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Cohabitation laws vary from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction. Maintenance or alimony may either be reduced, terminated, or remain completely unaffected even upon finding that the recipient former spouse is cohabitating with a new partner, depending on where he or she lives or where the divorce took place.

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In an article written by Diane L. Danois, J.D., she poses the question, “Under what scenario is it fair or equitable to force the alimony obligation in the face of overwhelming evidence of cohabitation?” Danois answers her own question by asking additional ones: “In the face of a finding of cohabitation, under what circumstance should the continuation of alimony (maintenance) be appropriate? Under what circumstance should it be deemed inequitable or inappropriate?” Due to the fact that every family law situation is unique, every issue should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Syria and Obama I cannot see why even a single American, a single Israeli or a single Syrian civilian should be killed as a result of a token U.S. military action, undertaken simply to spare Barack Obama the embarrassment of doing nothing, after his ill-advised public ultimatum to the Syrian government to not use chemical weapons was ignored. Some people say that some military response is necessary, not to spare Obama a personal humiliation, but to spare the American presidency from losing all credibility – and therefore losing the ability to deter future threats to the United States without bloodshed. There is no question that the credibility of the presidency – regardless of who holds that office – is a major asset of this country. Another way of saying the same thing is that Obama has recklessly risked the credibility of future presidents, and the future safety of this country, by his glib words and weak actions. Some people who disagree with Obama’s issuance of a public ultimatum to the Assad regime in the first place, and who also disagree with his recent threat of military action against Syria, nevertheless say that we must back up that threat now, simply to forestall future dangers from a loss of American credibility in the eyes of other countries, including both our enemies and our allies. But will a transparently token military action preserve American credibility? And dare we risk an unintended escalation, such as began both World Wars in the 20th century? Since so little real history is taught in even our prestigious colleges and universities, it may be worth noting how World War II – the most catastrophic war in human history – began. When a weak and vacillating leader, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, belatedly saw Hitler for what he was, after years of trying to appease him, he issued a public ultimatum that if Germany carried out its impending invasion of Poland, Britain would declare war. By this time, Hitler had only contempt for Chamberlain, as Putin today has only contempt for Obama. Hitler went ahead with his invasion of Poland. Chamberlain then felt he had to declare war. That is how World War II began. Britain’s action did not save Poland, but only jeopardized its


own survival. Unintended consequences are at least as common in military actions on the world stage as they are in domestic policies that start out with lofty words and end with sordid and even catastrophic consequences. Assurances from either President Obama or Sen. John McCain as to the limited nature of the military actions they advocate mean nothing. As someone said, long ago, once the shooting starts all plans go out the window. If a purely token military strike will do little or nothing more to preserve our national credibility than will a failure to act at all, why get people killed to spare Obama a personal humiliation? This man’s runaway ego has already produced too many disasters at home and abroad, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. A personal humiliation may be all that can make him stop and think before shooting off his mouth in the future, without thinking through the consequences beforehand – as he clearly has not done in this case, as shown by his recent delays and vacillations. Nor is it at all clear that his previous policies and actions in the Middle East were well thought out, unless he was deliberately trying to weaken the position of the Western world, including Israel. Whatever the Obama rhetoric, the reality is that his policies in Egypt and Libya have led to replacing stable regimes, at peace with Israel and the West, and tolerant of their own Christian minorities, with chaotic regimes in which fanatical antiWestern terrorists have played a large and growing role, with hostility to Israel and murderous attacks on Christians in their own country. Obama will try to salvage his policy and his presidency with a speech to the nation. Rhetoric is his strong suit. The big question is: How many Americans have learned to distinguish between his soaring words and his sorry record? Matters of life and death can hinge on the answer to that question.

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To the Editor: In the Aug. 28, 2013 issue of MRN under the News Briefs section the article “FHSD tuition wanted” discusses the fact that the school districts transferring out students and/ DESE can default on the approximate $11,000 per student annual fee to be paid to the receiving school districts. This sounds like a “trick bag” the receiving school districts have gotten themselves into through no fault of their own. I believe all students should get the best education available as a student right, however, the underhanded methods our governmental officials have signed into law are criminal. According to the article, the way the law is written has opened Pandora’s box allowing the outgoing transferring school districts and DESE not to be held accountable for their debt to the receiving school districts. This makes the receiving districts having to absorb the additional educating costs of the incoming students, which could eventually result in property tax increases to homeowners within those districts should payment default occur. Knowing that, what’s to keep the defaults from occurring? Why wouldn’t the outgoing districts keep the money since their student population has lowered, allowing them to do more with their tax budget? All citizens should get with their politicians and let them know these loopholes must be removed from the existing policy. Doug Kalusniak


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To the Editor: I would like to take a few minutes to write about FISH of St. Charles County. FISH was founded in 1969, in order to serve the needy of St. Charles County. The organization provides emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, housewares, and linens. Referrals from the Division of Family Services, social service agencies, and local churches account for over 90 percent of their clients. Twelve local churches provide needed food items to the organization on a monthly basis. They also operate a thrift store which is open to the general public. Without any paid employees, FISH is completely managed and operated by more than 80 volunteers.  The average age of a volunteer is 75, and many have served the organization for over 15 years. FISH distributes over 60,000 clothing units and 3,000 pairs of shoes to over 5,500 adults and children each year. Food is also provided for over 3,000 adults and children annually. Poverty does not take a holiday.

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News Br iefs ST. CHARLES COUNTY Helping the habitat In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and Greenway Network are teaming up to restore habitat for wildlife in Broemmelsiek Park on Sept. 28. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., families with young children are encouraged to participate in a planting opportunity in a designated area of the park. From 9 a.m. to noon, adults, groups, and others will plant native trees and shrubs to create a wildlife habitat for a variety of animals and songbirds. “Volunteers of all ages will come together to share this national day of stewardship and plant more than 500 trees and shrubs donated by the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for the event,” said Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. To register to assist with this park volunteer opportunity, email St. Charles County Parks Natural Resource Supervisor Ben Grossman at

Bridge opens for Phase 3 The new Gutermuth Road Bridge over the future Hwy. 364 Page Avenue Extension was officially opened on Aug. 30. The bridge is the first piece of construction to open on Phase 3 of the Hwy. 364 Page Extension. “Work on Phase 3 started this May and now we’re already celebrating the first construction milestone. MoDOT and Page Constructors are doing an amazing job. Citizens will certainly be happy when this phase opens next fall,” said St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Phase 3 of the Hwy. 364 Page Extension is a $118.2 million roadway project that includes construction of a four-lane divided highway from Mid Rivers Mall Drive to

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Communications improve The severe tornado and flooding this summer brought the need for St. Charles County’s new Emergency Radio Communications System home for local first responders. In an update about the new system given during the St. Charles County Council Work Session on Aug. 26, Cottleville Fire Protection District Chief Rob Wylie and St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer spoke about the challenges their departments faced after the May 31 tornado, and how the new system will improve daily communications. “Almost immediately with the existing system, communications became a real challenge,” said Wylie, who served as incident commander during the storm. The overwhelming volume of calls to dispatch and lack of cellphone service were just part of the difficulties first responders encountered. “Everyone was on different (radio) frequencies and it was hard to coordinate activities,” said Wylie. “With the new radio system, it (response) will come together faster and in a way that is more coordinated.” The county’s new system is part of a larger system being implemented concurrently in both St. Louis and Jefferson counties, increasing the capability of the entire metropolitan St. Louis area in responding to major disasters. The new system will allow first responders to communicate with one another directly through a task or work group assigned for an incident. “(Currently) EMS, fire and the State Highway Patrol, we can’t talk to each other. This will be beneficial on an everyday basis,” said


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Checkpoint nets 18 arrests Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2012, 230 people were killed and 868 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. The O’Fallon Police Department made 18 arrests during its DWI Checkpoints on Aug. 24. During the enforcement effort, O’Fallon police officers checked a total of 1,203 vehicles at two separate checkpoint locations. The enforcement yielded five DWI arrests, four Driving While Suspended arrests, two Fugitive arrests, six Misdemeanor Drug Possession arrests and one Felony Drug Possession arrest.

Robbers still at large Police are still looking for two suspects accused of a strong armed robbery at a grocery store on Sept. 5. According to police, the female suspect selected five bottles of alcohol in the Shop n’ Save in the 1400 block of Mexico Loop Road East. The male suspect packaged the bottles in a bag and walked past all points of sale exiting near the cart vestibule area. A store employee confronted the suspect and the suspect attempted to prevent the employee from regaining the property. A struggle ensued in which the employee was injured. The male suspect fled on foot and the female suspect was last seen entering a van which fled the area. The van was described as a white conversion van with two horizontal stripes that extended downward on

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ST. PETERS Drunk drivers St. Peters Police Department joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign on Aug. 16 through Sept. 2. More than seven drunk drivers were arrested in St. Peters during the drunk driving crackdown. During the 2012 Labor Day weekend in Missouri, three people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving impaired drivers or motorcycle riders. “I am proud of our officers for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Police Chief Jeff Finkelstein.

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Woman found in river A 38-year-old St. Charles woman was found dead in the Missouri River on Sept. 4. The woman has been identified as Jackie L. Felts of the 1200 block of Cunningham. She was reported missing the night before and her body was found at 1 a.m. on Sept. 4. Her vehicle was found by police in Ed Bales area of Dusable Park in St. Charles. A cause of death has not been determined. “The investigation is still ongoing but at this time we are not suspecting any foul play,” said Sgt. Todd Wilson, with the St. Charles Police Department.

Free trees for residents The Missouri Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri are offering free trees of several different species to Weldon Spring residents and business owners. “Forest Releaf is offering these trees to city residents and businesses free of charge due to the tornado damage which took out hundreds of mature healthy trees,” said City Administrator Michael Padella. “Normally Forest Releaf only offers free or discounted trees to public entities or not-for-profits. We are excited to be working with them to offer this great benefit to property owners in the city.” Mickie Ball, resident and former alderwoman, is the point of contact for residents to order trees. “Once all the orders are in city staff is going to go and pick up the trees and bring them to the City Park for residents who have placed orders to pick up,” said Padella. To place an order, residents can call Ball at 314-369-6660.

ST. CHARLES Man wins $5 million lottery A 50-year-old St. Charles man will retire early after winning $5 million in the Missouri Lottery. Bill Graham is the first player to uncover a top prize on a “$5,000,000 Jackpot” Scratchers ticket. While between appointments on Aug. 27, the sales representative stopped at ZX Dunn Road, 3555 Dunn Road, in St. Louis.

SCC Website helps transition The new website,, was launched by St. Charles Community College to help students successfully transition from K-12 to college and then a career. Students will find resources to plan, prepare and succeed in college, with tips on choosing the right college, keeping college affordable, studying and note taking. They also will learn how to choose a career path and be job-ready. “We realize it can be difficult to know what questions to ask about college and career, particularly if this is the first time down that path,” said Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president, St. Charles Community College. “The website provides helpful information to students so they can make good choices.” The site is the latest effort at SCC to address college and career readiness. SCC also offers a number of developmental courses, programs and support services, and works closely with its K-12 partners and employers in fields related to its academic offerings, to provide opportunities for students. “SCC offers excellent academic and personal support, but many high school students don’t know everything that’s available at the college level – here or at other colleges,” said Martha Toebben, career services manager. “This website allows access to much-needed information while students are considering their options – before they choose which college to attend, or which career to pursue.”



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By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Another attempt at a countywide smoking ban may be a work in progress for now as members of the St. Charles County Council take up the issue again. Councilman Joe Cronin, District 1, introduced a bill at the council’s Sept. 10 meeting to ban smoking in all businesses and enclosed public places except those that do not allow people under age 21 as customers or employees. The bill provides an exemption for many bars and the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.

“Reasonably written smoking laws can be a very minimal intrusion on business rights and they can have tremendous health benefits especially for the young,” Cronin said. “That’s why I wrote the bill.” His goal is to protect young people from secondhand smoke, he said. Cronin’s bill comes after the Council approved placing two smoking propositions before the voters last year — one a total ban and the other offering exemptions with a 21-year-old and older age limit. St. Charles Circuit Judge Ted House ruled against placing the propositions on the Nov. 6, 2012, ballot, citing inconsistent language. Cronin said his new bill was a “compromise” that would not tie the hands of future councils, allowing them to make changes. An ordinance could be changed by the council but any stricter proposition approved by voters would take a vote of the people to change it. There also is nothing stopping an antismoking group from mounting a petition drive to place a more restrictive measure on the ballot, he said. But Cronin’s bill drew a mixed response and he conceded it needed to

be “fine-tuned.” Councilman Joe Brazil, District 2, said he would oppose it. “I think this bill creates a lot of other problems,” Brazil said. Parents should be able to stop their children from going into smoky bars, he said. The bill might limit kids from going into VFW and American Legion posts, he said. “I don’t think the county needs to get involved in making these kinds of decisions when they can make their own independent decisions,” Brazil said. “They (customers) can choose to go into that place; they can choose not to go into that place.” Local restrictions on the hospitality industry are becoming more pronounced, he said. “It’s another way of whittling away that stick of freedom,” he said. “It’s getting smaller, and smaller and smaller.” The bill drew some support from Council Chairperson Terry Hollander, District 5, but questions from other councilmen. Councilman Jack Elam, District 3, questioned if the people could be protected from everything. “Where do you draw the line?” Elam asked. The bill also drew a skeptical response from St. Charles City Council President Dave Beckering who said that St. Charles

councilmembers are drafting a bill that would require all businesses to post smoking or non-smoking signs. “That’s it, we’re not going to do anything beyond that,” Beckering said. Beckering said there wasn’t a consensus on the issue in the county. “Let businesses decide,” he said. “We’re asking that you stay out of our business.” Current smoking bans in O’Fallon and Lake Saint Louis would remain and individual municipalities and cities could pass stricter laws if the bill passes. Carol Gold, the owner of South 94 Bistro, said the bill will mean that the county is picking “winners and losers.” She added, “I think it should be our choice to decide if it’s a smoking establishment or nonsmoking establishment. It shouldn’t be left up to the Council or voters. They’re not paying our taxes. Stay out of their business.” But Sharon Lee, who manages the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, said she’s against secondhand smoke. “Some may say it (the bill) doesn’t go far enough,” Lee said. “We have to start somewhere.”

Lake Saint Louis approves site plan, rezoning for senior care facility By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Lake Saint Louis has approved a site plan and rezoning for the construction of a proposed senior care and retirement community. The Board of Aldermen has approved the rezoning of 37.29 acres from non urban to business park as well as a site plan to allow a proposed senior care and retirement center. Lutheran Senior Services wants to develop four buildings during a first phase of construction. The buildings include two four-story independent living apartment buildings, a four-story health center building with 80 beds for long term and assisted living care, and a two-story center that would include dining, activity spaces, and marketing and administrative offices. The 37.29-acre tract is between Civic Park Drive and Freymuth Road, bounded by Dauphine Road to the east. Construction on first phase could begin in 2015, with a full build out of the project in five years. Lutheran Services was attracted to the site because the city lacks a living and care facility for older adults. The site is also accessible to shopping and health care and is adjacent to Living Lord Lutheran Church. An earlier proposal for a similar but higher density development in 2008 drew

strong opposition because of concerns about protecting trees and open space, traffic congestion, landscaping and stormwater flow, and access to the site through nearby subdivisions. About 26 acres of woods and grasslands will remain, providing a buffer between the development and nearby homes. Most of the storm water from the site will be directed to an existing stream channel on the west side of the site and flow under I-64 into the Peruque Creek. A number of “best management practices” for stormwater quality, including rain gardens, will be used to reduce pollution and other impacts. An emergency exit that leads to a road though Seasons Parkway subdivision would be gated and only used by fire or other emergency responders. The site would be primarily served by a “ring road” around the site. Steve Schertel, the city’s community development director, said major concerns voiced by nearby residents about a temporary construction road have been addressed. Instead of a permanent access off Freymuth Road, a construction entrance would be built off the road to allow construction equipment to be hauled to the site. The road would not be used for permanent construction activity but as an entrance for workers to arrive and park during workdays.

A more permanent construction entrance of a certificate of need by the Missouri would be built off Civic Park Drive. Health Facilities Review Committee, Further expansion of the health center which oversees requests for additional and another building adding more than senior living and hospital beds in the state. 150 beds could be part of a future developIn general, city officials praised the plan. ment phase. That expansion could include The new facility would not provide addianother 73-unit apartment building over tional tax revenue because Luther Senior an underground parking garage, a second Services is a nonprofit organization and future health center with 80 more beds and exempt from paying taxes. But it would add four one-story cottages. a service that the city lacks because it doesn’t The development also requires approval have a similar development for seniors.

9/11 ceremony Barbara McLaurine of Progress West Hospital told those in attendance “we must never forget” during Sept. 11 Commemoration Ceremonies held at the hospital and at the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s offices. Ceremonies were held at 7:46 a.m. commemorating the moment when AA Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center (WTC) Tower North; 8:03 a.m., when United Flight 175 struck the WTC Tower South; 8:37 a.m., when the AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon; and at 9:03 a.m., when United Barbara McLaurine Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa.



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O’Fallon’s 9/11 Memorial Service remembers first responders Now, 12 years later, Hennessy talked of the pride he feels in remembering those first responders, firefighters and police who thought not of themselves, but of others on that fateful day. “We united in adversity; we donated money, gave blood and raised our flags in patriotism,” Hennessy said. “I am proud of Americans and I am reminded how proud we are of those who protect and serve. This memorial is dedicated to those first responders who went into the burning World Trade Center as others were running from it. This monument is a testament to what Americans are capable of.” Police Chief Roy Joachimstaller said during his 40 years he has served as a law enforcement officer, one underlying truth is the commitment to community and Memorial services were held before the 9/11 Monument, a 17-foot structure created from 22 the capacity to go into dangerous places tons of charred and crumpled steel salvaged from the decimated New York World Trade Center. among those who serve. (MRN photo) “I’m not surprised that there were 1,000 strong answering a call as thousands were By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY Township, Pa. fleeing,” Joachimstaller said. “There were It was a somber event laden with pride “Twelve years ago, a series of events 346 police and 37 firefighters killed. It as the city of O’Fallon held a memorial changed our country and our world,” said is not known how many were saved, but service on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy standing numbers were significant. Getting people terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 in front of a the city’s 9/11 Monument, a out of that building was all in a day’s work Americans at the World Trade Center, the 17-foot structure created from 22 tons of for these first responders.” Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight charred steel salvaged from the decimated Joachimstaller said police, firefighters 93 as it crashed into a field near Stonycreek New York World Trade Center. and emergency medical technicians see

people at their worst and most vulnerable times, yet fearlessly do their jobs no matter how bad the conditions. “On 9/11, these ordinary citizens entered into an element of war,” Joachimstaller said. “We remember those who died and those who were saved, and now, not unlike 9/11, our commitment will never end.” O’Fallon Police Chaplain Brandon Buford led the crowd of about 200 in prayer. Taz Meyer, chief of the St. Charles County Ambulance District, and Mike Ballman, chief of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, stood in honor. Members of the O’Fallon Police and Fire District served as color guards and fire trucks sounded oneminute sirens in memory and respect. Councilman Bob Howell joined the crowd who joined in the service, placing a white carnation at the base of the monument. On Sept. 11, 2005, the city of O’Fallon dedicated a memorial to America’s First Responders: the police, firefighters and paramedics who are the first to respond to an emergency. A plaque at the site lists the victims of the terrorist attacks on the nation including the names of 346 firefighters and 37 police officers who perished as they attempted to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

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out the weekend.   “Carnival rides will be available for young and old alike and we expect that this year’s attendance will top the approximately 10,000 people who attended our event last year,” Little said. Little said the event is a fundraiser for the Ambassadors, and the proceeds will benefit the community activities such as the Boy Scouts, Sharing and Caring Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Family, two $1,000 college scholarships that are awarded annually to local high school students and many other worthwhile local charities. “It is a wonderful, family-friendly event and the funds go toward a lot of good causes,” said Little. “We are a civic organization that works to improve, support and benefit our community and the event usually has the air of a large community-family event.”  The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.  “Each year it has grown and developed into a respected and recognized event on the Lake Saint Louis calendar,” Little said.




Former Cottleville assistant fire chief now leads Chino Valley By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY Following an eight-month search and reviews of an extensive pool of applicants, former Cottleville Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Scott Freitag is now chief of the Chino Valley Fire District in Arizona. Freitag worked as a dispatcher/EMT and paramedic for St. Charles County Ambulance District, and then spent 10 years with the St. Charles City Fire Department, working his way up through the ranks. He has served for the past eight years as the assistant chief of operations of the Cottleville Fire Protection District, and before accepting the Chino Valley chief position, taught fire and emergency services management as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University. “I tried to do my best for the taxpayers in the Cottleville Fire Protection District, but I aspired to be a fire chief and have been looking for those opportunities,” Freitag said. “I found a really good place that’s a great fit for my family and it was a good time to move.” Freitag, along with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Andrew, relocated to Chino Valley in late August and closed on their new residence Sept.10. He says it’s a beautiful place surrounded by mountains that he believes will not only help him grow as a leader, but will be a good place for his family. “In Missouri we didn’t have wildfires, and now I’m in the middle of them,” Freitag said. “Your tactics and strategies are different, and most of my guys are cross trained at wild land and structural fires. There is also a large number of paramedics in the department. Chiefs don’t have to fight the fires, but I’ll be going through the (wildfire) training to understand it better. It’s a specialized area to understand.” Freitag said the community of Chino Valley was heavily impacted by the Yarnell Fire that killed 19 “hotshots,” destroyed 50 residences and threatened 500 homes. Many of the hotshots, were part of the fire department adjacent to Chino Valley — firefighters that often worked closely with Freitag’s men. He said most of the firefighters in Chino Valley knew at least somebody there. One of the Chino Valley captains had a son who was one of the hotshots killed, Freitag said. “When I was looking for a chief’s position, I was looking specifically for a place I could move and be part of the fabric of the community, someplace that I felt comfortable bringing my family and someplace I thought they would enjoy,” he said. “Chino fit the bill. That’s why when they offered me the job not only were we very excited, but we made the conscious decision that we would live in the town of Chino Valley and that my son would attend Chino Valley High School and support the local school system.” He added, “Everybody in the state that knows anything about Chino Valley Fire District says this is a top-notch, top-rated fire

district with a lot of talented individuals. So I was very excited to be able to come work with all of the firefighters and staff of the CVFD, and really help them achieve what they want to achieve within our fire district.” Chino Valley is a small town of about 64 square miles with only 14,000 residents compared to Cottleville where the district served 42,000 residents within five different municipalities. “Even though we’re a smaller community, we’re running 2,600 to 2,800 calls per year. We were running 3,200 calls per year in the

Cottleville district with more people,” Freitag said. “For a small community, we are fairly busy, and with most being certified paramedics it’s an added value to the community.” Chino Valley Fire District Board Chairman Rich Force said Freitag was the unanimous choice among five finalists interviewed. Cottleville Fire Chief Rob Wylie said to replace Freitag, the department promoted from within, promoting former Captain Craig Tihen to the assistant chief position. Tihen has been a captain with CFPD for about 13 years and started with the depart-

ment in 1994. “We’re really looking forward to having him on the staff and he will bring a lot of good ideas to help move forward,” Wylie said. “It’s always a sign of a real healthy organization to promote from inside. It’s always been my goal to mentor and find those who want to move up and to get the education and training they need to stay in-house. It’s much better for morale and the guys know that if they get the experience, education and training that they have a good shot at a promotion. It’s much less of a ripple on the organization.”

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posted includes the admonition that “no drinks, candy, tobacco, popcorn, gum, alcohol or food of any kind shall be permitted in the pool or within the required walkways of the pool.” He added, “So that means if I live in a private subdivision or I live in a private condominium, and I paid my dues, I can’t have a beer by my pool. That’s ridiculous; it doesn’t make any sense to me.” Brazil said he was guilty like the rest of the Council for going along with provisions of the code they didn’t know they were passing several years ago. “You can’t even chew a stick of gum,” he said. Enforcing provisions listed in the ordinance also may be difficult, he said. County Executive Steve Ehlmann agreed. “I just think we’re going to have a hard time enforcing No. 7, too,” he said, looking at the list. No. 7 notes that “if incontinent, wear tightfitting rubber or plastic pants or a swim diaper.” The county should be careful about regulating private pools, Brazil said. “That’s none of our business, that’s up to the condominium association or subdivision,” Brazil said. “They need to make those rules.”

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By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY Plans have been in the making for some time, but last weekend, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2866 unveiled its new monument honoring the veterans of St. Charles County for their selflessness in fighting to keep our country free. Celebrating 80 years of helping veterans and their families, the Post held a picnic and dedication ceremony, proudly showing off its new, 10-foot granite monument. Members and those in the ladies auxiliary gathered for in a modest dedication ceremony filled with prayers and accolades, but mostly, they felt pride in fulfilling an $8,000 fundraising drive accomplished for their 80th anniversary. Commander and Vietnam War veteran Paul Schmidt addressed a crowd of about 100 people who joined for the dedication and picnic. “We dedicate this monument to the fallen heroes of St. Charles County who made the ultimate sacrifice so our future generations can enjoy the freedoms of this great country,” said Schmidt, reflecting on the inscription on the monument. Post 2866 Chaplain Tom Bieser, a Vietnam War veteran, led prayers, Korean War veteran

Clarence Schlueter and Ladies Auxiliary President Marci Murphy placed a red, white and blue wreath at the monument and Korean War veteran Donald Baur of the Korean Veteran Chapter 6 Association played taps. Auxiliary President Marci Murphy said, “The monument is just one of the many, many things we do for veterans.” Kathleen Ditch, first vice president of the Ladies Auxiliary, said the monument is dedicated to veterans of all wars, those who were killed in service as well as prisoners of war. A bronze POW plaque has been placed at its base and insignias of the Korean, World War II, Vietnam and Middle East conflicts are prominently engraved. “We are so excited to add this beautiful monument to our grounds,” said Auxiliary member and communications liaison Debbie Lynam of St. Peters. “The new monument will provide a visible backdrop for veterans’ events and other honorary ceremonies, and serve as a constant remembrance to those veterans we serve and remember.” The Post, named Kohl-Jeck Post 2866, honors the first two soldiers from the St. Charles County area that were killed in service during 1933. Post 2866 is situated on 15 acres off Hwy. 94 and Pralle Road.



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The 11th Judicial Circuit’s Adult Drug Court celebrated its 1,000th graduate last month. Speakers and attendees include, left to right, Associate Circuit and Drug Court Judge Phil Ohlms, State Sen. Tom Dempsey, Presiding 11th District Judge Richard Zerr, and Julie Seymore, drug court administrator.

Drug Court offers participants a tough alternative to prison time By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH The graduation ceremony was short on caps and gowns but participants could have easily been outfitted in jail garb if they hadn’t finished the course of study. And the 25 men and women who graduated last month from the 11th Judicial Circuit Drug Court were thankful. “To have an alternative to prison, I’m extremely grateful for that,” said “Linda M.,” one of the graduates who participated in the ceremony and spoke to the audience after receiving her graduation certificate. But the graduation at the St. Charles County Administration Building was special in another way. The ceremony also marked the 1,000th graduate from the county’s adult drug program in the county, which began in 2000. Drug Court programs offer substance abuse offenders a chance to enter a recovery program instead of serving jail time. These judicially supervised courts are strict and intense, requiring participants to be tested frequently, to attend meetings, to do community service and appear before a judge. Those who meet the programs requirements, including employment, can “graduate.” Each participant receives a certificate and more importantly court documents with findings that show they have met probation requirements. “Today brings a fresh start, a clean slate,” said State Sen.Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles County, the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Dempsey spoke in a crowded room that included graduates, family members and friends, law enforcement and court officials and judges. In Missouri, 13,000 adults have graduated from the program since courts began

in 1993, he said. Dempsey said 90 percent of drug court graduates never return to the criminal justice system. “Eighty to 85 percent don’t have any contact with police, even an arrest,” said Associate Circuit and Drug Court Judge Phil Ohlms. Ohlms said each year the 11 Judicial Districts’ Drug Court may have 230 or more participants. “The reason we’ve gone from 13 people 13 years ago to 230 is that we can show it does work,” Ohlms said. “That’s why at a time decreasing state budgets, we’ve been able to maintain our funding.” But Ohlms and many of those coming forward for their certificates said the program isn’t easy. Court sessions are scheduled early in the morning and the afternoon. Participants who can’t drive because of substance abuse issues must work with probation officers and counselors at Bridgeway Behavioral Health of St. Charles, the agency that handles the substance abuse treatment. Some participants have ridden bicycles to get to court session. Participants also pay fees. Matt, another graduate, said it took him seven months before he could admit he was an addict. Now, he’s received scholarship offers from a college. Drugs aren’t just a legal issue, he said. “Drug court addresses the health problem instead of putting us in prison,” he said. A smart person told another participant that in six months she would be a different person. That turned out to be true, said another graduate. “I not only got sobriety from this program, but I learned a whole lot about myself and I kind of like myself now,” she said.



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Bu llet i n Boa rd FRANCIS HOWELL Golf tournament The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will hold a Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 4, at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. The tournament, designed to bring together district alumni, local businesses, and the FHSD community for an afternoon of fun, will help fund the establishment of an Alumni Association in the district. Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by a shotgun start and tournament play at 11 a.m. The cost to play in the tournament is $125 per person and includes green fees, golf cart, on course non-alcoholic beverages, lunch, buffet dinner, and a chance to win various prizes. The entry deadline is Oct. 25. For more information, visit

Promise to play Hollenbeck Middle School has teamed with the St. Louis Rams football team for the National Football League Play 60 program. This year-long program emphasizes and encourages students to participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Hollenbeck students will be taking part in the Play 60 Challenge throughout the school year, where they will be asked to keep track of their physical activity each day for one month. To kick off the NFL Play 60 program Hollenbeck Middle School students spent Sept. 2 through Sept. 6 competing in different football competition in physical education classes. On Sept. 6 students were encouraged to wear their St. Louis Rams and NFL gear to celebrate the start of the NFL Play 60 Program and the NFL season. The NFL Play 60 Program is accompanied by the Fuel Up to Play 60 program which emphasizes healthy eating habits. In this program students will learn about ways to make healthy eating decisions. Students will also learn what types of food they should be eating to fuel their body for physical activity. To learn more about the NFL Pay 60 program visit

Board policies go paperless

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) board policies and regulations will be accessible on the FHSD BoardDocs website. BoardDocs is a paperless means of accessing all FHSD Board of Education agendas, minutes, documents and additional supporting materials. The FHSD board policies and regulations are made available online to enable all stakeholders in the FHSD community access to policies and regulations that the Board of Education has approved, and which the district must operate. As with any new process, there may be problems or issues that arise when using this new service, inclusive of functionality, speed, content matter, or access. If problems arise, email Patty Knight, administrative assistant to the superintendent with a description of the issue, and any necessary contact information if you wish to receive notification of the outcome. Knight’s email address is

Cost of education The Francis Howell School District has sent out its first bill for educating students from the unaccredited Normandy School District. Under law, Normandy must pay FHSD for educating its students. FHSD School Board President Marty Hodits said a bill for $424,173.71 was sent to the Normandy District, billing for 41,932.9 hours of education. The amount is due by Sept. 30, Hodits said. The FHSD currently has 449 students attending from the Normandy District. One student from unaccredited Riverview Gardens is attending FHSD. Hodits said the 92.1 hours for that student has been billed at $936.63.

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tion (DESE) as part of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5. FHSD’s score is the highest in St. Charles County and one of the top 10 scores in the St. Louis area. “We are very proud of the work of students and staff,” said Superintendent Pam Sloan. “FHSD continues to make steady gains in our student learning, and that is directly attributable to our students, staff, family, and community.” In past years, districts were evaluated in 14 areas of academic achievement and had to meet at least nine standards to be fully accredited. The new APR consists of 140 points spread over five main categories: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation rate. FHSD earned 135 of 140 points; losing points for college and career readiness and for achievement on the MAP tests for some student subgroups. FHSD’s score keeps the district on track to receive the highest level of accreditation possible from DESE.

Book club for kids Barnwell Middle School students began participating in a new reading club called Flippin’ Pages on Aug. 22. Students have an opportunity to participate in monthly reading activities throughout the year with a variety of themes. Flippin’ Pages was created by Deb Poertner, a READ 180/System 44 reading teacher, who wanted to promote student reading at home. Poertner said the purpose of the program is to be a non-threatening way to appeal to students of all genders, ages and reading abilities. “I created Flippin’ Pages to attempt to change the negative feelings kids have about reading by incorporating literature in activities that are fun and engaging, while giving students confidence in their reading abilities, no matter their reading level,” said Poertner. Students have a chance through Flippin’ Pages to become excited about reading in different ways. Poertner brings in people within the community, who serve as “mystery guests,” to read a story to students and discuss the importance of reading.

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Zumwalt Middle School choir and drama programs will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 11, in the Dr. Larry Smith Gymnasium at South Middle School. “How Sweet It Is!” is the theme of this year’s Trivia Night. The annual event is known for its quirky take on traditional St. Louis trivia nights and will include a Cupcake War, Silent Auction, Trivia questions for all ages, and Minute to Win It games. Tables of eight players are $100 in advance or $120 at the door. No alcohol or smoking is allowed on premises. For more information, contact Mark Buske at      

Homecoming celebration Fort Zumwalt South High School’s annual Homecoming celebration will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 28. The parade will begin at the Dierbergs at 217 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters, proceed south down Salt Lick Road to Mexico Road, then west on Mexico to the school. The Bulldogs will take on Washington at 1 p.m. at Jack Ball Stadium on the South High campus.

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN Haircuts benefit children Students at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wentzville celebrated the start of school with an opening chapel service and new “do’s” for two of their favorite administrators. Principal Alison Dolak and Preschool Director Shirlee Nolting decided to kick off a new year of service by chopping their locks for charity. The “proceeds” from the cuts will go to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit that provides free hair replacement services to children affected by illness or serious accidents. Immanuel Lutheran School serves students of all faiths from preschool through eighth grade.

TRINITY LUTHERAN New students Trinity Lutheran welcomed seven new kindergartners and a new teacher—Casey



Willbrand — to its three-room schoolhouse this fall. Located on North Hwy. 94 in Orchard Farm, the school serves children of all faiths in kindergarten through eighth grade. Trinity Lutheran is a member of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). For enrollment and scholarship information, visit

WENTZVILLE GPS for the District This fall the Wentzville School District parents and stakeholders will again have the opportunity to participate in a series of community engagement meetings called Guiding Principles for our Schools (GPS). These meetings will offer people the opportunity to gain a new perspective on Wentzville schools and have meaningful discussions with neighbors and other members of the community. The programs will provide information about the district, and the feedback from participants will be used to set positive goals, define priorities, and determine standards for the students and schools of the WSD. Because of its sustained growth, the Wentzville School District faces some unique challenges, but also has some unique opportunities. With open lines of communication between the district and the communities it serves, the goal is that GPS brings together a diverse, thoughtful group of residents who will provide input that will be used to create the next Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for the Wentzville School District.

SCC Snapshot of a speaker Motivational speaker Kevin Michael Connolly will present “The Rolling Exhibition: A Snapshot of Curiosity” at St. Charles Community College at 7 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 24. The presentation is free and open to the public. Kevin Connolly was born in Helena, Mont., in August 1985. Born without legs, Connolly was otherwise a healthy baby and grew up like any other Montana kid. Connolly’s presentation will take guests into his world. As an adventurer, author and star of Travel Channel’s “Armed & Ready,” Kevin talks about his international adventures, traveling to more than 27 countries on a skateboard and taking photos of people staring at him. His presentation challenges students and the community to question their preconceived notions and the human nature to be curious. “This presentation will shed light on a different aspect of diversity,” said Kelley

Pfeiffer, student activities manager. “We are excited to offer such a unique presentation to SCC students and the community.” For more information, contact Pfeiffer at 922-8544 or

LINDENWOOD University teams up with Rams Lindenwood University’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship is now the “official” Sport Management Program of the St. Louis Football Rams. The partnership, the first of its kind in the National Football League, will provide Lindenwood’s sport management students with direct, inside access to and deeper understanding of the inner workings of a professional sports franchise. “Lindenwood’s Sport Management Program is well-recognized as one of the leaders in producing successful young professionals in the industry,” said P. Roger Ellis, dean of the university’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship. “This partnership with the St. Louis Rams, in addition to our already-strong connections with numerous amateur, collegiate, and professional sports organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, will provide our students with unmatched opportunities and insight into the sports industry.” Executives of the St. Louis Rams, including Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff, will complement Lindenwood’s sport management curriculum with lectures, panels, speaking engagements, and other activities throughout the academic year. Their involvement will provide Lindenwood students with a greater understanding of the challenges found in the industry as well as how the St. Louis Rams employ the concepts discussed in Lindenwood’s Sport Management Program with a real-world application. “The ability to provide our students with access to NFL team executives is a tremendous opportunity for our program,” said Molly Hudgins, department chair of Lindenwood’s Sport Management Program. “Our students will be able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting with examples of the concepts and strategies implemented at the highest level of professional sports through this partnership.” As the Official Sport Management Program of the St. Louis Rams, Lindenwood University will also provide the top students in the program with opportunities for internship with the St. Louis Rams organization. Lindenwood University’s Sport Management Program was established in 2001 and is recognized by the North American Society for Sport Management. The program meets the NASSM course standards, and is listed on the NASSM website as a recognized Sport Management Program.



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Howell’s Paige Kurtz scoops up a ground ball at third base during the Vikings Sept. 11 game at Timberland. (MRN photo)

Howell softball continues to raise the bar in its 2013 season By JONATHAN DUNCAN Just a season after finishing third in the Missouri Class 4 tournament, the Francis Howell Vikings softball club is cruising right along this fall. The Vikings moved into mid-September having lost only to a strong and skilled Marquette team (5-1) in the semifinal round of the Parkway Invitational Tournament back on Aug. 29 and to Timberland (6-5) on Sept. 11. “We graduated 10 seniors last year so I really didn’t know what we were going to do,” said Howell coach Steve Moorman. “I knew we had a bunch of talent coming up and I was excited about the character of the team and they have just been working hard since day one and that’s the reason we’ve been successful.” The Vikings fared quite well in the Parkway Tournament, notching victories over Parkway Central, Hazelwood West, and Parkway South to go 3-1 in the tournament. Back-to-back wins followed for the Vikings in road games at Fort Zumwalt North and Fort Zumwalt West right after Labor Day. Then on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, the Vikings rolled through the Incarnate Word Slugfest at ABC Ballpark Park in St. Ann. Howell breezed to shutout wins over Ritenour and Incarnate Word in the early rounds to set up a championship game meeting with Hazelwood West. For the second time in three weeks, Howell outpointed Hazelwood West with 7-5 win to claim the tournament crown. “The girls were able to keep battling and score a lot of runs in the first two games but when they got into a tight game in that last championship game, they were able to stay with their ‘A’ game and they got a victory,” Moorman said.

The Vikings opened the game with two runs in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and another in the sixth to pull out the victory. Senior pitcher Kayla Landwehrmier provided the pitching lift on the mound as she went the distance for the win. Sophomore outfielder/infielder Jordin Bueneman and junior pitcher infielder Payton Wilson each had two hits and Courtney Kinion had 2 RBI’s in the Incarnate Word title game. Three days later, Howell followed that up with an impressive 6-2 road win at Parkway South. Four runs in the top of the seventh helped propel the Vikings to victory. Driving the early success for Howell on the diamond has been junior infielder Paige Kurtz (.481, 10 RBIs), Landwehrmier (.438, 4 home runs, 15 RBIs, 5-1 record, 2.40 ERA), sophomore infielder Darby Joerling (.448, 5 RBIs), junior infielder Sarah Czachowski (.333, 3 RBIs), Bueneman (.368, 6 RBIs), and Wilson (.385, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 4-0 record, 1.08 ERA). Moorman noted that while the early strong start is great to see, he knows the Vikings have plenty of work to do before they can punch another ticket for the Class 4 Tournament in October. “We’re going to have to peak at the right time and we’re going to have to work harder and be consistent throughout the lineup when we’re hitting,” Moorman said. “(We must) Be able to just play small ball and execute and if we do that our chances are as good as anyone.” Howell (10-2) returned to action Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 with home conference games against Francis Howell North and Fort Zumwalt West.




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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that all children aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

In its policy statement on preventing influenza in children published online Sept. 2, the AAP noted that available vaccines for the 2013-2014 flu season include the trivalent vaccine, which protects against three strains of flu, and a new quadrivalent vaccine that protects also against a fourth strain of the virus. The AAP did not specify a preference for either version of the vaccine. “Parents should not delay vaccinating their children to obtain a specific vaccine,” said Dr. Henry Bernstein, a pediatrician and lead author of the flu recommendations. “Influenza is unpredictable, and what’s most important is that people receive the vaccine soon so that they will be protected when the virus begins circulating.”

Don’t let the bedbugs bite Bedbugs have been on the increase in recent years – possibly because of an increase in international travel – and while some people have no reaction to their bites, others experience severe itching, blisters or hives. The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of bedbug encounters in the U.S. and Canada that helps travelers and apartment hunters steer clear of the pesky parasites. The site contains roughly 20,000 reports of bedbug encounters at hotels and apartments, dating back to 2006, and visitors to the site can check hotels in any city to see if bedbugs have been reported. To check the database or report bedbugs, visit

Fighting diabetes with fruits Eating blueberries, grapes and apples lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, but drinking lots of fruit juice raises the risk, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study suggests. “While fruits are recommended as a measure for diabetes prevention, previous studies have found mixed results for total fruit consumption. Our findings provide novel evidence suggesting that certain

fruits may be especially beneficial for lowering diabetes risk,” Qi Sun, a nutrition professor at HSPH said. An examination of data gathered from more than 187,000 participants between 1984 and 2008 revealed that people who ate at least two servings of whole fruits – particularly blueberries, grapes and apples – reduced their type 2 diabetes risk by as much as 23 percent, compared to people who ate fewer than one serving per month. Participants who drank one or more servings of fruit juice a day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by as much as 21 percent. Swapping three servings of juice per week for whole fruits showed a 7 percent reduction in diabetes risk. Researchers said the high glycemic index of fruit juice, which passes through the digestive system more quickly than whole fruit, might explain why drinking juice raises diabetes risk.

Decreased sleep leads to increased food purchasing Results of yet another study support the notion that sleep deprivation contributes to poor dietary decisions. Research published in Obesity, the journal of The Obesity Society, revealed that people who were deprived of a single night’s sleep purchased more calories and grams of food in a mock supermarket on the following day. For the study, Swedish researchers gave 14 normal-weight men about $50 to spend on groceries on the morning after a night of total sleep deprivation and also on the morning following a night of sleep. When sleep-deprived, the men bought food containing significantly more calories (9 percent) and weighing more in grams (18 percent), compared to their purchases after a good night’s sleep. “We hypothesized that sleep deprivation’s impact on hunger and decisionmaking would make for the ‘perfect storm’ with regard to shopping and food purchasing, leaving individuals hungrier and less capable of employing self-control and higher-level decision-making processes to avoid making impulsive, calorie-driven purchases,” researcher Colin Chapman said. “Our finding provides a strong rationale for suggesting that (people) with concerns

regarding caloric intake and weight gain maintain a healthy, normal sleep schedule.”

Bonus benefits of breastfeeding Two recent, small studies suggest that breastfeeding brings some surprising benefits – in one case, to children who are breastfed, and in the other, to women who breastfeed. A University of Illinois study of nearly 50 children who stuttered at a young age found that those who were breastfed as babies were more likely to recover from stuttering than those who were fed from a bottle. Those who were breastfed longer were more likely to return to normal speech, with boys who were breastfed for more than a year enjoying about one-sixth the odds of developing a persistent stuttering problem than boys who never were breastfed. According to researchers who conducted the study, essential fatty acids contained in breast milk but often lacking in infant formulas may help with brain and language development. Similarly, several previous studies have linked breastfeeding to improved language development. A pilot study conducted at the University of Cambridge suggests that women who breastfeed run a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers looked at breastfeeding history, dementia status and other variables of 81 study participants and found three main trends: • Women who breastfed had a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, compared with women who did not. • Longer breastfeeding history was significantly associated with decreased Alzheimer’s risk. • Women who had a higher ratio of total months pregnant during their life to total months of breastfeeding had a higher Alzheimer’s risk. Researchers noted that the trends were much less pronounced for women who had a parent or sibling with dementia; however, the study suggests that there may be several biological reasons for the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and breastfeeding, all of which warrant further investigation. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Fall is my favorite time of year and one of the reasons I love fall is because of Prairie Day! This year we will celebrate Prairie Day on Saturday, September 21st. The festivities will begin at noon. As in years past, there will be fun for all ages. Kids will love the bounce houses, obstacle course, zipline and games. Of course there is also our playground, which I have heard from

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chase throughout the day but you will not need money for anything else! Thanks to our generous sponsors and the hard work of our staff and volunteers, all the fun of Prairie Day is free! We will also have a shuttle running from 12:30 until 10:30 with parking available at St. Andrew’s Academy and Wehrenberg Town Square 12 Cine. I look forward to seeing you there.

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many young residents is the best playground around! Don’t miss the entertainment in the Family Fun Tent. Kids and adults will enjoy the various acts. We will have over 60 vendors with a wide variety to offer. While you are walking through the vendor booths you will be able to enjoy the live music which will be playing throughout the day. The evening will begin with the music of the awesome Ricky Lee Tanner and end with our traditional fireworks display. There will be food, drink and snacks available for pur-

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Municipal Court 6:30 PM 4th Wednesday of the month

*REGISTRATIONS DUE FRIDAY, NOV. 15TH!! To reserve your space, please contact Melissa in the Parks office at 636-755-5308.

All meetings will be held at Dardenne Prairie City Hall

Come out for the annual lighting of City Hall. This event is in honor of the Salvation Army’s continued support of St. Charles County residents in need. A wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Local school choirs and bands will perform. Get your picture with Santa, create seasonal crafts and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. Please bring a toy to donate to the Salvation Army Toy Town.

Fee includes transportation by Mid American Coaches, dinner (gratuity included), shopping time at our Lady of the Snows and the lights tour.

Saturday, November 26, 2013 6:00

The 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 5th 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $40*

Holiday Lights Tour to Our Lady of the Snows

MEETING TIMES Planning & Zoning 7:00 PM 2nd Wednesday of the month

*RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Residents may reserve by calling the Parks office at 636-755-5308. Non-Resident reservations will be accepted after November 4th.

Enjoy a catered lunch and desserts along with some festive entertainment and games. All who would like are welcome to bring a small, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Toy Town and/or a small gift ($5 or less) for a gift exchange.

Holiday Lunch

Friday, November 22nd Doors Open at 11 a.m. Free* Lunch Served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact the Dardenne Prairie Parks and Recreation Department (636) 755-5308 or

As the swimming season comes to an end, swimming pool owners preparing to drain their pools are reminded that it is illegal to discharge chlorinated pool water into the storm drain. The water that flows into storm drains is not filtered before it flows into our local streams. Native fish and small aquatic life living in these streams can be negatively impacted by even the smallest amounts of chlorine and other pollution in storm drain discharges. If your pool isn’t connected to a sanitary sewer line for draining, the water must be de-chlorinated before releasing it into a storm drain. Under the Dardenne Prairie Municipal Code, fines can be up to $500 per day for each violation. Over the years, the City has used a volunteer effort to mark storm drains throughout the City reminding people that the water that goes into storm drains flows into our local streams. Those interested in marking drains in their neighborhood can call (636) 561-1718. For more information about storm drain contamination or to report a violation, please call (636) 755-5304.

Do Not Release Swimming Pool Water into Storm Drains:

Dardenne Prairie is offering a unique and affordable way for you or your home business to expand. We have a new, state of the art commercial kitchen that is waiting for you. Whether you need two hours a night or a full fledged cooking operation we can accommodate your needs. The facility is 450 square feet, has a commercial walk in cooler and an upright freezer. All work tables, sink and counter are commercial grade stainless steel. If you are preparing food for catering, baking goods or preparing items to be sold for a farmer’s market we can accommodate you. Please call Bob at Dardenne Prairie City Hall 636-755-5328.

Commercial Kitchen/Commissary

The City of Dardenne Prairie has scheduled their next CERT Basic Training class for new volunteers on October 18-20, 2013. CERT Volunteers receive training in the follow areas: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search & Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, Special Needs, and Animal Care. Volunteers complete their Basic Training by participating in a disaster simulation designed to test the skills they will have learned. These volunteers will be registered with the City of Dardenne Prairie as well as the State of Missouri. In the event of a major disaster, they may be called upon to provide aid to their neighbors as well as to assist with the first responders. In addition, these volunteers will have the opportunity to continue their training with additional programs offered throughout the year. This initial CERT class is a twenty (20) hour training program and runs through the weekend. Training is to be held at the new Dardenne Prairie City Hall from the hours of 6:00P – 10:00P on Friday, and 8:00A-4:00P on Saturday and Sunday. The Dardenne Prairie Citizen Corps Council is currently registering residents for this next CERT training class. Those interested can register by calling City Hall at 636.755.5355.

The City of Dardenne Prairie Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) New Volunteer Training Scheduled

Board Workshop: 5:30 PM 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month

To reserve your space, please contact Melissa in the Parks office at 636-755-5308.  

This class, taught by a St. Louis Children’s Hospital instructor, is a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. A 28-page workbook and light snack are provided. Topics include: the business of babysitting, child development, safety and first aid, fun and games.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. $30 per child Dardenne Prairie City Hall

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John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is the only co-educational Catholic high school in West County. Kennedy Catholic offers a college preparatory curriculum for students across the learning spectrum. Students are afforded the opportunity to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially while achieving leadership positions in co-curriculars and excelling in both the arts and athletics. Classroom teaching is enhanced with full integration of technology via laptops and software. Community, Excellence, Compassion . . . Kennedy Catholic. Tuition assistance and scholarships are available.


Lutheran High School of St. Charles County 5100 Mexico Road • St. Peters (636) 928-5100 • Jon Bernhardt, Principal

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Lutheran High School of St. Charles County is a 9th through 12th grade Christian, col lege preparatory institution whose mission focuses on the spiritual, academic, and per sonal growth of its students.The Lutheran Church has a long history of excellence in education and Lutheran High St. Charles builds on that tradition with teachers who demonstrate a passion for learning and serving. Lutheran High students score in the top 5% nationally on the ACT, and the class of 2013 had an average ACT score of a 25.6. Ninety-four percent of the student body is involved in some sort of extracurricular activity ranging from athletics, to fine arts, to different clubs that serve the St. Charles County Community.





Rosati-Kain High School 4389 Lindell Blvd. • St. Louis (314) 533-8513 • Sr. Joan Andert, SSND '69, President

500 Woodsmill Road • Manchester, MO 63011 • 636-227-5900

Call to schedule a visit today!

Rosati-Kain High School is a Catholic, all-girls college preparatory high school located in the Central West End of the City of St. Louis. Like our neighborhood, Rosati-Kain is dynamic and diverse, with a student body drawn from sixty-eight zip codes and over one hundred elementary schools. RosatiKain challenges young women to live their faith in Jesus Christ and to fully realize their own potential. Please visit to schedule a shadow visit today, or contact Courtney Bolesta, Enrollment Specialist, at 314-533-8513, ext. 215 or for more information.

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Sunday, September 29th 1:00 - 3:00 PM

St. Joseph's Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd. • St. Louis (314) 394-4300 • Anita Reznicek, President • Dr. Diane Cooper, Principal

St. Joseph’s Academy, founded in 1840, is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Their mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge and respect for self and others through a blend of rigorous academics, exposure to the arts, competitive athletics and a variety of service opportunities. Their community expects these women to make a profound impact in the world. Stop by their Open House on Sunday, November 3 from Noon to 4:00pm for more information about becoming a “values-driven woman leader” at St. Joseph’s Academy.

Ask us how we can help your daughter stand out from the crowd!

Friday, October 11th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (LHS Annual Future Freshman Day) Wednesday, November 6th 3:00 - 6:00 PM


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Encore St. Charles County Restaurant Week is Sept. 23-29 By SUE HORNOF Some of the area’s finest restaurants are gearing up for the second annual St. Charles County Restaurant Week, which runs from Monday, Sept 23 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Participating restaurants will feature a special, fixed-price dinner menu and will offer their regular menus also, giving patrons the opportunity to order their old favorites or try something entirely new. Once again, restaurants participating in St. Charles County Restaurant Week will offer diners a three-course meal priced at $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will be presented with a special dinner menu featuring options for each course, and restaurants will showcase some of their best dishes. There are no tickets, cards nor coupons involved, but patrons are encouraged to call ahead for reservations to avoid disappointment. Bobby Conn and Rob Muckler, managing partners of R & B Productions, initiated St. Charles County Restaurant Week last fall. After producing a similar event in West St. Louis County, they decided to bring the concept to St. Charles, where it was very well-received. In addition to drawing area residents to some restaurants they never had tried, the inaugural event raised some much-needed funds for a local

food pantry and thrift store that serves thousand of families each year. “We raised about $1,400 for O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry,” Muckler said, noting that the money was raised through the generosity of Restaurant Week diners who chose to add an “extra portion” (optional donation) to their dinner bills. This year, St. Charles County Restaurant Week diners will have the opportunity to support a different cause: HavenHouse St. Louis (, an organization that provides the comfort of home and a community of support for families traveling to the area for medical care. HavenHouse is located on 19 acres in West St. Louis County, features 32 bedrooms with private baths and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. “We have done some events with HavenHouse before, and we selected them as our St. Charles County Restaurant Week charity of choice this year because they are a local organization, and they do a lot of good work for families in need,” Muckler said. Of course, donations are entirely optional, but diners who donate will have the chance to win a nice reward. “Anyone who chooses to make a donation – it could be $5, $10, $20 or any

amount – will have their name entered into a raffle for a $500 gift card that has been donated by Diamond & Jewelry Brokers,” Muckler said. “Diamond & Jewelry Brokers is also donating another $500 gift card, which will be given to the restaurant server who garners the most donations for HavenHouse.” At Mid Rivers Newsmagzine presstime, participating restaurants include: • Bristol Seafood Grill, 2314 Technology Drive, O’Fallon (625-6350) • Concetta’s, 600 S. 5th St., St. Charles (946-2468) • Culpeppers, 3010 W. Clay St., St. Charles (916-3102) • Culpeppers, 4401 Hwy. K, O’Fallon (442-5053) • Magpie’s Restaurant, 903 S. Main St., St. Charles (947-3883) • Old Hickory Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters (477-8960) • Pio’s, 403 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles (724-5919) • The Brass Rail, 4601 Hwy. K, O’Fallon (329-1349) • Tucanos Brazilian Grill, 1520 S. 5th St., #100 (724-4499) Muckler said he anticipates additional restaurants will sign on, and when they do, they will be listed online at stcharles-

Restaurants will offer a $25, fixed-price menu during St. Charles County Restaurant Week. The site also contains participating restaurants’ menus and links to their websites. Presented by R&B Productions, Restaurant Week is sponsored by Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, News Channel 5, the city of O’Fallon, Oldies 103.3, Time Off and Z-107.7 FM.


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Shanon A. Forseter, MD, OB/GYN

North New Ballas oBstetrics & GyNecoloGy 522 N. New Ballas Road, Suite 201 • Creve Coeur • 314.994.1241 • Shanon Forseter, M.D., chose to be an OB/GYN because he wanted to be in a branch of medicine where he could form lifelong relationships with his patients. “I enjoy helping to navigate both the joys and challenges of the female body during all of life’s transitions,” Forseter said. His services include obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, fertility, natural childbirth and menopausal therapy, including bioidentical hormones. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed his residency at the University of Missouri. His private practice in Creve Coeur services five major hospitals and two surgery centers in St. Louis. “I focus my practice on the philosophy of my patients holding the key to their own bodies and knowing themselves the best,” Forseter said. “I may have the medical knowledge and skills, but the plans and desires of the patient are what I strive to attain.” Taking pride in getting to know each patient individually, Forseter does his best to make sure individuals and families have that special moment unfold as they envision it.

Dr. Carol Bergmann, Au.D.

Hearing HealtH Care Center Ellisville • Richmond Heights • St. Charles • 636.391.9622 • Hearing Health Care Center utilizes the latest technology to provide the best in hearing care. Family-owned-andoperated for over 15 years by Dr. Carol Bergmann, an audiologist, and her daughter, Dr. Alison Benner, the Center provides comprehensive audiological testing for individuals ages 3 and older. Hearing aid screenings, evaluations, fittings and post-fitting counseling also are provided. Hearing Health Care Center has relationships with multiple hearing aid manufacturers, allowing for a wide array of devices that are available in various sizes and circuit options. Each patient receives the optimal hearing aid for his/her needs. The newest is the Lyric – a completely invisible, extended-wear device that can be worn while showering, sleeping and exercising. The Center is stocked with information and supplies for hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Each patient receives personalized treatment from an on-staff audiologist. Dr. Carol Bergmann and Dr. Alison Benner have their doctorate in audiology. Dr. Benner is a board certified audiologist. “We care how you hear, and we will work with you until you are satisfied,” Bergmann said.

Damon Hays, D.P.M.

Hays Foot & ankle Center 8067 Mexico Rd • St. Peters, 63376 • 636.379.2272 • Hays Foot & Ankle Center is the medical practice of Dr. Damon Hays, board qualified podiatrist in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. “We are a podiatric medical practice treating children and adults, providing comprehensive foot care to our patients”, said Dr. Hays, a native of St. Louis. “This includes everything from routine and diabetic footcare, the crafting of custom orthotics and, if necessary, surgery.” As a premier provider of podiatric services, Hays Foot & Ankle Center is a patient practice deeply committed to delivering a level of care that surpasses patient expectations. Hays Foot & Ankle has two locations and both are at street level with parking in front. Our west office is located at 2901 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122, 636.825.3360.




Dr. Kevin McGraw and Dr. William Finkenbinder

J. Kevin McGraw DDS. Pc Patients love the doctors and staff of McGraw Dental Excellence! The office was twice voted as “St. Charles’ Favorite Dentist” in the Suburban Journals readers poll, and patients often stop by just to chat with the friendly and helpful office staff. Whether visiting the office for a routine check up, teeth whitening, dental implants or other dental restoration, Doctors McGraw and Finkenbinder guarantee that patients will enjoy the most comfortable and friendly dental visit they have ever had and will want to tell their friends about the experience. McGraw Dental Excellence is cosmetic and family dentistry at its finest!

Dustin G. James, MD

CHESTERFIELD VALLEY GASTROENTEROLOGY 100 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Suite 110 • Chesterfield 636.532.0990 Dustin G. James, MD, has always enjoyed getting to know his patients. Board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology and internal medicine, James has been in practice for 10 years. He has always been intruiged with the details of how things work. “The practice of gastroenterology, which is the study of the digestive system, is a perfect match for these interests. You have to spend time talking to someone to determine what is causing their problems,” James said. James completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his medical school, residency, and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine He is also the author of the book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health”, and a frequent guest on local and national media under the name, “The Tummy Doc” Several national publications to feature his expertise are Woman’s World,, the John Tesh show, Shape Magazine, and Family Circle He said people should see a gastroenterologist for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is for a screening colonoscopy. “During this test, we look for polyps, which are growths of the colon that can become cancer, and remove them,” James said. “It really does save lives and is important for everyone 50 years of age and older.” Typically, patients also see a Gastroenterologist with concerns such as heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver problems, such as fatty liver, and hemorrhoids. “At Chesterfield Valley Gastroenterology, we take the time to get to know our patients and understand their needs,” James said. “We strive to give all of our patients as much time as they need to help them out.” Chesterfield Valley Gastroenterology is one of the only offices in the area to offer painless, in-office treatment of internal hemorrhoids with a laser. For education on digestion and healthy eating, visit its website at




Robert W. Boyle, DMD

Clarkson Dental Group 1748 Clarkson Road at Baxter • Dierbergs Market Place 636-537-0065

Dr. Boyle has been voted a “Top Doc in St. Louis” by other St. Louis dentists and the “Best Dentist in West County” by his patients. Dr. Boyle and his staff cater to patients who expect the highest quality care delivered with a more personalized level of attention. For you, this means more time with Dr. Boyle to discuss your issues, concerns, and goals. For you, this means that Dr. Boyle provides the most comfortable dental care tailored to your specific needs. The results look great, feel great and last a long time. Dr. Boyle is not an “insurance network” dentist. He believes his responsibility is to his patients and their health, not the insurance companies. Many years ago, there was a patient came to Dr. Boyle only for his check-ups and cleanings and, if any treatment was needed, the patient would go to an “in network” dentist to save money. Twelve years ago, the same patient began having Dr. Boyle do all his dental work. Eventually, Dr. Boyle asked why the patient no longer went to the other dentist? The patient said; “When you do the work, Dr. Boyle, it never hurts, my teeth look great and your work lasts a whole lot longer than the work done by the other dentist”. The patient said he realized; “Ultimately, it is less expensive in the long run to do it right”. If this sounds like the approach to dental care you are looking for, we would love to be of service.

Thomas Wright, M.D., FACP, RVT

Dr. Wright 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr. • Suite 100 • O’Fallon • • 636-397-4012 Laser Vein Center, a medical practice that comprehensively treats all manifestations of vein disease from varicose veins to spider veins, enables patients to say goodbye to unsightly, unhealthy veins. Utilizing advanced technology, owner Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T., begins the process with a thorough physical examination and utilizes a specialized ultrasound to assess problems accurately. Varicose veins are treated with a 45-minute, minimally-invasive advanced endovenous laser procedure. Patients are up and around that day, resume normal activities within a day or two and suffer no scarring. The success rate is 93-98 percent. Dr. Wright was one of the first 248 board certified specialists in phlebology, a specialty dealing will all aspects of vein disease. The Laser Vein Center is the only comprehensive vein center in the St. Louis area accepting and credentialed with all major commercial insurance plans and medicare. “Symptoms such as leg swelling, tenderness, restlessness and fatigue are often caused by vein disease,” Dr. Wright said. “Many people with these symptoms are unaware that they are part of circulation problems that can lead to serious medical issues.

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Imagine a day filled with food trucks, plein air painting, a rock-climbing wall and pumpkin painting. They will all come together as part of the activities scheduled for O’Fallon’s “RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo” set for Saturday, Sept. 28. Everyone is invited to the Renaud Spirit Center’s free RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo for a day of exercise, plenty of kids’ activities, live acoustic music, original art sold by the artists, food trucks, beverages for sale, raffles, giveaways and more. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. Admission, parking and most activities are free. “With expanded entertainment, the addition of food trucks and a beer and wine garden, this year’s event will be a big step forward for us,” said Darren Granaas, O’Fallon’s cultural arts coordinator. The Art Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Included in that time frame are: Live entertainment: Acoustik Element guitar music (10 a.m. until 11 a.m.), Monkey Tales Theatre live performances (11:30 a.m. until noon), and Blue Strings Bluegrass (12:30p.m. until 2 p.m.) Booths with original art sold by the artists: wheel-thrown pottery glazeware and wood-fired pottery, hand-fused glass (bowls, plates, pendants, candle holders) photography, paintings, drawings, prints, glass jazz-beaded and wire stemware, jewelry, personalized children’s books, fiber art, scarves and knits; artist Mike Phelps will demonstrate plein air painting Food trucks Slice of the Hill and Yo! Salsa, and a beer and wine garden by Ren-

dezvous Café and Wine Bar crafts Free kids’ activities: art projects sponsored by the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Department and by St. Charles Riverfront Arts; pig races carnival game by American Eagle Credit Union At the RSC Family Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., activites include: • Pumpkin painting, a bounce house, children’s pony rides, a petting zoo, rockclimbing wall, face painting and a balloon artist – all free. • Visit with Ruffy, the Rascals’ mascot (11 a.m. until 1 p.m.) • O’Fallon Police K-9 demonstrations (varying times) Open House at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) activities include • 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. – Free use of exercise facilities: indoor track, weight room, exercise machines; age restrictions apply • Noon until 6:30 p.m. – Free swimming for all ages in the natatorium (indoor pool complex) • Free raffles, giveaways, drawings and prizes – register to win a one-year RSC membership or a one-month membership, O’Fallon TheatreWorks tickets, free swimming lessons, 10-percent discounts on new annual memberships For more information about the Expo, call 474-2732, or go to Volunteers are needed for this event. To help out, call the Volunteer Services Department at 379-5507, or send an email to

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In times of need, many lend their neighbors a helping hand. In a large-scale disaster or community-wide emergency, a trained team working in coordination with strategically mobilized resources can provide assistance that may be the difference between life and death for many in our area. The St. Charles County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer-based unit formed to assist this response and meet the demands of a health-related crisis. The St. Charles County MRC will provide support to governmental and public service agencies when resources are limited, large numbers of people are affected or widespread emergencies occur. Medically trained and non-medical professionals alike can put their knowledge and skills to use in helping the community. Previous experience is not

required, as MRC leaders will train dedicated volunteers in roles such as: dispensing medication; logistics; financial accountability; public communication; transportation; pet sheltering and much more. The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment sponsors the local MRC chapter and offers an open house at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to introduce current and prospective members to the benefits of the program. Presented at the health department at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles, the orientation will provide an overview of the program. If you are 18 or older, and would be interested in assisting the MRC or would like to learn more about the program, please call Andrew Willman at 949-7554 before Sept. 25.



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Is another housing bubble forming? The average price of a St. Louis area home is up 5.6 percent from last year, according to housing industry record-keeper CoreLogic, which also reported that, nationally, prices in July were up 12.4 percent over the year – the 17th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase. Today many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. Some believe rapidly rising prices have created a new “housing bubble.” Others believe that the sudden rise in interest rates will impact purchasing power to such a degree that it will force prices downward. CoreLogic predicts that price increases should slow later this year as the summer home-shopping season ends. While there may never be a housing bubble like the one we just experienced, the general outlook for home sales is good. Here are the recent results of the Home Price Expectation Survey by Pulsenomics, which surveys a nationwide panel of over 100 economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. • Home values will appreciate by 6.7 percent in 2013. • The average annual appreciation will be 4.7 percent over the next 5 years. • The cumulative appreciation will be 23.7 percent by 2017. Here’s what’s new in new homes: Fischer & Frichtel’s new Miralago community On Friday evening, Sept. 6, more than 50 invited guests attended an onsite preview party at Miralago, Fischer & Frichtel’s scenic new community in Cottleville. The sales center officially opened the following morning, and by the end of the weekend buyers had already claimed over half the homesites in the first phase. Evoking images of the tranquil European countryside, Miralago is situated on the east side of Mid Rivers Mall Drive at Ohmes Road. Freely translated, Miralago means “lake view,” and scattered throughout the gently rolling terrain is a wonderful array of established lakes. Lush greenery and mature tree lines enhance the property’s natural beauty, and future plans call for walking trails, fountains, and plentiful amounts of common ground. Miralago showcases six proven singlefamily home designs – three ranches and three two-stories – from Fischer’s popular

Manors Collection, ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,900 square feet. The fashionable homestyles emphasize “livability,” with today’s most wanted features, wide-open entertainment areas and considerable freedom to expand and/or adapt spaces to the owners’ personal preferences. Many of the generous walkout and in-grade homesites allow for addition of a three-car garage. Construction of Miralago’s first display – a three-bedroom “Whitehall” ranch – is expected to begin shortly. Serene and picturesque, the site also enjoys an incredibly close-in location, only 2.8 miles from I-70 and 1.8 miles from Hwy. 94/MO-364. Just outside the neighborhood entrance are the miles of commercial centers lining Mid Rivers Mall Drive; Old Hickory golf course is immediately to the south; and St. Charles Community College is almost directly across the main thoroughfare. Miralago’s sales center is now open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., offering special introductory prices from the $190’s. For complete information, visit, or call (636) 236-9318. Resort-like living in Thomas & Suit’s Wyndgate Forest Fall is definitely the time to enjoy Wyndgate Forest’s four parks, scenic trails, sports court and bicycle lanes. Plus the best news is that you can enjoy resort-style living right now with Thomas & Suit’s distinctive Sycamore ranch, which is ready for move-in. “People are consistently amazed at Wyndgate Forest’s incredible surroundings and amenities that are beyond compare,” said Community Sales Manager Dana Lineback. “When you’re here in our scenic setting, it’s hard to believe that you are only minutes from the convenience of Hwy. 40 and Hwy. N. Best yet, you can have all of this plus a luxurious new home for prices starting in the mid-$300s.” The 2,808-square-foot Sycamore ranch is set on a more than one-third-acre wooded site and has an eye-catching brick-and-stone exterior and three-car garage. The Sycamore has a popular split-bedroom design, with the master suite on the opposite side of the home from the additional two bedrooms and study. The home also features 11-foot ceilings throughout the great room, dining room, foyer, kitchen, breakfast room and hearth room. The state-of-the-art kitchen offers granite countertops, a large island, stain-

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sales. Single-family homes there start in the The home also has a covered rear porch $170,000s in an unbeatable location near looking out on a tree-lined backyard. The Belleau Creek and Mexico roads. For more Ashley is specially priced for immediate information, contact Community Sales move-in at $386,025. Manager Char Richards at (314) 477-1158. Another Ashley villa is under construcPayne also is now open for sales at The Golf tion and will be available for move-in in Club of Wentzville, located on Hepperman about six weeks. Road off I-70 with carefree lifestyle villas In addition, two new villas have just and single-family homes from the $150,000s. been started and will complete Barrow For more information call Community Sales Ridge. Prices start in the $390’s. Manager Erin Worsley at (314) 807-5499. Homes currently include look-out lower Visit for more levels, two-car garages, six-panel doors, details and a list of communities. stone and brick front elevations, sodded lawns with sprinkler system and profesRenaissance Lifestyle Homes has villa sionally installed landscaping. An added ready at Barrow Ridge plus, all exterior grounds maintenance is A beautiful three-bedroom, three-bath provided by the homeowners association. villa is ready for move-in at Barrow Ridge, Barrow Ridge is located in a country seta private, tree-shaded enclave of just a ting about 1.33 miles south of Hwy. 100 baker’s dozen attached luxury villas off (Manchester Road) on Old State Road. For Old State Road in Ellisville. The Ashley, more information call community sales Renaissance Lifestyle Homes’ most popu- manager Suzanne Bishop at (314) 459-8433. lar model, features 9-foot ceilings throughBarrow Ridge is open Friday through out, a central great room with direct vent Monday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointgas fireplace and a formal dining room. ment. Visit The kitchen and breakfast room are finished with wood flooring, custom cabiHardesty Homes building at The Cove netry, granite counter tops, stainless steel at Justus Point in Chesterfield Village appliances and bay window. The lower Hardesty Homes, one of the best-known level features a high foundation pour a names in St. Louis home-building, has third bedroom with walk-in closet and full three homesites remaining at The Cove at bath, and a large family room. Justus Point in Chesterfield Village.


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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT October deadline brings biggest change to health care coverage so far By SHANNON IGNEY Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, as a step toward a reformation of the nation’s fledging health care system. Although some of the law’s mandates have been slowly implemented over the past two years, the biggest changes in coverage will begin on Oct. 1 with the implementation of health exchanges. The exchanges, defined as “public marketplaces,” by the Department of Health and Human Services, are the single largest expansion of health care since the advent of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. But there is much confusion as to what, exactly, the exchanges will change about health insurance.

employees will certainly increase the number of people who establish care with him. “America is the wealthiest country in the world and logically we should be the healthiest as well,” Saggar said. “Unfortunately, however, we are ranked 51 in terms of longevity. “This has to change, and I feel the ACA will better the quality of health care and change this ranking, finally.” The implementation and utilization of the exchange should not only simplify purchasing coverage for business owners and individuals, it also should save them money, in

What is an exchange? Simply stated, an exchange is a competitive marketplace for individuals and small business owners to compare health care providers, plans and costs. Exchanges were developed as a way to create a single market and are intended to better the quality of care as well as reduce overall costs associated with health care. There are two types of exchanges under the ACA: • Health Insurance Exchanges, the marketplace for individuals • Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), the marketplace for small business owners States were offered two choices: create your own exchange or participate in a federally operated one. The Missouri Health Insurance Exchange will be operated through a federally run health insurance exchange, also referred to as the Health Insurance Marketplace. Starting Oct. 1, Missouri residents will be able to access information about all the plans available through the exchange, shop for plans and access individual premium tax credits through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Small businesses with 100 or fewer employees can find access to the same information via the SHOP exchange. Coverage begins in January 2014. Missouri is one of 17 states that have defaulted to the federally facilitated exchanges. Will the exchange help or hurt? The answer depends on who you ask. Dr. Sonny Saggar, a practicing physician and CEO/ Medical Director of St. Louis Urgent Cares, is optimistic about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “I actually see a very bright future for physicians and patients alike. Fixing the health care crisis in America is long overdue and it’s miraculous that something is actually being done,” Saggar said. He believes health care reform “will strengthen Americans and make our workforce healthier so that we can be more competitive around the globe.” Currently, Saggar operates four health care facilities across the metropolitan area in downtown St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Eureka and North St. Louis, and is slated to open a fifth center in Overland in early 2014. Although the majority of his current patients have private insurance, and thus will most likely see no change in coverage, he anticipates that the ACA exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide coverage for

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large part because plan prices are based on a consumer’s income, not their health history. In theory, purchasing a plan via the exchange can lower costs on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Although prices won’t be set until Oct. 1, consumers can shop plans and prices online at to get an idea of what they can expect to pay. To gain better understanding of what coverage will cost, the Kaiser Family Foundation developed and published a subsidy calculator to compute what a plan will potentially cost a consumer. The tool takes into account income, plan type, number of dependents and level of coverage. It can be found at both and While Saggar is upbeat about the coming changes, many consumers are still skeptical. Despite the rhetoric espousing the ACA’s intention to

lower overall costs, DeirDre Krotz, owner of Crazywalls, a local residential decor and painting boutique, said she is apprehensive about the reform. “When I started buying my own insurance in 2003, I paid about $126 per month with a $1,000 deductible. Each year brought huge increases in premiums as well as higher deductibles to keep it in the reasonably affordable range,” Krotz said. Finally, in 2010, Krotz put away her paint brushes and joined corporate America in order to obtain affordable group health care coverage. Despite enjoying a reprieve from constantly worrying about getting sick, Krotz was unhappy and decided once again to follow her passion and pursue art as her livelihood. Today, although she is happy in her pursuit, she says the choice has rendered her unable to find affordable insurance and she is now uninsured. “Having affordable health care tied to being employed at a company strains companies with huge premiums and makes it very risky to be self-employed or own a small company like I do,” Krotz said. Although Krotz, and others like her, can currently purchase coverage via the Missouri Health Insurance Pool – paying upward of $961 a month for a $500 deductible or $463 for a $5,000 deductible – she worries that the coming reform and new health exchange will not be enough to bring those costs closer to the affordable rate she paid 10 years ago. Still she said, “I think the reform is a step in the right direction. I will be insured for less, and that’s a start.” Consumers are not the only skeptics. The ACA has yet to win widespread buy-in from the medical community. “Many of my colleagues are still unsure of the potential complications and difficulties,” said Dr. Warren T. Trampe, DPM of Deer Creek Footcare in O’Fallon, Mo., “because nobody really has a complete understanding of the entire bill.” The ACA, also known as public law 111-148, is a large, complicated document. When it was passed in March of 2010, it was about 906 pages (roughly 410,000 words). Since its passage, ACA-related regulations have added to its complexity, confusion and, yes, its page count. On March 11, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) addressed the frustration felt by many when he tweeted: “#ObamaCare regulations – 828 pages in one day. Overall, there are nearly 20,000 pages – with many more to come.” As many patients are learning, some physicians have decided not to wait for clarity, choosing instead to change their practice to a “boutique” service approach. This approach, also known as personalized care, operates much like a club membership in that a patient pays a fee to a physician’s office for access to services. Typically, a boutique practice has fewer patients, which allows easier access to appointment times and longer visits with the physician. Boutique services often do not include emergency-related services, and the fee can range from $1,200 to $2,000 annually per patient. But that approach doesn’t work for everyone. “A boutique approach is just not very feasible for many specialists like myself,” said Trampe. For patients whose physicians do choose the boutique


approach, the health care choice can become even more complicated. Individuals covered by company-provided health insurance who may have believed that the ACA would not affect them could find themselves in the position of having to either pay more for care or choose a new physician under the boutique model. West Newsmagazine reader Bill Mosley wrote a “Letter to the Editor” in July in which he stated: “(I) was never concerned about Obamacare since I have insurance coverage with my former employer … until now. (I) received a letter from my doctor of 25 years advising that he is moving to ‘personalized care’ under something called SignatureMD. … His letter indicates it is a result of the Affordable Health Care Act.” Mosley said he would be seeking a different physician. Three main differences Although current plans available for private purchase are similar to those that will be available on the exchange, there are three major differences, the most influential being the mandate to provide a package of essential benefits. The Department of Health and Human Services has defined 10 specific services that must be covered within all packages, including ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services, preventive and wellness services; and chronic disease management and pediatric services including oral and vision care. The second major difference is that exchange plan pricing is based on income, not health history. This means anyone, regardless of age, medical history, preexisting conditions, etc. is eligible to purchase insurance under the ACA. Finally, exchange plans enforce new age ratio requirements that tighten the currant rate ratio from 5:1 to 3:1, meaning that, under ACA, insurers can charge older adults no more than three times the amount they charge younger adults for the same basic coverage. Beginning Jan. 1, health plans will be allowed to adjust premiums only on the following factors: • individual vs. family enrollment • geographic area • age, within the established ratio • tobacco use, although the rate cannot vary by more than 1.5 to 1 Other factors that insurers traditionally use as a basis for higher premiums, such as health status, use of health services and gender, will no longer be allowed under the ACA. Both the SHOP and individual exchanges will offer plan options in four different categories, based on the percentage of costs cov-


ered: bronze (60 percent), silver (70 percent), gold (80 percent) and platinum (90 percent). Another plan option permitted under the ACA in 2014 is a catastrophic plan that provides coverage for essential health benefits, but only after the enrollee pays deductibles equal to the amounts specified as out-ofpocket limits for health savings accountqualified high deductible health plans. This option is only available to individuals under 30 years of age or those exempt from the individual mandate because no affordable health plan is available to them or because of hardship. The effect on business owners Current statistics indicate that employeesponsored health insurance is on the decline across all sectors. In an effort to reverse this trend, the ACA has mandated that any and all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must offer insurance coverage. Known as the employer mandate, this provision carries with it a fine of $2,000 per worker after the first 30 employees if the employer chooses not to provide affordable health coverage that meets certain criteria as mandated by the ACA and if any of their employees receive federal tax credits to purchase insurance on their own. It is this employer mandate and penalty that on July 2 was delayed by the federal government until 2015, meaning that employers with 50 or more full-time employees will have one more year to make adjustments to their current health care offerings and comply with the ACA reporting requirements, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. A Kaiser Family Foundation study conducted in 2011 indicated that small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are less likely to offer employee health insurance coverage than their larger counterparts. Fiftyseven percent for businesses with fewer than 50 employees versus 92 percent for businesses with 51-100 workers and 97 percent for businesses with 101 or more workers. While businesses with less than 50 workers will not face penalties under the ACA, the overarching goal is to increase coverage across the board, so to lessen the financial burden associated with providing coverage, the ACA developed the SHOP marketplace as a way to give business owners more power and choice to offer benefits to their employees. Small businesses that purchase SHOP coverage may also qualify for tax credits of up to 50 percent to offset part of the cost of insurance. Looking forward “The general consensus among patients and physicians that I talk to is that many will likely benefit from the plan, while others will suffer at this expense,” Trampe said. As Oct. 1 approaches, the one thing that becomes crystal clear is that only time will reveal where the middle ground lies and who will truly benefit from the ACA.


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HOLIDAY ANGELS NEEDED The Crisis Nursery is looking for local Holiday Angels to participate in the 2013 Holiday Hearts Campaign. Join the effort and grant holiday wish-list items to deserving children and families in need. Supporters may choose to sponsor a family or purchase items off of the Crisis Nursery Holiday Wish List. For more information, call 314-2925770 or visit

TRIVIA TIME Fort Zumwalt South Dance Team will host its fourth annual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 11, at the O’Fallon Elks Lodge, located at 1163 Tom Ginnever. The cost is $160 for a table of eight or $20 per person and includes beer and soda. A cash bar is available, as no outside alcohol is permitted. The evening will include door prizes, raffles and silent auction items, as well as a contest for best luau costume and decorated table. For more information, call 314-363-2820. ••• The fourth annual Church of the Transfiguration Trivia Night will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 18, at the O’Fallon Elks Lodge, located at 1163 Tom Ginnever Ave. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Tables of eight are $160 and include soda, coffee, beer and trivia. A cash bar is available,

GARAGE SALE A multi-family garage sale to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 21, at 1151 Clydesdale Drive in St Charles. For more information, call 293-5259. ••• The Francis Howell Parent Club of 2014 will host its third annual Spectacular Finds Vendor/Craft/Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon

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BENEFITS The fifth annual Art Uncorked will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 21, at Kathryn Linnemann Library in St. Charles. VIP guests will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a reception that includes an exclusive wine tasting, special presentation and gift bag. General admission opens at 7:30 p.m. when guests can interact with local artists, sample wine, food and beer, and bid on coveted items from the silent auction. Online tickets can be purchased at ••• ITNStCharles fourth annual Relax for Rides will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 22, at Wine Country Gardens. The afternoon will include a light buffet lunch with one complimentary drink and complimentary chair massages. There will also be live entertainment, a silent auction and a vacation raffle. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. The annual wine tasting fundraiser will benefit seniors and adults with disabilities in St. Charles County. Sponsorships are still available. To register, call 329-0888 or visit ••• Our Lady’s Inn will host its fourth annual Luncheon for Life at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 26, at Wine Country Gardens located at 2711

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FAMILY FUN The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department’s 10th annual Paws in the Park off-leash dog festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 21, at Broemmelsiek Park, located at 1615 Schwede Road in Wentzville. Pet-lovers from across the region can attend this fun, free off-leash dog festival that’s packed with contests, prizes, sponsor giveaways, and K-9 and obedience skills demonstrations. Admission is free with a dog food/pet supply donation. All donations benefit Five Acres Animal Shelter and St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center. For more information, visit ••• Campbell Montessori School is hosting its inaugural 5K fundraiser “The Great Pi Race” at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 21, at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. Teen and adult registration is $30 per person and the Timed Kids’ Mile is $15 per runner. All paid runners who pre-register will receive a compli-

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mentary race T-shirt and pie will be served to everyone at the finish line. Registration for “The Great Pi Race” is available online at ••• The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) of O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville is holding its annual Membership Drive at 9:30 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 24, at Zachary’s Playground in Lake Saint Louis. Enjoy popsicles compliments of the club under the pavilion in the park, and meet the current members of the chapter. MOMS Club is an international organization that offers daytime support and activities for stay-at-home or working moms and their children. For more information, contact ••• O’Fallon’s RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 28, at the Renaud Spirit Center. The event will include a day of exercise, kids’ activities, live acoustic music, original art sold by the artists, food trucks, beverages for sale, and raffles and giveaways. Admission, parking and most activities are free. For more information, call 474-2732. ••• O’Fallon’s Fall Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 12, at Civic Park. The Fall Fest features booths brimming with house and garden specialties, fall decorations, holiday gifts, upscale crafts, jewelry and unique accessories, festival food and beverages, and free entertainment throughout the day. For more information, call 379-5614.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Silhouette artist Clay Rice will be exhibited through September 27 in Gallery I of the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. “The Lonely Shadow” blends the elegant black and white silhouette tradition with a colorful world in a heartwarming story of friendship between a lonely shadow and a little boy. For more information, call 2550270 or visit ••• “Beneath The Covers” will be on display in Gallery II and III through Sept. 27, at the Foundry Art Centre located at 520 North Main Center in St. Charles. The juried exhibition explores the artistic possibilities of oneof-a-kind, handmade books, altered books, and book objects. Works will share the threedimensional quality of a traditional book and can be sculptural, alternative and/or experimental in nature. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit ••• Paper Cuts will be on display in Gallery II and III through Sept. 27, at the Foundry Art Centre located at 520 North Main Center in St. Charles. Paper Cuts is a juried exhibition showcasing hand-cut paper pieces. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional paper cut pieces will be displayed.

For more information, call 255-0270 or visit ••• Artists in all media are invited to showcase their work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 28, at the Family Fun Fair & Art Expo located in the Renaud Spirit Center in O’Fallon. The Family Fun Fair focuses on health and fitness, while the Art Expo gives the public a chance to meet regional artists and buy original art. The event, and parking, is free. For more information, call 474-8105. ••• Monty Hobson, singer/songwriter, will perform a CD release concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 29, in the auditorium of Morning Star Church located at 1600 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. Admission is $10 per attendee with all proceeds benefitting Imagine No Malaria. The cost includes a free The Word CD to be picked up night of concert. Tickets may be purchased by calling 561-5680 or by visiting










CALL FOR ENTRY “Rag Dolls, Robots & Rocketships,” a juried exhibition presenting the theme of toys, is open for artists’ entries until Oct. 16 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. This exhibition will showcase pieces of all media in Galleries II & III from Dec. 6– Jan. 17. Both two-dimensional and threedimensional works will be accepted. There is an entry fee of $35 for non-members and $24 for Foundry members and up to three pieces may be submitted for the jury process. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit ••• Applications are now being accepted for artists and fine crafters to participate in the Red Box Boutique on Dec. 6 and Dec.7 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. This event provides an opportunity for FAC patrons and area residents to shop for hand-made and unusual holiday gifts. We are seeking artists that produce reasonably priced and gift-able works of art. Booth fees are $50, payable upon acceptance into the event, and are nonrefundable. In addition, the FAC retains 25 percent of all sales. For more information, visit

CRAFT FAIR The St. Joseph School Band’s annual Fall Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 19, at St. Joseph-Cottleville. The fair has more than 100 vendors with booths available inside and outside. All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Band. Those interested in having a booth at the fair, can contact Laura Tepen at 447-3082.

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Inspiration delivers success for Cedar Lake Cellars By BETSY ZATKULAK Author Thomas Merton once said: “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” A defining moment and event for Carl Bolm came on a summer day in 2001 flying over 200 acres of farmland. What was planted in his soul was the inspiration to transform the property into a spectacular setting for nature to prosper and people to enjoy. Today, that setting is Cedar Lake Cellars, a winery and event venue. “I was actually flying over the property in a helicopter, taking lessons, and saw how amazingly beautiful it was,” said Bolm, Cedar Lake’s owner. The property was not for sale, but Bolm knocked on a door and asked the owner if he would sell. “We had lunch two weeks later, and I bought the farm,” Bolm recalled. Located 5 miles off Hwy. 70 and 11 miles off Hwy. 40, Cedar Lake showcases a spacious, manicured setting with a wine tasting and hearth room, the Big Red Barn for corporate and private events, plus a private sanctuary nestled on 100 acres, offering a picturesque setting for weddings, engagements and honeymoons. Whether it is a wedding with 100 or 700 guests, a party, corporate event or cou-

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ple’s day out, there is plenty of room for everyone. “It’s really set up quite nicely,” Bolm said. “We can have an independent event and the winery going simultaneously without one interfering with the other.” Bolm and his team spent time in California wine country for inspiration in designing the wine tasting and hearth room. They chose big timbers and stone and tiny lights for the barrel ceiling, a 50-foot granite tasting bar and 25-foot wine display. “We just wanted it to be like the West Coast, like nothing else around – open and spacious with a panoramic view of the lake and green space outside,” Bolm said. The winery features premium Missouri wines and reserve wines from California’s Paso Robles region, where Cedar Lake’s own winemaker ensures exceptional drink-ability and flavor. A chalkboard menu offers wines The Cedar Lake Cellars wine tasting room was inspired by from regions like Italy, Chile and New Zealand. A drive through the winery’s entrance and rows of grape- West Coast wineries. vines shows guests just how fruitful Missouri soil can be. “I’ve got 30 acres dedicated to the vineyard, and thus far dients. In the evening, the menu switches to steak, pasta, fish I have 2 acres planted in our Missouri grape, which is the and chicken dishes. A wine-inspired Sunday brunch is served Norton grape,” said Bolm, who is dedicated to sustainable for guests 21 and older. Catering menus and party platters practices. also are available. Everything is organic; even the soil is treated organically. Bolm has high praise for his staff, customers and local “We irrigate out of the lake, we recycle our cardboard government. and glass, and we do composting,” Bolm said. “The amazing staff is just wonderful and really delivers,” Cedar Lake also serves up a well-rounded selec- he said. “Customers are the ones selling our events. They tion of craft beer and American bottled beers. see the winery, they come back and they tell their friends.” In the hearth room, on the patio or at one of the many picnic If not for Warren County’s planning and zoning people, tables overlooking the lake, guests experience palate-pleasing Bolm said, Cedar Lake would not exist. food and great service. The Lakeside Grille offers appetizers, “They showed their good faith and will to Cedar Lake,” salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts featuring local ingre- he said. “I’m very grateful for their assistance.”


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