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Many of the issues of our times are hard to understand without understanding the vision of the world of which they are a part. Whether the particular issue is education, economics or medical care, the preferred explanation tends to be an external explanation - that is, something outside the control of the individuals directly involved. Education usually is discussed in terms of the money spent on it, the teaching methods used, class sizes or the way the whole system is organized. Students are discussed largely as passive recipients of good or bad education. But education is not something that can be given to anybody. It is something that students either acquire or fail to acquire. Personal responsibility may be ignored or downplayed in this “nonjudgmental” age, but it remains a major factor nevertheless. After many students go through a dozen years in the public schools, at a total cost of $100,000 or more per student - and emerge semi-literate and with little understanding of the society in which they live, much less the larger world and its history - most discussions of what is wrong leave out the fact that many such students may have chosen to use school as a place to fool around, act up, organize gangs or even peddle drugs. The great escape of our times is escape from personal responsibility for the consequences of one’s own behavior. Differences in infant mortality rates provoke pious editorials on a need for the government to provide more prenatal care for those unable to afford it. In other words, the explanation is automatically assumed to be external to the mothers involved and the solution is assumed to be something that “we” can do for “them.” While it is true that black mothers get less prenatal care than white mothers and have higher infant mortality rates, it also is true that women of Mexican ancestry also get less prenatal care than white women and yet have lower infant mortality rates than white women. But, once people with the prevailing social vision see the first set of facts, they seldom look for any other facts that might go against the explanation that fits their vision of the world. No small part of the current confusion between “health care” and medical care

comes from failing to recognize that Americans can have the best medical care in the world without having the best health or longevity because so many people choose to live in ways that shorten their lives. There can be grave practical consequences of a dogmatic insistence on external explanations that allow individuals to escape personal responsibility. Americans can end up ruining the best medical care in the world in the vain hope that a government takeover will give us better health. Economic issues are approached in the same way. People with low incomes are seen as a problem for other people to solve. Studies which follow the same individuals over time show that the vast majority of working people who are in the bottom 20 percent of income earners at a given time end up rising out of that bracket. Many are simply beginners who get beginners’ wages but whose pay rises as they acquire more skills and experience. Yet there is a small minority of workers who do not rise and a large number of people who seldom work and who-- surprise - have low incomes as a result. Seldom is there any thought that people who choose to waste years of their own time (and the taxpayers’ money) in school need to change their own behavior - or to visibly suffer the consequences, so that their fate can be a warning to others coming after them, not to make that same mistake. It is not just the “non-judgmental” ideology of the intelligentsia but also the selfinterest of politicians that leads to so much downplaying of personal responsibility in favor of external explanations and external programs to “solve” the “problem.” On these and other issues, government programs are far less likely to solve the country’s problems than to solve the politicians’ problem of getting the votes of those whose think the answer to every problem is for the government to “do something.”

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To the Editor: The news article in your issue dated, Aug. 19, 2009, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, page 12 provides evidence that a town hall was held by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). A meaningful incident that occurred during the meeting was, however, not even mentioned in the article. The incident involving a laughing comment on lynching, made by Akin, was part of the televised program of the town hall. Akin hasn’t disavowed his laughing response about lynching. According to the representative’s biography on the official U. S. House of Representatives Web site, his education and pre-election work career is engineering. In the Missouri House, Akin drafted legislation on Roth IRA’s and tax limitation amended to the Missouri Constitution. During his elected life in the U.S House of Representatives, Akin has worked on energy dealing with clean coal technology, as well as defense. Nowhere in his official biography is there mention of being seated on a committee that covers health care, aging, the Judiciary Committee where human issues juxtaposed against engineering issues is discussed, or, dealt with in

legislation. How can such a man with such a blind spot in his eastern education, representing Missouri citizens and corporations know, even care, anything about lynching of African Americans and white citizens in Missouri who were lynched? A paper with a partial listing of lynchings, titled “Missouri Lynchings, 18361981” can be found at academic.evergreen. edu/p/pfeiferm/home.htm. Bill White St. Peters

Got it right To the editor: As someone who deals with the public constantly, I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to pass along feedback about the actions of our city staff or our operations in general. I’m sure you appreciate feedback, too. I want to bring to your attention the thorough, fair and accurate coverage in Mid Rivers Newsmagazine on a very important issue impacting the city of St. Peters. In the (Aug. 19, 2009, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine) your reporter, Jeannie Seibert, did an excellent job on a story about the Missouri Legislature’s unethical and potentially unconstitutional actions on the St. Peters Hotel tax. Our city has lost more than $1 million because of being targeted by the punitive legislation. I appreciate her skill and efforts as a reporter to thoroughly and fairly address this issue. She did an excellent job explaining the situation and how this has dragged on for several years at great cost to our city. She was very thorough with her reporting, explaining that St. Peters is being singled out compared to other cities in St. Charles County, including O’Fallon and the city of St. Charles. The issues in this story can be very complex, almost “inside baseball” for those who are not following the political nuances of this inexcusable legislation. Jeannie made it all easy to understand. Our nation has depended on free, independent press to present information in a thorough, accurate manner. I commend you and Ms. Seibert for your continued efforts to be professional, thorough and accurate. I am certain your readership appreciates Ms. Seibert’s diligence in getting to the facts and presenting them in a well-constructed, complete story. St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano

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Never Forget The following is the full text of President Bush’s address to the nation on Tuesday night, September 11, 2001: Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices -secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could. Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C., to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well. The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them. I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night and God bless America.

“The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by Al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions.” - Former Vice President Dick Cheney

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News Br iefs ST. CHARLES COUNTY Wash your hands! Good hygiene practices can help students avoid spreading the swine flu this fall. The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment issued some reminders to parents, teachers Newsmagazine and students to helpSalesperson: students avoid getting Proof: sick and spreading the H1N1 flu. “Children are particularly susceptible to H1N1 flu, and once it gets a foothold in a school, the virus can spread quickly,� said Gil Copley, director of the County Department of Community Health and the Environment. “Since there is no vaccine available yet, it’s important for students, parents, and teachers to take steps now to avoid spreading this virus.� Copley urged good hygiene practices, including: covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or using the crook of your arm; washing hands frequently with soap and water, or using hand sanitizers; keeping children with a fever home from school; and avoiding close contact with sick people. “What’s good about these common-sense tips is that they can help children and adults prevent all sorts of infectious diseases, not just the flu,� Copley said. The latest guidelines from the Centers

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O’FALLON Tweet, tweet Followers of the O’Fallon Police Department can now keep up-to-date on all of the safety issues and road closures in O’Fallon via Twitter. Last month, the O’Fallon Police Department joined Twitter to provide information to the public. It will be used to provide information on upcoming events and it will also be used for major events such as road closures, safety issues for the public, crime trends and crime prevention topics. “We will post anything that is going to help keep people safe and informed,” said Sgt. Robert Kendall. So far, the department has 65 Twitter followers. The address for the site is twitter. com/ofallonpolice.

Jackpot! Thirty-eight employees at Nordyne hit the jackpot last month when a group of co-workers won more than $200,000 in the Powerball drawing. “I was in shock when I checked the numbers,” said Tammy Morgan, who started the Powerball group in the office three years ago. The Powerball group, made up of employees in all positions at the company, started with about 10 employees and has grown to nearly 40. The group has never won more than $100 prior to the big win. What to do with the extra cash? “A couple people are going to be going on vacation next week, so they are going to be taking some extra cash that they weren’t going to take,” Morgan said. “A couple people are buying appliances, because they are remodeling their house.” The winning ticket was purchased at the QuikTrip located at 4646 Hwy. 94 S. in St. Charles.

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Patriot Day The public is invited to celebrate Patriot Day on Sept. 11 at O’Fallon City Hall. O’Fallon’s Patriot Day Ceremony, “A Tribute to First Responders,” will start at 8:30 a.m. at the 9-11 Memorial in the parking lot outside the O’Fallon Police Department. The ceremony will include participation by police, fire and ambulance honor guards, the sounding of sirens followed by a moment of silence, and an invitation to the public to place flowers at the monument, which is made from 22 tons of steel salvaged from the destruction of the World Trade Center in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In conjunction with the ceremony, a Patriot Day Community Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We’re hosting this drive to help replenish local blood supplies, and also to honor the spirit of patriotism that emerged throughout our country after the attacks on September 11, 2001,” said Kathy Halstead, manager of O’Fallon’s volunteer services department. Appointments are encouraged to minimize waiting, but walk-ins are welcome; call Volunteer Services at 379-5507, or e-mail volunteer@ofallon.mo.us. For more information, visit ofallon.mo.us/volunteer. For details about the donation process, go to bloodcenter.org.

ST. PETERS Felony charge filed A 40-year-old St. Peters woman has been charged with the first felony harassment charge in St. Charles County after a state law was passed last August in response to the cyber-harassment of Dardenne Prairie teenager Megan Meier. Elizabeth A. Thrasher has been accused of posting the photo, cell phone number, employer and e-mail address of a teenage girl on the Casual Encounters section on Craigslist. Thrasher allegedly created the post after an online confrontation with the teenager, whose mother is dating Thrasher’s ex-husband. Police said that after the listing was posted online, the teenager then received phone calls, texts, e-mails and pornography from men reading the post. Misdemeanor charges have been filed in other cases under the state harassment law which now includes communication or threats that cause emotional distress via electronic messaging, such as email or text messaging.

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No more ‘nursing homes’ for O’Fallon ‘Licensed care’ facilities to receive discounted sewer, water connection fees By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY There will be no more nursing homes in the city of O’Fallon, according to an ordinance passed last week by the City Council—and it’s all to make certain there are no more sewer tap-on giveaways. Last week the O’Fallon City Council amended its ordinance regulating sewer connection fees, and in the process, deleted the term “nursing home” from its books. “The Missouri Regulatory Agency no longer uses the term ‘nursing home,’” said City Attorney Kevin O’Keefe. While the O’Fallon City Code has for some time recognized “nursing homes” as a distinct type of multi-unit housing arrangement entitled to special consideration when calculating connection fees for water and sewer services, akin to hotel rooms, hospital rooms and similar multi-unit structures, in recent years the variety of senior housing options has increased dramatically, and the names associated with the varying levels of care has made the term “nursing home” outdated, a revised ordinance states. Councilman Pierce Conley (Ward 2) introduced the bill that will change the cost of sewer tap-on fees for some senior developments. Under the city’s old guidelines, projects referred to as nursing homes received a two-thirds discount on sewer tap-on rates, while licensed care facilities

were charged full price. Tap-on fees are a sore spot for some City Council memCouncilman Dan Haney (Ward 3) expressed concern bers. For the past several years the city of O’Fallon has that the city was changing rules to accommodate cur- been struggling with lawsuits resulting from the promise rent senior developments, and was responding to a recent of free sewer tap-on services by former city officials in request from a developer of an assisted living community exchange for annexation into the city. who asked for reduced fees. Several property owners—mostly farm owners— sued “To me, it looks like we’ve eliminated the tap-on fees by the city for breach of contract for refusing to honor pretwo-thirds for that developer,” Haney said. “Is that what’s annexation agreements made by the former city officials going on? I’m going to be edgy. Does this hurt city rev- in 2001. Nearly $2 million in compensation was promised enue in any way?” for more than 1,000 sewer connections on various proper“We have taken the three most akin to congregate ties in the city. living, and these are licensed facilities,” O’Keefe said. “A In December 2001, the former Board of Aldermen led licensed facility operator would not qualify for the reduc- by former Mayor Paul Renaud formally agreed to annex tion. Independent living communities would not receive various properties into the city, promising to pay for a spethe reduction.” cific number of sewer connections if the property owners Under the new ordinance, three categories receiv- annexed into the city. ing reduced rates are: licensed skilled nursing facilities, The offers came at a time when former city officials licensed assisted living facility and licensed long-term were aggressively campaigning to annex farms and other care facilities with common day rooms and facilities, properties on the southwest side of the city so subdivisions rather than traditional single family residences. and apartment complexes could be built. “The law stated reduced tap-on fees were available for When former Mayor Donna Morrow was elected nursing homes,” Conley said. “We did not give anyone in 2005, she called the tap-on offers giveaways, and anymore tap-ons than the law would allow. We simply refused to honor them. Since then, several lawsuits changed the verbiage of the law.” remain unsettled.

Local storm water issues Cities grapple with issues; federal mandates By JEANNIE SEIBERT local governments are responsible for the For multiple reasons, local munici- content of the water whether or not a hompalities are in various stages of assessing, eowners association can afford to tackle evaluating and plotting strategies for deal- a problem retention basin. That brings up ing with storm water issues – none the least easement issues. of which is flood damage to public and Couple all that with the relatively sudden private property evidenced in the past 18 influx of hard surfaces from recent decades months of heavy rainfall. of intense development in the region and But the bills to fund programs to meet the problem intensifies as excess rainfall the ever-stiffening water quality mandates isn’t absorbed into the ground but rolls off resulting from the Clean Water Act of 1972 pavement, rooftops, parking lots and more are coming due as well. paved streets. With dual pressures coming to bear, All of this water makes it to the big rivers during an Aug. 20 St. Peters Board of and moves on downstream which prompted Aldermen meeting City Administrator Bill the Clean Water Act in the first place. Charnisky illustrated the regional impact Some initial measures began in of the issue when he said, “We all live in recent years as the county and cities like a watershed.” Dardenne Prairie initiated pre-construction All of St. Charles County is inundated silt control measures with regular reportwith waterways: the Mississippi and Mis- ing requirements during the building phase souri rivers with Peruque, Dardenne and of new projects. Spencer creeks all fed by a network of Additionally, Lake Saint Louis and St. tributaries. Peters have been addressing various issues When the waterways of the region are relating to storm water best management inundated with rain, flood water overtops practices as recommended by the Environcreek banks and storm sewers are stressed mental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mis– as many business and homeowners have souri Department of Natural Resources learned in recent months. Local jurisdic- (MDNR). tions are contending with flood damage To meet the current demand and to get to public lands and the additional stress ahead of the future need, St. Peters is on storm water collection systems. Lakes, looking at a 2010 ballot proposition for retention ponds and creeks are collector approval of a storm water utility fee to points for silt and contaminates and the fund a comprehensive storm water man-

Unchecked erosion damaging both private and public property is just one reason area governments are forming comprehensive storm water management programs and looking for mechanisms with which to fund those measures. On the other end of the spectrum, compliance with the federal Clean Water Act makes it incumbent on local jurisdictions to prevent contaminates from entering waterways and ground water.

agement program. Faced with the same need and an aging storm water sewer system, Lake Saint Louis is taking a slightly different track. During its Aug. 17 Board of Aldermen meeting the pros and cons of different funding mechanisms for a storm water management program were discussed. The real estate property tax levy could be raised to 100 percent of the voter-authorized amount and the revenue generated could either be directed directly to storm water and capital improvement projects, or it could be used

as a foundation for a bond issue for a more comprehensive program. Another approach would be to ask voters to approve a parks and storm water program sales tax on a 2010 ballot issue. As an example, City Administrator Paul Markworth said that a quarter-cent sales tax would generate about $550,000 annually. Then, there is the storm water utility fee like St. Peters is entertaining and the Metro Sewer District (MSD) of St. Louis County See STORM WATER, page 11


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worked out a prioritized project list of flooding issues the city can start work on right away. However, it is just a fraction of the individual projects from the overall list. St. Peters Public Works Director Russ Batzel said most cities have just wrapped up the MS-4 permit reporting requirements. MS-4 is the designation given smaller cities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program operated under the Clean Water Act. “The state is now much more involved,” Batzel said. This affected the local jurisdictions more urgently following the February 2009 report listing Dardenne Creek as an impaired waterway.

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Councilman Jeff Schwentker (Ward 4) said great detail was given at council meetings prior to the vote, that the program wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be implemented until it was funded. Councilman Pierce Conley (Ward 2) said he believes the council should move forward with the program as quickly as possible. Councilman Dan Haney said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to put hardships on people during these hard economic times, because people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to fix their sewers. However, he reiterated that he saw little that could be done to allocate funds to begin the program before annual fees are collected from property owners on Jan. 1, 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In four months, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had seven people call. I feel bad for the people, but there is no money to pay for it at this point. Forward funding would leave a deficit,â&#x20AC;? said Councilman Dan Haney (Ward 3). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we need to stop running in and spending money we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. We need to be conscious that there is no money there, instead of diving into an empty pool.â&#x20AC;?

Property taxes will lower for most residents By MARY ANN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;TOOLE HOLLEY The good news is that most Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon property owners will see a lower property tax bill this year; the bad news is their home value has likely gone down. Despite a drop in assessed home values caused by the recessionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;drops that could have sharply reduced the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon city tax baseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon City Council has agreed not to increase the city property tax rate for property owners in the city. That means homeowners could see a lower property tax bill for 2009. The council approved a tax rate of 61 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That means if your property is valued at $200,000, you will pay $122 in city taxes. That does not include other taxed items, including school district taxes and other items on your annual property tax bill. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon Public Relations liaison Tom Drabelle said generally that if your property has not had significant improvements, it is likely that your taxes will decrease because of lower assessed value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just starting the budget process, and will take a look at how to fund debt service issues with the loss in tax dollars,â&#x20AC;? Drabelle said. Acting City Administrator Vicki Boschert, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance director, says property reassessments have declined by average of 6 percent in Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund pays for traditional city expenses and budget items, while debt service funds are used to pay bonds the city has issued or debt of the city,â&#x20AC;? Boschert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since our debt is backed by property taxes and is getting paid off, we can lower that debt service amount.â&#x20AC;? The 2009 tax rate would raise the â&#x20AC;&#x153;general fundâ&#x20AC;? levy to 35.53 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, but would decrease the debt service fund levy to 26.11 cents from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate of 29 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The calculations for property tax for 2009 were computed based on the state-defined cost of living index, the assessed value of new construction and improvements to existing homes, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessed valuation, debt service information and current assessed value of property, officials said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tax year 2009 posed a challenge to municipalities across the state, trying to manage increasing demands on city services, yet dealing with declining resources,â&#x20AC;? Boschert said. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon city staff recommended increasing the rate for general revenue, but staff recognized that the economic downturn also posed a challenge for property owners in the community. To accommodate the change, it was recommended that the debt service rate be reduced by an amount equal to the increase in the general revenue levy.


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Dardenne Prairie City Hall moves to first permanent home By JEANNIE SEIBERT Then the list enlarges as new details are Transitioning from the old to the new is detected. a bit challenging but Dardenne Prairie City The punch list is about two and a half Hall staff have been moving into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pages long but City Architect Tim Short first permanent municipal center structure has crews working overtime to complete while simultaneously running the city. the time-consuming finish work. Mother Nature also decided to enter the During the first session in the new chammix as rain delays postponed the move by ber, Mayor Pam Fogarty asked the alderseveral weeks. But the new building was men for ideas for suitable quotes to be functional enough to stage its first Board of included on the two transoms over the two Aldermen meeting on Aug. 19 despite the doorways leading from the two-story foyer lack of a few minor accoutrements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like to the meeting room which doubles as a an amplification system. municipal courtroom. Each day sees the to-do list shrink as Other progress updates included the all the finishing touches are completed. removal of the two double wide trailers that had served as City Hall for several years. The original has been sold and is on its way off to New Melle while the second trailer is to be returned to the company from which it was leased. That will open up the parking lot to final grading, paving and striping by Prairie Days on Sept. 19, according to Short. Everything does double duty in Dardenne Prairie. The parking lot will not only serve City Hall but a municipal park directly behind it and adjacent to the Dardenne Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen held its Athletic Association ball fields. A concesfirst meeting in the new City Hall on Aug. 19. sion stand that will serve both facilities is

 

Dardenne Prairie City Hall is now open for business at 2032 Hanley Road.

now under construction and grading for the municipal park and amphitheatre will coincide with parking lot dirt work. An amphitheatre lends itself to this property which is naturally bowl-shaped, Short said. Sand volleyball courts and other features are on the drawing board. So, while the architecture of the City Hall is the primary feature, it stands as an example of the how the entire new downtown will eventually look. City Hall is just phase one, Fogarty said. The total cost for the civic center improvement project, including City Hall, parking lot, and civic park with amphitheatre is estimated at $4 million. Mayor Fogarty said she envisions the

municipal property as being the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center, or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dardenne Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart.â&#x20AC;? As a living testament to the strictures set out in the SmartCode the city adopted three years ago, it is to set the design style for all new construction in the commercial zones established around the intersections of Hwy. N and Hanley Road and Hanley and Feise roads â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the eventual downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the development thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone on here has been built on the idea that we want Dardenne Prairie to be a walk-able, pedestrian community where everybody knows your name,â&#x20AC;? Fogarty said. Open house plans are up in the air. Fogarty said to watch the city Web site for further updates at dardenneprairie.org.

                  

         

       

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The schedule reduction contributed to the project’s estimated $1 million in cost savings. The construction team logged more than 120,000 hours over 18 months and reported zero lost work days and no citations or violations during an unannounced OSHA inspection. The South Pavilion expansion project was unique because it was the first in St. Louis to be executed through an Integrated Project Delivery contract signed by six parties – Tarlton Corporation, Pratt Design Studio, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Sachs Electric Company, Murphy Company, BJC HealthCare Design and Construction. “Our commitment doesn’t stop with our bricks and mortar,” Ross said. “It’s the available at the bedside for viewing employees, the physicians and the compatient education programs, elec- passionate and the quality care delivered tronic documentation for clinicians everyday to our patients that set us apart. and MedProx, the latest in medica- We recently learned that for the second consecutive year, we have been awarded the tion administration. The project was completed 35 days HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experiahead of schedule despite having the wet- ence Award for being in the top 5 percent test year on record in the St. Louis area. in the nation for patient satisfaction.”


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Move-in day for new Habitat home Habitat for Humanity representatives, volunteers, Thrivent Financial representatives and members, St. Peters officials, and, of course, an excited family will gather at 9 a.m., Sept. 12, at 124 Eisenhower Dr. ,located in the Enclaves at Eisenhower in St. Peters to honor the hard work, the generous financial backing and the community support that made the latest Habitat home possible. A brief program is planned from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The homebuyers—Brad and Marilyn Rush and their five children— are more than a little eager to move into their new home. They have completed more than 350 hours of “sweat equity” in helping build their home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” “We are thrilled to have the Rush family as our latest Habitat for Humanity of St Charles County partner family,” said Ashlee Johnson, HFHSCC executive director. “Brad and Marilyn have proved to be a model family and are looking forward to moving into their new home.” The new home is a result of an alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Luther-

ans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, the alliance has resulted in the construction of hundreds of decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005. Thanks to its 2.6 million members who own financial products with the organization, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like St. Peters. The Thrivent Builds alliance also engages volunteers— members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at large—to work alongside the partner families to build these homes. “Hundreds of local volunteers from over a dozen Lutheran congregations and community groups contributed their time and talents to build this home with the Rush family,” said Allison Clark, Thrivent member engagement specialist. “Thrivent members and financial representatives were also involved at each step of the way, to personally support the community and help another family achieve financial security through home ownership. From the first nail to the last, from the planning stage to dedication day, building a home with Habitat is an incredible experience for all involved. “We are honored to have a played a part in the Rush family’s new home,” Clark said.

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FRANCIS HOWELL Early release This year the Francis Howell School District will release middle students early on Wednesdays each week to allow for more teacher collaboration time focusing on student achievement. On these dates the school day will end 45 minutes early and the collaboration time will be used for teams of teachers to meet and review student achievement data as it relates to goals and progress towards meeting those goals. Teachers will then develop specific strategies and action plans to implement with students based on the data. A similar process has been in place at the high school level for the last two years and has been identified as a vital component necessary for positively impacting student achievement. Each middle school will revisit their daily schedule and restructure some of the components, such as academic lab, in an effort to ensure that there is a minimal, if any, impact on instructional time.

All in the family Two brothers from Francis Howell Central High School represented the high school in the USA Freestyle Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D., in

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Write on! The first quarter writing contest at Francis Howell Middle School is now open. Students can win prizes and be published for poems, short stories or essays. Flyers are posted throughout the school in the classrooms. For more information contact a communication arts teacher or come to the Writing Lab for more details. The deadline for the first writing contest is Sept. 18.

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Thank you To thank local senior citizens for their continued support of the Fort Zumwalt school district, activity passes are available free of charge. These citizens must be 55 years of age or older and reside in the Fort Zumwalt School District. The passes are good for all “at home” scheduled athletic events and drama productions at the FZ high schools, excluding state and regional tournaments. Passes can be obtained at the District Administrative Office located at 110 Virgil Street in O’Fallon. There is one pass per person available.

LINDENWOOD New officer Lindenwood Alumni Jane B. Baum has been named Institutional Advancement officer at Lindenwood University. Baum will assist in fundraising efforts in support of the university, in the coordination and promotion of regional alumni programs and events, and in the development of alumni volunteer opportunities. Baum earned a bachelor’s degree in business and an associate’s degree in merchandising from Lindenwood University in 1982. Baum comes to Lindenwood from Baue Funeral Home, where she served in the development and community services arena. She continues to volunteers with the American Heart Association.


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Construction game builds communication skills By SUE HORNOF Several years ago, Jane Mathews was teaching vacation Bible school to a group of fourth-graders at her church in Wildwood and learned something herself. The day’s lesson was on Noah’s Ark, and Mathews wanted to illustrate the fact that Noah built quite a complex structure using only verbal instructions from God. Mathews built a structure of paper cups and plates and placed it behind a partition, out of her students’ view. Each student took a turn looking at the structure and giving verbal instructions to classmates on how to replicate it. The children loved the game and asked to play it again and again. The idea for InStructures: The Game of Construction by Instruction was born. InStructures is an interactive board game that challenges players (“foremen”) to look at blueprints for a structure built of blocks and verbally instruct their teammates (“construction crew”) on how to build it. The first crew to build the structure correctly wins the round. For Mathews, who has a degree in secondary education, inventing and marketing a game was an entirely new experience. “I never did anything like this before,” Mathews said. “I’m very much out of my comfort zone.”

But Mathews should take comfort from the fact that since its debut this past spring, InStructures has been met with great enthusiasm. Speech and language specialists told Mathews that speech and language teachers would love the game, so she introduced it at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Schools Conference in Kansas City, Mo. “A lot of people say right away that they recognize that it improves communication skills, and it also improves spatial skills,” Mathews said. “That was not my intent, but I feel the game really lends itself to a lot of applications. My intent was just to have a fun game.” Mathews is happy that the game serves as a learning tool but said that the learning is “a by-product of having fun.” “InStructures is a way to get families to spend more time together interacting,” said Mathews, the mother of four. “Sometimes we just all retreat to our corners and our computers or our iPods are plugged in, and kids really just love to spend time with their parents.” Although InStructures is marketed as appropriate for children aged 8 and older, Mathews said it is suitable for younger children if they play it with older kids or with adults.

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with Great Rivers Greenway, co-sponsor of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sweeping documentary series The National Parks: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Idea, to be broadcast on KETC-TV Sept. 27 through Oct. 4. The Kids Health and Education Expo will offer no-charge admission, health screenings for kids and lots of giveaways, activities and entertainment for both parents and children. Door prizes also will be awarded during the Expo, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Rec-Plex South. During Fitness Fest, free Rec-Plex activities for area residents will include: access to the large heated family leisure pool with its water play features, large whirlpool and 130-foot waterslide, from noon until 3 p.m.; a second 50-meter pool with swim lanes for adults; and, the pool areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spa and sauna; ice skating from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rec-Plexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NHL-size ice arena; a gymnasium, open for volleyball from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and basketball from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; fitness areas with cardio equipment, strength training machines and weights, plus the walking track, open to anyone age 16 or older. Adults can try out the adults-only locker rooms with steam and sauna; no-charge group fitness classes, Spinning and belly dancing classes. More opportunities will be announced during the Fitness Fest. The Rec-Plex food court also will be open. Find out more about the Rec-Plex Fitness Fest at stpetersmo.net, or call 939-2386.


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other people. I do all the work, and visitors to the site just have to clip the coupons or print the coupons,” Regnier said. “I know it sounds totally cliché, but if I can do it, anybody can do it. All it really takes is the will. Once you get your own system down, it works. People just have to get over the mental hump of thinking it is too much work. It all comes down to whether it’s worth it. “The thing is that manufacturers spend billions each year to get customers to try their products by putting coupons out there, and for consumers, it’s just a matter of sitting down and making a list and using those coupons,” Regnier said. For example, last week Regnier posted a list of finds, and itemized a full list of grocery buys that cost her only $3.15. And with the buys, she still brought home a $5 discount coupon for her next shopping visit. So what did she buy and how? On a recent trip to Walgreen’s, Regnier bought one loaf of Sara Lee Bread for $2.19 (used $.50 coupon); one box of Lucky Charms and one box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch on sale for three for $7 (used two $1 printable coupons); two tubes of Colgate Toothpaste on clearance for $1.19 (used two $.75 coupons); one dozen eggs for $1.39; one gallon of milk for $2.59; one half gallon of chocolate milk for $2.97 (used the free chocolate milk coupon when you buy a gallon of white milk); Jergens Natural Lotion on sale for $5.99 (received See MONEY SAVING, page 21


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MONEY SAVING, from page 20 $5 in store rebates and a $1 coupon); two DiGiorno Rising Crust Frozen Pizzas for $6.99 each (no coupon but she and her husband love them). She used $27 in Register Rewards from a prior week’s purchase— and she still has a cache of $32 in Register Rewards from earlier purchases. “You want quality stuff, but not to pay full price, and I don’t pay full price for anything,” Regnier said. “Other than my blog, which takes time, between clipping and list making, I spend maybe two to three hours a week, but for me it’s about what my time is worth. If I save $171 and it takes me three hours that’s a pretty good rate of pay.” Regnier says her coupon clipping is becoming legendary at the stores she shops. Sometimes people behind her in line tell her they are truly fascinated by what she just did to save money. And her Web site explains it all. “Most of the time, people are wowed,” Regnier said. Every day, it seems, she gets something in the mail that is free. Just last week she received a free tube of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. Another day she received a whole quart of Glidden paint that was absolutely free and delivered by FedEx to her doorstep. “It’s just an example of what manufacturers will pay to get you to use their products,” Regnier said. When she first started clipping coupons and finding deals, she used an accordion coupon keeper, with coupons separated based upon type: personal hygiene, groceries, cleaning items. To prepare for her shopping trip, she checks two days ahead of time using a coupon preview available on the Internet at most stores. If she knows the coupons will be good, she’ll buy three extra papers. But for those not as adventurous as Regnier, she does the work. Preview coupons are posted on her Web site on Friday and Saturday. “I also post Friday Freebies, and I have an opportunity to view a Walgreen’s ad two weeks in advance,” Regnier said. “It gives me time to put together a list that I put on my Web site.” One thing, Regnier says, about living the lifestyle she does, when you’re trying to save money, live within a budget and pay college expenses for a child, is that you learn to be a person who is not “brand

loyal.” “I may have used a Secret deodorant, but now I use Degree or Dove; I buy what’s on sale. Some things I don’t buy, but if it’s between Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Rice Krispies, I go with the less expensive,” Regnier said. “You have to be flexible and be ready to try new things. I stockpile deodorant, toilet paper and toothpaste when I can get it on sale. I can’t tell you how many free deodorants I’ve gotten. We probably have a year’s supply of deodorant, a year’s supply of toilet paper. You may as well get it when it’s on sale and there are coupons so you’re not running out to the store later and have to pay full price.” Regnier says when applying for freebies online, a registration is usually required so the manufacturer can send additional information or coupons on their products. For those, Regnier uses a separate e-mail account so her regular e-mail account isn’t filled with spam. “I haven’t had any problems with using my address,” Regnier said. “When you register, you do get extra e-mails. That’s why a separate account is good.” As for postings on her blog, Regnier says she doesn’t post anything unless she’s used it first. “If I’m telling you all about it, I’m getting mine first,” Regnier said. Regnier also determines whether a site is difficult to navigate, finds where the coupon is located and decides whether it is difficult to fill out the form. If a company asks questions that are not relevant, she doesn’t list it on her site. “People are totally oblivious about how much free stuff you can get. I told my husband I was heading down to Walgreen’s to get two free boxes of cereal,” Regnier said. “I went to Walgreen’s and got two boxes of Rice Krispies and lots of free, free, free stuff—all because of coupons and proper planning.” Now, Regnier says she’s gotten the all-clear from doctors, but her husband is still undergoing medical treatment. She uses her drive to save money as a distraction from worry. “As I wait for my husband at the doctor, I’m clipping away and making a list,” Regnier said. “It gives me something to focus on—something I don’t have to worry about, and it helps others, too.”

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Meanwhile, construction on the second bridge box culvert creek crossing between the two entrances of Williamsburg on the Green subdivision is anticipated to start soon. Padella suggested that the board allow the contractor to work on a Saturday to get the major work out of the way without worrying about work traffic or school buses coming in and out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will cost overtime, but with the number of calls weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting it will be money well spent,â&#x20AC;? Padella said. But the Board of Aldermen did not agree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to generate additional costs to the city, the board needs to vote on it,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Don Licklider. The board unanimously decided against allowing the overtime for the construction.


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Get ready for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Prairie Daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A relatively new but steadily growing community event is set for its third year as the city of Dardenne Prairie hosts the third annual Prairie Days event from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Dardenne Athletic Association ball fields, 2080 Hanley Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year our residents will get to see some of the progress weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making at our new City Hall which is right next door to Prairie Days,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Pam Fogarty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added so much to the roster to showcase Dardenne Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing retail, service and not-for-profit community.â&#x20AC;? Located adjacent to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first permanent City Hall, the Prairie Days event is a community celebration which acts as a forum to bring together old and new neighbors who are now calling Dardenne Prairie home, Fogarty said. To date, event sponsors include: Robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pony Express, The Clowns, a bounce house by Gym Quarters, Hansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monster truck, the mascots from Red Robin, River City Rascals and AmerenUE, Party Starters disc jockey service, caricature artists, a dance performance by the Daughters of Grace, live music by Banana Wind Band, a dog training demonstration by West Inn Kennels, Kids Activity Acres by The Picnic People, contests for baking and photo

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or running on the way to school. I worked a long time on getting the residents a sidewalk in from HANLEY and FIESE ROAD to the PRAIRIE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. It makes me feel good when I see the kids and parents walking to and from the school, and just anytime when it is used so no one has to walk in the street again. Friday, August l2th we started to move into your

new City Hall. It was the 4th greatest thing in my life. We used to meet in schools, parking lots, and a lot more places. To have a dream, then see the real thing happen... It is just an unbelievable event. I remember all the talks with other residents; how great it would be to have a city hall someday, where friends and neighbors can come to meet and talk whenever they want. Now, our city residents have that place to hold meetings or get together. We are

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not sure when the OPEN HOUSE will be at this time, but the city will be sure to get the word out. I cannot wait to show you your new City Hall, and sit down and talk with you about your concerns and comments that you want to share with me or the other aldermen and staff. Thanks again for letting me be your alderman to serve your needs in our great city

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Dunking Booth. Here is your chance to take out your frustrations on the Aldermen and Mayor. A nominal fee will be collected and donated to United Services.

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The City is looking for VOLUNTEERS for this event. If you would like to help please contact Bob Easley (5611718 extension 7) to sign up.

reserve a FREE booth for your local business. Please call Brad Turvey (5611718) at City Hall to reserve space to showcase your business. Some of the local businesses that will be in attendance include: Georgia Chiropractic, Dive Stop, First Bank, National City Bank, Shop and Save- NOW Express Care, Progress West, AmerenUE, Promotions Pronto, Petco, Fungus-a-Mungus, Louisiana CafĂŠ, WestInn Kennel, Green Clean LLC., Restore-Habitat for Humanities, Ecoshield, Great American Dive Company, Wehrenberg Theatres.

Many people still think that water pollution comes from a specific source called â&#x20AC;&#x153;point sourceâ&#x20AC;? pollution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like factories or sewage treatment plants, but the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that now â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-point source pollutionâ&#x20AC;? (NPS) is the single biggest factor affecting water quality today. NPS occurs when water from storms picks up pollutants and deposits them away from the source of the pollution. This runoff finds its way into water sources through storm drains or directly into streams from which much of our drinking water comes. Typical non-point source pollutants in

suburban areas are: s(OUSEHOLDCHEMICALS s0ESTICIDES s9ARDWASTES s#LEANINGAGENTS s4RASH s'REASE s3ALTANDSAND s!UTOPRODUCTS s%XCESSNUTRIENTSINCLUDINGLAWNFERtilizers, septic systems and pet wastes) The cost of this type of pollution is a degradation of our streams and rivers and is reflected in higher water bills as drinking water becomes more expensive to treat.

Conditions that are in violation of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuisance ordinance include: unlicensed or inoperable vehicles, piles of brush, old appliances, tires, and miscellaneous debris. Please make arrangement for their proper disposal. 'RASSANDWEEDSCANNOTEXceed a height of 6 inches per City Ordinance. The Code Enforcement Officer will periodically inspect and issue notices to those in violation of this ordinance and require the resident to comply with Ordinance.

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new Dardenne Prairie City Hall from the hours of 6:00P â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:00P on Friday, and 7:30A â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30P on Saturday and Sunday. The Dardenne Prairie Citizen Corps Council is currently registering residents for this next CERT training class. Those interested can register by calling City Hall at 636.561.1718 or sending an email to citizenscorps@dardenneprairie.org. The Dardenne Prairie Staff is proud to announce they are now conducting business at the newly constructed Dardenne Prairie City Hall. Mayor Pam Fogarty and Architect Tim Short, place the final touches courtesy of Cliffords Big Sign.

their Basic Training by participating in neighbors as well as the first responders. a disaster simulation designed In addition, these volunteers will to test the skills they will have have the opportunity to continue learned. their training with additional These volunteers will be regisprograms offered throughout the tered with the City of Dardenne year. Prairie as well as the State of Missouri. This initial CERT class is a twenty (20) In the event of a major disaster, they may hour training program and runs through be called upon to provide aid to their the weekend. Training is to be held at the

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The City of Dardenne Prairie has scheduled their next CERT Basic Training class for new volunteers on September 11-13, 2009. CERT Volunteers receive training in the follow areas: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search & Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. Volunteers complete

The City of Dardenne Prairie Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) New Volunteer Training Scheduled

We will once again be having 3 Contests: Dardenne Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sweetest Chef

We will have Party Starters DJ service from 1-5 p.m. and the Banana Wind Band will perform family type Caribbean/Tropical Rock music from 5-9 p.m. Westinn Kennels will have a dog demonstration at 1:30 p.m. and the Daughters of Grace Dance Company will showcase their talents from 3:00 p.m.

This year we are celebrating Prairie Day on Saturday, September 19. If you have not attended in years past, this is a one day celebration of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, food and music that will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. This year we are having a kids area called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Activity Acres.â&#x20AC;? Children will be able to make crafts, candy and take home souvenirs. Pony rides, clowns, bounce houses, caricature artists and a rock climbing wall are just a few of the free activities geared toward the children. Hansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monster Truck will be on display as well as a visit from the River City Rascals, Ameren and Red Robin Mascots.

The Annual Prairie Day Celebration will be September 19th

Well summer is over and it is time for the 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Please watch out for all the kids at the bus stop, or walking to school. They still think it is summer, and not watching as closely where they are playing

Dave Kampelman Ward 1

The new City Hall building is complete enough that all of the city employees have moved in. It is the same old address, but a brand new building. Stop by between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to see your new civic building. A grand opening ceremony has not been scheduled yet, but will be put on the city website when determined. The annual Prairie Days celebration is set for September 19, 2009, from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. Come by and meet with fellow citizens, see what businesses are in the city and have a wonderful time. Barat Academy will hold its annual Family CongĂŠ (Holiday) on Friday, September 4, from 3:00 until 9:00 p.m. This Fall Festival features midway games, inflatables, dunking booth, mouse roulette, cake/candy walk, music, plate dinners, sports challenge, raffles, robots and a mechanical surfboard. All members of the public are invited. For more information, call 636-300-5573. Construction of the remaining portion of Henning Road is still pending negotiations with property owners. I am hoping this process can be finalized this fall and a construction contract can be let shortly thereafter. I have recently been informed that there seems to be some after-hours activity in the Barat Haven Park. The sign in the park state that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRAIL OPENS 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE AND CLOSES 30 MINUTES AFTER SUNSETâ&#x20AC;?. This seems to have been construed to mean that the trail is closed, but the parking lot is still open. It was intended to mean all areas of the park, not just the trail. There have been, and will continue to be, tickets given for being in the park after hours. There have been reports of vehicles (other than maintenance vehicles) using the asphalt path. It seems some people believe that all property, public or private, has been provided and exists solely and exclusively for their personal use. This is not the case, as shocking as that may seem. The Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department is trying to track some of these people down. If you see something like this going on, please call the nonemergency number for the Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department: 636-949-0809 In fact, if you see anything suspicious, call the number above, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no charge and nobody is going to give you any grief about calling. It is better to be safe than sorry. As always, please avail yourselves of the opportunity to attend city meetings, meet the people you have voted for and find out what is happening in your city. These meetings are listed on the City of Dardenne Prairie website ( http://www.dardenneprairie.org/ ). Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. Addressing your concerns is part of my job as an alderman. My email is aldermanconroy@dardenneprairie.org and my cell phone number is 314540-4304. Sincerely, Michael Conroy

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By JEANNIE SEIBERT Good things come in small – and unexpected – packages. This time last year, as Ryan Mertz was starting his senior year at Wentzville-Holt High School (WHS), his highest aspiration for the near future was to start as point guard on the Indian basketball team and make the grade for acceptance to the University of Missouri-Columbia. Then, this spring, when Mertz was walking up to receive his high school diploma, another WHS grad was in the audience – Jeff Clarke, half of the Mother Model Management Agency he operates jointly with his wife, Mary, out of their home in Dardenne Prairie. The Clarkes offered Mertz another option – how about a career as a fashion model? Mertz’ first instinct was “Thanks, but no thanks.” But, after giving it some thought and consulting with his parents, Tracie and Daniel, he decided to check it out. Dad and son hopped a flight to New York City where the Clarkes arranged a meeting with Calvin Klein representatives. Mertz was confirmed on the spot. Now Ryan Mertz is walking the hottest runways in the fashion capitals of the U.S. and Europe and featured in photo spreads wearing the latest clothing lines from the likes of Calvin Klein, American Eagle, Marc Jacobs, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale. To say his head is spinning is a bit of an understatement. Mertz is at the outset of a challenging career in a world that takes a lot of energy, hard work, commitment and maturity. It’s early yet, but, “He’s doing great so far,” Jeff Clarke said. While Mertz is very good looking in person, he has that added quality of being quite photogenic, charming the camera lens with a wholesome, fresh-faced, AllAmerican teen look projecting an image many of the big fashion houses like for marketing their youth clothing lines. What is striking about Mertz is that he doesn’t just look the part - he truly is the embodiment of an easy-going, unassuming, bright young man from a small town. “How many kids my age can get to travel the world the way I am,” said Mertz recently after returning home from a fashion show in Milan, Italy. After a brief reprieve to catch

Ryan Mertz his breath, in spend some pro-mode time with for family and Hugo Boss friends, he clothing line was home advertising only briefly campaign. until he received his next assignment. It’s easy to see why fashion photographers and designers are quick to hire him. And Mother Model Management owners Jeff and Mary Clarke are constantly on the look-out for prospective talent in the same mold as Mertz. “We’re super picky,” said Mary Clarke, who originally discovered Ashton Kutcher. She is just back home from her own tour, scouting for new talent at Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears concerts where Mother Model Management now has “…about four prospects in the works.” Backstage at a recent Britney Spears live appearance – their eldest daughter Tiana is a dancer in Spears’ troupe – gave the Clarkes a prime opportunity to scout the teens in which they specialize in discovering, coaching and launching onto major agencies. “At the concerts, we’re inundated with 16,000 to 18,000 screaming girls,” Mary Clarke said. Said Jeff Clarke: “But if we see somebody that we feel is right, the first thing we do is make contact with their parents to find out if there’s interest.” The name Mother in the company name was selected to convey the maternal attitude the Clarkes have for the 20 to 25 fledgling models on their roster.

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he peaches at Art’s Produce stand in O’Fallon were so fresh they almost made your mouth water standing next to them. Watermelon, tomatoes and more lured customers like Rosemary Naumann of O’Fallon, who was taking advantage of the fresh foods found at the local produce stand. But shopping local doesn’t necessarily mean shopping locally grown; it also means supporting local businesses— groceries, restaurants, clothing stores and more—all under your own ZIP code. Shopping locally keeps everyone happy—local business owners, local shoppers and last, but not least, local governments. Shopping locally keeps the local sales tax coffers fat and happy, allowing municipalities, which rely heavily on sales tax revenue, to keep up city services. In St. Peters, sales tax revenues keep parks, police department and snow removal moving. There are certain funds that are allocated for water sewer and so forth, but it still takes sales tax revenues to maintain all of those funds, St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said. “We realize the need to keep shoppers in St. Peters, and one of the things I’m promoting right now is ‘Shop St. Peters; Shop Green,’” Pagano said. “We’re stressing the importance of shopping in your community because you’re supporting your city and businesses in the community.” O’Fallon also initiated a “Keep it in the O” program, urging shoppers to spend their money in that city. “When you shop and dine within the city of O’Fallon, you not only help our local businesses, you support the great city parks, the O’Fallon Police Department and the many services that help keep the city on the great-place-tolive track,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. O’Fallon’s services are funded primarily by sales tax revenue, so when you spend your hard-earned money within their city limits, you are ensuring revenue flow and creating jobs right in your own backyard, Hennessy said. “I’m not sure what would happen if we significantly lost sales tax revenue to outside sales because all of these city services are paid by sales tax. It’s just something that we rely on,” Pagano said. “One of the things we deal with internally is informing people and employees that we’re losing revenue from loss of sales tax.” Lisa Bedian, director of communications for St. Peters, said the Shop St. Peters program began in December 2003, rolling out the campaign with signs distributed to all city businesses when they renewed their business licenses. That was expanded to placing Shop St. Peters signs by the register, and later a banner campaign was added to light posts touting Shop St. Peters. The city also posts business

profiles and special shopping features on the city’s public access television channel, and new businesses are listed Cutline: Rosemary Naumann of O’Fallon in the monthly city newsletter. shops at Art’s Produce at Hwy. K and Working with the Chamber Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. of Commerce, the city helps produce a television show promoting local businesses (Channel 99 U-Verse, 992 Charter Cable and broadcast on the city’s Web site). “Our slogan is ‘So many choices so close to home,’” Bedian said. “There’s really no way to measure its success. It’s an awareness campaign, and for six years we’ve believed it is important to promote our local businesses. I’m glad to see other communities join in the movement for shopping local. We thought this was a way to say, ‘Keep it in the O’ program,” Drabelle said. ‘Hey, we have just about any busi“It’s just the beginning.” ness you need for anything you The retail maps are being distributed can purchase in St. Peters,’ and at City Hall, the library, senior centers and more, we’ve been sending that message out for six years.” allowing shoppers to readily locate retailers, restaurants Bedian said the city is always looking for new ways to and more wherever they may be at any one time within reach out to shoppers and businesses, and can’t remind city limits. people enough about the importance of shopping in their “Some may want to say, ‘Hey, what’s a restaurant nearby,’ own community of St. Peters. and they’ll be able to have that reference guide in their “It’s really great when I go out to lunch or stop for gro- glove compartments when they need it,” Drabelle said. ceries and see that sign on their wall or near their cash In September, O’Fallon officials will begin advertising register. It gives a real nice feeling of community,” Bedian to spread the word. Long-term plans are to form a comsaid. “The tax dollars are certainly important, shopping mittee of sorts—a group of local business leaders to set locally keeps businesses growing, and keeping businesses the long-term course for this “Shop the O” campaign, Drasuccessful puts people to work. We want to help our neigh- belle said. bors. They’ve made a commitment to come here and do “Our problems are no different than anyone else’s. We’re business, and we think it’s important to support them.” supporting businesses and trying to drive our residents to About a year and a half ago, the city of St. Peters added spend money locally,” Drabelle said. “We’re hoping by the phrase “Go Green” to the Shop St. Peters logo as a working in partnership with our business owners, we’ll message to those concerned about soaring gas prices. help them overcome these difficult times as quickly as “Whether or not there’s a recession, we have felt for a long possible.” time that it was important to shop in St. Peters,” Bedian Business owners have been very receptive to plans and said. “And with gasoline prices fluctuating so much, why ideas, Drabelle said. “Working with them hand in hand will be the key to sucnot stay home and shop locally, and save money on gas?” O’Fallon Public Relations Director Tom Drabelle said cess,” Drabelle said. “The success of all local businesses O’Fallon is just at the beginning of the program, but has will lead to a success of the city. We rely heavily on tax developed a retail map and directory that’s easily available revenues, and anything we can do to maintain quality of and can be quickly referenced by shoppers. life is essential to keeping the city a great place to live. “It’s far too early to see if there’s an impact or not with our That’s our ultimate goal.”


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Lake Saint Louis prevails in municipal court; appeal expected By JEANNIE SEIBERT A lawsuit heard in Lake Saint Louis Municipal court on Aug. 11 is now headed for St. Charles County Associate Circuit Court on an appeal. The city had filed the suit against a homeowner over code violation and Municipal Judge Dennis R. Chassaniol II, on Aug. 25, issued a delayed ruling. Finding Jefferey and Mary Shimkus guilty, they were fined $50.50 each plus court costs. But the matter will not rest there. “Obviously we’re disappointed we lost at the municipal court level, but I just faxed a request for a trial de novo (new trial),” said the Shimkus’ attorney, Richard Sabbert, who is appealing Judge Chassaniol’s decision in St. Charles County Associate Circuit Court. “We look forward to our day in court before a jury.” The matter came to a head following Board of Aldermen approval of a new nonurban (NU) zoning designation in November 2008 which allowed for some outdoor storage, according to Community Development Director Steve Schertel. “Prior to that, no outdoor storage was allowed at all,” Schertel said. The Shimkus’ property is located in Oak Bluff subdivision, which is one of the older developments in Lake Saint Louis. Storing items outdoors had been an established habit of some of the property owners for several years. Because of that the city adopted the NU zoning to accommodate the larger, more rural lots. According to Schertel, after several months of notification, first in written form

and then through personal contact, the city was unable to work out an amenable solution and resorted to filing a citation. The code disallows storage of items that can be seen from a public street or an adjacent residence. Normally, code violations are complaint-driven, as it was in this case. “Obviously, we dislike having to go to court to enforce our city codes, but all

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Excitement surrounds new Rams coach By WARREN MAYES Seeking a fresh start, the St. Louis Rams hired one of the National Football Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NFL) hottest coaching prospects in Steve Spagnuolo to try and lead them back to the play-offs. After going 5-27 in the past two years, the Rams fired Scott Linehan and cleaned out the front office. Rams General Manager Billy Devaney chose Spagnuolo, the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, as the man to get the job done. The 47-year-old Spagnuolo played an integral role in thwarting the New England Patriotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perfect season in the 2008 Super Bowl. He quickly won over ownership. Devaney said Spagnuolo was enthusiastic about the task of rebuilding a franchise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it was all said and done, I had a good feeling about it,â&#x20AC;? Spagnuolo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was sold, as they were. When you feel the right fit, when you feel youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re around the right people and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that has been in your heart for a long time, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to do it.â&#x20AC;? Spagnuolo replaced Jim Haslett, taking over a team that finished 2-14. Haslett went 2-10 as interim coach after his promotion from defensive coordinator when Linehan was fired after an 0-4 start last season.

In a statement, owner Chip Rosenbloom said he is pleased with Spagnuolo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited that Steve will be our head coach and are looking forward to an exciting season,â&#x20AC;? Rosenbloom said. So is Devaney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a toughness about him,â&#x20AC;? Devaney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He represented what we were looking for when this process began.â&#x20AC;? The players agree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a guy whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got swagger makes a difference,â&#x20AC;? Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A guy who can really get guys motivated is going to be a big key.â&#x20AC;? Spagnuolo was one of five finalists for the job, along with Haslett, Dallas Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett and defensive coordinators Rex Ryan of Baltimore and Leslie Frazier of Minnesota. The biggest feather in Spagnuoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cap came in the Super Bowl two years ago. The Giants upset favored Dallas and Green Bay to reach the Super Bowl against New England with the Patriots seeking to become the first 19-0 team. But Spagnuoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense harassed Tom Brady all day, sacking him

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of 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. Although Zumwalt West was 18-8-1 overall, the Jaguars were 2-4 in GAC South Play. Carter, along with senior classmates Josh Funke and Alex Luetkemeyer, should help Zumwalt West move up the conference standings. Danny Jack (Wentzville-Holt) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jack returns as Holtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scoring threat after the senior forward scored 11 goals and six assists last season. Logan North (Francis Howell North) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven goals and five assists last season helped the Knights tie Howell Central for second place in the GAC South standings. Logan Ream (St. Dominic) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The senior defender will anchor a Crusader defense that allowed an average of just 0.83 goals per game last season. Ream recorded three assists during the 2008 season and was a MisReam

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souri Class 2 first team all-state selection. Andrew Riggs (Ft. Zumwalt South) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Riggs was 18-6-1 last season with a 0.76 goals against average. The senior goalkeeper should once again be one of the best in the Gateway Athletic Conference as the Bulldogs look to defend its south division championship. John Schreiber (Ft. Zumwalt South) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The senior defender was not only the cornerstone of a Bulldog defense that gave up an average of just 0.76 goals a game last season, but he also provided a little offense for Zumwalt South with a total of six goals and two assists last season. Mike Sheperd (Francis Howell Central) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sheperd is the Spartans top returning scoring threat from the 2009 season after scoring nine goals and five assists for a total of 23 points last season. Look for Sheperd to lead the Spartans this season to another district championship and possibly a return trip to the Missouri Class 3 quarterfinals. Brett Stiffler (St. Dominic) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stiffler is another offensive threat for St. Dominic after scoring six goals and three assists during the 2008 campaign. The junior midfielder Stiffler

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Physician warns of condition that causes sudden death in young athletes By JULIE BROWN PATTON One in 500 young area athletes may have a silent killer affecting their hearts as they play sports. The same exercise that is good for youth kills at least 75 athletes nationally each year, due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Keith Mankowitz, a cardiologist at the Washington University Heart Care Institute at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, said. Speaking recently to area coaches, school representatives and parents, Mankowitz discussed HCMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potentially fatal nature. HCM causes the heart to thicken abnormally and can cause people aged 16-30 to collapse suddenly when exertion triggers the heart to fibrillate and then stop. It is the most common genetic cardiovascular

disorder and the most common cause of end of a rigorous high school basketball sudden death in young athletes. practice. D.J. died that day, and his mother Most at risk for HCM are those with still is plagued by questions. repeated fainting episodes, abnormal blood â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if his coach hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overlooked pressure response with exercise, adults the problem?â&#x20AC;? Houghton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if with a history of arrhythmia with fast heart his teammates had said a little more when rate, and anyone with severe symptoms D.J. was having trouble breathing? What and poor heart function. Most people have if they had rested a little during this first few or no symptoms, but those who do may practice?â&#x20AC;? complain of shortness of breath, chest pain Mankowitz said that because not many or fainting. HCM can result in immediate health care providers performing physiheart failure, stroke and sudden death. cal exams on young athletes are trained to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exercise can trigger a catastrophic detect HCM, schools should use physical event, either during or immediately after screenings geared to catch heart abnorexertion,â&#x20AC;? Mankowitz said. malities, such as the one promoted by the St. Charles County resident Billie American Heart Association. Houghton did not know that HCM affected Finally, Mankowitz said, any athlete with so many young athletes until after her son, chest discomfort, dizziness, shortness of D.J. Chastain, 15, collapsed in 2006 at the breath, heart murmur, elevated blood pres-

Billie Houghton, of St. Charles County, lost her 15-year-old son, D.J. Chastain, to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after a rigorous basketball practice three years ago.

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Family Camping Expo Weekend is seeking volunteers The St. Charles County Parks Department is coordinating the Family Camping Expo to be held Sept. 12 and 13 at Klondike Park, 4600 Hwy. 94-South (between Defiance and Augusta, approximately 14 miles south of Hwy. 40). Less than 30 minutes from most points in St. Charles County, Klondike Park offers a number of warm-weather recreational activities and a weekend of camping and outdoor-related activities. Park Rangers will host this overnight program where participants will learn camping and outdoor skills while enjoying the natural beauty of the setting. Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, camping neophytes will receive a brief introduction with instructions on campsite set-up. Interactive afternoon sessions will focus on knot tying, hiking, mountain biking, fire building, Dutch oven and campfire cooking. Prior to the Saturday evening meal, registered individuals may cast a line in a Cabela’s-sponsored family fishing derby. After dinner members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri will provide telescopes to view the stars from the park’s astronomy facilities. Scheduled events will conclude Sunday morning with opportunities for more fishing, bike riding and hiking throughout the afternoon at participants’ leisure. Reservations for the Family Camping Expo cost $15 per person. Children four and under are free when accompanied by a registered adult. A limited quantity of fishing equipment, dinner and dessert Saturday

is available. Snacks both days are included but guests are welcome to bring personal preferences. Participants should also plan to pack tents, bedding, lunch on Saturday, drinks, a flashlight, personal fishing equipment and bug repellant. The program is limited to 75 participants. While Cabela’s is the primary sponsor and will provide prizes and on-site demonstrations for the afternoon Fishing Derby, assistance for the Expo is also being offered by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Charlie’s Farm and Home Center, Great Rivers Greenway, Hershey’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pepsi, Nestle, Uncle Sam’s and Coca-Cola. Organizations interested in donating supplies or volunteer support may contact Chief Park Ranger William Brandel at 949-1831. Once the site of a silica sand quarry, the restored parkland is a testament to nature’s resiliency and has quickly become a popular destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The 250-acre park offers several miles of natural-surface hiking and biking trails, a fishing lake, picnic shelters, a boat ramp along the Missouri River with access to the Katy Trail. Klondike Park also features six cabins and 41 tent sites open to year-round camping, a shower house complete with fullservice restrooms and a small kitchen is open from April to November. For more information, call the St. Charles County Parks Department at 949-7535 or visit stccparks.org.

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Grand Opening at Dettmer Homes’ Bramblett Crossing Condominiums By KEVIN WEAKS It’s the most affordable way to become a homeowner, but you don’t have to give up any of the luxury at Dettmer Homes’ new Bramblett Crossing Condominiums, which start in the $120s. Plus, qualified first-time homebuyers get a tax credit of up to $8,000. And there’s one more thing: “We are right at the intersection of Mexico Road and Hwy. K, so location doesn’t get much better,” said Scott Dettmer. A tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after Jan. 1, 2009 and before Dec. 1, 2009. The law defines “first-time home buyer” as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. Bramblett Crossing Condominiums, when completed, will consist of 20 buildings with 12 units in each. The low-maintenance, garden-style condominiums are unusually large with a spacious 1,119 square feet of living space that includes two bedrooms, two full baths, a dining area, kitchen with breakfast bar, large living room with porch or patio view and a fullsized laundry room. Upper level condos

the first and second floors have ground level access. The community will have a pool and pool house when completed, and low-maintenance living. “Currently we have nine inventory units nearing completion and ready for quick occupancy,” said Dettmer. Watch for news about the grand opening this month. Meanwhile, you can arrange a sneak preview by calling 240-4082. For more information e-mail info@dettmerhomes.com

have vaulted ceilings. “We have more standard features in these than some builders have in their singlefamily homes,” Dettmer said. Covered parking is available, and residents will enjoy a community pool and pool house and 8 acres of common ground. Uniquely in these condominiums, both


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$1 moves you in at GMB’s Greendale Manor, Queensbrooke Village condos By KEVIN WEAKS Got a dollar? If you’re a first–time homebuyer or haven’t owned a home in three years, all you need is a dollar down this weekend to move into a new, carefree condominium at Greater Missouri Builders’ Greendale Manor or Queensbrooke Village condominium - all thanks to the $8,000 federal home buyer tax credit and GMB’s “once-in-a-lifetime” price reductions to $124,900. Greendale Manor, located just south of I-70 off Old Hwy. 94 next to First State Bank in St. Charles, features spacious twobedroom, two-bath condominium homes for adults age 55 and up and priced from $124,900. There is an on-site activity center with library, coffee bar and computer facilities. Greendale is completely ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. These 56 condos are configured in two four-story buildings with elevators and secure storage facilities and boast a wonderful list of standard features like 9-foot ceilings, white two-panel doors with colonist trim, laundry enclosure for full-sized machines, designer lighting, Whirlpool self-cleaning oven with smooth-top range and hood, dishwasher, adult-height vanities in all baths, master bath shower with fold-down seat, grab bar and shower door, and even an in-home computer package with Internet communication and covered parking for one car. To visit Greendale Manor take I-70 to Hwy. 94 south (First Capitol) to right on Sherman Drive. Call 314-941-8485. Just south of Greendale Manor off Hwy. 94 and Harvester Road is Queensbrooke Village, where just a dollar lets you enjoy

“Urban Living in suburban St. Peters.” Queensbrooke Village, also now from $124,900, features stylish, 1,100-squarefoot, two-bedroom condos in a 24-unit elevator building. Priced from $124,900, all have a long list of standard features that include Whirlpool appliances with smooth surface range and space-saver microwave, two-panel doors with lever handles, 9 foot ceilings, and full-sized laundry room. Top-

floor condos have vaulted ceilings. The master bedroom suite has a bay window, walk-in closet and bath with walk-in shower. Each condo has an assigned covered parking place. Incidentally, only two popular townhome models – a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom - remain at Queensbrooke. Each features a two-car garage and both are priced at $169,000. To visit Queensbrooke Village take Hwy. 94 (First Capitol) to north on Harvester Road to left on Queens Brooke Boulevard to left on Queens Court Place then left on St. James Court. Call 314-941-8485. Both communities are open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought a new trend in housing to buyers who want exciting new construction in Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon at an affordable price,â&#x20AC;? said sales manager Sheila Knutson. Living spaces will range from 1,200 to 2,100 square feet and include many upgrade features that are standard in their base price. A two-story inventory home is available for immediate move in. Priced at just $204,900 it has too many upgrades to list. This home is priced for fast sale and geared towards first-time homebuyers wanting to take advantage of the tax credit that ends on Dec. 1, 2009. Take I-70 to north on Hwy. K-M, which changes to Main Street, and then turn west on Civic Park Drive to right on Emge and then stay on Emge as it winds back left into Falcon Crest on the left, and turn onto Sunset Lane. Call 379-2009.


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Sunday, Sept. 13 Dr. Barbara Harbach, professor of music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will present a special organ concert and reception at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sep. 13, at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 Hwy. N, west of Hwy. K at Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intersection with Winghaven/Bryan roads. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diane Smith at 561-4347.

Monday, Sept. 14 Democracy Days will be held from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17 at St. Charles Community College. The series of seminars will inform and engage participants in assessing the health, functioning, and future of democracy in America and the world at large. The series of free seminars on national and international topics will celebrate Consti-

tution Day. For more information, e-mail Michael Kuelker at mkuelker@stchas.edu or visit www.stchas.edu/democracydays. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ SCC Musicians will perform at noon, Sept. 14 in the Student Center Outdoor Amphitheater at the community collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. In the event of rain, the group will perform in the SCC Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 922-8214.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 The Constitution Party Town Hall Meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Grand Glaize Branch of the St. Louis County Library located at 1010 Meramec Station Road in Manchester. Join others in discussing current issues and expressing your thoughts on legislation being proposed by elected officials. The Constitution Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to restore constitutional, limited government. The meeting is free. For more information, visit constitutionpartymo.org. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Author and Sudanese activist John Dau will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room of the Spellmann Center on the main Lindenwood University campus. All speaker series events are free and open to the public. Born in the African nation of Sudan, Dau was forced to flee in 1987 when his village was attacked by Sudanese forces during the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civil war, travelling first to Ethiopia before war there forced him again into refugee status.

Thursday, Sept. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion as Friend or Foe to Social Solidarity in a Global Age: Charles Taylor on the European Union vs. United Statesâ&#x20AC;? will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Sept. 17 at St. Charles Community College. Bowman, SCC assistant professor of philosophy, offers a commentary on the philosophy of Charles Taylor, focusing on American civic religion

and the pluralism of European nations. For more information, call 922-8214.

Saturday, Sept. 19 The Weldon Spring Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 to celebrate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary. The event will include history on display and a variety of crafters and vendors. The local St. Charles Muny Band, as well as bands from various local schools, will entertain crowds. There will also be a display of homemade crafts with crafters demonstrating the making of their wares, an old time mock school house, food vendors and entertainment of all kinds. The day is planned to take guests back into the good old days of John and Joseph Weldon and their families, along with Daniel Boone, John McMillan, and many others who made their way through this part of the country. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ SSM Maternity Care is hosting a free Birth & Baby Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. Those who come to the event should park in the south (purple) parking lot and enter through south entrance. SSM Maternity physicians will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Talkâ&#x20AC;? segments that will feature information for families, whether they are expecting their first or fourth baby. The event will include informational booths from groups including; Pottery Barn Kids, Our365 Portraits, Parents as Teachers, March of Dimes, childbirth education and breastfeeding. Interested parents-to-be are welcome to tour the Family Birthplace and meet the maternity team at St. Joseph Hospital West. A complimentary lunch will be served. Space is limited. To register, call 866-SSM-DOCS (776-3627).

Saturday, Sept. 20 The 2009 Chefs Wine Country Barbeque, a fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Mount Pleasant Winery located at 5634 High Street in

Augusta. The fundraiser will benefit the Chefs de Cuisine Education Foundation and ACF Chef and Child Foundation. The chefs will prepare an array of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; oeuvres, vegetables, fish, meats and desserts for guests to sample in a tapas-style setting on Mount Pleasantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patio. The cost is between $45 and $50 per person. For more information, call 482-WINE, 800-467-WINE or visit mountpleasant.com

Tuesday, Sept. 22 A free cholesterol screening will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Progress West HealthCare Center CafĂŠ located at 2 Progress Point Parkway in Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon. Appointments are required for this event and can be made by calling 344CARE.

Saturday, Sept. 26 The fifth annual St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash is from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 26 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 27 at the Wildwood Town Center. Amateurs and professionals compete for the grand prize in several categories, including ribs, brisket chicken, chili, pork steak, Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice, best decorated booth and more. Team registrations still are being accepted. Call Frank Schmer at 256-6564.

Saturday, Oct. 3 Discover Nature: Families Confluence Campout will be held on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road in north St. Louis. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, it gives families the chance to experience the area in a whole new way. Check in for the campout begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 3. Families of all outdoor skill levels are welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own camping gear and food for dinner. Advanced registration, and a $15 registration deposit are required. To request a registration packet, call the Columbia Bottom visitor center at 314877-6014. Completed registration packets are due by Sept. 20.


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Boeing celebrates its 70th anniversary, looks to the future By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY Getting a jump on Labor Day festivities, about 600 of their closest friends were invited to celebrate Boeing’s 70th anniversary last Thursday. As celebrations go, it was a great one. Guests walked into the large shop where planes are normally stored before they blast off nearly breaking the sound barrier. Only on this day, the shop was dark with ethereal blue lights illuminating only three magnificent fighter jets on display. Videos rolled on screens scattered about, heavy bass music added to the drama and images of jets roaring, twisting and turning among the clouds showed just what these jets can do. There were also images of Boeing bombs blasting the bejeebers out of buildings, ships and test objects. Executives were proud, guests were awed and workers were as proud as a new papa to share the results of their 9-to-5 work in an industry like no other. Keith Schafer of Gerald, Mo., and Mike Craig of St. Peters are air frame and propulsion technicians who do the final mechanics, and make sure the multi-million dollar fighter jets are ready to go. Schafer has been at it for 28 years, and for Craig, it’s been 21 years.

“We’re the luckiest guys in the world,” Schafer said. “You get complacent because you see these every day, but it’s awe inspiring to see them take off and fly if you’ve never seen it before.” When planes—F15 Silent Eagles and and F-18 Super Hornets—make their way from assembly area to their finishing shop, they run the engines for the first time. They work on them for at least a month before they’re ready for a pilot, Craig said. The F-18s usually go to California or China Lake, Maryland. But before delivery they are gone over with a fine-tooth comb. They are being built through a contract with the Navy. “We have some going to Australia,” Craig said. “Before any delivery happens, even paint chips are fired. It’s just like a new car, but when you’re spending $100 million for an F-15 or $49 million for an F-18, they have to be perfect.”

seven decades. In addition to planes, they were building weapons. Then in the 1960s, McDonnell built capsules for the Mercury and Gemini space programs. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy paid them a visit; in 1992, President George H. Bush visited, and later, President George W. Bush dropped by the shop to pay his accolades. Looking back After mergers and sales and so forth, Boeing got its start in St. Louis in 1939, McDonnell became McDonnell-Douglas, when James McDonnell set up shop, then Boeing. selling war planes after Nazi Germany Today, Boeing is proud of its new Phaninvaded Poland. Their products read like tom Ray. The Boeing Company announced an aerospace hall of fame for the next plans in May to develop and demonstrate

an unmanned flying test bed for advanced air system technologies. The internally funded Phantom Ray program will use the prototype vehicle that Boeing originally developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Navy Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) program. Even during these hard times, Boeing employs 15,000 highly-technical people in St. Louis and adds $7 billion to the state economy. Nationwide, the company employs 70,000 people, and adds $34 billion to the United States economy.


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Crema CafĂŠ rises to the top By SUZANNE CORBETT Coffee connoisseurs consider crema - the foamy head that rises to the top of the espresso shot - the best part. Like its namesake, Crema CafĂŠ & Coffeehouse has risen to the top among espresso bars and coffeehouses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to offer more than other coffee operations,â&#x20AC;?said Crema CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Terry Kaufman. Along with Shawna Finley, Crema CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager and chief barista, Kaufman has created a menu with variety that exceeds expectations by serving three squares daily. Unlike other coffee establishments, Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is an independent operation, and as a result, the menu offers breakfast sandwiches and waffles along with soups, sandwiches and salads. There is also the occasional pie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the mood strikes me, I bake pies,â&#x20AC;? Finley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today I baked cherry pies.â&#x20AC;? Among the house specialties are the Bruschetta, built on toasted rosemary foccacia and topped with tomato, feta and a house-blended spread that is laced with fresh herbs and a hint of lemon. BLTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Cremaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own gourmet

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chicken salad tossed with red grapes and walnuts are favored deli sandwiches. Toasted sandwich recommendations include the roast beef and provolone (aka Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Beef), which is piled on an ancho-chipotle-spread ciabatta, and the Roasted Balsamic Portobello, a vegetarian must-try. Soups vary according to season and the mood of the chef. On a recent afternoon, the soups du jour were Roasted Red Pepper and Yukon Gold Potato. Any of the five salad options pair perfectly with a bowl. Of course, the coffee cannot be overlooked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our coffees are all custom roasted for Crema CafĂŠ & Coffeehouse Manager/Barista Shawna Finley with one of her us by Chauvin, one of the oldest coffee fresh-baked pies. importers and roasters in St. Louis,â&#x20AC;? Finley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides our special blends, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do any of our blended drinks over ice, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s we also feature pure origin coffees, such as Jamaican Blue something not everyone can do,â&#x20AC;? Finley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a or Hawaiian Kona.â&#x20AC;? trick to it. You have to know how to do it to make it taste To ensure ultimate flavor, beans are not ground until right.â&#x20AC;? they are ready to brew. Aside form the classic cup of caffeine, one can pick from â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can always tell when coffee hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been made from a dozen teas, and for those seeking libations of another fresh ground beans because it tastes flat. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something sort, wine and beer are served. There has been some talk that will never happen here,â&#x20AC;? Finley said. about adding wine dinners to Cremaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event schedule, Standard espresso offerings include straight shots, cap- which includes planned coffee tastings. puccinos and lattes. Specialty lattes and mocha are served Crema CafĂŠ offers a delightful way to fill a cup, glass, hot, iced or blended and range in flavor from raspberry bowl or plate while indulging in a cafĂŠ experience that white mocha to honey vanilla latte. clearly is a cup above the competition.

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