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Vol. 13 No. 10 • May <strong>18</strong>, 20<strong>16</strong><br />

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A COMMUNITY'S RESPONSE<br />

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This question is especially true in cases that<br />

are not by consent.<br />

Contested cases can be very difficult. In<br />

many cases, the goals of the parties can be<br />

terribly adverse to one another. One result<br />

to one party may be viewed as a positive outcome,<br />

but to the other party, they may view<br />

the result from the exact opposite perspective.<br />

Family law litigation can also take a tremendous<br />

amount of time. Due to dockets<br />

being backed up in many jurisdictions, contested<br />

cases can often take longer than a party<br />

would like. The overall cost of the case can<br />

often be more than what the party wanted<br />

to spend. And, of course, the emotional toll<br />

from contested family law litigation can be<br />

greater than what one might assume.<br />

There are certain contested cases that<br />

unfortunately have to be litigated. The goals,<br />

desires and viewpoints of the parties can<br />

be so diametrically opposed, that litigation<br />

might be the only way to solve it. The reality,<br />

however, is that satisfaction is seldom found<br />

from litigation.<br />

But for other parties, a successful outcome<br />

might be avoiding the contested family<br />

law litigation in the first place. In some cases,<br />

maybe the parties might be able to reach an<br />

accord outside of court that may negate the<br />

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be decide to undergo counseling before filing<br />

for divorce to see if their marriage can<br />

be saved. Lastly, in some cases, it might be<br />

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An unmitigated<br />

disaster<br />

Republican party leaders may have worried<br />

that Donald Trump would not only<br />

lose the general election for the presidency,<br />

but would so poison the image of the party<br />

as to cause Republican candidates for Congress<br />

and for state and local offices to also<br />

lose. Now they seem to be trying to patch<br />

things up, in order to present an image of<br />

unity before the general elections this fall.<br />

Regardless of how that attempt at patching<br />

up an image turns out, Trump’s candidacy<br />

could be not only a current political<br />

setback for Republicans, but an enduring<br />

affliction in future elections.<br />

For decades after Republican President<br />

Herbert Hoover was demonized because<br />

the Great Depression of the 1930s began on<br />

his watch, Democrats warned repeatedly,<br />

in a series of later presidential elections,<br />

that a vote for the Republican candidate<br />

was a vote to return to the days of Herbert<br />

Hoover.<br />

It was 20 years before another Republican<br />

was elected president. As late as the<br />

1980s, President Ronald Reagan was called<br />

by the Democrats’ speaker of the house,<br />

“Hoover with a smile.” When a high official<br />

of the Reagan administration appeared<br />

before Congress to explain the administration’s<br />

policy, a Democratic senator said,<br />

“That’s Hoover talk, man!”<br />

Actually, it was a policy proposal the<br />

opposite of that of the Hoover administration,<br />

but who in politics worries about the<br />

truth? The point is that Hoover was still<br />

being used as a bogeyman, more than 40<br />

years after he left office, and nearly two<br />

decades after he was dead. Trump’s image<br />

could easily play a very similar role.<br />

The political damage of Donald Trump<br />

to the Republican party is completely overshadowed<br />

by the damage he can do to the<br />

country and to the world, with his unending<br />

reckless and irresponsible statements.<br />

Just this week, Trump blithely remarked<br />

that South Korea should be left to its own<br />

defenses.<br />

Whatever the merits or demerits of that<br />

as a policy, announcing it to the whole<br />

world in advance risks encouraging North<br />

Korea to invade South Korea – as it did<br />

back in 1950, after careless words by a<br />

high American official left the impression<br />

that South Korea was not included in the<br />

American defense perimeter against the<br />

Communists in the Pacific.<br />

The old World War II phrase – “loose<br />

lips sink ships” – applies on land as well<br />

as on the water. And no one has looser lips<br />

than Donald Trump, who repeatedly spouts<br />

whatever half-baked idea pops into his<br />

head. A man in his 60s has life-long habits<br />

that are not likely to change. Age brings<br />

habits, even if it does not bring maturity.<br />

Nations around the world risk their<br />

own survival when they ally themselves<br />

with the United States in the fight against<br />

international terrorists – and we need their<br />

cooperation in that fight, in order to track<br />

down hidden terrorists and the hidden<br />

money that finances them.<br />

If nations cannot have confidence in<br />

American commitments and American<br />

leadership, we are not likely to get their<br />

cooperation. And the stakes are life and<br />

death.<br />

What the Republican establishment once<br />

feared most – that Trump would lose the<br />

nomination and run on a third party – now<br />

seems to be a danger that has passed. But<br />

a far larger danger to something far more<br />

important, American society, is that Trump<br />

could be elected President of the United<br />

States.<br />

Those who talk about “the will of the<br />

people” need to know that neither Donald<br />

Trump nor Hillary Clinton represents the<br />

will of the people. Polls repeatedly show<br />

these two with the highest negative reactions<br />

of any of the candidates in either<br />

party. A majority of the people polled have<br />

negative reactions to each.<br />

Hillary Clinton’s much-vaunted “experience”<br />

has been an experience in carrying<br />

out a policy that has failed disastrously<br />

from the <strong>Mid</strong>dle East to Ukraine to North<br />

Korea. We don’t need more of that kind of<br />

experience.<br />

What was once feared most by the<br />

Republican establishment – a third party<br />

candidate for president – may represent<br />

the only slim chance for saving this country<br />

from a catastrophic administration in an<br />

age of proliferating nuclear weapons.<br />

If a third party candidate could divide<br />

the vote enough to prevent anyone from<br />

getting an electoral college majority, that<br />

would throw the election into the House<br />

of Representatives, where any semblance<br />

of sanity could produce a better president<br />

than these two.<br />

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6 I OPINION I<br />

May <strong>18</strong>, 20<strong>16</strong><br />

MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR<br />

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MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM<br />

Lincoln did not end slavery<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In Mr. Daley’s fine letter summarizing<br />

why the Republican party is not racist<br />

[<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>, April 20], he<br />

includes as an example, “Lincoln and the<br />

Union army ending horrendous slavery.”<br />

Taken alone that example implies revisionist<br />

history. Ending slavery was not their<br />

intent.<br />

The Emancipation Proclamation came<br />

two years into the war, and freed no slaves<br />

at the time. It had five war effort purposes.<br />

Ending slavery was not one of them. Its<br />

purpose was to weaken the enemy’s ability<br />

to continue the fight.<br />

If the South had sought only to preserve<br />

slavery, they would not have seceded from<br />

Lincoln’s Union. Slavery was state law,<br />

not federal law. Lincoln offered to keep his<br />

hands off slavery. The Republican-dominated<br />

Congress passed the Corwin Amendment<br />

to make slavery perpetual. There had<br />

never been a bill presented in Congress to<br />

end slavery. By his own words, Lincoln<br />

sought to keep the slave-based economy<br />

because it was supplying three-fourths of<br />

the revenue to the federal budget.<br />

Slavery ended and citizenship was<br />

granted to freedmen seven months after<br />

the war ended and after Lincoln’s death. It<br />

was a war that Lincoln anticipated would<br />

last only a few weeks – or else he probably<br />

would not have begun that worst chapter<br />

in American history. It resulted in destroying<br />

the very thing he sought to keep – the<br />

South’s economy. When slavery did end,<br />

it was for Republican political greed and<br />

votes. It did not end for humane reasons.<br />

As for the Union army, that was the first<br />

instance of government-enforced racial<br />

segregation in this country. Black units<br />

were reportedly used as cannon fodder to<br />

determine the enemy’s gun positions and<br />

were not paid equally with whites. The<br />

Republican administration then imposed<br />

social racial segregation in the former<br />

Confederate states, where it remained in<br />

effect for the next century and through<br />

many administrations of both parties.<br />

Lincoln’s Whig/Republican party and<br />

the Democratic party of the mid-19th century<br />

have somehow reversed themselves in<br />

political theory over the decades. Republicans<br />

should not be bragging about being<br />

“the party of Lincoln” because by today’s<br />

standards he’d be a socialist Democrat.<br />

Given false credit for ending slavery by<br />

his surviving radical cabinet – the winning<br />

side’s attempt to justify an unjust war<br />

by providing a [false] morale cause – my<br />

guess is that Lincoln was rolling over in<br />

his casket even before his funeral train<br />

reached Springfield. Rolling over perhaps<br />

to the tune of “Dixie,” his favorite song.<br />

Bob Arnold<br />

Taking steps to fix<br />

America’s tax policy<br />

To the Editor:<br />

I’m writing in response to coverage of<br />

Congress’s work on tax legislation.<br />

When Congress passed a tax deal right<br />

before the holidays, what most headlines<br />

did not focus on is they included a critical<br />

lifeline for millions of working families<br />

across America, finally making key provisions<br />

of pro-work tax credits permanent.<br />

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)<br />

and Child Tax Credit are some of this<br />

country’s most effective policies, helping<br />

millions of working Americans make<br />

ends meet every year. If Congress had<br />

again neglected critical provisions of these<br />

credits – otherwise set to expire – <strong>16</strong> million<br />

Americans, including eight million<br />

children, would have fallen into [or deeper<br />

into] poverty. I’m glad to see Congress<br />

saved these key EITC and Child Tax Credit<br />

provisions by making them permanent<br />

before adjourning. We need to make sure<br />

this major step forward for more than 50<br />

million Americans doesn’t get overlooked.<br />

President Obama and House Speaker<br />

Ryan both support bipartisan efforts to<br />

expand the EITC for low-income workers<br />

without children. Let’s build on last year’s<br />

tax package by taking the next step to fix<br />

this gap in tax policy in 20<strong>16</strong>!<br />

Isabel Betancourt<br />

Promoting health care for all<br />

To the Editor:<br />

I believe in the United States Constitution<br />

when it says all persons are created<br />

equal.<br />

In order to be truly equal, all persons<br />

in these United States should have health<br />

care. Other industrial nations have health<br />

care for all. Working people that make too<br />

much money for Medicaid, but not enough<br />

to get help through the Affordable Care<br />

Act to buy private health insurance, are<br />

currently not equal in Missouri.<br />

Our state legislature continues to refuse<br />

to expand Medicaid to close this gap. I like<br />

to see maximum return of my federal tax<br />

dollars to Missouri, but this is not happening<br />

because of the refusal to accept 90 percent<br />

reimbursement of expanded Medicaid<br />

expenses.<br />

Three years ago, the Republicans in Jefferson<br />

City said they wanted to “fix” Medicaid<br />

before they expanded it. Instead they<br />

have done nothing. If our state representatives<br />

and senators cannot find a way to<br />

accomplish health care for all, they should<br />

be replaced at the next election with people<br />

who can.<br />

William Cramer<br />

Predicting a Trump<br />

presidency<br />

To the Editor:<br />

On July 20, 2015, I stated, based on<br />

my observations of public reaction, that<br />

Donald Trump would be the Republican<br />

nominee for president. Most people did not<br />

believe that to be realistic.<br />

In October, I stated, based on further<br />

observations, not only would Trump be the<br />

nominee, but he will go on to win the presidency<br />

in a Reagan-style landslide. That is<br />

when some people started calling me a nut.<br />

Step one is accomplished. Trump is the<br />

nominee. Despite media bias, despite conservative<br />

prejudice, despite liberal prejudice,<br />

despite objective doubts about the<br />

man, I still believe step two also will be<br />

accomplished by Mr. Trump in November.<br />

Let me be clear, Donald Trump is an<br />

autocrat. But, so too is the presumptive<br />

Democrat nominee.<br />

If the public must have an autocrat as<br />

the next president, I would rather have one<br />

who intends to increase America’s wealth<br />

rather than one whose policies will continue<br />

to dissipate America’s wealth.<br />

Money is redistributed in one of two<br />

ways:<br />

1. Created wealth is redistributed into the<br />

economy through wages and salaries.<br />

2. Existing wealth is handed out based<br />

on a political formula.<br />

Donald Trump believes in wages, salaries<br />

and the dignity that engenders.<br />

Hillary Clinton represents a thought<br />

process which is fairly new in America<br />

but is taking root. She and the Democrat<br />

Party believe people get “their allowance”<br />

from the government whether they have<br />

worked or not. Bernie Sanders supporters<br />

are a prime example of this. Dignity is not<br />

an issue.<br />

Larger paychecks will solve most of<br />

America’s problems.<br />

I encourage everyone to vote for wages,<br />

salaries and the dignity that engenders.<br />

Lee A. Presser<br />

Time to wake up, America<br />

To the Editor:<br />

The political process in this country is a<br />

chaotic nightmare designed to benefit only<br />

the politicians. They point fingers at each<br />

other to not only confuse their constituents<br />

but to prolong their own lucrative careers.<br />

They create the illusion that compromise is<br />

unattainable and the worst of all possible<br />

worlds and inherent in that message is<br />

extreme polarity of thoughts and emotions.<br />

A very simple way to rectify this situation<br />

is not only term limits, but a wellthought-out,<br />

streamlined and easy-to-use<br />

recall program with financial penalties<br />

and incarceration for flagrant offenders.<br />

We, the people, will otherwise subject ourselves<br />

and our prodigy to the legacies of<br />

monstrous greed and flagrant abuse.<br />

William E. Quinn<br />

Voices from<br />

<strong>Mid</strong>riversnewmagazine.com<br />

Responding to ‘Lake Saint Louis<br />

imposes six-month moratorium on new<br />

telecommunications towers’:<br />

I’m so glad someone spoke out against<br />

placing a 400-foot 911 tower in Boulevard<br />

Park in Lake Saint Louis. This park is<br />

located next to a school and in a high dollar<br />

residential community. It’s hard to believe<br />

one person on the BOA [Board of Aldermen]<br />

lives across the street from this park<br />

and was for this tower. She is also in big<br />

real estate and has always voted against<br />

the people and always favored voting for<br />

real estate development against the people’s<br />

wishes. When the new 911 system<br />

was placed on the ballot, no one was told<br />

it meant placing these towers in our public<br />

parks. They ran out of money almost<br />

from day one after they gave themselves<br />

over-the-top raises, then they decided to<br />

put these towers in our parks. Sad state of<br />

government and the only voice the average<br />

Joe has is the news media, yet they let this<br />

one slide along with other important issues.<br />

Folks, we’re in trouble!<br />

Rick Morris<br />

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O’FALLON<br />

Fort Zumwalt Park closed<br />

to vehicles May 20-21<br />

To accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium<br />

bicycle race, Fort Zumwalt Park<br />

in O’Fallon will be temporarily closed<br />

to vehicles at dusk on Friday, May 20,<br />

through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.<br />

The race will be held on May 21 and the<br />

public is invited to attend the event at no<br />

cost.<br />

Race heats begin at 9 a.m. and continue<br />

until 4 p.m. Spectator parking will be available<br />

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8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway.<br />

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The public is invited to attend an Armed<br />

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a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at O’Fallon Veterans<br />

Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek<br />

Road. Free parking is available.<br />

Armed Forces Day is dedicated to honoring<br />

the men and women serving in the five<br />

branches of the U.S. Military: the Army,<br />

Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.<br />

Col. Terri L. Chaney, support group commander<br />

of the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri<br />

Air National Guard, will deliver the keynote<br />

address. Chaney deployed to Operation<br />

Northern Watch, Operation Southern<br />

Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.<br />

O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk is<br />

just off the I-70 overpass at the southeast<br />

corner of Belleau Creek Road and Veterans<br />

Memorial Parkway.<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

Historic Daniel Boone<br />

Home changes hands<br />

The historic Daniel Boone home has new<br />

owners – the citizens of St. Charles County.<br />

The County Council approved a donation<br />

agreement between Lindenwood University<br />

and the county at its April 25 meeting. Along<br />

with the property, which includes more than<br />

20 historic structures moved there in recent<br />

years, the county is also expected to receive<br />

maintenance equipment.<br />

County officials also are expected to<br />

retain existing staff, making room in the<br />

county’s budget to pay for up to five fulltime<br />

and other part-time positions.<br />

In exchange for donating the property,<br />

Lindenwood will receive a $500,000 credit<br />

in rent costs for commencement exercises<br />

held at the county-owned Family Arena,<br />

Lindenwood officials have said. The<br />

annual rental cost has been about $60,000<br />

a year for commencement ceremonies.<br />

The Boone Home adds significantly<br />

to the acreage in the county set aside for<br />

parks, county officials have said. The<br />

home is located off Hwy. F in the largely<br />

rural southwestern part of the county near<br />

New Melle.<br />

“The Boone home is the gem of St.<br />

Charles County,” said Councilman Joe<br />

Brazil [District 2]. “We really didn’t want<br />

it to go to a private investor either; we want<br />

to secure it so everybody could use [it].”<br />

Councilman Mark Elam [District 3] said<br />

the property is a great asset that fits well<br />

with other county parkland. “It’s a seamless<br />

fit,” he said.<br />

County Executive Steve Ehlmann said<br />

at a news conference on April 29 that “it’s<br />

safe to say that we will be continuing what<br />

Lindenwood has been doing out there, but<br />

we have long-term plans as well to develop<br />

the entire acreage as a county park [and]<br />

to develop the types of amenities that go<br />

along with that.”<br />

The four-story Georgian-style structure<br />

was built by Daniel Boone’s son, Nathan.<br />

Daniel Boone spent his final years at the<br />

home and died there in <strong>18</strong>20.<br />

Lane closures coming to I-70<br />

Drivers who use Interstate 70 should<br />

be aware that the Missouri Department<br />

of Transportation crews will start closing<br />

lanes of eastbound I-70 between Route 94<br />

and Fifth Street on Friday, May 20 at 9:30<br />

p.m. with all lanes closed by 11 p.m. The<br />

closure is necessary to demolish the Fairgrounds<br />

Road bridge.<br />

In addition, westbound I-70 will be<br />

reduced to one lane throughout the weekend<br />

of May 20 with intermittent full closures<br />

of about 15 minutes each as crews<br />

remove girders from the old bridge.<br />

The lanes will reopen by Monday, May<br />

23 at 5 a.m. with the exception of the left<br />

lane on both eastbound and westbound<br />

I-70 between Route 94 and Fifth Street.<br />

Those lanes will remain closed around the<br />

clock for two months.<br />

Other impacts include:<br />

• Westbound I-70 will be reduced to one<br />

lane during the overnight hours of Thursday,<br />

May 19. Crews will begin lane closures<br />

at 8 p.m. with three lanes closed by<br />

11 p.m. All lanes will be back open by 6<br />

a.m. Friday morning.<br />

• The entrance ramp from Fifth Street to<br />

westbound I-70 will be closed Thursday,<br />

May 19 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.<br />

• Fairgrounds Road over I-70 will close<br />

starting Friday, May 20 at 7 a.m. The road<br />

will be closed for about 120 days.<br />

• The entrance ramp from Fifth Street to<br />

westbound I-70 will be closed the weekend<br />

of May 20. It will remain closed for<br />

about two months.<br />

Motorists can detour around the closures<br />

by taking Interstate 64, Route 364 or Route<br />

370. Veterans Memorial Parkway, which<br />

carries only eastbound traffic, will be open<br />

for those trying to access the local businesses<br />

along that road.<br />

The work is part of construction of the new<br />

full interchange being built at I-70 and Fairgrounds<br />

Road. For more details on the I-70<br />

and Fairgrounds Road/Fifth Street improvement<br />

project, go to www.modot.org.<br />

Council clears way for storage<br />

facility despite some opposition<br />

The St. Charles County Council has<br />

approved rezoning and a conditional<br />

use permit that will allow a U-Haul selfstorage,<br />

truck rental and sales facility near<br />

Interstate 64 that had been opposed by<br />

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Saint Louis.<br />

The council agreed at its May 9 meeting<br />

to approve the rezoning to general commercial<br />

district and the conditional use<br />

permit after hearing a revision to plans for<br />

a three-story building. They also heard that<br />

the storage facility may be appropriate for<br />

the property.<br />

The 3.6-acre site is on the north side<br />

of the South Outer Road of I-64 and the<br />

south side of Hawk Ridge Trail at I-64.<br />

The property is already zoned general<br />

commercial; however, the zoning change<br />

would be from the existing general commercial<br />

adding a conditional use permit to<br />

allow the U-Haul facility, which is owned<br />

by Gerald and Glennon Keeven.<br />

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen<br />

approved a resolution opposing the<br />

rezoning application and filed a remonstrance,<br />

which required at least five of the<br />

county council’s seven members to vote in<br />

favor to approve it.<br />

In a letter to the county, Lake Saint Louis<br />

City Administrator Paul Markworth said<br />

the I-64 corridor in the area in question has<br />

been designated as a high-technology corridor<br />

by the county since 1994. “A more<br />

appropriate use of the property in our view<br />

is for this to be zoned for office and for<br />

retail that serves the area office workers,”<br />

Markworth’s letter states.<br />

Residents of the nearby Springhurst<br />

Terrace Condominiums in O’Fallon also<br />

opposed the application when it came<br />

before the St. Charles County Planning<br />

and Zoning Commission in March.<br />

County Councilman Joe Brazil [District<br />

2] said at the May 9 meeting that indications<br />

are that it is not clear that the property<br />

is within the high-technology corridor.<br />

Robert Myers, the county’s director of<br />

planning and zoning, told commissioners<br />

that the county’s master plan changed in<br />

2008 that didn’t include as many areas as<br />

part of a high-tech corridor along I-64.<br />

Myers said a residential zoning for the<br />

area may not be appropriate like nearby<br />

property because of its proximity to a noisy<br />

I-64 and an island between the service road<br />

and interstate. The planning and zoning<br />

commission recommended approval of the<br />

rezoning and conditional use permit.<br />

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen<br />

agreed earlier this month not to take a<br />

position on the issue.<br />

Councilman David Hammond [District<br />

4] said U-Haul officials came back to the<br />

county with a nicer looking building than<br />

the metal building they originally submitted.<br />

Councilman Joe Cronin [District 1]<br />

noted that this was a “pretty high-tech<br />

storage facility” and high-technology businesses<br />

use facilities like it for storage.<br />

The board voted 6-1 in favor of the rezoning<br />

with Brazil casting the lone no vote.<br />

“Good luck to you folks, make it pretty,”<br />

Cronin told the Keevens.<br />

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St. Peters voters will be<br />

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no-tax-increase bond<br />

issue this August to fund a<br />

new city aquatic park, a golf<br />

course clubhouse and other<br />

park improvements.<br />

The city’s Board of Aldermen<br />

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meeting to place the bond<br />

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The two major projects the bond issue<br />

would fund, if approved by voters, include:<br />

• a $3.5 million aquatic center on a former<br />

athletic field just south and almost directly<br />

across Mexico Road from the city’s Rec-<br />

Plex complex<br />

• a $5.7 million golf and banquet center<br />

to be located at 200 Salt Lick Road, just<br />

south of Interstate 70.<br />

The board has been discussing the<br />

proposals since January and approved a<br />

resolution on Feb. 11 stating that the city<br />

planned to reimburse itself from the sale of<br />

the bonds for capital expenditures and studies<br />

needed to develop a $10 million bond<br />

issue. Since the resolution was passed, the<br />

project’s description was altered and bonds<br />

to be issued increased to $12 million.<br />

In recent months, city officials have<br />

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one-meter diving board, two deck slides<br />

and a beach in addition to shade areas, a<br />

party pavilion and a bathhouse. The center<br />

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I NEWS I 11<br />

County to survey residents on what they want from local, regional parks<br />

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

Do St. Charles County residents use or<br />

even know much about their county parks?<br />

Do they go to the St. Louis Zoo or attend<br />

St. Louis Blues or Cardinals games? What<br />

recreational amenities should county parks<br />

offer? How much do they like to hunt and<br />

fish? Do they attend amateur sports?<br />

Questions like these will be part of what<br />

County Executive Steve Ehlmann is calling<br />

a “scientific survey” of community opinions<br />

on local and regional parks, entertainment<br />

opportunities and recreational activities.<br />

The St. Charles County Council agreed<br />

on May 9 to a $43,000 bid from a consulting<br />

firm, Show Me Victories of St. Louis, to<br />

conduct the survey in the next few months.<br />

The survey is expected to help guide<br />

the county’s planning and decisions on its<br />

park system, and perhaps influence county<br />

officials on whether they want to support<br />

recreational, cultural and entertainment<br />

amenities in other parts of the St. Louis<br />

area, such as the St. Louis Zoo.<br />

The survey may get underway in early<br />

June with results available for county officials<br />

in mid-July. The telephone portion<br />

of the survey is expected to involve 600<br />

respondents and other participants can fill<br />

out the survey on the county’s website.<br />

“This would be a scientific survey to find<br />

out exactly how much our people think<br />

about our parks, how much they use them<br />

and how they use other facilities, not only<br />

in St. Charles County, but in the entire<br />

region,” Ehlmann said.<br />

He said he was prompted to include the<br />

survey in budget discussions with the council<br />

when St. Louis Zoo officials told him<br />

in December that a zoo survey shows St.<br />

Charles County residents’ support for the zoo.<br />

Zoo officials met with the council in<br />

April to explore whether the county would<br />

agree to place a sales tax increase on the<br />

ballot to help pay for increasing expenses<br />

and upkeep at the zoo. They said more than<br />

90 percent of county residents in the zoo’s<br />

own survey in February viewed the zoo<br />

favorably.<br />

“That may be true, but I’d like to go<br />

ahead and find out, number one, to what<br />

extent to they use those institutions in St.<br />

Louis City and County, to what extent do<br />

they go to professional sports – whether<br />

it’s the Cardinals or the Blues – or out to<br />

O’Fallon for minor league stuff,” Ehlmann<br />

said. “To what extent are they using our<br />

parks as opposed to municipal parks?”<br />

Legislation pending in the Missouri General<br />

Assembly has to be<br />

enacted before the county<br />

could decide on whether<br />

to put a sales tax on the<br />

ballot. The bill would allow<br />

St. Charles, Jefferson, St.<br />

Louis and Franklin counties<br />

and the city of St. Louis<br />

to place a sales tax measure<br />

on the ballot.<br />

Currently the zoo<br />

receives support from the<br />

Metropolitan Zoological<br />

Park and Museum District,<br />

formed in 1972, which provides property<br />

tax revenue from the city of St. Louis and<br />

St. Louis County. The district provides<br />

financial support for the zoo, the Missouri<br />

Botanical Garden, the Missouri History<br />

Museum, St. Louis Science Center and St.<br />

Louis Art Museum.<br />

Ehlmann said if county officials want to<br />

continue a discussion about St. Louis city<br />

and county institutions, he would like to<br />

know how important they are to county<br />

residents.<br />

“Unless we do a more scientific survey, I<br />

don’t think we really know how much the<br />

man on the street really feels on some of<br />

these issues,” he said.<br />

Kayaking is one of the options available at St. Charles County’s<br />

Broemmelsiek Park.<br />

Councilman Mike Klinghammer [District<br />

6] said it was critical that the county<br />

find out what types of activities residents<br />

want to see in their parks before it spends<br />

millions of dollars.<br />

Councilman Mike Elam [District 3] said<br />

there are marketing opportunities that need<br />

to be explored for publicizing the park<br />

system and agree that the county has to ask<br />

what kind of activities people want there.<br />

“We have a wonderful park system,” Elam<br />

said. “The problem is that it’s a great secret<br />

that we have a wonderful park system.”<br />

Joann Leykam, the county’s director of<br />

administration, said the county did a major<br />

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<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> readers select 20<strong>16</strong> Teacher of the Year<br />

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By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

Mary Eaton, a longtime kindergarten<br />

teacher at Living Word Christian School in<br />

St. Peters, sensed something was up when<br />

she was talking to her mother.<br />

It came out of the blue.<br />

“She was telling me yesterday on the<br />

phone that I was a great teacher,” Eaton<br />

said. “She said ‘you’ve had such a great<br />

year and you’re such a great teacher.’”<br />

Eaton had a quizzical look on her face as<br />

she told the story.<br />

“I’m like, ‘thanks mom. We were truly<br />

talking about something else, it was completely<br />

off the subject,” she said.<br />

Her husband, Paul, piped in, “It was killing<br />

her.”<br />

Eaton agreed.<br />

“It was killing her [Eaton’s mom]; now<br />

I’m going to tell her I know why she said<br />

all that,” she said with a laugh.<br />

What was “killing” Eaton’s mother was<br />

that she was one of the few people who<br />

knew that on May 12 her daughter would<br />

receive the <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

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be named <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong>’ Teacher of the<br />

Year. She had been selected by a panel out<br />

of hundreds of entries.<br />

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Sponsors of the award include Center-<br />

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The announcement was made before students<br />

and staff – along with Eaton’s husband<br />

Paul and sons Caleb and Joshua, who were<br />

also in on the secret – gathered that morning<br />

in the school gymnasium and chapel.<br />

“I had no idea. In fact I was thinking<br />

about all the people it was going to be in<br />

my head as I was sitting in the chair. I did<br />

not think at all it was going to be me,” she<br />

said. “I was completely shocked.”<br />

A look of surprise came over her face<br />

when Vicky Czapla, advertising manager<br />

for <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>, made the<br />

announcement. That lead to wiping away a<br />

few tears as she was called up for the presentation<br />

and for a whirlwind of applause,<br />

picture taking and thanks from staff, family<br />

and finally her 12 kindergartners.<br />

By the time pictures were taken with her<br />

6-year-old “kiddos,” Eaton was back in<br />

charge.<br />

“Can I get my boys to stand next to me<br />

right here and can I get my sweet girls to<br />

stand in front of the boys?” she asked.<br />

A little bit of adjusting here, scooting and<br />

fidgeting there, and students were ready<br />

with smiles and a resounding “cheese” as<br />

photographers snapped away.<br />

Being in charge in a classroom of students<br />

whose heads come up just above her<br />

waist, is something that Eaton has been<br />

doing for a longtime now.<br />

Eaton, 47, has taught kindergarten at<br />

Living Word Christian School, a private<br />

nondenominational school, for 14 of her 20<br />

years as a teacher and educator. She started<br />

out as kindergarten teacher for three years<br />

in the Riverview Gardens School District<br />

and worked with the Parents as Teachers<br />

program in the Fort Zumwalt School District<br />

before coming to Living Word Christian<br />

School.<br />

“They’re [kindergartners] just precious,<br />

I love them, they are at the right age for<br />

learning, they just absorb everything you<br />

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O’Fallon approves police pay raise<br />

May <strong>18</strong>, 20<strong>16</strong><br />

MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

I NEWS I 13<br />

By DAN FOX<br />

The O’Fallon City Council has approved<br />

a budget amendment that will put a new<br />

police pay plan in place starting June 25,<br />

which will result in a pay increase for<br />

police officers. The council passed the<br />

ordinance at its April 28 meeting.<br />

At that meeting, City Administrator<br />

Bonnie Therrien said the council had asked<br />

staff to review police officer salaries in<br />

December and come back with a recommendation<br />

regarding the present salary plan.<br />

Several months earlier, the council had<br />

discussed the same issue when a motion<br />

for a 3 percent pay raise was made, but the<br />

suggestion failed to get the required votes<br />

with a finally tally of 4-6.<br />

When the idea of a police pay increase<br />

was first proposed, proponents of the<br />

increase expressed concerns regarding the<br />

current pay rate, including the increasing<br />

hazards of a police officer’s job and<br />

recruitment issues stemming from poor<br />

compensation.<br />

On April 28, Therrien called the recruitment<br />

issue a “national phenomenon.”<br />

“I have done a survey of fellow city<br />

administrators,” Therrien said. “Everybody’s<br />

having issues trying to recruit officers.<br />

But when you also have an obstacle<br />

such as police pay … it is really important<br />

we take a hard look at that.”<br />

Therrien said in comparison with St.<br />

Charles County, O’Fallon’s minimums of<br />

police pay were lower.<br />

In the former plan, the minimum and<br />

maximum salaries for an officer were<br />

$46,592 and $67,496, while the new<br />

plan features a minimum/maximum of<br />

$51,750.40 and $73,008. The different<br />

ranks, from sergeant through chief of<br />

police, feature increases as well, with an<br />

approximate 3.<strong>18</strong> percent increase per<br />

rank for each of the 12 steps.<br />

Another change in the new pay plan is<br />

the number of steps required to reach the<br />

maximum tier of pay. The previous structure<br />

had <strong>16</strong> steps for a police officer – the<br />

new proposal reduced that to 12.<br />

If implemented midway through 20<strong>16</strong>,<br />

the city estimates the cost will be an<br />

unbudgeted $<strong>18</strong>3,435. Full-year implementation<br />

costs for 2017 would be<br />

$479,141 above what is currently allocated<br />

in the budget.<br />

Councilmember John Haman [Ward 3]<br />

said the council can’t wait five years to<br />

redo the pay plan, and that it should be a<br />

living document.<br />

“If this passes and we settle on this one,<br />

it cannot stay stagnant, we’ve got to stay<br />

on top of it, we’ve got to re-evaluate every<br />

other year,” Haman said.<br />

Councilmember Rick Lucas [Ward 1]<br />

complimented city staff on the proposed<br />

pay structure. “This needs to happen in<br />

every department … re-evaluate every<br />

position and the whole structure, make<br />

sure we are in line with where we need to<br />

be,” Lucas said. “I hope this is just the first<br />

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The council suspended rules in order<br />

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Her sense of play and friendliness<br />

continue to stand out – including<br />

giving her boss, St. Charles<br />

County Police Chief David Todd,<br />

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“I’m a huge dog lover,” Oldani said.<br />

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is more widespread with the rise of<br />

the Internet and can be readily stored on<br />

electronic devices.<br />

Dr. Jack Hubbal, a Connecticut State<br />

Police chemist at their forensic lab, was<br />

able to isolate a chemical compound, triphenylphosphine<br />

oxide, which surrounds<br />

the memory boards of all cellphones and<br />

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A $2,500 donation from the Marc Bulger<br />

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May <strong>18</strong>, 20<strong>16</strong><br />

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I NEWS I 15<br />

By DEANNE LEBLANC<br />

Ten nonprofit agencies throughout St.<br />

Charles County recently worked together<br />

to help the county’s smallest residents<br />

during the 10th annual Shower of Love.<br />

Each year, Shower of Love provides<br />

hundreds of struggling families with their<br />

children’s most basic needs – formula, diapers<br />

and wipes.<br />

Since its inception, the event has raised<br />

over $768,000 in donated diapers, wipes,<br />

formula, clothing and other baby care<br />

items. With the help of over 250 volunteers,<br />

who solicit items at local grocery stores,<br />

the items are distributed through agency<br />

partners to approximately 250 to 300 families<br />

each year. The goal is to collect enough<br />

items to supply needy children with life’s<br />

basic necessities for at least one year. It<br />

comes with only one catch – the hope of<br />

giving every baby a strong and loving start.<br />

The collaborative effort benefits Sts.<br />

Joachim and Ann Care Service, Birthright of<br />

St. Charles and Wentzville, Crisis Nursery,<br />

Nurses for Newborns, Our Lady’s Inn, Mary<br />

Queen of Angels, The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity<br />

Homes, ThriVe, and Youth In Need.<br />

Bruce Sowatsky, executive director of<br />

the Community and Children’s Resource<br />

Board, which founded Shower of Love,<br />

said the agencies work well together and<br />

are not in competition with one another.<br />

“It’s a little bit like the loaves and the<br />

fishes,” Sowatsky said. “It multiplies to a<br />

degree when we all work together. That’s<br />

the hallmark of this community, working<br />

not only between nonprofits, but [between]<br />

the business community and the local governments.<br />

That’s a very special connection<br />

and has helped [Shower of Love] continue<br />

to be successful.”<br />

Local businesses, schools and nonprofits<br />

hosted drives to gather the child care<br />

items. Volunteers from partnering agencies<br />

also collected items at local grocery stores<br />

throughout St. Charles County.<br />

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said the<br />

annual collection is “a way of being there<br />

when people are in need the most and that<br />

is always a good thing.”<br />

“If you put value in someone, they will<br />

succeed,” he said.<br />

Shower of Love Coordinator Michelle<br />

McElfresh gave high praise to the local<br />

communities and the event’s large contingent<br />

of volunteers.<br />

“The public has been tremendously generous<br />

in their support of this collection drive<br />

over the years. We add more businesses,<br />

churches and schools every year who want<br />

to help by having their own drive, while<br />

contributing to the greater cause of reducing<br />

child abuse and neglect in our county,”<br />

A room filled with love disguised as diapers<br />

McElfresh said.“My hope is that when families<br />

are feeling desperate, they will picture<br />

this room full of these items and the people<br />

that are here to support them.”<br />

SURVEY, from page 11<br />

study on what residents wanted in its park<br />

system several decades ago.<br />

“Here we are almost 20 years later and<br />

it’s a good time for a course correction if<br />

we need to do one,” Leykam said.<br />

Meanwhile, on April 29 the county<br />

accepted a donation from Lindenwood<br />

University of the historic Daniel Boone<br />

Home and nearly 300 acres. The resulting<br />

new park will add to 3,174 acres in county<br />

parkland that now includes 11 parks.<br />

The county opened the 80-acre College<br />

Meadows Park in Cottleville last year, as<br />

part of an agreement with St. Charles<br />

Community College on land owned by the<br />

school.<br />

The Pitman Hill/Kisker Park near<br />

Weldon Spring is expected to pen in 2017.<br />

Along with opened parks, the county also<br />

has 542 acres in undeveloped land.


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Purses and other valuables were<br />

taken from five vehicles parked<br />

at Legacy Park in Cottleville on<br />

Wednesday, May 4 – four with front<br />

passenger-side windows smashed<br />

to gain entry and one through an<br />

unlocked door.<br />

It all may have happened in 15<br />

minutes – between 10 a.m. and<br />

10:15 a.m. – about 200 feet from<br />

where about 100 first- and secondgraders<br />

were playing and the vehicles’<br />

owners were attending a school<br />

outing. The break-ins were also about 500<br />

feet from the city police station, but no one<br />

said they heard or saw a thing, according to<br />

Cottleville Police Lt. Craig Hebrank.<br />

Hebrank said the thefts may have been<br />

a “crime of opportunity” because purses<br />

could be seen on the front seats of the vehicles.<br />

Police routinely advise that valuables,<br />

including electronics and purses, should be<br />

placed in a trunk or under a car seat so they<br />

are not easily visible.<br />

Police say a blunt object rather than<br />

a rock may have been used to smash the<br />

car windows. Once the windows were<br />

smashed, someone reached in and grabbed<br />

the purses, Hebrank said. He noted that a<br />

car alarm may have been activated if a car<br />

door had been opened.<br />

“Even out here, and anywhere in general,<br />

people have a false sense of security,” he<br />

said. “[People think] ‘Hey, I’m close to my<br />

car, gosh, I’m only going to the park for a<br />

little bit.’ The next thing you know…”<br />

The purses contained credit and gift<br />

cards. Hebrank said little cash and no jewelry<br />

was taken. Two of the five cars were<br />

parked next to each other, followed by a<br />

work truck, and two other cars were parked<br />

along Fifth Street just inside the park. The<br />

other car was parked across from two cars.<br />

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Hebrank said police have some good<br />

leads on possible suspects, but as of May 6<br />

no arrests had been made.<br />

First- and second-graders from Warren<br />

Elementary were on a field trip to the park<br />

and were using a park pavilion. No suspicious<br />

persons seen nearby were reported.<br />

The noise from the group and staff and<br />

parents paying attention to children may<br />

offer an explanation. “When you get 100<br />

first- and second-graders near the playground<br />

area, that’s a pretty noisy bunch,”<br />

Hebrank said.<br />

He said there had been no recent reports<br />

of car thefts or incidents in nearby subdivisions<br />

that may have tipped police off<br />

that something might be afoot. Cottleville<br />

police contacted Kirkwood police about an<br />

incident Monday night where six vehicle<br />

windows were smashed.<br />

“It’s a great park and safe park; unfortunately<br />

something like this happened,” he<br />

said. Police officers routinely patrol the<br />

park’s playgrounds and dog park when<br />

they return to the police station, located at<br />

city hall. “We haven’t seen anything prior<br />

to that.<br />

“What happened on Wednesday equaled<br />

our entire output of 2015 for cars broken<br />

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I NEWS I 17<br />

Complications could jeopardize cricket<br />

fields proposed for Barathaven Park<br />

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

Making a “pitch” for cricket in Dardenne<br />

Prairie depends on the ability of its proponents<br />

to pay for a place to play it.<br />

A related issue, involving parking near<br />

the proposed cricket fields and where<br />

soccer fields already are in use, also could<br />

be a thorny issue facing city officials.<br />

Dardenne Prairie Mayor David Zucker<br />

laid out a complicated scenario at the<br />

city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on May<br />

4 involving an area of Barathaven Park,<br />

where the cricket playing surfaces could be<br />

located between existing soccer fields.<br />

Adjacent to the 80-acre park are parking<br />

lots used by park visitors that are part of<br />

the former Lindenwood University Nursing<br />

and Allied Health Center building and<br />

property, which may be sold now that nursing<br />

classes are no longer being taught there.<br />

Zucker said the city currently has no<br />

assurance that anyone buying the Lindenwood<br />

property would allow the present<br />

parking lots to be used by the public for<br />

park activities. If parking isn’t allowed, the<br />

city may consider using an easement to<br />

build a driving lane and a new parking lot<br />

that would take up space possibly set aside<br />

for the cricket fields.<br />

Cricket in Dardenne Prairie became a<br />

topic of discussion in February when the city<br />

received a request from the American Cricket<br />

Academy and Club of St. Louis for several<br />

fields or “pitches” to be built in city parks.<br />

Ajay Jhamb, a spokesman for the academy<br />

and a Dardenne Prairie resident, said<br />

the academy is willing to pay for the cost<br />

of laying out the pitches in areas between<br />

soccer fields at Barathaven Park.<br />

The city last year approved a contract to<br />

relocate a trail near Dardenne Creek controlled<br />

by the Gateway Greenway, the regional parks<br />

and trail district, around the fields and conduct<br />

repairs. That work would leave room for the<br />

installation of several pitches.<br />

Cricket, one of the most popular sports in<br />

the world, is a bat-and-ball game played by<br />

teams of 11 players on a rectangular 22-yard<br />

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field or “pitch.” It shares some terminology<br />

with baseball because a “batter” strikes a<br />

ball to score “runs” during “innings.”<br />

Zucker told the board that the city<br />

received change orders from the contractor<br />

for the trail relocation that indicate the<br />

cost of adding cricket pitches as $26,887<br />

for one pitch, $35,500 for two and $46,500<br />

for two pitches plus a practice pitch.<br />

The cost figures were turned over to<br />

Jhamb to evaluate and for fundraising purposes.<br />

The city also wants to act on the<br />

change orders later this month and doesn’t<br />

want the work dragged out into June. However,<br />

if the academy has the funding by that<br />

time, they can enter a written agreement<br />

with the city to pay for the additional work.<br />

The parking situation adds a risk factor<br />

on the cricket question, and Zucker noted<br />

that the academy may want to make a minimal<br />

investment for now.<br />

“It’s a tough challenge for them,” he said.<br />

Parking also poses a potentially expensive<br />

challenge for the city as any new<br />

owner of the Lindenwood property does<br />

not have to open up its parking lot.<br />

“I have no idea if the new owner will say<br />

to the world ‘hey, you kids get off my parking<br />

lot,’” Zucker said.<br />

The easement that the city could exercise<br />

to build a new parking lot was granted by<br />

Lindenwood to Great <strong>Rivers</strong> Greenway,<br />

Zucker said. It would allow the construction<br />

of an access driveway from the parking<br />

lot area across a baseball field to reach<br />

space for building an 80-space parking<br />

lot adjacent to a soccer field. The last city<br />

estimate for this scenario was $178,000<br />

and the cost now could be at as high as<br />

$200,000, Zucker said.<br />

Exercising the easement option may<br />

lessen the attractiveness of the property<br />

and may offer an incentive for working<br />

out an agreement for parking that would<br />

transfer when the property is sold, Zucker<br />

said, noting that the city has discussed the<br />

situation with Lindenwood.<br />

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Applications now are being accepted to<br />

fill 20 summer youth jobs administered<br />

through the Missouri Job Center of St.<br />

Charles County. The jobs are for youth<br />

ages <strong>16</strong>-24 from income-eligible families.<br />

The program, called “Summer Job<br />

League 20<strong>16</strong>,” receives state and federal<br />

funding. Participants must be from families<br />

whose gross monthly income does not<br />

exceed <strong>18</strong>5 percent of the federal poverty<br />

guidelines. For example, income can be no<br />

more than $1,832 for a family of one, or no<br />

more than $4,385 for a family of four.<br />

Employers participating in this program<br />

include county and city parks departments,<br />

animal shelters, day care facilities, business<br />

offices, retail operations and other county<br />

The St. Charles County Council is considering<br />

whether to opt out of the annual<br />

Missouri back-to-school sales tax holiday<br />

in August and earmark that revenue for<br />

law enforcement efforts to fight heroin and<br />

opiate abuse.<br />

“We have a serious drug problem in<br />

this community and in St. Louis City and<br />

County,” said County Councilman Joe<br />

Brazil [District 2] at the council’s May 9<br />

meeting. “A little of it has to do with our<br />

being the only state that doesn’t have an<br />

opiate registry but we have to work through<br />

state legislators, or hopefully something<br />

locally, but [either way] something has to<br />

be done. We have more people dying from<br />

heroin than car accidents.”<br />

Brazil introduced a bill at the meeting to<br />

earmark the county’s portion of its sales tax<br />

during the tax holiday on Aug 5-7 to hire<br />

two additional narcotics detectives to help<br />

with drug enforcement issues.<br />

The bill closely follows a memorandum<br />

from County Executive Steve Ehlmann,<br />

which recommends to the council that the<br />

$172,093 anticipated to be raised “would<br />

be for the purpose of funding two additional<br />

detectives in the [county] police<br />

department specifically assigned to drug<br />

enforcement duties.”<br />

Brazil said that, while he at first wasn’t<br />

for opting out of the sales tax holiday,<br />

the additional revenue could help with<br />

enforcement that might cut back on crime.<br />

The council discussed the bill and could<br />

take action as early as its next scheduled<br />

meeting on May 31. While councilmembers<br />

were supportive, one raised a question<br />

about whether opting out could be counterproductive<br />

to raising the needed funding.<br />

“This problem has really rattled me to my<br />

bones,” said Councilman Mike Klinghammer<br />

[District 6] “This problem we have with<br />

heroin is truly scary. It’s gotten to be so mainstream<br />

and so prevalent and once people try<br />

it, it’s almost impossible to turn it around.”<br />

But Councilman Mike Elam [District<br />

3], who said he appreciated the idea, questioned<br />

whether skipping the holiday may<br />

prompt shoppers to buy their school supplies<br />

in Chesterfield or other parts of St.<br />

Louis County that haven’t opted out of the<br />

tax holiday. That might be counterproductive<br />

for the county, he said.<br />

“The numbers that we think we’re getting<br />

that day, we may not be getting that day<br />

because we’re giving people an incentive<br />

to buy somewhere else,” Elam said. He<br />

asked that the county talk to economic<br />

development directors about the issue.<br />

Ehlmann said St. Peters did not waive their<br />

sale tax in 2008 or 2009 and asked County<br />

Finance Director Robert Schnur to look into<br />

the impact that the lack of a waiver that year<br />

had on major merchants in St. Peters, including<br />

some at the <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall.<br />

Cronin said that, while he’s not a fan of<br />

sales taxes, he didn’t think residents would<br />

shop elsewhere and would be supportive of<br />

the county.<br />

“They want to keep the damn drugs away<br />

from their kids,” Cronin said.<br />

The tax holiday began in 2004 when the<br />

state of Missouri agreed to not collect its<br />

portion of the sales tax on such items as<br />

clothing, school supplies and computer<br />

equipment. Local governments throughout<br />

the state, including municipalities and the<br />

county, also have waived their local sales<br />

taxes during some years.<br />

Summer Job League 20<strong>16</strong> seeks applicants<br />

businesses. Jobs pay $8.50 an hour for a<br />

maximum of 240 hours. Weekly schedules<br />

can be full- or part-time, depending on the<br />

position. Applicants must be residents of<br />

St. Charles County and pass a drug test.<br />

“Our goal is to help eligible youth in<br />

St. Charles County earn up to $2,000 this<br />

summer while working in an interesting<br />

job environment close to home,” said Scott<br />

Drachnik, executive director of the Missouri<br />

Job Center of St. Charles County.<br />

Pre-registration for the Summer Job<br />

League is available online at www.summerjobs.mo.gov.<br />

For more information,<br />

contact the Missouri Job Center of St.<br />

Charles County at (636) 255-6060, or visit<br />

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By DEANNE LEBLANC<br />

Francis Howell builds 21st<br />

century skills through music<br />

At Francis Howell middle schools,<br />

there’s a new kid in town – the Music<br />

Production and Technology class. The end<br />

goal is to see more creativity in the music<br />

classroom.<br />

The Music Production and Technology<br />

class is the collaborative work of Dr. Chris<br />

Greiner, director of student learning, and<br />

Michelle Ridlen, K-12 fine arts curriculum<br />

content leader. A few years ago, they gathered<br />

some of the piano keyboarding teachers<br />

to brainstorm a new kind of program.<br />

The idea was to put together a state-of-the<br />

-art program that uses 21st century skills<br />

and technology to allow students to create<br />

and produce musical ideas.<br />

Teachers Ginger Herin, Patrick Keller<br />

and Michael Lacey researched options and<br />

together built the Music Production and<br />

Technology curriculum from the ground<br />

up. They visited a similar program for<br />

high school students in the Clayton School<br />

District, as well as the audio production<br />

program at Webster University for ideas. It<br />

took over two years, and a lot of hard work,<br />

before the curriculum was complete.<br />

“I think it’s probably safe to say, that for<br />

all of us on the curriculum team – we have<br />

invested many years and energy into fostering<br />

creativity and music education for students<br />

in our district and so we would have<br />

been excited to help create any kind of new<br />

music class,” said Keller, who teaches the<br />

class at Saeger <strong>Mid</strong>dle.<br />

This year was the first year the class was<br />

offered and it “didn’t take long for me to<br />

overhear talk in the hallways of this cool,<br />

new MPT class,” Keller said. “I was seeing<br />

a different kind of kid get excited and be<br />

inspired by the class. That was very cool<br />

to see. Some of these kids had no interest<br />

in the performance aspect of a class like<br />

band or choir, but were thrilled to play the<br />

role of music producer, or maybe they just<br />

wanted a place to create away from the<br />

typical spotlight of a music class.”<br />

Out of a class of 25 seventh-grade students<br />

at Saeger, 12 said the skills they are<br />

learning are something they could see<br />

themselves doing as a future career.<br />

“In other classes we are open to our opinions,<br />

but it’s always through worksheets.<br />

In here you may have guidelines, but they<br />

aren’t that strict and you can be creatively<br />

open minded - there aren’t that many<br />

boundaries,” said student Taylor Krieg.<br />

One of the main class projects for the<br />

year is called “Introduce Yourself Through<br />

Music,” where students make a presentation<br />

about themselves. It’s like opening a<br />

window to self-exploration with music and<br />

technology.<br />

“Maybe it’s a student who doesn’t shine<br />

in too many areas throughout the day.<br />

Maybe it’s the kid whose voice you rarely<br />

hear. Suddenly you hear a confident, booming<br />

voice speaking passionately about<br />

their life. I’ve been close to tears several<br />

times,” Keller said. “Many of the kids<br />

have shared some powerful stories and<br />

topics. The music they produce is amazing.<br />

Any time a middle school student is<br />

able to express themselves through music<br />

or with their voice it is a success, and now<br />

they’ve got an MP3 that they’re able to<br />

have [that experience] forever or share [it]<br />

with others. That’s one of the goals, getting<br />

them to share.”<br />

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Foundation awards over<br />

$10,000 in grants<br />

The Wentzville School District Foundation<br />

has announced the winners of its 20<strong>16</strong><br />

Teacher Mini-Grants. Foundation Directors<br />

Dr. Curtis Cain, Janet O’Brien, Martin<br />

Ghafoori and Mary LaPak handed out 12<br />

checks totaling $6,000 to deserving teachers<br />

at eight different district buildings. In<br />

addition, Liberty High, Wentzville <strong>Mid</strong>dle,<br />

Lakeview Elementary and Pearce Hall<br />

received building grants totaling $4,500.<br />

Those receiving awards and their projects<br />

are:<br />

• Keri Skeeters, Greg Lawrence and Samantha<br />

Knoll, District Film Festival<br />

• Marc Tiernan, Green Gym<br />

• Ed Picone, Green Smart Project Lead The<br />

Way Room<br />

• Sally Schulte, Chelsea Kuhn and Stacy<br />

Outman, Alternative Seating for K-5<br />

• Barb Stepp, Club Sphero<br />

• Kim Broadley, Full STEAM Ahead<br />

• Kelly Oliva and Sarah Genenbacher, The<br />

Refashion Runway Camp<br />

• Constance Hallemeier, Wii Love Statistics<br />

• Laura Ives, Building Reading Hype with<br />

Authors Using Skype<br />

• Danielle Todd, Play with a Purpose<br />

• Erica Wagner, Community of Readers<br />

Program<br />

• Danielle Eads, Understanding Visual<br />

Impairments<br />

• Ed Picone/Project Lead The Way, School<br />

Robot<br />

• Sarah Genenbacher, Advanced Fashion<br />

Construction<br />

• Doug Holler and Alexa Hanna, It’s All<br />

About the Money, Money<br />

• Tricia Mahoney, Community Closet<br />

WordMasters perfection<br />

Paul McClain, a sixth-grader at the<br />

Academy of the Sacred Heart, received a<br />

perfect score in the second of three meets<br />

at this year’s WordMasters Challenge, a<br />

national vocabulary competition involving<br />

nearly 150,000 students.<br />

Competing in the difficult Blue Division,<br />

Paul earned a perfect score of 20 at the<br />

competition’s recent meet. Nationally, only<br />

11 sixth-graders achieved a perfect score.<br />

Paul and his classmates were coached by<br />

Mrs. Laura Craig.<br />

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise<br />

in critical thinking that first encourages<br />

students in grades three through eight,<br />

to become familiar with a set of interesting<br />

new words [considerably harder than<br />

grade level], and then challenges them to<br />

use those words to complete analogies<br />

expressing various kinds of logical relationships.<br />

Working to solve the analogies<br />

helps students learn to think both analytically<br />

and metaphorically.<br />

Youth Tour winners announced<br />

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative has<br />

named six local students as members of its<br />

Youth Tour delegation for 20<strong>16</strong>.<br />

To qualify, the youth presented essays<br />

entitled “My Favorite Cooperative Principle”<br />

to judges and guests attending the<br />

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 48th<br />

Annual Youth Tour Final Competition.<br />

Speeches and cooperative quiz scores<br />

determined the selection of the Youth Tour<br />

delegates, who will travel to Washington,<br />

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first experience. If you make it a positive,<br />

loving one where they feel safe and secure<br />

and loved, I think they can just soar.”<br />

That enthusiasm is shared by parents of<br />

the children she teaches.<br />

“I’m so unsurprised by this,” said Teri<br />

Kramper, the mother of Alex, one of her<br />

students, as she gave Eaton a hug. “She’s<br />

outstanding, I can’t say enough good<br />

things about her.”<br />

Steve Pogulis, another parent, shares<br />

much the same sentiment.<br />

“First and foremost is her passion for<br />

teaching the kids and really being invested<br />

in them,” Pogulis said. “It’s to the point<br />

that she is really a big advocate for what’s<br />

best for the kids even though sometimes it<br />

might not be the happy message that the<br />

parents want.”<br />

Pogulis said Eaton has spent time not<br />

only in the classroom, but in tutoring some<br />

children outside the classroom who have<br />

special needs and also encouraging their<br />

Christian faith.<br />

“She lives it, breathes it, walks it, and she<br />

goes above and beyond to help the kids,”<br />

he said.<br />

After the presentation, Eaton and her son,<br />

Caleb, tried to calculate how many kindergarten<br />

students she’s taught. The count got<br />

up toward 200. And that experience has its<br />

special rewards later in life. Her “kiddos”<br />

grow into students and then adults. And<br />

sometimes they remember.<br />

A few years ago she met a “gentleman”<br />

at her church who was age 23 at the time.<br />

“He was in one of my very first classes<br />

and he goes ‘Are you Mrs. Eaton?’ I say,<br />

‘yes, and you’re Miles.’ I remembered<br />

him,” she said. “He had the same little<br />

sweet face that he had, I imagine it was my<br />

second year of teaching, and it was precious,<br />

and he gave me a big hug. And that’s<br />

why we do the job we do to impact kids for<br />

the glory of God so we can reach them and<br />

give them the truth and love on them and<br />

give them a successful first year.”<br />

After all these years, Eaton said she still<br />

loves what she does, though it takes a lot of<br />

patience and energy.<br />

“You don’t sit all day,” she said. “But<br />

they [kindergartners] say the funniest<br />

things, they do the funniest things, you<br />

just giggle and laugh with them and enjoy<br />

those moments with them, and they are so<br />

eager to learn and they are so fascinated by<br />

life and the world around them. They really<br />

haven’t been tainted, they’re open.”<br />

Ten more years?<br />

“Sure. Lord willing I will do this 10 more<br />

years,” Eaton said. “As long as I feel I have<br />

the patience and if I feel I have the energy.<br />

I don’t want to be the grumpy teacher who<br />

is waiting for a certain date to retire, I’m<br />

going to retire when the Lord tells me that<br />

I need to move on.”<br />

Kids still remain who they are, she said.<br />

“I think you see changes but I think that’s<br />

because of the society in which we live.<br />

Kids don’t get outside as much as they<br />

used to,” she said.<br />

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<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Teacher of the Year Mary Eaton with her students at Living Word Christian School.<br />

“But the heart of the kid is still the<br />

same, they want to explore, they want to<br />

learn, they want to touch things, they want<br />

to have fun in the classroom. And that<br />

never changes. Learning has to be active<br />

and that’s one of the things I tried to do<br />

throughout the years is make it active.”<br />

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A recent study showed that moderately<br />

farsighted preschoolers and kindergarteners<br />

lag behind on their reading skills,<br />

creating both concern<br />

and controversy about<br />

whether or not they<br />

should be prescribed<br />

eyeglasses.<br />

Someone who is farsighted<br />

can see distant<br />

objects clearly but is<br />

unable to bring close<br />

objects – such as words<br />

on a page – into proper<br />

focus. The medical term<br />

for the condition is “hyperopia.”<br />

According to the American Association<br />

for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus<br />

(AAPOS), hyperopia early in life is<br />

normal, and rarely does it mean that a child<br />

needs glasses. Kids who are excessively<br />

farsighted may develop crossed eyes,<br />

blurred vision or discomfort, and for them,<br />

glasses are in order, according to AAPOS.<br />

At Ohio State University, a research<br />

team evaluated the vision and early reading<br />

skills of nearly 500 4- and 5-year-olds,<br />

none of whom wore glasses but about half<br />

of whom were moderately farsighted.<br />

All of the children were given the Test<br />

of Preschool Early Literacy, and those with<br />

worse near vision or decreased depth perception<br />

achieved the lowest scores. The<br />

scores were poor enough to put them at<br />

risk for future reading problems, researchers<br />

said.<br />

“This study suggests that an untreated<br />

vision problem in preschool, in this case<br />

one that makes it harder for children to see<br />

things up close, can create literacy deficits<br />

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Marjean Taylor Kulp, professor of<br />

optometry and leader of the study, said<br />

there is a lot of disagreement among professionals<br />

about how to<br />

handle farsightedness<br />

in preschoolers. She<br />

said some are opposed<br />

to prescribing glasses<br />

because they think the<br />

children have the ability<br />

to overcome their<br />

farsightedness.<br />

“But some doctors<br />

think it may be better<br />

to prescribe glasses<br />

because it could help improve vision or<br />

educational skills,” Kulp said.<br />

Others have suggested providing literacy<br />

testing to children who are farsighted.<br />

“Preschool children with moderate<br />

hyperopia and decreased near vision may<br />

benefit from referral for assessment of<br />

early literacy skills,” said Elise Ciner, O.D.,<br />

study co-investigator. “Educational interventions<br />

for children with early deficits can<br />

lead to greater educational achievement in<br />

later years.”<br />

The study results underscore the importance<br />

of vision screening in early childhood.<br />

As Kulp pointed out, children who<br />

are moderately farsighted usually do not<br />

complain of any vision problems because<br />

they have no reference for comparison.<br />

“Experiences in early childhood classrooms<br />

are often young children’s first<br />

exposure to key early literacy building<br />

blocks,” the study authors wrote, noting<br />

that when they enter kindergarten and first<br />

grade, children are expected to have some<br />

vocabulary, phonics and reading skills.<br />

“Educational achievement requirements<br />

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D.C., this summer.<br />

The six students chosen are Kacie Francois,<br />

of Timberland High; Leo Kniffen<br />

and Justin Rice, both of Warrenton High;<br />

Kai Rogers, of Winfield High; and homeschool<br />

students Emily Baalman and Clare<br />

Citrowske. Anna Chandler, of Warrenton<br />

High, will serve as a Youth Tour first alternate<br />

and Sarah Turner, of Lutheran High,<br />

will serve as the second alternate, should<br />

any of the delegates be unable to attend.<br />

The six runners-up in the contest<br />

received a $500 Cuivre River Youth Tour<br />

scholarship to the university or college of<br />

their choice. Those students include Turner<br />

and Chandler as well as Rebecca Purcell,<br />

of Francis Howell North High; Richard<br />

Schneider, of Timberland High; and Karley<br />

Kaimann and Abigail White, both of Winfield<br />

High.<br />

Teachers honored at this year’s banquet<br />

included Michelle Dunaway and Mike<br />

Storm, both of Francis Howell High; Jordyn<br />

Kiel, of Francis Howell North High; Amy<br />

Klein, of Lutheran High; Carmen Watson,<br />

of Silex High; Jeremy Boesch, Bridget<br />

Campbell, Amanda Moody, Megan Sellers<br />

and Kevin Porter, all of Timberland High;<br />

Amanda Franke and Kristine Heimburger,<br />

both of Warrenton High; and Sharon Bader<br />

of Winfield High.<br />

com for a full year.<br />

The Ultimate Tourist Contest is open<br />

to students ages 8 to <strong>18</strong>. Entries will be<br />

accepted through Sept. 5, but are limited to<br />

one entry per student. For more information<br />

on contest rules, visit www.explorestlouis.com/ultimatetourist.<br />

Louis Teen Talent Competition<br />

finals.<br />

The 22 students comprising<br />

those acts also<br />

were competing for<br />

more than $30,000 in<br />

college scholarships Bartholomew<br />

and special prizes. Judging<br />

the acts was a distinguished panel of<br />

performing arts professionals with careers<br />

spanning film, TV and Broadway.<br />

And when the judging was done, Audrianna<br />

Bartholomew, a senior at Fort<br />

Zumwalt West was awarded the Capes<br />

Sokol Musical Theatre Scholarship worth<br />

$2,500. The scholarship can be used for<br />

any advanced education or training of<br />

her choosing once she has graduated high<br />

school.<br />

Mike Isaacson, artistic director of the<br />

Muny, spoke with Bartholomew after the<br />

show about her goals for the future and<br />

possible opportunities that await her at the<br />

Muny.<br />

The finals were videotaped by The Nine<br />

Network for a special St. Louis Teen Talent<br />

Competition program to be aired on Monday,<br />

June 20 at 7 p.m. This special presentation<br />

will give a wider audience the opportunity<br />

to see St. Louis’ talented teens perform.<br />

Fort Zumwalt West student<br />

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Twelve metro area high school acts<br />

brought the crowd to their feet at The<br />

Fabulous Fox Theatre as they poured their<br />

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a $500 cash prize for visiting and writing<br />

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Participants must visit at least three St.<br />

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journeys through an essay [500 words or<br />

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Each entry will be judged on its own<br />

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Sydney Balducci gets ready to score.<br />

Freshman phenom pushes<br />

Holt to conference success<br />

Sydney Balducci was not expected to<br />

contribute much in any role on the Holt<br />

girls varsity soccer team when the season<br />

began in late March. Fast forward to mid-<br />

May and it’s hard to imagine the Indians<br />

soccer team’s successful campaign without<br />

Balducci playing a big role in it.<br />

Balducci, a freshman forward, has been<br />

simply superb for Holt through 10 games<br />

heading into early May. At that time, she<br />

was tied for the team lead in goals [8] and<br />

was second on the team in points [19].<br />

“I’ve been really happy with the way<br />

the season has gone so far,” Balducci said.<br />

“I’ve worked really hard and I feel like I<br />

deserve it [the success]. I’m really happy<br />

the opportunity came up.”<br />

The chance to shine on the field arrived on<br />

April 7 against Washington, when Balducci<br />

scored two goals in a 3-0 Holt victory.<br />

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and she started scoring the junk goals and<br />

did a lot of the little things that coaches tell<br />

players to do,” head coach Greg Schroeder<br />

said. “She was able to show that she not<br />

only had the talent, but the desire to win<br />

the ugly games and score the ugly goals.”<br />

Scoring has come in bunches at times<br />

for Balducci and, by late April/early May,<br />

she had become virtually impossible for<br />

opposing teams to keep out of the goal box<br />

or scoring goals. In fact, at presstime, she<br />

was one of the top three scorers in the GAC<br />

Central conference along with three assists.<br />

“She’s got a good haul of goals considering<br />

how many games she’s been in, and<br />

among the area leaders, she’s a got a good<br />

haul, so we’re impressed,” Schroeder said.”<br />

Moving into the starting lineup after being<br />

in a fill-in role, Balducci said she has been<br />

able be more aggressive with the ball – not<br />

just shooting but passing to help to help set<br />

up other teammates for scoring chances.<br />

“I can get the ball out, and my team is great<br />

with passing the ball and taking shots,” Balducci<br />

said. “It has been working out for us.”<br />

Soccer has been in Balducci’s blood<br />

since the fourth grade. Before joining Holt,<br />

she honed her abilities playing with the<br />

Missouri Rush.<br />

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factor in the Indians’ offense, has been<br />

her ability to see the field much better and<br />

adjust her attack with the ball based on<br />

what she sees downfield.<br />

“I’ve really looked down at the ball at lot<br />

[when moving with it previously] and I’ve<br />

worked a lot on looking up and knowing<br />

where to pass,” Balducci said.<br />

Holt entered the month of May with a<br />

7-0 GAC KAREN<br />

Central record to claim the conference<br />

title. Balducci is more than happy<br />

to be a part of that success.<br />

“It’s really been a good year,” Balducci<br />

said. She hopes that success carries over<br />

into the postseason for her and her teammates.<br />

“We all know each other and how<br />

we play when to make those runs. We’re<br />

looking to win districts.”<br />

Looking downfield, the future looks<br />

bright for Balducci.<br />

“She’s had a big role in our offense this<br />

year and to be a freshman in the top three in<br />

scoring for your team is very impressive,”<br />

Schroeder said. “She has the intangibles of<br />

being able to get the cheap goals [as well<br />

as] effort goals – and being able to do that<br />

on top of the talent she brings made her<br />

successful this year and will continue to<br />

make her successful in years to come.”<br />

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St. Charles Community College<br />

signs soccer recruits for fall<br />

St. Charles Community College’s women’s<br />

soccer recently welcomed four signees<br />

for the fall 20<strong>16</strong> season. Those recruits<br />

include Amanda Heider, Breana Colombo,<br />

Kelli Jungewaelter and Samantha Garvilla.<br />

“All four players are going to elevate our<br />

games,” head coach Josh Tyler said. “They<br />

are all quality players that should step in<br />

right away and make an immediate impact<br />

on the field.”<br />

Heider, of Hazelwood West High, also<br />

played club ball at Missouri Rush for<br />

Coach Diane Monahan. At Hazelwood<br />

West, she was part of an All-Academic<br />

Award Team. In 2014, she was awarded<br />

Second-Team All Conference, and in 2015,<br />

she was awarded First-Team All Conference.<br />

“Amanda came to our winter session at<br />

SCC, and I immediately noticed her work<br />

ethic,” Tyler said. “She has great field presence,<br />

and I believe she is prepared to work<br />

hard at the next level.”<br />

Colombo, of Oakville Senior High,<br />

also played club ball with the AFA Fillies<br />

Soccer Club for Coach Jason Wyland, the<br />

women’s soccer’s assistant coach at SCC.<br />

“Bre has been battling to get back to the<br />

level she was at, and I have full confidence<br />

she will be a great asset for SCC on the<br />

field,” Wyland said.<br />

Jungewaelter was Colombo’s teammate<br />

for both Oakville and AFA Fillies and will<br />

remain her teammate at SCC.<br />

“Kelly is one heck of a competitor,”<br />

Wyland said. “She is a hard-nosed player<br />

who stops at nothing until she wins the ball.”<br />

Samantha Garvilla with her father, John<br />

[standing] and Josh Tyler<br />

Garvilla, of Francis Howell High, is a<br />

three-time State Cup Champion with the<br />

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club,<br />

coached by Scott Stephan. She attended<br />

Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, her<br />

freshman and sophomore years of high<br />

school on a soccer scholarship. After tearing<br />

her ACL for the third time, she returned<br />

to Francis Howell and switched to the<br />

goalkeeper position.<br />

Garvilla is a two-year varsity player,<br />

who also earned All-Academic Honors.<br />

“I have been very impressed with Sam,<br />

not only as an incredible athlete, but as a<br />

person,” Tyler said. “She has persevered<br />

through 10 surgeries and has continued to<br />

be dedicated to play at a high level. I see<br />

players quit playing after one surgery, so<br />

this is quite a testament to her dedication to<br />

be the best she can be.”<br />

SCC starts practice on Aug. 1. The game<br />

schedule will be released in June.


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Fort Zumwalt North clips Fort Zumwalt South to claim conference title<br />

By JONATHAN DUNCAN<br />

One big task has now been crossed off the<br />

list for the Fort Zumwalt North Panthers.<br />

It took about a week and an extra inning<br />

to make it happen, but the wait was more<br />

than worth it. Zumwalt North slogged<br />

through a rainy afternoon on May 9 and<br />

faced a determined archrival in Fort Zumwalt<br />

South, but thanks to a two-run eighth<br />

inning rally, the host Panthers came from<br />

behind for a 5-4 victory.<br />

Fort Zumwalt North [17-5] claimed<br />

the Gateway Athletic Conference Central<br />

championship with that victory as the Panthers<br />

finished conference play with a conference<br />

best 7-1 mark.<br />

Fort Zumwalt South [11-17, 5-3] finished<br />

second in the conference. The Bulldogs<br />

came out early, scoring a run in the<br />

top of the first to grab an early lead.<br />

Josh Mesler walked with one out and<br />

came home to score from third on a basesloaded<br />

walk to Jake Laffluer to make it 1-0.<br />

In the bottom of the second, the Panthers<br />

came back with a big answer as Zumwalt<br />

North pushed three runs across the plate.<br />

Eric Rothermich started the inning with<br />

a single to left and Garrett Darrah singled.<br />

Connor Zangriles walked on a 3-2 pitch<br />

to load the bases and Nick Bohannan followed<br />

with an RBI to tie it 1-1.<br />

The Panthers added two more runs off<br />

Fort Zumwalt South starter Travis Barton<br />

and moved ahead 3-1 after two innings.<br />

In the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs<br />

pushed across another run against Zumwalt<br />

North starter Dylan Elledge to pull<br />

within 3-2.<br />

Zumwalt South would not go away in the<br />

seventh as the Bulldogs touched Panthers<br />

reliever Jacob Gentry for a run to even the<br />

score at 3-3.<br />

In the home half of the seventh, Zumwalt<br />

North had a chance to grab the walk-off<br />

win but could not bring a run home which<br />

moved the game into extra frames.<br />

South plated its final run in the top of the<br />

eighth against Bohannan, who came on in<br />

relief of Gentry to go up 4-3.<br />

That lead would not hold up in the bottom<br />

of the eighth. The Panthers, who banged<br />

out 12 hits on the afternoon, responded<br />

with two more runs to get the walk-off win<br />

and claim the conference championship.<br />

Zangriles led the Panthers bat brigade<br />

with three hits and scored twice. Malik Holts<br />

was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Darrah, Alex Owens,<br />

and Eric Rothermich each had two hits.<br />

Hardee’s Iceplex to close in<br />

Chesterfield, Topgolf likely<br />

Hardee’s IcePlex in Chesterfield Valley<br />

will end operations next spring to make<br />

way for a high-end entertainment complex<br />

and golf driving range.<br />

John Ross, who holds the majority ownership<br />

interest in the 22-acre site and the<br />

ice skating facility on it, said Wednesday,<br />

May 11 that he had informed employees<br />

and tenants of the transaction. Ross said<br />

the IcePlex building will be demolished in<br />

connection with the new development. He<br />

estimated that the required approval process<br />

with the city of Chesterfield will take<br />

six to nine months, meaning the IcePlex<br />

likely will close in March or April 2017<br />

and work will start on the demolition and<br />

the new operation soon after.<br />

Chesterfield officials have confirmed<br />

that plans were submitted late in the day on<br />

May 11 for a Topgolf driving range/entertainment<br />

facility to be built on the vacated<br />

property. Topgolf locations include not<br />

only climate-controlled driving range bays<br />

on multiple decks but also full-scale entertainment<br />

complexes with dining and bar<br />

facilities, other games and dozens of highdefinition<br />

TVs throughout the building.<br />

Meanwhile preliminary plans for a building<br />

with three NHL-size skating rinks have<br />

been prepared and agreements are in place<br />

with the Chesterfield Falcons and St. Louis<br />

AAA Blues hockey teams to use the facility<br />

when it’s built. The property under consideration<br />

is located between the Comfort Inn<br />

on Chesterfield Airport Road and Interstate<br />

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26 I HEALTH I<br />

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A study found that the number of children treated in emergency departments for traumatic<br />

brain injuries sustained on playgrounds has increased significantly in recent years.<br />

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Playground danger<br />

A study slated for publication in the<br />

June issue of Pediatrics found a significant<br />

increase in the number of children treated<br />

in recent years in emergency rooms for<br />

traumatic brain injuries that occurred on<br />

playgrounds.<br />

According to the report, “Nonfatal Playground-Related<br />

Brain Injuries Among Children,<br />

2001-2013,” during the 12-year study<br />

period an average of more than 21,000 kids<br />

aged 14 and younger were treated for traumatic<br />

brain injuries each year.<br />

The study found also that:<br />

• More than 95 percent of children were<br />

treated and released.<br />

• More than half [53.5 percent] of those<br />

inured were aged 5-9.<br />

• About one-third of injuries occurred<br />

either at places of recreation or sports or<br />

at school.<br />

• Playground equipment most commonly<br />

associated with traumatic brain<br />

injuries were monkey bars or playground<br />

gyms and swings.<br />

• The annual rate of emergency department<br />

visits for traumatic brain injuries<br />

increased significantly from 2005-2013.<br />

Despite recent safety upgrades to playground<br />

equipment and surfaces, the study<br />

authors said steps such as better adult<br />

supervision and methods to reduce risky<br />

child behaviorare needed to reduce injuries.<br />

Growing packet problem<br />

Many consumers apparently are not<br />

getting the message about the danger that<br />

detergent packets pose to children.<br />

A new study published in this month’s<br />

issue of Pediatrics looked at data on more<br />

than 60,000 calls made in 2013 and 2014<br />

to U.S. poison control centers to report<br />

unintentional exposure to laundry and<br />

dishwashing detergents among children<br />

younger than age 6.<br />

For all kinds of laundry and dish detergents,<br />

exposures increased over the study<br />

period but the biggest boost involved<br />

laundry detergent packets [17 percent] followed<br />

by dishwashing detergent packets<br />

[14 percent].<br />

Serious health problems reported from<br />

laundry detergent packets included coma<br />

[17 cases], respiratory arrest [six cases],<br />

pulmonary edema [four cases] and cardiac<br />

arrest [two cases].<br />

In October 2012, the U.S. Centers for<br />

Disease Control and Prevention warned of<br />

the dangers associated with laundry detergent<br />

packets, or pods.<br />

“Parents and caregivers should keep laundry<br />

detergent pods, as well as other household<br />

cleaning products, out of reach and out<br />

of sight of children,’” the CDC said.<br />

Predicting obesity<br />

It is possible to predict obesity in a child<br />

as young as 6 months of age using body<br />

mass index [BMI] as an indicator, according<br />

to a study presented this month at the<br />

Endocrine Society’s national meeting.<br />

At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical<br />

Center, researchers observed that at<br />

roughly 4 months of age, the BMI trajectories<br />

of children who were classified as<br />

“obese” by age 6 began differing from BMI<br />

trajectories of children who maintained a<br />

normal weight.<br />

“BMI at 6, 12 or <strong>18</strong> months of age above<br />

the 85th percentile on the growth chart can<br />

accurately predict children at risk for early<br />

childhood obesity,” said Allison Smego,<br />

M.D., lead author of the study. “These children<br />

have a high lifetime risk for persistent<br />

obesity and metabolic disease and should<br />

be monitored closely at a very young age.”<br />

Currently, recommendations do not call<br />

for BMI to be measured before age 2, but<br />

Smego said a change is in order.<br />

“Pediatricians can identify high-risk<br />

infants with BMI above the 85th percentile<br />

and focus additional counseling and education<br />

regarding healthy lifestyles toward the<br />

families of these children,” she said. “Our<br />

hope in using this tool is that we can prevent<br />

obesity in early childhood.”<br />

Antibiotic overload<br />

Doctors’ prescriptions for oral antibiotics<br />

in 2010-2011 may have been “inappropriate”<br />

about 30 percent of the time,<br />

according to a report in this month’s issue<br />

of JAMA.<br />

According to the U.S. Centers for<br />

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

antibiotics have been widely used for<br />

so long that the infections they are<br />

designed to kill have adapted to them,<br />

reducing their effectiveness. Every year<br />

in the U.S., the CDC reports, at least 2<br />

million people experience antibioticresistant<br />

infections, and at least 23,000<br />

people die from those infections.<br />

Aware of but unsure of the extent of<br />

antibiotic overuse, a team from the CDC<br />

conducted a study using national data from<br />

2010-2011. Summarizing their findings,<br />

they wrote:<br />

“Half of antibiotic prescriptions for<br />

acute respiratory conditions may have<br />

been unnecessary, representing 34 million<br />

antibiotic prescriptions annually.<br />

Collectively, across all conditions, an<br />

estimated 30 percent of outpatient, oral<br />

antibiotic prescriptions may have been<br />

inappropriate.”<br />

On the calendar<br />

“Fitness on the Go: Apps and Trackers”<br />

is from 7-8 p.m. on Monday, May<br />

23 at the St. Charles City-County Library<br />

District’s <strong>Mid</strong>dendorf-Kredell branch,<br />

2750 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. The program<br />

for adults provides information on free fitness<br />

apps for Android and Apple devices<br />

and one-on-one assistance with setting<br />

up apps and/or synching fitness trackers.<br />

Attendees should bring a fully charged<br />

mobile device or tracker. To register, visit<br />

youranswerplace.org, and click on “Programs<br />

& Events.”<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents “Are You at<br />

Risk for Diabetes or its Complications?”<br />

from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May<br />

25 at WingHaven Medical Building, 5551<br />

WingHaven Blvd. in O’Fallon. The screening<br />

is designed for those at risk of type 2<br />

diabetes or those with a history of diabetes<br />

who wish to better manage their health. The<br />

individual consultation with a certified diabetes<br />

educator includes a non-fasting A1C<br />

blood test (finger stick with immediate<br />

results), blood pressure and an individual<br />

action plan. The fee is $12, and an appointment<br />

is required. Call (314) 542-4848.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC HealthCare presents “Lower Back<br />

Pain … When to be Concerned?” from<br />

4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at McClay<br />

Library, 2760 McClay Road in St. Charles.<br />

David Minges, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon,<br />

presents information on the causes<br />

of lower back pain. Admission is free, and<br />

registration is not required. For more information,<br />

call 928-9355.


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Seven things to know<br />

about Lyme Disease<br />

By DEANNE LEBLANC<br />

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month<br />

and the Centers for Disease Control and<br />

Prevention estimates that 300,000 people<br />

are diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the<br />

U.S. every year. That’s 1.5 times the<br />

number of women diagnosed with breast<br />

cancer, and six times the number of people<br />

diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year.<br />

But diagnosing Lyme can be difficult.<br />

Here are seven important things to know<br />

about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.<br />

It’s everywhere. Tick-borne diseases have<br />

been found in every state, every country and<br />

every continent – except Antarctica.<br />

According to the Tick Borne Disease<br />

Alliance, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases<br />

are prevalent across the entire United<br />

States. Ticks do not know geographic<br />

boundaries. A person’s country of residence<br />

does not accurately reflect their total<br />

tick-borne disease risk, since people travel,<br />

pets travel and ticks travel, creating a<br />

dynamic situation with many opportunities<br />

for exposure for every individual.<br />

Children are at the highest risk. Children<br />

suffer the worst from Lyme and coinfections<br />

because they are the most active<br />

outdoors and their symptoms can be mistaken<br />

for other illnesses. The hardest hit<br />

age group is ages 5-14.<br />

Dr. Charles Ray Jones, a leading pediatric<br />

authority on tick-borne diseases, says some<br />

common symptoms in children with Lyme<br />

are frequent fevers, increased incidence of<br />

ear and throat infections, irritability, joint<br />

and body pain, poor muscle tone, gastroesophageal<br />

reflux, cataracts and other eye<br />

problems, developmental delay, learning<br />

disabilities, and psychiatric manifestations.<br />

It’s debilitating. One person can have<br />

up to 50 painful symptoms that cycle on a<br />

weekly basis because of the systemic and<br />

cyclical nature of the bacteria. The bacteria<br />

is spiral shaped so it can screw into<br />

the joints and muscles, causing joint pain,<br />

migraines, nerve damage, paralysis, eye<br />

issues, insomnia and other debilitating problems.<br />

Investigators in four National Institutes<br />

of Health-sponsored re-treatment trials<br />

documented that for Lyme Disease patients,<br />

quality of life was consistently worse than<br />

that of control populations and was equivalent<br />

to that of patients with congestive heart<br />

failure. Pain levels were similar to those of<br />

post-surgical patients, and fatigue was on<br />

par with that seen in multiple sclerosis.<br />

It can go hand-in-hand with autoimmune<br />

diseases. Many tick-borne disease<br />

researchers and doctors are finding<br />

that their patients that have MS, ALS, early<br />

onset Alzheimer’s, Lupus and many other<br />

autoimmune and incurable diseases are<br />

positive for Lyme. Some recent research<br />

done with post-mortem ALS and Alzheimer’s<br />

sufferers revealed the borrelia (Lyme)<br />

bacteria was in their brains and other areas<br />

of the body. The Tick Borne Disease Alliance<br />

recommends that Lyme disease be<br />

considered in the diagnosis of MS, ALS,<br />

seizure and other neurological conditions,<br />

as well as arthritis, CFS, Gulf War Syndrome,<br />

ADHD, hypochondriasis, fibromyalgia,<br />

somatization disorder, autism,<br />

orthostatic hypotension, encephalitis, meningitis<br />

and patients with various difficultto-diagnose<br />

multi-system syndromes.<br />

You might not get that “bullseye” rash.<br />

Up to 40 percent of tick-borne disease<br />

sufferers never have the telltale rash associated<br />

with Lyme Disease. By the time<br />

those patients are diagnosed the illness is<br />

much harder to treat. Additionally, fewer<br />

than 50 percent of patients with Lyme<br />

even remember a tick bite at all, according<br />

to the International Lyme and Associated<br />

Diseases Society.<br />

Short course antibiotic treatment is<br />

not enough. The Centers for Disease Control<br />

recommends 2-3 weeks of antibiotics<br />

for a tick bite [if you get symptoms] immediately<br />

following the bite, and no treatment<br />

if you don’t have symptoms. However,<br />

symptoms may come later, which can<br />

result in chronic Lyme Disease down the<br />

road.<br />

According to the Tick Borne Disease<br />

Alliance, “There has never in the history of<br />

this illness been one study that proves even<br />

in the simplest way that 30 days of antibiotic<br />

treatment cures Lyme or tick-borne<br />

diseases. However, there is a plethora<br />

of documentation in U.S. and European<br />

medical literature demonstrating that short<br />

courses of antibiotic treatment fail to eradicate<br />

the Lyme spirochete and other tickborne<br />

bacteria.”<br />

Awareness and education are the key<br />

to prevention. Do tick checks often. Do<br />

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Memorial Day observances<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

The St. Charles County Veterans Committee<br />

and St. Charles City Veterans Commission<br />

will host their annual Memorial<br />

Day Program at 1 p.m. on May 30 on the<br />

grounds of the St. Charles County Historic<br />

Courthouse/Executive Office Building,<br />

100 N. Third St. in St. Charles.<br />

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Jerry Bradley, of Marine Corps League<br />

Detachment 725, will lead the program.<br />

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Oldani said.<br />

Bonnie is expected to be available to<br />

help other law enforcement agencies, and<br />

she may not be the last new member of the<br />

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Tank is a Bavarian bloodhound, who<br />

may be available in June from a facility in<br />

southern Missouri, Todd said.<br />

Bloodhounds are renowned for their<br />

noses and dynamic sense of smell. Typically,<br />

they are used to search for people.<br />

Todd said the police<br />

are called out five or<br />

six times a year to find<br />

people who wander<br />

into the woods, say,<br />

along the Katy Trail,<br />

and get lost. Helicopters<br />

often can’t see<br />

those people through<br />

the wooded cover and<br />

thermal imaging can<br />

fail when people don’t<br />

stay in one place.<br />

Previously, the county had a bloodhound<br />

named Scully. But Scully is now retired.<br />

Todd said that a few years ago, county<br />

police and searchers were looking for a<br />

5-year-old child lost in the woods near<br />

Wentzville. Scully had retired. A last sweep<br />

was being conducted through an area.<br />

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‘THIS HAS GOT TO STOP’<br />

A mother’s plea leads to a movement with one goal: Stop Heroin<br />

By BRIAN FLINCHPAUGH<br />

Nicky Vigna and Billy Joe Richardson<br />

share some things in common. Both were<br />

fresh from high school, with warm and<br />

loving friends and family to support them.<br />

Both of their lives were just beginning to<br />

unfold.<br />

Then they found heroin.<br />

Soon, both struggled with addiction<br />

and recovery. They were each 20 years<br />

old when they died from heroin overdoses,<br />

becoming two more statistics in the<br />

growing toll of what<br />

authorities now say is<br />

a “heroin epidemic.”<br />

Both now rest in<br />

graves near each other<br />

in St. Charles Memorial<br />

Gardens Cemetery.<br />

Those they left<br />

behind have not<br />

accepted their departures<br />

quietly. Their<br />

parents and siblings,<br />

along with a growing<br />

circle of families<br />

experiencing the same<br />

heartbreak, and others fighting their own<br />

addiction, are saying enough is enough.<br />

A mother steps forward<br />

When Gee Vigna lost her daughter, Nicky,<br />

she discovered a lot of parents, friends and<br />

families with their own Nickys. And she<br />

knew it was time to act.<br />

Nicky’s death has not faded away. She’s<br />

remembered, along with the others like<br />

Billy Joe, by her survivors who are holding<br />

organized community walks to spread the<br />

word that what is happening should stop.<br />

The announcements of local walks are a<br />

regular feature of the Walking for Wellness:<br />

Stop Heroin Facebook page. Typically, the<br />

posts tell where walks will be held – often<br />

at <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall in St. Peters. On Tuesday<br />

nights, a mixed group of young, old<br />

and middle-aged people appear, wearing<br />

bright shirts with “Stop Heroin” printed on<br />

the front and back. Some carry small signs;<br />

some carry photographs of loved ones<br />

they’ve lost.<br />

Gee Vigna, through force of personality<br />

and passion, has turned what started as a<br />

simple gesture of grief into a movement<br />

expanding throughout the country.<br />

“I characterize myself as a train wreck,”<br />

she said earlier this month during an interview.<br />

She and her daughter Brittany’s Walking<br />

for Wellness: Stop Heroin nonprofit<br />

provides support to families grieving for<br />

those they have lost to heroin and opiates,<br />

as well as persons in recovery and addicts.<br />

The organization and its walks are, in part,<br />

an education effort aimed at removing the<br />

stigma of heroin and opioid abuse and<br />

trying to save other lives.<br />

Nicky’s father discovered her in her bedroom<br />

on Jan. 3, 2013.<br />

“I was at work and I got a call that there<br />

is a medical emergency at [my] house,”<br />

Vigna remembers. “And she was gone.”<br />

It was Nicky’s second heroin overdose.<br />

The first, on Feb. 4, 2010, was also in her<br />

bedroom. That time responders were able<br />

to bring her back using Narcan, a chemical<br />

treatment that can bring people out of<br />

an overdose. The years between the overdoses<br />

were marked by the struggle against<br />

a drug “like no other,” Vigna said.<br />

Nicky was 17 and a senior at Fort Zumwalt<br />

South High when she was first introduced<br />

to painkillers and then to heroin by<br />

a friend.<br />

“In our household, it was St. Joseph’s<br />

Baby Aspirin and Aleve – that’s what we<br />

had,” Vigna said. “The common thread<br />

with every parent is that they have no idea<br />

what’s going on.”<br />

She added that, at the time, heroin was<br />

never talked about in the schools and<br />

media.<br />

“So, when she first overdosed, I was told<br />

that my daughter was a heroin addict by<br />

a paramedic who was injecting her with<br />

Narcan to bring her back to life,” she said.<br />

“There were needle marks in her arm. No<br />

one in the family knew.”<br />

Nearly three years later, it was time to<br />

grieve.<br />

“I always walked all the time; for me<br />

it was a way to clear my head a lot of the<br />

time,” Vigna said. An advertising specialty<br />

business person, she heat-pressed the words<br />

“Stop Heroin” on a shirt and started to walk<br />

her Chadwick subdivision in St. Peters.<br />

A neighbor stopped her; she knew Nicky<br />

had died. The woman said her son had<br />

been a heroin addict for 10 years. Both had<br />

lived in silence.<br />

The woman had never talked to Vigna<br />

before.<br />

The woman said her life was a disaster<br />

and so chaotic that she didn’t have time.<br />

The next day, Vigna walked through the<br />

neighborhood with the same shirt on and<br />

another neighbor stopped her and said her<br />

nephew was a heroin addict.<br />

“I called Nicky’s sister Brittany and I’m<br />

like ‘this has got to stop, this has got to stop<br />

now, this has got to stop.’ I walked two<br />

days and I walked literally 50 feet this way<br />

and 75 feet that way in a neighborhood<br />

where everybody says it [heroin] is not a<br />

problem out here.”<br />

The subdivision has $200,000 or more<br />

homes.<br />

“This is happening everywhere and no<br />

one is talking about this,” Vigna said.<br />

The neighbors had walked by each other<br />

for 10 years – the shirt seemed to make<br />

her more approachable. “And that’s how it<br />

began,” Vigna said.<br />

Soon Vigna and Brittany developed the<br />

Facebook page that discussed how Nicky<br />

died. They called their effort “Walking for<br />

Wellness: Stop Heroin.” Their first official<br />

walk was on May 21, 2013.<br />

“They just started coming, and they<br />

started coming and coming and coming –<br />

people in recovery, people who were active<br />

users, people who had lost kids, people<br />

who were friends of ours for support and<br />

it was just amazing,” Vigna said. “We just<br />

kept getting emails from all over the country<br />

from grieving parents asking how to<br />

organize a walk in [their] area,” she said.<br />

The first walk outside the St. Charles/<br />

St. Louis area was in Louisville, Kentucky,<br />

and drew 500 people. Vigna said there are<br />

now walks in at least nine cities around the<br />

country, as far away as New Hampshire<br />

and southern Indiana.<br />

“It became a great<br />

big support group,”<br />

Vigna said.<br />

Soon calls came<br />

from schools asking<br />

her to talk to students<br />

and staff, and then<br />

more calls asking her<br />

to talk at community<br />

meetings and forums.<br />

The experience has<br />

shaped Vigna’s opinions.<br />

She said she has<br />

learned that heroin<br />

shouldn’t be used even once, that recovery<br />

is expensive and health insurance is a<br />

necessity, that recovery is a lifelong struggle<br />

that goes beyond a three-week stay in<br />

rehab, that young people need more drug<br />

education than the DARE program taught<br />

in fifth grade by police.<br />

School administrators and parents have<br />

to talk about addiction and act now, Vigna<br />

said.<br />

“A reactive approach ends up in you<br />

burying your kids,” she said.<br />

A father says ‘not even once’<br />

Joe Richardson, a former baseball<br />

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in St. Charles that he had lost three<br />

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One of them was his son, Billy Joe.<br />

“I lost my son on Aug. 8, 2012, at 1:30<br />

p.m. on a Sunday,” Richardson said. “I got<br />

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had overdosed on heroin. He’s gone.”<br />

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Mozingo, a professional<br />

drummer and owner of<br />

Mozingo Music, and Richardson<br />

have taken their<br />

anti-drug presentation on<br />

the road to 60 schools and<br />

groups in three states over<br />

the last three years. Mozingo<br />

puts on a drumming<br />

clinic to get the students’<br />

attention and Richardson talks about his<br />

son. Both talk extensively about the dangers<br />

of heroin and prescription pain killers.<br />

“That was my only son and he was a<br />

wonderful person,” Richardson said. “He<br />

could play seven instruments, he was a<br />

three-sport guy, and he’d give you the<br />

shirt off his back. But he made one fatal<br />

mistake – he wanted to try heroin because<br />

he didn’t think once would matter. Once<br />

will matter, once will take your life or it<br />

will change it.”<br />

Richardson said his son, a graduate<br />

of Francis Howell North High, took 10<br />

months to die after sampling heroin. The<br />

second player was dead in six months,<br />

and the third died five minutes after first<br />

using the drug. He now visits his son at St.<br />

Charles Memorial Gardens. He asked if the<br />

students wanted to be visited there.<br />

“I’m telling you if you want to get curious<br />

about heroin it’s going to take your<br />

life,” Richardson said.<br />

Heroin these days is purer than in the past<br />

and attacks the brain more quickly, making<br />

it easier to become addicted and harder to<br />

break that addiction, Richardson said.<br />

Heroin turned Billy Joe “into someone I<br />

didn’t know anymore.”<br />

He became involved in crime, but Billy<br />

Joe returned from his last rehab stint a<br />

changed person, Richardson said. He had a<br />

job, a girlfriend and was clean for 90 days.<br />

Then, he relapsed and died.<br />

“We need to get our head out of the sand<br />

and realize we have a problem, we have<br />

issues in our schools, communities, in our<br />

state, our country,” Richardson told the<br />

students at Hollenbeck. “We have an epidemic<br />

and it’s not going away. The only<br />

way we can beat this is education.”<br />

After the presentation, students came up<br />

to both Mozingo and Richardson and said<br />

how much they liked the presentation.<br />

“I do think we are making a difference,”<br />

Richardson said. “If we save one kid a<br />

school I think it’s worth it, but I think<br />

we’ve done more than that.<br />

“All we can do to combat this is education<br />

– educate, educate because you arrest<br />

the head guy [drug dealer] and there’s a<br />

guy behind him to take over. This is not cut<br />

the head off and the snake dies.”<br />

Gee Vigna [right]<br />

A price to pay<br />

Vigna and Richardson said that the road<br />

to any kind of recovery for substance abusers<br />

is difficult, not only for the users but<br />

also their families. Beyond the expense<br />

there is heartache.<br />

Vigna said that, for parents, the time in<br />

a recovery program for a substance abuser<br />

is “the best three weeks of your entire life<br />

after you have been living with an addict.”<br />

“Your purse can stay out, your [car] keys<br />

are there, your car is in the garage, your<br />

money is still in your wallet, you sleep<br />

at night, you’re not getting any late night<br />

phone calls. It’s a vacation from your child.”<br />

But that changes when the user gets<br />

out. Recovered users have to deal with the<br />

allure of heroin for the rest of their lives so<br />

continued treatment is needed.<br />

Continued treatment means there are<br />

meetings to attend, and often addicts lose<br />

their driver’s licenses. Sometimes there are<br />

felony convictions. Sometimes the coping<br />

skills aren’t there for substances abusers.<br />

Who will be driving to these appointments<br />

and dealing with authorities? It’s<br />

often the parents, Vigna said.<br />

Nicky was a “privileged addict” who had<br />

transportation and a roof over her head. Yet<br />

because the need for the drug is so strong,<br />

users often steal to fund their habits. Richardson<br />

and Vigna said that their children<br />

lied, stole and looked at crime.<br />

“She [Nicky] became the lying, stealing<br />

thief that they all do,” Vigna said.<br />

Richardson said he not only lost a son,<br />

but his daughters lost a brother who was “a<br />

knight in shining armor.”<br />

Life after their deaths holds many regrets.<br />

Vigna said she and her family knew so<br />

little and were naive about so many things.<br />

“You realize you did so much wrong,” she<br />

said.<br />

A family also really never adjusts to the<br />

loss, she said.<br />

It’s hard for Richardson to visit his son’s<br />

grave and, because of the memories, a<br />

family vacation spot in Florida.<br />

Vigna said the details of managing the<br />

walks and the nonprofit can be difficult.<br />

“Does it become overwhelming for a<br />

family sometimes? Yes, it does,” she said.<br />

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The sounds of summer return to<br />

Sunset Fridays at 370 Lakeside Park<br />

By GLENNA ALLEN<br />

Throughout summer St. Peters is home<br />

to Sunset Fridays, a robust series of free<br />

concerts held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights<br />

at 370 Lakeside Park, 1000 Lakeside Park<br />

Drive.<br />

The outdoor venue features an expansive<br />

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300 guests on comfortable furniture and<br />

has a large concrete courtyard placed right<br />

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their own chairs and get a front row seat<br />

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are large grassy areas where guests can<br />

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while enjoying picnics, stunning views of<br />

the lake and great music.<br />

Some perennial favorites return to this<br />

year’s musical lineup, along with an infusion<br />

of new performers.<br />

Kicking off the series on May 20 is fan<br />

favorite Wade Trent, who brings a mix of<br />

rock and country to the stage.<br />

Online radio stations from TheRoots.<br />

FM, including Groove Jazz and The Rock,<br />

will broadcast live one hour before each<br />

concert starts.<br />

All of the bands are family-friendly and<br />

the Gator Island Grill opens at 6 p.m. on<br />

concert nights, providing a special menu<br />

of grilled food, homemade chips, ice cold<br />

beer, wine and soft drinks. Coolers and<br />

snacks also may be carried<br />

into the park. However,<br />

glass containers are prohibited<br />

and outside alcoholic<br />

drinks may not be brought<br />

into the Corporate Pavilion<br />

area.<br />

“Sunset Fridays are a<br />

great way to wind down<br />

from a busy week,” Mayor<br />

Len Pagano said of the St.<br />

Peters tradition. “With great<br />

entertainment, delicious<br />

food and refreshments and<br />

the beautiful setting right<br />

on the lake at 370 Lakeside Park, it’s the<br />

perfect way to start off the weekend!”<br />

There are several close parking lots adjacent<br />

to the pavilion, including ADA accessible<br />

parking, as well as ADA accessible<br />

parking directly in front of the pavilion.<br />

The area includes paved walking paths<br />

to the pavilion from the parking lots and<br />

along the lake, as well as an indoor restroom<br />

facility.<br />

Sponsors of Sunset Fridays include<br />

TheRoots.FM, <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>,<br />

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Here’s who’s onstage all summer long:<br />

May 20: Wade Trent – rock/country<br />

May 27: Acoustik Element – Spanish<br />

and Latin acoustics<br />

June 3: Oh Brother – rock<br />

June 10: Sins of the Pioneers – bluegrass<br />

June 17: Joe Mancuso Trio – jazz<br />

June 24: Acoustic Music Jam – acoustic<br />

hits<br />

July 8: Marissa Harms/Wade Trent –<br />

pop/country<br />

July 15: The Catapults – blues/funk<br />

July 22: Dawn Weber Jazz Trio – jazz<br />

July 29: Blues Plus – blues, rock and<br />

country<br />

Aug. 5: Oliver Nelson, Jr. Quartet – jazz<br />

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The Sts. J and A Kids Kickin’ Cancer 5K<br />

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Gary Player Drive in Sunset Hills. Golf<br />

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The First Time Ride Clinic is on Saturday,<br />

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• • •<br />

Movies in the Park continue with “Indiana<br />

Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 8 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, May 21 at Heritage Museum,<br />

<strong>16</strong>30 Heritage Landing, St. Peters. Popcorn<br />

is free, and soda and candy are available for<br />

purchase. Moviegoers should bring a lawn<br />

chair or blanket to sit on. Upcoming showings<br />

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“Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein”<br />

on Oct. 15. Call (636) 949-7535 for details.<br />

• • •<br />

The St. Louis RibFest runs from Friday,<br />

May 27-Monday, May 30 and can be reached<br />

by shuttle from the parking lot at 3801 Mueller<br />

Road in St. Charles. Admission is free<br />

and the event is family friendly. There will<br />

be numerous food vendors including national<br />

BBQ champions and some favorite local<br />

joints. Live music is played on two stages<br />

throughout the weekend. There will be a<br />

large children’s play area and craft beers for<br />

the adults. For more information, call (314)<br />

625-3998, or contact mikecalvin64@gmail.<br />

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• • •<br />

The Meadows’ Summer Movies begin at<br />

dusk on June 4 with the movie “Paddington,”<br />

at 20 Meadows Circle Drive. Future movies<br />

include “Into the Woods” on June 24, “Annie”<br />

on July 2, “Despicable Me 2” on July <strong>16</strong>,<br />

“Big Hero 6” on July 30, “Jurassic Park” on<br />

Aug. 13 and, for mom and dad, “Casablanca”<br />

on Aug. 27. Lulu’s Shaved Ice is at all the<br />

movie nights.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Lock-In is on Saturday, June 4,<br />

6 p.m.-6 a.m. at Youth Activity Park, 7801<br />

Hwy. N, Dardenne Prairie. Youths 12 years<br />

and older will have all-night access to the<br />

33,000 square-foot skate/bike park and all<br />

its amenities, where they can join in skating,<br />

biking and scooter competitions with prizes<br />

and a pizza party at midnight. Call (636)<br />

561-4964 to register.<br />

• • •<br />

The Cottleville Safety Town Program<br />

is from Monday-Friday, June 6-10 at Saeger<br />

<strong>Mid</strong>dle School, 5201 State Hwy. N in St.<br />

Charles. Safety Town is a one-week program<br />

designed for children 4-6 years of age. Sessions<br />

are from 9-11 a.m. or 12-2 p.m. For<br />

more information, visit cityofcottleville.com<br />

or call (636) 498-6464.<br />

• • •<br />

Youth Fishing Camp takes place June<br />

8-9 at Quail Ridge Park, 560 Interstate Drive<br />

in Wentzville. This two-day fishing camp is<br />

perfect for beginner and intermediate anglers.<br />

Participants will learn and use a variety of<br />

fishing techniques while practicing in ponds,<br />

lakes and streams in the park. Lunch is<br />

included. For more information, call (636)<br />

949-7535 or contact parks@sccmo.org.<br />

• • •<br />

American Legion Post 313 co-sponsors<br />

a tractor-pull on Friday, June 10, from<br />

3-11:30 p.m. at Lone Wolf Park, 2 Main St.,<br />

St. Peters. Food and beer garden with live<br />

music by Johnny Chase, and a shuttle bus<br />

available from <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall. Visit www.<br />

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MUSIC & MORE<br />

The Sunset Fridays Concert Series<br />

begins with Wade Trent on Friday, May 20<br />

at 370 Lakeside Park, 1000 Lakeside Park<br />

Drive, St Peters. Food, soft drinks and beer<br />

will be sold at the pavilion. Additional performances<br />

include Acoustik Element on May<br />

27, Oh Brother on June 3, Sins of the Pioneers<br />

on June 10, Joe Mancuso Trio on June<br />

17, Acoustic Music Jam on June 24, Marissa<br />

Harms/Wade Trent on July 8, The Catapults<br />

on July 15, Dawn Weber Jazz Trio on July<br />

22, Blues Plus on July 29, Oliver Nelson Jr.<br />

Quartet on Aug. 5 and Delta Sol Revival on<br />

Aug. 12. For more information, visit www.<br />

stpetersmo.net/sunset-fridays.aspx.<br />

• • •<br />

The Outdoor Summer Concerts series<br />

starts with Leland’s Road from 6-9 p.m. on<br />

May 21 at City Hall Park and Dardenne Athletic<br />

Fields, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne<br />

Prairie. Additional performances include<br />

Freeze’s Pond on June 11, Contagious on<br />

July 9, Fresh Rain on Aug. 6 and Fanfare<br />

on Aug. 20. For more information, contact<br />

Mathew@dardenneprairie.org or call (636)<br />

755-5308.<br />

• • •<br />

The Lake Saint Louis Concert Series<br />

begins with Pennsylvania Slim at 7 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, May 21 at Boulevard Park Amphitheater,<br />

2550 Lake St Louis Blvd. Additional<br />

concerts include Fanfare on June 4, Rough<br />

Ryders on July <strong>16</strong>, Lucky Old Sons on July<br />

30, Mirage on Aug. 13, and Butch Wax & the<br />

Hollywoods on Sept. 24. Visit www.lakesaintlouis.com<br />

for more information.<br />

• • •<br />

The Wentzville Kidz Praize Group presents<br />

“Sermon on the Mound”, a baseball<br />

themed musical, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May<br />

22, at Wentzville Christian Church, 1507<br />

Hwy. Z (one mile south of I-70). The program<br />

is free and open to the public. The<br />

evening includes a cake and cookie reception<br />

after the 45-minute presentation. For more<br />

information, call (636) 327-6622 or visit<br />

wentzvillecc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy is on<br />

June 3, from 5-8 p.m. at the O’Fallon Sports<br />

Park, 3589 Hwy. K. The event features a<br />

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• • •<br />

The O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert Series<br />

begins with Butch Wax & The Hollywoods<br />

on Tuesday, June 7 at the Civic Park Bandstand,<br />

308 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon.<br />

Admission and parking are free. Food<br />

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June 14, Big Rain on June 21, Magazine<br />

on July 12, Gentlemen Bandits on July 19,<br />

Groovethang on July 26, Memphis Ride on<br />

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call (636) 379-5614.<br />

• • •<br />

The Meadows Summer Concert Series<br />

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• • •<br />

The Muny’s 20<strong>16</strong> Season premieres<br />

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-22 at, 1 Theatre Drive, St. Louis. All performances<br />

begin at 8:15 p.m. Additional<br />

upcoming performances include “42nd<br />

Street” on June 24-30, “The Music Man”<br />

on July 5-11, “Young Frankenstein” on<br />

July 13-19, “Mamma Mia” on July 21-28,<br />

“Fiddler on the Roof” on July 30-Aug. 5<br />

and Elton John & Tim Rice’s “Aida” on<br />

Aug 8-14. For more information and tickets,<br />

visit muny.org/shows/20<strong>16</strong>-season.<br />

• • •<br />

One Pulse will perform at 7 p.m. on<br />

Friday, June 17 at the Foundry Art Centre,<br />

520 North Main Center, St. Charles. Their<br />

latest show, “The 4th Dimension,” brings<br />

together the talents of four different performers<br />

and treats the audience to classic<br />

rock’s greatest hits spanning four decades.<br />

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