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Bomb threat closes two schools A juvenile was taken into custody in connection with an alleged bomb threat that caused two Catholic schools to cancel classes for a day. The juvenile suspect was transferred to juvenile authorities. Lt. Craig McGuire, with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, said the department received a call on April 18 from a parent who saw a threat on the photo sharing site Instagram that mentioned Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie, Assumption School in O’Fallon and Fort Zumwalt West Middle School in O’Fallon. Immaculate Conception and Assumption canceled classes and Fort Zumwalt West Middle School remained open. “During the course of the investigation, we believe there was no intent to bomb a school and there was no ability to bomb a school,” said McGuire. It was just childish prank that turned terribly wrong, he said.

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Citizens graduate The O’Fallon Police Department graduated 24 residents from the Citizens Police Academy on April 16. The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a six-week program designed to provide a working knowledge and background of the O’Fallon Police Department, and to foster a closer relationship between the police and the community. The academy provides an avenue for community involvement and pro-

Fort Zumwalt Park will temporarily close to vehicles from dusk on Fri., May 17 to 6:30 p.m. on Sat., May 18, to accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium bicycle race. The race will be held Saturday and the public is invited to attend the event for free. Spectator parking will be available at First Baptist Church located at 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. For more information, visit

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St. Peters Tree inventory completed Workers contracted by the city of St. Peters have completed sample tree inventory in the right-of-way of Ward 3. A total of 1,152 sites were inspected. “With an accurate assessment of our rightof-way trees, we can determine the correct numbers of trees, maintenance needs, potential new planting areas, tree species diversity and overall condition of these city-owned trees,” said St. Peters Parks Right-Of-Way Maintenance Foreman Jim Mitchell. The major findings of St. Peters’ 2013 tree inventory found that the combined appraised value of St. Peters’ inventoried trees in Phase Two is $1,287,600. The inventory also found 78 species representing 44 genera in the city. The top five inventoried genus included: Acer (Maple), Quercus (Oak), Fraxinus (Ash), Cercis (Redbud), and Pinus (Pine).

Construction ahead Construction to improve the intersection at Mexico Road and Salt Lick Road began on April 22. The project is expected to be complete in late August. The project will add right-turn lanes on Mexico Road east of Salt Lick Road and on Salt Lick Road north of Mexico Road. The project also will include signal upgrades, new sidewalks and ADA improvements. “The additional right-turn lanes will reduce congestion and travel delays, particularly along westbound Mexico Road, during the afternoon rush hours,” said Burt Benesek, director of transportation for the city of St. Peters. Roadwork is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. During these times, drivers can expect closures to the right-hand lane on westbound Mexico approaching Salt Lick and right-hand lane on southbound Salt Lick approaching Mexico. These lanes should be reopened for evenings and weekends.

Skating champs The St. Peters Figure Skating Association’s Synchro St. Louis Diamond Edges won the 2013 Teen Premier national championship at the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Synchronized Skating Championships held in Blaine, Minn., on April 13 and April 14. The Diamond Edges brought home the Boyd Wietecter Trophy, considered the highest accomplishment for a synchronized team in the ISI. The three other Synchro St. Louis teams won their divisions, and two Synchro St. Louis teams took third and fourth places. The Diamond Edges, coached by Heather Hyatt and Kelly Haynes, won each of their three rounds — compulsories, initial round and premier round.

Pounding the pavement The city of St. Peters plans to make $1.9 million in repairs in 2013 during its annual Pavement Management Program. Projects include asphalt overlay, concrete slab replacements, curb repairs, joint and crack repairs and sidewalk maintenance. “The city of St. Peters has typically spent between $2 million to $3 million annually for materials and contracted work for street maintenance. As our 525 lane miles of pavements age, the city’s five-year capital plan is budgeting that amount to increase to around $4 million annually over the next five years,” said Russ Batzel, manager of the city of St. Peters’ Transportation and Development Services. Asphalt street repairs range from sealing cracks with a rubberized asphalt material, patching potholes with asphalt material, to completely paving over the street with asphalt. Concrete street maintenance can involve sealing cracks and worn joints with a rubberized asphalt material, patching potholes with asphalt, or completely replacing concrete slabs.

St. Charles Non-smoking? Public hearings for the Smoke-Free Air Act will be held at 7 p.m. on Mon., May 13, in the auditorium at Blanchette Park and at 7 p.m. on Mon., May 20, at Memorial Hall, 1900 Randolph St. Mayor Sally Faith and the St. Charles City Council are considering legislation that would govern smoking within city limits. As part of the process, city officials would like to offer residents and business owners the opportunity to provide feedback during a series of public discussions. “(The input from the public hearings) will help guide what the legislation will look like,” said Carol Felzien, with the city. For more information, call 949-3282 or visit


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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley situations can be far, far more serious, like There was a time when the biggest the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shootings. crimes on college campuses were pranks, Chief Robert Ronkoski, director of public like stealing, and later returning, the sword safety for St. Charles County Community of King Louis IX of France from the statue College says nowadays, you have to be prestanding in front of the  Saint Louis Art pared for the worst, but work for the majority. Ronkoski is the police chief of the St. Museum in Forest Park.   It was considered a rite of passage Charles Community College Police Departfor students in the engineering program ment, an official police department with offiat  Washington University. It had to be cers at the same level of training as officers from Downtown St. Louis to DeSoto, Mo. replaced in 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1981. Just last week police at the University of The start of it all North Carolina were searching for a pair of “A task force was formed in 2007 (after thieves who stole a $1,000 sculpture from the University of North Carolina Student Union the Virginia Tech shootings) by the Missouri governor to see how local colleges while dressed as a lobster and a banana. Police pursue college criminals, but could enhance safety,” Ronkoski said. what’s of real concern is student safety and, “One recommendation was if you can have as we know from the recent past, some a police department, you should have one.”

Ronkoski said in Missouri, the state statute allows state colleges, universities and community colleges to form official police departments rather than campus security. He said Washington University is the exception to the rule because it uses police from St. Louis County. Lindenwood University does not fall under the law, he said. The only other college or university in the area with its own police department is the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ronkoski, outgoing president of the Missouri Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration (MACLEA), was hired by SCC in 2007 to start the department. In 2008, the campus started hiring police. As the college lost security staff by attrition, the positions were filled with police officers, Ronkoski said. The department now has eight full-time and two part-time officers, a full-time dispatcher and more. Additional security officers are also on staff. “It’s not that campus security isn’t effective, but it’s a different level of professionalism. All of our officers are graduates of the police academy and their level of training is higher,” Ronkoski said. Ronkoski said the college also has plenty of other security measures in place now, a move Ronkoski attributes not to his 35 years in community policing, but to his boss, Ron Chesbrough, president of the college. “He has long been supportive of us,” said Ronkoski. “We have a student population of 8,000 students, more than the population of Cottleville. Add to that, hundreds of employees, 12 buildings and seven parking lots. Chesbrough saw this and wanted to improve the school’s safety. You can’t measure success by what you actually stop.

They see our officers are armed and act accordingly. We call it displacing crime.” From 2007 to 2013 the college developed a text messaging notification system for students, faculty and staff, and special “flip-locks” were installed inside classrooms and office doors. Emergency phones were located in all elevators, hallways and classrooms of every building. Towers to allow students to see their locations in parking lots have emergency phones that will call police with one pop of a red button. Video surveillance systems were put into place. While it sounds a bit like Fort Knox, Ronkoski says student safety is foremost. “I was able to implement change because we had a security department in place,” Ronkoski said. “Nothing was budgeted, but we made do.” Ronkoski said because the school has a resident mechanic to maintain college vehicles, they relied on donated cars they had painted at MAACO with a $249 paint job and Ronkoski designed the decals for the sides of the cars. “We have 12-year-old cars donated by the Police Academy,” Ronkoski said. “And the city of Cottleville gave us a car that didn’t even run. It was our first police car and is still going strong.” Ronkoski says he and his department also run radar on occasion, just to keep the peace with drivers in the college parking lots. “We have a lot of young drivers,” Ronkoski said. “I’m not a biggie on tickets or becoming a police state.” He said the department’s philosophy is community policing and compliance in terms of respect, but occasionally they run radar to get voluntary compliance.

WSD Superintendent Terry Adams announces resignation after seven years Wentzville School District Superintendent Terry Adams tendered his resignation to the WSD Board of Education on April 18, during the regular monthly meeting. His resignation will be effective at the end of the fiscal year, on June 30. Adams has worked in education for 38 years, the last 27 of those as a superintendent in Arcadia Valley, Park Hills, Rolla, and the WSD. “I resigned with mixed emotions, for while I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, I will miss my wonderful coworkers and our great students,” Adams said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my seven years with the Wentzville School District, and I am very proud of all of our employees and what we have accomplished together for the benefit of our students.”

The WSD is the fastest growing district in the state, more than doubling in size over the past decade to 13,700 students. During Adams tenure the district has opened three new elementary schools, a transportation facility, added more than 100 new classrooms to existing buildings, and will open Liberty High School in August. The district has also added full-day kindergarten and implemented the successful Singapore Math Program. Under his direction the district has increased rigor in the curriculum, adding 25 Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the past six years. As a result, the WSD is the only school district in the state to be named to the College Board AP Honor Roll for each of the past three years. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes

were introduced in 2007, and offer students hands-on learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields. Earlier this month Holt and Timberland became the first high schools in the county to receive National Certification of the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program. Before the arrival of Adams in 2006 the district had never received the “Accredited with Distinction” designation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, but since then the district has received the award every year. In Adams’ first year the district had financial reserves of 6 percent, and today the district enjoys financial reserves of more than 30 percent, and has received the Meritorious Budget Award for the past two years.

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historical information related to items found while using a metal detector. Holdenhausen said as they metal detect, they use a pin pointer that narrows down the object’s location. “You’re asking us to use a probe similar to a screwdriver,” Holdenhausen said. “I assure you we make a lot less mess using our probe than this screwdriver.” Holdenhausen presented two pounds of trash dug up in one O’Fallon park while metal detecting. He said that trash they dig up is thrown in a receptacle not placed back in the ground. “We do a lot of good. We get a lot of calls from people who have lost rings, and we sometimes provide help in finding those items,” Holdenhausen said. “We have also been asked by the St. Charles Police Department to go out and find things like bullets. We volunteer and go out and help.” Recently, he and other club members used their metal detectors on the St. Louis Arch grounds after getting special permission. “A woman had said she lost her ring somewhere on the grounds,” Holdenhausen said. “We went down and were able to find it.” He said when their metal detectors signal a buried item, they make a horseshoe cut, and then dig in the area where the item is expected to be. When finished, they replace

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tion Unit told her there was funeral expense assistance if she needed it. They told her there were others who could talk with her, walk me through the process and keep her updated on court actions. “I was impressed with their ability to help me through it all,” Brennan said. “The Victim’s Advocate kept me apprised of court hearings, I met with the prosecutor, and I made my impact statement to the court.” She added, “I will forever be grateful to the staff of Victim Advocates.” The event was attended by law enforcement officials countywide. Police Chiefs and officers from Creve Coeur, O’Fallon and Cottleville were front and center. St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said it is not until you’re faced with real-life victims do you fully understand the need for victim assistance. “We’re all in this together, and I have a very good working partnership,” Lohmar said. National Crime Victim’s Rights Week began, with 2013 bringing new challenges and new solutions, said Ron Neubauer, director of Eastern Missouri Police Academy in St. Peters. Neubauer said those coming out of training are better equipped to meet the needs of victims.

Charles County Community College honoring National Crime Victim’s Right’s Week. Daniel Brennan had just left a party in St. Charles and was shot in the back while in the apartment’s parking lot. Brennan attempted to drive himself to the hospital but passed out near the Denny’s Restaurant along the Cave Springs overpass. He died a few hours later, but briefly regained consciousness at the hospital just long enough to tell police what had happened. In a heartfelt presentation, Diane Brennan told of her last conversation with her son, and how her family’s life changed forever after her son’s murder. “We always ended our calls with ‘I love you,’” Brennan said. “Only this time, he said to me, ‘Have I told you what an awesome mom you are?” The next phone call she received was from the St. Joseph’s Hospital Trauma Unit (From left) St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, special guest speaker Diane Brennan, St. Charles Community College President Ron Chesbrough and St. Charles telling her she should come quickly if she Community College Chief of Police Bob Ronkoski plant a red oak tree on the grounds of St. wanted to see her son before he died. Charles Community College, honoring National Crime Victims Rights. Within 48 hours three suspects had been identified. The three men, including the By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Last week, Brennan told her story of how shooter – a 15-year-old boy – were later Diane Brennan’s 23-year-old son, Dan, the St. Charles County Victim’s Assistance tried and sent to prison for 20 to 30 years. “The Victim’s Rights Program was was shot and killed in an attempted rob- Unit helped her through the maze of court bery in 2010. He had proposed marriage hearings and grief. She talked of how the pain already working,” Brennan said. She said the Crime Victim’s Compensathe day before. never ends at a tree planting ceremony at St.

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O’Fallon to survey residents on city needs, quality of life By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley A random group of O’Fallon residents will soon receive a survey from the city asking how the city is doing and whether or not they are in favor of plans for a new justice center and updating of some city parks. Public Relations Director Thomas Drabelle told the City Council recently that the generalized citizen’s survey will also ask such questions as what’s good about living in O’Fallon and what needs improvements. Drabelle said staff would look at the city’s prior survey questions from 2006 to 2007 and other questions relating to funding improvements in the city, with emphasis on the proposed justice center. City officials hope to build a new facility in the city, to renovate or rebuild Civic Hall and improve recreational development at city parks. “I’m anticipating pricing about 25 questions. The surveys would be done by mail and if we are not receiving the responses we are looking for, there may be phone survey follow-ups,” Drabelle said. Drabelle said the survey will be similar to

the one conducted in 2008 as a retail study. “The survey will provide a sound base for future discussions, but most importantly will engage residents we don’t normally hear from,” Drabelle told the Council. “We’ll learn what that other 95 percent wants?” Last June the City Council discussed a needs assessment for a justice center conducted some time ago. Former City Administrator Keith Riesberg said at the time that “it missed the target in projected population,” predicting 60,000 by 2015. The current population is about 80,000.”

Drabelle said earlier this year that staff has been formulating plans since last year after a needs assessment found that a new Justice Center, Civic Hall and expansion of recreational facilities at O’Day Park were identified as “high priority” in the city’s Strategic Plan. The council agreed that a new justice center is important to the city’s growth and its current standing. Police Chief Roy Joachimstaller explained to the council that there are a number of operational challenges with the city’s existing police facility designed for significantly

lower staff levels. Plans for that facility didn’t take into consideration staffing needs for the future as the city continues to grow. “(Conducting a survey) is a science,” Drabelle told the council. He said a professional service will be contracted with to complete and analyze the survey results at a cost of about $42,000. He said it’s important to get the appropriate number of responses to ensure a good confidence level. The survey is expected to be in the mail this June with a goal of having results back to the council by July 31.

Cottleville hopes to add sports fields By Amy Armour The city of Cottleville hopes to add a multi-sport field to Legacy Park this fall. The Cottleville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution at its April meeting to allow City Administrator Scott Lewis to apply for a $57,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant would be used to partially fund the construction of a proposed football/soccer field at Legacy Park and possibly one practice field if the budget allows. The proposed fields would be located in Legacy Park in downtown Cottleville, adjacent to the sports complex at Francis Howell Central High School. “My hope is that the true benefit will be that it will give kids another reason to stop playing their video games and get some exercise like when we were kids,” said Mayor Jim Hennessey. “They can now come and play on the playground, ride their bikes, and play basketball. Soon they will also be able to have pick-up soccer and football games, play catch, toss a Frisbee around or fly a kite. Our goal is to continue and develop Legacy Park into one of the best parks in St. Charles County, and this is just another step to reach our goal.” Lewis said the city has no plans to start youth leagues at this time, but will make the fields available to other local organizations. The preliminary budget is $165,000 for the proposed field improvements.

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St. Peters concert series starting By Michael R. Smith On May 24 St. Peters begins a second series of free summer music concerts. The new “Sunset Fridays” concerts at 370 Lakeside Park will join the city’s continuing “Concerts In the Park” series on Thursday nights at the City Centre Park amphitheater.  Mayor Len Pagano said that the location of the Sunset Fridays music will add to the summer flavor of the concerts. The “setting in 370 Lakeside Park at the marina area is more similar to the atmosphere at some of the wineries in St. Charles County. Sunsets at 370 Lakeside Park are spectacular,” Pagano said. “We’ll have great local musicians performing and a fantastic atmosphere for relaxing alongside the lake.” The concerts will be held near the park marina and dock area. The dock seats 60 people, Pagano said, with additional seating on nearby grassy areas and sidewalks along the shore. “You can bring your lawn chairs and blankets, coolers with food and soft drinks or alcohol,” he said.  Food and drink will also be for sale at the park’s Gator Island Grill, starting about a half-hour before the music. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. with the music lasting about two hours.

The Sunset Fridays concert line-up at 370 Lakeside Park is: • May 24 – Acoustic Music Jam (volunteer group of acoustic musicians) • June 7 – Buckhannon Brothers (mandolin and acoustic guitar music) • June 21 – Sins of the Pioneers (western swing, New Orleans jazz, country, roots of rock and roll) • July 12 – The Dudes Duo (acoustic classic rock and blues) • July 26 – Wade Trent (acoustic cover versions of rock songs) • Aug. 9 – Acoustic St. Peters Jam (acoustic music jam session) • Aug. 16 – Dan Turnbaugh (rock singer/ songwriter) • Sept. 6 – Artist to be announced  Music begins at 7 p.m. for the Concerts In the Park series at City Centre Park. The concert lineup is:  • May 16 – Tom Christopher Band (Elvis Presley impersonator) • June 13 – City Voices Chorus-Sweet Adelines International (barbershop and a cappella singing) • July 18 – Miss Jubilee (1920s-1950s jazz, rhythm & blues, and swing music)

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By Michael R. Smith St. Peters Police Chief Tom Bishop was responding to a volley of questions about a proposal before the Board of Aldermen when Alderman Dave Thomas (Ward 1) told the normally soft-spoken Bishop “You’re getting kind of direct. This is good. You should retire more often.” With the news out, Bishop laughingly responded,  “Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is pretty nice.”  The 67-year-old Bishop plans to retire on

Sept. 1 but had hoped to make little attention for the decision. He has been the city’s chief of police for the past 13 years in a total career in law enforcement that spans more than four decades. He has worked in various police departments in the St. Louis area, and was also the first commander of St. Charles County’s drug task force. Major Jeff Finkelstein will take over for Bishop, who plans to fill out the rest of his tenure helping Finkelstein with the transition. 




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Great Rivers Greenway looks toward connecting St. Charles, St. Peters trails By Amy Armour Riding a bicycle to work may be a viable option in the future for St. Charles County residents. Great Rivers Greenway and its partners invited the public to attend an open house event on May 2 to review and discuss plans to expand the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County. The first segment of the Centennial Greenway was constructed in 2010, running just more than a mile from the Katy Trail in St. Charles to the Heritage Park/Museum located at 1630 Heritage Landing. The proposed extension would extend the existing trail across Route 364 and Hwy. 94 to provide a continuous connection from the Heritage Museum Park to Schaefer Park. Great Rivers Greenway has partnered with the Francis Howell School District, Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles, St. Charles County and the city of St. Peters. The mission of the project is “to improve non-motorized transportation connections to include a safe and convenient greenway from the Centennial Greenway at the Heritage Museum to existing and future trail connections in St. Charles County, city of St. Charles and city of St. Peters.” The expansion would connect more than

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By SUE E. STEINIGER Is Big Brother looking down on our Missouri citizens? That seemed to be the concerns of a crowd of more than 100 people who attended a public forum held April 27 at Christian High School in O’Fallon. The forum was hosted by Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Rep. Kurt Schaefer (District 19) to obtain input on what he termed an ongoing Department of Revenue scandal and investigation. The topic of discussion was the possible intrusion into their personal privacy by the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) as well as the federal government. The concern is over a possible federal database holding an increasing amount of data on residents in the state. Sen. Scott Rupp (District 2), of St. Charles County and vice chair for the Senate Appropriations Committee said, “I think people are purely outraged two-fold. You have those who are outraged who have conceal-carry issues and having their name put on a list and having their name shared with agencies. I think that one issue, which is rightfully a concern, (is) because it wasn’t supposed to happen and the way the department (DOR) lied about it. They said it wasn’t happening. They said there is no magic database, and then it comes out that it happened.” A new procedure, initiated by the DOR, allows the scanning and keeping of personal documents in the process of issuing drivers licenses and right-to-carry permits. As part of an investigation by the Senate Appropriations Committee, it was learned that the Missouri State Highway Patrol had shared the right-to-carry permits computer database of approximately 163,000 names with the federal government, the Social Security administration and reportedly the ATF, giving rise to concerns of Missouri citizens that their names would be put on a national gun permit list subject to scrutiny by the federal government. A bigger issue was that citizens had not been informed publicly of the changes DOR had implemented. “As senators (and) representatives we weren’t informed of the change and obviously neither was the public,” Rupp said. Schaefer said Missouri citizens were being required to show too much of their personal identity documents when applying for a nondrivers ID conceal carry weapons permit (CCW). “Several constituents had gone in to get their driver’s license renewed or their non-drivers ID for purposes of a concealed carry permit and were being turned away because they were being told there were new procedures that required them to bring in a multitude of documents – birth certificates, Social Security card, marriage license,” Schaefer said. “If they

were divorced, divorce papers, a document showing their address, usually most of the offices want your mortgage paperwork.” Schaefer said DOR’s efforts to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act seems to be the base of the new DOR policy. “In 2005 Congress passed the Real ID Act, which is a national effort to have uniformity among all the states on the ID issued by that state and it requires all these things – all these additional documents – to be scanned into a database that then is required to be shared with multiple parties,” Schaefer said. “Several of those things run afoul of state law. “After Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 about half the states including Missouri passed laws saying they were not going to comply with the Real ID because it was too much … just to get a driver’s license. We passed that law in 2009. Gov. Nixon signed that law, yet it was very clear that what (DOR) was doing was all of those things that were required by the Real ID, which would be a violation and is a violation of state law.” But even with concern running high, not everyone felt the possible violations are important. Missouri resident Carol Bannas told the lawmakers, “If you spent as much of your time and my money taking care of the business of Missouri and its citizens as you spend trying to tell the federal government what it can and cannot do… we would all be a lot better off. I’d advise you to start dealing with our real problems of employment, poverty, health accessibility and education, and stop tilting at federal windmills.” When asked to give a Democratic perspective on the DOR issue, State Rep. Bill Otto (District 70) said, “Quite frankly, I don’t know that I consider this a partisan response. People’s privacy should be protected. With that in mind we need to deal with people’s concerns over this issue. “I believe that the head of the department (DOR) has resigned over this issue because he thought maybe he was at fault. That’s good enough for me, rather than Gov. Nixon having to investigate and remove somebody. If the gentleman thinks that there is an issue that he was involved in and he walked away, that’s great, we can replace him. “The House and the Senate need to make sure these concerns of citizens are addressed. That information, especially gun ownership, needs to be kept private.” Otto said he feels the request for an investigation is the Republicans’ way of what he calls deflecting attention from their failure to expand Medicaid for Missouri citizens. House Speaker Timothy Jones (District 110) is calling for an independent investigation and asking Attorney General Chris Koster to weigh in on this issue.


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Shelby Steingraeber, a senior at Francis Howell High School and Francis Howell North (FHN) senior, John Hallemeir recently placed at the Missouri State High School Athletic Association State Speech, Debate and Theatre Championship Tournament, held April 20. Steingraeber received first place in the Radio Speaking category and third in Original Oratory. Hallemeir placed eighth in the Humorous Interpretation category. The last student from the Francis Howell School District to receive a state title in a speech category was FHN alumnus Bryan Yarde, approximately eight years ago.

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Girls attend engineering program Thirty-three students from Francis Howell School District (FHSD) high schools attended the Girls in Engineering Program at Boeing last month. The visit was an effort to promote awareness of career opportunities in engineering fields for females and to promote the district’s current engineering program, Project Lead the Way Program (PLTW), which focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the engineering field. During the visit students had the opportunity to engage in a female engineering panel discussion. Students spoke with female engineers who are currently employed at Boeing. In detail, employees discussed their

roles and responsibilities with the company, their education and ended the conversation with questions from students. After the panel discussion, students watched and played with a real robot at the Boeing Company. During another presentation, students heard from Boeing representatives who discussed the FHSD First Robotics Program and highlighted the successes of the program. Students later took part in a scavenger hunt where they were able to locate plane models, diagrams and signs containing facts. The visit ended with a hands-on activity where the students created a structure that would hold up five books, only using paper and tape.

Scholarship winners announced St. Johns Bank recently announced the winners of the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship contest. The winners included Francis Howell High School senior Eric LePage who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship helps to fund the first year of college for local high school graduates. To date, St. Johns Bank has awarded more than $52,000 to high school seniors through the annual scholarship program.

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District have been named among the nation’s top high schools by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best High School Rankings. Holt and Timberland both received a Bronze medal rating, and are among only 142 Missouri High Schools to be named to the prestigious list. More than 21,000 public high schools were reviewed for the rankings in 49 states and the District of Columbia. “It is an honor for both of our high schools to be recognized as among the best in the state and the country,” said Superintendent Terry Adams. “The most important thing is that it benefits our students, which is always our primary goal. We will continue to work hard to increase academic rigor and make sure the curriculum is relevant as we prepare students for college and career success after high school.” To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of student performance on reading and math assessments. After the initial state analysis, high schools were then eligible to be ranked nationally as determined by student/teacher ratios and college readiness.

Student scholars Three students from Holt High School and three students from Timberland High School have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three-week residential program to be held June 9 through June 29 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Holt students Katherine Balfany, Kari Leigh Brinkley, and Tyler Doering along with Timberland students Jack Greer, Jessica Song, and Savannah Summerlin are among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program. The goals of the academy are to help gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities to attain high standards of achievement, to encourage local schools to improve and expand gifted education programs, and to assist in providing the state with experienced faculty and specialized curriculum for such students. The 2013 Academy is supported in part by funds provided by the University of Missouri, by MSA alumni and friends, by Missouri corporations, and by a student activity fee. All of the Wentzville students participating in MSA also received a partial scholarship from the Wentzville School District Foundation. Every public and private high school in the state is allowed to nominate at least one student for the Academy. Academically, students represent the top one-half of 1 percent of the state’s sophomore class. No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA are exposed to a wide range of activities as well as to intensive instruction in their chosen area of specializa-

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Francis Howell ace Calvin Munson prepares to fires home a pitch during the Vikings May 1 game against Howell North. (MRN photo)

Francis Howell continues domination of area’s prep baseball teams By Jonathan Duncan If there is a hotter prep baseball team than the Francis Howell Vikings these days, they are not in St. Charles County or perhaps the greater St. Louis area. Top-ranked in local Class 5 polls, Howell began the final few days or April and early May with a gaudy 23-4 mark that included eight straight wins and 14 of 15 victories in the Vikings superb start. “We have guys hitting up and down the lineup and any of them can carry us at any given time,” Vikings coach Tony Perkins said. There has not been just one or two players to carry the Vikings at the plate. The production on offense has come from virtually every one on the roster at any given time. It is a disciplined and talented group. Senior shortstop Zac Perkins is hitting at a .473 clip and has almost 40 runs scored with 26 stolen bases and four homers. Eli Dilday, a junior infielder is getting it done at the plate with a .488 average with 14 doubles, five home runs and 29 RBIs. Senior Nate Green sports a .429 average with five homers and 19 RBIs. Senior cleanup hitter Calvin Munson is hitting .438 and has a whopping six homers with 35 RBIs. Howell has had six different players hit home runs so far. Pitching has also been a major factor in Howell’s success. The Vikings have used 12 different pitchers through the first six weeks of the season and the results have been impressive on the mound. “Our pitching depth has contributed hugely to our success,” Perkins said. Howell pitchers have been giving up just

under three runs per game. Munson, the Vikings ace right hander, is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.76 and two saves. Senior lefthander Austin Southmayd is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA. Dylan Salsman, Chris Beckman, and Jake Hellweg are the number three through five pitchers, and all have been turning in strong outings each game for the Vikings. It has also been a record-breaking season this spring for Howell as Perkins recently surpassed the 400 career victory mark and one of Perkins three sons on the club, Zac, recently broke the school’s career steals record of 60 set by Darin Cissell back in 1993. Howell finished out the final weekend of April with a pair of victories on April 27 at the Columbia Rock-Bridge Tournament. The Vikings handled Eureka 4-2 early in the day and then later in the afternoon disposed of host Rock Bridge 6-3. Munson led the way with three hits and two RBI’s against Eureka. In the Rock Bridge game, it was Dilday, Hellweg, and Munson setting the tone as each of them struck for two hits while Dilday and Munson each knocked in two runs. An 11-5 Gateway South Conference win over Francis Howell North on April 30 finished out the month for the Vikings in grand fashion. A big six-run sixth inning gave the Vikings more than enough to dispatch a young and out-matched Knights squad. Howell finished out the regular season portion of its schedule with non-conference games May 4 at home against Fort Zumwalt South and then on May 6 against Fort Zumwalt North.



Healt h Capsu les Interns get little bedside training Doctors-in-training spend far more time at computers than they spend at patients’ bedsides, a Johns Hopkins study found. Researchers who spent 873 hours following nearly 300 first-year residents at Baltimore’s two large academic medical centers discovered that the interns spent 12 percent of their time talking with and examining patients; 64 percent of their time on indirect patient care, such as placing orders, researching patient history and filling out electronic paperwork; 15 percent on educational activities, such as medical rounds; and 9 percent on miscellaneous activities. “Interns spend almost four times as long reviewing charts than directly engaging patients,” said Leonard Feldman, M.D., the study’s lead author. “Most of us went into medicine because we love spending time with the patients. Our systems have Despite FDA and product manufacturer squeezed this out of medical training.” warnings, many parents give over-the-counter Recent hospital protocols implemented cough and cold medicines to infants and to reduce intern fatigue and improve patient children younger than age 4. safety have resulted in reduced work hours for Parents ignoring drug warnings interns, but researchers said that with interns Many parents are disregarding over-the- spending less time at hospitals, protocols need counter cough and cold medicine label to be implemented to ensure that vital parts of warnings and giving the drugs to young their medical training are not lost. children, according to a new poll. Five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Sleep to slim down Administration (FDA) issued an advisory A study at the University of Pennsylvania stating that over-the-counter cough and cold showed that increased sleep could be helpproducts were not proven effective for young ful in reducing the rate of obesity among children and could cause serious side effects. adolescents. In response, product manufacturers changed Researchers at the university’s Pereltheir labels to say that the medicines should man School of Medicine recruited 1,000 not be given to children younger than age teenagers, and from the time they were 4. But in a recent University of Michigan high school freshmen through their senior poll, more than 40 percent of parents said high school years had them report every they had given cough medicine or multi- six months on their sleep patterns. Also symptom cold medicine to their children every six months, participants’ heights and younger than age 4, and 25 percent reported weights were reported, and their body mass indices (BMIs) were calculated. giving those children decongestants. Results showed a link between fewer “These products don’t reduce the time the infection will last, and misuse could hours of sleep and increased BMI and suglead to serious harm,” said Matthew Davis, gested that increasing sleep duration to 10 associate professor of adult medicine and hours per day could help reduce the prevapediatrics and the director of the C.S. Mott lence of adolescent obesity. Children’s Hospital. “What can be confus“What we found in following these adoing, however, is that often these products lescents is that each additional hour of sleep are labeled prominently as ‘children’s’ was associated with a reduced BMI for all medications. The details are often on the participants, but the reduction was greater back of the box, in small print. That’s for those with higher BMIs,” lead author where parents and caregivers can find Jonathan Mitchell said. “The study is further instructions that they should not be used in evidence to support that getting more sleep children under 4 years old.” each night has substantial health benefits According to Davis, the drugs’ side during this crucial developmental period.” effects could include allergic reactions, According to the researchers, increasing increased or uneven heart rate, drowsiness sleep from eight to 10 hours a day at age 18 or sleeplessness, slow and shallow breath- could lead to a 4-percent reduction in the ing, confusion or hallucinations, convul- number of adolescents with a BMI greater than 25. sions, nausea and constipation.

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FZSD to remain in support of Common Core Standards By Amy Armour The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education voted on April 15 to keep the district’s name on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Web site in support of Common Core Standards. Board Member Laure Schmidt made a motion at the meeting to remove the FZSD name from the DESE Web site, but could not find support from other school board members. Schmidt has voiced concerns and her opposition over Common Core Standards. Prior to the vote, Jackie Floyd, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the FZSD, reminded board members that teachers have put their hearts and souls into creating curriculum that would align with the Common Core Standards. “It says something if you’ve been working hard at something and it’s not supported by the Board of Education,” Floyd said. Board President Michael Price said not supporting Common Core Standards on the DESE Web site would take the wind out of the sails of the teachers who have been working hard on curriculum. “The (standards) aren’t perfect, but I’ve never seen a set of standards that are perfect,” Floyd said. “We are working with the imperfections. The teachers have been awesome.”

Schmidt said she supported the teachers who have worked on the curriculum, but she did not want the district listed on the DESE Web site in support of the common core standards. The Missouri Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in 2010 and public school districts across Missouri will be required to implement Common Core Standards by the 2014-15 school year. Local school boards did not get a vote. Some of the changes the Fort Zumwalt School District will see include more writing and reading of non-fiction in English classes and more explanation will be required in math classes. The FZ Board of Education approved the implementation of Math in Focus: Singapore which develops a deep mathematical understanding. And while the Common Core Standards will have to be followed, the FZ school board will continue to approve all curriculum changes and materials purchased. “Remember you do have the final say and approval on curriculum,” said Superintendent Bernie DuBray. Schmidt did not get another vote in favor of removing the district from the Web site, so the FZSD will remain on the site as a supporter of Common Core standards.

Income eligibility expansion extends nutritional support to more families Through the Division of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), St. Charles County provides specific nutritious supplemental foods and nutrition education at no cost to pregnant and breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. This month, the program announced an expansion of the income eligibility guidelines, which will allow a larger number of growing families to participate. Administered at the federal level through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state level by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Nutrition Services and WIC, the St. Charles County WIC Program is based at the Division of Public Health office at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles. Those interested in applying for WIC services in St. Charles County, or in need of more information, should make an appointment by phone at 949-7402 during work hours (8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday – except holidays). Participants in the program must meet income guidelines, a residency requirement and be individually determined to be at “nutri-

tion risk” by a health professional. Effective through March 31, 2014, the extended WIC income guidelines are shown below. For these guidelines, pregnant women are counted as two family members when income eligibility is determined. For the entire income guideline schedule, visit eligibility_income.php. Studies confirm that women who participate in the WIC Program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier. The primary services provided through this no-cost program are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to additional health care. WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. Eligible families receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole-grain bread products and hot or cold cereals, 100-percent fruit juices and fresh or frozen fruits, and vegetables.



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Employee, elected board member leaves Fort Zumwalt District attended school in the Fort Zumwalt School District. After retiring as a secretary in the district in 2000, Russell said co-workers encouraged her to run for a position on the Board of Education in 2001. Her involvement on the school board has been extensive: serving on five committees annually, attending more than 150 DARE graduations and almost as many Board of Education meetings over the last 12 years. During her time on the board, Russell has seen West and East high schools open, as well the alternative high school Hope High. “It’s been very rewarding,” Russell said. Russell decided not to run again last April. “I feel like I ran my race,” Russell said. “I’m ready to settle into a different lifestyle.” And part of her new lifestyle will include travelling with her new fiancé Harlan Heck. Russell and Heck, 80, originally met at St. Charles High School in 1947. They dated for a year, and then went their separate Carol Russell ways marrying other people. Russell lost her husband in 1999 and Heck lost his wife more than a year ago. After meeting again, By Amy Armour After 12 years of service, Carol Russell the couple has found love again. Russell said she will miss the people on the said good-bye to the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education on April 15. Russell left the Board of Education more than anything else. “I’m going to miss the people. It’s a great dais after her final meeting, dabbing her eyes with a tissue as the entire room rose board and we have a wonderful superintendent and assistant superintendent,” said Russell. to give her a standing ovation. “I’m going to miss Carol,” said Board “I’ve never regretted a minute on the board. Member Laure Schmidt. “I was impressed It’s been an honor and privilege to serve.” Mike Swaringim replaced Russell’s seat with her every meeting.” The 79-year-old Russell has been involved on the Board of Education. Swaringim was sworn into office on within the FZSD since 1965. She worked as a school secretary in the district for 34 years. April 15, along with Scott Grasser who Her three children, five grandchildren and will serve another three year term on the six of her eight great-grandchildren have school board.

‘Pink’ planter gets spruced up for spring The “Plant It Pink” planter at BJC Progress West HealthCare Center in O’Fallon has been given a spring design with pink, purple and candy striped Hyacinths and Johnny Jump-Up Violas that were donated last year by Daniel’s Farm and Greenhouse. The planter can be seen by passersby outside the Center’s cafeteria and from Hwy 40.  To provide encouragement and a note of cheer to women dealing with breast cancer, the “Plant it Pink” project was initiated in 2009 by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., of which Fleur de Lis Garden Society is a member. Club members keep the planter “in the pink” by planting new flowers appropriate for each season. The Fleur de Lis Garden Society holds monthly meetings and also meets for additional programs, trips and projects. Drop-ins and new members are  welcome. For more information, visit, or contact 2013 Membership Chairman Jean Davis at 314-605-8563.


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School districts practice to keep students safe during emergencies By Amy Armour Spring is in the air — and so are the tornado sirens. Only weeks in the spring season, and St. Charles County has already heard tornado sirens and weathered a damaging storm system. Local schools prepare year-round for emergency situations including severe weather like tornadoes. The devastating tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., in 2011 has schools on high alert. “We have become even more alert since Joplin, but for the most part the staff and students know what to do in an emergency,” said Bernie DuBray, superintendent of the FZSD. The Fort Zumwalt School District participates in several tornado drills each year as outlined in its Crisis Management Plan maintained by each school. “We also participate in the statewide tornado drill held this year on March 12,” said DuBray. “We also have earthquake drills and fire drills. The latter are often supervised by the local fire district. They occasionally will stop by unannounced and pull a fire alarm just to make sure we can react to a spontaneous event.” Each building in Fort Zumwalt School District also has a certified weather radio that can receive emergency notifications from the National Weather Service. “We do not load buses when we are under a tornado warning and direct schools on a case-by-case basis under other weather alerts. When there are delays in transporting children we can communicate by emergency contacts with parents,” DuBray said. Matt Deichmann, with the Wentzville School District, said the district has regular tornado drills at all of the schools and the plans are always to follow those drills to the letter in case of severe weather.

“In the past two years we have actually had three tornado warnings in St. Charles County at about the time our elementary schools were scheduled to dismiss, and in each instance we kept students safe in the buildings until the severe weather had passed,” Deichmann said. “When we received the ‘all-clear’ from the NWS and local law enforcement, we resumed normal dismissal procedures and bus routes.” The district was able to keep parents apprised of the situation through communication via phone, website, Facebook, Twitter and text. All Francis Howell Schools also participate in regular tornado drills year-round.

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Residential resales took a slight 0.6 percent dip in March, but new-home sales were up 1.5 percent. Maybe these numbers may seem small, but consider this: Overall home sales are up a significant 18.5 percent yearover-year and the National Association of Realtors also noted a 10.3 percent gain in the pace of home buying from a year before. Low, low mortgage rates are a factor. Despite the fact that mortgage lenders in general expect business to be off by as much as 30 percent from 2012 because of stricter lending rules, some like Meramec Valley Bank actually are seeing an increase, notes Sue Crutchfield, senior vice president-loan administration for Meramec Valley Bank. “The number of mortgage loans in the first quarter is up considerably compared to first quarter 2012,” she said. “We are seeing an increase not only in fixed-rate, secondary market financing, but we are also seeing an increase in our in-house mortgage products for those who may be self-employed and who may not qualify for secondary market financing. “We are also excited to see an increase in demand for construction loans for clients now confident in building their dream home.” Here’s what’s new in new homes this week: Payne Family Homes offering up to $10,000 in union cash at closing Payne Family Homes also is taking part in the “Neighborhoods Built by Your Neighbors” union stimulus program that focuses on putting people back to work and giving home buyers a great deal. Eight local unions are contributing to the fund which allows for an average $5,000 per home. The program runs during the month of May and certificates are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the participating homebuilders. “Our local unions have made a big investment in getting people back to work,” said Ken Kruse, president of Payne Family Homes. “They have committed $1,150,000 in cash for use at closing to home buyers. That really says a lot.” The union contributions are based upon man hours by trade on an average St. Louis home. Depending on the price of the home purchased, Payne homebuyers can receive from $2,000 to $10,000 at closing. Payne builds homes throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles county areas, including St. Peters, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Lake

Saint Louis, Eureka and St. Charles. For more information visit or call (314) 477-1218. $2,000–$10,000 in union cash, $10,000 in free options from McKelvey Homes Here’s a win-win. McKelvey Homes and St. Louis area union craftsmen are making home-buying more affordable. Buy any new McKelvey home and pick $10,000 in free options, like an outdoor living area, finished lower level, hardwood floors and more. Then receive from $2,000 up to $10,000 in union stimulus cash. The amount, depending on the model chosen, will be credited on your closing statement and can be applied at closing at the borrower’s discretion. This offer is available to qualified buyers on a first-come, first-served basis as quantity is limited. Terms and conditions apply. See authorized representative for details, but take note, the offer ends on May 31. “The best part is that the free cash is over and above our great prices and special offers, coupled with the lowest interest rates in decades. It’s a great deal for homebuyers but also puts union craftsmen back to work,” said Jim Brennan, president of McKelvey Homes. For more information visit any McKelvey Homes community or New ranch ready for summer move-in at Thomas & Suit’s Wyndgate Forest There’s no better place to be in ssummer than Thomas & Suit’s Wyndgate Forest, unless it’s in your brand new home there. Now under construction and slated for July completion is Thomas & Suit’s elegant 2,700-square-foot Sycamore ranch home. It has a brick and stone exterior with three-car garage and is built on a wooded homesite. The home also features three bedrooms plus a study and 2.5 baths. It’s a splitbedroom plan, with the master suite on the opposite side of the home from the other bedrooms. The open feeling is accentuated by 11-foot ceilings and by extensive wood flooring. The state-of-the-art kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, large island and 42-inch staggered dark maple cabinets with crown molding. Through May 15, the price is $439,900, which reflects a savings of $18,710, so hurry. Thomas & Suit homes in Wyndgate Forest start in the mid-$300’s. Take Hwy. 40 to south on Hwy. N 1.5 miles to left on Wyndgate Ridge Drive and right on Paul Renaud Boulevard. Call 561-2120 or visit


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By Sue E. Steiniger Approximately 60 supporters of Medicaid expansion showed up to the recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in St. Charles County to express their disapproval over the Senate’s budget, which does not include funding for Medicaid expansion. The Appropriations Committee hearing was held on April 27 at the Christian High School in O’Fallon to obtain public input into the Department of Revenue (DOR) scandal and investigation. Medicaid expansion supporters rallied outside with “Burma-Shave-style” signs, calling on the senators and representatives attending the hearing to focus on Missouri’s priorities. Supporters were members of many different organizations, including Missouri Health Care for All, Missouri Jobs with Justice, and the Missouri Medicaid Coalition. Under the federal health reform law, Missouri has a chance to expand Medicaid; however, expansion needs to be in the state budget. The House passed a budget earlier this year without the inclusion of an expansion. Then on April 22, the Senate also passed the budget without including Medicaid expansion. This budget was based on the budget written by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is why Medicaid supporters came to the hearing on Saturday morning to make their voices heard. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, (Rep. Dist. 19) Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, heading up the public forum explained to the audience that under the Sunshine Law they could only address the DOR issue. But Sen. Scott Rupp (Rep. Dist. 2) of St. Charles County told the audience that he would stay after the meeting to hear their concerns and try to answer any questions regarding the Medicaid expansion issue. During a 30-minute post-forum meeting, Rupp was asked to explain how the Senate could reject a Medicaid expansion that would help so many and at so little cost to the state.

Speaking at the end of the informal meeting, Jen Bersdale, with Missouri Health Care for All, told Rupp that there have been many studies providing the information needed to make a decision, and also reminded Rupp that there is a cost to delaying expansion. “Studies have shown that 1,500 Missouri lives will be saved every year after the state expands Medicaid – which means that every year of delay has a cost of 1,500 human lives,” Bersdale said. In a separate interview after the meeting Rupp told MRN that it comes down to dollars and cents. “We spend more money on Medicaid and social programs than we do on anything else in the state,” he said. “And just to keep that program going without adding any new people or putting new services it goes up $250 million a year.” He added that the state is required to balance the budget every single year. “To manage the yearly growth in that, then to talk about adding a whole bunch of new people on top, even with the large amount of federal subsidies coming in, it’s still very difficult to do when we balance our budget every year.” Rupp said the state has had four years of declining revenue and it has been forced to cut $1 billion. “People say let’s put on the brakes and really understand it (Medicaid).” He said that most of the rules have not yet been written. Nor is there a method on how the program is going to work, or what’s going to be covered. “We don’t know the answers to those questions and people (lawmakers) are not saying ‘No, (but) just not right now,’” Rupp said. Rupp said of those attending the Medicaid expansion meeting, “They just want to understand why Missouri is not expanding Medicaid at this point in time. They just wanted an understanding because they so passionately believe it’s the right thing to do. So I tried to provide the mindset of those people (lawmakers) that don’t want to expand Medicaid at this point in time and of how they came to that decision.”



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Adults in denial about long-term care A major new survey reveals important information about American adults’ attitudes on long-term care. The Chicago-headquartered Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has made available survey results indicating that while Americans aged 40 and older claim to be concerned about needing long-term care down the road, they are not doing much to prepare for it. “It is estimated that 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care for an average of three years each,” Trevor Tompson, director of the AP-NORC Center, said in a news release. “The rapidly aging population brings with it important social and public policy questions about preparing for and providing quality long-term care. This survey establishes what Americans 40 and over understand about the need for longterm care and reveals troubling facts about what is being done to prepare for it.” The survey revealed the following key issues: • There are widespread misperceptions of the cost of long-term care, with most underestimating the cost of nursing home care and overestimating what Medicare will cover. • Nearly one-third of older Americans would rather not think about getting older at all, and when prompted, a majority of them worry about losing their independence. Significant majorities prioritize factors that promote independence as they age,

such as homes with no stairs and living close to family members, health care services, and stores. • While few are setting aside funds to deal with long-term care issues, there is broad concern about key issues of aging such as loss of mental ability, being a burden to family, leaving unpaid debts and being alone without family or friends. • Though Americans aged 40 and older are concerned about issues of aging, only 41 percent have taken the step of talking about long-term care preferences with their families, and only 35 percent have set aside money to pay for long-term care needs. • There is faith in family, with 68 percent of Americans age 40 or older feeling they can rely on their family a great deal or quite a bit in time of need, with another 15 percent saying they can rely on their family for at least a moderate level of support. • There is majority support for public policy options for financing long-term care, with more than 75 percent in favor of tax incentives to encourage saving for longterm care expenses and 51 percent in favor of a government-administered plan. For more information on the survey, visit Older driver education proves effective Driver retraining improves safe driving habits of older drivers for at least two years, according to recent research. Matthew R. E. Romoser did a follow-up study on elderly drivers aged 70-89 two years after they received training on safe driving behaviors. He compared the drivers who received training to a control group that had not received the training, recording secondary looks, defined as looking away from the immediate path of a vehicle while entering intersections toward regions to the side from which other vehicles could appear. Two years after their training, older drivers in the trained group still took secondary looks on average 73 percent of the time, more than one and a half times as often as pre-training levels. Control group drivers, who averaged secondary looks 41 percent of the time, saw no significant change in performance over the two-year period. “Training in the form of actively practicing target skills in a simulator provides drivers a means by which to reincorporate previously extinguished behaviors into their driving habits,” Remoser said. Older and happier People generally become happier and more pleased with their lives as they age, according to a recent study. Angelina Sutin, a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health, analyzed data



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Beyond the cookies The experiences that come with being a Girl Scout By Amy Armour Girl Scouts are known for selling cookies each year. But behind the scenes local Girl Scouts are providing much more than sugary sweets. Every year, Girl Scouts are donating time and talents, while raising dollars for a multitude of charitable organizations. In 2012, troops in Eastern Missouri reported cash donations totaling $7,183, in addition to 83,392 gifts and 9,719 pounds of food. Troops reported service to 649 agencies across the city of St. Louis and 28 surrounding counties in Missouri. In addition to monetary and physical donations, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri donated more than a million hours of time in 2012 – a $22,582,800 value. The second-grade Brownie Troop at Sts. Joachim & Ann School has made baby blankets for the NICU at Missouri Baptist Hospital, donated food to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, and sang Christmas carols at a local nursing home. “The girls love to do good for others and they really love when they can see the fruits of their labor. We like to let the girls deliver the items they donate and be able to really see where the items are going and to hear firsthand how much of a contribution they have made,” said Michele Cohen, co-leader of Troop 1841 at Sts. Joachim & Ann. “We really look for charitable works that the girls actively partake in so they can feel like they did it.” This year, the girls of Troop 1841 chose

the St. Charles Crisis Nursery to benefit from their donations. “The girls collected baby goods, food items, and monetary donations at Walmart on Jungermann Road on a cold morning last November,” Cohen said. The troop was able to bring three shopping carts full of donations, as well as cash donations for the nonprofit which helps families in crisis. The Girl Scouts annual April Showers personal care items drive provides health and hygiene products for Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service in St. Charles County. Families utilizing food stamps cannot purchase common items like shampoo or deodorant, and rely on organizations like the Care Service to provide these items. “The Care Service is grateful to these young women, not only for the thousands of personal care items they donate each year to help our fragile families and individuals, but also for leading by example,” said Karen Runge, director of development at Sts. Joachim & Care Service. “Their service reminds us all that we can indeed change the world. By banding together, we can care for our neighbors in need and make a great impact on the communities in which we live.” Juliette Gordon Low organized the first U.S. Girl Scout troop in Georgia with 18 members in 1912 with a mission “to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” The first St. Louis troop formed in 1918 with 11 members.

Evie Campbell (front) and (from left) Kate Swackhammer, Emma Schroyer and Mary Naumann explore Laurel Park.

Currently, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) serves more than 50,000 girls and is supported by 18,000 adult volunteers while Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) has 3.2 million Girl Scouts — 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. Selling Girl Scout cookies is a well known tradition that teaches girls about goal setting. “The girls get the opportunity to learn about goal setting and striving to meet a goal. When they sell enough to earn what they set out to earn they feel proud and accomplished,” said Cohen. “When they approach customers to sell they get the opportunity to learn to speak to others, to convey a precise message with a goal in mind. It helps them to learn to organize, the orders, the product, and then the money and to do all of this on a timeline.” Proceeds from cookie sales allow the girls to fund their own educational activities that allow the Girl Scout council to continue to provide programs for young girls to teach leadership and independence. “The girls use their meeting to earn skill badges and complete their Girl Scout journey. These badges and journeys are designed to make them think and be proactive,” said Cohen. “The journeys and skill badges allow them to critically see the world around them and decide how they can make it a better place.” Having fun is also important part of Girl

Scouts. In the past year, Cohen’s troop visited the St. Peters Rec-Plex to swim, picked pumpkins at Theis Farm and painted ceramics at the Painted Zebra. “I like that everyone gets a chance to do fun activities,” said Julia Mitchaner, secondgrader at Sts. Joachim & Ann. “We get to work together and do the friendship circle.” The troop also visited Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant and learned about making tortillas and took a class at Dierbergs’ School of Cooking. “Journeys, badges and outings are all designed to work as a group and the girls really learn how to work with each other, how to allow each member of the group to be an active member,” said Cohen. Natalie Bruer, 8, said “having fun and being with all my friends” is her favorite part of Girl Scouts. “Girls join for fun and friendship but they also learn about building character and selfesteem and serving their communities — the core qualities of Girl Scouting,” said Kathryn Kiefer, chief communications officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri which covers St. Louis City and 28 Missouri counties including St. Charles. “In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.” On the Cover: Julia Mitchaner (left) and Stella Gilfoil with a cart full of April Showers donations that were given to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service last year.

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PLACES MERS Goodwill has opened a new location in Lake Saint Louis. The new 11,800square-foot retail store is located at 913 Robert Raymond Drive. ••• Sacred Movement Studio, which offers yoga, belly dancing and tai chi classes for all fitness levels, has opened at a new location, 7519 Mexico Road in St. Peters. ••• Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s St. Charles County/Bluestone office has raised $18,000 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis by hosting its seventh annual Trivia Night, Raffle and Auction. ••• Cupcake Amore has opened a new location at 2443 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. Cupcake varieties include Velvet Rouge, Amore Amore, Paris Cherie, Tortue, Chocolat Strawberry Mousse, Eiffel Tower and Creme de la Creme. Party Rooms are available as well.

nized Timothy Pluard, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, as a top enroller of cancer patients in clinical trials. Pluard is medical director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. The award, a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from the NCI’s Cancer Trials Support Unit, recognized Pluard and his team’s work recruiting for NCI’s Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program in 2012. •••

Two members of Consort Homes’ sales team have been presented with Seven Figure Sales Circle Awards by the Sales and Marketing Council of the St. Louis Home Builders Association. Honored for their achievements during 2012 were Erin Whitehead, Consort’s general sales manager, and Sherry Conroy, community sales manager. Conducted annually, the SMC Awards program recognizes new-home sales professionals for total volume of closed sales during the calendar year. Both Whitehead and Conroy received AWARDS & HONORS silver awards, which signify $4 to $7.9 milThe National Cancer Institute has recog- lion in sales for the 12-month period.

New joint The Joint…the chiropractic place has celebrated the opening of its new location, offering an alternative approach to health care, based on the age-old practice of restoring balance by promoting the body’s ability to heal itself. The Joint is located at 6227 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 636-922-7177 for more information.



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be presented 3 p.m. Bring the family for a fun filled day of music, food, vendors and some of the hottest cars in the area. Activities include: games, demonstrations, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and attendance prices. The rain-out date for the event is June 2. For more information, call 922-8233.

The St. Charles County Parks Department is offering free nature programs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sun., May 19, at Towne Park’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom, at 100 Towne Park Drive. These family-friendly programs will be led by members of the Confluence Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists and are suitable for children ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 949-7535. ••• Hands-on History Adventure Day Camp will be held from June 17 to June 21 at the First Missouri State Capitol historic site located at 200 S. Main. The camp, for third- to sixthgraders, will include fun games, activities, and crafts from the 1800s time period. For more information or to register, call 940-3322. ••• The SCC Cougar Car Show will be held Sunday, May 19, on the SCC campus. Some of the finest autos in the St. Louis area will be on display. Car pre-registration is $20, with drive-in registration the day of the event $20 (space permitting). A portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for the Preparatory Math Program. Set-up begins 7 a.m. Judging begins at noon. Awards will

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on June 24 through June 28 at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 Hwy. N. Children will travel through six stations packed with hands-on learning that will serve as a local outreach effort to help area children grow in their knowledge and love of God. Registration is going on now through May 24. For more information, call 561-4347 or visit

SPA DAY A “Spa Day for Your Soul” day retreat for women will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 18, at Hope Lutheran Church, 1975 S. Old Hwy. 94 in St. Charles. International Christian speaker Tiffany Thompson

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and local news anchor/author Jill Farmer will lead an inspiring day of rest and rejuvenation. There will be opportunities to join breakout sessions that include journaling, pampering and yoga. Lunch is included in the $30 registration fee. Babysitting is available for an additional fee. For more information, contact Janet at 704-502-2238.

MEETINGS Tri-County Women’s Connection Luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., May 15, at the Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. The cost is $14. For reservations or cancellations, call 561-0956. ••• “Lest We Forget-Honoring Our Military” will be the topic for the May meeting of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on May 18 at Lake Forest Country Club in Lake Saint Louis. Special guests of the chapter will be two members of Lake Saint Louis VFW Post 10350. For more information, contact Susan Russ at 978-1869. ••• A Hacking and Offensive Cyber Security conference will be held June 3 and June 4 at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. For more information or to register in advance, visit us.

CLASSES/SEMINARS Home Alone Safety will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., May 11, at St. John’s Mercy, 300 Winding Woods Drive in O Fallon. Children ages 9 to 11 years old will learn simple first aid, safety, and self-care techniques to use when home alone for short periods of time. The cost is $20. For more information, call 314-961-2229. ••• Sitter Skills will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., May 11, at St. John’s Mercy, 300 Winding Woods Drive in O Fallon. This course prepares novice baby sitters for a safe and positive babysitting experience. Participants should be age 10 or older. The cost is $25. For more information, call 314-961-2229.

PARADE ENTRY The city of O’Fallon invites community organizations to enter O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thurs., July 4, in downtown O’Fallon. A complete list of rules and requirements are listed on the applications, which are available online at parade. For more information, call 379-5502 or email


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A Paper Quilling workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sat., May 11, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. Create your own unique bouquet or add designs to cards, bookmarks or brooches. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, pricing, or to register, call 255-0270 or visit ••• Gallery III – Solo Show Award Winner Jennifer McNamara will host an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., May 17, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit ••• “Lost and Found: An Exhibition of Abandoned Photographs” by Jeff Phillips will be held from May 17 through June 21 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., May 17. “Lost and Found” is a collection of quirky, enigmatic and humorous images that tell the story of an anonymous man and woman as they traveled the world in the 1950s. Call 255-0270 or visit ••• An opening reception for “Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., May 17 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. This unique photography show explores the intersection of photography, social media and our places in history. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will run from May 17 to June 21. For more information, contact Angela at 255-0270 or ••• An exhibit of paintings and drawings by O’Fallon artist Rebecca Bourne is open through May 24 in O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center. Bourne’s show includes a variety of art media: oil landscapes, charcoal drawings, pastel portraits, screenprint designs and multimedia. For more information, call 4742732 or visit

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE An All Middle School Lock-In Dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., May 10 at Pezold Banquet Center located at 5701 Hwy. N in Cottleville. Sponsored by Juke Box Productions and The Knights of Columbus– Cottleville, dances will be held the second Friday of each month. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information, call 939-6410.

BENEFITS Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County will host a benefit dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., May 8 at the United Methodist Church located at 725 N. Wall Street at Wentzville. Immediately after the dinner a short presentation will be given on Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County regarding the various projects

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in the area. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, call 978-5712. ••• Earth Angel Aviators will host a benefit dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed., May 22, at the United Methodist Church, 725 N. Wall Street at Wentzville. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, call 327-6321 or email ••• Community Living’s Swing 4 Kids Charity Golf Classic will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., June 28 at Bear Creek Golf Club, 158 Bear Creek Drive in Wentzville. Registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, water, soda, beer, snacks, lunch and dinner. Teams can pre-order a Team Game Pack for $80, which includes eight mulligans, participation in course games and “Buy a Birdie.” For more information, call 970-2800 or visit

CONCERTS St. Charles County Youth Orchestra will perform a summer concert at 2 p.m. on Sat., May 11, at the Lindenwood Cultural Center in St. Charles. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 per child and children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 916-0515 or email ••• St. Charles County Youth Orchestra will perform a Mother’s Day concert at 7 p.m. on Sun., May 12 in the event tent in New Town. The concert is free. For more information, call 916-0515 or email

HEALTHY HAPPENINGS Mended Hearts Support Group will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., May 14, at Healthwise at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. The purpose of this group is to inspire hope for heart disease patients and their families. For more information, call 947-5682. ••• A Weekend Childbirth Preparation Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sat., May 18, at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. The cost is $80 per person. This class is designed to assist women and their partners in preparing for the birth of their baby. To register, call 314-SSM-DOCS.

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION The Wentzville Class of 1983 High School Reunion will be held on Sat., June 15 at Quintessential on Main Street in St. Charles. A party will also be held on Fri., June 14 at Kokomo’s West. For more information, email

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business. By BETSY ZATKULAK The couple, inspired by the deck – the largJim & Deb’s Lakeside Pub aims to be “the people’s bar.” It’s a place to stop in for a beer and the last few innings of est outdoor deck in St. Charles County – bought the game; grab a table for six on the patio and enjoy pizza, the bar two years ago and took on the muchchardonnay and live music; throw a party in the backroom; or needed remodel. “We put in new floors, new ceilings, walls, enjoy the daily lunch special and a game of darts. Whatever the outing, Jim Needy and Deb Schwab strive to create an new bathrooms – everything,” Needy said. But what they really fell for was the beautiful easy-going atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy. “You can come here in shorts; you can come here in a deck next to the lake, giving way to a beautiful business suit,” Needy said. “It’s clean; it’s nice. The food’s view. When the dam overflows, it looks like a good and it’s a place to have fun – not to impress anybody.” river below. “People who have lived in Lake Saint Louis Schwab takes pride in knowing women can come to the for 30 years don’t know this is here,” Needy pub and feel safe. “More than one of my girlfriends has said, ‘I don’t go to said. “This is why we’re Lakeside Pub – there’s bars alone, but I don’t have a problem coming here. I feel the lake, and we’re on the side.” And with the new (non) smoking laws, Needy like I’m at home coming here,’” Schwab said. Located on the lower level of America’s Best Value Inn saw the newly expanded, three-level terraced in Lake Saint Louis, the dynamic duo say Jim & Deb’s patio that comfortably seats 150 as an oppor- The spacious deck is a favorite gathering spot at Jim & Deb’s Lakeside Pub. tunity for customers who smoke to enjoy themLakeside Pub always will be a work in progress. “We get different ideas, and we’re like, let’s change this, selves just like everyone else. He also added a let’s build on this,” said Needy, who also owns a concrete smoking room behind the non-smoking bar. Live, darts, Big Buck Hunter Pro, big-screen TVs and free “Smokers appreciate it because they can smoke in here popcorn for munching. Guests can get in on blind draw but not be overwhelmed by the smoke,” Needy said. Texas Hold ’em tournaments Wednesdays and Sundays, Jim & Deb’s Lakeside Pub The menu features daily specials; a great mix of starters from play keno, or pick up a game of cornhole on the patio. 10600 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy., Lake Saint Louis sirloin steak kabobs to hand-breaded fish nuggets; sandwiches, At Jim & Deb’s Lakeside Pub, the aim is to provide good 636-625-5040 burgers, salads, pizzas and ribs; and breakfast plates served on food and good times in a come-and-go-as-you-please atmo11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Mon-Fri. the weekends. The summer menu will feature lighter fare, and sphere. In an effort to prevent drinking and driving, the pub’s 9:30 a.m.-midnight, Sat. Schwab hopes to host wine tastings on the patio. Happy hour guests are offered a $25 room fee at America’s Best Value Inn. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sun. happens from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. “It’s not a serious bar, Needy said. “We’re a people’s The backroom comfortably seats 50 and is perfect for bar; we listen to everybody. We don’t tell you what you’re parties. It features shuffleboard, Golden Tee, Power Putt going to do.”


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