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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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Experience the difference at The Fountains of West County About The Fountains The Fountains of West County is a locally owned and operated senior living community in West St. Louis County offering independent, assisted and memory care living options. Each option offers all-inclusive pricing, making The Fountains an affordable option in an upscale setting. The friendly, welcoming community is one where neighbors know each other by name and and are part of a family-like atmosphere. “When you walk in, it doesn’t feel like a hotel; it feels like home,” said Regional Director Julie Sanford. “Every resident has their own personality, which you can see throughout the community.” Independent living The independent living community boasts spacious apartment homes, including one- and twobedroom options, some featuring beautiful views of the facility’s award-winning courtyard. A variety of programs are available to residents to encourage independence for as long as possible. Included in the monthly rent is a daily continental breakfast, lunch and dinner, biweekly housekeeping, a 24-hour monitored emergency response system, and innovative and exciting activities. Other features include comprehensive transportation seven days a week, as well as 24-hour concierge services. “Residents are very active,” Sanford said. “We offer transportation to doctor appointments, a The Fountains Senior Living of West County variety of local stores and, of course, planned activities. Just recently, our lifestyle director had a full bus with trips to to Fairmont Park and a riverboat cruise. She continues to keep our community upbeat.” Assisted living and memory care The Fountains added new assisted living and memory care communities in 2015, which offer shared suites, studios, and one- and twobedroom options for residents. In addition to three meals a day, daily housekeeping, personalized resident care, medication administration and laundry services, The Fountains steps above and beyond by staffing 24-hour nurses on site to provide additional oversight and care for your loved ones. The Fountains’ activity team schedules engaging activities that make every day a memorable day for residents. “Our new memory care neighborhood focuses on providing meaningful days to residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases,” Sanford noted. “It is important to us to offer families and their loved ones options for aging within the campus.” Coming soon “We broke ground [last fall] on an addition to our independent living community, which will open in late 2018,” Sanford said. “It will give residents more options with larger apartments and upgraded amenities, including washers and dryers. There will be new community spaces, including a multipurpose craft room, card rooms, a social center and a Starbucks coffee bar for residents.” The new addition consists of 69 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with high-end features. ‘The Fountains Difference’ The Fountains’ vision is to create a community where seniors have every on-site service they need to enjoy life and be stressfree. It’s a locally owned community that truly cares about its residents. “The owners are on-site and accessible to the staff and residents,” Sanford said. “Our owners are involved in the day-to-day operations, allowing our team to provide 100-percent resident-centered care.” The Fountains’ expert team creates a warm, inviting, lively and fun-filled environment. All are invited to visit for lunch and a tour to experience “The Fountains Difference” firsthand. 15826 Clayton Road • Ellisville • (636) 779-2600 •

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Abigail Levine wins Class 1 state championship in 100 breaststroke By WARREN MAYES Ranked second in the state in the 100 breaststroke, Parkway Central sophomore Abigail Levine showed the Class 1 field at the state meet who was No. 1. Levine won the event with a time of 1 minute, 5.14 seconds in the first Class 1 state swimming and diving meet, held at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters. “I knew Abby had a shot at winning the 100 breaststroke,” Parkway Central coach Jennifer Meyer said. “She is a really hard worker and put in extra morning practices all season long in her quest to win the event this year. She won by over a second and swam a personal best.” “It was a personal best by 0.12 seconds,” Levine said. “The 100 breast has always been my favorite event and my best event.” It was the 43rd annual Missouri Swimming and Diving Championships, but the first one to have the meet split into two classes. Parkway Central was slotted into Class 1. Levine is no stranger to the state meet; she reached state as a freshman. She competed in the 100 yard breaststroke and placed fifth. She also swam in the 100 yard butterfly and was on two relay teams. Abigail Levine It prepared her for this year. She had a solid regular season, finishing first in the 100 breaststroke at the Parkway Quad and at the Kirkwood Invitational. Going in to state, she was confident. She hoped she would get a medal to add to the one she earned as a freshman. “I was expected to be top eight in both my individual events and, as a school, to be ranked in the top five,” Levine said. “I was ranked second in the state going into the meet, but I was going to try to give it my all to claim the state title.” Before the 100 breast event, she said nerves weren’t an issue. “Before my race, as I was warming up, I felt confident about my stroke and my race strategy,” Levine said. “As I was walking out to the blocks, I was more excited than nervous to represent my school and my team. The race itself felt strong going out and I gave it my all.” Meyer was happy with how Levine performed in the race. “Abby went into finals determined to win and confident that she could,” Meyer said. “She felt good in warm-ups that day. She controlled the race from the very beginning and stayed ahead the entire time. Her stroke was smooth... Her start and turns were fast.” Levine also swam in the 100 fly. She placed fifth overall with a time of 59.76. In the 200 medley relay, the Colts came in second place and set a new school record with a time of 1:50.17. Levine also was on the 400 free relay team that earned a fourth-place finish. Like all talented swimmers, Levine works hard to get better. She puts in the time to improve herself. “Some days, before school, I get into the pool for about 1 1/2 hours to complete over 3 1/2 to 4 hours of training a day,” Levine said. “I have around seven practices a week which include weight training and core work.” She gives much credit to Meyer. “Coach Meyer has pushed me through hard sets that I never knew I could accomplish,” Levine said. “She has installed a strong work ethic in not only me, but the rest of my team.” “Abby is a very hard worker and I expect her to continue to improve,” Meyer said. “She has already shown great leadership qualities as a sophomore and I expect her to be a good team leader over the next two years.” Levine also swims for the Parkway Swim Club, which is coached by Jon David Williford. “A club team provides me with a fellowship of other swimmers with which I can compete at a higher level,” Levine said. She and her club team will be competing at Speedo Sectionals at the University of Missouri this month. Following that meet, Levine will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, to compete at NCSA Junior Nationals. Follow Us On March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SPORTS I 25 Limited-Time CD Specials The Grass Is Greener At Neighbors 13 Months 1.50 % APY* *APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Minimum of $2,500 in new funds only, not currently on deposit at Neighbors Credit Union. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. Penalties apply for early withdrawals. Fees could reduce earnings on account. Interest will be paid quarterly. Offer starts 2/1/18 and is valid for a limited time only. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Member eligibility required. Restrictions apply. See Neighbors Credit Union for full details. 31 Months 2.25 % APY* Open your CD today! Like & Follow our page for more coverage Share your photos with us for a chance to be featured as “Photo of the Week” 23 Months 1.75 % APY* 314-892-5400 Downtown • Ellisville • Fenton • Florissant • Hazelwood Jennings • Manchester • South County • St. Peters Federally Insured By NCUA