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Czech young men who promoted ethnic polarization there – a polarization that not only continued, but escalated, in the 20th century to produce bitter tragedies for both Czechs and Germans. In other central European countries, between the two World Wars a rising class of newly educated young people bitterly resented having to compete with better qualified Jews in the universities and with Jews already established in business and the professions. Anti-Semitic policies and violence were the result. It was much the same story in Asia, where successful minorities like the Chinese in Malaysia were resented by newly educated Malays without either the educational or business skills to compete with them. These Malaysians demanded – and got – heavily discriminatory laws and policies against the Chinese. Similar situations developed at various times in Nigeria, Romania, Sri Lanka, Hungary and India, among other places. Many Third World countries have turned out so many people with diplomas, but without meaningful skills, that “the educated unemployed” became a cliche among people who study such countries. This has not only become a personal problem for those individuals who have been educated, or half-educated, without acquiring any ability to fulfill their rising expectations; it has become a major economic and political problem for these countries. Such people have proven to be ideal targets for demagogues promoting polarization and strife. We in the United States are still in the early stages of that process. But you need only visit campuses where whole departments feature soft courses preaching a sense of victim-hood and resentment, and see the consequences in racial and ethnic polarization on campus. There are too many other soft courses that allow students to spend years in college without becoming educated in any real sense. We don’t need more government “investment” to produce more of such “education.” Lofty words like “investment” should not blind us to the ugly reality of political porkbarrel spending. © 2011 Creators.com

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To the editor: The following is an open response to President Barack Obama’s recent speech regarding the Middle East: It is in our nation’s interest to advance freedom in the Middle East. Supporting free peoples and democratic governments has always guided American foreign policy. Unfortunately, I believe President Obama has been unsteady in advocating these principles in recent months. The President demonstrated uncertainty dealing with President Mubarak before withdrawing his support suddenly. After hesitating for several weeks and allowing Moammar Qaddafi to regroup, he authorized U.S. participation in a NATO air operation with a confusing mission and without significant U.S. leadership. He stood on the sidelines for weeks while Syrian forces have butchered pro-freedom demonstrators before finally announcing a series of sanctions this week. Indeed the President’s entire narrative has been unclear since the time he took office. The plan that President Obama outlined (May 19) certainly has merit. However, it’s important we recognize that any support given to these emerging or existing Arab governments can only help them as much as they’re willing to help themselves. Congress must be a partner in the development of this package. Congress will have to ensure that whatever aid is given is both targeted toward an outcome that is in the national security interest of the nation and does not increase the U.S. deficit. My support for the President’s idea is contingent on several principles being met by the governments that receive any U.S. aid. First, the government and its leaders must reject all forms of terrorism. They must demonstrate a credible plan for economic development and poverty reduction. They also must demonstrate a record of support for the rule of law, a prerequisite to ensuring that U.S. aid dollars will not be used to subvert the system of justice, jail opponents, or undermine constitutional government. We’re at an extremely important moment as we watch a movement toward freedom unprecedented in the history of the Arab world unfold. America’s role is to support responsible leaders committed to peace and sustainable democratic change. I’m hopeful the President will work with my colleagues in the Senate to extend a helping hand to those leaders who are truly committed to those values. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Gas leak causes evacuation A gas leak caused by a vehicle crash led to a two hour evacuation on May 14.

Seventeen people in a one-block radius were evacuated from their homes after an SUV crashed into a home located at 448 N. Kingshighway in St. Charles. The vehicle hit the home at about 8:35 a.m., cutting the outdoor gas meter and knocking the home six inches off its foundation, said Dan Casey, with the St. Charles Fire Department. “They’re really lucky that (the gas meter) didn’t ignite when they hit it,” Casey said. The two young men in the vehicle were seriously injured and transported to a local hospital. No charges were filed against the driver. Casey said the driver was not intoxicated. Residents were able to return to their homes after Laclede Gas and area firefighters determined the area was safe.

St. Charles County A+ for Francis Howell Gov. Jay Nixon made a trip to St. Charles County on May 18 to congratulate Francis Howell North and Francis Howell Central high schools on their designation as A+ High Schools.  The two Francis Howell schools were among more than 50 high schools across Missouri that earned the A+ designation this year. The designation allows students

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End of session report Mo. legislators pass jobs, education, school prayer bills with bipartisan support By Jeannie Seibert The first regular session of Missouri’s 96th General Assembly adjourned May 13. The Mo. Senate advanced a number of key priorities including four job-creation initiatives, a balanced budget, restoring funding for K-12 school transportation and higher education, and meeting its constitutional deadline to craft a new U.S. Congressional District outlining Missourians’ representation in Congress.  Mo. Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, (R-Dexter) said, “We began this session with two goals – passing a balanced budget Missouri taxpayers could sustain without a tax increase and putting people back to work.” Lawmakers sent four bills to Gov. Jay Nixon aimed at spurring job creation. Sen. Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) said job creation is part of the solution to Missouri’s budget crisis. “Our state’s economy is reliant on people working, so the solution is putting people back to work in good-paying jobs with benefits,” Dempsey said. “This session the Senate advanced four measures aimed at assisting businesses in their ability to hire more employees.” In April, Gov. Nixon vetoed a senate bill that would have changed state laws to mirror federal employment laws when it comes to discrimination. Mayer and Dempsey said they anticipate the Senate to move to override the governor’s veto in the annual September veto

session. Lawmakers also finalized the new congressional district map for Missouri but a bi-partisan effort in the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto. Dubbed ‘the grand compromise’ a majority in both houses voted to finalize the state’s new congressional district boundaries. State legislators are constitutionally charged to redraw Missouri’s congressional districts based on the most recent data from the 23rd Decennial Census. In December, the U.S. Census Bureau concluded, based on 2010 Census data, that Missouri’s population grew 7 percent to 5,988,927 people. Despite this growth, Missouri is losing a congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, resulting in a drop from nine to eight seats. “We were committed to a redistricting process that was open and transparent,” said Mo. Sen. Scott Rupp, (R-St. Charles County), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. Early in the session Rupp introduced a measure addressing fraudulent motor vehicle repair contracts. After careful scrutiny, the final bill survived both houses fairly intact and is on the governor’s desk. “This measure addresses fraudulent motor vehicle contracts and warranties, as well as vehicle licensing, the ‘free look’ period, deceptive practices, the suspension and revocation of licenses, and the registry of motor vehicles,” Rupp said. “If signed by

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the governor my bill would go into effect on Aug. 28.” Rep. Kurt Bahr (Dist. 19) reported on the Mo. House ability to advance voter fraud legislation. In a written statement, Bahr wrote, “To ensure that everyone’s vote counts we need to prevent election fraud that diminishes the effect of legitimate votes. To do this we passed two bills which require photo IDs when voting.” The first measure is a constitutional amendment that would require voter approval to prohibit the courts from overturning photo identification requirements before receiving a ballot at the polls. A Cole County District Court overturned the last similar voter fraud prevention legislation. The same measure also would require vacated statewide elected positions to be filled by special election. Currently, the

governor makes appointments to vacated seats. Bahr said the House also passed the TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act. This “bill would require temporary assistance for needy families (program) applicants and recipients to be drug tested when a case worker has a reasonable suspicion of illegal drug use,” Bahr said. “Individuals who fail or refuse the test would receive benefits only by completing a substance abuse treatment program and not failing another test.” House action approved the addition to the list of schedule I controlled substances several forms of stimulants, currently sold legally as “bath salts and hallucinogenic synthetic cannabinoids (K2 alternatives),” Bahr said. View the complete End Of Session Report go to newsmagazinenetwork.com

County may wait a year to get smoking ban if council doesn’t act By Kathleen T. Brady ing on Monday, May 9, when Councilman author of Bill 3726 voted in favor of passThe St. Charles County Council, which Paul Wynn, (Dist. 4), suggested the coun- ing the measure in an emergency bill that developed a conservative reputation by cil could pass the measure itself, without a evening. But Jerry Daugherty, (Dist. 6), being the first to pass legislation banning vote to the people. reiterated the council’s initial decision that synthetic drugs like K2 and bath salts, may After introducing Bill 3726 enacting a this was for voters and it wasn’t right for wait more than a year before it passes a new chapter to prohibit smoking with pen- seven members of the council to decide. countywide smoking ban, trailing behind alty provisions, Wynn proposed four alterWynn countered residents would likely governments that already have passed nate bills to demonstrate his opposition to vote in favor of the ban anyway because of smoking bans, including Lake Saint Louis, the bill. All four proposed alternate bills the number of supporters of the ban who O’Fallon, and the county and city of St. were shot down by the council, but not speak at council meetings and the overLouis. before causing some heated debate among whelming voter support of the smoking bans in Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon. The wait is a result of members of the members that night. “So why wait (on a vote) if this is the right council who insist that county residents Wynn said, if the issue of second-hand vote on the smoking ban. But the county smoke was really an issue of public safety, thing to do?” Wynn said. “I was a marine, doesn’t have the $350,000 in its budget then the county should have no problem and I know what it means to make tough to include the smoking ban on the ballot passing the ban in an emergency bill that decisions. This is a tough decision, though it might not be the popular one.” before the August 2012 election. very night. Councilman Joe Cronin, (Dist. 1), the “This is irresponsible and ridiculous,” The fireworks began at a council meet-

said Councilman John White, (Dist. 2), about the four alternate bills proposed by Wynn. “I think this is purely theatrical.” For instance, one of Wynn’s alternate bills removed exemptions for casinos. Brazil said he was in favor of removing all exemptions for fairness reasons. Terry Hollander, (Dist. 5), said the casino in St. Charles that employees 1,600 people and without an exception, they could be at a disadvantage to casinos across the river. Wynn asked how losing jobs is any worse for a casino than a mom-and-pop shop. Two other alternate bills – one prohibiting the sale and use of all tobacco products and another banning outdoor smoking as well as indoor smoking - were quickly dismissed.


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O’Fallon ready to take on enforcement of city-wide smoking ban By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley O’Fallon city staff has been busy preparing businesses for the smoke-free ordinance that starts at 12:01 a.m., June 16, and City Administrator Keith Riesberg says staff is ready to enforce the ban. The city has sent notices to licensed businesses, created a dedicated telephone line for complaints and developed a link on the city website that goes into details of the ban and its enforcement. “In terms of plans for enforcement, recognizing we’re not the first community to adopt this, we were interested in how other communities have handled this,” Riesberg said. “I believe once the ordinance takes affect, there is very little enforcement action required. Based on the experiences of similar communities (i.e. Clayton, Kirkwood, etc.) we expect few to no issues on this matter. Most communities find residents and businesses in full voluntary compliance,” Riesberg said if O’Fallon does receive complaints, the city’s Code Enforcement Department will be the primary responders. Residents may call the city’s dedicated phone number answered by Code Enforcement staff from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the work week. After hours, it will forward to the non-emergency police line where a dispatcher will log the complaint and forward to Code Enforcement for follow up. Riesberg said city staff has also been working closely with the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce to educate the business

community on the requirements of the ordinance, and is collaborating with the American Cancer Society to do a mailing to all “hospitality businesses” at their expense. Riesberg said door stickers at each of O’Fallon’s restaurants, bars and other businesses will explain what the ordinance means. “One of the things staff likes about the stickers is the O’Fallon logo,” Riesberg said. “Some people don’t realize a business is in O’Fallon, and the stickers will also clarify the location.” Riesberg said if there is smoking at an individual establishment, he urges owners to promote voluntary compliance. “If a person wishes to sign a complaint, an officer would respond,” Riesberg said. The ordinance requires that smoking be banned in all public places in O’Fallon, including indoor workplaces, bars, restaurants and even in your car if you’re within three feet of a drive-up window. The proposition was brought to voters in April by the group, “Smoke-Free O’Fallon,” and approved by a vote of 9,943 to 7,217, a 45 percent margin. The public smoking ban will impose a fine of $50 to those individuals who fail to comply. Businesses that fail to comply could be fined up to $500 and face suspension or revocation of permits and licenses issued by the city. Cigar bars, tobacco stores and private clubs with no employees are excluded from the ban.

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By Amy Armour A local animal shelter has a new name— and a $1 million mission. The St. Charles Humane Society, located at 1099 Pralle Road in St. Charles, has been renamed Five Acres Animal Shelter. “Over the years we have often been confused with animal control or other humane societies. While we work together with other rescues for the benefit of the animals, we are not affiliated with anyone else,” said Kim Brown, executive director of Five Acres. “We are the only no kill shelter in St. Charles County and do not receive government funding.” Five Acres kicked off a $1 million capital campaign to help build an addition to the facility. Brown said the campaign will allow the nonprofit to double the number of cats and dogs that can be housed and saved each year. It will also allow for space for youth educational programs. “Our mission is to end pet homelessness, promote responsible pet ownership and advocate for animal welfare. I feel this new building will help us further that mission,” Brown said. “We also want to increase the educational programs we are able to offer youth.”

 Last year, Five Acres found homes for more than 550 dogs and cats. This number almost doubled from the 313 adopted from the shelter in 2009. “The animals needing space at our shelter seems never ending and we want to do more for animals in our community,” Brown said. “We accept dogs and cats from owners that can no longer keep them and transfer animals from other overcrowded facilities, saving many from euthanasia. All of our dogs and cats are spayed or neutered before adoption to help control pet overpopulation.” “Located on close to 5 acres, we offer a unique environment for our animals with space for them to run, play and nap. The Board of Directors feels the new name, Five Acres, and logo capture that experience,” said Kelly Backes, board member. “The new logo represents the dogs and cats that we are here to help and also has the human component. We see that we are not only helping animals, but also people,” Brown said. Brown said people can help by donating to the campaign, or rescuing a shelter pet. For more information, visit www. fiveacresanimalshelter.org.

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O’Fallon city officials addressing residential storm water problems By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley O’Fallon city officials are looking into concerns about storm water damage to residential property and whose responsibility it is to pay for remediation. City Engineer Steve Bender said he has been working with the Public Work’s Commission and has talked with City Attorney Stephanie Carr to determine which conditions would result in using public funds to resolve the situations. The plan has yet to be formally enacted, but according to city spokesman Tom Drabelle, the decision is expected within the next few weeks. Bender said the city needs to determine whether deep ruts left by a neighbor’s sump pump dispersion or washed away ground from heavy rainfall should be paid for with city funds or by the property owner. Assistant City Engineer Jay Herigodt said in January 2008 an ordinance was passed approving a tax for storm water issues. For the first time, the city has funds to address storm water damage, Herigodt said. “To put it in terms we can understand, a person can discharge water from their property as long as they don’t disrupt another’s property,” Herigodt said. “When the ordinance was approved in 2008, we started to narrow it down and see how we can attack it.” Herigodt said the city’s general policies are that when a resident calls with a concern, the city determines whether it is a larger issue budgeted by the city or a private issue that the city can make recommendations on. Herigodt said four priority levels have been established, one of which involves erosions forming a channel that would affect someone’s home. In some cases multiple erosion may have occurred because of the location of storm water pipes or because storm water pipes weren’t installed. Nonetheless, Herigodt said, the city will

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was a cosponsor of a spending cap.” Continuing, she added, “Obviously defaulting on our debt is not an option. It would cause a world-wide financial catastrophe.” McCaskill said, “I will make a bold prediction: There is no way the debt ceiling will not be raised. That won’t happen.” The spending cap McCaskill and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) co-sponsored is an amendment that “is about trying to regain trust in the American people,” McCaskill said in an audio posting. “We have to do big, bold things to get out of the ditch left behind by the previous administration.”

According to Amber Marchand, Sen. Blunt’s communication director, Blunt has cosponsored a balanced budget amendment with a lower spending cap than Sen. McCaskill’s and Sessions’ measure. However, “He (Blunt) will support the lowest achievable cap in order to rein in long-term spending in Washington,” Marchand said in an e-mail. To reporters on May 18, Blunt also noted gasoline pump prices were down slightly. Blunt is a co-sponsor of a bill that would “look at fuel standards for clean air.” Multiple metropolitan areas, like St. Louis, have passed clean air requirements

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Half-day kindergarten may be a thing of the past By Amy Armour Full-day kindergarten in the Fort Zumwalt School District will likely be the only option for incoming kindergartners next fall. The district offered full-day kindergarten for the first time this year, but also allowed parents the option of a half-day program. Patti Corum, assistant superintendent, said only 14 children enrolled in the halfday kindergarten program held at Emge Elementary this year. At this time, Corum said only nine families have shown interest in the half-day program for next year. “Right now, it doesn’t look like (a half-day program) will happen next year.

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Surplus sale Hundreds of surplus items from the Fort Zumwalt School District will be auctioned off on June 18 at South Middle School. The items include everything from CD players to desk chairs to video projectors and boxes of library books. Superintendant Bernie DuBray said the surplus sale usually generates between $5,000 and $6,000. Those funds will then go back to the schools.

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in 2004, allows MoDOT to collect about $150 million from the state’s general revenue fund. Keith said that the major roadways in the state currently are in the top 10 in the country; however, the state’s bridges are in the bottom 10, while minor roads (the lettered roads that the state maintains) are “not very good.” “It’s difficult to compare our minor, lettered roads to others in the country because in most other states, those are county roads,” Keith said. “I don’t look at this as budget cuts. We’re doing everything we can to free up our fixed costs so that we can fix those bridges and minor roads while maintaining the major roads.” As for seeking other sources of revenue, Keith said that is up to the voters. “Missourians have to decide that,” Keith said. “That’s a decision for either the Missouri Legislature or citizens. MoDOT oversees the system and determines how the money is spent. But to increase revenues, because of the Hancock Amendment, it would require a public vote to increase how much revenue MoDOT could collect. In this current economic climate, asking for an increase would be hard.” In the meantime, Keith said the current proposal will streamline MoDOT’s administration and contribute to the state’s economic health. “The tangible things about transportation are the roads and bridges and trains,” Keith said. “But this is about quality of life. Transportation impacts every citizen of Missouri every day. Transportation impacts everyone whether they are buying groceries, going to work, taking the kids to school or activities. The key is to improve our transportation system to create jobs because it has been proven that jobs are what drive the economy.” St. Louis District 6 Engineer Ed Hassinger said that the redistribution of funds will force the department to provide services in a more efficient manner. “People say MoDOT is saving the money but it’s not really a savings,” Hassinger said. “We will be directing that money to the roads to take care of the system. We just can’t do any of the big projects. The next big project looming out there can’t be done.” However, Hassinger said that projects already started or slated to start in the next few years will move forward in West St. Louis County and St. Charles County. “We won’t go back on projects that we’ve already made a commitment to,” Hassinger said. Hassinger said the expansion of the westbound Boone Bridge over the Missouri River between West County and St. Charles County will proceed. “That will go forward because it’s already in the five-year plan,” Hassinger said.

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Representatives from many statewide environmental, fishing, paddling, and conservation organizations are joining together to put the National Park Service on notice that NPS needs to manage the pristine river and parklands with an eye to the future. There are signs that the river, loved by Missourians and millions of visitors each year, may be destroyed by pollution, erosion and poor management. The Current River is a spring-fed river that is approximately 184 miles long. In 1964, approximately 134 miles of the upper part of the river and its tributaries became a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This is the first time that the Current River and its tributaries have been named a threatened riverway on American River’s Endangered Rivers list, which began in 1985. In addition to comments by representatives of American Rivers, Friends of Ozark Riverways and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, maps depicting the excessive number of access points and photos depicting damage to the riverway are available. The web sites for American Rivers (www. americanrivers.org) and the Friends of the Ozark Riverways (www.friendsofozarkriverways.org) feature a three-minute video on the waterway.

2011 Progress Award winners announced The winners of the 2011 Progress Awards from the Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles (PfP) are being announced in preparation for Celebration 2011, the civic group’s annual awards banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, June 3 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. This year’s honors include: • 2011 Education Progress Award to Dr. John McGuire - for 15 years of outstanding service as president of St. Charles Community College and his efforts to foster excellence in education, community progress, and economic growth in the area. • 2011 Quality of Place Progress Award for the Missouri Katy Trail – recognizing the 20-year-anniversary of the Missouri Katy Trail, managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and one of the most popular tourist destinations in St. Charles County. • 2011 Health Progress Award to Smoke Free O’Fallon - for taking a leadership role in the successful passage of Proposition S, O’Fallon’s public places smoking ban. • 2011 Community Progress Award to Carl Sandstedt –for the national recogni-

tion and success of the St. Charles CityCounty Library District during his 34 years of service, including their recent Outstanding Public Library/Public Health Partnership Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. • 2011 Economy Progress Award to CentrePointe Hospital – for the $12 million, 64,000-square-foot expansion of their Weldon Spring complex and  providing premier behavioral health services to the community. “The Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles are pleased to recognize leading businesses, organizations, governments and individuals who are advancing measurable progress in St. Charles County and beyond,” said PfP’s President Greg Prestemon. For more information about tickets and table sponsorship  at PfP’s 2011 Celebration, contact Linda Arnet at 441-6880 ext. 254. Partners for Progress is committed to helping St. Charles County be a nationally renowned, most livable community. Visit them online at www.pfpstcharles.com. 


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Bu si ness PEOPLE Kris Weidenbenner, president and senior lender of New Frontier Bank, has been named the Tri-County Division of United Way’s 2011 fundraising campaign chair, which covers St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. The campaign officially begins in September. ••• Dr. Joseph A. Hill has been hired to join St. Peters Gynecology, effective July 1. Hill, who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, earned his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Metropolitan Medical Center. He is a member of the medical staff at BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital. ••• April Jones, of Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, has been promoted to the position of training coordinator. Jones has been an employee of Crisis Nursery since 2004. She earned a bachelor of arts in children and family ministries from John Brown University and this month will receive a master of social work from the University

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New veins to O’Fallon of Missouri-St. Louis. ••• Ann Abad has joined Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center as vice president of operations. Abad will be responsible for the strategic direction and development of joint BJC HealthCare services in St. Charles County and the surrounding region. She will oversee the operations of oncology, cardiac and surgical services and will lead strategy, planning, delivery and development of other clinical programs and facilities planning for both hospitals. For the past three years, Abad served as vice president of strategic planning for BJC. ••• Anne Green, independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc. and resident of St. Charles, has been promoted to team leader. Green earned the promotion through sales achievements and by adding new consultants to the team.

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370 Lakeside Park dedication, opening ceremonies happily drenched By Jeannie Seibert Part reunion and part officious occasion, St. Peters city leaders, past and present, along with numerous interested residents and well-wishers totaled some 150 people who gathered May 19 for an outdoor dedication of the city’s newest addition, 370 Lakeside Park. After many court battles, even the rain didn’t dampen the celebratory atmosphere that pervaded the proceedings. Numerous individuals, elected officials, city staff, past and present Park Board members and businesses were thanked and welcomed and thanked again by St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, Parks and Recreation Services Manager Jeff Hutsler and Board President Tommy Roberts. Even former Mayor Tom Brown came out of retirement to share his satisfaction at seeing the ribbon cutting. “We started in 1994, after thinking about it since 1990, the initial steps it took to get us here,” Brown said. “Three people, (city administrator) Bill Charnisky, (asst. city administrator) Tim Wilkinson and Randy Weber (legal counsel), God bless them. Well, it’s there now because of them. “They provided the consistency needed when there was a flood of criticism,”

Brown said. “A lot of people made the grass happen, made the lake happen, but without those three, it wouldn’t have happened. Bill (Charnisky) is the best thing I ever did for St. Peters.” The 370 Lakeside Park is a 300-acre park with a 140-acre recreational lake located on the north side of Hwy. 370 at the Truman Boulevard/Cave Springs exit from I-70. Amenities include fishing, boating, camping, an RV Park and a three-mile pedestrian trail circles the lake. By the time the festivities wrapped up, residents were checking out the new pedestrian trail and boats were already being launched, fishermen’s lines in the water and a luxury motor coach was parked and set up on one of the 50 paved pads. In fact, a couple, John and Alice Rathjn, came across the river to check out the new campground and before they left rented 20 RV pads for their RV club, Alice’s Friends. Hutsler could barely contain his excitement. To MRN, Hutsler said when he first started as the parks and recreation manager he thought the parks system was complete – “and it was already a great parks system then. “In the last five years we’ve built a 106,000-square-foot recreation complex

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next to the Rec-Plex building,” Hutsler Vickie Phillips particular thanks for her said. “And now, 370 Lakeside too, well, dedication and attention to detail. this is such an exciting project and we have The longest-serving board member, so many to thank for it.” Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth (Ward 2) Hutsler, as did Mayor Pagano, gave comment was, “Finally!”

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Com mu n it y Event s The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact David WilA Farmer’s Market will be held from 6 liams at 940-9969 or  visit www.fastlana.m. to noon on Saturdays through Oct. 29 ecars.com. in the parking lot at the north end of River  side Drive in St. Charles. WRITING GROUP Saturday Writers, a member of the WRITERS INSTITUTE Missouri Writers Guild, will meet from The 16th annual Summer Writers Institute 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., May 28 at the St. will be held from June 13 until June 24 at Peters Cultural Arts Centre in City Hall Washington University in St. Louis.  SWI Building located at 1 St. Peters Centre consists of two weeks of intensive writing Boulevard.   The meeting will include workshops, complemented by individual “Musical Chairs of Writing,” with faculty conferences, readings by guest fac- tables set up with a photo. Those ulty, craft talks and panel discussions. For wishing to participate will be asked to more information, visit http://swi.ucollege. write a quick poem or story based on wustl.edu/. the photo. Door prizes will be given away. The cost is $5 for visitors, free for FREE HELMET FITTINGS members. For more information, call 397Date of issue: Mercy Children’s Hospital is offering 6903 or visit www.saturdaywriters.blogNewsmagazine Client: free bike helmet fittings and safety checks spot.com/. Salesperson: from noon to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 28, at Size: Proof: the St. John’s Mercy Urgent Care, 300 BLOOD DRIVE Colors: Winding Woods Dr., Ste. 100, in O’Fallon. A blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to Parents and children will learn the correct 7 p.m. on Wed., June 29, atPictures: Caregivers Inn, way to wear a helmet, get information on 1297 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. EveryLogos: safe bike riding and learn what happens in one who registers to donate will receive a crash by viewing a model brain. Mercy one raffle ticket entry to Copy: win a $100 gift nurse educators will help ensure helmets certificate. Enjoy a complimentary hot dog, are properly fitted. New helmets may be chips, and soda after your donation. Walkpurchased and fitted for $10. For more ins are welcome, but appointments can be information or to schedule an appointment, scheduled by calling Terri at 240-7979. call 314-961-2229.

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••• A weekly cancer survivor’s support group will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in June at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Join other survivors to discuss dealing emotionally with treatments; managing anxiety and depression; sexuality; finding strength and hope; and family and financial pressures. To register, call 7553034. ••• The Life After Breast Cancer Support Group will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues., June 15, at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West and SSM St. Joseph Medical Park located at 1475 Kisker Road. This monthly group invites women affected by breast cancer to join to gain support, education and connection to other survivors. The group is free and a light dinner will be provided. To register, call 755-3056. ••• The Tobacco Free for Life Support Group will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays in June at St. Peters City Hall.  The free group is designed for those who want to quit smoking, as well as those who have successfully quit.  To register, call 9475304.  

comprehensive dental care to children whose families cannot afford access to the benefits of modern dentistry. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, call 397-6453 or visit www. gkas.org. ••• Morning Star Church’s 13th annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 24 and June 25 at the Golf Club of Wentzville. Activities include two nine-hole competitions on Friday and two 18-hole competitions on Saturday. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County and Morning Star Church’s local, national and international outreach efforts. Friday registration fees are $40 per adult player and $25 per child. Each Friday adult registration includes two free child registrations. Friday fees include golf, cart, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and prizes. Saturday registration fees are $85 per player, which includes golf, cart, non-alcoholic beverages, meal after play and prizes. Players may register as individuals or with a team. To register, visit www. mscwired.org/golf.

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St. Louis County Greek Fest 2011, “A Taste Of Greece From This Side Of The Atlantic”  will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 GOLF TOURNAMENTS p.m. on May 27-30 at Assumption Greek The sixth annual Golfing “Fore” Give Orthodox Church located at 1755 Des Kids A Smile Tournament will be held on Peres Road in Town & Country. Greek Mon., June 6, at the Bogey Hills Country foods, live entertainment, church tours, Club in St. Charles. Golfers will enjoy activities for kids, a Greek market and 18 holes of golf played as a four-person more are featured. For more information, SUPPORT GROUPS scramble, lunch, cocktails, dinner and an visit www.stlgreekfest.com. A monthly support group for cancer sur- auction and awards ceremony. Hole-in••• vivors and their caregivers will be held One Contests will give golfers the chance Harrah’s High Steaks BBQ Bash will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mon., June 6, to win great prizes such as $10,000 cash, held on Sat., June 11 on the Harrah’s Casino at the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at an Albert Pujols Reactor Watch, a Zune parking lot located at 777 Casino Center SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Join other HD Radio, and a Razor Brand Custom Drive in Maryland Heights. Amateurs and cancer survivors and caregivers to explore Golf Package with 3 iron through PW, bag professionals will compete for High Steaks the journey of your diagnosis, and hear and woods. Prizes will also be presented payouts. For more information, or to regisfrom local experts on a variety of related to the golfer with the shot closest to the ter a team, call Frank Schmer at 256-6564. topics. The group is free and will include pin and the one with the longest drive. All ••• a light dinner. For more information, call tournament proceeds will go to further the Team registrations are now being 755-3034. organization’s mission of providing free, accepted for the seventh annual St. Louis

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Four boxing championships to be decided at Family Arena, June 25 Promoter Don King will bring Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) back to the St. Louis area on June 25 to face a significant test in his hometown from noted Argentine knockout artist and World Boxing Organization No.-3 ranked contender Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at The Family Arena in St. Charles. King will support the Alexander-Matthysse main event with a history-making fight card that will mark the first time four world championships have been presented in Missouri during a single event. Undefeated International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will defend his title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 26 KOs), from Philadelphia; rising heavyweight Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (20-11, 19 KOs), from Haiti, will square off in a Home Fires BBQ Bash which will take place on Sat., Sept. 24 and Sun., Sept. 25 at the Town Center of Wildwood. Amateurs and professionals compete for prizes in several categories. For more information, call Frank Schmer at 256-6564.  

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U.S. Cellular is hosting a free workshop from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sat., May 28 at its location at 3825 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters. Employees will guide attendees through all of the functions and features of Android-powered devices, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones. All questions are welcome from current and potential smartphone users, and the workshop will cover both basic and advanced uses. To learn more about the workshop, contact your local U.S. Cellular store.

PARADE DEADLINE The deadline to participate in O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest parade is noon on Fri., May 27. A mandatory meeting for parade participants will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., June 22 at O’Fallon Municipal Centre. A complete list of rules and deadlines are listed on the application forms, which are available at the Renaud Spirit Center, O’Fallon City Hall and the Parks and Recreation Administrative offices, or online at www.heritageandfreedomfest. com/parade.htm.  For questions, email Megan Steinmann at msteinmann@ofallon. mo.us. ••• Entries for the annual Riverfest Fourth of July Parade in St. Charles will be accepted

World Boxing Council heavyweight elimination bout opposing Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-5-4, 18 KOs), from Cleveland; World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (373-2, 29 KOs), from Colon, Panama, will meet undefeated WBC USNBC champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs), from St. Louis; and IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs), from Detroit, will defend his title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Sechew Powell, from Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets priced at $25, $50, $125 and $300, and can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office, all MetroTix outlets including online at metrotix.com or charge by phone at 314-534-1111. All tickets include parking. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions. through Fri., June 24. To download an application, visit http://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/Portals/0/Tourism/2011%20Riverfest%20Parade%20Entry%20Form.pdf.

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Hidden treasures found at Lucky Spring By SUZANNE CORBETT Hidden treasures are often found within one’s own neighborhood, such as Lucky Spring –where authentic Chinese cuisine is prepared daily. “We are a little hidden, but our customers always say they’re glad they’ve found us and tell us they’ll be back,” said Lucky Spring consultant Richard Bu, who credited Lucky Spring’s success and customer loyalty to its quality service and diverse menu. Lucky Spring’s Chef Cai and owner Lily Yaun have consistently provided authentically prepared, regional Chinese cuisine to the St. Peters area since its inception in 2009. Their emphasis has always been focused on using the finest and most authentic ingredients as well as offering the highest quality, both of which have given Lucky Spring a defining advantage. At Lucky Spring, everything is cooked fresh to order with a guaranteed maximum flavor. Diners will not see a buffet. “When food sits on a buffet, it loses its optimum flavor,” said Bu, who explained how flavors and textures are compromised when foods are allowed to sit in warming trays.

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To replace the buffet, the restaurant’s strategy is to present an extensive menu that is affordably priced and served as fast as possible. Featured on the menu are 124 items divided into 17 sections, spanning from appetizers to seafood, which does not count the dim sum or lunch specials. With such variety, it could be easy to fall into the pattern of ordering the familiar sweet and sour something. However, Bu recommended trying new dishes, something beyond the Chinese-American favorites. Among the suggested authentic dishes worth discovering is Chef’s specialty, Fen Sa Fish, a delicately flavored, boneless white fish, lightly crumbed, flash-fried and served sprinkled with a crispy garlic and onion seasoning. Beijing Duck is Lucky Spring’s signature fowl. Beautifully basted and roasted bronzed, the duck is sliced and Lucky Spring’s Fen Sa Fish, a boneless white fish, is the served with house-made steamed buns, sauce and shred- chef’s specialty. ded scallions to build what could be considered a duck slider. master at dim sum and created 20 different varieties for Other regional Chinese specialties include the Salt & the menu. Customer favorites include shrimp dumplings Pepper Pork Ribs, Walnut Shrimp and the Spicy Fish with and the pork and shrimp Sui Mai, another stuffed delight black bean sauce, a customer favorite. Lo Mein, Panfry that resembles a cup. To experience a truly traditional Noodle and Hot Pot sections vie for attention with chicken, Chinese gourmet delicacy, diners are encouraged to order beef, seafood and vegetable dishes. the chicken feet. Other Dim sum must- tries designed to On the weekends, Lucky Spring also offers a traditional satisfy the American palate are the barbecue pork buns dim sum cart service. and the sweet sesame balls, sweet bean paste-filled dough “Dim sum if very popular, so we offer it’s on the menu rolled in sesame seeds and deep-fried. every day,” Bu said. “No other place offers it every day Lucky Spring’s unique collection of Chinese culinary like we do.” specialties has made it a favored food destination. Dim sum features a variety of dumplings, small-filled “Our food is what makes us different,” Bu said. “We may sweet or savory buns and small bite meats. Chef Cai is a be a little hidden, but we’re worth finding.”

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

Malone's Landscaping

Waterproofing

Lawn Mowing & Maintenance

314-365-7524

Design/Install, Seeding, Grading, Topsoil, bob-cat work, Machine laid sod, brush hog mowing, power raking, retaining walls, bark mulch, brick patios, lawn aeration, drainage systems. Insured.

636-970-1099

Top Notch Waterproofing & Foundation Repair LLC. Foundation cracks, sub-pump systems, structural & concrete repairs. Serving Missouri for 15 yrs. Call for free estimate 636-281-6982. Finally, a contractor who is honest and leaves the job site clean. We offer Lifetime Warranties.

Painting Services

Wedding Services

Kohn's Painting 20 yrs. experience. Interior/ Exterior. Strip/ hang wallpaper. Drywall. Free estimates Insured. 314-837-4432 or 314-954-4432.

Anytime... Anywhere...

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

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(314) 703-7456



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