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– and future generations – of Americans at the mercy of terrorists who have no mercy and who cannot be deterred, as the Soviet Union was deterred. All the current political theater about “international sanctions” is unlikely to make the slightest difference to Iran. Nor is the administration itself likely to expect it to. What then is its purpose? To fool the American people into thinking that they are doing something serious when all that they are doing is putting on a charade by lining up countries to agree to actions that they all know will not have any real effect. There is another aspect to General McChrystal’s “resignation.” Everyone seems to be agreed that Stanley McChrystal has been a soldier’s soldier – someone who knows what to do on a battlefield and is not afraid to put himself in danger to do it. Do we need more generals like this or do we need political generals who know how to cultivate Washington politicians, in order to advance their own careers? Some people see a parallel between McChrystal’s “resignation” and President Harry Truman’s firing of General Douglas MacArthur. No two situations are ever exactly the same, but some of the parallels are striking. MacArthur was proud not only of his military victories but also of the fact that he won those victories with lower casualty rates among his troops than other generals had. But General MacArthur too was not always discreet in what he said, and also had reasons to have contempt for politicians, going all the way back to FDR, who cut the army’s budget in the 1930s, while Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were building up huge military machines that would kill many an American before it was all over. If we are creating an environment where only political generals can survive, what will that mean for America’s ability to win military victories without massive casualty rates? Or to win military victories at all?

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letters to the editor Beg to differ To the Editor: I love it when writers weigh in with complaints that West Newsmagazine is “too conservative” and that it should tone down its conservative rhetoric. … Folks, in particular Dale and Kara Dicker of Chesterfield: We’ve been there and done this before. All sorts of silly suggestions of the same ilk have made their way onto the Letters to The Editor page over the years, and all share the same common denominator. Liberals find it inconceivable that one publication can enjoy such success without liberal commentators and liberal editorial columns. As a conservative business person and owner of a small business who utilizes the classifieds every issue, I can assure folks like the Dickers that it’s this paper’s success as a conservative publication that fuels mine and other like-minded people’s business success. Some will say you should never mix business and politics. Quite the contrary, as I’ve found over the years using this paper’s classifieds, that those who call on my firm’s services generally are on the same page politically as myself! It makes for easy door opening conversations with like-minded people, as I find if someone makes it through to the end of an issue, onto the classified section where business services are offered, they must surely find something about this publication that strikes a common cord. And that common cord of interest is its conservative appeal – the need to limit government intrusion into business and personal lives. Our common belief is that government’s role has overstepped its bounds with social programs that create reliance on government as the solution to problems instead of markets succeeding or failing on their own merits. No, I’m sorry Dale and Kara, it’s the Post-Dispatch with its complete liberal slant that has the same symptoms of brown edges on lettuce, with “born on dates” and “best used by” dates,  that will spell that publication’s eventual demise. It’s the bold and fresh opinions and viewpoints of the West Newsmagazine’s conservative appeal that will fuel this publication’s longevity for years and years to come! Mike McCluskey Manchester To the Editor: In response to Dale and Kara Dicker who whined about the West Newsmagazine being too conservative, I think my response will mirror the vast majority of

your readers. Everywhere one turns today there is the liberal, biased media either in print or on the television. West Newsmagazine is an oasis in this vast desert of biased liberalism. Yes, they do print diverse views. They printed yours didn’t they? Why not take the West Newsmagazine from your mailbox, put it in your trash and spend your liberal money on the Post-Dispatch? I am sure you will be more than satiated with their “dynamic forum,” and I and most West Newsmagazine readers will get along fine without you reading and complaining. Bob Weinshenker Chesterfield

Centrum Clarkson and Centrum Properties collectively. Also, Mr. Mello, the attorney for Centrum, said, “It’s (the CID is) for property owners to put a tax on themselves for the benefit of the project.” While this is legally correct language, it is somewhat misleading. Under the Fountain Plaza CID, the funds for the tax will come from the shoppers at Fountain Plaza through a 1 percent sales tax, not the property owners. Additionally, while it is correct that CIDs can be and have been used in areas which are not blighted, the original intent of the legislation was for the renovation of blighted and economically distressed areas To the Editor: as reflected in related articles and docuIn response to Dale and Kara Dicker’s ments from the time when the CID Act was letter in the June 23 issue complaining first passed and even in the name “Comabout the “predictable” conservative view- munity Improvement District.” points expressed in West Newsmagazine: I Elise Kostial assume you also fired off a similar letter to Ellisville the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their unstinting liberal views as well. Wants an apology Good grief, liberals already have, besides To the Editor: the Post-Dispatch, virtually all major U.S. No reputable columnist would write, dailies, ABC, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC. “Whether Barack Obama is simply incomCNN, the major newswires, “Time,” petent as President or has some hidden “Newsweek” and many more outlets. And agenda to undermine this country, at you’re begrudging us conservatives little home and abroad, he has nearly everyold WNM? Please. You’re not even paying thing he needs to ruin America, including for it, while you’re shelling out plenty for a fool for a Vice President.” No reputhe fast-fading Post-Dispatch! table publisher would print such garbage. Joseph Elstner Thomas Sowell wrote it and West NewsBallwin magazine published it. Both dishonored themselves, their trade and their country. Ellisville CID Do either of you have the decency to print To the Editor: an apology? Probably not. Rush LimA few clarifications concerning the June baugh would be proud of you. Fair and 23 article regarding Ellisville’s Fountain decent Americans are not. Plaza Community Improvement District John Doolittle … The article said that the Fountain Plaza Grover Community Improvement District (CID) would fund $1.3 million in traffic improve- Time is ticking ments. This is not the case. As stated in the To the Editor: CID petition, only $100,000 will actually It is imperative that Congress and the be spent on “traffic improvements.” The President get together on a comprehenCID’s board, with a three-fifths majority sive approach to the dual problems of of Centrum representatives, as mandated The Great Recession recovery and longin the CID petition, will spend $565,000 term financial viability of Social Secuin taxpayer funds for the sale of common rity, Medicare and Health Care Reform.  ground from one Centrum controlled entity They must do it now because The Great to an other (the CID to Centrum Clarkson). Recession has tightened up the period avail$525,000 will be used for the construc- able for Congress to address Social Secution of fountains and entrance monuments. rity funding issues. The key date estimates $110,000 will be used for professional fees of 2016 and 2041 have accelerated to 2011 and contingency. Additionally, $1.5 mil- and 2030 – the former when benefits will lion in interest will by paid to Centrum first exceed payroll tax revenues, the latter Properties, the proposed note holder, and when trust fund reserves can no longer make $500,000 will be spent by the CID for oper- up the difference – assuming Congress ating costs. In total, over $2 million of the would even try to pay back the $3 trillion CID’s revenue will be allocated directly to which Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes

“borrowed” from those reserves as an alternative to cutting spending or raising taxes. The President and Congress should order an immediate Treasury takeover of all the assets and liabilities of Social Security and Medicare, including the trust funds. Such orders should authorize Treasury to reduce the national debt by voiding the $3 trillion in Treasury bonds held by the trusts and adopt a new funding strategy based upon replacing the profoundly obsolete payroll tax with a new funding mechanism consisting of a revenue package made up of a value added tax (VAT) supplemented by a combination of an administrative payroll tax (no more than 10 percent of current payroll tax), together with adjusted income tax rates, credits and surcharges. Treasury should coordinate those steps with their current efforts at recovering from The Great Recession by using the billions of unspent stimulus package dollars, which it currently holds, to pay for the transition from payroll taxes to VAT. That would fit nicely with the fact that a 90 percent payroll tax reduction places money in the hands of workers and employers to boost consumer spending and investments while improving protection of existing jobs and creation of new ones. An entirely new funding method is necessary because, after more than seven decades, the payroll tax has become obsolete on several counts, most notably, the deteriorating ratio of numbers of tax-paying workers vs. the numbers of retirees, the disabled and those on survivors benefits. The payroll tax is no longer reflected in the price of virtually everything sold in America as it was in FDR’s time when almost everything sold here was produced by American payrolls and there was no model for a national sales tax or VAT. FDR did not foresee the day when we would drive foreign cars to malls to buy billions of dollars worth of stuff produced entirely by untaxed overseas payrolls. Ironically, a lot of those mall dollars come from Social Security benefit checks.  Increasing U.S. payroll taxes also tend to drive manufacturing and white-collar jobs overseas to low pay countries. In short, our government can and should reduce the national debt by $3 trillion, reinstate “pay as you go” entitlements, stimulate the economy, create jobs  and catch up with the effect global economics has upon our domestic tax system – all without breaking into a defense budget which is larger than the combined defense budgets of all other countries on the planet. William Howard Chesterfield



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What’s in a name? It is quite possible that modern society has developed no skill as astutely as it has the skill of labeling things. We are labelers, and darned proud of it. Consider the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial last week documenting the generosity of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) in allocating $30 million to protect needs-based scholarships for Missouri college students. It is tough to pay for college these days, the piece noted, especially for “kids from workingclass families who simply cannot afford to help much.” Working-class families is the phrase that sticks out. It is one of those labels that routinely goes unchallenged in regular usage. What exactly does it mean to be working-class? Apparently, it means that you will have difficulty affording college. But that is not true, of course. Being working-class has little-to-no bearing on the affordability of college, but it is a convenient label. The trick to our most popular labels is that they are all positive and all developed on the accurate assumption that we are a society of contrarians. Therefore, the power of the label is not in the label itself, but rather in the opposite of the label. Look at the term working-class. There is nothing inherently wrong with being working-class. Actually, it sounds great. If you are a member of the “working-

class,” everybody else must be a member of the “non-working-class.” Not so fast, says the non-working-class. They choose to label themselves “professionals,” and so everybody else must be “un-professionals.” The most famous, and famously debated, example of this binary labeling system comes in the forum of abortion rights. The people opposed to allowing abortions are “pro-life” and those in favor of some form of legalized abortion are “pro-choice.” They both sound positive enough, and it seems absurd that anyone would want be “anti-life” or “anti-choice.” National Public Radio felt so strongly about the use of these labels that the organization recently drafted an internal memo to reporters not to use the labels, instead advising the use of “abortion rights supporter/advocate” and “abortion rights opponent.” The power of these labels is that they tend to further divide us in already divisive times. They are sound bites which mask the greater issues beneath. In reality, modern society – this society which is great at creating labels – has seen the lines blurred between classes and occupations and political leanings more than any generation before. In reality, there is far more that unites us than divides us these days, but the labels keep us all in opposition to one another.

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The city of Ballwin at the June 21 Board of Aldermen meeting indefinitely tabled legislation that would allow farmers’ markets. The board let the bill die after determining there was not enough interest in the community, and being unable to come to an agreement about what kinds of businesses would be included. The board discussed whether only agricultural products would be allowed, or if crafts and other local businesses should be included as well. Alderman Frank Schmer (ward 2) said the legislation as written would exclude businesses within the city limits, while including farmers from outside the area. Alderman James Terbock (ward 1) disagreed, saying that if all types of businesses were included, it would no longer really be a farmers’ market. The bill was initially introduced when a business from The Barn at Lucerne Shopping Center approached the board about starting a farmers’ market, but that busi-

Former councilman sentenced A West County developer of high-end homes on June 22 was sentenced to more than four years in prison on charges of $13 million in bank fraud related to his business. Chesterfield resident Edward Levinson, 51, a former Chesterfield councilman, in December 2009 pleaded guilty. According the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Levinson shuffled money from one project to another within his company, which eventually led to foreclosure on several properties. Those properties include Wynncrest in Wildwood, Terra Vista in Chesterfield, and Belle Maison in Creve Coeur. Levinson had lending relationships with Royal Banks of Missouri, First Bank, and Enterprise Bank and Trust, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Prosecutors said he obtained funds from banks and prospective homeowners, which he then used for projects and overhead costs unrelated to their intended use.

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Subcontractors performed work related to the projects for which they were not paid. U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton sentenced Levinson to 51 months; the maximum penalty for bank fraud is 30 years and/or $1 million in fines. Levinson was ordered also to pay restitution.

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CREVE COEUR Teen gets 20 years For his participation in the 2008 shooting death of a well-known fitness trainer in a botched robbery attempt at her home, a Creve Coeur teen will spend the next 20 years in prison. Kenneth E. Shepard, 19, pleaded guilty in May to charges of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and stealing. He was sentenced on June 25

to two decades in prison. On the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2008, Susan Schaffer, 48, came home from work and found Shepard and 17-year-old Lorenzo Wilson, of Maryland Heights, in the process of burglarizing her home in the 12900 block of Nimes near Fee Fee Road and Olive Blvd. Schaffer was subsequently shot in the back and died of her injuries. Police pegged Wilson as the shooter in the incident. Wilson is awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin in December. He is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and stealing. Shepard lived a mile from Schaffer. He and Wilson attended Parkway North High School with two of Schaffer’s three children. Schaffer was a certified gyrontonics instructor at Spiral Power LLC in Clayton.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY Corpse controversy An exhibit that is scheduled to display plastinated human corpses at the St. Louis Galleria in October is causing much local controversy. Some of the 200 corpses featured in the “BODIES … The Exhibition” allegedly are those of Chinese prisoners. The Saint Louis Science Center turned down the opportunity to host the exhibition, citing ethical concerns. The museum hosted the similar “Body Worlds” exhibit in 2008, but it is claimed that paperwork proved that all of the people on display there consented to have their bodies donated to science. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin drafted a letter to Galleria property managers urging them to cancel the exhibit. Akin wrote also to Mo.

Attorney General Chris Koster, asking him to look into the legality of the exhibition. “Instead of providing financial reward for oppression,” Akin wrote, “I believe we should fight for human rights and the respect for human life. There is no question that China’s human rights record is abysmal, and we must take a clear stand against their abuses.” Koster has agreed to investigate the matter. Earlier this year, the exhibit underwent similar scrutiny by New York’s attorney general, which prompted organizers to put a disclaimer on their Web site stating they could not “independently verify that the human remains you are viewing are not those of persons who were incarcerated in Chinese prisons.”

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County breaks ground on Page-Olive Connector By JULIE BROWN PATTON Ground was broken on June 22 for the $64 million Page-Olive Connector, the biggest financial undertaking of its type in St. Louis County’s history. The 2.5-mile project was funded partly by $20 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, and $5 million each from the cities of Chesterfield and Maryland Heights. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the new six-lane highway will alleviate traffic congestion and increase economic development. “After talking about this potential highway for 30 years, this is definitely an example of money being spent in the right place,” Dooley said. “We’ll be connecting Jefferson County to St. Charles County and opening up 3,000 new, undeveloped acres. It will make a real difference in this region. This is about jobs, jobs and more jobs.” Dooley said at least 500 construction jobs, especially those related to surveying and concrete, will be created. Garry Earls, St. Louis County chief operating officer, said, “Connecting Highway 141 all the way through West County is simply doing the right thing.” KCI Construction Co. is performing the work. KCI’s experience in transportation systems spans more than 20 years, ranging from highway, bridge and transit systems to rail systems, ports and airports. “With many elected officials working

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley (in middle of crowd) and other state and local officials reviewed plans for the 2.5-mile Page-Olive Connector.

so hard and so long to make this project happen, it’s great to see people doing what they said they would do, and using money the way it’s supposed to be used,” said Bob Burns, representing U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Burns said having a highway that runs straight through Jefferson County in Arnold all the way to the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles will aid first responders, such as police and firefighters, when responding to emergencies. He said proper planning for Parkway School District facilities located off of the targeted Page-Olive area was paramount.

James Mitas, representing U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-02), said, “Finally seeing this built after so many decades is a wonderful result, given that completing Hwy. 141 has been a top priority for so long. This is an excellent example of how public funds should be used.” Mitas said the traffic relief is an important element as well, given that I- 270 already exceeds its design load. Mo. Rep. Jane Cunningham (R-86) said she was grateful that comments and concerns from her constituents located along the roadway were incorporated and that deliberate plans went toward making the

roadway safe. Maryland Heights Mayor Michael Moeller said benefits of the highway will include decreased congestion, fewer accidents, increased air quality and decreased drive times. “It also will be easier for business managers to transport goods and for employees to work around the region. And consumers will have greater access to stores,” Moeller said. Jim Jacobi, representing the Progress 64 West civic group, said he thought he first heard about the project when he “was in third grade” and that it is more than just a couple of miles of highway. “It’s actually completing 30 miles of highway, and providing complete north and south access for the county, as well as to a $300 million bridge that’s underutilized,” Jacobi said. “It will be beneficial overall. When the tide comes in, all the boats go up. I’ve been amazed at the cooperation between the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), county officials, and Maryland Heights and Chesterfield representatives, because this type of coordination is normally like herding cats.” Tom Montes de Oca, MoDOT project manager, said the project is scheduled for completion in July 2012. “It’s nice to see so many community organizers coming together for a good cause,” said Brian Hackworth Jr., an intern on Akin’s staff. It’s certainly valuable public service in action.”

Wildwood requests Superfund site re-investigation By JULIE BROWN PATTON Wildwood officials are requesting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leaders to reopen the investigations of the land connected to the Bliss-Ellisville remediated Superfund site, which remains on the National Priorities List (NPL). Missouri elected representatives were informed about the new request to agencies via letters sent on June 16. In anticipation of the EPA’s review of safety standards for dioxin and the potential for a stricter safety standard to be set for dioxin exposure later this year, Wildwood representatives said they believed it likely the current conditions of the site will require additional actions by EPA. Letters were sent to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-02), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, Mo. Rep. Tim Jones (R-89) and Mo. Rep. Allen Icet (R-84) asking for their support as city officials pursue future federal and

state assistance. Managers for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as the U.S. EPA Region 7 in Kansas, received letters also. While Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther indicated Wildwood citizens appreciated Akin’s interest in the public health and environmental consequences resulting from the “chemical dumping activities and subsequent EPA cleanup efforts in 1996,” he outlined that city officials have had to take a cautious position when considering requests to develop property formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Primm, which is located on Strecker Road immediately adjacent to the Bliss property. Woerther noted in the letter that the Primm property is included as part of the Bliss NPL site and that portions of the property in 1996 were investigated and remediated by the EPA. He said contaminated soil and drums were removed from portions of the Primm property, as well as neighboring properties.

Because “suspicions as to the adequacy of the previous EPA remediation efforts remain on the part of Wildwood residents and officials,” Woerther reminded elected representatives why the city engaged two environmental consulting firms, URS and Mundell and Associates, to analyze the conditions at the site twice since 2007. Woerther said that evidence from the 2009-2010 Mundell analysis identified the presence of contamination at levels of concern on areas of the Primm property that were previously not investigated and thought to be uncontaminated. “It has been our belief that the property in question was impacted by the past hauling and dumping activities of Russell Bliss beyond that which the federal EPA investigation indicated, and still poses an unacceptable public health risk,” Woerther said. “Additionally, the potential for migration of soils and water remain a concern for this property and neighboring areas of Wildwood.”

The letter further stated that the EPA consistently detected the presence of dioxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater monitoring wells installed just after the agency’s remediation actions. “It is our belief that the proper reviews of the data collected, spanning over a decade, were not conducted as is mandated by the Federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) law governing the management of Superfund sites. The implementation of the proper reviews, and the timely reporting of data, would have yielded valuable information needed to protect public health and safety,” Woerther said. Wildwood officials announced they are officially requesting the EPA, in cooperation with the Missouri DNR, to protect citizens by reopening investigation of the Bliss sites and starting off-site monitoring/ investigation of surrounding areas, among other things.

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Chesterfield park may go to the dogs By LISA WATSON The city of Chesterfield in 2011 will get its first dog park, if plans work out as expected. The city bought a site from the Eberwein family late in 2009 for the development of a new park. The 18-acre tract is off Old Baxter Road, bounded to the west by Dierbergs Market Place on Clarkson Road and to the north by Drew Station Shopping Center. The dog park would include about half an acre for small dogs and 1.5 acres for large dogs, according to a planning report released on June 10. It may include a water feature, some agility equipment and a seating area, but many of the details are not yet set in stone. “It’s our first dog park, so we’re really excited,” Chesterfield Planning and Development Services Director Aimee Nassif said. “The need is out there.” Nassif said that as planning team members were scouting other area dog parks for ideas, they ran into several Chesterfield residents who said they would rather be at a dog park closer to home. “It should be a great community amenity to get people out and promote a healthy lifestyle,” Nassif said. Other ideas for the park include a picnic area, community garden, native planting area, children’s natural-themed play area, trail system and open play area, according to the June 10 report. The park will be meant for the community to enjoy but likely will not host huge events that would draw a lot of traffic and disrupt the neighborhood, Nassif said. Heinrich Eberwein in 1835 initially bought the land as part of a 431-acre property, according to the city’s report. Eberwein’s son, Ernst, inherited the land

and lived there with his family. They built a barn, sheds and a white house on the property. Otto Eberwein, Ernst’s son, later inherited the land and lived there with his wife, Virginia, until in 2009 the city bought the property. There are five structures on the property, including two sheds, a ranch home, a barn and the white house, but they might be torn down, according to the report. The city has not been able to find funding to preserve them – which could require about $1 million – and the structures have little historic value. The development team is seeking comments from the city council’s Planning and Public Works Committee on the General Park Layout Plan. The preliminary plan, which is expected to be finished and made public sometime this summer, will incorporate those comments and include specific details about various aspects of the project. The first two of five planning phases are complete, Nassif said. The city is working also on the development with a citizen committee, which includes nearby homeowners. When the master plan is complete, it will be presented to the city council for approval. The dog park, parking area, public improvements and restrooms are tentatively estimated to cost $500,000, but a more specific number will be available as planning progresses. Planning began in January with a kickoff meeting. The master plan will be presented to the city council by the end of the year, Nassif said. The city will post updated information about the project at




West Nile discovered in St. Louis County Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in North and South County, although no human cases have been reported, according to the St. Louis County Department of Health. Positive results have been reported in mosquitoes in Calverton Park, Castlepoint, Dellwood, Florissant, Mehlville and Webster Groves. “Positive mosquito tests are a reminder that preventative measures are important,” said St. Louis County Health Department Director Dr. Dolores J. Gunn. “Even though serious West Nile Virus cases in humans are rare, it is important to minimize our exposure. We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and protect ourselves by using repellants.” Floodwater mosquitoes, which do not carry West Nile Virus, have been emerging in recent weeks and are active in daylight hours as well as being attracted to bright lights at night. Here are steps residents can take to reduce the opportunities for mosquitoes to flourish:

• At least once a week, drain water from garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects that collect water. Change water in birdbaths at least once a week. • Keep gutters cleaned out, and repair any tears in door and window screens. • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and light colors outdoors. • Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the label.

• Look for products containing the active ingredient methoprene or Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to place in birdbaths or ponds, to prevent mosquitoes from developing. • Flexible drainage pipe is commonly used to drain water from downspouts. A big drawback is that it holds water and breeds mosquitoes if not properly sloped when installed. The Health Department routinely collects mosquito samples to test and help deter-

mine where to focus control efforts. Vector Control monitors and treats standing water in public areas as part of its preventative larviciding program. To find out where the county will be spraying, call (314) 615-4BUG (615-4284) for the nightly mosquitospraying schedule. For more information on mosquito prevention, contact the County Vector Control office at (314) 727-3097 or visit the Health Department’s Web site at stlouisco. com/doh.

Beware of scareware By BRIAN MCDOWELL A local computer repair expert is warning the public to be aware of “scareware,” a type of malicious, scam software that damages computers. Jeff Minnis, the owner of Jeff’s Computers in Manchester, said that his company has seen a recent increase in computers brought to the shop infected by scareware. The malicious program is designed to trick victims into purchasing and downloading useless and potentially dangerous software. Downloading the software can result in users paying for something worthless and may lead to problems with a computer, Minnis said. Once scareware is in a system, it is very difficult to get rid of. Minnis offered the following suggestions for dealing with scareware: 1. Do not click on a pop-up ad that tells you “your computer may be infected” or carries a similar message. 2. Be careful which search results you click on. Some scareware spammers have tricked popular search engines into ranking them high in organic search results. 3. Do not click on suspicious links included in direct messages or e-mails. 4. Obtain anti-virus protection only from a reliable source, preferably a retailer. 5. If your computer does become infected by scareware or any other virus, seek repair.

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that Mundell used the $27,000 contingency buffer without notifying the city in advance. The group asked Dan Dubruiel, city administrator, to secure more information. Dubruiel said significant scheduling problems led to some of the additional costs. “More drilling and placement of monitoring wells also cost more,” Dubruiel said. Dubruiel said it was “a bit of a surprise” to see another $13,497 requested for Mundell’s attendance at meetings and for details related to the site access agreement. He said Wildwood staffers believed all but the $13,497 were “justifiable costs.” Councilmember David Sewell (ward 6) said the contract was a fixed price bid, complete with a specified change order process. “When companies deal with weatherrelated issues, they know that’s a risk they’re taking on,” Sewell said. Sewell said he believed Mundell had changed the scope of work without triggering a change of request. Dubruiel said the nature of Mundell’s finding prompted more investment on their part. Joe Vujnich, Wildwood’s director of planning and parks, said he pressured Mundell to meet the time frame defined by the site access agreement because the project’s time frame could not be extended. “I did tell them to proceed forward at all haste,” Vujnich said. Councilmembers on June 14 voted to table the discussion and decision about the project cost overage.

Another city councilmember resigns By JULIE BROWN PATTON Wildwood’s sixth city councilmember in the last 26 months resigned. Holly Ferris, who represented ward 8 in the southeastern area of the city’s boundaries, on June 28 submitted her resignation. “With so much on my plate, I had to make some tough decisions,” Ferris said. “I didn’t want to give up my post, but I no longer had the time it takes to be the best representative, because I couldn’t attend as many committee meetings and other events that I think are critical to doing a thorough, well-rounded job.” Ferris served on Wildwood’s Administration/Public Works Subcommittee and the Crossings Community Improvement District Board. “I really enjoyed serving the city and the residents, and believe the city’s staff does such a good job. I liked seeing the new

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Conflict of interest cited in Wildwood City Hall project By JULIE BROWN PATTON David Dial, chair of Wildwood’s Architectural Review Board (ARB), at the June 14 Wildwood City Council meeting questioned two elements of the city’s future city hall package. Dial said he first wanted to ensure that next steps regarding the proposed city hall would include a redesign phase of the exterior building. “ARB members would like the design to comply with our typical city standards and fit into the overall Town Center,” Dial said. “We unanimously voted that the recommended design resulting from the recent process did not hit the mark for being in our Town Center, especially not as the city’s town hall. If this design is brought forward, I assume it will get voted down again.” After serving on the ARB for more than six years, Dial, an architect, said he thought it was necessary to “open this can of worms” because it was “important to get it right.” He said the site plans for the city hall could not be left the way they were. Dial voiced concern also about parts of the contract being negotiated with the consortium of architects secured for the project, as well as the amount they planned to charge the city for their services. “This deal kind of smells,” Dial said. “The architects the city is looking to for advice for the project are the same ones who are recommending themselves,” Dial said. “There is a circular logic going on.” Due to the recession, Dial said, many area architects who would be impartial for the project would be happy to receive the job. “A group of architects received $120,000 from the city for preliminary designs for the town hall, and now they want $570,000 more to finish drawings,” Dial said. Dial emphasized that he did not want the job himself because he would perceive serving concurrently on the ARB as a conflict of interest. “I would be concerned about the appearance of it all,” he said. Dial said he was not accusing anyone; rather, he felt compelled to emphasize he did not think it was in the best interests of a client, in this case the city of Wildwood, “to listen solely to architects who are saying to use them and how much to pay them.” “I know there are unbiased architects who would serve Wildwood for much less money,” Dial said. Wildwood officials have been working with a consortium of architects, consisting of representatives from Powers Bowersox

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Wildwood Town Center plan review ignites controversy By JULIE BROWN PATTON A straightforward review of Wildwood’s 10-year-old Town Center plan recently led to nearly another 10 months of debate regarding proposed zoning changes for the city’s business district. Keeping up with gyrating directions for potential changes to the plan practically requires a scorecard. The lightning rod of contention became three properties whose rezoning dictates what could be built there in the future. New rules also affect residents near the vacant acreages, many of whom were not homeowners when the first zoning designations were finalized. Due to requirements established with the city’s incorporation in 1995, and ratification of Town Center standards and guidelines in 1998 as patterned after new urbanism, the plan was to be reviewed at its 10th anniversary in 2008. Joe Vujnich, Wildwood’s director of planning and parks, said 18 volunteers – the Town Center Advisory Panel (TCAP) – guided the update process, representing residents, business owners, developers and property owners. He said the group over a 17-month period held meetings, tours, and discussions about the master plan with planning experts. Vujnich said the review process enabled the group to create a simplified plan, set better standards and addressed areas identified for improvement. He said the revised plan created more residentially designated parcels of ground and better defined the Pond Historic District. The TCAP completed their update process in October 2009 and forwarded recommendations to Wildwood’s Planning and Zoning commissioners, who, as required by Missouri statute, held a public hearing about the matter. At the resulting Planning and Zoning meeting held Nov. 16, 2009, a group of property owners voiced comments regarding how the regulated plan affects them. Planning and Zoning commissioners then held a series of work sessions to evaluate the proposed changes in the revised plan. Commissioners on March 1, 2010, voted 6 to 4 to concur about certain changes involving properties located along State Route 109 and Eatherton Road. Planning and Zoning Chair Jon Bopp said they felt the TCAP volunteers had achieved the goals set by the public update process. “The updated plan was easier to use and provide a simpler presentation of properties and future uses compared to the original plan,” Bopp said. “The changes encouraged more residential uses in the

Town Center area, while focusing future commercial development in the city’s downtown district. The street network plan remained unchanged. And the neighborhood design standards and architectural guidelines were revised to ensure that current best practices remained while improving some requirements based on the 10 years of applying the guidelines.” Per state statutes, the city’s master plan was modified on March 1, when the commissioners voted as a state-enabling legislation body to change the document. Next, commissioners sent a letter of recommendation to city councilmembers suggesting they consider adopting the changes to the comprehensive zoning plan of the city’s charter, specifically in the form of the land use categories map of the master plan. City councilmembers on March 8, 2010, held a public hearing about the subject. Property owners again expressed reservations about the development potential of their lots, which led councilmembers to call a “committee meeting of the whole” with Planning and Zoning commissioners to allow more time to consider ramifications of the potential changes. Officials attending that meeting agreed to adopted modifications to the comprehensive zoning plan, as set in the city’s charter, except for two properties – Brown property at 2623 and 2631 West Ave,. and Spanos property at 2520 and 2516 Hwy. 109. Committee members sent those properties back to Planning and Zoning for further discussion. Commissioners decided to remove the Brown property from the Town Center boundary map and return it to its former suburban residential category, and to extend the designation of workplace district of the Spanos property to its entirety. The failed bill was amended at the May 10 meeting to include the 50-acre Slavic Tract (2431 Hwy. 109 and 17225 Manchester Road) as a property to be reviewed by Planning and Zoning commissioners. Councilmembers’ intent was to modify its zoning designation to comparable districts, as it was under the previous Town Center plan. This meant it would be placed with the same size proportions in terms of acreages for ‘downtown district,’ ‘workplace’ and ‘neighborhood edge’ designations. ‘Open space’ as a category was removed as a stand-alone designation and replaced by regulations of public space requirements. The majority of councilmembers autho-

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was left ajar. The two vehicles in the garage were left unlocked, and numerous items with a collective value of more than $1,000 were taken. Also on June 22, a vandalism was reported at a business located in the 14700 block of Manchester Road. The victim stated his vehicle had been parked there for a number of days. Upon returning to pick it up, he discovered the door locks had been punched out and the windshield had been broken. The damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

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“I’m supportive of residents who would like the zoning to be the same as how they purchased it,” Ferris said. Councilmember Patricia Thibeault (ward 1) said because Wildwood’s downtown area is five times larger than most U.S. downtown areas, she believed commercial developers needed to be reminded that the long-term intent of Wildwood “was not to be a city that is too big.” “Big box stores are not paying, and they aren’t listening to our plan of intent. We just need enough businesses to satisfy the needs of the Wildwood population,” Thibeault said. At the June 14 city council meeting, councilmembers were geared to approve the overall Town Center plan adjustments, along with returning the Brown property to its former ‘suburban residential area’ category, and extending a ‘workplace district’ designation to approximately 4.6 acres of the Spanos property. However, not enough councilmembers were present at the meeting to vote on and approve the ruling. At the June 28 meeting, after hearing an hour’s worth of comments during the public portion and debating for more than an hour among themselves, councilmembers voted on several aspects of the ordinance. Various motions failed, and they remained gridlocked.

rizing city staff to construct that amended bill translated into council ratifying an updated Town Center plan overall, except for the three particular properties identified. “If I owned commercial property with Wildwood today, I’d be scared to death of them stealing my property,” said Councilmember Jim Krantz (ward 7). “And doing this to the Slavic property will end the seriousness of a large store, such as Target, considering to establish there.” The latest bill under consideration was for amendments suggested by TCAP and approved by Planning and Zoning commissioners on March 1 for an updated boundary map, regulating plan, street network map, neighborhood design standards, and architectural guidelines. The approval was not yet to include the three properties in question. Councilmember Holly Ferris (ward 8) confirmed the zoning designation of the Spanos property as of the February 1998 master plan, and identified that the Grover Estates subdivision predated the incorporation of Wildwood. She pointed out that the zoning of Wind Rush subdivision was changed in 2006, with homes starting to be developed there in 2007.

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Creve Coeur passes budget By TED DIXON JR. The Creve Coeur City Council on June 28 passed the budget for fiscal year 2011, and has settled on some options for balancing it. With state and local governments facing challenges of declining revenue, Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said, the city is not immune to this trend. In 2010, the city’s sales tax revenue decreased by 3 percent. “As we look ahead to 2011, we do not anticipate a significant increase in revenues,” Perkins said in his report to the city. “As a result, we must look at reducing our expenditures to maintain a balanced budget.” The city is expecting the deficit to increase from $184,000 next year to more than $1 million in 2014. “By addressing long-term challenges now, we will avoid using our existing fund balance on ongoing operations and instead be able to preserve our reserves for critical, long-term infrastructure and city facility needs,” Perkins said. The city’s general fund balance will begin at approximately $10.5 million, according to the budget. The city will lose $250,000 in building permit revenue, and municipal court revenues will decrease by 3 percent. The city has devised ways to increase revenue and balance the budget. One of those methods is implementing user fees to fund trash and recycling services. The $1.3 million the city pays annually for trash and recycling services comprises 9 percent of the city’s general fund budget and 33 percent of its non-personnel budget. One option is for residents to pay a fee of $10 per month to cover 50 percent of the total cost of rear-yard trash and curbside


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Brotherly love By BRIAN MCDOWELL Chesterfield resident Al Wolk Jr. did not tell his sister that he was running on her behalf at this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure until after the event. “I knew she would have tried to convince me not to run because of my knees or the hot weather,” Wolk said. Wolk’s older sister, Fran Swigunski, is an advertising account executive here at West Newsmagazine. Swigunski is one of the 2.5 million Americans living with breast cancer, the second most common cancer among women and the No. 2 cause of women’s cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society calculates that one of every eight women will have breast cancer. Swigunski received her diagnosis less than a year ago after a mammogram. “We had no family history of this type of thing,” said Swigunski, who had gone five years without a mammogram. By the time doctors detected the cancer, it had infected 19 lymph nodes. That news hit her brother hard. “My immediate thought was it isn’t right that Fran has been a caregiver her entire life and she is diagnosed with this disease,” Wolk said. “She literally cared for me when I was an infant and she was only 7-8 years old, due to both our parents working. She has helped care for our parents despite her personal battle, and she has raised two awesome boys.” Swigunski has undergone surgery, approximately 12 rounds of chemotherapy and 35 consecutive weekdays of radiation therapy. “Out of my eight brothers and two sisters, Fran probably has the most internal fortitude,” said Jean Shkapsky, Swigunski’s youngest sister, who accompanied her to all of the chemotherapy sessions. “So after the initial shock of her stage 3 diagnosis, we knew that there would be no one who would fight harder. Cancer is a killer, but we are praying that God will continue to allow us to keep Fran with us for many years to come.” Swigunski tries to maintain the positive outlook that has carried her through life. “I don’t dwell on negative possibilities,” Swigunski said. “There have been many positives that have come from this. I can deal with facing death, which everyone has to do eventually, and I feel that makes me a stronger person. Plus, I’ve realized how many people I have to thank in my life. Hugs and love from family and friends were more healing than chemo.” Swigunski classifies her experience with breast cancer as traumatic, hectic, time consuming, financially taxing and painful. Still, the effort that Swigunski puts into her life and the empathy that she shows to others impress her brother.

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“Fran has been unselfish in her fight,” Wolk said. “Amazingly, she continues to worry about everyone else but herself.” To honor his sister’s struggle with breast cancer, Wolk decided to reenter competitive running and joined 71,000-plus others on June 12 at the St. Louis Komen Race, which raised nearly $3.5 million. Wolk came in 51st place among men in the race, and 57th place overall. He claims to have the fastest running time of any participant over age 50. “Participating in the race was something I could do to show my support for her and the cause,” Wolk said. “It was the thought of her that kept me running hard despite the hot and muggy weather.” Participating in the event was emotional, Wolk said. “I was awestruck by the courage of the survivors and the support teams that surrounded them,” Wolk said. “I think the difference between the Race for the Cure and many other charitable events is that you got the feeling that everyone there had a personal connection to someone affected by breast cancer. It has shown me that it is not enough to only make a monetary contribution but the importance of getting personally involved.” Swigunski was touched by her brother’s gesture. “It makes me cry just thinking about it,” she said. “I just hope he doesn’t get tired of me bragging about him.” Wolk said the focus should be not on race participants but on the bravery of survivors and the memory of those who have succumbed to breast cancer. “I’m not positive that the cure to this will be found in my lifetime,” Wolk said. “However, we continue to make great progress in the treatment of breast cancer. As a result, the number of breast cancer survivors continues to rise. In fact, there are about 2.5 million survivors alive in the U.S. today. As screening programs have become more common, more cases of breast cancer are being found in earlier stages, when they are more easily and successfully treated.”


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A large group of supporters joined Lindenwood University President James Evans (with scissors) at the grand opening of Lindenwood’s extension campus at Wildwood Town Center. Classes begin on July 10.

Lindenwood comes to Wildwood By JULIE BROWN PATTON West County residents seeking an “individual education” experience might want to check out Lindenwood University’s new Wildwood location – its 11th extension campus. Located on Main Street within Wildwood Town Center, the new accelerated evening program is designed for working adults. “Although location is important, a big benefit is having only one night class a week,” said Ron Hendricks, campus director of the new location and a Wildwood resident. “This program is ideal for those who have been in the workforce for a year or two after high school and who recognize the value of a degree, but are stuck between wanting to secure that degree while working at the same time.” A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility was held on June 18. The first classes there will be held on the evening of July 10. Hendricks said courses in the Lindenwood College for Individual Education (LCIE) program are grouped in clusters, with each cluster consisting of three related courses within a specific discipline. He said courses are offered on a quarter schedule with four terms per year and nine credit hours earned per quarter. “Students have the option of going yearround and can earn 36 hours per year,” Hendricks said. “A first-time freshman, with no transfer hours, can complete a bachelor’s degree in approximately three and a half years. A master’s degree can be completed in 15 months.” Jenny Ring, a Lindenwood graduate assistant who works in admissions, said they hope students from the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood after their first two years will “transfer their education right on down the street.” Ballwin resident Brett Barger, Linden-

wood dean of the evening admissions and extension campuses, said that prior to establishing the new location, he mapped out by ZIP code where current students at their other existing campus sites reside. “It took about 15 minutes to see Wildwood should be a good spot that is convenient to many people,” Barger said. Barger said besides the immediate West County area, they hope to attract students from Eureka, Pacific, Washington, and other cities located off of I-44. He said recruiting for five undergraduate classes has been underway and they hope to grow organically after this first session. West County Chamber of Commerce Board Director Scott Sgarlata said he thought it was great to have the new educational opportunity within the community. “I can’t wait to see full classrooms,” he said. Hendricks said that all instructors are working adjunct professors, so students will get the benefit of their teachers imparting real-time information. “We think this is a great use of the site, and we’re happy to see a program that working professionals can use, because good education is important to the future,” said Glenn Koenen, chairman of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce. Lindenwood University President James Evans said people across the region have shown they want an education that is affordable and accessible. “We are here because a population of community members value education and constantly seek advancement and improvement,” Evans said. “Another reason we are here is the advancement of our strong relationship with St. Louis Community College at Wildwood.” Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said the city looks forward to continuing a partnership with Lindenwood.

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An ‘apple’ for the superintendent Rockwood School District Superintendent Craig Larson on June 18 was presented with the Golden Apple Award in appreciation for his service to the St. Louis Student Transfer Program, with which he has been involved since 1983. Larson served also during the 2009-2010 school year as board chairman of the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC). The St. Louis Student Transfer Program removes barriers to educational success and gives young people from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds the tools they need today to work together to meet everyday challenges.

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Three students from Parkway Central High School recently learned they earned the highest possible score, a 36, on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. The students are Joseph Dardick, Anisha Gururaj and Charles Qin. The average score for students across the state of Missouri is 21.6; for the U.S., it is 21.1. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of four test scores.

The 15th annual Parkway Golf Tournament on June 11 raised more than $10,000 to support the Parkway Alumni Association’s numerous programs and grant opportunities. Participants enjoyed a full day of golf, lunch, dinner and a silent auction at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield. Dozens of volunteers and sponsors contributed to the tournament’s success. “We are grateful for the community’s involvement,” Jan Misuraca, executive director for the Parkway Alumni Association, said. “It truly shows their commitment to the Parkway School District.”

Parkway buses score high For the 20th consecutive year, the Parkway School District Transportation Department was awarded the Certificate of Fleet Excellence from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Exemplary Fleet Maintenance Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an outstanding showing in its school bus inspection. The inspectors thoroughly examined 150 items on each bus, including but not limited to brakes, steering, safety equipment, emergency exits and crossing control arm.

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State budget cuts affect local school bus service By DIANE PLATTNER Following Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent announcement of more than $300 million in state budget cuts, area school districts are making some cuts to their bus transportation programs. The governor said the cuts were necessary to balance next fiscal year’s budget in the wake of lagging state revenue associated with the national economic meltdown. While public school districts are not supposed to lose any of their basic aid, the governor slashed $70 million from a program that pays for school buses, leaving the state to pay just 30 percent of the schools’ transportation costs. That is a decrease from 44 percent this year. The Rockwood School Board at a recent meeting approved a reduction of $700,000 from the district’s residential transportation service program, which is contracted through First Student Inc. The Rockwood budget cuts affect the following: •• High School - elimination of zero-hour transportation and after-school activity bus routes, totaling the elimination of 11 bus routes. •• Middle School - elimination of 12 activity bus routes, which run three to four days a week depending on the school. Rockwood officials said the elimination of the zero-hour/after-school activity bus routes will allow the district to use those buses to run regular school day routes. That will increase the efficiency of secondarylevel bus routes and will lead to an elimination of 10 school buses, officials said. In addition, Rockwood officials said other savings related to the budget reduction include reduced fuel consumption, consolidation of existing routes and more efficient bus assignments for secondary students. Bill Sloan, Rockwood’s director of transportation, said the district still is considering ways to increase efficiencies and continue to provide safe, reliable services

for students. The district is forming a committee to look for ongoing, effective approaches to reduce costs for the upcoming school year, he said. Moreover, Rockwood officials for the first time are asking high school parents if they would like to “opt-out” of bus transportation for their children and are considering extending the new initiative to students at all levels. Parkway School District officials said they, too, are looking at cuts in the school bus transportation budget. “We are still looking at the transportation budget to determine where to make cuts,” Parkway spokesperson Cathy Kelly said. “It appears that we will have to reduce the number of buses we replace next year. We normally have a replacement cycle of about 12 per year. Based on the most recent numbers, we will likely replace eight to 10 of our oldest buses.” Kelly said each Parkway bus costs approximately $75,000. In addition to reducing the number of buses the district replaces, Kelly said, Parkway officials may need to reduce or eliminate after-school activity buses or make changes and possibly eliminate some bus routes. “It is too early to know the exact impact the cuts in state funding will have on transportation,” Kelly said. “Although  things aren’t looking very good at the moment, we are hopeful some of these  ‘withholds’ for FY 11 will be restored.”

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High school basketball C h a m i n a d e ’s Bradley Beal is in Hamburg, Germany, competing in the FIBA U17 World Championship For Men. That tournament began July 2 and runs through July 11. Beal “Coach told me that I made the team, and I think everybody was a little nervous at first, but it’s just good to know that I made the team again,” Beal said in a press release. Beal led Chaminade to the state championship during his sophomore season and was the Metro Catholic Conference player of the year as a junior when he averaged 29 points per game. The United States was placed in Group A along with Argentina, China, Egypt, Lithuania and Serbia. Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland, South Korea and Spain comprise Group B. “Everybody has a good team when you get to the World Championship,” Devel-

opmental National Team Head Coach Don Showalter said. “You look at our side of the draw and we’ll play a pretty familiar team in Argentina. I know Lithuania has had a lot of success as well and we’re hoping to scrimmage them ahead of time, so that will give us a look at them. “China won the gold medal in the Asian Senior Match Play Champion Brian Fogt, of tournament, and pretty easily it seems from Wildwood (right) with runner-up Dave Levine. looking at their scores. Egypt will certainly be a force and Serbia always has good players. It looks to be a very competitive Fogt made three birdies en route to his group. Obviously, we’re happy to be play- championship. Levine reached the final ing in the (U17) World Championship, but match by outsting No. 1 seed and 2009 by the same token, we’re going to go over Champion Steve Lotz, while Fogt bested there with the idea that we want to win the Player of the Year point leader Mark gold medal.” Faulkner of Lake of Egypt Country Club. The team trained at the University of “My expectations were to make it to Texas at San Antonio. the final match and hopefully play well Beal is no stranger to big tournaments. enough to win,” said Fogt, the assistant pro The 6-foot-3, 195-pound University of at Bellerive. “There are a lot of variables in Florida commitment led the U16 team in match play. scoring at 19 points per game and was third “Fogt turned 50 last July, so he played a overall in scoring for the tournament last portion of last year’s tournament schedule year in helping Team USA win. against the senior division. He praised the conditions at Sunset Hills as ideal for the tournament. Senior Match Play “The greens at Sunset are outstanding in Wildwood resident Brian Fogt, of Bel- their speed and smoothness,” Fogt said. “It lerive Country Club, played a bogey-free had been a number of years since I played 17 holes to edge Berry Hill’s Dave Levine there. It is a position course where keeping 2 and 1 to win the recent Gateway PGA the ball in play will provide ample birdie Senior Match Play Championship held at opportunities.” Sunset Hills. Fogt bested Brad Huelett, of The Falls

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pleased with how we did. I thought our kids competed really nice.” The junior class is more than the nucleus of the program; they are the heart of the team. There are only 10 seniors out. “The key will be how these senior players come back and have a positive impact on the team,” Duncan said. What will help are three returning offensive linemen: Austin Doss, Stephen Gorczyca and Rane Eckelsen. “That’s nice when guys up front have that year of experience under their belt,” Duncan said. “We graduated a wonderful group of seniors last year. The key replacements will be at middle linebacker and at quarterback. Those are key spots.” In the camp, senior Domonique Atkins played quarterback. He was ineligible in the past year. “He really had a nice camp,” Duncan said. “He provides us with a very good allaround athlete.” J.C. Demuri, one of the triplets on the squad, will be a sophomore and will compete at quarterback. “He started in right field in baseball this spring,” Duncan said. “He had minor knee surgery at the start of June, and he’ll be back strong for us.” Returning starter Sam Newmaster will be a junior. He was a free safety and receiver in the past year. “The biggest thing I’m pleased about with is our kids is that they are playing as a team,” Duncan said. “The kids are doing the little things right. They’re hustling.”

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Three local players drafted by NHL By WARREN MAYES Chesterfield’s John Ramage did not hear his name called during the NHL Entry Draft at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Ramage, who went to Marquette High School for three years, was chosen in the fourth round (103rd overall) by the Calgary Flames. But Ramage, who will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Wisconsin, was busy and not watching the draft. Instead, he found out about being drafted in the most modern of ways young people get information – by text message. “I wasn’t watching the draft,” Ramage said. “I was at a wedding reception. I found out through a text message. I’ll admit I was pretty excited. I didn’t want to show it because I was in a wedding. “But, it’s an honor. It’s something that makes me feel like it’s a good accomplishment. My main focus is to continue to grow and develop as a player.” Also taken were defenseman Tony DeHart, of Ballwin, and right winger Michael Parks, of O’Fallon. The New York Islanders used a fifth-round pick (125th overall) to select Dehart, who played at CBC. Parks, who also played at CBC, went to the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round (149th overall). CBC Coach John Jost said it speaks well of St. Louis hockey to have three local lads drafted. “Parks played his freshman year only for us and was on our JV team,” Jost said. “I really didn’t follow him after he left our program, but you could see when we had him he was tremendously talented with a huge upside. DeHart attended CBC one year and was a varsity player for us. He was hurt most of the year so was not eligible for the playoffs when we won state in 2005. Tony was a great kid who we knew with his size and ability would someday possibly play in the NHL. “I am really not familiar with Ramage at all, but I will say it says a lot for St Louis hockey and the talent level here for three young men to be drafted in the NHL. All three should be very proud.” Ramage, a 6-foot,195-pound defenseman, scored two goals and chipped in 10 assists from the blue line during 41 games played in his University of Wisconsin rookie campaign last season. Partnered with AllAmerican defenseman Brendan Smith for the entire season, the 19-year-old Ramage helped the Badgers reach the 2010 NCAA championship game. That was not the first title game of the season for the stay-athome defenseman. Ramage was a member of Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The son of former No.1 overall draft

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pick, Rob Ramage, John played his preBadger hockey with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., before joining Wisconsin for the 2009-10 season. Ramage represents a strong defensive pick for the Flames. He can easily handle playing against opposing top lines and can handle almost any situation on the ice. Hockey, of course, runs in his blood. His father had a 15-year NHL career during which he played more than 1,000 games for eight teams, including the St. Louis Blues, Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Philadelphia after going No. 1 overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft to Colorado. Getting picked by Calgary means something to Ramage. “It’s special in Calgary because my dad won a Stanley Cup there,” Ramage said. “He was excited for me. I’ve never been to Calgary, but I hear it’s beautiful.” Rob Ramage played a big role on the Flames’ 1989 Stanley Cup championship team, along with Blues vice president and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Al MacInnis. Before the younger Ramage was a Badger, he skated for the USA National Team Development Program in 2008-09. He won gold with Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. Ramage skated also for the St. Louis See NHL DRAFTEES, next page


NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM NHL DRAFTEES, from prior page Bandits of the North American Hockey League in 2007-08. He posted four goals, including two game-winning goals, 11 points and 77 penalty minutes as team won the Robertson Cup as 2008 USA Hockey Tier II Junior A National Champions. He also skated in three games with the U.S. Under-17 National Team at the 2008 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament. Although he went his first three years of high school to Marquette, Ramage did not play for the Mustangs. “I played Triple A and then with the (St. Louis) Bandits,” Ramage said. “Then I went to Ann Arbor to finish school and play.” He will go back to Wisconsin and will try to help the Badgers win the NCAA championship, which will be held March 24-26 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Boston University defeated Wisconsin in the Frozen Four championship last winter. “My main goal is to play defense as best as I can, be a tough guy and play against the top line and help our team win the championship,” Ramage said. “We have a good, solid recruiting class coming in and hopefully, we can win next year.” Coached previously by former Blues tough guy Basil McRae, the 6-2, 185pound DeHart led all Oshawa Generals defensemen last season with 10 goals and 50 points in 68 games. In the 200809 season, in his first season with Oshawa, DeHart collected 27 points in 63 games. He made his American Hockey League debut with the Springfield Falcons on March 19 at Wilkes-Barre. He played two games with the Falcons. DeHart, 20, started his professional career as a hockey player with the London Knights in 2006. He spent two seasons with London, collecting nine points in 72 games before joining Oshawa. “Tony has worked really hard and has become an integral part of both the Generals’ defense and offense,” said Generals Coach Chris DePiero. “I feel the Islanders made a very good selection in Tony.” Coached previously by former Blues winger Gino Cavallini with the St. Louis Selects, Parks played with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League last season and is a University of North Dakota recruit. Parks, 19, grew up playing in the St. Louis area and played the 2008-2009 season with the St. Louis Selects and the Cavallini brothers – Gino and Paul. “I was very happy to see Michael drafted,” Gino Cavallini said. “Actually I was at a rink and had a number of calls letting me know he had been drafted. It was no surprise to my brother Paul or I. We new when we had first coached him there was something special about his ability.” Gino Cavallini said Parks is a solid ath-

lete. “His strengths of quickness and lateral agility allow for him to be very illusive and dynamic when he takes the puck to the net (because) not much would slow him down,” Cavallini said. “He has a keen sense of where he is in relation to the opposition goal so can put the puck in more often than not.” Playing college hockey will help Parks, Cavallini said. “North Dakota could be the best fit for Michael,” Cavallini said. “Their training facility and arena is one of the best in North America and second to none. The program is renowned for enhancing players’ development. Many of their former players are in the NHL most notables – Toews with the Blackhawks and Oshie here in St. Louis.” Getting to coach Parks, Cavallini said, he got to know him and believes his work ethic will carry him far. “Michael is very driven individual,” Cavallini said. “Both Paul and I had the opportunity to coach him while on our St. Louis Selects program, and he was a gentleman and a hell of a player for us. With his ability, work ethic and determination, I am certain we will see and hear more of Michael in the not-so-distant future.” In Parks’ rookie season with the RoughRiders, he played in 51 games, earning 22 points with 11 goals. In the postseason, he appeared in all five games and notched one assist. Last November, Parks represented the United States at the World Junior A Challenge. Previously, Parks represented Team USA in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Parks is expected back in Cedar Rapids next season. He will play his college hockey career at the University of North Dakota. “We are really pleased that Michael was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers. He is an exceptional young player who we expect great things from in the coming season,” said Mark Carlson, Cedar Rapids’ head coach and general manager. There are other St. Louis area natives playing in the NHL. Colorado star Paul Stastny and his brother, former Blues forward Yan Stastny, both grew up in St. Louis. Blues winger Cam Janssen is a Eureka native. Former Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Pat Maroon also is from St. Louis. One of the Blues’ top forward prospects is St. Louis native Philip McRae, a 2008 second-round pick and the son of Basil McRae. Goalie Mike McKenna, who played well during an audition at Blues training camp a few years ago and also grew up in St. Louis, played in 15 games for Tampa Bay in 2008-09 and will be back in the AHL again this season.


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West County native honored for sportscasting By WARREN MAYES St. Louis has produced its fair share of talented sports broadcasters for radio and TV. The names roll off the tongue – like Joe and Jack Buck, Bob Costas, Dan McLaughlin and Tom Ackerman. Caleb Troop is not at their level, but the West County native and Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS) graduate is on his way. The Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) recently honored Troop, who will be a senior this fall at Ohio University. Troop garnered a ninth-overall ranking from the agency for his TV work. Troop finished his first season as the sidelines reporter last fall on the Ohio ISP Sports Network and is the former sports director at WXTQ-FM in Athens, the flagship station of Bobcat athletics, and sister station 970 WATH-AM. Along with hosting morning radio reports and a nightly sports talk show, Troop hosts “The Jim Schaus Show” with the Ohio athletic director. But there is even more for this hardworking youngster. The broadcast journalism major owns the popular Web site, where he writes his Bobcat Blog. He works also at WOUB-TV in Athens. Troop’s other experience includes providing 2008-09 halftime radio features for Bobcat football and basketball. He served as the fill-in radio play-by-play voice for Ohio’s women’s basketball program and contributed segments for Bobcat TV. Troop also worked extensively with WOUB-TV this past year. The STAA All-America program recognizes the most outstanding collegiate radio sportscasters in the country and encourages collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their best. Each June, the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscaster is presented the Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the award winning CBS sports broadcaster. “It’s pretty neat to be recognized for my hard work,” Troop said. “To be on the top 10 list with one of my good friends, (Ohio University senior to be) Brian Boesch, is neat, too, since we have worked together so much.” “At the end of the day, though, it’s just recognition. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be. If anything, it just motivates me to work harder. This industry is brutal, and you have to find a way to stand out and be different. So that’s what I’m trying to do.” As a sophomore in high school, Troop said, he was recording phone interviews with St. Louis broadcasters and writers, and he got into play-by-play as well.

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There are a number of ways that your neighborhood may “celebrate” National Night Out. In addition to turning on their porch lights, many neighborhoods throughout the country organize block parties or cookouts in an attempt to promote community involvement in crime prevention.

The Ballwin Police Department is once again participating in this year’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday August 3, 2010. As you may or may not know, this annual event is looked at as a way to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, strengthen both neighborhood spirit and policecommunity relations, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Please contact Sergeant John Bergfeld at (636) 207-2351 if your neighborhood association is interested in participating in this year’s event.

Target is a national sponsor of National Night Out and store representatives will be visiting the block parties with Ballwin Police Officers.

The Ballwin Police Department would like to encourage you and your neighbors to participate in this year’s National Night Out. In fact, we would like to sponsor a friendly competition among the subdivisions to see who will have the largest party, or greatest participation. Last year, Fox Creek subdivision won the bragging rights by hosting a band concert and ice cream social.

Door to Door Sales Requires Soliciting Permit

If a solicitor comes to your door, you have the right to ask to see their permit. A Ballwin Solicitor’s Permit will state City of Ballwin at the top along with the organization’s name, the card holder’s name and signature, the approved solicitation dates and the card will be signed by the Chief of Police. Licenses issued by St. Louis County or another municipality are not recognized in the City of Ballwin. Solicitors are prohibited from approaching a residence where a sign has been clearly posted that reads “No Solicitors” or “No Trespassing.” Please call the Ballwin Police Department at (636) 227-9636 to report someone who is soliciting without a permit.

keeping your grass cut. Ballwin Code requires all property owners to keep grass, weeds or brush cut or controlled to a height not to exceed six (6”) inches. This includes all areas of the lot out to the edge of the street (whether in front or behind the house) including the cracks in the curb and gutters where weeds sometimes can grow. Properties found to be in violation of this law are sent notices. After a grace period is over the grass or weeds will be cut by the City or a subcontractor and the cost will be placed as a lien on the property. If you see a poorly kept lawn with the grass over six (6”) in height call us at 227-8580. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping Ballwin beautiful this summer.

The Pointe will be closed for annual maintenance August 12-13 and the indoor pool will be closed August 9-15.

Specials: -Fall Back into Fitness Membership SpecialGet 10% off when you purchase an annual Pointe or Pointe Plus membership. Upfront payment is required. Not valid on debit memberships. Offer is good September 1-30th. -Personal Training Package Special-The Pointe is offering discounts on personal training packages the entire month of July! The following discounts are good for any packages purchased through July 31. 5-Session Packages: 5% Off 10-Session Packages: 10% Off 20-Session Packages: 15% Off

For your ease and convenience, we are offering activity registration online. Go to www.ballwin. and click on the activity registration starburst. The City offers a wide variety of athletic, youth and adult programs such as dances, lunch and bingos, fitness programs, swim lessons and other “fun” programming.

•July 24: Cardboard Boat Regatta- starts at 2 pm at the North Pointe comp pool. Who will float or sink? Build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape and see if yours will float. Life jackets are required. The cost if $14/boat and two people per boat. Spectators are free. • July 10 and August 14: North Pointe Twilight Swim and Duck Race-from 8-10 pm and Duck Race at 9pm. Enjoy North Pointe Aquatic Center under the stars with your family and friends. Pointe Plus and Pool memberships enter FREE! VIP $4/ Non Residents $5 Come take part in the Duck Race during the Twilight Swims at the North Pointe Aquatic Center. Purchase a rubber duck entry at North Pointe for only a $5 donation and watch it swim the Lazy River. Half of the proceeds will go to The Ballwin Historical Society and the top five finishing ducks will win cash prizes along with the Lame Duck Award given to the last duck over the finish line. There is a limited supply of ducks and you do not need to be present to win. • August 3: Concert in New Ballwin Park from 7-9 pm. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of “Hillbilly Authority.” • August 7-8: -The Men’s Ballwin Golf Club Classic (a 36 hole tournament will be held at The

Ballwin Golf Course). Call the Pro Shop at 636227-1750 or check online for more information. • August 9: The Women’s Ballwin Golf Club Classic (an 18-hole two-woman scramble) will be held at The Ballwin Golf Course. Call the pro shop at 636-227-1750. • August 13: Digital Road Rally-This rally starts at 6 pm. Teams of three or four race around by car taking pictures in a scavenger hunt. You are given clues and point possibilities, and then sent off to digitally capture your experience. While the results are judged, enjoy pizza and drinks. Prizes will be awarded. Each team needs to bring their own digital camera and no cell phone cameras. Start at the Ballwin Golf Banquet Center. Sign up to reserve your spot. • September 7: Annual Dog Swim-from 4:307:30 pm. North Pointe Aquatic Center will hold its Annual Dog Swim. No aggressive dogs. Must have current legal vaccinations. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Missouri Wildlife Center. $10 per dog. • September 11: The Pointe at Ballwin Commons Open House-Free admission all day including facility tours, free babysitting, sample classes, attendance prizes and membership discounts.

• September 18: NFL Punt, Pass and Kick at 10am. The NFL, Pepsi, and the City of Ballwin present his football competition for boys and girls ages 8-15 to compete against their peers in punting, passing, and place kicking. Bring a copy of their birth certificate. Sign up online at

Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, when mosquitoes are most active. When outdoors wear light colored long sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat. Spray clothing with repellants containing permethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing (follow product instructions). • Apply insect repellant sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellant contains 35% DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-tolumide), DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection (follow product instructions). Repellants may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellant to hands of children. Whenever you use an insecticide or insect repellant, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s DIRECTION FOR USE, as printed on the product.

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The City of Ballwin has contracted with St. Louis County Health Department to provide mosquito control. The County uses mosquito traps placed at various locations throughout the City to determine where fogging is needed. Areas needing fogging will be fogged on Sunday evenings beginning May 16. To find out if and where the fogger will be operating you may call 314-4BUG (4284) Sunday evenings after 6:00 pm for a recorded message. Residents may request no fogging at their property by calling the St. Louis County Health Department (Vector Control) during regular business hours at 314-727-3097. The Vector Control office asks residents to report large number of mosquitoes or bodies of water for additional treatment by calling this same phone number. St. Louis County Department of Health has compiled the following suggestions to reduce mosquito populations. For more information visit their website at , the Centers for Disease Control at , or the National Pesticide Information Center at www.npic.orst. edu . • Eliminate standing water sites where mosquitoes can breed • Remove tires, buckets, and other water-holding objects • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools or drain and cover if not in use • Make sure screens fit tightly in doors and windows • Clean out clogged rain gutters and downspouts so they won’t hold water • Store inside, or get rid of, containers such as flowerpots, cans, tires, etc. • Empty, clean, and refill birdbaths on a weekly basis • Keep fish in your fishpond, as they will eat mosquito larvae • Install splash blocks around homes to carry water away from foundations • If you have a pool, make sure the cover isn’t holding water and breeding mosquitoes • Empty and clean small wading pools at least once a week • Store wheelbarrows upside down; cover or store canoes and boats upside down Keep in mind that mosquitoes rest in vegetation and other protected places; keep the grass cut and bushes trimmed. Homeowners can purchase biological mosquito control products at garden centers, home supply, and other retailers. Bacillus thuringensis israelensis (Bti) is the active ingredient; it destroys the intestinal lining of the mosquito larvae. Another product contains methoprene, which prevents the larvae from developing into adults. Barrier sprays are also available that can be sprayed on vegetation where mosquitoes rest. Dispose of dead birds by double bagging and placing in the trash. Handle carcass with gloves or plastic bags protecting hands. Wash hands afterwards. To avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile Virus, health officials suggest taking some simple precautions.

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Keeping our neighborhoods beautiful requires a commitment from every property owner to keep grass mowed, trees and bushes trimmed properly and enhance the natural beauty of our landscapes with flowers. Although some of these actions are optional, one area that is not discretionary is

We are all blessed to live in an area of the country known for beautiful spring and summer seasons. We also live in a predominantly residential community renowned for its beautiful neighborhoods with wide green lawns. When we all do our part, we can help insure that our neighborhoods stay beautiful all spring and summer.

WARD 4 ALDERMEN Richard Boerner 207-2386 x 3380 Ken Mellow 207-2386 x 3390

During the summer months, the number of people going door-to-door soliciting items and services increases. Individuals wanting to solicit door-to-door in the City of Ballwin must obtain a permit and pay a fee if they are soliciting for a business. Non-profit organizations are exempt from paying a fee, but a permit is still necessary. Individuals desiring to solicit in the City of Ballwin must appear in person at the Ballwin Police Department at 300 Park Drive to apply for the permit. The permit does not imply that the City of Ballwin endorses the product or services.

WARD 3 ALDERMEN Frank Fleming 207-2386 x 3370 Jim Leahy 207-2386 x 3360

Please Help Keep Ballwin Beautiful This Summer

The Ballwin Police Department, Shred-It®, and Target® will be hosting a Community Shred-It® event, benefitting CrimeStoppers, on July 31, 2010 from 10 AM to 2 PM on the parking lot of Selvidge Middle School, 235 New Ballwin Road. For a donation to CrimeStoppers of $5.00 per box you may have your personal documents instantly destroyed by a Shred-It ® high-speed, mobile, cross-cut-shredder. Your personal documents will be shredded in your presence. Securely destroying your personal documents helps protect you from identity theft crimes. All shredded material will be recycled so you will also help protect our environment. Proceeds from your $5 per box donation will benefit the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, a 501(c) 3 notfor-profit organization working with St. Louis area law enforcement to solve crimes. The St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers is a partnership of the community, the media and law enforcement designed to combat crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. Anonymous crime tips are received by CrimeStoppers through their hotline (866-371-8477). The tips are then forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation. For additional information, please contact Sgt. John Bergfeld at (636) 207-2351.

WARD 2 ALDERMEN Frank Schmer 207-2386 x 3350 Ronald Markland 207-2386 x 3340

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risk of developing severe breathing problems and life-threatening illness from whooping cough. Small children have less lung capacity and therefore have to inhale more quickly between coughs, which causes shortness of breath and fatigue. If not treated, it can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and even death. The most effective way to protect children from contracting the disease is to have them vaccinated. The diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine is highly recommended for all children ages 2 months and older. The vaccine is administered in multiple doses – at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months of age followed by a booster shot between 12 and 18 months. A second booster shot is required to enter school, when a child is around age 4 or 5. “The DTaP has an 80 percent effectiveness,” Haller said. “Children who have been vaccinated on schedule should have good protection.” Parents, older siblings and adults that care for children should talk to their primary care physicians about getting a booster vaccination, Haller said. “Everyone over the age of 11 should really get a booster,” Haller said. “The best way to receive the vaccination is in conjunction with your tetanus shot. Ask your doctor for the booster at your next check up.”



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A conversation with Peter Buffett By BRIAN MCDOWELL Peter Buffett has made peace with the fact that, despite the bestselling book that he recently penned and his long list of musical accomplishments, the first line of his obituary undoubtedly will mention that his father is a well-known billionaire philanthropist. “I know my father opened the door for me, but I’m the one that walked through it,” Buffett said in an interview with West Newsmagazine. The 52-year-old is the son of the “The Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful stock investor, who currently has a fortune estimated to be around $42 billion. The financial genius raised his three children in a middle-class Nebraska neighborhood, in the same modest house in which he still lives in today. According to the younger Buffett, the children did not know the extent of their father’s wealth until they were in their 30s. “It wasn’t really hidden from us, but all we really knew was that he went to an office every day, and that he loved what he did,” Buffett said. “When the media started reporting on how much money he had, my mom and I had a good laugh over it.” Unlike many children of extremely rich people, Buffett never lived off of a trust fund. His father believed that to build character, the Buffett children should forge their own paths without his financial assistance. “Everything I’ve accomplished in life has been because of the values instilled in me by my parents,” Buffett said. “They didn’t have their egos invested in what I did, and I think that has made all of the difference.” Buffett went to Stanford but dropped out to pursue music. He received an inheritance of stock from his grandfather that today would be worth $72 million. Buffett sold it for $90,000, which he used to fund his early musical musings. That does not seem to bother Buffett, who believes that getting by largely on his own allowed him to avoid the pitfalls into which children of rich parents often fall and is the main reason that he is “happy and normal” today. Eventually, Buffett found success in the music industry. His music was heard in the movie, “Dances With Wolves,” and he was the composer for Kevin Costner’s “500 Nations” TV miniseries about Native Americans.

In recent years, Buffett has performed at the opening of the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., done special concerts for the United Nations and collaborated with R&B musician Akon. Much of his music is related to Native American culture, and, according to Buffett, that is no accident. “I don’t feel like people pay enough attention to the exploitation and domina-

tion that this country was built on,” Buffett said. “I think the Native Americans hold much knowledge because they’ve been here so much longer than we have.” Buffett said that although his father is “stuck in the world of Glenn Miller,” the elder Buffett has been to some of his concerts. “I think he enjoys it because he sees how other people enjoy it,” Buffett said. “He is not very aesthetic. He looks at a sunset, and, although he logically knows it’s beautiful, he is never really able to appreciate it, because his mind is always thinking about work.” When asked if that emotional distance made it hard for Buffett when he was growing up, he replied, “I understood that was the way it was, and I didn’t need him

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way, he was very present for us, even when he wasn’t quite mentally present, and, for me, that was perfect. Plus, my mom was so supportive that we still got the love we needed. I think that was true of a lot of families of my generation. Dad did his work thing, and Mom did the nurturing. For us, that worked.” Buffett theorized that his father’s success comes largely from hard work and the luck of being in the right place at the right time. “Plus, he is wise enough not to spend a huge fraction of what he makes,” Buffett said. One thing that his father did for him was set up a charitable foundation in his name. Now, Buffett spends much of his time supporting causes he considers worthy. That includes The Girl Effect, a group that works with adolescent girls in Third World countries through economic empowerment education, and teaching men and boys about the values of treating women better. Buffett’s family is well known for their philanthropy. His father famously promised to eventually give 99 percent of his fortune to charity. “My mom was super involved with the civil rights movement, proving that everyone had value and wanting to balance all un-level playing fields,” Buffett said. “I remember her taking us into bad neighborhoods in Omaha to show us how other people lived and to give us empathy for them. So, we grew up with that attitude as well – that injustice was never to be tolerated. I guess my dad has that streak in him, too.” Buffett does not even mind that his father is heavily in favor of large taxes on inheritances. “I don’t think it’s bad if the country gets a good chunk of what my dad made, because it is this system that allowed him to make so much,” Buffett said. Buffett admitted that the notoriety of his father does have a downside; he has a hard time trusting the motivations of people whom he meets. “My guard is definitely up,” Buffett said. “People are under the mistaken impression that I have a lot of money and treat me accordingly, and that’s always disappointing. People have come to me with a musical angle, and then, a month after I work with them, bring up their funding. Either that, or, when I’m booked to play somewhere, they think they can get away with not paying me for my appearance. Well-known movie stars and athletes are rich, yet they charge a fee to speak and appear somewhere. I do, too. People assume that I have these mounds of money and I don’t need to do the music to live, but it’s not true.” Buffett’s book, “Life Is What You Make It,” is about his family and the interesting

off his vocal talents. He has been singing only for the last five years. Buffett will play turns that his life has taken. He thinks the some of his award winning music and tell book contains valuable advice to parents stories about his life. about how not to spoil children. He promised also to answer questions “Life isn’t about stuff,” Buffett said. “It is from audience members throughout the about substance. That is why I think people show. should listen less to the kind of noise that “Anything is fair game,” Buffett said. “To comes from the media and friends, and me, it is about venerability and openness.” more to signals in their heart and soul, truly He indicated that at past shows, college following their own path.” students have asked him for advice on how Buffett is promoting the book with a con- to succeed in the arts, parents mostly ask cert tour that will be stopping at 7 p.m. on about the values that his parents instilled July 13 at COCA in University City. The in him, and that most people want to know show will give him the opportunity to show about what it was like to grow up with such


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‘St. Louie Woman’ plays tribute to Jack Buck By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES The late Jack Buck endeared himself to countless fans through his work announcing St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball games. Now, Buck’s eldest child, Beverly Buck Brennan, wants to share another side of her father’s colorful life. “People don’t realize that my dad lived many lives during the ‘50s and early ‘60s,” Brennan said. “They may only think of him as a sports figure, but he loved music, too. He once had a deejay radio show, and I fell in love with all the music he played.” Brennan, an accomplished vocalist and entertainer, recently compiled a musical cabaret tribute to her father. The show, “St. Louie Woman,” plays this month at The Kranzberg in Grand Center. “My dad was a huge fan of all kinds of music – Broadway, jazz, blues, opera, symphony, Dixieland, big band – you name it,” Brennan said. “He even sang at Gaslight Square. He personally knew Al Hirt and Pete Fountain, met Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and saw all of the Rat Pack singers perform in Las Vegas.” Brennan’s one-woman show follows the effect on her life of her father’s love of music. “This is a show about my city, my dad

and me,” Brennan said. “As a child, if I’d get sad, instead of singing a lullaby to me, my dad would sing me something from Nat King Cole.” When Buck became a sports announcer for the Cardinals, the family moved to The Hill neighborhood. “Dad knew all the neighbors back then,” Brennan said. “Joe Garagiola lived across the street, and Harry Caray (Carabina) lived just a few blocks away. That’s when I started to listen to my dad’s recordings of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney. There was also a definite Latino vibe to his life.” After Buck’s sportscasting career took off, the family moved to Ladue. At that point, Brennan said, she became involved in musical theatre, “singing in all of the Ladue High School musicals.” Brennan’s professional singing career includes Muny performances and shows with local musicians, including Terry Thompson and Bob Ceccarini, leader of the Fox Theatre Orchestra. Her forte combines standards and big band music, and she has fallen also under the spell of jazz and blues. “The swirl of music and people is a part of me and a part of all of us in St. Louis,”

Brennan said. “Beverly has so many musical and theatrical talents,” said Betsy Beuckman, Brennan’s sister and a resident of Wildwood. “Our father was always entertained by her, and he especially liked to hear her sing. Their love of music became a mutual passion. Our dad brought so much to the St. Louis community, and this show explores just one more angle of his personality. I’ve heard tidbits of it, and it’s fabulous. It’s our family history from Bev’s perspective, and nobody can tell a story like Beverly. I’m sure it will make me laugh and cry, but mostly, it will make me proud. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Equine-Assisted Therapy, Inc. (EAT), a nonprofit organization, received approval to establish its third location of the St. Louis region in Wildwood. The 15-acre property formerly was Treeland Nursery, located along Hwy. 109.

to work around military-related amputations and injuries. Wildwood residents Debbie and Ed Rickert, who volunteer at the Town & Country facility, are enthused about the new site. “This is only our second year volunteering as side walkers, but we definitely have seen so many good results every time we go,” said Debbie Rickert said. “I’ve helped with wildlife rehabilitation, and thought this equine program would be a nice way to be around the horses. It only took me 10 minutes to determine it’s not all about the horses – it’s the kids. I wish everyone could see the smiles that appear on these children’s faces when they achieve what they do on horses.” Benefits include improved respiration, circulation, balance, body metabolism, muscle strength and agility. EAT staffers said the warmth and motion of horses mimicking that of a human body also can reduce muscle spasticity in riders’ legs, back, neck and arms. Mounting, dismounting and grooming enhance range of motion. Psychosocial benefits are reported also. “Many riders become more outgoing, and autistic children have been known to communicate spontaneously for the first time with a horse,” Hartke said. Riders are charged a small fee, but that covers less than one-fourth of the operating cost. Funding comes from events, donations and government grants. Participants working directly with horses must be at least 14 years old, but Terri Richars, EAT volunteer coordinator, said they also need volunteers to assist with fundraisers, administrative duties, groundskeeping and lesson organization.



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Food pantry invites home gardeners to share the harvest By SARAH WILSON At the end of the 2009 gardening season, Laura Silver had an overabundance of leftover vegetables from her garden. Her 6-year-old twins were excited to pick out, plant and grow vegetables, but she later found out her children had no intention of actually eating them. “I think they picked some just because they liked the colors,” Silver said. This year, instead of letting them go to waste or giving the leftovers to her friends, Silver came up with an idea to donate the extras to a food pantry. Being the stepdaughter of the late Harvey Kornblum, the answer was obvious. She would donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, a program of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, thus launching “Share the Harvest,” a new program for the food pantry. “I had too much and thought, ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could take it to a place where people who really needed it could go and get it,’” Silver said. “You spend all this time and effort growing your garden, and to have it go to waste is crushing.” The new program adds to the food pantry’s existing program, which accepts canned and packaged goods. Donated produce must be fresh, undamaged and homegrown fruits or vegetables. “Think of it as fresh produce that you would eat yourself,” Silver said. “If it doesn’t look good to you, nobody else wants to eat it, either.” Susan Rundblad, program coordinator for the food pantry, said the pantry currently does not have enough fresh vegetables to provide the families they feed. The new

program is an excellent idea, she said. “It’s kind of a sexy thing nowadays,” Rundblad said. “People are all about community gardens. Hopefully, this will increase the amount we get and the awareness.” Rundblad is hoping also that the program takes off with local gardeners who always have extra. To maintain its freshness, the food pantry stores the produce in refrigerators. To ensure maximum enjoyment, fresh foods are distributed as soon as possible. In addition to donating fresh produce, Silver thought it would be a good idea to offer recipes to give the recipients suggestions for ways to use it. “As someone who loves to cook, I think it’s a great plan so that people can make something really good with what they are taking,” Silver said. Silver emphasized how much of a difference fresh herbs can make when added to a recipe. “Fresh grown herbs are fantastic for the food pantry, because they don’t spoil as quickly, and they also add such incredible flavor to dishes that you can make something wonderful on a shoestring,” Silver said. When it was started in 1991, the food pantry served 40 families. Today, it feeds roughly 1,300 families each month. Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Allan R. Hoffman Building,10950 Schuetz Road, in Creve Coeur. “It’s a very simple idea,” Silver said. “Just bring in your extras.”



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clique throughs Fifteen-year-old Juliette posted the following on the Internet: “Because Facebook has made it easy to make friends, and teens seek as many friends as possible for the purpose of popularity, many teens end up with an obscene number of friends. One who I know personally has about 750.  … This however, seems to be the high side of the spectrum. To seem respectable, only a number of 100 or so is required.” For most teens, Facebook has become a way to gauge popularity, Juliette blogged. According to several area teens, Facebook is, indeed, a yardstick for popularity, and as such, it has a direct effect on teenagers’ self-esteem. “I would say Facebook is, unfortunately, a major measure of popularity. It shouldn’t be, but that’s what it has become,” said Ashley, 15, of Chesterfield. What many teens see as important, Ashley said, is to have a lot of Facebook friends – “even in the thousands range.” “It’s all about the number (of friends) people see on their profile,” Ashley said. “The bigger the number, the more popular you are.” Ashley said that some teens try to “boost their Facebook popularity” by making their “status” (an indicator of whether or not they are “in a relationship”) funny so that people will like it. “The more ‘likes’ you get from people is a huge Facebook self-esteem booster,” she said. “Your profile picture also plays a major role in getting people to basically notice you.” Ashley said she thinks Facebook affects teens’ self-esteem, either positively or negatively.


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“Rarely is there any middle ground,” she said. West County resident Brian, 17, agreed. “I’d say Facebook is definitely a measure of popularity in the sense that if you have more friends that post on your wall and interact with you, you’re considered more popular to most people,” Brian said. “And it definitely affects a person’s self-esteem if they don’t have a lot of friends. B u t just because you have more friends it does not make you more popular – it’s who those friends are.” While teens are busy

measuring their self-worth by how many friends they have on Facebook, many adults who guide them are worrying about how they are faring behind those online “masks.” At 29.5 million, today’s U.S. teens represent 10 percent of the population. Each year, thousands of American teenagers are diagnosed with clinical depression. Suicide often ends up as the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24, following unintentional injuries and homicide. Where are those 100-plus Facebook friends when they are really needed? Adam Mustoe, director of youth ministries at Living Word United Methodist Church in Wildwood, works with both middle- and high school-aged students. “I think there’s a danger of getting instant gratification online,” Mustoe said. “Through social media, you can sort of broadcast this version of yourself for everyone to see, and it’s a great way to get attention. But this rarely translates into meaningful, encouraging relationships.” Rachel Groom, a therapist at New Hope Counseling offered by Chesterfield Presbyterian Church, said that while the Internet offers wonderful resources, social networking can bring teens “a world of danger.” “Relationships are trying to be managed online,” Groom said. “Teenagers can be and say things behind a screen with more confidence, and less consequences. Teenagers’ ability to engage in face-to-face relationships that include conflict is being compromised. The answer is not in avoiding culture, but in engaging and talking with our teenagers about the world they are facing.” Groom said teens are inundated by a culture that demands more and more to be “acceptable.” “Be stronger. Be thinner. Be more athletic. Be more beautiful. Be funnier. Be more musical. Be more fashionable. Be more! Even teens who are battling depression and other selfdestructive behaviors feel the pressure to be more depressed,” Groom said.

NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM “Whatever you are going to be, be it more.” worth much, because they aren’t the star of Groom said some people might argue everything they are involved in.” that teens are just being challenged to do Mustoe recommended teenagers take a their best. step back and look at their motivations for “They are smarter and getting into better the things they are doing. schools,” Groom said. “But at what cost? “A healthy self-esteem doesn’t mean They are lonely and fearful of what might being the best at anything; it means being come should they fail to be more. Most of honest and content with yourself,” he said. the teenagers I see are exhausted. They just Fortunately, not all teens are caught up want to be still and know they are loved and in the Facebook game. A 14-year-old boy accepted beyond anything they can do.” from Chesterfield offered the following: Teenagers are dealing with what it means “It may seem that if a person has more to be acknowledged in today’s busy, perfor- friends they are more popular, but this, I mance culture, Groom said. It is the job of feel, is not the case at all. Popularity is not parents and mentors to help them navigate actually measured in how many friends you the unpredictable terrain that continues to have, but in how much love those friends demand more from them. give you. One of our main goals in life is Groom said she sees more depression in just to be loved, and this is why the amount teenagers at earlier ages. “Self-destructive behaviors like cutting and eating disorders continue to be ways teenagers are “I would say Facebook trying to control and work out their anxiety,” Groom is... a major measure of said. “Divorce is another popularity. It shouldn’t huge factor impacting our youth. With less be, but that’s what it family support, our boys has become.” and girls are asking other peers to identify their - Lauren Chapin value. They are coming up with shallow answers to deep-heart questions.” In Mustoe’s view, self-esteem stems from how highly one views oneself compared to some source of validation. of friends you have on a silly, little Web site “People will always have to be validated does not matter in the real world. So there by something outside themselves, so it is is no ‘self-esteem’ problem for teens who your awareness of that which can be posi- use Facebook, as long as they are friends tive or negative,” Mustoe said. “I can be with people they know and love. Popularity confident in my social skills and have is not measured in friends, but in love.” high self-esteem, even if I’m not the best Julie Harrison coordinates guidance and looking or funniest guy in the room. If I’m counseling for Parkway School District, comfortable with who I am, I can be confi- where nearly 90 counselors serve more dent in that and not be threatened by others than 17,000 students. who may be ‘more this’ or ‘more that’ than “We live in a very intense and overI am.” whelming world,” Harrison said.  “With And in terms of self-esteem “in our little cell phones, TV, and the Internet, we have corner of West County,” Mustoe said, he unlimited global awareness, but not enough sees a huge pressure to be excellent in tools to do anything about all the bad unreasonable ways. stuff.” “Like middle school kids should be Teens with self-esteem issues need to find preparing for AP classes or going cross one person that they can rely on to listen country on elite sports teams – the idea to them, Harrison said. Parents need to be that self-esteem is tied to how much you aware of their child’s use of Facebook and do and how good you are at it,” Mustoe make every effort to measure and monitor said. “Students can feel like a failure if they its impact on their son or daughter. don’t have a 4.3 grade point average and are captain of their team and are president of extracurricular clubs and on and on. We have created an ideal for them to live up Editor’s note: The names of minors to that is impossible to sustain. When this quoted in this story were changed to protect happens, students can feel like they’re not their identities.

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Amazing Taste moves to Wildwood By JULIE BROWN PATTON An annual charity fundraiser established to help foster children will move this year from Ellisville to Wildwood. The Amazing Taste offers attendees samples of 500-plus beers, wines and spirits and raises funds for Angels’ Arms, a nonprofit organization providing and supporting homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together until a “forever home” is found. The event consistently has drawn about 750 attendees to space behind Lukas Liquor Super Store in Ellisville but has outgrown that venue. “I thought Wildwood Town Center would be such a perfect place to host the event,” said Jeff Ring, event organizer and resident of Wildwood. “I loved that venue when going to concerts, movie nights and last year’s Barbecue Bash there. We were told that 13,000 households have walking access to Town Center, so that made it even a more perfect spot.” Ring petitioned Wildwood city officials about hosting the event after he spoke to Town Center business managers to secure their input and feedback. He said the fundraiser’s organizing group hopes to double attendance this year to 1,500. Since 2000, Angels’ Arms has assisted more than 200 foster children, including 45 sibling sets. Founder and Executive Director Bess Wilfong harnessed many volunteers to open the organization’s first foster care house in 2003 in South County. A second house was opened in Ballwin in 2005, a third was established in Ferguson in 2006, and a fourth was secured in Florissant in 2007. A second Ballwin home was landed in 2008. Phyllis Hackman, an Angels’ Arms foster mom who lives in the first Ballwin home, serves on Missouri’s Advisory Board for Foster Care. Parents at the newest Ballwin

home, Debbie and Ben Clark, were honored by Progressive Youth Connection for their dedication and outstanding efforts as foster parents. “One of the boys from our Ballwin home received both academic and athletic scholarships to Benedictine College and is currently enjoying his new college life,” Wilfong said. One of  the girls from the second Ballwin home won first place in an art contest that was held during the holiday season by the  St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, Wilfong said. “A few of the children have received advanced belts in their karate classes,” she said. The fourth annual Amazing Taste Event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 19. Tickets are required and soon will be available on the Angels’ Arms Web site ( and at Lukas Liquor Superstore. Those reserving the first 100 tickets will be provided special access to tasting more unique, higher-end beverages. Ring said West County restaurants to date that also plan to participate in the event are Table Three and Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub. Wildwood councilmembers asked about the city’s liability regarding an alcoholbased event, but City Attorney Rob Golterman said he did not see it as a significant issue from an insurance standpoint. Ring said the event team would be happy to procure the services of a cab company to remain on standby to transport attendees. Joe Vujnich, Wildwood’s director of planning and parks, said he contacted Ellisville police officers to inquire about managing the past three events. “They verified that it required minimal overseeing,” Vujnich said. Vujnich said the city’s investment for the event likely will be only electricity costs.

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Ballwin woman gives heaps of heart efficient, safe). In addition, Anderson By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Ballwin resident Dorothy Anderson, 74, logged more than 4,000 hours of volunis a lady whose passion for making pillows teer work as a courier and in the hospital’s has taken her over the top. Anderson calls Emergency Room. On Oct. 13, 2009, Anderson’s pillow herself a “pillowholic.” Anderson has sewn more than10,000 output reached the 10,000 mark. At the 2010 Auxiliary Awards Banquet stuffed pillows for cardiac patients at St. on April 27, Anderson Luke’s Hospital. presented St. Luke’s Her red pillows with President/CEO Gary a centered heart are Olson with a shadow given to St. Luke’s box to commemorate cardiothoracic the achievement. It surgery patients includes a flatter verduring their recovsion of the pillow, her ery. Holding a firm picture and the recipe pillow to the chest for making 10,000 allows the patient pillows: to cough, helping 2,000 yards of mateavoid pneumonia. rial, 50,000 ounces of Nearly 600 of the Soft & Crafty stuffing, special pillows are 50 spools of thread given to patients and 3,000 volunteer every year. hours. As a St. Luke’s That memento curAuxiliary member, rently is displayed on Anderson started the wall across from making pillows 15 the hospital’s sixthyears ago. She was floor nurses’ station. a natural for the job, Anderson’s hushaving had her own band of 53 years, at-home seamstress Richard Anderson, business for 35 has served as the years. unofficial volunteer, “I wanted to give picking up the raw something back to materials and transthe community,” porting the boxed pilAnderson said. lows to the hospital. After four years Due to her own of volunteering, health issues, AnderAnderson offered son has retired from to take over the pillow making. She enormous task has had six hospital alone. She stuck to stays herself, includa strict budget for ing three major surthe material, thread, Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s Hospital/Bill Andrea geries during her stuffing and labels. 15 years of pillow “Materials were making. costing around Dorothy Anderson. “After I finished $2,900 a year,” Anderson said. “I saved the hospital’s Aux- the first 10,000, I felt lost without a goal,” iliary nearly $20,000 by reducing material Anderson said. “I needed that therapy. So I made 84 more pillows.” costs to only $800.” Anderson said she believes that work “Dottie has taken this project and run with it,” St. Luke’s Hospital Volunteer Ser- helped with her recovery. vices Director Sue Smith said. “Her dediShe continues to volunteer by answercation and hard work have truly helped our ing the phone and giving directions at St. patients in their post-op recovery.” Luke’s. The small pillows are composed of red “I have such a good feeling in my broadcloth with a white felt heart in the heart that I was able to touch the lives of center and are filled with a bouncy material. 10,000 cardiac patients and maybe make Each is numbered and signed by “Dottie.” their recovery a little easier,” said AnderIn 2006, Anderson won the hospital’s son, whose own father at age 59 died of FACES Award (friendly, available, caring, a heart attack.




Area students present ‘Godspell Junior’ By JULIE BROWN PATTON Twenty West County elementary and middle school students on June 25 presented two performances of the musical, “Godspell Junior,” at the Dorothy Williams Theatre in Eureka. An additional 15 high school students comprised the production staff. The musical was cast, produced and performed within an intensive three weeks as a summer camp offered through the Eureka Arts Council. Students were under the direction of Susanne Allmendinger, artistic director of the Eureka Theater Company, and Eureka High School language arts teacher. Allmendinger is in her 11th year as director of the theatrical Summer Showbiz program, which receives partial funding from the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and the city of Eureka. This summer’s cast members were Rachel Schibler, Brianna Marsh, Hanna Reinkemeyer, Elizabeth Weider, Abigail Schreiber, Alli Grant, Colleen Van Dusky, Maddy Roller, Molly Schoenfelder, SeSe Tockman, Sarah Branchfield, Emily Wildenhaus, Erin Keiter, Macy White, Carly Russell, Courtney Schweiss, Emily Newhouse, Emma Grant, Emily Hillestad and Alaina Strollo. The student production staff were Samantha Rodgers,

Twenty West County youths and 15 area high school students recently produced two performances of the musical, “Godspell Junior,” during an intensive, three-week Summer ShowBiz program hosted by the Eureka Arts Council at the Dorothy Williams Theatre in Eureka.

Kayla Yettke, Madi Schmelig, Julie Merkle, Scout Martinelli, Kathleen Fincher, Maya Garnaat, Graham Howatt, Robert Keough, Miranda Luze, Dan Roesch, Clayton Yettke, Michael Van Oyen, Jaclyn Nishbach, and Grace Wildenhaus. The Eureka Arts Council currently is conducting a story theater workshop for children aged 6-12 at Fairview Elementary School in Wildwood. Each student is participating in the development of his or her own character, as well as designing and making costumes and props. A live performance at the end of the workshop is open to the

public. The third offering for the summer from Eureka Arts Council are ArtSmart Workshops that are being held for preschoolers and elementary students during July 6-9 and July 12-16. They also will be held at Fairview Elementary School. Local instructor Susan Lorenz is in her 17th year of ArtSmart workshops, and sixth season of Story Theater Workshop for the council. She will direct the script writing, costume design and production of the story theater program.

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM FOOTBALL REVIEW, from page 31 son played in the tackle spots. “We’ve got to have a line, and those are big jobs,” Pingel said. “We ran the ball to the outside a lot. I saw they need work. They’re showing signs of improvement.” Pingel liked the camp overall. “It’s fun for all of us,” Pingel said. “We get to play teams we don’t normally play. We played six different teams. It’s fun for them and for the coaches. It’s fun for the coaches because there’s nothing on the line.” Marquette Thornhill’s Mustangs went 2-8 in the past year, and the camp was a good way to start looking forward. It was a little tough at quarterback for Marquette, Thornhill said. “We were missing our first, second, and third string quarterbacks due to baseball commitments, so I was worried to just get a snap down for our offense at camp, but we had a junior receiver (A.J. Dudley) fill in, and he really did a great job for us,” Thornhill said. “This time of year, we really want to find out who our true football players are. We want this camp to really set us up for our July camp, when we will take everything much slower because we aren’t playing anyone at the end of the camp. “It is really a time to see if what we think we have on paper can really play. This camp gives our coaches an idea of where each of our players will fall in August.” Thornhill took around 80 players to camp, and several caught his eye: senior RB/WR/DB Dante McKinney, junior RB/ WR/QB/DB A.J. Dudley, senior LB Tyler Davies, senior OL/DL Nick Schasch, junior RB/WR/LB Justin Bedell, senior WR/DB Deandre Cain, senior RB/LB Ryan Schaefer, junior OL/DL Ryan Kincade and senior RB/WR/LB Antwan White. The Mustangs lost all but one from a very good offensive line in the past year and a couple of good linebackers, Thornhill said. “Our skilled positions are all back, plus Matt Seevers, our senior quarterback and free safety, who was hurt last year the first quarter of our first game,” Thornhill said. All of that makes him ready for camp in August. “I am pleased with our progress,” Thornhill said. “We have a lot of work to get to where we want to be, but the players are ready and willing to put in the time.”

Eureka Shelton said he has been taking the Wildcats to camps for 20 years, and his team attends two camps each summer. “We use it as a chance to see how we are holding up as far as what we need to work on,” Shelton said. Eureka, which moves up to Class 6 this season, went 5-5 last year and won the district championship. Shelton took 70 kids to the Parkway West camp. All the boys were able to get work in during the two-day session. Shelton said it was time well spent for his club. “It is a great chance for us to build some cohesiveness as a team,” Shelton said. “We make sure that each boy gets the same opportunity and reps. Our juniors really did a nice job for us, and our seniors showed some great leadership, especially, Andy McNeel, who will be a linebacker and tight end for us.” Future of camp The team camp will continue, Duncan said. He believes it will continue to grow, as it becomes better known and established in West County. “This is something that they’re still getting used to in the community,” Duncan said. “As a school, Parkway West never has been exposed to a team camp. We’re hosting, so there’s a lot of different things that need to be done. We had great parent and booster and school support. To have an event like this, you need a lot of help.”

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Whittaker’s “Summer of Savings” will warm buyers’ hearts This could be your best summer ever! Whittaker Homes is offering “extra special” discounts at all six new-home communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area and introducing a brand new selection of affordably priced ranch and two-story models dubbed the Value Series II. “There just has never been a better time to buy a new home,” emphasized Greg Whittaker, president of the family-owned company. Interest rates are at their lowest in years, and if the weather weren’t toasty enough, Whittaker is offering “red hot deals” with starting prices on three- and four-bedroom homes ranging from $97,500 at Glenhurst in Wentzville, to $122,500 at Eagles Landing in Shiloh, Ill., to $164,900 at The New Town at St. Charles. Plus, buyers can take advantage of closeout pricing from the $130,000s at Stone Meadows in Wentzville where only 25 homesites remain. “Stone Meadows was the top-selling community in the St. Louis area for many years,” Whittaker noted. “Now, out of 1,400 homesites there are only 25 left.” The New Town at St. Charles, with its unique lifestyle and quaint small-town designs, quickly eclipsed even Stone Meadows when it opened. “We just cel-

ebrated our 1,000th closing at New Town,” Whittaker said. “It was the fastest-to-1,000 of any subdivision we’ve ever had.” At New Town all nine of Whittaker’s Tarn Street lakefront homes are sold, so Whittaker recently opened 10 more lots across the lake on Granger Boulevard. “We sold three in one weekend, so there are seven left,” he said. “Your front yard goes all the way down to the lake.” And, only nine of the original 54 Hiram Street Condos remain, he added. The two-bedroom, two-bath garden-style units are built around a cozy Europeaninfluenced cobbled “street” and are priced from $99,500. The good news keeps on coming at New Town. For a limited time a four-bedroom, two-bath ranch with twocar garage that is normally priced from $242,500 is going for as little as $164,500. And for the first time ever at New Town, Whittaker has unveiled half-acre homesites. Located facing the lake between the Theater District and the Island District, one of the three lots already has been snapped up, he said. To visit New Town take Highway 370 to north on New Town Boulevard 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right. Call 636-949-2700.

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May new-home sales plunged 33% to their lowest level on record. But wait. Putting the May sales decline into perspective, it was preceded by a 15% increase in sales in April. These are national numbers. Meanwhile, the deadline for signing a purchase contract has passed, as has the June 30 deadline for closing, but it could be extended to September if legislation already passed in the House passes in the Senate and is signed into law. Since existing home sales are reported at closing, they aren’t expected to fall off until July. Nevertheless, they were down 2% to 5.66 million in May, although this could be due in part to a crush of closings causing delays and backlogs. If you want to blame something, there’s the April 30 expiration of the federal tax credit and the June 30 deadline for closing on a tax credit home. McKelvey Homes President Jim Brennan noted that the credit helped his company sell quite a few homes, and that the number actually might have

been higher if not for the June 30 deadline. McKelvey homes generally take from four to six months to construct. “If that deadline had been just a little bit longer,” it would have helped, he acknowledged. In spite of that, the tax credit incentive did its job in getting some customers off the fence. At press time, the Wall Street Journal called an extension unlikely. If so, up to 180,000 buyers across the nation who were hoping to close by June 30 and get the tax credit lost out, according to the National Association of Realtors. “We are hopeful,” said Paul Bishop, vice president of research with NAR, last week. “An extension to Sept 30 is a good idea,” noted Pat Sullivan, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri. “It helps those buyers who were facing a dilemma in meeting the June 30 tax credit deadline for closing on the home after meeting the April 30 tax credit deadline for making the deal.” Stay tuned. There’s hope yet.

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Tommy Femia stars in “Judy Garland Live” playing on July 15 at The Sheldon Concert Hall.

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Com mu n it y Event s ART “Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art” is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 12 at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. St. Louis is one of only three American cities hosting the exhibition, which features sacred art and artifacts directly from the Vatican in Rome. Call (314) 746-4599 or visit • • • “Illuminated Forms,” an exhibit featuring ceramic works from Dawson Morgan, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 14 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. Call 519-1955 or visit

BENEFITS The family and friends of Gina Stallis hold a golf tournament at 1 p.m. (registration is at 12 p.m.) on Sat., July 10 at Stonewolf Golf Club (1195 Stonewolf Trail in Fairview Hieghts, Ill.). An 18-hole, four-person scramble, skins game, contests, drawing, drinks, dinner and prizes are featured. The entry fee is $125 per person. Proceeds support the Gina Stallis Family Trust to support Gina Stallis’ sons,

who were left motherless when she was murdered in October 2009. E-mail • • • The Wildwood Area Lions Club Mouse Races are at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., July 10 at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Tickets are $25, must be purchased in advance, and include beer, wine, soda, snacks and pizza with door prizes throughout the evening; attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Views of Wildwood lights from the Hidden Valley Ski Lift will be available for a $10 donation per chair. For tickets, contact Devon Marshall at (314) 498-0657 or dmarshall316@ • • • Siblings Corrie (Smith) Marks and Austin Smith present a benefit concert on behalf of Midwestern Braille Volunteers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., July 11 at The Ethical Society (9001 Clayton Road). Guests pay what they wish at the door. Call (314) 205-8402. • • • The St. Joseph Church-Manchester Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament is at 2 p.m. (lunch and registration are at 1 p.m.) on Sun., July 25 at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club. The entry fee is $100 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, skins game, a putting con-

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test, lunch, dinner and beverages. Prizes and trophies also are featured. Call Dave at 386-8313. • • • “Raise the Roof Family Festival” is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 14 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (327 Woods Mill Road in Manchester). Food, craft and game booths, face painting, a magician, church bands, a fire truck, police car and more are featured. The entrance fee is optional, but guests are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter. Costs of concessions and other items vary. Proceeds benefit the House of Hope Orphanage in Haiti. Call 391-6685. • • • The 13th annual St. Louis Fall Festival to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 at the Saint Louis Science Center. Admission is $40 for adults, $30 for children aged 3-18 and free for younger children and for brain tumor survivors and includes admission to the Science Center, a dinner buffet, dessert, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit abta. org/stlouisfallfestival or call Barb Dunn at 230-0353 or Joanna Wagner at 537-8576.

CONCERTS The city of Ellisville presents a concert by Pleasure Groove from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., July 8 at Bluebird Park. Admission is free. Call 227-7508 or visit • • • The city of Des Peres presents a concert by Ticket to the Beatles from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fri., July 9 at Des Peres Park. Admission is free. Call (314) 835-6155 or visit • • • Leather & Lace performs live at 7 p.m. on Sat., July 10 at Ballwin VFW Post 6274 (115 Mimosa Lane in Ballwin). Admission is free. Call 527-9555. • • • The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce presents a concert by The X-Jazz & Swing Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tues., July 13 at Faust Park. Admission is free. Call 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber. com. • • • The city of Ellisville presents a concert by The Anita Rosamond Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., July 15 at Bluebird Park. Admission is free. Call 227-7508 or visit • • • The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

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The city of Eureka presents a Starlight Movie Night featuring a showing of “Bee Movie” at 8:45 p.m. on Fri., July 9 on the lawn of City Hall. Admission is free. Call 938-6775. • • • The city of Wildwood hosts a Movie Night featuring a showing of “We Are Marshall” at dusk on Fri., July 16 at Wildwood Town Center Plaza. Admission, kettle corn, soda and water are free. Call 458-0440 or visit • • • The city of Eureka presents a Starlight Movie Night featuring a showing of “Charlotte’s Web” at 8:45 p.m. on Fri., July 23 on the lawn of City Hall. Admission is free. Call 938-6775. • • • “Ultimate Tuesdays” are from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 10 at Living Word Church in Wildwood. “Glow” Frisbee, pizza, prizes and music for high school-aged kids are featured. Admission is free. Call 821-2800 or visit • • • Heats for the 12th annual Ballwin Triathlon, a 300-yard swim, 9-mile bike and 3.4-mile run, begin between 6:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sun., July 18 at North Pointe Aquatic Center. Participants compete by age groups ranging from 18 and younger to 60-plus. The top three overall finishers in male and female categories receive prizes provided by Ballwin Cycles. The top three finishers in each age category also receive awards. The cost is $30; registration is required by July 9. Visit • • • The city of Manchester holds Snores and S’mores featuring an outdoor showing of “The Sandlot” at 8 p.m., or at dusk, on Fri., July 23 (rain date is July 24) at Schroeder Park. Activities also include games, a craft, campfire dinner, s’mores, overnight camping and breakfast. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids aged 4-12 and free for younger children. To register, call 391-6326, ext. 400, or visit • • • Big Truck Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 8 at Kemp Auto Museum. Big trucks, cars and other vehicles are displayed on the museum’s Sachs Plaza.

A record number of teams have registered for the St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash taking place on Sat., Sept. 25 and Sun., Sept. 26 at the Town Center of Wildwood. Only 30 spaces remain, so those interested in registering should do so now. The event features amateurs and professionals competing for the grand prize in several categories, including ribs, brisket, chicken, chili, pork steak, People’s Choice, crawfish eating, Best Decorated Booth, and more. Call Frank Schmer at 256-6564. • • • Griefshare, a grief recovery support group, meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 5 at 14820 Conway Road. For information and to register, call Clair Allyn at 537-3658. Visit griefshare. org. • • • Westward Hoe Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tues., July 13 at the Barnyard Courtyard in Queeny Park. Doug Wolters discusses rabbit and deer control. A meeting and refreshments follow at 402 Warrior Lane. Call 391-6469. • • • Christian Marriage Ministry, a local nonprofit organization, holds a Marriage Growth Weekend on Fri., July 16-Sun., July 18 at St. Louis Best Western Airport Plaza Inn and Conference Center (4530 N. Lindbergh Blvd. in Bridgeton). For more information and to register, call (314) 4340144 or visit • • • The Upper Mississippi Conservation Area Duck Blind Drawing is at 11 a.m. (registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) on Sat., July 17 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Waterfowl hunters draw for prime hunting spots. Registrants must be age 16 or older; hunters aged 16-64 are required to bring a 2010 Missouri Game Hunting Permit. All participants need a 2010 Migratory Bird Permit and signed 2010 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, as well as a photo ID. Call Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at (314) 877-6014 or the St. Louis Regional Conservation Department Office at 441-4554. • • • A Spanish Wines Class is at 7 p.m. on Mon., July 19 at Balaban’s (1772 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield). Admission is $25. Call 449-6700.

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service, a clean restaurant, low prices and By LISA WATSON Craig Uttendorf and Michelle Jones have a wide variety of food. “We try to hire for personality first and been working together since 1985, and the train them to wait tables,” Uttendorf said. partnership seems to work for them. Repeat customers are an important part The co-owners of Gingham’s Homestyle Restaurant on Manchester Road in of what makes Gingham’s work, he said, Ellisville both started working at Perkins and building a rapport is what makes Restaurant at age 16. Uttendorf started people want to come back. Repeat customers are so important to as a cook – though he says he never had cooked a day in his life – and Jones was Gingham’s that some menu items – such a waitress. They stayed with the company as Stan’s omelet – are named after reguuntil the local franchise owner went out of lars, Uttendorf said. Everyone might not like every item on business. Uttendorf and Jones took over the St. the menu, but everyone is sure to find Charles location of Perkins, which now something they love, he said. “If anybody comes in and leaves hungry, is Gingham’s, in 2007. After successfully ham’s since it opened. Fried chicken, liver growing the business there, they opened that’s their own fault,” he joked. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, and the 1-pound catfish are also top sellers. the Ellisville location this past March. “I don’t even know what I would do if I and breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Jones recommended the chicken provincial, wasn’t working in a restaurant,” Uttendorf at all hours. Many items are made from which is boneless chicken breast, breaded scratch in the restaurant, or made with and grilled, served with hollandaise sauce said. Uttendorf said Gingham’s success ingredients developed especially for and broccoli. A new list of daily specials hinges on a few simple concepts – friendly Gingham’s. Uttendorf said he hopes those is posted each month on the restaurant’s attributes help make the Web site. restaurant a good fit for the Jones and Uttendorf also spend a lot of area. time doing hands-on work at the two locaGingham’s Homestyle Restaurant Gingham’s is known for tions. 15662 Manchester Road • Ellisville its pancakes, Uttendorf said. “We do what’s needed for the day,” Jones (636) 230-5600 A local company has been said. “People always wonder if my bed is Open 24 hours daily making a special recipe of in the back.” pancake powder for GingGingham’s has a loyalty card that allows

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customers to accumulate points with each purchase, which they can redeem for a $5 gift certificate. The owners are developing a card program also that allows customers to have 10 percent of their purchase donated to local partner organizations. Current partners include St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville, First Baptist Church in Ellisville, and Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in Ballwin. Gingham’s offers a 10 percent discount to seniors (60 and older), and 20 percent on Wednesdays. Gingham’s in Ellisville also is currently offering half-price appetizers during the overnight hours.

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Not for the birds By JULIE BROWN PATTON Triangular, red “birdhouse” contraptions suddenly spotted in St. Louis County woods are not actually for birds at all. They are pheromone collection units designed to attract a particular moth that poses a large threat to area forests. Gypsy moths, which get their name from hitchhiking on people’s outdoor gear and vehicles during the egg mass stage, are a very serious invasive forest pest. The caterpillar stage feeds on many tree species, but oaks are its favored host. Should these moths ever become established in Missouri’s 12.5 million acres of oak forest, they are expected to cause widespread defoliation that would result in a high oak mortality.  Surveying to detect the moths enables local and state experts to quickly spot their possible arrival. The Missouri Cooperative Gypsy Moth Survey takes place annually and has been conducted since 1967. Several state and federal agencies participate, with field crews putting out roughly 10,000 traps across the state each year.  Although the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is the lead agency for

the survey, Missouri Department of Conservation employees are responsible for trapping in the St. Louis area and southeastern Missouri, said Rob Lawrence, Columbia, Mo.,- MDC resource scientist and forest entomologist. “We always catch several gypsy moths in the St. Louis area because of the many kinds of interstate traffic that moves into the area,” Lawrence said. Larvae of gypsy moths reach maturity between mid-June and early July. They have one generation per year. During summer months, the females attach buffcolored, velvety egg masses to sheltered places on outdoor objects. Those masses allow the insects to over-winter and may contain up to 1,000 eggs, which hatch during the following April or May. Young larvae chew small holes in leaves, while older larvae consume entire leaves except for larger veins and midribs. Approximately 9,731 pheromone traps were placed around the state in 2009, representing 67 of Missouri’s 114 counties. A total of 22 moths were reported via the traps last year. Fourteen of those 22 moths came from St. Louis County, and one resulted in

Red, pheromone collection units recently were placed in St. Louis and St. Charles County forests as part of an annual survey done to detect early invasions of gypsy moths, due to the massive threat they pose to the state’s abundance of oak trees.

St. Charles County. In addition to the annual trapping survey for gypsy moths, Collin Wamsley, MDA state entomologist for the Plant Pest Control Bureau in Jefferson City, said MDA regional plant protection specialists also inspect cut Christmas trees imported into the state each year for the presence of gypsy moth egg masses.  “Most of our cut Christmas trees come from states infested with gypsy moths in the northeastern states,” Wamsley said. “These trees are certified by USDA officials at the point of origin, but our staff check these trees each year as a precaution.”

Wamsley said firewood is another easy way that unknowing campers spread gypsy moths from one point to the next. “It’s much better to just buy whatever wood is needed once you get to your various destinations, rather than buying a lot and transporting it with you,” Wamsley said. Originally ranging from Europe to Asia, gypsy moths accidentally were introduced to North America in the late 1860s by a scientist who attempted to create a hybrid moth. They oftentimes are confused with tent caterpillars, due to their silk spinning activities.


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Novena To The Holy spirit Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. Give me the divine gift to forgive and forget them all who have done wrong to me. I, in short dialogue, want to thank you in everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my beloved one in our perpetual glory. Thanks for favors. Pray this prayer for three consecutive days without asking for wish. After third day, wish will be granted no matter how difficult. Promise to publish this dialogue as soon as your favor has been granted. L.D.

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Call 314-426-8833

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Morales Landscaping LLC. Spring clean-up and mulching. Grass cutting $30 and up. Leaf, bush and tree removal. Retaining walls and patios. Fencing – vinyl, hardwoods, aluminum chain link. Check our prices before you buy. Call 636-699-5189

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Masonry Autullo Masonry Inc. Brick and stone contractor. 32 yrs in business in St.Louis. Our reputation is built on quality and service for all your masonry needs. Paving, sidewalks, patios, walls, fireplaces indoor and outdoor, fire pits and tuck pointing. Free Estimates. Insured. Call 636-394-5543

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Full service grooming in your home... Reasonable rates Free consultation All services available Keep your pets stress-free in their own home. Great for older dogs. Call for appointment.


Plumbing Services Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 314-614-4840 or 636-458-1161 SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Plumbing Repairs. Drain/ Sewer Opening. Kitchen Faucets/Disposals Installed. Bathroom Vanities, Toilets Repaired/ Replaced. Water Lines/Drain Lines Replaced. Dishwashers/Ice makers Installed. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555 ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051

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Premium mulch or topsoil delivered to your home. All types of Bobcat work also available. No delivery charge on 3 yards or more. All major credit cards accepted. Call Al’s Greenhouse at 314-739-2476.


sT. JUDE NOVENa May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, Worker of Miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, Help of the Hopeless, pray for us. Say prayer nine times a day; by the 8th day prayer will be answered. Say it for nine days. Then publish. Your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Thank you St. Jude . D.K.

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Victorian Home on spacious one acre lot in Old Town Moscow Mills, Lincoln County, MO. Just 10 miles north of Wentzville. 3 bedroom, 3 bath, patio, 2 car detached garage, garden shed. The home has distinct exterior architectural features, circle drive, and is well landscaped and groomed. $129,500. Tom Anderson Real Estate 636-366-4880

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The key to success. 1003 Big Bend Crossing Manchester • $145,000

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1055 Tuxedo Avenue Webster Groves • $234,900

3 Bedroom, 2 full bath 2-story home, hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen with 42” cabinets, original wood doors and millwork, 2-car detached garage.

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16351 Bellingham Dr. Chesterfield • $350,000 Fabulous updated open detached townhome in Chesterfield Village! Quality! Hdwd flrs*Stunning Kit. Newer appls/cabs/corian counters. Exquisite Mbr ste w/reconfigured 1st class Mbath *fenced bkyd w/great landscaping*This is a must C.

Blaze • 314-409-6988 Keller Williams Realty 636.229.8688

100 Bonnybridge Court ~ Ellisville This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is move-in ready and radiates pride of ownership from the moment you drive up to it’s perfect cul-de-sac location! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding details of the property, please call 1-800-628-1775 ext 1176!

303 Reindeer Drive ~ Ballwin This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers a totally updated kitchen with granite countertops, a fully fenced level yard, and a finished lower level! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding details of the property, please call 1-800-628-1775 ext 1166!





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1133 Pond Rd Wildwood $2,249,000

10 Fieldstone Ladue $1,995,000

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24 Forest Club Chesterfield $650,000

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12425 Hickory Grove Lane Creve Coeur $185,500

1232 McKinley Rock Hill $182,900

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Buscher Road Beautiful Pool with Entertainment Area on 2 acres Call Kathleen Meier 314-359-8769

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1248 Marsh Ave. - Ellisville - $169,900 Updated ranch on half acre park setting! Gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, and tile floor. Huge deck!

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880 Sulphur Spring Rd – Ballwin - $385,000 Rare find! Custom built 2 story in Parkway schools with all first class touches. Finished basement, 3 car garage and more!

2332 Wellington Estates Dr. - Chesterfield - $530,000 Over 4,000 sq ft living space! All wood floors, giant grt room, kitchen with custom cabs, bfast room, bay window.

1282 White Rd. - Chesterfield - $270,000 2sty w/circ drvwy! Grand entry, frml DR, LR & FR w/cozy brick frplc. HUGE BR’s, walk in closets! New deck, updtd kit, must see!

1223 Treetop Village Dr. – Ballwin - $210,000 4+bd prime location! Hrdwd flrs, 42’kit cbnts, updtd bths, newer appl, rf, A/C & frnc, & French drs lead to lrg cvrd deck!

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1410 COUNTRY LAKE MANOR CHESTERFIELD Stunning country estate nestled on a beautiful wooded lot. 1.5sty. 5BR, 5F/2H baths. Finished WO LL to 846 WOODSIDE TRAILS DR (BALLWIN) gorgeous pool and hot tub. Truly beauti- Ranch villa with 2BR,3 full baths and a 2 ful. $1,268,000 car garage. Open flr plan w/vaulted ceiling, 2 FP, updated kitchen. $220,000 161 CUMBERLAND PARK CT #G (BALLWIN) Absolutely stunning 3 BR, 2ba condo in West County! Completely updated! Private garage. $117,500 1028 KEHRS MILL RD #2 (BALLWIN) Updated garden condo in building w/elevator. 2BR, 2 updated baths, newer kitchen cabinets, newer HVAC. $115,000 214 FOX CHAPEL CLARKSON VALLEY Beautifully appointed 1507 PACLAND RIDGE CT (CHESTER1.5sty home in Forest Hills Country Club. FIELD) Wonderful 1.5 story, 5BR on gor4BR, 3F/2H bath. Wood floors, custom geous level 3.44 ac lot, 2 sty entry with $1,099,900 cabinetry, granite, stainless. Vaulted sun- sweeping staircase. room leads to lovely pool. $799,000 16523 BAXTER FOREST RIDGE DR (CHESTERFIELD) Pristine 2 sty in prime location, great rm w/FP, wet bar & builtins. Charming kitchen. $449,900 1584 DEXTER WOODS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Come and see this updated 2story in a great Parkway West location! Call today to tour! $309,900 15620 HIGHCROFT (CHESTERFIELD) Gorgeous ranch. Spacious, open flr plan. 639 WOOD FERN DR Gourmet kitchen w/42" cabs & granite. MANCHESTER Dramatic 1.5 story 4+BR, Upscale baths, main flr laundry. $291,900 4.5ba updated home on fabulouse wood- 2271 BAXTER RD (CHESTERFIELD) ed lot. Spacious GR & open DR. 4BR 2 story on lovely lot. Family room Smashing gourmet kitchen & breakfast w/wet bar & FP. Kitchen with stainless room. Fin LL w/rec rm. $598,000 appliances. Finished LL. $239,900 207 AMBRIDGE (CHESTERFIELD) Fabulous open floorplan, neutral, secure bldg, backs to woods. 3BR, garage, gas FP, convenient to shopping. $189,500 15656 FERNCREEK DR (CHESTERFIELD) 2BR/2BA twnhm. Kit w/SS appl & lots of cabinets. W/O LL. Deck off brkft rm. Carport. $189,000 2212 WOOD DALE RIDGE COURT 1231 CREVE COEUR CROSSING #B WILDWOOD Fabulous 2sty with 4BR, (CHESTERFIELD) Nicely updated 2BR, 4.5ba and a 3 car garage. Updated kit, 2ba condo. Lower level walk out to patio granite, newer appliances, & mn flr laun- w/a nice view. Great location. $118,000 dry. 2 FP, wood flrs, master suite, fin LL, 110 FOREST CLUB (CLARKSON inground pool, 3c garage. $475,000 VALLEY) Beautiful 1.5 story with views of the accessable 9th hole of the Valley Course at Forest Hills CC. $669,900 12929 AUTUMN FIELDS CT (CREVE COEUR) 3BR, 3ba w/GR overlooking common grnd. Bright, contemp flair, priv laundry & garage. $185,500 3168 AUTUMN TRACE (MARYLAND HTS) Backs to the lake. Great views. 16860 CHESTERFIELD BLUFFS CIRC 2BR, 2.5 bath ranch condo. Main flr laundry, garage, fin W/O basement. $145,000 CHESTERFIELD Updated 1.5sty in 1832 MISTY MOSS (ST LOUIS CO) Chesterfield Bluffs. Wood flrs throught, 3BR/2.5ba condo, LR/DR, eat-in kitch. updated kit w/corian counters, vaulted ceilings in LR & DR, great fam rm opens Fin LL, ref, range, washer/dryr, 1car att to kitchen, backs to trees. $380,000 gar, privacy fence. Pool, tennis. $154,900 2119 SADDLE CREEK RIDGE (WILDWOOD) Stunning 1.5 sty, private lot, gourmet kitchen, granite, custom island, hearth rm, 2 FP, lux master ste.$1,250,000 1506 QUAIL HOLLOW CT (WILDWOOD) Stunning 1.5 story 5 years new. Private French Country house sits on 1 acre lot & backs to trees. $729,000 2726 WYNNCREST MANOR (WILD1918 BRENTWOOD COURT WOOD) Beautiful 5 BR/3.5+ bath 2 story CHESTERFIELD Beautiful 2 story. Fabulous home situated on large level yard, backinground pool, finished LL., lovely décor. ing to trees. Gourmet kitchen. $700,000 2FP. Convenient location. Beautiful 16609 BARTIZAN DR (WILDWOOD) paver patio, side entry garage. $365,000 Stunning custom ranch on 3 acres 3c garage. 4BR/3.5ba, open flr pln, high ceilings, btlr pntry. Circle drive $644,500 2539 VALLEY OAKS EST DR (WILDWOOD) Fabulous Atrium 1.5 story! Vaulted great room. Sun room. Main level master w/luxury bath. $580,000 1423 WESTHAMPTON VIEW LN (WILDWOOD) Wonderful 4 BR/3.5ba home with newer vinyl siding & Low E windows. Main level master. $441,000 63 HIGHLAND PARK DRIVE CHESTERFIELDRanch in Four Season sits 16834 WESTGLEN FARMS DR (WILDon Golf Course. 3 bedroom, 3bath ranch WOOD) Neutral decor in this 2 sty, 4BR, w/finished LL. In-gound pool w/great 2.5 bath home. Vaulted ceilings, 9' ceilpatio, view of the golf course. Screened ings, main floor laundry. $359,900 porch. $297,500

1418 WINDGATE WAY LANE CHESTERFIELD Custom 1.5 sty, gorgeous 1.6 acre lot, inground pool, numerous amenities thru-out, stunning kitchen adjoins hearth rm, luxury master suite, finished LL, rec rm. $1,225,000

16236 WYNNCREST RIDGE CT WILDWOOD Stunning 2 story atrium home with 4 BR + bonus room or 5BR, 4.5 baths! Wood floors. Fabulous gourmet kitchen. Fin W/O lower level. $735,000

44 W. Oak Hill Dr.- Ellisville- $290,000 Completely remodeled, over half acre land! Updated kit, new carpet, flr to ceiling brick frpl in FR, 3 updated FULL baths! Whlchr accessible.


154 Brightfield Dr. - Ballwin - $205,000 Marvelously maintained in Pkwy S.! Updtd kit, baths, bds. Pvt bkyd w/ deck & patio. FinWO LL w/rec/room, wetbar, full bath. Finished LL!


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603 Charbray Dr. - Ballwin - $265,000 Stately 2-story- great neighborhood. Side entry gar, formal LR & separate DR. lvl bkyd, screened sun rm, & near Ballwin Water Park. G!



855 Woodside Trails Dr. - Ballwin - $220,000 End unit villa! Almost 1600 sq ft main lvl, fin LL w/bdrm & full bath! Built in bookcases, frplc, deck, patio. Comm pool & tennis crts.

1111 CABINVIEW COURT CHESTERFIELD Bright, open spaces. 8yr new atrium ranch. 4BR, study, W/O LL, 3 car gar. Shows like display. $539,000

338 Bellestri Dr. – Ballwin - $210,000 5 bds & 3 baths! Updated kit, bay window, sunroom, wet bar, patio & lrg fenced bkyd! Grt nbrhd & Pkwy schools.



1532 Candish Ln. - Chesterfield - $395,000 First Class 2- Story. Lots of space incl. formal dining and 4-season rooms! Professionally finished lower level and great neighborhood.



249 Vistaoak Ct. – Ballwin - $190,000 Pottery Barn Decor, Awesome Updates, Finished LL, Private, Fenced yard.

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324 DOVER WAY COURT ELLISVILLE Atrium ranch on private culde-sac. 4BR/3.5ba/3car. 2 screened porches, stamped concrete patio, 2FP, tall ceilings in kitch w/skylight, MBR suite w/walk-in closet. $385,000

3540 BOUQUET ROAD WILDWOOD Charming 3 story Colonial. Large wrap around porch with beautiful views. 4BR, 3.5ba. Wood floors, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, finished W/O LL, media room. $369,900




18715 Babler Meadows Dr. Wildwood • $569,000 Gorgeous granite kitchen highlights this professionally decorated atrium ranch. 3 Acre Wooded Lot. 2 frpl, 3c gar Fin LL. Bay windows, Hdwd Flrs, New HAVAC, Spectacular Home!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040

2639 Sun Meadow Drive Chesterfield • $375,0\00 WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME & neighborhood awaits buyer who appreciates many updates/ fin. LL/4+ bdms & lovely curb appeal. Pretty hdwd flrs/neutral decor & move-in ready. Call Barb Woodham 314-346-2272

604 Taylor Pointe Ct. Wildwood • $324,900 IMPECCABLE 3 Bed, 3 Full Bath! Updated flooring, huge mstr ste, rec rm/media rm, full ba, PLUS sleeping in lower. Neighborhood Pool & Tennis, Private Backyard, Cul de Sac, Minutes to Wildwood Town Center! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555


15552 PARASOL DRIVE CHESTERFIELD 4BR, 2.5 2 STY. Great location, many updates incl kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite, spacious rooms, open floor plan, walkout lower level. $300,000

1329 PARKVIEW ESTATES DRIVE ELLISVILLE 7 yr new townhouse with attached garrage. Kitchen w/wood floors, maple 42 cabinets, pantry. Pottery barn decor. Laundry upstairs by 2 bedrooms. LL w/plenty of storage. $151,500

1806 Wade Ct. Wildwood • $319,000 Cul-de-sac, fin LL, 2800+ sq ft. 2sty entry foyer, hdwd fls, lg fam rm w/5 window bay. vaulted kit, breakfast rm w/bay, tile & island. Anderson wood windows & 6 panel doors. New furnace 4/10. Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040

Robin Williams 314-401-0155

78 Boca Raton Ct. Chesterfield • $246,900 Pristine, nicely updated ranch on culdesac with private backyard. 3 br, 2 bath, main floor laundry, newer carpeting and paint. Sellers says GET IT SOLD! Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155

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Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358

14350 Lake Tahoe Dr. Chesterfield • $219,000 Updated 3BR 2BA beauty! Brick & vinyl ext! Pro landscaping! New Quarry tile flooring! New neutral carpeting! New white cabs, upgr kit appl! Fireplace! W/O to screened-in porch & sweeping bkyd! Stroll to lake w/fountains! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358

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