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Jobs or snow jobs? President Barack Obama keeps talking about the jobs his administration is “creating” but there are more people unemployed now than before he took office. How can there be more unemployment after so many jobs have been “created”? Let’s go back to square one. What does it take to create a job? It takes wealth to pay someone who is hired, not to mention additional wealth to buy the material that person will use. But government creates no wealth. Ignoring that plain and simple fact enables politicians to claim to be able to do all sorts of miraculous things that they cannot do in fact. Without creating wealth, how can they create jobs? By taking wealth from others, whether by taxation, selling bonds or imposing mandates. However it is done, transferring wealth is not creating wealth. When government uses transferred wealth to hire people, it is essentially transferring jobs from the private sector, not adding to the net number of jobs in the economy. If that was all that was involved, it would be a simple verbal fraud, with no gain of jobs and no net loss. In reality, many other things that politicians do reduce the number of jobs. Politicians who mandate various benefits that employers must provide for workers gain politically by seeming to give people something for nothing. But making workers more expensive means that fewer are likely to be hired. During an economic recovery, employers can respond to an increased demand for their companies’ products by hiring more workers - creating more jobs - or they can work their existing employees overtime. Because workers have to be paid timeand-a-half for overtime, it might seem as if it always would be cheaper to hire more workers. But that was before politicians began mandating more benefits per worker. When you get more hours of work from the existing employees, you do not need to pay for additional mandates, as you would have to when you get more hours of work by hiring new people. For many employers, that makes it cheaper to pay for overtime. The data show that overtime hours have been increasing in the economy while more people have been laid off. There is another way of reducing the cost of government-imposed mandates. That is

by hiring temporary workers, to whom the mandates do not apply. The number of temporary workers hired has increased for the fourth consecutive month, even though there are millions of unemployed people who could be hired for regular jobs, if it were not for the mandates that politicians have imposed. Economists have long been saying that there is no free lunch, but politicians get elected by seeming to give free lunches, in one form or another. Yet there are no magic wands in Washington to make costs disappear, whether with workers or with medical care. We just pay in a different way, often a more costly way. Nor can these costs all be simply dumped on “the rich,” because there are just not enough of them. Often people who are far from rich pay the biggest price in lost opportunities. A classic example is the minimum wage law. Minimum wage laws appear to give low-income workers something for nothing - and appearances are what count in politics. Realities can be left to others, so long as appearances get votes. People with low skills or little experience usually get paid low wages. Passing a minimum wage law does not make them any more valuable. At a higher wage, it can just make them expendable. Raising the minimum wage in the midst of a recession was guaranteed to increase unemployment among the young - and it has. None of this is peculiar to the current administration. The Roosevelt administration created huge numbers of government jobs during the 1930s - and yet unemployment remained in double digits throughout FDR’s first two terms. Constant government experiments with new bright ideas is another common feature of Obama’s “change” and FDR’s New Deal. The uncertainty that this unpredictable experimentation generates makes employers reluctant to hire. Destroying some jobs while creating other jobs does not get you very far, except politically. But politically is what matters to politicians, even if their policies needlessly prolong a recession or depression. © 2009

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the accepted civil calendar in the United States. It also is the calendar with the most widespread usage in the world today. The Gregorian calendar uses the designations of Anno Domini, abbreviated as AD and Before Christ, abbreviated as BC to the number of years. It does not use BCE/CE. BC/AD is historical and accurate. BCE/CE is not. Introducing BCE/CE in conjunction with BC/AD in the classroom leads to confusion for both teachers and students. BCE can stand for Before Common Era, Before Current Era and Before Christian Era. CE can stand for Current Era, Christian Era and Common Era. If you take a moment to consider the introduction of BCE/CE, you are confronted with the desire to understand what is wrong or unacceptable with BC/AD. It is here that we encounter the flimsy logic from which BCE/CE originated. Why don’t we just use the terms PCE/ BPCE. Politically Correct Era and Before Politically Correct Era. The textbook industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In my opinion, the industry is influenced by special interest groups. Furthermore, new terms are being invented every day to satisfy political correctness groups, individual agendas and to sell more books. Regarding this issue, new terms such as BP which stands for Before the Present Time and ACE which stands for After Common Era or After Current Era are now emerging. A change to BCE/CE can only be effectively made within our country and beyond its borders if it were to be promoted in the school system. Within the academic world we find the conditioning of our students to make them think this change already has been made and is “fact.” Roxanna Mechem, director of social studies for the Rockwood School District, Politically correct said, “Social studies teachers are aware of To the Editor: the controversies surrounding the calenIn the story, “What have they done to dar designation and seek to follow board Christmas?” (Dec. 2), let’s take a moment policy regarding non-partisan, non-sectarto consider the quote from Parkway ian, factual teaching. Therefore, teachers To the Editor: School District social studies Coordinator are encouraged to help students understand The baiting, netting and slaughter of deer Liz Morrison: “We teach both calendars the various dating systems they encounter in Town & Country began Dec. 1. because students are exposed to both in in resources, the beginnings and developThe Town & Country Board of Alder- their textbooks, online resources, in the ment of various calendar systems, and men approved a new deer ordinance on newspaper and newsmagazines.” designations within an appropriate historiNov. 23 (“City approves stronger control There is not a BC/AD and a BCE/CE cal context and the various perspectives of measures,” Nov. 24). Although 67 percent calendar. The calendar Morrison is refer- those who may favor a particular calendar of residents the city surveyed were in favor encing is the Gregorian calendar, which is system. Students are then able to underTo the Editor: While your editorial of Dec. 2 was right on target, I do take exception to one statement: “We the people are not stupid.” How do I write this delicately? Some of the “we’s” are intelligently challenged? As Thomas Sowell pointed out in his column in the same issue, Congressman Barney Frank, one of the chief instigators responsible for the country’s current financial woes, is a sure thing to be re-elected in 2010. Closer to home, there are the “we’s” who elected Democrats now marching in lockstep with their party to support a growing role for big government to control health care, handicap free enterprise and stifle individual freedom. The large number of “we’s” who no longer are required to pay income taxes also presents a challenge in today’s political climate. While higher taxes are counter-productive to a growing economy and threaten individual liberty, the segment of non-taxpaying “we’s” are uninterested bystanders to tax issues or even supportive of higher taxes to guarantee the future for their government-provided pacifiers. The current condition of individuals looking more and more to government as the solution and savior represents a gradual slide over many years. The shift has been encouraged by politicians in government who go to Washington with the intent to stay and enjoy the power and royal trappings. Re-election is their primary goal, and the “we’s” are their faithful enablers. There is always hope the “we’s” will join the we, as in: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness . . .” and “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union . . .” Walt Beiter Chesterfield

of non-lethal methods to curtail the deer population, the board railroaded a 100 percent increase in the animals to be killed. The new number stands at 200 deer. Flagrant disregard of procedural process was evident during the Board of Aldermen (BOA) proceedings: • The new ordinance outlining the doubling of deer killings was not on the official BOA of Town & Country agenda on Nov. 23., including print, Web and phone sources. • The Town & Country requirement of two public readings of proposed ordinances occurred at this one meeting. The majority of the residents who spoke out that night were against the measure. The BOA passed the law. • Despite a deer regulation previously passed and two-year study of population control options by the city, Town & Country Alderman Fred Meyland-Smith, sponsor of the new ordinance, suddenly termed the deer issue as an “emergency” measure. • Contrary to the city’s Deer Task Force assurance that all options for deer population control would be considered, cheaper non-surgical methods of birth control were dismissed. This city is experiencing a double tragedy: The inhumane killing of 200 deer and the callous disregard of Town & Country elected officials for procedural process. The will of the residents? Ask the deer. Dona Ramza Barbara Hughes Pat Morley Traci Cardenas Dorothy Cooke Rosilee Trotta Town & Country residents

stand the designations they may encounter related to dating systems.” This all sounds good on the surface but I challenge parents and patrons of the Rockwood School District to do their “homework” and “validate” whether the beginnings and development of various calendar systems along with whether the designations and various perspectives of those who may favor a particular calendar system are explained the way Mechem says. The Rockwood School District appears to have a formal written policy on holiday celebrations, but no formal written policy or curriculum pertaining to the teaching of BCE/CE. Let us not forget that the exemplary education system in the Rockwood School District is a result of the collaborative efforts of the Board of Education, administration, staff, parents and patrons. Quoting Rockwood School Board President, Rao Kaza, “School Boards are accountable to parents and taxpayers and must involve them in the decision-making process.” More than 760 parents and patrons are speaking to this very issue and the number continues to grow. What does 2009 refer to in the Rockwood School District? Dean Mandis Wildwood

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To the Editor: My wife and I look forward to reading the opinions of Rob Schultz of Creve Coeur. We have to take one exception to his most recent letter. In closing, he implied this pending loss of liberty could never have been considered before in America. We believe a random look at the statements of our Founding Fathers would prove that wrong. These men understood the meaning of what they had created and knew there would be worldly forces constantly trying to tear it down. Other than that, Schultz has it pegged. We might also throw Jimmy Carter into the incompetent leader mix, but at least he had governed something before he was President of the United States. Jon and Lisa Schulte Manchester



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The family Christmas tree By Susan E. Sagarra A good friend of mine asked me recently what I am thankful for. A discussion ensued and we decided that we are grateful for the lives that our parents provided for us, but beyond just giving us life. The conversation was more philosophical, about what they taught us, what we learned from them and how they continue to influence us even today. For me, this holds true even now; both of my parents have passed away – my Dad 21 years ago and my Mom more than four years ago – but their ideals, values and life lessons that they taught me remain in my heart and guide me in everything that I do. The conversation got me thinking about a ritual that my family does every year, in putting up our “family” Christmas tree. Putting up the Christmas tree may seem like a chore to some but in my family, it serves as a way to honor my parents’ lives and all the memories that my family has created throughout our own lives. Each and every ornament – some that are nearly 50 years old – has some kind of sentimental meaning attached to it and most have a story to go along with it. So while we put up the ornaments on the family tree, it is a great opportunity to pause, reflect and reminisce about so many wonderful times that we had growing up in what essentially was an idyllic childhood. Once the tree is up, and the lights and garland are strung, there is one ornament that must be placed on the tree first. It has been a tradition since my parents got married in 1960. There is a pink ornament with wedding bells and that ornament has the honor of being prominently displayed each year at the top of the tree, front and center. After that, the brass ornaments that contain each of our family members’ names are hung below it. Dad’s and Mom’s go on the first level; my sister Sharon’s, mine and my brother Steve’s go on the next level below; and then the dogs, Mulligan and Madison, follow on the next level. Previous family dogs also have their own

ornaments. After that, it pretty much is a free-forall, as each of us has certain ornaments that are special to us. But of course, not all 300 of them can go right there in the front with the light bulb placed just so in order for it to sparkle. There are so many ornaments and so many stories. There are the “family” ornaments with the year stamped on it; there are the precious ornaments that must be placed carefully for fear of breakage (did I mention some are nearly 50 years old?). There are – still – the silly ornaments that all of us made with our own hands in elementary school, because we will not allow each other to throw them away. There are dancers – lots of dancers - for my sister and I; there is a Mizzou ornament, my brother’s alma mater. There are several sets of Santa and Mrs. Claus; my favorite is the Santa and Mrs. Claus that was on the flowers my Dad sent to my Mom when I was born, because I was born in December so close to Christmas. We also honor America on our family tree: official White House ornaments; stars and stripes draping down the side of the tree; a pewter American flag with a red, white and blue ribbon from which to hang it. So many memories and so little space to share here but my family cherishes the stories and the memories each year together. I know that there are families out there who have just as many memories to cherish during this holiday. I also realize that there are many families who have been struggling and continue to struggle, and there are some people who have no family to turn to during this holiday season. My wish for everyone, however, is that they are able to dig deep enough to be able to find at least one thing, one person or one memory to cherish and hold onto it as they go through the hustle and bustle of this holiday season. West Newsmagazine wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Quotable: “We need more boots on the ground. We are gradually building an army to take care of an army.” - Jon Jerome, Operation Homefront’s local chapter president, regarding the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care program that launched locally this year to assist soldiers and their families in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

“The sea is not rising. It hasn’t risen in 50 years.” - The one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else, Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, said that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.

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Reforms proposed for state’s DWI laws Missouri Governor Jay Nixon detailed proposed legislation on Dec. 9 that will overhaul the way Missouri deals with drunken driving cases. Nixon said he wants to eliminate loopholes that block prosecutions, ensuring that all DWI offenses are accurately recorded and tracked. “There are simply too many gaps in our current system,” Nixon said. “The way we handle drunken driving cases in Missouri is broken. We must take bold and decisive steps to reform the way DWI cases are dealt with. We have a duty to protect Missouri families by improving every aspect of DWI enforcement, from the traffic stops that initiate cases to the sentences handed out by judges, and even the way records of offenders are kept.” On Nov. 4, Gov. Nixon convened a DWI summit with more than 30 participants, including police chiefs, sheriffs, county and

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Missouri Health Care Freedom Act proposed Missouri Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Dist. 7), Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke (R-Dist. 1), Missouri Rep. Tim Jones (R-Dist. 89) and Missouri Rep. Brian Nieves (R-Dist. 98) on Dec. 9 announced corresponding legislation designed to Missouri Sen. Jane Cunningham (left) and Missouri Rep. Tim protect health care Jones announce their proposed legislation regarding federallyfreedom of choice mandated health care. for Missourians. The proposal would be known as the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act. Cunningham has pre-filed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would protect Missourians from federal health care mandates and guarantee they can choose their own health care and insurance options. The proposal, (Senate Joint Resolution 25), co-sponsored by Lembke, and similar legislation that Jones will file (House Joint Resolution 48), also would protect small business owners from fines for declining to participate in government health care mandates. “We want to let Missouri voters decide with a constitutional amendment whether or not selection of doctors and participation in an insurance plan should remain a personal decision without interference from the federal government,” Cunningham said. Cunningham said the goal is to have the resolution on the November 2010 ballot. The resolution states, in part that a law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system. It also says a person or employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for paying directly for lawful health care services. It further states: “Subject to reasonable and necessary rules that do not substantially limit a person’s options, the purchase or sale of health insurance in private health care systems shall not be prohibited by law or rule.” Cunningham said 17 of 34 Missouri senators already have co-sponsored the legislation. Jones said three of 25 Missouri representatives are on-board prior to the 2010 Missouri General Assembly session that starts Jan. 6. Other local groups, such as the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, also announced opposition to proposed federal health care measures. “We recognize the need for health care reform, and the importance of access to health care for all,” said Elie Azrak, M.D., a local cardiologist and Medical Society president. “But the (U.S.) House and Senate plans, as currently written, contain so many problems that they far outweigh their benefits.” The proposed legislation would add Missouri to a list of 25-plus states calling for legislation or state constitutional amendments to guard citizens against attempts to socialize health care through the “public option” health care mandate currently under consideration by Congress. Arizona already has such a measure on its 2010 ballot. “If this measure is passed by the Legislature, Missouri voters would have an opportunity to decide if they want to send a message to Washington that participation in an insurance plan is a personal right and a freedom which should not be infringed upon,” Jones said. A more detailed analysis of the proposed legislation is scheduled to appear in the Jan. 13 issue of West Newsmagazine and at



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Aim is to improve Manchester Road corridor, attract businesses By Casey Godwin After a series of Great Streets visioning sessions for Manchester Road in November, the planning team behind the project held another week of sessions to gather public input. Officials from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, along with consultants, held several 2-hour polling sessions in each of the five cities along the proposed route during the week of Dec. 7. At the sessions, residents were asked to choose options pertaining to the design of the roadway, speed limits and spacing, public transit options and locations of future business and residential areas. Terry Freeland, the project manager from East-West Gateway, said at this phase there are no design plans in place and that public opinion is being gathered in order to formulate a master plan for the project. Project consultants currently are considering a variety of designs for Manchester Road within the cities of Manchester, Winchester, Ballwin, Ellisville and Wildwood. Options include a multi-way boulevard, which would consist of the main thoroughfare and two side streets for easy access to businesses without disrupting traffic on

the main roadway. Backstreets that parallel Manchester, which currently exist in parts of the corridor, and connecting parking lots also are viable options. The poll allowed residents to choose different options for different cities as some options may not be feasible in all places along Manchester Road. For example, while businesses are set further back from the roadway in Wildwood, making a wider boulevard possible, in Manchester, historic buildings and businesses are set near the road, making it difficult to widen the roadway. Bike lane options also were presented. Freeland said “Great Streets” are meant to not only better the roads themselves, but to provide pedestrian and public transit options in order to make streets more people-friendly. “Manchester Road may not seem like a street you’re going to want to walk across today, but the idea is to think about the possibility in the future,” Freeland said. Although Metro, the area’s public transportation system, has temporarily restored bus service to the area, future service is threatened due to lack of funding. In the visioning screening, residents were asked to

assume Metro would find A Great Destination! a way to not only permanently restore cutbacks, but add new possibilities such as bus rapid or light rail in the future. Although the results for the second round of polling are not expected to be completed until after the holiday season, light rail already appears to be a favorite option among those who already have participated. Aside from answering questions in the poll, residents played a chip game which allowed them to place where businesses and residential areas might be in 2030, based upon projected market demand. Currently, 70 percent of the business space within the corridor is either vacant or is not retail, thus not generating sales tax revenue. Freeman said the retail rate is expected to remain flat for at least the next 20 years in the area. “There really hasn’t been much in the

way of growth on the retail end,” Freeman said. “Shopping centers are being swapped around town, but overall it remains flat. It’s a sobering reflection of the economy.” Results from the first round of surveys are posted at; however, that survey is still open as well as the survey that was conducted at the December vision sessions. In the first round of surveys, back streets and a multi-way boulevard were favored as street design options. All methods of public transit, including the possibility of a community-funded street car, received equal votes. Bike paths received a neutral response. When asked what Manchester Road should evolve into, an overwhelming majority said they wanted it to mimic what can be found in Kirkwood.

Manchester officials question how South Manchester TDD funds have been spent By Casey Godwin All that the members of the Manchester Board of Aldermen want for Christmas is some answers. At the Dec. 7 meeting, Manchester Alderman Mike Clement (ward 2) addressed the board about concerns regarding how tax dollars are being spent in the South Manchester Transportation Development District (TDD). He is not the only one who is deeply troubled about information that attorney Shannon Creighton recently presented to the board. Creighton represents the city in negotiations with the principles of the district. Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn said that every member of the board has stated that they want a chance to ask questions of the principles of the TDD. Manchester Alderman Bob Tullock (ward 1), who said he communicates with the principles regularly, said they requested a meeting in private with attorneys and Tullock present. However, Gunn said that the entire board must have an option to be part

of that meeting and because all members want to meet, it would have to be done in public and in the board room at Manchester City Hall. To date, the principles have not appeared before the entire board to discuss a number of unresolved issues. Clement said his primary concern is how tax dollars have been spent. In the three years since the TDD was formed, it has collected about $260,000 from the ?-cent sales tax. During the same time period, the city has not been able to reach an intergovernmental agreement with the principles, resulting in legal fees for both sides. The city hired Creighton, from the firm Gilmore & Bell, and to date has paid her $32,242, which includes $9,000 towards the execution of an intergovernmental cooperation agreement. The taxing district’s firm, Jenkins & Kling, has been paid $150,000 out of the tax dollars collected. “How do you account for the significant disparity between what the city has spent and what the South Manchester TDD has

apparently needed and spent?” Clement said. “That amount seems like an extraordinary amount, particularly because no agreement has ever been reached.” Manchester City Administrator Ed Blattner said that there always has been some issue preventing the agreement from ever being completed and signed. “We believe that the intergovernmental agreement is required and has to be done,” Blattner said. “I think negotiations between our lawyers and the (South Manchester) TDD lawyers came to an impasse where they couldn’t agree and that’s where it’s been sitting since.” Clement said records show that $50,000 of tax dollars collected in the TDD have been spent towards “engineering and architectural” fees. “The city has received virtually no plans except for some signage concepts on Manchester Road,” Clement said. One thing that was agreed upon was that the TDD would pay $350,000 to Pace Properties for a stoplight at Manchester Road

and Highlands Blvd. To date, nothing has been paid to Pace Properties, which developed the Highlands project on the opposite side of Manchester from the TDD. “It seems like a very bad deal for Pace Properties, who’s stuck paying for a million dollar signal light,” Clement said. “It seems like a very bad deal to all the businesses that call the South Manchester TDD home. Their bills reflect taxes without the benefit of area improvements.” Clement suggested that the city alert businesses within the district about the situation and look into the option of auditing the TDD. The board was divided in their support for that action, with many hoping a resolution could be reached through discussion. “I think there’s a lot of confusion and questions so before anything else is done, this meeting has to take place,” Blattner said. Manchester Mayor David Willson said that the principles should feel they can address the board in their venue.

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Two years later, Hwy. 40 re-opens By Casey Godwin “This is the only time you get to tell your children to go play on the freeway,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Interstate 64. Thousands braved the cold on Sun., Dec. 6 to get a rare opportunity to walk and bike the interstate during the grand opening celebration. Some lay down on the roadway for fun photos while others stood on the concrete median to take in the view. Children shouted underneath new overpasses to hear their voices echo back at them. Families from all over the St. Louis metro area strolled along the closed interstate, taking in the accomplishment. The project to reconstruct 10 miles of the interstate, also known as Hwy. 40, between I-270 and Kingshighway Blvd. and to rebuild 29 bridges and 12 interchanges initially was expected to take more than seven years to complete. However, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), with contractor Gateway Constructors, finished the project in less than two years and under the $535 million budget. In the end, the project totaled $524 million and opened three weeks ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline.

“We wanted I-64 to be the biggest ‘wow’ we could deliver,” MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said. “But we had no expectation that in turn we were going to be wowed by St. Louis in coming together to make this project the huge success that it has become.” Rahn said that by using the design-build process, constructors were able to finish the project quickly. The I-64 project marks the first time design-build has been used in Missouri. The I-64 project also is the largest single contract in state history. Local, state and federal officials came together to celebrate the opening of a project that Mendez said is being used as an example for other similar projects across the county. “It is important for us on the federal level to be learning from each other and Missouri is setting a standard here,” Mendez said. Local officials celebrated the collaboration that took place between St. Louis County and City and the municipalities along the I-64 corridor. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said that by finding ways to cut the budget, the project was an example of “using taxpayers’ money efficiently and wisely.” “If you look at the jug handle on Hanley Road, we thought that would cost us $40

Local dignitaries officially cut the ribbon to re-open I-64.

million and take about two years to build,” Dooley said. “It cost us $5.6 million and it only took six months to build.” Carole Buck, wife of famed Cardinal sportscaster Jack Buck, and the Buck family were on hand to unveil a sign that dedicated the highway to Jack Buck. A portion of I-64 will now be known as the Jack Buck Memorial Highway. Daughter Julie Buck said her father used I-64 for more than 48 years to visit the sick, help those less fortunate and to travel to the places he loved, in particular, Busch Stadium. Fredbird joined the Buck family for the unveiling of the sign. MoDOT officials projected that more

than 20,000 people would attend the grand opening celebration. Shortly after 1 a.m. on Mon., Dec. 7, officials for MoDOT said that all eastbound and westbound lanes between Kingshighway and I-170 were open. For two years, motorists have used detours such as I-44, I-70, Forest Park Parkway and Clayton and Manchester Roads to circumnavigate the closure. Both I-44 and I-70 were re-striped, with much criticism, to add an additional lane to accommodate higher traffic volumes. The extra lanes will not last much longer. The department has plans to return the interstates to their former status next spring.

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By Casey Godwin Motorists wasted no time coming back to Interstate 64. Officials for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reported that traffic volumes on I-64 between I-270 and Kingshighway Blvd. were at pre-closure level during the very first morning rush hour the interstate was re-opened. “Most of the traffic that had been on the major interstates and arterial detour routes has come back to I-64 all in one day,” said Ed Hassinger, MoDOT St. Louis district engineer. “We’re seeing volumes that are very similar to what happened before we closed the highway in 2007.” Transportation workers officially opened I-64 in both directions at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. Motorists making the morning commute were greeted by electronic signs that welcomed them back and thanked St. Louis. While there were no major accidents or backups on I-64 the first morning, many drivers were noticeably hesitant on the newly-opened eastern portion of the project, particularly near the I-170 interchange. “Drivers really need to drive this road like they are a visitor from out of town,” Hassinger said. “Watch the signs and drive it like you’re seeing it for the first time.” Hanley Road and Brentwood Blvd. now are a combined exit off I-64. Traveling eastbound on I-64, northbound I-170 is in the far right lane and the Brentwood/ Hanley exit is in the lane just left of that. Additionally, both northbound I-170 ramps on either side of I-64 now give drivers much more time to get over. As traffic returns to I-64 after a two year closure, major detour routes are immediately seeing a big reduction. For example, I-44 between I-270 and I-55 has seen the largest decrease thus far, with an estimated 20 to 30 percent decrease. Officials said that I-70 from I-270 through St. Louis City saw a 10 to 20 percent decrease in traffic and I-270 between I-64 and I-44 dropped 22 percent in traffic volume. “All of those major interstates saw a dramatic drop in volumes back to what it was before we closed (I-64),” Hassinger said. “I think the same thing can be said for local roads as well. The city and county arterial routes saw big drops in volumes and are all operating very well.” Hassinger said Forest Park Parkway, which has served as a detour during the eastern half of the project, was “like a ghost town.” MoDOT officials suggest that motorists visit to look at the new design before venturing out onto I-64. Hassinger said that drivers will be surprised at

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By Casey Godwin The St. Louis County Municipal League, along with some municipalities, including Ballwin, recently began taking steps to oppose a possible AmerenUE rate hike. By filing an amicus to oppose the increase, officials are hoping to get the utility company to finally answer questions about residential street light fees. The goal for many municipalities has been to find a cost reduction solution for street lights, which are rented from AmerenUE. However, without understanding the charges that have been in place sometimes for decades, many officials have not been able to find a way to cut costs. Tim Fischesser, executive director of the Municipal League, said cities have approached AmerenUE with alternatives but that these alternatives somehow cost the same as keeping the current street light scenario. For example, AmerenUE officials said that even retrofitting existing street lights with energy-efficient bulbs would still equate to the same rate. “We just have to pay a certain amount per month per each light,” Fischesser said. “That became frustrating because Ameren is saying put in whatever you want to put in, but your bill is not going to go down.” Officials for the city of Ballwin decided to take another approach. As one of the largest residential street light customers, the city tried to find cost reduction by purchasing street lights from the utility. AmerenUE offered the city 15 street lights for $5,000 a piece but did not clarify how the cost was obtained. Ballwin City Administrator Robert Kuntz said he has not been able to determine if the cost includes depreciation of the equipment or whether the equipment is even in good repair. “We don’t know where they got that number from,” Kuntz said. “Was it a negotiated rate? Would it apply to other municipal fixtures or just those 15 in Ballwin? We’re really left with more questions than

answers.” The concept of purchasing light fixtures from the utility is new and AmerenUE is under no obligation to sell any of its lights. Other cities also recently looked into the idea but have run into the same problem of too many questions and not enough answers. Fischesser said that because AmerenUE has not presented any records of maintenance on lights, there is no way to tell if owning the lights would really equate to cost savings. Currently, most cities pay approximately $19 a month for each light fixture. The energy cost for each usually is only a small portion of that bill, typically around $3 to $5. “Cities have been looking at the street lighting costs with a general goal of trying to lower costs 15 or 20 percent,” Fischesser said. “So then the rate increase came along and not only did we not lower the bills, we’re now looking at an 18 percent rate increase.” In July, the utility filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) for an 18 percent rate hike. The commission has one year to decide how much of an increase, if any, AmerenUE should get. “We’re looking at about $450,000 (annually) if this rate hike goes,” Kuntz said. “We’re about a little over $400,000 right now. We don’t know if the rate hike only affects the energy cost.” Fischesser said that if AmerenUE does get the requested increase, many cities might be forced to turn off certain percentages of lights in order to cut costs. As of West Newsmagazine press time, officials from AmerenUE had not responded to requests for comment. Officials said they hope that AmerenUE might turn over requested records to resolve these issues without the intervention of the PSC.

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Residents ask Manchester officials to help solve storm water problems By Casey Godwin Whenever Philippe Siowtu mows his grass in the summertime, it looks as though he has just plowed it. The lawnmower wheels leave deep groves in the ground and often get stuck. “With so much water in my yard, it’s a very difficult task to have a well- cut, manicured lawn,” Siowtu said. “The ground is always too soggy and it never dries. I have to wait for a very dry day to mow, but sometimes the grass grows faster than it dries.” Siowtu voiced his frustration to the Manchester Board of Aldermen at their Dec. 7 meeting, detailing a storm water problem he has dealt with for the four years that he has lived on Shallowcreek View. “People say in spring, rain showers bring May flowers. I can tell you this is true in my front yard,” Siowtu said. “But, I cannot say the same about the backyard. Rain storms turn my backyard into a marsh land that is good for growing rice, but not grass.” After heavy rains, standing water can spread up to 50 feet across Siowtu’s backyard, he said. The water creeps onto his back patio and has flooded the basement through windows that are right at ground level, he said. A neighbor of Siowtu even wrote the city

detailing the problem, which goes back 35 years, when the neighborhood originally was developed. “That lot was never graded correctly,” Siowtu’s neighbor wrote. “The house was too deep in the ground. There was always a water problem. Everyone who lived there had problems and it was never fixed.” After the city annexed the neighborhood in 1997, work was done in the area dealing with other storm water issues, but the problem at Siowtu’s home remained. Manchester City Administrator and City Engineer Ed Blattner said he devised a possible solution. They suggested an inlet be placed in Siowtu’s backyard, which would connect to an existing storm drain in a neighbor’s yard. All the yards adjacent to the properties would then have to be regraded so that water would run correctly into the inlet. Siowtu said he has received overwhelming support from neighbors who are willing to allow whatever work needs to be done to finally correct the problem. “I might have to have trees taken down and an older playground in my backyard can come down,” said Tim Busche, a neighbor who would be affected if the project were to move forward. “I’m willing to do anything I can to support this project.”

Busche said that similar flooding occurs in his backyard. “I would prefer a total solution for the neighborhood,” Siowtu said. “If the city is going to be working around there, tearing out the fences to do re-grading, why not make it a total solution so we don’t create another problem by fixing this problem.” Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn cautioned the board and city staff to not get involved in what might be a private matter. “Let me just remind the board of the con-

stitutional prohibition which prohibits the city from spending public money to solve a private problem,” Gunn said. Blattner said after the meeting that he was puzzled about Gunn’s comment. “I’ve been with the city since 1985 and we’ve done a number of storm water projects that have affected many residents,” Blattner said. “I’m not sure what was meant by that and I haven’t had time to dissect that with him. I don’t know what he was referring to.”


Leaving child alone in car may become illegal The Manchester Board of Aldermen on Dec. 7 considered a bill that would make it illegal to leave children 10 years of age or younger alone in a vehicle. The board held a first reading of the bill, which would be added to the city’s child endangerment laws. If approved, a child ages 14 or older could accompany the younger child in a vehicle and that would not be considered endangering the child. Terrill Struttmann, executive director of the non-profit organization Harrison’s

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By Diane Plattner Parkway School District officials have approved a middle school initiative that will change the way most middle school students and teachers spend their school days. The Parkway Board of Education on Dec. 9 unanimously approved approximately $750,000 to support the staffing and facility needs for an eight-period middle school day proposal. The proposal includes several recommendations to be implemented in all Parkway middle schools beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. They include: • All middle schools will have an eightperiod day. • All middle school teachers will teach six classes. • Double communication arts classes will be taught at all grade levels. (Teachers will instruct the same students during two class periods each day). • Each core team will consist of five teachers (two communication arts, one science, one social studies and one math). • Up to 15 minutes will be added to the current school day. • All students will have physical education (PE) every day. • Future Pathways, a sixth-grade career exploratory course, will replace Cultural Connections. • A district middle school course guide will be developed. The board approved the middle school day schedule times from either 7:20 a.m. to 2:11 p.m. or from 7:25 a.m. to 2:16 p.m. Officials at each middle school will decide which times fit better with their existing schedules, Parkway officials said.

Parkway Central Middle already had an eight-period day, but all other Parkway middle schools will change to eight periods from their current seven-period days. Dividing students into eight periods, instead of seven, each day will result in smaller class sizes and increased instructional time, district officials said. They said they will capture the “extra” 45 minutes by reducing non-instructional time that exists between the time buses arrive and classes actually begin. They also will shorten the passing times between classes, officials said. “Students used to need more time, but now that we have grade levels in each wing of the school, students don’t need as much time to get to the next class,” Parkway Spokesperson Paul Tandy said. Tandy said bus schedules will be largely unchanged and any changes will only be by a few minutes. Although some middle schools will start the instructional day about 11 minutes earlier than before, students already get to school early enough to accommodate the new times, he said. For example, students at the later starting schools, like Southwest Middle, currently arrive at the school quite a long time before classes actually begin, Tandy said. Desi Kirchhofer, Parkway’s assistant superintendent for secondary education, said district officials researched effective middle school best practices across the country and determined that they should make some changes in Parkway’s middle schools. “We are excited about this opportunity and believe the eight-period day will greatly enhance the academic opportunities for Parkway’s middle school students,” Kirchhofer said.

Police investigate possible burglary at Nelly’s home By Julie Brown Patton Officials with the St. Louis County Police Department - Wildwood Precinct said they have an ongoing investigation of a possible burglary at the home of local rap star Nelly, which is located in the 17000 block of Hidden Valley Drive in Wildwood. Reports indicate that the police received a call around 7:11 a.m. Rick Eckhard, St. Louis County Police media officer, said Nelly was not home at the time of the burglary, but that there were people staying at his home at the time. Investigators were using a helicopter and police dogs to search the scene for a suspect

who was seen running from the home, Eckhard said. He also said a black GMC Envoy was seen leaving the area at the same time, possibly the suspect’s vehicle. “It appears the burglar fled with a duffle bag containing video games and electronics,” Eckhard said. Nelly, 35, whose birth name is Cornell Haynes, has a home on approximately 6 acres within the Hidden Valley Ski Resort area. Nelly originally lived in Austin, Texas, and moved to St. Louis when he was a teenager. He is a singer, actor and owner of clothing lines.



Rockwood considers $53 million bond issue proposal By Diane Plattner Rockwood School District officials are considering placing before voters on next April’s ballot a $53 million bond issue proposal. A Rockwood Bond Issue Committee presented its report at the Dec. 3 school board meeting regarding its work on a bond issue package for the proposed ballot referendum. In October, the school board authorized the committee, comprised of Rockwood staff, administrators, community members and a parent representative from every Rockwood school, to develop a package in the range of approximately $50 million. On Nov. 17, the committee voted unanimously to recommend the $53.25 million package, which represents the areas of safety, maintenance, additions, renovations and technology (SMART). The package includes: •• $9.5 million for technology. •• $9 million for heavy maintenance, such as HVAC and electrical. •• $9 million for additions at Marquette and Eureka High Schools. •• $3.375 million for additions at Rock-

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Nowrin Haque, a senior at Lafayette High School, achieved a perfect SAT score of 2400. “Of course I didn’t expect to get a perfect score,” Haque said. “I just wanted to do my Haque best.” According to the College Board, Haque was one of only 10 college-bound students in Missouri and one of 297 students in the U.S. to achieve a 2400, the highest possible composite score, on the June 2009 national test administration of the SAT. “In addition to achieving an 800 in critical reading, math and writing, Nowrin scored a 13 on the essay portion, which is a perfect score,” said John Shaughnessy, Lafayette’s principal. Haque is looking at several universities, including Yale, Washington University, Northwestern, Duke, Saint Louis University, Truman, Harvard and Cornell. Rockwood’s class of 2009 scored well above the nation with an average of a composite score of 1235.

Budding student scientists Luba Ezerskiy, of Parkway West High School, and Jodie Guller of Parkway North High School, recently presented their research to Ezerskiy senior scientists at Solae, an international soy food developer and manufacturer based in St. Louis. “It is rare for senior corporate scientists to want to listen to high school students,“ says Kenneth Mares, of the University of MissouriGuller St. Louis. “Parkway has always had a superior reputation in science. This is an incredible honor.” “I had the chance to preview my future, and I found I loved it,” said Luba who spent six weeks at a Saint Louis University lab studying morphine-treated cells to determine their impact on neurons. Luba conducted her research as part of the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The pro-

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Parkway teachers earn The Rockwood School District received National Board Certification

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Three Parkway teachers recently completed the rigorous requirements to be named National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). They are: Patty Furlong, Pierremont; Ruth Knop, West High; and Stacy Stibal, Central Middle. Furlong is a physical education teacher at Pierremont Elementary and is certified in early to middle childhood physical education.

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Chesterfield architect wins national contest By Jessica Wilson A Chesterfield architect is getting some national recognition for his green building project after winning a national contest that Custom Builder magazine sponsored. Adam Schmitz, of R.L. Just and Associates of Chesterfield, was named the winner of the 2009 Custom Builder Design Challenge. The contest challenged architects and designers to create a 35,000-square-foot green home that met the needs of a family that consists of a couple in their 50s, three children who range in age from 5 to 18 and elderly grandparents, one of whom is in a wheelchair. “Basically, it was challenging designers to come up with a home for a multi-generational family and along with that coming up with green concepts for the home,” Schmitz said. Schmitz worked the right-angle winning design with R.L. Just and Associates’ owner, Rich Just. “It really was a unique approach; the whole space kinda flows even though it looks complex,” Schmitz said. “The layout just flows from one room to the next and one level to the next. Judges called the

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High school students use their pens to serve community By Diane Plattner Seniors at Marquette High School in the Rockwood School District recently undertook a mission to positively change their community using just their writing skills. Approximately 75 students in Melissa Burger’s senior composition class recently transformed a writing assignment into an authentic learning and service project that promoted local charities. “Each student became an advocate for a charity of his/her choice and then mailed their researched findings to local organizations, schools, businesses and even VFW halls to ask for donations to these nonprofits,” Burger said. “Overall, the seniors sent out more than 100 letters asking for donations to charitable causes.” Burger said the idea stemmed from a recent service trip that she and her husband took to Honduras. There, they donated shoes, which Marquette High athletes had collected, to a secondary school located in the impoverished mountains. “We were so amazed by the support of the Marquette teenagers that it inspired us to try to begin incorporating more service into the classroom as well,” Burger said. “As a result, this charity-based research paper was created.” Burger said she piloted the program last spring with only a few students and revised it so it could be implemented on a larger

Blown away Classes at the Rockwood School District’s Center for Creative Learning in Ellisville were cancelled last week due to the high winds that caused roof damage to the school. Part of the roof at the school, located at 265 Old State Road, was blown off. Officials cancelled classes on Dec. 9 and 10.

scale to more students this year. “The results have been astounding,” Burger said. “The best part of this project has really been the opportunity to see these students make a connection with the community around them, which has truly impacted their learning as well.” Her students agreed. “I chose the St. Charles Humane Society because I just recently had to put down my dog and I wanted to help other animals,” student Cara Schubbe said. “I learned that this shelter is a no-kill shelter and they need help because they don’t have enough supplies for all of their dogs and cats.” Student Dani Jardine chose the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which provides a safe haven for abused children and educates the families of these children in need about the importance of a family-centered life. “I learned that high school students can make a difference through the use of writing,” Jardine said. In addition to their efforts, Burger said her students also learned about other authentic formats for writing, including contributing letters to the editor to the school newspaper and writing to soldiers in Afghanistan. “The importance of learning to read and write had new meaning as these students took on a mission to change the community with only their pens,” Burger said.

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High school boys’ soccer The Kennedy Celts scored a schoolrecord 20 wins and capped the season with a third-place finish in the Class 1 state soccer tournament. The Celts (20-9) overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to score a 3-2 win over Kansas City’s St. Pius X at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton. In the semifinal, Springfield Catholic blanked Kennedy 3-0. It was Kennedy’s first appearance in the state finals since 1990. “Finishing third, it beats fourth,” Kennedy Coach Tom Rapp said. “It was not our goal, but we’ll certainly take that.” Unfortunately, Rapp did not get to see the game. He was ejected from the semifinal game after receiving two yellow cards. Assistant Coach Steve Grasser directed the team in the third-place game. Springfield Catholic went on to finish

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Christian Brothers College (CBC) and Saint Louis University (SLU) graduate Don Doran, 55, recently was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. “I was very proud to be going into the Hall of Fame,” said Doran, who was a defender. “They have a lot of big names in there. These guys were among the best players and coaches in the country.” Doran did not play at CBC but played club soccer for Kutis. He became the first walk-on to play at SLU. In 1977, the St. Louis Stars St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame President Rich of the old North American Soccer Meisemann and Don Doran. League drafted him and he then played for the St. Louis Steamers in 1979-80. In 1980, the California Sunshine of the American Soccer League (ASL) drafted him and he then played for the Los Angeles Lazer in 1982-83. “I was drafted to go to California and thought I would be staying nine months and I ended up staying 25 years,” said Doran, who moved back to the St. Louis area two years ago. Doran has played with many other teams over the years. “Soccer is still part of my life,” Doran said. “I just keep raising the age requirement.” Doran started an over-50 league at Scott Gallagher in Maryland Heights. “A lot of Hall of Famers participate in it,” Doran said. “We started with six teams and 80 players, and I think it will keep growing.” new life. Luedecke scored a school-record 27 goals this season. After about 10 minutes of more play, sophomore Dan McCune scored the tying goal for Kennedy. It was

his 17th goal of the season. Senior sweeper Konner Kloster scored the game-winner after a Blake Ficken corner kick. It was just Kloster’s second goal of the season.

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Chaminade hoops star Beal to play for Florida By Warren Mayes The Florida pipeline has snagged another Chaminade standout basketball player in Bradley Beal. Beal, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior shooting guard, announced recently that he has decided to play at the University of Florida. “I chose Florida not only because I felt like it was the best fit for me with the coaching staff and the players that will be there when I get there, but they also have a great sports medicine program, which is what I’d like to go into,” Beal said. “(Florida) was where my heart was and it was a school that I wanted to attend.” Beal is the second high-profile Red Devil to make that choice. David Lee, who was a McDonald’s All-American at Chaminade, went to Florida in 2001. Currently, Lee is with the New York Knicks, who made him a No. 1 draft pick in 2005. “I coached David Lee,” Chaminade Coach Kelvin Lee said. “(Florida Coach) Billy Donavan has done an excellent job in recruiting my players.” Choosing a college early is the way to go nowadays, Lee said. “I am not surprised,” Lee said. “A lot of the top juniors are committing early. I am very happy and excited for him. He has worked hard both in the classroom and on the court and deserves it.” Beal also considered Missouri, Illinois, Duke, Ohio State and Kansas. It is easy to see why Beal was so heavily recruited. As a sophomore last winter, Beal averaged 23.5 points a game along with averaging 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Red Devils won the Class 5 state championship with Beal leading the way. Last summer, Beal played for the U.S. Under-16 national team that traveled to Argentina for the FIBA Americas tournament. Beal helped his team win the championship with a 5-0 record. He averaged a team-high 19 points a game. He saved




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ussie Freese takes to heart the them. In fact, Freese makes these buntings sentiments of a well-known for the hospital to commemorate all holiday poem about the night the major holidays throughout the year, before Christmas in that “...the children including Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s were nestled all snug in their beds.” She ensures that all babies born during Day. She said she makes watermelon December at St. Luke’s Hospital in and ice cream cone-themed buntings Chesterfield get the opportunity to be during the summer for Fourth of July; bundled in a customized bunting that looks pumpkin-themed ones for babies born around Halloween; and little turkeys for like their own stocking. Freese, of Chesterfield, has been designing Thanksgiving. Freese even makes footballand creating these special buntings for themed buntings during the Super Bowl. In addition to the current buntings that the hospital since 1997. Her volunteer efforts stem from her college years when look like Christmas stockings, she also she was devoted to home economic types supplies blue snow people-themed ones of applications and her previous work as for families observing Muslim or Jewish the owner of an alterations business. She religious faiths. Each year she said the number of required said each bunting takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of buntings fluctuates. “The hospital staff usually takes an trimming required. Freese uses an assembly line approach, inventory during the summer to let me with a cutting wheel and strategic pinning know how many for each holiday may be approach before sewing and decorating needed,” Freese said. “We try to keep at

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least 40 on hand for every theme.” This year, for example, Freese said at least 20 Christmas stocking buntings for anticipated newborns are needed. St. Luke’s Hospital nurses said parents always appreciate the special bunting keepsake and photo opportunities it provides around r special occasions. When Freese is not volunteering as a hospital seamstress for the birth care suites at St. Luke’s, she also works in the hospital’s gift shop. She said sometimes when grandparents

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hen Bruce Rakita survived bypass surgery in 1997, he said he decided he “ought to do something to give back.” That special something became sharing his musical talents with hospital patients at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country during the holiday season, including on Christmas Day. Rakita carols the halls of the hospital with his violin, playing for patients and the staff, even those in the kitchen and cafeteria. He performs requests but said the standard songs asked for typically are “O Holy Night,” “Angels Heard On High” and “Come All Ye Faithful.” “If I’ve heard it, I can play it,” Rakita said. He plays Hanukkah songs as well, especially given his own Jewish faith. While Rakita, 76, has played violins and violas in a variety of orchestras since he was 8 years old, his profes-

sional trade is electrical engineering. He moved to St. Louis in 1966. Prior to that, he worked as a missile engineer in San Diego for General Dynamics. Once in the region, he worked for Emerson Electric and then Western Electric (now AT&T). However, Rakita continued to incorporate his love of music by playing in local orchestras. As a teenager, he said he cut a record and eventually got an orchestra college scholarship to Arizona State University. He eventually transferred to Milwaukee School of Engineering. He said a friend encouraged him to volunteer at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “I remember bringing my violin in around Christmastime about 10 years ago and somehow it got to be a habit,” Rakita said. Rakita said he even plays for a hospital

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Fighting the war on the home front By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Clayton was set to deploy on Nov. 17, busy with last-minute preparations to be away from his wife and child. On Nov.16, the plumbing in his home backed up, and instead of spending quality time with his family on his last day at home, Clayton lamented that he would have to deal with the unexpected crisis. Where would he find a plumber he could trust? How would he cover the expense? With a second child on the way, money was tight. Fortunately, Clayton remembered H.E.R.O.E.S. Care and Operation Homefront. He made one phone call and a reputable plumber arrived quickly to take care of the problem. Thanks to a caring donor, the cost was covered. Clayton’s situation illustrates an element of war not seen on TV newscasts: the battle that military families face when left alone after fathers and mothers are deployed overseas. Operation Homefront, a national organization founded after 9/11, comes to their aid with emergency financial assistance and help with everyday challenges. Upon their return home, traumatized and wounded soldiers are cared for as well. Acting as a liaison coordinating other volunteer organizations’ efforts, the nonprofit Operation Homefront has coordinated

more than 4,500 volunteers in 27 chapters nationwide and provided critical assistance to more than 100,000 military families in need. Now, the Missouri/Southwest Illinois chapter of Operation Homefront is spearheading a program called H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. Standing for Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support Care, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is an affiliation of non-governmental organizations working together to provide support for military families in the communities where they live. “It’s often too difficult to get help to a service person if he (or) she doesn’t live close to a military base. That’s where H.E.R.O.E.S. Care comes in,” said Huck Oberlin, of Chesterfield, chairman of the board for Operation Homefront locally. Jon Jerome, Operation Homefront’s local chapter president, said that the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care program took two years to develop, was launched locally this year and has not yet gone nationwide. More help from skilled volunteers and business owners is urgently needed. “We need more boots on the ground,” Jerome said. “We are gradually building an army to take care of an army. We’re cur-

rently serving approximately 51,000 Guard and Reserve in Missouri and 23,000 in Southern Illinois.” The program is free to military members. The service member designates a family member or significant other as their primary care receiver to receive support during deployment, and a volunteer from the local community trained in care giving and the deployment cycle is assigned to the individual. The Hometown Support Volunteer (HSV) stays in regular contact with the primary care receiver to coordinate local support efforts. “Lay volunteers are given 58 hours of training,” Jerome said. “They are the one on one link - listening and observing.” The HSV listens to concerns, provides guidance and refers the family to an appropriate agency. Families are given financial help before the need turns into a problem that can cause mental worries. “Ours is a proactive approach,” Jerome said. “We help before a problem gets any bigger. People would ordinarily have to go to their home base for help, and that’s too far for many. It’s logistically impossible for

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his is the time of year when you ask yourself if Aunt Mary really needs another espresso machine or if your cousin Johnny just can’t live without one more bottle of Acqua Di Gio. If you are looking for something that will delight your friends and relatives and will support local artists, consider an out-of-the ordinary item or experience. Local galleries and retail stores are brimming with fine art or more practical items created by artists who live and work in our own communities, adding that special connection between the gift, the giver and the recipient.

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Finding handmade treasures from local artists is as easy as a trip to the mall, as the brand new Artropolis at Chesterfield Mall celebrated its grand opening the weekend of Dec. 11 and 12. Chesterfield Mall is partnering with The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) and Chesterfield Arts to bring this consortium of local artists and art group studios out west. Wood Icing, featuring fine art, photography, gifts and home décor from four local artists, and Añejo Studios, featuring custom jewelry and fine art from five local artists, are now open. As Dan Tierney, deputy director for the Regional Arts Commission, stated, “This is a way to branch out from megastore chains and find local, custom-made works of art you won’t see anywhere else that embody the unique flavor of artists in our community.” The West County area also has a number of galleries and retailers that offer memorable holiday gifts. Art Trends Gallery, located off Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield, showcases the work of more than 200 artists, a number of whom are regional. As Nancy Dorwart, gallery manag-

er, said, “Art Trends Gallery takes pride in being the type of art gallery that offers something for everyone, in every price-point, making art affordable for a variety of budgets with items you cannot find everywhere else.” The joy of finding that perfect-something – whether hand-created jewelry, collectible glass-blown ornaments or a large piece of original artwork – is increased by knowing you are supporting the West County arts community. For more creative gifts from local artists to fit any budget, visit Chesterfield Arts near Chesterfield Mall, the Art Gallery of Hog Hollow on Olive Blvd. or Fine Art Limited on Chesterfield Airport Road. For music lovers and aspiring musicians, consider giving a “learn to play an instrument” gift package with a rental instrument and lessons from the Midwest Music Conservatory. Art classes in every medium, including fun workshops where students can learn how to create jewelry, handmade books or the perfect piece of pottery, also make unique gifts. The benefit of stuffing your child’s stocking with a gift certificate for one-on-one art classes, private music lessons or a musical theater class is that these experiences can inspire a life-long love for the arts. A spring watercolor or pottery wheel class at Chesterfield Arts may be the perfect gift for Mom and Dad too, allowing all ages to find their inner creativity for the first time or to further pursue a passion. If it is fiber arts classes, groups and gifts you are looking for, visit Wool Gatherings in Eureka.

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Arts Highlights for January 2010 Jan. 15 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ‘In Space of Color’ opening at Chesterfield Arts This upcoming exhibit features the work of local artists Kathryn Neale and Mario Trejo in an exploration of color, space and technique. Opening reception is free. Visit or call 519-1955. Jan. 17 – 2:30 p.m. Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Parkway United Church of Christ. Admission is free. Visit or call (314) 878-8783.

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West County organization helps family have joyous holiday By Diane Plattner At least one West County family that is facing hard financial times still is able to have a joyous holiday season thanks to a local organization, which is helping a record number of area residents these days. Wildwood resident Sarah Stephens, 44, is a divorced mother of five children, ages 7, 13, 14, 16 and 23. While the oldest child lives on his own, Stephens’ other four children live at home with her. Two of those children attend Eureka High School, one attends Wildwood Middle School and her youngest child attends Pond Elementary, all of which are in the Rockwood School District. Stephens has a job as an early childhood education teacher, which has working hours compatible with her kids’ school schedules. But she said this is not a high-paying job. In addition, her ex-husband was laid off from his job in June and Stephens said he has only been paying her about one-third of the child support she is supposed to receive. “So it has been increasingly harder and harder to pay bills and buy food and to provide all the necessities for the children,” Stephens said. Stephens said a woman where she works referred her to local charity Circle Of Concern for help. “A woman where I work suggested I go there because I didn’t know how I was going to buy food and pay my bills that month,” Stephens said. “Circle Of Concern is a wonderful place that has helped my family with food every month and resources for other issues we have been faced with.” Stephens actually is among hundreds of people that Circle Of Concern is serving. Located in Valley Park, Circle Of Concern provides food as well as other items and services.

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“Demand is easily at a record pace,” Circle Executive Director Glenn Koenen said. “People have lost their jobs or had their hours severely cut and are barely getting by.” Koenen said Circle fed the most people ever in one month during November 2009, which was 21 percent more than the same month in 2008. Behind the statistics are real people with real minds and hearts, like the Stephens family. They are participating in Circle Of Concern’s holiday adoption program in which people are matched with groups and individuals who are asked to spend approximately $50 for food baskets, board games, gift cards, movies and other nice gifts for the holiday season. Circle Of Concern also hosts an annual toy day where new toys, stocking stuffers and other items are given to participating families. This is particularly meaningful, Stephens said, for her youngest child. “The upcoming event will add a lot of joy to the season, especially for my 7-year-old, who still believes in Santa Claus,” Stephens said. “Without these programs for my family, I would not have anything to put under the tree on Christmas. There is nothing extra this month for gifts.” Stephens said she is grateful to Circle Of Concern for the help it has provided to her and her family this year. “It has eased the financial burden for my family,” Stephens said. “I don’t know what I would have done without their help.”


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Local organizations and businesses held fundraisers, food drives, toy drives and numerous other charitable endeavors this holiday season. The following is a sampling of some of the efforts that were done in West County.

The Children’s Holiday Festival on Dec. 2 at the St. Louis Science Center benefited St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Pictured is a tree from Three French Hens in Wildwood, which was one of the live trees that was donated and auctioned. This tree sold for $8,000.

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis sponsored its first LightFest event on Dec. 6, which had more than 3,300 attendees, including 350 volunteers. The event raised money and food, clothing and toys were donated. Attendees donated blood, blankets were made for seniors at The Cedars at the JCA and a huge beautiful mosaic was made for Covenant House/CHAI Apartments to brighten the seniors’ living facility. The event was capped off with the lighting of the Mega-Hanukkah Menorah. Throughout Hanukkah, the front of the JCC Staenberg Complex sported 9-foot “Hanukkah Candles” on the 240-foot-wide menorah. Each menorah “candle” was sponsored by a donor and the $50,000 raised goes to the Jewish Federation Lifeline Fund, providing emergency grants and loans to Jewish families.

Officials for the city of Wildwood reported that more than 1,500 people turned out to view the city’s first-ever Balloon Glow and Tree Lighting held on Fri., Dec. 4 in Wildwood Town Center. West Newsmagazine was the print sponsor for the event. The event was a fundraiser for the Wildwood YMCA.

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The West County EMS and Fire Protection District conducted a holiday toy/food drive to benefit Gateway Homeless Services and the Foster-Adoptive Care Coalition. Santa arrived at the firehouse to assist those who donated new, unwrapped toys, canned food items and personal hygiene items.

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Students and families at St. John Lutheran School in Ellisville are supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas by collecting and shipping requested food and household items as part of the school’s “Boxes for the Brave” program. The initiative was started in 2006 when a student’s father stationed in Iraq saw an opportunity to help his fellow soldiers and provide students a way to give back during the holidays. Initially called “Shoeboxes for Soldiers,” the program has continued to grow over the last four years. This year, the items will be shipped to medical personnel in an Afghan hospital. The MINI of St. Louis dealership hosted Santa Claus and local celebrity bulldog PHAT, from the Bulldog Rescue Club of St. Louis, on Dec. 5 for a holiday fundraiser. The event raised more than $500. Patrons also donated dog toys, beds, blankets and food. Pictured are Santa Claus and PHAT the Bulldog taking a test drive.

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Michelle Zweifel, of Ballwin, is pictured donating food to the Santa Feed America program at Chesterfield Mall. Mall patrons can donate canned goods to the Santa Feed America program at the Santa Set. Donations will be distributed by the Salvation Army to help local families. Plus, take $2 off a Santa photo purchase with a canned food donation. In addition, patrons can donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 22. In addition, the Angel Tree helps provide a Christmas wish for a child in need. Simply choose an ornament from the Angel Tree located on Lower Level, Dillard’s Wing. Toys can be returned to the mall and deposited in the toy box with the tag attached. Also, a Charity Gift Wrap station is available. Take packages to the Upper Level, JC Penney wing, where Santa’s helpers from Jewish Women International will wrap them. Donations are accepted.

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Every year for nearly a decade, the Rockwood School District’s LaSalle Springs Middle School PTO has placed a “mitten tree” in the school’s lobby to collect new or gently-used mittens and gloves that are donated to local organizations. This year’s mitten tree sports the school’s purple and gold spirit colors.

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Over the past three years, the West St. Louis County Lions have shipped care packages totaling more than $8,000 to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Lions acknowledged the outstanding help that they have received from Debbie Schrieber of the Eureka Wal-Mart in putting together the care packages. Pictured are Lion Steve Hrin (project chairman) and Lion Don Vaucher presenting a certificate of appreciation to Schrieber.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted a holiday party on Dec. 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis for more than 300 Make-A-Wish kids and their families. The foundation gives gifts, Santa is there to take Christmas wishes and there are lots of food and crafts for the kids. A lot of these families are stressed out emotionally and financially so Make-A-Wish offers them some holiday cheer with the party. Wish kids, their parents and their siblings are invited. Several volunteers also help entertain the kids.

The staff of the St. Louis Rams NFL football team cooked dinner for the guests of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, a home away from home for cancer patients receiving treatment in St. Louis.

Thank you for your contributions West Newsmagazine thanks its readers for contributing to our food drive held recently in support of Circle Of Concern. Circle Director Glenn Koenen (right) and Circle Associate Director of Programs and Volunteers Emily Fishman (left), pictured with West Newsmagazine Publisher Doug Huber (center), recently picked up all of the contributions to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.

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Accessorize For the Holidays Modern vintage designer jewelry and initialed charms.  The Perfect gift with a personal touch.  Starting at $16  F.O.B. Saint Louis, Inc. 157 Lamp & Lantern Village • Town & Country (636) 207-7131 Unique & Beautiful Wreath created by George Binius has a wonderful nostalgic look, hand-assembled using vintage decorations and quality reproductions.  Priced at $110 Old House In Hog Hollow 14319 Olive Blvd. • Chesterfield (314) 469-1019 •

Interchangeable Handbags Miche handbags available in Classic or new Big Bag style.  Large assortment of interchangable shells.   Classic Bag starting at $62, Big Bag starting at $78 Posh Unique Boutique 5343 Hwy N • Cottleville (636) 939-3070 •

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Addiction to online gaming is growing Farmville fanatics are growing in number, overtaking World of Warcraft By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley It was a simple message, a cry for help. “I find myself binging on Farmville for 2 to 3 hours straight,” a young man writes. “I get nothing done, but there I am, moving things around until I feel that my property is just the way I want it. I need help; it is ruining my life.” Matt, who did not give his last name, posted that request on one of the Farmville Addiction Support Group sites found on the Facebook Web site. Matt is not alone. Online interactive role-playing games such as Farmville, FarmTown, Mafia Wars, EverQuest and World of Warcraft draw millions into their multifarious realms and complex social orders. Some become so enthralled that mental health professionals are seeing patients who play as much as 70 hours a week, neglecting school, work, and even marriage. A recent poll on “Farmville Freaks” indicated that 65 percent of those who responded were self-proclaimed addicts. What is an innocuous passion for many players is coming under increased scrutiny from therapists and even gamers as a potentially dangerous addiction. Maressa Hecht Orzack, director of the Computer Addiction Studies Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., hears from five or six people a day looking for treatment or information related to obsessive online game playing. They are “so used to living in a virtual world, they don’t know how to connect” in real life, said Orzack, who is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. “I’ve seen more and more people who are so involved in this that they can’t put it down.” Bill Mooney, Farmville vice president and general manager, said the game attracts all ages. “This genre has been around for some years,” Mooney said. “It’s happy. It’s healthy. Everybody likes it and everybody gets it.” Zynga, the company that developed the Farmville phenomena, said Farmville has become the most popular online game of all time. According to, a Web site that compiles Facebook statistics, the number nearly doubles the 35 million of monthly users of the second-ranked application, “Causes.” “We expected it to be a big hit but we didn’t expect this,” Mooney said. “World of Warcraft is at around 11 (million) or 12 million users a month. Farmville had 63 (million) this month.”

Addiction on the rise Video game addiction treatment is still a new field and research is currently being conducted in the initial stages. However, as with other addictions, the most effective treatments appear to be psychotherapy or talk therapy and medication, if necessary, for anxiety or depression. However, because gamers are usually computer savvy, a non-profit organization called Online Gamers Anonymous was formed in 2002. It is a 12-step self-help support organization for individuals suffering and recovering from the negative effects of compulsive and excessive computer game playing. They provide online support meetings, message boards and other tools for healing. According to Gamers Anonymous, Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) also known as “MMOs” are the most addictive in nature because they never end. “You can never truly win or lose the game as a whole,” an Online Gamers Anonymous report states. “There is always something more to be done and more progress to be made. Success in these games is highly dependent on the amount of time you put into them. Playing the game casually will leave you trailing behind others who put in more time, possibly making you feel as if you aren’t as good or are falling behind.” Detox for video game addiction may sound like a stretch, but addiction experts said the concept makes sense. Kimberly Young, Psy.D., clinical director of the Center for Online Addiction and author of “Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction and a Winning Strategy for Recovery,” said she has had many parents call during the last year or two, particularly about the online role-playing games. “I see it getting worse as the opportunity to game grows; for example, cell phone gaming,” Young said. The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize online gaming addiction as a disorder, although an official with the group said it could be considered a behavioral addiction. People are not hooked on the games, they said. They are hooked on chemicals that the games trigger in their brains. In a study this year, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment found that more than half of the estimated 117 million U.S. gamers play online. Of those, 15 million are involved in MMORPGs.

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Businesspersons Between Jobs organization has helped job seekers for decades By Julie Brown Patton With so many people in between jobs, employment assistance programs are true lifesavers. One such Ballwin-based, nonprofit program, however, has been helping job seekers for four decades - long before the current record-setting unemployment figures rattled the region. Businesspersons Between Jobs (BBJ) began as an informal job search assistance program originally provided to a handful of members at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Ballwin. Now, the group services hundreds of job seekers each week. Beginning in 1970, Rev. Howard Gleason personally provided one-on-one guidance to help individual church members become re-employed. When the number reached five in July 1972, Gleason organized a job seekers support group. “He reasoned that a group setting would offer a more efficient and effective method for support than any one person could provide,” said Victoria Wors, executive director of BBJ’s committee chairs and human resources consultant. Gleason invited representatives of 25 other area churches of various denominations to offer participation to their members, too. Held on Aug. 21, 1972, the BBJ

inaugural meeting drew 19 attendees. The group’s size has fluctuated widely throughout its history. Every Monday morning, St. Louis County job seekers gather at the church on Claymont Drive for interesting and informative presentations on topics relevant to business professionals in career transitions. A lifetime membership of $25 is the only cost to attendees. Wors said that during the last 12 months, attendance each week has averaged between 125 and 200 participants. “Going back to 18 months ago, we probably had 30 to 40 attendees each week,” Wors said. “Closer to the holidays, we’re seeing a downward trend compared to earlier this year, but it definitely holds steady at 100-plus people.” BBJ’s organizational structure is simple and straightforward. Retired business professionals volunteer their support as executive and associate executive directors. Personal and career counselors, a consultant and a secretary also offer their services freely on an ongoing basis. All are people “looking to give back.” BBJ committees include membership, programs, resources, arrangements, computer, interview, mailing, resume, telecommunications, public relations and

marketing, and alumni. Wors said job leads are shared with all members at the Monday meetings. Personal marketing advertisements, or mini-resumes that tout members’ professional backgrounds, skills and job interests, are mailed to hundreds of employers throughout the St. Louis area on a complimentary basis to those companies. Wors said resume reviews are designed to offer constructive feedback and critiques to members so they can strengthen their materials. Practice interviews also allow participants to sharpen interviewing skills. “We hear from members that BBJ is practically their lifeline,” Wors said. “Many people have been with the same employer for 20 years and don’t have a clue where to begin on a job search with 2009 circumstances.” Job search and personal counseling from professional volunteers help job seekers cope and plan more effectively. A resource library houses job search material and publications. Informal groups hold “brown bag” meetings at various locations and times during the week to enable members of similar professions to gain additional opportunities for mutual support, networking and resource sharing, Wors said. She said they recently focused on the

benefits of social media tools for networking. “Our handbook has gone into a disk form,” Wors said. “Actual job searches used to be conducted in such different ways. And now we’re evolving BBJ services to match the changing media.” She said they are upgrading the organization’s Web site and that they need to launch a new corporate sponsorship element to help complete the program. Wors said the average worker now will have 15 different jobs or employers in a normal work life. “What we’ve learned through BBJ is that it’s crucial to maintain your networks,” Wors said. “Once people get a job, they tend to focus only on that and not their networks. With today’s employment environment being so fluid, it’s simply wrong to let your network die.” She said BBJ organizers also have seen employers begin to realize the effects of turnovers and layoffs. Wors said one of the more noticeable changes is that, in general, BBJ was used only once in the past by each job seeker. Now, she said people generally land in a new job but return to BBJ’s services in three to five years.

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and rack with cooking spray. Broil the bell peppers on the broiler pan about 4 inches from the heat, turning until the peppers are charred all over. Or, grill whole bell peppers over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Put the broiled or grilled peppers in a plastic or paper bag and close the bag or put them in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 5 to 20 minutes. Rinse the peppers with cold water, removing and discarding the skins. Cut the peppers in half and discard the cores, seeds, and stems. Blot the peppers dry with paper towels. Roasted bell peppers will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to four months. Nutrition analysis (per serving): 30 calories; 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 g monounsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 110 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 0 g protein. Dietary exchange: ½ fat. (Recipe reprinted with permission from “Light & Easy Recipes,” © 2008 by the American Heart Association. Published by Publications International, Ltd.)

Creamy Black Bean Stack Dip This no-bake, colorful recipe is from “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen.”

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1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup mild or medium picante sauce 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus sprig for garnish 1 medium garlic clove, peeled 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 container (12 ounces) fat-free sour cream 1 ripe medium avocado, peeled, seeded and diced 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced 1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Fresh vegetables, sliced for dipping Combine beans, picante sauce, juice, canola oil, cilantro, garlic, and cumin in a blender or small food processor, secure with lid, and puree until smooth. Place in a 9-inch pie pan and spread evenly over all using the back of a spoon. Top with remaining ingredients in the order listed. Serve with a variety of fresh vegetables for dipping, such as sliced cucumber, yellow squash, and bell pepper. Garnish dip with a sprig of cilantro. Fresh tip: Adding lime juice at the end prevents the avocados from discoloring. Nutrition analysis: 80 calories (35 from fat); 4 grams fat (0.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 125 mg sodium; 6 g total carbohydate; 2 g dietary fiber; 1 g sugars; 3 g protein. Dietary exchanges per serving: ½ starch, 1 fat. (Recipe © 2009 American Diabetes Association. From “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen.” Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association.)

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Held to a higher standard Eagle Scouts get a leg up on life’s competition By Amy Armour Eagle Scouts have left their mark all across the region in the form of service projects specifically designed to help local community organizations. Eagle Scouts have been contributing to the community for decades. “You can’t drive through (the area) without passing someone’s Eagle Scout project,” said Susan Toland, a Boy Scout leader and mom to a future Eagle Scout. “They are all over and you just don’t know it.” Nationally, less than 5 percent of Boy Scouts continued in scouts long enough to achieve an Eagle Scout rank in 2008, according to “It’s not easy,” said Sky Toland, who was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout in November. “The Eagle project is the hardest part. You plan meticulously and it’s complicated, but it’s worth it. It’s a really big honor.” The road to becoming an Eagle Scout takes an average of five years of preparation and hard work. To become an Eagle Scout, a boy must earn 21 merit badges, including 12 required badges and nine other badges that can be of a subject matter that interests him. “He must (also) provide leadership in his troop and he must demonstrate leadership by planning and carrying out a service project,” said John Vonder Harr, a local Boy Scout leader. Vonder Harr said the amount of time it takes for a scout to become an Eagle varies. The average age to earn the Eagle rank is 17.3 years old, according to “Some (complete Eagle Scout) in as little as 3.5 years and some finish in seven years as their 18th birthday arrives,” Vonder Harr said. “You cannot become an Eagle after your 18th birthday.” The service project is a key factor in earning an Eagle rank. Officials said that the Eagle Project is required to demonstrate leadership of others and provide service to a worthy institution that is not the Boy Scouts. They said projects can benefit schools, religious institutions or the overall community. Matthew Thomas, who is homeschooled, started working toward his Eagle when he was 12. At 14, he is only a couple merit badges away from achieving his goal. “Overall, I really enjoyed (earning) all of the merit badges,” Matthew said. “My parents helped out a lot on a lot of the badges and the leaders were very encouraging.” For his service project, Matthew chose to help the local food pantry, F.I.S.H., by constructing additional shelving to store donated food. To raise funds to construct the project, he held car washes and earned

“You plan meticulously and it’s complicated, but it’s worth it. It’s a really big honor.” Sky Toland, Eagle Scout money from odd jobs, like pet sitting. “I felt good about the project. It felt good that I was helping them,” Matthew said. Earning an Eagle Scout rank also helps the boys later in life — whether it is a college scholarship, a higher military ranking or a boost on a resume. “I could fill this page with stories of men that received job interviews ahead of others, resumes that received special consideration and military personnel being promoted faster due to being an Eagle Scout,” Vonder Harr said. “I would say that absolutely an Eagle Scout’s resume is more attractive than a similar non-Eagle resume.” Vonder Harr said there is a significant list of scholarships available for Eagle Scouts through universities like Columbia College, Mississippi State University, Lindenwood University, Texas A&M and the University of Louisville. Lindenwood University offers scholarships specifically for Eagle Scouts who meet the academic requirements — including a $6,000 to $12,000 tuition scholarship that can be renewed annually. Vonder Harr said religious organizations like the Catholic Committee on Scouting, National Jewish Committee on Scouting, the American Legion and the VFW offer money as well. “In my opinion, the real benefit of being an Eagle Scout is that people know Eagles can be held to a higher standard,” Vonder Harr said. “High moral and ethical standards, demonstrate leadership, ability to operate within a team, (be) self-sufficient and motivated; these are all qualities that an Eagle Scout has learned and demonstrated. Having these qualities would benefit anyone’s life or organization.” Officials said that Eagle Scouts are heavily represented in the military, service academy graduates, major professions, business and politics. According to, 35.5 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in scouting as youths, with 15.6 percent of cadets as Eagle Scouts; and 219 members of the 111th Congress participated in scouting as a youth and/or adult leader, with 21 achieving Eagle Scouts.

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8. 2008 X5 3.0 Bronze/Tan Auto, Htd Seats 2000 miles #12754 9. 2008 X5 3.0 Tan/Tan Prem Manual kBB $24,465 Our price $20,833 10. 2004 X5 3.0 White/Tan Prem Sport CW kBB $24,680. Our price $23,833 11. 2003 X5 3.0 Green/Black pls plw 71 miles #10076-1 12. 2002 X5 3.0 Blue/Tan Prem, CW kBB $15,500. Our price $14,318 13. 2001 X5 3.0 Blue/Tan Prem, CW kBB $14,325. Our price $13,633 14. 2001 740ia Blue/Sand Nav, Prem, CW. kBB $13,885. Our price $11,831 15. 2002 745ia Silver/Gray Nav, Prem, Sport kBB $18,381. Our price $18,250

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The gift of good taste Share treasured family recipes By SUZANNE CORBETT If the scramble is on to find that prefect, last minute gift, why not consider something from your kitchen? No, I am not suggesting anything that requires baking or cooking but rather something that often is overlooked: the gift of treasured family recipes. Cherished recipes that only Grandma or Mother knew how to make – recipes that define your family’s roots and are at risk of becoming forgotten or lost – would make a gift that will be appreciated for generations. “I regret not having my mother-in-law’s Sicilian Christmas cookie recipes,” said Pat Insalaco, who has spent years trying to locate recipes that would replicate those which disappeared. “No one thought to write the recipes down. I guess we thought we would always have them, but when Grandma passed on, her recipes were lost.” Chad Grimm, whose family is the keeper of vintage recipes that date back to the early 1800s, understands the value of preserving family recipes.



Pie recipe and my dad’s recipe for Roman Apple Cake. To prevent the loss of such family culinary treasures, act now. To begin, simply ask for a recipe. Do not forget to write down any family tips or history associated with it. For example, one family’s meatloaf recipe called for forming the meat into a large loaf, then halving the loaf before placing it in the baking pan. When asked why it had to be cut in half, the family cook replied, “It doesn’t. I only cut it in half because I didn’t have a pan large enough to hold it.” If the task seems a little overwhelming for this year, then plan ahead for next year. Since families gather at the holidays, now is the perfect time to solicit those cherished old recipes. Ask family members to write down their favorites and bring them to this year’s get-together. Better yet, before this year’s holiday gathering e-mail relatives and ask them to e-mail their favorite family recipes back to you. Even older family members often have e-mail accounts and can respond quickly. If compiling all of those recipes is not your cup of tea, then turn to the Internet for help. offers cookbook packaging that is perfect for preserving family recipes. These folks will assemble a family cookbook by sorting recipes and photos, and they even will send recipe requests to family members. They will organize the material, format it and produce a finished, spiral-bound cookbook. Next year, you will have a special gift for every member of the family.

“My mom and aunts along with their friends got together and collected family recipes and made a cookbook for everyone,” Grimm said. “They used it as a fundraiser for a group they all belong to. Copies where passed out as Christmas gifts. It’s a great resource and it has some of my favorite recipes – except my grandma’s homemade noodles. I have to get that recipe before it’s too late.” As a food historian, I present foodways programs that feature recipes and vintage cooking techniques, yet, I, too have lost family recipes simply because I did not Editor’s note: Suzanne Corbett is a food take the time to stop and write them down. historian and a regular contributor to West Lost forever are my grandmother’s Tamale Newsmagazine.














































































































































































































































































































































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Chesterfield-based National Christmas Tree Association promotes real trees By Jessica Wilson It is the holiday season and that means Christmas trees are going up in homes across the country. One organization that can offer tips and advice and helps promote the use of real trees is the National Christmas Tree Association, which some may be surprised to find out is located right here in Chesterfield, on Swingley Ridge Drive. The association represents more than 5,000 growers and sellers of Christmas trees across the country. “We allow the growers to learn things from each other and promote the use of real trees to consumers through our Web site, a blog and social media networking,” said Rick Dungey, a spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association. Among the growers the National Christmas Tree Association represents is Sundback Farms in West Virginia, which had the honor of presenting a tree to the White House this year. “A member of the National Christmas Tree Association has presented a tree to the White House since 1966,” Dungey said. The winning tree farm is selected annually at the National Christmas Tree Association convention held every August. “All of the trees are completely anonymous, and the first stage of judging is done by our convention attendees,” Dungey said. “Then with the highest vote-getters in each of the five tree categories, we invite the general public to come in and they vote on their favorites. Whichever one of those five wins becomes the grand champion and the winner gets to present a tree to the White House. To win the national contest, you really have to know what you’re doing.” The association also offers tips to consumers on selecting the perfect tree, caring

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for a live tree, holiday safety and how to recycle the trees. The National Christmas Tree Association also advocates the use of real trees over fake ones. “People who pick a real tree do so for a variety of reasons, the most common reason people say is tradition,” Dungey said. “It’s a way they create memories and they bond and they can’t get those same types of feelings by pulling a box out of the attic. If given the choice, I’m going to buy a real tree grown by a farmer in America rather than something made in China.” The other benefit to choosing real trees is that they can be recycled. “Because it’s 100 percent biodegradable, you can do a lot with it and there are a lot of great recycling programs in the St. Louis area,” Dungey said. “The St. Louis County Parks Department, for example, mulches up all the trees they get.” For more information, visit the association’s Web site at

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AWARDS & HONORS Marsha Medley, of Milder Musical Arts in Chesterfield, will have her composition “O Filii et Filiae” published in The Organist’s Companion, a bimonthly journal for professional organists. • • • Brian Seigel, director of advanced planning at Medley Brokerage Unlimited, Inc. and counsel with West County-based Affinity Law Group LLC, recently was recognized as one of Missouri’s top estate and business planning attorneys. Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognized Seigel as Missouri’s top lawyer in the category “Best Lawyer to Help You Write Your Willful Child Out of Your Will.” • • • Vividsites, a West County-based Web design and development company, is the recipient of a St. Louis Small Business Monthly “2009 Top 20 Under Twenty” award (given to 20 companies with 20 or fewer employees) and a Small Business Monthly “Best Web Design Firms” award.

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Christmas Eve

11am - 4pm



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you like – just ask. I’m comfortable By SUZANNE CORBETT cooking and sometimes will go into the Qayum Mohammad knows dreams can come true. “I’m living my dream,” said Mohammad, who co-owns kitchen myself to make a special custhe Kabob Palace with Reza Amadian. “I always dreamed tomer request.” Helpful servers guide novice diners of having my own restaurant, and I’m blessed with the through the unique menu of small success of our second, the Kabob Palace.” Mohammad first dreamed his dream working as a shoe- plates appetizers, generous entrees and shine boy at Old Warson Country Club, where he simply assorted kabobs. At a place named Kabob Palace, wanted to become a busboy in the dining room. Eventually, Mohammad became the dining room manager and served kabobs, of course, are a must-try menu visiting dignitaries and heads of state. In 2005, he opened item. Possibilities include beef, chicken his first restaurant, Sameem Afghan Restaurant, and in and lamb kabobs and exotic versions, such as the Persian Beef Kobedah December 2008, Mohammad opened Kabob Palace. The Kabob Palace menu focuses on foods with authen- Kabob made with seasoned ground tic Middle Eastern ingredients and emphasizes recipes beef strips, and the Afghani Chapli from the owners’ native countries of Iran and Afghanistan. Kabob, made with pan-seared, spicy Foods are rich in flavor and range from meat to vegetarian beef patties, any several others. Kabobs are served with the long-grain, fragrant Kabob Palace co-owner Qayum Mohammad. items that range from mild to spicy. “Iranian foods are milder than Afghani, which are spic- basmati rice grown throughout the ier,” Mohammad said. “But we’ll make your food any way Middle East and India. “We have more than kabobs,” Mohammad said, noting But before ordering an entrée, it pays to sample some that lamb is a house specialty. “We offer lamb in more of the small plate appetizers, such as the Sambosa, which Kabob Palace ways than you can imagine.” are triangular shaped pocket pastries filled with seasoned 14424 Manchester Road • Manchester Lamb Qabelli Palau offers a complexity of flavors rang- potato and scallions, deep fried and served with a tangy, (636) 230-8800 ing from sweet to savory. A seasoned braised lamb shank cilantro-based chutney sauce, or the Pakowra - Afghani Tuesday-Thursday: 11a.m. to 3pm (lunch); 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner) is plated covered with basmati rice cooked in lamb stock veggie fritters bound together with a chickpea batter. Friday: 11a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch); 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner) and garnished generously with sautéed carrots and raisins. For Mohammad, bringing the diverse cuisines of the Saturday: 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Karahi simmers chicken or lamb with tomato, garlic, Middle East has been a joy. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. green chilies and a special spice blend. Chalow, another “I love my job so much,” Mohammad said. “And I Lunch buffet served Tuesday-Friday traditional Afghani, recipe is a hearty stew prepared with will never become complacent and will always work to chicken or with kofta (meatballs). improve what we do.”



two entrees

Buy any 2 entrees & drinks at regular price & get $5 Off Excludes Daily Specials. Minimum $15 Food Purchase. Must Present Coupon. Not valid with other offers. Expires 12/31/09

Open Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 - 10:00 pm Friday - Saturday: 11:00 - 10:30 pm

14839 Clayton Road • Chesterfield


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Enjoy your favorite items or choose from our special New Years Eve menu Award Winning Latin American Restaurant Open for Lunch & Dinner • Private Rooms • Catering

This holiday season it’s best to give and receive! For a limited time, receive a $25 Bonus Card for every $50 gift card you purchase. 2020 Chesterfield Mall • 636-536-1151



Morgan Le Fay’s Solid Rock

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Tapas Bar & Tavern

Hearth Room Cafe

and BiStRo

Breakfast served all day on Saturday & Sunday

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Old TOwne eureka 129 S. CenTral eureka, MO 63025



Great food at reasonable prices

(reservation only)

Open New Year’s Day 8am - 2pm

kaffee HauS

a distinctively different neighborhood bar

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Elegant Private Parties

Gift Cards available

Open 7 Days 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Banquet Room (50 People) & Catering Available Book Your Christmas Party Now!


per person

Lunch Buffet



Lunch: Monday - Friday 11-2:30


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Evening Fare Starting at 4:30 Monday - Saturday Live Music Friday & Saturday 8-11pm


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for more info go to

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14314 South Outer Forty 314-317-9181

Two Happy Hours Monday - Saturday






One Year Anniversary Special



A Missouri Tradition


• Monday - $13 Buckets of Natural Light - 2pm-Close • Tuesday - Keep The Cup And Trivia $5 Jumbo Wells & $3 Jumbo Bud & Bud Light Trivia Starts At 8:30pm • Wednesday - Steak Day (10oz. Strip $8.95) • Thursday - BBQ Rib Day $8.45 • Friday - Fish-n-Chips $8.15 & Bass Pints $3.00 • Karaoke - Wednesday and Saturday • Happy Hour - 4-7pm Monday-Friday • D.J. - Fridays • Sunday Burger Madness - 1⁄2 lb. w/Fries $3.99 with Drink Purchase

136 Hilltown Village

What A Great Idea! il Bel Lago Gift Certificates.


Christmas Eve Hours: 5-9 New Years Eve Hours: 5-Midnight


$5 10” 1-Topping Pizza 

(while kitchen is open)

Watch Mizzou Tigers

Holiday Party trays available Carry out available

Play Navy @ Texas Bowl Live Dec. 31st at 2:30pm Beer Specials - Happy Hour Prices 


Japanese Sushi Restaurant (In the plaza with Trader Joe’s) Bring in this ad for

% 10 Off Monday - Thursday • Lunch & Dinner

 Kids 10 and under EAT FREE

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11631 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur T: 314.994.1080

(Wings, Nachos, Toasted Rav, Potato MONKEY
TER Skins, Chicken Tenders)

1637 Clarkson Rd. • Chesterfield

Italian Restaurant & Bar

Happy Hour Specials • 9-12am 
 $2 OFF Select Appetizers 


on olive street road near HigHway 40

(636) 537-1970

from our family to yours Happy Holidays


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4pm-7pm • 9pm-12am

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Total Check of $25 or More

8.95 Nightly Dinner Specials

Kabob Palace



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Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Cuisine


cup of coffee with any food purchase

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Tucked away in the courtyard by the fountain

A Memorable Dining Experience!

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1095 East Chesterfield Pkwy. 636-536-9440 (by Spring Hill Suites)

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Cafe & Hookah Bar

The Finest Steaks

In St. Louis!

New Year’s Eve

No Reservations Business as Usual

Tucker’s Place West soups • salads • paninis Hookah Bar Hours Monday-Thursday: 6pm - 10pm Friday - Saturday: 6pm - Midnight 1034 Old Des Peres Rd. Near The Des Peres Lodge



Nutrition & Coffeehouse


Fresh Organic Vegetable Juice Hummus Veggie Wraps • Organic Coffee Bar All Natural Fruit Smoothies Grass Fed Beef Personalized Gift Certificates Available for Individuals and Businesses

Monday - Thursday 6:30am - 6:30pm Friday 6:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 9am - 5pm • Sunday 11am - 5pm

17701 Edison Ave. #102 • Chesterfield

(636) 537-5858

Make Your New Year's Reservations Now!


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New Year's Menu ty in r a P & e c n Da the Valley & Par ty Hats rs Noisemake at Midnite

Live Music (Killer Wails)

Dancing at the Bar



$20 Purchase not valid with any other offers. Expires December 31, 2009

100 Holloway Road • Ballwin, 63011 636.220.8989 live music • catering • private events

Winner of Best of Chesterfield for Best Appetizer

Steaks • Seafood Sandwiches

14282 Manchester Road in Manchester (One block east of 141)

Open Mon.-Fri., 11a.m. - Midnight Sat., Noon - Midnight • Sun, 4.-10p.m.

(636) 227-8062 Appetizers • Soups Salads

Celebrate New Year’s Eve All Week Long! Sunday, December 27th - Wednesday, December 30th Choose one free appetizer, dessert or 2 glasses of wine from the BV Coastal Estates collection with the purchase of 2 entrees (excludes Lobster Bites, Quesadillas, and 2 lb. Wings)

Thursday, December 31st - -Sunday, January 3rd

“New Year’s Sweetheart Package” includes spinach artichoke dip, 2 filets (includes salads and baked potatoes) and dessert of choice for $47.95! (a $60.00 value). No substitutions and not valid with any other offer.

Opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st Open: Mon - Thurs: 5-10p.m. Fri & Sat: 5-11p.m. Sun: 11-8p.m.

(Just North of Wild Horse Creek Road on Long Road)

For more information...Visit Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-7p.m. BAR ONLY! $2 Longnecks, domestic only • $4 Signature Martinis 1/2 Price Well Drinks • 1/2 Price Import Drafts $4 Bv Coastal Estates Collection Wine

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Lunch • Dinner Private Parties • Catering

280 Long Road • Chesterfield


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Home Improvement

St. Louis

Remodeling Pros


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Holiday Decorating

Hauling Services

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


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Garage Door Services West County Garage Door Service. Proudly serving West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. No extra charge for Evenings and Weekends! Call 636-388-9774


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

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for Small Business & Individuals

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Home Improvement

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w/the purchase of whole house siding thru 12/31/09.



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Piano/Music Lessons

Painting Services


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Roofing Services

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2332 Wellington Estates Drive $539,000 Chesterfield Spacious, custom-built 1.5 sty home w/3 car side entry garage. 4BR, 4.5BA. Fin LL.

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16729 Chesterfield Farms Drive 2008 Woodmoor Ridge Drive $425,000 $418,900 Chesterfield Wildwood Charm abounds! Fabulous 2sty Oodles of updates and amenities! home, great curb appeal, 4BR, Charming 2sty, 4BR, 4.5BA, 3 car 3.5BA, 3 car garage! garage, fin W/O LL.

433 N Hanley Road 801 Chancellor Heights Drive 18335 Woodland Meadows Dr. $375,000 $349,900 $350,000 University City Ballwin Wildwood Dignified and historic updated Spacious ranch on private wooded Spacious 2 sty beautifully mainhome just blocks from downtown 3+ acre lot! 3BR, 2.5BA, W/O LL, tained! Fin W/O LL overlooks priClayton! vate yard. 4BR, 2.5BA! two decks!

508 Randy 808 Lesparre Drive 3429 Woolen Mill St $279,900 $259,900 $249,900 Creve Coeur Sparkling & refreshing! 4BR, 2.5BA Saint Charles Outstanding brick ranch! Location! 2 sty, updates & extras! Finished LL, 3BR, 2BA ranch in New Town! Large 3BR, 2BA, updates galore! Large private yard! covered porch, sunny screened-in level yard! porch! SOLD FAST!

127 Elderberry Lane • Wildwood This exquisite 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 1.5 story home has the highest upgraded elevation of stone and brick, is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac and located on a .54 acre lot in a premier community with pool, fishing lake, walking trails and a school! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding the details of this property please call 1-800-628-1775 ext.1056.

2162 Kehrs Ridge Drive • Chesterfield This meticulously maintained 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with 3569 square feet is situated on a peaceful, 1 acre level lot and has gorgeous architectural details! For free 24 hour recorded information regarding the details of this property please call 1-800-6281775 ext.1076.


280 Glandore Drive 811 Crescent Oaks Ct 343 Providence Road $245,000 $234,900 $224,900 Ballwin Valley Park Ballwin Unique 1.5 sty backs to trees! Sky- Great home in awesome location! Cape Cod charmer! Gorgeous lights & natural lighting! 4BR, 2BA, 2sty, 4BR, 2.5BA, updates, W/O woods floors, 3BR, 2BA, sun room, updated kitchen! LL, backs to woods! W/O LL! Location!

New Listing! Open 2-4 Sunday 12/20/09 406 St. Thomas Isle Harbors at Lake Chesterfield Manchester to Old Manchester Lft, to Pierside, Lft to Waterside, Rt. to Waterfront to ppty - Completely updated w/ HVAC, roof, siding , wood floors, finished LL w/ rec-room and two offices - Priced to sell fast at $286,000

Coleman & Cole Realty Connie Cole 314-503-4799

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110 Smith Drive 632 Homerun Drive 1 Nantucket $219,000 $101,000 $224,900 Ballwin O’Fallon Wildwood Pristine great room ranch on cozy Awesome ranch sits on almost half Spacious 2BR, 2BA 1st floor condo! cul-de-sac! Bright, open floor plan, acre lot with 4BR, 2.5BA, prof fin Fresh paint, updates, master suite, LL, & updates! private balcony! 3BR, 3BA!




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13429 Manorlac Drive Chesterfield • $137,500 Updated 3-level townhome in Chesterfield with 2brs, 1.5 baths and one-car garage. View of small lake. Community clubhouse, pool & tennis. Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155

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




873 Woodside Trails Ballwin • $182,000 Wonderful 3bd, 3ba ranch villa w/vaulted ceiling, frpl, new flooring, & fin. w/out LL! Large deck overlooks trees! Pool, Tennis & Clubhouse. low Condo Fees! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555

2080 Graystone Dr. St. Charles • $190,000 Fantastic open greatroom floorplan, hardwood floors, 3 bed, 2 bath, huge master suite w/ bay windows, fireplace, 2 car finished gar, close access to 70 or Page Ext. Call Janet Bourne 314-941-7633

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


Atrium Ranch with Pool

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

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

on 3+ acres near St Alban Country Club. High ceilings, 4 FP, split BR plan, gated drive, 4+BR,7ba, covered deck, patio, wooded lot. Fabulous views! $1,740,000


WILDWOOD Outstanding custom ranch,

3ac lot, 2sty great rm, wood flrs, gourmet kitchen w/granite, hearth rm, main floor master, Fin W/O LL, 4 car garage, deck & patio. Breathtaking! $899,900

1926 CHESTERFIELD RIDGE CIRCLE CHESTERFIELD Absolutely stunning 3BR/3.5b Villa. Beautiful wood flrs. High ceilings. High end finishes. Awesome gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appls. Prof fin W/O LL. $580,000

1415 HAARMAN OAK DRIVE WILDWOOD Wonderful 2 story in the Estates of Wildhorse Village. 4BR, 2.5ba, newer wood floors 1st floor. Updated kitchen cabinets and granite countertop, newer roof, 3c garage. $499,000


WILDWOOD 4BR/3.5ba country retreat

Stephanie Thompson Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 314-479-4555

Barb Woodham Robin Williams 314-346-2272 314-401-0155

Janet Bourne 314-941-7633

with wrap-arnd porch on 3 wooded ac. Granite, fin LL w/wetbar, 2 FP, 2 cg. Updates inc: maple cabs, wood floors, master bath, HVAC, HWH. $350,000

14361 LADUE ROAD CHESTERFIELD Large 2198 sq ft ranch. 4BR, 3ba located in award winning Parkway School District. Freshly painted and many updates. $289,000





1028 KEHRS MILL RD #2 (BALLWIN) Updated garden condo in building w/elevator. 2BR, 2 updated baths, newer kitchen cabinets, newer HVAC.$129,900 1605 FOREST SPRINGS LN #D (BALLWIN) 9 yr old, 2BR, 2ba condo has vaulted ceilings & classy decor. Basement garage. Pool in complex. $116,000 998 TARA OAKS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Custom 2sty,former display, great lot, inground pool, gourmet kitchen, hearth rm, 2stry great rm, lux master. $899,900 24 UPPER CONWAY CT (CHESTERFIELD) Fabulous amenities! Pristine condition! 2BR & study on main level. W/O LLw/media rm, rec area, BR. $850,000 15656 FERNCREEK DR (CHESTERFIELD) 2BR/2BA twnhm. Kit w/SS appl & lots of cabinets. W/O LL. Deck off brkft rm. Carport. $210,000 13508 COLISEUM DR (CHESTERFIELD) Spacious 3BR/2.5ba. Open floor plan w/LR/DR combination, breakfast rm w/galley kit. Deck, 2c carport $119,000 1579 TERRA VISTA (CREVE COEUR) Attached villa waÿiting for you to complete. Upgraded fixtures, wood flrs, luxury master suite, fabulous location. $350,000 13101 MILL CROSSING CT #202 (CREVE COEUR) 2BR/2ba condo. Move in ready. Light & bright. Balcony overlooks pool. Gas FP. Open flr plan. $215,000 590 SARAH LN #101 (CREVE COEUR) Newer carpet & paint in this 2BR,2Ba w/garage. Custom molding, newer windows & AC. Pkwy Schools. $117,500 575 FAIRFIELD VALLEY RD (ST ALBANS) Custom ranch on 5 + wooded acres. Lg great rm w/FP. Vaulted kitchen with wood flrs & center island. $639,000 1805 MISTY MOSS DR (ST LOUIS) Westport Crossing townhouse, 2BR, 2.5ba + loft. LR/DR, fin LL, storage, lndry, 1car gar. All appl, pool, tennis. $163,000 11510 SANDY VIEW (ST LOUIS CO) 1.5 sty condo 2BR+ 3.5ba, eat-in kit, DR, LR, 2 ba, main fl laundry, newer kitchen. Finsd W/O, multi decks. $189,900 12917 PORTULACA DR (ST LOUIS CO) Desirable 2nd flr condo offers liv/din rm with WBFP. Eat-in kitchen, den or 2nd bdrm. master suit, deck. $129,900 395 LARIMORE VALLEY DR (WILDWOOD) Custom 1.5 sty, 2.4 acre lot, inground pool, gazebo, porch, fabulous kitchen adjoins hearth rm. $1,999,900 16609 BARTIZAN DR (WILDWOOD) Fabulous cust built home with great rm. High ceilings w/striking detail. 4BR/3.5ba, hearth rm, lux master ste. $825,000 18321 ALLENTON TRAIL TERRACE (WILDWOOD) Gracious country living is yours at this lovely property surrounded by Greensfelder Park! 7ac. $735,000 1421 WILDHORSE PKWY DR (WILDWOOD) Pristine ranch. Extensive landscaping, vaulted grt rm, gorgeous kitch, gas cook top, lux master. $555,000 1626 HIGHLAND VALLEY CIRCLE (WILDWOOD) Beautifully appointed 2 sty. Charming decor. 2-sty entry. Large great rm adjoins sunroom.. $549,900 2011 WAKEFIELD FARM RD (WILDWOOD) A horse lover's dream! 4BR, 3.5ba ranch w/fin LL and walkout. 4stall horse barn. Wooded views. $439,000

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1507 PACLAND RIDGE COURT Wonderful 1.5 story, 5BR on gorgeous level 3.44 ac lot, 2 sty entry w/sweeping staircase, exquisite millwork & amenities thru-out. Updated kitchen w/adjoining hearth rm$1,149,900


1128 CABINVIEW COURT CHESTERFIELD Exceptional 7 yr young 2 story with 4BR plus flex rm, 4.5 baths. 9ft ceilings on main flr. Fin LL! Covered deck & patio. Expanded 3 car garage! Light and bright decor! $644,900


TOWN & COUNTRY (MASON VALLEY) Mason Valley- Fabulous updated ranch. Unbelievable pool, finished walk-out lower level. Expanded white/granite kitchen-high end appliances. $549,900

16807 WESTGLEN FARMS DRIVE WILDWOOD 2 sty, level fenced lot, great rm, FP, wet bar, built-ins & bay window, gourmet kitchen, main flr laundry, luxury master suite, spacious bedrooms, fin LL, 3 car side entry garage! $382,000


WILDWOOD Private 3 acre lot! Ranch with

4BR, 3 full baths and a 2car garage. Fin W/O LL, 2FP, updated kit, w/granite, vinyl siding and more. $304,900

1625 FAIRHILLS DRIVE Comfortable, 3BR/2ba on cul-de-sac. Updates include newer jet tub. Brk FP/raised hearth in lg FR/DR combo opens 2 patio. Pvt fenced yard. Fin LL. $199,900


Location is everything. 12835 CALAMAIDE COURT

MARYLAND HTS Fantastic 1st time

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buyer opp. Updated 3BR, 2BA, huge family roon with FP, private yard with hot tub, 2 car garage, newer roof & siding, on cul-de-sac! $186,000


MANCHESTER Family 3 bedrooms,

1 bath ranch situated on half acre. Open floor plan. Updated kitchen and bath. Patio overlooks private fenced yard. 1-car garage. $179,900

652 #201 EMERSON ROAD New construction in Creve Coeur! 1bedroom and 1 bath. Granite, stainless, wood floors and underground parking. $164,000


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