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letters to the editor The kindness of a stranger To the Editor: She did not know who I was, where I was from or what kind of person I was. She did not have to care, but she did. She did care and she reached out to a stranger. It was Chesterfield Mall. It was this past Friday afternoon, Dec. 12. After a quick run of Christmas shopping I felt like enjoying an iced tea. After standing in a long line I was finally at the register at the St. Louis Bread Co. counter. They were quite busy. I had just given my order to a young man. While he diligently prepared my order, I watched all the employees hustling and bustling, working hard, doing what they always do – their normal routine. All with pleasant dispositions and smiles on their faces despite the hectic rush. Knowing it would be a couple of minutes, I glanced down at my smartphone to browse the newspaper headlines. It was in that very second, I read it. I read that horrible, awful, devastating headline. “School Shooting. Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut. Twenty children.” Oh, God – 20 children. Children! The grief for those children and their families was instant. Here we all are. Christmas and holiday shopping, buying our presents, enjoying our teas, our vanilla and mocha lattes and those sweet and beautiful children were so tragically taken away. I tried to hold in and hide my emotions at what I just read, but could not contain it. I immediately began crying. Sobbing actually. My hands were shaking. My whole body was trembling in disbelief and grief. In that very moment – another employee at the counter came straight over. She was a woman, short in stature like me, brown hair, wearing her uniform shirt and work visor. That woman was just there, doing her job on a normal day, going through her normal routine. Yet, that woman reached across the counter. That woman took my hand and held it tight. She held it strong. She looked into my eyes with love and concern and said, “It’s ok. I don’t know what’s wrong but it’s ok.” She did not know why I was crying; she had not yet heard the tragic news. To her, I was just another customer. She had no idea what was wrong and no reason to care. But to her, to that lovely person, I was another fellow human being. She saw someone hurting, needing someone else to be there in that moment. She was there. She comforted a stranger not knowing anything about me yet knowing that she needed to be there for me. She showed compassion, concern, kindness

and love for her fellow man. She didn’t financial mess that will devastate the Amerihave to, but she did. She did. can people. Your plan will create a slow or noI do not know that woman’s name but will growth America that will not add employees surely find out. I want to look her in the eye, to private payrolls. But, you won this election with love and compassion for another human and have the right to promote your course of being, just as she did with me. I want to tell action. We Republicans will not vote ‘yes,’ but her, truly from my heart, “Thank you.” we will not vote ‘no’ and stand in your way. Her actions that day, those simple actions, When you do take America into this foreseekeep my faith in human nature strong. That able upcoming financial disaster, do not point woman, is what should be in the news an accusing finger at Republicans. You will more often. That woman is, what I believe, have earned all the credit for yourself.” defines the majority of us. Unless Republicans thought the presiEmily Boyd Fingerhut dent’s plan was a formula for success, they Chesterfield should have let the Democrats have their “victory,” then sat back and waited for the predictable results. Keep speaking, Dr. Sowell It was obvious on Nov. 7 to this political To the Editor: observer that arguing, stalling and negotiI keep seeing the letters referring to Dr. ating with this president and his allies in Sowell’s message of bitterness and hate. To the Senate was going to make Republicans the contrary, I see his articles as truth-tell- look weak and give the president and the ing. Apparently for some, it’s a bitter pill to Democrats a bigger victory when Republiswallow to see the truth printed about this cans finally cave-in to political reality. administration. Where else can you get the At the end of the year Republicans decided secret decoder ring to understand what this to play the president’s game and the results administration means when it talks down were predictable. Republicans look weak. to us? Some examples: Conservative ideas have been defeated • Overseas contingency = war on terror. again. When economic disaster does arrive, • Man-made disaster = terrorism. (Is the Democrats and their allies in the press Obama terrorizing our economy?) will say the president tried to save the situa• Civil violence = a Muslim U.S. soldier tion but the Republicans would not let him. screaming “Allahu Akbar” and then shooting There is nothing unusual here for a Repubseveral other soldiers on a U.S. military base. lican team that has repeatedly learned how • Quantitative easing = print more and to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. devalue our dollar. Lee A. Presser • We’ll research it and get back to you = Manchester when pigs fly. • War on women = taxpayer funded contraceptives and abortions. The right to bear • Tax the rich = have more money to arms responsibly spend (as his budgets do not cut spending), or this is the easiest place to drum up some To the Editor: class warfare/hatred. As an owner of two firearms I do not want • My perspective has evolved = I need to lose my constitutional right. This right is your vote. what will help to keep my family and friends • I’ll reduce the deficit = when elephants fly. from ever being marched to the death camps. Keep speaking the truth, Dr. Sowell, even It will allow me to defend my home from for those who cannot seem to stand it. malicious intruders. If I have a concealed Jon Schulte carry permit it will allow me protection from Manchester outside my home of life endangering threats. Do I need an assault weapon? No I do not. Do I need a 50 round clip? No I do not. Nothing unusual here Should I be of sound mind to own a fireTo the Editor: arm? Yes, definitely! Since the day following the 2012 general If I use my weapon in a criminal manner election, this political observer told friends should I be punished? Yes, to the max! and Republican elected officials the folShould I be responsible for the safe lowing: keeping of my weapon? Yes! “Say to the president (hopefully while on I would hate to advocate any loss of my live TV): Mr. President you are positioning right to bear arms, but the above points are the United States to go in the wrong direction. valid and should possibly be considered in You are taking us directly into a disastrous this crazy world we live in.

As long as I am advocating the partial loss of one of my rights let me go one step further. The following steps are for all the citizens who want to abolish my right to bear arms. I would like to curb the legality of video games that portray blood and gore. The games that show commandos (the mercenary type, not the ones that guard our country) from being sold to our young children and young adults. I wonder how many of these mostly young mass killers of innocent people have spent hours and hours in front of their screen portraying these evil deeds. Deeds that not only consume them, but evil deeds that some will go on to carry out? Yes, that would mean losing another constitutional right – free speech, the right to solicit the ideas that mass murders and chaos are the norm and to be considered cool. There are so many personal agendas in life: pro life vs. pro choice, gun rights vs. gun control, capital punishment (death penalty) vs. the rehab of cold blooded killers, mental health care vs. looking the other way. Can we legislate all the problems in the world? Unfortunately, no. I do believe cold blooded killers that are without a doubt, known to be guilty deserve a quick trial, a final meal, a brief visit with their family, the right to see clergy, and then eliminated from earth. If this was the law of the land knowing your fate, some would possibly wimp out knowing there will be no long drawn-out trials and appeals with their name and picture in the media. Yep, this would be another constitutional right stepped on. Let me keep my right, and I will let you keep yours. We can tweak all of our rights if needed, but all, not just mine. Mike Horton Ladue Trails Correction: In “Romance pulls patrons to Studio Inn at St. Albans” (Dec. 19, page 51) an incorrect phone number for The Studio Inn at St. Albans was listed. The correct phone number is (636) 458-0131. West Newsmagazine regrets the error.

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Chevy Music Showcase recognizes local musician Marquette High graduate Geoff Koch recently won season one of the Chevy Music Showcase, a local competition that was made possible by the Mid-America Chevy Dealers. Koch, has been recording CDs and performing throughout the United States since 2004. As part of the Chevy Music Showcase, Koch had the opportunity to perform on television (the Showcase was shown locally on KMOV-TV), participate in a showcase blog, and compete to Kathy Federico, general manager of Jack Schmitt qualify for a “touring van.” Chevrolet -O’Fallon with Geoff Koch Koch explained that each artist needed “X amount of votes to qualify.” The idea was to get fans to visit YouTube, view Koch’s video and text his name to the Chevy Music Showcase. “I was one of four acts who qualified for the random drawing of the van at the end of December. I was just really happy to have qualified,” Koch said. “Even to have that chance was really cool.” Koch said that he was focused on gaining exposure, but to actually win the van was icing on the cake. The presentation of the van was made on Dec. 31 at Jack Schmitt Chevrolet in O’Fallon, Ill. It was a great way to close out 2012.

MANCHESTER Henry Avenue improvements The Board of Aldermen on Dec. 17 unanimously approved a bill to go forward with a joint application with the city of Ballwin to apply for the 2013 East/West Gateway TIP/STP grant for the overlay, storm water and ADA compliance of Henry Avenue. A budget of $170,000 currently is budgeted for 2014. If Manchester completed the project on its own, there would likely only be enough earmarked funds to cover the overlay street and not enough to add or repair ADA-compliant sidewalks, add or replace aging guttering and provide additional sewer structures. Ballwin will be the lead grant writer/ administration, with the city of Manchester being a co-applicant, providing only design construction quality control oversight and cost disbursement for the Manchester portion of Henry Avenue. The total preliminary estimated project cost is $2.48 million with an 80/20-percent grant.

ST. LOUIS Applicants for Arch Grants competition sought Arch Grants has extended the deadline to apply for the 2013 Global Startup Competition to midnight on Feb. 1. One million in grant money to fund qualifying startups will be awarded. Grants are awarded in increments of $50,000 to startups that are in St. Louis or are willing

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Wildwood almost ready to enjoy ‘permanent home’ in Town Center

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By SARAH WILSON The city of Wildwood will soon be able to call a brand new, innovative building its home – and bring police services with it – for a fully efficient, one-stop location to best service the community. “It’s a permanent home for the city and all its municipal services and the first time everything is under one roof, whether you need permits or want to interact with the police,” Mayor Tim Woerther said. The 26,000-square-foot city hall and police facility building is being built on city property located on the south side of Main Street. When finished, the new building will house all city business offices and meeting rooms and will include facilities for the Wildwood precinct of the St. Louis

County Police Department. “(The building) will have a larger community room that can accommodate various activities of the city,” said Dan Dubruiel, city administrator. “This will certainly be a nice added facility for the citizens to make use of and for the city to use for events and civic functions.” Dubruiel said the city is hoping to get the total cost of the new building under $7.5 million. However, since this is the first time the city will own its own facility instead of leasing it like it has done up until this point, the city as well as taxpayers are going to save some money, Dubruiel said. “Since it will be owned by the city, we’re saving a rather significant amount of money compared to the cost to lease the

facilities for the city hall and the police, so the costs are going to be significantly reduced,” he noted. Designed to satisfy many LEED environmental attributes, the building has a number of features that the city is hoping will help it achieve a gold LEED rating once construction is completed and the building is fully operational. “It does have a number of environmental friendly features that are both built into the construction of the building and also the operation of the building into the future,” Dubruiel said. He said the city achieved a “very high rate of recycling” during construction. Many scrap and waste materials were recycled during construction, and much of the recycling content went into materials that were used for the purposes of the building. Other features include energy-saving electrical and plumbing fixtures. Rain gardens surrounding the building are intended to take in storm water runoff from the site and filter it out before it is discharged into any of the natural drainage channels. “The building’s physical orientation interestingly was designed to save energy also because it faces north and south with very limited east and west exposure, which is intended to reduce energy consumption for air conditioning and heating over the course of the year,” Dubruiel said. Large, open windows also are intended

to produce natural light and reduce the amount of power consumed for lighting purposes. “We’re also complying with various LEED requirements concerning janitorial and custodial cleaning services with materials and products that are environmentally friendly,” Dubruiel said. The city currently does not have any particular intention or plans to expand staff, but the building would accommodate more employees in the future if necessary. The Council chambers will easily hold between 100 and 150 people attending meetings, but Dubruiel said: “We don’t foresee that there’s going to be really that much demand for much larger meeting space.” “The building is designed to meet our normal demand for people attending meetings, and we’ll also look into possibly doing some technological capabilities to accommodate additional people within the building when we have those seldom meetings that call for that,” Dubruiel said. The new building is expected to be complete the last week of January. “The current facilities are quite adequate, but this new facility will be even nicer and provide for the community’s needs into the foreseeable future,” Dubruiel said. “It’s a very nice, serviceable building, and I think the public will be very comfortable to do business and attend meetings and community events there.”

Celebratory groundbreaking marks official start of Daniel Boone project By JIM ERICKSON Temperatures were well below freezing but warm camaraderie and friendly banter prevailed during last week’s groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on the new Interstate 64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge. Officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the WalshAlberici joint venture team, contractor for the bridge, joined with local and civic leaders for the symbolic event Jan. 3. A large pile of sand deposited on the North Outer Road where it dead ends at the Monarch Levee Trail in Chesterfield Valley facilitated the groundbreaking, which would have been difficult on frozen turf lightly covered with snow. But no one appeared troubled by that, or the fact that the groundbreaking was held was on the opposite side of the highway from where the new $110.9 million span will be built. It was, after all, a time to celebrate the start of a project that has been many years in the making. Brief comments from county and city

leaders on both sides of the river and from MoDOT officials frequently referenced the cooperative spirit and widespread support that have characterized the project. St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann recalled the days when the single, three-lane bridge carried both eastand westbound traffic on what was then U.S. Route 40, linking the area known as the “Gumbo Flats” to St. Charles County. Not to be outdone, Chesterfield Mayor Bruce Geiger in his comments noted that he was pleased the new span would make it easier for St. Charles County residents to come and shop in Chesterfield. He also chided Ehlmann for his Gumbo Flats reference to what is now known as Chesterfield Valley, terminology he said the city has been actively promoting for a number of years. Ed Hassinger, MoDOT’s St. Louis District engineer, served as master of ceremonies and recognized a number of groups attending, including members of the Walsh-Alberici joint venture team, the lead design firm of Burns & McDonnell, Inc., and Progress 64 West, a civic group and

long-time supporter of the bridge project. When the new bridge – upstream from the two current structures – is finished in late 2014, eastbound traffic will be diverted onto it. Then the existing eastbound span that opened in 1989 will close for rehabilitation. The current westbound structure – built in 1935 – will continue to carry traffic during the rehabilitation project, now projected to be completed in late 2015. When that work is finished, westbound traffic will be moved to that span. Plans then call for the old original bridge to be removed. Despite the active construction schedule, MoDOT emphasized that all traffic lanes will be open during most of the project. A few weekend closures are anticipated but inconveniences from those should be minimal, MoDOT said. The overall bridge project includes raising the height of the Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard overpass on I-64 about a mile east of the river to at least 16 feet to meet standards for interstate traffic and rebuilding the Chesterfield Airport Road inter-

Shovels and hardhats await the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Daniel Boone Bridge span over the Missouri River.

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By DIANE E. SAMSON At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Ellisville City Council passed a bill that added a new definition of town center and changed its commercial zoning district code. The town center of Ellisville is now defined as all properties along Manchester Road between Old State Road and Mar-El Court. The Council envisions the future town center of Ellisville to be a vibrant destination that serves as a gathering place and integrates places to live, shop and work. The resulting land use ordinance stipulates parking to be located behind the front building line within the town center. The front building setback for properties within the town center will be 20 feet from the front property line, which will require parking to be located behind the front building line. Existing properties will be allowed to remain the same and zoning codes for commercial properties not located within the town center will not change. The new code applies only to new construction, with the exception of Walmart because that deal was finalized under the old zoning restrictions. Ellisville Director of Planning and Community Development Ada Hood said that she reached out to Walmart and the new White Castle restaurant to change their formats but, because Ellisville didn’t have the law on the books yet, they were not required to amend their parking designs. Hood said that just emphasizes the importance of passing these rules and that the change in parking requirements are a

starting point for new development along Manchester Road. In areas not located within the town center region, the minimum front building setback line is to be 110 feet from the center line of the road right-of-way. That remains unchanged. Mayor Adam Paul, who had previously objected to the land use bill, said that half of his concerns with the bill were addressed by the ordinance. He was mainly concerned that the reference to the Great Streets Initiative be removed from the bill. Paul had pointed out at previous Council meetings that the Great Streets Initiative was a guide, not a law. As such, he indicated that he did not think it was appropriate to include it in the final land use ordinance because that would be paramount to allowing a third party to establish policy for Ellisville. The part of the ordinance that still concerns Paul is the new 20-foot set back requirement that is not consistent, he says, with the Great Street Initiative’s setback guidelines of 60 feet from the curb with parking in the front. “The Council adopted the Great Streets Initiative in April 2011. I expect this Council to follow the guidelines they decided to adopt. Results are going to be better if you don’t deviate from the plan. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t point these things out.” The other issue that is of concern to Paul is that the Walmart development will, and other existing properties have, parking in the front of the property, which brings up concerns of different styles of development next to one another.

Monarch Fire Protection District offers smoke detector deal via Home Depot By JIM ERICKSON Residents of the Monarch Fire Protection District can replace their old, hard-wired smoke detectors at a bargain price, thanks to an agreement between the district and Home Depot. As part of its community education and safety efforts, Monarch has made arrangements with the home improvement company, which has a store in the district’s Chesterfield Valley, enabling Monarch to make the smoke detectors available to residents for $10.90 each, about half the retail price. Monarch firefighter-paramedics also will install the devices at no charge as long as the dwelling has an existing hard-wired unit. If not, the resident first will need to have an electrician run wiring to the desired location. Shawn Karl, Monarch’s public education officer, said hard-wired units don’t need the recommended twice-a-year bat-

tery replacement that detectors using that power require. However, the former devices still should be replaced after seven to 10 years because the collection of dust and other particles makes them less able to detect smoke and fire and sound an alarm. Karl said Monarch asked interested suppliers for bids on providing the smoke detectors and Home Depot’s proposal was the most competitive. Monarch has acquired a supply of the detectors and residents can contact the district at (314) 514-0900 or via email for more information and to arrange for installation. An email form is available on the “contact us” page at the district’s website, Monarch already provides and installs battery-powered smoke detectors to residents free of charge.




Chesterfield Police add school resource officer, districts discuss safety By CAROL ENRIGHT In the aftermath of the recent elementary school tragedy in Connecticut, and in response to the concerns of the Chesterfield school community, the Chesterfield police department announced Jan. 2 that it will expand its current school resource officer (SRO) program to include all Chesterfield schools, both public and private at the elementary level through high school. Currently the Chesterfield police department has school resource officers assigned to each of the two high schools and two middle schools within the city of Chesterfield; those four officers will remain full time in their respective schools. Under this new program, an officer from the department’s community policing unit will be reassigned to provide additional security at all elementary schools and the one private high school located within the Chesterfield community. This reallocation of police resources comes in response to communications between the chief of police and the superintendents/administrators of the area districts. This new initiative is supported by the Rockwood and Parkway school districts, as well as the several private and parochial schools that will benefit by having a police officer present during their school day. “We are tremendously grateful to the Chesterfield police department for their leadership and ongoing support,” said Keith Marty, Parkway superintendent. “The new elementary SRO pilot project sends a strong message that our community is continuing to do everything it can to keep our students and staff safe at school.” The additional SRO will not be assigned to any one school at a set time, but will maintain a highly visible police presence at each school throughout the school week. Patrol services in the city of Chesterfield will not be negatively impacted and no additional costs will be incurred to either the police department or schools. Instead the new position is made possible as a result of the rescheduling and reassigning of duties and responsibilities involving several administrative police positions within the department. On Dec. 20, a group of over 100 members of the Safe Schools Partnership – including school administrators, police officers, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch and Don Senti, executive director of the Cooperating School Districts – met in a closed meeting to discuss how best to address security in area schools. One of the topics discussed was the addition of more SROs at schools. St. Louis County Police Officer Randy Vaughn said that when St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch asked if any school districts were considering adding more school resource officers, or armed police officers, at their schools, “a large amount

of hands went up.” “Everyone’s thinking about doing that,” said Vaughn. Fred Crawford, chief of security for the Parkway School District, noted that the ideal situation is to have “an armed police officer in each school.” However, to have an SRO at every school would cost cashstrapped districts more than $1 million. Crawford acknowledged that it is a “pretty hefty” price tag. “But what price is the safety of our kids?” he asked.

Chesterfield Police responded to that question with the reallocation of resources, resulting in the additional SRO assignment. At the Safe Schools Partnership meeting, Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson said, “I feel it is imperative to protect the most precious commodity in our community, our children, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure their safety and security.” Dennis Griffith, assistant superintendent for administrative services for the Rockwood School District, which has multiple schools outside of Chesterfield, noted at

the meeting that “a lot of schools are financially strapped right now.” Both Griffith and Crawford backed the idea of the Safe Schools Partnership forming a legislative committee that would push for government funding of additional SROs. Crawford said he supports pursuing funding at the federal, state or local level to “take away the anxiety from school boards and from police departments to try and fill security positions.” See SCHOOL SAFETY, page 20

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Advanced technology aids in growth of Central County Emergency 911 By JIM ERICKSON Calling 911 when there’s an emergency has become automatic for almost everyone, including youngsters. And it’s pretty much taken for granted such calls will quickly bring whatever help is needed. What may not be as familiar are the behind-the-scenes technology and human expertise leading to that end result. The significance of those ingredients is coming into sharp focus as much of St. Louis County and surrounding areas will be affected by decisions on who will handle 911 calls and dispatch first responders for fire, rescue and medical emergencies. Some of those decisions already have been made. As reported in the Dec. 12 issue of West Newsmagazine, the Mehlville Fire Protection District has approved a contract calling for the Central County Emergency 911 center in Ellisville to handle Mehlville’s emergency calls and dispatching services, beginning July 1, 2013. Last month, the Pacific and Valley Park fire protection districts inked similar agreements with Central County that will take effect Jan. 1 and July 1, respectively. At the Dec. 6 Central County Board meeting where the Pacific agreement was approved, directors also approved a resolution offering the dispatch center’s services to other agencies whose needs now are handled by the South County Fire Alarm dispatch center. South County, whose service area includes South St. Louis County and parts of Jefferson and Franklin counties, is scheduled to end operations in its present configuration as of July 1. Why has Central County emerged as the apparent go-to service provider? Several interrelated factors have come into play. Probably the biggest single factor is Central County’s financial strength, which has enabled the dispatch operation to

incorporate state-of-the-art technology into the services it provides. Funding comes primarily from property tax assessments, levied by the districts it serves, that are passed through to the center. Also, when the center’s new facilities were built behind its former headquarters on Weis Avenue in Ellisville in 2007, the building was designed for growth. Currently the center has eight call receiving and dispatching consoles, but it can accommodate 24. Here’s a look at what happens when a 911 call is made in the Central County service area. First, all 911 calls automatically go to the law enforcement agency responsible for police dispatch services in the area from which the call is made. If the emergency involves a fire, rescue or emergency medical service response, it’s directed with the push of a button to Central County. Central County responds to 98 percent of the calls it receives after just one ring. The phone number from where the call is being made, the person to whom that number is listed and that person’s address automatically are displayed on the dispatcher’s computer screen. On most calls from cellphones, the geographic coordinates of the phone’s location are displayed along with a corresponding location. At the same time, five questions designed to obtain information about key details of the emergency also come up on the computer. Does the call involve a fire or the need for rescue or emergency medical services? With that question answered, along with others about the specific location and related facts about the emergency that the dispatcher has keyboarded into the system as the caller provides it, the information is See CENTRAL DISPATCH, page 36




Tanked! Getting up close and personal with Missouri American Water ous interest in such tanks because of their critical role in providing the water pressure needed to fight fires, in addition to delivering reliable water service to customers’ homes and places of business. Plus, firefighter-paramedics train regularly in rescue work involving confined spaces. At 92 feet in diameter, the tank is a very large confined space and, when it is battened down and filled with water, there’s no practical way to get trapped inside. But, hey, you check it out when the opportunity is available.

Built in 1961 on one of the highest points in St. Louis County, the tank serves the cities of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville and Wildwood, and adjoining unincorporated areas of St. Louis County. Water comes to Missouri American Water’s tanks from four treatment plants that process an average of 160 million gallons of water daily. Tanks are filled at night, when the cost of power to pump the water is low, and are ready to meet the morning hours’ peak demand time. A 20-inch main feeds water

to the Clayton-Kehrs Mill tank. An adjoining 250,000-gallon elevated tank is filled from the larger unit to boost water pressure flowing from that location. Officials say water pressure averages 60 pounds per square inch throughout the company’s service area, reaching as high as 200 psi in some locations. The target minimum is 30. Missouri American says regular maintenance helps protect water quality and ensures the tanks will remain in condition to serve customers for years to come.

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By JIM ERICKSON They are monument-like in size but are scarcely noticed because they have become such a familiar part of the landscape. However, if they were not there it’s safe to say everyone definitely would notice. “They” are the 34 water storage tanks Missouri American Water maintains in St. Louis County. The company recently held an “open tank” tour at the 2.5 million-gallon capacity structure on Kehrs Mill Road just north of Clayton. The inside and outside of the tank had been cleaned and a protective coating applied on the steel plates that form the container. Because the tank was empty, company officials concluded it would be a good time to let news media and others – primarily firefighter-paramedics and officers of the Metro West Fire Protection District – take a look inside before it was refilled. Metro-West personnel have an obvi-

Library hours extended The new year ushered in extended library hours at the St. Louis County Library – Daniel Boone Branch in Ellisville. Funds made available by the passage of Proposition L will allow the library to extend its operating hours from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. The new hours began on Jan. 1. Branch hours at Meramec Valley and Eureka Hills also have been extended and will now match the rest of the county library system, operating from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Proposition L, approved by 58 percent of the voters on Nov. 6, increased the library’s tax ceiling by 6 cents to 26 cents per $100 valuation. The increase will fund new branches where needed, repair and remodel others and enhance service at all 20 locations. Planning for the new projects will begin in 2013.

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Ann Wagner ‘ready to get to work’ By CAROL ENRIGHT After a landslide victory in the race to win Todd Akin’s vacant seat in the 2nd Congressional District, Ann Wagner told her supporters that she was excited to get to work on the issues she had campaigned on, “but tonight, we are going to celebrate.” That celebration lasted until about 3:30 the next morning. “Then, I unfortunately had to call everybody back to the campaign office and say, ‘OK, I hate to do this to you all. You earned the day off. But we’re going to run for this leadership spot with the freshman class,’” Wagner said. One week later, Wagner was elected to represent the 35 incoming GOP freshmen at Republican leadership meetings. In that job, she will present the desires and needs of other Republican first-term members when her party is deliberating in the 113th Congress. “I want to be able to bring their concerns and issues to the table and be at that nineperson leadership table when decisions about direction and other things are going on,” Wagner said. “So that was important to us.” Wagner gained an even more impressive vote of confidence from House leadership when she was selected to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services. Wagner called Financial Services one of four “A” committees that also include Energy and Commerce, Appropriations, and Ways and Means. “Only five freshman Republicans got on those ‘A’ committees,” said Wagner. “And if you’re on an ‘A’ committee, you can only take that committee because it’s such a workload.” Wagner said it was important for her to get on the Financial Services Committee because – with firms such as Edward Jones, Scottrade and Stifel Financial headquartered in the region – “St. Louis and its surrounding suburbs are national and regional centers for financial services activity.” With 85,000 people in the area working in financial services for a total payroll of

around $4.57 billion, Wagner said St. Louis is “the largest cluster” of brokerage firms and personnel outside of New York. Wagner expects committee work to take up the bulk of her time in Congress, and said two of her largest priorities will be reforming the housing market and oversight of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that President Obama signed into law in 2010 to regulate the financial services industry. “It’s all about protection of our taxpayers – whether that has to do with reworking and reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or whether it has to do with the derivative portion of Dodd-Frank, or just the complete oversight of it and its over-regulatory nature,” Wagner said. Wagner campaigned with the hope that she would be serving under a Republican president, but she is hopeful that her party will be able to get things done in the new Congress. “While, certainly, the president won with a large majority, I do believe that people have sent us to the House in a Republican majority to be that check and balance,” said Wagner. “And I do think we ought to be able to get things done in a bipartisan nature and put our partisan differences aside and do what’s best and tackle the big problems. Wagner thinks one of those “big problems” is entitlement reform. “We’re all taking risks in doing this. To actually have an adult conversation about entitlement reform is difficult, but it’s needed.” Wagner’s schedule will keep her in the nation’s capital about three weeks out of every month, but the new congresswoman reiterated her election night pledge to remain true to her Ballwin roots. “I’m going to get back to Ballwin, just as you heard me say election night, just as often as I can. I’ll be working in Washington, but I will not be of Washington, ever,” Wagner said. Wagner was sworn into the 113th Congress on Jan. 3.




West County EMS and Fire Protection District approves 2013 budget By JIM ERICKSON West County EMS and Fire Protection District has approved a 2013 budget with expenditures totaling $12.96 million from its general, ambulance, dispatch, pension, debt service and capital projects funds. The 2013 total is $1.52 million less than comparable figures for 2012. Total spending last year is less than what was anticipated, but the 2013 budget still will be more than $1.18 million below 2012’s actual expenditures. The biggest year-to-year change is in the district’s capital projects fund where spending in 2013 is set at $1.14 million, well below the nearly $2.4 million spent last year and the almost $2.87 million originally budgeted. The capital fund includes spending on large construction projects and purchase of major items of equipment. The fund’s revenue comes from the sale of general obligation bonds approved by voters in the district. In 2008, voters authorized the sale of $19 million in bonds. Since then, two bond sales totaling $10 million were held in 2009 and 2010, while another $2.475 million was sold late in 2012. Principal and interest payments on the bonds are accounted for in the district’s debt service fund. In the district’s general fund, the largest in the overall budget, spending in 2013 is projected to increase to almost $5.85 million, an 8.2 percent rise from the 2012 budget figure of $5.4 million. Actual 2012 general fund expenditures are projected to be $5.65 million. Included in the general fund are all revenues and expenditures except those

required to be accounted for in other specialized funds. Those other funds, along with 2013 and 2012 budget figures and actual 2012 spending include: • Ambulance fund, where 2013 and 2012 budgeted expenditures total $3.11 million and $3.14 million, respectively, and 2012 actual spending was $3.15 million. The fund covers revenues from a special tax levy, as well as fees charged and expenditures made to provide ambulance services. • Dispatch fund, where 2013 and 2012 budgeted expenditures total $347,852 and

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$345,152, respectively, and 2012 actual spending was $345,152. The fund is used for taxes received and expenditures incurred in participating in the Central County Emergency 911 dispatch service based in Ellisville. • Pension fund, where 2013 and 2012 budgeted expenditures total almost $1.04 million and $1.044 million, respectively, and 2012 actual spending also was nearly $1.04 million. The fund includes revenue from taxes and expenditures for providing pension benefits to district employees. • Debt service, where 2013 and 2012

budgeted expenditures total $1.47 million and $1.67 million, respectively, and 2012 actual spending was $1.56 million. With a district-wide increase in assessed property valuations of less than 1 percent, the West County Board earlier had approved tax rates basically the same as those levied last year. Differences included a decrease of .3 of a cent per $100 assessed valuation in the tax levy for debt service and an increase of .1 of a cent per $100 assessed valuation in the ambulance fund rate on residential property.

few years back, I shared with you some fairly personal information about my legs.

It had to do with the amazing way they responded to a medically based form of fitness training that I had taken up in 2006. Performed on special equipment under the supervision of a wonderful physical therapist named Casey Breslin, my workouts took about 20 minutes a week. Like many of you, I had been skeptical when I first heard about this approach. I mean, 20 minutes a WEEK? It went against everything I'd ever been taught. But, as we say in radio: the legs don't lie. And mine had never been better. At age 49, I could run 12 miles around Forest Park pain-free. I was barely winded.

So what has happened since then, you might wonder? After all, how many times have you known people who were gung ho on some health and fitness regimen, only to find themselves right back where they started a few months later? That's why I'm back today with an update. Are you ready? My legs – in fact, my entire body – are stronger and more fit than ever. I notice it when I'm hiking or kicking the soccer ball with my kids or when I'm doing yard work. Even my posture is better. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: Charlie, this is not much of a story.

Ballwin honored as ‘best place to raise kids’

But it should be. You see, after age 30, most people lose eight to 10 pounds of muscle a decade. By the time you reach my age – 53 – the speed of muscle loss roars into high gear – unless you do something to reverse it.

“Bloomberg Businessweek” has named Ballwin as one of its 2013 Best Places to Raise Kids. A qualifying characteristic of the city was its $10 million recreation center, The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Featuring two gymnasiums, an indoor track, full circuit weight system, dance/aerobic studio, indoor and outdoor pool/aquatic center, game room and kids play area, the recreation center offers something for everyone. In its review of the city, Bloomberg stated: “It’s hard to imagine needing further entertainment for kids when Ballwin already has a large public recreation center with a full gym, pool and separate outdoor aquatic center. Still, more options are just a quick car ride away in St. Louis. True outdoorsmen can get their hunting fix close to home, as Ballwin allows deer hunting on private property.” One city was chosen from each state.

This matters because muscle, it turns out, is the gatekeeper of long-term health. Next to quitting smoking, doctors now say the single most important thing an adult can do to live a longer, healthier life is to build strength. That – along with the fact that I have two young children I need to keep up with – is why I started going to 20 Minutes to Fitness six years ago. It is why I continue to go today. That's the funny thing about exercise: it really only works if you CONTINUE to do it. No fitness regimen will do any lasting good if you join up as a New Year's resolution and quit by March. But 20 minutes, once a week? That is something I can stick with. It works with my busy schedule. It doesn't bore or injure me. Plus, it has the added benefit of actually working. 20 Minutes to Fitness. Yes, that's my workout – and I'm sticking to it.

KMOX broadcasting veteran Charles Brennan, with 20 Minutes to Fitness physical therapist Jaime Boswell

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By JIM ERICKSON It has been a busy and rewarding year for former West County resident Sam Lips. And he couldn’t be happier. Lips returned to St. Louis in the summer of 2011 to appear in three Muny Opera productions at Forest Park before starting his final year in musical theater at the University of Michigan. He came back in December, this time as an ensemble member and understudy for the lead male role Fiyero in the national touring production of “Wicked,” which played to record breaking crowds at the Fox Theatre. “It’s a dream come true for me,” he said. “To be part of a popular show that appeals to such a wide audience and to be able to bring that kind of production to those who can’t always go to a place like New York to see it – well, it’s the kind of thing I’ve always wanted to do.” Maternal grandparents, Tom and Bev Hart, and paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Mace, all of Manchester, are sharing their grandson’s happiness. All attended the Dec. 23 evening performance, along with several dozen other friends and relatives, including Lips’ parents, John and Christie Lips, who drove in for the occasion from their home in the Denver area. The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for Lips, beginning with the University of Michigan’s May Showcase where graduating seniors performed before New York casting directors and agents with the hope of attracting the attention that will lead to the next career step. “That turned out well,” Lips said, modestly. A talent agency quickly signed him to a contract and he was called to several auditions. In late June, he was back at the Muny to perform in “Chicago” and then it was on to Canada where he learned his parts in “Wicked” during the tour’s stop in Ottawa. He officially joined the “Wicked” cast

for its Montreal run and has since performed in Kitchener, Ontario; Baltimore, Md.; Schenectady, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y.; and Louisville, KY. When the St. Louis Sam Lips visit ended on Jan. 6, the group headed south for performances in Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla. At 22, Lips is one of the youngest members of the “Wicked” cast. “It’s really a great job to have right out of school,” he observed. Lips started dance lessons as a youngster and added vocal training (he’s a baritone) and acting during his high school years at the Denver School of the Arts. The family moved from St. Louis to Colorado in 1994. His work in “Wicked,” particularly the part of Fiyero, calls for more of a dramatic emphasis. “It’s definitely a different form of expression than dancing,” he observed, adding that exploring any character he plays is both “fun and challenging.” Lips never knows for sure when he might be called on to move from the ensemble to the Fiyero role. Vacation time-off, illness, injury and cast turnover all come into play and there rarely is much advance notice. As for his future, Lips said he’s not thinking that much beyond his present work. “A person in this business has to be open to whatever may come along,” he noted. “But right now my long-term goal is simply to keep improving and reach my full potential of being the best I can be.” “Wicked” set attendance records for the Fox Theatre, grossing more than $2.7 million for the week ending Dec. 30.

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tunity to strike while the iron’s hot.” With school locking systems, intruder alert systems and comprehensive crises plans, Rockwood and Parkway seem to be on the forefront of school safety. But Griffith acknowledged that no security plan is failsafe. “I don’t think there’s ever a plan to prevent a crazy person who is intent on killing himself or others. Even if you have an armed person right there, it does not guarantee that things are going to turn out the way you want them to turn out,” Griffith said. The Safe Schools Partnership is set to meet again on Jan. 31 to revisit the issue of school safety and discuss next steps.

Currently, guns in schools is a hot topic in the Missouri Legislature. Two dozen Missouri lawmakers are behind a bill that would allow teachers and administrators with concealed gun permits to carry weapons in schools. While local schools have shown no support for the proposal, Griffith believes the time is ripe to broach the topic of state funding for additional school security with Missouri lawmakers. “It’s a shame that a tragedy, a horrific tragedy such as what happened in Newtown, has to cause this conversation to be elevated,” said Griffith. “But it is an oppor-

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Dr. Jill Scheulen, Tina Kilpatrick and Lisa Sandbothe were honored for their commitment to school counseling by the St. Louis Suburban School Counselor Association.

School counselors honored The St. Louis Suburban School Counselor Association honored three Rockwood staff members.
Tina Kilpatrick and Lisa Sandbothe, of Uthoff Valley Elementary, were named the Elementary School Counselors of the Year, and Dr. Jill Scheulen, principal of Crestview Middle, was named the Counselor Advocate of the Year. Kilpatrick and Sandbothe have jobshared the counseling position at Uthoff Valley for the past 17 years by working together to deliver their Comprehensive Guidance Program and supporting families in need through their all-school service initiatives. Crestview’s guidance team recognized Scheulen for her support and commitment to doing what is best for students.

Student leadership award Jeannine Shaffer, a student at the St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood campus, recently was honored with the Missouri Community College Association 2012 Student Leadership Award. Shaffer is pursuing a general transfer studies degree. While at Wildwood, Shaffer has served as the president of the campus’

Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She also was awarded as a Phi Theta Kappa “Distinguished Member” and was elected in fall 2012 to serve as a regional vice president. She coordinated the college’s Commit to Complete Rally in September. Shaffer is a member of the Student Government Association and Volunteers of Wildwood. She was active in the speech and debate club and was named to the Missouri All-State Academic Team last spring. The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.

Parkway Teachers of the Year The 2013 Parkway School District building Teachers of the Year were selected. The educators were selected by their peers as Teachers of the Year for their buildings. The selection committee will go on to


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Scholarship opportunity West Community Credit Union is now accepting applications for its 2013 high school scholarship program. Five $1,000 scholarships will be granted to qualifying high school seniors. Currently in its 18th year, West Community Credit Union is a full-service, not-forprofit financial cooperative program that seeks to support school districts located in West Community’s field of membership by providing financial assistance to graduating seniors for future professional plans and personal growth. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including GPA, ACT or SAT scores, curriculum, extracurricular activities, financial need and recommendations. Applications are due by March 15 and are available at For additional information or to have the application mailed, call Lori Hudson at 720-2402.

‘Young Years Demo Day’ Webster University’s Community Music School is hosting a “Young Years Demo Day” with free samplings of music classes that will feature early childhood music, movement and keyboard class activities. The classes are on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Leon R. Strauss Center in Faust Park in Chesterfield and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Webster University in Webster Groves. Children ages 3-6 years old and their parents are invited to sing, dance, play instruments, and have fun. They can meet the teachers, sample early childhood music classes and register for the spring session, which begins Jan. 22. Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated. For more information, call (314) 9685939.

Stuttering help When teachers hear a child stutter, the immediate reaction is one of concern mixed with a host of urgent questions. Now, the Stuttering Foundation has a free 20-minute video online, “Stuttering: Straight Talk for Teachers,” at The film helps parents and teachers understand how stuttering can affect children of all ages in the classroom and also is available at most public libraries in DVD. Some libraries have the older video version. The highlight of the film is the children who discuss their experiences in the classroom and share what was helpful for them. Noted speech-language pathologists Bill Murphy, of Purdue University, and Kristin Chmela, of Northwestern University, present practical strategies teachers can use immediately to help children feel more comfortable talking in the classroom. “The courage and honesty of the children sharing their experiences help teachers find solutions for the children in their class,” said Lisa Scott, Ph.D., of Florida State University and co-producer of the film. At school, children who stutter often face bullying and teasing. This treatment by other students sometimes causes more anxiety than does the speech disorder itself. “Even the children who receive therapy to help them speak more fluently continue



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Marquette High stuSave 50 to 70% Over Replacement dents and staff showed their support for the Driveways troops by sending them • Patios sweet treats, toiletries and other items. Social • Steps Studies teacher Ashley • Any Slab! Porter organized the project in support of FREE ESTIMATE Rick Branson, a former We'll meet any written competitor's bid, plus discount 10% OFF the difference! Marquette teacher, who currently is deployed to • w w w. a 1 c o n c r e t e . c o m Afghanistan. Branson is a lieutenant in the Army National Guard and In the spirit of the holiday season, Marquette High FACS ROCKWOOD R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT is part of the 1138th students, from left, Max Lipel, Jacob Maragliano and Michael ROCKWOOD R-VI SCHOOLAND DISTRICT STATEMENTS OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 1/8 Horizontal ad size STATEMENTS OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE Combat Engineer unit. French, helped to bake more than 2,000 cookies to send to the GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS GOVERNMENTAL 4 THE 15/16 2 FUNDS 13/16 FOR YEARxENDED JUNE 30, As more students troops. FOR THE YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, Capital Nonmajor and staff learned General Teachers' Debt Service Projects Governmental Total Governmental Funds about the project, its reach expanded from supporting Lt. Branson to the 1138th Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund 2012 2011 Revenues unit and its more than 130 soldiers. Family & Consumer Science teacher Leslie Property taxes $ 44,800,020 $ 71,345,523 $ 21,679,534 $ 4,463,423 $ - $ 142,288,500 $ 142,512,111 Other local sources 25,999,276 34,928,156 2,819,745 610,940 64,358,117 62,576,466 Vollertsen asked her students to get involved by making cookies. Thanks to parent Intermediate sources 1,237,243 2,277,331 633,117 105,258 4,252,949 2,612,659 Accepted by___________________ and staff donations, students had enough supplies to bake more than 2,000 State sources 4,469,362 33,667,441 38,136,803 32,844,421 Federal sources 3,832,273 4,388,368 8,220,641 8,514,395 homemade cookies for the 1138th unit. Additional cookies also were given to Other sources 442,221 40,488 657,143 1,139,852 2,406,485 IMPORTANT other troops who were unable to be with their families during the holiday season. Total revenues 80,780,395 146,606,819 25,132,396 5,220,109 657,143 258,396,862 251,466,537 is YOURExpenditures responsibility to review this proof. If we do not hear from you by “Marquette is a caring school community, and this project is a wonderful ItexamInstruction ________________, your ad is OKAY and will -run 41,493,754 as is. Elementary it will be assumed 2,188,115that 39,106,230 199,409 42,240,230 ple of that,” Porter said. “These soldiers sacrifice so much for our country, and Middle 1,063,458 23,654,145 118,762 24,836,365 24,136,626 this project was a way to show our gratitude.” Tel: (314) 405-2500• 405-2400 High 1,567,621 33,519,372FAX: (314) 165,212 35,252,205 35,811,528

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to have negative feelings as they grow older,” Murphy said. “Their ability to communicate is still hindered by the shame and embarrassment they feel about stuttering, which is often brought on by teasing.” Murphy suggests teachers make stuttering an open topic for discussion in the classroom. One exercise a teacher can use is to discuss famous people who stutter. NBA basketball star Kenyon Martin, news anchor John Stossel and actors James Earl Jones and Nicholas Brendon are just a few of the many celebrities who struggle with stuttering. “This film is an excellent resource for educators at all grade levels. I now feel more at ease having a child who stutters in my classroom,” elementary school teacher Katie Lenell said.

the collection this year. “In order to exceed last year’s total, some students had their families bring cars to Thanksgiving dinner while others asked younger students that they work with in the community to donate,” Bolton said. Traci Bolton said Lafayette’s concert and symphonic band members joined in the effort this year. “We were determined to put up a good number of Hot Wheels to help children in need,” Bolton said. As the donation drive neared an end, Gable said they were all anxious to see how many cars the students would bring in. “The students get excited when they realize how many kids they are impacting with their donations,” Gable said. “Their generosity is remarkable.”

Hot Wheels for the holidays

Benefiting Kennedy

Working together, students from Marquette and Lafayette High collected more than 4,425 Hot Wheels cars for children in need. This is the third consecutive year for Marquette teachers Ed Bolton and Dr. Melissa Gable and Lafayette teacher Traci Bolton to host a joint collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots. From their efforts, school communities collected more than 10,000 Hot Wheels cars since 2010. Bolton said students got creative with

Monica Beuckman, social media director of Bo Beuckman Quality Ford in Ellisville, presented John F. Kennedy Catholic High School President Father Bob Suit with a check for $4,350 from the Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 Ur School promotion in October. Over 200 Kennedy parents, friends and neighbors test drove a Ford vehicle to raise funds for the school. Proceeds benefit educational and tuition assistance programs at Kennedy.

TAG/title/special Early childhood special education Student act/athl/act/spons act Other instruction Total instruction Support services Attendance Guidance Health, psych, speech and audio Improvement of instruction Professional development Media services (library) Board of Education services Executive administration Building level administration Business central services Operation of plant Security services Pupil transportation Food services Central office support services Adult education Community services Capital outlay Capital outlay Debt service Principal retirement Interest and fiscal charges Total expenditures

Excess of revenues over (under) expenditures

Other financing sources (uses) Transfers Bond issuance Refunding bonds issued Discount on issuance of bonds Premium on issuance of bonds Total other financing sources (uses) NET CHANGE IN FUND BALANCE

Fund balance at beginning of year Fund balance at end of year

635,831 2,351,729 5,913,459 80,434 13,800,647

7,171,751 3,208,138 2,498,378 620,517 109,778,531


59,838 5,826 103,044 652,091


7,867,420 5,565,693 8,514,881 700,951 124,231,269

7,182,196 5,719,846 8,719,483 566,163 124,376,072

1,497,056 666,501 1,981,948 3,641,504 143,853 1,857,088 298,051 1,393,799 4,972,077 2,043,089 22,364,802 625,307 8,906,939 7,398,034 2,747,174 109,349 8,943,654

22,617 4,830,444 6,259 2,759,584 84,022 3,723,936 2,426,101 8,846,547 390 142,784 374,231 4,165


1,259 9,789 404,746 91,870 196,550 10,618 412,608 226,434 14,620 1,218 181,002


1,520,932 5,496,945 1,997,996 6,805,834 227,875 5,672,894 298,051 4,016,450 13,818,624 2,053,707 22,777,410 625,697 8,906,939 7,624,468 2,904,578 484,798 9,128,821

1,603,788 6,344,634 2,191,323 7,074,567 343,435 5,335,044 416,440 4,636,655 14,000,225 2,125,826 23,443,244 630,884 9,628,120 7,358,150 2,935,919 484,920 8,664,487








68,274 69,658,499 83,459,146

23,221,080 132,999,611

18,700,000 10,106,834 28,806,834 28,806,834

25,475,417 26,127,508

603,471 53,672 657,143 657,143

19,303,471 10,228,780 147,818,973 272,050,242

19,658,460 9,884,554 164,047,484 288,423,556








(384,442) (384,442)


9,905,000 (39,620) 1,035,099 10,900,479

384,442 384,442


9,905,000 (39,620) 1,035,099 10,900,479

21,095,000 801,042 21,896,042





$ 38,589,599

$ 21,256,614




$ 55,441,740

$ 9,528,271







$ 124,816,224



$ 127,569,125


Bonded indebtedness Capital lease obligations Energy Loans & Lease Obligations

$ 4.463 $ 223,015,000 $ $ 441,917

Janet Strate

Janet Strate, President, Board of Education

Kathy Chitwood

Kathy Chitwood, Secretary, Board of Education

The above schedule represents a summary of revenues, expenditures and fund balances by major classification of each fund and all funds of the Rockwood R-VI School District as required by Missouri School Law Chapter 165 - 121(1). The schedule was prepared based upon the District's audit report prepared by Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, and accepted by the Board on December 20, 2012. The complete audit report is available for inspection and examination at Rockwood R-VI School District Administration Center, 111 East North Street, Eureka, Missouri 63025-1229 and on Rockwood School District's website ( The District’s activities and funds are all presented in this report and have been audited by the District’s Certified Public Accountants, Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, who rendered an unqualified opinion for the District again this year.The scope of the audit included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the basic financial statements. The audit also included assessing the principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.

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Adam Krueger receives a Dream Grant in May 2012; Jan Misuraca presents.

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Parkway Alumni Association seeks applications for ‘Granting Dreams’ By BONNIE KRUEGER In 1991, Mark Lincoln (Parkway North ‘76 graduate) and two of his former classmates, Steve Friedman and Mark Kaltenrieder, formed the Parkway Alumni Association. Classmate Jan (Wall) Misuraca joined the mission and, in 1993, they expanded the organization’s board to include Parkway high school graduates and a few Parkway teachers totaling 24 people. Twenty years later, this not-for-profit organization continues to support Parkway reunions, grant student’s dreams, celebrate the success of former graduates and honor teachers who are exceptional in their jobs. “While we are a separate corporation from the Parkway School District, we are closely aligned with their school board and the administrative staff,” explained Jan Misuraca, executive director of PAA. “Dr. Keith Marty, Parkway’s superintendent, is behind our mission 100 percent and supports our programs. “Our current board is great. We have every decade of graduates represented since Parkway’s founding in 1954 and representation from four high schools (South, West, North and Central) and retirees. Our youngest member graduated in 2004 and our oldest graduated in 1965. Having a board that is diverse in many ways brings great energy and ideas to the group.” A very successful program for the PAA is Granting Dreams. Students are encouraged to submit requests for a financial gift up to $250 or for a community resource grant. The applications need to demonstrate a commitment to furthering skills, acquiring knowledge or experience, participating in school-related activities, or those that involve the community. Last school year, 221 grants were awarded totaling over $20,000. Since Granting Dreams began in 1996,

the Alumni Association has awarded over $225,000 in monetary grants that are awarded out of eight funds, including seven memorial funds. The memorial funds were created by family or friends who wished to honor their memory of deceased Parkway graduates or teachers. “Each year the families and friends raise money to support their existing memorial funds, which in turn are used to fund the Dream Grants. It’s a wonderful way to continue honoring the memory of those former students and staff members,” Misuraca said. The Granting Dreams Program is one of Misuraca’s favorite programs. She recounts the story of a young girl named Nicole, who had been diagnosed with diabetes. Nicole had applied for (and received) a Dream Grant to attend a sleepaway camp to learn how to live with diabetes and meet other kids with the same challenges. Many years later, while still in Parkway, Nicole reapplied for a grant to attend the camp; however, her application was so that she could become a camp counselor and help others learn to manage their diabetes as well as she does. “The ripple effect of Granting Dreams is the beauty of the program,” Misuraca said. “We listen to children and help them find their niche and go after their dreams. “It is also community building. This may be the first time some students realize how much people outside of their own family care about them and believe in them. They feel the support to take a leap of faith and it builds up their confidence to continue trying new things.” The Granting Dreams program application is available now on the Alumni Association website ( The deadline is 4 p.m. on Feb. 1. Any full-time Parkway student can apply.

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High school wrestling Eureka won the recent Fort Zumwalt East Invitational for the second consecutive year. The Wildcats finished first in the 17-team event with 203 points, far ahead of Fort Zumwalt North’s 151 second-place total. “This was a pretty big win for us,” Eureka coach Tim Yancey said. “We went into the tournament with a lot of confidence that we could take home a championship, but still the boys still had to wrestle the matches. I would have to say the competition was pretty good.” Luke Seiler won the 126-pound division, going 5-0 in the meet. He defeated Jesse Czerniewski, of Fort Zumwalt South, 12-6. The win hiked Seiler’s record to 23-0. “Luke Seiler is wrestling outstanding right now,” Yancey said. Matt McClimens captured the 195-pound class to also go 5-0 in the tourney. McClimens defeated Lynzell Owens, of McCluer, 6-3 to remain unbeaten this season. “Matt is also wrestling great,” Yancey said. Overall, the Wildcats took 13 wrestlers to compete and 11 of them came home with medals. At 106, Makoto Sullivan took second; at 113, Christopher Kirkwood took fourth; at

120, Clayton Wegener took second; at 132, Brendan Krask took second; at 138, Justin Slattery took second; at 145, Ben Schroeder took third; at 160, Zach Seiler took second; at 170, Luke Gentry took second; and at 182, Mitchell McCain took fourth. The Wildcats will be busy this month. Coming up, the team has the St. Louis Suburban Conference tournament, the St. Charles West tournament, and the Winnetonka tournament. “Our big duals will be with Lindbergh, Lafayette and Northwest,” Yancey said.

High school girls swimming Parkway South captured the Lindbergh Invitational with 436.5 points to run away with the championship. Park Hill South was a distant second with 379 points. MICDS was fourth with 220 points in the 15-team meet. “It was fun to win the meet,” Parkway South coach Sara Gerth said. “We knew Park Hill South and MICDS would be strong. The goal was just to go win your heat and swim the best you could for your team.” Junior Samm Crocker won the 50 freestyle in 24.88 seconds and the 100 free in 53.33. Senior CeCe Etter claimed the 200 free for the Patriots with a time of 1 minute,

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57.70 seconds. “CeCe also swam well for us. Her 200 free was great and she won,” Gerth said. “I put her in the 100 fly, an off event for her, to give her a break from swimming her usual events and to see what she could do in it. She got fourth and a state cut.” The 400 free relay also won with a time of 3:45.22. Girls on the relay are Crocker, sophomore Kirstie Crook, sophomore Jenna Wilkes and Etter. “Our 400 free relay is our strongest relay this year,” Gerth said. “It was not a record, but I won’t be surprised if they do break some records in that event this year. They broke the meet record at Marquette Relays.” The time at the Marquette Relays by the team was 3:41.91, which topped the old mark of 3:43.54 set in 2009 by Lafayette. Achieving state cuts so far this season for the Patriots are Crocker, Etter, Wilkes, Crook, Maddie Heutel and all three relays teams. “I’m very happy about our season so far,” Gerth said. “I have a fast group, but also a very nice group and that makes it even more rewarding.”

All-star soccer game Chaminade midfielder Jason Pesek had an assist on the game-winning goal to help the West defeat the East 3-2 in the 2012 High School Soccer All-American game in Birmingham, Ala. With just under three minutes left in the game, Charlie Constantino, of East Kentwood, Mich., scored off an assist from Pesek. Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain was the head coach for the West team. “Jason played very well,” Gauvain said. “He had that assist on the winning goal. He made a nice play.” Eric Lynch, of Bellbrook, Ohio, opened the scoring for the East on an assist from Sam Bascom, of Madiera, Ohio. Just before the half, Niko Hansen, of Sacramento Jesuit, Calif., tied the game on an assist from Alex McBride, of Marquette Jesuit, Wis. The second half saw more chances for both teams. Zieko Lewis, of Berkshire School, Mass., scored on a penalty kick for the east, only to be answered by the west less than two minutes later. Michael Vieth, of Reitz Memorial, Ind., scored on an assist from Kaba Alkebulan, of Sacra-

mento Jesuit, Calif. Defender Xhovani Dokaj, of CBC, and defender Curtis Shillingsford, of Chaminade, also played in the game. “Curtis and Xhovani both played wonderful, too,” Gauvain said. “It was just a great experience for everybody.” Of the 40 players participating, Gauvain was 32 already have college scholarships. “There are a lot of these kids who are going to a lot of nice places to continue playing soccer,” Gauvain said. “Of the ones who are not committed, they got a lot of looks from all the college coaches who were there.”

Other soccer news Local players making the NSCAA allregion boys team are Parkway Central goalie Andrew Chekadanov, Chaminade forward Tom Barlow, Summit goalkeeper Sean Clancy, CBC defender Xhovani Dokaj, Chmainade defender Curt Shillingsford, and Chaminade midfielder Jason Pesek. Incarnate Word midfielder Mel Donaldson made the NSCAA all-region team. The Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association recently released its boys all-state squads. Some players and coaches earned special honors. Chekadanov was named the Class 2 Player of the Year. In Class 3, Barlow was named the Player of the Year. Dokaj was named the Defensive Player of the Year. CBC’s Nathan Griffin was a co-goalkeeper of the year. CBC’s Terry Michler was named the private school Coach of the Year. Marquette’s Chris Kenny was named the public school Coach of the Year.

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against the No. 2 seeded team. The Ascension Aces are coached by Patti Borst. They went on to represent West County at the recent Archdiocesan City-County volleyball championships. The Aces beat St. Stephen from St. Louis City district and then went on to win a match against Blessed Teresa of Calcutta from the North County district 19-25, 25-23, 15-10 to reach the championship match. However, the Aces came up short against a tough Queen of All Saints team. “As a coach, I was so proud of my girls working together to ‘bump, set and spike it’ and play volleyball like it is supposed to be played,” Borst said. “Our season was a successful one winning every match but our final city-county championship match.” The Aces finished second out of approximately 200 fifth-grade teams in the region. The final overall record was 15-1.

Youth boys volleyball The St. Alban Roe Boys captured the Crusader CYC Archdiocesan volleyball championship. The sixth-grade team in the West County district capped off a great season by defeating a very tough St. Margaret Mary team from the South County district 25-21, 25-22 in the finals of the recent Archdiocesan championship. After achieving runner up in a preseason tournament at Mary Mother of the Church, Alban Roe went on to a 13-0 record in matches and 33-4 in games, winning the South Central district league championship and the West County district tournament in addition to the overall City-County championship. “The boys really came together as a team this year” said St. Alban coach Ken Kruse. “Volleyball is a great sport and helped teach

the boys that you cannot always do it alone and that every player on the team has a role.”

Youth flag football coming to Chesterfield Chesterfield in partnership with NFL Flag will host a Youth Flag Football League at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex this spring. The program is for kids ages 5-12 and leagues will be divided by age and gender. Practices will begin the week of March 10 and games will start the first weekend of April. All games will be played on Saturdays; rainouts will be played on Sundays. Registration is underway until Feb. 22. Parental participation is highly encouraged as volunteer coaches are needed. This is a recreational league. Emphasis will be on team play, cooperation, good sportsmanship, courtesy and respect to all players, coaches, officials, coordinators and parents. To register, call 812-9500 or visit

All-American runner Parkway Central graduate Emily Sisson earned All-American honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Sisson, who is from Chesterfield, is a junior at Providence College where she runs for the Friars. She recently finished 15th with a time of 20 minutes at the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship. The Friars finished second in the team competition. Sisson’s showing was impressive as it was just her third start of the season as she battled back to help the Friars in a postseason run that included a third place Big East Championship finish and a first-place showing at the NCAA Regional to go along with national runner-up status.

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By WARREN MAYES Several local gymnasts kicked off the new year in Florida. It wasn’t a vacation. The girls were competing in the 23rd annual National Judges Cup. The tournament was held Jan. 4-6 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The girls, who competed as Missouri Level 7 national team members, are Kathryn Londerdee, of All American Gymnastics; Asha Roberts, of All American Gymnastics; Anastastia Neumann, of Olympiad Gymnastics of Chesterfield, Marta Schneider, of All American Gymnastics; Sydney Newbauer, of Xcel Gymnastics; Kaitlyn Clutter, of GT Gymnastics; and alternate Dani Kolker, of Olympiad Gymnastics of Chesterfield. The National Judges Cup is the only invitational in the country that supports a four judge panel for all levels of competition. This competition sets a nationwide base score as judges, representing an average of more than 25 states, judge together and have the opportunity to review rule interpretations and recent changes made by the national office. This event also affords judges and participants the opportunity to judge with and be judged by some of the most recognized and prestigious judges in the country. The National Judges Cup featured the prestigious Level 7 All Star State Team Challenge. Six member teams representing each state, including Missouri, competed for the title of Level 7 State Team Champion. The Missouri girls earned their spots at the state Judges Cup that was held in Novemeber in Columbia, Mo., at Flipz USA. Olympiad coaches Heather Baechle and Kristen Crawford have approximately 100

girls in their competitive program. Crawford has been coaching for 10 years while Baechle has been coaching for six years. Olympiad has been around the West County area for more than 25 years. “It’s exciting to have two of our girls going,” Crawford said before the competition. “It’s another milestone in terms of the gym’s ability to put athletes in this area and progress beyond it.” Julie Maurer is the coach at Xcel Gymnastics Sports Center. It will be the first trip to the nationals for Newbauer, Neumann and Kolker. The girls competed in all four events – uneven bars, balance beam, vault and floor exercise – at the national meet. Crawford said Neumann and Kolker train four days a week and spend 15 hours doing it. “It’s a year-round sport,” Crawford said. “They’ve been training about 10 years each.” The local gymnasts have a competitive season that runs from October through April and they have 10 to 12 competitions in that time, Baechle said. Neumann, who turned 13 while competing in Florida, attends Crestview Middle School. “Annie’s favorite event is the uneven bars,” Crawford said. Kolker, who is 14 and a freshman at Marquette High School, also likes the uneven bars best, Crawford said. “Both Annie and Dani have always been with Olympiad,” Baechle said. Newbauer, 13, attends Wentzville South Middle School and trains at Xcel. “Sydney has been competing in gymnastics since she was 5,” Maurer said. “She has been competing for eight years and (has been) in the sport for 10 years. She trains five days a week for 15 to 16 hours a week. The balance beam and uneven bars are her favorites. “Sydney is capable of great things when she puts her mind to it and when she is fully focused and in her zone.” Xcel Gymnastics Sports Center provides quality gymnastics, cheer, tumble, and trampoline instruction. A huge gymnastics event – the St. Louis Classic – is coming up March 1-3 at America’s Center. Around 1,000 girls will coming in for the competition. “It’s a great meet for local people to come out and see what gymnastics is all about,” Crawford said. There’s also the chance for scholarships for the girls. Lindenwood University just added gymnastics to the list of sports it offers. The University of Missouri and Southeast Missouri State also offer the sport.



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“This is the most precise estimate of that relationship, and it gives credence to the widely held belief that general stress is related to heart health,” Edmondson said. Safiya Richardson, M.D., who collaborated with Edmondson on the study, said the findings are significant because they apply to nearly everyone. “The key takeaway is that how people feel is important for their heart health, so anything they can do to reduce stress may improve their heart health in the future,” Richardson said. The researchers found also that the relationship between stress and heart disease was stronger among older people. Edmondson surmised that the reason might be that the older participants may have been experiencing stress for a longer time. ••• Stress comes in various forms: Interpersonal stress occurs when we engage in an argument; overload stress stems from having too much to do in seemingly too little time; and network stress is caused by things that happen around us. To see how people react to various stressors and how those reactions affect their long-term health, researchers referred to the National Study of Daily Experiences. “People who reported being emotionally reactive (to stress) were 30 percent more likely to report chronic health conditions 10 years later,” said David Almeida, a human development professor at Penn State. Almeida’s advice to people who find themselves emotionally upset when stressed: “Get away from the situation. Try to take a break. And, if possible, engage in some sort of physical activity.”

Multivitamins and heart health Results of a clinical trial indicate that multivitamins do not help prevent cardiovascular disease. An 11-year trial involving nearly 15,000 male doctors aged 50 and older was designed to determine whether people could lower their risk of heart disease, stroke and death from cardiovascular causes by taking

a multivitamin. “Taking a daily multivitamin over the long term appeared to have no risk or benefit on major cardiovascular outcomes,” said Howard Sesso, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. What does help cardiovascular health, Sesso said, is eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Mercy adds doctors in West County Mercy Clinic, the multispecialty physician group affiliated with Mercy Hospital and Mercy Children’s Hospital, recently added several new doctors, including the follow- Bechtel ing who are practicing in Creve Coeur: Heather Bechtel, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and hematologist seeing patients at Mercy Clinic Children’s Cancer and Hematology at Mercy Children’s Hospital Cardinals Kids Derdoy Cancer Center; Jose Derdoy, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist seeing patients at Mercy Clinic Kids GI at Mercy Children’s Hospital; Mikael Garri, M.D., and Joseph Pantelis, M.D., both internists with Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists St. Louis seeing patients hospitalized at Mercy Hospital St. Louis; Michael Curtis, M.D., a plastic surgeon with emphasis on breast reconstruction surgery seeing patients at Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery; Dayton Dmello, M.D., a critical care physician and pulmonologist seeing patients at Mercy Clinic Pulmonology; Ejaz Alam, M.D., an internist with Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists seeing patients hospitalized at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and at JFK Clinic. In addition, Anthony Sado, M.D., a critical care physician, is seeing patients virtually through Mercy SafeWatch, Mercy’s e-ICU.

Milking milk for maximum benefits Two cups of milk a day is the right amount for children aged 2-5, according to

a newly published study. Drinking cow’s milk increases the level of vitamin D in young children but also decreases iron levels. Researchers who studied milk intake and other factors among more than 1,300 children found that for most 2- to 5-year-olds, keeping consumption at two cups a day is sufficient to maintain adequate vitamin D stores while having a minimal impact on iron stores. The study, “The Relationship Between Cow’s Milk and Stores of Vitamin D and Iron in Early Childhood,” appears in the January issue of Pediatrics, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Electronic health records on the rise The number of doctors using electronic health records (EHRs) and other computerized tools to manage patient care continues to increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 72 percent of doctors used EHRs in 2012, up from 48 percent in 2009. During the same time frame, the percent of physicians with the ability to e-prescribe rose from 33 percent to 73 percent. Fifty-six percent of doctors now have the computerized capabilities to communicate with patients by providing post-visit summaries.

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Friendship Village groundbreaking Friendship Village Chesterfield has announced it will break ground on Jan. 16 on an expansion that will include 30 new independent living apartments and a heated, underground parking garage. The $15 million senior living addition will feature various apartment styles, sizes and floor plans. The community is located at 15201 Olive Blvd. In September, Friendship Village Chesterfield completed $1 million in refurbishments to its newly renamed Village Care Center, the skilled nursing and assisted living component of the senior living community. The not-for-profit Friendship Village Chesterfield is governed by a local board of directors and is managed by Iowa-based Life Care Services. What baby boomers can learn from 100-year-olds UnitedHealthcare’s 2012 “100@100” survey of 100 centenarians found that the nation’s 100-year-olds are about as physically and socially active as Americans half their age. More than half of the centenarians surveyed reported exercising nearly every day. Almost 45 percent cited walking as their favorite form of exercise, and 40 percent said they do muscle-strengthening exercises. Eleven percent said they practice a mind/body/spirit activity such as yoga or tai chi, 8 percent ride a bike regularly, 5 percent jog, and 2 percent participate in a sport such as baseball, basketball, soccer or tennis. The survey also polled 300 adults ages 50-55 and compared those baby boomers’ lifestyles to the lifestyles of those who have reached the century mark. Results showed that: • Centenarians and baby boomers are

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Talbert drove the man to the area he had described, giving him an opportunity to gaze at the vine-covered rolling hills during the height of the grape-growing season. “The family later called us to let us know how elated their father was” about the trip and how impressed they were with Talbert’s thoughtfulness, Beckwith said. “I know that people who are dependent on others for their needs are beautiful human beings who deserve kindness, compassion, patience and respect,” Talbert observed. “When I encounter a challenging client or family, I remind myself that they are created by God and worthy of a loving response from me.” In addition to Jerry Talbert, a number of other caregivers was honored by VOYCE at its Dec. 5 luncheon. The award winners, and the organization where each works, include: Connie Baum, Continuum; Karen Mouser, Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur; Diane Caldwell, Grand Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Jermika Lane, Green Valley Nursing & Rehab Center; Neela Seecoomar, Hope Hospice, Inc.; Dianna Archer, Marymount Manor of Eureka; Robert Steven Hance, Jr., NHC-Maryland Heights; Miriam Elizabeth Smith, Parc Provence; Ruth Warner and Gloria Watson, StarResource; Judy Colabianchi, St. Agnes Home; Anecia Wright, Sunrise Senior Living of Chesterfield; Marguerite Treadwell, The Valley - a Stonebridge Community; Harriet Elder, Village North Retirement Community. The award winners were among 71 nominated by their respective organizations. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges from outside the St. Louis area to ensure objectivity in the selection process.

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BENEFITS The Helping Hand Me Downs clothing drive runs through Thursday, Jan. 31 at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country. Used clothing, toys and books may be dropped at the front of the store for donation to Helping Hand Me Downs, a local nonprofit organization serving St. Louis children ages newborn to 2 who are born into poverty. Call 527-1160. ••• A trivia night and silent auction to benefit Gateway Indoor Percussion is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14033 Clayton Road in Town & Country. The nonprofit organization teaches young adults respect and teamwork through musical education. There are cash prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and games. Admission is $20 per person/$160 for a table of eight. To reserve a table, contact Mary Jo at (314) 750-2000 or ••• Chesterfield Arts’ 13th annual Art Feast, a fundraising gala, is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Kemp Auto Museum. The event includes surprise performances, a silent auction of artwork and other unique items, food, cocktails and more. Art Holliday of KSDK acts as emcee. Individual tickets are $175; corporate tables and sponsorships are available. For reservations or more information, call 519-1955. ••• Dr. Tim and Anne Jordan host the fourth annual trivia night to benefit Camp Weloki’s scholarship foundation at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. John’s Mercy Conference Center, 615 S. New Ballas Road. The nonprofit raises funds to support scholarships to Camp Weloki for children in need. The residential camp serves children ages 8-17, teaching social and emotional intelligence and leadership skills. The event includes attendance prizes, 50/50 raffles, a live auction and more. Admission is $25 at the door or $175 for a table of eight with advance purchase. Fox 2’s Margie Ellisor hosts. For reservations or details, call Gretchen at 5301883, or email ••• The 15th annual Taste of West County is

from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in the Lafayette High School Commons. More than 30 area restaurants participate with food, beverages, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $12 each/$5 for children age 5 and younger, with family packages available. Proceeds benefit graduation activities for the class of 2014. For tickets, email or

FAMILY AND KIDS The Girls in the Know four-week speaker series is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on various dates in January/February at Churchill School, Saul Mirowitz School, Shenandoah Valley, Parkway School District, Reed Elementary, Wild Horse Elementary and Rockwood School District. The interactive series educates and empowers mothers and their daughters ages 9-13. It is led by women professionals and discusses self-esteem, friendship, bullying, body image and more. The cost is $90 per mother/daughter pair and $25 for each additional daughter. For specific dates or to pre-register, visit For more information, contact Gina Marten at (314) 717-1270. ••• Toddler Get Together at the Pointe is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 10 and Feb. 14, at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Toddlers ages 1-4 enjoy a variety of activities, stories, crafts, visits from special guests an opportunity to meet new friends. Advance registration is requested, and parents must be present during the event. Regular admission for each session is $5; VIP admission is $4. To register, visit, or call 227-8580. ••• The Eureka-Pacific Elks host an allyou-can-eat breakfast from 7-11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Elks Lodge at the corner of First Street and Central Avenue in Eureka. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children older than 5 and free for younger children. Call 938-6720. ••• Kindermusik Demo Days benefiting the Saint Louis Symphony is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road. Events also occur on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Jewish Community Center Chesterfield, 16801 Baxter Road. The demo class inspires children from birth through 6 years to bring music into their lives and raises awareness of the Symphony. The event is free, and optional donations for the Symphony are accepted. To register, call Jan Fishman at (314) 434-9496, or email

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM ••• The Upside Down Indoor Triathlon, the first 2013 Ballwin Race Series race, is from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 or from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Participants ages 8 and older complete a 15-minute treadmill run, 15-minute spinner bike and 10-minute swim. Distance for each participant is calculated to determine the top finisher. Participants can choose to compete on either day. The entry fee is $25, and participation is limited to 45 people per day. To register, call 227-8580, or visit ••• Kids Night Out at the Pointe is from 6-9:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Games, arts and crafts, swimming, pizza and drinks are included in the event for kids ages 7-12. Regular admission is $12/VIP admission is $10. To register, call 227-8580, or visit ••• Friday Frenzie is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, at the Next Generation Center, The Alley at St. John Church, 15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville. The evening includes games with a chance to make new friends for fourth- and fifth-graders, with snacks provided. Admission is $5. Visit, or call 394-4100. ••• The city of Wildwood hosts the third annual Frozen Feet Trail Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at LaSalle Springs Middle School, 3300 Hwy. 109 in Wildwood. The family-friendly, 12-mile run is limited to the first 300 registrants. Sign up at, or print a registration form at and mail to: Frozen Feet Trail Run, 183 Plaza Drive, Wildwood, MO 63040. For more information, call Andrea or Gary at 458-0440. ••• The city of Ballwin hosts a Daddy Daughter Dance from 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Ballwin Golf Club. Dinner, dancing and crafts are featured. The registration deadline is Feb. 7. Call 227-8580, or visit

LIVE PERFORMANCES City Voices Chorus presents Sweet Adelines International Guest Nights at 7:15 p.m. every Thursday in January at 1166 South Mason Road. For more information, call Marcia at 274-0723, or visit

SPECIAL INTEREST A holiday light recycling drive runs through Sunday, January 13 at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country. Cus-

tomers may bring unworkable, indoor and outdoor holiday lights and extension cords to the store and place them in a recycling receptacle located in the store’s café. Last year’s drive collected more than 64,000 pounds of holiday lights for recycling. For more information, visit the St. Louis Green website at ••• The city of Creve Coeur hosts a holiday light recycling drive through Sunday, Jan. 13 in the entrance lobby of the police department, located at the rear parking lot of the Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N. Ballas Road. A portion of drive proceeds benefits Operation Food Search. For more information, call (314) 222-8004. ••• The St. Louis County Library presents “The Man Plan” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road in Ellisville. Dr. James Toombs struggled with his weight his whole life, before joining the Army in 2004, when he committed to get fit. Toombs tells his story and shares his remedy for a challenge everyone may face. Registration is requested. Call (314) 994-3300. ••• The Nourished Woman Talk is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the St. Louis County Library’s Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place in Chesterfield. Jaclyn Jackson, a certified health coach, teaches participants to nourish themselves with fresh, whole foods and some “me time.” Registration is required. Call (314) 994-3300. ••• The Constitutional Coalition Educational Policy Conference 24 (EPC 24) runs from Thursday, Jan. 24-Saturday, Jan. 26 Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Monica Crowley, Fox News commentator, opens the conference at 7 p.m. on Thursday, speaking on “Freedom of the Press.” Numerous speakers continue through the next two days. Keynote dinner speaker Michelle Malkin presents “Preserving Our Freedoms,” at 7 p.m. on Friday. A private reception at 5:30 p.m. precedes Friday’s dinner. For registration information and pricing options, visit, or call 386-1789. ••• The St. Louis County Library presents “Financial Boot Camp – Fitness for your Finances” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road in Ellisville. Certified Financial Planner Travis Freeman leads a comprehensive class covering 50 items of personal finance in one hour. Registration is requested. Call (314) 994-3300.

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