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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Oh snow, St. Peters To the Editor: Last year my court was snowed in for several days. I contacted my St. Peters alderman, who happened to live on the other side of my subdivision, to complain. As expected he said that they were doing their best and forwarded my email to the person in charge of snow removal. I was sent a copy of their recent policy change that prioritizes street types for “safety” reasons and courts were last. I replied that I could understand the need for main streets to be cleared first but doing courts last should not mean ignored for days. The next snow was just as bad. I felt that we had better service but still not nearly as good as previous years. This has been a terrible year for weather and I was giving the city the benefit of the doubt over the slow service yet again, until I saw the news report about O’Fallon being 10-plus trucks down and waiting for replacements. I decided to drive around the O’Fallon area during the snow storm that prompted the news report, and I found that their streets were cleaner than St. Peters! In fairness, I am not a fan of our current mayor, but I am getting a little tired of being snowed in for an extra day or two because my city cannot effectively remove snow. Finances are not an excuse, only an admittance of poor management. Davis Conway St. Peters

Time to reduce spending To the Editor: In response to the editorial on Feb. 6 about cutting Pentagon spending I wonder if people have even considered the gravity of the problem? When the military goes to Congress for their budget, a political game begins. Every Congress person does it. They tell the military that if they want their support they have to purchase whatever it is their area of the country produces – vehicles, planes, weapons and so on. If the military says they don’t need any more of those, the Congress person says they can’t support their budget. So the military is forced to buy things they don’t need. Another thing to consider is how many more Americans will lose their jobs with the cuts? It sounds good to say we’ll cut military spending so we can spend the money over

here. The problem is, we just don’t have the money. We’re already over $17 trillion in debt and that number is growing daily. It is time to reduce spending everywhere. Jim Heim St. Peters

College Savings To the Editor: I am addressing Stephen DiFatta’s letter from the Jan 29 issue of the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine. He responded to Clint Zweifel’s article about saving for college in a 529 plan in Missouri. Mr. DiFatta argues that it is better to save for college using life insurance. Rare is the instance where that would be beneficial. Life insurance is not a primary investment vehicle. It is the last place to invest. As a financial services professional with decades of experience we see this strategy all the time. Mr. DiFatta downplays a 529 plan, which allows for tax-free distributions for college. Yes, there are expenses as he correctly reported. What he didn’t report was the expenses for the life insurance policy. They have upfront premium expenses, monthly administration fees, cost of insurance fees for the amount of coverage. A $50 per month premium (matching the 529 plan calculation) on life insurance would accumulate approximately $6,000 in cash in 18 years with a face amount of $81,000. This assumes a 5 percent gross rate of return. That is substantially less than the $17,000 he quoted in the 529 plan in his letter. A 529 plan is designed for college savings. A life insurance policy is designed for death benefit. Yes, the parents should have life insurance. That is preparing for premature death and loss of income. Yes, they could/ should have a 529 plan for their children, if they intend to go past high school. I am not an advisor. Just wanted to set the record straight. These are complicated issues and everyone needs to be careful before proceeding. Rooney Thornhill St. Charles County

Responding to ‘Rocky Mountain High’ To the Editor: Dear Mr. John Payne, are you kidding me? Are you stoned on something?

Show-Me Cannabis is not for Missouri, nor any other state for that matter. Sure the immediate revenue might be great but what about the lasting effects once you’re on Medicaid and what will be covered, your pre-existing condition? I for one do not want my children to pay for your later life illnesses as a result of your preferred recreational measures. And what about the insurances of the world – life, medical, auto – how are they reacting to your legislation? Probably just like you. Already willing and able to charge all their insured customers more exorbitant rates because of the new laws that will be put in place. Most importantly, what about the children? Are you out of your “pot head”? There are so many dysfunctional values in society today, I guess we should all say, “What the hell, let’s get stoned like we did in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.” But we will have “regulation.” Really? What rock did this crawl out from under? Change the law to lessen the penalty for first-time offenders. Our jails are overcrowded now due to these minor offenses. Give the second time offenders a two-year hitch in the military to match their ability. You know, most expendable to the front, etc. John, I would “D.A.R.E.” you to meet and visit with those families whose lives have been tragically altered as a result of the use of drugs either smoked or drunk. You will not stop the use of drugs by those determined to use (this is America after all), but it’s the habitual abusers that society must be protected from. We have plenty of immediate issues that our society is not able to take care of. How does your program benefit humankind? So you can take your 80-plus varieties of “cash crop” cannabis and stuff them in your pipe and smoke ‘em. Jon Brauss St. Charles County

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News Br iefs Polar plunge raises nearly $100,000 The 11th annual Polar Plunge held on Feb. 1 in Lake Saint Louis raised $97,481 for Special Olympics Missouri. A record 312 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Saint Louise. Special Olympics Missouri is a yearround program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 17,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Online fundraising is ongoing and organizers hope to raise an additional $2,519 to reach their goal of $100,000. Donations can be made at somo.org/plunge.

COTTLEVILLE Author visits SCC Award-winning author Daniel Woodrell will read at St. Charles Community College at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. Woodrell, who wrote the novel “Winter’s Bone,” will read an excerpt, answer questions and will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at the event through the SCC Bookstore. Five of Woodrell’s eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. “Tomato Red” won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell grew up in St. Charles, and now lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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owners about a deficiency through a series of contacts with the property owner. If after a period of time there is no resolution to the deficiency, the city may issue a citation for appearance in the municipal court. Article II Public and Private Property Maintenance and Appearance, beginning with Section 220.040, addresses most property maintenance issues in the code. Residents can read the code online at lakesaintlouis.com and clicking on “city code/ ordinances.” A Lake Saint Louis Neighborhood Preservation Promotion Committee established by the city and the Lake Saint Louis Community Association meets monthly. Committee members are Betty Asher, Mary Ellen Renaud, Joe Snell, Mayor Ralph Sidebottom, LSLCA Board member Rick Tipton, Alderman Gary Torlina and LSLCA Board member Wayne Walkenhorst.

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It’s never too late to learn about law enforcement. Senior citizens are invited to attend the free Senior Citizen Police Academy at the O’Fallon Senior Center starting March 4. Taught by the O’Fallon Police Department, the topics and activities are geared to seniors, and will include discussions about elder abuse and neglect, frauds and identity theft and home safety and security. “Please feel free to come as often as you are able to attend,” said Officer Kevin DeHart, who is in charge of the program. “We would love to see you at every session, but (perfect) attendance is not necessary to complete the program.” Classes will meet from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March. No registration is required. For more information, call 240-3200.

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Financial recognition The Finance Department for the city of O’Fallon has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2012. “The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award was made possible by the hard work and professionalism of the Finance Department staff, and by the excellent information, provided to us by our City Administrator, Bonnie Therrien and O’Fallon’s management team,” said Finance Department Director Vicki Boschert. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY Interactive guide offered St. Charles County citizens can learn about all the programs, classes and special events offered by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department through a new interactive guide online at stccparks.org. “Whether it’s a fun fishing camp, a volunteer trail work day, a safe youth lockin or a free hiking series, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has something for all age groups” said Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. “The new guide gives our guests a convenient way to sign up and learn about all our fun activities available throughout the year.” The St. Charles County Parks 2014 Activity Guide provides information about free and fee-based programs, volunteer opportunities, special events and even school field trip visits. It also gives park guests the option to register for a variety of park events while viewing the publication online.

Charges dismissed against Bridgeway employees Charges were dismissed in a case against two Bridgeway Behavioral Health Center employees who were accused of interfering with the legal process. In December, two employees of Bridgeway prevented St. Peters police officers from executing a search warrant for a fugitive who was a patient at Bridgeway’s St. Charles facility. Bridgeway has since consulted with its legal counsel and has developed a protocol that addresses the issues that led to the criminal charges. Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said he is satisfied that if a similar situation were to arise again, law enforcement officers would be allowed to perform their official duties while permitting Bridgeway to respect the confidentiality of its clients.

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The O’Fallon City Council has passed a resolution allowing the city to contract out grass mowing of certain public rightsof-way, however there is no clear answer on whether or not the city will absorb the 1,469,181 square feet currently maintained by O’Fallon residents. At its Feb. 13 meeting, the council adopted a resolution that allows the city to make a contract with the St. Charles-based TJ’s Lawn and Landscaping for the maintenance of 3,975,277 square feet of right-of-way grass. O’Fallon currently manages 2,506,196 square feet of that number. Residents that live adjacent to public rights-of-way and easements are required to mow the other 1,469,181, as a cost saving measure for the city. This is how the right-of-way mowing has been handled in O’Fallon since 2010, however with the issuance of a mowing contract, it is unclear whether or not residents will still be responsible for maintaining the grass on adjacent public rights-of-way. Though the Feb. 13 meeting agenda contained an ordinance that would let the city directly assume responsibility of the resident-maintained rights-of-way, the council passed over that ordinance. Though they hadn’t assumed direct responsibility of all rights-of-way grass cutting for the city, the council still passed the resolution allowing them to contract out grass-cutting service for all 3,975,277 square feet of rights-of-way. This action had several of the council members asking for clarification. “Again, we’re going to vote on something that’s not clear,” Councilmember Jeff Schwentker (Ward 4), said. “We can throw the money out there, but we don’t know exactly what we’re cutting.” For a longer version of this story, visit newsmagazinenetwork.com

ST. PETERS Snow line offers 24-hour connection to help With ice and snow wreaking havoc this winter, St. Peters residents can report snow; related concerns any time – day or night. During regular business hours, residents can contact the St. Peters Community Action Center at 477-6600, ext.1225 or the St. Peters Streets Department at 477-6600, ext. 1340. After-hour snow related concerns can be reported to the St. Peters Snow Line at 4776600, ext. 1738. If there is no answer, residents are asked to leave a detailed message as the snow line will be checked regularly. During the snow, residents are asked to park cars and place solid waste containers on the driveway. The city’s snow removal


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New pavilion expected to wow residents St. Peters will be adding a new feature to 370 Lakeside Park that city officials say will “wow” residents and users once it’s completed – possibly by June. The city’s Board of Alderman voted 7-0 at its Jan. 23 meeting to accept a $675,000 bid from the Harlan Company to buy and build a large, three-section pavilion complex at the park. Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth (Ward 2) was absent. Harlan submitted the lowest bid among three firms vying for the project. The facility design maximizes its potential use and view of the park’s nearby 140acre lake. The design is expected to use rustic features such as pillars that utilize logs and gables that will give the “pavilion complex” a “rustic feel,” Phillips said. “It’s just going to be a landmark for the city,” she added. Project plans include new restroom facilities and a large, adjacent parking lot. The bid was not subjected to strong questions by the board, although, before the vote, Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer (Ward 1) did receive assurances from city staff that Harlan had built similar projects. The park is the city’s largest and features a large lake as well as facilities for camping, fishing, boating, hiking and biking, and more. The park also has been the location of the city’s biggest community festival – Celebrate St. Peters.

WENTZVILLE Woman assaulted in Walmart parking lot At presstime, police were still searching for a man accused of exposing himself to a woman in the Walmart parking lot on Feb. 5. The Wentzville Police Department responded to Walmart located at 1971 Wentzville Parkway at 7 p.m. in reference to a female customer being assaulted on the parking lot. Police said the victim was confronted by a white male in his 20s after getting into her car. The male opened her car door and exposed himself. The victim screamed and the man pushed her further into the car. He then slammed her car door and fled the area in a dark, navy blue pickup truck. Anyone having information about this crime or the person who committed it can contact Det. Steve Maddolin at 639-2139. Anonymous tips are also accepted by calling 639-2180.

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Winter weather has pushed municipalities to the edge of their storm budgets By AMANDA KEEFE akeefe@newsmagazinenetwork.com Thanks to this winter’s brutal snowstorms, several St. Charles County municipalities have dipped into their budgeted snow equipment, salt and labor more than they wanted to when winter began. To date, city officials in Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie and St. Peters say they haven’t exceeded their budgeted snow removal costs, but some admit that they are getting close. “We budgeted for not quite worst-case scenarios, so no, we haven’t spent more than we budgeted yet, but we have spent more than we would have liked to,” said Derek Koestel, Lake Saint Louis’ public works director. Annually, Lake Saint Louis budgets for snow-event overtime labor, this year plugging in $12,000. As of Feb. 6, Koestel said the city had already spent $8,500. Lake Saint Louis budgeted $55,000 this year for snow and ice removal supplies, spending $36,000 as of Feb. 6. The amount spent includes replenishing salt and beet juice, as well as certain equipment to keep snow operations running smoothly. This winter, salt has been hauled in by the barge load for many municipalities to replenish their stocks, and when Koestel spoke with Mid Rivers Newsmagazine on Feb. 6 another 400 tons were on their way. “We’re going to finish the year with this salt,” he said. “We’re not going to run out. That said, we’re not going to have the stock-

pile we would like to carry into the next year. We’ll have to budget next year to replenish.” On Feb. 7, O’Fallon also was waiting on more salt, as Public Works Director Steve Bender said the city had already used more than a typical year’s supply. He said another 1,800 tons of salt was expected to replenish the city’s stock. For the city of roughly 80,000 people, the public works department is responsible for 704 lane-miles and 1,074 culs-de-sac. Bender believes the city is getting close to utilizing its full budgeted expenses for snow removal from streets. “For chemicals, including salt, beet juice, GeoMelt, etc., we budgeted $172,000,” he said. “We’ve probably ordered almost that full amount at this point.” For snow equipment, O’Fallon budgeted $60,000, but Bender didn’t know for sure how much of that figure the city has spent thus far. St. Peters may not be blowing through its budget in snow supplies, but it is certainly blowing through salt. Communications Director Lisa Bedian said the city typically uses 2,000-2,500 tons of salt per season. But after 12 snow events this winter alone, the city already has used 2,500-3,000 tons. Before winter hit, St. Peters had roughly 4,000 tons of salt in its reserves, which Bedian said is a normal amount from season to season. “We typically have a two-year supply on hand with salt and chemicals,” she said.

One of O’Fallon’s plows, photographed by Steve Bender, the city’s public works director

“Usually we would be buying $150,000 worth of salt and chemicals (annually), but this year, in this budget, we only had $75,000 budgeted because we had leftover salt.” According to one St. Peters resident, rapidly depleting salt isn’t the only problem on the city’s hands. Davis Conway, who has lived in the same neighborhood for 15 years, said in the last two winters city crews have done a poor job of plowing his neck of the woods. “I saw where a plow came down our court and left more snow than he took,” Conway said. “The next day, we still weren’t able to get out of our court.” According to city snow guidelines, courts are last on the priority list concerning snow removal – arterial streets are first, then sub-

division collector streets, residential streets and, lastly, culs-de-sac (or courts). Conway understands this, but said it doesn’t explain why his court hasn’t been plowed adequately. Bedian had an answer. “Because of a lot of snow events, we’re not used to getting this much snow at one time, and so it takes longer to clear those main roads than it would otherwise,” she said. “So it may seem like it’s taking longer to get to some of those culs-de-sac, but it’s because it has taken us longer to clear snow off main roads first. “Regardless, I can understand the frustration.” A 24-hour hotline – 477-6600, ext. 1225 – See SNOW BUSINESS, page 14

Fifth Street improvements plan welcomed by area businesses By AMANDA KEEFE akeefe@newsmagazinenetwork.com An open house Feb. 6 allowed the St. Charles community to examine the city’s plan for improving a portion of Fifth Street’s roadway and streetscape. The improvements, with a price tag of $7.75 million, are intended to enhance the road’s aesthetics, improve its traffic flow and safety, and promote pedestrian activity. Roughly 100 residents attended the open house, held at St. John United Church of Christ. It was the second open house to highlight the city’s intentions. The first was held in July. The project, dubbed “Fifth Street Gateway Project,” focuses on a just-under-amile stretch from Bass Pro Drive to First Capitol Drive. The roadway currently provides access to large retail developments at the Interstate 70 interchange. “(This project) has been something the city’s wanted to do for awhile,” said Tyson King, the city’s project manager.

In 2011, the city hired consultants to study the Fifth Street corridor to address congestion and a decline in development, among other things. Proposed changes include adding new sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting, center medians, traffic signals and a gateway feature to serve as an entrance to the city. King said project funding comes from various entities, calling it a “complicated funding structure.” Federal dollars were obtained through the city’s application to the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. Monies also came through grant applications to the St. Charles County Road Board, which generates funding via a countywide halfcent transportation tax. King said capital improvement project funds also rolled in. Consulting firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly are at the forefront of the design team, but three additional consultants also will aid in the project’s various elements. Also working closely with the city is

SSM St. Joseph Health Center, located just outside the Fifth Street corridor. SSM Vice President of Operations Aaron Robinson said the hospital and the city have shared a long partnership, where both entities continuously examine mutual opportunities to enhance the area. “We’ve given lots of feedback through the years to improve the corridor from Interstate 70 to the hospital,” Robinson said. “Frankly, the corridor has a lot of opportunities to improve. We’d like to see a more functional, beautified thoroughfare from I-70 to the hospital that would meet the needs better for patients, families, community members, business owners, EMS workers, physicians, etc.” Robinson said in terms of project funding, the hospital has had no participation, except during early project-planning stages when SSM contributed a “very modest amount of investments” to help cover planning costs, specifically in architectural design. “Compared to the money that’s been

invested in improving the corridor, that’s nothing,” he said. “None of the funds we’ve invested are going directly to the improvements.” In general, Robinson is just happy to see Fifth Street taken to the next level. “It’s a very wise thing to do, and we couldn’t be more excited about it,” he said. It seems the excitement is contagious. Fifth Street business owner Gary Wagner attended both open houses and had nothing but praise for the city’s project. “It’s going to brighten the street for sure,” Wagner, owner of Concetta’s Italian Restaurant on Fifth Street, said. “It’ll probably draw business into the area more, which will make us busier, which is always good.” Wagner said he’s not concerned about accessibility to his restaurant during the project’s construction phase, tentatively scheduled for fall. Fifth Street is divided into three lanes, See FIFTH STREET, page 17


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O’Fallon Brewery grows again, acquiring new production space in Maryland Heights By JIM ERICKSON ericksonjim@att.net As a Thomas Wolfe character discovered in a book by the famous writer, “You can’t go home again.” And while O’Fallon Brewery soon will return production of its craft beer to the St. Louis area, the St. Charles County operation is not coming back home again. That’s because it never really left, despite some changes along the way. Original owners Tony and Fran Caradonna launched O’Fallon Brewery in 2000 and saw the company’s sales grow to a point in 2008 when they had to contract out a major part of production to meet demand. Still, the brewery continued to brew draft beer at its original location in an industrial area just north of I-70 in O’Fallon. When the recent recession put a crimp in consumer spending and the company’s sales volume felt the impact, the Caradonnas were faced with financial uncertainties and forced to halt production. That’s why, in 2011, they opted to sell a majority interest in the operation to Jim Gorczyca, an Anheuser-Busch and A-B InBev marketing veteran with many years’ experience in building beer brands domestically and in Europe Gorczyca set out to revamp the company’s distribution, re-establish O’Fallon’s brands and put the brewery on a path for growth and expansion. As interest in the local beer returned, Gorczyca contracted with a Wisconsin brewery to meet demand. Last week, O’Fallon Brewery announced that it had acquired an industrial building on Progress Parkway near the Westport Plaza complex. Plans call for a multi-million-dollar conversion of the facility to a brewery with an annual capacity of 25,000 barrels, more than double the 9,500 barrel output at the Wisconsin and O’Fallon locations. That means most of the contracted production will return to the St. Louis area around the end of the year when the new facility is expected to begin operat-

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Lake Saint Louis Aldermen, residents pause to work out issues in Mason Glen By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com Jane Vancil stood before the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen and said that residents living near a proposed 85-lot third phase of Mason Glen subdivision see room for compromise. “We really want to work this out in the best way there is,” Vancil told the board at their Feb. 3 meeting. But working out issues involving the proposed development may take more time. The board, in trying to work out those issues, voted to delay a final vote on the approvals needed for the subdivision to become a reality. The subdivision would be on 35.18 acres on the north side of Hwy. N, about 2,400 feet west of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard and 2,800 feet east of Duello Road. The developers, Artisan Residential Services, LLC, are seeking an amendment to the existing single-family, 15,000-square-foot minimum lot size that would allow 85 lots with a minimum of 9,000 square feet. What has residents of the adjacent Mason Glen phase one subdivision concerned is extending Mason Creek Drive as a second entrance into their portion of the subdivision. Extending Mason Creek Drive would allow cut-through traffic to travel through both subdivisions connecting with exits on Orf Road and Hwy. N, they said. The present developed portion of Mason Glen has one exit onto Orf Road, and Mason Creek Drive is a dead-end street that does not access the two other proposed phases of the subdivision. Vancil presented a petition with signatures of 34 residents to the board asking that it deny the application. But denying the application was not the residents’ first choice. They say they have tried to come to an amicable compromise. A major issue is whether existing city codes will allow compromise to happen. Steve Schertel, the city’s community development director, said the city’s planning and zoning commission had recommended approval of the development if it had two access points on area roads. Access for

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emergency vehicles is a major concern. The city also adopted street standards in 2010 that are similar to St. Louis County, which require two access points for a subdivision with more than 81 lots – the Mason Glen third phase has 85 lots planned. Schertel also said the Mason Creek deadends would not be allowed now because the city wants culs-de-sac instead. “We’re bumping up against two code restrictions,” said Derek Koestel, the city’s public works director. And while there may be some room to allow design changes, the city cannot ignore the requirements it has on the books. Koestel said city staff have tried to work with the developer to come up with a solution that would meet city codes and please area residents. One involved allowing emergency vehicles access through a road path between the dead-end at Mason Creek and the new subdivision. The city also has looked into a “hammerhead” lane at the end of Mason Creek Drive to also allow vehicles to back up into a side street lane to turn around, Koestel said. Another possibility may be culsde-sac that allow emergency vehicles and trucks to turn around. Dale Bax, with Bax Engineering, who is working with the developer, told the board that these solutions may take away lots and add construction costs. The board, however, was willing to table the bill until later this month to allow city staff and the developers to continue to work on a compromise. Mayor Ralph Sidebottom and Aldermen Tony Zito and Gary Torlina, both from Ward 1, where absent. A proposal adding a substantial number of homes in Lake Saint Louis is something new in recent years because housing starts have been slowed by the recession. The subdivision also is seen as an indicator of future development because the 35.18 acres is along Hwy. N, not far from where the final phase of construction of Hwy. 364 (the Page Extension) ends. Hwy. 364 may help serve as a catalyst for development in Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, O’Fallon and Lake Saint Louis, local officials say.

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Study provides insight into St. Charles County baby boomers, millennials By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com Greg Prestemon asks the question himself – he has two sons – do they want to continue to make St. Charles County their home as they move into their careers and raise families? One perhaps yes, the other perhaps no. The sons are part of a new, somewhat ill-defined generation known by demographers as “millennials.” Ranging roughly between the ages of 18 to 31, there are now an estimated 100,000 millennials – also known as Generation Y – living in the county. And, their expectations and desires are different than Generation X, who range in age from 30 to 50. “For people now age 20 and older, is St. Charles County a place they want to live?” asked Prestemon, president of Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, and president and chief executive officer for the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County. The two organizations want to try to answer that question and similar questions involving another large age group. The Baby Boom generation between age 40 and 65 is now approaching retirement. The needs and expectations of an estimated 90,000 boomers in the county appear to be changing, Prestemon and other officials say. The impact of demographic changes involving millennials and boomers is ongoing throughout the country. Prestemon said there is less concern presently about Generation X members who now are working and raising families. “We (St. CharlesCounty) have the family thing down,” he said. But less known is what will happen as St. Charles County millennials move into adulthood and boomers move toward retirement. What will be the affect of demographic trends on issues such as housing, health care and education, the economy, recreation and entertainment? Officials fear not being able to attract young people or the county becoming too much of a retirement community. Right now, the county isn’t experiencing major issues such as out-migration. Its population continues to grow, although perhaps more slowly than in recent decades, thanks to the economic downturn in recent years. Still, Prestemon said officials don’t want to just wait and see what happens. “If we just sit back do nothing, the world can really turn pretty quickly,” he said. Partners for Progress began a study of the demographic shifts in the county several years ago. The group conducted a series of online and telephone surveys of about 400 residents in the county and conducted four focus groups of millennial and

boomer county residents, as well as conducted housing research. Partners include more than 20 prominent employers in the county ranging from educational institutions, to hospital groups, to private industry such as MasterCard Worldwide and General Motors Corp. The group works closely with the Economic Development Center. In November, the group announced the results of its study at a Partners community conference. Currently, the findings are being circulated among municipal govern-

ing boards and other groups, including a presentation on Jan. 29 to the St. Charles County Municipal League, which includes mayors and city officials from throughout the county. What the study found was encouraging. Both groups had a highly favorable impression of their community. More than 90 percent from both groups feel the county is a good environment to raise a family. Having high paying jobs was the most important issue for boomers (86 percent) and for millennials (83 percent). The big-

gest issues facing the county are the lack of public transportation (63 percent of boomers and 55 percent of millennials), and traffic congestion (57 percent of boomers and 63 percent of millennials). Almost 70 percent of millennials surveyed said they would continue to live in the county in the next 10 years and 72 percent said they thought the county was a good place to live as a young professional. Roughly 81 percent of millennials were See ST. CHARLES COUNTY, page 27

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Knights of Columbus expansion fails to win council vote in O’Fallon By DAN FOX dfox@newsmagazinenetwork.com An ordinance that would provide rezoning for needed by the Knights of Columbus to expand their O’Fallon location failed before the O’Fallon City Council on Feb. 13. The ordinance would have enabled the Knights to make use of their entire property for the purposes of creating an enlarged facility. The planned expansions would have included two properties that sit adjacent to the Knights’ current hall at 222 West 2nd Street in O’Fallon, properties that the Knights bought for the expressed purpose of expanding their facility, according to a Planning and Zoning Commission report on the issue. Immediately after the split 4-4 vote, the council chambers quickly shrunk from standing room only to near-vacant as Knights supporters filed out. Knights member and St. Charles resident Rosemary Pieper said she was disappointed in the outcome of the council’s decision. “Our organization does an awful lot for the community, and this would enable us to do some more and get new members,” Pieper said. “We wouldn’t be changing anything. I mean, we’re there now, we just would be able to have a larger facility.”

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Art club members show ageless creativity When Jim Ausmus, general manager of Fairwinds River’s Edge retirement community in St. Charles, asked Cindi Hrabko, sales advisor, to help redecorate the employee break room, she turned to River’s Edge residents who also are members of the community’s Art Club. Ranging in age from 62 to 102, the Art Club members created a 4-foot by 9-foot mural depicting St. Louis. More than 30 residents participated in the project, painting at their leisure Grace Harmon, 88, puts her mark on the mural. and reminiscing about how they worked downtown and/or lived in the area. Joanne Miller, age 78, moved to St. Charles County with her husband from Florida in September. Fifteen years ago, when she found out she had glaucoma and partial blindness, she threw her art supplies away. But the camaraderie of the Art Club has changed her mind. “To be able to work with the other artists here helped me connect and found it to be great fun,” she said. Betty Polster had never painted a picture, but she said, “You got me involved and I am loving it.”


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Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen questions value of EDC membership By AMY ARMOUR aarmour@newsmagazinenetwork.com Not all of the Weldon Spring aldermen are sure that a membership with the Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County is a good business decision. The Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen is considering its EDC Annual Service Agreement – which comes with a $5,000 price tag – and not all are certain that the return on investment is worth the expense. The EDC assists small businesses with financing, training and education in an effort to create and retain jobs within the county. It also houses a small business incubator. According to the agreement, “the Center (EDC) shall provide a minimum of $5,000 of services providing marketing, training and education, loan packaging and servicing industrial revenue bonds and SBA 504 loans.” The city has approved the membership for several years, but Alderman Bruce Robb (Ward 1) said he had not seen any-

thing concrete come out of the partnership with the EDC in the last year. Mayor Don Licklider said there have been a few business leads, but nothing has developed from them. “(The EDC) markets the whole county and in turn that trickles down into the cities,” said City Administrator Michael Padella. “It means having a seat at the table and having face time with other communities. We would miss out on some of that.” In 2013, all industrial/manufacturing businesses, utilities and local officials were

invited to the Industrial High-Tech Summit to discuss current issues. And each month every partnering city, the county and the EDC take turns selecting a business in their community to spotlight and honor. If the city enters into the agreement, Padella said the city also will have the opportunity to participate in the St. Louis Small Business Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center. Weldon Spring would also be included in the EDC’s marketing materials, which have gained both regional and national exposure.

The cost of membership with the EDC is based on population size. Some smaller cities that currently participate include Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Foristell and Lake Saint Louis. The cities of New Melle, Flint Hill and Portage des Sioux do not. Greg Prestemon, president and CEO of the EDC, was scheduled to speak to the board on Feb. 11, but had to cancel due to illness. The board decided to table the issue until Prestemon could explain the benefits and value of the membership to the city at the Feb. 28 board meeting.

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FIFTH STREET, from page 10 and Wagner said city officials explained that one lane would always remain open for traffic. He also is anticipating the installation of a stoplight at Fifth and Pike streets, the intersection where Concetta’s resides. Even the removal and replacement of underground utility lines is of no concern to Wagner. “The city came by here to talk to us about underground wires, and said they’d do the electricity while we’re closed … it wasn’t a big deal,” he said. He said he hasn’t heard much resistance to the improvements, except from occasional “old school” residents. “They don’t like change, but I think it’ll do the area good,” he said. Business owner Lauree Salamon, of Lauree’s Bridal and Floral Wear, was tickled by the city’s vision. “The city’s been good to us,” she said. “They might make you walk the line on certain things, but they have everything up to par … I feel great about it. “It’s such a plus for the city. It’s a lot of money to do it, but in the end, we’re all going to benefit.” Next month, project planners will analyze and review comments from the Feb. 6 open house and move forward with those in mind. In July, planners will complete right-ofway negotiations, and handle select easements involved. By August, King anticipates the completion of final construction plans, with roadway improvements begining in the fall. Project completion is expected in the spring of 2016.

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The Fort Zumwalt South High Science Bowl team is headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl championship in April. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Bowl is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. “We ask each student to take on an area of expertise,” said LeAnne Sanders, a physics teacher and Science Bowl coach at South High. “With the incredible amount of material that is covered, it is too much to ask each student to take it on themselves.” Students practice before and after school to prepare for the national finals that will be held on April 24-28 in Washington. South High has made it to the finals in each of the two years the school has competed in the Science Bowl. “It is such an amazing accomplishment, not just to see this team that won,” said Sanders. “But to have taken three full teams and have two of them finish in the top eight. It speaks so highly of our science department and our teachers’ commitment to our kids.”

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Donna Munro, social studies teacher and student council sponsor at Fort Zumwalt East High, has been named the Missouri High School Student Council Adviser of the Year. The Warren E. Shull High School Stu-

dent Council Adviser of the Year award is sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Since Munro joined East High in 2008, student council has been a key player in building the traditions at the school. From homecoming week to weekly student council meetings to the production of the weekly newsreel Pride News, the council has played a big part in the school’s positive environment. “The student council’s weekly Pride News production has been revered by our student body. Students work diligently on preparing each episode of Pride News to keep our student body up to date on the goings on at East as well as working to build a positive school climate,” wrote Dr. Henry St. Pierre, East High Principal, in a letter to the selection committee. “From encouraging students to attend the big football game, to educating their peers on how to stamp out bullying, the impact of the broadcasts are far, reaching and meaningful. The weekly episode is usually the buzz of the school on the day it’s shown. Our sister schools in the district are looking to emulate our Pride News, because they hear of its impact on our school.” Munro is now in contention to be named one of eight regional finalists. A national winner will be announced in June.

North High students meet governor Gov. Jay Nixon met with Fort Zumwalt North High students on Jan. 29 while touring the state on his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” tour. In his remarks, the governor reported that a fully funded foundation formula could mean up to $6.4 million in state money for the Fort Zumwalt School

Registration for incoming Kindergarten pupils in the Fort Zumwalt School District for the 2014 - 2015 school year will take place from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 6 at Dardenne, Emge, J. L. Mudd, Mount Hope, St. Peters, Progress South, Hawthorn, Twin Chimneys, Ostmann, Rock Creek, Mid Rivers, Pheasant Point, and Westhoff Elementary Schools. To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must have reached the age of 5 years before Aug. 1. Children who have not attended Kindergarten in the Fort Zumwalt School District and have reached the age of 6 years before Aug. 1, 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. For proof of residency, one of these documents must be submitted: an unpaid electric or gas bill, both lease/rental agreement and paid deposit receipt, or closing documentation from recent house purchase. Additional details are online at fz.k12. mo.us.

FRANCIS HOWELL Students win mock trial The Francis Howell North High (FHN) Mock Trial teams traveled to the St. Louis County Courthouse last month to participate in a mock trial competition. FHN teams emerged victorious after two hours of competition against Wentzville Holt and Visitation Academy. The FHN Mock Trial program has only been in existence for a few months, but its team members already are demonstrating the adage that hard work leads to success. Since October, students have been learning the fine points of trial procedure, federal rules of evidence, public speaking and witness portrayal. The FHN teams were divided into two groups – the gold squad, which served as plaintiff against Wentzville Holt, and the black squad, which served as defense against Visitation Academy. The gold squad earned a 2-1 win against their opponent and the black squad shut out their opponents on a 3-0 decision. The two squads are now preparing to argue the opposite side of a case, which centers around a lawsuit by a county jailer who

was assaulted by inmates while on duty. Round two trials will be held on Feb. 25 in Clayton.

Digital defense for parents Francis Howell North High will host a “Digital Self-Defense for Parents” seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 25. Hosted by Jennifer Schiffman from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the seminar is designed to help parents navigate the dilemmas presented by the digital world teens inhabit. The seminar will include an overview of current digital threats to children, including cyberbullying, online predators, oversharing, sexting and sextortion. The seminar also will discuss how parents can make a better plan for digital life management. The seminar is designed for adults only. Due to the sensitive nature of the material, students and younger children are not allowed. An additional seminar will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Francis Howell Middle.

ACT parent meetings In an attempt to raise awareness and answer questions about the ACT test, the Francis Howell School District has partnered with The Princeton Review to host three parent meetings. The parent meetings will be held from 7-8 p.m. on March 4 at Francis Howell High and from 7-8 p.m. on March 6 at Francis Howell North High or Francis Howell Central High. The purpose of the parent meetings is to help parents gain strategies to better understand the ACT. The meetings also will help parents interpret the results in order to guide college and career readiness plans for students. This is the first time the district will host the administration of the test. High school juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT on April 23.

Top senior honored Eric Lee, a senior at Francis Howell High, was recognized in January as the honorary student representative at the Board of Education. Known for excelling in the classroom, Lee scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and received the top score of 5 on six advanced placement exams. In addition to his previous AP exams, he has enrolled in six additional AP courses for the spring semester. These achievements have placed him in the top 1 percent of all graduating high school seniors nationally, earning the prestigious recognition of National Merit Scholar.


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Timberland wrestlers head into postseason with strong run of success By JONATHAN DUNCAN To say the Wentzville Timberland wrestling team has been on a roll the last few weeks would be a slight understatement. The Wolves have been figuratively and literally wiping out opponents on the mat since early January. “I think we have been wrestling pretty good and strong since just after Jan. 2 when we wrestled in the Chase Tournament in Minnesota,” Timberland coach Cornell Robinson said. “Our kids are really starting (to) show what they can do as we head toward districts.” Timberland trekked to Rochester, Minn., for the Jan 2-3 tournament. There, the Wolves scrapped with St. Michael’s from Minnesota, a team from California, and Glenbard North from the Chicago area. Teams were there from all parts of the nation. “In that tournament we wrestled three of the top 10 teams in the nation and we more than held our own,” Robinson said. “Our philosophy has always been to schedule in some losses, so the kids can learn and improve during the season and they got better from the tournament.” That experience paid dividends back home when the Wolves were able to outlast cross-town rival Wentzville Holt for a 36-35 at-home victory in a dual match on Jan. 30. Holt knocked off Timberland last year on criteria that awarded the match to the Indians due to one less penalty point against the Indians after the score was tied at 28-28. “Yeah, it was really nice to get that one back and beat our sister school (Holt) after what happened last year,” Robinson said. “It was a real nice win for our kids.” It was a match that was back and forth

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most of the night. Dustin Gray got a big victory at 170 pounds and then Chance Cooper got the big win for the Wolves. Cooper, a junior wrestling at 195 pounds, came up with a pin just over a minute into the first period to deliver the Wolves the win. “Chance Cooper and Dustin Gray came up with big pins for us late,” Robinson said. Timberland excelled in the upper weight classes as Gray won along with Robert Schneider at 220 pounds. Heavyweight Danny Williams won his match with a pin late in the second period. A day later on Feb. 1, Timberland participated in the Kyle Thrasher Memorial Tournament at Francis Howell. That two-day event also went very well for the Wolves as Timberland took home first place in the two-day event. Timberland led the 12-team field by 40 points after the first day of matches and won by 80 points in the team standings over second place Lafayette High. Timberland’s archrival Holt finished third in the team standings. “The tournament was a real good outing for us,” Robinson said. “The kids didn’t just do the same old styles – they mixed in different moves, kept their work fresh and wrestled hard and aggressive.” Top winners for the Wolves included Devan Richter at 120 pounds, Drew Spires at 137 pounds, Zak Enloe at 138 pounds, Gray at 170 pounds, Cooper at 182 pounds, and Dan Williams at 285 pounds. Robert Schneider finished second at 220 pounds. Both Wentzville and Holt are primed to send several wrestlers on to the Class 4 state tournament in Columbia on Feb. 20-22.

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SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION?

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Healt h Capsu les engaging them to take preventive action,” said Dr. Pedro Tauler, of the University of the Balearic Islands. “Heart age is a cost- and time-effective strategy to motivate patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle that results in a reduction in their CVD risk. The simplicity of the tool and the fact that it is easy to understand are core to its effectiveness.” The Heart Age Calculator can be found online at heartage.me. Learning one’s risk of cardiovascular disease in terms of heart age is an effective motivator for making positive lifestyle changes.

How old is your heart? Physicians often tell patients they are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to family history and/or other risk factors, but doctors’ warnings do not always motivate people to make the lifestyle changes required to improve their heart health. Researchers in Spain recently found that when people learn their heart age – how old the heart is compared to one’s chronological age – they are more likely to take steps to decrease their risk of CVD. In a study involving more than 3,000 patients, researchers assessed participants’ CVD risk and then did one of three things: offered general guidance on healthy living, presented their results in terms of the participant’s “percentage risk,” or presented results in terms of the person’s “estimated heart age.” Patients who were told their heart age were far more likely than other participants to take action to live healthier lifestyles. For example, the smoking cessation rate for patients who smoked was four times greater among those who were told their heart age than for those who received traditional CVD percentage risk scores. “This would suggest that the mere fact of presenting the patients with information that is easy to understand has a positive effect in

Obesity as a disease The American Medical Association’s (AMA) decision last summer to recognize obesity as a disease might result in some unintended and unfortunate consequences. In a June 18, 2013 AMA statement, AMA board member Patrice Harris, M.D., said recognizing obesity as a disease would “help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans.” Now, a study has shown that recognizing obesity as a disease may also change the way obese individuals view their obesity, leading some to believe there is no point in even trying to lose weight. To determine what effect, if any, the AMA’s message had on people’s perceptions of obesity, a team of psychological scientists conducted a study. “Experts have been debating the merits of, and problems with, the AMA (obesity as a disease) policy,” said University of Richmond researcher Crystal Hoyt. “We wanted to contribute to the conversation by bringing data rather than speculation and by focusing on the psychological repercussions.” The researchers recruited more than 700 people to take a survey. Before answering the survey, some study participants read an article describing obesity as a disease, some read a standard public health message about weight, and the remainder read an article spe-

cifically stating that obesity is not a disease. Compared to obese participants who read the public health message and the article stating obesity is not a disease, obese participants who read the article describing obesity as a disease reported less concern for weight, placed less importance on healthfocused diets and chose higher-calorie sandwiches when asked to choose from a menu. The researchers said that the AMA message may have benefits, such as promoting greater acceptance of obesity and reducing its stigma, which could help obese people work toward weight loss and improved health. However, they said the study’s findings suggest the message might result in decreased motivation for obese people to follow a healthy diet.

New stroke guidelines for women The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association earlier this month issued its first-ever guidelines for preventing stroke specifically in women. The new guidelines state: • Women with a history of high blood pressure before pregnancy should be considered for low-dose aspirin and/or calcium supplement therapy to lower pre-eclampsia risk. • Women with pre-eclampsia have twice the risk of stroke and a quadruple risk of high blood pressure later in life, so pre-eclampsia should be considered a risk factor well after pregnancy. Other risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol and obesity in women with pre-eclampsia should be treated early. • Pregnant women with moderately high blood pressure (150-159 mmHg/100109 mmHg) may be considered for blood pressure medication; expectant mothers with severe high blood pressure (160/110 mmHg or above) should be treated. • Women should be screened for high blood pressure before taking birth control pills because the combination changes stroke risks. • Women who have migraine headaches with aura should stop smoking to avoid higher stroke risks. • Women older than age 75 should be

screened for atrial fibrillation risks due to its link to higher stroke risk.

Childhood predictors of adult BMI A study that asked adults about their childhood experiences revealed some possible predictors of obesity in adulthood. Study participants who reported having certain childhood experiences in common –families that cooked with fresh ingredients, parents who talked with them about nutrition, frequent involvement in outdoor physical activities with their families, plenty of sleep on weeknights and many friends – had a lower body mass index (BMI). Participants with a higher BMI also shared common childhood experiences, including the use of food as a reward or punishment, obese parents and/or grandparents, drinking juice and soda more than water, parents who restricted their food intake and being bullied by peers.

On the calendar Progress West HealthCare Center will hold “Loneliness is as Common as the Common Cold” from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Kathryn Linnemann Library, 2323 Elm Street in St. Charles. How people face feelings of loneliness can impact overall well being. The class provides techniques to help attendees or their loved ones beat the challenge of loneliness. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 344-2273. ••• St. Luke’s Hospital will present “Sleep Issues in the Young Child” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Francis HowellMeadows Parkway Early Childhood Center, 4810 Meadows Parkway in St. Charles. A child sleep specialist discusses healthy sleep practices, strategies to improve a child’s sleep, common sleep transitions, co-sleeping vs. sleeping alone, the practice of “cry it out” and more. The program is for parents of newborn to school-aged children only. Admission is free. To register, call (314) 542-4848, or visit stlukes-stl.com.

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Damon Hays, D.P.M.

Hays Foot & ankle Center 8067 Mexico Rd • St. Peters, 63376 • 636.379.2272 • www.haysfootandankle.com Hays Foot & Ankle Center is the medical practice of Dr. Damon Hays, board qualified podiatrist in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. “We are a podiatric medical practice treating children and adults, providing comprehensive foot care to our patients”, said Dr. Hays, a native of St. Louis. “This includes everything from routine and diabetic footcare, the crafting of custom orthotics and, if necessary, surgery.” As a premier provider of podiatric services, Hays Foot & Ankle Center is a patient practice deeply committed to delivering a level of care that surpasses patient expectations. Hays Foot & Ankle has two locations and both are at street level with parking in front. Our west office is located at 2901 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122, 636.825.3360.

Dustin G. James, MD

CHESTERFIELD VALLEY GASTROENTEROLOGY 100 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Suite 110 • Chesterfield 636.532.0990 www.chesterfieldvalleygi.com Dustin G. James, MD, has always enjoyed getting to know his patients. Board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology and internal medicine, James has been in practice for 10 years. He has always been intruiged with the details of how things work. “The practice of gastroenterology, which is the study of the digestive system, is a perfect match for these interests. You have to spend time talking to someone to determine what is causing their problems,” James said. James completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his medical school, residency, and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine He is also the author of the book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health”, and a frequent guest on local and national media under the name, “The Tummy Doc” Several national publications to feature his expertise are Woman’s World, sheknows.com, the John Tesh show, Shape Magazine, and Family Circle He said people should see a gastroenterologist for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is for a screening colonoscopy. “During this test, we look for polyps, which are growths of the colon that can become cancer, and remove them,” James said. “It really does save lives and is important for everyone 50 years of age and older.” Typically, patients also see a Gastroenterologist with concerns such as heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver problems, such as fatty liver, and hemorrhoids. “At Chesterfield Valley Gastroenterology, we take the time to get to know our patients and understand their needs,” James said. “We strive to give all of our patients as much time as they need to help them out.” Chesterfield Valley Gastroenterology is one of the only offices in the area to offer painless, in-office treatment of internal hemorrhoids with a laser. For education on digestion and healthy eating, visit its website at chesterfieldvalleygi.com.


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Dr. Carol Bergmann, Au.D.

Hearing HealtH Care Center Ellisville • Richmond Heights • St. Charles • 636.391.9622 • www.hearinghealthcare.org Hearing Health Care Center utilizes the latest technology to provide the best in hearing care. Family-owned-and-operated for 16 years by Carol Bergmann, an audiologist, and her daughter, Dr. Alison Benner, the Center provides comprehensive audiological testing for individuals ages 3 and older. Hearing aid screenings, evaluations, fittings and post-fitting counseling also are provided. Hearing Health Care Center has relationships with multiple hearing aid manufacturers, allowing for a wide array of devices that are available in various sizes and circuit options. Each patient receives the optimal hearing aid for his/her needs. The newest is the Lyric – a completely invisible, extended-wear device that can be worn while showering, sleeping and exercising. The Center is stocked with information and supplies for hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Each patient receives personalized treatment from an on-staff audiologist. Dr. Alison Benner, Dr. Melissa Kelly and Dr. Jayna Proctor have doctorates in audiology, and Dr. Benner is a board certified audiologist. “We care how you hear, and we will work with you until you are satisfied,” Bergmann said.

Dr. Kevin McGraw and Dr. William Finkenbinder

J. Kevin McGraw DDS. Pc 3601 N. St. Peters Parkway Suite #200 • St. Peters 636.441.4415 • www.stpeterscosmeticandfamilydentist.com Patients love the doctors and staff of McGraw Dental Excellence! The office was twice voted as “St. Charles’ Favorite Dentist” in the Suburban Journals readers poll, and patients often stop by just to chat with the friendly and helpful office staff. Whether visiting the office for a routine check up, teeth whitening, cosmetic procedure, dental implants or other dental restoration, Doctors McGraw and Finkenbinder guarantee that patients will enjoy the most comfortable and friendly dental visit they have ever had and will want to tell their friends about the experience. McGraw Dental Excellence is cosmetic and family dentistry at its finest!

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Thomas Wright, M.D., FACP, RVT

Dr. Wright 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr. • Suite 100 • O’Fallon • www.LaserLipoAndVeins.com • 636-397-4012 Laser Lipo And Vein Center, a medical practice that comprehensively treats all manifestations of vein disease from varicose veins to spider veins, enables patients to say goodbye to unsightly, unhealthy veins. “Symptoms such as leg swelling, tenderness, restlessness and fatigue are often caused by vein disease,” Dr. Wright said. “Many people with these symptoms are unaware that they are part of circulation problems that can lead to serious medical issues.” Dr Wright also performs tumescent liposuction to sculpt away stubborn fat that wont respond to diet and exercise. Tumescent liposuction is the safest and gentlest liposuction and uses only local anesthesia. Dr Wright was trained by the inventor of tumescent liposuction, Dr Klein. The procedure is done in office without risk or cost of general anesthesia or a facility fee. Consultations for liposuction are free.


Dr. Avi Domnitz-Gebet Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center 17300 N. Outer 40, Suite 205 • Chesterfield 636.778.9212 www.PNCkids.com

With the opening of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center in Chesterfield earlier this month, Dr. Avi Domnitz-Gebet’s dream became a reality. Dr. Domnitz-Gebet, a fellowship-trained pediatric neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental delay and concussions, founded the Center to help children from birth to 18 years of age with neurodevelopmental disorders develop and function at their best. “Opening the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center is truly a dream come true,” Dr. Domnitz-Gebet said. “There is no greater satisfaction for me than to know that I have made a difficult situation a little easier for a child and his or her family.” In addition to working with children who already have been diagnosed, the Center welcomes children who display signs of neurodevelopmental conditions. “We will work with each child’s health care team, educators and family members to make a diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan,” she said. The Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center also offers specialized treatments that have been shown to help children with neurodevelopmental conditions including speech therapy, behavioral therapy, sensory integration therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, Lego therapy, multiple types of social skills groups and parent and child support groups. “The biggest challenge for families with a special needs child is obtaining

services,” Dr. Domnitz-Gebet said. “The Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center focuses on the support services that a child and the child’s family need for the child to reach his or her greatest potential.” The Center offers numerous educational and family resources, including a resource room and library for parents and caregivers. Dr. Domnitz-Gebet will offer classes at the Center, and dates and times are available on its website, PNCkids.com A two-year residency in pediatrics and a three-year fellowship in child neurology at University Hospital in Newark, N.J., one of the state’s largest and busiest hospitals, provided Dr. Domnitz-Gebet with invaluable experience and the opportunity to treat patients with rare conditions and disorders. She continued to build on that experience while practicing as an attending physician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., southern New Jersey’s major tertiary-care referral hospital for specialized services, and its Children’s Regional Hospital, the only state-designated children’s hospital in Southern New Jersey. In 2012, Dr. Domnitz-Gebet’s patients voted her one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Top Doctors.” The Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center is located just off of Boone’s Crossing, Exit 16 of I-64/US-40. It accepts most insurance plans, and Dr. Domnitz-Gebet will work to ensure coverage for each child’s health care needs. “When I give a diagnosis to a family, it can be devastating,” she said. “Our Center offers a comfortable and warm environment for families and caregivers to learn how best to help their child and family live with and embrace the diagnosis.”


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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, from page 15 “highly likely” to move to a single-family home in St. Charles County, “assuming no financial constraints,” the findings note. Common reasons cited for wanting to stay here included 22 percent saying it was because of family and friends here, 17 percent saying they liked the county, 12 percent citing local schools, and 10 percent noting a job. Half of millennials said the local economy supports small business start-ups and entrepreneurship, and 23 percent they would start a business in the county. Slightly more than 70 percent of boomers say the county is a good place to retire and 82 percent say it’s important to live near their grandchildren when they retire. In all, 53 percent of boomers surveyed said they had children or grandchildren living here. But boomers aren’t as clear about what kind of residence they want to live in. Thirty-three percent of respondents said a “condo, villa or townhouse,” 26 percent said a smaller single-family home, 14 percent said a larger single-family home and 10 percent said a senior living community. Twenty-six percent would prefer to “remain in their current residence when they retire.” Similar concerns were voiced by representatives from the Homebuilders Association of Greater St. Louis and Eastern

Missouri, who came before the St. Charles County Council last year to discuss local housing trends. In fact, the local housing downturn in the last decade is one of the prime reasons prompting the study. Prestemon said the recession’s impact on the local housing industry, a major driving force in the local economy, was severe and still has people worried. At least half the county’s housing stock has been built since 1990, and while housing starts are now on the rise again, it’s unlikely that 4,000 to 5,000 homes will be built annually in the county again for some time, he said. Major concerns are whether retirees want new kinds of housing, and whether young people are going to want or can buy the often larger homes that were built here over the last two decades. But the least favorable impressions that both groups had about the county go beyond housing to quality of life issues. Only 38 percent of millennials and 37 percent of boomers surveyed felt the county has a “thriving night life.” About 40 percent of millennials and 49 percent of boomers said they felt the county had opportunities to experience arts and culture. More than 80 percent of those surveyed from both groups agreed that the county offers a number of outdoor events and festivals and about slightly more than

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three-quarters of those surveyed from both organized six task forces addressing specific groups thought the county offered many topics – workforces, housing, “age specoutdoor recreational opportunities. trum” efforts in community planning and It may be questionable whether the economic development to attract a diverse county can compete with the cultural and group of residents, entrepreneurship, transentertainment options available in the city portation and recreation and entertainment. of St. Louis or the University City Loop, Prestemon said the task forces hope to Prestemon said. But he noted that the area have recommendations at a conference can maximize what it has to attract more planned on May 30. The recommendations young people. Outdoor activities are on the aren’t binding on anyone. Partners officials rise here, particularly with new county and simply are working in close collaboration city parks and the expansion of hiking and with local governments, businesses, civic walking trails throughout the county, he said. and community organizations and local To help local businesses and officials residents to try to come up with ideas that confront the challenges posed by changing might meet the challenges of changing demographics, Partners for Progress has demographics, he said.

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NEW HOME, NEW WEBSITE, NEW CELEBRATION OF TEENS The Megan Meier Foundation continues to grow, refuses to dream small By AMY ARMOUR aarmour@newsmagazinenetwork.com Two deserving high school seniors will be attending prom in style this spring – for free, thanks to the Megan Meier Foundation. “Prom season is almost here, and the Megan Meier Foundation would like to kick off the season right by beginning their search for two deserving high school seniors in the St. Louis County or St. Charles County district who have been personally affected by bullying and/or cyberbullying,” said Katie Santangelo, the foundation's social media marketing manager. To enter the SHINE! Prom Experience contest, teens can apply for themselves, or be nominated after meeting all the requirements at meganmeierfoundation.org/shine. html. An essay must be written explaining their personal experience with bullying and/or cyberbullying and how it has impacted their life. And there's literally no time to waste, as applications are due Feb. 28. “The two deserving high school seniors will win a bundle of prom excitement that estimates at $1,543 for each,” said Santangelo. “The average prom cost is $1,139.” The prize package includes a dress or tuxedo rental (including shoes) from Boulevard Bride, heels from Brown Shoe Co., make-up from Make-Up by Megan, jewelry from J. Bloom and spray tan and manicure/pedicure from Infinite Tan & Spa. Each couple will also receive their own

limo from Presidential Limousines or BEST Transportation, hair styling from Pixies Design Studio, a boutonniere and corsage from Soulard Florist and a $50 Visa card from Cody Properties, LLC. The winners also will receive a reveal party with family and friends at Boulevard Bride with photo booth rental from Events & Occasions STL and desserts from Treats by Terri. “We thought, ‘what better way to give back to the community then to rock two deserving students’ world and give them the ultimate prom experience?’ said Santangelo, who noted that the winning seniors would be announced on March 7.

through spreading Megan’s story, along with Internet safety, and help one child at a time until bullying and cyberbullying are non-existent,” Santangelo explained. To date, the Megan Meier Foundation has provided more than 335 presentations and workshops in 32 states, reaching more than 197,000 students, parents and educators. “As I look back at our first presentation in December of 2007 to over 900 middle school students, I sometimes shake my head in amazement of how far we have come in such a short time,” Meier said. “At that time I wasn’t really sure of what I was going to say to the students or if they would even 'I spoke from my heart' listen to me or understand the message I was The Megan Meier Foundation was trying to convey. Even with those worries, founded by Tina Meier in 2007 in memory my biggest concern was 'how am I going of her daughter, Megan Taylor Meier, who to make it through this presentation withtook her own life at the age of 13 after out sobbing the entire time?' There was no being cyber-bullied by an adult pretending answer to that question, so I took a deep to be a boy. breath, stood in front of the students and It's not uncommon for parents who lose spoke from my heart.” children in tragic and sudden ways to want Perhaps it was because Meier spoke from to make a difference, but few can make her heart, or maybe it was because the Interthose good intentions stick once the story net and technology had created the perfect becomes yesterday's news. environment of freedom and fear (kids relishIn 2007, when the media latched on to ing the freedom technology gave them, parMegan's story and cyberbullying was a hot, ents fearing the dangers that same technology new topic, Meier frequently was asked to might bring), but something clicked. People talk with television personalities like Katie not only listened to Meier, they signed on to Couric and Diane Sawyer. Today, she talks help her. more often with parents and kids. In 2008, the foundation worked with Sen. “Tina’s hope is to make a difference Scott Rupp (R-District 2) and the Internet

Task Force established by then Gov. Matt Blunt to help pass Senate Bill 818, which was dubbed the Cyberbullying Bill. Blunt formed the Internet Task Force in response to Megan's death and upon signing Bill 818 into law in August of 2008, said: "We must take every step possible to protect our youth and to punish those who want to bring them harm. Social networking sites and technology have opened a new door for criminals and bullies to prey on their victims, especially children." Blunt was right and parents knew it. Bullying has been around since the first time a child called another child a rude name or pushed someone to the ground. Kids can be unkind. But in the age of the Internet, bullying has taken on a new fierceness. Anonymity has made bullies bolder and, as Megan's story showed, has taken the act of bullying beyond the playground. Maybe that's why – when the Megan Meier Foundation was nothing more than Tina Meier knocking on doors and talking about cyberbullying people listened. 'We can make a difference' Last December, the foundation celebrated its sixth anniversary. On Feb. 20, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will welcome the Foundation to its new office, 515 Jefferson Street, with a ribbon cutting. Gone are the days when Meier was a solo act. The foundation currently has four staff

ON THE COVER: Tina Meier, CEO of the Megain Meier Foundation, at Boulevard Bridal in Lake Saint Louis, one of the sponsors of the Foundation’s SHINE! Prom Experience giveaway. (Cover photo courtesy of the Megan Meier Foundation; story photos by Phil Carlson/Quincy Herald-Whig)


members, with Meier as CEO. A team of volunteers – as many as 95 through the years – help around the office and at special events and activities. A 13-member board of directors oversees the nonprofit. Annually, it generates about $145,000 in revenues, with about $46,000 raised through fundraisers each year. The remainder of the funding is collected through individual and corporation donations, as well as presentation fees. Santangelo said 78 percent of annual revenues are re-invested in the foundation through its programming and outreach efforts. Meier says the support of family, friends, the foundation's dedicated staff, volunteers and communities across the country are the keys to the its success, but her drive also plays a role. “I feel inside me every single day that we can make a difference and help struggling students who feel that no one understands them, help parents that sometimes feel that they are banging their heads against the wall and don’t know what more to do for the children and are truly scared when they see their child’s personality and behaviors changing before their eyes, and help educators that struggle every day to balance the pressures of testing and curriculum along with trying to maintain a well-adjusted classroom where students can feel safe to learn,” Meier said. 'I believe anything is possible' Meier has traveled across the country, speaking at the White House and the Department of Education in Washington, DC. While grateful for those opportunities to speak on a national level, she said her most amazing moments have been the interaction with students. “The most amazing moments to me are when I am speaking at a school – no matter where it’s located – and seeing a student’s face in the crowd that comes forward after a presentation and reaches out for help and isn’t afraid to use their voice now to help themselves or another student that they are worried about,” Meier said. “It's hearing from the students, parents and educators after our presentations and programs and hearing that we have made a difference and have helped so many. Those are moments that I carry with me every day.” Meier said she has never been one to “dream small when it comes to the foundation.” “I don’t believe in statements such as 'it can’t or won’t happen.' I believe anything is possible if you truly put your mind, heart and soul into it,” she said. Over the past six months, the foundation has been re-branding and refreshing its look. Its new website shares Megan's story, the foundation's mission, its financial statements and its core values.

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But Meier says she wants to do more. “While continuing to increase our presentations, programs and outreach into the community, we plan to expand our headquarters to provide more services for students, parents and educators. We are also working on digitally capturing our presentations and would like to produce a DVD-led program that can be distributed to schools and organizations across the country. With the continued support of the community, the Megan Meier Foundation will continue our mission to improve the lives of America’s youth as we seek to eliminate the issues surrounding bullying and cyberbullying through increased awareness and education,” Meier said.

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'Every person deserves a chance to shine' Today, it’s about someone else's dream. “We deal with hundreds of children, teenagers and adults on a daily basis who struggle with bullying and cyberbullying in their school and community,” said Santangelo. “We feel that every person deserves a chance to shine in the spotlight, and we could not be more excited to give that experience to a deserving student before they head off to college.” In addition to the SHINE! Prom Experience, the Megan Meier Foundation sponsors the Celebration for Change gala on April 12 at The Heart of St. Charles. “This is a very special fundraising event that will highlight the positive impact that the foundation is making because of donors, but also we will be awarding scholarships to four high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to create an environment of acceptance and tolerance of differences within their own school or community,” Santangelo said. Additionally, the foundation hosts a free workshop every year. “We invite high school and middle school students in the St. Louis area to participate in our Fall Leadership Workshop every year in November,” Santangelo said.

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tive elevation and a three-car garage. You can move in right now for $319,900. In addition, Thomas & Suit is offering a 2,800 square-foot, 1.5-story home, ready for immediate move-in, for $349,900. To reach Silver Pine Ridge, take I-70 west to Wentzville Parkway. Turn right on the outer road to left on Hepperman Road a half mile to the entrance on the left. Prices start in the mid-$200s. Call (636) 332-0606. For Wyndgate Forest take Hwy. 40 to south on Hwy. N and go 1.5 miles to left on Wyndgate Ridge Drive and right on Paul Renaud Boulevard. For information, call (636) 561-2120 or visit tshomes.net. Lombardo Homes has “Quick Close” homes The real estate market has changed dramatically the last couple of years. Homeowners are now able to sell their homes in a manageable time frame, sometimes even engaging in bidding wars during the transaction. However, these quick sales also make it challenging for homeowners to figure out what they’re going to do next. For those homeowners who are looking to move into a new-build home, but don’t have the six to eight months needed to build new, Lombardo Homes has a number of “Quick Close” opportunities. With homes in various stages of construction, from newly dug basements to frame and/ or drywall specs, Lombardo Homes can accommodate many different quick occupancy time frames. The Lombardo Homes sales and management teams selects the floor plans and corresponding options for each quick close home. All quick close homes feature the unique lifestyle options, unrivaled quality and extraordinary details Lombardo homes has become known for. Currently Lombardo Homes has quick close homes available in Wentzville, O’Fallon, Weldon Spring, and more with pricing starting in the mid $200’s. For more information about Lombardo Homes and communities in the St. Charles area, visit lombardohomesstlouis.com.

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PRIME, from page 30 Since 1977 Hayden has been building homes of such enviable quality, innovation and nuance that it was only natural that his family-operated company (his son and daughter are on staff, continuing the tradition) would evolve into DH Custom Homes. In fact, Hayden’s Durham home design was featured in The New York Times and on television’s “Good Morning America” for its first floor guest/second master suite option that adds another bedroom or flex space to the main floor. In addition to custom designs, renovations, additions and tear downs dotting the map from Clayton to Town & Country to Frontenac, DH Custom Homes offers opportunities in the most fashionable areas of St. Charles County, including The Summit at Barathaven, located between Weldon Spring Road and WingHaven Boulevard. Hayden recently closed on three substantial homes in this community, which still offers a choice of level and walkout homesites and an exclusive entrance off Henning Road. Prices start from the $370’s for the award-winning ranch, 1.5-story and twostory designs encompassing 2,300 to 4,560 square feet. While quietly secluded with only 50 homesites, The Summit at Barathaven is very accessible to the Hwy. 40 WingHaven exit and Hwy. K exit. It is located in Dardenne Prairie and in the acclaimed Francis Howell School District. To visit take I-64/Hwy. 40 to north on Hwy. K. Turn left on Technology Drive, then right on Weldon Spring Road to right on Henning Road. The community entrance, Toussaint Landing Drive, is on the left. Community Manager Bev Sharamitaro is on site at The Summit Friday through Monday 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. and available by appointment at (636) 300-4047. For more information, call (636) 329-9533 and visit dhcustomhomesstl.com. Fischer celebrate grand opening of Miralago display Here’s a great suggestion for winterweary St. Louisans, eagerly anticipating spring weather. On Saturday, Feb. 22, Fischer & Frichtel will the host grand opening of the display model at Miralago, the builder’s newest offering in Cottleville. Guests will enjoy free refreshments, a special drawing and the opportunity to tour the brand-new “Whitehall” display. Situated on the east side of Mid Rivers Mall Drive at Ohmes Road, the Miralago offers gently rolling terrain, established lakes, wooded and lake-view homesites, mature tree lines, and lush greenery. Future plans call for the addition of walking trails and fountains.

“This is a gorgeous neighborhood in an amazing location, and 11 of our 30 homesites are already under contract,” said community sales manager Matt Johnson. Ranging up to a half-acre, the selection of home settings includes standard, walkout, and lookout sites, many wooded with lake views, and approximately half can accommodate an optional three-car garage. Making its inaugural appearance, the Whitehall is one of six designs from Fischer’s popular Manors Collection, starting in the $190’s. This versatile three-bedroom ranch is displayed with a finished lower level and available in a host of custom configurations, including a brand-new option that can transform the home into a 1.5 story. Basic floor plans provide 1,302 to 2,904 square feet of living space, but Johnson emphasizes the many custom layouts offered, in addition to Fischer’s ability to adapt plans to the homeowner’s lifestyle. “Miralago is truly affordable luxury,” Johnson said. “These homes are built with the quality and the hands-on, personalized process that differentiate us from other builders.” Two Showcase Inventories, projected for completion in early April, will also be available for viewing during the opening event. Visit fandfhomes.com or call (636) 236-9318. ‘Move-in ready’ at Payne Family Homes’ The Hamptons The Hamptons is a well-known and very expensive area of New York’s Long Island. But did you know that it also is a lovely – and affordable – community in St. Charles County offered by Payne Family Homes. Priced from the $240’s, The Hamptons is conveniently located just minutes from Page Extension off Arena Parkway on Hemsath Road, and offers access to both St. Louis and St. Charles counties – perfect for those who commute. The carefree homes in this gated community include ranch, 1.5-story and two-story models ranging from 1,600 to nearly 3,400 square feet from Payne’s Lifestyle Series. Currently Payne has two move-in ready Green Light Homes available. For example, at 52 Sag Harbor Court is a ranch-style two-bedroom, two-bath home based on the Geneva design with nearly 2,000 square feet and a three-car garage now on the market with a reduced price of $324,900. Features include 9-foot first-floor ceilings, vaulted ceilings in the great room, café and kitchen, coffered ceiling in the owner’s suite, wrought iron spindle railing, upgraded kitchen cabinets with crown molding, center island granite countertops in the kitchen, gas fireplace and more. For more information, call (314) 2202861 of visit paynefamilyhomes.com.


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be available for purchase and a cash prize will be awarded for the highest trivia score. Cost is $30 per person or $200 per table. ••• An annual juried exhibit of members’ artwork by the Oak Leaf Artist Guild is on Friday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. ••• Figurative Works, an all-media juried art exhibition of depictions of the human figure from artists across the nation, is now 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’ individual understandings of humanity as the most classic muse. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit foundryartcentre.org.

BENEFITS Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s Lake Saint Louis/Wentzville Music Trivia Night to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of St. Louis is at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 22. The event will be held at the National Equestrian Center, 6880 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake Saint Louis. Participants will answer musical-themed questions while jamming with DJ Bigpapa. In addition, there will be raffles and auctions throughout the evening. The cost is $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight players. Admission includes refreshments. ••• Gundaker St. Charles County office’s 7th Annual Trivia Night Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities® is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at Saint Charles Borromeo Church, 601 N. Fourth Street in St. Charles. Cost is $20 per person, or $160 for tables of eight. Must be 21 or older to play. Call Terry Guempel at 946-7880 for tickets and sponsor information. ••• Community Living Inc.’s 14th annual Legacy Ball is on Friday, March 7 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. J. Todd

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FAMILY AND KIDS “Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga” by Matthew Gollub, is read aloud at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Baue Family Children’s Gallery at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. Art projects for children 12 and under will be set up in the Grand Hall. Children can make a jaguar mask or colorful parrot puppet. Cookies and lemonade provided for attending families. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit foundryartcentre.org. ••• In honor of Black History Month, the members of the O’Fallon Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) and the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission present “A Night to Remember” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street. Free admission and parking. The program, which was developed by members of the MYAC, looks at the history of African Americans in O’Fallon, and features music, readings and presentations. For more information, contact Conan Stott at cstott@ofallon.mo.us or call 379-5550.

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By SUZANNE CORBETT When Ed Goergen is asked to sum up Max & Erma’s success he can do it in three words: burgers, beer and cookies. “That’s what we’re known for, especially the chocolate chip cookies,” said Goergen, co-owner of Max & Erma’s, whose St. Charles County locations include Mid Rivers Mall and the Meadows at Lake Saint Louis. “We were one of the first to have fresh-baked cookies on the menu. We even have a Free Cookie Wednesday when we give cookies with an entrée.” Cookies are just one of the unexpected dining pleasures diners will find at Max & Erma’s, a franchise whose roots date back to 1972. The restaurant is built on the original neighborhood bar and grill concept established in Columbus, Ohio by Max and Erma Visocnik, whose tasty burgers became their trademark. Burgers are still the main attraction at Max & Erma’s, where each burger is custom-shaped, grilled and dressed to order. “(Our) biggest sellers are our burgers. We hand-pat and crush every burger every day. You can order the Ermasized six-ounce burger or the 10-ounce Max cooked the way you like it,” said Goergen. “You can build your own

Max and Erma’s 2024 Mid Rivers Mall • St Peters, MO 636-970-1900 www.maxandermas.com Hours: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday

burger – cook it and top it the way you like it. You can even pick the kind of bun you like.” Once you decide on the bun (ciabatta, brioche, whole wheat, pretzel or texas toast), think toppings. Create your own topping combination, or go with one of Max & Erma’s signature creations as the Garbage Burger. “The Garbage Burger has all the garbage on it. Or you can pick (just) the garbage you like,” said Goergen, explaining how it was named for having everything but the kitchen sink on it. In reality the Garbage Burger is layered with four kinds of cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, guacamole and marinara. “The Garbage Burger was the reason why I started working here, but the Athena Burger is From left are Paul Harris, assistant manager; Todd Russell, manager why I stay,” said Paul Harris, Max & Erma’s Mid and Ed Goergen, owner of Max & Erma’s with three of the restaurant’s Rivers assistant manger. signature items – Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tortilla Soup and the The Athena is topped with balsamic onions, Garbage Burger. sautéed mushrooms and feta-olive spread. It’s a “ thumbs-up pick” with both management and cheese soup topped with crispy tortilla strips. It’s a must customers and can be counted among the dozen gourmet for cheese lovers. and classic burgers offered. Other non-traditional offerFor those looking to “green up” their diets, Max & ings include hand-crushed Turkey Avocado Swiss and the Erma’s entrée salads are not to be missed. Top customer Windy City Brat Burger. picks: the Apple Pecan tossed with grilled chicken and Sharing the menu with burgers is a full line of starters, the historic Third Street Salad, a mix of chicken, seasoned sandwiches and entrées designed and priced to appeal almonds, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, red onions and to the entire family. Here kids eat free every day (one tossed in a tangy sweet dressing. kid per paying adult). There are all-you-can-eat specials From burgers, steaks and salads to soup to a well and the unbeatable Erma’s Trio, which offers a three- stocked bar and a bathtub filled with ice cream toppings, course meal from a list of signature dishes such as the Max & Erma’s has what the neighborhood craves. Just award-winning Tortilla Soup, a savory, thick chicken and don’t forget to grab a couple of cookies before you leave.

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