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Rumors of Congressional Democrats privately expressing disapproval of the Obama administration’s actions and policies have been given more credence by such things as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s public criticism of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. But when two long-time Democratic pollsters, Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, called President Obama “cynical” and “racially divisive,” that was a dramatic statement. It was like saying that the emperor has no clothes. A much more rhetorically subdued but nevertheless devastating implicit criticism of current government spending policies came from an even more unlikely source: the Congressional Budget Office, whose director is a Democrat. Without naming names or making political charges, the Congressional Budget Office last week issued a report titled “Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis.” The report’s dry, measured words paint a painfully bleak picture of the long-run dangers from the current runaway government deficits. The CBO report points out that the national debt, which was 36 percent of the Gross Domestic Product three years ago, is now projected to be 62 percent of GDP at the end of fiscal year 2010 – and rising in future years. Tracing the history of the national debt back to the beginning of the country, the CBO finds that the national debt did not exceed 50 percent of GDP, even when the country was fighting the Civil War, the First World War or any other war except World War II. Moreover, a graph in the CBO report shows the national debt going down sharply after World War II, as the nation began paying off its wartime when the war was over. By contrast, our current national debt is still going up and may end up in “unfamiliar territory,” according to the CBO, reaching “unsustainable levels.” They spell out the economic consequences – and it is not a pretty picture. Although Barack Obama and members of his administration constantly talk about the so-called “stimulus” spending as creating a demand for goods that is in turn “creating jobs,” every dime they spend comes from somewhere else, which means that there is less money to create jobs somewhere else. There is no reason to believe that all this
runaway spending is creating jobs – on net balance. The fact that the unemployment rate remains stuck at nearly 10 percent belies the idea that great numbers of jobs are being created – again, on net balance. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ recent rant against Rush Limbaugh for criticizing the bailout of General Motors went on and on about how this bailout had saved “a million jobs.” But where does Gibbs think the bailout money came from? The Tooth Fairy? When you take money from the taxpayers and spend it to rescue the jobs of one set of workers – your union political supporters, in this case – what does that do to the demand for the jobs of other workers, whose products taxpayers would have bought with the money you took away from them? There is no net economic gain to the country from this, though there may well be political gains for the administration from having rescued their UAW supporters. The same principle applies to money that came from selling government bonds, thus adding to the national debt. People who bought those government bonds had other things they could have invested in, if those government bonds had not been issued. As the Congressional Budget Office puts it, if the national debt continues to grow out of control, a “growing portion of people’s savings would go to purchase government debt rather than toward investments in productive capital goods such as factories and computers; that ‘crowding out’ of investment would lead to lower output and incomes than would otherwise occur.” Just paying the interest on a growing national debt can require higher tax rates, which “would discourage work and saving and further reduce output,” according to the CBO. It would probably do no good to send Robert Gibbs – or Barack Obama, for that matter – a copy of the government’s own Congressional Budget Office report. Spending vast sums of money in politically strategic places helps the Obama administration politically, and that is obviously their bottom line.
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out voters in 2008 through his Organizing for America. Think ACORN, illegal voters and vote frauds. A Con Con could indeed eat away at the foundations of the republic. “A Con Con would include pressure groups seeking an elimination of the Second Amendment, global governance through treaty law, deletion of the provision that requires a two-thirds majority of Senators to ratify treaties (the favorite change urged by the Council on Foreign Relations), the addition of new constitutional rights (such as same-sex marriage and health care), elimination of the Electoral College, and other insidious and dangerous changes.” In a letter dated June 22, 1988 Chief Justice Warren Burger warned, “There is no effective way to muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey.” Thankfully, in its last legislative session the Missouri General Assembly rescinded its former approval of supporting a Con Con. Obama’s proclaimed goal of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” could see reality in a Con Con! Let’s not go there. Mark Andrews Chesterfield
To the Editor: Didn’t we just have this exercise last month? I thought everyone was tested. Didn’t we earn passing marks? I know I’ve been paying attention in class, or is this just one of those pop quizzes teachers are famous for? Well, if anyone missed the course, it’s called “Liberalism 101” and it goes like this in the West Newsmagazine. This publication is unquestionably biased in its conservative viewpoints. It enjoys steady readership because of this fact. The publisher offers no apologies for this fact. The publisher provides dissenting points of views from readers who complain of this fact. On rare occasion, the publisher will test his loyal readers with a letter disguised as an aberration or a distortion of that policy that gives a viewpoint that has been cleverly disguised and cloaked in “progressiveness” to suggest it would be beneficial if this publication “became more tolerant.” It’ll be written that this paper’s bias plays into the hands of the opposition by forced polarization of viewpoints that silences that of the opposition. Furthermore, we couldn’t possibly learn who would best represent our conservative positions unless the “enemies’ strengths are clearly presented,” thus bringing out the cream of the crop those most capable candidates who would run against liberals. That is, after all, what James S. Schilling is advocating, isn’t it? And he even suggested he might vote Republican sometime in the Public funds for future? Right! Say it ain’t so, Mr. Huber. Say it ain’t private schools To the Editor: so! Let us not deceive ourselves. Dick StratMike McCluskey Manchester man was right when he drew our attention to the immature incompetence of the … individual who now is the Republican nominee in November for our State Senate Con Con Con seat. Yet, Mr. Stratman himself should be To the Editor: Notwithstanding the fine letter printed exposed for his duplicity, indeed his deceit, in your (Aug. 4) issue by Rick and Ann on the vital question of whether public Standal, a Constitutional Convention (Con money should be diverted toward private Con) is not only a bad idea, it is quite dan- and parochial schools. We have in our midst an organization, gerous. For their answers to our problems in Washington, they deserve praise. But a Citizens for Educational Freedom, which lobbies for vouchers and tax credits for Con Con is not the way to go. The best research over the years on this such schools. This organization was matter has been done by pro-family leader, founded by a Catholic priest, and it is conservative columnist and constitutional located on Catholic Church property (John attorney Phyllis Schlafly (eagleforum.org). F. Kennedy High School) in Manchester, “The election of Con Con delegates would Mo. In answering their questionnaire sent be courted by the most violent partisans on to political candidates, Stratman emphaboth sides. Although Nancy Pelosi would sized that he is a product of Catholic paroprobably be in charge of the numbers and chial education, a statement at odds with apportionment of Con Con delegates, their his political portrait of years as a public election could surely be a repeat perfor- school teacher. Then Stratman went on mance of the way the Obama crowd turned and wrote that the State of Missouri should
“fully fund” all education, public and priTo answer your final question, I am vate. Good grief, Mr. Stratman! All of this on the “side” of America, and to imply coming from someone who billed himself that if we do not see things the way you a fiscal conservative. do means we are not loyal Americans is, I invite readers to check out the above frankly, insulting. I don’t need to wear my on their own. It is impossible to reconcile patriotism on my lapel to prove it to anya true commitment to public education body else. My mother taught me a lesson (and indeed the Missouri Constitution with when I was quite young: “Our country ... its strong language upholding separation may she always be in the right, but right of church and state) and at the same time or wrong, our country.” There is no “mine” advocate the diversion of taxpayer money, and “your” America in the face of outside directly or indirectly, to private and paro- threats. To me, your editorial clearly indichial schools. cates that the enemy is within. Donald D. Meyer Kathleen Butterly Nigro Labadie Chesterfield
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To the Editor: I feel the need to address some of the points in your editorial of Aug. 4. I would not describe myself as a conservative, but I am not afraid to read your paper, as I do live in this community. I think it is glib to describe any community as monolithic, and those of us who do not fit the mold you describe certainly are not mirrored in your publication, self-described as our “community” paper. When I was brought up, the editorial page was the only place where opinions should be reflected. I have no desire to write you an angry letter; instead, I am saddened by your editorial. It is not fruitful for anyone to point the finger of blame. I agree that we are living in a tumultuous time, but divisiveness certainly will not have any effect but to alienate us further. As Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” You imply that the avenue to success is through capitalism; however, the “greed is good” mentality is widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and in 2008 (the most recent year we have for statistics) 19 percent of all children in the U.S. lived in poverty. Improving their access to a healthy environment and quality education certainly would benefit us all as those children become adults; surely it would reduce the chance that they would need government assistance. I am sure many of your readers would agree that Christmas should not primarily be about getting up really early the day after Thanksgiving to boost our economy. I am saying that there is more than one way to view the way things have always been done. I see a lot of bumper stickers around town making fun of “hope,” and yes, I get it. How many of your ancestors were immigrants? How far would they have gotten without hope? To me, it is “change” that frightens most people.
To the Editor: I was going through a collection of U.S. postage stamps and found a series of stamps recognizing “Legendary American Entertainers.” This evening, I watched and enjoyed the show on Channel 9 about television shows I grew up with years ago. The two incidents caused me to realize that the television industry today seems to be in a state of “termoil!” The Jay Leno/Conan matter created a major controversy. The longtime, popular TV series are going off the air. New productions seem to be struggling to attract viewers. Commercials now have increased, forcing the industry to list the credits/performers along the bottom of the screen during the first 5 to 10 minutes of the show. The final 20 minutes of an hour show seem to be devoted to commercials. As a result, except for the national news at 5:30, the local 10 p.m. news broadcasts and a few shows like “Dateline,” my wife and I watch very little TV anymore. We do not have cable. When we do turn on our TV in the evening, it is usually tuned to Channel 9. The “Legendary American Entertainers” stamps and tonight’s show on channel 9 brought back many delightful memories of television in the “good old days!” Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Johnny Carson, Burns and Allen, to name a few. Weekly series such as “Dragnet,” “Perry Mason,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,’ “Alfred Hitchcock” and many more held your attention without constant gunfire, car chases, violence, etc. As the new TV season approaches, I do not see much of anything that appeals to the 55 and older population. And now that St. Louis has lost our favorite radio station, Classic 99, many of us do not have radio to entertain us. I guess all is not lost. I’m back to reading books again. Jim McCartney Chesterfield
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sure that everyone is properly educated about concussions in sports. Not that long ago, a high school player in Missouri only had to be removed from a game if “unconscious or apparently uncon“Shake it off and go play.” scious,” yet very few concussions lead to This is a phrase with which almost every a lack of consciousness. A new Missouri athlete is very familiar. Unfortunately, that State High School Activities Association philosophy can be a lethal one in the case (MSHSAA) rule requires that “any athlete of young athletes who suffer head or brain who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors trauma. consistent with a concussion, including According to a recent report by the Center but not limited to loss of consciousness, for Injury Research and Policy, more than headache, dizziness, confusion or balance 40 percent of high school athletes who problems, must be removed from the consuffer concussions return to action prema- test immediately and shall not return to turely. The New York Times has reported play before being cleared by an approprithat, since 1997, at least 50 high school and ate health-care professional.” younger football players have been killed This is certainly a step in the right direcor sustained “serious head injuries.” tion. Unfortunately, until the “shake it off” With the prep football season getting mentality is done away with in regards to underway, now is the perfect time for par- young athletes, no amount of rule changes ents, coaches, and young athletes to make or legislation will keep children safe.
NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM Even at the professional sports level, more attention is being paid to head injury. In 2009, the National Football League strengthened its concussion guidelines in similar ways to the high school guidelines. High profile stars such as former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner have been outspoken on the need to properly manage concussions. But the issue is far more critical when dealing with younger athletes. Generally, youngsters and adolescents take longer than adults to recover from head injuries, and the lasting effects can be greater on immature brains. MSHSAA guidelines go so far as to suggest that a player who has suffered three concussions in the same season should be automatically benched for the entire season. That seems to be a logical step. The next step is for the decision to be removed from the control of players,
coaches and parents. Even at the high school level, a team’s success has a direct impact on a coach’s job security. Overzealous parents can be prone to ignoring signs of injury in their own children. Athletes certainly never want to be labeled as weak or injury-prone and are eager to re-enter the field of play as quickly as possible. The fact is, our children are not invulnerable. It is the natural tendency of athletes, coaches and parents to want to “shake off” any injury. It is one thing to do that for a twisted ankle or a tweaked muscle. It is a far more dangerous thing to try and shake off a head injury. Please visit cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html to learn about the CDC’s “Heads Up” Concussion in Youth Sports program, and to educate yourself on the dangers of head injury to young people.
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discover that $100 in cash was missing from her residence. She later discovered her sliding glass door was left unlocked, police said.
The Ballwin Police Department in the first part of August received multiple reports of thefts that may have been prevented by locking doors to vehicles and residences. Numerous thefts from vehicles were reported on Aug. 6 in the 100 block of Spring Leigh Court. Reported stolen were iPods, cash, GPS units and other items, all taken from vehicles that had been left unlocked. The items were valued at more than $1,000, police said. Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact the Ballwin Police Department. On Aug. 7, a burglary was reported in the 100 block of Steamboat Lane. The victim stated that she left the residence in the middle of the day, and two flat-screen TVs, valued at more than $2,000, were taken while she was away. The victim’s door was left unlocked. A burglary in the 500 block of Sweetcreek was reported on Aug. 9. The victim stated that she left the residence for an hour during the morning and returned home to
Taxing issue The city of Chesterfield has approved a property tax of 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for 2010. The rate has been unchanged since 2008. Voters previously authorized the city to levy taxes to pay off debt related to a bond issue for parks, said Kelly Vaughn, director of finance and administration, at an Aug. 16 public hearing. When the tax was originated, it was at a rate of 13 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Vaughn said growing property values have allowed the city to decrease the tax while still paying off the debt. The current rate is less than one-half of 1 percent of the overall property tax bill for Chesterfield residents, she said. In a July 20 memorandum, City Administrator Michael Herring said a slight increase in the tax rate might be necessary in the future. Given the current state of the economy, however, he said it would be premature to raise the tax this year.
The city council approved the tax unanimously.
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After completion and review of its audit for the 2009 fiscal year, the city of Des Peres after five years has terminated its auditing relationship with Rubin Brown. Earlier this year, city staff discovered fraudulent electronic fund transfers dating back to 2007. Those transfers were initiated by Laura Beeler, the city’s former director of finance, who was charged by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney with felony stealing for embezzlement of $57,000 in city funds over a two-year period. City officials said they will seek proposals from audit firms interested in providing audit services for a three-year period.
Calling all merchants Gary Voss, owner of West County Lanes in Ellisville, has invited Ellisville merchants to join other Ellisville business owners at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 25 at West County Lanes, 15727 Manchester Road, to discuss the possible formation of an Ellisville Business Association. In a letter to Ellisville merchants, Voss wrote: “Business is a vital part of the financial structure of the city, and, as business owners in the city, we should have an opportunity to voice our issues and concerns to the governing body. … Come join us and help organize an association that could help make Ellisville not only one of the best places to live, but also one of the best places to have a business.” To RSVP, contact Voss at 227-1469 or at
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WEST COUNTY Routes restored “Restoration 2010,” the second phase of the restoration of MetroBus service in the Missouri service area, is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 30. Changes in routes servicing West County scheduled to take effect on Aug. 30 include: • MO-57 Maplewood-Wildwood will
provide service between the Maplewood-Manchester Station and Wildwood Town Center. • MO-58 Clayton Ballas will service Missouri Baptist Hospital and provide service on selected trips to L’Ecole Culinaire. • MO-91 Olive – time adjustments only. • MO-98 Chesterfield Hanley will be rerouted along Westport Drive, McKelvey Road and Dorsett Road. • MO-57X Clayton Road Express is a new route that will travel between the Clayton Road, Clarkson Road, Ballas MetroBus Center and the Brentwood MetroLink Station. Two a.m. and two p.m. trips will service Saint Louis University High School. • MO-58X Twin Oaks Express will travel between Chesterfield Mall and Downtown St. Louis along Clarkson Road, Manchester Road, New Ballwin Road, Big Bend Blvd. and I-44. • MO-158 Ballas-West County – time adjustments only. • MO-258 Clayton Chesterfield – time adjustments only. • MO-410X Eureka Express will be a shorter route, beginning and ending service at the Eureka-Six Flags parkand-ride lot. To view all upcoming route and schedule changes, visit metrostlouis.org/servicechanges/.
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Construction crews have begun work on the Hwy. 141 extension at Ladue Road.
MoDOT updates progress on new Hwy. 141 Project should be completed by summer of 2012 By BRIAN MCDOWELL A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) representative on Aug. 11 provided a sneak preview of the long awaited project that will improve and extend Hwy. 141. MoDOT representative Karen Yeomans spoke at the Town & Country/Frontenac Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Frontenac Hilton and gave a presentation on upcoming changes to the highway. Construction of a six-lane highway from St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield to Olive is underway. There will be new, diamond-style interchanges at the Hwy. 141 intersections at Ladue Road and Olive Boulevard, which will closely resemble the current intersection at Hwy. 141 and Big Bend Road, Yeomans said. Then, beginning at Olive Boulevard, St. Louis County will build an extension of the new expressway running all the way to Page. The work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012, Yeomans said. The new expressway will run alongside the current Woods Mill Road, which will remain in existence for local traffic. Late this fall, Yeomans said, traffic on Olive will be redirected to a four-lane bypass while work begins on the new interchange. Goals for the project include relieving congestion on Hwy. 141, improving safety for drivers in the area, decreasing the regu-
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lar flooding that occurs at the highway’s intersection with Ladue Road, and minimizing the construction’s environmental impact on the area. To accomplish the latter, Yeomans said, the project will be constructed as a “green road,” meaning construction crews will be recycling and using recycled materials, will not idle equipment, and will replant all trees that are at least 6 inches in diameter that need to be cleared to make way for the new expressway. Wood from the cleared trees will be used to make furniture or mulch. In addition, the new section of Hwy. 141 will be the first road in the country to be built with a “smog-busting” cement additive that is said to reduce pollution.
Yeomans said construction will cause minimal impact to most area businesses. Stores and restaurants in Woodchase Plaza and those close to the intersection of Olive and Woods Mill will be temporarily affected by the congestion that the construction will cause, she said, but that situation will be alleviated once the interchange is completed. Once the project is finished, motorists will be able to travel from I-55 to Page without having to use I-270, Yeomans said. The project is being funded using money from the American Recovery and Revitalization Act. According to Yeomans, the project will create 1,304 “direct and induced” construction jobs.
By DIANE PLATTNER While Missouri students are showing overall improvement on state tests, many districts still fail to meet the state’s rising standards, which many say are unrealistic. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released preliminary results of the state’s standardized test, the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), from Spring 2010, which showed overall improvement over 2009 across the region. A higher percentage of students compared to last year performed at proficient or advanced levels in all subjects. Clayton, Ladue, Lindbergh and Kirkwood School Districts had the highest passing rates this year, with at least 75 percent of students passing the tests. Parkway officials said their district’s MAP scores are improving, continue to be higher than the state average on all tests and exceed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) targets. Last year, 70 percent of all Parkway students scored “proficient” or “advanced” on the communications arts exam, while 68 percent of students scored at that level on the math exam, they said. In Rockwood, about 74.3 percent of all students in 2010 met or exceeded the state proficiency requirement in communications arts, and 71 percent of all students met or exceeded the state proficiency requirement in mathematics, officials said. “Students in Rockwood continue to perform extremely well on a variety of measures the district uses to monitor student academic achievement,” Rockwood spokesperson Erik Graham said. “The preliminary MAP results from spring 2010 are another indicator of widespread success of Rockwood students.” But even higher performing districts are finding it difficult to meet the federal mandate of 100 percent of students passing the tests by 2014. NCLB requires school districts to try to close achievement gaps among various groups of students, such as low-income or special education groups. If students in one group do not meet the standards, then the entire district fails to meet that year’s goal. That can make it more difficult for districts with more diverse student populations, which have more student subgroups, to meet the goals. States set their own yearly goals for reaching total proficiency by 2014. Not one St. Louis County district has achieved the goals this year, and none is on track to See MAP scores, next page
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Nomination for Manchester police chief voted down By LISA WATSON A measure to name Lt. Timothy Walsh the permanent chief of the Manchester Police Department failed at an Aug. 16 Board of Aldermen meeting. Walsh has served as acting chief of police for about a year. Mayor Dave Willson at an Aug. 2 meeting nominated him to take the position permanently. The measure would have needed four votes to pass, but only received three. There were two “no” votes and one abstention. Walsh has served on the Manchester Police Department for 27 years and he has been a resident of the city for 24 years. He has served as commander of field operations, commander of special operations and director of emergency management. He also organized the Citizen Corps Council. In nominating Walsh, Willson said Walsh has met all challenges he has faced, which include moving the department to a new facility, hiring personnel, responding to a rash of burglaries and identifying deficiencies in the department. Voting against Walsh’s confirmation were Aldermen Hal Roth (ward 1) and Marilyn Ottenad (ward 2). Alderman Bob Tullock (ward 1) abstained. Aldermen Mike Clement (ward 2), Don Ryan (ward 3) and John Diehl (ward 3) voted in Walsh’s favor. Since there were three “yes” votes and only two “nos,” there was no tie. In the event of a tie, Willson would have cast the deciding vote. “If there had not been the abstention made, he would have been appointed,” Diehl said. “Since there was an abstention, the mayor didn’t get a chance to vote.” When the measure failed, Willson asked Walsh to continue as acting chief. After the vote, Roth said he would like to have more information about the other candidates before making a decision. There were 48 resumes submitted, but he has only seen 16 of them and the board has interviewed two, he said. “Why the heck have we let it lie fallow like this for a year?” Roth asked. MAP scores, from previous page reach the 100-percent proficiency goal. About 79 percent of Missouri’s 438 school districts failed to meet the rising standards, which many say are unrealistic. “Some states’ tests are quite rigorous, like Missouri’s MAP tests, while others are less rigorous. Given this, it’s hard to believe 100 percent of all American students will pass their state’s tests at the same time,” Parkway spokesperson Cathy Kelly said. Schools that fail to meet yearly targets
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Diehl disagreed with Roth’s assessment that there was not enough information to make the decision, saying it is the duty of the mayor and the city administrator to select the nominee. It is the aldermen’s duty to either approve or reject the nomination, and Diehl said he had all the information he wanted to make that decision. Diehl said he is very supportive of Walsh. He said Walsh is an outstanding officer who is accessible, and has risen through the ranks in Manchester. Tullock said he abstained because, although he thinks Walsh is a “great guy” and a good officer, there are other legal issues to which he was not able to get an adequate answer. He said he thinks there is a lack of communication between some of the aldermen, the mayor and City Attorney Patrick Gunn, which had an effect on his vote. “Would you vote for a contract you didn’t fully understand?” Tullock asked. “I’ve got a duty not only to myself but also to the residents of ward 1 not to do that.” A special session was called Aug. 10 to discuss polling the police officers for their opinion. The measure passed, and by secret ballot, a majority of officers supported Walsh. Willson has the option of submitting another nominee for the board’s approval. Walsh will remain acting chief until that time. face an increasing number of sanctions, including allowing students to transfer to more successful schools and changing curriculum and staff. The U.S. Department of Education is working on new rules that consider more than test scores in evaluating schools. Education officials say parents should pay more attention to schools’ results on the state’s annual performance reports, which consider advanced courses, ACT scores, attendance and graduation rates.
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Gulf oil spill effects expected in St. Louis County By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY Since the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, concern is spreading among wildlife managers and conservationists across the country. Even as the Obama administration cited a federal report that only about a quarter of the spilled oil remains in the Gulf, Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said oil already has impacted wildlife and will continue to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society and National Resources Conservation Service concurred that the devastation might be felt for decades – even in St. Louis County. Migratory birds – those that breed in the northern U.S. and winter along the Gulf Coast – are many of Missouri’s backyard songbirds that migrate across the Gulf of Mexico during spring and fall. Diminutive ruby-throated hummingbirds make the same journey, crossing 500 miles across the Gulf to winter in Central and South America. Mitch Leachman, executive director of the St. Louis Audubon Society, said about 40-50 million birds migrate down the Mississippi River Flyway each year, and about 13 million ducks and 1.5 million geese take the same route to winter along the Gulf Coast. The flyway follows the river – the north-south stretch of the Mississippi from New Orleans to the Canadian border and beyond. St. Louis County is in the middle. In coming months, millions of shorebirds, waterfowl and other migratory birds will land on oiled beaches, in sullied coastal wetlands and on tainted ocean waters. After flying hundreds or thousands of miles from the northern U.S., Canada and the Arctic, many will face a perilous Gulf where oil covers marshes and wetlands and harsh dispersants have filled the water. “The Gulf of Mexico is like Grand Central Station for the birds of the Mississippi Flyway,” said Audubon President Frank Gill. “The impact of the Gulf disaster on migrating birds will be like a train derailment during rush hour. Not only will it affect the entire system, but its repercus-
sions will be long-lasting. “Enabling healthy bird populations to withstand the months and years before the Gulf is clean will require both a continuing emergency response and investments in long-term recovery.” Leachman said residents in the St. Louis area can help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Audubon Society assess populations and make the habitat more inviting. “An overwhelming majority of birds at some part of their life will breed here, so we have a real role to play in a crisis like this,” Leachman said. “There are a broad range of possibilities, from as simple as capturing observations of birds so there will be a scientific observation for an after-effect to preserving, restoring and setting aside habitats, including those in our backyard. Recognize that your front yard, backyard, corporate campuses are potential habitats for birds to stop, to drink and in some cases, to raise their young.” The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is implementing the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative to assist with loss of habitat. The government will provide economic incentives to farmers in eight states, including Missouri, to flood land, providing alternative stopover sites for migratory birds and minimizing the likelihood of southward migrating birds using oil impacted areas. The initiative will try also to ensure adequate food sources are available. Missouri farmers and landowners have shown a strong interest in helping to flood their usually lush fields to accommodate bird habitat losses, the NRCS said in a press release. J.R. Flores, a Missouri conservationist with the NCRS, said that Missouri has received 500 applications – so many that some had to be turned away. The initiative will potentially impact 130,000 acres in Missouri. “I am grateful and proud of Missouri farmers and landowners for stepping up to help with this issue that is of such importance to the state and nation,” Flores said.
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The old Chesterfield Manor nursing home was the site of a suspicious fire on Aug. 17.
Arson cited in Chesterfield Manor blaze By BRIAN MCDOWELL Part of the building that once housed the Chesterfield Manor nursing home was engulfed by a three-alarm fire on the morning of Tues., Aug. 17. Residents of a neighboring subdivision saw plumes of smoke from the building and called 911. Numerous fire trucks from the Monarch Fire Protection District and mutual aid organizations responded to contain the blaze. Monarch Fire Marshal Dave Nichols said that since the long abandoned building has had no gas and no electric and all other explanations could be ruled out, arson likely was the cause of the blaze. He said that someone deliberately set fire to a pile of wood and desks just inside the building’s main entrance and the fire quickly spread throughout the inside of the structure.
There are several hallways in the building that appear to have no damage, but Nichols expects that when the roof over the main part of the building collapses, the rest of the building will be irreparably damaged, too. The nursing home has sat empty for years behind the Phillips 66 station at Hog Hollow and gained a notorious reputation as a hangout spot for teenagers and curious ghost hunters. For years, police have patrolled the area in attempt to keep trespassers away. Chesterfield Manor was officially closed by its owners in 1998, reportedly after a few suspicious deaths and alleged violations of state regulations. Upkeep of the property has been a source of dispute between the city and property owners Tom and Adele Daake, who run several other nursing homes.
Fire destroys Wildwood home By JULIE BROWN PATTON A Wildwood couple’s home in the 200 block of Catlin Ave. at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 was destroyed in a fire. No major injuries resulted from the fire. “Unlike what was reported on television right after the fire, the explosions did not occur until after the fire had spread to the side of the house where we had a small camping propane tank and our barbecue gas grill,” said homeowner and fire victim Bonnie Leuthauser. She and husband, Kenneth Leuthauser, said they still have no idea how the fire started, but that it appeared to have originated on the house’s porch. Tammy Conger, who is Leuthauser’s sister, said the initial media reports were wrong about what happened regarding the fire. “There were paints and other items involved after the fire got going that led to explosions and the noises neighbors might have heard,” Conger said. “The first units on the scene of the fire experienced heavy fire in 75 percent of the home,” said Chief of Fire and EMS Services Vincent Loyal, of Metro West Fire
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Fresh fruits and vegetables and blooming flowers are part of a new project at the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) West County Senior Center in Manchester. Senior Center participants tend and harvest fresh produce that can then be used for meals at the Centers and for Meals on Wheels. The garden beds are built on raised platforms so that gardeners have to do a minimum of bending. To join in MEAAA’s community gardens program, call 207-0847 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone age 60 or older is eligible to participate.
Jean Laird (left), of Chesterfield, and John Doing, of Ballwin, tend to the new community garden at MEAAA’s West County Senior Center in Manchester. They are working in one of six garden beds that are part of the project.
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By LISA WATSON Volunteers will be making a splash in the Meramec River on Sat., Aug. 28 at the 43rd annual Operation Clean Stream. The St. Louis-area nonprofit Open Space Council organizes the event. Volunteers will meet to clean up at several locations along the Meramec River and four of its tributaries. About 2,000 volunteers are expected to join in. Operation Clean Stream is an opportunity for individuals, families, scout groups, teams and other groups to get out and help clean up Missouri’s waterways, Open Space Council Program Manager Amy Butz said. Children are welcome, but parents or guardians should attend as well, since no supervision is provided. Many Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops usually participate, Butz said. “It’s a good project for kids and families,” she said. There are two ways to volunteer: either on foot or in a canoe. Volunteers on foot can pick up trash and debris along the riverbank or in nearby parks. Those who would like to participate by picking up debris from a canoe are more able to reach beyond the banks and into the center of the river, Butz said. The organization does not arrange canoes for participants but does connect volunteers with trip leaders, who will guide participants down the river during the event. Butz said that sometimes, the amount and types of trash in the river are surprising. In years past, volunteers have picked up items ranging from car tires to bicycles
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Chesterfield mural project gets go-ahead By LISA WATSON The city of Chesterfield has approved additional funding for a mural that will be created by students. The city council at its Aug. 16 meeting approved $15,000 in funds for the project – a match for $15,000 that Chesterfield Arts, the nonprofit spearheading the project, is raising. About 58 students in grades 8 through 12 are designing a mural to cover the newly built levee wall at Baxter Road and Edison Road in Chesterfield. The students represent a range of public, private and parochial schools, as well as students who are home-schooled. Jocelyn Sheffield, a participant who is a junior at Westminster Christian Academy, said at the city council meeting that even though she has only been a part of the project for a few weeks, she feels like the group is banding together for the good of the community. The mural will beautify the city, but its most important goal is to build relationships, she said. McKenzie Moll, a student at Lafayette High School, said that with thousands of cars passing the wall every day, there is opportunity to create something that will connect with everyone. She said that in the future, she hopes to be able to bring
her children there and they will find it relevant. In addition to the vehicular traffic, walkers and runners will frequently pass by the wall when the city’s Chesterfield Valley Levee Trail is completed in 2011 or 2012. The wall itself is about 600 feet long. Stacey Morse, executive director of Chesterfield Arts, said the students have not yet chosen a “title” theme but want the mural’s focus to be on the growth of the community and other themes tied to human experience. City council members voted unanimously in favor of funding the project. Councilman Randy Logan (ward 3) said that having seen the wall being built over the past couple of months, he is glad the city has this chance to beautify it. It is a sustainable project that will involve Chesterfield’s children, he said. “We often vote yes or no on a number of items, but this is one time when I’m excited to vote yes,” said Councilman Matt Segal (ward 1). “The story isn’t just going to be the art; it’s going to be what was behind the art.” Councilman Bob Nation (ward 4) said that prior to the meeting, he had been planning to vote no on the measure. After he saw the students’ presentation, he
The art for the mural must be drawn to scale, so students sketch potential designs on long strips of paper.
changed his vote to yes, although he said he still had reservations. The students began planning the mural in July, Morse said. They will continue working through September, when they will begin laying out the design on the wall. When the design and layout phases are complete, the wall will be open to the
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Slow down As area schools began to reopen for the school year, fire trucks and ambulances from the Metro West Fire Protection District visited Rockwood and Parkway elementary schools with signs saying, “Please Slow Down, School is Back in Session.” “Our Fire District is taking a pro- Dan Whatley and Ron Jones, firefighters/ active approach to remind motor- paramedics of Metro West Fire Protection District, ists that the safety of our children, on Aug. 17 visited Ellisville Elementary School. both going to and coming home from school, is the responsibility of all drivers,” Fire District Board Secretary Mike Noonan said.
Celebrating 25 years The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.), recently celebrated its 25th Montessori training course. Pearl Vanderwall, who was trained by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1944, founded the Center in 1972. The A.M.I. Montessori training takes place each summer at Chesterfield Montessori School.
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Parkway to start single-stream recycling ‘Win-win’ program comes in wake of recycling ban By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials have approved the initiation of a single-stream recycling program this year. The Parkway Board of Education on Aug. 11 approved the new single-stream recycling program to be implemented in all schools beginning this school year. District officials selected QRS Recycling Inc., of St. Louis and Louisville, Ky., as the vendor for the new program. The new single-stream program allows different types of materials to be placed in a single container instead of individual containers for each type of material, which typically results in a much higher quantity of materials recovered, district officials said. They said the new single-stream program will replace Parkway’s existing internal recycling program, which began in 1990. “Parkway has always been known as a leader in environmental stewardship,” Parkway School Board President Bruce Major said. “We were recycling materials before it was popular to do so. But the industry has advanced to a point where it makes more sense to outsource to a singlestream program that will keep even more waste out of landfills.” The decision comes after Gov. Jay Nixon on July 12 signed a bill that includes a measure banning any school district in Chesterfield from operating a materials recovery and recycling facility within 500 feet of a residential property. The new law becomes effective on Aug. 28. 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 had implemented several strategies, including building a berm and installing privacy fencing. More recently, district officials said they began more frequent pick-ups of the materials from the campus. District officials also plan to move a scrap metal recycling storage container further away from residents. Parkway currently recycles approximately 524 tons of single-stream related materials annually at more than 30 school sites, including such items as cans, cardboard, paper and plastic. The new singlestream program is expected to increase that amount by 21 tons (545 tons total), which will reduce the amount of waste hauled to landfills by 302 cubic yards each year and generate approximately $40,000 in annual net revenue. “We were pleasantly surprised when we received the single-stream bids,” Parkway Resource Conservation Manager Erik Lueders said. “This move will allow us to reduce internal operating costs and trash hauling fees, while at the same time increasing the amount of materials we divert from landfills. Plus we will work with QRS to retain our environmental education component for students, so it’s a win-win solution for everyone.” Over the past decade, Parkway has recycled more than 13,700 tons of material and received numerous local, state and national awards for environmental stewardship.
Chesterfield ‘Green Teams’ Scouts The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment (CCE) at the Aug. 16 Chesterfield City Council meeting honored with their 51st “Green Team” designation the New Horizons Chapter of the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America for contributions they have made toward environmental efforts in Chesterfield. The Scouts and parents provide a large number of volunteers annually to assist the Committee with their Earth Day event. They help answer questions, help residents with e-cycling items and help hand out free trees, among many other tasks. Additionally, nearly 90 Scouts assisted the Department of Conservation with honeysuckle eradication on the August G. Beckemeier Conservation Area, and the
Socuts help annually with plantings on city property in celebration of Arbor Day. Recipients of the “Green Team” emblem from the CCE are distinguished in their outstanding or innovative environmental efforts. They have educated and facilitated change by encouraging the reduction, reuse or recycling of solid waste materials destined for landfills; and/or helped enhance native/natural world conservation. “The Boy Scouts play a critical role in the success of our environmental efforts in Chesterfield,” said Darcy Capstick, CCE co-chair. “We are so fortunate to have a partner such as the Scouts and parents of the New Horizons Chapter of the Order of the Arrow.”
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Interim superintendent ponders Parkway’s past and present By BRIAN MCDOWELL Parkway interim superintendent Dr. Don Senti has been affiliated with the district for most of his adult life. His return after a 15-year absence brings back a flood of memories about the time he has devoted to helping West County students learn. “Parkway hasn’t built any new buildings in that time, so I know my way around our schools,” Senti said, “but there are also a lot of employees of the schools that are still here after 15 years, and that has been fun.” Senti’s first job after college was at Parkway Central, when he was 24 years old. “I taught English and social studies for a little bit,” Senti said, “and since I was a tall male, they decided I would make a good assistant principal. That is how things worked back then; I just had to look like I could handle myself. I didn’t really know anything; I hadn’t even finished my master’s yet, but I learned to love the job.” Later, Senti became a junior high assistant principal at Parkway West. “Actually, I remember when we had South Junior High and West Junior High in the same building,” Senti said. “There were 1,700 middle school kids in one school, and that was way too many. They actually had to divide the school day into two shifts to accommodate them all. Even then, the whole building was still very overcrowded.” Next, Senti transferred to Parkway South High School. “They called it ‘south campus’ back then,” Senti said. “It was 7th-12th grade. We were so worried about discipline problems, but it all worked out because the high school students would keep the younger ones in line.” When Parkway South Middle was built, Senti became its head principal. It was there in 1983 that he faced the most dramatic challenge of his career: A student named David Lawler killed a fellow student in study hall, and after a heroic teacher stopped him from shooting another student, he turned the gun on himself. “It was a very unusual thing for the time,” Senti said. “This was before backpacks were in fashion, so all the students had these over-the-shoulder gym bags. (Lawler’s) father had gotten him some guns and ammunition for Christmas, and he just snuck them to school in a bag. He was a straight-A student. He had actually gotten an A on the algebra test he had taken an hour before this happened.” Senti praised the heroism of the study hall teacher, and then assessed his own reaction to the violence. “There was no contingency plan at all back then for that type of event,” Senti said.
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“Of course, our immediate concern was for the kids in that class that had witnessed this whole thing. We had counselors from other schools help us, and we also had several local ministers make themselves available to talk to these kids, and I think it really helped. We got the word out to parents. We reacted as well as we were equipped to at the time.” The event received media attention, although not as much as subsequent school shootings have received. Senti remembers being interviewed by Parkway alumnus Stone Phillips in the ensuing coverage. He said he still recalls the incident when the subject of school violence is raised. “Now there are all kinds of plans and information available about what to do and what not to do, and schools are much better prepared than we were back then,” Senti said. After his stint at South Middle, Senti was asked to consider learning the superintendent’s job. “I loved being a principal, and I didn’t want to leave the school, but I did agree to it, so I became the interim superintendent for a year,” Senti said. “Then, in 1990, I was the superintendent of all the Parkway schools.” Senti said a school district superintendent is like the CEO of any large company. “Education is not really a business, but in this job, I need to be businesslike,” Senti said. “I oversee human resources, maintenance issues, and budgetary concerns. There is a seven-member school board, and a big part of my job is being in touch with them. Like any boss, much of what I do is conflict resolution and making things work smoothly. It is the job of us adults to create an environment where kids can learn. That See SENTI, page 39
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Parkway eyes synthetic turf By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials are beginning a process to design and seek bids to construct new synthetic turf on Parkway school athletic fields. The Parkway Board of Education on Aug. 11 gave officials the green light to begin the design and bid process for the construction of synthetic turf fields at each Parkway high school. The projects will be funded by the passage in 2008 of Prop S, which included $3.2 million to upgrade athletic fields. Since then, a committee has been researching and comparing usage of natural grass fields to synthetic turf fields, Mike Gohn, Parkway’s director of athletics and activities, said. He said they visited various sites and agreed that synthetic turf fields would enhance athletic activities and education programs. Officials said the new synthetic turf fields will have various benefits, including: • Equal facilities for football, girls’ field hockey, soccer and girls’ lacrosse.
• Additional teaching facilities for physical education. • More efficient use of facilities. • An all-weather surface for band practices and competitions. • Reduction of use on secondary game fields and practice fields. • Playing surfaces that can be utilized 24/7. • Economically sound decision based on cost per use of facility. Currently, about 50 events occur on Parkway high school fields, but synthetic turf will be able to host about 10 times as many events, district officials said. Parkway band directors expressed enthusiasm for synthetic turf, which will allow them to practice on the fields before performing at actual games. In addition, officials said the new synthetic fields will be accessible to the general public, who currently are discouraged from using the fields. Officials said the goal is to begin construction on at least two of the synthetic fields in May 2011.
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to the overall champion. One is displayed at the champion’s club, and the other is a traveling trophy the champion keeps for one year. “The Junior Invitational was the very first tournament I played in,” Rouse said. “I competed a week before my freshman year. Last year, I was the runner-up. It’s a special tournament for me, and it was exciting to come back this year and win.” The tournament is the last of the summer, and it has the largest turnout. “It’s competitive, and everyone is at the top of their game for this event,” Rouse said. It was her first time at Greenbriar. “The tournament rotates from club to club every year. I’ve played the event at Meadowbrook, Forest Hills, and Westborough,” Rouse said. “I had never played at Greenbriar before. It’s very hilly, and tight fairways really forced me to shape my shots. I felt really confident in my swing, and I hit a lot of greens both days. I had two birdies the first day and two the second day. My last shot of the tournament was a chip-in. It seemed like the perfect ending.” It was a good experience for her. “I met golfers from all over the world,” Rouse said. “On the final day of play, I was paired with a girl from Mexico and a girl from Colombia. We spoke Spanish
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM wanted me to understand what was all involved before I even applied for this. He has been a great mentor for me, and I know if anything ever comes up this season, he’ll be there for me.” Schnieder said he wants his squad to be a disciplined team that will outwork the opponent. “I think the program right now is in great shape,” Schnieder said. “On top of what we have, I want to instill a new sense of discipline on and off the field. We will not only be asking the boys for hard work on the field – we’re also going to be requiring them to be performing in the classroom. We will be having grade checks for every player in the program. “We will also be giving back to the community. I want to schedule a time for our Eureka players to volunteer their time for the SPENSA soccer program. Last semester, we had the varsity and JV girls volunteer there, and it was a great success for everyone. I want the boys to have the same experience.” Mosley also is happy to have his job. “I’m very excited about earning this position,” Mosley said. “I’ve worked hard for it, and Brad has mentored me through the years and I feel very good about taking over such a prestigious program. While I plan on implementing some similar characteristics in the program, I will be putting my own print on it and making it my own.” He has discussed the program with Wallach. “I’ve spoken a great deal to Brad about the program,” Mosley said. “I feel very lucky to have had him as a mentor, and it’d be foolish of me not to pick his brain, which I’ve done for five years. He left the program in a solid state, and I feel a big responsibility to continue the tradition established here, but to take the program to a place it hasn’t been for a while.” Mosley is getting a solid team with good tradition, and he plans to put his own stamp on the program. “The program is already in great shape, but I plan to run practices a little differently and with a lot of intensity but still keeping the game enjoyable for the girls,” Mosley said. “I think it’s very easy for these athletes to get too wrapped up in the game and it ceases to be fun. So while we’ll be extremely competitive and intense during practices and games, there still will be an element of fun, or why play? “Another thing I wanted to change that may seem small but to me is a big deal was our attire for practices. I never liked seeing girls wearing their select team shirts and shorts. I want the girls to remember we are united as Eureka. So the seniors helped me design shirts and shorts that the girls will be wearing every day
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so we feel and look like a unified group. They also came up with a slogan, and the slogan the girls came up with is very fitting: 16 Individuals, 1 Heartbeat.” Mosley said he is a very organized coach. “I feel better when I have practices planned completely. I’m also a coach that preaches competition,” Mosley said. “We will have a lot of girls that are competing for positions. I keep telling the kids that last year doesn’t mean anything and that everybody is competing for a spot. “I’m very good at learning what makes my players tick, and I recognize what individual athletes need to hear and what certain teams need to hear. Every kid and team has a uniqueness all their own. I am also an even-keel coach.”
Metropolitan Amateur Championship Eli Grant finished what he started at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin. Ignoring tough scoring conditions for the third straight day, Grant fired a 4-overpar 75 to cap a wire-to-wire win as he captured the title at the 20th Metropolitan Amateur Golf Championship. And the 34-year-old Grant did it on his home course. “Considering that I don’t play a lot of tournament golf, to be able to come out here and beat the best amateur players in St. Louis means a lot,” Grant said after getting a champagne shower from a small group of friends. “And to be able to win it here on my home course makes it that much more special.” Grant, who opened with a first-round 68, finished with a three-round total of 215, one stroke better than St. Louis players Brian Craig and Jeremy Franklin, who finished at 216. Defending champion Skip Berkmeyer and Kyle Kahlenberg were another shot back at 217. But it was Grant who, despite an early double bogey, stole the show. “I was nervous early, and the double bogey on the second hole didn’t help matters any,” Grant said. “What really saved me was my putting, and it has all week. The 25-footer I made for par today was as big a putt as I’ve made in a long time.” Grant needed every putt he could get as he survived an early challenge from Caravia, his playing partner, and a sparkling round of 66 from Craig. Craig, playing early in the day, had seven birdies and two bogeys. Then he spent the next three hours waiting in the sun to see if he had won the tournament. “Honestly, it’s not bad waiting. I went out and played very well. I did everything I could do today. Win or lose, I’m pleased,” Craig said.
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Prep football to get underway By WARREN MAYES Football is back. The first week of the season kicks off Friday. Some games will be played Saturday. One of the biggest match-ups Friday finds Lafayette traveling to Eureka for a 7 p.m. game. It is a big Suburban West Conference contest right out of the gate. Lafayette Coach Boyd Manne said he would not have it any other way. “Coach (Farrell) Shelton and I and our administrations have tried to make this a Week 1 game always,” Manne said. “This will be the third year in a row we’ve played it. “We think it’s just a great way to start the season. It’s going to be a great test for both teams. I think it’s one of the best football environments in the St. Louis area when we play each other.” Eureka claimed the victory two years ago on the road. Lafayette won at Eureka last year. A new two-year cycle begins this year at Eureka. The Wildcats moved to Class 6 this season and also left the Suburban South for the Suburban West. “They’re a conference opponent now, so it’s an even bigger game,” Manne said. “It’s
a great rivalry between the schools. We’ve both got great support from our fans. The kids all love it. “We love it. Coach Shelton and his staff, they’re all good friends of ours. We have a lot of respect for them.” The keys to a Lafayette victory, Manne said, will be to play sound defense and take care of the football. The Lancers also must execute in the kicking game and stay errorfree. Manne said he does not mind that the game is at Eureka again this year. “We like to play anywhere,” Manne said. “We love to play football here at Lafayette.” The big game Saturday finds DeSmet traveling to play at Hazelwood Central against the Class 6 state champion Hawks. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. “The game just seemed like a natural,” DeSmet Coach Pat Mahoney said. “It just fell together. We figured, why not? There’s no better way to get the season started. “We’ve had a great off-season. We’ve been talking to the kids about opening with state champs. They’re motivated.” Mahoney said his players do not mind traveling to North County for the game.
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By WARREN MAYES Several local eighth-grade girls enjoyed a summer to remember. The girls played for Rockwood Thunder 13-1, a volleyball team coached by Shane Allen. They got to play in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships that were held recently at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., and won the championship, going undefeated in 11 matches in the tournament. Girls on the team were Megan Huffman, Paige Rohlfing, Victoria Roe, Cassandra Nodiff, Rachel Ellis, Bethany Besancenez, Hannah Cherry, Ellen Schulz, Amanda Noel and Amy Kindt. “We went in as the No. 1 seed and we held that seed,” Allen said. “We were hoping for that to happen and it did. We’re all so happy about winning the national championship. It’s pretty special.” Each of the 48 teams in the tournament played three matches the first day and two the second day. Rockwood Thunder went 5-0 in pool play. “We won them all 2-0. We weren’t really challenged in them,” Allen said. Then came another pool. This was a three-team pool. Again, Rockwood Thunder went undefeated, going 2-0. However, the girls were tested. In the second match against Woodlands Wave, of Woodland, Texas, the contest went three games with Rockwood Thunder winning 17-25, 25-14, 15-6. Losing that first game woke up the girls, Allen said. “I told them we just didn’t play our game. We made some adjustments in our blocking and defense schemes,” Allen said. “That definitely worked. We blew them out in the next two games.” With 16 teams alive came the challenge matches. Winners advanced into the Gold Bracket; eight losing teams went into the Silver Bracket. Rockwood Thunder played the Lincoln (Neb.) Lazers and won 25-16, 25-7. “We played absolutely amazing in that
match,” Allen said. “We were definitely on our game. As well as we had played, we were 7-0 to that point. If we lost that match, we go to the Silver Bracket, and it would all be for naught. They went out and took care of business.” That is what impressed Allen about his young charges. They were there to play volleyball and win. This was not about sightseeing or splashing in the pool. “This trip was all about business,” Allen said. “We wanted to reach the national championship match and win it. We took it one game at a time and one point at a time and we did it. We played our best games all year here.” In the quarterfinals, Rockwood Thunder played a California team and won 29-27, 25-18. “This was definitely a challenge. They stepped up to play us,” Allen said. “We had to step our game up. We might have looked past them in that first game. Then in the second game, we beat them pretty easily.” In the semifinals, the match was against the fifth-seeded Iowa Rockets. Rockwood won 25-11, 15-25, 15-10. “We just jumped on them right off the bat and dominated them,” Allen said. “In the second game, I think we kind of let down a little bit. They really changed their attack. They slowed the game down a lot.” With a game separating the girls from the championship match, Allen said he never lost his cool. He believed in the girls. “I can’t say I was ever worried,” Allen said. “I never thought this team would lose. They had a calmness about them. They knew what was at stake. I told them we made it this far, we came in No. 1 and we want to be in the championship match and they went out there in that third game took care of business.” The 13 American Division saw topseeded Rockwood Thunder 13-1 face thirdseeded Team Piko 13, of Hawaii. The three-set match was back-andSee RKWD THUNDER, page 32
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Sponsorships sought for Manchester Veterans Memorial By JULIE BROWN PATTON Anyone seeking to observe Veterans’ Day this year can visit the new Veterans Memorial at Margaret Stoecker Park, 222 Henry Ave. in Manchester. Dedicated on June 12, the new memorial pays tribute to all military branches. “When the Manchester Historic Review Commission was formed in 2005, one of the first projects they looked at was restoring a World War II honor roll at Creve Coeur and Manchester Road,” said Franz Kraintz, Manchester’s director of planning and zoning/economic development. “The more we talked about that project, the more it snowballed.” Now, Manchester officials are seeking sponsorships to fund additional elements of the memorial, Kraintz said. Among those elements are paver bricks to memorialize any military soldier; honorees need not be Manchester residents. Kraintz said a 4-by-8-inch brick costs $110 and includes three lines. An 8-by-8inch brick is $175 and allows for six lines of copy, with 18 characters per line. Individual and corporate sponsorships also are being sought for benches, pillars, flagpoles and plaques, Kraintz said. “Any tribute paid through the purchase of a bench, pillar or brick paver can be
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to a veteran from any conflict in our nation’s history,” he said. The June 12 dedication marked the first phase of the Veterans Memorial project. Kraintz said the second phase is slated to provide an outer ring of bricks and some pillars. For the third phase, he said they hope to add a fountain. In July, Clarkson Valley resident Matilda Keil ordered a brick to memorialize a fallen U.S. Army soldier from Ballwin, Sgt. Zachary Fisher, who on July 14 was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghani-
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Studios. A piggyback ride up Rodeo Drive to view the shops was also part of the trip. “Everybody in L.A. and all of the people we worked with made her feel really special,” Amber’s mother said. “Different restaurants were expecting her and gave her special tables and waiters. Some of them even had balloons and gifts. She kind of felt like a celebrity herself there.” Amber’s wish opened up other opportunities for her as well. She made a number of connections and friends on her trip, and Activision, a video game company, contacted Amber to use her image and likeness in the next “iCarly” video game. “We really appreciated the opportunity to have Amber get away from her everyday troubles to get out, take some time to forget about all that stuff and just have fun and feel special,” Laura said. “I must say, again, how appreciative we are for the efforts put into making this wish a reality for her.” was up 14-13 with match point. “They shot a ball across, and my setter, Bethany Besancenez, went out to Hannah, who went off the top of the block, and the ball fell in the middle for match point.” With that, Rockwood Thunder became champions. “Oh my gosh, we absolutely went crazy. We went absolutely insane,” Allen said. “I’ve been doing this for 12 years, and it was the biggest thing for me. We were all hugging in the middle. “We had the medal ceremony after that and we got our medals and there were a lot tears.” Back at the hotel, Allen said the girls all jumped into the pool with their uniforms on. “We all had a good time,”Allen said. “We had great team chemistry, and the confidence of the girls was strong throughout the season.”
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EDUCATION Peter Benoist, CEO of Enterprise Financial Services Corp., presents “Managing in Turbulent Times” from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 14 at Enterprise Bank & Trust (1281 N. Warson Road). To enroll, visit enterprisebank.com/eu. • • • The city of Chesterfield and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce present the Fundamentals of Small Business Program from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednes-
The Sound Room in Chesterfield on Aug. 10 announced the opening of Sunergy, a new division offering installation of Sharp solar panels. Four solar panels on the roof of The Sound Room are offsetting energy used to power a home theater in the store’s showroom and generate enough energy to take the theater “off the grid” for 20 hours each week, The Sound Room President David Young (on right) said. Technicians can tell potential solar panel buyers how much energy the panels likely will generate and how long it will take to recoup their cost. Panels can be combined with a digital dashboard that shows which of a home’s appliances are using the most energy, Young said. Chesterfield Mayor John Nations (on left) was present for the announcement and said the city has plans to reduce the carbon footprint of Chesterfield City Hall.
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By WARREN MAYES The possibilities are endless for the 2010 high school football season. Can DeSmet reach the Class 6 title game after getting to the semifinals last year? Durron Neal was a breakout as a sophomore for the Spartans. Can he ride that success into his junior season? Lafayette made the quarterfinals last year and 12 starters are back. Chaminade has the area’s leading rusher Rob Standard back for his senior season. Standard rushed for 2,841 yards last year and scored a whopping 40 touchdowns. Parkway North and Parkway Central both had very good seasons last year. Can they duplicate that effort? Priory went to the state semifinals last year but was hit hard by graduation. What can the Rebels do this season? The season gets underway Friday. It is going to be fun to see what happens. Here is a look at the area teams, in alphabetical order:
Offensive scheme: Pro style. Defensive scheme: 4-3. 2009 record: 8-3; won district and lost Players to watch: senior QB Christian in first round of playoffs to Hazelwood Suntrup, senior RB Rob Standard, sophoCentral. more LB Brandon Minor. Coach: Scott Pingel, beginning his third Newcomers expected to contribute: year at CBC with a 12-9 record. senior TE Brandon Hannah, senior S Clark Returning players: 30 lettermen; 11 Costello. starters – 5 on offense, 6 on defense. Goals: Get better each week. Offensive scheme: Multiple offense. Metro Catholic Conference favorites: Defensive scheme: 3-4. DeSmet and CBC. Players to watch: senior RB Josiah Class 5, District 2 teams: Chaminade, Stanfield, senior OL Andrew Ness, senior Webster, Parkway North, Parkway Central. WR Josh Walker, senior RG Sean England, senior LB Steve Martin, senior LB Courtland Leake-Smith, senior LB Austin Martinez, senior DL Eric Rhone. Newcomers expected to contribute: junior QB Dalton Demos, junior RB/DB Antonio Brown, junior WR/SS Lakel Bass, junior LG Sean Holloran, junior DB Ken Kendricks. Goals: Pingel wants Cadets to play aggressive, hard style football and see hard hitting out of the young men. Metro Catholic Conference: “Our conference is wide open, but DeSmet and Chaminade are certainly teams to watch,” Pingel said. Class 6, District 4 teams: CBC, Marquette, Parkway South, Lafayette. Quote: “We will be a young team so I want to see improvement early on,” Pingel said. “I am excited to see how our team will unfold this season. We have some key new figures stepping into new positions. We have some talent, but we must put it together consistently.”
Players to watch: WR/DB Durron Neal, WR/DB Steven Pace, RB/DB Malcolm 2009 record: 12-1; lost to Blue Springs Agnew, WR/DE Kevon Mabon, RB/LB in Class 6 state semifinals. Ricky Spratley, TE/DL Teddy Corwin, OL/ Coach: Pat Mahoney, entering his 10th DL Greg Marischen, QB/DB Leon Moody. year as the head coach at DeSmet, where Newcomers expected to contribute: he is 67-34. Overall, Mahoney’s record is OL Andy Bauer, OL Nick Wunderli. 136-62. Goals: Play disciplined football, win the Returning players: 22 lettermen; 12 conference title, go undefeated, win state starters – 5 on offense and 7 on defense. championship. Offense scheme: Multiple. Metro Catholic Conference predicDefensive scheme: 3-4, with 4-3 varia- tion: DeSmet, Chaminade, SLUH, CBC, tions Vianney. Class 6, District 2 teams: DeSmet, SLUH, Lindbergh, Mehlville. Quote: “I am always excited about the opportunity to work with the special young men and coaches who choose to play and coach the great game of football,” Mahoney said. Eureka_________________________
Chaminade_____________________ 2009 record: 9-4; lost to Webster Groves in the quarterfinals. Coach: Doug Taylor, entering his 14th year with a 73-60 record. Returning players: 14 starters – 9 on offense and 5 on defense.
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2009 record: 5-5; district champions. Coach: Farrell Shelton, entering his 10th year as the head coach at Eureka and 20th overall. His record is 87-19. Returning players: 7 starters on defense and 6 starters on offense. Offensive scheme: Spread. Defensive scheme: 3-3 defense. Players to watch: seniors OL/DL Larrye Minner, OL/DL Sherman Hall, OL/DL Tyler Casey, TE/LB Andy McNeel, WR/DB Deonco Williams, OL/LB Drew Weber, QB/ LB Chase Bollinger, QB/LB Sean Strehl, Punter/DB Matt Ward and sophomore TE/ LB- Nate Echard. Newcomers expected to contribute: seniors TE/ DL Clayton Echard, TE/
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LB Nick Kueneke, RB/DB Richie Rhodes, juniors OL Conner Fairfax, OL Tom Ercoli, TE/LB Ben Southards. Goal: Shelton said he has only one goal and it is to get tougher each day and take care of the details. He said his club cannot worry about other teams, just what they can control. Suburban West Conference favorites: Lindbergh, Lafayette, Marquette. Class 6, District 1 teams: Eureka, Northwest, Fox, and Oakville. Quote: “Football season is a great time of the year at Eureka High School,” Shelton said. “Our players have dedicated the off-season to regain respect, and our community and school show tremendous support for us. I tell our players that they are blessed to be able to play the game, so have fun as it will go quickly for you.” Kennedy________________________ senior LB Tim Van Horn, junior DB/RB Markuice Savage. 2009 record: 2-8. Coach: Scott Long, entering his third Newcomers expected to contribute: year with 2-18 record. junior DB/RB Chris Caldwell, senior OL/ Returning players: 14 lettermen. DL Nico Dantonio. Offensive scheme: Multiple. Goals: Be a district champion, a conferDefensive scheme: Multiple. ence champion and advance further in the Players on team to watch: seniors RB/ playoffs this year than in the past. SS John Gaal, RB/LB Luke Russell, G/LB Suburban West Conference favorites: Joe Kostielney. “I like us,” Manne said. Newcomers expected to contribute: Class 6, District 4 teams: CBC, MarWR/DB Andrew Durrington, RB/DB Joe quette, Parkway South, Lafayette. Lawerence. Quote: “We’re really excited for this Goals: To be better than last season. year’s group of players to come through,” AAA Conference favorites: Cardinal Manne said. “We’ve got senior leadership Ritter, St. Dominic. and great team chemistry. The boys all pull Class 3, District 2 teams: Central of for each other. They play hard, and they Park Hills, Lutheran South, Ste. Genevieve, have a great enthusiasm for the game of Kennedy. football. They’re a joy to coach.” Quote: “We are very excited about our opportunity to show our improvement this Marquette_____________________ season,” Long said. 2009 record: 2-8. Lafayette_______________________ Coach: Ryan Thornhill, entering his fourth year with a 7-23 record. 2009 record: 8-4; defeated McCluer Returning starters: 11 – 6 on offense North in sectional and lost to Hazelwood and 5 on defense. Central in quarterfinals. Offensive scheme: Spread. Coach: Boyd Manne, entering is seventh Defensive scheme: 3-5. season. Manne has a 37-27 record with two Players to watch: senior QB Matt district championships and one conference Seevers, senior RB/FS Dante McKinchampionship. Including four years at ney, senior LB Paul Davies, senior WR/ Parkway West, his overall coaching record DB DeAndre Cain, senior RB/LB Ryan is 63-45. Schaefer, senior OL/DL Nick Schasch. Returning starters: 12 starters – 5 on Newcomers expected to contribute: offense and 7 on defense. junior LB/RB Justin Bedell, junior WR/DB Offensive scheme: Multiple. A.J. Dudley, junior OL/DL Ryan Kincade. Defensive scheme: 3-5 and 3-4. Goals: The one major goal is to be a disPlayers to watch: senior RB/LB ciplined football team. Thomas Swoboda, senior DB/R Al Nesbit, Suburban West Conference favorites: senior OL/DL Ryan Guccione, senior DL/ Lindbergh, Lafayette. TE Aareon Smith, senior TE/DE Kyle Woodsmall, senior LB/FB Jimmy DeStefano, senior LB/OL Jared Brinkmeyer, See FOOTBALL PREVIEW, page 36
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Class 6, District 4 teams: CBC, Mar- 52-28. quette, Parkway South, Lafayette. Returning players: 16 Lettermen with Quote: “Our team is very excited about 12 starters - 7 on offense, and 5 on defense. this season,” Thornhill said. “They have Offensive scheme: I pro and spread. put a lot of time and effort this past offDefensive scheme: 4-4. season to accomplish the goals that they Players to watch: senior QB Matt Robhave set for themselves.” inson, senior RB/S Miquel Johnson, junior LB/FB Logan Boyher, junior OL/DL Jr. MICDS __________________________ Alex Scarato, senior OL/DL Jared Bunte, senior OL/DL Conner Kohlschreiber, 2009 record: 8-2.; lost in first round. junior FL/LB Brandon Sheperd. Coach: Josh Smith, entering his third Newcomers expected to contribute: year with a 19-3 record. junior SS Eriq Moore, senior SE/CB Darian Returning players: 25 lettermen; 8 Prater, junior OL/DL Alex Pinder. starters – 4 on offense and 4 on defense. Goals: Strive to get better every day and Offensive scheme: Spread. become a team working together for the Defensive scheme: 4-2. common goal. Players to watch: junior RB/LB Suburban South Conference favorites: Michael Scherer, junior QB Thomas Mili- Parkway North, Webster Groves. tello, senior WR/DB Braxton Angle, senior Class 5, District 2 teams: Parkway RB Keith Harbison, senior OL/DL John North, Webster Groves, Parkway Central Valentine. and Chaminade. Newcomers expected to contribute: Quote: “This is the greatest time of year, sophomore RB Denzel Conway, junior RB/ preparing young men to become a team LB A.J. Washington. and to compete in a great conference,” Goals: Put the best team on the field, get Goldenberg said. better week by week, and win a championship. Parkway North________________ ABC League favorites: John Burroughs, Lutheran North. 2009 record: 11-2; were district chamClass 4, District 6 teams: Ladue, Clay- pions, sectional champions, won state ton, University City, MICDS. quarterfinal game before losing in state Quote: “With us, we graduated so many semifinals. Coach: Bill Bunton, entering his 11th starters, it’s going to be exciting to see how this team develops. We’re looking forward season as head coach, all at Parkway North to getting out there and playing and seeing with a 69-37 record. Returning players: 35 lettermen; 11 how we’ll do,” Smith said. starters – 6 on offense and 5 on defense. Parkway Central______________ Offensive scheme: Multiple set offense. Defensive sheme: 5-3. 2009 record: 10-3; reached the quarterPlayers to watch: senior QB Culver finals. Coach: Mark Goldenberg, entering his eighth year at Parkway Central. Record is See FOOTBALL PREVIEW, next page
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on defense. Offensive scheme: Multiple and option. Defensive scheme: 4-4. Players to watch: OL/DE Rane Eskelsen, OL/DT Stephen Gorczyca, OL/DT Austin Doss, WR/FS Sam Newmaster, RB/ CB Ed Carter. Goals: Play disciplined football, play physical and play together as a team. We want to improve each week and advance to the playoffs. Suburban South Conference favorites: Parkway North, Webster Groves, Parkway Central, Kirkwood. Class 5, District 5 teams: Washington, Vianney, Kirkwood, Parkway West. Quote: “I am very excited as we enter our second season at Parkway West,” Duncan said. “Our team has worked very hard over the off-season and they are coming together as a team each day. Our goal is to play tough and disciplined. We know that we must play at a high level on each play in order to compete with the teams in our conference and district. This group of players has been fun to be around and with Parkway South_________________ continued work, we could surprise some people this year.” 2009 record: 5-5. Coach: Travis Blevins, entering his sixth Principia________________________ year at Parkway South. Returning players: Starters – 5 on 2009 record: 8-4; lost to Maplewood in offense and 4 on defense. regionals. Offensive scheme: Triple option. Coach: Brad Warrick, entering his Defensive scheme: 3-4. fifth year coaching at Principia. Record is Players to watch: senior RB/FS Law- 22-21. rence Scott, senior RB/CB Jared Graves, Returning players: 5 letterman; 1 junior QB Eric Laurent, junior DE/C Cory returning starter. Marquard, junior DT/G Donnell Walker. Offensive scheme: Wing-T. Goals: We’re young so want to keep Defensive scheme: 3-4. playing hard and learn from mistakes. Players to watch: senior LB Jake Suburban West Conference favorites: Roometua (the lone returning starter), Lindbergh. junior WR Conrad Bollinger, senior DB Class 6, District 4 teams: CBC, Mar- James Jarvis, senior OT Dorian Watkins. quette, Parkway South, Lafayette. Newcomers expected to contribute: Quote: “We’re young. The kids are junior NG/OG Jemlok Farson. playing well in practice and that’s what is Goals: Winning each play. so exciting about youth. They’re eager,” ABC League favorites: MICDS, John Blevins said. “We’re going to take it one Burroughs. game at a time this year. We’re young and Class 2, District 3 teams: Barat Acadaggressive, and we want to try and improve emy, Grandview, Brentwood, Principia. week by week so we’re playing well at the Quote: “We have a fine group of young end of the season when it counts.” men who are excited to play the demanding game of football,” Warrick said. Parkway West__________________ Priory__________________________ 2009 record: 4-6. Coach: Jeff Duncan, entering his second 2009 record: 8-6; lost in state semifinal year at Parkway West. Also had eight years to Bowling Green. as head coach at Washington High School. 61-31 total record. See FOOTBALL PREVIEW, page 38 Returning starters: 2 on offense and 3
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Westminster___________________ 2009 record: 8-3; won districts. Coach: J.D. Perona, entering his eighth year as head coach with a 34-37 overall record. Returning players: 3 lettermen with 5 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense. Offensive scheme: Spread double wing. Defensive scheme: 3-5. Players to watch: senior DB/WR Nathan Smallwood, senior RB Ryan Allee, senior WR/LB Cooper Dunlap, senior Center Bobby Tague, junior OT Landon Burke, sophomore QB John Eric Steiner. Newcomers expected to contribute: sophomore QB John Eric Steiner, sophomore WR Chris Cacciarelli, junior RB/ LB Forrest Obenhaus, junior LB David Thomas, junior OL/NG Cameron Clay. Goals: Make the playoffs and win our first-round game. Also, play as a team and win the turnover margin. Class 4, District 7 teams: Jennings, St. Charles, Duchesne, Westminster. Quote: “We have a great group of guys this year. They are very disciplined and extremely coachable, which makes practices and games much more fun for a coach,” Perona said. “Our seniors are good leaders and are able to draw the potential out of our younger players. We are not the biggest team, but we will make up for it in quickness, determination and conditioning.”
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Com mu n it y Event s BENEFITS A GI-style breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 29 and on the last Sunday of every month at Ballwin VFW Post 6274 (115 Mimosa Lane in Ballwin). Proceeds benefit active duty military, veterans and their dependents. Call 527-9555. • • • Ballwin VFW Post 6274 hosts a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 3 and Sat., Sept. 4 at 115 Mimosa Lane in Ballwin. Call 527-9555. • • • The “Run To Remember” 5K race will be held at 8 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 11, starting and ending in Wildwood Town Center. The event commemorates the 3,031 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and is limited to 500 runners. The entry fee is $30 before Sept. 10 and $35 on race day. Performance shirts, medals, race bibs and category awards are included. Proceeds benefit Backstoppers Inc., a fund for firefighters and police officers, and the Pujols Family Foundation. Pick up a packet at Wildwood City Hall, or e-mail email@example.com. Call (314) 616-6080. • • • The West St. Louis County Lions Club/Eureka Days Run-Walk for Sight is at 8 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 in Old Town Eureka. The 5K/3.1-mile race is on a certified course; the walk is a 3K “fun walk,” and there is a half-mile “kids run” for children. The entry fee prior to Sept. 2 is $18 per person, $10 for kids aged 10 and younger, or $48 for an entire family. The fee increases after Sept. 2. To register, visit active.com and enter “Run for Sight” in the search field, or stop by the Eureka Parks Department, Connie’s Total Fitness, Tri County Realty, Comprehensive Chiropractic, or Wildwood Family YMCA. Proceeds benefit area charities, including Missouri School for the Blind, Lions Eye Research
and Eye Clinic, college scholarships to local high school seniors, care packages to troops overseas, and the Lions summer youth swimming program. Call 938-6775 or visit eurekadays.com. • • • Equine-Assisted Therapy, Inc. hosts its annual golf tournament at 12 p.m. (checkin is at 11 a.m.) on Sat., Sept. 11 at Crescent Farms Golf Club. The entry fee includes lunch and dinner. Proceeds benefit EquineAssisted Therapy, a nonprofit in Wildwood, Town & Country and Robertsville providing therapeutic horseback riding to adults and children with disabilities. To register, visit equine-assistedtherapy.org/calendar. htm. • • • A polo match to benefit Therapeutic Horsemanship is at 4 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.) on Sat., Sept. 11 at McGhee Polo Field (17879 Wild Horse Creek Road in Chesterfield). Family activities also are featured. Tickets on the day of admission are $25 per car; advance tickets are $20; VIP tickets are $65 for adults/$15 for kids aged 12 and younger and include a buffet dinner and reserved tent seating. Call 3324940 or visit thstl.org. • • • The 13th annual St. Louis Fall Festival to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 at the Saint Louis Science Center. Admission is $40 for adults, $30 for children aged 3-18 and free for younger children and for brain tumor survivors and includes admission to the Science Center, a dinner buffet, dessert, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit abta. org/stlouisfallfestival or call Barb Dunn at 230-0353 or Joanna Wagner at 537-8576. • • •
The annual St. Luke’s Hospital Life & Hope Golf Tournament is at 11 a.m. (registration and lunch begin) on Mon., Sept. 13 at Glen Echo Country Club (3401 Lucas and Hunt Road in St. Louis). Dinner and prizes follow 18 holes. Proceeds benefit the Life & Hope Fund, serving patients with cancer. To register, call (314) 576-2345 or (314) 205-6231; for more information, call (314) 576-8140. • • • Coldwell Banker Gundaker Chesterfield West holds the Ronald McDonald/Stray Rescue Charity Golf Tournament at 1:30 p.m. (registration and lunch are at 12 p.m.) on Mon., Sept. 13 at Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield. Eighteen holes of golf, a post-tournament happy hour and silent auction are featured. The fee is $400 per foursome or $100 per player, hole sponsor and beverage sponsor. To register, call Jeanne Hunsaker at (314) 210-0702. • • • Amazing Taste is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 19 at Wildwood Town Center. Guests taste more than 500 different wines, spirits and foods. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; $20
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FAMILY & KIDS Eureka Days 2010 is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 10 and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 at Lions and Legions Parks in Eureka. Carnival rides, a Car Cruise and Car Show, a parade, live entertainment, tournaments, contests and fireworks are featured. Visit eurekadays. com. • • • Family Fun Night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 10 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. The evening focuses on family fitness and unity and the spirit of competition comes alive as families team-up against other families in numerous games. Admission is $5. Call Matt Struemph at 227-8950. • • • The 24th annual Manchester Homecoming is from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on
Sun., Sept. 12 at Paul A. Schroeder Park in Manchester. Carnival rides, booths, a parade, demonstrations, games, live entertainment and more are featured. Visit manchestermo.gov. • • • The fifth annual West County Woodcarver Show & Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11 at Salem in Ballwin United Methodist Church (14825 Manchester Road). The event is held in conjunction with the church barbecue. Admission is free. Call Art LaTurno at (314) 481-3419. • • • The Manchester Homecoming Doggie Paddle Party is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 12 at the Manchester Aquatic Center in Paul A. Schroeder Park. Dogs and their owners may swim for $10 (owner and up to two dogs), plus $3 for each additional person. Owners must provide proof of pets’ current vaccination. Call 227-1385. • • • The St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash is on Sat., Sept. 25 and Sun., Sept. 26 at the Town Center of Wildwood. Amateurs and professionals compete for the grand prize in several categories, including ribs, brisket, chicken, chili, pork steak, People’s Choice, chicken wing eating, Best Decorated Booth, and more. Call Frank Schmer at 256-6564.
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Good fortune found at Fulin House By SUZANNE CORBETT Fortunate are those who veer off Hwy.141 into Meramec Valley Plaza to find Fulin House Chinese Restaurant. “Fulin means good fortune,” Wendy Xu, Fulin House’s owner, said. “We came to Valley Park seven years ago and brought what we felt was something new and different to the area – real, authentic Chinese food prepared by our Chef Ling.” A certified master of Chinese cuisine in China, Ling oversees Fulin’s menu and kitchen, ensuring that the menu offers a variety of dishes that represent the best of Chinese and American-Chinese specialties and are prepared using only the freshest ingredients. Ling’s featured recipes are dishes from China’s most famous culinary regions of Hunan, Szechuan, and Canton. Noting the cultural differences in tastes, Ling has adjusted some of the authentic recipes for the American palate, giving consideration to the level of heat and spiciness. Spiciness and bold flavors are hallmarks of Szechuan and Hunan foods. Triple Crown, a unique combination of shrimp, chicken and beef with fresh-cut vegetables, is an excellent example of a classic – where the degree of
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hot and spicy can be ordered to satisfy personal tastes. Beef or Chicken with Orange Peel include enrobed sautéed meat with a spicy-sweet brown sauce and laced with orange peel, imparting a gentle orange flavor. “Tung Ting is another popular Chinese dish we do here,” Xu said. “It’s all green.” She explained that Lake Tung Ting Shrimp is cooked using only green vegetables, such as snow peas, scallions and broccoli, before being tossed in a translucent sauce. “The sauce on Lake Tung Ting Shrimp is unusual – not too spicy, and lots of people like it.” Ling makes all Fulin House sauces in- Fulin House specializes in authentic Chinese dishes. house, from the sweet, pungent General Tso’s sauce to the delicate, citrus-infused Beef, Empress Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Moo Lemon Chicken sauce and hot mustard sauce served with Goo Gai Pan. All are served with the choice of white or egg rolls. Since sauce drives most Chinese recipes, Ling is fried rice and an egg roll. There is also a “lite” Chinese committed to continuing his made-from-scratch sauces to section. ensure the highest quality. “Our ‘lite’ Chinese foods are lower in calories and fat, “Cooking everything fresh and using only the best ingre- and they’re steamed,” Ling said. dients make us different,” Xu said, noting that she even Fulin House’s full menu is available for lunch and takes the extra step to outsource and import hard-to-find dinner with either dine-in or carry-out service. For those products, such as Mai Fun angel hair noodles, a must-try fortunate to live within a five-mile radius, free delivery is for any pasta aficionado. provided. Fulin’s menu offers more than 150 items with special “These are all things we do to make you happy and feel combination plates featuring the top sellers: Mongolian welcome,” Xu said. “Try us, and you’ll be back.”
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Customer satisfaction drives Behlmann’s business Pontiac and GMC.” By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Central to the dealership’s success throughout the years Behlmann Buick Pontiac GMC is a family owned business selling Buicks, Pontiacs, GMCs and pre-owned has been customer satisfaction. Behlmann has built its reputation on providing courteous and honest service. vehicles. Started by Ken and Linda Behlmann in 1971, the dealer- Customers appreciate the way they do business, and as a ship presently is owned and managed by Ken and Linda’s result, find that Behlmann is an exceptional place to buy vehicles and also to have them serviced. son, Dan Behlmann. From the first introduction all the way through the buying Behlmann has grown to become one of the most successful GM dealerships in the U.S. and consistently ranks experience and beyond, Behlmann delivers unmatched among the top-selling Pontiac and GMC dealerships in the customer service. That is because their goal is not simply to sell a customer just one car, but rather a whole lifetime Midwest. “We’ve been at the current location since 1990, and of vehicles. That philosophy seems to work, because many customers have chosen to purchase all of their vehicles we’re definitely here to stay,” Dan Behlmann said. from Behlmann. Complete customer satisfaction every Behlmann recently added Buick to its vehicle line-up. “We’re proud of the GMC brand, and the new Buicks step of the way keeps people coming back. Dan Behlmann Behlmann’s commitment to customer satisfaction is are coming along very well,” Behlmann said. “These are not just yesterday’s Buicks. Today’s models are more backed by outstanding sales and service. Today’s vehicles premier van conversion company in America. progressive, with all age groups buying them. Our goal are incredibly complex, and no one knows them better Conveniently located, Behlmann serves customers in is to become as successful with Buick as we’ve been with than Behlmann’s factory-trained technicians. That know- St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County, Lincoln County, how, combined with state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair Chesterfield, Columbia, Kansas City, and Jefferson City equipment, convenient hours, and competitive prices, in Missouri, as well as in Central and Southern Illinois, Behlmann Buick Pontiac GMC means that there is no reason to go anywhere else. Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Colorado, 820 McDonnell Blvd. • St. Louis, Mo. 63042 (314) 895-1600 As for inventory, whatever a customer’s vehicle needs and even in European countries. Sales Hours: might be, there is more to choose from at Behlmann. Proud to be a part of the community, Behlmann happily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon., Wed., and Fri.; The dealership sells and services Buick, Pontiac, GMC, supports many local and national organizations, includ9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Chevrolet, Cadillac, Saturn, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ford, ing area churches, schools, scouting groups, chambers of Service/Parts Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Kia, and Lexus. commerce and not-for profit entities. Body Shop Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Behlmann is also St. Louis’ No. 1 GMC Certified Pre“We presently allow 6 to 8 acres of lot blacktop to be Closed on Sunday Owned dealer, continuing to lead the way in the converavailable to local organizations for their charitable fund www.behlmann.com sion van business, partnering with Explorer Vans – the raisers,” Behlmann said.
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Now taking applications for the following positions. Full Time & Part Time available. Some week-ends. Hourly pay, must be dependable, high energy, mature & outgoing personality. Prior hotel experience required. FRONT DESK AGENTS: 3pm-11pm and 11pm- 7am HOUSEKEEPING: Experienced full & part time. Call 636-733-9100 ext 5102
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The West County Family YMCA
Seeking caring and responsible people to work for the after school program in the Parkway School District. The hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 2:00 - 6:00pm or 3:00 - 6:00pm depending on the school. Medical insurance and FREE membership available. Contact Christine Grant at email@example.com for more information.
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Recession Do It All Construction Family Owned & Operated Specializing in Roofing, Siding, Drywall & Painting.
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Full & Part Time Employees Needed! Days & Nights. Apply at Chesterfield Valley Subway near Lowes or call 636-733-0006 Management Opportunities available! Experience required. Call Dan 314-795-8412
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W E S T c l a ss i f i e d s Home Improvement
Lawn & Landscape 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
Riverside Painting Residential Interior and Exterior Painting. Insured.
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Mikes Lawn Service: Dependable, responsible. Mowing, shrub trimming, mulch, yard clean-up. References. Call 636-346-9704
Va l l e y L a n d s c a p e C o . Mowing, leaf removal, mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning! (636) 458-8234
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MIENER LANDSCAPING Rock walls, patios, pruning, chainsaw work, etc. Friendly service, with attention to detail. Call Tom 636.938.9874
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MORALES LANDSCAPE LLC. Spring & Fall clean-up, grass cutting, Fall Aeration, mulching, trimming, weeding & tree removal, planting, sodding & seeding, retaining walls, paver patio, decorative gravel, stone & brick work, drainage work & more! FREE ESTIMATES 636-699-5189
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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
Mulch 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.
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Full Service Mobile Grooming Spa on Wheels We offer: Pet/show clips, aroma therapy baths, nail clipping and grinding, teeth cleaning, high velocity drying & more! We come to you any day of the week at anytime. Specializing in large breeds and geriatric dogs. For the pampering your pet deserves, call
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
POOP SCOOP’N SERVICE
Owner / operator specializing in interior painting, decorative & faux painting, wall textures, concrete staining. Design consultation. Insured. References. FREE ESTIMATES 314-397-3868
Interior & Exterior Will BEAT any reasonable Estimate!
Interior and Exterior Painting Power Washing • Window Washing Gutter Cleaning
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Piano Lessons Learn To Play The PIANO at your own pace! 40 yrs. piano teaching experience. Master of Music & LRSM degrees. Call Jessica 636-236-5536 PIANO LESSONS: Masters Degree in Composition w/ Piano major, 5 yrs. in Europe, 30 yrs. teaching experience, all ages. Taught music theory and piano at college level. Manchester & Strecker. Call Arthur 636-458-0095
PIANO LESSONS. Experienced piano teacher now accepting new students. All ages accepted, you're never too old to enjoy learning music! Lessons given in my Creve Couer home. References available. Call Sofia at 314-750-4094
Jim's Paint & Trim Service. Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decorative moulding, wallpaper removal, texturing, drywall and rotten wood repair. Call 636-778-9013
WEDDINGS, Event Planning, Home Design and Staging, with Fresh Floral Art displays. Call today for more information
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION Painting Company Established 1984
Comprehensive painting, staining, papering & finishing services. Interior/ Exterior. Residential/ Commercial
Jack Bokern, Owner 314-962-5025
Plumbing Services ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051 Professional Plumbing repair & replacement. Over 15 yrs. experience. Free Estimates. Call Ron 636-527-0176
Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 636-458-1161 or 314-614-4840
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. 314-353-5555
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Lovely 3 & 4 bedroom homes. $250,000 to $550,000. Zero Down Payment. Free Recorded Message: 888-546-7598, ext. 25. ChesterfieldLovelyHomes.com
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.
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DECK STAINING • BY BRUSH ONLY No Spraying • No Rolling • No Mess Specializing in Hardwood Decks
Work Guaranteed • Insured • References
(636) 257-7399 • 24 Hrs.
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
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www.beachresortcondos.com 3 Wonderful Properties • Beautiful 4BR Ranch on approx 15 private acres w/pool
• Beautiful approx 6 acre lot, very private, Great views
• Older 3BR Ranch home on 1.5 acres off Wild Horse Creek Rd
18061 WiLd hoRse cReek Rd - chesteRfieLd A MUST SEE --over 12,000 sq ft, 1 ½ story home on approx. 7 acres overlooking St. Charles River Bluffs, 11 car garage Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960
1009 savonne ct - chesteRfieLd WOW! 1 ½ story, 1 acre, pool, 5 bdrm, Media room, heated pool and stone patio Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960
4325 fox cReek Rd - WiLdWood ONE OF A KIND –Executive 1 ½ story On approx. 20+/- acres, 8 car garage Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960
4570 BuckLick schooL Rd - neW haven Equestrian Estate –26 acres ,10 stall barn & indoor riding arena, 3 bdrm Ranch Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960
26343 RiveR Ridge Ln - MathasviLLe Custom 4 bed, 3 bath on 3 acres in southern Warren Co. A Must See! Barbara Beiter (636) 346-3160
2942 eagLe Point dR - WentzviLLe Spectacular Atrium Ranch home! Approx. 4,600 sq ft 5 bed, 5 bath on 3 acres. Just minutes off Hwy 40/61 Scott Peterson (314) 503-6457
neW PRice- 3 Acre lots- Avondale Park –Open Sat. Aug 28th 1-4 p.m.. Minutes from Hwy 40. Some Horse Lots. Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960 18312 acorn Ridge Rd. Wildwood –1 ½ story, 5.6+/- acres, Horse property. Cathy Shaw- Connely / Chip Dewitt 2041 desloge estates – One of a kind plantation style remodeled horse property. 14+/- acres. Cathy Shaw- Connely / Chip Dewitt 1241 teson Rd. –3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath, updated 2+ acre horse property. Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4960 2523 Maple crossing dr. - Updated, Clean-as-a-whistle, 3 bed, 2 ½ bath, finished lower level. Open Sun, Aug 29th 2-4 p.m. Cathy Shaw- Connely (636)346-4690 25538 Pike 225 –Eolia area. Horse property w/ over 70 acres, 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bath, ranch. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636) 346-4960 11+/- acres w/ Lake – on Fox Creek Rd. Trail Access to Rockwood & Greensfelder Scott Peterson (314) 503-6457 6+/- beautiful acres –on Fox Creek Rd., adjoins 11+/- parcel. Scott Peterson (314) 503-6457 10+/- acres - Hopewell Rd sits on a bluff above Daedenne Creek Scott Peterson (314) 503-6457
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200 Long Road • Suite 160 • Chesterfield, MO 63005
All properties located just minutes from Chesterfield Valley/Rockwood School District
PROPERTIES WEST 636.532.5900 each office independently owned & operated
ATRIUM ON 3 ACRES!
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GORGEOUS ATRIUM RANCH! 1248 Marsh Ave. - Ellisville - $163,000 Updated ranch on half acre park setting! Gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, and tile floor. Huge deck!
1734 Blue Oak Dr. - Chesterfield - $184,900 2BD/3.5 BA Condo in premium location. Fin.basement with full bath,gas fireplace,end unit,complex pool.
15991 Woodlet Way Ct.—Chesterfield $310,000 Wow! Ideal ranch in Clarkson Woods. Covered front porch, bay windows, custom hearth, new rear deck. Pathway to lake!
18715 Babler Meadows Dr. Wildwood • $569,000 Gorgeous granite kitchen highlights this professionally decorated atrium ranch. 3 Acre Wooded Lot. 2 frpl, 3c gar Fin LL. Bay windows, Hdwd Flrs, New HAVAC, Spectacular Home!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 www.MikeLeeker.com
4214 North Fork Rd. Wildwood • $469,900 Remodeled granite kitchen and master bath highlight this beautiful ranch. Vaulted great room with knotty pine ceilings Finished lower level. Very private wooded 4 acre lot! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 www.MikeLeeker.com
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
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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.
Robin Williams 314-401-0155
6 Mt Laurel St. Peters • $289,500 Immediate occupancy. 1.5 sty w/fin LL, lvl lot, 3-car gar! Lots of upgrades. Wood flrs, bay windows, large bright kit, Main mstr suite. Fin. basement w/full bath & sleeping area, walk-in closet. Plenty of storage! Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155
Mike Leeker 314-435-4040
Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358
403 Gunnison Gorge Dr. Wildwood • $285,000 3BR 2.5BA Great Room ranch priv wood cul de sac .87 acre! Common grnd! Light cstm hdwood flrs! GR & master suite share flr-to-clg fireplace! Reduced $10,000! Great buy! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358 ChrisRonberg.com
Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555
Barb Woodham 314-346-2272
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305 Remington Way Dr. – Ballwin $440,000 Pristine “like new” one owner 2sty in Remington Place! First class upgrades, huge mstr ste, bonus rm. Over 3600 sqft!
684 Rustic Valley Dr. - Ballwin - $169,900 Great ranch with lots of potential! Finished lower level, large master bedroom, 2 full baths.
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.
154 Brightfield Dr. - Ballwin - $198,000 Marvelously maintained in Pkwy S.! Updtd kit, baths, bds. Pvt bkyd w/ deck & patio. FinWO LL w/rec/room, wetbar, full bath. Finished LL! 12905 Mason Manor Rd. Creve Coeur • $399,000 Lovely brick front home has lush gardens/beautiful sunroom/newer kitchen-baths-carpet-paint-custom office in finished lower level/rear garage entrance. Call Barb Woodham 314-346-2272 www.barbwoodham.com
855 Woodside Trails Dr. - Ballwin - $220,000 End unit villa! Almost 1600 sq ft main lvl, fin LL w/bdrm & full bath! Built in bookcases, frplc, deck, patio. Comm pool & tennis crts.
12529 Robinview Ct. – Creve Coeur $315,000 4BD/2.5 BA on Creve Coeur cul-de-sac! Vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen, large grt rm and rear deck!.
340 Towerwood Dr. – Ballwin $169,900 Updated hm in great location! Bright open flr plan, updated kit, fin. lower level with wet bar! Must see!
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