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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR More on Social Security To the Editor: This letter is in response to “Social Security is not an entitlement,” by Corrine Kuhn (Letters to the Editor, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, March 26) Social Security was never intended as a personal “investment account” to build an individual retirement plan. The government designed it to increase revenue during the Great Depression, when the economy struggled and the government wanted to maintain its income. In the 1930s, life expectancy was less than age 65 so the average person would not receive retirement benefits. Any reference to “personal” funds is and was a smokescreen. Over the years since, several things happened. Life expectancy increased past age 65; persons who never paid into the fund became recipients (former participants in the Railway Retirement Plan); disability payments were granted all too easily; and so on. In real terms, Social Security became a Ponzi scheme – with payments being made from recent revenue. There is not (and never was) an interest-bearing reserve. Some of the blame has to lie with the taxpayers/voters who believed what our leaders wanted them to believe. Jerome Crosson St. Peters

This is not ‘blending in’ To the Editor: In response to the cover story “Blending In,” in the Jan. 29 issue of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, I would like to express my opinion on behalf of the neighbors of group homes. We had an Emmaus Group Home move into our neighborhood over a year ago. The home is leased/rented from an investor. I went to several city meetings and

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News Br iefs Dardenne Prairie resident honored The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had the honor of presenting a National DAR Award to Dardenne Prairie resident Gladys Griensenauer. Through Griensenauer’s efforts the history, stories and artifacts “so vital to understanding the past and her community” have been collected, identified and preserved. She volunteers her time and expertise to the city of Dardenne Prairie by maintain- From left: Regent Karen Wisner, of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter - Daughters of ing a display case and photo gallery the American Revolution, Gladys Griesenauer of pictures and artifacts at city hall. and Barb Peterson, chairman of the chapter’s Griensenauer’s name and story Historical Preservation Committee. will be a permanent part of the National DAR website honoring Women in American History.

O’FALLON Jury finds mom guilty of neglect, endangerment A jury found a 38-year-old St. Peters woman guilty of child neglect and child endangerment last month. Gina Grzeskowiak was found guilty of three counts of felony abuse or neglect of a child and one count of felony endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges originated with incidents occurring in July 2013 when Grzeskowiak threw a can of infant formula at one of her three children, who sustained injuries. When St. Peters Police Department officers located Grzeskowiak, the child was found with additional injuries that Grzeskowiak admitted to inflicting. A 5-month-old infant also was seen inside the vehicle in a car seat without a seatbelt.

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ST. PETERS No painting, please Residents are cautioned against painting address numbers along the curb. Some residents in St. Peters have reported that solicitors are selling a service to paint address numbers on curbs. The city of St. Peters does not recommend or endorse painting address numbers on curbs in front of homes, and the city is unaffiliated with solicitors selling this service. According to emergency agencies, the preferred location for addresses is on the front of the home near the front door or above a garage door that is visible from the street. Numbers painted on the curb can be blocked by vehicles and other obstacles, including snow and ice in the winter. If a solicitor selling curb address numbers claims an affiliation with the city of St. Peters, residents are asked to contact the St. Peters Citizen Action Center at 477-6600, ext. 1225.

Aldermen oppose right-to-work St. Peters elected officials are weighing in against “right to work” legislation now currently making its way through the Missouri General Assembly.

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Athlete returns from Paralympic Games Lindenwood University student Josh Pauls returned to St. Louis after he and his United States Sled Hockey teammates defeated Russia 1-0 on March 15 to win the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Americans are the first team in Paralympic history to repeat as consecutive gold medalists, having won gold at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010. U.S. forward Josh Sweeney scored the only goal of the game during the second period. The U.S. defense allowed just six shots, and goaltender Steve Cash made two key saves in the third period. Pauls, a power forward on the U.S. team, was born without tibia bones in both legs. At 10 months old, both of his legs were amputated. “I was so young, it really didn’t matter,” said Pauls. “When I learned to walk, I learned on prosthetics.” “I love hockey, and after I took the legs off it dawned on me that this was the way I’d be able to play the sport,” Paul said. “I was all about it after that.”

Dry, windy conditions cause two house fires In the span of 16 hours on March 18, smoking materials combined with dry grass and windy conditions caused two house fires within the Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) service area. “Cigarettes that were improperly disposed of caused the grass to ignite which then rapidly spread to the yards and decks of both homes. One of the fires spread to the back of the house before fire units arrived” said CCFR Chief Russ Mason.

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ELECTION PREVIEW In anticipation of the April 8 election, St. Charles County candidates in contested races were invited to answer the following questions: Why are you running and what are your priorities if elected? What are your qualifications for holding public office? Due to space limitations, only the answers to question No. 1 are listed here. Answers to both questions can be found online at newsmagazinenetwork.com. Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has not verified and does not endorse statements made by the candidates. Candidates are listed in ballot order. COTTLEVLLE Francine E. Nowling • Alderwoman, Ward 1 I moved to Cottleville in 2012. I love the city and want to watch it grow. I feel that there are many areas that can be improved or altered and I want to represent all the families in Cottleville. As a mother of three I feel that I can relate to many residents. Donald Buchheit • Alderman, Ward 2* I am running for office as city of Cottleville Alderman Ward 2 to continue serving the residents of Cottleville. My top priorities will be (but not limited to): Continue working on park improvement, including the trail system, sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, and the amphitheater in Legacy Park. I also will continue to work with city staff to bring more business and residents to the city. I will work with St. Charles County leaders to continue road improvements in our area. Don Yarber • Alderman, Ward 2 Cottleville is stagnant and needs to keep moving forward. It is important for residents to know their representative. He should be visible and available. Do the residents of Ward 2 know their present representative? Our city park needs to be completed. The sand volley ball court and amphitheater should be a priority. We need to make a renewed effort to fill the American Electronics property, and find a tenant for the recently closed Rib City. DARDENNE PRAIRIE David C. Zucker • Alderman, Ward 1 It’s time to bring the Dardenne Prairie city government out of the back room and into the open. I will press to make the following changes: Conduct the city’s business in the open, in plain sight of our citizens; post budgets and proposed ordinances on the city’s website well in advance of board meetings; provide ample opportunity for citizens to be heard before decisions are made; manage city budgets responsibly and never spend more money than the city collects; preserve our quality of life; avoid over-crowding of residential property and overdevelopment of commercial property.

Michael MacCormack • Alderman, Ward 2 I will actively seek the input of Dardenne Prairie residents on city initiatives and developments. I will provide common-sense fiscal oversight to make sure the city is achieving optimal results. Finally, I will foster a collaborative environment with other elected officials and city employees. Daniel Koch • Alderman Ward 3 I am running for this office because the voices of many citizens in my ward are not receiving adequate representation. I will remedy this through better accessibility. I will work to increase, not restrict, citizen input through monthly coffees, Facebook, email and phone. I will be a voice for those I represent. As I am made aware of information, I will work to provide timely, accurate updates on issues important to the community. Judith Helms • Alderwoman, Ward 3 Dardenne Prairie is a rapidly growing city, and as alderwoman I want to ensure that the community at large has a voice in the future growth of the city. In addition I want to preserve the quality of our parks, bike trails and walking trails.

Karen Vennard • Alderwoman, Ward 2* I am the incumbent. I would like to see a master plan for smart commercial growth within our city. Continue to oversee the wise use of city resources and a balanced budget. Continue to make improvements to infrastructure such as streets and stormwater and find funding sources for those projects. To continue to protect private property rights. Always adhere to the Constitution of the United States, the State of Missouri and the city of Lake St. Louis by never voting against what is statute. Richard Morris • Alderman Ward 3* I am a firm believer in putting infrastructure first in our budget. With our small revenue, this city cannot continue spending the way it has in the past, and yet when it comes to repairing our streets and storm sewers, the city wants to raise our taxes time after time. My priority is to vote against irresponsible spending. I’ll continue my fight against cell towers being placed in our parks. I feel I have made a difference and will continue supporting the people and not special interests. LAKE SAINT LOUIS FIRE BOARD Ralph Clark • Director* I have been involved with the district for 30 years. My top priorities are maintain and support 24/7 coverage for Lake Saint Louis; replace our aging fleet of trucks and equipment; and maintain financial stability with short- and long-term planning.

LAKE SAINT LOUIS Eric Oman • Alderman, Ward 1 If elected, I will work tirelessly to bring our city back into the rankings. If elected my top priorities would be to hold city employees accountable for their actions and replace those that do not perform their jobs per the O’FALLON law. As a project manager and informa- Arnie C. Dienoff • Councilmember, Ward 1 tion technology professional at the Boeing To provide much needed leadership by Company, I will bring my expertise to the making the correct decisions, always putting position to reduce costs, increase produc- people first by advocating for you. Restore tivity and improve quality of city services. honesty, accountability and common sense I will focus on reducing wasteful spending responsibility back to the City Council/ and hold department heads accountable for administration and every taxpayer. Balanced waste and abuse. I will put a stop to giving budgets, audits, no tax increase. I will be the away your tax dollars to special interest. “watch dog” and identify all waste. Gary Torlina • Alderman, Ward 1* I enjoy being part of the team that works hard to keep Lake Saint Louis one of the best places to live in the entire St. Louis area. To represent residents with their concerns using my experience as a member of the Community Association’s Board of Directors and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and as the current alderman in Ward 1. I have no personal agendas.

Bill Gardner • Councilmember, Ward 1* I am running for re-election for a position I have held since being appointed in May of 2006. Why? Because I truly believe one voice can make a difference in the quality of life in O’Fallon. When re-elected I will continue to strive for continued improvements in infrastructure and storm water issues, make public safety a high priority and continue to strive to make our parks system second to none.

Timothy J. Buescher • Alderman, Ward 1 I feel Lake Saint Louis can be adaptable to the future and should be a model for quality living and a great place to live. I would like to help keep the value of our homes by efficiently and effectively leading our community.

Dave Hinman • Councilmember, Ward 1 In my career as a store manager for QuikTrip Corporation my entire time is spent on customer service. I enjoy serving the public and helping in my community. There are a few things I am interested in looking at as your new councilman. My priorities are first, our trash

and recycling service has remained virtually the same since it began. I would like to add an annual recycling fair for residents to dispose of items such as clothes, building materials and electronics. Second, I would like to work with Planning and Economic development to attract new businesses and new jobs to our city. Rose Mack • Councilmember, Ward 2* I am running for councilwoman in Ward 2, because I want O’Fallon to remain a premier destination for businesses and families and for its current residents to maintain their high quality of life. If re-elected, I will continue to prioritize fiscal responsibility, safe neighborhoods, streets and infrastructure. Mike Pheney • Councilmember, Ward 5* As the incumbent, I will continue to work to improve infrastructure, particularly water mains.I will continue to work closely with economic development to bring new business to O’Fallon. I will continue to encourage the use of the Citizens First Reporting System for all city services. Russ Gatewood • Councilmember, Ward 5 I am running for office not to oppose any particular person or political party, but to challenge the status quo to create smarter and not bigger, more intrusive, and costly government. As a former U.S. Marine and Border Patrol agent, I believe the single most important priority of every elected official is to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and our way of life. I put people before politics and fairness before political gamesmanship. I believe in serving my fellow man through hard work, keeping my word, fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves, and giving without reservation. Debbie Cook • Councilmember, Ward 5 I am running for O’Fallon City Council because I believe O’Fallon residents deserve to have hard working, honest representation making the decisions for the city. There are a lot of people who are against the one way outer roads and they don’t feel like they are being heard. I want to be that voice for the residents in O’Fallon who oppose the outer road changes. Daniel E. Christoff • Councilmember, Ward 5 Reduce property taxes; develop the north side; enhance public safety. ST. CHARLES COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT Jim Ottomeyer • Board member* I have a passion for medicine, people and service to our community. I can not imagine a more vitally important service than what our

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TRUST - Protect the private property rights of ALL citizens from threats that interfere with your enjoyment of your private property. TRANSPARENCY - In government, to continue to conservatively oversee the wise use of your money. To continue increasing sales tax revenue in new businesses and find funding sources to fix streets and storm water drains. The City CANNOT and SHOULD NOT ever spend tax payer dollars on private amenities not owned by the City. TENACITY - Continue representing EVERY Lake Saint Louis citizen no matter where you live or your economic status! Some call me special interest - I am, YOU the Citizen!

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ELECTION PREVIEW, from page 10 first responders do in emergency medicine. I was elected by the people three years ago to this position. Since then, we have continued to balance the budget throughout these difficult economic times. I am excited to have the privilege to continue to lead the district in this positive direction. I believe that I am the right person for the job and I am asking for your vote. For me, it’s about lives, not politics. FORT ZUMWALT SCHOOL DISTRICT Caleb Hunter • Board Member I want to keep local control of the district; retain and support enthusiastic teachers; maintain fiscal responsibility, and provide great and challenging opportunities for students who want to learn. Emily Malabey • Board Member I am running for this office in an effort to bring additional and needed perspective to the Board. It is important to me to make a positive contribution to my community through service. My top priority is to help steer this district in a more positive direction for all students, putting students first and ensuring accountability for the public our district serves. Brent Meyers • Board Member Upon election I plan to maintain educational excellence for my children and all those in the district, address the issues with standardized test scoring, and I feel the staff should be appropriately compensated for their contribution to education. Robert Polkinghorne • Board member I bring educational and business experience to the office. Fifteen years teaching high school and middle school, and certification as a school principal make me aware of the factors that contribute to successful schools. I will support dedicated well-educated teachers and administrators. I will encourage parental involvement and disciplined classrooms. I have spent many years as a corporate training manager with budget and planning accountability. This work provided valuable experience negotiating and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. My three children graduated from Fort Zumwalt high school, and I’ve lived in the district over 25 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in education. FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT Gary Stevenson • Board Member I am seeking a board position because I want to help students receive every opportunity and service that may contribute to their successful future and quality of life, and to establish excellent learning and instructional environments in all schools. My priorities include: stop the Common Core takeover of our schools; stop the needless, excessive, ever-increasing amount of school districtrelated real estate taxes; serve as an actual

close, thoughtful and responsive listener regarding all concerns and ideas brought forth by any individual group. Rene Cope • Board member I am driven to help the Francis Howell School District advance its success. I want to improve the utilization of district resources through fiscally smart planning, informed decision-making, and cohesive implementation. My goal is to ensure that FHSD continues to raise educational standards, while doing what is best for our students, teachers and community. My priorities include addressing the student transfer issue. We cannot continue as we have this past year. Legislators need to approve a plan that educates students in their home districts. Common Core and preparing all of our students, destined for college or not, to participate in a domestic and global economy are additional priorities. Chad Lange • Board Member My strong desire and passion to serve the best interest of our children, district and community along with my dedication to a strong, safe public education system is why I chose to seek a position on the FHSD board. My top priority will be the unaccredited (Normandy) transfer issue. I am dedicated to doing all I can to get legislators to fix the issue and get FHSD back to focusing and educating our own district’s kids. Another priority of mine is early childhood education. I will advocate to get as many kids involved in our early childhood education program at the lowest prices possible. Cory Simek • Board member We must prepare our children to compete and win in a more demanding world. Our best path for success: local control and common sense academics, not Common Core. My top priority is more competitive academics. My second priority, which so many of our friends and neighbors share, is a healthy distance between our board, union and administration. We need a fresh new board, with the courage to do what is right for our children. Sound and conservative financial management round out my priorities for the board. Taxpayers work hard for every dollar we spend, and we must honor that. Dr. Kimberlyann Granger • Board member I am running for this office as a way to serve my community. I want to help the district make learning-centered decisions that will promote student success. I want to help our district increase the number of graduates who are college-ready in mathematics and English so that those students who choose to go to college can place into college-level courses. Professional development relevant to our district’s staff and teachers will be a priority. Our district does not have a choice in accepting the transfer students from Normandy, but we do have the choice to make it a win-win opportunity.

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Prop E makes second appearance on ballot By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com St. Charles County Ambulance District officials hope that county voters know what they are voting for when they decide the fate of an 11-cent tax increase, known as Proposition E, on the April 8 ballot. “For us, an educated voter is our greatest advocate,” said district spokesman Marty Limpert. He wants voters to understand what the district does and that it is not the fire department or part of county government as well as what it now needs, and the fact that its last tax increase was at its inception in 1974. Voters approved a 15-cent tax rate in 1974 but Missouri’s Hancock Amendment has since required rollbacks in tax rates resulting in the district’s current 13 cents per $100 assessed valuation. But voters didn’t reward the district last April when an identical tax increase proposal of 11 cents per $100 assessed valuation failed by less than a thousand votes. If passed next week, Prop E would cost

the owner of a $100,000 home about $22 a year or about $1.75 a month. Officials say the additional revenue would allow the district, which covers 585 square miles, to add needed personnel, reopen a station, invest in new equipment, add more stations and, most significantly, lower 911 emergency call response times for ambulances to reach patients. If it fails, Limpert said the district would continue spending cuts because it is required to have a balanced budget under state law. He said the district’s financial woes came into sharp focus in 2010 at the height of the recession when declining property values coupled with issues involving reimbursements and tax abatements cut $3.5 million in district revenues. Among the cuts in the aftermath of 2010 was the shutdown in September of one of the district’s 16 ambulance stations – the station located at 130 Weiss Road in Cottleville, a reduction in the number

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tribute some of my time to the community in which I live. My top priorities are: keep up Mike Sommer • Board member* with current educational needs in this changMy experience as a member of the Board ing world and direct programs toward future of Education and as a certified public accoun- needs to the best of my knowledge and judgtant has allowed FHSD to be successful when ment; support our current school administradifficult decisions have needed to be made. tion and staff; maintain a vibrant, productive My priorities include continuing to: ensure school system, while watching that taxpayer academic success with all student-based dollars are well spent. decisions; make responsible decisions when spending taxpayers’ money and make strate- William T. Lohmar • Trustee* gic choices for the well-being of the district; I have filed for re-election for the Board act in the belief that strong decision making of Trustees of St. Charles Community Colrequires analysis, the balancing of needs and lege because I want to continue the work concerns, and the ability to see the long-term of the previous board to make SCC a vital implication of all decisions and actions. and important place to the citizens of our area. SCC, through its Board of Trustees, Ralph C. Moore Sr. • Board Member has done an outstanding job of assuring My top priorities for the district are fiscal our residents a superior and affordable responsibility; to ensure that all of our chil- program of higher education. I believe dren, parents and stakeholders are treated in a the board has an ongoing obligation to fair and consistent manner; continue to make ensure that policies and procedures are sure children receive a quality education. financially and legally appropriate, that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely, and the ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE expenditures result in the finest academic, Arnie C. Dienoff • Trustee technical and community programs for I will ensure total accountability for every students of all ages. program, department and employee and will ensure transparency, questioning spending Pamela Sue Cilek • Trustee practices. Advocate for taxpayers and stuI am running for this office with the foldents of the district. Increase security. Ensure lowing three priorities, including finding that the results of the state audit will be fully ways for additional funding since both state corrected and implemented. Ensure that a fair and local funding has been cut in the last price and value is received from the potential five years for higher education; proposing sale of 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive property. and instituting new programs to address growing needs of the county; and achieve Robert R. Proost • Trustee* salary equity with St. Louis Community In my semi-retirement years, I want to con- College system to attract quality candidates.

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Dardenne Prairie approves on-street parking spots on Hanley Road By AMANDA KEEFE akeefe@newsmagazinenetwork.com The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen approved a change order March 19 involving 19 on-street parking spots along a portion of Hanley Road. The city had planned to place 17 onstreet parking spots along Hanley – after the community expressed a need for more parking – but later recognized the need to accommodate community members with disabilities. The approved change order calls for an addition of two

Duckett Creek Sanitary District raises rate By AMY ARMOUR aarmour@newsmagazinenetwork For the first time since 2009, Duckett Creek Sanitary District has raised its rate in St. Charles County. On March 1, the $18.75 monthly rate for residents was raised to $21.75 to help compensate for declining revenues generated by connection fees. For commercial customers the monthly charge will increase from $2.63 to $3.05 per 1,000 gallons. “For years … St. Charles County was growing and growing and growing. We were receiving a lot of money from connection fees. For 33 years, the district did not raise rates because it did not need to,” said Chuck Gross, of the Duckett Creek Sanitary District. “But since about 2007, when the economy declined and the housing boom went down, our connection fee revenue dwindled to practically nothing.” The district is funded primarily by connection fees and quarterly rates. Gross said the combination of lower revenues and older systems in need of repair created the need for the rate increase. The funds generated from the increased rates will be used to proactively maintain and repair portions of the six sewer plants which service more than 39,000 households in the county. In 2009, the district raised residential rates from $15 to $18.75. At that time the rate had not been raised for 33 years. Even with the new rate increase, Duckett Creek is the second-lowest sanitary service provider in St. Charles County. The city of St. Peters has the lowest monthly rate of $20.53. “The district has operated very carefully and conservatively,” Gross said. “We try to be careful with customers’ money.” The district’s Board of Trustees expects that over the next five years normal operating expenses will increase to 3 percent per year from approximately 2.5 percent currently, with revenue increases projected around 1 percent annually.

accessible parking spots located in front of city hall, as well as the installation of a wheelchair ramp. The remaining spots will be located near the Route 364 corridor on Hanley. Originally, city officials budgeted $74,882.20 for the project, but the change order required an increase in project funds. “It put us over budget,” explained Mayor Pam Fogarty, addressing an additional $17,639.72 needed to accommodate project revisions. However, the city came in under budget

for a previous project – improving Shetland Court – and approved using leftover funds from that project to accommodate the Hanley Road improvements. “We came in very low on the Shetland Court project,” Fogarty said. The revised Hanley Road project rings in at $92,521.92. Though the project was approved, not every city official was on board. Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Amelong said he felt the money would be better spent on the unfinished gravel

parking lot, now leased to the city and located outside city hall, which currently is not accessible. “We should put spaces out here in the lot first instead of by Hanley,” Amelong said at the March 19 meeting. “We need to focus on the lot we use all the time first.” Alderman Patrick Nasi (Ward 1) quickly nipped Amelong’s suggestion in the bud. “The money allocated (for the Hanley Road project) wouldn’t accommodate what you’re asking,” Nasi told Amelong. “It’s not like you can just switch it over.”


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Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon consider agreement on road improvements By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon officials are exploring an intergovernmental agreement to make road improvements near a site where a Menards home improvement store was planned in 2012. Menards shelved plans for the store, just off the Hwy. N south outer road near Old Hwy. N and Sommer Road, but officials from both cities are continuing discussions regarding improvements on Hwy. N, including a roundabout and intersection improvements at Hwy. N and nearby Hawk Ridge Trail. Lake Saint Louis Assistant City Administrator Eric Sterman asked the city’s

PROP E, from page 15 of ambulances in service – from two to one – at a station near Feise and Bryan roads near the O’Fallon-Dardenne Prairie border, a staff reduction of 13 emergency medical technicians, and the end of the district’s “compassionate billing” program, which reduced fees for people in need for using an ambulance. Limpert said the program allowed the district to write off as much as half a transportation bill because residents paid taxes. Now, the district is billing patients for the amount not covered by insurance. The district receives about 55 percent of its revenues from user fees or insurance and about 45 percent from property taxes. According to district data, response time has risen, up more than a minute to as much as 13 minutes in some areas of the county. If voters approve the increase, Limpert said the district will have funding to address those concerns by reopening the Weiss Road station, filling 13 vacant EMT positions, looking at new locations for stations such as near highways Z and N, reinstating the compassionate billing program and upgrading equipment. Frequent district critic Arnie Dienoff filed a lawsuit seeking to revise the ballot language when Prop E appeared on the ballot last year. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House agreed to rewrite that language, saying the tax increase’s original title, “Proposition Lifesavers,” and wording were “impermissibly biased.” The ballot measure was renamed Proposition E and simply asked voters if the ambulance board is authorized to impose the 11-cent tax. In January, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District overturned that ruling, clearing the way for the district to write its own language. But the decision came too late for the district to use the original 2013 ballot language.

Board of Aldermen on March 17 to give city staff some guidance in discussions with O’Fallon. Much of the area along Hwy. N is in O’Fallon; however, portions of the area, where a parking lot would have been located, are in Lake Saint Louis as is 16 acres of outlying land. Sterman said one of the reasons Menards may have shelved plans was a reluctance to help pay for road improvements. O’Fallon, he said, is still interested in locating a “bigbox” store on the site. “They want to build these improvements

to attract development on their site,” Sterman said. Although much of the sales tax revenue from this location would go to O’Fallon because a store would be inside their city limits, the road improvements on sections of road in Lake Saint Louis might help encourage nearby development on outlying property and other areas in Lake Saint Louis and help deal with increasing traffic, Sterman said. O’Fallon has applied for a $400,000 grant that would cover half the cost to build the roundabout.

According to Sterman, O’Fallon officials have suggested Lake Saint Louis picking up $100,000 of the project if the grant is approved. Without the grant, both cities could split the cost, providing $200,000 each. City staff, however, recommended that the city’s contribution to the roundabout be “capped” at $25,000, because most of the property is in O’Fallon. The board opted to go along with that recommendation and to participate in the Hwy. N-Hawks Point Trail intersection improvement.

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studying the issues so they can make an unbiased, educated decision which will benefit their ward and the City. Our Aldermen are often hard at work at each event the City hosts. On April 19th, you may see me and some of the Aldermen hiding Easter eggs! 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. I encourage all Dardenne Prairie residents to get involved in our community. Come to the Board of Aldermen Meetings. The Board of Aldermen meet the first and third Wednesday of every month, at 5:30 for the workshop and 7:00 for the general meeting. See first hand what is happening in our City. Hear the facts, weigh our options, and form your own opinions. Join us and see the direction your elected officials are leading your City. If you approve, see what you can do to help us reach our goals. If you do not approve, let your Alderman know your concerns. Either way we need your participation. Think of all we can accomplish together. We also welcome our residents to volunteer for other commissions. We are currently in need of volunteers to join the Board of Adjustment. This commission does not hold regularly scheduled meetings but when they need to meet, we must rely on the members to attend and provide educated guidance.

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Our Parks and Rec department is always in need of people to help with events. Easy tasks, such as helping with set up and clean up, manning booths, calling bingo for our senior events---we do not need a lot of your time and we guarantee you will have a good time. Our volunteers have a lot of fun preparing for our events and their dedication is why our events are so successful. If you would like to volunteer with our Parks Department, contact Melissa at 636-755-5308 or Melissa@dardenneprairie.org Dardenne Prairie’s own Gladys Griesenauer was recently honored with a National Daughters of the American Revolution award. If you do not know Gladys by name, if you have ever been in DP City Hall, you know her work. Gladys is responsible for the many displays and pictures showcasing Dardenne Prairie’s history. I would like to send a special thank you to Sherri Beeman with “Everything Wine and Cigars”, Misty Hallisey with ”4 Quarters Timeless Vintage” and Sharon West with “WestInn Kennels” for their generous help with the St. Charles County Mayors Charity Ball. I look forward to seeing you all this spring and summer at the park.

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt promises to be bigger and better than ever. Children under the age of 9 years old are invited to participate. Children are divided by age and will hunt at the scheduled times below. Children of all ages are welcome to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), pick up a free tree seedling for Arbor Day, or learn about recycling, butterflies and more while visiting our Earth Day booths.

Are you too old for the Easter Egg Hunt but still looking for a fun way to kick off spring? Come by our Earth Day Festival to see which local businesses are making green a priority. Earth Day vendors will give you information on gardening, butterflies, saving energy, recycling and more.

Earth Day Festival and Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 19th 9 – 11 a.m. Dardenne Prairie City Hall Park 10 a.m. Egg Hunt Begins 9 – 11 a.m. Earth Day Festival 9:45 a.m. Arbor Day Essay Contest Winner Announced

competing in our Arbor Day Essay contest. We will be recognizing those students and announcing our winners at 9:45 a.m. during the festival.

Saturday, April 19th 10:00 a.m. Dardenne Prairie Athletic Fields

6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Is winter over yet? It’s time to quit hibernating and enjoy Spring! This certainly has been a long, hard winter and I think we are all ready for spring. April showers may bring May flowers but before the flowers – eggs, trees and butterflies! Come out to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th to see how those three things go together. April is also election time. Dardenne Prairie voters will elect an Alderman for their perspective wards. Please take the time to learn all you can about each candidate and make an informed decision on Election Day. Alderman Patrick Nasi of Ward 1 has decided he will not be running for re-election. On behalf of the other Aldermen, the City Hall staff and the residents of Dardenne Prairie, I would like to thank Pat for his time and commitment to our City. We will miss you, Pat. You are leaving some big shoes to fill. Serving as Alderman is a tough job. The Aldermen do not just show up at meetings twice a month. They have to be available to speak to the residents, listen to their wants and needs and weigh that against the overall good of the City. They spend numerous hours researching and

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While you are here, visit the Arbor Day Booth and pick up your free tree seedling. Be sure to congratulate our area 4th graders for

Senior Events Book Swap Bingo Wednesday, April 30th 10:00 a.m. FREE – just bring in books you would like to trade

Picnic in the Park Friday, May 16th 11:00 a.m./Lunch served at 11:30 $4 resident/$5 non-resident

Must RSVP to attend the events! Melissa (636)755-5308 or melissa@dardenneprairie.org

roots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and will participate in 3 separate skills competitions: PITCHING – throwing strikes at a designated target, HITTING – hitting from a stationary tee for distance and accuracy, and RUNNING – sprinting from 2nd base to Home for time.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age and gender group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition. Winners at the Sectional Level will have the chance to advance to the Team Championship at their nearest Major League ballpark and the National Finals at the 2014 MLB™ All-Star Game®. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guard-

ian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Advanced registrations for the event are accepted and encouraged. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Local Coordinator, Melissa Nordmann at (636)755-5308 or e-mail, Melissa@dardenneprairie.org

Board Workshop: 5:30 PM 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month

MEETING TIMES Planning & Zoning 7:00 PM 2nd Wednesday of the month

Municipal Court 6:30 PM 4th Wednesday of the month

This class offered by Children’s hospital will help parents and children determine the child’s readiness--physically, mentally, socially and emotionally--to stay home by themselves and help prepare them for this experience. Course includes three workbooks. Please call (314)454-KIDS (5437) to register

Board of Aldermen: 7:00 PM 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month

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All meetings will be held at Dardenne Prairie City Hall

The winter has taken a toll on our streets. If you notice a pothole in your neighborhood or on a Dardenne Prairie street please call 636-978-6008. Leave a description of the issue and the location, please. Staying Home Alone Class

If you would like to report a street light outage in your neighborhood, please note the number on the light and/or the address where the light is located. You will call either Ameren Missouri or Cuivre River Electric cooperative, depending on which covers your neighborhood.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dardenne Prairie City Hall $25/family

DPBestBusinesses@dardenneprairie.org. All of your submissions will be considered in determining the final selection for the DP Business of the month. We may even print your story. The next highlighted business could be chosen because of you!

Perhaps you’ve received exceptional service, or purchased a remarkable product. You may have tasted one of the most delicious dishes, or maybe you just like the atmosphere of an establishment. If this is the case and you would like to praise such fine efforts, let us know by emailing a description of your experience to

Dardenne Prairie has some amazing businesses! We would like to spread the word on just how great they are and we need your help. Every month our website, www.dardenneprairie.org, will highlight one of these businesses, based on the input we receive from you.

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The City of Dardenne Prairie and the Dardenne Athletic Association will host a free Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ Competition for area youth. Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grass-

Friday, April 11, 2014 6:00 p.m. Dardenne Athletic Association Fields (next to Dardenne Prairie City Hall)

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Lunch and Games Friday, April 11th Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. $4 residents/$5 non-residents

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Are you a Dardenne Prairie senior looking for fun close to home? Give Melissa a call at (636)755-5308 to add your name to the mailing list for senior events.

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Bu llet i n Boa rd Do you know an A+ teacher? Do you know a teacher who has made a positive difference in the lives of many students or made all the difference in the life of a single student? Maybe you are a student or the parent of a student whose teacher consistently goes the extra mile to make learning meaningful, effective, interesting and enjoyable. If so, you know a teacher who is an ideal candidate for the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine Teacher of the Year award – and we would like to hear from you. Created to recognize excellence in education, the Teacher of the Year award is presented annually to one area teacher who has made a positive difference in the life of a student in the community, young or old. Eligible teachers include preschool, elementary school, high school and college/university teachers in the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine/St. Charles County mailing area. Nominations are open to educators at both public and private schools. Nominating a teacher for the award is easy. Simply explain in 200 or fewer words why you believe a teacher should be recognized as the St. Charles County Teacher of the Year and submit your nomination online at newsmagazinenework.com no later than Monday, May 5. Submissions should outline specific experiences or special qualities that make the nominee an outstanding teacher. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing the Teacher of the Year program sponsors, which in addition to Mid Rivers Newsmagazine include Capp’s Restaurant, Image Eye Care-Weldon Spring and Pulaski Bank-O’Fallon. The winning teacher will receive a prize package that includes a new iPad along with special recognition in a future issue of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine. Help us applaud a deserving teacher, and submit your nomination by May 5. All entries will become the property of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.

Students honored for achievement Francis Howell High student Rebecca Rodell, Francis Howell North High student Aiza Bustos and St. Dominic High student Claire R. were among 47 high school juniors honored at the annual Distinguished Achievement Awards for Science Excellence dinner presented by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Students take top prizes in national competition Four Fort Zumwalt West Middle students took top prizes in a national competition sponsored by the Media and Literacy Project in New Mexico for students in

grades six through 12. “Two contests required students to find advertisements that are misleading, irresponsible, inappropriate or untrue and expose the unacceptable underlying messages of the ads either by composing an essay or creating an artistic parody of the ads,” teacher Andrea Wurm said. Seventh-grader Shawn Davenport was the $100 first place overall winner of the “Counter Ad Contest” for his parody of a Kool-Aid ad. Eighth-grader Siddharth Balaji was the first runner-up for his parody ad of Oscar Meyer’s Lunchables. Seventh-grader Anthony Ferrante was the second runner-up for his parody of a Citibank credit card ad. Seventh-grader Kavya Alagendran was the first runner-up of the “Bad Ad Essay Con-

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Top scholars Six seniors from the Francis Howell School District and four students from the Fort Zumwalt School District have been selected for recognition as part of the Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the 2014 graduating class. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet the criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in the school activity program. FHSD students recognized include Eric Lee, of Francis Howell High; Melissa Albers and Erica Swanson, of Francis Howell Central; and Matt Schneider and Courtney Vishy, of Francis Howell North. Nathan Rickard, of Francis Howell High, received an honorable mention. FZSD students recognized are Fort Zumwalt South seniors Sam Wang and Thomas Cassimatis and Fort Zumwalt East seniors Kevin Yin and Zach Walters

Finalists named in ‘Picture the Music’ contest Thirteen students from the Fort Zumwalt School District placed in the top 100 spots for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Association’s Picture the Music contest, with

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Recognized as a ‘consummate professional’ Jack Ameis, associate principal at Francis Howell North High, was recently selected as the recipient of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Consummate Professional Award. He received the award during a surprise visit by the MASSP Award Patrol on March 13. The award recognizes a practicing administrator who makes contributions to school and community; demonstrates leadership in improving student achievement; demonstrates leadership to principals and MASSP; ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale; is respected by students, colleagues, parents and the community at large; and serves as a mentor to other administrators. The award includes a $500 scholarship to be presented to a student in the recipient’s school. Ameis was nominated for this award by his peers and chosen to receive it by a MASSP committee. This is the first time that an administrator from Francis Howell North has received this award.

Summer program announced Freshmen entering St. Dominic High have the chance to get a jump start on success with The Freshman Edge, a twoweek summer program designed to prepare incoming freshmen for high school life. The program will be held from June 23-July 3 at the high school and consists of four courses, including Foundations of Algebra, Exploration in Science, the Write Stuff and High School Study Skills. The courses are designed to help students sharpen academic skills and strengthen content knowledge in the core curriculum areas. The cost is $250 per student and registration is required by May 16. For more information, call 240-8303, ext. 143.


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Too much stress could decrease a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, but relaxation techniques might help, researchers found.

Stress linked to infertility Too much stress could impact a woman’s ability to become pregnant, a recent study suggested. Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) found that women with high levels of the enzyme alpha-amylase, an indicator of stress measured in saliva, were nearly 30 percent less likely to become pregnant each month and more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of infertility, compared to women with normal levels of the enzyme. According to Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, director of reproductive epidemiology at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, the latest study is the second to show that women with high levels of the stress biomarker have a reduced chance of becoming pregnant. Research should encourage women having trouble conceiving to consider trying to reduce their stress, perhaps with yoga, meditation and mindfulness, Lynch said.

Women unaware of stroke signs A phone survey of more than 1,200 women in the U.S. revealed that most women are unfamiliar with stroke warning signs. About half of women surveyed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association knew that sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face

The Partnership for a Healthier America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, Let’s Move! and some of the nation’s top recipe creators have teamed up on Pinterest to offer hundreds of healthy recipes. At press time, the MyPlate Recipes Pinterest page features 32 boards and includes healthy recipes for casseroles, grilled foods, sandwiches, kid-friendly meals, pasta dinners, no-cook dinners, salads, slow cooker meals, summer party foods and more. To check it out, visit pinterest.com/ MyPlateRecipes.

Missouri youth health challenge Missouri middle school students are eligible for a statewide contest challenging them to share why it is important for kids their age to eat healthy foods and be physically active. The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MoCAN) and University of Missouri Extension have teamed up to sponsor the statewide MoCAN Youth Media Contest. Missouri students aged 11-14 are invited to share their perspectives on healthy eating and physical activity for Missouri youth by coming up with a catchy slogan and creating either a poster or short video. A team of health and media professionals and other young people will review contest entries. Winners will receive Amazon.com gift cards of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place, plus prizes in the same amounts for winning students’ schools. The deadline to enter the contest is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and winners will be notified in early May. For more information on the contest and a link to an online entry form, visit extension.missouri.edu/ mocan/YouthMediaContest.

Donna Mehrle, MU Extension nutrition and physiology associate, said the contest is especially important because 31 percent of Missouri adolescents are overweight or obese, according to the Missouri Foundation for Health.

New heart failure symptom People with advanced heart failure who become short of breath when bending over to tie their shoes might need to have their medications adjusted. Cardiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that some cardiac catheterization patients experienced shortness of breath because of a condition the doctors named “bendopnea.” “We discovered that patients with bendopnea had too much fluid in their bodies, causing elevated pressures, and when they bent forward, these pressures increased even more,” said Dr. Jennifer Thibodeau, lead author of the study. Thibodeau noted that bendopnea is not a risk factor for heart failure but is a symptom that a heart failure patient is becoming sicker and may need a change in treatment. She said patients experiencing the condition should speak with a health care professional.

Obesity and ADHD Many children with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher than average risk of becoming obese – not from ADHD itself but from taking a stimulant to manage the symptoms. For a study published in the April issue of Pediatrics, researchers analyzed health records of more than 160,000 children age 3-18, looking specifically at body mass index (BMI) in relation to ADHD diagnosis, age when first using stimulants and duration of stimulant use. Compared to children without ADHD, children with ADHD who were not treated with a stimulant had faster BMI growth. On the other hand, kids who took stimulants for ADHD had slower BMI growth in early childhood but later in life had BMIs higher than those without ADHD or past stimulant use. Kids who started stimulants at a young age and used them the longest had the biggest rebound in BMI. As a result of the study, the American

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Five-second rule proves real It appears there is substance to the rule about the safety of eating food that has been on the floor for no more than five seconds. Biologists at Aston University in the U.K. put the five-second rule to the test by monitoring the transfer of bacteria to various foods left on carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces for periods of three to 30 seconds. Results showed that time was a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria to food; bacteria was least likely to transfer from carpet and was most likely to transfer to moist foods making contact for more than five seconds with tile or laminate. “Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk, as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time; however, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth,” said Anthony Hilton, professor of microbiology at Aston. “We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor, with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.” The researchers also conducted a survey and found that 87 percent of respondents were OK with eating food dropped on the floor.

On the calendar A free caregiver class for those caring for a loved one who is ill or aging at home is held from 1:30-3 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Middendorf-Kredell Library, 2750 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. For more information, call 916-9830. ••• “Questions about Colon Care?” is from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital, 10 Hospital Drive. Dr. Lawrence Tierney, a gastroenterologist, provides expert information during a lunch-and-learn program. The fee is $5 per person and includes lunch. Registration is required. Call 928-9355, or visit bjcstcharlescounty.org.


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In 1961, when Thomas Adler was a little boy growing up in St. Joseph, Mo., his parents broke the news that they were sending him off to a boys’ summer camp in Wisconsin for eight weeks. On his first day at camp, Adler was picked on, wound up with a face full of pudding and wanted nothing more than to go home. Things took a turn for the better, though, and he later became a camp counselor and wound up owning his own camp. In “Campingly Yours” (Five Star Publications, Inc., Jan. 2009), Adler captures the intricacies of summer camp from the viewpoints of campers, camp counselors and camp directors. Ultimately, he illustrates how a successful camp experience is about more than being a happy camper; it is about learning to get along with all sorts of people in all sorts of situations.

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Bu si ness PEOPLE Robert Cissell, managing member of Cissell Mueller Company LLC, has been appointed to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles Region Board. Cissell Mueller Cissell is headquartered in St. Peters. Cissell earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and resides in St. Charles. ••• Several BJC Medical Group practices are relocating: Jamie Tueth, DO, is relocating to Internal Medicine Associates at 20 Progress Point Parkway, Suite 108, O’Fallon. Tueth will join established BJC Medical Group providers on the campus of Progress West Hospital. Her new location will offer enhanced patient conveniences including onsite laboratory services and X-ray. Dr. Cindy Fortado-Clark is relocating to St. Peters Multi-Specialty, 6 Jungermann Circle, Suite 108, St. Peters. This location on the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital will offer an on-site laboratory, X-ray and pharmacy. Dr. Ximena Schnurr of O’Fallon Family Medicine is relocating her practice to the campus of BJC Outpatient Center at 2630 Hwy. K in O’Fallon, Mo. Her patients will have access to an urgent care, onsite laboratory and X-ray.

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ARTS Monkey Tales Theatre presents “The Boy Who Snared the Sun” at 10 a.m. on April 19 at Rabbit Run Park in St. Peters. After the show, attendees can walk the Rabbit Run Trail, making interactive stops along the way to learn about St. Peters, Native American history. For more information, visit www.monkeytales.org. ••• The Center Stage Theatre of St. Charles Community College presents “Next Year’s Man of Steel” from April 23-27 at the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Theater. The play centers on a struggling 1940’s writer who is tasked with creating a hero and making a mark in the comic book industry. For more information, call 922-8050.

BENEFITS Campbell Montessori hosts its 24th Annual Spring Gala event on Saturday, April 5 from 6-10 p.m. at the Stegton Regency Banquet Center, 1450 Wall Street in St. Charles. Tickets are $50 per person, and include dinner, dancing and an

open bar. To purchase tickets, call Sandy Hershey at 477-8200 or register online at www.campbellmontessori.org/Gala. ••• Annual Progress South Elementary Family Fun Run 5K/1-mile is at 8:30 a.m. on April 12. Racers gather at 201 Knaust Road in St. Peters. Prizes awarded to the top finishers in each age group. Proceeds beenfit the special education department. Register online at events.bigriverrunning.com/pse5K. ••• Tri County Women’s Connection is holding Our Lady’s Inn baby shower on April 16 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Parkway in O’Fallon. Attendees are encouraged to bring baby items to donate. RSVP before April 11 by calling 561-0956.

FAMILIES AND KIDS Leaps and Bounds, 324 Jungermann Road, offers a free parent seminar titled “Understanding Your Sensory Kid” on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Participants learn how sensory processing impacts a child’s atten-

Enjoy lots of family fun, high adventure, all-inclusive rates, buffet meals, and memories to last a lifetime! tion, learning, behavior, motor skills, feeding skills, social skills and/or emotional development. Call 928-5327 for details. ••• United Services for Children holds its annual Exploring the Spectrum Autism Information Fair at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Spencer Road Library Community Commons, 427 Spencer Road. The event features a Q&A with a panel of autism experts from Washington University, Cardinal Glennon and Mercy. The event is free, with no registration required. ••• O’Fallon invites local citizens to help clean up Civic Park from 9 a.m.-noon on April 5. Volunteers are needed to help with park and creek clean-up. For more information, contact volunteer@ofallon.mo.us. ••• O’Fallon hosts an egg-citing Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for adults from 7:3010:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Civic Park. Prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served. Participants should bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. The cost is $12 for O’Fallon residents and $15 for nonresidents. Registration ends Sunday, April 6. Call 474-2732 or 379-5606. ••• The city of O’Fallon hosts a Grand Opening for its new disc golf course from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Commemorative golf discs will be given to the first 100 people. For more information, call 379-5574. ••• Kids ages 8-16 are invited to audition for “The Jungle Book,” a musical based on the Disney film. Auditions will take place on April 12 and April 19 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre, located at 100 North Main Street. For more information, call 474-8150. ••• The Way, a church in Wentzville, holds “More than an Egg Hunt” at noon on Sunday, April 13 at Peine Ridge Elementary School, 1107 Peine Road. The event is free to the public and features lunch, storytelling, games, crafts and an egg hunt. For more information, call (314) 517-2370. ••• St. Charles Community College hosts That ‘80s Run and Health and Well-

ness Expo on April 26. New ‘80s-theme, photo booth, music and $1,000 scholarship are highlights of the 2014 event. The 10K and 5K races begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m. near the entrances to the Red and Green parking lots on campus. Register online at www.stchas. edu/run. The Health and Wellness Expo is free and open to the public from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in the Student Center, including entry to more than 40 exhibits with health and wellness information, screenings, product samples and refreshments.

SPECIAL INTEREST The Lewis & Clark Pachyderm Club of Western St. Charles County holds regular monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month (except December), at Culpepper’s Restaurant, 4401 State Hwy. K. For more information, call 541-9931. ••• A softball league for men 55 and over in St. Charles County is accepting applications for the 2014 season. The league plays games on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on the Kiwanis Field on Elm Point Road. League play starts on May 28 and continues for 12 weeks. All games, no practice. For costs and to register, call 281-0891.  ••• St. Charles Community College holds art and wine classes at the St. Charles County Arts Council in WingHaven. The first course, Wine Bottle Starry Night, is on April 4, with classes following through June. Classes cost between $45-69 per course. Visit www. stchas.edu/learnforlife for details. ••• The St. Charles County Master Gardeners hosts a garden tour and plant sale on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 260 Brown Road in St. Peters. Visitors can select from a wide variety of plants including vegetables, perennials, Missouri natives, herbs and more. Tours of the Demonstration Gardens will be given throughout the sale. For more information, call 970-3000.


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By AMY ARMOUR aarmour@newsmagazinenetwork.com Entertainment is one of many specialties at Brewskeez Sports Cafe. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the restaurant is the perfect choice for a family dinner, a night of live music or watching a basketball game. In fact, Brewskeez offers entertainment to meet the many diverse needs of the St. Charles County community. It’s the perfect place for Little League teams to grab a celebratory pizza and play video games following an afternoon game. “We are a kid-friendly establishment,” Russ Kasper, owner of Brewskeez, said. “We really want to reach out to the community and have these teams come in.” Adults can check out the hottest local bands on the weekends or take a turn singing karaoke on Tuesday nights. Brewskeez hosts a variety of live entertainment at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, from local 80s bands like Contagious and Trixie Delight to the 90s band Mixed Tape and the R&B band The Dirty Mugs. The restaurant also hosts bands like Rocket Ride, a KISS tribute band, and Queenormous, a Queen tribute band. The Rough Ryders, a country band that

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features Kasper on vocals, also plays regularly at Brewskeez. Kasper said Brewskeez was one of the first bars in St. Charles County to bring in live entertainment, but that’s not the case anymore. Since Brewskeez opened in 2004, several competitors have added their own version of live entertainment. “We’ve really had to step it up to separate ourselves from the competition,” Kasper said. “Today, we are the premier live music venue in St. Charles County, bringing the highest level of entertainment (to the area).” But great entertainment is not only for the weekends. Thursday is Ladies Night – with $1 drink specials. And every night sports fans can catch their favorite game on one of the many flat-screen televisions lining the walls at Brewskeez, while sampling one of the 13 craft beers on tap. The bar also features pool tables, dartboards and video games. Located just off Hwy K. in O’Fallon at 4251 Keaton Crossing, the 7,000-square-foot bar and restaurant seats 300, but can accommodate up to 500. The restaurant and bar can serve as host to baby and wed- Russ Kasper, owner of Brewskeez Sports Cafe ding showers, happy hours, birthday parties or special events. Brewskeez also caters to the workforce, opening every been voted the “Best Wings” for five consecutive years day at 11 a.m. for lunch. Diners can choose from the at the annual Wing Ding,” said Kasper. “Our food has 35 items on the menu, including half-pound burgers, always been very good.” A true part of the community, Brewskeez hosts benfire-braised ribs that are oh-so tender and hand-breaded chicken strips. But the must-try menu item, according efits for area nonprofits and donates back a portion to Kasper, is the chicken wings. The jumbo-sized wings of each event’s proceeds. Kasper is especially interare hand-breaded and fried, then topped with a very ested in giving back to agencies that bring about autism unique “secret” sauce. Every order is prepared fresh. awareness. His 10-year-old son, Shade, has autism. “The chicken wings is our number one seller. They have “Autism awareness is so important,” Kasper stressed.

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Fresh Fish Daily • Certified Angus Beef Veal • Pasta • Hand-tossed Pizza

951 Jungermann Rd • St. Peters

928-0112

$13.95 Choose from:

Chicken Picata • Chicken Parmesan Chicken Marsala • Chicken Carciorfini with Salad. Monday-Thursday Only.

Lent Specials Available Every Friday Open Monday - Thursday 4 - 9 pm Friday and Saturday 4 - 10 pm • Closed Sunday

Ask about our Birthday Dinner Special!

If You Like Italian Food, You’ll LOVE Sicilian Food! St. Louis’ Original Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante on Lindell has opened a new location right here in Chesterfield Valley. Come explore THE authentic taste of Sicily!

Old World Italian Cuisine

2061 Zumbehl Rd. • Bogey Hills Plaza • St. Charles www.fratellisristorante.com

Voted #1 Asian Restaurant by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine Readers

$5.35

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Carry Out Only. Valid Sunday thru Thursdays only. Excludes Valentine’s Day. Limit 1 coupon per person. Limit 1 FREE salad per order. Not valid with other offers or discounts. With coupon. Expires 4-30-14.

$4 off 10% 0ff Limit one coupon, offers cannot be combined.

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Carry Out Special

Purchase $25 or more and get

GREEN CHINA

Voted Best Ravioli in 2013

FREE Large Dinner Salad with purchase of a large 2 topping or more pizza

SMASHBURGER.COM

*Limit one/person. Equal or lesser value. No photocopies or cash value. Taxes not included. Not valid with other offers. See www.smashburger.com/TC for other limitations. Expires May 7, 2014 PLU 1017. ©2012 Smashburger Master LLC

T Erio’s C Ristorante

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SMASHED FRESH. SERVED DELICIOUS.

• Open Daily For Lunch, Dinner & Happy Hour • Award Winning Pizza • Delicious Family Recipes • Full Service Catering • Carry-Out & Delivery

138 Towne Centre

Chesterfield Valley (Off Long Road and Chesterfield Airport Road)

636-536-3788 vitosinthevalley.com


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Showers Rebuilt-Bathrooms Remodeled

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“Water Damaged Showers a Specialty” Tub to Stall Shower Conversions Steam Showers/Walk-In Tubs Grab Bars/High Toilets/Personal Showers

636-394-0315

www.tileandbathservice.com Senior Discounts Available

Tile & Bath Service, Inc. 30 Years Experience • At this location 22 years 14770 Clayton Road • visit our showroom

Lawn Cutting & Maintenance • • • • •

1 Room Or Entire Basement FREE Design Service Finish What You Started As Low As $15 sq. ft. Professional Painters, Drywall Hangers & Tapers

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388

Landscapes, Fences & More L.L.C. 10% OFF A Full Year Service & FIRST CUT FREE!

(636) 294-0280 (314) 795-8219

Mark Grannemann

THE FAN MAN

Steve’s Top Gunn

DECK & FENCE REVIVAL HOME IMPROVEMENT Powerwashing, Stain Decks, Build and Repair Decks & Fences, All Painting, Wallpaper Removal Remodeling, Finish Basements, Roofing, Etc.

INSTAllATIoN ProFESSIoNAlS Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting

Specializing in installation for two story homes with no wiring on first floor.

- SPRING SPECIAL CALL TODAY

When Handyman Quality Just Won't Do.

(314) 510-6400

deckrevival@aol.com 636-466-3956

Is Your Crack Showing?

Driveways • Patios • Walkways Broom • Exposed • Stamped WE ALSO RESTORE POOL DECKS!

NEEDY M I JCONCRETE

Senior Discounts! Decorative Coatings

Call Mike Today! 636-459-9076 www.JimNeedyConstruction.com

Family Owned & Operated Since 1982!

MIDRIVERS CLASSIFIEDS Announcement

Assisted Care

Need a relaxing Massage? Need to Relieve Stress?

Senior Services Unlimited

Call

Top Quality Home Care Service since 1987

Elysia Willard

Massage Therapist with Massage Pros

Our Not-For-Profit Agency can serve you at the most reasonable cost

314-635-8776

Don't Overpay for Homecare!

636.591.0010

• RN • LPN • CNA • NA • Companion Care • Full time • Part time Live-In • No Contract Required

Assisted Care

4123A Mexico Rd. • St Peters seniorservicesunltd.com

CLASSIFIEDS

636-441-4944

Electric ERIC'S ELECTRIC - Licensed, Bonded and Insured: Service upgrades, fans, can lights, switches, outlets, basements, code violations fixed, we do it all. Emergency calls & back up generators. No job too small. Competitively priced. Free Estimates. Just call 636-262-5840.

Foundations Top Notch Waterproofing & Foundation Repair LLC. Cracks, sub-pump systems, structural & concrete repairs. Exterior drainage correction. Serving Missouri for 15 yrs. Free estimate 636-2816982. Finally, a contractor who is honest and leaves the job site clean. Lifetime Warranties.

J & J HAULING

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

Is all your spare time spent caring for your parents? • transportation • light housekeeping • meal planning/preparation • personal care

CLASSIFIEDS

Locally Owned/Operated • Bonded & Insured

636.591.0010

www.stcharles.rightathome.net

Help Wanted

636-379-9955

In Home Care & Assistance

Bus. Opportunity Executive income. A wellness company. Work from home. Expanding in this area. Call for appointment. 800-478-7441.

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

Painting

NOW HIRING - Due to business growth, we are seeking experienced caregivers to assist the elderly in a home setting. Top hourly wages and we treat our people right.

PAINTER

To apply, go online to:

https//750.axiscare.com and click “apply online” (bottom left) Visiting Angels of Greater St. Charles

Local Landscape Company - seeks entry level crew for 30 hours a week. Be part of a crew installing products outside. $12/ hour starting wage. If you are dependable and hard working, then please contact us at 636978-7588.

Call EllEn 636.591.0010

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NOW HIRING- Seasonal Lawn Tech. Part-time - Potential FT. Must be able to work in hot temps. Must have good driving record. Class E DL preferred. Experience preferred. Call Chris' Lawn & Tree Service, LLC at 314482-3707.

Home Improvement HAPPY HANDYMAN SERVICE - "Don't Worry Get Happy" Complete home remodel/ repair - kitchen & bath, plumbing, electrical, carpentry. 24HR Emergency Service. Commercial & Residential. Discount for Seniors/Veterans. 636-541-9432.

George " Ed" Graham Big Man's Little Helper Carpentry

Home Improvement

Call for a FREE Estimate!

314.359.2490

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size

FOR 35 YEARS FREE ESTIMATES: CALL DAN

(636)244-3777 WE ARE HIRING: American Cleaners Is hiring in several locations: 13960 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, 11041 Olive Street Rd., Creve Coeur and 1290 Jungermann Rd., St. Charles. Apply in person from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm M-F or call (636) 227-8299.

DAN VOLLMER

• I AM INCORPORATED INC. • INTERIOR SPECIAL 2014 (12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)

6067 Mexico Road • St. Peters, MO 63376

Hauling

Let Right at Home care for YOUR Mom and/or Dad ...then your time is quality time

Help Wanted

(636) 265-0739 exterior painting!

Landscaping LANDSCAPE GARDEN MAINTENANCE

Installations & Renovations Trees • Shrubs • Perennials Annuals • Mulching • Bed Prep Call: Frank

314•378-0702

When you need a professional! SPRING CLEAN-UP

Chris' Lawn & Tree Service LLC

ADVANTAGE PAINTING & POWERWASHING Interior & Exterior Painting

Drywall Repair • Taping Mold Removal • Wallpaper Stripping Top Quality Work • FREE Estimates

636.262.5124

INSURED MENTION AD & RECEIVE 10% OFF

CLASSIFIEDS

Locally owned & operated

636.591.0010

Full Service Lawn Maintenance & Tree Care Company Mowing • Fertilization Mulch • Shrub Trimming

636-265-7007 314-482-3707 CLASSIFIEDS

636.591.0010

Plumbing ANYTHING IN PLUMBING - Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Certified, licensed plumber not a handyman. Call or text anytime: 314-409-5051.

Real Estate

I BUY HOMES ALL CASH - AS-IS $

I have been buying and selling for over 30 years.

No obligation. $ No commission. No fixing up.

It doesn't cost to find out how much you can get. Must ask for

Lyndon Anderson

314-496-5822 Prudential Select Properties Office: 636-394-2424

Email: ClassifiEds@nEwsmagazinEnEtwork.Com


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