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The sudden appearance of Donald Trump<br />

on the political horizon last year may have<br />

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him.<br />

Does Trump have conservative principles?<br />

Does he have any principles at all,<br />

other than promoting Donald Trump? A<br />

smorgasbord of political positions – none<br />

of them indicating any serious thought<br />

about complicated issues – is not a principle.<br />

Nor is cheering for himself and boasting<br />

about all the great things he is going to<br />

do as president.<br />

Haven’t we seen this movie before?<br />

Wasn’t Barack Obama going to heal the<br />

racial divide, end the partisan bickering<br />

in Washington, have the most transparent<br />

administration ever, lower the cost of health<br />

care and let you keep your own doctor?<br />

Had he actually done all those things,<br />

walking on water as an encore would have<br />

been an anti-climax. But instead, he did the<br />

opposite of all those things.<br />

There was absolutely nothing in Obama’s<br />

track record that should have led anyone to<br />

think that he would even try to do any of<br />

the things he declared he was going to do.<br />

But why spoil a great vision, and soaring<br />

rhetoric, by checking track records?<br />

It was bad enough for the voters to make<br />

the colossal mistake of being taken in by<br />

appearances and ignoring realities. But to<br />

repeat that very same mistake with Trump,<br />

immediately after the Obama administration,<br />

is truly staggering. How many pied<br />

pipers are we going to follow off to parts<br />

unknown?<br />

At this late date, there is no point itemizing<br />

the many things that demonstrate Trump’s<br />

gross inadequacies for being President of<br />

the United States. Trump himself has demonstrated<br />

those gross inadequacies repeatedly,<br />

at least weekly and sometimes daily.<br />

Those who do not believe their own eyes<br />

and ears are certainly not going to believe<br />

any words of mine, or of anyone else.<br />

What William James called “the will to<br />

believe” is still as powerful today as it was<br />

when he coined the phrase more than a century<br />

ago. But what is there about Donald<br />

Trump that taps into that powerful current<br />

of credulity?<br />

The many betrayals of the voters by the<br />

Republican establishment, year after year,<br />

no doubt set the stage. And Trump is a<br />

great theatrical performer on any stage.<br />

But is that enough? It has been enough<br />

politically to put some of the great demagogues<br />

of history in power, especially after<br />

the existing establishment has discredited<br />

itself.<br />

The discredited Weimar Republic in Germany<br />

was vulnerable to the verbal attacks<br />

by Adolf Hitler that brought him to power.<br />

Now we know, too late, that Hitler turned<br />

out to be a bigger catastrophe – for Germany<br />

and the world – than the Weimar<br />

Republic.<br />

Donald Trump is not an evil man like<br />

Hitler. But his headstrong shallowness and<br />

fecklessness make him a dangerous man to<br />

have in the White House, with our enemies<br />

around the world on the march, and developing<br />

intercontinental missiles that can<br />

deliver nuclear bombs.<br />

A President of the United States has<br />

many heavy responsibilities beyond building<br />

a wall and fighting the Republican<br />

establishment.<br />

Just the thought of Trump appointing<br />

justices of the Supreme Court, who will<br />

have lifetime tenure and make decisions,<br />

for decades, that will determine whether<br />

we will still be a free people, should sober<br />

up all who have not been irretrievably hypnotized<br />

by rhetoric or so embittered by the<br />

betrayals of the Republican establishment<br />

that they can see little else, including life<br />

and death issues.<br />

For conservatives especially, there is<br />

finally a real choice for a change — and a<br />

sharp contrast with Donald Trump. Senator<br />

Ted Cruz has a track record that leaves no<br />

doubt as to his adherence to conservative<br />

principles. And he is as thoroughly versed<br />

in the issues facing this country as anyone<br />

who has run for President since Ronald<br />

Reagan.<br />

Has Senator Cruz been flawless? Certainly<br />

not, and this column has more than<br />

once pointed out some of those flaws. But<br />

he has both the principles and the intellect<br />

for the job. Given the alternatives —<br />

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“Doctor Publicly Announces Disgust and Concerns…”<br />

And does something about it for the county of St.Charles…<br />

Dear friend,<br />

In my profession, it’s considered ‘politically<br />

incorrect’ to speak out against the status quo. But,<br />

the time for remaining silent is over. It’s time to<br />

tell the truth.<br />

I want to give you some staggering statistics. Let’s<br />

start with this one. Fourteen percent of our gross<br />

national product goes to health care, yet according<br />

to the World Health Organization, we rank twentyninth<br />

in the list of healthy nations. That tells me<br />

something is very wrong.<br />

There’s more than one thing to blame for this. The<br />

heads of several HMO’s make tens of millions of<br />

dollars per year while 46 million Americans can’t<br />

afford health insurance.Here’s something else. On<br />

July 26, 2000,the Journal of the American Medical<br />

Association reported that, according to Johns<br />

Hopkins, medication errors are the third leading<br />

cause of death in the U.S.<br />

Are you paying too much for health care, and not<br />

getting the results you want? Then listen to this…<br />

A few years back, a researcher studied the records<br />

of 395,641 patients. What he found was absolutely<br />

shocking. The claims were divided into people<br />

that used chiropractic care, and people that used<br />

only medicine. The ones that used chiropractic had<br />

“significantly lower health care costs, saving an<br />

average of $1,000 each over the two-year period.”<br />

Am I disgusted? You bet I am. And maybe you<br />

should be, too. Since I’m on “a soapbox” now, let<br />

me tell you a bit about me, before I go on.<br />

Years ago, I was just another athletic teenage boy<br />

playing with his friends in upstate New York, until I<br />

developed a series of “ear and sinus infections.” In<br />

my case it came on little by little. The pain in my<br />

sinuses, ears, nose and chest was so intense that<br />

there were times when I couldn’t breathe well<br />

enough to keep up with others (by the way, that’s<br />

me running a half Ironman last year). Sometimes<br />

my sinuses felt so swollen that my vision would<br />

blur and I would get awful headaches and earaches.<br />

I was afraid that I’d lose my friendshipsand<br />

my self confidence in my body if this disability<br />

continued. After a lot of medications and multiple<br />

surgeries, I decided there had to be another option.<br />

But, there’s more…<br />

My uncle convinced me to give a chiropractora try.<br />

The chiropractor did an exam, took some films,<br />

and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment<br />

didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief,<br />

and I could begin breathing normally again. It<br />

worked so well that I went to chiropractic school<br />

myself.<br />

It’s strange how life is because now people come<br />

to see me with their sinus problems. Also, they<br />

come to me with their headaches, migraines,<br />

chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder or arm pain,<br />

whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear<br />

infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs<br />

and athletic injuries, just to name a few.<br />

Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “I had<br />

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and did all the tests. Then, I saw Dr. Hamed. Now,<br />

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Being a chiropractor can be tough, because<br />

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tell people a lot of things that are just plain<br />

ridiculous about my profession. It’s time we,<br />

as a nation, got to the core of the problem. How<br />

long can we go on just covering up symptoms with<br />

drugs and not stressing preventative care? The<br />

system isn’t working well, and it’s time people<br />

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Look, I’m not a miracle worker, and I’ve never<br />

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Despite what you think however, I’ve never<br />

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR<br />

In praise of Thomas Sowell<br />

To the Editor:<br />

I wanted to write a quick note about the<br />

fine job Mr. Sowell does in his column in<br />

the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine. This is the<br />

first thing I read when I get the magazine<br />

and thoroughly enjoy his informative and<br />

well written column. I’m so thankful for<br />

his conservative, factual and relevant subject<br />

matter.<br />

Dan Oehlert<br />

The results are in;<br />

time to expand<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Caution when it comes to the unknown<br />

is normal. Investing in something based on<br />

theory and promises can be scary. However,<br />

once it is proven to be a good decision<br />

and a wise investment, it is no longer<br />

unknown; it is no longer theory and promises.<br />

This is when those who were unsure<br />

should jump in and improve themselves.<br />

The results are in on Medicaid expansion.<br />

Other states’ experiences have shown that<br />

expanding Medicaid was a good decision.<br />

States such as Arkansas and Kentucky<br />

have seen increased revenues, lower costs,<br />

and economic improvement as a result of<br />

Medicaid expansion.<br />

We have seen the results. Without accepting<br />

federal dollars to support the 260,000<br />

Missourians in the gap, the state loses on<br />

average $5 million dollars a day; providing<br />

health coverage would save Missouri<br />

approximately $1 billion by the year 2022<br />

[www.missourihealthcareforall.org].<br />

It is no longer scary or unknown, theory<br />

and promises. There is evidence that<br />

expanding Medicaid is a wise decision.<br />

What makes it even better is that Missouri<br />

has not lost the chance for three years<br />

of 100 percent federal funding for the<br />

expansion if they act now.<br />

The results are in; it is time to expand<br />

Medicaid in Missouri.<br />

Lynley Closson<br />

Protecting citizens<br />

from tax fraud<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In early July 2015, Michael filed his<br />

taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.<br />

Shortly after, the IRS notified Michael that<br />

he had been the victim of tax return fraud<br />

and they had mistakenly sent his return to a<br />

criminal. Having previously been a victim<br />

of tax return fraud, Michael had taken an<br />

extra step and requested an identity protection<br />

personal identification number or an<br />

“IP PIN” from the IRS to protect himself<br />

from fraudsters. Because of this individualized<br />

PIN, the IRS was able to identify the<br />

fraud and resolve the case, and Michael<br />

eventually got his return, but many taxpayers<br />

are not so lucky.<br />

Last year, nearly 90 percent of IRS constituent<br />

casework that came through my<br />

congressional office were cases of income<br />

tax fraud. While this number may seem high,<br />

the Federal Trade Commission recently<br />

ranked the St. Louis metropolitan area as<br />

having the highest rate of identity theft on<br />

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Most victims of identity theft wait<br />

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The IRS has the necessary tools to help.<br />

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A new report by the nonpartisan Government<br />

Accountability Office found<br />

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helps secure the IRS website and system,<br />

and protects taxpayer data.<br />

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O’FALLON<br />

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O’Fallon firefighters support<br />

Autism Awareness Month<br />

On Saturday, April 23, the O’Fallon<br />

Firefighters Community Outreach Group<br />

organized a wiffle ball tournament and<br />

barbecue held at Yellowbatz, owned by the<br />

Penalty Box in O’Fallon.<br />

“We received a tremendous amount of<br />

support from the community and local<br />

businesses alike,” said Assistant Chief<br />

Brian Moore.<br />

All proceeds from T-shirt sales and<br />

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opened in 2002 as a school for individuals<br />

in grades K-12 with autism and other<br />

developmental disabilities. A day program<br />

for adults began in 2006.<br />

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and serves approximately 120 families<br />

– preschoolers to adults – in various programs.<br />

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their families.<br />

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timing with April being Autism Awareness<br />

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of our center and the individuals and families<br />

we serve.”<br />

LAKE SAINT LOUIS<br />

Combating the<br />

emerald ash borer<br />

Davey Resource Group, a division of<br />

The Davey Tree Expert Company, has<br />

been selected by the city of Lake Saint<br />

Louis to perform a select number of ash<br />

tree removals and treatments throughout<br />

parks to help combat the emerald ash<br />

borer [EAB], an invasive insect that kills<br />

ash trees.<br />

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in Lake Saint Louis to better manage<br />

trees, minimize the effects of future storm<br />

damage, and assure the community has a<br />

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Previously, an International Society<br />

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the urban forestry consulting company<br />

inspected and mapped all ash trees located<br />

in Lake Saint Louis parks. This information<br />

was then used to develop a plan for dealing<br />

with EAB. The current ash removal and<br />

treatment project being implemented is the<br />

result of that plan.<br />

Davey Resource Group was selected by<br />

the city after it received a $10,000 grant<br />

from the Missouri Department of Conservation<br />

T.R.I.M. program. Lake Saint Louis<br />

must provide a match for a portion of the<br />

value of the project.<br />

“Reducing the impact of EAB is the primary<br />

objective in implementing this plan,”<br />

said Jacob McMains, Davey’s urban forestry<br />

expert. “We are performing a number<br />

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information provided in Lake Saint Louis’<br />

EAB plan to aid the city in the future management<br />

of their urban forest resources.”<br />

Along with the removals and treatments<br />

occurring for the project, the city also will<br />

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on its urban forest.<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

Ambulance district<br />

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Students often dread report card distribution<br />

day at school, but this week, another<br />

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St. Charles County Ambulance District<br />

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in its recent Missouri Department of<br />

Health and Senior Services Bureau of EMS<br />

Ground Ambulance Licensure inspection.<br />

Inspectors thoroughly reviewed the<br />

district’s response times and advanced<br />

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service providers must undergo<br />

every five years, includes inspection of<br />

lifesaving vehicles and equipment, as well<br />

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protocols.<br />

The district’s Training Center was evaluated<br />

separately, and received top marks for<br />

its continuing education programs, as well<br />

as for its public EMT and paramedic training<br />

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“SCCAD has a number of quality<br />

improvement processes in place to ensure<br />

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Taz Meyer. “Even so, it’s satisfying to<br />

receive confirmation from a third-party<br />

review that our organization is not only<br />

meeting but exceeding the needs of our<br />

growing community.”<br />

SCCAD covers 592 square miles and<br />

serves a population of approximately 370,000.<br />

In 2015, district paramedics responded to<br />

more than 35,000 calls for service.<br />

County Parks Department<br />

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As part of National Volunteer Week, the<br />

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Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer<br />

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Among the 80 attendees were several<br />

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Bobb Holden and Patti Hawkins, Tim<br />

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at the board’s April 20 meeting; however,<br />

no final decisions were made.<br />

City officials got a look at an artist’s<br />

drawings for the 46,000-square-foot store<br />

and study results from a traffic study on the<br />

impact of the development along Feise and<br />

Bryan roads.<br />

The board again voted to continue a<br />

public hearing on a planned unit development<br />

[PUD] request for the tract and<br />

tabled action on a bill adopting the PUD.<br />

The hearing and bill may be taken up at the<br />

board’s next scheduled meeting on May 4.<br />

The PUD request was submitted in February<br />

by the Cora Bopp Limited Partnership,<br />

the owners of the tract. A public hearing<br />

on that request also was continued at the<br />

board’s March <strong>16</strong> and April 6 meetings.<br />

The partnership owns 86.5 acres in the<br />

area, known as the Bopp tract, with the 15.79<br />

acres being the first portion to be developed.<br />

The PUD request covers five parcels<br />

on the 15.79 acres – a 50,000-square-foot<br />

grocery store, 24,000 square feet of retail<br />

space, 26,000 square feet of a bank or retail<br />

space, 3,000 square feet for a fast food restaurant,<br />

and a 740-square-foot gas station.<br />

Two of the five parcels would be purchased<br />

by Walmart for the store and the gas<br />

station. On March 9, Walmart announced<br />

its plans to build the approximately<br />

46,000-square-foot grocery store and gas<br />

station.<br />

The store is about one-quarter of the<br />

size of a regular Walmart Supercenter and<br />

smaller than competing supermarkets. It<br />

would be the third Neighborhood Market<br />

recently opened in St. Charles County.<br />

City officials have expressed concerns<br />

about the look of the grocery store and gas<br />

station. On April 6, Mayor David Zucker<br />

said city officials wanted something other<br />

than the “industrial warehouse look” that<br />

Walmart submitted with its original proposal.<br />

Zucker also said that the city is amenable<br />

to revising a city ordinance adopted<br />

in 2004 that sets architectural standards<br />

along Bryan Road and other parts of the<br />

city, adding that the standards were “antiquated.”<br />

An entourage of Walmart officials presented<br />

the board and residents attending<br />

the April 20 meetings with a series of<br />

architectural drawings of possible looks<br />

for the store. Steve Bosch, a senior architect<br />

with Walmart, said the company may<br />

replace a largely gray exterior with brighter<br />

colors and a more modern design. The gas<br />

station would incorporate the same design<br />

as the store.<br />

“We’re trying to meet in the middle,”<br />

Bosch said.<br />

He said he drove through the city and<br />

noted its residential character and that stores<br />

here featured earth-tone colors. After which,<br />

designers went back to the drawing board<br />

and came up with new drawings, including<br />

a request from city officials for a more<br />

“Spanish” design and look for the store.<br />

“We want to be a good neighbor in the<br />

community,” Bosch said.<br />

Zucker said that board members and staff<br />

would look at the drawings and share their<br />

thoughts by late April, so Walmart officials<br />

could present a recommendation to their<br />

leadership. A decision from Walmart officials<br />

on a design could be available by May 4.<br />

Meanwhile, Dardenne Prairie and nearby<br />

O’Fallon are looking closely at the impact<br />

of development on local traffic patterns.<br />

City officials received an updated traffic<br />

impact study from CBB, a traffic engineering<br />

firm, which looked at traffic impacts<br />

of the development at entrances and at the<br />

intersection of Bryan and Feise roads.<br />

Shawn White, a senior traffic engineer<br />

with CBB, told the board that the study<br />

suggests adding right-turn lanes on Bryan<br />

and Feise, along with a new traffic signal<br />

at a main entrance to the site off Bryan<br />

Road. The study also suggests that the proposed<br />

developments would have a minimal<br />

impact at the intersection, and that traffic<br />

signals there could be adjusted to improve<br />

traffic flow during peak periods.<br />

Zucker said that widening Feise Road,<br />

west of Bryan Road, would take property<br />

on the north edge of Feise from the Bopp<br />

tract as would any widening of Bryan Road<br />

north of Feise.<br />

The partnership also requires input<br />

from O’Fallon officials on traffic issues.<br />

O’Fallon’s boundary is along Bryan Road<br />

and the city would have a say on access<br />

questions off the road to the new development.<br />

Zucker said the city would make<br />

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Lake Saint Louis imposes six-month moratorium on cell tower applications<br />

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

Lake Saint Louis has imposed a sixmonth<br />

moratorium on the processing of<br />

applications and approval of new communications<br />

cell towers to allow the city to<br />

review how it can regulate them.<br />

City officials fear that state legislation<br />

signed into law in 2014 that limits the<br />

authority of Missouri cities and counties<br />

to restrict towers may lead to more being<br />

built with little local control over them.<br />

City Administrator Paul Markworth said<br />

the legislation dramatically limits the city’s<br />

ability to review site plans for towers and<br />

the city’s current ordinance isn’t in compliance.<br />

Federal officials have given local<br />

governments authority to impose a 180-<br />

day moratorium to review their ordinances.<br />

“We’ve got to go back and rewrite them,”<br />

Markworth said. “We’re trying to get our<br />

arms around this.”<br />

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved<br />

a resolution at its April 18 meeting calling<br />

for the 180-day moratorium.<br />

“We thought that this would be in the best<br />

interest of the community,” Markworth<br />

said.<br />

The major fear is that the new laws<br />

will prompt a proliferation of cell towers<br />

throughout the state and in cities, including<br />

some placed in city rights of way. Markworth<br />

said some of the towers may be 120<br />

feet tall, and could be located “on the side<br />

of the road, next to the sidewalk.”<br />

“It’s a big deal,” Markworth said.<br />

One firm may be making inquiries to<br />

local cell towers in 20 cities around the<br />

state, including as many as five in Lake<br />

Saint Louis, Markworth said. He added<br />

that the city has received one inquiry in the<br />

last few months but has no towers under<br />

review.<br />

Gov. Jay Nixon signed four bills into law<br />

in 2014 that impose 19 new restrictions on<br />

how local governments can restrict cellphone<br />

towers.<br />

The restrictions include not requiring the<br />

removal of existing facilities as a condition<br />

for approving an application, evaluating<br />

an application based on the availability of<br />

other potential locations, dictating the type<br />

of wireless facilities or infrastructure, limiting<br />

application fees, limiting landscaping,<br />

and setting deadlines for deciding on an<br />

application.<br />

The bills were supported by the telecommunications<br />

industry as a means of streamlining<br />

local regulations that have slowed<br />

the installation of high-speed Internet service<br />

throughout Missouri.<br />

The legislation passed after a 2013 state<br />

law was struck down by a Cole County<br />

judge. But the laws were opposed by the<br />

Missouri Municipal League, which represents<br />

670 municipalities throughout the<br />

state.<br />

Municipal League officials said the legislation<br />

undermines municipal authority<br />

over land use and zoning regulations and<br />

eliminates the local review to protect property<br />

values and citizen input.<br />

Richard Sheets, deputy director of the<br />

Missouri Municipal League, said on April<br />

19 that legislation limits zoning authority<br />

that local governments typically have on<br />

private property. “It puts it [towers] in the<br />

right of way,” he said.<br />

Sheets said it’s not unusual for municipalities<br />

to impose a moratorium to allow<br />

them to correct local ordinances to correspond<br />

to state law. A six-month moratorium<br />

was one of the few options left open<br />

to local governments by the legislation, he<br />

said.<br />

Sheets said the league has appealed the<br />

state legislation to the Missouri Supreme<br />

Court, which may be getting close to hearing<br />

the case.<br />

Meanwhile, Markworth said the moratorium<br />

has nothing to do with the improvements<br />

made to the county’s emergency<br />

communications system. St. Charles County<br />

built 12 new towers to improve radio communications<br />

for police, fire, ambulance and<br />

other emergency responders.<br />

Those towers were located on public<br />

land such as parks or on private property.<br />

Sheets said placing towers on private land<br />

may allow municipalities more control<br />

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Duchesne sweeps<br />

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Duchesne High students swept the competition<br />

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Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island<br />

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Forty-four Duchesne students competed<br />

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Joey Ciaramitaro, Henry Clark, Madeline<br />

Clemens, Chandie Colclasure, Chloe Colclasure,<br />

Kyle Compton, Brigid Cooper,<br />

Tony Deluvia, John DiFatta, Katie Goeke,<br />

Cody Going, Mary Gould, Donnie Hargate,<br />

Drew Hollandsworth, Allison Huff, Brianna<br />

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Kevin Sallwasser, Tim Sallwasser, James<br />

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Jonathan Stoecker, Jack Stremlau, Sophie<br />

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Duchesne’s Music Department is led by<br />

Kay Johnson, who joined the faculty in<br />

2008 and became the school’s director of<br />

performing arts in 2013.<br />

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The Francis Howell School District<br />

announced the recipients of its 20<strong>16</strong><br />

Howell of Fame awards. Recognized for<br />

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recipients are Brenda Albers, teacher,<br />

Castlio Elementary; Bill Fankhauser, volunteer,<br />

Special Olympics; Dana Fehr,<br />

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The Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon submitted<br />

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Benjamin Joel Kramer from Fort Zumwalt<br />

North High was the winner from Division 6.<br />

“Members of the Kiwanis Club of<br />

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counselors from the schools in the<br />

O’Fallon area early in December to give<br />

high school seniors an opportunity to apply<br />

for this scholarship,” Kiwanis President<br />

Martha Radginski said. “We are extremely<br />

excited that Benjamin Joel Kramer was<br />

selected from our division.”<br />

The Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon meets<br />

monthly at J.J.’s Restaurant in O’Fallon.<br />

Members of the club work with students<br />

through programs such as its Key Clubs and<br />

Builder’s Clubs to encourage leadership and<br />

giving back to the local community.<br />

Francis Howell teacher<br />

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The importance of technology is growing<br />

and school districts are pursuing ways to<br />

make sure that students get the best opportunities<br />

to succeed. So Francis Howell<br />

High teacher Lane Walker wrote a grant<br />

application to procure the necessary materials<br />

to better prepare students.<br />

Boeing approved the grant, worth more<br />

than $11,000, giving the classroom 32<br />

Chromebooks, mics/headsets, a charging<br />

cart and the licenses associated with the<br />

programs.<br />

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can be performed to provide immediate<br />

feedback to students. Online assessment<br />

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remedied on an individual basis. The materials<br />

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expected to improve accountability. Interaction<br />

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helps teachers to monitor students’<br />

activity to make sure students remain<br />

focused as they research data to understand<br />

and solve problems.<br />

Francis Howell elects new chief<br />

human resources officer<br />

The Francis Howell school district has<br />

selected Lisa Simpkins as its new chief<br />

human resources officer,<br />

effective July 1.<br />

Simpkins replaces<br />

Dr. Steve Griggs, who<br />

will retire in June after<br />

28 years in education.<br />

Simpkins has worked<br />

in the human resources<br />

department in Francis Howell since 2013,<br />

serving as director of human resources.<br />

Before coming to the district, she was the<br />

director of support personnel for the Fort<br />

Zumwalt School District.<br />

Simpkins earned her bachelor of science<br />

degree from University of Missouri-St.<br />

Louis and a master of science in human<br />

resources management from Lindenwood<br />

University. She is a member of the Society<br />

of Human Resources Management and<br />

accomplished her certification as a Senior<br />

Certified Professional in 2015.<br />

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chief academic officer<br />

The Francis Howell<br />

School District has<br />

selected Nicole Whitesell<br />

as its new chief<br />

academic officer, effective<br />

July 1. Whitesell<br />

replaced Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris,<br />

who will<br />

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Nicole Whitesell<br />

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and student achievement, as well as<br />

oversee professional development, special<br />

programs and student support services.<br />

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“He’s the kind of batter that I can kind<br />

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of my life.”<br />

Hitting isn’t the only thing Zangriles<br />

does well. He also is a smooth fielder that<br />

makes plays consistently at second base.<br />

“He’s one of our better fielders,” Siebert<br />

said. “When he first came up as a sophomore<br />

I was worried about his arm and arm<br />

strength, but he fixed all that. I think his<br />

feet have improved a lot along with him<br />

always being pretty knowledgeable, and<br />

now he’s put the two together so he’s looking<br />

good out there.”<br />

Powered by Zangriles’ bat and glove,<br />

Fort Zumwalt North is a club that definitely<br />

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Diamond Edges claim<br />

Boyd Wietecter Trophy<br />

The Ice Skating Institute [ISI] Synchronized<br />

Skating Championships came to the<br />

St. Peters Rec-Plex this year, and its most<br />

prestigious trophy stayed right here.<br />

The Synchro St. Louis Diamond Edges<br />

of the St. Peters Figure Skating Association<br />

won the ISI’s 20<strong>16</strong> Teen Premier<br />

national championship. It was the fourth<br />

consecutive year, the fifth time in the last<br />

six years and the ninth time overall that<br />

the Diamond Edges have claimed the ISI’s<br />

coveted Boyd Wietecter Trophy, considered<br />

to be the highest accomplishment for<br />

a synchronized team.<br />

The victory was made even sweeter as it<br />

came in front of the hometown crowd.<br />

Five other Rec-Plex teams earned<br />

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The St. Peters Figure Skating Association’s<br />

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Hollander tapped as O’Fallon<br />

Christian basketball coach<br />

There will be a new<br />

leader prowling the<br />

sidelines at O’Fallon<br />

Christian this November.<br />

Missouri Basketball<br />

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Terry Hollander was<br />

Hollander<br />

named on April 25 as<br />

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Hollander, who spent the past six seasons<br />

as an assistant coach at Lindenwood<br />

University and retired from there in March,<br />

said he is extremely excited to be getting<br />

back into coaching at the prep level after<br />

spending 30 years at St. Charles West High.<br />

“I think O’Fallon Christian is a good<br />

school and has done some really amazing<br />

things in the short time they have been in<br />

existence,” Hollander said. “I like the kids<br />

and just the whole opportunity to look to<br />

improve the program.”<br />

Over his 30-year career at St. Charles<br />

West, Hollander amassed 549 victories,<br />

four Final Four trips, and a state championship.<br />

In 2008, he was enshrined in the<br />

Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame<br />

and in 2015 was named to the Gateway<br />

Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.<br />

Hollander, 64, enjoyed his retirement<br />

for a few weeks until Meers and Lehman<br />

reached out to him about the vacancy at<br />

O’Fallon Christian. He interviewed with<br />

the school in early April.<br />

“A lot of life is timing and sometimes<br />

things just fall right and it just so happened<br />

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same time,” Hollander said. “The job was<br />

open and I was anxious to get back into<br />

the high school coaching ranks. I think it’s<br />

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O’Fallon Christian Athletic Director<br />

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and we’re expecting great things but it’s<br />

like anything else, you take it one day at a<br />

time and get better at every practice.”<br />

Hollander said Lehmann will remain an<br />

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“The Importance of Fire Safety and<br />

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(636) 561-7709<br />

www.andrewsacademy.com<br />

Summer at Andrews Academy is the<br />

perfect opportunity to use the imagination,<br />

build friendships, create lifelong<br />

memories, and have FUN! Their program<br />

is offered for K-6 students, with a variety<br />

of packages to individualize each<br />

child’s summer experience. All campers<br />

will participate in weekly field trips and<br />

enjoy engaging activities. Their enthusiastic<br />

staff strives to keep every child<br />

inspired and engaged in all aspects of<br />

camp. Campers will select one package<br />

for each session. Activities include Explorers,<br />

Sports Spectacular, STEM (science,<br />

technology, math), Pinterest projects,<br />

dance, filmmaking, swimming and<br />

weekly field trips.<br />

Living Word Christian<br />

School<br />

<strong>16</strong>14 Willott Road/1145 Tom Ginnever Avenue<br />

Fun Day Camp/ Athletic Camps<br />

St. Peters/ O’Fallon<br />

(636) 978-<strong>16</strong>80<br />

www. lwcs.us<br />

Living Word Christian School offers<br />

fun summer and athletic camps along<br />

with before and after care options for<br />

kindergarten through fifth grade. Each<br />

themed week provides a variety of<br />

activities in a safe and caring, Christcentered<br />

environment. Activities include<br />

arts and crafts, large and small group<br />

games, cooking and time to just be a kid<br />

and play with friends. Off-campus activities<br />

include weekly visits to the pool, as well<br />

as field trips to area attractions. Athletic<br />

Camps - for grades 6 - 12 include football,<br />

basketball, soccer, wrestling, softball,<br />

volleyball, cheer, and dance. Camps begin<br />

June 2 and cost ranges from $30-$60. For<br />

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Sylvan Learning Center<br />

Ballwin/Manchester • (636) 394-3104<br />

Eureka • (636) 587-2525<br />

Chesterfield • (636) 537-8118<br />

St Peters • (636) 441-1212<br />

Wentzville • (636) 887-0885<br />

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YMCA Camp Lakewood is an overnight coed<br />

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tower, sports, water activities, horseback<br />

riding, arts and crafts and much more,<br />

the Y teaches the core values of caring,<br />

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Kids make memories and friendships<br />

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world around them through a culturally<br />

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Simple tips to inspire tech-savvy<br />

kids to experience a love of nature<br />

Parents remember childhood as a time<br />

when they ran around outside making up<br />

games with friends, but<br />

passing a love of the<br />

great outdoors on to your<br />

kids can be difficult to do<br />

when it seems like you are<br />

always busy.<br />

According to the Camping<br />

& Education Foundation<br />

[www.campingedu.<br />

org], summer camps can<br />

help kids to unplug and jump-start their<br />

independence, self-worth, and social and<br />

other life skills. This spring, as kids prepare<br />

and anticipate summer camp, parents<br />

can mimic the camp experience at home by<br />

following these simple tips:<br />

• Get children outside as much as possible.<br />

This may include walking to destinations,<br />

planning family hikes on nearby trails or<br />

taking advantage of the area’s parks.<br />

• Point out the beauty of nature. By<br />

showing kids things such as weird plants<br />

or cool looking birds, parents engage kids<br />

and inspire them to learn more about the<br />

natural world.<br />

• Read books on the great outdoors. An<br />

outdoor read-aloud or book club session<br />

offers more than just a change of scene,<br />

when reading a nature-inspired book it can<br />

provide the perfect living<br />

laboratory.<br />

• Discover their interests.<br />

A child who likes Minecraft<br />

might be interested<br />

in learning more about<br />

architecture and building<br />

techniques, or farming.<br />

• Make an appointment<br />

with Mother Nature.<br />

Families that block out time in their busy<br />

schedule are more likely to follow through<br />

on spending time outside. When hiking,<br />

take a camera or sketch pad, but not your<br />

phone.<br />

• Plan a nature craft. Found objects, such<br />

as leaves, pinecones, twigs, nuts, shells<br />

and pebbles, make great crafts items.<br />

• Create a scavenger hunt. Set parameters<br />

on where the assembled kids can go to find<br />

the nature items on their list. Then send them<br />

out to see who can complete their list first.<br />

Although indoor kids might declare their<br />

love for tech and tech alone, a few wellplanned<br />

days in the great outdoors just<br />

might have them singing a new tune just in<br />

time for summer camp.<br />

Want to check out camp? Come to<br />

our Open House on May 22<br />

from 1-4 p.m.<br />

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www.lwcs.us<br />

Living Word Christian School<br />

Summer Camps<br />

SUMMER CAMP PROFILES<br />

CAMP: 8:30-3 or 3:30pm<br />

Before Care: 7:30-8:30<br />

After Care: 3 or 3:30-6pm<br />

6th Grade-12th Grade Athletic Camps<br />

LWCS offers many wonderful athletic camps, including<br />

football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, softball,<br />

volleyball, cheer, and dance. Camps begin the week<br />

of June 6, and cost ranges from $30 to $60. For more<br />

details on location, dates, and times,<br />

call 636-978-<strong>16</strong>80 x1112.<br />

ST. PETERS and O’FALLON Campuses<br />

(CALL FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS)<br />

636-978-<strong>16</strong>80 I LWCS.US<br />

Kindergarten-5th Grade Summer Fun Camp<br />

Plans are already under way for LWCS Summer Camp 20<strong>16</strong>!<br />

LWCS Summer Camp strives to engage and entertain children<br />

in kindergarten through the fifth grade through a variety<br />

of activities provided in a safe and caring, Christ-centered<br />

environment Activities include arts & crafts, large and small<br />

group games, cooking, and time to just be a kid and play with<br />

friends. Off-campus activities include weekly visits to the pool,<br />

as well as a field trip to an area attraction, such as Pump It<br />

Up, Sky Zone, Myseum, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Great Skate, and<br />

Brunswick Zone XL. Registration information can be found on<br />

the website lwcs.us begining May 1.<br />

Give your Child an<br />

Edge this Summer!<br />

888-FUN-YMCA<br />

90 minutes south<br />

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camplakewood.org<br />

YMCA Camp Lakewood is an overnight camp for boys & girls ages 6-17 who<br />

experience life lessons through setting goals, making friends, building character,<br />

and having FUN with sports, arts & crafts, equestrian, high adventure, caving,<br />

paintball, water activities and much more!! Register today!<br />

Basketball Camp<br />

at Missouri Baptist<br />

June 20-23 | June 27-30<br />

Boys and Girls grades K-8<br />

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9 a.m.-5 p.m. STEM Expo activities and exhibits<br />

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9 a.m.-5 p.m. Static Aircraft Display open<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aircraft Rides [prices vary]<br />

10-10:30 a.m. EAA Aviation Theater “How to Build an Airplane”<br />

11:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Air Show<br />

4-4:30 p.m. EAA Aviation Theater<br />

“How to Get Your Pilot’s License”<br />

5 p.m. Event closes<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 15<br />

9 a.m. Gates Open<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m. STEM Expo activities and exhibits<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Camp Spirit activities and exhibits<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Static Aircraft Display open<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aircraft Rides [prices vary]<br />

10-10:30 a.m. EAA Aviation Theater “How to Build an Airplane”<br />

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only. To allow enough time to find a great<br />

viewing spot, visitors are encouraged to<br />

arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.<br />

General admission tickets are $25. Children<br />

ages 6 and younger, along with active<br />

members of the military, are free for general<br />

admission.<br />

FlightLine Club tickets, which provide<br />

premium reserved seating along the show<br />

line, private access to food and beverages<br />

for purchase and private portable restroom<br />

facilities along with general admission, are<br />

$40 per person, while tickets remain. Children<br />

as well as adults must have a ticket for<br />

the FlightLine Club.<br />

Parking is free for all visitors.<br />

For those visitors who need assistance<br />

getting around the grounds, attendants<br />

driving golf carts will be on hand to<br />

provide shuttle service inside the gates.<br />

Wheelchairs also will be available on a<br />

first-come, first-served basis.<br />

Plenty of restroom facilities will be<br />

located at various spots throughout the<br />

grounds.<br />

What to bring, what not to bring<br />

Folding chairs are welcome for viewing<br />

the air show. Cameras and sun block also<br />

are a great idea. In case of rain, however,<br />

do not bring your umbrella. Since umbrellas<br />

can obstruct another’s view of the air<br />

show, they will not be permitted. In the<br />

event of rain, a hooded raincoat or rain<br />

poncho is a good option.<br />

Food and beverages will be available for<br />

purchase. No coolers, picnic items or other<br />

food may be brought in from outside the<br />

event grounds.<br />

No oversize bags will be permitted. All<br />

handbags and other personal items will be<br />

searched at the entrance.<br />

No pets, except service animals, are<br />

allowed. Concealed weapons are not permitted.<br />

For a more detailed list of items not<br />

permitted on the show grounds, visit the<br />

event website at www.spirit-airshow.com.<br />

Directions and parking<br />

Plenty of free parking will be provided<br />

on the property located to the north of the<br />

event grounds, with available shuttle service<br />

to and from the gate on both days.<br />

In case of inclement or severe weather,<br />

parking locations may change and air<br />

show times may be impacted, so it will be<br />

important to check www.spirit-airshow.<br />

com before leaving home if conditions<br />

are rainy.<br />

Parking for visitors with disabilities<br />

should be accessed via Chesterfield Airport<br />

Road to Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard,<br />

where they will be directed to accessible<br />

parking.<br />

Getting there<br />

From the east, visitors should take I-64<br />

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If you love all things STEM<br />

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and mathematics],<br />

the place to be May 14-15 is<br />

the 20<strong>16</strong> Spirit of St. Louis<br />

Air Show & STEM Expo.<br />

There, you’ll witness STEM<br />

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the Canadian Snowbirds and<br />

the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.<br />

Then, come back to earth and<br />

explore the STEM Expo’s 26<br />

interactive exhibits.<br />

Ashley McMichael, a<br />

chemistry teacher at Gateway<br />

STEM High in the St. Louis Public<br />

School District, is the volunteer Expo<br />

coordinator. This is the second year for the<br />

STEM Expo, sponsored by MasterCard,<br />

after its inaugural appearance in 2014.<br />

“In 2014 there was a tent for each of the<br />

letters in STEM. So one tent was designated<br />

as a science tent, one was a technology<br />

tent, one was engineering, and one<br />

was mathematics,” McMichael explained.<br />

“This year we are not separating these<br />

disciplines. Instead, we are showing how<br />

STEM is integrated and science, technology,<br />

engineering and math are all related.”<br />

McMichael went on to explain that this<br />

year’s Expo focus is on how STEM is<br />

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WHAT TO KNOW, from page 26<br />

Boone’s Crossing or Long Road. Turn west<br />

on Chesterfield Airport Road to Spirit of St.<br />

Louis Boulevard. Turn south and follow the<br />

signs to Wings of Hope Boulevard. Drivers<br />

will be directed into the parking area.<br />

From the west, visitors should take<br />

I-64 east to the Chesterfield Airport Road<br />

exit just past the Daniel Boone Bridge.<br />

Follow the signs to Old Olive and turn<br />

south. Drivers will be directed into the<br />

parking area.<br />

Traffic concerns<br />

Very heavy traffic is expected in and<br />

around the Chesterfield Valley on May 14<br />

and 15, so visitors should expect delays.<br />

“We have been working with the local<br />

police and highway patrol, and a professional<br />

parking company, to ensure the<br />

lessons learned in 2014 translate into a<br />

An aerial view of the 2014 STEM Expo<br />

used in its business.<br />

A LEGO Mindstorms® robotics exhibit<br />

and sensory exploration table from Ready<br />

Readers will draw young visitors, while the<br />

First Robotics and Wilbur Wright presentations<br />

will draw in teenagers and adults.<br />

Twenty local schools will visit the STEM<br />

Expo in a private event the day before the<br />

Expo is open to the public.<br />

“Our aim is to provide a meaningful<br />

experience for our fifth- through eighthgrade<br />

students. We want them to think<br />

about STEM in both the traditional career<br />

pursuits and through various daily experiences,”<br />

McMichael said.<br />

While visiting the Expo, guests should<br />

be sure to check out the Chess Club and<br />

Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, whose<br />

members will be teaching how STEM<br />

relates to the game of chess. Guests also<br />

can visit the rocket building exhibit or the<br />

always popular flight simulator, sponsored<br />

by Boeing Co.<br />

better experience for all our guests this<br />

year,” said Mark Sutherland, spokesperson<br />

for the air show. “However, there will be<br />

traffic and people should plan ahead and<br />

expect an hour to get in and an hour to get<br />

out [of the grounds].<br />

“Additionally, the closer we get to the<br />

11:15 a.m. start of the air show, the more<br />

congested the traffic will be, and again<br />

immediately after the end of the air show<br />

guests will experience the heaviest traffic.<br />

Come early, stay late and plan ahead.”<br />

The no-parking policy for streets in and<br />

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on area roadsides to watch the air show.<br />

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Real estate increased its lead over four<br />

other investment choices, becoming the top<br />

pick for investment, according to a report<br />

on a survey done last month by Gallup. In<br />

20<strong>16</strong>, 35 percent of Americans chose real<br />

estate as the best investment choice, compared<br />

to 19 percent in 2011. The survey<br />

was conducted during April and was based<br />

on phone interviews with a random sample<br />

of 1,015 Americans over age 18.<br />

Real estate beat out other top investment<br />

choices such as stocks and mutual<br />

funds with 22 percent. The growing gap<br />

between stocks and real estate, and the<br />

continued rise of the latter as the preferred<br />

choice for long-term investments,<br />

may simply be a return to the norm. Millennials<br />

were the least likely age group to<br />

choose real estate as the best investment,<br />

and instead favored savings. There was<br />

just a slight difference between renters<br />

and buyers choosing real estate as the best<br />

investment at 32 percent versus 34 percent,<br />

respectively.<br />

Here’s what’s new in new homes:<br />

Builders, unions continue offer cash at<br />

closing through ‘Neighbors’ program<br />

A joint program by six prominent home<br />

builders and six participating unions offering<br />

from $2,000 to $10,000 toward closing<br />

costs has been extended through the end of<br />

May.<br />

Called “Neighborhoods Built by Your<br />

Neighbors,” it is a fund created by a consortium<br />

of local St. Louis unions to promote<br />

new home ownership in St. Louis.<br />

The program is exclusive to St. Louis<br />

Union Homebuilding Partnership members<br />

and runs through May 31.<br />

Partnership members are Bridgewater<br />

Communities, Fischer & Frichtel, McBride<br />

& Son Homes, McKelvey Homes, Payne<br />

Family Homes and Simon Homes.<br />

The program provides cash, ranging up<br />

to $10,000 based on the cost of the home,<br />

to buyers for use at closing. Certificates<br />

will be distributed on a first-come basis.<br />

Six local unions contribute to the fund.<br />

Participating unions include St. Louis-<br />

Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council,<br />

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562, International<br />

Brotherhood of Electrical Workers<br />

Local 1, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36,<br />

Greater St. Louis Construction Laborers<br />

and Cement Masons Local 527.<br />

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by Fischer & Frichtel at Bogey Hills<br />

Country Club. The invited guests had registered<br />

for advance information on The<br />

Reserve at Brook Hill, a brand-new Fischer<br />

neighborhood about to be unveiled in St.<br />

Charles City – and attendees were clearly<br />

impressed.<br />

When Brook Hill opened for pre-sales on<br />

April 23, eager buyers had “camped out”<br />

for as long as 23 hours to be among the first<br />

to claim their homesites. Twelve homes –<br />

nearly 25 percent of this new community<br />

– were sold on opening weekend, and more<br />

customers are scheduling appointments to<br />

make their purchase decisions.<br />

Why? First, there’s the community’s<br />

phenomenal location off Hackmann<br />

Road, inside the city limits and just west<br />

of Wapelhorst Park, with easy access to<br />

Hwy. 94 and the Page Extension. In addition,<br />

move-up buyers from the immediate<br />

area are thoroughly familiar with Fischer<br />

& Frichtel’s reputation for craftsmanship,<br />

since Brook Hill is in close proximity to<br />

Spring Mill, now sold out and one of the<br />

most celebrated neighborhoods in Fischer’s<br />

history.<br />

Development of the Brook Hill site is<br />

well underway, and construction of customer-owned<br />

homes will begin in early<br />

to mid-summer. The neighborhood is<br />

self-contained and planned for a total of<br />

51 homesites, arranged around a single<br />

boulevard that culminates in a large, oval<br />

cul-de-sac.<br />

Two of Fischer’s top-selling design<br />

portfolios are being offered. Preview<br />

priced from $264,900, the Manor Collection<br />

features seven fashionable ranch,<br />

1.5-story, and two-story plans with 1,678<br />

to 2,904 square feet of living space. Base<br />

prices for the eight luxurious Heritage<br />

Collection designs range from $364,900<br />

to $449,900, and floor plans provide up to<br />

3,840 square feet.<br />

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All 25 homesites in the<br />

tree-lined Manor section can<br />

accommodate an optional<br />

three-car garage, and additional<br />

trees will be planted<br />

to further enhance the<br />

streetscape as construction<br />

progresses. Varying from<br />

1/4- to 1/3-plus acre, the 26<br />

walkout, lookout, and ingrade<br />

home settings in the<br />

Heritage section all allow<br />

for a price-included threecar<br />

garage.<br />

Sales for The Reserve at Brook Hill are<br />

being conducted from Fischer’s nearby<br />

Miralago community, where displays are<br />

open for viewing. For information on<br />

Manor designs call (636) 875-74<strong>16</strong>; for<br />

Heritage plans call (314) 458-8940; or visit<br />

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Limited opportunities remain at<br />

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Time is running out; only nine opportunities<br />

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Located in St. Peters off West Sunnyhill<br />

Boulevard, Bridgewater offers beautiful<br />

homesites nestled in the hillside, backed by<br />

mature trees and abundant green space. The<br />

remaining homesites here are designated<br />

for free-standing Villas. One homesite will<br />

accommodate a three-car garage and most<br />

will accommodate a tandem bay; two are<br />

larger corner lots and a couple have easy<br />

walking access to Woodlands Park.<br />

Stunning elevations of tumbled stone<br />

and brick combine with exposed aggregate<br />

driveways, siding to grade, oversized<br />

garages, and the opportunity to customize<br />

to your specific needs. Bridgewater’s<br />

popular and elegant expanded Warson floor<br />

plan is on display here and features a gourmet<br />

kitchen with a large rectangular island,<br />

a gas rangetop with a designer vent hood,<br />

a beautiful glass cabinet wall with LED<br />

lighting, a luxurious dining room framed<br />

by architectural arches, columns and picture<br />

molding detail, a large master suite, a<br />

finished lower level adding over 850-plus<br />

square feet, a beautifully landscaped patio<br />

edged by a stone wall with watershed<br />

lighting and so much more. This display<br />

received the Home Builder’s Association<br />

“Display of the Year” for 2015.<br />

Convenient to shopping, dining, St.<br />

Charles Community College, and highways<br />

364/94, 40/I-64 and I-70, Ohmes<br />

Farm is the perfect place to call home and<br />

is priced from the $230’s.<br />

For information, contact Mark Murphy<br />

at (636) 489-9669. See other Bridgewater<br />

The Wyndham plan from Fischer’s Heritage Collection is<br />

available to build at Brook Hill.<br />

luxury Villa communities at The Villas at<br />

Crimson Oaks and The Villas at Prospect<br />

Village, both in Lake Saint Louis. Visit<br />

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Coming soon: Steve Thomas Custom<br />

Homes’ Eagle Estates<br />

Only one home remains available at<br />

Steve Thomas Custom Homes’ affordable<br />

Hyland Green in north O’Fallon. The<br />

final inventory home is open for touring<br />

Saturday and Sunday and more information<br />

is available weekdays at Thomas’ new<br />

display at Wyndgate Forest on Hwy. N.<br />

Hyland Green is located off Hwy. P just<br />

west of Hwy. M and priced from the $210’s.<br />

Call (636) 561-2120.<br />

Meanwhile, grading is under way and<br />

20 large homesites on a single cul-de-sac<br />

street will soon be offered at Eagle Estates<br />

off Orf Road near Thomas’s upscale Wyndgate<br />

Forest community in western St.<br />

Charles County. Most of the homesites<br />

back to woods and average a third of an<br />

acre. The spacious floor plans and many of<br />

the same standard features from Wyndgate<br />

Forest will be offered. Prices there will start<br />

in the mid- to upper $300’s. Eagle Estates<br />

is expected to open in late summer or early<br />

fall, said veteran builder Steve Thomas.<br />

Sales for Eagle Estates are being handled<br />

from the new Sassafras II display at<br />

Wyndgate Forest. Only one building site<br />

is left in this community, priced from the<br />

mid $300’s. This desirable walkout site is<br />

located on a cul-de-sac. Wyndgate Forest is<br />

located near Hwy. 40 and Hwy. N.<br />

Steve Thomas Custom Homes now has<br />

available .75-acre-plus, estate-sized homesites<br />

located off Hwy. P in O’Fallon. “Or,<br />

we will build on your homesite, if you<br />

desire,” he noted. In addition to all the<br />

features built into every Steve Thomas<br />

home, buyers can expect exceptional quality<br />

since Thomas personally oversees all<br />

construction.<br />

For more information about these homesites,<br />

or about Hyland Green, Eagle Estates<br />

or the remaining homesite at Wyndgate<br />

Forest, call (636) 561-2120 and visit www.<br />

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briefs<br />

AWARDS AND HONORS<br />

O’Fallon resident David Cantoni has<br />

been named the 2015 Hunter Education<br />

Program Staff Instructor of the Year for the<br />

St. Louis Region by the Missouri Department<br />

of Conservation. Cantoni serves<br />

as program coordinator at the August A.<br />

Busch Shooting Range in St. Charles.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

St. Charles County<br />

Executive Steve Ehlmann<br />

has appointed<br />

attorney Keith Hazelwood<br />

as County Counselor,<br />

effective May 1.<br />

Hazelwood’s practice<br />

Hazelwood<br />

has involved advising<br />

a wide range of clients, including municipal<br />

governments, landlords and tenants,<br />

developers and both borrowers and lenders<br />

on real estate matters. He is a founding<br />

member in Hazelwood & Weber LLC,<br />

and previously was a partner at Thompson<br />

Coburn. Hazelwood is a graduate of<br />

Washington University School of Law and<br />

Dartmouth College.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles residents Ryan Hesker and<br />

Jeffrey Patterson recently joined Murphy<br />

Company in St. Louis. Hesker, a mechanical<br />

engineering graduate of Miami University<br />

in Oxford, Ohio, joined the company<br />

as a design-build engineer after having previously<br />

served as an intern. Patterson, who<br />

was added as an estimator, has more than<br />

25 years’ experience in mechanical estimating,<br />

including piping, plumbing, sheet<br />

metal and HVAC systems.<br />

PLACES<br />

Advanced Bone & Joint recently<br />

opened its second St. Charles County location<br />

at 4651 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. The facility’s<br />

physicians and specialists provide<br />

comprehensive treatment of musculoskeletal<br />

and orthopedic conditions. Advanced<br />

Bone & Joint’s first area location is at 112<br />

Piper Hill Drive in St. Peters.<br />

• • •<br />

Breeze Park, the senior living community<br />

in St. Charles operated by Lutheran<br />

Senior Services, celebrated its 20th anniversary<br />

at a special reception for local leaders<br />

on April 15. The community, located<br />

at 600 Breeze Park Drive, has undergone<br />

significant expansion, and now houses 310<br />

residents and employs 217 area residents.<br />

• • •<br />

The Cuivre River Electric Community<br />

Trust recently awarded a $5,000 Operation<br />

Round Up grant to the St. Charles Volunteers<br />

in Medicine [VIM] clinic to provide<br />

medications for patients needing prescription<br />

assistance. The CREC Trust, which<br />

distributes Operation Round Up funds, has<br />

supported the VIM’s mission with more<br />

than $45,000 in grants since 1998.<br />

EVENTS AND NETWORKING<br />

St. Charles Community College hosts<br />

Job Fair 20<strong>16</strong> on Friday, May 6, from 9<br />

a.m.-1 p.m. in the College Center, located at<br />

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville.<br />

Admission is free for job seekers. For more<br />

information, call Martha Toebben at (636)<br />

922-8243 or mtoebben@stchas.edu.<br />

• • •<br />

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce &<br />

Industries hosts a Business After Hours<br />

networking event on Tuesday, May 10,<br />

from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Brass Rail,<br />

4601 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. Appetizers and<br />

drinks will be provided. Register online at<br />

www.ofallonchamber.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Young Professionals of St. Charles holds<br />

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Heroin hits home • Examining the local response<br />

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

The first time a then<br />

19-year-old Smith<br />

used heroin, he<br />

wasn’t prepared for<br />

what happened.<br />

He was already a bit of a<br />

controlled substance aficionado. He had<br />

been smoking marijuana since age 14, and<br />

eventually he dealt it, too; and he started<br />

taking opiate painkillers like Vicodin to<br />

deal with broken bones. In fact, he tried<br />

just about every controlled substance in the<br />

book – mushrooms, Ecstasy, Molly, alcohol,<br />

cocaine, hallucinogenic drugs and, accidentally,<br />

methamphetamine.<br />

His is a story being repeated every day.<br />

“I didn’t become addicted to drugs – the<br />

only thing I was addicted to was making<br />

money,” he said. “I always told myself that I<br />

would try everything once,” he said.<br />

Once changed everything.<br />

He was hanging out with a friend, a registered<br />

nurse from another state, who knew<br />

Smith sold drugs and asked him if he could<br />

find some Mexican black tar heroin. The<br />

friend had some, but wanted more. Then,<br />

the friend went out of the room and came<br />

back with hypodermic needle and a spoon<br />

of heroin. That’s when once happened – the<br />

friend shot Smith up.<br />

“It was something like I never, never …<br />

you’ve heard the term ‘chasing the dragon,’<br />

the first time you use, and especially with a<br />

needle because that’s unusual,” Smith said<br />

in an interview with Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.<br />

Now 21, he’s been off heroin for almost<br />

a year, but in the interview, he’s trying to<br />

explain why – why, when the potential consequences<br />

are so dire, do people use?<br />

“It was just a rush that came over my body,<br />

total euphoria, a chill goes down your spine.<br />

The first time you use it, it’s not even about<br />

pain or relief or whatever the hell,” he said.<br />

“The feeling is better than sex; that’s how I<br />

can explain it.”<br />

That first time, he had a hard time walking;<br />

he said he almost blacked out.<br />

“I don’t know if I realized it at that point,<br />

but from that second I was hooked,” he said.<br />

To Juan Wilson, a U.S. Drug Enforcement<br />

Agency task force officer assigned to<br />

St. Charles and St. Louis counties, Smith’s<br />

story is a familiar one. Tattooed and with a<br />

dark beard, Wilson now<br />

looks more like the former<br />

undercover cop he was rather than a<br />

former city of St. Charles police patrolman.<br />

In his current role, he works state and<br />

federal drug cases and assists local police.<br />

“I get to see a little of everything,” Wilson<br />

said, sitting down for an interview at the St.<br />

Charles police station.<br />

He said chasing that first high explains<br />

much of the rampant ongoing substance<br />

abuse taking place now. And heroin, an<br />

opioid drug synthesized from morphine and<br />

a natural substance extracted from the seed<br />

pod of the Asian opium poppy plant, lends<br />

itself to that chase like no other drug.<br />

When heroin enters the brain it’s converted<br />

to morphine. “When the opiates hit<br />

those opiate receptors in the brain it breaks<br />

the barrier of pain, so you don’t feel pain<br />

anymore,” Wilson said. “Physical pain, it<br />

blocks that and emotional pain.”<br />

The rise in heroin use in recent years has<br />

occurred alongside the increased availability<br />

of powerful and addictive opiate-based<br />

prescription painkillers such as OxyContin<br />

and Vicodin. The drugs are commonly<br />

abused themselves and can be a stepping<br />

stone to heroin.<br />

A perfect storm<br />

The coupling of cheap and potent heroin<br />

and prescription painkillers has led to a<br />

perfect storm. Authorities are calling opiate<br />

abuse a public health crisis that has swept<br />

much of the nation, particularly the St.<br />

Louis area. The term “heroin epidemic” is<br />

becoming commonplace.<br />

“We’re seeing heroin overdoses in kids<br />

<strong>16</strong> to 17 years old,” said Brandon Costerison,<br />

a public awareness specialist with the<br />

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug<br />

Abuse – St. Louis [NCADA].<br />

Between 2007 and 2015, 2,844 people<br />

died from heroin and opiate overdoses in<br />

the city of St. Louis; St. Louis, St. Charles,<br />

Jefferson and Franklin counties in Missouri;<br />

and Madison and St. Clair counties in<br />

Illinois, according to statistics gathered by<br />

NCADA.<br />

For seven of those eight years, the death<br />

toll rose above the previous year. For example,<br />

49 people in St. Louis County and 14<br />

in St. Charles County had fatal heroin and<br />

opiate overdoses recorded in 2007. By 2014,<br />

that death toll had reached 151 in St. Louis<br />

County, and 40 in St. Charles County.<br />

The death statistics don’t mention the<br />

number of heroin-related calls and overdoses<br />

that emergency responders handle<br />

each year. Since 2013, the St. Charles<br />

County Police Department alone responded<br />

to 323 heroin-related calls and 84 heroin<br />

overdoses – and that’s just one police<br />

department in one county.<br />

“Certainly this is the biggest drug-related<br />

crisis we’ve had in our country – far more<br />

people are dying from heroin and other prescription<br />

opioids than ever died from crack<br />

or methamphetamine and the diversity of<br />

people it’s killing is far wider,” said Howard<br />

Weissman, executive director for NCADA<br />

in St. Louis. He said the heroin epidemic is<br />

so much a public health emergency that all<br />

federal health-related organizations are reexamining<br />

their responses to it.<br />

“We’re 4.2 percent of the world’s population<br />

and we consume 80 percent of all opioids,”<br />

Weissman said. “Clearly America has<br />

an opioid and heroin problem.”<br />

It’s a problem that has many complicated<br />

layers that don’t peel apart easily.<br />

Heroin in the suburbs<br />

How did this happen? That’s the question<br />

a great many people are asking. Some<br />

blame the medicine cabinet.<br />

Opioids have been used for millennia to<br />

treat pain. In the mid 1990s, prescription<br />

painkiller use began to increase. Abuse of<br />

prescribed medications was high enough in<br />

recent years to prompt the federal Centers<br />

for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]<br />

to recently issue prescription guidelines to<br />

physicians.<br />

Pharmaceuticals can be a gateway to<br />

heroin. Eighty percent of the people who<br />

use heroin start with prescription pain pills<br />

because they’re so available … and pharmaceutical<br />

abuse is beginning at younger and<br />

younger ages, Costerison said.<br />

Health care providers say they noted an<br />

increase a few years ago in “pharm parties”<br />

featuring pills raided from parents’ medicine<br />

cabinets and dumped into a bowl for<br />

sampling. While prescription opioid pain<br />

medications like OxyContin and Vicodin<br />

impact the brain similar to heroin, Wilson,<br />

Costerison and other authorities say heroin<br />

is cheaper and easier to get. Heroin also has<br />

a stronger effect on the brain than prescription<br />

pills. One thing easily can lead to the<br />

other. Still, the arrival of heroin in the suburbs<br />

in mass is recent.<br />

“I think you could go back probably five<br />

years and if you talked to average people in<br />

our community and you asked them if our<br />

community had a heroin problem, I think<br />

most people would get a funny look on their<br />

faces,” said Tim Lohmar, the prosecuting<br />

attorney for St. Charles County.<br />

Lohmar, Wilson and others say Mexican<br />

drug cartels began flooding the St. Louis<br />

area with large amounts of a purer, more<br />

potent heroin around 2008. Ironically, the<br />

effectiveness of drug enforcement efforts<br />

may have helped push the cartels into<br />

planting poppies. Seizures of shipments of<br />

cocaine and marijuana were up in the early<br />

part of that decade.<br />

“The cartel, they’re business people, they<br />

provide a product, and they were providing<br />

cocaine into the United States,” Wilson<br />

said. “But once you lose a product, you just<br />

replace it with another.”<br />

Methamphetamine, another drug scourge<br />

in recent years, can be locally manufactured<br />

– often a “mom-and-pop-type operation,”<br />

Lohmar said. “You can trace that it [heroin]<br />

is directly related to the Mexican cartels<br />

who use local gangs in the metropolitan area<br />

as their distribution networks,” he said.<br />

Soon local medical examiners were<br />

seeing younger and younger people drawn<br />

to heroin.<br />

“At first, the cause of death was ‘myocardial<br />

infarction’ but we started to see a<br />

lot of 18- to 25-year-olds dying from ‘heart<br />

attacks,’” Wilson said. “[Medical examiners]<br />

started to look into [it] a little more and<br />

they were finding heroin in their systems at<br />

levels that were lethal. They started classifying<br />

those deaths as heroin intoxication.”<br />

The allure of heroin also is strong because<br />

it is cheap and pure. The drug is sold as “buttons”<br />

or “beans” for as little as $5 to $10 each.<br />

The low cost is leading to the surge in overdoses<br />

and crime. Ten years ago, street heroin<br />

had a 6- to 10-percent purity. The new stuff is<br />

50-percent to as high as 80-percent or more<br />

pure – so potent that authorities say fatal<br />

overdoses can occur if heroin is used just<br />

once. Users afraid of hypodermic needles<br />

can snort, smoke or swallow it.<br />

Because the addiction is so strong, people<br />

often do almost anything to get the drug.<br />

“Your tolerance builds so quickly that the<br />

little baggie you got [one week], a week<br />

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two weeks three or four,” Smith said.<br />

“The statistics vary but I would venture to<br />

guess that 75 to 80 percent of our property<br />

crime cases – burglaries, stealing, forgeries<br />

and stuff like that – involve someone<br />

addicted to controlled substances, and most<br />

of the time it’s heroin,” Lohmar said.<br />

Wilson tells the story of a heroin addict<br />

arrested three times in 24 hours in St. Charles<br />

for stealing things to trade or sell to a dealer.<br />

She was caught at a Radio Shack and released,<br />

and a few hours later at a Walmart where she<br />

was stealing baby clothes to trade with her<br />

dealer. Ten hours later she was picked up at a<br />

Schnucks supermarket.<br />

“The last time she shoved a turkey underneath<br />

her shirt because she was going to<br />

trade the turkey with her dealer for heroin,”<br />

Wilson said. It was close to Thanksgiving.<br />

The statistics don’t mention other victims<br />

– namely the survivors. Wilson has been<br />

meeting and working with overdose victims<br />

and families since 2010. He also meets with<br />

families of people who weren’t so lucky.<br />

“After someone overdoses and dies from<br />

heroin or drugs that person is dead and<br />

there really is nothing that you can do for<br />

them,” Wilson said. “But the family that’s<br />

left in the wake of that destruction and<br />

addiction, they need help.”<br />

Many of those introduced to opioids aren’t<br />

bad people, he added. Many times they<br />

simply made a bad or inadvertent choice.<br />

One overdose victim he interviewed was<br />

a union worker who hurt his back hauling<br />

concrete with a wheelbarrow and who had<br />

to take six prescription pain pills each day.<br />

“A buddy of his said ‘I’ve got a medication<br />

for you that you only have to take once<br />

a day,’” Wilson said. He took the pill. “It<br />

was heroin. His buddy never told him.”<br />

The long road to recovery<br />

Smith was never afraid of needles. He<br />

paid attention to how the registered nurse<br />

used a tourniquet, heated the drug in a spoon<br />

and found a vein. Taking the drug intravenously<br />

gave him a better high, he said. He<br />

thought those sniffing the drug were wasting<br />

their money.<br />

Then, the unraveling began.<br />

“At that point, everything in my life<br />

started falling apart – and quick,” Smith<br />

said. A good student and athlete, he soon<br />

lost his job and girlfriend, left community<br />

college and was arrested for driving while<br />

intoxicated. He pretended to be a friend long<br />

enough to get a dealer’s telephone number.<br />

At first, he had money in the bank and<br />

heroin wasn’t expensive. When that<br />

changed he stole from his mother’s purse<br />

and his dad’s wallet. He never pawned his<br />

possessions. Sometimes he and other users<br />

would steal something from a Lowe’s or<br />

Target store, return it, get a gift card, and sell<br />

the card in the parking lot. He became a liar.<br />

“We knew he was doing drugs, [but] when<br />

we would ask him he would deny it,” his<br />

mother said. They couldn’t prove it.<br />

“It kind of became a matter of waiting –<br />

waiting for him to be in the hospital, for him<br />

to die, for him to get in trouble with the law,”<br />

she said.<br />

At one point, deep into his addiction,<br />

Smith had a striking epiphany.<br />

“I remember one time I was in my room<br />

and I was cooking up the dope,” he said. “I<br />

was crying and I remember a tear dropping<br />

into the dope.” He paused for a moment.<br />

“It was really tough because to be honest<br />

I didn’t want this,” he said. He was only<br />

doing it to avoid the painful symptoms of<br />

withdrawal that would sicken him without a<br />

new fix. “I was using …” He stopped. His<br />

mother, sitting next to him in the interview<br />

finished his sentence. “... so I could function,”<br />

she said.<br />

Stints in rehab cleared the poison out of<br />

his system only for him to relapse once he<br />

was outside. Eventually, that also ended.<br />

“It was just … you wake up and you get<br />

tired of feeling sick every freaking morning,”<br />

Smith said. He said he got tired of the<br />

hassle that had become his everyday life<br />

– waking up sick, calling up lots of people,<br />

finding a ride and trying to find a dealer.<br />

“Not a second of your day goes by until you<br />

get your fix,” he said.<br />

Smith is now back at community college<br />

studying for his business degree.<br />

“I can sit in class without shaking uncontrollably,<br />

without people looking at me and<br />

thinking ‘what’s this kid on,’” he said. “It<br />

does get better, it does get easier, and you<br />

don’t have the cravings. It’s something I<br />

will have to deal with the rest of my life.”<br />

He said he didn’t like some of his earlier<br />

rehab counselors, but a support group like<br />

Alcoholics Anonymous has helped because<br />

he can talk to people who have had a similar<br />

experience. He’s cut himself off from past<br />

friends who were part of his earlier life.<br />

For his mother, getting help hasn’t been<br />

an easy journey. Having health insurance<br />

helps but treatment can cost thousands of<br />

dollars. She and his father say they have<br />

made peace with these issues, because drug<br />

addiction is a disease. “If he had cancer, we<br />

would do anything. If he had diabetes, we<br />

would do anything. How is this any different?”<br />

she asked. “The gift of a child is a gift,<br />

so treasure it, protect it and try to help.”<br />

She said her family was blessed that<br />

Smith’s story didn’t end like so many others.<br />

“But we know every day he has to wake<br />

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O’Fallon Founders’ Day and Garden<br />

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May 7 at Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup<br />

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old-time skills, old-fashioned games, presentations<br />

with landscape and gardening<br />

experts, music, fun kids’ activities, vendors<br />

selling folk arts and crafts, and more.<br />

• • •<br />

The Journey to Neverland Spring Ice<br />

Show is from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, May 13;<br />

5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14; and 2-4 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, May 15 at St. Peters Rec-Plex<br />

North Ice Rink. Tickets are $9 for adults,<br />

$7 for children. Rec-Plex member discounts<br />

apply.<br />

• • •<br />

O’Fallon’s Public Works Fair is from<br />

10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at<br />

CarShield Field [formerly T.R. Hughes<br />

Ballpark], 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd. The fair<br />

will provide safety awareness games and<br />

activities for kids, educational materials<br />

for adults, free rides on the O’Fallon City<br />

Train for everyone as well as a chance<br />

for kids to see and sit on big equipment.<br />

Admission is free.<br />

• • •<br />

A Backyard Campout is from 4 p.m.-<br />

10 a.m. on May 21-22 at Youth Activity<br />

Park, 7801 Hwy. N in Dardenne Prairie.<br />

Children and parents camp out under the<br />

stars and enjoy dinner and a light breakfast,<br />

an outdoor scavenger hunt, activities and<br />

games. To register, call (636) 949-7535 or<br />

email parks@sccmo.org.<br />

• • •<br />

A First Time Ride Clinic is from 9:30<br />

a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at Youth<br />

Activity Park, 7801 Hwy. N. in Dardenne<br />

Prairie. This private clinic is designed for<br />

young skateboard, scooter, and BMX riders<br />

new to the skatepark scene. Register online<br />

at www.sccmo.org or call (636) 561-4964.<br />

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“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed<br />

at Wentzville Christian Church,<br />

1507 Hwy Z, on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.;<br />

Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and<br />

Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.<br />

For details, call (636) 327-6622 or visit<br />

www.wentzvillecc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The St. Charles County Youth Orchestra<br />

Summer Concert is at 2 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

May 14 at the Lindenwood Cultural Center,<br />

400 North Kingshighway in St. Charles.<br />

Visit www.sccyo.org for more information.<br />

• • •<br />

The CHOMP Regional Food Truck,<br />

Music and Film Festival is from noon-9<br />

p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at St. Charles<br />

Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers<br />

Mall Drive in Cottleville, featuring up to<br />

50 food trucks, five bands, and 50-plus<br />

vendors on SCC’s Blue Lot. For details,<br />

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<strong>16</strong>15 Schwede Road in Wentzville. For<br />

more information, visit www.sccmo.org.<br />

• • •<br />

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New Walgreens,<br />

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A simple solution<br />

An emergency medicine physician who<br />

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runners has discovered a simple solution<br />

for a common complaint. According to<br />

Grant Lipman, M.D., the best way to prevent<br />

painful foot blisters is with inexpensive<br />

paper tape.<br />

Lipman said that despite decades of<br />

scientific studies on blister prevention, no<br />

definite method ever was determined until<br />

now.<br />

“What I kept hearing (from runners) was,<br />

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my feet,’” said Lipman, who put paper tape<br />

to the test on 128 runners in a 155-mile,<br />

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For the test, paper tape was randomly<br />

placed by trained medical assistants on<br />

just one foot of each runner. The tape was<br />

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a history of blister problems and on randomly<br />

selected areas of the other runners’<br />

feet. It was applied in a smooth, single<br />

layer prior to the race and at subsequent<br />

stages of the race, Lipman explained.<br />

No blisters formed where tape was<br />

applied on 98 of the 128 runners, but 81<br />

runners got blisters in areas that were not<br />

taped.<br />

“It’s kind of a ridiculously cheap, easy<br />

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The tape used in the study is the kind<br />

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it will not tear any blisters that might occur.<br />

The Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine<br />

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Choosy bed bugs<br />

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At the University of Florida and Union<br />

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out in areas that either are red or black and<br />

shun places that are yellow or green.<br />

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Fooled by the frosting<br />

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At Cornell Food and Brand Lab, researchers<br />

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HAULING<br />

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HELP WANTED<br />

St. Charles YMCA<br />

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• Salary Range:<br />

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• Medical Benefits & Y membership<br />

To apply please visit:<br />

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We are Looking for<br />

Freelance Writers<br />

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HELP WANTED<br />

St. Charles YMCA<br />

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Lifeguard positions<br />

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LAWN CARE<br />

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Kraemers' Lawn Service LLC<br />

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Free Estimates. Reliable. Insured.<br />

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PLUMBING<br />

ANYTHING IN PLUMBING<br />

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Foundation Repair LLC<br />

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