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St. Louis Hills Block Captains Program—February 2009 What’s Old is New Again — Sort Of… | by Carol Wilson & Nancy Vordtriede

In This Issue

The St. Louis Hills Block

US Army as an attorney. New Block Captain email address

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Captain Program has a half new co-chair team. Mark Daly has moved on to new endeavors and we want to thank him for all his service as Block Captain co-chair. Nancy Vordtriede is now joined by Carol Wilson (the former, but never old, president of St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association). Nancy and Carol have been friends and board members for several years, and they are looking forward to this joint venture. Here we go…

2d District Commander

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2009 Meetings

Stop Auto Theft

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6900 Chippewa Update

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NSO Announcement

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Mark your calendars for Block Captain Meetings on the following dates: May 18, August 17, and November 16. Join us at the May 18 meeting when Ed Bushmeyer, the City Assessor, will speak at about reassessments in the current real estate market.

Block Capt. Chair Report

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16th Ward Alderwoman

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Candy Cane Lane

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Calling all Classic Cars

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President’s Report

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In Memoriam

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Holiday Party Follow Up

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Christmas Tree Lighting

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Rosemary’s Corner

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Flower of the Season

2d District Police Business Association Alert 8 Support St. Louis Veterans

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Banking Queen

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Donut Drive-In Sign Preservation

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Newsletter editor

Mutt Mitt Update

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Advertisers Alert

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Calendar

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Her name is still Julie, only Julie Sturma has retired as editor and Julie Haines has taken over the job. We are grateful to Julie Sturma for all the hours she devoted during her tenure and we want to thank Julie Haines for stepping into the role. Our new editor serves in the

In the past, if you wanted to contact us, you had to do it by phone or in writing to the SLHNA post office box. How 20th Century! Now, you can email your comments or suggestions to us at: stlhillsblockcaptains@ gmail.com. Political signs ’Tis the season for political signs to dot our landscape in anticipation of the city’s primary (March 3) and general (April 7) elections. The longstanding St. Louis Hills tradition was to refrain from placing political signs on our lawns, but the US Supreme Court has ruled that these signs constitute free speech. As such, they are legal. While government can regulate the size and number of signs, as an association, we cannot outlaw them. It is important for residents to take an active part in the electoral process, but when the election is over, regardless of which candidate or issue won, the signs come down and we all move on as friends and neighbors. If you are interested in becoming a poll worker for

the St. Louis City Board of Elections or need other election information, please call 622-4336 or find it on the website at: www.stlelections.com. New Captain Although Captain Mary Warnecke remains our neighbor, she is now assigned to the 6th District. Captain Ronnie Robinson will now command the 2d District. We thank Captain Warnecke for her service to us and welcome Captain Robinson. That’s all for now. Don’t forget to vote in March and April!

Please join us at the next General Meeting on February 26 at 7 pm in the Word of Life gym at Jamieson and Eichelberger. See you there!

Write us! stlhillsblockcaptains@gmail.com


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16th Ward Update | by Donna Baringer, 16th Ward Alderwoman

We have been so fortunate in our community that we are a stable and sought-after area to live in. Our economy is now going to challenge us as never before. Let’s make an extra effort to support our local businesses and organizations as much as possible. It is unfortunate that some local businesses had to close their doors. We can do our part to slow further business closures by frequenting them as often as possible. There are two tools to make it easier on us to find out what we have in our ward as well as in the City of St. Louis. The St. Louis Hills Community Directory is now available and lists all our local businesses and organizations. The City of St. Louis has also prepared a shopping guide that lists every business throughout the city. If you would like a copy of either publication, please feel free to contact me at: baringerd@stlouiscity.com or at 641-8377.

What a Wonderful Season It Was! | by Bob Klasek

Once again, St. Louis Hills was the destination for those seeking spectacular holiday light displays. The 6500 block of Murdoch did not disappoint. We offered candy canes to those in cars that ever-so-slowly made their way down the block. We had live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, with our very own Steve Pariani on accordion and Christmas movies projected on a big screen TV. Although it was not the goal when we first lit the street years ago, visitors frequently wanted to make charitable donations. We began taking those contributions to the Salvation Army at the end of the holiday season. This past year, the Salvation Army Brass Band and their recognizable red kettle joined us to kick off an official collection weekend. They received a donation of over $3400 that we collected in December. They will certainly be back next year! We can’t wait to join them again! In fact, I think the trees have already been strung with lights!

Calling all Classic Cars! | by Nick Zervos

As you know, we had a very successful and popular First Car Show during last year’s Art in the Park event. We will hold another Car Show at this year’s event. This is an invitation to all neighborhood residents who own a classic car or truck to participate in this year’s Car Show. By “classic,” we mean pre-1980 vintage. If you have a vehicle you would like to display during this year’s Car Show, please give Nick Zervos a call to reserve a spot. You can reach him at 352-7313.


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SLHNA President’s Report | by Ken Crecelius

Neighbors, it has certainly been a cold winter so far, but it has not been cold enough to prevent people from coming to our winter events. The 9th annual Christmas Tree Lighting was a huge success with a crowd that matched last year’s attendance in spite of ugly weather. The new Qdoba, located at Chippewa and Lindenwood, kept folks warm with hot food samples. The Christmas Dance was also a success as neighbors and friends kept warm while eating and dancing the night away. We have exciting news! Our past president, Mike Banahan, is a candidate for the St. Louis Police Board. If you would like to help Mike, send a support letter to Governor Jay Nixon. Ladies, how would you like a date with a hunky firefighter? You now have your chance! Captain Don Rutherford of the firehouse located at Donovan and Sutherland is the Executive Director for the annual Firefighter Auction. All proceeds go to Backstoppers. Tickets will be available at the firehouse the first week in February. Good luck! Even with her busy schedule, our State Representative, Michelle Kratky, has begun sponsoring quarterly meetings with neighborhood leaders within the 65th District. The meetings’ purpose is for leaders to inform her of the many important issues within the district. The American Cancer Society has partnered with Bishop DuBourg High School for ACS’s major annual fundraising event, the Relay for Life. The theme is Southwest City Relay. ACS seeks helpers for the relay. If interested, you can contact Kate Hebron at 286-8100. Our General Meeting on February 26 will welcome a very special guest speaker, Police Chief Daniel Isom. As our new police chief, he is eager to meet with our neighborhood and talk with residents. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 30, our annual Movies in the Park. There is no charge, thanks to Judi Schulz and the folks at Eagle Bank. Art in the Park has become one of our most important fundraisers and signature events. As the event grows, more help is needed. Ann Layton and Jamie Lenze would like your help on the event committee and at the event. Please consider volunteering. You can contact Ann at 752-3185. Finally, it’s time for a Tip of the Hat to one of our many deserving behind-the-scenes volunteers. This month it is Jane “Mitch” Hanneken. For many years, Mitch has given her time for the neighborhood and the association. She serves in numerous capacities and volunteers hundreds of hours each year. Thank you, Mitch!

In Memoriam

It is with deepest sorrow that we learned our dear friend, Max Kaiser, Sr., a resident and businessman of St. Louis Hills, passed away on October 28, 2008. Max owned and operated Mueller/Kaiser Plating Co. on Hampton Ave. for forty-five years. He often remarked, “I’m proud of the spirit, culture, and atmosphere of St. Louis Hills.” Our community expresses our sincere sympathy to the family of Max Kaiser, Sr.


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Holiday Party Follow Up | by Nancy Svendsen, Holiday Party Committee Member

Our December 6 party went off with-

out a hitch. Thank you to the many people and organizations that pulled the party together:

St. Raphael’s for allowing us to use their facilities.

Joe Leisure of JRL Jewelry Co. for his generous donation of our most expensive (and bid upon) raffle item—diamond and white gold earrings.

Paul Beckerle & the St. Raphael’s Men’s Club for their kind loan of a big screen TV for the evening.

The many volunteers who helped with set up and clean up.

Santa Claus (Ted Gierse, shhhhh!) who assisted with the raffle announcements.

We also thank the following gift donors: Biggie’s, Brazie’s, Gringo Jones Imports, Joey B’s, Kreative Kakes, Missouri Baking Co., Qdoba, Sandy Bender Real Estate, YMCA, and Southside True Value.

Thank you to the dedicated Holiday Party Committee—Kerri Bonasch, Cindy Duda, Michelle Duda, Judith Hanses, Paddy Jacobsmeyer, Amy Kidwell, Sherry Love, Megan McKenna, and Nancy Vordtriede for their enthusiasm, expertise, and generosity. Most of all we thank Janice Starbuck, the Holiday Party Chairperson for the last six years. She has dedicated countless hours, stored the decorations in her home, organized everything, and motivated us with the gentlest leadership. It is not an exaggeration to attribute the success of this annual party to her. We could not, and likely would not, have done it without her!

Janice’s husband, Tom Scheifler, also deserves special recognition, especially for his unflagging dedication to our raffles! Although Janice assures us she has loved being our fearless leader, I think we have worn her out! Janice will step down as chairperson, but promises us that she will remain on the committee as co-chair for one more year. She hands the reins over to Sherry Love and we look forward to her enthusiasm and new ideas. Save the date! The 2009 party will be on December 5.

Ninth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting | by Rosemary Spitler

We extend sincere thanks to all who braved the cold weather to attend our Ninth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Francis Park on November 30. A large crowd enjoyed the beautiful tree lit with over 7000 sparkling lights. Tom Gilmore, Gilmore Electric, and Al Cody are responsible for the lovely design and decorations on the tree. Special thanks to them and to these people and organizations:

Dave Wiethop and Nestle USA for the candy and hot chocolate mix for everyone.

St. Louis Parks Department and Joe Vacca for their help with the bandstand.

Fredbird & the St. Louis Cardinals and Mitch Hannekan for arranging his appearance.

Qdoba Restaurant for providing free samples of their delicious tortilla soup and chicken gumbo. Starbucks for generously preparing and serving over 1300 beverages and for offering a free cup to all who brought their empty cup to the 6622 Chippewa store.

Ted Gierse and Kim Puleo for bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus.

St. Raphael’s Choir for the lovely Christmas caroling.

All the volunteers who helped with set up, clean up, carriage rides, refreshments, and traffic control.

The annual lighting is one of SLHNA’s more expensive events. They pay for the tree lights, carriage rides, reindeer visit, beverage service, Santa prizes, cookies, popcorn, and numerous administrative expenses.

Rosemary’s Corner | by Rosemary Spitler BLITZ SATURDAY CLEAN UP Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25 for the Operation Brightside Blitz Clean Up Day in St. Louis Hills. At 10 am, there will be bulk pick up, as well as trash and yard waste container pick up. Schedule your yard, street, alley, and neighborhood sweeping and clean up for that morning. If your block does not have an Operation Brightside block captain (a different role than the

SLHNA block captain), please sign up by contacting Rosemary Spitler at 3524885. Each block with an Operation Brightside Block Captain will receive free trash bags to use in your clean up efforts. Few blocks have such a block captain. If interested, please call! SPRING PARK CLEAN UP Spring Park Clean Up Day is Saturday, May 2 for Francis and Willmore Parks.

We will clean the flower beds and plant annuals for summer blooming. We hope to clean the playground area and rake around the tennis courts. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 am at the corner of Tamm & Nottingham for Francis Park and at the corner of Hampton & Jamieson for Willmore Park. If you enjoy the parks, please give us some of your time to maintain them. Call Rosemary at 352-4885.


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St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association

EASTER EGG HUNT PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association’s (SLHNA) annual Easter Egg Hunt in Francis Park. Children of all ages are invited to participate. There will be designated areas broken down by age group where the kids can gather eggs filled with candy and prize coupons. Children in 4th to 8th grades will search an extended area to find four prize eggs with a $25 prize each. As always, the Easter Bunny and his helpers will be on hand for photo opportunities with the little ones. We hope to see you all there! Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009 Time: 11:00 am Place: Francis Park Near the playground area P.S. Adults are welcome to come at 10:00 am to help set up. Many volunteers are needed. Any questions, call Peggy Stelzer at 352-1285. Thanks for your support.

Flower of the Season | by Jim Lesher “It ain’t easy being green” is a quote we have heard for many years from Kermit the Frog. In the flower industry, it seems that it is getting easier to be green. Previously, if you wanted green flowers, you took white blooms that were thirsty and put the stems in green dye. The color was absorbed and presto change-o! You had green flowers! This was very popular around St. Patrick’s Day or perhaps at a party for someone with Irish ancestry. In today’s market, many flower varieties are available in shades of green directly from the plant. Green flowers grow naturally in carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, gladiolus, and others. How did all this happen? We all know that we, as humans, constantly look for something different and the flower breeders around the world seek to provide this “something” for the floral industry. George Wieners, a leader in the business of breeding roses in Germany, says, “It’s not that difficult. We just take the purest white rose we have and begin to cross it with the wild rose that has some green petals.” With a little patience over 6-10 years, we have enabled the white petals to pick up chlorophyll, the green photosynthetic coloring matter of plants, in an amount great enough to have green petals. Thus we have green flowers when green has become such a popular color. Green in the flower business is popular as a color, but it is also important in an ecological sense. The greening of the industry has brought about many changes that reduce or sometimes even eliminate the toxic chemicals that have been used for treating the soil and to help reduce or eliminate pests that make flowers difficult to sell. Seeing to keep our planet “green,” growers in California, Florida, Columbia, and Ecuador, participate in socio-environmental certification programs to better manage our environment and create a healthier workplace for employees. As Kermit said, “it ain’t easy being green,” but it sure is good for our wellbeing and for our planet.


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2nd District Announcement | by Officer Don Veile, 2nd District Public Affairs Residents and Business Owners of the Second District: I am pleased to announce that Captain Ronnie Robinson has been selected as the new Captain of the Second District. Captain Robinson is a 19 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with previous assignments in the Seventh, Fourth, and Third Districts, the Special Assignments Division, the Juvenile Division, the Intelligence Division, and the Bureau of Community Policing. Prior to commanding the Second District, he served as a Lieutenant in the Crime Suppression Unit. Captain Robinson can be contacted by phone at 444-0111 or by email at rrobinson@slmpd.org. Congratulations to Captain Robinson on his recent promotion and assignment. We wish him continued success as the Captain of the Second District.

Stop Auto Theft | by Officer Don Veile, 2nd District Public Affairs DID YOU KNOW?. . . A vehicle is stolen approximately every 26 seconds in the United States, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That adds up to 1.2 million vehicles a year! Vehicle thefts are the nation’s number one property crime, costing an estimated $8.2 billion dollars a year. Whether or not your vehicle is stolen, everyone pays the price through higher insurance rates. In the City of St. Louis, a vehicle is stolen every 41 minutes. While we are pleased that these numbers are better than the national average, we are not satisfied, and want to do better. There was a time when you only needed to park your car in a well-lit area or have a car alarm installed. Unfortunately, times have changed, and car thieves are more determined than ever to steal your vehicle. A significant number of cars are stolen during the early morning hours when the owner is asleep and unaware of the theft. The auto could be used to commit additional crimes or driven at high speeds, putting innocent lives in jeopardy.

WHAT CAN I DO? . . . The St. Louis Police Department endorses and strongly recommends the “layered” approach to protecting your vehicles from thieves.

Layer 1—Common Sense, Costs Nothing

Lock ALL your car doors. Every time you exit your vehicle, regardless of where you are or how long you will be gone, make sure your car doors are locked.

Close ALL windows. Thieves have tools and other means to enter your car through even the smallest of openings.

Layer 2—Visible/Audible Devices

Visible and audible devices are the least expensive and probably the most important to have. Thieves want to avoid being noticed and do not want to spend much time stealing a car. They are more apt to avoid a protected vehicle. Here are some ways to let the thief know that his efforts will be difficult and he will draw attention to himself. Bar locks. This device is known as the “Club.” It is attached to the car’s steering wheel, making it impossible to steer the car. There is also a model that connects the brake pedal to the steering wheel, making it impossible to use the brakes. Both items are brightly painted, highly visible, and avoided by most car thieves.

Auto alarms. They are loud and attract attention—something the thief does not want. When the alarm is set, a visible light blinks, telling the thief that an antitheft device is installed on the vehicle.

Layer 3—Immobilizing Devices

Engine Disabler or Kill Switch. This device is hidden within the vehicle and cuts power to the starter when turned on.

Fuel Switch. When turned on, this mechanism stops the flow of fuel from the gas tank to the engine. The vehicle “runs out of gas” within a very short distance.

Layer 4—GPS Tracking Device

This device, installed on some car makes and models, is activated after your vehicle is stolen and helps locate it. It sends a signal to a satellite that gives you real-time tracking via the Internet. Log onto your GPS account online, click to “update location,” and view a map with the precise location of your vehicle. A satellite photo of the neighborhood is available in some areas. You may be able to disable the ignition and lock the doors.


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6900 Chippewa—What Has Been Done, What Must be Done | by Christopher Howard, Neighborhood Stabilization Officer

Much attention has been given to rental properties within the 6900 block of Chippewa.

For some time, there have been concerns about property maintenance and behavior issues. Recent criminal activity in the immediate area and surrounding neighborhoods has heightened pressure on owners of rental property to be even more cognitive of their tenants’ behavior and the depreciation of property value. Property owners have been given numerous citations for property maintenance code violations and most have complied with the minimum requirements. Several have been given considerable fines for not complying in a timely manner and others have been routinely seen in Housing Court. Numerous derelict cars have been towed by the city. There are 22 residential properties on Chippewa between Jamieson and McCausland. The majority of these properties have not contributed to our behavior problems. A small percentage of them are the source of most of these issues. Police respond when called and the City Counselor’s office has initiated Public Nuisance status to several properties. I have been in regular contact with business owners within this block, each of whom have had stories of witnessing suspicious or unruly activity and criminal behavior. All have expressed concern and a desire to work with neighboring property owners, police, and City officials to deal with this problem. To help properly identify a problem location, maps with property addresses have been distributed to assist in targeting consistent problem properties. Our need now is to have the coordinated efforts of residents, business owners, police, and City officials. Reporting suspicious behavior to police, calling the NSO for property maintenance issues, and monitoring and participating in Nuisance Court hearings are all key to success. Plans are now being made for a public meeting to include residents of Hillsland and Devonshire Avenues, as well as the business owners on Chippewa. The purpose of this meeting is to encourage this coordinated effort by informing everyone of what part they can play in reducing behavior problems and increasing public safety. Representatives from the St. Louis Police Department and the City Counselor’s Problem Property Unit will explain what they need to effectively abate a nuisance property. Information about this meeting will be discussed with the neighborhood association and updates on our efforts will be given to the executive board. If you have any questions, call Christopher Howard, Neighborhood Stabilization Officer, at 613-7023.

Neighborhood Stabilization Team

Residents in the City of St. Louis are required to remove the Roll-Cart from the right-of-way in the evening of your regular trash pick up. Failing to maintain these areas will result in citations and possibly fines from the City of St. Louis. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Christopher Howard, Neighborhood Stabilization Officer. 613-7023.


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2nd District Police Business Association | by Capt. Mary Warnecke, former Commander, 2nd District

The Second District has experienced a number of vehicle

deliberately trying to avoid apprehension from the officer.

break-ins during late evening and early morning hours. We request that you report any suspicious activity immediately. I also ask that you not leave any items in your cars such as GPS units, phones, or other valuables.

I strongly urge you to review the Auto Theft Prevention Safety Tips in this newsletter and to report behavior or activity that may seem suspicious. Remember that when it comes to protecting your neighborhood, who knows it better than you? You are the eyes and ears that we need. You can remain within your home, unseen, and provide witness information which can be critical to apprehension of a suspect or a perpetrator.

In order to identify and stop those responsible, we have several initiatives taking place. Typically, a car break-in is not something where a fingerprint technician would be called, however, due to the frequency of car break-ins, we are processing these cars. Additionally, reports normally taken over the phone are being handled by district officers to ensure a thorough investigation. Overtime units have been working late into the morning. Assistance from other detective units enables us to zero in on those responsible for these crimes. Within the last month, several arrests have taken place within St. Louis Hills and the Lindenwood neighborhoods. Two subjects were arrested relative to a garage burglary. Two others were apprehended while looking into vehicles. During the early morning hours of January 23, three subjects were arrested after stealing a vehicle and wrecking it while

THIEVES FROM TAKING YOUR CAR!

Support St. Louis Veterans! | by Janice Starbuck Desert Storm veteran Hence J. Forland helps other veterans.

After completing his Army service, Forland started working at the John Cochran Division of the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in St. Louis. During his 26 years at the VA Medical Center, he saw a need for transitional housing for homeless veterans. Forland, determined to change the lives of his fellow servicemembers and help them in their often difficult transitions back to civilian life, bought a home in the City of St. Louis intending to fix it up and provide an emergency shelter, as well as room and board for veterans in need. That home became the Windsor Transitional Home. The Windsor Transitional House offers spiritual support, transportation, job placement services, aid for substance abuse and resources for veterans to communicate with their families. The two-story, four-bedroom home, which is located within walking distance of the John Cochran Veterans' Administration Medical Center, also gives veterans easy access to public transportation, groceries and community resources. Veterans staying at the Windsor Transitional Home have a place to sleep, but they do not have a kitchen sink, a shower, an upgraded electrical system, enough storage, and other critical items every home should have. Windsor Transitional Home needs assistance to provide our veterans with a safe, warm, and dry environment. How can you help? It’s simple! HGTV, a cable channel, is sponsoring a contest highlighting eight community veterans’ homes around the country that need a helping hand. You can go to www.HGTV.com/changetheworld to vote for the Windsor Transitional Home to win the contest. Voting ends March 2. Support St. Louis veterans!


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St. Louis Hills Banking Queen | by Steve Doss

When Eagle Bank decided to build a branch across Ted Drewes at 6725 Chippewa, they sought Judi Schulz, the neighborhood banking queen, to run their operation. Judi and Lou, her husband of 44 years, are South Side icons. Judi, raised in the Carondelet area, moved only a mile with her husband to the Boulevard Heights neighborhood, where they have lived and raised their two children for the past 40 years. Judi learned the banking business at Southwest Bank under the watchful eye of Eddie Berra, one of her mentors. Her career flourished upon becoming the manager of Mercantile Bank on Hampton over 20 years ago. She jumped into the community with both feet! Joining the Hampton-Chippewa Business Association, Judi has held every office and is still on the board. A founder of the Second District Police Business Association, she has been on that board for 15 years and has managed the Police Recognition Luncheon for eight years. While building her civic reputation, Judi’s banking expertise became so renowned that one bank after another recruited her to run their neighborhood operations. So, like a blind milk horse who cannot get off her route, she has moved

from Mercantile on Hampton (1987-1993), to South Side National Bank on Chippewa (1994-2000), back to Hampton with Montgomery (2000-2002), and now on Chippewa since 2002. Judi ran Commerce Bank from 2002-2007 and has nested at Eagle Bank since 2007. While Judi moved to her new location, her husband, Lou, owned and operated LASCO Printing for 25 years. Eagle recruited Judi because they are a perfect match. Both are committed to quality service and neighborhood enhancement. Eagle sponsors the SLHNA’s Movie in the Park. The bank also sponsors Run for the Hills and Art in the Park. Eagle Bank and Judi believe that their location is not just a branch; rather, they operate as if they are a privately owned neighborhood bank where everyone knows your name, your family, and your banking needs. Personal touch, often not seen in today’s business world, is their mantra. If you are looking for a banking home where you will be treated like a member of the family, stop and sit down with Judi. By the time you leave, she will give you a big hug and a farewell to remember.


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Super Signage—the Donut Drive-In Sign Preservation | by Paul Ritter, History Committee Signs—what would we do without them? They serve a useful purpose in helping us follow directions and in providing information. They are often taken for granted. Lighted signs of all kinds loomed along the legendary Route 66 corridor beckoning the attention of tourists to stay the night, have lunch or dinner, get a car repaired, and to devour frozen custard and donuts. A blazing neon sign could attract a customer that might otherwise have passed by. There were dozens of these elaborate signs along the old route through St. Louis. A notable sign is located at the Donut Drive-In at Chippewa and Watson. It is one of the few remaining signs from the glory days of Route 66—the “Main Street of America.” Built around 1952, the huge neon sign served its purpose for years. We probably did not notice that it went dark over 20 years ago. The electrical parts and neon required replacement. As the years passed, the metal pole began to rot and lean a bit. Finally, the old pole could not withstand a storm two years ago. The sign had to be removed as its useful life appeared over. To replace or restore this old sign like it was in 1952 would be expensive. But who knew there was help? The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program provides funding assistance in the form of 50-50 cost-share grants. The program supports the preservation of significant and representative historic Route 66 buildings and structures. The old Donut Drive-In sign was definitely a candidate for such a grant. The owners and the Route 66 Association of Missouri met and put the pieces together for a grant application. Eight grants were awarded in 2008 and the Donut Drive-In was one of them. A qualified sign restorer was found and, after many months of refurbishing, the old sign looked like new again on a bigger pole that should last a lifetime. On November 1, the long awaited day arrived. The Route 66 Association of Missouri convened for their regular meeting at noon and later met at the Donut Drive-In for the grand lighting ceremony. The owners and restorer gathered to witness the culmination of their efforts. What a sight! A part of the past came back to life for all to see and admire. Stop by—repeat performances occur every day!

Mutt Mitt Update | by Dave Ehnes The SLHNA recently purchased six new Mutt Mitt dispensers for $400, installed through the efforts of Alderwoman Baringer. A few weeks ago, someone forced two dispensers open in Francis Park and lit them on fire. The SLHNA spends approximately $2000 per year to buy the Mutt Mitt bags. We are proud of the large usage by our neighborhood residents.


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Advertisers Alert Hills St. News! The new fiscal year for advertising in the finest neighborhood newsletter in St. Louis begins with the August 2009 edition. There will be only 16 spots available, so be sure to get your application in immediately – first come first serve. Here are the particulars: 1. 4 issues – August (2009), November (2009), February (2010), May (2010).

2. $140.00 for the fiscal year – 4 issues. (You must buy the entire year).

3. Business must be located in the City.

4. Size of ad is normal business card.

5. Deadline to submit ad information and payment is July 1. 3000 households receive the newsletter. If you are a local business, you cannot afford not to be in the newsletter. In case of an over subscription, your application and check will be returned immediately.

To subscribe, complete the following and mail with your artwork and check for the year.

COMPANY ______________________________________

CONTACT PERSON ____________________________________

ADDRESS _______________________________________

Phone __________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS _________________________________

BUSINESS CARD INCLUDED _______________________

Enclose check for $140.00 made out to SLHNA.

Mail to: Steve Doss 6217 Rhodes Ave. St. Louis, MO 63109

Questions: Steve Doss 481-2715 or sfdoss@aol.com


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Calendar of Events | compiled by Steve Pariani February 21

St. Thomas Romanian Orthodox Church Breakfast from 8:30-11:30 am. Serving pancakes, eggs, and Romanian pastries. $6 per person.

March 4, 11, 18, 25

Wednesday Nights of Hope educational series at Hope United Church of Christ. For info, call 353-2288.

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Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World at St. Raphael’s. For info, call 352-8100.

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Hope United Church of Christ participating in the Missouri History Museum Discovery Tour of Church Windows of Emil Frei. For info and reservations, call 361-9017. Trivia Night at Hope United Church of Christ. 7 pm. Tables of 8 are $100. For info, call 426-6916.

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Book discussion and lunch at Hope United Church of Christ at 11:45 am. For info, call 353-2288.

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Ecumenical Lenten Way of the Cross at the Francis Park lily pond at 10 am. Sponsored by the St. Louis Hills Clergy and Laity Alliance.

28-29

CYC Book Fair at St. Raphael’s. For info, call 352-8100.

April 12

Easter Breakfast at Ascension Lutheran Church from 7:30-11 am. Call 832-5600 for cost and info.

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Lunch and Learn at St. Gabriel’s Church from noon-1 pm. Topic is osteoporosis. Register by calling 353-6303, extension 125.

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Book Discussion and lunch at Hope United Church of Christ at 11:45 am. For info, call 353-2288.

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St. Gabriel’s Blood Drive in school cafeteria from 9 am-2 pm. Kids’ Trivia at Hope United Church of Christ. Call 353-2288 for info.

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Senior Citizens Day at Bishop DuBourg High School. For info, call 832-3030.

May 3

Bishop DuBourg High School Fine Arts Show and Spring Concert at 1 pm. Call 832-3030.

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Heidelberg College Choir Concert at Hope United Church of Christ at 7:30 pm. 45 member choral ensemble. For info, call 353-2288.

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Bishop DuBourg High School Annual Golf Tourney at Forest Park. Call 832-3030 to sign up.

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Lunch and Learn at St. Gabriel’s from noon-1 pm. Topic is vision problems. Register at 353-6303, extension 125.

Hills St. News is a quarterly publication of the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association’s Block Captain Program. Our address is PO Box 190314, St. Louis, MO 631196314. Our email address is stlhillsblockcaptains@gmail.com. Block Captain Committee Co-Chairs | Nancy Vordtriede & Carol Wilson Block Captain Committee | Brad Arteaga, Bee Danback, Dave Ehnes, Kathy Fernandez, Morty Jones, Bob Klasek, Steve Pariani, Carolyn Schainker, Chris Sexton, and Herb Wuertz


FEB 2009 SLHNA Newsletter