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l ette r s t o t h e e d i t o r Smoking or not To the Editor: This is a response to O’Fallon Councilman Jim Pepper’s recent lengthy letter about secondhand smoke and many other issues with which he disagrees. I am responding only to the secondhand smoke issue. I do not know what studies the group requesting the ban on smoking in restaurants presented, but if those studies were related to the Surgeon General’s report of 2006, it can hardly be described as incomplete and having predetermined responses. The Surgeon General’s report consisted of hundreds of studies, well-controlled and measured. All had the same results. In the scientific world, a valid outcome has to be supported by more than one or even a few studies. For your own copy of the Surgeon General’s report, go to www.surgeongeneral.gov. I hope the people of O Fallon will vote to support the ban on smoking in order to provide a healthy environment for everyone to enjoy. Although having smoking and non-smoking sections is totally useless, in my experience the non-smoking sections in restaurants are always much larger than the smoking. To me that says non-smokers are in the majority in that particular situation and isn’t that how democracy works? No one’s freedom to smoke is being taken away—just slightly limited. Is it really such a big deal to ask a person not to smoke for an hour or so? I would encourage all non-smokers to mention to the managers of restaurants that they visit how they feel about secondhand smoke. Carol Kellinger O’Fallon

To the Editor: After reading a variety of letters regarding the issue of smoke-free workplaces, I must share information that has been missing concerning this issue. Bars and restaurants have a variety of health and safety codes they must follow or their doors will be closed. There are rules involving employee hygiene, restaurant inspections, facility and surface cleaning, food handling, storage and preparation, equipment and supplies. Before you can open a restaurant, you must obtain a permit from the local health department showing your establishment is in compliance with local, state and federal health regulations. There are also laws requiring compli-

ance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and there are laws protecting worker safety, wages, tips and overtime. I think you get the idea. Guess what? These establishments are privately owned but subject to government regulation for health and safety because they are open to the public for commerce. Can you imagine if there were no laws governing “privately” owned bars and restaurants? Not too many people would venture out if they could not trust the safety of the food and drink they were served. It is time to get real – stepping outside to smoke is the norm, not the exception. This isn’t about government telling us what to do. This is about caring for our families and fellow citizens and taking a stand for a healthier society. Our lives depend on it. Carolie Owens St. Charles

across the Boone Bridge like over 44,000 of us taxpayers do. Next fall I guess we can count on much more when the Blanchett Bridge closes. Originally designed for two lanes, it’s a real treat to be between a dump truck and a semi while crossing this 76 year old bridge in a traffic jam during a blizzard. An Environmental Impact Study approved the location of the new span back in December 2004. On the MoDOT Web site they write that using the westbound span for an on ramp and bicycle path (the original plan) is no longer feasible due to the condition of the bridge. It’s not suitable for a bike path, but moving over 44,000 trucks and cars daily across the bridge is perfectly safe? Maybe we could restrict 40-ton 18-wheelers from the bridge. Oh wait, with westbound Blanchett closing for a year, truck traffic will most likely increase, not decrease. We all know money is tight these days, but please don’t tell us we don’t need a new bridge. David Reed St Charles

To the Editor: There is so much controversy over smoking bans. There are pros and cons on both sides of the issue and I’m not going to reiterate them now. The decision for allowing or not allowing smoking in eating establishments Laboring hugs should be left up to the individual owners To the Editor: of such establishments.  At the entrance to This holiday season, the sound of people an establishment, there should be notice helping people could be heard across the given as to whether the establishment entire St. Louis region from Southwestallows smoking or does not allow smok- ern Illinois to Wentzville, and beyond to ing.  The intended patron of such estab- Kansas City, across the entire St. Louis lishment can then make his own decision region. That sound was the ringing of bells as to whether or not to patronize such an for the annual Tree of Lights campaign. establishment.   Thousands of our friends and neighbors, Bonnie Seitz hard working union members, took a speO’Fallon cial challenge to help the Salvation Army help people in our communities. In many cases, those labor union member bell-ringers were themselves unemployed, but they Bridging the gap stepped up to the plate to give their time to help others in need. To the Editor: I’d like to give a special thank you to In regard to your article regarding the those who helped in St. Charles County; makeover of the Blanchett Bridge, the their dedication helped the Salvation Army MoDOT Community Relations manager reach their $550,000 goal. The bell-ringers did a terrible job of community relations. in all these regions from Illinois to Kansas When asked a question about the Boone deserve special thanks for helping in their Bridge and the traffic jam on westbound home areas. lanes, the spokesperson said, “Right now Please join me in saluting all these wonwe don’t have the money to rebuild Boone, derful men and women who care enough but for now we don’t need it the most.” about our communities to take the time to MoDOT suggested commuters carpool help the Salvation Army help those in need, and flex their hours (I’ll be sure to tell my not just during the holiday season but all boss that). year long. Obviously, MoDOT’s community relaLen Pagano tions manager doesn’t commute daily Mayor of St. Peters

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Police were called to a St. Charles apartment complex on Feb. 15 in response to a 39-year-old suicidal woman with a rifle. Lt. Mike Akers, with the St. Charles Police Department, said the woman had a rifle in an apartment in the 1100 block of Trails of Sunbrook, located off Truman Road near I-70. Akers said the woman, who did not live in the apartment complex, was talked down. She was taken into custody without incident. No one was injured. “She’s being treated at a local facility,” Akers said.

In the Feb. 8 mayoral primary in St. Charles, Sally Faith pulled ahead of incumbent Mayor Patti York. Faith garnered 51.14 percent of the vote with York received 41.87 percent of the 4,584 votes cast. They will now proceed to an April 5 run-off election as the top two finishers out of a field of four.

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A fire caused more than $60,000 worth of damages to a Cottleville home on Feb. 11. “The fire was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials in a trash can located in the master bedroom closet,” said Assistant Chief Scott Freitag of the Cottleville Fire Protection District The homeowners in the first block of West Meath Ring noticed the fire and were able to get out of the home safely. The closet door was closed, containing the fire to the closet. But with water and smoke damage to the upper level of the home, Freitag said estimated damages were between $60,000 and $70,000. The owner’s cat died from smoke inhalation, but the two family members and a dog escaped with no injury.

Man injured in crash A three vehicle crash on I-70 left a 25-year-old St. Charles man seriously injured. Arthur D. Miller was driving westbound on I-70 in his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu at about 4:18 a.m. on Feb. 11. He attempted to change lanes, but the rear of his car hit the front of a 2007 Freightliner truck which caused the Malibu to cross the highway and hit the median. His car then returned to traffic hitting the trailer of a 2006 Peterbilt truck. Miller was transported to a local hospital. His car was totaled, and the trucks received minor damage.

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Noncompetitive sports Parent participation is required for a new toddler sports program in O’Fallon. Start Smart uses age-appropriate, childsized equipment in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere to introduce children ages 2 ½ to 4 years old to the skills they will need to play specific team sports. Parent participation is required “This is a great parent-child program developed by the National Association for Youth Sports,” said O’Fallon’s Recreation Coordinator Amy Anderson. “It’s designed to give kids the confidence they need to actively participate in games, and it teaches parents how to support their kids.” Registration is currently being accepted for Smart Start Baseball, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays starting April 2 or from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays starting April 7 at the Renaud Spirit Center. The cost of each six-week program, which includes sports equipment for children to keep, is $65 per child for O’Fallon residents and $73 for non-resident children.  

Playground for all Everyone can play in O’Fallon later this year. The fundraising kickoff for the city’s first all-inclusive playground will be held at 6 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 23 in the lobby at the Renaud Spirit Center. “At the kickoff, we will be publicly unveiling the playground design, and there will be games, crafts and other kids’ activities,” said Tom Drabelle, public relations for the city. The universally-accessible playground is designed so that children of all abilities can play together. To fund the project, which is to be built in Westhoff Park, the city of O’Fallon is partnering with a local not-forprofit organization, Unlimited Play, to raise funds and donations for the construction. Drabelle said about $250,000 will need to be raised to complete all parts of the Playground.

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lent job and you need to consider that.” off the spectrum as children with learning Spectra—the gifted program at the high disabilities. school level—was cut in half. Spectra “Without our Spectra and the support of classes will be taught only three hours a Spectra staff these children will get left day instead of six, starting next year. About behind,” Gorzel said. “I beg you to recon66 students are enrolled in Spectra for the sider. These kids need this. This is not a 2011-12 school year. club. This is not a badge of honor. This is Both students and teachers from the not an extracurricular.” Spectra program spoke at the meeting The budget cuts also included the elimirequesting the board reconsider cutting the nation of the technology paraprofessionals program. at the elementary level, and three deans at Steven Potter has been a student in the the high schools. An additional $1.6 milgifted program since second grade. lion will be saved based on general budget “I loved every single year I’ve been in it,” and capital project cuts. Potter said. “The teachers are 100 percent Sommer said this decision would be one supportive of what we’ve tried to accom- of the toughest the board would face. plish…we’re granted the opportunity to “It’s not an easy decision, but I would learn differently than other students. I hate to see our school district do nothing at really ask you to consider that when you all,” Sommer said. make this tough decision.” “It’s in the best interest of the district that Deborah Gorzel, a teacher at United we follow the guidance of the superintenServices, said gifted students were as far dent,” said Board Member Steve Johnson.

Cottleville sets the bait for new business The board would have to vote on extend- that little bit extra to bring in a new busiBy Mary Ann O’Toole Holley In an effort to draw new business to the ing the amount if the cap is reached. ness that was considering various locacity, Cottleville officials have decided to “Scott put it together and we presented it tions. waive fees for building permits, business to the board,” Yarber said. “It’s just trying He said the city collected about licenses, liquor licenses and other inciden- to get some interest in our city. We haven’t $59,000 in fees and other buildingtal fees for businesses that decide to locate said how long we’ll do it, but we’re just related charges. in the city. trying to promote growth and revenueYarber said new business would bring The exemption of fees would apply to bearing properties — things that will bring in tax revenue to the city, new customers and everyone would benefit, includnew construction of business locations and money into our city.” businesses relocating to the city in existing Qualifying businesses would also be ing the existing businesses. He said the new permit offer will not retail locations. exempt from the cost of site development Mayor Don Yarber said City Administra- inspections, plan reviews, conditional-use cut into the city’s finances. “We’re not losing anything if we don’t tor/Police Chief Scott Lewis put together permits and various construction permits. the plan with an overall cap of $25,000. Yarber said the reduction in costs may be have it in the first place,” Yarber said.


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Bar owners promise a ‘respectable’ business for Weldon Spring By Amy Armour A new restaurant and bar will be moving into Weldon Spring—taking over the space once inhabited by Maxwell’s Bar & Grill and Twisters. The Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen approved the liquor license for the Ballyhoo Restaurant and Bar on Feb.8, but not before asking questions of the new owners Larry Surplus, his son Steve Surplus and Michael McDonnell. Police had been called to Maxwell’s Bar & Grill for shots fired in the parking lot last March, as well as a few drug and gun incidences in 2010. McDonnell was quick to assure aldermen that Ballyhoo Restaurant and Bar would be a very community friendly restaurant and bar. “(Ballyhoo is) a place where everyone sitting in this room would want to come,” said Steve Surplus. Steve Surplus described the establishment as an upscale restaurant and bar that serves fresh food on real plates—not plastic baskets. The average dinner would cost between $10 and $12. The restaurant and bar would offer live entertainment, but in the form of a one- or two-man show. “There will be no hip hop and nothing loud,” said McDonnell, who compared the sound level to a place like the Jive and Wail dueling piano bar that was in St. Peters. McDonnell said the bar is targeting the 25 and older crowd. “We don’t want the young people,” McDonnell said. Alderman Dick Jelen asked the bar owners what kind of security would be in

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A sign stating no guns allowed will also be posted. Steve Surplus said he was concerned the bar would be judged based on the history of previous tenants. “If the police want to come in and walk around that’s fine,” McDonnell said. “But I don’t want them camping out in the parking lot.” Alderman Ron Griesenauer said police will be in the lot only if necessary. “If we screw up, by all means send them in,” McDonnell said. The restaurant and bar is slated to open April 1. The bar, located at 1046 Wolfrum Road, will be open from 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. “It sounds like you are going in the right direction,” said Alderwoman Janet Kolb. “We want to be a part of the community,” McDonnell said. “We are trying to run a very respectable community business.”

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Boone Trail, Rascals unite for AHA Ruffy the mascot for the River City Rascals visited more than 1,000 students at Boone Trail Elementary School to help kick off its Jump Rope for Heart event. From the left are: David Jolliff, Ruffy, Alex Steward (top collector), Michelle Cleve, Carol Meine and Adrienne Pivac. Not pictured is another top collector, Jamie Johnson. Boone Trail Elementary, in the Wentzville School District, has been hosting the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the past seven years, collecting more than $37,000 for the American Heart Association. The goal this year is $10,000. The River City Rascals are a new partner with the American Heart Association and are donating one ticket (up to a maximum of four tickets) for a home game for next season to any student in the Metro area that collects $50 for the AHA through Jump Rope for Heart. The Rascals were the champions of the Frontier League this past year.


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Bateman makes her move on St. Peters Board of Aldermen By Jeannie Seibert On the anniversary of the launch of a national fitness and nutrition campaign, the only lady on the St. Peters Board of Aldermen requested elected officials and city staff support her in qualifying St. Peters as a participant in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” project. Board President Judy Bateman’s (Ward 2) request was approved on Feb. 10. Bateman said she was first made aware of the first lady’s Let’s Move campaign while at a National League of Cities meeting held recently in Denver, Colo. “This is Michelle’s initiative,” Bateman said. “It’s a 13-month commitment launched one year ago today.” She then called on city officials to commemorate the first anniversary to fight childhood obesity with a schedule of weekly events.” “We have a comprehensive trail system,” Bateman said, suggesting that St. Peters work with other participating cities on a regional Let’s Move walk. She also asked about re-starting the moonlight bicycle rides with an eye toward being more visible in order to attract attention and participation. Alderman Dave Thomas (Ward 1) volunteered to take the idea to his Youth Advi-

Gov. Nixon appoints Neer to Meth Relief Taskforce Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 17 appointed Republican Sheriff Tom Neer of Defiance to serve on the Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Relief Taskforce (MoSMART). The governor appoints five members from a list of 20 provided by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association with no more than three appointees coming from any one political party to serve a two-year term on MoSMART. The taskforce is responsible for administering the Deputy Sheriff Salary Supplementation Fund that is used to supplement deputy sheriffs’ salaries. In addition MoSMART is responsible for approving applications for the MoSMART fund. Neerwas elected sheriff in 2006 and reelected in 2010. Before becoming sheriff Neer served 29 years with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department rising to the rank of captain Sheriff Neer is a member of the boards of directors of the Greater St. Louis-area Major Case Squad, the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force and the Regional Computer Crimes Education and Enforcement Group. The governor has appointed him to a term ending in 2013.

sory Council while Alderman Gus Elliott (Ward 3) said he’d reviewed the outline to becoming a Let’s Move city and thought half the recommendations were easily accomplished. From the outline the goal of the campaign “engages mayors and other municipal leaders in the campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.” The campaign targeting city halls to lead local fitness and nutrition programs “recognizes that every city is different and every town will require a distinct approach to the

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the year after the district was founded in anything but my duty,” Davis said. is for.” 1974. Ottomeyer said he too had heard conBut Davis remains convinced that “We had one bond issue a few years back cerns but after investigating the issue he SCCAD would benefit from her experibut that went to build more bases (stations) determined the board had taken the proper ence. In addition to her family’s Christian and buy more equipment,” Limpert said. steps. book store, in O’Fallon, Davis has 16 years By Jeannie Seibert But Davis said she’s hearing from local “I looked into the short fall the ambulance experience as an elected official – eight as It might seem like an odd trajectory for residents concerned about the ambulance district had,” Ottomeyer said. “I applaud an alderman and eight as a state legislator. a politician, but former Mo. Representa- district future financial management. the Ambulance District for balancing the She is also the current St. Charles County tive Cynthia Davis (Dist. 19) has thrown “I’ve always listened to the community budget with some excess at this point.” Republican Central Committee chairman. her hat in the ring vying for a slot on the and tried to hear the constituents, to repreOttomeyer said he is convinced that all More information about the ambulance St. Charles County Ambulance District sent their concerns so no, I don’t feel like “government agencies need community district can be accessed at: sccad.com or by (SCCAD) Board of Directors. running for the ambulance district board is oversight.P That’s what a board of directors calling 441-1354. She has no problem with it. “Having started on the O’Fallon Board of Aldermen, I considered local service a high 1 calling,” Davis said. Her challenger, Dr. Jim Ottomeyer, C A agrees. “I have long been a community servant right here where I have a successful business and years of volunteer service to numerous boards and committees, the 8 3 10 11 Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles County Vision Leadership program,” 12 Ottomeyer said. “The Ambulance District is a part of our public safety commitment 4 2 to our community. I take this seriously.” N Davis said her concerns are founded in her fear the board may lack leadership which she believes is evidenced by the DD 5 budget crisis it experienced last fall. N 9 “The (ambulance) district had to borrow funds last September just to meet payroll for the rest of the year. How did that 7 happen?” Davis said. “There’s no reason 6 for us to have financial problems for a district like this is St. Charles County.” In fact, there are dual reasons for the financial challenges facing SCCAD, Looking for a physician? Same day appointments may be available. Barnes-Jewish according to Public Information Officer D St. Peters Hospital Martin E. Limpert. Call toll-free 855.36.BJCMG (25264) 10 Hospital Dr DD “Last year we were hit with a double St. Peters, MO 63376 Heartland Internal Medicine Mid Rivers Family Physicians 5 Pheasant Point Physicians 1 9 whammy,” Limpert said. The double 1021 Wentzville Pkwy 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr 6131 Mid Rivers Mall Dr 636.928.WELL whammy Limpert explained was in the two Wentzville, MO 63385 Ste. 107 St. Charles, MO 63304 O’Fallon, MO 63368 revenue streams on which the district board Progress West 2 Hawk Ridge Medical Associates 10 Barnes-Jewish St. Peters tries to plan its annual budget. One is the HealthCare Center 6261 Ronald Reagan Dr Internal Medicine 6 Integrated Family Health 2 Progress Point Pkwy property tax levy which was established in Ste. #B19 20 Progress Point Pkwy 6 Jungermann Circle O’Fallon, MO 63368 Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 Ste. 222 Ste. 203 1975. The second is Medicare reimburse636.344.CARE O’Fallon, MO 63368 St. Peters, MO 63376 ments. Both unexpectedly dropped pre3 Progress West Primary Care cipitously in 2010. 1278 Bryan Rd 7 Internal Medicine Associates 11 Family Physicians of St. Peters “Property values went down the last O’Fallon O’Fallon, MO 63366 20 Progress Point Pkwy 70 Jungermann Circle Ste. 108 Ste. 302 Convenient Care couple of years,” Limpert said. “So revO’Fallon, MO 63368 St. Peters, MO 63376 4 O’Fallon Family Medicine 2630 Highway K enue went down with them. Then, with all 2630 Highway K O’Fallon, MO 63368 the changes in healthcare, our Medicare O’Fallon, MO 63368 8 Belleau Creek Family Care 12 Office of J. Viviano, MD 636.980.5300 8089 Mexico Rd 410 Jungermann Rd reimbursements dropped markedly.” St. Peters, MO 63376 St. Peters, MO 63376 “Like everybody else, we’ve cut everything we can but we did have to get a loan for $1.674 million in September,” Limpert said. “But, as of Dec. 31, our budget is balanced and we even have a little bit of a surplus – $133,000.” The board made spending cuts “just like everybody else has had to do,” Limpert said. “But we’re basically operating on the same funding mechanism that was set up

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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The long-awaited Cottleville Streetscape project that officials hoped would start a little over two years ago is about to begin. Mayor Don Yarber said a groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on March 3 at City Hall, and although contractors are ready to move forward, there will be some delay to allow for unobstructed roads during the upcoming Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Streetscape plan approved by city officials in 2008, calls for new streetlights that will bring one of the most aesthetically pleasing features to the city. City Administrator Scott Lewis said the lighting will be reminiscent of old-fashioned square lantern-style fixtures with black wrought iron fluted poles. The sidewalks will be of stamped concrete to resemble wood planks, replicating the old Western Plank Road that ran from St. Charles to Cottleville in the 1800s. The plan includes 110 diagonal parking areas along Hwy. N, and utility poles will be moved to secondary streets, providing a clean look along Hwy. N. “I urge everyone to come out to the groundbreaking and celebrate,” Yarber said. “This is going to transform our Old Town area.” While planning the project, Cottleville officials learned that the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, the metropolitan planning organization for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, selected Cottleville as a demonstration project for their Great Streets Initiative and gave the city $780,000 in federal funding grants to use on the construction. The Great Streets program helped with the regeneration of two important areas

in St. Louis: the Washington Avenue Loft District and the South Grand regeneration. Yarber knows very well that it’s a project that has been a long time in the works, but says when it’s completed, it will be well worth the wait. He said the delays were unavoidable. There were “a lot of land acquisitions, trying to get property owners to donate or sell land to the city for the Streetscape Expansion.” Yarber said the Streetscape is estimated to take six months, but is expected to affect businesses only minimally. Total project costs are estimated $1.3 million. In addition to grants received, funds from the city’s Community Improvement Tax District (CID) will provide additional funding to pay for the project. Lewis said there is a base Streetscape design with four alternative plans allowing for additions as more revenue comes in from the CID. The CID is an overlay district, a separate political subdivision from the city which has authority to tax. Funds from the CID mean debts for Streetscape amenities will be paid through sales tax revenue rather than taxpayer funds. City officials in conjunction with the Cottleville Historic Business Association are also hoping the CID district approved by voters in May 2009 will bring in another $3 million in designated sales taxes for additional improvements to the city Streetscape. “It’s something all of the people in the borders of this CID would benefit from,” Yarber said. “Their property values will go up and they’ll benefit from sidewalks and street lighting. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

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Potholes not a problem MoDOT, municipalities say snowstorm left most unscathed By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley We made it from minus-zero wind chills to shirt sleeve weather in less than a week, and despite the short-lived mess the Missouri snowstorm created, MoDOT says it cost an estimated $7.7 million to control. MoDOT crews battled one of the biggest snow storms to hit the state, and although the numbers are still coming in, the Highway Department estimates that more than 2,500 employees and 1,600 pieces of equipment were used to clear the state’s 33,000-mile highway system. O’Fallon’s Tom Drabelle says the city isn’t anticipating any outrageous pothole repair because of the winter’s weather patterns. Drabelle said a major cause of potholes is fluctuations from freezing to thawing and back to freezing. This winter – although miserable – hasn’t really had much temperature fluctuation, Drabelle said. “We were freezing for several weeks and now we’re warm,” Drabelle said. “So, although we have used more salt and chemicals than we have in the past, the lack of temperature fluctuations has helped avoid the problem of potholes. Of course, this is based on where we are now.”

MoDOT traded right-of-way it no longer needed for enough adjacent property on which to construct the new section of outer road. This created three lots wedged between the on and Markworth explained that MoDOT off ramps and the new outer road for had to expand it’s footprint to make the the property owner. The commercialnew design work. To accommodate the zoned property was then annexed extra lane length needed to avoid traffic into O’Fallon at the property owner’s congestion, MoDOT approached the request. Lake Saint Louis wasn’t aware of the property owner adjacent to the interland transaction between MoDOT and the change to work out a land exchange.

shifted further to the north creating additional separation between the on and off ramps and the outer road to accommodate the additional lane length for heavier traffic usage at the intersection.

developer “until we noticed a McDonalds and a (convenience) store under construction,” Markworth said. Markworth said city staff was advised that the property was indeed recorded as being in Lake Saint Louis. O’Fallon City Hall objected to this determination so the matter has been referred to the St. Charles County Circuit Court where it awaits a trial date. The second lawsuit is a building code dispute.

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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Irish clans, area businesses, VIPs, ordinary people and even sports fans are gearing up for the Cottleville Old Town St. Patrick’s Day festivities, an event that has grown from a simple idea to the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in St. Charles County. The day-long gala, set for March 12, is presented by the Cottleville Fire Fighters Community Outreach and Cottleville Community Development, and helps the organizations raise funds to support those in the community affected by fire or who have special needs. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the “Run for the Helmet,” followed by a parade of green and full day of partying. Run for the Helmet Chairman Tom Smoot, and “citizen of the year” as voted upon by readers of MRN, said last year about 2,000 runners participated. This year is expected to trump those numbers, he said. The 7K (4.35-mile) run starts at 9 a.m. with some of the areas most competitive runners displaying their prowess. A “just for fun” 1- and 2-mile walk/run will follow big-league runners. The walk/run is designed for non-competitive and nontimed participants, Smoot said. Registration for all Run for the Helmet participants is $25 per person and includes a “Dry Fit” official run shirt, a race course certified by Fleet Feet, special RFID “chip” timing with same day results and complimentary refreshments at the finish line. “When you have 2,000 runners it’s hard to calculate winners, so the microchip counts when they cross the line and when they finish,” Smoot said. “It electronically

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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley

You sit in your jammies late at night, surfing the Web and shopping for shoes. Your computer’s security settings are up to date, and you would never give your address to strangers. Why then, can your neighbor pull up a Web page and get a clear picture of your home’s worth, your property tax assessment, the square footage of your home, or even your arrest record? Spies are out there making a business out of prying into your personal life, pulling together bits and pieces, weaving wealth on the World Wide Web as “investigators,” paid for encapsulating your life onto a single Web page—and painting a pretty good picture of your status. Some would say “it’s public record.” But hundreds of Web sites are collecting the details of your life and sharing for a nominal fee. Nanci Gonder, spokesperson for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said anything on the Internet that is public information can’t be removed. “There have been times when Social Security numbers have been published and we have taken action. If there are incidents of things on sites that are not public record, they would be referred to the Federal Trade Commission,” Gonder said. “However, when it’s public information, there is not much individuals can do to protect their privacy unless laws are changed. Some people don’t realize how much information is out there about them, but there is no recourse when it’s public information.” The recent buzz on the Internet between social networking sites and security gurus is that it’s a good idea to keep a constant watch over your proverbial shoulder, whether you’re social networking or just shopping online for a good pair of jeans. At Spokeo.com, one of the most controversial of sites, the search of a name, phone number, email address or screen name can produce everything available about you, including your home value and square footage, names and ages of all who reside in that home and a photo of the home to boot—for free. For $2.95 you can look deeper. Spokeo collects information about your friends and contacts from social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster and Facebook. You can click on your friend’s name in your Spokeo profile to see what photos, blogs, etc. mention them on the Internet. It’s all public information, but Spokeo makes it easy for you to snoop, putting information in one spot for ease of access.

“I always thought who cares about little old me,” said Jane Grant of St. Peters. “Of all the millions of people who go online, why would anyone go to the trouble to compile information about me?” Recently, Grant visited spokeo.com and found not only her own information, but a glimpse into the personal lives of anyone she chose. “My 83-year-old mother-in-law had information about her posted on that site,” Grant said. “There it was: Her name, her age, a photo of her home and its value, the name of her husband, her children’s names and ages. Not everything was correct or complete, but it was there, and she has never even touched a computer.” Spokeo is an aggregator, a business that collects the details of an individual’s financial and personal information so that it can be presented on a single Web site. Anyone can access public records and any of that public information, but Spokeo has a Web application that draws together content from various online sources and displays it in seconds, at a single location for the user’s convenience. Personal photos and e-mails are taken from social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter; phone numbers and addresses are taken from the phone book; home ownership and other municipal information is taken from public databases; and information about in-laws may be taken from sources as simple as wedding announcements in the newspaper. “If it’s out there, it can be collected,” said private investigator Brian Randant of St. Peters. “You don’t know how fresh that information is, but I would add that knowledge is power, but it’s only if you can use it.” Randant said much of the information about us is public information, except few realize it. Your neighbors can look up your property taxes. Your employer or your son’s Cub Scout master can easily go to the Missouri Courts system and find out the number of traffic tickets you’ve received or any other criminal arrests on your record. “Public information is public information, and as far as any of the things I’ve done in the past, for the most part, that’s what I did,” Randant said. “I don’t run away from my past, but I don’t want anybody to use it against me.” But what’s on the Web now may only be the beginning. “If you think the information out there today is going overboard, wait two years. The information available will be unbelievable, but if you


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Internet visitors. However, she says, forget about being completely private if you’re using the Internet; if you’re on Facebook. “The information is out there. When you fill out the Census they gather the information from us, and that’s one of the ways these Web sites get their public information,” Zerlinden said. “I looked up my husband’s name on spokeo.com, and they say it’s a household of three, and I actually have two kids. Just Google your name and you can get stuff that some may consider to be private. It really depends on what you put out there. You will be more exposed if you put yourself out on Facebook, but that’s a fact of the Internet. You’re really helping others gather information.” Internet privacy laws are in the works Contrary to the federal government’s hands-off approach to Internet privacy regulation in the past decade, the Obama administration recently said Americans should have a “privacy bill of rights” to help regulate the commercial collection of consumer data online. The proposals, contained in an 88-page report released by the Commerce Department reflect a rapid re-evaluation of online privacy as an area ripe for potential abuse with the emergence of an industry of datagatherers who collect and sell personal details about people.

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report calling for the development of a “do not track” system that would enable people to avoid having their actions monitored online. The FTC report says the use of personal information has increased so much that privacy laws may now be needed to restore consumer trust in the Internet. The U.S. has no comprehensive federal privacy law; current law covers the use of only certain types of data. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif. introduced the first bill in Congress to include a “Do Not Track Me Online” list that would

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give the FTC the power to create a “Do Not Track” database so people could opt out of online tracking like they do the “No Call List.” Speier said in a released statement that one of the inspirations for the bill was her outrage from reading the Wall Street Journal’s “What They Know” series. The Mozilla Firefox Web browser plans to add a do-not-track feature to its Web browser, letting users prevent monitoring of their online activity. Spokeo, the most controversial of sites, says you can opt out of inclusion on their site, but some users have complained that Spokeo fails to respect privacy opt outs.

Could your doctor be disclosing your private information? Last week, research was revealed by the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences indicating that there needs to be greater accountability and guidelines for physicians and medical professionals using social networking sites. The study, approved by the Washington DC VA Medical Center, was designed to describe the characteristics of self-identified physicians on Twitter and how they use it. Researchers examined 5,156 tweets from 260 self-identified physicians with 500 or more followers between May 1 and May 31, 2010. They found that 3 percent of the tweets were categorized as “unprofessional and included profanity, potential patient privacy violations, and sexually explicit material or discriminatory statements.” One percent of the physician’s tweets were marked “other unprofessional,” which included unsupported claims about a product they were selling on their Web site or repeated promotions of specific health products. Ten statements about medical therapies countered existing medical knowledge or guidelines, potentially leading to patient harm.

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Dr. Cindy Fortado-Clark & Dr. Michele Thomas

Mid RiveRs FaMily Physicians 6131 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Charles, MO 63304 • 636.928.2880 Dr. Cindy Fortado-Clark and Dr. Michele Thomas both strive to help their patients with their individual health issues. “I’ve always been a people person, and family practice allows me to get to know whole families and promote healthy lifestyles across generations,” Dr. Thomas said. Mid Rivers Family Physicians provides continuous and comprehensive health care for the individual and family, across all ages, sexes and diseases. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Fortado-Clark and Dr. Thomas are board-certified family practitioners. With a specific focus on women’s health, preventative care, mental health and pediatrics, Mid Rivers Family Physicians works to find the best treatment available. “Communication with patients is extremely important to us,” Dr. Fortado-Clark said. Convenient, same-day appointments are available, along with FAA Aviation medical exams and specialized care for workers of many professions. Mid Rivers Family Physicians currently is accepting new patients. “We always will take the time to listen, and we want to know you before a problem happens,” Dr. Fortado-Clark said.

Dr. Trina Blythe & Dr. Lisa Ryan

Way To GroW PediaTrics 20 Progress Point Parkway, Suite 108 • O’Fallon • 636.344.2213 Dr. Trina Blythe and Dr. Lisa Ryan love children. Both board-certified pediatricians from Way to Grow Pediatrics, they enjoy coming to work knowing they are making a difference in the lives of children. “It is especially gratifying to watch them grow,” Blythe said. “I love establishing a relationship of trust and confidence that builds over the years with a family.” Way to Grow Pediatrics is a medical practice serving children and young adults from birth to 21 years. With its familyfocused and caring services, it strives to provide the best possible medical care. It also uses updated technology, such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing to improve efficiency, and takes advantage of blogging, Twitter and Facebook. “The technology provides an additional outlet for parents to ask questions and discuss hot topics regarding children’s health,” Ryan said. “It’s also a great way to maintain communication between our patients.” Way to Grow Pediatrics is a small practice, so its patients receive individualized attention and care. “I really enjoy coming to work each day,” Ryan said. “Every day brings new challenges, and many appointments are like seeing old friends.”


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Dr. Mark Howard • Dr. Melissa Lueking • Dr. Scott Roos

Hawk Ridge Medical associates 6261 Ronald Reagan Drive, Suite B19 • Lake Saint Louis 636.561.3021 • www.bjcmedicalgroup.com Hawk Ridge Medical Associates’ family medicine specialists are aimed at helping its patients with preventative treatment as well as curing medical illnesses. A six-generation Missourian, Dr. Mark Howard has devoted his career to diagnosing and treating medical conditions in patients of all ages and finds family medicine especially rewarding. Board-certified in family medicine, his clinical interests include pediatrics, sports medicine, preventative care and chronic medical issues. “I like getting to know my patients personally, and I strive to establish and maintain long-term relationships with them so I can provide individualized care to meet their specific needs,” Dr. Howard said. Dr. Melissa Lueking, also a St. Louis native, appreciates the diversity involved in family medicine and enjoys the wide range of medical conditions family medicine allows her to treat. “My patients and I are a team, and it is our mutual goal to keep them healthy,” Dr. Lueking said. Board-certified in family medicine, her clinical interests include children, adolescents, diabetes, weight management and dermatologic proedures. Dr. Scott Roos is board-certified in family medicine and NCQA certified in diabetic care. He enjoys family medicine, because it allows him to see patients of all ages and treat numerous medical conditions. He volunteers his time working with students at local universities and as a Cub Scout den leader. “With my patients, I like to approach things by finding the root of the problem,” Dr. Roos said. “It is my goal to help them with the solution.” Hawk Ridge Medical Associates is dedicated to compassionate and competent health care.

Dr. Norman Bein, FACS, RVT

Vein SpecialtieS 11456 Olive Boulevard • Creve Coeur, 1987 Hwy. A, Suite 200 • Washington 866.626.VEIN (8346) • www.Veinspecialtiesllc.com

Unsightly varicose and spider veins do not have to be permanent. Vein Specialties can treat all aspects of venous disease, both medical and cosmetic, with a primary focus on vein treatments for the legs, face, hands and body. With 35 years of general and vascular surgery experience, Dr. Norman Bein, FACS, RVT offers personalized evaluations and treatment plans, assisted by highly trained nurse sclerotherapists and a licensed aesthetician. A board-certified surgeon by the American Board of Medical Specialties and a registered vascular technician, Dr. Bein also is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and has performed thousands of varicose vein procedures. “Although experienced, we continue to keep up to date in new procedures and equipment and enjoy the process of assisting patients to understand how best to treat them,” Dr. Bein said. Anyone with varicose or spider veins associated with pain, aching, heaviness, cramping, restless leg or skin changes is encouraged to take advantage of a free varicose and spider vein screening. Vein Specialties is in network with all major insurance companies and strives to help each individual patient live a happier, healthier life.


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Amy Miller, M.D.

St. LouiS Skin SoLutionS 13100 Manchester Road, Suite 250 • Des Peres • 314.543.4015 • www.stlouisskin.com St. Louis Skin Solutions has been in business since 2004, helping people obtain healthy, beautiful skin. A wide variety of treatments are available for both men and women, with services including Botox/ Dysport, dermal fillers, SmoothShapes for cellulite, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, facials, chemical peels, laser peels, along with treatments for Rosacea, Melasma, sun damage, acne, leg veins, fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Amy Miller, board-certified physician, also offers her patients Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which can improve the skin in addition to improving muscle tone, bone density, mental clarity, and libido, along with helping to reduce fatigue. Many patients have found BHRT to help bring back their quality of life. St. Louis Skin Solutions provides only the highest quality products to help patients maintain healthy skin, including SkinMedica, Clarisonic, Obagi, Latisse, and Jane Iredale. The girls at St. Louis Skin Solutions are readily available to help patients find the perfect skin care that meets their specific needs. St. Louis Skin Solutions also hosts special events to educate the community and provide solutions for healthy, beautiful skin.

Dr. Jennifer Szalkowski • Dr. Linda K. Therkildsen, D.O.

Belleau Creek Family Care 8089 Mexico Road • St. Peters 636.379.3434 • www.bjcmedicalgroup.com At Belleau Creek Family Care, Dr. Jennifer Szalkowski and Dr. Linda K. Therkildsen strive to provide a comfortable, caring environment for all patients. “I see medicine as a team effort and make sure that my patients are involved, comfortable and confident with the decisions that are made,” Dr. Szalkowski said, who has always been concerned with the well being of others. As a teenager, she frequently volunteered at a hospital, and after seeing the impact doctors can make on a patient’s life, she knew that was what she wanted to do. Her service in the US Navy as a Medical Officer helped her learn to be ready for almost any situation. Board-certified in family medicine, her fun personality provides consistent, personalized care for the whole family – from newborns to geriatrics. Dr. Therkildsen, who has been practicing medicine for more than 24 years, had a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine at a young age. “I am sincerely concerned for others and take pride in doing my best to be thorough and work with my patients to find the solutions that will provide the best benefit. I have always had a fascination and respect for the science in the medical field.,” she said. Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr Therkildsen will provide very compassionate and personalized care for the entire family including all age groups and covering a variety of needs--from routine and acute illness to chronic maintenance. As an osteopathic physician Dr. Therkildsen is also able to provide manipulative treatments for certain muscle/skeletal issues.


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Dr. Vera Lynskey • Dr. Jennifer Hayes • Dr. Danessa Brown

Family Physicians oF st. Peters 70 Jungermann Circle, Suite 302 • St. Peters 636.916.7590 • www.bjcmedicalgroup.com Dr. Danessa Brown went to a family physician growing up and saw the same physician until she left for college. She encourages this with her own patients as well. “I believe that having one medical advocate kept me healthy, and I wanted to share my experience with others,” Dr. Brown said. Dr. Brown is a board-certified family physician and offers primary care, including preventative medicine and management of chronic and acute illnesses to pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Dr. Jennifer Hayes loves being able to get to know each patient on an individual basis. She is a board-certified family physician and provides annual physicals for men and women, including well-woman/pap exams, well-child exams, management of chronic conditions, and urgent care concerns. “I love being a family medicine physician,” Dr. Hayes said. “I try to treat every patient like one of my family members and utilize evidence based medical treatment.” Dr. Vera Lynskey feels that every person deserves a healthy, happy life. “By being a primary care doctor, I can help other people and do what I love ,” Dr. Lynskey said. She is a board-certified family physician focusing on adolescent and female health, as well as skin and surgical procedures for patients of all ages and sexes. Additionally, Dr. Lynskey is also fluent in German. Family Physicians of St. Peters is conveniently located on the BJC St. Peters Hospital campus, with full access to hospital services.

Dr. Amy Grawey

Integrated FamIly HealtH 20 Progress Point Parkway, Suite 222 • O’Fallon • 636.344.3020 www.facebook.com/integratedfamilyhealth Amy Grawey, M.D., of Integrated Family Health is board-certified and a member of the Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a La Leche League Medical Associate. A mother herself, Dr. Grawey has a special interest in breastfeeding. She has undergone advanced training to provide lactation support and counseling to mothers who are breastfeeding. “When my son was born, I learned that many women do not receive the help they need to achieve their breastfeeding goals. I want to help mothers have a positive experience,” Dr. Grawey said. Dr. Grawey also evaluates newborns for tongue tie, a condition that can cause breastfeeding to be painful for moms, even when the baby’s latch is correct. If a child is tongue-tied Dr. Grawey can perform a simple procedure in the office to treat the condition. While her practice emphasizes young families, she sees patients of all ages. “I counsel about achieving health before pregnancy and fostering healthy eating habits in children to prevent illness. We help patients achieve weight loss goals to reverse diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” Dr. Grawey said. She performs in-office skin procedures such as mole removal and wart destruction.


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John B. Powell, M.D.

St. CharleS OrthOpaediC Surgery aSSOCiateS 9323 Phoenix Village Parkway • O’Fallon • 636.561.0871 5301 Veterans Memorial Parkway • St.Peters • 63376 • www.scosamd.com St. Charles Orthopaedic Surgery Associates is an independent medical practice with well-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeons and more than 140 years of combined clinical experience who have been providing exceptional care to the residents of St. Charles County for more than 40 years. St. Charles Orthopaedic specializes in knee and hip joint replacements, arthroscopic surgery, hand elbow and shoulder surgery, foot ankle and knee surgery, as well as providing treatment for arthritis, bursitis, and sports injuries. “If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, weakness or instability in an extremity that limits activity level or sleep, we encourage an exam to discover what can be done to help,” says Dr. John B. Powell. “Most orthopedic conditions can be treated successfully in ways that allow people to return to their active lifestyles.” St. Charles Orthopaedic prides itself on being accessible to our patients, appointments can be made same day or next in most instances.

Dr. Liza Stanton • Dr. George Stachecki • Dr. Jyoti Kulkarni

O’FallOn Family medicine 2630 Highway K • O’Fallon, MO 63368 636.240.5454 • www.bjcmedicalgroup.com Dr. Liza Stanton is board-certified in family medicine and has been practicing in O’Fallon for over 15 years. “Our staff is excellent, professional and thorough,” beams Dr. Stanton. Her engaging personality and humble attitude make patients feel drawn to her. Liza is multilingual and fluent in Tagalog, the basis of the Filipino language. A mother of two, Dr. Stanton makes whole-family care a priority. Dr. George Stachecki has been practicing medicine for over 24 years. He is board-certified in family medicine and recognized by the NCQA for diabetic care. Dr. Stachecki is an instructor in the Family Practice Residency program at SLU, which keeps him on the forefront of new technologies and research in today’s health care and attends St. Joseph’s in Cottleville. Dr. Jyoti Kulkarni is the most recent addition to the O’Fallon Family Medicine team. Dr. Kulkarni is a board-certified family physician in practice for over nine years. “This property has radiology and phlebotomy services for labs in the same building- a truly convenient care location,” says Kulkarni. O’Fallon Family Medicine is conveniently located in the heart of O’Fallon and is taking new patients of all ages.


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Damon Hays, D.P.M.

Hays Foot & ankle Center 8067 Mexico Road • St. Peters • 636.379.2272 • www.haysfootandankle.com Hays Foot & Ankle Center is the medical practice of Dr. Damon Hays. Dr. Hays is a board qualified podiatrist in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. “We are a podiatric medical practice serving patients from children through the elderly,” said Dr. Hays, a native of St. Louis. “We provide comprehensive foot care to our patients. This includes everything from diabetic footcare to the crafting of custom orthotics to surgery, if necessary.” Dr. Hays and his staff pride themselves on making Hays Foot & Ankle Center a center for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot and ankle conditions. Using cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches, they are able to provide their patients with the highest quality of care. As a premier provider of podiatric services in the St. Louis area, Hays Foot & Ankle Center is a patient-center practice that is deeply committed to delivering a lever of care that surpasses patient expectations. “We realize that at the end of the day, it is not just a foot we are treating-it’s a person.”

Thomas Wright, M.D., FACP, RVT

Dr. Wright 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr. • Suite 100 • O’Fallon • www.LaserLipoAndVeins.com • 636-397-4012 Laser Vein Center, a medical practice that comprehensively treats all manifestations of vein disease from varicose veins to spider veins, enables patients to say goodbye to unsightly, unhealthy veins. Utilizing advanced technology, owner Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T., begins the process with a thorough physical examination and utilizes a specialized ultrasound to assess problems accurately. Varicose veins are treated with a 45-minute, minimally-invasive advanced endovenous laser procedure. Patients are up and around that day, resume normal activities within a day or two and suffer no scarring. The success rate is 93-98 percent. Dr. Wright was one of the first 248 board certified specialists in phlebology, a specialty dealing will all aspects of vein disease. The Center is the only St. Louis area vein disease practice accepting and credentialed with all major commercial insurance plans and medicare. “Symptoms such as leg swelling, tenderness, restlessness and fatigue are often caused by vein disease,” Dr. Wright said. “Many people with these symptoms are unaware that they are part of circulation problems that can lead to serious medical issues.

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Com mu n it y Event s CHARITY The 17th annual Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Golf Classic will start at 11:30 a.m. on Mon., May 23 at Forest Hills Country Club in St. Louis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The dinner and aucNewsmagazine tion begin at 6 p.m. The golf tournament Salesperson: features a four-person scramble, numerous Proof: contests and a dinner and awards banquet. Individual players may sign-up for $350 per person which includes play, carts, putting greens, lunch, corporate “treats,” golf shirt, dinner and an open bar. Sponsorships begin at $2,000. All proceeds benefit Saint Louis Crisis Nursery. For more information, contact Ebonee Shaw at ebonee@crisisnurserykids.org or call 314-292-5770.

CERT TRAINING The city of Dardenne Prairie has scheduled its next CERT Basic Training class for new volunteers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., April 8, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., April 9, and Sun., April 10, at City Hall. CERT volunteers receive training in the follow areas: disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism, special needs, and animal care. Volunteers complete their basic training by participating

The Fort Zumwalt South Grad Night Committee is hosting a trivia night at 7 p.m. on Sat., March 12, at the Elks Lodge, located at 1163 Tom Ginnever in O’Fallon. The cost is $20 per person or $160 per in a disaster simulation designed to test table of eight. The cost includes beer and the skills they will have learned. These set-ups, and a cash bar is available. Particivolunteers will be registered with the city pants must be 21 to play. All proceeds go of Dardenne Prairie, as well as the state of to the Class of 2011 Grad Night. For more Missouri. To register, call 755-7355. information contact Shelly Schneider at shellymo08@gmail.com or 314-614-1644. Date of issue:   CONTEST Entries for the “Young &Client: Free St. Louis SUPPORT GROUPS Show Me Challenge” will be accepted A Colon Cancer support group will be Size: until Feb. 28. The contest challenges adults held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Colors: between the ages of 18 and 25 to share March 7, at in the Community Education what being young and freePictures: means to you. room at H.W. Koenig Medical Building Participants can submit anLogos: advertisement, at St. Joseph Hospital West. Dr. Joseph write a song, create a poster or design a Rodemann will discuss the epidemiology Copy: T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the top of the disease, symptoms, risk factors and three winners. For complete details visit protective factors. The discussion is free. YoungFreeStLouis.com. For more information, call 755-3034. • • • TRIVIA  A free weekly Cancer Survivor’s SupHawthorn Elementary School’s fifth port Group will be held from 3 p.m. to annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in March at the will be held at 6 p.m., Fri., March 4, at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. O’Fallon Elks Lodge located at 1163 Tom Joseph Hospital West. Join other survivors Ginnever Ave. in O’Fallon. Doors open at to discuss dealing emotionally with treat6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m. The cost ments; managing anxiety and depression; is $80 for a table of up to eight players and sexuality; finding strength and hope; and soda will be provided. No outside alcohol family and financial pressures. To register, is allowed, but a cash bar is available. To call 755-3034. reserve your table, or purchase raffle tick• • • ets, contact Maria Boynton at 926-3349 or The Life After Breast Cancer Support e-mail maria@boyntons.com. Group will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 • • • p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month

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WRITING GROUP Saturday Writers meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 26, at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre in City Hall Building Room 1 located at 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd. Attorney Paul Lesko will speak about copyright law at the meeting. The cost is $5 for visitors, free for members. For more information, call 397-6903 or visit www. saturdaywriters.org.

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By SUZANNE CORBETT There is a misconception that all Chicago pizza is a gooey deep-dish, but according to JJ Twig’s owners Teresa and Mike Gauvain, there is more to it than that. “Technically what makes a pizza Chicago pizza is the way it’s layered, with the sauce often layered last,” said Mike Gauvain, who is a native of Chicago’s northwest suburbs. “Our pizza is the original recipe made famous by Pizza Bill.” Pizza Bill’s specialty from Chicagoland was a thin crust Double Decker and with which Teresa fell in love. “My dad was one of Pizza Bill’s best friends who encouraged him to open his own pizza place,” Teresa said. “Bill gave Dad his recipe and soon after, he opened the first JJ Twig’s. When I moved here, I missed the pizza so much I decided to open my own Twig’s.” JJ Twig’s’ style of Chi-Town pizza is what some describe as upside-down pizza. “At JJ Twig’s, we layer the cheese on last - so it’s sauce, meat and then the cheese,” Teresa said. “And it’s always built on our homemade thin crust.”

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The layering sequence repeats to create the JJ Twig’s signature Double Decker pizza – a mega pie that places one pizza on top of another. It is then held together with a braided outer crust. To keep its flavor authentic to Pizza Bill’s, ingredients are brought in from Chicago. Besides the sausage and the whole milk mozzarella, the Gauvains also import Chicago-made Italian beef and Vienna hot dogs. “The ingredients we use are what set us apart,” Mike said. “For example, we use whole milk mozzarella. Most other places use a blended cheese, like Provel, but we use 100 percent mozzarella, and people love it.” Pizzas are custom-made when ordered, so hungry diners can pick their own toppings or opt for one of the specialty combos, such as the Buffalo Chicken, Taco Deluxe or Haley’s Comet – a pepperoni-lover’s dream that plies on double pepperoni and mozzarella. Pizza aside, two customer favorites are the Ital- JJ Twigs’ Italian beef sandwich is a tradition straight from Chicago’s Italian neighborhoods. ian beef sandwiches and the Chicago-style dog. The dogs are dressed as tradition demands with mustard, neon green pickle relish, tomato, onion, sport of hot peppers, olives, carrots, celery and spices brought peppers, a dill pickle and a dash of celery salt. Italian in from Chicago. Beef can be ordered with or without cheese and on request, While pizza and sandwiches are favorites, a good selecdunked in the beef’s seasoned au jus. tion of appetizers, entrees salads and pastas are targeted Burgers, chicken, pulled pork and fish sammies are built to satisfy most cravings and perfect for pairing with the on French bread, kaisers or hoagies and are garnished to diner’s brew of choice. taste with add-ons, such as grilled onions, sweet green “We have a lot to offer,” Mike said. “But you’ve got to peppers, pepperoncini or giardiniera, a spicy pickle blend try our pizza first, because pizza is what we’re all about.”

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