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St. Louis Hills Block Captain Program – August 2007

Growing Stronger Every Year |

In This Issue Block Capt. Chair Report


New Area Officer


16th Ward Alderwoman


President’s Report


Lawn & Garden Awards


Scholarships Winners


Rosemary’s Corner




Hope United Church of Christ


Art in the Park


Camp Happy Day


STL Hills History – Francis Park


Flower of the Season 12 Sauer Family


Calendar of Events



ell another summer is coming to a close and we as Chairs of the Block Captain program could not be any prouder. We notice that “The Hills” are becoming stronger in our people and traditions. The Lawn and Garden awards are out and the landscaping looks beautiful. The movie in the park, sponsored by Eagle Bank, was a great night and a wonderful turn out. Our

New Area Officer |

by Nancy Vordtriede & Mark Daly

upcoming events of Run for the Hills on September 15 and the Art in the Park on September 30 continue to grow in number every year. An old tradition that we are happy to see making its way back is our neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stands. What a great throw back to our childhood. With fall around the corner let’s start to look at slowing down from the summer rush and getting in touch with our neighbors. The best way to do that is with block parties. It is a nice feeling to have young and old socializing throughout “The Hills” season after season.   With St. Louis Hills projecting one of the strongest senses of community the city has to offer, it is apparent how much we as a neighborhood bond together to keep it that way. If we each continue to take pride in our homes, parks and surrounding businesses, then we will always preserve what St. Louis Hills has to offer.

by Capt. Mary Warnecke


am pleased to introduce Police Officer Anna Kimble as the new St. Louis Hills and Hampton/Chippewa beat officer. Anna is a 15 year veteran and was most recently assigned in the Third District. We previously worked together in the Child Abuse Unit a few years ago and Anna is a real go getter.   Like me she is a resident of the neighborhood and is committed to keeping our city safe. For those that do not know Anna, she will be making the rounds of the neighborhood meetings where you can meet her personally.


16th Ward Update |

by Donna Baringer, 16th Ward Alderwoman

August is when the schools in our neighborhood begin classes. This time of year is dangerous for young children because drivers have also had the summer off. Because of this, you challenged me to look for ways to address this issue. Beginning last year, I worked with City engineers to redesign the intersection of Jamieson in front of St. Raphael’s. Now a brick overlay crosswalk with a midway safe haven has it made it safer for anyone to cross the street. The new median will have a monument as well as landscaping being designed and to be maintained by the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association. I also applied for a federal grant to completely upgrade the intersection of Hampton and Nottingham. The design will make it safer for pedestrians and cars. I am very happy to tell you that they announced that we will receive this grant. But it doesn’t stop there, I also found a state grant called “Safe Routes to School” and am in the final stages of this application. If we receive it, the grant would offer funds for traffic safety education and enforcement in and around schools. Lastly, the partnership we have with the police also means that once again they will be out in full force issuing tickets the first few weeks of school, so SLOW DOWN. BUSINESS UPDATE Here is an update on new businesses in the 16th Ward; Lions Choice will be opening any day, located on Chippewa by Lansdowne. Louie’s pizzeria is scheduled to open at 5406 Hampton Avenue near DQ. And please visit the recently opened Francesca’s Antique store located at Nottingham and Macklind Avenue.

Run for the Hills - September 15 We encourage everyone to participate as a runner or walker. Monies raised this year, as always, will go to both Willmore and Francis Park for flowers, trees, landscaping supplies and overall park improvements.


SLHNA President’s Report |

by Carol Wilson

In a recent addition of the Southampton Neighborhood Association’s newsletter Ron Coleman wrote a column that listed ways Southampton residents could be good neighbors to one another. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I asked Ron if I could adapt his list to St. Louis Hills, so here is my version. 1. Attend a St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association meeting – the next one is September 20, 7:00 p.m., Word of Life gym. 2. Join SLHNA and become involved with an event or a committee. 3. Ask a neighbor if he/she is a member of SLHNA. Encourage a non-member to join. 4. Attend a block captain meeting—they are open to the public. 5. Offer to be a block captain if your block doesn’t have one. 6. Patronize a St. Louis Hills business and make sure to tell them you are a resident. 7. Tell a co-worker about St. Louis Hills. 8. Call 911 if you see suspicious behavior in the neighborhood. 9. Compliment a neighbor’s landscaping or home improvement project. 10. If your sidewalk needs repair, sign up for the city’s 50/50 Program. 11. Participate in a Francis Park clean-up – there’s one October 13. 12. Contact neighbors on your block who forgot to move their cars on street cleaning day. (This is one I wish someone would do for me!) Apply to the city for a tree if you do not have 13. one in the property right of way in front of your house. Set out bulk items right before bulk pick-up. Put 14. bulk pick-up items behind your property, not at the dumpster. Move someone else’s stuff away from the dumpster. Invite a neighbor, friend, or co-worker to join you 15. at Run for the Hills or Art in the Park. Bring a home-made treat to new neighbors. Share 16. with them your favorite neighborhood spots. Walk to a St. Louis Hills restaurant to eat. 17. Bring a friend to Hampton Chippewa Business 18. Association’s Bavarianfest on the Bank of America parking lot on August 23. Edge or weed your neighbor’s sidewalk. Shovel a 19. neighbor’s sidewalk after a snowfall. Take a walk in the neighborhood. Smile and wave 20. to a neighbor.

This is not a test, and no plaques will be rewarded to the residents who integrate all of these suggestions into their lives. You may even want to add to this list or make your own. But if we each extend ourselves just a bit to perform some small kindness to a neighbor or an act demonstrating community spirit, we can guarantee that St. Louis Hills will continue to be more than a residential area with architecturally interesting homes. It will remain a community in the strongest and best sense of the word.


September 20 @ 7 p.m. Word of Life Gym


2007 Lawn and Garden Awards |

by Nick Zervos


irst I would like to thank all the judges for their time and dedication in picking the winners. I couldn’t possibly do this without them. Thank you! If you would like to be a judge in the future, please contact me at or call me at 352-7313. Again this year we had homes that were judged to win just to find they are not members of the neighborhood association. It always amazes me that someone would take so much pride in their home, and then not participate in their neighborhood association. Please...It’s only $20! Anyway, here are the winners! Tracy Adams William & Helen Bozzay Gene & Barb Brantley Steve & Lorraine Brazile Jim Crabb Paul & Judy Enright Robert & Cheryl Jackson

6211 Winona 4920 McCausland 6744 Neosho 4715 Vienna 6206 Loughborough, Apt. C 4912 Tamm 5101 McCausland

Scholarship Winners |

Robert & Cheryn Kraemer Margaret Kuhn & Charles Pauli Robin Kundra Jim & Marian Riley Carl & Caroline Schwarzen Chris & Amy Severino Bob & Ellen Willner

6644 5942 6464 5950 6220 6538 6246

Devonshire, Apt. A Crane Circle Lansdowne Hilgard Place Walsh Neosho Delor

by Jeanne Magee

The 2007 SLHNA Scholarship Recipients are: - Katie Boul, who graduated from St. Gabriel and will attend Cor Jesu Academy. - Juliette Knopp, who graduated from St. Raphael and will attend St. Joseph’s Academy. - Emily Pfitzinger, who graduated from St. Gabriel and will attend Nerinx Hall High School. Congratulations on a job well done. All applicants were judged anonymously in the following areas: - Scholastic achievements and extra-curricular activities - Student essay on “Why I am deserving of this scholarship” - Community service - Letter of recommendation The winners will receive $600 to be used for high school tuition. The judges said the applicants were all very good this year and the decision process was very difficult. Thanks to all the students who applied and good luck in high school! We know all the students will bring the same enthusiasm to their high school that they gave to their grade schools and our community.


Rosemary’s Corner |

by Rosemary Spitler

TURN PORCH LIGHTS ON Reminder to all St. Louis Hills residents to turn on front and back porch lights from dusk to dawn. The cost is minimal and helps keep the neighborhood safe from crime. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Mark your calendars for a fun holiday evening on Sunday, November 25, 2007, 7 p.m., Francis Park, Childress & Nottingham, for the lighting of the St. Louis Hills Christmas Tree. Since Mother Nature destroyed our beautiful 60+ years old tree, this year’s tree will be smaller but the evening promises to be as festive as ever. FALL PARK CLEAN-UP DAY Saturday, October 13, 2007, 8:30 a.m., is the date and time for neighborhood park clean-up and flower planting in both Francis and Willmore Parks. Mark your calendar and plan to help us keep Francis and Willmore Parks beautiful. FRANCIS PARK HELPERS Thanks to Pat and Mike Mannhard for their help this summer in Francis Park. The lovely corner and creek bed flower plantings are due to the planting designs of the area captains and to Pat and Mike for keeping them watered thru the dry summer. As they return to school, thanks to Dan Burghoff for coming to our rescue and taking over the plant watering task for the month of August. NEW FRANCIS PARK PLAYGROUND ADDITION Thanks to the generous contributions of Noodles & Company Restaurant, the new Webscape Climber playground equipment should be fully installed and usable by mid-August. A ribbon-cutting is being planned at the playground when installation is complete. A “GATOR” IN THE PARK The St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association recently purchased a used John Deere, Gator model, gas-powered utility vehicle. This vehicle will be used to help with park maintenance, event transportation and civilian park patrols. If anyone is interested in helping with park curfew patrols, call John Burghoff at 832-1626.


Refuse |

by DeAnna Murphy, 16th Ward NSO


he City provides trash and yard waste dumpsters in the alley. The City also provides roll out carts for areas that do not have alleys and/or dumpsters. If your dumpster or cart has been damaged or stolen, call Citizen’s Service Bureau at 622-4800 and make a replacement or repair request. Regular household trash is collected twice a week. Bulk pick up weeks and holiday pick up schedules are shown on a sticker on the dumpster. There seems to be ongoing confusion with regard to Bulk pick up and Yard waste. With regard to Bulk, please keep the following items in mind. BULK • No more than 3 items per household may be placed out each month.Each residential unit in a building is counted as household. • Refrigerator doors must be removed. Always consider the safety of others who use your alley, especially children. • Items MUST be places at least 3 feet away from the dumpster. Do not place bulk items up against or behind the dumpster. Regular trash trucks must be able to access, lift and replace the dumpster. • Smaller items must be placed in a container or bundle. No container or bundle may weigh over 100 pounds, be over 6 feet long, or over 2 feet around. Consider that the city staff must pick up the item to move it to, and place it in the truck. Example: A pile of loose lumber is many items; a bundle of lumber is considered one item. • Items should be put out by 6:00 a.m. on the 4th Monday of the month. The pick up may not be on Monday, but will be one day during that week. If by Friday of your pickup week items remain in the alley please call Citizens Service Bureau at 422-4800 and report that your bulk pick up was missed. • In the 16th ward, Bulk pick up is the 4th Monday of the month. Holiday pick up schedules are shown on a sticker on the dumpster. • Large items may be disposed of at any time of the month by taking them to one of two City Refuse Transfer Stations. Items may be taken to the South Transfer station at 4100 S. First Street or the North Transfer Station at 201 N. Humbolt Avenue. The hours are M-F 9:00 a.Mm. to 4:00 p.m. City residents must show proof of residence by displaying either a current driver’s license with a city address or paid property tax receipt. YARD WASTE • Yard waste is considered to be products of vegetation. Lawn clippings, leaves, bush trimmings and tree limbs cut to fit are the only items that should be put into the Yard Waste Only containers. • Processed or treated wood is not yard waste and should be disposed of as standard refuse or bulk if it meets the criteria. • Yard waste is emptied once a week during the spring and summer months and once a month (on bulk pick up weeks) during the winter. • Limbs longer than 6 feet should be cut to fit into the waste container. • Also limbs, leaves, gumballs and other yard waste should never be blown or swept into the street unless on designated leaf pick up days in the fall. To do so on any other days is considered littering.


Hope United Church of Christ |

by Joyce DeNeal

On June 25, 1944, sixty-three persons organized Hope Evangelical and Reformed Church. They had been gathering together for six months in the Nottingham portable public school building, under the leadership of several denominational officials, eager for a new congregation in the fast-growing area known as St. Louis Hills. The charter membership was held open until the end of 1944, by which time 154 persons had united with the congregation. Land was purchased on the southeast corner of Francis Park and ground was soon broken. The original cornerstone on the chapel side of the facility reads 1948, with the completed building dedicated in 1950. Growth of Hope Church was rapid and by 1952, plans were underway for a second building, which was dedicated in 1957. By the mid-1950s, Hope’s membership had topped 1000. In the mid1950s, Hope voted to become part of the exciting, new United Church of Christ, a denomination which incorporated congregations and institutions of the former Congregationalist and former Evangelical and Reformed heritage. Hope UCC is a vital, participating member of the United Church of Christ, locally and globally. Over the years, Hope UCC has invested much time and energy in outreach to the wider community. HopeMark Preschool, serving families with young children since 1971, was founded initially as a joint venture of Hope UCC and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Hope is deeply committed to such outreach partnership efforts as Habitat for Humanity, Lydia’s House, Doorways, Isaiah 58, Eden Seminary, Evangelical Children’s Home, United Church Neighborhood Houses and Emmaus Homes for those developmentally

disabled, as well as a joint venture with Gethsemane Lutheran Church in supporting coffee sales for a group of Panamanian coffee farmers. Hope is also dedicated to UCC justice and mercy efforts both local and around the world. New to the congregation is a growing effort to reach out to our Muslim neighbors in the south city and county area to cultivate opportunities for mutual understanding and dialogue. Hope’s teaching ministry is life-long; there are opportunities for Christian education for all ages, and Sunday worship services ground the sermons in Biblical texts that then are used as the basis for teaching for children as well as adults. The music ministry includes singing and hand bell choirs for both children and adults. Over the past several years, Hope has renovated its main sanctuary to include a new pipe organ and more flexible furnishings, has rejuvenated its small, historic chapel area, and has added a new playground and parking area to its campus. Lay leadership is strong and the congregation continues to seek new avenues to serve Christ in this new era. The current mission statement is apt – It is the mission of Hope United Church of Christ, inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, to engage persons in living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. Church contact information: 6273 Eichelberger Street at Tamm Ave. (314) 353-2288 Website: Pastors: Rev. Dr. David Mehl Rev. Dr. Sarah Fredriksen McCann


3 rd Annual

Francis Park in St. Louis Hills along the lily pond Sunday, September 30 | 10am – 6pm Artists | Neighborhood Restaurants | Music by Fanfare and Hudson & the Hoo Doo Cats Kid’s art with South City Open Studio & Gallery | Free Admission Visit for more information ----------------------

If you are interested in volunteering the day of the art fair, please contact Jamie Lenze at 752-2748 or Ann Layton at 752-3185. Eighth graders this is a great way to earn service hours!


Joyful Campers Bounce Into Camp Happy Day |


ome youngsters groan at the thought of summer school. But, if you‘re a student at Camp Happy Day, you smile at the thought. recently, one of our 7-year-old campers defined it as a “Place that you have fun but you must be happy to attend.” My teaching experience as a physical education teacher included DuBourg High School, Ritenour Jr. High, Ladue and Rockwood Elementary School Districts. While employed in Ladue I met Ruby Long who was a leader in special education and became a dear friend. She asked that I assess some children in her classroom who displayed gross/fine motor problems. Several months later she asked me to be a part of a grant in St. Louis School Systems where we worked for 4 years. At that time I had just married Whitey and planned to retire, but put those plans on hold and worked with her. The Camp Happy Day (CHD) story began in 1971. CHD is a unique 7-week summer program for children with ‘special needs’ ages 4-14. Campers usually are diagnosed with one or more of the following: learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, speech/language impaired with mild autism, Bi-Polar and Asperger‘s. This program boosts these youngster‘s skills and self-esteem in a positive and exciting environment. Studies show that students wit special needs retain on 40% of what they learned during the school year. CHD students not only retain previously learned skills, but they advance in academic growth. An individualized program is developed for each student based upon his/her abilities. Students have gained as much as two grades in reading after a summer at CHD. CHD (a not for-profit organization), was founded due to significant needs of children in the City, County and surrounding areas. We opened camp at St. Gabriel’s School (my parish of 52 years.) In June of 1994, Chuck Conover, then principal of Word of Life Lutheran School, heard I was retiring and encouraged me to continue CHD at his facility, and we have been there ever since. Sue Simons who had been with me for 14 years has assumed the role of executive director. Reading, math and speech/language are the core of the program that is punctuated with arts/crafts,

by Jane Mitchellette Hanneken, “Mitch”

physical education, swimming and field trips. The teacher student ratio is one instructor to 3 campers. The program is held 5 mornings a week and serves up to 80 campers. Olympic week is the finale which includes a picnic (at a former parent’s home), a visit by Fred Bird, and an award ceremony attended by family and friends. For many campers this is their first opportunity to excel and win. Credit for the camp’s success and reputation is due to the high quality of professional staff. All instructors have a Masters Degree in Special Education, work for Special School District of St. Louis County during the school year and have at least 15 years of experience in the classroom. Group leaders are college students, many from the St. Louis Hills area, who are pursuing degrees in education. We have a total of 29 staff members including volunteers. Parents often remark “My child learned more at CHD than he/she did all year at school.” One family moved to Connecticut from St. Louis and returns every summer for the 7 weeks of CHD so their child can continue the experience. This is the answer to many parents’ prayers. I still receive numerous emails from former students and this summer 3 former campers visited CHD and one even brought a long stem rose saying, “This is for all you did for me.” He will be joining the Marine Corp. in November. Another former camper graduated this past May Summa Cum Laude and works for Anheuser-Busch. All this makes our long hours of hard work worthwhile. CHD depends upon support from corporations, foundations, service clubs and personal friends to provide the finest educational materials and scholarship assistance for those in financial need. I am proud to be a 52-year resident and 37-year businesswoman in St. Louis Hills.


Could Francis Park Be Renamed Prisoner Park? |


et’s start from the outside in. Everyone knows that Francis Park is bordered by Nottingham on the North, Eichelberger on the South, Tamm on the East and Donovan on the West. The rolling hills and mature trees make this one of the loveliest parks in the city of St. Louis . The beautiful amenities, both new and old, make it one of the most desirable parks. The “old”, would include the lily pond, beautiful and majestic, this is literally and figuratively the center of our park. As a community, we have kept up this lovely piece of our park and added to its beauty. The mermaid statue was added to the center of the lily pond in 2002. It was made by artist Robin Murez. In true St. Louis Hills’ fashion half of the funds for the statue were donated by long-time former resident Terri Bearden, owner of Merb’s Candies and the other half was donated by individual donors in the neighborhood who will soon be recognized with bricks near the lily pond. Two years later, the benches flanking the pond were donated by neighborhood residents with some funds coming from St. Louis Hills neighborhood association. According Ann Layton, neighborhood Art in the Park co-chair and lifetime resident, the mermaid statue is made of rebar and concrete, covered by mosaic pieces. “Interestingly,” says Ann, “many of the mosaic pieces came from dishes and pottery from St. Louis Hill’s neighbors. My plates were used for the book,” she explained.   The playground was added not long after the park was built and it has been improved many times, most recently in 2006 with new equipment and a safety floor. The playground improvements are still in the works and scheduled to be completed soon. This important piece of the park has kept many children and grandchildren occupied and happy for years. In the early years, there were always summer programs in the park. There were four counselors, two men and two women. The men were in charge of the boys and the women the girls. The children played games, made crafts and swam in the pools.   The handball courts are original to the park and were repaired and renovated in the 1970’s by a group of avid neighborhood handball players. They couldn’t get the city to pay for the renovation, so they pitched in and raised the money and did the work themselves.

by Ann Zanaboni

The tennis courts are also original and well-used. The gardens and beautiful plant and flower areas are kept up by our dedicated volunteers. All in our entire entire park is a true gem that is clearly loved and nurtured by our community. One of the most interesting pieces of neighborhood history concerns this beautiful park. David R. Francis made a gift of 60 acres to the city. The deed was finalized in July 1917, and the most important restriction was that the property be used for Park and Recreational purposes only. It was also to be cared for by the city. Finally, it was forever to be known as Francis Park. World War I threw a wrench into park improvements, but the Director of Public welfare, Nelson Cunliff, announced a novel plan. Under his direction, first-time offenders from the City Workhouse were encamped on the grounds to do the landscaping, clean-up and other work that would transform a chunk of Francis Farm into a first-class city park. That’s right; our park was built by criminals. Cunliff assured the public that all was safe. “The men who will form the park colony are not criminals,” he told the Globe Democrat, one of St. Louis ’ original newspapers.  “They are men who have made but one bad step, have offended but once, and who want to live down that one mistake. They will be workmen serving out their terms as honest labor for the city.” Fourteen men arrived at the park on November 6, but Cunliff had arranged accommodations for forty. These fourteen men camped on Francis Park’s grounds to do the landscaping, clean-up and other work needed to transform a “rural” piece of land into a beautiful park. Twelve years later, News of St. Louis Hills, the community magazine, reported, “Over two hundred men started work on the parks beautiful transformation” adding tennis courts, a handball court, reflecting pool and other amenities “constructed around a beautiful Fountain Pavilion” which was on the site of the lily pond. With his unique scheme, Cunliff set Francis Park on the path to becoming the lovely park that it is today.   Another interesting fact about our park is the swimming pools that were once a part of everyday life in St. Louis Hills. According to Mrs. Pat Messmer, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, Francis Park sported not one but two swimming pools. These pools ex-


tended from the lily pond, south toward Eichelberger. According to her memory, “the pools were 3 to 4 feet deep throughout, and were meant for leisurely swimming and playing. Children used these pools as the main source of recreation in the summers.”

Caretaker’s office

Interestingly, what we now know as the maintenance shed that sits near the playground was the office for the “caretaker” of the park. According to Mrs. Messmer, “He was there everyday and I remember he wore a holster, with a gun. I never saw him use the gun, but we knew he was in charge.” The caretaker was there to keep control of the pools, take reservations for the tennis courts and supervise the day to day activities. Another longtime resident of the neighborhood, Mrs. Arlene Abkemeier Hoeynk said “The “parkee” was a crab. His name was Bill and he also carried a nightstick. He would patrol the park day and night. Bikes and dogs were not aloud in the park; therefore, if you wanted to use the pool or participate in the summer program you had to walk your bike to that area.” The pools were closed about 1949 or 1950 because of the Polio epidemic that was raging through the country. The pools were never reopened and were filled in many years later. Standing at the lily pond and facing south, you can still visualize where the

pools were because of the open flat space that is now part of the park. Cyrus Crane Willmore, Developer of St. Louis Hills, envisioned Francis Park as the true center of the neighborhood. He began building around the park and situated churches on each corner. In 1935, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic parish built St. Louis Hills’ first school which was expanded several times before the parish could build its Church, which was finally completed in 1951 at the corner of Tamm and Nottingham. Hope United Church of Christ at the corner of Tamm and Eichelberger started in one of the Nottingham school portable building in 1943. The present church was completed in 1958, replacing a chapel built on the site 10 years earlier. Ascension Lutheran Church is at the corner of Eichelberg and Donovan and dates back to 1936. The building was completed in 1940 with a school building added in 1951. St. Thomas Romanian Orthodox Church was built on the former site of Willmore’s real estate officed at the corner of Donovan and Nottingham in 1959.   Today, we can say our park is still one of the most beautiful open areas in the City. The 1 ¼ mile perimeter is used by hundreds of residents and visitors year-round.


Information was contributed by the St. Louis History Guild and Tim Fox, Author and Editor of Where We Live, a book about St. Louis neighborhoods.


The Flower of the Season |


by Jim Lesher

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The Sauer Family – Sweet On Hampton |


ne of the original police TV shows was named “The Naked City”. The tagline for the show was “There are 8 million stories in the Naked City and this has been one of them”. When I write articles about businesses and buildings in the neighborhood, I think of the unique stories behind the doors of the establishments. This is the story of the Sauer family building – 5200 Hampton Avenue. In 1960, Paul Blandina (the Sauer Grandfather) bought the building from Mr. Kreisel at Bevo Realty. There have always been 4 units in the building. The first unit housed the Velvet Freeze Ice Cream Store for many years. After it closed, a restaurant occupied the space for a short time. Then the Sauer’s moved into the location. Walter Sauer started his business in his basement in 1981. Sauer Packaging is a manufacturing rep. business which represents manufacturers of flexible packaging materials used by food processors as well as medical and foodservice applications. They have customers throughout the United States, yet all billing and shipping is handled by the manufacturers. His son Marty joined the firm in 1988, and they moved their business to the present location in 1993. Marty and his brother would journey with his grandparents to collect the rent money from the other businesses. Unit 2 (5204 Hampton) has been a tavern for years. While Grandpa Blandina would collect the rent and meet some friends at the saloon, he would bring the boys and they would play on the old bowling machine. The saloon was

by Steve Doss

called “The Pink Poodle” in those days. Currently, the “Double D Den”, owned by Dennis and Pam Fehrenbach occupies the cocktail lounge. Unit 3 (5206 Hampton) has always housed a hair salon called Continental Hair Fashions and the current operator is Jeannie Pappas. She has owned the business for over 20 years. Unit 4 (5208 Hampton) is Better Hearing Aids owned by Tom Sparrow. The Sauer family has been a great business neighbor for 50 years on Hampton Avenue. With their own business in their own building, the Sauers plan on staying for a long time! So, when you next stroll the 5200 block of Hampton, remember, you can have your ears checked so that you hear the gossip better when you have your hair “done”. Then, finish the day rehashing the stories of Hampton at the bar while you are having an afternoon cocktail!


Calendar of Events |

compiled by Steve Pariani

September 15

Run for the Hills - run starts at 8 a.m. at Delor and Donovan.


St. Raphael’s Scout Trivia Night 6-10 p.m. Call 352-8100 for info.

16 Hope United Church of Christ Book Discussion, Virgin of the Plains, 11:45 a.m. Call 353-2288 for reservations. 19/26 Fall Wednesday Nights of Hope, bible study classes 5:30 p.m. Light supper and class. Call Hope United Church of Christ @ 353-2288 for reservations. 28 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Flea Market Preview 6-8 p.m. $5 admission, 3 item limit. Call 832-3588 for info. 29 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Flea Market 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 30 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Flea Market 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EVERYTHING MUST GO! 30

Art in the Park @ Francis Park 10 a.m.-6p.m.

Octoboer 3/10

Fall Wednesday Nights of Hope, bible study classes 5:30 p.m. Light supper and class. Call Hope United Church of Christ @ 353-2288 for reservations.


Bishop DuBourg Triva Night 7 p.m. in cafeteria. Call 832-3030 for more information.

12-13 Bishop DuBourg Homecoming. Visit their website,, for more information. 13

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. $100 for a table of 8. Call 832-3588 for reservations.

13-14 St. Thomas 2007 Parish Festival 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12-7 p.m. on Sunday. 14

St. Raphael’s Fall Golf Tournament at Forest Park Golf Course 1:30 p.m. $65 per person includes golf, food and drink on the course and prizes. Call Dan 2 971-3428 for more info.

18-21 Bishop DuBourg Guild Theatre Production. Call 832-3030 for more information. 21

Hope United Church of Christ Book Discussion, The Memory Keepers Daughter, 11:45 a.m. Call 353-2288 for reservations.

November 3

St. Raphael’s PTA Auction and Dinner Dance. Call 352-8100 for info.


St. Raphael’s Parish Mission. Everyone is invited. Call 352-8100 for info.


Bishop DuBourg Annual Gala Dinner Auction. Call 832-3030 for more information


Hope United Church of Christ Book Discussion, The Thirteenth Tale, 11:45 a.m. Call 353-2288 for reservations.

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AUG 2007 SLHNA Newsletter  
AUG 2007 SLHNA Newsletter  

AUG 2007 SLHNA Newsletter