led a study at a boarding school for high school students and found that by delaying the start of school during the winter term by just 25 minutes – from 8 to 8:25 a.m. – students got more sleep and enjoyed a significant reduction in daytime sleepiness, depressed mood and caffeine use. “Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning,” Boergers said. “Most teenagers undergo a biological shift to a

later sleep-wake cycle, which can make early school start times particularly challenging. In this study, we looked at whether a relatively modest, temporary delay in school start time would change students’ sleep patterns, mood and caffeine use.” With the delayed start time, the percentage of students getting eight or more hours of sleep on school nights jumped from 18 percent to 44 percent, with younger students and those sleeping less at the start of the study most likely to benefit from the later start. Overall, a delayed start time was associated with a 29-minute increase in students’ sleep time on school nights. The later start had no effect on time students spent doing homework or engaging in extracurricular activities. An article on the study, “Later School Start Time is Associated with Improved Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents,” was published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

Bleach bath safety Parents of children with eczema may have heard that bleach baths can help, but it is important to follow proper procedures to ensure child safety. Eczema is a dry skin condition that can cause kids to scratch, and scratching can lead to infection. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions parents to talk with a child’s dermatologist before administering a bleach bath. “If your child’s dermatologist recommends bleach baths, be sure to ask how much bleach to add to the water and how often a bleach bath should be given,” Dr. Lawrence F. Eichenfield, chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at University of California, San Diego, said in an AAD news release. “Adding the wrong amount or type of bleach to the bath can irritate your child’s already sensitive skin. … It’s very important for parents to talk with their board-certified dermatologist before beginning bleach bath therapy with their child.” Eichenfield’s recommendations for giving a bleach bath, plus a link to a video demonstrating how to perform bleach bath therapy for a child’s eczema, can be found at



American Dream is very much alive Kevin Weaks

After all that homeowners have been through over the last few years, some housing experts had predicted that homeownership as a major element of the American Dream would soon die. Well, they were wrong. The Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University completed a study that concluded, “The long term cultural preference for owning seems to have weathered the recent housing crisis.” Many pundits are warning that there will be a drop in real estate values because mortgage rates are beginning to increase. The logic makes sense. However, history shows that increasing rates have not negatively impacted home values in the past. Homeownership has always been and will always be a crucial piece of the American Dream. Ready for your piece of the dream? Here’s what’s new in new homes:

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Fischer opens new displays Fischer & Frichtel has a sure cure for the mid-winter doldrums – the grand opening of new display models at three prime locations. Shown for the first time at Cimarron Forest in Wentzville on the weekend of Feb. 1-2, the 1,480-square foot Sierra is one of two charming two-stories from Fischer’s single-family Lifestyle Collection. Affordably priced from just $119,900, homes in this scenic community feature wide-open main levels, full baseThomas & Suit Homes has ranches ments, and an amazing variety of lifestyle ready for you choices. During grand opening, purchasers If you’re ready to move, Thomas & Suit also receive a free washer, dryer and refrigis ready for you. The homebuilder has two erator – and $2,000 in closing costs. new ranches ready for February move-in. The following weekend, Feb. 8-9, the Scheduled for late February completion Wyndham two-story will debut at Wynis a Mulberry II home in Wyndgate Forest, dgate Oaks in O’Fallon. This amenitylocated near Hwy. 40 and Hwy. N. Ready packed, master-planned community at the beginning of February, Silver Pine showcases nine Heritage Collection plans, Ridge in Wentzville is a Quebec ranch, a from $349,900, and seven Estate designs, brand new floor plan. from $399,900. To help homebuyers visuLori Finley, Wyndgate Forest community alize the countless ways to personalize sales manager, said of the 2,329-square-foot their homes, the 3,752-square-foot WynMulberry II: “You’ll love this terrific three- dham is shown with features from both bedroom, two-bath home, complete with product lines. Purchase during the opening 10-foot ceilings throughout, 8-foot interior event and receive $10,000 in free options. doors, a stone fireplace and hardwood floors Feb. 22-23 marks the grand opening that extend from the foyer throughout the of Miralago in Cottleville, with wooded great room, kitchen and breakfast room.” and lakeview homesites and six designs The home’s stunning front elevation has a from the Manors Collection, starting in the covered porch, three-car garage and covered $190’s. Headlining the celebration will be patio overlooking the woods. Price of this the versatile three-bedroom Whitehall ranch. home is $425,000 with additional savings if Among the many custom configurations purchased before completion in late February. offered with the Whitehall is a brand-new For buyers who prefer to build, Thomas option that transforms the home into a 1.5& Suit is extending 2013 prices through story, bringing its total living space to 3,462 the end of January at Wyndgate Forest. square feet. Move-in-ready Quick-Move-In Finishing touches are going on a homes are also available in all three neigh2,190-square-foot Quebec ranch at Silver Pine borhoods. Details at Ridge, off Hepperman Road in Wentzville. “Again, Thomas & Suit has filled this Lombardo Homes’ Discovery Process three-bedroom, two-bath home with amaz- creates perfect matches ing features, like 11-foot ceilings in the Lombardo Homes believes that when great room, a beautiful brick fireplace and it comes to buying a new home, one size hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen and See PRIME, page 24 breakfast room,” Community Sales Man-




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Group homes provide independence in neighborhoods like yours By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Lisa Drier remembers a man who spent years living at a nursing home. He’d been comfortable and cared for but isolated from daily life – her staff learned that the man hadn’t eaten in a restaurant for years. He moved into a group home in Wentzville – a place that was located in a house far different from the large building where he had lived. “He walked in and said, ‘It feels so good to be home,’” said Drier, executive director of the Emmaus Resident Trust Foundation. Emmaus Homes is a St. Charles-based nonprofit organization that operates group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. The man’s reaction is becoming more common throughout the county as people with special needs and developmental disablities move into residential neighborhoods.The trend is away from institutional settings and more toward finding a house, condominium or apartment that allows people as much independence as possible. “They’re all really just individuals who live in a residential community,” Drier said. But group homes in residential areas are a complicated issue. Just recently, court decisions have played a part in loosening restrictions on group homes imposed by some municipalities. Will there now be a rush to locate more group homes in St. Charles County? The answer is still emerging, but area organizations that provide special services and public officials haven’t seen it yet. Local municipalities are seeing the landscape change as far their ability to limit living arrangements for people with disabilities.

Excluded, according to the definition, “are homes established for or occupied by residents who are permitted to live in ‘halfway houses’ including residences in which the residents are criminal offenders in work-release sentence or on parole or probation, or persons who use or are addicted to a controlled substance.” Area municipalities had similar ordinances that limited the number of group homes in their boundaries by requiring them to be a certain distance apart. Others required group homes to obtain a specialuse permit from the city. Up until last year, St. Charles County’s

ordinance was the least restrictive, with a 600-foot minimum, according to the report. St. Peters, Cottleville and Wentzville all required a 2,500-foot minimum. Lake Saint Louis had a 1,000-foot requirement. St. Charles had no density requirement but required a conditional-use permit. O’Fallon had the longest distance CHANGING LOCAL LAWS requirement at 1 square mile. In addition According to a February 2013 report to requiring a special or conditional-use submitted by St. Charles County to meet permit for group homes, Weldon Spring U.S. Department of Housing and Urban and Dardenne Prairie also impose a miniDevelopment requirements for receiving mum spacing requirement of 5,000 feet, federal Community Block Grant funding, which is nearly a mile. a group home in the unincorporated area The small size of these cities effectively of the county is defined in general terms places them off-limits to group homes, the in this way. report notes. “A non-medical facility providing Much of this has changed in the last sevshelter, counseling and where necessary, eral years. Some requirements, however, other rehabilitative services, supervision remain on the books. or assistance to no more than eight (8) Two major developments have prompted unrelated persons who, due to mental or the changes. One was the O’Fallon City physical disability, pregnancy or status as a Council’s approval of a permit to Emmaus minor who is unable to live with parents or Homes for a group home for adults with guardians, reside together in a family-type developmental disablities on Rock Church environment as a single, housekeeping unit. Drive. The permit was for four adults, who Such a group home facility shall have the would be under 24-hour supervision by appearance of a conventional single-family Emmaus staff. residence with a single kitchen facility.” The council was told that the city’s exist-

ing regulations had significant problems, particularly the density requirement limiting the number of group homes in O’Fallon to one per square mile. O’Fallon City Attorney Kevin O’Keefe said state and federal laws significantly regulate housing for individuals with disabilities. Missouri law prohibits cities from denying group homes for up to eight individuals from any residential zoning district, he said. What O’Fallon adopted in December 2012 now includes a “dispersal/proximity limit” of 500 feet between group homes, and a requirement that group homes must be regis-

tered with the city. O’Fallon has eliminated a requirement for a conditional-use permit. The other major change was the settlement of a lawsuit involving St. Peters. Last year, St. Peters agreed to pay $80,000 and make changes to its zoning laws to settle a lawsuit alleging that the city violated the federal Fair Housing and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act in denying a zoning request by Community Living Inc. to operate a group home for four women. The settlement, approved by the U.S. District Court of Missouri’s Eastern District, stemmed from a complaint made by a legal guardian of one of the home’s residents that the city’s 2,500-foot spacing requirement violated the law and the city’s Board of Adjustment refused a variance request. Last July, the St. Peters Board of Aldermen also approved changes to the city’s zoning requirements that eliminate the 2,500-foot density requirement and provide “reasonable accommodations” to the city’s rules and regulations to people with disabilities. Aldermen also are required to undergo training on similar issues. Opening group homes in St. Charles became easier when the City Council voted 9-1 last February to drop a requirement for

a conditional-use permit to open group homes in single-family residential districts. Other cities also are being watchful. In August 2013, Lake Saint Louis aldermen discussed whether the city should join other local municipalities in eliminating most restrictions on group homes – coming closer to treating them like any other residential housing. City officials recommended to the Board of Aldermen last August that the city follow the lead of O’Fallon, St. Peters and St. Charles, and lessen density requirements between group homes and eliminate other restrictions. Steve Schertel, community development director for Lake Saint Louis, said that federal officials may draft new requirements for aldermen to consider with what happened in St. Peters and O’Fallon in mind. Michael Padella, city administrator for Weldon Spring, said the city plans a comprehensive review of its ordinances that probably will include its restrictions on group homes. “It’s one of the things we’re looking at,” Padella said last week. That review may take about a year, with any changes expected to be adopted in 2015, although that timeframe could also change, he added. GROUP HOMES ON THE RISE? Have these changes resulted in a rush to locate new group homes recently? “I would not say there are more or less people than a year ago,” said Peg Capo, executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County. The board contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in the county. Bruce Evans, community development director in St. Charles, said there hasn’t been a noticeable increase in group home activity in the city, but they also are not required to report to the city. Emmaus Homes and Community Living representatives say they plan more group homes in the county. But the numbers may be small in the next year or so. “We’re planning two or three,” Drier said. Barbara Griffith, CEO and president for Community Living, Inc., another major group home provider, said her organization is looking at locating people in two or three homes or apartments in the next year. Developing new living arrangements for some isn’t easy – issues such as finances and even finding compatible roommates can take time. “It’s a slow process,” Griffith said.



MODELS NOT CHANGING Slow or not, group homes are increasingly a choice for families who want members to live an independent life in a community. Group homes are a service model that has evolved through the years and has been accepted as a best practice for helping individuals with special needs. The old model often involved large campuses or buildings where people were housed. “That kind of model is going away,” Griffith said. The new model emphasizes allowing people to live in the community with organizations providing specific services, Griffith said. Organizations aren’t landlords – they help individuals with developmental disabilities lease or rent homes. Emmaus Homes began in 1993 with campuses in St. Charles and Marthasville, but now provides services to almost 40 group homes in the county. Emmaus provides its clients with personal care and direct assistance with financial planning, health decisions and integration into the community.  Community Living Inc. served 91 individuals at 33 homes, apartments and condominiums and single-family homes, primarily located in St. Charles, St. Peters and O’Fallon. Griffith said the homes also want to be good neighbors with an emphasis placed on maintaining group homes to the same

standards as the rest of the community. Group homes are unidentifiable from the rest of the neighborhood, advocates say. The model is supported by local tax dollars. The county’s Developmental Disabilities Resource Board’s funding comes from a tax approved by voters in 1977. Voters approved a tax of 16 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation to provide community-based programs and supports for citizens with developmental disabilities. A nine-member board of directors appointed by the county executive directs the agency and its staff. The board provides funding to support programs at 28 to 30 agencies, helping about 60 people in group-home settings. The agencies support a variety of programs ranging from adult day care to sheltered workshops. Capo said the group home concept is akin to trends in caring for seniors. The idea for seniors is to provide services that individuals need – perhaps transportation or meals or some degree of home care – that allow them to live independently in their homes. “The idea is to keep them out of nursing homes as long as possible,” Capo said. Griffith said that recent media attention and controversy have helped to illustrate that people with disabilities are “just our neighbors.” “It’s that grass roots movement,” she said.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Francis Howell High School’s awardwinning Limelight Theatre group will present Honk! at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 at the Francis Howell High School Auditorium. Honk! Is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door. For more information, email ••• Taste of Vegas Casino Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 22, at O’Fallon City Hall located at 100 North Main Street. This black-tie optional evening will consist of tastings, live entertainment and casino games. The cost is $40 per person. To register, call 240-1818. ••• Figurative Works, an all-media juried art exhibition of depictions of the human figure from artists across the nation, will be held through March 7, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. The human figure has long been a staple in the expression of fine art and this exhibit features the artists’ indi-

MOUSE RACES The fourth annual Mouse Races will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1, at the Harvester Lions Club, 4835 Central School Road in St. Charles. Hosted by the Young Professionals Board at Crider Health Center, the event is themed “Behind the Reel” and guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite movie character. Registration is $20 per person or $120 for a table for eight. Beer and setup will be provided and outside food and drink are welcome. The evening

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Barathaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Dardenne Prairie is recruiting individuals for the 2014 Creating Meaningful Moments Volunteer Program. Volunteers at Barathaven share their time and talent in a variety of ways with residents. To learn more, call Sandy Sellini at 329-9160 or email

SWEETHEART DANCES The Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre. A bouquet will be presented to each young lady. Formal attire is required. The cost per couple is $40 for O’Fallon residents and $45 for non-residents, plus $20 for an additional child. Register by calling 474-2732 or online at ••• A Sweetheart Steak Dinner and Dance will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, at Celebration Church, 250 Birdie Hills Road in St. Peters. The cost is $25 per person in advance. The menu includes filet mignon, baked potato, salad, and dessert. A cash bar will be provided by Rendezvous Café with music by The Younger Brothers. For more information, call 578-1060.

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Fort Zumwalt South High Grad Night is hosting its annual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 31, at The O’Fallon Elks Lodge, 1163 Tom Ginnever. The cost is $200 per table of eight. In addition to trivia, the event will include basket raffles, 50/50 and Heads or Tails. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated table. For more information, call Cheryl Brown at 675-8141. ••• Lauren’s Crusaders Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1, at the VFW Post 2866, located at 66 VFW Lane in St. Charles. The cost is $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. Lauren is suffering from the genetic mutation called MELAS. There is no cure or treatment. All proceeds will be used to offset medical expenses.. For more information, contact Julie at ••• The Missouri Ballet Theatre and Saint Charles Riverfront Arts are hosting a special joint fundraiser “Art of the Heart” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 7, at the former Worthington’s Hardware, 222 North Main Street in St. Charles. There will be a wide variety of creative things to do. The Missouri Ballet dancers will be available for photos with guests. Admission to “Art of the Heart” is $10 per person and children under 12 are free. For more information, call Saint Charles Riverfront Arts President Lou Cariffe at 399-5345.

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Places Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers second St. Louis metro area location opened Jan. 13 at 6031 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in the Cottleville Landing shopping center. Missouri is now home to 10 Freddy’s locations. Nationally, Freddy’s store count totals 106, with five stores planned to open in parts of Missouri, Texas and Arizona by January’s end. ••• Andre Borrelli and his team celebrated the opening of Mario’s Pizza! with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Jan. 23. Mario’s Pizza! is located at 2449 Hwy. K in the Four Season shopping plaza in O’Fallon. ••• St. Louis-based McCarthy Holdings, Inc. is kicking off its 150th anniversary celebration this month, firmly cementing the company as one of the oldest Americanowned construction companies with offices nationally. Founded as a family-owned business in 1864 during the height of the Civil War, McCarthy is now the nation’s eighth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2013) with 2013 revenues exceeding $3 billion. ••• A ribbon cutting party was held Thursday, Jan. 23, for ActOn Dentistry, 1871 W. Pearce Boulevard, in Wentzville. The ribbon cutting was in coordination with a Business After Hours event sponsored by the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

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