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To the Editor: I want to share with your readers the outgoing support to my son Dominc DiFatta SFC, 82d Airborne Division, who is currently serving in Afghanistan. My son and I share the joy of motorcycle riding and last August as a going away celebration I planned a ride with a group of other motorcyclists enthusiast. There were 15 riders for a 200-mile round trip that stopped in Herman, Mo., for lunch. During one of our breaks my son was talking to Dennis Harris of Harris Auto and Tire (Warrenton/Wright City) that my son’s Harley was leaking oil. Without hesitation Dennis volunteered to fix the leak by putting on a new gasket. While installing the new gasket he found other major issues with his Harley and fixed those problems as well. To my surprise when I picked up his motorcycle Dennis told me the things he fixed and stated that there was no charge. I insisted that I pay some of the cost for the major repair and he told me that it was his gift to my son and myself for serving our country. I was speechless that such a humble act of appreciation to my son and the outgoing support to our military. Dennis is a true Cut government spending patriot and my son and I want to thank To the Editor: It seems that politicians at all levels, him publicly with our heartfelt appreciation. It’s one thing to say you support out from the federal government to our city troops and another when you do things like aldermen and mayors, are willing to spend Harris Auto and Tire did with their talents every cent that they can get from taxpayers then ask for more. Voters need to tell and financial support. I told my son what Dennis had done and all levels of government, “Cut spending!” my son also was speechless and told me to St. Peters citizens can start by voting no on tell Dennis that he was truly blessed and Prop P, a proposal to increase the city sales when he returns home from his deploy- tax from 1.6 percent to 2.0 percent. That’s ment, he wants to have a coming-home a 25-percent increase in city sales tax. We don’t need to increase the sales tax. The ride and personally give Dennis a hug to aldermen do not need another $4.8 million show his appreciation. God bless our military. dollars of our money every year. Taxpayers Stephen DiFatta can’t afford to add $4.8 million annually to St. Peters the cost of everything we buy in the city. Just as citizens must limit their personal spending to match their income, our governNew park ment needs to curb spending instead of conTo the Editor: On May 11, I had the opportunity to tinually asking the taxpayers to give them attend the St. Charles County Parks more and more money. St. Peters aldermen Department’s dedication ceremony for must make the tough decisions about spendTowne Park, located on Hwy. 61, several ing. Assume that revenues will not increase miles north of I-70. The theme of the park and determine which expenses can be cut. Do we really need to spend all of the is “History ... Nature ... Education.” I was budgeted $5.4 million on Parks and Recquite impressed. The land was originally owned by the reation, $4.1 million on Transportation Boyd family in the 1830’s. Ruth Boyd and Development, $1.5 million on Health and her 11 children farmed the land and had the Environmental Services, or $900,000 on plantation homestead built in 1828. This Community Relations? Bob Polkinghorne 109-acre site - formerly known as the “Pink St. Peters Plantation” - has a rich history in St. Charles

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Holding their lives in their hands – and maybe yours “Got your phone.” It’s a common refrain – called out by parents as kids rush out of the house, whether for a night out with friends, a day’s excursion or a longer road trip. But here’s the kicker, as parents we really don’t want our kids to use their phones – at least, not while driving. We want their eyes focused on the road, their hands at two and 10, and their absolute attention given to the cars and dangers around them. That’s not happening. In a survey, released June 7 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58 percent of high school seniors surveyed admitted to texting or emailing while driving; 43 percent of high school juniors made a similar claim. The survey, which has been conducted every other year since 1991, asks questions about youth risk behavior – which was down overall – but this was the first time it asked about new behaviors, such as texting while driving. And while the results are disappointing, they are far from surprising. Admit it. Your phone is calling you – not only to answer it while driving, but also to use it to conduct business, schedule meetings, catch up on gossip and so much more – all while driving in traffic or racing down the highway. But teens don’t talk on their phones, they text on them. And like their parents, they’re addicted to the instant information age. To make us put down our phones and drive, regardless of age, may take serious legislation. But getting there isn’t easy. Seven distracted driving bills were on the table in Missouri in 2012, but when the legislative session ended on May 18 none of them had been transformed into law. Statute 304.820 still stands as the only law banning texting or emailing while driving and only for drivers age 21 and younger. It seems like common sense. Preoccupation with electronic devices slows reaction times and can result in lane swerves, poor judgement and accidents with fatal results. Just last week, a Massachusetts teen was sentenced to a year in jail for his role in a

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St. Charles County Road closed through July Access to Central School Road from eastbound Hwy. 94 will be closed until late July. The closing of this access is necessary to complete the construction of a new interchange at Central School Road and the new Route 364. Previously, motorists traveling on eastbound Hwy. 94 could drive on a temporary bypass through the middle of the work zone to access westbound Hwy. 94 and Central School Road. This bypass is now closed. Motorists traveling on eastbound Hwy. 94 will have to proceed to Jungermann Road to turn around and go west to access Central School Road. This detour will remain in place until late July. MoDOT intends to open Route 364 from Jungermann Road to Mid Rivers Mall Drive at one time sometime late summer. A date for this opening is not available yet but will be announced a few weeks ahead of the opening.

Open late this summer The Youth Activity Park (YAP), at 7801 Hwy. N in Dardenne Prairie, will stay open late on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. The Saturday Late Skate sessions welcome all ages to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility during its extended hours of 4 p.m. to midnight. The 33,000-square-foot outdoor skate park is the largest in the Midwest. The park offers numerous outdoor and indoor activities including two 30-foot sculpted rock climbing walls, a sand volleyball court, halfcourt basketball and a video game lounge. The cost for admission is $5, and participants must become registered members of the park.

Free transportation A new transportation assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is available to qualifying residents of unincorporated St. Charles County, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, St. Paul, St. Peters, Weldon Spring and Wentzville. To be eligible, residents must: reside within the participating jurisdictions; lack access to a vehicle or be unable to drive; and be at least 62 years of age, or be severely disabled, or have low-moderate income as established by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines. Transportation services will be available Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Medical trips to destinations outside of the county are limited to 15 miles from home or within St. Charles County and other trips are limited to destinations within St. Charles County. Transportation Services are expected to start in July and eligible residents may apply for the program by submitting an application now. Applications can be obtained from the St. Charles County Government Internet site at http://cd.sccmo. org/communitydevelopment/ or at the offices of the various participating communities or by contacting Amy Heckart at 477-6600, ext. 1204.

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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Mowing on vacant property and right-ofway areas has again become an issue in the city of O’Fallon, despite a resolution passed about two years ago requiring property owners and adjacent residents to do the job. At a recent meeting of the City Council, members said the plan isn’t working: undeveloped lots and right-of-ways in the city are becoming overgrown, but a resolution won’t come until later to allow city staff to review an existing ordinance and to determine the overall status of undeveloped land. Councilman Jim Pepper said the ordinance passed in 2010 requires homeowners to mow right-of-way areas adjacent to their property, but some mow while others don’t. He said mowing of undeveloped commercial properties have become “a major issue in the city.” Pepper said he understands there is a loophole in the law that says undeveloped property need not be mowed if crops are planted at the site. If one looks closely among the thistle and ragweed, there are often loosely formed rows of wheat and other “crops” scattered on empty lots, he said. “I can’t understand planting wheat on the (undeveloped) properties, when the properties are not zoned agricultural,” Pepper said.

“It blocks the view, and aside from that there are a lot of other properties throughout the city that are having this problem.” Pepper added, “There is a proactive issue on mold on the side of homes with citations being issued. Why aren’t there weed control citations being given?” Pepper proposed that the city review the grass height ordinance, and after seeing the number of areas being ignored, he’d also like to see the 2-acre restriction removed. “We’re not a farming community where that would tend to be normal,” Pepper said. “I’d like the city to look good, and I can cite many areas that don’t.” Pepper said on the south side of the city there are numerous unmowed areas, but there are also some nice places that have been kept cut. Pepper said areas between Fazoli’s and the St. Louis Bread Company and a spot near Hutchings Farm subdivision off Hwy. K is golf course-like. “These are good corporate citizens looking out for the residents of O’Fallon,” Pepper said. “But not everyone is maintaining their undeveloped property.” Planning and Development Director David Woods said the current ordinance stipulates that anything less than 2 acres

must be cut, unless there are crops on it. If it is larger than 2 acres, it must be cut 10 feet back from the road. Councilman Bob Howell said he and fellow Ward 4 Councilman Jeff Schwentker have received so many calls, they can’t be counted. “The ordinance came up for a good reason, and I think we tried, but it’s not working out,” Howell said. “There are numerous areas that need attention, and I think the citizens deserve better. Bottom line: it looks bad. We’re trying to improve roads and get things fixed, and a lot of this is zoned commercial. It shouldn’t be an agricultural issue.” Howell said he’s not sure what the cost savings are, but doesn’t think the residents and citizens should see grass at heights they are in some areas. He said the 10-foot cutback is a great idea, and although some do the cutback, the fence is never weeded. He said there is a lot along Mexico Road that has growth 4-foot high. “How do we define crops, anyway?” Howell asked. Woods said you can tell if something is planted purposely because there are rows. “There is a provision however, that even if there is a crop on it and if we at the city consider it a nuisance, we can take action,” Woods said. Mayor Bill Hennessy said he’d like to further discuss the issue with the council and the property owners of the land considered unsightly. He said he didn’t want to see staff spend time reviewing the issue and end up keeping the ordinance the same. “We have disagreed on this in the past, in terms of whether the residents or the city staff should mow, and the only way we can move forward with mowing the right-ofway is if we have a bid out on it. We cannot afford to mow the right-of-ways,” said

Councilman Jeff Schwentker. “I would not mind looking into bidding it out. I would like to look at every aspect for cost. Nothing is working yet.” Pepper said mowing of undeveloped commercial lots and right-of-ways are two separate issues and should be considered that way. City Administrator Keith Riesberg agreed that they are two separate provisions. “Currently our ordinance requires commercial lots 2 acres or less to be mowed,” Riesberg said. “The questions we need direction on are those that technically qualify for the agricultural exemption because of the agricultural content.” The city could remove the agricultural provision, Riesberg said. Hennessy said the commercial and rightof-way issues will not be lumped together. Riesberg said staff will collect information and project potential changes with addressing agricultural issues, and will have information on mowing right-of-way areas rather than turning them over to adjacent property owners. “If this does get passed, and their property is over 2 acres, I want to make sure the property owners know what is going on,” Hennessy said. In areas where complaints were received, there is limited staff available to do the mowing. “In the past, because of limited staff and the number of areas city crews were going to mow, we only got to them every two weeks,” Riesberg said. “Therefore the city started turning over this property to attached property owners, the challenge is that different property owners have different standards. City staff will need direction from council so a new, informed decision can be made.” Residential property owners who exceed the mowing requirement receive a fine of $100 for each infraction.

Weldon Spring gearing up for spectacular 4th of July By Amy Armour tor Michael Padella. “The event is free to dents — will take to the stage in the parks the parade which will start at Parks Fireworks are just one part of the the public and there are numerous inflat- building to provide live entertainment Building and travel around the park on the asphalt walking trail. Independence Day celebration planned able bouncy activities, face painting, a throughout the afternoon and evening. “The kid’s parade is for residents of the for the city of Weldon Spring on July balloon artist and a petting zoo.” And this year for the first time the city is 4. The annual event will include everyPadella said the Independence celebra- conducting a “Kid’s Freedom Parade.” All city but all are welcome to come to watch thing from live entertainment from a tion usually draws between 800 and 1,800 residents ages 12 and younger are invited and enjoy the evening,” Padella said. Residents are encouraged to register for new local band to food and drink spe- depending upon weather and the day of to participate in the parade that will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the city’s park. the parade at City Hall or through the city’s cials from local eateries to face painting the week that the Fourth lands on. Kids are encouraged to decorate their Web site at www.weldonspring.org. Space and a petting zoo for the children. “The good thing is the event is busy, “Our Independence Day Celebration in but the crowds are not overwhelming,” wagons, bikes or scooters with a patri- is limited to the first 100 kids or families. otic theme and compete for the most Volunteers are also needed to help out Weldon Spring is very reminiscent of an said Padella. with the celebration. Interested volunteers ‘old town picnic’ but with fireworks for The new band “Social Distraction” — creative and patriotic entry. Mayor Donald D. Licklider will lead can contact Pat Oldcraft at 441-2110. the grand finale,” said City Administra- which includes some Weldon Spring resi-


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Controversial Mississippi River project ebbs for now according to federals upstream on the Mississippi River. The three counties were left out of the corps’ original study and contend that the plan would raise water levels above Missouri, causing additional flooding in the three counties. State Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said that “Missouri needs to be treated fairly and not be the dumping ground for everyone else’s water.” Daugherty stated that the three counties may not have been originally included in the studies but in the last three years have been heavily involved with registering their opposition to Plan H. “We will have a comprehensive plan but with input of all three counties.” However, Jim Mitas, an aide for U.S. Representative Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, said that the plan is “essentially off the table right now.” And, a May 18 letter to The Army Corps of Engineers maintains that Prop H. which would add 500-year levees along Missouri Governor Jay Nixon from Army the Mississippi River, would protect private property from flooding. Corps of Engineers Major General John Peabody seems to support that — at least By Michael R. Smith coln, Pike, and St. Charles County leaders temporarily. St. Charles County Council member believe would cause financial and environPeabody heads the river commission Jerry Daugherty of Portage Des Sioux mental damage in their areas. overseeing the project and in his letter hosted a meeting Wednesday, May 30, to Daugherty led the panel discussion to Nixon said that funding isn’t currently update residents on a controversial plan on Plan H, the Army Corps of Engineers available to go forward. for the upper Mississippi River that Lin- project which would add 500-year levees Harold Graef, a project engineer for the

corps attended the meeting and explained that in 2003 through 2008 the corps undertook a study of the upper Mississippi River. It then submitted to the U.S. Congress 14 plans for updating the waterway system but recommended none because the benefits of all were far less than the costs of implementing them. However, Congress selected Plan H as the best project for further consideration. He also stated that the corps isn’t currently pushing through the plan. A major challenge in managing the upper Mississippi now, Graef said, is that various federal, state, county, and local government agencies along it manage portions of the river using different policies and regulations. He would like to see the corps work with those agencies to come up with an overall management plan. St. Charles Councilman Joe Cronin of St. Paul suggested that the philosophy of the river management needed to change also. “The Army Corps of Engineers is mandated to maintain it as a navigable channel,” Cronin said. “I think that mandate needs to change.” Cronin said the river impacts recreation, farming and other uses. “It should be considered for more than just barge traffic.”

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O’Fallon considering construction of ‘Justice Center’ By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The O’Fallon City Council is considering acquisitions and liquidations of city buildings to meet future needs of the city and is at the early stages of a needs assessment for construction of a new city Justice Center. City Administrator Keith Riesberg said the city had a needs assessment for a Justice Center some time ago, but it missed the target in projected population, predicting 60,000 by 2015. The current population is about 80,000. As a result, it missed the mark on staffing and facility needs, Riesberg said. “We’re also going to have to come to an agreement of what will be in the new facility if we construct it,” Riesberg said. Riesberg said there are a number of operational challenges with the city’s existing facility designed for significantly lower staff levels, and didn’t take into consideration staffing needs for the future as the city continues to grow. “If we move forward with a separate justice center, it creates a fallback dispatch center if one goes offline. There are values and benefits,” Riesberg said. “We don’t have funding options identified, but (police) Chief Joachimstaller would tell you he’d be glad to get out of City Hall.” Riesberg said other communities put the

Council Chambers in a Justice Center, and that too, would create more space for other city operations. “The biggest challenge is there is no funding to pay debt service on the facility, and we would need to be aware of additional operational costs,” Riesberg said. Reisberg said he attended a seminar on facility planning that provided information to guide the city if the council decides to move forward. Planning begins with a needs assessment to establish what is needed in such a facility. It determines the size of the site and gives a clear understanding of square footage needed. Riesberg said at the seminar it was said the best way to control the project cost is to control square footage. That helps to establish a preliminary budget, then, we’d figure out how to fund it, Riesberg said. Programming is a description of needs and how to fulfill those needs, he said. “You can look at multiple issues in programming, but as we are describing what our needs are, we have to involve the users of those facilities. They need to be active in the discussions to help avoid operational oversights,” Riesberg said. “We want to start setting standards for the facilities, to achieve the imagery you want and standardization on certain things within the

structure. We need to look at a 20-year timeline; we need to recognize a minimum of 20 years in the planning timeline.” Riesberg said there are limitations on what the city can change, and there are different ways of funding. One option would be to move funds originally slated for capital improvements to debt service to pay for construction of the justice center. “The down side is it takes funds away from capital improvements,” Riesberg said. A third option is to postpone the facilities for a later date, he said. “The challenge is, you are delaying meeting facility needs, leaving an operational impact. Regardless of which option, it requires different staff input from stakeholders,” Riesberg said. Councilman Jim Pepper said each year there are economics in general for the city and the nation that changes on a yearly basis. Councilman Bob Howell said he thinks it’s “a no brainer that civic hall is a major asset to the city.” “It brings in revenues and it meets a lot of citizen’s needs with its different operations,” Howell said. “Trying to figure out usage is as simple as going through schedules. We have a list and maybe we can talk with specific people about needs: bigger

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County tables bill which shifts more road maintenance costs to 10 municipalities By Michael R. Smith The St. Charles County Council tabled a bill this week which would have shifted more road maintenance costs to 10 municipalities. The municipalities currently contract with the county for road and bridge services. Council members said they wanted to give those municipalities more time to understand the impact, and for county leaders to meet with and discuss the change with the affected cities. Councilman Terry Hollander, (Dist. 5), said the change would eventually take place but that the county should take time to help all the affected cities understand that they didn’t need to fear the new contract. “There’s fear in change,” Hollander said. “It’s not warranted (in this instance) but we should take time to understand the changes. The devil is in the details.” The cities which currently contract with the county for road maintenance and repair are: Cottleville, Flint Hill, Foristell, Dardenne Prairie, Josephville, New Melle, Portage Des Sioux, St. Paul, Weldon Spring and West Alton. Under a revenue-sharing plan the county provides those cities road services such as snow removal, pothole repair, asphalt overlay, concrete slab replacement, and others. The projects are paid for from road property

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helping city leaders understand the scope of a project, its needs, and the costs if the city wanted to undertake a project using funds from federal grants and state gas taxes. Council Chairperson Nancy Matheny’s district includes Cottleville and Weldon Spring. She said she hadn’t heard of concerns to the potential changes from leaders in those cities. However, representatives of Flint Hill, St. Paul, and West Alton spoke at the meeting and all agreed that the new contract would be a financial burden to their cities, possibly leading to eventual insolvency.

Council member Paul Wynn, whose district includes O’Fallon and St. Peters — cities which handle their own road maintenance, said he didn’t understand the insolvency concerns. “You don’t spend more than you have,” Wynn said. “You spend to the budget.” Janet Neustadt, a city representative from West Alton — a hamlet of less than 600 residents in St. Charles County’s easternmost region, explained that “As a small municipality, our current income in addition to our reserves will cover (road) improvements for a few years, then we’ll be insolvent.”

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the call to teach at Zion,” said Bernhardt, whose husband, Jon Bernhardt, was just named principal of Lutheran High. “I actually graduated from Zion, and my husband and I both graduated from Lutheran HighSt. Charles. Coming back to Zion was coming home.” After teaching third grade for two years, Bernhard took 11 years off from full-time teaching. The couple had three daughters – now 15, 13 and 11 – so she dropped back to part-time work. When her youngest daughter was about to enter second grade, a second-grade teaching position was open at Zion Lutheran, and Bernhardt went back to teaching fulltime. Her daughter was one of her students, which eased the transition back to full-time work. After teaching second grade for three years, she was asked to take a position as first-grade teacher. To nominate a teacher for Teacher of the Year honors, MRN readers were asked to explain in 100 or fewer words the qualities that made the nominee an outstanding teacher. Entries were reviewed by a panel of judges representing the Teacher of the Year program sponsors, which include Atchison Insurance Agency, Inc.; Bommarito Automotive Group; Gracie Barra St. Louis – Jiu Jitsu & Martial Arts; Jazzercise, in O’Fallon and St. Peters; Stygar Family of Funeral Service; and Villages of St. Peters. Bernhardt received multiple nominations and was lauded for her ability to connect with her students and their families. Zion Lutheran’s principal was not surprised. “She is a top-notch teacher,” said Debrick, who praised Bernhardt for her dedication and creativity. “She makes great relationships with the students and their families. Families really appreciate that.” In recognition of being named Teacher of the Year, MRN presented Bernhardt with a plaque, flowers, a dinner certificate to Donatelli’s Bistro and an iPad.

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Bu llet i n Boa rd Francis Howell Students grant wish for peer Students, staff and the John Weldon community recently raised $5,000 for the Makea-Wish Foundation for a local student, who wishes to have the opportunity to go on a Nickelodeon cruise. John Weldon presented the check and other gifts at an assembly in the student’s honor on May 24. During the 2011-12 school, John Weldon sponsored a child from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The school was able to raise funds to grant the child’s wish with the help of Hollenbeck Middle School who helped John Weldon reach their fundraising goal of $5,000. Hollenbeck contributed $1,900 to John Weldon’s amount of $3,100 for a grand total of $5,000. Through numerous fundraisers throughout the school year teachers, students, staff and the John Weldon community were able to contribute. As an incentive for students, some staff members agreed to shave their heads if the school was able to reach their goal. John Weldon students had the opportunity to vote for the staff member they wanted to see to have their head shaved. Students donated 25 cents for each vote and voted each morning for a week. At the conclusion of the competition, teachers collectively added $800, which meant all male staff members had the same number

Francis Howell High School (FHHS) in St. Charles, will be the school’s new principal, effective July 1. The Board of Education approved his of votes, meaning all participants would hiring at the board meeting on May 17. have their heads shaved. Wedlock will replace Chris Greiner, who has been named Director of Student Learning for the Francis Howell School District Lafata recognized (FHSD). Mark Lafata was recently recognized for “I am honored to have the opportunity to his years of service on the Francis Howell serve as the leader of such a caring, conSchool District (FHSD) Board of Educa- scientious community that takes such treNewsmagazine tion. Superintendent Pam Sloan, presented mendous pride in reaching for excellence,” Salesperson: Lafata with a superintendent’s certificate said Wedlock. Proof: Client: at the board meeting on May 17, honoring Wedlock said he is excited for the new him for his 10 continuous years of service school year and to begin his new position. on the board. “I am looking forward to many exciting As a member of the board, Lafata has events next year including welcoming our worked with three different superinten- new class of ninth-grade students and opendents, been through three strategic plans, ing our new gym at the end of the first semesand been a part of numerous bond and ter,” Wedlock said. “This will give students levy campaigns. He has worked to ensure and the community full use of our new buildFHSD provides a high quality education ing. It is going to be another great year to be a for students, that staff is paid appropriately, Viking and I can’t wait to get started.” and that the district is taking care of its new Wedlock has 14 years of experience in the and aging facilities. He has been an advo- district. He has been the associate principal of cate for transparent processes and records FHHS for the past five years. He served as an and has been instrumental in making sure assistant principal at Marquette High School the district remains focused on improving in the Rockwood School District during student learning. the 2006-07 school year. Prior to being the During his board tenure Lafata has been FHHS dean of students in 2005-06, Wedlock a director, the president, and now serves as taught English from 1997 to 2005. the vice president. Wedlock earned his doctorate of education from St. Louis University in 2009. He has a masters of arts degree in English and New FHHS principal Bachelors of Arts Degree, both from IndiDavid Wedlock, associate principal at ana University.

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Wentzville Est earns international recognition Holt High School student Savannah Est continues to bring home awards for her ambitious research project, and this time it was on an international stage. Est took third place in the Energy and Transportation category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 13 through May 18 in Pittsburg, Penn. She was one of more than 1,500 high Date of issue: school finalists from across the globe comClient: peting for scholarship money through their research projects. Size: Est’s project, “Optimization of Dye-SenColors: sitized Solar Cells” has netted her $7,000 Pictures: in prize money over the last five months. She developed the projectLogos: last fall while working with Terry Woodford-Thomas of Copy: the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, as well as under the advisement of her Independent Science Research Teacher at Holt, Jennifer Berendzen. “My ultimate goal for the project was to make dye-sensitized solar cells able to be a competitive fuel source with fossil fuels in the future,” said Est, who used blackberries to increase production in the cells. “There is much more work needed to accomplish this, but I made a small advancement and each step counts.” Est added that the experience of being at an international event meeting other young people with similar interests from all over the world was an award in itself. “Winning (Third Place) was just icing on the cake,” said Est.

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Track stars Both Holt and Timberland high schools have state track champs this spring. Holt’s Nataliyah Friar and Timberland’s Josh McDonald won first place medals in Missouri’s High School State Track and Field Championships held last month at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City. Friar won the Class 4 girls triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 3/4 inches. She also came in second place in the long jump and took seventh place in the 100 meters. Friar won state championships in both the triple jump and long jump last year as a sophomore. McDonald won the Class 4 boys discus with a throw of 187 feet, 10 inches, beating out the second place finisher by more than 8.5 feet. He also placed sixth in the shot put. McDonald set a personal record for discus at the district competition earlier this month with a throw of 192 feet, 3 inches which is the second best throw ever in the state of Missouri.

Missouri scholars Three students from Holt High School and two students from Timberland High School were selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three-week residential program to be held this month on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Holt students Abigail Piper, Benjamin Rackers, and Taylor Warren and Timberland students Hafsa Mansoor and Sean Rock were among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program. Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) aims to help gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities to attain high standards of achievement, to encourage local schools to improve and expand gifted education programs; and to assist in providing the state with experienced faculty and specialized curriculum for such students. Every public and private high school in the state is allowed to nominate at least one student for the Academy. Academically, students represent the top one-half of one percent of the state’s sophomore class. No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA will be exposed to a wide range of activities as well as to intensive instruction in their chosen area of specialization. The faculty is composed of outstanding teachers from high schools throughout the state. Guest speakers, performers, discussions, and career education will be combined with extracurricular and social activities to round out the curriculum. The 2012 Academy is supported in part by funds provided by the University of

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart will be performing at 7:30 p.m., Sun., June 24, at the St. Charles Family Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $41 and $70. For ticket information, visit www.familyarena. com. ••• The Oak Leaf Artist Guild’s 2012 Summer Show “To Each His Own” will be held through Aug. 13, at the St. Peters Cul-

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Low mortgage rates attracting short-term borrowers Kevin Weaks

With the 15-year rate now in sub-3 percent territory, about three out of 10 refinancers are opting for loans of less than 30 years, according to Freddie Mac latest mortgage survey. Traditional 30-year fixed-rate loans are averaging 3.75 percent, another record low. Short-term mortgages work best for trade-up buyers who are coming into the deal with a sizeable equity stake or down payment. These loans also work better for consumers who are now in the market buying homes that have lost some value. As mortgage rates sink deeper into record territory, homeowners are refinancing into 15-year loans at a pace not seen in a decade, aiming to pay off their debt in time for retirement. People refinancing mortgages often debate the merits of 15-year or 20-year loans that may mean a quicker payoff date but require bigger payments than a 30-year mortgage. At the rates quoted last week by Freddie Mac, the monthly principal and interest payment on a 30-year fixed loan of $315,000 would be $1,458.81, compared to $2,170.79 for a 15-year loan.

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Payne Family Homes ranks #2 in fastest-growing companies Payne Family Homes was recently as No. 2 in the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies.” During the month of June, buyers can get a free outdoor living package with the purchase of a to-be-built home at any of Payne’s 12 communities in St. Louis and St. Charles counties including Boulder Ridge on Hwy K in Wentzville, where you can save over $17,000 this month on the San Marino ranch with 12-foot ceilings, walkout lower level, gas fireplace, 42-inch kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances and more; now priced at $299,900. Here’s what’s new in new homes: Call sales manager Julie Jones at (314) “Sizzling” summer sale at Thomas & 683-3419 about the $7,500 “Move-In Suit Homes Package.” Visit paynefamilyhomes.com You’re invited to take a construction tour for details. of the new T&S Homes display under way at Wyndgate Forest near Hwy. 40 and Hwy. Only seven left at Griffey Homes’ N in O’Fallon. Walk through the display Penny Lane and see the quality that T&S Homes builds Griffey Homes’ popular Penny Lane cominto every home and how clean the jobsite munity is in “grand closeout,” announced is. During their Sizzling Summer Sale, buy sales manager Kim Valereo. before Aug. 31 and get a three-car garage; “We only have seven villa lots left. We 9-foot main-floor ceilings; granite counter currently have a Coventry model available top; hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen for immediate move-in. It has four bedand breakfast room, and a wood-burning rooms, loft and main-floor master suite and fireplace. is priced at $229,000,” Valereo said. For a limited time also get a free covered Griffey also has a ranch plan under conporch, per plan. struction. The Abbey has two-bedrooms, a All T&S homes at Wyndgate already hearth room, vaulted ceilings, granite tops, include stainless steel appliances, 42-inch stainless steel appliances and hardwood kitchen cabinets, 4¼-inch baseboards, fully floors. This home will be ready at the end sodded yards, cultured marble master tub of July and priced at $232,368. and shower and much more. Seven condo units are available at The Prices start in the $290s. For details and a Charleston at Heritage Landing. tour call (636) 561-2120. Visit TShomes.net. In addition, Griffey Homes will custom If you’ve been looking to build the build a home if you just can’t find what custom home of your dreams, then look you’re looking for. no further than Thomas & Suit Homes. “We can help you find a homesite. We Whether you have your own homesite can help you design your home or build or would prefer to build on one of theirs, from your plans,” Valereo said. you can count on Thomas & Suit to pay Custom build prices start at $95 per the utmost attention to detail and provide square foot. Call (636) 936-1923 11 a.m. to

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34 I prime. Your guide to new homes 5 p.m. including weekends or email Kim@ GriffeyHomes.com. Whittaker has brisk sales at New Town and Glenhurst The sand volleyball leagues are digging in and the Shire Lane pool is now open at New Town, but the big splash is in sales, reported Greg Whittaker, president of Homes by Whittaker. “It feels a lot different, people are coming out and buying homes now,” Whittaker noted. Five new two-story inventory homes are under construction, ranging from 1,201 to 2,700 square feet. Most popular has been the value-leading model 2032 two-story, which accounted for half of recent sales. Prices for Whittaker’s two-story plans start at $114,500. Whittaker also has recorded 14 recent sales at Glenhurst, located on what Whittaker calls “the quiet side” of I-70 in Wentzville. These unique two-story homes are attached in pairs only at the two-car garage for maximum privacy and feature full front and rear yards that are owned by the resident. Prices start at $104,500 for attractive 1,200 to 1,500-square-foot models with two to four bedrooms and a two-car garage. Now available are former premium homes-

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ites that back to trees. For information about New Town or Glenhurst, call 636-916-2000. Check out homesbywhittaker.com. Consort has homes ready now at Carlton Glen Estates Located just one mile off Interstate 70 and Hwy 40 on Hwy Z in Wentzville, Consort Homes’ Carlton Glen Estates not only is a family-friendly neighborhood with a pool and playground, it also offers homebuyers a wide choice from three distinct floor plan collections: Hometown, Inspiration and Heritage. The Inspiration series is brand new and is designed with the busy lifestyles and tighter budgets of potential homeowners in mind. Plans feature open, streamlined floor plans with wide open spaces, large kitchen islands, a “Life Triangle” and a “Drop Zone.” The Inspiration Series also features a standard bonus room in most plans and a wide range of designer options to personalize the home. “We feel really good about this new series of homes we are introducing,” said Stricker. “We are making it a priority to really give home buyers what they want, which is space where they need it most, a home they can be proud of, and all at a price they can afford.”

The Abbey, a new ranch under construction at Penny Lane in St. Peters.

The Inspiration Series also is offered in Bella Vista, Carlton Glen Estates, Countryshire Manors and Stone Creek. Prices at Carlton Glen Estates range from the $140s to $270s. Several homes are ready now for immediate move-in. Carlton Glen Estates is in the Wentzville School District with schools located nearby.

The community features large level back yards, wooded homesites and secluded cul de sac lots. For more information call (314) 741-3037 or visit myconsorthome.com. Consort Homes is an eco-friendly home builder of single family and townhomes in St. Louis with 14 locations in North County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County.


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While price is a consideration, Tomo’s claim to fame is By SUZANNE CORBETT “‘Tomo’ means friend in Japanese,” said Tomo Japa- its 11 hibachi grill tables where chefs perform signature nese Steakhouse owner Simon Kim, explaining how his grilling moves designed to cook and to entertain. “Our chefs are very good and do lots of different things to restaurant welcomes guests as friends. Tomo, which opened two months ago, is making new entertain – like popping shrimp in your mouth (from across friends in the St Peters neighborhood where it opened near the table),” Kim said. “People love that. They love the show.” Hibachi dinners feature a selection of teppanyaki vegRoute 94 on Mid River’s Mall Drive. It is Kim’s first resetables and meats ranging from shrimp and lobster to taurant in the St. Charles Country area. “My family has been in the restaurant business since chicken, filet mignon and salmon. There is even an option the 1970s, and I’ve been in the restaurant business myself to order Kobe beef. Once the habachi meat is selected, the since1985,” said Kim, who noted his previous success- chefs begin the show, grilling before guests’ eyes a dinner ful operation in Springfield, Mo., and his current one in served with Japanese-style clear soup, salad, noodles, rice and a shrimp appetizer. Columbia, Mo., a sister restaurant to Tomo. Average prices for steak, shrimp, and the combo steak What sets Tomo apart from similar establishments is how it combines classic Japanese cuisine, sushi and steakhouse and chicken ring in at $17.99. Even Kobe beef, the Tomo Japanese Steakhouse owner Simon Kim (right) with showmanship. It is a successful formula that presents the renowned Japanese cattle famous for its tenderness and Young Cho, sushi chef. popular elements of the Japanese steakhouse experience flavor, is competitively priced at $38.99. Another culinary artist to watch is Tomo’s sushi chef, who with what Kim calls a traditional kitchen menu, offered at creates a number of innovative rolls such as the Tomo roll pork dumpling and a choice of meat. Bentto meat choices affordable prices. “Customers say we’re more affordable than other places,” and the Nigiri – thin-sliced fish that tops a small rice stick. are Teriyaki-style steak, chicken or salmon or breaded “People love the Crunch, the Red Dragon and the Yum Katsu-style chicken, beef or pork cutlets. Kim said. Yum rolls. They’re very popular,” said Kim explaining the Those seeking more familiar fare might check out the sushi list that sports 35 rolls. “There are more sushi fans appetizer list, which features Crab Rangoon, Spring Rolls, Tomo Japanese Steakhouse now than there were in the 1980s. Back then, people didn’t and Yakatori (skewered chicken kabobs). 6101 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Peters eat much sushi but they do now.” But Kim encourages guests to experiment and try some636-922-7080 Another interesting item is Dolsot Bibimbap, a rice thing new since all the foods featured contain ingredients Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and beef soup served in a stone bowl. It is listed under eaten every day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Washoku – what Kim calls foods from the traditional “It’s just a different way to prepare the foods you already Dinner: 4-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; Japanese kitchen. Tempura, another washoku, is among know, such as tenderloin, chicken, shrimp and lobster,” 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday the best known traditional kitchen dishes, along with the Kim said. “Don’t be afraid to try something new. Give Bentto, a combination meal of miso soup, salad, sushi, something new a try – you’ll love our food.”

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