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During a recent Fox News Channel debate about the Obama administration’s tax policies, Democrat Bob Beckel raised the issue of “fairness.” He pointed out that a child born to a poor woman in the Bronx enters the world with far worse prospects than a child born to an affluent couple in Connecticut. No one can deny that. The relevant question, however, is: How does allowing politicians to take more money in taxes from successful people, to squander in ways that will improve their own re-election prospects, make anything more “fair” for others? Even if additional tax revenue all went to poor single mothers – which it will not – the multiple problems of children raised by poor single mothers would not be cured by throwing money at them. Indeed, the skyrocketing of unwed motherhood began when government welfare programs began throwing money at teenage girls who got pregnant. Children born and raised without fathers are a major problem to society and to themselves. There is nothing “fair” about increasing the number of such children. A more fundamental problem with the “fairness” issue raised by Beckel and many others is the slippery vagueness of the word “fair.” To ask whether life is fair – either here and now, or at any time or place around the world, over the past several thousand years – is to ask a question whose answer is obvious. Life has seldom been within shouting distance of fair, in the sense of even approximately equal prospects of success. Countries whose politicians have been able to squander ever larger amounts of a nation’s resources have not only failed to make the world more fair, the concentration of more resources and power in these politicians’ hands has led to results that were often counterproductive at best, and bloodily catastrophic at worst. More fundamentally, the question whether life is fair is very different from the question whether a given society’s rules are fair. Society’s rules can be fair in the sense of using the same standards of rewards and punishments for everyone. But that barely scratches the surface of making prospects or outcomes the same. People raised in different homes, neighborhoods and cultures are going to behave

differently – and those differences have consequences. The multiculturalist dogma may say that all cultures are equal, or equally deserving of respect, but treating cultures as sacrosanct freezes people into the circumstances into which they happened to be born, much like a caste system. While talk about “fairness” may provide a fig leaf to cover politicians’ naked attempts to grab more and more of the nation’s resources to spend, there is no assurance that raising tax rates on “the rich” will result in any more tax revenue for the government. High tax rates have too often simply caused wealthy people to put their money into tax-free securities or to send it overseas. Four years ago, TV interviewer Charles Gibson pointed out to candidate Barack Obama that raising capital gains tax rates had on a number of occasions led to less capital gains tax revenue being collected – and, conversely, lowering the capital gains tax rates had on other occasions increased the amount of capital gains revenue collected by the government. Obama readily admitted that. But he said that “fairness” justified a higher tax rate on “the rich.” Yet how does a higher tax rate on paper, without a real increase in the amount of taxes actually collected, promote fairness? However, raising tax rates on “the rich” pays off politically, even if the government loses revenues when the rich put their money into tax shelters. High tax rates in the upper income brackets allow politicians to win votes with class warfare rhetoric, painting their opponents as defenders of the rich. Meanwhile, the same politicians can win donations from the rich by creating tax loopholes that can keep the rich from actually paying those higher tax rates – or perhaps any taxes at all. What is worse than class warfare is phony class warfare. Slippery talk about “fairness” is at the heart of this fraud by politicians seeking to squander more of the nation’s resources. © 2012 Creators.com

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To the Editor: I keep hearing that the rich don't pay their fair share in taxes, even billionaire Warren Buffet says that he doesn't pay enough. Mr. Buffet, when told he could write a check to the IRS to justify his taxes, refused to do so saying he won't pay more unless all other rich people do. So why did he make the statement if he wasn't willing to set the example? According to an Associated Press release from Oct. 7, 2011, "Less than 1 percent of those making a million dollars a year pay no taxes. On average the rich pay 24.4 percent of their income. Those between $100,000 and $125,000 pay 9.9 percent, and those making $50,000 to $60,000 pay 6.3 percent." According to IRS figures, the top 10 percent richest people pay 70 percent of "all" income taxes collected by them. So that means that 90 percent of the population, myself included,  only contribute 30 percent of the income taxes collected.  Who pays large sums of real estate and other taxes? Who contributes millions to charities? Who invest their money in companies, which in turn create jobs? Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.   The people making these statements about the rich are counting on you to be envious of the rich. Stop the class envy.  Jim Heim St. Peters

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To the Editor: As you all probably know religion and conscience are all under attack right now by the Obama administration. Please join us in the “We are all Catholics Now” movement.  We must stand up and fight back.  The demand that Catholic Employers must offer contraception is not about contraception, it is about freedom of conscience and an out of control government dictating what we believe and how we can live that out.  Whether you are a protestant, Jew, Catholic or atheist this is a threat to us all. Contact your senators and congressmen in Washington, DC. 1-800-833-6354. A conscience protection amendment is being offered on the Highway and Transportation bill in the Senate and the Fortenberry Conscience Protection bill is companion legislation in the House.  This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.  There are efforts in both chambers to stop this. We need to keep up the pressure.

Reid is fighting this, but knows he is going to lose. It is up to us to keep the pressure on. Thank you for fighting once again for liberty and now freedom of conscience. Cindy McGee To the Editor: SSM Health Care is pleased that the HHS (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) rule requires health insurance plans to cover the costs of things like wellwoman visits, breastfeeding support, and screenings for gestational diabetes without charging a co-payment or deductible. As an organization that has been committed to advancing the health and well-being of women, we know these are critical services that far too many women go without because they do not have health insurance coverage or can’t afford the co-payments or deductibles. However, SSM Health Care is disappointed with the contraceptive mandate in the rule, as it will force organizations like ours to go against our conscience and the explicit teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and provide coverage for sterilization procedures and certain drugs that may induce abortion. The ruling also undermines conscience protections that have long been afforded to religious organizations in this country. Recently, President Obama announced changes to the (HHS) rule requiring health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services, including contraceptive medications and sterilization procedures. SSM Health Care and other faith-based organizations had opposed the contraception and sterilization requirements. In his announcement, the President showed an openness to addressing the concerns expressed by religious organizations. While we are pleased that the President took this important initial step, the changes announced still do not apply to the type of health insurance plans SSM Health Care and many other faith-based organizations provide to their employees. We are encouraged, however, to learn that the Obama Administration is aware of this issue and has agreed to address it over the coming year before this rule would go into effect. As such, we will reserve judgment on the details until we have them and will continue to monitor the situation, working with others to ensure the rule ultimately addresses our concerns. Michael Panicola, Ethics and Social Responsibility VP

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Quit scapegoating the oil companies By DOUG EDELMAN Democrats in congress love to beat up on the oil companies: those “evil megacorporations that make obscene profits and gouge us poor consumers.” But while that populist meme might gain them a few polling points with the assistance of a complicit press, any objective analyst of the facts will have to call BS on the entire premise. Just where would we be, if the government succeeded in seriously putting the hurt on the world’s few companies capable of taking crude oil and delivering useful products to market? The pain at the pump felt by Americans as gas prices hover around $4 a gallon is palpable. But who’s really to blame? Raw materials Presently above $100 a barrel, these costs are bolstered by the weakness of the U.S. dollar – a function of the poor fiscal policy coming out of Obama’s Washington. In addition, we are dependent on foreign sources of oil. When the Department of Energy was created, ostensibly to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, our imports represented around 30 percent of our total petroleum consumption. Presently about two-thirds of all our oil is foreign sourced. Good job, federal bureaucracy! Shipping and delivery costs All that oil we’re obtaining from foreign sources must be transported halfway around the globe on ships that run on diesel. How many gallons do you think a tanker burns to bring a million barrels of oil across the ocean? And what happens to the shipping costs as the price of diesel rises? Once offloaded in port, oil must be transported to the refineries via pipelines that charge fees. Refinery costs We haven’t built a new refinery since the Carter Administration … but we’ve lost a few in that time. Meanwhile, our “helpful” federal government has mandated boutique fuel blends. Refineries must make one blend for Missouri and another for Illinois., which cannot be sold across the regional boundaries. Retailer profits On average, retailer profits are about 10 cents per gallon … unless you pay by credit card. Then the credit card company

takes a fee, based on the sale price, of about 6 or 7 cents per gallon. This is why gas stations are now mini-markets. They need to sell higher margin items to stay alive. Oil company profits and taxes Oil companies earn approximately 2 cents for every gallon sold. States place taxes on gasoline ranging from under a dime to half a buck per gallon, with the national average being 48 cents. So, for every penny the oil companies earn, the states make almost a quarter. Who’s reaping the windfall profits? The states invest nothing in exploration, extraction, transportation, formulation, refining or delivery of gasoline, yet they make nearly a quarter for every penny the oil companies earn in profit. You can see what you pay in taxes per gallon online at commonsensejunction.com/notes/gastax-rate.html. Once the states get their share, the feds also get a chunk. About 18 cents per gallon goes to the Federal Government. So, about 66 cents of every gallon you pump is simply paid to the state and federal government in taxes. Lay that against the lowly 2 cents profit per gallon that the oil companies get. If the profits of the oil companies are obscene, what about the Federal and State Governments appropriating 33 cents and delivering nothing for every cent the oil companies make in profit while delivering vital products to market? But they sell billions of gallons. They earn billions in profit. Ok … and so? That profit goes to their shareholders. When they make money, 9.2 million stockholders benefit. Do you have a 401K, IRA or a pension? I’ll just bet you’re one of those evil oil profiteers. According to ABC News the five big oil companies was $38.2 billion in 2010. How fast does Government spend 38.2 billion? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? With approximately 330 million people in the USA, it takes $3 per person to make a billion dollars. So all five companies in total earned about $114.60 from each of us in 2010. Now think about what you spent on gasoline in 2010. Now realize that around $4000 was collected from each of us in gas taxes by the states and the feds in that same time period. Who are you mad at now? So, who should be demonized when you feel that pain at the pump?

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9, were on their computer, and watching television while the rest of the family slept. Kylie went to get a snack from the kitchen when she noticed smoke coming from the door leading to the garage. She heard a loud crashing sound and she immediately alerted Austin. The two went to wake the adults sleeping in the master bedroom. The adults then evacuated the two young adults who were sleeping in the basement and called 911 from a neighbor’s house. The smoke detectors did not activate until everyone was safely out of the home. When asked where they learned the actions to take if they were confronted with a house fire, both stated they learned from the firefighters who had visited there schools. “This incident underscores the importance of the partnership between schools and fire departments to provide on-going fire education programs for young students,” said Chief Rob Wylie. For their quick and appropriate actions, the Cottleville Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors and staff awarded each of them with a Certificate of Commendation.

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Woman commits suicide in jail A 31-year-old woman from Florissant allegedly hung herself while in the St. Charles County Jail on Feb. 20. Annie Wilson had been arrested in Hazelwood on Feb. 17 for allegedly writing bad checks. John Sonderegger, county spokesperson, said she was brought to the St. Charles County jail late on Feb. 17. “She was found dead in her cell after hanging herself with a bed sheet about 10:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20),” Sonderegger said.

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Presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at Lindenwood University later this week. Paul is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. on Sat., March 10, in Hyland Arena on the St. Charles campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Congressman Paul represents the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He advocates a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.. “We think it is important to our students and the community to be able to see and hear the various people that are seeking to be president of the United States. This is in keeping with the mission of higher education,” said Chris Duggan, with Lindenwood University. “Thus, Mr. Paul and all the other candidates have been invited to speak on campus; he was the first to respond affirmatively.”

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County Council approves purchase of new voting equipment By Brian Flinchpaugh Although the purchase faced strong questioning, the St. Charles County Council agreed to go along with buying new voting machines at a cost of more than a $1 million. The council voted 4-1 at its Feb. 27 meeting to approve a $1,193,423.70 bid from Henry Adkins & Son, Inc. for new voting machines. The new equipment should be in place in time for county voters to cast ballots in the presidential election in November. But left unresolved was whether County Executive Steve Ehlmann would veto the purchase. Ehlmann, who has 10 days to make a decision, would not comment after the meeting. It would take five votes from the council to override a veto. County Election Authority Director Rich Chrismer said the award would pay for 130 new optical scanners and 130 new touch screens – two machines for each of the county’s 121 precincts and 18 emergency backups. Half the machines would be able to be used by disabled voters. The new machines would replace equipment bought in 2005 that is wearing out, he said. The lifespan of the earlier equipment was expected to be six to eight years.

Councilman Joe Cronin, District 1, cast ogy than the old machines, which Cronin County Counselor Joann Leykam said the lone no vote. Councilman Terry Hol- also questioned. election laws are confusing but it appears lander, District 5, was out of the room at “It’s not going to cost the county $600,000 that equipment does require certification the time of the vote. Councilman Paul this year or next year,” Chrismer said. “I by the state as well as by federal authoriWynn, District 4, who was monitoring the have been budgeting for this situation, ties. vote by telephone from his job in Afghani- knowing it was going to happen for five She also said that Chrismer, as an elected stan, could not legally cast a roll call vote. and a half almost six years now.” official, is in charge of running elections “I think it’s not prudent to use brand new The equipment would be paid for from but he must follow the county’s purchasmachines,” Cronin said. “I’m not in favor funds set aside for maintaining the equip- ing policy. That policy in the county charof this venture.” ment by the county and political subdivi- ter states that an elected official needs the Cronin questioned the expenditure of sions, he told council members. approval of the County Council for pur$600,000 funds this year and $600,000 Other counties in the state are using his chases more than $25,000. in county funds in 2013 for the purchase. process in saving up to buy new machines, “The only new cost we have is buying He also questioned what appeared to be he said. He said Jackson County is going this voting equipment,” Chrismer said. He $151,000 in additional annual program- to have to pass a bond issue to buy the said the county is also eligible to receive ming, software and maintenance costs. same machines because they don’t have a $129,000 grant, which may cut the purCronin also read a letter from Dominion the money. “We have the money,” he said. chase cost of the equipment down to near Voting Systems Inc. stating that ChrisHe said the annual maintenance cost $1 million. mer’s assertion earlier that spare parts not is more like $50,000 a year. The county Councilman Joe Brazil, District 2, said being available for the older machines was already pays similar maintenance costs – if Chrismer was in an unelected position “incorrect.” Chrismer argued the new parts about $40,000 – on its present machines. such as a department head he would quesmight not be available when the bill was “This is nothing new,” Chrismer said. tion spending this amount of money more introduced that the council’s Feb. 13 meetTwelve bids were sent out and only strongly. ing. the Henry Adkins & Sons bid came back, “He’s an elected official just like the sherDominion can provide refurbished, not Chrismer said. He said the company is the iff (Tom Neer) is an elected official and we new equipment and parts, Chrismer said in only one certified to sell voting equipment don’t tell Tom what kind of cars to buy or response to Cronin. He said he wasn’t sure by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. what kind of guns to buy or what kind of if those refurbished parts would work Cronin also questioned whether compa- equipment to get,” Brazil said. “I guess if Chrismer said the new machines from nies only needed a federal certification to Rich makes a bad decision, he won’t be reelected.” Henry Adkins & Son used better technol- sell machines in Missouri.

March caucuses are step two in the long road to Nov. 6 presidential election By Jeannie Seibert The Feb. 7 presidential primary election was just the beginning. The next important date for St. Charles County voters in the lead-up to the November general election is the March caucuses to determine who will serve as delegates to go onto the Congressional District conventions in spring. From there another selection process determines who goes to state party conventions. At the state level, it will be determined who will go to the national convention in late summer. It is likely some St. Charles County voters will be among those representing their respective parties on the national level in preparation for the face-off in the Nov. 6 general election. The Republicans have more to do than the Democrats. Not only delegates and alternates but caucus-goers will select their presidential preference. St. Charles County Republican Central Committee Caucus Chairman Bryan Spencer has researched and outlined rules governing an orderly event to deter-

mine presidential preference and to name those 130 delegates and alternates who will attend the two Congressional district conventions. Spencer, a government teacher at Francis Howell North High School, said doors will open at the school’s auditorium at 8 a.m. March 17. Francis Howell North is located at 2549 Hackmann Rd. in St. Charles. Caucus proceedings will begin sharply at 10 a.m. “When the gavel goes down at 10 (a.m.), the doors will close and no one else will be let in,” Spencer said. He expects a hearty turn-out and because all caucus attendees must go through a registration and validation process, Spencer urged interested residents to arrive early and be prepared. Also, caucus-goers will be asked to fill out delegate forms and those attending will be divided into the two congressional districts representing St. Charles County – Congressional Dist. 2 and 3 – depending on the address of the participant. Congressional districts were redrawn after the 2010 Census so St. Charles

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Cottleville’s elected officials initiate steps to work for free By Michael R. Smith While acknowledging that the city of Cottleville is in good financial shape and has a bright future, the city’s Board of Alderman nonetheless took the first step last week to waiving salaries for the board and the mayor for an undetermined period. The board introduced a bill in its regular meeting that would allow the mayor and four aldermen to petition the city to forego their annual salaries. Those funds would be returned back to the city. The waiver and its term would be voluntary with each official determining the amount and term of their participation. Mayor Don Yarber said the bill was necessary because officials can’t simply return their paychecks to the city because of income tax issues. “We’re W-2 employees. There are tax liabilities now” (to returning the paychecks), he said. Currently, the mayor’s salary is $12,000 annually. Each of the four aldermen receives $2,400 a year. If all five officials voluntarily waived their compensation to the city, Cottleville would save $21,600 annually and those funds would remain in the city’s general revenue fund. City Administrator Scott Lewis — who also serves the city as police chief — said there are no specific plans for how to use

the funds instead of paying salaries. However, he said that because they would not be a reliable income source the salaries might be applied to one-time expenses. Lewis speculated that some of those expenses or projects might include a fee the city would incur if it applies to Standard & Poor’s for an A credit rating. Park improvements or re-establishing a regular communication program to residents which was discontinued earlier were other possibilities for the funds, he said. The salary waiver is “totally voluntary on their part,” Lewis said, about the board and mayor’s participation. Each individual would need to petition the city to waive their salary for a specific period. The idea for the waiver came up last year as city officials met to discuss the current municipal budget, Lewis said. With the loss of American Furniture last year and its sales tax revenue city leaders were unsure of the total impact to Cottleville’s income. Lewis said Cottleville isn’t in poor financial shape. The possibility of the city seeking an A credit rating is evidence that the financially conservative approach by city officials is succeeding, he said. In a separate meeting Yarber echoed Lewis’ optimism. “I think our future is bright. Outlots will fill up. New business

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As deadline looms, county shifts political township lines By Brian Flinchpaugh The Republican-dominated St. Charles County Council approved new boundaries for 14 political townships in the county on Feb. 27 – a decision that upset some of their own party faithful. The council voted 5-1 to approve the redistricting of two political townships located within the seven council districts. The reorganization of townships is required after new council district boundaries were established last October as part of redistricting after the annual U.S. Census. County Election Authority Director Richard Chrismer had to draw new boundary lines for the townships, which are largely political entities. Democrats and Republicans each elect their own central committee people separately in each township. Township committee people can be called on to participate in nominating candidates, particularly in the case where a council member leaves office before their term expires. Chrismer forwarded new township maps that set new boundaries for the county’s 14 townships to the council earlier this year. Chrismer said he set each boundary largely based on each township having roughly 25,000 people. Because of some confusion, the maps arrived late to the council. “I looked at population only, I didn’t care who lived where,” Chrismer told the council early last month. One of the committee people affected by the new maps was his wife, he said. But after several council meetings in January and February and two council committee of the whole meetings – the latest on Feb. 21 - there was no a consensus on what maps the council would approve. The council agreed to make several changes to the maps suggested by Republican and Democratic party central committee members in January. One alteration suggested in District 1 in northwestern St. Charles County was to even out the popu-

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Price honored The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education honored Board Member President Mike Price for his recent achievement of Master Certification at the Feb. 21 meeting. Superintendent Bernie DuBray said school board members in the State of Missouri must earn at least 16 hours of credits from the Missouri School Boards Association. Price continued his education, earning 40 credit hours and Master certification.

Francis Howell Student journalist Kelsey Bell, a senior at Francis Howell North High School, has been named the Missouri Student Journalist of the Year. Bell will be honored at the Scholastic Journalism Day awards ceremony at University of Missouri on April 4. Bell learned of the honor when Aaron Manfull, FHN publications advisor along with Dr. Darlene Jones, FHN principal, made the surprise announcement in front of her classmates and family. Bell thanked Manfull and her classmates and said her success would not have been possible without their support. “The program is amazing,” Bell said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without Mr. Manfull. I’m really lucky to work with such a talented group every day.” Bell’s interest in journalism began as a freshman when she enrolled in journalism and photo journalism courses. As a sophomore, she joined the newspaper staff and later transitioned to managing editor of design as a junior. She is currently the

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ter’s determination to dominate his weight class began to manifest itself in a big way. He jumped on Wentzville Holt’s Lawton Benna, got Benna back on his heels and pinned him in just 42 seconds to win the semifinal match. The next afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 18, all of Richter’s hard work paid off big as he pinned William Erneste of Park Hill in 1:44 to win the 113-pound division state title. “That was fun,” Richter said. “Mainly I just went out there and was trying to set the pace, a lot of pressuring and forcing him into what I wanted to do and not letting him take shots.” Richter’s state medal performance allowed Timberland to finish fifth overall in the state meet but perhaps more importantly has raised even bigger expectations for Richter. Sporting a 4.04 GPA and having an eye toward engineering in his academic future, Richter appears poised for success.

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Although Kevin is retiring from public office, you will still see him at Dardenne Prairie events and of course at the new park with his kids!

Kevin believes in giving back to the community and that is what led him to his 3 years of service as Alderman for Dardenne Prairie. The people of Dardenne Prairie wanted and needed a place for their families to be able to gather and enjoy life. Kevin is proud of his participation in the development of the City Park, which meets this need.

Kevin’s true joy in life is his family. His kids are 9 and 7 and Kevin wants to always be an essential part of their lives. He enjoys participating in their activities and especially loves serving as coach for their little league teams.

wondered why he would take on such a huge project. With the help of a few handy neighbors and friends he restored it and now gets compliments whenever he drives it.

Saint Louis Triathalon, to be held in August of this year. Through all the busy times of day to day living, Scott stills finds time to help others. He works with United Services, Stray Rescue and Three Avocados. Three Avacados is a non profit coffee company. 100% of the net proceeds from Three Avocados coffee provide clean water in Uganda, Africa. Scott is able to combine his love of animals and hiking by volunteering at Stray Rescue with a hiking group. Stray Rescue houses dogs that are often abused or living on the streets in the City of St. Louis or in the metro east. Members of the hiking group will pick up a dog at the shelter and take it on hikes, often in St. Charles County. This exposes the dogs to nature and provides much needed human interaction. The volunteers will also take the dogs to adoption events and help find homes. In some cases the volunteers will offer foster care for the animals as is the case with Infrared, pictured here. Scott has opened his heart and his home to Infrared and is happy to announce that she has been adopted and will soon go to her “forever home” . To learn more about this organization or enjoy other success stories, visit fourdirectionshiking.com. Scott looks forward to seeing the City move forward after his term is up as Alderman.

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Serving as Alderman is a tough job. The Aldermen do not just meet twice a month, they also must spend time researching the issues so they can make an unbiased, educated decision which will benefit their Ward and City. They volunteer for City events, they speak to the residents and listen to their needs and wants. It takes very special individuals to serve as Aldermen and we have been so fortunate to have had the best of the best here in Dardenne Prairie. We will miss you, Kevin and Scott. You are leaving some big shoes to fill.

People who volunteer their time and energy to the City do so because they want to improve our small part of the world and make it a place people want to live and raise their families. Scott and Kevin put their hearts and souls into everything they did and should be very proud of the good they brought to our community.

Alderman Scott Kolbe of Ward 1 and Alderman Kevin Harris of Ward 2 have decided they will not run for re-election in April. On behalf of the other Aldermen, the City Hall staff and the residents of Dardenne Prairie, I would like to thank them for their commitment to our City.

There is No Place Like Dardenne Prairie in the Spring What a wonderful time of year. This year is especially exciting because we will be enjoying our first spring in the new park behind City Hall. The park has been a huge success for kids and adults alike. I have been a bit surprised but extremely happy to have seen many visitors throughout the winter. We have been lucky to have had a somewhat mild winter and our residents have made the most out of every possible chance to be outdoors. The Dardenne Prairie Parks and Recreation Commission have been planning all winter to keep things lively in the Prairie! They are responsible for the Easter Egg Hunt, Prairie Day, the Tree of Lights Celebration and all of the other great events held throughout the year. Our wonderful Barbara Soelle will be handling events for our older adults. We will be having fun and entertaining things planned throughout the year. Please watch our website www.dardenneprairie.org for updates. Just to give you a hint of what’s in store…how does croquet in May sounds! I can’t wait. We will also be hosting bands and movies every other Saturday through June. Pam Walsh has been researching entertainment and promises something for everyone. Again keep checking our website, you aren’t going to want to miss a thing.

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Scott Kolbe Alderman, Ward 3 Alderman Scott Kolbe and his wife, Lauren, have lived in Dardenne Prairie for 11 years. In 2000 they began their own company, KolbeCo Marketing Resources, which has developed into one of the St. Louis area’s top marketing and public relations firms. Scott has been an Alderman for Dardenne Prairie for the last 8 years. He has played a part in the most exciting time of our City, guiding it towards the future. His proudest moment was meeting with DPZ, a major leader in urban planning, and helping develop the vision of Dardenne Prairie’s future growth and development, the Uptown district. Scott loves all things “outdoors”. He enjoys climbing mountains in Colorado and boating on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Scott is currently training for the Lake

Kevin Harris Alderman, Ward 2 Alderman Kevin Harris, his wife, and 2 children have lived in Dardenne Prairie for 3 years. They moved here from Florissant, MO because his wife wanted to be closer to work and they fell in love with Dardenne Prairie and knew it would be the perfect place to raise their family. Kevin works at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He enjoys working there because it allows him to make a difference in the lives of people across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

pictures with the Easter Bunny. We will also be celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day in conjunction with the Egg Hunt. Area fourth graders will participate in the Arbor Day Essay contest. This year the kids will be asked to read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. This is the story of a polluted world and a small orange creature that speaks for the trees. The kids will then write an essay that answers the question: “If you were the Lorax and spoke for the trees, what would you tell

humans today?” The Arbor Day Essay Awards will be presented to the students at 10 a.m. in the park gazebo and saplings, including Redbuds and Flowering Dogwoods will be given away while they last. Informational booths for Earth Day will be set up from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. This year Mission Clean Stream will take place on April 14th. Last year was a huge

The Parks & Recreation Commission is always looking for energetic volunteers to assist with our various events. If you are interested please contact us at 636-7555308 or email parks@dardenneprairie.org.

success with 100 volunteers who helped remove trash from three different Dardenne Prairie creeks. If you would like to join us, please contact us at 636-755-5308 or e-mail parks@dardenneprairie.org.

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parks, libraries, bowling, skating and the Camps, Lou Fusz offers many Summer waterpark. (Campers need to have fin- Mini-Camps in South County, St. Charles ished kindergarten for Camp Guppy) For County, West County, Jefferson County, our youngest campers, we have Camp Kirkwood, University City and Southern IlKindergarten. Children who are enrolled linois. Camp activities are designed to enfor kindergarten beginning August 2012 hance the young players’ techniques and will enjoy 4 major field trips plus library are conducted by experienced coaches visits, park visits, water play and tons of who know how to teach and keep things summer fun mixed with a bit of kinder- fun. For more information, call or email garten readiness. Certified Teachers. martypike@loufuszsoccer.com. Ages 5-12. Camps run May 29 - August 10, 2012.

Lutheran High School The Little Gym Anytime, Summertime Camps 7347 Mexico Road • St. Peters (636) 970-1220 www.tlgstcharlesmo.com The Little Gym’s non-competitive, theme based summer camps provide children an opportunity for fitness, fun and total development…not to mention a fantastic way to beat the St. Louis heat. Each week of camp is designed around a theme, such as “Cheerleading” or “Fantasy Castle.” Theme-related activities include games, obstacle courses, arts and crafts and lots of imagination! A light snack is also included. The flexible schedule allows you to choose 2-day or 3-day camps, as many weeks as you like. The Little Gym offers camps M/W/F from 1:304:30pm and T/TH from 9:00 am- noon. Camps are for children ages 3-8 and potty trained, please.

Lou Fusz Soccer Club Lou Fusz Soccer Complex-Maryland Heights CBC High School-West County O’Fallon Sports Park-St. Charles County (314) 628-9341 or (314) 393-1164 www.loufuszsoccer.com

5100 Mexico Road • St. Peters (636) 928-5100 www.lhssc.org The Lutheran High School of St. Charles County’s Summer Camp Program provides an opportunity for students (both High School and elementary school) to grow and develop in specific co- curricular areas. In accordance with the mission statement of Lutheran High School, all summer camp experiences will encourage personal and spiritual nurturing while promoting skill development for a specific sport or activity. In addition to personal development, students will be introduced to the Lutheran High School community and experience the quality of Lutheran High School programs. Finally, Lutheran High School team camps will provide an opportunity for team growth and unification.

St. Peters Summer Camps (636) 939-2FUN www.stpetersmo.net

The City of St. Peters has a Summer Camp for every kid! At Rec-Plex Camps, kids ages 6-12 enjoy swimming, ice skating, gym play, field trips and more fun At Lou Fusz Soccer Club, “Learn Through activities. Sports Camps are available for Fun” is the camp motto! Lou Fusz offers soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, a Spring Program and Summer Camps. volleyball, hockey and figure skating. Art All camps are open to the public. In ad- Experience Camps at the Cultural Arts dition to the Full and Half Day Summer Centre offer drawing, painting, sculpture,


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Fencing, Theater and more. Art campers also get a chance to play at the RecPlex. Most St. Peters camps come with a FREE T-shirt. Registration begins March 17. Learn more at www.stpetersmo.net or call 636.939.2386, ext. 1400.

Sylvan Learning Center 14248 Manchester Rd. (at Hwy 141) Ballwin (636) 394-3104 17541 Chesterfield Airport Rd. Chesterfield (636) 537-8118 www.sylvanlearning.com Learning feels good...even in the summer! Sylvan offers year-round academic core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, & tutoring programs in reading, math, al- Responsibility and Faith. At YMCA Camp gebra, writing, study skills, test-prep, col- Lakewood, kids make friends and memlege prep for ACT/SAT, and high school ories that last a lifetime, and the diverse math/science tutoring. Professional cultural staff ensures every child has a and highly trained teachers develop safe and fun-filled experience. Registraprograms with customized content and tions are being accepted now. personalized instruction, based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Sylvan’s motivating environment builds Whitfield School confident, independent learners for all 175 South Mason Road • St. Louis students, including LD, ADD, dyslexic, (314) 434-5141 • www.whitfieldschool.org CAPS, etc. Summer camps offer parents Ruth Greathouse, Interim Head of School flexible scheduling to help keep their children’s skills sharp or to get ahead! Syl- At Whitfield, students enjoy the journey van offers in-center & online programs, to greater things. Meaningful academic as well as IN-HOME tutoring. Call or visit engagement is the norm in classrooms where students learn by doing. Authenfor more information. tic research, collaboration, visual projects, discussions, and debates are just some of the ways students build knowlYMCA Camp Lakewood edge and experience. From grades 6-12, (573) 438-2154 or (314) 241-9622 all students take required core courses Potosi in math, science, English, history, and www.camplakewood.org a modern language every year. Middle YMCA Camp Lakewood is a residential school students study visual arts, theater, summer camp for children ages 6–17 music, and Latin, and high school stusituated on over 5,000 wooded acres dents choose additional academic and with a 360-acre lake, 90 minutes south art elective courses. The Class of 2011 of St. Louis. Children enjoy the tradition- was admitted to 158 of the nation’s final activities of camp, including archery, est schools and earned $1.7 million in zip line, climbing tower, water activities, honorary scholarships. Warrior athletic horseback riding, arts & crafts and much teams have won 19 state championships more, as well as being exposed to YMCA in the last ten years.

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“Finally, on March 7th, Advice for Brainwashed People...” How thinking for yourself may change everything, the way it did for me... Dear friend, You may have seen this picture before in some of my other articles. Let me tell you something about it that may be fascinating to you, and may actually change your life, and help save you thousands of dollars.

shoulder or arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few.

That brainwashing comes at a price. It costs a lot of money to make people see things from only one point of view. How about three billion dollars a day!

How You Can Benefit if You Act Now-

That’s what the pharmaceutical industry spends every day to bring you their messages. If you boil it down, and if we listened to everything they said, we might believe that we have no control over our health. You may believe that the answer to health comes only from the pills they have to offer.

That’s me (Dr. Jason Hamed) with my Daughter, Reese getting her first bicycle!

It was twenty years ago when my whole world changed.

Here’s what some of my patients had to say:

I developed a painful condition known as “ear and sinus infections.” In my case it came on little by little. The pain in my sinuses, ears, head and chest was so intense that there were times I could hardly breathe, much less get out of bed. I didn’t feel well enough to keep up with my friends. I was afraid that I’d lose my friendships and my self confidence if the disability continued. After considering surgery (that was the only option, according to the surgeon) I decided against it. But there’s more… My uncle convinced my parents to try chiropractic. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt – in fact, it actually felt good. I got relief, and I began breathing and feeling normal again! That’s when I told my friends I was going to become a chiropractor myself. And, you know what? I never looked back; it was the best decision I ever made. The little girl in the picture is Reese. She’s been under chiropractic care since before age one and stays healthy and happy. She rarely gets the “common” childhood illnesses like colds and ear infections. It’s wonderful how life is. Now people come to see me with their sinus and allergy problems, with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, Paid Advertisement

Many other studies show that people save money on their health care expenses by seeing a chiropractor. If you are self-employed, you know how important being able to work is! So, no, I don’t think it’s coincidence! You know, almost everyday people thank me for “curing” them of one thing or another. The truth is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that!

I expect only about 11% of the people who read this to even consider what I have to say. That’s about one out of ten. The rest will go on as they have been, which I can only describe as “brainwashed.”

I was just another athletic teenage boy playing with his friends in upstate New York. I grew up with great parents and a loving environment. But, then something happened that turned my world upside down.

on the order of $1,000 each over the two-year period.”

“I had headaches for years, and went to several specialists, and did all the tests- with no results. Then I saw Dr. Jason, and within 3 weeks, I was 90% better!” (Christie Dempsey, (nurse)- St.Charles) “No more neck pain for me, and the entire process was painless!” (Dan Busekrus-Troy) “The back pain was excruciating and I could barely move. 2 weeks later, and I’m completely back to normal! Thank you Dr. Jason and team for caring and treating me like family.” (Diane Papageorge. - O’Fallon) Being a chiropractor can be tough, because there’s a host of so-called experts out there. They tell people a lot of things that are just plain ridiculous about my profession. Don’t just trust me- ask our patients! More than 90% of our patients return, and what that means is that we have massive success helping our patients!! Here’s something else. A 1994 study showed that chiropractic may double your immune capacity. That could translate into less time off from work, less prescription and over-thecounter drugs, and less visits to the doctor. If that’s not enough, a few years back, a researcher studied the records of 395,641 patients. What he found was absolutely shocking. The claims were divided into people that used chiropractic, and people that used only medicine. The ones that used chiropractic had “significantly lower health care costs,

When you respond to this offer you’ll receive my entire new patient exam for just $37. That’s with x-rays, thermal imaging….the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $350 elsewhere. But, please call right away because this terrific offer will expire promptly on April 1, 2012. Great care at a great value… Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications… I’m a graduate of both Skidmore College and Logan College. I’ve published articles in leading international journals. I’ve been entrusted to take care of everyone from newborn babies to professional athletes. I’ve even traveled as far as the Dominican Republic to serve those people in need of care. After practicing in Tulsa for three years, I moved my practice to O’Fallon. I just have that low fee to help more people who need care. My assistant is Nicole and she is a really great person. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional value. Our office is called The CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CONNECTION and it is at 111 O’Fallon Commons Dr. (a block from Hwy K & N intersection). Our phone number is 636-978-0970. Call Nicole or me today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. Jason Hamed, D.C. P.S. Bring your family with you! I’ll do the same examination on them for a $10 donation to “Feed the Children” – that’s it – just a $10 donation for a great cause! P.P.S. Can you imagine not having to wait at a doctor’s office?! Well, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we have a no-wait policy! You will be seen within minutes of your appointment – guaranteed!!


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Your Friends and Neighbors are Having Fun at Garden View Care Center!

Virtual tour puts others in shoes of dementia patients By SUE HORNOF Watching a loved one succumb to dementia is heartbreaking, but what is it like to experience dementia first-hand? A tool known as the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is being used to help caregivers and family members of those with dementia better identify with their struggles so they can improve their ability to provide compassionate care. Locally, VDT is being used at Villages of St. Peters and at The Quarters at Des Peres. Stacy Pepper, who leads social services programs for Quarters at Des Peres residents with dementia and their families, explained how the VDT works. “You are given goggles that are shaded and kind of blocked out in the middle and an mp3 player that has people talking and sirens that come out of nowhere,” Pepper said. “You put gloves on, and your fingers are kind of taped together so you’re not as

dexterous. Your shoes get altered so your balance isn’t as good.” Next, the person is sent into a dimly lit room and told to perform some tasks, like folding laundry, setting a table or writing a letter. “The staff or the families go in there and they try to go through these steps, and they’re feeling the anxiety, they’re feeling the confusion, they’re feeling all the things that (a person with dementia) would feel every day,” Pepper said. The entire VDT exercise takes only 10-15 minutes, but the reaction it elicits is powerful, Pepper said. It can be tough for family members to experience, but it can help them adjust to a parent’s dementia by helping them understand the reasons for the parent’s behavior. The Quarters at Des Peres and Villages of St. Peters offer VDT to the community as well. For more information, call Villages of St. Peters at 922-7600 or Quarters at Des Peres at (314) 521-2886.

Whether you’re looking for Alzheimer’s or dementia care, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation Services, or our Adult Day Program, Garden View Care Centers offer the services you need.

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Super Dogs: Amazing K-9s of St. Charles County By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley They cuddle, they lick and they gaze knowingly. Most of all, they love unconditionally. Mabel is a feisty 8-pound Pekingese who gurgles and grumbles and ignores most people. But when she visits “grandma’s house” in St. Peters, Mabel is at her side, whether grandma’s in bed, sitting in a chair or eating at the dinner table. “She was really very non-committal for years, but since grandma’s health started failing, Mabel doesn’t want to leave her side,” said Patricia Abel of St. Peters. “I always say Mabel is more like an independent cat than a cuddly dog, but when it comes to grandma, she’s not going to let anybody do anything bad to her.” And Mabel isn’t even a trained service dog. “Dogs have a unique bond with people,” says Lori Schmoll, a nurse with a local hospice program. For about two years she has integrated pet therapy into her work, and because of the growing need, she found herself starting with one dog and stretching it to 15. She now has “The K-9 Crew,” behind her—a group of furry miracle workers that range from a 3-pound Chinese Imperial to a 150-pound Mastiff. Schmoll and her K-9 Crew visit those facing the end of their lives. The dogs don’t have to do much, but with a lick or a gaze, Schmoll says she often sees long-gone smiles return to typically stoic faces. “I think dogs have a unique bond with people, and it’s scientifically proven that when dogs and humans interact, our bodies release the same pheromones that a nursing mother has with a new child,” Schmoll said. “That’s why the bond can become so strong between a canine and human. Research shows animal-assisted therapy can lower blood pressure, lower stress and enhance a patient’s ability to progress toward physical and psychological wellness. And, in recent years, trained therapy animals have been engaged to work with children to help overcome speech and emotional disorders.” Schmoll said, “There is something very unique about the human bond with a canine.” Schmoll said she’s always had a love for dogs, and it seemed only natural to share her dogs with other people. Her own dog, Phantom, was first on the hospice therapy team. The usually high-energy black-and-white Border collie visited patients, and Schmoll found that it helped so much, she recruited an entire crew to make pet therapy a regular part of the Time is Precious program. “Sometimes patients are so ill or at end-stage of Alzheimer’s disease, they aren’t able to communicate,” Schmoll said. “The dogs are the entryway into their world. It’s a way to go into that world and let the dog communicate with them.” Schmoll collaborates with Julie Briney, president of the St. Charles County Chapter of the national organization, Love on a Leash. Briney trains certified therapy dogs for facilities and individuals who want visits with pet therapy and formed the St. Charles County Chapter because there was none in the area. She and other Love on a Leash volunteer dogowners visit St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and the Mahon Center for adult daycare, among others. She provides training to owners and their dogs so they’re ready to volunteer when and where they’re needed.

“We took a standard poodle to a nursing home in a little town and one of the patients was suffering from end-stage Alzheimer’s. He lies in bed for the most part; his speech was limited to one or two words. His ability to follow with his eyes wasn’t good,” Schmoll said. “We got the poodle in the room and the poodle jumped up on the bed and stood face to face. The guy got a smile on his face and was tracking with the dog. Even though he wasn’t communicating with us, he recognized the dog on his bed and was making a connection though he was generally hard to reach. That dog might be the only thing that brings him a lot of happiness in the course of weeks.”

She added, “The disabled and infirmed still have feelings. Even when patients can’t talk, there’s a dog they can pet and give unconditional love. We had an ALS patient at the point where nothing was moving except her eyes. She had declined to a point where she was unable to speak or use her arms. We put the 3-pound dog at her face, let it snuggle into her neck and you could tell from the smile on her face she was enjoying it.” Schmoll says dogs—and cats—know. “They know when they have someone who appreciates them, and these service dogs, as soon as you put a vest on them, they want to go out and know they’re on display and have been trained for a reason. That’s their job,” Schmoll said. “They know when someone is getting close to death. There are certain animals who go into a room and take on an entirely different personality.” Briney said there are therapy dogs that do tricks or entertain, but for the most part, it’s the touch and look in their eyes. The fur, the textures seem to have an effect, she said. A study of 92 patients hospitalized in coronary care unit for angina or heart attack found that those who owned pets were more likely to be alive a year later than those who did not. The study found that only 6 percent of patients who owned pets died within one year, compared with 28 percent of those who did not own pets. The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained

increasing attention in recent years for a wide variety of patients — people with AIDS or cancer, the elderly and the mentally ill. Therapists say that unlike people, with whom our interactions may be quite complex and unpredictable, animals provide a constant source of comfort and focus for attention. Briney and her canine companions also see positive change with the “Tale Waggers” program at St. Charles County libraries. “Many of the children enjoy reading to the dogs, and when they do, those with reading disabilities seem to forget about their disability and are free to read. The dogs don’t criticize or complain, and we find that their reading greatly improves as they read to the dogs.” The programs are free at local libraries, Briney said. To become a therapy dog, the animal must be wellmannered and obedient, and some have specific skills for therapy. The dog owner must also enjoy it, Briney said. “I formed the St. Charles County Chapter two years ago because of my own love of dogs and because I know how their interaction affects people,” Briney said. “In the two years we’ve been doing Love on a Leash, we have assembled 32 members, and I just started a new class of eight. I never turn anyone away.” Studies have also shown that when dogs and cats come to visit a care facility, there is more laughter and interaction among residents than during any other “therapy” or entertainment time. In an inpatient setting, the presence of animals encourages socialization. Staff members have reported that it is easier to talk to residents during and after animal visits. Family members often come during the animal visits and some have reported that it is an especially comfortable and pleasant time. The Love on a Leash motto is “keep it simple,” Briney said. Whenever someone gets certified, they can decide where and when they want to go. There aren’t a lot of rules, and the dog owners seem to enjoy the camaraderie, Briney said. Sylvia Yarber of Cottleville has volunteered for several years with her dog, Bandit, a Malti-Poo — half poodle and half Maltese. “I saw in the paper that the Humane Society was having testing to certify therapy dogs,” Yarber said. “I decided to give it a try, and found it to be such a good experience, I kept it up.” For Bandit’s therapy dog certification, he had to be able to walk with her, greet other dogs and “not go crazy,” to sit on command and stay, and they had to greet a person in a wheel chair while someone in the background dropped a bedpan. “They wanted to see the dog’s reaction,” Yarber said. “You can’t have a therapy dog that is skittish. You have to be able to leave the dog with another person and count on them being calm and steady.” She added, “The therapy visits are surprising. The dogs seem to know they’re doing something worthwhile. When we head out to a nursing home, I say, ‘Bandit, we’re going to work.’ You can’t imagine how good they are with the people. In some cases people are incapacitated, and you’d have to put their hands on the dog. It is just heart warming to watch those smiles appear. In other cases, people didn’t have good motor skills, and they’d pull Bandit’s hair, but he’d just sit there. It’s like he knows he is there to do something good. It’s some kind of sense they have.”


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p.m. on Sat., March 24, at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 12033 Dorsett Road in St. Louis County. For more information, contact Judy Williams at sccyo@sccyo.org. • • •    Internationally recognized artist Faith Ringgold will have an exhibit until June 1 at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Centre in St. Charles. Ringgold began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts - art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. Admission is $5 for the public and free for FAC members. For more information, visit www.foundryartcentre.org.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women’s History Month will be celebrated throughout March at St. Charles Community College. “Iron Jawed Angels” will be presented at noon on Tues., March 21, in the Student Center Private Dining Room at SCC. “We End Violence” presentation by ALIVE will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., March 22, at the College Center Rotunda at SCC. All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information on other women’s history month events, call Mandi Smith at 922-8469 or asmith@stchas.edu.

The sixth annual Baby Kid Expo presented by Progress West HealthCare Center and Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 24 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Exhibitors will include hospitals, daycare facilities, tutors, photographers, dance groups, sports groups, camp information, safety equipment, home items and shopping. For more information, check out our full schedule at www.babykidexpo. com or call 866-654-EXPO.

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Wouldn’t it be great to own your home free and clear before your kids start college or before you retire? Maybe you’d like to save a huge chunk of change over the life of your mortgage. In that case, you might consider a 15-year mortgage instead of the more common 30-year mortgage. Last week a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.875 percent at one large St. Louis lender while 30-year rates ranged from 3.6 percent to 4 percent, reflecting an increase from the prior week. The monthly payments are somewhat higher on a 15-year mortgage but the interest rate is typically a bit lower than a 30-year note, which offsets part of the increase in the monthly payment. Oh, and here’s some good news from the National Association of Realtors: The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January to the highest level in nearly two years. Existing home sales were up again in January with a 4.3 percent monthly increase. Seasonally adjusted, sales have risen 8 percent since August. Last month, inventory of unsold new homes decreased to the lowest level since January 2006. Here’s some more good news. Savings, free finished lower level on McKelvey’s villas What’s better than a new home? Having a finished lower level when you move in – and it’s free! McKelvey Homes’ Villas at Westmeade in the heart of Chesterfield is THE place to be right now, with terrific savings plus a free finished lower level on a selection of five beautiful market homes. According to McKelvey Homes President Jim Brennan, “There’s never been a better time to purchase an amazing new Westmeade villa. We are including an amazing finished lower level, complete with a rec room with a walk-up wet bar, bedroom and full bath. This is a $41,090 value, which can be yours absolutely free when you purchase a McKelvey ready for movein villa in the month of March. Best yet, we’re offering an additional $10,000 off on our designer market villas, for a total savings of $51,090,” Brennan notes. “Buyers love Westmeade’s perfect combination of luxurious, yet low-maintenance living, all in a sought-after West County location off Baxter Road just west of Clarkson Road.” Five available Designer Market villas are on outstanding homesites with several backing to wooded panoramas. Two

of the market villas are the popular Tivoli 1½- story. In addition, McKelvey has three available Trevi ranch market homes. To reach The Villas at Westmeade, take Clarkson Road south on Highway 40 and turn right on Baxter Road to the entrance on the left. For more information, call 530-1311, or visit mckelveyhomes.com. Payne Family Homes close out Spring shoppers hoping to own a single-family home in two of Payne Family Homes’ most popular neighborhoods will have to act promptly. Racing to close-out in St. Charles is The Enclave at Heritage; and the single-family section of The Pointe at Heritage Crossing in St Peters. Only three single-family ownership opportunities remain in The Pointe – the Breckenridge display, a four-bedroom, 3½-bath two-story, reduced to $318,000; an inventory version of the top-selling, three-bedroom Baltimore ranch, available immediately at $234,900; and one walkout homesite that can accommodate any of the seven single-family designs offered, starting from $179,900. Julie Jones, community sales manager (314-482-0769), is now greeting customers in The Pointe’s new Keller villa display. Among Payne Family’s final six offerings in The Enclave at Heritage are four homesites. Three are walkouts that back to trees, and one is a large in-grade setting. Depending on the site, purchasers have the choice of up to 11 starting from $221,250 and including a standard three-car garage. For buyers in a hurry, The Enclave is showcasing two inventories – a move-in-ready Baltimore ranch, reduced to $264,900, and a Breckenridge two-story, listed at $329,900 and scheduled for delivery in April. Community sales manager Kim McIver maintains her sales office at nearby Tuscany (314-220-2861). Consort Homes honored for service Consort Homes was awarded the Builder Partnerships Achievement Award (BPAA) for Highest Distinction in Customer Satisfaction Feb. 7 at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Consort was the only Missouri builder and one of only 11 builders nationwide to receive award. Consort Homes offers a variety of home collections including townhomes, starting at $110,000, and single family homes


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Providing In Home Care for Seniors and the Disabled • Our ability to deliver services in customized packages-hourly, live-ins, couples care, bath visits, sleepovers, and respite care • Call to see if your loved one qualifies for Veteran's Benefits

GUNS WANTED

Yes, we are bonded and insured Call Right At Home

Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer

636-379-9955

You Come to Us or We Come to YOU Mark at 636-233-4544

www.stcharles.rightathome.net

Top Price Paid • Any Condition

In Home Care & Assistance

Cleaning Services A 2 Z Cleaning - Residential & Commercial. Insured & Bonded. Professional and Thorough Customized Cleaning. FALL Special: 20% off of 2nd & 4th cleaning! Free estimates. Call Vicki (314) 283-1185 or a2zcleaning2@yahoo.com. Classifieds

636.591.0010

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Easter Bunny For Hire

EGG HUNTS • Subdivisions Adult and Child Care • Church Company • Parks and Rec.

Balloons & Face Painting In business since 1981

Call Susan 636-978-8716 or ruffles621@hotmail.com

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ARVESTER SERVICES Co., LLC

Complete Lawn Care

Cut • Trim • Fertilize • Aeration Landscape Beautification Fence/Deck Restoration Power Washing • Gutter Cleaning Concrete Seal Coating/Staining Reasonable Rates • Family Owned

636-293-5981 Early Bird Specials! Mower Tune-ups Free Plug & Oil

Lawn Mowing

One FREE Cut/Season

Karen's Painting Looking for a job done right the first time? On time? Neat & organized? Someone who respects your home like her own? Interior & exterior painting. Free estimates. Discounts on empty properties. Call KAREN 636-352-0129.

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Plumbing

Ugly Counters? New painting technique transforms any countertop to a granite look. If you want the look of granite without the cost! Free estimates. See photos at www.mycustomgranite.com or call 618/939-2401. Mention ad for $50 discount.

Call Ellen

Thomure Plumbing LLC - Quality, Full Service Commercial & Residential since 1980. New Installation & Repair. Reasonable Rates. Call Mike today for a FREE ESTIMATE (636) 262-6489.

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636.591.0010 Music Piano Appraisals - call Bob Gray - The Music Man, certified piano appraiser. 314-409-0787.

Painting Services AdvAntAge PAinting & PowerwAshing Interior & Exterior Painting

Revive Your Landscaping!

SPRING CLEAN-UP Specialize in 1-Time Clean-ups See website for PHOTOS

636-322-9011 www.bruce-son.com

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Landcsaping

WE HAUL IT ALL Service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email: jandjhaul@aol.com

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Carpenter Apprentices for framiing and siding crews. Experience a plus but not necessary. Call Terry at 314-574-7182. EEO/ Drug Screen Required.

Simple Repairs local, experienced service man solving all types of home problems. Electrical, plumbig, carpentry inside and out. Call Paul at 636236-0388.

J & J HAULING

Easter

Angel Heart Petsitting/Housecleaning Services: Experienced Christian woman with a caring heart will lovingly look after your pet when needed or clean your home or apartment. Excellent character and work references. Call for interview at 636-9700442.

Call Ellen

Help Wanted

Landcsaping

Mold Removal • Wallpaper Stripping Top Quality Work • FREE Estimates

636.262.5124 InSuRed • MenTIOn Ad & ReCeIVe 10% OFF

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ANYTHING IN PLUMBING - Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call or text anytime: 314-409-5051.

Tax Services Sederburg & Associates Tax Services 636-928-1040 www. TaxTeam1040.com.

Wanted Wanted To Buy. Baseball Cards, Sports Cards. Cardinals Souvenirs and Memorabilia Pre-1975 Only. Private Collector 314-3021785.

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