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Christmas books As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One way of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hardearned cash. One gift for which that is unnecessary is a book. Books are ideal Christmas presents from the standpoint of saving wear and tear on the buyer. There are traditional coffee table books, featuring marvelous photographs by Ansel Adams or moving human scenes in the paintings of Norman Rockwell, both of which are very appropriate books for the holiday season. But there are also more serious, or even grim, books that some people will appreciate as they read them in the new year. One of these latter kinds of books is the recently published “Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race” by Harry Stein. It is a bracing dose of truth, on a subject where sugarcoated lies have become the norm. This book says publicly what many people say only privately, whether about affirmative action, Barack Obama or the ongoing obscenity of gross television shows about paternity tests to determine the fathers of children born to women whose lifestyles makes it anybody’s guess who has fathered their children. Hopeful signs from the past and present also are covered, along with honest and insightful people like Bill Cosby and Shelby Steele. But the abuse to which such people have been subjected is a sobering reminder that it is still a struggle to confront racial issues. A very different book, but one with the same goal of getting at reality despite society’s prevailing fog of rhetoric, is “Choosing the Right College.” For both students and their parents, this book can be enormously valuable. It is by far the best college guide, both for its honesty and its insights. Unlike other college guides, “Choosing the Right College” is judgmental. For example, it says that Boston College has a “terrific political science department” and its graduates in “finance have a fast track to jobs in big Boston firms” but its “education and sociology departments are mediocre

hotbeds of radical activism.” That kind of information not only helps when deciding which college to attend, it also helps in choosing which courses to seek out and which to avoid after you have enrolled. Too many colleges have a narrow and intolerant politicized atmosphere, with professors giving low grades to students who do not go along with the leftist vision. Barnard College is described as having “doctrinaire leftism” that “pervades every nook and cranny of campus.” But MIT is credited with a politically “diverse or neutral” environment where the students “are too busy for activism.” Unlike most other colleges, Hillsdale College still has “single-sex dorms, with firm visitation rules” and a “very extensive well-taught core curriculum.” It also has “almost unanimous political conservatism” that may not be for everyone – nor may be its isolated location “in a very cold part of the country.” In short, the 900-plus pages of “Choosing the Right College” lay out in plain English the pluses and minuses of colleges and universities across the country, calling a spade a spade. They report, and you decide what is right for you. With so many people already speculating as to who might be the “front-runner” for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s new book, “Unintimidated” may be especially worth reading. It shows a man of real depth, with an impressive track record that ought to overshadow the rhetoric of others, especially among the Washington Republicans. Unlike those Republicans, Gov. Walker has been tested and has come through with flying colors. His ending the labor unions’ sacred cow status in Wisconsin, in spite of union thuggery in the capitol and death threats to himself, his wife and his children, tells us what kind of man he is. Merry Christmas to all and good reading.

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Am I An Employee If I Received A 1099? Every week during tax filing season someone brings in a 1099-MISC received from a side job or possibly one for their child from a summer job. Why a 1099-MISC and not a W-2? Robert A. Woodsmall, E.A.

If you received a W2 you are considered an employee. If you received a 1099-MISC you are considered a non-employee (self employed contractor). For income tax purposes they are both income. The difference between the two is "Self-Employment Tax". This is not a separate tax for being self employed but simply how self employed persons pay money into Social Security and Medicare. There are 2 parts to Social Security & Medicare. The employees share (1/2 of 15.3% total) and the employer's share (the other ½ of 15.3% total). An "employee" has their half withheld from their paycheck. The employer then adds their half to it when they remit the payroll taxes. A "non-employee" (self employed contractor) must pay both halves on their own. Let’s examine the tax implications for your dependent Frank Smith Jr. In 2012, Frank Jr. umpires for PG Sports and receives $20 for each game umpired. Frank umpires 200 games and has no other income. As a W2 employee of PG Sports, Frank will receive paychecks totaling $3,694. (200 games x $20 = $4,000 less $306 withheld for S.S. and Medicare). Frank doesn't have to file an income tax return since no income taxes are due (below the dependents standard deduction) and no income tax was withheld. Bottom line he has $3,694 in his pocket to keep. What happens if Frank Jr. is a non-employee and receives a 1099-MISC instead of a W2? Frank will receive checks totaling $4000 form PGAA (200 games x $20). At the end of the year, Frank will now have to file a tax return to pay his Self-Employment tax even though there will be no income tax due. He will owe $565.18 SE tax with his return. Bottom line he has $3,434.82 in his pocket to keep. $259 less than a W2 employee doing the same job. Self employment does have some advantages such as the ability to deduct related expenses directly against the income. Employee vs. non-employee is not simply a choice. There are many factors involved in making this determination. Whether you are an employer or employee, give us a call and we can discuss the implications for your situation.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Street projects To the Editor: Having lived in St. Peters for a lot of years and observed their having ordinances not in force, raising utility rates, and giving themselves a raise at the same time; not to mention charging us for recycling on every bill when we are doing the city a favor, there is now another project in front of our Board of Aldermen concerning our service roads, and making them each one way only. MoDOT is wanting to make these changes for what reason is beyond me, as it will cut down drastically any customers to the businesses along those roads (possibly forcing them out of business), the loss of revenue to the city, increased traffic tie-ups while people are trying to find the shortest route to get to the ‘other side’; and most critical of all, the definite increase in response time for our fire department, ambulance and police to emergency calls. Think about the lawsuits sitting out there if someone dies; a building burns down, or thief, gets away while emergency vehicles are out of position (especially on the North Service Road). Our Board of Aldermen have to actually vote on this absurdity of whether to allow this to happen or not. Sounds like a copy of how our government is run doesn’t it? They should not even be considering MoDOT and their  funds to do this change. It seems all of our calls, emails, etc. are being gathered as they come in and will be given to the aldermen. It is reported that people who don’t live in St. Peters say they will no longer shop in St. Peters if they can’t get across highway easily. It seems like a common sense vote to deny this entire project to me. We have had enough upheaval with this re-ramping, etc.  I am asking that everyone contact their aldermen and the mayor’s office via email or phone call to complain if in fact you wish to stop this from happening; and do it soon as I understand the board is waiting for a plan to be presented to them for a decision.   Marje Hoch St. Peters  

Prepare for future To the Editor: As we gather with family and friends this holiday season, talk inevitably turns to the future, what we are doing in the New Year and beyond. I encourage you to include higher education and MOST—Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan in these conversations. Investing in a MOST 529 account is a simple way to help prepare for our children’s future. The workforce continues to require more education, meaning it is more important than ever

to give our children the best resources available to be competitive in today’s economy. Starting a MOST 529 account is easy, and making small, regular investments can have a huge impact on the life of a child. You can open an account with as little as $25 and choose the investment strategy that is right for you. Studies have shown that having a savings account dedicated to a child’s higher education increases the likelihood that he or she will attend and complete a higher education program. Opening and contributing to a MOST 529 account by Dec. 31 may qualify you for a 2013 Missouri tax deduction. You can also sign up to use Ugift, a service that lets you invite family and friends to celebrate the holiday season or any special occasion by helping save for your child’s higher education.  My wife, Janice, and I have opened MOST 529 accounts for both of our teenage daughters. We know that these accounts will help provide them with the tools they need to follow their dreams, whatever they are, because MOST 529 accounts can be used for eligible four-year colleges, two-year colleges and technical schools anywhere in the United States. Their MOST 529 accounts can be used to help them pay for qualified higher-education costs such as tuition, textbooks and certain room and board expenses. In addition to the satisfaction of helping our daughters, Janice and I benefit from the fact that our contributions to and earnings from MOST 529 accounts grow deferred from federal and Missouri state income taxes. MOST 529 has low costs and no account fees for Missouri residents, and Missourians can choose from a wide range of investment options at mostcollegesaver.com. A MOST 529 plan is a great tool for making small investments matter. If you save just $50 a month from the time a child is born until he or she turns 18, assuming a 5-percent rate of return, you could have almost $17,000 saved. This small investment can help a child in your life realize big dreams. It is important to remember that investment returns are not guaranteed, and you could lose money by investing in the Plan. This hypothetical example does not represent any particular investment and actual returns may be higher or lower. The final account balance does not reflect any taxes or penalties that may be due upon distribution. I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons and hope you will join me in preparing our children for the future. Small investments made over time can make a huge difference, and there is no better way to invest than in our children. Clint Zweifel State Treasurer

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O’Fallon Business Man Says, “It’s time to give back” Troy Pohlman, founder and CEO of Component Bar Products, Inc. and a self-proclaimed expert in the act of handshaking, says, “It’s time to give back,” but a little bit more later about his expertise in shaking hands. Pohlman, a third-generation manufacturer of precision machined products (commonly referred to as machined parts or manufactured components), is now starting a 16 -week training school designed to develop skilled manpower in a fast-track, hands-on manufacturing environment for the precision machined products industry and associated businesses. Pohlman says the training will be very hands-on, incorporating project-based training and education. The students will be challenged to make a variety of projects throughout the 16-week program, with each project progressively requiring a higher level of discipline, care and quality. The school, Midwest Machine Tool Training Center (MMTTC), is located directly next door to his 75,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, all located in the O’Fallon Corporate Centre. A passionate businessman, Pohlman feels that his school is ideal for the male and female, aged 18 to 28, who wants to build a “trade” first and then maybe consider returning to a two-year or four-year college experience. In his own words, Pohlman says his motivation is twofold: First and foremost, “It’s time to give back.” Secondly, “We have a serious demographic issue in manufacturing where a large percentage (30% for his own company) of the workforce will be retiring over the next 7 to 10 years. This particular part of the workforce is not only highly skilled, but also inventories the experience and intellectual capital that makes US manufactures competitive and successful... Without these people, the machines come to a halt and become very silent. This part of the workforce must be replaced by a ‘new generation of machinist’ or the machines will remain silent. This would be very bad for our country,” Pohlman says. Asked about what makes his training school different, Pohlman responds: “First and foremost, our curriculum is designed for industry requirements and expectations. Another very unique feature that separates our school from others will be a mentoring and shadowing program. Students will be paired up with associates of Component Bar Products (Pohlman’s manufacturing company) and will have the opportunity to work with and shadow that mentor. This will give the students a very real opportunity to test drive his or her potential future trade.” Now what about that expertise in shaking hands? Pohlman’s response: “We have an entire generation out there that is good with their fingertips (texting), and good at looking down (at their PDA). But do they know how to look you in the eye and shake your hand? Absolutely not… These soft skills are essentially nonexistent in this generation.” And this is why Soft Skill development in his training center will remain front and center during the 16-week curriculum. The MMTTC training center is about producing quality individuals and not quantity.

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panies offering an official, certified copy of their deed for $83. These companies obtain the certified copies from the Recorder’s Office for a nominal fee and then charge the homeowner a fee that is significantly more than it costs to obtain certified copies of deeds directly from the Recorder’s Office. Since most property deeds are only one or two pages long, the cost for directly obtaining certified copies from the Recorder’s Office usually is less than $5. “I am concerned about companies deceitfully trying to take advantage of our citizens. If anyone receives one of these letters, I would urge them to ignore it and contact my office directly for this service,” said Hall. Hall said that most property owners received their original property deeds when their properties were purchased, but if they no longer have the originals they may contact the Recorder of Deeds office to purchase certified copies for their records. For more information, call 949-7509.

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 St. Peters man charged A 33-year-old St. Peters man has been charged in connection to a robbery that occurred in the U.S. Bank inside of the Schnucks on Mid Rivers Mall Drive. According to police, Earl Pitt, of the 700 block of Highland Hill Drive, approached the teller at the U.S. Bank on Nov. 30 and gave her a note demanding money. He implied a weapon, but none was shown. Police said the teller complied with his demands and Pitt fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  During an area canvass, evidence was located which revealed the identity of the suspect. The Criminal Investigations Bureau conducted the follow-up investigation and Pitt was located and arrested in the O’Fallon area that evening.  “He is (also) a suspect in the robbery from Look After Salon,” said St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss. Pitt has been charged with first degree robbery and he is currently being held in the St. Charles County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

and submit a program application. Upon verification of eligibility and receiving approval, the property owners would have to obtain three bids to repair their lines and submit them to the Public Works Department for review and approval for programeligible reimbursement. When the work is completed, the city will reimburse residents for 80 percent of the lowest bid. Aylsworth said the city currently has a similar Sanitary Sewer Lateral Insurance Program in place. For more information about the Water Line Insurance Program, call 949-3237.

Smoking or non-smoking? Starting in the New Year businesses in St. Charles will be required to post signs outside the building stating whether smoking is allowed in the establishment. The St. Charles City Council Council adopted Bill 11118, an Ordinance Amending Title II, Public Health, Safety and Welfare of the Code of Ordinances to Create a new chapter to be known as Chapter 260, Smoking and Non-Smoking Establishment Sign Regulations on Oct. 13. “The purpose of the new ordinance is to inform residents and visitors whether smoking is allowed or prohibited in a public place before they enter the establishment,” said City Administrator Michael Spurgeon.  Spurgeon said the ordinance recently adopted by the City Council takes effect January 1, 2014, whereby all businesses throughout the city will identify via signs at each external entrance whether smoking is permitted or prohibited on their premises.  For more information, residents and business owners can view further background and frequently asked questions via the home page of the city’s website – see Popular Links at www.stcharlescitymo.gov.  

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O’Fallon’s snowplow fleet down by eight trucks, more on the way By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY O’Fallon’s snowplows are ailing this year, and some of the old snow trucks have even been decommissioned. But city officials say they would never consider providing the citizens with a “lower level of service.” O’Fallon Streets Superintendent Ken Hammell gave a report to the City Council recently, saying the city has had to decommission eight of the city’s snowplow vehicles and that 22 of the 44 remaining are more than 10 years old and “running rough.” “This hits us hard at a level-four (snow) response,” Hammell said. Hammell said a level-four snow event is classified as an extreme situation. Last year, it would be the 6-inch and 14-inch snowstorms, Hammell said. Typically, it happens twice a year. “Now, we are short seven vehicles to respond to a level-four response,” Hammell said. He said some options include accepting a “lower level of service,” to leasing vehicles, or hiring snowplow vendors. He said the average quote from a vendor is $125 per hour, and they require a guarantee of a $10,000 package to ensure vehicles are ready when the city calls them to provide snow removal services. “If they commit resources, they want a guarantee that they will receive adequate

payment,” Hammell said. “Vendors don’t like the idea of leasing in winter and returning it. They prefer a lease/own plan.” Hammell said there are four vehicles budgeted in 2013 that will be arriving in late to mid-January. “Our level-three snow removal response includes snow fighters covering 19 lane miles. Our snow fighters are covering 25 percent more ground over the same time period (than other cities),” Hammell said. Hammell said it was determined in October or early November that there was no choice but to retire the eight vehicles. He said by the time they learned the vehicles were in bad shape, the budget phase was completed. “If that’s the cycle needed, I’d look at decommissioned vehicles in August in order to get an accurate budget,” said Councilman Jim Pepper. “I’m having a problem with the cycle issue.” Hammell said equipment is brought to the council on an ongoing basis. “I feel for you, and I think we need newer equipment,” Pepper said. “My concern is the process bringing this forward. Do we need a budget amendment? And where are we going to get the money?” Hammell said the city did receive quotes, but to purchase them rather than go through the Missouri Department of

Transportation, costs would be at a $6,000 to $9,000 premium. City Administrator Bonnie Therrien said three single axels and a tandem truck are arriving in January, and in 2014, additional trucks are being purchased between the Water and Sewer Departments that also support snow removal. “We could order replacement vehicles, but it’s all timing as to when the trucks would be here,” Therrien said. Councilman John Haman Jr. (Ward 3) said in a recent residential survey, the rating on snow removal in the city was much better than those cities that contracted with snow removal vendors. “We can only put the vehicles out there that we have,” Haman said. “Our guys do a great job. We do more than the (other cities) and better than them.” Councilman Bob Howell said he didn’t have a problem with contracting for city thoroughfare areas, but felt city personnel would know the neighborhoods better and provide better service. “We do a great job, although there is always room for improvement,” Howell said. “I think $125 per hour is pretty cheap. I agree with Councilman Haman because I don’t want them driving through subdivisions. I would agree to have vendors control major arteries.”

Councilman Mike Pheney reminded the council of the city’s recent hire. “The answer to all of this is Fleet Manager Jason Del Pozo,” Pheney said. “He is taking care of the fleet, and just came onboard six months ago. Next year, in June, he should be able to come to us and tell us which vehicles are good and which are not. It’s important that we know what we’re spending. We’ll know what truck is causing us money. When you get ready for snow, we’ll know this plow is bad, that spreader is gone. That’s something that should be found in June. Jason will be able to give us a report so we can make a good estimate of how much needs to be spent to update a fleet. ” Councilman Jeff Schwentker said the city has been lacking in tracking maintenance on the vehicles. “We’re falling short, but I don’t think wording it as ‘accepting a reduced level of service’ is right. We’ll just have to kick it into high gear and go as fast as we can,” Schwentker said. “I don’t think we need budget adjustments just yet. I think we can pick up the slack, and next year Jason will get us on board with what we need. Next year the council will have some tough decisions on vehicles.” Hammell said on a level-four response, the Streets Department will have to run an extra shift.

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Dardenne Prairie board approves rezoning of Bopp property By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH A controversial rezoning that may open the door to major commercial development, including “big box” stores in Dardenne Prairie, was approved Dec. 4 by the city’s Board of Aldermen. The board voted 5-1 in favor of the rezoning on 86.5 acres of what is now largely open farmland at Bryan and Feise roads. The measure was strongly opposed by residents of the Villages of Bainbridge, a nearby subdivision, because of concerns of increased traffic and other issues. An earlier proposal that would have included 288 apartments was dropped, but the development could have as much as 772,000 square feet of commercial space, up from 655,000 square feet in the original proposal. The Bopp family, the owners of the property, had originally sought the rezoning for 174 acres before it was scaled back. The new proposal also took out a controversial extension of Devon Drive to Cora Marie Drive. Gary Feder, the attorney representing the Bopps, said there is not a specific developer waiting for the property to be rezoned. Feder said the rezoning would allow the tract to be marketed to developers.

More than 100 residents packed the aldermen’s chambers for the vote. Alderman David Kampelman, Ward 1, cast the lone “no” vote on the rezoning. The board delayed a vote on the rezoning and planned unit development bill for the property in November. Bainbridge residents continued to oppose the rezoning, despite the apartments being dropped.

“Last night was a shame,” Waddington said on Thursday, Dec. 5. Opponents of the development said there is a large amount of unused commercial property and buildings in the area. It also voted to establish a community improvement district allowing up to a onecent sales tax hike on the property to help in paying for development improvements. Residents said they want the city to permanently close Devon Road to limit the impact of any future development on their – SCOTT WADDINGTON subdivision. Aldermen introduced a bill to do that but held off a vote until legal issues could be addressed. Scott Waddington, one of 13 residents The controversy involving development who spoke at a public hearing on the rezon- near Bainbridge is the second involving ing, said residents are worried about traffic recent development issues in the city of through the subdivision, along with its size 12,000 residents. Residents of BaratHaven, and scope, buffering and landscaping. “We another local subdivision, opposed a 240don’t want it,” Waddington said. unit apartment complex on 11 acres. The plan Waddington and other residents fear that was withdrawn because of the opposition. City officials say they need additional Devon Drive might be connected through the subdivision in the future. They also are sales tax revenue to help pay for city serworried about the impact the new devel- vices in a growing community. Dardenne opment may have on the still fairly rural Prairie may become more attractive to commercial and residential developcharacter of the city. He said residents felt aldermen were ment because of its proximity to I-64 and ignoring residents’ concerns and intended because the final extension of Hwy. 364 is to approve the rezoning all along. currently being built through the city.

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O’Fallon plans for daunting task of disaster relief and FEMA compliance By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY The O’Fallon Police Department and O’Fallon city staff are developing a disaster management plan that will comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rules in the event of a disastrous storm. Officer Andy Stowers of the O’Fallon Police Department discussed the plan for the city at a recent City Council meeting, covering some of the topics from what he said was a “60-page report.” “In 2006, a summer storm caused extensive damage in the city,” Stowers said. “It was a good barometer in determining what plans need to be in place when a storm occurs.” Stowers said a committee has been assembling details to comply with FEMA rules for reimbursement in case of a declared emergency. He said it would be difficult to get reimbursement from the federal government, unless there is strict monitoring as established by FEMA. “The major components incorporated into the plan under FEMA’s recommendations are public information and monitoring the process from start to end — closer than may be believed when you deal with reimbursement from a disaster,” Stowers said. “If a tree falls, we’ll pick it up, but someone has to verify that it was there, watch us pick it up and verify that it was deposited in a landfill. This all came out of Katrina because there was a lot of abuse going on with regard to disposal of items.” He added, “We’ll have people doing the work, but will have to bring in others to watch them doing the work. That’s the way it has to be done if we want to ask for reimbursement.” Stowers said FEMA specifically defines “debris removal” and other issues. In the case of debris, Stowers said it means specifically removing materials only associated with the disaster. “Reimbursement is not guaranteed, but as a city, we are not ready or able to take major debris that could come from a huge storm,” Stowers said. “The best way to handle this is to organize volunteers who could go onto private property and put debris to the curb.” Stowers said whether a storm qualifies for federal funds or not, he believes the city should “attack the problem as if it were looking for reimbursement.” Stowers said the plan will include a requirement that residents move debris for pickup to a right-of-way. He said removal of debris from private property makes a city ineligible for reimbursement under FEMA guidelines. Other items ineligible for reimbursement are trees and trunks from unimproved areas. “Although it would make the city look better, we can’t just go out and haul away broken-down trees and limbs on empty lots

because it would not be covered under storm disaster reimbursement,” Stowers said. He said it would be best to set up a volunteer system to help place debris at the public right-of-way. “We’re going to have to educate the residents that they will have to separate vegetation, large appliances and tree debris,” Mayor Bill Hennessy said. Stowers said FEMA reimbursement is 75 percent, but only after the city declares a

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Colorado Spruce from St. Peters chosen for governor’s mansion By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH For the first time in 20 years, Floetta Carrera can see her neighbor’s house across Jane Street in St. Peters. That’s because the 36-foot Colorado spruce tree that stood in front of her living room window for all that time is now gone – off to become a bit of a celebrity. It has become the official holiday tree this year at the Missouri governor’s mansion in Jefferson City. “I think it’s neat. From all the trees, they selected my tree,” Carrera said recently as forestry staff prepared to cut it down. The tree was selected from nominations made from around the state. Missouri Department of Conservation forestry staffers were on-hand Nov. 27 to cut down the tree near the base and hoist it onto a flatbed truck to haul it to the State Capitol. The conservation department has a long-standing tradition of supplying the official holiday tree. Each fall, the department issues a state-wide call to property and homeowners to nominate a tree from their property, often one that needs to be removed.

to have it cut down.” Twenty years ago this November, Carrera, 76, and her husband Jose, 78, moved into the house in the 20th block of Jane Street. Jose Carrera said when they moved into the house, the tree was about eight feet tall, and he could use a stepladder to reach the top. “The tree was already here and I loved it. We were able to decorate the tree at Christmas, but it’s gotten too big to do that without a fire truck,” she said. “It’s just kept getting bigger and bigger. I don’t think they

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County considers pay hikes for various citizen boards By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH St. Charles County officials are considering how much should be paid for citizen appointees to serve on several busy county boards and commissions. The County Council has given a first reading to a bill that would clarify the compensation for members of the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Equalization and the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Council members and staff discussed just how much members of several of the busiest boards should be compensated. Councilmen Joe Cronin, Dist. 1, and Joe Brazil, Dist. 2, questioned whether $50 was enough to compensate Planning and Zoning Commission members. The meetings are lengthy and involve a lot of work, they said. “It wouldn’t pay for my gas money to

O’Fallon chamber continues growing By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Erin Williams says the organization is booming and now is offering new services to residents and businesses. At a recent meeting of the O’Fallon City Council, Williams said there are 560 members in the chamber, a 17-percent increase in this year’s participation. She said members of the business community are learning of the opportunities the chamber has to offer in promoting networking, education and advocacy in public policy decisions affecting business. She said staff and the Board of Directors have developed several services to help businesses in the community thrive. “We are now offering online training courses at OFallonchamber.org where any business can take courses, from phone skills to working with hazardous waste materials,” Williams said. Courses are priced at about $19, and certificates are given at completion. “We are also working on our award-winning membership directory and community profile,” Williams said. “Last month the state awarded the chamber with an award for excellence for the e-newsletter and the membership directory.” Williams said 10,000 directories were produced, and about 9,000 of the directories will be sent to residents. The remaining 1,000 will be distributed to businesses. The directory will also feature a new logo for the Chamber of Commerce, Williams said. “Our organization has grown dramatically and the new logo, to be unveiled at the January membership meeting, will reflect that growth,” Williams said. The chamber has also put together a list of legislative priorities regarding economic development.

drive in here,” Brazil said. Brazil and Cronin also suggested that Planning and Zoning Commission members not be paid if they didn’t attend meetings. The $50 compensation may not have changed since the county approved a charter in 1993, said Joann Leykam, the county’s director of administration. Brazil also asked about compensation for Board of Equalization meetings, which is now at $500 a month for members. Leykam said the time requirements for the Board of Equalization may be greater than any other

citizen board in the county. Members meet continually from May through August and at other times of the year, and get particularly busy during reassessment years in reviewing the assessment of property, Leykam said. She added that it was difficult for appointees to have a 40-hour-a-week job because of the time requirements and the many meetings. Leykam said that County Executive Steve Ehlmann has a difficult time finding people with the knowledge and time to serve on the board.

The discussion arose from the bill, which would correct some issues involving compensation. Compensation for Board of Equalization members would be set by the county executive as part of the annual budget, the bill proposes. The board took no final action on the bill, and Leykam said county staff would research compensation for the planning and zoning commissions and boards in other counties. The bill may come before the board at its Dec. 16 meeting.

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FRANCIS HOWELL Athletic Director of the Year Scott Harris, Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School activities director, has been named the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) St. Louis District Athletic Director of the Year. Harris was voted to receive the Director of the Year Award by St. Louis area activities directors and will be recognized at the MIAAA State Conference in April 2014. Harris has spent a total of seven years as an activities director and is in his fourth year as activities director at FHC. Harris has implemented two student award programs that acknowledge student athletes — the Ultimate Spartan Award and the Spartan Elite Award. The Ultimate Spartan Award recognizes the varsity letter winner in each respective sport with the highest in-season grade point average. The Spartan Elite Award recognizes the student athletes who participate in three or more sports each year and receive special recognition for earning a minimum of eight varsity letters in three or more sports. Harris also created FHC Athletic Hall of Fame.  Prior to FHC, Harris spent three years at Winfield Missouri School District as activities director. Harris also taught special education for six years at Timberland High School and for two years at Fort Zumwalt West High School. In addition to teaching, Harris also has served in various coaching roles for a variety of sports including softball, baseball and basketball. Harris was assistant softball, boys’ basketball and baseball coach at Wright City High School from 1997 until 1999; assistant softball, boys basketball and basketball coach at Fort Zumwalt West High School, from 1999 until 2001; and freshman softball and boys basketball coach at Wentzville Holt Annex (now Timberland High School), from 2001 until 2002. Also, Harris was head softball coach and head basketball coach at Timberland High School from 2002 until 2007. Throughout his career, Harris has received

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Swimmers compete at state The Francis Howell High School boys varsity swim team competed in the Missouri State High School Athletics Association state meet on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. The team finished 10th overall. Several athletes contributed to the success of the team including senior Ryan Baker, who has committed to swim at the University of Missouri in the fall. Baker finished third in the 200 individual medley and was the state champion in the 500 freestyle, narrowly missing the state record. The 500 freestyle was a repeat championship for Baker. Senior Alex Crawford finished fourth in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Crawford has committed to swim at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale next year.  Along with Baker and Crawford, Eric Kuehner and Carson Paull were on the ninth-place 200 medley and 400 free relays.

Students visit district court Thirty-eight high school juniors currently enrolled in Katie Bange’s American Government course at Francis Howell High School recently visited the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. During the visit, students had the opportunity to experience first-hand how the federal court system works. Students spent time in the Judicial Learning Center, which included interactive exhibits that provided students with the opportunity to learn about important concepts such as separation of powers, an independent judiciary and the difference between federal and state court.  Students also had the opportunity to view a real courtroom scene where they witnessed a sentencing of a man convicted of a federal

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Students visit state capitol Saeger Middle School (SMS) students recently spent time at the state capitol where they were a part of the Civic Leadership Institute. The students had the opportunity to experience being a part of the various branches of state government and act as legislators lobbying to write and pass bills into laws, as well as attorneys defending and prosecuting individuals in mock court cases. SMS students Jennifer Ferry, Gillian Pendel, and Talia Thambyraja were awarded “Best Court Case” by judges from various schools for their defense during their mock court case.  SMS students joined other students from around the state to solve common programs for youth in Missouri such as first amendment rights, drugs, peer pressure, environmental concerns, school, and community involvement.

GAC starts Dec. 19 Thirty-four area high school basketball teams, 17 teams representing the Gateway Athletic Conference (GAC) will compete against 17 teams from the Suburban and South/West conferences, during the GAC Suburban South/West Basketball Challenge set for Dec. 19 through Dec. 21 at the St. Charles County Family Arena. Francis Howell North High School, Francis Howell Central High School and Francis Howell High School basketball teams will be competing in the challenge. Tickets to the GAC Suburban Basketball Challenge can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office one hour prior to the first game of the day or at any time during the event for $5. Children age 5 and under will receive free admission. The ticket will grant admission into the arena for the entire day with free parking.


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Need Gift Fund for BJSP employees in need and to Volunteers in Medicine in St. Charles County. They also purchased a $38,000 orthopedic surgical table for the hospital. The auxiliary raises funds through the gift shop sales and fundraising events throughout the year. The auxiliary chartered a bus for members to attend the luncheon. Twenty-three members were present to accept the award. The auxiliary was formed in 1980 when the hospital opened. This is the third time the group has been recognized with an award from the MAHA.

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Members of the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary accepting the 2013 Auxiliary of the Year award.

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draising activities, grants, volunteer hours of service, and physician and employee relations. The auxiliary has 129 members with a combined 19,398 hours of volunteer service from June 2012 through May 2013. In addition to offering educational programs to staff and the community, auxiliary members knitted 400 newborn baby caps, 180 red scarves for WomenHeart, provided 24 blankets for the fetal loss program, made pillows and eyeglass pouches for hospital patients, and provided holiday tray favors to patients. The auxiliary provided three $2,000 scholarships to students seeking careers in health care. They donated $1,000 to the Workers in

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By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH Electronic message boards used by churches, schools and other non-profit organizations may have to get to the point more quickly in Lake Saint Louis. The city’s Board of Aldermen is expected to consider a change soon in city regulations that would reduce the minimum display time on electronic message boards and changeable light panels. The minimum display time would go from 60 seconds to 10 seconds between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The change would apply for message boards on church, school and other nonprofit property. A public hearing on the proposed change was held at the board’s Dec. 2 meeting. The city’s planning and zoning commission recommended the change at its Dec. 5 meeting, which now goes to the board for final action. The Board of Aldermen’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Dec. 16. The city is also considering another code change that may allow solar panels on buildings. City Administrator Paul Markworth said the city code doesn’t currently prohibit or allow solar panels and requires clarification. If the city receives a request for solar panels on a building, it may not be able to allow them, given the present code, he said.

Meanwhile, in other business, city officials aren’t paying for a mascot costume used by a city commission to educate school children about trees. The city’s Board of Aldermen decided on Dec. 2 not to reimburse a former city Tree Board member for buying the costume. Jim Bowers, a local resident who was a member of the volunteer commission that makes recommendations to the Board of Aldermen, asked the city for $2,039.22 to reimburse him for purchasing the costume in 2008. A person wore the costume in the classroom at local schools while other speakers told students about the importance of trees. Bowers spent $3,893 for the costume, thinking that Tree Board fundraisers would pay him back, according to a memorandum to aldermen from Markworth. The memorandum stated that fundraisers in 2009, 2010 and 2011 raised $1,853.80, leaving a balance of $2,039.22. City officials heard the request and asked Markworth to talk to the Tree Board about holding another fundraiser. Markworth said the Tree Board wasn’t interested in raising more money nor is the city planning to use the costume. The board didn’t agree to reimburse Bowers out of city funds.

O’Fallon Fire District chief, other high-ranking officers file suit By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY O’Fallon Fire Chief Mike Ballmann and four other top-ranking members of the O’Fallon Fire District have filed a suit in St. Charles County Circuit Court, asking that a judge rule on severance payments if they are fired or “let go” in coming months. In September, the O’Fallon Fire Protection District Board offered buyouts to 10 top-ranking officers, including Ballmann. None of the firefighters accepted the buyout, but one officer left the district to accept a position as fire chief in Olivette. An audit performed earlier this year indicated that the fire district was “top-heavy,” according to reports by Fire District Attorney Neil Bruntrager. Those offered buyouts and other incentives include Chief Ballmann, Division Chiefs Randy Sanders and Ken Vomund,

Chief Administrative Officer Scott Avery and Financial Director Robert Cerrano. Members of the fire prevention division — Fire Marshal Mark Morrison and Fire Inspector Kay Lee Ellison — as well as three battalion chiefs — Mel Emge, Charles McCoy and Mark Stenger — also received buyout offers. The firefighters’ lawsuit was prompted by the district’s cancelation of contracts with top-ranking employees, effective Dec. 31. The firefighters will become “at will” employees, which means they can be fired or dismissed at any time without ramifications. The lawsuit doesn’t challenge the district’s right to end the contracts. Bruntrager is reported as saying there are no dismissals planned. He did say future layoffs were possible to become more efficient.


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BEST COOKIE CONTEST: The winner is ... German Chocolate Cookies By KATE UPTERGROVE What defines a really great cookie? That’s a hard question to answer – made even harder by the mouth-watering contributions of local cookie bakers who contributed recipes to Mid Rivers Newsmagazine’s Best Cookie Contest.

When asked what makes for a great cookie, Terry Dean, Mid Rivers’ managing editor, said: “There was a time when my favorite cookie was a warm chocolate chip cookie next to a cold glass of milk. But when I saw my wife, daughter and granddaughter making cook-

ies this year – laughing and sharing stories of Christmas past and present – it no longer mattered what type of cookie they made as it was to become my favorite.” Around the office, the cookie we loved most and deemed the best was also a cookie that, as writer Mary Ann says, took care to

make. German Chocolate Cookies sent in by LeRetha Campbell, of O’Fallon, won our praise at first bite. True to its name, this moist cookie offered all the delectable tastes that make German Chocolate cake so great – coconut, chocolate and even a cherry on top. Here’s the recipe. Judge for yourself.

plus 1/3 cup margarine for the dough 1 box german chocolate cake mix 1 cup chocolate frosting 1 jar maraschino cherries, cut in half

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1 cup sugar 1 cup evaporated milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 egg yolks, beaten 1 1⁄2 cup coconut 1 1⁄2 cup of chopped pecans 1⁄2 cup margarine for topping

indention in center of each cookie. Top until well blended. each with one cherry. • Combine flour, soda and salt in small • Bake at 350º F for 10-13 minutes. Cool. bowl; gradually add to butter mixture until • Microwave frosting and drizzle over well blended. top of cooled cookies. • Stir in morsels and toffee bits. Directions • Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet For topping ANOTHER FAVORITE lined with parchment paper. • In saucepan combine sugar, milk, Alisha’s Delicious Cookies • Bake at 350º F for 8-14 minutes. If you margarine, vanilla and eggs. Cook over 3/4 cup butter, softened (no margarine) like your cookies chewy take them out at medium heat for 10 minutes or until thick3/4 cup dark brown sugar the lower end of time and for crispy cookened, stirring constantly. 3/4 cup granulated sugar ies leave in 1-2 minutes more. • Remove mixture from heat and stir in 2 large eggs Baker’s note: Bake only one pan of cookcoconut and pecans. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla ies at a time. Do not bake one pan of cookies • Cool until mixture reaches room tem2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour over another. Remove cookies immediately perature. Reserve 1 1⁄4 cups of mixture. 1 teaspoon baking soda from baking sheet and let them cool on wire For dough 3/4 teaspoon salt rack to avoid going flat. Make sure to bake • In bowl combine margarine, cake mix 1 12 oz. package milk chocolate morsels the next batch on a cool baking sheet – a hot and remaining topping mixture. 1/2 bag chocolate covered toffee bits one will make the cookies flat. • Refrigerate for 30 minutes; then shape ••• All recipes submitted to the Mid Rivers dough into 1-inch balls. Directions • Place balls 2 inches apart on an • Beat butter and sugars at medium speed Newsmagazine Best Cookie Contest can be ungreased cookie sheet. With thumb make until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat found online at newsmagazinenetwork.com.

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The Progress 64 West Board of Directors (from left), Bill Hardie, chairman; Sharon Huber; Jerry Rosen, treasurer; Gary M. Hollingsworth; Dave Gannon; Tom Flynn; Pam Hobbs, president; Ed Fasnacht; Dan Human, secretary; John W. Hammond; Tom Shaw,Sr.; Debbie Shaw-Franke (Bryan Schraier photo)

St. Charles County for decades of providing job opportunities and other important resources to those in need, and for opening its newest retail operations in the cities of By JIM ERICKSON Lake Saint Louis and St. Peters. Gov. Jay Nixon wasn’t kidding Nov. 26 In 2001, Metropolitan Employment and when he told an impromptu news conference Rehabilitation Services and Missouri Goodwill in Chesterfield that a decision on calling a Industries merged to form MERS/Missouri special session of the Missouri legislature Goodwill Industries or “MERS/Goodwill.” would be made “in days, rather than weeks.” Today, the $150 million organization puts 94 Just prior to the press conference, Nixon percent of its revenues back into its community had given the keynote speech at Progress services, which include employment training, 64 West’s annual awards banquet, the career counseling, daycare centers, juvenile theme of which was “Saluting Job Cre- justice programs, correctional services, GED ators.” Nixon had talked about what his instruction, and retail thrift stores. administration has done to encourage job creation in the state, specifically referring Renovation of Mid Rivers to the Boeing plant as “a huge transforma- Mall kicks off ‘Shopping tional opportunity” for the area’s economy. with the Saints’ Progress 64 West added emphasis to Nixon’s remarks by presenting the first of By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH several awards for excellence in commuShoppers can be on a heavenly mission this nity development to the state of Missouri. holiday season if they “shop with the saints” More than 300 attended the Progress 64 at locations such as the newly renovated Mid West banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rivers Mall in St. Peters, say local officials. Chesterfield, among them were civic and “Shopping with the Saints” is actually a community leaders as well as the winner local campaign to encourage shoppers to of the Louis S. Sachs Scholarship, made shop in St. Peters and St. Charles. Now in its possible by American Direct Marketing second year, it is sponsored by the Greater Resources, LLC; and DosterUllom, LLC. St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Community development awards were pre- St. Charles and St. Peters. sented to the St. Charles County Association Among the locations where shoppers can of Realtors; Ed Hassinger, former chief engi- go is the mall, which celebrated its 25th neer with the Missouri Department of Trans- anniversary in October and has undergone portation; the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee a major renovation. District; Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s largThe mall’s renovation began this spring est independent owned air medical service and features new flooring, interior painting, provider, headquartered in O’Fallon; Lin- energy-efficient lighting, holiday décor denwood University; St. Charles Community and seating areas. Several new stores have College; and local philanthropist, banker, and relocated or been added. “The reason we’re thrilled really is because civic leader John Hammond. we think it’s going to provide a better shopping experience for the community,” said Kurt MERS/Goodwill Bohlmann, general manager for the mall. St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said both comMERS/Goodwill has been honored with the latest Business Spotlight Award from munities complement each other when it comes the Economic Development Roundtable of to choices shoppers have during the holidays.

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Activities including archery, riflery, Pine’s Peak, arts & crafts, the nature center, campfires with s’mores along with winter games and memories that will last a lifetime.

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A “Tree-Rific Holly-Day” tour will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 19. The sightseeing tour will depart from Civic Park in O’Fallon to visit some of the metro area’s finest holiday decorations, including the Victorian-era Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, the Lemp Mansion and the Missouri Botanical Garden for the new “Garden Glow” show. Next, cruise through local Christmas light displays, ending the evening with a tour of O’Fallon’s own Celebration of Lights. The trip includes dining on some of the area’s best Italian food at Zia’s on The Hill. The trip’s cost of $80 for residents and $88 for non-residents includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admissions, dinner and gratuities. To register, visit www.ofallon. mo.us/parks&rec or call 474-2732. ••• The fourth annual Lake St. Louis Police Officers Association Holiday Charity Drive is looking for monetary donations until Dec. 24. The LSLPOA will sponsor local school children for Christmas. Monetary donations can be mailed to LSLPOA at 6290 Ronald Reagan Dr. Suite 267, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367. For more information, contact Gary McIntyre at 314-322-1600.  ••• Make plans to celebrate the holidays in memorable style riding through O’Fallon’s Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt

Park on a Segway, horse-drawn carriage or wagon, or aboard the City Train. Specialty rides will be available by reservation in December. For more information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/celebration-of-lights. ••• Christmas Traditions will be held until Dec. 24 on Main Street in St. Charles. Christmas Traditions will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.stcharleschristmas.com. ••• “Holiday Break Camp” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 26-Dec. 27 or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 30-Dec. 31 and Jan. 2-Jan. 3, at the Renaud Spirit Center in O’Fallon. Parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their kids are safe, having fun and getting exercise. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day; no refrigeration is available. For pricing and more information, call 379-5606 or visit www.ofallon.mo.us. ••• The Way, a new church in Wentzville, will host a free Christmas Eve Community Potluck at 5:15 p.m., Tues., Dec. 24, at Peine Ridge Elementary School, 1107 Peine Road in Wentzville. The church is providing ham, beverages, and table service, and com-

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munity participants are asked to bring a dish to share. All are welcome to participate — particularly those who could benefit from a warm meal among new friends. For more information call 314-517-2370.

MEETINGS The Saint Charles Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., Dec 21, in multi-purpose room 112 at Spencer Road Library. For more information, email lorna_j_63376@yahoo.com. ••• Men of all ages are invited to attend Monday Night Men every Monday at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Church located at 1600 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. Each Monday there is a one-hour Bible study for small groups. At 8 p.m., the big screen is lowered to watch Monday Night Football. For more information, call 561-5680.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT St. Charles Community College Young People’s Theatre will present “White Christmas” on Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Theater at SCC. Tickets are $8. For more information, call 922-8233 or visit www.stchas.edu/T. ••• Colorful landscapes, Western themes, and barn dances are among the paintings by artist Grant Kniffen that are currently on display through Jan. 3 in O’Fallon’s Cultural

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Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center. Kniffen’s artwork is inspired by regional themes, American history, and landscapes both rural and wild. He owes his compelling use of vibrant color, line, and a penchant for storytelling to childhood influences.  Currently, Kniffen enjoys taking non-traditional approaches to his favorite themes by using multiple views, expressive color, and combinations of realism and abstraction in the same painting. Examples of his artwork can be seen on his website at www.kniffenart.com. For more information, call 474-2732 or visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com. ••• “Rag Dolls, Robots & Rocketships,” a juried exhibition presenting the theme of toys, will showcase pieces of all media in Galleries II & III at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles through Jan. 17. For more information, call 255-0270 or visit www. foundryartcentre.org. ••• Rat Race, an exhibition of whimsical artwork, will be on display through Feb. 23, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport‘s Meeting Place Gallery located in Terminal 1 (Bag Claim Level adjacent to the Concourse C exit). The exhibition invites visitors passing through the airport to pause for a moment and forget about the “rat race.” Artwork by 15 artists will provide visitors with a reminder of the lighter side of life. For more information, call 255-0270.

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