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While the rest of us may be worried about violent Mexican drug gangs on our border, or about terrorists who are going to be released from Guantanamo, the Director of Homeland Security is worried about “right-wing extremists.” Just who are these right-wing extremists? According to an official document of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, right-wing extremists include “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” It also includes those “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” If you fit into any of these categories, you may not have realized that you are considered a threat to national security. But apparently the Obama administration has its eye on you. According to the same official document, the Department of Homeland Security “has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence.” But somehow they just know that you right-wingers are itching to unleash terror somewhere, somehow. So-called “honor killings” by Muslims in the United States, including a recent beheading of his wife by a leader of one of the American Muslim organizations, does not seem to arouse any concern by the Department of Homeland Security. When it comes to the thuggery of ACORN - its members harassing the homes of bankers and even the home of Sen. Phil Gramm when he opposed things that ACORN favored - the Department of Homeland Security apparently sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil. Maybe they are too busy worrying about right-wing “extremists” who do not like abortions or illegal immigration, or who favor the division of power between the state and federal governments established by the Constitution. In one sense, the Department of Homeland Security paper is silly. In another sense, it can be sinister as a revealing and disturbing sign of the preoccupations and priorities of this administration - and their willingness to witch hunt and demonize those who dare to disagree with them. Reportedly, the FBI and the Defense Department are cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security in investigations of returning veterans from

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thomas Sowell To The Editor: Kudos and thank yous to Thomas Sowell regarding his April 8 article on our rookie president. His insight and foresight is awesome and truly reflects the thoughts and concerns of what I believe are those of the vast majority of Americans who proudly want the America that the founders of our constitution documented and that our Bill of Rights protects. Sowell has the willpower and the fortitude to buck the status quo and has the obvious latitude as your writer to reflect and publish his and opposing views in your fine publication; views by your courageous writer that are clearly 180 degrees away from what the mainstream media would have us blindly believe and follow. America, with all its faults, is still the best thing going in this cruel and divided world. I hope and pray (yes, pray) that President Barack Obama quickly learns, gains the wisdom and follows the principles and guidance that our founders so proudly exhibited, so eloquently documented and passed down to us and that have for more than two centuries served each of us so well. I hope he gains the wisdom of those wonderful principles and values that so many past presidents and patriotic American men and women before us, the sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. America stood up for and/or gave their lives to protect. Thank you once more, Mr. Sowell, for an eloquently presented article and for a job “well done.” Please God, bless these United States of America. Please God, bless and protect our patriot men and women in uniform, from a concerned but proud American citizen. Fred Rockwell Ellisville To The Editor: Most of my friends and family love to read Thomas Sowell’s article every week. It is so wonderful to know that someone else feels as we do. However, I wish he would tell us what we can do about the situation in which we have found ourselves. How can we make a change? Unfortunately, he is writing what we are feeling - doomsday. Can we reverse this in time? Kathie Noonan West County

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Rhetoric To The Editor: In reading Kerry Brown’s letter titled “Cut the rhetoric,” I cannot help thinking how polarized our country has become. What happened to meeting in the middle? Brown points out that the rhetoric comes from only the far right. I lean right but I try to keep my eyes and ears open to the other side. The far left shares in the rhetoric from people other than Al Sharpton, and they should be embarrassed by folks like Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Ed Schultz and Al Franken, who incite division just as much as Rush Limbaugh and those from the right. The Democrats spent most of the last eight years stoking their base with fears about the Bush administration. The charges ran from the rhetorically silly (attacking the legitimacy of the government as if losing an election was equivalent to lacking representation), to the dubious (various charges of illegal activities, small and large), to the paranoid (the government is watching us, Big Brother), to the outright unhinged (the 9/11 conspiracies, “blood for oil,” the imminent attack on Iran, the 2008 election will never take place and Bush will install himself as a dictator), but all in service of whipping up fear about what the Bush administration would do to the folks. To the extent that either party ran on fear, both did. Just because the left stoked different fears does not make them any less guilty. Brown challenges those from the far right to prove the facts presented are false, but indeed no facts are presented, just more rhetoric. I consider myself a person who is right to center but nowhere near far right, and Brown’s claims can be challenged very easily. Lyndon Johnson had long been identified with gigantic spending programs while he was in Congress. He fought for public works projects, for larger expenditures for those in need and for great increases for defense. However, when he took office after JFK’s assassination, the House and Senate passed a tax cut bill by a decisive margin. The government would receive approximately $11.5 billion less in revenue, but Johnson argued that because individual citizens would stimulate business by spending more money, tax revenues eventually would increase as the size of the economy increased. Many of Johnson’s social and economic programs were passed with help from a cooperative Republican party. This was a cooperation that had not been seen since

World War II. President Jimmy Carter inherited an economy that was slowly emerging from a recession. He had severely criticized former President Gerald Ford for his failures to control inflation and relieve unemployment, but after four years of the Carter presidency, both inflation and unemployment were considerably worse than at the time of his inauguration. The annual inflation rate rose from 4.8 percent in 1976 to 6.8 percent in 1977, 9 percent in 1978, 11 percent in 1979 and hovered around 12 percent at the time of the 1980 election campaign. Although Carter had pledged to eliminate federal deficits, the deficit for the fiscal year 1979 totaled $27.7 billion and that for 1980 was nearly $59 billion. With approximately eight million people out of work, the unemployment rate had leveled off to a nationwide average of approximately 7.7 percent by the time of the election campaign, but it was considerably higher in some industrial states. It was the worst period of economic blight in recent history. In the summer of 1996, President Bill Clinton’s grand first-term dreams had shriveled into a set of proposals. He would spend all of 1997 working on a balancedbudget agreement with Newt Gingrich and the Republicans. The Gingrich Republicans proved perfect opponents for the president. They refused to compromise on the budget. The new fiscal year began without an agreement and the federal government, consequently, shut down for lack of funds in October; then, after interim negotiations, it shut down for a second time in December. When Clinton left office, our country did have a budget surplus, 107 consecutive months of economic expansion, 22.2 million new jobs were created and unemployment was down from 7.5 percent in 1992 to 4.0 percent in June 2000. Let us not disregard the efforts from the Republicans for this success. It was due to a spirit of cooperation from both sides. There is no question that the Bush administration increased our national debt, but we need to look at all of the circumstances involved before passing judgment. The true facts that I present show that when parties respect the views of others and meet in the middle, things can be accomplished. The Democrats did not adjust in order to be in charge but instead they promised change. The change being offered currently only puts our country further in debt, and President Barack Obama looks to be closer to a Jimmy Carter or Woodrow Wilson than a Bill Clinton or Lyndon Johnson. Brown’s words are more far-left divisive

babbling about “unprovoked wars,” “rampant spending” and “Bush bashing,” which compares more to buffoons like Limbaugh and Franken than a person “cutting the rhetoric.” Paul Hollis Wildwood To The Editor: Hmmmm. Cast my lot with the likes of Thomas Sowell or Kerry Brown? Let us examine. Brown envies the Jimmy Carter administration as one of the last four and one-half decade’s best. Discussion over, rebuttal not required. By the by, in a tactical debate where one is attempting to support his beliefs, had Brown actually presented a cogent argument, the last sentence would have started with “Fortunately.” Surface voters are killing my country. Luke Stahlberg Chesterfield

Scared, anyone? To The Editor: According to the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security, the greatest threat facing our nation are the citizens who believe in the Constitution, God, personal freedom, limited government, lower taxes, protecting innocent life and those who fly the flag. It is like waking up in some sort of bizarre world where everything has been turned upside down. Does this scare anyone else but me? Carl Schroeder Wildwood

Taxing matters To The Editor: Regarding your question of the week, “Did you pay your ‘fair share’ of taxes?” Did you not mean, “Did you pay your ‘unfair share’ of taxes?”? Don Davis West County To The Editor: I attended the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party in St. Louis. I am not a political activist. I am a mom to three daughters. My husband and I chose to attend the event to protest the current direction Washington politicians are taking our country. What I saw at Kiener Plaza was in direct opposition to the “racists,” “rednecks” and See LETTERS, page 50


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No apologies Driving east on Olive Blvd., just after passing Ladue Road, there is a hand-written sign in front of an old, run-down house. The sign reads simply, “I will not apologize for my country.” It is becoming increasingly evident that the creator of that sign has no say in U.S. foreign policy. In the last month, President Barack Obama has, in the words of Charles Krauthammer, “indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.” Add to that list the fact that President Obama seems willing to give his apologies some teeth by inviting the prosecution of Bush administration officials for giving legal advice on anti-terror policy, and one can begin to see the makings of a new world order. New world order is a strong phrase, some might say, but a necessary one. Judging by his actions, President Obama’s view of the world is one based more in perception than reality. He wants the world to perceive that we are all on a level playing field, no country greater, or wealthier, or mightier than the other. President Obama’s world is one where we bow to the Saudi King, put our arm around the Queen of England, exchange jokes with the President of Venezuela and enter into disarmament talks with the Russians. The reality of the world is that America is mightier, wealthier and, yes, greater than other countries around the world. America is a super power. When that moniker works in the interest of the rest of the world, when somebody needs a super power- such as when a tsunami strikes a third-world country or when Bosnia needs protection from the Serbs - then the world agrees that is what we are. When it does not work in the interest of another country, when they do not need our help monetarily or militarily, only then do we become perceived as vengeful and greedy. The even greater reality is that this apologetic, almost meek tone will never deliver the results for which President Obama is striving. The president’s conciliatory remarks thus far have netted North Korea’s unchallenged nuclear test, NATO’s lack of reinforcement in Afghanistan, no European assistance on economic stimulus, no help on Iran and no help from China. As regards Guantanamo Bay, it seems the world desperately wanted all the prisoners released - so long as they were released anywhere except in their country. The president seems to have wanted the world to perceive America as kinder and gentler, but he ended up portraying this country only as weaker - and weaker is dangerous. One cannot be a weak super power, so one of those descriptors must change. Unless the president’s rhetoric takes a drastic turn, it most certainly will be the latter. At that point, the United States will be the country that President Obama must apologize to, rather than for - and that apology will be a long time coming.

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Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital on Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur will be the site of the annual Creve Coeur Days May Festival this year, announced Mitchell D. Jacobs, president of Creve Coeur Days Inc., the non-profit planning body for the festival. Creve Coeur Days has been an annual community event for more than 40 years. “In the past, Monsanto Co. hosted the festival on their grounds but were unable to do so this year because of an extensive building program,� Jacobs said. “The hospital graciously agreed to let us hold Creve Coeur Days on their property.� Hospital officials said they are looking forward to hosting the event. “We are delighted to accommodate Creve Coeur Days,� said Larry Tracy, chief operating officer of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “We know that the people

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‘Impeach everybody’ Order prevails as communities rally around Tax Day Tea Party messages By JEANNIE SEIBERT Despite dire predictions that the 700 to 800 Tax Day Tea Parties held across the country on April 15 were being organized by and for radical, right wing, racist extremists, the Tea Party at Kiener Plaza in St. Louis still drew thousands. And unlike the predictions, the group represented a cross section of metropolitan area residents who calmly, but seriously, gathered to share and send a message to Washington, D.C. – stop the spending. Protesting Washington, D.C., in general, speakers and the crowd alike agreed that record federal government spending is the No. 1 gripe. Holding the Republicans equally responsible as the Democrats, organizers Bill Hennessy and Dana Loesch insisted the event not be about political parties. Politicians who had contacted the organizers were prohibited if their presence was predicated on being included on the agenda – with one

exception. U.S. Congressman Todd Akin (R-Dist. 2) was present on the speakers’ platform because of his consistent vote against the deficit spending measures, Loesch said. More rally than protest, speakers did not hold back criticizing those they feel are responsible for the nation’s shaky economy. Because the GOP has not steadfastly held to the conservative principles, the Republican Party got its full share of the blame for “spending away our children’s future,” said one speaker. While it was markedly muted, comments deriding the Obama administration’s aggressive expansion of social programs, redistribution of wealth and most especially its proposed cap and trade policies drew round after round of applause and cheers. The U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the administration and the media were all roundly rebuked for not responding to the grassroots – a senti-

ment summed up in one placard that read “Impeach Everybody.” The posters and methods of self-expression were perhaps the high point of the event. “Don’t Tread on Me” was one of the more popular themes with T-shirts sporting that message selling at a brisk pace. Many small clusters of new-found and re-found friends gathered before and after the event to share concerns about the rampant government spending passed in the last three months and the burden that will place on future generations.

“Every child born this year will come into this world owing $127,000,” said one protestor. At one point it was observed that the total government spending from President George Washington to President George W. Bush does not total the amount of spending that has occurred in just the past three months. That topic alone occupied conversations well into the evening. The conversation is likely to continue as the next Tea Party is tentatively set for July 4. The time and place are to be announced.

Job seekers find different ways to cope with sudden unemployment By CASEY GODWIN George Batten was told the bad news on Dec. 1. His 12-year career in manufacturing had come to an abrupt end as his company, which had been struggling in the downturned economy since July 2006, was shedding workers through layoffs. Batten, 48, of Manchester, had been the executive vice president of sales and marketing. Now he is unemployed. “I was in shock,” Batten said. “I went home and for a couple of weeks I was in a daze.” Batten has two sons, ages 16 and 18. The oldest, fresh out of high school, had been looking forward to heading out of state to the university of his choice. Now he will be attending University of Missouri – Columbia. Not his choice, Batten said, but a more affordable school. “The funds we had saved for college have taken such a beating in the stock market,” Batten said. “His mother and I wanted to give him an education that wouldn’t be a financial burden on him. This has touched even him.” Batten said his family has taken a “bunker down” mentality regarding funds, spending money only when it is absolutely necessary. Family and friends provided him the support he needed to get back on his feet and do something he had not done since 1983 – hunt for a job.

“I’ve never had to actively find a job,” Batten said. “I’ve worked in three industries, but each time I was either recruited or it was my choice. I always had continuity in employment.” Job hunting is much different for an experienced executive than it is for a new college graduate. Executive jobs are not common and many times an employee must work up into that position of a company. Batten said he has tried a variety of resources, including several job placement firms. “Unfortunately, job recruiters right now have this huge talent pool to pull from and not as many jobs to fill,” Batten said. Networking fills a chunk of Batten’s time. He co-founded Exec Net, which can be found on the business networking site, for area executives in his position. At monthly meetings, members of the group provide each other with leads and practice interviewing skills. Batten said the group has not produced much in the way of work, but it has helped develop skills to compete with the masses. “It seems for every four people out there, there’s one opportunity,” Batten said. According to figures released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s jobless rate climbed to 8.7 percent in March from 8.3 percent

in February. In March, nearly 11,000 jobs were shed state-wide. The St. Louis region experienced a relatively large employment decrease in March. The region is down by 7,000 jobs, putting the unemployment rate locally at 9.2 percent – 8.6 percent down in St. Louis County and 10 percent down in St. Louis City. The manufacturing industry has been hit the hardest, down 4,800 jobs across several industries. State-wide, 2,500 construction jobs have been lost, wholesale trade employment is down by 1,500 and scientific and technical services decreased by 1,000 jobs. Various services, including repair service, shed 1,200 jobs in March. However, the retail trade has added 1,900 jobs. Missouri’s unemployment rate has increased in nine of the last 10 months. March marks the highest unemployment rates in the state since December 1983. With so many in the St. Louis area looking for work, it is no surprise that job placement firms are seeing a large influx of workers pouring through their doors. Pam Johnson, branch manager of St. Louis area division of Manpower, said local offices have been seeing an unusual trend. Manpower supplies temporary and contract recruitment in a variety of industries, although most associate the agency

with physical labor jobs. “We’re seeing a lot of people willing to do jobs they are way over-qualified for just because they need to make money,” Johnson said. “We’ve also been seeing a large amount of people looking for a second job to supplement income.” Johnson said the demand for work has far exceeded the amount of employment opportunities available. Labor Ready, which provides temporary employment to those who walk in the door each morning, also have reported longer lines and have turned away more people than usual. Not every story from those recently unemployed is laden with hardship. Terri Economos, of Fenton, said that when she was laid off in the beginning of April, she told her supervisor that “everything is fine.” Economos worked in a travel agency for 25 years. She said layoffs had been hitting the company every three months over the last year and that it was not all that surprising when her supervisor gave her the news. “I felt like someone had opened the gate and told me I could run,” Economos said. “I didn’t know where I was going. I know it sounds weird, but I was relieved.” See UNEMPLOYMENT, page 15




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Teacher to discontinue showing political movie after parent protests BY DIANE PLATTNER Officials at Wildwood Middle School in the Rockwood School District have decided to stop showing eighth-grade history students a controversial environmental movie that had sparked complaints from some parents. Parent Carl Schroeder said he had been trying to get Wildwood Middle School officials to stop showing students the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,� a documentary on global warming that former Vice President Al Gore narrated. Schroeder called this movie an “enviro-fantasy,� a piece of political propaganda that he said many parents and scientists find fraudulent. “Obviously the agenda for the teachers is a thinly-veiled attempt to indoctrinate young and impressionable minds to their political ideology,� Schroeder said. “What these rather naive and selfish teachers and administrators do not realize is that their job is to teach the subject for which we are paying them and nothing else. It is not to try to raise up political clones for themselves.� Other Rockwood parents agreed and said public school officials in general should not present their own controversial political views as fact to students. Schroeder said that two years ago, he and his wife relayed their concerns about the movie to Wildwood Middle School Principal Greg Batenhorst. “At that time, his spin on the issue was that the instructors were using the movie as a teaching tool that was directly connected to the subject manner,� Schroeder said. Schroeder said he assumed after that initial meeting that the school teachers would find a less controversial media source to teach the lesson. Yet, he said he learned the movie was still being shown in class this year. Batenhorst replied that a 10- to 15-minute video clip of “An Inconvenient Truth� was used in an eighth-grade American history class in two curricular contexts. First, he said it was viewed to draw comparisons, contrasts and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society. Second, it was used to present a controversial, current issue to enable students to research sources who refute the claims presented in the movie. Wildwood Middle School parent Jennifer Smith echoed Schroeder’s concerns about the movie and met with Batenhorst in early April to discuss the issue. “The link was supposed to be the Industrial Revolution, which is a stretch at best,� Smith said. “I offered up the suggestion that he allow equal viewing time of the

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documentary ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle.’� Smith and Schroeder said they also heard the same history teacher showed students videos mocking former President George W. Bush. Batenhorst said he discussed the issue with the concerned parents as well as the teacher. “The American history teacher and I have also had several discussions in the past week to study the parent concerns and to discuss options in the delivery of the curriculum,� Batenhorst said. Schroeder said Batenhorst contacted him on April 13 and apologized for allowing the continued showing of “An Inconvenient Truth.� Batenhorst said he agreed that the content of the movie was “a lightening rod issue� and that more careful consideration should have been given before deciding to show it to an eighth-grade class, Schroeder said. He said Batenhorst assured him that neither “An Inconvenient Truth� nor videos disrespectful to the U.S. president would be allowed to be shown at Wildwood Middle School again. Batenhorst confirmed that he and the teacher agreed that sources other than “An Inconvenient Truth� would be used in the future. “At this time, I am satisfied with the pledge made by Dr. Batenhorst and believe that our students have seen the last of this ‘documentary,’� Schroeder said. Smith said she is not as pleased. “Even though my child’s principal has decided to eliminate ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ from the curriculum in upcoming years, he has not decided to show ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ to the students who had to sit through ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ this year,� Smith said.




Officials consider jumping on smoking ban bandwagon By DIANE PLATTNER Town & Country officials are considering joining other area municipalities, including Creve Coeur, Olivette and Clayton, in urging St. Louis County to prohibit smoking in public places. Town & Country Mayor Jon Dalton said he supports the concept of a state or countywide ban on smoking in public places. “The medical evidence regarding negative health risks associated with secondhand smoke seems compelling,” Dalton said. “Accordingly, I have encouraged the Board of Aldermen to proceed with passing a resolution that encourages legislative action on either the state or county level to enact such a prohibition.” Opponents said public smoking bans violate their personal rights to lifestyle choices. Supporters agree with Dalton and said public health issues outweigh any individual’s rights to smoke in public. “Second-hand smoke is a danger to the public,” West County resident Ashley Harris said. “If smokers want to harm their own bodies, they can do it in their own homes or other private places. But they shouldn’t expose the public to it.” Some Town & Country businesses, on their own, already have chosen to be smokefree to promote healthier environments for their customers. Straubs, in Town & Country, for example, prohibits customers from smoking in the upscale grocery store. Still, smoking bans in some individual municipalities have sparked opposition from some business owners who said they lose customers to nearby smoke-friendly municipalities. That is why John Mineo,

owner of Italian restaurant John Mineo’s in Town & Country, said he would support a ban only if it applies at least county-wide. “I would not support a smoking ban in only some cities because it would not be fair to the others that allow people to smoke,” Mineo said. “But if they passed a smoking ban in all of the cities, that would be fine.” Dalton said that while Town & Country already has an ordinance in place that bans smoking in many public facilities, he does not want to do anything that unjustly places his municipality’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage to similarly situated interests in neighboring communities. “In that respect, I understand that cities acting individually and not collectively as part of St. Louis County have regretted their decisions on this important issue,” Dalton said. A resolution calling for a county-wide ban on smoking in public places was introduced at the April 13 Town & Country Board of Aldermen meeting. The board voted unanimously to continue final action on the measure until the June 22 board meeting. The purpose of the continuance is solely to allow time for consultation and interaction on the subject with the Town & Country business community, Dalton said. “This exchange is both fair and a valuable part of the education process,” Dalton said. “But it is important to note that the continuance will in no manner cause delay in the underlying substance of the resolution as that requires action by the St. Louis County Council.”

UNEMPLOYMENT, from page 13 Shortly after being laid off, Economos learned her mother had been diagnosed for the second time with terminal lung cancer. Doctors told her mother she would have about three to six months to live. “(The layoff has) actually allowed me the time to spend with her,” Economos said. At 49 years old, Economos said she has many more years to go in the work force, but could not see any growth left in the company where she had been employed. She said that when the news of her layoff broke, she knew there was “opportunity written all over it.” “I was so dedicated and loyal, and I loved my job, but I wasn’t making a difference,” Economos said. “I thought there was so much more out there in the world to do.” Economos has focused on a hobby she

has had for the last 12 years. In her spare time, she has raised money for animal charities under her organization Pet Kids LLC. Economos said she always wanted to turn the hobby into a business. Pet Kids allows older or sick people who want to keep their pets do so with the knowledge that after death, the animal will not be euthanized or placed in a shelter. Instead, clients arrange to have their pets put in the care of Economos’ Pet Kids house. “It was inspired by my uncle and my Mom,” said Economos. “My uncle didn’t want to get another animal late in life because he was scared it would outlive him. I realized a lot of people think that way.” Economos has been on the hunt for a new job and said she would not hesitate to interview with another corporation.

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Health & Wellness events sponsored by Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Live Life Aware: Understanding Your Risk for Hereditary Cancer Alison Whelan, MD, Co-Director of the Hereditary Cancer Program at Siteman Cancer Center Hereditary cancer is a cancer risk that is passed on in a family, and results from an abnormal alteration in a single gene. Now there are tests that can reveal possible hereditary predispositions to certain cancers. If you have a family history of cancer, join us for an informative evening about the latest advancements in cancer risk assessment and genetic testing that may be helpful when making medical decisions about how to manage your risk for cancer. Washington University Physicians will be on-hand to answer your specific questions about hereditary breast, colon and rectal and pancreatic cancers. Wednesday, May 13 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital 10 Barnes West Drive St. Louis, MO 63141 To register for this FREE event, call 314-747-7222 or 800-600-3606.

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Committee recommends City Hall be built in Town Center By ADAM LAMPEL After nearly a year of discussions, the Wildwood City Hall Steering Committee is recommending that the city build its own facility in the Town Center and incorporate police facilities into the project. The committee has published its preliminary report that includes recommendations for the future headquarters of the city. “After assessing the various leasing and ownership considerations in light of the city’s long-term interests and public input, the option of constructing a new building owned by the city and designed specifically to the city’s requirements and specifications is the preference of the committee,” the report read. “Public input received by the committee to date strongly favors city ownership of a city hall and the option of constructing a new building for that purpose.” Public input was a priority for the committee after Wildwood residents spoke out firmly against city officials two years ago when the city was in the planning process for a new City Hall. Residents expressed concerns about the finances of the project and the lack of public participation in the process.

One resident in particular was highly Center businesses. Cullinane also said she critical of the process that played out likes the quaintness of the location. before the original plan was squashed. “Think of small towns in New England; Resident Sue Cullinane was instrumental almost all of their city halls are located in the recent passage of a referendum that in the middle of town,” Cullinane said. mandates the city to seek voter approval “This model has worked for 200 years in for certain capital expenditures, including those locations. That’s a pretty good track any future City Hall project. record.” Cullinane also commended the committee for the great deal of time it has volunteered to this process and the time it has yet to give. Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said the preferences the committee outlined provide a foundation on which building requirements can be developed and used by professionals in the design and building SUE CULLINANE of a future City Hall. “The question is how much to spend “I’ve attended almost every meeting of up front in the design and construction the City Hall Committee,” Cullinane said. of a building to make it environmentally “They’re a hard-working group who have a efficient versus the benefit of lower operdifficult job, made more so by the enormity ating costs over the life of the building,” of their task and the ultimate direction to Woerther said. take.” Woerther said it is important for the city Cullinane said she agrees with the com- to take a leadership role in environmental mittee’s recommendation to place City design as part of the mission of the city to Hall in the Town Center because of the ensure that the resources of the area are put foot traffic that it would provide for Town to their most efficient use.

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Trucker charged for deadly Hwy. 40 accident By CASEY GODWIN Charges have been filed against an Alabama trucker for a crash that killed three people on Hwy. 40 last July. Jeffrey Knight, 49, of Muscle Shoals, Ala., was charged on April 10 with three counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter, said Don Schneider of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. The second-degree offense alleges that the deaths were a result of criminal negligence. “This is a class D felony, meaning he could get up to four years for each charge,” Schneider said. “He could receive 12 years in prison over this.” The case currently is pending before the St. Louis County Grand Jury. Knight is being held in the St. Louis County Detention Center in Clayton on a cash-only bond that has been set at $25,000. Authorities said that Knight was driving a Freightliner on July 15, 2008, when he ran over several cars that had come to a stop on eastbound Hwy. 40, west of Interstate 270. There were 11 vehicles involved in the crash, including Knight’s truck. Three people were killed and 15 were injured. The crash, which occurred at 3:45 p.m. on that day, killed two Amish passengers, Lydia Miller, 55, of Canton, Mo., and Alvin Mast, 88, of Kahoka, Mo. Their vehicle had been traveling from northwestern Missouri to a funeral in Tennessee. Police said that the driver of the first car that Knight’s tractor trailer hit was killed instantly. Charles Cason, 55, of Caseyville, was a salesman headed to Collinsville, Ill., on business when his car was rear-ended by the truck.

At least eight lawsuits from victims who received serious injuries are pending against Knight and his trucking company, Holmes Transport. One of those victims is Mark Tiburzi, 52, of St. Peters, who suffered severe brain injury. James Whaley, who represents Tiburzi and Gaylen Lovelady, 60, of Hunnewell, Mo., has filed suits in both St. Louis County and U.S. District courts. “Mr. Tiburzi is still in a coma, basically in a vegetative state that requires constant care and Mr. Lovelady suffered fractured ribs and other injuries,” Whaley said. The lawyer representing Knight and Holmes Transport was unavailable for comment. In the accident report that the Missouri Highway Patrol released following an investigation, a cell phone appears to be the catalyst for the accident. “There was a cell phone involved, but (Knight) wasn’t using it at the time. He was reaching for it and took his eyes off the road,” said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Highway Patrol Troop C. Nothum said that Knight admitted to investigators that he had reached across the dashboard to retrieve his cell phone and had opened it before realizing he was about to make impact with the first car. In the report, Knight said that when he looked up, he was at the last car in the line of traffic. He is quoted in the report saying, “After I hit the first car, I just remember holding the steering wheel and seeing cars going to my left and right.” Nothum said that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the crash. Additionally, Knight had a clean driving record prior to the accident, Nothum said.


Measure to allow concealed weapons on college campuses advances By CASEY GODWIN A proposed bill in the Missouri Legislature that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses has the University of Missouri up in arms. Missouri lawmakers are well on their way to passing House Bill 668, which, among other things, would repeal the ban of concealed firearms on the state’s publiclyfunded college campuses. The Missouri House of Representatives approved the bill 105-50 on final reading. The measure was sent to the Missouri Senate on April 20 for consideration. Additionally, the House approved a provision in the same bill that would reduce the minimum age to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon from 23 to 21 years. This measure originated as House Bill 1073. University of Missouri President Gary Forsee said students should be allowed an environment that is “free from the threat of concealed guns.” “It is hard to imagine that such a proposal could gain support given the magnitude of gun-related tragedies experienced on college campuses across the country,” Forsee said. Such tragedies are exactly what the national group Students for Concealed Carry on College Campus aims to prevent on college campuses. The group, which formed in the wake of the shootings that occurred at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in April 2007, has been pushing the legislation throughout the country. Missouri is one of nine states considering similar legislation, the group organizer, Paul Ready, said. “The issue is that these school shooters go unchallenged,” Ready said. “Anytime shooters have been met with force, they give up immediately.” Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-William-

stown) sponsored the original bill (House Bill 645) to allow concealed firearms on campuses. He said the student-based group approached him with the issue and after a year of research, he decided to move forward with it. “We’ve had concealed carry in Missouri since 2003 with no problems and basically this is just an expansion of that,” Munzlinger said. Currently, Missouri law does not allow concealed weapons at college campuses, sports stadiums and public hospitals. Ready said that 11 campuses in Colorado and Virginia have allowed concealed carry since 1995. None of those campuses have reported any incident of gun violence - including suicide, gun accidents or gun theft - in the time concealed carry has been permitted. “Statistics show that wherever concealed carry is permitted, crime either decreases or at the very least, shifts away from crimes against a person to crimes against property,” Ready said. Munzlinger said the intent is to deter the criminals. “You take on a great responsibility when you do decide to take on concealed carry,” Munzlinger said. “These are law-abiding citizens.” The legislation would allow students and all faculty members who have concealed carry permits to bring a weapon on campus. Munzlinger said he is concerned that the University of Missouri has unwarranted fear. “The college president is out there writing letters saying he is concerned about his own people and that students will be fearful,” Munzlinger said. “The ones they should really be concerned about are the dangerous criminals. Criminals target gunfree zones and right now our college campuses are gun-free zones.”



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Proposed school nutrition requirements may require changes in area districts By DIANE PLATTNER The Rockwood and Parkway School Districts would need to make some changes if the Missouri Legislature approves new nutrition requirements for food and drinks sold in public schools. While some residents said they support governmental intervention in public school nutrition to address childhood obesity and other health issues, others said such choices should be left to the school districts, parents or students. The Missouri House of Representatives on April 9 passed House Bill 509, which would cap the amount of fat/sugar allowed in products sold during school hours, including in vending machines and at fundraisers. It includes a ban on snack foods with 300 or more calories and regulates drinks to have at least 25 percent fruit juice or water with zero calories as well as skim/ low-fat milk. It also sets minimum food standards and requires daily physical education (PE) classes through eighth grade. The bill currently is being considered in a Missouri Senate committee. If the full Senate gives approval before the 2009 legislative session ends in May, the measure would take effect on Aug. 28. All school districts would be required to have a physical education program in place by July 1, 2011. Rockwood Director of Child Nutrition Services Carmen Fischer said the district offers a la carte items, which are reviewed annually for compliance with recent guidelines. “We will continue that practice and will remove the items not meeting the new guidelines,” Fischer said. Rockwood would be required to eliminate diet soda, zero-calorie soda, vitamin waters and sports drinks in Rockwood High School beverage vending machines, said Bill Sloan, Rockwood’s director of purchasing and transportation. Similarly, Parkway officials said if the legislation is passed, zero and one-calorie soda would be eliminated in their high schools. No changes would be required in Parkway’s school lunch offerings, with food service meals containing little or no trans fat, said Parkway Dietician and Food Services Supervisor Marlene Pfeiffer. Sloan said the new mandate likely would spark a temporary decline in revenue from vending machine sales in Rockwood schools.

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Bu llet i n Boa rd Lafayette recognized for academic success The American College Test’s (ACT) Midwest Regional office recently honored Lafayette High School with the Red Quill Award for 2008-09. Lafayette is one of only three Missouri high schools to receive the award this year and one of only 18 schools recognized across the Midwest. “The educators at Lafayette High School have done and continue to do an outstanding job in assisting their students in their journey toward a meaningful post-secondary education experience,” said Galen Johnson, ACT’s assistant vice president. “Programs are in place at every grade to ensure that this transition is appropriate, rigorous and most of all, successful.” The award was established in 2006 to recognized schools in the Midwest that are taking an innovative approach to improve their curriculum and have shown consistent growth in student ACT scores over time. Schools that use ACT’s EXPLORE and PLAN assessment programs for eighthand 10th-grade students were qualified to apply for the Red Quill award. To earn the award, schools had to demonstrate that they effectively used the results of these programs to improve the education they provide to students through curriculum and/or instruction. They also had to show

consistent improvement in ACT scores over the past five years. Recipients of the Red Quill award received a plaque from ACT that commemorates their accomplishments.

Service project For the past four years, the students at Selvidge Middle School have participated in Make a Difference Day (MaDD), an event in which the students perform a service project that will benefit their community. For this year’s MaDD, to be held on May 15, 8 Green students adopted the U.S. Army’s Apache Troop CAV 6-9 stationed at FOB Sykes in Tal Afar, Iraq. This troop consists of approximately 70 men, one of whom is a former Selvidge student and brother of a current teacher. The soldiers of Apache troop compiled a list of items they needed, wanted or missed and cannot get while overseas. Beginning March 30, 8 Green students began asking for donations and collecting items to send to the troop. In addition to the items donated, 8 Green students wrote letters to the soldiers thanking them for their service. Collections ended on April 9, with the letters and packages sent to Iraq. The soldiers of Apache Troop CAV 6-9 are excited and grateful to the Selvidge


St. Louis Blues player visits Henry Elementary St. Louis Blues player Dan Hinote recently read to kindergarten students at Henry Elementary in the Parkway School District. The kids showed their team support with hats and pinwheels they made in Hinote and Louie the mascot with Lisa Barton and her kindergarten Blues colors. Hinote and class at Henry Elementary. Louie the mascot visited Lisa Barton’s kindergarten class to read to them as a reward for participating in the Blues Bookworms Reading Program. The program is a literary initiative to encourage students in grades kindergarten through sixth to spend more of their leisure time reading. community for its support and the students of 8 Green thank the community for the donations.

Parkway schools named to Missouri Top 10 list The Parkway School District has seven schools on the state’s list of the top 10 highest performing schools. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) developed the list, with the high-performing schools determined

by the spring 2008 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests results. The Parkway schools, and the area in which they excelled, include: • Barretts Elementary School: fourth grade, communication arts. • Oak Brook Elementary School: fourth grade, math. • Central Middle School: eighth grade, communications arts. • South Middle School: eighth grade, communications arts. • West Middle School: eighth grade,

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State Citizenship Award Two Parkway School District students, Alec Sydlow of South High and Allison Silverstein of Central High, were among 15 public high school students that the Missouri Board of Education and Gov. Nixon recently honored as recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award. The Missouri Legislature established the citizenship award in 1990. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) conducts the award program annually with assistance and financial support from the Missouri Bar. Every public high school is eligible to nominate one senior. Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement in civics and government courses, performance in civicsand government-related extracurricular activities and exemplary community service. Students also must submit an essay about the importance of citizenship.

National chess champion Sathya Anand, an eighth-grade student at The Fulton School at St. Albans, competed in the 2009 Chess Supernationals (U.S. Chess Federation) in Nashville, Tenn. In the four-day event, Anand went undefeated in all seven matches and Anand beat out more than 400 participants to earn first place and be named the national champion. Anand is the first Fulton School student and EnPassant club member to win first place and remain undefeated in the challenging event. Gabriel Boyd is the EnPassant Chess Club’s coach.

Rockwood Teachers of the Year named The 2008-09 Rockwood School District Teachers of the Year have been announced. Every year an educator is chosen from each Rockwood school to represent them as the Teacher of the Year. From this group,

the district-level Teachers of the Year are selected. One of these individuals then is honored as the Rockwood School District Teacher of the Year and goes on to compete for state and national recognition. This year’s recipients are: • Colleen Sullivan Haug: Babler Elementary School. • Michael Lacavich: Ballwin Elementary School. • Kelley Krause: Blevins Elementary School. • Wendy Bopp: Bowles Elementary School. • Dennis Rhodes: Center for Creative Learning. • Christine Castelli: Chesterfield Elementary School. • Liz Majino: Crestview Middle School. • Catherine Simpson: Early Childhood Center. • Emily Dittmer: Ellisville Elementary School. • Raina Gill: Eureka Elementary School. • Lisa Lingle: Eureka High School. • Rose Watt: Fairway Elementary School. • Karen E. Betz: Geggie Elementary School. • Becky Spease: Green Pines Elementary School. • Tracy Pagel: Kehrs Mill Elementary School. • Emilee Kellermann: Kellison Elementary School. • AnnMarie Gilman: Lafayette High School. • Amber Phelps: LaSalle Springs Middle School. • James Nacy: Marquette High School. • Diane Dressel: Pond Elementary School. • Anne Hensley: Ridge Meadows Elementary School. • Jennifer Huling: Rockwood South Middle School. • Mary Jo Hagedorn: Rockwood Summit High School. • Kirstie Behlmann: Rockwood Valley Middle School. • Kevin Smith: Selvidge Middle School. • Karen Gibson: Stanton Elementary School. • Julie Backer: Uthoff Valley Elementary School. • Debbi Casper: Westridge Elementary School. • Sheri Nelson: Wild Horse Elementary School. • Mindy Semple: Wildwood Middle School. • Carol Earley: Woerther Elementary School.


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charge.â&#x20AC;? Per the contract, bulk item pick-up will be on the last pick-up day of every month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;White good pick-upâ&#x20AC;? (appliances, for example) also will be picked up at no additional charge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents will need to call Allied Waste to schedule white good pick-up service at their customer service number (947-5959),â&#x20AC;? Pogue said. Since January 2007, the rate for once per week pick-up has been $17.10 per month for residents. Allied Wasteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main proposal was for a seven-year extension with the following increases: â&#x20AC;˘ $17.98 effective 2009. â&#x20AC;˘ $18.61 effective Jan. 1, 2010. â&#x20AC;˘ $19.26 effective Jan. 1, 2011. â&#x20AC;˘ $20.03 effective Jan. 1, 2012. â&#x20AC;˘ $20.83 effective Jan. 1, 2013. â&#x20AC;˘ $21.66 effective Jan. 1, 2014. â&#x20AC;˘ $22.53 effective Jan. 1, 2015. The following rates are for twice per week pick-up: â&#x20AC;˘ $36 effective 2009. â&#x20AC;˘ $37.26 effective Jan. 1, 2010. â&#x20AC;˘ $38.53 effective Jan. 1, 2011. â&#x20AC;˘ $40.07 effective Jan. 1, 2012. â&#x20AC;˘ $41.67 effective Jan. 1, 2013. â&#x20AC;˘ $43.34 effective Jan. 1, 2014. â&#x20AC;˘ $45.07 effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Charity appeals for project funding Thanks to good weather, Circle Of Concernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new center will be completed and occupied by the Valley Park-based charity sooner than originally planned. Circle will take possession of the new building before the end of April and begin operating from the structure in early May. Under the original schedule, Circle did not expect to be working from the new center until mid-June. The new center building is the key component of a $1.35 million project. The 6,750-square-foot building is immediately north of Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current center in Valley Park. It has more office and storage space and a food pantry three times the size of Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current pantry. The extra pantry space is vital as the charity works to assist the record number of people seeking food. Circle currently feeds from 1,300 to 1,500 people each month. Later this year, officials predict that 1,800 people a month will be receiving free food. The current economy has slowed Circle Of Concernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to raise funds for the new center. The charity has used its reserve funds and money collected by special appeals to keep the project moving. To complete the new center, Circle is counting

on a bank loan and new gifts from supporters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to walk a very tight rope,â&#x20AC;? Circle Director Glenn Koenen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must continue to raise funds to buy food, assist families with utility bills and support all of our other everyday programs. At the same time, we need extra money to build the new center. Right now we have financing in place to ensure that the center gets finished and the parking lot work and other improvements are completed. Yet we realize that every dollar we borrow now means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a bit less money in future years to spend buying milk, produce and other food for families. This month we are asking our friends to make a special, extra gift toward our Today & Tomorrow Campaign for the new center.â&#x20AC;? Circle Of Concern is still collecting funds toward a $250,000 challenge grant. Every dollar contributed from the community will be matched, meaning a $100 gift yields $200 for the project. To learn more about the Today & Tomorrow Campaign and to see construction photos of the new center, visit Donations can be sent to Today & Tomorrow, Circle Of Concern, P.O. Box 444, Valley Park, MO 63088.


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PUBLIC HEARING City of Ellisville, Mo. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Adjustment of the City of Ellisville will hold a public hearing at the Ellisville City Hall, #1 Weis Avenue, on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 6:00 P.M. on the Petition of William Stortz relative to 309 Bradford Estates Court within the Ellisville R-1 Residential Single Family Zoning District. The Petitioner seeks a variance from the rear yard setback requirements for the subdivision. This hearing is in compliance with Section 400.020 of the Municipal Code of the City of Ellisville. CATHERINE DEMETER City Clerk

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College hockey Chaminade graduate Jordan Thompson, a senior defenseman at McKendree University, earned a spot on a post-season hockey team. Thompson was named second-team AllConference for the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). McKendree won the MACHA’s Silver Division championship this year.

Professional soccer The St. Louis Lions Soccer Club has announced that former forward and franchise all-time leading scorer Tommy Heinemann has signed a professional contract with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division. The contract is a one-year deal with a club option for a second. Heinemann, a St. Louis native and CBC graduate, played parts of three seasons with the Lions. Over the course of those three seasons, Heinemann became the club’s all-

time leading scorer with 35 goals and four assists in 36 games played. Additionally, Heinemann played his collegiate soccer at Rockhurst University where he earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second-Team, All-America Heinemann honors. “I’m just thankful for God and my family for all of their support,” Heinemann said. “Without them, none of my success in soccer would be possible. Right now I’m living a dream and am really looking forward to contributing in Charleston.” Heinemann joins former Lion midfielders Jarius Holmes and Kyle Patterson as the third member from the club’s 2008 roster to enter the professional ranks. Holmes is under contract with the Austin Aztex, also of the USL First Division, while Patterson is under contract with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS). “Tommy is a great athlete and an even better young man,” Lions Head Coach Tony Glavin said. “Tommy will certainly be missed this season, but he’s worked very hard to make it to the professional level and I couldn’t be happier for him.” The St. Louis Lions Soccer Club begins its fourth season in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) on May 10 when it hosts

the Rochester Thunder in a 5 p.m. match at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in Cottleville.

High school golf Chaminade is a team playing with a purpose this spring, said veteran Coach Jim Prag. “We have dedicated this season to the memory of Geoff Morris, who would have been a very important senior member of this year’s team,” Prag said. “Geoff was killed in an automobile accident last August while driving to play golf with several of his friends. He was a unique young man loved by many. Two other high school teams have also remembered Geoff by having his initials on their golf shirts this season - Visitation Academy and DeSmet. He is sorely missed by many.” The Red Devils recently captured the Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) championship at Forest Park, which plays at a par 70. Chaminade finished with a team score of 393 to beat DeSmet by one stroke. “All of the MCC schools can beat each other on any given day,” Prag said. “It didn’t look promising after the first four players came in, but our final two scores made up an awful lot of ground on DeSmet. That was exciting.” Individual scores included Dan Schaller (72), Clay Fox (74), Joe Wiesehan (79), Jimmy Hofman (80) and Spencer Lane (86).

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It was Chaminade’s 10th MCC championship since the league was formed in the mid-1990s. That is an accomplishment, Prag said. “It has always been one of the strongest conferences in the state,” Prag said. “Golf is such a tough and unpredictable sport. It is so hard to tell what will happen in the future. Hopefully we will play well at the right time. We have been fortunate to have some very good golfers and excellent young men over the years. This group is truly one of the finest groups of kids I have been fortunate to be associated with over my 30-plus years of coaching golf at Chaminade.”

High school girls’ soccer The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels are on fire. The Angels started off the season winning their first six games. St. Joseph’s has yet to allow a goal, as of West Newsmagazine press time. The club recently went to Kansas City and ran roughshod over Park Hill South and Blue Springs South. The Angels beat Park Hill South 9-0 and held off powerful Blue Springs South 1-0. Coach Maureen McVey said the journey across the state helped her club. “It is a great bonding trip and that is why we take it,” McVey said. “They get closer as a team and with that they want to play hard for each other when they step on the field. They have each other’s back, you might say.” The fast start to the season is something McVey said the club can build on and use later this spring. “You always hope to get off to a good start,” McVey said. “With the early success, we hope to keep the momentum going throughout the rest of the season.” Goals have been coming in bunches for the Angels. St. Joseph’s has scored 10 goals twice this season. “The key this year is pre-season offensive drills and the will to win at all costs,” McVey said. “They are more aggressive around the goal than in the past few years and the unselfishness of these players has led to a well-balanced attack by all forwards. “Becky Handley has created a lot of scoring chances for Jacylyn Matroianni and Lauren Flynn,” McVey said. “Becky leads the team with assists. Jenn Hummert and Tessa Daniels continue to do a great job running the midfield. Claire Hulcer, Maggie Baumann and Jenn Fryrear continue to anchor the defense. Lauren Fernandez and Kate Ruppe have shared time in goal and have been doing great.”

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now and not a month into the season. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to Missouri State to play field hockey and she should be good by then. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good left-footed player, and those are hard to come by. When sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stay around with us and she will be a part of the team even though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s injured. That will help ease her pain I think. This will give some younger kids a chance to step up and perform.â&#x20AC;? The defense is solid and a strength for the Lancers. Stephanie Weider is the wingback, while Samantha Martinez is the sweeper and Lauren Smith is the stopper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be pretty good back there,â&#x20AC;? Walters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be year four as a starter for Stephanie. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistent and hard-nosed. We can always bring Calvert back there if we need to. Blair Young, who is a junior, is our other wingback.â&#x20AC;? In goal will be senior Megan Link for her second year in the nets. Last year she was 17-1 with a 0.59 goals-against average. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty solid back there,â&#x20AC;? Walters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for a good year from her.â&#x20AC;? Walters has 11 underclassmen as well, with four freshmen and seven sophomores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give the younger kids any press yet,â&#x20AC;? Walters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want them to earn it. I can give them some minutes on the JV team but I need them to play on the varsity as well. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m losing 10 kids after this year so I want to keep the seniors fresh by playing some of the younger kids. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking down the road here. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have any players without varsity experience next year.â&#x20AC;? The Lancers got off to a good start by winning their first two games, including a hard-fought 2-1 victory over archrival Marquette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was talking to (Marquette Coach) Chris Kinney after the game and we agreed it was a shame to meet each other so early in the season,â&#x20AC;? Walters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has a nice club at Marquette. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of his best teams.â&#x20AC;? Walters said one of the goals for his club is to repeat as conference champs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pretty successful in our conference,â&#x20AC;? Walters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to win, but the postseason is more important. The year we won state in 1997, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win conference. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that to fall back on if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win conference.â&#x20AC;?



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which the Cardinals lost 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freese entered the game in a double-switch in the top of the seventh inning, replacing Barden at third base. Freese, wearing Aaron Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; former No. 12, opened the seventh and grounded out to third. Freese had a sacrifice fly to right field in the eighth against reliever John Grabow that scored pinch-runner Thurston and put the Cardinals ahead 4-2. Freese also pinch-hit in the second game and drew a walk. Finally, Freese got to start at third base in the third game and responded with two hits, including a double. In the field, he made a couple of nice plays. Family and friends were in attendance during the first week that saw the Cardinals go 5-2, including a sweep of the Houston Astros. His parents, Guy and Lynn Freese, took in the opening-day action as well as grandparents Richard and Norma Freese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazing feeling coming out here in front of all these people and playing,â&#x20AC;? Freese said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still get nervous, but you know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just kind of getting ready. The nervous feeling, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of just how I am. I want to play well for the team, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the same game, big leagues or Little League. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the same game.â&#x20AC;?

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Dedication to Redbird legends makes this franchise special By JEFF VERNETTI When fans think about Opening Day at Busch Stadium, a number of things immediately spring to mind: The AnheuserBusch Clydesdales; the motorcade of players onto the field; the Hall of Fame and All-Star players returning for introductions; a sold-out crowd looking like a sea of red; and a beautiful day in the sun with 40,000 of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest friends. Well, four out of five is not too bad. Opening Day 2009 had everything fans would expect, with the exception of a beautiful day in the sun. Like a cruel joke by the gods told to baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most loyal fan base, the usual 60 degree weather was replaced with temperatures in the 30s. Instead of sunshine, there were clouds and believe it or not, snowfall in April. The weather did not stop the Redbirds from putting on a fabulous show before the game. A sold-out crowd, wearing more layers of clothing on opening day than normal, kicked off the 2009 season not focused on the weather but focused on cheering their home team back to the playoffs. The Cardinals will host the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game this season and welcomed back some of the all-time club greats. Fans were given a rare treat with the final introduction. Without a doubt, no matter what fans think about Albert Pujols, the greatest all-time Cardinal is Stan Musial. At 88 years old, Musial has had health issues of late, but that did not stop the 20-time All-Star from making an appearance. Musial was driven onto the field in a golf cart to deliver the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. For that moment, Cardinal fans, both young and old, were witnessing more than 50 years of Major League Baseball experience (as players and Schoendienst as a manager). How can anyone beat this combination of baseball history? Between the two men,

they have 30 All-Star selections, six World Series titles, three Most Valuable Player Awards (Musial), two retired numbers, and two Hall of Famers. To top it all off, both men are absolute treasures and an example of why Cardinal baseball has so much wonderful history. And if fans thought the exchange between Musial and Schoendienst could not be topped, Musial added his signature left-handed phantom swing. Musial truly is a living legend. In addition to Musial and Schoendienst, Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter were in attendance and each received deserving standing ovations. The Cardinals also recognized a number of their former AllStars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from Ken Reitz to Todd Worrell to Jack Clark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; much to the delight of the Redbird faithful.No matter how one feels about the sale of Anheuser-Busch, one of the most recognizable opening day activities is the Clydesdale wagon train. With the legendary Ernie Hays on the stadium organ, the famous horses made their annual loop around the diamond. No other team in St. Louis, and very few other cities for that matter, has the atmosphere that the Cardinals have at Opening Day. The Rams and the Blues always have nice ceremonies for their first home games but it is just not the same. The atmosphere outside Busch Stadium is a carnival and truly is one of the most difficult tickets to get each year. I could get all negative and bring up the fact that the Cardinals blew a 2-run lead in the ninth inning and lost 6-4. Of course I could criticize the fact that the team blew more than 30 save opportunities last year and started the year off looking much like they did a year ago. But what fun would that be? I will remember more than 40,000 fans braving the cold and having a blast watching their boys of summer play ball.


Lafayette wins conference water polo tournament By WARREN MAYES The Lafayette High School water polo team took a giant stride this season, winning the Suburban West Conference water polo tournament title. The Lancers claimed the title with a 6-5 win over Kirkwood. In the other two conference tournaments, Parkway North won the Suburban South crown, beating Oakville 8-5. DeSmet lost 12-5 to Saint Louis University High (SLUH) in the Suburban Central Conference meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning the Suburban West tournament is a huge accomplishment for our team,â&#x20AC;? Lafayette Coach Jamie Waeckerle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had losing records the last two years and we are now 11-4 (as of West Newsmagazine press time) on the season. It is always a goal of the team and a great accomplishment to win the conference tournament as there are always very good teams in our conference. This is only the second conference tournament win for Lafayette ever (the other one was in 2003).â&#x20AC;? Lafayette defeated Lindbergh 12-10 in overtime in the semi-finals, which was big because the Flyers topped the Lancers by two goals (10-8) earlier this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lindbergh is highly regarded in the area, and winning that game definitely gave us


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Operation Hug-A-Hero helps children who miss their military parents By STEVE GLOVER There are more than 200,000 U.S. soldiers currently in Iraq and Afghanistan and many of those men and women of the Armed Forces leave behind children who anxiously await their return. Organizations like Operation Hug-AHero are trying to help children cope with having a parent overseas or a parent who may never have the chance to come home again. Operation Hug-A-Hero provides dolls with the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo screened onto the dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face at no cost to military children who cannot afford one or who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Former St. Louisan Lisa Berg - along with her friend Tricia Dyal - started Operation Hug-A-Hero after spending 16 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Berg, a mother of three, said she understands the stresses of having a parent away from home; her husband, Benjamin, currently serves in the U.S. Coast Guard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely a proud military family,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to have Daddy or Mommy away. The whole idea of the dolls came about from Triciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Marine and is being deployed all the time.â&#x20AC;? Dyal was the one who came up with the idea of the first doll in 2005; it was a success, with doctors telling her that every child in the military needed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;daddy doll.â&#x20AC;? Operation Hug-A-Hero came about after realizing that many military families with young-ranking enlisted soldiers are struggling financially. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many military families that just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford $30 (to get the dolls for their children),â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad to say, but they need that money for food or getting their car fixed. We give them out for free because we know that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families out there that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it.â&#x20AC;? Operation Hug-A-Hero has donated approximately 3,000 dolls to children who

have a parent in the military. Those in the military who are in the lower ranks are moved to the top of the list because the soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary is much less compared to an officer or enlisted member with a significant amount of time in the service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The young-ranking soldiers are just coming out of high school, they get married and have a child when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re around 20 and they just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any money,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of them are afraid to tell their stories because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so proud to be in the military.â&#x20AC;? Bergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main objective currently is to sign on corporate sponsors, which will give Operation Hug-A-Hero the flexibility to donate dolls to any military child who would request one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just working on getting a couple big sponsorships because then we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about being limited when someone asks for a doll,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would never turn down a family, but we try to reach out to the lower ranking ones first. We also look at how long Mommy or Daddy is going to be gone. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put a family up high on the list if their daddy is going to be gone for the next nine months compared to someone whose daddy is going to be home in a month.â&#x20AC;? Berg said she hopes that the first companies to join the ranks of Operation HugA-Hero are those that build the weapons and equipment that the troops are using at home and overseas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would love to get these companies that make the equipment for the military involved with Operation Hug-A-Hero, whether it is those who make the ammunition, the tanks or the aircraft, and get them to sponsor these families,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to take that much money for them to get involved if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a non-profit to donate to; then we hope that they consider Operation Hug-A-Hero.â&#x20AC;?

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By DIANE PLATTNER Matthew Hink, an eighth grader at Selvidge Middle School in the Rockwood School District, recently was chosen to experience the Detective for the Day program. Matthew was given the opportunity on April 17 to spend the day with several members of the Ballwin Police Department. His morning kicked off with a tour of the police station, followed by a demonstration of a computer voice stress analyzer and a lesson about evidence gathering and fingerprinting. “I got to do some fingerprinting myself,” Matthew said. “I thought it was very cool.” Matthew took a lunch break with several Ballwin police officials and was able to ride in the chief’s car, which he said was quite exciting. His favorite part of the day,




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Parkway advisory meetings aim to keep community connected New technology helps students stay connected By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials recently invited patrons to attend one of two advisory meetings where officials provided updates regarding the district. Parkway Superintendent Robert Malito and Parkway Coordinator of Technology Integration Tom Swoboda were among the district officials at the meeting presenting Parkway updates, such as the state-mandated requirements for end-of-year course tests. While that test has sparked some concerns about its impact on students’ grades, meeting attendees said they are enthusiastic about Project Parkway, a new strategic planning initiative that is meant to help design the district’s future. Beginning in May, Parkway officials plan to bring together a wide cross-section of the district’s school community, including students, parents, teachers, staff and citizens, to help set Parkway’s future direction. Patrons can join one of three long-range planning committees that will review the district’s progress toward meeting existing goals and help develop Parkway’s five-year strategic plan. “Through this initiative, we will be studying the 21st century needs of our students as we strive to prepare them for a global world market,” Malito said.

Part of planning for the future is Parkway’s 21st Century Classroom Technology, which Swoboda presented with some hands-on demonstrations. For example, he introduced a student response system device through which students can enter answers to their teacher’s questions in class. The students’ feedback then can be displayed on an overhead board to the entire class. “Students can use these tools for pre- or post-assessment and higher level discussions,” Swoboda said. Parkway classrooms already have projectors and interactive software, with additional technology tools like the student response system, available in some classes. The goal, Swoboda said, is to add the next technology level to each classroom within a few years. “For struggling students, the new technology will be a great benefit,” Parkway parent Helen Petrofsky said. “Students can visit their teachers’ Web sites on their own without embarrassing themselves by asking more questions in class.”

Out with pen and paper Parkway officials focus on new technology By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials are moving forward with a technology plan to help prepare students for the 21st century. On April 1, the Parkway School Board approved the 2010-15 technology plan. Tom Swoboda, Parkway’s coordinator of technology integration, said the district currently has a large local area network (LAN) that connects every Parkway campus to a central data center located at the administration building. Students and staff at every Parkway school can utilize the Internet in all areas of the school and most teachers are equipped with laptop computers. Parkway also uses a variety of cellular, BlackBerry devices, walkie-talkies, paging and other services to establish rapid communications with school and district administrators, curriculum/staff development, security and facilities personnel, Swoboda said.

The Parkway Technology Plan aims to help students become technologically literate and ensure they have the skills needed to become productive members of society. Strengths of the student learning focus area include more student classroom engagement, production of multimedia presentations and supplemental communication through teachers’ Web sites. In addition, Swoboda said the district now has a filter in place to block students’ access to inappropriate sites or blogs. Still, one weakness of the student learning focus area is that some students still lag behind their peers in developing technology skills, perhaps because of lack of access to computers at home, officials said. Other strengths of the overall plan include building support, with 10 specialists now working in Parkway schools to help integrate the technology tools into classroom, Swoboda said.


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Pay phones, phone booths are making a final farewell Rose Mabel does not care for cell phones. “It’s next to impossible to detach that cell phone from her head,” Mabel said of her visiting 11-yearold granddaughter. Despite her disapproval of the technology, the 59-year-old grandmother occasionally tapped her own cell phone as she told her story. Her son bought it for her after her car stalled in St. Louis County one day. “I must have walked 5 miles looking for a phone,” Mabel said. “(There were) no pay phones and no one would help me out.” Mabel told her story aside a group of friends who echoed her sentiments. Each of them reminisced about days when pay phones were everywhere – at movie theaters, grocery stores, skating rinks, even street corners - and all it took was a dime to make a call. Those days are fading into obscurity. Pay phone prices range from 50 cents for a local call to more than $1. And finding a pay phone often can be next to impossible. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there are only approximately 1 million pay phones left in the United States, down from more than 2 million in 2000. “Our pay phone business has definitely declined,” said Bob Elek, a spokesman for Verizon. Currently, Verizon owns and operates approximately 150,000 pay phones. In 2007, the company had 220,000 pay phones in service. Verizon is the only big name left in the pay phone industry. Today, smaller independent providers own most pay phones. AT&T had played a large role in the pay phone

business up until a few years ago, when the company decided to get out of the market. In December 2007, AT&T announced plans to exit the pay phone business by the end of 2008. At the time, the company operated only 65,000 such phones. “The wide availability of inexpensive cell phone services started to negatively impact the business,” AT&T spokeswoman Lauren Walters said. “Pay phones have declined significantly in the past several years.” AT&T still has a few contracts waiting to expire and will not be completely out of the market until later this summer. The old pay phones have mostly been transferred to independent providers. Bill Kula, another Verizon spokesman, also cited the rapid growing cell phone market as the main factor in the decline of pay phones. However, Verizon officials still feel pay phones are a viable business. “Pay phone profits are down, primarily as a result of competition from wireless phones,” Kula said. “(But) pay phones serve a niche market that no other communications vehicle does. There will always be customers who rely on pay phones for a number of reasons.” Kula said that a percentage of Americans who do not have home phone service or a cellular phone will continue to use pay phones. To cover the cost of operation, a Verizon pay phone must handle a minimum of 150 calls per month. That number can vary depending on the prices a company charges for phone calls. Pay phones are not becoming the only casualty of cell phones. Residential wire lines, or landlines, also have been on the decline.

White Pages may disappear Following a noticeable trend, AT&T is in the process of slowly phasing out its printed residential White Pages directory. Last year, the company made the book available only by request in Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga., to test the necessity of printing it. In Austin, only 2 percent requested a copy. “People are going online to get information rather than

“It used to be that land-based telephones were a big business, but now everything is mobile,” Elek said. “We’ve been losing landlines pretty steadily.” Elek said that landlines mostly serve people who need land-based telephones for their core business.” In the fourth quarter of 2008, Verizon reported a 2.3 percent decline in all wire-line revenues, the smallest decrease in the past 12 quarters. AT&T lost 990,000 primary phone lines in the third quarter of 2008, cutting total revenue for its wire-line business down 2.2 percent. It is not surprising that both companies are reporting impressive growth in the wireless business. Gina Hosemayer called cell phones impersonal. “We don’t even have a landline anymore because it just made sense financially,” Hosemayer said. “But it definitely has changed the dynamics in my household.” Hosemayer said that whenever she wants to reach her children, even if they are in their bedrooms, she sends a text message to them. “I wouldn’t be shocked if I actually would go a full day without speaking to them face-to-face,” Hosemayer said.


relying on the traditional printed directory,” said Kerry Hibbs, AT&T spokesperson. St. Louis and Kansas City are next in line to lose the printed directory. AT&T Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to seek a waiver from PSC rules in order to halt delivery of the White Pages directory in those cities. Hibbs said the company has noticed a trend of online white pages users who no longer rely on the printed book to get information. However, the company has not noticed a similar trend with the AT&T Real Yellow Pages printed directory. “Our research has shown that many people still rely on the printed Yellow Pages,” Hibbs said.

AT&T has asked the PSC for a decision by Aug. 1. If granted, the White Pages directory will only be available by request in the St. Louis and Kansas City markets, although it will remain free of cost. Yellow Pages still will be printed and delivered and will include the business White Page listings and government listings. The exact number of White Pages books printed in either market is not known. However, Hibbs said Missouri has more then one million access lines statewide and likely prints a similar number of White Pages books. “Not printing the White Pages will save us the printing expense and will be better for the environment,” Hibbs said.


No more changing rooms for the Man of Steel In the town square near the courthouse in Metropolis, Ill., stands an old phone booth. Calls cannot be made from the phone inside, nor at the phone booth inside the Chamber of Commerce building, but that is not why the city keeps them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We anticipated cell phone technology would someday replace the old telephone booths,â&#x20AC;? Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we kept two to ensure that our residents and tourists coming to the city will have a public telephone booth.â&#x20AC;? McDaniel said that one particular resident comes to mind - Superman.

McDaniel said Metropolis actually has two operational pay phones left, but the phone booths are particularly important to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superhero. The phone booths remain in the event Clark Kent shows up and needs a private place to change into Superman. Phone booths, particularly full enclosures, are a rare sight and many cities do not have one. What is Clark Kent to do when there is no phone booth around? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just have to improvise,â&#x20AC;? McDaniel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why they call him Superman.â&#x20AC;?


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Pay phones of the past Pay phones did not always go by that name. They once were called â&#x20AC;&#x153;coin telephonesâ&#x20AC;? and went through a variety of transformations before becoming the pay phones seen today. The following historical time-line is courtesy of AT&T. 1878: The original pay phone actually widespread use of drive-up pay phones was a pay telephone station that tele- still in use today. phone company attendants supervised 1972: An experimental hands-free and collected the money due after phone booth featured a microphone in front calls were made. Customers were of the caller and a loudspeaker locked into the booth while overhead, giving custhey made calls and let tomers back their hands. out upon payment. Callers were so accus1889: Inventor Wiltomed to speaking in liam Gray installed the direction of another the first public coin voice that they often telephone at a bank in would shout at the ceilHartford, Conn. It was a ing. post-pay machine where 1977: Automatic callers deposited coins coin service was introafter making a call. duced, allowing most 1898: The order of pay phone calls to be payment was switched made without operator to pre-pay. assistance. 1905: The first outdoor 1978: AT&T introBell System coin teleduced â&#x20AC;&#x153;charge-a-call,â&#x20AC;? phone was installed. It a coin-less pay phone, was not an instant hit, as thus changing the terpeople were uncomfortminology from â&#x20AC;&#x153;coin able making personal phoneâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay phone.â&#x20AC;? calls on public streets. 1980s-90s: Video 1950s: Bell redesigned screens with dialing the phone booth. New instructions, calling glass and aluminum cards, loud buttons, data ports for laptop booths replaced wooden computer and portable outdoor booths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Callfax use, and speed dial ing from your carâ&#x20AC;? was are integrated into pay tested in Alabama and phones. Chicago, leading to the





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By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY There surely was a day when makers of the King of Beers steeped, boiled and fermented malt and hops in their kitchens and shared pipe dreams that some day they would be big, really big. Now, O’Fallon Brewery, although well past the kitchen stage, is dreaming big, really big, and making a name for itself with drinkers from O’Fallon to Oconomowoc (Wisconsin). Their motto states, “We Love Beer,” and O’Fallon Brewery founders Fran and Tony Caradonna have passed that love to the multitudes by building a craft beer business that has recently begun bursting from its stainless steel brewing tanks. The Caradonnas are making magic in the beer industry, showing sales growth even while others falter. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, in the fourth quarter of 2008, national sales of alcohol for off-premises consumption were down by 9.3 percent from the previous quarter—the steepest drop since they started compiling data a half century ago. Beer accounts for most of the decrease, with O’Fallon Brewery Brewmaster Dave Johnson beer revenues off by about 14 percent, the holds a bottle of Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter report said. named by Beer Enthusiast’s Draft Magazine as On the other hand O’Fallon Brewery one of the top 25 beers in the world for 2008.

sold about 3,000 barrels of beer last year. Bottled beer is about half of the O’Fallon Brewery line, and last year, the brewery’s Missouri Golden Ale, wheat beer, smoked porter and other delights sent sales soaring nearly 20 percent. It was a notable feat for the Caradonnas, who say they started the business just to try something new. “My husband and I are more from the sales and marketing areas, but our brewers are former home brewers,” said Fran Caradonna. “My husband has been selling beer for 25 years (his first brush with a brewery came when he led tour groups years ago at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery). We owned a small beer distributorship in the 1990s, and helped distribute Schafly Beer, so we have a lot of experience in getting the beer to the retailers and the customer. When we sold that business, we decided we wanted to see how we’d do in making it.” In January, Beer Enthusiast’s Draft Magazine let them know. They named O’Fallon Brewery’s Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter as one of the top 25 beers in the world for 2008. “These are the beers that, in the last year, have made us stop, think and beg for more. Some are old, some are new, but every one

is worth the hunt and deserves a place on a pedestal (or in your fridge),” Draft Magazine stated. “Isn’t that awesome,” said Caradonna, who teams with her husband, Tony, in creating the unique offerings of O’Fallon Brewery. “It’s an unusual beer that is released seasonally throughout the year. It totally stunned us, but we were pleasantly surprised.” Brewmaster Dave Johnson said creating the Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter was a delicate operation because each barrel imparts its own flavor. The batches are extra special because of the oak barrels used to age it. “The barrels showed up in the brewery one day last year, and Brian (one of our brewmasters) thought they were awfully old and dusty, nothing like those we’d acquired from the same source in Kentucky before,” Caradonna said. “He called to question the senders and was shocked and awed to learn these particular kegs had stored ‘Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve’ 23-year-old bourbon, one of the most highly acclaimed bourbons in history.” Brian figured those barrels were first filled with bourbon when he was in about


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see just how out of touch this position is with the greater benefit of all society. The federal government (knowing what is best for its citizenry more so than they themselves are capable of deciding) recently imposed this tax on tobacco and cigarettes to help fund health care coverage for underprivileged children. I do not know the logistics of how much money this new tax is suppose to raise, or how many needy children need this protection. It really is moot, though. If the federal government said we need this tax to help needy childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care coverage that is all responsible citizens need to know. As a citizen (who smokes) it is my responsibility to see to it this program does not fail when along comes editorial positions suggesting we should quit smoking because of the cost of cigarettes that includes this new, and higher, tax. Responsible citizens will ignore this call to quit their habits, and in the greater picture of those who need this tax money should probably increase their daily intake of smoking cigarettes to help fund this very important program. After all, if the federal government said it is needed, went out of their way to find a way to support this needy cause with a new tax, it is mine and your responsibility to ensure it is a success with our continued habit, albeit its risk to our own health. Shame on the editor for suggesting we should quit our habits. If this program fails because of smokers quitting their habits, there is no knowing what the federal government may have to tax in the future to fund this program. Who knows? Perhaps it will be a tax on your next Big Mac sandwich. Mike McCluskey Manchester To The Editor: I found your April 15 editorial rather offensive. Perhaps you did not mean to be rude but that is how it came across. I am one of those who paid virtually no federal income tax last year. A few years ago my income was much higher than the current level and I anticipate my income will recover at some point in the future; I am self-employed and you could call me a victim of this recession, but that is not the point. Your question was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did you pay your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fair shareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of taxes?â&#x20AC;? Absolutely, yes I did. And when my tax bill was closer to $20,000, I also paid my â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair share.â&#x20AC;? I wish I owed that much again because when I paid a lot of income tax, I also was able to fund my retirement plan, pay for health insurance,



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR college expenses for my children, set aside money in an emergency account and even take a very nice vacation each year. Not now. Currently, when I hear people say they are living paycheck to paycheck, I consider them lucky. My employees are lucky. I get paid in months when there is money left over after paying bills. And why did you use such a misleading statistic such as “91 million individuals will face a zero, or even a negative, tax liability”? Your implication is that poor people do not pay taxes; they are freeloaders. Paying no income tax does not mean paying no tax: sales tax, gasoline tax, property tax (also paid by tenants to their landlord in monthly rent), Social Security and Medicare tax, to name just a few. Most of these taxes disproportionately slam the lower income earners because they need to spend every cent they earn for living expenses. So please do not talk to me about “fair share.” It is my conviction that high income earners who complain about paying more than their fair share have never experienced living on the razor’s edge and must have a sense of entitlement to reaping more and more discretionary income. I have paid high income taxes and I have paid low income taxes; paying a lot of income tax is much better. I look forward to the day when I am again a high income taxpayer. Klaus Illian Manchester

Mayoral thank you To The Editor: I want to thank the residents of Ballwin for giving me the opportunity to serve as mayor. The past four years have been a wonderful experience. I am grateful to the citizens of Ballwin who elected me. I have had an opportunity to meet so many people I would not have had a chance to know. I want to thank the city’s staff for doing an outstanding job for all of us. I want to thank the current and past Board of Aldermen for their service. I want to thank the current and past members of our Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Ballwin Historical Commission, Ballwin Days Committee, Comprehensive Plan and the Great Streets Initiative. All of these individuals serve our city without pay and give us much of their time and effort. I have served the city for 20 years as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, alderman, member of the Board of Adjustment and mayor. I never missed a meeting. I have been open and approachable to residents. I always listened to any

concern that a resident may have and taken their point of view into consideration. My main reason for running for mayor was to improve communications between city government and the residents. I was instrumental in creating the city’s current e-mail system. This system allows for easier communication between the residents and their aldermen and mayor. Our city’s Web site also has improved. Residents are able to subscribe to the Webbased newsletter. These newsletters notify residents on anything that affects the city and residents. Our city’s finances always have been a priority of mine. I am proud to say that I recommended to the board that they should increase the utility tax by 2 percent in an effort to increase revenue. This proved to be a financially solid recommendation. During the public hearings in February 2007 we asked the residents their opinion on what method the board should use to increase revenue. The utility tax increase was the most popular method. I am proud to say that this increase in revenue kept our bond rating strong, enabling the city to recast bonds. The city has saved approximately $130,000 in interest without increasing the term of the bonds. Also, the increased revenue enables the city to increase street repairs in 2009 by $700,000. Another important item I was able to initiate was the joint meetings between Ellisville’s City Council and Ballwin’s Board of Aldermen. The two cities are currently sharing equipment to decrease costs. The city of Ballwin’s Park Department partnered with Ellisville so that Ellisville residents could use our pool while their pool was under construction. We are working toward the possibility of the residents of our two cities having one recreational pass for both cities. During my term, we also improved and established a new comprehensive plan. Again, residents of the city volunteered to serve. The process took well over a year. The members of this committee did an outstanding job. Many of Ballwin’s residents came to meetings and offered their ideas. I am proud to say that I always tried to do what is best for the city. I never voted or did things just so that I would be re-elected. I always had the best interest of the city in my heart. After all, I have lived here 36 years, I raised my daughters here, and they continue to live in Ballwin with their husbands and my four grandchildren. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity. Walt Young Former Ballwin mayor


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By SUE HORNOF In 1999, the first Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure made history by setting a Komen record. More than 10,000 participants turned out for that first race in St. Louis, setting a record as the largest first-year event of any race worldwide. That record still stands, and every year since, the St. Louis race has grown. In 2008, more than 64,000 participants registered for the event. Since 1999, the Komen St. Louis Affiliate has invested more than $10 million in local breast cancer programs. This year, individuals have the opportunity to support the cause in West County by participating in the inaugural West County Walk benefiting the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The West County Walk will begin at Lafayette High School on the morning of Sat., June 13 – the same day that the 2009 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race will be held downtown – and end at Wildwood Town Center. West County resident Scott Sloyer, who is spearheading the West County Walk, said he came up with the idea about five years ago. “Over the years, I’ve watched friends in West County sign up, register and then not go to the Race (downtown),” Sloyer said. “All we are trying to do is give people an option to support the cause. The whole idea is if you don’t want to go downtown, here you go.” Sloyer received permission to hold the West County Walk from the St. Louis Affiliate of Komen for the Cure, which is not associated with the West County Walk. “We are a third party putting on an event, and the money benefits Susan G. Komen,” Sloyer said.

The participant entry fee is $25; $20 of each entry fee will be donated to the Komen St. Louis Affiliate, as will all net proceeds generated by sponsorship dollars. Sloyer is optimistic about the turnout. “I haven’t had a negative response – everybody’s been real excited and real supportive,” Sloyer said. “I thought it would be great to have 500 people, but people tell me I may have 5,000 people.” Participants will assemble at 7:30 a.m. on June 13 at Lafayette High School. At 8:30 a.m. breast cancer survivors will walk a lap around the track, and at 8:45, walkers will set out on a 5k route (see map) ending at Wildwood Town Center, where the Farmers’ Market of Wildwood will be open and Anita Rosamond will entertain. Shuttle buses will return participants to Lafayette High School. Sloyer hopes that the inaugural West County Walk will be the first of many. “In order to have year two, you have to have year one as a building block,” Sloyer said. Lifetime Fitness is the presenting sponsor of the West County Walk. West Newsmagazine, Three French Hens and the West County Chamber of Commerce also are sponsors. For more information and to register, visit


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tion of profits benefit the National Autism Association. Admission is free. Call (314) 313-5026. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Dancing Thru Life and Directions St. Louis sponsor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Performing for Life,â&#x20AC;? an adult variety show, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at Crestview Middle School (16025 Clayton Road) in Ellisville. The show includes dancing, singers and instrumental musicians. All profits are donated to Whole Kids Outreach and Friends of Kids with Cancer. Tickets are limited and cost $10 each; they can be obtained by calling 391-5678 and will be available at the door the day of the show. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ The American Diabetes Association hosts its eighth annual Chasing the Cure Kentucky Derby Gala at 4 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis. The Kentucky Derby television broadcast, a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and silent and live auction items, including a three-year lease on a 2009 128i BMW donated by Autohaus BMW, are featured. Artist Don Wiegand and The Wiegand Foundation, Inc. are honored. Proceeds support the American Diabetes Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs, including two camps for children with diabetes. For ticket information, call (314) 822-5490, ext. 6826.

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a luminary walk and fireworks are featured. The suggested donation is $25. Visit â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ A Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Pancake Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sun., May 10 at Simply Sueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ (2368 Hwy. 109) in Wildwood. Proceeds benefit People to People student ambassador tuition. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7.50 at the door and $20 for a family four pack when purchased in advance; kids younger than age 3 are admitted for free. Call Marissa or Carol at 273-1077. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Assumption Philoptochos Ladies Society (RSG) holds â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ready, Setâ&#x20AC;ŚGive! 5K/10K Walk and Run 2009â&#x20AC;? at 8 a.m. on Sat., May 16 and Sat., May 23 (check in both days is at 7 a.m.) at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (1755 Des Peres Road) in Town & Country. Participants agree to raise $25 or more to benefit Nurses for Newborns. Call Maria at (314) 966-2255. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ The Lafayette Football Booster Club Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. (registration is at 12 p.m.) on Sun., June 7 at Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka. Dinner, beverages, prizes, a silent auction and raffle also are featured. The cost is $89 per player registering by May 10 and $99 after that date. Call Ron at (314) 406-2695. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ The third annual Ballwin Police Department Charity Golf Scramble to benefit The BackStoppers Inc. is at 12:15 p.m. on


Mon., June 15 at Ballwin Community Golf Course. Prizes, lunch and dinner are featured. Call Rob at 227-2650.

FAMILY & KIDS A Barbecue and Strawberry Festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (1166 S. Mason Road) in Town & Country. Homemade food, games and a bake sale are featured. Call Bobbee at 391-1339. • • • A Spring Block Party sponsored by 9 Months in Style Maternity Boutique and SeegerPeople is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at the Cambridge Building (11241 Manchester Road) in Kirkwood. Free drawings, face painting, coupons from local businesses, a free barbecue and more are featured. Call (314) 090-7334. • • • High Energy Gymnastics Team performances are at the top of each hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., May 3 at the Food Court at Chesterfield Mall. Free activities, games and face painting also are featured. Call 532-7762 or visit • • • The Staenberg Family Complex Grand Opening Celebration is at 1 p.m. on Sun., May 3 at the I.E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus in Creve Coeur. Outdoor activities, face painting, a hula-hoop contest and an appearance by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon are among the featured events. The public is invited to experience the new facility with free classes, clinics with Olympic athletes, fitness wear fashion shows and free health screenings during the week of May 10-17. Call (314) 4325700 or visit • • • The city of Wildwood hosts a Movie Night featuring “Hoosiers” at 8 p.m. on Fri., May 8 outdoors at Wildwood Town Center Plaza. Admission, popcorn and beverages are free. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Call 458-0440, ext. 126, or visit

LIVE PERFORMANCES A bluegrass performance by Prairie Soul is at 8 p.m. on Fri., May 1 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. Tickets are $20 for Chesterfield Arts members and $25 for non-members and include a beverage and dessert. Call 519-1955. • • • Rockwood Show Choir presents a fully staged Broadway spring production at 7 p.m. on Sat., May 2 and at 3 p.m. on Sun., May 3 at Rockwood Summit High School (1780 Hawkins Road) in Fenton. Tickets are $3 and free for children aged 10 and younger. Advance tickets are available by

e-mailing • • • St. Luke’s Follies present “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” a variety show with songs and dances from yesteryear performed by a cast ranging in age from 56 to 93, at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 15, at 2 p.m. on Sat., May 16 and at 2 p.m. on Sun., May 17 at Emerson Auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital (222 S. Woods Mill Road) in Chesterfield. Admission is $5. Call Herb at (314) 469-5908 or Pat at (314) 832-4182. • • • Danse Arts Company presents “Peter Pan” at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sat., May 16 at West County YMCA Community Theatre (16464 Burkhardt Place) in Chesterfield. For tickets and information, call 458-6605 or visit or

SPEAKERS Investment Advisors International 2009 Speaker Series presents Michael C. Smith, Avatar Associates senior vice president of Institutional Strategies and architect of business methods in the 2006 Pension Protection Act, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., May 7 at Doubletree Hotel-Westport Plaza (1973 Craigshire Road). Smith, a frequent contributor to CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and “Closing Bell,” discusses pending changes to company-sponsored retirement plans. Admission is free. To register, call Jim Barnes at (314) 799-1301 or 898-0060, ext. 255.

SPECIAL INTEREST The St. Louis Genealogical Society presents “Gateways to Your Family History,” its 39th annual genealogy conference, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at the Maryland Heights Centre (2344 McKelvey Road). Lectures by nationally recognized speakers, a vendor area, door prizes and an optional lunch are featured. Admission is $65. Call (314) 647-8547 or visit • • • “Herb Gardening – Care and Use” is the topic of a Kitchen Garden Workshop from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 2 at Wells & Company (16957 Manchester Road) in Wildwood. To register, call 4589449. • • • The Town & Country Garden Tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., June 13 at various gardens in Town & Country. Tickets are $10 and are available beginning May 1 at the Town & Country Municipal Center and at the Longview Farm House. Call Mary at (314) 432-6606.

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ooking for ways to make your summer fun without breaking the bank? Take this economic downturn on the upswing by introducing yourself and your family to the wealth of artistic opportunities available in West County. Many organizations are offering low-cost or even free events and classes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you read that right, free! Try your local parks and recreation departments, or even your local YMCA, for easy, hands-on art activities for all ages. Ballwin is offering camps in clay, collage and painting, and cartooning at The Pointe; a full week runs you less than $100. For adults, the city of Wildwood offers scrapbooking classes on the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall; $12 gets you lunch, snacks, beverages and a host of creative ideas to preserve your family memories. West County YMCA also gets in on the action with unique summer camps like Hip Hop Grooves, Puppet Camp, and Ready To Wear for your mini fashionista. Right across from the Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield Arts offers classes in the visual and literary arts for all ages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from painting to the pottery wheel (pictured), comicking to short stories, kids can do it all. Bring them to try out a variety of these activities and more at the free community open house, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studio Night Live,â&#x20AC;? on May 29. Sign them up for their favorite camp, and you get to spend blissful kid-free hours getting your shop on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; score! For the mom who wants to introduce herself to art, there is Wool Gatherings in Eureka, which is offering a unique Mom Camp on June 16, 17 and 18. While the kids are at camp, moms can fill their time with fun knitting and felting projects, learning relaxation techniques and enjoying friendly conversation with other women. Have a kid that needs to move? Check out your local dance studio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the West County

area there are studios that offer everything from ballet to hip hop. Most offer a free trial lesson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; call to find out more. Especially for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tweenâ&#x20AC;? set, Club STAGES is back on May 15 for a night of singing, dancing and acting ĂĄ la the Jonas Brothers for $25. For the musically inclined, Midwest Music Conservatory offers free classes in music theory for teens to adults every Saturday. If you have a hard time convincing the kids to give art a try, keep in mind that it also is recital season for many of the local dance and music studios. Seeing what their peers have accomplished (and how much fun they are having) might be just the push they need. Ask about upcoming recitals when you call the studios for more information. Capture the imagination of little one with Stories@STAGES, a free interactive storytelling session on May 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the May event, the STAGES artists are reading a funny book called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pirates Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Change Diapersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Melinda Long,â&#x20AC;? said Megan Gibson, marketing manager for STAGES St. Louis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right after the story, we have dramatic play activities for the children to join in the fun.â&#x20AC;? These sessions fill up fast, so call today for reservations. Or, put another fun spin on story time by wearing your pajamas out in public to the St. Louis County Library Sachs Branch on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm for PJ Story Time. For something the whole family can enjoy together, pack up the van and head to Faust Park on May 16 and 17 for the Faust Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. With more than 80 artists exhibiting and live music â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all for an entrance fee of $1 per person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it just might be the best bang for your artistic buck. Take advantage of all the wonderful arts events happening right in your neighborhood, and make your summer a creative one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on the cheap.

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Arts Highlights for May-June 2009 MAY 15 - 8 p.m. Classical Concert featuring Mia & John Hynes at Midwest Music Conservatory. Tickets $10 in advance by calling 527-5558 or at the door. MAY 29 STAGES St. Louis Season Opens with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Shop of Horrors.â&#x20AC;? Single tickets $15 to $48 are available at or by calling (314) 821-2407. JUNE 4 - JULY 30 City of Ellisville Concerts in the Park. Every Thursday (except July 2) at 7 p.m. at Bluebird Park. Visit for more information. JUNE 9 - AUGUST 4 Summer Concerts in the Park presented by the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Faust Park. For more information, visit JUNE 22 - 12:30 p.m. Chesterfield Arts presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Lunch Music.â&#x20AC;? Free lunchtime concert featuring performers from Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The Purser Center at Logan College. Call 519-1955 for more information.

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are other menu options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorites is the sea bass, which we make with white wine and garlic,â&#x20AC;? Espino said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of seafood on the menu because in Mexico we have a lot of seafood.â&#x20AC;? Everything at Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is house made. As one server said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked in restaurants for 30 years, and this is the first where everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I mean everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is made from scratch.â&#x20AC;? Besides extraordinary cuisine, Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers a fully stocked bar. Featured is a selection of quality, pure blue agave tequilas, which at last count numbered nearly 60, including Cazadores, Don Julio, Corzo and Jose Cuervo, Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house tequila. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tequila has a variety of flavors and Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Bar & Grill. styles. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we decided to begin hosting complimentary tequila tastings every Thursday night as a way to educate people about the nesses that have supported us and helped contribute to our differences, â&#x20AC;? Roseann Espino said. success.â&#x20AC;? The tequila tastings are just one of the special events Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also has planned the ultimate Mexican party, its Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has planned. yearly Cinco de Mayo celebration, held this year on May â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re continuing our live music on weekends and are 2 and May 5. Food and drink specials with live music both hosting Single Mingle get-togethers along with our new days are highlighted with a live, on-site K-SHE broadcast Cardinal Home Game Contest that lets our customers from the patio. win gift baskets and certificates based on the number of From special events to weekday dinners, Roseann â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;inningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; earned on their visits during Cards games,â&#x20AC;? Rose- Espino said, each customer visit is an opportunity for ann Espino said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those gifts feature products from area Espinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to pay it forward by providing something extra businesses such as Bull Market and Smoke â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fire â&#x20AC;&#x201C; busi- to make customers feel â&#x20AC;&#x153;especial.â&#x20AC;?






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

SJS INC CONCRETE Driveways. Sidewalks. Porches. Patios. Pool decks. Stamped Concrete. Exposed aggregate. Foundations poured/repaired. Epoxy injection. Water proofing. Basement Floors. Walls. Stone Work. Walkways. Steps. Bobcat work. Grading. Residential-Commercial. Free Estimates. Specializing in St. Louis Counties Finer Properties. 314-353-5555

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West County Condo. Quiet, secured building, First Floor: Well maintained 2 bedroom, 2 bath, livingroom, familyroom-den, separate dinningroom, eat-in kitchen. Wood burning fireplace and elevator. Large main floor laundry, assigned parking in heated basement garage with storage. Wheel chair accessable. Freshly painted and carpet cleaned. Condo fees, gas, water, trash, snow removal and grass included in rent $1100 a month, renter pays electric. No pets. 1600 square feet. Call 636527-8601 or 314-614-0742.

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For Lease. Mayer Drive, St. Charles. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath townhouse with basement and off street parking. No pets please. Available now. $550 a month plus deposit. Call 636458-3064.

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

HOME COMPUTER SERVICES We destroy viruses and spyware, fix slow or crashed computers, perform software and hardware upgrades, install and troubleshoot any wired or wireless network, recover/ move data and install new computers. 12+ years experience working on home/corporate computers and networks. To schedule an appointment call Matt at 314.226.4279 or

Cleaning Services Lori's Cleaning Service. I take pride in my cleaning. Call Lori 636-221-2357. Spring Is Here! Need help getting those cabinets, closets and pantries cleaned out and organized, I can do that for you. Call Beth at 636-458-0139

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JOHN FRANZ INC. Specializing In... â&#x20AC;˘ Full & Basic Ceiling Fan Installs â&#x20AC;˘ Recess Can Lighting & Pendants â&#x20AC;˘ GFCI & Receptacle Installations â&#x20AC;˘ Under Cabinet Lighting â&#x20AC;˘ Light Fixtures & Security Lighting â&#x20AC;˘ Garbage Disposal Replacements â&#x20AC;˘ Upgrades to Meet Current Codes â&#x20AC;˘ General Electrical & Troubleshooting â&#x20AC;˘ Kitchen & Bath Faucet Replacements Insured â&#x20AC;˘ Reliable â&#x20AC;˘ Experienced Many West County References!


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Flooring WOOD FLOOR REFINISHING Add instant equity to your home Professional Floors of St. Louis 25 year old fully insured company serving entire metro community Sanding, refinishing, repairs, new installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314-843-4348

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

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Hauling Services Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hauling: Service 7 days. We haul construction debris, furniture, appliances, tree limbs, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, bagged leaves, etc. Neat, courteous, professional, competitive rates. (314) 434-6837


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The West St. Louis County Chamber Of Commerce is accepting resumes for a full time Administrative Coordinator. This position involves managing the daily operations of the Chamber office, interacting with Chamber members and assisting the President. The person must have knowledge of general office practices and procedures, organized and time management proficient as well as strong knowledge of written communication, design event flyers and maintain the Chamber newsletter. Also be available to attend certain chamber weekend and evening events. For more information contact Lori Kelling at 636/230-9900. Resumes should be sent to the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce, 134 Enchanted Parkway, Suite 204, Manchester MO 63021

DO YOU LOVE DOGS! Earn Extra Cash dog sitting in your OWN home. KMN is interviewing mature dog lovers in the MID-West County area. Must have time during the day to provide care & companionship. ADVANTAGES: Done in your OWN home, determine your own availability, immediate cash payments, plus loving canine companionship. KMN administrates all the placements / paperwork. CALL314-600-2044

To Advertise Call 314-610-3313 Work from home full-time or part-time for an Inc. 500 Company. No inventory; customer service skills and computer required. Flexible schedule. Contact Lisa at 636-207-1319 or

Fitness Personal Trainer. Once a Week Work Out in Chesterfield is looking for a personal trainer. Part-time, by appointment only hours. Contact Cathy at 314-602-8116

Collection Agency near Manchester & Clarkson seeks positive individuals to assist with telephone work in comfortable office environment. Great for moonlighters or students. Two/Three evenings per week 5-8 pm or 4-8 pm & alternating Sat mornings 8:30-12:30. Starting hourly rate $9.00 plus bonus. No Collection experience required. We also seek Data Entry individual, 12 hrs per week. Mon-Thur 1pm4pm or Mon-Wed 11am-3 pm. Starting Rate $8.00 per hour. Call 636-207-1999 to schedule an interview.

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121 Plaza Drive Highway 100 & Taylor 636-458-1001 Wildwood Town Center

Caregivers Wanted. Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000 Acting & Modeling Agency seeking ages 3mo to 80yrs. Beginners Welcome. Images Agency's people have appeared in Ads, TV Shows & Commercials such as: Build-A-Bear, Sears Portraits, Six Flags, Wal-Mart, McDonalds & BJC Hospitals. We develop, market & place all sizes & heights. Apply Online At OR Call 314-372-0512 State Licensed

Window Services


Sales & Installation Of )# !&!")% ""$% Repairs On Vinyl Windows: , * Windows To Stay Open ,# " Insulated Glass ,  Windows Repaired & Your Home

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Building Maintenance Services (BMS) Heating & cooling, plumbing & electrical, painting & carpentry, deck staining & drywall. Your home improvement and repair specialist! Residential & Commercial. Insured and bonded. Call us today at 314-583-5250

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

(314) 277-7891

DECK REPLACEMENT & REPAIR visit our website at: Celebrating 11 YEARS ,Vinyl Siding Specials

K Pro Home Improvement LLC Kitchens, Baths, Basements, Decks 12x12 from $3500. Granite tops from $25 sf., Hardwoods from $6 sf., Ceramic, Painting. 25 yrs experience. Call 636-443-3015

JS Home Services Handymanâ&#x20AC;˘Remodelingâ&#x20AC;˘Carpentry Small odd jobs my speciality. 20 Plus Years Experience, Free Estimates! Structural Repair, Siding, Termite Damage & Decks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Call Jim at 314-420-3562

Landscape Design & Installation â&#x20AC;˘Retaining Walls â&#x20AC;˘Ponds â&#x20AC;˘Drainage Work â&#x20AC;˘Landscape Lighting â&#x20AC;˘Lawn Mowing & Fertilization â&#x20AC;˘Leaf & Gumball Cleanups â&#x20AC;˘Pet Cleanup & Mole Trapping Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050



Spring Cleanup! Leaf r e m o v a l , mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, mowin g ! Snow Removal. Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234


Landscaping/Lawn Care


Waldo Gonzalez Landscaping Residential & Commercial Fully insured. Spring Clean-up, lawn mowing. Leaf removal, gutter cleaning, leaf vacuuming at curb. Fall cleanup, mulching, yard maintenance, tree & bush trimming, mowing, retaining walls, etc. Ask about our leaf removal special. Call 314-713-3635 or 636-256-2980.

MIENER LANDSCAPING Rock walls, patios, pruning, chainsaw work, etc. Friendly service, with attention to detail. Call Tom 636.938.9874

Spring Clean-up, Edging, Mulching, Grass Cutting, Fertilizing, Spraying, Sodding, Seeding, Planting, Weeding, Trimming, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Patios & Draining Work

Call 314-426-8833 Ben's Mowing & Lawn Care We are reliable & make it affordable to care for your lawn, also offering mulching services. Owner on every job. Free Estimates. Call 314-749-3947

Premium mulch or topsoil delivered to your home. All types of Bobcat work also available. All major credit cards accepted. Call Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse at 314-739-2476.

since 1992

A-1 Custom Painting & Wallpapering, we handle your design needs, professionally trained. Faux finishes, texturing, marbling, graining. Interior & exterior, insured, free estimates. All work done by owner. Call Ken or Hugo at 636-274-2922 or 314-640-4085. 24 years experience.

Get Ready for Spring

DECK STAINING â&#x20AC;˘ BY BRUSH ONLY You've seen the mess now call the best! Decks â&#x20AC;˘ Play Sets â&#x20AC;˘ Fences â&#x20AC;˘ Tiewalls Work Guaranteed â&#x20AC;˘ Insured â&#x20AC;˘ References



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Professional Painting

Interior / Exterior

Reasonable, References

Call 314-662-4734

NuCoat Painting Co. Interior and Exterior. Pressure washing, wallpaper removal. Specialist in preparation and detail. Spring discounts. Free estimates. 314-651-8442

Pest Management

Interior and Exterior Painting




includes paint Call Today

â&#x20AC;˘Termites â&#x20AC;˘Ants â&#x20AC;˘Roaches â&#x20AC;˘Spiders â&#x20AC;˘Fleas





3 rooms $490

Frank's Pest Management


Kraemers' Lawn Service LLC Grass cutting and trimming. Commercial & Residential. 1 free cut with agreement. Free Estimates. Reliable. Insured. Call Terry 314-413-6445 or 636-458-1077

Great Spring Rates

Painting Services


SHEARN LANDSCAPING. Reliable Lawn Service by Shearn Landscaping. Chesterfield Residents we will beat current service by 10% on mowing. Shearn also offer total maintenance services. Call Dennis at 636-530-1998 or 314-591-2787


Guaranteed Provable Results Without the use of Traps or Poisons Best Service Available Pay only after successful results!

Double Ground Oak Mulch, All Natural. Buy by the pick-up or dump truck load. Spread prices and dump prices available. Call 314-808-3330

â&#x20AC;˘ Excavating â&#x20AC;˘ Grading â&#x20AC;˘ Clearing â&#x20AC;˘ Demolition â&#x20AC;˘ Yard Drainage Fast & Reasonable CALL RICH

?A>75A@FDA>>>5 Serving West County

Mulch Services



Painting Services

OUTDOOOR SOLUTIONS Now offering mole trapping services. 636-296-5050.

Chesterfield Lawns & Landscapes


Painting, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Door replacements, all Odd jobs, No job too small! Very Reasonable Prices! Free Estimates! All work Guaranteed! 636-791-2079


Insured â&#x20AC;˘ Free Estimates â&#x20AC;˘ Residential & Commercial Member of the Better Business Bureau

Morales Landscaping LLC. Spring clean-up and mulching. First cut free for New Customers. Grass cutting $30 and up. Leaf, bush and tree removal. Retaining walls, patios and much more. Call 636-699-5189



â&#x20AC;˘Retaining Walls â&#x20AC;˘Driveways â&#x20AC;˘Walks â&#x20AC;˘Concrete & Pavers â&#x20AC;˘Sod â&#x20AC;˘Hauling â&#x20AC;˘Mulch â&#x20AC;˘Topsoil â&#x20AC;˘Rock â&#x20AC;˘Decorative Rock â&#x20AC;˘Bobcat Work â&#x20AC;˘Grading â&#x20AC;˘Drainage â&#x20AC;˘Erosion â&#x20AC;˘Pool Fill-Ins Specializing in Retaining Walls and Paver Patios

Mole Services

Window and Gutter Cleaning Power Washing



MCLEAN EXCAVATING insured â&#x20AC;˘ free estimates


To Advertise In Classifieds 636-591-0010 x 109

Termite Inspections Senior Citizen Discount


In Business Since 1969 Licensed & Insured

Pet Services West County Pet Care. Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. We take care of Pets in your home where Pets prefer. Daily, Weekly Rates. Insured 636-394-6852 314-401-5516


excavatingâ&#x20AC;˘gradingâ&#x20AC;˘demolition land clearing â&#x20AC;˘ retaining walls â&#x20AC;˘sod installation Commercial & Residential

Residential, Commercial, Industrial

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



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OUTDOOOR SOLUTIONS Now offering pet clean up services. 636-296-5050. Canine Waste Management. Our trash can not yours' 314-605-7301


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Roofing Services

Tree Services


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri Notice is hereby given:

Novena To The Holy Spirit Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. Give me the divine gift to forgive and forget them all who have done wrong to me. I, in short dialogue, want to thank you in everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my beloved one in our perpetual glory. Thanks for favors. Pray this prayer for three consecutive days without asking for wish. After third day, wish will be granted no matter how difficult. Promise to publish this dialogue as soon as your favor has been granted. C.S.O.

MILBOURN ROOFING New or Repair, Do Own Work No Job too small LIcensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted 314-484-1548

COLE TREE SERVICE Tree and stump removal. Trimming, deadwooding. Free estimates. Insured. 636-475-3661 Website www.cole/tree/

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

That the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri, will at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the Fru-Con Center, 15933 Clayton Road, hold a public hearing to discuss a request from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercy Health Care for approval of preliminary site development plans, to consider their proposal for consolidation of Lots 2A and 2B to one (1) lot to locate a medical office building, to change language to the PC Code allowing outpatient surgery with no stay longer than 23 hours, and to re-position the Clayton Road driveway farther west, all at the property known as 15945 Clayton Road. Scott Douglass, Mayor City of Clarkson Valley

Plumbing Services ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051

Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 636-458-1161 or 314-614-4840

Real Estate Services FREE LIST of Higher end Real Estate Foreclosure Homes. From $200,000 to $3,000,000. Call Bill Barnes of River City Real Estate at 314-608-2928 cell, or 636-946-7273 office.


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever, Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. St. Jude, worker of mircles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day. By the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thanks you and God bless. C.S.O.

Tuckpointing Services MILBOURN TUCKPOINTING Chimneys, Walls, Spot & Solid Waterproofing, Caulking Do Own Work â&#x20AC;˘ No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted 314-484-1548

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

St. Francois Upholstery Co. 35 Years Experience. Local References. Cliff Byrd Jr. (owner) Call 636-390-8532

Waterproofing Basement waterproofing, yard & gutter drains, storm sewer installation and replacements. 33 Years Experience. Free Estimates Call Tony 636-6752231 or 636-527-9263

Wedding Services

Anytime... Anywhere...


Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Commitment Ceremonies

Cash Cash Cash

(314) 703-7456

Sell your Old or Unwanted Jewelry, Diamonds & Watches. Top Cash Paid! Diamond & Jewelry Brokers

473 Lafayette Ctr Next to Dierbergs

(Baxter & Manchester)


To Advertise In Classifieds 636-591-0010 x 109 314-610-3313


Builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lot For Sale Pre-Foreclosure price $143,742 Appraised for $225,000, must sell by June 15. 2617 Valley Road, Near Clarkson & Clayton. 636-262-5822

For Sale or Lease Beautiful Home on 3+ acres,5BR, 4full BA quiet country setting, close to Hwy 44/100. Rockwood School District. High ceilings, extra garage for car or work space above ground pool. $399k/$2100 a month Call Vince at



1518 Towne Drive Ellisville $225,000 4 bed, 3.5 bth, backs to woods! Fam rm w/ woodbrn frplc & built in bookcases, Huge mstr bdrm w/ dr to porch, Multi-level deck, Lwr level w/huge rec rm, play area & full bth.


974 Claytonbrook, 3A #BMMXJOt  1800+ sq ft - single level condominium. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Living room w/fireplace, Large master suite, large master bath with side-byside walk-in closets, laundry room. Solid brick, secure building with elevator and garage. Unit has additional storage room. Near Kehrs Mill & Clayton.

Barbara McFadden


749 Juniper Glen Ct. Ballwin $300,000 4 bed, 2 full bth, 2 half bth, backing to park! Crown molding, Fam rm w/ woodbrn frplc, Large mstr w/change area & walk in closet, Kit w/cntr island & plan desk w/ slider to huge deck!

1 Waldens Pine Ct.

Beautiful 2 story in quiet Ellisville cul-de-sac. 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths, neutral paint and newly cleaned carpet through-out. Bright kitchen offers tile back splash, oak cabinets, walk-in pantry, and center island. Family room has large bay windows, floor to ceiling brick fireplace with built-in book cases surrounded by crown molding and fluted casing. Master bath as double sinks and separate tube and shower. Oversized 2 car garage.

16319 Copperwood Ln.

Nicely updated 2 story in sought after Wildwood community. 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath with large palladium window welcome you into this beautiful home. New carpet, tile, laminate wood and painted through out in 2009. Triple pane windows installed in 2008. New vinyl siding/fascia/faucets, 2007. Pet and smoke free home.


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IN DANGER OF FORECLOSURE? Joanne Johnson-Chinnery CDPE Can Help!

Joanne Johnson-Chinnery has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert Designation (CDPE). This is timely for local residents at risk of foreclosure. Joanne has dedicated several years to gaining expertise in foreclosure avoidance & short sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers & lenders on complicated short sales. If you are a homeowner at risk of foreclosure, my goal is to save you

from distress & preserve your credit. I want you to know I can help! You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to fall victim to predators with hidden agendas!â&#x20AC;? JohnsonChinnery said. If you or someone you know is at risk of foreclosure & in need of help, please call

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<!!!<!<$!< Fabulous 4000 sf 5BR/4.5ba 2 story in Legends. Custom millwork, transoms, wood, fin LL. Over 1 acre gently rolling . Must see! 

 <&<!"<&' "#! Lovely custom atrium ranch on 3+ acre lot. Vaulted great rm, stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, hearth rm, main flr master, hot tub, finished walk out LL, covered deck! 

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