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The media and ‘bullying’ Back in the 1920s, the intelligentsia on both sides of the Atlantic were loudly protesting the execution of political radicals Sacco and Vanzetti, after what they claimed was an unfair trial. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote to his young leftist friend Harold Laski, pointing out that there were “a thousand-fold worse cases” involving black defendants, “but the world does not worry over them.” Holmes said: “I cannot but ask myself why this so much greater interest in red than black.” To put it bluntly, it was a question of whose ox was gored. That is, what groups were in vogue at the moment among the intelligentsia. Blacks clearly were not. The current media and political crusade against “bullying” in schools seems likewise to be based on what groups are in vogue at the moment. For years, there have been local newspaper stories about black kids in schools in New York and Philadelphia beating up Asian classmates, some beaten so badly as to require medical treatment. But the national media hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. Asian Americans are not in vogue today, just as blacks were not in vogue in the 1920s. Meanwhile, the media are focused on bullying directed against youngsters who are homosexual. Gays are in vogue. Most of the stories about the bullying of gays in schools are about words directed against them, not about their suffering the violence that has long been directed against Asian youngsters or about the failure of the authorities to do anything serious to stop black kids from beating up Asian kids. Where youngsters are victims of violence, whether for being gay or whatever, that is where the authorities need to step in. No decent person wants to see kids hounded, whether by words or deeds, and whether the kids are gay, Asian or whatever. But there is still a difference between words and deeds – and it is a difference we do not need to let ourselves be stampeded into ignoring. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of speech ­– and, like any other freedom, it can be abused. If we are going to take away every Constitutional right that has been abused by somebody, we are going to end up with no Constitutional rights.

Already, on too many college campuses, there are vaguely worded speech codes that can punish students for words that may hurt somebody’s feelings – but only the feelings of groups that are in vogue. Women can say anything they want to men, or blacks to whites, with impunity. But strong words in the other direction can bring down on students the wrath of the campus thought police – as well as punishments that can extend to suspension or expulsion. Is this what we want in our public schools? The school authorities can ignore the beating up of Asian kids but homosexual organizations have enough political clout that they cannot be ignored. Moreover, there are enough avowed homosexuals among journalists that they have their own National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association – so continuing media publicity will ensure that the authorities will have to “do something.” But political pressures to “do something” have been behind many counterproductive and even dangerous policies. A grand jury report about bullying in the schools of San Mateo County, Calif., brought all sorts of expressions of concern from school authorities – but no definition of “bullying,” nor any specifics about just what they plan to do about it. Meanwhile, a law has been passed in California that mandates teaching about the achievements of gays in the public schools. Whether this will do anything to stop either verbal or physical abuse of gay kids is very doubtful. But it will advance the agenda of homosexual organizations and can turn homosexuality into yet another of the subjects on which words on only one side are permitted. Our schools are already too lacking in the basics of education to squander even more time on propaganda for politically correct causes that are in vogue. We do not need to create special privileges in the name of equal rights.

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Changes To the Editor: Slowly, painfully, even incredulously, more and more Americans are becoming aware of the fact that something has gone terribly wrong with America. Changes are taking place that most of us never envisioned. We are appalled to see how quickly we’ve become more like a ‘third world’ country than the ‘shining light on a hill’ former President Reagan saw. Everywhere you turn there is disarray, confusion, and despair. Unemployment, repossession of homes, lawlessness, and gross immorality threaten to shred the very fabric that has held us together as a sovereign nation. The political system and the government it has produced are clearly broken, while our citizens have become cynical, frustrated and in great numbers no longer trust their elected officials. Changing the callous attitudes of a mercenary business community and the ‘progressive’ philosophy now pervasive in the body politic are daunting goals of our culture, to be sure. It isn’t too late. If those who love the America we were brought up to believe in will unite in common resolve and take action to restore her to her former greatness, we can turn things around. The first step is to recognize what has happened, face the realities we have to deal with and then formulate a plan to address the factors that threaten to destroy us. Moral relativists and social progressives and historical revisionists have labored tirelessly to destroy the principles and values that once provided cohesion and common cause to our American families. Liberal government policies and purely profit-motivated business practices, coupled with out of control union demands have all played a role in virtually killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Hopefully, we can begin a process of correcting the negative forces responsible for our chaotic spiral toward utter destruction. It won’t be easy, but I still hold on to the hope that good Americans of all stripes will come together in common cause to restore America. It begins with the elections of 2012. It should be obvious that the present administration doesn’t know what they are doing and desperately needs to be retired. By implementation of radical reforms in the tax code and returning to more business-friendly trade policies, we can pull ourselves out of this dreadful decline and rescue ourselves from self destructing. Arthur Bruce Robertson Lake Saint Louis

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Some belated parental advice to protesters By MARYBETH HICKS Call it an occupational hazard, but I can’t look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, “Who parented these people?” As a culture columnist, I’ve commented on the social and political ramifications of the “movement” – now known as “OWS” – whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: “Everything for everybody.” Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it’s clear there are people with serious designs on “transformational” change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel. Yet it’s not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I’m the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters’ moms clearly have not passed along. Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters’ mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn’t, so I will: • Life isn’t fair. The concept of justice – that everyone should be treated fairly – is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, “You can’t always get what you want.” No matter how you try to “level the playing field,” some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they’re dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question. • Nothing is “free.” Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free” health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical. While I’m pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are

not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum. • Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for – literally. • A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn’t evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant. • There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gouged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you. EDITOR’S NOTE: Marybeth Hicks is the author of “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” Find her on the Web at marybethhicks.com. Permission granted by The Washington Times.

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The public is invited to a joint Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 11, at the Historical County Courthouse in St. Charles. Sponsored by the St. Charles County Veterans Committee and St. Charles City Veterans Commission, the event will honor all veterans. Major Rick Radford, combat engineer in the Army Reserves will speak at the event. Radford has had 23 years of service to our country and is the recipient of the Bronze Star for his actions under enemy contact in Iraq. Other speakers include St. Charles County Executive Steven Ehlmann and St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the American Legion 312 located at 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles.

O’Fallon Mayor’s ball in March The mayors from St. Charles County jointly announced that the annual “Mayors’ Charity Ball” will be held on March 10, 2012, in the St. Charles Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. “O’Fallon is once again proud to join with our neighbors in supporting the 17th annual Mayors’ Charity Ball,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “There are so many deserving and hard-working local charities that need assistance, and we are proud to support them through this great event.

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In observance of Veterans Day, O’Fallon Municipal Centre will be closed on Fri., Nov. 11. However, all curbside trash and recycling normally scheduled for Friday pick up will be collected as usual. The Renaud Spirit Center, the city’s indoor recreation complex located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, will be open for business with regular hours, 5:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also on Veterans Day, the public is invited to join in honoring U.S. veterans at a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk located at 800 Belleau Creek Road.

Police award bikes The O’Fallon Police Department awarded two bicycles to the winners of a drawing from the city of O’Fallon’s National Night Out held on Oct. 4. Tyler James from Ridgetop Estates and Lauren Herbst from Patriots Landing were given the bikes — which were donated by Target — in the rotunda of City Hall at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre on Oct. 25. “Target has been a pleasure to work with each year and we appreciate their assistance with our National Night Out and look forward to our continued association,” said

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Sprinkles suppress fire A fire suppression system limited the amount of damage to an apartment complex last month. Firefighters were called to 525 Southernside Lane in the Southernside Apartment Complex after callers reported seeing flames and heavy smoke from the apartment. Firefighters arrived to find the fire held in check by the sprinkler head installed to protect the deck outside the apartment. “These are lightweight constructed structures with combustible exterior coverings. Without the fire suppression system the fire would not have been contained to the deck, but would have likely damaged several apartments as well as the roof structure which is what we have seen many times in the past. In this instance, not only was the fire contained, but the residents were able to stay in their apartment that night,” said Fire Marshal Mark Boehle. First arriving crews deployed a fire hose to the second floor and quickly extinguished the remaining fire in the deck area. The third-floor deck directly above sustained minor damage and the interior of the third-floor apartment was unharmed. No one was injured. Damages — contained to the deck and exterior of the apartment — were estimated to be $15,000. The fire was deemed accidental in nature, caused by unattended cooking on the deck.

Accident injures 10 Ten people were injured in a head-on car collision that occurred South Outer 364 and Twin Chimneys Blvd on Oct. 23 causing the roadway to shut down for about an hour.


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St. Peters St. Peters Veterans Day plans set The city of St. Peters will host a ceremony honoring all veterans at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 at St. Peters Memorial located in front of St. Peters City Hall. U.S. Air Force Captain-retired Robert Karle Panke will deliver the keynote address. “We owe a lot to our veterans. I hope you will join us at the Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to these brave men and women,” said St. Peters Len Pagano. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held indoors. St. Peters City Hall and the city’s Cultural Arts Centre will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. All other St. Peters facilities will be open however some administrative offices may be closed.

More user-friendly bill Changes to the St. Peters utility billing system will offer customers a more userfriendly bill. The new bills will come inside window envelopes with return envelopes included instead of the one-piece mailer with tear off sides. St. Peters utility customers will also find it easier to pay their bills online. Resident can pay utility bills by visiting www.stpetersmo.net and clicking on “Online Services.” From there, they will find a link “Pay your St. Peters utility bill.” Residents can choose to pay one time with the credit card, opting whether or not the system should retain the credit card information, or authorize the billing system to charge the credit card each month. “The city updated the utility billing software and the easier to read bills and more online options are a plus for our residents,” said Carole Stangle, with the city.

Cottleville FPD Stephens wins vocational services award Skip Stephens, firefighter and EMT for

the Cottleville Fire District, was presented with this year’s Vocational Services Award from the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club. The award is presented to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement and high ethical standards beyond those set forth by their occupation. “The important part of receiving this award is recognizing that our impact in the community is truly a team effort,” Stephens said. “I am representative of many others, like me, that exude the values of our fire district. One of which is to go above and beyond the call of duty in regards to customer service and community involvement.” While Stephens serves the community in his capacity as a firefighter/EMT with the Cottleville Fire District, he also serves as the executive director of the Cottleville Firefighter Community Outreach Program (CFCO). CFCO was started in 2008 as a way to more formally organize the charitable efforts of Cottleville Firefighters. Working with the community, Stephens has built a solid team of dedicated citizens and firefighters that work tirelessly to provide for those that need it most by providing aid after a fire, helping families affected by a serious illness or injury, as well as assisting the fire district in providing fire safety materials. “We are very proud of CFCO and what they have been able to accomplish under Skip’s leadership,” said Fire Chief Rob Wylie. “We are equally as happy with the on-going partnership between the Rotary Club and the fire district.”

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westbound Blanchette Bridge to close for one year Repairs could start in January By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley If patience is a virtue, area commuters will likely become very virtuous. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced Wednesday, Nov. 2, that major construction and repairs will shut down the westbound Blanchette Bridge perhaps as early as next year, leaving its twin to accommodate an estimated 160,000 vehicles per day. The eastbound bridge crossing the Missouri River from St. Louis County to St. Charles County will be re-striped to accommodate three lanes in each direction with a concrete barrier separating the two. That means 10 lanes of traffic will compress into six, compared to using both bridges with five lanes in each direction. MoDOT Community Relations Manager Linda Wilson said the contract for the work begins in January, but the general contractor has not yet provided a schedule of closings. “We won’t know the contractor’s exact timing until the schedule is provided, but MoDOT has stipulated that the bridge can

the westbound bridge for 12 months and detour all traffic onto the eastbound bridge,” Wilson said. “According to the contract, if be closed for a 12-month period, once work the contractor runs over that time limit, begins,” Wilson said. there will be penalties imposed.” Wilson said MoDOT’s traffic model Wilson said work on the Blanchette shows that rush hour will definitely be con- Bridge will help put construction trades gested, but during daytime or later evening, men and women back to work although traffic should move smoothly. the two-year project won’t be as large as “It’s not like it will be a parking lot from the 400 workers per day on the I-64 reconsun up to sundown – just during rush hour, struction. especially if drivers don’t try to work “Bridgework is very specialized. On I-64 flextime or carpool,” Wilson said. “We we needed dirt hauled and a wide range of will encourage people to flex work time crafts people,” Wilson said. “On this projrather than typical 9 to 5, or anything to ect, we’ll see ironworkers, painters, laborget people off the bridge. Carpooling will ers, carpenters and more.” also be encouraged.” MoDOT St. Charles area engineer Tom The Missouri Highways and Transpor- Evers called the project “a major facelift.” tation Commission awarded the $62.7 “This project for this bridge will enable million bridgework contract to Walsh Con- it (the bridge) to last another 50 years. We struction Company of Chicago. Federal are pleased to get a good contract and get and state transportation funds will pay for the work underway,” Evers said. “Over the the project. next couple of months, the contractor will The bridge, built in 1958, will see be ordering steel and other supplies and replacement of the truss sections of the working with us on their detailed schedbridge, replacement of the entire driving ule.  We know there is concern over the surface and repairs and replacements to timing of the 12-month closure and detour, many other major elements, Wilson said.  and we hope to provide information on that “The contractor will be allowed to close in early 2012.”

John Wentz of St. Charles said the bridge closure is needed, although he dreads the added traffic congestion that is in store for area drivers. “It needs to be done,” Wentz said. “That’s the old, original bridge, and it’s great that the federal and state governments are helping to improve our infrastructure.” Wilson said accommodating six lanes of two-way traffic on the eastbound bridge will be “very tight with no shoulders and speed will be reduced to 45 to 50 miles per hour.” Once drivers cross the river, prior to the Fifth Street exit, vehicles will pass back to the westbound lanes of I-70. Wilson said MoDOT does try to coordinate other roadwork to free other roads for detours. She said she believes Hwy. 370 and the Page extension are great options for those needing to cross the river into St. Louis County. “We are actively working to complete the Page Extension and it’s scheduled to be completed in late 2012,” Wilson said. “The Page Extension should be finished to Mid Rivers Mall by the time work starts on Blanchette.” MoDOT traditionally goes 100 percent union on its projects, Wilson said.

Wentzville GM Plant announces expansion, new jobs By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley United Auto Workers Local 2250 Presi- rently represents about 1,200 workers at A new local United Auto Workers con- dent Van Simpson said the entire plant is the GM Plant in Wentzville. The Union’s tract, significant financial help from the in the process of preparing for the kick- recently approved a local contract further State of Missouri and tax incentives given off of the second shift to be added Jan. 3. paving the way for the plant’s $380 million by the city of Wentzville is bringing a seri- Employees have already been brought expansion and onslaught of new jobs. GM-Wentzville officials had announced ous boost in manpower and production at into the plant in preparation for the second the General Motors Plant in Wentzville. shift launch. Simpson said 444 hourly in April that new robots and new equipIn August, rumors were flying about the employees will be added. So far, 38 laid ment would be arriving, but the formal possibility of the Wentzville Plant being off employees have returned and 84 previ- announcement was held until last week. “This (expansion) means the future is awarded a $380 million expansion, an ously temporary employees were hired. additional new truck line and the addition Jobs are the word of the day. Production intact and secure, and there will be a future of about 1,800 jobs — including a new is expected to begin slowly but accelerate here for many years to come,” Simpson rapidly, Simpson said. The average wage said. “We’ve been waiting for this product second shift. for a long time. It’s our future. We comOn Thursday, Nov. 3, Plant officials for auto workers is $28 per hour. United Auto Workers Local 2250 cur- peted with Shreveport, and beat them out. announced that the deal had been struck.

The state gave up the big money. The few nickels and dimes the city gave up was nothing compared to what the state is doing.” In September, the Wentzville Board of Alderman struck a deal with GM officials to issue Chapter 100 bonds to provide property tax incentives for the expansion. GM has agreed to cover all upfront costs of the project. Last month, the Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved property tax exemptions for 10 years on the expansion. The new product to come from the Wentzville GM plant will be the Chevrolet Colorado.


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St. Peters, St. Charles combine to form new Chamber of Commerce New chamber, dubbed the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, will serve more than 900 members By Jeannie Seibert The boards of directors of the St. Peters and St. Charles chambers of commerce announced a majority of board members would like to merge the two organizations with the ultimate goal of creating the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on Nov. 1 from the eventual headquarters for the single chamber – the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce building at 2201 First Capitol Dr. The St. Charles Chamber has approximately 570 members and St. Peters Chamber has about 500. A vote of both chambers’ members remains to be secured and “some legal details worked out,” according to Aleece Vogt, chairman of the St. Charles Chamber Board and Cliff Heitmann, chairman of the St. Peters Chamber Board, who made a joint statement with Scott Tate, chief executive officer of the St. Charles Chamber. Tate said while both chambers had experience rapid growth in membership until about 2002, both experienced a leveling

off until 2009. Vogt said the idea of combining forces was originally broached by past chamber leaders without gaining any traction. The near-term goal is for the two chambers to be working in concert by the January 2012 general membership meeting. The long-term goal is to restructure the entire county under one chamber umbrella. Committees committed to addressing the individual needs of each city would be maintained, Heitmann said. But because “the two chambers share so many of the same common goals,” the expanded membership would give the regional chamber “greater strength and a greater voice.” While the lease on the current St. Peters St. Peters and St. Charles chambers of commerce took first step to combining forces Nov. 1 Chamber office will be maintained until its expiration in September 2012, Vogt said would be only one chamber serving the But the next year will be spent in restructhat would give the board members and two communities, Heitmann said. turing operations. The chambers plan to employees ample time to work out details It is hoped that this will be a first step. adjust to the current economic environof a single operation. As the matter has previously been dis- ment like creating a single online entity One of those details includes how mem- cussed among all the chambers, the option with a single point of contact, a new logo, bership fees would be assessed of those of folding in with the Greater St. Charles new directories and a new organizational many businesses that have maintained County Chamber of Commerce “will be up chart to take advantage of the strengths of membership in both chambers since there to each individual chamber,” Vogt said. each organization.


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St. Peters emergency response program is comprehensive, state-of-the art By Jeannie Seibert During a recent St. Peters Board of Aldermen meeting, aldermen asked staff if there was “a cogent answer” to a question ostensibly posed by a resident wondering if the city was prepared to deal with an overturned tanker truck on I-70 during rush hour. It turns out St. Peters has not only a comprehensive emergency management plan but it is now backed up by the most stateof-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the region. St. Peters Police Department Director of Emergency Management Ed Gillam has been on the case since 1992 and is credited with developing the program into a shining example of technological and logistical coordination center it is today. Through non-stop dedication and the complete support of Police Chief Tom Bishop, the mayor and Board of Aldermen, the emergency response program has grown into the example of “how it’s done” in the world of emergency management and response. The EOC is arrayed in an expansive wing of the basement below the one-yearold Justice Center which houses the police department, the municipal court and the Board of Aldermen chambers. While the brain center was quiet on a sunny afternoon in October, it is apparent that assigned stations with 29 working positions broken into four pods can be manned in a matter of minutes. In the instance of the overturned tanker truck on I-70 during rush hour, Gillam said first a team of emergency responders would be dispatched to the scene under the direction of “an incident commander in the field.” Immediately, each empty chair in the EOC would be manned by representatives from all walks of public safety, equipped with a landline telephone, a data port to quickly hook into laptop computers and even a redundant outside telephone exchange. Depending on the emergency at hand, the stations could include a mix of trained personnel from the State Highway Patrol, the Sheriff’s Department, Central County Fire and Rescue, the city’s traffic division, a hazardous materials (HazMat) unit team leader and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like healthcare personnel, health and environment services, Red Cross and Salvation Army would immediately man their stations. “The EOC is a multi-agency coordination center,” Gillam said. That team would be taking its cues from the incident commander in the field who would assess

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By Jeannie Seibert It’s the same problem everywhere – how to meet federal government requirements and not break the bank. And the best way to tackle a problem is to first find out exactly what is the problem, according to St. Peters Public Works Manager Russ Batzel. In essence: assess the situation, form a plan, secure the funding, execute the plan. Every municipality in the county is at one stage in this process as all must meet higher standards for the quality of rain water run-off that discharges into creeks and streams. Those cities downstream – on the east side of the county – are experiencing more water quality issues as silt and chemical content in storm water run-off from increased development upstream on the west side. There is a general sloping in elevation from west to east, lowering down to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Part of the assessment stage is to rate the status of retention ponds and detention basins that dot the landscape. Many homeowners associations are just now finding out they are to be a part of the solution. There are 294 retention basins and detention ponds within the St. Peters city limits and that is just one part of the network of how rain water flows through St. Peters. But the city doesn’t own all the basins. Many are located on subdivision common ground. Donald Doherty, president of the Pegasus Farms Homeowners Association, Ward 2, St. Peters wants other homeowners associations to realize this mandate has the city “under pressure for water quality.” Adopting a similar attitude as Batzel’s Doherty advised the best thing to do is to fully understand the situation and find out what repairing basin deficiencies will cost and plot a strategy to pay for the fix. He’s clearly done his homework. Retention and detention “basins were required as of the 1980s to slow the water run-off,” Doherty said. Now into the next phase of compliance with the Clean Water Act, first passed by the U.S. Congress in 1948 and then expanded in 1972, storm water retention/ detention infrastructure has to be shored up to prevent silt and chemical run-off from entering any tributary to a primary waterway – like the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Virtually every creek and stream branch in the county is – eventually – a tributary to the rivers. The basin network was designed to slow water flow to the tributaries. Older basins are more likely to fail because they have

had more time to collect silt, vegetation and debris that interrupts flow-through or the amount of water each basin is supposed to retain. “Over time a lot of the subdivision basins were not maintained,” Doherty said. This will require more work to get them back up to the standards for which city government is responsible. Doherty credits city staff with helping him and his board of trustees to understand the issue. “Liane Sargent, at the city Engineering

Department, has been working with us,” Doherty said. Sargent is the director of engineering. “In 2008, the city sent out letters to all the homeowners associations to inform them we were initiating an inspection program of all the detention basins and retention ponds,” Sargent said. “They’re being inspected on a three-year rotating basis.” Dividing the city into three parts, Sargent said the north side residential, commercial, industrial and city-owned properties were inspected in 2009, the center section

in 2010 and the southern third is being inspected this year. “We’re looking for any kind of defect or deficiency to the basin – we have a list of things inspectors look for,” Sargent said. The homeowners associations then receive a pass or fail grade for each basin. Batzel said many trustee boards “were surprised they had these responsibilities.” Because turning a fail into a pass can get expensive, he said, “We try to work with them to make sure they have a plan” and the commitment to restoring the basins.”

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Sponsored by the 2012 All-Knighter Francis Howell Parent Committee, the fair will raise money for the school’s drug and alcohol-free all-night lock-in graduation celebration. “As parents, we are throwing this graduation party not only to show our graduating senior class that we are proud of them, but also to keep them safe on what statistically can be the most dangerous night of the year,” said Event Chair Yvette Pilkington. “We want to see them safely celebrate what can be viewed as their greatest accomplishment in their lives thus far, in an alcoholand drug-free environment while having the time of their lives.” The event will feature 132 booths of talented and committed artists, crafters and vendors. Concessions will be offered, along with a bake sale.   For more information on the event, contact Pilkington at yvettepilkington@yahoo. com.

The students at Fort Zumwalt East High School recently participated in a Powder Puff game to raise money for the victims of the tornado that damaged much of Joplin, Mo. The event raised $1,000 that will be donated to the Joplin High School Tornado Relief Fund.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 10, at Saeger Middle School located at 5201 Hwy. N in Cottleville. Attendees will be able to choose two informational sessions from offerings presented by local child and adolescent experts, law enforcement officials and area community organizations. Session topics will include stranger danger, bullying prevention, technology and cyber crime, coping with divorce, dealing with explosive behavior, social hosting, drug and alcohol abuse, dangers in your medicine cabinet, teen cutting and nutrition. Before and after the sessions, attendees Healthy kids’ event will have the opportunity to enter to win The Francis Howell School District is raffle prizes, chat informally with presentholding “Raising Healthy Kids,” a free ers, and visit booths to pick up informaevening event for parents designed to share tion from a variety of community social information on the challenges of raising service agencies regarding the health and healthy and responsible children and ado- well-being of children, youth, and families. lescents. Raffle prizes will be awarded at the end of

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Sisters take fourth Sisters Allison and Erin Barker, students at Francis Howell High School, received fourth place in the Class 2 State Tennis Tournament on Oct. 22 at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. The sisters finished the season with a 31-3 mark in doubles matches. with the bus driver before crossing in front of the bus. Also, students in all grade levels regularly practice bus-evacuation drills.   The FHSD also reminds motorists to review school bus safety laws and be patient when driving behind or near school buses. When a school bus stops to pick up or discharge children, warning lights and a red stop sign are engaged and traffic must stop in both directions. Also, drivers should watch for children in school zones and school crossings where the speed limit is reduced during certain school hours.  

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The Hope High School Leadership Class held its Alumni Kickball Tournament in O’Fallon’s Civic Park on Oct. 5 in an effort to raise money for a community project. The Hope High Leadership Class is a course at the school that teaches students the qualities of a leader and the importance of service learning. Each year, the class researches, plans and implements a service learning project. Wentzville This year, students were hoping to beautify a local park. The class decided to comStudent named VP memorate the bench and tree in the memory Holt High School senior Mary Disney Hope High School alumni Austin Dawid. has been elected as the 2011-12 DECA The students exceeded their fundraising vice president of District 6, one of the larg- goal and were able to purchase the bench est districts in the state of Missouri. and two trees for O’Fallon Civic Park. DECA is an international organization    that allows students to participate in marketing-related events such as competitions Food drive and conferences. The program is designed The student council at Fort Zumwalt to prepare its participants for the world South Middle School sponsored a canned of business and marketing related fields, food drive from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6. emphasizing the value of leadership, com- In just one week, the students contributed munication and professionalism. more than 4,000 food items to be donated Disney joined the 15 other newly-elected to Oasis Food Pantry. DECA officers from across the state at the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership Conference held last month in Lake Ozark, Mo. Lindenwood The annual state conference was attended by more than 600 high school marketing Veterans Day celebration planned students and their teachers. Lindenwood University will host a VetThe DECA officers were determined on erans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Fri., Nov. the basis of their score on a written test, 11, in the Elizabeth Dunseth Auditorium of screening and nominating committee inter- Harmon Hall on the Lindenwood campus. views, and the number of ballots cast by James D. Evans, president of the univerthe voting delegates after delivering their sity, and Jann Weitzel, vice president for campaign speech during the election ses- academic affairs and provost, will deliver sion. remarks. Army Lt. Col. James Craig will “All of these (judged activities) were serve as the keynote speaker. important, but studying for the test was the “I think it’s our duty to provide this most difficult,” Disney said. service for those who serve our country,” Serving as an officer provides DECA said Donna Simms, Veteran Affairs School members the opportunity to develop their Certifying official. “It’s important to take leadership skills and professionalism that time to recognize those who sacrifice for is essential for a successful career. As vice our nation.” The ceremony will also feature an president, Disney will be responsible for connecting her district to the state DECA acknowledgement of veterans and rememorganization and other special projects at brance of fallen soldiers. The event is free and open to the public. the state and district levels.

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Pet-friendly holidays It is almost time for Christmas, and that means many families will decide to get a puppy. There are so many things to look for in search for the right puppy, and too often, people do not take the time to do research to determine what puppy would be the best for their family. It is more than just looking for one that is cute or the perfect size. You need to keep in mind what breed and what type of personality will fit into the family lifestyle. Do your homework, and the results will be rewarding for your family and for the dog. If you plan on taking Fido with you while traveling for the holidays, make sure you have all the necessary items they he need as well. A familiar blanket, a crate to give him a place to call his own and to keep him safe on the road, familiar toys, treats and his food will make his trip enjoyable and comfortable. Make sure you do not switch his food to something else because this can cause upset tummies, and that is not fun to deal with on a trip. Do not feed him just before travel time, and keep his water to a minimum. Do not leave him alone with tug toys that are made with thread. If he chews on them, the thread can get caught in his throat and cause him to choke. Kong’s stuffed with goodies or digestible bones are great to keep him occupied during travel. If traveling with your dog is not in the plans, make arrangements in plenty of time for the holiday. Pet sitters and kennels get busy during the holiday season, so book your spot early. Make sure you find reputable care that has a good track record. Check with the Better Business Bureau, a dog trainer or your friends for the best pet sitter or kennel in your area. Training Tails on the Go (636) 734-8802 www.trainingtailsllc.com

The holidays are right around the corner. Do not spend them staring at your relatives or at the television. Everyone can use some exercise and activity. Get up, get some exercise, get out and have some fun Bowling and playing games. In addition to bowling think about billiards, the Game Zone Arcade, Lazer Tag and Dart Boards that can provide round-the-clock fun. You can entertain your family and friends in a casual atmosphere and affordable prices offering families a way to have fun together this holiday season. You can provide hours of family fun with everything from the latest video games to classic action games everyone loves, or you can play Lazer Tag offering a heartracing game of skill and strategy. If you do not want to stop playing to eat, try eating lane-side and keep the fun rolling. For families in the mood for a more relaxing holiday meal, consider Strikerz, Brunswick’s spacious and comfortable bar and grill. The mouthwatering fare includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, platters and more. And, while you are eating, enjoy sports on TVs, billiards, darts, a top-shelf bar and a cozy fireplace. Perfect if planning a special holiday event or holiday party, enjoy your own party while at Brunswick Zone XL and let them do all the work. “Whether you’re with a few friends or a few hundred guests this holiday, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy,” said Lee Friedman, Brunswick Zone XL, general manager. Make bowling a tradition your family will look forward to during the holidays and year-round. “If you want big fun, get into the good times,” Friedman said. Brunswick Zone XL 8070 Veterans Memorial Parkway • St. Peters (636) 474-BOWL (2695) 11 a.m. to midnight, Mon. – Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri. – Sat.; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sun. www.BrunswickZoneXL.com

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Experiencing the death of a loved one can be a very difficult and stressful experience. Instead of celebration and happiness, feelings of sadness or anger may become stronger this time of year. Your ways of mourning will vary greatly from someone else’s. Some people choose to ignore the holidays, while others choose to embrace the traditions of the past.  Whatever the right path for you, remember to incorporate coping strategies during the holiday season; a concentrated effort will help you cope more effectively. Love does not end with death. The relationship you had with the person who died still exists. Talk about your grief. Seek support from people who understand you. There are many resources available during the holidays, from church support groups, grief support groups, or remembrance programs. To get others to understand your need to remember your loved one, mention the name of the person who has died. It is okay to incorporate your memories into holiday celebrations; if they are happy memories, be happy, but if they are sad memories, it is OK to be sad. Take care of yourself. Get proper sleep, exercise, maintain healthy eating, and experience your emotions. Your outward expression of grief and remembrance is critical in the healing process. This holiday season, Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory & Memorial Gardens is offering help and guidance at its annual Holiday Remembrance Programs. This complimentary program  will  include education and information on coping during the holidays, as well as a beautiful memorial candle lighting service. Surround yourself with others who are coping with loss and use the opportunity to remember your loved one, hear their name read and find the resources available to help you through your journey of grief.

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Decorating for the holidays This winter, give your home a cozy and warm holiday glow. Foyers set the stage in every home; it is where a great first impression can be made. In addition to the traditional holiday wreath on the front door, look inside to the entryway. A welcoming, well-lit foyer with a mirror can brighten the area. Use Decorating Den Interiors owner and decorator Heidi Sowatsky’s suggestions for the mantle and dining room and entry table to create a great display. A well-selected area rug will help add a touch of warmth. Mantle decorating is a typical focal point. Add a garland of fresh greens, and arrange candles among the branches, but be sure to keep the flame away from dry needles. Embellish the setting with a favorite collection. Examples include snowmen, glittery picture frames, pinecones, a nativity set or stocking holders. Whatever theme you select, use different shapes and sizes to create visual interest. The living room can be embellished with fancy-wrapped presents. Use empty boxes so you can use them again next year. Wrap wide holiday ribbon around pillows to make them look like presents, or switch out year-round pillows with festive holiday throw pillows. Fill a bowl with inexpensive metallic ornaments for an extra touch of sparkle. The dining room should provide an attractive atmosphere for your special holiday meals. Try adding small bows to the stems of wine glasses. Fold napkins in a special way, or use gold tassels as napkin rings. Use metallic chargers under your special china, and pull it together with a table runner or holiday linen. If you do not have holiday floral for the centerpiece, gather every candleholder in the house onto a large tray and use the same color candle for them. Use tall and short tapers, votives and pillar candles. A group with varying height and size is the key to a successful candle display. Above all else, when decorating for the holidays, make sure to put your family’s personality into everything. Preparing to welcome family and guests to your home is fun and an excuse to complete that long overdue decorating project. If having trouble doing it on your own, Decorating Den Interiors can help, and the initial consultation is complimentary. Decorating Den Interiors (636) 244-1623 www.decoratingstcharles.com

Stay trim with self-control this season Do not let the season be the reason for weight gain. Be accountable and responsible for your health, and set realistic goals. Getting skinny between now and New Year’s is not realistic; gaining no weight this holiday season is. Specific ways to achieve that could be to limit desserts to one per day and exercise for 30 minutes three times a week. Ask a friend or coworker to support your eating and exercise goals. Focus on physical activity rather than food for holiday entertainment. Also, consider doing a no-baking holiday season. You can love and honor your mother and grandmother without making the pecan and potato chip cookie recipe they handed down to you. Make sweet potatoes, hearty soups and veggie frittatas. If your challenge is not your baking but everyone else’s, ask their help in not giving you baked treats. Use ritual to slow your eating down and increase your satisfaction. Chew carefully and appreciate each detail. In addition, cultivate a sense of ritual with pleasing choices, such as background music, visually appealing dishes or a flower in a vase, which can give satisfaction beyond calories. Although overeating can happen with any food, sweets set off the worst binges. If the gathering is all about sweets, eat before you go, and then position yourself at the other end of the room. The TV can be the guiltiest party in your home because every minute you watch is a minute you are not moving around. Consider putting your car on a diet as well. Using public transit leads to walking more, and cars often take you to the wrong places, such as the fast food drive-through. Hide treats and snack foods, if they are to have a place in your home at all. Sometimes if you just do not see it, you will not want it. Also, say grace before each meal. This slows you down and interrupts the thinking that more is better. Scale It Down 850 Bryan Road • O’Fallon (636) 240-3696 • www.scaleitdownhcg.com


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Locomotives to offer free exhibition scrimmage at Rec-Plex By Amy Armour Hockey players of all ages and abilities will take to the ice on Nov. 19 in an exhibition scrimmage game at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Donations at the event will benefit the Gateway Locomotives, a local ice hockey team made up of individuals with developmental disabilities. “The St. Peters Youth Hockey Association invited the Gateway Locomotives to play an exhibition scrimmage game between its Blue and White teams to show just how well these special athletes can play the game of ice hockey,” said Jim Hermann, coach of the Gateway Locomotives. The Gateway Locomotives started in 1994 and currently has 41 athletes — male and female — ranging in age from 5- to 46-years old. “We are open to any youth or adult with a developmental challenge that wishes to learn and play ice hockey,” Hermann said. “The majority of our team is athletes with Down Syndrome or Autism.” Hermann has been involved with the team since its start 17 years ago. “I got involved just to give something back to a sport that I thoroughly enjoy as a player and coach,” Hermann said. Hermann said the team practices once a week and travels to other cities once a

season to play in tournaments with other teams of developmentally challenged hockey teams. “When we started in 1994 there were only two teams known to exist — us and a team from Toronto, Canada, that we were modeled after - the Grandravine Tornadoes,” said Hermann. “Now there are well over 150 teams and 2,000 plus athletes across the U.S. and Canada.” The Gateway Locomotives — which is organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization — rely completely on donations and volunteers. Donations for the hockey team will be accepted at the game on Nov. 19. The teams will hit the ice at 12:45 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 19, at Rink A of the St. Peters Rec-Plex. “Admission is free and they will be doing

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Women and smoking According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, smoking can lead to diseases other than lung cancer, and bladder cancer is among them. Neal Freedman, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), looked over about 10 years at the risk in more than 186,000 women. “Current-smoking women have four times the risk of bladder cancer as neversmoking women,” Freedman said. “We also found that 50 percent of bladder cancer could be attributed to cigarette smoking.” Freedman said women who quit smoking dropped their risk to about two times that of those who never smoked. In Freedman’s study, smoking was associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer than in previous studies. He said that may be due to changes in the composition of cigarettes.

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Kramer noted that lots of belly fat has already been found to be bad for people, raising the risks of conditions such as high blood pressure – and high blood pressure language students used on sites like Face- also can cause kidney failure. book to describe their drinking. Researchers looked also at the students’ reports of Timing babies how much they drank. Dr. Megan Moreno, of the University of Due to the toll childbirth takes on a Wisconsin School of Public Health, said mother’s body, new moms need time to students who commonly used terms like recover before having another baby, health “wasted” were more likely to be problem experts say. drinkers. “It’s very important for women to wait “I think our study provides some evi- after they have a baby before getting pregdence that, if (people who care about an nant again,” said Dr. Naomi Tepper, an OB/ underage student’s drinking) are worried, GYN at the Centers for Disease Control they probably have a legitimate reason to and Prevention (CDC). be able to approach that person and start a Tepper said women could have anemia conversation,” Moreno said. and the next baby could be smaller than he or she should be born prematurely. Further, women who had cesarean sections could Pregnancy and the flu vaccine have serious complications. Health officials say that expectant mothAs for how long new mothers should ers can give their unborn babies a measure wait before becoming pregnant again, of protection against the flu. Tepper said said women should talk to their Babies younger than 6 months are too doctors about specific conditions. young for a flu vaccine, but women who get the flu vaccine while pregnant pass along the antibody protection to their babies, and Preventing pet allergies that helps prevent flu in their babies during Early exposure to pets is a good thing the babies’ first six months of life. for preventing allergies to pets, according “The best way for moms to protect them- to a study in which researchers measured selves and their babies (from the flu) is to in children from birth to teen years their get the flu vaccine,” the Centers for Dis- allergic response to cats and dogs. ease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dr. “Exposure in the first year of life actually Carolyn Bridges said. “The flu vaccine has decreased the risk of being sensitized to that been given to millions of pregnant women dog later in life,” said Ganesa Wegienka, over many years, and the vaccine is safe, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital both for Mom and for the baby.” in Detroit. Common symptoms of a pet allergy include watery eyes; itchy, runny nose; Death by belt size and congestion. In addition, in children A study indicates that kidney disease who are asthmatic and sensitized to cats or patients with larger waists also have a dogs, exposure to the animal may trigger higher risk of death. Researchers saw it in an asthma exacerbation, Wegienka said. four years of data on about 5,800 kidney disease patients. At Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., Holly What mom thinks matters Kramer compared people with bigger belt A new study shows that family members sizes with thinner people: can be the source of attitudes that impede “We noted an approximate twofold the recovery of mentally ill relatives. increase in mortality risk once waist Researchers at Northern Illinois Unicircumference exceeded 38.5 inches versity studied 129 mothers of adult chilin females or greater than 44 inches in dren with schizophrenia, and according to men,’’ Kramer said. Professor of Sociology Fred Markowitz,

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The truth about vehicle history reports Buying a used car can be a gamble, whether the seller claims it was driven by a little old lady only to church on Sundays or admits it was driven by a fast-track teen who hardly knew there was a brake pedal on the floor. Various vehicle history tracking businesses have sprung up in the past several years, and despite car dealers and others who push vehicle history reports to savvy buyers, a report is only as good as those who provide the information—or if the reporting is regulated by federal standards. CarFax and AutoCheck, the most wellknown motor vehicle history services, both sell vehicle background reports that are meant to put buyers at ease. How-

ever, last month, after Marissa Keene of St. Charles County traded in her once massively mangled car, she saw it being advertised as a “real gem,” a clean car with a squeaky clean CarFax report. “I was shocked to see my old car listed with such esteem,” Keene said. “That car was in a serious accident, repaired and then totally mangled in another accident. How can CarFax report that it was clear of any accidents?” She called the local repair shop where the body work was done and found that the shop never calls CarFax or AutoCheck. It just takes up too much time, they said. In checking with auto body shops, repair

services and police, MRN found that few report accidents or even major repairs to car history services. They say vehicle history reports can help a customer to some point, but obviously don’t have complete information on a vehicle’s history. Novak’s Collision Center of St. Peters doesn’t report accidents to any agency, said owner Pam Novak. Brenda, owner of Rick’s Auto Body in Weldon Spring, says they don’t report either. “I don’t know anything about how it works,” said Brenda (who chose not to release her last name). White Auto Body West in O’Fallon said they too, don’t report body or engine work to any vehicle reporting agency. “I have heard, and I don’t know how accurate this is, but I think it’s reported through insurance companies,” said White Auto Body manager Jeanna Goodson. “I don’t know anybody that reports.”

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Hillside Auto Repair of O’Fallon provides Missouri auto inspections for license plate renewals. Technician Ron Hill said inspection reports are sent to the State Department of Motor Vehicles, but the inspection reveals technical issues, not accidents, Hill said. According to a statement on the CarFax Web site, the most prominent of vehicle history report businesses receives information from more than 34,000 data sources including every U.S. and Canadian motor vehicle agency, plus auto auctions, fire and police departments, collision repair facilities, fleet management and rental agencies and more. “No, we don’t report,” said O’Fallon Police Information Officer Diana Damke. “Never have.” St. Peters Police Liaison Melissa Dobbs said their department doesn’t report accidents to vehicle history agencies. Cottleville Police were unavailable for comment, but overall, a government agency reporting to a private business is far from the usual. John McCarthy of Wentzville said he has relied on vehicle reports from CarFax or AutoCheck to get more information on a vehicle, but says it’s just a help, not the Bible. “You have to use common sense and look cars over very closely before buying,” McCarthy said. “A CarFax or AutoCheck can only tell you what’s in public records or what’s voluntarily been reported. I don’t believe they have any specific agreement with insurance companies to get reports.” The good news for vehicle buyers is that on Aug. 30, 2010, the Missouri Department of Revenue began using the federally regulated National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a database of motor vehicle title and vehicle history information compiled by participating state motor vehicle agencies. It also includes information from insurance companies, auto recyclers, junk and salvage yards that are required by federal law to report to the system. The U.S. Department of Justice oversees the system, and the Department of Justice contracts with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to operate the NMVTIS system.


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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM According to the NMVTIS Web site, it recommends that consumers rely on vehicle history information from one of four approved vehicle history report vendors that have agreed to provide NMVTIS reports to the public consistent with federal legal requirements. Those companies are: AutoDataDirect.com, CheckThatVin.com, DMVdesk.com and InstaVin.com. CarFax and AutoCheck are not among the companies recommended by the federally regulated system. So, when a CarFax or AutoCheck report says “No Issues Reported,” they are correct, said McCarthy. “Unfortunately, most people don’t take that as a lack of information; they take it as having no issues.” Although the National Motor Vehicle Title Information Systemrecommended car history providers are the best sources; even they can’t tell you everything. The NMVTIS posts a disclaimer that it does not collect detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history. Out of six local repair shops called by MRN, none said they reported repairs or body work to any agencies. All states, insurance companies, junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days. “The best way to make sure a car you are considering is solid, has an independent ASE Certified Master Technician or body shop physically inspect the vehicle,” McCarthy said. “A physical professional inspection can tell you more about a car than a CarFax or AutoCheck (vehicle history) report.” A physical car inspection should answer the following questions: How are the vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems operating? Has the vehicle ever been wrecked? What’s the extent of the previous damage? Were the repairs done correctly? Is the vehicle’s wear and tear consistent with the odometer reading? Following a Class Action lawsuit against CarFax filed in 2006, saying the company misled consumers into thinking their reports were complete, Deepak Gupta, an

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car in a body shop for some touch up work, that wouldn’t show, but both CarFax and AutoCheck get as much information as they can to help buyers formulate an opinion. We also advise those buyers to take the car to their mechanic if they’d like.” That seems to be the case at most dealerships in the St. Louis area. Patrick DePaepe, body shop manager at Autohaus BMW said they too don’t report mechanical or collision issues. “I wouldn’t even know who to report to if I did. If we work on a customer’s own personal vehicle, I wouldn’t report anything on them. I like to keep our customer’s information as confidential as possible between us and them.” DePaepe said he thinks motor vehicle reports are valuable if something has been reported by an insurance company. Bill Walsh, assistant body shop manager at Bo Beuckman Ford in Ellisville said his shop never reports to vehicle history companies like CarFax or AutoCheck. “The only ones that do report are insurance companies, as far as I know,” Walsh said. “If someone pays out of pocket, we don’t report anything to vehicle history companies. However, if insurance pays a claim, the insurance company reports.” Walsh said he still thinks vehicle reports

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Pianist Daniel Schene will present the second of the Crescendo Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 13, at St. John United Church of Christ, 405 S. Fifth Street in St. Charles. Schene has performed around the world as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Additional information may be found at www.crescendoconcerts. org. ••• “The 39 Steps” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16-17; at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18-19; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20, at the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Theater at St. Charles Community College. The cost is $8 for general admission; $6 for college students/seniors; and free for SCC students with ID. For more information, call 9228050 or visit www.stchastickets.com. ••• “A Dickens of a Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous

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School, 825 O’Fallon Road. In addition to many vendors, Santa Claus will be there with some of his helpers. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa, complete crafts Acts” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Dec. and have some cookies. All proceeds will 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 and benefit the Francis Howell High School 10 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre. The Band. For more information, call Donna cost is $10 for general admission and $8 Reckis at 498-0487. for students and seniors. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance by calling HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS 474-2732. The Taste of Christmas Chic Boutique ••• will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., An exhibit of digital photographs by Nov. 12, at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Christy Martin will be available for view- More than 30 vendors will take part, offering through Dec. 30 at the Cultural Arts ing jewelry, clothing, accessories, home Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center in décor, candles, baskets, embroidered and O’Fallon. Admission and parking are free. monogrammed products, stationery, Check out Martin’s work at www.cmartin- hand-carved figurines and a host of photostl.com/ArtThroughMyEyes. For other unique items. Sponsored by the information, call 474-8150 or e-mail dgra- Academy Mothers’ Club, this event will naas@ofallon.mo.us. benefit the school’s scholarship fund. For more information, call 946-5632. WORKSHOPS ••• An Improving Home Energy Efficiency A “Holiday Tea” will be held from 2:30 Workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3 at the hison Thurs., Nov. 10, at the St. Peters Cultural toric Heald Home, 1000 Jessup Drive in Arts Center, No. 1 St. Peters Centre Boule- O’Fallon. The cost is $15 for residents and vard. The workshop will provide informa- $18 for non-residents. For more information about how to make your home warmer tion, call 379-5502 or e-mail mseymour@ and more energy efficient this winter. For ofallon.mo.us. additional information, call 970-1456. ••• Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Dec. 10, at Blanchette CRAFT FAIR The Francis Howell High School Band Memorial Park in St. Charles. Enjoy breakBoosters’ second annual Arts and Craft fast, create crafts and have a photo taken Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on with Santa. The cost is $8 per person. For Sat., Dec. 3, at Francis Howell Middle more information, call 949-3372 or visit

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The St. Peters Hockey Club will host the Gateway Hockey Locomotives at 12:45 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 19, at rink A at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. The Locomotives are a team of developmentally challenged kids and adults that share the love of the sport of hockey. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. All donations will benefit the Gateway Hockey Locomotives. For more information, visit http://www. gatewaylocomotives.org. See the complete story in this edition of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.

OPEN HOUSE The Academy of the Sacred Heart will host its Fall Open House at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 10. A 9 a.m. presentation will include an overview of the school’s mission, unique educational philosophy, curriculum and programs. Following the presentation, seventh- and eighth-grade student ambassadors will lead tours of the school. To RSVP, call 946-6127 or e-mail admissions@ash1818.org.

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Lake Saint Louis plans Veterans Day observance Area residents are invited and encouraged to attend the 2011 Veterans Day observance at the Lake Saint Louis Veteran’s Memorial Park, said Ralph Barrale, chairman of the Veterans Volunteer committee which is planning the ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11. Featured speaker will be Ethan Place, a former Lake Saint Louis resident who won the Silver Star during his service in Iraq as a Marine Corps sniper. The Silver Star is the U.S. military’s third-highest honor for bravery in combat. Place, now a resident of Joplin, was 22-years old at the time he scored 32 confirmed kills in Fallujah, Iraq, in a 13-day period (April 11 to April 24, 2004). He later participated in a History Channel television show titled, “Sniper: Deadliest Missions.” The Lake Saint Louis ceremony also will include special patriotic music by the Singspirations Choir from Peine Ridge Elementary School, directed by Donna Brown. The choir will present the National Anthem and three other selections. The Rev. Roy Christell of Living Lord Lutheran Church in Lake Saint Louis, will deliver the invocation and benediction.

Lake Saint Louis Mayor Mike Potter will bring welcoming remarks on behalf of the city. Color guard squads from the Marine Corps League and VFW Post 10350 will post and retrieve the colors. Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Mike Force, a former Marine Corps officer, will serve as emcee for the ceremony. Veterans who attend the ceremony are asked to wear their uniforms, if available. As part of the program, commemorative bricks purchased since the last ceremony at the park (Memorial Day this year) will be dedicated. To date, almost 400 bricks honoring veterans have been installed at the park. Anyone wishing to purchase a commemorative brick may do so before or after the ceremony. A special table will be set up to handle brick orders. Cost of an engraved brick is $100 and will include the honored veteran’s branch of service emblem. Limited seating will be provided; however, those attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Veteran’s Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center (City Hall) at the intersection of I-64/ U.S.40 and Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.


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“There’s no place like New Town,” says homebuilder Greg Whittaker. “I’ve looked around and I just keep coming back to how unique it is here.” He thinks you’ll feel the same way. Now open are two inventory/displays from Greg’s brand new portfolio of home designs at The New Town at St. Charles. Greg’s namesake company, Homes by Whittaker, is offering these affordable floor plans in the third phase of New Town that borders the spectacular Grand Canal. On homesite 3116, ready for immediate move-in is a 1,596-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath ranch. On one of the larger homesites in phase three, the ranch features a luxury master bath, wood flooring, 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel kitchen appliances and 42-inch cherry cabinets. The handsome mahogany front door looks out on a wide, friendly New Town-style front porch and the home has a two-car garage in back. It is priced at $229,795, but for this weekend it has been discounted $10,000 to just $219,795. Also open this weekend on homesite 3317B is a twostory inventory/display home with three bedrooms, a loft and 2½ baths. Younger buyers and others will love the contemporary look of the black “Twilight” kitchen cabinets contrasting with the light maple wood flooring, and families will appreciate the fenced back yard. Among the other amenities in this home are brushed nickel hardware, upgraded fiber cement siding, frieze carpeting and more. The center-island kitchen features a downdraft cooktop, something rare in this price range. This home is valued at $171,300 but is discounted to $159,900. “This is a very efficient, very nice home,” Whittaker said. “We’ve never offered that many bedrooms at such a low price.”

Another two-story inventory/display is now in the framing stage on lot 3420A and features over 2,000 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, 2½ baths, designer birch cabinets, stainless steel appliances, cherry laminate flooring on the main level, frieze carpeting, a double bowl vanity in the master suite, brushed nickel hardware, additional windows and more. Yet this home is priced at only $179,500. “With today’s incredibly low interest rates you can buy a home with monthly payments less than rent,” Whittaker emphasized. And Homes by Whittaker will help by offering a sweat equity plan that lets you earn money toward the down payment by merely painting the interior walls – and Whittaker even supplies the paint. Ask for details on this program. Homes by Whittaker has six new cottage and Craftsmanstyle bungalow designs with up to 1,800 square feet and 10 new two-story models with up to four bedrooms and 2½ baths. All homes come with energy-saving Andersen windows and Tyvek Home Wrap and other quality brand name materials. Even with the new name, homebuyers can be assured of a continuation of the 34-year Whittaker tradition of craftsmanship, Whittaker assured. Open this weekend at The New Town at St. “These are the first new displays at New Town in several Charles is a 1,596-square-foot, three-bedroom, years,” he said, adding that several new businesses have two-bath ranch with stainless steel kitchen opened including a spinning and pilates studio, and the appliances and 42-inch cherry cabinets. New Town farm is now in full operation with fresh produce and homemade pies. Royale. To visit the new display/inventory homes at New Town For more information call sales consultant Valerie Kaelin take Highway 370 to right on New Town Boulevard to the at 636-916-2000. Check out Whittaker’s new website at entrance on the right. The sales office is at 3333-4 Rue www.HomesbyWhittaker.com.


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Mortgage rates, prices – and homes – are shrinking Kevin Weaks

What does the average new home look like? Well for one thing, it’s getting smaller. All over the country, new-home lot sizes are shrinking. The traditional big yard has become a thing of the past. At the same time, the average size of a new single-family home in 2010 decreased from 2,438 square feet to 2,377. Smaller homes for smaller homesites was a popular theme at the 2011 International Builders’ Show with one session focused exclusively on new ideas in home design for floor plans measuring 2,500 square feet or less. Instead of many walls separating the living spaces, open floor plans are now in high demand because they are more practical for entertaining. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently updated its model used in estimating the value that various features add to a home. The standard new single-family detached home is defined by these features: • 2,150 square feet of living space

• Two full bathrooms and one half bath • Three bedrooms • A garage • Central air conditioning • A fireplace • A separate dining room • Three miscellaneous rooms • Satisfactory shopping (grocery or drug stores) within 15 minutes of the community or neighborhood Here is what’s new in new homes: (use Mckelvy spec pic) McKelvey Homes has been voted the “#1 Homebuilder in St. Charles County.” The voting took place in the annual “Best Of” competition sponsored by the Suburban Journals. McKelvey is celebrating with a big Designer Market Homes sale with great values and a large selection in St. Charles and St. Louis County, including displays at The Manors at Quail Ridge and The Villas at Westmeade. According to President Jim Brennan, “We are honored to

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have been selected the No. 1 homebuilder in St. Charles County. We consistently work to exceed our own high standards to give homebuyers the quality, style and service that they deserve. We appreciate the trust that our area residents have placed in us.” McKelvey’s six St. Charles County locations include The Estates at Bellemeade in St. Peters; The Manors at Deer Creek, The Estates at Magnolia and The Manors at Magnolia in O’Fallon; The Manors at Quail Ridge in the Lake St. Louis area, and West Hampton Woods in Wentzville. Prices of McKelvey’s St. Charles County homes range from the $210’s to the $400’s. McKelvey, currently celebrating its 113th anniversary, offers 12 new-home communities throughout St. Charles, West and North counties. For information visit www. mckelveyhomes.com. Fall is a great time to visit The New Town at St. Charles, especially now that you can tour two inventory/display homes from Homes by Whittaker’s brand new portfolio of home designs. Whittaker is offering these affordable floor plans in the third phase of New Town alongside the Grand Canal. Both are available for immediate move-in. A third inventory home is under construction. Take a look

at the 1,596-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath ranch on homesite 3116 which includes a luxury master bath, wood flooring, 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel kitchen appliances and 42-inch cherry cabinets plus a mahogany front door that looks out on a wide, New Town-style front porch. The home has a two-car garage in back. It is priced at $229,795, but for this weekend it has been discounted $10,000 to $219,795. Also open this weekend on homesite 3317B is a two-story inventory/display home with four bedrooms and 2½ baths. The black “Twilight” kitchen cabinets contrast with the light wood flooring and the center-island kitchen features a downdraft cooktop. This versatile two-story is valued at $171,300 but is discounted to $159,900. Another two-story inventory/display is now in the framing stage. Whittaker has six new cottage and Craftsman-style bungalow designs with up to 1,800 square feet and 10 new two-story models with up to four bedrooms and 2½ baths. All homes come with energy-saving Andersen windows and Tyvek Home Wrap and other quality brand name materials. For more information call sales consultant Valerie Kaelin at 636-9162000. Check out Whittaker’s new website at www.homesbywhittaker.com.

Rest assured that Santa will find you if you move into a new home before the holidays, so don’t let that stand in your way of taking advantage of Payne Family Homes’ “Friends &Family Savings Event” that has just been extended through the end of November. “The last two months of the year are always a special time with family and friends,” says Shawn Arterburn, Payne Family Homes vice president of operations. “We would like everyone to celebrate the holidays with us and enjoy incredible pricing and incentives during our Friends & Family Savings Event.” Savings are offered on all to-be-built homes and inventory homes in each of Payne’s locations in St. Charles and St. Louis counties. This savings event is the perfect opportunity to get into a new Payne Family Home before the holidays. Incentives vary by community, but buyers who act quickly can save up to $45,000 in select locations. Neighborhoods include Bordeaux Condominiums, Tuscany, The Pointe at Heritage Landing, The Enclave at Heritage, The Meadows at Ohmes Farm, The Townes at Belleau Creek, Bella Vista and Boulder Ridge in St. Charles County, and Ashton Woods and Uthoff Valley in St. Louis

County. For more information call 314477-1218 and view all of the communities online at www.paynefamilyhomes.com. If you’re in the market for a luxury home and can close this year, Pulte Homes has a great deal for you. Actually two great deals, because Pulte has reduced prices by $100,000 on its Barclay 1½-story and Parkdale ranch at Breton Woods in Wildwood. The Barclay, built on a 3-acre-plus homesite, has four bedrooms and 3½ baths on 3,548 square feet and includes a twostory great room, sunroom, Jack and Jill shared bath, finished lower level with wet bar and more. The open floor plan Parkdale ranch is a massive 3,223 square feet with four bedrooms, 3½ baths, a huge gourmet kitchen, hand-scraped hardwood flooring, a sunroom and a finished walkout lower level on 3.77 acres with a beautiful view. Both homes were priced at $750,000 are now listed at $650,000. From Highway 40 take the Chesterfield Parkway West exit to right on Chesterfield Airport Road, which becomes Wild Horse Creek Road, to south on Kehrs Mill Road to right on Strecker Road to right on Shepard Road to right on Orrville Road. Call 636-536-0681 or visit www.pulte.com.

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