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No enterprise To the Editor: In the May 22, letter from St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano he wrote a well-deserved message complimenting the union labor workers who built the new One World Trade Center building in New York. The mayor went on to say “While working people in our community continue to struggle, we need to work together to

create new jobs.” As a commercial property owner in St. Peters, I recently did just that. Please allow me to inform you of a situation I faced with the mayor’s administration in 2010 that kept jobs from union workers at the peak of the construction slowdown while thousands of workers were laid off looking for work. My property is a retail storefront on the north service road of I-70 at the Mid Rivers exit. In 2009, the building was sitting vacant, another victim of a struggling economy. After months of negotiations I entered into a lease agreement with Enterprise Leasing of St. Louis who wanted to operate an auto sales center on my property for marketing vehicles from their rental fleet. What an opportunity. A Fortune 200 company ready to employ a full staff of employees right at the front door into the city of St. Peters. Enterprise Leasing applied for a business license from the city of St. Peters offering to perform a half-million dollar renovation to the building using exclusive union labor while paying prevailing wages. Their application for a business license was voted down by Mayor Pagano and every board member of his administration. The reason they gave was “we do not want anymore used car lots in our city.” Keep in mind Enterprise is one of the highest profile corporations in the world. Furthermore, six months later the same city board members approved a business license to “Car Max” for a used car center on the old Hill Behan Lumber site which is only a quarter-mile from my property. The real truth to the matter is the fact that as the property owner I was approached by a lobbyist representing the Ward 1 alderman, the city attorney and Mayor Pagano. The proposal he gave me for receiving a “Yes” vote from the city’s board members was the most corrupt thing I have ever heard. I don’t do business with elected public officials who demand personal favors. Those laid-off union workers I mentioned earlier were not provided an opportunity to work because of Mayor Pagano and his associates. Perhaps Mayor Pagano should practice what he preaches. When I proposed “we work together to create new jobs” it seems all the city was concerned about was the personal gain of its politicians. Gary Casper St. Peters


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St. Charles County shows its true colors 7:15 p.m., May 31 For most in eastern St. Charles County, the date will be remembered as an evening of huddling with family in a basement and watching radar on a television or a smartphone. Some will recall being asked to line the interior walls of a hospital or in a store. At theaters, some will remember that movie that suddenly stopped as they were led out of the theater into a hallway. “Now if we’re hit, I want you to…” 8:30 p.m., May 31 For some, their life changed. Homes were destroyed, sirens wailed and some were left to ask, “What just happened?” June 1 As the night wore on and gave way to the morning sun, the expected came about: St. Charles County pulled together. Its population proved, once again, that it is made up of more than just neighbors. We are caregivers, helpers, providers and friends. We are a county that bans together to fight adversity. Our county is made up of people who ask, “Are you OK?” and “Can I help?” The first day of June was filled with the songs of chain saws and the staccato of axes as trees limbs were cut down and stacked. There came the moans of bent nails being pulled from jagged building materials and crashes of broken trinkets being tossed into a pile of rubbish. More than a few tears were offered, but no hearts were broken by loss of life. We were all grateful. Some plans were changed hastily as

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the 2013 graduating seniors in the Francis Howell School District no longer had The Family Arena for its graduation. But Lindenwood University was there to help. It had the district’s back, and the seniors had their moment in the sun—a day late, of course. Sure, many of the students were exhausted when they were handed their diploma because this year, the big party came before the actual graduations. Cottleville Fire Protection District took the lead in giving support and aid to the families whose world had changed with the wind. Broken homes were continually searched for anyone or any pet that might be trapped in the debris. Both EMS and neighbors joined to clear debris blocking the way out of basements or doorways. Electric and gas were turned off. Grocery stores opened their freezers for those without power. By the end of June 1, St. Charles County and even those affected by the storm were looking to the future. During an interview, a man who had lost his home was asked, “What will you do now?” He almost laughed. He took a look at what remained of his house and said, “Rebuild. Even bigger. We’ll rebuild.” It’s been 12 days since a tornado destroyed property. It destroyed property. It probably frightened some people. But it also brought a community together. Some people have made new friends, thanks to the tornado. Others have found who they count on when the chips are down. We at Mid Rivers Newsmagazine take great pride in being allowed to live and grow in this county.







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News Br iefs St. Charles Emmaus Homes to expand Emmaus Homes recently unveiled plans for the second phase of the largest expansion in the history of the not-for-profit organization. Emmaus Homes has nearly 50 community homes throughout St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, and Warren counties and St. Louis City. The number of community homes will increase to more than 60 by the end of 2014. “This expansion enhances our ability to further the mission of Emmaus and to provide additional choices for our clients. More than 90 percent of our new clients would like to live in the community and this expansion allows us to help them move to one of our homes,” said Cindy Clark, president & CEO of Emmaus Homes. Emmaus Homes is one of the state’s largest private providers of 24-hour residential services to adults with developmental disabilities and is a United Way organization. Emmaus has more than 500 employees and has already started hiring for the expansion which will add another 100 employees. The new full-time and part-time staff will support the daily activities of Emmaus clients, helping them live as independently as possible. Through outside investors, grants and fundraising, Emmaus will add 10 new homes for clients through either new construction

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Wing Ding rescheduled The 15th annual BCI Wing Ding has been rescheduled due to flooding in Frontier Park in St. Charles. The chicken wing festival to benefit Boone Center, Inc. will now be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 26 at the same location in Frontier Park. The BCI Wing Ding will feature live music by SMASH Band and Concoction, traditional and craft beer, wine, chicken wings and additional food options from area restaurants. The event is free to enter, with food and beverage tickets available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Advance discount ticket packages are $25 and available at www.boonecenter. com and at participating restaurants. Allinclusive, unlimited VIP tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site for $100. For more information, call 875-5267 or

Dock inspections While inspections of boat docks are not required, the Lake Saint Louis Community Association is urging residents of that community to have regular electrical inspections of boat docks. Ron Wilson, manager of the association, said technology now used to prevent electrocutions wasn’t available in the 1970s when many of the docks on the lakes were built. A short in an electrical connection adjacent to water could radiate 150 feet. Many of the Lake Saint Louis docks require electricity because they have lights and other equipment, such as boat lifts. Officials fear some may be powered by simply running an extension cord to the dock and plugging into an exterior electrical outlet in a home. But that practice is unsafe. “Never, ever use an extension cord to run electricity near water,” said Jim Curran of Electrical Connection. Inspections ensure that docks are up to code according to the 2011 National Electrical Code, which requires docks to have functioning ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) on all dock electric receptacle

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Child pornography A girls’ basketball volunteer coach at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School was charged with possession of child pornography on June 5. Police said Lee Howard Davis, of the 1100 block of Carrington Drive in St. Peters, is accused of possessing child pornography. The 47-year-old St. Peters man allegedly emailed child pornography images to his computer. Those imaged were flagged by America Online and then sent to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The information was then forwarded to the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children. A search warrant was issued on Nov. 1 and police found child pornography images on Davis’ computer and a thumb drive. According to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, there is no indication that any children were victimized. “There is no way the parish could have found this out,” said Lohmar. “It just goes to show you that this can even happen in a safe community like St. Charles County.” Bail has been set for $50,000 cash-only.

No burning allowed Burning trees and storm debris are not only dangerous, but also illegal in St. Peters. Central County Fire Rescue Ordinance prohibits open burning. “The St. Charles County government and city of St. Peters are removing debris at no cost to residents, as long as they cut it down to pieces that are 8-feet long or less, and placed along the curb,” said Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Chief Russ Mason. “Burning this debris is incredibly dangerous, especially with the hazards of building materials and downed power lines that came with the storm.” Anyone who is found burning debris, violating the ordinance, will be issued a Notice of Violation, which may result in prosecution if the activity is not discontinued. To arrange for debris pickup within the city of St. Peters residents should call 970-1456 and select option 1. St. Charles County will be monitoring neighborhoods between Hwy. 40 and the Page Extension, and those along Arena Parkway in unincorporated St. Charles County for pickups.

Tornado damages firehouse Central County Fire and Rescue had an emergency of its own on May 31. Fire Station 6, located at 1151 Jung Station Road, sustained damage from the tornado that ripped through St. Charles. Three engine bay doors were blown out by the storm, and a firefighter was injured. Firefighters immediately began assisting their fellow firefighter and removing debris from fire trucks and untangled other equipment. “Based on the damage to the station,

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Wentzville Closed for summer The Lindenwood University Ice Arena in Wentzville has closed for the summer season so that repairs can be made to both ice rinks housed within the building. Home to the Lindenwood Lions men’s and women’s ice hockey and women’s synchronized skating teams, the arena also serves the public with skating sessions for all ages, hockey stick and puck sessions, birthday parties and group outings. Arena officials said the repairs will likely be completed in August and normal operations will resume at that time.


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Tax adjustment Assessor advises storm victims to have a property reassessment By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The St. Charles County Assessor is reaching out to residential property owners affected by the recent tornado to reduce property taxes and assessments according to storm loss. County Assessor Scott Shipman said his department is currently coordinating with inspectors on the approximately 100-plus homes seriously damaged and the approximately 100-plus homes left uninhabitable following the May 31 storm that produced tornadoes. Under Missouri law, assessors are permitted to adjust values of residential property rendered uninhabitable by a natural disaster. A brief application and proof of the damage (such as the Building Assessment) will remove the improved value(s) for the number of months the residence was uninhabitable or unoccupied, Shipman said. That means, if a homeowner is forced to leave their home because of structural damage, their property taxes can be removed or drastically reduced while they are rebuilding or repairing from storm damage, Shipman said. If or when the property is rebuilt the

value will be reapplied proportionate to the months of occupancy, Shipman said. “It has no bearing on whether they have insurance or not,” Shipman said. “The law allows assessors to reassess property if they are rendered uninhabitable and have endured a natural disaster.” Shipman said the storm’s path affected homes along Dingledine Road and many in the Whitmore subdivision. When the assessor removes the “improved value” from the tax base, it basically leaves the ground to be taxed, Shipman said. “Residents need to fill out a brief application and proof of damage, and that allows our office to remove the improved values which are basically the home,” Shipman said. “If they rebuild, the tax assessment would be reapplied.” “We have press releases out, but we are The orange sticker on the window denotes the house has been deemed uninhabitable. (MRN photo) being proactive, targeting these homeowners directly,” Shipman said. “Schools, cities and fire departments are on the budget.” Shipman said once permits for new conThose residents with a home that has struction are issued, it’s coordinated with pretty big tax base numbers, in the billions the Assessor’s office who monitors the of dollars,” Shipman said. “I don’t know been damaged or is uninhabitable should progress of the building to get them back that (removing the damaged homes from contact the St. Charles County Assessor’s on the tax roles. the tax base) will have much of an effect office at 949-7431.

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By Amy Armour More than 1,000 homes in Weldon Spring lost power and 14 homes are now inhabitable after an EF-3 tornado ripped through St. Charles County on May 31. “After preliminary damage assessment on Friday night (May 31), it was clear that there was widespread and severe storm damage throughout the city,” said Weldon Spring City Administrator Michael Padella. “Upon first light on Saturday morning the CERT (community emergency response team) was activated to begin more thorough damage assessment and determine the needs of those impacted.” Padella and Mayor Don Licklider responded immediately to the city follow-

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ing early reports that Weldon Spring had been hit by a potential tornado, arriving on scene by 8:30 p.m. on May 31. “The power was out through the center of the city and approximately 1,000 homes in Weldon Spring were affected by the power outage. The damage that was sustained was later confirmed to be an EF3 tornado in our area,” Padella said. As of press time, Colene McEntee, St. Charles County Public Affairs Coordinator, said that assessments are still in process for the city of Weldon Spring. “As of right now, there are 14 homes in Weldon Spring that are uninhabitable due to major damage. Most are in Whitmoor (and)

a couple are in Camelot,” said McEntee. Padella said the city worked with first responders from the Cottleville Fire Protection District and St. Charles County in the Forward Command Center which had been set up at Central School Elementary School. After seeing the scope of the damage in the city, Licklider declared a state of emergency on June 1 and told County Executive Steve Ehlmann that the city would do whatever was necessary to assist residents with the recovery. “The mayor arranged for the contract with St. Charles County Highway Department to provide pickup of tree/brush storm debris if residents bring it to the curb and this includes the private streets in areas impacted,” said Padella. The city will also be waiving the fee for demolition permits and land use permits due to reconstruction necessary from storm damage. A building permit from St. Charles County may still be necessary. The city will also post signs at the entrances of some of the hardest hit neighborhoods and streets stating “Residents Only - No Solicitors Without A Permit.” “We want to discourage sightseers as this is hindering the clean up and recovery efforts,” said Padella. “We also will be enforcing our Solicitors License requirement for companies going door to door.”


Firefighter wins Missouri Lottery By Amy Armour It’s the dream many have, but few realize. A 60-year-old St. Charles County man is the first Missouri Lottery player to claim the top prize of $1 million on a “Millionaire” Scratchers ticket. St. Louis Firefighter Bob Church bought the winning ticket on May 21 at the Aro-Mart on Harvester Road in St. Peters. “It’s still kind of trying to sink in,” said Church. “I’ve been with this fire department for 37 years. With our retirement, I was hoping to retire next October and struggle through it. But now, it looks like it might be this October.” After confirming his $1 million win, his first course of action was to tell his wife, Dawn. “I took the ticket to show my wife, and she couldn’t believe it,” said Church. “The first thing she asked me was if it was one of those fake tickets.” After consulting with his retirement advisor, Church settled on the lump sum of $700,000 instead of the 20-year annuity.

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of tight money. The voluntary donations won’t appear on tax forms until 2014 to give the county collectors office time to set it up. “The need is there,” Cronin said. “I think it’s an opportunity for these agencies to generate more funding. Unfortunately, the funding is not available in the county budget.” Jennifer George, the county’s policy director, told the council that taxpayers may be given a choice on the form of making a $1, $5 or $10 donation. “It’s another opportunity to help these populations,” George said. She said later that there are two funds set up to distribute money to designated nonprofits. Fees collected by the county recorder of deeds will provide funding for a homeless fund. The county’s indigent fund comes from allocations approved by the council from the county’s general fund. The council also approved allocations this year to 15 agencies at its May 28 meeting with $250,000 awarded in homeless funding allocations to agencies and $40,000 for the indigent fund. In 2012, homeless fund allocations were $235,000 with indigent fund allocations at $40,000.

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they may develop the site in phases and will seek to rezone the property from agricultural to business park zoning. The city currently doesn’t have a senior living community, Markworth said. The planning and zoning commission will make recommendations on the rezoning request and a site plan to the city’s Board of Aldermen which has final approval, he said. The development also requires approval of a certificate of need by the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, which oversees requests for additional senior living and hospital beds in the state. Steve Schertel, the city’s community development director, said the development would feature a combination of independent and skilled care. One 88-bed portion of the development would feature more independent living arrangements and an 80-bed health center would provide more long-term care, including assisted living and other skilled care. Expansion of the health center and another building adding more than 150 beds could be part of a future development phase, Schertel said. In 2012, Lutheran Senior Services was ranked by the St. Louis Business Journal as the largest nonprofit in the St. Louis area.



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on Veterans Day, Post 2866 is working hard to bring better conditions to veterans in need, Schmidt said. “The monument is just one of the many, many things we do for veterans,” said incoming Ladies Auxiliary President Marci Murphy. The new monument is collaboration primarily between Schmidt and Kathleen Ditch, first vice president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Although the final design is still in the fine tuning stage, the Post hopes to have it built and ready for its 80th anniversary on July 13. Ditch said the monument will be dedicated to veterans who were killed in service as well as prisoners of war. A bronze POW plaque will be placed at its base. “We have to get approval from our members on any of our projects,” Schmidt said. “We have to justify what we spend.” The auxiliary and members of the Post work hand in hand to pull together activities and enhancements for the Post. There are currently 417 members of the Ladies Auxiliary and 956 members of the Post. “We are all working together to build the monument and landscape an area surrounded by poppies, reminiscent of Flanders Field,” said Auxiliary member Debbie Lynam of St. Peters. “When we hold Veterans Day events and other honorary ceremonies, the new monument will provide a visible backdrop and serve as a fitting honor to those we remember.” The Post, officially named Kohl-Jeck Post 2866, honors the first two soldiers from the St. Charles County area that were killed in service during 1933. Post 2866 is situated on 15 acres near Hwy. 94 in St. Charles County. The facility has a baseball field that is donated for use to the county’s Khoury League teams. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts hold events free of charge. In the past year it added a new 700square-foot dining room to its facility for veterans and their families.

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Tornadoes are nothing new to St. Charles By Brian Flinchpaugh Tornadoes are nothing new to St. Charles County, based on National Weather Service records. More than 40 tornadoes have been reported in parts of the county since 1883. Property damage estimates are sketchy, and fatalities few but the records offer interesting bits of information. Examples include: A tornado on May 18, 1883, formed south of Wright City and moved northeast near Foristell to near Wentzville, destroyed eight homes and killed one person. “A teaching certificate was carried for 50 miles,” the weather service records state. A tornado that formed near Wentzville on July 7, 1915, passed through or near Gilmore, O’Fallon and St. Peters, killing four people and injuring 20. Buildings were destroyed in O’Fallon with damage estimated at $20,000. One person was killed in Wentzville and another in Gilmore. “A woman and child were killed when a horse and buggy were thrown 200 yards,” the records state. Four people were injured on March 26, 1948, by a tornado that formed 7 miles south of Grafton, Ill., and moved northeast passing over Smart Field, a small airport in northeast St. Charles County. The funnel tossed a pickup truck into the remains of an administration building and then crossed

the Mississippi River into Jersey County, Ill. Damages were estimated at $65,000. Twenty-six people were injured Oct. 14, 1966, when a tornado touched down south southwest of the intersection of I-70 and Hwy. 94. The tornado damaged trailers and business buildings and then lifted for 2.5 miles as it passed over the more heavily populated areas of St Charles. It touched down on the northeast edge of the city, taking the roof off a church and destroying 15 mobile homes and injuring people as it swept through a trailer park. A tornado touched down on Nov. 15, 1988, on the southwest side of O’Fallon, south of I-70, damaging part of the Osage Meadows subdivision and the Sunset Acres Condominiums. Sixty-four of the 81 units in the complex were destroyed. Ten people were injured. A small tornado on May 23, 1998, left intermittent damage through the Harvester area, damaging homes in the Summerfield subdivision and near Hickory Dale Road. A tornado on Feb. 27, 2011, tore the roof of a century-old historic building near the Balducci Winery, 3 miles from Augusta. A tornado touched down on Aug. 31, 2012, on the south side of Fort Zumwalt North High School in O’Fallon. It knocked down trees and playground equipment when it crossed nearby Tom Ginnever Avenue.



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Warren Elementary teacher named MRN ‘Teacher of the Year’ By Carol Enright Teaching is a tough job. But Warren Elementary kindergarten teacher, Mary Corbitt, had no idea just how tough it would be this year as she led her class through an emotional journey of watching their classmate, Austin Burns, fight and, in the end, lose a heroic battle with brain cancer. Corbitt is the winner of this year’s Mid Rivers Newsmagazine’s “Teacher of the Year” Excellence in Education Award. And, by all accounts, she supported that little boy and his classmates, who grieved with grace and love, the loss of their friend after his death during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Valerie Troha, whose son was in Corbitt’s class this past school year, wrote the letter nominating Corbitt for Teacher of the Year. In it she praised Corbitt’s gift for teaching and caring for children: “Mrs. Corbitt was put on this earth to be that little guy’s loving, patient teacher. And the other kiddos are so blessed to have her to heal their hearts from losing their friend.” In an interview after Corbitt received the award, Troha said she nominated her son’s teacher because she cares about how her students are doing as a whole, not just academically. “She cares about the kids,” Troha said. Warren Elementary Principal Michele Hercules called Corbitt “a natural teacher.” “She’s kind and compassionate and caring — and just has this special ability to meet kids where they are and be able to nurture their individual needs,” Hercules said. Corbitt said she was completely surprised when she received the award at an all-school assembly. She called the honor “humbling” and said she was grateful for the recognition. “This building is amazing as far as the support that they give to the community and to kids and families every day,” Corbitt said.

She talked about how the school rallied behind her student and his family as he battled cancer — and how this outpouring of support was characteristic of the community. “Anytime a child or a family needs something outside of your typical day — if there’s a loss of any sort or a divorce or a grieving period for parents — we just rally behind that family,” Corbitt said. Reflecting on how she helped her students cope with the loss of their classmate, Corbitt said she “followed their lead.” “They really do just take it to the place that they can because of their age,” she explained. And then she recalled what happened on the day the students returned to class after their friend had died. It was snowing. “The whole class ran over to the window, and they said, ‘Austin’s sending us snow,’” said Corbitt. “And they really connected with that event naturally happening in nature. It really healed them. It was just such a beautiful gift.” Clearly, Corbitt’s students and their families believe that she is a gift. Troha said the day she found out her son would have Corbitt for his kindergarten teacher, everybody told her, “You hit the jackpot.” As part of her award from Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Corbitt received a new iPad. But she called the award “just icing on the cake” for doing a job that she loves. “I love being able to help kids figure out what they’re good at and what they’re strong in and seeing them really shine when they figure it out,” Corbitt said. Mid Rivers Newsmagazine’s “Teacher of the Year” Excellence in Education Award was sponsored by Image Eye Care in Weldon Spring, Jeff Computers, The Joint…the chiropractic place in Cottleville, Payne Family Homes, Spiro’s Restaurant, Villages of St. Peters and Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.



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Bu llet i n Boa rd Francis Howell Postponed graduation The tornadoes that ripped through St. Charles County on May 31 caused damage to the St. Charles Family Arena, forcing several high schools to postpone graduation ceremonies. Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell Central High School and Francis Howell North High School celebrated graduation on June 2, a day later than anticipated, at Lindenwood University’s stadium complex instead of the Family Arena. The Family Arena sustained damage during the May 31 storm.

School of Character Independence Elementary officially received its National School of Character (NSOC) banner from the National School of Character Council on May 23. The school was recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. The entire school had the opportunity to view the banner during a school assembly last month. During the assembly, Independence teachers presented several awards to students for being a part of clubs and organizations, exceeding in physical fitness, perfect and outstanding attendance and sev-

eral achievements reached throughout the school year. After the presentation of student awards, the National School of Character banner was presented to the school.

Fort Zumwalt Students raise funds Students at DuBray Middle School participated in the American Heart Association’s Hoops for Heart fundraiser earlier this year—raising $7,367.94 for the nonprofit. In the last 10 years, the school has raised more than $52,000 for the American Heart Association. All of the money raised from the fundraiser will go toward the continuing efforts in fighting heart disease and stroke.

Lynch earns scholarship Jacob Lynch, from Fort Zumwalt South High School, received a $1,200 scholarship from Neighbors Credit Union. Neighbors Credit Union annually awards scholarships in honor of Clarence L. Hagemann, previous chairman of the board, who gave 44 years of volunteer service. In the last 22 years, the credit union has awarded a total of $55,100 in scholarships. This year, applicants were asked, “What do you think is the best way to reach 17 to 25 year olds? What kind of marketing

would you use? How would you get their attention and what would your message be to attract them to join?” Along with the three-page essay, applicants were also asked to submit a list of extracurricular activities and academic achievements.

Wentzville Legacy in literacy More than 2,600 elementary students in the Wentzville School District received a free book last month thanks to the efforts and vision of a grandmother and educator. Faith Gardner, who works as a diagnostician for the district, is the founder of Camie’s Literacy Group (CLG). She established the group almost four years ago after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie’s love of reading. Gardner says the idea that all children don’t have access to age-appropriate books at home was unacceptable to her, so she enlisted the help of her family, friends and coworkers in order to get CLG off the ground in 2009. That year, CLG provided a free book for every kindergarten, first- and second-grader enrolled at Heritage Primary. Since that time, the nonprofit, with the help of the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, has donated more than 12,000 books for district students to take home and keep as their own. The new books were distributed to every kindergarten student enrolled in the district, as well as first- and second-graders at Heritage, Lakeview, Duello, Discovery

Ridge, Peine Ridge and Prairie View Elementary schools. This moves the group one step closer to Gardner’s goal of providing books to all district students in kindergarten, first and second grades. “Cami’s Literacy group has been so good to Heritage Primary,” said Principal Geri Buss. “Our students get excited every year to have a new book to bring home. These books encourage our students to read over the summer and they love it.”

Students qualify for Bright Flight Fifty-seven seniors from the Wentzville School District have qualified as Missouri “Bright Flight” scholars this year. Bright Flight is the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) academic scholarship program that recognizes the top 5 percent of the state’s high school seniors as determined by their ACT or SAT composite scores. “We are very proud of our students, and these individuals have shown that it’s ‘cool’ to take challenging classes,” said Superintendent Terry Adams. “We have increased academic rigor and continue to add Advanced Placement classes, and more of our students are benefiting with higher test scores.” This year, a score of 30 or above on the ACT or an SAT score of 770 or above on critical reading and math qualifies a student for Bright Flight. The scholarships can only be used at approved Missouri institutions, and are intended to encourage top-ranked high school seniors to attend college in Missouri.


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Francis Howell beats CBC for second state title in three years By Jonathan Duncan There were very high expectations for the 2013 Francis Howell baseball team. The hope was of the school winning its second state title in three seasons. Mission accomplished. Howell dealt with everything that was thrown at them during the spring and topped off an amazing 2013 season with a 7-3 win over CBC in the Class 5 championship Sunday (June 2.) at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. “When you start No. 1 in preseason, it’s hard to close the deal and be No. 1 at the end of the year,” said Howell coach Tony Perkins. “But that’s everybody’s goal, to do that kind of thing. It happened twice.” Sixth ranked CBC (24-9) notched a 6-3 win over Howell back on March 21 and the Cadets were looking for its second cham-

pionship in four seasons. But things were different this time around. “This is the part of games like this and athletics that’s so unfair that someone’s got to go down,” CBC coach Mason Horne said. “We set goals and accomplished every goal but one. This is going to hurt our guys for a bit, but they will learn some valuable life lessons from this experience.” Pitcher Austin Southmayd (8-3) finished out the seventh and picked up his fifth complete game in the process. He gave up just three runs on five hits. “I just couldn’t put it into words. It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Southmayd said as he held the championship trophy. “It’s great for the program and it’s the best way I could ever ask to end my senior year.”

St. Louis Ambush to bring indoor soccer back to area and to Family Arena this fall By Michael R. Smith St. Louis is about to get ambushed by professional  indoor soccer...again.  Though the new team in the Major Indoor Soccer League will be called the St. Louis Ambush it will play at the St. Charles Family Arena, according to arena sources. The Ambush is majority-owned by Andrew Haines, the majority owner of the Missouri Monsters indoor football team that currently plays at the arena.   Haines did not reply to inquiries about the team but posted on his Twitter account on May 12, “Will be a month of big announcements in the Greater  St. Louis area,” and

included a brief reference to soccer. Sources told MRN that a formal announcement about the Ambush will be made in early June, but that the team will play  in  the 2013-2014 MISL season that begins this fall. Though the team has new ownership and a new playing  venue, it revives the successful Ambush name of the former indoor soccer team that played in St. Louis from 1992 until 2000. That team made the playoffs every season but its last. The Ambush join other professional minor league sports teams that began or will begin play at Family Arena. 



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What a paradox. Today, more people are looking to purchase homes, but nationwide the number of homes for sale is 14 percent lower than it was a year ago. The shortage has caused the price of homes to increase. In St. Louis home prices jumped 3 percent between March and April. That’s not all bad. Rising home prices can help power the housing recovery. At the same time, rising prices push buyers into making a decision before they go higher. Also driving buyers to act is the fact that mortgage interest rates have begun to inch slowly upward. “Secondary market rates have gone up slightly, but are changing every day,” explained Sue Crutchfield, senior vice president-loan administration for Meramec Valley Bank. “I think the market has seen the demand for refinancing slow, due partially because of the rate increase, but also we are finding that most people who qualified to refinance have already done so. “I do not think that the economy or the real estate market has stabilized to a point that you could say that it is a ‘seller’s market,’ but it appears to be trending in that direction. It is definitely something to watch going forward.” Here’s what’s new in new homes: New ranch at Thomas & Suit’s Wyndgate Forest, 50 percent off options Enjoy up to $40,000 in optional features for half price with the purchase of a Thomas & Suit home in Wyndgate Forest. Choose from granite countertops, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and more. Under construction and slated for July completion is the elegant 2,700-square-foot Sycamore ranch home with three bedrooms plus study, 2.5 baths and a three-car garage. The home is a split-bedroom 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 extensive wood flooring. The state-of-the-art kitchen has stainlesssteel appliances, granite countertops, large island and 42-inch staggered dark maple cabinets with crown molding. Through July 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 (636) 561-2120 or visit

Consort Homes extends “Curb Appeal” promotion through June New home shoppers have been flocking to Consort Homes communities in response to this spring’s “Curb Appeal” promotion, prompting the builder to extend the valuable incentive through the end of June. “If your home has a great look, it gives you a tremendous sense of pride, not to mention enhancing the home’s value,” said Bill Wannstedt, Consort’s director of operations. Now available with any Consort Home purchased by June 30 in all 13 of the builder’s single-family neighborhoods, the Curb Appeal package includes – free of charge – an array of upgrades that add beauty and significant value-for-investment. Topping the list of deluxe features are highquality architectural shingles; fashionable carriage-style garage doors (or an equivalent upgrade if an alternate door style is preferred); and a driveway extension that allows for easy access to vehicles parked on the pavement. The Curb Appeal package also includes a yard tree, an assortment of shrubs and a fully sodded yard. Valued up to $7,500, specifics of the offer vary depending on the community and home design selected. Base prices for single-family homes range from the $130s to $500s. Visit Payne Family Homes continues union cash program through June Because of the strong response by homebuyers, Payne Family Homes has extended its “Neighborhoods Built by Your Neighbors” union stimulus program through June 30. Eight local unions are contributing to the fund which allows for an average of $5,000 per home. The 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 counties. Visit or call (314) 477-1218.

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Residents struggle with effects of storms with a little help from friends By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Beth and Rich Kavanagh live in the neighborhood just across the Whitmore Golf Course and could see the destruction from the May 31 tornado with a glance from their back door. “I didn’t know what was happening. Our electricity went out at about 7 p.m. and we didn’t have television access,” Beth Kavanagh said. “I was looking out the front window at the storm clouds, and then when I looked out the back, I saw trees going down, so my husband and I ran downstairs.” The Kavanaghs’ home sustained just minor damage, compared to the hundreds of others just one golf course away in the Whitmore subdivision. By sunrise, the rampage of the EF3 tornado already showed its deadly wrath as county inspectors posted bright orange stickers on various homes noting their condemned status. “There was so much rain, and with no electricity, we had to hand pump our sump pump every 30 minutes,” Beth Kavanagh said. “We had no electricity for about 24 hours, so we were up all night, pumping and pumping, trying to keep the groundwa-

ter from spilling onto our basement floor.” Kavanagh said she was very pleased with Quivre River Electrical Co-Op. She said workers responded almost immediately to begin repairing downed power lines at the perimeter of her property. But most of all, she said she was amazed by the way the neighbors in the community pitched in to help. “We had electricity returned relatively quickly,” Kavanagh said. “But what I was most impressed with was the way people in the neighborhood were coming out to help others.” As the Kavanaghs were dealing with their sump pump, they said a neighbor had walked house to house with his children picking up shingles and debris that had scattered from adjoining neighborhoods, landing in their yard. “There are some really nice people out there,” Kavanagh said. “I was really impressed at their kindness. Many people don’t realize that even simple things like cleanup helps make it easier on those struggling with the effects of the storm.” Brian Ayers was out early in the morning

Brian Ayres (with chainsaw) and his father Ernest Ayres of Jerseyville, Ill. went house to house with the Ayers children helping with clean-up following the storm.

with his five children going yard to yard picking up debris. When his father, Ernest Ayers, of Jerseyville, Ill., heard of the work that needed to be done, he jumped in his car and headed to Cottleville to help. “We’ve been cutting trees and picking up limbs and shingles—yard by yard,” Brian Ayres said. “This place was a mess, even though the tornado hit about onehalf-mile away.” Shingles from houses in the Whitmore subdivision, and parts of siding and even boards from roof trusses were scattered in neighboring yards. Hundreds of tree limbs were strewn about and it was definitely a situation that demanded community

involvement, Ayres said. “We have five kids and we’ve all been out all day,” Ayres said. “I say if you have a chain saw and are able bodied, this is what you do.” Volunteers from the American Red Cross combed the streets offering cold water and snacks to those interested. Red Cross volunteer Jim Ulbrich distributed water to workers tucked deep into a cul-de-sac. The destroyed home was on lowland, but still was afforded no mercy. Neighbors hoisted heavy trees that had fallen and were pulling them to the street. “Thank you for helping,” said the homeowner as she packed essentials into her car to be taken to a hotel.

St. Charles County tornado touched down, tearing up 32 miles in its path

By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Residents of St. Charles County and beyond have been busy cleaning up after the fourth tornado in two years touched down in the area at precisely 7:50 p.m. on May 31. No lives were lost and there were only minimal injuries, but according to the St. Charles County Office of Public Information, residential property damage reports are increasing daily. “We should have firm numbers soon,

but as of June 3, rough figures include 350 homes that sustained major damage and about 250 that had moderate damage,” said St. Charles County Public Information Coordinator Colene McEntee. “There have been flooding issues in West Alton (on the St. Charles County side of the river) after a levee breached in that area Monday. We’ve got our hands full.” Most damaged homes were in the southeastern portion of St. Charles County where mega-force winds ripped through subdivi-

sions bending decades-old trees like they were matchsticks and lifting rooftops like they were simple lids, there for the taking. Weather Service officials reported that an EF3 tornado formed 4 miles southwest of the Weldon Spring area and stayed on the ground for about 35 minutes. It traveled 32.5 miles, moving through Harvester, Earth City, Bridgeton, Ferguson and Bellefontaine Neighbors. The twister was 250 yards wide and reached wind speeds of 150 mph at its peak, the National Weather Service reported. In Whitmore subdivision in Weldon Spring, the buzz of chain saws and the cracking of wood began before sunrise June 1, creating a constant hum throughout the day. A parade of “storm chasers,” the men and women who do recovery work after storms, hit the streets early, dodging debris and tree limbs, driving through neighborhoods to reach homes and to offer their services. The monstrous storm brought numerous homes in the $500,000 range to condemnation stage in a matter of minutes. Residents home at the time said they huddled in their basements waiting. In less than 30

minutes the storm passed, they said. Haversham Drive, in St. Charles, not far from where the tornado first touched down, was hit hard, leaving at least three homes with only interior walls standing. County Assessor Scott Shipman said according to St. Charles County inspection reports, about 100 homes were left uninhabitable in St. Charles County and 100 homes seriously damaged, distinctly following the storm’s ruthless course. “We’re working directly with inspectors to try to expedite permits and other paperwork to help these residents move forward,” Shipman said. “Under Missouri law, assessors are permitted to adjust values of residential property rendered uninhabitable by a natural disaster.” The Quivre River Electric Cooperative, the company that provides power to those in Whitmore subdivision, had electric restored by 7 p.m. Saturday evening, less than 24 hours after the area went dark. Ameren UE, which covers much of St. Charles County, reported that it restored service to about 7,000 customers areawide Sunday night into Monday.



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PEOPLE First Bank’s Liz Modesitt, of O’Fallon, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Community Council of St. Charles, an organization that works with the nonprofit community, government agencies and business leaders in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. Modesitt, who serves as area manager and vice president at First Bank’s Dardenne Prairie branch, assists several civic and charitable organizations in the St. Louis area including Junior Achievement, Operation Food Search and the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program. She has been with First Bank for 14 years. Modesitt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

than 20 years, owns the Wentzville location. ••• For opening the newest, fine dining and area’s first eco-friendly restaurant, Prasino in the Streets of St. Charles development has been honored with the Business Spotlight Award from the EDC's Economic Development Roundtable of St. Charles County. Prasino, which is Greek for “green,” describes the delicious menu and unique décor of this Chicago-based eatery. Prasino uses farmto-table ingredients, promoting the natural feed and humane treatment of livestock and absence of chemicals and pesticides. With the opening of its new St. Charles facility, Prasino now operates four locations in the Midwest.



Sylvan Learning Center has opened at a new location in Wentzville. Offering tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, Sylvan has been a community resource for more than 30 years. Trained, Sylvan-certified instructors provide individualized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test prep for college entrance and state exams. Tammy Noel, who has been with Sylvan for more

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis has named Kevin Thompson, of St. Charles County, as the 2013 J. Clinton Hawkins Award winner. The award is presented annually to a Y volunteer whose service has been exemplary and sustained over the years. Thompson was announced as the winner at the 42nd Annual Lamplighter Society Dinner in May at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

In the Spotlight Christian Foods, a franchise company of McDonald’s, has celebrated the grand opening of its new McDonald’s location in St. Peters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new McDonald’s is located at 24 Harvester Square. From left, Ronald McDonald, co-owner Chris Giarla, co-owner David Giarla, St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano and Alderman Terri Violet (Ward 3)





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MEETINGS/SEMINARS Wentzville Aglow Lighthouse invites the women of St. Charles County and beyond to join them at 12:30 p.m. on Fri., June 14, at Bandana’s in Wentzville for praise and fellowship. For more information, contact Lynn DeGrave at 314-913-1180. ••• Tri-County Women’s Connection Luncheon will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Wed., June 19, at The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. The cost is $14. To make a reservation, call 561-0956. ••• How to Keep Cool and Save Money on Your Electric Bill will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sat., June 22, in the multipurpose room 112 at the Spencer Road Library. The seminar will include ways to make residents cooler while lowering utility bills. Discover quick and easy tips from a Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources Certified Home Energy Auditor.

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OPEN for LUNCH Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11am - 2:30pm

with purchase of $45 before tax

(up to $10.00)

Not valid with any other offers/discounts/gift-certificates. Dine-In ONLY. Exp. 7/31/13.

All You Can Eat Sushi • Delivery Now Available

FrEE Thai Iced Tea

tuesdays & Wednesdays w/the purchase of 2 adult entrees and 2 drinks. Not valid w/other offers or specials.

No purchase necessary. One per table. Not valid with any other offers/discounts/giftcertificates. Dine-In ONLY. Exp. 7/31/13.

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Any Purchase

Delivery available for Minimum $20 Order

Happy Hour Everyday 5-6:30pm Appetizer & Drink Specials Full Bar

Open Sun.-Thurs. 11am - 9:00pm - Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10:00pm Closed Tues. - Closed Mon.-Fri. 3-5pm Dine-In • Carry Out • Catering

Voted #1 Asian Restaurant by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine Readers

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Not valid with other specials or discounts. Dinner only. Expires 7/15/13


5 Off LUNCH Entree with purchase of $25 or more Not valid with other specials or discounts. Expires 7/15/13

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Old World Italian Cuisine


Carry Out Special

1/2 OFF

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

Buy One Lunch Pasta and 2 Beverages, Get One Lunch Dine in only. Valid Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Excludes Valentine’s Day. Valid thru 7-31-13. *Free pasta of equal or lesser value with coupon. Limit 1 coupon per table. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

Carry Out Only. Valid Sunday thru Thursdays only. Excludes Valentine’s Day. Limit 1 coupon per person. Limit 1 FREE salad per order. Not valid with other offers or discounts. With coupon. Expires 7-31-13.

MOnday all you Can Eat pasta 4pm-9pm. Select Group of Pastas.

JOin US on the Patio! Sunday, June 23 • 2 - 6 pm

5 off

with purchase of $25 or more at Krieger’s Chesterfield Expires July 15, 2013 Established in Chesterfield 1991 “The Original Krieger’s Sports Bar”

Not valid with any other offer, promotion or kids free.


Every Wed., Fri. & Sat.

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636-949-9005 2061 Zumbehl Rd. • Bogey Hills Plaza • St. Charles


Live Band - “Encore Trio” Patio BBQ Specials Patio Drink Specials Face Painting for the Kids Regular Menu Available

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The Best In Italian Cuisine Since 1971

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Ristorante Hand-cut Steaks • Chicken • Fresh Seafood Veal • Pasta • Hand-Tossed Pizza

Father’s Day Weekend Specials

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951 Jungermann Rd • St. Peters

includes Salad & Side Serving Certified Angus Beef Everyday

Open Monday - Thursday 4 - 9 pm Friday and Saturday 4 - 10 pm • Closed Sunday


Ask about our Birthday Dinner Special!

38 I   Popular Asian Café Bar & Grill is dream come true JUNE 12, 2013 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE

By SUZANNE CORBETT Britney Nguyen and her mother had a dream. They wanted to open and operate a successful Vietnamese restaurant featuring authentic family dishes made with traditional ingredients. More than two years ago, their wish came true with the opening of Asian Café Bar & Grill on Bryan Road in O’Fallon. “We’ve been here almost two and a half years, and we’re thankful for the support and thank our loyal customers,” said Nguyen who is excited to see how Asian Café’s customer base continues to grow. “People no longer have to leave St. Charles County to experience authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food. We have it right here in O’Fallon.” Vietnamese cuisine combines a unique blend of flavors and textures to create dishes such as Asian Café’s signature Ga Xao Lan. “Ga Xao Lan is a mixture of red and gold curries with chicken, fresh vegetables, coconut sauce and peanuts,” said Nguyen describing the dish with a golden-yellow sauce that is available also made with beef or seafood. “It’s a dish we recommend to people who come here for the first time.” Other popular curry styles include Ga Xao Xa Ot (flavored Asian Café Bar & Grill 1260 Bryan Road • O’Fallon 636-272-4429 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Mon., Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Closed Tuesday and from 3-5 pm Mon.-Fri.

with hot chilies and lemon grass) and Ga Tay Cam, a curry mixed with black bean sauce and mixed fresh vegetables. Each dish is made fresh using authentic Vietnamese and Asian ingredients, many imported from Vietnam. They provide a variety of complex flavors and are used in house specialties, like Vietnamese Fried Rice, made with homemade Vietnamese-style sausages. “Using these ingredients makes a big difference and sets us apart from other Asian restaurants,” said Nguyen, who noted that Asian sweet basil, lotus root, lemon grass and hot chilies are among the favorite flavors used in many of her family’s recipes, including the Lotus Root Salad and Pho Tai Bo Vien, a rice noodle soup prepared with meatballs and rare beef. Beyond the Vietnamese dishes, Asian Café Bar & Grill patrons should not overlook the restaurant’s Chinese selections. The menu lists more than 60 Chinese specialties ranging from classics such as Kung Pao Chicken and Sweet n’ Sour Pork to more unusual dishes – like Salted Shrimp with Garlic and Onion and the spicy Szechuan Beef. Orange Chicken has a lighter sauce that’s not overly sweet and is finished with a squeeze of fresh orange juice just prior to serving. “Our new lunch menu has both Vietnamese and Chinese dishes,” Nguyen said. “You can create your own dish. Pick your meat and then the style you like. Hunan, Kung Pao, Lo Mein, whatever you like – there are 11 ‘My Style’ choices to pick from.” There are six Chinese lunch specials at Asian Café, and all include a choice of either steamed or fried rice, soup and a crab rangoon. Whether ordering lunch or dinner, Vietnamese or Chinese, guests can rest assured that all of Asian Café’s dishes

Ga Xao Lan made with red and gold curry (front), a Vietnamese dish, and Orange Chicken, a Chinese selection, are among the freshly made entrees at Asian Café Bar & Grill.

are cooked fresh to order following time-honored, traditional recipes. “We specialize in authentic dishes from Vietnam and China,” Nguyen said. “Our chefs take pride in using the freshest ingredients to give you an unforgettable dining experience.”


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For a list of our products & services visit



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$500 in Federal Tax Credits**


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✔ Owner Operated ✔ Fully Licensed & Insured ✔ Member of the BBB ✔ FREE Estimates

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GraSS CUTTING - starting at $20. Call Mike at 636-795-1085.



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Cleaning Service A 2 Z Cleaning - Residential & Commercial. insured & Bonded. Professional and Thorough Customized Cleaning. FaLL Special: 20% off of 2nd & 4th cleaning! Free estimates. Call Vicki (314) 283-1185 or


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CoNCreTe grinding and polishing, apply epoxy, clean and seal exterior concrete, remove carpet and tile from concrete. insured. Over 15 years in business. Call Matt at 314-780-5285 or email to

mailboxes Beef For Sale Grass-Fed

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Lou's ServiceS Driveway Specials

right from the farm! Hormone-Free • Antibiotic-Free

BobCat Work • Sunroom Slabs 35 Years Experience!

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Busy Intersection in O'Fallon, MO All Equip. in EXCELLENT condition All serious offers considered

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For Sale: established 30 yrs. Year-round Home Craft Business - Xmas Ornaments. Miniature people in all hobbies/sports/professions w/clay epoxy coating. includes all materials, tools, table/ cover for craft shows, 200 samples, training setup. Mrs. Kuhn 636697-4822. Currrent customers will starting ordering soon.

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636-675-1850 FREE ESTIMATES


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1/2 OFF pick-up/delivery on tractors with tune-up - new clients only

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Interior & Exterior Painting

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CleaN-UP! Trim Bushes • Sodding Retaining Walls

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



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WE HaUl iT all service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email:

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



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14 Hemingway Court Weldon Springs • $78,500 Meticulous 1BR/1BA condo: Brazilian cherry Hardwood Flrs, Vaulted clngs, skylights, updtd Kit w/ss Appls, HuGe Mstr suite, 1 car Gar, open Floor Plan, lrg deck for entertaining! lake, Pool, tennis! Minutes to Hwy. 64/40 Access and Chesterfield Valley! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555 636-532-5900


I BUY homes all cash - as-Is $

I have been buying and selling for over 30 years.

No obligation. $ No commission. No fixing up.

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lyndon anderson

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

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

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Business Opp.

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what a deal!

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Early Bird Specials! Mower Tune-ups


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




HAPPY HANdYMAN seRvICe - "don't Worry Get Happy" Complete home remodel/ repair - kitchen & bath, plumbing, electrical, carpentry. 24HR emergency Service. Commercial & Residential. discount for Seniors/Veterans. 636-541-9432.

call Classifieds steve @ 636-466-3956 Prayers May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, Worker of Miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, Help of the Hopeless, pray for us. Say prayer nine times a day; by the 8th day prayer will be answered. Say it for nine days. Then publish. Your prayers will be answered. it has never been known to fail. Thank you, St. Jude. PL

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