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A Political Glossary Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words – and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms. One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is “fairness.” It has been used over a vast range of issues, from “fair trade” laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act. And recently we have heard that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes. Some of us may want to see a definition of what is “fair.” But a concrete definition would destroy the versatility of the word, which is what makes it so useful politically. If you said, for example, that 46.7 percent of their income – or any other number – is the “fair share” of their income that the rich should have to pay in taxes, then once they paid that amount, there would be no basis for politicians to come back to them for more – and “more” is what “fair share” means in practice. Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government. “Racism” is another term we can expect to hear a lot this election year, especially if the public opinion polls are going against President Barack Obama. Former big-time TV journalist Sam Donaldson and current fledgling CNN host Don Lemon have already proclaimed racism to be the reason for criticisms of Obama, and we can expect more and more other talking heads to say the same thing as the election campaign goes on. The word “racism” is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a “racist.” A more positive term that is likely to be heard a lot, during election years especially, is “compassion.” But what does it mean concretely? More often than not, in practice it means a willingness to spend the taxpayers’ money in ways that will increase the spender’s chances of getting re-elected. If you are skeptical – or, worse yet, critical – of this practice, then you qualify for a different political label: “mean-spirited.” A related political label is “greedy.” In the political language of today, people who want to keep what they have earned are said to be “greedy,” while those who

wish to take their earnings from them and give it to others (who will vote for them in return) show “compassion.” A political term that had me baffled for a long time was “the hungry.” Since we all get hungry, it was not obvious to me how you single out some particular segment of the population to refer to as “the hungry.” Eventually, over the years, it finally dawned on me what the distinction was. People who make no provision to feed themselves, but expect others to provide food for them, are those whom politicians and the media refer to as “the hungry.” Those who meet this definition may have money for alcohol, drugs or even various electronic devices. And many of them are overweight. But, if they look to voluntary donations, or money taken from the taxpayers, to provide them with something to eat, then they are “the hungry.” I can remember a time, long ago, when I was hungry in the old-fashioned sense. I was a young fellow out of work, couldn’t find work, fell behind in my room rent – and, when I finally found a job, I had to walk miles to get there, because I couldn’t afford both subway fare and food. But this was back in those “earlier and simpler times” we hear about. I was so naive that I thought it was up to me to go find a job, and to save some money when I did. Even though I knew that Joe DiMaggio was making $100,000 a year – a staggering sum in the money of that time – it never occurred to me that it was up to him to see that I got fed. So, even though I was hungry, I never qualified for the political definition of “the hungry.” Moreover, I never thereafter spent all the money I made, whether that was a little or a lot, because being hungry back then was a lot worse than being one of “the hungry” today. As a result, I was never of any use to politicians looking for dependents who would vote for them. Nor have I ever had much use for such politicians.

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letters to the editor Answering Mr. LaVanchy To the Editor: I really take offense to Noel LaVanchy’s comments (West Newsmagazine, June 13). It wasn’t only the “neighbors that live near the new Schnucks store,” it is 10-plus subdivisions, the city of Chesterfield, the city of Clarkson Valley, the Rockwood School District and various other organizations that do not want the store there! That overgrown corner was a home for various animals, a noise buffer for traffic and a lot better to look at than the eyesore that is there now. As for nice looking landscaping, instead of nice mature trees, we will have dirt mounds, fencing, scrawny trees and bushes. Schnucks tried to get away with putting in even fewer and smaller trees than were in the original plan. Before, all you heard was the occasional fire engine, police siren or truck trying to get up the hill. If you were outside, the blasting music from cars. Now, tractors start-up at 7 a.m., banging and pounding shakes my house, I hear the constant screech of tires from the cars trying to navigate the “improved” road. Even after the construction is completed, there will still be the constant noise of delivery trucks. And if that wasn’t enough, now I have to contend with the dust all this construction is making. I wash my car, put it in the garage and the next day it looks like it was never washed. The driveway is slick from the layer of dust, the flowers I planted in my garden for color, look faded, and on windy days I almost have to wear a mask to take my walk. Rather the store close? Yes! Board up the windows? Yes! Weeds grow? Yes! A vacant building or a nice new grocery store? Yes! Besides, from what I’ve heard, this will be a “specialty type” store, not a “Nice Neighborhood Market” store. So, I will not shop at this store or any other Schnucks store. Besides, there are two Dierbergs within two miles of my house. Roberta D. Ballwin To the Editor: To answer the questions posed by Mr. LaVanchy on would I rather see a building with boarded up windows, etc. than a functioning Schnucks in Ballwin? In one word, yes! For too long, we, as citizens have been ignored. The arguments this gentleman uses are so unbelievable, actually sad. Case in point; this obtrusive, forced-in structure looks better than a natural tree-

laden corner. What? That structure looks like it was shoe-horned into an area that should be 2-3 times as big. It seems fitting that the back of the store faces Clarkson, as if to say, “we ignored you the first time, now we will turn our backside to you again.” The convenience factor? Well Trader Joe’s is about a mile one way and Dierbergs is about a mile the other way. Oh, and lest we forget, the empty shell of Straubs is about the same distance away at Clayton and Clarkson. This is truly a first world problem; yeah, we have two or three grocery stores in the area, but I want another. Please stand up and say, “No, enough is enough!” Jeff Eklund Wildwood

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To the Editor: Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity – and that record is not pretty. Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters – leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures: Raser Technologies. In 2010, the Obama administration gave Raser a $33 million taxpayer-funded grant to build a power plant in Beaver Creek, Utah. According to the Wall Street Journal, after burning through our tax dollars, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012. The plant now has fewer than 10 employees, and Raser owes $1.5 million in back taxes. ECOtality. The Obama administration gave ECOtality $126.2 million in taxpayer money in 2009 for, among other things, the installation of 14,000 electric car chargers in five states. Obama even hosted the company’s president, Don Karner, in the First Lady’s box during the 2010 State of the Union address as an example of a stimulus success story. According to ECOtalitys own SEC filings, the company has since incurred more than $45 million in losses

and has told the federal government it may not achieve or sustain profitability on a quarterly or annual basis in the future. Worse, according to CBS News, the company is under investigation for insider trading, and Karner has been subpoenaed for any and all documentation surrounding the public announcement of the first Department of Energy grant to the company. Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP). The Obama administration gave NGP a $98.5 million taxpayer loan guarantee in 2010. The New York Times reported last October that the company is in financial turmoil and that after a series of technical missteps that are draining Nevada Geothermals cash reserves, its own auditor concluded in a filing released last week that there was significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern. First Solar. The Obama administration provided First Solar with more than $3 billion in loan guarantees for power plants in Arizona and California. According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report, the company fell to a record low in Nasdaq Stock Market trading May 4 after reporting $401 million in restructuring costs tied to firing 30 percent of its workforce. Abound Solar, Inc. The Obama administration gave Abound Solar a $400 million loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories. According to Forbes, in February the company halted production and laid off 180 employees. Beacon Power. The Obama administration gave Beacon – a green energy storage company – a $43 million loan guarantee. According to CBS News, at the time of the loan, Standard and Poors had confidentially given the project a dismal outlook of CCCplus. In the fall of 2011, Beacon received a delisting notice from Nasdaq and filed for bankruptcy. This is just the tip of the iceberg. A company called SunPower got a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Obama Administration, and as of January, the company owed more than it was worth. Brightsource got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee and posted a string of net losses totaling $177 million. And, of course, let’s not forget Solyndra – the solar panel manufacturer that received $535 million in taxpayer-funded loan guarantees and went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook. Amazingly, Obama has declared that all the projects received funding based solely on their merits. But as Hoover Institution scholar Peter Schweizer reported in his book, “Throw Them All Out,” fully 71 percent of the Obama Energy Depart-

ments grants and loans went to individuals who were bundlers, members of Obamas National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party. Collectively, these Obama cronies raised $457,834 for his campaign, and they were in turn approved for grants or loans of nearly $11.35 billion. Obama has said it’s not the president’s job to make a lot of money for investors. Well, he sure seems to have made a lot of (taxpayer) money for investors in his political machine. All that cronyism and corruption is catching up with the administration. According to Politico, the Energy Departments inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to the department’s green-energy programs. Now the man who made Solyndra a household name says Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is what this campaign is going to be about. Good luck with that, Mr. President. If Obama wants to attack Romney’s alleged private equity failures as chief executive of Bain, he’d better be ready to defend his own massive public equity failures as chief executive of the United States. Roman Stockton Katy, Texas

Taking back the White House To the Editor: For over 100 years, the White House belonged to the citizens of the United States. Obama states that it is “my White House.” Now that Castro is backing Obama, he, Obama, feels as though he can continue to be a dictator. Let us terminate Obama’s reign and take back our White House – he is just a temporary resident. Obama is the least competent so-called president we have ever had, even considering the stupidity of Carter. Jim Yettke Ballwin

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CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield planning 25th anniversary celebration Chesterfield has set aside $250,000 from its reserve funds for a yearlong commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Early plans center around a weekend music festival at the Chesterfield Amphitheater tentatively set for June 1, 2013, exactly 25 years since the city was incorporated on June 1, 1988. Councilmember Matt Segal (Ward 1) said the music festival would be similar in scope to the grand opening event at the amphitheater in May 2011, which featured headliner Edwin McCain. That event cost $125,000, and the city anticipates a similar price tag for the 25th anniversary music festival. The music fest will kick off 12 months of activities centered on the theme of “25,” said Segal. City staff is still brainstorming the commemoration events, but Segal said they would make use of city facilities, such as the Eberwein Dog Park and the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, and would “encompass all age groups, from the young 20s all the way up to senior citizens.” Segal said that bringing in big-name

CREVE COEUR Application deadline extended The City Council appoints new members to committees on an annual basis with the majority occurring in June with terms beginning on July 1. Each term is for three years with term limits of three consecutive terms. Applications are now being accepted for the following committees: Board of Adjustment, Building Code Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation, and Storm Water Committee. The application deadline has been extended to July 9. For more information, call (314) 872-2517.

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WILDWOOD Bringing in backup After viewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s final report for the Strecker Forest Expanded Site Review at an open house on June 22, the Wildwood City Council at its June 25 work session authorized attorney Bruce Morrison to engage Environmental Stewardship Concepts (Dr. Peter deFur) and Mundell & Associates, the city’s previous environmental consultants, to conduct a full review and evaluate the EPA’s report. The consultants are to then provide reports to the city of their conclusions and recommendations. City Administrator Dan Dubruiel said in the report that the ESR report is likely to affect the Claymont Development lawsuit against the city, which is seeking to proceed with the planned residential subdivision of

the Strecker Forest property. The judge has deferred the case at the request of the city and plaintiffs but recently scheduled the next lawsuit status conference for Sept. 21, at which time he intended to proceed to schedule the matter for trial. The anticipated cost of the services is from $7,500 to $10,000, which was already included in the city’s planning budget. Resident Don Wenkel said the city has spent enough money performing testing for the site. “You have spent this money trying to appease people who will never be satisfied with the testing results, regardless of how many tests are run or who runs them,” Wenkel said. “It’s time for the City Council to exercise fiscal responsibility and refuse to allow anymore city money to be spent on this.” However, resident Barbara Sprenger said the more the city and residents deal with the agency, the more difficult it becomes to trust it. “So thank you for hiring our consultants,” she said. “We truly need them for both litigation and the residents.” Mayor Tim Woerther said the city would not be talking about the matter again until it hears back from its attorney.

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WINCHESTER Getting it right Winchester has a new pathway leading to the recently completed gazebo in Reber Park, unfortunately “it’s as wavy as a washboard,” said Mark Layne, of Layne Co., the contractor for the project. At a special Board meeting June 27, the Winchester Board met with Layne Co. and came to an agreement to allow the subcontractor hired by Layne Co. to remediate the problem under the supervision of Winchester Building Commissioner Dave Vonarx. Work on the pathway is scheduled to be complete by mid-July in anticipation of the city’s Party in the Park festivities on Aug. 11. At that time, the new gazebo and pavilion, which were funded through a St. Louis County Parks grant, will be officially dedicated.

WEST COUNTY Relocated Route 141, Page-Olive Connector opens The Missouri Department of Transportation and St. Louis County will celebrate the completion of two projects in St. Louis County with a joined ribbon cutting event on Saturday, July 14. At that time, MoDOT and the county will open both the relocated Route 141 project and the Page-Olive Connector project. The public is cordially invited to join MoDOT and the county for a morning full of events, including: a 10K run on the new roadway, administered by Big Shark Bicycle Company and a period of open walking, running and cycling on portions of the new roadway.

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Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care, Republicans vow to repeal

By KATE UPTERGROVE The topic of health care elicits a strong response. Not having health care when you need it can be terrifying. Paying for it when you don’t, infuriating. But there is one topic that can elicit an even stronger response – taxes. On June 28, those two topics crashed into each other as the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Affordable Care Act. In a move that seemed to astonish most people, the Supreme Court ruled that the much debated individual mandate of the ACA – the provision that requires every individual to acquire health insurance and charges a fee to those who don’t – was constitutional as a tax. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, the penalty for violating the individual mandate was deemed “not a tax.” Had it been identified as a tax, the Supreme Court under the Anti-Injunction Act could not have ruled on its constitutionality. According to Patrick Ishmael, a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute, the Anti-Injunction Act bars the court from ruling on a tax until after its implementation – and the individual mandate penalty will not be implemented until 2014. So, going into the ruling the mandate penalty was not a tax – even President Obama declared in 2009 that the mandate penalty was not a tax – but coming out of court it was. What’s more it was declared constitutional under the legislative branch’s power to impose taxes. “What happened is that the language changed,” Ishmael said. Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield),

put it another way. “The power of Congress is now unlimited through the unprecedented broad expansion of taxation after the President promised us this was not a tax. All they (the Supreme Court) did was switch authority from the Department of Commerce to the IRS,” she said. Whatever language you choose to use, the bottom line is still the same: Choose to forgo health insurance and you will pay a fine, tax or penalty. It is not considered to be a punitive tax, because the tax is expected to be less than the cost of health insurance. Local reaction on June 28 in the St. Louis County Boone Ranch Library in Ellisville was as individual as the mandate. Pat Dubuque, of Ellisville, declared, “What a horrible decision. If he [Obama] gets elected again, God help us. I won’t vote for him this time. They’re all crooks.” In contrast, Jason Murphey, of University City, said, “I think it’s an excellent step toward what could potentially be great news for this country. It has its flaws, but I think it’s a great step in the right direction because something needs to be done.” And taking the middle line, Cristine Handel, of Chesterfield, said, “I don’t agree or disagree with the whole decision. It’s a tough decision to make, and I don’t think it’s necessarily a yes or no answer. But we have a long way to go either way.” Most political and health care analysts agree with Handel, at least in regard to having a long way to go. “I think we may still see a silver lining in this,” Ishmael said.

On the Show-Me Daily blog on June 28, he wrote: “It is difficult to understate the importance of this ruling, now and for the future. In the short term, the core of the ACA stands, meaning Americans will still be subjected to one of the most coercive and leviathan government programs enacted in recent memory. Tens of millions will likely lose their current insurance plans, and young people will be especially affected by the law’s provisions. But the Court has also found that the mandate is a tax, meaning that repeal of the law could be as easy as passing a budget bill without the mandate, or the law, in it.” Talking about the law’s effect on young people brings up the topic of affordability, a key component of the ACA. “Affordability is second to access,” Ishmael said, adding, “and we’re still disconnected from health care costs. “For young people it becomes less affordable because they may not need health insurance. It may be more affordable for them to pay for care as they need it rather than purchase health insurance. However, they are brought into the system to pay for individuals who do need care.” It is estimated that more than 50 million people are uninsured. Proponents of the ACA praise its promise of guaranteed coverage and subsidies for eligible lower-income and middle-class families. Those provisions are set to begin in 2014. At the same time, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage for medical treatment, nor can they charge more to people with health problems. Proponents also expect seniors to benefit from the law, touting better Medicare coverage for those with high prescription costs, and no co-payments for preventive care. But opponents, including Sen. Cunningham, point to projections such as a recent study by a trustee on the Medicare Board that “estimates a cost for the president’s health care law of $1.15 trillion over the next decade with a projected $530 billion added to the federal deficits while robbing $500 billion from the Medicare trust fund.” How the needs of the uninsured are met raises yet another hot topic, namely the expansion of state Medicaid programs. The ACA sought to expand Medicaid to cover individuals not currently covered – those who do not qualify for Medicaid under existing provisions, but who also do not earn enough to buy into a subsidized health care plan. Individuals who generally qualify for Medicaid under the current provisions are low-income people, primarily parents with children, pregnant women, people with

severe disabilities and senior citizens. As part of its June 28 decision, the court ruled that the federal government can’t force states to expand Medicaid by threatening to take away the federal dollars they already receive. Proponents of the ACA said that this decision could leave America’s most vulnerable citizens at risk. But opponents of the ACA, such as Missouri gubernatorial candidate Bill Randles, said that the court got that decision right. In his response to the ruling, Randles said that the court “found that ObamaCare was attempting to transform Medicaid from a program designed to provide medical services to discreet, vulnerable populations into a general entitlement for everyone whose income is 133 percent of the poverty line. The court found that this would violate the essential contract nature between the states and the federal government, and the government could not withhold all Medicaid funds simply because a state would not go along with the new expansion. The court emphasized that whether or not a state goes along with this expansion is now a state by state determination.” Ishmael said that decision, from a policy standpoint, was a success. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) vowed that the House will vote on July 11 to repeal the health care law. And, while the repeal should pass easily through the Republican-controlled House, it is unlikely to make it through the Senate.

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Outlet mall developers to hold groundbreakings in July By CAROL ENRIGHT The two developers behind competing outlet mall projects in Chesterfield Valley appear to be moving full steam ahead, with both groups scheduling ground breaking ceremonies at their sites. Simon Property Group and Woodmont Outlets, the joint venture behind St. Louis Premium Outlets, a 350,000-square-foot open-air outlet mall on the south side of Highway 40 east of the Daniel Boone Bridge, will be the first to turn over a shovelful of ceremonial dirt at its groundbreaking on July 11. In a press release, Simon announced a list of stores that have signed on as tenants at its proposed mall including Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Elie Tahari, Haggar Clothing Co., Jones New York, Loft Outlet, Maidenform, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen. The developer said shoppers can look forward to footwear and sportswear brands including Asics, Clarks Bostonians, Easy Spirit, Famous Footwear, Finish Line, Fox Racing, Hot Topic, Izod, Naturalizer, Nine West, Skechers and Under Armour.

Children’s clothing brands Hartstrings, Kay Jewelers and Yankee Candle have also signed on at the development. Simon said the shopping center is currently over 60 percent committed. Taubman Prestige Outlets Chesterfield, the other project located across Highway 40 in a strip of land west of the Hardee’s Iceplex skating rink, began preparing its site and moving dirt in April. However, Taubman spokeswoman, Karen Mac Donald, said her group will hold its ceremonial groundbreaking on July 25, where it will announce the tenants it has signed to date. Mac Donald said Taubman had hoped to host the groundbreaking in late June, but delayed the event to accommodate officials’ schedules. Soon after the ceremony, according to Mac Donald, the group will begin vertical construction at the site. Representatives from Simon and Taubman – as well as Chesterfield city officials – have repeatedly said that only one outlet mall can survive in the valley. Still, both developers say they are on track for a fall 2013 opening.

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By CAROL ENRIGHT It seems unseasonable to be talking about snow removal, but that’s exactly what a group of residents had on their minds at the June 18 Chesterfield City Council meeting. At issue is the city’s snow removal reimbursement program that helps non-gated subdivisions and condominium developments on private streets offset the costs of snow plowing. The city provides free snow removal for public streets, but is under no obligation to handle snow removal for private streets. The city determines reimbursement rates using a formula based on the miles of street or the number of residences. Neighborhoods can be reimbursed for snow removal up to the higher of the two amounts. Last year, the city reduced the reimbursement formula 25 percent and capped the total expenditure for the program to $75,000 from a previous cap of $100,000. Brian McGownd, public works director and city engineer, said the reduction in reimbursement “was strictly for budget issues.” David Arbogast, who lives in a Chesterfield condominium on a private street, and others who attended the City Council meeting said they understood the city’s need to scale back in tight times. However, now that the city’s budget seems to be in better shape, they are hoping it will restore reimbursement to previous levels. Thanks to

the mild winter of 2011-2012, the city was able to reimburse snow removal expenses for all neighborhoods that put in requests. But neighborhood associations are worried about the strain a harsher winter might put on their budgets and assessment fees. “We’re all thrilled that we had a mild winter, and it didn’t hit us hard,” said Arbogast. “I think the concern now is the 2012-2013 winter.” The city started the snow removal reimbursement program in the winter of 1998-1999 in response to some private neighborhoods questioning why a halfcent sales tax for capital improvements was used to maintain and improve public streets, but not private. Today, 44 neighborhoods participate in the snow removal reimbursement program. Arbogast said he has been talking with a number of neighborhood groups and city officials about “pooling together” to negotiate a better snow removal contract. “The reimbursement is nice,” Arbogast said. “But, ultimately, if we can use the economy of scale to reduce our costs overall, that’s even better, in my opinion.” McGownd said the planning and public works committee is reviewing the program to see if current reimbursement rates need to be adjusted. He expects the committee to make a recommendation in a couple of months – in time to incorporate any recommendations into the city’s 2013 budget.


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911 call to Castlewood requires quick change of plans for Metro West By JIM ERICKSON Firefighters-paramedics never know from one minute to the next where they will be summoned or what they will be called on to do. A case in point involved a number of members of the “C” shift at two Metro West Fire Protection District stations. They had gathered on June 26 at the District’s station on Manchester Road just west of Ries Road for a follow-up community relations effort in the aftermath of a house fire in the 100 block of Coral Terrace Drive that claimed the life of an elderly woman early last month. Their task was to go door-to-door in the neighborhood where the fire occurred, offering smoke alarms to any resident who needed them, volunteering to check any existing alarms to make sure they worked properly, and replacing batteries if that step was required. The men were preparing to leave the station when the alarm sounded: Some children were in trouble in the Meramec River at Castlewood State Park and were at risk of drowning.

Thiemann’s comments referred to an incident in the same area six years ago when five youths drowned. The victims included those originally in trouble and those who tried to rescue them. The same stretch of river claimed the life of a Kirkwood man earlier this year. In May, West Newsmagazine reported on a joint effort by the state and county parks departments, St. Louis County Police, the water patrol division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, state park rangers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the state Department

of Natural Resources and Metro West to educate the general public about water safety and the potential hazards that exist in and around the water. The first step in that education is a new sign that warns of the river’s deadly reputation. As for the smoke alarms, checking and installing them are activities Metro West does routinely, although the door-to-door approach in a specific neighborhood occurs when there has been a major fire that has caused injury or death. The neighborhood of the recent fatal fire

includes some 12 homes and five apartment buildings. Metro West recommends one smoke alarm for each bedroom and at least one per floor. Installing an alarm requires just three to five minutes, Thiemann said, adding that there is no charge for the service. “The district buys the alarms, but Lowe’s gives us a great discount on them, and we appreciate their help,” Thiemann said. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, batteries replaced every six months and new alarms should be installed every 10 years.

One team. One name. One purpose. Great things happen when we work together. Your community’s health care providers are now part of a single team focused on your health and your family’s needs. Mercy Clinic is pleased to welcome the physicians of Patients First to provide you with even more respected experts in the area for heart, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cancer, orthopedics and much more – right where you live. It’s great care from the doctors you already trust, now working together to make your experience easier, convenient and more personal on every visit.

Faster than it takes to tell it, the on-duty firefighters-paramedics ran to their assigned vehicles, jumped aboard and headed south. The community relations effort quickly was postponed and rescheduled for a later date. The good news was that while the Metro West crews were en route to Castlewood, they received word that the two boys in trouble had been rescued by three teenagers who jumped in the river to save them. Michael Thiemann, Metro West’s coordinator of emergency management, noted, “Luck was with everyone this time. The boys who were in trouble were saved by the quick action of the three who came to their aid, and no one was hurt. That doesn’t always happen.”

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of city officials, said the judge’s ruling was in no way a statement about the merit of the former materials recovery operation. “This was a ruling on the wording of the law, not on the operation itself,” said Clayman. “City, county, state officials and experts agree that the Parkway Board’s MRF (materials recovery facility) should be illegal to protect Missourians. I agree that the law should not have been written only for Parkway, but that all Missourians should be protected from such ill-conceived, environmentally harmful operations.” Clayman said he and other residents who fought to shut down the recycling and materials recovery operation did not have a problem with the student-initiated recycling program that began in 1990. Their concern was the materials recovery operation that started at the site in the early 2000s. “A hazardous materials recovery facility is inherently dangerous and, by its very nature, belongs not on a school campus or in any neighborhood,” Clayman said. Chesterfield City Councilmember Matt Segal (Ward 2) worked closely with residents and the district to resolve the problems associated with the operation. He called Parkway’s new single-stream recycling program a “win, win, win” for the district and its neighbors. “You’re recycling more materials,” said Segal. “You’re doing more cheaper and being better to your community surroundings.” Clayman said he is pleased that the recycling and materials recovery facility remains shut down, but the frustration he felt while working to bring about that change does not lay far below the surface. It appears that it will take more than cleaning up the site to heal the oft-contentious relationship that heated up between the Board and residents during efforts to shut down the operation. Today, all that’s left at the former recycling operation that once processed 524 tons of materials annually is an empty lot, a storage building for district supplies and a few district trucks.


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Let’s talk West County trash By JIM ERICKSON When it comes to trash and yard waste removal and recycling, West County communities long ago opted to let private companies handle the job rather than do it themselves. The result is that two of the largest waste and recycling companies in the nation handle much of that business, with a Bridgeton-based company also coming on the local scene in recent years. Republic Services, the company with the largest local presence through its Allied Waste subsidiary, announced last month that it is making a major investment to boost its recycling capabilities here. As part of that move, Republic will be working to convince customers in Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Manchester, much of unincorporated St. Louis County and other area communities to make better use of their upgraded facilities. Brent Batliner, Republic’s local recycling manager, said that while landfills that serve the St. Louis area are generally in good shape from the standpoint of years of useful life remaining, boosting the amount of trash going into recycling makes good sense for several reasons. “The Midwest has more land available for landfills than in coastal areas, but successful recycling extends the amount of time a landfill can keep going simply because its space isn’t being used up by recyclable materials. Just a few years ago, recycling was pretty much a manual sorting proposition, but things have changed tremendously,” he noted. Indeed, much of the approximately $19 million Republic will spend on its recycling facilities in Hazelwood and South St. Louis will go for equipment that will triple their capacity through better and faster sorting. According to Batliner, what’s known as a single stream sorting system separates the various items with a series of screens, magnets, aluminum separators, air systems and optical scanners. The scanners are able to differentiate between four different categories of plastic. Batliner noted that humans also continue to play a role. “Yes, we use a lot of equipment, but we still need people for our quality control checking,” he said. Keeping the equipment and people busy will require St. Louis area residents to alter their way of doing things. “We’re going to encourage households to plan and to think first about putting items into the recycling container,” Batliner said. In addition to processing recyclables that its own trucks collect, the facilities also accept loads from other haulers. Changes ahead While Republic is improving its recycling

services, it’s also increasing automation technology used on its waste collection routes. And in another step – aimed both at controlling its fuel costs and making its operation more “green” – the company plans to convert its waste collection trucks from burning diesel to natural gas. Batliner said more than half of Republic’s collection routes now use automated equipment for collecting both solid waste and recyclables. “It’s easier, faster, more economical and saves on fuel,” he observed. The automated routes require customers to use rugged cans that the company provides so that the gripping mechanism on the trucks can properly grab the container, lift it and dump its contents. Often, as in the case of the recently negotiated Ballwin trash contract, these containers are provided to residents free of charge. Can local companies really compete? Republic’s Allied Waste is not without competition, although the company does have a major share of trash and waste hauling business in this area. IESI, part of Progressive Waste Solutions, Ltd., the third largest North American firm in the industry, contracts with Eureka for that city’s trash hauling services. Bridgeton-based Meridian Waste Services, LLC, has agreements with Wildwood, Clarkson Valley, Town & Country, and a number of other St. Louis area communities. Waste Management, Inc., the industry’s largest North American firm, also has a presence in the area. WM is a holding company and all operations are conducted by its subsidiaries. Allied Waste recently received an extension of its current contract with the city of Ballwin, giving the firm exclusive residential trash pickup rights there through 2022. The company sought the extension as a way to facilitate its conversion to using natural gas in its collection trucks and implementation of automated trash pickup. But several Ballwin Board members questioned the process of not allowing other companies to bid on trash services. During its presentation, Republic noted that residents will benefit from the company’s efficiency moves. The monthly cost for trash pickup in the new contract’s 10th and final year – $23.23 – is below the $23.30 cost set forth in the last year of the current agreement, which would have ended in 2015. The comparison assumes the customer uses a 65-gallon container, the company’s most popular size. Collection rates are higher for a 95-gallon can and lower for a 35-gallon model. For comparisons of trash prices across West County, visit this story online at newsmagazinenetwork.com.

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Whether on two wheels or four, cooperation is key to sharing the road By KATE UPTERGROVE Clayton Road is a thoroughfare from the city of St. Louis to Wildwood. Most motorists wouldn’t think of it that way. Cyclists do. And therein lies the problem. It’s an old question: How do you get cyclists and motorists to share the road? Speaking on behalf of cyclists, Ralph Pfremmer, owner of Pfoodman Inc. and an avid cyclist, explained that most cyclists want exactly what motorists want – a safe road to travel. Pfoodman is a sponsor of Pfoodman Racing, a local off-road racing team to which Pfremmer belongs. The team boasts nearly three dozen riders and is committed to promoting safe cycling off-road and on. As a Chesterfield resident and a Ballwin business owner (he owns The Wolf Public House near the intersection of Clayton and Kehrs Mill roads), Pfremmer frequently travels Clayton Road. When he sees a cyclist breaking the “rules of the road” it makes him “as angry as anyone else.” However, he may have a different way of handling his annoyance. Instead of yelling or honking he makes a call. “Recently I was stopped at the stoplight at Clayton and Mason and saw a cyclist

blow through the red light. When I got to my destination, I called the shop whose colors he was wearing,” Pfremmer said. According to Pfremmer, reporting reckless behavior is one of the best ways to SR179 correct the problem. He noted that riders with a reputation for recklessness are often shunned by other riders and by sponsors. “Cyclists need to understand and obey the rules of the road,” Pfremmer said. “And by gosh, that guy should not have blown through that stoplight. But motorists also have to understand that cyclists have the right to be on the road.” Some motorists, such as Creve Coeur resident Rob Schultz, question why cyclists just can’t use local trails. In addition to recreational trails, such as the MonarchChesterfield Levee Trail, the Katy and the Creve Coeur Lake Trail, more and more municipalities are developing their own trail systems. Town & Country recently completed phase one of its new multi-use pedestrian facility along Clayton Road from near Longview Farm Park to just east of Topping Road in Town & Country. When complete, See CLAYTON CYCLIST, next page

Civil Air Patrol exercise prepares volunteers for the real thing By JIM ERICKSON St. Louis area members of the Civil Air Patrol joined with others in the organization’s Missouri Wing in a recent statewide search and rescue exercise designed to test its readiness for actual missions. Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield was one of three locations around the state with activities related to the exercise, a simulation in which a private plane was overdue on a flight to New Orleans after a refueling stop in Branson. The search focused on finding an emergency radio signal activated when a plane crashes. In the exercise, the beacon was placed in southwestern Missouri and turned on manually. Due to the search area’s location, CAP units in Arkansas and Kansas also were involved. St. Louis area CAP members assisted with long-range communications and coordination of resources here, including any backup needed in the search effort. Other training tasks in the statewide exercise dealt with aerial photo reconnaissance, air and ground team searches and use of sophisticated imaging equipment

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM CLAYTON CYCLIST, from previous page the paved facility, or trail, will connect with existing structures running along Clayton Road and will span from Woods Mill Road on the west to Bopp Road on the east. According to Craig J. Wilde, P.E., director of public works for Town & Country, the trail is part of a larger project to repave Clayton Road in its current lane configuration and while it is already popular with recreational users was not designed with the serious cyclist in mind. “Regardless of what you do with that trail, the competitive cyclists aren’t going to use it,” Wilde said. Even the trail’s official designation as a multi-use pedestrian facility warns serious cyclists that the newly paved, eight-foot wide facility is not for them. “The reason why is that pedestrians, skaters and other trail users are obstacles,” Pfremmer explained. Pfremmer agreed with Schultz that St. Louis and St. Charles counties have some excellent trails for recreational riders, but he added, “The fair weather riders that take advantage of the trails are not the same caliber as serious racers who travel at 30-plus miles per hour and operate the same as a car,” Pfremmer said. He noted that West County has large commuter groups who use area roads for

the same purposes as motorists do. “These cyclists are the same moms and dads, professionals and neighbors that you talk to every day. They are not monsters,” Pfremmer said. While Schultz wouldn’t call cyclists monsters, he does have strong opinions about cyclists on local roads, especially Clayton and Wild Horse Creek roads. In a recent email to West Newsmagazine, Schultz explained his point of view. “As someone who enjoys various aspects of physical fitness, I appreciate the benefits of cycling. I ride my bike often,” Schultz wrote. “My time on the bike is almost exclusively on the very fine paved trails in Creve Coeur and Chesterfield. These trails are certainly long enough, and Creve Coeur has some good hills to climb. “Regrettably, a problem exists on several area roads, most notably on Wild Horse Creek Road.” Surprisingly, Pfremmer agreed. “I wouldn’t ride that road, it’s too dangerous,” Pfremmer said. “But cyclists on Wild Horse Creek Road have the right to be on the road and those who want to ride it will.” Pfremmer and Schultz also agreed that cyclists are no match for cars. “The car is going to win,” Pfremmer said.

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“They’re too big and go too fast,” Schultz added, but speed is one of his arguments for not allowing cyclists on Wild Horse Creek Road. “On many occasions, (cyclists) have effectively brought car traffic to a slow crawl,” Schultz noted. A particular frustration is cyclists riding two or more abreast. Noting that cyclists don’t want to be in harm’s way, Pfremmer suggested that a little patience can go a long way. “When a motorist comes up on a group of cyclists it helps to be a little patient so that the group can get organized and move into a single file line,” Pfremmer said. “Oftentimes people think honking is the appropriate thing to do. It’s really not. Loud noises can startle the cyclists.” Shoulders also aren’t the safety feature most motorists think they are. “Debris from the road accumulates on the shoulder and becomes a hazard for the cyclist. The best scenario,” Pfremmer said, “is a center lane that allows cyclists to stay on the road and travel safely alongside cars.” The best tip as summer weather brings more cyclists out onto the roads is to be (photos.com) watchful and aware of both cars and cyclists. “Cyclists want to be seen and they want your intentions and they want to know that, to see you,” Pfremmer stressed. “They as the driver of a car, you see them and want to see your signals and understand understand their intentions.”


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Ellisville Dog Park to open this fall in Bluebird Park By CAROL ENRIGHT It may be the dog days of summer, but the heat and humidity can’t dampen the enthusiasm of a group of West County residents who say they are just a couple of months away from opening the Ellisville Dog Park in Bluebird Park. Ellisville City Councilmember Linda Reel (District 2), who spearheaded the effort to build the park more than two years ago, said the project has been a grassroots effort from the start. “We literally collected dollar by dollar,” said Reel. Reel said bringing a dog park to Ellisville “was in the back of my mind” when she ran for City Council three years ago. “I had more people tell me that they would like to see a dog park,” said Reel. Reel knew she wanted to open a dog park, but she didn’t want it to be a financial burden to the city. “We’re not using any tax dollars,” said Reel. “It’s all by fundraising and donations.” Raising the $20,000 needed to open the park has been a community-wide effort supported by local fire and police departments, an area veterinary clinic, the city’s Public Works Department and individuals throughout Ellisville and its neighboring

municipalities. “So many people helped,” said Reel. Fundraising has included selling dog park T-shirts and paving bricks, “Pooch Plunges” at The Edge Aquatic Center, a “Howloween Canine Costume Contest,” canine photo sessions with Santa and “Yappy Hours” on the Bluebird Park tennis courts. Reel said these events have been extremely popular with dogs and their owners for the same reason dogs parks generate so much community excitement. “It’s the socialization,” said Reel. Reel said she originally began campaigning for a dog park “for other people’s dogs,” because she thought her five-pound chihuahua, Fernando, was too small to need a dog park. But after she saw how much Fernando enjoyed events like the “Yappy Hours,” Reel changed her mind. “Actually, he loves it,” she said. As of June, Reel said the Ellisville Dog Park Committee had raised $18,000. She anticipates collecting the remaining $2,000 in time to break ground by the end of September. The almost half-acre dog park will feature an area for large dogs and one for small dogs. Reel said the plan is to maintain the park – and eventually expand the large dog area – by charging a $40 annual

membership fee, which includes up to three dogs. The fee will be the same for both Ellisville residents and nonresidents. “It is open to anyone in the community, because it is our community dog park,” said Reel. She speculated that with just over 9,000 residents, Ellisville could have a difficult time supporting a dog park on its own. Chesterfield, with a population about five times that of Ellisville, restricts membership at its Eberwein Dog Park to residents only. “Our park is fairly large, but if we opened it to everyone, it just might get overrun,” said Chesterfield’s parks and recreation director, Tom McCarthy. Chesterfield charges $30 per dog for an annual dog park tag, and McCarthy said the city has sold 918 tags so far in 2012. “Our dog park is a huge success,” he said. Even though Chesterfield’s two-acre dog park costs about five times the one soon to open in Ellisville, funding its park was (West Newsmagazine photo) an easier task thanks to the 2004 passage of Proposition P, a half-cent sales tax for parks development and maintenance. seem surprised at the outpouring of support. Reel said she is grateful to all those who “Everybody loves dogs,” she said. have backed the Ellisville Dog Park with To donate or find out more about the Ellistheir time and their money, but she didn’t ville Dog Park, visit ellisvilledogpark.com.

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Scholarship recipient Eureka High student Sam Plank, of Wildwood, recently was awarded one of four Dot Foods scholarships. He plans to major in business at the University of Kansas. Plank The Dot Scholarship Program was put in place several years ago to provide monetary support to students pursuing education beyond high school. The application process is open to students in their senior year of high school. These are renewable scholarships, but students must maintain a minimum GPA, full-time student status and other requirements to remain eligible for

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Honors Science Fair, 2012. “My project involved a little bit of physics, a little bit of mathematics, a little bit of statistics, a little bit of circuit theory, a little bit of algorithm analysis, a great deal of electrochemistry, and a greater dose of computer programming,” Chakraborty said. “The project that I presented at the ISEF was based on one year’s work, but I started dabbling in alternative energy and fuel cells in middle school when a Parkway teacher wanted students to prepare a presentation on a science topic of current interest.” Chakraborty attended Parkway schools in St. Louis from first through ninth grade, and now studies at home and takes advanced courses at local universities. Also receiving high honors at the ISEF was Maheetha Bharadwaj, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School and Wildwood resident, who received a fourth place INTEL award in the category of microbiology. She received a $500 prize for her project “Utilizing the dgt gene in Escherichia coli to assess the role of dGTP pools in mutagenesis: possible implications for cancer.”
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“We’ll be working on nanoporous gold structures and their use in cancer research,” d’Andrea said. He admitted that before reporting to Dr. Stine’s lab, he knew little about immobilizing proteins on gold and the use of these structures in cancer diagnosis, but “Dr. Stine was very kind to send me 210 pages of research for me to read,” he said. The first in his family to go into science, d’Andrea said he found out about the STARS program from fellow students while attending the Mini Medical School at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to d’Andrea, four other Rockwood students were offered the opportunity to work with scientists this summer through the STARS program. Those students include: • Jacob Dean Cohen, Marquette High
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Studying abroad equals great memories By KATE UPTERGROVE Kelly Lamarche didn’t head to London to see the queen, but the fact that she was there during Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee was an added bonus to a trip she never planned to take. Lamarche, of Chesterfield, is a student at the University of Evansville, an institution known for its study abroad programs. “But it’s not why I chose Evansville,” Lamarche said. Then the study abroad bug bit and Lamarche said she’s glad it did. Lamarche, a graduate of Lafayette High School who is majoring in biology, was among 35 University of Evansville students who traveled to England in mid-May for a five-week study abroad experience at Harlaxton, a 100-room Victorian manor in the English countryside. She took one class – neurobiology – which met Monday through Thursday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Her schedule left plenty of time for playing golf, making friends and seeing the sights. When called for an interview, Kelly’s mom, Karen Gloutney, said, “She’s made

friends with a 70-year-old man who is a security guard at the college. She’s gone golfing with him.” Lamarche said she told her parents that the gentleman, a World War II vet, was “a strange old man who used to kill people.” Then added that he was actually very sweet. As for golfing, Lamarche said one of the highlights of her trip was playing at the prestigious St. Andrews Links. “It was cold and rainy, but it was still beautiful and everything I wanted it to be,” said Lamarche who is serious about golf. She plays on the university’s team and admitted, “My only piece of checked luggage was my golf bag.” Five weeks isn’t long, but in addition to playing golf and waiting five hours in the rain to get a glimpse of the queen, she managed to squeeze in one more highlight. “I got to celebrate one of my friend’s 21st birthday with her in Paris,” Lamarche said. The culmination of those experiences has Lamarche singing a different tune these days about studying abroad. “Do it,” she said.


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sacrifice fly. Parkway North’s Michael Bozarth’s added an RBI double in the inning and scored on a wild pitch. Eureka’s Matt Hasenbeck hit a home run in the ninth inning. Hasenbeck also earned the victory by pitching a scoreless fourth inning. Matheny won the Home Run Derby. In the 60-yard dash competition, Chaminade’s Nolan Sponsler finished first.

High school girls basketball The Incarnate Word Red Knights have been the dominant team at the Southwestern Illinois College Girls Basketball Tournament, breezing to championships for each of the past five years. Title No. 6 won’t happen this summer. Tournament Director Mike Juenger said Incarnate Word has dropped out of the 16-team tournament, which was played at the Belleville Family Sportsplex and Southwestern Illinois College. “I was notified that they (Incarnate Word) were dropping out. They either had another tournament they wanted to play in,” Juenger said. “They’ll be missed.”

Professional baseball Westminster Christian Academy’s Jacob Turner, the No. 10 big league prospect and the Detroit Tigers’ No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, made his Jacob Turner 2012 debut in front of a sold-out crowd recently at Comerica Park against the St. Louis Cardinals. Turner remained winless in four career starts in the majors. He entered the fifth

inning having only allowed three hits and two walks to the defending World Series champions. However, the Cardinals managed to score the game-tying run. Detroit went on to win 2-1 in 10 innings. Turner finished with five innings pitched, allowing a run and four hits. He walked five – one intentionally – and struck out three. The 21-year-old Turner was recalled from Triple-A Toledo before the game. “He did fine. I will say this: He’s much improved,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said after the game in his press briefing. “There’s no question about that. He’s much improved from the last time I saw him, particularly at the big league level.” Turner, a first-round draft pick in 2009, posted an 8.53 ERA in three starts last year. He was named Detroit’s top prospect by Baseball America earlier this year, and he acquitted himself just fine in his return to the big leagues – against his hometown team no less. Turner grew up about 25 miles outside St. Louis, and current Cardinals manager Mike Matheny actually helped mentor him in high school. “My parents came up for the game,” Turner said. “I grew up rooting for the Cardinals, so it’s kind of surreal to pitch against them.” “I’m a fan of Jacob,” Matheny said. “I am a fan of the young man he is, and have always admired how he went about it. As a high school kid, you could see that he was ready for this. I tell his parents, Mark and Amy, all the time that they did a really nice job, not just with Jacob, but with his brothers – just a good family. Then you start adding in the baseball talent to go along with it, and he’s a special kid. He’s got a lot of exciting things ahead of him if he just keeps working and keeps his head like it always has been.”

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By WARREN MAYES The tradition at the Masters is to have three former legends tee off on the first hole to start that major golf tournament. At the U.S. Open, it’s luck of the draw who begins. The 112th playing of the major tournament recently at the Olympic Club in San Francisco saw Manchester native Scott Langley, 23, begin the tournament. His threesome was the first group and the lefthanded graduate of Parkway South and the University of Illinois stepped up and launched the first drive. “It was cool,” Langley said recently as he stopped for breakfast in Evansville, Ind., on his way to try and qualify for a Nationwide Tour tournament. “It was an honor. Once the ball is in the air, it’s time to go.” Langley, in his first full year as a professional golfer, acquitted himself well in the tournament. He tied for 29th with rounds of 76, 70, 70, and 73 for a 289. That gave him a 9-over finish. For his efforts, Langley earned a check for $53,168. “I feel like my game is good enough to win. I’m focused on staying in the moment and doing my best on the golf course,” Langley said. “I love what I do. I don’t look at it as trying to get this amount of money. I focus on my game and keep trying to get better. “The financial part will take care of itself. I can produce that. The check obviously was great. I keep it in perspective. I know probably made more money in the tournament than most people make in an entire year. I’m thankful.” Overall this year, Langley has won $82,630 playing in tournaments in both the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. Producing well in his second U.S. Open is a highlight for Langley.

“It’s still just one of the best tournaments,” Langley said. “It’s my favorite of all that I have played. The atmosphere. The competition. The golf course. You’re playing with the best players in the world. It’s such a thrill playing. “The second time around, I was a little more prepared to know what to expect. I wasn’t as awestruck with the people out there, the stage, the setting. There’s a different buzz at the U.S. Open than any other tournament I’ve played.” As an amateur two years ago, Langley finished 16th. He said there was not much difference for him now that he is a pro. “I think the other golfers respect anybody that qualifies their way in. You earn your way in,” Langley said. “As an amateur, I qualified the same way. In the Open, there’s no sponsor exemption. Everybody earns their way there. The only difference as a professional than as an amateur is the financial aspect.” Langley qualified for the U.S. Open by winning his sectional qualifier. His brother, Nick, caddied for him at the qualifier at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla. Langley won the sectional qualifying with a 36-hole total of 139. He won by two strokes. He shot a 73 in his opening 18 holes but closed with a day-best 66 in the second round to win the event. “After shooting the 73, I just went to my brother and said, ‘You know what, let’s go have a great time.’ I played well in the morning round but didn’t score that well,” Langley said. “I birdied my last hole in the morning and that gave me momentum. I shot 5-under on the first nine in the afternoon and that gave me a boost. I told my brother, (who plays golf for Missouri State) that anything can happen.” The Open was played in one of the toughest tracks in the country. Langley acknowledged it was difficult. “It was tough, very challenging,” Langley said. “It was a shot or two harder than the setup at Pebble Beach. You’re coming out of the rough much more at the Open. You have to control your golf ball. Really, you have to do everything well. It was a perfect setup. I thought it was great. I loved it. I felt comfortable there.” It’s possible Langley could play at the Metropolitan Open. That tournament, open to professionals and amateurs, will be played July 12-14 at St. Albans Country Club. Practice and play. That’s Langley’s life now and he is happy with it. “I’m very excited about the future,” Langley said. “I love what I do and I can do what I love for a living. I’m working on my game and my fitness. I feel very lucky. I’m living my dream. What could be better than that?”


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Hope may have what it takes to go all the way to D-I baseball When the Vikings began practice in March, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Hope was penciled in to pitch some for the varsity. He also was going to play shortstop for the junior varsity. As a pitcher, he throws a two- and fourseam fastball, along with a circle changeup and a curveball. He has good control and he also be a power pitcher depending on the situation. Vikings coach Fred Friedman decided to call Hope up for varsity permanently. “Yeah, that felt pretty good,” Hope said. “It’s a great accomplishment.” Another great accomplishment came when Friedman gave the ball to Hope in the semifinal game. “That was pretty awesome,” Hope said. “I knew it was coming. Coach showed he had a lot of belief in me. I had a lot of pressure on me but when I got to the mound, it all went away. It was just another game.” Joe Hope Expect it wasn’t. It was a no-hitter by Hope. Hope struck out seven batters and walked two batters. Of his 73 pitches, 53 went for By WARREN MAYES “I had a great defense behind me,” said strikes. The no-hitter was the 13th in the Parkway North’s Joe Hope, talking about the history of the Missouri State High School no-hitter he tossed in the Class 4 semifinals. Activities Association championship series “(Catcher) Garrett (Taylor) called a great game. and first since 2002. When did he become aware he was I didn’t hardly shake him off. Everything was throwing a no-hitter? pinpoint. I felt really good that game.”

Musgrove has been his pitching coach all these years. Hope has gotten better each year. “He used to think the fastball dominated,” Musgrove said. “He stated developing a change-up and it’s one of its better pitches. He let me show him he can pitch inside and outside. This was the year he put it together. “He always threw hard. He likes playing shortstop, too. He wants to be where the action is. He doesn’t sit when he’s not pitching. He’s my leadoff man. He’s one of the faster kids on the teams. He’s a good kid. He wants to learn and he wants to progress. I think his dream is to play Division I baseball. We’re sticking to that.” Hope credited Musgrove with helping him develop as a pitcher. “He’s taught me most of my stuff about pitching,” Hope said. “That’s why I’m as good as I am today. He and my dad have always been there.” The Phillies play during the summer and then in the fall as well. The games continue into October. Musgrove said it’s fun watching Hope improve. “He’s got kind of that natural ability. He’s blessed with it,” Musgrove said. “He’s so poised but he’s a typical 16-yearold, too,” Musgrove said. “I really think the future looks good for him. I think he’s got a good shot at D-I baseball.”

“In the fifth inning, I started hearing people talking,” Hope said. “I saw it on the scoreboard. It ended up being 1-0 and I was not pitching for a no-hitter but for the win also.” The last batter hit the ball back to Hope, who tossed it to first to secure the win and start the celebrating. “It was an 0-2 count and I threw a fastball in and he hit it back to me,” Hope said. “I threw it to first and then Garrett came out and hugged me. They all jumped in. “It was pretty nerve-wracking. There was a man on second and a hit could have tied the game there. Pitching the no-hitter means a lot but it means more because we got the finals.” It was a great way for Hope to end his high school season, but baseball hasn’t ended yet. During summer, Hope plays for the Midwest Phillies, a traveling team. It is coached by Dana Musgrove, who began working with Hope when he was just 8 years old. At presstime, the team was 10-4 with one tournament victory this summer. Hope sported a 4-2 record with a 0.63 ERA. He was hitting .318 and he plays shortstop when he’s not pitching. “Shoot, he’s been with me since he was 8 and he’s a go-to guy,” Musgrove said. “Any time we have a tight game, I give him the ball. He’s one of our team leaders.”

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Changing times vs. the master plan By SARAH WILSON Buying alcohol at a convenience store was at one point a rare commodity. Once a one-stop shop for people in a hurry to buy bread and milk when the local supermarket was closed, the industry has since evolved into a competitor for even the big-box grocery stores, serving hot food, gas and eventually – alcohol. According to the National Association for Convenience & Food Retailing, beer has become one of the top five items of convenience store sales. But when a modern convenience store is not authorized to sell alcohol and keep up with evolving demands, it can potentially cause an inconvenience. At the intersection of Wildwood Horse Creek Road and State Route 109 in Wildwood is a BP gas station and convenience store – a staple to some in the community – that has been trying to comply with the changing market for more than a few years. The primary problem is that allowing alcohol would change the city of Wildwood’s master plan. Since 1998, the owner of the store on multiple occasions has requested to amend the city’s master plan to allow for the expansion of the property as well as to amend the ordinance that currently prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages. However, the request has always been denied. Joe Vujnich, director of planning and parks, said the master plan is intended to provide a high degree of expectation to residents, business owners and others about future land use. “This expectation allows everyone to invest in the community, whether buying a house or opening a business, with the knowledge certain things will happen and others will not,” he said. “If the plan is constantly changed, no resident or other entity can be assured these changes will not negatively impact them and their investment.” The property is partially located in an area that is designated by Wildwood as Non-Urban Residential, which does not allow any commercial uses. Its current use and any related requests relating to the property are considered non-conforming relative to the city’s master plan. If the master plan is not amended to allow the expansion, the comprehensive zoning plan and zoning ordinance cannot be amended under the requirements of the city charter, which prohibits the passage of any zoning change or amendment that is contrary to the master plan. Vujnich said the department has reviewed almost every option to accommodate such change without altering the master plan, yet it still has not come up with a solution. But Karim Abdian, co-owner of the BP

so I’m always pleased to hear when a community is asking those questions because it shows that people are concerned about the exemptions that would start coming. They don’t end something. They start something. Once a hole is poked in the plan, it’s very easy to make that hole wider.” Theising noted that once an exception is made to the plan, a legal precedent is set, and that “could unravel everything.” “So a lot of people might say it’s not a big deal that BP just wants to change this small little piece, but pretty soon the next place Tweaking the master plan Andrew Theising, director of the Insti- is going to want to do that,” he said. “And tute for Urban Research at Southern Illi- then the next place. If they start making an nois University Edwardsville and resident exception, where do they draw the line?” of Des Peres, described the master plan for Theising cited the casino-gambling indusa city as a long-term vision for land use try in Illinois and Missouri as an example. throughout the course of a period of time. “At first, they said it had to be on a riverboat and that gambling couldn’t start until the boat was out on the water,” he said. “Then they said, OK, it has to be on a boat, but the boat can be docked. Then later, they said it doesn’t have to be a boat in the water but can be channeled to the side and placed on some land. Do you see how these regulations can get diminished?” According to Theising, the issue of property values comes into play as well. “People have to think whether they want to do these things that keep their property values up, even though they might have to drive farther to buy some beer, or whether they want to let these businesses come in and make whatever money they want to make so that they as property owners don’t The BP location at the intersection of Wild Horse Creek Road and State Route 109. have as much of a tax burden,” he said. “Every community has to decide what kind But usually, for a master plan, he said, it of government they want to be and what not fair that we cannot compete with all the is difficult to change. role they will play in the local economy.” similar businesses in the area. “It’s intentionally difficult to change “Our Constitution has been amended Going forward more than 20 times, so if that can be because we don’t want to mess with the big documents too much, and that’s the spirit One of the younger local residents queschanged, this shouldn’t be a problem.” At a public hearing on June 18, Coun- behind a master plan,” he said. “The idea is tioned the sensibility of a document that is cilmember Larry McGowen (Ward 1) sup- to give long-term guidance, which is usu- resistant to change. ally built around core values of a commu“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “I understand ported Abdian. planning and zoning. I understand not allow“It is virtually impossible for any busi- nity, and it tends to be difficult to change. “There are some people who feel that ing a business to go in across the street from ness owner to accurately predict how the competitive landscape may change over a liquor sales generate revenue and that we homes, but that business is already there and should do whatever it takes to generate was already there four years before Wildlong period of time,” McGowen said. He said he is reminded of having to buy more revenue for a community. There are wood was a city, so the rule seems moot. computers for his professional practice other people who say liquor sales are a vice All this business owner wants is to make his and we don’t want that in our community.” business competitive with his peers.” with hard-earned profits. He said it is a question of whether the The majority of people at the June 18 “If we did not adjust to such change over time, we would be out of business as a change to the governing document, which planing and zoning meeting were in favor result of no longer being able to compete the city originally agreed to, is going to be of granting Abdian’s request for a license to sell beer and wine. However, hoping that effectively,” he said. “This example is not inline with the city’s core values. “If not selling liquor in a residential area is more of the public would be made aware of much different than the competition that I think Mr. Abdian faces. … I want to see one of our values, then why are we changing the situation and come forward to express this business remain viable and a success- that? Why are making an exception?” he said. their opinions, Mayor Tim Woerther called “And if we make an exception now, are we for a postponement on the decision until ful part of our community.” However, resident Ed Thibeault said the going to have to make an exemption later? the planning and zoning committee’s next issue is not about beer and wine. He main- Those are very important questions to ask, meeting on July 16.

location and petitioner of the request, said if the city does not grant his business the license, it might have to shut down. “We have noticed that over the years, the sale of gasoline volume has been declining – to a point that it’s become imperative for us to address this or just go out of business,” he said. “Convenience stores have become a one-stop shop for the public, and right now, we cannot offer this convenient item that people seek, so our hands are tied. All our competitors can sell beer. We cannot.” He said a nearby BP at the intersection of Chesterfield Airport and Long roads has a McDonald’s attached to it, with children always in there, and still sells beer and wine. “We are not asking for a handout,” Abdian said. “Just untie our hands and let us compete on a level playing field. It’s just

tains that it is about the master plan. “You shouldn’t change the master plan to accommodate a specific situation like this,” he said. “The city probably amended the master plan about six times, and I don’t think we made changes based on the kind of situation we’re talking about here. You get into that kind of operation, you don’t have a master plan. … If you start pecking it away piece by piece, you’re heading down the wrong road.”


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Town & Country home houses historical treasures By SUE HORNOF The home at 13348 Conway Road in Town & Country might strike the casual observer as rather unremarkable. In fact, if not for the “For Sale” sign recently placed in the yard, those driving along the stretch of Conway between Hwy. 141 and Mason Road may not even notice the modest story-and-a-half surrounded by milliondollar homes. Passersby who look a bit more closely at the property, however, might have their interest piqued by the two-story smokehouse that stands out back. Topped with a shake roof, copula and weather vane, the old, stone structure is reminiscent of a bygone era and appears to be at historical odds with the adjacent dwelling. But things are not always as they appear, and the home’s historical significance does indeed equal that of the old smokehouse. “It’s a two-story log cabin,” Carrie Mueller said of the house, which her mother currently owns. “It was built in 1847 by Mr. George Oge, a French immigrant, on a parcel of land known as New Alsace.” While not visible from the exterior, that two-story log cabin remains intact within the home. The cabin consists of two rooms – one upstairs and one down, connected by ladder stairs – but the home now features eight rooms in all. Mueller, 43, was in the third grade when her parents bought the property. They moved in during the summer of 1978 and were the fourth family to own the house. “It was my mom’s dream home,” Mueller said. “She loved antiques and history.”

When Mueller’s family took ownership, the major additions to the home already had been made, but Mueller’s mother went to work on other projects. “My mom did all the restoration,” Mueller said. “She actually finished the banister (of a second staircase) by hand. It took her a couple of years to refinish all the old spindles, and the banister is beautiful.” Other projects brought the home added historical charm. “The neat part of the house is that the walls in the pit area where the big fireplace is are old doors from the old Gaslight Square,” Mueller said. Also salvaged from the Gaslight Square district were a banister, family room bookshelves and bricks used for flooring in the kitchen, family room and patio. Mueller’s father researched the history of the property and found that Oge, who built the cabin, was a farmer, grocer and acting postmaster of New Alsace, which had a population of about 50. “They would smoke meats out back, and the cabin served as a trading post,” Mueller said. The house sits on about one acre and is listed with Carla Borgard and Carmen Gassert of the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country office for sale “as is.” It is being shown by appointment only. Mueller said she knows there is a chance the property’s next owner will raze her childhood home, but she is hoping otherwise. “It would be wonderful if someone would buy the house and preserve the log cabin and smokehouse,” she said. “Ultimately, that would be the best thing.”


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Enter t ai n ment Ingrid Michaelson performs on July 16 at The Pageant.

COMEDY Steve Harvey, July 27, Chaifetz Arena Tracy Morgan, Aug. 3, Lumiere Place

Nicki Manaj, July 31, Peabody Opera House Zac Brown Band, Aug. 1, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Crosby, Stills & Nash, Aug. 2, The Fox Theatre Javina Magness, Aug. 3, Old Rock House Grandmothers of Invention, Aug. 4, Old Rock House My Morning Jacket, Aug. 8, Peabody Opera House Summerland Tour, Aug. 7, The Family Arena Il Volo, Aug. 14, Peabody Opera House

CONCERTS Sam Bush, July 7, Old Rock House Big Time Summer Tour, July 7, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 311 and Slightly Stoopid, July 10, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater American Idol Live, July 11, Scottrade Center Dave Matthews Band, July 11, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Fiona Apple, July 14, Peabody Opera House Ingrid Michaelson, July 16, The Pageant O.A.R., July 19, The Fox Theatre James Taylor, July 20, The Fox Theatre Mindless Behavior, July 22, The Fox Theatre Tenacious D, July 23, The Pageant Ralph Stanley, July 26, Old Rock House Rascal Flatts, July 27, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Train, July 29, Peabody Opera House

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Train performs at Peabody Opera House July 29.

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Com mu n it y Event s BENEFITS The city of Ballwin holds a Twilight Swim and Duck Race from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at North Pointe Aquatic Center. An evening of swimming under the stars and fundraising for the Ballwin Historical Society are featured. Admission is $4 for residents with a current ID, $5 for non-residents, and free for Point+ and pool pass holders. Call 227-8950 or visit ballwin.mo.us. ••• St. Mark Presbyterian Church hosts its annual ABC Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (early bird sale for $5 admission at 7 a.m.) on Friday, July 13 and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the church, 601 Claymont Drive in Ballwin. Furniture, clothing, housewares and more are offered. Call 394-2233. ••• Life Skills hosts its 27th annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 (dinner auction) and at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 23 at Meadowbrook Country Club. Morning and afternoon shotgun starts are featured. Entry is $450 per player, or $125 for the dinner

only, and proceeds help Life Skills provide training to people with developmental disabilities. Call (314) 567-7705 or visit lifeskillsteeitup.org. ••• Chesterfield-based Wings of Hope hosts its third annual Hope Floats Cardboard Boat Race at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at the Grand Basin in Forest Park. Participants build cardboard boats and race them through a marked course. There are opportunities to sponsor a race team, build a boat and race. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Medical Relief and Air Transport Program, which delivers health care to children with birth defects and adults with rare illnesses. Visit wingsofhope-boatrace.org or call Anne at 537-1302. ••• West County Family YMCA and Swim Bike Run host the Babler Beast Duathlon at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Babler State Park. The event includes both distance and sprint races, raising funds for West County Family YMCA Annual Strong Community Campaign. Email Bonnie Hoerner at bhoerner@ymcastlouis.org.

FAMILY AND KIDS Teen Rec Night is from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at West County Family YMCA. A luau-themed pool party and rec time for kids ages 12-17 are featured. The $5 entry fee includes hot dogs, chips and soda. To register, call Cassie at 532-6512. ext. 260, or email ceckman@ymcastlouis.org. ••• The city of Ellisville presents a concert by The Giving Tree Band from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 on the amphitheater stage at Bluebird Park. Admission is free. Visit ellisville.mo.us. ••• “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God!” Vacation Bible School is from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 at Living Word Church, 17315 Manchester

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Tuesday, July 17 at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd. Visit chesterfieldmochamber.com. ••• The city of Ellisville presents a concert by Erin Bode from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 on the amphitheater stage at Bluebird Park. Admission is free. Visit ellisville.mo.us. ••• The city of Wildwood presents a concert by Roland Johnson and the Voo Doo Blues Band at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Wildwood Town Center. Admission is free. Visit cityofwildwood.com or call 458-0440. ••• The St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash is on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday Sept. 30 at the Wildwood Town Center. Amateurs and professionals compete for the grand prize in several categories including ribs, brisket, chicken, chili, pork steak, People’s Choice, chicken wing eating, best-decorated booth and more. Great sponsorship opportunities for local businesses are available. Call Frank Schmer at 256-6564 for details.

SPECIAL INTEREST Eureka Outreach Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church gymnasium, 500 Meramec Ave. in Eureka. The event offers time for blind and visually impaired persons to gather for a free meal and socialization. Transportation is furnished for those not in wheelchairs, but those in wheelchairs are welcome as well. For reservations, contact Bob Wardenburg at 394-3422. ••• The Garden Society of Wildwood visits an eclectic art garden at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at a location in Ballwin. Residents of all St. Louis-area counties are welcome. Contact Julie at (314) 518-7759 or juliehousley@gmail.com. ••• “Downsizing to a Senior Community,” an interactive seminar addressing estate and charitable donation planning and how to get rid of unwanted items, is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at Westview Assisted Living, 27 Reinke Road in Ellisville. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call 527-5554. ••• The Rotary Club hosts a presentation on the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Missouri Athletic Club West, 1777 Des Peres Road in Town & Country. Championship Director Jason Mengel is the featured speaker. Breakfast is offered for $15. To RSVP, email boydfpc@earthlink.net.

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Five years after the bubble burst Kevin Weaks

The housing market has finally started to recover more than five years after the bubble burst. In May, builders nationwide requested the highest number of permits to build homes and apartments in three and a half years. The new-home industry in St. Louis has even better news. There was a 43 percent rise in permits for single-family homes in May, according to the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. St. Louis area home builders reported 278 permits for new single-family homes in May, up from 194 last year. Of those, 158 permits were issued in May in St. Charles County, which recorded only 86 in May 2011. Prices are increasing as other parts of the housing market are strengthening. Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, says prices have increased 3 percent in the 12 months ending in April. Sales of new and previously occupied homes are up over the past year, in part because mortgage rates have plunged to the lowest levels on record. Here’s what else is new in new homes: Payne celebrates openings at Walden Pond, Crest over Katy Trail If your lawn sprinkler has been running full blast for weeks and the blistering heat has made yard work a misery, there’s relief in sight. Easy-maintenance living is just one of the many attractions as Payne Family Homes celebrates the grand opening of The Villas at Walden Pond, the company’s first residential offering in O’Fallon. The fun-filled event is from 1-5 p.m. on July 15. Visitors will be treated to free refreshments, music and the opportunity to take advantage of grand opening incentives. Taking center stage during the festivities will be the “Earhart” display, a 1,444-squarefoot ranch-style villa, shown with one of Payne’s most innovative design options – an upper-level “eagle’s nest” that adds another 546 square feet and includes a loft and third bedroom and bath. “Actually, we have two ranch plans that allow for this option,” noted community sales manager, Jane Peacock. Attached in pairs, the basic floor plans provide 1,338 to 2,424 of living space. All include a two-car garage. “Our pricing is the real show-stopper, though,” Peacock remarked. “These homes

start from the upper $130’s.” Walden Pond is conveniently located off Bryan Road and I-70 in North O’Fallon and served by Fort Zumwalt schools. Call (314) 996-9909 for details. Also that weekend, Payne is opening sales of 15 homesites at The Crest over Katy Trail, the company’s newest residential offering in St. Charles County. Perched on a wooded bluff off Greens Bottom Road overlooking the Katy Trail, the neighborhood is gated for residents’ privacy and configured around two cul-de-sacs. Buyers can choose from 10 ranch, storyand-a-half, and two-story plans, providing 1,627 to 3,338 square feet of living space, two to four bedrooms, and an array of topof-the-line elevations. Pricing starts from the $260’s. Home sales for The Crest over Katy Trail will be conducted from Payne’s nearby Tuscany community. Call (314) 220-2861 for details. Interested prospects can register for advance VIP information by emailing kam@paynefamilyhomes.com. For more, visit PayneFamilyHomes.com. Whittaker continues brisk sales at New Town and Glenhurst When the new-urbanism style community was created in 2004 by Whittaker, live music and festivals were commonplace. While the recession caused a few missed beats, the music is back with the opening of Rhythm Music & Performing Arts Studio on Rue Royale. At the same time, Whittaker is enjoying brisk sales in New Town’s third phase, the South Lake District. “There are lots of “sold” signs and moving trucks,” said Greg Whittaker, president of Homes by Whittaker. Five new two-story inventory homes are in various stages of construction, ranging from 1,201 to 2,700 square feet. Prices for Whittaker’s two-story plans start at $114,900. Most popular has been the value-leading model 2032-34 two-story, which starts as low as $179,500 and accounts for most of the sales in phase three. In the past three months Whittaker has sold more than 35 homes at New Town and the unique attached-home community of Glenhurst, located on what Whittaker calls “the quiet side” of I-70 in Wentzville. These unique two-story homes are attached in pairs only at the two-car garage for maximum privacy


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