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Taxing the poor With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word “tax” has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle. If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from what you get when you say, “If it looks like a tax, acts like a tax and takes away your resources like a tax, then it’s a tax.” One of the biggest, and one of the oldest, taxes in this latter sense is inflation. Governments have stolen their people’s resources this way, not just for centuries, but for thousands of years. Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life’s savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all. The Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s had thousands of printing presses turning out vast amounts of money, which the government could then spend to pay for whatever it wanted to pay for. Of course, prices skyrocketed with vastly more money in circulation. Many people’s life savings would not buy a loaf of bread. For all practical purposes, they had been robbed, big time. A rising demagogue coined the phrase “starving billionaires,” because even a billion Deutschmarks was not enough to feed your family. That demagogue was Adolf Hitler, and the public’s loss of faith in their irresponsible government may well have contributed toward his Nazi movement’s growth. Most inflation does not reach that level, but the government can quietly steal a lot of your wealth with much lower rates of inflation. For example a $100 bill at the end of the 20th century would buy less than a $20 bill would buy in 1960. If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value. Despite all the political rhetoric today about how nobody’s taxes will be raised, except for “the rich,” inflation transfers a

percentage of everybody’s wealth to a government that expands the money supply. Moreover, inflation takes the same percentage from the poorest person in the country as it does from the richest. That’s not all. Income taxes only transfer money from your current income to the government, but it does not touch whatever money you may have saved over the years. With inflation, the government takes the same cut out of both. It is bad enough when the poorest have to turn over the same share of their assets to the government as the richest do, but it is grotesque when the government puts a bigger bite on the poorest. This can happen because the rich can more easily convert their assets from money into things like real estate, gold or other assets whose value rises with inflation. But a welfare mother is unlikely to be able to buy real estate or gold. She can put a few dollars aside in a jar somewhere. But wherever she may hide it, inflation can steal value from it without having to lay a hand on it. No wonder the Federal Reserve uses fancy words like “quantitative easing,” instead of saying in plain English that they are essentially just printing more money. The biggest and most deadly “tax” rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits – food stamps, housing subsidies and the like – if their income goes up. Someone who is trying to climb out of poverty by working their way up can easily reach a point where a $10,000 increase in pay can cost them $15,000 in lost benefits that they no longer qualify for. That amounts to a marginal tax rate of 150 percent – far more than millionaires pay. Some government policies help some people at the expense of other people. But some policies can hurt welfare recipients, the taxpayers and others, all at the same time, even though in different ways. Why? Because we are too easily impressed by lofty political rhetoric and too little interested in the reality behind the words.


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l ette r s t o t h e e d i t o r The debt To the Editor: At this point, it does not matter what political party one belongs to, and it does not help to point fingers and blame past political leaders for our current situation. Right now both President Obama and the Republican Congress are playing the political game while America moves ever closer to financial disaster. Both sides are merely playing games with political posturing, and neither side is willing to deal with the real problem: entitlements. Anyone with a brain can go to the Web and obtain the budget data for the U.S. government. The truth is that entitlements alone account for more monetary commitments than we take in on taxes. Once entitlements are accounted for there is not one U.S. dollar left over to run any aspect of the federal government. Moreover, once entitlements are paid for, we are still over a trillion dollars in debt, which is more than what is appropriated to run the entire federal government. So both parties can talk about tax cuts and government spending cuts all they want, but until we cut entitlements, the discussions are just smoke-and-mirror politics which will have little contribution to society. Of course, the above discussion only concerns the annual budget. In reality, this  is just the tip of the iceberg. The historical abuses of the government within the banking industry, and the attempted manipulation of the economy through printed money are drawing our country into a position where we may be forced to compromise our sovereignty, just to payoff the enormous debt we are creating.  I am going to challenge all patriotic Americans, and especially my fellow evangelicals to learn how our government is abusing the monetary system through the federal reserve bank. We have been ignorant too long. To get a basic understanding I would recommend every American read G. Edward Griffin’s “The Creature from Jekyll Island.” It will open your eyes. I am not big on his conspiracy theory, but the first eight to nine chapters are very educational as to how the federal reserve works. It’s time to wake up America.  Jeffrey Waller St. Charles

Any deal? To the Editor: Senator Claire McCaskill spelled out her view of the stakes in “fiscal cliff” negotiations entangling Capitol Hill. She made the baffling statement that “the details of the

package are less important than the fact that we can reach a compromise and would be $4 trillion in long-term debt reduction. That means everybody’s going to hurt a little and everyone is not going to get their way.” Senator McCaskill’s statement is troubling on two fronts. One, a deal for the sake of a deal is never a good idea details matter the most. Congress has to make the right choices. Secondly, I sincerely hope that Senator McCaskill recognizes that in Missouri, and all across this nation, hardworking American families are still hurting a lot, not just a “little.” So are our schools. Our students already live in reduced circumstances and have fewer resources due to the recession and continued cuts. The United States Congress claims to be concerned about education but that is not shown by their actions so far. Continued cuts to social programs/ Medicaid and special education have caused food shortages, little or no dental or medical care for our students and fewer resources for students in our schools. Our school district has tried to meet these needs through a donation backpack program. Students take home food every weekend in backpacks. Will we be able to continue to support this program? We help students find donated dental care, eye exams/ glasses and any other donated services we can find for our students. It is clear that Congress is slowly and successfully turning schools into the primary supporter and delivery systems for social services as they cut government social service programs and educational funds and push them together. Is education going to have to make choices between buying books or feeding our children one day? Is this how we support a fist rate educational system for the United States? Congress must resist the urge to reduce the debt at the expense of our students who have been battered relentlessly by budget cuts over the past five years – while the wealthiest Americans are given even more tax breaks. Across the state, students sit in decaying classrooms, special education programs have been gutted, and for those living in poverty the programs they count on most to get by are in jeopardy. Are these students, and the seniors who depend on vital programs like Social Security and Medicare the “details” that Senator McCaskill seems to think are “less important” than just getting a deal? We have already asked our children and the most vulnerable to sacrifice. It is time for the wealthiest 2 percent to pay their fair share. It may just be “details” to Senator McCaskill, but to me, it’s the 283 kids I teach. Missourians need a good deal, Senator McCaskill, not just any deal. Sandra Goforth-McDougal


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axis has never happened and is not possible. If there were any change in the Earth’s rotation, it would be instantly apparent by failure of our GPS systems. Increasing disasters. Our planet is behaving normally in 2012, although we see more and more news stories about natural disasters. There has been no increase in earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. There has been an increase in extreme weather, including both droughts and floods, which are partly attributable to global warming, but this has nothing to do with a 2012 doomsday. Solar outbursts: The sun’s ongoing 11-year activity cycle is expected to peak in 2013, not 2012. Solar outbursts (flares and CMEs) can damage orbiting satellites but will not hurt us on the surface. The strength of the 2013 solar maximum is predicted to be lower than average, not higher. Bunker conspiracy: Accusations of a massive government cover-up are nonsense. No government could hide an incoming planet or silence hundreds of thousands of scientists. Rumors that huge bunkers have been built in the U.S. or elsewhere to shelter the elite are lies. Apparently a few people are building private shelters, but their fear of 2012 is misplaced and they are wasting their money. Scaring children: The group most vulnerable to doomsday claims is children. Teachers report that many of their students are frightened and some are even considering suicide. This is the most tragic consequence of the 2012 hoax. The end of the world: The idea of the sudden end of the world by any cause is absurd. The Earth has been here for more than 4 billion years, and it will be several more billion years before the gradual brightening of the sun makes our planet unlivable. Meanwhile there is no known astronomical or geological threat that could destroy the Earth. Cosmophobia: Many young people write that they are scared of astronomy. When they read about some new discovery, the first thing they think is that it might hurt them, even if it is happening in a distant galaxy. There is no reason for such fears, or cosmophobia. This rash of concern seems to be the result of too many conspiracy theories and sensational stories featured on the Internet and irresponsible news outlets. Astronomical objects are so distant that they cannot threaten the Earth. Please don’t be afraid of the sun or the planets or comets or asteroids. The universe is not your enemy.


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News Br iefs St. Charles County Position of no position Contrary to a published report, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has not taken a position on the proposed tax increase for Great Rivers Greenway known as the “Safe and Accessible Arch and Public Parks Initiative.” “(The) published report said he would not veto a bill putting the issue on the ballot. He has not made a decision about that yet,” said John Sonderegger, with the County Executive’s office. The measure would add up to threesixteenths of 1 cent in sales taxes, and Ehlmann said he has not promised anyone he would veto such a bill nor has he promised anyone he would sign it. Ehlmann’s main criticism of the bill last year came after an amendment was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives allowing St. Charles County, St. Louis County and St. Louis City to place the issue on the ballot without a hearing and little debate on the floor. Ehlmann has continued to raise concerns with supporters of the Arch measure, and has pledged to keep an open mind on the issue until it has had a hearing before the County Council. “The last thing we want to do is judge this proposal before we have heard from the public, as was done in the Missouri House,” Ehlmann said.

Portage des Sioux Dog killed A 6-year-old dog named Tigger was found shot to death earlier this month in Portage Des Sioux. Police are investigating the incident. Lt. Craig McGuire, with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, said the chil-

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dren in the home let the Peekapoo outside on Dec. 7. When the dog did not return home three hours later, the family became concerned and searched for the dog. “They couldn’t find the dog Friday night (Dec. 7), but on Saturday (Dec. 8) the family was notified by a neighbor that the dog’s body was found on the edge of his property,” said McGuire. It wasn’t until the following day, that the family discovered the dog had been shot. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 949-3030.

St. Charles Man charged in baby’s death A 24-year-old St. Charles man has been arrested in connection to the murder of a 4-month-old girl. Jordan Prince was charged with seconddegree murder and endangering the welfare of a child after Ashlynn Peters died on Dec. 4. Police responded to a medical emergency involving an infant who was not breathing on Dec. 3. Upon arrival to the residence in the 3600 block of Fremont responding officers attempted resuscitation efforts. The infant was then conveyed via ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital and later via air ambulance to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The infant died on Dec. 4, and initial autopsy results indicated that the death was a homicide, police said. “The cause of death was asphyxiation,” said Lt. Dave Senter, with the St. Charles Police. Prince is the boyfriend of the infant’s mother. He was watching the child, while the mother was at home sleeping. Prince is currently being held at the St. Charles County Jail on a $150,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed, police said. Anyone with additional information in reference to this incident or similar inci-

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Fire station breaks ground A groundbreaking was held on Dec.13 for the St. Charles City’s newly approved Fire Station and Public Safety Facility on Boschertown Road. The event marked the beginning of Phase I, which will include grading of the property along with the construction of a 6,000-square-foot storage building. Fire Chief Rick Daly said this project is being initiated in an effort to maintain the city’s commitment to providing timely response. The current Station No. 4, located at 400 North Drive, was built in 1977. “It is a metal building and has come to the end of its useful life as a fire station,” said Daly. In addition to housing staff and related firefighting equipment, Daly said the new facility will provide storage space for specialized equipment and vehicles, administrative offices and supplies. “In order to better serve our residents and businesses, this facility will also include a community meeting room and house an emergency operations center,” said Daly. The $4.1 million project will be paid for via the general obligation bond financing solution, which represents no change or increase to the city’s current tax rate.

Teens charged in robbery Three teens have been charged in connection to a robbery that occurred on Circle Drive in St. Charles on Dec. 4. Police said three men — two armed with handguns — assaulted an individual and stole a backpack, cellphones, and wallets from four people who had agreed to meet with them to allegedly purchase heroin. The investigation revealed that at least some of the suspects and victims knew each other. “One of the three robbers allegedly agreed to meet the victims in order to facilitate a nar-

cotics transaction, apparently his real purpose was to rob and get revenge on the victims because one of them (known to him) had left him stranded in Illinois in the recent past,” said Lt. Dave Senter, with the St. Charles Police. Christopher D. Hunn, 18, Graylen Nolden, 19, and Dirrell Taylor III, 19, have each been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery. The men are currently being held at the St. Charles County Jail with a $50,000 bond. A handgun and all of the stolen property was recovered. Anyone with additional information in reference to this case is requested to contact the St. Charles Police at 949-3300 or can do so anonymously at 949-3333.

St. Peters Robbery suspect still loose Police are searching for a black female suspected of robbing the HR Liquor Mini Market and injuring an employee on Dec. 1. Police said the unknown female suspect entered the store at approximately 8:55 p.m. wearing a black jacket with a hood, blue jeans and black ski mask. The suspect, who was carrying a black semiautomatic gun, walked behind the main counter and demanded money. The store employee did not immediately cooperate with the suspect, possibly because of some language barriers, and was then struck in the face with the gun. After the suspect was unsuccessful in getting money from the cash register, she then attempted to take the store employees’ purse. The victim grabbed the purse back and called 911 on her cellphone. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The store employee did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. “Police officers would always recommend in an armed robbery situation to give the suspects the money or possessions they demand because your safety is more important than any possessions,” said St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss. “The employee/ victim was extremely lucky the suspect did not harm her more than she did.”


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O’Fallon Chamber members honored Several local residents and businesses were honored by the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce at its annual Awards Luncheon. Jeff Arneson — owner of JLJ Technology — was recognized as the Sue Proost O’Fallon Chamber Person of the Year. The Sue Proost O’Fallon Chamber Person of the Year is awarded to an O’Fallon Chamber member who has given back to the O’Fallon Community and the Chamber of Commerce through their leadership, dedication and volunteerism. “Jeff is just a great person and a great part of our community. He is always willing to offer helpful advice whether it be on IT, owning a business, or how to get the most out of the Chamber,” said Erin Williams, president/CEO of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce. “Outside of that, Jeff is extremely dedicated to Habitat for Humanity, serving on their board and acting as a huge advocate for them. He encompasses what we see in our best business people, leaders in their business and the community.” Jan’s Travel and Cruise was recognized as the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce 2012 Small Business of the Year because of their dedication to their clients and the community. And Mozingo Music was honored as the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year thanks to its service and dedication to the arts in O’Fallon as well as the business district of South Hwy. K. Progress West Healthcare Center was recognized as the 2012 Large Business of the Year. The hospital just celebrated its five-year anniversary and has achieved several national awards including the Top Performer Award. Progress West also offers several free healthy programs, including the Biggest Loser of St. Charles County and the Safety Stop for babies and children. St. Charles County Ambulance District was named as the 2012 Community Servant of the Year. The St. Charles County Ambulance District has a focused effort on serving the residents of St. Charles County outside of ambulatory needs. In its focus on the community, the Ambulance District has partnered with State Farm for the Halloween Safety Program, hosted the Fill the Ambulance Toy Drive, and raised funds for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and EMS Outreach.

Brian Richardson was honored as Ambassador of the Year. As the first line of contact with the membership of the O’Fallon Chamber the Ambassadors strengthen the membership and programming of the chamber.

Police search for armed robber Police are looking for a white male suspected of robbing an O’Fallon gas station at gunpoint on Dec. 7. No one was injured. The suspect entered the Conoco gas station at 1060 Bryan Road just after midnight on Dec. 7. He displayed a handgun and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot. An extensive search of the area failed to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as a tall, very thin white male, about 6-foot tall. He was wearing a flannel plaid jacket with a gray hood, blue jeans, glasses, and black and white tennis shoes. “It is still under investigation,” said Officer Diana Damke. Anyone with information on this robbery is urged to contact Detective Jodi Weber at 379-5633.

Woman attacked in home A 21-year-old St. Charles man allegedly attacked a woman in her home on Dec. 5 after working on her cable the day before. James M. Helderle has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, forcible sodomy-deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, felonious restraint and armed criminal action. Police received a call from the boyfriend of the victim about 12:41 a.m. O’Fallon Police Officer Diana Damke said the victim was on the phone with her boyfriend, when he heard a commotion and he contacted police. According to police, the victim was found in her residence in the 1000 block of Southernside Lane, where she had been bound, gagged and sexually assaulted. Upon the arrival of the officers, the suspect fled through the sliding glass door and jumped from the second floor balcony. An intensive search of the area revealed the suspect where he was taken into custody. Damke advises all women who live alone to have a trusted friend with them if work is being done in their home. “Never advertise you live alone. If you do live alone stage your residence to look as though you do not live alone,” said Damke, who suggested leaving a men’s jacket or pair of shoes in the living room. “At a minimum during a service call, keep a phone on you to call police if needed. As in all situations in life if you feel uncomfortable or something does not feel right get out of the situation and contact law enforcement. Always trust your gut instinct.” Hederle is currently being held at the St. Charles County Jail with a $500,000 bond.

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are adding activities and attractions to draw By Michael R. Smith In its meeting on Nov. 26 the St. Charles tourists which he said “is a good thing.” He said he wanted to allow those busiCounty Council created a new zoning district in the winery area to ensure that future nesses the ability to build new structures development there preserves the area’s but also ensure the area retains its charm and isn’t overdeveloped. natural beauty and rural atmosphere. Brazil said he and Wayne Anthony, the However, just two weeks earlier the Council heard residents in the area express county’s director of Commercial Developtheir concerns that a 400-foot 911 antenna ment, had spent more than a year developing the architectural requirements in the would spoil the area’s beauty. The new Agricultural Tourism District ordinance. “It gives the wineries latitude will put architectural- and site-design to do other things but it also controls the requirements on new buildings that are density,” Brazil said. “You can choose to part of a tourist attraction, for example, be a winery or you can choose to go this a small inn added to a winery. Buildings AT district where you’ll have a little more for agriculture are exempted from the latitude.” The new ordinance affects properties of requirements. Councilman Joe Brazil, sponsor of the at least 40 acres. A maximum 7 percent bill, noted that some wineries in the district of a property may be used for non-winery

purposes with the balance still used for agriculture. Brazil said that some wineries are hosting weddings, want to offer lodging, and use their property for activities that are “outside the scope of their wine permits so we’re trying to get them into compliance.” He said that there’s no change to the agricultural requirements for vineyards. Anthony described the new rules for winery/tourism uses. He said the new district differs from other county zoning because new business construction will be “subject to a very controlled site planning and architectural review.” Wineries that have new construction for tourism purposes will be subject to using certain exterior materials such as brick, stone, and wood; restricted to building height of two stories except for lodges; and required to add elements such as gables, dormers, and porches. Wayne said the county has even created a book to provide examples of what could be acceptable architectural elements. “We’ve been talking about this for several years,” Brazil said. “We’ve been working on this a long time to make it right.” He said he met with wineries and business owners throughout the wine region about the changes. “I haven’t had anybody object.” This county decision to more closely monitor site development and architectural design in the region followed a meeting just two weeks earlier when residents expressed their concerns that a proposed 400-foot communications tower would spoil the wine district’s beauty. At an earlier meeting the Council listened to residents’ objections to building a 400-foot communications tower at one

of the county’s highest points, and which Brazil said would make it visible throughout the area. The tower is required to provide total coverage in the wine region that emergency responders say now has many gaps. Brazil said that he doesn’t want “an Eiffel Tower on top of Schluersberg Road. It’s a terrible decision.” Though only conceptual plans have been presented to the Council through updates by project engineers, Brazil and some residents believe that information to the community has been inadequate. “I don’t feel the people in the area are getting responses,” he said. Residents who feel they’ve been left out of the planning wonder whether other alternatives have been considered — such as erecting more but shorter towers rather than a single tall one. “We are not against improving the first responder network,” said resident David Dempsey of Augusta. “We are against the lack of foresight to the impact on the beauty, the economy, the environment.” Council Chairman Nancy Matheny (Weldon Spring) explained that the Council is not part of the initial engineering study. “We’re not part of the (exploratory) process.” Motorola Solutions is the contractor that’s evaluating 12 new and existing tower locations in the county. The new antennas are part of a federally mandated communications upgrade to allow emergency personnel throughout the region to connect with each other. Complicating the problem of tower placement, Motorola’s engineers say, is that the antennas are interdependent: Adjusting or moving one creates a ripple effect in coverage in the rest of the county.

St. Charles mayor appoints Randall D. McKinley as new chief of police St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith has named Police Chief Randall D. McKinley of Bloomington, Ill., as the city of St. Charles’ next police chief. The City Council confirmed the mayor’s appointment on Dec. 11. McKinley will officially start work on Jan. 21, 2013. “We initiated a nationwide search for the person who will serve in this important position for the city,” Faith said. “(McKinley) quickly rose to the top of the list based on his years of experience, coupled with his dedication to the field of law enforcement and his ability to think strategically. His leadership is what we need here in St. Charles, and we look forward to having him on board in the not-too-distant future.” McKinley, who lives in the Blooming-

ton/Normal area, has served more than reviewed a number of well-qualified can28 years with the Bloomington Police didates for the position before making Department, where he is approaching the the decision to bring McKinley’s name four-year mark in the capacity of police forward for confirmation. chief after having been named interim “St. Charles has an outstanding police chief of police in January 2009. department with an excellent reputation McKinley is a member of Law of protecting and serving the people who Enforcement Development Associates, live, work, and visit our community,” International Association of Chiefs of Spurgeon said. “We are looking forward Police, FBI National Academy Associ- to Randy joining our city and leadership ates, International Association of Law team. I’d also like to take the opportunity, Enforcement Planners, International on behalf of Mayor Faith, City Council Association of Identification and the Illi- and the entire Police Department, to nois Association of Crisis Negotiators. recognize Larry Stulce for his service He also serves as commander of Crisis as interim chief of police. We were very Response Negotiators and commander fortunate to have Larry with us and Police Chief Randall D. McKinley of the Office of Professional Standards. appreciate his efforts and dedication to Michael Spurgeon, director of admin- duty during his term.” reported that McKinley had also been istration, said the selection committee News sources in Bloomington have considered for a job in Texas.


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By Amy Armour “We are going to miss their help this year, A little friendly competition between but we have put out the call to our residents cities will benefit hungry families this holi- and businesses to support the home team day season. this year,” Lewis said. For the third consecutive year, the cities Residents from all three cities are encourof Weldon Spring, Dardenne Prairie and aged to drop off donations of canned goods, Cottleville will compete to collect the most non-perishable items, toilet paper, paper food for Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. towels, cleaning goods, baby diapers or perThe food pantry serves hundreds of fami- sonal care items at their respective city hall. lies every week in St. Charles, Lincoln and “We will be placing a container on the front Warren counties. porch of City Hall for drop-offs after normal “We are once again happy to be challenging business hours and weekends,” said Moe our sister cities, Weldon Spring and Dardenne Kwiatkowski, city clerk for Weldon Spring. Prairie in our annual Tri-City Food Drive,” At this point, the food drive has not said Scott Lewis, Cottleville city administrator. brought as many donations as last year. “Last year, Cottleville employees, elected offi“We’re off to a slow start though this year. cials, business owners and residents donated I’m hoping people don’t forget us while over 2,000 nonperishable food items.” they are out there shopping for their friends Cottleville narrowly edged out the city and loved ones,” said Kwiatkowski. of Weldon Spring last year to take home Kwiatkowski hopes the donations will help the coveted Cornucopia Trophy. fill empty stomachs in St. Charles County. “Cottleville will be defending the Cornuco“We participate in this each year because pia Trophy that has proudly been on display there are people who benefit from the donain the lobby of our City Hall since winning tions. There are children who go to bed last year’s competition,” Lewis said. hungry each night because their parents But Lewis said the competition will be don’t have the means to provide the necestough because the city lost one of its big- sary staples,” said Kwiatkowski. “Usually gest participants from last year, as the stu- after the Thanksgiving distribution, the dents and staff at Saeger Middle School are pantry shelves are pretty bare so hopefully participating in Francis Howell Central’s our food drive can fill some of the empty Winter Warm-up coat drive this year. 9:44 AM spaces MidRivers1-2p12.19.12_Layout 1 12/10/12 Pageand 1 empty stomachs as well.”

By Amy Armour All of the capital improvement projects promised in the 2009 bond issue have now been completed in the Fort Zumwalt School District. Projects funded through the $30 million, no-tax-increase bond issue ranged from adding air conditioning to the gymnasiums and middle schools to expanding kindergarten classes for fullday school to building classroom additions at two of the high schools. Bill Weber, assistant superintendent of facilities and construction, presented the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education with an update on the multitude of projects completed with bond issue that was approved by voters in April 2009. “It’s important when we promise (projects) for a bond issue that we follow through on the projects we are going to do,” said Superintendent Bernie DuBray. Some of the improvements at South High School included new flooring and doors throughout the building. Artificial turf was installed on the football field. Air conditioning was added to both of the gyms, the commons and the kitchen. All rooms were painted and new landscaping was installed. At North High School and West High

School, the use of trailers has been eliminated with new classroom and band room additions. Air conditioning was added to each gym and artificial turf was installed on the football fields at each school. Air conditioning was added to the kitchens, multipurpose rooms or gymnasiums at all elementary or middle schools that did not currently have it. Roof and parking lot damage at many of the schools was also addressed. And technology has been upgraded to include a new server, the purchase of laptops, and the installation of distance learning labs at the high schools and administration office. To accommodate the full-day kindergartners, the district was also able to add classrooms at Ostmann Elementary, Emge Elementary and Progress South Elementary. In addition to the planned projects, the district was also able to renovate: the residence on Mexico Road for the district’s new Curriculum and Professional Development Center; the district’s Transition Center; and special education rooms at Mount Hope Elementary, DuBray Middle School and South Middle School. Many of the schools in the district also received new paint and renovated flooring during the past few summers.

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All 12s: St. Peters mom gives birth to Dec. 12 baby at 12:12 p.m. By Amy Armour A St. Peters mom welcomed her second child into the world at 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Grant William Patterson came into the world weighing 6 pounds and 8 ounces. “It must be good luck,” said Jami Patterson, a single mom to Baby Grant and his 6-year-old brother Jack. Patterson did not have a lot of good luck during her pregnancy. She suffered from acute morning sickness called hyperemesis gradiarum — the same sickness Kate Middleton is currently experiencing — for much of her pregnancy. She also had gestational diabetes and was required to take insulin. “I have been so sick with this pregnancy,” Patterson said. As a result of her extreme morning sick-

ness, Patterson was forced to quit her job as a truck driver. She has been out of work since May. “If it wasn’t for the help of my mom and dad I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Patterson said. Patterson hopes to return to work driving a truck once she has recovered from the pregnancy. But until then, Patterson could use a little help. The 31-year-old mom still has all of the baby equipment from her son Jack, and she will receive formula through the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program. But diapers are not an acceptable purchase through the WIC program. “(Donations of) diapers would help me a ton,” she said. Donations of diapers can be made by contacting Patterson at 314-518-6852.

Electric rates to go up in January By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Electric bills in the state will increase this year, now that the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a rate increase of $260 million for Ameren customers in Missouri on Dec. 12. The rate increase will help fund energy efficient programs, however, and the utility company says that could eventually lower customer’s bills. Kevin Gunn, the chair of the Public Service Commission, said the overall rate impact for an average customer will be about $10 a month. The rate increase will cover increased fuel costs, energy efficiency programs,

storm recovery costs, vegetation management and infrastructure improvements. About $90 million of the $260 million rate increase will go toward energy efficiency programs. “Every customer is going to pay a little bit to offer these energy efficiency programs, however, you, as an individual consumer, may be able to, by implementing some of the energy efficiency measures, actually see dollar reductions to your bills,” Gunn said. This is the fifth time Ameren has raised rates in the past six years, however, Gunn said he hopes this order brings rate stabilization.




EDC Trend Report – Local shopping impacts funding for public services With the holidays just around the corner, local officials are reminding residents and businesses about the importance of shopping locally because retail sales tax is a major source of funding for vital public services such as roads, parks, police and more. In St. Charles County, reliance on retail sales tax as a percentage of annual community budgets ranges from a low of 18 percent in Foristell to a high of 60 percent for county government. The impact on other local cities includes St. Charles (21 percent), Weldon Spring (25

Councilmember Hammond installed By Michael R. Smith Last month voters elected David Hammond, of O’Fallon, to replace Paul Wynn as their District 4 representative on the St. Charles County Council. Hammond wasn’t supposed to start until January because Wynn still needed to complete his term. That changed when Wynn resigned, effective Dec. 3. The County Council met that evening and Hammond was sworn in to serve the balance of Wynn’s term. Chairperson Nancy Matheny, (District 3), said she didn’t know why Wynn left early. She said she asked and he responded that he was feeling pressured to resign. “I have no idea who that pressure came from or why,” she said. Hammond said he’d had email conversations with Wynn and thought that he may have wanted to leave the council in order to have District 4 representation on votes as soon as possible. “I think the biggest reason was to get somebody in who could vote on some of these issues,” Hammond said. Because of his job Wynn has not attended most council meetings in person since before October 2011. That prevented him from voting on many Council matters because of rules requiring members to be physically present in meetings. Wynn is a civilian contractor to the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Though he missed most of the County Council’s meetings during the last year he usually attended by phone. Hammond promised in his campaign that if elected he would attend Council meetings. He, like Wynn, is a Republican. At the end of the Dec. 3 meeting, Hammond said “The biggest challenge I have right now is the work with the county budget.” The County Council votes on that at its Dec. 17 meeting but Hammond said he’s getting caught up. “I’ve already read it from front to back,” he said. Regarding his immediate goals for his district, he said, “The biggest thing I’m looking for is opening up communications with all my constituents.”

percent), Cottleville (31 percent), Wentzville (32 percent), St. Peters (40 percent), Lake Saint Louis (41 percent), and Dardenne Prairie (47 percent). “Every time someone shops at a business in the community or eats at a local restaurant, they are helping create local jobs and sharing the cost of the public services that have made St. Charles County a nationally recognized place to grow, live, work, and play,” said Greg Prestemon, president and chief executive officer for the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County (EDC).

He said there is more than 19 million square feet of retail development in St. Charles County and new businesses are opening all the time. “From the new Sam’s Club in Wentzville to Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the Streets of St. Charles, shopping and dining options are abundant in St. Charles County,” he said. Prestemon applauded efforts throughout the community to educate local residents about the importance of spending their money close to home. Two initiatives he

mentioned are the “Keep it in the ‘O’” campaign from the city of O’Fallon and the “Shopping with the Saints – Saint Charles, Saint Peters & Saint Nicholas” holiday shopping program from the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. “Shopping locally really does impact the quality of people’s daily lives. The more that’s understood and affects consumer habits, the better,” he said. For more info about the local economy, visit or call the EDC of St. Charles County at 441-6880.

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Toy tablet becomes life-changing tool at Community Living, Inc. By Amy Armour A gadget originally purchased as a technology toy has transformed into a lifechanging tool for clients at Community Living, Inc. in St. Charles. When John Ditch, director of information services for CLI, purchased the electronic tablet for himself he never imagined the impact it would have on clients at CLI, a provider of programs and services for people with disabilities. When he shared his new toy with Dale, a 48-year-old residential services client with Down syndrome, Ditch saw the excitement in his eyes. Dale loves to explore different games and books on a tablet. Unlike CD and DVD players and television remotes which had always been hard for Dale to operate on his own, the tablet allowed him to easily access his favorite games, music videos, television shows and movies without assistance. “Each time he uses the tablet, his eyes just light up,” said Ditch, who is Dale’s legal guardian. “He gets especially excited when he hears the first few bars of his favorite Johnny Cash songs. He also loves watching old episodes of ‘Happy Days’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ on YouTube.” Ditch said the tablet is also playing a critical role in helping Dale keep his mind sharp. Now experiencing the first signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, Dale is able to view and identify family photos on the tablet, play a variety of memory-oriented games and even engage in rounds of “Name that Tune” with his favorite songs. “I’ve loaded a bunch of Dale’s old family photos onto the tablet, and it’s amazing how quickly he can identify the folks in them,” Ditch said. “His memory is great. He can look at the oldest photo and tell me which of his family members are in it. He’s also great at identifying songs based on the first few notes.” After seeing the positive response from Dale, CLI has purchased a tablet for each of its four centers. “We are planning to add more through fundraising and grant opportunities that become available,” said Joann Sanford, director of the Support Services for Adults program at CLI. CLI is currently using the tablets in group settings, but would like to be able to acquire more so as to reduce the size of the group using one. “These tablets are a tool that can be adapted to everyone’s individual needs,” Sanford said. “The possibilities of the tablet’s use are endless and we are excited to see what new technology and application

will be made available to our clients in the future.” Sanford said everyone has benefited in one way or another. “They use them to take pictures and see immediate results, using sensory applications to stimulate senses and interest in an outside activity, fine motor skills have been challenged, identifying things of interest to them, and as a communication device which has given many individuals a ‘voice,’” Sanford said.

“For individuals who have limited mobility of their arms they have been able to scroll through pictures independently and select things on the screen,” Sanford said. “The smiles this type of newfound independence creates are priceless.” Sanford said the use of the tablets could open new doors of communication for people who are not verbal and/or have relied on maladaptive behaviors to have their needs known. “With the plethora of applications avail-

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World War II veteran honored for commitment, service to community By Michael R. Smith Part of the soldier’s creed for the U.S. Army is “I will never quit.” Ralph Barrale of Lake Saint Louis — a soldier during World War II — embodies that promise. At 88, an age when many people would not fault a person for taking life easy, Barrale is active in military and civic affairs. He has not retired, he has not quit. Barrale, who served with Gen. George Patton’s famed Third Army and guarded prisoners during the subsequent Nuremberg war trials, is known around this area as the man who helped governments create honors for the nation’s military veterans, including Veterans Memorial Parkway. He was recently surprised by his hometown, Lake Saint Louis, for his local contributions. LSL leaders presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a U.S. Army flag which flew over the city’s Veterans Memorial Park — a park established from Barrale’s efforts. “You got me,” he said to his VFW post after learning the recognition was for him alone. He thought his Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10350 was receiving the award. He commanded the post for the last 15 years but recently chose to be co-commander. Lake Saint Louis Ward 1 Alderman Ralph Sidebottom told Barrale, “You didn’t leave behind the values of a hero. You continued

to be one of those heroes every day in our city. You continued to contribute in many different ways that was as valuable as your initial service.” When Barrale and his wife of 66 years, Rose, toured Europe decades ago they were impressed by the war memorials there. “Every city, every little town had a tank or an artillery piece or statue, thanking the veterans,” he said. Barrale looked at local military tributes in 1998 and thought, “There was nothing in St. Charles County at that time to recognize the veterans.” He mentioned an idea to another veterans group and work began on naming the Page Extension bridge. It opened in 2003 with Missouri legislature approval as the Veterans Memorial Bridge. About the same time as the initial bridge discussion Barrale was working to rename I-70 in St. Charles County as the Veterans Memorial Highway. He was told an interstate could only get an honorary designation. Unsatisfied, he began lobbying to rename I-70’s south service road as Veterans Memorial Parkway. “He just doesn’t know how to quit,” Sidebottom said. “If someone says ‘no,’ he finds a way to get them to say ‘yes.’” The County Council approved the road name change idea in 1999 and cities along

Rose and Ralph Barrale have been married 66 years. Between them is a photo of Ralph as a World War II Army private. (MRN photo)

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Bu llet i n Boa rd Westgate Christian Academy Taste of middle school Westgate Christian Academy Middle School hosted its first “Taste of Middle School” event last month for fifth-graders and their parents. The evening began with an address from Principal Ron Ring. “Our middle school teachers want to expose our students to a variety of academic ideas, subjects and concepts in creative ways, but are also committed to helping students realize who they are as children of God as they discover their roles in life,” Ring said. Each core teacher, as well as the elective teachers, then presented an overview of their curriculum and subjects of study, and also conducted a question/answer session. Westgate Christian Academy Middle School, located at 600 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters, serves students in grades six through eight.

Buckets filled with ‘caring’ The students and staff at Ostmann Elementary School held their monthly “Bucket Filler” assembly to help students learn about good character traits. The assembly recognized students who displayed “Caring” during the month of November. To model the trait of caring in November, the Ostmann Student Council collected approximately 2,200 canned goods and donated them to H.O.P.E. Ministries in St. Charles County in time for distribution for Thanksgiving. This month, students displayed the character trait of “giving” by collecting and donating 500 unwrapped children’s gifts to the local St. Charles County Salvation Army. Captain Paul Ferguson, from the O’Fallon Corps, accepted the gifts and told students that 500 needy children in the St. Charles area that would benefit from their generosity and spirit of giving.

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Students keep swimming Two Fort Zumwalt West High School seniors will swim at the collegiate level next year. Both Kayla Grimm and Courtney Coe will swim for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2013.

Good kids Fifth-graders at Emge Elementary raised approximately $800 for the Ronald McDonald House last month, while learning about historical figures. After researching a famous person from history, students presented a Living History Museum on Nov. 15. As visitors entered the museum, they were able to turn the student wax figures “on” and watch them come to life and talk about themselves. Admission was free, but donations were accepted to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The students collected $794.

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Meteorologist visit Students at Central Elementary had the chance to learn a little science from a local expert on Nov. 19. Scott Connell, morning meteorologist at KSDK News Channel 5, visited fifth-grade students and discussed various topics about weather, including the water cycle, clouds, and precipitation. Connell’s presentation gave students the opportunity to expand on numerous weather concepts that were previously taught as a part of the science curriculum. Connell also answered questions about tornados and local weather conditions.

Top awards Several Youth In Government students from Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School and Francis Howell High School (FHHS) received top awards from this year’s 64th annual Youth in Government (YIG) Convention in Jefferson City. Of the 500 students attending from around the state, 15 students from Francis Howell School District (FHSD) high schools filled top positions and/or received top awards. Shelby Steingraeber, FHHS student, was awarded a legislative award while Eric Lee, also a FHHS student, was elected as Secretary of State. Thirteen students from FHC were recognized and awarded in various areas of government. Committee Chair Brittney Schenk was voted in as the 2013 Speaker of the House, while Committee Chair Madeline Reichmuth received the Outstanding Statesman Award for her ability to smoothly run a productive committee. Junior House member Spencer Foust also won the Outstanding Statesmen Award reflecting his thorough research and presentation of his bill covering funding for autism, which was the first of five bills to be passed in to law by the Youth Governor. Freshman Mason Schneier was the final recipient of the Outstanding Statesmen Award because his speeches on the floor during the debate were “eloquent and germane.” Additionally, FHC’s Steven Haarmann and Erin Rowland received the Outstanding Bill

Award based on solid research and understanding of the subject covering the requirement of juveniles to receive their GED in prison and requiring four credits of mathematics for graduation from high school, respectively. The Youth Governor’s Executive Committee was filled by Annie Nohava who served as chief of staff for the governor this year. The FHC video news crew (Tyler Tran, Justin Thurman, Chance Bowman and Cameron Lundberg) won the “Best Feature News Story” Award, while Tran also received the title of 2013’s News Anchor. Margo Hoffmann, FHC Youth in Government advisor/facilitator, received the Outstanding Advisor Award in appreciation for her 22 years of service, a peer-nominated honor given to only one advisor every year.

Wentzville District receives Meritorious budget award The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded the Wentzville School District the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation for the second consecutive year. The award is conferred only to districts that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. Last year Wentzville was one of only seven school districts in the state of Missouri to receive the award. “The MBA recognizes the district’s efforts to inform the community about our  financial operations,” said Chief Financial Officer Kari Monsees. “The budget document is more than just dollars and  cents, it also explains how resources are generated and allocated for the benefit of our students.” To earn this award, the school district submitted its 2012-13 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. “Our goal as business officials is to support the learning process through fiscal responsibility and strong financial practices based on transparency, accountability, and service,” said Director of Accounting Susan Dawson. “The budget supports this goal and is also a way for us to communicate our commitment to a quality education for our students.” The Association of School Business Officials International, founded in 1910, is a professional association of more than


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Ream to wrestle for Bisons Holt High School senior Clayton Ream has committed to wrestle for the Bisons of North Dakota State University. Ream signed his National Letter of Intent at Holt High School last month. Ream is the 2012 USAW 145-pound Junior National Champion and finished second this year at the Missouri State Class 4 Competition. He competed for the Indians at the varsity level for three years, earning three GAC Conference championships and placed at the state level all three years. His varsity record was 42-3 for the Indians. Ream also earned two varsity letters in cross country, where he was captain for two seasons. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Ream earned a 4.03 GPA and a scored a 30 on the ACT. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected this year to represent Holt High School at Missouri Boys State. Ream plans to study biochemistry at NDSU.

Softball commitment Holt High School senior Lindsey Dawson has committed to play softball for the University of Central Missouri Jennies in Warrensburg. Dawson was an infielder and four-year varsity player for the Indians. Her batting average this year was .464 and she hit two homeruns to help lead the team to a 17-9 season. Dawson was named to the 2012 GAC All-Conference First Team and was a four-year member of the GAC All-Academic Team. She was also an Indian Cheerleader all four years and competed in the pole vault for the track team her last two years. Dawson is a member of the Holt Student Council and DECA as well. She plans on studying business and marketing.

SCC Apply now for scholarships Foundation Scholarship applications for the 2013-14 school year at St. Charles Community College are now available. More than $65,000 in Foundation Scholarships is awarded each year at SCC. “We are so thankful for our donors who believe in the power of education and make our scholarship program possible,” said Betsy Schneider, development and foundation relations manager. “Education is so important, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer scholarships to these hard-working students.” The SCC Foundation is the official fund-

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Lindenwood Business programs accredited At the culmination of a four-year application and review process, Lindenwood University’s accelerated business programs have received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the premier accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence. The programs are offered through the Lindenwood College for Individualized Education (LCIE), which offers 26 degree programs across a variety of disciplines through courses that meet one night a week on a quarterly schedule. “I am extremely proud of LCIE Dean Dan Kemper, LCIE business faculty members, and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship on the teamwork that resulted in this achievement,” said James D. Evans, Ph.D., president of Lindenwood University. Kemper and Angela D. Holden, PMP, director of Lindenwood’s LCIE Business Division, said the business faculty conducted a self-study as part of the accreditation process to demonstrate how specific standards, including strategic planning, leadership, stakeholder focus, and measurement of student learning, are being met. Graduates from ACBSP-accredited universities are required to complete coursework for critical areas of business study and are prepared to solve multidisciplinary problems and be effective decision makers. ACBSP standards are modeled on the Baldrige National Quality Award Program, which is used by thousands of organizations to guide their enterprises, improve performance, and get sustainable results. The following LCIE programs are now accredited by the ACBSP: Bachelor of Science in business administration, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in health management, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in human resource management, Master of Business Administration, and separate Master of Science in administration with emphases in management and marketing.

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By Jonathan Duncan A 4-1 start in November in non-conference games allowed the Lindenwood basketball team to head into Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association play feeling good about their chances. December, however, did not start quite as well for the Lions and a pair of conference losses left the Lions looking to get back on track as the holiday break draws near at the end of the month. Lindenwood lost an overtime road game to Northwest Missouri State on Dec. 5 and then fell in double overtime on Dec. 8 at home against Pittsburg State Kansas. A visit to Maryville, Mo., opened the MIAA part of the Lions schedule and Lindenwood overcame a 10-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation play but No. 12 ranked Northwest Missouri held off the Lions for a 73-66 win in overtime. Northwest Missouri surged out to a lead of 15 points in the first 10 minutes of the first half and still held a seven-point lead going into the halftime break. The host Bearcats pushed their lead to 18 points with just over 14 minutes left to go. But with just three minutes to go, Lindenwood’s Alex Bazzell went to work and gave the Lions a fighting chance. Bazzell scored nine points in the waning moments to help push the game into overtime, extending the night. Northwest found its offense in the extra session scoring the first six points before the Lions could get a bucket. Lindenwood could not score until the final minute of the overtime period. Meanwhile, Northwest Missouri knocked down free-throws in the final seconds to deny the Lions its first conference victory. Bazzell paced Lindenwood with 21 points

while pulling down six rebounds. Cody Sorenson scored 16 points while Brett Thompson blocked a career-high eight shots. However, Lindenwood shot just 35 percent from the field. Three days later at Hyland Arena, the Lions lost another heartbreaker. This time it was an 85-79 double-overtime setback to Pittsburg State. Pittsburg State controlled the game by dominating in the rebounding department. The Gorillas outmuscled the Lions on the glass to the tune of 49-31 rebounds. Five Gorillas players scored in double figures. Cody Sorenson led Lindenwood with 18 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Lindenwood jumped out to a quick early lead going up 5-2. Five minutes into the game, the Gorillas offense found its groove and Pittsburg State reeled off a 13-3 spurt to gain a 10-point lead. The Lions made a minirun and trailed by just seven at the break. Just like the first half, LU came out on fire to start the second half as the Lions used a 25-9 run to lead by seven with just under 10 minutes to go. But the Gorillas tied it up on a three-point play by A.J. Adams. A Richie Thompson layup gave the Lions the early lead in the second overtime. Pitt State answered with a bucket and four freethrows. Sorenson responded with a pair of free-throws for Lindenwood but the Lions offense went cold after that as Pitt State dropped in a layup and four free-throws in the final minute to secure the win. Lindenwood (4-3) finishes out December with a non-conference game at Missouri S & T on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and then will play host to Webster University in a non-conference game on Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Hyland Arena before taking a break for the holidays.

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Discovery Ridge principal to be honored Discovery Ridge Elementary Principal Laura Bates has received the Exemplary New Principal Award from the St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association (SLSEPA). The award recognizes new principals for their outstanding performance in the demonstration of skills that reflect the best in educational leadership and honors the importance of the role of the elementary principal in achieving quality education. “The recognition from my peers is a true honor,” Bates said. “I hold the principals in the Wentzville School District and the St. Louis area in high regard. Their collaborative spirit supports and inspires my work as a principal. I am also grateful for the Discovery Ridge family of students, staff, and parents. I take great joy in our students as they grow academically and in character.” Bates has been the principal at Discovery Ridge since it opened in 2010, and has built a school with a solid foundation based in character education. According to school officials, she has been a consistent and loyal leader, and bases every decision upon what is best for students. Criteria for selection of the principals are set by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education and require that the honorees be selected by their colleagues for achievements above and beyond those expected in a school program.


Menards pulls out of plan to build in O’Fallon

By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley O’Fallon city officials have learned plans for a new Menards hardware store slated for the city will not come to fruition, and Menards officials are blaming the Obama administration for stopping the store expansion. Menards, based in Eau Claire, Wis., is moving into the St. Louis market with stores opening in Manchester, O’Fallon, Ill., and St. Peters in the next six months. Menards said in a press release that the company no longer plans on adding a store in O’Fallon, Mo., because of the president’s economic policies. “We are on schedule to open our new stores in O’Fallon, Ill., and St. Peters in spring of 2013. For O’Fallon, Mo., I’m very sorry, but we are a family-owned business, and

with the Obama administration scaring the dickens out of all small businesses in the U.S.A. at present, we have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled,” Menards officials said in a release. “Thank you for your patience and understanding.” The company operates 250 stores throughout the Midwest, four distribution centers and brings in $7 billion to $8 billion in sales annually. Mayor Bill Hennessy chose not to discuss Menard’s stand on the Obama administration, but said he is disappointed that they dropped out of building in O’Fallon. “I’m very disappointed, but it’s their business and times are tough,” Hennessy said. “Their comment about President Obama is their comment. That’s up to them.” Hennessy said Menards had not purchased the land located off Hwy. N, the site where the proposed store was being considered. “I would have loved for them to build, but we’ll look at that piece of property like we do all the other ones,” Hennessy said. Cheryl Hibbeler, an active member of the O’Fallon Historical Society, member of both the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Missouri Community Service Commission and also active with the St. Charles County Democrats said in her opinion Menard’s statement about the “Obama Economy” is offensive to Democrats and others who support President Obama’s policies. “They are just trying to trump up sympathy to get O’Fallon to put up some tax abatement options or TIF money,” Hibbler said. “Businesses today are not like they used to be, they have grown accustomed to putting all the risk on the local governments and all the profits in their pockets.”



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FTC offers reward in robocall fight By Mary Ann O’Toole HollEY Every couple of days the phone rings about 10 a.m., scaring the bejeebers out of you as you see the name “Cardholder Services” on your phone. You answer it because you certainly don’t want problems with your credit card. But then, you hear that recording. Cardholder Services calling: There is no problem with your credit card account, but we’d like you to discuss reducing your interest rates.” The Federal Trade Commission is trying to put a stop to those calls with the recent shutdown of five companies in Arizona and Florida responsible for millions of illegal, unwanted robocalls from “Cardholder Services.” Complaints were filed against: A+ Financial Center, LLC; The Green Savers, and Key One Solutions, LLC; Treasure Your Success and Ambrosia Web Design. Each complaint states defendants violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting their services to consumers who buy their services. Just two weeks after the FTC held a summit in Washington, DC, to look into the notorious robocalls, the federal courts granted the agency’s request to shut down these companies because they deceive consumers. The companies charge a fee, sometimes a large fee in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, and most often do not succeed in reducing interest rates. The Federal Trade Commission escalated its  campaign against illegal, unwanted robocalls by cutting the cord through court orders on five companies based in Arizona

and Florida allegedly responsible for millions of illegal pre-recorded calls from “Cardholder Services.” Missouri partners in Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida also took legal action against similar companies. “At the FTC, Rachel from Cardholder Services is public enemy number one,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a news release.  “We’re cracking down on illegal robocalls by bringing law enforcement actions and pursuing technical solutions to the problem.” The FTC gets more than 200,000 complaints each month about telemarketing robocalls pitching to consumers “easy ways” to save money by reducing their credit card interest rates. The FTC said the telemarketers sometimes claim to be calling from the consumer’s credit card company. In other cases, they suggest a relationship with a bank or credit card company.  After consumers have been “approved” for the program, according to the FTC, the telemarketer informs them that there is an up-front fee, typically ranging from several hundred dollars to almost $3,000. The FTC warns, don’t believe the telemarketer when they claim there’s a “no-risk guarantee.” At the recent Robocall Summit, the FTC issued a challenge to the public offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution to block illegal robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. If you have a solution, pitch your idea at:

Local ‘angel’ helps Crider Health Center Who says that angels don’t exist? Certainly not the staff at Crider Health Center. The staff says an “angel” has been helping to provide coats for children participating in Crider’s children’s programs and services for the past eight years. Each year, a very generous donor delivers a check for thousands of dollars that allows the staff at Crider Health Center to purchase brand new coats for needy children in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Franklin counties. The children would otherwise be forced to brave winter without the needed protection from the cold, harsh elements. “Each and every year, the Coats for Crider program grows larger and more successful,” said Laura Heebner, president and CEO at Crider Health Center. “Businesses from across the four-county region have partnered with us by generously providing coupons for a free kid’s meal to be tucked away into the pocket of each coat. And this year, a local St. Charles County church donated 100 hand-

knitted scarves to accompany each coat.” Crider Health Center is actively reaching out to local establishments in the hopes that they will find more businesses who want to become involved in the Coats for Crider program by making a donation so that more coats can be purchased or by providing a coupon or gift card to be tucked inside the pocket of each coat. “We are always thankful when members of the community and businesses help us bring a smile to the face of a child,” Heebner said. “As one can imagine, seeing the look on a child’s face when they receive their very own coat and scarf is a heartwarming and touching moment. However, watching their face light up when they put their hand into the pocket and discover a gift card or coupon that is just for them, is priceless.” To find out more about Crider Health Center’s Coats for Crider program or to make a donation, contact Christina Bogusky at 332-2134.



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By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley It’s not every day that a struggling excon is given a free, reliable ride, money and a barrage of other gifts because people admire their ambition. But Antonio Bobo of O’Fallon recently found that his bad days are past and he is on the road to success now that Ranken Technical College presented him with a fully refurbished car. The Bobo family received the car in collaboration between Ranken Technical College, the National Auto Body Council and Dave Sinclair Ford. The 2006 fully refurbished Ford Taurus will now help pick him up and put him and his family on the path to a better life. “When we found out that we were receiving this amazing gift, we were really shocked,” said Bobo. He and his family were overjoyed to see the Ranken students had pooled together further to help his family by purchasing numerous gifts, including toys, clothes, $600 in gift cards and a fully refurbished home computer. Bobo admits he made past mistakes, with a 2004 conviction of drug trafficking and a suspended sentence of 10 years. But since those younger days, Bobo has been doing his best to pick up the pieces. After his release from prison, he

vowed to create a better life for his growing family. Bobo and his wife, LaTasha, have five children and are expecting their sixth. Compounding their struggle, last year, the family suffered a devastating house fire where they lost much of their personal belongings and property. “We reviewed a number of qualified candidates for the Recycled Rides program before selecting Antonio and his family,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, CEO of ARCHS. “Despite the chall e n g e s h e ’s f a c e d , A n t o n i o h a s ultimately persevered. He’s taken advantage of certain educational and career opportunities, helping him realize his full potential. That’s why we felt that Antonio and his family truly deserved this car.” Susan C. Evans, spokesperson for Ranken Technical College, said that’s when Bobo enrolled at Ranken under the Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) Prisoner Re-entry Program, a not-for-profit organization that designs, manages and evaluates education and social service programs. Bobo graduated with a certificate in automotive light maintenance training in 2008. Now, he’s assistant manager of the


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importantly, our students get a chance to see how their hands-on education and training will benefit this family in need.” Recycled Rides is a “green” program that emphasizes vehicle and parts recycling. The program recruits collision repairers, insurers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others, to contribute in their own, yet synergistic ways. Ranken also worked with other businesses to secure donations, including Esurance, Reliance Auto Body and Dave Sinclair Ford.

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By SUE HORNOF Jan. 1 may be just another square on the calendar, but when an entire year of fortune is on the line, many people give in to New Year’s superstitions rather than tempt fate. Some of us adhere to New Year’s traditions, like kissing and making noise when the clock strikes midnight, entirely unaware that our behaviors are rooted in superstition. Here are some popular New Year’s traditions and the superstitions behind them: • Kissing at midnight is said to ensure that affection and closeness with the one you kiss will continue for another year. • Ushering in the new year with loud noises began as a means of scaring away evil spirits, hence the traditions of banging of pots and pans, blowing horns, sounding noisemakers and setting off fireworks at midnight. • The belief that eating black-eyed peas on Jan. 1 will bring luck and prosperity in the coming year dates to the Civil War. According to legend, soldiers burned all the crops in the town of Vicksburg, Miss., except for the black-eyed peas stored to feed the cattle. Residents were forced to eat the peas to survive, and they considered themselves – and the peas – lucky. • Because pigs root forward – symbolic of moving ahead and leaving the past behind – eating pork on New Year’s Day is considered a good idea. Conversely, chickens scratch backward, so many people avoid eating poultry on Jan. 1. • The tradition of eating 12 grapes for good luck – one with each strike of the clock – at midnight on Dec. 31 originated in Spain in December 1909. That’s when vine growers came up with the concept in hopes of selling lots of grapes from their abundant harvest. • Because cabbage leaves (supposedly) resemble folding money, eating cabbage

on New Year’s Day is said to ensure a year of prosperity. • Settling one’s debts before the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31 is said to ward off a year of financial woes. • Some people open all the doors and windows of their homes at midnight on New Year’s Eve to let the old year escape and allow the new year to enter. • Some people are superstitious about letting anything, including the garbage, leave their homes on New Year’s Day. They believe that if you take something out of your home on Jan. 1, you will be giving things up all year long. • Working a little bit on New Year’s Day is said to ensure success in your career in the coming year. But go easy, because working too much will bring a year of constant work with little success, according to superstition. • Washing clothes on New Year’s Day is a bad idea, because it will cause a loved one to be “washed away” (die) in the coming year. Some people apply the same rule to washing dishes. Some New Year’s superstitions are pretty much out of our control. For example: • In parts of Europe, meeting a chimney sweep on New Year’s Day is considered a harbinger of good luck. • The direction of the wind on New Year’s Day morning is said to be a predictor of the year ahead. If it’s blowing from the south, money and happiness are on the way; wind from the north is an omen for bad weather; wind out of the east means a year of famine and rotten luck; and wind from the west means there will be plenty of fish and milk in the coming year, but also that someone will die. No wind is a sign of happiness and prosperity. • If a woman wakes up on Jan. 1, looks out her bedroom window and sees a man passing by, she can expect to be married before year’s end. • Babies born on New Year’s Day are said to be destined for a lifetime of good luck.

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Start-ups EDC resources continue to build St. Charles County business By Michael R. Smith For more than 20 years the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County (EDC) has helped aspiring entrepreneurs get started, young businesses become established and established companies relocate in the county. Greg Prestemon, EDC’s chief executive officer, said those represent the agency’s three primary customers and purposes. Since 1990, the not-for-profit organization has provided a variety of business services to help its clients find success. “We’re an umbrella organization that has what I think are the best attributes of the private sector and the public sector,” Prestemon said. “We’re used to doing

a business method, market-rate rental, but provide a degree of support and assistance that a traditional landlord would not be able to provide.” While EDC does provide rental space to beginning businesses, the assistance it offers depends upon the client. “There isn’t a typical case. Every single business is different,” Prestemon said. EDC’s permanent and volunteer staff helps individuals with business ideas develop them into a marketing plan, locate financing, and find company space. For young businesses the EDC can offer office, warehouse, or manufacturing space at its Mid Rivers Mall Drive location. Established businesses draw on the agency’s data about the local labor force, living conditions, and economic demographics. Financing is an issue for any business. “In many instances our role is to help provide the right kind of financing for a company that wants to grow,” Prestemon said. The EDC can advise new business owners in determining their capital needs and guide them to funding sources. Working with local banks through one of its programs the EDC is “basically providing access to the same type of financing that the

largest companies in the world get access to,” Prestemon said. “A little restaurant in Cottleville could get the same type of financing advantages as General Electric.” He said that each business success is because of the owner’s efforts. The EDC simply helps facilitate that success. Though Prestemon doesn’t boast much about EDC’s role the nonprofit’s website states that since 2000 the EDC has helped more than 100 companies move into the local marketplace, creating more than 400 jobs. The website also lists about 30 current tenants. They represent manufacturing, retail, and service companies which provide a variety of needs and products: residential cleaning, consumer electronics, home medical equipment, environmentally safe hotel goods, dermatological product research and development, guitar instruction, and commercial carpentry among dozens of others. Prestemon said the EDC’s “incubator program is one of the most visible things we do.” For newly formed companies “assistance can be as simple as affordable, flexible space to a high degree of one-on-one coaching and consultation. That takes place daily.” U Design Jewelry rents space at EDC. It started in 2004 and sells jewelry through a network of agents who create handmade products they sell at in-home parties. Bret Bonacorsi, U Design’s chief executive, said the EDC has helped his business “since day one, working on our business plan, to today when we are bouncing ideas off their business experts.” Toni Milan, a coowner of Respond Right EMS Academy, said that she was good at being a paramedic but needed help to be a good business person. “(What we) needed was guidance and classes on how to actually run our business and that’s what the EDC and their staff did for us,” Milan said. The St. Peters company offers firstresponder classes for professionals and those interested in emergency medical careers. It is

believed to be the first female-owned training academy accredited by Missouri. It graduated from EDC’s program in 2010. Long-term leases may not be advantageous for a small company so the EDC can rent space month-to-month to clients. Prospective tenants present their business and marketing plans to an advisory committee. Approved tenants work out of EDC for three years to five years. Most stay about 2.5 years, Prestemon said. Michael Bonadio, a partner in Reason Amplifier Company, is another tenant. The company makes its high-end guitar amplifiers on site at the EDC. Bonadio said it’s difficult to find a small industrial space. At the EDC he gets that and the benefit of being “around other entrepreneurs and people you can talk to about growing your business,” he said. Larger companies use the nonprofit for other reasons: help finding facilities, relocation information, guidance with government agencies, and area demographic data. The EDC recently helped Air Evac Lifeteam, a medical transportation company founded in 1985, when the company wanted to relocate its headquarters from West Plains, Mo. It moved to O’Fallon earlier this year after considering more than 20 locations. Prestemon said that with Air Evac, the EDC’s “main role was providing the most current information about what is happening in St. Charles County from a demographic and human resources viewpoint.” Air Evac Lifeteam’s publicity manager, Julie Heavrin, said the move resulted in 150 area jobs from employee relocations and new hiring. An EDC co-venture, Partners for Progress for Greater St. Charles (PFP), brings together business and civic leaders to create ways to improve the local economy, education, health, and general quality of life. The PFP promotes diverse activities such as creating a local foreign-trade zone, supporting school STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and math), sponsoring high school robotics teams, fostering health and wellness activities, and putting on October’s MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon. As a nonprofit agency the EDC gets funding largely from tenant rentals, plus support from businesses and agencies, government contributions, and other sources. Its partnerships with St. Charles Community College, American Marketing Association, SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives), and other groups provides real-world instruction from active and retired business leaders Prestemon said the diversity of EDC’s resources is its strength.




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Attorney Jason Kinser, of St. Peters, has been named a partner at the law firm of Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. Kinser has been with the firm since 2005 and focuses Kinser primarily in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. Kinser received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Northern Illinois University and then served with the U.S. Army. He also obtained his JD cum laude from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. While in law school, Kinser received the Edward L. Welch Labor Law Award and was a member of the Law Journal Staff. He recently joined the Leadership Committee of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater St. Louis and serves as a patient volunteer with BJC Hospice. ••• Lilly Kudanov has joined the Hwy. 94 at Mid Rivers office of Coldwell Banker Gundaker. Kudanov joins with experience in investment property and a high Kudanov standard for providing professional service to her clients. ••• Michael Handler, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, has been appointed medical director for the Center for Patient Safety.

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Com mu n it y Event s ARTS & CRAFTS The Foundry Art Centre will host a free family fun night on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the centre, 520 North Main in St. Charles. Create holiday crafts with your family and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. For more information, contact the Foundry Art Centre at 255-0270 or visit

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS A “Clueless Christmas” dinner show will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Grand Opera House Banquet and Event Center located at 311 North Main St. in St. Charles. A mysterious show will be held with attendees such as Ms. Scarlet, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock. Although Mr. Body may be the first to be murdered, anyone could be next. Tickets are $62.50. Reservations are required. For tickets, call Karen Godfrey at 255-6155. ••• Celebration of Lights will be held through Dec. 30 in Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon. Drive through holiday light display from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday or from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. The cost is $9 per car. For more information, visit •••

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS The Capitol by Candlelight will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the First Missouri State Capitol located at 200 South Main St. in St. Charles. Period dressed interpreters lead participants through the fully restored building. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2.50 per child. For more information, call 940-3322. ••• A Candlelight Christmas Concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 22, at the First Missouri State Capitol located at 200 South Main St. in St. Charles. In the glow of the candlelit legislative chambers, Geoff Buckhannon Brothers perform traditional old time mandolin and fiddle music. Tickets are $8 and reservations are required. For more information, call 940-3322. ••• Trains on Main will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Christmas Eve at Santa’s Cottage located at 222 North Main St. in St. Charles. Train displays depict a Victorian winter scene, a Circus scene, a KATY

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coal train, a Union Pacific Big Boy and the Polar Express. The exhibit is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit ••• Photos with Santa will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 23 at Santa’s Cottage located at 222 North Main Street in St. Charles. ••• Christmas Traditions will be held through Dec. 24 on Historic Main Street in St. Charles. During the celebration the street comes alive with Christmas Legends and Santas from around the world. More than 30 characters have joined in the festivities, each wearing handcrafted clothing representing their heritage and carrying cards to give to visitors as a keepsake. For more information, visit ••• A Santa Parade will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23. The parade starts at Boone’s Lick and Main in St. Charles and ends in the 200 block of South Main Street at Berthold Square. Enjoy the pageantry of a live parade led by the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps, topped off with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Follow the proces-

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ANGELS NEEDED Lady’s Inn is looking for angels to fulfill Christmas wishes for the mothers and children residing at the Inn. Volunteers can adopt a family, grant a Christmas wish, set up a giving tree or donate gift cards to allow us to do the shopping for you. For more information, call Chris at 398-5375 or visit

FAMILY FUN Lone Star Rodeo Company will perform on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 at The Family Arena in St. Charles. Cowboys from all over the surrounding states and some home town favorites will try their luck at rodeo contest events, including: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. For more information, visit

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES United Methodist Church at Wentzville will hold several Christmas Eve Services on Monday, Dec. 24 at the church located at 725 Wall Street in Wentzville. A live nativity and petting zoo will be on display from 4-5 p.m. A family service will be held at 5 p.m. with a traditional service at 7 p.m. Lessons and carols will be held at 11 p.m. For more information, call 327-6377 or visit

Trivia Night A Trivia Night Fundraiser to support Boy Scout Troop 984 will be held a 7 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri Hall, 115 McMenamy Road in St. Peters. This annual fundraiser is used to help the Scouts and offsets costs for summer camps, leadership camps and other activities to those less fortunate in the troop. The trivia night will have 10 rounds with 10 questions per round. Prizes will go to the top two teams. There will also be door prizes, raffle baskets, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call 3525015 or email

Artist Space The Foundry Art Centre is currently accepting applications for available studio space. Studio artists will be selected by a jury panel on Monday, Jan. 21, to rent studio space for one year, renewable after the first year. Completed applications are being accepted now, with a submission deadline of Sunday, Jan. 20. The Foundry Art Centre has studio space ranging from 375 square feet to 786 square feet with single studios averaging 375 square feet. An information session will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Ameristar Gallery on the first floor of the Foundry Art Centre. This is an optional meeting during which the jurying process will be discussed, and is a good opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they may have. For more information call 636-255-0270, or visit www. and download the 2013 Annual Jury for Studio Space Application.

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at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main in St. Charles. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 255-0270. ••• Calls for entry will be accepted for the juried sculpture exhibition “Paperwork In, On, and Of Paper VI” until Jan. 2 at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main St. in St. Charles. The exhibition is open to artists working in any media that utilizes paper as an integral component of expression. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be accepted. There is an entry fee of $35 for non-members and $24 for Foundry members. Up to three pieces may be submitted for the jury process. Contact the Foundry Art Centre at 255-0270 for more information, or visit to enter the exhibition online. ••• A Canvases and Cocktails class will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 17, Feb., 12, March 14 and April 16 at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main in St. Charles. “Canvases & Cocktail” is a guided art-making experience, where an instructor will guide participants through the evening’s project step by step. The Foundry Art Centre provides each student with a 16 x 20 inch canvas, plus all the other supplies required for the project. Adult participants 21 and over can bring a bottle of wine or drink, and water and soda will also be available for purchase. Fees for each session are $35 for non-members and $30 for Foundry Art Centre member. For more information, call 255-0270 or email jess@

MEADOWS EVENTS Children can get a free photo with Santa this holiday season at Von Maur Department store at The Meadows shopping center in Lake Saint Louis. Santa’s hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The professional photography is provided by Thomas Warwick of Warwick Photography. Families may also bring their own camera. Other complimentary holiday events at The Meadows include free hot chocolate through Christmas Eve. For more details, visit ••• Shoppers at The Meadows can take complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, or from 10 a.m.-noon on Christmas Eve. Enjoy the lights, windows of the storefronts and create those memories. The carriage rides are provided by St. Louis Carriage Company. The horsedrawn carriage rides will be located across from Parmida Home. For more details, visit

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Christmas and new Year’s eve speCials Chilean sea Bass 16-18oz Bonless ribeye Battered Fried lobster


4pm - 9pm

Not valid with other specials or discounts. Expires 12/31/12.

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4177 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. St. Peters, MO

Start Your New Year’s Eve off right

Taking reservations for Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve Mon. - Fri. • 4 pm - 7 pm

Sunday-Thursday 10-Close

Buy 3 Sushi Rolls Get 1 FREE

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(up to $10.00)

Not valid with other specials or discounts. Dinner only, excludes New Year’s Eve. Expires 12/31/12.

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1/2 mile West of Jungermann & Mexico Roads


3449 Pheasant Meadow Drive O’Fallon MO 63368


Two miles north of Hwy 40 off Hwy K right in front of the YMca

Private Party Rooms Available for the Holidays

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Entertainment Wed., Fri. & Sat.

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