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St. Charles Funeral protest ban on hold Despite passing an ordinance on Jan. 18 that prohibits protest activity at funerals, the St. Charles City Council decided to wait a while before enforcing it. Just one day after passing the ordinance, a lawsuit was filed challenging the constitutionality of the city’s ordinance. A similar lawsuit had been previously filed against St. Charles County challenging the county’s ordinance regarding protest activity at funerals. On Jan. 24, Federal District Court Judge Audrey Fleissig entered an order granting a preliminary injunction against the county that prohibits enforcement of the county ordinance until the constitutionality of the county ordinance can be determined. “I speak for myself along with the St. Charles City Council when I say we are in total support of the city’s funeral protest ordinance,” said Mayor Patti York. “While

O’Fallon residents are invited to share their views at a public meeting called to present design plans for the new skate park to be constructed in Paul A. Westhoff Park. The meeting, which will be hosted by the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department, will start at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 17, in the Multipurpose Room at O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon. “Public input is paramount in designing a skate park for all potential users, so we’re looking forward to fine-tuning the design with the help of our residents,” said Cindy Springer, managing director of Parks and Recreation. The conceptual designs for the skate park, which will be presented by Hardcore Shotcrete Skateparks, Inc., were created after public comment was received at an initial meeting in January. Current plans call for the new skate park to be constructed off T.R. Hughes Boulevard, where a new entrance to Westhoff Park is under construction. The park will measure roughly 8,000 square feet.

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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Some called it snowmageddon others called it the storm of the century. Overall, nobody will dispute the mess it made. The bigger mess, however, won’t make you slip or slide. When snow falls, retail employment and sales tax revenues that support city budgets fall with it. Although numbers on the economic impact of last week’s snowstorm are not yet available, a study commissioned by the American Highway Users Alliance in March 2010 indicates that a one-day snowrelated city-wide shutdown causes a huge loss in revenue. Nationwide, the losses after a shutdown like Tuesday’s mount from $300 million to $700 million to business and government coffers. In Missouri, the overall economic impact is estimated by the report to be $162 million. The economic loss in retail sales because of a one-day shutdown is estimated to be

more than $40 million. According to the report hourly workers are harmed the most, with retail sales, income and sales tax revenue at close seconds. “Lost wages of hourly workers account for about two-thirds of the direct economic impact of a major snowstorm,” James Gillula, managing director of Global Insight and the principal researcher of the study said in the report. “Among all workers, hourly wage workers can suffer the most painful economic losses and the indirect economic effects of their lost wages can ripple through the economy.” Chris Wacker, a waiter at Spiro’s restaurant in St. Charles, said he lost a day of pay because of the snow. “I probably lost more than $100, had it been a regular, dry, busy workday,” Wacker said. “I was glad to stay in, but I hated losing the money. It’s going to definitely impact my spending habits this month.” Highway Users President and CEO Greg

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Cohen said in a synopsis of the report that there is a ripple effect with lost wages that more than doubles lost sales tax revenue and retail trade. “There are factors such as taxable spending that cannot occur after the snow storm because of the cut to a person’s wages during the snow storm,” Cohen said in the report. Tuesday’s extreme weather conditions

Hard choices: Most retailers closed for the storm, others remained open By Amy Armour Snow covered roads and icy conditions caused several local businesses to close early on Feb. 1, including the 24-hour Schnucks Markets in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Lori Willis, with Schnucks, said 86 out of the 105 stores closed at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1. The stores re-opened on Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. “At that point in time it was an issue of safety,” Willis said. “And the best thing to do was to close.”

Willis said that was the first time in Schnucks history that such a large number of stores closed because of weather conditions. But while many businesses decided to close their doors early during the snow storm, the St. Peters WalMart stayed open for its regular hours—24 hours. Ashley Hardie, spokesperson for WalMart, said the company made its decision based on the weather conditions and associate availability.

“Typically we monitor the weather conditions, as the safety of our customers and our employees are the most important,” Hardie said. “We monitor our stores and if our associates can’t come in (due to weather conditions), we don’t hesitate to close that store.” And as one associate told Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, there were customers at the store during the storm. About 50 WalMart stores across the country had weather-related closings.

prompted MoDOT to close westbound I-70 at Route A in Wentzville all the way to Kansas City. Hwy. 40/61 was closed at Prospect Road in Wentzville. MoDOT said the action would help keep motorists from becoming stranded on the interstate. At the Powder Room in St. Peters, hair stylists missed two days work – Tuesday and Wednesday. “They only get paid if they have clients,” said Amy Conrad, a receptionist at the salon who reported to work Wednesday to answer the phone. “We were closed Tuesday and had two nail clients and just three retail sales on Wednesday. It was just a situation where we didn’t know if we should open or not.” Mid Rivers Mall spokesperson Amber Westerson said Mall officials decided to close early on Monday as heavy ice drifted into the region and all day Tuesday when snowfall projections ranged from 12 to 18 inches of white stuff. Only Macy’s opened on Tuesday. See SNOW, page 13

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By Jeannie Seibert While the economic news remains gloomy across much of the U.S., there appears to be a bit of a dome over St. Charles County – a protective barrier of stable home values and guarding against the worst of the foreclosure phenomenon many other markets are experiencing, according to an assessment for the Missouri Bankers Assn. (MBA) Jan. 26. The presentation by economist William Emmons, assistant vice president with the Division of Banking and Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, stipulated the report he was sharing was his personal assessment of the current economic impact on the residential real estate sales and mortgage industries. He was not speaking on behalf of the Federal Reserve, Emmons said. The presentation opened with an assessment of the current economic environment on home values, sales and foreclosures. He then followed up with a prognostication for the near future. Attending the MBA meeting was Merle Schneider of the St. Charles County Assn. of Realtors (SCCAR) public relations task force. Schneider said Emmons’ projections are sobering but “forewarned is forearmed.” Learning that “the U.S. economy overall is growing albeit disappointingly slowly,” Schneider said. “The good news I see is this dome over St. Charles County for now.” From Emmons’ assessment, graphs indicate a potential for residential property values to decline slightly, but in comparison to neighboring counties and states, the little region of St. Charles County, West and South St. Louis County is holding its own. A series of Emmons’ slides indicate that the nation is at an economic crossroads. In the foreseeable future, Emmons predicts that mortgage rates will stay about the same in 2011, hovering in the 5- to 6-percent range, unless fear of long-term inflation increase or foreign investors lose confidence in the U.S. This scenario could push up interest rates, or, prompt the economy back into recession, pulling mortgage rates back down with it. Here at home, with home values and mortgage rates expected to hold about where they are right now, Schneider said, “If a buyer waits two or three years to buy, after inflation begins to set in and interest rates have started to climb, you stand to lose the opportunity to save $30,000 to $40,000 on the cost of a loan for an average priced home ($150,000 to $200,000).” To those weighing the rent-versus-buy scenarios, Schneider said now is the time

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TIF battle heats up By Jeannie Seibert The legal battle over the use of tax increment financing (TIFs) and other financial incentives continues as St. Charles County government, intent on curbing tax dollar diversions away from its own coffers, has enlisted the research services of East/West Gateway Council of Local Governments to help make its case. East/West Gateway, on Jan. 26, released the results of three years’ work in studying the impact of municipalities’ use of tax incentives within the St. Louis Metro area. The report dissects 20 years of multiple local governments’ use of tax incentives to promote development within the individual cities’ limits. It’s East/West Gateway’s assessment that “…more than $5.8 billion in public tax dollars to subsidize private development through the use of various financial incentives” including TIF, special taxing districts and tax abatements, according to a statement from County Executive Steve Ehlmann. The study confirms what “many have suspected for years,” Ehlmann’s statement continued. “…public money spent on private retail development does not benefit the region as a whole. But I don’t think anyone

could have dreamed that the situation was as bad as this report indicates.” The city of St. Peters, the defendant in a lawsuit challenging the city’s Lakeside 370 TIF, to which Ehlmann and St. Charles County is a party, holds itself out from the majority municipalities. “We do TIF differently in St. Peters,” a City Hall statement reads. “TIF is just one of several economic development tools available for use by Missouri municipalities and we are proud of the way we have utilized this to help our city, creating new jobs with new businesses in our region. Our TIF projects fund infrastructure projects – the money does not go to private developers.” But Ehlmann, who serves on the East/ West Gateway Board of Directors, takes a long view. “If one community offers a tax incentive to lure a big box store, it can increase its own sales tax revenue,” according to Ehlmann’s statement. “But when that big box store vacates a neighboring town that town loses sales tax dollars. Same way with jobs. One town gains at the expense of the other town.” The St. Charles County Executive sees


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the St. Charles County Ambulance District. A full accounting of sales and property taxes collected through special taxing districts and all the districts which receive revenue from St. Peters is available on the City’s Web site. According to St. Peters’ 2010 Mo. Dept. of Economic Development TIF Annual Report, the city’s original projection that 300 new full- and part-time jobs would be created in the district in reality created nearly 1,800 jobs. That doesn’t jibe with the East/West Gateway report which indicates 80 percent of TIF and transportation development district (TDD) expenditures have been for retail development throughout the St. Louis Metro. “Although $2 billion in tax incentives was spent between 1990-2007 on retail development only 5,400 retail jobs were added to the region at a cost of about $370,000 per job,” according to Ehlmann’s statement. To date, the Lakeside 370 TIF has been argued multiple times in various courts. Finally, the Appellate Court Western District ordered a jury trial be set.


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report. “The shocking losses estimated by this study should light a fire under state and “The mall general manager works with local authorities nationwide to get serious each department store manager, looks at about investing in quicker and more effecroad and parking conditions and recom- tive snow and ice removal. When roads are mendations from MoDOT, and makes a left unsafe or impassible, it is like money decision based on those factors,” Wester- being thrown down the drain.” son said. “Closing the mall does happen Although some municipalities are hesievery once in a while. In 2006, we closed tant to spend the funds to begin early snow during the ice storm.” removal or to invest in newer equipment, Westerson said she had no estimates on the long-term benefits far exceed the cost, loss of revenue to mall stores. Regular the report said. With budgets in crisis in business hours resumed Wednesday, Feb. almost every community, many snow and 2, after reevaluating conditions. ice control programs are in danger of losing “When you close down a community funding. because the highways are closed due to snow and ice, economic activity slows almost to a standstill,” said Richard Hanneman, president of the Alexandria, Va.based Salt Institute, which has released two studies of the economic effects of snow and ice over the past several years. The study, the Highway Users noted, gives needed perspective on the true costs of what is often thought of as harmless and fun. For state and local authorities, they suggested, it could serve as a wakeup call for bigger snow removal budgets. “Although snow days often conjure happy childhood memories, this study makes it crystal clear that they have a tangible and serious negative impact on real working people and a wide range of businesses,” said Highway Users President and CEO Greg Cohen in a synopsis of the

“States and counties are under incredible budgetary pressure at this time, and nearly every county and municipality is searching for projects and programs to cut,” said Greg Cohen, CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA). O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy said he doesn’t see a clock ticking as the snow falls. He said the city snow plow budget could be affected, but said nothing was spared with plowing this recent snowstorm. “About 20 city plows were out early and workers stretched their day into a 12-hour shift when the snow started to fall,” Hennessy said. “I don’t have any idea about


loss of sales tax due to closures, but grocery stores were very busy Monday. Will that make up for Tuesday’s loss? I don’t know.” Hennessy said overtime for snow clearing is already projected in the budget, but city officials will need to look at that in the next couple of days to see where they’re at now. No additional police were needed during the snow emergency, Hennessy said. “Overall, it went well. …I haven’t gotten any email complaints. I know they’ll come, but we’re doing the best job we can do,” Hennessy said.

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Blanchette Bridge to get makeover Westbound lanes to close for one year By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Just when you thought it was time to put away those books on tape while you do your time in rush hour traffic, MoDOT has announced that the westbound Blanchette Bridge will be shut down for one year and crowded with construction crews for another to allow for major structural repairs. But don’t start screaming yet. MoDOT is seeking comments from the public on plans to restore the historical bridge. Plans are to award the contract this fall, giving the contractor a 12 month closing period and a 2-year work window, MoDOT Community Relations Manager Linda Wilson said. The cost of the project is estimated at $60 million. During the closure, all I-70 traffic will use the eastbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge, restriped from five lanes one-way to accommodate three lanes in each direction, Wilson said. Because the bridge is historic and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), MoDOT must consider alternatives and involve the public in the decision-making process. “Major river crossings are designed to last 100 years with a major overall needed at 50 years and the westbound Blanchette Bridge was built in 1958,” said MoDOT Project Manager Tom Evers. “Without major repairs, the bridge will continue to fall into disrepair and emergency repairs will be required at more frequent intervals with longer traffic closures. These repairs will become increasingly expensive.  Over the past year, the bridge has had emergency repairs with lane closures affecting rush hours five times.” Wilson said the westbound bridge, the first-built of the twin bridge configuration, was constructed as a vital link from St. Louis to St. Charles County. In its early days, all traffic was on that one bridge

before the eastbound bridge was opened in the 1970s, Wilson said. “It’s shown a lot of wear and tear, and it’s time for a major rehabilitation. The deck and driving service is in very poor repair,” Wilson said. Barrier walls on the side of the bridge will be replaced; expansion joints replaced, pavement and steel will be replaced. It’s also possible that the entire truss (the familiar overhead iron of the bridge) will be replaced, Wilson said. The bridge will be entirely repainted when work is finished. “There will be a little bit of a difference, but overall it will look the same,” Wilson said. “It will match the eastbound structure. It’s important to keep the shape the same because of its historical aspect. We feel that by doing this work now we can get 50 more years of life. If we do replace the truss structure, the bridge’s longevity could reach 75 years.” She said accommodating six lanes of two-way traffic on the eastbound bridge will be “very tight with no shoulders and speed will be reduced to 45 to 50 miles per hour.” Once drivers cross the river, prior to the Fifth Street exit, vehicles will pass back to the westbound lanes of I-70. “It’s not like it will be a parking lot from sun up to sundown – just during rush hour, especially if drivers don’t try to work flextime or carpool,” Wilson said. Wilson said MoDOT attempts to coordinate other roadwork to free other roads for detours. She said she believes Hwy. 370 and the Page extension are great options for those needing to cross the river into St. Louis County. Additionally, plans are to eventually rebuild the westbound Boone Bridge built in 1935. The east Boone Bridge built in the 1980s is in good repair, Wilson said. “Right now we don’t have money to rebuild Boone, but for now we don’t need it the most,” Wilson said, reacting to a question about the bottleneck that occurs from Chesterfield to St. Charles County during evening rush hour. She suggested drivers, “Carpool and flex your hours.”



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Robotics teams advance to state Two out of the three robotics teams at Barnwell Middle School will advance to a state competition after competing in the Regional Qualifier at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) Challenge last month. The FLL Challenge, titled “Body Forward,” focused on Biomedical Engineering. Students were divided into builders, programmers, and researchers, and as each team built their robotic device, they learned about various technological functions such as nanobots, heart catheters, stints and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Scoring for the FLL is based on the following: technical presentation where students explain their robot’s design and function; research presentation, allowing teams five minutes to explain via skit, video or basic presentation about the basis of the research and the final real-life solution; core values and teamwork; and robot challenge which gives each team three opportunities to run their robot. Mary Johnson, mother of eighth-grade student Eric Johnson, said her son has been a member of the Robotics team for three years, enjoys building and has learned a lot about teamwork. “Eric has always enjoyed building with Lego’s, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, Mega

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Baseball numbers retired Two former pitchers for the Holt High School baseball team were honored last month when their uniform numbers were officially retired. In a special ceremony before the varsity basketball game, Ross Detwiler (No. 18) and Tim Melville (No. 9) were recognized in front of hundreds of fans for their accomplishments on the baseball field. “They are both quality young men,

and they made me a better coach, that’s for sure,” said Holt baseball coach Joel Adam. Detwiler, a 2004 graduate, helped Holt win the district title in his senior season, and played college baseball for Missouri State. He was the sixth pick overall in the first round of the 2007 draft, and has started 19 games for the Washington Nationals during the past two years. “It was a surprise, but what a great honor,” Detwiler said. Melville helped Holt get to the state championship game in 2007. A former Gatorade Player of the Year and Rawlings Gold Glove winner, Melville was picked in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, and he is currently pitching in the minors in the Royals organization. The two pitchers join former basketball great Tony Wallace as the only players in the history of Holt High School to have their uniform numbers retired.

Student exhibit Nearly 50 Timberland High School students participated in an art exhibit last month at the Lillian Yahn Gallery in Winghaven. The artists worked under the instruction of Timberland’s Fine Arts Department Chairperson Crystal Wing. One of the features of the exhibit was

the Memory Project which gives art students the opportunity to produce portraits from photographs of orphans around the world. “They (the students) seem to feel and get the impact that they can make in this child’s life,” Wing said. I’m so proud of these students for not only creating their first ever acrylic portrait painting, but to put so much energy and passion into creating such beautiful works to give away to another human that they don’t even know.”

SCC Science fair ready? The Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (MTRSEF) will be held Feb. 26, in the College Center Building at St. Charles Community College. Students in grades K-8 are invited to have their project judged at the fair in one of four categories: Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry and Applied Consumer Science. Registration for MTRSEF will be available online until Feb. 15. Judging will occur between 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 26, and a public viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The award’s ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. that evening.


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St. Peters hockey fans enjoy homemade ice rink in backyard By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley As seasons go, the Vaughn family of Wentzville tends to never go understated. In summer, their backyard is filled with giant bounce houses and rock climbing accessories on their swing set; Fourth of July brings out the children’s choo choo train, made of old steel drums and pulled by the lawn tractor. At Christmas, neighbors say their “eight tiny reindeer” and lighted adornments can be seen from outer space. Now, as more than adequate snowfall and deep-freezing temperatures made most want to sit by the fire, the Vaughns broke out their garden hose and created their own backyard ice-skating rink. Rich, Melissa and their three children, Christian, 8, Nicholas, 5, and Victoria, 4, are adventurous types and know how to show it. “We’re so engulfed in winter hockey every weekend (from October to February), we thought why not?” Melissa Vaughn said. “The ice rink gives the kids something to play on, and it helps give Christian and Nicholas more ice time.” Both boys skate for the St. Peters’ Spirit

ice skating league. Christian is on the Mite A-1 Division. There’s no push from papa here, but Rich said Christian has been ice skating “technically” since age 2, started skating lessons at 4 and is now on the ice four to five hours a week as a budding hockey standout. The backyard rink will add to their enthusiasm for the ice, and help with their skating abilities, Rich Vaughn said. “My grandma in St. Ann built us an ice skating rink in our backyard when we were little,” said Rich Vaughn. “I figured if my grandma could do it for us, there is no reason I shouldn’t.”

O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce to Host Art, Wine & Brew Gala By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce will host its 15th annual Art, Wine & Brew Gala bringing a selection of delectable offerings from area restaurants, wineries and brewers sure to take the winter blues away. O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Erin Williams urges the public to join in this outstanding community event as political dignitaries, business proprietors and guests gather to celebrate the wonderful offerings of O’Fallon businesses and restaurants. The event is presented by Krey Distributing and sponsored in-part by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine and Krekeler’s Jewelers. The black-tie optional event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 19, at O’Fallon City Hall. Enjoy foods from local restaurants including Bristol Seafood Grill, Christy Banquet Center, Cusumano’s Restaurant, Kitaro Bistro of Japan, Longhorn Steakhouse, Madison’s Café, The Oak Barrel

Bistro and Bakery, Quintessential Catering, River City Catering, Stefanina’s Restaurant and Susie G’s Specialty Cakes. O’Fallon Brewery and Krey Distributing, a distributor of Anheuser Busch products will have plenty of brews to choose from and Major Brands will offer a unique liquor tasting opportunity, offering some of the finest of libations. Local artists will display and sell their work from 7 to 9 p.m., and at 9 p.m. the party moves upstairs for live entertainment and dancing until midnight with music performed by CoverTrax, a five-piece party/dance band that performs great tunes including Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, Country, R&B, and current pop hits. Tickets to this unique and fun-filled event are available online at or by calling the Chamber office at 240-1818. Tickets are also available at Serenity Valley Winery (formerly Vintner Cellar) on Hwy. K in O’Fallon. Attendance is limited to 300 people. Early ticket purchase is recommended.



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Local mom authors dinosaur book for toddlers By Amy Armour A long restless night trying to put her 3-year-old child to bed resulted in the creation of a new career for Aronka Schultz. The St. Peters mom and full-time college student can now add author to her list of titles. The 32-year-old mom wrote and published a children’s book based on the sometimes frustrating job of putting a restless toddler to bed. “A Dinosaur on the Loose” was released in December 2010 and is available for purchase at The cost is $9.99, plus shipping. After living in Las Vegas, Nev., for more than 10 years, Schultz moved with her son Luke and his dad Matt back to St. Peters. Luke had a difficult time adjusting to the change, and after countless trips into his room one night to put him back in bed, Schultz told him if he didn’t lye down a dinosaur was going to come and get him. Immediately feeling guilty Schultz said she put herself in a ‘Mommy Time Out.’ “All of the sudden I hear this laughing. And Luke asks me, ‘Mommy are you a dinosaur?’ Schultz said. And there was the idea for her first book. Schultz started jotting down ideas when they came to her, and eventually put together an entire story to read to her now

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Schultz plans on partnering with local schools, using her book as a fundraising tool. Schultz will sell her book to parents and teachers, donating $1 for each book sold to the school. At this time, Schultz is working with the St. Charles Presbyterian Preschool and St. Peter Catholic School.  So how does this full-time mom and college student make time to write? “I ask myself that every day. I just take it day by day,” said Schultz. “I have an excellent support system. I can keep track of goals to accomplish, but I couldn’t get everything  done without a good team behind me - Matt, and Luke’s grandparents.”

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Cadillac launches CTS-V Black Diamond Edition Cadillac will offer this spring a Black Diamond Edition of the high-performance CTS-V that comes with a host of popular performance options and an exclusive tricoat paint, also called “Black Diamond.” The Black Diamond Edition, available in the CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon models, will be the first use by an automaker of JDSU’s proprietary SpectraFlair pigment in North America. JDSU, a Milipitas, Calif.,-based optical technology firm, specializes in cuttingedge color solutions for a wide range of markets. Its pigments are used in certain DuPont paints supplied to Cadillac. In the CTS-V Black Diamond, a dark tri-coat paint is embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. While other luxury makers offer metallic paints, Black Diamond is created through a meticulous process that gives the paint added dimen-

sion. Instead of simply containing small bits of metal, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that has a diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles. “The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo,” said Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer. “The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart.” Black Diamond helps Cadillac meet growing demand by luxury buyers for paints that are set apart not just by their color but also by their special effects. “Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an

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With rising gas prices, MINI cars are a big deal that one recently was test driven by a customer By BRIAN MCDOWELL Gas prices are rising again, and some experts have said that was 6’6” and weighed 400 pounds. Operating in Clayton since 2002, MINI of that they could reach an all-time high this year. Such predictions are causing more cost-conscious consumers to St. Louis is “the” place in the area to buy the seek out smaller vehicles that offer greater fuel efficiency. unique vehicles. Besides offering assistance It is difficult to beat the 38 highway miles per gallon that with financing and leasing of the highly sought are available with the small and stylish MINI-Cooper out cars, the dealership features both a nearby service department and a body shop. brand of cars, made by BMW. Interestingly, the recent downturn in the Of course, less money spent at the pump is not the only amenity that the beloved imports offer to new car custom- economy does not seem to have affected the ers. Several consumer websites and car magazines have local public’s demand for the vehicles, MINI of stated that MINIs generally retain their value better than St. Louis in 2010 experienced its second-best any other brand of compact cars. Thanks to their unique sales year, and McMillin said he expected that design features, the MINIs have also scored extremely this year will be even better. Open every day but Sunday, the dealership Pictured are the 2011 MINI Countryman ALL4, MINI’s new 4Door - a well on safety tests. The cars also offer unmatched performance and handling, according to MINI of St. Louis Sales has a limited number of the new MINI Coun- much larger offering - and a 2011 MINI Cooper Hardtop. tryman models, a rare, four-door version of the Manager Matt McMillin. There is also a surprising amount of comfort and leg- beloved small cars. The eagerly awaited vehicle room offered by a MINI, which was designed to be an is slightly taller and wider than most MINIs and will be headaches that accompany owning a classic car. McMillin indicated also that there is seemingly no strict extremely adjustable and roomy vehicle. McMillin said available for browsing and test-driving at the dealership before later this month officially going on sale to the demographic for those who choose to drive a MINI. He public. has sold the cars to young and old, large and small, investMcMillin explained that the MINI is classified as a ment bankers and farmers and all types of people across MINI of St. Louis “niche vehicle,” and he admitted that those who need to the board. 8455 Maryland Avenue • Clayton either haul things or regularly transport big families are Prices start at around $20,000. (314) 727-8870 not likely to seek the cars out. Rather, the MINI is made McMillin owns a MINI himself and described it as a Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mon., Wed. and Fri.; 8 a.m. for those who have been looking for a small car that is fun “blast to drive.” to 6 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat. to drive and has a close resemblance to the much loved “It’s an extremely spirited vehicle,” McMillin said. “I sports cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s, without all the requisite love the way it handles.”



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Coulter brings liberal dose of conservatism to conference By Jeannie Seibert Liberal doses of Ann Coulter’s acerbic wit headlined the 22nd annual Constitutional Coalition’s Educational Policy Conference (EPC) held Jan. 27-29 in Frontenac. Coulter’s address was energetically received by an august gathering of conservative thinkers, legislators, educators, pastors, scientists and concerned parents and grandparents. Introduced by Donna Hearne, founder and executive director of the Constitutional Coalition, Coulter was described as “author, lawyer, student; inimical and joyful.” Coulter’s keynote on Jan. 28 was delivered to conferees from all over the U.S. just two days after President’s Obama’s State of the Union address. The irony was not lost on the crowd when she led off with the observation: “After 30 years of the Democrats ‘investing in education,’ students’ test scores are going down.” Coulter rolled right into a rapid-fire assessment of what she deemed liberal policies failures: While trillions have been spent to “save or create jobs,” the lowest unemployment figures recorded during President Obama’s tenure were those “on the day he took the oath of office,” she said.

The replacement of education with indoctrination in public schools produces college students who jeered at a U.S. senatorial candidate from Delaware – Christine O’Donnell – when she said the words “separation of church and state don’t appear in the Constitution.” As a reminder, Coulter said that Thomas Jefferson penned the phrase in a letter to the Danbury, Conn., Baptists explaining the First Amendment restricted the federal government from establishing a religion. States were under no such constraints, unless specifically denied by the individual state constitutions. “If they really wanted to get rid of God, they’d put him on MSNBC,” Coulter said. The indoctrination that has supplanted true curricula that used to produce adults capable of critical thinking now results in college students who live in mortal fear of “the imaginary phenomenon of global warming,” she said. Referencing the Delaware senatorial debate, Coulter asked what one would expect from college students who throughout their school years have been force-fed a steady diet of Al Gore’s Academy Awardwinning documentary “Earth in the Balance.”

Gore went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the work, earning him enough prize money to “buy his own Gulfstream jet instead of just having to lease them all the time,” Coulter said. She then turned her lasers on the results of the trillions of dollars spent on social policies that she said have undermined the nuclear family. The direct result of government-provided food, housing, health care and education as long as there was no father present in the household has been fewer fathers who are actively engaged in their children’s lives, she said. More often than not, every crime statistic broken down by race can trace back to individuals who were denied the nurturing and guidance of the traditional nuclear family construct, Coulter said. She said the Republican Party has not of late offered any alternatives to Democratic leadership. “A John McCain candidate (in the 2008 presidential election campaign) shows a real deficit of leadership in this country,” Coulter said, but added that the grassroots Tea Party movement led to the November midterm tsunami. “The total collapse of the U.S. monetary system tends to focus people’s minds.”

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New home builder news: “We’ve always said ‘you get more with McKelvey,’ and our 113th anniversary sale proves it more than ever!” said McKelvey Homes President Jim Brennan. To celebrate the company’s 113th anniversary, McKelvey is offering buyers 113% off options through March 6. “In honor of our long tradition of fine homebuilding, we’re not only giving 100% off options up to $20,000, but also an additional 13% rebate on every to-be-built home. For example, select $20,000 in options absolutely free, and receive an additional $2,600 rebate which you can use for more options, closing costs or a reduction in the sale price of your new McKelvey home. To learn more about McKelvey Homes’ 113% off promotion, stop by any of the 11 McKelvey Homes communities. For locations and directions visit


Greater Missouri Builders has new, lower, anniversary pricing at Queensbrooke Condominiums, now starting at $ 99,900. There are 10 ready to move into at that price featuring 1,070 square feet, two bedrooms, two full baths, wood cabinets, pantry, laundry room in each unit and a balcony or patio. Queensbrooke features an elevator building, covered parking and a great location on Highway 94 at Harvester Road. “We’ll also be ready to open the New Townhomes at Queensbrooke in March,” announced Kim Davison-Whalen, residential sales and marketing director for GMB. The townhomes will be priced from $154,900 with two bedrooms, 1½ baths and a loft,  with a three-bedroom option, and a two-master bedroom option. “We have great pricing on all of our inventory homes in all of our communities,” she added. “Plus, we’re getting ready to start two new villas at Brunhaven, with new

Just in time for spring, Thomas & Suit Homes is offering for quick move-in a new Alberta model at The Enclave at Sommers Pointe in St. Charles County. “This 2,260-square-foot home represents an exceptional value, priced at just $329,000,” said Community Sales Manager Char Richards “It has a wonderful open floor plan, with 11-foot ceilings in the great room, breakfast room, hearth room and kitchen.” At nearby Wyndgate Forest, buyers have the rare opportunity to purchase a movein-ready 1½-story sitting on a wooded homesite that is over a half acre. The 3,311-square-foot Persimmon model has four-bedrooms, 3½-baths and architectural features galore. Both are designed to take full advantage of the breathtaking setting, Char said. Price of this home is $449,000. For information call 636-561-2120 or go to

from an unbelievable $149,500. Many have been asking about larger lots at New Town, Whittaker said, “so we now have half-acre homesites that you can build on.” Call 636-949-2700 or visit www. At Whittaker’s unique Glenhurst townhome community in Wentzville, savvy homebuyers can move into a three-bedroom, 2½-bath home with two-car garage from just $106,500. Call 636-332-9988.

Payne Family Homes prides itself in listening to customers, says Sales and Marketing Director Ed Lott. As a result, the homebuilder has introduced a new line of homes called the Vision Series, “a visionary collection of customer-designed homes at prices and sizes consistent with the way you want to live,” according to their advertisements. The seven all-new designs have features such as two master suites with luxury baths and walk-in closets, multi-purpose rooms, and a single-level There’s always something new at The model that offers an optional penthouse New Town at St. Charles: Whittaker Homes suite. Prices start in the upper $100,000s. is debuting three different sized versions of In addition to the new Vision Series, Payne its new Cottage Villas with two bedrooms recently announced that it is now selling and two baths priced from $128,500 to homes from the low $200,000s at Boulder $148,500. President Greg Whittaker also Ridge on Highway Z just south of I-70. For announced that there are two new two- information call 314-477-1218 or go to story models with four bedrooms priced

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Generation Y finds a perfect fit at Whittaker’s New Town at St. Charles Were you born between 1980 and the early 2000s? That would make you a member of Generation Y, and there are an estimated 80 million of you – even more than the fabled Baby Boomer generation. While Boomers prefer suburbia, Generation Y – also known as Millennials - likes a more urban setting, and they’re willing to pay for the ability to walk to work, shopping and entertainment. If you like to walk rather than drive, The New Town at St. Charles was made for you. In 2003, New Town was established as the first true New Urbanism development in Missouri and one of the premier Traditional neighborhoods in the country, designed in the style of Seaside, Fla. Seven years later, New Town has eclipsed Seaside in growth and amenities. New Town is designed to accommodate a wide price range of homes and small businesses in a setting that combines old with new, creating a town reminiscent of the past where children can ride their bikes to the corner market or ice cream shop and residents can walk to restaurants and bars More than 1,000 families and individuals have purchased homes in New Town since it opened in 2003. “We’ve sold more homes in just seven years in New Town than any other project in our company’s 30-year history,” noted Greg Whittaker, president of Whittaker Homes and developer of The New Town at St. Charles. “People like the close-in location in the city of St. Charles, the products and the pricing, Whittaker said. “New Town has continued to sell even during this slow period. Last year over 200 moved into New Town. Nothing close to that is happening anywhere else.” While New Town appeals to Gen Y’ers, who are entering their 30s, the community also is attracting 20-somethings, Whittaker pointed out. “From the beginning I’ve said that our buyers at New Town have been younger AND older than I expected. They range

from singles to empty nesters, and over half have kids. New Town serves everybody’s needs, no matter what they’re looking for. “We have so many different styles that we appeal to all ages.” This spring Whittaker has rolled out two new homestyles at New Town: Three versions of Cottage Villas with two bedrooms and two baths priced from $128,500 to $148,500, and two new two-story models with four bedrooms priced from just $149,500. Many have been asking about larger lots at New Town, Whittaker said, “so we now have half-acre homesites that you can build on. Buyers can meet with our town architect, Tim Bussee, and design a custom home as one couple did recently.” Residents can enjoy shopping at Marsala’s Market, the new Second Hand Rose home décor shop, and a new jewelry store which just opened. Plus there’s fun under the sun at Shire Lane Pool, sand volleyball, an ice-skating rink and a full yearly schedule of music festivals, all of which contribute to the stimulating atmosphere. “There are so many things to do at New Town,” said Whittaker. “It’s just an unbelievable place.” To visit New Town take Highway 364 to north on New Town Boulevard 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right. Call 636-9492700 or visit www.newtownatstcharles. com. Meanwhile, at Whittaker’s unique Glenhurst townhome community in Wentzville, savvy homebuyers can move into a threebedroom, 2½-bath home with two-car garage from just $106,500. The townhomes are only attached at the two-car garage, and buyers have their own front yard and large back yard, so there are no monthly maintenance fees. Buyers also enjoy an ideal location just minutes from Wentzville Parkway shopping. To visit Glenhurst take I-70 to Wentzville Parkway to west on the South Service Road to left on Point Prairie Road. Call 636-332-9988.



The truth about expired drugs By SHANNON F. IGNEY It has been a long, stressful day and you have a mind-numbing headache. In hopes of easing your pain, you open the medicine cabinet and find a bottle of aspirin. One problem: The date stamped on the bottle indicates the medicine has expired. What does the date stamp really mean? An expired aspirin will not harm you – or will it? Contrary to a popular school of thought, expiration dates are more than a pharmaceutical company’s marketing tool. Expiration date stamps are mandated by the federal government. In 1979, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed a law requiring date stamping on all pharmaceutical products. “The expiration date on a package of a drug product is the date at which the manufacturer can still guarantee the full potency and safety of the medication,” Professor of Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy Rasma Chereson, Ph.D., said. Most of what is known about pharmaceutical expiration dates is due to the persistence of the U.S. military. In 1986, the military – the largest consumer

of pharmaceutical drugs – was facing budget deficits due to the stockpile of medications soon to expire. To curb future expenses, the U.S. Air Force asked the FDA to conduct a drug effectiveness study for past-due drugs. The Shelf-Life Extension Program (SLEP) found that 90 percent of the drugs tested, both prescription and over-the-counter, were effective beyond the indicated expiration date. The American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs defines “shelf-life” as “the time interval that a drug product is expected to remain effective provided that it is stored under conditions defined on the label in the proposed containers.” To date, SLEP has evaluated and tested more 300 drugs. Medications that have proved ineffective beyond the expiration date included insulin, liquid antibiotics, and nitroglycerin based drugs. In addition, drugs requiring regulated temperature storage also proved ineffective beyond their indicated expiration date. But the expiration date alone does not indicate when a medication becomes completely ineffective. In some cases, a drug might retain adequate potency and efficacy well beyond the expiration date,

as indicated in the SLEP results. However, Chereson said she advises patients to refrain from taking any and all expired medications. “An important thing to be aware of is that the expiration date changes when the conditions are changed,” Chereson said. Such conditional changes would include the repackaging of the medication by a pharmacist and/or storing the medication in an adverse environment, such as a hot and humid bathroom or an old plastic bottle at the bottom of a purse. In other words, most patients do not adhere to the strict regulations as closely as the U.S. military. When it comes to consuming pharmaceuticals, whether prescription or over-the-counter, safety is essential. Medications should be stored in a cool, dry environment and kept in separate, clearly labeled containers to avoid confusion. Tablets and pills that have become discolored, powdery or have an unusual scent, even if the expiration date has yet to pass, should be discarded, as should liquids that have become cloudy or discolored and capsules that are cracked or sticking together.

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Expired drug safety tips If a medication is expired, consider: • Dosage form (solutions are less stable) • Container closure system • Conditions under which drug is stored • Length of time between initial manufacture and final use • Appearance of medication Do not ingest a drug, expired or not, if: • Tablets are brittle or breaking apart • Tablets or capsules have loss of sheen • Tablets or capsules are soft • Emulsions or suspensions remain separate despite shaking • It appears discolored or a precipitate has formed Common medications that should not be taken past expiration date: (This list is not comprehensive.) • Anticonvulsants (Dilantin®, Tegretol®) • Nitroglycerin • Coumadin® (warfarin) • Procan SR® (sustained release procainamide) • Theophylline SR (sustained release theophylline) • Lanoxin® (digoxin) • Thyroid preparations • Paraldehyde • Oral contraceptives SOURCE: U.S. Pharmacopoeia, a non-governmental, official public standards-setting authority for prescription and over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States.

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Historic Main Street. There is no entry fee “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert and no commission on the artists’ sales for and Conversation with Peter Buffett” will this “artist-friendly” event. For more inforbe held at 7 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 16, at the St. mation, contact Sandy Kolde at sandy@ Charles Convention Center, located at One Convention Center Plaza in St. Charles. • • • Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Camor $25 for college students with valid stu- paign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the dent ID. For more information, visit www. award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Indus • • • try” will be the keynote speaker for the A Texas Hold ‘em Poker tournament 2011 Yellow Rose Award celebration on fundraiser to benefit the St. Louis Chap- Fri., May 20 at the Old Hickory Golf Club ter of Room to Read will be held at 6:30 in St. Peters. The Yellow Rose event is to p.m. on Wed., Feb. 23, at the Grand Opera raise funds for the Zonta Club’s service House Banquet Facility in St. Charles. The projects and scholarship fund, as well as cost to enter is a $25 donation to Room present the Yellow Rose Award to a profesto Read.  For more information, call 577- sional woman who exemplifies the values 6011. and mission of Zonta international. For • • • more information, call 314-704-4412. The Saint Charles Riverfront Arts has extended the “Call For Entry” for the HEALTH upcoming “Spring ArtWalk” event, which “Weight Loss Wednesday” will be held will be held the weekend of April 29, April from 6:15 p.m. until 7:15 p.m., Wed., Feb. 30 and May 1. Entries will be accepted 23, at the Chiropractic Wellness Conuntil March 1. The Spring ArtWalk is a nection, 111 O’Fallon Commons Dr. in three-day event that features juried artists O’Fallon. Learn how to regain your energy housed indoors at various businesses along and health through detoxification, supple-

ST. PAT’S DAY The annual “Run For The Helmet” and Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on March 12. The 7K Run begins at 9 a.m., with the 1 and 2 mile Walk/Run following the runners. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a run shirt and complimentary refreshments at the finish line. Register at Mid Rivers Newsmagazine is a sponsor of the event. The parade will begin at noon. There are three levels of participation in the parade: Clan, $25; Commercial Float, $50; and Political Float, $100. For more information, call 498-6565, ext. 515.

Fort Zumwalt South Band Boosters fourth annual Trivia Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25, at the Trigg Banquet Center located at 300 O’Fallon Plaza. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $160 for a table of up to eight players. Soda and beer will be provided, and wine and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. Reserve your table by contact-

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St. Peters Aglow Lighthouse invites the women of St. Charles County to join them for praise, a word of encouragement from Pastor Laura Anderson and potluck lunch at 10:45 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 12, at Life Church located at 7575 Veterans’ Memorial Parkway. For more information, call Beverly Combest at 887-0830. • • • Tri-County Women’s Connection Luncheon and Program will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 16, at the Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. The cost is $14. For more information, call 240-7772.



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The third annual St. Charles County Parks Washers Championship will be held at noon on Sat., Feb. 19, at the National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association Hall of Fame building inside Quail Ridge Park. Registration fees are $25 per two-person team. Both team members must be at least 18 years old. Registrations will only be accepted the day of the event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cash prizes. For more information, call Bekin Youngblood at 949-7535.


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Spiro’s St. Charles continues fine dining tradition – plus artisan pizza By SUZANNE CORBETT Spiro’s St. Charles owner Steve Karagiannis said being a restaurateur is in his blood. A second-generation owner, Karagiannis’ family in the 1970s established the first Spiro’s on Natural Bridge Road. Growing up in the business, Karagiannis learned both the front and back of the house operations under the tutelage of his father, Harry Karagiannis. Today, Karagiannis oversees the family’s third location, Spiro’s St. Charles, where he continues the family tradition of offering superb hospitality and cuisine that have given the Karagiannis family its esteemed reputation in St. Louis. The tradition includes a unique dedication to its community and the patrons it serves. “We treat our customers as honored guests in our own home,” Karagiannis said. “And we appreciate our customers who honor us with their patronage. We like to spoil our customers and work to exceed their expectations to make the dining experience memorable and fun.” Spiro’s St. Charles emulates a dining experience similar

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to that found at the Chesterfield location by offering menu variety, an attentive service staff and the Spiro’s’ signature tableside service. Tableside service is a combination of cooking and plating food that is flame-finished over gas burners or chafing dishes. It is a culinary art performed daily at both the Chesterfield and St. Charles locations. “Our pepper loin steak is finished tableside. It’s one of our specialties,” Karagiannis said, noting that every steak served is 100-percent, top-choice Angus beef. “People go ga-ga over our steaks.” Besides steaks and chops, patrons can find almost anything they want on Spiro’s’ diverse menu. Greek and Mediterranean cuisine make up the menu’s foundation – featuring classics such as dolmades, mousaka, kabobs, veal piccata, chicken Parmesan and lamb shanks. Pastas, along with beef, chicken and lamb chops, are added to the menu mix as well. Also, if patrons are hungry for seafood, they Spiro’s St. Charles owner Steve Karagiannis. will not be disappointed. Eight different entrees, including salmon, trout, sea bass, tilapia and shellfish are available Art Centre. Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a new and always are the freshest catches of the day. buffet menu is served at an affordable price. The Foundry’s There is one major menu difference between the Ches- “Grand Lunch” changes weekly, so diners are encouraged terfield and St. Charles locations: St. Charles offers artisan to check Spiro’s website for updated menus. pizza baked in stone ovens. “We’ve been catering at the Foundry for awhile now,” “We inherited two beautiful stone pizza ovens when we Karagiannis said. bought the place,” Karagiannis said. “And like any Greek, Catering also is available for any special event in the we don’t throw anything out, so we used them. It’s worked banquet room or at off-site venues, such as the Foundry. out good. Our customers like the option of having a casual Catering menus are as extensive as Spiro’s’ dinner menu. dinner of pizza and beer.” Offering lots of choices to satisfy any craving, Spiro’s Spiro’s St. Charles is only open for dinner; however, a echoes its mission – do anything and everything to make Spiro’s lunch can be enjoyed once a week at the Foundry the customer happy.

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