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THOMAS SOWELL

Dismantling America Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many “czars” appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent? Did you think that another “czar” would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers - that is, to create a situation where some newspapers’ survival would depend on the government liking what they publish? Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called “experts” deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments? Scary as that is from a medical standpoint, it is also chilling from the standpoint of freedom. If you have a mother who needs a heart operation or a child with some dire medical condition, how free would you feel to speak out against an administration that has the power to make life and death decisions about your loved ones? Does any of this sound like America? How about a federal agency giving school children material to enlist them on the side of the president? Merely being assigned to sing his praises in class apparently is not enough. How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Barack Obama already has floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries. We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force that Obama creates, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American. How far the President will go depends, of course, on how much resistance he meets. But the direction in which he is trying to go tells us more than all his rhetoric or media spin. Obama has not only said that he is out to “change the United States of America,” the people he has been associated with for

years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country. Jeremiah Wright said it with words: “God damn America!” Bill Ayers said it with bombs that he planted. Community activist goons have said it with their contempt for the rights of other people. Among the people President Obama has appointed as czars are people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children. Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama did not know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House? Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government - people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America’s influence in the world. Any miscalculation on his part would be in not thinking that others would discover what these stealth appointees were like. Had it not been for the Fox News Channel, these stealth appointees might have remained unexposed for what they are. Fox News is now high on the administration’s enemies list. Nothing so epitomizes President Obama’s own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year - each bill more than a thousand pages long - too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed. That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question - and the biggest question for this generation. © 2009 Creators.com

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letters to the editor Preserving freedom To The Editor: In a move right out of the old Soviet Union playbook, President Barack Obama attempted to prevent a news organization from being involved in a White House briefing. Luckily, recognizing the danger in allowing such dictatorial measures to be taken, the remaining major news outlets protested until Obama acquiesced and allowed for the freedoms guaranteed our press by the Constitution to be exercised. Has Obama been spending too much time talking to Hugo Chavez or reading the philosophy of Mao? Carl Schroeder Wildwood

Alternative health plans

To The Editor: A story in the Boston Globe in July reported that Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R), the incoming chairman of the National Governor’s Association, offered this assessment of the proposed National Health Care Bill: “We can’t have the Congress impose requirements that we are forced to absorb beyond our capacity to do so.” His concern was shared by Gov. Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico), who stated: “I’m personally concerned about the cost issue, particularly the $1 trillion figures being batted around.” Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) characterized the Health Care Bill as “the mother of all unfunded mandates.” Recently, the St. Louis Beacon reported that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was among six Democrat governors who refused to sign a letter urging passage of a health care bill because “it does not address the need to prevent unreasonable costs from being placed on the states.”  President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress who are hell-bent on ramming this fiscally-disastrous legislation through would do well to heed these words.      While governors have expressed their fiscal concerns, local legislators have concerns of their own. Apprehension over National Health Care legislation has prompted Missouri Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Dist. 7) and Missouri Rep. Tim Jones (R-Dist. 89) to approach the national health care from another perspective. Concern over what they see as an attempt by the federal government to expand its influence over the states, Cunningham and Jones plan to sponsor an amendment to the

Missouri Constitution during the 2010 ses- her first charitable homeopathic dispensary sion of the General Assembly that would in Calcutta in 1950. She even prescribed guard “against attempts to socialize health homeopathic medicines herself sometimes. care through the ‘public option’ health care For folks on either side of the health mandate currently under consideration by care debate, other options exist that are not Congress.” being considered or discussed. Have we Missouri is not alone in this regard. The looked into how the Amish pay for their state of Arizona has a similar amendment health care bills? Families in the Amish that will go before that state’s voters next communities pay a monthly stipend into year. a pool and when a family has medical The concern about federal mandates is bills to pay, that family can use the availwell-founded – and for a number of rea- able money. Their system works so well sons, the least of which is a federal mono- the Amish pay their hospital bills in cash. lith imposing its will on the states without Furthermore, the Amish have few health regard to individual states’ needs. For this care costs due to using midwives to deliver reason alone their proposal deserves seri- babies, they grow their own food, and they ous consideration. are chaste and pure outside and inside of Of course, there are those who declare marriage. such legislation to be a direct challenge to There are two medical sharing organithe Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, zations I am aware of in which members which declares federal laws and treaties are share each other’s medical bills: samaritan“the supreme law of the land.” That is unde- ministries.org and medi-share.org. In these niably true, but only when made within the organizations, members band together to confines of the powers authorized by the share medical bills with one another. The Constitution. Opponents of legislation that health care dollars go toward supporting empowers states but restricts the federal healthy lifestyles that favor biblical pringovernment’s self-proclaimed authority to ciples. Check into both organizations if impose its will are the same people who you are purchasing your own health care view the rights of states as an obstacle to insurance or are uninsured. progressive government. We all should be purchasing our own Given the high-handed manner in which health care plans as we do car and homthe Democrat-controlled Congress is eowner’s insurance. attempting to ram through a bill that would All Christian churches in America cerimpose draconian financial burdens on tainly have enough members to share its our state along with severe restrictions on medical bills without having our dollars the freedom Missourians now enjoy when contribute toward euthanasia, embryonic it comes to choosing their own health stem cell research, abortion, infanticide, plans, Cunningham and Jones should be cloning, etc. Furthermore, state and fedapplauded and encouraged to pursue their eral governments are not interested in legislation. Democrats in Jefferson City any form of natural medicines (acupuncshould enthusiastically support their legis- ture, Chinese traditional medicine, native lation come January. medicines, emotional freedom technique, John R. Stoeffler homeopathy, energetic meridian therapy, Ballwin   ayurveda, organic food, whole food vitamins, etc.) that are based on a 15,000-plusyear-old energetic medical model. Government is too tied in with the pharTo The Editor: maceutical companies in making money It is not wise for any Christian church for artificial drugs it can patent. Governto look to a secularly-corrupt government ment is focused on creating artificial food, to resolve our health care challenges in lacing it with pesticides, genetically-modAmerica. It is up to the private sector and ifying our food supply and injecting drugs individuals such as you and me. in farm animals than using natural mediFor example, let us look to Mother cines and food to cure diseases in humans Teresa and how she used inexpensive and animals. homeopathic medicines in all of her misWe all have other options to improve sions to give quality health care to the our health care system if we take the time poor. Mother Teresa studied homeopathic to consider and research them. Refocus medicine with Diwan Jai Chand, a highly on medical sharing organizations and the respected Indian homeopath who opened energetic medical model. Let us pray for

a marriage of U.S. Western medicine with the older forms of energetic medicine and look to the past for answers to today’s challenges. Going this route will solve our health care issues in the United States. Leave government out of it. We are smart enough to solve this issue in the private charity sector. Deborah Wiersma Pacific

Rush and the Rams

To The Editor: A topic in sports news lately was that Rush Limbaugh could be a part owner of the (St. Louis) Rams. Many sports writers, politicians, football players/players’ associations, team owners, and the news media, in general, expressed their opinions, which were not favorable. Limbaugh was a divisive figure and had made perceived racist comments in the past. Many fell into the category of being rumors/lies, because they could not be substantiated. Nothing I  see is or was justification for preventing Limbaugh from being a minority part owner. Several years ago, Leonard Little, driving while drunk, ran through a stop light resulting in a collision that killed a young woman and mother.  Yet he is still playing for the Rams.  Two years ago, a star quarterback for the (Atlanta) Falcons by the name of Michael Vick pled guilty to having a dog fighting and gambling operation.  Losing dogs were beaten and even killed (some drowned), and Vick served a prison sentence. Yet he is going to play football again.    Little and Vick should have been banned from football because they tarnish the image of professional football and the NFL. Professional athletes are supposed to be role models and they do influence our children.    One outspoken critic of Limbaugh has been Sharpton. Why doesn’t Mr. Sharpton put his energy and efforts into stopping the senseless violence (shootings, murders, drive-by shootings) occurring daily in certain big city neighborhoods and areas? We need community leaders, sports figures, citizens and news media to get on with the real issues/problems, which do not include Rush Limbaugh being a part owner of the Rams. And to the NFL Players’ Association and owners, clean up the NFL image.  Herb Jones


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Fox in a hen house It already is evident that the Obama administration believes it can control private companies, but does it now really believe it can control the media? Two Thursdays ago, the White House attempted to bar Fox News from an interview with pay czar Kenneth Feinberg. None other than President Barack Obama himself weighed in on the decision, claiming that Fox News operates in a largely “talk radio format.” Only after the other media companies backed Fox News did the White House retract the ban and allow Fox into the hen house. It truly is difficult to fathom the logic behind the White House trying to wage a war with a media company. Despite the obvious First Amendment concerns, how could they possibly win? This is not a blogger they are attempting to marginalize, this is the most successful cable news

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CREVE COEUR Crime beat At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, a purse snatching occurred in the area of Olive Blvd. and Craig Road, authorities said. The female victim was walking to her car when the male suspect calmly walked in her direction and then suddenly veered toward her, police said. The unknown male, who was described as approximately 6-feet tall with a thin build and wearing a dark hooded shirt, dark pants and dark shoes, then grabbed her purse and fled the area on foot, police said. Additionally, there was a first-degree burglary that recently occurred in the area of Ladue and South Spoede Roads. There was no forced entry as the garage door was open and the door to the house was unlocked. The burglary occurred overnight while the residents were asleep inside. To help prevent burglaries to your home, please double-check that all of the doors and windows of your home are locked before

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child and you ready yourself as a family for Christmas. Before or after service, stop by our Commons area for dinner. On Sunday evening, December 6, women from throughout the community gather for Advent by Candlelight. Readying our homes and families often takes our focus off the season itself. This evening provides time spent in worship and music. One of the highlights of the evening is the viewing of the beautifully decorated tables prior to relaxing and visiting with one another over coffee and dessert. Registration begins November 15, and is open to the public by either calling the church’s main number or visiting the website. But, we are still getting ready as we present the original music and drama production of “Divine Intervention” the weekend of December 12, 13, and 14. Neal E. Boyd, the 2008 winner of America’s Got Talent, will return to St. John for “A Last Minute Christmas” at the 9:00am and 10:30am services on December 20. Are you ready for Christmas week? Special services for all ages, musical likes and worship styles are being written, rehearsed and readied just for you. For more information as you ready yourself for this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, check out our website at www.stjstl.net or call us at 636.394.4100.

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‘Municipal welfare’: St. Louis County’s tax pool redistributes funds to less fortunate cities By Casey Godwin An entire day could go by and it likely would be impossible to shop every retail outlet or experience even a small percentage of the restaurants in Chesterfield Valley. The area that just 16 years ago was under water now is booming with business, and no doubt, generating millions in tax revenue for a city that once fought for its very survival. However, the sales tax percentage on those receipts does not all go to the city of Chesterfield. In fact, officials said that the city is losing millions of those dollars. Chesterfield, like more than 50 municipalities in St. Louis County, belongs to the county’s tax pool system, and like many cities, Chesterfield is not in the pool by choice. Back in 1978, St. Louis County began a shift away from the typical point-of-sale tax system that is used everywhere else in Missouri. The cities charging a sales tax at the time were grandfathered in with the option to elect to be part of the new pool tax system. Any cities that initiated a sales tax after 1978 would be required to be part of the pool. This also included any areas that were annexed after

the pool boundary was set in 1984. The pool system collects a 1 percent sales tax from its cities and combines it into one big pot. Later, the money is redistributed to the cities based on each city’s population. Chesterfield Mayor John Nations said some people consider the system “municipal welfare.” For some cities, like Wildwood, it is a win-win situation. Wildwood was automatically placed into the pool because it did not have a sales tax in place when the pool went into effect. The city now receives back about $2 million more than what it puts into the pool each year. “We couldn’t thrive without that funding,” Wildwood City Admin-

services we provide.” Many cities in the pool benefit by receiving additional revenue over what they put in. That can take the pressure off finances in areas that are not seeing strong retail growth. Yet, someone has to pay for it, and the

cities that do are losing big. Nations said that Chesterfield loses about $7.5 million a year, or about $140,000 i s t r a - a week, in sales tax revenue. Chesterfield tor Daniel has fought to get out of the tax pool, which Dubruiel said. they were automatically incorporated into “It’s a very funda- in 1984, and even filed a lawsuit against St. mental component to Louis County. The effort was unsuccessful. “The pool system is a creature of state the way we pay for the

law,” Nations said. “Cons e q u e n t l y, while you can elect to get into the pool, you cannot elect to get out of it. Otherwise, we would.” The 1 percent sales tax is not the only money being pooled. In 1994, St. Louis County set up a 1/2-cent capital improvement sales tax that has its own pool, with its own formula, which divides the revenue among participating cities. Mike Duncan, with St. Louis County’s Department of Planning, said the pool system originally was set up to level the playing field. There are 91 municipalities See MUNICIPAL, page 40

‘Putting Kids First’ program has collected $15 million, distributed nothing By Casey Godwin Barely a sophomore, Kendra, who asked that her real identity be kept private, was at the end of her rope. One family tragedy after another had led her to drugs to cope, which then turned into a raging addiction. At 15, Kendra was addicted to prescription pain medication and alcohol. After nearly two years of abuse, she finally hit rock bottom. “My friends didn’t even want to have anything to do with me, I was skipping school all the time and I just hated myself,” Kendra said. Kendra said that during the summer before her sophomore year, she locked herself in her bedroom and tried to quit on her own. Yet, living with her single mother and two younger siblings, she said she felt constant pressure placed on her, and it was not long before she was drinking again. By August 2008, her mother placed her in an alcohol and drug treatment facility. Before she could finish her treatment, money ran out and her family was unable to find any other option or financial help. She returned home to face her demons alone. Sadly, Kendra is not alone. All over St. Louis County, children are being left with-

out options in times of need. Last November, several non-profit social services agencies banded together to get a 1/4-cent sales tax on the ballot in order to raise funds for children’s services. The measure, known as the “Putting Kids First” initiative, won 62 percent of the voters’ approval and has since gone into effect. However, the great need that was stressed by all who campaigned for the initiative still is not being met. Approximately $15 million already has been generated, but that money is sitting in a fund still waiting to be delegated among the nine areas of need that it has been designated to be used towards. Kate Tansey was the campaign director who now serves on the newly-formed nineperson Children’s Service Fund Board. Tansey said the board was assembled in August and has only begun the process of setting meetings and getting the funding agent in place. “I’m guessing we can be ready to allocate funds within six to eight months,” Tansey said. “This is like starting up a whole new business. You have models to follow, but there are other things that are new and it takes time.” St. Louis County is not the only county

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November. Mac Scott, spokesperson for Dooley, said this was because the proposition was not a county initiative. “St. Louis County government did not start the Kids First initiative, this was a group of people,” Scott said. The sales tax is anticipated to generate almost $40 million annually for nine service categories, including crisis intervention, respite care, transitional living services, temporary shelters, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric services and prevention programs in schools. Tansey, who formerly worked as a social worker, said she knows the needs better than most. “I’ve been in the trenches and I absolutely understand the need, but we have to balance that with doing it in a way that sets up the funding agent to be accountable and transparent,” Tansey said. “Both are important and you need to do this as streamlined and expedient as possible.” In the meantime, what are the 12,000 kids who are going with unmet needs and the 150,000 kids who are not getting schoolbased services because of lack of funding to do? They will just have to be patient and wait for a formula to be devised.


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By Julie Brown Patton While Missouri state officials did not recommend that Wildwood’s recent Rural Internet Access proposal receive a jolt of federal stimulus dollars, authors of the plan are not ready to give up just yet. Chris Benyo, chief of customer operations of Buzz Broadband, which is the company that submitted the proposal on Wildwood’s behalf, said it is a really tough situation on a national basis. “There are for $4 billion available for telecommunications projects, and $28 billion worth of grants filed,” Benyo said. “That’s how thinly the money will be spread.” Benyo said federal rules indicated that at least one grant per state must be awarded. Buzz Broadband, which is transitioning into a company named HiBeam, submitted five grant proposals, covering approximately 20 rural areas in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and Illinois. Two of their company’s five grants were recommended by state reviewers, he said. Those grants covered rural areas in Texas and Arkansas. “It was quite a shock to find out this obvious need wasn’t supported,” said Rick Kallaus, Wildwood resident and chair of the city’s Rural Internet Access Committee. “We had been assured the issue of our rural applicability had been completely and thoroughly addressed,” Kallaus said. “If our own state officials are unaware of our permanent rural characteristics, and might take us out of the running for such a vital initiative, that’s very disconcerting.” Kallaus referenced the 60 percent of Wildwood that currently does not have high-speed Internet access service. “If we’re being held back by a random land drawing or mapping issue, we’d like to correct that and solve the problem,” Kallaus said. Wildwood City Councilmembers David Sewell (ward 6) and Bart Cohn (ward 1), who serve as City Council liaisons to the Rural Internet Access Committee, said that this is a very unfortunate development. “But I do not believe we are fully out of the running,” Sewell said. “First, we need to educate the decision-makers on the diverse characteristics of Wildwood. Specifically, that Wildwood is many communities, and, in fact, quite rural west of (Hwy.) 109.” He also said that this first round is not their only chance for federal grant money. “With two proposal cycles, all is not lost,” Sewell said. Although rural residents are able to provide their own septic systems, their own potable water with wells, and their own

road maintenance, Internet access is something with which residents need assistance, Cohn said. Cohn said he does not believe that satellite Internet service is the answer for Wildwood because western Wildwood is hilly and heavily treed, so many residents do not have a clear view of the sky. He added that satellite Internet is a service with many limitations, one that costs subscribers a great deal more than typical service options. “Much of rural Wildwood is without cellular service, so that is not an option for most,” Cohn said. Cohn said that in suburban areas of Wildwood, residents pay their taxes and receive street and sidewalk maintenance, along with other infrastructure support, but do not receive all benefits. “Their roads are plowed and salted in the winter, they benefit from increased police services, they have greater access to the pedestrian trail system and so on,” Cohn said. “Rural residents are paying the same tax rates and account for the same per-capita revenue gained by the city as all other residents, but they typically receive fewer city services. Our rural residents have made it clear they would like their city’s assistance in helping them gain access to what has become in recent years a most basic utility service. Many of the rural residents purchased their homes before the Internet even existed, and now they find themselves without access to an essential service.” One of the 2010 budget goals of Wildwood’s Planning Department is to assist in the rollout of high-speed Internet access to the municipality’s rural areas, either by funding through the federal government or the city. Cohn said he is in complete support of that goal. “This is a capital improvement project of great need to a substantial portion of our taxpaying residents,” Cohn said. “Our capital fund reserves are strong, and there simply isn’t a project that would more greatly benefit more of our residents than this one.” On a whole, over the past two years, various Missouri representatives have been assessing the overall needs in pockets of the state pertaining to rural Internet access. Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt established a High-Speed Internet Task Force on Oct. 10, 2007. Task force members met throughout 2008. See WW INTERNET, page 16


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State loses some federal funds

E-mail hoaxes on the rise By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Spammers are continuing to abuse the names of top government executives by misusing the name of the United States Attorney General, according to a press statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As with previous spam attacks, which have included the names of high-ranking FBI executives and names of various government agencies, a new version misuses the name of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The current spam alleges that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI were informed that the e-mail recipient allegedly is involved in money laundering and terrorist-related activities. To avoid legal prosecution, the recipient must obtain a certificate from the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman at a cost of $370. The spam provides the name of the EFCC chairman and an e-mail address from which the recipient can obtain the required certificate.

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The FBI advises recipients to never respond to these e-mails or click on any embedded links associated with such e-mails, as they may contain viruses or malware. Officials reminded citizens that government agencies do not send unsolicited e-mails of this nature. The FBI, Department of Justice and other United States government executives are briefed on numerous investigations, but do not personally contact consumers regarding such matters. In addition, United States government agencies use the legal process to contact individuals. These agencies do not send threatening letters/e-mails to consumers demanding payments for Internet crimes, officials said. Anyone who has been a victim of Internet crime is asked to file a complaint at IC3.gov.

By Diane Plattner Current West County transportation improvement projects are expected to proceed, but with possible delays, in the wake of Missouri’s recent loss of more than $200 million in federal funding for state and local transportation improvement projects, area officials say. The Federal Highway Administration on Sept. 30 removed about $8.7 billion nationally in contract authority from state highway programs. The funding loss includes about $202 million in Missouri for state and local road, bridge and other transportation improvement projects, MoDOT officials said. “We have completed our calculation of specific project types affected and have passed along the bad news to them,” MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said. “As we have cautioned repeatedly, our funding sources soon won’t keep pace with even our basic maintenance needs. Missouri cannot afford to lose these funds. This decrease in federal funding will further jeopardize our ability to create jobs, provide a safer transportation system and continue improving roads and bridges.” MoDOT officials said future bridge improvements on state-maintained highways will be affected because more than $98 million was rescinded from the On-System Bridge program.

Another $17.4 million was rescinded from the Off-System Bridge program, which will impact bridge improvements in every county and the city of St. Louis, officials said. In addition, they said federal funds for transportation enhancement projects, such as sidewalks, landscaping and pedestrian and bicycle facilities, were cut by $16.2 million. Nevertheless, current plans for West County transportation improvement projects are expected to proceed, MoDOT officials said. “At this point, everything that is in the TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan) approved by East-West Gateway will be constructed,” MoDOT St. Louis District spokesperson Andrew Gates said. Projects slated over the next few years include road improvements at Appalachian Trail as well as Baxter Road in Chesterfield; bridge and sidewalk improvements in Manchester; Clayton Road improvements in Town & Country; and bridge and road improvements at Old Manchester over Fox Creek in Wildwood. Although the rescission will not remove any work that currently is funded and approved, some of the TIP projects may be delayed, Gates said. In addition, he said the rescission will impact the availability of funds for any new projects not currently in the TIP.


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Prakken, who heads St. Louis-based Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, said the recession ended in early summer. In his other assessments, he predicted that unemployment could hit 10 percent by year-end, remain above 9 percent in 2010, and fall below 8 percent by the end of 2011. He pointed toward the trend that consumer spending has stopped declining. “As much as $5 trillion of the $15 trillion lost in U.S. household income has been regained,” Prakken said. After three years of dragging down the national economy, he noted that housing bottomed out in January 2009. “It should contribute positively to GDP growth going forward,” Prakken said. Prakken said inflation will continue to fall, and will drop under 1 percent in 2010. “Deflation is not a threat,” Prakken said. Short-term interest rates will remain near 0 through the end of 2010, while long-term interest rates will begin edging up in 2010, according to his economic crystal ball.

WW INTERNET, from page 14 A conclusive and final report from the task force was presented to Gov. Jay Nixon in January. Nixon’s staff currently is working through the MoBroadbankNOW project, which he established on Aug. 12. This group is the one believed to have recently reviewed all the grant proposals submitted on behalf of the state for potential federal stimulus funding. Benyo, who is based in South Carolina, said his company’s team is still “fired up” about the Wildwood project.

“We’ll have to wait to see what happens with the second round of recommendations in January,” Benyo said. “And we can only speculate that we might hear more about all of this in November. There are so many technologies that can deliver high-speed access, but some of them cost a lot – at least $4,000 per home – to build out. That’s why we thought our wireless, radio-based technology was a really good, cost-effective solution to reach everyone in Wildwood who lives near very difficult terrain.”


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race the landscape in a way in which meetings also could be held outside. The current focus is on using local, simple and direct materials, he said. “We’re trying to work with natural light and the existing topography,” Guenther said. “Sustainability is all about doing more with less.” Wildwood City Councilmember Holly Ferris (ward 8) asked if stone could be incorporated externally to provide a warm, inviting overall appearance. Based on the variety of suggestions from residents, the architectural team pooled their skills to combine a building that reflects a progressive urban feel on one side and a more rural, nature feel on the other. The proposed 3-story building would sit on approximately 4 acres. When Wildwood City Councilmember Jim Baugus (ward 3) asked about overall process timelines, the architects said two of their next steps are to meet with the project’s cost estimator to work toward all efficiencies possible and to continue with scheduled public input sessions.

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during portions of construction) and information on sound wall locations. Attendees will be able to offer their opinions on sound wall styles for the project. Attendees can see construction staging plans and discuss the project’s impacts with MoDOT engineers and traffic experts. Additionally, participants will be able to submit comments about construction staging during the public meeting. Because there are no formal presentations during the public meeting, participants may attend at any time during the open house.


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Officials re-consider proposal to crack down on inattentive drivers By Diane Plattner Town & Country officials are considering a revised proposal to outlaw inattentive driving, including a ban on text messaging for younger drivers. The Town & Country Board of Aldermen on Oct. 26 considered a measure that would prohibit inattentive driving, including text messaging for drivers 21 years old or younger (the state of Missouri already has a ban in place addressing drivers under the age of 21). The proposed municipal ordinance would make a motorist guilty of inattentive driving if he or she “fails to maintain a proper lookout” while operating the motor vehicle in a “visibly inattentive manner.” The proposed ordinance also would prohibit anyone 21 years old or younger from using a hand-held electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, palm pilot or Blackberry, to send, read or write a text message or electronic message while operating a motor vehicle on state highways. Electronic messages include electronic mail, instant messages as well as text messages. Exceptions to this section include a person operating an authorized emergency vehicle or operating a motor vehicle while using the hand-held electronic wireless communications device to: report illegal activity; summon medical or other emergency help; prevent injury to a person or property. The ordinance does not prohibit motorists from making phone calls while operating vehicles. A violation of the measure would be deemed a moving violation for purposes of point assessment. This measure is separate from a Missouri law, effective Aug. 28, which bans drivers under 21 from most text messaging. If approved, Town & Country’s measure would make the municipality among the area’s first to have an ordinance prohibiting inattentive driving. “This is a very serious matter inasmuch

as inattentive driving is believed to be a contributing factor in approximately onethird of all automobile accidents,” Town & Country Mayor Jon Dalton said. Town & Country officials in August considered an earlier version of the measure, which would have made a motorist guilty of inattentive driving if he or she “fails to give full time and attention” while driving or “fails to maintain a proper lookout”

while operating the vehicle. However, several people had said that version left many questions about the definition of inattentive driving. Dalton said the new proposal is different because it prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle in a “visibly inattentive manner.” He said that although examples cited during the commission meetings included “shaving, applying make-up, and

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Court fees help provide assistance for victims of domestic abuse By Ted Dixon Jr. Anyone who has paid a fine for a moving traffic violation or pleaded guilty on any criminal ordinance violation within the city of Creve Coeur might be pleased to know that some funds for the fines they paid are used to help local shelters for battered persons. Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said the city has participated in the program for the past several years. He said the state has a similar law in place and the city decided to draft its own ordinance. The legislation authorizes the city’s municipal court to assess a fee of $2 to each defendant who pleads guilty or is found guilty on all criminal ordinance violations and moving traffic violations for the purpose of providing expenses for shelters for battered persons in a domestic abuse situation. The Creve Coeur City Council on Oct. 26 passed an ordinance authorizing the release of these funds for 2010. Perkins said the city usually allocates approximately $18,000 to be divided among several local organizations. Perkins said that after review of the application process, the city provides the money for the shelters. “We are pleased to participate in providing this service for the shelters,” Perkins said.

Creve Coeur Public Information Officer Melissa Weiss said the shelters are not located in Creve Coeur. She said that five agencies will receive the funds for next year: The Women’s Safe House, The Sunlight Family Center, ALIVE, St. Louis Crisis Nursery and Lydia’s House. All five are located within the St. Louis metropolitan area. The centers are very appreciative of the city’s assistance. For example, officials for ALIVE said they provide counseling and emergency sanctuary and other services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as increase awareness in order to create a supportive community. ALIVE Executive Director Erin Ercoline said the money that is distributed to her agency goes a long way in assisting those in need. “It helps offset the funds for the shelter program,” Ercoline said. “Our annual operating budget is about $750,000.” She said the last time ALIVE worked with the city of Creve Coeur, it got about $2,500. She added that the money is used to help those in abusive relationships find temporary lodging such as motels in order to escape a violent relationship. Ercoline said the money is used for food and transportation as well.

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himself to be arrested and conveyed to an area hospital. Chesterfield Police Sgt. Michael Jones received CIT Officer Recognition for confronting a subject armed with a handgun who was making suicidal statements. Both Jones and Rainey have been trained in crisis intervention and used these skills to communicate with the suicidal subjects which led to a non-violent end to the confrontations.


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Some Rockwood parents upset about graphic anti-bullying video By Diane Plattner Some parents of students at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District have expressed concerns about a bullying video. In early October, Crestview officials sent parents a letter stating that they planned to show sixth-grade students a video about bullying. Titled “Let’s Get Real,” the 35-minute video, which Groundspark.com offers, examines a variety of issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences and sexual harassment. The video presents the issue both through the eyes of targeted kids and kids who bully others. “Unlike the vast majority of videos made for schools about the issue, ‘Let’s Get Real’ doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or feature adults lecturing kids about what to do when ‘bad’ kids pick on them,” Groundspark.com states about the video. Various organizations have endorsed the video, including the Moondance International Film Festival and the National Education Association Health Information Network, which Groundspark recommends for students in grades five through nine. While some Crestview parents said they generally support an anti-bullying campaign at their school, they said they believe this video contains colloquial language and sexual connotations that are inappropriate to show to Crestview’s sixth graders. On Oct. 9, six Crestview parents previewed the video, which several additional Crestview parents previewed a few days later. Some Crestview parents then voiced their concerns about the video to the Rockwood School Board at its Oct. 15 meeting. “The video introduces new terms and things to 11-year-olds,” parent George Hicker said. “At this age, most kids are not sexually active and have not yet reached puberty. I don’t think it is common at this age for someone to slap the rear of a girl or touch a girl’s breast. But this video gives them an idea and they’re going to want to experiment.” Hicker said he believes bullying in the Crestview sixth-grade community is caused by other reasons, like grades or clothing. He said his research shows that bullying generally includes verbal comments from girls and physical acts, like slapping and pushing, from boys. Hicker said these common issues are not addressed in the video, which, he believes, would earn a movie rating of PG-13 or R, which he feels is inappropriate for sixth grade. “We need to look at local issues, not just the global level, which this video addresses,” Hicker said. “Those issues

“We need to look at local issues, not just the global level, which this video addresses.” George Hicker may occur elsewhere, but I don’t think it impacts our community at this age.” Parent Jennifer Sterling, whose children are in sixth and eighth grades at Crestview, said she supports the school officials’ decision to show the video to sixth graders. She said that although her children have never been bullied, they tell her about the types of bullying that occur among other children in their school community. “I think this video absolutely addresses bullying issues that occur in our community,” Sterling said. “I like how Crestview school officials are being pro-active in showing this to sixth graders. A lot of parents have a perception of what is going on, but school officials know the reality of what is going on because they spend every day with these kids. The school counselors and the principals have much experience addressing these issues, which is why I respect their decisions.” Karen Seiber, Rockwood’s executive director of secondary education, said the video, which was shown last year to the school’s seventh graders, supports the school district’s character education program and its anti-bullying efforts. School administrators chose two segments that would support curriculum and anti-bullying efforts for the sixth-grade students, she said. School officials then offered parents the opportunity to review those two segments. Rockwood Superintendent Craig Larson said that the principals conducted a thorough review of the video and included parents and Rockwood’s director of guidance to determine an anti-bullying message appropriate for the sixth-grade students. They not only offered to show the video to parents, but also have provided transcripts of the video to all parents at the school. “Bullying is unacceptable,” Larson said. “We want our students to feel safe in school. The school has made an effort to support Rockwood’s anti-bullying efforts as part of the WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) curriculum. Helping students understand and learn to recognize bullying behavior as well as how to responsibly handle the unacceptable behavior of others is an important lesson.”

ROCKWOOD R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30,2009 ROCKWOOD R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2009

REVENUES Property Taxes Other Local Sources County Sources State Sources Federal Sources Other TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES Instruction Regular Instruction Attendance Guidance TOTAL INSTRUCTION Support Services Health,Psych Speech and Audio Improvement of Instruction Professional Development Media Services (Library) Board of Education Services Executive Administration Building Level Administration Business Central Services Operation of Plant Security Services Pupil Transportation Food Services Central Office Support Services Adult Education Community Services Capital Outlay Debt Service Principal Retirement Interest and Fiscal Charges Total Support Services TOTAL EXPENDITURES

General Fund $

Excess (deficiency) of rev.over exp. Other Financing Sources (Uses): Transfers Capital Lease Obligation Bond Issuance Refunding Bonds Issued Payment to Refunded Bond Escrow Ag Premium on Issuance of Bonds Total other financing sources (uses) Net change in fund balances Fund balance -- Beginning Fund balance -- Ending

46,311,785 36,055,357 853,379 5,273,005 4,747,933 500,482 93,741,941

$ 24,642,429 2,950,577 448,358 28,041,364

16,607,369 1,338,719 659,452 18,605,540

103,309,446 161,621 5,317,477 108,788,544

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1,970,974 4,965,204 440,908 2,347,698 415,442 1,299,603 4,873,163 2,103,729 21,412,325 654,589 10,129,427 6,984,997 2,564,717 319,434 8,641,533 199,406 69,323,149 87,928,689 5,813,252

325,407 2,036,891 97,462 3,137,741 2,405,727 8,882,134 3,372 136,001 32,910 17,057,645 125,846,189 (7,250,847)

16,684,732 12,284,145 28,968,877 28,968,877 (927,513)

(1,457,110) (1,457,110) 4,356,142

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64,432,980 25,163,336 1,450,825 25,537,734 2,010,467 118,595,342

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Bonded indebtedness Capital lease obligations Energy Loans & Lease Obligations

Teachers Fund

$

Capital Fund

2009 Total Gov't Funds

$

$

6,831,320 2,304,017 107,313 11,762 88,641 32,123 9,375,176

142,218,514 66,473,287 2,859,875 30,822,501 6,847,041 532,605 249,753,823

1,864,839 9,935 1,874,774

121,781,654 1,510,275 5,976,929 129,268,858

30,139 1,670,799 415,825 108,068 21,588 2,334,777 1,102,807 64,317 12,268 200,235 37,772,844 1,378,563 185,349 45,297,579 47,172,353 (37,797,177)

2,326,520 8,672,894 538,370 5,901,264 415,442 3,813,398 13,755,297 2,125,317 23,747,102 657,961 10,129,427 8,087,804 2,765,035 331,702 8,874,678 37,772,844 18,063,295 12,668,900 160,647,250 289,916,108 (40,162,285)

32,945,000 (33,030,000) 4,083,210 3,998,210 3,070,697

1,457,110 1,457,110 (36,340,067)

32,945,000 (33,030,000) 4,083,210 3,998,210 (36,164,075)

17,983,125

22,187,513

79,924,874

161,403,713

10,732,278

$ 25,258,210

$ 43,584,807

$

125,239,638

Rao Kaza Rao Kaza, President, Board of Education

Kathy Chitwood Kathy Chitwood, Secretary, Board of Education

The above schedule represents a summary of revenues, expenditures and fund balances by major classification of each fund and all funds of the Rockwood R-VI School District as required by Missouri School Law Chapter 165 - 121(1). The schedule was prepared based upon the District's audit report prepared by Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, and accepted by the Board on October 15, 2009. The complete audit report is available for inspection and examination at Rockwood R-VI School District Administration Center, 111 East North Street, Eureka, Missouri 63025-1229 and on Rockwood School District's website (www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/departments/finance/docs/2009CAFR_web.pdf). The scope of the audit included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the basic financial statements. The audit also included assessing the principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.


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Early reviews favor Parkway’s new food Allergy Project By Diane Plattner Officials with Parkway School District’s food service department recently unveiled a new project that shows the ingredient composition of menu items, which has received positive reviews. Parkway’s food service department recently introduced the Allergy Project, a Web site to show the ingredient makeup of menu items. The six-week cycle menu, which varies by school, uses red to indicate a product listing’s availability; blue to indicate a generic item, such as fresh fruits or vegetables; and black to indicate no current listing. Items are added or deleted based on factors such as popularity, the type of government food commodities received, product cost and quality, district officials said. Michael Kanak, Parkway’s food service director, said he began this project while looking at ways to expand the department’s Web site services to parents. “We have had numerous requests over the last few years for the ingredient makeup of our menu items,” Kanak said. “We have been offering nutritional analyses for many years, but more and more parents are taking a proactive approach to their children’s food allergies.”

Kanak said district officials already had been sending the product labels to parents and nursing staff for the last few years. But he said recent technology advances now make it possible for officials to provide this information online in an interactive way. There are approximately 250 items in the database now in categories such as entree, fruit, vegetables, bakery and desserts, Kanak said. He said some of the most common food allergies are peanuts and tree nuts, eggs, dairy, seafood, wheat and soy, most of which stay with a person throughout their life. Peanut/tree nut allergies sometimes can be outgrown, but it requires exposure to the allergen testing under controlled circumstances, Kanak said. Although the Allergy Project is new, district officials said they already have received e-mails from parents and nurses who expressed gratitude for the information. In addition, several patrons expressed support for the Allergy Project on the Parkway Facebook page. The Allergy Project can be viewed through the district’s Web site (http:// www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/foodservice/Lev2. cfm?Lev2ID=294).

Curriculum focuses on career choices and technical education By Diane Plattner Parkway School District officials have approved the latest Career and Technical Education Program curriculum guide. On Oct. 21, the Parkway School Board approved the program. An inherent part of the Parkway secondary school curriculum since 1957, this curriculum has been revised to adapt to the changes demanded by the ever-changing world, officials said. Career and technical education programs provide students with opportunities to discover their talents and interests and develop personal and professional skills in business education, cooperative education (internships), family and consumer sciences and technology education. These curricula promote lifelong learning and prepare students to live and work in a global economy, district officials said. The guide states that there is no typical student enrolled in career and technical education courses. “Unlike vocational education of the past, which focused solely on high school, career and technical education is now a kindergarten through 12th-grade endeavor,” said Pam Krodinger, Parkway’s coordinator of

Career and Technology Education (CTE). “Academic and CTE classes are being organized by career pathway so students choose courses based on a career path instead of randomly exploring in high school. The Career and Technical Education courses are continuously compared with economic data in order to lead students in pathways where the job outlook is positive.” Another hallmark of CTE is combining classroom studies with real-work experiences through which students have the opportunity to see what is needed to succeed on the job, including essential academic skills, officials said. Cooperative education (internship) students spend part of their school day on the job in a variety of workplaces where they often shape career goals. Business and education partnerships, which provide a link between education and the community, help educators understand the skills students need to be future employees, officials said. In addition, articulations with post-secondary institutions provide many opportunities for students to transition from high school to college and into a profession.


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High school girls’ golf The good news is that St. Joseph’s

Parkway Central made the long trip to St. Joseph for the Class 4 state softball tournament. The Colts finished fourth, losing both games at the Heritage Park Softball Complex. In the state semifinals, Jefferson City scored a 9-1 victory. Jefferson City went on to win the state title by beating Oakville 2-1. In the third-place game, Kearney (29-3) defeated Parkway Central 2-0. Kat Barrow threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 Colts. Parkway Central finished the season at 22-9. It was the Colts’ first trip to the state Final Four since 1987 and fifth overall. Parkway Central finished third in 1982 and 1987 and won the state title in 1980 and 1981. To reach state this year, the Colts had to rally to beat Fort Zumwalt South 5-4 in the state quarterfinals, held at Ballwin Athletic Association. Parkway Central was down 4-1 with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the seventh before rallying to pull out the unlikely victory. Coach Tom Cerutti said it was a game he will never forget. “That quarterfinal game was amazing. I don’t think that there was as significant a game for us since I’ve been the coach,” Cerutti said. “I’m not sure how the girls pulled out that victory, but I know that a lot of it had to do with their will to keep fighting and keep doing their best.” Academy finished second in the state golf tournament and everyone will be back next year. The bad news is that the same applies for Notre Dame de Sion, the winners of

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The Angels shot a team score if 690 with rounds of 347 and 343. St. Joseph’s, which has won five state titles in the school’s history, came in third last year. Lafayette came in sixth with rounds of 359-353 for a team score of 712. “I’m feeling good, very pleased,” St. Joseph’s Coach Carol Fromuth said. “It’s almost like winning because Notre Dame is just awesome. They had five players who shot 85 or less, and that is very unusual in girls’ golf.” The Angels were six strokes behind Ursuline Academy after the first day but overcame that to take second. “They came back really strong,” Fromuth said. “We didn’t have the best first day. To overcome a six-stroke deficit and beat them by eight strokes is a good thing. The kids really stepped up on the second day.” Junior Gina Della Camera led St. Joseph’s, finishing in a tie for second with a 160 on rounds of 79 and 81. Junior Rachael Thompson tied for 12th with a 166 on rounds of 85 and 81. Juniors Libby Garner and Elizabeth Dulle tied for 43rd with a 182. Junior Colleen Dorsey finished tied in 72nd place with a 195. “We’ve got all our girls back, but so does Notre Dame but that’s all right,” Fromuth said. “It will give us something to shoot for. We can be as good as they are. We have to develop and really work. We have the ability. We just have to do it.” St. Joseph’s finished the season with a 9-1 record in dual matches and tied with Ursuline for the conference championship. • • • The Westminster Christian Academy girls’ golf team finished third in the Class 1 state tournament held at the Sedalia Country Club. The Wildcats shot a 374. Savannah won with a 363. Pembroke Hill shot a 374 but beat Westminster in the tie-breaker for second place. Rain forced the cancellation of the second day of the tournament so the first day’s results counted for the finals. Westminster senior Kristin Kilpatrick tied for third with an 81; freshman Brooke Cusumano tied for 19th with a 93; sophomore Margaret Moore tied for 40th with a 99, while senior Hillary Franz tied for 47th with a 101. “We like to say we finished tied for second and that would be our highest finish, but with the tie-breaker, we finished third for the second time,” Westminster Coach Steve Bradley said. Westminster also finished third in 2006. “If you had told us going down there that we would finish third, I think we would have been happy with that,” Bradley said. “After the first day, however, and being so close to the first-place team, we really wanted to play (the second day). We didn’t care at that point if we took seventh. We

wanted our chance to go for the win. I was pleased with our team as they wanted to play and finish strong.” Bradley said, “The weather caught us off guard.” The forecast had shown partly cloudy skies with a high around 70, but it turned out to be wrong. “It rained hard that morning, but the course soaked it in and we started with an hour delay,” Bradley said. “Soon after the start, lightning caused a postponement of play. We regrouped for a shotgun start and started to head the girls out to their holes, at which point more lightning strikes caused us to take cover again. Around noon, they realized that we probably wouldn’t have enough daylight to finish and the round had to be canceled.” Kilpatrick ended her prep career with a solid 81. “That was big for us,” Bradley said. “Her shots were on all day. She even came 2 inches from an eagle on Hole 14.” Cusumano played well in her first state tournament, Bradley said. He said Moore struggled a little in the windy conditions. “We’ll take that experience into next season,” Bradley said. He said he was pleased with Franz as well. “She was our catalyst as a team,” Bradley said. “Playing in the fourth slot, she needed to come up big and be somewhere near 100. She came through. Hillary is a very big reason we brought home a trophy.” • • • The Lancers also turned in several good performances. Sarah Whitman tied for 12th with a 166 on rounds of 83 and 83. Kelly Lamarche came in 17th with a 169 on rounds of 83 and 86. Lindsey Carper tied for 34th with a 178. Maddie Van House came in 81st with a 199, while Ashton Goldammer tied for 99th place with a 208. Here are results for other local girls who qualified for the tournament: •• Stephanie Bauer (Eureka) finished in a tie for 18th place with a 170. •• Anne Govern (Marquette) came in tied for 23rd place with a 173. •• Molly McCormack (Incarnate Word) and Kathy Back (Parkway West) tied for 43rd place at 182. •• Brenna Schettler (Marquette) tied for 51st place with a 186. •• Katherine Baldwin (Marquette) was 54th with a 187. •• Tessa Myers (Parkway North) tied for 89th place with a 203. •• Tara Lewis (Parkway South) tied for 95th place with a 207. •• Alex Kaemmerlen (Eureka) tied for 101st place with a 209. See SPORTS, page 30

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Local players, teams fare well at state tennis tournament By Warren Mayes Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS) recently captured the Class 1 state team tennis championship for the first time since 2006. In Class 2, Marquette placed fourth in the team portion of the state meet held at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. MICDS defeated defending state champion Notre Dame de Sion 5-1 in the semifinals before polishing off Visitation Academy 5-2 to win the state title. “The girls were very excited,” MICDS Coach Brian Heinemann said. “This is always a big moment. Whenever you can end your season on that high of a note it is extremely rewarding. It’s a moment they won’t forget. They worked hard all season and I am just glad they were able to achieve their goal.” The semifinal began with doubles play and MICDS swept all three matches. Courtney Cassity and Carly Cassity defeated Emmy Bird and Brydie O’Connor 6-1, 0-6 (10-8). Katherine Desloge and Maddie Johnston topped Michelle Nogalski and Amy Barnthouse 6-4, 6-2. Hannah Wille and Sally Clary stopped Anna Koutelas and Addy Kryger of Notre Dame de Sion, 6-2, 6-0. In singles play, Wille defeated Barnthouse 6-2, 6-3. Brid, of Notre Dame de Sion, got past MICDS’ Desloge, 3-6, 6-4, (10-7) but Courtney Cassity closed it out for MICDS by beating O’Connor 3-6, 6-3, (10-3). “Notre Dame is always a tough opponent,” Heinemann said. “I knew they lost a couple of girls from last year, but they always seem to have good players. We knew we had a good group of girls and we definitely thought we could have a good showing.” MICDS had about an hour to get ready for its title match against Visitation Academy, which reached the finals with a 5-0

win over Bishop LeBlond. “Winning that match against Notre Dame really boosted their confidence,” Heinemann said. “They were ready to play the finals.” Doubles play began the finals and MICDS took two of the three matches. “When you start out with the doubles you always want to try and get the early lead,” Heinemann said. “Hopefully, it builds a little momentum moving into the singles part of the competition.” Sammi Hornbarger and Jocelyn Koester, of Visitation Academy, won the first match by beating Courtney Cassity and Carly Cassity 6-0, 6-1. MICDS won the next two as Desloge and Maddie Johnston whipped Arielle Sabio and Briana Menolascino 6-1, 6-2 and Wille and Sally Clary bested Jana Haikal and Marielle Newell 6-0, 6-1. In singles play, Wille defeated Hornbarger 4-6, 6-3 (10-8) in the match to clinch the championship. The other singles results were Desloge defeating Koester 6-1, 7-5 (5); Visitation’s Menolascino beating Courtney Cassity 5-7, 7-6 (10-7) and Johnston getting by Marielle Newell 5-7, 6-3 (10-5). Courtney Cassity and Sally Clary were the lone members on this year’s team that were on the 2006 state championship team. “I think this title is a sign that our tennis program is doing some good things and in the right place,” Heinemann said. “I think our athletic department has put a good coaching staff together in both the boys’ and girls’ programs and we have been able to, along with our student athletes, turn that into success.” Marquette did not turn out to have the happy ending that MICDS had. The Mustangs fell 5-3 to Columbia Rock Bridge in the semi-finals and then lost 5-1 to St. See TENNIS, page 29


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•• M  ary Kathryn Stewart (Incarnate Word) tied for 109th place with a 213. •• Kelly Bowden (Parkway West) was 111th with a 214. • • • Two Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) players made it to state. Junior Caroline Rouse tied for eighth with an 84. This was Rouse’s third trip to the state meet. Sophomore Campbell Torchin tied for 24th with a 94. Coach Scott Small said the wind in Sedalia “played a significant role” in the tournament. Despite that, Small said Rouse played well. “I was pleased,” Small said. “She was hitting the ball as well as she did all season and, other than two quad bogeys, her round was pretty flawless. I was certainly proud of her effort and determination.” Likewise, Small said Torchin performed well. “Campbell was really happy with her first-day round, especially her back nine,” Small said. “She was only a few strokes out of medaling (top 15 medal at state), and I think she really would have benefited from a second-day opportunity to catch some people as she really finished strong. Campbell definitely showed a lot of growth.” Both girls were disappointed at not being able to play the second round due to rain and lightning. “Caroline really wanted to have another opportunity,” Small said. “There were just a couple of swings from the first day that she wanted back and was hoping to avoid those kinds of setbacks on a second day.” • • • The rain-delayed Parkway Quad was finally held recently. Parkway West won with an 83. Parkway South shot an 84, Parkway North finished with a 93 and Parkway Central came in fourth with a 98. Parkway West Assistant Coach Jill Bertrand said the event has been held at different places in the past but was held at Aberdeen Golf Course this year. “It was canceled from Oct. 8 because of rain and the weather on Oct. 15 was not great with a temperature of about 45 and it was windy,” Bertrand said. “It was a scramble event this year but it has been held in different formats in different years. We decided on the scramble format this year to make it a fun end-of-the-year event for the girls.” The No. 1 and 2 players scrambled from each school, then the No. 3 and No. 4 players and the No. 5 and No. 6 players. Each school counted the top two scores out of the three. Parkway West also won the Parkway Quad last year. “The girls wanted to keep the title of Parkway Quad champions,” Bertrand said.

Parkway West’s No. 1 player, Kathy Back, and No. 2 player, Kelly Bowden, had the lowest scramble score of the match with a 40. No. 3 Katie Combs and No. 4 Morgan Chalmers shot a 43 to account for the Longhorns’ final score of 83. “Morgan is normally our No. 6 player but because of illness, she played at No. 4, so we were very happy with their score,” Bertrand said.

High school boys’ cross country Parkway West captured the Suburban South Tournament held recently at St. Vincent Park. The Longhorns finished first with 48 points. Since 1986, this is the 14th conference championship for Parkway West. It was the fourth consecutive conference crown. The other team scores included Parkway Central (53), Webster Groves (65), Eureka (68), Columbia Seckman (140), University City (142) and Parkway North (161). Parkway West senior Jake Lamke was fourth with a time of 17 minutes, 3.6 seconds (17:03.6). Kevin Krumrey of Parkway Central was second in 16:40.3. David Lambert of Eureka was third in 16:57.7. “One of our goals at the beginning of each year is to win the conference championships,” Parkway West Coach Dale Shepherd said. The other Parkway West finishes included junior Bryan Witt in sixth, junior Nick Ingle in ninth, senior Kevin Schrik in 11th, junior Andrew Reilly in 18th and junior Nick Bonner in 22nd. “It is tough to speak for the boys, but they seemed to be excited about reaching one of the team goals and extending the string,” Shepherd said. The win goes with first-place finishes in the Parkway Quad, the Stan Nelson Invitational, the Parkway Central Invitational and the Hancock Invitational. The Longhorns finished fourth in the Parkway West Invitational. “We are very excited about our JV and freshman teams as well,” Shepherd said. “The JV team scored a low of 20 points with seven racers in the top 10 to win the conference championship for the third straight year and the ‘rookies’ lost by only one point in the freshman division. It was a great day for Parkway West.” In the Suburban West Tournament at Jefferson Barracks, Lindbergh won with 49 points. The other team scores included Marquette (66), Lafayette (94), Kirkwood (100), Parkway South (103), Oakville (143), Fox (146), Northwest Cedar Hill (193) and Mehlville (209).


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CBC soccer coach earns 800th victory By Warren Mayes Christian Brothers College (CBC) Coach Terry Michler keeps rolling along. The winningest coach in high school soccer - according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) - recently recorded his 800th career victory when the Cadets defeated Blue Valley Northeast of Kansas 1-0. “I didn’t know for sure that was No. 800 but I knew it would be coming up this year,” Michler said. “I almost didn’t want to know.” Both players and parents honored Michler, 62, afterward on the field and in the concession stand area. “They did a great job, the parents and the kids,” Michler said. “They had a nice deal for me. It was informal but really, really nice.” Michler has been coaching the Cadets for 39 years and has compiled an 800-197-96 record following the win over Blue Valley Northeast. His teams have achieved 15 Final Four appearances, winning five state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2004-05 in that period. He also has two national high school Coach of the Year awards. Michler was a 2008 inductee into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. “It’s all pretty special for me,” Michler said. “We like to think St. Louis high school soccer is pretty special and it is. It’s really something. Not many would want to play the schedule we play. We play in the toughest conference in the nation. All of the schools have great reputations. They’ve all produced quality players. It makes it all the more special when you get to play great teams like we have in the Metro Catholic Conference.” Michler started coaching at CBC in 1971; Richard Nixon was the president. Michler acknowledged he gave little thought then to sticking around for 39 years and amassing 800 wins. “I probably was hoping I’d be coaching this long,” Michler said. “I wanted to do it as long as I could and I have.” A 1965 CBC graduate, Michler went to college at Rockhurst in Kansas City. His goal was to be the head coach at CBC. “I wanted to coach here,” Michler said about CBC. “When I left here I wanted to come back here. You don’t often get that chance to do that. I actually had two chances. The first go-around came when I graduated from college in 1969 and I signed (a) pro contract to play with the Kansas City Spurs. I played left back. Then CBC called with an opening for the sophomore coach. I

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was 21 and wanted to try pro soccer. I was second guessing myself a little bit.” His tenure with the Spurs lasted two years. But CBC again tested the water with Michler. “CBC called and said they have a head coaching job open, and I said I was on my way,” Michler said. He has had a wonderful time. Since he became the coach, just less than 300 former CBC players have played college soccer. Approximately 35 of them have played soccer professionally. “That’s important, but it’s changing, too,” Michler said. “In the early to middle part of my years here, coaches would come here and beg you for players. Now we’re trying to get players in a school. Everybody finds a place to go to. We want to find the best fit we can for each boy. It’s rewarding to see them play in college. I enjoy going to watch the guys play when I can.” As might be expected with such a long tenure, Michler is well into the second generation of athletes. “I have a lot of sons whose fathers played for me,” Michler said. “I see the kids and I see their dad in them and sometimes I slip and call them by their dad’s name. They don’t mind.” The one constant in the program has been Michler and winning. The start to this season was a little unusual. The Cadets stumbled early with losses to Saint Louis University High School (SLUH) and Chaminade but have turned things around. “I’m pleased with how they’ve responded,” Michler said. “We expected to be a good team. I think we might have put the cart in front of the horse a little bit. We thought it wouldn’t take any effort on our part. Those first two weeks served as a wake-up call. We have a quality team, and all of the boys can play and contribute. We have a great spirit in the team. Everybody is in it for each other.” Regardless of what happens, Michler said he enjoys it all.


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Eureka will move to Suburban West By Warren Mayes Eureka High School and Kirkwood High School are switching conferences for their sports teams; changes in enrollment are cited as the main reason. Beginning next fall, Eureka will leave the Suburban South Conference, moving to the Suburban West Conference, which sports larger higher schools. Kirkwood will leave the Suburban West and go to the Suburban South. Eureka is almost at 1,900 students while Kirkwood has just more than 1,600 students. “We currently are the only 5A school in an all 6A conference and Eureka is a 6A school in an all 5A conference,” said Jeff Townsend, the Kirkwood athletic director. The switch was proposed and conference athletic directors approved it earlier this month. “They asked us if we had any huge issue with it,” said Jason Green, Eureka’s athletic director. “Neither school really did so they went ahead and voted on it.” Will the move benefit any one sport or sports for boys or girls at Eureka?

“I don’t know that it will hurt any one sport,” Green said. “We play a lot of teams in the Suburban West anyway. There’s a lot of crossover between the Suburban South and West anyway. All in all, I think we’re pretty excited about the move.” Townsend agreed. “There are pros and cons,” Townsend said. “The big pro is that we will now compete in conference play with schools that are of similar size. For the pro, we will lose some rivalries that have been formed over the years and gain some back. The con is scheduling.” The coaches were not consulted about the move but both athletic directors said most back the change. “I think there are some coaches that are more excited than others,” Green said. “Most of them have been pretty excited about it. We’re pretty competitive in just about everything. Is that going to change? I can’t answer that for sure. I know the coaches’ expectations are that we compete at a high level. I’m confident with the support we get from the parents and the work ethic of the kids.”

Ellisville Police Officer honored for 22 years of service By Ted Dixon Jr. After 22 years of service as a police officer for the city of Ellisville, Police Officer Al Selby has decided to hang up his badge. On Oct. 21, city officials honored Selby for his efforts of serving and protecting the community. Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello said Selby has been a key element in the Ellisville Police Department. Selby’s now-former boss, Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate, presented him with a plaque to honor his service. Selby graduated from the St. Louis City Police Academy and quickly got a job as an officer with the city of Bel-Nor. Felgate recounted a story of when Selby conducted surveillance of a suspected burglar and the perpetrator eventually was arrested. Selby was able to secure seven confessions of burglary from the criminal. Selby also was instrumental with the city of Ellisville in the case of apprehending two suspects who scammed local businesses out of millions of dollars in 1992. He was summoned to testify for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in Wilmington, N.C., as the case led to that state and the convictions were secured in that case as well. Felgate also said Selby has received letters of appreciation from several neighboring communities as well as the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Felgate said

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Community ‘open mic’ night scheduled in Wildwood By Julie Brown Patton A first-ever, community-wide ‘Open Mic’ Night is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood (2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood). Layla Abuisba, chair of English, reading and interdisciplinary studies for the college, said they wanted to host an event to bring together West County’s creative community. Artists from all disciplines, including writers, musicians, actors, visual artists and dramatists, are welcome to present prepared material up to 3 minutes or less in a professional setting in front of a live audience, she said. Abuisba said she got the idea for such an event last school year when thinking about launching a creative writing club. “I remember reading poetry at various venues when living in Dallas, and realized how I missed the collaboration that comes with other people,” Abuisba said. “We hope people will come to give and receive

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Spirit of Hope Awards unveiled here By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES The prestigious Spirit of Hope Award was the center of attention on Fri., Oct. 23 when Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and Sen. Eric Schmitt spoke at a ceremony at Wiegand Studios in Chesterfield. Kinder and Schmitt were on hand recognize the contributions of the award’s creators, Don Wiegand and Michael Fagin. Named for comedian Bob Hope, Spirit of Hope Awards are presented each year to members of the Armed Forces for outstanding service to the U.S. and to entertainers and other Americans

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MUNICIPAL, from page 13 in St. Louis County, and it is common for residents to visit other cities to shop. For example, if residents from surrounding cities always shopped in Manchester, that would take away from sales tax revenues in their home cities and Manchester would cash in. This could lead to less opportunities of growth in the neighboring cities while Manchester could more easily attract new business. With the pool system, those neighboring cities would get a piece of that pie. Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey said the pool system has made some cities lazy when it comes to attracting new retail business. “It doesn’t seem to be as efficient in business generation as it should be,” Coffey said. “Some cities that need business generation don’t have as great of a desire to do it because they’re pool cities. The system was meant to not only distribute revenue, but to encourage growth of revenue, and in some ways, the system isn’t working.” Duncan sees it a different way. “You don’t build the base of regional economy on retail,” Duncan said. “Even if you are just considering the pool’s impact on retail development, there are certainly many cases of some of the largest shopping centers in the county that have been developed in pool areas. Chesterfield Commons, St. Louis Mills, Gravois Bluffs and Kirkwood Commons are all in pool areas and what that tells you is development takes place where it is economically logical for it to take place.” Eureka, which also is a large contributor to the sales tax pool, is a hybrid city – that is, most of the city is point-of-sale, but regions annexed after 1984 are in the pool. Coffey, which hopes the annexed area will begin to break even in the tax pool within the next 20 years, said the city faces another unique side effect of the pool system. Under almost any other jurisdiction in the state, a simple annexation is just that

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Tragedy, survival, courage and growth A Veterans’ Day salute to two ordinary men who became two of America’s bravest By Casey Godwin They are everyone’s real-life heroes – men and women in uniform who step out of their roles as husbands, wives, parents, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters to fulfill a duty. They serve their country, often risking their lives to do so and never ask to be thanked. On Nov. 11, the nation will celebrate Veterans’ Day, and remember the service of those who have gone to the farthest corners of the globe to protect American values. In most cities, veterans will be recognized in ceremonies or parades, reliving that moment when they first returned from their wars and saw the pride of their families and neighbors. For one local Iraq veteran, that pride remains fresh and renewed every day. Austin Pennington spent much of his five years in the Marine Corps in Iraq. Pennington and his family shared with West Newsmagazine a harrowing tale of survival, tragedy and extraordinary growth that he gained from his experience. Pennington said that joining the Marines was a dream he had since he was a child. His mother, Beverly, said it took some convincing to keep him from signing on until he was 18. “I couldn’t give you one big event that

Kyle Handley in Afghanistan.

really pushed me into (service),” Pennington said. “It’s just something I was interested in. I don’t think I was really ready to jump into college after high school.” Two months after high school graduation, Austin Pennington signed on and soon after was sent to San Diego for basic training. “That was really tough because all of a sudden he belonged to the military and it was up to them when they were going to allow him to call us,” Beverly said. Austin’s older brother, Alex, said he was not thrilled that his brother joined the military. “I gave him crap about it, even while he was driving away the day he left,” Alex said. In February 2005, Pennington was sent to Iraq for the first of three tours. Overseas, his primary duty was aviation ordinance, which involved maintaining weapon systems on aircrafts, in-flight refueling and loading ammunition. His secondary duty was aerial target acquisition. Although this line of work kept him out of the larger battles, there still were occasional skirmishes and Pennington made plenty use of his weapon. Deployments were long and the explanation he was given was that the locals were getting familiar with him and the men he

served alongside. “The longer you stayed in one general area, the more the locals would recognize you and start to feel more comfortable with you,” Pennington said. “They became willing to approach us with information. If they knew something was going to happen, they were more comfortable coming up and letting me know about it.” While on his first deployment, Pennington was involved in an accident that nearly blinded him. During a special assignment in which he was marking buildings that later would be bombed by a helicopter, another explosion rocked the helicopter and it missed its mark. Concrete that sprayed from the explosion hit Pennington in the face. He was sent home due to vision impairment. Arriving home, a very worried mother greeted him at the airport. “I was trying to catch him through these little port windows so that I’d know if I’d be surprised or not (by the injury),” Beverly said. “But when he walked around the corner, I gave him a big hug and he said, ‘You’re trying to decide which side.’ Well, I guessed wrong.” After making a swift and full recovery, Pennington was sent back to Iraq. His parents and brother said it became routine for

Kyle Handley treats wounded Afghanis.

him to be shipped off to Iraq. “You have your worries and your fears, but he was living his dream,” Beverly said. “Even if something were to happen, how can you say anything bad about it? Not many people really get to live their dreams.” Pennington continues to live his dream. After an honorable discharge in June, he now is studying airport management and aviation at the University of Central Missouri; the GI bill is paying his tuition. He also is working on getting his pilot’s license. By all appearances, Pennington has readjusted well to civilian life; however, he said he still is haunted and in crowds it can sometimes show. “The hardest part was to bring myself to trust the people around me that I don’t know,” Pennington said. “When before I could just walk through a crowd and know nothing is going to happen, now I still want to know who’s all around everywhere I go. I’m also a lot more protective of my friends and family. The aggression picks up a little quicker than before.” Pennington resorts to talking in the third person when speaking about handling the death of those with whom he served. He describes the situation methodically, as

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experienced life enough to know what they are fighting for.” When Handley speaks of his son, Kyle, who serves as a combat medic for the Army’s Airborne 25th Infantry Division at the Afghanistan outpost Wilderness, he fights back tears. He is brimming with both immeasurable pride and worry, and can only convey these feelings in short sentence fragments. “It’s extremely difficult,” Handley said. “We’re a close family.” Handley and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters as well. Kyle joined the Army after graduating from the paramedic program at the St. Charles County Ambulance District in 2007. He was deployed to Afghanistan in February and is not expected to return until at least February. Robert Handley said he knows his son is constantly in combat. They only speak a few times a month, when Kyle is able to log onto the Internet at the outpost. “His unit has lost a number of soldiers,” Handley said. When Kyle returns home, he plans to Waiting for their hero follow in his father’s footsteps. Robert to come home Handley is a firefighter/paramedic for the When Robert Handley, of Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights Fire Protection District. Robert Handley wrote in an e-mail returns home from work each day, he fears he will find a sedan with government something worth remembering about those plates sitting in his driveway. The reality serving in Afghanistan and Iraq: “America needs to know these brave solof that possibility feels all too real to a man who researches every soldier killed in diers are just kids. If they were not fightAfghanistan, where his 22-year-old son is ing for us, most would be in front of a T.V. playing their favorite game on X-box or stationed. “They’re all good kids, just out of high Playstation. But they put on the uniform, school, most of them,” Handley said. go far away, and fight and die for freedom. “Most of them are too young to have even They are truly heroes.”

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Invisible knot Fold a rectangular scarf in half, bringing the shortest ends together and placing the side that will be visible to the inside. Grab one side of the scarf 12 inches from the raw edge (not from the folded edge) and tie a knot. Turn scarf right side out, find the opening and slide over your head. Position knot in front at shoulder, as shown.

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BEES, from page 50 Similar to how a difference in beers is first evidenced by color, honeys also come in various hues. The color actually indicates what time of the year they were collected. Tim said the lightest colored honey results after the bees have had a chance to have the first “two-week black locust bloom” each spring. “Summers produce clover honey, and the fall produces a dark amber honey, which is a heavier taste,” Tim said. At the State Fair, honey is evaluated and judged based on moisture content, color, clarity, aroma and taste. Tim said he studied beekeeping for at least a year before purchasing his first starter hives. “Then I went to a beginner’s class through a beekeeping club,” Tim said. “Local beekeepers have been excellent mentors. It’s all been a great learning experience.” He feeds his “social insects” what is called bee bread, which is a mixture of nectar and honey. Debbie said bees fly to cleanse themselves, so it is interesting to watch their behaviors at different times of the day and in different seasons of the year. In addition, beekeepers have to make enough room in August and September for the queens to lay eggs to produce winter bees. Winter bees are physiologically different from summer bees in that they have

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Time is running out on homebuyer tax credit By Sheila Frayne Rhoades The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorized a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after Jan. 1, 2009 and before Dec. 1, 2009. The clock is now ticking away for this last chance to qualify. The new home must be purchased and closed by Nov. 30. First-time buyers (or any prospective buyer who has not been responsible for a mortgage payment in at least three years) are eligible for the $8,000 tax credit. Families can only access this credit after filing their tax returns with the IRS. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) believes the tax credit will help stabilize the nation’s housing market by stimulating home sales across the country. First-time home buyers purchasing any kind of home—new or resale—are eligible for the tax credit. The law defines “firsttime home buyer” as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.The income limit for single taxpayers is $75,000; the limit is $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. This tax incentive is a true tax credit - an actual cash reduction in what the taxpayer owes. For example, a taxpayer who owes $8,000 in income taxes and who receives an $8,000 tax credit would owe nothing to the IRS. Participation in the tax credit program is easy. You claim the tax credit on your federal income tax return. Any home that will be used as a principal residence for at least

three years will qualify for the credit. This includes single-family detached homes, attached homes like townhouses and condominiums, manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) and houseboats. The fact that the credit is refundable means that the home buyer credit can be claimed even if the taxpayer has little or no federal income tax liability to offset. Typically this involves the government sending the taxpayer a check for a portion or all of the amount of the refundable tax credit. Simply put, a tax deduction is subtracted from the amount of income that is taxed. Buyers are urged to consult with their tax advisor for more information. The housing stimulus package has given first-time buyers the opportunity to purchase a new home at a time when interest rates are at historic lows. It’s proved very successful for many local builders. “The credit that expires on Nov. 30 has, according to the IRS, helped 1.4 million taxpayers buy homes. We are urging Congress to extend the tax credit for an additional year, making it available to all buyers of a primary residence, “This would spur more than 383,000 additional home sales and help mitigate the foreclosure crisis by whittling down inventory at all levels of the housing market, setting the stage for a full recovery. It would also provide the economy with what it needs most, creating nearly 350,000 jobs during the coming year in many industries, including manufacturing, retail and real estate-related activities,” said Patrick Sullivan. For more detailed information, go to: www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/ faq.php.


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Erin Kaffenberger was the winner of the Schwinn Frontier mountain bike given away by West Newsmagazine at the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce Creating Connections Business Expo on Oct. 15. She is the founder of Kaffcorp media, a graphic design company specializing in print and Web design for small and medium businesses. Congratulations, Erin!

Veterans’ Day is observed on Wed., Nov. 11. This day is a federal holiday and most governmental offices and agencies will be closed. However, public school districts will be open. Locally, several schools will be holding special ceremonies or assemblies to recognize and honor veterans. In addition, the city of Ellisville is hosting a Veterans’ Day program at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 in the park administration building in Bluebird Park (225 Kiefer Creek Road). The 26th annual regional Veterans’ Day Parade and Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 in downtown St. Louis. Pre-parade ceremonies will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the St. Louis Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum. The program starts at 10:45 a.m. with a ceremony to honor POWs/MIAs and six Junior ROTC groups from area high schools demonstrating their skills. The parade starts at noon at 14th and Olive with a vintage military aircraft flyover. The parade then travels south on 14th to Chestnut, east on Chestnut to Tucker, south on Tucker to Market, west on Market to Union Station, where it disbands. Organizers said that there will be about 100 groups, including the military reenactment groups, Clydesdales and a Black Hawk Helicopter that will fly in on Friday afternoon to be on site during the parade. At 11 a.m. on Nov., 11, a traditional American Legion ceremony will be held on the steps of the Soldiers’ Memorial – on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Patrons are encouraged to dress warm and bring the entire family. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (2900 Sheridan Road in St. Louis) also hosts a memorial ceremony to honor veterans at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

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Com mu n it y Event s BENEFITS A Fall Vendor Show to raise funds for the restoration of Ballwin’s Old School House is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. For more information about the event or about participating as a vendor, call Walt Young at 220-2200 or (314) 518-4308. • • • The Parkway North Craft Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 and Sun., Nov. 8 at Parkway North High School. Proceeds support the Parkway Alumni Association. Call (314) 415-8074. • • • Chesterfield Elementary PTO presents “Shop Till You Drop,” a holiday boutique, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 at Chesterfield Elementary School (17700 Wild Horse Creek Road). More than 60 merchandise vendors, food and beverages, a raffle and silent auction are featured. Proceeds support educational initiatives at the school. Those interested in participating as vendors should contact Mary Beth Brown at marybethbrown@sbcglobal.net. • • • Maryville University and Midwest Music Conservatory present “Evening at the Majestic Theatre” featuring a showing of the 1924 silent movie classic “Girl Shy” at 7 p.m. (pre-show entertainment begins) on Sat., Nov. 7 at Midwest Music Conserva-

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and alcohol. Cash prizes and raffles also are featured. Call Joyce Saunders at 4584940. • • • A Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation salon services benefit is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 18 at Salon Escape (50 Clarkson Wilson Centre in Chesterfield). Guests receive three professional salon services (their choice from a menu of several) for $20; 50 percent of proceeds are donated to JDRF. Call 220-8000 for an appointment. • • • The Parkway South High Spirit of ’76 Band Boosters sponsor a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 22 at Parkway South High School. Admission is free. Call (314) 415-7766, option 3. • • • A Holiday Boutique benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 21 at The Club at Chesterfield (16625 Swingley Ridge Road). Shopping, food, live music, prizes, a silent auction and children’s entertainment are featured. Admission is free. Call 532-9992 or visit clubatchesterfield.com. 

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refreshments. The participation fee is $20. Call Kathy Arnett at 458-0440, ext. 126, or visit cityofwildwood.com. • • • The Town & Country-Frontenac Chamber of Commerce Community Expo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 at Plaza Frontenac. Performances by members of the Town & Country Symphony Orchestra, complimentary samplings from local restaurants and markets, raffle items and free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings are featured. Call (314) 469-3335. • • • “A Little Taste of Italy” is at 5 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 at Bethel United Methodist Church (17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood). A buffet dinner and silent and oral auctions are featured. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $6 for children aged 6-12 and free for younger children; tickets are on sale at the church and also can be purchased at the door. Call 458-2255. • • • The St. Mark Christmas Boutique & Angel Street Café is from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 11 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church (601 Claymont Drive in the Claymont subdivision in Ballwin.) Independent exhibitors offer holiday crafts and gifts; homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts are served in the café. Call 394-2233. • • • Lone Wolf’s 5K Midnight Howl, a 3.1mile midnight run or evening stroll, is at 11 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 13 beginning and ending at Lone Wolf Coffee Company in Ballwin. All ages are welcome. Refreshments are available after the race. The fee is $20 for those registering before Oct. 26 and $25 after that date. Visit ballwin.mo.us. • • • The city of Town & Country Talents & Treasures Holiday Boutique is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 14 at Longview Farm House. Call (314) 432-6606 or visit town-and-country.org. • • • A Christmas Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a Sausage Supper is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 14 at St. John United Church of Christ (332 Old Sulphur Spring Road in Manchester). Quilts, handmade items, baked goods and more are featured at the bazaar; supper is $10 per adult and $4 for children aged 6-12, with carry-outs available. Call 391-6655 or visit stjohnmanchester.com. • • • The second annual Marketplace at Wild Horse Elementary School is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 14 at the school (16695 Wild Horse Creek Road). A variety of vendors offering holiday gifts and other items are featured. Call 537-4398.

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HEALTH 212 Degrees of Wellness presents “Movie Night – Food Matters” at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 10 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. A screening about how to detoxify, lose weight, reverse diabetes, conquer cancer, beat heart disease and ditch depression using a nutritional approach is shown. Tickets are $5 each or five cans of food, all of which will be donated to Circle Of Concern. For tickets, call 273-4800. • • • Sunrise Senior Living and the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting free viewings of HBO’s documentary series, “The Alzheimer’s Project.” Remaining viewings include “Caregivers” at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 10 and “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 17 at Sunrise of Chesterfield (1880 Clarkson Road); “The Memory Loss Tapes” (part 1) at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 1 and “The Memory Loss Tapes” (part 2) at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 8 at Sunrise of Des Peres (13460 Manchester Road). Each screening is followed by a professionally led discussion concerning Alzheimer’s disease. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling (314) 801-0452 or visiting alzstl.org. • • • St. Luke’s Diabetes Update 2009 is at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at St. Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education. Guests visit vendor displays until 7 p.m.; Dr. Ralph Oiknine presents “Diabetes Complications: Are You At Risk?” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call (314) 205-6446. • • • “Stroke: Emergency or Not?” is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (3015 Ballas Road in Town & Country). Dr. Greg Beirne discusses the signs and symptoms of a stroke and how to know when to go to the emergency room. Admission is free. To register, call (314) 996-5433.

SPECIAL INTEREST The Parent Network of Catholic High Schools’ Speaker Series hosts Dr. Meg Meeker presenting “Teaching Your Teen to be Strong in a Tough Culture” at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 5 at St. Joseph’s Academy Theater (2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Frontenac). Visit parentnetworkstl.org. • • • A Ballwin Metro West Rotary Club new member open house for prospective members is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12 at Meramec Valley Bank (199 Clarkson Road in Ellisville). Call Linda Bruer at 227-2743.

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Healthy choices abound at Cornerstone Nutrition and Coffeehouse detoxification products, vitamins, and By CASEY GODWIN At Cornerstone Nutrition and Coffehouse, beef is given paraben-free skin care products. Grossl said that many people experia second chance to regain its reputation as a healthful food. Cornerstone owners Andrea and Norman Grossl pride ence sensitivities to artificial fragrances themselves on offering grass-fed beef along with other and paraben, a preservative that is found natural meats that come from animals that are not pumped in many mainstream lotions and other cosmetics. full of hormones and are fed natural diets. “Paraben makes these products cheap “Cows aren’t supposed to eat corn; they’re supposed to eat grass,” Andrea Grossl said. “Corn actually marbles the and they’re very effective, but you meat, and that’s what causes it to be loaded with saturated shouldn’t be putting that on your skin,” Grossl said. “Sixty percent of what you fats.” Grass-fed beef is lower in saturated fat and contains a put on your skin soaks in, and that can healthier ratio of unsaturated fats, which can aid weight affect you.” Cornerstone has a whole line of gluloss. In fact, all the meats at Cornerstone – which include chicken, pork, eggs, ostrich, fish and bison – contain no ten-free products and allows the public hormones and have healthier fat ratios due to being fed a an opportunity to buy raw milk. Customers can order directly through a supplier natural diet. Part health food store and part coffee shop, Corner- affiliated with Cornerstone and pick up Cornerstone Nutrition and Coffeehouse features a bright, open atmosphere. stone caters to the health conscious with holistic remedies, their order at the store. If a pick-me-up is all that is needed, smoothie. These drinks are all natural and contain no preCornerstone offers a bright, clean atmosphere with plenty servatives, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. of space to sit and drink organic coffee or fresh juices. Cornerstone customers can sip their drinks in the cozy, Cornerstone Nutrition and Coffeehouse Cornerstone offers locally brewed, fair trade coffee from café-like atmosphere while making use of the free Wi-Fi. 17701 Edison Ave., Ste 102 • Chesterfield Northwest Coffee, served up in lattes, espressos, and capOr, they can get to know the Grossls, who pride themselves (636) 537-5858 puccinos for customers wanting more than a basic cup of on knowing each customer’s favorite drink. Hours: joe. Whether stopping in for a coffee or smoothie, or pick6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday For those seeking more of a natural energy boost, Coring up vitamins and natural foods, Cornerstone’s goal is to 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday nerstone offers a line of delicious fruit and vegetable juices. give people a better, more healthful choice. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Their imaginative concoctions of organic and vitamin“Just making small changes in your lifestyle or diet 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday rich juices can be blended with wheat grass, gogi berry can make big changes in the years down the road,” Cornerstonenutritionstl.com juice, flax seed oil or even protein for a healthful juice or Grossl said.

Zayna’s Hookah Bar

STEaK SPECiaL

soups • salads • sandwiches Monday-Thursday: 6pm - 10pm • Friday - Saturday: 6pm - Midnight

1034 Old Des Peres Rd. • Near The Lodge Des Peres

314-822-9200

Wednesday & Saturday

12oz. New York Strip Steak $10.95

Trivia

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Award Winning Latin American Restaurant! Open For Lunch & Dinner Private Rooms Catering

Wednesdays at 8:30 pm

KaraoKE Saturday: 9 pm - Close

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636.530.1745

longstreetgrill.com

friENDly & Casual

atmosphere

sMokED MEats

Daily

friED ChiCkEN

on sundays

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$5.00 off with minimum food purchase of $25.00

Dine in only, Not valid with any other offers. Expires 11/30/09. Must present coupon.

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314.439.0400

millerscross@aol.com


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Taj Palace

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The Hill

For Great Italian Food & Catering! Conveniently located off Hwy 44 at Kingshighway & Hampton exits

$1 Off

Each Lunch Buffet Good for each person in party

314.482.3146

Come To

Cornerstone

Any Purchase of $25 or More

Dine in only. Valid only with coupon. Coupons can not be combined. Limit one coupon per table. expires 1/25/10.

Dine in only. Valid only with coupon. Coupons can not be combined. Limit one coupon per table. expires 1/25/10.

We've Only Been Here For 20 Years!

Nutrition & Coffeehouse

Featuring

Fresh Organic Vegetable Juice Hummus Veggie Wraps • Organic Coffee Bar All Natural Fruit Smoothies Grass Fed Beef • Homemade Nutrition Bars Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm Saturday 8am - 5pm • Sunday 11am - 5pm

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For 35 years we've poured the best drinks in St. Louis!!!

Delivery available at select www.culpeppers.com locations.

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(636) 537-5858

cornerstonenutritionstl.com

Let Us Cater Your Holiday Party Celebrating 15 Years in Business

5 OFF

$

With The Purchase Of Two Entrees Or Pastas. Not valid with any other offer. Expires November 30, 2009.

Join Us All Day Sunday for Fried Chicken Dinner! Elegant Dining in a Casual Atmosphere Banquets • Catering www.thehawthorneinn.net

We're right next door to that place that's been every restaurant imaginable.

636-391-3700

Open For Lunch & Dinner Steaks, Chicken, Seafood, Grouper, Walleye, Chops, Burgers and Sandwiches Carryout Children’s Menu Happy Hour Daily

Washington & Front St. • Labadie

636-451-0004

Serving Authentic Chicago Pizza, Italian Beef & Hot Dogs!

Home of the

Watch The Cardinals & Rams Here!

15310 Manchester Road

00

Your Purchase Mon.-Thurs. Only

(I don't know if I'm suppose to say that!)

Mama Campisi’s 2132 Edwards • 314.776.3100

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17701 Edison Ave. #102 • Chesterfield

We Have A Special! Beef Tenderloin Dinner Special $11.95 (Includes Salad & Side)

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We lose money on it, but we make up for it in volume!

Di Gregorio Foods 2232 Marconi Ave. • digregoriofoods.com

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• Dine-in • Carry-out • Lunch • Dinner

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Lunch Specials: Daily11-4pm

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Locally Owned & Operated

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636-207-0501

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631 Big Bend Rd. Manchester

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LADUE 9906 Clayton Road 314.994.0055

CHESTERFIELD 14810 Clayton Road 636.230.0055


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Wanted: 450 frozen birds Circle Of Concern seeking turkeys for holiday baskets With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Circle Of Concern is asking for donations of frozen turkeys - or money to buy turkeys - to help fill 450 holiday baskets. Circle will share holiday baskets with families on Saturday morning, Nov. 21. Frozen turkeys can be dropped-off at Circle Of Concern (112 St. Louis Ave. in Valley Park – about two blocks east of Carol House Furniture) weekdays until 4 p.m.; on Saturdays until 2 p.m.; and any time the food pantry is open. Friends also can make special gifts to buy turkeys, frozen pumpkin pies and other Thanksgiving items for the holiday baskets.

A gift of $15 buys a turkey and pie for a family. Checks should be mailed to Circle Of Concern, P O Box 444, Valley Park MO 63088. Circle also accepts gifts made on credit or debit cards. Call 861-2623 or visit circleofconcern.org to make a donation on a credit card. This year, officials for the charity said they will be packing baskets for a record number of area residents. “We are helping about 18 percent more people now than we did a year ago,” Circle Director Glenn Koenen said. “That means we need more of everything.”

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24 Hour Service • 314-550-4071 Now Available Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Home Improvement

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Garage Doors • Electric Openers We Service All Brands

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Specializing In:

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www.stl-concrete.com

When you want it done right the first time... We’re the place to check out first.

w/the purchase of whole house siding thru 12/1/09.

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Free Estimates

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Interior

& Exteriors

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Stout Landscaping

The Handy Hubby

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• • • • • •

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“A handy man service”

Painting Tile Work Plumbing Electrical Carpentry Full Remodels

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(636) 227-5595

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8a.m. - 7 p.m

(314) 623-7066

Professional Painters Inc.

F inish & Trim C arpentry C o . Custom Woodworking • Bookshelves Fireplace Mantels • Doors Entertainment Centers

(636)

Theatre Rooms • Custom Bars

R. Kinder

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Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed Since 1979 • www.finishtrim.com

Modern

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Kitchens

&

Baths

14381 Manchester Rd 3122 South Kingshighway Family Owned & Operated (636) 394-3655 (314) 772-1611 www.modernkitchensandbaths.com

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Let Us Help You Design Your Dream Kitchen FREE ESTIMATES 40% TO 65%OFF QUALITY CABINETS AT LOW PRICES IN BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS FOR OVER 50 YEARS LIST PRICE 100% FINANCING

Bauman’s Handyman

services, LLc

• Pruning/Removals • Fully Insured • 24 Hr. Emergency Service • Free Estimates • Competitive Rates Raymond Thompson

314-962-5296

• RepaiRs • Honey Do’s • Basement RemoDeling • Decks • BatHs

Jeremiah Thompson

314-805-0375

®

around the house InsIde and out Dan Bauman 636-332-8577 314-852-0589

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

636-394-0315

www.tileandbathservice.com Senior Discounts Available

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

Your Best Source for New Construction, Service & Pool Renovation

The Cleaning Agents, LLC

“We’re Tough On Grime”

1279 Hwy 100 • Wildwood, MO 63069 Little Giant Pool & Spa

636.271.2200 • www.littlegiantpool.com

(636) 451-5107 (Cell:(636) 485-7723) Residential • Commercial • New Construction

West

Newsmagazine

WEST COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE

Salesperson: Proof:

Client:

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636-346-5925 DON JAMES HANDYMAN SERVICE 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

FAUCET LEAK TO FULL REMODEL TILE • CARPENTRY • PLUMBING ELECTRICAL • DRYWALL FREE ESTIMATES

636-288-6410 I RETURN ALL CALLS! ” ation nstall tom I Systems” s u C “ ll ice A “Serv

Call Now to Plan for Holiday Lighting

LC

• Certified Backflow Testing • Deck & Landscape Lighting • Holiday Lighting • Licensed and Insured

• • • • •

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

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388

PLUMBING

We Come PREPARED! • • • • •

T O N Y L AM A R T I N A PLUMBING COMPANY 965-9377 INC. “We want to be your family plumber”

CALL ABOUT TUCKPOINTING SPECIALS! “Your Sweep for Life”

www.erainlc.com

636-946-8890

P5313

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

Established in 1979

CHIMNEY SERVICES

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636-391-2226

www.englishsweep.com

Complete Residential Service Interior/Exterior • Power Washing Carpentry • Decks • Wallpaper/Drywall Repair

Avallon Painting 314-359-9630

All Work Guaranteed • Full Insured & Bonded Painting St. Louis Since 1974 FREE Estimates

ELECTRICAL

General Electric Service & Repairs GFI Receptical Installation • Can Lights, Track Lights, Dimmers Garbage Disposal Installation & Repair Security Lights & Timers

F R E E E S T I M AT E S

THE WORKS 636-391-7548

Call Bill For All Of Your Electrical Needs

TILE YOUR HOME Kitchen * Bath * Fireplace Floor * Shower * Entry

Suburban Tile Company

www.keimarcontracting.com

Seabaugh Furniture & Decorating Co., Inc

Est. 1980 • Insured • Free Estimates

Since 1930 Upholstering, Repairing and Refinishing

636-394-0799 / 636-346-6386

17322 Manchester Road

www.suburbantilecompany.com

(636) 458-3809


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Assisted Care

W E S T c l a ss i f i e d s Cleaning Services

Computer Services

Janets Cleaning Service Get Ready for the Holidays. We don't cut corners We clean them. Party prep and clean up, move-ins, move-outs, weekly to monthly cleans available, basements, baseboards, fixtures, refrigerators, we do it all. Over 10 years of service in the West County area. Call for a free quote. 314-225-4110.

Going Beyond The Call

I Will Clean Your Home Like It's My Own

Service at your home or office for: PC problems or set-up PC won't start or connect Spyware, adware, virus removal Hardware and software upgrades

$30 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour

Day, evening and weekend appointments available. Serving St. Louis & St. Charles Co www.stlpcguy.com Call Mike at 636-675-7641

Electrical Services

Celebrating 30 years Call Me Today!

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Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly Move in & Move Out

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Computer Services

Hurry in for a test drive today.

Please present ad for discount. MINI of St. Louis. Visit us at 8455 Maryland Ave in Clayton or shop online at HYPERLINK http://www.miniofstlouis.com www.miniofstlouis.com

Carpet Services CARPET REPAIRS. Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates. (314) 892-1003

Childcare Services Experienced Mom providing childcare in my home. Loving care in a safe environment with Reasonable Rates. Located near Manchester & Clarkson Road Available 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lots of References! Call Jill for more information. (636) 346-1299

Cleaning Services "We Have An Eye To Locate Dirt"

We Cut Cost not Corners

15% OFF

First Time Clean

All Work Guaranteed Bonded & Insured

CALL: 314-852-9787

Garage/Rummage Sale

Pride Legend Motorized Scooter Deluxe - 3 Wheeler with loading lift, oxygen attachment, basket and more. Includes loading lift. Made in America. 314-703-745

Replace your nestegg with simple biz working from home. Call 314-667-3513 or visit www.FreeLikeMe.net.

Webter Groves Christian Church. 1320 West Lockwood, is having our annual garage sale. Friday Nov 6th 1-8 p.m. and Saturday Nov 7th 8a.m.- 2p.m. Clothes, household, furniture and more.

Hauling Services

CNA's

J & J HAULING

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

JOHN FRANZ INC. Specializing In... • Full & Basic Ceiling Fan Installs • Recess Can Lighting & Pendants • GFCI & Receptacle Installations • Under Cabinet Lighting • Light Fixtures & Security Lighting • Garbage Disposal Replacements • Upgrades to Meet Current Codes • General Electrical & Troubleshooting • Kitchen & Bath Faucet Replacements Insured • Reliable • Experienced Many West County References! FREE NO OBLIGATION ESTIMATES All code compliant work per 2008 NEC

Flooring Services HOME COMPUTER SERVICES We destroy viruses and spyware, fix slow or crashed computers, perform software and hardware upgrades, install and troubleshoot any wired or wireless network, recover/ move data and install new computers. 13+ years experience working on home/corporate computers and networks. To schedule an appointment call Matt at 314.226.4279 o r w w w. y o u r p c d o c s . c o m

Computer Service & Support

for Small Business & Individuals

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

Call 636-532-0859

Ask about our special offers for new customers!

WestNewsMagazine Classifieds 636-591-0010 x 121 314-610-3313

Help Wanted RN's and LPN's

We Need Nurses In Your Area We are the leading private duty nursing company in St. Louis. Work when you want. All shifts available. Applications accepted Tues/Wed/Thurs. from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. We are located in Clayton at 141 N. Meremac, Suite 102. Questions call us at 314-863-3030. We're looking forward to working with you.

Home Organizing

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Automotive Sales/ Service In-Stock 2009 MINI

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Save $500.00 on any

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For Rent Vacation Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/summer rates and availability. To view pictures please go to www.vrbo.com /127089 or /148365. For Additional info Call 314-922-8344.

Computer Problems?

Slow Performance? Poor Connection? Viruses? Data Loss? Small Business and Residential Computer Support, Repair and Maintenance For A Free Estimate Call

314.304.7996

Prices Starting At $75.00 www.pcservicesllc.biz

OVERWHELMED WITH STUFF? Does your clutter steal your peace and space? The holidays are just around the corner so now is the time to Get Organized!

Eco-Cycle LLC "Green Hauling" 1-888-y-eco-cycle

yecocycle.com

636.489.8223

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Holiday Decorating

Help Wanted Part time Christmas gist wrapper at our Clayton location: call Bob Bishoff for details: Byron Cade, Inc. 7901 Clayton Rd. 314-721-4701 Caregivers Wanted. Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000 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 www.stlcastingcall.com OR Call 314-372-0512 State Licensed Help Wanted: Sales person wanted for kitchen and bath showroom, must have experience in the cabinet industry. This is a commission based position. Please e-mail resume to nvcabinetry@sbcglobal.net

Outdoor Solutions can make Your Home Festive for The Holidays. We Design, Install, Warranty and store all Decorations and Lights. Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050

Home Improvement Home Winterization! Save money on heating cost. Window insulation, filter replacement, cracks caulked, etc. Call Len 314-567-3616

• Christmas Lights Installed •Carpentry •Drywall •Painting •Trim Work • Install Cabinets & Countertops • Tile Floors & Walls • Light Electrical • Hardwood & Snap Flooring • Hardscape

Retaining Walls, Flagstone Walkways & Patios Brick Walkways & Patios, Ponds & Waterfalls

Ed: 314-239-8033 Mike: 314-575-7478

Painting, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Door replacements, all Odd jobs, No job too small! Very Reasonable Prices! Free Estimates! All work Guaranteed! 636-791-2079 CARPENTRY--DOORS AND INTERIOR TRIM--WINDOWS AND SIDING--STORM AND GENERAL HOME REPAIRS. 25 PLUS YEARS EXPERIENCE. 636-394-7927

No Tools? No Time? No Problem.

Handyman 314.322.2705

MyHoneyDo.com

Home Improvement

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(636) 675-1850

Mortgage Protection Specialist. PT/FT earn 75K+ Great opportunity for Insurance Agents, Mortgage Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Teachers and more. Leads provided, will train. Call 636-778-0592

OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING

Looking for a work from home opportunity…this is it. Become self employed in a business where the only limiting factor to your earnings potential is you. Presentation at 7:00 PM on 11/10/09 and 11/17/09 at the Maryville Marriott. For reservations and info respond by e-mail to: opportunityknocks@wmhuittco.com

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

HOME CRAFTSMAN

PROFESSIONAL, HONEST WORK WITH PRIDE AND INTEGRITY Basements, Built-Ins, Moldings, Doors Carpentry, Bookcases, Cabinets Kitchens, Baths, Painting, Repairs Whole House Remodeling OWNER ON THE JOB 30 Years Experience–Super Quality

636-225-7286

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


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Davis Home Repair & Maintenance

Painting, Carpentry, Interior & Exterior Door Installation. Plumbing, Bathroom Remodel, Handyman Services. No Job Too Small. References Available. Call Waid

(314) 277-7891

Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical 20 Years Experience

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

Window Services

Sales & Installation Of New Replacement Windows & Doors Repairs On Vinyl Windows: •Fix Windows To Stay Open •Replace Fogged Insulated Glass •All Windows Repaired At Your Home

314-504-5351 nuview-stl.com

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

Call 314-426-8833

Fall is the Best Time of Year to Plant Trees & Schrubs For Complete Landscape Design & Installation with 30 Years Experience in Designing Call Today Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050

LYONS LAWN SERVICE •STUMP GRINDING •SNOW REMOVAL

Schwartz Brothers Landscape Solutions Inc. Design and Build

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

(314) 393-7754

AERATION & MOWING! Reliable landscape company serving th­e West County area offers weed control, fertilizing treatments, seeding, trees / sh­rub pruning and maintenance. Call Dennis at Sh­earn Landscaping, 636-530-1998 or 314-591-2787

BY THE YARD

LAWN & LANDSCAPE, LLC

Leaf-Yard Clean-Up

Morales Landscaping LLC Fall Aeration and Leaf removal, Bush & Tree removal. Retaining Walls, Patios, and Much More!

Aeration Overseeding Fertilizing Brush removal

Call for a free estimate

Call 636-699-5189

314-537-0361 MCLEAN EXCAVATING

excavating•grading•demolition land clearing • retaining walls •sod installation Commercial & Residential insured • free estimates

314.265.9003

Painting Services

Get firewood early! 8x4 stack. Oak and Hickory seasoned. Call 314-808-3330

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

Fire Wood

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

636-394-1309

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Serene setting in desirable Green Trails subdivision. Walking distance to lake and bike trails. Lots of windows and skylights, vaulted ceilings everywhere. Updates throughout include new thermal windows ’08, new roof ’04, new kitchen and office flooring and new burglar alarm in ’09! 2 large decks and a 3 car attached garage too!

6 River Bend Dr. – Chesterfield - $369,000

Colonial style beauty on 1.3 acres in River Bend Estates! Magnificent trees, two water fountains, pond with fish, gazebo plus hot tub. Large dining room with glass doors to updated kitchen with stainless appliances and bfast bar. Glassed in porch with skylight is added bonus along with front balcony! te iva Pr

603 Charbray Dr. – Ballwin - $270,000

Stately 2-story in great neighborhood. Side entry garage, formal living room and separate dining room. Families will love level backyard, screened sun room, and swimming at nearby Ballwin Water Park. Tons of space and new carpeting.

1532 Candish Ln. – Chesterfield - $395,000

First Class 2- Story. Meticulous care & attention to detail is evident throughout. Lots of space incl. formal dining and 4-season rooms! Professionally finished lower level and great neighborhood.

259 Falling Leaves Ct. – Creve Coeur - $593,000

1848 Ridgeview Circle Dr. – Ballwin - $187,000

Open floor plan, lots of windows, entry foyer with stained glass windows, and hardwood floors make this bright and spacious. Front and rear decks, large trapezoid window, and vaulted ceilings!

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13433 Polo Downs Ct. Marthasville • $325,000 Minutes from Washington off 94 is a 130+ acre development of custom homes with some of the best countryside views in the area. 2 years new, atrium ranch, 3-car garage, 3 private acres. Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155 callrobinwilliams.com

1354 Riverdale Circle Chesterfield • $487,000 Gorgeous granite kitchen, inground pool, 2 fireplaces, over 4,000 sq. ft. of space. Finished lower level. Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 mikeleeker.com

18180 Bent Ridge Dr. Wildwood • $379,000 1/2 Acre lot! Fabulous GR Ranch! Updates include granite kit, carpet, lighting, paint, siding & more. Palladian windows, screened porch & deck. Gourgeous fin. LL! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 mikeleeker.com

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529 Woodlyn Crossing Ballwin • $209,900 RARE FIND in Woodlyn Crossing - LEVEL fenced backyard! 1.5 story, 3 bed, 2.5 baths, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, skylights, w/b fireplace, fin lower level, huge deck. Main level master, NEW CARPETING and remodeled baths. Call Janet Bourne 314-941-7633

1752 Stoney Terrace Dr. Ballwin • $219,900 3bdrm/2.5ba Home. Picturesque yard backing to lake & private cmn grnd. Fin’d w/o LL opens to patio. Gas FP. Newer carpet, flooring, dshwshr. Quick close & $8k tax credit! Call Barb Woodham 314-346-2272 www.RELadyProperties.com

2329 Windsor Meadow Blvd. Wildwood $249,900 DARLING ranch shows like display! 4 years young! Meticulous! Fab fin LL! Upgrades galore! Hdwd flrs! Chef’s delight kit! Lux master suite & bath! Csmt deck! Concrete patio! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358 ChrisRonberg.com

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873 Woodside Trails Ballwin • $192,000 Wonderful 3bd, 3ba ranch villa w/vaulted ceiling, frpl, new flooring, & fin. w/out LL! Large deck overlooks trees! Pool, Tennis & Clubhouse. low Condo Fees! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555 stephaniethompsonrealtor.com

1434 Willow Brook Cove #3 St. Louis • $139,900 FURNISHED! Ground level condiminium! Walking distance to community center. 2 bd, 1.5 ba, pool, granite, newer everything/all appls stay incl washer/dryer. $8k tax credit. Call Barb Woodham 314-346-2272 www.RELadyProperties.com

2408 Redbud Valley Ct. – Wildwood - $475,000

Scenic and serene. This 1.5 story impresses with marble entry, open 2-story great room + vaulted ceilings, and enormous wall of windows lining the rear. Bonuses incl. huge finished basement with exercise room, media room, family room, fireplace and wet bar. Peaceful and luxurious. !

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Fabulous home in Ladue Lake Estates! This stunning 1.5 story greets you with large pillars and circle driveway. Over 4,400 sq. ft. of finished living space. Almost an acre of land overlooking a beautiful lake. Very private!

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743 Top Notch Ln. • Eureka • $179,000

Hunters Green 2-Sty. 4Bd/2.5BA; Eureka schools, 4 large bedrooms, 2 sty-entry, backs to common ground. Great opportunity to improve!

102 Caravel – Ballwin - $200,000

Great home in fabulous school district! New look with a new price. Entry with double doors, etched glass and plant shelves. Open floorplan with vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen, bfast room opens to large deck in rear.

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158 HICKORY TREE CT (BALLWIN) Updated 4BR, 3BA home on culdesac, fin LL, 2 decks, open floor plan, newer carpet, stainless appliances, clean and neat! $319,900

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15593 Bedford Forge Drive #19 2 Monarch Trace Ct #302 $169,900 $199,900 Chesterfield Chesterfield Gorgeous and remodeled! Spa- Awesome condo with lots of upcious & open floor plan condo, dates and amenities! 2BR, 2BA, 2BR, 2BA. Location! great location!

712 WOODSIDE TRAILS DR #101A (BALLWIN) Charming 2BR, 2 full bath garden condo with privacy! Sep dining 16925 LEWIS SPRING FARMS RD 1105 SHEPARD OAKS DRIVE WILDWOOD Exquisite custom 1.5 sty. area, spacious great rm, laundry rm, slid- WILDWOOD Spectacular custom 1.5 sty, ing dr to patio, 1 car garage. $123,000 3 acre lot, 2-sty foyer & great rm, gourmet Gourmet kitchen, 5 fireplaces, wood flrs, kitchen, hearth rm, bonus rm on upper main fl MBR, extensive millwork, fin W/O 1507 PACLAND RIDGE CT (CHESTERlevel, Luxury master, fin w/o LL w/media LL with 2nd kitchen. Lovely pool, hot tub, FIELD) Wonderful 1.5 story, 5BR on gor& exercise rm. $899,900 4 car garage & more. $2,450,000 geous level 3.44 ac lot, 2 sty entry with sweeping staircase, exquisite millwork and amenities throughout $1,149,900 998 TARA OAKS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Custom 2sty,former display, great lot, inground pool, gourmet kitchen, hearth room, 2stry great room, luxury master, fin W/O LL w/full kitchen, rec rm. $899,900

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7301 Forsyth Blvd #A 178 Horseshoe Drive 472 Coachgate Ct $224,900 $239,900 $238,900 University City Kirkwood Ballwin Fabulous updated condo with Sparkling 3BR, 2.5BA townhome! Desirable Kirkwood home with lots spectacular charm & space! 2BR, Private patio! 2 car garage! Great of updates! Open & spacious ranch 1BA, location! Must see! w/3BR, 2BA! location!

al lot, neutral decor, 2sty great rm, ting in this beautiful 1.5 sty. 5BR, 3.5 ba. 2 sty. Largest floor plan in Greentrails Totally updated from top to bottom. 3 car Estates. 4BR, 2F/2H baths. Huge master kitchen with granite, main flr master, fin gar. Large level yard backing to #2 green suite, Fin WO LL. Screen porch.$425,000 W/O LL w/game rm, family rm, BR, office & 1.5 baths. $699,900 at Forest Hills Golf CC. $775,000 1590 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Fabulous former display attached villa w/upgrades everywhere. Granite, custom cab, wood flrs, stainless appliances, fin LL, walkout, wet bar, 3BR. $399,000

1290 POLO LAKE DRIVE ELLISVILLE The art of living! 3 finished levels, 2 sty, 4BR/4.1 ba, light and bright finished lower level, great yard with custom swingset area, rock landscaping, level play area, 4400+ sf. $619,000

12 Trailridge Court 402 Conway Meadows Drive 18335 Woodland Meadows Dr. $250,000 $285,000 $350,000 St. Charles Chesterfield Wildwood Beautiful home with all the bells Lovely well-maintained villa! Spa- Beautiful spacious ranch on private, & whistles. 4BR, 2.5BA, 2 car gar, cious rooms and updates! Private wooded 3+ acres! 3BR, 2.5BA, 3 great curb appeal! courtyard! car gar, W/O LL. Open Sunday 2-4

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550 COEUR DE ROYALE DR #206 (CREVE COEUR) 1700+sq ft, 3BR/2ba, eat-in kit, priv laundry, storage, Pergo, newer carpet/ceramic/paint. Gar. $149,900 10358 CHIMNEY ROCK DR, #26 (CREVE COEUR) 3BR/2ba in secure building w/elevator and garage. One of largest units in well-maintained complex. Eat-in kitchen, formal dining. $150,000

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w/cherry cab, granite, wood flrs, stainless appls. Vaulted great rm, spacious master suite, fin LL w/rec rm, game rm, walk behind wet bar, half bath. $415,000

120 BONNYBRIDGE CT (ELLISVILLE) Open flr pln 3BR/2ba ranch. Main flr laundry, cathedral ceilings, walk-out LL with rec room, newer systems and roof. Original owner. $199,900 315 WHITEHALL (MANCHESTER) Updated split level home on quiet street. Fenced yard. 4BR, 2 full bath, spacious 41 SHADY VALLEY DRIVE 418 CASTLE GLEN COURT CHESTERFIELD One acre treed lot, 3 BALLWIN Wonderful Atrium. Over 3700 kitchen & breakfast room. LL family $179,900 season room with a sunken hot tub, sq ft finished living area. 2 FP, vaulted room, 2 car garage. wrap-around porch, W/O LL w/rec-room clg, large kitchen, den, seperate dining 575 FAIRFIELD VALLEY RD (ST $399,000 rm, finished LL w/BR, game rm, family rm ALBANS) Custom ranch on 5 + wooded & guest rooms. & full bath. $413,900 acres. Lg great rm w/FP. Vaulted kitchen with wood floors & center island. Walkout LL with rec rm, game rm. $639,000

18608 RO BRIDGE (WILDWOOD) Magnificent custom 1.5 sty in Wildhorse Spring Farm,1.58 acre private lot, numerous custom amenities thruout, beamed ceilings, gourmet kitchen. $1,599,000

1265 Bluffview Ridge Drive 2108 Brook Hill Ridge Drive 1539 Shalimar Ridge Lane $539,000 $629,500 $650,000 Chesterfield Chesterfield Unincorporated St Louis Co. Beautifully updated 2-sty w/4BR, Gracious 1.5 sty loaded with Custom luxury 1.5 sty on 3 acres, 4.5BA, gourmet kit, W/O LL w/rec amenities, great curb appeal, 4BR, 4BR, 3.5BA, 3 car gar, dream kit, 2 rm & 2 more BR’s. 3.5BA, 3 car gar! decks! Must see! Open Sunday 2-4

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710 GRAND VIEW RIDGE CT

munity. 4BR, 4.50ba, lots of architectural 4.5ba and 3 car garage. Prof decorated, detail, gourmet kitchen, granite, luxury gourmet kit w/granite, fin LL w/rec rm and master ste, fin LL, fantastic view, 4300 sq bar area, 2FP, sunroom. $615,000 ft living space. $383,500 1626 HIGHLAND VALLEY CIR (WILDWOOD) Beautifully appointed 2 sty. Charming decor. 2-sty entry. Large great rm adjoins sunroom. Updated kitchen w/granite countertops. Fin LL. $549,900

1131 HOOT OWL ROAD WILDWOOD Private 3 acre lot! Ranch with 4BR, 3 full baths and a 2 car garage. Fin W/O LL, 2FP, updated kit, w/granite, vinyl siding & more. $309,900

17620 Myrtlewood Drive $659,000 Chesterfield Stunning 2sty on gorgeous private yard! 4BR, 4.5BA, 3 car gar, fin LL! Shows great!

17424 Windridge Estates Court 1503 Carman Road $700,000 $789,000 Chesterfield St Louis County Impressive brick & stone elevation, Stunning atrium ranch offers elegant great curb appeal, atrium ranch, appointments and amenities! 5BR, 4BR, 3.5BA, fin W/O LL! 6BA, 3 c gar!

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1569 WALPOLE DRIVE Spacious 3BR,3F/1H bath townhouse.Totally updated, wood floors, newer kitchen, 2 fireplaces, newer carpet, W/O finished lower level. Great location. 2400 sq/ft. $259,900

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