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Playing freedom cheap If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, incessant distractions are the way that politicians take away our freedoms, in order to enhance their own power and longevity in office. Dire alarms and heady crusades are among the many distractions of our attention from the ever increasing ways that government finds to take away more of our money and more of our freedom. Magicians have long known that distracting an audience is the key to creating the illusion of magic. It also is the key to political magic. Alarms ranging from “overpopulation” to “global warming” and crusades ranging from “affordable housing” to “universal health care” have been among the distractions of political magicians. But few distractions have had such a long and impressive political track record as getting people to resent and, if necessary, hate other people. The most politically effective totalitarian systems have gotten people to give up their own freedom in order to vent their resentment or hatred at other people - under Communism, the capitalists; under Nazis, the Jews. Under extremist Islamic regimes today, hatred is directed at the infidels in general and the “great Satan,” the United States, in particular. There some people have been induced to give up not only their freedom but even their lives, in order to strike a blow against those they have been taught to hate. We have not yet reached these levels of hostility, but those who are taking away our freedoms, bit by bit, on the installment plan, have been incessantly supplying us with people to resent. One of the most audacious attempts to take away our freedom to live our lives as we see fit has been the so-called “health care reform” bills that were being rushed through Congress before either the public or the members of Congress themselves had a chance to discover all that was in it. For this, we were taught to resent doctors, insurance companies and even people with “Cadillac health insurance plans,” who were to be singled out for special taxes. Meanwhile, our freedom to make our own medical decisions - on which life and death can depend - was to be quietly taken from us and transferred to our betters in Washington. Only the recent Massachu-
setts election results have put that on hold. Another dangerous power toward which we are moving, bit by bit, on the installment plan, is the power of politicians to tell people what their incomes can and cannot be. Here the resentment is being directed against “the rich.” The distracting phrases here include “obscene” wealth and “unconscionable” profits. But, if we stop and think about it which politicians do not expect us to - what is obscene about wealth? Wouldn’t we consider it great if every human being on earth had a billion dollars and lived in a place that could rival the Taj Mahal? Poverty is obscene. It is poverty that needs to be reduced - and increasing a country’s productivity has done that far more widely than redistributing income by targeting “the rich.” You can see the agenda behind the rhetoric when profits are called “unconscionable” but taxes never are, even when taxes take more than half of what someone has earned, or add much more to the prices we have to pay than profits do. The assumption that what A pays B is any business of C is an assumption that means a dangerous power being transferred to politicians to tell us all what incomes we can and cannot receive. It will not apply to everyone all at once. Like the income tax, which at first applied only to the truly rich, and then slowly but steadily moved down the income scale to hit the rest of us, the power to say what incomes people can be allowed to make inevitably will move down the income scale to make us all dependents and supplicants of politicians. The phrase “public servants” is increasingly misleading. They are well on their way to becoming public masters - like aptly named White House “czars.” The more they can get us all to resent those they designate, the more they can distract us from their increasing control of our own lives but only if we sell our freedom cheap. We can sell our birthright and not even get the mess of pottage.
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as lost. Along with returning his lost belongings, Suzanne’s letter explained how she came upon these things. She was at a neighbor’s house and overheard a boy bragging how he found the money clip in a parking lot and had used it to procure, luckily, just a few meaningless things like soda and food. The debit card had recently been reloaded with money our son received from Christmas and the damage could have been significantly more costly. Suzanne confronted the boy, lectured all the kids he was with about character and integrity, and reminded him that he could be facing serious (legal) consequences besides her fury. She notified the boy’s parents, and the boy is grounded for two months with no car. Suzanne is far more than just a mother who cares. She is an example for these boys (and all of us as parents) by acting with honesty, with compassion to our son, a boy she has never met, and confronting this situation head-on. She could have easily ignored what she heard, saying none of my business. I hope the boys sincerely listened to what I am guessing she spoke to - virtue, self-control and how our actions and the choices we make impact others and not only ourselves. Suzanne, we are grateful to you for returning our son’s belongings. More so, we sincerely thank you for using this as a teaching moment about honor and respect. Your children are blessed to have you as their mother, and our community is fortunate to have you as a good mother. Denise and Craig Evans Clarkson Valley
outdoors, less than 70 feet from residential properties. The noise and vibrations from these operations permeate walls and can be felt inside our homes. Parkway Superintendent Robert Malito and Director of Communications Paul Tandy (who admitted publicly he would not want to live here) refer to the Parkway campus when looking at it from Augusta Drive as “our little city.” They cut down the natural buffer of trees that hid the school campus for 40 years. The “privacy” fence referred to is a green, vinyl-slatted fence and a poor excuse for a buffer. Delivery trucks, trash trucks, bobcats, maintenance trucks and dumpsters can be heard and viewed from homes. Materials and waste from all Parkway schools are delivered back as trash to blight our neighborhood and severely devalue our properties. There is nighttime dumping and excessive lighting that shines into homes. It is essentially an industrial complex. Approximately 150 buses serving 30 schools, 27,000 students, six cities and 68 square miles are all housed in one location next to houses in Chesterfield. These buses can be seen and heard starting up, taking off and retuning back to the Central campus several times daily. The beeping can be heard throughout the neighborhood and inside homes. The miserable sound and poisonous diesel exhaust adversely affects the neighbors. How “green” is this? Although Parkway is proud of their recycling awards, in my opinion, they have no more business operating a noisy recycling facility than Allied Waste would have running a school. Rachel Eilbott Chesterfield
To the Editor: Gerald Lunders (Letters to the Editor, Jan. 27) mentioned how Ronald Reagan said, “Government is the problem” and how Democrats have “hijacked government and are hell-bent on instilling socialism.” It is odd that he mentioned Reagan’s rhetoric of smaller government when Reagan actually practiced just the opposite (for conservatives, facts are stubborn things). Reagan vowed to slash government, but government payrolls actually expanded by more than 60,000 during his tenure. Comparatively, government payrolls were cut by 373,000 during the Clinton years, but I digress. Reagan also vowed, if elected, to abolish the Departments of Energy and Education, of which he did neither. He even gave the Department of Veterans Affairs a cabinetlevel position. Reagan also agreed to scale back the “closet socialism” of Social Security and Medicaid, but after deficits started to rise and the recession deepened, he never really tried to enact the domestic agenda on which he campaigned. Did you know in 1983 Reagan agreed to a $165 billion bailout of Social Security? And, did not Reagan also raise taxes (“tax reform” so he called it) to help offset the rising deficit? Regarding Lunders remark that “Obama is openly opposed to any war” is simply not true. Obama actually supported the war in Afghanistan but was vehemently opposed to the mindless war in Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction, anyone? Republicans keep saying, “We need health care reform, but not the way the Democrats are doing it.” Yet Republicans controlled Congress from 1994 to 2006 and had a Republican president for six of those Parkway recycling Government diet years, so what was their plan for health To the Editor: To the Editor: care reform? Oh yeah, there was none. Say This is in response to the letter written The Feb. 10 editorial spotlights disaswhat you will, but it is going to take a little by Jay Davis, the president of the Park- trous ideas flowing from Washington. In longer than one year for Obama to clean up way Board of Education. As a resident of terms of revenue resources, the situation after eight years of George W. Bush. Augusta Drive, I question Parkway’s pur- may be even worse than you depicted. Larry Covington ported concern for their neighbors. QualThe U.S. Debt clock (www.usdebtclock. Ballwin ity of life has been destroyed by the noise, org) indicates that only a third of Ameriblight and the smell of rotting trash and cans pay federal taxes. They show 308 milParenting by example exhaust for these very same neighbors. lion persons in the nation and 109 million To the Editor: It has been years since Parkway recycled taxpayers. That means barely more than We are writing to let your readers know Styrofoam and students recycled their one third (35 percent) pay taxes or almost about a letter we received in the mail, lunch trays. It was a good idea that turned two-thirds do not pay them. signed by “Suzanne, a good mother who into a monster. Tons of trash, aluminum, Voters who do not pay taxes have no cares.” other metal and hazardous scrap is now incentive to urge government to go on a Our 16-year-old son lost his mono- transported from 30 schools in six cities diet. grammed money clip that held his driver’s to Parkway Central’s campus and stored in Norman Baxter license, debit card and a gift card. He had view of houses. The extremely noisy proChesterfield no idea where it was, and we wrote it off cess of tearing apart and sorting takes place
Standing behind leaders To the Editor: I read the letters submitted to your magazine every week and every week - at least recently - I am left in a somewhat state of fear. I must constantly reassure myself that the opinions of those writing do not represent society in general. For someone to write “because of our opposition...President Barack Obama... etc...have accomplished nothing good for America,” it is quite obvious that there is something more going on in this country than dislike of the other party. The writer seems to be quite proud that his opposition and the opposition of his friends have caused failure. That is totally incredible to me. I can only suppose that this writer would be in his total glory if the world collapsed and all people were left hungry and homeless and in total ruin - just as long as this colossal failure came under this current regime. Maybe I am unique but I know way too many people struggling - fighting for their homes, their families and their lives - to wish additional failure on anyone - regardless of party in power. My friends and neighbors have not the patience or the finances or the ability to care for their health needs to wait another number of years for another party to come to power. Somewhere along the way we have lost track of our neighbor - we simply do not love him anymore, not sure we even know him. I am literally sickened by the hatred in this country and that lost feeling of care for the common man. Personally, I voted for this “new brand of leadership” that the previous writer talked about. My vote was for a return to decency; a return to family and the lost dinner table; for hope that all mankind may walk together holding hands as one; for elimination of corporate greed and for fairness and equity in the work place; my vote was for a change in direction for so many of my neighbors. I proudly stand by my vote and I can tell you without wavering that had my vote not been for the winning candidate, I would have hoped and prayed for complete success for the elected leaders of our land. I cannot believe I am alone with this thought. Ronald J. Unterreiner Chesterfield
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CREVE COEUR Emergency preparedness training Following a major disaster such as an earthquake, tornado or severe storm, first responders will not easily meet the demands for public service. When disasters struck the Gulf Coast region, San Francisco, India and most recently Haiti, citizens have relied on each other for immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs. These disasters have displayed the need for basic disaster supplies in your home as well as the knowledge to use them. Through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-sponsored classes such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, citizens can learn these basic skills. CERT training has seven blocks of instruction on disaster preparedness, medical operations, search and rescue, and others. Following these classes, students will participate in a live disaster simulation. In addition to the knowledge and confidence to prepare their family for when disaster strikes, graduates will receive a
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ELLISVILLE Home sprinklers The Ellisville City Council has passed an ordinance that puts the city into compliance with a recently passed state law that requires homebuilders to offer fire suppression sprinkler systems in new residential structures. According to the ordinance, a builder of single-family homes of four or fewer units shall offer to any purchaser on or before the
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Alcohol at Walgreens Customers at the two Walgreens drug stores in Ellisville now may have the option of buying beer and wine. The Ellisville City Council on Feb. 3 approved conditional use permits for the liquor licenses. The two stores are located at 1302 Clarkson/Clayton Center and 16101 Manchester Road. Representatives from Walgreens said the store once had a full liquor store but discontinued it several years ago. Now they have come back to express to Ellisville leaders their desire to sell alcohol once again. Walgreens will sell solely beer and wine on a limited basis at both stores. Walgreens District Manager Ed Catani said the store has plans to remodel both sites and in the process will remove 20 percent of its items. He also said they may carry hard liquor in the future. The conditional use permits were required in order to be able to sell alcohol, said Ellisville City Clerk Kate Demeter.
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Trail will connect portion of Great Rivers Greenway District The new multi-use Rock Hollow Trail that stretches along Old Lawler Ford Road in Wildwood from Ridge Road as a feeder path into the Meramec River area’s Al Foster Trail is nearly complete. Twelve of the 13 wooden pedestrian bridges have been installed and most of the asphalt for the length of the recreational trail is in place. A natural trail also is being constructed adjacent to the asphalt trail to provide hikers and bikers with different options. The remaining bridge is slated to be completed in February, if weather permits. Project managers said the 2.25-mile trail will be closed to the public for at least the next couple of months to complete the remaining bridge and asphalt work as weather allows. Final grading and miscellaneous clean-up work will follow. Construction of the trail began in June 2009. The St. Louis County Council approved a lease to the city of Wildwood of nearly 255 acres near the river, including Packwood Park. The action was part of a $1.2 million project to build Rock Hollow Trail to connect the southern subdivisions of the city with the larger trail system along the river. The Great Rivers Greenway District, which is financed with a .1-cent sales tax, is providing matching funds for the project. Voters established the district in November 2000 with the passage of the Clean Water, Safe Parks and Community Trails Initiative (Proposition C) in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. District managers are spearheading the development of an overall plan called The River Ring, an interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails that will encircle the St. Louis vicinity. Eventually, the ring will encompass a 600-mile web of more than 45 greenways that crisscross the region. The concept of The River Ring was the outcome of a 10-month citizen planning process completed in September 2003. The Meramec Greenway became one of the organization’s first projects. Rock Hollow Trail is being funded via the following breakdown: Great Rivers Greenway District ($600,000), Municipal Park Grant Commission ($387,000), state of Missouri via St. Louis County ($100,000) and the city of Wildwood ($113,000).
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St. John’s is first area hospital to implement cardiac arrest treatment Using chilled saline, therapeutic hypothermia aims to lessen damage to brain tissue By Julie Brown Patton Although trauma that the heart suffers during cardiac arrest is fairly obvious, long-term effects to the brain from the same arrests can be just as debilitating due to lack of oxygen. To treat the overall effects of heart attacks, the St. John’s Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital staff recently added a new brainpreserving treatment to its emergency services. St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur is the first in the St. Louis region to implement pre-hospital therapeutic hypothermia (cooling) treatment for cardiac arrest patients. Medical experts indicate the benefits received from hypothermia treatment are not completely understood. However, scientists report that lower body temperatures stabilize the flow of blood and inhibit the release of toxic brain chemicals that cause secondary injuries after the initial traumatic injury. St. John’s Mercy teams have performed therapeutic hypothermia on cardiac arrest patients for the past three years in the intensive care and cardiac care units. George Kichura, M.D., medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab at St. John’s Mercy, said that if the heart is successfully restarted through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), there still could be ongoing damage to the brain, preventing a full recovery. “Therapeutic hypothermia is the only
treatment that has been recognized by the American Heart Association to improve survival with good neurological outcomes of patients who remain comatose after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” Kichura said. “We want all of our patients to have the best chance at a full recovery. By offering therapeutic hypothermia before a patient arrives at the hospital, it may lessen the damage to the brain tissue.” An integrated care delivery team recently was trained on therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest patients, including area emergency responders, cardiologists, intensivists, emergency room physicians and nurses. Eight area emergency management service (EMS) crews now are prepared to offer the pre-hospital treatment, including EMS personnel from the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District, Eureka Fire Protection District, Metro West Fire Protection District, Monarch Fire Protection District, and the West County EMS and Fire Protection District. Doctors and nurses from St. John’s Mercy’s emergency department, rapid response team and cardiac catheterization labs also were trained on therapeutic hypothermia. Therapeutic hypothermia administered by area EMS crews lowers patient body temperatures using chilled intravenous saline, Kichura said. “When the patient is transferred to St. John’s Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospi-
St. John’s Mercy Hospital is the first in the St. Louis region to implement pre-hospital therapeutic hypothermia (cooling) treatment for cardiac arrest patients. Area emergency management service crews administer the treatment by lowering patient body temperatures using chilled intravenous saline now carried in ambulances.
tal, cooling pads are used to maintain the body’s temperature at 92 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours,” Kichura said. “After 24 hours, the body temperature is gradually raised at a rate of less than 1 degree an hour.” The St. John’s Mercy Foundation provided the funding for cooling units needed to chill the intravenous saline to 20 EMS crews at a cost of approximately $1,000 per unit. EMS leaders bought a few prototype cooling units for the Creve Coeur ambulances last year. “We had been discussing the needs for cooling units since 2008 after hearing about how well they worked for field treatments in other cities, such as Houston and Pittsburgh,” said Larry Ashby, chief medi-
cal officer for the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District. “We heard presentations from cardiologists and knew the protocol for the treatment was modeled but not mandated.” Ashby said they have been rotating three mobile cooling units among five ambulances. He also said this is just the start of good things to come for better patient outcomes. “We’re ready to go,” Ashby said. “I don’t think there’s another effort like this one in the state.”
Ballwin resident blocked from speaking at Board of Aldermen meeting By Julie Brown Patton Ballwin resident Jim Nelson said he was not allowed to present comments during the public participation portion of the Feb. 8 Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting. “(Ballwin) Mayor (Tim) Pogue, at the direction of (Ballwin) City Attorney Robert Jones, denied me the opportunity to speak at the meeting during the time set aside for citizen comments,” Nelson said. “This was done after Mayor Pogue inquired of me the topic of my comments, and I told him they would be about the (Schnucksrelated) Transportation Development District (TDD).” Nelson said that after he revealed his intentions, Pogue advised him that he could not speak because the TDD is the subject of ongoing litigation. “This notion was reaffirmed by City
Attorney Jones when I objected, and asked for any legal basis for the denial,” Nelson said. Pogue said that Nelson was told prior to the meeting that the aldermen will not discuss topics of pending litigation. “The Schnucks’ TDD litigation to be specific,” Pogue said. “This was the only reason the resident was denied (to comment), and other residents did speak on other subjects the same night. Public comment is not required by state statute. Public comments are taken as a courtesy to the residents to voice their concerns or comments.” Nelson said his purpose in addressing the board was to update them on Jones’ actions as cited in the lawsuit and resulting situation, and to ensure Ballwin residents who view board meeting minutes know what is
occurring. “The facts are that City Attorney Jones’ very questionable, and possibly illegal, actions in consenting Ballwin to the formation of the TDD are now under review by the courts and other state legal authorities,” Nelson said. Nelson said he believes Jones effectively thwarted his effort to update everyone, and did so in a way that should raise serious ethical questions. He cites Missouri Supreme Court rules and Missouri Ethics Commission guidelines that govern professional conduct regarding client-lawyer relationships and conflicts of interest. “Rule 4 should raise question after question regarding Mr. Jones’ conduct related to this case, and I cite only one example: ‘ The lawyer’s own interests should not
be permitted to have an adverse effect on representation of a client. For example, if the probity of a lawyer’s own conduct in a transaction is in serious question, it may be difficult or impossible for the lawyer to give a client detached advice,’” Nelson said. Nelson said Jones’ conduct is under serious question and, at a minimum, he should immediately recuse himself from participating in any city action involving the TDD in question. He also said the Ballwin Board of Aldermen should seek independent legal advice. “I also believe it is inappropriate and wrong to bar a resident from speaking simply because a suit has been filed on the issue,” Nelson said. “How else can we alert citizens as to what is going on?”
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Wildwood Business Association (WBA) members addressed the banner proposal at their Feb. 4 meeting. Wildwood City Councilmember Holly Ferris (ward 8), who is a WBA committee member, explained that City Councilmembers were considering how the project might apply to Town Center, based on the test market initiative they had authorized. “Residents want the businesses to succeed, and this is one way the city can help those businesses,” Ferris said. Greg Litwicki, co-founder of Shaw Company, a brand management provider and partner with the banner pilot program, told WBA members that he believed the banners were executed in a manner that protects the integrity of Wildwood while providing an awareness campaign. “The banners are an organic, upscale look, and we believe this type of awareness leads to trial, which leads to loyalty,” said Litwicki, who also is a Wildwood resident. Mikel Garrett, a State Farm agent based in Wildwood, said, “Anything I spend to promote my business comes from my own budget. For the amount of money the banners require, I’d be all over this in a heartbeat to help promote my services.” However, Wildwood City Councilmember Tammy Shea (ward 3) said the details associated with extending the banner program to Town Center were only presented to the city’s Planning/Economic Development/Parks Subcommittee (PEP) in midDecember, and that a decision had not yet been made. At the Feb. 8 Wildwood City Council meeting, Shea said managing the project is a huge undertaking, whether it is administered through city staff or through a thirdparty entity. Participating businesses would cover the costs under the current proposal. Wildwood City Councilmember Michele Bauer (ward 8) said that based on her research, the city of Clayton used a banner See OFFICIALS DEBATE, page 15
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Rockwood officials approve new superintendent By Diane Plattner Rockwood School District officials have chosen a Minnesota administrator to replace Superintendent Craig Larson, who is retiring at the end of this school year. The Rockwood School Board on Feb. 11 voted 7-0 to hire Bruce Borchers as superintendent of the school district beginning July 1, 2010. The board approved a threeyear contract with Borchers for $230,000 per year. “I want to serve as an educational leader for this dynamic school district because I share the district’s commitment to academic excellence, accountability and increased student achievement for all students,” Borchers said. “My passion is continuous improvement for myself, students and staff members.” Working with Ray and Associates, a firm that specializes in executive searches, Rockwood officials had selected Borchers as the single finalist from more than 40 applicants in a nationwide search, which began last September. “It is an incredible honor to be selected as the next superintendent of the Rockwood School District,” Borchers said. “I fully realize that there were many excellent candidates who were interested in this position. I am extremely grateful and feel very fortunate to become a team member in such a great district.” Borchers, who currently serves as the associate superintendent of secondary schools for the Anoka-Hennipen School District in Minnesota, said Rockwood’s focus on improvement caught his eye during the application process. “When looking at the Rockwood School District, the first thing I noticed was the district’s focus on continuous improve-
ment,” Borchers said. “I saw a district that was not happy resting on the great things they have done. Having now met the school board and various stakeholders during the interview process, I truly understand their commitment to ensuring the success of every student.” Borchers said he would like to continue this tradition. ”I want to honor the culture and success of this district and look for strategies to increase the great success the district has had with its students,” Borchers said. “I am going to work very hard at building relational capital. Without positive, constructive and authentic relationships with people, you cannot lead effectively.” Borchers also said he would like to be as visible as possible. “Effective superintendents need to get out, be seen, and interact with the staff, the board and the community,” Borchers said. “Finally, I will be accountable and responsible for making sure that all students reach their potential.” Borchers has served as associate superintendent for secondary schools for the 40,500-student Anoka-Hennipen School District in Coon Rapids, Minn., since 2008. Prior to Anoka-Hennipen, Borchers was a principal and assistant principal at Mankoto West High School in Mankoto, Minn.; an interim assistant principal and guidance counselor at South East Junior High in Iowa City, Iowa; and an elementary PE teacher for the Sioux City Community Schools in Sioux City, Iowa. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, master’s degrees from Wayne State College and the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College.
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is being as accommodating of the Wildwood business community as it could be. For example, Council recently appointed as the liaison to the WBA a Councilmember (Tammy Shea) who owns a small retail business in Chesterfield Valley. She relocated her business twice in the last 18 months, and both times she chose to keep her business in Chesterfield. For whatever reasons, Council has sent a representative who lives in Wildwood, but chooses to operate her business in Chesterfield. I certainly don’t believe this sends a message of support to the Wildwood business community.” The City Council eventually voted to send the proposed project back to the PEP committee for further discussion.
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Victims of shooting in Creve Coeur identified By Ted Dixon Jr. Creve Coeur police have identified the two victims of an apparent murder- suicide that took place just before 7 p.m. on Sun, Feb. 14 in the 700 block of Ambois Drive. Police identified the victims as Joseph Dehapre, 52, and his brother-in-law, 51-year-old Joseph Meissert. Police said
the two were having an argument when it escalated into violence. According to police, Dehapre shot Meissert, who is a paraplegic, and then turned the gun on himself. Meissert was lying in his bed when he was shot, police said. Authorities said the two, along with Dehapre’s wife, were living in the home.
Former Ballwin prosecutor pleads guilty to child porn charges By Gretchen A. Harman Dick Fox, a prominent St. Louis attorney who once worked as a part-time municipal judge and prosecutor, on Feb. 8 pled guilty to child porn charges in federal court. Fox faces up to 71 months in prison when he is sentenced in May. Federal agents arrested Fox in August 2009, stating that he had more than a dozen pornographic images of young girls
on his computer. According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s office, from Feb. 26, 2008, to March 24, 2009, Fox had images on his computer of a young girl or girls involved in sex acts. Fox is facing more prison time because an investigation revealed some of the pornography was worse than originally thought. Neither Fox nor his attorney returned phone calls for comment.
Rewards offered for stolen family heirlooms By Julie Brown Patton Although the Wertz family said they took all the appropriate action to protect their Chesterfield home, they were burglarized on Jan. 30. Now, the family is seeking assistance in locating some irreplaceable family heirlooms that were inside a safe that was taken that evening. The family is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the items, or for information leading to the return of these items, which includes jewelry, personal documents and paper registrations. During the burglary that occurred sometime between 5 and 11 p.m. that night, Sandy Wertz said the thieves used a crowbar to get through two doors and three locks. “They took a dolly from our garage and wheeled our 150-pound safe out the backyard and down the neighbors’ driveway,” Wertz said. She said that approximately 75 items
were contained in the black, Sentry safe, including jewelry passed on from her mother, father and aunt, as well as her grandmother’s pieces and her own jewelry. “They also took my father’s World War II ring and his wedding ring from another part of the house,” Wertz said. “Some of the jewelry is more than 100 years old, and they aren’t the type of things I can even go to a store and try to buy. That’s what hurts most.” Among other items taken that night were a big screen television and computer. The Wertz home is located within Forest Ridge Subdivision, near Olive Blvd. and Ladue Road, off Hwy. 141. The family also is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of the robbers, in addition to the $10,000 for the items. Anyone who has information about that evening is asked to contact the Chesterfield Police Department at 537-3000 or the Wertz family at (314) 753-2856.
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By Ted Dixon Jr. Following the lead of other cities in the community, the Creve Coeur City Council is considering allowing alcohol in city parks in conjunction with the permitted rental of park pavilions. Alcohol currently is banned in most parks in the city of Creve Coeur, said Creve Coeur Public Information Office Melissa Weiss. An ordinance was adopted in 1987 that specifically banned alcohol in Beirne Park, Lake School Park, Conway Park and Malcolm Terrace Park. After the ordinance was adopted, the city opened LaVerne Collins Park (named after the longtime Creve Coeur city clerk) and Millennium Park, neither of which was covered in the ordinance. The historic Tappmeyer House is located at Millennium Park and is open to the public for special events. Alcohol can be served at these events. Creve Coeur city leaders now are pondering whether alcohol restrictions can be applied in Millennium Park as well and how alcohol restrictions that exist in city parks should be modified to best address the community’s interests, according to the proposed ordinance. The city initially discussed the idea last summer. Creve Coeur recently conducted a survey of nearby municipalities and found that cities such as Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clayton, Des Peres and Town & Country currently do not restrict alcohol in their city parks. When asked if they had been aware of any substantial problems pertaining to
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the drinking of alcohol in their parks, none of the cities indicated that they were aware of any problems, according to the survey. During a discussion at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting, Creve Coeur City Councilmember Jeanne Rhoades (ward 4) said she received some letters from residents that seemingly had strong opinions about prohibiting alcohol in parks. The Creve Coeur Parks Committee also recommended to the City Council and unanimously supported allowing alcohol. The options considered include: • Allowing only less-intoxicating alcohol in city parks, such as beer and wine. • Allowing all alcohol in city parks, including liquor. • Allowing alcohol in city parks only in conjunction with pavilion rentals. Pavilions are only available for rental at Millennium Park and Beirne Park. • Expanding the existing ban of alcohol in certain city parks to cover all city parks. After careful deliberation, city staff reached a compromise and recommended allowing alcohol in the parks on a limited basis in conjunction with the permitted rental of a park pavilion or the Tappmeyer House. It is thought that this will provide for enough flexibility for residents who wish to bring alcohol into the parks for authorized events. For safety precautions, glass containers within any city park would be prohibited, excluding the glass containers inside the Tappmeyer House. A final vote on the topic is scheduled for later this month.
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Creve Coeur officials consider where garbage can be placed By Ted Dixon Jr. The Creve Coeur City Council is planning on changing its code or ordinances regarding the storage location of residential garbage, recycling and yard waste receptacles when not at the curb for collection. The proposed ordinance stipulates that garbage and all other waste receptacles must be stored behind the front face of a home and within 5 feet of the exterior of the house or garage. Creve Coeur City Councilmember Laura Bryant (ward 4) said she received complaints that residents are leaving them in front of the garage doors, alongside the driveway. Creve Coeur City Councilmember David Kassander (ward 3) said he received some comments from his constituents regarding their concern with recent language that was removed from the proposed change. He said in the city’s code the city does not define “building face” but “building line.” “And if we don’t consider corner lots then we are going to have a problem,” Kassander said. “We will need to define what building face is, and if it is behind it then we will need to define what the front is.” Kassander suggested adding language that recognizes the city’s recycling program and the toters that go along with it and the city’s requirements that they cannot stay at
the curb. Creve Coeur City Councilmember Robert Haddenhorst (ward 3) said he received comments from concerned citizens as well regarding the language and they are opposed to the bill as presented. Creve Coeur City Councilmember Jeanne Rhoades (ward 4) said she had cause for concern with the ordinance when it was discussed at a recent meeting. She said after driving through the Bellerive Estates subdivision, there were few violations if this ordinance had been in effect. “I still feel this is a solution looking for a problem,” Rhoades said. “This is going to be a challenge for residents to comply with.” Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said the city originally began with the building line but recognized that the building line might be in front of the building. Perkins also said the idea was that residents could have the containers on the side of the house but behind the front building face. He said some residents have their containers on the side of their homes and the city currently does not have a code that prevents that. “Occasionally we get a complaint for that, and if it is neatly stacked then we don’t make contact,” Perkins said.
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By Jeannie Seibert If the Tea Parties are a fledgling, elementary movement only now getting its sea legs, the Constitutional Coalition is its older grad school sibling that has been in full sail for more than 20 years. For the 21st year, the Constitutional Coalition gathered Feb. 4-6 in Frontenac for its annual conference. Coincidentally or not, it also was the 99th celebration of former President Ronald Reagan’s birthday. And these folks are Ronald Reagan conservatives but not all Republicans. Reagan conservatives are those who responded to return to the principles that Reagan inspired. This produced a new kind of voter in 1984, when the Reagan Democrats were credited with his landslide re-election victory. Nearly every speaker referenced a Reagan act or quote to illustrate a point usually smaller government, lower taxes and Judeo-Christian themes. The most notable Reagan acolyte, Glenn Beck, headlined the three-day event on Feb. 5. Grabbing the bulk of the headlines, the Coalition contracted with Chaifetz Arena to accommodate the larger audience that Beck drew. Beck even doffed a hat to the organization itself. On his morning radio show before the Friday night appearance, he said that while he has been studying the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers for the last few years, the Constitutional Coalition has been doing it for more than two decades. His performance reflected his respect for the organization. This was not the manic Glenn Beck his fans have come to know. Gone were the tennis shoes, jeans and sweatshirt. This Glenn Beck took to the stage in a sharp Armani-esque business suit, perfectly coiffed and seriously toned down. He told the story of his decline. How he hit bottom and his ongoing recovery after years of alcohol and drug addiction. Beck’s rise to become a central figure in the modern-day conservative ascendancy has been the stuff of media reviews for the past five years. He credits his hitting rock bottom for the place he now occupies at the pinnacle of a fast-growing movement. “Don’t take that away,” Beck cautioned rhetorically to those who would “fundamentally transform America” into an over-arching nanny state with cradle-tograve entitlements and crushing taxation to fund wealth redistribution governmental schemes. While Beck attracted the most attention, there were other notables among a
lengthy speakers’ list, including some who are notable for having once been liberal radically so in some instances - and having come to conservatism in recent years. Michael Medved, also a radio talk show host, author and movie critic, gave the opening address on Feb. 4. Admitting he had considered himself a liberal in his earlier years, Medved explained how reality settled over him when he realized he, like many others, had fallen for a deliberate assault on business and entrepreneurship on capitalism. Touting a recently-published book, he condensed the theme into his speech, giving five reasons why business is good for America, creating the most prosperous nation the world has ever known and while doing so creating the largest middle class in history. On the other hand, David Horowitz told the room of approximately 400 members that he once was a “card-carrying Marxist.” In the course of researching arguments as to why Marxism was preferable to capitalism, Horowitz proved to himself that the United States’ form of constitutional republic fueled by a free market society is far superior to Marxism. The reformed arch-liberal Horowitz told how he was barred from fulfilling a speaking date at the University of Missouri-St. Louis last year in an effort to demonstrate how those in the Progressive movement are prejudiced against conservatives and See COALITION, page 21
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COALITION, from page 20 lenges conventional thinking. Repeating the oft-stated fact that Al Qaeda is at war with the West because of a U.S. presence in the Middle East, she said, “Nonsense.” Holding up a sheaf of papers, Gabriel described a covenant of Islamic leaders, laid out in 1928, providing step-by-step instructions on how Islam would infiltrate the world and convert the population to that religion and way of life. “The U.S. was not present in the Middle East in 1928,” Gabriel said, going on to list the many steps that now are being carried out by the 1928 document. One is indoctrination of school children. Gabriel discussed state boards of education caving to Islamic leaders’ demands that aspects of Islam be taught in public schools while those same schools outlaw “the 10 Commandments and Christmas trees.” In the name of diversity, radical Islam is using Americans’ goodwill against them deliberately and with the purpose of eradicating Jewish and Christian teachings from society, Gabriel said. Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke (R-Dist. 1) shared his discomfort with having to follow the energetic, effusive Gabriel but soldiered on with a recitation of the Founding Fathers’ Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Placing special emphasis on those rights not listed in the founding documents as belonging to the individual states, otherwise known as the 10th Amendment or state sovereignty, Lembke updated the audience to the popular cause currently underway in 23 state houses. While former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and Frank Gaffney were unable to fly into St. Louis during the snow storm that hit the eastern seaboard, those attending the Educational Policy Conference 21, the name of this year’s Constitutional Coalition session, were not disappointed, with the likes of former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent and U.S. Congressman Michele Bachmann included among the speakers. U.S. Congressman Todd Akin joined Beck on stage at the Chaifetz Arena along with Bachmann, who returned for a second session on Feb. 5. U.S. history, restoring Judeo-Christian values, learning the skills it takes to communicate conservative thought and ideas, books and DVDs on all those topics combined to create a three-day crash course in conservatism. Organizer Donna Hearne welcomed new conferencegoers but, before closing, announced the 2011 event would be held the last weekend in January. Thrilled that so much interest has been generated in the organization she has been a part of for more than 20 years, Hearne said to consult with the Web site for more information.
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will restrict free speech. “Conservatives are too nice,” Horowitz said. “These people are mean. I know. I was one of them.” Speakers throughout the conference represented expertise in education, legislation, and government policy and faith. Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken author and spokeswoman for Eagle Forum, has spent her entire life in education and calls the transformation of public schools “child abuse,” as social engineering disguised as education has taken over the classroom. Ted Baehr and Ann McElhinny picked up different angles to that theme as well. Missouri Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Dist. 7), the champion of the proposed state sovereignty bill in Jefferson City, tackled school bullying. Cunningham introduced college student Emily Landis, who described her battle to stand with her Christian convictions without suffering the bad grades assigned to students who do not conform to liberal morays taught in class. Educator Robert Littlejohn and Debi Demien, a member of the Missouri Board of Education, addressed the methodical inroads the left has made into making the public schools ground zero for teaching the liberal agenda to the exclusion of all else. Probably no one was more dynamic than Brigitte Gabriel. Describing her life as a child born in the democracy of Lebanon, Gabriel said she became a teenager as Islamic radicals were taking over her country. Her dramatic story was one of survival (at one point she lived on grass and dandelion leaves) and revival as she launched a career as a television broadcaster in Israel and eventually migrated to the United States, where she is launching the conservative answer to Moveon.org. Gabriel alerted her rapt audience to the signs that a similar fate to what occurred in Lebanon in the 1970s awaits the United States. “I see what is coming here because that is what happened in my country,” Gabriel said. “An incremental takeover of the only functioning democracy in the Middle East in which Muslims and Christians shared equally in the houses of government became a nation ruled by Shariah Law.” After the Muslims took over Lebanon, she said, women were no longer allowed out of the home without head-to-toe coverings and in the company of a male family member, to own property or seek an education. Christians who would not convert were summarily slaughtered. “We didn’t see it coming,” Gabriel said. “It couldn’t happen to us (they believed). But it did and it is happening here. I know because your future is my past.” Gabriel is a vibrant speaker who chal-
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Rockwood Prop 5 Town Hall meeting The Rockwood School District has scheduled a Town Hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24 in the Crestview Middle School library (16026 Clayton Road in Ellisville) to discuss Proposition 5, the $55 million, no-tax increase bond issue that focuses on safety, maintenance, additions, renovations and technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information about Proposition 5, which has been placed on the April 6 ballot. For more information, visit rockwood. k12.mo.us/prop5/Pages/default.aspx.
Rockwood School Board candidate forum The League of Women Voters of St. Louis sponsors a candidate forum for candidates running for the Rockwood School Board on the April 6 ballot. All candidates running for this office have been invited and include, in order of filing: Janet Strate, Linda D. Francois, Stephen (Steve) Banton, Tina M. Stinnett and Vincent R. Shorter. The forum is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tues., March 9 at Crestview Middle School (16025 Clayton Road in Ellisville).
The League will moderate and time this event. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information about the candidates, visit rockwood.k12.mo.us/ boardofeducation/Pages/BoardCandidates-April6Ballot.aspx or call (314) 9616869.
Circle scholarship competition Circle Of Concern once again will award scholarships to graduating seniors from Southwest and West County high schools. Circle plans to award $35,000 in grants, which winners can use at professional trade schools, community colleges or four-year colleges. Circle’s scholarship competition targets young people from low- and moderateincome families. All students who attend school or live within Circle Of Concern’s service area - the Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park School Districts - may apply. A special award will be made in honor of Circle Of Concern’s former vice president, Sam Palazzolo. A retired Parkway School District educator, Palazzolo volunteered in the pantry and served on Circle’s board of directors until his death earlier this year. Applications are due at Circle by Fri.,
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Student uses day off to help the hungry After a December visit to the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, 7-year-old Sydney Kolker decided that she wanted to help those in need. “I knew that people were hungry even after the holidays were over,” Sydney said. On Feb. 3, Sydney was home sick from school. She sat down with her mom at the computer and began typing a letter to all her neighbors in Ladue Farm Subdivision requesting that Sydney Kolker, 7, used her day off from school to conduct they leave a bag of grocer- her own food drive. ies on their front porch on Feb. 15. “I thought it would be perfect to ask people to help me,” Sydney said. On Feb. 12, Sydney was off of school for a Parkway School District Professional Development Day. “After the mail lady delivered the mail in the afternoon, my Mom and I walked around the neighborhood and put my letters in everyone’s mailbox,” Kolker said. On President’s Day (Feb. 15) Sydney, her Mom and 3-year-old sister drove around the neighborhood collecting cans. “My goal was to fill my Mom’s trunk,” Sydney said. Her was goal was accomplished. She attributes her success to her generous neighbors. “My neighbors were so nice,” Sydney said. “Some of them ever wrote me thank you notes. I don’t know why. They were giving, too.” Sydney said she hopes her efforts will spread throughout the community. “I want people to remember that people are needy not just around the holidays,” Sydney said.
CITY OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI Statement of Revenues and Expenditures For the Period of January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009 Combined General & Capital Impr. Funds Revenues
Year to Date
Local Option Tax
1/2 Cent Capital Imp Tax 1,892,856
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Joe Parisi, Lindenwood University dean of undergraduate admissions, recently presented a $10,000 scholarship to local Boy Scout and Heroism Award winner Joshua Newsham, 17, at Parkway South High School. The amount includes the university’s new $500 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Scholarship Award, which was created in recognition of the 100th anniversary of scouting.
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9,490,169 Licenses and Permits
91,515 Charges for Services
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WEST AREA TGA TRUST Licenses and Permits Interest Income
$2,259 183 2,441
3,924,842 Transfers Out Total Expenditures
Beginning Fund Balance $21,800,920 Ending Fund Balance
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“Since 1998, Lindenwood has offered a Boy Scouts of America program that rewards personal character and community service,” Parisi said. “When we learned of Joshua’s act of heroism, we selected him not only as the recipient of a scholarship under our existing program, but also as the recipient of our $500 Centennial Award.” Newsham is credited with using his scouting skills to perform an ice rescue to save the life of a man who had fallen into the Meramec River during the winter of 2009. He received a Heroism Award for the act during the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Friends of Scouting Kickoff Dinner. “Joshua exemplifies those qualities that Lindenwood holds in the highest regard,” Parisi said. “He is more than deserving of these scholarships, and we are proud he will become a part of our learning community.” Newsham is a First Class Scout in Troop 787, chartered to Carmen Trails Elementary School in the Parkway School District. He is a junior at Parkway South High School and also attends South County Technical School where he studies firefighting.
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West County students, medical professionals help Haiti Several students in West County have spent the past couple of weeks collecting money or donated items to help the recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in January. In addition, local medical professionals have lent a hand, collecting money, items and even traveling to the devastated region to assist. “Reader’s Digest” article shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that described how a young cellist used his talent to bring comfort to the heroes involved in rescue and recovery efforts in the days following the attacks. He took his instrument to the venue housing the rescue workers and for hours played beautiful music for those who so desperately needed to be reconnected to beauty after long hours of heartbreaking struggle. Students were encouraged to collect pledges for every minute of practice time they played as well as to be creative on how they practiced and raised funds, Blevins students collect items Fifth graders in Heidi Hubbard’s class including playing from their song packets at Blevins Elementary School in the Rock- from school as well as holding “jam seswood School District did a Help Haiti proj- sions” with fellow classmates and putting ect in which they collected donations to be on family concerts. sent to the earthquake-stricken country. All funds collected from the “PracticeThe students also viewed a “House of Hope” PowerPoint presentation that Hubbard’s husband and son made of their trip to Haiti last summer to work in the House of Hope orphanage. The items collected at Blevins will go to these children and the surrounding neighborhood in Haiti. Items will be hand delivered in suitcases or shipped using a container in the next few weeks. Items included batteries, flashlights and lanterns, dish soap, new tarps, new tents (they pack easier than used ones), rope, drop cloths, duct tape, face masks and bandanas, mosquito netting, bug spray, A-Thon” were donated to the American Ziploc bags, boxes of dry milk, small Red Cross. jars of peanut butter, small toothbrushes, travel-size toothpaste, travel-size bar soap, Students collect Kits for Kids travel-size shampoo, travel-size lotion and wash cloths. Students at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District assembled and donated more than 300 Kits 4 Kids Babler orchestra raises money donation bags as part of a statewide collecFrom Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, fifth-grade tion project for Haiti. Crestview’s Commuorchestra students from Babler Elementary nity Service Club sponsored the event. in the Rockwood School District held a The kits included toothpaste, shampoo, a “Practice-A-Thon” to help raise money for bar of soap, toothbrush, comb and a hand relief efforts in Haiti. towel packed in a plastic zipper bag. Friends and family were asked to make “The Kits 4 Kids provided an opportunity donations for each minute the students for our students to participate in a meanpracticed. Babler Elementary’s orches- ingful humanitarian service project,” said tra teacher, Linda Rekas, felt compelled Jill Scheulen, Crestview principal. to find a way for her and her students to The Missouri Department of Elementary contribute to the relief efforts. Rekas also and Secondary Education (DESE) and the is an earthquake survivor, having lived in Springfield-based Convoy of Hope coorLos Angeles during the 1994 Northridge dinated Kits 4 Kids. Convoy of Hope colearthquake. She was inspired to help after recalling a See HAITI, page 25
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM HAITI, from page 24 lected and distributed the kits. Convoy of Hope already has resources on the ground in Haiti and has been in Haiti for three years, serving meals to as many as 11,000 children a day. Students at several schools in the Parkway School District also joined the statewide effort. The Parkway schools that participated included Barretts, Bellerive, Hanna Woods, Mason Ridge, McKelvey, River Bend and Wren elementary schools; Central Middle; and South High School. Parkway schools collected approximately 1,000 kits. Ron Showers, outreach director for Convoy of Hope, said the hygiene kits will “make an immediate difference in the lives of the children in Haiti. With an estimated 1.5 million homeless survivors, there is a great need to make sure they are supplied with the most basic necessities of life. We look forward to the huge difference the students of Missouri are going to make in the coming weeks.”
Gateway Academy collects Change for Change The students at Gateway Academy
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started a campaign to raise money to build an orphanage in Haiti. Gateway parent Victoria Gilliam has a brother who visits Haiti and has built orphanages there in the past. They needed to raise $5,000 to build the orphanage. The campaign was called “Change for Change” and the students were asked to donate their own funds to support the effort. Some students even baked and sold cookies to raise funds. After just one week students raised more than $6,300. The money will go directly to the source, with Gilliam’s brother using the funds to build the orphanage and attain furnishings. None of the funds will be used for admin-
After watching images of devastation and tragedy following the earthquake in Haiti, St. John Lutheran School students were moved to action and raised approximately $7,000 in one day through a schoolwide fund-raiser to support an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Second- and fourth-grade classes sponsored a special dress day in which students could wear a non-uniform shirt, jeans and a hat in exchange for a donation. While the students were expecting to raise hundreds of dollars, they were amazed at the overwhelming generosity that resulted in thousands of dollars being collected. The money raised is going directly to the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (House of God’s Children) orphanage. It will be used to purchase food and water for the orphanage as well as help them find temporary housing. A former St. John teacher with ties to the orphanage spoke to students about the kids in Haiti prior to the earthquake and after hearing about all the children living on the streets, the students wanted to do something to make a difference.
Health At Hand Local resident Scott Causey, of HealthAtHand-intl.vpweb.com, arrived home safe and sound recently from Haiti, helping to treat the victims of the recent earthquake. Individuals with Health at Hand worked 12, 14-hour shifts in the heat with a short supply of food. They saw more than 200 patients a day, treating and housing the patients in tents located on the hospital parking lot as the building itself was unsafe. Of the nine hospitals in the city, there are only three left. Causey said the latest statistics from the quake included 200,000 dead, 150,000 still missing and 400,000 injured within the city of Port-au-Prince only.
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Chesterfield hockey team wins Squirt title The Chesterfield Falcons Squirt AA hockey team won the Squirt AA division of the recent Chesterfield Hockey Association Arctic Blast Hockey Tournament held at the Hardee’s Iceplex in Chesterfield. The Falcons went 4-1 in the tournament and beat the Wilmette Braves (Chicago) 3-1 to win the championship game. Front: Will Oliver (goalie). Bottom row (from left): Max Rogers, Mason Foppe, Justin Gilbert, Zachary Stolz, Chase Arend-Farrell and Caden Duggan. Second row: Dylan Giacin, Chase Morgan, Dawson Colombatto, Zachary Muller and Adam Trunko. Third row: Assistant Coach Jim Giacin, Assistant Coach Bill Muller and Head Coach Pat Duggan. for younger players in the program.” As expected, Wagner is a leader for the Patriots. This year she has been more demonstrative in her actions. “Caitlin has always led with her actions, but this year as a senior and two-year captain, she has been more vocal,” Williams said. “The players respect her and when she says something they listen.” Wagner is not going to pursue basketball in college, although she has had numerous inquiries from college coaches, Williams said. Wagner also plays soccer for Parkway South Coach Al Trost. “She is a great player (and a) better person,” Williams said. Whitfield Coach Melanie Marcy said Ituen has been a first-team, all-conference choice the last three years in the Metro Women’s Athletic Association (MWAA) Blue. She has signed to play college basketball at Morehead State. She is the first Whitfield girls’ basketball player to earn a scholarship to a Division I school. “Tyler has been a quiet leader since freshman year but has really come into her own since the latter part of her junior year,” Marcy said. “She has a passion for the game that comes through in her play and she is much more comfortable in the leadership role and putting the team on her shoulders.” She has many ways to help the Warriors on the court. “Basketball-wise, Tyler has multiple weapons and can attack you from the outside with her 3-point shot or inside on the drive or post up,” Marcy said. “She has really developed her mid-range game and has become more effective on the drive.” Marcy said she has enjoyed having Ituen play for her.
High school boys’ tennis MICDS Coach Patrick Huewe recently was named the 2009 National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Midwest Sectional Coach of the Year. The NFHS’ Midwest Huewe section includes the states of Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. “I was definitely surprised and humbled by the award,” Huewe said. “It is a great honor that must be shared with all of those involved in our tennis program; including the coaching staff, players, parents and athletic department all deserve recognition. I am supported incredibly well by those in our community so it is as much a reflection of the environment where I coach as it is a reflection of me personally.” Huewe is the World Languages Department chair at MICDS in addition to his duties as the varsity boys’ tennis coach. He has been coaching at MICDS for 10 years. He coached the girls’ team from 2000-05. In 2005 he took over the boys’ program. He led the Rams to second place in state in 2009. Pembroke Hill scored a 5-2 victory over MICDS. In the championship singles match, MICDS’ Andrew Mellow defeated Helias’ Tony Stephenson. Huewe has coached six athletes to individual singles championships and led two teams to the state championship. “I can’t wait to get back out and start coaching (this spring),” Huewe said. “The group of boys that is returning is as talented a group as I’ve had and just a fun group to coach. I look forward to it.”
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Parkway North football standout to play for Mizzou By Warren Mayes Parkway North football standout Anthony Gatti recently signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Parkway West quarterback Tyler Gabbert also signed his letter, but he already is enrolled at Missouri for the spring semester as he had enough credits to graduate after the first semester. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Gatti is an offensive tackle who also played baseball and ice hockey at Parkway North. Gatti, who selected Missouri over Mississippi and Wisconsin, was a first-team, all-state selection in 2008 and 2009. He was the Suburban South Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and a first-team, all-conference tackle in 2008 and 2009. If not for a question about a freshman math class, Gatti would be enrolled now at Missouri and rooming with Gabbert. “We talk a lot, and Tyler’s already up there and he’s doing good,” Gatti said. “Am I disappointed I’m not there? Yeah, but you have to adjust. Things happen in your life, and this is just a minor setback. I’ll have to come back stronger.” Parkway North Coach Bob Bunton said Gatti found out about the discrepancy Jan. 14, just before the Vikings’ football banquet. Gatti found out from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) clearinghouse that he was only given a half credit for his math class instead of a full credit that Parkway North awarded, so he was just shy of being able to graduate. Gatti, who wants to study business, is taking an online math class to satisfy the requirement. He also is recovering from a major knee injury he suffered in the Vikings’ regular-season finale against Kirkwood on Oct. 30. “He was having his best game of the season,” Bunton said. “He was backside on a trap and he got rolled up. We all cringed. He was in a lot of pain.” Missouri team doctors conducted a 3-hour operation on Gatti in Columbia and he has been rehabbing the knee. He works out three days a week and then he has 2 hours of rehab. On the other two weekdays, Gatti works at his grandfather’s auto body shop for spending money. “My knee’s doing great,” Gatti said. “I’m just starting to run on it now. I’ve got my brace. I’m going great. When it happened, Missouri called me right away and said they were going to stick with me. That was a cool moment, and I was comforted by it.” It was the “atmosphere” that sold Gatti on Missouri. “It was great up there,” Gatti said. “Everything felt like I was at home, so it was the
Parkway North football standout Anthony Gatti recently signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of MissouriColumbia.
place for me. It just clicked for me. Being close to home was a factor. My parents can come up and see me play. Being a Missouri kid, I just wanted to go to Mizzou.” It has not been decided if Gatti will redshirt this fall. “They’ve put it all up to me,” Gatti said. “So I got to prove to them and show them who I am and what I can do.” Bunton said the future is up to Gatti. “He’s got the size and he’s very athletic,” Bunton said. “He’s a hockey player, too, and he’s pretty smooth on skates. When he was a junior, I thought he could be a big-time recruit. He just blossomed this year. He developed some real meanness and he learned how to handle the tenacity and intensity on the football field. He’ll be starting over in college. He’s working hard and he’s very coachable. We wish him the best at Mizzou. We’re very proud of him.” Gatti is the first Parkway North player to sign with Missouri since the late Aaron O’Neal. O’Neal died tragically on the afternoon of July 12, 2005, following a voluntary workout with his teammates. He would have been a senior for the Tigers last fall. “I knew him a little,” Gatti said about O’Neal. “My cousin was pretty good friends with him. I knew what kind of character he had and what kind of shoes I have to fill.” When he gets to Columbia, he will be part of a freshman class that includes Gabbert. Parkway West Coach Jeff Duncan said Gabbert made a good move to enroll early at Missouri. “I think that it is a great chance for the players to not only start learning the football system and become a part of the program, but also get used to the rigor of the academic load that will challenge them in their young careers,” Duncan said. Gabbert’s older brother, Blaine, who will be a junior, is Mizzou’s starting quarSee PARKWAY NORTH, page 29
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM PARKWAY NORTH, from page 28 terback. The younger Gabbert will work hard to make the transition to college football, Duncan said. He has a great arm and has his footwork down. “He is so fundamentally sound that the mechanical stuff will not be a problem,” Duncan said. “He will really be able to focus on the installation of their playbook and philosophy. He’s in great shape and has prepared for years for this opportunity. He’s a fierce competitor who will be up for any of the challenges thrown at him. He’s done all of the little things right to get him to this point. Now it’s time for him to just step into this new challenge and compete for a spot to play on Saturdays. Naturally, Duncan is happy for Gabbert. “The entire Parkway West community is proud of Tyler, and we realize what a great opportunity this is for him and what it means to the Longhorns,” Duncan said. • • • Other players from West County also signed letters of intent to play collegiate football.
Parkway Central Linebacker/running back Lee Ward chose Pennsylvania, while kicker Cameron Berra selected Eastern Illinois, where he also will play baseball. “Cameron is the best athlete in the school,” Colts’ Coach Mark Goldenberg said. “He leaves with the most field goals
in school history in a season and a career. He will be missed as a real weapon from the special teams.” Ward also was a force for the Colts. “Lee is very deserving, and he has done everything a coach could ask of any athlete,” Goldenberg said. “Lee has been the perfect player for my program. He has been a leader on and off the field as well as one of my best players I have ever coached. To see all of his hard work pay off with a scholarship to Penn is what it is all about as a coach. With Lee’s work ethic and ability, the jump to college is a natural and exciting next step.”
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By Warren Mayes Several area athletes recently signed letters of intent to play their desired sport at the collegiate level.
Parkway Central had three cross country athletes accept Division I scholarships on national letter of intent signing day. Standout runners Emily Sisson and Diane Robison signed with Wisconsin and Arkansas, respectively. Another Colt cross country star, Kevin Krumrey, signed with Missouri. Robison ran four years for the Colts, winning the state cross country meet as a sophomore. She finished sixth as a junior and seventh as a senior. She also has performed well in several national races. She said she liked Arkansas immedi-
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SIGNINGS, from page 29 at my heartstrings. I observed how much Coach (Lance) Harter cares about the girls on the team and treats each with individual respect. I know I will form a strong relationship with him and he will be as attentive in making sure I mature as much as I can as a runner. The team blew me away. They are all positive young ladies with humor and dedication to themselves and each other. Of course the facilities are incredible and the campus is absolutely beautiful, but the people attracted me more than anything.” There was another reason, Robison said. “I couldn’t pass up a school that yells, ‘Pig Soooouie!’” Robison said. She is looking forward to competing in college. “I cannot wait to find a group of girls to train with and I look forward to the competition that will drive me to be a stronger runner,” Robison said. “I know our team will be able to push and motivate each other in a positive way. I have to admit that it will be weird to go from top dog senior to an ignorant freshman again.” Sisson is the two-time defending state cross country champion. She also won twice in her home state of Nebraska before moving here. In addition, she has performed well in national races. “I rank them as 1 and 1A,” Parkway Central girls’ cross country Coach Ken Greathouse said about Sisson and Robison. “Emily has had far more experience than Diane and has achieved a nearly peerless status. Diane has worked extraordinarily hard to make up ground on those more experienced than her. I am happy that they are going to good schools with strong programs. It must be fun for Emily to follow in her parents’ footsteps to Madison. I know Bob Robison would love to spend more weekends in Columbia, but he was very proud of how Diane worked through the process to select a college. Emily and Diane are elite athletes. They are both incredibly deserving.” Parkway Central boys’ cross country Coach Steve Warren said Krumrey is an outstanding runner deserving of his scholarship. “Kevin has had a wonderful career so far here at Parkway Central,” Warren said. “Kevin has been team captain for cross country and track the last two years. In cross country, over the last two years, he has won every major invitational, including conference, district and sectional. Kevin was all-conference for four years and a state qualifier all four years.” Krumrey also is a track standout. “He has three freshman records, a sophomore record, and we think he has a good shot for four more in the varsity division this spring in track,” Warren said. “He was undefeated in the 800 up to the state finals,
placing sixth (and) earning all-state last year.” Overall, Warren said he is happy for Krumrey. “Kevin is very talented and may end up as our top distance runner in school history,” Warren said. “That is saying a lot as we have had eight Division 1-caliber distance runners (with six actually running in college) over the last 11 years and 20-plus (in all events) in my 32 years as coach. Kevin is very coachable and is as impressive as a person as he is a runner. Mizzou is getting a great kid, and I am very excited to have him sign with them.”
Lafayette Ethan Brunk will play soccer at the University of Evansville. Mike Cowell will play baseball at Lindenwood University.
Marquette The Mustangs had three signings, all in girls’ soccer: Maddie Torretta, Quincy; Chelsea Smith, Tulsa; and Sarah Wieder, Illinois.
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Chaminade A whopping 10 athletes signed letters. Players who will play soccer are: Kevin Wilson, Drake; John Fernandez, Truman State University; Tyler Fisher, American University; Ryne Baer, Bellarmine University; Austin Lage, Southern Indiana University; James Meyerkord, Lehigh University; Alex Weber, Northern Kentucky University; and Tony Auck, Quincy University. In baseball, Tyler Wood will play at Furman University. In golf, Alex Staskiel will attend Trinity University. In lacrosse, Andrew Mower will go to Lehigh University.
Whitfield Tyler Ituen will be attending Morehead State University to play basketball. She is the first Whitfield women’s basketball player to sign with a Division I program. Peter Jacobi will play soccer for Ohio Wesleyan.
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Dynamic duo has had superb career on MICDS boys’ basketball team By Warren Mayes Talk about a dynamic duo. No, it is not Batman or Robin but McPherson Moore and Michael Scott. These two Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) boys’ basketball standouts are winding down superb four-year careers with the Rams. Both guards have topped the 1,000-point mark and Moore has scored more than 1,500 points. Moore has been the Rams’ leading scorer in each of his seasons at MICDS. They also are good friends. That is easy to see when they talk about each other; it is genuine and sincere. “I love playing with Michael Scott,” Moore said. “On the court, we have great chemistry and love playing together. Off of the court, we are really close friends and will remain lifelong friends.” Scott agreed.
it seems natural for them to be involved in everything that we do. We don’t know what we will do without them but we want to enjoy all the experience of having them around this year as much as possible. They are very special to me, and I am proud to coach them and have them represent our program and school. Michael and McPherson are kids who make me realize how fortunate I am to be in this profession as a coach and how enjoyable it is to be around kids every day who want to learn and have a positive impact.” Both boys started as freshmen on varsity and have maintained a high level of play ever since. This season, Scott, a 6-foot1, 17-year-old, is averaging 15.8 points a game; Moore, a 6-foot-2, 18-year-old, averages 18 points a game. When they first came out for the Rams, they caught the eye of Hixenbaugh. “The thing that I remember most about Moore them is that both of these guys exhibited a strong desire to learn and get better,” “McPherson is a great player and one Hixenbaugh said. “Michael and McPherof my best friends off the court, which is son are both very coachable and want to probably why we are so good together on be coached. When they were freshmen we the court,” Scott said. “Playing alongside trusted them to be important parts of our him was possibly one the greatest things team and in return they trusted us to coach that could have happened to me basket- them and believe in what we do.” ball-wise. You always learn a lot from your Despite their talents as scorers, neither coaches and what they say, but it’s differ- player wants to be known just for that. ent hearing and seeing it done by someone They are team players in a team sport. else. I have stolen so many things from “I think that scoring this many points is a him, whether it is moves, workouts or even good accomplishment, but over my career jokes. Playing alongside him motivated I have come to see that these individual me to play my best day in and day out so I accolades is not the most fulfilling thing won’t just be known as his sidekick.” that could happen to me,” Moore said. Trust MICDS Coach Matt Hixenbaugh Both are leaders; each has a different when he points out how special these two style but get the job done. youngsters are on the basketball court and “Michael and McPherson have grown as in the halls of the school. leaders tremendously over the last year,” “It is difficult to imagine our program Hixenbaugh said. “Primarily, they go about without Michael and McPherson because their business the way we want them to and they have been around as long as I have have developed a standard of play for our been at MICDS,” said Hixenbaugh, who program. They have developed trust in is in his fourth year as the varsity coach. their teammates and completely believe in “We have learned many things together and working to improve every day.”
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wise, if your child is not looking forward to returning to day camp, it may be time to discuss the advantages of sleep-away camp. • After narrowing the list of potential overnight camps to two or three, arrange to visit the camps in session or during an open house, if possible. A camp consultant can assist with selecting the camps, planning for tours or even with home visits from a camp representative. Alternately, a consultant can help formulate questions to ask the camp directors in a telephone interview. • If a child decides he/she is ready for a week or more at camp, discuss ahead of time what camp will be like. Emphasize the positives, such as the many new and fun activities your child will experience and the new friendships he/she will forge. Acknowledge that your child may miss home for a part of the time, but assure him/ her that you will stay in touch by writing letters and will be there on visiting day, or at the end of a shorter session program. Never assure your child that you will immediately pick them up and bring them home if they do not like it, as that may be setting up your child for failure. • Once enrolled, it is natural for your child to experience some pre-camp jitters. See MAKING THE LEAP, page 36
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CAMPS CATER, from page 35 learned to test his own blood sugar and give himself a shot,â€? Luther said. â€œHe was so proud of himself. The day I picked Carson up from camp was one of the best days of my life. He has been talking about returning to camp since the day he said goodbye last August.â€? Camp Rainbow, which is held in Babler Park, features a series of camps for children with cancer and other blood-related disorders. Campers enjoy a regular camping experience with their peers and are relieved of some of the everyday stresses caused by their illness. â€œCamp Rainbow is special,â€? said Shelby C., a Camp Rainbow camper. â€œIt gives me and everyone else a chance to get away from all the stares that people give us because we donâ€™t have hair. At Camp Rainbow, we are not afraid to take off our hat or act how we really are. You also can forget all your worries and have a good time.â€? Giant Steps is a therapy-based day camp for children with autism spectrum disorders. Designed to prevent regression during the summer months, the camp features activities and events that promote lan-
guage development and social skills. Tonya Haynes said that at Giant Steps, her son Tyler can â€œbe himself without being laughed at or judged.â€? â€œIt is very comforting as a parent to know that at Giant Steps, the entire staff knows how to interact with and support Tyler and other children with autism,â€? Haynes said.
Tips for choosing a special needs camp When considering a special needs camp, the American Camp Association (ACA) recommends that parents seek answers to the following questions: â€˘ How are activities adapted for special needs children? How much will my child be able to do? â€˘ What is the level of medical oversight? â€˘ Who assumes overall responsibility for medical care? â€˘ H ow are special dietary needs addressed? â€˘ If my child becomes sick, when does the camp contact us?
MAKING THE LEAP, from page 34 Help your child connect with the camp by watching the camp DVD or looking at the camp Web site. If your selected camp has a new camper party or an opportunity to meet the director, be sure to take part.
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A camp for every By SUE HORNOF A University of Michigan-run online community where girls share opinions about a variety of topics asked members what kind of summer camp experience they would plan if they could design their own camp. One girl said she would create a Nancy Drew camp where campers read Nancy Drew books and solve made-up mysteries. Another said she would divide campers into groups and send them off on a month-long scavenger hunt. Some described all-girl camps and others said they would design co-ed camps. Today, there are camps designed in many styles and those that offer activities to meet most every interest. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), while most camps offer a general program of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts and nature awareness, some place special emphasis on programs like horseback riding, water sports, music or adventure challenge activities. Other camps, including many day camps, focus on a single activity, such as drama, art, music, dance, cheerleading, a specific sport or a variety of sports. In addition, the ACA identified the fol-
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By JULIE BROWN PATTON To provide a new way for West County citizens to channel creative interests and talents, leaders at St. Louis Community CollegeWildwood will host an inaugural theatrical play. Auditions for “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” will be conducted from 7-9 p.m. on March 22 in the college’s multipurpose room. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 and May 1 and at 2:30 p.m. on Auditions for “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in May 2. “This is one of the many ways Kindergarten” are on March 22 at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood. the Wildwood campus is growing as a resource for cultural events in the area,” Patrick Vaughn, Ph.D., for the entire family,” Vaughn said. vice president of academic affairs in Wildwood, said. “We would like to Those who have not read the book can encourage community involvement on our still follow along with the show, which is campus through activities in the Depart- presented through vignettes and short stoment of Visual and Performing Arts while ries. also offering a rich college experience for “It’s about us all – our hopes and fears, our our students.” joy and sorrow, and the things we would Play auditions are open to community really like to do in life,” Vaughn said. residents and students who are high school Candice Stine, a six-year resident of age or older. St. Charles County and theater teacher at “Each person will be asked to read Bryan Middle School in Weldon Spring, selected pieces from the play when audi- will direct the play. Stine has performed, tioning,” Vaughn said, adding that no directed, and designed costumes for mulsinging is required. “Bring good humor, a tiple local theater companies, including St. strong voice and knowledge of your sched- Louis Shakespeare, St. Louis Community ule for the next month and a half.” College-Florissant Valley Theatre, Act II, The play will allow for a broad range of and St. Charles Community College Theactors. atre. “The characters that inhabit the play Before coming to the St. Louis area, Stine come from a variety of backgrounds and taught high school and college theater in ages,” Vaughn said. “The play can and Texas, where she also founded and directed has been done with six actors playing the a county-wide community theater. multitude of parts, but casting that reflects Volunteers for backstage or house the diversity of both the characters and our duties are welcome also for the produccommunity allows for as many as 20 per- tion. Vaughn said that while the campus formers. We’re aiming for flexible casting, currently has no theater facilities, the with at least three men and three women.” multipurpose room will be reconfigured to Vaughn admitted that the production is include staging. an ironic title for the first play at a college Performance tickets will sell for $5 per campus. person and $4 for students and seniors. “With that said, ‘All I Really Need to Campus managers are exploring how to Know I Learned in Kindergarten’ is a light- best provide opportunities for area seniors hearted, beautifully styled dramatization of to attend as groups. For more information, Robert Fulghum’s book, which is suitable call 422-2000.
Ballwin professor’s photos capture much more than trains By SHANNON F. IGNEY Ballwin resident Carlos Schwantes has had a passion for trains from the moment a powerful Pennsylvania Railroad steam engine roared past his childhood home in Greenfield, Ind. A young boy infatuated with the power, speed and romance of the rails, Carlos Schwantes. Schwantes dreamed of the day he would board the esteemed Spirit of St. Louis sleeper car en route to the bright lights of New York City. In the early 1970s, Trains and Travel” (University of Missouri then a young man in his 20s, Schwantes Press, 2009) is a deeply personal account grabbed a seat for his first ride aboard the of Schwantes’ life’s work. Rtich and texidolized machine of his youth. Despite its tured photographs capture much more than deterioration and obvious abandonment, engines and steel, and the captions beneath something about that passenger car called them read more like diary entries. to Schwantes, and he has been riding the “Just One Restless Rider” is Schwantes’ rails ever since. 20th published book and is the most reflective of his life’s journey. “At the age of 64, I decided to pause and use this book to reflect on certain aspects of life,” Schwantes said. “If nothing else, I want readers to see familiar things in a new way.” Sprinkled throughout 190 pages, photographs of smokestacks, coal engines and skyscrapers elicit such reflection. “In the age of heightened environmental consciousness, many people will see smokestacks as relics of the environmental dark In his latest book, Ballwin resident Carlos Schwantes ages,” Schwantes said. “For me, the smokestacks I observed along invites readers to view familiar things in a new way. the tracks in the 1950s and 1960s were symbols of America’s indusFor the past 40 years, the rails have pro- trial might, not its contribution to a global vided Schwantes more than a means of carbon footprint.” Convinced that travel tells the story of transport; they have been a source of livelihood and the studio for his art. Schwantes everyday life, Schwantes used the rails as began teaching transportation studies as an the setting to capture humanity in real time. instructor at the University of Michigan in Schwantes’ photographs of long abandoned 1968. Today, he is the St. Louis Mercantile warehouses along the rails of America’s Library Endowed Professor of Transporta- heartland, railroad employees and moderntion Studies at the University of Missouri day European train stations equipped with St. Louis (UMSL), which houses the larg- state-of-the-art light rail capture life in est library of transportation texts in the motion and consequently reflect its only nation. The classroom and the rails – often- constant, which is change. “Life is a series of stories; beginnings and times one and the same – became the subjects of his photography. His travels and endings, comings and goings,” Schwantes photographs have culminated in numerous said. “I have always been interested in the lectures, academic papers, books and most human side of trains, and I wanted to write a book that was accessible to everyone, not recently, a memoir. “Just One Restless Rider: Reflections on just train enthusiasts.”
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Creve Coeur-based Missouri American Water has promoted Donna Meyer to manager of production in St. Louis County. • • • Dan Glaeser has joined MINI of St. Louis as a motoring advisor.
Grand opening The Town & Country Veterinary Hospital grand opening celebration was held on Feb. 4. The state-of-the-art hospital is located at 1016 Town & Country Crossing Drive and provides dogs and cats with quality veterinary medicine and compassionate care. Pictured (from left) are Jason Clark, RVT; Debby Voegele; Stacey Wallach, DVM; and Anita Higgins, RVT.
Balaban’s wine cellar and tapas bar in Chesterfield has announced the opening of a carry-out operation for lunch and dinner. • • • Care Patrol, a free information and referral service assisting seniors and their families in finding assisted living, home care and other care services, has opened at 13975 Manchester Road in Ballwin. The franchise is owned by Cindy Grasse and services the St. Louis and St. Charles areas.
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The West County Toastmasters Club meets at 7 p.m. on Mon., March 1 and on the first and third Monday of each month at Daniel Boone Library in Ellisville. Visit westcountytoastmasters.com. • • • Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds a First Thursday Coffee at 7:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 4 at The Club at Chesterfield. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members. To register, call 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com by March 2. • • •
The Chesterfield Young Professionals Wine and Food Pairing is at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., March 4 at Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro. Attendees sample wine and learn why certain foods are paired. To register, call 5323399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com. • • • Wildwood Business Association holds a general membership meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., March 4 at Simply Sue’s Café. Visit wildwoodba.org. • • • West County Chamber of Commerce holds a First Friday Coffee Club from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Fri., March 5 at Circle Of Concern in Valley Park. To register, call 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber.com by March 3.
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Officials warn of vanity awards scheme By Julie Brown Patton While it always is nice to receive honorary designations reflecting their achievements, local businesses, entities and individuals should be mindful of one such offering that has been declared by Better Business Bureau (BBB) representatives as a misleading effort simply to garner money from recipients. Recent e-mails or phone calls notifying businesses that they have won prestigious awards from a national association allegedly are part of a widespread scheme designed to get companies to pay for “vanity” awards and plaques. According to the BBB, the group behind the “awards” program is the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA), of Washington, D.C. An entity called the U.S. Local Business Association reportedly is a related organization. BBB officials reported that the association has been sending out news releases since this summer to businesses on a national basis telling them they have been selected as “outstanding local businesses” and offering them an opportunity to buy one or more awards to mark the honor. Lori Kelling, president of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce, said their office received a call from a Ballwin resident who had been contacted by this
same USCA entity. “As a rule of thumb, I always tell people that if they have to pay for plaques, they probably aren’t legitimate,” Kelling said. “In this case, I checked into this entity, which was reported as a scam. I contacted Bob Kuntz at the Ballwin City Hall to let him know we were getting calls in our area.” On its Web site, USCA states that the award program was “created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of businesses and organizations.” BBB reports indicate there seems to be little publicly available about USCA. The Washington, D.C.-area BBB office reportedly gave U.S. Local Business Association an “F” grade, and warns that persons contacted about awards must be sure the recognition is not, “in fact, an attempt to obtain access to a company’s information or to elicit funds by an entity that may not be what it represents itself as being.” Libbey Malberg, assistant city administrator for Chesterfield’s Community Services and Economic Development, said she also received an inquiry from a Chesterfield school administrator who had received the same type of notification from USCA and had wondered about its legitimacy.
West County Chamber installs officers, honors 2009 award winners At the recent West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce 2010 Installation and Awards Ceremony, Eric Winschel, 2009 chairman, passed the gavel to 2010 Board Chairman Glenn Koenen. Koenen introduced the 2010 officers, including Immediate Past Chairman Winschel; Vice Chair of Programs and Events Pam McIntyre; Vice Chair of Government Affairs Chuck Healey; Vice Chair of Membership Services Kristy Brother; Vice Chair of Economic Development Jon Bopp; Treasurer Dave Tuberty; and Chairman Elect Craig Larson. Koenen also introduced the directors, including Lee Allen, Kevin Bookout, Sandy Gianino, Eric Huene, Kim Lanham, Lynn Richter, Rene Sackett and John Sullivan. Staff includes Lori A. Kelling as President, Deb Pinson as Administrative Coordinator and Holly Berthold with Membership and Sales. Winschel presented the 2009 Awards. Recipients included: Business Person of the Year – Erin Kaffenberger of Kaffcorp Media; Business of the Year – McAlister’s Deli; Don Essen – Heart of the Chamber Award –Jon Bopp of R. Jon Bopp, Attorney at Law. Pictured: St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley (left) and Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther present Business Person of the Year Kaffenberger with proclamations honoring her accomplishments.
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amateur radio By Julie Brown Patton
hile many people are it had to be some form of comusing non-verbal commercial or business band radio,” munication devices these Klimczak said. “Out of business days, one portion of St. Louis area necessity, I acquired business band residents still rely solely on vocal radios for my practice. I got into communications and extensive amateur radio at the encourageknowledge of technology. ment of my radio dealer. My first Amateur radio operators perform amateur license was a novice class public services while enjoying a license in 1988.” hobby and perfecting a plethora of Klimczak said his interests were self-training, especially in wireless not just about operating a radio, communications. Operators often but also learning how they worked are called “hams,” based on pracin the first place. tices and slang terms from the early “I may have been 6 or 7 at the 1920s, although the origins of amatime when my Dad pointed to a teur radio can be traced back to the radio receiver kit in an electronics 1800s. The term “amateur” refers store window and said, ‘someday only to the fact they assist commuwe will build one of those radios,’” nities with emergency and disaster Klimczak said. “I am pretty cercommunications without being tain we never did, but I know my compensated, unlike commercial daughter can’t make the same operators. claim. Together, we have built sevAn estimated 6 million people eral electronic projects, including throughout the world are regularly a couple of different radio receivinvolved with amateur radio. Wildwood resident John Gragnani, an amateur radio operator, said solar activity makes a huge difference ers. I believe this experience has Some local amateur operators via regarding who can reach globally. During this photo shoot, his station connected with other operators in Peru helped her breeze through high the radio association based at Mon- and France. He keeps a clock set with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at all times as a way to adjust for time school physics.” santo’s West County headquarters zones around the world. Klimczak said he does somewere helpful during the Mexico City thing with radio every day of the and recent Haiti disasters in that week. they connected with others who communicated what was seeing them demonstrate their equipment. In particular, “I belong to several clubs, and am a member of the needed during the immediate hours after the earthquakes. I remember one ham demonstrating how his radio could Amateur Radio Emergency Service,” Klimczak said. “I light up a florescent light bulb just by holding it next to have been appointed by the ARRL (American Radio his antenna. I even remember how the ham radio operators Relay League) as an assistant emergency coordinator for What attracts ‘hams’? were the only means of communications following major St. Louis County as the training coordinator. This lands Craig Klimczak, of Creve Coeur, said he first became hurricanes, like Betsy and Camille. These experiences me many requests to give help to others, so my calendar interested in radio as a child in the 1960s. excited my curiosity and interest.” is often filled with appointments to go over to someone’s “Dick Tracy’s mystique was made even more popular Klimczak said his dad eventually applied for a Federal house and help them hook something up. And if I have by his high-tech, two-way radio wrist watch - a device Communications Commission-issued citizens band (CB) any spare time, I am also a certified volunteer examiner that made every kid envious, as this technology preceded radio license and later purchased CB radios. credentialed to proxy FCC amateur radio license exams.” cell phones by 25-plus years,” Klimczak said. “My first “The radios were huge by today’s standards,” KlimHe said he has made contacts with “folks from every two-way radio was a Dick Tracy wrist radio. Technically, czak said. “Filled with tubes, they only operated on the state in the United States and some 50 countries.” the radio was worn on your belt, but the wrist-mounted channels for which you purchased crystals. By the time The biggest change in radio operations has been commicrophone allowed us to pretend that we really had a I graduated from high school and went off to college, CB puter technology. He said commercial radios are as much wrist watch radio.” radios were solid state, no longer required a license, and computers as they are radios. Due to living through “the space race,” Klimczak said provided all 23 channels available at the time. Attending “At one point in time, I began to believe that computers he always was intrigued by technology. a college 100 miles from home, the CB radio became the were making radios so complex that the home-brew crowd “Being able to talk to someone in their car or on the moon traveling companion of choice. Keep in mind that cell would be shut out,” Klimczak said. “In reality, the oppowas the ultimate technology of the time,” Klimczak said. phones were still years away from being practical for the site has happened, as the computer has opened the door “Two-way radio allowed you to do that. But the technology average individual.” to a dozen new ways to experiment and contribute to the was not as reliable as it is today. To be effective, you had But he said he did not get into amateur radio until state-of-the-art. You can buy a full-blown software-defined to learn a bit about radio and electronics. Growing up in after college, when he became a large animal veterinarian. Louisiana, I remember talking to ham radio operators and “If you wanted any kind of mobile communications, See HAMMING, page 43
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Amateur radio operators as community leaders Amateur radio operators throughout history have contributed to society through first-hand discoveries in engineering, science, and specific industries. Local operators also are a vital part of the National Weather Service SKYWARN system, which provides instant communication of severe weather outbreaks. Others assist with the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s bike ride. As another example of community service, Klimczak and other local operators spent Feb. 6 at Parkway North High School to train approximately 50 Boy Scouts in radio operations to earn a merit badge. Enthusiasts can work through at least five levels of licenses, said Wildwood resident and radio operator John Gragnani. For example, he is a certified tester, who has talked to people from as far away as Russia, China and Czechoslovakia from his West County base. He said radio waves work much like microwaves, enabling operators to set up “radio repeater stations,” which send signals up and down the frequencies. “The thrill is to go as far as you can with
the least amount of power,” Gragnani said. Like other operators, Gragnani assisted St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur one time when a power line was accidentally cut, leaving the hospital with no typical ways to communicate. “In this case, volunteer ham operators were set up on every floor of the hospital, helping to relay what was occurring,” Gragnani said. He said it is interesting to note that all the experimenting that amateur radio operators have done has led to the present-day cell phone technology. “We operators play with and modify equipment,” Gragnani said. “Then companies inquire about how we fix things, and they make adjustments accordingly before rolling new products out to consumers. I look at cell phones and see a radio, because cell phones merely operate on radio engineering and all technology evolutions through the years.”
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Breaking the ache of migraines By Julie Brown Patton Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraines, according to National Headache Foundation statistics. Dr. Frasat Chaudhry, a board-certified neurologist with the Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, said The Migraine Relief Institute in Des Peres uses special headaches are classified into technology to diagnose headache patterns. two types: primary, which include tension-type aches and migraines; and secondary headaches, which are caused by occurred, especially what foods she was something specific, such as fasting, nose or eating. Roberts encourages migraine sufsinus disease, head trauma or an intracra- ferers to go through a similar study, if nial disease like a tumor. possible, because it can determine an indiChaudhry said that factors causing vidual’s best time for taking medications. migraines may include stress, worry, menOne local medical facility specializes in struation, oral contraceptives, exertion, diagnosing hard-to-treat migraines. The fatigue, lack of sleep, hunger, head trauma Migraine Relief Institute opened about a or certain foods and beverages containing year ago in Des Peres. Dr. William Collins heads the Institute. nitrites, glutamate, aspartame, tyramine and possibly other unidentified chemi- Collins said that his drug-free therapy cals. Lunch meats, sodas, MSG, choco- helps brains start to function better, and in late and alcohol – particularly red wine turn, gets rid of migraines. The Migraine Relief Institute is the only – are common instigators, he said. Area resident Terri Roberts started get- St. Louis facility using quantitative EEG ting migraines when she was pregnant with (electroencephalography) technology to her first child, now 24 years old. Roberts diagnose complex migraine or headache believes hormonal changes prompt her patterns. Also unique is its use of a Neubouts. roSensory Reintegration system for finding “For the first 10 years of dealing with the root causes of migraines. migraines, I didn’t know what they “Our current outcome studies indicate were from,” Roberts said. “Everybody’s that 90 percent of the individuals who have migraines are different. Mine tended to last received treatment at the Institute have had three days. It took a while to realize a pat- a cessation of migraines and headaches,” tern, and I’ve gotten help with them in the said Melissa Gragg, the Institute’s vice president of operations. “The remaining 10 last 12 years.” Roberts’ help came in part from partici- percent have had a significant reduction in pating in a local study for migraine treat- both migraines and headaches to the point ments during which she learned to journal where they feel they now ‘have their life all factors related to when her migraines back.’”
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“Alleviating Knee and Hip Joint Pain” is at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 25 at Des Peres Hospital (2345 Dougherty Ferry Road in Des Peres). Dr. Matthew Collard, an orthopedic surgeon, discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment alternatives for knee and hip osteoarthritis pain, including therapy, diet, medications and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Admission is free. To register, call (888) 457-5203. • • • The St. Luke’s Hospital Day of Dance for Health is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Attendees learn easy dance steps for better health and visit with St. Luke’s physicians and health educators who provide health screenings and education. Attendees also may register to win a trip for two to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Admission and most screenings are free; there is a $15 fee for the cholesterol and glucose screening. To register (required), call (314) 542-4848 or visit stlukes-stl.com.
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• • • The Parent Network of Catholic High Schools presents “Alcohol – It’s Out There: Social Challenges and Legal Consequences” at 7 p.m. on Wed., March 10 at Saint Louis University High School (4970 Oakland Ave. in St. Louis). A panel of experts, including a psychotherapist who works with teens on alcohol-related problems, a retired judge who is an expert in the legal aspects of alcohol, and a high school administrator with expertise on challenges and consequences of alcohol use, is featured. For more information, visit parentnetworkstl.org. • • • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital presents “To Scan or Not to Scan?” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., March 11 at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex (2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur). Andy Bierhals, M.D., a Washington University radiologist, discusses the latest findings regarding computed tomography (CT) scans. Call (314) 542-9378 or visit barnesjewishwestcounty.org. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital presents “Every Breath Brings Success,” a free program for pulmonary patients and respiratory therapists, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wed., March 17 at St. Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education Emerson Auditorium (222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield). Free boxed lunches are available on a first-come, first served basis for those registered. To register, call (314) 542-4888. • • • The St. Louis Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sat., March 20 in the first floor auditorium in the main building of Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town & Country. Speaker Grant Godwin discusses a 12 Step Program” and the support group meeting follows. Refreshments are provided. Admission is free, confidential and open to those with OCD, their family and friends. Call (314) 842-7228. • • •
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A Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) discussion is at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., March 30 at Lone Wolf Coffee Company (15480 Clayton Road in Ballwin). Women experiencing fatigue, weight gain, low libido, memory loss or who “are just not feeling like themselves” are invited to attend and hear Dr. Amy Miller of St. Louis Skin Solutions and a pharmacist from Bellevue Pharmacy discuss BHRT. The discussion is followed by a question and answer session. For reservations, call (314) 543-4015.
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Daniel S. Ring, M.D., Wayne A. Breer, M. D., Susan A. Blattel, M.D., Rebecca J. Smith, PA-C
West County Dermatology, InC. 1001 Chesterfield Parkway East, Suite 201 Chesterfield 636.532.2422 www.westcoderm.com
The physicians and staff at West County Dermatology are committed to excellence in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. The Left to right: Daniel S. Ring, M.D., Rebecca J. Smith, PA-C, Susan A. Blattel, M.D., Wayne A. Breer, M. D. practice consists of Daniel S. Ring, M.D., Wayne A. Breer, M.D., Susan A. Blattel, M.D. and Rebecca J. Smith, a physician’s assistant. All three physicians are board certified dermatologists and have affiliations with both Washington University and St. Louis University. The providers have a combined 50 plus years of experience treating dermatology patients. Dr. Breer is also a board certified dermatopathologist, providing in-house interpretation of skin biopsies. West County Dermatology recently relocated to a conveniently located state-of-the-art, private medical office, offering the latest in dermatology therapy and technology in an open, inviting environment. Having four practitioners allows new patients to schedule appointments in a timely manner. West County Dermatology provides care for a wide variety of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, warts, molluscum, and hair and nail disorders. Full skin examinations to screen for skin cancer including malignant melanoma can be provided. Special services available at West County Dermatology include extensive patch testing for contact dermatitis and skin allergies; photodynamic therapy; and laser treatments for psoriasis, vitiligo and hair reduction. West County Dermatology offers medically approved cosmetics, including Jane Iredale® makeup, Skin Medica®, Obagi®, MD Forte®, and Revaleskin® cosmeceuticals. Dr. Ring provides Botox® treatments for wrinkles and hyperhidrosis and synthetic fillers including Restylane®, Juvederm® and Radiesse®. West County Dermatology strives to achieve its mission of SKIN: Health, Safety, and Beauty. Photo courtesy of Eddie Scheer
Premier Dental Partners 12 Hutchinson Road • Ellisville • 636-391-0122 • premierdentalpartners.com At Premier Dental Partners, the primary focus is on beautiful smiles and excellent dental health in a caring and comfortable environment. Serving children and adults, Premier Dental Partners provides comprehensive dental services, including exams, x-rays, cleaning, periodontal treatment, crowns (usually in one day), veneers, bridges, root canals, partials, dentures, whitening, cosmetic makeover, full mouth reconstruction and more. Drs. Mark Ortinau and Thomas Touhey, general dentists, and Dr. Allison Zaromb, a periodontist, listen carefully to their patients’ individual desires and concerns. Their entire team is dedicated to providing personalized care and to making every patient visit as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. “We will give you the best care possible with the best results,” Dr. Ortinau said. Premier Dental Partners offers convenient early morning, extended evening and Saturday hours. They offer a Wells Fargo financial plan with one year interest-free. Most major dental care plans are accepted and are identified at premierdentalpartners.com.
Mark M. Ortinau, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., F.I.C.D., Thomas M. Touhey, D.D.S. Allison Zaromb, D.D.S.
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Michael P. Steele, O.D.
Independent doctor of optometry 301 Highlands Boulevard Drive (inside Costco Wholesale) • Manchester • 636.686.7411 Dr. Michael Steele is pleased to announce the opening of his independently owned optometric practice located within the new Manchester Costco. After earning his Doctor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, he completed his residency in primary care at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Steele served as staff optometrist at the Pepose Vision Institute in Chesterfield from 2004-2009. “I am truly committed to ensuring each of my patients leaves my office with the very best prescription for their glasses and contact lenses,” Dr. Steele said, adding that his office has been equipped with the latest technology. “The digital refracting technology I utilize allows me to complete an extremely thorough examination of the visual system and screen for any related systemic diseases. My patients’ time is very valuable, and they should not expect that long wait times are the price of good eye care,” he said. Maintaining a friendly atmosphere is important for Dr. Steele, who personally conducts all his testing. A Costco membership is not necessary to see Dr. Steele.
David Carr, M.D.
Parc Provence 605 Coeur De Ville Drive • Creve Coeur • 314.542.2500 • www.parcprovence.com Dr. David Carr, Assoc. Professor in the Dept. of Medicine & Neurology at Washington University (St. Louis), is a board certified internist and geriatrician, completing his fellowship training in geriatrics at Duke University. Dr. Carr accepted a position as Clinical Director in the Div. of Geriatrics & Nutritional Science at Wash U in 1994. He has been a clinician in the Memory & Aging project in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center for the past 15 years. He is director of the geriatric fellowship program, educating general internal medicine physicians for careers in geriatric medicine. Dr. Carr is Medical Director of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis; assisting in the development and operations of the Driving Connections Clinic. Dr. Carr maintains an outpatient consultative practice in the Memory Diagnostic Center (Dept. of Neurology). He is Medical Director of Parc Provence, a facility for dementia care in Creve Coeur. His research interests are in medical conditions that affect driving and especially, issues of assessing driving safety and cessation in older drivers with dementia and stroke.
Richard A. Bligh, M.D., M.B.A.
St. LouiS Center of Preventive & Longevity MediCine 777 S. New Ballas Road, #200E • Town & Country • 314.994.1536 • www.drblighmd.com Dr. Richard A. Bligh is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. One aspect of his practice focuses on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT). “My interests run in preventive medicine, and that is where I got an interest in bioidentical hormones,” Dr. Bligh said. Women experiencing night sweats, hot flashes, decreased libido, lower energy levels, a change in skin and hair, fuzzy thinking and a decreased ability to multi-task can benefit from bioidentical HRT. Those conditions result from the decline in hormone levels that occurs with age, and bioidentical hormones replenish those hormones. In most case, hormone pellets are implanted in the hip and are effective for three to four months. “‘Bioidentical’ means it is the exact same chemical composition that’s normally found in your body – it’s not a synthetic,” Dr. Bligh said. “It really works, and it makes a big difference.”
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Robert A. Schrameyer, D.D.S., Kimberly D. Simonds, D.D.S.
Ballwin Dental Care the Father -Daughter Dental team
14738 Manchester Road, Suite B • Ballwin 636.227.2552 www.ballwindentalcare.com With 50 years of combined experience, the father-daughter dental team at Ballwin Dental Care treats every patient the same way they would treat their family and friends. Drs. Robert Schrameyer and Kimberly Simonds, both residents of West County, provide extraordinary dental care and specialized attention that makes going to the dentist more comfortable and less time-consuming. “We are a general dental practice serving patients of all ages, “ said Dr. Simonds, whose love for dentistry and patient care started at age16 when she worked for her father as a dental assistant. “We offer a wide variety of services including cleanings, white fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers, Lumineers, teeth whitening, digital x-rays, and more.” Providing a warm and friendly atmosphere and making patients feel comfortable is a priority at Ballwin Dental Care. On most days, two hygienists work simultaneously, making it easier for larger families to have fewer and shorter visits. Evening appointments are also available. “We give special attention to all of our patients,” Dr. Simonds said, adding that they offer over-the-patient TV screens with DVD players, headphones, nitrous oxide, and a warm, friendly, well-trained team. The Magic Wand, a computerized anesthetic system, makes the old-fashioned, painful shot a thing of the past. For Dr. Schrameyer, pioneering Ballwin Dental Care more than 30years ago was an opportunity to help people change their lives and their smiles through preventive dentistry. “Today, we are also able to show people the connection between healthy gums and teeth and their general health,” he said. “We show patients how to save their teeth for a lifetime and have healthier lives.” If you need a new dentist, call Ballwin Dental Care.
Amy Miller, M.D.
St. LouiS Skin SoLutionS 13100 Manchester Road, Suite 250 • Des Peres • 314.543.4015 • www.stlouisskin.com St. Louis Skin Solutions has been in business for over 6 years helping people obtain healthy beautiful skin. A wide variety of treatments are available at St. Louis Skin Solutions including: Botox/ Dysport, dermal fillers, SmoothShapes for cellulite, laser hair removal, peels, along with treatments for rosacea, sun damage, acne, leg veins, fine lines & wrinkles, skin care and more. The newest addition is BHRT (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy), which can improve your skin, but also can improve muscle tone, bone density, mental clarity, and libido, along with help reduce fatigue. Dr. Miller and her small, personal staff make everyone feel welcome and never try to sell people things they do not need. “More than 50 percent of our patients are from referrals, which says a lot about us,” Dr. Miller said.
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Margaret Juelich, AuD., Robert Noble, AuD., Tina McWhorter, M.A.
AssociAted HeAring ProfessionAls 16219 Baxter Road • Chesterfield • 636.778.9232 • www.WebEarTest.com Drs. of Audiology Margaret Juelich and Robert Noble and Audiologist Tina McWhorter have 70 years of combined experience in audiology. Dr. Juelich has practiced for 30 years including 20 years at Washington University School of Medicine, where she served as supervisor of Audiology. Dr. Noble is a veteran who in 2007 was named Air Force Audiologist of the Year. Tina McWhorter has 30 years of experience, including 15 years with cochlear implant technology. Together, they bring a team approach to helping clients, incorporating their collective expertise in nearly every aspect of hearing healthcare. Associated Hearing Professionals provides comprehensive audiology services, including hearing evaluations, new hearing aid fittings, repair, reprogramming and fine-tuning. Rather than specialize in one brand of hearing aid, they recommend what is truly appropriate for each person’s needs. Passionate about improving people’s quality of life through better hearing, the Associated Hearing Professionals team offers the highest level of personal care, providing each patient with the individual attention they deserve.
Thomas F. Hastings, M.D.
EssE HEaltH 1585 Woodlake Drive, Ste. 100 • Chesterfield 636.434.4278 • www.essehealth.com At Esse Health they believe that keeping you well is just as important as helping you when you are sick. Their extraordinary team of medical professionals is dedicated to keeping you well and changing the future of health care. Esse Health physicians believe that changing the future of health care means making quality health care more accessible and affordable. It means partnering with patients and their families to make more informed health care decisions. It means looking out for the best interest of patients. The St. Louis area’s largest independent physician’s group, Esse Health is owned and operated by its doctors, who have a personal stake in your health care. Providers specialize in internal medicine, pediatrics, asthma & allergy, immunology, radiology, family medicine, nutrition, endocrinology and rheumatology. Dr. Thomas F. Hastings is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. For more information about Esse Health or to find a provider near you, please visit essehealth.com. Pictured (from left): Lynelle Smith, Cristina Baragana, Thomas F. Hastings, MD and Shelonda Polk.
Laura Wagner, M.D.
Laura Wagner, Inc. 14377 Woodlake Dr., Suite111 • Chesterfield • 314.434.4111 Laura Wagner, M.D. (formerly Dr. Laura Grady) is a Board certified dermatologist and skin care specialist who has been in practice for 16 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and completed her medical training at Washington University School of Medicine. “Dermatology is a fascinating specialty,” said Dr. Wagner, who first and foremost is a medical doctor. “It provides a window into the patient’s general health. It is a component of internal medical care.” Rather than perform cosmetic procedures, Dr. Wagner treats more complex medical conditions. “My practice is in general dermatology and skin cancer,” she said. “Patients should see me when there are changes in preexisting moles, sores that won’t heal, itching or new or long-standing rashes.” Dr. Wagner treats patients of all ages, from infants and young children to the elderly, and accepts Medicare assignment. Each patient is seen personally by Wagner – never by a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. “I am very available to my patients,” she said.
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Kit Whittington, R.N., B.S.N., Founder
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Darla J. Queen, BC-HIS
Zounds Hearing, inc. 14848 Clayton Road (near Baxter) • Chesterfield • 636.527.7400 • www.ZoundsHearing.com Darla J. Queen has been helping people hear better for 25 years. State licensed and Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist since 1985, she took on her career for personal reasons. “My Grandmother and Dad had hearing problems, so I wanted to help people with the same disability to have a better quality of life,” Darla said. “Not understanding conversations, and asking people to repeat are all signs of impending hearing loss. These symptoms need immediate testing.” Darla joined the Zounds Hearing team when the company launched its first location in the St. Louis area and now manages two locations. Darla’s motivation in joining the Zounds Hearing team was her belief in the company’s promise to its customers. Zounds uses only state-of-the-art equipment and offers a full line of quality hearing products. Satisfied customers attest that they have received more comfort, hearing clarity and power through Zounds products. Services at the Chesterfield or South County locations include full audiological exams with video otoscopy, speech discrimination and live speech mapping. With a three-point promise of performance, product selection and price, Zounds’ hearing aids are well worth wearing.
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ART “In Space of Color,” an exhibit featuring the works of Kathryn Neale and Mario Trejo in an exploration of color, space and technique, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday now through Sat., March 6 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. Call 519-1955 or visit chesterfieldarts.org. • • • The annual Elementary Art Exhibit
showcasing talent of young artists from Chesterfield’s private, parochial, Parkway and Rockwood School Districts opens with a free reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fri., March 12 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. The exhibit continues through April 9. Call 519-1955 or visit chesterfieldarts.org.
BENEFITS The “Cinderella Project” runs throughout February at Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, West County Center and South County Center. The malls serve as drop-off points for gently worn prom and special occasion dresses for donation to temporary boutiques where young girls referred by school counselors and/or social service agencies can shop for and choose a free a prom dress. After the designated shoppers have made their selections, boutiques will open to the public, with gowns sold for $25 each. Call 978-2277 or e-mail Cinderella@ communitycouncilstc.org. • • • The West St. Louis County Kiwanis Club Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at West County Lanes (15727 Manchester Road in Ellisville). There will be cash prizes for first and second place teams; snacks are provided and food is available for purchase from the West County Lanes menu. Admission is $20 per person with a minimum of four persons/maximum of eight persons per team. Teams of six to eight players registering in advance save $10. For reservations, call Paul Eckler at
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FAMILY & KIDS A sample lesson of “Music Together” is at 1 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24 and at 9:50 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 25 at Milder Musical Arts. The 45-minute music course featuring singing, dancing, rhythm playing and music making is for children from infants to age 4 and the adults who love them. Admission is free. Call (314) 469-6646 or visit mildermusicalarts.com. • • • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church holds a Friday Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 and every Friday at Assumption Parish Center (1577 Des Peres Road in Town & Country). Volunteers prepare and serve a variety of Greek delicacies and pastries. Call (314) 966-2255 or
visit assumptiongoc.org. • • • An American Heritage Girls Information and Enrollment Session is from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. Parents and their daughters (kindergarten to age 18) are invited to learn about the faith-based scouting organization. Call Jody Token at (314) 479-9388. • • • A Middle School Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance for kids aged 10-14 is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at Eureka Community Center. Participants must be signed in and out by a parent. Admission is $6. Registration is required. Call 938-6775. • • • “March Morpho Mania” is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays from March 2-31 at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. Visitors are surrounded by more than 3,000 tropical blue morpho butterflies in free flight. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for younger children. Call 5300076 or visit butterflyhouse.org. • • • The city of Ellisville Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1-9 is at 10 a.m. on Sat., March 27 at Bluebird Park. Admission is free. Call 227-7508.
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FEBRUARY 24, 2010 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE
WEST CLASSIFIEDS Landscaping/Lawn Care
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Fall Cleanup! Leaf removal, mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, mowing! Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234
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PEDRO MARTINEZ LANDSCAPING A Cut Above! Snow removal, aeration, power raking, leaf, bush & tree removal, fall cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Mowing, mulching, bush & tree trimming, edging, retaining walls, drainage work, patios, and more. 636-237-5160 or 636-519-9190
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Interior / Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Dywall Repair Minor Carpentry Powerwashing Free Estimates
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SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Minor Plumbing Repairs. Drain/ Sewer Opening. Kitchen Faucets/Disposals Installed. Bathroom Vanities, Toilets Repaired/ Replaced. Water Lines/Drain Lines Replaced. Dishwashers/Ice makers Installed. Specializing in St.Louis County's Finer Homes. Free Estimates. Insured for your protection. Accepting Visa / MC 314-353-5555 MASTER PLUMBER. Water Heaters, Code Violations, Backflow Preventers. Licensed & Bonded, Fully Insured. No Job Too Large or Too Small. (314) 288-9952 Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 636-458-1161 or 314-614-4840 ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051
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Upholstery Services St. Francois Upholstery Co. 35 Years Experience. Local References. Cliff Byrd Jr. (owner) Call 636-390-8532 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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17321 Thunder Creek Road • Wildwood This amazing 4 plus bedroom, 4.5 bath home with over 7,000 sq ft of living space with it’s fantastic guest suite just has to been seen to be believed! For a free 24 hour recorded message regarding this property, please call 1-800-628-1775 ext 1276!
2154 White Lane Drive • Chesterfield This magnificent one and a half story home has approximately 5,000 sq ft of finished living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths and 2 half baths. For a free 24 hour recorded message regarding this property, please call 1-800-628-1775 ext 1096!
318 Clayheath Ct. • Ballwin $215,000
3 bedroom/2 bath ranch, silestone countertops, stainless steel double sinks, faucet, and garbage disposal in kitchen. New wood and vinyl flooring, woodburning fireplace, new paint throughout, All appliances including washer and dryer. Located on cul de sac. Rockwood school district.
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607 Kerryton Place Circle - Ellisville MLS # 90037560 • $242,900 OPEN HOUSE 2/28 2-4PM!
Over 2,200 sq. ft. fin. living area. 3 BR, 3 full Bath Condo.
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www.prudentialalliance.com 18308 WIlD HORSE CREEK RD. PRICE REDUCED TO $329,900. Charming 1.5 story home surrounded by 3+/- beautiful wooded acres.
4750 HWY D PRICE REDUCED TO $1,050,000! Tremendous horse property! 5 bed home on 27+/- gorgeous horse acres, pool, tremendous views.
138+/- ACRES OFF HWY 79 • ClARKSVIllE 3 bed home, pond, access to Calumet Creek & Miss. River, income producing crops. Chip DeWitt 314-503-3619.
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915 HANNA BEND CT #1 (BALLWIN) Beautiful 3BR/3ba villa in convenient location. 2 car garage, wooded view, zoned heating, 2 FP, gorgeous kitchen, formal DR, deck, patio, sunroom, walk-in closets, generator. $444,900
2942 EAGlE POInTE 5 bd,5 bth atrium w/ stocked pond
17624 MYRTlEWOOD DR PRICE REDUCED! Open 2/28/10 From 2-4. Fantastic 5 bed home on large wooded lot, many updates, luxurious master bath.
2 BarnstaBle Updated 2 bd, 2 bth, garage, Brentwood charmer, great for 1st time buyer
34 Pinewood Ct, • OFallon NEW CONSTRUCTION, 4 bd 3.5 bth, cul-de-sac lot
16913 lEWIS SPRInG FARM PRICE REDUCED! Open 2/28/10 From 12-1:30. One of a kind custom built 1.5 story home on 3+/- gorgeous acres, 5 beds, top of the line kitchen.
25538 PIKe 225 PRICE REDUCED! Gorgeous one of a kind equestrian estate on 75+/- well groomed aces, beautiful home.
1105 SHEPARD OAKS DRIVE WILDWOOD Exquisite custom 1.5 sty. Gourmet kitchen, 5 fireplaces, wood flrs, main fl MBR, extensive millwork, fin W/O LL with 2nd kitchen. Lovely pool, hot tub, 4 car garage & more. $2,250,000
16925 LEWIS SPRING FARMS RD
1028 KEHRS MILL RD #2 (BALLWIN) Updated garden condo in building w/elevator. 2BR, 2 updated baths, newer kitchen cabinets, newer HVAC, one car garage and great location! $129,900 1166 GREYSTONE MANOR PKWY (CHESTERFIELD) Magnificent custom 1.5 sty, 7FP, cherry floors, exquisite master suite, gourmet kitchen, hearth rm, bonus rm, Florida rm, fin LL with rec, office, game, exercise & bath. $1,8875,000 1507 PACLAND RIDGE CT (CHESTERFIELD) Wonderful 1.5 story, 5BR on gorgeous level 3.44 ac lot, 2 sty entry with sweeping staircase, exquisite millwork and amenities throughout. Updated kitch w/adjoining hearth rm. $1,149,900
WILDWOOD Spectacular custom 1.5 sty, 1926 CHESTERFIELD RIDGE CIRCLE
HIGHWaY 47 225+/- beautiful acres, 5+/- acre lake, A-frame, fantastic weekend retreat!
150 HOMESTEAD RIDGE Absolutely stunning custom built 1.5 story home on 43.5+/outstanding acres, tremendous panoramic views!
9024 sPY Glass PlaCe Dr. Gorgeous, well maintained 4 bed home with beautiful upgraded finishes, in sought after Winghaven.
3 acre lot, 2-sty foyer & great rm, gourmet kitchen, hearth rm, bonus rm on upper level, Luxury master, fin w/o LL w/media & exercise rm & bath. $899,900
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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. G
259 Falling Leaves Ct. - Creve Coeur - $593,000 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!
855 Woodside Trails Dr. - Ballwin - $229,900 Fabulous end unit villa! Almost 1600 sq ft on main level, plus finished lower level with bedroom and full bath! Built in bookcases, fireplace, rear deck, rear patio. Community has pool and tennis courts.
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1282 White Rd. - Chesterfield - $290,000 Beautiful 2-story with circular driveway! Grand entry through leaded glass door, formal dining room, separate living room and family room with cozy brick fireplace. HUGE bedrooms all with either double or walk in closets! New deck, updated kitchen, must see!
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.
503 Arbor Meadow Dr. - Ballwin - $334,000 Spacious family home with bedroom on main level and 4 more bedrooms upstairs! Family room boasts fireplace and built in bookshelves. Updated kitchen and breakfast room with glass doors to large deck in rear. Your family will love the finished basement with full bath and huge rec room.
1332 COUNTRYSIDE MANOR PLACE
14314 WINDCREEK DR (CHESTERFIELD) Beautiful 2 story on spectacular
CHESTERFIELD Classic traditional beau- lot backing to common ground! Updated
ty on an outstanding lot. Large, level, kitchen w/ granite, wood flrs, stainless backing to a trees. 4BR, 3.5ba. 3 car side steel appliances & more! Beautiful 3 seaentry garage. Very neutral and clean. son rm! Expansive master suite!$376,900 Sprinkler and alarm. $675,000 13508 COLISEUM DR (CHESTERFIELD) Spacious 3BR/2.5ba. Open floor plan w/LR/DR combination, breakfast rm w/galley kit. Deck, 2c carport. All appliances stay. W/B FP. $119,000
705 Cliffside Dr. - St. Clair - $230,000 Lakeside living! Enjoy the good life in this one of a kind ranch on a 15 acre fishing-only lake which adjoins to a 35 acre lake! Vaulted ceilings, custom cabinets, French doors and many more first class touches. Enjoy sunsets on your TimberTech deck under a Sunsetter awning!
room, separate dining room, updated kitchen, master suite, rec room lower level, 2 car garage. $199,900
1248 Marsh Ave. - Ellisville - $180,000 Updated ranch on half acre park setting! Gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, and tile floor. Family room with brick fireplace, large picture window overlooking backyard, and rear double doors leading outside. Huge deck!
2009 WILD HORSE CREEK ROAD WILDWOOD 12+/- wooded acres provides a secluded setting for this unique property. Main house is attached to a lrg 2 sty log home adding historic charm to this Wildwood setting. $650,000
590 SARAH LN #305 (CREVE COEUR) Updated 2BR/2ba on 3rd floor viewing Golf Course. Newer lighting, updated kitchen, black & silver appl. Walk in master and more. $149,900 1832 MISTY MOSS (ST LOUIS CO) 3BR/2.5ba condo, LR/DR, eat-in kitch. Fin LL, ref, range, washer/dryr, 1car att 401 STRAWBRIDGE DRIVE 19050 FOX RUN HOLLOW LANE CHESTERFIELD Open flr plan 2 sty 4BR, WILDWOOD Artist's Timberframe Home gar, privacy fence. Pool, tennis. Near in Wildwood on 10 Acres. Perched on a major hwys 40, 170, 70. Open floor plan, 3.5 baths, updated MBR bath w/whirlpool natural wooded site with great views out landscaped patio w/privacy fence.$155,900 tub & sep shower. 2 FP. Light décor, finof all windows in this unique 2.5 story 12947 MIDFIELD TERRACE (UNINC ST ished LL. Fenced back yard. Over 4,000 $375,000 handcrafted home. $495,000 LOUIS CO) Beautiful home, vaulted great sq ft of living space.
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2903 ST ALBANS FOREST CIR (WILDWOOD) Spectacular custom ranch on 3+ acres near St Alban Country Club. High ceilings, 4 FP, split BR plan, gated drive, 4+BR,7ba, covered deck. $1,590,000
16807 WESTGLEN FARMS DR (WILDWOOD) 2 sty, level fenced lot, great rm, 2 sty, 4br, 3.5ba. Updated kit, mn flr FP, wet bar, built-ins & bay window, laundry, wood flrs, vaulted master suite, gourmet kitchen, main flr laundry, luxury 3 full baths on upper level. $310,000 master suite, spacious BR. $350,000
WILDWOOD Priced to Move! Spacious
327 Brightfield Dr. - Ballwin - $184,000 Great opportunity! Meticulously cared for ranch with wood floors, brick fireplace, built in bookshelves, large formal dining room, beautiful park-like backyard with large deck. Anderson windows and shades, newer furnace and A/C, and huge clean/ dry unfinished walkout basement begging for your touch.
18321 ALLENTON TRAIL TERRACE WILDWOOD Gracious country living is yours at this lovely property surrounded by Greensfelder Park! 7ac, gracious home, 7 stall stable, outdoor riding/dressage arena, gardens. $695,000
1579 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Attached villa waiting for you to complete. Upgraded fixtures, wood flrs, luxury master suite, fabulous location close to every- 16523 BAXTER FOREST RIDGE DR 16406 WILSON CREEK CT CHESTERFIELD Pristine 2 sty in prime CHESTERFIELD Wonderful 2 story offer- thing. 2BR, 2ba, main flr lndry, vaulted $350,000 location, great rm w/FP, wet bar & builting an amazing value. Beautiful 1 acre ceilings, spacious and open. ins. Charming kitchen, spacious master, lot. 4BR, 3.5ba. Fin LL. Updates galore. 652 #201 EMERSON RD (CREVE large bedrms, 3 car garage, deck & patio, Hardie Board siding. $575,000 COEUR) New construction in Creve $499,900 Coeur! 1BR/1ba. Granite, stainless, wood W/O LL & more. flrs & underground parking. $164,000
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lot, waterfall, gorgeous kitchen w/adjoining hearth rm, 4FP, master BR w/sitting rm, finished W/O LL w/rec rm, game rm, BR, office & 1.5 baths. $1,099,900
1511 MALLARD LANDING CT (CHESTERFIELD) Spacious villa with many updates including kitchen. Fin lower level with bedroom, bath, rec room & office. Complex includes clubhouse, pool and tennis. $400,000
Contact Cathy Shaw-Connely 636-346-4960
(CHESTERFIELD) Absolutely stunning 3BR/3.5b Villa. Beautiful wood floors. High ceilings. High end finishes. Awesome gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appliances. $580,000
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CHESTERFIELD Custom 1.5 sty, lovely
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16445 BAJA CT
BALLWIN 3BR, 3ba ranch, open floor
Big enough to provide excellent service... Small enough to care!
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plan, vaulted ceiling, finished lower level, large composite deck, freshly painted, newer siding, newer kitchen. $188,000
Federal Tax Credits & MHDC State Funds available to Qualified Buyers!
#1 MONARCH TRACE CT #104
CHESTERFIELD Beautiful first floor
condo, 2BR, 2ba, large kitchen, beautiful bedrooms with custom master closet, patio, foyer, extra storage. $178,750
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111 Chesterfield Towne Ctr. • Chesterfield 63005
13217 Cantina Drive 1511 Hampton Hall Dr #20 16144 Castlerea Blvd $158,000 $185,000 $199,999 Chesterfield Chesterfield Ellisville Updated townhome! Newer carpet Great value! Spacious floor plan Special, updated, clean & near per& paint! 4BR, 2.5BA! with lots of updates! 3BR, 2.5BA! fect home! Great curb appeal! 3BR, 2.5BA! Open Sunday 1-3
Tim Schoenman Open Sunday 2/28 - 1 to 3 264 Madison Park Drive • Saint Peters • $339,000
229 Dejournet Dr. • Chesterfield • $350,000
Neutral 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Ranch. Vaults, Sky Lights, Master Suite, Vinyl Siding. Candy Citrin - 314-518-0675
Gorgeous 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2-Sty w/Finished Basement and Amazing Back Yard! Tim Schoenman - 636-328-6088
537 Lexington Landing Dr. • St. Charles • $470,000
606 Rustic Valley Drive 472 Coachgate Ct 28 Blackhorn Drive $223,900 $234,900 $224,900 Ballwin Ballwin Crestwood Beautiful 2sty with open floor plan, Tons of natural light! Great curb Sparkling 3BR, 2.5BA townhome 4BR, 2.5BA, large kitchen & fin LL! appeal! 3BR, 2BA, fin LL and great with private patio, wood floors & so much more! yard!
378 CHAMPION WAY
Open Sunday 1-3
Open Sunday 1-3
16 Old Belle Monte Rd. • Chesterfield • $699,000
3 BR; 3.5 BA Ranch. New Construction in Heritage Trls. Sold BEFORE it was Listed! Tim Schoenman - 636-328-6088
Stunning 4 BR, 4.5 BA Luxury Villa with Home Theater in Gated Community. Tim Schoenman - 636-328-6088
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808 Lesparre Drive 42 Baxter Lane 803 Stone Meadow Drive $259,900 $399,000 $399,750 Creve Coeur Chesterfield Chesterfield Refreshing & sparkling 4BR, 2.5BA, Light & bright 1.5 sty with walk Beautifully maintained villa with 2sty with updates & extras! Must out LL in private cul-de-sac setting. 2BR on main level, 3.5BA, on a culsee! 4BR, 5BA. de-sac lot!
8 Luxury Carefree Villas Gorgeous Display 3 Bedrooms 4 Full Baths Finished w/o LL Cheryl Campbell 2 Car Garage RRES
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ATRIUM ON 3 ACRES!
18715 Babler Meadows Dr. Wildwood • $579,000 Gorgeous granite kitchen highlights this professionally decorated atrium ranch. 3 Acre Wooded Lot. 2 frpl, 3c gar Fin LL. Bay windows, Hdwd Flrs, New HAVAC, Spectacular Home!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 www.MikeLeeker.com
626 Dartmouth Crest Dr. Wildwood • $479,900 Beautiful 5BR 4.5BA 2sty! Cul de sac lot, comm grnd! Upgr galore! Hdw flrs, vltd clngs, upgr appl, granite counters, remodeled mstr BA. Fab fin LL! Sweeping deck, patio! Much more! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358 ChrisRonberg.com
2628 Rockwood Pointe Wildwood • $301,500 Brick and vinyl 2sty with 3.5 baths (one Jack and Jill), walkout basement, t-stair & 3-car garage. Huge private rear deck with hot tub. Close to Wildwood Towne Center! Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155 www.CallRobinWilliams.com
MINUTES TO HWY 44 & SCHOOLS!
3 CAR GARAGE
16806 Enderbush Eureka • $299,900 WONDERFUL 4 Bd. 3.5 Bath w/ HUGE Fin W/Out Lower! Hardwd & Tile Floors, Arch Doorways, Open Flow for Entertaining, Loft/Office Level Yard & More! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555 stephaniethompsonrealtor.com
16625 Babler View Dr. Wildwood • $279,000 Huge 1/2 Acre Lot, Culdesac Street, 4 Bed. 4 Bth, Finished LL, Covered Patio, Vinyl, 3 Car Oversize Garage!! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 www.MikeLeeker.com
Open Sunday 1-3
716 Forsheer Court 1146 Whitmoor Drive 567 Malinmor Drive $425,000 $479,000 $499,900 Chesterfield Saint Charles Saint Charles Outstanding 2sty on private cul-de- Whitmoor CC Beauty! Elegant atri- Whitmoor CC Beauty! Updated & sac! Open, spacious, many updates, um ranch totally renovated! 3BR, Impeccable! 4BR, 3.5BA ranch, fin fin LL, 4BRs. 3BA, fin W/O LL! LL. Must see! Open Sunday 2-4
1448 Topping Road 9 Manor Ct 31 Chesterfield Lakes Road $1,995,000 $449,900 $549,850 Town and Country Gray Summit Chesterfield Charming 2sty on fabulous lot! 4 4 year old 1.5 sty provides dramatic Spectacular ranch on 5+ acres, ingourmet kitchen, season room, W/O finished LL, in- interior architectural features, lavish ground pool, appointments & so much more! luxury MBR & Fin W/O LL. ground pool, deck & gazebo!
365 Oak View Estates Labadie • $299,900 Car Collectors Dream !! 7+ Garage spaces w/Heat & AC in garage. Completely decked out for a full workshop. Great home with Country Setting on 3 acres. 4 bdrms, 2.5 bth, finished wo/LL, near Hwy 100 & 44. Call Sandy Trenz 314-308-4398
Mike Leeker 314-435-4040
Chris Ronberg Stephanie Thompson Sandy Trenz 314-308-4398 314-922-4358 314-479-4555
Robin Williams 314-401-0155
LUXURY FOR LESS! Amazing Price Reductions On 2009 NEW, DEMO, and SERVICE LOANERS. DEMOS
REMAINING 2009 NEW INVENTORY
NOW $34,750 Save $8,000 SOLD
MSRP Was $42,750
09-328ia monaco blue MSRP Was $37,995
MSRP Was $58,850
MSRP Was $61,870
MSRP Was $61,125
MSRP Was $57,175
MSRP Was $53,100
MSRP Was $46,650
MSRP Was $44,195
MSRP Was $45,629
MSRP Was $54,695
MSRP Was $44,825
NOW $49,900 Save $8,950 SOLD
NOW $36,900 Save $7,295 SOLD NOW $36,900
09-328i Silver (6-speed)
MSRP Was $42,825
09-335 conv alpine
MSRP Was $59,895
09-M3 sedan gray
MSRP Was $61,375
MSRP Was $94,570
MSRP Was $48,025
NOW $79,900 Save $14,670 SOLD NOW $39,900 Save $8,125 SOLD
2009 SERVICE LOANERS NOW $35,150 Save $9,000 SOLD
Stk#14296A 09-328 cpe
MSRP Was $44,150
Stk#14276A 09-335x cpe
MSRP Was $51,850
Stk#14321A 09-128 cpe
MSRP Was $36,750
NOW $41,850 Save $10,000 SOLD NOW $29,750
NOW $41,900 Save $12,795 SOLD NOW $33,900
Price includes all rebate and incentives. Offer Ends March 1, 2010
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