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There was a recent flap because three different members of the Obama administration, on three different Sunday television talk shows, gave three widely differing estimates of how many jobs the president has created. That should not have been surprising, except as a sign of political sloppiness in not getting their stories together beforehand. They were simply doing what Barack Obama himself does - namely, just pulling numbers out of thin air. However, being more skilled at creating illusions, the president does it with more of an air of certainty, as if he has gone around and counted the new jobs himself. The big question that seldom - if ever - gets asked in the mainstream media is whether these are a net increase in jobs. Because the only resources that the government has are the resources it takes from the private sector, using those resources to create jobs means reducing the resources available to create jobs in the private sector. So long as most people do not look beyond superficial appearances, politicians can get away with playing Santa Claus on all sorts of issues, while leaving havoc in their wake - such as growing unemployment, despite all the jobs being “created.” Whatever position people take on health care reform, there seems to be a bipartisan consensus - usually a sign of mushy thinking - that it is a good idea for the government to force insurance companies to insure people whom politicians want them to insure, and to insure them for things that politicians think should be insured. Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let’s stop and think. Why aren’t insurance companies already insuring the people and the conditions that they now are going to be forced to cover? Because that means additional costs - and because the insurance companies do not think their customers are willing to pay those particular costs for those particular coverages. It costs politicians nothing to mandate more insurance coverage for more people. But that does not mean that the costs vanish into thin air. It simply means that both buyers and sellers of insurance are forced to pay costs that neither of them wants to

pay. But, because soaring political rhetoric leaves out such grubby things as costs, it sounds like a great deal. It is not just costs that are left out. It is consequences in general. With all the laments in the media about skyrocketing unemployment among young people, and especially minority young people, few media pundits even try to connect the dots to explain why unemployment hits some groups much harder than others. Yet unusually high unemployment rates among young people is not something new or even something peculiar to the United States. Even before the current worldwide recession, unemployment rates were 20 percent or more among workers under 25 years of age in a number of Western European countries. The young have less experience to offer and therefore are less in demand. Before politicians stepped in, that just meant that younger workers were paid less. But this is not a permanent situation because youth itself is not permanent, and pay rises with experience. Enter politicians. By mandating a minimum wage that sounds reasonable for most workers, they put a price on inexperienced and unskilled labor that often exceeds what it is worth. Mandated pay rates, like mandated insurance coverage, impose on buyers and sellers alike things that they would not choose to do otherwise. Workers, of course, prefer higher wage rates. But the very fact that the government has to impose those wage rates means that workers were unwilling to risk not having a job by refusing to work for less than the wage rate that has been mandated. Now that choice has been taken out of their hands, with the hidden cost in this case being higher unemployment rates. It is, of course, no secret that there is no free lunch. It is just an inconvenient distraction that gets left out of political rhetoric.

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letters to the editor Serving the people To the Editor: Dear Sen. Claire McCaskill, As did most parents, my wife and I chose to forego some pleasures in order to pay for family health insurance even when we had to pay 100 percent out of pocket. Other people chose to prioritize their lives and budgets differently. Some “cannot afford health insurance” for their children, but they can afford cable TV, video games, junk food and cell phones for their children and, frequently, cigarettes, beer and restaurants for themselves. But that is their choice. Today, some people are indeed victims of the economic downturn and are deserving of their neighbors’ help through charities and government programs as they struggle to survive and improve their situation. However, many others are victims of their own bad decisions. Some drop out of school, do not pursue trades or careers, become obese, have babies while still teens, speak unintelligible English, dress and groom for failure (tattoos, piercings, freakish hair styles), use drugs and alcohol, break laws and scoff at societal mores. They are not deserving of their neighbors’ money via government programs. (Christian charities will still reach out with nonjudgmental love.) Your vote to “reform” health care has had an immediate effect on my health. It has made me ill. I believe you and the other progressive Senators want to buy insurance for millions of undeserving people, paying for it in part by stealing Medicare benefits from people who have worked hard, made good decisions and paid into the system for decades. You can make this enormous theft “legal.” However, you cannot make it honorable or moral. Obviously, our president wants ObamaCare in his legacy. Obviously, Missourians do not want it in their lives. You were elected to represent the will of the people in government, not to impose the government’s will on the people. The concept of “public servant” has been stood on its head. The served have become the servants of a pompous ruling class. You work for us. You do not work for President Obama. You do not work for Harry Reid. Neither of them can fire you. We can. Don Folkemer Manchester

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To the Editor: The really smart “progressive” minds (elitists, liberals) have convinced themselves that there is no God; that man-made global warming is a deadly threat to mankind; that the United States is a really bad country; that social injustice is just terrible in this country and the world; that free enterprise and liberty are evil; that government must control people’s lives because they cannot be trusted to act responsibly; and that the people’s wealth should be redistributed. Over several decades, these righteous folks have been actively attempting to transform America by government mandate and regulation and interfering with free enterprise to fix all the perceived faults in their worldview. The symptoms and side effects of this movement are clearly evident if your eyes are open. Today, President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party, using crisis management, have accelerated the revolution with their efforts to destroy capitalism and instill their brand of social justice. Contrarians might think that common sense should prevail; that a free market economy is the best way to generate prosperity for all people; that free enterprise and the economy need to be revived as quickly as possible to get people back to work; that government should be relegated to the sidelines to work on those things the Constitution authorizes; that capital (derived from people’s wealth) is the fuel for our economic engine; that government should be reduced in size and the savings

returned to taxpayers; that the private sector 2010 is the next battle, and we must be precan provide health care for people without pared to fight, achieve and succeed, taking government control; that religious faith, no prisoners. The liberals among us want families and marriage are good things in to radically change our country. They must people’s lives; that the vast environment of be stopped with no wavering in our deterGod’s green earth can handle a little warm- mination. When in doubt, fight harder. ing; and that people have the unalienable If we think we have won, immediately right to life, liberty and the pursuit of hap- stop and regain your senses. Until the piness. morning of Nov. 3, the conservative cause We, the people, need a new brand of must take nothing for granted. Until we are leadership to emerge that will give voters actually victorious, we are not the victors. a real choice and get our country back. Once achieved, we must then stay true These leaders could either take over the to the principles that got us there. Only at Republican Party (cast out the progressive that point will we be poised to conquer the sympathizers) or form a new (Tea?) party. enemy within, Barack Hussein Obama, the Be prepared to enlist. America needs king of the incompetents. you. I have no idea who the Republican stanGerald Lunders dard bearer will be, but it will almost be a Chesterfield moot point. Americans who love freedom and our Constitution will be so relieved to To the Editor: vote this smooth-talking socialist back to With the election of Scott Brown in Mas- his community organizing job. Goodness, sachusetts, I call upon all conservatives it could be so bad at that time that only 90 and independents to unite in 2010 under percent of blacks will vote for Obama? the banner of “Never Relent.” In conclusion, 66 million Americans Because of our opposition, President made a grave error in November 2008. The Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, folly of their ways gets proven every day Barney Frank, the liberal elites and the across our country. Conservatives have mainstream press have accomplished noth- their eyes on the prize. Do not blink. ing good for America. Rob Schultz Monumental blunders have occurred in Creve Coeur an amazingly small span of time. Among these are bailouts of financial companies, No law violations GM and Chrysler, TARP, stimulus spend- To the Editor: ing, attempting to close Guantanamo, In the Feb. 3 edition of West NewsCopenhagen, Communists for czars and magazine, a letter was published from Bill Muslim political correctness. There are Eggers that made a claim that I might have many more. violated Sunshine Laws. These all are indications of this adminisHello, Bill, anybody in there? tration’s sheer lack of competence in every First, I sent the e-mail in question to the area, including finance, national security, Wildwood City Council as well as every so-called “climate change” and, of course, staff member at city hall, including the city government control of health care. They attorney, well after I resigned from the City have made many attempts to undermine the Council. The city clerk has the e-mailed private sector, the exact group that actually letter on file as well as my letter of resignahires workers. Maybe it is because these tion, check the dates. simpletons have almost down the line no I do not believe West Newsmagazine experience in running a business. Only 8 made a mistake in reporting as they percent of these folks have actually done referred to me as a former City Councilanything besides theorize or teach. man. Second, it is not against Sunshine They are theoreticians. In simple terms, Laws for City Council members to e-mail they have no clue about the realities of portions of or the entire City Council so governing and defending America. From long as the city clerk is copied. In my time Obama on down, these are neophytes on City Council, I probably sent hundreds playing in a dangerous world. They have of e-mails in which I copied the city clerk. imperiled our national security by trying I would invite you, your special prosecuto be nice guys to the global politisphere. tor, and the entire world to review them They are embarrassing and they must be at your leisure. All perfectly legal and all stopped. public documents. The victory in Massachusetts was an Bill, let’s keep it real, man. unexpected blessing, and we must not Bart Cohn relent in our pursuit of victory. November Wildwood


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Robbing from the rich One of the best commercials currently running on television is from Jack in the Box. Well, actually several of the best commercials running on television are from Jack in the Box, but the one in question here is the clever spot featuring one of Jack’s employees dressed as Robin Hood. He lifts his sword high and proposes to Jack that the company steal from the rich and give to the poor. “But, I’m rich,” Jack replies. There are lessons in that commercial; lessons that need to be taught in civics classes, lessons that need to be taught in the White House. “Robinhoodism” can only get a person, or a country, so far. According to a study by the Tax Policy Center, during the tax year of 2008, an astonishing 43 percent of Americans paid zero or negative income taxes. For 2009, Tax Policy Center estimates put that number closer to 48 percent. These numbers are frightening and reflect a massive change in this country’s taxation system in a stunningly short period of time. For most of the 1990s, the number of zero-tax taxpayers averaged around 25 percent. In 1986, the number dropped to as low as 18 percent. But then the politicians decided to step in and “help.” Democrats tried to go the way of Robin Hood, raising taxes on the more affluent and reducing them for the less affluent. Republicans wanted to reduce everyone’s taxes. Washington being Washington, both sides were ineffective and the people of this country ended up as the losers. At least 52 percent of the country did. With the inability for both sides to pass any meaningful tax reform, tax credits came into vogue, including the 2009 round of tax credits for homebuyers. Tax reform is sort of like a sacrifice bunt in baseball. The hitter, in this case either the government (for Republican strategy) or the wealthy (for Democratic strategy), are giving themselves up for the good of the team. A tax credit is like a sacrifice bunt with two outs in the inning. The hitter’s intentions may be good, but the inning is still over.

The net result of these types of tax band-aids rather than tax reform is very dangerous. Republicans say that as soon as 50 percent of the country is on the government dole, then that party will cease to exist. But that should not be the real fear. The real fear is a democracy where more than half, or almost half as it stands right now, of the citizens have no vested interest in what the government does or spends. After all, it is not their money. The other truth about tax credits is that it does create a new brand of welfare. If the government gives a taxpayer more than that taxpayer gives the government - that is welfare. It may be in the sheep’s clothing of a tax credit or a “negative tax liability,” but it still is the wolf called welfare. The tax credit system also is more prone to simple tax cheats than actual tax reform. The tax-oversight office at the Treasury Department reported in October that some 19,000 tax filers had fraudulently claimed - and received- $139 million in new homebuyer tax credits. These were people who did not even buy homes that year. Another 74,000 filers, representing $500 million worth of tax credits, may see their claims invalidated due to past home purchases. At the end of 2010, the last substantial round of tax cuts passed by George W. Bush’s administration are set to expire. President Barack Obama has proposed a budget that will bring this country to an unprecedented deficit. The current recession seems to be nearing an end or has already ended, but people are still fearful with their money. Those three things could pose a recipe for disastrous ideas coming out of Washington. West Newsmagazine encourages all of its readers to begin writing your Senators and Representatives now to push for meaningful, substantial and lasting tax reform. Tell them that you will be watching very carefully as they navigate these important waters. And if they think you are bluffing, tell them that they do not know Jack.

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Quotable: “Sometimes they won and sometimes they lost. The lesson they got out of that experience is part of what life is all about.” - Parkway School District resident Bill Reddy, of Chesterfield, about a decision to eliminate the student council program at Parkway West High School. Reddy said he believes school board members likely acquired skills and life lessons in school about running for elected office because of student council programs.

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BALLWIN Pesky potholes Winter precipitation damages streets more than any other time of the year. Water gets into the cracks then freezes, enlarging the cracks and creating potholes. The Ballwin Public Works Department seals cracks on a seven- to eight-year cycle in order to keep water out of the cracks. Residents can help the Public Works Department by reporting the location of these potholes on its Web site at ballwin. mo under the “Public Works” tab or by calling 227-9000.

CREVE COEUR Business crime watch Over the past few weeks, the Creve Coeur Police Department has responded to burglary reports at two local cellular telephone retailers. In both cases, the burglar shattered a glass door or window on the front of the business to gain entry. The only suspect identified is a white

male, approximately 5-foot-7 and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown shoes. In both cases, cash was the intended target. While there is little citizens can do to prevent a burglary of this type, they can minimize losses by following these suggestions: • Minimize inventory. Have an inventory control policy that minimizes the amount of inventory kept on the sales floor. By keeping inventory in a locked room, closet or office, business owners can reduce the likelihood that a thief will steal valuable merchandise. • Do not keep cash on the premises. Before closing, make sure that all cash is sent for bank deposit. Remove all cash from all the registers and do not pick up “startup” cash until the start of business the next day. If keeping cash on the premises is necessary, consider keeping it in a security safe. • Video surveillance. If there is video surveillance on the premises, ensure that it is in good working order, that the DVR is set up to run continuously and that there is proper lighting after hours to ensure identification of the suspects. • Alarm system. If there is an alarm system, make sure it is in good working order and that it is armed when the last of

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Ballwin boy raises more than $100,000 towards juvenile diabetes research Members of the Windler family, of Ballwin, shared in the celebration as son Patrick accepted a trophy for having raised more than $100,000 for Photo by Dave Myers diabetes research during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) annual Back row (from left): Parents Tim and Christie Windler. Walk To Cure Diabetes Award Front row: Jack, Patrick and Matthew Windler. Banquet. Patrick’s Walk To Cure Diabetes team - Patrick’s Stars – raised the money. Patrick, 13, was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at the age of 8. “We always look forward to our annual January Walk Awards Banquet where we honor the achievements of family and corporate Walk teams who this past year raised more than $1.4 million to fund the research to treat, cure and ultimately prevent diabetes,” said Marie Davis, Executive Director of JDRF Metro Saint Louis/Greater Missouri Chapter. the staff leaves for the day. It is a good measure to have the alarm serviced annually to minimize false alarms and ensure that all components are in good working order. To report information on these burglaries, contact the Creve Coeur Police Crime Prevention Officer at (314) 442-2075. Report all suspicious and unusual activity immediately to the police department.

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ELLISVILLE Abandoned vehicles The Ellisville City Council has approved an ordinance regarding abandoned and inoperable vehicles within the city. The ordinance brings the city into compliance with a recently-enacted state law, Missouri House Bill 683. The legislation states that a vehicle on any state highway other than an interstate or freeway outside of an urbanized area that is left unattended for 24 hours, provided that commercial motor vehicles are not hauling hazardous waste, may only be removed to a place of safety. That is, until the owner of the vehicle has had a reasonable opportunity to contact a towing company of choice.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY Officials pick contractor for Hwy. 141 St. Louis County officials on Feb. 4 opened the three bid proposals for the design-build portion of the Page Ave.Olive Blvd. Connector section of the Hwy. 141 expansion project. South County-based KCI Construction Co.’s proposal of $51,995,000 for the design-build portion was the winning bid. Millstone Bangert and Fred Weber also submitted proposals. “We had three great teams competing for this project, and the apparent winner came in more than $6 million under our estimate,” St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said. “That’s a victory for taxpayers.” Because American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds are being used, the Federal Highway Administration and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) still must give final approval and will have oversight to ensure the project meets federal requirements.

The proposal includes the “design and construction” portion of the work, which St. Louis County officials estimated at $58 million. “We’re talking about a significant savings of public money,” Dooley said. “But just as importantly, we’re talking about a new six-lane road that will benefit our community for the next 50 years. This project is vitally needed.” St. Louis County officials expect bulldozers to be in the field later this year, with work scheduled for completion in 2012. St. Louis County will use $20 million in federal stimulus funds to help pay for its share of the work. The cities of Chesterfield and Maryland Heights each will contribute $5 million. St. Louis County will issue bonds to cover the rest of the expense. MoDOT officials opened bids on Feb. 5 for the portion of the Hwy. 141 project that is to be expanded north of Hwy. 40 and south of Olive Blvd. MoDOT officials will review the bids and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will award the contracts later this month.



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‘No texting while driving’ campaign With five bills making their way through the Missouri Legislature, texting while driving could be a thing of the past in Missouri. A new campaign will remind Missourians to keep their hands off their phones and on the wheel. The new anti-texting while driving campaign will remind drivers of the consequences of distracted driving. The texting campaign runs until Feb. 21. “In just 2 seconds at 70 miles per hour, your car will travel two football fields,” said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “It is horrifying to realize so many drivers don’t have their eyes on the road.” Last year Missouri passed a law prohibiting drivers 21 years and younger from texting. The Missouri Legislature currently is reviewing bills that would expand the texting ban to all drivers. Distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic crashes in Missouri and nationwide. According to the National Safety Council, drivers using cell phones to talk or text cause 1.6 million crashes a year on U.S. highways. That is 28 percent of all accidents, a significant percentage that warrants attention. For more information on distracted driving, visit

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U.S. Senate considers legislation to nationalize student loan program By Jeannie Seibert With the potential for big changes in the future of the student loan industry, Raymond Bayer, executive director of Chesterfield-based MOHELA, was in Washington, D.C., the first day of February. His sole purpose was to lobby the congressional delegation in regard to a resolution that the U.S. House of Representatives approved. MOHELA is the acronym for Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, the primary student loan administrator in the state. The legislation that has MOHELA and its many clients watching the U.S. Senate is the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The measure would replace the 40-year-old Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program which established the legal framework under which MOHELA has operated. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act essentially would nationalize the student loan industry. Bayer spoke to the Newsmagazine Network from Washington, D.C., where the House resolution was before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “We’re looking at some sort of outcome to this in the next 90 to 120 days,” Bayer said. The recent change in the make-up of the Senate slowed the process of a resolution which appeared to have had little resistance at the start of the session. “Believe it or not, it is less clear today than prior to the Massachusetts election what the fate of this resolution will be,” Bayer said. The election of Scott Brown to serve the remaining term of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy changed the makeup of the Senate adding one more Republican to the minority roles.

On the Hill, lobbying on behalf of the student loan industry, Bayer said reaction from congressmen and senators “is, of course, divided. As you might expect, it’s falling along party lines. The Democrats are supporting it and the Republicans are opposed.” Initiated by President Barack Obama, the replacement legislation likely would change MOHELA’s status, if not outright eliminate its role as a low-cost higher education loan provider, making the federal government the ultimate authority. For the past 40 years under FFEL, the federal government has subsidized private lenders like MOHELA’s low-interest student loan programs. The government sets the interest rates on which MOHELA structures its loans. Should the market rate go over the pre-set rate, the government then reimburses MOHELA the difference. The proviso is that when interest rates drop back down, the lender repays the government. If the current measure passes within the expected timeframe, it will go into effect on July. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the federal government would save $87 billion in 10 years if the government becomes the direct lender. However, when asked to subtract the average total of default loans, projected savings dropped by about half. At that point, the federal government would own the loans and MOHELA would cease being the direct lender, Bayer said. Working to minimize overwhelming change to the student loan industry, Bayer said he is trying to negotiate hybrid legislation that would allow MOHELA to continue to operate as the administrative body for the federallysubsidized student loan program in Missouri.

Even if Bayer is successful, some flexibility could be lost. “MOHELA’s generous loan programs and forgiveness policies would lose latitude in direct dealing,” Bayer said. “There would be a different layer of bureaucracy.” Traditionally, MOHELA has had the flexibility to deal one-on-one with an individual student loan applicant. In the course of the relationship, a re-structuring of the payback agreement or even forgiveness of all or part of the balance could be negotiated, Bayer said. Should the legislation pass, the local decision-making ability would be transferred to Washington, D.C. But passage has been held up as the election of a new Republican senator has changed MOHELA’s outlook. Right now, all eyes are on Washington, D.C. “The Obama administration likely doesn’t have sufficient support without reconciliation,” Bayer said. “We’re watching to see if health care (reform) is passed with reconciliation.” Reconciliation is a legislative process normally reserved for budget items in order to cut off debate and move forward with a simple majority. This tactic has been discussed as a possibility to advance health care reform as it currently takes a super-majority to prevent a filibuster. Reconciliation can only be used one time per calendar year.

Local retired soldier gives different view of Saddam Hussein By Casey Godwin Much of the world will remember former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as a ruthless dictator guilty of the mass murders committed against his own people. Yet, to one retired Army Reservist, Hussein will be remembered as a gentle and sometimes compassionate man – good and evil seemingly existing within the same person. Robert Ellis, of St. Louis, was a master sergeant in the Army Reserve and, for a period of eight months in 2004, served as Hussein’s nurse. He was called to Iraq to serve as the “closest thing to a doctor” for the imprisoned president of Iraq one month after his capture. “When they first called me up, I thought they had made a mistake because I’m a nurse,” Ellis said. Originally told little about his assignment, Ellis was sent to Iraq and quickly put in charge of more than 100 high-ranking

Iraqi prisoners, the highest-ranking patient being Hussein. Every day for the next eight months, Ellis visited Hussein twice a day for routine check-ups. Ellis was charged with keeping Hussein alive at all costs. Marianna Riley, who co-authored the book “Caring for Victor” with Ellis, recounted how those orders were received. “Robert remembers getting those charges when the colonel put both his hands on his shoulders, looked him straight in the eyes and said that under no circumstances is Saddam to die in U.S. custody,” Riley said. Ellis took his charge seriously and even went so far as to purchase cigars for Hussein and engage in friendly conversation in order to keep him well psychologically. It was during shared cigars that the two men began to bond. They shared stories about their children, with Hussein saying that his sons were loose cannons and that “you don’t get to

pick your children; you’re stuck with what you get.” When Ellis learned his brother was on his deathbed, he spoke with Hussein just before returning to the states. Hussein embraced Ellis and said that he would be Ellis’ brother. Ellis said that Hussein often wrote poetry and even offered a poem as a gift to Ellis’ wife. Ellis and Riley’s book recounts how Ellis came to grips with the reality that he was starting to like this man many referred to as the “butcher of Baghdad.” Both men came from similar backgrounds – Ellis grew up in Pruitt-Igoe, a notoriously dangerous housing project that once existed in St. Louis, while Hussein grew up in a squalor village of thieves near Tikrit in Iraq. “He grew up a poor farmer,” Ellis said. “He said he never forgot that.” Even while in U.S. custody, Hussein kept a small garden in his private outdoor

wreck yard. The book title, “Caring for Victor,” reflects the code name used for Hussein. Hussein was kept in complete isolation and his whereabouts were top secret. Even in personal journals, Ellis referred to Hussein See SADDAM HUSSEIN, page 14

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Wildwood Town Center plan to be updated By Julie Brown Patton After 17 months of review, members of the Wildwood Town Center Advisory Board concluded their analysis and final recommendations regarding a 10-year update for the area. A full report was presented to the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 1. “The report will address many of the issues that have been raised by property owners within the Town Center area as well as those from Commission members,” Wildwood Director of Planning and Parks Joe Vujnich said. If the Commission adopts the updated plan at its Feb. 16 meeting, Vujnich said that the plan is scheduled to be presented to the Wildwood City Council on March 8 for consideration. The Town Center Plan establishes goals, objectives and policies for the development of the Town Center to create neighborhoods that are selfsufficient regarding the mix of land-use activities. The plan also addresses the availability of green space as well as the presentation and appearance of its public infrastructure to the community, such as streets and sidewalks. The Commission first hosted a public

hearing on Nov. 16. Vujnich said at the hearing that a number of property owners said the proposed updated plan and changes would impact their parcels of ground. Additionally, Commission members focused on the balance between residential- and commercialdesignated property, the amount of flexibility associated with the plan and how current trends would impact the area. Commission members then decided to hold a series of three work sessions to further evaluate the proposed changes. The first session covered a detailed review of the panel’s 17-month process. The second session was devoted to a presentation from Joe Monteleone, principal and executive vice president of Triad Capital Advisors Inc., who lent expertise about financing large projects. The third session on Jan. 19 was dedicated to a guest speaker, Robert Gibbs, who outlined current factors of U.S. retail markets. Gibbs is the founder of Michigan-based Gibbs Planning Group (GPG), which is considered one of the foremost urban retail planning consultancies in America. Since its inception, company teams have worked with more than 300 town centers and historic districts in the United States and interna-

tionally. GPG is credited with pioneering the development of sustainable and community-oriented principles of Traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth as an antidote to the sprawl of suburbia. Gibbs said responsible planning, however, is more than assembling coherent urban villages or walkable neighborhoods. “We believe sustainable development and vibrant community life are only possible with a vital commercial life and that new and old towns alike need intelligent strategies for their survival,” Gibbs said. Vujnich said the work sessions, which were open to public participation, had a good exchange of questions and comments. “The (Planning) department is aware the update of the plan is approaching two years but believes this careful consideration of it was necessary,” Vujnich said. “The department is confident the final product will be a much-improved document that will allow this special area of the city to further grow in accordance with the city’s goal of creating a place for the community to live, work and play.”

SADDAM HUSSEIN, from page 13 as ‘Victor.’ Hussein also had a code name for Ellis. Throughout his journal writings, Hussein referred to Ellis as the “nurse named Alice.” Ellis said he believes he may have been the only “infidel” to ever hold Hussein’s Koran. Hussein was deeply religious in the Muslim faith and was considered a neat freak, Ellis said. “Saddam was given two shirts which he washed every day,” Ellis said. “Although he was in a dusty jail cell, he always kept it clean.” Although Ellis was given express orders not to engage in political conversation with prisoners, Ellis said that Hussein often spoke of the Iraqi invasion and of his leadership. “He told me that everything he did, he did for Iraq,” Ellis said. “I feel in his heart he believed he did the best he could for his country. He never expressed any regrets.” Ellis said that Hussein was surprised the U.S. had invaded his country. He once asked Ellis why the U.S. had invaded. “He said the laws in Iraq were fair and that we didn’t find anything pertaining to the weapons of mass destruction,” Ellis said. Ellis had already returned to the U.S. when Hussein was executed on Dec. 30, 2006. “I was saddened and a little disappointed, but I wasn’t surprised,” Ellis said. “I had spent a lot of time with him; we had bonded.”



First test indicates no risk of vapor intrusion from former Superfund site Groundwater contaminants are moving, however By Julie Brown Patton In conjunction with environmental testing that officials for the city of Wildwood commissioned on a former national Superfund area, often referred to as the BlissEllisville site, Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials tested the same property for vapor intrusion risk. Vapor intrusion occurs when volatile organic or inorganic compounds migrate into occupied buildings from underlying contaminated ground water or soil. The site is near the Strecker Forest Subdivision. A lawsuit between the property’s real estate developer and the city of Wildwood is still in litigation. A recent report that Dennis Wambuguh, Ph.D., Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology in the Division of Community and Public Health, Jefferson City, issued indicated the Johnson and Ettinger (J&E) model was used at the site in question on Nov. 19, 2009, to evaluate future, potential vapor intrusion risk. Developed in 1991, the J&E model has become the popular method of evaluation with regulators and consultants over the last decade. Wambuguh said four parameters were assumed for the vapor intrusion test: the property would be in residential use with a basement construction within clay-type soil with an average temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Three soil gas sample results were used for the model runs.Wambuguh said only the detected contaminants of concern - Trichlorotrifluoroethane, Toluene (methylbenzene) and Xylenes - were included, because not all potential contaminants were detected in general. He said the site does not appear to pose any health risks from vapor intrusion for a future resident living there because significant levels of volatile organic compounds were absent in the preliminary soil gas survey. “A more realistic evaluation in the future, however, would benefit from data obtained either through time-integrated sampling or groundwater sampling,” Wambuguh said. “Grab sampling is typically used as a screening technique to identify contaminants present, and to determine their approximate range.” However, he also said that due to the limited nature of the sampling, the assessment should be considered preliminary, pending availability of more data, preferably groundwater data. “Grab samples, while easy, quick, and less costly compared to other monitoring methods, have their limitations,” Wambu-

guh said. “They represent only a ‘snapshot in time’ and may not be reflective of longterm conditions.\ In addition, because of the volume of the sample collected, it is usually difficult to achieve low reporting limits.” Don Van Dyke, project manager for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Hazardous Waste Program, Superfund Section of Remedial Project Management Unit, said the initial vapor intrusion test was conducted “just to get a sense of where we are at from a health department assessment.” “It’s just a preliminary look at a one-time sampling event,” Van Dyke said. “Normally we have multiple sites and more data. But this gives us a starting point. Based on this assessment, we believe the site would pose no risk to human health or the environment.” Dan Topik, a Wildwood resident who lives nearby the testing site, reviewed the report but said he was disappointed in how disjointed and informal it was. “It didn’t give me a sense of accomplishment,” Topik said. “I was expecting something with a beginning, documentation, and a summary. I keep asking what this brief paper means.I guess we’ll have to wait for something more complete.” Van Dyke said three more monitoring wells were installed on the property this winter. Groundwater data also will be important to the department’s overall assessment.He said results are expected to be monitored on a quarterly basis for the next two years, as weather allows. He said they are detecting movement of a certain level of contaminants in the shallow groundwater at the site, due to what appears to be trapped in the bedrock matrix. “We’re trying to get our arms around how far the contaminants are going and how they are migrating,” Van Dyke said. “We need to find their pathway.” He said the two monitoring wells established due to the city’s testing efforts will be beneficial in the overall monitoring scheme. “We have evaluated and characterized migrating contaminants there, but at the moment, we don’t know how fast they are moving or how much is there,” Van Dyke said. “We’ll try to establish a baseline so we’ll know when the levels start going back down.” Bruce Morrison, special attorney to Wildwood for the lawsuit, said the next status conference for the case with St. Louis County Circuit Judge Richard Bresnahan is scheduled for Feb. 17.


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By Casey Godwin Right now there are approximately 5.7 million Americans going about their daily lives completely unaware that they are diabetic. Many of these people will not find out they are diabetic until after something catastrophic happens, such as a heart attack or stroke. Even many of the 17.9 million Americans who know they are diabetic are not taking the necessary steps to better their health and chances of not developing more serious symptoms. “The sad reality is that for many people, losing a limb is the wake-up call,” said Cathy Hartmann, associate programs director for the American Diabetes Association. According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes and the one most often seen in adults, is the leading cause of new blindness cases and kidney failure in America. It also is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, accounting for more than 60 percent of those amputations per year. Diabetes also can lead to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, nervous system disease and kidney disease. As frightening as the statistics are, the disease is manageable and in some cases can virtually be reversed. Doctors can diagnose the disease in its earliest stage, called pre-diabetes, giving patients the opportunity to make necessary life changes to avoid the disease entirely. Typically, Type 2 diabetes can be avoided and helped with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. “Be as active as you can,” said Bev Hoff, a certified diabetes educator and membership chair of the St. Louis Association of Diabetes Educators. “Twenty minutes of walking or taking the stairs or other activity can make a big impact on how well your body uses the energy from the foods you eat.” Advice from nutritionists or dieticians also is available and often recommended by doctors. In Type 2 diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin acts like a key to the cell, allowing glucose into blood cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the cells, a person can suffer complications of diabetes. Bad eating habits and inactivity can not only put people at risk for diabetes, but also can lead to obesity, which also has been linked to diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in three

adults is obese. Hartmann said obesity is thought to cause the insulin that the body makes to be less effective. “We think the body fat impedes that process, making that lock-and-key mechanism unable to work,” Hartmann said. Childhood obesity, which is on the rise, has caused some of the first cases of Type 2 diabetes in children. Two million, or one in six, adolescents 12 to 19 years old who are overweight currently have pre-diabetes. “Our kids sit inside at video games or the computer and are not getting the physical activity that they once were,” Hartmann said. “We’ve changed the diets in schools and for years we’ve given kids the opportunity to have access to junk foods. We have fast foods that people eat steady diets of.” Hartmann said that of the children born in 2000, one in three will have diabetes by the age of 50. “We’re possibly having a generation of people where their life expectancy is shorter than their parents,” Hartmann said. Diagnosis is the first step. It is recommended that people have annual physicals and those who fall into high-risk categories, including those over 45 years old, are overweight, have a family history of diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy, or belong to particular ethnic groups such as African American, ask to be tested for diabetes. Diabetes often can be treated through lifestyle changes or with a variety of medication and insulin injections. Typically, insulin injections become a last-resort treatment. The American Diabetes Association offers food suggestions (including a “MyFoodAdvisor” link to help track what you eat), recipes, fitness tips, fitness management advice and more at “Like an overworked engine, (diabetics’) bodies make less and less insulin over the years, so it tends to be progressive and people tend to need insulin the longer they have it,” Hoff said. “A big misconception is that insulin is the last thing you want. Sometimes it is very necessary, but it is not a death sentence.” Truly, a death sentence would be leaving diabetes untreated or unmanaged.



Long Road project delayed By Casey Godwin The second phase of a project that would widen Long Road and improve connections with Kehrs Mill and Wild Horse Creek Roads in Chesterfield Valley has been pushed back. St. Louis County Public Works and Highways spokesperson David Wrone said the project timeline had to be moved back to accommodate other projects in the area. Because the project requires the removal of a flood wall, the Army Corps of Engineers will have to provide another means of flood protection. St. Louis County officials are on hold until that work is completed. Another factor that has pushed the timeline back is the closure of Baxter Road for construction. Baxter Road is expected to be closed for a period of 45 days in 2011. “It would just be an incredible inconvenience to motorists if we were doing our work simultaneously,” Wrone said. Wrone said the second phase of the Long Road project is scheduled to be bid on until fall of 2011, with completion expected in the spring of 2013. When the project is completed, Long Road will be widened to five lanes between Chesterfield Airport Road and Wild Horse Creek Road. Long Road will be realigned in order to curve into Wild Horse Creek Road, eliminating that intersection. Kehrs Mill Road will be extended via a new bridge over Bonhomme Creek to a new signalized “T” intersection with the Long Road/Wild Horse Creek Road alignment. The bridge along Wild Horse Creek Road that crosses over Bonhomme Creek will be eliminated. Although the work is meant to improve traffic flow in the area, complications particular to the second phase of the project have left many residents concerned. “Originally, we heard concerns about

access to Wild Horse Creek Road and Long Road during construction and whether or not these roads would be closed,” said Mike Geisel, Chesterfield’s director of Planning and Public Works. “The way the project is currently designed and phased, Long Road would be open 100 percent of the time.” However, a bridge along Wild Horse Creek Road will be removed, temporarily severing the link from Wild Horse Creek Road west of Long Road. “You’ll be able to get in and out, but you won’t be able to go across that intersection for a period of time,” Geisel said. “There’s just no way to take a bridge out and maintain traffic.” Geisel suggested motorists use Edison Ave. or Interstate 64 to navigate around the construction area. A 72-inch water pipe will be relocated during construction, meaning many residents in the area could be without water for up to a week. Currently, the pipe is located on the east side of Long Road and crosses underneath Wild Horse Creek Road before breaking off into water lines that travel into several subdivisions. The water pipe would be moved to where the new Long Road is being built. Wrone said the time frame for the relocation is unclear and could mean water would be shut off to residents anywhere from one day up to one week. The work would be completed in the winter months, when water usage is lower. The Long Road project is anticipated to cost about $13 million. The project is being funded by the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District with any funding over $13 million coming from St. Louis County. The Missouri Department of Transportation will contribute about $1.3 million towards the replacement of a bridge on Wild Horse Creek Road.

Videotaped joy rides in luxury cars results in citations A man shown on videos driving luxury was arrested and issued summons for two cars at high rates of speed in Chesterfield counts of careless and imprudent based on last summer has been cited. the two videos. Police said that they were Officials for the Chesterfield Police positive about the speeds, which exceeded Department said that they had received an 100 mph on Hwy.4 0, because the speede-mail directing them to several YouTube ometer was videotaped. postings wherein a salesperson from St. The man was shown driving a LamboLouis Motorsports was driving different rghini, a Maserati, a Nissan Skyline and a vehicles at high rates of speed. Porsche in the videos. He reportedly was Chesterfield Police Lt. Steve Lewis trying to show off the cars that are sold at said they were able to identify the person the dealership. because he is show on the videos driving The videos are no longer online and the vehicles. police officials said they have been assured They said the man, said to be in his 30s, that it will never happen again.


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Delmer Stovall leaves country music legacy By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Local legend Delmer Stovall passed away on Jan. 25 at the age of 85. Stovall and his twin brother, Delbert Stovall, founded the Missouri Valley Boys band, which in the 1950s gained fame touring Nashville and the Midwest. The band’s last original member, Stovall continued to play his guitar into his 80s. For more than 50 years, Stovall owned Stovall’s Grove Music Hall in Wildwood, the country music haven that he co-founded. Stovall and his wife, Norma Jean, recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. With Stovall’s passing, West County lost a piece of its musical history. Stovall’s Grove, known as “Home of Country Western Music since 1935,” is housed in a familiar white building at 18720 Stovall Lane and dates back to the 1840s. In September 2009, it was registered as a Wildwood Historic Property. Stovall’s parents purchased the property in 1930, and to this day, family members live in adjacent houses. For years, Stovall’s Grove was famous as a stop for traveling country entertainers, such as singer Brenda Lee and John Hartford, composer of the Grammy winning hit “Gentle on My Mind.” The interior of Stovall’s Grove seems unchanged; visiting is much like stepping into a 1950s time warp. Current owners Liz and Dennis Elze preserve the music hall’s welcoming charm. “Dennis and Delmer were cut from the same cloth,” Liz Elze said. “Delmer wouldn’t have entrusted his legacy to anyone else other than my husband.” In 1978, as a County police officer on his beat, Dennis Elze met Stovall and the two became fast friends.

“Delmer would let me play my banjo onstage once in a while,” Dennis Elze said. “He was a great guy – a simple man with lots of whimsical ways. Never wealthy, he just kept the hall going.” Stovall had a unique way of repairing his beloved Volkswagens, often explaining to onlookers that “poor people have poor ways.” “Delmer always said he didn’t need successful Nashville musicians in his band, because he couldn’t afford them,” Dennis said. “He wanted the guys who had struck out.” “My dad loved being around people and telling jokes,” said Kim Stovall Greco, one of Stovall’s daughters. “All his friends were like family to him. His legacy touched the hearts of all of us, and he’ll be missed.” Stovall’s classic Martin guitar was silent for the last six months of his life. “He didn’t have the strength to play,” Greco said. “Finally, his lungs just went out.” Stovall’s flower-laden cowboy boots now are on display next to the Stovall’s Grove stage. The Missouri Valley Boys band continues to play traditional country music every weekend, while couples clad in Stetsons two-step effortlessly across the smooth dance floor. “I get a kick from customers who say, ‘We may not get there as often as we’d like, but we’d sure miss it if it were gone,’” Dennis said. Now that Stovall is gone, he certainly is missed, but thanks to his legacy, the Stovall’s Grove tradition plays on.

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Parkway’s Granting Dreams program The Parkway Alumni Association’s (PAA) Granting Dreams program is accepting applications. The program is designed to turn dreams into realities for Parkway School District students eager to further their learning or explore new opportunities. Grants of financial support of up to $250 will be awarded as well as grants of community resources and/or alumni support.

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Students are encouraged to submit requests that demonstrate a commitment to furthering skills, acquiring knowledge or experience, participating in school-related activities or those that involve the community. New this year are grants funded through the John L. Baker Memorial Fund. These grants will be awarded to sophomores and juniors who are active in their school bands and have a recommendation from their band instructor. For eligibility and application procedures, visit The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 11. The PAA has awarded more than $156,000 in monetary grants and 247 resource grants since 1996.

Rockwood hosts EighthGrade Career Fair Rockwood School District eighth-grade students get a realistic look at hundreds of job opportunities when they attend the district-wide Eighth-Grade Career Fair, which Partners in Education (PIE) and district counselors are sponsoring from Feb. 23-25 at the Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield. “The Eighth-Grade Career Fair is part of the Rockwood School District’s curriculum,” said Kim Litzau, Rockwood PIE supervisor. “We have students in middle

The math team at Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin placed ninth in the nation and was recognized as being the highest-ranking school in Missouri after joining an online math competition called The American Math Challenge. Math teachers Kerri Jackson and Debbie Chasen coached the team that includes Praveen Bagavandoss, Aadithya Pala- From left: Matthew Chan, Praveen Bagavandoss, niappan, Matthew Chan and Aadithya Palaniappan and Sanjay Elangovan. Sanjay Elangovan. Approximately 1,400 schools and 69,000 students participated in this nationwide competition. In addition, seventh-grade student Matthew Chan achieved a score of 56,712, which ranked him 57th out of the top 100 students who competed. For more information about the math competition, visit americanmathchallenge. com. school already exploring career paths and this helps them select courses of which they may not have had prior knowledge.” The students will get a chance to explore four occupations at the career fair. Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. More than 175 community volunteers will be on

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Rockwood, teachers reach salary agreement The Rockwood School District and the Rockwood National Education Association (RNEA) reached a two-year agreement on salary and working conditions. The district plans to provide staff with a 3.5 percent increase for the 2010-11 school year and a 3 percent increase for the 201112 school year. “In the current economic climate, and given the financial difficulties of school districts across Missouri, the agreement Rockwood reached with teachers is fair and should help attract and retain the best teachers in the state,” Rockwood Superintendent Craig Larson said. RNEA members met Jan. 12-14 to vote on the agreement, with the final ratification announced on Jan. 28. “This agreement is the result of a collaborative process between the RNEA and the school district,” said Suzanne Dotta, president of the 1,330-member RNEA. “We are proud to have worked together in an effort to recognize the hard work of the dedicated professionals working with students every day. We look forward to continued cooperative efforts in the future.”

Lafayette High student achieves perfect ACT Zach Frazer, a senior at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, achieved a perfect American College Test (ACT) score of 36. “I thought I did well, but I didn’t think I could do that,” Frazer said. Frazer was one of only 29 college-bound students in Missouri to achieve a 36, the highest possible composite score on the ACT. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a score of 36 varies

from test to test, less than one-tenth of 1 percent achieve the top score. “I am considering a major in business,” Frazer said. “I haven’t decided yet, but I am looking at several schools, including Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis and UCLA.” The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. For purposes of comparison, the average composite score for the national high school graduating class of 2009 was 21.1 out of 36; Rockwood’s class of 2009 scored well above the nation with an average composite score of 24.3.

Parkway career fair Presenters are needed for the Parkway School District Career Fair. Parkway is preparing for its first districtwide career fair. Individuals with experience in a variety of jobs and careers are invited to share their expertise and passion with students who are planning for their high school courses and beyond. The fair is 7-9 p.m. on Tues., March 2 at Parkway West High School. The event is for all Parkway high school students and their parents. There are six career paths, each of which may have several clusters of emphasis, including: arts and communication; business, management and technology; health services; human services; industrial and engineering technology; natural resources and agriculture. To learn more, complete an online form at or contact Rob Lappin at South High at (314) 415-7783 or rlappin@pkwy.k12.

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Rockwood officials consider reducing physical education time in elementary schools By Diane Plattner Rockwood School District officials are considering reducing the number of days allocated for elementary school physical education (PE) classes. Specifically, Rockwood officials are considering reducing the time allotted for PE and health classes from the current five days a week to four days a week. Currently, Rockwood elementary students typically have four days of physical activity and one day of health, although the day or days allocated for health varies across the district, Rockwood officials said. Rockwood officials said they are considering this change after elementary school officials for years have asked for uninterrupted, common planning time. This, they said, could be met through a proposed blocked elective schedule implementation of which would require the proposed reduction in PE/health days. However, some students and staff members are not happy with the proposal. “No way is this in the best interest of Rockwood students,” said Christine Hibler, a Lafayette High senior who addressed the school board at its Jan. 28 meeting about the proposal. “Child obesity in America is a huge problem. Rockwood talks about huge steps to make kids healthier, but this does not exactly jive when cutting PE classes. It does not bode well for their credibility.” In addition, Hibler said studies from

universities show that exercise improves students’ focus throughout the day. “Teachers say their students are more focused after PE and recess,” Hibler said. “It is a huge problem if they can’t get kids to focus.” Hibler also said PE classes teach much more than physical skills, including social skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, goal setting and self-esteem. “So PE teaches not just health, but much more,” Hibler said. “I think it is a huge mistake if they reduce PE for these kids.” Hibler said many other students, as well as teachers and coaches, agree with her. “We all think it is crazy,” Hibler said. Rockwood spokeswoman Kim Cranston said that even with the new elementary blocked elective schedule, Rockwood would exceed the state standards for physical activity. “In these tight financial times, the school board, with input from many different sources, is working to find the best ways to reduce the budget,” Cranston said. Cranston said the elementary blocked elective schedule will save the district approximately $300,000 because of the reduction of PE staff. Any staffing reductions associated with implementation of the blocked elective schedule will not affect probationary or tenured PE teachers but will instead impact PE teachers on a one-year-only contract, Cranston said.

Parkway West High School eliminates student council By Diane Plattner Parkway School District resident Bill Reddy, of Chesterfield, expressed concerns to the Parkway School Board at its Jan. 27 meeting about a decision to eliminate the student council program at Parkway West High School. Reddy, whose children graduated from Parkway Central High School, said he talked to West High parents about the issue. “What are we depriving our kids of?” Reddy asked. “What message are we sending?” Reddy said he believes school board members may have acquired skills and life lessons in school about running for elected office. He also said two of his three children had run for student council when they were in secondary school. “Sometimes they won and sometimes they lost,” Reddy said. “The lesson they got out of that experience was I just think

is part of what life is all about.” Reddy asked the school board whether school officials can decide such policies for their schools. Parkway officials said the district has a board policy that states, “Each secondary school shall organize and operate a system of student government.” District officials said other Parkway high schools offer student council. While West High no longer has a student council, the school does have a student government group, so it is not in conflict with district policy, district officials said. Desi Kirchhofer, Parkway’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools, said West High officials had changed this government group. Reddy said that while he believes Parkway West High officials’ hearts are in the right place, this decision deprives students at that school of an important opportunity.


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High school girls’ basketball ESPN Rise has ranked the Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights as No. 5 in the nation. The club recently suffered its first loss of the season when Whitney Young, ranked No. 11 by ESPN Rise, rallied to defeat Incarnate Word 52-49 in the MLK Girls’ Basketball Shootout at North County Tech. The Red Knights were outscored 20-6 in the fourth quarter. Coach Dan Rolfes said the girls know their opponents are always ready to play them. “We really focus on our next opponent and do not get too far ahead of ourselves,” Rolfes said. “We always get other teams’ best game and feel like we have a target on our back year in and year out, so the pressure of winning games is something that our kids have dealt with since the time they were freshmen.” The Red Knights won a big tournament at Fort Smith, Ark., as well as the Visitation Christmas Tournament this year. Senior Jazmin Hitchens, a 5-foot-11 forward who will be playing college basketball at Ball State, is the team leader. She is averaging 18.1 points a game.

The Red Knights recently defeated Illinois power Belleville Althoff 54-44 in the Prepcasts Elite Girls’ Shootout at CBC. “This is our first year in the Prepcast Shootout,” Rolfes said. “Bob Ryan, the owner of Prepcast, invited us. He tries to get the top local teams playing teams they won’t normally see. We drew Althoff, who beat St. Joseph’s Academy last year in the Shootout. We knew that they were very balanced and have two Division I guards (Jordyne Crunk and Jazmin Hill). The key to our victory was to pressure theirs guards and limit their scoring while also getting out and scoring in transition.”

High school boys’ basketball MICDS senior Michael Scott topped the 1,000-point mark in his career with the Rams. Scott, a guard, pumped in 27 points in a 56-46 victory against Lutheran North to give him 1,010 points. He is the second Ram on the current squad to score more than 1,000 points in his career. Senior guard McPherson Moore topped the 1,000-point mark last year. He has 1,470 points in four years so far. MICDS played in the recent Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at the Chaifetz Arena and defeated Belleville Althoff 63-56. Scott led the Rams with 26 points, while Moore added 19.

4th Grade Boys Select Basketball Team Tryouts Saturday, February 13th • 10:00-11:30 am • Chesterfield Day School The St. Louis Storm promotes good sportsmanship, team play and the discipline of the game. Team is ideal for boys with a desire to focus on basketball. The Storm are coached by Randy Noll, who played NCAA-I basketball at Marshall Univ. and played professionally in the NBA, ABA and other international leagues

Major League Baseball Pending a free-agent signing or a trade, Lafayette graduate David Freese is projected as the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day starter at third base. It is a huge responsibility for a 26-yearold prospect who has not always behaved responsibly in the off-season. Freese was arrested Dec. 12 for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Maryland Heights. “I’ve had some time to think about it,” Freese said recently at the Cardinals’ 14th annual Winter Warm-Up. “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I’ve made and I’m moving on. I’m definitely taking care of the off-the-field situation and I’m just real excited to get going.” In January 2009, Freese suffered injuries to his feet and ankles in a car accident on an icy road. He eventually underwent surgery and missed part of last season. In September 2007, Freese was arrested for public intoxication and resisting or obstructing a police officer in California. The charge was later dropped. “It’s an embarrassing and humiliating experience for me, my family and the

organization,” Freese said of his recent DUI. “They obviously have high demands on you as a person on and off the field. I’ve just got to learn from it, which I have.” Freese said he feels prepared to move forward after working with the Cardinals’ Employee Assistance Program. “All I know is I love where I’m at right now,” Freese said. “I’m excited and I’m ready to go. When things like that happen, you’ve got to take the necessary steps. Mentally, I’m ready to go. Signing (Matt) Holliday kind of opened the door for me a little bit at third base, and I think the organization has confidence where I’m at and where I’m headed as a person.” Freese has dropped 16 pounds and his fears about possibly being released seem to have eased. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa and General Manager John Mozeliak are on the same page, projecting Freese as a solid candidate to claim the third-base job. “I’ve been real focused,” Freese said. “I had a little bump in the road, but getting down there to Jupiter (Fla.) and trying to make that squad and helping this team are my top priorities. I had a long talk with

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The Eureka girls’ basketball team (from left): Bri Neumann, Melissa Menchella, Dede Duke, Alex Hillyer, Haley Albert, Kourtney Price, Allie Hill, Jamie Miller and Amy Haller.

The Eureka girls’ basketball team jumped out to a 16-1 start. Even Coach James Alsup acknowledged he did not expect such a beginning. “I thought that we had an opportunity to be a very good team,” Alsup said. “But winning the first 14 in a row and sitting at 16-1, I had no idea this was coming. We have had teams get off to good starts in the past but nothing like this.” The lone loss was to Lafayette, by 10 points at home. The Lancers just took it to the Wildcats, who uncharacteristically made numerous errors. “Lafayette played their best game of the season that night and we did not,” Alsup said. “It is really hard to win a ball game when you turn it over 30-plus times.” Still, it has been a team effort. “The girls lead each other and are doing a great job of doing so,” Alsup said. “This is the first year that we have not had team captains. I have no idea which two girls will be coming over to the officials’ meeting until they get there.” Alsup said there are a couple of reasons the Wildcats are playing so well. “The two keys to our success this year are how well the girls get along and our depth,” Alsup said. “This team truly cares for each other and has sacrificed individual success for that of the group. Each and every night, all nine of our players contribute to the team’s success. For example, at some point this year, every one of them has scored in double figures and carried the team.”

High school boys’ basketball The defending Class 5A state champion Chaminade Red Devils played the Tournament of Champions recently in Springfield, Mo., but lost all three games. The Red Devils played against two

nationally-ranked teams in Milton, Ga., and Sagemont, Fla., and also lost to Hillcrest of Springfield. Milton stopped Chaminade 78-57 while Hillcrest won 78-67. Sagemont scored a 67-61 victory. “We had a chance versus Sagemont,” Chaminade Coach Kelvin Lee said. “I was disappointed in the first-half effort against Springfield Hillcrest. We got down 19 points in the first half, but to my team’s credit, we fought back to within 2 points but could not overcome the deficit.” It was a good experience for his club. “We were battle tested in Springfield,” Lee said. “I told the team that if they gave the effort like they did versus Sagemont, we will be fine when we got home.” That proved true. The Red Devils came home and promptly won two games, beating Hazelwood East 80-71 and Vianney 68-61. In the victory over Vianney, junior guard Bradley Beal pumped in 44 points. That is not a career best; he scored 52 points last year against Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Pattonville’s tournament. “He is such a talented player,” Lee said about Beal. “He does things so easy. That’s the mark of a great player.” Lee marveled about “the tomahawk dunk” Beal got over against Vianney’s big man. “That was amazing,” Lee said. At press time, Beal, who was named to the all-tournament team in Springfield, is averaging 30.8 points a game. “For a junior to be able to average those kind of numbers, it is pretty good,” Lee said. “What can he do as a senior?”

Club swimming The Rockwood Swim Club’s boys’ 13to 14-age group 800 freestyle relay team ranks No. 1 in the nation in their age group, according to USA Swimming. The four boys recently broke an 800 free relay record that dated back to 2006 by 12 seconds. The old record was 7 minutes, 30.63 (7:30.63). The new mark is 7:18.79. Members of the relay team include Kevin Poskin and Nick Davis, both of Chesterfield, and Patrick Vega and John Glaser, both of Wildwood. Poskin and Davis are both Marquette High School freshmen. Vega attends Rockwood Valley Middle School and is an eighth grader, while Glaser is a Lafayette High School freshman. Rockwood National Team Coach Mary Liston coaches Davis, Vega and Glaser, while National Prep Coach Rob Laux coaches Poskin. “Rob and I are thrilled to have these four boys training with us on a daily basis,” Liston said. “This shows what teamwork and support can make happen. We look forward to what the next three years will bring.”

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Twins on St. Joseph’s basketball team more than double trouble By Warren Mayes “When it comes to twins, we’re double It takes two at St. Joseph’s Academy - trouble,” Matheny said. “When they say I two as in twins. There are five sets of twins see my shadow, they do. Really, it’s kind on the girls’ basketball team in some form. of fun for all of us. On our end of it, my It all starts at the top. brother and I certainly get along. They Coach Julie Matheny and Assistant all pretty much get along with their twin. Coach Bob Goessling are twins With a twin, you have someand are in their 12th season at one who has to be kind to the varsity level. They previyou. As long as they don’t ously spent seven years at the forget each other’s birthdays, junior varsity level at the school. they’ll be OK.” In addition to the coaches, here Matheny said she would not dream of coaching withare the other pairs: out her twin brother. But • Sophomores Maddie and who is in charge? Morgan Stock, who are identi“It depends on who you cal twins. ask,” Matheny said, laugh• Juniors Nikki and Alex ing. “He’ll say he is. He says Hinkebein, who are identical he does what I say and I say I twins. do what he says.” • Juniors Sophie Calcaterra In reality, Matheny hanand brother Max. dles more of the practice • Juniors Sam Kraft and planning and does the subbrother Max. stitutions during the games. Obviously, the boys are not Goessling runs the defense players for the Angels, but they and the out-of-bounds plays. are in attendance rooting on They are in synch on just their sisters. Alex Hinkebein is about everything. the team’s manager. “Without a doubt, we’re Matheny has some material extremely close,” Matheny that Conan O’Brien would love Morgan Stock. said. “The only time I really to deliver.

get mad at him is when he stretches out my dresses. No, really, I can’t imagine not having him there with me. He’s just terrific. He always has a way of putting sunshine in everybody’s day. You can ask Tim Stock that and any of the players and they’ll say he’s just great.” Tim Stock is the offensive coordinator for the Angels and the father of Maddie and Morgan. He played in high school at DeSmet. “Defense was not in his dictionary there,” Matheny said. “It still isn’t. He doesn’t like that end of the floor. So we let him run the offense.” Both of Stock’s daughters are 6-foot-1. Maddie led the team in scoring last season with 11.8 points a night and nailed a teamhigh 38 three-pointers. Morgan averaged seven points a game and made 17 of her own three-pointers. This year, Maddie is averaging 13 points a game and leads the team with 23 threepointers. Morgan is averaging 11.6 points a game and 6.8 rebounds. Maddie wears No. 21 and Morgan wears No. 12. Matheny said during practice she can tell them apart because Maddie wears a wider headband. “They’re both very talented,” Matheny said. “They’ve learned to attack the basket.

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They have quicker releases.” Nikki Hinkebein is a guard and Alex is a manager. Alex plays a big role for the Angels as well. “She doesn’t get enough credit,” Matheny said. “As far as stats and all the stuff you need to do as a manager, she can do it all. The filming and taping are also important. Leslie Waldenschmidt is a senior now at MU and she’s the team manager and got a scholarship there after being our manager. Without a doubt, it’s a big role. All teams need that. It’s part of our program.” Sophie Calcaterra is the Angels’ point guard.

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Parkway’s Bill Sodemann to retire after this basketball season By Warren Mayes There comes a time to put away the whistle and for Parkway West’s Bill Sodemann, it will be at the end of this year’s high school basketball season. Sodemann, who turns 60 next month, is in his 22nd year leading the Longhorns. He entered the season with a 368-214 record and this year’s squad has a 13-4 record at press time. In his tenure, Sodemann directed the Longhorns to a state championship in the 1990-91 season and was named the Missouri 4A Coach of the Year. He has been named Suburban West Conference Coach of the Year six times and was the Suburban South Conference Coach of the Year for 2008-09. His son, Patrick, was aware of his plans to retire. Passing the 1,000-point mark in January, the senior is having a good season for the Longhorns. “Patrick knew about it, so I’m sure he’s put added pressure on himself,” Sodemann said. “I have not talked about it as a team. I would never want to be a distraction and take away from the kids. High school basketball is for the kids, not the coaches.” He has helped many kids over the years become better basketball players, including his other two sons, Buddy and Chip. “I never thought much about coaching

until I got out in the working world after Cornell,” Sodemann said. “I worked two years, including one at The Sporting News, and just wasn’t satisfied. That’s when I decided to go back to school at Washington University and work on my teaching degree. I had always liked sports and loved activities, so I thought I could combine that love into teaching and coaching.” It turned out to be the right move. Harold Glad, one of his professors at Wash U., suggested he apply in the Parkway district because they were opening several elementary schools. That led to a job teaching physical education at Highcroft Ridge Elementary, where Sodemann taught for five years. He applied for the vacant sophomore coaching job at Parkway Central. “After a period of time teaching three years at Parkway Central I got the itch to go back to work on my Ph.D.,” Sodemann said. “Parkway allowed me to take a sabbatical leave for one year to work on the Ph.D. After that year expired, they placed me at West High, indicating my former position was no longer available at Parkway Central. I spoke to then-Parkway West Head Coach Mike Pratte and he allowed me to join his staff. After one more year, he retired from coaching. I applied for the job and was fortunate enough to be selected.”

Going into this season, Parkway West has a conference record for the past 21 years of 105-42. The Longhorns have been first or second in conference play 10 times in 21 years. In addition, the Longhorns have won four district championships and finished second another seven times. Last year, Parkway West reached the state quarterfinals. During the state championship in 199091, the Longhorns defeated Columbia Rock Bridge 55-51 in the semifinals and slipped past Kansas City Hickman Mills 53-49 in overtime to win the championship . “I have been blessed to have coached hundreds of great young men,” Sodemann said. “Being able to coach three sons has been awesome but also treacherous. I’m sure over the years, people who don’t know me or my sons will think that I would naturally favor my sons. If you’d ask their teammates, though, I’m sure almost all would tell you I was harder on them than their teammates. I certainly have tried to teach all my players, especially my sons, that success comes through hard work. Players are made in the off-season and teams are made during the season. No one really has seen how hard they have worked. I certainly have never cut them any slack and their success has come from their own sense of how hard do

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they want to work and how much did they want to succeed.” Now he will have more time with his wife, to whom he has been married for 28 years. She plans on retiring at the end of this school year as a guidance counselor at Parkway West, where she has worked her entire career. “I’ve been blessed that my wife has been extremely supportive of my career since the day we were married,” Sodemann said. “As a former coach herself, she really understands all the ups and downs.” Indeed. Sodemann had an 8 a.m. sophomore practice at Parkway Central on the day they were married.

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2003 Prices at Whittaker’s New Town at St. Charles “We did something we didn’t think we could do,” laughed Greg Whittaker, president of Whittaker Homes and developer of The New Town at St. Charles. “We were able to get prices back to when we started New Town in 2003. It’s no joke, though. Whittaker has rolled back prices on single-family and cottage homes to 2003 levels, which means a savings of from $50,000 to $80,000. “It’s for a limited time only,” he said, “and part of our ’25 Homes in 25 Days’ promotion.” How’s it working? “Well, we’ve sold six homes in as many days. If you wish you had bought in New Town at the beginning when prices were at their lowest, here’s your chance.” For example, a four-bedroom, twobath ranch with two-car garage normally priced from $242,500 is now priced from $164,500. Whittaker also has lowered the prices on New Town’s popular lakefront homes to the $180’s. “Now you can own a lakefront home for under $200,000,” he said. “Our Tarn Street lakefront homes are sitting right on the water. We’ve already sold three.” In 2003, New Town was established as the first true New Urbanism development in Missouri and one of the premier Traditional neighborhoods in the country, designed in the mold of Seaside, Florida. Seven years later, New Town has eclipsed Seaside in growth and amenities. New

Town is designed to accommodate a wide price range of homes and small businesses in a setting that combines old with new, creating a town reminiscent of the past where children can ride their bikes to the corner market or ice cream shop and residents can walk to restaurants, bars and services. Residents can enjoy shopping at Marsala’s Market, the new Haute Cakes Bakery, fun under the sun at Shire Lane Pool, sand volleyball, an ice-skating rink and a full yearly schedule of music festivals, all of which contribute to the stimulating atmosphere. “There are so many things to do at New Town,” said Whittaker. “It’s just an unbelievable place.” More than half of the residents in New Town live, work and play within the comfort of their own neighborhood, which is what helped make New Town the best-selling development out of 18,600 communities in 16 states two years in a row and one of the top 100 places in America to raise a family. Last year more than 180 families moved to New Town, Whittaker said. “I don’t think there’s any other development that even comes close to that!” To visit New Town take Highway 364 to north on New Town Boulevard 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right. Call 636-9492700 or visit www.newtownatstcharles. com.



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Bad news is getting hard to come by I spoke at a seminar at the Home Builders Association the other day. The subject was “Housing in the Headlines,” and it was about how negative news can impact home sales. The concern, of course, was that reports of builders going bankrupt, along with news of lower property values, were keeping buyers out of the market. In truth, bad news is getting hard to come by. Building permits are up, traffic in new-home communities is increasing and resale homes are staying on the market for a shorter time. Whittaker Homes President Greg Whittaker reports that the number of shoppers visiting his communities has tripled in the last few weeks and that in one seven-day period he sold six homes. “The market has turned,” observed Jim Brennan, president of McKelvey Homes. “We had our best month of 2009 in December with 17 sales.” He credits low interest rates holding at 5% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage and the federal tax credit. “Even if you don’t use the credit,” Brennan said, “it can help sell your existing home.”

••• Whittaker Homes has rolled back prices on single-family and cottage homes to 2003 levels at The New Town at St. Charles, which means a savings of from $50,000 to $80,000. This limited offer is part of Whittaker’s “25 Homes in 25 Days” promotion. For example, a four-bedroom, two-bath ranch with two-car garage normally priced from $242,500 is now priced from $164,500. Whittaker also has lowered the prices on New Town’s lakefront homes to the $180’s. Take Highway 364 to north on New Town Boulevard 1.5 miles. Call 636-949-2700 ••• Fischer & Frichtel has reduced starting prices by as much as ­­$164,600 and launched all-new 2010 design portfolios for seven of its communities. “Base prices on these new plans have been pared down to rock bottom,” announced CEO John Fischer, “and we’re giving cost-conscious buyers far more latitude in choosing their interior features, which translates to greater control over the final contract price.” To kick off 2010, $10,000 Here’s what’s happening in the market: to $20,000 in free options of choice also are being offered to the first five purchasers If you like the idea of living in a park, at in select communities. For details and a list Thomas & Suit Homes’ Wyndgate Forest of communities visit www.FandFHomes. you can get a wooded homesite in a neigh- com. borhood filled with amenities like a pool, ••• four parks, walking and bike trails and more, In West County at the Villas at Westfor prices starting in the $290’s. In its quiet, meade, McKelvey Homes has put its tree-lined setting, you’d never dream that award-winning Cortina villa display to you’re only minutes from the Highway 40 make way for a new display, according corridor and Highway N. In mid-February, to President Jim Brennan. Westmeade is Thomas & Suit will be breaking ground for located on Baxter Road in Chesterfield a new ranch home there. Stay tuned. Call between Clarkson and Wild Horse Creek 636-940-2393 or visit roads. At McKelvey’s Quail Ridge community in St. Charles County, ground has ••• Privacy is foremost at A.J. Borzillo’s been broken for a brand new ranch model Hencken Valley Estates in West County. called the Sterling. This “value engineered” design offers The single cul de sac street of 3-acre-plus homesites is laid out over more than 40 three bedrooms and two full baths plus a acres of former horse pasture. Prices start standard hearth room as part of a wide-open in the $690,000s or bring your own plan. kitchen-breakfast room arrangement. And Take Manchester Road west five miles at West Hampton Woods on Highway N from Highway 109 to the first left (Hencken near Z in Wentzville, McKelvey is building Road). The display is open this Sunday and a Carlyle two-story model with over 3,000 every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call square feet yet priced under $300,000. For 636-236-9927 for information. details visit

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3-acre homesites bring peaceful privacy at Hencken Valley Estates The city of Wildwood was established in 1995 in an effort to counter the westward advance of high-density tract housing. City ordinances were enacted that provided for an “estate lifestyle” while maintaining a rural flavor. True to the spirit of Wildwood is Hencken Valley Estates by A.J. Borzillo Inc., a family-owned custom homebuilder founded by Al and Nancy Borzillo in 1964 and now headed by their son, Mike Bor-

zillo. Located about five miles west of Highway 109 on Hencken Road between Manchester Road and St. Louis County’s wonderful Greensfelder Park, Hencken Valley Estates is a single cul de sac street of 3-acre-plus homesites laid out over more than 40 acres of former horse pasture. Each home will enjoy the kind of peaceful privacy that is the essence of Wildwood. “All of the homesites have trees,” Mike Borzillo noted. “If you like privacy, this is for you. On many of the homesites you will not even see your next door neighbor.” On Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A.J. Borzillo is hosting an open house featuring the 3,900-square-foot display appropriately named the “Greensfelder.” It is the perfect showcase for Borzillo’s high level of finish, from the extensive hardwood flooring in the study, dining room, kitchen, hearth room and foyer, to the dramatic two-story great room with stone fireplace and heavy wood mantel. The expansive kitchen features designerquality cabinets and granite counter tops along with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances. The master suite includes a sumptuous bath with stone flooring, frameless shower with body sprays, soaking tub with marble deck

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Birthing options Laws slow to change in offering alternatives By Casey Godwin

Perhaps nothing in life is as wonderful or unique as the birth of a child. The very concept of a couple creating a new life can spark excitement in friends, family and perfect strangers. During the nine months leading up to the birth, most women try to plan and prepare for every detail of their labor and delivery. For some women, the thought of being confined to a bed, strapped into place with IVs and technology, seems frightfully unnatural. Statistics on Cesarean section and induction rates can bring even more fear to women with healthy pregnancies. These concerns can lead to consideration of alternatives, but for women in Missouri who want a birth outside a hospital, options are scarce. Prior to 2007, it was illegal for any midwife to perform a homebirth in the state of Missouri without the supervision of a doctor. The state allowed only certified nurse midwives, who have nursing degrees plus two years of midwifery schooling, to practice, but those midwives had to sign collaborative practice agreements with a physician. Until recent times, there were only two midwives in the state who had such agreements that allowed them to practice home births. Neither was located in or near the St. Louis area. In 2007, the Missouri legislature enacted a law that began loosening rules on midwifery, including allowing certified professional midwives to practice home births. Certified professional midwives are direct entry midwives who do not necessar-

ily have a nursing degree. They receive training in midwifery school and, unlike certified nurse midwives, spend half their clinical trials delivering babies outside the hospital setting. Midwives tend to have a more natural approach to childbirth. While that does not necessarily mean an un-medicated birth, mothers are encouraged to utilize different techniques to relieve pain and to listen to their bodies. A home birth is personalized, with the mother being the primary focus of everyone participating in the birth, and birth typically is allowed to flow as it naturally would without force or medical intervention. “If you have a healthy mom who goes into the hospital in labor, she’s one of seven, 10 or 15 moms in labor at any given time with one doctor and several nurses running around trying to keep tabs on everybody,” said Mary Ueland, vice president of Missouri Midwives Association. “There’s not continuity of care. The doctor who’s on call may not have ever seen her before, and there is a larger risk of medical error.” Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country delivers approximately 4,000 babies a year, or about 11 babies a day. Those numbers almost double at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. Although both hospitals are staffed appropriately to handle their birth rates, some mothers are weary to risk the possibility of having their babies delivered by a doctor they have never met. According to the National Center for

Health Statistics, the national rate for Cesarean births in 2007 was 31.8 percent, which means one in three births was via Cesarean section. When taken into account that 80 percent of pregnancies are considered to be low risk, that number is staggering. “If you have a healthy woman with a lowrisk pregnancy, the best place for her to have a baby, if she wants to end up with a healthy baby with no birth-related damage, statistically is at home with a trained midwife,” Ueland said. In a study conducted in 2000, a sweeping look at home births was conducted in the United States. The Certified Professional Midwife 2000 Study followed 5,146 low-risk pregnant women planning to home birth and compared those outcomes to 3,360,868 low-risk hospital births. The study was unique in that it accounted for home births that ended at the hospital. According to the study, 12 percent of the women who birthed at home were transferred to the hospital due to complications. Only 1.7 infant deaths per 1,000 home births were reported and there were no maternal deaths. Several medical interventions were compared in the study. Those results included the following: * The Cesarean section rate was 3.7 percent for home births and 19 percent for hospital deliveries. * The episiotomy rate was 2.1 percent for home births and 33 percent for hospital deliveries. * Forceps were used 1 percent of the time

for home births and 2.2 percent for hospital deliveries. * Electronic fetal monitoring was used 9.6 percent of the time for home births and 84.3 percent for hospital deliveries. * The induction rate was 9.6 percent for home births and 21 percent for hospital deliveries. Statistics aside, home births are not widely common, and in Missouri, midwives who perform home births are scarce and often overbooked. Some women consider a middle step between home and hospital - birthing centers. Birthing centers provide the comfort of home - a suite that looks less like a hospital room and more like a bedroom; the ability to walk around and cook meals; and the support of midwives and doulas (an assistant who provides various forms of non-medical and non-midwifery support, physical and emotional, in the childbirth process) on staff. While birthing centers do not provide all the medical interventions that are on hand at hospitals, birthing centers are equipped to deal with many minor complications that sometimes occur during delivery. However, for Missouri mothers, birthing centers can only be accessed by crossing state lines. In December the state’s only standalone birthing center closed its doors after the only on-call physician retired. Rachel Williston, of Friends of Missouri Birthing Centers, a group of mothers, doulas and midwives working to change Missouri’s regulations on birthing centers,


NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM said that while birthing centers are legal in the state, regulations make it too costly and difficult for facilities to open. If a certified nurse midwife wishes to open a birthing facility, they must have a collaboration practice agreement with a physician. Although certified professional midwives can own and operate a birthing center, only the nurse midwife has prescriptive privileges. “In Missouri it’s next to impossible to get a physician who is willing to support an out-of-hospital birth,” Williston said. State regulations require that facilities be designed with some of the specifications found in hospitals, such as 6-foot-wide hallways, which can be costly. Williston’s group has been fighting to change regulations, but they have yet to get a response. “I know there are 10 providers in Missouri that would have a birth center open within the next year if we can get the regulations changed,” Williston said. Two investors in the St. Louis area, Jessica Henman and Genevieve Calkins, are in the process of opening a birthing center in St. Charles County. The Birth and Wellness Center is expected to open in the St. Peters/ O’Fallon area later this year. The pair also is discussing the possibility of opening a facility in St. Louis County within the next five years. The center would be the only facility in the state that would offer water births. Henman, who is a certified nurse midwife, said one of the biggest hang-ups has been finding a physician to sign a collaborative practice agreement, which she will need in order to practice in any capacity. “We would like to open as a certified nurse midwife center because of the prescriptive privileges and the potential to follow our patients to the hospital,” Henman said. Henman said that the center is expected

to open regardless, but without an agreement, they would open as a certified professional midwife facility. Until another birthing center opens up in the St. Louis area, local women most likely will be delivering their babies in a hospital. “In our culture, we go somewhere to have a baby, so people who have home births are usually considered a little extreme,” said Williston, who works as a midwife. Still, delivering in a hospital does not have to equate to a frightening experience, particularly if a mother is well informed. In fact, midwives are on staff at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, although they do not participate in delivery, while more than 75 obstetricians are available to ensure healthy deliveries at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. In addition, hospital officials said that hospitals offer a safer, more secure environment with more resources in case of any emergency. In nearly every local maternity ward, doulas are not only allowed, but also encouraged. “Having a doula is a wonderful way to facilitate labor support,” said Diana Estep, nurse manager at Missouri Baptist. “Along with the husband and family members, a good doula coordinates and assists the family in labor support.” Hospitals often provide natural pain relief alternatives such as hydrotherapy tubs, Jacuzzis and labor balls. At St. Luke’s, nurses have been trained in doula techniques and can support women during natural childbirth. “It’s a woman’s right to have a baby at home, but we firmly believe she can achieve that same experience here,” said Lisa Porthouse, nurse midwife program director at St. John’s Mercy. “We advocate that the mother develop a birth plan with their physician.”

New radar equipment coming to Wildwood By Julie Brown Patton New radar equipment soon will replace a 10-year-old device that Wildwood’s Public Works Department and St. Louis County Police staffs use to conduct vehicle speed surveys at various area locations. Wildwood City Administrator Dan Dubruiel said the city’s current device had become unreliable and inaccurate. “When we receive requests or complaints from residents about speeding vehicles, or requests to lower the speed limit at particular locations, this device is placed there to monitor traffic speeds for a period of time so an analysis and report can be prepared, frequently for consideration by the Board

of Public Safety,” Dubruiel said. He said the device also is used for traffic volume counts. “However, the device is not used for traffic enforcement purposes,” Dubruiel said. “Traffic enforcement is performed by officers using mobile radar equipment, either mounted in a police vehicle or hand-held. The city does not have any stationary radar locations in town.” The Wildwood City Council voted Jan. 25 to spend $7,860 to purchase the new radar system from a Pennsylvania-based company. The cost was reflected in the fiscal year 2010 police budget, and will include two radar detectors.

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More than 250 people on Jan. 23 joined Chesterfield Mayor John Nations, Pulte Homes St. Louis Division President Mike Van Pamel and other Pulte Homes officials celebrating the grand opening of the Reserves at Chesterfield Village – the first Pulte Homes community in the St. Louis area. Michigan-based Pulte Homes, Inc., America’s largest home building company, established its presence in St. Louis with its re-branding of the Jones Company earlier this year. Pulte acquired the Jones Company as a result of the August 2008 merger with Centex, of which the Jones Company was a subsidiary. Again Sports organization for excelling in customer satisfaction, store operations and product quality standards. The franchise is owned by John Moore.

MEETINGS & NETWORKING The Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 11 at the Doubletree Hotel Westport (1973 Craigshire). Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to interview on the spot. For more information, including a list of employers, call 489-5400 or visit • • • Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds a general membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 17 at Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center. Admission is $18 for members and $25 for non-mem-

bers. To register, call 532-3399 or visit by Feb. 15. • • • The West St. Louis County Jaycees hold a membership meeting/open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 18 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Attendees learn about what is involved in becoming a member of the Jaycees organization. Visit • • • Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds Business Breakfast Briefings at 7:30 a.m. on Tues, Feb. 23 at Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center. Randy Kellis of Stark and Associates presents “Building a Winning Sales Plan: Exceed Your Sales Revenue Goals for 2010.” Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To register, call 532-3399 or visit by Feb. 21.

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Walk for Wishes set for Feb. 20 Organizers hope for record turnout By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri staff members have a wish of their own: a record turnout at the fifth annual St. Louis Walk for Wishes taking place on Sat., Feb. 20 indoors at West County Center in Des Peres. “This year we want to top 2009’s list of 1,000 participants,” said John Wolff, MakeA-Wish Foundation of Missouri spokesperson. The largest wish-granting organization in the world, Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization grants the wish for the child’s entire family, wherever the destination. Wolff said that some parents hesitate to register a child with the Make-A-Wish Foundation because they mistakenly believe that the organization grants only final wishes. “Yes, the kids we serve have life threatening conditions, but not necessarily terminal conditions,” Wolff said. “Seventy-five percent do survive.” More than 4,100 wishes have been granted in Missouri, and most wish recipients continue to thrive.

“This year, our child ambassador is 8-year-old Robbie Dutton,” Wolff said. “His wish is for a Nickelodeon cruise.” Robbie resides in Ellisville with his parents, Bob and Tammy Dutton, and his brother Mason, 3. Diagnosed at age 7 with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Robbie travels every four to eight weeks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. At-home treatments and weekly hospital visits for chemotherapy are part of his life. Robbie may also be the world’s biggest little baseball fan. “Robbie’s bedroom is a sports room filled with baseball hats, autographs and pictures,” said Bob Dutton, who recently lost his job but enjoys staying home with his boys. “Having a sick child changes the way you think,” Dutton said. “Other things seem so petty now.” Dutton tends to his son’s IVs. Tammy Dutton has returned to her nursing career. “It’s been very hard, but together we’re getting through this,” Tammy said. “We hold on to every moment.” All Walk for Wishes proceeds will be used to grant wishes for Missouri children such as Robbie. People can register online at or at the mall on the day of

the walk. The registration fee is $10 for those aged 6-13, $20 for older participants and free for walkers aged 5 and younger. “We are encouraging everyone to form a team with family, friends and coworkers,” Wolff said. “We urge registrants to collect donations from people who can’t be at Bob, Robbie, Mason and Tammy Dutton, of Ellisville. Robbie’s wish is for a Nickelodeon cruise. the walk.” Walkers can walk “as far as they want to walk” and are encouraged given for the largest team, best/wildest/crato walk a full lap of each of the mall’s two ziest dressed team, and the team with the levels, but donations are not based on how most spirit. far people walk, Wolff said. Participants “Make-A-Wish reassures these sick chilwill enjoy free food and beverages and dren that there’s a whole community of live entertainment provided by costumed people who care about their welfare,” Wolff characters, including Fredbird and the Star said. “Most importantly, a child will know Wars Storm Troopers. The Butterfly House anything is possible – even the future. Our and Saint Louis Science Center will pro- children make wishes. Caring individuals vide kid-friendly fun, and awards will be fulfill them.”

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DÉCOR Kitchen and bath trends for 2010 By SUE HORNOF Key design elements for the kitchen and bath in 2010 combine traditional touches with modern conveniences. That is the word from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), which released the results of its 2010 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey, a recent poll of professional kitchen and bath designers. Industry professionals summed up this year’s kitchen and bath design trends as follows:

Kitchens • Style and color. The most popular design style will be traditional, followed closely by contemporary, with Shaker style making a comeback. Top kitchen colors will include shades of white and off-white, with brown, beige and bone hues popular, too. • Cabinets. Cherry will be tops for wood kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, with alder gaining ground. Common cabinet finishes will include medium natural, dark natuPhoto provided by Maytag brand, Whirlpool Corporation. ral, glazed and white painted. Declining in popularity: cabi- Dishwasher drawers give the freedom to run small loads nets painted in colors other than with a low consumption of energy. white and those with light natural finishes and distressed finishes. • Floors and countertops. Hardwood will dominate the kitchen floor, but ceramic and porcelain tile and natural stone will remain popular. Granite will remain tops for countertops, and quartz will be a close second. Top backsplash materials will be ceramic or porcelain tile, and glass. • Refrigeration. French door and freezer-bottom refrigerators will be the styles of choice, followed by side-by-side models. There is a trend toward installing under-counter refrigerator drawers in new kitchens, and under-counter wine refrigerators were specified by half of kitchen designers. • Faucets. Convenience is the key trend in kitchen faucets. Pull-out faucets and pot-filler faucets will become more prevalent. The most popular faucet finish will be brushed nickel, followed by stainless steel, satin nickel and polished chrome. • Cooking appliances. The cook-top and wall oven combination is beginning to overtake the range. Gas will retain its popularity over electric, while energy-efficient induction cooking gains ground. • Dishwashers. While standard dishwashers will remain the most common, an increasing number of homeowners will opt for the convenience of dishPhoto courtesy of Kohler. washer drawers, which can save on water and electricity.

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• Style and color. Mirroring the trend in kitchens, traditional will be the No. 1 style in this year’s baths. Contemporary designs will follow as a distant second and Shaker style as a distant third. The color palette will be subdued, led by beiges and bones, followed by whites and off-whites and then by browns. • Floors and vanity tops. Ceramic and porcelain tile will be the leading bathroom flooring materials; natural stone will be popular, too. Though increasingly popular in the kitchen, hardwood flooring will not become common in the bath. Granite will be most in demand for vanity tops, with quartz and marble proving popular also. • Fixtures. Plain and simple bathroom fixtures will dominate, with white fixtures being the most common and bisque and off-white the only other fixture colors commonly seen in new or remodeled baths. Simple under-mount sinks will be the most popular, followed by integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal sinks. • Faucets. Bathroom faucet finishes will be similar to those used in this year’s kitchen designs. Brushed nickel will lead the way in faucet finishes, with many baths incorporating polished chrome and satin nickel. Bronze and stainless steel will follow those options.

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Feb. 25-28 More than 500 companies will exhibit at the Home Builders Association Builders Home & Garden Show on Feb. 25-28 at America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome. The latest designs in lawn and garden, kitchen and bath, interior design, pool and spa, building products, and green products will be displayed. Joe Lamp’l, aka Joe Gardener, syndicated columnist, author, and host of “GardenSMART” on PBS and DIY Network’s “Fresh from the Garden,” will present what he considers the best new garden gear and give those items away to audience members. Lamp’l will also share secrets for starting and growing a vegetable and herb garden and will address how to avoid and fix the most common landscaping and garden mistakes. Other highlights include six gardens featuring six types of garden art; three landscapes built with Belgard hardscapes; the GeoComfort Green Products Pavilion; and the Mosby Solution Center, where home experts from St. Louis area companies converge to answer home repair, remodeling and maintenance questions. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 25 through Sat., Feb. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 28. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids aged 6-12 and free for younger children. Visit

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Feb. 27-28 The Missouri Botanical Garden will hold its Spring 2010 Garden Blitz, a customizable weekend of expert advice and resources for gardeners, on Sat., Feb. 27 and Sun., Feb. 28. Learn about shade gardening; learn how to turn hillsides and slopes into aesthetically pleasing, functional locations; get the recipe for soil improvement; learn the basics of organic gardening; and get advice for selecting, planting and pruning roses in the St. Louis area. These and other topics will be covered in courses offered. For complete course descriptions, costs, meeting times, locations and registration information, call (314) 577-5100 or visit

March 24 Callier & Thompson Kitchens, Baths and Appliances will conduct a free kitchen and bath remodeling seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., March 24 at their showroom at 14180 Manchester Road in Manchester. Entitled “How to Begin the Kitchen or Bath Remodeling Process,” the seminar will focus on the dos and don’ts of remodeling from start to finish. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Call 391-9099 to reserve a spot. A $10 deposit, which will be refunded at the door, is required.



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Photo by John Lamb. Donna Weinsting, Laurie McConnell and Sally Eaton in “Steel Magnolias,” playing through Feb. 20 at the new Dramatic License Theatre at Chesterfield Mall.

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Grandparenting made easier By SHANNON F. IGNEY As with any new phase in life, becoming a grandparent elicits many emotions, and excitement and joy are at the top of the list. “My high level of expectation for being a grandpa was greatly exceeded when my granddaughter came into my life,” said area resident Dennis O’Neill, who became a grandfather in July. “I find myself wanting to play with her, or just watch her explore her world, all the time. All this enjoyment and I haven’t lost one moment of sleep. Being a grandpa is wonderful!” But the grandparenting role can also bring on feelings of apprehension. Some new grandparents have not held a baby in many years; others have grandchildren in far-away places and long for ways to connect. The generational gap feels wider than ever: baby products come with 10-page manuals, kids play games on computers and teenagers seem to communicate in a whole new language. Fortunately, there are resources available for calming nerves, narrowing the generation gap and maximizing time spent with grandchildren. Following is a sampling of those resources:

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able. Do not boil. Carefully spoon melted frosting over brownies to glaze, allowing excess to drip down sides. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles before frosting sets. (For added color and texture, mix 1/4 cup vanilla frosting and enough red food color to make pink frosting in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 10 seconds. Drizzle over chocolate-glazed hearts.) Makes 14 brownie hearts. Valentine Rolled Cookies 1 cup sugar 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 3 cups flour 1 1/2 cups baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red food color Sugar, if desired In a large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt until well mixed, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide dough in half. To one half of dough, stir or knead in red food color until desired pink color. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour for easier handling. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Work with 1/3 of white dough at a time, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out white dough to a 1/8inch thickness. Cut with floured 1 ½-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with 1/3 of pink dough, keeping remaining pink dough refrigerated. Using a floured, 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut center from each pink and white cookie. Remove centers; replace each center with cutout of opposite colored dough. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 5-9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet. Cool on a rack. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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“Heart Healthy Seniors,” a Eureka Parks and Recreation Department senior social, is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 18 at Eureka Community Center. Admission is $5 and includes lunch. Registration is required. Call 938-6775. • • • New Life Community Church presents “Happily Ever After,” a marriage enrichment seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 20 at Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Chesterfield. Dr. Robert K. Burbee of the National Institute of Marriage is the featured speaker. Visit • • • “Becoming Heart Healthy,” a health class for senior citizens conducted by Anna Sides, R.N., is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 22 at Living Word (17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood). Call 8212800. • • • St. Louis Imperial Swing Dance Club holds “Invasion Night” at 6:30 p.m. (doors open) on Sat., Feb. 27 at Immaculate Conception Church (2316 Church Road in Arnold). The West County club and guests “invade” the Jefferson County Swing Dance Club Mardi Gras Dinner Dance. Guests come in Mardi Gras costumes; prizes are awarded. Admission is $15; tables of eight

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BENEFITS The “Cinderella Project” runs throughout February at Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, West County Center and South County Center. The malls serve as drop-off points for gently worn prom and special occasion dresses for donation to temporary boutiques where young girls referred by school counselors and/or social service agencies can shop for and choose a free a prom dress. After the designated shoppers have made their selections, boutiques will open to the public, with gowns sold for $25 each. Call 978-2277 or e-mail Cinderella@ • • • The seventh annual Sports Trivia Championship presented by Budweiser is at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at Chaifetz Arena. More than 100 teams of 10 compete for prizes in the world’s largest sports trivia contest, which is broadcast in the following weeks on Fox Sports Midwest. A tailgate party precedes the game from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $3,000 for a VIP table of 10 and $1,000 for a standard table of 10. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick Center. For tickets, call Katie Holcomb at (314) 802-1976. For more information, visit • • •

In the Spotlight West County Family YMCA and Abra-Kid-Abra present “Jadoo,” a one-man show featuring Josh Routh (pictured), magician, chef, juggler and clown, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 and at 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14 at The West County YMCA Theater (16464 Burkhardt Place in Chesterfield). General admission tickets are $7/$5 for seniors and children younger than age 16. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Community Campaign. For advance tickets, call 532-3100.

A Ladies’ Night Out is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 19 at Howard Park Center (15834 Clayton Road in Ellisville). Shopping, raffles, an auction and hors d’oeuvres are featured. Admission is a $5 donation to Howard Park Center. Call 2272339 or visit • • • The St. Louis chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association hosts a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 19 at Webster Groves Community Center (33 East Glendale Road). Participation is limited to 64 participants; prizes are awarded to the top 10 percent of players. Admission is $25 with proceeds benefiting the chapter scholarship fund. Call 236-1535 or visit

• • • The 12th annual Taste of West County is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 22 at Lafayette High School Commons (corner of Clayton Road and Hwy. 109). Food samples from more than 30 area restaurants, beverages priced at $1 each and a silent auction are featured. Tickets are $10 each with children aged 5 and younger admitted free of charge; family special pricing features four tickets for $35. Proceeds benefit the Lafayette High School Class of 2011. To order tickets, mail a check made payable to LHS to Lafayette High School, 17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood, MO 63011, Attention: Junior Office. For more information, call Heidi Aslin at 458-6855. • • •

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM The West St. Louis County Kiwanis Club Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at West County Lanes (15727 Manchester Road in Ellisville). There will be cash prizes for first and second place teams; snacks are provided and food is available for purchase from the West County Lanes menu. Admission is $20 per person with a minimum of four persons/maximum of eight persons per team. Teams of six to eight players registering in advance save $10. For reservations, call Paul Eckler at 273-5398. • • • The “Uncorking a Cure” Wine Dinner and Auction to benefit the Gateway chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 at Norwood Hills Country Club. A gourmet dinner with fine wines from around the world and live and silent auctions are featured. Tickets are $250 per person with tables for eight available for reservation. Call Allison Starling at (314) 878-0780.

FAMILY & KIDS “Teaching Your Baby to Sign” is from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 and Fri., Feb. 26 a Whole Foods Market in Town & Country. Admission is free. Call 527-1160. • • • A Daddy-Daughter Dance for girls aged 2-13 and their fathers is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at Eureka Community Center. Crafts, music, dancing and prizes are featured. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets are $18 for a father and one daughter, and an additional $2 for each additional daughter. For more information or to register, call 938-6775. • • • A sample lesson of “Music Together” is at 9:50 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at Milder Musical Arts. The 45-minute music course featuring singing, dancing, rhythm playing and music making is for children from infants to age 4 and the adults who love them. Admission is free. Call (314) 4696646 or visit • • • A “Passport Fair” is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at the Chesterfield Post Office (16105 Swingley Ridge Road). Extended hours are offered for one day to help travelers prepare for international trips. For information on passport requirements, application costs and to download a passport application form, call (800) ASKUSPS or visit • • • “FamilyLIVE!” is at 5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. Guests are invited to come for worship and stay for dinner. Call Pastor Ryan at 779-2320 for details. • • • The 2010 Rockwood Summer Expo

is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14 at Marquette High School (2351 Clarkson Road). Parents and students preview summer program offerings from Rockwood Community Education and more than 50 area organizations. Visit rockwood.k12. • • • Parks Martial Arts holds an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 at 1334 Clarkson Clayton Center in Ellisville. Call 227-3332.

LIVE PERFORMANCES The Lafayette High School Theater Company presents the musical “Footloose” at 7 p.m. on Thurs, Feb. 11, Fri., Feb. 12 and Sat. Feb. 13 at Lafayette High School Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 527-9429. • • • Shen Yun Performing Arts performs classical Chinese dance and music at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 11 and Fri., Feb. 12 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at the Bezemes Family Theater at the Lindenwood University J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (2300 W. Clay Street in St. Charles). Tickets are priced from $30 to $120 and are available by phone at 9494433 and online at For more information, visit • • • The Marquette POMS Mystique Showcase is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 in the Marquette High School Theater (2351 Clarkson Road in Clarkson Valley). Routines from halftime performances, competitions, small group and individual performances and special guests are featured. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, if seats remain. Call 227-6063. • • • Harbinger, a contemporary Christian band, launches the release of their new CD at a concert at 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at St. John Lutheran Church (15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville). Admission is free. Call 394-4100. • • • The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra presents a Valentine’s Day Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14 at Parkway United Church of Christ (2841 N. Ballas Road). Admission is free. Visit tcsomo. org. • • • Chesterfield Arts presents “Fridays Uncorked” featuring Los Flamencos and The Reventones at 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. Flamenco performers are joined by guitar duo Lliam Christy and John Knight. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and dessert. Call 529-1955 or visit

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Dream House & TeaRoom fills niche in the neighborhood By BETSY ZATKULAK For 20 years, Dream House & TeaRoom has been a women’s destination where fondness for good food and fun shopping go hand in hand. It is the kind of spot that can turn a ho-hum day right around. “We have customers who come in and tell us, ‘I just have to have a pick-me-up, and there’s no better place to come than here,’” said Judy Macher, owner of Dream House & TeaRoom. “That’s the ultimate compliment. If I can make somebody’s day brighter, I don’t have to sell a thing. I’m just happy that I’ve made another person happy.” Macher’s spacious gift shop/tearoom is divvied up into smaller rooms and can accommodate 130 guests, providing charming settings for luncheons, showers, charitable events and weekly games of bridge. It is the venue also for special Dream House-sponsored events, such as the “Fashion Show Thursdays” taking place on Thursdays in May; guests enjoy lunch, are treated to an the informal fashion show and receive a discount on all apparel, jewelry and accessories.

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The gift shop also offers shoes, hats, scarves, baby clothes, plush toys, home décor, kitchen and food items, monogrammed gifts, stationery and greeting cards. “We have something for everyone, and our prices are reasonable,” Macher said. “We entice you as you walk back to get your lunch, and when you’re done with lunch, we like to entice you once more before you leave.” The menu features palate pleasing fare, including homemade quiches, chicken salads, specialties, large salads, signature sandwiches, and three to four homemade soups served daily. “Our homemade quiches are phenomenal,” Macher said. “Our top three are “Judy’s Dream Team,” (back row, from left): Bonnie, Pam, Susan and Joyce, and artichoke Parmesan, ham and Swiss and (front row, from left) Cindy, Terri and Kris. (Not pictured: Michelle and Courtney.) seafood quiche. But our No. 1 bestseller is our fruited chicken salad with grapes Macher credits her staff for playing a major role in and pecans. If you enjoy it for lunch, take home a pound Dream House & TeaRoom’s success. for supper – or take a quiche home for breakfast.” “They truly are the greatest bunch of women who are To make gray skies blue again, Dream House & Tea- phenomenal friends, as well as employees,” Macher said Room offers an assortment of delectable desserts, like of her staff. mile-high coconut crème pie, seasonal cobblers and cream Macher said she is happy to provide a service that fills a cheese brownies. Ashby of London teas, wine and cham- special niche for women in the community. pagne are available, too. “If I had my soap box, this is what I’d say,” Macher said. With yellow-painted walls, skirted tables, birds, flowers- “Ladies, come to Dream House & TeaRoom. This is your a-plenty, and a park-like setting, Dream House & TeaRoom corner. This is the corner for women – but men are welfeatures a casual, happy atmosphere. come, also.”



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Serving Authentic Chicago Pizza, Italian Beef & Hot Dogs!

Home of the

TWO LOCATIONS! O'Fallon & St. Louis

• Dine-in • Carry-out • Lunch • Dinner


Lunch Specials: Daily 11-4pm


636-225-9944 carry out The Landings at Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend Rd.

2964 Dougherty Ferry Rd.

636-379-4447 636-379-4446 carry out Seconds from T.R. Hughes Ballpark

1090 Tom Ginnever Ave.

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189 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & County

20% OFF


Your entire bill!

Come in and try the Best Burger in town!

Quesadilla, Salad or Wrap $ 5

Dine in or carry out. Cannot be combined with any other offer. One coupon per customer per visit. No cash value. Valid at the Chesterfield Cheeburger location only. Expires 2-28-10.


Order on line:

Locally owned and operated with pride

N o t v a l i d w i t h a n y o t h e r o f f e r. D i n e i n o r p i c k u p o n l y.

Chesterfield Mall • 636-532-3210 Dillard’s parking lot, exterior entrance


expires 3/31/10

Open For Lunch & Dinner Steaks, Chicken, Seafood, Grouper, Walleye, Chops, Burgers and Sandwiches Carryout Children’s Menu Happy Hour Daily Locally Owned & Operated

165 Lamp & Lantern Village John Marciano, Proprietor Town & Country “We Collect Old Fishing Stuff”


631 Big Bend Rd. Manchester



Award Winning Latin American Restaurant Open for Lunch • Dinner • Private Rooms

We Offer Catering With A Variety Of Delivery Options! Locally Owned & Operated

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th Have You Made Your Reservations Yet?

2020 Chesterfield Mall • • 636-536-1151







If you've never been here You've never experienced 
 South St. Louis Restaurant BBQ
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Come To

Open Valentine's Day 


 Sun., Feb. 14th for Lunch & Dinner

The Hill

 Valentine Dinner for Two $39.95 





Come in & say hello to Kevin, Tammi, Kelly, Tracy, Jack (on Wednesday), Dane, 
 Eric, Nikki, Oh everyone SUSHI
 Remember our specials !!! 
 They are phenomenal



For Great Italian Food & Catering! 


Valentine’s Day Weekend Special

Friday, Feb. 12th - Sunday, Feb. 14th

Tenderloin Steak Special for only 11.95 $

Specializing in SuShi, Teriyaki and Tempura 

Bring in this ad for SUSHI

10 Off Monday - Thursday • Lunch & Dinner -

(Includes a side dish and salad) Monday thru Thursday





Choose From: SWEET
 Steak and Fish Kabob Blackened Chicken Baked Tilapia 

Lorenzos Trattoria 1933 Edwards • 314.773.2223

Entrees served with rice, vegetable of the day and a glass of wine

Japanese Sushi Restaurant

15310 Manchester Road

1637 Clarkson Rd. • Chesterfield


(In the plaza with Trader Joe’s)


Nicoletti’s Lunch Tues-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Mon-Sun Starting at 4pm

$5.00 Off

w i t h m i n i m u m p u r c h a s e o f $ 2 0 .00 Carry Out or Dine In N o t Va l i d w i t h a n y o t h e r c o u p o n s


(Highway 141 and Big Bend Road)

Di Gregorio Foods 2232 Marconi Ave. •

Pizza Special

4pm - 9pm Monday thru Wednesday Only Large One Topping Pizza


“Home of the Original Key Lime Pie Bar”

Conveniently located off Hwy STEAK
 at Kingshighway & Hampton exits 

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1091 S. Woods Mill Road (at Clayton Road)

Hot Dogs • Burgers • Gyros • Italian Beef Salads • Kid’s Menu • Cold Beer Tuesday - Saturday: 11am-8pm; Sunday - Monday 11am-3pm

Buy Any Regular Priced Hot Dog Or Sandwich

ADD A DOG FOR JUST 99¢ (not valid with any other offer or specials)

Have your fundraiser here! Call us for details 137 CHESTERFIELD TOWNE CENTRE

(Southwest Corner of Edison Ave. & Long Road)


$8.75 $5.00 Off Pick Up Only Offer good only at 1091 Woodsmill Rd.

Any Purchase of $25 or More at Regular Menu Prices Pizza

Must present coupon. Offer good only at 1091 Woodsmill Rd. Pick up only. Exp. 3/10/10.

1095 East Chesterfield Pkwy. 636-536-9440 (by Spring Hill Suites)

14” One Topping Pizza, House Salad, and 12 Piece Toasted Ravioli all for $17.95 Pick up or delivery. Offer good only at Woods Mill. Must present coupon. Exp. 3/10/10.

Visit our website at Mike Duffy’s In Town & Country Is Offering A Valentine’s Weekend Package Special (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

6 oz. Marinated Flat Iron Steak Served On A Bed Of Wild Rice, Coconut Shrimp and a Glass Of Our House Wine



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We Come PREPARED! • • • • •


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The Complete Poop-Scoopin’ and Removal Service “Uncovering St. Louis County since 2001”

Call today for your free estimate!

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Specializing in installation for two story homes with no wiring on first floor.

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Free Estimates 314-280-9913

Ceiling • Wholehouse Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting Quality Work At Competitive Prices!

Professional Painters Inc. (636)


Interior / Exterior 458-7707 Drywall Repair Power Washing Cedar Treatment Paper Removal Carpentry Fully Insured

Licensed Special Waste Hauler Bonded • Insured

#1 in Professionalism & Service Excellence



Let us help!

Certified Mold Remediation Company

Seabaugh Furniture & Decorating Co., Inc

Specializing in:

Since 1930 Upholstering, Repairing and Refinishing

• Residential Remediation • Commercial Remediation • Indoor Air Quality • Guaranteed Odor Removal - Pet, Tobacco, etc.

17322 Manchester Road


Lawrence construction & contracting co.

F inish & Trim C arpentry C o . Custom Woodworking • Bookshelves Fireplace Mantels • Doors Entertainment Centers Theatre Rooms • Custom Bars

R. Kinder

Master Carpenter #1557

(636) 391-5880

Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed Since 1979 •

Now Offering Pella Windows & Doors


Now Available Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Call 636-949-2030

0% Financing for 12 Months Available!

Garage Door & Opener Winter Tune-Up Special Only $59.95 SALES


The Birdsong Company Since 1956


The Cleaning Agents, LLC


“We’re Tough On Grime”

1279 Hwy 100 • Wildwood, MO 63069 (636) 451-5107 (Cell:(636) 485-7723) Residential • Commercial • New Construction

T.D. DeVeydt Electric L.L.C. Licensed - Bonded - Insured New Service • Repair • Remodel

Troubleshooting • Upgrade • Back-Up Generators

314-606-8160 Call for a free estimate today!

Specializing In:

Driveway & Patio New and Replacement

Traditional Finishes To Old World Charm

TOOLS Bosch, Porter Cable, Ryobi, Makita, DeWalt, Delta, Sioux, Skil, etc., etc.

Ask about a $1500 Tax Credit.

Have the Benefits of a Maintenance Free Home


(636) 458-3809

“Small Jobs Done Fast” • Repairs to remodeling • Complete lower level finish/update • Modernize your bath • Open up your kitchen Located in Chesterfield since 1985

Heman Home Repair Interior/Exterior Painting And Staining Wallpaper Removal Roof and Gutter Repairs Garage Doors and To Do List and Openers Home Maintenance

WiNTEr SAlE SAvE 20%

PLUMBING COMPANY 965-9377 INC. “We want to be your family plumber”

Canine Waste Management

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing, Restoration & Repair Cabinets • Furniture • Doors


8125 Brentwood Industrial Drive Off Manchester Just West Of Hanley

644-6677 (800) 444-0423

insuREd, quality woRkManship

Crown Molding 10x10 rooM

(314) 822-0849

Free Estimates

Bauman’s Handyman

services, LLc

• RepaiRs • Honey Do’s • Basement RemoDeling • Decks • BatHs

around the house InsIde and out Dan Bauman 636-332-8577 314-852-0589

Starting at $200!

Specializing In: • Crown Molding Chair Rail • Baseboards • Fluted Molding

Free Estimates • 636-379-8345

Home Improvement Interior

& Exteriors

Decks • Custom Wood Working • Cabinet Refacing Siding, Soffit and Fascia Repair

Quality Work

John Hancock

(636) 227-6152



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Computer Services

Lentz Flooring. Specializing in hardwood floors, repairs and restoration. Family owned and operated. Free Estimates. Call Jeff. 314-604-3997 or 636677-5801

Computer Service & Support

for Small Business & Individuals

Computer Problems? Computer Support Needs? Computer Training Needs? Website Needs or Questions? Moving to a MAC? For Economical On Demand Service and Support Since 1995

Mill Direct Pricing on Name Brand Carpet, Laminate and Hard Woods. Free financing, free estimates. We employ our own installers. Call Beautiful Carpet 314-994-1012

Call 636-532-0859

Ask about our special offers for new customers!

Home Helpers is your #1 source affordable, dependable care by compassionate caregivers. ♥ Senior Adults ♥ Recuperative Care ♥ Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care ♥ Bathing/Personal Care ♥ Transportation ♥ Meal Preparation ♥ Housekeeping ♥ On Call 24/7 Insured/Bonded and Carefully Screened West County 636-391-0000


Specializing in Home Offices and Small Businesses. County Computer Consulting LLC, can support your computers and networks. Call Ray for more information at 636-391-3853 or www. CCC-LLC.BIZ. HOME COMPUTER SERVICES We destroy viruses and spyware, fix slow or crashed computers, perform software and hardware upgrades, install and troubleshoot any wired or wireless network, recover/ move data and install new computers. 13+ years experience working on home/corporate computers and networks. To schedule an appointment call Matt at 314.226.4279 o r w w w. y o u r p c d o c s . c o m

WOOD FLOOR REFINISHING Add instant equity to your home Professional Floors of St. Louis 25 year old fully insured company serving entire metro community Sanding, refinishing, repairs, new installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314-843-4348

For Rent Vacation Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/summer rates and availability. To view pictures please go to /127089 or /148365. For Additional info Call 314-922-8344.

For Sale/Lease

For Sale Beautiful 4BR Ranch Home

Carpet Services CARPET REPAIRS. Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates. (314) 892-1003

On 15 secluded acres off Wild Horse Creek Rd.

Minutes from Chesterfield Valley

Heated swimming pool, beautiful views, many updates

Cleaning Services

$1.25M 636-537-1776

House cleaning done, reasonable, references. 20 plus years experience. Ask for Liz 636273-6349 "We Have An Eye To Locate Dirt"

We Cut Cost not Corners Weekly•Monthly We'll Meet Your Needs

15% OFF

First Time Clean

All Work Guaranteed

CALL: 314-852-9787 Lori's Cleaning Service. I take pride in my cleaning. Call Lori 636-221-2357.

CLEAN AS A WHISTLE Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly Move in & Move Out


Your Satisfaction is Our Goal Insured & Bonded Call 314-426-3838

Advertise In West NewsMagazine Classifieds

314-610-3313 or 636-591-0010 x 121

Serving St. Louis & St. Charles Co

Call Mike at 636-675-7641 Service at your home or office for: • PC problems or set-up • PC won't start or connect

•Spyware •Adware •Virus Removal •Hardware •Software Upgrades

$30 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour Day, evening and weekend appointments available.

Electrical Services

Garage Door Services

SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Electrical Work. Ceiling fans Installed. Light Fixtures Replaced. Security Lighting. Dusk to Dawn Motion Detectors. Low Voltage Yard Lighting. Bathroom Exhaust Fans. GFCI Receptacles/Switches. Recessed Lights. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555

West County Garage Door Service. Proudly serving West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. No extra charge for Evenings and Weekends! Call 636-388-9774

Firewood Get firewood early! 8x4 stack. Oak and Hickory seasoned. Call 314-808-3330

Hauling Services

Hauling Services

Home Improvement


Davis Home Repair & Maintenance

WE HAUL IT ALL Service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email:

Help Wanted Caregivers Wanted. Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000 LOVE DOGS? Earn extra cash dog sitting in YOUR OWN home. Interviewing dog lovers for overnight sitting. Advantages: done in your home, immediate cash payments. Requirements: Availability during the day and enjoys all dogs. Prefer sitters without current pets, or 1 friendly dog of your own. Call 314-600-2044 Attention! Can you see yourself or your child in front of the camera? Companies hire Images Agency to supply them with people for Ads & Commercials. We're accepting applications for all ages, sizes & heights. Major companies like Picture Me, Sears Portrait Studio, BJC Hospital, Build-A-Bear, Honda etc. use our people. Apply Online at or call 314-372-0500. Beginners Welcome! Do you love working with children? The West County Family YMCA is looking for Site Directors and Group Leaders for the Before and After School Program in the Parkway School District. Hours of operation are 6:30-8:45am and 2:00-6:00 or 3:00-6:00pm M-F. Employment includes free membership to the West County Family YMCA! Please come to the West County Y and complete an application or for more details contact Christine Grant at or call 636-532-3100. Applicant must be at least 18 and must pass a criminal background screening and E-Verify to be considered.

Painting, Carpentry, Interior & Exterior Door Installation. Plumbing, Bathroom Remodel, Handyman Services. No Job Too Small. References Available. Call Waid

Pond & Waterfall Repair & Maintenance Design & Installation

FOUNDATION CRACK LEAKING? Let the "Foundation Specialists" by Vickroy Homes LLC solve your problem. Crack injection special, 8' crack, from $259.00 or 2 for $450.00 5 year warranty Call 636-537-0697 for appt.

MIENER LANDSCAPING Rock walls, patios, pruning, chainsaw work, etc. Friendly service, with attention to detail. Call Tom 636.938.9874

(314) 277-7891

JS Home Services Handyman • Carpenter 25 Plus Years Experience Cheap Rates! Free Estimates! House Closings, Deck Repairs, Structural Repairs. All Jobs Big or Small. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Call James at 314-420-3562

Landscaping/Lawn Care

Leaf Clean-up & Vacuuming •Landscape Design & Installation •Lawn Mowing & Fertilization •Drainage Work •Landscape Lighting •Mole Trapping Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050 Fall Cleanup! Leaf removal, mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, mowing! Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234

Free Estimates (636) 296-5050

PEDRO MARTINEZ LANDSCAPING A Cut Above! Snow removal, aeration, power raking, leaf, bush & tree removal, fall cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Mowing, mulching, bush & tree trimming, edging, retaining walls, drainage work, patios, and more. 636-237-5160 or 636-519-9190

Huffman Painting Quality Interior / Exterior painting. Expert power washing. Professional and friendly service. 18 years experience. Glendale resident. Call Ed @ 314-961-6903


Interior / Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Dywall Repair Minor Carpentry Powerwashing Free Estimates



Courteous • Dependable Professional Painting Faux Finishes Trim and Crown Moulding Installation •Al l Surface Prep •Cabinet and Furniture •Top Quality/Affordable


No Tools? No Time? No Problem.


Specializing In Water Features

Painting Services

Home Improvement


Landscaping/Lawn Care

david decorative painting 314-732-FAUX(3289)

Leaf Clean-Up, Vacuuming Aeration, Seeding, Sodding, Fertilizing, Spraying, Grass Cutting, Yard Clean-up, Weeding, Trimming, Edging, Mulching, Planting, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Patios & Drainage Work

Call 314-426-8833

PA I N T I N G 3 rooms $490 includes paint Call Today

314-651-0261 since 1992

West NewsMagazine Classifieds 636-591-0010 x 121

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Interior Painting Wallpaper Removal Remodeling

Reasonable - References

Call 314 662 4734

A-1 Custom Painting & Wallpapering, we handle your design needs, professionally trained. Faux finishes, texturing, marbling, graining. Interior & exterior, insured, free estimates. All work done by owner. Call Ken or Hugo at 636-274-2922 or 314-640-4085. 24 years experience.

Will Beat Any Reasonable Bids Call 636-230-0185

Interior and Exterior Painting Power Washing • Window Washing Gutter Cleaning


Plumbing Services

Jim's Paint & Trim Service. Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decorative moulding, wallpaper removal, texturing, drywall and rotten wood repair. Call 636-778-9013

ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051

Pet Services

Roofing Services



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511 Nantucket Springs Dr. • Wildwood This meticulously maintained 4+ bedroom, 3.5 bath home with over 3,000 sq ft of finished living space exudes pride of ownership! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding the details of this property please call 1-800-628-1775 ext.1256.

A-ACCURATE ROOFING SIDING & GUTTERS no job too Large or too Small, Affordable Roofing residential & commercial, all types of roofing, 40 year experience, call for a Free Estimate, 636-939-5109 or 1-800-459-ROOF



Plumbing Services SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Plumbing Repairs. Drain/ Sewer Opening. Kitchen Faucets/Disposals Installed. Bathroom Vanities, Toilets Repaired/ Replaced. Water Lines/Drain Lines Replaced. Dishwashers/Ice makers Installed. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555 MASTER PLUMBER. Water Heaters, Code Violations, Backflow Preventers. Licensed & Bonded, Fully Insured. No Job Too Large or Too Small. (314) 288-9952

14780 Thornbird Manor Pkwy $475,000

Sensational 1.5sty Villa in Nooning Tree, exquisite gourmet kit. w/hdwd flrs, granite, cherry cab’s & SS appl., hearth rm, rec rm & 4th BR/Ofc or exercise rm & bath in LL, bay window in MBR & much more. CALL “BLAZE”

Wedding Services

Anytime... Anywhere... Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Commitment & Affirmation of Love

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16625 Babler View Dr. Wildwood • $279,000 Huge 1/2 Acre Lot, Culdesac Street, 4 Bed. 4 Bth, Finished LL, Covered Patio, Vinyl, 3 Car Oversize Garage!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040

16091 Nantucket Island Dr. Wildwood • $279,900 DYNAMITE! Hdwd Flrs Mn Lvl, Lrge, Open Kit/Breakfast, Family Rms w/ Atrium Access to Lrge Deck! Fin W/ Out Lwr w/Rec Rm, Media Rm, Full Bath & Bar! Walk to Fairway Elem! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555



Janet Bourne 314-941-7633

626 Dartmouth Crest Dr. Wildwood • $479,900 Beautiful 5BR 4.5BA 2sty! Cul de sac lot, comm grnd! Upgr galore! Hdw flrs, vltd clngs, upgr appl, granite counters, remodeled mstr BA. Fab fin LL! Sweeping deck, patio! Much more! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358

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PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP! 603 Charbray Dr. - Ballwin - $270,000 Stately 2-story in great neighborhood. Side entry garage, formal living room and separate dining room. Families will love level backyard, screened sun room, and swimming at nearby Ballwin Water Park. Tons of space and new carpeting.

18715 Babler Meadows Dr. Wildwood • $579,000 Gorgeous granite kitchen highlights this professionally decorated atrium ranch. 3 Acre Wooded Lot. 2 frpl, 3c gar Fin LL. Bay windows, Hdwd Flrs, New HAVAC, Spectacular Home!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040

Chris Ronberg Stephanie Thompson Robin Williams 314-401-0155 314-922-4358 314-479-4555

259 Falling Leaves Ct. - Creve Coeur - $593,000 Fabulous home in Ladue Lake Estates! This stunning 1.5 story greets you with large pillars and circle driveway. Over 4,400 sq. ft. of finished living space. Almost an acre of land overlooking a beautiful lake. Very private!

1532 Candish Ln. - Chesterfield - $395,000 First Class 2- Story. Meticulous care & attention to detail is evident throughout. Lots of space incl. formal dining and 4-season rooms! Professionally finished lower level and great neighborhood.






1282 White Rd. - Chesterfield - $320,000 Beautiful 2-story with circular driveway! Grand entry through leaded glass door, formal dining room, separate living room and family room with cozy brick fireplace. HUGE bedrooms all with either double or walk in closets! New deck, updated kitchen, must see!




327 Brightfield Dr. - Ballwin - $184,000 Great opportunity! Meticulously cared for ranch with wood floors, brick fireplace, built in bookshelves, large formal dining room, beautiful park-like backyard with large deck. Anderson windows and shades, newer furnace and A/C, and huge clean/ dry unfinished walkout basement begging for your touch.



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102 Caravel - Ballwin - $195,000 Great home in fabulous school district! New look with a new price. Entry with double doors, etched glass and plant shelves. Open floorplan with vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen, bfast room opens to large deck in rear. w Ne

2628 Rockwood Pointe Wildwood • $305,000 Brick and vinyl 2sty with 3.5 baths (one Jack and Jill), walkout basement, t-stair & 3-car garage. Huge private rear deck with hot tub. Close to Wildwood Towne Center! Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155

1316 Virginia Drive • Ellisville $177,900 Fantastic Ranch. Updated kitchen and baths. Fin’d walkout LL. Newer windows. Wooded level bkyd - perfect for pool. EZ access to Hwy 40/64. PRICE REDUCED! CALL “BLAZE”

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459 Burns Ave. Kirkwood • $169,000 Cute full brick/vinyl 3bd bungalow! Beautiful hdwd flrs, white kit, newer flrg! W/O bsmt. Best deal in quiet Kirkwood! Great opp for 1st time buyer, claim the $8,000 tax credit! Call Janet Bourne 314-941-7633

636 Hill Dr. • Eureka Welcome home to this adorable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 story with updates galore! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding the details of this property please call 1-800628-1775 ext.1226.


503 Arbor Meadow Dr. - Ballwin - $334,000 Spacious family home with bedroom on main level and 4 more bedrooms upstairs! Family room boasts fireplace and built in bookshelves. Updated kitchen and breakfast room with glass doors to large deck in rear. Your family will love the finished basement with full bath and huge rec room.



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705 Cliffside Dr. - St. Clair - $230,000 Lakeside living! Enjoy the good life in this one of a kind ranch on a 15 acre fishing-only lake (no motorboats) which adjoins to a 35 acre all recreational lake! Vaulted ceilings, custom cabinets, French doors and many more first class touches. Enjoy sunsets on your TimberTech deck under a Sunsetter awning! Dock and concrete RV pad are yours too!

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1248 Marsh Ave. - Ellisville - $180,000 Updated ranch on half acre park setting! Gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, and tile floor. Family room with brick fireplace, large picture window overlooking backyard, and rear double doors leading outside. Huge deck!

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1605 FOREST SPRINGS LN #D (BALLWIN) 9 year old, 2BR, 2ba condo has vaulted ceilings & classy decor. Basement garage. Pool in complex. 3 yr old washer & dryer stay w/unit. $116,000

41 Pacland Estates Drive 9 Georgetown Road $2,695,000 $1,474,900 Chesterfield Chesterfield Magnificent 1.5 sty Country estate Spectacular new 1.5 sty floor plan! on 3 acres! Private enclave! Excep- Brick & stone front! 6000+ sq ft tional amenities! well planned luxury!

1430 Country Lake Estate Drive $1,249,000 Chesterfield Spectacular home w/captivating lake views! Exceptional attention to detail throughout!

954 Tara Oaks Drive 12725 Spruce Pond Drive 921 Delvin Drive $995,000 $739,000 $989,000 Chesterfield Town and Country Town and Country Exceptional 1.5 sty home! Won- Stately 1.5 sty w/grand 2sty entry Spacious 4BR ranch on beautiful derful amenities throughout! Awe- w/marble flr, lots of wood flrs, fin level acre lot! Finished L.L., wood some lower level! floors, updates! W/O LL & more! Open Sunday 2-4

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15656 FERNCREEK DR (CHESTERFIELD) 2BR/2BA twnhm. Kitchen w/stainless steel appl & lots of cabinets. W/O LL. Deck off brkft rm. Carport. $210,000

1807 KEHRSWOOD CHESTERFIELD Smashing 1.5 sty, 4BR, 6ba on 1+ac lot. Impeccably maintained, updated kitchen, vaulted ceilings, sun room, luxury main flr master, finished lower level w/rec room, fam rm.$700,000

17723 BIRCH LEAF CT WILDWOOD GREAT VALUE. Magnificent 5BR, 5.5ba 1.5 story on beautiful treed lot. 4 car gar, 4 sides brick. Finished W/O LL. Granite in k. Sunroom. All BRs have bath. Subd pool/tennis. $565,000

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1331 Countryside Manor Place 332 White House Farm Drive 502 Creekside Place $649,900 $599,900 $435,000 Chesterfield Chesterfield Kirkwood Exceptional 1.5 sty on level lot! Custom built 1.5 sty! Gourmet Hidden Paradise! Home built by Wonderful curb appeal! 4BR, kitchen w/all the bells & whistles! Missouri’s Leading Green Builder – 3.5BA, 3 car gar, & more! 4BR, 4BA. Must see! Belcher Homes! Open Sunday 1-3

7 WHEATLEY CT (CHESTERFIELD) 2 sty on quiet cul-de-sac. Backs to trees. Great rm w/wood flrs & wet bar. 3 season 2131 SADDLE CREEK RIDGE CT 18211 OLD WILD HORSE CREEK RD rm, charming kitchen w/tile flrs. Master Amazing 1.5 sty on suite with fireplace. W/O LL. CHESTERFIELD $389,900 CHESTERFIELD Wndrfl cust hm. Frml din rm & grt rm w/vlt ceil. Grmt kitch + brk & 9+ acres. Totally renovated + addition. Spectacular bonus rm, veranda, master 14361 LADUE (CHESTERFIELD) Large hrth rms. Mn flr mstr ste & lux bth. 4 add'l BR. Fin LL w/gym, rec rm, bar, & fam rm. his & hers baths, fin W/O LL, inground 2198 sq ft ranch. 4BR, 3ba located in $1,639,000 pool, barn, gated. $2,499,900 award winning Parkway Schl Dist. Freshly Wndrl sun rm. painted and many updates. $289,000

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60 CONWAY COVE (CHESTERFIELD) 2BR, 4BA twnhm, renovated, huge MST BR, wd flrs, W/O LL. End unit. $184,900 1590 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Fabulous former display attached villa w/upgrades everywhere. Granite, custom cab, wood flrs, stainless appliances, fin LL, walkout, wet bar, 3BR, 3ba. $390,000 12917 PORTULACA #123 (CREVE COEUR) Main level updated 2 bedrooms, 2baths with sitting room/study, wood floors and 2 garage spaces. Move-in condition. $149,900 590 SARAH LN #101 (CREVE COEUR) Newer carpet and paint in this 2BR, 2ba with garage. Custom molding, newer windows & AC. Pkwy Schools. $117,500 11872 CRESTA VERDE DR (CREVE COEUR) Fab 2BR, 2ba garden condo, updated kit & both baths, newer cpt & paint, 1st flr, huge bsmt laund & storage, bldg handicap access. $99,900

1128 CABINVIEW CT CHESTERFIELD Exceptional 7 yr young 2 story with 4BR plus flex rm, 4.5 baths. 9ft ceilings on main flr. Fin LL! Covered deck & patio. Expanded 3 car garage! Light and bright decor! $644,900

2254 RIDGLEY WOODS CLARKSON VALLEY 3BR plus bonus rm. 2 full and 2 half baths. Finished lower level, large sunroom. Trees and nature galore! $545,000

712 CONNIE LANE (MANCHESTER) Great New Price! 3BR/1ba ranch on .5 acre! Open floor plan. Updated kit/bath. Opportunity to expand in unfin LL w/high ceilings. 1 car garage. $172,900

1805 MISTY MOSS DR (ST LOUIS) Westport Crossing townhouse, 2BR, 2.5ba + loft. LR/DR fin LL, storage, lndry w/wash/dry, 1car gar. All appl, pool, ten16126 PORT OF NANTUCKET DR 15562 CENTURY LAKE DR $163,000 WILDWOOD Updated 4BR 2 sty. Remod5BR, 4ba, desirable nis. Near 270, 70, airport. CHESTERFIELD eled kitchen with 42 cabinets, granite Chesterfield location. Wood floors, updat- 1625 FAIRHILLS DR (UNINCORP STL countertops & wood floors. Vaulted mased kitchen, 2 fireplaces, fin LL with family CO) Comfortable, 3BR/2ba on cul-deter bedrm. Fin LL. $274,900 room, bath, kitchen. $280,000 sac. Updates include newer jet tub. Brk FP/raised hearth in lg FR/DR combo opens 2 patio. Pvt fenced yard. $199,900 18608 RO BRIDGE (WILDWOOD) Magnificent custom 1.5 sty in Wildhorse Spring Farm. 1.58 acre private lot, numerous custom amenities thruout, beamed ceilings, gourmet kitchen. $1,499,000

745 Stone Meadow Drive $345,000 Chesterfield Beautifully maintained villa! 2BR, 2.5BA! New paint & carpet ‘09! Must see!

1578 Rosewood Terrace Drive 280 Glandore Drive $294,900 $245,000 Ballwin Ballwin WOW! Gorgeous brick front home Unique 1.5 sty home backs to trees! loaded! 4BR, 3.5BA, Updated & re- Updated kitchen! Vaulted ceilings! modeled! 4BR, 2BA!

207 AMBRIDGE CHESTERFIELD Fabulous open floorplan, neutral, secure bldg, backs to woods. 3BR, garage, gas FP, convenient to shopping and resturants. $225,000

17610 AILANTHUS (WILDWOOD) Beautifully appointed 2sty, cul-de-sac lot, 2sty entry, great rm with bay, wet bar & fireplace. Fabulous kitchen, master bath w/Jacuzzi. Fin LL w/ rec rm. $599,900

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1212 RIVOLI DR BALLWIN Dynamite updated ranch with 3BR/2.5ba, wood flrs,newer windows, roof, updated kit, freshly painted, screen porch & fenced yard w/patio. $169,900

2355 Baxton Way 515 Kenilworth Lane 1530 Bedford Forge Ct #4 $350,000 $219,000 $145,000 Chesterfield Ballwin Chesterfield Attractive brick ranch, open floor Fabulous 1st floor condo! Backs to This spacious villa has so much to plan, 4BR, 2BA, freshly painted, pa- common ground area! Updated offer! Finished LL, private deck & kitchen! 2BR, 2BA! screened porch. tio & level yard!


18420 RIEGER RD (WILDWOOD) Exceptional custom 1.5sty on gorgeous 12932 MIDFIELD TERRACE 3+ac lot. Over 8500 sq ft of finished Nice, detached 3BR, space, gourmet kitchen, hearth rm, luxury ST LOUIS COUNTY master, bonus rm, media rm. $1,399,000 2ba villa. Liv/din rm, eat-in kitchen, main flr laundry, W/B FP, deck, 2c garage, 17732 HORNBEAN DR (WILDWOOD) basement storage, pool & tennis, close to 2 sty on private lot, beautifully mainHwys/airport. $199,850 tained. 2 sty entry, wood floors on main level, sunroom off kitchen, luxury master, bonus rm, fin W/O LL. $624,900

18607 BABLER MEADOWS DR (WILDWOOD) Cust 1.5 sty, 3.5 gorgeous acres, inground pool, main flr master + additional BR on main flr, 2sty great rm, 2FP, lovely kitchen, fin W/O LL. $529,900

2335 MANOR GROVE #8 Spacious condo, over CHESTERFIELD 2000 sq ft. 2+ bedrooms, 2.5ba, fam w/gaslog FP, neutral decor. Secure lobby, parking, elevator. Great location & price. $145,000

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133 JUBILEE HILL #A Move-in ready garden WILDWOOD condo. 2BR, 2 full bths. Eat-in kitchen, all appliances staying including newer washer and dryer. Newer A/C, two walkin closets. $107,900

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