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Wentzville Operation backpack Needy students at Duello Elementary school will come home on Fridays with more than homework in their backpack. Food Search and the Wentzville School District have teamed up to bring “Operation Backpack” to Duello Elementary School. Backpacks filled with nutritious, kidfriendly, easy-to-prepare foods are given to children in need on Fridays before school dismissal. At Duello Elementary, counselors have worked with parents and identified 35 students that will participate initially, and that number may increase as the program continues throughout the year. “We’ve had a lot of success with this in St. Louis, and we wanted to bring it to needy students in the Wentzville area,” said Karen Gladieux of Operation Food Search. “We opened a distribution center here almost three years ago, and the community has been very generous. It’s just another way to give back.” The non-perishable food items from Operation Food Search are bagged by volunteers from 2 Rivers Church, and then the bags are delivered to the school on Friday mornings. “We gather the backpacks while the children are in class, and return them full of the food items before the end of the day,” said Kathy Fisher, the principal of the school. “Our students and their families are really thankful to have the additional food.” Operation Food Search was founded in 1981, and each month the organization distributes more than 2-million pounds of food and household items to more than 150 community agencies in the bi-state region.

Road closed The railroad crossing at Hepperman Road at the South Service Road in Wentzville will be closed on Friday, Sept. 17. Officials anticipate the intersection will be closed to vehicles for up to six hours, and motorists will need to utilize other routes during this time.

No puppy love Puppies are on their own in the city of Wentzville. The Board of Aldermen voted 3-3 after a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would restrict new pet shops from selling puppies that are bred off-site. Mayor Paul Lambi broke the tie and voted against the reading. Wentzville Alderman Nick Guccione wanted to introduce the bill because he said many pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. “I’m tired of seeing these animals mistreated and not fed properly,” Guccione said. The board was split in its decision, and the proposed ordinance did not even make it to a first reading.

St. Charles Mayor receives raise The future mayor of St. Charles will get a pay raise—but not as much as anticipated. City Council President Mike Klinghammer introduced a pay raise for the next mayor that would increase from a $62,000 annual salary to an $85,000 salary. The measure failed, but a lesser increase was passed with a 9-1 vote earlier this month. The council approved the mayor’s salary—which will take effect after the April election—to $70,000. The bill will also allow for a 2.5 increase for three consecutive years, which will bring the annual salary to $75,382 by 2014.

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Carjacking An 18-year-old St. Louis County man has been charged with robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action after a car jacking that occurred on Sept. 8 in St. Charles. Andre T. Hamilton of the 1100 block of Majorca, has been accused of pointing a gun at a man in the 2800 block of Trails of Sunbrook, and stealing his 2006 Impala. Police said they caught the suspect after he crashed the car on eastbound I-70 near the St. Louis airport. Lt. Mike Akers, with the St. Charles police, said no one was injured. “(The) suspect was armed with a handgun,” Akers said. Akers said the handgun was recovered upon Hamilton’s arrest.

Lake Saint Louis Environmentally friendly trash Lake Saint Louis residents and businesses can get rid of old computers and televisions — in an environmentally friendly way. An electronics and appliance drop-off recycling event for households and businesses will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 16. at the Meadows Shopping Center near the fountain. The event will be managed by Web Innovations & Technology Services (WITS), Missouri’s largest not-for-profit recycling agency. WITS will recondition dropped-off items for reuse in the greater St. Louis area or take them apart for recycling. “(I’m) delighted to work with an agency that advertises that no donated item will end up in a landfill,” said Scott Ellis, chairperson of the Advisory Committee. Possible items for recycling include computers, monitors, other computer hardware including cables, office/business equipment and machinery, telecommunications equipment including phones, clocks, televisions, VCR’s, stereos, cameras, other audio/video equipment, data storage devices including CD’s and VHS tapes, home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, washing machines and dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, hot water heaters, home medical equipment, industrial machinery, lawn mowers, tillers, tools, air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers, old motors,

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O’Fallon Art show “Biomech-Antics,” an exhibit of multimedia artwork on paper by artist Jami Schoenewies, opened earlier this week at the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center. Schoenewies said the exhibit’s title, “Biomech-Antics,” is “a play on ‘biomechanics’ and ‘antics.’ “It’s a series of mixed-media drawingcollages combining images of living organisms with man-made structural images, mathematics and maps,” Schoenwies said. The artwork was created in layers on paper using collage, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, and transfers. Gallery admission is free, and the exhibit will be available for viewing through Oct. 15.

Remembering the fallen The city of O’Fallon will host a POW/ MIA Remembrance Day Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 17, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk located at 800 Belleau Creek Road. The eighth annual event is held on behalf of men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who remain missing in action or held as prisoners of war. “This is truly a moving event with a lot of symbolism. For example, attendees will notice a small POW/MIA table placed at the event in a place of honor. It will be set for one. This table is our way of recognizing those brave members of our military who have not returned,” said Tom Drabelle, public relations with the city. “This table is decorated with numerous symbols in recognition of the frailty of our prisoners of war against their oppressors, the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms, their families and loved ones back here at home, and the unyielding determination to bring them home.”

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A whole lot of nothing going on Union protest against Dollar Tree causes harm to neighboring businesses By Jeannie Seibert Teresa Pershall has been attempting to live her life in peace and make her own prosperity all her life. Sadly, her dreams continue to be denied as a union protest against another store bleeds over to quash her business. But to fully understand her plight, some background is needed. The South Vietnam-born Thi Nguyen didn’t become Teresa Pershall until many years after the pull-out of the U.S. military in 1973. With U.S. troops gone, the Viet Cong seized her family’s property. By 1980, she’d had enough of life under the Viet Cong. Thi Nguyen realized that because she’d been born in South Vietnam her life wasn’t going to improve by staying there. She set her sights on the land of freedom and opportunity. It took 26 years and different routes but she finally got out of Vietnam and to the U.S. The hair-raising story of the diminutive, determined woman would require a book to properly recount. By the time Thi Nguyen arrived in the U.S. in 2000 she had virtually nothing, not even the ability to communicate. She taught herself to speak what little English she knows from a book. She met and married Byron Pershall and changed more than just her last name. “She wanted to become an American,” said Byron Pershall. “She loves this country.” Vietnam born Thi Nguyen became Teresa Pershall but still struggles with English. Her husband acts as her spokesman/interpreter. Her husband mans the phone, booking appointments and greeting customers in the second, and now only, location of her salon, B-Nails, St. Peters. After commanding enough English to attain all the appropriate licensing and permits to open a nail salon in O’Fallon, she built up the business to 11 stations that were booked all the time. By 2008 the signs of an economic downturn were visible enough to decide to downsize. She moved the salon to a smaller retail space in St. Peters, close to what she thought was a more vibrant economic center. But in 2010, Teresa Pershall finds herself a victim of another battle between two forces much greater than she and over which she has no control. The new shop, B-Nails, is located at the intersection of Mexico Road and Grand Teton, in a plaza anchored by Dollar Tree. The discount chain stores are the target of a regional protest by members of the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater

Confined to the right-of-way, union members protest Dollar Tree’s hiring practices. While those two organizations are in a stand-off, independent businesses in the Dollar Tree plaza suffer from the effects of a double-edged sword – a recession and a union protest.

St. Louis union for having hired a nonunion, out-of-state construction firm to build a wall at one of its South St. Louis County locations. And so, the St. Peters and O’Fallon Dollar Tree stores are being picketed. Because of the pickets, B-Nails customers won’t cross the union’s line. Stationed at the three entrances into the Dollar Tree shopping center union workers hand out flyers condemning the discounter’s hiring practices. But the union protest can’t move closer to Dollar Tree because it’s on private property, said union spokesman Chuck Williamson. Union protesting is confined to the public rights-of-way along Mexico Road and Grand Teton. Pershall said he has approached the shopping center management to no avail. He’s gone to City Hall repeatedly pleading for some sort of assistance in negotiating peace terms. “Seriously, we don’t have anything against the union – that’s between them and Dollar Tree,” Pershall said. He even tried to organize the businesses within the shopping center to unite and work together to add weight to a petition for some kind of relief. Again, nothing. “They’re too afraid,” Pershall said. “Between the recession and the union our business is drying up. I’m trying to help my wife – she still struggles with the language – by going through the appropriate channels and got nothing – totally nonresponsive at every level,” he said. Williamson has no grudges to bear against the B-Nails owners or any other business in the shopping center. “This is about Dollar Tree,” he said. “And it’s not like we haven’t tried working this out. We’d call and identify ourselves and they’d just hang up the phone on us.” St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano had the same experience. “We tried calling the local store man-

B-Nails owner Teresa Pershall was born Thi Nguyen in South Vietnam. Now a legal U.S. citizen, she again finds herself caught between two forces over which she has no control.

ager then the regional office,” Pagano said. “We even called their headquarters and then followed up with hard copies. We even sent their attorney a copy.” Nothing. MRN attempted to contact Dollar Tree and got as far as a receptionist. After a lengthy delay, she came back on to say, “We’re not allowed to talk about it.” Meanwhile, Teresa Pershall is singlehandedly working the few days a week. “She’s here sometimes 16 hours a day but some days she only has two, maybe three appointments,” Byron Pershall said. “This is more than just a recession,” he added. “And she doesn’t want me to say anything to anyone. She doesn’t want America not to like her.”

Routine traffic stop ends with Cottleville manhunt By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley A St. Peters teenager caused Cottleville Police to engage in a manhunt last week after he slammed his car into a police vehicle and fled from the scene. Brandon Demetrius Brown, 18, and a female passenger from St. Charles were stopped by Cottleville Police at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 because of a missing headlight. Cottleville Police Chief Scott Lewis said after the car had been stopped, Brown put his late model Chevrolet Malibu in reverse, slammed into the police car, jumped out and ran into the Estates at Fairfield Manor subdivision to prevent apprehension. The young woman remained in the vehicle. Brown had pulled into the St. Charles County Community College parking lot at the time of the stop, police said. Lewis said police called Metro Air Support for help in locating the man. Metro Air then used an infrared search light, but was unsuccessful in finding Brown. At press time, Cottleville Police had issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest, but the teen was still at-large at MRN press time. “When someone slams into a police car, we take it very seriously,” Lewis said. Cottleville Police towed Brown’s car and arrested and released the woman, charging her with disorderly conduct. Brown is being charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by fleeing, Lewis said. Lewis said the police car had about $2,000 in damages, but remains in use. Metro Air Support was formed in 2004 by the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Police Department. The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department joined to share resources in July 2007. The support team has four helicopters, one fixed-wing airplane, 11 pilots and eight crew chiefs. The department also provides officers for the Major Case Squad.




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While personal invitations should be going out to candidates now, Fazio said they are welcome to call her with any questions at 240-7534 or Linda Adams at 441-1302, ext. 263. Email Fazio at While residents are urged most urgently to “make a night of it” there is a secondary benefit to this event. Political science and human services students from St. Charles Community College and Lindenwood University are assisting the Social Justice Committee in putting on the forum, Fazio said. Members of Phi Beta Capa and Tau Upsilon Alpha-Lamnda Chapter are on board too. Roberts said the students’ participation in an event like this is “probably the best part of the whole thing. Seeing tthe kids get interested and getting into a political event in such a low-key venue makes all the work of putting it on really worth it. The food’s pretty good too.” Because the event has a reputation for good eats, Fazio promised to try to live up to past fare. But, as a teacher in the Community College Political Science Department, she couldn’t agree more with Roberts excitement about the young adults involvement. But, for seasoned voters or first-timers, “there’s just no better way to make an informed decision than by going and talking directly to the candidates themselves,” she said. While political discourse will be the topic of the evening, no gathering at Sts. Joachim and Ann would be complete without a fundraiser. Fazio said a prize drawing to benefit a homeless fund is just now getting organized. Anyone wishing to make a prize donation or volunteer to assist the fundraiser project is encouraged to contact her.



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Justice Center opens in stages; municipal court now in session By Jeannie Seibert The challenge was to come up with a building that would house the St. Peters police station, the municipal court and an aldermanic chamber and make it look collegiate, welcoming and sophisticated without spending very much money. The result is the new Justice Center at 1020 Grand Teton Dr. which is now partially opened at the corner of Suemandy Drive across from Mid Rivers Mall. “We looked at a lot of other similar sites in eastern Kansas and western Missouri,” said Maj. Mike Townsend with the St. Peters Police Department, who served as the project coordinator. “We went to St. Louis and looked at buildings – even the City Museum and Chesterfield City Hall. “We collaborated on a structure using materials reflective of our heritage and the setting we’re in here in St. Peters; the uses by staff, the board and mayor, and the public,” Townsend said. “Using the Prairie influence, we’ve incorporated the red brick that so influenced early St. Louis buildings, the dolomite limestone along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers with steel elements to come up with a design that should serve this community for a long, long time,” Townsend said. “This is a 100-year building.” The distinctive dome lends itself to longevity as an updated version of the classic domes of the Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. Capitols except “there’s no wasted space,” Townsend said. “Under the (Justice Center) dome is where you’ll find all the HVAC equipment.” The price tag has come in right at $21 million and that is with a couple milliondollar savings on land acquisition through a contribution from the Mid Rivers Mall and other cost-cutting measures. But the bulk of the funding came from a bond issue voters approved in 2007 on a structure that was actually initially envisioned in 2005. Townsend said the St. Peters Facilities Review Committee had identified the need for a police station and municipal court expansion even then. “Later we were informed that the Board of Aldermen wanted to add the aldermanic chamber to the project so that’s what we did,” Townsend said. By vacating the current chamber at City Hall, the aldermen are making way for a performing arts venue for the St. Peters Community & Arts Center. But that will be the final stage to opening the new Justice Center. The municipal court is now opened; the next court date is Sept. 21. With the added parking availability from the Mid Rivers Mall side of Suemandy, the goal is to have court more frequently with day and night sessions.

Next up will be the police station portion of the project. Townsend said the new facility will feature ample space to house 100 police department personnel and all the accoutrement of the modern law enforcement organization including expanded jail space. With doubled the holding facilities that means more prisoners on site and the need for more security. Townsend said that once the old station is removed, the four-bay Sally port will be able to be fully opera-

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Baseball champs By Warren Mayes The 11 members of Midwest Junior Prospects entered the national baseball tournament of 104 teams and finished first. The 12-under age group won the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament held recently at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. Todd Whaley, Tony Perkins, and P.J. Riley were the boys’ coaches. The players were Chase Beiter, John Brinkman, Matt Henry, Jordan Hovey, Luke Kahle, Josh Miller, Justin and Ryan Perkins, Trey Riley, Alex Whaley, and Dylan Williams. Eight of the boys are from St. Charles County while three are from Edwardsville, Ill. It was a total team effort to bring home the championship. “Every one but two kids off of our team hit home runs in this tournament,” Perkins said. “Every one of them also pitched during this week as well. They all contributed significantly throughout the week.” The team went 11-0 at the event to claim the championship. It was unforgettable for everyone involved with the squad. “It was an experience that every player, parent, and coach will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Perkins, who also doubles as the varsity baseball coach


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at Francis Howell High School. “When there’s 104 teams involved, it’s a pretty tough thing to win.” The boys began practice way back in January and started playing games in March. In addition to regular season games, the squad won six tournaments all together. The team finished with a solid 66-15 record. The expectations going into the national tourney at Cooperstown Dreams Park were kept day to day for the Midwest Junior Prospects. “We just wanted to make it to Thursday. We went 11-0 on the tournament and we had to win four games on Thursday,” Perkins said about the final day of play in the event. “Just playing into Thursday is quite an accomplishment considering the teams that were there from all over the country.” In pool play, the Missouri team went 6-0, beating very good teams from Texas and Syracuse, N.Y. The Prospects reached the semifinals and faced California’s Orange County Ball Hawgs. “They were a great team but we put up nine runs in the top of the first,” Perkins said. That put the Missouri youngsters in the championship game against the BPI Eagles

from New Jersey — the No. 1 seeded team in the tournament. The Prospects were the No. 3 seed and the visitors in the game. Perkins said he was expecting a tough game. “One of their players had 16 home runs on the week and 18 is the week-long record,” Perkins said. “We kept him in the park in the game.” The complex has 22 ball fields. However, only one game a week is played on the main field. “The place was packed as they had closing ceremonies, which we missed as well as our opponent did to get prepared for the championship game,” Perkins said. “We knew we were up against a good team but we had been playing awfully well, too and we had pitching left so we felt good about our chances.” It turned out Perkins’ feelings were accurate. The Junior Prospects scored a 15-6 victory in six innings. The BPI Eagles led 3-1 after two innings. The Midwest Junior Prospects raise the trophy. But that was their swansong as far as having the lead. out of reach. The Junior Prospects erupted for five Jordan Hovey was the winning pitcher. runs in the third inning. After scoring one Trey Riley started. in the fourth, the Missouri squad scored “He did an excellent job in relief,” Perfour in the fifth and sixth to put the game kins said about Hovey.

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O’Fallon grapples with staffing issues thanks to tight budget By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Some members of the O’Fallon City Council are confused about just how their imposition of a hiring freeze has been interpreted by city administrators and what the city administration is doing to accommodate a 15-percent loss in revenue. Councilman Dan Haney, Ward 3, said despite a city-wide hiring freeze imposed last year, almost a dozen people were hired and he doesn’t understand why. “I agree it’s up to the city administrator, and I one-hundred percent trust him, but our revenues have gone down 15 percent, so basically we’re doing less with the same amount of people,” Haney said. “Somehow, we have to flip that in doing what every other company in he world is doing, and that’s do more with less. Our staff needs to go down by 15 percent. If we need certain positions, great, but our residents are getting less bang for their buck, not more for less like everyone is doing. I’m not going to let this city become Washington, D.C. where things are out of control. It needs to happen, and it needs to happen in a hurry.” Mayor Bill Hennessy said just because revenue is going down it does not mean services to residents are going down. “We still have to service our residents,”

Hennessy said. Councilman Bob Howell said with the economy the way it is, everyone is cutting back, but the places that are cutting back are losing customers. “I don’t see this city’s population decreasing, so for us to say city government needs to cut back… We’re not losing any residents, so we need every employee we’ve got, whether it’s a matter of taking a day off a week or something of that nature (to reduce costs), but I don’t want anyone to lose their job,” Howell said. “And I think we owe it to our residents to give them the best services possible.” Councilman Mark Perkins, Ward 5, said he was shocked because it sounded like layoffs were being proposed. “I understand that our income, our tax rates, may be down 15 percent, but how does that quantify from our budget standpoint,” Perkins said. Hennessy said, “If someone leaves the city, they are not replaced, to me that is not a layoff. It’s just not replacing them.” Director of Finance Vicki Boschert said operating expenditures have gone down, and on the personnel side, each position is evaluated as someone leaves. The city, she said, has reduced positions, including

building inspectors, administrative assistants, and a couple of police officers. Overall, she said, the city has lost positions. “As far as administration operation of the city, seeing each individual position and whether it is viable, that is not the council’s responsibility. It is the responsibility of our city administrator,” Perkins said. Haney agreed, but said the council, in essence, doesn’t have the charge of looking at all staff positions, but the budget is their responsibility. “We’ve only replaced 12 people in the last year, so one a month is not overly burdensome,” Haney said. “We have let go of some positions, but I’m speaking in terms of 15 percent. We should have reduced 60 people. The budget is down over the last two years, but to say we haven’t replaced five to seven people… In my opinion, we should be down 60. To say five is not adequate.” Haney said he wanted an “absolute” hiring freeze, however, if there is a position that needs to be replaced, city staff should come to the council so budget amendments can be done every time a person leaves. “I would like to know if the council believes the hiring freeze is absolute, and if a replacement is needed, it should pass

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Regional drug enforcement task force receives grant By Jeannie Seibert The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the law enforcement agencies across Missouri that will share almost $7 million in two separate rounds of grants to combat drug-related crimes and strengthen law enforcement efforts. More than $6.7 million in federal grants is being awarded to 27 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces operated by counties and municipalities. Among them are one law enforcement program that coordinates street-level efforts in narcotics investigations; one program that responds to clandestine methamphetamine labs and provides important supplies to emergency response personnel; two prosecution and court programs that investigate domestic crimes or crimes against children; and one program that assists the Department of Public Safety develop crime fighting strategy. The war on drugs in Missouri includes the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force which is coordinated through the Sheriff’s Department but includes the police departments and law enforcement agencies in operation throughout the county. The St. Charles County drug task force will bank $244,446 out of the grant distributions, said Lt. Dave Tieffenbrunn, Sheriff’s Department spokesman. “These grants are applied for on an annual basis to off-set funding to our drug unit,” Tieffenbrunn said. “The money is used to fund officers’ salaries, vehicles, communications equipment and buy-money for the undercover officers.” The grant to the St. Charles County drug task force ensures that the budget cuts local governments are making in many other areas don’t affect the drug enforcement task force’s duties. “This grant provides a link in the chain in

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Junior journalists The journalism program at Francis Howell North (FHN) High School has been awarded the “Journalism Education Association (JEA) First Amendment Press Freedom Award.” FHN was one of only three schools in the country, as well as the first school in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD), to receive the award. The award was presented at the recent JEA/NSPA (National Scholastic Press Association) National Convention in Portland, Ore. According to journalism teacher Aaron Manfull, the award shows that the school and district administrators have the foresight to understand that giving student media the ability to make decisions turns the publication classes into some of the best learning labs in the entire district.

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He covered other options with the aldermen, including another company’s proposal that would cost less but offer less coverage than does the city’s current plan. Markworth wanted to give the aldermen plenty of time to consider the various options while he takes an employee survey to determine their preference. The enrollment period won’t begin until Dec. 1 for the Jan. 1 effective date. “We’re just looking over everything right now to see where we can cut back,” Markworth said. This would include a scale-back of the aggressive street resurfacing plan Public Works Director Derek Koestel had presented to the board last year. “We’re going to stay with it as best we can,” Markworth said. “It just won’t be on the schedule we’d planned. We’re still pursuing other avenues of funding however.” On the plus side of the ledger, Markworth said the city has submitted its proposal to county government to be included in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Thanks to the city of St. Peters’ ceding it’s population to be included in the population count of St. Charles County, it has now been reclassified an urban county and

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dren and grandchildren that I am willing to serve. My wife both grew up in and married into the military. She is familiar with both long hours and deployments, and she understands and respects the importance of fighting for the future of our country.” Matt Simmons, the Democratic candidate for state representative, Dist. 19, serves as vice chair of St. Charles County Ambulance District, as a member of the O’Fallon Traffic Commission and, in the past, has been actively involved as a school board member. He says he already knows there’s no money in public service, so that’s not an issue for him. “I’ve been brought up in a family that believes you have to get involved in your community. That was something preached at our kitchen table,” Simmons said. “You have to get involved if you want to make it a better place to live.” Simmons says he’s “just a middle-class working man,” who, like many people, just want a fair shake. “My father worked his whole life for Anheuser Busch and all we ever wanted was just a fair shake, and I think that’s what any honest, hard-working individual wants,” Simmons said. “I believe if people would just start listening to one another, that’s how problems get solved.


I don’ have an agenda other than seeing that every resident is represented. I’m just like the guy next door who wants to live in a good community with good schools and good services. At the end of the day, I think that’s all anybody wants. I don’t try to impose my philosophical beliefs. I just want to go to Jefferson City and get something done.” Jim Pepper, an O’Fallon councilman, gets paid $7,600 a year, but for years, he worked for free with a variety of city committees and charitable organizations. Pepper, a member of the O’Fallon task

force that recommended putting the Charter question on the ballot, a member of the O’Fallon Charter Commission, O’Fallon’s Advisory Green Council and trustee of his neighborhood homeowners association moved to an official level when he was elected by 48 percent of the vote (with 3 candidates) for the Ward 2 Council seat. “I was shocked, absolutely shocked at the percentage of votes I received,” Pepper said. “Now that I’m official, I figure with all the hours I’ll put in, on a councilman’s stipend, I’ll be making about 37 cents an hour.”

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O’FALLON BUDGET, from page 16 to do this job.” Because sales taxes are down, property tax assessments are depreciating and there is an overall malaise of funding in the city, the O’Fallon City Council agreed earlier this year to also hold wage increases this year for city employees, including those in the Police Department. “If there is a disagreement (on the meaning of the freeze), maybe we need to go with a budget resolution,” Haney said. Haney said he has the utmost trust that the city administrator can make the decision to replace an open position, but, he said he believes the issue should be clarified among council members and the city administration. Councilman Bob Howell, Ward 4, said

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the Hwy. 40 and Technology Drive intersection, opened three-and-a-half years ago. The car dealership also has locations in Troy and Union, Mo. Jim Trenary Chevrolet in O’Fallon offers both new Chevrolets, as well as a great selection of pre-owned cars. Customers can choose from Cobalt, Aveo, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, HHR, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado or Avalanche. And now is a great time to buy a car. Customers looking to purchase a new Chevrolet Silverado truck are in luck. Jim Trenary Chevrolet is now offering $5,000 in rebates or zero- Jack Gonzales is ready to help make car shopping fun. percent financing for 72 months for Silverados, which range from the half-ton to one-ton trucks. Car shoppers looking for a faster ride can check out on the cars have extensive training. the Camaro. Gonzales said Jim Trenary Chevrolet is the “You have a certified technician working on your car top seller of Camaro in both the St. Louis and Midwest when you bring it in,” Gonzales said. Many of the employees at Jim Trenary Chevrolet have regions. Despite a tough economy last year, Gonzales said all been with the company for many years. “Jim’s a very comthree Jim Trenary new car locations exceeded Chevro- passionate person,” Gonzales said. “He’s very personable let’s objectives. He attributed the success of last year to and he really cares about people. He cares about the people hard work and excellent relationships with suppliers who who work for him and he cares about the (customers).” Jim Trenary is active in the community as well. trimmed costs. “Jim was the main sponsor for the Friends of Kids with Training is also a big part of the success at Jim Trenary Chevrolet. All of the employees are GM trained. Sales Cancer golf tournament,” Gonzales said. And he remains people are GM certified and extremely knowledgeable active in the nonprofit, he said.For more information about about the vehicles they sell. And the mechanics working Jim Trenary Chevrolet, visit

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Fall into savings at Helmut Weber’s unique Falcon Crest Fall is not only when we change our clocks back from Daylight Savings Time, it’s also a great time to save at Falcon Crest by Helmut Weber Construction!  “We’re offering all buyers the opportunity to build a new home with some great discounts,” said Sales Manager Sheila Knutson. “First, homebuyers get $10,000 off the base price across the board on any model. Second, buyers have their choice of $10,000 in free options.” But that’s not all, she said. “We’re waiving all lot premiums including those lots that back to treelines or woods. And we have several choice homesites still to choose from.” Despite the slowest housing marketing in years, Falcon Crest has experienced a strong sales pace. “That’s because buyers can see the difference in the quality construction, extensive standard features, choice location, unique Craftsman Design and just so much for their dollar,” Knutson said. Falcon Crest is not only remarkable for its Craftsman styling, but also for the extensive standard features in each home. Some of those include: wood entry foyer, nickel door hardware, built-in microwave vented to the outside, all-Maytag energy efficient appliances including (black on black or white on white)  and smooth top stove, decorative glass panel front door and sidelite, ridge vent in roof and Tyvek Wrap and R-38 Attic Insulation  for maximum energy efficiency, Craftsman-style  mailbox, water line for ice maker and sump pump installed, pest shield, maple cabinetry, single-lever faucets, “prairie” grids in front windows and carriage-style garage doors, vinyl enclosed soffit and fascia. Each

home is also wired for two coachlights, garage door opener and ceiling lights in bedrooms. New home  buyers can choose from two-panel or six-panel interior doors and 3¼- or 4 ¼-inch base and trim. Every yard is completely sodded with a 10-by-10foot patio and street tree. The ranch plan includes a vaulted great room ceiling and the two-story plan includes an upper level laundry room. “Most other builders call our standard features options,” noted Knutson. Falcon Crest has a unique and quaint feel that sets it apart from all the others. With just one builder and the personal attention given to every home they build, Falcon Crest is a step above all the rest, yet with out the price tag. With cooler more comfortable weather now back, home owners are again  enjoying  the walking trails that are fully landscaped with sprinkler systems and resting benches. “The covered pavilion that is complete with picnic tables, grill, shuffleboard and horseshoes is  once again filled with  families and friends enjoying nature a few steps out there door. The pond with its aerator fountain attracts all ages, including wildlife looking for a cool drink,” she said. “One way in and one way out of this community nested in an alcove of trees could not be more inviting to any home owner.” Helmut Weber  invites you to Falcon Crest to compare the value and price to other builders out there.  To visit Falcon Crest take Highway 40 to Highway K,  or I-70 to right on Main Street (K turns into Main Street when you cross over I-70). Go left on Civic Park Drive to right on Emge. Follow Emge back to left into Falcon Crest. Call 636-379-2009.

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Is this a breather or a double dip? Seems like Washington has a bureau for everything. The most important one right now is the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) which announced that the growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter went down from 2.4% to 1.6% percent. What that means in laymen’s terms is that there is now a greater possibility of the economy suffering a double-dip recession, although most economists continue to believe that this won’t happen. Traditionally, housing has been the engine that pulls the economy back on track. Locally, the phones continue to ring at Gershman Mortgage where borrowers can still get an adjustable rate loan at 3.25%. The national average rate for a 30-year fixed loan was still a friendly 4.35% last week. These record low rates and falling home

prices have made housing more affordable than 20 or 30 years, but this good news has had little effect on sales. TThe bottom line, though - and you’ve heard it before - right now really is the ideal time to buy a new home. Here’s what else is happening: Thomas & Suit Homes, whose Wyndgate Forest keeps drawing rave reviews from buyers, is now expanding to Sommers Landing and the Enclave at Sommers Pointe, both on Highway N just south of Highway 40. Prices start in the $270’s. With the Sommers openings, Thomas & Suit is introducing six new floor plans ranging from 1,800 to more than 3,300 square feet. Or, if you prefer, Thomas & Suit will build any home from its extensive design portfolio currently being built at Wyndgate Forest. One of the

new models called the Alberta is under construction at the Enclave at Sommers Pointe. The 2,225-square-foot great room design features a private master suite away from other two bedrooms, hearth room and even an “Electronic Drop Zone” an area directly off the garage with spots for charging laptops and cell phones. Thomas & Suit has homesites available at Wyndgate Forest in O’Fallon, Sommers Landing and the Enclave at Sommers Pointe in Lake St. Louis, and Boulder Ridge in Wentzville. Visit, or call 636-5612120. To reach the central sales office at Wyndgate Forest take Highway 40 to south on Highway N 1.5 miles. With the weather beginning to change, you can “fall” into some great savings at Falcon Crest by Helmut Weber Construction. Puns aside, buyers have the opportunity to build a new home with some great discounts, said Sales Manager Sheila Knutson. “First, homebuyers get $10,000 off the base price across the board on any model. Second, buyers have their choice of $10,000 in free options.” Falcon Crest, on Emge Road off Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon, features homes with Craftsman styling for an authentic Americana ambience. Call Sheila Knutson at 636-379-2009 for details or visit www.hwcstlcom. McKelvey Homes’ success during the worst recession in our country’s history

made it the subject of a feature article this month in Nation’s Building News, the online weekly newspaper of the National Association of Home Builders. McKelvey is the only local builder able to increase its home sales in 2009, an achievement that President Jim Brennan attributes to conservative business practices, an established reputation for quality and the ability to adapt quickly to changing demand. “McKelvey is now on track to double its home sales this year and make significant headway in digging out of the worst housing downturn in generations,” the article stated. McKelvey is celebrating a “grand opening weekend” with new displays at four communities. Still celebrating its 40th birthday, Greater Missouri Builders is offering savings up to $75,000 on inventory homes and a whopping $99,000 on a former display, reports Sales Manager Kim Whalen. At Fountain Plaza in Ellisville, GMB has a 2,000-square-foot ranch with two bedrooms, two baths, a gourmet kitchen and hearth room with see-through fireplace for $420,000, a savings of $74,478. Call 314581-5944 for information about it and other inventory homes. GMB also is celebrating the grand opening of Grover Crossing is opening this Sunday, Sept. 19.  The community is near Wildwood and its Town Center at Manchester and Brown roads.

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Fuijyama Grill & Sushi brings flavors of Japan to O’Fallon By SUZANNE CORBETT Fujiyama is more than Japan’s highest mountain; it is among the country’s most recognizable national symbols, a fact Benny Qiu decided to embrace when choosing a name for his new O’Fallon restaurant. “When you see Fujiyama, there’s no mistake it’s Japanese,” Benny Qiu, owner of Fujiyama Grill & Sushi, said. “That’s why I named my restaurant Fujiyama; so everyone will know that the kind of food we serve is Japanese.” Qiu’s focus for Fujiyama is simple – to provide quality Japanese food that is prepared fresh and served fast, a unique concept for a cuisine that is not typically associated with speed. Yet, at Fujiyama, such service is provided daily. When asked what sets Japanese food apart from other styles of Asian cuisine, Qiu said, “Japanese cooking is fragrant and full of flavor, especially when it’s made with homemade sauces and fresh ingredients.” Qiu takes special pride in Fujiyama’s house-made teriyaki sauce, which, from start to finish, takes 12 hours to achieve the correct flavor balance. “It takes two hours to make the sauce,” Qiu said. “That’s why it tastes so good. It takes time to do it right. The same

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is true for sushi, which takes five years of experience to master.” Fujiyama’s master sushi chefs offer an impressive repertoire with 31 different sushi rolls listed on the menu, including classic sushi combinations such as the Yellowtail Roll, the California Roll, the Philadelphia Roll and the Shrimp Tempera Roll. Also among the list are items such as the Crazy Dragon Roll (a California roll wrapped with eel and avocado) and the Christmas Tree Roll (tuna, yellowtail, scallion, avocado and masago, Japanese-style caviar). Fujiyama’s most creative sushi rolls are found written on white paper and taped to the front of the order counter. There, at least a dozen more off-the-menu sushi specials are available from which to choose. New inventive combinations are created weekly. “The NY Giant Roll is very popular along with the Cardinal Roll,” Qiu said. For the Rams fans, there is a Rams Roll (fried crab meat with cream cheese and avocado, topped with shrimp and spicy mayo). Also to be enjoyed is the teriyaki grill, placed in full view for patrons to watch while their teriyaki order is cooked. Fujiyama Grill & Sushi Owner Benny Qiu. Teriyaki entrees are served with fried or white rice and a vegetable. If patrons are not hungry for a full meal, an Express Bowl is recommended, which includes white rice The amazing food is not the only thing to enjoy. An topped with the choice of teriyaki-grilled meat. assortment of decorative Japanese calligraphy hangs on Smaller plate options include appetizers and salads. Top the wall for inspiration. picks are the edamame, gyoza (Japanese-style, pan-fried “Those mean opportunity and hope,” Qiu said, translatdumplings), the seaweed salad or a simple house salad ing the meaning of the calligraphy. “I hope everyone will tossed with Fujiyama’s own ginger dressing. have the opportunity to come to Fujiyama and eat often.”

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