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Americans. Americans from India have the highest income of any ethnic group the Census keeps track of, “with Chinese, Iranian and Lebanese Americans not far behind.” Despite many who argue that black Americans cannot rise because of racist barriers, black immigrants rise. A majority of the black students at Harvard are from Africa or the Caribbean, and Nigerians “are already markedly over-represented at Wall Street investment banks and blue chip law firms.” Chua and Rubenfeld write about America. But similar patterns can be found in England, where the white underclass seems to be stuck at the bottom, while lowincome, non-white immigrant children outperform them in schools, just as Asian immigrant children outperform black, underclass children in America. Those in the media, politics and academia who seem determined to blame American society for individuals and groups who do not rise would be hard-pressed to explain why immigrants of various colors come in at the bottom and proceed to rise, both in the schools and in the economy – on both sides of the Atlantic. It would probably never occur to those who are eager to blame “society” that it is they and their welfare state ideology who have, for generations, burdened the underclass with a vision of hopeless victimhood that immigrants have been spared. By the time various immigrant groups have been here for generations, they have already risen, despite the welfare state ideology that says that they cannot rise. That so many in the media and in academia who proclaim the end of social mobility in America leave out the fact that data they cite do not include various immigrant groups tells you all you need to know about them. “The Triple Package” is a book that tells us much that we all need to know about America – especially if we want to keep the welfare state ideology from destroying the American Dream.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Regarding workers’ compensation To the Editor: Filing more than one claim is “evidence” of fraud? I’d be interested to see what kind of jobs those anonymous accusers hold. Probably not nearly as dangerous – or important – as firefighting. I guess the 9/11 firefighter honeymoon is over in West County. To address the substance of Mr. Young’s study, I support conscientiously administered light duty work programs. I have some concern that “aggressive” is a code word for pushing injured workers back to work and asking them to do too much, too soon. Due to the fact that the firefighter (like all injured employees in Missouri) is forced to see doctors retained by the employer and with whom he or she enjoys no doctorpatient privilege, there is already a bias in the system toward minimizing treatment for the injured worker. Sam Eveland Town & Country

Seeking answers from Rep. Ann Wagner To the Editor: You continually give Ann Wagner a platform to talk the talk, but when one of your readers writes to challenge Ann, she never answers. However, you then give her a platform a week or so later with her talking points on another subject. Why can’t she stand up and address the questions posed by your readers? Mainly why she voted against additional medical aid to our veterans – to name but one. She has voted contrary to so many of her constituents, but yet you continue to give her the stage which she is unworthy of until addressing the “why” from your readers. Stu Leventhal Wildwood

The benefits of food stamps To the Editor: John Nelson’s letter to the editor on March 12 is so riddled with errors it must be responded to. Nelson states that under President Obama food stamp recipients have increased. Of course they did! At the height of the Great Recession food stamps saved many Americans from hunger. Thank goodness President Obama was not blinded by fiscal ideologies that would have punished hard working Americans for a financial crisis

caused by the 1 percent. Nelson also argues that Congress has not cut back food stamps. This is incorrect. In November, Congress cut $5 billion from food stamp programs. In February, Congress passed the Farm Bill, cutting another $8.6 billion from food stamp programs. These cuts have slowed the rate of job creation in the United States. Programs that increase the spending power of poor Americans do more to stimulate the economy than tax cuts. When middle class and rich Americans get tax cuts, they bank the savings. In contrast, food stamps are a direct stimulus into the economy and create jobs. Congress chose to drain $13.6 billion from the economy just as it seemed to be turning the corner. Nelson then calls President Obama the “Food Stamp President.” This is racially coded language that has been used by every Republican presidential candidate since Goldwater to appeal to white voters. The assumption behind this racial epithet is that blacks are more likely to depend on food stamps than whites and President Obama, as a black man, is creating dependence on government handouts. First, 34 percent of food stamp recipients are white. Second, food stamps are far from a form of unhealthy dependence. Food stamps protect the most vulnerable in our society from hunger. Food stamps support local communities and local businesses. They create jobs and help many of these families climb out of poverty and give back to their communities. Rev. Krista Taves Ballwin

There may not be any money in the system, but it is not the fault of the people that have been required to pay into the system. There should be trillions in there. The stupid Congress “borrowed” the money for other purposes. They have been yammering in Washington – since the 1960s that I can remember – about a “lock box” for Social Security. Yet they have done nothing but spend the money. Now they are calling it an “entitlement.” No. It is our invested money for our retirement, and we are sick of hearing that word. On top of that, the government is going to give Social Security checks to immigrants who have probably worked only a few years and who most likely have not even paid into Social Security. Two to one, if you check on Obama, you will find he has never paid into Social Security, and look at the fantastic retirement he will get! He probably hasn’t done an honest day of real work in his life. Do you wonder that we are angry at having Social Security called an “entitlement”? Yes, the country has an enormous debt. That is not the fault of the average person. Over the years Congress has truly “screwed up.” It is correct in that we should have term limits and Congress should “live by the law.” I believe that used to be known as “sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” A lot of things in the barnyard shouldn’t be there Corinne Kuhn St. Charles County

police would add safety and security. We could even have an undercover officer. Lastly, our neighborhood could start a neighborhood volunteer service. Certified participants from the neighborhood can walk kids who are alone to the bus stop. Some could wait with them where police are not present. Little, yet effective, these beginning ideas will create a major impact. So let’s start asking parents for ideas, let’s increase the presence of police, and let’s start a neighborhood volunteer service. Chris Plante St. Louis County

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To the Editor: Since I will be canceled from my own individual health insurance policy with Anthem BCBS of MO effective Dec. 1, 2014, which I have owned for at least 25 years, I thought I would share with you the reason for the title of my letter. First, I will have to change doctors because they are not members of the new plan. The hospital that is 10 minutes away from home and where I would prefer to go also is not in the plan. This is due to the narrow number of doctors and hospitals participating in the new plan. I will be stuck in what I call the cattle call. The premiums quoted to me based on their current rates, which will more than likely be higher by 12 to 14, range from an increase in my present premium from 53 percent to a 98 percent. In addition, my maximum out of pocket in a calendar years increases from Keeping children safe $2,500 per year to $6,300 per year. How is this affordable or even fair? It’s To the Editor: not, it’s unaffordable! Lately, the rate for child abduction has Social Security is not I thought this was America and I thought been horrific. Following are some ideas an entitlement to keep our children safe. If our commu- I have rights as an American citizen. What To the Editor: nity shares safety ideas with each other, happened? Please everyone do something. To begin with, Social Security was increases the presence of policemen, and intended as an investment for the retire- creates a child safety neighborhood-watch, Luke Kaiser ment of employees. (required – not vol- our children can remain unharmed. St. Louis County unteered). Every worker – and employer To start off with, parents need to become – paid into the system, and the monies were involved. One idea is to hold a city meetto have been set aside earning interest. ing asking parents for a plan to keep their Now, compound the interest over the children safe from predators. In addition, years and you come up with a tidy sum we could create a website with safety prewhich monthly, would amount to about cautions that would include the suggesthree times what one actually collects. You tions from parents. might figure into that all the people who Second, our police force could increase have died. their presence. Because kids walk alone to My husband worked for 55 years until school, the children are more vulnerable at Submit your letter to: his death. I have worked for 55 years and that moment. For instance, security officers am still working at 83. could drive the school route of the children All that time we both paid – and I am still and the officers could look for suspicious people. Standing at some of the bus stops, paying – into Social Security.

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Fact and factions By Thomas Sowell At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican faction’s demonization of their own Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union – and in one recent year had a 100 percent ranking. Ann Coulter – whose conservative credentials nobody has ever challenged – points out in her column that Mitch McConnell has not only led the fight for conservative principles repeatedly, but has been to the right of Ted Cruz on immigration issues. Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That seems to be the case for some in this internal war among Republicans. As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.” Why should those of us who are not Republicans be concerned about any of this? Fortunately or unfortunately, we have a two-party system in this country. And – very unfortunately – we are at a crucial point in the history of America, and perhaps approaching a point of no return. The unfolding disaster of ObamaCare is only the most visible symptom of a far deeper danger from a lawless administration in Washington that unilaterally changes laws passed by Congress. President Obama has nearly three more years to continue doing irreparable damage to the fundamental basis of American government and Americans’ freedom. Only Republican control of the Senate can rein in the lawless Obama administration, which can otherwise load up the federal courts with lawless judges, who will be dismantling the rule of law and destroying the rights of the people, for decades after Barack Obama himself is long gone from the White House. Once that happens, even a future Republican majority, led by people with

the kind of ideological purity that the Republican dissidents want, cannot undo the damage. The Senate’s power to confirm or not confirm presidential nominees to the federal courts is the only thing that can prevent Barack Obama from leaving that kind of toxic legacy in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Only Republican control of both houses of Congress can repeal, or even seriously revise, ObamaCare. And only Republican control of both houses of Congress plus the White House can begin to reverse the many lawless, reckless and dangerous policies of the Obama administration, at home and overseas. This year’s elections and the 2016 presidential election may be among the most important elections in the history of this country, and can determine what kind of country this will be for years – and even generations – to come. Those Republicans who seem ready to jeopardize their own party’s chances of winning these two crucial elections by following a rule-or-ruin fight against fellow Republicans may claim to be following their ideals. But headstrong self-righteousness is not idealism, and it is seldom a way to advance any cause. Politics, like war, is a question of power. If you don’t have power, you can make fiery speeches or even conduct attention-getting filibusters, but that does not fundamentally change anything. And it has accomplished nothing in this case. No doubt there can be legitimate differences of opinion about tactics and strategy on particular issues. But, if you don’t have power, these are just empty clashes over debating points. Certainly there has been much for which the Republican leadership has deserved to be criticized over the years – and this column has made such criticisms for decades. But, when the question is whether Mitch McConnell is preferable to Harry Reid as Majority Leader in the Senate, that is not even a close call. If the rule-or-ruin faction among Republicans ends up giving the Democrats another Senate majority under Harry Reid, not only the Republican Party but the entire nation, and generations yet unborn, will end up paying the price. © 2014

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News Br iefs BALLWIN City approves 2014 property tax rate Call it a belated 2013 Christmas present or an early one for 2014. Regardless of the category, Ballwin residents no doubt will be happy that city aldermen have approved a property tax rate of zero for 2014. While Ballwin residents years ago authorized a levy of up to 27 cents per $100 assessed valuation on real estate in the city, the board’s action means there will be no property tax collected this year. According to Robert Kuntz, city administrator, the city has forgone use of the property tax levy to finance city operations since 1987.

Pointe pool gets upgrade The Ballwin Board of Aldermen has awarded a contract for resurfacing the swimming pool at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Schilli Plastering, of Maryland Heights, will do the $89,318 job in May when the indoor pool is scheduled to be closed for two weeks during installation of equipment associated with energy efficiency upgrades at the fitness and community center.

Plans originally had called for the work to be done in 2015. The pool last was resurfaced 10 years ago and such work normally is good for only seven to eight years, according to Linda Bruer, director of parks and recreation. Patches done in recent years have failed and have led to rough pool surfaces. As a result, the resurfacing has become a priority for 2014 while the $98,000 budgeted for locker room renovations this year will be moved to 2015, Bruer said. The work will be done after the North Pointe Aquatic Center opens so Pointe members can use that facility.


Athletic complex recognized The Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex received the Pioneer Athletics’ 2013 Fields of Excellence® Award in recognition of field crews that exemplified team work and dedication in 2013. The city will receive a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner to be displayed on the athletic field. Located at 17925 North Outer 40 Road, the CVAC is a 176-acre complex consisting of 18 baseball/ softball fields, nine baseball practice fields, nine soccer fields, five football practice fields, two football game fields, two multipurpose fields, four concession buildings,



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As a follow up to a training and experience exchange that began last fall, a Monarch Fire Protection District officer is traveling to Guatemala to train firefighters and paramedics on their home turf. Nick Harper, a Monarch deputy chief, left on March 18 for an 11-day stay in the Central American nation where he will instruct paramedics-in-training on emergency medical practices and techniques. Harper, who speaks some Spanish, will team-up with a local doctor and nurse while in Guatemala. Greg Kocher, who works with the St. Louis County Public Health Department, also will make the trip and serve in a support role. The trip to Guatemala was preceded by the shipment of a large crate of medicine and fire and EMS equipment donated by Monarch, the Kirkwood Fire Department and the city of Monroe, Ill. Shipping costs were paid by Congregation Shaare Emeth in Creve Coeur. Last fall, firefighters and emergency medical technicians Marlos Bonilla and Orlando Hernandez from Chiquimula, a town in an agricultural area in southeastern Guatemala, came to Chesterfield for a two-week training and orientation program at Monarch. That visit was a joint effort also involving Summit Community Church, a non-denom-

A second bill pertaining to the Schoettler Grove development, located north of Clayton and Schoettler roads, has cleared the Chesterfield City Council. On March 17, the council gave the bill its final approval in a 6-2 vote, with Councilmembers Nancy Greenwood (Ward 1) and Bruce DeGroot (Ward 4) voting in opposition. The bill, which established a planned unit development for the area, had failed in its original run before the council. A motion to reconsider the P.U.D.-granting bill had been made, and the developer agreed to make several concessions on the project, including providing the community with a $50,000 fund for maintenance of a nearby cemetery. “That makes all the difference in the world,” Councilmember Barry Flachsbart (Ward 1) said about the maintenance fund. Greenwood acknowledged that Brinkman Holdings has worked hard with the residents, and that the residents are happy with the developer. However, she said, “I am voting no, though, because I have a great deal of problems with the P.U.D. “A P.U.D. is supposed to something very, very special, very, very unusual, and I don’t see anything in this particular P.U.D.

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Record-breakers On March 24, Chuck Williams, 48, of Wildwood, along with Jeff Moore, 47, and Tony Tatar, 45, – all current Guinness World Record Holders of the “Longest Basketball Marathon” – joined forces with 21 basketball players in the Philippines in an effort to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan by breaking their Record-breakers (from left) Jeff Moore, Tony own world record. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck Tatar and Chuck Williams the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, caused fatalities totaling 6,201, the deadliest typhoon on record. Moore, Tatar, and Williams established the current basketball marathon record of 112 hours of continuous basketball play in November of 2012 in downtown St. Louis at the Missouri Athletic Club. The November 2012 game, which was featured in West Newsmagazine, benefitted the citizens of Joplin, Mo., and involved players from that city. This year’s basketball marathon attempt tipped off at 5 a.m. on March 24 (after presstime) and was live-streamed on Additional information, including the final number of hours played, can be found online at inational congregation in O’Fallon, Mo., and Hearts in Motion, an Indiana-based organization specializing in providing medical care and mission experiences in the U.S., and Central and South America. The volume of equipment and supplies sent earlier has enabled Hernandez, who heads Chiquimula’s fire and emergency medical department, to extend the training sessions to include similar departments in two neighboring communities, Harper said. Harper, who is paying his own expenses for the trip, said, “I consider it a privilege and a blessing to be able to share what I can with others.”

ST. LOUIS COUNTY Nominations sought for Arts Awards The Arts and Education Council is accepting nominations for the 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards through April 18. The Arts Awards celebrate arts educators, leaders and innovators in the St. Louis region through the nomination of individuals, organizations and businesses who have enriched the metropolitan area’s arts and cultural community. Nominations can be submitted online at what/nominations. Selected honorees will be announced in early summer. “Our past honorees include individuals, organizations and businesses which have made a significant contribution to the St. Louis arts community through their work, commitment and creativity,” said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council.


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MISSOURI Research predicts modest hike in food costs Of your total expenditures for food, approximately how much goes to the farmer who produced it? A) 75 percent; B) 50 percent; C) 30 percent; D) 15 percent. If you picked A or B, you would be wrong. According to economists with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri, the correct answer is D. Today’s reality is that many steps separate where food is produced and where it ultimately is consumed. Those steps include transportation, processing, packaging, marketing/advertising and preparation. And with consumers opting for more heat-and-serve items and other foods requiring less at-home preparation and with energy prices affecting transportation, the middle-man’s percentage of your food dollar has increased. According to FAPRI, the consumer price index (CPI) for food jumped 20 percent from 2006 through 2012, while the index for all items rose just 14 percent. Last year, though, the increase in food prices actually was slightly less than the overall CPI. FAPRI economists don’t expect that will be the case this year. They project a relatively modest 2 percent hike in food costs and only about a 1.5 percent increase in the all-items CPI. But, starting in 2015 and continuing through 2018, it looks like food costs again will trail overall price increases. Recent years notwithstanding, food prices historically have tended to increase less than the overall CPI and have served as a brake on inflation.

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Emergency dispatching services continue to be topic of discussion across St. Louis County By JIM ERICKSON If it weren’t for the fact that lives, as well as tax dollars, are involved, the ongoing saga of what the fate of Central County Emergency 911 will be could be likened to a soap opera. Its storyline certainly has enough twists and turns. The latest development was a 3-3 vote and therefore the defeat of a resolution that the CCE board form a special committee to consider a business relationship on dispatching services with the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Commission. The decision was one of number of votes taken during a more than threehour, closed-door session at a March 12 special board meeting. In a brief question-answer session after that and other decisions were announced, several board members from both the yea and nay sides of the resolution emphasized that CCE employees are doing an exceptional job. At an earlier meeting, employees had expressed concerns about their jobs due to questions and issues being raised about the dispatch center’s future. CCE receives 911 calls for fire and emergency medical help for most of St. Louis County and parts of adjoining counties. It then dispatches personnel and equipment from the fire and ambulance operations that use its services. During the past 15 months, the Ellisville-based operation has spent heavily to add equipment, communication links and personnel to handle dispatching duties formerly provided by finan-

cially troubled centers in the north and south county areas – an expansion projected to quadruple CCE’s emergency call volume. Meanwhile, the county ECC has been continuing work on what’s now a nearly complete communications center in Ohlendorf Park West, on Hanna Road south of Big Bend Road in West County. Although intended primarily for handling police-related 911 calls and with county and ECC officials earlier stating no interest in getting into the fire and emergency medical dispatching business, that direction now appears to be changing. Garry Earls, St. Louis County’s chief operating officer and a member of the ECC, recently said that sooner or later the new operation will have a fire and EMS dispatching capability. There are other small dispatch operations in the multi-county, bi-state area the ECC covers that are likely to turn to the ECC facility in order to provide a higher quality service, he explained. “But we’re not marketing that (fire and EMS dispatching) service now and we don’t want to put anyone out of business,” Earls affirmed. Regardless, three CCE user-owners – the Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights and West County EMS and fire protection districts – have approved resolutions stating their intent to consider having dispatch services provided by the new ECC operation. The resolutions also say the districts’ severance with CCE hinges on whether differences between its user-owners can

be resolved. At various times, CCE governance and management issues have been cited as reasons for the discord. Two other CCE user-owners – Metro West Fire Protection District and Meramec Ambulance District – also have asked to withdraw their ownership status, but have indicated no plans to seek dispatching services elsewhere. David Casey and Tim Flora, who represent Meramec and Metro West, respectively, on the CCE board joined with joined with Jane Cunningham, who represents the Monarch Fire Protection District, in opposing the resolution calling for the special committee. Favoring the motion were David Cobb, Tom Carter and Cathy Keeler, who represent West County, Maryland Heights and Creve Coeur on the board. Earls said the county has made no proposals to CCE. “Right now, we’re just sitting and waiting to see what may happen,” he said. However, according to wording in the defeated resolution, ECC representatives approached CCE about forming a committee to consider a business relationship for dispatching services. The resolution does not identify the individuals involved. While the ECC and St. Louis County work closely together and Earls’ responsibilities place him in both camps, the commission is a separate entity chaired by retired Florissant Police Chief Bill Karabas. Two of the seven ECC members are Jack Trout See CENTRAL COUNTY, page 18

Wildwood decides against transparency portal By MARY SHAPIRO Wildwood’s City Council decided March 10 against setting up a so-called “transparency portal,” similar to one being used in the Monarch Fire Protection District. However, some city officials said they hope the type of information found in Monarch’s portal – which already can by generated by Wildwood’s accounting programs – will be made more easily accessible to city residents. City Administrator Dan Dubruiel told the council during a work session that its administration/public works subcommittee recommended against allowing a third party, United for Missouri’s Future, to set up a portal for the city.

United for Missouri’s Future is the nonprofit organization that set up Monarch’s portal. “The council subcommittee questioned if we needed an outside organization to set up a portal, and they discussed the necessity of having this information available,” Dubruiel said. “They also discussed whether we wanted to be associated with the (United for Missouri’s Future) group. They decided it wasn’t necessarily advisable for the city to seek out this organization’s program and information – which is available publicly now – and that it was not necessary to put it on the city’s website on a regular basis.” Also, if Wildwood were to use United for Missouri’s Future services, the city’s information would be placed on

that organization’s website, “and it’s clear they are a political action committee,” Dubruiel said. “In the past, the city has not wanted to be involved in or sought support of partisan political organizations – and this organization is certainly one,” he said. Councilmember Debra Smith McCutchen (Ward 5) said she understands why the city wouldn’t want to be involved with a PAC. “But I think it’s important we make this kind of information available on staff salaries, what and why we spend, and city council pay,” she said. “Since we’re using tax dollars for these payments, the information already is on our website, but it’s not easily accessed. We need to make it easier for people to find it.”


Father kills son, takes own life at Babler State Park By AMANDA KEEFE St. Louis County Police are investigating the deaths of a father and son after their bodies were discovered at Babler State Park on March 11 at approximately 5:10 p.m. Both died from gunshot wounds to the head as a result of murder-suicide, according to St. Louis County Officer Brian Schellman. Victims are identified as Douglas Potter, 57, and his son, Joseph Potter, 20. The father killed his son, then shot himself, Schellman said March 12. The victims build in Wildwood not address in Wildwood. Joseph was a senior at Lafayette High. Two pedestrians in the park found the bodies lying in a field near a hiking trail. A handgun, the murder weapon, and the victims’ abandoned vehicle were found at the scene. Following the discovery of the bodies, police questioned anyone leaving the park as to their intentions of being in the area and for how long they stayed. Officials did not permit the public inside the park. An abandoned car and suicide note was found in the park, but police did not reveal the details of the note. In the midst of the investigation, officials learned that a group of sixth-graders from Crestview Middle were camping at Babler as part of the school’s annual three-day camping trip. Educators notified parents of the circumstances, assuring that their children were safe, said Jim Wipke, executive director of secondary education for Rockwood School District. Students, he said, were unaware of the deaths or the investigation. School officials issued an online release on March 11, following the incident: “You need to know our students are in a different area of the park, quite a distance from the police investigation. They are enjoying their regularly scheduled learning activities,” a portion of the release read. “It’s comforting to know we’ve been in touch with the kids’ parents,” said Melinda Bond, a Crestview Middle principal serving as a chaperone during the camping trip. Regardless, Bond said some parents arrived at Babler on March 11 to make sure their children were safe and secure. Both the Wildwood and St. Louis County police departments arrived on scene, and later, officials from Crestview Middle. “It’s sad what happened, but the investigation is still open, and ultimately, we may never know the motive,” Schellman said. “The only person who knew the motive was the father himself. Mom was involved in the family life. She had no clue about all this.”

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Jane Cunningham withdraws from St. Louis County Executive race By DAN FOX Monarch Fire Protection Director and former State Senator Jane Cunningham has announced that she will not enter the St. Louis County Executive race. “When the Republicans came to me and urged me to consider this run for county exec, I did agree to do that, but I also wanted to use that as a ‘prime the pump’ for Republicans generally, to see if there were other people who were thinking about it and who would come forward,” Cunningham said. She said a candidate has come forward and would be making their intentions for the County Executive seat known on Monday, March 24. (Editor’s note: That announcement occurred after presstime. To follow this developing story, visit Daniel O’Sullivan, a member of the St. Louis County Republican Central Committee, confirmed that there is a new candidate planning on coming forward. He also said that while the Central Committee had wanted Cunningham for the position, they are pleased with the new candidate. “We went after her to draft her to run. We are disappointed that she’s not going to run,” said O’Sullivan said. “The (new) Candidate will be perceived to be very strong.”

Cunningham said she plans to continue her work with Monarch. “I’ve been up front about that all along, that I would not abandon Monarch,” Cunningham said. “I have really found my work at Monarch very satisfying, because we’re making so many changes so quickly to improve that district. So I’m very satisfied with that and want to continue what we’ve already started there.” Cunningham made her announcement regarding the County Executive race in a March 19 press release. She said in that statement, “… I have chosen not to run for County Executive because others who can bring the same kind of best practices to the county that the new board has brought to Monarch, need to be reassured that they will not have to face a primary campaign against me in order to reform our wayward county government.” Matt Pirrello, a candidate for the County Executive position and former mayor of Ellisville, said Cunningham’s choice not to run is a good choice. “Her talents wouldn’t be fully utilized at the County Executive level,” Pirrello said. County Executive candidate Tony Pousosa simply said, “My campaign is going to continue moving forward. I know that I have an opponent in Ellisville and there’s still time for others to file.”

Ballwin board votes to draft letter opposing city-county merger By JIM ERICKSON Barring the unforeseen, the city of Ballwin intends to oppose any merger between the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County. On a 7-1 vote, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen approved a motion at its March 10 meeting asking City Attorney Robert Jones to draft a measure stating the city’s opposition to the proposal. Aldermen Frank Fleming (Ward 3) opposed the motion on the basis that it was not on the agenda and that he and others on the board first should have an opportunity to consider how the measure is worded. But Alderman James Terbrock (Ward 1) argued the city “should get out in front on this issue and say ‘we don’t want it and we don’t need it.’” Mayor Tim Pogue also noted his concern that the proposed merger will result in a government structure unable to meet the needs of citizens. Aldermen Mark Harder (Ward 2) predicted that other municipalities will follow Ballwin’s move if the board approves a measure opposing the merger.

The issue of merging the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County again has come to the forefront in recent months due to the efforts of the Better Together organization, sponsored by the Missouri Council for a Better Economy. Despite the group’s name, its leaders have said it is not promoting a merger but merely wants people from both the city and county to work together to build the best possible future for the area. The Better Together website also points out a need for more awareness of all the factors involved in operating and financing the 115 local government entities in the area, including St. Louis City and County, as well as 90 other municipalities and 23 fire districts. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley are members of the Better Together board of directors. On a related front, another group of business and community leaders has launched a website,, that is seeking 100,000 signatures on an online petition stating support for a merger. St. Louis City broke away from St. Louis County in 1876.




Durrell named 2013 Citizen of the Year Durrell, who has been a Chesterfield resident for 45 years, has served as a Ward 1 representative of the City Council, served on the Chesterfield Historical and Landmarks Preservation Commission twice and wrote two chapters of and edited the historical book “Chesterfield: From Untamed Wilderness to Thriving Municipality.” “It’s a wonderful affirmation of what you’ve been working for, for years, and trying so hard to do the right thing and do a job right,” Durrell said. “And to have other people, your peers, really applaud Jane Durrell and Mayor Bob Nation that work – I am highly honored, amazed, really, and thrilled.” By DAN FOX Mayor Bob Nation presented Durrell The city of Chesterfield has named former with her awards, and as he did so he told City Council member Jane Durrell its 2013 those gathered in the council chambers Citizen of the Year. Chesterfield chooses the how Durrell helped him when he first came recipient of this award based on work done to the council. “This is truly a very special night for me,” through community projects, volunteerism Nation said. “When I came on the council and civic contributions to the city. Durrell was presented with a framed in 2007, Jane kind of took me under her proclamation, as well an award for Citizen wing, and really helped me an awful lot, of the Year at the March 17 council meeting. and I appreciate that and remember that.” Durrell took a few moments to speak after “It means everything to me,” Durrell said. “It’s such a highly esteemed honor, which receiving the award, during which time she I have been observing people get over the recounted the first time she had met Counyears. And now I’m apart of that group. cilmember Nancy Greenwood (Ward 1). “You have done so much since that meetIt just means so much. My feet haven’t ing we had in 1989,” Greenwood said. touched the ground yet.”

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Wildwood seeks rebids for phase 1 of city’s Community Park project By MARY SHAPIRO To get the project to come in closer to the budget estimate promised to residents, Wildwood is dropping some items and changing others in the development of the city’s Community Park. The decision by the City Council came during a March 10 work session after construction plans were revised to save money in advance of planned rebidding for phase 1 of the park. With only Councilmember Paul Wojciechowski (Ward 8) opposed, the council voted 15 to 1 to approve 14 changes to the project and revise bid specifications, to allow for its rebidding. That was after the council, last month, authorized a contract for up to $24,100 in additional fees with Oates Associates, Inc. for services to revise construction drawings and plans and associated bid specifications, along with administering the rebidding process, for the phase 1 project. Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, said the low bid from the general contractor and playground specialist received in December for phase 1 was a combined $3.75 million, way over the Oates estimated, and budgeted, cost of $2.8 million. That led city officials to look at where costs could be reduced for phase 1, which will include a pavilion, universallyaccessible playground, dog park, parking lot, restrooms and multi-use trail. Oates evaluated potential cost-saving alternatives and came up with 14 changes totaling $658,000 in potential savings including: • Removing stone from the pavilion bathroom’s exterior wall areas, replacing concrete fiber siding and eliminating one bay on both the north and south ends of the pavilion, to save $110,000. • Changing the design within most of the playground area to reduce the amount of rock to be placed under its surface, to save $65,000. • Reducing the size of the dog park from 2.5 acres to 1.5 acres, to save $55,000. • Reducing the park furniture budget, to

save $50,000. • Eliminating one of two boardwalks from the parking lot to the pavilion/playground area, to save $30,000. • Delaying the clearing of the great meadow area, to save $15,000. • Removing a sidewalk at the creek crossing, to save $7,000. • Eliminating planned tree plantings in the dog park, to save $8,000. • Changing from laminate boarding to earthen fill, with a concrete trail and poured-in-place wall, for a planned Snake Walk, to save $100,000. Subtracting all 14 items from the original low bid amount would bring it down to $3.096 million, still above the budget, officials said. Wojciechowski protested that Oates should have worked to get the estimate at or below budget. However, the $300,000 difference is close to the cost budgeted for a planned salt storage facility’s access into the park from Hwy. 100, part of a road to the salt storage facility and utility extensions to the facility – costs that now have been moved to the public works budget. To bring the phase 1 park project cost down to the budget estimate, it would be necessary to remove a major playground feature or the bridge allowing access across Bonhomme Creek, officials have said. However, Vujnich said it is hoped that more competitive submissions in the rebid may result in the project meeting budget And it is possible that grants or sponsorships could help defray some costs of phase 1 work, projected to get underway this summer. Regarding the 14 changes proposed by Oates, Vujnich said they don’t affect the function of the park or detract from its design and unique features, and at least some of them could be added to future park phases. Costs for phase 1 will be more expensive than future phases because of the need to install road, utility, sewer and other infrastructure before any other work is completed, he said.




Manchester board votes to repair, strengthen Stoecker Park Creek By AMANDA KEEFE The Manchester Board of Aldermen has approved purchasing $13,000 worth of material to stabilize a portion of Stoecker Park Creek. Parks and Recreation officials purchased the material – large, manufactured stones – through Midwest Block and Brick, but plan to tackle actual creek repairs in-house. The project is, in part, to accommodate the recently expanded playground in the park, said Parks and Recreations Director Eileen Collins. “We went ahead and expanded our playground, so we wanted to try and keep that as a level area, which called for raising it up before we get to the creek,” Collins said. “We tried to get regular stone to do it, but it’s so mismatched (that) manufactured stone seemed like the best option.” The stone will serve as a wall along the bank of the creek. Manchester officials budgeted a total of $19,500 for the project in the Parks and

Storm Water Account. Materials will eat up $13,000, with the remainder of funds being used in equipment rental and salary for in-house staff. At the March 3 board meeting, Alderman Marilyn Ottenad (Ward 2) raised an eyebrow at the latter use of project funds. She said she couldn’t recall a time when Manchester practiced similar payment for in-house work. Collins responded, saying, “It’s their regular pay, but it comes out of what’s budgeted (for the project). We take that money for staffing salary, which leaves additional

money left in the revenue. We’ve been doing it for a few years. It’s just for capital improvements.” In a separate interview, Collins said it’s similar to when the city pays for contracted labor. “Any kind of labor can be taken out (of a project fund) to perform that project,” she said. “So when it’s done in-house, it’s just like if we were to contract it out. Since we are doing it in-house, we can also go ahead and pay out of that existing fund.” City Clerk Ruth Baker said this type of salary payment is “done often” for Man-

chester employee labor on major projects. Stoecker Creek was stabilized once before, Baker said, but the city is tending to it yet again to abate erosion and accommodate the expanded playground. The project encompasses roughly 600 square feet, totaling approximately $12,600 for material, but Collins requested $13,000 “in case we run into roots and have to extend the wall.” She expects stabilization to begin once warmer weather sets in, and foresees project completion within four to six weeks after it is begun.

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By JIM ERICKSON Although no one is pushing a panic button, members of the Monarch Fire Protection District board are looking carefully at the district’s financial situation and what the future may hold. The issue arose at the board’s March 13 meeting when directors considered and unanimously approved a resolution amending the 2013 budget to align it with year-end results. Among other things, the year saw a drop in tax revenues. In response to a question from Director Jane Cunningham about whether the decline was due to a drop in the assessed value of property in the district or because more people had protested their taxes, Michelle DePew, Monarch’s controller, said both factors played a role. In light of those factors, Director Steve Swyers posed three issues he believes merit further examination – whether the district’s financial reserves are adequate, whether budgeted expenditures can be cut

further without harming service, and developing a plan to manage capital expenditures. On the final point, Swyers suggested a management-employee team be formed to determine the district’s capital expenditure needs and priorities and how they could be met. No action was taken on Swyers’ recommendations but Board President Robin Harris said Monarch’s reserves now are 44 percent of the current budget, compared with the 40-percent level current board policy has targeted as a minimum. On a different, but related, front, the board asked Chief Tom Vineyard to submit a monthly report detailing the use of Kelly days – time off scheduled to avoid payment of overtime. A recently approved board policy officially abolished Kelly days but calls for granting the time off if doing so doesn’t result in having to call in a replacement employee who is paid overtime. Overtime payments in 2013 were substantially less than in 2012.

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utive position will be on the ballot. In remarks before the CCE board meeting, West County’s Cobb said he didn’t believe the resolution was designed to force anything. Instead, he interpreted it as calling for a consensus on the idea of discussing various options for CCE’s future. “Any decision beyond that would be premature at this point,” Cobb observed. “We’re simply at the information-gathering stage. And I think we (the CCE board) owe it to the taxpayers and the fire and ambulance operations we serve to look at all the facts and consider all the options before we make any kind of ultimate decision.” At the board meeting, Cobb also agreed that CCE employees are doing a good job. But he advised against adopting a view that the operation is “the best.” “When any business adopts the attitude that it’s the best, it is less likely to look for ways to improve. And there always will be ways to improve,” he observed. Other actions taken during the closed meeting and announced when the public session resumed involved a variety of hiring and vendor contract issues. One of those, approved on a unanimous vote, called for hiring four additional dispatchers to replace two persons who recently resigned and two others to bring staffing up to an industry-recommended level. The staffing issue had been debated and tabled earlier due to budget concerns and questions about the need for more personnel.

and Greg Brown, chiefs of the Frontenac Fire Department and Eureka Fire Protection District, respectively. Both the Frontenac and Eureka operations use CCE’s dispatching services. Although the resolution failed, several CCE board members, including Casey and Cunningham who opposed it, stated their willingness to consider any formal proposal the county and/or the ECC might want to present. Cunningham expressed a similar sentiment in remarks she made to the St. Louis County Council the day before the CCE board meeting. However, she also questioned why “heavy pressure” was being placed on CCE to adopt the resolution and said there was no reason for the ECC to duplicate fire and emergency medical dispatching services that the Ellisville center already is providing and “which is working marvelously well.” She also questioned any suggestion that the CCE should be closed and used only as a backup. The ECC facility is “mainly above ground in tornado alley” while the Central County operation is underground and built to withstand the most severe tornados, she observed. Cunningham called for an investigation into why the CCE board was being pressured to approve the resolution before the upcoming elections when the county exec-




ART FEAST raises funds, sets stage for ‘Virtual Choir’ announcement Chesterfield Arts’ 14th annual arts gala, ART FEAST, helped to raise more than $156,000 for vital arts education and public, visual, performing and literary arts programs. Held on March 8 at Kemp Auto Museum, the gala attracted more than 335 arts enthusiasts from across St. Louis and honored four local arts leaders for their outstanding commitment to the arts in our community. The Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation (Pat Stark, director) and photographer and published poet, Maurice “Bud” Hirsch were named “Visionary Leaders in the Arts.” The “Visionary Artist” award went to Wildwood resident Rod Callies, creator of “Aspire,” a new 15-foot high

Annual Spring Art Show returns to Queeny Park By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Artist Kathy Craddock turned a creative hobby into a successful business. Her online store Klose to Classic offers beautiful handmade glass beads and art jewelry. “Handmade beads have been part of every civilization and are the earliest known man-made glass objects,” she explained. Craddock first discovered the Art of Glass Beads in 2001. By accident, she took what she thought was a jewelry-making class at Craft Alliance. “It turned out to be a glass bead making class, and I was hooked,” Craddock said. “Working with molten glass takes my full concentration. It’s very introspective and never boring.” Craddock is one of the artsits who will be featured at the Spring Art Show when it returns to the Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, April 4-6. Craddock’s “lampwork beads” are made by melting and molding glass with a torch. “Using a variety of techniques, I blend colored glasses and precious metals, then shape the molten mass into unique beads,” Craddock said. “The glass beads are the stabilized by ‘soaking’ in a 950-degree kiln.” After the bead-making process, Craddock goes even further by creating one of a kind jewelry pieces. “I truly enjoy combining three jewelry art forms – bead making, metal smithing and wire working in silver and gold. I make wearable art that I hope will make its owner feel special and unique,” she said. The Spring Art Fair at Queeny Park is presented annually by the Greater St. Louis Art Association (GSLAA).

sculpture located in Chesterfield Central performing arts program: “The ChesterPark; and ceramics artist and instructor field Arts Virtual Choir” to be officially Heather Woodson was named “Visionary launched in St. Louis in 2015. Originally devised by nationally known Educator.” In addition to live and silent auctions, composer, Eric Whitacre, the Virtual Choir ART FEAST featured performances by concept has never been attempted on a teen cellist Christopher Halen, The St. mass scale in the Midwest. In fall 2015, Louis Children’s Choir and strolling Poi youth age 18 and younger from across the region will be invited to submit digital performers. A highlight of the evening came when videos of themselves singing a designated Chesterfield Arts’ Executive Director piece of music. Five hundred finalists will be selected Stacey Morse announced the upcoming regional premiere of a community-wide and individual videos edited into a mon-

tage of faces and voices united in song in order to create one harmonic “community.” The final vocal performance piece will be unveiled to the public at Chesterfield Amphitheater and will be made available online. For additional details, visit ART FEAST was sponsored in part by Mercy, Commerce Bank, Glazer’s Midwest, Taubman Prestige Outlet, Missouri General Insurance, The Staenberg Group, and Ken and Nancy Kranzberg among others.

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By AMANDA KEEFE It’s been a little more than two years since a free health clinic opened its doors in Manchester, and those behind it are proud to say it is still thriving. The Volunteers in Medicine clinic, established to aid uninsured West Countians, offers basic health care, including general physicals, cold care, diabetes management and more – all for free. A project of The Islamic Foundation, the clinic is dependent solely on volunteered time and donations. To utilize the clinic’s services, patients cannot have health insurance and must fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2012, the clinic served 694 patients; in 2013, it served 766. “We’re staying consistent in our growth,” said clinic manager Tracy Smith. And, despite recent federal mandates that require all Americans to be insured, Smith is confident the clinic will continue to progress, even though it only accepts uninsured patients. “There’s always going to be a need for those uninsured patients [not making] an income,” she said. “Some patients were seeing a doctor, but couldn’t afford paying for visits; some patients are homeless; some patients don’t pay their taxes, and therefore won’t be affected by the Affordable Care Act … we have many people who don’t pay taxes because they’ve been out of work.” Regardless of the work done by the clinic, Smith said she believes many of the facility’s patients should actually be covered under Medicaid. Missouri law-

makers defeated a proposal to expand the insurance in early February, leaving many lower-class workers without coverage. In such circumstances, the clinic encourages local uninsured folks, ages 18-64, to utilize the West County service – a service that is nearly unheard of. There are just 26 other clinics like it in the country, three in Missouri alone. Dr. Maimuna Baig and his wife, Sajjad, founded the Volunteers in Medicine clinic, with a first location in Lake St. Louis, and later, the West County facility. Two separate boards support both the Lake St. Louis and West County clinics, and a slew of volunteers keep both entities running smoothly. The West County location boasts 25 rotating physicians and roughly 30 volunteers. “Physicians who are busy working during the week at their practices come here and volunteer,” Smith said. “It’s wonderful to see.” The facility also collaborates with area hospitals so patients can receive services like lab work and X-rays. Smith said the clinic keeps uninsured patients out of the ER, while the hospitals help to provide much-needed services. Board member Qaisarul Farooqui said when it comes to Volunteers in Medicine, it is all about the satisfaction of generosity. “We started this because we wanted to serve the community and give back,” Farooqui said. The clinic, located at 14395 Manchester Road, is open by appointment from 9 a.m.noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the clinic at 207-5970 or visit



City of Manchester, Parkway School District form ‘official partnership’ By AMANDA KEEFE The city of Manchester and Parkway School District recently signed an agreement of partnership, ideally to benefit and promote both entities. The partnership, about six months in the making, looks to officially continue what Alderman Mike Clement (Ward 2) calls an already “natural unity” between both parties. “We already had a good synergy with each other, so decided to take it further,” Clement said. Prior to the official resolution – signed March 6 and approved by the Manchester board March 17 – the city and district collaborated regularly, whether through the district allowing the city use of its music rooms, or the city allowing the district use of its parks. Last fall, the Manchester Arts Board first sought official partnership with the district, but Clement said it grew from there, quickly involving the city as a whole. “Manchester Arts has been working to kind of build this bridge with Parkway since our beginning,” he said. “But it grew from Manchester Arts. The city really does a lot of things for Parkway schools as well.” He said the effort has grown into a “citywide collaboration.” The agreement will be reviewed/renewed annually. Currently, the resolution involves nearly 30 items both parties will do for the other. City Administrator Andy Hixon said the collaboration, first and foremost, will benefit student improvement. “It makes natural sense; we interact all the time,” Hixon said. “We’re improving community interaction with this. It benefits most importantly the students, but also everybody who lives in our city who are also district members.” On the city’s part, it looks to continue providing the district access, at no charge, to city facilities for use by Parkway’s sports teams; recognize the district as a formal partner with the city on its websites and in relevant city publications, including social media; promote district events and student successes via city organizations and websites; continue to offer police personnel for various speaking engagements to the district’s students; advocate for the importance of continued government/ public service education in the district’s curriculum, and more. The district, in turn, looks to provide free use of space at district facilities and grounds for city-sponsored events, when possible; provide free use of fine arts percussion instruments and equipment for city-sponsored art groups; recognize the city and its organizations as a formal part-


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just over 40 percent opposed, which would take the overall support for some kind of bond issue proposal to a total of 82 percent,” Wright said. Another question asked respondents about types of building improvements that should be made. “The most popular improvement was making accessibility upgrades for students with special needs,” Wright said. “Safety and security items also were very popular with the community, as was taking care of what we have, such as plumbing, HVAC, window, door and roof upgrades.” Questions regarding the district’s job performance showed that about 56 percent of respondents felt Parkway is excellent or good at spending tax dollars efficiently by setting appropriate budget priorities while about 63 percent felt the district is excellent or good at involving the community in important decisions that affect Parkway, Wright said. “The highest job performance numbers in the survey (with a nearly 80 percent excellent/good rating) were for Parkway providing safe and secure school buildings, which is a high priority for spending bond issue dollars,” he said. Almost half of respondents either strongly or somewhat agreed that many of the district’s buildings are in need of maintenance, repair and renovation, Wright said. “And more than 74 percent strongly or somewhat agreed that funding to complete building improvements should come from bond money and not from the district’s operating budget, which is intended to support instruction,” he said. “I was surprised that more than 75 percent said improving fine art instructional areas including theaters and music rooms was either a top or high priority of respondents.” Taken together, the survey data should help the board make decisions, if they go forward with a bond issue proposal, on what the proposal might look like, he said. “About 76 percent of respondents agreed that voters should pass a bond issue to protect the community’s investment in quality school buildings,” Wright said. “However, about 38 percent agreed with the statement ‘our school buildings are fine as they are, and I can’t afford to pay more taxes no matter how good the cause.’” Still, a final question on the survey, again asking about support for a possible $90 million bond issue with a 14-cent tax rate increase, showed more than 66 percent of respondents in favor. Paul Tandy, the district’s director of See PARKWAY, page 27

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Parkway South student advances to Teen Talent Competition finals A total of 107 acts competed in the 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, sponsored by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, which makes it even more impressive that Courtney Fortner of Parkway South High has advanced to the finals. Other local teens who competed in the semi-final round on March 1 include Jen Barry, of Marquette High; Sara Berwald, of Parkway Central High; Klarissa Sheffield, of Parkway Central High; Hannah Gilmore, of Westminster Christian Academy; Caitria Arnold, of Lafayette High; and quintet Garrett Bruns, Brenden Rodgers, Shayne Hayes, Philip Underwood and Luke Uebelein, of Lafayette High. Fortner, performing a singing and tap dance routine, will compete against 11 other finalists on April 4. She has been dancing since age 3 and takes private vocal lessons. “The greatest challenge is keeping up my breath support while dancing,” she said. Students in the finals are competing for

college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities. Last year, Fortner made it to the semifinal round. She credits her success this year to all the support she has received. “I am thankful to be in the finals. I have had so many friends and family encouraging me along the way. I am grateful to the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this event. It is an incredible opportunity,” she said. Fortner plans on pursuing theater and performing arts in college and looks at this competition as an important stepping stone toward her future.

Published student scientists It wasn’t until sixth-grade science teacher Joel Rademeyer opened the most recent edition of BirdSleuth Investigator2013 that he learned two former students, Melody Walkenhorst and Morgan Glenn, had been published. In the spring of 2013, Rademeyer’s Parkway South Middle students studied bird inquiry investigations as part of an ecology unit. In groups of two or three students, non-

Enjoy lots of family fun, high adventure, all-inclusive rates, buffet meals, and memories to last a lifetime! fiction reports were written to apply what they had learned in real-world situations. Meanwhile, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a leading research institute for bird study, publishes an annual student publication highlighting the best reports submitted by students in fifth through eighth grades. For the first time Rademeyer submitted work to Cornell Lab for possible publication. “I had about 10 groups of kids request their work be submitted to Cornell Lab. With the high level of proficiency, I knew a few of the groups had a good chance of being selected,” Rademeyer said. What makes this an incredible accomplishment is that only seven data exploration reports were selected for the special issue. “Melody and Morgan were excellent students, and I am very glad to see their hard work and effort paid off in such a tangible way,” Rademeyer said. Walkenhorst and Glenn were equally excited to have their bird inquiry report, “How Does the Type of Tree Affect the Type of Bird?” published. “This experience has meant so much to me,” Walkenhorst said. “It has increased my awareness of the scientific community, encouraging me to pursue a career in bioethics or astrobiology. Mr. Rademeyer has been so supportive along the way, and he has inspired Morgan and me, renewing our fascination with the natural world.” Glenn added, “Melody and I have been best friends since second grade. We know how each other thinks so we work well together. I knew we had a good chance of being published!”

Fighting hunger The kindergarten classes at Carman Trails organized and led a schoolwide food drive that brought in 704 pounds of food – all of which was delivered to the St. Louis Food Bank during a service-focused field trip at the end of February. The food donation translates into 573 meals, which will feed a family of four for six weeks. While at the food bank, the students helped to pack 405 boxes of food to be distributed to families in need. The school collection was part of a schoolwide grade-level competition that earned both the kindergarten and first-

grade classes a pizza party donated by Little Caesars Pizza in Manchester. ••• Rossman School fifth-graders recently raised money to buy more than 5,000 meals for starving and malnourished children; then they volunteered their time to package the food. This past winter, the class taught by Jennifer Boyd and Todd Valdez raised $1,250 for Kids Against Hunger, a food aid organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of undernourished children in the U.S. and around the world. Earlier in March, the students served at a local packaging facility where they filled 25 boxes with enough meals to feed 14 children for one year. The fundraising and volunteer effort by the fifth-grade class is part of Rossman School’s commitment to the “Rossman Rules” of kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility. Every class at Rossman School performs a service project during the school year.

Contest winners The eighth-grade students at St. John Lutheran School in Ellisville recently entered a poetry contest through Creative Communication. Nineteen of the 24 students who entered were selected to have their poems published in “A Celebration of Poets.” Typically, less than 50 percent of submitted poems are selected to be published. St. John had 79 percent of their submissions selected. The list of students who have been accepted to be published represents a lot of talent, hard work and dedication from St. John teachers and students. St. John’s achievement will be recognized in the anthology as receiving a Poetic Achievement Award. This honor is given to the top 10 percent of schools entered into the contest. Awardwining schools are chosen on the number and quality of the entries accepted. Published poets include: Caroline Woodruff, Julia Whitman, Grant Weller, Austin Vardeman, Olivia Stieren, Alex Schenberg, Lily Rohlfng, John Palmer, Delanie May, Emily Lytle, Mary Lochmann, Kimi Lehr, Emma Krause, Emma Kaempfe, Erin Jolley, Maddy Doty, Calvin Bidner, Elle Baker and Davis Aufdembrink. ••• Four groups of Rockwood students won



STEM students make video games Four representatives from local video game and technology company Pixel Press visited Dale Beachy’s eighthgrade Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics class at Westminster Christian Academyto give students a sneek peek at a new app. Pixel Press currently is in the process of creating an app that allows users to turn Westminster STEM students (front row, from left): Micah drawings into video games. Gooch, Elisabeth Meeks and Isabella Ortiz; (back row) Beachy’s students had the Olivia Wuestner, Lily Lackey and Hannah Hickel unique opportunity to walk through each step of the process and create their own video game. When the app is released publicly, players will be able to develop a game and make it available to users across the world. at the Show-Me A Movie contest, a digital storytelling contest for students in grades two through 12 in Missouri and surrounding states. As part of the contest, students demonstrate their creativity and digital moviemaking skills. Based on curriculum with a content focus, the movies showcase what students know, care about and are able to do. The winning groups include: Keana Ho, Addison Kitrel and Madeline Petry, of LaSalle Springs Middle with their movie “How to be confident;” Gabrielle Spiess, Hayley Krey and Aparajita Chunduri, of LaSalle Springs Middle with their movie “Insecurities;” Alexandria Park and Riley Vogel, Rockwood South Middle with their movie “Tara and Bella;” Max Brennan, Alex Carroll, Mason Brown, Drew Guidorzi, Jordyn Bryant and Keshawn Dickerson, of Stanton Elementary with their movie “Super Leader Saves the Day.”

Students, teachers and administration gave speeches at the event. Additionally, education professionals from across the Midwest were given student-lead tours of six Rockwood Schools to gather insight into how the district builds better leaders of tomorrow. At Rockwood, students lead assemblies, take charge of parent conferences, fill leadership roles in their classroom, greet other students at doors, take charge of morning announcements, and make presentations to the school board. Every student is given opportunity to be a leader. “We feel that the work we have done over the past two years to empower each of our students as leaders has really had an amazing impact on our school culture,” said Westridge Elementary Principal Lance Wheeler. “Our staff and students have a clear vision of where we are going and what we want our school to be about – to live, learn and lead.”


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Students get graphic lesson in dangers of driving impaired By BONNIE KRUEGER The scene is painfully all too familiar: a gruesome motor vehicle accident with multiple victims. Smashed cars, broken glass and unidentified blood confuses the already chaotic scene as cries of pain and distress overwhelm the witnesses and onlookers. Chesterfield Police are the first responders. Arriving quickly behind them are the firefighter-paramedics from Monarch Fire Protection District. The scene takes a distinct turn when, during victim assessment, impairment due to intoxication is suspected. The young teenager suspected of driving under the influence is given a field sobriety test, while victims from both vehicles are stabilized and sent by ambulance to the hospital. The driver who caused the accident is promptly arrested while the driver of the car struck, who went through the windshield, is pronounced dead at the scene, shrouded in white linen and transported by Buchholz Mortuary’s medical examiner. According to statistics, a death due to drunk driving occurs every 15 minutes. It was this exact scenario that was acted out in simulation at Parkway Central High, narrated by Monarch Deputy Chief Nick Harper, in front of staff and students to give an important visual of the consequence of drinking and driving. This powerful simulation was researched and planned by seniors Jennifer Rubin, Peyton Mogley, Jonathan Hwang and Daniel Larson under the leadership of health/physical education teacher and Safe and Drug Free program

leader Terri O’Leary. The second part of the simulation event occurred throughout the day to continue the message that driving impaired can have high costs. Pre-selected students were pulled from class every 15 minutes by the Grim Reaper, their faces painted white, and silenced the rest of the day to simulate the loss of a friend or loved one. In addition to being on the Parkway Safe and Drug Free (SADF) Board of Directors, Rubin has been actively involved in D.A.R.E. and serves as the Missouri representative on the Youth Advisory Board. She attended a similar reenactment at a D.A.R.E. program in Cape Girardeau. “As I was watching the car crash reenactment, I noticed that students were truly concerned about what was happening and I feel like the visual content drew their attention more than throwing facts at them. When I left Cape Girardeau, I knew right away that I wanted to see this be done at Parkway Central,” Rubin explained. Ron Ramspott, Parkway’s coordinator of programs for healthy youth, explains that the district’s Safe and Drug-Free Program offers a series of substance prevention and character development experiences, beginning in fifth grade and continuing into high school, that are geared to prevent and reduce youth drug usage. “Our goal is to empower students to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle through a combination of educational programs, leadership development training, service See DRUNK DRIVING, next page



DRUNK DRIVING, from previous page learning activities, and drug-free social functions,” he explained. The high school students who participate in the Parkway SADF program are referred to as STARS and serve in multiple capacities as peer leaders, teen tutors and youth role models. “Our two anchor programs – Peer Teaching and High School Heroes – utilize STARS students as teen tutors, teaching substance education lessons to middle school students. All of the STARS students sign a code of conduct in which they pledge to be drug-free 365 days during the year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day,” Ramspott said. Mogley, also on the SADF Board of Directors, passionately lives out her drugfree message. “As I grew up in Chesterfield where alcohol and drugs are easily accessible and quite prominent, I really began to become aware of my beliefs and have them by my side, like a best friend, at all times,” she said. She said she wants others, especially teens, to re-evaluate the choices they are making and the friends they choose, especially with prom, graduations and vacations increasing the likelihood of drinking alcohol or using drugs. “Real friends don’t pressure you to do things you are uncomfortable with doing. I had to go through many re-evaluations to get where I am today, and I might have lost a few ‘friends’ in the process, but I am happier now. Using drugs and alcohol PARKWAY, from page 22 communications, said the district has been considering the possibility of placing a bond issue on the ballot – to focus on maintenance, repairs and renovation to district buildings, technology and safety/security upgrades districtwide, and various upgrades at Parkway North High (similar to improvements that have been made in the past at other district high schools) and in middle school science labs. Residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on that bond issue possibility during a Project Parkway Town Hall meeting to be from 7-9 p.m. on March 31 at Parkway North High, 12860 Fee Fee Road. “We seem to be headed in the direction of a bond issue, and a proposal will come to the Board of Education as early as April,” Tandy said. “A board decision would have to be made no later than June to put a bond issue on the November ballot. Voter approval in November could allow us to start doing some projects as early as

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would destroy the trust my family has in me and the faith I have in myself and Christ,” she said. For Peer Teacher Hwang, his desire to be a part of this simulation was of a broader scope. “I would like to change how Parkway’s Safe and Drug Free Programs are run since pre-teens and teenagers have really changed and traditional methods that are being used aren’t really that effective. That is why we tried so hard to pull off this event, which was unique and had not been done by a Parkway school in several years.” Hwang said he would like to see this type of program expanded. “I would love to see this approached used in different Parkway schools and also possibly see it used in other neighboring districts.” summer of 2015.” Tandy said district voters last approved a bond issue in 2008 when they passed the no-tax-increase $87 million Proposition S bond issue. All of the bond issues funded by those projects were finished as of the summer of 2013. In 2004, voters also approved a $75 million Proposition 1 bond issue, which had a 10-cent per $100 of assessed valuation tax rate increase. “For 2014, we’d be looking at various possibilities,” Tandy said. “A $45 million bond issue wouldn’t call for a tax increase but it would cover only half the projects we’ve identified as needed and those projects would carry us for only two years. To cover four to five years of facilities needs, we’d have to do a $90 to $95 million bond issue that would likely require a 12- to 15-cent tax rate increase.” If voters would approve the largeramount bond issue in 2014, the district next would approach voters in 2018 or 2019 with a no-tax-increase bond issue, as part of Parkway’s latest ”Facilities 2020” 10-year facilities plan, Tandy said.


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Police Services $242,000 Licenses & Permits $1,475,900


Parks $718,518

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Community Center $1,554,584 Aquatic Center $565,661

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Building Maintenance $501,251

Capital Outlay $955,473

Capital Improvements $2,984,326

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General Government $2,255,884

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The Ballwin Police Department offers their services to homeowners associations and subdivision committees located in the City of Ballwin. Officers from our Community Affairs Division will attend your subdivision meeting and discuss methods to prevent crimes and educate you on current crime trends. Our Community Affairs Division can offer solutions for neighbor disputes and problem properties. We can also assist your neighborhood with developing a Neighborhood Watch Program. To arrange for an officer to attend your meetings, call

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The theft of property from the interior of motor vehicles has become a very common crime across the nation. Many believe these crimes are related to the resurgence of heroin use and the poor economy. Thieves are stealing anything of value left inside the vehicles such as GPS navigation units, computers, radar detectors, firearms, currency, I-Pods, cigarettes, etc. Most of the vehicles are left unlocked at night and the property stolen can be seen from outside of the vehicle. The Ballwin Police Department is urging citizens to remove all items of value from their vehicles and to keep the vehicles locked. Homeowners should also make sure their garage doors are closed at night. The Ballwin Police Department has initiated a program to notify homeowners when their garage door is found open at night. When an officer finds a garage door open they will leave a notification card in the mailbox of the home and periodically watch the home throughout the night. The police need your help to stop this type of crime. Removing items of value from the vehicles and keeping your doors locked will help. Citizens are also urged to call the police when they see suspicious people or activity.

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Dog owners or persons in control of a dog in Ballwin are required by law to clean up after them immediately. This includes on any public property like city parks, street rights-of-way, public sidewalks as well as on condominium or subdivision common ground. Owners or handlers of dogs are also required to have, in their possession, the equipment necessary to clean up after their dogs. In addition, property owners cannot allow the accumulation of animal feces on their property for a period over 48 hours. Please be considerate and help keep Ballwin a nice place to live and a nice place to take a walk by cleaning up after your pets.

Public y Licenses $3,719,410

City Sales Tax $7,470,000

Investment Income $45,150 State/County Revenues $1,780,000

Other Revenues $241,580

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The total operating budget and capital improvement plan is $21,695,125. Fund balance of $552,444 will be used to balance the budget. Capital improvements focus primarily on rehabilitation of the Holloway Road Culvert and replacement of the mechanical systems at the Community Center. Cash reserves will be used to pay for half of the cost of the mechanical systems while the other half will be financed.

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Golf Course Fees $632,470

enter Fees Aqua $560,620 Community Center Fees $1,421,450

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systems at the Communityhalf Center. Cash reserves will be used to pay for half of the cost of the mechanical systems while the other will be financed.

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Debt Service $536,792

The Board of Aldermen voted at their meeting on February 24, 2014 to set the property tax rate for the City of Ballwin at zero%. 445 Mark Wesley Ln. 63021 Of the ninety municipalities located within St. Louis County, Ballwin is one of twelve that do not levy a property tax. Amongst KATHY KERLAGON Ballwin Fiscal Fitness the city’s contiguous neighbors, property tax rates range from 1146 Westrun Dr. 63021 Understanding the 2014 Budget a fiscal low of $.03 cents per $100 ofCityassessed valuation to a high of The of 2014 Budget fiscal is the plan City of Ballwin's plan the next year. It sets the goals andCity objec wants t The 2014 Budget is the City Ballwin's for the next year. It for sets the goals and objectives the wants the to accomplish, includingstreet capitalrepairs improvements, street repairs and police programs. Therevenues budget projects revenues that the City an including capital improvements, and police programs. The budget projects that the City anticipates $.238 cents. The City has maintained a zero% tax rate since collec ng and expenses it expects to expend during the fiscal year (January 1 - December 31). 1987. GARY V. DELHOUGNE

The 2014 Budget is the City of Ballwin’s fiscal plan for the next year. It sets the goals and objectives the City wants to accomplish, including capital improvements, street repairs and police programs. The budget projects revenues that the City anticipates collecting and expenses it expects to expend during the fiscal year (January 1 - December 31).

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A contract was awarded for sweeping all city-maintained streets in April, June, September, and December. Sweeping keeps debris out of the storm sewers and creeks in compliance with the City’s stormwater permit issued by Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Contracts were also awarded for construction materials used for in-house slab and sidewalk replacement and for asphalt surface repairs on various streets. The Public Works crews will continue this work until the fall curbside leaf collection begins.

The slab replacement contract includes sidewalk replacement to eliminate tripping hazards on all of the above streets except Nottingham, which has no sidewalks. Curb ramps will also be upgraded to meet current ADA standards on these streets. A new sidewalk will be constructed along the south side of Ballwin Commons Drive (Old Ballwin Road to The Pointe driveway).

Contracts were awarded for pavement slab and asphalt overlaying on Spring Meadows (Henry to city limits), Bitterfield Ct, Graywood (Spring Meadows to cul-de-sac), Clear Meadows Phase 1(Holloway to High Meadows), East Skyline, Crestland (just west of West Skyline), Twigwood Final Phase (Ballwood to Ries), Nottingham (Del Ebro to Bedford), and Towercliffe. Brooktree and Clayworth (west of Henry) have never been overlaid, but pavement slabs will be replaced.

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Marquette takes second at state The Marquette Mustangs recorded their highest finish in 10 years by finishing second in the recent high school girls state swim meet. The last second-place finish came in 2004. Marquette’s last state championship happened in 2000. Mustangs coach Joe Schoedel was happy for his girls. “Obviously it’s a huge improvement going from 18th place last season to second,” Schoedel said. “The girls swam their hearts out, so I couldn’t be prouder.” The Mustangs finished just behind repeat state champion Springfield Glendale. The Falcons scored 210 points while Marquette finished with 202. “We kept chipping away at their lead the whole meet,” Schoedel said. “It came down to the last race (400 free relay), which is how a state title should

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be decided. We put up our second fastest time in school history, so I’m happy with how they swam.” The Mustangs swam the relay in 3 minutes, 34.83 seconds. Glendale’s relay won the event in 3:30.45. Marquette’s relay team was freshman Alyssa Lemon, senior Abby Watson, freshman Katiana Porporis and junior Raquel Poporis. While Marquette did not win any individual events, several Mustangs had a solid state meet. Watson finished third in the 100 back and seventh in the 100 butterfly. Katiana Porporis finished third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Lemon came in third in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 free. Raquel Porporis finished eighth in the 200 free. “We were led by the four girls who all scored in the top eight in both of their events,” Schoedel said. “They were our core all season.” Among those graduating will be Watson, who will swim in college for Duquesne. “The biggest loss will be Abby,” Scho-

said. “It’s hard to replace someone who scored top eight in both her individual events, not to mention her contributions in the relays. The other big loss will be Jessi Goring. She played huge roles in two of our relays at state, and it’s not easy to replace a 24.5 (second) 50 free.” However, the cupboard is not bare. “Raquel, Katiana, Alyssa and freshman diver Ashley Yarbrough are our returning State scorers from this season,” Schoedel said. “We also are expecting big things from sophomore Karli Basler (100 back), freshman Shane Whitehead (100 fly) and sophomore Allison Tichenor.” So, the future looks bright for Marquette swimming. “We are a young team, so we should be competitive and enjoy some success for some time,” Schoedel said.

High school wrestling Whitfield senior Derrick Swaney ended his career in style for the Wildcats. Swaney won the state championship in the 126pound weight class at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, scoring a 2-0 victory over Blair Oaks’ Frankie Falotico. Coach Charlie Sheretz said he was proud of Swaney, who finished his career with a 48-7 record. “He transferred to Whitfield from Priory in February of his sophomore year,” Sheretz said. “He sat out for 365 days. He came in right before the district tournament as a junior and helped us win district and state. He did everything I ever asked.” Swaney was a latecomer to wrestling. “He started wrestling in the ninth grade and that’s not a lot of time to get everything down that you need to,” Sheretz said. “I felt like I knew the best weight he could win at state. He wrestled at 132 last year. He sacrificed to get down to 126 and lived that spartan existence to do it. “I couldn’t be happier for him.” Sheretz said he hoped others would be inspired by Swaney’s example. “He’s really a lesson to any kid that I coach,” Sheretz said. “If you’re willing to pay your dues and follow the plan, you can be a state champion. He should be an inspiration for any kid.”

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High school girls basketball Marquette’s Taylor Campbell finished her career with 636 points this season. That was tops among St. Louis area athletes. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 26.5 points a game. Campbell, who will play in college for Leigh, broke Marquette’s career scoring record earlier this season. In her final game, a loss to Eureka for the district championship, Campbell scored 32 points, but that was not her top effort this season. In a 73-61 win over Parkway South, Campbell scored 50 points. She was 12 of 27 from the floor and added 23 free throws in 27 attempts. Campbell also had big-scoring games this season. She scored 33 against Troy and 30 against Fox.

High school boys basketball Eureka’s Mason Bendigo has topped the 1,000-point plateau for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 senior forward is just the fourth player to do that for the program. He finished his career with 583 points a senior. He averaged 21.6 points a game. Bendigo is just the fifth Wildcat to score 500 points in a season. He also set a school record for points in a game recently. Against Northwest, Bendigo poured in 51 points. He hit 17 of 24 field-goal attempts and converted 12 of 15 free-throw attempts.




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High school hockey Seniors played their last game in the recent Mid-States Club Hockey Association Senior All-Star games. Players on the South Conference Blue Team were Kyle Estes and Jake Lownsdale of Lafayette, Alex Hendricks and Ryan Joyce of Marquette along with Brendan Lindsay and Chad Boehner of Fox, Dustin Smith and Connor Mitchell of Kirkwood, Kurtis Mager and Jimmy Smythe of Lindbergh, Justin Cole and Sarah Dlugos of Mehlville, Skyler Kietel and Alex Rojas of Northwest, Lance French and Cameron Dulle of Oakville and Dakota Dearduff and Jonathan Schwartz of Seckman. The team’s goalies were James Hohmeier of Fox, Jacob Bopp of Kirkwood and Andrew Fischer of Lindbergh. Players for the South Conference Red Team were Glen Ryan and Joe Lupo of CBC, Jake Carothers and Michael Parisot of Chaminade, Joseph Gindhart and Alex Benben of De Smet Jesuit, Curtis Saunders and Blake Pilas of Parkway South, Mitch Regel and Matt Regel of Parkway West, Stan Pawlow and Liam FitzGerald of St. Louis University High, Ryan Spencer and Ben Wingbermuele of Vianney, Will Hausman and Carter Nea of Webster Groves and Liam Dougan and Ben Levin of Clayton. The goalies were Aaron Brickman of De Smet Jesuit, Brenden Haselhorst of St. Louis University High and Brendan Shuckof Vianney.

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Sophomore Carolyn Kammeyer sets school record at state By WARREN MAYES Parkway West sophomore Carolyn Kammeyer set a school record in the 100 butterfly in the preliminary races at state but that was not enough. She broke her own record on the second day of the Missouri girls state swimming and diving championships and won the event in the meet held at the RecPlex in St. Peters. Kammeyer set a record of 56.58 seconds on the first day of competition. In the finals, she swam it in 55.02. “Going into state, I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to happen,” Kammeyer said. “I was really nervous and knew I was a contender to become a state champion. That was my biggest goal all season and I wanted to make it happen. “I wasn’t too surprised to break the school record because I had broken it several times outside of my high school swim season, but it is nice that I will finally have my name on the record board for the 100 fly.” Longhorns coach Allison Zeller knew this could be a breakout season for Kammeyer. “There was no doubt in my mind that she was capable of winning the 100 fly,” Zeller said. “She is a very determined athlete who sets her goals high and will not give up until she achieves them.” Zeller said having that mindset is huge. Kammeyer was first in the 100 fly and she wanted to stay there, but the race was a blur for her. “I honestly don’t remember much about my 100 fly when I actually swam it,” Kammeyer said. “I think I was just so much in my zone that I blocked everything out. However,

I do remember before my race being so nervous that my hands went numb. It’s pretty common for that to happen to me though. “I also remember turning at the third turn and realizing I was in first place. I try not to look at my competition when I’m racing because it’s distracting, but when I saw no one by me I knew I just had to bring it home for that gold medal to be mine.” Setting the record in her winning swim was icing on the cake. Her teammates and coaches celebrated with her. “I could hear them scream when they called my name before the race and knew they would be rooting me on,” Kammeyer said. “When I finished in first place, I saw how excited they were, which made me so proud I didn’t let them down. A few of my best friends and even some of my best friends from other teams ran over right after to congratulate me, which was amazing.” Zeller also said it was a special moment. “I was so excited for her. I get goosebumps just thinking about that race,” Zeller said. “Watching her touch and seeing her reaction when she saw that she had won was just priceless. I got choked up and a little teary-eyed because I know how much hard work and dedication went into that victory. “She decided early on that she was not going to go on a family trip to Montana that they take over the holiday break every year because she did not want to spend that much time out of the water. “In order to get to that next level, it’s important that you put the work in and sometimes it takes making sacrifices. I don’t think she minded passing on that trip when she was standing up on that podium.”



Samm Crocker ends swimming career with first place finish at state By WARREN MAYES Down to her last chance, Parkway South’s Samm Crocker made it count at the state girls swimming and diving championships. She had finished second in her sophomore and junior years in the 50 freestyle. But the Patriots’ senior was not to be denied this time. She overcame a sprained shoulder and won a state title in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 23.55 seconds. That broke her own school record. Crocker did it in grand fashion when the stakes were high. She bested 2013 champion Nikki Sisson, of Springfield Glendale, by just 1/100th of a second. “She’s a good person to race,” Crocker said about Sisson. “Last year was really good for us. She got me by 3/100ths of a second. This year, I honestly thought she didn’t think I’d be a problem. I was in an outside lane. People usually don’t pay attention to the outside lanes. You’re not a threat. “I don’t think I was on her radar this year. I knew she was there though. I love racing and I love racing people on my level.” Parkway South coach Sara Gerth agreed. “This year, Samm has been up and down with an injury, so I’m not sure that Nikki saw her as a threat,” Gerth said. “Going into state, I didn’t really have any expectations,” said Crocker, who also finished ninth in the 100 free. “It was kind of tough. I had sprained my shoulder two weeks earlier before state. I honestly didn’t think I would be in the top 15. “I thought if I get the chance, I could do it. I was just going to have fun.” Gerth had the same thoughts about Crocker. “She knew it was her last chance to be a state champion, and she went for it,” Gerth said. “All I told Samm before her race was that I believed in her and I knew she could do it. “Everything went right for her. That is so important in a 50 free. There is no room for error in that event. She nailed every part of the race, from start to finish.” The reaction to her win was meaningful to Crocker. “I think my coach was really surprised. I don’t think she thought I was going to do it,” Crocker said. “My mouth dropped open when she won,” Gerth admitted. “Not because I didn’t think she could do it, but because she actually did it. I knew it was possible, but it happening was too good to be true, just because it was what she has been hoping for all season, and the past four years.” This year’s state meet capped a solid


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swim career for Crocker at Parkway South with plenty of highlights. “Setting the school record was great and now I’ve broken it,” Crocker said. “I love that but it wasn’t my overall goal. I just wanted to do what I could do. I finished ninth in the 100 freestyle all four years but my times have gotten faster each year. I’m proud of that. “Last year at state was great. I was super excited to get second. Nikki was good. In my sophomore year, the highlight was finishing second to Kate Gately. I had no idea I was actually capable of doing that. It showed me I could go a lot faster.” Crocker will be swimming in college at Northern Arizona. “I loved it there,” Crocker said. “This year when I started to look at colleges, their coach Andy Johns said I was at the top of their list. I was thrilled about that. I decided I’d like to live in Flagstaff.” Her father, Steve, is an architect and he designed the university’s pool. Naturally, Gerth will miss her departing senior. “It’s tough to see her go, but I’m excited for her future. I think college will be great for her as a person and as a swimmer. I think she will love college. She’ll love it socially and as a swimmer. Her unique personality will fit well with the west coast. Hopefully, we will see big things from her in college swimming.” Crocker’s family is departing West County. They are going to live in Los Angeles. “Her family is moving to L.A. at the end of the school year, so it’s really sad to think that she won’t be around in the summers,” Gerth said.

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The number of cosmetic surgeries performed last year in the U.S. topped 15 million, marking the fourth consecutive year of growth for the plastic surgery industry.

Cosmetic surgeries top 15 million More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. last year, making 2013 the fourth consecutive year of growth for the plastic surgery industry. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures increased 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. The ASPS reported that the top five minimally invasive procedures last year were botulinum toxin type A injections (up 3 percent), soft tissue fillers (up 13 percent), chemical peels (up 3 percent), laser hair removal (down 4 percent) and microdermabrasion (no change). The top five surgical procedures in 2013 were breast augmentation (up 1 percent), nose reshaping (down 9 percent), eyelid surgery (up 6 percent), liposuction (down 1 percent) and facelift (up 6 percent). Two other procedures gaining ground were buttock augmentations with fat grafting, which increased 16 percent since 2013, and neck lifts, up 6 percent. Reconstructive surgeries in the U.S. topped 5.7 million last year, up 2 percent over 2012.

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(FDA) earlier this month gave its first-ever OK to the marketing of a device as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. Cefaly, a battery-powered, prescription device that looks like a headband, is worn across the forehead and above the ears and attaches with a self-adhesive electrode. According to the FDA, it applies an electric current to the skin and underlying tissues to stimulate branches of a facial nerve associated with migraine headaches. The product is manufactured in Belgium. “Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention,” said Christy Foreman, of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “This may help patients who cannot tolerate current migraine medications for preventing migraines or treating attacks.” The FDA reviewed data from a satisfaction study of more than 2,300 Cefaly users in Belgium and France. Slightly more than 53 percent of the study participants said they were satisfied with the device and would buy it for future use. Additionally, the FDA looked at data from a study of 67 people who suffered more than two migraines in a month and did not take any medication to prevent migraine headaches for three months prior to wearing either Cefaly or a placebo

Over-the-counter glucosamine products commonly come with claims that they promote pain relief and flexibility for knee pain sufferers, but the authors of a recent study would beg to differ. Dr. C. Kent Kwoh, director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, collaborated with several other researchers on a study indicating that drinking a glucosamine supplement does not help with knee pain nor decrease knee cartilage damage. For the study, about 200 people with mildto-moderate knee pain were treated daily for six months with either glucosamine hydrochloride in a 16-ounce bottle of lemonade or with a placebo. Results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) found no decrease in cartilage damage among those in the glucosamine group compared to those in the placebo group. “Our study found no evidence that drinking a glucosamine supplement reduced knee cartilage damage, relieved pain or improved function in individuals with chronic knee pain,” said Kwoh, an internationally recognized expert in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The research was published this month online in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dangerous waistlines Trimming a few inches from your waistline could add a few years to your life, a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Dr. James Cerhan at Mayo Clinic led an international study involving more than

600,000 people and found that men whose waistlines measured 43 inches or more had a 50 percent higher risk of dying than men with a waist circumference less than 35 inches. Among women, those with waists measuring 37 inches or more had a mortality risk roughly 80 percent greater than those with a 27-inch or smaller waist. After age 40, that translates to a life expectancy reduction of about three years for men and five years for women. Overall, the study showed that for every two inches of increased waist size, mortality risk increased about 7 percent for men and 9 percent for women – regardless of a person’s body mass index (BMI). “BMI is not a perfect measure (of health),” Cerhan said. “It doesn’t discriminate lean mass from fat mass, and it also doesn’t say anything about where your weight is located. We worry about that because extra fat in your belly has a metabolic profile that is associated with diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.” The study was published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Antibiotic overload The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a call this month for hospitals to use a new checklist designed to improve their antibiotic prescribing practices. According to the CDC, a report showed that doctors at some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics as those in other hospitals – even when patients are receiving care in similar areas of the hospitals – and very often, prescriptions to treat urinary tract infections and prescriptions for the common drug vancomycin include a potential error. The report found also that reducing by 30 percent the use of antibiotics most often responsible for potentially fatal diarrheal infections with Clostridim difficile (also called C. diff) could reduce those infections by more than 25 percent. The same antibiotics also prime patients for super-resistant infections, according to the CDC. “Improving antibiotic prescribing can save today’s patients from deadly infections and protect lifesaving antibiotics for tomorrow’s patients,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Health care facilities are an important part of the solution to drug resistance, and



every hospital in the country should have a strong antibiotic stewardship program.” To help hospitals develop those programs, the CDC released a seven-part checklist to improve antibiotic prescribing, a self-assessment checklist and an implementation document. “Today’s antibiotics are miracle drugs, by they are endangered,” said Dr. Arjun Srinivassan, CDC medical epidemiologist. “These new materials provide core elements and practical tools for beginning and advancing antibiotic stewardship programs.”

Banishing back fat A non-invasive treatment to eliminate back fat – an area of fat that bulges along a woman’s bra line – soon may be available. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) – an FDAapproved technology for treating abdominal fat – is in the testing stages for use on back/bra fat. Much like ultrasound is used to dissolve kidney stones, HIFU heats and destroys fat cells, which the body absorbs and eventually eliminates. Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a board-certified dermatologist at New York University Medical Center who is testing HIFU on women’s backs, said candidates for the procedure must be able to pinch an inch of fat in the treatment area but have a body mass index of less than 30. She has treated more than a dozen women and has not encountered any significant safety concerns. Some patients have experienced mild bruising, and best results are being seen eight to 12 weeks after treatment. “Our early results using HIFU to treat back fat and bra fat have been positive and well received by our patients, especially since this non-invasive technology doesn’t pose the risks associated with surgery,” Karcher said in an AAD news release. “I think as we fine-tune the technology, this off-label procedure can become widely used by dermatologists to combat this stubborn fat that affects countless women – many of whom may not even be overweight.”


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was inching any closer to landing the gig. Eventually, it came down to two candidates. In the end, her features – down to her profile and skin type – were the closest match to Woodley’s. Filming began just months later, on April 9, 2013. “On my first day, I was so excited,” Ray said. “It’s not a small film; this is a huge production. I felt like a little kid. I was just soaking it all in.” Her job as a stand-in involved substituting for Woodley before filming, for technical purposes like lighting, sound and line delivery. Meanwhile, Ray said the real actors sit through hair and makeup, preparing for the day’s shoot. But perhaps Ray’s biggest moment came the day she landed a role on-screen; a role she wasn’t expecting. “I didn’t know it was going to happen,” she said. “They used me for a dream sequence that [lead actor Theo James] has in the film. His character has to face killing an innocent person, and in the dream, she looks like Tris (Woodley); she’s sort of Tris’ doppelganger. So they used me for the scene.” Though she couldn’t give much away, Ray said in the scene, she’s tied up in a chair while actor James holds a gun to her head. On March 4, Ray’s mom Anne attended a sneak-peek of “Divergent” at Ronnie’s Cinema in St. Louis, and waited anxiously for her daughter’s scene. “When she came on screen I screamed, ‘There she is!’” Anne said. “…I’m a proud mama, needless to say.” Anne Ray even nabbed a small role in the film herself, as an extra among 700 others during a large ceremony scene. Filming wrapped in July of 2013, and Ray headed back to California to continue her pursuit of stardom. These days, she is enrolled in acting classes (at a school Woodley suggested), she’s tackling auditions and attending casting director workshops. She even has her own agent. And she is anticipating the film’s premiere, but says it might be a little strange seeing her face on the silver screen, even if it’s just for a few seconds. “It’s going to be so cool to see the end product, and the results of all these peoples’ hard work,” she said. “But I think it’s gonna’ be weird to see myself for a couple seconds, but cool to see all the friends I’ve made.” For aspiring actors, Ray has a bit of advice. “If acting is really your passion, it’s all about persistence, persistence, persistence,” she said. “If the passion is alive in you, do whatever you have to do. Not to mention, you get to be a different person every single day.”




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By SUZANNE CORBETT When Six-Time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion Wrestler Chris Jericho comes to St. Louis to appear at Wizard World Comic Con he’ll be returning home, so to speak. “I lived in Chesterfield back in ‘75-’76 when my dad (Ted Irvine) was playing hockey for the Blues. I don’t remember much of that time except starting school; Sam Wilson’s, where I loved their dessert; and the Arch,” Jericho said. “That’s about it. But since then I’ve been back to St. Louis about 40 times.” Jericho’s frequent returns to St. Louis have been driven by his wrestling and music careers. Career goals he set for himself as a kid. “When I was a kid I wanted to be in a rock band and I wanted to be a wrestler. Those were my two goals and I focused my entire career to make those goals come true,” he said. When asked what was harder, wrestling or music, Jericho said: “It’s all hard. And it’s all show business. I’ve never considered myself a wrestler. I consider myself an entertainer. Anything that falls within that show business umbrella I feel I can do. That’s how I set my goals.” Beyond wrestling, Jericho now takes center stage as the lead singer in the international touring band Fozzy, whose fifth CD, “Sin and Bones,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart. “My priority now is with my band, Fozzy,” said Jericho, who divides his time among a long list of projects. “I do so much touring with the band that my WWE wrestling appearances for now are far and in between. “I still enjoy it. When I feel there’s something interesting to me I’ll get back in




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A pair of Pauls from Ellisville are on a pair of ballots this year By MARY SHAPIRO Ballot bids in 2014, one in April and one in August, have become a family affair for the Pauls of Ellisville. Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is seeking the District 7 St. Louis County Council seat – the spot now held by Greg Quinn, of Ballwin – as a Republican candidate facing off against two other challengers on the August 5 primary ballot. His wife, Dominque, is one of five candidates who, on the April 8 ballot, will be seeking to fill a trio of three-year terms available on the Rockwood School District Board of Education. Some might say that if both husband and wife win their races, it could make for a powerful political couple. “Don’t call us a political couple – call us a public servant couple, who are running for the right reasons,” said Adam, 33, a native of Springfield, Ill., and the youngest of Dr. Glennon and Jeanette Paul’s 11 children. “We want to be powerful for people, in a good way,” said Dominque, 35, the young-

the choice of where he wanted to live. St. Louis had a special attraction because Adam’s parents grew up here and an aunt and uncle still live in the area. “A week after my daughter was born, I was down here looking for homes,” recalled Dominque, who is a certified residential appraiser for the firm she owns, Ashar Property Appraisals. “Some people have commented on me being married Adam – who was elected mayor of Ellisville in 2012, with his term to end in to the mayor of Ellisville as though it’s a bad thing, April 2015 – admitted he wasn’t expecting to seek a 2014 county council post until but I have a better understanding of what’s going on Quinn announced he would not run again. Adam doesn’t plan to step down as mayor in the community because of that.” as he seeks that spot. – DOMINQUE PAUL “Greg Quinn’s retirement put me in a pickle,” Adam said. “As Ellisville’s were school teachers. recalled. “I knew, after a month of dating, mayor, I’ve gotten a lot of support in the region. What I’ve gone through The unusual spelling of her name was a that we’d marry.” nod to the French “Dominque” though it In fact, the couple was wed within six (including a fight against a proposed Walmart development and his impeachhas more of a Greek flavor. months of meeting, Dominque said. The couple, once their children were ment by the former Ellisville City “But I’m neither Greek nor French – I’m a mix of African, Irish, Asian and Geor- born, wanted to move to a safer and more Council, which was later reversed by the economical place for raising kids. And, courts) has shown people my integrity, gian,” she said. Adam’s been married to Dominque for Adam, who works as a procurement mansix years, and the couple has two children. ager for North America for Amdocs, had See A PAIR OF PAULS, next page

est of three sisters, and originally from Aurora, Colo. Her parents are Edward and Dorothy Calloway. Edward was a long time teacher and basketball coach, winning a number of state championships at George Washington High in Denver. Dominque also has a grandfather and uncles who

Isaac, 5, is attending Rockwood’s Clarkson Valley Early Childhood Center. Younger sister, Olivia is 4. The Pauls met in Chicago, where Adam had been living. “Dominque moved there with her job, and a buddy of mine called and said, ‘I’m in job training with seven girls,’” Adam

ON THE BALLOT: Rockwood Board of Education candidates discuss top district concerns By DAN FOX In addition to Dominque Paul, there are four other candidates vying for the three open positions on the Rockwood School District Board of Education. Darby Arakelian Arakelian, Matt Doell and Dr. Keith Kinder are the incumbents, currently serving as directors for the board. Paul and Eileen Tyrrell round out the quintet of candidates. Each candidate has his or her own list of experiences and ideas to bring to the table (see West Newsmagazine’s Election Preview on Apri1 2 for additional details), and each brings a different perspective on what the district needs from its board members. Kinder said that managing day-to-day issues is important to maintaining Rockwood’s status as a “premier school district.” “Rockwood is well known throughout the state,” Kinder said. “I think what we have to work on is we have to continue to have fiscal responsibility with the taxpay-

er’s funds. We’ve done that, we’ve worked on that, and we are very close to a balanced budget.” For Tyrrell, one of the most important aspects of a Doell board member’s job is to understand the responsibilities of that position. “Yours is not to make the day-to-day managerial decisions, but yours is to be the oversight of the district,” Tyrrell said. “You are the only elected official in the entire school district. You are the only elected official from the community to oversee (the more than) $200 million of taxpayer’s funds that come in.” Doell said selecting and guiding a new superintendent is a critical task for the board. “In the next year or two, I think the most important job for the board is going to be to help the new superintendent get acclimated to our school district and do the right things for our kids,” Doell said. According to Arakelian, placing children first is her top priority on the board, along with continuing to strive for improvements for the district.

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it presented to you and rubber stamp it,” Tyrrell said. “And, if adequate material hasn’t been provided to you to make a decision that affects the school district, Tyrrell then as board members we have to be willing to ask for it.” Doell said students benefit most from keeping classes challenging, with a variety of coursework, all while keeping a watchful eye out for those who may have special learning needs. “The students are best served by providing a rich and rigorous education,” Doell said. Arakelian said she thinks students are best served by providing the superintendent and his team with the right resources and ensuring that the superintendent is providing the right resources to the educators. “By supporting the administration and equipping them, so they can equip the educators with the tools that they need to provide that instruction, that’s the impact felt in the class,” Arakelian said.




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and that’s why many people pushed me to run now.” His slogan when he ran for Ellisville mayor was “new leadership and no Walmart.” His campaign slogan now is “clean house and no city-county merger.” He claims the effort toward a merger “pushed me over the edge toward running for county council,” because he feels that campaign is biased “and meant to serve special interest groups.” “The August primary should dictate the winner of the council seat in the November elections, because West County is heavily Republican,” Adam said, adding he has already had two calls from people with the local Republican party asking him to withdraw. In addition to time spent as mayor and county council candidate, Adam also is working as his wife’s campaign manager. He praised Dominque as being “the type of person I strive to be – she has integrity in her bones.” “She was my rock when I went through some terrible times as Ellisville’s mayor,” he said. Dominque calls her husband “a strong man who stands on his word, a great father, a great communicator and someone who’s sensitive and cares about everything.” “Some people have commented on me being married to the mayor of Ellisville as though it’s a bad thing, but I have a better understanding of what’s going on in the community because of that,” she said. “I think Ellisville and Rockwood are similar, in that they’ve both taken a significant black eye recently, but everybody needs to stop focusing on the past so we

can all heal and move forward in a positive direction.” She knows what it means to work hard. As a hurdler, she went to the Olympic Trials twice, once in 1996 as a senior in high school and again in 2000 during her last year at Ohio State University. In Rockwood, she is chair of REACH (Rockwood’s Early Childhood) PTO activities and a member of the REACH teacher grants committee. She also participated in the Picture Rockwood initiative. She’s a volunteer in the larger community, for the Ronald McDonald House, the St. Louis Food Bank and the Purple Stride run for a cure to pancreatic cancer. “I know that each decision I’d make on the board will impact my children,” she said. “Some people have waited until their children have grown to run for the school board, but I think now is the time to guide Rockwood, especially since Adam and I moved to the district especially for our kids.” This will be her first foray into elective office. “But, even as just a school board candidate, I’ve been involved by the district in meetings regarding selection of the new superintendent,” she said. “The main thing Rockwood needs now is restoration of public trust and communication with the entire community.” If Adam loses the county council race, he plans to run for a second term as mayor. And, if he and Dominque are elected to their respective offices, they pledge to work as a team. “We’d like to solve problems together and bounce ideas off each other,” Adam said. “The decisions the county makes will impact Rockwood and vice versa.”

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tropical conservatory. Regular admission fees apply. For details, visit ••• The Eureka Pacific Elks Lodge, 119 W. First Street in Eureka hosts a used book sale on Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sale features lots of books in excellent and good condition, ranging in price from 50 cents to $1. Includes great kids and youth selections, all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. Drinks and casual snacks available. Proceeds benefit local charities. ••• The Gateway Ringers spring concert series, “Green Pastures” – Music of the Psalms is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, 14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email ••• Seniors in West County are invited to participate in the “Sit and Be Fit” exercise program every Thursday morning from 10-11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15764 Clayton Road in Ellisville. ••• The Chesterfield Older Adult Task Force holds a Senior Sampler on Wednesday, April 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chesterfield City Hall. The theme of the event is “Relax. Refresh. Renew,” and is for persons 50-plus. Participants also can attend a “Taste of Chesterfield” in the Mosaic Café from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Door prizes awarded. For details, call 537-6721.

SPECIAL INTEREST Holy Infant Church, 627 Dennison Drive in Ballwin, hosts a Parish Mission at 7 p.m. on March 24-27. Mission priests Frs. Bob and Dick Gielow are offering Mass with mission talks on the theme “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant.” All are welcome. ••• Maryville University in partnership with Midwest Recycling Center hosts a free electronic recycling event on March 29 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the university’s


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campus, 650 Maryville Center Drive. The event will take place in the parking lot across from the library. Items accepted at no charge, working or not, include computers, printers, hard drives, cellphones, fax machines, furnaces, water heaters, power tools, kitchen appliances and more. Details at ••• The Lifelong Learning Institute holds its course “Great Poems in Small Packages” from 10 a.m.-noon, every Wednesday from April 2 to May 21 at Chesterfield City Hall. Groups will read a sonnet, then discuss the meaning, rhythms and ideas behind the poetry. Visit ••• Ballwin Historical Commission hosts a used book and bake sale at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons April 3-5. All proceeds benefit the upkeep of the Old Ballwin Schoolhouse and Dahkle Log Home. Visit The Pointe to drop off used books beginning Tuesday, April 1. Book and bake sale dates are Thursday, April 3 from 3-7 p.m. (pre-sale admission of $5 applies); Friday, April 4 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday. ••• Women N Faith, meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 in the upstairs meeting room at Schnucks at Clarkson and Kehrs Mill roads. ••• The St. Louis Civic Orchestra April Concert is at 3 p.m. on April 13 at the William D. Purser, DC Center on the campus of Logan University, 1851 Schoettler Road in Chesterfield. Features “Prelude to Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck, “Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Movement I, and “Reformation Symphony: Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor” by Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors and students. ••• West County Swing Dance Club meets from 8-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Moolah Shrine Center, 12545 Fee Fee Road. The not-for-profit social group hosts more than 350 dancers each week, offering basic to advanced swing dance lessons before the dance at 7 p.m. For details, visit



FISH FRIES Ballwin VFW Hall, 111 Mimosa Lane in Ballwin hosts a fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on Fridays through April 18. Call 527-9555. ••• Bethel United Methodist Church, 17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood hosts a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Call 458-2255. ••• Creve Coeur American Legion Post 397, 934 Rue De La Banque in Creve Coeur hosts a fish fry from 4:30-8 p.m. on Fridays through April 18. Call (314) 8723186. ••• Holy Infant Church, 248 New Ballwin Road in Ballwin hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through April 18. Call 227-7440. ••• Incarnate Word Parish, 13416 Olive Blvd. In Chesterfield hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through April 11 in the Lower Church Hall. Call (314) 576-5366. ••• Manchester American Legion Post 208, 225 Old Sulphur Spring Road in Manchester hosts a fish fry from 4-7:30 p.m. on Fridays through April 18. Prices vary. Call 391-9424. ••• Most Sacred Heart Parish, 340 E. 4th Street in Eureka hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through April 18. Call 938-5048. ••• Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 17 Ann Ave. in Valley Park hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through April 11. Call 225-5268. ••• St. Alban Roe, 2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on March 14; March 28 and April 11. Call 458-2977. ••• St. Clare of Assisi, 15642 Clayton Road in Ellisville hosts a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through April 11. Call 394-7307.

EGG HUNTS AND MORE Breakfast with the Bunny is at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 and 12-13, and on Saturday, April 19 at the St. Louis Zoo. The fee is $20 for adult members, $18 for member children (ages 2-12) and $22 for non-member adults; $20 for non-member children (ages 2-12); children under two are free. For reservations, call (314) 646-4897 or visit Pre-paid reservations are required, and seating is limited. ••• Wildwood Business Association hosts a

Spring Balloon Glow from 7-9 p.m. on April 11 at Wildwood Town Center. Participants can take a hay ride, have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny and do a craft. A 4-story hot air balloon highlights the event, which also includes a mystery cash giveaway for kids 1 and younger and give-aways to the first 300 visitors. Most events and activities are free; however, a minimum $5 is suggested toward the YMCA Strong Community Campaign. Call Debbie Ward at 422-2241 for additional information. ••• An Adult Egg Hunt is from 7:30-11p.m. on Friday, April 11 at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road. The cost per person is $8 until April 4 and increases to $12 after April 5. Participants will have a chance to win prizes and a number of giveaways. The hunt concludes with a bonfire that is BYOB, but bottles are not allowed. Ages 21 and up. ••• Wildwood Christian Church, 16717 Manchester Road, hosts an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 for toddlers through fifth-grade students. Bounce houses, hotdogs and Easter egg hunt are part of the fun. Admission is free. Visit for additional details. Please bring a bag or basket to use during the hunt. ••• A Kids Egg Hunt is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in Vlasis Park in Ballwin. Kids will have a chance to win prizes and candy. Parents should bring their cameras for pictures with the Easter Bunny. ••• A Glowing Pool Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. This is unlike any egg hunt because it is a glowin-the-dark, underwater hunt. Kids, ages 11-14, will have the chance to win awesome prizes, enjoy candy and pizza, and hang around for swimming and music after the egg hunt. The cost per person is $10 for a VIP and $12 for regular registration. Early registration is encouraged, and space is limited. ••• The Hare in the Air Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 on the campus of Logan University, 1851 Schoettler Road in Chesterfield. The event begins when the bunny arrives by helicopter. An egg hunt follows for children in groups of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4- and 5-yearolds, and 6- and 8-year olds.. Activities include balloon artists, petting zoo, craft station and more.


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Wanted: Fixer-Upper Homes I am a semi-retired handyman and I want to buy your house. West County houses only. Will buy house as-is. Will pay cash with a quick closing. No agents please. Call Dan at 314-6024859.

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KEVIN'S PAINT SERVICE. Professional & Expert interior/ exterior painting, drywall & ceiling repair, and powerwashing. 28 years painting experience. Low rates and Free Estimates. Call Kevin at 636-322-9784.


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County. Combining convenience with elegance, this beautiful home offers archways, exquisite moldings, intricate ceilings and exceptional finishes throughout. The great room has built-in bookcases and a gas fireplace with marble surround. The formal dining room opens to the kitchen and the foyer. A large, eat-in, gourmet kitchen features Dacor stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops as well as a center island and breakfast bar. The cozy hearth room mirrors the great room with its gas fireplace and built-in bookcases.

With all the amenities of a high-end retreat, the main floor master suite is fantastic with a spa-like bath, his and her vanities, a whirlpool tub, huge his and her shower and large walk-in closet. The second floor features a handsome study with 14-foot ceilings and boasts three bedrooms, two full baths and a stepup family room.

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Five-car garage with porte-cochere, an irrigation system and a security system are additional amenities of this breathtaking custom home. Located at 110 Grand Meridien Forest, this property is offered at $1,799,000. Contact Julie Drier at 314725-0009 to see this home.

– THIS PROPERTY OFFERED BY – The finished lower level (approximately 2500 square feet) has a large family area, exercise room, play room, media room, wine room, fifth bedroom with full bath, custom wet bar and pool locker room. The Gunite in-ground pool overlooks a wooded lot.



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706 Wycliffe Place Ct. - Wildwood You will fall in love with this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. Chef's Delight Kitchen w/ granite counter-tops. 2 story great room w/ wall of windows looking out to lush woods. Beautiful master suite. Deck leading to patio w/ walkway to gazebo and beautiful landscaping. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

655 Callaway Ridge Dr. - New Melle Wow this gorgeous 92+/- acre retreat is far enough away to get away from it all but close enough to St. Louis to go for a day. Access to Callaway Lake with private dock. 4 BD, 6 bath home, rec-sport court & much more! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 Tom Shaw Jr. (314)283-5064

333 Calvey Forest - Robertsville Equestrian Estate on 150+/- acres w/ 2 houses & 2 heated barns. Main house w/ 2bd, 2 baths. Property includes 6 pastures, horse runs, trails & 1 ac. pond. 50x50 2 story barn w/ 5-12x12 stalls plus a 80x50 barn. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

19300 Deer Pointe Estates Dr. - Wildwood Stunning 1.5 story, 4 bd, 4 full & 2 half bath home. 2 story great room, custom mill-work, updated chef's delight kitchen and much more! All on 6.92+/- acres in a Gated Equestrian Community! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 Tom Shaw Jr. (314)283-5064

19324 Deer Pointe Estates Dr. - Wildwood Amazing Views! 1.5 story, 5 bd, 4 full & 1 half bath home that offers a huge front porch, maple hardwoods, 42' cabinets, stainless appliances, screened in porch & geothermal system! On 10+/- acres in Gated Equestrian Community! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

1514 Pacland Place - Chesterfield 1.5 story French Chateau on 5+/- acres with private lake, 5 bd, 4 full & 2 half baths. Chef's delight kitchen with top-ofthe-line appliances. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960


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4325 Fox Creek - Wildwood This Executive style, 9,000 sq. ft home is situated on 21+/- acres. 5 bd, 5 full & 2 half baths. Breathtaking views from gazebo and 8 car heated garage! Horse lovers dream! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

17905 Wild Horse Creek - Chesterfield Equestrian Property on 10+/- acres. 1.5 story, 4 bd, 3 full & 1 half bath, gourmet eat-in kitchen and AMAZING views! 4 stall horse barn and fenced in pastures! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 17813 Edison Avenue, Suite 200 Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Your Home Goes Here 200 Timber Trace St. Alban’s $389,900 All Brick 3 BR/3 BA, 2 sty backs to golf course w/master bed on Main. Call Julie Walck 314-435-7982

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16283 Audubon Village Wildwood $299,000 3 BR/3 BA on cul de sac street. Walk out basement Call Robyn Johnson 314-680-3030

• Stately 2 story • Rear Entry Garage • Updated MF Laundry • Screened Porch


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1091 WINGS | ST. ALBANS 15.7 ACRES $8,900,000 La Charrette is an exquisite Missouri estate with 12,000+ sq. ft. of living space. Pool/hot tub.



144 SOUTH EATHERTON | CHESTERFIELD 7 BEDROOMS, 8 FULL & 4 HALF BATHS $4,750,000 With breathtaking views of Chesterfield Valley, this 11,000+ sq. ft. French Country estate sits atop 4+ wooded acres.

918 NORRINGTON WAY | SOUTHWEST COUNTY 14 ACRES $3,250,000 Greek Revival equestrian estate with barn, paddock & cottage.

NEW PRICE! 19217 BROOKHOLLOW DRIVE | WILDWOOD 4 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $1,399,000 Country estate on almost 6 acres is a half mile from horse stables. Fabulous pool & tennis court.

LONG VIEW ESTATE | HERMANN 7 BEDROOMS, 6 BATHS $1,999,900 Private 175-acre retreat in the middle of Missouri’s wine country. Overlooks 3 lakes.Twin pools & stone patios.



1566 SNEAK ROAD | FORISTELL 4 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $1,250,000 This charming country home features oak hardwood flooring, plenty of windows & high-end appliances.

262 MEADOWBROOK COUNTRY CLUB WAY 3 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $799,000 Spacious villa overlooks Meadowbrook Country Club. Screened porch off master suite. Finished lower level.

933 TERRY ROAD | AUGUSTA 6 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS $749,900 Beautiful 9-acre Southern-colonial-style estate in the heart of Missouri wine country offers 4,000+ sq. ft.

38 BEACON HILL | CREVE COEUR 4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS $649,900 Unique & completely updated historic home on 2.33 acres. An 1860’s log cabin is the home’s centerpiece.

2769 KEHRS MILL ROAD | CHESTERFIELD 4 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $625,000 Fabulous home with open floor plan. Stainless steel appliances, 3-car garage, cedar deck, & irrigation system.

NEW LISTING! 409 HIBLER WOODS COURT | CREVE COEUR 4 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $669,000 Impressive home with 4,000+ sq. ft. is on a lovely halfacre park-like lot featuring a pool & waterfalls.

NEW LISTING! 2014 SOUTH MASON RD. | TOWN & COUNTRY 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS $440,000 Nature lover’s paradise! This California home features hardwood floors, full wall of windows & generous deck.

17536 ADAMS WAY COURT | WILDWOOD 4 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $550,000 Beautiful 2-story home with approx. 3,500 sq. ft. of total living space. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac.

NEW LISTING! 13209 BARRETT CHASE CIR. | WEST COUNTY 2 BEDROOMS, 2½ BATHS $329,900 Exceptional villa with an open floor plan offers a bay window, cathedral ceilings, and generous deck.

12951 BANYAN TOWN DR. | PARKWAY NORTH 2 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $247,000 Private townhouse, updated with the finest finishes. Master suite with vaulted ceiling & a one-of-a-kind bath.

467 TALBERT COURT | BALLWIN 3 BEDROOMS, 2½ BATHS $189,900 Updated home with gorgeous hardwood floors, freshly painted, and new kitchen appliances.

NEW LISTING! 1727 HIGHVIEW CIRCLE | WEST COUNTY 2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS $185,000 Great floor plan, vaulted ceilings & 11’ windows with spectacular views. Family room/3rd bed in LL.

3217 TIBER | NEW TOWN 2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS $167,900 Whittaker-built home with 2-car garage. Basement ready for finish with rough-in for bath.

2504 PARK AVENUE | ST CHARLES 3 BEDROOMS, 2½ BATHS $159,900 This updated family home offers hardwood floors, lots of storage space, a deck, large yard and 2-car garage.

632 WALNUT RIDGE DRIVE | WEST COUNTY 2 BEDROOMS, 3½ BATHS $135,000 Beautiful home with open floor plan features woodburning fireplaces, 3 skylight windows, and a large deck.

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