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I OPINION I 3<br />

“FALL” Into Savings at Mannino’s<br />

Good riddance<br />

The impending departure of Speaker of<br />

the House John Boehner gives the House<br />

Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish<br />

something. But an opportunity is not<br />

a guarantee. It is a little like a football team<br />

being first down and goal at the <strong>10</strong>-yard line.<br />

You have a good chance of scoring a<br />

touchdown from there – if you can get your<br />

act together. But you could also find yourself<br />

having to settle for a field goal, or for a<br />

missed field goal.<br />

And, of course, you can also fumble the<br />

ball and have the other team grab it – and run<br />

it all the way back across the field to score a<br />

touchdown against you. With Republicans,<br />

it would be chancy to make a bet as to which<br />

of these scenarios is most likely.<br />

Speaker Boehner had a tough hand to<br />

play, given the internal splits among House<br />

Republicans. But Boehner’s biggest problem<br />

was Boehner – a recurring Republican<br />

problem.<br />

Nothing epitomized Boehner’s wrongheadedness<br />

like an occasion when he<br />

emerged from the White House, after a conference<br />

with President Obama and others,<br />

to face a vast battery of microphones and<br />

television cameras.<br />

Here was a golden opportunity for<br />

Speaker Boehner to make his case directly<br />

to the American people, unfiltered by the<br />

media. Instead, he just walked over to the<br />

microphones and cameras, briefly expressed<br />

his disgust with the conference he had just<br />

come from, and then walked on away.<br />

Surely Boehner knew, going into this<br />

White House conference, that it could fail.<br />

And surely he knew that there would be<br />

an opportunity immediately afterwards to<br />

present his case to the public. But, like so<br />

many Republican leaders over the years, he<br />

seemed to have no sense of the importance<br />

of doing so – or of the time and efforts<br />

needed to prepare for such an opportunity<br />

beforehand.<br />

Whoever the next Speaker of the House<br />

is, someone should have a plaque made to<br />

put on his desk reading: TALK, DAMMIT!<br />

If the political situation in Washington<br />

is such that many of the expectations of<br />

Republican voters cannot be met, then at<br />

least take the time and trouble to spell that<br />

out in plain language to the public.<br />

Maybe the smug consultants in Washington<br />

don’t think the public can understand.<br />

But Ronald Reagan won two landslide<br />

elections by doing what subsequent Republican<br />

leaders disdained to do.<br />

In between, he accomplished what was<br />

called “the Reagan revolution” without<br />

ever having a majority in both Houses<br />

of Congress. He could go over the heads<br />

of Congressional Democrats and explain<br />

to the public why certain legislation was<br />

needed – and once he won over the voters,<br />

Democrats in Congress were not about<br />

to jeopardize their re-election chances by<br />

going against them.<br />

One of the secrets of Reagan’s political<br />

success was a segment of the population<br />

that was called “Reagan Democrats.”<br />

These were voters who traditionally voted<br />

for Democrats but who had been won over<br />

to Reagan’s agenda.<br />

Contrary to the thinking – or lack of<br />

thinking – among today’s Republican leaders,<br />

Reagan did not go to these Democratic<br />

voters and pander to them by offering them<br />

a watered-down version of what the Democrats<br />

were offering. He took his case to<br />

them and talked – yes, TALKED – to let<br />

them know what his own agenda offered to<br />

them and to the country.<br />

Today’s Republicans who proclaim a<br />

need to “reach out” to a wider constituency<br />

almost invariably mean pandering to those<br />

groups’ current beliefs, not showing them<br />

how your agenda and your principles – if<br />

you have any – apply to their situation and<br />

to the good of the country.<br />

You won’t swing a whole constituency<br />

of Democrats your way, and neither did<br />

Ronald Reagan. But he swung enough of<br />

them to win elections and to force Congressional<br />

Democrats to respect the “Reagan<br />

Democrats” he had won over.<br />

There are issues on which Republicans<br />

can appeal to blacks – school choice being<br />

just one obvious and important issue. And<br />

it is unlikely that all Hispanic voters want<br />

open borders, through which criminals can<br />

come in and settle in their communities.<br />

But unspoken words will never tap these<br />

sources of votes, nor perhaps even convince<br />

Congressional Republicans. And if<br />

the quarterback is unsure what to do, being<br />

first and goal on the <strong>10</strong>-yard line may not<br />

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But I’m afraid that we’re too late.<br />

Our liberties and strengths as a nation<br />

have long since been compromised. What<br />

hope remains is with our voting. Vote very<br />

carefully.<br />

I do, however, uestion Mr. Hill’s references<br />

to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as<br />

the goals to which we should aspire, and<br />

its use as the outline for his letter. The<br />

address was a politician’s doublespeak,<br />

hinting strongly at socialism (Karl Marx<br />

was an ardent supporter. Castro, Stalin and<br />

Hitler later heaped their praises on Lincoln)<br />

and longing for the “survival” of a<br />

nation that would be under his Whig philosophy.<br />

It was Lincoln’s administration<br />

that ironically represents the beginning of<br />

the very changes in America – the “divide<br />

and conquer” – which Mr. Hill laments. I<br />

recommend reading “The Real Lincoln”<br />

by Prof. Thomas J. DiLorenzo and I’d suggest<br />

to Mr. Hill that he might have instead<br />

used Madison, Jefferson, Paine, etc. to<br />

make his point.<br />

I totally agree with Mr. Hill’s learned<br />

reference to economics as a Civil War (sic)<br />

cause. We could add politics and sectionalism.<br />

But I would like to meet with him over<br />

coffee to have him explain to me why he<br />

also believes one of those causes of war was<br />

a “desire to end slavery.” I’d be all ears.<br />

Bob Arnold<br />

The root cause of<br />

big government<br />

To the Editor:<br />

No one among the political candidates<br />

is talking about the real issue that allows<br />

and promotes an overreaching government<br />

that threatens our liberty and our freedom.<br />

Everyone wants to talk about Planned Parenthood,<br />

government shutdowns (ha, ha),<br />

immigration, etc.<br />

While those issues are important, they<br />

are just symptoms of a common illness.<br />

This sickness affects all aspects of big<br />

government and our society. It allows the<br />

government to be what it is today. All of us<br />

must join together to fight the root cause<br />

and stop worrying about the symptoms.<br />

Once the root cause is addressed, 98 percent<br />

of the other problems will just disappear.<br />

Yet, none of the candidates for office<br />

are even addressing the real issue.<br />

The common enemy of freedom in this<br />

country is our paper currency. The government<br />

is no longer tied to the gold standard<br />

and now it can just print whatever money<br />

it needs, be as big as it wants, give away<br />

money it does not really have, and during<br />

this process it no longer needs taxpayer<br />

approval. Government officials create<br />

programs they cannot pay for, promise<br />

big entitlements that are not funded, give<br />

away millions to other countries, appropriate<br />

their own salaries, and then talk<br />

about bogus efforts (a.k.a. government<br />

shutdowns) to be responsible leaders of<br />

our country.<br />

In case you didn’t know this, after entitlements<br />

and debt payments, the entire government,<br />

every piece and parcel, is run from<br />

debt – trillions of dollars. Shut the whole<br />

thing down and we are still in debt!<br />

Does anyone take these politicians seriously?<br />

Study history. Our forefathers argued<br />

over this sort of central bank and government<br />

debt. Thomas Jefferson knew the<br />

evils that would occur and fought Alexander<br />

Hamilton over these issues.<br />

In 1913, with the establishment of the<br />

Federal Reserve Bank, our country left<br />

true free market capitalism and started a<br />

benign form of socialism that has grown in<br />

scope to what it is today. What happened<br />

next was the Great Recession (a result of<br />

the new banking system), and a bigger<br />

step toward socialism. The banks became<br />

insured by the government (a.k.a. the taxpayers)<br />

and the bailout roller coaster began.<br />

Now the people vote for a president<br />

based on what he can do for their wallet.<br />

This was never intended by the founders<br />

of our nation, but it is a side effect of the<br />

currency fiasco.<br />

Many freedom-loving people now sit<br />

back and say what a mess this country is<br />

in, and I agree. I encourage those who love<br />

liberty to stop chasing issues that will go<br />

away once we solve the real problem.<br />

If we want to remain a free sovereign<br />

country, we have no choice. We have<br />

to slay the dragon. We must suspend all<br />

other efforts and causes. If we do not do<br />

this, then we are just kidding ourselves and<br />

nothing of lasting value will happen in this<br />

or any future election.<br />

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News Briefs<br />

The annual O’Fallon Fall Fest takes place Oct. 9-<strong>10</strong>.<br />

O’FALLON<br />

Vandalism reported in September<br />

O’Fallon Police reported that 46 victims<br />

in O’Fallon’s Monticello subdivision<br />

were the targets of vandalism, with spraypainted<br />

graffiti discovered on their cars and<br />

garage doors in the early morning hours of<br />

Sunday, Sept. 20.<br />

Three male juveniles, ages 14 and 13,<br />

have been identified as the perpetrators of<br />

the vandalism. According to a statement<br />

released by O’Fallon Police, one of the<br />

juveniles was staying at a relative’s house<br />

in the Monticello subdivision, and the<br />

other two youths were spending the night<br />

with him. Two of the youths were taken<br />

into custody and the case was forwarded<br />

to St. Charles County Juvenile authorities.<br />

O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler<br />

described the vandalism as “a number of<br />

obscene words, obscene symbols.”<br />

“It wasn’t artistic,” he said. “It was malicious,<br />

and I might add, quite expensive for<br />

the homeowners to clean up.”<br />

At the Sept. 24 O’Fallon City Council<br />

meeting, several of the councilmembers<br />

advised residents to look out for each<br />

others’ property. Councilmember John<br />

Haman (Ward 3) told those in attendance<br />

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they spotted any more vandalism.<br />

“The police cannot take care of these<br />

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“Let’s keep our eyes open for our neighbors<br />

and for ourselves and for our city.”<br />

Street Dance, Fall Fest<br />

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Joe Dirt & the Dirty Boys Band will<br />

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Park. Admission and parking are free, and<br />

wine, beer, soft drinks, nachos and hot<br />

dogs will be available for purchase.<br />

Then on Saturday, Oct. <strong>10</strong>, return to<br />

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p.m., and browse vendors’ booths for<br />

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George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass<br />

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country, fiery Cajun and bluegrass music<br />

from <strong>10</strong> a.m.-noon. Helen Russell & Company<br />

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p.m. Russell is a former vocalist for Lee<br />

Mace’s Ozark Opry. In the gazebo, Madam<br />

Rosa will present her Museum of Natural<br />

Oddities at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free tours<br />

of the O’Fallon Historical Society’s Log<br />

Cabin Museum will be available throughout<br />

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Free kids’ activities include The Home<br />

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Free Fall Fest event parking will be available<br />

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Physically the existing center will grow<br />

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To ensure service delivery during construction,<br />

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“Our mission is to improve the health<br />

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A decision to close down lanes on North<br />

Main Street in O’Fallon could have consequences<br />

for the city if it wants to use about<br />

$2.5 million in St. Charles County transportation<br />

sales tax funds to build two major<br />

road projects.<br />

St. Charles County officials have said that, if<br />

O’Fallon decides to close two or three lanes of<br />

North Main Street north of Interstate 70, then<br />

county funds could be withheld for a proposed<br />

extension of Sonderen Street – from Eggering<br />

Drive to North Main – and reconstruction of<br />

a portion of Bramblett Road. But the county<br />

cannot put a hold on the city forever.<br />

County Executive Steve Ehlmann has<br />

said that if O’Fallon wants to narrow a<br />

portion of North Main Street, it simply<br />

could agree to abide by requirements for<br />

using the county’s money for Sonderen<br />

and Bramblett until they are built, and then,<br />

once the county money is spent in three to<br />

four years and the projects are finished, the<br />

city could do what it wants to North Main.<br />

“When it’s over, it’s their street and they<br />

can do what they want,” Ehlmann said.<br />

The Sonderen Road extension is particularly<br />

significant because it is designed to<br />

loop north of I-70 and take traffic off an<br />

already congested section of Main Street.<br />

The issue arose during the Sept. 13 County<br />

Council meeting when the council rejected<br />

amending an intergovernmental agreement<br />

for the two road projects calling for the city<br />

to agree not to narrow North Main Street.<br />

O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy asked<br />

that the county eliminate a requirement<br />

that the O’Fallon City Council pass a resolution<br />

by Nov. 13 stating that “it does not<br />

support a ‘road diet’ or other changes to the<br />

land configuration of Main Street or Route<br />

K that would reduce the vehicular traffic<br />

capacity of these roadways.”<br />

The resolution will not bind the city and<br />

could be ignored; however, other clauses<br />

in the agreements still would require the<br />

city not to narrow North Main if it wants<br />

to use county money for the two projects,<br />

county officials have said.<br />

Councilman Mike Elam (District 3)<br />

made a motion to amend the Sonderen<br />

and Bramblett agreements as the council<br />

was considering adoption of the county’s<br />

transportation improvement plan for 2016<br />

through 2018. The plan lists $<strong>15</strong>6 million<br />

in road projects funded by the county’s<br />

half-cent transportation sales tax.<br />

The plan had been recommended to the<br />

council by the county Road Board and<br />

includes intergovernmental agreements that<br />

have to be signed by municipalities and the<br />

county for 18 individual road projects.<br />

Elam said he has been assured by Hennessy,<br />

city officials and city council members<br />

that the city has no plans to shut down<br />

lanes along North Main. The idea of reducing<br />

lanes to allow outdoor dining in front<br />

of restaurants along North Main had been<br />

discussed in a consultant’s study, which<br />

has sparked controversy in the city.<br />

“If they would do something like that it<br />

would be extremely stupid because that<br />

area of road is extremely busy,” Elam said.<br />

But Elam also said the county may be putting<br />

“what if” conditions in a transportation<br />

project requiring the city to do something<br />

that “is going a little above and beyond.”<br />

“If they have no intention to do that at any<br />

time and it’s never talked about, what would<br />

they care if we have that in there,” said<br />

Council Chairman Joe Brazil (District 2).<br />

Elam said there is sort of a “big brother<br />

feeling” with the county telling a municipality<br />

what to do. Later in the discussion,<br />

Councilman Mike Klinghammer (District<br />

6) said even though a resolution is nonbinding<br />

for the city, it seems “dictatorial”<br />

on the county’s part, which is a situation he<br />

said he wanted to avoid.<br />

Elam and Klinghammer cast the only<br />

council votes in favor of a motion to eliminate<br />

the resolution requirements, which was<br />

rejected in a 5-2 vote. Ehlmann, Brazil and<br />

Councilman Joe Cronin (District 1) were<br />

less charitable toward O’Fallon’s request.<br />

Cronin, who is from St. Paul, north<br />

of O’Fallon, said Hwy. N south through<br />

O’Fallon and north of I-70 is a major route for<br />

county residents north of the city. He said it<br />

would be “lunacy” for the city to close down<br />

lanes on North Main Street because it would<br />

add to the existing traffic congestion. He<br />

added that there is a lot of “mistrust” of city<br />

officials by businessmen along North Main.<br />

“We’re not telling O’Fallon what to do,<br />

we’re just saying we’re not going to spend<br />

money on streets that run adjacent to this<br />

street (North Main) if you’re going to block<br />

this street up,” Cronin said. “If you want to<br />

block that street up so be it but we’re not<br />

going to give you $2.5 million to improve<br />

the side streets to do so.”<br />

Ehlmann said he understands that city<br />

officials would rather have the county allocate<br />

them money and leave them alone to do<br />

with it what they want. But the county represents<br />

both city and county residents, he said.<br />

He added that establishing conditions with<br />

cities for using county money isn’t anything<br />

new; it’s been done with the Fifth Street<br />

project in St. Charles and in other projects<br />

using county funding for years.<br />

Cronin added that the county could lose<br />

the trust of voters who have supported<br />

renewing the sale tax on the ballot. That trust<br />

could erode if the county allows O’Fallon to<br />

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Rascals’ stadium turf proposal: home run or foul ball?<br />

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The River City Rascals are proposing a<br />

change in turf – from natural grass to artificial<br />

turf at the T.R. Hughes Ballpark.<br />

At a work session on Sept. 24, the O’Fallon<br />

City Council heard a presentation from Dan<br />

Dial, Rascals’ president and general manager,<br />

about the proposed turf conversion.<br />

Dial started his presentation by addressing<br />

the team’s future.<br />

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there, we were struggling, (but) we’ve<br />

turned a corner. Our ticket revenue<br />

increased by 18 percent this year, our attendance<br />

went up by <strong>10</strong>,000 people.”<br />

Dial listed a number of outcomes that<br />

would result from converting the field to artificial<br />

turf, including lower maintenance costs.<br />

Dial also proposed a large increase in additional<br />

uses of the ballpark due to the durability<br />

of the turf. In 20<strong>15</strong>, he said 128 events<br />

were held at the ballpark. By 2020, with a turf<br />

field, he said that number could be over 200.<br />

Steve Gomric, general manager for the<br />

Gateway Grizzlies, joined Dial at the work<br />

session and spoke in support of the Rascals’<br />

proposal.<br />

“A grass field needs to rest; you can play<br />

games for six days, but you’re going to<br />

need to stay off of it for six days,” Gomric<br />

said. “With a turf field, you don’t have to<br />

rest for six hours.”<br />

The durable nature of an artificial turf<br />

field also could mean fewer games rainedout.<br />

And artificial turf would mean the field<br />

could be used for other sports, including<br />

lacrosse, soccer and football, in addition<br />

to concerts and conventions. The increased<br />

use of the field would impact O’Fallon<br />

businesses, according to Dial.<br />

“They’re eating in our restaurants, they’re<br />

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the ballpark’s patrons. “That’s something<br />

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Currently there is no formal proposal on<br />

the table; however, the city council will be<br />

discussing the matter moving forward.<br />

The current estimate is that the project<br />

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O’Fallon’s Director of Communications<br />

Tom Drabelle said the current lease with the<br />

Rascals says that the city does not have to<br />

investigate the feasibility of the funding and<br />

installation of an artificial turf until 2017.<br />

“If we do not install the turf, the rent<br />

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On Aug. 16, this mecca of calculated risk<br />

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Jayaram and Kannappan. The players had an<br />

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less than <strong>10</strong> minutes to complete their match.<br />

Kannappan was able to clinch the tournament’s<br />

$500 first prize and secure a spot<br />

in the Millionaire Open. He said winning<br />

the qualifier was important to him because<br />

last year, he lost in the final round in the<br />

same tournament, again against Jayaram.<br />

“Winning this tournament was really<br />

special for me,” Kannappan said. “It is like<br />

a reward for all the training I did and the<br />

amount of effort I put into the board.”<br />

Kannappan is using the prize money to pay<br />

for part of his airfare to and hotel expenses<br />

associated with the Millionaire Open.<br />

“The competition in Vegas is going to be<br />

really, really tough as current world No. 4,<br />

5 and 8 chess players have already registered<br />

and more grandmasters from all over<br />

the world will register,” Kannappan said<br />

before leaving St. Charles.<br />

This isn’t the first time Kannappan has<br />

traveled for the sake of his sport.<br />

He grew up in Madurai, India, and has<br />

been playing chess since he was 7 years old.<br />

When the time came to choose a university,<br />

Kannappan chose Lindenwood because of<br />

its proximity to St. Louis and the opportunity<br />

to compete in tournaments such as the<br />

satellite qualifier for the Millionaire Open.<br />

He found the school on a chess blog and<br />

was the second recruit ever for Lindenwood.<br />

He turned in his application and was immediately<br />

accepted into the chess program.<br />

“I miss my family, who I am only able<br />

to see twice a year. But by sacrificing<br />

time with my loved ones I’ve been able to<br />

improve on my game since moving to the<br />

states,” Kannappan said.<br />

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including 12 different countries ranging from<br />

Turkey and China to Iran and the Philippines.<br />

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International (Chess) Master and Lindenwood<br />

junior Priyadharshan Kannappan (Chris Bird photo)<br />

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a freshman and has been gradually growing<br />

ever since. Currently, Lindenwood has 13<br />

chess players on its roster, but Nesham said<br />

chess plays a secondary role to education.<br />

“Unlike larger universities, Lindenwood<br />

does not give out scholarships (for chess)<br />

but instead pays for the students’ room and<br />

board during tournaments. The school also<br />

pays for chess membership at the Chess<br />

Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.<br />

“The Chess Club is widely recognized as the<br />

premier chess facility in the nation and one of<br />

the best in the world,” said Nicole Halpin, the<br />

club’s communications coordinator.<br />

In 2014, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution<br />

naming St. Louis as the country’s<br />

Chess Capital due to the club’s work in<br />

raising awareness of chess and its benefits.<br />

St. Louis has become home to three of the<br />

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“The Chess Club and Scholastic Center<br />

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and the U.S. Women’s Championship,<br />

as well as the U.S. Junior Closed<br />

Championship in addition to the Sinquefield<br />

Cup,” Halpin said.<br />

The club is a member-based community<br />

center where players of all skill levels and<br />

abilities, from beginner to expert, attend<br />

free classes, participate in tournaments,<br />

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Kannappan said he often watched his<br />

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“I hope one day that I can earn the title of<br />

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He said being recognized by the World<br />

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A local soccer club that wants to develop<br />

its own athletic fields has kicked off<br />

another attempt to find a location in St.<br />

Charles County.<br />

Mike Woijek, president of the Missouri<br />

Thorns Football club, briefed the Dardenne<br />

Prairie Board of Aldermen at its Sept. 16<br />

meeting about approaching Great <strong>Rivers</strong><br />

Greenway with the goal of leasing space<br />

to build the fields. The space in question is<br />

the Bluebird Meadow area along a trail that<br />

sits beside Dardenne Creek within the city.<br />

Currently, the area is being leased for use<br />

as a sod farm.<br />

Great <strong>Rivers</strong> Greenway is a public parks<br />

district that is developing an interconnecting<br />

system of trails, greenways and parks<br />

throughout the St. Louis region.<br />

Dardenne Prairie Mayor David Zucker<br />

said the Thorns want to build seven grass<br />

soccer fields on the Bluebird Meadow<br />

property at its own expense. Two of the<br />

fields would be used for games and five<br />

would be used as practice fields.<br />

Woijek told city officials that the fields<br />

would help aproximately 350 young women,<br />

ages 4-18, to develop their playing skills,<br />

which could lead to college scholarships for<br />

some of them. The club is an all-girls soccer<br />

league associated with the Portland Thorns,<br />

a professional soccer team.<br />

Zucker said the city would manage the<br />

space perhaps as part of a public and private<br />

partnership if Great <strong>Rivers</strong> Greenway<br />

agrees to lease the property. He said the<br />

idea may be worth considering because<br />

the fields offer multi-purpose outdoor recreation<br />

space that the city is short of and<br />

private funds would be used. Woijek could<br />

not be reached for comment.<br />

The fields also could be used by city residents<br />

for other recreational activities such<br />

as lacrosse, rugby, kite-flying or other outdoor<br />

activities, Zucker said.<br />

No decisions have been made and some<br />

“misinformation” about the project has circulated<br />

in the city, Zucker said. He noted<br />

that nothing will be done without full and<br />

open discussion and public participation.<br />

The board’s next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, Oct. 7.<br />

Mike Sorth, director of conservation and<br />

community for Great <strong>Rivers</strong> Greenway,<br />

said no formal request from the Missouri<br />

Thorns for leasing the Bluebird Meadow<br />

property has been submitted. However,<br />

Missouri Thorns officials have inquired<br />

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Missouri Thorns seek new home in Dardenne Prairie meadow<br />

about the leasing status of the property and<br />

discussed their ideas with Great <strong>Rivers</strong><br />

Greenway officials, Sorth said.<br />

He said the lease doesn’t come up for<br />

renewal until next June and that residents<br />

and Dardenne Prairie officials would be<br />

consulted before Great <strong>Rivers</strong> Greenway<br />

would make any decision if they receive a<br />

formal proposal.<br />

The 62.41-acre tract on the west side of<br />

Hwy. Z is zoned agricultural with a 5-acre<br />

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Dardenne Prairie Alderman Doug<br />

Santos (Ward 2) isn’t leaving after all.<br />

Santos, who announced Aug. 19 that he<br />

was resigning his seat on the board to spend<br />

more time with his family, has agreed to<br />

stay on as an alderman,<br />

He made his decision after city officials<br />

learned that the only person to apply for<br />

the seat, Alan Johnson, has not lived in the<br />

city long enough to qualify. Residents have<br />

to live in the city for one year before they<br />

can hold a city elective position.<br />

Mayor David Zucker said on Sept. 21 that<br />

Johnson and his family rented a residence for<br />

a time that was outside the city limits before<br />

recently buying a house that is in the city.<br />

He said he and the board are happy that<br />

Santos can continue his service. “He’s a<br />

good guy,” Zucker said.<br />

Santos, who was elected to a two-year<br />

term in April 2014, is up for reelection next<br />

April. A St. Charles County police officer,<br />

Santos had previously run unsuccessfully<br />

to unseat former mayor Pam Fogarty in<br />

2013 before being elected in 2014.

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Fort Zumwalt School District officials<br />

are expected to decide in the next several<br />

months whether to place another property<br />

tax increase proposal on either the April or<br />

August 2016 ballot.<br />

District Superintendent Bernard DuBray<br />

said on Sept. 24 that a tax hike would help<br />

to insure that the district’s salaries for staff<br />

and employees would remain competitive<br />

and that the district can add staff.<br />

“We’re starting to fall behind the other<br />

districts in the county by quite a bit,”<br />

DuBray said.<br />

The concern is that, without competitive<br />

salaries, the district may lose qualified teachers<br />

and staff to other school districts. DuBray<br />

said the district’s teacher salaries now may<br />

rank behind the Francis Howell, Wentzville,<br />

St. Charles and Orchard Farm school districts.<br />

The district is running at a $2 million<br />

deficit and can shift some of its $16 million<br />

in balances to address the current situation,<br />

DuBray said. “But we can’t keep doing that<br />

very long.” He said the district may examine<br />

its options over the next two months.<br />

In April, district voters defeated a proposed<br />

48-cent property tax hike with<br />

6,311 voters or 47.97 percent voting in<br />

favor and 6,846 voters or 52.03 percent<br />

voting against. Voter approval would have<br />

allowed the district to cut its deficit, hire<br />

between 25 and 35 employees including <strong>15</strong><br />

new technology teachers, lower class sizes,<br />

improve curriculum and increase salaries.<br />

Despite the defeat, the district’s board<br />

agreed later in April to provide a salary<br />

increase averaging about 2.5 percent for<br />

teachers and to add 19 new teachers to meet<br />

federal and state requirements for special<br />

education students. Work also continues on<br />

projects funded from a separate $25 million<br />

bond issue that passed last April.<br />

District voters split on the ballot measures<br />

with the bond issue receiving 66.22<br />

percent of residents voting in favor of it.<br />

The bond issue, which required a 57.1 percent<br />

approval, did not involve a property<br />

tax increase. It is being used to build an<br />

early childhood education center and for<br />

upgrades to buildings and technology.<br />

“It (the 48-cent property tax proposal)<br />

lost by just two (percentage) points,”<br />

DuBray said. “You have to get the story<br />

and information out and you have to have<br />

credibility with the public.”<br />

Meanwhile, the board approved a property<br />

tax rate of $4.75 per $<strong>10</strong>0 assessed valuation<br />

this year at their Sept. 21 meeting. The rate is<br />

down from $4.85 last year. By state law, tax<br />

rates are lowered to offset any windfall from<br />

an increase in the district’s assessed valuation<br />

of about 3.6 percent this year.<br />

Most local government entities have<br />

until the end of September to set the tax<br />

rates that appear on tax bills and are due by<br />

the end of December.<br />

• • •<br />

Just two months after St. Charles County<br />

residents voted against a property tax hike<br />

in the Francis Howell School District, the<br />

district’s Board of Education has voted to<br />

give a tax levy a second chance to succeed.<br />

In a 4-3 vote on Sept. 17, the board took<br />

first steps toward putting a tax levy, similar<br />

to Prop Y, on the April 2016 ballot. Francis<br />

Howell is currently facing a $<strong>10</strong> million<br />

budget deficit.<br />

Concerns from an overflow crowd poured<br />

out during the public comment session. Parents<br />

said they were fearful that transportation<br />

would be reduced starting in the second<br />

semester of this school year, requiring parents<br />

who live within a 3.5-mile radius of the<br />

school to provide their students with transportation<br />

to and from school.<br />

Referring to Prop Y, parent Heidi Fuentes<br />

said, “I think its failure has brought awareness<br />

to the community that I think we all<br />

needed.” Fuentes went on to say she believes<br />

the community needs a tax levy of some sort<br />

October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />


Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell consider tax rate increases for April ballot<br />

to benefit the district for the children’s sake.<br />

But not everyone shared her enthusiasm.<br />

Board President Mark Lafata said he felt<br />

strongly that it was too soon to bring a tax<br />

levy measure back to the ballot. And, while<br />

the divided board took initial steps toward<br />

approving another ballot measure, the tax<br />

initiative will not officially be added to the<br />

April ballot until the board decides on the<br />

dollar amount of the tax increase. Meanwhile,<br />

to the relief of distressed parents,<br />

the board voted to cease proposed cuts for<br />

the current school year.

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Jodie Avery and Carrie Thomson peel and core apples before making applesauce with their<br />

students at Westoff Elementary in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day.<br />

Apples for everyone<br />

There’s more to celebrating Johnny Appleseed<br />

Day than delicious treats, though<br />

paraprofessional Jodie Avery and first<br />

grade teacher Carrie Thomson know that’s<br />

the best part.<br />

While the apples became applesauce,<br />

Thomson’s first-grade class at Westhoff Elementary<br />

was busy with several other activities.<br />

“We read about Johnny Chapman, and<br />

how he became known as Johnny Appleseed<br />

by traveling West and planting apple<br />

seeds everywhere he went,” Thomson said.<br />

“We read leveled texts about Johnny Appleseed<br />

and answer comprehension questions,<br />

we use our books as references to support<br />

our thinking. And we do math activities<br />

involving addition using our strategies.”<br />

But the real fun is in the treats.<br />

“We taste the three colors of apples<br />

and graph the class favorites,” Thomson<br />

explained.<br />

STEM Scouts offers new<br />

opportunity for scientific kids<br />

Instead of starting a campfire, a new kind<br />

of Scout may opt to learn the nuances of a<br />

Bunsen burner.<br />

The Boy Scouts of America, including<br />

its Greater St. Louis Area Council, is<br />

embarking on a new co-education program<br />

called STEM Scouts. The program will<br />

examine what goes on inside a laboratory<br />

rather than outside in the great outdoors.<br />

The local council is among 12 councils<br />

nationally that are implementing the STEM<br />

Scout initiative, which is modeled after a<br />

pilot program that took place in Knoxville,<br />

Tennessee, last year. Boys and girls, from<br />

grades three through 12, will work with<br />

STEM professionals at laboratory sessions<br />

held outside the regular school classroom.<br />

The program, while separate from the<br />

Boy Scouts program because its co-ed, will<br />

share the values of the Boy Scouts program.<br />

“The goal is to get youth more involved<br />

with (science, technology, engineering and<br />

math) outside of school, get them involved<br />

with STEM professionals and help them<br />

learn how it could be a career,” said Joey<br />

Stokes, STEM Scouts executive with the<br />

Greater St. Louis Area Council.<br />

Stokes said STEM Scouts is meant to<br />

“excite and engage youth that are not interested<br />

in the typical scouting program.”<br />

“So they might not want to go camping or<br />

might not want to do fire building, or they<br />

might not want to learn about the outdoors,”<br />

Stokes said. “This gives them a chance to<br />

do things inside, like in lab settings. It (the<br />

labs) might be at school, it might be at a<br />

YMCA, and it might be at a library.”<br />

Stokes said students will get to do experiments<br />

that challenge them while having fun.<br />

The students will be divided into elementary,<br />

middle and high school divisions and meet<br />

once a week for about 90 minutes. They also<br />

will have a curriculum that will change each<br />

year, but no tests, and they may be able to go<br />

on a field trip to a STEM business or location.<br />

Stokes said the goal is to have 400 to 600<br />

kids signed up the first year. The council<br />

also is seeking to form partnerships with<br />

volnteers, mentors, companies and other<br />

organizations that are involved in organizing<br />

STEM activities.<br />

Variety, the Children’s Charity<br />

brings ‘Mary Poppins’ to life<br />

Based on the timeless Disney film that<br />

introduced the world to the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,”<br />

Mary Poppins<br />

brings a surplus of joy and wonder to the<br />

Variety Children’s Theatre stage. Boasting a<br />

local cast of top theatrical talents and a children’s<br />

ensemble featuring kids of all ability<br />

levels, Mary Poppins runs Oct. 23-25 at the<br />

Touhill Performing Arts Center.<br />

Tickets range from $<strong>15</strong>-$45 and are available<br />

at www.touhill.org. Performance times<br />

are at <strong>10</strong> a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.<br />

23, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24<br />

and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25<br />

Top scholars<br />

Seven seniors from the Fort Zumwalt<br />

School District were among the 34,000<br />

students recognized nationally for their academic<br />

promise. They placed among the top 5<br />

percent nationally of the more than 1.5 million<br />

students who entered the 2016 National Merit<br />

Scholarship Corporation contest by taking the<br />

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship<br />

Qualifying Test last fall. Recognized were<br />

Justin Davenport, Jacob Herbst and Elizabeth<br />

Steiner of West High, Christopher Hodges of<br />

South High, and Ben Kramer, Yushin Lee and<br />

Justin Williams of North High.<br />

Building future leaders<br />

Recently students in the Builder’s Club at<br />

Fort Zumwalt North <strong>Mid</strong>dle held their first<br />

fundraising event, a Pancake Breakfast.<br />

Pancakes were flipped right onto the<br />

plates of patrons as they came through the<br />

door. If patrons weren’t fast enough the pancake<br />

went onto the floor, but no one worried<br />

about that because a broom was handy<br />

and it was cleaned right up. Students also<br />

cleared tables and talked about membership<br />

in their club to any young people who came.<br />

The Builder’s Club members raised<br />

enough money to buy new feet for their<br />

school mascot, Doogar.<br />

The O’Fallon Kiwanis Club supports<br />

three clubs in middle schools and two clubs<br />

in area high schools. Students in these clubs<br />

learn leadership and team building skills.<br />

They also build new friendships and learn<br />

about giving back to their community.<br />

Scholarship opportunities<br />

Progress 64 West will award scholarships<br />

totaling $7,500 to two area high school seniors<br />

attending schools along the Hwy. 40/I-64<br />

corridor. The awards are funded through the<br />

organization’s annual Louis S. Sachs Scholarship<br />

program and are awarded to graduating<br />

seniors based upon their submission of an<br />

executive summary of a business plan. Winners<br />

will be announced at the 28th annual<br />

Excellence in Community Development<br />

Awards benquet on November 25.<br />

Two college scholarships will be<br />

awarded as follows:<br />

• A $5,000 scholarship, paid in two<br />

installments of $2,500 – one for the student’s<br />

first year of college and another for<br />

the second year.<br />

• A $2,500 scholarship, paid in one installment<br />

for the student’s first year of college.<br />

The Louis S. Sachs Scholarship is<br />

awarded annually in honor of the late Louis<br />

S. Sachs, a visionary entrepreneur. Accordingly,<br />

Progress 64 West is looking for applicants<br />

who have entrepreneurial dreams.<br />

Applicants must be high school seniors in<br />

the Parkway, Rockwood, Francis Howell,<br />

Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville school districts,<br />

attend private schools or be home-schooled<br />

within these five areas. The scholarship is<br />

sponsored by American Direct Marketing<br />

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All applications must be received by<br />

Oct. 30 and should be submitted by email<br />

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If you are an opposing football team<br />

trying to score points against the Francis<br />

Howell defense this fall, good luck with that.<br />

The Vikings defense has basically stifled<br />

every offense they have faced in the first<br />

three quarters of the 20<strong>15</strong> season.<br />

Through the first five games, Howell’s<br />

stop crew has given up a grand total of just<br />

17 points.<br />

“Offense gets all the credit and headlines<br />

in the paper for scoring touchdowns but<br />

our defense has been lights out for weeks<br />

now,” Francis Howell coach Bryan Koch<br />

said. “They love getting around the line of<br />

scrimmage and playing physical with our<br />

front seven.”<br />

What is even more impressive is that<br />

Howell’s starting defense posted shutouts<br />

in each of the Vikings’ first three games<br />

and that group has only allowed a field<br />

goal in six games so far.<br />

The other 27 points were scored late<br />

against reserves in Howell’s 49-14 win at<br />

GAC South rival Francis Howell North on<br />

Sept. 11 and the Vikings 28-13 win at Timberland<br />

on Sept. 25.<br />

“Our front seven loves getting physical<br />

and our back four have been really solid,<br />

keeping things in front of them and not<br />

giving up big plays,” Koch said.<br />

Along the defensive line, senior standout<br />

Dirion Hutchins (6-3, 225 pounds) lineman,<br />

and senior lineman Matthew McClellan<br />

has wreaked havoc on opposing backfields<br />

with 39 tackles and 37 tackles heading into<br />

early October.<br />

Then there is the constant presence of<br />

bookend senior linebackers Justin Perkins<br />

(6-3, 230 pounds) and Ryan Perkins (6-3,<br />

225 pounds).<br />



Justin Perkins (#8) and Ryan Perkins (#41) tackle Fort Zumwalt West ball carrier during the<br />

Vikings 34-3 victory Sept. 18 at Fort Zumwalt West High School. (Mike Keithly/Kem Photography)<br />

Perkins brothers set tone for Francis<br />

Howell’s rugged defense this season<br />

That dynamic duo of brothers has given<br />

the Vikings a pair of contact-seeking tackling<br />

machines that few runners or receivers want<br />

to cross paths with at any time during a game.<br />

Justin has racked up 61 tackles with<br />

three sacks, and Ryan has 61 stops and two<br />

sacks heading into the start of October.<br />

“They can do a lot of things really well,<br />

can’t they,” Koch remarked. “It’s nice to<br />

have a 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker that<br />

runs plays like they do but it’s pretty special<br />

to have two of them. We’re really blessed<br />

and our four linebackers and our four linebackers<br />

are just unbelievable players.”<br />

Ryan Perkins credits the disruptive<br />

physical play of the defensive line with<br />

allowing the linebackers to excel at making<br />

plays. “Our d-line is just tearing it up,” he<br />

said. “Our d-line’s taking on blocks and<br />

giving us room to work.<br />

Justin pointed out that focus on each man<br />

doing their assignment well makes making<br />

plays possible series after series.<br />

“Everyone just doing their jobs,” he said.<br />

“We have assignments – if everyone does<br />

their job, then it’s pretty easy out there.”<br />

Koch, who has coached at Howell for<br />

seven seasons, said the success of the<br />

Vikings has always been based on having a<br />

hard-nosed, dominant defense each season<br />

and this group of defenders is among the<br />

top groups he has had.<br />

“We are very blessed right now with some<br />

very special defensive players,” he said.<br />

For the Perkins brothers and the Howell<br />

defense, the message to opponents the rest<br />

of the season is a pretty straightforward one.<br />

“We’re going to come ready to play every<br />

single game and we’re going to be ready to<br />

play and we’re going to play our hardest<br />

every single down,” Ryan said.



All Saints Catholic<br />

Elementary School<br />

Deborah R. Hake, Principal<br />

All Saints Catholic Elementary School has been<br />

instilling faith and knowledge for over <strong>15</strong>0 years.<br />

It is committed to being a school where Catholic<br />

faith permeates all facets of the education process<br />

and program. Prayer and worship are celebrated joyfully. As a community<br />

working together, All Saints strives to promote the development of the whole<br />

person. It is committed to providing an environment in which children can<br />

grow, and their social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development<br />

is nurtured. Through caring guidance and tutelage, students grow in selfesteem<br />

and self-discipline. In addition, All Saints provides a strong education<br />

through the formation of foundational skills, encouraging a growth mindset,<br />

differentiating instruction to reach all learners, and promoting and developing<br />

21st century skills. All Saints also offers extracurricular activities including<br />

National Junior Honor Society, Bellarmine Speech League, 6th Grade Camp,<br />

Shalom Club, Choir and an outstanding athletic program.<br />

All Saints Catholic Elementary School has as its slogan, “Rooted in History,<br />

Enriched through Faith, Dedicated to the Future.” They are presently enrolling<br />

students in preschool through eighth grade. Call to schedule your tour today.<br />

October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />



St. Joseph’s Academy<br />

Jennifer Feise Sudekum, Principal<br />

Since joining the SJA faculty in 2003, Jennifer<br />

(Feise) Sudekum has taught in and chaired the fine<br />

arts department. She has co-chaired the AdvancEd<br />

accreditation process, acted as moderator of the<br />

school’s literary magazine, served as webmaster for<br />

the Academy website, and been a member of several<br />

committees, including STEM.<br />

Her passion for Catholic education and strong interest in educational<br />

leadership led her to earn a second masters degree in Catholic School<br />

Leadership from Saint Louis University in 2014. She completed leadership<br />

internships at St. Peter’s Parish School in Kirkwood and at SJA and holds<br />

certification in Missouri as a principal.<br />

“Mrs. Sudekum integrates both a creative approach and systematic approach.<br />

She acts with deliberation and equanimity,” says Dr. Karen Tichy, former<br />

associate superintendent for instruction in the St. Louis Archdiocese and SLU<br />

Professor in Catholic Educational Leadership. “She is committed and faithful<br />

to both the professional and vocational dimensions of Catholic education and<br />

leadership. St. Joseph’s Academy will be blessed and strengthened by her<br />

leadership.” Jennifer Sudekum is a proud alumna of the Academy.<br />

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Living Word Christian School<br />

Keith Currivean, Head of School<br />

Mr. Keith Currivean, Superintendent of Living Word Christian<br />

Schools, has worked in educational administration for 25 years<br />

and as a bi-vocal pastor for nearly <strong>15</strong> years. Like all Living Word<br />

Christian School’s faculty he is committed to education and<br />

values young minds. Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Currivean<br />

is a graduate of Southfield Christian School, Wheaton College, Eastern Michigan<br />

University and Moody Theological Seminary. Currently, he is finishing a Ph.D in<br />

Philosophical Theology with an emphasis in Philosophy of Education. He holds<br />

degrees in music, theology, counseling and educational leadership. He and his<br />

wife, Eowyn, have six sons (one away at college and five at LWCS) and a 3-monthold<br />

daughter. Leading the LWCS faculty, Mr. Currivean encourages students to<br />

ask questions and discover the truth in God’s Word. At all Living Word Christian<br />

Schools, imagination is valued as much as perseverance, hugs are dispensed as<br />

willingly as teaching and, on any given day, students are engaged in learning,<br />

creating, writing, singing, watching and concentrating. Step inside any of one of<br />

the Living Word Christian Schools – preschool, elementary, middle, high school<br />

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Rossman School<br />

Patricia Shipley, Head of School<br />

Educating children age 4 through sixth-grade, Rossman<br />

provides a solid foundation in academics, athletics and the<br />

arts while emphasizing strong character development and<br />

leadership skills. Nestled on a 20-acre campus in Creve<br />

Coeur and equipped with state-of-the-art technology,<br />

Rossman implements a stimulating, carefully designed<br />

curriculum that inspires a love of learning. Rossman<br />

students are not only prepared academically, but they are prepared socially and<br />

feel more comfortable taking risks in the next stage of their academic career.<br />

An 8:1 student-teacher ratio allows Rossman’s experienced faculty to develop<br />

personal relationships with each child, and a small community of one class per<br />

grade provides a close, supportive climate. Through careful attention to the<br />

whole child, Rossman prepares students for responsible citizenship, meaningful<br />

participation, and strong leadership in a global society. To discover the value of<br />

a Rossman School education, parents should plan to attend the school’s Open<br />

House on Dec. 16 between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to observe students and teachers<br />

on a typical school day, and discover what makes Rossman so special. Campus<br />

tours, led by current parents who are eager to answer questions and share their<br />

perspectives of the Rossman experience, will be offered. For more information<br />

visit www.rossmanschool.org/events. To request a free Rossman School brochure<br />

or schedule a personal tour visit www.rossmanschool.org/info.<br />

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Celebrating the 20<strong>15</strong> Kevin Kipp St. Charles Irishman of the Year Award are (from left) John<br />

Wilson, Rocky Reitmeyer and Grant C. Gorman.<br />

Ancient Order of Hibernians honors<br />

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Grant C. Gorman says his education<br />

taught him several things that have stood<br />

him in good stead – given that he’s now<br />

been named the Irishman of the Year in St.<br />

Charles County.<br />

“I had a Jesuit education which taught<br />

me two big things,” Gorman, an associate<br />

circuit judge in the 11th Judicial District in<br />

St. Charles, said as he was accepting the<br />

Kevin Kipp St. Charles Irishman of the<br />

Year Award on Sept. 16. “One is if you<br />

smart off to a Jesuit priest, you better be<br />

able to move quickly. Two was that charity<br />

begins locally and at home.<br />

“That led down the path of public service.”<br />

An attorney for 20 years, Gorman, 48, was<br />

appointed to a new associate circuit judge<br />

seat by Gov. Jay Nixon in April. He also has<br />

served as a chief administrative law judge<br />

for the Missouri Department of Labor and<br />

Industrial Relations since 2006, as a county<br />

assistant prosecuting attorney from 1999 to<br />

2006 and on other civic boards including as<br />

president of the St. Charles city D.A.R.E<br />

board and as a member of the city’s Parks<br />

and Recreation board.<br />

Gorman said his education continued<br />

as he researched his family’s Irish heritage.<br />

Family names such as the Stewarts<br />

and O’Driscolls from Galway in Ireland<br />

emerged. He said the Gorman clan has<br />

roots in the Irish town of Kilkenny, and he<br />

noted that he continues to try to learn as<br />

much about his heritage as possible.<br />

He is active in the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic<br />

Association that promotes Irish sports<br />

such as football and hurling.<br />

The award that Gorman received is<br />

named after Kevin Kipp, a division member<br />

and St. Charles-based public relations and<br />

communications professional who passed<br />

away in 2004. Kipp was deeply involved<br />

in community affairs and local civic organizations.<br />

Gorman received the award at what<br />

St. Peters Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer, a<br />

member of the St. Charles Division of<br />

the Ancient Order of Hibernians, called a<br />

“green tie affair.”<br />

John Wilson, former president of the<br />

local chapter and the Missouri division of<br />

the Hibernians, introduced Gorman, saying<br />

that becoming a judge challenges a person’s<br />

patience, compassion, courage and<br />

creativity as he or she listens to problems.<br />

“Then after allowing everyone having<br />

their say, a judge must find a reasonable,<br />

practical, legally appropriate, just and<br />

socially responsible resolution that changes<br />

the lives for the better,” Wilson said. “All<br />

before the courthouse closes for the day.”<br />

Changing lives is a core mission of the<br />

Mike S. Roarty (St. Charles) Division of<br />

the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Its service<br />

includes working with and supporting<br />

local charities and organizations such as<br />

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St.<br />

Charles and the St. Vincent de Paul Society,<br />

along with working with veterans and<br />

other organizations.<br />

“We are here to do some good work as<br />

well as keep the knowledge and our history<br />

not just alive but vibrant,” Reitmeyer said.<br />

Keeping that history and work alive<br />

involves both men and women.<br />

Sandi Swift, president of the Ladies<br />

Ancient Order of Hibernians – John F.<br />

Kennedy Division, said that chapter works<br />

with a sister city in Ireland and with local<br />

charities. The women’s division has more<br />

than 70 members, many of whom are<br />

young women.<br />

She said interest in Irish history and culture<br />

often arises out of Irish families.<br />

“It all depends on how you were brought<br />

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Health Capsules<br />

The <strong>Mid</strong>west has the highest self-reported<br />

obesity rate in the nation, according to the CDC.<br />

Mapping obesity<br />

The recently released 2014 U.S. Centers<br />

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)<br />

self-reported obesity maps illustrate a less<br />

than healthy picture, especially for the<br />

<strong>Mid</strong>west, which at 30.7 percent had the<br />

highest prevalence of obesity in the nation.<br />

The maps show also that:<br />

• No state had a prevalence of obesity<br />

less than 20 percent.<br />

• Five states and the District of Columbia<br />

had a prevalence of obesity between 20<br />

percent and less than 25 percent.<br />

• Nearly half (23) states, Guam and Puerto<br />

Rico had a prevalence of obesity between<br />

25 percent and less than 30 percent.<br />

• Nineteen states, including Missouri at<br />

30.2 percent, had a prevalence of obesity<br />

between 30 percent and less than 35 percent.<br />

• Three states (Arkansas, Mississippi and<br />

West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity<br />

of 35 percent or greater.<br />

• After the <strong>Mid</strong>west, the regions with<br />

the highest prevalence of obesity were the<br />

South (30.6 percent), the Northeast (27.3<br />

percent) and the West (25.7 percent).<br />

To view the maps, visit cdc.gov/obesity/<br />

data/prevalence-maps.html.<br />

Natural sleep aid<br />

Before reaching for the sleeping pills,<br />

adults who struggle to get a good night’s<br />

sleep might want to first try something<br />

entirely natural, like a walk in the park.<br />

University of Illinois researchers found that<br />

men as well as all people aged 65 and older<br />

who have access to natural surroundings<br />

report better sleep than those who do not.<br />

Professor Diana Grigsby-Toussaint<br />

worked with scientists from the University<br />

of Illinois and the New York School of Medicine<br />

to analyze data on more than 250,000<br />

adults who responded to a U.S. Centers for<br />

Disease Control and Prevention survey,<br />

looking for a connection between days of<br />

insufficient sleep and access to green space.<br />

Asked about sleep quality in the previous<br />

month, respondents most commonly reported<br />

less than one week of poor sleep. However,<br />

those who reported they had experienced<br />

insufficient sleep 21-29 days in the previous<br />

month consistently had lower odds of access<br />

to green space and natural surroundings than<br />

those who slept poorly for less than a week.<br />

Interestingly, the relationship between<br />

access to green space and good sleep was<br />

much stronger among men than women,<br />

although nature appeared to serve as a<br />

sleep aid for women older than 65.<br />

Speculating on the findings, Grigsby-<br />

Toussaint said living near green space<br />

encourages higher levels of physical activity.<br />

She surmised that women may take less<br />

advantage of natural amenities due to safety<br />

concerns but said more research is needed.<br />

“If there is a way for persons over 65 to<br />

spend time in nature, it would improve the<br />

quality of their sleep – and the quality of<br />

their life – if they did so,” she concluded.<br />

“And specifically, our results provide an<br />

incentive for nursing homes and communities<br />

with many retired residents to design<br />

buildings with more lighting, create nature<br />

trails and dedicated garden spaces, and<br />

provide safe outdoor areas that encourage<br />

outdoor activity for men and women.”<br />

The study was published in Preventive<br />

Medicine.<br />

Scary report<br />

Most people will be victims of at least one<br />

diagnostic error – an inaccurate or delayed<br />

medical diagnosis – a report commissioned<br />

by the federal government warns.<br />

According to information released last<br />

month by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),<br />

the study found that while accurate diagnosis<br />

is key to quality healthcare, efforts to<br />

reduce diagnostic errors have been limited,<br />

and changes are needed.<br />

National Academy of Medicine President<br />

Victor J. Dzau called the report “a serious<br />

wake-up call” and said diagnostic errors “are<br />

a significant contributor to patient harm.”<br />

John Ball, chairman of the committee<br />

that did the study, said the problem is<br />

complex because so many people can be<br />

involved in a patient’s diagnostic process.<br />

“The stereotype of a single physician<br />

contemplating a patient case and discerning<br />

a diagnosis is not always accurate, and<br />

a diagnostic error is not always human<br />

error,” he said. “Therefore, to make the<br />

changes necessary to reduce diagnostic<br />

errors in our healthcare system, we have to<br />

look more broadly at improving the entire<br />

process of how a diagnosis is made.”<br />

Acknowledging that there is no easy fix to<br />

the problem, the IMO called for more effective<br />

teamwork among healthcare workers, patients<br />

and their families, calling patients and families<br />

“critical partners” in improving diagnoses.<br />

To help patients more effectively participate<br />

in the diagnostic process, the report includes<br />

a “Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis”<br />

that gives patients advice on how to tell their<br />

story well, be a good historian, keep good<br />

records, be an informed consumer, take charge<br />

of managing their healthcare, follow up with<br />

clinicians and encourage clinicians to consider<br />

other potential explanations for their illness.<br />

For more information, visit nationalacademies.org.<br />

Time to eat<br />

Recently implemented federal guidelines<br />

improved the nutritional quality of school<br />

lunches, but limited time at the lunch table<br />

is keeping some kids from eating healthfully.<br />

Harvard School of Public Health<br />

researchers found that students given<br />

fewer than 20 minutes to eat lunch ate<br />

significantly less of their entrees, milk and<br />

vegetables than those with more time.<br />

“We were surprised by some of the<br />

results because I expected that with less<br />

time, children may quickly eat their entrée<br />

and drink their milk but throw away all of<br />

their fruits and vegetables,” study author<br />

Eric Rimm said. “Not so; we found they<br />

3-2869<br />

got a start on everything, but couldn’t come<br />

close to finishing with less time to eat.”<br />

Noting that schools might not be able to<br />

lengthen lunch periods, the researchers suggested<br />

that school administrators look for<br />

ways to move students more quickly through<br />

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Coffee and the clock<br />

A jolt of caffeine a few hours before turning<br />

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about one hour, according to new research.<br />

University of Colorado scientists studied<br />

the effects of caffeine on five people who<br />

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Some participants were given the equivalent<br />

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rise in melatonin causes sleepiness.<br />

Melatonin levels rose about 40 minutes<br />

later in participants who drank the espressos<br />

than in those who were given placebos.<br />

Researcher Dr. John O’Neill said while<br />

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Researchers noted that the body clock, or<br />

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October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />




The Ferguson Effect<br />

Is racial unrest in St. Charles County reality or perception?<br />


bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael<br />

Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren<br />

Wilson last August has sparked an ongoing<br />

discussion of race in St. Louis – and that<br />

discussion is crossing the Missouri River.<br />

The “Ferguson effect” is raising untidy<br />

questions and causing people to wonder<br />

whether what happened in North St.<br />

Louis County is destined to repeat itself<br />

in St. Charles County.<br />

Looking for evidence? Some may be<br />

heard in the harsh words spoken in recent<br />

YouTube videos and by the man who<br />

made them. Some of it can be heard in<br />

how local residents talk about race relations.<br />

And some of it can be heard from<br />

the county’s leading elective official talking<br />

about “the lessons of Ferguson.”<br />

“You can’t stop the revolution,” says a<br />

speaker in one of the videos. He accuses the<br />

county and residents of trying to re-establish<br />

“Jim Crow west of Missouri River.”<br />

The speaker claims the county and its<br />

residents opposed, on the grounds of<br />

racial bias, the expansion of MetroLink<br />

light rail and the transfer of Normandy<br />

School District students to Francis<br />

Howell. He claims people moved from<br />

North St. Louis County to “white flight<br />

country St. Charles County.”<br />

St. Charles County, he says, is a land full of<br />

“racism” and he adds, “as long as residents are<br />

harassed, we’ll be out here.”<br />

“They can’t get no justice, you can’t<br />

get no peace,”<br />

the chant continues<br />

as the<br />

video ends.<br />

Umar Lee<br />

This wasn’t a street confrontation in<br />

front of a police line with a hint of tear gas<br />

wafting in the air. It was filmed from the<br />

deck of a suburban home in the Manors<br />

of Glenbrook subdivision in an unincorporated<br />

area near Lake Saint Louis. It<br />

was filmed at a backyard barbeque.<br />

Ferguson protester and former cab<br />

driver Umar Lee had been invited to the<br />

subdivision after a neighborhood dispute –<br />

involving a predominantly African-American<br />

family and barking dogs – escalated<br />

until racial accusations arose.<br />

Lee posted the videos on his Facebook<br />

page, and later, in an interview, he said he<br />

was there to help a family document their<br />

story. Among the videos posted is a clip<br />

where Lee is asked for identification by<br />

a St. Charles County police officer who<br />

Lee calls a “redneck racist cop.”<br />

“How am I a racist?” the startled officer<br />

asks.<br />

When <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> asked<br />

Lee why he lashed out at the cop, he said<br />

he has a quick temper.<br />

“I have a short fuse. My ex-wife used<br />

to say I don’t have a short fuse, I have no<br />

fuse,” he said.<br />

But, he said he and his family have<br />

received death threats and threatening<br />

emails from St. Charles County residents<br />

and has been harassed by police.<br />

“St. Charles County tends to be the epicenter<br />

of the pro-Darren Wilson set of the<br />

population,” Lee said. “There are some<br />

people who you can be diplomatic (with)<br />

and those people who can’t be, so you<br />

sometimes have to take a confrontational<br />

approach to get the issue out there.”<br />

Confrontation is nothing new for Lee,<br />

who was a fixture during the Ferguson protests.<br />

Bearded and white, Lee, 41, has been<br />

an activist for years, largely involved with<br />

Muslim religious protests and other causes<br />

until Ferguson came along. But Lee also is<br />

a North County native who saw his old<br />

stomping grounds change. He grew<br />

up in Glasgow Village, Black Jack<br />

and Florissant, and said he was a<br />

wrestler at McCluer North High<br />

School. Growing up wasn’t<br />

always pleasant or accepting<br />

for someone who converted<br />

to Islam at age 17.<br />

But his outlook and world<br />

view reflects his blue-collar<br />

roots, he said.<br />

“In some ways, I felt<br />

traumatized growing up<br />

in North County,” he said.<br />

“There is not a lot of freedom<br />

to be different, not a lot of freedom<br />

to be independent, not a lot of freedom to<br />

pursue other things in life.”<br />

He said he has lived in Brooklyn,<br />

Queens and Washington, D.C., and has a<br />

trace of an eastern accent when he speaks.<br />

“They said I talked like I was from the<br />

south,” Lee said.<br />

North County was a good place in the<br />

1980s and 90s, he said. But it had changed<br />

when he came home. Stalwart businesses<br />

such as McDonnell-Douglas Corp., the<br />

Ford assembly plant and other smaller<br />

business had fewer jobs, had disappeared<br />

or had left the area, he said.<br />

“I quickly noticed that almost all the<br />

white kids I went to school with … were<br />

out in St. Charles County. They were in<br />

places I had never heard of, like Dardenne<br />

Prairie and Cottleville,” he said. They<br />

were followed by a large number of North<br />

County businesses, he added.<br />

Signs of discontent in North County also<br />

were brewing – all white school boards were<br />

overseeing school districts that served mostly<br />

African-American students. And some<br />

community leaders and organizers weren’t<br />

paying much attention, he said, claiming<br />

“they just wanted to focus on the city.”<br />

“The funny thing about Ferguson (is) if<br />

you had told me this was going to happen in<br />

North County I would say somewhere else,”<br />

Lee said. “I would say it could happen in<br />

Dellwood, it could happen in Jennings,<br />

because Ferguson had the reputation of<br />

being a little more progressive place.”<br />

Confronting race<br />

While some argue with Lee’s approach,<br />

confronting race isn’t a bad thing, some<br />

residents say.<br />

“I think what Ferguson has done is<br />

make people more aware of racism,” said<br />

the Rev. Beverly Stith, pastor of Grant<br />

Chapel African Methodist Church in<br />

Wentzville. Stith’s congregation of 70<br />

members is largely African-American.<br />

“I think people who were afraid to smile<br />

at a different race and afraid to say anything<br />

to people are becoming more intentional<br />

about communications, and I think<br />

that’s a very good thing,” Stith said.<br />

Of the estimated 379,493 people who<br />

live in St Charles County, according to the<br />

2014 U.S. Census, 90.7 percent are listed as<br />

white. Roughly 4.7 percent of the county’s<br />

population is estimated to be African American<br />

and 2.5 percent is Hispanic.<br />

Wentzville historically has had a small<br />

African-American population. St. Charles<br />

County Executive Steve Ehlmann, who<br />

wrote the book, “Crossroads, A History of<br />

St. Charles County,” said some families in<br />

the city can trace their roots to 1858 when<br />

a white tobacco plantation owner freed 25<br />

slaves. About 6 percent of Wentzville's<br />

population is listed as “black.” The city<br />

is one of Missouri’s fastest growing with<br />

an estimated 33,912 residents according<br />

to 2014 census data.<br />

Stith said she and her congregation<br />

are visible in the community and have<br />

worked closely with police and city<br />

officials, including former Mayor Paul<br />

Lambi and current Mayor Nick Guccione.<br />

For the last decade, Stith has been among<br />

the community volunteers who have<br />

organized an annual Martin Luther King<br />

celebration each January. Guccione said<br />

police have always, and especially after<br />

Ferguson, tried to reach out to the community,<br />

particularly in neighborhoods<br />

such as Wentzville Heights.<br />

“It’s about communicating,” Guccione<br />

said. “If people don’t talk to each other<br />

you don’t know if there is a problem.”<br />

Stith and other county residents interviewed<br />

by <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

agreed race relations have gotten better.<br />

The key may be education, they said.<br />

"I moved to St. Louis from Huntsville,<br />

Alabama, and you might think that means<br />

that I’ve seen a lot of prejudice, but that<br />

was not the case,” Earline, a local, white<br />

mother, said. “Huntsville is a very well<br />

educated community, and I think that’s<br />

the key – education.”<br />

Earline said she thought educated<br />

people are less likely to be prejudiced and<br />

that people move to St. Charles County<br />

because the access to education is better.<br />

“I don’t think people in St. Charles would<br />

allow (the looting and destruction of businesses<br />

that has taken place in Ferguson)<br />

to take place here," she said.<br />

Her daughter, who is married to a local<br />

police officer agreed, saying the county<br />

didn’t stand for it when protesters tried to<br />

block the Blanchette Bridge on Interstate<br />

70 during the Ferguson unrest.<br />

“For the most part, I think St. Charles<br />

County is color blind,” she said.<br />

Another daughter, whose husband is<br />

African-American, said, “There will<br />

always be prejudice, but I really haven’t<br />

experienced it much in St. Charles<br />

County.” She said her husband stopped<br />

watching news reports about Ferguson<br />

because he said the actions of the protestors<br />

and looters reinforced stereotypes<br />

and gave people like him an unjustified<br />

bad name.



October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />


I COVER STORY I 35<br />

Umar Lee (center) meets with the family of Maritha Hunter-Butler prior to a rally at her home.<br />

From North County to<br />

St. Charles County<br />

Whether the recent unrest in North County<br />

has accelerated the movement of people<br />

into St. Charles County remains unclear.<br />

Guccione, whose city is experiencing a<br />

major upswing in single-family housing<br />

development, said he has seen a lot of transitioning<br />

from North County to O’Fallon,<br />

St. Peters and Wentzville in recent years.<br />

“I’m from North County and I transferred<br />

out here 13 years ago because it was closer<br />

to work,” Guccione said. “People could<br />

have a perception that ‘he transferred out<br />

here because of white flight or something’<br />

– that’s what people may say but that’s not<br />

true. It was like getting a raise because of<br />

the cost of gas and being closer to work.<br />

“I loved North County, I grew up in Dellwood,<br />

Jennings and Florissant, and I never<br />

had an issue with anybody.”<br />

Even Lee, who thinks development of<br />

the county was detrimental to the region,<br />

says there is no turning back the clock. “As<br />

the disinvestment came to North County,<br />

just like a farmer, people are just looking<br />

for greener pastures,” Lee said.<br />

Stith said one reason people are moving<br />

further out, particularly young people in<br />

their childbearing years, is because schools<br />

are better. “That’s a fact,” she said.<br />

“Two, you can get more bang for your<br />

buck, that’s why we’re out in St Charles,”<br />

she said. “We were thinking about moving<br />

back to St. Louis County but we couldn’t<br />

afford St. Louis County.”<br />

The migration of whites and African-Americans<br />

in and out of parts of the St. Louis region<br />

is decades old. But critics say the region may<br />

have become the poster child for growth patterns<br />

that reinforced racial separation. And<br />

Lee, and others, say St. Charles County could<br />

follow suit. Within the county there is already<br />

migration out of the city of St. Charles and<br />

St. Peters, which developed earlier than areas<br />

such as O’Fallon and Wentzville, Lee said.<br />

“If St. Charles County doesn’t learn the lessons<br />

of North County it’s going to look exactly<br />

like North County in <strong>15</strong> to 20 years,” he said.<br />

Ehlmann disagrees. In a mid-September<br />

interview and in a presentation to the St.<br />

Charles County Council at its Sept. 28<br />

meeting, Ehlmann talked about the “lessons<br />

of Ferguson.”<br />

He said St. Charles County may not be<br />

destined to repeat St. Louis County's past,<br />

because of the way the county has developed.<br />

In St. Louis County, most rich people<br />

live along the central corridor, along Interstate<br />

64, and poor people live largely to the<br />

north, Ehlmann said. In St. Charles County,<br />

that's not the case.<br />

To prove his point, Ehlmann looked at<br />

home values in both counties, noting that<br />

North St. Louis County home values were<br />

significantly less than those in West and South<br />

county. However, Ehlmann said, “The value<br />

of property in northeast St. Charles County is<br />

only about $1.50 (per square foot) more valuable<br />

than property in the southwest part of the<br />

county.” Generally the county doesn’t have<br />

areas where all the poor people live, he said.<br />

Having just six large municipalities<br />

as opposed to 91 small ones in St. Louis<br />

County was cited as another St. Charles<br />

County positive as was student attendance<br />

rates in the district’s five school districts,<br />

which ranged from 89.2 to 93.1 percent.<br />

Still, Lee said the county has to change.<br />

“They have to look at this in a sober way,<br />

we can’t be an isolated part of the region, they<br />

can’t be this city on the hill,” he said, adding<br />

that St. Charles County needs to be less<br />

isolated and “more open minded place that<br />

doesn’t view diversity as adversarial.”<br />

Stith, who has two sons, tells them that<br />

there are still unwritten rules that African<br />

Americans have to abide by in dealing with<br />

police. Prejudice remains, she said.<br />

“We’re going to come out of this because<br />

our millennials are going to make us come<br />

out of it,” Stith said. A younger generation is<br />

less tied to old attitudes, are more educated,<br />

and have many interracial relationships.<br />

For Lee, the need to confront racism and<br />

injustice hasn’t wavered since the unrest in<br />

Ferguson. But social activism has a price.<br />

Filming in St. Charles County cost Lee his<br />

job as a cab driver with Laclede Cab Co.<br />

Still, a new chapter of life may be opening<br />

– he may become a man of the people.<br />

Lee, who lives in St. Louis' Tower Grove<br />

South area, said last week that he is planning<br />

to run for mayor, which eventually<br />

may pit him against incumbent Mayor<br />

Francis Slay. He’s running as a Republican.

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The Wentzville Octoberfest Wine &<br />

Art Festival is on Saturday, Oct. 17 from<br />

11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the streets of Wentzville’s<br />

historic Village Center.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Community College displays<br />

Fibers Invitational, through Nov. 6 in<br />

the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building.<br />

The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, Oct. 21. The exhibition is free<br />

and open to the public.<br />


October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />


Community Events<br />

The Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles<br />

County holds a four-person scramble<br />

golf tournament to benefit area children’s<br />

charities on Monday, Oct. 12 at Bear Creek<br />

Golf Club, <strong>15</strong>8 Bear Creek Drive in Wentzville.<br />

For information or to register, call<br />

Mike Cunningham at (314) 374-7963.<br />

• • •<br />

Central County Fire & Rescue and St.<br />

Peters elected officials co-host a trivia<br />

night benefiting Meals on Wheels, on<br />

Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Peters City Hall.<br />

Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at<br />

7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, or $200<br />

for a table of eight, and include <strong>10</strong> rounds<br />

of mixed trivia. Complimentary soda and<br />

beer will be provided. To register, contact<br />

Assistant Chief Steve Brown at steveb@<br />

ccfrmail.org or (636) 970-9700, ext. 403.<br />

• • •<br />

The Beat Goes On Trivia Night &<br />

Silent Auction to benefit the Children’s<br />

Cardiomyopathy Foundation is at 7:30 p.m.<br />

(doors open at 7 p.m.) on Friday, Oct. 23 at<br />

The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans<br />

Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. Admission<br />

is $20 per person. To register, visit www.<br />

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• • •<br />

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service holds<br />

its fourth annual Halloween Howl for the<br />

Homeless 5K Run and Monster Mile<br />

Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.<br />

Registration for either event is $33 and<br />

includes a T-shirt. Register online at www.<br />

HalloweenHowl.org.<br />


Young People’s Theatre performs<br />

“Tumbleweeds” Oct. 16-18 at St. Charles<br />

Community College. Be transported back<br />

in time with a good old-fashioned live<br />

stage Western bursting with wonderful<br />

music and hilarious jokes. Tickets are $8;<br />

performances will take place at 7 p.m.<br />

on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on<br />

Saturday and Sunday. For information or<br />

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• • •<br />

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Haunted House is from dusk-<strong>10</strong> p.m. on<br />

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Pumpkin Glow in Historic St.<br />

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restaurants are open until at least 8 p.m.<br />

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an open house on Saturday, Oct. 17 from<br />

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The third annual West <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

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Chesterfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.<br />

This year’s Better Living EXPO will<br />

feature popular favorites as well as<br />

some new attractions for kids and<br />

families,including:<br />

• Artists from Pinot’s Palette assist<br />

with a pumpkin painting project from<br />

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.<br />

• The Home Depot offers a hands-on building activity for kids from 12:45-2:30 pm.<br />

• Ronald McDonald poses for photos and performs a magic show at 1:30 p.m.<br />

• The Circus Kaput Kids Corner offers balloon twisting, cotton candy, a visit<br />

from Tappy the Penguin and more from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.<br />

All kids activities are sponsored by St. Luke’s Urgent Care.<br />

Teens and their parents, as well as other interested drivers, can learn a powerful<br />

lesson on the dangers of distracted driving from Traffic Safety Officer Paul<br />

Powers at the Chesterfield Police booth.<br />

In addition to activities for youth, the many exhibitors at the EXPO will provide<br />

important information on a wide range of subjects, including health care, fitness,<br />

finance, retirement living and planning, arts and education, legal services, and<br />

home maintenance and improvement to name a few. Plus, there will be plenty of<br />

giveaways as well as tasty samples from local restaurants, and the opportunity<br />

to win some exciting prizes, including a grand prize family vacation to Branson, Missouri,<br />

courtesy of River Bend Place.<br />

Plan to come out to the EXPO this Sunday and enjoy an afternoon of fun and education.<br />

Admission is free, but the resources are priceless.<br />

Road. Activities include a kids’ Safety<br />

Town, CPR and fire extinguisher classes,<br />

fire department demonstrations, an air evac<br />

helicopter and more. For information, call<br />

(636) 949-3250.<br />

• • •<br />

Certified Aging In Place Specialist Deb<br />

Bokamper presents a free educational<br />

session on “seven features to make your<br />

home or your parents’ home safer” on<br />

Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the St.<br />

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the SSM Conference Room. Space is limited.<br />

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Healthy, Fresh, All-natural, Flavorful Meals<br />

Prepared for You to Take On-the-Go<br />

Bring in this Coupon<br />

$5<br />

to Receive<br />

OFF<br />

Orders of $25<br />

or more<br />

Limit one coupon per customer.<br />

Offer expires 11/30/<strong>15</strong>.<br />

• Healthy Eating Made Easy! •<br />

Visit us on Facebook: FIT4ME FOODS<br />

636.244.5689 • 6219 MID RIVERS MALL DRIVE • ST. PETERS, MO 63304<br />

Best Italian Restaurant 2014<br />

R I S T O R A N T E<br />

E S T . 1 9 8 3<br />

$<br />

5<br />

OFF<br />

with $25<br />

purchase<br />

Excludes weekly<br />

specials. Expires<br />

11/30/<strong>15</strong>. Not valid w/<br />

other discounts. Must<br />

present coupon.<br />

Open Daily - Year-round<br />



The Tom Arcobasso Tradition Continues Since 1972<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Specials 4-7 pm<br />

Large Pizza Half Chicken Half Pasta<br />

Half Pasta<br />

one topping<br />

$<strong>15</strong>.95<br />

w/dinner salad $9.95<br />

$21.95<br />

Chicken Concetta<br />

Ravioli (fresh or toasted)<br />

Cheese garlic bread<br />

or Chicken Marsala<br />

Pasta Con Broccoli<br />

AND<br />

Fettucini, Lasagna,<br />

Combination salad<br />

Spaghetti meat sauce<br />

or Canneloni<br />

or meatball,<br />

Manicotti, Baked Spaghetti<br />

(no splitting on pasta & Fettucini, Canneloni<br />

or Mostaccioli<br />

chicken, no coupons)<br />

or Manicotti<br />

Spaghetti (meat sauce or<br />

meatball) or Pasta Cauliflower<br />

<strong>10</strong>57 Wolfrum at Hwy 94 • 636-300-4680 • www.tarcobassos.com<br />

Old World Italian Cuisine<br />

Carry Out Special<br />

FREE Large Dinner Salad with purchase<br />

of a large 2 topping or more pizza<br />

Carry Out Only. Valid Sunday thru Thursdays only. Excludes Valentine’s Day.<br />

Limit 1 coupon per person. Limit 1 FREE salad per order.<br />

Not valid with other offers or discounts. With coupon. Expires 11-30-<strong>15</strong>.<br />

636-949-9005<br />

2061 Zumbehl Rd. • Bogey Hills Plaza • St. Charles<br />

www.fratellisristorante.com<br />



LUNCH<br />

SPECIALS$5.95<br />



Delivery available for<br />

Minimum $20 Order<br />

Voted<br />

#1 Asian<br />

Restaurant<br />

by <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

Readers<br />

Purchase $25<br />

or more and get<br />

$4 off<br />

Limit one coupon, offers cannot be combined.<br />

<strong>10</strong>% 0ff<br />

Any Purchase<br />

Limit one coupon,<br />

offers cannot be combined.<br />

Purchase<br />

$12 or more<br />

Get 1/2 order Crab<br />

Rangoons or 2 Eggrolls<br />

Limit one coupon,<br />

offers cannot be combined.<br />


627 Salt Lick Rd. • St. Peters • 636-272-8818 • www.greenchinamo.com

October @MIDRIVERSNEWS<br />

38 I MID RIVERS 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />



Chandler Hill Vineyards: Where food and wine combine in perfect harmony<br />

Chandler Hill Vineyards<br />

596 Defiance Road • Defiance<br />

(636) 798-2675<br />

Winery Hours<br />

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Tuesday<br />

11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday<br />

Restaurant Hours<br />

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Tuesday<br />

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday<br />

www.chandlerhillvineyards.com<br />

By DAN FOX<br />

dfox@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />

Chandler Hill Vineyards proprietor Chuck Gillentine<br />

can tell you about his vineyards’ quality food and awardwinning<br />

wines. He can talk about the upscale atmosphere<br />

and live music events. But the view from the outside<br />

dining area that overlooks the rows and rows of grapevines;<br />

the feeling of enjoying a meal to the backdrop of<br />

rolling hills and a crystal-clear lake – that is something<br />

you have to experience in person to fully appreciate.<br />

Just <strong>10</strong> miles from Hwy. 64 in Defiance, Missouri,<br />

Chandler Hill is easy to reach, making it a perfect spot<br />

for an afternoon or evening getaway, and its robust lunch<br />

menu features meals to suit any taste.<br />

If you’ve got a hearty appetite, the King Buck Burger<br />

may be the thing for you. Topped with caramelized onions,<br />

house-made barbecue sauce and served on a brioche bun,<br />

this juicy giant is enough to satisfy any hamburger enthusiast.<br />

For diners who crave greens, Chandler<br />

Hill offers up the Spinach Strawberry<br />

Salad featuring baby spinach, blackened<br />

chicken, strawberries and candied walnuts,<br />

all of which is topped with feta cheese and<br />

house-made balsamic vinaigrette.<br />

At night, diners can try a variety of<br />

sumptuous selections off Chandler<br />

Hill’s recently introduced dinner menu,<br />

complete with selections of appetizers,<br />

salads and entrées. From the King Buck<br />

Pork Chop to the grilled salmon, guests<br />

can find all manner of tasty morsels, all<br />

of which are affordably priced and pair<br />

flawlessly with the vineyard’s wines.<br />

Chandler Hill doesn’t slouch in the<br />

wine department, either.<br />

Gillentine said his Lake Hawk<br />

Vignoles is a huge crowd pleaser, and<br />

the Vineyard’s Vidal Blanc and Savage<br />

Norton are popular as well. The wine<br />

menu boasts reds and whites, showcasing<br />

exciting flavors, sparkling delicacies,<br />

exotic reserve wines and dessert wines that put smiles on<br />

the mouths that sip them.<br />

“Our Norton won the CV Reilly Award this year,” Gillentine<br />

said. “Last year, we won the best Chambourcin in<br />

the state. I think we’ve got a niche of making some good<br />

local wines.”<br />

The vineyard features both an inside and outside<br />

eating area, as well as a square-shaped bar for wine<br />


tasting. The tastings themselves are a bargain, starting<br />

at $5 for a sampling of five wines of your choice,<br />

and are the perfect way to pass the time with your<br />

friends, or significant other, while your food is prepared.<br />

The combination of the wine, food and atmosphere is what<br />

sets Chandler Hill apart. The décor combines a country<br />

aesthetic with a hint of modernism, and the dining experience<br />

is enveloped in an understated elegance, enhanced by<br />

live music on the weekends.<br />

t<br />

When you want it done<br />

right the first time...<br />

We’re the place<br />

to check out first.<br />

• 1 Room Or Entire Basement<br />

• FREE Design Service<br />

• Finish What You Started<br />

• As Low As $<strong>15</strong> sq. ft.<br />

• Professional Painters, Drywall<br />

Hangers & Tapers<br />

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388<br />

636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />



Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans<br />

Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting<br />

Specializing in installation for two story homes<br />

with no wiring on first floor.<br />

When Handyman Quality Just Won't Do.<br />

(314) 5<strong>10</strong>-6400<br />

Brad Thomas<br />

Stairs<br />

•Baluster Replacement<br />

•Staircase Remodeling<br />

Brad Thomas<br />

314-954-2050<br />

Wildwood<br />

brad@bradthomasstairs.com<br />

www.bradthomasstairs.com<br />

Add the elegance of iron in 2 days or less!<br />

Is Your Crack Showing?<br />

Driveways • Patios • Walkways<br />

Broom • Exposed • Stamped<br />




Family Owned & Operated Since 1982!<br />

Senior<br />

Discounts!<br />

Call Mike Today! 636-459-9076<br />

www.JimNeedyConstruction.com<br />

Decorative Coatings<br />


H O M E P A G E S<br />

When you want<br />

it done right<br />

the first time...<br />

We’re the place<br />

to check out first.<br />

636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />


DECK INC.<br />



Call Us About<br />

Snow & Ice<br />

Removal Rates!<br />

Custom Decks • Concrete<br />

Int/Ext Paint • Powerwashing<br />

Staining • Sealing • Fences<br />

Siding • Windows<br />

Gutters • Carpentry • Drywall<br />

Hauling • Remodeling<br />

“WE DO IT ALL”<br />

Established in 2000<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

Free Estimates<br />

636.466.3956<br />




October 7, 20<strong>15</strong><br />


I 39<br />


V i E w a l l a d s o n l i n E a t m i d r i V E r s n E w s m a g a z i n E . C o m<br />




Garden View Care Center<br />

Take a break have your<br />

parents stay with us!<br />

700 Garden Path<br />

O'Fallon, MO 63366<br />

636-240-2840<br />

www.Gvcc.com<br />

In Home Care & Assistance<br />


636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />

Business Opportunity<br />

Work from home full or part time.<br />

Business opportunity provided<br />

with training and coaching. Call<br />

for appt. only 800-478-7441.<br />

Assisted Care<br />

Electric<br />

ERIC'S ELECTRIC - Licensed,<br />

Bonded & Insured: Service upgrades,<br />

fans, can lights, switches,<br />

outlets, basements, code violations<br />

fixed, we do it all. Emergency<br />

calls & back up generators.<br />

No job too small. Competitively<br />

priced. Free Estimates. Just call<br />

636-262-5840.<br />


636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />

Don't overpay for Homecare<br />

All Caregivers are:<br />

• Bonded • Covered under Workers' Comp<br />

• Carefully Selected from St. Charles area<br />

• Matched to Your Needs<br />

• Homecare Assistants $17.50/hr. • Live-In Care $180/day<br />

Senior Services, Unltd.<br />

"A Not-For-Profit Agency"<br />

4123A Mexico Rd. • St. Peters<br />

636-441-4944<br />

28 Years Serving Area Seniors<br />

Is all your spare time spent caring for your parents?<br />

• transportation<br />

Let Right at Home care for<br />

• light housekeeping<br />

YOUR Mom and/or Dad • meal planning<br />

...then your time is quality time and preparation<br />

• personal care<br />

Locally Owned/Operated • Bonded & Insured<br />

636-379-9955<br />

www.stcharles.rightathome.net<br />

Hauling<br />

J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash,<br />

yard debris, railroad ties, fencing,<br />

decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.<br />

Call: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />

For Sale<br />

SEALY COUCH/SOFA - Classic,<br />

timeless style, well-made, very<br />

comfortable, excellent condition<br />

on solid frame. No stains, tears/<br />

sagging cushions. Taupe w/detailed<br />

piping on arms/cushions.<br />

8' L x 36" H x 41" W. Bring muscle/<br />

truck. As is. Cash only. 314-704-<br />

1876 for evening appt. $295.<br />

CONN UPRIGHT PIANO: Beautiful<br />

piano and bench in excellent<br />

condition. Beautiful shiny/<br />

smooth wood. Sounds great -<br />

may need tuning. No sticky keys,<br />

no stains. <strong>Mid</strong>-sized, 56.5" L x 22"<br />

W x 41" H. Bring muscle/truck.<br />

I have a dolly. As is. Cash only.<br />

314-704-1876 for evening appt.<br />

$450 - OBO.<br />


636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />

Home Improvement<br />


- "Don't Worry Get Happy"<br />

Complete home remodel/ repair<br />

- kitchen & bath, plumbing,<br />

electrical, carpentry. 24HR<br />

Emergency Service. Commercial<br />

& Residential. Discount for<br />

Seniors/Veterans. 636-541-9432.<br />

Landscaping<br />


- Erosion Control, Stone Walls,<br />

Staircases, Patios, French Drains.<br />

Landscape Maintenance, Bush<br />

Trimming, Mulching. Call 636-<br />

366-4007 or 314-873-7091. See<br />

us at www.A1Erosion.com.<br />


Tree/Bush Trim & Removal<br />

Retaining Walls • Rock & Mulch<br />

Powerwashing<br />

Staining Decks & Driveways<br />



636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />

Help Wanted<br />


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to support our clients in securing qualified securing appointments.<br />

qualified driven appointments.<br />

individuals to support our clients in<br />

securing qualified appointments.<br />

• Hourly Wage Plus Performance • Hourly Bonus Wage Plus Performance Bonus • Permanent • Hourly • Wage Permanent Plus Performance Bonus Part-Time<br />

• Permanent Part-Time<br />

• Flexible Hours • Flexible Hours<br />

• Paid Training<br />

• Paid Training<br />

• Flexible Hours<br />

• Paid Training<br />

Office located in Chesterfield near 141 and Olive<br />

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Apply On-Line At:<br />

Office in Chesterfield near 141 & Olive. Apply online at: www.hudsonmanagementservices.net<br />


On-Line At:<br />


Marketing Coordinator (St.<br />

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Research Park). Office administrator,<br />

database management,<br />

support for marketing, sales, accounting,<br />

operations. Competent<br />

skills with Microsoft Office,<br />

time management, verbal communication,<br />

e-mail & file management.<br />

info@clisyntec.com.<br />

For only $ 35 per<br />

inch<br />

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Line ad: 8 lines of text, approximately<br />

30-38 words in this size<br />

type. Call 636-591-00<strong>10</strong>.<br />

Painting<br />




INTERIOR SPECIAL 20<strong>15</strong><br />

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size<br />

(12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)<br />

FOR 35 YEARS<br />


(636) 265-0739<br />

exterior painting!<br />

Painting<br />



Interior &<br />

Exterior Painting<br />

Drywall Repair • Taping<br />

Powerwashing • Wallpaper Stripping<br />

Top Quality Work • FREE Estimates<br />

636.262.5124<br />


MENTION AD & RECEIVE <strong>10</strong>% OFF<br />

Plumbing<br />


- Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber -<br />

not a handyman. Call or text<br />

anytime: 314-409-5051.<br />

Prayer<br />


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus<br />

be adored, glorified, loved<br />

and preserved throughout<br />

the world now and forever.<br />

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for<br />

us. St. Jude, Worker of Miracles,<br />

pray for us. St. Jude, Help for<br />

the Hopeless, pray for us.<br />

Say prayer nine times a day;<br />

by the 8 th day prayer will be<br />

answered. Say it for nine days,<br />

then publish. It has never been<br />

known to fail. Thank you, St.<br />

Jude. Thank you, JLR.<br />


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus<br />

be adored, glorified, loved<br />

and preserved throughout the<br />

world now and forever. Sacred<br />

Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St.<br />

Jude, Worker of Miracles, pray<br />

for us. St. Jude, Help of the<br />

Hopeless, pray for us. Say prayer<br />

nine times a day; by the 8th day<br />

prayer will be answered. Say<br />

it for nine days. Then publish.<br />

Your prayers will be answered.<br />

It has never been known to fail.<br />

Thank you, St. Jude. JCV<br />

Wanted<br />

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Sports Cards, Cardinals Souvenirs<br />

and Memorabilia. Pre-1975<br />

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1785.<br />

SEEKING APARTMENT: motherin-law<br />

type apartment in West<br />

STL County by November 1. Professional<br />

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well behaved adult dog and references.<br />

Call 614-256-9627.<br />


CALL<br />


636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />

Waterproofing<br />

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Foundation Repair LLC. Cracks,<br />

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concrete repairs. Exterior drainage<br />

correction. Serving Missouri<br />

for <strong>15</strong> yrs. Free estimate 636-281-<br />

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Marriage Ceremonies<br />

Renewal of Vows<br />

Baptisms<br />

~ Full Service Ministry ~<br />

Non-Denominational<br />

(314) 703-7456<br />

C a l l E l l E n 6 3 6 . 5 9 1 . 0 0 1 0 | E m a i l : C l a s s i f i E d s @ n E w s m a g a z i n E n E t w o r k . C o m<br />

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Cape albeon<br />

3380 Lake Bend Drive • St. Louis • 636.861.3200 • www.capealbeon.com<br />

St. Louis’ most picturesque retirement community is Cape Albeon with two lakes and 18 wooded acres as a scenic<br />

backdrop where residents enjoy a vital, active and gracious lifestyle. Established and trusted, the nonprofit community<br />

has earned its reputation for superior amenities, services and dedicated staff.<br />

The Cottage Homes feature spacious, light-filled rooms with two bedrooms, two baths, walk-in closets, full kitchen,<br />

fireplace, washer/dryer, vaulted ceilings, garage, and choice of patio, screened-in porch or three-season room.<br />

The Harbor, Independent Living Apartments are spacious with one or two bedrooms, full kitchens, walk-in closets, large<br />

baths and a patio or porch. Tall ceilings and large windows bring an open feeling. Amenities include lake-view dining, a<br />

fitness studio, pool, media room, library, gift shop, bank services and lovely, non-denominational chapel.<br />

The Village, Assisted Living Apartments offer private apartments with licensed care. Residents enjoy three daily meals,<br />

medication management, bath/dress assist, laundry/housekeeping and 24-hour care by certified staff. There are no entry<br />

or community fees. Coming soon, a memory care program for residents.<br />

Short-term Respite Care in Assisted Living provides cozy, furnished apartments to provide respite for a caregiver or<br />

transitional care for those recovering from illness or injury. Seven “free” days are offered as part of the ministry program.<br />

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