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l ette r s t o t h e e d i t o r rescind a mandate by a Cabinet Secretary that clearly violates the Constitution, he has To the Editor: violated his Presidential oath to “uphold I write to you as a member of the San and defend the Constitution of the United Damiano Fraternity of the Secular Fran- States of America,” and is no longer fit to ciscan Order in the Catholic Church. The serve as President of the United States. members of our fraternity stand in union We wish to express our great appreciawith our fellow Secular Franciscans tion and prayerful support for Archbishop nationwide in prayer that the Obama Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Robert Carladministration and Secretary (Kathleen) son and the US Catholic Conference of Sebelius reverse their mandate that all Bishops for their staunch leadership in the private health insurance plans include Catholic Church; and to US Rep. Todd Akin coverage for sterilization and contracep- and Sen. Roy Blunt for their sponsorship tive treatments. This mandate represents of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience yet another blatant disregard for religious Act” (HR 1179, S.1467) in their respective freedom in this country – a freedom which houses of Congress. Our prayers join theirs, our Founding Fathers held as dear as, if that this disturbing abuse of power will be not more than, the freedom of speech. We reversed as quickly as possible. pray for a quick reversal by the Obama Chris Geiger administration, pleading that this mandate OFS San Damiano Fraternity be rescinded in its entirety. Dardenne Prairie Requiring that all private health insurSecular Franciscan Order ance plans provide coverage for sterilization, contraceptive treatments and abortifacients (e.g. “morning after” pill) in spite of any religious convictions and teachings is in complete violation of our Bravo USPS rights guaranteed under the First Amend- To the Editor: ment. The “religious conscience” clause Regarding column, MRN Jan. 25,2012 itself was firmly upheld in laws passed in – Thomas Sewell - Kodak and the Post 1973 stating that no one is required to take Office: part in “any part of a health service program Mr. Sowell clearly should start doing his or research activity funded in whole or in homework before putting finger to compart under a program administered by the puter. This is not the first time so maybe Secretary of Health and Human Services a good, close scrutiny of his work should if it is contrary to his religious beliefs or be necessary. Eastman Industries is the moral convictions.” (42 USC 300a-7 (d)). re-engineered spin off of Eastman Kodak Secretary Sebelius states that the man- and is a viable, successful company. It did date makes exceptions for churches and not run its course of usefulness, merely reother religious bodies whose purpose is invented itself. By all indications, it will be the propagation of their faiths and teach- with us well into the future. The same can be said for the U.S. Postal ings. This so-called “exemption clause” is so narrowly worded that Catholic-run/ Service. It is attempting to re-invent itself, sponsored healthcare organizations, most but is hamstrung by congressional manof which offer their own health insurance dates to the tune of almost $8 million a programs, would only qualify if: 1. Only year (upfront ) to fund healthcare costs Catholics were employed, and 2. Only something no other company is forced to Catholics were treated within their facili- do. Also, congressional restrictions require ties. As has been stated so well by others, approval before the service can implement not even Jesus Christ Himself would cost saving strategies -something no other company is forced to do. If listed with the qualify. A one-year extension to comply is hardly other Fortune 500 companies, it would be a bone to offer… as if we as Catholics will number 42. This company can be and will be resuddenly reject in a year Church teachings invented – it has for more than 200 years. that have stood for 2,000 years. Now, my own personal stance: Regard- Stop the bashing and let’s find a way like less of one’s religious beliefs on the subject, the Europeans countries have. By the way, such a blatant attack on the First Amend- for all those clerks, letter carriers, etc. out ment should badly frighten all Americans. there - stop paying your bills online and use In my opinion, this mandate, upheld by the service you work for. It is dependable, President Obama, represents grounds for honest, and reliable. Just ask every Ameriimpeachment. Obama’s modification of can who relies on mail delivery every day. John Pellerito this rule notwithstanding, by refusing to

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The ‘Progressive’ Legacy By THOMAS SOWELL Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago. Many of the trends, problems and disasters of our time are a legacy of that era. We can only imagine how many future generations will be paying the price – and not just in money – for the bright ideas and clever rhetoric of our current administration. The two giants of the Progressive era – Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson – clashed a century ago, in the three-way election of 1912. With the Republican vote split between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt’s newly created Progressive Party, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, so that the Democrats’ version of Progressivism became dominant for eight years. What Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had in common, and what attracts some of today’s Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who claim to be following in their footsteps, was a vision of an expanded role of the federal government in the economy and a reduced role for the Constitution of the United States. Like other Progressives, Theodore Roosevelt was a critic and foe of big business. In this he was not inhibited by any knowledge of economics, and his own business ventures lost money. Rhetoric was TR’s strong suit. He denounced “the mighty industrial overlords” and “the tyranny of mere wealth.” Just what specifically this “tyranny” consisted of was not spelled out. This was indeed an era of the rise of businesses to unprecedented size in industry after industry – and of prices falling rapidly, as a result of economies of scale that cut production costs and allowed larger profits to be made from lower prices that attracted more customers. It was easy to stir up hysteria over a rapidly changing economic landscape and the rise of new businessmen like John D. Rockefeller to wealth and prominence. They were called “robber barons,” but those who put this label on them failed to specify just who they robbed. Like other Progressives, TR wanted an income tax to siphon off some of the earn-

ings of the rich. Since the Constitution of the United States forbad such a tax, to the Progressives that simply meant that the Constitution should be changed. After the 16th Amendment was passed, a very low income-tax rate was levied, as an entering wedge for rates that rapidly escalated up to 73 percent on the highest incomes during the Woodrow Wilson administration. One of the criticisms of the Constitution by the Progressives, and one still heard today, is that the Constitution is so hard to amend that judges have to loosen its restrictions on the power of the federal government by judicial reinterpretations. Judicial activism is one of the enduring legacies of the Progressive era. In reality, the Constitution was amended four times in eight years during the Progressive era. But facts carried no more weight with crusading Progressives then than they do today. Theodore Roosevelt interpreted the Constitution to mean that the President of the United States could exercise any powers not explicitly forbidden to him. This stood the 10th Amendment on its head, for that Amendment explicitly gave the federal government only the powers specifically spelled out, and reserved all other powers to the states or to the people. Woodrow Wilson attacked the Constitution in his writings as an academic before he became president. Once in power, his administration so restricted freedom of speech that this led to landmark Supreme Court decisions restoring that fundamental right. Whatever the vision or rhetoric of the Progressive era, its practice was a neverending expansion of the arbitrary powers of the federal government. The problems they created so discredited Progressives that they started calling themselves “liberals” – and after they discredited themselves again, they went back to calling themselves “Progressives,” now that people no longer remembered how Progressives had discredited themselves before. Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “change” is in fact a restoration of discredited ideas that originated a hundred years ago. Visit to read “The ‘Progressive’ Legacy”, parts 2 and 3.

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Global Spectrum, managers of the Saint Charles Convention Center, has exceeded its 2011 budget by $318,181. This is the seventh consecutive year since opening in 2005 that Global Spectrum has surpassed Newsmagazine budget expectations at the facility. Salesperson: In 2011, GlobalProof: Spectrum hosted 311 events at the facility, attracted more than 271,000 people, and generated a record high $5.6 million in gross revenue. “Last year was an unprecedented year for us. I am extremely excited to have been able to surpass our budget expectations for another consecutive year, and more importantly, to have been able to operate the facility at a net profit, despite a fairly challenging economic climate,” said Shura Garnett, Global Spectrum’s general manager and regional vice president at the facility. Additionally, Global Spectrum was able to secure 19,527 room nights in 2011 in local hotels as a result of business at the facility. This resulted in a total estimated economic impact of approximately $7.1 million. This is the second time that the facility has operated in the black, operating at a net profit of $173,858 an all-time high since opening the venue.

Two St. Charles County men were charged with first degree burglary earlier this month. Mychael W. Hutsell Sr. of the 1100 block of Caulks Hill Road, and Christian M. Date of issue: King of the 2700 block of Linden Place, Client: allegedly stole a laptop and a purse from a home in St. Charles County on Feb. 13. Size: Police said the homeowner was home and Colors: asleep at the time of the burglary. Lt. David Senter, with Pictures: the St. Charles Police Department, said Logos: the homeowner did not know either of the suspects. Copy: “It was a random act,” Senter said. “The residence was unlocked (which is) a common theme in local crimes.” The St. Charles Police have identified a recent trend in burglaries of occupied residences and would like to remind the public to take personal security measures seriously. Police suggest keeping doors and windows locked even while at home. Before going to bed at night, make sure garage doors are closed and vehicles are secured regardless of whether it is parked inside or outside. Investigations are ongoing to see if Hutsell and King may be responsible for other incidents in St. Charles or surrounding communities. Anyone with additional information in


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Bernstein named COO SSM Health Care – St. Louis has named Lee Bernstein to the position of regional executive vice president of hospital operations/chief operating officer (COO) for its seven local hospitals. Bernstein replaces Steven Johnson who accepted a health care management opportunity in Florida last year. “Lee’s history and experience with SSM Health Care – St. Louis makes him

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Robber stabbed An attempted robbery was foiled when a worker at the First Capitol Cleaners stabbed the suspect with a seam ripper as he reached for the cash register. The St. Charles Police Department said the suspect entered the dry cleaners located at 1025 First Capitol Drive at about 1:11 p.m. on Feb. 8. The suspect implied that he had a weapon and appeared to be concealing an object under his jacket. When the suspect attempted to reach for the cash register, the employee stabbed him

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Robbery suspect turns himself in A 19-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with robbery, armed criminal action, and tampering with a witness in connection to a robbery that occurred on Jan. 25. Terrance T. Norman is currently being held on $75,000 bond after turning himself in to the St. Charles County Courts on Feb. 6. Norman allegedly robbed an undercover police officer at gunpoint. He subsequently threatened a cooperating witness. Lt. David Senter said no one was injured. Police said investigative efforts are still underway to identify two additional people who were accompanying Norman at the time of the robbery. Anyone with information relevant to this incident is asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department at 949-3300 or can do so anonymously at 949-3333.

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Alderman John ‘Rocky’ Reitmeyer was recently appointed to the Missouri Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors. His term fills a board vacancy and will be served through September 2012. “I’m very happy to be serving on this board and working with municipalities across the state of Missouri as well as bringing back good ideas to help improve our city,” Reitmeyer said. The Missouri Municipal League is a state-wide, independent, nonpartisan and voluntary association serving as an active voice for the state’s 660 municipalities. The MML provides training, information sharing, legislative assistance, advocacy and administrative support for local officials across the state. Reitmeyer has been a resident of St. Peters for 18 years and has served as a Ward 1 alderman since April 2000. He currently serves as aldermanic representative on the city’s Veterans Memorial Commission. For more information on the MML, visit


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Mercy Health looks to expand into county with smaller facilities By Brian Flinchpaugh Mercy Health officials fleshed out more details last week about their $290 million expansion into St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties – including a possible site for a new hospital - before St. Charles County government officials. But if and when a hospital is built will depend on the success of other parts of the expansion plan. Mercy officials emphasized plans for five new healthcare facilities in St. Charles County more than a new hospital. A possible hospital was focused on in media reports when the expansion plan was unveiled last October. Mercy officials did note in a handout to county officials that a 58-acre site near Wentzville may be the eventual site for a primary care facility. Don Kalicak, a vice president for the Tri-County Office for Mercy, said newspaper headlines last fall after the expansion plan announcement mentioned a possible new hospital in St. Charles County prominently. “That’s not our headline,” Kalicak told St. Charles County Council members and other county officials, including County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Kalicak and Jeffrey A. Johnston, president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, spoke at a council work session on Feb. 13. Kalicak and Johnston said expanding services, providing more access to specialists and services for children, and ensuring better convenience are what Mercy’s expansion plans are about. “Longer term, we should have a hospital of course, and but near term that’s really not our strategy,” Kalicak said. No timetable was discussed about when a new hospital might be considered as part of what hospital officials say is an eight-year expansion plan. Mercy, a Chesterfield-based health care provider, doesn’t operate a hospital in the county. They couldn’t build a new hospital without a certificate of need that must be approved

by the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. A decision to build a new hospital will depend on the success of other expansion efforts, community needs and whether Mercy can pay for it, Kalicak said. “It depends on what people tell us, it depends on what people and community say they need and want, and a business decision,” Kalicak said. No specific plans on the size of the facility or services it would offer have been drawn up, he added. Instead of focusing on a possible hospital, the Mercy officials discussed more specifics about new offices in St. Charles County with county officials. The new facilities planned include: A leased facility for primary care physicians probably in downtown Wentzville. The handout notes that another nearby 58-acre location may be the “eventual site for newly constructed primary care facility.” A medical office at 1820 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles that would provide internal and family medical care that includes cardiac care and an imaging facility and laboratory. Eight primary physicians and a cardiologist would be located at the facility. Mercy officials scheduled a ground breaking ceremony on Feb. 16 with plans for the facility opening as early as October this year. A medical office and urgent-care facility at Mid-Rivers Drive and the Page Avenue Extension that may open in mid-2013. The facility would provide offices for pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology physicians and practices, a children’s health and wellness center, and diagnostics. Urgent care and after-hours pediatric care would also be offered. A large multi-specialty practice facility on a 54-acre site at the intersection of highways K and N that may open in mid-2013. The facility would provide offices for up to 40 primary care and specialty physicians. Also featured would be an ambulatory surgery and endoscopy center, an imaging center for MRIs and CT scanning, a heart center

with diagnostics and a cath lab, a cancer center, and rehabilitation and therapy services. An office at Winghaven and I-64 that would house pediatric and adult medicine physicians and diagnostics. The handout to county officials also noted possible locations of “convenient care” offices, opening by mid-2013, in Warrenton and Troy. Mercy officials plan to meet with community leaders in Troy on Feb. 28, and in Wright City on Feb. 29 to gather community input at “roundtable discussions” on expansion plans. Mercy’s expansion plans, which total $2.4 million in the St. Louis area, are based on feedback from roundtable discussions with community leaders. Johnston said Mercy learned from the discussions that county residents wanted greater convenience and to not have to drive to St. Louis County for care. Mercy officials also heard of an expressed need for more specialists. Johnston said they also heard that the area wanted more services for children here — including behavioral health, pediatric urgent care and specialty care. Mercy lists 33 physicians in the county along with a cardiology facility in St. Peters, and a gastroenterology center in Lake Saint Louis, urgent care facilities in St. Peters and O’Fallon, along with four other facilities. SSM Healthcare Corp. and BJC Healthcare are the two largest health care providers in St. Charles County. SSM operates St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis along with St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville and St. Joseph Medical Park in St. Peters. BJC operates Progress West HealthCare Center, a hospital in O’Fallon and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters. Johnston said Mercy’s expansion plans also depend on its ability to attract physicians and a realization that care will take care of other places than the hospital.

County Election Authority wants new equipment for presidential vote By Brian Flinchpaugh equipment by the county and political St. Charles County voters may be subdivisions, he told council members. voting for president later this year on Chrismer said there was only one new voting machines that have a price bidder because few companies offer tag of $1.2 million. voting machines. Twelve bids were sent The St. Charles County Council gave out and only the Adkins & Sons bid a first reading to a bill on Feb. 12 to came back. The company is the only award a bid to Adkins & Son for voting one certified to sell voting equipment machines for $1,193,423.70. A second by the Missouri Secretary of State’s reading and final passage could occur at office, Chrismer said. the council’s next meeting, Feb. 27. Chrismer said if the machines are County Election Authority Director bought they would be programmed and Rich Chrismer said he wants to buy available starting with the August elec130 new optical scanners and 130 new tion. touch screens for disabled voters to But he faced a bit of tough questionreplace equipment bought in 2005 that ing from council members. Council is wearing out. The lifespan of the ear- Chairperson Nancy Matheny, District 3, lier equipment was expected to be six to noted that the County Collector’s office eight years. had real problems with new computer The equipment would be paid for equipment and the processing of tax from funds set aside for maintaining the bills last year.

“Are you sure you want to start a new authority is authorized to work with system this close to a presidential peak voting machines. election?” Matheny said. “We don’t even have a key, and we “Absolutely,” Chrismer said. don’t want one,” said County Executive Chrismer said the new equipment Steve Ehlmann. “That’s strictly their uses laser technology and has been business.” thoroughly tested and should last about Councilman Joe Brazil, District 2, eight years. “It will work,” he said. said Chrismer has saved the county Chrismer said the county might be money but questioned spending $1.2 able to use the old equipment but it’s million for equipment. “How do we becoming difficult and expensive to know this process is going to be better keep the machines working. than the last process?” Brazil said. “Would they last end of the year? I Ehlmann asked if other vendors could don’t want to take a chance,” Chrismer be sought. Chrismer said the only those said. “What if I can’t get the parts?” certified by Secretary of State Robin Similarly, Councilman Jerry Daugh- Carnahan’s office can sell the equiperty, District 6, asked if the county’s IT ment and few companies are involved department would have to program the because certification is expensive. computers. “One of the Carnahans own this comChrismer said his staff could handle pany or something,” Brazil said, drawprogramming and only the election ing laughs.



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Former employee brings suit against Dardenne Prairie By Amy Armour A former Dardenne Prairie city employee filed a lawsuit on Feb. 8 alleging harassment from the city’s former court administrator. Dana Knaust, of Wentzville, said in the petition to the court that she was forced to resign from her position as assistant court clerk on Jan. 17. Knaust alleges she was harassed on a regular basis by former court administrator Coreen Conroy who allegedly told other employees that Knaust had an inappropriate relationship with a sheriff’s deputy. Knaust, who is married, denies any inappropriate relationship. According to the suit, Knaust met on Oct. 4, 2011, with Mayor Pam Fogarty, former City Administrator Brad Turvey and Board of Aldermen President Scott Kolbe to tell them about the harassment and hostile work environment it had created. Later that month, on Oct. 21, Knaust met again with Fogarty, Turvey and Kolbe, along with Conroy. During that meeting Knaust said Conroy repeatedly accused her of an inappropriate relationship with a sheriff’s deputy. The suit, which names the city of Dardenne Prairie and Conroy as defendants, states Knaust was “ostracized, ridiculed, ignored and harassed by superiors and colleagues following her complaints to her supervisors regarding Defendant Conroy’s conduct.” The suit states that Conroy made repeated and untrue comments that Knaust had an inappropriate relationship with a


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sheriff’s deputy following the Oct. 21 meeting until she was fired on Nov. 17. However, Conroy’s termination is unrelated to the Knaust case, according to the suit. Knaust sent an email to Turvey and Kolbe on Oct. 24 asking for someone to stop Conroy from making false accusations against her. Nothing was done, according to the suit. Lt. Craig McGuire, with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, said the department checked into the allegations but found no wrong doing on the part of any of the county deputies. “It appears to be a bunch of idle gossip,” McGuire said. Dardenne Prairie officials refused to comment on the suit.

By Amy Armour The city administrator’s seat in Dardenne Prairie may remain vacant for a while. Brad Turvey has resigned from his position as the city administrator for Dardenne Prairie in late January. At this time no one has been chosen to fill the position. Dardenne Prairie Alderman Scott Kolbe would only say Turvey had resigned from the position after serving the city for nearly four years. Kolbe said he was collecting feedback from fellow aldermen to determine what officials would like to see in the future city administrator. Kolbe anticipates discussing the empty position and finding a replacement in the near future.

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By Brian Flinchpaugh Telecommunications company representatives hope to meet with winery owners in the southwestern portion of St. Charles County to find some common ground on where to locate telecommunications towers and antennas. Company officials told the St. Charles County Council on Feb. 12, they want to work out something with winery owners to avoid proposed legislation that would give the county more authority to regulate tower locations. Craig Felzien, regional director of external affairs for AT&T, told council members at a work session that the legislation was cost prohibitive and would create a “disincentive for investment.” A bill sponsored by County Councilman Joe Brazil, District 2, would establish requirements for cell towers and give the county more authority to limit the number of towers in the county. The bill, read in November, was tabled by the council to allow more discussion among the groups involved. Felzien and other company representatives briefed the council on these efforts and reiterated their opposition to Brazil’s bill. The current bill would raise the cost of acquiring a leased parcel of land for a tower by $20,000 because of new application fees, Felzien said. He said the process for getting approval would stretch to 120 days and more costly landscaping would be required. The heights of towers also would be limited, and the

color of equipment and the tower would be dictated, he said. Instead, Felzien suggested the legislation be withdrawn and AT&T conduct “siting meetings” with wine district “stakeholders.” The goal would be to create a plan to finalize cell coverage agreeable to everyone involved, he said. AT&T and other cell companies hope to meet with winery owners sometime in the next several months to discuss tower locations. Felzien said he has been trying to contact Bill Schaul, owner of Wine Country Gardens, to bring winery owners together for a meeting. The meeting could involve council members and be conducted in “a couple of months,” he said. Schaul and other winery owners said earlier that they liked the idea of the developing a map of scenic areas that would at least establish a process for locating towers. A process would make a tower located in his area more palatable, he said Brazil agreed with the idea of meeting with winery officials and landowners. But he questioned if any informal agreement would be binding to other telecommunications companies. “What we’re trying to say is that this is a reasonable way of going about it,” Brazil said. Felzien said wireless communications has become critical in medical care. “People are not going to buy or build a home in an area without 3g (generation) or 4g (generation) or broadband coverage,” Felzien said.

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County needs $7 mil to bring salaries up to national average By Brian Flinchpaugh If St. Charles County wants as quick solution to a major sticking point in pay for its employees it may have to come up with more than $7 million in the next four years. The County Council learned of the shortfall on Feb. 12, during a work session where county human resources officials briefed them about efforts to deal with salary compression. “Compression” refers to a situation where experienced county employees are being paid not much more than less experienced employees. Rank and file county employees received pay raise in 2012 – the first in three years. All county employees will receive a 1 percent increase for nearly all county employees next year. Employees may also get a 2 percent merit increase. But Sheriff Department deputies in particular have complained that experienced officers have lost ground in pay. Linda Bell, assistant human resources director for the county, agreed that compression is a serious issue – not only for deputies but for county employees in general. Bell conducted a study using updated information from an employee compensation study conducted by the firm CBIZ in 2008. The study indicated percentages of employees that were far behind acceptable and high-range compared to the median job market for their jobs. In general, 41 percent of county employees were in the “behind” and 19 percent were in the “far behind” categories, 37 percent were in the acceptable range and 3 percent were in the high range. The employees that are behind often have between fiveand 15-years experience. “One of the things you’re going to notice is that we have 50 percent of employees countywide that are behind or far behind,” Bell said. “That’s a fairly significant amount of compression we have.” County Executive Steve Ehlmann agreed. “A high percentage (of employees) are being squeezed,” Ehlmann said. Even though a higher percentage of Sheriff’s Department employees are listed in the behind and far behind categories than other county employees, Family Court employees have more catch up to do. Fifty-four percent of Family Court employees are far behind and 22 percent are behind in pay, compared to 27 percent far behind and 43 percent behind in the Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-two percent of Family Court employees and 30 percent of Sheriff’s Department employees are in the acceptable range. Director of Administration Chuck Gross said the problem is that employees are not progressing along in their salary ranges.

The 2008 CBIZ study helped county officials deal with low wages for less experienced employees and offered ideas for addressing compression issues. But Bell and Gross said budget cuts during the last several years meant no salary increases for employees. “I want to remind you again that flat increase, and cost of living increases are what perpetuates compression,” she said. “We need to be doing, in the future, more merit increases.” But addressing compression may be

expensive. Bell’s prescription for treating the issue is a four-year plan that provides raises to employees who are in the below or far below range. The first year would provide an average raise of 4.91 percent at a cost to the county $1.9 million. The second year would include a 3.82 percent raise and cost $1.489 million. The third year would provide a 2.94 percent pay raise and cost $1.2 million, and the fourth year would include a 2.85 percent pay raise at a cost of $1.093 million.

In all, the four-year plan would mean 772 employees would be at the median of the market’s pay range for their positions, compared to the present 161. The overall bill would be $5.7 million in pay alone. Add medical benefits, and the cost reaches $7 million, Bell said. Meanwhile Gross said the county could consider a four-year, five-year or 10-year scenarios to address salary compression issues. It depends on how much revenue the county will receive, he said.

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Mayors’ Charity Ball 2012 hopes to make big impact By Jeannie Seibert Not only is it the social event of the season, but the 16th annual St. Charles County Mayors’ Charity Ball is a hefty fundraiser for three local not-for-profits and a new element of fun. This year, there is a heightened element of competition amongst the mayors. At a recent Municipal League meeting St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith and O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy threw down the gauntlet to other mayors engendering a frenzy of rivalry to assemble the most lucrative gift baskets which will be auctioned to the highest bidders. “Just because it’s a fundraiser doesn’t mean we can’t raise a little fun, too,” Faith said. Mid Rivers Newsmagazine is proud to be serving as this year’s media sponsor for the ball. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., March 10, in the grand ballroom at the St. Charles Convention Center, #1 Convention Center Plaza in St. Charles. Even the name has a little more fun inserted into it. This year, it is the Motown Mayors’ Charity Ball. The evening will include dining and dancing to live music by The Fabulous Motown Revue, and will be topped off with the announcement of the winners of the silent auction by a local favorite emcee and master of ceremonies Scott Connell. Individual tickets are $125 to the formal, black-tie affair. Couples are $250; tables of 10 are $1,250 and individuals who can’t attend the gala event are encouraged to make donations in any amount. Checks should be made payable to Mayors’ Charity Ball, Inc., New Frontier Bank, c/o Jim Rau, 3773 Elm St., St. Charles, MO 63301. For questions or additional information, contact assistant to Mayor Faith, Michele

Mooney at 949-3269 or Michele.mooney@ Many levels of fundraising are now in the works. While the mayors gather up lucrative goodies for the silent auction, organizers are appealing to businesses and civic organizations for sponsorship packages – each one trying to outdo the others. St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano wanted to set a higher bar. “We usually raise between $25,000 and $30,000,” Pagano said. “This year, I think we can get to $40,000 – maybe more.” That would be a little more than $13,000 each to three local human services charities who have all suffered revenue cut-backs in recent years at a time when the need for their services is growing. Wentzville Mayor Paul Lambi, whose city is about a third the population of St. Peters, isn’t letting the challenge go by without a vigorous response. “Wentzville’s basket will at least equal “half or better” St. Peters’,” Lambi said. While the mayors vie for bulging basket honors, Mayor Faith announced a break from tradition as to how the money generated from the Charity Ball will be distributed this year. Organizers decided there would be more impact to the community if more substantial amounts were awarded to three locally operated charities, Faith said. The 2012 recipients are: LINC (Love In the Name of Christ);Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, St. Peters Senior Center. “We’ll be announcing the Outstanding Community Leader award in memory of Darrell Roegner this year,” Faith said. “This is the first time to do this but it’s going to become a tradition. We need to recognize the folks that give so much to our community and maybe it will inspire others to follow in his example.”



Officials grappling with Paul Renaud Boulevard extension By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The Wentzville School District will move forward with construction of a new high school on Sommers Road in O’Fallon, despite the O’Fallon City Council’s rejection of a conditional use permit to build in a designated residential area. Wentzville School District’s status as an equal taxing entity allowed overriding the decision, but O’Fallon officials say the school will be built as planned, but placement of the Paul Renaud Boulevard extension can still be debated. The expansion of Paul Renaud Boulevard is a key issue cited by residents opposed to the development. O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy said the road extension won’t be started until after the school is built. Meanwhile, the city will continue to work with the school district to determine a plan for the road that the city and residents can live with. City Administrator Keith Riesberg said under Missouri law, the district is required to submit its request for planning and zoning review, but state law does not allow planning and zoning to reject any of the components of the development. “When reviewing the site plan, staff attempted to work with the school district while considering the needs of the community,” Riesberg said. “We, at the city, knew there were key elements we needed. Most of the questions centered on the extension of Paul Renaud Boulevard and the importance of the road.” Public Works Director Steve Bender said the school’s property is in a growing corridor. Paul Renaud Boulevard serves area residents, especially those who build homes in the area. Bender said the 49-acre parcel is near Hwy. N. If the road is not connected, the traffic generated in the area would have to use either Countryshire Drive or through Briarchase or Preston Woods. “There are 5,000 vehicles a day expected on this road according to a traffic model determined by the county,” Bender said. “The traffic is generated because of homes in the area, not businesses. They’ll be traveling in and out regardless of the expansion of Paul Renaud Boulevard.” Paul Renaud currently dead ends, and if it is not extended, those vehicles will travel on Countryshire Drive, Bender said. “There will be 36 homes facing Countryshire, and that’s what we want to avoid,” Bender said. Bender said the traffic study looked at peak hour volumes in morning and evening, and the number of vehicles using that road

would be about 1,000 vehicles at morning peak and 731 vehicles in the afternoon. “This is saying if Paul Renaud is not extended, that traffic would take Countryshire Drive. With Paul Renaud connected, about 12 percent of that volume or over 100 vehicles are what you’d see in that peak hour,” Bender said. Bender said there were also concerns about putting the road through a school property. “Perhaps ‘boulevard’ is not the best term for this road,” he said. Bender cited other roads near schools such as Belleau Creek Road near Ft. Zumwalt, and said that is similar to what is planned for Paul Renaud Boulevard. Bender said there are options to deal with speed, noise and crossing, but if the corridor is not preserved, it will drive traffic in other directions. Then, improvements would have to be made on Sommers Road or Countryshire at a cost to the city estimated at $1.2 million. “Traffic is like water. It will find the path of least resistance,” Bender said. Bender said other additions like heavily planted buffer would be in the plans with a 6-foot fence and evergreens three-deep. “We can’t think of any other area landscaped to that extent next to a road,” Bender said. “Knaust Road is buffered with trees and a vinyl fence, and does a good job of separating the road from trees. The trees are on the residents’ property.” Bender said speed could be controlled by limiting typical 12-foot traffic lanes to 10-feet with a barrier island. The possibility of a “catwalk” type overhead crosswalk would also be a safety option. “Under state law, we must comply with health and safety codes, but by having staff review plans and issuing the permits, it allows the city to work with the school district to make sure the construction meets the needs for future generations,” Riesberg said. “The extension of Paul Renaud is critical to meeting traffic needs of future generations. The road construction is not to occur at the same time as the high school construction. The road will be constructed at a later date, with funding pursued through intergovernmental agreements. Timing of construction would be determined based on funding available. He added, “The school district has their needs, and we have our needs in terms of the road.”


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By Jim Erickson Scott Whitbeck’s Monday morning workday Feb. 6, began routinely. Little more than halfway into that day, however, he experienced an event that few people ever face – one he prefers never to face again. Whitbeck, 47, works at Holtec Gas Systems, a Chesterfield Valley-based company that designs nitrogen and inert gas generators typically used in laboratories, the petroleum industry, chemical plants, the food and beverage industry, and in connection with controlled atmosphere fruit storage. Leaving his home in Dardenne Prairie, he checked in at Holtec about 5:30 a.m. and soon thereafter exchanged greetings with Charlie Crespi of St. Louis when Crespi arrived. An electrician and a temporary employee, Crespi, 57, had worked at Holtec earlier, was laid off but was called back when his skills again were needed to handle the company’s business volume. “Charlie worked over in a corner area, not too far from me,” Whitbeck said. “But he had his work and I had mine so most of the time my back was to him.” As a general employee, in a small company, Whitbeck said he is called on to do many different tasks. “It was about 10:20 a.m. when I heard a high-pitched noise,” Whitbeck said. “I really didn’t pay much attention to it until I heard it a second time. It was kind of a gasping noise and I turned around to see what it was.” That was when he saw Crespi, stretched out on his back, gasping for breath. “I asked Jason (Rockwell), a nearby coworker, to call 911 while I stayed with Charlie,” Whitbeck said. There was little doubt Crespi was in the midst of a medical emergency. “His eyes were open but they weren’t focused on anything and they looked like they were bloodshot,” Whitbeck said. “He wasn’t responsive at all and when I checked his pulse it was very weak. “I knew giving him oxygen wouldn’t hurt anything and with the problems he was having breathing, I figured it might help,” Whitbeck said. But there was no oxygen tank in the building. Whitbeck heard a gurgling sound and concluded Crespi might be choking on his own saliva so he rolled Crespi to his side. As more people had joined him, Whitbeck asked if there was an oxygen tank available anywhere. “Charlie’s breathing was getting more and more shallow,” Whitbeck said. “And then, it stopped and he began turning blue.”

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At that point, Whitbeck wasted no time. Well trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from six classes taken on an every-other-year basis when he worked for an earlier employer, he turned Crespi on his back again and started CPR. “It just sort of kicked in automatically for me – two breaths, 30 compressions, two breaths, 30 compressions,” Whitbeck said. Whitbeck said he lost track of time but figured he probably had been administering CPR for three to five minutes when he felt a tap on his shoulder. A paramedic crew from the Monarch Fire Protection District arrived and relieved Whitbeck. In a later statement, Monarch Captain Chris Gelvin said, “The early, high quality CPR that was performed prior to our arrival proved pivotal to giving the patient the best chance of survival. It takes great courage to step up and help a co-worker in need as (Whitbeck) did. He deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond for a fellow man.” Several days after the incident, Whitbeck said he’s not looking for praise or accolades and concedes the experience hit him hard emotionally. “I was kind of in a daze the rest of that day and even beyond,” he said. “After the paramedics took over, I wandered around for a while trying to get my head together. I’d never had to use that CPR training before and I can tell you it’s a whole lot different on a real person than it is on a dummy.” After taking Crespi to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, the Monarch crew returned to Holtec to tell Whitbeck the life-saving value of what he had done. At last report, Crespi’s condition had improved and he is expected to make a full recovery.




WSD prepares for mandate by offering healthier food By Amy Armour Students in St. Charles County can expect healthier lunch choices in the cafeteria. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the new national standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law last year. The new standards are geared to get students eating healthier meals at school. Students in the Wentzville School District will see additional changes to school menus as the district continues its effort to move toward healthier options in its cafeterias. “The new nutrition standards for school meals are great news for our kids,” said Wentzville Child Nutrition Director Susan Raster. “They will help nutrition professionals build on the work we are already doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier entrees in our school cafeterias.” The new national standards require all school districts to offer both fruits and vegetables every day and only fat free or low-fat milk. School cafeterias will also be required to substantially increase the number of whole grain rich foods and limit the number of calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. School districts have three years to phase in these changes beginning with the 2012-13 school year. But the Wentzville School District has already made proactive changes over the past year in anticipation of the federal mandates. Fresh fruits, vegetables and salads are served every day and only 1-percent or fat-free milk is served in cafeterias in Wentzville. Sandwiches are served on whole-wheat bread and lower sodium entrees have been introduced. The district has also re-vamped typical entrees like pizza, fries and nachos. Pizza is now made with whole wheat crust, reduced sodium sauce and low-fat cheese. Nachos are made with baked chips, reduced fat and reduced sodium taco meat, low fat cheese and beans. And the only French fries students have to choose from include oven fries or sweet potato fries. Paul Becker, dietician and student nutrition services director, said the Fort Zumwalt School District strives for healthier meals every year. “For example, at least 75 percent of the grains used are whole,” Becker said. “We offer only low-fat cheeses, fat-free milk, 100-percent fruit juice and much more.” Students in the Fort Zumwalt School District can also count calories. “We are only one of two districts that I know that supply recipe, label and nutritional analysis for each menu item,” Becker said. Becker said Student Nutrition Services

was audited earlier this month by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Food Service Division at four of the district’s schools—DuBray Middle, St. Peters El, Forest Park El and North Middle. The areas of focus included: kitchen sanitation; accuracy of free/reduced meal applications and allergy diet forms; nutritional analysis; quality of meals; and wellness policy. “Our district received a perfect score in all areas,” Becker said. “As noted by the auditor, Fort Zumwalt Food Service is a

model for other districts to follow…We are very proud of the department and the services we provide within the Fort Zumwalt boundaries.” Next year, students can expect even more healthy changes to the Wentzville School District cafeterias. The cafeteria will offer larger portion sizes of fruits and salads, more whole-grain bread options and additional foods with lower sodium content. “Over the next few months, we’ll be building on the progress we’ve made and planning our menus for next school year

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The Francis Howell North (FHN) High School Jazz Ensemble impressed judges at the University of Missouri Jazz Festival on Feb. 4. The ensemble received the distinction of Unanimous Division I ratings in performance and sight reading from all four guest judges. At the festival the ensemble was required to participate in a sight-reading session in conjunction with a musical performance. The festival was non-competitive and was based solely on ratings of personal performances. The FHN Jazz received a special ‘Command Performance’ plaque displaying its rating in honor of its achievement. Jazz bands from Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell High School and Francis Howell North High School will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., March 2 at FHC.

Raising funds The Francis Howell High School (FHHS) Student Council raised $12,264 for the AL SAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All proceeds were raised during the Team Up! for St. Jude event held during the 2010-11 school year. The Team Up! for St. Jude program is a student-led, student-run philanthropic program in which high school students raise both funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The program engages students in a combined effort to fight childhood cancer and show their school spirit at the same time. All around the country, teenagers are making a difference in the lives of patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The student council presented the check to Krista Whalen, a St. Jude’s representative, at the Winter Pep Assembly on Feb. 8. In return, Whalen presented FHHS with a plaque to honor their donation. The FHHS Student Council began raising money for the Team Up! for St. Jude event beginning in February and ending in

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Senior earns gold medal Alexandria Metzer, senior at Francis Howell High School recently competed in the U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) Midwestern Sectionals for Synchronized Skating in Plymouth, Mich., with the St. Louis Synergy Novice Skating Team. Metzer and her teammates skated to a Pewter Medal finish, qualifying the team to compete at nationals. The St. Louis Synergy Novice Skating Team took the gold medal in a division of 19 teams at the championships. The team has been skating and competing together for two years and consists of skaters from the St. Louis area under the Metro Edge Figure Skating Club in Webster Groves. “This is the fourth year that the Saint Louis Synergy has taken a team to Nation-

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als, and the first year we have taken two,” said Karen Giedeman, director of coaching for Saint Louis Synergy. “St. Louis competes in one of the most competitive sections of the country; we have Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Michigan in our area. Many power-house teams come from our section and it is a privilege to stand alongside them representing St. Louis at nationals.” This is the first time in Missouri’s history that a synchronized skating team received a gold medal at sectionals.

Automated absence Francis Howell School District (FHSD) recently announced that parents will soon receive automated telephone calls regarding unverified or unexcused student absences. Earlier this school year, the Francis Howell School District implemented the School Messenger notification system to make automated calls to parents and guardians regarding weather-related school closings and school emergencies. The district is now expanding the use of the notification system to make attendance calls for students that are absent from school. Central Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Francis Howell Central High School participated in an attendance calling pilot program on Feb. 13. Attendance calling was available at the remaining schools on Feb. 21. Parents should still call the school attendance office to report a child’s absence from school anytime they will be absent or late to school.  

National merit finalists Francis Howell High School (FHHS) seniors Will Hardy, Michael Niehoff, Keith Wiegert and Cynthia Zhang are four of 15,000 high school seniors who have been selected as National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for their high academic performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT). Hardy, Niehoff, Wiegert and Zhang will be considered for 2012 National Merit

Scholarships and are now eligible for National Merit Distinction, which will be announced in March. The selection process for becoming a National Merit Scholarship winner involves a competitive selection from the finalist group process, which involves evaluating a substantial amount of information obtained from the students and their high schools. Finalists are evaluated according to their academic record, standardized test scores, a student essay, contributions to school and community and the school official’s written recommendation with a distinct characterization of the student’s activities and demonstrated leadership. Additionally, to qualify as a finalist students must be enrolled in their last year of high school and planning to enroll full time in college the following fall or be enrolled in the first year of college if grades nine through twelve were completed in three years or less. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

Fort Zumwalt For the dogs Hope High School’s Leadership class spent a Saturday earlier this month at the O’Fallon PetsMart collecting donations for the Heartland Humane Society. Anyone who donated a minimum of $5 received a student-made dog bandana that will slip over a dog’s collar.  The Heartland Humane Society is a nonprofit group of dedicated foster homes that gives abandoned, abused and unwanted animals another chance for loving, permanent homes through their adoption program, following the no-kill philosophy.

Wentzville Shake it Students in the Wentzville School District participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earlier this month. The ShakeOut is an annual, region-wide earthquake event in which participants simultaneously practiced the recommended

drop, cover and hold-on response during an earthquake. “The drill was good, I got under my desk, got down and covered my head,” said third-grader Lily Boegemann. “If we didn’t know how to do it, we could all be in trouble.” A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of earthquake research and the lessons learned from social science research about why people get prepared for disasters. The result is a “teachable moment” for students. The ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved. The event is organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Lindenwood University honors founders Lindenwood University will host its fourth annual Sibley Day on Wed., Feb. 22, in honor of university founders George and Mary Sibley. Students will be excused from classes in order to attend their choice of more 30 presentations and events scheduled throughout the day. Sibley Day began in 2009 as an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to expand their knowledge base and to celebrate the school’s philosophy of offering unique educational experiences. This year’s event, themed “Rocking It Out,” will offer a wide range of activities designed to appeal to several different areas of interest. A keynote presentation will be delivered through the university’s Speaker Series by Reed Timmer, renowned storm chaser and meteorologist, at 10 a.m. in the Bezemes Family Theater of the university’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Other events will include a molten iron pour workshop, presentations on budgeting and professional development, a waffleball tournament, and dance and exercise classes. The 2012 Sibley Day lineup also features a sweepstakes contest. Lindenwood students will receive raffle tickets and deposit the stubs into collection boxes located at each event. A total of eight prizes, including tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals’ opening day, three iPod Shuffles, three Lindenwood jackets from the Spirit and Supply Shoppe, and a $100 gift card to First Capital Trading, will be awarded from the collected tickets at the event’s conclusion.

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Goddard “Soup”er Bowl The Goddard School located in St. Peters hosted its “Soup”er Bowl Canned Food Drive last month—collecting more than 4,300 cans for O.A.S.I.S. food pantry. During the event each of the nine classrooms in the building were transformed into a National Football League team. Each team—or classroom—competed to raise the most food items. Teachers sent out emails and newsletters to their classroom parents updating the totals and asking for canned food items to be sent in. The school’s Facebook Page reflected daily totals and young children helped their parents carry in canned foods, boxed food and many packets of noodles. When all was said and done, the school raised 4,300 food items for the local O.A.S.I.S Food Pantry. The entire school earned themselves a pizza party for the amazing success of the food drive. And the winning classroom— that collected 1,392 cans—also earned an ice cream party. “We were all delighted to be able to raise this many cans. Our goal was 1000 cans for the entire  school and with  the help of our incredible families, we well surpassed that  goal,” said Jennifer  Rohrbach.  “The teachers and children  learned  many valuable lessons from this great learning experience. We want to thank everyone who participated in this event and made this possible for O.A.S.I.S.”

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Holt skaters get bounced in Wickenheiser Cup quarterfinals By Jonathan Duncan The Wentzville Holt hockey team had the Lutheran South Lancers just where they wanted them on Feb. 14, at Webster Groves Ice Complex. Up three goals in the second period of game two of their Mid-States Wickenheiser Cup quarterfinal series, the Indians were primed to force a mini-game and advance to the semifinals for the second straight year. But Lutheran South’s explosive offense erupted for three second-period goals and despite catching the Lancers in the third period with two goals, Holt, which lost game one (7-5) four days earlier was saddled with a gut-wrenching 5-5 tie that allowed Lutheran South to claim the series and move on to the tournament semifinals Friday night against Seckman. “It’s a tough way to lose,” Holt coach Glenn Thomas said. “We felt like we outplayed them the majority of the game tonight, but a tie to them was a win tonight. They got two points and we had to get two points to force it to a mini-game. Last year we, were in the same place, so congratulations to them (Lutheran South).” Austin Flynn put Holt (9-16-1) on the board first with a goal at 7:23 of the first period, A tip-in goal late in the period

pushed the Indians up by two and then just 32 seconds into the second stanza Garth Wagner scored giving the Indians a seemingly commanding 3-0 lead. Just over a minute later, the Lancers offense caught fire as Chris Hill scored a pair of goals within a two-minute span and Joey Sparks tied it at 3-3 at the 7:45 mark with a goal. “They (Holt) have a habit of coming out really quick in the first period and tonight we absorbed it and just chipped away every shift,” Lutheran South coach Daniel Bertarelli said. Hill scored his third goal of the game with 2:56 left in the period giving Lutheran South (18-7-1) it’s first and only lead of the night. Holt got that goal back in the final minute of the period to tie it at 4 apiece. South retook the lead on a goal by Sara Sabo at the 10:50 mark. “I don’t know of anybody who scored a three-goal hockey goal at one time, so one at a time, one at a time,” Bertarelli said.” We did a good job of keeping our heads and fighting back.” Flynn’s second goal of the game with 9:35 to go tied it again and gave the Indians one more chance to possibly force the mini-game but Holt could not find the back

Wentzville Holt goalie Joshua Byrne (30) stays alert in the net as Holt’s Benjamin Rucker and Dustin Plack work back up the ice after clearing the puck.

of the net after that leaving the Indians on the short end of a tie and their playoff stay for the 2011-12 season finished. “Austin Flynn and Corey Kettler both had well over 30 goals for us and virtually every game for us was a shootout,” Thomas said. “We just had a young defense and goaltending and congratulations to them, it

was a tough battle, and we just wish it had gone the other way.” Meanwhile, Francis Howell Central advanced to the semifinals and begins play in game one on Friday, Feb. 24, against Whitfield at Hardees IcePlex in Chesterfield. Howell Central defeated Duchesne in the quarterfinals to advance.



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St. Charles County man gets 3 years for threatening judge The United States Attorney’s Office announced Monday, Feb. 13, that a St. Charles County man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison on federal charges involving his threats to a St. Charles County judge, his daughter, two members of the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and an employee of the St. Charles County Sheriff Department. Alexander Long, 23, admitted sending threats through Facebook and the mail, threatening to rape, stab and beat the judge’s daughter, and to kill other victims

because of their involvement in the investigation of those threats. Long pled guilty in October to one felony count of interstate transmission containing a threat and two felony counts of mailing threatening communications. He appeared for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department.Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Roy handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

St. Charles County men plead guilty to illegal use and distribution of HCG The United States Attorney’s Office reported earlier this month that Keith Ashabranner, 32, of O’Fallon, had pled guilty to one charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute human growth hormone drugs. According to court documents, Ashabranner and co-defendant Gregory Loomans, 40, of St. Charles County, were body-builders who frequented gyms in St. Charles County. Both men admitted with their pleas that they bought steroids and human growth hormone from China, injected a portion of the drugs into themselves and sold and distributed the remaining drugs to other body-builders in Missouri.  In his plea agreement, Ashabranner admitted that he spent approximately $32,500 for the Chinese drugs and gained over $30,000 from selling the drugs, including the costs

of the drugs he personally used. Ashabranner pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to possess and distribute human growth hormone drugs before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. He is scheduled for sentencing on May 4. Loomans pled guilty in December, and is set for sentencing on March 16. These charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.  This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of Criminal Investigation for the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the Missouri South Central Drug Task Force, with assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations.

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No compromise, no deal Grace period, shifting free contraception to insurance companies By Jeannie Seibert Religious denominations from across the spectrum and now public policy leaders and legislators are joining the Catholic Church to push-back against the most recent mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as ObamaCare. To sweeten the one-year grace period granted religious institutions to comply with free contraception and sterilizations for employees which was unilaterally rejected, President Barack Obama on Feb. 10 offered another concession. He ordered that insurance companies would assume the costs of these services with no co-pay or deductible requirements thereby relieving religious institutions of the cost. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said, “Thousands and thousands of exceptions to the Affordable Care Act have been granted – mostly to labor unions. “The Catholic Church isn’t asking for anything that isn’t happening in America right now,” Blunt said. “The strategy of Obama that an insurance company is going to pay for this is a distinction without a difference.” St. Louis Diocese Archbishop Robert J. Carlson joined U.S. bishops in calling for a second appeal to parishioners within the St. Louis Diocese this month to step-up demands for conscience-rights protections. “This attack on our religious freedom is unacceptable to Americans who cherish the principles on which our nation was founded,” Archbishop Carlson wrote. He included contact information to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (see below).   The bishops’ appeals were heard by others outside Catholic parishes but who share similar morals and beliefs founded in church doctrine. Government mandate of any employer compelling violation of moral and religious beliefs has been a right observed in the U.S. since the founding of the country. A Rasmussen poll, published Feb. 8, found half of the voters do not agree with the government’s attempt to force Catholic institutions to violate their moral opposition to birth control measures. A Feb. 6 survey reported 54 percent of voters favor repeal of ObamaCare all together. “The expectation is that many Christian employers will cease providing health insurance to their employees rather than pay for drugs that violate their religious conscience,” said Joe Ortwerth, executive director of the Missouri Family Policy Council, Chesterfield. Ortwerth works closely with state lawmakers in Jefferson City to promote and

defend Christian values in the state Capitol. “The Obama Administration edict will nullify provisions in Missouri law that protects the conscience rights of the purchases of health care coverage in our state,” Ortwerth said. “Under that law, adopted in 2001, any individual enrolled in a group health insurance plan can request exclusion of contraceptive coverage if the use of contraceptives is ‘contrary to his or her moral, ethical, or religious beliefs.’” Mo. Sen. Scott Rupp (Dist. 2) is addressing loopholes in current state law to ensure conscience rights are guaranteed.

put to the voters on the Nov. 6 ballot. “I no longer want to see discrimination against religious organization and those who support their mission,” Rupp said. Rupp also has a plan C – urging individuals, organizations and churches of all denominations that fear government mandated oversteps to get involved now to prevent any further encroachments on the rights of U.S. citizens. “I’m asking local churches to know what’s going on and what’s at stake here,” Rupp said. “Organize your own church regardless of faith and stand up for our rights.”

“This is bad,” Rupp said. “This is nothing less than a full-frontal assault on freedoms of Americans, not just Catholic, but every denomination.” Rupp has a plan A and a plan B. On the first day of the current session, Rupp deployed plan A – a bill that he believes would protect the conscience rights of all individuals who provide medical services. It is currently in committee but with national headlines dominating this very issue, the measure is moving forward. Plan B would codify conscience protections in Missouri. “We’re challenging the troops to do a referendum,” Rupp said. “This, to me, is of the utmost importance – make our voices heard.” Rupp said, “My joint resolution (SJR 49) would, upon voter approval, issue a constitutional amendment stating that no law or regulation would be able to compel a health care provider or professional to provide coverage for abortion services, sterilization procedures and other medical treatments.” If approved by the General Assembly, Rupp said he would like to see the question

Rupp said his office is available to anyone seeking information and resources. Call 866-271-2844 or email scott.rupp@ The Missouri Family Policy Council also provides information and networking opportunities. Go to the Web site, contact the office at 229 Chesterfield Business Pkwy., Chesterfield, Mo. 63005, call 536-0014 or email: info@ “We strongly urge you to contact your U.S. senators and your U.S. congressmen to express your opposition to this unconscionable abortion drug mandate,” Ortwerth said. While state-level ground forces gather strength legislators in Washington, D.C. are also on the case. Sen. Blunt is the lead sponsor of the Defense of Conscience Act, a bill he filed in August 2011 in anticipation of the administration’s empowerment by ObamaCare to cross previously sacrosanct lines. In a Feb. 14 address to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington D.C., Blunt outlined key points of his amendment.

“The Obama administration repealed rules already in place to protect the rights of medical professionals in federally funded health care facilities not to be a part of (ObamaCare mandates) they had a faithbased objection to,” Blunt said. “Without those protections (which were) repealed by the Obama administration, doctors, nurses and other medical staff are now forced to be a part of procedures they oppose on moral grounds.” During Obama’s “compromise remarks” on Feb. 10, Blunt said he heard a president who “doesn’t understand this isn’t about costs. It’s about who controls the religious views of faith-based institutions.” By putting the onus on the insurance companies to assume the cost of providing free contraception, et al., Blunt said Obama gives the impression that, “If it doesn’t cost you anything you should no longer be offended by it.” But that doesn’t shake faith-based principles, Blunt said. “That’s the big debate of this election year,” Blunt said. And his fellow senators know it. Early co-sponsors include Neb. Sen. Ben Nelson, N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio – all conservative Republicans. Blunt’s amendment is drawing strong support from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as well. On Feb. 15 the bishops urged the U.S. Senate to adopt Blunt’s legislation. “It is little or no comfort that, rather than being forced to propose such coverage, religious organizations will simply have it imposed on them,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. “The argument that they will not really have to subsidize the coverage because insurers will offer it ‘free of charge’ runs up against the reality that this coverage will be integrated into their overall health plan and subsidized with the premiums paid by employer and employee for that plan.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Blunt’s amendment was, “dangerous and … wrong.” The measure is now an amendment attached to a surface transportation bill which Hill watchers expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will allow the measure to come to the floor in the near future. In addition to contacting state and federal lawmakers, Archbishop Carlson provided contact information direct to HHS as well at: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201; call 877-696-6775 or email



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Healt h Capsu les Free BMI app Body mass index (BMI), a reliable indicator of body fatness based on height and weight, places a person in one of three categories: normal, overweight or obese. A new smartphone application from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can tell people where they fall on the BMI scale. “The app is a way for you to calculate your weight in relation to your height,” said Karen Donato, NIH spokesperson. “And then it will give you the corresponding BMI number, as well as the categories of weight where your body mass index lie.” To get the free application, search “My BMI Calculator” on a smartphone. Fish and memory It appears that how fish is cooked may affect its potential cognitive health benefits. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh followed elderly people for 15 years to track the effects of eating fish on memory and learning. “Individuals who consumed baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis scored higher on tests for working memory,” said Dr. Cyrus Raji, a researcher and medical resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mercy Hospital. “Fried fish, on the other hand, does not confer this benefit.” Raji suggested that eating fish the right way can sustain brain structure, thereby reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Tattoo regret Tatoos can be very difficult to remove, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists are discovering new laser therapies that might make the job easier. While lasers have been used for several years to remove tattoos, the procedure typically requires six to 10 or more treatment sessions, treatments are painful, and a few weeks of healing time is required between procedures. Some colors, such as yellow, orange, turquoise and fluorescent hues, are especially difficult to treat. “Unfortunately, there is no ideal laser to remove all tattoo colors, but new approaches have recently been introduced that appear to produce better results with fewer treatment sessions,” said Arielle N.B. Kauvar, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. “The newest techniques being investigated are designed to reduce the number of treatment sessions

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Norman Bein, MD

Vein SpecialtieS 11456 Olive Boulevard • Creve Coeur 1987 Hwy. A, Suite 200 • Washington 314.993.8233 Norman Bein, M.D., learned early on in medical school that he wanted to be a surgeon. His uncle and great uncle both were physicians and influential in his life, giving him the inspiration to open his practice, Vein Specialties, to help restore people to a full life with plenty of energy. Vein Specialties offers the most advanced and safest procedures available in the St. Louis area for removal of spider and varicose veins on the legs, face, chest and hands. State-of-the-art, in-office treatment includes the latest laser therapies and minimally invasive surgical procedures, all under local anesthetic. Vein Specialties also offers cosmetic skin enhancement procedures, such as Pearl resurfacing, IPL, microderm abrasion, laser genesis and tattoo removal. In practice for more than 35 years, Dr. Bein is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the American Venous Forum and American College of Phlebology and a registered vascular technologist. He works closely with the American Venous Forum and holds annual, free screenings for awareness of risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. Through his own ultrasound examinations, he offers the fastest diagnosis and interpretation available. Each treatment is tailored to individual symptoms, and results are exceptional and long lasting. “We offer personalized treatment plans for all aspects of varicose and spider vein treatments, treatment of associated facial veins, redness and photo aging,” Bein said. In most cases, vein procedures are considered medically necessary and are covered by insurance, and Vein Specialties’ staff is highly trained in all aspects of treatments. The patient’s comfort, safety and convenience are the utmost concern at Vein Specialties, with most patients returning to work in a day or two. “I spend a lot of time with my patients educating them in their disease process and treatment, so they can make informed decisions,” Dr. Bein said.



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Dr. Carol Bergmann, Au.D.

Hearing HealtH Care Center Ellisville • Richmond Heights • St. Charles • 636.391.9622 • Hearing Health Care Center utilizes the latest technology to provide the best in hearing care. Family-owned-andoperated by Carol Bergmann, an audiologist, the Center provides comprehensive audiological testing for individuals ages 3 and older. Hearing aid screenings, evaluations, fittings and post-fitting counseling also are provided. Because Hearing Health Care Center has relationships with multiple hearing aid manufacturers, a wide array of devices are available in various sizes and circuit options, and each patient is offered 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 and Dr. Colleen Edwards 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.

Eileen & John Hedrick

Martha’s hands hoMe health 5650 Mexico Road, Suite 12 • St. Peters • 636.447.9393 Martha’s Hands Home Health is on a mission to serve with compassion. Martha’s Hands provides quality, compassionate private duty home health care. Eileen and John Hedrick founded Martha’s Hands over 30 years ago. While a nursing student, Eileen was taught compassionate care by the Sisters of Mercy emphasizing total wellness. Because she wanted to maintain those high standards, Eileen turned to her husband for expertise. With Eileen’s focus on high quality standards and John’s ability to set-up a company, Martha’s Hands started in 1997. Assistance that Martha’s Hands can provide include: bathing, grooming, dressing; meal preparation/clean-up, medication setup and reminders, light housekeeping, laundry, errand running, mental stimulation, companionship and spiritual support. Martha’s Hands remains active in their community and industry by maintaining memberships in the National Private Duty Association, Missouri Alliance for Home Care, Social Workers in Long Term Care, Professionals in Retirement Community Living and the St. Peters Chamber of Commerce. Eileen has been honored for her commitment to elder care by receiving numerous recognitions including the Health Care Hero award from the St. Louis Business Journal, Above and Beyond Caregiver Award from the Missouri Alliance for Home Care and the Woman of Distinction in Health Care by the St. Louis-area YWCA.

Rabya Mian, M.D.

Gateway asthma & allerGy relief 9101 Phoenix Village Parkway • O’Fallon • 636.561.5707 • At Gateway Asthma & Allergy Relief, board-certified allergist Rabya Mian, MD, and nurse practitioner Aundrea Schubbe, RN, MS, CPNP, (certified asthma educator) treat children and adults suffering from asthma, allergy and immunology problems. Dr. Mian and Aundrea are dedicated to spending time with their patients to find and treat the causes of their allergies and help them lead a healthier life. Dr. Mian and Aundrea offer novel cluster allergen immunotherapy in addition to traditional allergy shots, asthma screenings and treatment. Cluster allergen immunotherapy is an accelerated immunotherapy program, which involves giving two or more allergy shots per visit once a week. This allows for a patient to get to their maintenance dose much quicker and reap the benefits much sooner. They also offer penicillin allergy testing for people who think they may still be allergic to penicillin.

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Matthew J. Bauer, D.M.D., M.S.

Bauer OrthOdOntics 150 Weiss Road, Suite 102 • Cottleville 636.447.2083 • Bauer Orthodontics, the family practice of Matthew J. Bauer, D.M.D., M.S., is dedicated to the highest level of orthodontic treatment for children and adults. Dr. Bauer lives in St. Charles County with his wife and daughter and is active in the community. Prior to opening his office in Cottleville, he practiced for five years with his father. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and completed his orthodontic residency at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, where he currently is an instructor. A graduate also of the prestigious Roth Williams Center for Advanced Education in Functional Occlusion, Dr. Bauer’s expertise extends beyond simple aesthetic tooth alignment to include correction of the functional relationship between the teeth and jaw joints. For patients, that means an outcome that includes not only a beautiful smile but also a properly aligned bite that is both healthy and functional. Dr. Bauer specializes in the correction of a variety of orthodontic abnormalities, including crowding of the teeth; open bite (front teeth do not touch); deep overbite (lower front teeth bite into the palate); underbite (lower front teeth are in front of upper teeth); improper tooth spacing; and jaw discomfort. He does not perform a lot of early treatment but instead treats patients only when they are ready for treatment and provides each individual with a detailed treatment plan. Bauer Orthodontics offers a variety of braces – including metal, ceramic, lingual and Invisalign – and splint therapy for the treatment of jaw discomfort. Sterilization and infection control systems and digital imaging techniques are state-of-the art. Dr. Bauer’s patients are treated by a hospitable team of professionals who pride themselves on clinical excellence delivered in a warm and welcoming environment. Bauer Orthodontics offers flexible payment options and even features “Bauer Bucks” – a token reward system for patients who practice healthy oral hygiene.

Thomas Wright, M.D., FACP, RVT

Dr. Wright 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr. • Suite 100 • O’Fallon • • 636-397-4012 Dr. Thomas Wright is the medical director of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, and was one of the first 248 board certified specialists in phlebology. Phlebology is the medical specialty that deals with vein disease. “When a patient has legs that swell, are tender, restless or fatigued, they may be suffering from vein disease, and this disease can cause serious medical issues down the road, if the vein disease is not properly treated. Many patients would be surprised to know that the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease is much more than a cosmetic issue and is often covered by insurance,” Dr. Wright said. Dr. Wright accepts and is credentialed with all major insurance plans in the St. Louis area, and he makes every effort to provide his patients with consistently excellent care. He begins the evaluation of each patient with a comprehensive assessment including venous doppler ultrasound. He then uses research proven techniques to deliver optimal results to his patients, including Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT). All EVLT procedures are performed on site, and patients are up and moving that day. Patients can resume their normal activities within two to three days, and can be assured that the procedure has a 98 percent rate of effectiveness. Dr. Wright’s efforts to give his patients extremely effective treatments and high levels of care have not gone unnoticed. He has numerous awards including the Patients’ Choice Award and the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award.



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Tara S. Dickherber, LPC

Trauma Therapy of ST. CharleS 1360 S. 5th Street, Suite 394 • St. Charles • 573.754.0348 • Tara S. Dickherber, a licensed professional counselor and certified Rapid Resolution Therapy ® (RRT) practitioner, helps people heal from past traumatic experiences. “Rapid Resolution Therapy® is more in line with current research on neuroscience than research in counseling,” Dickherber explained. “I liken myself to being more like a fine auto mechanic or computer software programmer than a counselor. RRT® deals with how we are ‘wired’ and has immediate effect.” RRT helps relieve post-traumatic stress disorder and other symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, anger and guilt. Most clients see Dickherber for one to three 3-hour sessions. “I assist the client with re-telling their story in a way that helps them stay grounded in the present moment, which quickly reintegrates the traumatic events, thus eliminating the unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors so their mind is working in a way much more advantageous to them,” she said. “I have the training and experience to see what the problem is and get the client to where we want them to be in a relatively short time period.”

Dustin G. James, MD

Chesterfield Valley GastroenteroloGy 100 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Suite 110 • Chesterfield 636.532.0990 Dustin G. James, MD, has always enjoyed getting to know his patients as people. Board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology and internal medicine, James has been in practice for 10 years and is intrigued by how things work. “The practice of gastroenterology, which is the study of the digestive system, is a perfect match for these interests, as you really 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.” 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 truly 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 the only GI practice in Chesterfield Valley and also has an office in O’Fallon at Progress West Hospital. It also 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

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Where you are. When you need it. At BJC Medical Group, we know your family matters most to you. That’s why we believe they deserve a local physician who provides excellent care, convenient to where you live. From well-baby visits to the management of complex illnesses, our St. Charles County family care physicians deliver quality medical care with the idea that every patient, no matter their age, deserves real, personal attention. Physicians are board-certified and on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital or Progress West HealthCare Center.


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Family Care Physicians Offer: • Complete physicals and health maintenance care for all ages • Diagnoses and treatment of acute illnesses, infections and injuries • Diagnoses, treatment and monitoring of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension • Well-baby/child exams • School sports physicals/sports medicine • Women’s health counseling/well-woman exams • Convenient locations, right where you live with many practices offering weekend and evening hours

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PLACES Amighetti’s Bakery & Café celebrated the opening of its new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Com mu n it y Event s ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Center Stage Theatre presents “Harvey” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 through March 1; at 8 p.m. on March 2 and March 3; and at 2 p.m. on March 4, at the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Theater at St. Charles Community College. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for college students/ seniors and free for SCC students with ID. For more information, call 922-8050 or visit ••• A Family Movie Night will be held at 6:30 p.m., Fri., March 2, at Dardenne Baptist Church, 2345 Oak Drive in O’Fallon. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is limited to 100. For more information, call 332-2799 or visit ••• FAM JAM Live Family Theater will teach “Personalize Scripture” at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Fri., March 2 at Morning Star Church located at 1600 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. The live production is free and open to the public. For more information, call 561-5680. ••• The St. Charles Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on Sat., March 3, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. For more information, visit www. ••• St. Charles County Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., March 24, at the Lindenwood Cultural Center in St. Charles. The concert will feature the SCCYO Mike Russo concerto competition winners Aleksis Martin (clarinet) and Regan Farney (violin) accompanied by the SCCYO Symphony orchestra. Tickets are available at the door and are $4 for adults, $2 for children and 5 years and younger are free. For more information, call 916-0515 or email sccyo@

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES A Bird House Build-A-Thon will be held



from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., March 3, at the First Missouri State Capitol, 200 South Main Street in St. Charles. The birdhouses will be donated to the city of Joplin to help restore the natural habitat after the devastating tornadoes last May.  Materials will be provided. For more information, call 940-3322.

TRIVIA NIGHT The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation’s 11th annual Trivia Challenge will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Sat., March 31, at the American Legion Post 312 in St. Charles. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m. The evening offers cash prizes, 50/50s and special raffles, a silent auction, attendance prizes and more. Teams may also choose a theme and  participate in a table decorating contest. Registration for  a team of eight  is $160 and  includes free mulligans, beer, soda and 10 rounds of fun-filled facts. Register and pay online

GOLF TOURNAMENT The YMCAs of St. Charles County will be hosting its 2012 District Golf Tournament on Mon., July 23, at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. Proceeds will help support the Strong Community Campaign which raises funds to support scholarships for individuals and families who live in our community. This event will include a silent and live auction with all proceeds supporting Strong Community. For more information, contact Matt Thompson at 332-5574.

HEALTH A free weekly cancer survivor’s support group will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in March, at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Join other survivors to discuss dealing emotionally with treatments; managing anxiety and depression; sexuality; finding strength and hope;

family and financial pressures. To register, call 755-3034. ••• Free zumba, pilates and food samples will be offered Feb. 24 at Ultimate Fitness for Women, 821 W. Terra Lane in O’Fallon. Zumba will be offered from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.; pilates, from noon until 1 p.m. Free group training will be conducted from 11 a.m. until noon. Call 272-8442. ••• “Natural Solutions to the 4 A’s – Allergies, Asthma, Autism & ADHD” will be held at 6 p.m. on Wed., March 7, at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri-Sports Circle in O’Fallon. Learn about researchproven methods using diet changes, nutritional support, testing and treatment options that are natural and free of harmful side-effects. To RSVP, call 978-0970. ••• A free Diabetes Support Group will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tues., March 27, at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Hear from experts to learn how to better manage diabetes and enjoy a healthier life. To register, call 625-5447. ••• Pain Talk will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., March 29, at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Join SSM Pain Care’s Dr. Ramis Gheith for a discussion on how to manage pain. To register, call 1-866-SSM-DOCS. ••• Salon Kashmir will host a yoga event from 11 a.m. to noon on Sun., April 22, at the salon located at The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis. The cost is $20 and proceeds will benefit local Audubon Mississippi River Initiative. To RSVP, call 695-5050 or ••• “Healthy Connections…connecting how proper physical and spinal development affect a child’s total health” will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 28 at the Chiropractic Wellness Connection located at 111 O’Fallon Commons Drive. Learn how you can support the important milestones in your child’s development and if your child’s spine is growing properly. The event is free and open to the public. To


RSVP, call 978-0970. ••• “Taking Care of You: Body, Mind and Spirit” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 27 through April 16, at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 260 Brown Road in St. Peters. The eight-week class offers practical, effective strategies to help deal with the challenges in life. Pre-registration for the $40 class is required by Feb. 22. To register, call 9703000.

MEETINGS The Lewis & Clark Pachyderm Club of Western St. Charles County holds regular meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Culpepper’s Restaurant, 4401 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. For more information, call 541-9932.

TRAVEL SHOW TravelPlex Travel and Cruise is hosting a free Travel Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 3, at the St. Charles Convention Center. For more information, call 397-2100 or visit

CHILDRENS’ EVENTS Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party and Book Swap will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sat., March 3, at the Heald Home, 1001 Jessup Drive in Fort Zumwalt Park. The cost for the party is $10 per child for O’Fallon residents and $12 per child for non-residents. Parents get in free. The event includes a snack, story time, craft-making, a game and the book swap. To participate in the swap, bring children’s books to the party to trade for other books; all authors are welcome. For more information, call 379-5502. ••• The Lake Saint Louis Mothers Club will host weekly playgroups for area moms from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Court. For more information, visit www.



Enter t ai n ment Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” comes to Powell Symphony Hall March 2-3.

COMEDY Natasha Leggero, March 3, Lumiere Place Wanda Sykes, March 8, Peabody Opera House Ron White, March 9, Peabody Opera House Bill Maher, April 15, The Family Arena Daniel Tosh, April 21, Peabody Opera House

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, March 9, Powell Symphony Hall Radiohead, March 9, Scottrade Center Carnegie Hall Concert, March 10, Powell Symphony Hall Kelly Clarkson, March 16, The Fox Theatre Peter Frampton, March 30, Peabody Opera House Yonder Mountain String Band, March 30-31, The Pageant Sixpence None the Richer, March 31, Lumiere Place

CONCERTS Chris Botti, Feb. 24, Peabody Opera House Guy Clark, Feb. 29, Old Rock House Barry Manilow, March 1-2, The Fox Theatre “The Firebird,” March 2-3, Powell Symphony Hall The Fresh Beat Band, March 3, The Fox Theatre Pulitzer Series Concert, March 7, Powell Symphony Hall “America’s Got Talent,” March 8-10, The Fox Theatre - F F

Radiohead performs on March 9 at Scottrade Center. (Photo courtesy of Sebastian Edge)

The Fresh Beat Band performs on March 3 at The Fox Theatre.

FESTIVALS The 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival, Feb. 25, Chaifetz Arena

LIVE PERFORMANCES “West Side Story,” through Feb. 26, The Fox Theatre “Race,” through March 4, Loretto-Hilton Center “The Sleeping Beauty,” Feb. 25-26, The Touhill “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, March 1-18, Dramatic License Theatre Green Day’s “American Idiot,” March 2-4, Peabody Opera House “The Invisible Hand,” March 7-25, Loretto-Hilton Center

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