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Random thoughts Upon learning that the Constitution requires a president to be a natural born citizen, a college student said: “What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified than one born by C-section?” Airlines that keep passengers trapped for hours in planes sitting on the runway should be prosecuted for unlawful imprisonment. When politicians propose some hugely expensive new program and are asked how the government is going to pay for it, a standard ploy over the years has been to claim that they will pay for it by eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse.” At a recent town hall meeting, a citizen raised the obvious question: If you can do that, why haven’t you done it already? Marxism is an ism that has become a wasm. What is called “universal health care” can turn out to be universal “don’t care” medical treatment, when Washington bureaucrats can over-rule what you and your doctor want to do. Whatever happened to Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel? Could she have met with foul play? Where is the FBI when we need them? The older I get, the more I learn to tolerate human shortcomings - and the less I tolerate bad attitudes. After political crusades for “affordable housing” ended up ruining the housing market and much of the economy with it, many of the same politicians now are carrying on a crusade for “affordable health care.” But what you can afford has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of producing anything. Refusing to pay those costs means that you are just not going to continue getting the same quantity and quality - regardless of what any politician says or how well he says it. Want to win an easy bet? Bet someone that Babe Ruth had a lower lifetime earned run average than Cy Young, Whitey Ford or Sandy Koufax. During his early years with the Red Sox, Ruth pitched nine shutouts in a season, which still is the American League record for a left-handed pitcher. He would have made the baseball hall of fame, even if he had never hit a home run. U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson got into more trouble for telling the truth than President Barack Obama got into by telling a demonstrable lie about adding millions

of people to the insurance rolls without adding a dime to the deficit. As regards providing medical insurance for illegal immigrants, I doubt that the president will do that. More likely, he will legalize them first and then give them medical insurance. The way Hollywood elites have sprung to the defense of Roman Polanski to keep him from being extradited to the United States, despite the heinous crime he is accused of, suggests that - like other egalitarians - they consider those who are “one of us” to be more equal than others. When I contemplate the direction in which this government and this society are moving, my biggest consolation is that economists’ predictions often are wrong. I can only hope that my expectations are wrong by miles. What is most frightening about the political left is that they seem to have no sense of the tragedy of the human condition. All problems seem to them to be due to other people not being as wise or as noble as they are. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Think things, not words.” In words, many see a need for “social justice” to override “the dictates of the market.” In reality, what is called “the market” consists of human beings making their own choices at their own cost. What is called “social justice” is government imposition of the notions of third parties, who pay no price for being wrong. Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Muammar Qaddafi and Vladimir Putin all have praised Barack Obama. When enemies of freedom and democracy praise your president, what are you to think? When you add to this Barack Obama’s many previous years of associations and alliances with people who hate America - Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, etc. - at what point do you stop denying the obvious and start to connect the dots? © 2009

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to give you this freedom…honor them by voting. Rich Chrismer Director of Elections St. Charles County

About healthcare

To the Editor: Private insurance and for-profit healthcare providers are motivated to maximize profits by charging as much as possible, and to reduce costs by providing as little health care as possible. Of the approximately $2.4 trillion spent annually for health care in America, fully $800 billion goes for the activities of the for-profit insurer-based system. This means one of every three health-care dollars is siphoned off for corporate profits, stock options, executive bonuses, advertising, marketing and administrative cost. The cost of giving patients the choice of using a public insurance option is more than offset by the savings from not using our mandatory failed for-profit corporate insurance system. We can’t do any worse than the current failed system (the most expensive in the world while ranking an embarrassing Third World-style 37th – World Health Organization report.) The insurance cartel is fighting tooth and nail against any type of government insurance plan (such as expanded Medicare) because they know once consumers experience better health care while paying lower premiums, it’s all over. So, instead of providing a better “product” to deal with a public option competitor’s superior product, the big insurance companies have put a call on all the politicians they own to enforce a governmentmandated corporate insurance monopoly. Not only is antitrust law dead, but corporate monopolization has been made a fundamental right to be protected and mandated by government. (This is) strange behavior by those who supposedly want to “get government off our backs.” The majority of the American people support a public option, which will either allow companies that cannot compete to fail, or force them to succeed. We should show them the same mercy they showed millions of Americans forced into bankruptcy by their exorbitant rates, denials, restrictions of coverage, and predatory collection practices. About 1.5 million families lose their homes to foreclosure every year due to high medical costs. (American Journal of Medicine, May 2009.)

No one should have to lose their home in America because they were sick. Jim Karll O’Fallon

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To the Editor: Before the name calling begins, I would like to say that the (Hwy.) K&N protests are a breath of fresh air. It has been wonderful and invigorating to drive past the protestors, wave to them and share a smile or two. Do I agree with all they are protesting? No. But it was good to see Americans still have the will to stand up for what they believe and can do so without harsh, angry words and name calling. Surely, it is only a matter of time before harsh liberals or harsh conservatives start getting into the picture and making a travesty of things. It’s very sad to think that just because you might disagree with someone, you feel you must call them a racist, unAmerican, communist, or whatever. Let’s not allow that to happen at K&N. Keep it uplifting, with people of all sides having a chance to speak their minds and carry their signs. It seems so very American. R. Woodham St. Charles County

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really about his words, it's not really about his morality and it certainly isn't about his financial qualifications. The NFL just decided it didn't like Limbaugh, so they gang tackled his attempted entry into this exclusive club. The problem here is they are trying to hide behind some cloak of morality while they do it. If the NFLPA starts to focus on morality, it would seem difficult for most franchises to field a team. Michael Vick, Leonard Little, Chris Henry, Pacman Jones, Plaxico Burress, Donte Stallworth, Ray Lewis, Marvin Harrison- the man representing these people thinks that Rush Limbaugh should be kept out of the league? Rush Limbaugh has said some outrageous things- of course, it is his job to say outrageous things. Rush Limbaugh has even done some outrageous things- of course, not nearly as outrageous as any of the people on the list above. The NFL truly showed itself to be a league of hypocrisy with its handling of this situation.

Must read A microcosm of America takes shape every Saturday at the corner of Hwy. K and Hwy. N in O’Fallon. On page 20 in this issue, MRN writers Jeannie Seibert and Mary Ann O’Toole Holley detail accounts from, literally, opposite sides of this divided street. Make sure you give it a read and see what both sides are saying in the battle for this country’s future.

A costly oversight St. Charles County is trying to create an oversight committee for federal stimulus monies. This is a good idea by our county government, but their job will not be an easy one. The main function of this board will be to make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed in the massive amounts of paperwork required to accept money from the federal government. We can’t wait to see the forms we have to fill out to get a prescription filled should the government ever run our health care system.

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O’Fallon Close the garage door A 19-year-old O’Fallon woman has been charged with burglary in the first degree after allegedly entering an O’Fallon home and stealing credit cards and cash from a resident’s purse. The O’Fallon police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Spring Orchard Drive at 4:52 a.m., Oct. 6, in reference to a burglary in progress. The suspect, Rebecca Prost, entered the home through an open garage door and an unlocked connecting door. Police said the male victim confronted Prost in the laundry room and she fled with a wallet. The victim chased Prost, they fought and Prost bit the victim. “Luckily, in a case like this the victim

was not harmed. It could have ended badly,” said O’Fallon Police Officer Diana Damke. Damke said Prost did not know the victims or live in the same neighborhood. “About 70 (percent) to 80 percent of stealing from motor vehicles or no-force burglaries are from people leaving their stuff unlocked,” Damke said. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges of first degree burglary and Prost was held on a $25,000 bond.

Park closed ‘til holidays Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon was closed to vehicles earlier this month so that crews can safely install holiday lights and scenes for the 18th annual Celebration of Lights display. “Outdoor holiday light displays spread holiday cheer throughout the community and are a wonderful holiday tradition. Nothing brings smiles to entire families like a holiday light display,” said Megan Houlihan, festival coordinator. The public is invited to book a train ride in advance or drive through the annual Celebration of Lights display, which opens Friday, Nov. 27, and continues nightly through Dec. 30, except Dec. 24 and Dec.


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Innovative festival The city of O’Fallon was honored last month with an “Innovator Award” at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism for its 2008 Heritage & Freedom Fest. “The Innovator Award pays tribute to smaller tourism entities that achieve great results – such as increased visitation, expenditures or tax revenues – with a small budget,” said Sarah Luebbert, of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “Organizers put together a plan to bring more people to the festival, and results indicate that the 2008

Heritage & Freedom Fest was the most successful in the city’s history, with an estimated 170,000 visitors during the two-day event.” The city’s 2008 Independence celebration on July 3-4, 2008, was organized by the city’s Tourism and Festivals Department, with sponsorship by local businesses and the assistance of 160 volunteers. The event featured nationally-known entertainers Emerson Drive, Jeff Allen, the Gin Blossoms, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Candlebox. Activities included a parade, carnival, midway, sideshows, kids’ area, and two nights of fireworks. “It’s great to be recognized by our peers for our efforts, and by our residents, who enjoyed our largest festival, so far,” said Cindy Springer, O’Fallon’s director of Parks and Recreation. “We’ll continue working hard to create the best festival we can, every year, for a memorable Fourth of July celebration for our residents and visitors.”

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The Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the request by Weldon Spring Boy Scout Troop 353 to operate a Christmas Tree lot this holiday season. The board also waived the merchant license fee for the group. The scouts will use the vacant lot across from the Dairy Queen (along Hwy. 94) to sell the Christmas trees. Parking will also be available at


the tree lot. The scouts, along with adult supervision, will assist in the set up and sale of the trees. “This fundraiser will help scouts attend summer camp,” said Boy Scout Cameron Davis. The tree lot will be open from Nov. 23 until Dec. 20.

St. Charles Soda bottle bombs A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by the St. Charles police for placing two soda bottle explosives in the 3200 Bowman Ridge in St. Charles on Aug. 30 and Sept. 12. “He was not targeting anyone,” said Det. Derek Piasecki, with the St. Charles Police Department. “He was experimenting with the devices as he found them on the Internet.” Police said the arrest was a result of a Crime Stoppers tip forwarded to the Police Department. The juvenile will be referred to the St. Charles County Juvenile Courts.

Children not welcome To keep patients and their visitors flufree, SSM Health Care St. Louis hospitals are taking some extra precautionary steps. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the St. Joseph’s Hospital West and St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The step is aimed to keep children safe against the spread of H1N1 influenza. The hospitals are also relocating its pregnant employees—who are most susceptible to the H1N1 virus—to areas in the hospital that do not have direct contact with patients with flu-like symptoms. The hospital will monitor flu activity in the community and return to normal visiting policies when the flu pandemic has passed.

Shelter in prison A homeless couple will find a home in the St. Charles County prison system after beating another homeless man last October, police said. Donna M. Judish, 42, was charged with felony assault and sentenced to five years in prison for her part in the attack on 54-yearold Robert Phillips who lost his eye in the fight. Her husband, Richard Ayles, 44, was sentenced to eight years in prison for assault and armed criminal action.

St. peters School closes because of flu After more than 50 percent of the school


reported flu-like symptoms, Booneslick State School for the Severely Disabled closed its doors temporarily. As of MRN press time, it was the only school in St. Charles County to close because of sickness. “It is important to note that the Booneslick school educates severely disabled students and their criteria for dismissal of school is somewhat different than a school with a typical population,” said Gil Copley, director of the department of community health and the environment. Copley said the decision to close is totally at the discretion of each school district. “We recommend that they follow the CDC Guidance for Schools K through 12,” Copley said. “They are not however bound by the CDC guidance and can make whatever decision they believe is needed to protect their students.”

St. Charles County Vehicle auction Drivers looking to score a good deal on a vehicle can check out the 38 used vehicles from St. Charles County Government at the surplus auction. “Vehicles ranging from model years 1999 to 2006 are available, including three Harley police motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, sedans and used Crown Victoria patrol cars,” said John Sonderegger, with the county. Vehicles can be inspected from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24, at the St. Charles Family Arena. Participants can then put in a silent bid and the sealed bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29, in Suite 541, of the County Administration building located at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles.

Slow down! St. Charles County officials are hoping an ordinance will help the state decide to lower the speed limit on Hwy. DD, a twolane road that has seen many accidents. “The County Council and the county executive believe this is necessary to improve the safety on this road,” said John Sonderegger, with the county. The council had a first reading of an ordinance on Oct. 13 requesting the reduction of the speed limit to 40 m.p.h. from 50 m.p.h. on Hwy. DD from its intersection with Hwy. 40 to 500 feet west of Frontier Middle School, located at 9233 Hwy. DD. The ordinance will be voted on at the Oct. 26 meeting. Ultimately, the state has control over what speed limit is set for this road. “The county is setting the speed limit at 40 m.p.h., subject to approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation,” Sonderegger said.

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In the background workmen take down the last traffic signal that has slowed motorists for years on Hwy. 40. This, the last act of a ribbon cutting ceremony at Callahan Road in Lake Saint Louis on Oct. 14, was officiated by, from left: , Jim Gremaud, MoDOT; Jim Midas representing U.S. Congressman Todd Akin; Lake Saint Louis Mayor Michael Potter; St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; Mo. Sen. Scott Rupp; Bill Schnell, MoDOT; and, Bob Bournes, representing U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

the communities surrounding this,” Ehl- Louis, is expected to be open by the end of mann said. “Revitalization is all around the year, he said. this project.” Now with the last of the projects to Picking up on the economic develop- update Hwy. 40 between I-270 and I-70 ment prospects theme, Lake Saint Louis well within sight, bringing the historic Mayor Michael Potter joked it would now roadway up to interstate standards will be easier and safer for Wentzville residents qualify it for its new name – I-64, which to shop in Lake Saint Louis. However, on is expected to be authorized by the Feda serious note, Potter expressed his relief eral Highway Administration in the near that another dangerous intersection had future. been decommissioned. A small related Then, the new I-64 will stretch from project, the completion of the outer road Norfolk, Va., to I-70 at Lake Saint Louis. to ease travel within the city of Lake Saint And it will all be a signal-free roadway.

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By Jeannie Seibert There’s no such thing as a free lunch, nor does free money from the federal government come without a daunting amount of paperwork. To deal with the compliance and reporting requirements that come with receiving stimulus monies, the county government has begun the process of creating a new oversight board to assure the paperwork is prepared correctly and in a timely fashion. As county government begins to administer monies coming in from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the County Council, on Oct. 13, heard the first reading of a bill that would establish a reporting and oversight board to audit how those funds are spent. The second reading is set for Oct. 26, and, if passed, names County Auditor Brent Statler, Finance Director Bob Schnur, Director of Policy Research and Development Jennifer George, County Counselor Joann Leykam (or her designee) and Direc-

tor of Community Development Wayne Anthony as board members. Statler would chair the oversight board, responsible for providing the auditing and compliance documentation required by the upper echelons of government. While ARRA doesn’t stipulate these reports to be made available to local officials or the general public, Councilman Terry Hollander (Dist. 5) requested and sponsored the bill that would make the oversight board’s findings available to the County Council, stipulating the reports be posted in a public venue – the county’s Web site. “Primarily the board’s duties will be to review quarterly reports required by the state and federal government, reporting on how the stimulus money is spent,” Statler said. Giving the example of a recent Work Force Development Department grant that originated with ARRA and administered through the state work force development

division for the county agency to retrain newly created board’s duty roster, County and aid reemployment efforts for out-of- Executive Steve Ehlmann said there is work county residents, Statler explained nothing firm at this moment. However, “The oversight board is for that grant monies come with monitoring and compliance requirements which will monies the county is currently receiving,” Ehlmann said. “It is not in anticipation of be carried out by the board. In the instance of the Work Force Devel- receiving additional funds, though it would opment grant, “we’ll be providing a quar- apply if we did. We would love to moniterly report of the jobs that were created, tor $100 million in TIGER grant funding how the money was spent and other expen- to complete the Page (Avenue extension) diture data,” Statler said. “We’ll report to project.” TIGER, or Transportation Investment County Council with an update bi-yearly. Then, after the funds are exhausted, we’ll Generating Economic Recovery, is a grant program funded by ARRA and adminismake one final report and assessment.” According to Policy Research and Devel- tered through the Department of Transporopment Director Jennifer George, the tation. Should the county’s recent application county’s Web site will also post the board’s be successful, compliance and expenditure reports for the public’s edification. “We’re not sure at this point just how that reporting would be required for both fedwill be presented on the Web site, but by eral Department of Transportation and the the next council meeting we’ll have those state’s highway department, MoDOT. With the new board, local government details worked out,” George said. Asked if the county anticipates additional leaders will also have access to the overstimulus monies which would expand the sight board’s findings.


By Jeannie Seibert During the Oct. 13 County Council meeting, a bill was passed to execute the documents necessary to receive a federal block grant to aid rapid re-housing programs in St. Charles County. It’s coming just in the nick of time. Rapid re-housing speaks to homelessness, an alarmingly urgent problem emerging now as a lingering recession continues to cost St. Charles County residents their jobs and economic uncertainty shrinks charitable giving. According to Community Council Executive Director Denise Liebel, a mechanism for counting the numbers of homeless in this county is a relatively new practice. “Ten years ago, there was no concrete collection of information of the homeless,” Liebel said. Then, prompted by the National Initiative to End Homelessness in 10 Years - “that so obviously has failed” - a federal-level funding formula finally sifted down to the local level. With a mandate and a formula in hand Liebel operates an umbrella organization linking some 180 member organizations operating locally and regionally. Following the Homeless Continuum of Care philosophy, Liebel is able to coordinate a census, for lack of a better term, of the homeless in the three county district over which Community Council presides. Once identified and classified then the appropriate organizations can be assigned to address the various steps to assisting a

family back to stability. “In St. Charles County, Lincoln and Warren counties, as of 2008, we had about 900 homeless people,” Liebel said. “Out of that, about 700 are in St. Charles County.” But with all the free-flowing funds from Washington, D.C., the agency should be financially well-armed to combat this growing problem, right? Numbers don’t lie. St. Charles County has received about $153,000 to date. By comparison, St. Louis city, with 1,350 homeless individuals, has been awarded $10 million. St. Louis County, with 830 homeless, gets $2.5 million, Liebel said. There are two ways of looking at this. St. Charles County’s numerous churches, charities and non-profit agencies are tackling the problem so sufficiently as to not need federal financial aid. Or, there is an obvious disparity in how funds are dispensed. “Your life becomes about subsistence, not advancing your career.” Crediting the many groups dedicated to providing for the less fortunate, Liebel said St. Charles County governments, churches and not-for-profits “do a darned good job” of evaluating a family’s situation and addressing needs quickly before a downward spiral becomes devastating. Liebel said she had talked to food banks that are showing a 30 percent increase in need of their services. For information about the Community Council and ways to help, call 936-8023.

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“If residents just leave it out, it becomes a health issue,” Wenzara said. “It would By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley be addressed like any other code violation Recycling, or a lack thereof, has O’Fallon (once a warning is given.)” council members and volunteers on the Chairman Wendy Prakop said, “If somecity’s Green Council struggling to find a one has to have an extra 64-gallon conway to impress residents of the importance tainer for trash, they’re not recycling.” of recycling. Prakop said her concern is that people One way, they decided, is to remind who try to get all of their trash in the conpeople that failure to recycle costs money. tainer, and it’s not closed, when the trash The O’Fallon Green Council’s idea of a arm takes it, it could be dispersed into the $3 bag tag proposed last month for excess streets. garbage unable to be placed in the city’s “If they have bagged trash, it won’t spill,” standard-issue trash containers has been Wenzara said. “(The) Problem is if they officially dumped by the City Council don’t bag their trash. My suggestion is to — for now. Instead, the City Council has still address rates for 96 gallon carts, and revised its trash ordinance to impose an inform the residents that the code will be additional $3 charge for 96-gallon trash enforced Feb. 1,” Wenzara said. receptacles if the standard 64-gallon conGreen Council liaison Mark Perkins said tainers are insufficient. The revised ordinance will go into effect Feb. 1. On that same date, excess trash bags will not be picked up by city trash haulers. “Let’s do what we can do for one year, and then see how it is going,” said Green Council Chairwoman Wendy Prakop. “I believe we should go ahead and enforce the ordinance and work to get a stronger -Mark Perkins push for recycling.” The city’s Green Council has been meeting for the past several months to try to he understands the issue, but the inevitable find a way to convince more residents to way to increase recycling and eliminate recycle. extra bags is education. Recycling in the city is falling far below “We will have to remind people of the expectations, with August statistics at 408 importance of recycling either monetarily tons of material recycled and 1,700 tons of or through the law,” Perkins said. “(The) trash sent to the landfill. Law is the law, and we need to put that Lack of recycling is sending trash costs emphasis toward recycling. Sometimes up, and the Green Council is working on people just need a wake-up call. I’d like ways to beef up an environmental attitude to see the bag tag stay, but I’d like to see a among residents. transition time.” Green Council member Bernard GroharPrakop suggested putting an increased ing said he reviewed services in other cities effort into recycling education for a year, and found that in most cases the county or and see if the city needs to go the extra step city provided the containers, and in some with the bag tag. cases provided an ordinance imposing fees “Try to promote recycling and get the for non-traditional services such as appli- word out through presentations at neighance collections. borhood association meetings,” Prakop “I didn’t see anything that charged for said. “If we promote recycling we won’t a cost of bags,” Groharing said. “We’re have the extra bags.” trying to make our system as efficient as The city’s Green Council is charged with can be, and I agree we should recommend looking at bigger and better ways to recycle to the (City) Council that they enforce the materials, save energy and help residents ordinance. The city has given residents become more energy efficient. seven years (to get used to recycling), so I Volunteer members from each ward think it’s time to enforce the ordinance.” include Fritz Knapp, Stan Patton, Jeanette Jim Wenzara, director of the city’s Koechner, Chris Hunt, Rebecca Waszak, Environmental Services, said if additional Bernard Groharing and Heather Kuenz. bags are placed at curbside, his suggestion The Advisory Green Council advises the would be to notify the resident of the ordi- mayor, City Council, city administrator nance, and that the bag won’t be picked up and Department of Community Developthe next time. ment on recycling issues within the city.

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Push continues to amend O’Fallon’s home-based business ordinance By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley When O’Fallon resident Jim Frain approached the O’Fallon City Council recently, waving a photo of a home-based business. The home had heavy equipment in its residential garage and a lawn cluttered with junk. This prompted the City Council members to debate whether the current home-based business ordinance was adequate or whether the city’s code enforcement agency was doing its job. The home-based business had been approved by Planning and Zoning several years ago. “A neighbor asked me to get involved in cleaning it up, and I drove by it today hoping it would be cleaned up,” Frain said. “Nothing has been done, and the clutter in front of that home has been there for over a year.” A few days later, Jack Strick, managing director of Community Development, said city staff contacted the owner, issued citations and all equipment had been removed from the property. “If we need to fine tune these ordinances, let’s do it,” Frain said. “We can’t allow stuff like this to happen. I’ve heard of people selling cars out of their driveways. I would hope police would see that it doesn’t look right and take action.”

Ward 2 Councilman Pierce Conley has been pushing to see the city’s home-based business ordinance tightened. Conley continues to lead a charge to tighten the city’s home-based business ordinance, hoping to see specific exclusions for things like automobile sales and commercial businesses, he said. “It doesn’t mean an individual can’t put a for-sale sign on their car in their driveway. It means that you can’t have a used car lot in your driveway; you can’t set up an auto parts business in your basement,” Conley said. “Is that what we want in our neighborhoods? The ordinance allows residential business, and everyone should understand what that means.” Conley said the current ordinance leaves enforcement of the ordinance open for loopholes. Review of the proposal to change the home business ordinance was tabled at last week’s meeting, but Conley said, in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back.” “I’m not against someone having a home office, like someone selling cosmetics. My goal is to keep businesses designed for commercial areas out of residential areas,” Conley said. “Planning and Zoning was against an ordinance change, because they

believe the current ordinance is adequate.” Councilman Rick Lucas said he listened to comments from Planning and Zoning and feels that that there is an issue on code enforcement not being acted upon in a timely manner. He also wanted to tighten the ordinance, or find a way code enforcement can know the ordinances they are dealing with. “What tools do they have to make this happen—to act in cleaning up the messes,” Lucas said. “I would love to have staff return and tell the council how to fix problems as Frain cited.” Haney said he was for Conley’s bill. “We spend a lot of money for houses in this city, I don’t know what staff has to do to get it fixed, and if we don’t have an ordinance to do it, find one,” Haney said. Mayor Bill Hennessy directed the city staff to review the ordinance and take action to resolve issues of improper home businesses. He said if the ordinance was inadequate, staff should inform the council. “Look into it,” Hennessy said. “Get the job done.” “The current ordinance is a real thorn in my side because residents in my ward are complaining,” Conley said. “Apparently the ordinance needs to clarify the types of

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SP alderman finds little support on ethics, eminent domain issues By Jeannie Seibert During a Oct. 8 St. Peters work session, Alderman Gus Elliot (Ward 3) came out with a full blown presentation complete with documents projected onto monitors within St. Peters’ Chambers to outline his objectives – to form a city ethics commission and to urge the Board of Aldertmen to join him in his opposition to the Missouri Municipal League’s (MML) lawsuit against the Missouri Secretary of State. Having just concluded an annual conference earlier in the week, the MML, an organization representing 248 Missouri municipalities with educational, informational and lobbying programs, had held extensive sessions on a state constitutional ballot initiative sponsored by Missouri Citizens for Property Rights. The organization seeks to end the practice of eminent domain for private purposes. Going into great detail to explain the process for Missouri citizens to get a ballot question approved, Elliott said the MML is suing Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan who authors ballot language after a citizen group meets all the requirements for a question to be included on a statewide ballot. In this instance the November ballot would ask to approve a constitutional amendment banning the use of eminent domain, authorized and defined in the Missouri Constitution for local governments pursuing public works projects, overseeing construction and developments. However, that also affects a comprehensive range of matters including a city’s ability to create and enforce zoning and building ordinances dealing with public nuisances and blight.

While the MML is opposed to the ballot language, Elliott said a Cole County Circuit Court judge has ruled it as “fair.” The MML is appealing the decision. Elliott asked the aldermen to sign on to a resolution in support of Carnahan’s ballot language, Elliott made a motion to that effect eliciting resounding silence. Board President Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) advised Elliott that he should have joined him at the MML conference to make his case in that forum rather than at a Board of Aldermen work session. On Elliott’s second hot-button topic, he came prepared with another presentation. Trying for a second time to drum up support to establish an ethics commission to oversee the conduct of elected officials, Elliott once again made the case for a beefed-up code of ethics ordinance, including a nonpartisan, non-political ethics board made up of resident volunteers. “There’s nothing for elected officials outside state and city statutes and ordinances,” Elliott said, with the obvious exception of the Missouri Ethics Commission. Failing again to get a second to his motion, Elliott asked the aldermen to at least approve a directive to the city staff to investigate the matter further and provide the board with a report aimed at closing any loopholes that may exist in the current code which was passed in 1991. Barclay suggested the board rely on City Administrator Bill Charnisky to provide a recommendation after consulting the six department heads. Elliott then put it in the form of a motion and finally garnered the second he’d been seeking. That was followed by the support of the entire Board of Aldermen.

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projects. “If we begin to backpedal it will negatively impact… future projects for the city,” said Padella. Mayor Don Licklider said designs that have already been authorized should be completed. “If you do something like that I think you have to finish what you’ve authorized as far as designs,” Licklider said. The aldermen agreed. “If you stop all further planning and action you’re stopping progress,” said Alderwoman Mickie Ball. Aldermen Dick Jelen said roadwork was always going to cause some inconvenience. “We’re always going to have some inconveniences when we talk about roadwork,” Jelen said. “We need to continue at the pace we’re going as long as we recognize the time frames,” Jelen said. Stelling’s motion to slow construction design failed, with a 4-1 vote. Alderwoman Janet Kolb was absent.

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Record read Francis Howell School District’s Early Childhood, Parents as Teachers, and Vacation Station programs celebrated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to bring attention to the importance of early education and literacy, on Oct. 8. Each year, the campaign sets a world record for the largest shared reading experience, with the greatest number of people

reading the same book on the same day. “Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschoolage children as a critical foundation for literacy development,” said Mary Jo Griffin, Date of issue: director of Early Childhood. “Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a Client: positive way to raise awareness about theSize: importance of early childhood literacy skills.” Colors: This year, Francis Howell children in Pictures: the Early Childhood, Parents as Teachers, and Vacation Station programs, along with Logos: children from around the world, read The Copy: Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Mentor Me Barnwell Middle School students participated again this year in the Missouri Mosaics Festival for the Arts “Mentor Me” program. Six student artists from Barnwell had their work on display in the Baue Children’s Gallery at the Foundry Art Center through Oct. 11. The young artists being recognized for their work are: Joshua Knight, Brandon Clouse, Michael Ebert, Jacob Flaherty, Logan Harmon and Emma Gordon. Barnwell art teachers Pam AuBuchon and Laura Kroeger also had a piece of their own art on display.


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Wentzville Walk To School Day Green Tree Elementary in the Wentzville School District joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 7. Approximately 200 students from Green Tree walked to school along with parents, teachers, staff members and Lake Saint Louis police officers. “We’re trying to promote healthy lifestyles and community cooperation,” said Community Resource Officer Susan Ochs of the Lake Saint Louis police Department. “We’ll also use this opportunity to teach the students pedestrian and bicycle safety as well.” The event was organized by Ochs, Green Tree Elementary, and the Lake Saint Louis Police Department as part of a “Safe Routes to School” grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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K&N Patriots focus on conservative ideals By Jeannie Seibert The grandmothers who have become the central organizers of the truly grassroots group that didn’t even have an official name until recently, are continuing the quest to put together an organization dedicated to restoring common sense to the halls of government. With a new moniker, the K & N Patriots, those known to the rally and newcomers alike gather every Saturday at the intersection of highways K and N in O’Fallon. Meanwhile, the grandmother-founders have been overwhelmed with people in support of their effort. “We’ve been having crowds of 150-plus recently,” said Sandy Garber, of Lake Saint Louis. But new faces show up each week and former acquaintances who may not make it every week, come back as often as possible. One week in August the crowd was estimated at 300. That effort is to stop the shift of the nation into a far left European-style social-

ism supported by high taxes and enforced by overreaching federal government intrusion and regulation, according to a flyer distributed in late summer. O’Fallon resident Janet Allquist, the originator of the weekly rally, was scared the first time she set up shop all by herself, holding her hand-made sign for motorists through the intersection, but she was more scared of the direction the federal government was headed. Now she has a cohort and chief supporter in Garber, who is a natural-born organizer committed to “getting my country back.” The two are gathering contact information from interested parties, have created an e-mail list and now have a Web site: They even occasionally take their show on the road, setting up a booth at the recent Tea Party held in St. Charles’ Frontier Park. The three planks in the K & N Patriots See EAST SIDE, page 38


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By Jeannie Seibert Taken alone, the numbers illustrating home sales in St. Charles County don’t look so hot. However, compared to other areas of the country – even those fairly close-by – this county’s home sales environment is holding its own in an otherwise gloomy economy. “We still have issues, but the first-time homebuyers market is good,” said St. Charles County Association of Realtors (SCCAR) Public Relations Chairman Merle Schneider. “I’m sure glad we are doing business in St. Charles County and the Midwest as it has proven to have weathered the storm quite well and again proved to be one of the most stable parts of the country to buy and own real estate.” The credit goes to one government program that is working: the first-time homebuyer $8,000 tax incentive which was upgraded, improved and approved earlier this year. “That program, combined with relatively low housing prices, really worked to restore the confidence - that is what was really lacking,” Schneider said. “Last year, at this time, this industry was at a standstill. It’s just the opposite this year.” The program has served multiple levels of individuals starting with those whose homes were snatched out of the jaws of foreclosure at the last minute, Schneider said. “We have to work a little harder in these cases – called short sales – but that’s what we’re here for,” Schneider said. “If we can get all the parties at the table willing to give a little we can keep a property out of foreclosure and the new buyer ends up with a good deal. Everybody wins. It’s more work but it’s worth it.” The downside to the $8,000 first-time tax credit program is that it ends on Nov. 30. According to SCCAR President Karen Vennard, “We already know that on Nov. 1 we’re going to be inundated with people who want to get in on this and that’s really going to be tough. It’s almost impossible to close in that short of a time. That’s why we’re trying to get the word out now that you’ve got to get started right now or you’re going to miss out.” Because the majority of sales appear to be in the under-$200,000 market, like others, Vennard is convinced that sales are largely being driven by the first-time homebuyer. “There’s probably some investors in there too - there’s no way of knowing. But either way, home sales are good for economic development across the board,” Vennard said.

All the more reason why another effort is afoot to get the $8,000 tax credit program expanded, or, at the very least, extended. Schneider said a call went out recently from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) marshalling all member brokers and sales associates to contact their congressmen and senators in Washington, D.C., to urge them to extend or expand the tax credit program. “It was the largest full-court press that we can recall at the realtors grass roots level,” Schneider said. “The response was overwhelming. “Maybe it could be opened up to everyone,” Schneider said. “But we’ve got one good thing going in this industry - it makes sense to keep it going.” Schneider even urged individuals to contact their elected representatives in both houses of Congress to help the realtors make the case for the one federal program with a track record of success. Vennard speculated that anybody in the home furnishings business, home construction, development, landscaping, maintenance, décor, HVAC, home loan companies even general retail stores would benefit from an extension of the homebuyers tax credit program. “Call or e-mail your senators and congress members,” Vennard said. “It was the housing industry that was blamed for this economic situation it can be the housing industry that helps get us out of it.”



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he goblins are geared up; the pumpkins are ready, but here’s a scary thought: Halloween is right around the corner, and you haven’t a clue what you or your children will wear on the most family-friendly fright night of the year. As exciting as Halloween can be, preparing for the holiday can become a bit nerve-wracking. The wrong costume can wreak havoc on Halloween, but finding appropriate attire doesn’t have to be a terrifying task or a costly endeavor. Area theater artists and costumers, folks who costume year-round, know that with a little creativity and a few scraps of old clothing from grandma, the thrift shop or the back of your closet can bring more extreme Halloween fun than the most outrageously expensive purchased pieces. Karen Burton, director of St. Peters’ ACT II Community Theater production “Chrismas Belles,” a show being offered in November, said she always tries to put together costumes inexpensively, whether they are for her three sons or for those who grace the stage at the St. Peters’ Arts Center. “We shop at thrift stores, looking for period pieces, because people are always discarding things from their closets. You can get odd colors, and sometimes thrift stores even stock old costumes,” Burton said. “I just spent the day at the thrift store on Monday.” Burton said she found a brown outfit perfect to transform one of her actors into a reindeer. In other instances, she pulls together stuffing to create a muscleman or a massive man. “We sew on top of a lot of things. For example, people can make costumes that are funny, like stapling boxer shorts to your chest to trick-or-treat as a chest of drawers,” Burton said. “Cut a hole in an old laundry basket, tape it to your body and go as a basket of dirty laundry. They’re very inexpensive, and people laugh when they see these sorts of costumes.” Burton says the easiest, most creative costumes decorate the person. “I get invited to a lot of Halloween parties, and I’ve seen very simple costumes using objects people already have at their homes,” Burton said. One year, she and her husband went as a 1950s housewife and a milkman. It was a simple solution created by dressing her husband in white, handing him a milk bottle

and searching for a thrift store “June Cleaver” dress. “When it comes to kids, old bridesmaid and prom dresses are perfect to cut off and make into fairy princess costumes. You need them to be a bit larger so the youngster can wear warm clothes underneath, and you can always find old prom and bridesmaid dresses at the thrift shop for very little money,” Burton said. “If you cut it off at a good length, it’s a pretty princess dress your daughter will love, even though no adult ever wants to wear again.” One year, one of Burton’s sons wore a simple red sweatshirt and sweatpants. Burton stuffed a pillow near his belly, found a cheap white Santa wig, beard and hat, and people loved his costume, she said. “You can always get colorful sweats for children,” Burton said. “Start with a basic color, and go from there.” If your child wants to be a spaceman, dress him in a green sweat suit, paint his face green, and make antennas out of a cheap headband covered in aluminum foil. Go even further and cover his rain boots with foil for a fullfledged alien invasion. You can also turn a green sweat suit into a Veggie Tale figure. Larry the Cucumber is a popular guy, and with a little water-based makeup, they’re ready to wow the neighbors. “I have three children of my own, boys, and they like minimalist stuff,” Burton said. “Baseball players, soccer players — girls can even dress as sports figures.” Burton’s oldest son, now in college, is talking about going as a Cub’s fan, because he is an avid Cardinal’s fan. As a Cub’s fan, he will put on a Cub’s jersey and hat, and will don fan paraphernalia like a camera around his neck, one of those Styrofoam fingers or a banner on a stick. To top it off, he’ll paste on a badge that states “#1 Cub’s Fan.” Burton advises parents to use cloth to post names or messages on their child’s costume. Paper will blow away, and if it’s raining, forget it. “Cloth and a good marker work well,” Burton said. “You can use an old pillowcase or sheet, post your message, pin it on and away they go.” Burton recently made a pirate’s outfit for her teenage son using an old-style coat that reached his knees, a woman’s ruffled blouse and a pair of black sweatpants. She bought a pirate’s hat and filled an old cloth bag with nickels. He wowed his friends as a pirate with a bag of gold. “I think the kids enjoy making up their costume, because one thing you can be sure of is that no one will look like

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Need more ideas? Try these The good old toga costume: Everyone has sheets, so just wrap a sheet around you toga-style and pin it in place. Wear sandals — gladiator sandals if you have them — and cut a branch from your backyard tree for a wreath of “laurels” on your head, if the leaves have fallen, go to the local hobby shop and find a cheap vine of some sort and string that around your head. Bathrobes aren’t just for the bath: For men, wear pajama pants and a bathrobe and carry a martini glass around: be Hugh Hefner. For women, Try some colorful pajamas and bunny slippers, put your hair in pigtails and you’re a baby. Go for the grin: Use makeup to create a black eye and pin a big white letter “P” on a black shirt and, voila, you’re a Black Eyed “P.” For another twist, buy a rubber pig snout from a party supply store and wrap yourself in a blanket to become a Pig in a Blanket. Raid your closet. Many women have old bridesmaid dresses that they’ll never use again - here’s the perfect opportunity to wear them! For this last minute Halloween costume, either wear the bridesmaid dress alone or with a crown to be a princess or with running shoes to be a runaway bride. If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume and you have only an hour free, go to a thrift store and see what you find! You could happen upon a treasure trove of hats, wigs, accessories, and vintage pieces for any last minute Halloween costume you can imagine.

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case, shredded at the bottom, cuts for the arms and head, a quick tie belt and a bit of makeup. It was an easy, quick goblin costume, and certainly inexpensive. This Halloween, Davis said her sons are fascinated with weaponry. One wants to be a soldier in the Army and the other wants to be an Air Force pilot. “We are a rental shop, and although we don’t have a lot of children’s costumes, we do stock plenty of accessories that can beef up a costume as fast as you can say ‘boo,’” Davis said. A cute costume can be rented for $20, while accessories like gloves, hats and more can be rented for as little as $5, Davis said. “One year I made my child’s first Halloween costume, taking a colored body suit, then cutting and gluing felt to create a Super Baby costume,” Davis said. “At age 3, he wanted to be Crypto the Superdog. We started with a white hooded sweat suit (which had to come from the girls’ department).” Davis used felt to make mitts and shoe covers, and used a black marker to form claws. Felt with pipe cleaners supporting them made great ears, and a large Superman-type symbol decorated the belt. The cape from an old sheet easily wrapped up the look, Davis said. “You can do a lot with felt, but find the perfect glue. Elmer’s glue doesn’t work with felt. On a funny note, when I made my first costume, the seams started popping open within an hour after he put it on,” Davis said. “Now, I use fabric glue. You can also find glue for felt, or you can sew it. Felt comes cheap, in lots of colors and can be worked with easily.” Davis’ best advice is to remember that


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Educational Choices A Special Advertising Section

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New Program Serving Special Needs Students Excel Performing Arts in O’Fallon is excited to introduce a new program designed to serve special needs youth of all ages and abilities. Children will enjoy learning to move to music in a friendly social environment while improving sensory motor skills. Research shows that movement activities enhance and improve language skills in all children, including those with vision, hearing, and learning disabilities. Excel even has a “Wheelie” class designed for children in wheelchairs! Soon, Excel will be holding a Friday Night Dance Parties each week including half an hour of instruction on popular dance party favorites followed by an hour of social dancing.

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Child of God Lutheran School E. Jeffrey Wittcop, Principal

Child of God Lutheran School offers education to the power of TEN! In September 2000 we started our school with 10 kindergarten students. As we celebrate our tenth year of operation, our educational program now includes pre-school through the eighth grade. We thank God for the 167 students who enter our doors every day. With a student/teacher ratio of 7:1, we give our children the personal attention they deserve. Our teachers are all board certified and we use a fully accredited academic curriculum. We offer music and art classes, an athletic program, band and violin instruction, after school Spanish classes and interesting field trips. Our special education consultant assists parents with any learning/behavioral issues their children are facing. Most importantly, our students learn about the love and saving grace that is theirs through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We provide hot lunches three days a week and offer a convenient daily extended care program. Our new, state-of-the-art facility includes bright classrooms, a computer lab, a spacious gymnasium and lunchroom, an elevator for handicap use, and security system access for the safety of our children. The smiles and laughter we see and hear everyday throughout our hallways tell us that we’re growing happy kids in this Christ-centered, personal, caring environment. Come check us out!

636.970.7080 650 Salt Lick Road • St. Peters

Academy of the Sacred Heart Sister Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, Head of School

As the City of St. Charles celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Academy of the Sacred Heart marks 191 years of education in the area. Founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, the Academy is an independent, private, Catholic elementary school and the first of many Sacred Heart schools to be established in the U.S. Each of these schools is united by the same philosophy of education: Faith, Intellectual Values, Social Action, Community and Personal Growth. The Academy educates boys and girls in Pre-K through sixth grade and has single gender classes for grades 7 and 8. With an average class size of 17, students at the Academy flourish in an atmosphere of challenge and growth. Ninety-nine percent of graduates are accepted to their first-choice high schools. “As one of 21 Network of Sacred Heart Schools across the country, the Academy shares a philosophy of education that is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ,” says Sister Glavin. “We strive to accomplish this ambitious goal by helping each child become all that God wants him or her to be. We lovingly guide our students to grow into healthy, happy, holy and whole human beings who wish to make a difference in their world.” To experience the Academy, RSVP for our Open House on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. or for further information, contact our Admissions Office at (636) 946-6127, ext. 1620.

636.946.6127 619 N. Second Street • St. Charles

Vatterott College

Bobby Donnell, Campus Director in O’Fallon Since 1969 Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. has been providing career training to the Midwest and Southwestern regions of our nation. Their skilled and experienced instructors teach directly applicable skills, using industry standard equipment to prepare students for careers with growth and stability. The curriculum at Vatterott College is designed to meet the employment needs of potential employers. They utilize a program advisory committee for each of the programs made up of employers representing the major occupations for which training is provided. The benefits can be seen in the quality of the curriculum, facility and equipment used. Each aspect is reviewed to ensure a productive training environment with the goal of placing the graduates into careers in their field of study. “Our instructors work hands on with our students to give them as close to a realworld experience as possible,” said Robert Donnell, campus director of Vatterott College O’Fallon. “We are committed to providing a quality education that can prepare our students for the workforce.” Vatterott College O’Fallon, MO offers programs in the fields of electrical mechanics, computers, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, information systems security, medical assisting, cosmetology and many more. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Day, evening and weekend classes are available. For more information contact an admissions representative at 636-978-7488 or check them out on the web at

636.978.7488 927 Terra Lane • O’Fallon


L’École Culinaire Jane McNamee, Campus Director

Located in the heart of Ladue, L’École Culinaire offers students an in depth and diverse training experience by professional chefs from the St. Louis culinary industry. With eight kitchen labs using current industry standard equipment, L’École’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the culinary industry upon graduation. “Our students are passionate about what they do. They are excited about coming each day to learn new techniques and new cuisine,” said Jane McNamee, Campus Director of L’École Culinaire St. Louis. “Our chef instructors work hands on with the students to ensure as close to a real-world experience as possible.” At L’École a unique advisory board features experienced culinary professionals from the St. Louis area. The board members review and provide guidance on curriculum, equipment and facilities which enables L’École to continue offering students training based on current industry trends. L’École Culinaire prepares students for a career in the culinary industry by offering Associates of Occupational Studies Degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Management and a Diploma in Culinary Essential. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Day and evening classes are available. For more information contact an admissions representative at 314-5872433 or check them out on the web at The campus is located at 9811 South Forty Drive, St. Louis, MO 63124.

314.587.2433 9811 South Forty Drive • St. Louis

Visitation Academy Rosalie Henry, Head of School

Visitation Academy is a private, Catholic school educating boys, girls and young women ages 2 to 18 in the spirit of Sts. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. Founded in 1833 by the Sisters of the Visitation, the Academy teaches its students to “Live Jesus” and emulate the virtues of joy, humility, simplicity, reverence and respect in everyday life. The Lower School includes both a coed Montessori preschool and an all-girls program for grades Kindergarten through 6; the Upper School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for young women grades 7 through 12. A Visitation education represents a superior investment in each student’s future. With an average class size of 18, personal attention and a sense of community are hallmarks of the Visitation experience. Thirty-two extracurricular activities, a vibrant fine arts program and numerous opportunities to compete as athletes complement Visitation’s steadfast commitment to academic excellence. College credit classes are offered in 13 subjects, and technology plays an integral role in classroom instruction at all grade levels. One hundred percent of last year’s Upper School graduates were accepted into four-year colleges or universities, and fifteen percent were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Conveniently located in West County, Visitation Academy invites you to visit campus during Open House on Sunday, November 1, or to schedule an individual appointment.

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B.E.S.T. Tutoring Molly Nesham, Owner

Does your kid know the value of a Dollar? Does Homework time just make you want to holler? Get a grip and take a trip to BEST Tutoring tomorrow! Molly Nesham, owner of BEST Tutoring, demonstrates how math can be fun, and learning problem solving skills builds a foundation for success in subjects beyond mathematics. “Knowing Math strengthens kids’ confidence to face challenges and solve problems successfully in school and beyond,” Nesham said. BEST Tutoring helps students from Grade 1 through Calculus develop Math and thinking skills, but they also offer classes in Chess, Computer animation, Java programming, ACT and SAT preparation, and Robotics. On Oct. 31, a Glowing Pickle kicks off their new online courses, too.

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Westgate Christian Academy Peggy Barratt, Principal

Westgate Christian Academy was birthed in 2006 with a vision and mission to be a school where children could grow up – from preschool through eighth grade – in an environment of Christ’s love and grace. We seek to honor God in our decisions and behaviors, and allow students to see teachers and leaders daily turn to our Creator for guidance, support, and blessing. At the same time, our students are challenged by a demanding academic curriculum. Westgate wants our students who excel in academics, sports, technology, music, and the arts – such as art, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, etc. – to have the opportunity to pursue these interests and develop their talent. Growing up in one school from Early Childhood through eighth grade lends stability and security to a child’s life in a day and time when this isn’t available in large schools. Westgate parents form a community that invites parents to be involved in their children’s education and the Westgate staff strives to keep communications between school and home optimal for supporting the growth and development of each child. In short, Westgate is a great place for kids to grow up, learn, and deepen their understanding of who God is and His plan for their lives. We’d love for you to tour our school anytime! Our main office is in the elementary building at 1913 Trade Center Dr., St. Peters, Missouri. Phone us at 636-442-8000.

636.442.8000 1913 Trade Center Drive • St. Peters

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Com mu n it y Event s SEMINARS Stange Law Firm presents two informational seminars for men who are fathers, but who are not married to their child’s mother at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 22 at Haftrak’s Sports Bar in St. Charles. Stange Law Firm will share basic information on Missouri law regarding fathers’ rights and offer suggestions to assure that unmarried fathers are able have a significant role in their child’s life. The events are free, but Stange Law Firm asks that participants call to make a reservation at 314-963-4700.


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St. John United Church of Christ in St. Charles present, “A World of Good in Your Own Backyard,” a Fair Trade Market, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the church located at 405 S. Fifth Street. Unique handcrafted items made by artisans from more than 60 developing countries will be available for purchase. Items available include jewelry, accessories, home decor, musical instruments, games, clothing, toys, books, carvings, baskets, wooden boxes, coffee, tea and chocolate. For more information, call 946-0961 or email friends@stjohnucc. org. • • • Grace United Church of Christ will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a rummage/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 31 at the church located at 8326 Mexico Road. For more information, call 240-5856. • • • The Blackwood Brothers Quartet will perform a free musical concert at 6 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 at the First Baptist Church located at 2230 Lake Saint Louis Blvd. The southern gospel quartet has recorded more than 200 albums and toured in 47 countries. A free-will offering will be taken. The group’s CDs will also be available for sale. For more information, call 561-8476.

FAMILY & KIDS The staff at St. Charles County’s Youth Activity Park (YAP) present, “Night of Fright” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 24 at 7801 Hwy. N in Dardenne Prairie. Geared for youth ages 8-16, but open to the entire family, the event includes the Halloween celebration and the opportunity to rollerblade or skateboard at the 33,000-square-foot skate park. Admission to participate in this special event is $5 per person, with additional trips through

the haunted house costing $2 per trip. For more information, visit or call 561-4964. • • • Grace Presbyterian Church’s will hold a Halloween Party from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 28, at the church located at 6308 Hwy. N in St. Charles. Come dressed in costume and play games, complete crafts, take a hayride, and snack on candy. For more information, call 926-2955. • • • Chapel of the Lake is hosting a teenage outreach night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 28 at Josiah’s Coffee House located at 4684 Lake Saint Louis Blvd. Josiah’s is a former parsonage of the church which has been converted to the youth fellowship’s meeting place. The event will include a keg full of root beer and a mud football tournament, followed by a bonfire with hotdogs. The event is open to all area high school freshmen through senior students. For more information about Chapel of the Lake, visit  or call 561-1757. • • • The St. Louis Mills will have photos with Santa starting at 6 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 13 at the mall in the play area. The event is free and open to the public. Photo package prices vary. Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 314-227-5910 or visit • • • Children can build a gingerbread house at 10 a.m. on Tues, Dec. 8 for children five and under and at 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 10 at in the food court at the St. Louis Mills mall. St. Louis Mills will provide graham crackers and icing, and children are encouraged to bring candy to decorate their delicious creations. The event is free. For more information, call 314-227-5910 or

BENEFITS A Fundraiser Washer Tournament will be held at 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 24 at New Melle Community Sports Complex located at 4684 Hwy. Z. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and play begins at 6 p.m. Two-man teams will compete for the top three cash prizes. The cost to enter is $25 per player or $15 per non-player in advance; or $30 per player or $15 per non-player at the door. The cost includes beer, soda and dinner. To register, call Julie at 314-960-6144 or email


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Carla Baum, administrator of the Breeze Park senior living community in St. Charles, has been promoted to regional vice president for the site’s parent organization, Lutheran Senior Services. • • • Kelli Gould, of St. Charles, has joined Payne Family Homes as online sales manager. • • •


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The St. Peters Chamber of Commerce will hold the St. Peters Bridal Bliss Wedding Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 8 at Fort Zumwalt East High School. A fashion show at 3 p.m. and exhibitors showcasing a variety of wedding products and services are featured. Call 447-3336. • • • Kelly Pearce, R.N., “Keep ‘em Coming Back – How to of O’Fallon, has been Keep Your Customers through Excepnamed director of nurs- tional Service,” an Economic Develing operations at SSM opment Center of St. Charles County St. Clare Health Center training seminar presented by Erin Cox of in Fenton. St. Charles Community College, will be • • • held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thurs.,

Pounds and Inches Away recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its location at 2972 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. Pictured with the scissors is Location Manager Stacy Cooksey, who was joined by staff members and representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the city of O’Fallon. Pounds and Inches Away offers the HCG Protocol, a method for losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Nov. 12 at the Social Sciences Auditorium at St. Charles Community College. Admission is free for Alliance members and $125 for the general public. To register, call 4416880, ext. 221. • • • “Starting a Small Business: The First Steps,” an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed.,

Nov. 18 at the University of Missouri Extension Center (260 Brown Road) in St. Peters. Participants will assess their strengths and weaknesses in terms of business ownership; learn the importance of planning; discuss legal and regulatory requirements; and identify sources of funding. The class fee is $40, and the registration deadline is Nov. 11. Call 970-3000.

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its own. “I really wanted to be proactive. There were so many things that were out of my control,” Thone said. “And after it was done, I was totally relieved that I did it.” She bought herself multiple scarves, a few hats and two wigs that she named Amber and Julie. Thone has been cancer free for four years. “There’s not a day that I don’t think about (the cancer). But I take each day as it comes,” Thone said. Self exam is not enough Mary Ellen Bruenderman, an oncology nurse from St. Charles, was behind a year on her annual mammogram, but she wasn’t concerned. She had no family history of breast cancer and she had not felt any lumps or noticed any change in her breasts. But when Bruenderman went for a mammogram in 2002, the doctor saw six little white dots. Eighty percent of the time, it would be nothing, she said. But the pattern of the cells was a red flag. And a further test confirmed Stage 0 breast cancer. She was 53. “I was very, very fortunate,” Bruenderman said. Bruenderman underwent a lumpectomy and seven weeks of radiation treatment. She also took hormone replacement therapy for five years to ward off her type of breast cancer, which fed on estrogen. “A self-breast exam is not enough. It’s important for women of all ages to see a physician for a breast exam each year,” Bruenderman said. The ACS recommends a clinical breast exam every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women age 40 and older. For more information, visit

Join the fight Local residents also can help fight breast cancer by participating in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 25 in St. Louis. This year’s events are expected to attract several thousand people to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who’ve lost their battle with the disease. To join a team, register as a survivor or to learn more, visit cancer. org/stridesonline or call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.


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As volunteers with non-profit Foundation for Wellness Professionals, the physicians at The Chiropractic Wellness Connection in O’Fallon are offering a program called The Wellness Series to the local community. The Wellness Series includes lectures on topics such as Natural Solutions to Headaches, How to Balance Hormones Naturally, Ergonomics, New Solutions to Eliminate Pain, and many more. The physicians will conduct the workshops at local places of business at no charge. For more information, contact Stacie Haggerty at 978-0970. • • • “Unbeatable!” – a musical based on the true story of a woman who was diagnosed with and survived Stage 3 breast cancer – plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday through Nov. 22 at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza. Tickets are $39.50 and are available by phone at 314-469-PLAY and 314-534-1111 and online at • • • The American Cancer Society wild hold “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” a non-competitive walk to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those who have died from breast cancer and raise funds and awareness to help end the disease, at 2 p.m. (registration is at 1 p.m.) on Sun., Oct. 25 at Tower Grove Park. For details, visit • • • “Medicare Update 2010” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 10 at the Kathryn Linnemann Branch Library (2323 Elm Street) in St. Charles. The program is presented by BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital, St. Charles City-County Library District and OASIS and will address questions about Medicare Parts A, B and D, Advantage Plans, Medigap, and Medicare changes in the upcom-

ing year. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 928-9355. • • • “Women’s Night Out,” a night of wellness benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at The Chiropractic Wellness Connection in O’Fallon Commons. Free massage, wine, steak, chocolate, makeovers, hairstyling sessions, oral cancer screenings and more will be featured. For more information, call 978-0970. • • • “Tools for Dealing with Stress” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch Library (2750 Hwy. K) in O’Fallon. Desiree Whitlock, M.S., will discuss methods of turning stress into a positive force. The program is offered through a partnership between Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and the St. Charles City-County Library District. Admission is free. To register, call 9289355. • • • Esse Health and Gateway Asthma & Allergy Relief will sponsor a free asthma screening event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 14 at Gateway Asthma & Allergy Relief (9979 Winghaven Blvd.) in O’Fallon. Dr. Rabya Mian will provide the screenings. To schedule an appointment (required), call 561-5707. For more information, visit • • • “Taming Tummy Troubles” will be held from
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Halloween Happenings • • • Mr. Bill’s Thrills will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights throughout October near Wright City. A 19-room Haunted Barn, 3-acre walk on The Trail of Terror and The Black Zone are featured Admission is $13. For more information and directions, visit • • • The Main Street Merchants Association will sponsor a Pumpkin Design Contest on Fri., Oct. 23 and Sat., Oct. 24 at Eureopean Accent (426 S. Main Street) in St. Charles. Decorated pumpkins should be tagged with the designer’s name, age and phone number and brought to European Accent either Friday or Saturday morning. Pumpkins will be judged by age group and displayed at one of the participating businesses on Main Street until 4 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 25, at which time designers may pick them up. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded for winning entries. Call 7247677. • • • “Halloween: Spirits from the Past” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 23 at Lindenwood University’s Daniel Boone Home & Boonesfield Village (1868 Hwy. F) in Defiance. Guests will walk a lit path to the Boone Home where they will hear music and tales of unexplained things. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. Call 798-2005 or visit • • • Missouri River Storytelling Festival will present “Ghost Stories” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 23 and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 24 at the Katy Depot in Frontier Park in St. Charles. Stories told during the first two sessions are appropriate for all ages; those attending the Saturday night session must be aged 13 or older. Admission is free with the donation of one canned good per person. Call Karen or Mike Potts at 9287984 or Sue Hinkel at 271-7914. • • • A Haunted Park Hunt for adults aged 21 and older will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 23 at Dames Park in O’Fallon. Participants will compete for a prize on two-person teams in a scavenger The Main Street Merchants Association will hunt. Guests should bring a flashlight. The sponsor a Pumpkin Design Contest on Oct. cost is $20 per person for O’Fallon resi-

St. Charles Ghost Tours are held at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. year-round on Main Street in St. Charles. Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. Call 314-3746102. • • • Fright Fest will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 at Six Flags St. Louis. Halloween attractions, kids’ crafts and a costume contest (only kids younger than age 12 may wear costumes), nightly shows and haunted rides are featured. For details and ticket prices, visit stlouis. • • • Pumpkinland is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays throughout October at Thies Farm’s Creve Coeur Mill Road farm in Maryland Heights. A children’s play area is featured. On weekends, concessions, pony rides, a craft area, face-painting and more are offered for an additional fee. Plenty of pumpkins are available for purchase. Admission is $5.50 for children and $3.25 for adults. Call 314428-9878 or visit

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about defending the Constitution of the United States,” Allquist said. campaign are: to defeat emerging socialist As to charges that the K & N Patriots are legislation; to support conservative issues being motivated by a racist agenda against and the U.S. Constitution; and, to elect a black president and the weekly rallyconservative candidates for national, state goers are rude to those who would offer an and local offices in 2010. opposing point of view, Allquist can barely “K & N Patriots is in the early stages contain her disgust. It’s “untrue and not of organizing and we’re not, at this time, worthy of discussion,” she said. prepared to discuss or support any political In fact, instructions are passed by word candidates or parties. We’re not affiliated of mouth during the weekly demonstration with and don’t represent any political party held in the right-of-way in front of the On or candidate,” Allquist said. the Run Mobile convenience store. The “We’re simply a group of issues-oriented instructions consist of: “Do not to engage individuals who are out there expressing those who would taunt you; don’t respond our individual opinions and those issues to insults. The only defense recommended are clearly delineated by the hand-made is to make video recordings of any confronsigns people are carrying. If there is one tations.” Allquist and Garber are happy to include all-encompassing issue that could be highlighted, it would be that we are passionate other organizations who share their values.

Many of those who join the K & N Patriots on Saturdays from noon until 2 p.m. are members of the St. Charles Tea Party, the Show Me Patriots, the 9-12 group and the I Heard the People Say organization, started by a pair of twins who are stay-at-home moms. With Web sites coming together featuring links to each others’ Web sites and other informative sites, each has a slightly different focus. Some key on education, others on the founding fathers and historic documents. Some follow policy and the progress of bills through Congress and the Senate. There are several conservative commentators, bloggers, radio hosts and pundits linked on. The big news is that conservatism isn’t a dirty word anymore. These local residents, fearing an ultraliberal take-over of govern-

ment, are turning to conservatism’s smaller government, lower taxes and a free market society credo as the method to provide prosperity to greater numbers of people – not the redistribution of wealth overseen by an overreaching federal government providing cradle to grave entitlements. From I Heard the People Say, Annette Read, of Chesterfield, shares one of her biggest fears as the corruption in government coupled with an astronomical federal debt. She and her twin, Margaret Walker, have put together a Web site that acts as a collection point for related Web sites, keeping a calendar of events from throughout the region at: And more events are being planned. The town hall meetings, patriot gatherings, rallies and protests are not going to stop.

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LOVE DOGS? Earn extra cash dog sitting over the Holidays in YOUR OWN home. Interviewing dog lovers for overnight sitting in St. Charles, St. Peters area. Advantages: done in your home, immediate cash payments. Requirements: Availability during the day/ over the Holidays. Prefer sitters without current pets, or 1 friendly dog of your own. Call 314-600-2044 Acting & Modeling Agency is accepting applications for ages 3mo to 80yrs. Beginners Welcome. Images Agency's people have appeared in Ads, TV Shows & Commercials such as: Build-A-Bear, Sears Portraits, Six Flags, Wal-Mart, McDonalds & BJC Hospitals. We develop, market & place all sizes & heights. Apply Online At OR Call 314-372-0512 State Licensed PT/FT earn 75K+ Mortgage Protection Specialist. Great opportunity for Insurance Agents, Mortgage Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Teachers and more. Leads provided, will train. Call 636-778-0592


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St Charles Junk. Servicing St. Charles and surrounding counties. We’re local, and we haul it all; appliances, junk, basement and garage cleanout, yard and construction debris and more! For the best services and pricing in the area call Jeff and Bart your local haulers @ 636-6977825

Eco Cycle LLC Hauling Recyclable Household Junk for $35 per pick up. Call for details

1-888-YECO-CYCLE 1888-932-6292

Home Improvement

Painting Services

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JS Home Services


A-ACCURATE ROOFING SIDING & GUTTERS no job too Large or too Small, Affordable Roofing residential & commercial, all types of roofing, 40 year experience, call for a Free Estimate, 636-939-5109 or 1-800-459-ROOF

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

Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical 20 Years Experience

No Tools? No Time? No Problem.

Handyman 314.322.2705

(12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)


(636) 265-0739 exterior painting!


Sports • Café • Industrial • Office Space • Work Space Exercise Room • Theater Area • Game Rooms Family Entertainment • Bars

BASEMENTS BY DESIGN locally owned & operated by Steve Fechter

(636) 675-1850



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Recession Roofing & Home Repairs

Family Owned & Operated Co We know what it's like to be over charged. Give Us a call for High Quality Work at rate that won't break the pocket. Licensed and Insured. No Job Too BIG or Too SMALL. Call today for a Free Estimate and to take advantage of 15% Off during this recession. Call Wayne


•Complete Room & Surface Prep •Renew Kitchen Cabinets •New Look for Furniture •Dependable • References

•••Expensive Look ••• •••Affordable Price••• David @ 314-732-3289 Pet Services

Fall Cleanup! Leaf remova l , mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, m o w i n g ! Snow Removal. Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234

Looking for Healthy Pet Food? HealthyPetNet uses NO wheat, corn, fillers, chemical additives or artificial flavors/colors. Our vet-formulated pet health foods are truly superior. Visit us at or call 636-734-8802.

Schwartz Brothers Landscape Solutions Inc.

Services Social Security Claim Denied? Free Consultation. No Fee until you get paid. BTS Group, Inc. Apecializes in Appeals and Hearings. Read the Testimonials at www. 1-800-810-4277

Design and Build

•Total Yard Clean-Up • Curb Vacuming • Leaves • Brush • Sticks •Retaining Wall and Natural Stone Wall Specials •Starter Fertilizer Applications •Lawn and Shrub Care •Fertilization and Weed Control •Licensed Commercial Applicators •Fully Insured •Free Estimates Referrals Upon Request

(314) 393-7754

Building Maintenance Services PowerWashing & Deck Staining, Most Decks $500 AC Service & Cleaning Starting at $45 Painting•Carpentry•Drywall Plumbing & Electrical. Your Home Improvement & Repair Specialist! Residential & Commercial Insured and Bonded Call us today at 314-583-5250


$75 Per Average Room Size

Leaf Clean-Up, Vacuuming Aeration, Seeding, Sodding, Fertilizing, Spraying, Grass Cutting, Yard Clean-up, Weeding, Trimming, Edging, Mulching, Planting, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Patios & Drainage Work

Call 314-426-8833 Painting Services


Cavalier King Charles. ACA Registered, tiny blenehm, home raised, champion lines, health certificate. Parents on property. Male $875 Call 636-265-0317

Plumbing Services ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051 Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 636-458-1161 or 314-614-4840

Wanted To Buy. Baseball Cards, Sports Cards. Cardinals Souvenirs and Memorabilia Pre-1975 Only. Private Collector 314-302-1785

Wedding Services

Anytime... Anywhere...

Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Commitment Ceremonies

(314) 703-7456

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Mid Rivers Newsmagazine October 21, 2009  

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine October 21, 2009

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine October 21, 2009  

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine October 21, 2009