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Back to the Future? When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case – Wickard v. Filburn – important today is that it stretched the federal government’s power so far that the Obama administration is using it as an argument to claim before today’s Supreme Court that it has the legal authority to impose ObamaCare mandates on individuals. Roscoe Filburn was an Ohio farmer who grew some wheat to feed his family and some farm animals. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture fined him for growing more wheat than he was allowed to grow under the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, which was passed under Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce. Filburn pointed out that his wheat wasn’t sold, so that it didn’t enter any commerce, interstate or otherwise. Therefore the federal government had no right to tell him how much wheat he grew on his own farm, and which never left his farm. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution says that all powers not explicitly given to the federal government belong to the states or to the people. So you might think that Filburn was right. But the Supreme Court said otherwise. Even though the wheat on Filburn’s farm never entered the market, just the fact that “it supplies a need of the man who grew it which would otherwise be reflected by purchases in the open market” meant that it affected interstate commerce. So did the fact that the home-grown wheat could potentially enter the market. The implications of this kind of reasoning reached far beyond farmers and wheat. Once it was established that the federal government could regulate not only interstate commerce itself, but anything with any potential effect on interstate commerce, the Tenth Amendment’s limitations on the powers of the federal government virtually disappeared. Over the years, “interstate commerce” became magic words to justify almost any expansion of the federal government’s power, in defiance of the Tenth Amendment. That is what the Obama administration is depending on to get today’s Supreme Court to uphold its power to tell people that they

have to buy the particular health insurance specified by the federal government. There was consternation in 1995 when the Supreme Court ruled that carrying a gun near a school was not interstate commerce. That conclusion might seem like only common sense to most people, but it was a close 5-to-4 decision, and it sparked outrage when the phrase “interstate commerce” failed to work its magic in justifying an expansion of the federal government’s power. The 1995 case involved a federal law forbidding anyone from carrying a gun near a school. The states all had the right to pass such laws, and most did, but the issue was whether the federal government could pass such a law under its power to regulate interstate commerce. The underlying argument was similar to that in the 1942 case of Wickard v. Filburn: School violence can affect education, which can affect productivity, which can affect interstate commerce. Since virtually everything affects virtually everything else, however remotely, “interstate commerce” can justify virtually any expansion of government power by this kind of sophistry. The principle that the legal authority to regulate X implies the authority to regulate anything that can affect X is a huge and dangerous leap of logic, in a world where all sorts of things have some effect on all sorts of other things. As an example, take a law that liberals, conservatives and everybody else would agree is valid – namely, that cars have to stop at red lights. Local governments certainly have the right to pass such laws and to punish those who disobey them. No doubt people who are tired or drowsy are more likely to run through a red light than people who are rested and alert. But does that mean that local governments should have the power to order people when to go to bed and when to get up, because their tiredness can have an effect on the likelihood of their driving through a red light?

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letters to the editor Federal benefit payments To the Editor: Have you noticed: your Social Security check is now referred to as a “Federal Benefit Payment?” This is another example of what some current political candidates called “treason in high places!” Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15 percent of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30,000 per year, over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year – yours and your employer’s contribution – at a simple 5 percent – less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows, – after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3 percent per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years – until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65 – and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4 percent per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff. Our Social Security benefits are not some kind of charity handout. But they are used as such. ...The U.S. is going broke and can’t help our own seniors, veterans, orphans and homeless. But in the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, Turkey, and Pakistan to the sums of billions of dollars. Our retired seniors living on a “fixed income” receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of tons of food and goods to foreign countries. They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives. Now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government ever borrow from it in the first place? If they had not, there would be more money than could ever be spent or given to recipients. This relates directly to our ridiculous out-of-control national deficit. We are broke, but our astute leadership keeps giving it away! When are the American people, regardless of income class, going to demand a stop be put to give-aways and demand our government provide assistance to our own? When are we going to replace the current leadership and place people in offices to work for the American people and not special interest and foreign countries?

American citizens and especially people coming close to retirement and recent retirees should truly act accordingly come election day. Charles Martin Manchester

LEDs when I went to work for General Electric’s Lighting Division in 1966. During a sales meeting we were shown an LED and told this was the future of lighting. What we were shown was a small, about two-thirds the size of a pencil eraser, metal can with a lens on one end. Squinting, I looked through the lens and More thoughts on observed a tiny square that was producing a faint yellow light. The future of lighting? high gas prices I was incredulous. To the Editor: Some 45 years later what was said about Oil companies – Exxon, Conoco-Phillips, LEDs being the future of lighting has come etc. – have a vested interested in a Repub- to pass. The federal government has manlican presidential win in November. Why? dated that LEDs are to replace both incanRepublicans give them big tax breaks and descent and fluorescent lighting in the near huge subsidies. High gas prices hurt the future – 100-watt incandescent lights are economic recovery that we are having. A now history. good recovery helps Obama get re-elected. High pressure sodium, mercury vapor, No recovery, no job growth, Republicans and metal halide lights are currently used win – oil companies win. A good reason to to light our streets and highways. Retail “boost” gasoline prices! stores and commercial establishments also Robert Recht use these forms of lighting. I have been Creve Coeur informed that in three years these will no longer be available to be purchased and will have to be replaced by LED lighting. U.S. Intervention in Syria Transitions to LED lighting are already To the Editor: being planned. The sympathetic drum beat increases What is worth noting is that during the almost daily for US intervention in Syria. 40-plus years of research and development The need to save and democratize the that has proceeded perfection of LEDs for world is the rationale provided by those use in applications that require lighting trumpeting the call to act, but let me ask large areas no one suggested that producone question. One question that has yet tion of incandescent and fluorescent lightto be asked or answered by any politician ing be curtailed. To have done so would or commentator agitating for U.S. action, have had an unimaginably adverse impact some – sadly, too few – whose military on our nation’s economy, social fabric and experience should cause them to know security. better. One simple question. Then what? So what does my LED anecdote have to Maybe our European allies, located do with algae? much closer to Syria, have answered that Just this – from among other seemingly question and have yet to step forward. impetuous ideas in his bag of Pollyannaish I would follow this question with another political proposals Obama has suggested to each person advocating involvement. that algae is yet another alternate source of Which son, daughter, nephew, niece, or energy to replace fossil fuels. Furthermore, other family member are you willing to he proudly proclaimed that we can grow sacrifice for this cause? Until they have algae here in the United States. True, but some real skin-in-the-game it’s easy to ask as columnist Charles Krauthammer noted others to do the dirty work. on FOX News, algae is ubiquitous in that Joseph M. Gravish it grows everywhere on earth. Lieutenant Colonel, But I digress a bit. U.S. Army (retired) Assuming algae would sometime in the Wildwood future become an alternate form of energy that could replace fossil fuels, then what? Until that time will Mr. Obama continue Algae and LEDs his obstructionist ideology which forbids To the Editor: opening federal lands to drilling for new What do algae and LEDs have in sources of oil and natural gas? common? More than one might suspect. I have no problem with responsible LEDs or light emitting diodes produce research that seeks to develop alternatives energy in the form of light. I first became to fossil fuels. However, you will recall acquainted with what was one of the first I pointed out earlier that it took over 40

years of research and development before the LED could rightly begin to replace the incandescent light bulb. As a nation we cannot afford to continue to stifle exploration for new sources of domestic oil and natural gas while waiting 30 years, 40 years or possibly longer to develop fossil fuel alternatives such as algae. John R. Stoeffler Ballwin

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To the Editor: Growing up is hard for everyone, especially teenagers. Braces, acne and geeky looks are not what every teen is excited about. Teens become lost and confused, so they put their energy into their appearance. The morality of their judgment changes explicitly, and they drown themselves in vanity. The media have taught the youth of our society that they must meet certain expectations. It’s not acceptable for teens to be gawky. Girls must be at least 5’11 and 110 pounds and guys have to be 6’1 and 145 pounds, or so the media says based upon its current modeling criteria. Teens think they need to change their looks in order to be accepted into society. Society’s standard compels teens to eat, dress and act certain ways in order to fit in. Failure isn’t an option in the eyes of teenagers, but even the corrupted media is not at all perfect. Magazines use photoshopping, airbrushing, and other computer programs to make the standards “perfect.” Consumers in our own area are determined to be in the “in crowd,” no matter what the cost. If we keep this up, natural beauty will only be a myth. Many teens are depressed, anorexic and loathe who they are on the outside. The thing that should matter is who they are on the inside, not the outside. We believe that kids should start to accept themselves for who they are and stop being influenced by the media. Teens need to boost their selfesteem by focusing their energy on other things such as volunteering. We can accept ourselves once we take charge and make a difference in the lives of others. Don’t fixate on appearances; focus on your actions. In the words of Kahlil Gibran, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Emily Robinson and Curtis Pierson Crestview Middle School Ellisville



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College 2.0 According to Harvard research on a study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States has the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world. According to the report, just 56 percent of students who begin a bachelor’s degree program obtain a degree within six years. Only 29 percent who begin a two-year program finish within three years. That being said, a college degree appears to be more important to sustaining employment than ever before. The Harvard study points out that high school graduates make up just 41 percent of the U.S. workforce, down more than 30 percent in the last 40 years. The new jobs that our economy has cranked out over the last four decades demand a postsecondary education. All those statistics lead to a relatively obvious conclusion: Our educational system is failing to develop the human capital needed to sustain our economy. Put another way, our schools are producing the wrong product. Nearly two-thirds of people who do not obtain a post-secondary degree claim some form of economic pressure as the primary reason. Our university system places many of our young people into a financial distress that they can never escape, due, at least in part, to their inability to afford college in the first place. It is a vicious cycle of economic uncertainty. How did we get here? Colleges and universities tend to pride themselves on being timeless institutions, which can lead to a staid culture with reluctance to change. Think about the changes throughout the rest of our society. According to Peter Diamandis’ recent book “Abundance,” the collected devices on a cellphone today (GPS, digital camera, voice recorders, etc) would have cost tens of thousands of dollars just one decade ago. That same cellular device can access more information in seconds than existed in all the country’s libraries 40 years ago. College used to be the preeminent place for an American to access knowledge. Today, Google is far more effective. Our institutes of higher learning are failing to change at near the rate of the world around them. According to Diamandis, assuming

that the growth rate of technological change continues at its current pace, within the next decade the information a first-year college student receives will be antiquated by the time they are in their third year. It is time right now for college 2.0. Several recent reports suggest that the critical skills our children need are a far cry from reading, writing and arithmetic. According to a report from the Institute for the Future, the most-needed skills for students scheduled to graduate in 2020 will be: • Sense-making – determining deeper meaning or significance of what’s being expressed • Social intelligence – connecting to others and sensing stimulation reactions • Novel and adaptive thinking – thinking and coming up with creative solutions • Cross-cultural competency – operating in different cultural settings • Computational thinking – translating vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and understanding databased reasoning • New media literacy – leveraging, critically assessing and developing content using new media forms • Transdisciplinarity – understanding concepts across multiple disciplines Are our schools prepared to offer most, or any, of these information age skills? Can these stoic institutions adapt at anywhere near the needed speed? There is a famous business analogy that seems apt here: At one time, railroad companies were glowing examples of American ingenuity. Unfortunately, these heady successes led the companies to believe they were in the railroad business, instead of the transportation business. The latter category thrives to this day, while the former has become a dinosaur. American Express, initially a delivery service, realized they were in the transaction business and survives today. Similarly, our colleges and universities need to understand that they are not in the post-secondary education business. Rather, they are in the learning business – and that can prove to be a difficult lesson.

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Security cameras for the amphitheater The Chesterfield City Council on March 26 approved the purchase and installation of security cameras at the Amphitheater in Central Park. The $18,465 cost is to be covered via existing bond proceeds.

Earth Day recycling and more Start making plans now to attend the 21st Annual Earth Day event in Chesterfield to be held for the first time at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran’s Place Drive. The Citizens Committee for the Environment will host the event on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Festival and on-stage entertainment will be inside the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The popular drive-thru recycling collection will be held on the parking lot at Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive. Learn more at

DES PERES Excess TIF funds distributed The city of Des Peres has authorized early retirement of $3,430,000 in TIF Bonds due to be paid in 2018 and distribution of $1,175,495 in TIF Funds from 2011 to the various taxing jurisdictions. This is the 10th year in which the performance of the shopping center has allowed the city to make an accelerated debt service payment and to distribute excess revenues to taxing jurisdictions from the West County Center project. “The overall performance of West County Center has been strong and allows the city to honor its commitments to the taxpayers

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about a fire at 1105 Holgate Drive. Police said the call came out for a small fire, and when they got there, they discovered there had been an explosion and three people at the house had been cooking meth. The owner of the house tried to put out the fire out in the basement and ended up going to St. Clare Hospital for minor burns, according to police. Police said there was a mini-explosion in the house was due to the mix of chemicals. “When you mix up chemicals and it doesn’t go right, there is usually an explosion and then there’s a fire,” police said. “A lot of heat is involved when the chemicals get mixed together. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the fumes can be lethal.” Police said the drug unit came and removed all the hazardous material from the house. “But it’s the same material you can buy at Walmart,” police said. “It’s just mixing them together that makes them a hazard.” Police said the house is condemned and that two males, 32 and 35, and one female, 46, were arrested and charged. Warrants will be applied. The charges included intent to distribute/manufacture dangerous drugs, negligent burning or exploding, and third-degree assault.


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Spring Tennis Lessons The city of Ellisville Department of Parks and Recreation is offering spring tennis lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 16-May 9 at Bluebird Park. Lessons are from 5-9 p.m. and cost is $57 for Ellisville residents and $62 for non-residents. Lessons are designed for all ages and abilities. To register, call 227-7508.


would lead to no charges for the city. The action does not require the city to proceed forward with phase two of its Comprehensive Sustainability Plan that it has been discussing but instead allows it to take advantage of an opportunity and save up to $8,000 through current grant funding sources available for Focus St. Louis.

Newly appointed The Wildwood City Council on March 26 unanimously appointed Arnie Sprunger (Ward 1) to the Board of Ethics as an alternate for a one-year term. “Local government really does impact us all,” Sprunger said. “As a result of that, I appreciate the hard work that each Council member puts in, and I understand it’s a lot of work and a lot of time. There’s a time when it’s appropriate to volunteer and be a part of the process, so I’m here to be a part of that process.” Sale Ends May 14, 2012



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The Wildwood City Council on March 26 voted to hire R.J. Schurr & Associates, professional legislative lobbyists in Jefferson City, to track any legislation regarding the St. Louis County Sales Tax distribution formula. R.J. Schurr & Associates is the same firm that represented Wildwood and three other local governments in the past year to help prevent legislation to alter the pool tax. The city is joining with five other cities that share the same interests in the matter, including Webster Groves, University City, Florissant, Clarkson Valley and Greendale. Together, the cities will collectively engage the lobbying firm. The total consulting fees for the service will cost $15,000, which will be allocated between the participating cities. Wildwood’s share would not exceed $3,375. “It would certainly be in the city’s best interest to participate in this effort,” said Dan Dubruiel, city administrator. He said the last he heard, the bill had a sponsor and was being introduced into legislation. “Consequently, we’re hoping that sometime during the course of this week, the bill will be introduced into the session and we’ll have an opportunity to decide just how strongly we want to endorse it.”

The Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville and Manchester Parks and Recreation Departments are presenting the PEPSI Pitch, Hit and Run program for children ages 7-14 on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (rain date Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.). Participants will participate in divisions for both baseball and softball. This program is designed to provide area youth with the opportunity to participate at no cost in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills. All participants will showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. The boys baseball and girls softball divisions will both have the opportunity to advance from the local competition to Sectionals, Team Championships, and then to National Finals at the 2012 All-Star Game. The cost is free and pre-registration is not required. Registration will take place the day of the event and a copy of your child’s birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. For additional information, call 227-7508.

Intern for hire The Wildwood City Council on March 26 voted to work with Focus St. Louis to hire an intern to conduct a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory to better understand its role and impact in the overall St. Louis region.Focus St. Louis would fund the intern through a grant it received, which

CORRECTIONS: In a cutline on page 16 of the March 28 West Newsmagazine, Lee Presser, executive producer of local television show “Conversations with Lee Presser,” was mistakenly identified as Tom Gibbons. In the “Ellisville postpones Walmart TIF vote” article on page 14 of the March 28 West Newsmagazine, the square footage of the proposed Walmart was listed as 150 square feet, it should have been 150,000 square feet. West Newsmagazine regrets these errors.

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Kids ages 1-12 and middle schoolers are invited to hunt for thousands of eggs! This is a great event for families to come enjoy costumed characters, inflatables, face painting, and great prizes. This free event will take place outdoors rain or shine.

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6:30 AM Sunrise Service (outdoors, weather permitting) 8:00, 9:30, 11:15 AM Celebrate Easter at any of four special services! It doesn’t matter where you are at in life, this special message will help you get ready for God’s plan for you and your family. At the 8, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. services the kids will have a special service too with music, candy, and the JUMP! team!

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Chesterfield approves first of two proposed outlet malls By SARAH WILSON The Chesterfield City Council, at its March 26 meeting, approved site development, landscape and lighting plans and architectural elevations for Chesterfield Outlets, one of two proposed outlet malls the city is considering. Plans for the Chesterfield Outlets, proposed by developer T-O Ventures LLC, include a 472,282-square-foot retail development along North Outer 40 Road, west of the existing ice skating rink and across the highway from the Chesterfield Commons area. Councilmember Barry Flachsbart (Ward1) was the only one who voted against the site plan. “I voted against the plan because I didn’t think it was the best they could do,” Flachsbart said. “There seemed to be too many buildings and too much crowded into too little of a space. That was the first issue. “The second issue is that if you go down the levee trail – one of our really critical things in Chesterfield, one of our outstanding positive things in Chesterfield – you are just staring at the back side of the buildings, one after another. It’s not a good view from the golf trail.” The third issue he said was parking. “I’m not denying the project,” Flachsbart said. “It’s a vote for or against the site plan and finding the appropriate way to put that project together.” Also on March 26, the city’s Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve site development concept, conceptual landscape and conceptual lighting

plans for the other proposed outlet mall project, the Chesterfield Blue Valley. The plan, proposed by developers Simon Properties and Blue Valley LLC/Woodmont Development, includes a 390,000-squarefoot retail development on the north side of Olive Street Road, west of the intersection. The project will go to the City Council at an upcoming meeting. Aimee Nassif, Planning and Development Services director, said each project is looked at separately and approved by the City Council based on its individual merits. “It’s not a matter of choosing one or the other,” she said. “We’re very excited to have people wanting to build here, especially in the economy and market we’re in, The proposed site for Chesterfield Blue Valley. so this is a fantastic problem to have. Both projects have potential and have good points to them so we will see what happens at the end of the day.” Libbey Malberg-Tucker, assistant city administrator for Community Services and Economic Development, said financing would play an important part in each of the projects. “My personal belief is that the market will determine whether one of both of them can go or not and we’re not omniscient,” Flachsbart said. “We just want to make sure that whatever is put up is really good. We will perhaps have one or two or no outlet malls, and it’ll be up to the market to decide whether any of them go forward, but we want to see really good plans for the plans that are presented.” The proposed site for Chesterfield Outlets.

Barat Academy to purchase Chesterfield campus By SARAH WILSON said. “We were put there to help that Barat Academy announced on March area with a private, independent Catho28 that it is purchasing the Chesterfield lic school. campus it had moved to in the fall of The economy turned and we had to 2011. The final paperwork and closing relocate, but we’re still going to hold are scheduled for April 11. onto our friends in St. Charles. We’re Barat currently is serving students also looking forward to making new from 27 ZIP code areas in St. Louis friends in Chesterfield and get new stuCounty, St. Charles County and Warren dents out of the area as well.” County. Debby Watson, Barat president, said Michael Wade, director of admissions, the campus facilities are “just what we said he is excited “because now we have need, a great facility and campus where a place to call home.” we can follow our mission while we “It’s just exciting because we have attract more students. Our plan is to a lot of students from St. Charles, and grow our enrollment and deepen our we’re going to hold onto that,” Wade service to the community.”

In addition to its announcement, Barat St. Charles location. also celebrated its new partnership with “It was a forced move,” said Michael the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Wade, Barat’s director of admissions. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We really did not want to leave St. Barat opened in 2007 in Dardenne Charles, but being an independent, Prairie in St. Charles County and was Catholic private school, our funds are forced to relocate in 2011 when the limited.” school’s primary lender, Premier Bank, Now, it appears that the school has failed and the FDIC took control of its settled in at 17815 Wild Horse Creek assets. The bank’s failure resulted in the Road in Chesterfield and is moving FDIC owning 68 percent of the Barat forward. Prospective students and their campus and Enterprise Bank owning families are invited and encouraged to the rest. After months of unsuccessful attend an open house and briefing for attempts to negotiate with the FDIC to the 2012-13 school year from 4:30-6:30 buy the property it had been leasing, the p.m. on April 18 and can learn more at school in July 2011 was evicted from its

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the client provided Rubin approximately $1.2 million from his and his wife’s life savings. Despite his representations that the funds would not be spent, Rubin used approximately $250,000 of the funds for operating expenses, including payment of his own salary. Rubin transferred the balance of the funds to Gould, who used those funds for personal expenses, including car payments, mortgage payments, payment of credit card bills, the renovation of his personal residence, jewelry and adult entertainment. Gould also used the money to finance several business ventures including The Sports Nook, True Hockey and Free Poker Experience. Gould and Rubin prepared and gave the individual victim false account statements, and $217,123 in his Family Charity Fund, when in fact all of the funds had been embezzled, diverted and stolen by Gould and Rubin.

New sidewalk planned Chesterfield walkers and runners will soon be able to make their way along the south and west corners of the intersection at Wild Horse Creek and Baxter roads without trekking across a grassy field. On March 26, the Chesterfield City Council unanimously approved extending the existing sidewalk that parallels the Baxter Pointe subdivision heading west alongside Wild Horse Creek Road to connect with the sidewalk that parallels Baxter heading south. Councilmember Connie Fults (Ward 4) said that it has been an ongoing Council initiative to connect sidewalks throughout the city. This particular project was triggered by a phone call from a resident asking about putting a sidewalk through the stretch of undeveloped land. Sachs Property, which owns the land, granted the city the easements to the property at no cost – and the City Council approved allocating the $35,000 needed to complete the project. The sidewalk should be completed sometime this summer.




A perfectly plausible scam, and how not to be a victim By KATE UPTERGROVE Chesterfield resident Tom Blubaugh was startled awake by the ringing of his home phone. It was about 5 a.m. After he answered, someone said, “Hi, Grandpa.” “I was just waking up, but I thought the caller sounded like my grandson, so I said, ‘Ben, are you OK?’” The caller answered, “No. I’m not.” Then he began to weave a tale that seemed plausible, especially at 5 a.m. He claimed to be in New York, near Niagara Falls, and in trouble with Homeland Security. “He said he needed $2,700 by 7 a.m. to avoid being put in jail,” Blubaugh explained. “He even let me talk with a man who identified himself as an agent with Homeland Security.” Still Blubaugh wasn’t wholly convinced. He had his wife and daughter listen in on the conversation. They agreed that the caller sounded like Ben. Blubaugh asked for a call back number and when he called back it rang through to “Homeland Security.” After a series of transfers, he was reconnected with the “agent” he had talked to previously. The caller posing as Ben convinced Blubaugh that he couldn’t call his parents because his dad had been having heart problems. It was plausible. Even the fact that he claimed to be near Niagara Falls was plausible. After all, the real Ben lived just six hours away from Niagara Falls, so a trip with friends was plausible. Like any concerned grandfather, Blubaugh was waiting when the bank opened. He wired $2,700 via Western Union and confirmed the transactions with several more calls to “Homeland Security.” When he was told that an additional $1,500 was needed, Blubaugh told the caller he’d have to call back. Then, he called his daughter-in-law. He knew he had been scammed when she said, “Ben’s right here. Do you want to talk to him?” “It was a tough lesson to learn, but it could have been worse,” Blubaugh said. Every day, all across the country, welleducated, intelligent people of all ages get scammed. Last month the Federal Trade Commission-Midwest Region halted a Californiabased operation that the FTC alleges was scamming consumers by collecting on phantom payday loan debts that the consumers did not owe. In the case of Jan Marie Dejulies the debt belonged to her soon-to-be-ex-husband, but the collection agency called Dejulies at the university where she worked, threatened police action if she did not make arrangements that day to settle the loan,

and threatened to involve her employer. When the collection agency provided personal data, including her daughter’s birthdate and school, Dejulies felt she had no other options. “In hindsight,” Dejulies said, “I can stop and question, ‘would they really send the police to arrest me?’ But the caller had a badge number, a loan number and I didn’t want to be arrested, have my wages garnished, or my credit or child affected.” Today Dejulies is working with the FTC to help prevent similar scams from harming other families. Blubaugh, too, is cautioning all who will listen. And along with them C. Steven Baker, director of the FTC-Midwest Region suggests the following: • Don’t pay a debt you don’t owe. • Know your rights. Debt collectors cannot send the police to arrest you. It is also illegal for debt collectors to call your employer or threaten you with either possibility. Debt collectors must provide written verification of a debt before you have to pay it. The FTC website,, further warns: • Hold on to your money. Scammers pressure people to wire money through commercial money transfer companies because wiring money is the same as sending cash. When the money’s gone, there’s very little chance of recovery. • Realize that phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to call you. It allows them to disguise their area code. Although it may look like they’re calling from your local area, they could be calling from anywhere in the world. • Ask the caller for his name, company, street address, and telephone number. If a caller refuses to give you all of this information, hang up. • Do not give the caller personal financial or other sensitive information. Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number unless you know with whom you are dealing. Scam artists can use your information to commit identity theft – charging your existing credit cards; opening new credit card, checking, or savings accounts; writing fraudulent checks; or taking out loans in your name. • Contact your creditor. If the debt is legitimate – but you think the collector may not be – contact your creditor about the calls. Find out who, if anyone, the creditor has authorized to collect the debt. Report the call. Contact the FTC and your state Attorney General’s office with information about suspicious callers.

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By JIM ERICKSON The Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors and Local 2665 of the International Association of Fire Fighters have negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will extend through 2013. Plans originally called for the pact to be discussed and voted on at a March 15 Monarch Board meeting, but a glitch in preparing and posting the agenda for that session caused directors to delay final action until April 5. While there was no action on the new contract, director comments during the brief discussion on March 15 provided a glimpse of some key provisions. Among other things, the agreement: • includes no increase in base salaries or other salary provisions such as longevity pay • scales back vacation days of fire fighters with 25 years or more of service from 18 shift days to 15 Board Secretary Steven Swyers said 28 Monarch employees are affected by the vacation days change, and that other employees will have the schedule for earning vacation days stretched out. While base salaries have remained constant for six years – including the original three-year period of the current contract, a one-year extension that covered 2011 and the two-year period of the new agreement – overtime pay has skyrocketed. In prevote remarks, Swyers identified that issue as one the Board must address to meet the district’s scaled-back 2012 budget. According to Swyers, overtime hours increased from 1,350 hours in 2006 to some 13,000 hours through the first 11 months of 2011. Those hours cost the district some $650,000, he said, which is a major share of the $1 million directors must save, compared with last year, to make the 2012 budget a reality. Two contributors to the need for overtime were increases in sick time and worker’s compensation days, Swyers continued.

Sick leave hours have more than doubled, from 6,200 in 2006 to 13,000 in 2011, while worker’s comp time has more than tripled, from 3,500 hours to 11,100, during the same period. “We need to look at those issues and deal with them,” Swyers stated. “I was pleased with the firefighters’ attitude toward the problems we face. There definitely has been a feeling of collaboration between the Board, senior officers and the rank and file on these issues.” The Board recently has approved a light duty program designed to bring employees back to work more quickly from the off-duty, worker’s comp roster. Similarly, Monarch directors have started a “constant-manning” schedule whose stated goal is to minimize overtime while assuring that essential work assignments are filled. Constant-manning critics say the practice tends to inflate overtime needs, but Swyeres maintains the program has been working well. Swyers said the new contract also calls for giving employees “an extra day off or two at the discretion of management” as an incentive for not using sick leave as well as changes in other pay such as the yearly clothing allowance that has remained the same for a number of years. Board Treasurer Robin Harris noted that he is concerned about the cumulative paid time off a Monarch firefighter potentially has with vacation time, sick leave, personal days and other time off. He did not say if his concerns mean he will oppose the new agreement. Swyers said everyone could find parts of the contract they don’t like but that the overall document represents a “fair and reasonable” agreement for the district and Monarch taxpayers. The original March 15 agenda did not include the new agreement among topics for consideration. A revised agenda posted later listed the CBA, and Board President Kim Evans made a motion to approve the contract. However, Harris urged that “in the interest of transparency” the Board not vote on the issue at that session because anyone seeing the original agenda would not have known the contract was going to be discussed and acted on. After discussion on whether the Board could legally bring up and vote on an issue not on the original agenda, Evans withdrew her motion in favor of a Board consensus to wait until the April 5 meeting. The Board was unable to get a legal opinion on the question because Charles Billings, Monarch legal counsel, was not at the meeting.




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Wildwood prolongs moratorium on zoning for large water features By SARAH WILSON Wildwood wants more time to decide what to do about issuing any permits that would allow any large water features. The Wildwood City Council on March 26 unanimously voted to extent its nine-month moratorium. The discussion started when Wildwood resident Dale Hughes applied for a permit to build a 12-acre lake on his property, which caused a stir among some city officials and residents. He had requested permission to put in a private, recreational lake by adding a roughly 30-foot dam to Wild Horse Creek. Given the complexity of the situation, limited amount of information and the fact that some Wildwood residents had expressed opposition to the request because of dangers of a possible breach and a disruption to nature and the existing water supply, the City Council in June 2011 passed a resolution delaying, for at least nine months, zoning for any large

water features to give staff time to consider improvements to the review process. Resident David Ferman said he lives downstream from the proposed creek and that it would endanger his family, his property and the city’s natural resources. “Wild Horse Creek lends its name to many of the features we have in the city of Wildwood and the city of Chesterfield,” Ferman said. “We would not want to see that lost by damning up a creek to make a 13-acre, 35-feet lake. You can never guarantee the safety of the community by building that.” During the moratorium, the city’s Planning and Public Works department has been working on a draft process for water features of this nature and has presented the process to the Planning/Economic Development/Parks Committee for its input and recommendation. The moratorium, which was to expire on March 27, was extended to the end of April.

Ballwin Days festivities to include fireworks, carnival rides and Outstanding Senior Award By JIM ERICKSON Although the parade that has been a traditional part of the annual Ballwin Days celebration won’t be held this year, the event’s popular carnival rides and fireworks again will be part of the June 1-3 celebration. That was assured when the Ballwin Board of Aldermen approved two staff recommendations at its March 26 meeting. J&M Displays of Yarmouth, Iowa, received the contract for fireworks displays with an amount not to exceed $10,000. Miller Spectacular Shows of Greenbrier, Ark., was awarded the contract for rides and attractions. The decision to cancel the parade was made due to road work and related traffic issues. Ballwin Days festivities are held at Vlasis Park.

As part of the festivities, city leaders will once again recognize an outstanding Ballwin senior citizen. Residents are encouraged to nominate their favorite senior, age 75 or older, for the 2012 Outstanding Senior Award. Nominees must have resided in the city of Ballwin for at least 25 years. A written statement of how the nominee has helped make the Ballwin community a better place is required. The selected senior will be announced at Ballwin Days and receive a gift certificate to a Ballwin restaurant. Nominations are due no later than April 30 and should be mailed to: Outstanding Senior 2012 City of Ballwin 14811 Manchester Road Ballwin, MO 63011

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New Advancements in Pain Management That May Work For You Tuesday, May 8, 2012 • 7 – 8:30 p.m. West County Family YMCA Auditorium 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Manish Suthar, MD, Pain Management Specialist at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Individuals suffering from chronic pain often reach a point where activities and hobbies become limited. Fortunately, there is a solution: Prolotherapy/ PRP treatments. Prolotherapy/PRP is a safe, natural, non-surgical treatment for conditions of varying severity and duration. These treatments are designed to strengthen soft tissue ligaments or tendons around joints, making the joints and treated areas stronger and more stable. They have the potential to help throughout the body for many different problems and in most cases, will work in conjunction with normal exercises and activities of daily living. After the lecture you will have an opportunity to learn from a YMCA health and wellness expert about beneficial exercises than can improve your overall health and well being. The event is free, but registration is required.

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Ballwin temporarily reverts to 2006 building codes By JIM ERICKSON A seemingly routine agenda item resulted in a prolonged discussion and action by the Ballwin Board of Aldermen to rescind building code measures it had approved almost four months ago. The vote at the March 26 meeting was unanimous, as were the original votes in late November. The end result is that Ballwin now is back to earlier versions of requirements affecting residential and other types of building construction in the city while the Board and staff ponder alternatives on how best to update the codes. While the length of the most recent code discussion and the number of alternatives discussed make the issue’s ultimate outcome unclear, Ballwin officials may opt for updates matching those of other nearby jurisdictions. Emily Wineland, staff vice president for public policy with the area’s Home Builders Association, suggested that option to Ballwin aldermen as a way of “not reinventing the wheel.” Chesterfield, Manchester and unincorporated areas of St. Louis County are among the jurisdictions now using basically the 2009 edition of the widely enforced building codes. Ballwin had been using the 2006 version before approving the 2012 edition late last year and now returns to the earlier code while officials consider what to do next. The agenda item sparking the debate was a change in the 2012 building code requested by the HBA. Wineland later said

the association had intended to ask for a moratorium on a new requirement for finished basements in new homes. However, Ballwin resident Ann Florsek opened the discussion by presenting a box full of building code manuals, questioning the numerous differing versions and the confusion they create, the proliferation of requirements over the years and their impact on construction costs. Although it was clearly unintended, her point may have been reinforced when the code books she had stacked on the lectern tumbled to the floor during her comments. Alderman Richard Boerner joined the debate with similar views, and the HBA’s intended request quickly went by the wayside as Boerner and other aldermen broadened the issue to include building requirements in general and the board’s move to adopt the 2012 code. “We may have rushed to judgment,” said Alderman Mark Harder of the earlier action. Contacted after the meeting, Florsek said she does architectural work in the area and had concluded Ballwin’s new code requirements were “out of step” with other communities. “I’m not a public speaker,” she said, “but I am a Ballwin resident and I felt the board needed to be aware of something they maybe didn’t realize.” Florsek said her husband is an HBA member, but that her comments at the Ballwin board meeting were strictly her own.

Creve Coeur to kickoff EPA Challenge By TED DIXON JR. In an effort to become a local leader in the drive to educate the public about clean, renewable energy, the city of Creve Coeur is initiating an EPA Green Power Community Challenge. The Challenge will kickoff later this month and last one year. If, by April 2013, the city is using green power in amounts that meet the targets set by the EPA, it will become only the second EPA Green Power City in Missouri. The kickoff event will take place in the main lobby at Mercy Hospital, however a late April date has yet to be set. Residents interested in attending should visit mogpc. com/crevecoeur to keep apprised of the date and time of the event. In December of 2011, the Creve Coeur City Council voted unanimously to approve initiating an EPA Green Power Community Challenge via a joint effort with Ameren Missouri’s Pure Power and

Microgrid Energy. The Challenge focus is to encourage local businesses, residents and organizations to support new sources of renewable energy and reduce the community’s carbon footprint. Creve Coeur has been proactive in becoming “green.” Last year, the city formed a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHC) emission by 20 percent by 2015 and 50 percent by 2050. Under the program, the city’s goal will be to achieve a citywide energy consumption of three percent by spring 2013. Creve Coeur Assistant City Adminstrator Jaysen Christensen said the city’s current green power usage is one percent. Kathleen Engel, chairman of the Creve Coeur Climate Action Task Force, said it will be difficult for the city to achieve that goal without eventually turning to renewable energy. However, Engel did sound optimistic about the city reaching its goal.

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Bu llet i n Boa rd The winning word Living Word Academy won first place overall in the Early Elementary School division at the 2012 Speech and Word Festival. Living Word Academy students in kindergarten through eighth grade won eight first place awards, 11 second place awards, eight third place awards and five fourth place awards in competitive categories including: poetry, monoLiving Word Academy students who logue, illustrated story, bible verses, participated in the 2012 Speech and Word dialogue and expressive reading. Festival The first place winners included: Lauren Budnick: fourth grade, Callie Lieberman: fifth grade, Christina Long: second grade, Abigail Moeller: third grade, Madison Nowotny: fourth grade, Allyson Osterhoff: third grade, Sydney Suthar: kindergarten, Faith Thompson: third grade

Teacher of the Year Teresa Politte, physical education and health teacher, was named Parkway South Middle’s Teacher of the Year for the 2011-12 school year.
After completing Politte her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health for kindergarten through 12th grade at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Politte

taught in another school district for 10 years before coming to the Parkway School District. Her middle school colleagues nominated and selected her for the honor. Politte became a PE and health teacher after wanting to offer an alternative PE experience that focused on fitness and fun with less emphasis on sports and competition. Along with the other physical education teachers at South Middle, Politte is hoping to incorporate some single gender classrooms in seventh and eighth grades

next school year to encourage students to focus on competition less by having fewer distractions from the opposite sex.
Politte offers two or three physical education activities for her students to select from to increase participation. “I get my eighth graders to participate by offering them choices,” Politte said. “Letting them choose between two or three fitness options gets them more involved because they are responsible for their choice. Also, when putting students on teams, I will let them choose one friend to join that team. Lastly, using current music with activities always increases participation.”
 Dr. Angela Frye, assistant principal at Parkway South Middle, wrote a commendation letter to recommend Politte at the District’s Teacher of the Year. “We are very fortunate to have Teresa as a teacher at South Middle,” Frye said. “Being nominated and selected by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year is a good indication of the respect they have for her. She is an exemplary teacher.”

Missouri Scholars 100 Six Rockwood and six Parkway students were named to the Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2012. The students are: • Emily Cheng, South High • Kelsey Clayman, Lafayette High • Shawn He, Central High

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standing the past. Through the use of Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and video podcasting, students are sharing videos, pictures and articles about archeology and discussing their own opinions on archeological topics, experiences and experiments. Teacher Dr. Samantha Anth said the eight-week unit is teaching students about archeology and appropriate social media use, as well as helping them understand the impact their voice can make. “The students have been the driving force behind the tools we are integrating into class,” said Anth. “Social media is allowing them to gain an understanding of different perspectives by connecting with a real audience to market their ideas.”

Robotics rookies Westminster Christian Academy’s FIRST robotics team competed in the semifinals at the Chaifetz Arena and was awarded the highest award possible for a rookie team, The Rookie All-Star Team. The team now is eligible to compete in the World Championships held in April in St. Louis. Westminster was one of 13 rookie teams from the St. Louis area. For the past several months, the Westminster’s FIRST robotics team has been designing and building a robot in anticipation of the St. Louis regional competition. This year’s robotics competition game, “Rebound Rumble,” required teams to build a basketball-type-game-playing robot that formed an alliance with two other teams’ robots in a three-on-three game of shooting hoops. “Every one of these students would tell you that they have accomplished more than they would have ever thought possible,” Harding said. “Thinking about all of the robot’s capabilities, they just shake their heads and say, ‘I can’t believe we built that.’ With outstanding leadership and technical advice from our Boeing engineer mentors, our rookie team was able to design and build a robot that can do absolutely everything that the competition requires. The dedication of our students, parents, and mentors just amazes me.”

Building bridges Whitfield students in teacher Harold Barker’s Accelerated Physics 12 classes participated in the Billiken BEAMS Bridge Competition hosted by Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. The Billiken BEAMS (Building Engineering Awareness in Metro Saint Louis) Competition is a group-based project opportunity in which St. Louis area high school students use their innovation skills to build a structure and then compete against other groups. This year’s challenge was “A Bridge to Civil Engineering” in which student groups were asked to construct a supported roadbased bridge out of balsa wood. Teams designed, constructed and tested the most effective bridges that met competition evaluation criteria. “I am very proud of our students’ performance this year and am pleased we were able to work with Saint Louis University to provide our students with an authentic engineering problem and experience,” Barker said. “Participating in programs like this gives our students opportunities to put their problem-solving and collaborative skills to the test, and our students gain confidence that they can be successful.”

Rockwood Art Show, Electronic Recycling Event The community is invited to attend the Rockwood Art Show from noon-3:30 p.m. on April 21-22 at Selvidge Middle. The exhibit will feature nearly 7,000 pieces created by student artists.Parking shuttles will run from Holy Infant and Woerther Elementary to Selvidge Middle to help ease parking congestion. In conjunction with the art show, attendees are encouraged to bring unwanted electronics for disposal during the annual Electronic Recycling Event. A fee of $1 per inch on TVs and $10 for monitors will be charged. A portion of the funds generated from the collection event will benefit the Rockwood School District Art Foundation.

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Administrators retire from Rockwood By MARCIA GUCKES Two of the Rockwood School District’s long-time administrators are retiring this year. Chief Financial and Legislative Officer Shirley Broz is leaving after 16 years and Director of K-12 Gifted and Talented Linda Smith is retiring after 14 years with the district. Both retirees are ending their careers with similar goals although they started in very different places. Broz grew up on a farm in St. Charles County while Smith was raised in New York City. Both said the first thing they will do is spend more time with family and take some time to figure out what they would like to do next. Broz is leaving Rockwood on a high note. She has been nominated for the 2012 Eagle Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The Eagle Award is the highest award given by the ASBO International. It goes to one of the association’s 4,000 members who demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment and dedication throughout their career. “It is an honor just to be considered and nominated,” Broz said. Broz is a certified public accountant (CPA) with a master’s degree in business management. She came to Rockwood with 18 years of corporate experience ranging from controller to vice president of several large firms. Broz said the people she worked with at Rockwood are one of the highlights of her career. “I’ve worked for wonderful people that truly care for students, education and performance. I have worked with people of tremendous integrity. I have worked for

visionaries who taught me to think about education differently than I had ever thought about it before.” Developing a common vision for educating Linda Smith Rockwood’s gifted students was one of Linda Smith’s first goals when she started her work in 1998. She came to the district with a doctorate in educational psychology, which she earned under the direction of Shirley Broz Joseph Renzulli. Smith also brought to Rockwood her experience as a classroom teacher, national gifted education consultant and president of Clayton School District’s Board of Education. Like Broz, she sees the people of Rockwood as a highlight of her career. “I’ve been really, really inspired by the people I work with and their passion for gifted kids,” Smith said. “Most of all what I’m happy about is that the tone of the program, the culture, the atmosphere here is one that kids are drawn to. I think we do a really good job of validating their unique characteristics and nurturing their confidence and their willingness to grow their talents here.” A search for Smith’s successor is still underway, although the district hopes to announce a new director of Talented and Gifted by mid-April. Broz’s replacement is Timothy Rooney, a CPA with almost 30 years of experience in several school districts.

Parkway fills leadership roles Parkway School District Superintendent Keith Marty announced the recommendation of two Parkway administrators to fill senior leadership positions in the district. Dr. Lisa Merideth was selected as the assistant superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Accountability, replacing Kathy Blackmore who is retiring after 35 years in education. Merideth has 27 years of educational experience and currently serves as Parkway’s Elementary Communications Arts Curriculum coordinator. Prior to joining Parkway in 2006, Merideth served as literacy and math staff developer and director of Title I programs for the Jennings School District. Prior to that, Merideth served the Columbia School District in Columbia, Mo., for 14 years as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. She holds a doctorate of education from Maryville University, a master’s degree

in education from Lindenwood University and a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science from the University of Missouri. 
 Dr. Chelsea Watson was selected as the assistant superintendent of Student Services, replacing Dr. Bonnie Maxey who is retiring after 38 years in Parkway. Watson has 20 years of educational experience including nine years as principal of Southwest Middle and six years as an assistant principal and administrative intern. Prior to joining Southwest Middle, Watson served as a teacher for five years at Wren Hollow Elementary. She holds a doctorate of education from Lindenwood University, a Master of Arts from Maryville University and a Bachelor of Arts from Drury College in Springfield, Mo. 
 Merideth and Watson will assume their new positions on July 1, 2012.



West Newsmagazine seeks Teacher of the Year nominations Do you know a teacher who has made all the difference in the life of a student? Do you know a teacher who always goes the extra mile to ensure excellence in education? Perhaps you know a teacher who consistently strives to make learning meaningful, effective, interesting and enjoyable. If so, you may know a teacher who has what it takes to be recognized as West Newsmagazine’s 2012 West St. Louis County Teacher of the Year, and we would like to hear from you. Presented annually, the West St. Louis County Teacher of the Year Award is given to one area teacher who has made a positive difference in the life of a student in the community, young or old. Eligible teachers include preschool, elementary school, high school and college teachers in West Newsmagazine’s mailing area. Nominations are open to educators at both public and private schools. To nominate a teacher for the award, simply explain in 100 or fewer words why you believe a teacher should be recognized as the West St. Louis County Teacher of the Year. Nominations must be submitted online at no later than Sunday, May 6, and should outline the specific experiences or special qualities that make the nominee an outstanding teacher.

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College hockey A former Chaminade hockey player has earned a prestigious honor. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced recently Bentley University sophomore forward Brett Gensler, who grew up in St. Charles, has been named the 60th recipient of the Walter Brown Award, which is given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Bentley is located in Waltham, Mass. Gensler is the first player ever from an Atlantic Hockey school to win the award. He finished ahead of runner-up Barry

Almeida of Boston College and Brian Flynn of Maine. The Walter Brown Award, which will be presented April 10, has a rich history as the oldest nationally recognized award given to individual players in college hockey. Its criteria for selection includes leadership, character, sportsmanship, ability and on-ice achievement. Its past winners include several prominent former and current NHL players including Brian Leetch, Chris Drury and Brian Gionta. “I’m honored to be the first Atlantic Hockey player ever to win such a prestigious award. There were a lot of other deserving players throughout New England who were nominated I would like to congratulate for their successful seasons,” said Gensler. “I want to thank Bentley University for giving me this opportunity, as well as acknowledge the support of my coaching staff, teammates and the Bentley community; without their support this achievement would not have been possible.” Gensler had an outstanding season for the Falcons, helping them improve by 10 points in the Atlantic Hockey standings from last season and up four places. He won the AHA regular season scoring title with 41 points in 34 games. He finished with 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points overall, becoming just the second player in

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Westminster names head varsity coach Westminster Christian Academy has dropped the interim tag for David Klyn as its varsity boys basketball coach. Klyn has served as interim head varsity coach for the 2011-12 school year. He led the Wildcats to a 22-5 season. “I am excited for the opportunity to join the Westminster community and to train young men to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God and further His Kingdom,” Klyn said. Athletic Director Todd Zell said Westminster is pleased to welcome Klyn to its coaching staff. “David brings a great deal of energy to the team, but what really stands out is his walk with the Lord,” Zell said. “He is a godly man who not only shares his knowledge of the game, but also shares about his walk with God as well. He is a great example for our young men to follow.” Klyn is the physical education teacher at Central Christian School and will continue in that position. His wife, Karissa, is the physical education teacher at Kirk Day School. Prior to his service as interim head varsity coach, Klyn served on the basketball staff at Westminster for three seasons, both as the junior varsity coach and assistant

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High school boys track and field The track programs at DeSmet and CBC got off to a solid start this spring with good efforts in the Gateway Invitational held at Washington University. The meet was the first big boys event of the spring. DeSmet finished second with 77 points while CBC was right behind in third place with a point total of 74 1/2. The Spartans were led by senior sprinter Durron Neal. The Oklahoma-bound football standout, won the 200-meter dash in 22.22 seconds. He also was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.13 and was on the first-place 400-meter relay team that set a DeSmet record with a winning time of 43.12. CBC’s Jamal Robinson captured the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 11.07. He barely finished behind Neal in the 200 with a time of 22.25 and was on the winning 800 relay team that took first in 1:28.49.


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Girls soccer preview tionals 1-0 to Ursuline. Coach Tim Walters: Entering 20th season as head coach at Lafayette. Record at Lafayette: 378-81-27. Returning: 14 lettermen. 8 starters. Players to watch: Senior forward Colleen Cole, junior forward Ashley Parks, junior forward Kate Barbe, senior midfielder Jordynn Martin, senior midfielder Ashton Lticvar, junior midfielder Danielle Tolmais, sophomore midfielder Natalie Quisenberry, junior back Jamison Wipke, senior back Nicole Madison, senior back Mereidth McGhee, senior back Kelsy Clayman, junior goalie Cece Hessler, senior goalie Laura Wade. Newcomers expected to contribute: “We have four freshmen that will see some time with one or two making an immediate Eureka impact.” 2011 record: 11-7. Lost in district finals to “I think we will be entertaining and fun to Lafayette in overtime. watch,” Walters said. “A lot depends on how Coach Bill Goggin: Entering his 19th as disciplined we are defensively and not going head coach at Eureka. crazy getting to many in the attack. Our Returning: 12 lettermen. 8 starters. depth in back may be suspect. We might be Players to watch: Senior back Haley Albert, forced to move a few. District titles are much senior Sidney Alen, junior striker Hannah harder to come by as every team in the disLeinert, junior back Courtney Silberberg, trict is very capable.” goalkeeper Aly Walner; midfielder Sammi Dunda. Marquette Newcomers expected to contribute: Fresh- 2011 record: 8-12-1. Lost to Lafayette in man Abby Pulliam, freshman Jesse Smelcer, penalty kicks in districts. freshman Brittney Robinson, freshman Kayla Coach Chris Kenny: Entering his 20th year Colenburg. as head coach at Marquette. “This should be a fun year,” Goggin said. Returning: 9 lettermen. 7 starters. “We have a really nice group of returning Players to watch: Senior midfielder Taylor starters and we are blending in some young Sutton, senior midfielder Jess Cook, senior player with good resumes. As a team we forward Sarah Berry, junior defender Kelly have high hopes for this season, after a dis- Dunlap, sophomore forward Sydney Vaughn, appointing year last year. It will be our most sophomore defender Alec Lage, junior middifficult schedule but will get us ready for fielder Megan Caserlie, junior forward Dana postseason.” Rodriguez, senior goalkeeper Karen Nightingale. Kennedy Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior 2011 record: 12-11-0. Reached the quarterfi- defender Rachel Berry, freshman midfielder nals, lost to Orchard Farm in overtime. Lauren Lottman, freshman defender Jess Coach Tom Rapp: Entering 28th year as head Dunlap, sophomore goalkeeper Brooke coach at Kennedy. Record is 315-249-42. Tucker. Returning: 14 lettermen. 7 starters. “We are in the process of figuring out how Players to watch: Goalkeeper Alyssa good we are, schedule is very difficult and we Mangan, sweeper Hannah Wiznewski, Sami hope to improve every game,” Kenny said. Hessler, Hannah Hughes, Lexi Daonahue, “Our conference is very competitive. We will Maddie Marchetto, Abby Bogard, Taylor depend heavily on our returning starters.” Santle, Julia Gassert and Alyssa Busken. Newcomers expected to contribute: Nicole MICDS Langwith, Kelsey McLaurine, Kathleen 2011 record: 15-8. Were co-champs of Miller, Katy Oerding. MWAA Red division at 4-1. “We haven’t set a team goal yet,” Rapp Coach Michael Black: Entering third year said. “We think we can vie for a state cham- as head coach at MICDS. Record at MICDS: pionship, but haven’t shown it yet so we will 37-31. Coached 11 years at McCluer. not set that goal just yet.” Returning: 10 lettermen. 7 starters. Players to watch: “The entire team.” Team Lafayette captains are seniors Jessica Brown, Ellie 2011 record: 19-8. Won district. Lost in sec- Condie, Taylor Glover, and Campbell By Warren Mayes The high school girls soccer season promises to be a good one again this spring. Lafayette has eight starters back from its district championship squad of 2011. Eureka has eight starters back and the Wildcats look to challenge in the Suburban West. MICDS has seven starters back from its conference championship club. Kennedy reached the quarterfinals last year and lost in overtime. The Celts want to get past that this spring and make an appearence in the state meet. Below is a look at the teams in alphabetical order; additional info can be found online at

Torchin. Newcomers expected to contribute: “Five freshmen will be on the varsity and they will all be competing for, if not earning starting positions.” “We are excited about the new Metro League,” Black said. “We hope to compete for the first Metro League title, but we know it will be difficult.” Parkway Central 2011 record: 14-7-1. Lost in the district semifinals to Francis Howell. Coach John Theobald: Entering his 10th season at Parkway Central. Returning: 9 lettermen. 6 starters. Players to watch: Junior goalie Sydney Stephens, sophomore defender Jessica Brady, junior midfielder Alyssa Waitz, sophomore midfielder Christie Bergesh, junior midfielder Taylor Johnson, sophomore forward Molly Cagle, junior forward Erin Roepke. Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman forward Gracie Devasto, freshman defender Libby Kaiser, junior midfielder Taylor German, junior defender Erynn Knott. “With only two seniors on the roster, we are excited to see what we can build this year with all the youth and hopefully make big strides to playing solid soccer as the season progresses,” Theobald said. “We feel like we have the potential to be a good team, but it may take a some time to get there. Hopefully we will find some consistency in our defense early on and be able to compete for the conference title.”

midfielder Alysa Manwill, senior Madelaine Wells, sophomores Addy Tabrizi, Gabby Rath, Sarah Burack, Rachel Brown. Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior goalie Mackenzie Gordon, junior Alex Ripper, sophomore Gabrielle Hughes, freshmen Alexa Riley, Victoria Klemm, Ashley Timme, Rachel Yang, and Allison Hughes. “We have an absolutely incredible group of young ladies this year,” Wayland said. “The amount of heart and enthusiasm these girls give day after day is inspiring. These girls have an eagerness to learn, a passion to win, and our new additions of raw talent is truly exciting.” Principia 2011 record: 9-9. Lost in the district final to Kennedy. Coach Travis Brantingham: Entering second year as head coach. Returning: 8 lettermen. Players to watch: Sophomore Emeile Fredrickson, sophomore Rachel Bemis, senior Justine Roy. Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Maddie Arens.

Westminster Christian Academy 2011 record: 11-10. Lost to Visitation in the district semifinals. Coach Warren Smith: Entering his seventh year as head coach. Has 79 wins at WCA. Is 129-50-11 overall. Returning: 8 lettermen. Players to watch: Senior Margaret Moore, Parkway North sophomore Caroline Moore, senior Made2011 record: 2-18. leine Smith, senior Karlee Heinemann, senior Coach Wendy Freebersyser: Entering 13th Brittany Zee-cheng, senior Chloe Carnahan. season as Parkway North head coach. Newcomers expected to contribute: FreshReturning: 6 lettermen. 5 starters. men Sarah Jane Fiala and Courtney Beat, Players to watch: Senior forward Shelby sophomore Mattie Ottsen. Simmons, junior midfielder Erica Roux, “We’ve lost in the district for three years in senior sweeper Rianne Saas. a row to the eventual state champion,” Smith Newcomers expected to contribute: Will said. “We’re looking forward to the year. If have five starting freshmen. we stay healthy, we should be competitive.” “This year’s team is very coachable,” Freebersyer said. “They are hard working and Whitfield excited to compete.” 2011 record: 2-15. Lost first game in districts 1-0 to John F. Kennedy. Parkway West Coach Jeff Cacciatore: Entering 14th year as 2011 record: 11-11-1. Lost in the first round head coach at Whitfield. Record is 117-147. of districts to Marquette. Returning: 7 lettermen. 6 starters. Coach Anne Wayland: Entering seventh Players to watch: Junior midfielder/back year as head coach at Parkway West. Record Mikayla Mooney. is 72-81-5. Newcomers expected to contribute: Returning: 10 lettermen. 5 starters. Freshman forward Holly Hogan, freshman Players to watch: Senior captain and goalkeeper Hannah Minorini, freshman middefender Lucy Devereux, senior captain fielder/back Kate Sescleifer. and defender Rachel Alizadeh, senior for“It will be great to see the seven freshmen ward Amber Manwill, junior captain and improve,” Cacciatore said. “I can’t wait to midfielder Amanda Anstine, sophomore see how we come together as a team.”



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Marathon hoops game sets record, raises funds for Joplin recovery By CAROL ENRIGHT The game lasted just over 112 hours and the final score was Team Joplin 11,806, Team St. Louis 11,620. But the real winners in this Guinness world record-setting, marathon hoops competition were the citizens of Joplin, Mo. The southwest Missouri town is approaching the one-year anniversary of the tornado that ripped a mile-wide path of destruction through its heart on May 22 – killing 162 and leaving the city facing a rebuilding effort that is expected to take years and cost an estimated $3 billion. It is a testament to the sheer magnitude of the disaster – and the desire of people from all over to help – that almost a year later, benefits are still being held and people are still generously opening their wallets to help the city come back. Chuck Williams, 47, of Wildwood is one of those people. He, along with his friend Steve Pona of St. Louis, were co-promoters of the event that set out to not only break a Guinness record for the longest running basketball game, but to raise more than $100,000 to help Joplin recover. Final totals were not available at presstime, but are expected to exceed $100,000. At 5 a.m. on March 21, 24 players gathered at the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) in downtown St. Louis with these goals in sight. When the final buzzer sounded at 9 p.m. on March 25, the men – battered and bruised after five days of non-stop play – had surpassed both. Williams and Pona put on marathon baseball games in 2007 and 2009 – each raising more than $100,000 for charity and breaking Guinness world records. The friends considered hosting another record-breaking baseball game to benefit Joplin. But with March Madness in the air and St. Louis hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regionals at the Edward Jones Dome, Williams said all signs pointed to basketball. Of the five days of continuous play, Wil-

liams said, “Physically and mentally, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through.” He credits the “character of the guys” and friendships they developed for keeping the players in the game. “When it was two o’clock in the morning and you’re just going up and down the court, you’ve got to have other things to talk about than just strictly the competition,” he said. Highlights of the competition include former Mizzou basketball player and Joplin resident, Jeff Hafer, 24, scoring over 3,000 points and 67-year-old Denis Duker of St. Albans scoring more than 600 points. Duker was the oldest player. The youngest was 20, with the average age hovering at 41. The two teams of 12 players rotated in two-hour shifts. At night, six players from each team would play for five hours – and then the rested six would take the court again. Players were not allowed to leave the building during the game. And the game never stopped. “No time outs, no halftime, nothing. It was a continuous clock,” said Williams. SSM Health Care provided round-theclock medical care. Throughout the strains and pains, Williams said that one thing kept the players going, “We weren’t just playing a game, but by keeping the clock moving, we were actually helping to raise money for Joplin – and those folks are in tremendous need.” Donations to benefit the city of Joplin continue to be accepted at World’s longest baseball game On July 3-5, Williams and Pona will attempt to break the Guinness record for the world’s longest baseball game once again. The event, which will benefit the BackStoppers, will be held at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. More information can be found at

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The most successful summer camp experiences occur when parents and children work together to find a camp that satisfies everyone’s needs – and for some families, the best choice for fun and learning is lurking right around the corner at a local day camp. When choosing summer activities for children, consider the following benefits of day camp, cited by the American Camp Association (ACA): • Day camp is close to home. Perhaps a child is too young for overnight camp, or the family schedule does not allow for extended time away from home. • Activity options are numerous. Day camps offer a wide range of programming and activities, from sports to arts to science and education. Like resident camps, day camps can feature team-building activities, leadership training, wilderness programs and more.

• Learning loss is lessened. Research indicates that participating in intentional programs, such as camp, helps reduce learning loss during the summer months. Camp is the ultimate classroom because experiences teach problem solving skills and skill development. • Kids get up and moving. Camp provides kids with the opportunity to try new things and participate in “human-powered activities.” According to surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American child on any given day is six times more likely to play a video game than to ride a bicycle. Research conducted by the ACA shows that 63 percent of children who learn new activities at camp tend to continue engaging in those activities after they return home. • There are budget-friendly options. In some cases, day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent services and paid with a dependent care flexible spending account or pre-tax dollars. In addition, day camps may qualify for special tax incentives, such as child and dependent care tax credits. In short, day camps nurture children’s growth and development through teachable moments, memorable experiences, friendships and most importantly, fun. It is not too late to enroll in a day camp, and the options in the West County area are plentiful. To explore some possibilities, visit and click on “Summer Camps & Opportunities” on the home page.

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A Real Rock & Roll Band Experience All experience levels welcome. Ages 9-17

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By SUE HORNOF When it comes time to pack for summer camp, most kids will have their own ideas about what should go in the suitcase, and in some ways, that is a good thing. Camp experts routinely recommend that parents and kids make decisions about camp together, because the more ownership a camper has in the overall experience, the easier the transition to camp will be. Following are tips from the American Camp Association (ACA) regarding packing for overnight camp: • Check the camp’s packing list. Each camp should have its own list of recommended items, including any required equipment, preferred footwear, etc. • Pack lightly. Keep in mind that campers generally live out of duffel bags, trunks or suitcases. • Label everything. Laundry pens and iron-on or stick-on labels will distinguish the camper’s belongings from those who share their living quarters.

• Break in shoes before going to camp. Make sure the camper’s footwear is comfortable and appropriate for the various camp activities. Sending a child with brand new hiking boots or tennis shoes could result in blisters, sore feet and time spent sitting out of camp activities. As for what not to pack, it is important to remember that some things are too valuable, too fragile, or simply inappropriate for summer camp. Items to leave behind include: • Cellular phones, handheld video games and other electronic devices. • Food, which can attract ants, mice and other creatures. • Non-prescription drugs, which can be dangerous to other campers and are not allowed at most camps. Pain relievers, cough syrups and other medicines are available at the camp health center. • Weapons, flammables and explosives, which are prohibited for obvious reasons. For more tips, visit


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Summer 2012: June –August 3 Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Monday, February 27 Sign up early for SummerLink and the Zone! From field trips to hands on activities to electrifying presentations and more, SummerLink and the Zone encourage students to use their imagination, learn, laugh and build friendships. Both camps run 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday with before (6:30–9 a.m.) and after care (3–6 p.m.) at no additional cost. 5 days $180 | 4 days $159 | 3 days $132 | 2 days $99 | 1 day $60 Prices include all field trips and two snacks. Rates apply to all Rockwood residents and non-residents.

SUMMER DAY CAMP Give your kids the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at Y Camp! A camp for everyone! Sports, art, swimming and more. Camps are for ages 3 and up.


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Andrews Academy Summer Camp Andrews Academy Day Camp is a challenging program designed to help children thrive and discover their unlimited potential for success. To do this, the camp offers several activities packages tailored to your child’s interest or needs. Plan now to make this coming summer, one that your child will always remember. Availability is limited. • Kindergarten - 6th Grade Open House April 12 • Two, 5-week sessions 6:30 - 7:30 pm • Lunch, snacks provided • Before - and after - camp care provided (at no charge) • Low counselor - camper ratio

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LESTERVILLE, MISSOURI SINCE 1946 • Week-long full and half-day camps for kids grades Pre-K - high school. • Before and after care available! Download the full camp catalog at or call 314.289.4439



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Ages 4 - 17



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Youth Camp Weeks - Boys & Girls Ages 5-14 June 4 - June 8 and July 30 - August 3

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Research shows that teens who work as camp counselors generally regard the experience as very positive.

Counselors cash in on summer camp By SUE HORNOF The value of summer camp for campers is well documented, but campers are not the only ones who benefit from the camp experience. The counselors who guide campers through the activities and adventures of summer camp gain more than a paycheck for their efforts. Research shows that summer camp counselors also gain: • valuable work experience • leadership and problem-solving skills • a greater understanding of themselves • a network of peers • a sense of satisfaction from their role as mentors to young children To determine the long-term benefits of working as a camp counselor, a team of Missouri Extension faculty conducted a study in which they surveyed 193 camp counselors who collectively worked at 17

different Missouri 4-H camp programs. According to a report on their research published in Camping Magazine (“The Value of Being a Camp Counselor: A Study of the Experiences and Personal Growth of Missouri 4-H Camp Counselors,” by Donald J. Nicholson, M.Ed. and Michelle D. Klem, M.S., March/April 2011), the counselors reported positive experiences in several areas, including leadership, role modeling, public speaking, teaching, connecting with campers and helping campers have a positive experience. In addition, the counselors reported some results that surprised researchers: 63 percent said they had an increased desire to remain in school; 65 percent said job or career opportunities opened up for them; and 74 percent said they were better prepared for college.

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Q & A with a day camp counselor

This summer, kids across the country will collectively spend time at thousands of day camps. They will sharpen skills and learn some new ones, take on challenges, experience adventures and make new friends. To gain some insight on the ins and outs of day camp, West Newsmagazine talked to 26-year-old Liz Spencer, who worked for several years as a counselor at a West County day camp. Here is what she had to say: Q: How old were the children you worked with? A: I was a camp counselor for a number of years, so I had children ranging from diaper age to 10 years old. The babies are always adorable, but you can actually have fun and hang out with the older kids, so both were great experiences. Q: What advice would you give to parents whose children get upset when their parents leave them at camp? A: Usually the big kids don’t have any problem leaving their parents because they are so excited for their day to start. It is the little ones you have to look out for. At

the beginning, everything is new and there are few, if any, familiar faces. The best idea for the parent of a crying camper is to give them a hug and kiss goodbye, tell them you will pick them up later and then leave immediately. A lot of times, parents would hang around because they felt bad about leaving their child crying, but when the camper stills sees their mom or dad there, they are going to continue to be sad. Once the parent leaves, a counselor can distract the camper by playing with them on the swings or giving them a toy to play with. Kids quickly forget why they were crying in the first place. 

 Q: What would you say are the main benefits of day camp? A: Day camp is a great way to get kids out of their normal, everyday activities inside and get them outside in the sun. They get away from TV, computers and video games and meet new friends. There are so many fun activities and so many energetic kids and counselors that it is really hard to get bored, no matter what you are doing. 
 Q: What kinds of intangible skills do you think kids learn at day camp? A: It totally depends on the camp. Kids can learn about sportsmanship and being a team player from playing just about any game. They can learn responsibility from having to carry around a backpack all day without losing anything. Some kids find out that they are leaders or that they have talents they never knew about. I think all kids gain a sense of independence at camp. If camp is outside, they also learn the importance of drinking plenty of water!

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Summer camp at Baskin Farm provides a great opportunity for horse-loving kids to spend their day riding and learning horsemanship. We offer six one-week camp sessions suitable for both beginner and intermediate riders. Ages 7-14. For more information and a free brochure, call today or download a registration form at

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Camp correspondence 101 SPORTS CAMPS

Learn fundamental skills, improve your game. Camps include: basketball, dance volleyball, and wrestling Age ranges and session dates vary by sport. Please check our website for specifics.

Camp Whitfield=FUN! Be ready to move, engage, create and play. Four one-week sessions in July Day camp for students entering kindergarten through seventh grade Our reasonable price includes all fees, field trip expenses and the best hot lunch in town!

For more information about Whitfield summer camps, visit WHITFIELD SCHOOL • 175 South Mason Road • St. Louis, Missouri 63141 • 314.434.5141

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Packing pre-addressed note cards will make it easy for young children to keep parents informed of their adventures at camp.

By SUE HORNOF Any adult who attended sleepover camp as a kid likely will recall that camp mail call was a highlight of the day. Recalling the event in “Summer Camp Handbook,” authors Jon Malinowski and Christopher Thurber write: “Getting a letter at camp was like winning the lottery. When we were campers, our cabin leaders would walk in each afternoon holding a small stack of letters. They’d tease us a little by reading the return addresses. … We loved that game. We loved everything about getting mail.” For today’s campers – who are accustomed to communicating via Facebook, text messages and email – receiving a handwritten letter is an even bigger deal than it was when their parents were kids. In fact, mail call is such an important part of camp that Malinowski and Thurber devoted two sections of their book to the “Letters from Home” topic. Letters and care packages from parents and other family members remind campers of how much they are loved, and words of

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encouragement from family can strengthen the sense of independence kids gain from the camp experience. Parents should remember also that because many campers will be receiving mail from home, those who come up empty-handed at mail call are likely to feel left out. Following are tips from the American Camp Association for communicating with children while they are away at camp: • Pack stationery for kids to take to camp so they can keep you informed of camp activities. Give younger children pre-addressed, stamped envelopes or postcards. • Before your child leaves for camp, mail a note or postcard so there will be a personalized touch of home when he or she arrives at camp. The correspondence will let young campers know that family members are thinking about them, assure them that their parents know they are having a good time, and express enthusiasm for the camp’s activities. • Care packages are always appreciated. Be sure to check with the camp director or on the camp website to see what the camp’s policies are regarding what items may or may not be included. • Avoid mentioning how much parents, siblings, family, or even pets miss the camper. While families may think that telling a camper he or she is missed sends a loving message, it may actually trigger unnecessary homesickness and worry about loved ones. • Discuss communication options with camp directors. Many camps offer families the opportunity to check in using technology to post photos and video of daily activities to camp websites. Boarding ~ Sales ~ Year Round Lessons Shows ~ Clinics ~ Camps

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Area public golf course guide The St. Louis area has numerous private country clubs that feature some fabulous golf courses, and currently, some are offering memberships at reduced rates. The metro area is home also to some great public courses, affording players of varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy the game for a small or moderate fee. Following is a guide to some favorite area public courses. In most cases, prices listed include the price of a cart and in every instance refer to rates at presstime, which are subject to change. At many courses, reduced rates are available to seniors and juniors. Golfers should call ahead or check course websites for current rates.

Rates with cart: Weekend/Holiday......................$33 Weekday...................................$26 Seniors & Juniors Weekday .........$20 Improve your game with lessons from Scott Brauer, PGA Class Golf Pro Individual & Group Lessons Available He will be teaching a 4-week Junior Golf Program in July

Meramec Lakes Golf Course 321 Birdie Lane • St. Clair, MO 63077 20 minutes west of Six Flags off Highway 44




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Annbriar: 1524 Birdie Lane • Waterloo, IL 62298 • (888) 939-5191 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $28 Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $38 18 holes Monday: $43 Tuesday-Friday: $53 Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $73 Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the course features a country club atmosphere at affordable rates.

Ballwin Golf Club: 333 Holloway Road • Ballwin, MO 63011 • (636) 227-1750 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $12/resident; $15/non-resident Saturday-Sunday: $13/resident; $15/non-resident A fun and challenging 9-hole course, the award-winning Ballwin Golf Club plays up to 3,433 yards for the big hitters and as short as 2,703 yards. A creek running through the majority of the holes presents a series of challenges.

Birch Creek Golf Club: 499 North Service Road • Union, MO 63084 • (636) 584-7200 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $18; $13 after 12 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $25; $20 after 12 p.m. 18 holes Monday-Friday: $35; $25 after 12 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $45; $35 12-2 p.m.; $30 after 2 p.m. Scratch players will find the gold tees at 6,900 yards challenging. Crescent Farms Golf Club: 745 Lewis Road • Crescent, MO 63025 • (636) 938-6200 • The course is under new management, and at press time, spring rates have not yet been determined. Crescent Farms offers 18 regulation holes on the Stallion course, plus a 9-hole executive course featuring six par-3 and three par-4 holes.



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Creve Coeur Golf Course: 11400 Olde Cabin Road • Creve Coeur, MO 63141 • (314) 432-1806 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $17/resident; $21/non-resident Saturday-Sunday: $18/resident; $23/non-resident A slope rating of 109 for men and 104 for women, and a course rating of 67.6 for men and 68.8 for women, reflect the tremendous challenge of the course.



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Deer Creek Golf and Country Club: 5300 Dulin Creek Road • House Springs, MO 63051 • (636) 671-0447 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $20 Saturday-Sunday: $24 18 holes Monday-Friday: $28; $24 after 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: $32; $28 after 3 p.m. More than 200 acres of unspoiled terrain surround the clubhouse. Panoramic views and a thoughtfully designed layout combine for a great golf escape.

Far Oaks Golf Club: 419 Old Collinsville Road • Caseyville, IL 62232 • (618) 628-2900 • At press time, the rates for spring 2012 have not yet been determined. A favorite venue for tournaments, the always-well-manicured Far Oaks features a Scottish-style links layout on the front nine and a sloping, up-and-down back nine that runs through grand oaks.

Gateway National Golf Links: 18 Golf Drive • Madison, IL 62060 • (800) 482-8856 • www.gatewaynational. com 18 holes Monday-Thursday: $49.50; $39.50 after 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday and holidays: $69.50; $49.50 after 1 p.m. Noted for its bent grass, the links-style Gateway National is regarded as one of the prettiest courses in the bi-state area.

Landings at Spirit Golf Club: 180 N. Eatherton Road • Chesterfield, MO 63005 • (636) 728-1927 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $30; $29 after 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: $35; $32 after 1 p.m. 18 holes Monday-Tuesday: $38; $33 after 1 p.m. on Mondays; $23 after 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: $46; $23 after 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: $58; $37 after 1 p.m.; $23 after 3 p.m. The course is designed to challenge highly skilled players, but five sets of tees make it playable for all.

Meramec Lakes Golf Course: 321 Birdie Lane • St. Clair, MO 63077 • (636) 629-0900 • 18 holes Monday: $18 Tuesday-Friday: $26; $18 after 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $33; $18 after 1 p.m. Seven new greens, renovations to older portions of the course and additions of and revisions to many bunkers, all under the expert guidance of golf architect Gary Kern, have contributed to an improved experience.

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Birch Creek Golf Club Enjoy Great Golf at Affordable Fees in a Relaxed Informal Atmosphere Check out our website for a full list of fees and link to our Internet Specials for the guaranteed best deals. A quality facility available to all who care about this great game. Visit soon and enjoy the beauty of our course, the comfort of our clubhouse and the spectacular views, like this, from our “Birch Perch” deck.

Paradise Valley Golf & Country Club: 1055 Lochmoor Drive • St. Louis, MO 63049 • (636) 225-5157 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $21 Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $26; $24 after 12 p.m. 18 holes Monday-Friday: $32 Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $42 Woods and native wildlife give golfers challenging play in a truly idyllic setting.

Quail Creek Golf Club: 6022 Wells Road • St. Louis, MO 63128 • (314) 487-1988 • www.quailcreekgolfclub. com At press time, the current rates are about to expire, and rates for spring 2012 have not yet been announced. Quail Creek offers 18 holes of championship golf designed by local golf legend Hale Irwin. With a slope rating of 141 from the back tees, the course is tied for the most difficult public course in the St. Louis area.

Ruth Park Golf Course: 8211 Groby Road • University City, MO 63132 (314) 727-4800 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $10/resident; $12/non-resident Saturday-Sunday: $11/resident; $13.50/non-resident 18 holes Monday-Friday: $18 Saturday-Sunday: $18/resident; $23 non-resident The 9-hole course was established in 1931 and designed by Robert Foulis, widely known for designing many of the area’s finer courses. The municipal course offers one of the St. Louis area’s most affordable golf outings.

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM Stonewolf Golf Club: 1195 Stonewolf Trail • Fairview Heights, IL 62208 • (618) 624-4653 • 18 holes Monday-Tuesday: $39.50 Wednesday-Friday: $46 Saturday-Sunday: $60 The Jack Nicklaus Signature course features zoysiagrass tees and fairways and bent-grass greens; five sets of tees ensure challenging play for all golfers.

Tapawingo National Golf Club: 13001 Gary Player Drive • St. Louis, MO 63127 • (636) 349-3100 • www. 9 holes Monday-Friday: $33; $28 two hours after twilight Saturday-Sunday: $40; $35 two hours after twilight 18 holes Monday-Friday: $60; $40 after 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: $70; $50 after 2 p.m. 9 holes $33 18 holes $60 Three 9-hole courses were designed by Gary Player, who said of the property: “You could not ask for better material.”

The Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park: 6141 Lagoon Drive • St. Louis, MO 63112 • (314) 367-1337 • 9 holes Monday-Sunday: $22 18 holes Monday-Friday: $32; $23 after 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: $40; $28 after 2:30 p.m. Redesigned by Hale Irwin in 2004, Forest Park features three 9-hole courses, giving players various 18-hole combination options.

Wolf Hollow Golf Club: 4504 Hwy. 100 • Labadie, MO 63055 • (636) 390-8100 • 9 holes Monday-Friday: $16 Saturday-Sunday: $22; $20 after 2 p.m. 18 holes Monday-Friday: $25 Saturday-Sunday: $29 Numerous natural hazards make the Gary Kern-designed course a real challenge.




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Missouri nursing homes get good report Results of a statewide survey of Missouri nursing homes have led University of Missouri researchers to conclude that negative perceptions of long-term care facilities are changing. Researchers at the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing in 2011 conducted a statewide survey of Missouri nursing homes and found that nearly 90 percent of nursing home residents and their family members were satisfied with the residents’ long-term care facilities. “The findings paint a positive picture of nursing homes that contradict previous perceptions,” said Marilyn Rantz, curators professor in the nursing school, who helped conduct the survey. “Nursing home administrators have worked diligently throughout the past decade to improve the quality of care delivered to residents and to make care settings more homelike. Their efforts have made a difference in improving perceptions of long-term care facilities.” The survey evaluated nearly 200 nursing homes throughout Missouri and was the first to measure residents’ and family members’ overall satisfaction with the quality of

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Boomers get by with a little help from friends, experts By SUE HORNOF Last year, the eldest of the baby boomers celebrated their 65th birthdays, and every day, another 10,000 are marking that milestone. America’s baby boomers are tackling the challenges of aging with resourcefulness – and a little help from their friends and professionals. ‘The Golden Girls’ phenomenon Some say it is a return of the hippies to the commune; others call the growing number of female baby boomers sharing living quarters “‘The Golden Girls’ phenomenon.” According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 480,000 female baby boomers lived with at least one unrelated female in 2010. “This concept is really trending on the East and West coasts and is very big in Europe,” said Ryan Cowmeadow, vice president of the National Shared Housing Resource Center, a clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization. “Our numbers are up about 15 percent since 2007, and about 75 percent of applicants are female. We’re hoping to see a real surge with the boomers entering retirement age now.” According to Martha Nelson, 65-yearold author of “Black Chokeberry,” a book about three older women who unexpectedly end up sharing a home, the growing trend is simply about women choosing to live in the company of friends. “Women typically live longer than men, and men are more likely to remarry quickly after a divorce or the death of a spouse,” Nelson said. “And fundamentally, I think it’s as much about the special bonds women share. We form these wonderful, supportive, ‘tell the truth’ friendships, which survive the demands of husbands, children and careers. Whether living alone or with a spouse or partner, women cling to their friendships. When a woman considers living alone as she ages, it’s a natural progression to seek the company of her best friends.” Parent trap In 2004, after working 20-plus years as a social worker, Jeannie Krause-Taylor founded Pathways for Aging, a Creve Coeur-based agency rooted in a social work model to serve the aging population. In addition to serving the elderly, however, Krause-Taylor’s business has become a resource for baby boomers. “We started out primarily focusing on the

older adults, and over the years, I’ve spent more and more time helping the adult children in dealing with the issues of their aging parents – to the point that we’ve decided to sort of carve that out as another whole area of specialization,” Krause-Taylor said. “A lot of times, they’re looking for information and resources.” Many baby boomers turn to Pathways for Aging because they are concerned about whether or not their parents can continue to live independently; others need help dealing with family dynamics and emotions that surface as parents age. Krause-Taylor will present a free workshop, “Recipes to Sweeten Your MotherDaughter Bond,” from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at Commerce Bank, 1699 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. The workshop discusses how the motherdaughter relationship is the most complex relationship in a family and “is basically for baby boomer adult daughters,” KrauseTaylor said. Hitting the books Many baby boomers have responded to the economic recession by going back to school, enrolling in continuing education, community college and advanced degree programs. According to two 2010 Del Webb surveys, nearly a third of baby boomers turning 50 in 2010 have pursued additional educational opportunities, often focusing on “re-education” and expanding employment needs. Roughly 22 percent of baby boomers turning 64 in 2010 sought additional education, but among that age group, there was a greater emphasis on “personal interest.”

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New guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America suggest the vast majority of sinus infections are viral and should not be treated with antibiotics.

Antibiotics and sinus infections The vast majority of sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, according to new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Nearly one in seven people are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year, and 90-98 percent of cases are caused by viruses – which are not cured by antibiotics. “There is no simple test that will easily and quickly determine whether a sinus infection is viral or bacterial, so many physicians prescribe antibiotics ‘just in case,’” said Anthony W. Chow, M.D., chair of the guidelines panel and professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of

British Columbia, Vancouver. “However, if the infection turns out to be viral – as most are – the antibiotics won’t help and in fact can cause harm by increasing antibiotic resistance, exposing patients to drug side effects unnecessarily and adding cost.” The new IDSA guidelines note that a Date of issue: sinus infection is likely caused by bacteria Client: and should be treated with antibiotics if symptoms last for 10 or more days and are Size: not improving; symptoms are severe and Colors: include fever higher than 102, nasal disPictures: charge and facial pain lasting three to four consecutive days; or symptoms Logos:worsen, with new fever, headache or increased Copy: nasal discharge, typically after a viral upper respiratory infection that lasted five or six days and initially seemed to improve. The guidelines call also for avoiding decongestants and antihistamines, regardless of whether a sinus infection is bacterial or viral, as they are not helpful and may make symptoms worse. Male pattern baldness treatment may be on horizon The identification of an abnormal amount of a certain protein found in the scalp of men with male pattern baldness could pave a direct path to new treatments for the most common cause of hair loss in men. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that the protein Prostaglandin


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Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock turned his young team into Stanley Cup contenders

By WARREN MAYES The St. Louis Blues morphed from earlyseason loser to Western Conference leaders to a playoff team. The main reason behind the transformation is new coach Ken Hitchcock. After getting off to a slow start, the Blues fired Davis Payne on Nov. 6. The club was 6-7 and headed nowhere. Enter Hitchcock. The veteran coach had a simple mandate for his squad. “I want us to be proud of the way we play the game,” Hitchcock said. “I think at the end of the day, I want people in St. Louis to say, ‘Man, that team plays the right way.’” They have been playing the right way, too. St. Louis snapped its futility of recent years by clinching a playoff berth in the middle of March with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s the first step,” Hitchcock said. “We’re proud of that. We’re really happy with it, and we continue down that path.” Making the playoffs is rarified air for the franchise in recent seasons. The Blues credit their savvy, veteran coach, who was hired 13 games into the season and arrived with a track record of prodding teams to the top on short notice. Two months ago, they were foundering. Plug in Hitchcock. Now, they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. “They’re a top team in this league,” Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said after a recent game with the Blues. “This is one of the toughest teams you can play right now.” General manager Doug Armstrong said he saw an underachieving team and another season getting away from St. Louis, which has missed the playoffs five of the last six seasons. “Obviously, when you work with someone you try and support them all the way up until the last second,” Armstrong said. “This (hiring Hitchcock) was based more on a gut feeling that there was a different direction could go with an experienced coach that could poke and prod and get a young to meet their potential.” Hitchcock is the second-oldest coach in the NHL. Before his tenure with the Blues, he owned a record of 534-350-88-70.

Armstrong was an assistant GM when Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999-2000, so when the Blues needed a “poke and prod” he turned to a familiar face. Hitchcock was available, serving as a Columbus Blue Jackets consultant after getting fired as coach last season. Columbus gave the Blues permission to talk to Hitchcock, who said, “I just felt like I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity.” He also noted that the Blues “have as much or more potential than anybody around.” They’ve been playing up to that potential since the coaching switch. The goalie tandem of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak has combined for a record number of team shutouts. The once anemic power play has made big strides with a simple mandate to fire at will and capitalize on deflections and rebounds. They’re perhaps more dangerous at even strength with a relentless forecheck and four lines with a combination of speed and big bodies. Elliott, who wasn’t even guaranteed a job in camp, is the team’s lone All-Star. “It’s his ability to convince us to pay attention to details and really want to play the game right for 60 minutes,” Elliott said about Hitchcock. “Having his hockey knowledge, I think we trust in it, and it shows.” Instead of thinking overhaul, Hitchcock approached the job much like one of his productive part-time gigs. Hitchcock coached Team Canada to a silver medal in the 2008 World Championships and served as associate coach on a pair of Olympic gold medal teams. Of course, his greatest NHL achievement was guiding the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999. Ex-Blues star Brett Hull was a member of that team. Aware of the team’s untapped talent, Hitchcock tweaked the game plan but didn’t swamp anyone with a brand new system. “I knew the things you could do, the things you couldn’t do and knew how much information they could absorb,” he said. “I’m pretty lucky to have that experience.” Hitchcock turned 60 in December and seems a little bit professorial, with roundish body, rosy cheeks and cherubic face to go

with his measured, learned delivery. There were no bulging veins in the neck, no screaming fit, when Hitchcock addressed players after Edmonton’s three-goal second period earlier this season in a loss that could have damaged the young team. Body language combined with a few choice words motivated a stirring three-goal comeback victory. The next day, Hitchcock accentuated the positive: “Keep the score, burn the scorecard.” “He’s kind of an ‘I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed’ type of guy, and that hurts even more,” captain David Backes said. “He’s like a dad that’s disappointed in the kids. That kind of stings.” Mostly, it’s been the Blues doing the stinging. The franchise has missed the playoffs five of the last six seasons. Hitchcock has them playing well consistently. They’re way past the honeymoon period when a new coach comes in and makes an immediate difference for a few games. “We’re playing our game night in and night out. Consistent,” forward Chris Stewart said. “We don’t have the big star. We’re playing to our identity.” Hitchcock has adjusted, too. He doesn’t obsess over the little things as much. “The world doesn’t stop, your coaching ideas have to evolve, too,” team president John Davidson said. “I give him a lot of

credit. He’s understood things he could have done better and things he has to do better.” He’s shown up in better shape, too. Hitchcock is not quite so round anymore after diving into a fitness kick. No more junk food. Hitchcock is an enthusiastic advocate of the so-called caveman diets, which emphasize foods that prehistoric humans ate and shuns processed foods. “I cut out a lot of things. A lot of things,” Hitchcock said. “The best thing that happened to me on the break was to find a different lifestyle. “It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life. I feel good every day. I don’t feel tired. I found a different way to handle the stress of everyday coaching.” Hitchcock doesn’t think he’s changed as a coach, except for being more accepting of individual tastes. Though the Blues were far from awful under Payne, the front office detected it might have the makings of yet another futile season waiting for the youth movement to finally click in. It’s happening now on a roster dotted with former high draft picks complemented by veteran presence. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was the fourth overall pick in 2008, and forwards T.J. Oshie, David Perron, Patrik Berglund and Backes are all former high picks. Old hands Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenb-



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some of these guys. It’s a good spot to be. We haven’t responded quite as well as we wanted to. I think ... we’re getting closer to the way we need to play. That will continue to build as we get into April. “In our game, there can’t be any letdown. If you do, you lose points and teams are too close together. When we’re on top of our game it’s a very tough game to beat. We want to make sure that we’re at that point and we’re playing our best hockey when April starts.” “It’s one thing to get into the playoffs and it’s another thing to play well there and go far,” defenseman Barret Jackman said. “That’s our goal.” They want to go deep into the postseason. They are not satisfied. Hitchcock makes sure of that. “I don’t ever lose site of the big picture,” said Hitchcock. “We’re in the rarefied air …. Do we want first place? Sure. Do we want to win the division? Yeah, you bet, (but) you can’t lose sight of the big picture. The big picture is all about how you’re playing.” The Hitchcock of today is different from the Hitchcock in Dallas that went to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons. “Yeah. I think for me in Dallas, we had a veteran team that was kind of slow, but we played like an old dog,” Hitchcock said. “We just sat back and let you make mistakes and then buried you. “If you’re going to win in the National Hockey League right now, you’ve got to be a 200-foot team. You’ve got to play really, really fast defensively, and then you’ve got to protect the puck like crazy offensively. If you’re going to win in this league, if you want to create your offense, you’ve got to play 200 feet. Now, you can’t play at 150. And you also have to play really, really fast. It’s not fast offensively. Fast and loose offensively ends up in losses. Fast and tight defensively ends up in wins.” Winning is what the Blues are all about under Hitchcock.

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runner, the latter a member of Hitchcock’s Stars cup winner, provide stability. The trade of former No. 1 overall selection Erik Johnson to Colorado last winter looks like a steal with Stewart and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk playing key roles. “After wins I think we’ve been really humble and after losses, too,” Berglund said. “The next day we’ve been working really hard. I think everybody’s on the same page, and everybody feels that confidence in the locker room.” Benefiting from introspection during his time out of coaching – he was fired by the Blue Jackets in January 2010 – Hitchcock has made a special effort to relate to a younger generation that craves instant feedback. Whenever possible, he tries to incorporate humor. “We try to do things that make people laugh, and laughter gets their attention,” Hitchcock said. “We make fun of ourselves and each other. It loosens the load.” The day after games, Hitchcock believes players need him most. “They’re way harder on themselves. They’re really looking for leadership, they’re looking for a firm direction on what we need to do to get better,” Hitchcock said. “They ask way more questions, they want more answers.” The players know there’s a reason for asking their coach questions. Now, they believe they can do some damage in the postseason. While they have been winning game after game, other teams have taken notice. These Blues are for real. “When you’re the team on top, it’s like you’re looking at those teams and when you get a chance you want to show your best and really say, ‘Hey, we can play with those guys,’” said Langenbrunner, who won Stanley Cups in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). “I hate to say measuring stick, but we are that now. I think that’s great for us. That will prepare for what’s ahead. It’s new for



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PEOPLE Rev. Greg Prauner was recently installed as associate pastor of King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13765 Olive Prauner Blvd. in Chesterfield. ••• Chesterfield resident Brad Indelicato, a certified public accountant with Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., recently obtained the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) Indelicato


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EDUCATION & NETWORKING Business dinner etiquette is the topic of a West County Young Professionals Lunch ‘n Learn from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. Admission is $15. For the location, which at presstime has not been determined, call 230-9900 or visit ••• The West County Chamber of Commerce holds “Thinking Outside the Box,” a Lunch ‘n Learn presented by Tim FitzGerald, of FitzGerald & FitzGerald, P.C., at noon on Tuesday, April 10 at West County Nissan, 14747 Manchester Road in Ballwin. Admission is $15 and includes the workshop and a boxed lunch. To register, call 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber. com by April 8. ••• The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, will be a staff appreciation celebration. Attendees are invited to bring their co-workers for networking, lunch and entertainment. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, call 532-3399 or visit by April 16. ••• Wildwood Business Association holds a Business to Business Mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant, 16721 Main Street. For more information, visit

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BENEFITS The fourth annual Shabbat St. Louis community-wide Shabbat service during Passover is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. The service falls on the first day of Passover and includes a Passover Festival liturgy. Congregants representing synagogues in St. Louis and Southern Illinois and students from the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School participate in the special lay-led service. HaShemesh provides the music. Preceding the service, rabbis lead an interactive Torah study session form 9-9:45 a.m. A kosherfor-Passover reception follows the service. All generations are welcome – affiliated or not – and attendees are asked to bring a can of food to be donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. For more information, visit ••• A Bunch for Bunco fundraiser is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) on Friday, April 13 in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Manchester’s multi-purpose room. The event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Prizes, a silent auction, three rounds of bunco, 50/50 raffle, a snack buffet, desserts, soda, wine and tea are included. The cost is $15 per player. Call 227-8596. ••• “Livin’ on a Prayer,” a benefit for Shirlee Green Preschool, is at 6:15 p.m. (dinner starts at 7 p.m.) on Saturday, April 14 at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. The ’80s-themed night includes dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a performance by Mack Daddyz – a band made up of fathers of preschoolers. Admis-

sion is $30 per person. Call (314) 569-0047 or visit ••• Babler Elementary PTO hosts a trivia night and silent auction at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, April 14 at Gateway Sports Center. Trivia, auction items and games are featured. Admission is $25 per person/$200 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit programs for students, teachers and staff at Babler Elementary. To register, visit ••• A day of tennis in memory of Betsy Faria will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at the Chesterfield Athletic Club, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road. Round-robin tennis, a silent auction and a buffet lunch (12 p.m.) are featured. The cost is $55 for tennis and lunch and $25 for lunch only. Proceeds will be donated to Safe Connections and Our Lady’s Inn. To register, call 532-9992 by April 6. ••• The St. Clare of Assisi Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary hosts a benefit fashion show/luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 at St. Clare, 15642 Clayton Road in Ellisville. Tickets are $20 per person; tables of eight are available. For reservations contact Kathy Gantz at or (314) 369-4984 by April 11. ••• Dancing Thru Life presents the “Performing for Life” Benefit Variety Show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Chesterfield Performing Arts Theatre, 16363 Burkhardt Place. Adult dancers, singers, musicians, magicians and more from across the country perform to benefit Whole Kids Outreach Charity of Missouri. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10. Call 391-5678. ••• The 24th annual Chesterfield Civic Prayer Breakfast is at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield. Derek Glanvill, president and COO of McCarthy Building Companies, is

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the keynote speaker. The event is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield and draws hundreds of people each year. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table of eight and can be purchased at Proceeds benefit Camp Wyman, a teen outreach program that helps underprivileged high school students. Corporate sponsorships start at $400. Call Walter Bilgram at 236-5562. ••• The 11th annual Friends of Kids with Cancer “Walk with a Friend at Sunrise” is at 9 a.m. (registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m.) on Saturday, April 28 at 635 Maryville Centre. A 5k run and 1-mile walk are featured. Sponsorships are available. The pre-registration deadline is April 16; packet pick-up is from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on April 25. Call (314) 275-7440 or visit ••• The West County Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association hosts mouse races at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Andre’s West, 211 South Old Hwy. 141 in Fenton. Tickets include a buffet dinner of salad, sandwiches and pasta; and drinks including beer, wine, soda and mixed drinks. Ten mouse races, a 50/50 raffle, roulette wheel and silent auction are featured. Tickets are $25 and benefit St. Louis County Police Department, fifth and seventh precincts. Email Kasey at ••• Tinsel Town Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. (doors open and silent auction begins at 6 p.m.) on Saturday, April 28 at St. John Lutheran Church, 15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville. Mulligans, a 50/50 raffle, heads or tails and more are featured. Beer, soda and light snacks are included in admission; wine and mixed drinks are available for purchase. Entry is $25 per person or $200 per table of eight. Tickets are available at ••• The 22nd annual Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic opens with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.) on Monday, April 30 at Persimmon Woods Golf Club. Activities include the longest drive, closest to the pin, putting and hole-in-one contests. Individuals and foursomes are welcome. Register

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FAMILY AND KIDS An Easter Egg Hunt is from 9 a.m.noon on Saturday, April 7 at St. Louis Family Church. The event is open to kids ages 1-12 and middle-school students. Costumed characters, inflatables, face painting and prizes are featured. Call 532-3446 or visit ••• The city of Des Peres hosts the “Get Hopping Easter Egg Hunt” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Sugar Creek Park. Attendees should park at The Lodge Des Peres; a trolley runs from 9-11 a.m. to and from the park, where the Easter Bunny and Missouri’s First Lady are on hand for photos. Children should bring their own baskets. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Call (314) 835-6150 or visit •••


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LIVE PERFORMANCES St. Louis Family Church presents “Godspell” at 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 4-22, at the church. The musical is based on the Gospel of Matthew. Admission is free; offerings are accepted. Call 532-3446 or visit ••• The 150-voice Chancel Choir and guest soloists present a concert, “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” by Theodore Dubois, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at Manchester United Methodist Church. Call Tom Lawrence at (314) 608-8034. ••• Sangeetha presents a Classical Indian Music Flute Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Midwest Music Conservatory, 15977 Clayton Road. Vittal Ramamurthy performs with the instrumental ensemble. Visit for details and tickets. ••• St. Louis Community College-Wildwood presents “The Good Doctor” at 7 p.m. on

Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, in the school’s multipurpose room. Neil Simon weaves together a variety of short sketches written by Anton Chekhov. Visit

SPECIAL INTEREST The 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 and offers basic to advanced swing dance lessons before the dance (at 7 p.m.). Visit ••• A Single and Parenting class is from 7-9 p.m. on Mondays through April 30 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. The video educational seminar offers parenting strategies, encouragement and insights on how to find rest and hope while parenting alone. Child care is available with preregistration. Call 779-2331. ••• Eureka Outreach Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church gymnasium, 500 Meramec Avenue in Eureka. The center offers time for blind and visually impaired persons to gather for a free meal and socialization. Transportation is furnished for those not in wheelchairs, and those who are in wheelchairs are welcome but must provide their own transportation. For reservations or details, contact Bob Wardenburg at 394-3422. ••• DivorceCare meets from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 11-July 11 (excluding July 4) in the Ministry Center at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. Individuals interact with others who are experiencing separation and divorce; informative seminars also are featured. The cost is $15 per person, and child care is available with pre-registration. Contact Annmarie Utech at 779-2331. ••• The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Arbor Day seedling giveaway from 8-9 a.m., or until trees run out, on Saturday, April 14 in Schroeder Park. Flowering dogwood and Norway spruce are offered. Call 391-6326, ext. 400. ••• The Green Team Commission hosts “How Climate Change is Changing Reality” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the auditorium at Westminster Christian Academy. Brian Bozek presents. Contact Dirk Maas at

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Tree & Brush Removal, Pruning, Dead-Wooding, Deep Root Fertilization, Stump Grinding, Cabling, Storm Clean-Up and Plant Healthcare

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Experienced in-home childcare in Ballwin has an available infant/toddler opening. Hours & days are very flexible. Loving & learning environment, 15+ years experience. Excellent references. For details, call 636-284-4470.

Affordable Accounting, Tax, Payroll & Guidance Solutions

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melISSa'S HouSeCleanIng - GREAT RATES, GREAT SERVICE! Let me do the dirty work! Also, your errands, petsitting, dog walking, housesitting and babysitting. Anything to help with your busy lifestyle and needs. References avail. Call 314-368-9569.

R. L. Oehm Concrete, LLC


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Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer


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The Fan guy - Trained & experienced tradesman for light electrical services: ceiling fans, installation/repairs, new outlets/ switches, attic fans/outdoor lighting. Fair, dependable & honest. Call Paul 636-734-8402.

Bethany electric

636-227-3305 314-703-9617 residential & Commercial Wiring

Flooring wooD FlooR ReFInISHIng : Add instant equity to your home. Professional Floors of St. Louis 31 year old fully insured company serving entire metro community. Sanding, r e f i n i s h i n g, r e p a i r s, n e w installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314843-4348,


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Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates.

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Computer Services

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


We fix slow and crashing computers, remove and prevent viruses, recover and transfer data, setup home networks and more. Fixed or it’s free! 15 years of real experience. Call Matt 314.226.4279 or visit us at Specializing in Home Offices and Small Businesses. County Computer Consulting LLC, can support your computers and networks. Call Ray for more information at 636-391-3853 or www. CCC-LLC.BIZ.

Serving St. louis & St. charles co

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

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KeePIng IT Clean - Our work is guaranteed. Flexible schedules, move-in/ move-out cleaning, residential & commercial. Bonded, insured, screened employees. pet-friendly. Discounts for seniors & new customers! FREE estimates. 314-852-9787.

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Driveways • Patios • Basements • Garages Porches • Sidewalks • Pool Decks

Clean & organize your home before summer is here! I have 20 years experience. Dependable and thorough. References available. Reasonable rates. Call Connie at 636-544-8434.

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Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/Summer rates and availability. To view pictures, please go to /127089 or /148365. For Additional info, Call 314-9228344.

For Sale FReNCH COUNTRy DR HUTCH Excellent condition, solid wood with beveled glass, 92" high. Must sell, Asking $700. Call 314324-8163. SIDewalK Sale - at Dream House & TeaRoom in Claymont Plaza (Clayton & Kehrs Mill Rds.), 636-227-7640. Wed. 4-11 and Sat. 4-14, from 10am-2pm. Inside in case of rain. Furniture, apparel, shoes, lamps, pictures and much more.

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Home Improvement

JT Dunn Heating & Cooling 24/7 - Small Prices - Big Service. Discounts available online at Call 314809-3019 now for Expert Advice Over the Phone!

Help Wanted LAWN CARe WORKeR - Good Pay - West County Area. Must have experience, transportation, speak some English, pass background check, be heat-tolerant and hard working. Call Erik at 314-550-0574. Inside Sales: Part time person to set appointments for professional market. Accounting knowledge helpful. Experience in cold calling very helpful. Excellent pay. Ellisville office. 636271-9190.



Home Improvement 101 HOMe RePAIRS & ReMODeLING. 20+ years experience. Carpentry, Plumbing, Painting, Electrical, Flooring, Windows & Doors, Kitchens & Baths. Free Estimates. Insured. All work guaranteed. Call Daniel at 314-486-1972. vop HandYMan...Call On A Professional! Home Repairs • Plumbing • electrical • Carpentry • Painting • Windows & Doors • Appliances • Roof Repair • Decks & More! Call (636) 541-0375 or (636) 394-2319

Handyman Corner Inc. Reliable Home Repair PLUMBING • ELECTRICAL CARPENTRY


30 yrs. Experience - Free Estimates

Skips Hauling & Demolition! Serving the Bi-State Area including St. Charles County. Appliances, furniture, debris, construction, rubble, yard waste, excavating & demolition! 10, 15 and 20 cubic yard rolloff dumpsters. All type clean-outs & hauling! Affordable, dependable and available! No conditions! 20 yrs. service. Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK (888-785-5865) or314-644-1948.

HanDyman PluS - home repairs plus senior living aids installed by a craftsman. Carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, grab bars, handrails, door widening, chair lifts, ramps, etc. Call 314-956-7437 or DISCOUNT AVAILABLE.



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

(636) 230-3588 CELL: (314) 799-4334

Single Story Ranch Homes Power Washed @ The Dirt Cheap Price of $95.00

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Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical 20 Years Experience Wood rot repair, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall and custom woodworking. Includes bookcases, cabinets, fireplaces, mantels, decks, basements and more. Small jobs okay. Fast response. 35 years experience . Insured. Call Jerry @ 636-346-3883.

No Tools? No Time? No Problem.

Handyman 314-322-2705 Patrick Interior Finish: Specializing in finished basements, interior trim, drywall, taping & painting. Over 25 years experience. No pay til job complete! Honest Day's Work for Honest Day's Pay. References available. Call Pat 314-415-0377.

Handyman Minor Repairs, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting, FREE Estimates, West County Area

(636) 227-1173 all around Construction llC - All interior and exterior remodeling and repairs. Historic restoration, molding duplication. Finished basements, kitchens, baths and decks. Liability, workmens comp, and EPA certified in lead removal. 18 years exp. Call 314-393-1102 or 636-237-3246.

J&S Home Services Handyman • Carpenter 25 + Years Experience Cheap Rates! Free Estimates! House Closings • Deck Repairs Commercial Door Repairs All Jobs Big or Small. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Call James at 314-420-3562

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Fully Insured • Free Estimates • Residential & Commercial Now Accepting Visa, MasterCard & Discover

BIG TREES - DELIvERED AND INSTALLED. Direct from local farmers! 16' Oak/Maple/Bradford Pear - $250. 8-10' White Pine $275. 6' Dogwood - $165. 6' Blue Spruce - $195. Call Drew at 314749-0587.

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Free Estimates • Design & Installation • Property Maintenance & Mowing • Erosion & Drainage Control Residential & Commercial Properties

Painting valley Landscape Co. Spring cleanup, mulching, mowing, tree and shrub trimming and removal, complete lawn care. (636) 458-8234.

314.941.1851 Serving West County Since 1989


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SPRING CLEAN-UP! Trim Bushes • Mulch first cut fREE with 1 year Mowing agreement!

• Landscape Design & Installation • Drainage Work • Landscape Lighting • Mole Trapping (636) 296-5050


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MORALES LANDSCAPE LLC. Spring Clean-Up, Grass Cutting $25 & up. Mulching, Aeration, Trimming, Edging, Weeding, Leaf/Tree Removal, Sod Installation, Planting, Retaining Walls, Paver Patio, Stone & Brick work, Drainage work! FREE ESTIMATES. 636-699-5189.

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Bobcat Services

Family Owned & Operated 10+ years experience Fully Insured

Wathen's Lawn Care in Willdwood, MO serving West County area for 21+ yrs. Insured. Full line of lawncare services. Look at Call Tim Wathen, owner at 636-458-5626.


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Interior & Exterior Painting

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



ABC Moving & Storage, Inc in Chesterfield. Residential, commercial, corporate Relocations. Local/Long Distance moving from a simple piece or multiple truckloads. We do it all! Custom packaging & crating. Call today for a FREE ESTIMATE (636) 532-1300.

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

Call Ellen

Interior/Exterior • Wallpaper Dry Wall • Crown Molding & Trim


25 years experience Fully Insured • Owner/Operator

HOUSE CLEAN YET? Get rid of mold, mildew, algae and dirt with a low-pressure house wash. Competitive rates, licensed, certified and insured. We also clean decks, fences and concrete. POWER WASH SOLUTIONS LLC. 636-675-1850.


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PIANO LESSONS: Masters Degree in Composition w/ Piano major, 5 yrs. in Europe, 30 yrs. teaching experience - all ages. Taught music theory and piano at college level. Manchester & Strecker. Call Arthur at 636458-0095.

(636) 384-0663 Insured

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Excellent Quality & Price On-time Services Manny Pak


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Storm Damage • Trimming • Pruning ARboRISt FREE Estimates "Let us go

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Nutsedge Crabgrass & Turf Renovation • Lawn Mowing & Fertilization • Retaining Walls & Paver Patios


Karen's Painting Looking for a job done right the first time? On time? Neat & organized? Someone who respects your home like her own? Interior & exterior painting. Free estimates. Discounts on empty properties. Call KAREN 636-352-0129.


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18118 RIEGER RD WILDWOOD Private Wildwood setting. 1.5 story, 5BR, 4ba. Professionally finished W/O Lower Level. 4+ acres. $519,000





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2274 DOWNEY TERRACE DR ELLISVILLE Great 2 sty home, 4BR/2.5ba, 2 c gar. Kit w/center island, ceramic tile flr, luxury master suite. $315,000


501 Waterside Ct. - Cottleville - $325,000 Pristine 2-story in great subdivision! 5 Bedrooms! Over 3,000 sqft. Finished LL, bonus loft, level front and backyard.

1777 WISHINGWELL CREVE COEUR Updated 4+ BR ranch with pizzazz. Great kitchen w/corian, glass tile backsplash & more. $232,500


NE 364 RIES BEND BALLWIN Fabulous 3 sty former Flower Home display. 4BR/3ba, 2 FP. 357 sq ft detached studio. $400,000

14555 MARMONT DR CHESTERFIELD Gorgeous updated 4BR, 2.5ba 2 story with newer kitchen, fabulous family room. $289,900




12120 Old Big Bend Rd. - Kirkwood $790,000 Wow! Stunning historic home! One of a kind modern restoration with first class features everywhere! Must see!






1000 Summer Tree Dr. - Ballwin $229,000 249 Valleyoak Ct. - Ballwin - $190,000 Freshly remodeled 2-story! All new baths, all Beautifully updated Parkway home on culnew kitchen, all new appliances, new floors de-sac! Gorgeous kitchen, updates throughetc. Must see! out! W



16239 Lakeshore Meadows Ct.- Wildwood $405,900

Fabulous 2-story in Fairhaven subdivision! Wide stairs, bonus room, stunning kitchen, built-ins, large fenced backyard!

10339 Roscommon Dr. – St. Louis $145,000

Darling split level with huge fenced yard and covered rear deck! Finished lower level, bright family room, great subdivision!

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630 EMERSON RD #105 CREVE COEUR Loft Living in the heart of Creve Coeur! Great 1BR, 1.5ba unit with beautiful wood floors. $232,500


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NE 1919 SUMTER RIDGE CT CHESTERFIELD Spacious ranch, totally neutral. Very open, most of main level is vaulted. Beautiful stone FP. $339,900



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423 Slusser Ln. – Florissant $124,000 Well maintained ranch with great curb appeal! Nice landscaping, vaulted ceilings, open floorplan, fenced backyard!

Call today for your Financing Needs: Wendy Wallach Cell: (314) 374-0737

16883 PARADISE PEAK CIRCLE WILDWOOD Beautiful ranch home. 3 BR, 2ba, vaulted great rm, kitch/DR, fresh paint , fin LL w/lots of light. $212,000

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250 E SKYLINE DR BALLWIN Lovely updated ranch sits on a wonderful level fenced yard. Vinyl siding, 2 car attd gar. 3BR/2ba, fin LL. $175,000

11632 MISTY MOSS CREVE COEUR 3BR, 2F/2H bath condo. Updated kit, LR/DR + fam rm in W/O LL. FP, big deck. Priv fence. $138,000

14443 BANTRY CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield beauty at a bargain price! Completely renovated w/many unique features. $114,900

907 PENNY LN (BALLWIN) Expanded living space in this remarkable 4BR/2ba ranch with updated kitchen. $269,000 1280 HANNA RD (BALLWIN) Beautifully appointed throughout, exceptional home, 3BR, 2.5ba, 2 car garage. $224,900 307 HIGH MEADOWS DR (BALLWIN) 4BR ranch in Parkway West schls. FR, 2 car rear entry gar, level yard. $214,900 964 CLAYTONBROOK (BALLWIN) Wellpriced 1768 sq ft condo. 3BR, 3ba. One of best kept secrets in Ballwin. $114,900 610 PINE RIDGE TRAILS CT (BALLWIN) Main flr Garden 1BR, 1.5ba condo, 1 car gar. Well maintained. $103,500 16763 EAGLE BLUFF CT (CHESTERFIELD) Open custom 1.5 sty on almost 1 ac. 2 sty entry, main flr master. $1,100,000 1430 COUNTRY LAKE ESTATES DR (CHESTERFIELD) Custom 1.5 story, 5BR home backs to lake. $995,000 17951 BONHOMME RIDGE CT (CHESTERFIELD) Pristine 1.5 story overlooking trees. $720,000 14304 SPYGLASS RIDGE (CHESTERFIELD) Exceptional villa, view of Missouri River Valley. 3BR, 3.5ba. $620,000 581 PINETREE LAKE (CHESTERFIELD) Wonderful 2 story 4BR, 3.5ba with huge pool & great backyard! $525,000 2655 JOYCERIDGE DR (CHESTERFIELD) Wonderful 2sty, 4BR, 3.5ba home in popular Stonebriar Subdivision. $494,900 680 SPYGLASS SUMMIT DR (CHESTERFIELD) Stunning 4BR villa in prime location. Large kit w/granite. $449,000 14482 EDDINGTON DR (CHESTERFIELD) Updated, well-maintained 4BR ranch on lovely landscaped lot. $279,000 196 RIVER BEND DR (CHESTERFIELD) One floor living at it's best! This 3BR, 2ba home is totally updated. $278,500 16314 BELLINGHAM (CHESTERFIELD) Detached 2 sty 3BR/3.5ba villa on cul de sac. Main flr family room. $239,000

208 AMBRIDGE CT #201 (CHESTERFIELD) This spacious 3BR/2FULL bath condo features a cozy FP. $199,900 1585 SPRINGPORT (CHESTERFIELD) Detached villa, 3+BR/3.5ba, 1.5 story w/2 car gar, fin LL, main floor MBR. $192,000 14266 CEDAR SPRINGS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Resort living in secured neighborhood. $410,000 1812 KEHRSWOOD DR (CLARKSON VALLEY) Beautiful 5BR ranch on 1 ac lot backing to mature trees. $524,900 231 HIBLER OAKS DR (CREVE COEUR) Stately 2 sty in Hibler Oaks Sub. 3BR, 3.5baths. Corner lot. $449,900 623 KERRYTON PLACE CIRCLE (ELLISVILLE) 3BR, 3 bath villa. Newer carpet throughout! $244,900 616 THORNTREE LN (EUREKA) Charming 1.5 sty on beautiful level lot on the legends Country Club grounds. $399,999 145 CEDAR KNOLL CT (LABADIE) Upscale amenities in 3BR/3.5ba, 5 acre home. 3,700+ ft 2 living space. $479,000 1030 ARBOR POINTE DR (MANCHESTER) 3BR, 2F/2H bath villa with 1st floor master bedroom. MFL. $267,500 302 BRIGHTSAND CT (MANCHESTER) Cute, updated ranch on large fenced corner lot. 3BR/2ba, MFL. $159,900 774 BORDEAUX CIRCLE (ST ALBANS) Stunning 1.5 sty villa, 3 car gar,2 decks, patio, 2 sty great rm. $499,900 165 VALLEY VUE CIRCLE (ST ALBANS) Beautiful 3BR ranch. 42 cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stnlss appls. $449,900 1115 HIGHLAND POINTE DR (TOWN & COUNTRY) Exceptional 1.5 sty w/pool, 5BR/8ba, 4c gar. Main flr mstr ste. $1,799,999 1002 CHESTERFIELD FOREST DR (WILDWOOD) Private mini resort. Stunning 6BR/6.5ba 1.5 sty. $1,100,000 2334 BROOKHOLLOW LN (WILDWOOD) Custom 1.5 sty on 7 parklike acres. Gorgeous inground pool. $874,900

2362 BROOKHOLLOW LN (WILDWOOD) Atrium ranch on 4.9 wooded acres. Great rm, vaulted ceiling. $675,000 17373 ORRVILLE RD (WILDWOOD) 7.2 level acres in Chesterfield. Large custom home with updated kitchen. $650,000 2343 BROOKHOLLOW LN (WILDWOOD) Gracious custom 1.5 sty on 3.42 acre lot, 2 sty great rm, gourmet kitchen. $649,900 17254 ORRVILLE RD (WILDWOOD) Custom 1.5sty on 6+ acre gorgeous lot, 2sty entry & great rm. $649,000 1418 RIDGETREE TRAILS (WILDWOOD) Beautiful 5BR/4.5ba 2 sty. 1.56 acres. Trees! 10' ceilings, 4FP. $574,900 18749 EATHERTON VALLEY RD (WILDWOOD) Charming 4BR ranch, 3+ level ac, 3 car side entry gar. $514,900 17734 DRUMMER LN (WILDWOOD) 2sty, treeded lot, great rm, wet bar, FP & built-ins, wonderful kitch. $509,900 17676 WESTHAMPTON WOODS (WILDWOOD) Fabulous 4BR/5.5ba 1.5 sty, sought-after neighborhood. $456,000 2143 WILDWOOD MEADOWS CT (WILDWOOD) Beautiful 1.5 sty w/heated ingrnd pool. Spacious mstr ste. $450,000 33 THORNHILL DR (WILDWOOD) Beautiful 10+ wooded acres just north Hwy 44 off Hwy 109. $449,000 656 SHADOWRIDGE DR (WILDWOOD) Updated 2 sty home with 4BR, 3.5ba. Updated kitchen. master bath $329,000 2719 WESTRIDGE PINES CT (WILDWOOD) Newer 1.5 sty home with 4BR, 2.5 baths. 2 sty great room. $325,000 612 PAUL POINTE CT (WILDWOOD) Well maintained 5BR, 2.5 bath 2 sty with a 2 car gar. Updated kitchen. $284,900 4163 HENCKEN RD (WILDWOOD) Country living on 3+acres. Ranch 3BR/2.5ba. Vaulted great rm. $219,000 123 IMPERIAL CROWN WAY #J (WILDWOOD) Sharp 2BR, 2ba condo with carport. Laundry room in unit. $103,000



12450 South 40 Drive Town & Country $595,000

11950 Manhattan Des Peres $494,500

14 Nicolet Ballwin $269,900

1651 Schulte Rd. St. Louis $264,900

1044 Golden Orchard O’Fallon $239,900

7022 Nashville St. Louis $174,900

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