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THOMAS SOWELL

Santa and Frank People who remember the old comic strip “Peanuts” will recall an often repeated situation where Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Then, as Charlie comes running up to kick it, Lucy snatches away the ball and Charlie Brown loses his balance and goes crashing on his backside. The reason this same scene remained funny, despite how often it was repeated, is that in the later repetitions Charlie Brown would express suspicion at Lucy, recalling how she had tricked him before. She would then come up with some claim that she wasn’t going to do that any more – and of course she did. There is a similar routine that has been repeated many times in Washington, over the years, with the Democrats playing Lucy and Republicans playing Charlie Brown. It goes like this: Democrats start spending money wildly, handing out goodies to a wide range of people who they want to vote for them, while Republicans complain about deficits and the national debt. Then, when the public becomes alarmed about the debts that are piling up, the Democrats get the Republicans to vote for higher taxes to deal with the debt crisis, in the name of “fiscal responsibility.” Sometimes the deal is sweetened by the Democrats promising to make spending cuts if the Republicans vote for higher taxes, so that there can be one of those “bipartisan” solutions so beloved by the media. But, after the Republicans vote for the tax increases, and come running up to find the spending cuts, the Democrats snatch away the spending cuts and the Republicans fall right on their backsides, just like Charlie Brown. This old trick is now being unveiled by the Obama administration, like so many other old political tricks used in this “change” administration. In one of President Obama’s many prissy little sermonettes, complete with finger wagging, he has declared: “Next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits step up. Because I’m calling their bluff.” There is already a bipartisan commission set to provide political cover for the Democrats’ wild spending that has increased the national debt from 63 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2004 to 83 percent in 2009 – and official estimates of

more than 90 percent this year, with more increases in sight. Why Republicans join such transparent attempts to rescue the Democrats from the political consequences of their own actions is one of the many unsolved mysteries of human nature in general and the Republican Party in particular. What this political game boils down to is that Democrats get all the political benefits of playing Santa Claus to all sorts of groups and special interests, while Republicans who vote to raise taxes to pay for all this are cast in the role of Frank Nitti, the enforcer for the mob. Many elections have confirmed that Santa Claus is more popular than Frank Nitti, surprising as that may be to some people. Republicans are not the only suckers in this game. The voting public’s willingness to believe fancy rhetoric and ignore hard facts is a crucial part of this scam. When the Obama administration said that it could provide health insurance to millions of additional people without increasing the national debt, shouldn’t common sense have told you that somebody was just insulting your intelligence? When the 2,000-page bill was rushed through Congress too fast for anybody to read it, shouldn’t that have made you realize that you were being played for a sucker? When this bill that was passed with lightning speed was scheduled to take effect only after the 2012 election, didn’t that suggest that they didn’t want you to find out how it works in practice in time to turn against Obama when he is up for reelection? Recent polls show that a lot of people are against ObamaCare. But there are still a lot of other people, though not as many, who are for it. Even more amazingly, there are still Republicans lured by the siren song of “bipartisanship” and apparently unaware of the difference in popularity between Santa Claus and Frank Nitti.

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letters to the editor ‘Flood-up economics’

and I implore Mr. Doolittle to recall those cannot be met and could lead to dire conwords spoken by the President during the sequences for individuals or groupings of campaign: “America is the greatest coun- individuals who have made plans accordtry in the world – help me to change it.”   ing to the promises. Pray tell what was going on in your mind Let’s examine the facts. Rights may be when he spoke those words? What did you defined by different people in different think he was going to change America ways, but for the purpose herein, we will to – the second greatest, the fifth greatest use the natural rights definition, which is country, or worse?    things that mankind is endowed with by Obama has not wavered one iota from nature. These rights are things such as freehis desire to destroy this great country and dom of expression and freedom of thought. will continue until irrational people like The definition of a privilege is something you finally see the light and realize that it “that is a special or peculiar benefit, favor is not daylight ahead but a train coming or advantage given to you only under spethe other way. I just pray we have time for cial conditions.” those like you to face reality for the choice Regardless of your definition of a right, you saddled the rest of us with. careful thought will show that healthcare Bob Weinshenker is very consistent with the definition of a Chesterfield privilege. The special conditions in this case include the necessity that healthcare providers must actually exist and be willing and able to provide the healthcare, and that the money is available to pay for such To the Editor: service. The key distinguishing features In response to John Doolittle of Grover, between rights and privileges are that Mo., there is no reason to apologize for rights cannot be taken from you without one’s opinion, or point of view, whether doing physical harm to you, while privispoken or in print, just because you dis- leges can be withdrawn from you anytime agree. that the special conditions that allowed the I personally agree with the point of view privileges to exist in the first place are no that Pres. Barrack Obama is absolutely the longer there. most incompetent President by far since The very legislation that led to the procJimmy Carter. Carter was basically a good lamation of healthcare as a right demonman, unfortunately, Obama is not. strates the points made here. Medicare and Should I apologize for my opinion? No, the benefits it provides has been a promise I have the right to my point of view, as do to our citizens for decades. The legislayou. tion itself claims that payment for the new As far as Vice Pres. Joe Biden is con- healthcare provisions will be made in part cerned, any VP that would say, and be over- by reducing the previously promised Mediheard saying to the President on national care services by $500 billion over the next television, that “This is a big f_ _kin’ deal,” 10 years. If the government can withdraw is either a “fool” or incompetent as well. those services, what is to prevent it from John, if you can’t stand another’s opin- withdrawing the new promises if and when ion, don’t read the newspaper. they cannot be paid for or accessed? John Klay In short, the government is breaking Ballwin previous promises in order to make new promises. A similar situation exists with Social Security where the annual statement showRight or privilege? ing your expected benefits on Page 2 has No need to apologize To the Editor: an asterisk beside the estimated benefits To the Editor: After the passage of the so-called health- with the note corresponding to the asterisk To John Doolittle’s request that West care legislation in March, Nancy Pelosi and reading as follows: “Your estimated benNewsmagazine apologize to “fair and other government members immediately efits are based on current law. Congress decent Americans” for publishing Thomas proclaimed that healthcare is no longer a has made changes to the law in the past Sowell’s column concerning the President privilege, but is now a right for all Ameri- and can do so at any time. The law governand our Vice President, please note: No cans. The reality is that making healthcare ing benefit amounts may change because, apology is necessary. a right rather than a privilege is not pos- by 2037, the payroll taxes collected will Thomas Sowell’s column made some sible and to proclaim such is a fraud and a be enough to pay only about 76 percent of very pithy and honest observations about deception. The reason that the difference is scheduled benefits.” the President and his Vice President. I con- important is that it can lead to expectations In other words, Congress may break sider myself a fair and decent American that people have planned around but which its promises to you at any time, includTo the Editor: Allow me to introduce myself as a Reagan conservative and a staunch proponent of “responsible” capitalism. The economic system in which this great country of ours has been based upon has benefited my family for many years. I continually see many of the readers of this magazine expressing displeasure with the direction that the current administration in Washington D.C. is attempting to steer us. I too am displeased with these plans and actions. You have to wonder how these people came to power. Let me try to explain a slant on this that I have not yet seen in this magazine, or many other conservative publications. I just received another proxy statement from a satellite radio company in which I own stock. The CEO of this company, which has done very poorly in recent history, is being compensated a total of $43,466,790 for his “talents” this year. His cronies on the executive committee of this company are also compensated in the millions. Their golden parachutes are also in the millions. I, however, as a shareholder, continue to lose money. I also wonder how the employees of this company, who really make it go, are compensated. Although I did not personally aid in the placement of power to this “share the wealth” governmental administration, I do understand why people have become fed up with these irresponsible fat cats. It is time that we all see their contribution to what appears to be the fall of capitalism. Trickle-down economics seemed to work very well. Flood-up economics, however, seems to have empowered policy makers that, in my opinion, are not serving our country well. Dan Brewington Wildwood

ing the claim of having made healthcare for all Americans a right. That is why it is so important to understand the difference between a right and a privilege. Believing in government provided healthcare promises may be hazardous to your health. Dan Amsden Manchester

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To the Editor: In “The Real Public Service” (June 16), a bemusing dose of hypocrisy, Thomas Sowell critiques the intelligentsia who “talk the talk” as a form of public service. People who talk don’t actually help the people who need help, he proudly talks. Sowell writes: “If you really want to be of service to others, then let them decide what is a service by whether they choose to spend their hard-earned money for it.” I think he forgets that the people in poverty don’t have much money to spend in the first place. If you want to be successful, you market to people who have money to spend. Though a nation may not have “protested its way from poverty to prosperity,” I think that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as example enough that protesting can improve the quality of life for the marginalized. And while the companies of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs may be improving the quality of life for most of us, an iPhone still isn’t going to put a meal on the table, no matter how many people choose to spend their hard-earned money for it. Darren LaCour Chesterfield

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Are you kidding An interesting and enlightening op-ed piece recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It effectively addressed an issue that has left most of us scratching our heads for the better part of the last year. According to the Wall Street Journal, “It may be that the last people in America who believe that the $862 billion economic stimulus of February 2009 created millions of net new jobs are Vice President Joe Biden and the staff economists in the White House.” The WSJ nailed it. They further reported, as did some other media outlets, the outrageous statement from Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, who went so far as to claim that the 3.5 million new jobs will arrive “two quarters earlier than anticipated.” In addition, they reported, Romer announced that the plan had “created or saved” between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs and raised GDP by 2.7 percent to 3.2 percent through June 30. The staid and serious Wall Street Journal should have ended their piece with a huge laugh. Most of their readers did. Not because the creation of jobs so desperately needed in our country is not an important matter; rather, because the Obama administration’s handling of this – the most serious problem facing our nation – is a joke, and a cruel one at best. We have all learned to understand politicians using hype to paint positive pictures of realty and to handle that by mostly discounting the value of what many of them have to say. But the Joe Bidens and Christina Romers of the Obama administration have taken this to a new level. They are not simply being disingenuous; they are flat out misrepresenting the realty most

average Americans face on a daily basis. The truth is, since February 2009, the United States has lost more than 2 million jobs. In case they don’t understand that realty, they should know people are hurting all over America. This administration has created the phantom term “created or saved jobs” – a term that never in our history has been used before and one that allows for any wild claim imaginable to be made, seeing how there is no logical way to determine what in the world is a “saved job.” They are insulting us, and worse yet, they are lying to us. Their so-called stimulus bill has not worked to create real jobs. Touring the country holding press conferences and creating photo ops and telling us over and over again how well this huge, debt-creating, pork-laden plan has worked will not make it true, and it will not make most of us true believers. The unemployment rate and underemployment rate coupled with our own observations of the marketplace reaffirm what almost all of us know. The stimulus bill and this administration have failed to create jobs and solve our economic woes. As troubled by that failure as we are, we are even more troubled by their dishonest approach at trying to tell and sell us that it has worked. Fundamentally, we believe that the government can never solve these problems; only the private sector can. So, instead of spending billions of dollars trying to fix the economy and job market, simply cut taxes and stay out of the way. And by all means, please don’t continue to insult our intelligence by telling us how well your plan has worked.

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News Br iefs BALLWIN ‘Shred It’ to stop crime The Ballwin Police Department, ShredIt®, and Target® will host a community “Shred It” event to benefit CrimeStoppers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., July 31 on the parking lot of Selvidge Middle School, 235 New Ballwin Road. For a donation of $5 per box, individuals may have personal documents instantly destroyed in their presence by a high-speed, cross-cut shredder. Securely destroying personal documents helps protect against identity theft crimes. All shredded material will be recycled. Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization working with St. Louis area law enforcement to solve crimes. Ballwin Police officers will on site also to collect and properly dispose of prescription medications that no longer are needed. For additional information, call Sgt. John Bergfeld at 207-2351.

CHESTERFIELD It’s a winner Chesterfield Arts has installed “The Winning Poem,” an inspirational sculpture from Seward Johnson, in front of the St.

Louis County Library Sachs Branch. An outdoor exhibit of 20 of Johnson’s other sculptures appeared in Chesterfield from August through October of 2009. The second casting of “The Awakening,” the monumental sculpture unveiled in October 2009 in Sachs Properties’ Downtown Chesterfield development, is another example of Johnson’s work. “The Winning Poem” was donated in 2008 to Chesterfield Arts by the Sachs Fund.

Teens arrested for burglaries The Chesterfield Police on July 7 arrested four West County teenage boys in connection to a series of morning burglaries from a vehicle and a garage on Cypress Hill Drive and Aitken Hill Court. An officer who was in the area responding to the theft call spotted a suspicious van carrying the four teenagers in the neighborhood, pulled it over and recovered the stolen property. All of the suspects are under the age of

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CREVE COEUR Ordinances read The Creve Coeur City Council on July 10 presented on first reading separate ordinances that would establish user fees for residential solid waste collection and the imposition of a one-quarter cent sales tax on retail sales in the city. The proposed trash fee ordinance would change the responsibility for payment for solid waste collection services by requiring residents of single family housing and condominiums not served by dumpsters to pay a portion of the cost of refuse collection by means of user fees in the amount of $9.93 a month. The ordinance would require condos served by dumpsters to arrange for services with private trash collectors. If approved, the fees would begin on Jan. 1 and would cover 50 percent of the total cost of rear-yard trash and curbside recycling, or $650,000 annually. The proposed sales tax would generate in excess of $800,00 per year to fund general city services. Implementing the sales tax ordinance would allow the council to place it on the ballot for the November election.

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Start the presses A major printing company has invested in West County. Cenveo, Inc., the third largest graphics communication and full-service printing company in North America, on July 8 announced its arrival at Eureka Commercial Park. Cenveo teams will occupy the 220,000-square-foot building vacated by Visteon, an automotive supplier that provided parts to the former Chrysler Group’s St. Louis North Assembly Plant in Fenton. Cenveo-St. Louis managers combined the company’s Crestwood and Sunset Hills print facilities into the new facility, on which they have a 10-year lease. The company’s 198 employees and some equipment are making the move; however Cenveo-St. Louis General Manager Mike Denny said they are intentionally reconfiguring their overall setup to upgrade equipment and expand print capabilities. “We’ve been working on this relocation for more than a year,” Denny said. “Eureka’s mayor and board of aldermen were so efficient and good to do business with, and our gratitude goes to our employees, who worked diligently toward this exciting opportunity.” ties than their male counterparts. Their attorney, Mary Sedey, said in court that those problems increased after the women in 2006 were forced to publicly testify in an internal fire department investigation. The trial is expected to take two weeks.

WILDWOOD No to Glencoe Fourteen parcels of property proposed for development as a unique retail and residential area deemed ‘the Glencoe Station project’ recently were offered to the city of Wildwood for purchase. The inquiry followed after the majority of city councilmembers did not support rezoning the property to allow the development. Landowner and Wildwood resident Barry Gunther said after the Glencoe Station development was turned down, he was left with somewhat limited options. “We’d rather not build single-family homes there, because that would make the lot costs too expensive,” Gunther said. Gunther said he thought the combined acreage might be a great future location for a retirement center or church. Joe Vujnich, Wildwood’s director of planning and parks, said the 14 lots are zoned as “Non Urban Residence District.” “Given their limited size, the only probable use is single-family, detached dwellings, if the wastewater treatment issue can be addressed satisfactorily, along with building setbacks,” Vujnich said. Vujnich said another type of building could be possible, “if the lots that exist are consolidated into a minimum 3 acres of area, and some of the public rights-of-way are vacated by the city.” At the June 28 city council meeting,

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Controversy brews over waste storage facility in Labadie By BRIAN MCDOWELL Ameren UE’s construction of a utility waste management facility for coal ash in Labadie is causing a wave of controversy in the small town. Located on the Missouri River in Franklin County, Labadie already is home to the utility company’s biggest coal power plant. The 2,400 watts of power that the Labadie Power Station generates helps to provide power to most homes in the St. Louis area. Production of that kind of energy leaves solid waste products collected from the bottom of the furnace and from flue gas that accompanies the power producing process. The company claims it recycles 60 percent of that material to make concrete; the other 40 percent needs to be put somewhere, and representatives of the company indicated that Ameren is quickly running out of storage room. Ameren purchased 1,100 acres of land adjacent to its Labadie plant to build a 100-foot tall facility to store waste products from the Labadie facility and other coal plants. Labadie residents have long claimed that exposure to pollution from the coal burning power plant has caused their area to experience a higher-than-normal count of serious diseases. “There are at least 20 hazardous materials in this ash,” local resident Chuck Motycka said. Some residents fear that the material that would be stored in the new facility could easily seep into the dirt, air and groundwater, contaminating the whole area and essentially turning the town into a toxic waste dump. Labadie resident Patricia Schuba said the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting ready to classify coal ash as hazardous waste and pass new rules that would regulate its care. She claims the Labadie plant is being rushed into construction before those safety regu-

Ameren UE purchased 1,100 acres of land in Labadie to build a waste management facility.

lations are put into place. Some residents said the facility will be built on part of a flood plain that was under water in 1993. They worry that if another big flood hits the area, byproducts of coal ash could wind up in the Missouri River, which provides much of the drinking water for the St. Louis metropolitan area. Such concerns led to the formation of the Labadie Environmental Organization (leomo.info), a group devoted to calling attention to Ameren’s plans and project. The Labadie Environmental Organization is fighting the project in meetings with Franklin County commissioners and the Planning and Zoning Commission. They hope to get the local public health department involved. Schuba said that 325 concerned citizens turned out for a recent meeting in Union to express concern about the proposed facility. “We are not your typical alarmist group with torches and pitchforks,” Schuba said. “We want to provide pressure in order to keep our community safe. We are fighting for everyone in the St. Louis area, and I think people here are very invested in that.”

Schuba expressed hope that her group could find a way to work with Ameren to find a safe way to transport and store the material without putting people at risk. Ameren representatives have met with the group to listen to their concerns. According to Ameren UE’s Director of Environmental Services Mike Menne, construction of the facility is moving forward. Menne said the facility will not be unsafe and will meet or exceed all EPA recommendations and regulations. He said the existing levees from the Labadie Bottom Levee District will protect the site from regular flooding. Ameren is constructing around the facility a perimeter berm to protect it from floods of up to 3 feet higher than the water level in the 1993 flood. Such assurances have done nothing to slow the efforts of the Labadie Environmental Organization, whose members have vowed to continue pressing the government of Franklin County to pass stricter laws regulating the construction of landfills and the handling of toxic waste in their community. Construction on the Ameren facility is expected to be finished by 2014.

Wildwood considers cutting-edge Internet option By JULIE BROWN PATTON After more than two years of diligent assessment of high-speed Internet access options for the rural portions of Wildwood, city representatives plan to have a company called Pulse Broadband complete an in-depth analysis. The technology being considered would put the city decades ahead of other municipalities. “More than 3,000 Wildwood households currently lack Internet service or are underserved by the current service,” said Joe Vujnich, director of planning and parks. Vujnich said a volunteer committee of residents and councilmembers have met with several Internet service providers but none were willing to commit to addressing the city’s rural pockets -- until now. Pulse Broadband, a new company formulated about a year and a half ago, has a cutting-edge service that committee members deemed “far superior than any available today.” Its anchoring system is designed to foster competition among other

company representatives said. Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said it would be what is known in the industry as an “open system,” which would enable Wildwood homes lacking other companies, such as AT&T and Charor underserved by Internet ter Communications, to use its infrastrucservice ture as well. Vujnich said Pulse Broadband completed The high connection speed a preliminary evaluation using satellite of Pulse Broadband’s fiber imaging and now could determine exactly optic solution. what steps are required to deliver this technology to Wildwood residents. Pulse Broadband will receive $10,000 The projected cost to roll from Wildwood to define the best way to out service to the entire provide the service in the city’s rugged community of Wildwood terrain. Through the analysis, they will develop a protocol, then bid it with contelecommunication providers, and report- tractors. A final report is expected within edly it can handle video, data, voice and 30-45 days of when the company starts its mobile communication needs projected for detailed evaluation. Vujnich said providing high-speed Interthe next 30 to 40 years. Called Fiber-Optic-To-The-Home net access to all of Wildwood will help (FTTH), the technology could provide improve property values, encourage telespeeds up to 100 mega bits per second, commuting and allow students to particiThe numbers:

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pate in distance learning opportunities. The company’s president and CEO, Bill Shreffler said if they are allowed to move forward with their fiber service in Wildwood, they would run fiber to the side of each house, and service would not be delivered through wireless capabilities. He said FTTH operates much like the tree and branch cable systems. He said fiber offers tremendous new opportunities for the future. “Through fiber, hooking up schools and having telemedicine will be a piece of cake,” he said. Wildwood city officials are considering two potential roll-out plans. The first would cost approximately $5.5 million to deliver technology to residents with no service; the second is projected to cost $12.2 million to provide service to Wildwood’s entire community. However, the only commitment to-date is to invest the $10,000 into determining an accurate business model and what any roll-out would require.


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A picture can speak a thousand words. Ezequiel Camacho, general manager of Charro Mexican Restaurant, believes the pictures on his menu will make anyone hungry. Steak options are especially tempting and could be considered a tip of the sombrero to Charro’s namesake, the cowboy (“charro” is Spanish for cowboy). Recommendations include the Milanesa, a tender, thin steak that is lightly breaded, and the grilled T-bone del Charro, served on sautéed bell peppers and onions and topped with green tomatillo sauce. “Queso fresco is just one of the authentic ingredients we use in our cooking,” Camacho said. “We import the best and use only the freshest ingredients. It keeps quality high and is another reason why we make all our own sauces and salsas.” An excellent example of a traditional classic is the Tacos al Pastor, considered by taco connoisseurs as one of the best tacos invented. The dish stuffs soft

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corn tortillas with slow-roasted pork that has been marinated in chile ancho salsa. Mindful of the current economic atmosphere, Camacho created a Charro stimulus package: the Lunch Express, priced at only $4.10. It plates the diner’s choice of a burrito, taco, tamale, tostada, enchilada, quesadilla or chile relleno using beef, chicken or cheese. Charro’s guests can toast the occasion with one of nine Mexican beers or 30 tequilas varieties – just another example of bringing more choices while satisfying the Charro mission: to provide the community with food and flavors that are magnifico. Charro Mexican Restaurant 14839 Clayton Road • Chesterfield (636) 256-7071 Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. www.charromexicanrestaurant.com

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Bruce Bernstein, owner of Sunshine Home Organizational Systems found this business to be a natural fit with his window covering and design business, Sunshine Drapery and Interior Design which has been serving the metro area for over 41 years. “We have always focused on beautiful in-home design work, and this was an easy fit,” Bernstein said. “ General Manager Byron Watts has extensive knowledge and background in the industry. Sunshine Home Organizational Systems provides professionally designed and custom-built organizational systems for the home and office, such as closets, pantries, media centers, offices, garages, laundry rooms and more. Products can be ordered and installed in approximately two to four weeks. All products are quality designed using the cad system with a laptop computer right in the customer’s home or office. “A customer can see the design and how it will look and make changes as necessary right on the spot,” Bernstein said. “They will literally see what they are getting and know what to expect.” Product is custom made for the custom-

er, so they keep no inventory on hand, which allows them to have a premier product at a very compelling price. Bernstein hopes to develop Sunshine Home Organizational Systems to the same level as his window covering business. “When people think of custom window coverings, they think of us,” Bernstein said. “I want customers to think of us first also in custom-home organizational systems.” All appointments are complimentary with no obligation. Call, go online or visit any of their Sunshine Drapery Design studios in Chesterfield or Sunset Hills to schedule an appointment.

Sunshine Home Organizational Systems 11800 Adie Road • Maryland Heights (314) 447-0539 www.sunshineorganizes.com www.sunshinedrapery.com

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HAIRSALON West County Nissan opened almost a year ago in Ellisville and has already garnered kudos in the area for its fast and easy car sales. West County Nissan deals in new and used car, truck and commercial fleet sales, service and parts. “We’re close to home in the neighborhood,” Co-owner Jeff Garlich said. “Our top priority is to make the experience of buying and owning a Nissan easier.” Garlich has been in the business all his life. West County Nissan offers customers a very special way to save. The Customer Club features four free oil changes, complimentary car washes, complimentary loaner cars and shuttle service. Customers can buy three tires and get one free. The dealership’s comfortable customer lounge also provides HDTV and high-speed Internet. Starbucks products and refreshments come free with every vehicle purchase. “It’s simple. We try to make it an easy and pleasant place to buy a car,” Garlich said. “We do not play games like

most other car dealers. When we advertise, they are legitimate advertisements. We really mean what we say. When someone actually purchases a car, we will buy your car even if you do not buy a car from us.” Nissan is consistently making better strides in the market share. Their aim is to be the No. 1 volume Nissan dealer in the St. Louis area with the largest satisfied customer base.” They currently are participating in the Nissan Bottom Line sales event. Customers can buy a new Nissan with unbelievable deals at below invoice pricing. Try a different type of Nissan dealership where honesty, integrity and real customer service come into play. Stop in today at West County Nissan. West County Nissan 15908 Manchester Road • Ellisville (888) 384-2901 www.westcountynissan.com

When James Drury was a little kid, he would cut all the other kids’ hair in the neighborhood. His early passion and natural talent gave him the inspiration to open Drury’s Hair Salon in 1980, which has now been open 30 years. “It gave me the freedom to express my artistic ability while working with the public,” Drury said. Drury’s Hair Salon offers services that include haircuts, nail services, waxing, manicures and pedicures. They also specialize in foils and all coloring procedures. Their professionalism and consistency are what has kept the business around for 30 years. “I’ve heard that it is kind of unheard of that salons last that long in one location,” Drury said. The hair salon provides the most trendy and updated hairstyles with the customer’s ultimate satisfaction being their priority. They also have maintained an impressive reputation in the wedding industry and sponsored the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant for 15 years. “What is special about our salon is

that it’s a very friendly atmosphere, and clients are very comfortable here, and we’ve created that over the years,” Drury said. Before opening his salon, Drury studied the hairdressing industry in big cities such as London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, and Dallas and even graduated from the prestigious Sassoon Academy. He also gained experience working at another Chesterfield salon for four years. Drury is excited to welcome aboard a new hairdresser to the team, Rachel Clark, who formerly managed another hair salon. “All of our clients comment how they enjoy coming here,” Drury said. “We are diversified in hair styling and cutting and provide a comfortable atmosphere people can rely on.” Drury’s Hair Salon 179 Hilltown Village Center Chesterfield (636) 532-2557


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Midwest Music Conservatory Lesly Sanborn had trouble getting into any of her clothes, weighed 188 pounds, and wore a size 16. She tried out the hCG Diet Protocol, and before she knew it, she was wearing a size 10 for the first time in more than 10 years. The experience changed her life and inspired her to open Pounds and Inches Away. “I couldn’t believe how easy it was,” Sanborn said. “I would wake up and feel like I was skinnier. I wanted to know more. So, I changed gears and found my passion to be in helping people feel as good about themselves as I felt about myself.” Pounds and Inches Away offers the hCG Protocol, written by the late Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, which he described as a new approach to obesity. The protocol causes a change in metabolism and allows the body to mobilize fat out of fat storage locations. The weight loss comes from fatty tissue, not muscle, and if followed diligently, the weight can be kept off. Pounds and Inches Away offers a com-

“Our unique day school approach to education provides the world’s best teaching practices for our students,” Director of Admissions for Chesterfield Day School Marjorie Caldwell said. Beginning with toddlers (18 months), young students learn from teachers, who are often trained in their own certifying program for the American Montessori Society, which attracts teacher candidates from around the world. “You would be hard-pressed to find schools that provide more professional development, especially for preschool teachers,” Caldwell said. In the past year, the preschool educators received 73 days of training in seven cities. “And our kindergarten through grade-six teachers spent 163 days in professional development in 10 cities,” Caldwell said. In the school’s recent strategic planning process, it was discovered that CDS faculty are among the longest tenured and have among the highest number of advanced degrees in the region. In the past year, Chesterfield Day School students participated in local, regional and statewide competitions in mathematics, geography, science, chess, and athletics and took top honors

prehensive maintenance program included in the full-service package. “Our full support package helps to keep our customers on track and educates them on how to maintain their weight and enjoy their new body,” Sanborn said. Pounds and Inches Away offers expert support, a quality weight-loss program, and they work with women as well as men. “Our goal is to help you lose weight and teach you how to make better food choices for you and your family,” Sanborn said. “I personally hope this protocol will change your life as much as it has mine.” Pounds and Inches Away Ballwin • Creve Coeur • Chesterfield 1- (888) GET-HCG1 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Tues. evening and Sat. by appt. www.poundsandinchesaway.com

From fine musical instruments to indepth music education, instrument service and repair, recording equipment and full sound systems, Midwest Music Conservatory offers it all. For 40 years, owner Jerry Roberts has been operating his business in the St. Louis area. Midwest Music Conservatory specializes in better quality instruments many of which are made in America and can’t be found in “big box” music outlets. Products include acoustic and digital pianos, electric and acoustic guitars, church and home organs and band and orchestra instruments. Both instruments and sound systems are available for purchase or rent. Featuring one of the oldest musical instrument service shops, Midwest Music Conservatory employs factorytrained technicians and offers warranty service. They are the region’s premier source for sheet music, method books and music education. Students are challenged by professional music instructors in private lessons, theory classes and ensembles. Lessons are available for voice, piano,

keyboard, organ, brass, woodwind, orchestra, guitar, and drums for students of all ages, beginning with Music for Little Mozarts pre-school program. “All of our programs are curriculumbased, so if you send your child here to learn to play guitar, they’re going to learn music and not just how to play their favorite song,” Roberts said. Midwest Music Conservatory hosts concerts by renowned musicians, student recitals, lectures and seminars in their 500-plus-seat concert hall. Concerts are open to the public and give students the opportunity to gain confidence in stage presence and experience an intimate setting. For a musical instrument, a thorough music education, a sound systtem or sound equipment, there is no better place than Midwest Music Conservatory. Midwest Music Conservatory 15977 Clayton Road • Clarkson Valley Clarkson Valley (636) 527-5558 www.midwestmusicstl.com

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For more than 20 years, Alice Goldstein, of Off the Couch Coaching, has been helping people lead more productive lives. With a master’s degree in marriage, family and child therapy, Goldstein originally helped people as a licensed professional counselor. Now, she exclusively works as a life coach focusing on women’s issues. Her personal mission is to help women effectively overcome the obstacles to their goals in a brief amount of time. Clients come to her wanting to achieve Life Goals, as well as, addressing issues involving life transitions, self esteem, career advancement, relationships, weight loss, etc. When people attempt to change but get frustrated with their lack of progress, a life coach can help. Using her coaching skills, Goldstein helps her clients identify their “stuck points” and helps them toward realizing their goals. “When people repeatedly find themselves not making progress they get upset with themselves and often just “try harder,” Goldstein said. “What stuck people need is someone to come from the outside and offer a different perspective, thus giving them a new

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By TED DIXON JR. In an effort to become more pedestrianfriendly, the city of Ellisville on July 10 held a walking workshop that was hosted by Trailnet, a local non-profit organization which works to promote active living. In March, Trailnet partnered with Ellisville to develop the Ellisville Bikeable Walkable Community Plan – a document to guide the city’s development of bicycle and pedestrian improvement. The planning team is working to identify and analyze current conditions for walking and bicycling, learn more about residents’ current walking and biking activities and determine their desires for future pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The idea is to make recommendations for improving conditions throughout the city to create a more interconnected, safe, convenient network of trails, on-street facilities and sidewalks and street crossings. Kevin Neill, project manager at Trailnet, said Ellisville is one of the cities that received federal transportation funding through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and East West Gateway Council of Governments. The city lacks a coherent design of sidewalks, which makes it hard for residents to get to key locations, Neill said. At the July 10 meeting, residents walked the streets of Ellisville and discussed creative solutions for making the community more pedestrian friendly. “We talked about the need to create more sidewalks on the streets that lead to destinations such as elementary schools,” Neill said. Residents also identified problem areas in the city, such as Clarkson Road. “There are narrow sidewalks that are not separated from the street,” Neill said. Often, Neill said, pedestrians are dangerously close to large trucks while walking on Clarkson Road.

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Ellisville holds walking workshop “A 3- to 5-foot landscape buffer between the sidewalk and street would be helpful,” Neill said. Neill said there also are many curb cuts on Clarkson Road, where vehicles pull in and out of commercial businesses. There was discussion at the meeting about reducing those curb cuts, he said. Residents commented also on the heavily congested intersection of Clarkson Road and Manchester Road and identified it as a problem area. Neill said there is a long distance to cross from one side of the street to the other in that area, along with non-stop flow of traffic and a short window of time for crossing the street. “It really discourages people from walking in Ellisville,” Neill said. “A lot of people find it a significant barrier. One idea for improvement is to narrow the right turn lane so automobiles can’t drive through it that fast.” Potential solutions suggested at the workshop included increasing the time allowed for pedestrians to cross at Manchester and Clarkson and placing a median in order to provide a refuge area for pedestrians. Discussing results of an online survey presented to Ellisville residents, Neill said that 80 percent of respondents felt it was important to improve walking and bicycling in Ellisville; 84 percent said the city should consider non-motorized transportation as a priority; and 69 percent of respondents walk at least a few times a week for fitness or to get around town. “Eighty percent of respondents would walk or bike more if new sidewalks and bike trails were provided,” Neill said. Neill said the city is well aware of respondents’ feedback and desires and that city officials have expressed enthusiasm about making improvements. Ellisville Director of Parks and Recreation Lisa Blumer said a recommendation will be made to the Ellisville City Council before the end of 2010.


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Olympian racing across country to stop in West County By BRIAN MCDOWELL James Cracknell won two Olympic gold medals in rowing, but now the Englishman has come up with a more creative way to demonstrate his athletic ability. He is in the process of running, cycling, swimming and rowing across America in an 18-day test of his endurance. Cracknell started on July 15 at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. From there, he biked to Death Valley, where he completed a triple marathon. Then, he started following most of Route 66 on his bicycle. He will row across Lake Erie, bicycle across New York state, swim 10 miles down the Hudson River and finish at the Statue of Liberty. A crew from the Discovery Channel is documenting his journey. Route 66 will bring Cracknell through St. Louis County, and to commemorate his visit, a traditional American barbecue will

be thrown on his behalf. Festivities begin at for an old-fashioned American barbecue. 3 p.m. on Sun., July 25 at Stovall’s Grove, The event will include live country the legendary country music venue on Hwy. music, a pig roast, St. Louis-style ribs, and 100, five miles west of Hwy. 109. pork steak. Free Olympic posters will be Frank Schmer, owner of St. Louis Home available from Chesterfield-based Fine Art Fires, was put in charge of organizing the Limited. Barring any unforeseen schedule change, event. Schmer explained that barbecuing is an Cracknell and the Discovery Channel crew important part of American society because are expected to attend, but the barbecue it brings friends and families together. He will occur whether or not the Olympian is said Stovall’s Grove is an important part of able to make an appearance. Route 66 nostalgia and an excellent venue When asked if he thought that barbe-

cue was a smart food choice for someone bicycling across America, Schmer replied, “Well, no. I think it’s a pretty terrible thing to eat for that, actually. But Stovall’s will really be this guy’s last stop on Route 66 before he heads east for Ohio, so I guess they want to give him a ‘last hurrah’ and show him what America is all about.” Admission is $15 per person/$25 per couple. Tickets are available at St. Louis Home Fires (15053 Manchester Road in Ballwin) and stlouisbbqsociety.com.

Nixon nixes Parkway’s recycling center By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials said they are weighing the best options for the district’s recycling center in the wake of a new state law that prohibits such a facility within certain feet of a residential area. Gov. Jay Nixon on July 12 signed a bill that bans any school district in Chesterfield from operating a materials recovery and recycling facility within 500 feet of a residential property. “The state legislation is specific to Parkway, and we understand this not unusual on a state level,” Parkway spokesperson Cathy Kelly said. Neighbors of the Parkway recycling facility, located on the Parkway Central High School campus, had complained that the operation was noisy, smelly and unsightly. That prompted Chesterfield officials to ask Parkway to discontinue or relocate the recycling program. Parkway officials over the years implemented several strategies, including building a berm and installing privacy fencing. District officials said they began the program in 1990 to be environmentally friendly. Proponents of the facility say it saves more waste from landfills than outsourcing recycling. In the wake of the new law, which will go into effect Aug. 28, Parkway officials said they are continuing to research options to continue a recycling program.

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Since 1923, Great Southern Bank has been dedicated to providing financial products and services throughout 73 banking centers in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. No stranger to this part of Missouri, Great Southern opened a loan production office in Creve Coeur more than five years ago. In 2009, they added their first full-service banking center in Creve Coeur. A new full-service banking center in Des Peres is set to open in the fall. “Yes, we’re the new bank in town,” Regional Manager Mary Dunavant said. “Our goal is to get greater name recognition by building trusted relationships with customers, associates, shareholders and communities.” Great Southern provides the personal, friendly experience of a local bank while offering a wide range of competitive financial products and services that larger banks offer. The bank’s associates truly enjoy helping a family purchase their dream home or save for a future goal. They also provide convenient banking services to customers - when, where

What do you do with tubs, showers, floors, and countertops that are falling apart and have all but lost their luster? The Grout Medic’s team of specialists have just the cure. An independently owned and operated franchise, The Grout Medic has been restoring grout and tile for years. In fact, many West St. Louis County residents and commercial businesses have taken advantage of The Grout Medic treatments and brought their tile and grout back to looking like they were just installed. Instead of remodeling, installing a pieced cover-up, or starting from scratch, why not turn your bathroom or kitchen eyesores over to a company that can treat the real problem? At just a fraction of the cost of other solutions, The Grout Medic takes you back to when the tile, grout, and caulk were new and keeps them that way for 15 to 20 years. From steam cleaning, the most “green” cleaning method available, and stain sealing floors that have lost their original beauty to

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and how they prefer. They include same-day credit until closing time on customer transactions made Monday through Friday. In addition, Great Southern offers longer hours, 24-hour online banking with bill pay, mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking and ATM locations. Beyond banking, Great Southern offers investments, insurance and travel services through Great Southern Financial Services, Great Southern Insurance and Great Southern Travel. “It’s a privilege serving the financial needs of individuals and businesses that live and operate in the West County area,” Dunavant said. Great Southern Bank 12500 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur (314) 569-4799 Lobby, Mon.–Fri.: 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m., 9a.m.–12p.m. on Sat. Drive-Thru, Mon.–Fri.: 8:30a.m.-6:30p.m. 9a.m.–1p.m. on Sat. www.greatsouthernbank.com

removing and replacing old, cracked and moldy grout and caulk, and even making small repairs to walls with trouble spots, The Grout Medic team have a proven solution to homeowners’ needs. Unsightly grout, the area between the tiles, as well as cracking caulk, the area between the wall and the tub, can greatly affect the aesthetics of a room and ultimately depreciate the value of a home. Once The Grout Medic specialists respond to a grout or tile “emergency,” their proven methods and fast, friendly service will quickly cure the problem. The Grout Medic has been selected as the after-care expert of choice by many of the country’s leading tile and grout manufacturers, and unanimously received the # 1 ranking in the Maintenance – Grout Repair category from Entrepreneur Magazine for 2009 and 2008. The Grout Medic (314) 567-2005 www.thegroutmedic.com

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Eugene’s Custard Company recently opened its doors in late May in Town & Country, just in time for everyone’s summer ice cream cravings. Eugene’s specializes in classic sundaes and concretes and claims to have the “coolest” ice cream cakes and pies in town. Eugene’s also offers a variety of novelties, such as your traditional ice cream sandwich and drumstick. Complementing their custard offerings, Eugene’s also makes smoothies and proudly serves Kaldi’s coffee products. Eugene’s is an independent custard shop that is locally owned by Tim O’Neal. As Tim looked around for where to open a custard establishment, he found the perfect fit at the Town & Country Crossing shopping complex with its ample outdoor seating alongside the charm of the lake and fountains. Often asked about the shop’s unique name, Tim couldn’t think of a better name than Eugene’s, which happened to be his father’s name.

9 Months in Style is a one of a kind maternity boutique specializing in everything from casual everyday wear to black tie. Owner Julie Hoffmann says that her goal is to help her clients find clothes that both flatter their shape and keep up with seasonal styles. “Our clothes don’t look like your typical out-of-date maternity clothes,” Julie said. “You don’t have to set aside your style for nine months.” To help her customers stay in style, Julie offers a range of high quality, designer pieces at an attainable price. Because 9 Months in Style strikes that balance, people are frequently surprised when they realize how affordable custom-fit clothing can be, Julie said. Another of Julie’s goals is exceptional customer service. “We take pride in knowing that our customers leave our store happy, knowing we are always here to help,” Julie said. 9 Months in Style offers one-on-one consultations to help customers find clothes that will both fit and flatter them during those special nine months. The shop frequently does special orders,

Stop on in for a concrete or sundae with your favorite toppings, or one of Eugene’s signature sundaes such as the Custard Nachos -tortilla chips tossed in cinnamon-sugar with fresh vanilla on top, drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream and a cherry. If you have a big event going on, give Eugene’s a call about catering. Their delivery vehicle, a retrofitted fire truck, delivers “cool treats to the rescue.” Located at the corner of Clayton and Woods Mill Rd in the Town & Country Crossing shopping complex (next to Whole Foods), Eugene’s is around the corner from just about everywhere. Save the date on August 7th at 2 p.m. Eugene’s will be hosting its 1st Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest. 1138 Town & Country Crossing Dr. Town & Country (636) 227-7300 www.eugenescustard.com

and free alterations are available throughout a customer’s pregnancy. What fashions will 9 Months in Style be carrying this fall? “The trend is toward showing the pregnant shape,” Julie says. Maternity trends tend to follow regular retail, and this fall a fitted style is expected to be popular. Tunic-style tops paired with leggings are also among this fall’s fashions. But whatever the trends, Julie suggests to her customers they find a few classic, solid pieces they can keep for each pregnancy and build upon with the fashions of the season. Since its opening in 2000, 9 Months in Style has been there to help women feel good about their bodies throughout pregnancy. 9 Month In Style 11243 Manchester Road • Kirkwood (314) 835-9935 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., 10-8 p.m.


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The Law Offices Of David A. Rubin, L.L.C. Choosing a lawyer is an important decision. Choosing The Law Offices of David A. Rubin guarantees exceptional down-to-earth legal protection for you, your family, or your business. Selected by his peers to the prestigious “Best Lawyers in America” list for 2010, Rubin worked for 10 of this 28 years in practice as assistant general counsel for Zurich Insurance Co. He opened his own practice because he wanted to help “regular” folks with their legal needs. While most lawyers want to work with the wealthy, Rubin’s firm is geared to all the rest: Rubin is a true “people’s lawyer.” “Every client gets my personal time and attention,” said Rubin, who believes in learning about a client’s entire situation in order to help him/her completely. “I want every client to feel satisfied and to tell their friends they found a good lawyer.” Rubin’s firm handles wills, trusts, probate, personal injury, powers of attorney, insurance law, traffic accidents and advice to small business owners. Unique services include protection for pets in wills, immigration

Geographic accessibility to higher education is an important focus at St. Louis Community College. The Wildwood campus opened in 2007 to serve the higher education needs of the growing West County area. They strive to provide a quality learning experience offering the students the chance to take classes close to home and transfer easily into a bachelor’s degree or career program of their choice. STLCC-Wildwood offers Associate in Arts degrees in a variety of areas to help students get started on their path to a bachelor’s degree. At Wildwood, students can complete an associate degree in general transfer studies, business administration, communication arts (advertising/public relations option), fine arts/arts education, or arts in teaching. University of Missouri-St. Louis offers programs on the Wildwood campus that allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration, elementary education or liberal studies.

law, and estate counseling for people living in Israel or for their children living abroad. “We use flat fees and retainer programs so you know your costs from the beginning. We don’t charge for a first meeting or phone call,” Rubin said. The firm is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the AARP legal services panel and serves most pre-paid legal plans. All costs are upfront. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality legal services. We want to give our clients peace of mind at a reasonable price,” Rubin said. The Law Offices of David A. Rubin, L.L.C. 1001 Craig Road, Suite 260 Creve Coeur (314) 569-9859 Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 16024 Manchester Road, Suite 200 Ellisville (appointment only) www.DavidRubinLaw.com www.MissouriTicketLaw.com

The Wildwood campus was built with environmentally friendly materials and architecture and was the first “gold” level LEED-certified green building in the St. Louis area. An outdoor sculpture exhibition is ongoing and currently features the work of five local artists. Students at Wildwood take advantage of the many benefits offered on campus, including a variety of student clubs and organizations, cultural activities, and an academic support center that offers free tutoring in a variety of academic subjects. STLCC is committed to making higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. Students can take advantage of a vibrant, supportive learning community dedicated to their success and small class sizes for a focused, high-quality learning experience. St. Louis Community College 2645 Generations Drive • Wildwood (636) 422-2244 www.stlcc.edu/ww

As a child, Dave Wirthlin watched a lot of car racing, from Indy and Dragster to stock car and off-road racing. “I always knew I would have something to do with cars later in life,” Dave said. Twenty-eight years ago, he and his wife, Terri Wirthlin, bought their first Meineke Car Care Center dealership. In 2006, they took over Meineke Ballwin. After purchasing the new shop, they expanded, performed renovations, and updated their equipment. Meineke has significantly evolved over the years. In the past, they used to specialize in only exhaust repair. Later, they started performing under-car repair as well. Now, Meineke services the complete vehicle, bumper to bumper including tires for a convenient, one-stop shop and even offers state safety and emission tests with their honest, friendly and professional services. They are a nationwide company with locations from coast to coast, offering national lifetime warranties. Meineke Ballwin has the most up-todate, state-of-the-art equipment to be

Since Granite Transformations opened in St. Louis in 2004, over 2,500 customers have discovered the excitement of their exclusive Trend StoneTM granite and new Trend GlassTM surfaces. Finished projects are stunning, attractive and resistant to heat, stain, scratches and bacteria. Due to the durability engineered into the surfaces, all Granite Transformations’ maintenance free surfaces are backed with a lifetime limited warranty! More great news: The Italian granite and Recycled glass surfaces are custom-cut for each project and then installed directly on top of existing counters, shower walls, backsplashes and fireplaces, eliminating the messy demolitions and disruption caused by most remodeling projects. It is “The Countertop That Fits On Top!” Cabinet refacing was added to Granite Transformations’ product line in 2008 allowing customers to easily update cabinets throughout the home. During the refacing process, old cabinet doors and drawers are removed, the existing cabinet boxes are refinished, and then new cabinet doors and new drawers are installed. For about 30 percent of

able to repair and service all types of vehicles, including the latest in alignment capability and a zero clearance lift for extremely low to the ground vehicles. They hire ASE-certified technicians and have been the recipient of Platinum Service Awards, the highest award to earn for customer service. “As residents of Ballwin, we were excited to have the opportunity to become part of the business community, which also gave the renovation more importance as a way to help beautify the Ballwin area,” Wirthlin said. “As Meineke franchisees for 28 years, that makes us one of the longest standing Meineke dealers in the St. Louis area.” Meineke Car Care Center 14935 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 394-9023 Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.meineke.net/shop279

the cost of a traditional cabinet tearout, customers get a refreshed kitchen with updated cabinet styles and beautiful finishes that perfectly match current décor. New for 2010 is a one-day acrylic bath remodeling system offering customers a wide variety of finishes and a lower price point. A typical bathtub/3 wall shower system (includes a new acrylic tubliner for the bathtub, matching acrylic shower walls, two soap/ shampoo shelves and a patented curved shower rod) can be installed for $2,800 – in only one day! For $1,000 more, upgraded Trend StoneTM granite with Trend MosaicTM glass accent tile can be installed for the shower walls. Add a perfectly matched Trend StoneTM vanity top and check your bathroom project off your list! Free in-home estimates are provided for all product lines. Granite Transformations 17409 Chesterfield Airport Rd. (636) 728-1100


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Public Hearing City of Ballwin, Missouri August 2, 2010 A public hearing is scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Ballwin on August 2, 2010 at the Donald “Red” Loehr Police and Court Center, 300 Park Dr, Ballwin, MO, 63011, at 7:00 P. M. upon the following: 1. A petition from Scott Paul of Rolwes Co., 2709 Dougherty Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO, 63122 to change the zoning classification of the property commonly know as 243 New Ballwin Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63021 from R-1 and R-3 to PSD to allow the development of a 10 lot single family subdivision. 2. A petition from Scott Paul of Rolwes Co., 2709 Dougherty Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO, 63122 to approve the development of a 10 lot single family subdivision on the property commonly know as 243 New Ballwin Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63021. 3. A petition from William Levinson for WB Properties Henry LLC and Benton Homebuilders Inc, 1000 Executive Parkway, Suite 106, Creve Coeur, MO, 62141 to change the zoning classification of the property commonly know as 755 Henry Ave., Ballwin, MO, 63011 from St. Louis County R-2 to PSD to allow the development of a 10 lot single family subdivision. 4. A petition from William Levinson for WB Properties Henry LLC and Benton Homebuilders Inc, 1000 Executive Parkway, Suite 106, Creve Coeur, MO, 62141 to approve the development of a 10 lot single family subdivision on the property commonly know as 755 Henry Ave., Ballwin, MO, 63011. 5. A petition from William Levinson for Benton Homebuilders Inc, 1000 Executive Parkway, Suite 106, Creve Coeur, MO, 62141 to change the zoning classification of the property commonly know as 660 Kehrs Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63011 from R-1 to R-2 to allow the development of a 2 lot single family subdivision. 6. A petition from William Levinson for Benton Homebuilders Inc, 1000 Executive Parkway, Suite 106, Creve Coeur, MO, 62141 to approve the development of a 2 lot single family subdivision on the property commonly know as 660 Kehrs Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63011. The City of Ballwin will consider the zoning ordinance or district regulations as provided herein, or may adopt different changes or provisions, without further notice or hearing, as the Board of Aldermen may deem to be in the public interest. The public hearing may be continued, by announcement at the public hearing, from time to time, as deemed necessary by the Planning and Zoning Commission, without publication of the time and place of the continued public hearing. Petitions of protest against zoning district boundary changes, duly signed and acknowledged, must be submitted by owners of thirty percent or more of either: (1) the area of the land (exclusive of streets and alleys) included in the proposed change(s), or (2) within the area determined by lines drawn parallel to and one hundred and eighty-five feet distant from the area proposed for a zoning district change, public rightsof-way excepted. These petitions will be considered in determining the percentage of favorable votes by the Board of Aldermen necessary to make the zoning district change in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ballwin. Residents of Ballwin are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services of the City of Ballwin regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, national origin or political affiliation. If you are a person requiring an accommodation, please call (636) 227-8580 V or (636) 527-9200 TDD or 1-800-735-2466 (Relay Missouri) no later than 5:00 P.M. on the third business day preceding the hearing. Offices are open between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. ______________________ Thomas H. Aiken, A.I.C.P. Assistant City Administrator / City Planner


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Excitement builds for opening of 300th Ronald McDonald House Facility is the first in West County By Ted Dixon Jr. Officials from Ronald McDonald House Charities and from Creve Coeur are gearing up for the upcoming grand opening of the latest Ronald McDonald House, which soon will open on the campus of St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis President Dan Harbaugh was on hand on July 12 at the Creve Coeur City Council meeting to discuss the official opening, which is scheduled for Sept. 29. Harbaugh was especially enthusiastic because the facility will be the 300th Ronald McDonald House to open worldwide. It will be the third in the St. Louis area and the first in West County. “We are so excited about having it Creve Coeur,” Harbaugh said. “It will receive tremendous national and local exposure.” Harbaugh said that planned publicity includes a live remote from “The Today Show,” and USA Today will take out a fullpage advertisement regarding the event. McDonald’s Vice Chairman and CEO Jim Skinner and other dignitaries will be in attendance also, Harbaugh said.

A week in advance of the opening, Creve Coeur officials and business leaders will receive a special tour of the facility. A black-tie gala commemorating the event will take place on Sept. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. Ground was broken last November on the $3.2 million, 18,000-square-foot, 3-story property, which will serve 20 families per night of children who are hospitalized at West County hospitals. With an average length of stay of 10 days, more than 700 families will be helped each year, according to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ronald McDonald House enables families of seriously ill or injured children to access specialized medical treatment by providing them with a place to stay at little – or sometimes no – cost. At every Ronald McDonald House, families enjoy homecooked meals, private bedrooms and playrooms for children. Before the ribbon is cut on the new facility, Ronald McDonald House Charities officials said, they are looking to the West County community for help. “We’re reaching out to the community to get them involved,” Harbaugh said. Providing a “home-away-from-home” is not possible without volunteers, who are

The Ronald McDonald House under construction on the campus of St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital in Creve Coeur is scheduled to open on Sept. 29.

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Is it time to reconfigure a room, finish the lower level or even put an addition on the home? Call the experts. BDM Construction Inc. & Restoration has served West County for more than 10 years. BDM specializes in design and remodeling, with an accent on creating beautiful basements and room additions, kitchens and baths. With a portfolio of finished projects rendered throughout West County, BDM is taking the West County design / build world by storm, one project at a time. Brian Moor, schooled in architecture, is the company owner. Brian believes in the technique of budget building – this saves a lot of time when people want a fast and effective bid to speed up the build process instead of high pressure sales. BDM believes in quality work at a reasonable price, and all work is has a two-year warranty. BDM is also certified in restoration. wind, storm, fire, water, as well as

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mold remediation. Today, BDM does everything from custom carpentry, which includes bars, bookshelves, fire place surrounds, etc., finished basements, room additions, kitchens, baths and everything in between. All designing is done inhouse. Further, clients can expect excellent work performed within budget and without a sales pitch. No job is too big or too small. Brian continues to create budget-focused projects according to client wishes and expectations. BDM provides free estimates and references for different jobs you may be wishing to create. BDM strives to give the best price and best quality and service. BDM Construction Inc. & Restoration (636) 887-4384 Mon.- Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. www.bdmrestorationinc.com

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Since 2000, the New England lighthouse at Cape Albeon, an independent and assisted senior living community in southwest St. Louis County, has signaled the best of retirement living. Dedicated to helping its residents maintain their independence and passion for life, Cape Albeon features warm and inviting living spaces surrounded by nature’s best. A fun, friendly and exciting culture is built through senior-specific programs and amenities. “Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and worry-free senior life that offers residents all the comforts of home,” said Pat Weltig, marketing director. Cape Albeon offers retirement cottages and apartments, assisted-living apartments and personal care services in a lovely, 18-acre neighborhood nestled between two scenic lakes. The Harbor houses spacious one- and two bedroom independent living apartments with full kitchens, walk-in closets, a patio or porch and washer/dryer

hookups. Harbor residents enjoy a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, large dining room with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace, library, activity rooms and a chapel with a spectacular lake view. At The Village, Cape Albeon’s assisted-living apartments, residents enjoy exercise classes; make new friends over delicious, nutritious meals; attend church and take bus outings. A 24-hour caring staff assists residents with medication management, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and much more. There are no high-pressure sales at Cape Albeon. Visitors can schedule a tour and have lunch with residents to discover why they enjoy living there. Cape Albeon is a not-for-profit community locally operated by St. Andrews Management Services. Its tradition is rooted in faith and service to others. Cape Albeon 3380 Lake Bend Drive • St. Louis (636) 861-3200 www.capealbeon.com

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Angel Jimenez-Gutierrez spent two years working in the restaurant business before he decided to open his own restaurant. Today, he is the owner of Senor Pique, a Ballwin restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine. Senor Pique offers a taste of Mexico in everything from the menu and service to the décor and music. “We offer many Mexican dishes and celebrations that nobody else offers,” Jimenez-Gutierrez said. “The authenticity of our food makes us special.” When dining at Senor Pique, Jimenez-Gutierrez encourages customers to forget about the customary MexicanAmerican dishes, such as quesadillas and burritos, and encourages them to try something new. The meal is cooked exactly as if it were ordered in Mexico. Jimenez-Gutierrez recommends the Tacos al Pastor, Huarache del Mercado or Enchiladas de Mole Poblano as a starter dish to the true tastes of Mexico. “We ask them to be brave,” he said. “We offer so many authentic dishes

that they will fall in love with if they just give it a try.” Senor Pique has some house specialties as well. Chile Morita (pork loin marinated in Salsa de Chile Morita) and Tacos de Camaron (shrimp tacos marinated in a creamy chipotle salsa, drizzled with black beans and topped off with a slice of avocado) are two of their most popular dishes. Senor Pique also provides catering services and is open for a daily happy hour and for breakfast on Sat. and Sun. Entrée specials are available, and Senor Pique hosts special events as well. Throughout the month of September, Senor Pique will celebrate 200 years of Mexican independence, which is Sept. 16, with themed events. Details are available on the Web site. Senor Pique 14870 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 394-3455 Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; San. -Sun., 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. www.senorpique.com

When it comes to residential lawn equipment maintenance and repairs, Lawn Equipment Service is setting a new standard. “We do it in your driveway” is their cutting-edge approach, and they provide a service that is convenient and a great value. Homeowners no longer have to worry about jamming the push mower in the trunk, hauling it down to the repair shop, and waiting weeks for it to be fixed. “What we do is come to you, which makes more sense,” Alan Soskin, president and owner of Lawn Equipment Service, said. From sharpening blades and changing oil to replacing fouled spark plugs and more, Lawn Equipment Service’s specialized field technicians have the skills to get the job done right and at a great price. “We can do a service in somebody’s driveway for less than it costs for them to haul it somewhere else, and we don’t add any additional charges,” Soskin said. “Not only are we more convenient,

we’re absolutely a better value.” Whether it is a push, self-propelled, riding mower, or tractor, Lawn Equipment Service’s at-home maintenance service keeps lawn equipment operating in top condition, extending the lifetime of the machine. Soskin intends to begin franchising on a national basis in early 2011 and has already received franchise requests for multiple states. For Soskin, who has spent 20 years in the car business and owned two Toyota dealerships, receiving such positive feedback from homeowners brings great satisfaction. “The best thing we can hear is, ‘we’ll see you next year,’” Soskin said. Lawn Equipment Service 16344 Westwoods Business Park Ellisville Mon.– Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (636) 527-5999 www.mymowerservice.com


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Pets are part of the family and should be treated as such. Pet Supplies “Plus” carries over 10,000 items to help pet owners treat their pet as one of the family. Pet lovers are delighted when they see the wide selection of pet food and pet care products that stock the shelves of Pet Supplies “Plus.” They offer a wide selection of name brand food and treats, including the largest holistic line in the area, toys and supplies for most pets as well as small animals, reptiles and fresh water fish. Locally owned and operated by John and Jeanne Sullivan, they partnered with her brother Greg Klapp to open a Pet Supplies “Plus” franchise in 2008. This is the first store in Missouri, part of 241 stores in 23 States. Pet Supplies “Plus” was founded in Michigan in 1988. Jeanne is at the store most days. She has many years of retail experience and pet knowledge. The staff also has the pet knowledge and experience to assist customers whether they are inquiring

In a day and age when the corner bakery is part of a bygone era, McArthur’s Bakery still provides St. Louisans freshly baked cakes, pastries and bread – and has done so for more than 50 years. Owner Randy McArthur continues the family tradition of offering baked goods that are created from scratch using only the finest available ingredients. From birthday cakes to wedding cakes and even cakes for the groom, McArthur’s Bakery combines creativity with delicious recipes to give customers confections that are sure to be the highlight of any event. “When you ask what we’re known for, people say our cake is exceedingly moist and our icing doesn’t ever taste greasy or sweet,” McArthur said. “That’s what we’ve heard over and over again for the last 50 years, and I think that’s the No. 1 reason brides choose us.” McArthur’s is known also for its delicious European pastries, such as the French chocolate strawberry torte, a wide assortment of cheesecakes and their famous tiramisu.

about food or maintaining an aquarium. “We provide customer service and products that bigger chains and supermarkets do not readily have,” Jeanne said. “And if you have concerns about your pet we may have a simple recommendation. We share other pet owners’ experiences and want feedback to help others in the future.” Senior citizen discounts are every Wednesday when people 60 and over receive 10% off their purchase. Pet Supplies “Plus” hosts pet adoptions, vaccination clinics, and pet nail trimming and buffing events regularly on weekends. Go to petsuppliesplus.com or call for dates and times. Pet Supplies “Plus” 15311 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 686-7181 Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.petsuppliesplus.com

But the bakery is about more than just delicious baked goods. Each of its three locations also serves soups, sandwiches and boxed lunches. Customers love “The Lou,” a St. Louis-style Italian sub sandwich with ham, roast beef, salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pepperoncini and their special house dressing on fresh French bread. The Philly steak sandwich with shredded Philly steak and sautéed onions, green peppers and melted Swiss cheese on French bread is another customer favorite. While McArthur’s Bakery is known for its South County location on Lemay Ferry Road, the bakery also has opened up locations in Kirkwood on Kirkwood Road and in Chesterfield at the Four Seasons Shopping Center near Olive and Hwy. 141. McArthur’s Bakery 13700 Olive Blvd. • Chesterfield (314) 894-0900 www.McArthurs.com

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Rather than focusing on past mistakes or negative judgments, Spa for the Soul helps individuals make changes that lead to positive life experiences and results that bring success, happiness and joy. Owner Meg Berry opened Spa for the Soul in the hopes of helping girls and women to see themselves as they truly are – worthy, valuable and inherently good. She focuses on three aspects of the self (mind, body and spirit). “My only true goal is to be a resource and lifeline for people that are hurting and need help and inspiration to bring change to their lives,” Berry said. Her services are highly recommended as an excellent resource for teens and mothers. When a counselor or psychotherapy is not the answer, Spa for the Soul offers an experience that is positive, uplifting, and focused on learning to make choices that bring peace. In addition to the workshops and presentations she takes part in throughout the community, Berry also works as a private mentor to girls and women struggling with challenges involving teen issues, relationships, self-esteem

Landscaping company Hortsmann Brothers, Inc. began 23 years ago when two brothers, Paul and Phil Horstmann, started mowing lawns and performing landscape services for their neighbors. Today, Horstmann Brothers focus is growing commercial and residential landscaping in the St. Louis region, offering irrigation, landscape lighting, design and building of landscapes, tree and lawn care, drainage, and annual flower planting programs. Since 1987, the company has specialized in brightening thousands of homes and businesses with colorful landscapes and eye-catching designs. Horstmann Brothers continues to display its distinct standard of quality time and time again throughout central St. Louis. Making each client’s needs a priority, Hortsmann Brothers, Inc. takes time to understand individual tastes. Their experienced team of creative landscape designers, knowledgeable horticultural experts and certified irrigation specialists guides each project from concept to completion, making every design, renovation or maintenance job a dream

and personal fulfillment. Client confidentiality is extremely respected. “A true ‘Spa for the Soul’ is going within and questioning the story you are telling yourself,” Berry said. “That is where you can let go of stress, find joy and reactivate your energy for living.” Berry works with girls in fun, interactive ways that allow her to explore areas in their lives that may feel stressful. “Helping them see their gifts, learning healthy boundaries and self-respect, and understanding personal consequences empower girls to reach their potential,” Berry said. “Peer judgment and pressure can feel overwhelming when people question their worth. Let’s find your best self and let that person shine.” Spa for the Soul 417 Dietrich Road • Ballwin (314) 517-0629 www.spaforthesoul.me

come true. Vice President Jim Schulte said, “We’re large enough to take care of big projects, yet personal enough to take care of small projects as well. We’re committed to implementing innovative solutions to complex problems.” A leader in quality service, Hortsmann Brothers, Inc.does the job right the first time, completes it on time and delivers on all services. A personally suited maintenance plan can be designed, too; seasonal gardening, flower planting, mowing and leaf removal are just a few of the programs offered. Serving both residential and commercial clients, Hortsmann Brothers, Inc. ensures the best looking and healthiest lawn on the block and can create a landscape of color and beauty around any home or office. Horstmann Brothers, Inc. 1601 Dielman Road • St. Louis (314) 432-0880 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Six cases of staph infection confirmed at Eureka High School By BRIAN MCDOWELL In a letter sent home to parents and dated July 9, Eureka High School Principal Jim Wipke said that within the previous two weeks, six cases of staph infection among students at the school were confirmed. According to Rockwood School District spokesperson Cathy Orta, the school’s weight room was the source of the infection, and all six individuals who were infected are football players who were attending summer workout classes at the school.  According to Wipke, none of the cases appeared to be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. Staphlyococcus aureus infects the skin with what looks like a rash or boil; infections may be red, painful, swollen or have drainage. According to the St. Louis County

Department of Health, staph is a fairly common disease that can affect anyone. The letter from Wipke informed parents that it was important for them to contact their personal physician with any concerns. “Please make sure your student has any cut or scratch covered (with antibiotic ointment and a bandage) if they will be using the weight room in the next few weeks,” Wipke’s letter said. “Also, encourage a shower immediately after lifting, using an antibacterial soap.” A spokesperson for the Rockwood School District said that Eureka High School is taking steps to prevent the spread of the staph virus, including extra precautionary cleaning measures and posters encouraging good hygiene. Posters will be put up around the school reminding students that frequent hand washing and good hygiene are the most effective ways to prevent staph infection.

‘American Idol’ auditions held at Chesterfield Mall

More than 300 aspiring pop stars from the ages of 15-28 on July 14 showed up at Chesterfield Mall for a chance to be declared the official “St. Louis Idol.” Sponsored by the local Fox TV affiliate, the event gave singers of varying levels of experience and ability 30 seconds to sing a capella and attempt to impress a panel of local TV and radio personalities. The winner, who at press time had not yet been announced, received a $500 mall gift card, two tickets to the upcoming concert featuring contestants from the last season of “American Idol” and an appearance on Fox’s local morning show. The winner also was guaranteed an audition in front of celebrity judges next season on “American Idol” in New Orleans. Some participants arrived as early as 1 a.m. to secure their spots in line. Eventually, the queue snaked around the building. Among those waiting in line was Cape Girardeau native James Fortner, a karaoke DJ clad in jeans and a cowboy hat. After a four-hour wait, Fortner attempted to impress the crowd with his rendition of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Fortner said “American Idol” has made such a huge impact on pop culture because “it gives normal people a chance to shine.”


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Every girl wants to be a princess, and the new Avon Beauty Center and Party Boutique lets her do just that. The boutique specializes in parties for girls ages 3 to 14. They offer a full line of princess dresses, in a wide range of sizes. At the party, which lasts two hours, the girls get their hair, makeup and nails done. A coronation ceremony will then take place with magical fairy dust and a princess parade. Owner Dawn Stille said she got the idea when she visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World with her daughter and decided it would be a great concept to bring home to St. Louis. “The energy in that room was so contagious,” Stille said. For those who would rather be a rock star, Diva Parties are a perfect option. Girls receive a backstage pass and choose from more than 100 diva outfits. Then, they get the star treatment, sing karaoke and walk the red carpet. Another option is an American Girl and Me Tea party, where the girls can

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pick out an outfit that matches their American Girl doll. At a Spa Party, which is perfect for the older girls, they each get a spa robe, mini facial, manicure and pedicure. They carry a full line of Avon products, including the Patrick Dempsey cologne, which was rated “Fragrance of the Year.” The award-winning Avon Clinical line was featured on “CBS Morning News.” They carry classics, such as Skin-So-Soft, and color products. To celebrate Avon Beauty Center and Party Boutique’s grand opening, from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 23, the first 20 parties booked will get a free ride in a pink limo. Avon Beauty Center and Party Boutique 17409 G Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield (636) 675-9919 www.stlgirlparties.com

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In the St. Louis area since 1985, The Crack Team has served as a local leader in the concrete repair industry, treating thousands of cracks and leaks each year. The Crack Team has built its reputation by providing quality repairs and world-class customer service. “We provide foundation repair and waterproofing services to residential and commercial customers in South County, West County, and Franklin County,” said Tom Ely, The Crack Team’s owner since 2006. Cracks happen. Whether in a basement or garage, etc, cracks are a fact of concrete and can alarm even the savviest of homeowners. Fortunately, most concrete cracks pose no structural concern and can be repaired easily, quickly, and affordably. “We use state-of-the-art technologies to provide a clean and cost-effective solution for our customers’ needs,” Ely said. “Our goal is simply to provide the best quality and customer service in the industry.” The Crack Team uses multiple types of resins to inject cracks. Their exclu-

sively formulated TeamSeal ®, TeamFlex®, and TeamFill® products are used to effectively waterproof concrete foundation cracks. All work is done inside the home using quick, simple, and clean methods. The Crack Team has the solution for concrete foundation cracks, sump pump drain systems, and leaning or bowing walls. Most importantly, The Crack Team provides free estimates and a “Life of the Structure Warranty.” Call them today and find out why realtors, inspectors, and tens of thousands of homeowners rely on The Crack Team for their concrete repair needs. The Crack Team 1699 W. 5th Street, Suite K • Eureka (636) 273-1150 (877) CRACK-TEAM Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. tely@thecrackteam.com

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Lisa Hagemann and her sister Julie Cleaveland always wanted to leave the corporate world and work together. Instead of purchasing a new place to start their business, they decided to use an asset they already had, their family farm, to open Oma’s Barn Home & Garden. They came up with the name from a nickname they had called their grandmother, “Oma,” which is the German translation for “grandmother.” In the store, customers can find a unique variety of giftware, furniture and other items in a cozy, country setting. “Oma’s Barn is definitely service-oriented,” Hagemann said. “Specializing in the personal touch, we have made many new friends in the process. By starting a home décor and garden enterprise, most of our customers know us by name, and we know theirs, giving us the ‘small hometown’ feel.” Danielle Murray at Oma’s Barn also helps clients design their homes inside and out with the store’s wide variety of seasonal items. There is something new

to be discovered every season. At the start of the year in March, they offer a collection of spring and Easter décor, in addition to their everyday home décor, furniture and linens. As the weather gets warmer, they feature anything needed in a garden, including planters, annuals, herbs, perennials, and garden décor. “Our store is eclectic, charming and fun,” Hagemann said. Oma’s Barn also sends out a monthly, emailed newsletter to keep their customers updated on their special events, sales, and special parties/open houses. “Providing a warm and friendly atmosphere is why our customers feel like our guests,” Hagemann said. Oma’s Barn Home & Garden 1057 Hwy. 79 • St. Peters (636) 278-4445 (March-Dec.) Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. www.omasbarn.com

Whether it is a simple home repair, major remodel or home addition, Schilling Contracting is equipped to do the job well. “We handle all phases of construction, from electrical and plumbing to drywall and finish woodwork,” Owner Mike Schilling said. Schilling’s newest company, The Trim Team, can complete all of the finish woodwork, such as crown molding, desks, beautiful bookcases, and fireplace mantles. “Our knowledge of differing wood species and stain applications allows us to deliver beautiful piano grade finishes on our woodwork,” Schilling said. The West County company has been servicing its customers for 22 years, providing homeowners with the opportunity to enhance their home with beautiful, functional kitchens, remodeled bathrooms or deck additions. No project is too small or too big for the company that prides itself on customer service. “I always enjoyed working with my hands and building things,” Schilling said. “After college, I had the opportunity to start my own company,

and I took it. It’s not work if you enjoy what you are doing.” About 95% of the company’s customers are referrals or repeat clients, with some utilizing Schilling Contracting for 20 years. The company prides itself on providing quality, expert workmanship on every job. “A level of trust takes years to build,” Schilling said. “We work very closely with our customers, and many of our customers become our friends.” Schilling is known for providing customers with imaginative and creative solutions to enhance all aspects of a home remodeling project. Their low overhead allows the company to be able to offer their customers competitive pricing. Schilling Contracting is fully insured and carries worker’s compensation. Schilling Contracting/The Trim Team 568 Hickory View Lane • Ballwin (636) 288-6659 www.schillingcontracting.com


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Shall we dance? Join Krupinski Academy of Dance in an extraordinary journey through the world of performance art. For the past 37 years, Krupinski Academy has lead the Midwest in offering dance classes for musical theatre, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, tumbling, and creative movement. The program is for those with theatrical aspirations and not for competition. Owners Mark and Caren Krupinski have extensive dance backgrounds. Both are highly trained dancers and have taught others to perform for stage, screen and television around the world. Their daughter, Ashley, is following in her parent’s footsteps, performing, teaching, and choreographing throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mark presently is choreographer and director for the Muny Kids and Muny Teens. Caren has performed in St. Louis Civic Ballet Company and was an original dancer in the the St. Louis Cardinals Football “Big Red Line.” “Our faculty clearly conveys their love and passion for dance,” Mark said. “Our students meet the challenge of

The current state of America’s job market has forced many to seek a career change. For those considering a career in the service industry, Vatterott College can provide help. In business since 1969, Vatterott College offers Diploma and Associate programs in the computer, trade, medical assistant and cosmetology industries. There are 22 campuses throughout the Midwest, and Vatterott is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Vatterott students have access to industry standard learning tools and professional instructors active in their field. Two-fold programs feature theory and lab instruction and provide students with the knowledge and hands-on training necessary to succeed. “The skills and work attitudes taught at Vatterott College are of practical use to the student in his or her chosen career and ensure successful adjustment to the work environment,” Vatterott’s O’Fallon Campus Director Gertrude Jones said. A typical timeline for completion is 14 months for a Diploma and 22 months for an Associate of Occupational Studies

Caren, Mark and Ashley dealing with different kids from all backgrounds. Ultimately, they grow together and make friends. Dance can really make you a better person!” The Krupinskis’ mission is to expand the horizons of every child in the field of performing arts in a positive, caring way. “We are performance-based, and our students are multi-talented. We encourage them to learn all forms of dance and be the very best they can be,” Mark said. Classes are offered for beginner through professional, ages 3 through adult. Registration for fall begins in August. “We’ll soon be offering a workshop to teach children how to audition for professional theatre,” Mark said.

Stephens Floor Covering Co. is a family-based business that has served residential and commercial customers STEPHENS FLOOR COVERING CO. in the St. Louis area since 1957. Everyone wants to give the best possible impression to people as they step into their home or workplace. Stephens has the subject covered when it comes to beautiful flooring. The company prides itself on customer satisfaction from start to finish. An experienced sales staff is always available to help clients through the purchasing experience, from the initial visit to the showroom, all the way to a brand STEPHENS new floor. TheCOVERING entire Stephens FLOOR CO. team knows how to help customers choose the perfect designs and colors to fit their personal and home styles. Flooring installers work strictly for Stephens, so there is never a worry about who is actually putting in the Krupinski Academy of Dance flooring. 801 Charter Commons • Chesterfield Stephens offers the largest variety of (636) 227-2362 flooring designs by the top manufacturClasses: Mon –Thurs., and on ers in the business, from ceramic tile Saturday mornings and warm hardwoods to vinyl and www.krupinskiacademy.com 2606 ROCK HILL INDUSTRIAL CT. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI 63144 PHONE: 314–918-9696 FAX: 314–918-1242

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practical laminates. Carpet choices include more than 1,000 beautiful styles and colors, with the best name brands that carry berber, plush, saxony, and wool. Besides creating beautiful first impressions in the home, Stephens Floor Covering Co. also understands what it takes to give any business office the most professional look possible. So, look no further. Stephens is the flooring company for all of your needs. A dream floor is only a step away. Stephens is offering a big sales event through Aug. 13. All residential carpet materials are 25% off retail prices. Stephens Floor Covering Co. 2606 Rock Hill Industrial Court Rock Hill (314) 918-9696 www.stephensfloorcovering.com

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(AOS). Classes are small, averaging 9.2 students, and are organized into 10week phases. Students can seek career counseling and placement services to prepare for the job market. “We work closely with local career centers throughout St. Louis,” Jones said. “For example, we are currently working with the auto industry to train its displaced workers for re-entry into the job market.” Prospective students must meet with an admissions representative, take a placement test and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Financial aid is available for those you qualify. Vatterott is proud to be a military friendly school, and they participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, contact the campus for more information. Vatterott College 927 E. Terra Lane • O’Fallon (636) 978-7488 www.vatterott-college.edu

Kay Bova Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage boutique. Built on the philosophy that passion breeds success, Kay Bova Realty’s savvy team of professionals has created a powerful brand that services an extensive list of clients, providing concierge level real estate service. Kay Bova Realty proudly demonstrates that the success of a real estate brokerage is not based on size, but knowledge and personal attention to their client’s needs. Thus, strongly enforcing their slogan “Big Enough to Provide Excellent Service, Small Enough to Care!” Kay Bova Realty has all the resources to help you through the buying or selling process. Title company, inspector, mortgage lender, or contractor can all coordinate with you through the Kay Bova Realty home. To help make your move even more convenient, Kay Bova Realty also volunteers the use of their community service vehicle for clients or charities. You can often see their

truck around town moving furniture, distributing toys, or transporting goods for food drives. “We love to help our community in any way we can, “ says Kay Bova. “Providing service is our main focus, and this service goes far beyond the time of closing. We are building a lifetime relationship.” Visit Kay Bova Realty at 14567 Manchester Road. From Hwy 141 go west on Manchester (1/4 mile west of Baxter Rd.) You can also call 636-728-1881, or visit SellingStLouis.com.

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Bu llet i n Boa rd New immunization requirements for 2010-2011 school year The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in 2009 revised the minimum immunization requirements for children enrolled in Missouri public, private, and parochial schools. Effective beginning the 2010-2011 school year, the following new requirements for school children will be implemented: • Second dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is for all children entering kindergarten. If the kindergarten child has had varicella (chickenpox) disease, a licensed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy may sign and place on file with the school a written statement documenting the month and year of previous varicella (chickenpox) disease as satisfactory evidence of having had the disease. Parental or guardian statements of disease will no longer be accepted beginning with the 2010-2011 school year for children entering kindergarten. The rule change applies to children entering kindergarten and thereafter. For children enrolled in grades 1-5, only one dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is required. Parental or guardian statements of disease continue to be acceptable. • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertus-

mathematics, reading and science, and a student’s composite score is the average of four test scores.  

sis) vaccine will be required for all incoming eighth-grade students if the child has completed the recommended childhood DTaP/DTP vaccination series and has not received a Td booster within the past two years. For children enrolled in grades 9-12 who have not received a single dose of Td, it is highly recommended they receive a single dose of Tdap as their catch-up booster instead of Td or receive one dose of Tdap two years after the last Td dose.

Perfect ACT score Parkway North High School student Andrew Socha scored the highest possible score on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Socha took the ACT Socha test in late April when it was administered to all Parkway juniors. To help students prepare for graduation and beyond, Parkway began offering the ACT exam in 2010 during the school day, at no cost to families. Parkway students achieve an average ACT score of 24.1, which is the fourth-highest average score of the 524 Missouri school districts. The ACT consists of tests in English,

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STARS student Calvin Irwin, a student at Parkway North High School, is among five area high school students participating in the Danforth Center Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program. The program provides exemplary students and educators the unique opportunity to work in a laboratory research setting. Irwin was incorrectly identified in the July 7 issue of West Newsmagazine as a student at Parkway West.

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Seven area Parkway students received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in scouting. Each of the girls com-

In the new garden plot at Howard Park Center in Ellisville, children are learning to grow tomatoes, green beans, cilantro, peppers and more. The group was designed around the principles of horticultural therapy. Full of smells, textures and visual contrasts, children, many of whom have developmental delays and challenges, engage all their

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Answer: “Who is Molly Gier?” Question: “2010 ‘Jeopardy!’ Kids Week contestant from Chesterfield.” Gier, an incoming eighth-grade student at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville, was a contestant on the July 7 airing of “Jeopardy!” Kids Week. Fifteen children were chosen to travel to Los Angeles to be contestants on the show. “It was really exciting,” Gier, 12, said. “It got me out of school for two days.” The rules of the game are no different for Kids Week, but the material is written to be ageappropriate. The winner of each game received a minimum guarantee of $15,000 and a family vacation to one of five exotic locations. Contestants who placed second received $2,000, and those who placed third earned $1,000. Gier said that initially, children across the country wanting to compete on “Jeopardy!” took an online test. Those who did well traveled to a regional spot where they took a written test and practiced using the buzzers. The next step was an interview to make sure each contestant was “personable enough” for TV. Gier came in third place and was excited about being accepted on the show. “You had to spell all the answers, so I got some of those,” Gier said. “I got a ‘Daily Double,’ but I didn’t get it right. After it was over, some of us exchanged e-mails so we could all keep in touch and talk about how we did, because we (could not) tell anybody else. It was just really cool being there in the studio and stuff.”

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senses while working in the garden. “The benefits of horticultural therapy have been found in people with physical and mental challenges, ranging from anxiety to cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries to sensory processing and autism,” Amanda Troillett, occupational therapist at Howard Park Center, said. “And it’s also just a lot of fun to get a little dirty while they plant in the garden.”

Eco-friendly school Chesterfield Montessori School recently started maintaining a garden to teach children the importance of eco-friendly activities. The garden contains flowers, herbs and vegetables and is completely cared for by the children, who prepare the soil, plant, weed, water, harvest and eat the produce. All waste is composted on-site.

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New partnership St. Louis Community College and Maryville University recently signed an agreement to initiate a program in which students who complete their associate’s degree in deaf communications studies/ interpreter education at Florissant Valley may transfer as juniors to Maryville’s bachelor’s degree program in rehabilitation services.

Child therapists hired Three new pediatric therapists have joined the staff at Howard Park Center in Ellisville. Rebecca Frisella, speech-language pathologist, is providing speech therapy through Howard Park’s Pediatric Partnership Program and the Dynamic Learners inclusive preschool classroom. Erica Pfeiffer, physical therapist, is providing therapy through the Center’s Pediatric Partnership and Aqua Therapy programs. Amanda M. Troillett, occupational therapist, is providing therapy in the elementary Cornerstone classroom and through the Center’s Pediatric Partnership Program, in addition to heading up the Center’s new gardening group.

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Alleviating Knee, Hip and Joint Pain July 29 • 6:30 p.m. Pain in a joint often arises due to cartilage damage, either from injury or general wear and tear. As a result, the joint becomes less mobile and even more painful. Learn the causes, symptoms and treatment alternatives for knee and hip osteoarthritis pain, including therapy, diet, medications and minimally invasive surgical techniques from Dr. Thomas Hawk, orthopedic surgeon.

Seminar is FREE, but please register at 1-888-457-5203 Seminars will be held at Des Peres Hospital 2345 Doughtery Ferry Road • Conference Room 2 Conveniently located at the intersection of Dougherty Ferry Road and I-270


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By Your Side Home Care, LLC is a new non-medical in-home care services company conceived by a team of local, well-respected doctors, nurses and health care professionals. Most people recovering from surgery or experiencing aging-related health issues would prefer to maintain their independence and remain in the comfort of their own home. “We recognize the needs of our neighbors and understand that superior, compassionate care and support will allow them to maintain their independence,” Patty Aufricht, director of services at By Your Side, said. “It is essential to have confidence and peace of mind when making choices for your loved ones.” By Your Side will provide personal care and companionship service: to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from injury or surgery in their home. Services are also available in assisted living centers or for family respite. The partnership includes Eric and Patty

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Aufricht, a registered nurse with years of experience, most recently with GI and pain management. Stephen Smith is a physician in the Chesterfield area and an interventional pain specialist at Midwest Pain Center. Wife, Lisa, is a nurse practitioner actively involved in her husband’s practice. The By Your Side teams of caregivers are carefully screened, experienced professionals who are matched to suit the personality and unique needs of each care recipient. “We want to ensure that our caregivers and support services exceed the expectations of each individual,” Patty said. “Compassion, experience and medical knowledge are the essential ingredients that make By Your Side a superior choice for your loved one.” By Your Side Home Care, LLC 17300 N. Outer 40 Road, Suite 100 Chesterfield (636) 489-9773

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Marilyn Romine opened her CertaPro Painters franchise, a residential/ commercial painting company, two years ago. Romine enjoys utilizing her business management and marketing experience to bring a new twist to the painting experience. “Women are not necessarily associated with painting companies, but I love what CertaPro stands for – that personal touch,” Romine said. “Their business model takes the painting experience to a higher level, turning something pretty mundane into a pleasant experience. “It also gave me an opportunity to be my own boss in an environment where I could have customer interaction, bring beauty into people’s homes, and yet have flexibility for my family.” CertaPro offers a wide variety of services along with painting. “We’re a one-stop shop, because we also do woodwork repair prior to painting, deck staining, carpentry, wallpaper removal and power washing of homes,” Romine said. She enjoys helping homeowners select paint colors and takes the time to make it easy. “We’re proud of our strong level of

service,” Romine said. “What customers want, we provide. It may take more than one meeting to ensure a customer feels comfortable with the project ahead. I’m available to take that extra step.” CertaPro Painters offers professional painting contractors with an outstanding customer satisfaction and referral rating. The company’s future is on display every day on the interior and exterior of all types of buildings, both residential and commercial. Backed by 20 years of experience, and with more than 400 franchises nationwide, CertaPro’s reputation is based on certainty of a job well done. The focus for every project is paying attention to detail, especially the client. When the paint is dry, CertaPro always calls back for feedback. That is the CertaPro difference. . CertaPro Painters 15009 Manchester Road, Suite 131 Ballwin (314) 503-7035 www.certapro.com

THREE FRENCH HENS EUROPEAN ANTIQUES INTERIOR DESIGN

When Three French Hens opened in 2003, Wildwood became home to the most extraordinary European antiques and home furnishings showroom in the Midwest. The store has evolved into the place to shop in the St. Louis area while also attracting patrons from New York to California. Those who deem shopping to be a fun experience will find that the owner and employees are a very warm and friendly bunch, and customers can enjoy complimentary cappuccino and latte while browsing. Owner Jeanie Hood stocks the 10,000-square-foot showroom with a wonderful mix of European antiques, well-known furniture lines such as Harden, Lorts, Leathercraft, Hickory White, Jeff Zimmerman Collection, Marge Carson, and Hickory Chair, plus a large selection of home accessories and unique gifts. She also carries items by Patti Porter, a custom floral designer specializing in silk and dried flower arrangements, wreaths and topiaries. The mystique of Three French Hens

is the constant changing, from room displays to the items in them – from antique armoires, sideboards, bookcases and massive farm tables to beautiful sofas, chairs, lamps and oil paintings. Jeanie’s advice is, “If you see something you like, buy it now, because it might be gone.” Over the years, the store has expanded to include custom drapery and bedding and now is an ever-growing design resource for home construction and remodeling. But while Three French Hens continues to grow, its staff remains as warm and welcoming as the store itself. Knowledgeable designers are always available to help customers capture and bring home the looks that help make a house a home. Three French Hens 16935 Manchester Road • Wildwood (636) 458-8033 Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. www.threefrenchhensantiques.com

Providing Excellence in Education for Students with Learning Disabilities. The Academy of St. Louis assists kindergarten through 12th-grade boys and girls who have been diagnosed with cognitive learning disabilities. The Academy of St. Louis provides each student with a safe, nurturing environment, challenging, individualized curriculum, social integration skills and faith formation. The Academy of St. Louis aids each student in reaching their highest potential providing them with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in life. Located in Chesterfield off Kehrs Mill Road. on the Goddard School Campus (building B), the Academy provides a 5-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, individual executive work stations and laptop computers for each student, with large classrooms and oneon-one tutorials. The Academy provides a small, learning environment, enabling students the opportunity for

optimal learning. The Academy provides experiential learning through field trips and service projects. The teachers of the Academy are dedicated professionals who strengthen and expand each student’s skill set while providing them with dignity and selfconfidence. The Academy of St. Louis provides an individual, challenging, academic curriculum, helping students successfully transition from the Academy either by continuing their education at the post secondary level, trade school or to gain employment or secure volunteer opportunities. The Academy strengthens each student’s ability to communicate and develop social skills needed to form successful personal and professional relationships. Academy of St. Louis 1633 Kehrs Mill Road • Chesterfield (314) 973-8997 www.academyofstlouis.org


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STUDIO703 Studio 703 is the place to go for a contemporary, urban look. Located in the heart of Chesterfield and co-owned by Bob Pitts and Shawn Summers, Studio 703 is a complete hair salon and offers on-location styling for weddings and photography. The experienced stylists at Studio 703 come from all different parts of the country, and most have worked in major fashion cities such as New York or Los Angeles. They keep up with cutting-edge trends to provide sophisticated haircuts, colorings, updos, and makeovers. “At least a dozen people have told me how nice it is to be able to come someplace where, no matter who they go to, they feel confident they’ll come out with a pleasant experience,” Pitts said. Though Pitts was born and raised in St. Louis, he made his mark on the fashion industry working with top models, designers and agencies in Miami, Paris, Chicago and Los Angeles. “We have the sophistication of the east

Founded nearly 60 years ago, Gershman Mortgage is the oldest independent mortgage company in St. Louis and has grown into one of the largest in Missouri. Gershman Mortgage is headquartered in Clayton and has offices in Chesterfield, Festus and Springfield, Mo. and O’Fallon and Mt. Vernon, Ill. According to figures submitted to the Mortgage Bankers Association, Gershman Mortgage was the number one lender in the area in 2009 for FHA-insured multifamily and health care facility loan originations totaling $249 million. Even more impressive is how the company stacks up nationally. Its 2009 achievements made it number eight in the entire country, also according to figures submitted to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The number is particularly significant since Gershman only maintains offices in the St. Louis metropolitan area, as opposed to some of its competition, which are national giants with offices around the country. In the past six years, Gershman Mortgage also is starting out 2010 with exceptional figures. In the first six months of this year, the company made $235 million in single-family loans and $255 million in multi-family/healthcare facility

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and west coasts,” Pitts said. He has been a long-time stylist, hair and makeup artist, and photographer and is committed to providing a high level of service for Studio 703’s clients at a fair price. In addition to their everyday services, the salon regularly provides editorial styling for “ALIVE Magazine” photo shoots, so the stylists know how to get the latest look for any hair type. The salon also offers “junior” hairstyles for the younger St. Louisan. “No matter what people are used to or where they come from, they can get the good service and contemporary styles they expect,” Pitts said.

Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing • Chesterfield (636) 536-6770 www.thestudio703.com

Gershman financed redevelopment of The Laurel downtown St. Louis.

loans for a combined total of $490 million. In comparison, Gershman had $343 million in single-family and $73 million in multi-family/healthcare facility loans in the first half of 2009, for a combined total of $416 million. Gershman has participated in roughly 50 commercial and residential projects in the metropolitan area, providing funding in excess of $502.2 million. Gershman Mortgage offers a wide range of mortgage products and is one of the area’s leaders in FHA/VA and conventional single-family home loans. In addition to HUD financing, Gershman offers many conventional financing options including reverse mortgages for borrowers age 62 and over.

Gershman Mortgage 7 N. Bemiston • Clayton (314) 889-0600 www.gershman.com

Lee Allen’s unwavering commitment to outstanding customer service and to his profession served as the foundation of his establishing Allen Roofing & Siding Company in 1972. Learning the industry one job at a time, he worked hard to build the firm into the highly respected local provider of quality exterior products it is today. The steady growth of the company, linked to serving its expanding customer base, has resulted in the addition of an Illinois location. The firm has also enhanced its services through the formation of Allen/Carpenter Contracting as a division of Allen Roofing & Siding. Whether it’s new or existing residences, businesses, schools, churches or public buildings, no job is too large or too small for Allen Roofing & Siding to handle. In fact, it is now one of the largest and most experienced exterior product companies in the entire metro area. High quality products, including roof-

Team Green Outdoor, Inc., led by its president, Nathan Whitaker and his comprehensive team of specialized pro­ fessionals, is excited for its 13th year of providing quality outdoor services to commercial and residential property owners and managers across the St. Louis area. On Jan. 1, Team Green Out­ door announced their pledge to donate 1 percent of gross monthly revenues to the Multiple Sclerosis National Re­ search Institute and American Cancer Society. Team Green is comprised of four sep­ arate and specialized divisions: 1. Drainage Team – guaranteed drain­ age solutions and complete exterior storm water control systems, French drains, downspout piping, erosion con­ trol and pond/creek edge rock installa­ tion. 2. Outdoor Lighting Team – elegant outdoor landscape lighting installation and service with a lifetime warranty on most fixtures. 3. Land Care Team – systematic lawn care fertilizing to keep lawns thick, green and healthy. Tree and shrub pro­ grams, including turf renovation pack­

ing, siding, doors, windows, guttering, soffit/fascia, and more are the first component of an outstanding exterior. The second is having the expertise to install them properly – at Allen Roofing & Siding you get both. Lee Allen and his team’s focus on outstanding service has led the company to be recognized as one of the top 100 Contractors in the Midwest by “RSI Magazine.” He is also lauded for his support of local charitable efforts. Allen Roofing & Siding guarantees satisfaction, has financing available, is fully insured and is on the approved list to handle claims by most major insurance companies. Call (636) 391-1117 today for a free estimate. Allen Roofing & Siding Company 525 Old State Road • Ellisville (636) 391-1117 contactus@aroofing.net www.aroofing.net

ages, are also available. 4. Snow Control Team – commercial snow and ice control services. Quote requests for all divisions are available on their Web site. The Team Green Outdoor, Inc. mis­ sion is, “Team Green Outdoor will provide solutions to our clients’ needs that will fulfill their requirements and expectations 100 percent and beyond. Team Green Outdoor will never sac­ rifice quality, integrity or honesty to create more profit or to band-aid a situ­ ation. Team Green Outdoor provides peace of mind, a feeling of true quality and success that our company, our em­ ployees, our customers, our community and our environment will benefit from. We stand behind all services we offer 100 percent. Research our reputation, we are the solution.® ” Team Green Outdoor, Inc. Chesterfield (636) 530-7663 www.TeamGreenOutdoor.com


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Teens from Spain relish World Cup, summer with Rockwood families By DIANE PLATTNER Several Rockwood area families this summer are hosting Spanish teenagers, who have cheered for their country’s soccer victories in the World Cup and visited various St. Louis venues. Eight teenagers from Spain on June 26 arrived in St. Louis with an adult monitor to spend five weeks with their host Rockwood families from Eureka High School and Rockwood Summit High School. Denise Pahl and Kim Lackey, world language teachers at Eureka High in the Rockwood School District and local coordinators of the program, helped find the host families. “We agreed to coordinate the program in order to give our students the opportunity to interact with a Spanish-speaking culture, even if they are unable to travel themselves,” Lackey said. “The Spanish students pay a fee that covers their airline travel and eight planned activities.  The host families volunteer their time and cover normal living expenses for their host student.” Pahl and Lackey also planned activities for the program, which is offered through a partnership between Interway in Spain and Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE), of Minnesota. Those activities include trips to the St. Louis Zoo, a Cardinals game, “Wicked” at The Fox Theatre, Ted Drewes, Elephant Rocks, Johnson’s Shut-ins, “Jurassic Dark” at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Six Flags, City Museum, the Gateway Arch and Old Spaghetti Factory. A highlight of the visit for the teens from Spain has been watching their country advance to the finals for the first time in history in soccer’s World Cup. Denise Kavanaugh, whose family is hosting Nagore  Torres from Spain, said Torres made a poster and the kids painted their faces in support of Spain. “It is just a pleasure watching Nag-

ore’s  excitement for  Spain in the World Cup games, and her  favorite player is Torres, (which) just happens to be her last name,” Kavanaugh said.  “She says, ‘No relation,’ and giggles.” The Rockwood host families, some Ladue host families and the Spanish exchange students on July 11 met at Weber’s Front Row in Webster Groves to watch the World Cup final.  “It brought tears to my eyes for the Spanish students to be so excited for their country and team,” Kavanaugh said. “When  Spain received their (World) Cup, all the Spanish students got together in a big crowd and started chanting an exciting cheer, in Spanish, of course. But then, for the Americans, they started  singing, ‘We are the champions of the world,’ at which time we all started singing with them. “It has been a wonderful and overwhelming experience for our family to share in Spain’s triumph, and I have a new love for soccer now,” Kavanaugh said. “I think this World Cup experience brought Spain and the USA closer together,  and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”  Kavanaugh said it has been a pleasure hosting Torres. “She has a souvenir of a Cardinals jersey, and a Build-a-Bear of Fred Bird to take home to Spain,” Kavanaugh said.  “It is amazing to see how much she has learned from us and how much we have learned from her. She is an amazing girl, and we just love her already. We told her we want  to  keep her, but I think her parents miss her.” Torres’ parents requested a photo of their daughter with the Kavanaugh family in front of an American flag, which Nagore plans to bring back to Spain and hang proudly in her room. “This is so much fun, and I’m so happy we decided to participate in this program,” Kavanaugh said. 

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Hearing Health Care Center Hearing Health Care Center utilizes the latest in advanced technology to provide the best in hearing care for all of its patients. Owned by Carol Bergmann, the Center provides comprehensive audiological testing for individuals 3 years of age and older. Each patient at the family-owned and operated business receives personalized attention and treatment from an on-staff audiologist. “Helping someone to hear again is so rewarding,” Bergmann said. “We give back what they have been missing. It makes us feel good to see people hearing things they haven’t heard in a long time.” The office also provides hearing aid screenings, evaluations, fittings and post-fitting counseling. A wide array of hearing aids is available in a variety of sizes and circuit options. In addition, the Center is well stocked with information and supplies for hearing aids

and other assistive listening devices. Because Hearing Health Care Center has relationships with multiple hearing aid manufacturers, the company is able to offer each of its patients the optimal hearing aid to meet his/her individual needs. Dr. Alison Benner and Dr. Kate Sinks, along with every other staff member in the company who interacts with patients, have doctorates in audiology. Keeping up with the service on a hearing aid has never been so easy. The Center offers free service on each patients’ hearing aid every three months. “We care how you hear,” Bergmann said, “and we will work with you until you are satisfied.” Hearing Health Care Center Ellisville Richmond Heights • St. Charles (636) 391-9622 www.hearinghealthcare.org

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For years, Rich Markow, owner of LuxuryTimeforLess.com, had been a passionate watch enthusiast. Two years ago, he left his former profession to enter the Internet watch business, selling his personal watch collection first. “My avocation has become my vocation,” Markow said. Luxury Time for Less sells men’s and ladies’ new and pristine pre-owned, higher-end watches for discount prices via the Internet and select St. Louis area jewelry stores. The company offers excellent prices on complete inventory because of a low overhead and strong inventory network. What is special about Luxury Time for Less is that it offers products that otherwise might not be available in the St. Louis area. Clients are not exclusive to St. Louis, though. They live around the globe. Markow prides his business on offering personal attention to each of his clients. He said his goal is to bring another option to the buyer for

acquisition of fine timepieces. Luxury Time for Less has successfully found specific, quality watches not already listed on the Web site. The company can provide a detailed history of every watch on sale to ensure authenticity and legitimacy. Credit cards are accepted and encouraged on the Web site, providing additional protection for the client, and prices are always shown to make the process as easy as possible. Free overnight/next day shipping is yet another plus for the client. The company even has a liberal return policy and will pay for return shipping for an unsatisfied client, a rare occurrence. Also available are grandfather clocks, Montblac limited edition pens, custom cufflinks and jewelry to complement a favorite timepiece. LuxuryTimesforLess.com (314) 965-TIME (8463) www.luxurytimeforless.com

Katherine Anderson, Owner & President

When Katherine Anderson and her late husband, Reuben Anderson, were newlyweds living in St. Louis, the couple dreamed of owning their own company. In those days, when Katherine prepared meals, Reuben often joined her in the kitchen, adding a pinch of this or that to the pots on the stove. In 1981, in response to the enthusiastic encouragement of family and friends who had sampled their collaborative culinary efforts, the Andersons made their dream a reality and founded Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. Today, Katherine is owner and president of the company, which distributes its products nationally. The facility recently doubled in size to 27,000 square feet to keep up with growing demand for the company’s products. Andy’s Seasoning offers exceptionally delicious breadings and seasonings made from a unique blend of herbs and spices that enhance the flavors of fish, pork, beef, chicken, vegetables, soups and salads. Andy’s Seasoned Salt, Fish Breadings, Chicken Breadings, Seafood

Tempura Batter, Vegetable Breading and Cajun Breading are staples in the kitchens of discerning cooks who appreciate their delightful flavors and time-saving convenience. Because Andy’s Seasoning products can be used when frying, baking, broiling or grilling and come in varieties that include mild, hot ‘n’ spicy, and low sodium, they are very versatile. Easy-to-follow directions are included, and an assortment of recipes using Andy’s Seasoning products can be found at andysseasoning. com. Throughout the years, Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. has remained locally owned and products are locally manufactured. The company has firmly rooted itself in the St. Louis community. Locally, its products are sold at Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop ‘n’ Save and other retailers. Andy’s Seasoning, Inc. 2829 Choteau Ave. • St. Louis (314) 664-3004 www.andysseasoning.com

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Catherine Riebold, owner of Lexington Design & Furniture, is excited to be running her own business in the St. Louis home design industry. “As an interior designer, beautiful homes have always been my passion,” Riebold said. Lexington Design & Furniture is committed to delivering quality, American-made furniture to customers at affordable prices. They offer upholstry made by Lexington Home Brands and Norwalk Furniture and wood furniture made by Simply Amish and Woodcraft Industries. Each company’s products are manufactured in the U.S. Riebold and her team are proud to provide a customer-oriented, personalized design experience to each person that walks through the door. The level of customer service and personalization Lexington Design & Furniture offers sets them apart from their big competitors. “My design team listens to what is

important to the client,” Riebold said. “We don’t just try to sell what is current. We customize each design plan. Our complimentary-with-purchase, in-home design service offers quality one-on-one help with a design expert.” Riebold and her team strive to create a room that sets their home apart from the rest. Anyone who visits Lexington Design & Furniture is certain to have a unique design experience with one of St. Louis’ flourishing businesses. “As a new business owner, every client is important to me,” Riebold said. “We are committed to building relationships with our clients while we have fun creating beautiful rooms.” Lexington Design & Furniture 13275 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 821- 9700 Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. www.lexingtonstl.com


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Happy’s Longstreet Grill is a cheerful place where friends mingle over fantastic food. The cozy, lodge-like atmosphere is inviting and comfortable, but it is the owners and staff who make the neighborhood bar and grill extra special. Family owned and operated, handson proprietors Jon “Happy” Harris and his wife, Lara, welcome guests with open arms. “It’s our goal to make every guest feel welcome,” Harris says “to make them feel like part of the family.” Armed with a strong background in the food industry, Harris opened his restaurant in March 2005, concentrating on quality food and excellent customer service. Harris states, “Our staff is the reason behind the restaurant’s success.” The menu features appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, entrees and desserts. Each meal is made to order from fresh, quality ingredients. The specials include the New York

strip steak dinner on Wednesdays and Saturdays and house smoked pulledpork all day Thursdays. St. Louis Style BBQ is Friday’s typical special although occasionally the chef decides on something unique to try out for the day. Happy’s Longstreet Grill offers catering and carry-out. From large parties to a single lunch to go, the restaurant will meet the needs of every patron. Longstreet provides live entertainment on select Friday evenings and on Saturday nights, guests can try their hand at fame with Karaoke. Harris says running the restaurant is a dream come true, “We enjoy what we do, and we enjoy our customers.” Happy’s Longstreet Grill 127 Chesterfield Towne Center Chesterfield (636) 530-1745 www.longstreetgrill.com

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Jeff Computers in Manchester is the leading source for all computer solutions. “Since we are locally owned and operated, we offer faster and better quality service,” President/Owner Jeff Minnis said. “We can fix almost any computer problem, and we also custom build desktop and laptop computers.” JC sells both new and refurbished desk and laptops. They get customers up to speed by offering new services, such as the super fast technology of Cricket 3G Broadband Internet. Cricket Internet service delivers the Web on the go with blazing 3G (third generation) speed. JC’s innovative services also include the sale and installation of the brand new ultimate connection - Clear Internet. “It’s basically two to four times faster than DSL,” Minnis said. Clear is the first network built for today’s on-the-move lifestyle. It offers speeds four times faster than 3G and is available in virtually every corner of St. Louis. Clear is designed with the Internet in mind and goes places Wi-Fi cannot. It delivers Internet connection

anywhere – at home or on the road. Minnis also is the creator of popular StudyX, the easy and fun software program used by educators and students alike to help students study for tests. His computer knowledge and personalized customer service gives Jeff Computers a definite edge on the competition. “We are one of the few companies that can solve all of our customers’ needs, and our complete Web site service offers quick repair online,” Minnis said. Jeff Computers’ trained and experienced technicians guarantee both quality and reliability for the highest quality of service around. Jeff Computers 14366 Manchester Road Manchester (636) 256-7901 Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.jeffcomputers.com

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The Fulton School at St. Albans is located in far West County and is convenient to Wildwood, Ballwin, Ellisville and surrounding areas. The location, nestled in the hills southwest of St. Louis, is a scenic and natural environment, just waiting to be explored. The Fulton School is a complete toddler through 12th-grade experience, preparing students for higher education and a lifetime of learning. “The Fulton School is centered around the education of the whole child – social, emotional and physical development,” said Head of Fulton School at St. Albans, Kara Douglass, explaining why the school should be a parent’s first choice for a complete, quality education. For toddlers through 3rd-graders, The Fulton School is a traditional Montessori curriculum while the older students continue more traditional classes with the Montessori philosophy of learning in a hands-on style. Lower school is preschool through grade 6 and upper school is grades 7-12 with 100% of

12th grade graduates moving on to college. “We believe that school should be more like a forest than an orchard. An orchard produces trees that are all the same height and shape and produce the same fruit. But a forest is alive with all sorts of trees, with different nourishment needs and producing different flowers and fruit. Our students are all individuals and we celebrate that, leveraging everyone’s strengths to bring life to our studies,” Douglass explains. “We believe that children should truly love school,” Douglass said, and added that by fostering joy, curiosity and independence, students at The Fulton School at St. Albans do indeed love school. The Fulton School of St. Albans 123 Schoolhouse Road • St. Albans (636) 458-6688 www.fultonschoolstalbans.org

Professional Painters, Inc. has been beautifying St. Louis with the stroke of a brush for the past 28 years. Whether painting inside or out, Professional Painters utilizes a 14-step process that assures a successful application. The detailed process, coupled with skilled professionals who have at least 10 years of experience, results in superior service and a quality finish. Professional Painters employees have experience well beyond residential and commercial painting. A full range of services is available, including pressure washing, cedar and deck treatments, fire and water damage restoration, carpentry, and drywall and plaster repair. In addition, Professional Painters is one of a select few of companies in the St. Louis area to provide roof algae and stain removal treatments for roofs. “Fifty percent of roofs are replaced based on how they look,” Owner Ted Puetz said. “The reality is that most of them can look as good as new with a simple mold removal treatment.” Many of the roofs in the Midwest are infected with Gloeocapsa magma, a type of algae. The algae feed on the limestone that is in asphalt shingles, and the rain spreads the algae down the roof, causing

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High school football Nicholas Menneke, MICDS line coach, wanted something unique for lineman. He came up with the St. Louis Lineman’s Challenge. The event was held recently at MICDS. About 70 athletes attended the one-day challenge. There were two divisions for the challenge – a varsity division for linemen entering the 11th and 12th grade and a junior varsity division for linemen entering the 9th and 10th grade. “I have been thinking of doing something like this for the past three years,” Menneke said. “I saw that Kearney does something similar, and I called them and got suggestions from them.” There were eight events in the contest and they consisted of tests that measured speed, quickness, agility and strength. “They all deal with power, speed, explosion,” Menneke said. “All of those you have to have to be a good lineman.” MICDS’ John Valentine won the overall

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Amateur girls’ golf The Missouri Four State Team has won the 2010 Junior Girls Championship title. Five players were chosen to represent Missouri in the annual event based upon performance at the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Girls Championship held recently. Missouri’s players met teams from Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa. The championship format included two days of team match play. Missouri has been the most prolific in wins but last year was edged out by Nebraska.

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The Missouri Four State Team of (back row, from left) Dana Phillips, assistant coach; Nancy Sebastian, Four State coach; Stephany Powell, Missouri rules official; (middle row, from left) Meghan Mueller; Morgan Lamberson; McCall Christopher; Gina Della Camera; and (front) Caroline Rouse.

Caroline Rouse, who will be a senior at MICDS, shot a 69 during her second round. She was the first-round medalist at the recent state junior championship. “The windy conditions and wet course made the first day really tough, but I just tried to go out there and make 18 pars,” Rouse said. “I just happened to throw three birdies in there. It was relaxing – allowing me to play knowing that my team members were out there with me playing really well. It’s my first time playing for a team outside of high school, and it really makes a difference in your attitude when you’re playing for your state.” Rouse, who birdied the second, third and 11th holes, came up one stroke short of capturing medalist honors from Danielle Lemek, of Nebraska. Gina Della Camera, who will be a senior this fall at St. Joseph’s Academy, also was on the team.

Junior golf Three youngsters played 36 holes around the Aberdeen Golf Course and found themselves advancing to the U.S. Junior Championship. Medalist was 14-year old Jim Liu from Smithtown, N.Y., who had back-to-back 68s for a 6-under finish. Ben Crancer, of Kirkwood, and Brandon Liu, of St. Albans, also advanced after surviving a playoff with Parkway South’s Kyle Weldon, of Des Peres, for the final two qualifying spots. Crancer made birdie at the first playoff hole, and Liu made a par on the fourth play-off hole.

High school girls’ basketball The Incarnate Word Red Knights’ domination of the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm Girls Basketball Tournament continued recently at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Taylor Manuel scored 15 of her 17

points to help key a 17-1 Red Knights scoring spurt over the final seven minutes of the first half as Incarnate Word rolled to its seventh title in eight years with a 56-27 title game win over Granite City. Incarnate Word, led by the 6-foot-3 Manuel and 6-foot-1 Brittany Puni, went to work to erase a 17-12 lead by the Warriors. Applying full-court pressure, the Red Knights’ defense forced numerous turnovers, which turned into easy jumpers or offensive put-backs. The Red Knights led 29-18 by halftime. Incarnate Word, which finished the 200910 season ranked in the nation’s Top 10 according to “ESPN RISE,” knows how to win. The girls are the defending Missouri state champions in Class 4. Puni and Brittany Carter combined for 15 points in the second half. Red Knights Coach Dan Rolfes praised the performance of Carter. “Brittany Carter played well,” Rolfes said. “She has taken a leadership role and is doing a lot of positive things on the floor.” Rolfes remembered the last time his team did not win the SWIC title. “As a coach, you always remember the ones you lost more. It was right over there (court 4 at Family Sportsplex) when we lost to Althoff. They had a player by the name of Theresa Lisch who was pretty good,” Rolfes said. Summer tournaments are important to his team. “Summer events are very important,” Rolfes said. “It gives the coaches and players the opportunity to get a head start on the upcoming season. It allows our coaches to play different lineups and evaluate players. For players, it gives them a chance to play in a lot of games and perform in various situations without a ton of pressure on them.” The tournament at SWIC is one Rolfes likes to play in with his girls. He is not expecting a well-oiled machine at this time of the year. He did not get perfection in the event. “We played a little inconsistent, which is typical for the summer,” Rolfes said. “We have a lot of players who do not have much experience on the varsity level. That’s why these events are so important. Those players get to experience game situations, and the coaches get to see how they react.” The Red Knights have nine players returning from the championship team. “It sounds like a lot, but the four seniors we lost are going to be very hard to replace,” Rolfes said. This year, the Missouri State High School Athletic Association instituted a rule that coaches get 25 days with the team. Rolfes has his girls playing in six tournaments and practicing a handful of times. He is looking forward to the upcoming season.

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A personalized approach has been top priority at Stillwell & Associates Nationwide Insurance for the past five years and it continues to be their key to success. The staff at Stillwell knows that when it comes to protecting one’s home or automobile, nothing can be more disconcerting than the feeling of being “lost in the system.” “Anyone can say they focus on customer service, but until you actually experience it, you won’t know,” said Kendra Stillwell-Schoen. “When clients call and say their name, we know who they are, and sometimes we recognize their voice right away.” Nationwide offers competitive rates for home, business, automobile and life insurance. They provide a six-month review for auto clients and a yearly review for home clients. While many insurance companies are removing earthquake coverage from their policies, Stillwell still offers that protection. Other items to consider with Stillwell & Associates are low rates for teenage drivers, Accident For-

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giveness and Minor Violations forgiveness. A friendly, smiling face awaits everyone who stops in, and agents listen carefully to clients’ needs to make sure that proper coverage is arranged. The staff of four – Stillwell; Lindsay Melkowski, associate agent; Amy Scherrer, office staff; and Erin Klien, office manager – ensures that someone will always be in the office. They also offer a $10 gas card with no obligation to potential clients who call for a home and auto quote. There is a 10% discount if you move from Allstate, Liberty Mutual, State Farm and others. Call to see if you qualify. Stillwell & Associates Nationwide Insurance 2448 Taylor Road • Wildwood (636) 821-2900 Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. www.insurance-stl.net

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“I started SHC to provide a support system for older adults,” Kit Whittington, RN and founder of Seniors Home Care, said. “SHC allows individuals, who want the benefits of assisted living but do not want to move out of their home, stay in the comfort of their own homes and maintain their independence.” The range of services is reassuring to client families who find it difficult to raise their own families while trying to be supportive caregivers to their elderly parents. The services have been designed around the true needs of the older population, with services such as companionship, medication reminders, transportation, shopping, light housekeeping, cooking, and personal care offered. A registered SHC nurse meets with each client personally to conduct a detailed, complimentary assessment. Their intimately itemized checklist is the basis for their overall impression of the client’s needs. The sum of data and

professional intuition provide the blueprint for meeting each need. Whatever the need, Seniors Home Care employees help to meet it, not contract hires. SHC offers its clients flexibility, with care ranging from a 30-minute QuickVisit to 24- hour care seven days a week. A number of services also are offered to people in a nursing home, being hospitalized, or recovering from an illness. SHC is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and was a winner of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award in 2009. “My goal is for older adults to be able to live with dignity,” Whittington said. “I believe Seniors Home Care provides individuals just that, through the kindness and respect we show them.” Seniors Home Care Mid County 314-962-2666 Clayton • Ladue 314-863-2667 South County 314-894-2666 www.seniorshomecare.com

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OnTargetSTL.com Owner Karl Schoenbeck said guns, though they have been demonized in recent years, are valuable tools for protection and can provide enjoyable recreation when used properly. “A gun can help people live their lives as safely as possible,” Schoenbeck said. If someone’s home is broken into, “you’re at the mercy of that person, and that person’s mercy should not be in question. He’s willing to kick your door in. There’s no chance that he’s not going to have a gun if he can get one.” Schoenbeck said there are different types of guns for different people: those who are buying a firearm because they feel they need protection, those who use them for sport, those who would like a finely engraved gun, and police officers. On Target supplies them all. On Target deals all brands of guns, except for some low-quality models. Schoenbeck said he would not sell a

For over 90 years, Meramec Valley Bank has been serving the West County community, providing that personal touch that most large banks do not offer. Customers at Meramec Valley Bank not only receive competitive rates and friendly service, but also have the confidence of dealing with experienced, local decision makers who actually know and support the community. Meramec Valley Bank is a conventional community bank offering a full range of services for small businesses and families, including Checking and Savings accounts, Certificates of Deposit, IRA Accounts, Credit Cards, Mortgage Loans, Personal Loans, and Business Loans. While proud of a strong heritage of build ing long-term relationships through traditional service and attention to detail, the bank also utilizes advanced technology to offer the convenience of free Internet Banking, providing account balances, electronic statements, funds transfers, Bill Pay and more. Business customers can also enjoy the convenience of Remote Check Deposit.

gun that is not reliable or that the manufacturer does not stand behind. For people looking for rare models, On Target can also special order guns. The store offers firearm safety training classes, concealed carry classes, and NRA-approved Eddie Eagle safety classes for children. On Target is also building a shooting range, which will feature soundproof walls and a top-end ventilation system. It is expected to open later this year. “We’re setting up everything to be the best that it can be,” Schoenbeck said. “We want to make this a destination in West County, a good place to go, and a boon to the neighborhood.” OnTargetSTL.com 590 Vance Road, Suite 109 Valley Park (636) 861-1118 Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.OnTargetSTL.com

Committed to the local community, family-owned Meramec Valley Bankputs money back to work in the community by lending to local businesses and generously supports local schools, health care, and other nonprofit organizations. With a strong local foundation and a sharp focus on personal service, Meramec Valley Bank offers customers more than they can receive at larger institutions: more support, more service, more smiles. Meramec Valley Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. Stop by one of the bank’s two West County locations, call or go online, and discover how a community bank can provide a world of service. Meramec Valley Bank 199 Clarkson Road • Ellisville 35 Marshall Road • Valley Park (636) 230-3500 www.meramecvalleybank.com


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Almost five years have passed since Jeff and Sherri Ware opened their first Cartridge World store in Ballwin, and only in the past month, they were lucky enough to open their fourth store in Chesterfield Valley. They now own stores in Ballwin, Chesterfield, Fenton, and Rock Hill. One thing people despise is spending a lot of money for printer cartridges, but Cartridge World can save their customers between 30 and 50 percent. The people at Cartridge World really are the St. Louis area experts. Ink and toner is all they do, so they can give expert advice on which printers use the most ink, which cartridges are the best options, etc. While some competitors use generic, one-size-fits-all ink in their cartridges, Cartridge World imports more than 200 different cartridge-specific inks from Germany in order to match closely the quality of the original cartridge. Cartridge World refills most popular models of Brother, Canon, Dell, HP, and Lexmark, among others. Whether customers are looking for

Since 2003, Trusty Maid Service has been providing hundreds of residents with superior, dependable residential cleaning services. The business is all about giving homeowners the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends and to relax and enjoy a home that sparkles. “Since we are not a franchise, we have the flexibility to listen to our clients and employees, and to continuously improve our service,” Owner David Mixon said. “All of our efforts are based on keeping our clients happy.” Much of Trusty Maid’s success is due to the trained team of friendly, professional cleaners who work hard to exceed expectations by attending to every detail, working quickly and efficiently in teams of two, and using premium cleaning products to protect the health of clients and the environment. Each cleaning visit consists of dusting to deep cleaning the necessary household apliances and floors to make

inkjet, laser or color laser cartridges, they can walk into a store with their empty cartridge and walk out with a refilled cartridge five minutes later that is 100 percent guaranteed. Cartridge World keeps most popular cartridges in stock, refilled and ready to exchange. Therefore, a customer knows it works when they walk out the door and there is no guesswork. However, if they ever did have a problem, Cartridge World takes their 100-percent guarantee very seriously and will replace the cartridge with little fanfare. The company also delivers to more than 1,000 St. Louis area businesses every day and now offers online ordering as well. Cartridge World 17277 Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield (636) 532-8484 www.cartridgeworldstl.com

them clean enugh to eat off of. Trusty Maid Service offers detailed cleaning programs on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. Long-term contracts and commitments are not required, because at Trusty Maid, the aim is simply to keep clients happy and satisfied, one cleaning at a time. Onsite price quotes and estimates are free. Trusty Maid Service is bonded and insured; every employee must pass a background check, have a clean police record and a validated address history. “We always strive to live up to our name,” Mixon said. “We are proud of the many clients who retain our services year after year. Much of our business now comes from client referrals.” Trusty Maid Service: The name says it all. Trusty Maid Service Chesterfield (314) 576-5400 www.trustymaidservice.com

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Town & Country Veterinary Hospital (TCVH) brings a progressive health care option to West County pet owners. Dr. Stacey Wallach and her team are committed to compassionate care and emphasize preventative medicine as the key to a pet’s health. TCVH provides dogs and cats with a wide array of veterinary wellness services and evaluates their health through regular wellness exams. With advanced technology, including full body and dental digital radiology, radio surgery and complete in-house surgical and blood work capabilities, TCVH has everything a pet owner needs to keep their pet healthy and active. “Pets are members of our families and deserve the very best care,” Wallach said. “It is important to me that we provide a full scope of services and preventative medicines in a first-class facility to ensure that your pet is cared for and comfortable.” The hospital uses diagnostic tools to help identify and treat each pet’s medi cal condition. TCVH also uses the latest digital

If you are planning a home remodeling project, there are many things to consider, but the two that top the list are how well it will be constructed and how good it will look. The answer is what you get when Bueler, Inc. combines their comprehensive design/build expertise with the complimentary interior design services they offer from some of St. Louis’ most recognized, award-winning designers. At Bueler, Inc., Owner Fred Bueler continues to build on a successful 26-year history of remodeling projects that include total house renovations, kitchens, baths, additions and finished lower levels. Winner of the “Remodeling Magazine” Big 50 Award and numerous industry design awards, including nine St. Louis Homer Awards, In addition to his architecture background and engineering degree, Bueler is a certified kitchen designer (CKD), certified graduate remodeler (CGR) and certified aging in place specialist

Dr. Stacey Wallach radiology technology, similar to the equipment used in human hospitals, in order to diagnose each pet with an on-site laboratory for processing. “We offer dietary solutions, obedience counseling and provide complete pet dental care,” Wallach said. “We are confident that your pet will be comfortable and relaxed during their visit to TCVH. We are extremely proud of our facility and look forward to continuing to serve our clients and meet new patients and their fami lies.” Talented staff, including registered veterinary technicians and an office assistant, supports Wallach’s mission to keeping pets healthy and happy. Town & Country Veterinary Hospital 1016 Town & Country Crossing Drive Town & Country (636) 227-PETS (7387) www.tcvhstl.com

(CAPS). He is past president of the local chapters of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the National Association of Remodeling Industry, and the Home Builders Association Remodeler’s 20 Club. Bueler is supported by a professional staff of carpentry craftsmen and office management who boast an average tenure of 18 years with the company. So when the time comes to have your project built right and looking spectacular, call on Bueler, Inc. to bring construction talent and integrity, innovative interior design, and tenured in-house craftsmen that set Bueler, Inc. apart in the St. Louis marketplace. Bueler, Inc. 13314 Manchester Road • Des Peres (314) 966-3191 www.buelerinc.com


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Arthur Lieber Democrat Lieberforcongress. com Arthur Lieber I came to run for this office because on the filing deadline, no other Democrat had filed and that would have been a travesty. However I have a strong commitment to advancing a progressive agenda includThe following are excerpts from candi- ing a full-employment economy (even if dates’ responses, in their own words. government has to be the employer of the last resort), massive educational reform including more experimentation with U.S. REPRESENTATIVE vouchers, campaign finance reform, and DISTRICT 1 a human rights agenda geared to help the least protected among us, often women Candice (Britt) Britton and children. Democrat No issue is the district is of greater DID NOT RESPOND importance than our national and international needs; it is counter-productive for us to have a parochial view within Lacy Clay our district. Key issues include meanDemocrat DID NOT RESPOND ingful and rewarding jobs, education based on curiosity, protection of basic human rights, campaign finance reform, Robyn Hamlin elimination of frivolous and antiquated Republican procedures in Congress, and drastically DID NOT RESPOND reducing the role of money in politics (which is why I am not accepting conMartin D. Baker tributions). Republican Martinbakerforcongress.weebly.com Jeffrey Lowe I am running to give Republican government back to the DID NOT RESPOND people. My priorities Martin Baker are to decrease the role Todd Akin of government, lower Republican taxes, and restore public confidence. I am a true fiscal conThe biggest issue is the effects of the servative who believes national economy. I will coordinate with in protecting American local, state, and other federal leaders to freedom and prosperity make it easier for business to thrive and through the promotion Todd Akin for the economy to be stimulated naturally, of free enterprise, limand not through government-subsidized ited government and formulas. traditional values.  I am committed to fighting needless government intrusion into our Marshall Works lives and businesses. Republican As a member of the House Armed SerDID NOT RESPOND vices Committee, and father of several United States Marine officers, I will conRobb E. Cunningham tinue to fight to make sure that our men Libertarian and women in uniform have the equipment, DID NOT RESPOND training and support they need.


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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM One of my guiding principles is that, as stated in our Declaration of Independence, God grants basic rights to all people – including the right to Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness – and it is the role of government to protect those rights. I will continue to protect American freedom and prosperity through the promotion of free enterprise, limited government and traditional values.  I have won top ratings from the National Tax Payer’s Union, Citizen’s Against Government Waste, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (and) the National Federation of Independent Businesses. William C. (Bill) Haas Republican Votebillhaas.com I care what happens to you. I think I can help our country.  Bill Haas To change politics in Washington, we must change the people we send. Voting “no” on everything, hoping to see the president fail, shouldn’t be a Republican value, and sure isn’t an American value. I will put people (and your interests) ahead of politics. There is no contested Democratic primary, so Democrats, Independents and moderate Republicans tired of politics as usual, I’m your best choice. (My) highest priorities (are) protecting our Medicare and Social Security benefits (I’m receiving both!) and  improving the economy (by assistance to state, local governments and school districts). The biggest issue is finding middle grounds between Democrats and Republicans. I’m Yale, Harvard Law School. Who better to bring Congress together than a Republican who used to be a Democrat? Finding common ground is what I did on school board, in my law practice and in my personal life. No party has a monopoly on what’s best for the country. We need to put people ahead of politics; be responsive to the interests, values of our constituents; convince people what is the right thing to do, and inspire them to do it; and care more about doing the right thing than about our careers. Steve Mosbacher Libertarian votemosbacher.com It’s time that we return the Congress to a citizen legislature. We need to enact term limits. We Steve Mosbacher also need to enact a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Only the federal government is allowed to spend more than it collects in

revenue. This is shifting the burden of our excesses to future generations.   I support life and will defend it. Life is under assault in the media and in government. I will not vote in favor of any funding for abortion, human cloning, assisted suicide, euthanasia or the death penalty. For government to recognize the right in law or to contribute to the death of an individual is the ultimate denial of their freedom and their value as a human being. The value of human life needs to be defended from its most vulnerable form prior to birth all the way to its natural conclusion. I will defend life. The biggest issue facing the current Congress is the deficit. We need to rein in entitlement program spending. While the Budget Enforcement Act imposed multiyear caps on discretionary spending, entitlement spending was not capped. I will submit a Balanced Budget Amendment. Amendments to the Constitution require two-thirds majority to pass. If that measure fails we still need to cap government expenditures. It is our single greatest threat to a strong economy. My alternative solution is to pass a bill to limit annual spending growth by tying it to a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product. The important message is we need to limit the growth of entitlement spending to avert a larger financial crisis in the future. Everyone in Congress knows we are facing even larger deficits in the future but until we place limits on spending, they will not address the problem. The problem needs to be addressed through a Balanced Budget Amendment or by passing a bill to tie spending to a percentage of GDP. This will help stabilize our current economic crisis and pave the road to recovery.  

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Every parent wants quality child care! At Lakeside Child Care Center, children are cared for in a clean, safe and family oriented environment. Lakeside places a priority on allowing children to develop at their own stages and foster positive experiences for them every day. For almost 18 years, Lakeside has been listening and partnering with parents to give the best care for their children. Lakeside Child Care Center has been locally owned and operated by Sue and Dana Hockensmith since 1992 as on-site owners. Sue and Dana are co-founders of the Pony Bird home and active in the community. Sue is a past President of the Parkway School Board. Lakeside is licensed by the State of Missouri for children six weeks through twelve years. Lakeside emphasizes education by providing programs, which include Pre-school,

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Kindergarten readiness and Summer Camp Extravaganza for School-Age c h i l d r e n . L a k e s i d e ’s u n i q u e Grandfriends Program promotes intergenerational and social activities for children three years of age and older. All teachers at Lakeside have their CPR training. Lakeside has experienced and loyal teachers. Lakeside is open Monday-Friday 6:00 am- 6:30 pm; only closed six major holidays. Full-Time, Part-Time, Before and After School, and Drop-In tuition available. Transportation is available to local schools. Call to take a tour of Lakeside and hear more about the exciting educational programs available. Lakeside Child Care Center 1230 Dougherty Ferry Rd. West St. Louis County (636) 225-4800 www.lakeside-childcare.com

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J & J Siding and Window Sales draws on three generations of experience to deliver the best values in home improvements. J & J offers products that provide the highest returns on its clients’ investments and installs them with experienced, professional craftsmen. The company has earned the privilege of being recommended by 95% of its customers to their friends and family as well as being recognized by Angie’s List as a “Super Service Award” winner and the Better Business Bureau as an A+ rated business. J & J is a member of several professional organizations, including the Home Builder ’s Association and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. J & J specializes in exterior home improvements: replacement windows, siding, entry doors, awnings (including retractable awnings), pergolas, screen enclosures, patio covers, decks, patio doors, and more. The staff at J & J continually evaluates new products to ensure that they offer the foremost in

both quality and value. The company’s expert estimators are then able to assess each client’s situation to determine which products best meet their particular needs. J & J’s size and family ownership allow it to provide professional, yet personalized, service. Since founding J & J in 1953, Joe Ernst and his family have been pleasing thousands of clients throughout the Greater St. Louis area. J & J Siding and Window Sales is proud of its tradition of service and is dedicated to maintaining its reputation as one of the region’s premier providers of home improvement products and services. J & J Siding and Window Sales 600 Cepi Drive • Chesterfield (636) 532-3320 Mon.– Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment in the customer’s home or at J & J’s showroom www.jandjwindows.com

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Positive Paws Pet Training believes that strengthening the communication between dog and family is essential in creating a healthy bond and achieving acceptable behaviors. Since opening in 2006, Kim Gracner, owner of Positive Paws Pet Training, has educated owners and changed behaviors of hundreds of dogs. Positive Paws Pet Training offers in-home customized training programs tailored to achieve goals and dog’s needs. Kim believes that training in the dog’s environment is most successful for behavioral change. “Problematic behaviors typically occur within the home environment. Since dogs need leadership and proper structure, the family plays an important role in the training process,” Kim says. It is essential for dogs to understand their expectations for successful training. The programs at Positive Paws Pet Training are structured to teach all ages and breeds. In addition to basic cues, everyday issues such as house training, jumping, digging, nipping, and excessive barking are addressed. Programs

are offered for more challenging issues such as aggression, fear and anxiety. The method of training is as important as the cues which are taught. Positive Paws Pet Training practices positive techniques only. Kim advocates that dogs learn more readily from rewarding methods. Kim is a Certified Canine Behavior Counselor, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors, and Better Business Bureau. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops by world-renowned trainers. Kim has two four-legged family members: Brandie, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, and Baxter, a Golden Retriever. Positive Paws Pet Training (636) 352-3104 www.positivepawstraining.com

Since 1868, Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory has served the St. Louis area, establishing a legacy of excellence. The 142-year-old landmark in Ballwin is a full-service funeral home providing continued support and has received the National Funeral Directors Association Golden Eagle Award for the past four years. “We have longevity, but we’re still striving to stay ahead,” General Manager Bob Jenkins said. “Technological advances have progressed to the point of making funerals accessible to everyone in the world. We offer funeral services live and on demand through innovative global Webcasting. No one need ever miss a loved one’s funeral due to illness or distance, and the Webcast may be viewed up to 30 days.” Already, Schrader Funeral Homes has Webcasted funerals to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and other areas around the world. As Schrader Funeral Homes’ preferred florist, Walter Knoll Florist works to ensure everything is perfect on delivery and presentation. An alternative service is the Family

Center, located in a separate building. Providing unique personalization, privacy, and a full catering menu, memorial services held there are meaningful and memorable. Schrader Funeral Homes is the only St. Louis funeral home with a state-of-the art crematory completely on site. Schrader Funeral Homes’ cremation services offer peace of mind and dignity in the most beautiful of surroundings and may also include a viewing or funeral. Thinking about funeral services is difficult for many people, but Schrader Funeral Homes’ professional, experienced staff provides guidance, without pressure, through the funeral planning process. Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory 14960 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 227-5511 108 North Central • Eureka (636) 938-3000 www.schrader.com


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Vein Specialties offers the most advanced and safest procedures available in the St. Louis area for removal of spider veins and varicose veins. Dr. Norman Bein, in practice for 35 years, is board certified in general, vascular and thoracic surgery, and is a registered vascular technician. Dr. Bein has dedicated his medical experience to the inoffice treatment of vein disease. He specializes in the medical and cosmetic treatment of varicose veins and spider veins that occur on the legs, face, chest and hands. During a patient’s initial visit, Dr. Bein performs diagnostic ultrasounds. Utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and laser technology, he tailors each patient’s treatment to individual symptoms using minimally invasive procedures that result in little or no downtime and long-term, lasting results. “All procedures are done in the office under local anesthesia,” said Maria Bein, a nurse at Vein Specialties. “Half of our patients go back to work within two days. The patients’ comfort, safety and convenience is our utmost concern.”

All treatments are provided by an experienced, caring and competent staff. As specialists in venous disease, they are able to focus all efforts on the patients’ individual needs. Each vein treatment is tailored to individual symptoms, and results are exceptional and long lasting. Treating vein disease is not just a small part of Vein Specialties – it is all they do, and that makes a big difference to patients. In most cases, vein procedures are considered medically necessary and are covered by insurance. Give them a call to schedule an appointment. Vein Specialties 11456 Olive Blvd., Suite 200 Creve Coeur (314) 993-8233 Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm 1987 Highway A, Suite 200 Washington MO 63090 (Tues only) (866) 626-8346 (VEIN) www.veinspecialtiesllc.com

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Locks are the key fundamentals of security. A1 Locksmith has been keeping St. Louis secure since 1960. A member of the Associated Locksmiths of America, A1’s technicians are nationally recognized as highly skilled experts. It is the place to go for all residential and business security needs. Family-owned A1 provides friendly and affordable security solutions. Nick Naimo and Sean Nagle are A1’s co-directors, as well as hands-on technicians. “I’ve always been intrigued by the inner workings of safes, and this curiosity lead me to a locksmith career,” Naimo said. “I really enjoy my job.” A1’s mission is to bring the complexity of hiring a locksmith back to the fundamentals of trust and honesty. “If people feel unsure about their lock’s integrity, they should give us a call right away,” Naimo said. But A1 does more than just make locks and keys. A1 strives to provide all the information and tools necessary for true security – not only the feeling of security. A1 offers a full range of security

packages including access control, motion sensors, keypad entry locks, magnetic locks, cameras, high-security keys and safe /vault services. Simply re-keying and maintaining locks could reduce the crime rate by almost 35%, according to a national survey. A1’s No. 1 question to clients is, “Who has the keys to your life?” “I try to advise people about the threat of scams - disreputable people posing as locksmiths,” Naimo said. “The public should also be aware of all the people who may have extra keys to their house or business. One never really knows. Re-keying is an inexpensive way toward real security and peace of mind.” A1 offers 24-hour service to their clients. A1 Locksmith (314) 395-4200 Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.A1LockShop.com

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patterned and decorative films perfect for areas where you need privacy or diffused lighting. Pro-Tint not only provides residential and commercial window tinting but now has expanded their services to include professional auto tinting. Also, be sure to ask Janell about the 3M 30% tax credit. It is worth up to $1,500 on residential solar films and runs through the end of 2010. Some clients include: The St. Louis Art Museum, Scott Air Force Base, Walgreens, The History Museum, Lambert Airport and some of St. Louis’ most prestigious homeowners. Pro-Tint Mon.– Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Call today to schedule your free estimate (636) 938-6232 www.protintstl.com

Kay Wallace opened F.O.B. Saint Louis more than seven years ago, and she never has been happier. “I sort of fell into this business because of my love for decorating,” Wallace said, who was flattered that friends admired her home and decided to share her decorating secrets. “I’m so lucky that my work is truly my passion.” In shipping terms, F.O.B. means “freight on board,” and at F.O.B. Saint Louis, it refers to wonderful and affordable home decorating accessories. “Accessories really personalize the home,” Wallace said. “After all, our home is our sanctuary.” F.O.B. Saint Louis features a great eclectic look. Every nook and cranny is layered with design elements in a traditional European Country look. The ever-changing inventory includes small painted furniture, floral arrangements, wall décor, mirrors, lamps and whimsical accents, and now F.O.B. Saint Louis has custom floral designers for that wonderful permanent botanical look. It is no wonder that customers as well as interior designers love to shop there.

Wallace takes regular trips to market in Dallas, Atlanta and High Point, N.C.,and New York to search for treasures, buying in bulk and passing her savings on. “If I get something on sale, so do my customers,” she said. Kay knows instinctively what her customers want: lots of color, botanical prints, pillows, beautiful lamps and distinctive jewelry. Longtime customers feel like friends. The fabulous staff helps by either going to homes or encouraging customers to bring in photos of areas they wish to decorate. “We’ll personally accessorize what they already own,” Wallace said. “We love to create a new twist on something old.” F.O.B. Saint Louis 157 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country (636) 207-7131 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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tinue to improve our community and I feel that as a senator, I will have the ability to I’m running for the State Senate to help make real, positive change. get state government back on track and My top priority is to create an economic make a real difference in people’s lives. climate in which small businesses can The biggest issue is jump starting our flourish and create jobs for the citizens of economy and creating jobs. the 24th district. We need to roll out the red carpet for The biggest issue facing the 24th district business, not the red tape. That means is job creation. St. Louis is the economic facilitating start-ups for new and small engine for the entire state and we must business, making credit available, provid- create a climate attractive for businesses to ing responsible incentives. start in or relocate to our area. But as we help businesses, we must hold CEOs accountable for the promises they DISTRICT 26 make to create and keep jobs here. If a business receives our help through incenGeorge (Boots) tives and tax breaks, then moves jobs out Weber of Missouri, they need to know they’ll be Democrat forced to pay back those tax dollars with Georgedweber.webs. penalties and interest. com You’ve undoubtedly Barbara Fraser seen my name many George Weber Democrat times in many races Barbarafraser.com over the years. This is We deserve an expebecause I believe that I can have a positive rienced, energetic and impact on many of the issues that affect effective voice in the each and every one of us on a local, state capitol. As chair of the Barbara Fraser and even national level. St. Louis County CounI will bring my vast experience in cil, I understand how business, agriculture, government and state policy impacts our region. My top community issues into addressing the priorities: Education: A well-educated many challenges facing our state. A new workforce is our strongest economic approach is needed if we expect to overdevelopment tool, so pre-k through higher come these challenges. I am confident that education must be our No.1 priority. Job my common sense approach is exactly Creation: Ensuring our laws and policies what Missouri needs. The biggest issue is, specifically, finances. allow small businesses to grow, and providing a welcoming climate for biotech I am told our country has $127 trillion and “green industries” are the key to future unfunded liability. Each American’s share economic stability. Health Care: With of this liability is $411 million. How to coming changes, Missouri has to be ready cover this liability is a question that is to guarantee that our citizens have access not even being addressed in any levels of government. Our future depends upon how to affordable, quality care. Missouri’s students must be prepared this can be accomplished. The current Missouri General Assembly for the workforce – it is absolutely critical to our ability to maintain and create jobs passed a “balanced” budget, but forced the in Missouri, increase employment, attract governor into a fiscal dictatorship when he investment, and increase state tax rev- unilaterally cut $350 million to achieve the enues. My legislative priority is education, truly balanced budget. Where were our current representatives and my solutions are based on 22 years of teaching experience and three terms as a and senators then? school board member, and include: supBrian Nieves porting early-childhood education, fighting Republican for equitable education funding, and proDID NOT RESPOND moting college affordability. Dick Stratman Republican DID NOT RESPOND

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Dr. Laura Wagner – formerly known as Dr. Laura Grady – is a Board certified dermatologist and skin care specialist who practiced for 12 years at Barnes St. Peters Hospital and in September 2009 relocated her office to Chesterfield. Wagner remains on the hospital staff of Barnes St. Peters and is on staff at Barnes West County as well. “During my years of medical training at Washington University School of Medicine, I was drawn to dermatology as an attractive and fascinating specialty,” said Wagner, who has practiced for 16 years. “I enjoy caring for adults and children of all ages.” Wagner treats all skin conditions, from helping a self-conscious teenager clear up acne to finding an abnormal mole. Wagner is first and foremost a medical doctor, and rather than performing cosmetic procedures, treats more complicated medical conditions. “Dermatology is a component of internal medical care,” Wagner said. “I often care for patients that are receiving treatment for internal cancers, lupus, diabetes and other diseases with cutaneous manifestations.”

Wagner spends a part of her day performing in-office surgical procedures. As a solo practitioner, every patient is seen by Wagner personally, never by a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. “I make every effort to know my patients as individuals,” Wagner said. “I enjoy the satisfaction of sharing my expertise and knowledge with them.” Wagner gives her patients the tools to improve their skin health, thus avoiding potential problems. “My patients learn to identify any early skin cancers, thereby preventing further damage,” she said. “It’s my joy to be able to have such a positive impact on my patients’ health and sense of self.” Laura Wagner, Inc. l4377 Woodlake Drive Suite 111 • Chesterfield (314) 434-1111 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; some Fridays

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Thanks to ElderLink St. Louis, Jewish seniors, their children and caregivers no longer have to worry about finding where to turn for issues affecting the elderly. Don’t know where to go for an Alzheimer’s screening? Need transportation to doctor’s appointments and errands? Have no idea where to start when searching for an assisted living facility? Simply contact ElderLink St. Louis and its professional and caring staff will put you in contact with programs and resources available to Jewish seniors. Best yet, there is never a charge for ElderLink’s invaluable information and advice. According to Lori Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, Jewish Family & Children’s Service coordinator of senior services, “When you contact ElderLink St. Louis, you get the advice of master’s-level professionals who can help evaluate your needs and answer your questions. We know how difficult, and often frustrating, it is to determine the right resources for senior adult services. In fact, we save users anywhere from four hours to even several days of trying to find appropriate and trustworthy

resources for everything from bill-paying assistance to home delivery of meals or even where to go to replace a lost Medicare card. Be sure to contact us for all your referrals. No question is too large or too small.” ElderLink St. Louis just celebrated its first birthday, and it already has received more than 1,200 calls and 2,300 Web site visits, a true testimony to the value of its assistance. “Before ElderLink St. Louis, people had to make lots of calls or spend hours on the Web trying to find information on resources for older adults. With ElderLink St. Louis, all it takes is one call or a click of a mouse,” Goldberg adds. ElderLink St. Louis is available thanks to generous funding by the Lubin-Green Foundation and BJC Healthcare. ElderLink St. Louis 10950 Schuetz Road • Creve Coeur (314) 812-9300 Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. evenings by appt. www.elderlinkstlouis.org

Home, Auto, Life As a personal financial representative in Wildwood, Leslie North of The North Insurance Agency, Inc., knows many local families. Her knowledge and understanding of the people in the Wildwood community help her provide customers with an outstanding level of service. North enjoys helping families protect the things that are important to them: their families, their homes, their cars and more. She also helps her clients prepare strategies to achieve their financial goals. “I’m proud to work with a company that has been serving satisfied customers for over 75 years,” North said. “Customers count on outstanding financial strength and superior claims service to help protect what they value most. Allstate delivers on their promise.” In fact, Allstate’s outstanding financial strength and superior claims service received an A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best. “Quality service, strength and satis-

faction – that’s something I’m glad to be a part of,” North said. North is committed to showing her clients how Allstate is different and better than the rest. “From sharing our broad product offerings for your protection and financial needs to offering you a real relationship you can count on, I’ll help you prepare for your financial future and offer a higher standard of service, delivered wherever and whenever you need,” she said. To better accommodate clients, The North Insurance Agency has opened a second office, located in Washington, Mo. Staffed by Stephen North, it offers the same coverages and the outstanding customer service North’s customers have come to expect. The North Insurance Agency, Inc. 16828 Manchester Rd. • Wildwood (636) 458-9797 1100 Stafford St., Suite 110 • Washington (636) 432-0028

Clearing fogged insulated glass is now easier than ever with the innovative Crystal Clear process. For a fraction of the price of new windows, Clear Window Technology can quickly remove trapped moisture from failed insulated glass and restore clarity and lost insulating value. The technique has been in use in Canada since 1989, and Clear Window Technology brought it to the U.S. in 2005. Certified technicians use precision tools to clean the interior of the glass and introduce valves to enable the window to expel moisture. The valve allows vaporized moisture to vent to the outside and keeps additional moisture from accumulating. As a result, the window looks great and supports the natural cycle of evaporation. “We use only environmentally friendly chemicals which are harmless to people, pets and plants. As a result, some windows have too much damage for the process to work,” said Dennis

McHugh, who co-owns Clear Window with Susan McHugh. “In those cases, we can replace the damaged glass with a superior insulating glass that uses ‘warm edge’ technology, leaving the existing frame in place. The seal is so good that it carries a 20-year warranty against failure. We’ve replaced over 80,000 pieces of glass with this type of seal and can count the failures on one hand.” Complete window and door and patio door replacement are available through their Air Shield division, a Better Business Bureau Accredited business that has been supplying quality replacement products, including Andersen, since 1983. Free evaluations are provided, and all products are backed with a 20-year warranty. Clear Window Technology (314) 966-2666 www.clearwindowtech.com


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Roy’s Auto Repair is the cornerstone Roy’s staff can tackle any automotive of auto repair in West County. Family- issue and correct it the first time. Roy’s is a licensed Missouri State owned for more than 25 years, Roy’s is widely known for their honesty and Safety and Emissions Testing facility. So when it is time to renew your plates, quality work. “We want our customers to be able to give Roy’s a call. Roy’s Auto Repair is drop off their vehicles and feel assured a member of the Better Business that we will take care of them in a Bureau and is a AAA-authorized repair timely manner and at a fair price,” said facility. Their A+ rating from the Better Steve Johnson, operations manager and Business Bureau shows that the cusson-in-law of owners Roy and Carol tomers always come first. Roy’s Auto Repair has an e-mail serEsslinger. “You don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales tactics here; vice reminder and coupons; 24-hour just come in for what you need and drop-off service; six days a week service; after-hours voicemail; and monthleave with exactly that.” Roy’s offers minor to major repairs ly online specials that you can check out on www.roysauto.com. on all domestic and foreign models. Take it from their ever-expanding Their highly trained technicians, with more than 100 years of combined expe- loyal customer base: Roy’s Auto Repair rience, are ASE-certified in eight areas is the best and safest bet in automotive of repair, including engines, brakes and repair. Roy’s Auto Repair transmissions, heating and A/C systems, to mention a few. They are con- 14305 Manchester Road • Manchester t a master capture the and essence someone you love.(636) 391-6844 tinuously trained tested, of so customMon.-Fri., 7 a.m.– 7 p.m.; ers can be confident that their vehicles d pastelare portrait artist Emmett Johns is returning Sat., 7 a.m. – 3for p.m. in good hands. Equipped with the www.roysauto.com latest in diagnostic testing equipment, be his last and final appearance at the Art Gallery

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4140 Olive Street Road • Chesterfield, Missouri 63017 314-469-6125 • M-Sat.: 9:30–5:30, W: 9:30–8:30 Art Gallery of Hog Hollow has been a Chesterfield landmark for 42 years, and its longevity speaks volumes. Renowned for fine quality, the gallery offers an extensive collection of home décor, including paintings, prints and the occasional furniture. Custom framing and design services are also available. “We are a one-stop shop for those unique touches that make a house a home,” Christine Knoll said, who has owned Art Gallery of Hog Hollow for the past 24 years. “We do home consultations at no charge. We are residential and corporate design specialists capable of providing you with the type of décor that reflects your taste.” Excellent workmanship at competitive prices is the gallery’s hallmark. The gallery’s knowledgeable staff strives to provide clients with the satisfying experience of having their needs met in a comfortable atmosphere. The ambience even includes chocolate. “We welcome customers with a

variety of luscious chocolates to enjoy while they browse,” Knoll said. “Chocolate makes the world go ‘round.” Art Gallery of Hog Hollow represents some of the world’s finest artists in both original and limited edition prints. Unlimited art sources from the U.S., South America, the Far East and Europe are featured in images ranging from traditional to abstract. Local artists are also featured. “We now represent the glasswork of several local glass blowers,” Knoll said. “From vases to bowls to glass flowers – they are beautiful, colorful, and so creative. Please stop in and see the incredible talent of these St. Louis artists.” Art Gallery of Hog Hollow 4140 Olive Blvd. • Chesterfield (314) 469-6125 Mon. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Wed. until 8:30 p.m.) www.arthoghollow.com

At BuyNoworNever.com, bargain shoppers get the thrill of purchasing their favorite items at drastically reduced prices without the hassle and stress that often comes with the hunt. No more standing in long lines, waiting for semi-annual sales to roll around, or spending valuable weekends going from place to place searching for the perfect bargain. The site, launched earlier this year features something special for everyone and every budget. Their extensive line of fine fashion includes silver jewelry, handbags, watches, scarves, accessories and travel and luggage collections. “We have inexpensive bags, and then we have designer bags, but the common thread that runs through all of our products is that all of it is a value,” Kathy Leffler, president of BuyNoworNever.com said. “Everything is at least 40 to 80% off, and these are real discounts.” BuyNoworNever.com has an experienced team of buyers and customer service representatives who share a pas-

sion for delivering quality products at unbelievable prices. “Our products are truly opportunity buys and the product is ever-changing,” Leffler said. The site is easy to navigate and every item on BuyNoworNever.com is clearly marked with ‘compare’ and ‘buy now’ prices, so online shoppers know the exact discount on the product. Shipping is super fast. “We have a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy, and our return policy is 45 days. Plus, we’ll match any price if you can find one that’s lower.” At BuyNoworNever.com, the concept is simple: It’s all about the value. “There are great deals and fun things, and there’s something for everyone,” Leffler said. BuynoworNever.com’s latest fashion finds and reviews can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bill’s Appliance AMANA • WHIRLPOOL KITCHENAID • MAYTAG Locally owned and operated since 1981, Bill’s Appliance is an industry leader in appliance sales and service. Owner and operator Bill Schmidt has more than 30 years of experience selling and maintaining appliances. “We have been in the appliance business for years,” Schmidt said. “That’s what we love, that’s what we do, and that’s what we know.” Bill’s Appliance carries a full line of appliances, including dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, washer/dryer sets and stoves in many of the leading brands. Schmidt also stocks appliances at every price point to ensure selection for every budget, taste and style. Bill’s Appliance stresses service well beyond the point of purchase by offering customers an in-house w a r r a n t y, i n a d d i t i o n t o t h e manufacturer’s warranty. “We have our own warranty service guaranteeing our products and services,” Schmidt said. “We service

most brands of appliances.” Bill’s Appliance is part of a national buying group of more than 1,500 independent dealers. The group collaborates to purchase large inventory directly from the manufacturers, which allows Schmidt to offer competitive pricing without being undercut by the big box chains. “It’s our business to be knowledgeable about the most popular and reliable appliance manufacturers around,” Schmidt said. “We know all of our products inside and out. Our prices are affordable, and our service can’t be beat.”

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM CANDIDATES, from page 44 by people who, despite their denials, are decidedly hostile to public education. Does it surprise anyone, therefore, that in the recent legislative session in Jefferson City we witnessed a massive under-funding of our public schools? Many well-meaning people are being manipulated by zealots who are anti-choice, anti-union, antiSemitic, anti-evolution, anti-separation of church and state, and who are against women who demand greater equality. To survive, the Republican Party must return to the center. I have presented three issues in depth: Full funding for public education, offering five suggestions on how this may be achieved without raising income taxes. Insurance reform. It is an unfortunate fact that thousands of Missourians have no safety net whatsoever if the carrier goes belly-up. Moreover, those of us who do have a safety net will find that it is quite limited. If we are to embrace a system of universal health care based on insurance companies, then this question of solvency and support is of utmost importance. Corruption in Franklin County. Whether our media addresses this question or not, we have a corrupt, church-based political machine in our midst, a machine which enables certain individuals not only to enhance their wealth, but also to avoid indictment. It is staggering that so many religious leaders have endangered the greatest asset of their church: credibility. A thorough investigation, moreover, would cause many of these non-profit organizations to lose their tax exemptions. Jack Jackson Republican JackJackson.org I am running for public office (State Senate) in order to continue to serve my country. I have served all my life as a Marine, test pilot and state representative. My top three priorities are: Jobs. Get Missourians back to work. No new taxes. Defending your individual freedoms. The biggest issue facing our nation and state is the economy. We need to get people back to work, and the way to do that is eliminate government regulations and stop the never-ending tax requirements. Richard E. Newton Constitution DID NOT RESPOND

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Phil Clark had retired from his dental practice, but sitting around was the last thing he wanted to do. Instead, he and Kay Wallace of F.O.B. Saint Louis, located next door, teamed up to open Details, a new, quality women’s boutique for the well-dressed and stylish woman to be able to take advantage of the current fashion trends. They even decided to knock out the wall dividing the two stores, making it convenient to find home décor and gifts at F.O.B. Saint Louis and go right next door to Details in one quick shopping trip. Details offers unique and affordable women’s clothing, accessories, purses and jewelry not found in St. Louis. In fact, many items offered at Details come from big cities, such as Dallas, Atlanta and New York, without the big city prices. Their accommodating and professional staff always has wonderful and creative ideas to help make the customer’s expe-

rience more memorable, and they strive to make shopping as easy as possible on the busy customer. Accessories at Details include items such as hats, scarves, belts, shoes, and sunglasses, which are available in a variety of colors and styles. The store also frequently participates in events happening around the community. Recent events include a fashion show, a garden tour and a book signing. No matter what a woman is looking to add to her wardrobe, she can certainly find something to put a smile on her face at Details. Details has everything a woman could ask for to make her welldressed and complete. Details 161 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country (636) 527-1121 Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.fobsaintlouis-details.com

Ellisville Hearing Center After more than 40 years in the field, Jacqueline Hartman, MA, CCC-SP/A, can handle most hearing care issues. The audiologist is a graduate of Washington University’s program at Central Institute for the Deaf and served on staff at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and St. John’s Mercy and on the faculty of Washington University Medical School. Now celebrating 30 years practicing at Ellisville Hearing Center, Hartman specializes in hearing aid fitting and repair, diagnostic testing and specialty assistive h e a r i n g d e v i c e s . With a full line of hearing aids, Hartman can meet most any client’s needs, regardless of their level of hearing loss or budget constraints. In fact, Hartman welcomes the opportunity to match any competitor’s pricing. “We carry all styles of hearing aids and all levels of technological complexity, from the most sophisticated circuits to the most basic, and are particularly proud of our conscientious follow up after the first fitting,” Hartman said. Because today’s hearing instruments can now be invisible, a hearing loss is

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Most have Auto started speSinceauto 1995,services MasterTech Service has been servicing County with cializing in only a fewWest services, making repair. Owner Pat it quality harder automotive to find a reliable, one-stop Rawie has nearly 35 yearsrepair. of experishop for quality automotive ence in the field is bothisaavailable Certified MasterTech Autoand Service Technician and Missouri Stateto Master work with all makes and models, licensed to perform repair. and they have been emissions serving the West While other automotive County area since 1995. repair shops are putting up the red light to certain Owner Pat Rawie has roughly 35 makes and models, MasterTech gives years of experience in the field. He the green light to just about everyone started working with cars atdiagnostic a young and recently has added age and is now a Certified Master equipment for imports. Technician, in addition to being “Technology has advanced and itMishas souri state-licensed to of perform gotten harder for a lot shops toemiskeep sions repair.it,” Rawie said. “We hate to up with “We’re not real big, so we can a send customers somewhere elseoffer when more personalized to folks,” we should be able toservice do the work.” Rawie said. “We’re really good at worMasterTech is an AAA-approved repair facility staffed ASE-certiking with people and with trying to help fiedwith technicians that have problems.” a minimum them their automotive of 15 years isexperience. Technicians MasterTech AAA-approved and is receivemember continuous training the a proud of the Better while Business shop isthe continually updated with the Bureau, West County Chamber of latest diagnostic and equipment. Commerce and thetools Automotive Service In addition, MasterTech is licensed to Association. perform both Missouri State Safety and Master diagnostic technicians at MasterTech are extremely knowledgeable about the current advances in technolo-

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gy and have the most updated equipEmission testing. ment to work with Service cars newisand old. MasterTech Auto a proud “Peopleofdon’t realize how much techmember the West County Chamber nology has advanced,” RawieService said. “In of Commerce, the Automotive years past, they have Business navigation Association and didn’t the Better Bureau. units and voice-activated controls. HeaRawie conditiong also believessystems in giving back to ting/air have gotten the He At supports severalwe morecommunity. technical also. MasterTech, charities, the St. LouistoRugby Ramsthe have ongoing training keep with wheelchair rugby team, and school latest technology.” sports teams through paid advertiseMasterTech Auto Service’s honesty, ments in school newspapers. professionalism and technical ability Thewhat highest quality are make themparts standand outaffordamong able service are offered through Masthe rest. terTech Auto Service. True to their “WeMasterTech can track down thea repair right work, provides minimum away,” Rawie said. “At other places, warranty of 12,000 miles or 12 months it might sit on a lot for awhile before they on all repairs. even take a look at it. We offer personalized service so you receive a fast turnaround.” MasterTech Auto Service 16109 Manchester Road • Ellisville MasterTech Auto Service (636) 230-5115 Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.•toEllisville 6 p.m. 16109 Manchester Road

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more noticeable than a hearing aid, Hartman said. Also new are hearing instruments designed to ensure the clearest speech possible even in the noisiest environments. Hartman founded Ellisville Hearing Center on the principles of personalized service, competitive pricing and up-to-date products and services. Clients always are provided with straightforward explanations about their hearing problems. “Information about hearing solutions can be confusing,” Hartman said. “You can count on us for fair and honest answers to your questions and a commitment to a successful outcome.” Hartman also has a second location, Hearing Center of Kirkwood. Ellisville Hearing Center 15991 Manchester Road • Ellisville (636) 394-4240

In 2005, longtime West County resident and businesswoman Cathy Poole opened The Island Bar, and when she did, a lifelong dream was realized. The bar, formerly known for years as Norma Jean’s, now sported an entirely new look. Palm trees, model pirates ships, an equatorial color scheme and even a life-size statue of Captain Morgan himself now adorn the walls inside the tropical tavern in Winchester. There always seems to be something afoot at The Island Bar, “because that is just how we roll,” intones Cathy. Never having strayed far from her roots as a local disc jockey (Cathy has also owned and operated the Karaoke Company for almost 15 years), karaoke is a mainstay at The Island Bar. Some of the best singing talent in West County can be heard as the music fires up with the arrival of the singers on Friday and Saturday nights. The dartboard is always quite busy, as is the putt-putt golf video game that seems to be as

much fun to watch as it is to play. Riotous applause erupts with the occasional “hole in one” as players take a bow to the appreciative crowd of onlookers. The Island Bar is also now a monthly meeting place for Breakfast Club Saturdays, a group of patrons who gather to support local West County charitable causes. Bartenders Cathy, Joey, Cindy, Leslie and Norma Jean are all mainstays behind the bar, ready to handle special drink requests at a moment’s notice. The Island Bar is like an oasis, providing the perfect escape from the summer heat. Be sure to drop by Winchester Plaza, because “it’s always a party at The Island Bar.” The Island Bar 14560 Manchester Road (Winchester Plaza Suite 28) (636) 527-9790 www.stlislandbar.com


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It is no secret that resale and consignment shops are enjoying great popularity, and one such shop – Calisa Home Decor – is a shining example of why such shops are all the rage. Calisa is a consignment showcase stocked with an upscale collection of new and barely used furniture, home décor and luxurious accents for the home. “Customers appreciate the merchandise we offer because we only acquire well-maintained items that are not easily found, and we sell them at very attractive prices,” said Marie Roark, proprietor of Calisa Home Decor. “Many buyers are looking for attractive, stylish furniture and accessories, and buying from a shop like Calisa helps them stretch their budget without compromising quality.” The consignment aspect of Calisa provides people who are moving, downsizing or simply redecorating with an outlet for their unwanted, quality furniture and home accessories. Offering goods

Do you want the experience of a high performance Home Theater, but don’t think you have room for it? on consignment is much easier than “A homeowner can enjoy a high holding a garage sale, and at Calisa, performance home theater system sellers’ merchandise receives excepwithout dedicating a separate room tional Don'texposure. reproduce logo in other colors for it,” President David Young said. The resale aspect of Calisa allows “A homeowner came to us wanting to consumers to discover that second‘finish off’ his lower level to double as a hand does not mean second-rate. Only family room by day, a high performance the best quality new and pre-owned home cinema by night.” home décor is offered, so even decoraThe Sound Room staff worked tors with the most discriminating taste closely with the interior designer to can bring big ideas to fruition on a small conceal the video projector and 120” budget. Do not alter spacing of logo type or changemotorized screen in the ceiling soffit. Because is a resale and consignment All of the electronic components were the logositproportions shop, with an ever-changing inventory, neatly mounted in a customized rack, so customers shop it once and come concealed in a closet. back often. They’ll be glad they did. In addition, music is a big part of the family’s entertainment. The Sound Calisa Home Decor Room incorporated the family’s grand 3354 Mid Rivers Mall Drive piano into the sound system. The client St. Peters can now choose between listening (636) 970-0069 Do not add elements that interfere with to music from the system or from the Tues.-Fri. piano. When it is time for a movie, the logo form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a simple touch of the master control Sun. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. button will automatically lower the www.calisahomedecor.com projection screen, turn the HDTV

projector on, and dim the lights. This is just one example of how The Sound Room’s staff works with their clients to create the system that fits their needs. The Sound Room is an awardwinning member of the HTSA (Home Technology Specialists of America) giving their clients the advantage of working with local experts while being able to compete with the national chain stores. Readers are invited to visit their showrooms to experience what The Sound Room can do for them. For a limited time, go to www.thesoundroom. com to request a Free 30-page Home Technology Guide. The Sound Room 1661 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield (636) 537-0404 11641 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur (314) 997-3456 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.thesoundroom.com

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Adventure Learning Center in Ballwin is celebrating 15 years with a “Back to School Bonanza” on August 6 from 5– 7 p.m. The locally owned and operated preschool was founded by Christine Fechter – Zerjav to address the growing need for quality child care in a family oriented setting at affordable tuition rates. Christine attributes her success to her excellent teachers and curriculum. Supportive families drive that extra mile off the beaten path for all of the fun adventures. Adventure Learning Center is a state licensed child care facility for children ages 6 weeks to 14 years of age. Services include morning preschool, full-day services, hourly care for mother’s day out, and transportation for school-age children. Their year-round programming is designed to promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. In addition to their educational curriculum, they offer dance, gymnastics, computers, soccer, introduction to Spanish, monthly book clubs and field trips any child can enjoy. Special programs such as “Infant / Toddler Sign

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in the St. Louis area.” Kitchen Tune-Up has eight “Trustpoints,” ensuring quality customer service. The No.1 “Trustpoint” guarantees their estimates, and the second guarantees their work. Gary and Lora’s ultimate goal is to create a comfortable and rewarding experience for every client. They want to change people’s opinions on the service industry and will always go the extra mile. It truly shows with the multitude of positive customer reviews they receive. “Everything exceeded my expectations,” Joe Borchardt, of Chesterfield, said. “Very nice and professional,” Sissy Slattery of St. Peters, said. Kitchen Tune-Up (636) 244-1514 www.kitchentuneup.com


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The District wants our elected officials to work for the people of Missouri, not for the again to continue pursuing the priorities Lobbyists who use campaign contributions that I started in the 95th General Assem- and gifts to determine legislative outcomes bly. In serious economic downturns like for their special interests. we now face, balancing the state budget is We must create an environment in Miscrucial. In 2010, I led the House in pass- souri to promote the creation of private ing SCR 54, which provided a joint Senate/ industry jobs. Green energy, sustainable House committee on reducing the size of farming, converting our auto plants for state government. One of my top priorities electric cars, and good paying math and in the next session will be to find ways to science jobs in stem cell research are only eliminate unneeded or unproductive state some of the jobs we can create here in Misprograms to reduce the size of the state souri. government so that essential programs can As elected officials we must be willing be appropriately funded. to listen, develop solutions, and implement There are numerous issues that are impor- plans to bring real results for Missouri. tant to the 92nd District and most involve assuring that the state provides the best Rick Stream level of necessary services while maintainRepublican ing fiscally responsible, pro-growth ecoDID NOT RESPOND nomic policies that respect the individual rights of its citizens. Quality elementary PROPOSITIONS and secondary education is critical to the state’s economic future. To assure the PROPOSITION C highest quality education, the state must offer its children the best possible educaShall the Missouri Statutes be amended tion opportunities. To assure that funding is to: available for education and other necessary Deny the government authority to penalprograms, the state should follow the con- ize citizens for refusing to purchase private cept that government should do only those health insurance or infringe upon the right things which only government can do. to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services? DISTRICT 93 Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies? Dwight Scharnhorst It is estimated this proposal will have no Republican immediate costs or savings to state or local DID NOT RESPOND governmental entities. However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal DISTRICT 94 with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future Deb Lavender costs to state governmental entities are Democrat unknown. As a business owner and physical therapist, I have developed leadership skills: Fair Ballot Language: listening, developing solutions and impleA “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to menting plans to bring about real results. I deny the government authority to penalize have interned in Jefferson City to learn the citizens for refusing to purchase private process of Missouri Government so I can health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful hit the ground running. Job creation must be our priority. Mis- healthcare services. The amendment will souri can partner with Danforth Science also modify laws regarding the liquidation Center to create the next generation of of certain domestic insurance companies. A “no” vote will not change the curgreen energy. This will break our dependence on foreign oil and create Missouri rent Missouri law regarding private health jobs. insurance, lawful healthcare services, and I will keep guns out of all our class- the liquidation of certain domestic insurrooms. ance companies. I support stem cell research that will If passed, this measure will have no bring high-paying jobs to our region. impact on taxes.

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Gassner Chiropractic Paul Birner’s family has been in the home improvement business for more than 60 years. He is proud to carry on the tradition with Amazing Siding & Windows. “I built my business on honesty and integrity,” Birner, owner and president, said. Amazing Siding caters to residential homeowners looking to upgrade their home’s exterior. They specialize in high-quality products, such as insulated acrylic composite siding, James Hardie fiber cement siding, energy-efficient replacement window and gutter protection at a fair price. With offices in 12 cities, they are able to pass on the volume discount their manufacturer extends to them. They offer the best warranty in St. Louis – period. “Our many years of experience installing siding have earned us such an excellent reputation that our manufacturer now backs our workmanship just as they do their own material – an industry first,” Birner said. “We are also committed to our customers’ satisfaction and offer a satisfaction guarantee or your money

This year, Chesterfield franchise owner Nancy Barrett, ASID, celebrates 15 years of creating “beautiful rooms.” Barrett has maintained a business philosophy of providing excellent design service, on projects large and small, tailored to the client’s needs and wants. “I usually operate like a retail store that comes to you,” Barrett said. “I carry a complete line of furniture, flooring, window treatments, wall coverings and accessories. Or, I can just provide hourly design advice.” Barrett carries an impressive list of interior design credentials. The former graphic artist is a professional member of American Society of Interior Designers and the current chapter president. She was named the Field Manager of the Year for Decorating Den Interiors. Her work has been featured in many local and national publications, and she received design awards for four consecutive years in the International Dream Room Contest. Barrett first offers a complimentary consultation to assess the client’s

back. Because of this focus, we have zero complaints and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.” In 2006, Amazing Siding was awarded the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for customer satisfaction and excellent service. Amazing Siding products never require painting, have up to 66 percent fewer seams, offers four times more insulation and 45 percent more noise reduction than other siding systems. “Qualified Remodeler Magazine” named Amazing Siding the Top Performing Siding Company two years in a row. “My goal is to continue building Amazing Siding & Windows by offering the best possible products at the best prices with a focus on customer service,” Birner said, “and to ultimately, one day, pass the business on to my two sons.” Amazing Siding & Windows 255 Old State Road • Ellisville Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (636) 230-5800 www.amazingsidingstl.com

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desires for their home or office. She asks a lot of questions to determine their needs and personal style preferences. She suggests a plan of action for the best way to create the space of their dreams within their investment allowance. For those who purchase items from Barrett, there is no design fee. “I can take care of everything from concept to installation,” Barrett said. “Many of my clients prefer to work with me in stages, sometimes one room or even one window treatment at a time. My goal is to make any experience easy and enjoyable for my clients. I use my design expertise and experience to help them avoid costly mistakes and make the most of their decorating dollars.” Decorating Den Interiors (636) 519-4090 www.BeautifulRooms.info

Dr. Rene Gassner, clinic director of Gassner Chiropractic, is a true believer in the healing powers of chiropractic. After a car accident in 1998 injured his spine and jeopardized his career as a karate instructor, he sought chiropractic treatment rather than undergoing surgery. He was soon pain free and back to teaching. The experience was so profound and rejuvenating that Gassner decided to attend chiropractic school. He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2004 with the Health Center Achievement Award for exemplary clinical performance and academic excellence, and he has been healing patients ever since. Specializing in common conditions such as neck and back pains, migraines, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, Gassner also treats complications from medical conditions such as neuropathies, scoliosis and arthritis. In addition, Gassner offers weight management as well as pre- and post-natal treatments. As a doctor of naturopathic medicine, which allows him to use a combination of treatments and supplements, Gassner is able to design individualized thera-

When the owners of a growing aircraft catering company were looking for a space to expand, they discovered a shop that had been vacant for months – The Pilot Shop. It had operated for nearly 20 years under various names as an important part of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and they decided to re-open it as Spirit Pilot Shop. The only retail outlet of its kind in the greater St. Louis area, Spirit Pilot Shop offers a wide variety of general aviation products, including aviation charts, books and training aids, clothing, luggage and more. The shop is an FAA Chart Agent offering a chart subscription service with discounts and bulk pricing and is a certified FAA CATS testing site. Before owners Bob and Chrissy Chitwood and John “Happy” and Lara Harris purchased Spirit Pilot Shop, pilots and crew of private and corporate aircraft resorted to purchasing goods on the Internet with little assurance that their orders would arrive without

pies for each individual patient. “Finding solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems is the best part of holistic health care,” Gassner said. By combining the two practices, Gassner treats the whole person, not just the symptom, most often with positive results. Gassner Chiropractic is equipped with the latest technology and offers house calls and emergency services. Most major insurances and Medicare health care plans are accepted. “The vast majority of my patients report significant results in as little as four weeks,” Gassner said. Gassner Chiropractic 15425 Manchester Road, Suite 11 Ballwin (636) 527-6333 Mon., Wed., & Fri., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tues.., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. www.renegassner.com

problems or costly shipping fees. “At Spirit Pilot Shop, if we do not carry a product, we will do our best to get it for you, or help you find it,” Lara Harris said. “We are proud to be a part of the St. Louis aviation community.” The owners continue to prepare food for Executive Approach Catering – their corporate and private aircraft catering business with Spirit Pilot Shop as the administrative base for that operation. Theirs is the only aircraft catering service on the Spirit of St. Louis Airport field and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week serving everything from fruit trays to five-course meals for hungry travelers.

Spirit Pilot Shop 521 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. • Chesterfield (636) 530-9013 Mon.– Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. . www.spiritpilotshop.com


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Well known for senior care, Home Helpers also provides assistance for people of all ages from pregnancy care, new moms, recuperative care and those dealing with life-long challenges. By the hour, day, once a week or every day, Home Helpers provides a helping hand for those wish ing to maintain independence within their own home. They also offer other in-home services such as physical therapy, nurse visits, hair stylists and massage. The real Home Helpers difference is their commitment to providing the best possible care plan. After a free in-home consultation, you’ll meet a prospective caregiver face-to-face before they start providing care. “Once selected, we’ll make sure your caregiver under stands your specific routine and habits,” owner Julie Beckwith says. “This approach guarantees individualized treatment. Our care reaches beyond the client’s home. If the client should be hospitalized, go into rehab or a skilled facility, we will

Unique Toy and Game provides an atmosphere where children can have fun and learn at the same time. As an independent specialty toy store, it has been a special part of Wildwood for 17 years. Gayle Grabish has proudly owned the store for eight years. The store’s educated, friendly staff delivers unique, personalized services to help customers find the perfect toy to fit a child’s talents, abilities and personality. “The high quality of the items contributes to children’s education and the development of physical, mental and emotional skills,” Grabish said. The toys, games and activities at Unique Toy come from small, exclusive companies to ensure the best quality items that might not be found in bigger chain stores. The shop provides additional, valued services such as free gift-wrapping, a gift registry and Grandparent’s Day discounts. Two games currently on the shelves from local inventors include Family

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stay with them and adjust the care to fit their needs. We pay attention to the small things that make a world of difference to our families, such as being a smoke-free agency. Additionally, all caregivers are provided on-going training.” All caregivers are thoroughly screened, bonded, and insured and only experienced caregivers who are personally concerned, caring and reliable individuals are hired. The phones are always transferred to a case manager or the owner after hours so that 24/7 assistance is offered. Home Helpers is a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, The Missouri Alliance for Home Care and the Social Worker and Long Term Care Organization. Home Helpers (636) 391-0000 www.HomeHelpersstl.com

Talk and Verbal Volley. The store carries endless amounts of toys and games for families to enjoy from all around the world, in addition to offering local inventions. Grabish considers the store to be a natural extension of her education and passion for children’s growth. She also has children of her own, in addition to her past teaching experience, which only improves her knowledge of current trends in the industry. In addition, Unique Toy staff strives to lend a helping hand with charities at local schools, churches and organizations aimed at helping children. Unique Toy and Game recently moved to a new, convenient location in the Dierbergs Wildwood Town Center. Unique Toy and Game 2450 Taylor Road • Wildwood (636) 458-3700 Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun., 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. www.uniquetoyandgame.com

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Serving St. Louis County and surrounding areas, Indoor Comfort Team is a locally owned and operated heating and air conditioning company that helps keep people comfortable and breathe a lot easier, too. Indoor Comfort Team ensures that customers are cool in summer and cozy in winter. From heating to A/C to air duct cleaning, they have it covered. “We guarantee 100 percent customer satisfaction,” said Adam Rahmanovich, owner. “Customers are our top priority. We want to create a longtime client relationship.” With 16 years of experience in the industry, Rahmanovich knows the business. “Our purpose is to provide consumers with superior, professional service, high quality, innovative products and effective solutions for their home comfort needs,” he said. Their team of employees is very important, too. They are industry trained and certified, drug-free, insured and bonded. “We hire, train, motivate and reward

Wildwood’s talk-of-the-town restaurant is a reinvention of its owner, Beth Williams. “I decided to reinvent myself, and Table Three is the result,” Williams said. “I call it Table Three because it’s my third restaurant venture.” Table Three is Williams’ first dinner venue. Designed to be upscale yet casual, its stunning décor is contemporary French. Diners can choose from three separate rooms inside or take a seat on the large patio, which features a fireplace and bar, soft couches for relaxation and assorted cocktail and dining tables. “Table Three is kind of a fusion of contemporary and traditional,” Williams said. “I wanted to bring all those years of catering to the table, and you can be a little bit more creative at dinner.” Chef John O’Brien offers only the freshest American contemporary cuisine. Among his creations is the Sea Bass Provencale, a pan-seared, golden-crusted 8-oz. filet, deglazed with white wine, artichokes, tomatoes and kala-

our employees based on integrity, personal responsibility and commitment,” Rahmanovich said. “Indoor Comfort Team is a good place to work. Everyone wins. If our employees are happy, they’ll make our customers happy too.” “Extras” include free estimates, manufacturers’ promotions, senior and military discounts, a first-year free maintenance program with any new installation, and a 24/7 emergency service on all brands. Plus, customers are charged by the job, not by the hour. The Indoor Comfort Team goal is to exceed expectations. When it comes to new system installation, they can design and install any type of heating, cooling or indoor air quality system to fit each customer’s home and budget. There are never high pressure sales – just comfort solutions, personal attention and high quality service. Indoor Comfort Team (636) 787-7555 24/7 Available Service www.Indoorcomfortteam.com

mata olives. Another favorite is the T3 Tenderloin Filet, a grilled 8-oz. tenderloin of beef on prosciutto stuffing served with T3 steak compound butter. Table Three truly sets the standard for fresh fish, quality meats and produce. Entrees offer everything from beef, lamb, chicken and seafood. Live entertainment is featured on Fridays and Saturdays, but reservations are strongly recommended. Full-service catering and takeout are available, but these days, Table Three is the place to be. “Come join us,” Williams said. “Your table is waiting.” Table Three 16765 Main Street • Wildwood (636) 458-4333 Lunch: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner: Tues. – Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Brunch: Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Late-Night menu: Fri. & Sat., 10 p.m. to midnight; Bar closes: Tues. – Thurs., 11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 1:30 a.m. www.table-three.com


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The heartbeat of the nation By BRIAN MCDOWELL

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama pushed through Congress a health care deal that places many of the nation’s medical services in the hands of the federal government. That occurred despite the fact that, according to polls, the majority of American voters do not support such measures. On Aug. 3, voters in Missouri will be the first in the nation to have the ability to tell the government exactly how they feel about some of the most controversial portions of the current brand of health care reform law, thanks to Proposition C, the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act. The complete text of the proposition will read: “Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services, and modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies? It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.  However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unknown.” The initiative was put on the ballot by a vote in the Missouri legislature that was led by Mo. Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield), who said she was acting on behalf of citizens in her district who expressed that they were concerned, angry and frightened by specific aspects of the federal government’s health care takeover. One problem that some have with the plan approved by Congress is that it includes provisions that force people to buy health insurance whether or not they want it or can afford it. Anyone choosing not to buy insurance will face punishment by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Obama lampooned the proposal when Hillary Clinton presented it in the 2008 Presidential primary campaign, but subsequently, he adopted it into his health care plan. According to Cunningham, that marked the first time in history that a president used the force of law to compel citizens to buy something from a private business entity. It is thought by conservatives that this part of the plan directly conflicts with the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. “What (Congress) did illustrates a division between the federal government and their citizens,” Cunningham said. “This government thinks that they know

better than the people they govern, while we feel that the freedom to choose should belong to the people.” Local voters’ anguish over the issue led Cunningham to seek ways that Missouri could combat parts of the federal bill. She found a solution to the problem on the Web site of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a political organization of economic conservatives that drafts model laws designed to be used by state and national legislatures. Cunningham introduced into the Missouri Senate the Health Care Freedom Act, which the ALEC devised. It has shown up also in the legislatures of 42 other states. Missouri, however, was the first state to have both the House and the Senate approve it by wide margins and place it on an electoral ballot. The legislation Cunningham sponsored enjoyed broad bipartisan support, with 70 percent of the legislature voting in favor of it. Cunningham indicated that putting Proposition C in front of Missouri voters is the only honest way to rectify the actions of the president and Congress. The senator explained that Proposition C allows for people to participate in federally funded health care programs if they so choose. “We don’t want to take away anyone’s safety net,” Cunningham said. “This, in no way, would affect anyone’s Medicaid or Medicare. We just don’t want anyone to be forced to buy anything. People should, by law, have the freedom to make their own choices.” The measure is being embraced by many of those in the Tea Party movement and other conservative circles. “This gives real people the chance to give their opinion about Obama-care,” said Annette Read, who runs the Iheardthepeoplesay.org Web site. “I think they’ll recognize that we don’t have the money for it, and we don’t like the way it limits people’s choices. So, this is a joint effort of the people and the state to speak up and force a showdown between the federal

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM government and state sovereignty.” Hruza theorized that, eventually, the overAccording to Read, the law’s support- flow of new patients will make the costs ers do not oppose all forms of health care of health care unsustainable. He is afraid reform but think it should be handled issue- that in order to deal with the inefficiencies by-issue – not with one piece of legislation. that the bill creates, the government evenRead said that Proposition C would give tually will have to take even more control citizens more choices than the plan that over the health care system, and that soon, passed through Congress. all monetary health care decisions will be “We think people should have the free- made by a board of bureaucrats. dom to buy something or not buy someThat will create a system similar to the thing,” Read said, “but forcing people to one that caused his family so much heartbuy a product they might not feel that they ache in his homeland, Hruza theorized. need is un-American.” Hruza said that doctors are worried that Among the Health Care Freedom Act’s they will not be properly reimbursed by the most vocal supporters is Chesterfield der- government for the help that they offer to matologist George Hruza. patients. Hruza, who spent the first part of his life He explained that the Health Care Freein Czechoslovakia, said that he witnessed dom Act may be the last chance to stop what can happen when a government has government intervention, which is sure to complete control of medical care. He remembers having surgery to have his tonsils taken out with no anesthesia when he was 8 years old. “There was no budget for that type of thing there,” Hruza said. Hruza remembers his uncle dying of kidney failure at the age of 52 because government bureaucrats would not give dialysis to anyone older than the age of 50. Hruza fears the Ameri- Sponsors of the Health Care Freedom Act include (from left) Mo. Rep. Tim Jones, Mo. Rep. Brian Nieves, Mo. can health care system is Sen. Jane Cunningham, and Mo. Sen. Jim Lembke. headed down the same path from which families like his tried to escape. damage the nation’s medical system. “The problem with a government-run If Proposition C passes, there will be a system is that it creates unlimited demand conflict between state law and federal law, for limited services,” Hruza said. a situation for which Cunningham indiHruza recognizes that the high cost of cated she is prepared. Upon its passage, American medical care has caused eco- Cunningham indicated, she expects that nomic hardships for some people, and he the law will end up in federal courts and finds it regrettable that poor people fall eventually before the Supreme Court. Conthrough the cracks of the current system. He stitutionally and with the current ideologithinks those with pre-existing conditions cal balance in the high courts, Cunningham should have the right to buy health insur- said that she expects her side to win. ance. He favors some forms of changes to Cunningham said Democratic Mo. how medical care is dispersed and paid for; Attorney General Chris Koster pledged, in however, he said the bill that just passed a personal conversation, to legally support through Congress does not address that whatever decision Missouri voters make in need. August. Attorney Clint Bolick, legal direc“Instead of providing subsidies to people tor of the Goldwater Institute, has offered that need it, the government has changed his legal services for free, so Cunningham the whole system, most of which is actually has assured taxpayers that they will not working pretty well,” Hruza said. “And I have to pay the costs of legal battles that believe that the government is never either the legislation would surely inspire. effective or efficient. This legislation will Several other states will allow voters to have many unintended consequences.” pick their preferences on similar measures Hruza said the immediate effect of the in the November election, but by putting new law will be waiting lists and overflow the Health Care Freedom Act on the Aug. crowds at most medical offices, which will 3 ballot, Missouri voters will be the first result in doctors having even less time than in the nation to be able to express their they have now to properly consult with electoral opinions on the plans to radically change the health care system. patients.

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Lone Wolf Coffee Company, a coffee house and café serving breakfast, lunch , and dinner, is a cornerstone for the community. They strongly advocate Active Living and the lifestyle it resonates. “We are a community hitching post where artisan food, coffee and culture are celebrated in a cool, laid-back atmosphere,” Ralph Pfremmer, Pfoodman Holdings CEO, the company that owns Lone Wolf Coffee Company, said. The menu features tasty hot and cold breakfast items, healthy and rustic sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Their own “artisan” coffee is roasted fresh locally every day, using only the finest coffee beans from around the globe. Full-scale catering is also available. Fresh, delicious food is only one reason to visit Lone Wolf. Inside, pictures and artifacts of locals participating in, what Pfremmer calls, Oxygen Inspired Sports, hang on the walls. They also frequently host cultural events such as live music, book signings, and storytelling’s. Community events and fundraiser’s are at the forefront of the

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numerous activities at Lone Wolf. “Basically it’s a community advocacy toward living well, active living and expression,” Pfremmer said. Lone Wolf Coffee Company in Ballwin is the first of what Pfremmer says will be many in our region. “We are on a lighter, less indulgent level than a smoky bar,” Pfremmer said. “We are different, and we want to be different. What I like to do is try to get people to come in for the first time, and they come back over and over again. The only way to figure it out is to come in and try it.” Lone Wolf Coffee Company 15480 Clayton Road, Suite 220 Ballwin (636) 527-7027 Mon. – Thurs. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.lonewolfcoffeecompany.com

“Being a veterinarian is the most rewarding career there is. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” said Jaime Plappert, DVM, the owner of MobileVet, a full-service mobile veterinary practice centered in West St. Louis County. MobileVet provides personalized, professional and compassionate veterinary care in the comfort and convenience of the pet owner’s home. “We believe that the level of care that MobileVet brings to your home will far exceed your expectations,” Plappert said. “Home visits are very convenient for the multiple-pet household, animals that don’t travel well, families with children, and the elderly.” Plappert spent many years practicing emergency veterinary medicine before opening MobileVet in March 2009. MobileVet was designed for both dog and cat owners. Veterinary care provided includes vaccinations, dental procedures, minor surgical procedures, blood work and much more. Meeting both the pet and owner at

home also allows Plappert to spend as much time as needed. “I make a better connection with the owners, and we are not limited to the typical 15- to 20-minute appointments,” Plappert said. “I love to see the animals in the comfort of their own home,” Plappert said. “Many times, pets are scared in a veterinary hospital and are not ‘themselves,’ but when we visit them at home, they are much more relaxed and comfortable.” All of this makes the veterinary experience much more pleasant for all involved. “To be able to provide a high quality level of medicine with the added convenience is invaluable,” Plappert said. MobileVet (314) 566-6545 Flexible hours www.stlouismobilevet.com

St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Jerry Cook, owner of St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs, knows what it takes to provide quality hot tubs and accessories at the best prices. Cook’s best customers are value-minded homeowners throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Much of the company’s success comes from competitive spirit, established relationships with hot tub manufacturers, better-than-retail pricing, and zero commission sales so customers can experience huge savings. St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs is so certain of their low prices that if they are unable to beat a competitor’s price, they will pay the difference between their price and any valid written offer on any comparable hot tub or sauna. Services at St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs include repairs to all hot tub brands, hot tub removal and moves. The company also buys and reconditions previously owned hot tubs. All work is performed by trained, experienced technicians and is backed by warranties. “We do everything hot tub-related,” Cook said. “With our low overhead,

buying power, large-inventory selection and immediate delivery, our prices and services cannot be beaten by anyone.” When it comes to having the knowledge to help customers make the right hot tub selection, selling the best products at the lowest prices, and providing first-rate customer service long after the sale, there is no question as to which company has the competitive edge. “I will out-perform my competition when it comes to service after the sale and I will not be beaten on price,” Cook said. St. Louis Wholesale Hot Tubs 16309 Westwood Business Park Drive Ellisville (636) 394-4600 Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. www.besthottubprices.com

Specializing in basement finishing, Richbuilt Basements has been serving homeowners in the St. Charles area and surrounding communities since its establishment in 1989. Before launching the business, Rich Kempa, owner and founder of Richbuilt Basements, worked for more than 10 years as a designer and draftsman at consulting engineering firms. Today, Kempa operates his business from a home-based office. Richbuilt Basements specializes in complete basement remodeling. Originally, Kempa handled projects from start to finish by himself, but over the years, his business has grown substantially. “Now, with multiple crews and the same employees for more than 10 years, we work as a team to complete projects in a timely manner,” Kempa said. “Our goal is simple: to achieve customer satisfaction.” To reach that goal, Kempa said, he

and his team make sure to keep the lines of communication open at all times, provide customers with straightforward answers to all of their questions, show respect for each customer’s home and property, emphasize cleanliness and deliver worry-free completion of every project. To date, Richbuilt Basements has completed more than 160 basements. “We know how to get the job done right the first time in a timely manor and at the right price,” Kempa said. “We take care of everything – from framing to electrical, from plumbing to ductwork, from floor to ceiling, from theaters to family rooms, from painting to pantries and everything in between.”

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Since 1995, hundreds of families have turned to Strictly Pediatrics Center to educate and care for their children. This Early Childhood Education and Health Center located near Westport in Maryland Heights specializes in teaching all children whether they are typicallydeveloping or have special and/or medical needs. Their staff includes degreed teachers with many years of experience, pediatric nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and developmental and speech therapists who use every resource to help children learn the foundational skills they will need to succeed throughout their lives. Strictly Pediatrics Center offers programs for children from six weeks old to Pre-Kindergarten and makes it part of their mission to include all children regardless of their special or medical needs. Each child is taught early education concepts, social skills, selfesteem, and a lifetime love for learning. The large facility provides spacious and inviting classrooms, indoor play areas, therapy rooms, a cafeteria, and two outdoor playgrounds. The Center also

has a school bus for transporting the preschool-aged children to educational and exciting field trips in the community. It is the goal of Strictly Pediatrics to educate the whole child in the way they learn best. When you walk in the door at Strictly Pediatrics, you will find a school that prides itself on being professional and welcoming. You will see teachers who are loving, supportive, and understanding of each child’s needs. You will see children laughing, learning, and playing. Founder and owner Janice Cataldi states, “We believe that the early years of a child’s life are the most important and we strive to create an environment that will help them develop into the very best person they can be.”

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Personal trainers Lisa, Marc and Nate Palmer opened their fitness studio, PerforMax Fitness Professionals, four months ago. “My husband, Marc, and step-son, Nate, are both scholarship athletes,” Lisa said. “They’ve always talked about opening a training studio together. We’ve all maintained an interest in physical fitness, and the timing was finally right.” PerforMax is a one-on-one, private personal training studio offering customized overall fitness counseling and nutritional guidance. The focus is on the three main components of fitness: cardiovascular training, weight training and nutrition. At PerforMax, a personal partnership develops between trainer and client. Together, they will reach the client’s health and body image goals, regardless of his or her lifestyle. With a customized program for every age group and every level of physical ability, PerforMax offers guidance to people wanting to get in better shape, lose weight, recover

L-R: owners Marc Palmer, Lisa Palmer, and Nate Palmer

from injuries, or improve themselves as athletes. “We’ve trained people of all levels and ages, from children to seniors,” Lisa said. “Our trainers develop an encouraging, one-on-one relationship with their clients.” There are no membership fees and never is any wait for equipment. Results there are guaranteed. PerforMax Fitness Professionals is committed to creating positive change in clients’ lives, bodies, health and general well-being. Their aim is to be the personal training solution of choice in the St. Louis area. PerforMax Fitness Professionals 1208 Town & Country Crossing Town & Country (636) 220-8818 Mon.-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and by appt. www.performaxstl.com

“West County’s Barbeque & Fireplace Headquarters”

The Makeshift Gentlemen is a regional Indie-Rock-Electro band from St. Louis, consisting of natives Joe Swigunski, lead singer/guitarist; Louis Brown, drummer; Adam Wirth, bass; Jake Ferree, synthesizer and Alex Breuer, keyboard. Wirth, Ferree and Breuer are dynamite on vocals. The band has had a busy schedule. They will be performing at The Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino on Friday, August 27th. Some past venues have included: The Pageant, Cicero’s, and Off Broadway. “These guys sounded great at Off Broadway,” said Jean Shkapsky, of Ballwin, who goes to most of the band’s performances. “It was another energetic show.” This year the band spear-headed a fund raiser for the charity, Rebuilding-Together, as featured on Fox 2 News with Tim Ezell. Performing at The Pageant, Swigunski said, was an awesome experience. “It was unbelievable with fans screaming, ‘We love you guys,’” he said. Swigunski is thrilled to work with such talented musicians. The crowd gets into a dancing frenzy when The Makeshift Gentlemen play

“Our Town,” an anthem that Swigunski said breeds hope and generates a feeling of pride in one’s town and beliefs. “Each person can interpret it in their own way,” Swigunski said of the song, adding for him, the song signifies not a place but a state of mind, and the lyrics “moving on into the sunset” refer to “marking the end of a journey and moving on gracefully.” Live performances by The Makeshift Gentlemen have treated audiences to new songs that are not yet available on CD, including “Signals,” “Black Hole Cities,” “Messenger” and “Aphrodite,” the song that Swigunski dedicated to his mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. The band will soon be recording these songs with help from the well known bass player of the Faint. The Makeshift Gentlemen fans can purchase their CD “Casanova” on iTunes, CD Baby and via their Web site. The Makeshift Gentlemen (636) 346-7146 www.myspace.com/ themakeshiftgentlemen

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and it’s best to leave both to the experts at St. Louis Home Fires in Ballwin. The family-owned shop specializes in barbecue grills, grill accessories, fireplaces, gas logs and specialty hearth products. “We just stick with what we know best and that’s fireplaces and barbecue grills,” says owner Frank Schmer. “We are in the grill business all year long, and we’re in the fireplace business all year long. It’s really what we’re committed to.” As a longtime Ballwin resident and business owner, Frank is so dedicated to the community that he serves as an alderman. St. Louis Home Fires offers a great selection of higher-end barbecue grills, including Weber, Ducane, Traeger, Cookshack, Napoleon, Pacific Grills and The Big Green Egg, plus a large line of barbecue grill parts. The shop also carries quality fireplaces and a complete line of gas logs and fireplace

accessories. Almost all items sold at the shop are American-made. In addition to offering dependable products, St. Louis Home Fires is committed to delivering superior service after the sale, giving it a strong competitive advantage over other grill and fireplace retailers. “For us, it’s really about service,” Frank says. “Unlike other stores, we offer complete installation, and we service the products.” St. Louis Home Fires stocks a selection of grill items that will give both beginning barbecue chefs and grilling gourmets a competitive advantage, too. “We have a full line of smoking woods, barbecue sauces, spices and rubs and all that kind of specialty stuff for grilling,” Frank says. St. Louis Home Fires 15053 Manchester Rd. • Ballwin (636) 256-6564 www.stlouishomefires.com


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Marathon Sports of Chesterfield recently was sold to Ghisallo Running, whose flagship store is in University City. As part of the change of ownership, the store has relocated to a larger retail space at 13393 Woodchase Plaza, just 1 block east of the store’s original location at Chesterfield Plaza. • • • The West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce has relocated its office to 15965 Manchester Road, Suite 102, in Ellisville.

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Mike Bauhof, of Valley Park, was named director of digital engagement for KETC/Channel 9. • • • Dr. Patricia Limpert has joined the Breast Care Center at St. Luke’s Hospital. Limpert specializes in breast surgery.

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Pettey

• • • Gershman Mortgage in St. Louis has added Rick Orf as FHA commercial loan manager. • • • Pat Pettey has joined Creve Coeur-based Electro Savings Credit Union and is working in business development and sales.

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AWARDS & HONORS Dr. Rene Gassner, of Gassner Chiropractic in Ballwin, was awarded Diplomate of the International Board of Naturopathic Medicine and Diplomate of Manipulative and Body-Based Practices in the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). Diplomate status is reserved for individuals meeting stringent requirements of AAIM in the areas of knowledge, skill, education, training and experience in their health care specialty. • • • Doug Peden and Doris Voerster, of Edward Jones in Chesterfield, recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence Award. The financial services firm has more than 12,000 branch offices, and

Mongolian BBQ recently celebrated 15 years in business in the Creve Coeur and Chesterfield communities with an anniversary ribbon cutting. Owner Jian Lin (center front), Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann and Creve Coeur City Councilmember A. James Wang were among those present for the celebration. The restaurant donated all of the day’s proceeds to Parkway Central Middle School. Mongolian BBQ is located at 100 Four Seasons Center in Chesterfield. only 232 branches received the award. • • • St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur won the Employer Award from APSE, the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield is the recipient of a gold 2010 Aster Award for its “Spirit of Women” TV and Web site campaign. 

MEETINGS & NETWORKING The West County Chamber of Commerce holds a general membership meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., July 28 at Forest Hills Country Club. To register, call 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber. com by July 23. • • • The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds Business After Hours at 5 p.m. on Thurs., July 29 at Andria’s Steakhouse. To register, call 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com by July 27.

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Library’s teen center takes off By LISA WATSON Emily Luedloff loves Nicholas Sparks, “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins – and of course the Twilight series. Luedloff, an incoming sophomore at Lafayette High School, also enjoys being involved in the community, so last fall she joined the Teen Advisory Group at St. Louis’ County Library’s Daniel Boone branch in Ellisville. She said it is one of the best decisions she’s made in a long time. An avid reader, Luedloff said it is fun to find out how the library works behind the scenes. “After I went to the first couple meetings, I told a bunch of my friends about it, and I have a few friends that come with me and they love it, too,” she said. The Teen Advisory Group meets about once a month to decorate the library’s teen center, hear about upcoming events and talk about books. The group is one of many opportunities available for kids and teenagers to get involved at the library. By the end of June, the teen summer reading club had surpassed the number of participants it had last year, with 944 at the Daniel Boone branch and 7,173 throughout St. Louis County. This year’s summer reading theme is “Make Waves at Your Library.”

Teens can earn prizes by reading, writing book reviews and attending library events. The top prizes – which include iPods, a mountain bike and a laptop computer – will be raffled off at the end of the summer. There are opportunities also for teens to volunteer; about 30 are manning a desk to give out prizes for summer reading participants. Upcoming events at Daniel Boone include a book discussion of “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac” on July 22 and an “Avatar” screening on July 30, said Emily McIlvoy, who organizes teen events for the branch. The teen center provides teens with a space to read, study, surf the Web or hang out. At the Daniel Boone branch, there are two computers that can only be accessed with a teen library card, Branch Manager Barb Urban said. The section is stocked with magazines that appeal to teens, books on CD, listening stations and reading lists. The atmosphere is inviting, and teens helped design the area and pick out the furniture, said Jennifer McBride, communications manager for the St. Louis County Library. Unlike the traditional idea of a library as a place where people are required to be quiet, the new goal is to be more like a community center where people feel welcome, McBride said.

The teen area at St. Louis County Library’s Daniel Boone branch in Ellisville is a popular spot this summer. More than 900 teens have joined the summer reading club.

“That’s a common misperception about modern day libraries,” she said. “We don’t have librarians with buns shushing people … Teen centers are an area where kids are free to be kids, and they are a little bit more rowdy than other areas of the library.” While the center is stocked with teen books, it has been harder this summer to

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keep up with the demand, since books have been flying off the shelves, McIlvoy said. “They have more time to read – although avid readers read all the time, no matter what,” she said. Five teen centers were opened in 2007 when the library received a $45,000 grant from the state. Another five centers will open this year.

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Whether help is needed with a do-ityourself project, choosing paint colors, or redoing an entire house, Marcia Moore Design can pull the whole project together and achieve the desired result. Marcia Moore is a full-service interior designer offering her services throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. She assists with color, fabric, and furniture selection, room rearranging, window and wall treatments, murals, organization, kitchens, baths and room additions, accessorizing, and new home interior selections. “Last year, it was all about smaller projects,” Moore said. “This year seems to be the year of the kitchen. I’m working on a lot of kitchen remodels.” A real, designing woman, Moore’s business is steadily growing with the addition of an associate designer and an organizer. Her design services are affordable to everyone. “I believe that all homes deserve an extraordinary interior,” Moore said. “I work on an hourly consulting basis for small projects or as project manager for larger remodels – whatever best fits your needs.” More help is available online on

Eco-Cycle, LLC has a convenient solution for those who are trying to clear out their old patio furniture, computers, appliances or even automotive parts. Owner Steve Fechter said that while he was working in the construction industry, he witnessed a lot of junk in the trash that was in great shape. In 2006 alone, Americans threw out 251 million tons of trash and recycled only 82 million tons. Therefore, Fechter created Eco-Cycle, a service that hauls away old junk so it can be recycled or reused. Eco-Cycle offers many great programs to meet a variety of recycling needs. Homeowners can use Eco-Cycle to get rid of recyclable clutter in their garage or basement. Real estate agents can use the service to remove junk for staging a home. Business owners and landlords can also use the service for items that are left behind or no longer wanted. Eco-Cycle offers home pickup of up to 10 cubic yards of junk for as low as $35. Other services include removal,

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Moore’s blog. “I‘m thrilled to announce my innovative new online presence that allows public interaction with me in brand new ways,” Moore said. “This is much more than just a blog, because I can now provide timely tips and trends and show new project photos. Clients can easily stay informed.” Information about Moore’s community service projects is featured as well. Using her considerable talents, she recently completed renovation on a Webster Groves apartment, part of the complex used to house out-of-town actors from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. “The project filled my need to give back to the community,” Moore said. “It’s an important part of my life.” Marcia Moore Design (314) 560-0830 Available by appointment www.marciamooredesign.com blog.marciamooredesign.com

loading and hauling of items from inside a home or business. Fees for trash and non-recyclable items may be applied in some cases. Free recycling is available for retirement homes and communities, nursing home residential care facilities, extended and intermediate care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. Eco-Cycle also offers electronic waste recycling at its drop-off location at 722 Goddard Ave. in Chesterfield. Schools, businesses and nonprofits can contact the company to partner for an e-waste recycle drive or fundraiser. Eco-Cycle is registered with the Department of Natural Resources. Eco-Cycle, LLC P.O. Box 10 • Wildwood 1-888-Y-ECOCYCLE or 1-888-932-6292 Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.yecocycle.com

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Dick Busch Architects is one of the premier boutique architectural firms in the country. Based in Chesterfield, Dick Busch and his team have been designing unique residential and smaller commercial projects for more than 15 years. Dick Busch Architects has a strong team of architects and project managers with decades of experience. The Dick Busch team is best known for custom residential design, in addition to their experience in a variety of architectural applications, such as multifamily housing, additions, lower levels, outside rooms, remodels, and office finishes. “Throughout our process, we work closely with the client to obtain an intimate understanding of their desires and thus, are able to custom design a plan to completely fulfill those needs,” Busch said. “This approach proves successful, as many completed projects have earned repeat business and attracted new clients from across the country.” Dick Busch Architects has relation-

ships with a wide range of consultants, including engineers, interior designers, builders and contractors, which enable them to provide a more personalized and seamless approach to each project. Projects begin with the initial meeting and continue throughout the construction phase. “Our goal is to provide our clients with their desired outcomes and to provide builders and contractors with a complete package of materials for construction, including assistance with architectural review boards and in obtaining permits,” Busch said. Licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin, Dick Busch Architects is a member of the Home Builders Association, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the Better Business Bureau. Dick Busch Architects 16678 Old Chesterfield Road Chesterfield (636) 530-7787 Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.dickbuscharchitects.com

The Elegant Child Because families are important at The Elegant Child Campus, operating since 1992, is designed to serve the Elegant Child, parents are taken today’s busy families, helping them care of too. Eleven highly trained and balance work, social commitments knowledgeable administrators are onand children’s educational needs in an site to greet parents and tend to their environment that is rich in learning and every need. Four on-staff registered nurses can answer general questions love and kind to the family budget. “Parents want excellence in early about children’s health or care for sick education coupled with a loving, children until they are picked up by their nurturing environment,” Owner Debbie parents. An on-site delicatessen, The Rowland said. “The Elegant Child is Daily Special Café, provides nutritious an accredited school, which means meals for children and offers breakfast, our educational standards, teacher lunch and meals to go. The Elegant Child strives to establish credentials and curriculum far surpass programs currently available in our the foundation for a child’s lifetime of learning. With a dedicated staff, area.” Tuition for toddler care, preschool, pre- individualized curriculum, and statekindergarten, and kindergarten includes of-the-art campus, parents would be early morning and after-school care in the remiss to pass up such an educational warm, familiar environment throughout opportunity for their children. To learn the day. The staff is particularly proud more about its unique concept in early of its amazing kindergarten program. education and child care, parents can The private program provides a 1-to- call today for more information or walk 8 teacher-to-child ratio and offers a in for a tour. diverse, individualized curriculum centered on students’ specific needs and The Elegant Child learning styles. A high percentage of its 513 Strecker Road • Wildwood kindergarten graduates go on to gifted (636) 458-4414 programs. elegantchildcampus.com


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Enter t ai n ment Aug. 6, Chaifetz Arena Adam Lambert, Aug. 8, The Pageant Jackson Brown, Aug. 10, The Fox Theatre Black Eyed Peas and T-Pain, Aug. 14, Scottrade Center Goo Goo Dolls with Switchfoot and Green River Ordinance, Aug. 18, The Family Arena Trey Songz and Monica, Aug. 20, The Fox Theatre RUSH Time Machine Tour 2010, Aug. Photo credit Ben Watts 22, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Trey Songz and Monica bring their “Passion, American Idols Live! Tour 2010, Aug. Pain, Pleasure” tour to The Fox Theatre on 25, Scottrade Center Aug. 20.

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“It Had to Be You,” through Aug. 1, JCC Marvin & Harlene Wool Studio Theater “Promises, Promises,” through Aug. 15, Robert G. Reim Theatre “Cabaret,” July 23-Aug. 1, Kranzberg Arts Center “The Sound of Music,” July 26-Aug. 1, The Muny “La fille du regiment (Daughter of the Regiment),” July 30-31, Aug. 7, Union Avenue Opera “All That Tap,” July 31, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center “Footloose,” Aug. 2-8, The Muny “The Sound of Music” plays from July 26-Aug. Disney’s “The Aristocrats,” Aug. 4-15, Robert G. Reim Theatre 1 at the Muny.

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Car Care Center Egiserve Insurance has a unique insurance concept that combines “Egis” (pronounced e jis), meaning protection, defense, and backing with enhanced service options. Egiserve Insurance offers personal insurance to cover your everyday needs. Their agency specializes in value-based insurance products for your home, personal auto, apartment, rental property and personal liability protection. They also provide insurance for boats, motorcycles, RV’s, ATV’s, mobile homes and pet health insurance. In addition, they often accommodate other insurance needs of their customers, such as life, health and many of your business needs. Egiserve Insurance is a subsidiary of Millers First Insurance Companies, which has been in business for more than 130 years and has a long history of offering quality insurance products. Egiserve was established to extend the Millers products and services, along with other carriers and supplemental insurance products to the West County market. The New Generation Office features an Ez Serve lobby that puts the customer in control to better fit their busy schedules. When the local Egiserve representative is out, customers can still conduct business.

The Ez Serve lobby is open before, during and after normal business hours, which allows customers to access the Ez Serve Doc-U-Box, a simple and secure way to pick up or drop off documents. The Ez Serve phone is a direct link to a local Egiserve representative, the Customer Service Center, or to report a claim. Customers can also view the TV monitor, pick up an information brochure, or use Egiserve’s convenient 24-hour drop box. Egiserve Insurance strives to provide the best combination of value-based quality insurance products, prices and coverage to meet the customer’s insurance needs. Honesty, dependability and responsiveness are all reasons Egiserve’s customers stay with them.

Egiserve Insurance 12782 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur (314) 523-SERV (7378) Mon., Wed. & Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. & Thurs., 8:30 to 7 p.m. Or by appointment www.egiserve.com

Economy Car Care Center has been providing Valley Park with complete auto repair on all domestic and import vehicles since 1981. As an employer of ASE certified technicians, Economy Car Care Center provides their customers with complete auto repair. Economy Car Care Center strives on professionalism, honesty, and integrity, demonstrated through its membership in the Better Business Bureau and by the fact that it is Valley Park’s only AAA approved auto repair shop. Owner Marc Pemberton purchased Economy Car Care Center in February, 2007, offering 22 years of automotive knowledge and professionalism to the Valley Park community. Pemberton emphasizes the importance of maintaining an honest, trustworthy, local repair shop where customers are greeted with a warm smile and friendly face, keeping in mind his goal of taking the fear out of auto repair. Economy Car Care Center’s mission statement, “to provide our customers the best possible service at a fair price and to treat each vehicle as if it were our own,” assures customers that Pemberton and staff specialize in customer satisfaction in

terms of friendliness, timeliness, and professionalism. Serving Valley Park for almost 30 years, customers have grown to trust Economy Car Care Center as a reputable automotive repair shop. Joe from Manchester, Missouri emphasizes that “[Economy Car Care Center] has fixed my car when others couldn’t. I am happy to finally find an honest shop with good mechanics.” Jenny from Ballwin, Missouri calls attention to the fact that “Marc and his staff are the best. Being a woman, I never feel as if I am being taken advantage of.” Pemberton is proud to make a difference in the community through excellent automotive repair. For more information, please visit their website at www.economycarcarecenter.com. Economy Car Care Center 26 Meramec Station Rd. • Valley Park (636) 225-4500 Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday closed www.economycarcarecenter.com

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If 2010 is the year to improve the appearance of your home, then visit www.penick-construction.com. Once you are there, you can see for yourself, the quality workmanship that Bill Penick provides each of his customers. Penick Construction has been updating homes in the St Louis area for 20 years and can provide hundreds of referrals in West County alone. Penick Construction offers Energy Star rated custom thermal windows and sliding glass doors, beautiful vinyl siding for maintenance-free living, along with soffit, fascia, and roofing for the finishing touches. If a high-quality entry door is on your wish list, Bill offers a wide variety of beautiful, energy efficient doors, with gorgeous hardware that complements your home’s decor. Quality is assured with products that carry the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval. Penick Construction is an authorized Generations and ProVia dealer. Along with high-performance

products and a 5-year labor warranty, Penick Construction offers the best value for your home remodeling dollar. Along with owner presence on every job site, Penick is an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating, and a member of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce. Penick Construction is also an EPA certified lead safe renovator. They have been recognized by Norandex/Reynolds with the Master Craftsman Award, which is given to those contractors who have met and exceeded their commitment to customer satisfaction. If you are in the market for a professional residential remodel and a free no pressure estimate, then give Penick Construction a call at (636) 938-6330 or visit the Web site at www.penick-construction.com. Penick Construction Co. (636) 938-6330 www.penick-construction.com

Winter does a lot of damage to unprotected exterior wood. When temperatures dip below freezing, rain and snow freezes and expands, leading to cracking and warping. The answer to the problem is Wood Re New. Wood Re New originated in March of 1993 in Springfield, Mo. The company began franchising in 2002. There are 21 locations in eight states. Since opening six years ago in Chesterfield, Wood Re New has established itself as the only place to go for the best in woodrestoring advice. “I saw the need for a local company specializing in cleaning and sealing wood,” Jeff Alley, president of Wood Re New St. Louis, said. “That’s all we do. We don’t clean vinyl siding or driveways.” Wood Re New’s exterior wood care experts safely and professionally clean and seal decks, docks, fences, gazebos, cedar or redwood siding and play sets using environmentally safe chemicals and professional grade products. “We’re able to pass savings on to our customers, because we buy our materi-

als direct from the manufacturer,” Alley said. Alley pointed out that the chemicals cause no harm to flowers or plants that surround the project. Wood is restored to like-new condition, and then an environmentally safe wood protectant containing UV protection and water repellent is applied. The process reduces the risk of further damage. “It’s best to clean and protect in late summer or fall, before winter sets in,” Alley said. “This way, the project’s all done and ready to enjoy next spring.” Exterior wood that is cracked, splintered, gray and ugly will never be a problem again. Wood Re New will help with all exterior wood needs. Wood Re New 1812 Canyon View Court Chesterfield (314) 453-9663 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.woodrenew.com


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Every house has a chimney. All vent harmful toxins. Furnace, water heater, and gas appliance/logs vent carbon monoxide. Wood burning fireplaces/stoves vent smoke and creosote. That is why the National Fire Protection Association and English Sweep recommend annual evaluations and sweeping. They are chimney and ventilation professionals, serving the St. Louis area since 1979. Family-owned by Gregg Boss, their mission is to meet their client’s individual needs with specialized professional services and quality craftsmanship, which has built their solid reputation. Five chimney sweeps, certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America have the experience you can rely on. Each year, they service more than 3,000 homes. English Sweep uses the most up-to-date equipment to remove hazardous quantities of creosote from fireplace flues. A diagnostic camera fits into masonry flues to find potential hazards. Annual maintenance reduces the possibility of flue fires and deterioration. English Sweep has three masons to take

care of brick restoration and tuckpointing. They also service and install wood burning and gas stoves, inserts, gas logs, and stainless steel flue liners. Additionally, they install covers, glass doors, flashing around the chimney and solve wet wall issues. They resurface fireplace flue tiles and gas flue liners for furnaces and water heaters. English Sweep are air duct specialists and use “Meyer’s General,” a powerful vacuum system, along with compressed air to clean air ducts. Ductwork is deodorized and sanitized after the cleaning. This may relieve symptoms of asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments. Dryer vent connectors collect large amounts of lint, causing potential back up of carbon monoxide gases, increased condensation, and fires. Dryer vent specialists remove the debris to provide protection from these hazards. Call English Sweep, certified flue and vent specialists to see why they are your sweep for life.

Wildwood Guitar Guild owner Matthew Kovis opened his studio only one year ago, with his love of music and teaching as his inspiration. Kovis’ musical background began at 12 when he bought his first guitar. He continued playing guitar in high school and college and started an orginal hardrock band. Throughout his adult career, he has written music, taught and played professionally. Already an accomplished recording artist, Kovis will complete a Zulu Tyme band recording in 2011. His school’s goal is to produce young, literate musicians by offering a holistic music education program, including disciplines of sight reading, music theory and solo/ensemble performance. “We want to challenge our students and give them more opportunities to excel,” Kovis said. More than a music school, the Guild puts students first. The comprehensive curriculum is demanding, rewarding, and fun. Its experienced staff offers les-

son programs from beginner through advanced for all ages. Fifty students are currently enrolled in the program. The exceptional staff teaches private and group lessons, ensembles, theory courses, and composition. In addition to guitar, they offer bass, drums and piano lessons. The school calendar includes exciting recitals and enjoyable summer camps. Rock Band is also available for more advanced students. “We want our students to know their instrument so they can play like the pros,” Kovis said. The next recital will be held at Lone Wolf on Friday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. Details are available on the Web site.

English Sweep (636) 391-2226 www.englishsweep.com

Wildwood Guitar Guild 16211 Westwoods Business Park Drive Ellisville (636) 220-6906 Hours by appointment www.wildwoodguitarguild.com

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The Welsch Furnace Company (now Welsch Heating and Cooling Company) was founded in 1895 by current president George “Butch” Welsch’s great-grandfather. Welsch Heating and Cooling is proud to be celebrating its 115th anniversary. “Our company is committed to providing quality service to each of our customers. That’s why when you call us you will always be answered by a live person - no menus! We believe that if you are willing to make the effort to call us, we should be willing to make the effort to take your call and be prepared to take care of your needs.” Butch Welsch said. “With our company, our customers are not just numbers. We value every one of our customers and want to do everything we can to make certain they are satisfied. We are extremely proud to have served customers in the St. Louis area for over 115 years, and we are still

“Quality, savings and fast” is Kitchen and Granite Creations’ promise. In three years, they have built four stores. Returning customers and referrals keep them busy. Remodeling a kitchen is a big undertaking, but Kitchen and Granite Creations will complete your project professionally, beautifully and with minimum fuss. Their experts provide innovative design ideas for a kitchen that will work ideally for your family. What is more, you will enjoy substantial savings. “Two days a kitchen, one day a granite top,” Roy Freeman, owner of Kitchen and Granite Creations, said. “We fabricate our stone and build our cabinets with no subcontractors, eliminating a middle man and passing the savings on to our clients.” New granite countertops start from as little as $29 per foot and can be installed in one day. Wood cabinetry is constructed from maple and is available in a variety of colors and styles. Their designers help each client make

very dedicated to make sure that we serve you properly.” Welsch has assembled a staff of professionals unparalleled in the St. Louis area. Their office and sales staff alone has over 350 years of combined experience in the industry. Welsch only offers trusted and superior product lines. Names such as Lennox, Geocomfort and Rheem are industry leaders in quality and dependability. This combination of experience, superior customer service and top of the line equipment are what has kept Welsch Heating and Cooling Company at the top of the industry for over 100 years. Welsch Heating and Cooling Company 2175 Welsch Industrial Court St. Louis (314) 872-8070 www.welsch-heatcool.com

informed decisions regarding quality, style and budget, so the client is assured of the kitchen they have envisioned at the price they are willing to pay. A full kitchen can be installed in two days. “Because of my quality, my service, my price, I can beat anyone in the market,” Freeman said. “We send four to 10 employees for a kitchen job, not just one or two installers. That’s why we are faster.” They recently opened their fourth location in Earth City. The large showroom features wholesale cabinets in addition to granite countertops. A fifth location will open in St. Peters later this year. For a free, no-obligation measure and quote, call Kitchen and Granite Creations and start planning the kitchen of your dreams. Visit their Web site to find the nearest location and store hours. Kitchen and Granite Creations (636) 527-8850 • (314) 838-8588 www.kitchengranitecreations.com


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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 vaticansplendors.com. • • • “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 chesterfieldarts.org.

BENEFITS 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 contest, lunch, dinner and beverages. Prizes and trophies also are featured. Call Dave at 386-8313. • • • The Wings of Hope “Hope Floats”

Cardboard Boat Race is at 11 a.m. on Sat., July 31 at Forest Park. Proceeds benefit the Wings of Hope Medical Relief and Air Transport program (MAT). For details and to register, call Michele Rutledge at 537-1302. • • • The Circle Of Concern Back to School Trivia Night is at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) on Sat., July 31 at Manchester United Methodist Church (Manchester Road and Hwy. 141). Attendance prizes, soft drinks and light snacks are provided, and pizzas are offered for sale. Participants are invited to bring school supplies. Circle Of Concern is soliciting prizes and sponsors from area merchants. Admission is $120 for a table of eight. For reservations, call 861-2623 or visit circleofconcern.org. • • • VSA of Missouri, the statewide resource on arts and disability, hosts “Masterpiece Trivia Night” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sat., July 31at DeSmet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur. A cash prize for the winning table, a prize for the best decorated table, a silent auction, 50/50 drawings and other games are featured. Individual tickets are $25/tables are $200 for up to eight players. Light snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are included. Call Jamie Wright at 530-9129 or visit vsamissouri.org. • • • The annual Kaitlin Harris Foundation

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FAMILY & KIDS Pre-school arts and crafts classes for kids aged 3-5 are at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July at the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park. Classes are $10 each and include all supplies and a carousel ride for the child and a parent. Registration is required. Call (314) 615-8383. • • • “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 livingwordumc. org. • • • “Scrabble Mania” is at 7 p.m. on Fri., July 23 at Chesterfield Arts (444 Chesterfield Center). The cost is $15 per person/$40 for a team of four. For reservations, call 519-1955. • • • Rockwood School District Community Education and Spotlight Productions present “Cinderella” at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., July 23 and Sat., July 24 and at 2 p.m. on Sat., July 24 and Sun., July 25 at Lafayette High School Theater (17050 Clayton Road in Wildwood). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and younger when purchased in advance and an additional $2 when purchased at the door. Call 207-2541 or visit rockwood.k12.mo.us/spoglightproductions. • • • 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 manchestermo.gov. • • • 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. • • • Genesis Church in Eureka Kids Clubs are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mon., July 26 through Thurs., July 29 at 17427 Hill-

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The Cleaning Agents, LLC

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P ro fe s s i o n a l Wo r k m a n s h i p Driveways • Patios • Sidewalks • Porches Steps • Garage Floors • Repair Work Exposed Aggregate • Stamped Concrete Family Owned • Insured • Since 1963

FREE Estimates 314-849-7520 Biotek

Let us help!

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Fully stocked trucks for expedient repair Quality plumbing repairs Fair • Honest • Reliable Reasonable rates • Licensed Satisfaction Guaranteed Specialists in OLD HOME repair.

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We Come PREPARED!

Power Washing Cedar Treatment Paper Removal Carpentry Fully Insured

Landscape Contractors

WE DO IT ALL!

SALES • INSTALLATION • 24HR SERVICE

Interior / Exterior 458-7707 Drywall Repair

Professional Landscape Design and Installation Paver Patios • Retaining Walls Water Features • Plantings Landscape Lighting and Repair Update Existing Landscapes

Electric Openers & Controls Door Solutions, Inc.

(636)

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• Powerwash/Stain • Decks - Fences • Interior/Exterior Paint • Install/Repair Decks - Fences Concrete Work • Full Remodeling

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Professional Painters Inc.

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Don’t Live With Moles... My Customers Don’t! Average Yard Has 1-2 Moles • Litters Are Born March - July Local and Neighborhood References No Poisons • No Chemicals • Child & Pet Safe Traps Less Expensive • More Reliable • More Effective • Fast Results

Call J.D. At 636-233-4484

Roofing

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Repairs

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636-391-6905

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Seabaugh ROOFING - SIDING - WINDOWS GUTTERS - GUARDS - DECKS In our tough economy, we continue to offer affordable prices and exceptional quality!

Furniture & Decorating Co., Inc Since 1930 Upholstering, Repairing and Refinishing

17322 Manchester Road

Call Us Today! Office: 314-968-7858 www.FrankVandAssociates.com

(636) 458-3809

THE FAN MAN

For All Your Brick & Stone Work Needs

Ceiling • Wholehouse Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting

Fireplaces • Tuckpointing • Patios Retaining Walls • Glass Block Tile/Marble for your Kitchen & Bath Call Lee (314) 267-1833 Gonzalez B., LLC

SUMMER SAlE SAvE 20% UNTil 7-31-10

RestoRation specialists l.l.c.

We Don’t simply stain your deck, we refinish it

Specializing in Deck Refinishing

Quality Work At Competitive Prices!

(636) 337-0880

Serving St. Louis for Over 40 Years

ATTENTION CONTRACTORS!

DO yOu want tO incREaSE yOuR pROfit maRginS? Become a member of our contractor club and start receiving hugE SavingS on everyday items. call or email us at webmaster@kellybuildingproducts.com u Framing Lumber u Decking u Exterior Doors u Windows u Interior Doors & Molding u Siding & Exterior Trim

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM AT

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3 q Kitchens & Baths 3 q Wood Rot 3 q Windows/Doors

3 q Drywall repair/Painting 3 q Caulking/Grouting 3 q And much more!

Bonded & Insured/Experienced Employees/ Professional, Safe And Reliable

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Now Available Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

(314) 494-7719

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1 Room Or Entire Basement FREE Design Service Finish What You Started As Low As $15 sq. ft. Professional Painters, Drywall Hangers & Tapers

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388

Specializing In:

Driveway & Patio New and Replacement

Traditional Finishes To Old World Charm

www.stl-concrete.com

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House Powerwashing • Concrete Sealing Underdecking • Military & Senior Discounts

Residential & Commercial

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

• Window Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning • Power Washing • Deck Restoration

(314) 822-0849

Free Estimates

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$1,500 or more Expires 7/31/10

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

Troubleshooting • Upgrade • Back-Up Generators

314-606-8160

Residential Garage Door Openers Commercial Gate Operators Residential Gate Operators Telephone Entry Systems

Let us Take the “PANE” out of WINDOW CLEANING Residential & Commercial Interior & Exterior Powerwashing Bonded & Insured Check us out on Angie’s List!

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(314) 772-6500

G&G Window Cleaning

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

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Your Best Source for New Construction, Service & Pool Renovation

Custom Woodworking • Bookshelves Fireplace Mantels • Doors Entertainment Centers Theatre Rooms • Custom Bars

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call On a handyman PrOfessiOnal!

Home Repairs • Plumbing • Electrical Carpentry • Painting • Windows & Doors Appliances • Roof Repairs • Decks & More!

Concrete Tear-Out • New Construction Patio • Foundations Porch • Skid-Steer Work Insured • 25 Years In Business

“Water Damaged Showers a Specialty” Tub to Stall Shower Conversions Grab Bars/ High Toilets/ Personal Showers

636-394-0315

www.tileandbathservice.com Senior Discounts Available

Tile & Bath Service, Inc. 25 Years Experience • At this location 20 years 14770 Clayton Road • visit our showroom


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Computer Services COMPLETE COMPUTER SERVICES At Your Place...or Our Place!

Affordable Expert PC Repair Only $55/Hour

Chambers Computers 15274 Manchester Rd. Ste 274 (New Ballwin & Manchester Rds.)

(636) 220-2395 www.chambers-computers.com

Specializing in Home Offices and Small Businesses. County Computer Consulting LLC, can support your computers and networks. Call Ray for more information at 636-391-3853 or www. CCC-LLC.BIZ.

HALF "BIG BOX" RATES Custom Builds In-Home or bench repair Upgrades

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Ask about our special offers for new customers!

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

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

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

www.homehelpersstl.com

Automotive

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RUNNING USED CARS Get More Money Than A Tax Deduction

Cash Paid On The Spot Call Sam 314-302-2008

Carpet Services CARPET REPAIRS. Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates. (314) 892-1003 Childcare Experienced Nanny available for INFANT care. My home or yours. Former teacher with excellent references. Call Beverly 636-527-2035

Cleaning Services Lori's Cleaning Service

Choose a cleaner who takes PRIDE in serving you and is grateful for the opportunity. Call Lori at

636-221-2357

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

AFFORDABLE PRICING $10 OFF New Clients

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

Concrete Services

Flooring

SJS INC CONCRETE Driveways. Sidewalks. Porches. Patios. Pool decks. Stamped Concrete. Exposed aggregate. Foundations poured/repaired. Epoxy injection. Water proofing. Basement Floors. Walls. Stone Work. Walkways. Steps. Bobcat work. Grading. Residential-Commercial. Free Estimates. Specializing in St. Louis Counties Finer Properties. 314-353-5555

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

Concrete Connection LLC Residential & Commercial. For all your flatwork, foundation & retaining wall needs! Traditional and decorative concrete. New installation, tear outs & re placement! Call (314) 568-3437

Electrical Services SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Electrical Work. Ceiling fans Installed. Light Fixtures Replaced. Security Lighting. Dusk to Dawn Motion Detectors. Low Voltage Yard Lighting. Bathroom Exhaust Fans. GFCI Receptacles/Switches. Recessed Lights. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555 The FAN Guy Trained & experienced tradesman available for light electrical services: new outlets/ switches, water heater repair, lighting/ fan installation & repairs. Fair, dependable & honest. Call Paul 636-734-8402

J & J HAULING

Heating & Cooling

Do you have the desire to be considered for jobs in showbiz such as print ads, commercials, TV/films? We can help! We develop, market & place “real looking” people ages 3mos thru seniors. Accepting applications for all sizes & heights. Beginners welcome! Images Agency (since 1988). State Licensed. Apply Online at

Hauling Services

for Small Business & Individuals

Call 636-532-0859

Fast & Affordable

For Rent Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/summer rates and availability. To view pictures please go to www.vrbo.com /127089 or /148365. For Additional info Call 314-922-8344. St. Augustine, FL. Luxury Condo at Crescent Beach, ocean front 3 BR, 2 BA, Jacuzzi, WIFI, intercoastal fishing dock, pool, tennis courts, gorgeous beach, Historic St. Augustine. Golf, fishing, great restaurants, great family vacation spot. To view windjammerfl.com; unit 301 or call 314-434-6457

For Sale 5 Grave Lots Forever Bellerive Cemetary, Creve Coeur, MO $13,800 for all or $3,300 each. Call Mark 314-640-8889

Place a classified ad today! Call Hope 636-591-0010

Help Wanted The West County Family YMCA is looking for caring and responsible people to work for the before and after school program in the Parkway School District starting early August. Hours of operation are M-F from 6:30am 8:45am and either 2:00 or 3:00 - 6:00pm depending on the school. Applicant does not have to work both shifts to apply. Medical insurance and free memebership available. Great part time job for retirees or college students. Applications will be excepted at the West County YMCA until August 8th. Contact Christine Grant at cgrant@ ymcastlouis.org for more information. EOE M/F/D/V Applicant must pass criminal record screenings and e-verify to be eligible.

Computer Service & Support

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

PCQUIK

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

HOME COMPUTER SERVICES We destroy viruses and spyware, fix slow or crashed computers, perform software and hardware upgrades, install and troubleshoot any wired or wireless network, recover/ move data and install new computers. 14+ years experience working on home/corporate computers and networks. To schedule an appointment call Matt at 314.226.4279 o r w w w. y o u r p c d o c s . c o m

Garage Doors

WEST COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE. Proudly serving West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. No extra charge for Evenings and Weekends! Call 636-388-9774

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

$29.99 A/C SERVICE

Fully Insured/Licensed Senior / Military Discount (314) 443-7928 Absolutely Affordable Heating & Cooling Visa • Mastercard

Help Wanted

West St. Louis County Area CNA's with current license Caregivers with Experience Insured vehicle a must Download an application at

Seniorshomecare.com Or call 636-225-2600

stlcastingcall.com

New Non-Medical In-Home care company seeking care providers. Part-time t start. Experience required. Send resume to: BYShomecare@gmail.com

Full Time Employees Needed! Days & Nights. Apply at Chesterfield Valley Subway near Lowes or call 636-733-0006

$95.00 Is Our Only Price To Power Wash 1 Story Ranch Homes.

TAX INCLUDED!

DIRT CHEAP POWER WASH 314.378.9064 I Promise We Won't Jerk Your Chain With Bait & Switch Prices Because You Like A Clean Home!

Basement Sealing & Waterproofing. Experienced plumbing pro. Call 314-724-8971

Automotive Technician/ Mechanic

Prefer ASE Certification to work at a top shop in West St Louis County. Servicing all makes and models. Send resume to: 1autoshop@earthlink.net

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

Caregivers Wanted. Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000

Experienced fertilizer and/ or lawn care salesperson needed. Salary to commensurate with experience and results. 314-568-3095

Feel Like Your Chains Been Jerked When You Hear The Price Is Only $99.99, Taxes Not Included???

Actors/Models:

Home Improvement CNA's - Caregivers

Home Improvement

Rain alone, won't do the trick;

Let C&K Unique R&R wash your dirt, mold & mildew away. We Powerwash, Stain & Seal Homes, Decks and Fences. For a free estimate call Keith at

636-696-5911

HOME DYNAMICS Interior Remodeling Carpentry OWNER ON THE JOB

30 Yrs. Experience-Super Quality

636-225-7286

Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical 20 Years Experience

Get Rid of Pests in and around your home while giving your family the GREEN LIGHT using family and pet friendly products! Prompt & reliable. Green Light Pest Control 618-250-9637

The FAN Guy Trained & experienced tradesman available for light electrical services: new outlets/ switches, water heater repair, lighting/ fan installation & repairs. Fair, dependable & honest. Call Paul 636-734-8402

Storm damage?

Home rehab & remodel services. No job too big or small! 314-724-8971 WEST COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE. Proudly serving West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. No extra charge for Evenings and Weekends! Call 636-388-9774


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Kalemis Enviroscapes

314-567-3666

Complete Landscaping Services

Residential & Commercial FREE EsTiMaTEs

Mikes Lawn Service: Dependable, responsible. Mowing, shrub trimming, mulch, yard clean-up. References. Call 636-346-9704

Creative landscapes & installations, property clean-up, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, weed control, mowing, decks, walkways, lighting, irrigation, retaining walls, patios, erosion & drainage control.

Mosquito problem?

Gutters cleaned and repaired. Correct lawn drainage and eliminate standing water. Free evaluation! Call 314-724-8971 Lawn & Landscape Renovations, Custom Exteriors, Deck Repair & Design, Tree & Stump Removal. FREE ESTIMATES 314-724-8971

Professional Outdoor Services

Call 314-426-8833

*Mowing and Fertilization *Landscape Installation & Retaining Walls *Brush Pruning & Clearing

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

•Lawn Mowing & Fertilization •Retaining Walls & Paver Patios •Landscape Design & Installation •Drainage Work •Landscape Lighting •Mole Trapping Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050 PEDRO MARTINEZ LANDSCAPING A Cut Above! Year round Lawn Maintenence, aeration, power raking, leaf, bush & tree removal, spring clean-up. Gutter cleaning. Mowing, mulching, bush & tree trimming, edging, retaining walls, drainage work, patios, fence installation/ repair and more. 636-237-5160 or 636-519-9190

Drainage, Sod, Erosion, Overgrowth Clearing & Pruning Free Estimates

636-466-2050

MILBOURN

TUCKPOINTING

Chimneys, Walls, Spot & Solid Waterproofing, Caulking Do Own Work • No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted 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

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

Pa i n T i n g includes paint Call Today

314-651-0261 since 1992

CEDAR PRO DECK STAINING

BY BRUSH ONLY "No Mess, No Stress" Decks • Fences Play Sets • Gazebos

Work Guaranteed!

16 Years Experience References • Free Estimates

314-452-2204

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.

Riverside Painting

Degreed Piano Teacher accepting students of all ages & levels. First 5 callers get HALF OFF first month's lessons. Chesterfield studio or in your home. 636-519-1304 GUITAR/ VOICE LESSONS Now Accepting New Students.Lessons in your home. Exp. includes: Band leader, composer, vocalist. (refer. avail). $35/hr. www.themakeshiftgentlemen.com Call Joe 636.346.7146 or 636.458.2066

Residential Interior and Exterior Painting. Insured.

Senior discount!

We just keep rolling it on!

Call Ken 636-391-1746

I LOVE TO PAINT!!!

Professional Painting Paints, Glazes & More

Cabinetry & Furniture Too! Affordable Quality

DON'T PAY MORE! Free Estimates. Call David Sontheimer 314-732-FAUX(3289) www.cabinette.net

Interior and Exterior Painting Power Washing • Window Washing Gutter Cleaning

www.painting-pros.com

636-527-2501

Painting Services

Spring Cleanup! Leaf r e m o v a l , mulch ing, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, mowing! Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234

...A Certified Belgard Installer...

Retaining Walls (Any Size) Paver Patios Erosion & Drainage Control Check Out Our Projects At www.stoutlandscaping.com

To Place an ad call Hope 636-591-0010

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

Painting Services

Roofing Services

3 rooms $490

Mulch

Music Lessons

636-466-2050

(636) 227-5595

Painting Services

314-484-1548

314-567-3666

Weeding, Pruning, Trimming, Spraying, Fertilizing, Planting, Brush Removal, Edging, Mulching, Retaining Walls, Paver Patios & Drainage Systems

Masonry

Rotted Wood/Trim & Masonite Replacement Plus, Carpentry Repairs!

Call 636-230-0185

Owner / operator specializing in interior painting, decorative & faux painting, wall textures, concrete staining. Design consultation. Insured. References. FREE ESTIMATES 314-397-3868

THREE DECADES OF QUALITY WORK

DECK STAINING • BY BRUSH ONLY No Spraying • No Rolling • No Mess Specializing in Hardwood Decks

Work Guaranteed • Insured • References

314-852-5467 314-846-6499

www.cedarbeautiful.com

Pest Control Tree Services

Get Rid of Pests in and around your home while giving your family the GREEN LIGHT using family and pet friendly products! Prompt & reliable. Green Light Pest Control 618-250-9637

COLE TREE SERVICE Tree and stump removal. Trimming, deadwooding. Free estimates. Insured. 636-475-3661 Website www.cole/tree/service.biz

Pet Services

Tree & Misc

Yucko’s

POOP SCOOP’N SERVICE

314-770-1500 www.yuckos .com

West County Pet Care. Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. We take care of Pets in your home where Pets prefer. Daily, Weekly Rates. Insured 636-394-6852 314-401-5516

ada’s Lil’ angels, LLC Pet Care & House sitting Insured, Licensed & Bonded

Free initial Consultation! (314) 518-4900

Plumbing Services SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Plumbing Repairs. Drain/ Sewer Opening. Kitchen Faucets/Disposals Installed. Bathroom Vanities, Toilets Repaired/ Replaced. Water Lines/Drain Lines Replaced. Dishwashers/Ice makers Installed. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555

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

Real Estate Can't Sell Your House? Can't Qualify For A Bank Loan?

Call Cindy for Solutions

314-458-6110

advertise Today 636-591-0010 Recycling

WE BUY SCRAP METAL Earthbound Recycling

Buying 1 to 2,000lbs. of copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, lead and car batteries. FREE drop-off for steel, vinyl and cardboard. 25 Truitt Dr., Eureka, MO 63025 Open M-Sat 9-5.

636-938-1188

EarthboundRecycling.com

(636) 257-7399 • 24 Hrs.

Tuckpointing

MILBOURN

TUCKPOINTING

Chimneys, Walls, Spot & Solid Waterproofing, Caulking Do Own Work • No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted

314-484-1548 Wanted To Buy Host your own Gold Buying Party!

Earn Extra Cash for Vacations and Upcoming Holiday Season! Call Bill @ Harris Jewelers for Details. 636-477-9800 Collector seeking

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and other trains & accesories. Call 636-227-8957

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Cash Paid On The Spot Call Sam 314-302-2008

Wedding Services BrandyWyne Studio

Weddings, Event Planning and Design, Chic' design with Fresh Floral Art displays. One-Stop for all things design. Call today for more information

314-602-4112

Anytime... Anywhere... Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Baptisms Full Service Ministry Non-Denomination

(314) 703-7456


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Your Neighborhood Realtor! Ken Hill,

Be sure to see our

Manager

Esq.

636-532-0200

111 Chesterfield Towne Ctr. • Chesterfield 63005

REAL ESTATE SECTION

New Price!

2658 Highway 100 Gray Summit, MO

632 Tucker Hill Lane Gray Summit 63039 MLS #10025477 PRICE REDUCED!

1.5 Sty home, 4 bedrms, 3.5 baths. Custom brick/stone elevation. Gourmet kitchen. Jeanne Hunsaker - 314-210-0702

636.591.0010

2516 Maple Crossing Drive ~ 63011 This incredibly impressive 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1.5 story home on a half acre lot will knock your socks off and it has a 4 car garage! For a free 24 hour recorded message regarding this property, please call 1-800-628-1775 ext 1286!

636-549-1129 www.TheKrauseTeam.com

17735 Greystone Terrace • Chesterfield • $569,900

Impeccable classic 2 sty backs to woods in Wildhorse Subdivision! Finished W/O LL. Terri Rea - 314-374-5128

New Price!

Fabulous 2 Story on 2 Ac (mol) just West of Wildwood

285 Bountiful Pointe Circle ~ Wildwood This remarkable 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath, 1.5 story home with approximately 6,000 sq ft of living space is loaded with upgrades! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding details of the property, please call 1-800-6281775 ext 1216!

Terri Rea

Jeanne Hunsaker

269 Point Lansing • Ballwin • $743,000

319 Nantucket Drive Ballwin 63011 MLS #10026569

Terri Rea

234 Monarch Hill • Chesterfield • $819,000

Pristine 1.5 sty, 6.5 private acres in convenient Chesterfield locale! Rockwood Schools! Terri Rea - 314-374-5128

Introducing the all-new

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Updated 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2-story. Open floor plan. New GE kitchen. Rockwood Schools. Terri Emms - 314-954-9449 New Listing!

PRICE REDUCED!

$225,000 3 BR, 3 BA, Updated, Finished LL

Terri Emms

17356 Hilltop Ridge Dr. • Eureka • $264,900

Candy Citrin

Candy Citrin

229 Dejournet Dr. • Chesterfield • $319,900

3 Bdr, 2 Ba Ranch. Open floor plan, Vaults, New Repairs made to home. Come See! Candy Citrin - 314-518-0675

17892 Bonhomme Fork Ct.• Chesterfield • $815,000

Fabulous 5 Bedroom, 3.5 Ba, Atrium Ranch. Updates, Granite, Backs to common ground Candy Citrin - 314-518-0675

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Relocation

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New Homes Div

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16925 LEWIS SPRING FARMS RD WILDWOOD Spectacular custom 1.5 sty, 3 ac lot, 2-sty foyer & great rm. $899,900

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7 FAIRLAKE DRIVE CLARKSON VALLEY Beautiful setting back to #2 green at Forest Hills CC. $699,999

17548 GARDEN RIDGE CIRCLE WILDWOOD Fabulous atrium ranch, 7 yrs young! 5BR/4.5ba, 3 car gar. $585,000

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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.

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!

684 Rustic Valley Dr. - Ballwin - $169,900 Great ranch with lots of potential! Finished lower level, large master bedroom, 2 full baths.

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!

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.

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

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12529 Robinview Ct. - Creve Coeur - $315,000 4BD/2.5 BA on Creve Coeur cul-de-sac! Great subdivision, vaulted ceilings, updated appliance, large rear deck!

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12 GREENBANK DRIVE CHESTERFIELD Forest Hills Country Club! Sprawling 3BR, 3.5ba ranch. $329,900

25 DOGWOOD TRAILS PACIFIC 1.5 story, 4.4 wooded acres, circle drive. 5BR/3.5ba. FP. $249,900

12911 CEDARLEDGE COURT UNINC ST LOUIS Open floorplan ranch with 3BR, 2.5ba on main. Fin LL. $222,500

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1313 RUSTICVIEW DR (BALLWIN) Spacious 3BR/2ba home in convenient Ballwin subd. Updated kitch. $259,900 412 GREAT HILL (BALLWIN) Charming, updated 1.5 sty. Maple cabinets, bay window, skylights, fabulous patio. $155,000 754 WOODSIDE TRAILS DR #101 (BALLWIN) Affordable living in this garden condo.2BR/2 full baths. $127,500 711 LOFTY POINT (BALLWIN) Spacious Treetop condo with newer deck overlooking trees. Large master suite. $111,000 998 TARA OAKS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Custom 2sty,former display, great lot, inground pool, gourmet kitch. $797,000 1838 ELMSFORD LN (CHESTERFIELD) Beautifully appointed 2 sty w/ingrnd pool. Lovely wood flrs on main level. $644,500 17119 SURREY VIEW DR (CHESTERFIELD) Pristine ranch, 4BR,3.5ba, 2 FP, 3 car garage, level lot. $579,900 2206 TWIN ESTATES CIRCLE (CHESTERFIELD) Fabulous 2 sty home with 4BR, 2.5 baths & 3 car garage. $474,900 1922 SUMTER RIDGE CT (CHESTERFIELD) Spacious 2sty in popular Baxter Ridge. Wood floors in foyer. $389,900 1928 BUCKINGTON DR (CHESTERFIELD) Lovely 2 sty in Scarborough subd. Premium lot backs to woods. $389,900 119 CHESTERFIELD BLUFFS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Fabulous villa, 2 sty 4BR/3.5ba in Chesterfield Bluffs. $359,900 213 GRAND BANKS (CHESTERFIELD) Come see this gracious 4BR, 3ba villa in elegant Baywood Village. $355,000 15593 BEDFORD FORGE DR #24 (CHESTERFIELD) 3rd floor unit overlooking lake & woods. $154,000 16643 STERLING POINTE CT (CLARKSON VALLEY) Custom 1.5 sty, gorgeous inground pool, 2 sty GR. $890,000 2254 RIDGLEY WOODS (CLARKSON VALLEY) 3BR plus bonus rm. 2F/2H BA. Fin LL, lrg sunrm. Nature galore! $545,000

1594 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Gorgeous former display with all the bells and whistles. Gourmet kitchen. $350,000 1579 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Attached villa waiting for you to complete. Upgraded fixtures, wood flrs. $320,000 1575 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) New construction! 2BR, 2ba attached villa! $320,000 11920 OLD BALLAS RD, #203 (CREVE COEUR) Spacious 2BR, 2ba, secured building, wood flrs in LR & DR. $189,900 652 #201 EMERSON RD (CREVE COEUR) New construction in Creve Coeur! 1bed/1bath. $164,000 3125 S STATE HWY FF (EUREKA) Remarkable 3BR/3ba log cabin lodgetype house. $245,000 50 ELK RUN DR (EUREKA) Totally renovated 3BR/1ba ranch/1cr gar. Fab ktchn w/SS appl, wood flr, sep DR. $149,900 2313 CHARLEMAGNE (MARYLAND HTS) Nice townhouse offers 2BR,1.5ba, liv rm, kit/din LL fam rm. $124,000 1865 SEVEN PINES (ST LOUIS) Traditional 3BR, 2bath ranch with lg liv rm & adjoining dining rm, wood flrs. $214,900 12824 PORTULACA #D (STLOUIS UNINC) 2BR, 2ba condo. Freshly painted – newer carpet, AC, & furnace. $89,000 12319 DESIGN LN (UNINCORP) Wonderfully updated 3BR/1.5ba on quiet street in a great location. $173,900 12947 MIDFIELD TERRACE (UNINC ST LOUIS CO) Beautiful home, vaulted great room, separate dining room. $199,900 11991-F VILLA DORADO (UNINC STL CO) Wonderful 2BR/1ba upper level condo facing trees. Updated kit. $79,000 2903 ST ALBANS FOREST CIR (WILDWOOD) Spectacular custom ranch on 3+ acres near St Alban CC. $1,590,000 849 STONE BRIDGE SPRINGS DR (WILDWOOD)Custom 1.5sty, 3 acres, lovely views, 2sty great rm. $799,000

17712 GREYSTONE TERRACE DR (WILDWOOD) Beautifully appointed 1.5 sty, updated kitchen. $649,900 1418 RIDGETREE TRAILS (WILDWOOD) Custom 2 sty on gorgeous treed 1.5+ scre lot. Circle drive. $624,900 18321 ALLENTON TRAIL TERRACE (WILDWOOD) Gracious country living is yours at this lovely property. $620,000 841 STONE BRIDGE SPRINGS (WILDWOOD) Stunning atrium ranch sitting on 3 wood acres. 4BR, 3.5ba. $579,900 17732 HORNBEAN DR (WILDWOOD) 2sty on private lot, beautifully maintained. 2sty entry, wd flrs on main level. $549,900 744 FORBY RD (WILDWOOD) 14+-acre building site, just mins from I-44 & Hwy 109. Secluded, wooded. $500,000 2100 BABLER RIDGE LN (WILDWOOD) Seeking historical appeal? Reproduction gambrel cape on 3 acres. $485,000 18607 BABLER MEADOWS DR (WILDWOOD) Cust 1.5 sty, 3.5 gorgeous acres, inground pool. $464,900 2011 WAKEFIELD FARM RD (WILDWOOD) A horse lover's dream in Wildwood! 4BR, 3.5ba ranch. $399,900 2020 WOODMOOR RIDGE (WILDWOOD) Sunny and bright 2 sty home w/4BR, 2.5ba. Updated kitchen. $355,000 1766 CHIMNEY TOP FARM (WILDWOOD) Beautiful views, 1.5 story nestled on 3.48 acre. Many updates. $349,900 1521 CLAYTON WOODS CT (WILDWOOD) Sharp 2sty home with 4BR, 3.5ba, 2 car garage. $348,000 123 IMPERIAL CROWN WAY #J (WILDWOOD) Updated garden condo. 2BR, 2ba and one carport space. $115,000 133 JUBILEE HILL #A (WILDWOOD) Move-in ready garden condo. 2BR, 2 full bths. Eat-in kit, appls stay. $105,500 466 BLACKWOLF RUN DR (WILDWOOD) Fabulous 1.5 sty, 5BR/4.5ba. Gourmet kitchen, granite. $749,900

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16642 Highland Summit Dr. Wildwood • $399,900 STUNNING Vaulted ATRIUM ranch w/Hearthroom, Updated Gourmet Kit., HUGE Fin. Lower w/Rec Rm, Exercise Rm, 2 Bd,& Fam Rm! Screen Porch, Patio, Deck & More! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555 stephaniethompsonrealtor.com

2639 Sun Meadow Drive Chesterfield • $369,000 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 www.barbwoodham.com

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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 www.MikeLeeker.com

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78 Boca Raton Ct. Chesterfield • $243,900 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 www.CallRobinWilliams.com

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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 ChrisRonberg.com

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