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November 18, 2015

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I OPINION I 3

Ignoring the obvious

A recent, widely publicized incident in

which a policeman was called to a school

classroom to deal with a disruptive student

has provoked all sorts of comments

on whether the policeman used “excessive

force.”

What has received far less attention,

though it is a far larger question with more

sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive

students in schools.

Critics of charter schools have often

pointed to those schools’ ability to expel

uncooperative and disruptive students, far

more readily than regular public schools

can, as a reason for some charter schools’

far better educational outcomes, as shown

on many tests.

The message of these critics is that it is

“unfair” to compare regular public schools’

results with those of charter schools serving

the same neighborhoods – and often in

the same buildings. This criticism ignores

the fact that schools do not exist to provide

jobs for teachers or “fairness” to institutions,

but to provide education for students.

“Fairness” is for human beings, not for

institutions. Institutions that are not serving

the needs of people should either be

changed or phased out and replaced, when

they persistently fail.

Despite the painfully bad educational

outcomes in many public schools in ghettos

across the country, there also are cases

where charter schools in the very same

ghettos turn out students whose test scores

are not only far higher than those in other

ghetto schools, but sometimes are comparable

to the test scores in schools in upscale

suburban communities, where children

come from intact families with highly educated

parents.

Charter schools with such achievements

should be celebrated and imitated, not

attacked by critics because of their “unfair”

exemptions from some of the counterproductive

rules of the education establishment.

Maybe such rules should be changed for all.

If the critics are right, and getting rid of

the influence of uncooperative or disruptive

students contributes to better educational

results, then the answer is not to prevent

charter schools from expelling such students,

but to allow other public schools to

remove such students, when other students

can benefit from getting a better education

without them around.

This is especially important in lowincome

minority schools, where education

is for many their only chance for a better life.

Back in the supposedly bad old days,

before so many people became so politically

correct, there were schools and other

institutions that were basically dumping

grounds for students who endangered the

education – and often even the safety – of

other children.

Yet a front-page story in the New York

Times last week dealt with how Success

Academy, a high-performing charter

school network in New York City’s lowincome

and minority neighborhoods, has

been accused of “weeding out weak or difficult

students.”

The Times’ own story opens with an

account of a child who was “not following

directions,” who “threw tantrums,” was

screaming, threw pencils and refused to

go to another classroom for a timeout. Yet

the headline declared that charter schools

“Single Out Difficult Students.”

“Singled out” usually means treating

someone differently from the way others

are treated for doing the same things. Are

convicted criminals “singled out” when

they are sent to jail?

The principal of a Success Academy

school in Harlem was accused of telling

teachers “not to automatically send annual

re-enrollment forms home to certain students,

because the school did not want

those students to come back.”

A mother in Brooklyn complained about

her son’s being suspended repeatedly, and

her being called repeatedly to come to

school to pick him up early. She admitted

that he was “hitting, kicking, biting and

spitting at other children and adults.”

After he was transferred to another

public school, “he was very happy and

had not been suspended once.” How happy

others were to have him in their midst was

not reported.

It would be wonderful if we could

develop ways to educate all students,

despite whatever kinds of attitudes and

behavior they had. But how many generations

of other youngsters are we prepared

to sacrifice to this hope that has never yet

been fulfilled?

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6 I OPINION I

November 18, 2015

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Will You Be A Victim

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Everyone either knows

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Darrell Hackmann, E.A. $50 million fraudulent tax

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In August, the IRS reported it’s own website

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order to file your tax return.

In the past, the IRS has offered

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thieves from using your information to file a

fraudulent tax return. Last year, in December

of 2014, the IRS instituted a PIN program

whereby you could go online in advance of

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Once this was done, no one could file a tax

return using your Social Security number

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regularly check the website www.IRS.gov in

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hit 8.8 million during 2015.

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The 60 vote rule

To the Editor:

The present furor over the 2016 presidential

election is meaningless because of

the 60-vote cloture rule in the U.S. Senate.

This rule will continue to give the

minority party in the Senate a “de facto

veto” by keeping bills from being voted

on by the full Senate.

This 60-vote rule only benefits the

political parties, and so both the Republican

and Democrat parties won’t want to

change it. However, this rule continues to

constipate the legislative process. There is

no practical excuse for keeping this rule

in effect and we the people need to insist

that this bill be eliminated.

Then, maybe, the Office of President of

the United States will matter!

Chuck Forgue

An insidious reality

To the Editor:

The most dangerous things to our

republic are not guns or ideologies, but

rather the slow and relentless corruption

of the meaning of the words we use in

our everyday language. For example, the

word “entitlement” for years has meant

the right to demand or receive; as in “his

labors entitle him to his wages.” This word

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

has been bastardized over time to give

cover to something arbitrarily granted

in exchange for something of little or

no value. It was an honest word that has

become a false word seeking validation.

The systematic attack on our language,

the meaning of our words is no less than

an attack on the fundamental philosophies

and concepts upon which this great

IN QUOTES

THE LIGHTER SIDE

nation rests.

Political correctness is yet another

banner under which a number of assaults

on our culture or Christian beliefs take

place. Let us, the American people, define

our own words, our own traditions and

our own culture and not the self-serving

smug politicians.

William E. Quinn

“The people have spoken. We have more people

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your wards. If you build it, we will not come.”

-O’Fallon resident Paul Witwer on the proposed grocery/gas station at Knaust

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e-cigarette ban

The smoking ban in Lake Saint Louis city

hall may soon include electronic cigarettes.

The city’s Board of Aldermen is considering

drafting an ordinance that would prohibit

city employees and anyone coming

into city hall at 200 Civic Center Drive

from using electronic cigarettes inside

the building. City hall includes the city’s

administrative offices; meeting rooms,

including where board meetings are held;

and the police department.

City Administrator Paul Markworth said

the ban would extend to city employees

using city vehicles.

Board members discussed the issue at a

Nov. 2 work session.

Markworth said staff was expected to

draft an ordinance for the board’s consideration

by its Nov. 16 board meeting (after

press time).

E-cigarettes, also known as vaporizing

or vapor products, are battery-operated

devices that heat a flavored liquid solution

containing nicotine turning it to vapor.

E-cigarettes supporters say they are a safer

alternative to smoking tobacco products.

But health authorities are skeptical and fear

their use can encourage experimentation

with drugs and encourage smoking. Some

studies show that the number of children

using these products has doubled in recent

years and several states and cities have

passed legislation restricting who cam buy

e-cigarettes and similar products.

Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon have

smoking bans citywide for tobacco products

in indoor spaces – Lake Saint Louis

ban has been in effect since 2010 and

O’Fallon’s since 2011. But the cities’

bans in public buildings don’t address

e-cigarettes.

O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, St. Peters,

Cottleville and Weldon Spring officials

said last week that the e-cigarette issue

hasn’t come up. St. Peters ordinance, for

example, prohibits smoking of tobacco

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products only on city properties, not citywide,

and that ordinance makes no mention

of e-cigarettes.

Still, this not the first time e-cigarette

bans have made the news.

St. Peters adopted an ordinance in 2014

banning the purchase of electronic cigarettes

or “vapor products” by minors under age 18.

In May, the St. Charles City Council

voted to amend an ordinance adopted earlier

this year that repealed an e-cigarette

ban. The city’s ordinance allows business

owners to decide whether or not to allow

vapor products in their establishments.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY

Jobless rate at eight-year low

and

St. Charles County’s unemployment rate

in September was the lowest for a single

month in nearly eight years.

The county’s jobless rate dropped to 3.5

percent, the lowest one-month rate since 3.4

percent in April 2007, according to statistics

from the Missouri Economic Research and

Information Center. The rate dropped from

3.9 percent in August. Last September, the

county’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent.

In all, an estimated 203,222 of the county’s

workforce of 210,678 in September

were employed, according to the center’s

statistics. The number of jobless estimated

in the county in September was down to

7,456 persons, the first time that number

has been below 8,000 persons since August

2007. In September 2014, there were an estimated

9,200 persons listed as unemployed.

The county’s jobless rate was the lowest

among neighboring Missouri counties in

September and the second lowest among

counties in the state with a labor force of

more than 100,000. Only Boone County,

which includes the city of Columbia, had a

lower jobless rate at 3.1 percent in September

among the largest counties in the state.

Nationally the jobless rate was 5.1 percent

in September, the same rate as August. Missouri’s

jobless rate was 5.3 percent in September,

compared to 5.6 percent in August.

September jobless rates were also down

in counties adjacent to St. Charles County as

well as the city of St. Louis – in most cases, a

percentage point drop from September 2014.

St. Louis County’s rate was 4.3 percent

in September – down from 4.9 percent in

August and 5.4 percent last September. The

city of St. Louis’ jobless rate was 5.7 percent

in September, down from 6.5 percent

in August, and 7.1 percent last September

Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 4.3

percent in September, down from 4.7 percent

in August, and 5.4 percent last September.

Franklin County’s rate was 4.4

percent in September, down from 5 percent

in August, and 5.4 percent last September.

Lincoln County’s jobless rate was 4.4

percent in September, down from 5 percent

in August, and 5.5 percent last September.

Warren County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent

in September, down from 4.6 percent

in August and 5.6 percent last September.

There were also drops in the jobless rates

among the St. Charles County’s four largest

municipalities. O’Fallon – the county’s

largest city – had a jobless rate of 3.1 percent

in September, down from 3.4 percent

in August, and 3.9 percent last September.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 3.6 percent

in September, down from 4 percent

in August and 4.6 percent last September.

St. Peters jobless rate was 3.4 percent in

September, down from 3.8 percent in

August and 4.3 percent last September.

Wentzville’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in

September, down slightly from 3.3 percent

in August, and 3.8 percent last September.

Operation Christmas

Child seeks donations

Continuing through Nov. 23, Operation

Christmas Child is seeking donations of

“Wow!” items such as a doll or deflated

soccer ball with air pump as well as other

toys, school supplies, hygiene items and

notes of encouragement.

Using those donations, volunteers hope

to fill 50,000 shoeboxes for children in need.

Operation Christmas Child, an annual

project of Samaritan’s Purse, is a favorite

of many St. Louis area residents, families,

churches and groups who spread joy to

millions of children around the world.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox,

someone in our area can make a tangible

difference in the life of a child halfway

around the world. Anyone can participate

and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,”

said St. Louis volunteer Amy

Schuler, who has participated in Operation

Christmas Child for 10 years.

For 2015, the program’s global goal is

to reach 11 million children in need. Donations

can be dropped off at the following

locations:

• Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 S.

Outer 364 in O’Fallon

• First Baptist Church of St. Charles, 2701

Muegge Road in St. Charles

• St. Charles Christian Church, 3337 Rue

Royale in St. Charles

• Grace Community Chapel, 7661

Mexico Road in St. Peters

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Docents needed at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is accepting volunteers

for its zoo docent program. Interviews

will take place in November and

December for the next training course,

which starts in February.

Docents are specialized volunteers in

the zoo’s education department dedicated

to helping zoo visitors, schools and local

community members connect with, understand

and enjoy wildlife, ecosystems and

conservation. Docents teach classes at the

zoo and in the community, lead school

tours, share stories and engage visitors

with information about animals.

The required zoo docent basic training

course takes place on eight consecutive

Saturdays, Feb. 6-April 9 from 9 a.m.-4

p.m. at the zoo. Training includes information

about the zoo, its animals and

conservation programs, and the basics of

informal education.

The program offers online learning components

and classroom work, tours with

zoo staff, hands-on training, mentoring

with experienced docents and continuing

education programs.

The zoo provides this training free of

charge; however, docents must be at least

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the training program, and pass a criminal

background check. Docents are required to

volunteer a minimum of 62 hours per year.

For more information, or to schedule an

appointment, call Kim Schaefer at (314) 646-

4723, or Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548.

Visit the zoo’s website at stlzoo.org/docent.

New head of

MoDOT named

Patrick K. McKenna

has been named the

new director of the Missouri

Department of

Transportation by the McKenna

Missouri Highways and

Transportation Commission (MHTC). The

announcement was made on Nov. 5, following

the commission’s monthly meeting.

“After a nationwide search, the commission

knew Mr. McKenna had the vision and

experience to lead the department to a new

level of success and achievement,” said Stephen

R. Miller, chairman of the MHTC.

McKenna previously served as the

deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire

Department of Transportation.

“I am excited and honored to take on the

director’s position at MoDOT,” McKenna

said. “Missouri faces a lot of transportation

challenges, but MoDOT’s employees have

proven time and again they can handle it.

The department’s nationwide reputation

for innovation is proof of that.”

In his role as deputy commissioner,

McKenna served as the chief financial,

operating and legislative officer for the

New Hampshire DOT. He also has worked

in leadership positions in the public, private

and non-profit sectors.

McKenna replaces Interim Director

Roberta Broeker, who will return to her

previous position as MoDOT’s chief financial

officer.

Donations sought for

Helping Hands

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, providers

of Venue Management to the St. Charles

Convention Center, is now accepting donations

for distribution at its Helping Hands

for the Holidays charity event hosted at the

St. Charles Convention Center on Thursday,

Dec. 17 from 4-7 p.m. Requested

items include personal care items and

winter clothing.

“Winter clothing and personal care items

have always been the most sought after and

appreciated resources available at Helping

Hands for the Holidays,” Amy Dunning,

director of finance and charity committee

chair, explained.

Donations can be dropped off at the St.

Charles Convention Center administration

office on the upper level Monday-Friday

from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14.

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By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH

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A “fiscally conservative budget” for

2016 that includes the consolidation of

emergency communications funds, money

to renovate the county jail, and county

employee pay increases has been recommended

by St. Charles County Executive

Steve Ehlmann.

Ehlmann submitted his recommendations

on Nov. 3 to the County Council,

which is expected to adopt a budget by Jan.

1, the start of the county’s new fiscal year.

The budget recommendations include the

consolidation of funds now designated for

radio communications, emergency dispatching

and police dispatching into a new emergency

communications fund. A new county

Department of Emergency Communications

will be established as of Jan. 1. Centralizing

the operations into one department comes as

plans continue for the construction of a new

multi-million dollar emergency communications

and operations center.

In September, the council discussed

building a $33 million, 41,000-square

foot center on 10 acres behind the county

police department’s headquarters off T.R.

Hughes Drive in O’Fallon. The center

would be funded largely from the capital

projects fund, revenue derived from a

sales tax for capital improvement that was

renewed by county voters in 2009. If given

the go-ahead, design work could begin in

2016 and construction in 2017, with the

project taking about two years to complete.

Ehlmann also recommends spending

$2.05 million from the capital projects

fund for renovations to the county Justice

Center in St. Charles as well as $500,000

for building a police department storage

facility; $273,000 for completing additional

space at the county’s pet adoption

center; and $350,000 for new air conditioning

at the county’s historic County

Executive Building in St. Charles, also

known as the old courthouse.

Ehlmann recommends saving $8 million

from that fund for the start of the emergency

operations center.

The budget also includes modest raises

for most the county’s more than 1,000

employees and substantial raises for some.

Ehlmann is recommending a 1 percent costof-living

increase for all pay grades and a

1 percent “merit” increase for all eligible

county employees that would start on Jan. 1.

Over that last several years, the county has

tried to bring up salaries of employees, particularly

sheriff’s deputies who have been

shifted over to the county’s police department.

This year, the county hired Evergreen

Systems LLC to conduct a $65,000

compensation study for the county’s human

resources department. Ehlmann is recommending

that the county implement Evergreen’s

recommendations for average pay

raises of 10.2 percent, 6.3 percent and 4.4

percent for lower-paid employees in three

pay “bands” under the county’s pay system.

Belinda Little, the county’s director of

human resources, said in an interview that

the proposed raises are designed to help

lower-paid employees to catch up to comparable

rates of pay in similar jobs. Pay

raises in recent years have concentrated on

higher-level jobs.

Ehlmann noted in his budget message

that in 2010 and 2011 the county wasn’t

able to raise pay for county employees

because of declines in sales tax revenue.

“This year, with revenues increasing, we

are attempting to make up for some of that

lost ground,” the message states.

If the county implements the 2015 study

recommendations, the average yearly pay

increase over the last nine years will be

3.5 percent.

Sales tax collections in the 2015 fiscal year

are ahead of the budgeted 2 percent increase

as of September and may exceed 2014 totals

by 2.5 percent by year end, county officials

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Ehlmann recommends a fiscally conservative budget for 2016

funding for the county’s general fund, which

includes most county departments.

“For 2016, we believe it is reasonable to

expect 2.25 percent sales tax collections

over the amount to be collected in 2015,”

Ehlmann’s message states.

Building permit fees are expected to be

about $900,000 in 2016, the same as budgeted

this year. Recorder’s fees in 2015 are

estimated to be $235,000 more than anticipated

and the county is projecting revenue

from recorder’s fees to reach $1,925,000 in

2016, a slight increase over this year.

The budget recommendation notes that the

county’s assessed valuation for real estate

was up 5.8 percent over 2014, demonstrating

a “slowly improving real estate market.”

While the economy is expected to improve

gradually, uncertainty about any budget

improvements make budget assumptions

difficult, Ehlmann’s message states. He said

it was best to recommend a “fiscally conservative

budget reflecting $66.4 million in

revenues and $77.7 million in general fund

expenditures for the general fund.

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last few years, the lack of similar growth

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O’Fallon residents stand firm before proposed grocery store development

By DAN FOX

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A proposed community grocery store

and attached gas station are drawing ire

from O’Fallon residents living near the

intersection of Knaust and Mexico roads.

The development came before the

O’Fallon City Council on Nov. 12, when

the council held a public hearing on a

conditional use permit for the gas station,

as well as a change of zoning for the site

from C-0 Office District to C-2 General

Business. The land in question is located

along Mexico Road, between Knaust and

Old Knaust roads.

Rich Musler, from Musler Engineering

Company, was one of the presenters on

behalf of the proposal. Musler said the

rezoning petition was for 8.91 acres of the

11 acres currently vacant at that location.

The grocery store would be approximately

43,000 square feet in size, and the gas station/

convenience store is proposed at 773 square

feet. The gas station will have four pump

houses, with eight spots for cars to fuel.

The site plan, while not up for debate

at the Nov. 12 meeting, was given a positive

recommendation by the Planning and

Zoning Commission.

Musler said the largest concern he has

heard from residents revolves around traffic

safety and traffic increase, and called

upon a representative from CBB Transportation

Engineers, a firm the developer had

hired to perform a traffic study, to speak.

Shawn White, senior traffic engineer

with CBB, said there were several recommended

improvements regarding traffic

proposed along with the development.

These include an eastbound right-turn lane

on Mexico Road at Knaust Road; a separate

eastbound right-turn lane on Mexico

Road [essentially an extended right-turn

lane from the signal, according to the traffic

study]; a separate eastbound right-turn

lane on Mexico Road at the proposed main

site drive opposite Belleau Wood Drive

and a separate northbound left-turn lane

on Knaust Road. CBB also recommends

that the developer build a stoplight at the

intersection of Abington Drive and Knaust

Road.

In addition to the traffic improvements,

the developer of the project is proposing a

number of amenities to lessen the impact

on nearby residents. A sight-proof, 8-foottall

fence will be installed along the entire

back side of the property, which Musler

said the residents would not be held liable

for if it were accidentally damaged. The

facility also will be oriented in a way so

that the building will block trucks using the

store’s loading dock from nearby homes.

The developer has agreed to update the

4-foot sidewalk along Mexico and Knaust

roads to 10 feet, according to White.

These amenities did not dissuade the

crowd of residents, who filled every chair

in the council chamber and much of the

separate multi-purpose room.

Missouri Rep. John Wiemann, an

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against the proposal.

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the students who attend (Fort Zumwalt

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support business development and

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Daniel Boone Bridge section to be razed after almost 80 years of service

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH

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The Daniel Boone Bridge is coming down!

Now that westbound Interstate 64 traffic

has been moved off the older span of the

Daniel Boone Bridge across the Missouri

River, that span of the bridge is coming

down, probably in early 2016.

Whether its demolition will include blasting

is something the Missouri Department of

Transportation (MoDOT) is still working out.

Jessica Hochlan, a spokesperson for

MoDOT’s St. Louis office, said on Nov. 6

that the bridge, which opened in 1937, will

probably be removed in January or February.

She further noted that construction

crews will dismantle portions of the bridge

before considering the use of explosives to

drop what remains. Grading and cleanup

on the overall project is expected to be finished

by late spring or early summer.

While using explosives to drop portions

of bridges has proven to be a popular event,

Hochlan said one worry, in terms of using

those explosives, is that the old bridge is

adjacent to the two remaining westbound

and eastbound spans of the bridge.

About 1,000 people lined the riverbank

in St. Charles in December 2012 to watch

the blasting of two sections of I-70’s westbound

Blanchette Bridge. Those spans,

which fell dramatically into the Missouri

River, were being rebuilt.

Should the Daniel Boone Bridge meet

with a similar fate, Hochlan said a lack

of good public viewing areas might pose

another problem. When the Blanchette

Bridge fell, many onlookers had a clear and

safe view of the blast from Frontier Park,

which is just upstream from the bridge in

St. Charles. Still, Hochlan said, “We’ll see

what we can do.”

The transfer of westbound traffic from the

old span to the newer span is the culmination

of a project that has roots going back

decades. The newest span of the bridge,

carrying eastbound I-64 traffic, was opened

in June. The middle span built in the 1980s

was closed for rehabbing until westbound

traffic was moved onto it earlier this month.

Construction on the new span, part of a

$111 million project that began in January

2013, was designed to replace the old

bridge, which is falling apart.

For now, three lanes are open across

the westbound bridge. The far right lane

of the bridge is closed until of the end of

the year.

On the St. Louis County side of the

bridge, about 1,000 feet of the Monarch

Chesterfield Levee Trail remains closed

until early 2016. Once the trail is reopened,

users will be able to access the Katy Trail in

St. Charles County by crossing the bridge

on a pedestrian pathway that is expected to

open early next year.

This photo, taken in May 2015, shows the

newest (right) and oldest (left) spans of the

Daniel Boone Bridge. With the newest span

now complete and renovations finished

on the middle span, the oldest span is

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By DAN FOX

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The O’Fallon Police Department has

reported that several skimming devices

have been found at various locations

throughout the city.

Skimmers are electronic devices that can

be fitted to the mouth of a card reader on

an ATM or gas pump in order to capture

credit and debit card information. Typically

an external skimmer will look similar

or nearly identical to the actual card reader,

and can be accompanied by a fake keypad

to capture PIN numbers. Other types of

skimmers are mounted internally, making

them nearly impossible to spot from the

outside.

O’Fallon police have retrieved five

devices in total, four found at gas stations

and one on an ATM.

One of the first reported incidents

involved the ATM at 2996 Hwy. K. Police

say a man suspected of planting the skimmer

was dropped off across the street near a

closed-down business on Oct. 31 and made

his way to the ATM, where he attached

the device. O’Fallon police are circulating

images of the suspect, which were

captured when he returned to download

information off the device later that day.

A second device was found at Circle K, and

two more were found at Hucks on N. Main

Street. The last device was found at the

Fast Lane at 1001 Tom Ginnever Avenue.

It is currently unknown if the cases are

related.

The device found at Fast Lane was

attached internally.

A release issued by the O’Fallon Police

Department states that businesses have

been asked to check their ATM machines

and gas pumps to make sure no skimming

devices have been installed.

“We contacted every gas station in the

city and requested that they physically

examine their pumps both externally and

internally,” the release said. “Based on

this recent crime trend, we would encourage

people to use caution and individually

decide how to pay for gas.”

Officer Melissa Doss with the St. Peters

Police said her department found three

skimmers – two external and one internal

– over the course of the last month.

Doss said St. Peters Police contacted all

the city’s gas stations and informed them

on how to check for the devices, and “that

we highly recommend they take new practices

to protect their customers.”

St. Charles County police are not currently

working any cases involving skimmers,

and according to Cottleville Police

Chief Brett Mitchell, neither is the city of

Cottleville.

“Once we heard from other cities what

was happening, I sent our patrol guys out

to make contact with the banks and go to

the ATMs and make sure the banks took a

look at their ATMs to ensure that we didn’t

have any issues,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the volume of identity

thefts has not increased in Cottleville.

“I would not say that we have a big rash,

or that there’s anything outside the realm

of normal, and it is sad to say that is normal

at all, but unfortunately it is,” Mitchell said.

At presstime, the cases in O’Fallon were

still active.

Anyone with information or suspicion of

skimming is asked to contact Det. Andrew

Lubiewski at (636) 379-5664.

BUDGET, from page 10

cuts, is resulting in a potential shortfall

in the county’s road and bridge fund. The

budget includes a transfer of $699,000

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bridge fund , $23 million to the parks and

recreation fund, $48.3 million to the transportation

fund, and $24.7 million to the

capital projects fund.

Ehlmann’s budget recommendations

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recreation fund for continued development

of county parks including a park at Pitman

Hill and Kisker roads and the renovation

of the historic Hays House. As in past budgets,

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Board of Education recognizes

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The Francis Howell School District

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best and brightest students to sit with them

at meetings during the school year.

For October, the board representative

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High. Kaminski scored a perfect 36 on the

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Francis Howell High’s Elise Kaminski was the October Board of Education student representative.

French, English literature and physics.

“Elise’s outstanding academic credentials

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own talents and interests. More importantly,

however, Elise’s intrepid, joyful approach

to learning reminds us of how wonderful

exploring the possibilities can be and

how education is much more than finding

a single correct answer,” Francis Howell

Principal Dr. Dave Wedlock said.

Kaminski also is involved in the Francis

Howell Women’s Chamber Choir, Chemistry

Club and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club)

and is a competitive swimmer.

Kaminski is applying to colleges and

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As a model student, she offered some

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school.

“Just getting involved is huge,” she said.

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there

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High marks for local districts

The Missouri Department of Elementary

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school districts around the state.

Scoring 138 points out of a possible 140

(98.6 percent) were the Francis Howell

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Wentzville School District close behind,

scoring 133.5 points or 95.4 percent.

Now in its third year, the new report is part

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Students vie for national awards

Nine students from Francis Howell

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Scholastic Press Association’s individual

award competitions.

Work they completed in 2014-15 now

will go up against that of other students

across the nation.

Matthew Schott, who directs the Publications

Department at FHC, said he is

pleasantly surprised by how many nominees

the school has this year.

“We now live in a world where so much

is shared (mostly via social media),” Schott

said. “The entire point behind publications

classes and journalism is to share quality

work in a responsible way. That’s helping

those students be better prepared to be a

part of a sharing economy and world.”

Seniors Morgan Brader and Melissa

Wyas teamed up with 2015 grad Emily

Herd on the design of the school’s newsmagazine,

The Central Focus. Their cover

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For Picture of the Year categories, two

Francis Howell Central students were nominated.

Class of 2015 grad Frank Lunatto’s

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Alexis LaBarge is nominated for a subcategory

of Picture of the Year, Sports Reaction.

LaBarge’s collaboration with leaders on the

Francis Howell Central publications crew

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Story of the Year. LaBarge worked

with junior Eden Gundersen and 2015 grads

Jerianne Harrison and Kayla Schoenig to

pin down third place in the online publication

category with FHC Today.

In the past 10 years, only one student has

been nominated for these awards. This year

has nine students nominated. They will

learn where they have finished at the NSPA

national convention in mid-November.

Youth artists sought

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LADY COUGARS CELEBRATE ANOTHER WINNING SEASON

St. Charles Community College kickers win second straight Region 16 championship

By JONATHAN DUNCAN

Although, the program has been in existence

for just seven seasons, there is something

special going on these days with the

St. Charles Community College’s women’s

soccer team.

The Lady Cougars completed their season

in early November with a 13-5 record and

their second consecutive National Junior

College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Region 16 championship.

Success on the pitch has become a regular

occurrence over the past three years for

coach Josh Tyler and the Lady Cougars.

After a rocky first four years, SCC has

logged three straight winning seasons and is

getting noticed in soccer circles.

“We have put some pretty good seasons

here recently and we have won 40 games

over the past three years, so we’re really

turning the program around,” Tyler said.

“The level of play continues to rise for us

and girls really bought into it this year and

are having fun.”

Freshman midfielders Kyleigh Christiansen

and Kayla Collie provided the offensive

punch for SCC and led the club in scoring

with 16 and 12 goals, respectively.

Alexa Riley, a freshman midfielder made

her mark as the Region 16 Player of the Year.

The St. Charles Community College Lady cougars women’s soccer team celebrates its Region 16

championship win.

(Josh Tyler photo)

On the backline, sophomore defensemen

Morganne Dugger, Lacee Wesloh and

Amanda Buhmann provided stout protection

near the goal. Buhmann also was a bigtime

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“Really, it was an entire team effort,”

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After finishing ninth in the nation last year

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At mid-season, things started to click again

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Tips for Coping With Family and Friends

During the Holidays

The phrase, “be happy, it’s the holidays,” is

repeated over and over again during the holidays.

For many this time of year creates a sense of dread

and anticipation of deep grief and mourning

because a loved one will not be present. It is difficult

to be happy when happiness is at the bottom of the

list of emotions.

Let go of expectations. Holiday traditions provide

comfort for many but for others they represent the

open wound of grief. It is acceptable to hold off on

making commitments to attend gatherings of family

and friends. When an invitation is received make

your acceptance conditioned upon whether you

feel up to attending when the day arrives. Taking

a wait and see approach removes the pressure to

pretend everything is good when in fact it is not.

Express true feelings. Often during the holidays

there is the expectation of joy and celebration. Seek

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Holiday baking is a common

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• 2 1/3 cups flour

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

out those who understand your need for an open

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of individuals who are comfortable with that type of

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holidays and a beautiful memorial candle lighting

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your loved one, hear their name read and find the

resources available to help you through your journey

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• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

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• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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St. Peters

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Often, the fireplace mantel is

the centerpiece of the home. To

create a beautiful holiday mantel,

Sarah Corrigan, co-owner of The

White Hare home décor, gifts and

florals shop, offered these tips.

“Start with a mirror over the mantel

if you can,” Sarah said. “It’s the best

option, because you get reflective

properties instead of trying to match

up your holiday color scheme to

artwork.” Attach a wreath to the

mirror with a suction cup, or top it

with a swag. Next, place something

tall at one end of the mantel, such

as a cone tree with decorative

elements or a tree made from

pine or twigs. On the other end,

place tall candleholders, or use the

same items at both

ends. “You always

want balance,” Sarah

said, “and chunkier,

taller things are better.”

Next, place garland

across the mantle;

if you have a wood

mantel, cup hooks

or command hooks

work well along the

top to secure it. String

the garland with

lights, such as the

battery-operated type

sold at The White Hare.

Then, add additional

pine pieces that are

longer, poking them in

for the illusion of a fuller

garland that cascades

over the mantel.

Add more variety of

stems with different lengths to

achieve dimension – about four

different kinds – and some ribbon,

intertwining items so they look like

they are growing together. “It’s all

about layering. The more layers you

get, the better it’s going to look,”

Sarah said. Then add ornaments,

working large to small, and perhaps

a focal point, such as some deer

placed in front of the mirror. “And

don’t forget your hearth,” Sarah

said. “Maybe stack some trunks on

one side, flip the top trunk open,

and fill it with some of the same

elements you used up top.” For

more design inspiration, stop by The

White Hare!

November 18, 2015

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Holiday meals with family and

friends are special occasions that

call for special-occasion foods, but

holiday hosts shouldn’t have to

spend hours slaving in the kitchen.

The following is a recipe for

an exceptionally tasty, easy-toprepare

holiday entree, provided

courtesy of Valenti’s Market &

Catering Co.

Serve it with your favorite salad

and sides, or better yet, keep it

simple and pick up some delicious

dishes from Valenti’s. Their house

salad, baked ziti, and green

bean casserole would be perfect

accompaniments. And don’t forget

dessert: Valenti’s’ cannoli, some

tiramisu, or fresh-baked apple pie

will send guests home satisfied!

Brisket Marsala

Start with an 8-pound brisket

rubbed with ½ cup prime rib

seasoning (which can be

purchased, although many

simple recipes can be found

online) and topped with a

15-ounce bottle of Andria’s

steak sauce.

Cook at 300º F for 4.5 hours to

achieve a medium degree

of doneness.

Once brisket is cooked and

cooling (allow brisket to

cool/rest for 10-20 minutes

before slicing) combine ¼

cup of extra-virgin olive oil

with 5 minced garlic cloves

and 2 minced shallots in a

medium sauce pan. Cook

until garlic is golden brown

and shallots are translucent.

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Add 1 bottle of Marsala wine

and cook uncovered over a

medium heat, allowing the

mixture to reduce in volume.

While wine sauce is reducing,

sauté 6 ounces of sliced

mushrooms (baby Portabella

mushrooms work well) in two

tablespoons of butter.

Once wine sauce is reduced,

add 1.5 cups (15 ounces) of beef

stock and sautéed mushrooms

to it; bring to medium boil. In a

cup mix together a slurry of 4

tablespoons of corn starch and

½ cup of water; slowly add corn

starch mixture to wine sauce

mixture to thicken it.

Slice cooked, cooled brisket;

pour wine sauce over it. Sprinkle

with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook for 30 minutes at 350º F.

Serves 15 people.

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Reducing Stress in Your Pets at Holiday Time

The holidays can be a very exciting yet stressful

time for everyone, including family pets. There are

several things that can be done to help alleviate

anxiety in pets. The staff at Back on Track Veterinary

Hospital offers a few strategies to keep in mind at

this time of year.

Try to keep pets’ routines on a regular schedule.

This includes feeding and exercise times.

“Additionally, exercise can be a very effective

stress reliever for not only us, but our pets as well,”

said Dr. Tiffani Witten, owner and medical director

of Back on Track. “Making time to regularly walk

your dog outdoors around nature will lift his mood

and maybe yours as well! If indoors, there are

several mentally stimulating puzzle games and

toys available.”

Holiday guests and extra activities can also be

stressful for pets. Providing them a safe and quiet

place to retreat can help. This might include a

kennel for a dog or a high place to escape for a cat.

There are several non-drug products that

may help to reduce anxiety and stress in pets. A

pheromone spray that mimics their mom’s smell

can help to bring anxiety down a notch. Spray it

in their travel kennel or on their favorite toy from

home about five minutes prior to leaving for travel.

These products also come as a diffuser plug-in that

lasts about 30 days. Plug the diffuser in around the

spaces where pets spend the most time. Putting

pets with sensitive stomachs on species specific

probiotics can aid to reduce stomach upset.

“Thundershirts, which apply a gentle constant

pressure to the torso, may also create a soothing

effect for some pets,” added Dr. Witten. “Also,

research has proven that certain classical music

can relax our pets. Ask your veterinarian for help

if you need it.”

“We wish your family and pets a wonderful and

stress free holiday!”

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ON THE BOOKSHELF

Tome chronicles St. Charles County

Sheriff’s Department history

BY BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH

bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com

St. Charles County officials have published

a new book that chronicles the history

of the county Sheriff’s Department from the

Louisiana Purchase to the 21st century.

“The Star Between the River: A History

of the St. Charles County’s Sheriff’s

Department, 1805-2015” is a 206-page,

coffee-table book, replete with historical

photographs and maps.

The book, released last week, touches

on much of the county’s history, from its

emergence in the 19th century through its

modernization today. Highlights – or perhaps

lowlights – include an account of the

hanging of John Blan for the murder of one

Elijah Warren before 10,000 spectators in

St. Charles and the hanging of William Jefferies

for the murder of William Wussler

“in the yard of the county jail, while the

townspeople looked on.” Sheriff Joseph

Ruenzi presided over Blan’s hanging in

1879, while Sheriff Waldo Hines presided

over Jeffries’ hanging in April 1908.

In 1916, early violence reached a peak

when Lafayette Chandler shot and killed

Sheriff John H. Dierker, the only sheriff

killed in the line of duty in the department’s

history.

“Things were different but some of the

problems were the same as it is now,” said

Tom Neer, a long-time county sheriff, who

proposed the 2010 charter amendment

that created the St. Charles County Police

Department.

By the 1920s, the rise of the automobile

and new highways brought more commerce

and more criminals to the county.

The book notes that banks in St. Charles

County were robbed 12 times between

May 1930 and December 1933, resulting

in a loss of almost $100,000.

The county’s growth following World War

II included a gradual growth in the sheriff’s

department, which had a 13-man staff in

1965. Growing pains within the county also

meant growing pains within the department,

including a case of “blue flu” in 1979 when

more than 50 deputies called in sick over

pay, and arguments with county municipalities

over response times to emergency calls.

The election of Edward Uebinger in 1980

ushered in new training standards and a new

era in maintaining the peace.

“He took us out of cowboy boots and put

us on computers,” Neer states in the book.

By 2012, the St. Charles County Sheriff’s

Department was the largest in Missouri with

more than 200 employees, and Neer suggested

the charter amendment to assure its

professionalism and reduce politics. Voters

narrowly approved the amendment and

Captain David Todd, a 35-year Sheriff’s

Department veteran, was named the first

chief of the county police department.

Neer retired, and in November 2014, voters

elected Scott Lewis, the former Cottleville

police chief, as sheriff of a department that

now provides courthouse security, transports

prisoners and serves court documents.

The book was a committee effort suggested

by county Police Officer Dave

Fournell after he saw a similar book at a

sheriff’s department in another state. Neer,

Todd, County Executive Steve Ehlmann,

former Suburban Journals of Greater St.

Louis photographer Roy Sykes, county

police captains David Kaiser and Jim

Hudson, former county detective Marsha

Corley, county Director of Administration

Joann Leykam and county Public Affairs

Coordinator Colene McEntee were members

of the committee.

The book, which has an initial 500-copy

press run, is funded through the county

Public Information Department budget.

It can be purchased for $20 (plus a $1.25

handling fee for credit card purchases) at

the county finance department, 201 N. 2nd

Street in St. Charles, the county police

department at 101 Sheriff Dierker Court in

O’Fallon and the County Heritage Museum

at 1730 Heritage Landing in St. Peters.

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SAD therapy

November 18, 2015

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Health Capsules

Light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder, but a tailored form of

cognitive behavioral therapy seems to be a more effective long-term treatment.

Talk therapy tops light therapy for treating

seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a

recent study found.

SAD is a type of depression that usually

occurs in the winter months and like other

forms of depression often involves symptoms

such as hopelessness, increased sleep,

reduced energy and ability to concentrate,

loss of interest in work or other activities,

social withdrawal, sadness and irritability. It

affects more than 14 million Americans, and

in some areas of the northern U.S., its prevalence

is close to 10 percent of the population.

Treatment for SAD commonly involves

light therapy using a special lamp that

mimics sunlight, but a new study from

University of Vermont researchers suggests

that a special type of cognitive behavioral

therapy (CBT) is a better long-term solution

for SAD sufferers.

Kelly Rohan, a psychology professor,

led a study in which about 175 people with

SAD received either six weeks of light

therapy or a version of CBT that taught

them to challenge their negative thoughts

about dark, winter months and to resist

social isolation and other behaviors that

negatively affect mood. Two years later,

close to half (46 percent) of light therapy

recipients experienced a recurrence of

depression, compared to 27 percent of

those who had CBT. Participants in the

light therapy group also reported more

severe SAD symptoms.

Part of the problem with light therapy,

Rohan said, is the fact that people have

to keep using the treatment in order for

it to work.

“Adhering to the light therapy prescription

upon waking for 30 minutes to an hour

every day for up to five months in dark

states can be burdensome,” she said, noting

that 70 percent of people in the study were

no longer using the light therapy equipment

by the second winter.

In contrast, Rohan explained, CBT is

a preventive treatment, and once people

learn the basic skills it teaches, they can

use those skills to control their symptoms.

Rohan emphasized that both light therapy

and CBT are extremely effective in

treating SAD during the winter months but

said the talk therapy likely is a better longterm

solution.

Funded by a grant from the National

Institute of Mental Health, the study was

the first large-scale initiative to examine

the long-term effectiveness of light therapy

as a treatment for SAD.

The American Journal of Psychiatry

published the findings.

Just one drink

Drinking a single energy drink conceivably

could trigger a cardiovascular event

in a young adult, according to a study presented

at the 2015 American Heart Association

Scientific Sessions.

For a study, 25 healthy, young adults

were served on two separate days either

a 16-ounce can of a commercially available

energy drink or a placebo beverage

with similar taste. Measures taken 30

minutes before and after drink consumption

showed that those who drank energy

drinks had increases in blood pressure and

significant increases in norepinephrine, a

chemical that increases blood pressure and

the heart’s ability to contract.

The changes occurring after consuming

the energy drink “may predispose to

increased cardiovascular risk,” researchers

wrote, adding that larger studies are needed

to further assess the drinks’ effects.

Prescription drug use

Adults in the U.S. who do not take

at least one prescription drug are in the

minority, according to a study published

this month in JAMA.

Researchers who looked at data from the

National Health and Nutrition Examination

Survey found:

• The prevalence of prescription drug use

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from 51 percent in 1999-2000 to 59 percent

in 2011-2012.

• The prevalence of adults taking five or

more prescription drugs increased from

8 percent in 1999-2000 to 15 percent in

2011-2012.

• Prescription drug use increased significantly

among adults aged 40 and older but

not among younger adults

“Eight of the 10 most commonly used

drugs in 2011-2012 are used to treat components

of the cardiometabolic syndrome,

including hypertension, diabetes, and

dyslipidemia (high cholesterol). Another

is a proton-pump inhibitor used for gastroesophageal

reflux, a condition more prevalent

among individuals who are overweight

or obese,” the researchers wrote.

Study authors concluded that the

increased use of some prescription drugs

may be due to an increased need to treat

complications arising from being overweight

or obese.

Nearly 60 percent of the nation’s adults

take at least one prescription medication,

according to a recent study.

Mistaken penicillin allergies

About one in 10 Americans believe they

are allergic to penicillin because a doctor has

told them so, but for many of those people,

penicillin is perfectly safe, according to

a presentation this month at the American

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College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

(ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr. David Khan, allergist and ACAAI

fellow, led a study that he said showed penicillin

to be “safe for repeated use in patients

who had been told they were allergic.”

“Of the patients whose records we examined,

there were no adverse drug reactions

or evidence of recurrence of their penicillin

allergy,” Khan said. “Anyone who has been

told they are penicillin allergic but who

hasn’t been tested by an allergist should be

tested. An allergist will work with you to

find out if you’re truly allergic to penicillin,

and to determine what your options are for

treatment if you are. If you’re not, you’ll

be able to use medications that are safer,

often more effective and less expensive.”

and drink as much as they desired from

items offered in a vending machine.

Those who received fake stimuli consistently

consumed the same number of

calories and failed to lose weight, but

those receiving actual stimulation consumed

an average of 700 fewer calories

and lost weight.

Researchers plan to study the method

further to determine its safety and effectiveness

for weight loss.

Study results were published in the

journal Obesity.

On the calendar

Cholesterol, glucose, BMI and blood

pressure screening is offered from 7:30-

9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at Barnes-

Jewish St. Peters Hospital, 10 Hospital Drive

in St. Peters. Participants should fast for at

least 10 hours prior to screening. The fee is

$25. For an appointment, call 928-9355.

• • •

Family and Friends CPR is from 6:30-9

p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Progress West

Hospital, 2 Progress Point Parkway in

O’Fallon. The video-guided program is

for parents, grandparents and teens who

babysit (ages 10-15 if accompanied by an

adult). Instruction and hands-on practice

is included for infant, child and adult CPR,

first aid for choking and the use of automated

external defibrillators (AEDs) when

appropriate. Course facilitators use American

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Sleep and mood

Quality is more important than quantity

when it comes to sleep, a study reported in

the journal Sleep suggests.

At Johns Hopkins University School of

Medicine, researchers randomly assigned

healthy adults to one of three experimental

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or uninterrupted sleep. Throughout

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such as cheerfulness or anger.

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a 30 percent reduction in positive mood

and those with later betimes reporting a 12

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“When your sleep is disrupted throughout

the night, you don’t have the opportunity

to progress through the sleep stages

to get the amount of slow-wave sleep that

is key to the feeling of restoration,” lead

study author Patrick Finan said.

According to Finan, the study indicates

that the effects of interrupted sleep on

mood are cumulative, because differences

in mood among the groups became apparent

after the second night and continued the

day following the third night of the study.

“You can imagine the hard time people

with chronic sleep disorders have after

repeatedly not reaching deep sleep,” he said.

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A National Institutes of Health study found

that a form of non-invasive brain stimulation

was effective in helping obese individuals eat

fewer calories and lose some weight.

Researchers divided a group of study participants

into two groups; one group received

stimulation targeting the area of the brain

controlling behavior and reward, and the

other group received a fake stimulation.

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‘Tis the season for Christmas Traditions

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH

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Here come the holidays and in St.

Charles that means Christmas Traditions.

If you’ve never been to this month-long

celebration on historic Main Street, do

yourself a favor and go.

Go for the chance to stroll along streets

decorated in pine boughs and smelling of

hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Go for

the chance to meet Santa or the Sugar Plum

Fairy or Jack Frost. Go for the opportunity

to step back in time and enjoy the wonder

of the holiday season.

Christmas Traditions along Main Street is

held every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and

Saturday from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 with

special hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) on Christmas

Eve. Other hours this year are 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

on opening day, Nov. 27 and from 6:30-9

p.m. on Wednesdays and Friday. Saturday

hours are from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday

hours are from noon-5 p.m.

The festival revolves around the idea

of evoking a simpler holiday season, but

there’s nothing simple about the depth and

breadth of experiences visitors can enjoy.

Now in its 41st year, the festival drew an

estimated 150,000 people during its Thanksgiving

to Christmas run last year, said Elizabeth

Phelps, assistant director of the Greater

St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau,

making it one of the largest holiday celebrations

in the St. Louis region.

As in years past, the festival is chuck

full of events and activities ranging from

a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to

Santa parades to marshmallow roasting

to interacting with more than 40 Yuletide

characters. Candlelight readings of “Twas

the Night Before Christmas” is a perennial

favorite as are the carolers that evoke the

sound of the season. As many as seven

groups are providing entertainment this

year, up from four last year, Phelps said.

“We really broadened the scope of

music,” she noted.

Victorian carolers, “the Cobblestone Wassailiers,”

will be featured along with groups

such as the Sleigh Belle Singers and the

USO Evergreens – quartets that specialize

in popular holiday standards from the 1940s

and 1950s. Other groups scheduled to perform

include Rising Generations, the Winfield

Chamber Singers, the River Blenders

and the Ambassadors of Harmony.

The opening ceremony at 11 p.m. on

Nov. 27 at the Kister Park Gazebo in the

400 block of South Main Street begins, of

course, with the arrival of Santa and Mrs.

Claus, escorted by the Lewis and Clark

Fife and Drum Corps. Also appearing will

be the “Legends of Christmas” – historic,

literary and folklore characters from the

holiday season. Spectators can watch the

ceremonial hanging of a last bit of greenery,

marking the official start of the season.

At 5 p.m. the same day, St. Charles Mayor

Sally Faith, along with the Cobblestone

Wassailiers, will participate in the annual

lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree

located in Berthold Square at the corner of

South Main Street and First Capitol Drive.

The Santa Parade will be held at 1:30

p.m. on Nov. 27 and on every Saturday

and Sunday during the festival. Christmas

Traditions characters and carolers come

together for a special procession to the

The many Santas of St. Charles’ Christmas Traditions sweep Mrs.

Claus off her feet. (photo courtesy Christmas Traditions)

Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park. Phelps said

the parade has a new route this year, starting

at 1000 South Main Street and culminating

at the stage.

Special parade guests include Rising

Generations on Dec. 5, the Winfield Chamber

Singers on Dec. 12, the River Blenders

on Dec. 13, and the Ambassadors of Harmony

on Dec. 19.

The Cobblestone Wassailiers will be in

concert at Berthold Square on the corner of

South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

at 2:30 p.m. starting on Nov. 27 and on Saturdays

and Sundays. The group also will

be caroling at 4:45 p.m. on Sundays at the

Kister Park Gazebo.

A new holiday tradition, the St. Charles

Christmas Traditions Krampusnachts,

some of Santa’s naughtier friends – including

the Mouse King, Beisnickel and Krampus

– will visit North Main Street from

7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Marshmallow roasts will be held on Fridays

from 7-8:30 p.m. at Berthold Square.

Author Clement Clark Stone, with musical

accompaniment, will hold readings of

“Twas the Night before Christmas” every

15 minutes from 7-8:30 p.m. at the historic

Peck Brothers residence at the First Missouri

Capitol on South Main Street.

A unique St. Nicholas Day celebration

also is planned at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the

North Main Colonnade in the 200 block of

North Main Street. The celebration will feature

a children’s parade from Colonnade to

Berthold Square. Participants and spectators

are invited to bring a new or gently used pair

of shoes to donate as part of a shoe drive in

partnership with Shoeman Water Projects.

At 4 p.m. on Dec. 13, the festival will

observe the centuries-old Scandinavian

celebration of “St. Lucy’s (Saint Lucia)

Day.” A special children’s parade, led by

the Saint of Light herself, will move from

the Colonnade at 200 North Main Street

to Berthold Square. The event will feature

interactive story telling by Saint Lucia.

A reindeer flight instructor and her live

reindeer pals will tell stories about Dasher,

Dancer, Prancer and Vixen during and

event from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 19-20 at the

First State Capitol.

The festival’s closing ceremony at 1:30

p.m. on Dec. 24 includes the annual “Santa

Send-Off” at the Jaycee Stage at Frontier

Park where Santa and Mrs. Claus board a

horse-drawn carriage to head back to the

North Pole to get ready for the big night.

Presumably they are fast horses.

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The festival is just one of a number of

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Counted among the other festive favorites

is the annual “Santa North Pole Dash 5 K

Run” set for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 at Riverside

and First Capitol drives. The Dash is

a sight to behold with its more than 2,000

runners dressed as Santa. Accompanied by

the Children’s Snowman Shuffle, the run

is a fundraiser for the Greater St. Charles

County Chamber.

• • •

On Wednesday Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., the

city of O’Fallon’s 16th Annual Tree

Lighting Ceremony takes place at City

Hall, 100 North Main Street. In addition

to experiencing the lighting of the tree,

guests can hear choral music, visit with

Santa, play holiday games, make holiday

crafts, ride the City Train and more. Vendors

will have holiday-themed decorations

and hand-made gifts for sale. Visit www.

ofallon.mo.us to learn more.

• • •

On Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., the St.

Peters Tree Lighting takes place at St.

Peters City Hall, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.

Holiday-themed musical performances

from various groups and a countdown to

the annual lighting of the tree are followed

by additional activities for kids and guests.

Visit www.stpetersmo.net for details.

• • •

On Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., the Salvation

Army Tree of Lights Celebration

takes place at Dardenne Prairie City Hall

Park, 2032 Hanley Road. The evening

features musical entertainment by area

schools, holiday crafts, refreshments and

other activities. Santa and his reindeer will

be available for pictures, but guests are

asked to bring their own cameras. Guests

are also asked to bring a new, unwrapped

toy to donate to the Salvation Army Toy

Town. Donated toys will benefit children

in need in the western St. Charles County

area. For more information, call (636) 755-

5308 or visit www.dardenneprairie.org.

For more information, contact the Parks

and Recreation office at (636)755-5308.

• • •

The annual Celebration of Lights display

runs Nov. 27-Dec. 24 in Fort Zumwalt

Park. Each scene is designed and funded

by local organizations, churches and businesses.

Started in 1991, the event attracts

more than 10,000 vehicles each year and

more than 5,000 individuals during the

Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.

• • •

On Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 3:30-9:30 p.m.,

the city of Dardenne Prairie hosts a Dinner

and Holiday Lights Tour at Our Lady of

the Snows. Participants will enjoy a buffet

dinner at Our Lady of the Snows and a

trip through the famed light display. The

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber hosts its annual Santa

North Pole Dash 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12.

calling Melissa at (636) 755-5308.

• • •

On Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m.-2

p.m., an Ugly Christmas Sweater Luncheon

takes place at Stegton Regency

Banquet Center, 1450 Wall Street in St.

Charles. Hosted by the Silver & Gold

60+ Club, the luncheon features an ugly

sweater costume contest, food, live entertainment

and raffles. For more information

or to register, contact Kacie Derby at (636)

946-4042 or visit Baue.com/events.

• • •

“A Christmas Carol” is at 7:30 p.m.

nightly Dec. 3-5 at the J. Scheidegger

Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay Street,

in St. Charles. Call (636) 949-4433 or visit

www.luboxoffice.com for more information

and tickets.

• • •

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage

Center in Defiance offers its Christmas

Candlelight Tours on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and

12. Visit danielboonehome.com/calendar/

index.html for details.

• • •

The 6th Annual Defiance Christmas

Festival is on Dec. 5 and kicks off with a

Pet Parade at noon. For details, visit www.

defiancemo.org.

• • •

Visit Santa at the Old Town Log Cabin

on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at 141

Gatty Drive in St. Peters. Enjoy free horsedrawn

carriage rides, hot chocolate and

cookies. Bring your own camera, and dress

for outdoor weather.

• • •

A Santa Party is on Dec. 5 from 9-10

a.m. and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Youth

Activity Park, 7801 Hwy. N. in Dardenne

Prairie. All ages are welcome. Participants

can have their photo taken with Santa,

make a snowman ornament, decorate a

holiday treat, drink hot chocolate and play

festive games. Call (636) 949-7535 to register.

• • •

An Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll

is from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in

Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive

in O’Fallon. Carolers will fill the air with

music as guests walk through the Celebration

of Lights display. Santa receives

young visitors, and vendors will be selling

hot chocolate, cookies and holiday gifts. At

7:25 p.m., fireworks will burst over Lake

Whetzel. For more information, email

jhoisington@ofallon.mo.us, call (636)

379-5605 or visit www.ofallon.mo.us/

celebration-of-lights.

• • •

The Winter Wonderland on Ice Show

is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at the St.

Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. The

show will feature the best Rec-Plex solo

skaters and synchronized skating teams,

plus holiday characters on ice. For more

information, call (636)-939-2386

• • •

Dean Christopher brings A Classic Las

Vegas Christmas Show to St. Peters on

Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Peters Cultural

Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.

To order tickets, or for more information,

call (636) 397-6903, ext. 1624.

• • •

A Holiday Concert is at 7 p.m. on Friday,

Dec. 18 at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N.

Main Street in St Charles. The Sentimental

Journey Dance Band performs a wide

range of classic music “from the 40’s to the

present,” along with a number of holiday

favorites. Visit www.foundryartcentre.org

for tickets and additional information.

• • •

Young People’s Theatre performs

“Scrooge!” Dec. 18-20 at the Donald D.

Shook Fine Arts Building at St. Charles

Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers

Mall Drive in Cottleville. Performances

take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,

Dec. 18-19, and 2 p.m. on Saturday

and Sunday, Dec. 19-20. For more information

or tickets, call (636) 922-8233, or

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Across St. Charles County, the call has

gone out to turn this holiday season into a

season of giving.

Annual campaigns such as O’Fallon’s

Cornucopia of Care food drive, the Tri-City

Holiday Food Drive and the Lake Saint

Louis Police Officers Association Holiday

Charity Drive provide ample opportunity

for area residents to give locally.

“There are so many ways to give,” said

Weldon Spring City Clerk Melinda (Moe)

Kwiatkowski, who dreamed up the Tri-

City challenge six years ago. “But this is

our way of doing what we can locally in

our three communities.”

The Tri-City challenge pits the generosity

of Weldon Spring residents against

Cottleville and Dardenne Prairie residents.

The city that garners the most food and cash

donations, including food for four-legged

friends, lays claim to the coveted “Cornucopia

Traveling Trophy” and bragging

rights for the following year. For four out

of five years, the trophy has been claimed

by Weldon Spring.

“But it would be wonderful to share the

trophy with another community this year,”

Kwiatkowski said. “We have fun competing

against each other, but the real goal is

putting food in empty pantries.”

large amounts of food during the holidays

and people are still hungry in January,”

Kwiatkowski said. “We try to help restock

the shelves.”

In addition to collecting food and personal

care items for Sts. Joachim and Ann

Care Service, pet food and supplies are

being accepted and will be donated to Five

Acres Animal Shelter.

“Monetary donations also are accepted,”

Kwiatkowski said, “but we ask that those

donating money do so by check and make

those checks payable directly to either Sts.

J&A Care Service or to Five Acres.”

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service

has one of the largest food pantries in St.

Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties.

Donations to the Tri-City Holiday Food

Drive can be dropped off at each of the participating

municipalities’ city halls during

normal business hours.

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is seeking donations to help local school

children during this holiday season. The

association’s Holiday Charity Drive continues

until Dec. 24. Police are asking for

tax-deductible donations only. Food items

or clothing are not being accepted due to a

lack of storage space.

Donations can be mailed to the attention

of Butch Crowley, c/o Lake Saint Louis

Police Officer’s Association, 6290 Ronald

Reagan Drive, Suite 267, Lake Saint Louis,

MO 63367. For more information, contact

Crowley at (636) 262-4235.

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The city of O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services

Department’s annual “Cornucopia

of Care” food drive continues through

Saturday, Dec. 19. Nonperishable canned

and boxed food and personal care items

can be brought to collection canisters in 10

locations throughout the city, including the

O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) at

100 North Main Street.

“Increasingly, we find that many of those

needing assistance today were the ones

who donated to past food drives,” Kathy

Halstead, O’Fallon’s manager of volunteer

services, said in a news release announcing

the drive. “Recent economic challenges

require [those in need] to stretch their

limited funds to pay utility bills, housing,

transportation and medical needs. With

less food donations coming in and more

families in need, local food pantries may

not have enough food, and so those families

may go hungry.”

Visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer for a

list of additional drop-off locations.

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through mid January.

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Express, recently announced a new commitment

to expand healthier food offerings

at its stores throughout the U.S. Over the

next few years, U-Gas will work with the

Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)

to maintain and build upon healthy food

choices; continue to make those choices

more affordable; and support healthier

options through in-store marketing and

promotions. The announcement was made

at the NACS Show, the convenience store

industry’s largest annual event.

• • •

St. Charles-based Wiegmann Associates

recently completed a $132,000 HVAC

upgrade at the St. Charles Old Post Office on

Historic Main Street in St. Charles. Wiegmann

transformed outdated HVAC systems

and installed automation controls in the

10,000-square-foot historic building. which

was converted into a state-of-the-art coworking

technology incubator for digital

startup businesses called OPO Startups.

• • •

The Travelers Protective Association

(TPA), a fraternal benefit society with

national headquarters located at 2041

Exchange Drive in St. Charles, recently

celebrated its 125th anniversary. Founded

by a group of traveling salesmen who

wanted to help others, the association is

now licensed in 29 states and has over

24,000 members. It provides accident, disability

and death benefits to both its members

and their beneficiaries.

• • •

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to benefit various charities. The Battlegrounds

worked with Funds2Orgs.com

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shoes to those in developing nations,

with proceeds benefiting The Mission

Continues. The race also collected 509

pounds of canned food for Operation

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Agape Ministry of Warren County.

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plant’s energy consumption by a total of

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EVENTS AND NETWORKING

Local civic organization Progress 64

West holds its 28th Annual Excellence in

Community Development Awards banquet

on Wednesday, Nov. 25, beginning

at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in

Chesterfield. Maryville University President

Tom Lombardi will be the keynote

speaker. Individual tickets are $85, and

are available through the organization’s

website, www.progress64west.org, or. by

contacting Jim Susman at (314) 997-3390

or susgroup@gmail.com.

• • •

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber

of Commerce hosts a Business Builders

Networking Group meeting on

Thursday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

at EPC, 3941 Harry S. Truman Blvd. in

St. Charles. The event is free for chamber

members, but first-time attendees are

asked to contact the chamber office at

(636) 946-0633 or Eric Levy at (636) 410-

0418 before visiting the group.

• • •

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber

of Commerce holds a Morning Networking

Coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 9,

from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Lake St. Charles

Senior Living Community, 45 Honey

Locust Lane in St. Charles. The event is

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When it comes to setting the holiday

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– high quality ingredients and tasty, handmade

treats.

Tony Valenti says not to worry. His familyowned

market has been supplying family

tables for over 70 years with high quality

meats, bakery items and other local products.

“It’s time to plan for the holidays and we

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old-fashion family market that prides itself

on service and quality products for the

holidays and beyond.”

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of fresh cuts along with items prepped

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filets and coconut-encrusted Tilapia. All of

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are the market’s fresh turkeys – birds

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From Thanksgiving through New Year’s,

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the market will happily save hosts from

spending too much time in the kitchen.

“You can get your roast or smoked turkeys

and glazed hams, which are big sellers

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and the pie. We make it easy,” Valenti said.

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Basket weaving classes are offered

once per month from November through

May at the State Capitol Historic Site in St.

Charles. Participants may register for all

the classes or individually, but class size

is limited. The next class is held on Dec.

5, and registration costs for each class vary

from $35-$55. For more information, call

(636) 940-3322.

BENEFITS

The Taste of St. Charles is from 6-9 p.m.

on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the St. Charles

Convention Center. Guests enjoy some of

the area’s finest food and wine. Proceeds

benefit area charities. Tickets are $40

in advance ; $45 at the door. Visit www.

tasteofstcharles.com for details.

CRAFT FAIRS

Celebration Church’s 2nd Annual Fall

Craft Fair is on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

at 250 Birdie Hills Road. Celebration’s

members are selling cookbooks, food and

beverages during the event. The craft fair is

free and open to the public. For more information,

visit www.celebrationcares.org.

• • •

The 6th Annual Francis Howell Craft

Fair is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday,

Dec. 5 at Francis Howell Middle School,

825 O’Fallon Road. Donuts with Santa

begins at 9 a.m. along with free photos and

crafts for the kids. More than 125 crafters

and vendors are featured. Attendees are

invited to bring unwrapped toys for donation

to Whole Kids Outreach.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

St. Charles Community College’s Center

Stage Theatre will present “Nice People

Dancing to Good Country Music” Nov.

18-22 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts

Building theater on the SCC campus, 4601

Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. Tickets

are free to SCC students with ID; $8 general

admission; $6 for seniors, veterans and students.

For information or tickets, call (636)

922-8233, or visit www.stchastickets.com.

• • •

The French Connection, a concert by

the St. Louis Philharmonic, is at 8 p.m. on

Friday, Nov. 20 at Logan University’s Purser

Center, 1851 Schoettler Road in Chesterfield.

Selections include Orchestral excerpts

from “Carmen,” Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole”

and Kalinnikov’s “Symphony No. 1

in G minor.” Tickets are available online at

www.stlphilharmonic.org.

• • •

The Gateway Spotlight Chorus’ Cabaret

Show is on Saturday, Nov. 21 from

6:30-10 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church,

1975 S. Old Hwy. 94 in St Charles. The

show features a Sweet Adeline quartet and

a mixed a cappella vocal jazz quartet, plus

Steve Barcellona, a comedian/magician. A

50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and silent

auction plus free gifts also are offered.

Contact gschyder@yahoo.com or call

(636) 379-3992 to order tickets in advance.

• • •

“The History of Rock ‘n’ Soul,” presented

by One Pulse Entertainment is at 7

p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at The Foundry

Art Centre, 520 N Main Street in St. Charles.

The ladies of RESPECT: The Women of

Rock and Soul and the gentlemen of The

Birth of Rock and Roll will share the stage.

Tickets available at www.foundryartcentre.

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• • •

The St. Louis Philharmonic’s Holiday

Pops Spectacular is at 8 p.m. on Friday,

Dec. 4 at the Purser Auditorium on the

campus of Logan University. Attendees are

asked to bring unwrapped toys for donation

to the Toys for Tots campaign. Admission

is $20 per person and advance tickets

are recommended. For tickets and details,

visit www.stlphilharmonic.org.

• • •

The St. Louis Symphony’s 2015 Holiday

Concert is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.

5 at Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd. in

St. Louis. The St. Louis Children’s Choirs

perform Christmas carols and holiday

favorites. Purchase tickets online at www.

powellhall.com, by phone at (314)-534-

1700, or in person at Powell Hall.

• • •

The St. Charles Community College

Concert Band and Jazz Band perform at

7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 in the Donald

D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater, 4601

Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. The

concert is free and open to the public. No

reservations are required.

• • •

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts presents

Christmas at the Cathedral with the

Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Frederica

von Stade, mezzo-soprano in association

with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs at

8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and 2:30 p.m.

on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are available

online at www.cathedralconcerts.org.

FAMILY AND KIDS

Books & Butterflies, a special reading

program with authors from St. Louis

region, runs Nov. 1-22 at the Sophia M.

Sachs Butterfly House. Admission is $6 for

adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older)

and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children

ages 2 and younger and Missouri Botanical

Garden members are free. For more

information, visit www.butterflyhouse.org

or call (636) 530-0076.

• • •

The Winterfest-Ice Rink opening is on

Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at The Meadows

at Lake Saint Louis, 20 Meadows

Circle Drive. 102.5 KEZK will kick off the

“Welcome to Winterfest” celebration with

games, prizes and giveaways. Live music,

carriage rides, cookies, hot chocolate, a

marshmallow roast and more will be available

for guests. Additional information is

available at www.themeadowsatlsl.com.

• • •

Garden Glow 2015, the Missouri Botanical

Garden’s annual light display is open

Wednesday-Sunday evenings from 5-9:30

p.m., Nov. 21-Dec. 17. Food and drinks are

available at a number of locations on the

grounds including stations featuring fire

pits for s’more making. Visit www.mobot.

org or call (314)-577-5100 for tickets and

additional information.

• • •

Winter Jewels at the Butterfly House

is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday through

Sunday, Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. The cost

of the exhibit is included in the standard

Butterfly House admission.

• • •

Burn Off the Bird is on Friday, Nov. 27

at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico

Road. The Rec-Plex will be open free of

charge to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

offering a variety of free demonstration

fitness classes on a first-come, first-served

basis and other special activities. To learn

more contact (636) 939-2386 or visit www.

stpetersmo.net/rec-connect.

• • •

Supper with Santa is from 4:30-7 p.m.

on Dec. 6 at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly

House in Faust Park. Participants

enjoy a pasta dinner, complete with cookie

decorating and hot cocoa as well as Santa’s

Workshop stations and a souvenir picture

with Santa. Space is limited; register online

at www.mobot.org.

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For a list of acceprable items, visit www.

witsinc.org or call (314) 558-0090.

• • •

St. Charles City-County Library District

welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning author-

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3 at the Spencer Road branch, 427 Spencer

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The Big Muddy Dance Company kicks off its

2015-16 season at Washington University’s

Edison Theatre Nov. 21.

COMEDY

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood,

Dec. 4, The Touhill

Amy Schumer, Dec. 18, Scottrade Center

CONCERTS

Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett,

Nov. 20, Chaifetz Arena

Seven Lions, Nov. 20, Old Rock House

The Urge, Nov. 20-21, The Pageant

Dead & Company,

Nov. 20, Scottrade Center

The Stanley Clarke Band,

Nov. 21, The Touhill

Eliane Elias, Nov. 21, The Sheldon

Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm

Band, Nov. 27, Old Rock House

STL Symphony, “Peter and the Wolf,”

Nov. 27-29, Powell Symphony Hall

Straight No Chaser, Nov.

27, The Fox Theatre

Michael McDonald, Nov.

28, The Fox Theatre

Heart, Dec. 1, The Fox Theatre

X Ambassadors, Dec. 1, The Pageant

Y98’s Mistletoe Show 2015,

Dec. 4, The Family Arena

Stone in Love: A Tribute to Journey,

Dec. 5, The Family Arena

Eli Young Band, Dec. 5, The Pageant

STL Symphony, “Handel’s Messiah,”

Dec. 5, Powell Symphony Hall

Smokey Robinson & Mario Frangoulis,

Dec. 6, Peabody Opera House

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is onstage

at The Fox Theatre through Nov. 22.

St. Louis Civic Orchestra,

Dec. 6, Purser Center

Weezer, with Wavves, Dec.

8, Peabody Opera House

David Halen, Peter Martin and

Friends, Dec. 9, The Sheldon

92.3 WIL JingleFest 2015,

Dec. 10, The Family Arena

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael

W. Smith, Dec. 11, Scottrade Center

Trans-Siberian Orchestra,

Dec. 27, Scottrade Center

LIVE PERFORMANCES

“The Misanthrope,” through

Nov. 22, Edison Theatre

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,”

through Nov. 22, The Fox Theatre

Big Muddy Dance Company,

Nov. 21, Edison Theatre

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian

Nutcracker, Nov. 30, The Fox Theatre

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” Dec.

2-27, Loretto-Hilton Center

Jazz St. Louis welcomes The Stanley Clarke

Band to The Touhill on Nov. 21.

“A Christmas Carol,” Dec.

3-5, J. Scheidegger Center

WU Dance Theatre - “Shadows &

Light,” Dec. 4-6, Edison Theatre

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze,”

Dec. 4-6, The Fox Theatre

“Wicked,” Dec. 9-Jan. 3, The Fox Theatre

Alexandra Ballet presents “The

Nutcracker,” Dec. 13, Purser Center

Saint Louis Ballet presents “The

Nutcracker,” Dec. 17-23, The Touhill

Missouri Ballet Theatre presents “The

Nutcracker,” Dec. 18-20, Edison Theatre

“The Elves and the Shoemaker,”

Dec. 19-23, Loretto-Hilton Center

“Elf The Musical,” Dec. 26-27,

Peabody Opera House

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The Family Arena: familyarena.com, (636) 896-4200

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J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts: luboxoffice.com,

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Loretto-Hilton Center: repstl.org, (314) 968-4925

Old Rock House: metrotix.com, (314) 534-1111

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Peabody Opera House: ticketmaster.com,

(866) 448-7849

Purser Center: logan.edu/PurserEvents, (800)782-3344

Powell Symphony Hall: slso.org, (800) 232-1880

Scottrade Center: ticketmaster.com, (866) 448-7849

The Sheldon: thesheldon.org, (314) 533-9900

The Touhill: Touhill.org, (314) 516-4949


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November 18, 2015

MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE

@MIDRIVERSNEWS

MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM

Real estate showcase

Benton Homebuilders Offers New Home Options

For Every Lifestyle

At Benton Homebuilders, they understand that the “perfect”

home for each family is different and distinct. Whether you

need a home that comfortably accommodates a growing family,

are ready to downsize or want to transition to a carefree villa

lifestyle, Benton Homebuilders has a home that’s perfect for you.

For buyers who don’t have the time to build their new home

from scratch, Benton also offers several “Quick Move-in

Homes,” which are in varying stages of construction to suit those

who need immediate availability, but who

still wish to personalize their home with

their own choices of colors and features.

Each of the communities offers

a floorplan portfolio available as a

starting point. Then work with the sales

manager and interior design consultant

to determine the modifications and

finishing touches that are right for you.

Located in the acclaimed Wentzville

School District, Woodlands at Bear

Creek and Huntsdale are located off

the beaten path from the main areas of congestion, yet both

communities offer quick and convenient access to all major

transportation, shopping, dining and activities. Homes in the

two communities range from 2176 up to 4195 square feet.

Both offer a variety of floorplans including two-story, ranch

and 1.5-story plans starting in the low to mid-$200s. These

quality-built Benton homes have popular open floor plans, and

some include golf course views. They feature standard elegant

front elevations, two- and three- car garage options, rich birch

cabinetry, patios, sodded homesites, landscape packages,

50-gallon hot water heaters and more. Call Sheila

Knutson at 314-401-3208 for more information.

Would you prefer to be in a growing and

family-oriented community in Lake St Louis?

Benton Homebuilders’ Brookside Manor

development is now entering Phase II, with

47 gorgeous new lots available starting in the

$220’s. Live in a country-quiet atmosphere, with easy access

to I-70 and located within the Fort

Zumwalt School District. This

peaceful, rural setting is a perfect

place to enjoy the community’s

many amenities, including a lake,

walking trails, playground, picnic

area and pavilion, swimming pool

with cabana, and sport court. Many

homesites are large enough to

accommodate three-car garages.

Brookside also has an opportunity

The Linley homesite includes 3 car garage & fully sodded front & back yard

for you to purchase an inventory home at the Phase I discount price.

Buyers who desire an active lifestyle without being tied to

exterior home maintenance and upkeep will want to visit Benton

Homes’ Villas at Magnolia, which is located just minutes

from the I-70 corridor in the much sought-after O’Fallon area.

Offering detached and attached units with square footages

and floor plans designed for every taste, make the Villas at

Magnolia your next stop in your search for a new home. Call

Janet St. John at (314) 651-8887 for more information.

Visit www.bentonhomebuilders.com for more details on

each inventory home available for quick and easy move-in.

– THESE PROPERTIES OFFERED BY –

314-336-5555

www.bentonhomebuilders.com

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VACATION STAYS

FOR MOM AND DAD

Garden View Care Center

Take a break have your

parents stay with us!

700 Garden Path

O'Fallon, MO 63366

636-240-2840

www.Gvcc.com

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Work from home in nutrition

industry exclusively with St. Louis

based company, Reliv Int'l. Call

for appt. 800-478-7441.

CLEANING

CLEANING FOR ALL BUDGETS!

We're the only ones that

still clean on hands & knees.

Celebrating 30 years!

Owner lives in Magnolia Subdiv.

636-294-0814

ELECTRICAL

ERIC'S ELECTRIC - Licensed,

Bonded & Insured: Service upgrades,

fans, can lights, switches,

outlets, basements, code

violations fixed, we do it all.

Emergency calls & back up generators.

No job too small. Competitively

priced. Free Estimates.

Just call 636-262-5840.

In Home Care & Assistance

ASSISTED CARE

Don't overpay for Homecare

All Caregivers are:

• Bonded • Covered under Workers' Comp

• Carefully Selected from St. Charles area

• Matched to Your Needs

• Homecare Assistants $17.50/hr. • Live-In Care $180/day

Senior Services, Unltd.

"A Not-For-Profit Agency"

4123A Mexico Rd. • St. Peters

636-441-4944

28 Years Serving Area Seniors

Is all your spare time spent caring for your parents?

• transportation

Let Right at Home care for

• light housekeeping

YOUR Mom and/or Dad • meal planning

...then your time is quality time and preparation

• personal care

Locally Owned/Operated • Bonded & Insured

636-379-9955

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Whatever your message is,

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HAULING

J & J HAULING

WE HAUL IT ALL

Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,

appliances, household trash,

yard debris, railroad ties, fencing,

decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.

Call: 636-379-8062 or

email: jandjhaul@aol.com

HELP WANTED

EXPERIENCED INCOME TAX

PREPARER to work from Feb.15th

to April 15th. Pay commensurate

with experience. Unique clientele.

Check us out @ JCherren.com

Office located in Lake St. Louis.

Call 636-561-3600 or email

jcherren@jcherrenco.com

HOME IMPROVEMENT

HAPPY HANDYMAN SERVICE

"Don't Worry Get Happy"

Complete home remodel/ repair

- kitchen & bath, plumbing,

electrical, carpentry. 24HR

Emergency Service. Commercial

and Residential. Discount for

Seniors/Veterans. 636-541-9432.

LANDSCAPING

ALL TYPES OF LANDSCAPING

• Landscape Maintenance •

Yard Clean-up, Leaf Removal,

Bush Trimming, Mulching

Erosion Control, Stone Walls

Call 636-366-4007 or 314-873-7091

See us at www.A1Erosion.com

PAINTER

DAN VOLLMER

• I AM INCORPORATED INC. •

INTERIOR SPECIAL 2015

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size

(12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)

FOR 35 YEARS

FREE ESTIMATES: CALL DAN

(636) 265-0739

exterior painting!

PLUMBING

ANYTHING IN PLUMBING

- Good Prices! Basement

bathrooms, small repairs & code

violations repaired. Fast Service.

Certified, licensed plumber - not

a handyman. Call or text anytime:

314-409-5051.

PRAYER

ST. JUDE NOVENA

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus

be adored, glorified, loved

and preserved throughout the

world now and forever. Sacred

Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St.

Jude, Worker of Miracles, pray

for us. St. Jude, Help for the

Hopeless, pray for us. Say prayer

nine times a day; by the 8 th day

prayer will be answered. Say it

for nine days, then publish. It

has never been known to fail.

Thank you, St. Jude. DF

• M I D R I V E R S C L A S S I F I E D S •

PAINTING

ADVANTAGE

PAINTING CO.

Interior &

Exterior Painting

Drywall Repair • Taping

Powerwashing • Wallpaper Stripping

Top Quality Work • FREE Estimates

636.262.5124

INSURED

MENTION AD & RECEIVE 10% OFF

WATERPROOFING

TOP NOTCH WATERPROOFING &

Foundation Repair LLC. Cracks,

sub-pump systems, structural &

concrete repairs. Exterior drainage

correction. Serving Missouri

for 15 yrs. Free estimate 636-

281-6982. Finally, a contractor

who is honest and leaves the job

site clean. Lifetime Warranties.

WANTED

CRIBBAGE PLAYERS: Play

Competitive Cribbage. Semi-

Annual Tournaments. Socialize

and meet new people. ACC

sanctioned. Meet Tuesdays at

Vettes Restaurant, 4203 North

St., St. Peters Pkwy. 63304 at

6:30pm. Call 636-233-8032.

WEDDINGS

Anytime...Anywhere...

Marriage Ceremonies

314-703-7456


SPECTACULAR SALES EVENT!

Save Thousands Now on a New Home or Villa

Woodlands at Bear Creek

Stratton II - 2,322 sq ft

4905 Summer Run Dr. - Wentzville

4 Bdrms, Formal Dining Rm

Was $302,500 NOW $285,000

Linley Ranch - 2,454 sq ft

4302 Broken Rock Dr. - Wentzville

3 Bdrms, 3-car Gar, Designer Kitchen

Was $315,459 NOW $308,000

New Castle 2 Story - 4,195 sq ft

4318 Broken Rock Dr. - Wentzville

4+ Bdrms, 3-car Garage, Main Level Office

Was $366,953 NOW $360,000

INVENTORY

BLOWOUT!

Brookside Manor

Inness II

760 Mountain Brook Ct. - O’Fallon

2-story, 3 Bdrms, 2-1/2 Baths

Cul de sac, Wood Floors, Walkout Basement

Was $218,822

NOW $215,000

Call Janet at 314.651.8887

Call Sheila at 314.401.3208

Huntsdale

Jasper 1-1/2 Story - 2,282 sq ft

816 Liberty Creek Dr. - Wentzville

4 Bdrms, Flex Rm, Backs to woods

Was $303,615 NOW $295,000

Dover III - 2,989 sq ft

Liberty Creek Dr., Lot 119 - Wentzville

2-Story, 4 Bdrms, 2.5 Bthrms, 3-car Garage

Was $340,063 NOW $335,000

The Villas at Magnolia

Wallis II Villa

172A Daffodil Ridge Dr. - O’Fallon

Attached Villa Style w/ Vaulted Ceilings

2 Bdrms, 2 Baths, Designer Kitchen

Was $288,011 NOW $265,000

Wallis II Villa

176A Daffodil Ridge Dr. - O’Fallon

Attached Villa Style w/ Vaulted Ceilings

2 Bdrms, 2 Baths, Custom paint throughout

Was $280,501 NOW $270,501

Call Sheila at 314.401.3208

Call Janet at 314.651.8887

Visit All 4 Communities!

1 Woodlands at Bear Creek

2 Huntsdale

3 Brookside Manor

4 The Villas at Magnolia

Many desirable lots are still available at all communities

Check out our website, www.bentonhomebuilders.com, for updated information.

Pricing subject to

change without notice.

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