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Does It Make Sense to Appeal?

Some divorce and family law matters

do not settle. Instead, the case is tried in the

family court. Putting the case in the hands of

a family court judge can be a risky proposition.

Most parties would prefer to settle outside

of court, but it is not always possible.

All it can take is one issue of disagreement

for many parties to decide that they have no

choice but to go to trial.

After trial, the family court judge will

issue a judgment. How this works can vary by

jurisdiction and locality, but it can often take

weeks or longer for a judge to render their

judgment. It can take weeks because family

court judges generally have to issue a written

judgment that has findings of fact and conclusions

of law.

Some parties are happy with the results

of the trial. Other parties are unhappy. In

some cases, it can be a mixed bag. A party

might like certain parts of the judgment and

not like others.

For parties who are unhappy with the

results, the question for them is whether they

should appeal the judgment. Appealing the

ruling can prolong the litigation. It can result

in more attorneys’ fees. But the question beyond

that is whether an appeal will work.

Laws vary by jurisdiction. Every case

can also involve different intricacies. However,

in a general sense, to succeed on an appeal,

a party must generally show that the family

court judge erred as a matter of law or that

they abused their discretion.

These terms can be somewhat complicated

for many to understand. But to show

the judge erred as a matter of law, this generally

requires a showing that the judge did

not abide by the statutes, rules or existing

case law. Sometimes, this does happen, but it

is not always easy to show.

To show the judge abused their discretion

is a bit more complicated. Within the

confines of statutes, rule and existing case

law, there is some grey area that family court

judges can navigate based on the law. Take

the standard in child custody cases that these

matters are to be resolved based on the best

interests of the child.

To determine what is in the best interests

of the child, a family court judge has to

weigh the evidence. The family court judge

also can believe and disbelieve witnesses.

Showing a judge abused their discretion is

not easy, but sometimes a party can prove it.

To simplify how an appeal works, think

instant replay in football. With instant replay,

the question is whether or not the referee

got the call right based on the play itself

and the rules the referee has to apply. An appeal

works largely the same way.

Parties do not get to redo the trial on

appeal. Instead, the appellate court is to review

the transcript and legal file. In doing

that, the issue is whether the trial court erred

based on the evidence presented at trial.

For some parties, they might have a reasonable

chance of succeeding on appeal. For

others, it might be difficult. Nonetheless, for

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September 9, 2020

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I OPINION I 3

Diversity, equity and

inclusion nonsense

Check out any professional and most

college basketball teams. Their starting

five, and most of their other 10 players, are

Black, as is 80% of the NBA. This does

not come anywhere close to the diversity

and inclusion sought by the nation’s social

justice warriors. Both professional and

college coaches have ignored and thrown

out any pretense of seeking diversity and

inclusiveness.

My question to you is: Would a basketball

team be improved if coaches were

required to include ethnically diverse players

for the sake of equity? I have no idea

of what your answer might be but mine

would be: “The hell with diversity, equity

and inclusion. I am going to recruit the best

players and do not care if most of them

turn out to be Black players.”

Another question: Do you think that any

diversity-crazed college president would

chastise his basketball coach for lack of

diversity and inclusiveness?

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

(SLAC), the National Accelerator Laboratory,

is home to the world’s most powerful

experiments, fastest supercomputers

and top-notch physics researchers. Much

of SLAC’s research is on particle accelerators

that are complicated machines that

are designed, engineered and operated to

produce high-quality particle beams and

develop clues to the fundamental structure

of matter and the forces between subatomic

particles. You can bet that their personnel

makeup exhibits very little concern about

racial diversity, equity and inclusion. The

bulk of their scientists is not only Americans

of European and Asian ancestry but

mostly men.

My question to you is: What would you do

to make SLAC more illustrative of the racial,

ethnic and sexual diversity of America? As

for me, my answer would be the same one

that I gave in the basketball example: I am

going to recruit the brightest scientists and I

do not care if most of them turn out to be

men of European and Asian ancestry.

In the hard sciences, one will find Black

Americans underrepresented. For example,

a 2018 survey of the American Astronomical

Society, which includes undergraduates,

graduate students, faculty members

and retired astronomers, found that 82%

of members identified as white and only

2% as Black or African American. Only

3% of bachelor’s degrees in physics go to

Black students. In 2017, some fields, such

as structural engineering and atmospheric

physics, graduated not a single Black Ph.D.

The conspicuous absence of Black Americans

in the sciences have little or nothing

to do with racism. It has to do with academic

preparation. If one graduates from

high school and has not mastered a minimum

proficiency in high school algebra,

geometry and precalculus, it is likely that

high-paying careers such as engineering,

medicine, physics and computer technology

are hermetically sealed off for life.

There are relatively few Black fighter jet

pilots. There are stringent physical, character

and mental requirements, which many

Black applicants could meet. But fighter

pilots must also have a strong knowledge of

air navigation, aircraft operating procedures,

flight theory, fluid mechanics, meteorology

and engineering. The college majors that

help prepare undergraduates for a career as

a fighter pilot include mathematics, physical

science and engineering. But if one

graduates from high school without elementary

training in math, it is not likely that he

will enroll in the college courses that would

qualify him for fighter pilot training.

At many predominantly Black high

schools, not a single Black student tests

proficient in math and a very low percentage

test proficient in reading; however,

these schools confer a diploma that

attests that the students can read, write and

compute at a 12th-grade level and these

schools often boast that they have a 70%

and higher graduation rate. They mislead

students, their families and others by conferring

fraudulent diplomas.

What explains the fact that over 80% of

professional basketball players are Black,

as are about 70% of professional football

players? Only an idiot would chalk it up to

diversity and inclusion. Instead, it is excellence

that explains the disproportionate

numbers. Jewish Americans, who are just

3% of our population, win over 35% of the

Nobel prizes in science that are awarded

to Americans. Again, it is excellence that

explains the disproportionality, not diversity

and inclusion. As my stepfather often

told me, “To do well in this world, you

have to come early and stay late.”

• • •

Walter E. Williams is a professor of

economics at George Mason University.

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A critical disaster

In 1950, Venezuela was the fourth

wealthiest nation in the world per capita.

From about 1958 to the 1980s, Venezuela

had the fourth strongest currency in the

world and was the richest country in South

America primarily because of their vast oil

reserves. Unfortunately, they also had massive

debt due to mismanagement of funds

which ultimately allowed Socialism to get

a foothold into their country.

About 12 years ago, Socialism came to

power and Venezuela’s currency continued

to depreciate further. They have altered

and renamed their currency a few times

to no avail. The Bolivar VEF, their current

currency, is now worth about 10 cents

of our American dollar and is yet another

transitional currency.

People had fled the country in mass

having experienced the empty hand of

Socialism and the bounty of Capitalism.

Is it any wonder then that they have fled

Socialism to embrace Capitalism, albeit

illegally?

Their leaders, who preach Socialism as a

means of achieving prosperity for all, find

themselves in an untenable position of yet

again holding an empty bag of discredited

illusions and bankrupt economic theories.

Any viable society or any society need not

ever go down that road again. A false path

that inevitably ends in ruin and devastation.

The law of economics essentially states

that those who produce at a rational price

get rewarded and those who don’t, don’t

get rewarded.

People do not generally walk hundreds

or thousands of miles to escape one economic

theory only to embrace another economic

theory without very strong reasons

based on their own personal experiences.

Socialism is a critical disaster we don’t

have to make.

William E. Quinn

Replying to ‘Now What’

I couldn’t agree more with Walter Williams

and applaud him. I agree something

needs to be done to correct the racial injustices.

I also believe there have only been

two maybe three people that never sinned.

The statues represent many good men and

women who have done a lot for our country

to make it the greatest country in the

world. Yes, there’s been mistakes but that’s

part of our history and to be learned not

destroyed. Stop all this looting, burning,

rioting and shootings. Let our leaders and

enforcement officers do there work. And if

we need to remind them, then continue the

marches but peacefully. If so, I’m with you

till things change.

Carol DeGhelder

Where’s my sign

Someone favors President Donald J.

Trump so much that they stole my Trump

yard sign for themselves.

How proud your family must be of your

actions. Free speech to some groups is only

one way.

Mike Scott

Taking issue with

Walter Williams

I have to take issue with West Newsmagazine’s

use of Walter E. Williams as your

featured columnist.

The fact is, I appreciate a valid conservative

perspective as much as the next

guy, but I expect it to be fair, honest and

credible. While a little “spin” in an opinion

piece is to be expected, there are at least

two instances where he went beyond spin

and made it all the way to being outright

dishonest.

The first instance was his May 20

column, “Let’s Not Waste a Crisis,” about

the wealth tax. He uses an example of a

taxpayer having a net worth of $500,000

and facing a wealth tax of 32%. Other than

purposely trying to distort the facts, why

would he use an example which uses completely

nonsensical numbers? Nobody has

talked about imposing a wealth tax on any

but the most wealthy, and then they’re only

talking about taxing their wealth at a 1% or

2% rate, which is nowhere near the 32%

rate used in his column.

I’m also opposed to a wealth tax, but I

expect a columnist to be a lot more honest

in opposing it.

The second instance of his outright

dishonesty was in his Aug. 5 column, “Is

Racism Responsible for Today’s Black

Problems.” In the very first paragraph, he

states that “many Americans … support

rioting, looting, wanton property destruction,

assaults on police and other kinds of

mayhem” in response to George Floyd’s

death.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

It’s highly doubtful Mr. Williams would

ever make the claim that “many police

officers are rotten to the core” based on

the actions of just a few, so why make

the implication he did about the few bad

apples protesting George Floyd’s death?

I hope West Newsmagazine will attempt

to find a suitable replacement for Mr. Williams,

because while he’s certainly entitled

to his own opinions, he shouldn’t be entitled

to making up his own set of “alternative

facts” to support them!

Kenneth P. Katt

• • •

When reading the articles authored by

Walter Williams, I often find myself wondering,

“Where is he going with this narrative?”

For example, in his recent entry entitled,

“Is racism responsible for today’s Black

problems?,” he begins by making a statement

that the violence involved in the

protests related to the killing of George

Floyd’s death are based on “the pretense

that police conduct stands as the root of

Black problems.” Really? I doubt that

many people believe that and it is a strange

way to begin his thought.

He continues with a lengthy discussion

of statistics regarding Black-on-Black

deaths compared to white-on-Black deaths,

the legacy of slavery, the evolution of

weak family structure in the Black community,

ending that thought with a statement

that, “If a weak family structure is a

legacy of slavery then people who make

such a claim must tell us how it has managed

to skip nearly five generations to have

an effect.”

By now I really am wondering, “Where

is he going with this?” Ah, it leads him

now into destruction of statues, where he

inserts, “The destruction of symbols of

American history might help relieve the

frustrations of all those white college students

and their professors frustrated by the

2016 election of President Donald Trump”.

BINGO! You finally got where you

wanted to go, Mr. Williams. You point your

finger of accusation at white professors

and students who are frustrated by Trump.

It was a long wandering road but you got

where you wanted to be. Then, you closed

with the clincher statement, “Problems that

Black people face give white leftists cover

for their anti-American agenda.”

Trump, Limbaugh, Hannity and their

comrades are proud of you. But I think our

citizens would be better served with less

inflammatory, negative partisan views.

John F. Doolittle

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opposition” published in the Aug. 5 issue

of West Newsmagazine, quoted statements

from Alderman Jim Leahy were incorrectly

attributed to Alderman Mark Stallman.

West Newsmagazine regrets this error.

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Missing Thomas Sowell

Here lately we have really been missing

the weekly wisdom from our old friend and

columnist Thomas Sowell. Sure, it’s been

a number of years since he retired and we

have had plenty of time to adjust, it just

seems like we could use sage advice from

Dr. Sowell these days.

Luckily, some brilliant American hero

has created a Twitter account in Sowell’s

honor. Suffice to say that 90-year-old

Thomas Sowell does not tweet himself, so

this unnamed person has taken to sending

out a quote every day pulled from Sowell’s

writing over the years. Gathered below

is a collection of thoughts from the great

Thomas Sowell. Enjoy. We certainly did.

“We seem to be getting closer and closer

to a situation where nobody is responsible

for what they did but we are all responsible

for what somebody else did.”

“Too many people today act as if no one

can honestly disagree with them. If you

have a difference of opinion with them,

you are considered to be not merely in

error but in sin. You are a racist, a homophobe

or whatever the villain of the day

happens to be.”

“Virtually everybody is worse off than

somebody else, if only in one dimension,

so there are nearly unlimited opportunities

to pander to people’s sense of injustice,

victimhood and entitlement.”

is how seldom either people or policies are

judged by their track record.”

“Most of the problems of this country are

not nearly as bad as the ‘solutions’ – especially

the solutions that politicians come up

with during election years.”

“People who talk incessantly about

‘change’ are often dogmatically set in their

ways. They want to change other people.”

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity:

there is never enough of anything to

fully satisfy all those who want it. The first

lesson of politics is to disregard the first

lesson of economics.”

“Ask 10 people what ‘fairness’ means and

you can get eleven different definitions.”

“America symbolizes, above all, freedom

and opportunity for ordinary people.

That is what makes it a beacon to those in

other lands who are seeking freedom and

opportunity.”

“Age gives you an excuse for not being

very good at things that you were not very

good at when you were young.”

“One of the sad signs of our times is that

we have demonized those who produce,

subsidized those who refuse to produce,

and canonized those who complain.”

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“In my old neighborhood, there was a

special contempt for the kind of guy who

was always trying to get other guys to fight

each other. Today, it’s considered a great

contribution to society to incite consumers

against producers, women against men,

and the races against each other.”

“Those who have most consistently undermined

the police and other elements of law

enforcement are among those most shocked

by the escalation of crime and violence.”

“The beauty of doing nothing is that

you can do it perfectly. Only when you do

something is it almost impossible to do it

without mistakes. Therefore, people who

are contributing nothing to society, except

their constant criticisms, can feel both

intellectually and morally superior.”

“Advocates of diversity in a race or

gender sense are often quite hostile to ideological

diversity, when it includes traditional

or ‘conservative’ values and beliefs.”

“One of the scariest aspects of our times

“Some Americans will never appreciate

America, until after they have helped

destroy it, and have then begun to suffer

the consequences.”

“Have we reached the ultimate stage

of absurdity where some people are held

responsible for things that happened before

they were born, while other people are not

held responsible for what they themselves

are doing today?”

“Equality of rights does not mean equality

of results. I can have all the equal treatment

in the world on a golf course and I

will not finish within shouting distance of

Tiger Woods.”

“As many have warned in the past, freedom

is unlikely to be lost all at once and

openly. It is far more likely to be eroded

away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises

and expressions of noble ideas.”

“You can’t stop people from saying bad

things about you. All you can do is make

them liars.”


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THE NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Students across West County started school last month in-person and online but more

changes are ahead. On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Rockwood Board of Education discussed the possibility of bringing its

youngest students back to campus later this month, after having started school virtually. This is a developing story,

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BALLWIN

Elco gets go-ahead for

new showroom

Due to a business climate greatly affected

by COVID-19, the auto industry has had

to become increasingly more creative in

terms of pricing and extending financing

payment term options.

As 2021 begins, Elco Chevrolet Cadillac

will begin to display creativity in a different

form.

At the Aug. 24 Ballwin Board of Aldermen

meeting, Bill 4069 was submitted for

a special use exception “for an amended

site development plan to change the showroom

footprint for the property at 15110

Manchester Road.”

“I have reviewed the elements of this

petition, and believe it meets the elements

for a special use exception,” Alderman

Kevin Roach (Ward 2) said to start the proceedings.

Stipulations of the special use exception,

under certain conditions:

• Would not substantially increase traffic

hazards or congestion.

• Would not adversely affect the character

of the neighborhood.

• Would not affect the general welfare of

the community.

• Would not over-tax public utilities.

• Would not adversely affect public safety

and health.

• Is consistent with good planning practice.

• Can be operated in a manner that is not

detrimental to the permitted developments

and uses in the district.

• Can be developed and operated in a

manner that is visually compatible with the

permitted uses in the surrounding area.

Alderman Michael Finley (Ward 1)

immediately called on the petitioner, Jeff

Kaiser of Tri Architects at 9812 Manchester

Road in Rock Hill, to explain Elco’s

new proposed design.

“This is a new corporate rollout for

Cadillac,” Kaiser explained. “I believe it

will be the first such location in the Midwest

region. We’re going to basically tear

down the existing front showroom from

the service entry doors and replace it with

a new aluminum composite façade and

storefront glass. It’s a new, clean, modern

look. You’re seeing this pretty much across

the board. Mercedes, BMW … everybody’s

going with this sleek, modern look.”

Kaiser then showed some artists’ renditions

of the proposals. He added that the

changes will include additional pedestrian

areas and a few other additions and subtractions

so that Elco will still maintain its

business viability while further enhancing

its visual appearance.

The bill passed unanimously, becoming

ordinance 20-16.

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with cancer and won a gorgeous new home

in O’Fallon.

Foster was named the winner of the 2020

St. Jude Dream Home.

The annual home giveaway to benefit

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was

made possible in part by the Electrical

Connection, which donated services and

materials to build the home. Payne Family

Homes orchestrated the construction and

home giveaway, which raised more than

$1.1 million for the hospital.

Family-owned Grasser Electric performed

the electrical installations on the

home working with the International

Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Local 1. IBEW partners with the St. Louis

Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors

Association (NECA) to form the

Electrical Connection. Grasser is a NECA

contractor.

The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home broke

ground on Jan. 30 at 318 Old Forester Drive

in Payne Family Homes’ Legends Pointe

subdivision. The 1.5-story, 4,100-squarefoot

home features a number of amenities

including a home cinema and security

system, four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, plus

a three-sided sculptural fireplace, interior

stone wall, spacious loft area, cozy reading

nook and more.

This is the seventh St. Jude Dream Home

built by Payne Family Homes with the

help of IBEW/NECA. Grasser Electric

has donated services to build five of those

homes. The seven-year-long charitable

endeavor has raised more than $6.1 million

locally for St. Jude Children’s Research

Hospital.

ELLISVILLE

Pathfinder Church

completes updates

Pathfinder Church has completed construction

on its exterior campus improvement

project. The project had three main

goals: beautify the exterior campus by

creating green spaces with outdoor areas

for gathering; provide clear, intuitive wayfinding

that will direct guests to the main

entry areas; and address parking flow and

drop-off points.

Highlights of the exterior renovation

include a new illuminated Pathfinder entry

marker, new parking configuration, new

greenspaces to provide life to the campus

and along Manchester Road and new wayfinding

to direct guests around campus.

MANCHESTER

City amends helmet requirement

The Manchester Board of Aldermen

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amendment relating to the use of protective

headgear by drivers and passengers of

motorcycles or motorized tricycles within

city limits at its Board of Aldermen meeting

last month.

The action came after Gov. Mike Parson

signed House Bill 1963 on July 14. That

bill, which went into effect Aug. 28, repeals

requirements for authorized motorcyclists

and passengers at least 26 years old to

wear protective headgear while operating

a motorcycle or motorized tricycle upon

any highway. In addition to maintaining

proof of financial responsibility, authorized

motorists and passengers must be

covered by a health insurance policy or

another form of insurance that will provide

the person with medical benefits for

injuries incurred as a result of an accident

while operating or riding on a motorcycle

or motorized tricycle.

The Missouri State Legislature prohibits

cities and counties from enacting laws

designed to protect the safety of motorcycle

and motorized tricycle operators and

passengers by regulating the use of protective

headgear. Thus, the city repealed the

headgear protection requirement.

“During my 36 years in law enforcement,

I have seen many horrific motorcycle accidents

in which riders would have most certainly

been killed had it not been for their

helmets,” said Manchester Chief of Police

Scott Will. “Riders who choose not to wear

helmets should keep in mind that there is

no such thing as a ‘fender bender’ when

motorcycles are involved. An accident that

would be considered minor between two

cars is almost always a serious accident

with a motorcycle.”

WILDWOOD

Multifamily development

near STLCC gets pulled

A controversial proposal for apartment

buildings in Wildwood was withdrawn by

the developer.

Rob Coleman, of Arkansas-based Earnest

R. Coleman (ERC), had proposed

to build 116 multifamily units at the

northeast corner of Turkey Track Road

and Generations Drive, west of Hwy.

109. The development would be located

near both the Wildwood YMCA and the

St. Louis Community College (STLCC)

campus. However, in a letter dated July

29, Coleman asked to withdraw the petition

for the project, but that it not be the

end of the conversation on multifamily

developments in Wildwood.

“We want to find a solution and design

that we can achieve for the city and be your

partner in this endeavor,” Coleman wrote

in the letter.

The developer was seeking a rezoning of

the 4.31-acre parcel from NU Non Urban

Residence District to C-8 Planned Commercial

District. Nearby residents balked

at that idea.

Both the Westridge Oaks and the Meadows

of Wildwood subdivisions expressed

concerns about traffic congestion and the

high density of the development. A petition

with 90 signatures in opposition was submitted

to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

When the city’s planning department

added a number of conditions to the proposal,

Coleman requested a postponement

until September, but ultimately withdrew

the proposal.

STLCC owns the parcel, which has been

listed for sale since 2011.

ST. LOUIS

Art from the Heart goes virtual

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the

health/safety of their patient families, supporters

and volunteers, Friends of Kids

with Cancer has decided to take its 11th

annual Art from the Heart event online this

year.

More than 40 pieces of art created by

kids with cancer will be auctioned with

100% of the proceeds going to fund the

Friends of Kids with Cancer Art Therapy

program. Raffles and 50/50 tickets also

will be available for purchase.

Patient artwork will be on display in the

coming weeks and will go live for bidding

Sept. 14-17.

Since 1992, FOKWC has collectively

addressed the most pressing issues associated

with a child’s cancer diagnosis and

funded innovative solutions to deliver

moments of joy and laughter to their entire

family. One of its most popular programs

is art therapy. Patients in cancer treatment

work with Friends of Kids with Cancer’s

art therapists to express their feelings and

communicate what words may not be able

to explain.

“Art Therapy is unlike anything else I’ve

ever experienced,” said Cora. “It has given

me a space to be creative, to express myself

in whatever way I choose, and to wholly be

myself, free from judgement. There were

many times during treatment when the

promise of this space was the only thing

that got me out of bed and to the hospital

on a voluntary basis. There were times that

my mental and physical pain were so great

I questioned whether continuing treatment

was even worth it.”

Program participants work all year on

their art pieces, which are proudly displayed

and bid on by Art from the Heart

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Portrait of Policing Through a Local Lens

A conversation with Manchester Police

brings bigger picture into focus

BY BONNIE KRUEGER

“One of the hardest things in the job

is to have difficult conversations.” –

Manchester Police Officer James Ervin

Manchester Police Officer James Ervin is

not alone in his efforts to change the perspective

of law enforcement and community

members. As a public relations and school

resource officer prior to his current job in

Manchester, he recently teamed up with the

North County Cooperative to advance positive

relationships between police and the

communities they serve. At the request of

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s office,

Ervin and other Cooperative members participated

in a program sponsored by Kinections

St. Louis, with the goal of improving

the community through respectful dialogue

about important topics that inspire action

and engagement.

“It’s uncomfortable, as a white officer, to

discuss racial profiling with minority people.

But that’s what we need more of in this day

and age; more people need to be willing to

talk about it.”

Manchester Police Officer Cody West

(Source: LaTiffiany Wade/Facebook)

One of the topics that came up at the recent

meeting was an incident that took place on

Aug. 10 on the Academy Sports parking

lot in Manchester when Officer Cody West

blocked Marshall Carter, a Black teen, from

leaving the parking lot after noticing a bulge

under his clothing. West said suspected

theft; the Carter family said their son was

the victim of racial profiling.

Despite offering the officer receipts of

purchase and showing that a fanny pack was

causing the bulge, the incident did not end.

That’s when Marshall’s mom, LaTiffiany,

began videotaping the interaction.

In a social media post in support of the

#Black Lives Matter (#BLM) movement,

LaTiffiany said: “(West) could have made

the situation better by simply apologizing to

our son but since he had called for backup,

he had to try and prove that he had control

and that it was up to him if /when we were

free to go. They must know how and when

to back down for humanity.”

Cpt. Craig Smith, Manchester’s deputy

chief of police, said West was already on

the parking lot when he stopped Marshall.

In addition to the absence of body cameras,

Smith said the patrol car’s video system was

not angled in a position to record the interaction.

It was only when the backup officer,

Sgt. Evan Waters, arrived on the scene with

his patrol vehicle that dash camera recording

began. Smith said West had to put on his

audio microphone midway into the incident.

After investigating the allegations against

West, Manchester Police Chief Scott Will

said there was no evidence that the incident

was a racially-motivated police stop.

Reviewing West’s past street patrol history,

approximately 80% of his stops engage

the white community. However, the police

department recognizes that this police stop

was mishandled.

Smith said West was out of the bounds

of his job scope in investigating Marshall

because he had not been called to the scene

and there was no reasonable suspicion. Both

West and Waters faced discipline measures

respective to their positions. The department

also met with the Carter family.

“We are grateful for (Smith’s) time and

efforts ... but the sad part is that he won’t be

able to predict how other untrained officers

who are not use to seeing brown skinned

people will respond or react when they see

others that are in a different skin,” LaTiffiany

said in a social media post.

With the situation addressed, Manchester

hopes to move forward and rebuild the trust

of its community members.

“This department takes great pride in the

manner in which our officers serve this

community, and I can attest that this incident

is not indicative of our values or policies,”

Will said. “To that end, we have also

addressed this issue as a department so that

we can learn from it and ensure it does not

happen again.”

Marshall Carter (Source: LaTiffiany Wade/Facebook)

Fallout from the

death of George Floyd

The Manchester incident came in the

midst of a racially charged time following

the death of George Floyd. Former Minneapolis

Police Officer Derek Chauvin was

arrested and charged with second-degree

unintentional murder, third-degree murder

and second-degree manslaughter in the case.

Additionally, three officers on the scene

were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree

murder.

The outcry from the Minneapolis case

placed police in the national spotlight with

pleas for policy changes, police reform, or

in some cases, defunding.

Prior to the incident at Academy Sports

but after Floyd’s murder, West Newsmagazine

sat down with Will and Smith to discuss

policing today. The conversation was

sparked when Patrol Officer James Ligon

assisted at a Black Lives Matter (#BLM)

demonstration in Ferguson as part of a

mutual aid agreement. Local agencies can

request additional manpower to assist when

it is beyond the scope of the governing

department, so long as it does not put the

assisting department(s) at risk. Ligon and

two Sunset Hills officers were traveling to

their assignment in one of Manchester’s

new cruisers when they were detoured due

to looting in progress. That was when Ligon

said “they hit the gauntlet.”

With Ligon driving, the dash camera footage

shows a giant rock being thrown at the

passenger side of the cruiser, narrowly missing

the Sunset Hills officers, who were not

in protective gear. Footage from another

angle shows protesters swinging baseball

bats at the moving car as it attempts to evade

the scene. The cruiser sustained $8,000 in

damage.

As an experienced officer with 16 years

serving the city of Normandy before becoming

a Manchester officer in 2019, Ligon had

been to protests and other violent situations,

but this was his first full-scale riot.

“This was the most scared I’ve been,” he

said. “I was responsible for the other two

officers who were with me, who were also

scared.”

However, asked if he would volunteer for

future demonstrations and protests, without

hesitation, he said, “Yes.”

“If you offer then you might be taking the

place of someone who may not have the

experience or the passion to attend a demonstration,”

he explained. Predominantly a

street and traffic officer, Ligon added, “Our

citizens have been great. There are one or

two that have been hateful but the majority

of the people tell me that they support what

we’re doing (as officers). About half of the

citizens thank me.”

As police chief with over 36 years of

experience, Will offers a police perspective

in light of recent cases of attacks on officers.

“Officers see the news and negative statements

about police and it makes us angry

that one officer gives us the bad name. We

are trying to profess we are not him,” he said.

The National Law Enforcement Officers

Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports 800,000

sworn law enforcement officers serve in the

United States, which is the highest number

ever recorded.

“With 17,000 police departments nationwide,

99% of officers are good and here

for the right reason. The one or two that

do these things is a black eye for the rest

of us,” Will said. “People don’t realize (that

the 99%) are going to their job and at end

of the day want to go home to their families.

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Chesterfield considers pursuing a property tax

By CATHY LENNY

Although the loss of sales tax revenue in

the city has not been as bad as expected,

city officials may still pursue a property tax

to make up for the shortfall.

At the Aug. 17 City Council meeting,

City Administrator Mike Geisel went over

sales tax numbers, which represent onethird

of the general fund revenue and 52%

of the total budget.

Using a 30/60/90/120-day model, Geisel

said he anticipates a 50% loss of sales tax

revenue for August and at 90 and 120 days,

projected losses of up to 65%.

“In all respects, obviously, the revenues

are down, but they’re not down nearly

what we anticipated,” Geisel said.

Looking at the general fund, he compared

figures to last year at the same time,

year-to-date figures and budgeted amounts.

In the month of August, the general fund

was down 2% compared to August 2019;

year-to-date it was down 6.26%. However,

it was down 0.4% in August compared to

the budgeted amount, or $2,078.

“This dealt primarily with sales tax,”

Geisel said. “We’re seeing losses in other

areas of the budget not included in the

model. So, it’s good news as far as bad

news goes.”

The public safety fund was down 2%

in August, compared to August 2019 and

5.89% year-to-date. It was down 8.71%

compared to the August budgeted amount,

or about $16,000, and 4.2% year-to-date

compared to the budget, or about $72,000,

Geisel reported.

Likewise, the parks and capital funds

were down 13% compared to August 2019

and 11.4% year-to-date; however, it was

down only 4.55% compared to the August

budgeted amount.

“The amount of losses we’re seeing on a

month-to-month basis have not been nearly

as severe as we anticipated,” Geisel said.

“However, we believe there’s a systemic

change of behavior. We don’t believe the

rebound is ever going to get us back to

where we were before.”

He pointed to the city’s unhealthy reliance

on sales tax revenue, the hemorrhaging

of sales tax revenue to online sales, and

the loss of about $2 million in utility taxes

over the last 10 years.

Because of those continuing concerns,

Mayor Bob Nation revealed that he is

considering the possibility of pursuing a

city property tax. He said the tax would

be minuscule compared to the mill levies

associated with other services that are provided.

Of the 88 municipalities in St. Louis

County, only about 12 have no property

tax, Nation said. While the average levy is

$0.53 per $100 assessed valuation, if Chesterfield

were to impose a tax, it would be

$0.10 per $100 assessed valuation or 20%

of the average.

Nation said he feels the city is “too

dependent on sales taxes, especially with

COVID.”

Also, he doesn’t believe the Missouri

legislature is considering a state use tax on

internet purchases (Wayfair tax) that would

help out to some degree.

City Attorney Chris Graville added that

enactment of a property tax would require

a public vote and that once a maximum

levy is approved, the levy rate is subject to

adjustment every year.

Geisel added that the city had a property

tax that ranged from $0.13 down to $0.03

until 2014 that was used to retire debt, but

it was paid off with the fund reserve.

Geisel plans to discuss, more in-depth,

the state of the city’s finances at the next

Finance and Administration Committee

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AT&T Mobility cell tower request

causes concern, confusion

By JEFFRY GREENBERG

Due to COVID-19, seating at the Ballwin

Board of Aldermen meetings is limited

but on Aug. 24 every seat was filled and

a half dozen people waited in the Government

Center lobby.

The cause of the capacity crowd was

the hotly-contested special use exception

proposed for an AT&T Mobility communications

tower located at 15407 Clayton

Road on the north side of Claymont Plaza.

Issuance of the exception (Bill 4067)

would allow the tower to be built and then

equipped with 5G technology.

members would mind having the tower in

their own backyard.

“I found out about this a little over a week

ago,” Weinstein said. “Since then, I’ve

been researching all I can on cell towers,

special use exception permits, city ordinances,

state laws, etc. My head is about

to explode.”

Weinstein and many of her neighbors

canvassed door-to-door and collected 60

signatures on a petition submitted to the

board. In the process, she said she learned

that none of the residents nor business

owners knew about the pending tower, and

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Neighbors Ken Dubinsky and Amy

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foremost on their minds.

Dubinsky mentioned two cancer survivors

in his household and said, “I hate

to have to say it because I love living in

Ballwin, but if this passes tonight, my first

call in the morning is to my real estate

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of them going through that again. I know

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Weinstein showed possible visuals of the

tower, and added that, according to Google

Maps, it would be just 140 feet from her

house. She questioned if any of the board

“We understand technology is growing

and towers are going to go up, but I

wish the cell communications companies

would consider the people whose lives are

affected by placing them near homes and

businesses,” Weinstein said. “Our property

values could decrease significantly, and

although our concerns are not normally

accepted as valid reasons, the perception

is still there. When people see a cell tower,

they’re not looking for facts on the internet.

They don’t want to live there.

“The city of Ballwin may feel like their

hands are tied by other laws, but I would

first ask you to deny this permit tonight, or

at least table it. Please don’t give in. We

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Steve Stenger years continues to linger.

Stenger pled guilty last spring to three

counts of federal honesty services bribery/

mail fraud in a pay-to-play scheme involving

county operations. Although the former

county executive is serving 46 months in

prison, the stain of his corrupt administration

continues to linger.

According to a draft copy of the recent

audit report completed by Missouri State

Auditor Nicole Galloway: “The County

Council did not provide sufficient oversight

of the former County Executive’s

operations. The council allowed procedures

to be circumvented and did not

utilize the County Auditor to investigate

issues brought to their attention.”

The copy provided to West Newsmagazine

has not been finalized but was received

in a completed form. While the report does

assign much of the responsibility to Stenger

and two others who also have pled guilty to

federal corruption charges, the audit findings

clearly indicate many current council

members were not vigorous enough in their

duties.

According to the report, several areas of

concern remain within county government

operations.

• The county’s personnel department

does not maintain personnel files. This

led to multiple concerns including a lack

of documentation to explain why 17 of

22 appointed employees received a raise

even though the county was under a pay

increase “freeze”;

• The county lacks proper procedures and

controls for the review of timecards prior

to employees being paid. During the audit,

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By CATHY LENNY

The Manchester Road Streetscape project

phase 3 through Wildwood is expected

to be completed this fall. But it will require

about $400,000 more before it is finished.

The original agreement with Eurekabased

Gershenson Construction Co.,

Inc., approved in February 2019, was

for an amount not to exceed $2.155 million.

However, a provision in the contract

states that Wildwood’s director of public

works, through written change order, could

increase the scope of the work not to

exceed $2.405 million. That increase will

not be enough.

To complete the additional work, the

department of public works needs to

increase the total authorization to a maximum

amount of $2.777 million.

A federal grant awarded for the project

will pay 50% of the construction costs, up

to a maximum of $1.3 million.

Streetscape improvements along Manchester

Road between Taylor and Eatherton

roads include on-street parking, curbs

and gutters, 10-foot-wide sidewalks,

street lighting, bike lanes, landscaping

and street trees.

The additional work, totaling $397,651,

will complete the construction of new

driveways and signage, additional asphalt

for resurfacing, an additional sidewalk

and additional stormwater drains. Part of

the money is for a revised parking lot for

Three French Hens, at an estimated cost of

$210,000, and the fabrication and installation

of a new sign for New Community

Church, at a cost of $50,000.

Similar to other arrangements made by

the city, the new sign was in exchange for

the church donating right-of-way property,

Public Works Director Rick Brown said.

At the Aug. 24 council meeting, council

member Lauren Edens (Ward 2) proposed

to separate the sign expenditure from the

rest of the bill and vote on it separately.

“We’re nickel and diming with the budget

right now,” Edens said. “I’m not comfortable

with the payment. I’m so glad they

donated the easement, but if we could have

gotten the easement for cheaper, I wish we

would have done that. Right now, it looks

like we’re giving our tax dollars to a religious

institution.”

Brown emphasized that it was important

to consider the overall impact of the project

on the church property, the impact of

construction and the duration of the project.

“They’ve been without a sign for many,

many months at this point,” Brown said. “I

hate to delay it any further. They’ve been

very cooperative in the process.”

Since the sign was quoted by a company

recommended by the contractor, some

council members suggested it should go

out for bid.

The motion to separate the sign from the

remainder of the bill and to get bids on the

sign was approved, as was the motion to

increase the total authorization amount.

Council member Teresa Clark (Ward 1)

voted against the increase, concerned about

the project going over budget.

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By CATHY LENNY

Debate over the formation of the newly

created Community Outreach Task Force

in Wildwood took more than an hour for

the 16-member City Council.

The task force was proposed by council

member Ken Remy (Ward 3) to address

community outreach opportunities for

residents. His goals were to improve community

engagement by identifying barriers

to involvement and to discover ways to

increase participation by partnering with

civic organizations and nonprofits.

It was designed to have eight voting

community members and three city council

voting members, along with ad hoc members

with content expertise, city employees

and citizens. The mayor makes the appointments

with city council approval.

At the Aug. 24 city council meeting,

Mayor Jim Bowlin brought forth his list

of proposed candidates for the task force.

Those include a Lafayette High student Aashish

Allu (see westnewsmagazinenetwork.

com for a story on Allu), a pastor, a city

marshal, a past commissioner of St. Louis

County Police, an operations manager, a

software architect, a former Wildwood city

council member and a former Wildwood

mayor. City council members assigned to

the committee are Remy, Katie Dodwell

(Ward 4) and Dan Flaschar (Ward 7).

However, there was a lengthy debate

regarding the proposed committee members,

all but one of whom are male.

Council member Dave Bertolino (Ward

5) suggested that there needed to be more

women on the committee and asked if a

quota could be added. But City Attorney

John Young stated that the appointees

should be based on merit and not gender

and that it could be deemed discriminatory

to have an arbitrary statement of 50%

women, 50% men.

Council member Don Bartoni (Ward

2) pointed out that he and Lauren Edens

(Ward 2) did ask two women to serve on

the committee but they declined.

In addition to wanting to see more

women on the committee, Edens proposed

adding another four to eight members to

the list, noting that it was difficult to get

people to commit to serving.

Council member Larry Brost (Ward 1)

thought that a task force made up of 19 people

was just too many. Brost, Bartoni, Edens and

Joe Farmer (Ward 4) voted against an amendment

to add eight committee members, rather

than to add between four and eight.

Remy offered his full support of increasing

the number of committee members, but

wanted to wait to vote on the entire group,

rather than doing it piecemeal.

“The original intent I had for this committee

was to have a group that would be

reflective of our city,” he said. “I believe

that with that level of diversity is how

we’re going to impact engaging the most

people in this city involved in city activities

and our greater civic organizations.”

Remy made a motion to postpone the

vote. However, Bowlin said the delay could

affect the current list of nominees and city

council members appointed to the committee.

Because of this, McCune said she felt

the council was being forced to vote on the

list, or risk having it changed.

“We don’t have any guarantee moving

forward tonight that there’s going to be

more women,” she said. “This is unfortunate.

I think it’s a positive thing and council

member Remy brought this forward and

for some reason, it has taken a left turn that

I don’t like.”

“With all due respect, nothing has taken

a left turn with this committee,” Bowlin

retorted. He reminded McCune that since

2016 there have been more planning and

zoning representatives that are women in

the entire history of the city and the first

woman ever was appointed to the board of

public safety.

“I am always mindful of any background,”

Bowlin said. “First and foremost, I look at

the merit of the individual and whether

they want to take the time to be on the

committee and to represent our residents.”

McCune interjected that she was just

referring to the Community Outreach Task

Force and acknowledged that other committees

of the city did have more diversity.

Not everyone was in favor of postponing

the vote. Brost said there would always be

people being added or deleted to the committee

once it was up and running.

“It’s a moving, dynamic process,” Brost

said. “We’re going to have changes on it two

to three times a year with this many people.”

Remy agreed to withdraw his motion

if he was given the latitude to work with

council members to put together a list of

additional potential candidates.

Bowlin thought that was an excellent

idea and said he has never refused a meeting

with any council member, but that he

wants to meet with the potential committee

members himself as well.

With that, the current list of candidates

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Panera Bread to move into

former Ballwin Steak ‘n Shake

From steakburgers and shakes to bagels and cold brew, this former burger joint is approved for

new life as a Panera café.

(Ryan Moore photo)

By JEFFRY GREENBERG

The long-time Steak ‘n Shake motto is

‘In Sight It Must Be Right.’ Well, Steak ‘n

Shake’s westernmost Ballwin site at 14646

Manchester has recently been deemed just

right for a Panera Bread location.

As such, a special use exception petition

(Bill 4070) was unveiled at the Aug. 24

Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting.

“It sounds very interesting,” Alderman

Michael Finley (Ward 1) said. “From the

petition, it seems like this would be a

unique, first-of-its-kind with the drivethrough

part, correct?”

“Well, it’s the first of its kind because it’s

a smaller café for us,” replied Levi Ottwell,

Panera’s senior development manager.

“There are going to be some improvements

to the exterior.”

Some of the key stipulations in the

ordinance, which granted front yard parking

and operation of the restaurant with

outdoor seating and a drive-thru service

window, are as follows:

“The permittee shall provide an illumination

study and shall place adequate shields

on all lights to prevent light pollution. Outdoor

seating shall only be allowed on the

west side of the building. No live music

shall be allowed.”

Alderman Kevin Roach (Ward 2) was the

first to address one of the aforementioned

concerns. He asked whether there was any

resolution to lighting issues from concerns of

the neighbors just to the east of the building.

“We did a preliminary plan with the

existing lights on that site,” Ottwell replied.

“We don’t feel they exceed the existing

ordinances for lighting on this site. The

spread is pretty low headed toward the

south with concern for the neighbors’ property.

If we do upgrade the lighting, it will

be LED lighting rather than halogen lights,

and we’ll take measures to keep the lighting

low. We don’t start until next year. We

have to get through MSD (Metropolitan

Sewer District) and the permit process.”

The bill passed unanimously to become

ordinance 20-17.

“I consider our city to be very fortunate,”

Finley said. “We’re the only ones I know

of in which an old Steak ‘n Shake building

is being made into something new. So,

thanks to you and members of our city staff

for doing all this work.”

The former Steak ‘n Shake at 14646 Manchester Road is slated to become a new Panera

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Gen. George S. Patton once said, “Live

for something rather than die for nothing.”

That’s been the end game of U.S. military

men and women for more than 200 years.

In the process, many die, others suffer crippling

injuries and some are left struggling

mightily in old age.

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they’re expensive at $400 a trip, and probably

only covers 50 of the 200 kids in these

classes. Kids can’t afford it, and there’s not

a lot of local options. So, I thought, what if

we can help veterans – people who really

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exactly what we’ve done.”

Serving Servicemen began humbly, with

Tobey hanging fliers, visiting American

Legion posts, giving speeches, attending

meetings and mailing information packets.

He also decided to stand outside the door

of a local news station and wait for someone

to leave for lunch.

“When they left, I went inside the building,

gave someone an envelope, and eventually

Fox 2 gave me a break,” Tobey said.

“They let me on, and from there, it’s really

taken off and snowballed. (John) Pertzborn

and his news crew were great.”

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“It’s a way to get funding more easily,”

Tobey said. “People ask me how they can

give a donation. I tell them they can write

me a personal check because I have a

cash box in my room. (He laughs.) I can

use funds a lot more easily this new way.

Things are a lot more streamlined and official.

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“We also did a Big Richard’s Hot Dogs

(St. Charles) event, raising $400 in one

day,” Tobey said. “My buddies and I went

there one night. There was a flier that read

‘Charity Day: 15% of proceeds go to local

charities,’ so we signed up.

“It’s all just shooting from the hip, creating

opportunities and taking opportunities.”

One event that greatly stands out for

Tobey involved a Special Forces vet who

lost his leg at the knee while training Nicaraguan

rebels as an airborne ranger.

“Ricky wasn’t able to mow his lawn

for four years,” Tobey recalled. “He

couldn’t get around and had a lot of

knee pain. He had bone cancer and

amputation. With his mother passing

away and with no family left, Ricky

was in a really rough spot. So, we had

20 guys come in, and this place was

an absolute jungle. We couldn’t get a

lawnmower on it. I had six guys walking

around with trimmers, just chopping

grass down enough so we could

barely fit a lawnmower on it. We took

about 25 full recycle bins. The guys got all

the brush inside and were stomping on it.

We hauled all that stuff off and cleaned up

his yard.

“He saw this group of 20 guys spending

all day in 95 degrees,

sweating and doing his

work for him. He saw all

these people really cared

about him. That’s one of

the biggest things we do.

It’s not the work we do as

much as the presence we

bring behind our work. As

we were packing up and

leaving, he was teary-eyed,

and you could see we made

a very distinct impact on

his life.”

That is just one example of dozens

of wonderful deeds performed by Serving

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hours of service.

Before and After: Serving Servicemen volunteers transform

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Currently in his first semester studying

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a room with fellow first-year friend and

Serving Servicemen associate Andrew

Barton, a mechanical engineering major.

“We’ll be able to run things easier in

terms of the administrative side by working

from the same house,” Barton said.

The nonprofit’s website was recently

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with two hands shaking, plus

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three stars beneath it representing

the organization’s three

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involved; not just the phone company.”

Landowner Bob Skebo offered a ray of

hope.

“I represent the Claymont Company

which owns the Claymont Center,” Skebo

said. “We have a reciprocity agreement

with the neighbors who are proposing to

install the tower, and we actually denied

their request per that agreement (which

Skebo handed to the city clerk).”

Later in the discussion, Skebo explained,

“In February, (Network Real Estate LLC

acting on behalf of AT&T) approached us

about putting it in the back left corner of

the center, but it would have been right up

against the shopping center, close to where

the water tower is, eliminating a lot of

parking spaces on the back side. We would

have entertained it if it was farther from

the building. So, we rejected it. On July 27,

they approached us. We had a conversation

for the neighboring tenant, where it’s

proposed now. We rejected that because we

had a reciprocity agreement regarding our

approval rights with reasonable consideration

since we previously rejected it in the

back of the center. We didn’t want it at the

front of the center, either. We also rejected

it on the site it’s proposed now.”

Despite Skebo’s assessment of the

situation, Mayor Tim Pogue noted that

Missouri statute 67.5094 (the Uniform

Wireless Communications Infrastructure

Deployment Act) takes away much of the

local control cities have when it comes to

communications infrastructure.

“Unfortunately, when they passed (statute

67.5094) in Jefferson City, it took away

local control of that,” Pogue said. “The

other thing they did include in this is essentially

put a shot clock on the municipalities

that the day from which the application is

submitted, we have 120 days to approve or

deny it. If we take no action after 120 days,

it is approved automatically.

“Unfortunately, we are handcuffed by a

lot of things we can’t regulate and reasons

(why) we can’t deny these cell towers.”

City Attorney Robert Jones Jr. added that

by law cell tower installers have a right to

sue the city if the municipality makes a

mistake in implementing statute 67.5094.

When Matt Schlichter, of Network Real

Estate LLC, stepped to the podium, he

said the purpose of the night’s visit was to

address the board strictly for zoning and

the cell tower site. While acknowledging

citizen concerns, he said there was much

confusion about what they are trying to

accomplish in this proposal.

Instead of adding another tower, Schlichter

explained that AT&T is trying to

replace a site – the water tank one – that’s

been there for over 25 years. Lately, he said,

the pact between Missouri American Water

and AT&T is a month-to-month agreement.

Because of that, there was a period months

ago where some maintenance was done

on the water tank, forcing AT&T to take

the equipment off the water tank and put it

onto a temporary cell site.

“Right now, on that site, there’s (sic) two

cell towers,” Schlichter said. “You see the

water tank then you see one temporary cell

site for AT&T and another for T-Mobile.

What we’re actually trying to do isn’t necessarily

putting up an additional cell site.

We’re just trying to move that cell site

about 200 feet and put it into a permanent

solution. That temporary cell site is just

that. It cannot be up for an extended period

of time. And if that cell site goes down, AT

&T has no coverage in the area whatsoever.

So, there’s not a backup solution to handle

the coverage. We’ve got to find a permanent

solution for that temporary cell site.

“We’re actually trying to eliminate the

sites you see near the water tank by putting

up a pole instead of a behemoth tower.

You’ve all seen the metal poles attached

to utility lines. We’re talking about a pole

that’s going to be about 30 inches in diameter

and 100 feet tall, and put that up as

a permanent solution to a site that’s been

there for 25 years. So, we’re not adding

any additional radio waves into the area.

Everything’s been there for a couple

decades. Hopefully, that clears up a lot of

confusion about what we’re proposing.”

Fleming asked Schlichter if he thought

the reciprocity agreement truly applied to

this case. Schlichter’s response was that

he didn’t want to get into AT&T’s legal

standing on this issue. But he did repeat

that he was there with a worthy proposal

and didn’t feel there was any major issue

between AT&T and the city of Ballwin.

Since the city’s requirement is to act on

the bill within 120 days, they have until

Oct. 3. In that time, city officials will have

the chance to delve deeper into the issue.

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By JESSICA MESZAROS

Scott Degitz-Fries is a math teacher at

Parkway South High, but if you live anywhere

in the St. Louis area, you probably

know his face and voice.

He’s the featured actor in Mobil on the

Run’s “Six is A Serious Number” commercial

for the St. Louis Cardinals, where he

dons a cowboy hat and strums a guitar.

He has also been in commercials for

Dobbs and Cordell & Cordell, and made

cameo appearances in films like “The Layover”

and “Up in the Air.”

One of his most recent creations is a video

called “You’ll Be Back ... in School (2020

COVID Edition).” It’s a reassurance video

for local parents and

teachers

Lyrics:

You’ll be back. In this room,

Until then I’ll teach you well on Zoom.

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Parkway’s musical math teacher goes viral

You’ll be back, wait and see,

We’ll sing math songs, I’ll be your emcee.

While you’re home, get along,

Study with me, keep your brain strong.

‘Cause when school opens up,

You will leave your families for me …

And remember I’m more fun.

who were nervous about the upcoming Parkway

school year, which is being conducted

virtually for the first quarter. The video is a

parody of the song “You’ll Be Back” from

Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”

Degitz-Fries spent two weeks writing

the lyrics, three to four days practicing in

the classroom, and then three to four hours

shooting the footage. The outfit in the video

is a “Greatest Showman” costume, which

was chosen to mimic Jonathan Groff’s

King George outfit from “Hamilton.”

As of Aug. 31, the video had amassed

over 45,000 views on Degitz-Fries’ personal

YouTube channel. One of the top

comments on the video, from user Nicole

Pearl, reads: “This is the best thing to come

out of 2020.”

In a follow-up with West Newsmagazine,

Degitz-Fries said the video’s popularity

has been “shocking and unexpected, but

exciting.”

“I decided to write the song because

I was having students emailing me

around that start of June scared about

the upcoming school year,” Degitz-

Fries said.

He saw similar unease among Parkway

parents on social media pages.

“My youngest is going to be a junior at

Parkway South,” Degitz-Fries said. “So, I

understand how afraid parents are for their

kids. … I really wrote this song to reassure

people that everything is going to be OK

and that we have their back.”

While his recent upload may be his most

famous song, Parkway students know it’s

far from the first time he has brought music

into the classroom.

“We pretty much sing in class every day,

from a song on the content we’re covering

that day or a song on something we’re

struggling with. Sometimes we repeat

songs just to get it in their heads.

“It hit me that, when I was in high school,

anything I needed to remember, I put some

kind of beat to it or I made a little tune, or a

poem or something like that,” Degitz-Fries

said.

Degitz-Fries has been teaching math at

Parkway South High since he graduated

from college in 1996. In that time, he has

taught honors BC calculus, honors AB

calculus, algebra 1 and 2, trigonometry,

honors pre-calculus and pre-calculus.

Degitz-Fries said he has always had a

passion for theater. His first local production

was “RENT” with Take Two Productions.

Since that time, he has played roles

like Corny Collins in “Hairspray” in a 2011

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Scott Degitz-Fries performing “You’ll Be Back

… in School.”

(Source: Facebook)

and Javert in Cabaret Showcase Productions’

“Les Misérables” in 2015.

“Any time I was doing a musical and

wasn’t on stage ... everyone else would

be backstage chatting and I’d be grading

papers,” Degitz-Fries said.

He said being a teacher is like being on

stage every day.

“It’s funny. I’ll be driving somewhere for a

commercial, and two hours later, I’m teaching

BC calculus,” Degitz-Fries said. “The

dichotomy of my life is my favorite thing.”

(Editor’s note: To learn more about

Degitz-Fries and to view his video, visit

this story on westnewsmagazine.com)

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Kimberly Jones

REALTOR®

Kimberly Jones with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real

Estate has spent 14 years in the real estate industry, and in that time, has

garnered a reputation for helping buyers and sellers in all stages of the

real estate cycle, from first time homebuyers to downsizing empty nesters.

Her dedication to superior service has earned her multiple distinctions,

including the Chairman’s Circle Gold Award and the President’s Circle

Award. She is also a certified corporate relocation specialist and a luxury certified specialist, but

works with a wide array of clients across the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Kimberly believes in learning a clients’ motivation, then works with them toward their specific

end goal while simultaneously honing on their individual wants and needs.

“My clients are unique,” Kimberly said. “Every situation is different. I look to tailor their

experience to achieve their desired outcome.”

(c) 314.323.6909 • www.kimjonessellsstlhomes.com

636.230.2642 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

Kiki Kerch

REALTOR®

Kristi and JT Monschein

REALTORS®

Kiki Kerch, CRS, ASP, SRES and SFR with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Alliance operates her practice on three core values: service, integrity and

professionalism.

“Those are the principles I operate under,” Kiki said. “I’m a problem-solver, and I

think of myself as more of a service provider than a sales person.”

With 21 years of experience and a list of clients built on positive referrals, Kiki has the expertise to work

with a wide array of clients in a large geographical area. In fact, she travels and helps prospective homebuyers

across the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the surrounding St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties.

Kiki has taught seminars for first-time homebuyers, and her certification as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

means that she can help more mature home buyers downsize or find the right size to retire into.

Whether you’re looking for your first home or a forever home, Kiki can help get your home search started.

Call her today to learn more.

(c) 314.650. KIKI (5454) • www.kikikerch.com

636.530.4060 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

When it comes to delivering only the most sterling of real estate services

to clients, the Monschein Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Alliance Real Estate aims to please. The team is headed by mother-andson

duo Kristi and JT Monschein, who both serve as partners. They are

the No. 1 Real Estate Team for Berkshire Hathaway Alliance and among the Top 5 Realtors in

the greater St. Louis area. Kristi has been a licensed Realtor for over 42 years, and JT has been

in the business for over 22 years. The team also has specifically designated buyer’s specialists

to ensure every client experiences a personal touch and results. Decades of experience and

unparalleled commitment to their clients makes The Monschein Team the go-to realtors when

selling, buying or relocating. For them, it is more than just business, it’s personal!

(c) 314.954.2138 • www.themonscheinteam.com

636.537.8288 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

Heather Pick and Elizabeth Wolf

REALTORS®

Kim Platt

REALTOR®

When it comes to choosing a real estate agent, experience and

community knowledge are key. The Pick Wolf Team of Berkshire

Hathaway HomeServices Alliance has both in spades, not to mention

a combined 18 years of experience in the housing industry. Heather

Pick and Elizabeth Wolf have a combined license of 12 years as

realtors and work with a myriad of properties across St. Louis and St. Charles counties,

from Wildwood to Wentzville and beyond. Heather and Elizabeth choose to tackle leads

in tandem. From negotiations, contract writing, finalizing house inspections or even

scheduling walk-throughs, one of them is always on standby to help clients, from questions

to closing. Heather and Elizabeth are also passionate about community involvement and

frequently serve as the powerhouses behind community events. They know and love their

communities, and can help you find a home you love.

Pick Wolf Team

(c) 314-619-9607 • www.PickWolf.com

636.230.2662 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

Kim Platt with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate

understands the importance of the individual experience in real estate. Her

emphasis on a smaller, more focused client base allows her to dedicate more

time to helping streamline that client’s experience.

“I want people to walk away with a smile,” Kim said.

Kim prides herself in working with each client to establish what their needs

or wants are, then finding solutions from there. Kim has even conducted personal, 360-degree

video walkthroughs that showcase every room of a house for long-distance clients.

A testimonial from client Debra Cochran described Kim as “thorough, efficient and professional.”

A West County local since 1996, Kim was born and raised in the St Louis area, and is a strong

advocate for all of the wonderful communities throughout the metro region. Her network of

closers, lenders, and other affiliated services can provide guidance as needed.

(c) 314.484.9711 • www.kimplatt.com

636.230.2614 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

Cheryl Wambach

REALTOR®

Frederick Wolfmeyer

REALTOR®

Cheryl Wambach, CRS, SRS, ASP, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Alliance Real Estate, knows her job entails much more than a

business transaction.

“Working with you on the sale of our old home and purchase of our new home

has a been a phenomenal journey. We would work with you again and again if this

house wasn’t the one! But this is it! Thank you for your exceptional professionalism and attention to detail.”

This quote from one of her many clients says it all! With 15 years of direct selling experience, Cheryl

understands the value of client relationships. Her clients’ priorities become her priorities. She is grateful

to be able to work with wonderful clients every day to help them find their first homes, their move-up,

downsize, or relocating homes. It’s what she does. It’s what makes her happy! She specializes in the West

County area but also serves St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson Counties. Call her today and let her show

what she can do for you!

(c) 636.579.1482 • www.cherylwambach.com

636.530.4043 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield

Straightforward and stress-free is exactly the real estate experience

that Frederick Wolfmeyer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Alliance Real Estate provides for his clientele. With 17 years of real

estate experience and a client base that spans St. Louis city and the

surrounding Missouri metro area, Frederick has an expansive and

in-depth knowledge of the market for single-family homes, condominiums, villas and

other properties. Frederick’s network of connections includes partnerships with local

hospitals like Mercy, where he specializes in helping physicians and other buyers find

their next home for years to come. When those same buyers are ready to sell, they go

back to Frederick for his expertise and straightforward, honest approach.

(c) 314.313.6530 • www.fredwolfmeyer.com

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The Mary Bay Team

REALTOR®

Mary Beth Benes

Real Estate Agent

Mary Bay with Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country is the

driving force of The Mary Bay Team which consists of her husband and

daughter, all licensed Realtors®. Mary has been in real estate for 17 years

and consistently ranks in the top 5% of Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Realtors as well as a 10-year recipient of The Five Star Realtor Award!

Their team passion is providing outstanding service above and beyond what clients expect! As

a resident of Wildwood, knowing the communities and homes in West County, allows this

team to excel in proper pricing. With the use of staging, gorgeous photography, videos and an

incredible marketing program the Mary Bay Team sells homes fast and at the highest price

possible. Buying or selling their goal is to provide outstanding service!

(c) 314.973.4278 • www.marybayteam.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

As a full-service real estate professional, Mary Beth Benes of Coldwell

Banker Gundaker Town & Country provides Buyer and Seller services

along the Hwy. 40/64 corridor with a focus on the Ladue, Frontenac,

Town & Country, Chesterfield and St. Charles areas. Whether you are

buying, selling, building, or relocating, Mary Beth can assure that your

present and future real estate goals and objectives are met. From preparing and staging your

home to go on the market and guiding you through the home sale process straight through

to closing, Mary Beth makes it happen. This is why she is the No. 1 agent in Coldwell

Banker Realty-Gundaker with more than $500 million in closed volume. Thinking of

buying or selling? Call Mary Beth – she will make it happen!

(c) 314.707.7761 • www.MaryBethBenes.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Carla Borgard

Real Estate Sales, Broker CRB

Cindy DeBrecht

REALTOR®

Carla Borgard with the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country

office is also known as “CarLOTa the Lot Lady” in the Town &

Country area for the “tear down” market. When Carla moved to

Town & Country over 30 years ago, she saw a niche for one-plus

acre lots to build the dream homes the members of the public were

demanding. Carla has sold over 450 lots in Town & County and Frontenac. Builders

and buyers know she is the “go-to” person. She is enjoying her 40-plus years in real

estate helping clients achieve their real estate goals. Carla lists and sells pre-owned

properties as well. She is always willing to share her knowledge and experience. Just give

her a call.

(c) 314.580.2744 • carla.borgard@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Cindy DeBrecht, RRES, SFR and MBA of Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Town & Country has 15 years of outstanding service as a top 1% agent

and has earned title of being a 5 Star Agent for 10 years. Cindy knows

what it takes to make the buying and selling experience as stress-free

as possible. She is a no-nonsense agent, and has 25 years of additional

building experience. This means she knows a quality-built home when she sees one. Cindy has

a team of designers, painters and many other trades to ready your home to sell.

Cindy is truly dedicated to her clients and providing them hands-on attention. She is always

available via phone calls, texts and emails whenever questions or concerns arise.

(c) 314.482.0393 • Cindy.DeBrecht@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & Country

Sabina Dehn

Real Estate Agent

Debbie Dutton

Sales Associate

As a licensed agent since 1998, Sabina Dehn with Coldwell

Banker Gundaker Town & Country understands the importance

of being a local expert. Today, the Sabina Dehn Group is

dedicated to providing real estate excellence through a concierge

experience with their professional expertise and detailed service.

Sabina and her team will handle the entire process for you with leadership, personal

understanding and great optimism. They promise that client will see success and begin

their new lives feeling more empowered and energized.

Along the way, Sabina will be there to lighten your load and elevate your experience.

Call today to learn more.

(c) 314.941.4000 • www.sabinadehngroup.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Debbie Dutton, RRES with Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country

explains, “It’s the smiles on closing day as my clients start a new chapter.

It’s the fun of walking into a house and knowing your buyers love it. It’s

the ring in your seller’s voice, when you bring a contract. And sometimes,

it’s holding a client’s hand, helping them through a tough time. My

clients! That’s why I’m in this business!”

Her focus is on building a lasting relationship of trust. Debbie was awarded the CBGundaker

Star Award and the St. Louis Magazine 5-Star Realtor award multiple years. A client summed

up Debbie perfectly, “Debbie Dutton knows real estate and the meaning of the word service.”

Debbie specializes in St Louis and St. Charles areas.

(c) 314.398.4909 • www.yourstlrealestateagent.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Georgia Ferretti

Real Estate Agent

Kathy and Mary Gettinger Real Estate Agents

Georgia Ferretti of Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country

believes in serving her customers the same way she wants to be

served. She listens closely to all her clients’ needs and wants. This

has been the foundation of her success in real estate for the past

18 years. Communication is the key to all of her relationships.

She believes that service does not stop after the contract and closing. At the end of the

day, her approach is simple. Good agents are not a salesperson – they are an advocate,

and that’s what she always tries to be with all her current and past clients. Georgia is a

13-year recipient of The Five Star Professional “Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate

Agent” award, as seen in St. Louis Magazine.

(c) 636.675.0329 • georgia.ferretti@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing • Town & Country

Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country’s Kathy and Mary

Gettinger formed The Gettinger Team in 2013 after working

together for over a decade. With an eye for detail and follow-through,

they love working with clients to find their dream home. Their mutual

goal is a happy and thrilled client at closing and long after, with

many referrals. Enthusiasm, a zest for the business, knowledge, promptness, organization,

communication and patience are all important. Mary had been a Coldwell Banker Gundaker

office manager, tried retirement, and felt it was a “dream come true” when Kathy earned her

license. With a combined 40-plus years of experience, they continue to enjoy the business and

welcome “the call” to assist both buyers and sellers in their next step.

(Kathy) 636.284.0990 • (Mary) 314.378.3173

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Sue Kelly

Real Estate Agent

Kristi Lindgren

REALTOR®

Sue Kelly, MSW, is a full-service real estate professional at Coldwell

Banker Gundaker Town & Country with over 22 years of experience

and a top producer. As a native St. Louisan, Sue provides buyer and

seller services in the metro area, specializing in West St. Louis County

and the central corridor. Attention to detail, professionalism and

efficiency are some of the attributes Sue’s clients have used to describe working with her.

Because of her years of experience, she has become an expert on locations, value, pricing

and negotiations. As a Five Star Top Agent Recipient and International Diamond Society

member, Sue will only be content if her clients are 100% satisfied. Sue looks forward to

taking care of you!

(c) 314.602.3533 • sue.kelly@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Kristi Lindgren, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town

& Country works with buyers and sellers and is passionate about

helping them meet all of their real estate needs. Her business is based

on commitment, hard work and the individual attention provided to

all of her clients. She wants her customers to get the best service and

be 100% comfortable throughout the entire process from listing and

contract to closing day. With her degree in accounting, she understands the business side of

the transactions and with spending six years at Westminster Christian Academy working with

international students and their families, she has a connection with people and serving them.

Understanding her sellers and buyers needs and the emotional side that goes along with each

home purchase and sale is very important to her. Kristi is a member of NAR, SLAR, and the

Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society.

(c) 314.541.8650 • kristi.lindgren@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Laura MacDonald

REALTOR®

Debbie Midgley

Real Estate Agent

Laura MacDonald with Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town &

Country has lived in West County for over 30 years, and in that

same time, she has made West County her prime real estate market.

In addition to being a certified Relocation Professional (CRP) she

is also a Transition Specialist, meaning that she knows how to work

with individuals looking for the perfect place to downsize or upsize

into. In Laura’s decades of experience, no two clients have even been treated the same.

“I make a plan with them based on their goals,” Laura said. “That means knowing the

market and understanding each client’s lifestyle.”

In an effort to provide stress-free service, Laura even offers clients a complimentary

moving truck for their move-out or transition process.

(c) 314.285.3160 • www.lauramacdonaldteam.com

(636) 394-9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Debbie Midgley has been with the Coldwell Banker Realty

Gundaker Town & Country office for 25 years. Her aim is to provide

you with the highest levels of service available in the real estate

industry. She feels the key to a win-win client relationship is to have

a clear understanding of your goals and to communicate openly and

frequently. She credits her success in real estate to hard work, dedication to her clients

and her attention to detail. Selecting a long-term real estate partner is an extremely

important decision. Debbie welcomes the opportunity to partner with you concerning

your personal real estate needs.

(c) 314.610.7519 • debbie.midgley@cbgundaker.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Troy Robertson and Kathy Pecher REALTORS®

Konny Schaeffer

Broker Sales Associate

Newsweek Magazine recently named the Robertson Pecher Team of

Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country a part of America’s Best

Realtors, ranking No. 7 in Missouri. That statistic and others show

how Troy Robertson and Kathy Pecher truly believe the best way to

learn about a Realtor® is to read what their clients have to say.

“The Robertson Pecher Team helped us sell our home in the early

stages of the COVID-19 crisis when no one had a plan for how to navigate this new world.

They came in with a plan, implemented the plan, and sold a difficult piece of property in a

very difficult market. They exceeded my expectations at every turn. There is no better!”

Troy and Kathy want to help accomplish your real estate goals. Visit their website at www.

robertsonpecher.com.

(Troy) 314.249.8240 • (Kathy) 314.406.6898

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Often called the “Right Size” Realtor®, Konny Schaeffer of Coldwell Banker

Gundaker Town & Country has become one of the areas most referred real estate

agents. She offers a customized, personal approach to every client, developing

relationships and a plan to provide her clients with a stress-free move every step

of the way. Communication is key, and Konny always makes herself available to

her clients. She works to provide expert marketing, professional service referrals and solutions to provide a

smooth and trusted transaction. With over 20 years of experience in home building and real estate, Konny

has represented buyers, sellers and investors in every price range and area. She has specialized training to

help her clients navigate the entire moving process to best suit their needs, and offer them the highest quality

of life and lifestyle. Call Konny for “outstanding service and superior results.”

(c) 314.277.7660 • www.stlouisrealestatelady.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Darby Seymour

Broker Sales Associate

Tola Spuhl

Real Estate Agent

Darby Seymour is a full-service real estate professional in the St.

Louis and surrounding market at Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town

& Country. Having experienced all different market conditions in

her 18 years as a Realtor® she is equipped to deal with every scenario.

Darby is in the top 2% of Coldwell Banker Gundaker agents. As a

native St. Louisian, Darby knows the market and is well versed in what each community

has to offer. She and her business partners such as mortgage advisors, inspectors,

title companies, and tradesman will make your real estate transaction seamless. As a

President’s Club member, her goal is to make her clients feel completely satisfied with

their real estate transaction. Call her to get started today.

(c) 314.412.6687 • www.darbyseymourhomes.com

636.394.9300 • 1100 Town and Country Crossing Drive • Town & County

Tola Spuhl, after 26 years of teaching in the Parkway School District

as a Spanish Instructor retired and began her second career as a Real

Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country. In

the academic field, Tola earned her doctoral degree in education. In her

second career, Tola has earned several awards and testimonials for her

outstanding service to her clients. In the area of real estate her success is helping Hispanic

clients achieve their dream to acquire their first home.

In the community, Tola is an active member of the Hispanic Leader Group of St. Louis

and the Women Connection Network, organizations who offer scholarships to high school

graduates and women who wish to finish college.

(c) 636.541.1222 • tola.spuhl@cbgundaker.com

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Lyndon Anderson

Real Estate Agent

Dennis and Dianne Koenemann Real Estate Agents

Lyndon Anderson, ABR, GRI, SRS with Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Select Properties is devoted to providing his clients a

level of excellence throughout their real estate experience. For the

past 30 years, Lyndon has been a full-time agent and multi-milliondollar

producer. He is a people person and treats his clients like

family. Lyndon loves working with first-time home buyers and takes pride in making

the exciting process easy and fun. He has a terrific transaction coordinator who makes

sure the process is as seamless as possible. Lyndon also buys as-is properties for quick

sales, purchases and sells farms, and works with investors with 1031 taxfree

exchanges and investment properties.

(c) 314.496.5822 • www.iselltheearth.com

636.394.2424 • 1000 Schnucks Woods Mill Plaza • Town & Country

Both Dennis and Dianne Koenemann, agents of Berkshire

Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, have learned a lot during

their 34 years of combined experience in real estate. They have been

honored to serve the best clients, some from the local community,

many coming into it from international relocation. To specialize

in international relocation requires an outlook of service, trustworthiness, and close

attention to details. They bring those qualities and careful planning to every home sale,

recognizing you will create memories in your home. They are known for our knowledge

and experience, and they are remembered for our service and attention to detail.

(c) 314.497.6132 • www.dianneanddennis.com

636.394.2424 • 1000 Schnucks Woods Mill Plaza • Town & Country

The Lovegren Team

REALTORS®

Kelly Messmer

REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Katherine Lovegren and Conner Matusek with Berkshire

Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties are the “onestop

shop” real estate advisors. Their combined 26 years of

service includes working with a variety of buyers, sellers,

investors and tenants. From helping first time home buyers

to working with referrals of savvy clients, The Lovegren Team has found the art of

listening and following through with an individual, customized plan that produces

successful results. Staging, hiring top photographers, referring competent professionals

in the supportive industries for repairs, maintenance and inspections are all part of the

complete experience they coach their clients through every step of the way. They are

currently working in St. Louis, St. Charles and Franklin counties.

(c) 314.753.1354 • www.KathyWillLeadUHome.com

636.394.2424 • 1001 Schnucks Woodsmill Plaza • Town & Country

As a full-Service Real Estate Agent, Kelly Messmer of Berkshire

Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, has over 20 years of

experience in customer service focused on real estate. Her sales

experience, coupled with extensive real estate knowledge ensures your

real estate needs will be carried out professionally, efficiently and

personally. Throughout her career she has honed her abilities to provide personable service

to all her clients. Kelly uses the latest internet marketing tools to expose your property to

the widest possible range of qualified buyers. Kelly is a high-energy professional, who is

focused on delivering quality of service, integrity and trust. #MESSMERCARES When

your life happens, she’s there to help.

(c) 314.795.0441 • www.messmercares.com

636.394. 2424 • 1000 Woods Mill Plaza • Town & Country

Tonja Busiek

Real Estate Agent

Holly Even

REALTOR®

Tonja Busiek, ABR, RRES, PPR with Coldwell Banker Realty -

Gundaker has been helping others achieve their goals of buying

or selling their home since 2011. Tonja has an incredible skill of

really listening to her clients wants and needs, which allows her to

resolve issues quickly, and to form long lasting relationships. Her

hard work, dedication, and communication skills have brought her great success and a

reputable name in the real estate business. Give Tonja a call today at (314) 504-8348

and let her help you find your happy place!

(c) 314.504.8348 • www.tonjastlhomes.com

636.532.0200 • 111 Chesterfield Towne Centre • Chesterfield

Holly Even of Coldwell Banker Realty - Gundaker is an incredibly

dedicated agent based in Town & Country with experience in

the St. Louis and St. Charles area markets. Holly has a unique

customized approach to innovative marketing strategies and

continually seeks the latest technological advantages to market

homes on a global level.

As a full-time realtor, Holly is proud of the exceptional customer service she provides

from start to finish.

In a world full of uncertainty, you deserve the very best! Call Holly Even for your

private marketing presentation and discover the difference!

(c) 314.616.9431 • www.discoverstlouishomes.com

636.866.0416 • 3401 Technology Drive, Suite 101 • Lake Saint Louis

Jeanne Hunsaker

Sales Associate

Colleen Lawler

Broker, Sales Associate

Jeanne Hunsaker with Coldwell Banker Realty - Gundaker knows that

activity in residential real estate is incredibly strong right now. After

all, she’s been in the real estate business for over 30 years. Knowing

St. Louis so well is one of many qualities that has helped her become

a top agent at Coldwell Banker Realty - Gundaker. She has worked

with buyers and sellers throughout St. Louis and the surrounding areas, which gives her the

confidence that she can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Jeanne can help make sure all of your real estate needs are covered from start to finish and

everywhere in between. She is happy to share her knowledge and accomplishments with you

and provide additional information in a direct and professional manner.

(c) 314.210.0702 • jeanne.hunsaker@cbgundaker.com

636.532.0200 • 111 Chesterfield Towne Centre • Chesterfield

Colleen Lawler of Coldwell Banker Realty - Gundaker and her team

of experienced, smart, caring agents take the worry out of selling and

buying. They work with a “servant heart”, helping clients meet their

goals. Colleen and the Irvine Team are recipients of just about every

award and accolade in the local and national real estate industry,

including induction into the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Hall of Fame. Colleen has been

designated as a 5-Star Agent and is a member of Coldwell Banker’s President’s Premier

Club. Colleen and her team utilize the best marketing tools and technology available.

They know that you just want smart, honest, experienced help that includes an in depth

understanding of the market.

(c) 314.852.1400 • www.TheIrvineTeam.com

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Susan Wirth

Susan Wirth, a certified agent since 2005, is with Better Homes and

Gardens Real Estate Preferred Properties. She has over 15 years of

experience working with clients looking to buy, sell and list homes in the

greater St. Louis area. While she knows the West County area, she also

has experience in St. Charles County and surrounding areas.

She has the experience to navigate the market with first-time

homebuyers or individuals looking for the perfect place to downsize or upsize. Susan’s network

of resources and market knowledge provides her clients with guidance and exceptional service.

“I want every client to have a luxury experience,” Susan said.

Susan is also a certified Home Stager. This allows her to bring design and staging to a client’s

home to get it market-ready and bring a higher sale price.

(c) 314.330.3982 • selectsusanwirth.com

636.532.5900 • 12935 N. Outer 40 Drive • St. Louis

Real Estate Agent

Gary Hoeferkamp

Gary Hoeferkamp, owner of Hoeferkamp Real Estate, gives

his clients more choices, and trusted guidance from 30 years of

personally selling over 400 homes. Hoeferkamp Real Estate’s homeseller

services have grown Gary’s business substantially – he is on

pace in 2020 to have his best home-selling year out of the last 30!

He focuses on the West St. Louis and St. Charles counties as

well as St. Louis’ central corridor. His knowledge of inspection issues, trust properties,

powers-of-attorney, and the many roadblocks that can arise in the course of a home

sale can help clients navigate the closing process and minimize stress. Clients will

receive professional staging advice, professional photography, ad review by a marketing

consultant, and a pre-marketing campaign prior to the home’s market debut weekend.

314.440.2400 • 1190 Meramec Station Road, Suite 206 • Manchester

www.HoeferkampRealEstate.com

Broker, Owner

Holly Ferris

REALTOR®

Vennessa Mastroianni

Broker/Owner

Holly Ferris, a licensed Realtor ® with Platinum Realty, specializes

in representing her clients in the purchase and sale of single-family

residences and income property within the greater St. Louis area.

“I truly love West County and pride myself on my knowledge of

current transactions, school districts, neighborhood information,

inspection requirements and have lived in Wildwood for 14 years,” Holly said.

Holly is a customer-driven Realtor ® , and is dedicated to achieving results and providing

her clients with exceptional service.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, Holly will put her 13 years of real estate

expertise to work for you! Call her today to learn more.

(c) 314-920-2877 • holly@hollyferris.com

(888) 220-0988 • 1034 S Brentwood Blvd., #750 • St. Louis

Vennessa Mastroianni is the owner and broker of Realty Masters, St.

Louis, a team of knowledgeable and honest professionals whose top

priority is service.

“We view real estate as more than just a transaction,” Vennessa said.

“Real estate sales happen when something big has happened in someone’s life – a new

job, marriages, children. We help people through that transition.”

Coming from a successful career in real estate in her home country of Australia, Vennessa

moved to St. Louis, her husband’s native city, in 2010. She serves as a board director for

Missouri Association of REALTORS®, Council of Independent Real Estate Brokers

and Manchester Business Association.

(c) 636.345.6534 • www.RealtyMastersSTL.com

636.220.7830 • 14396 Manchester Road • St. Louis

Peter Lu

Peter Lu with RE/MAX Select has been helping folks buy and sell

homes since 2006. He has experienced the market highs and lows

and has had great success helping his clients navigate through the

good, the bad and the ugly. He is committed to helping clients

find the home of their dreams without the stress and worry the

process can entail. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, Peter’s passion for real

estate and in-depth knowledge of the market makes him an invaluable partner. Peter

and his team pride themselves on their service, high standards and exceptional rate.

Call Peter Lu today to see how he can list your home for 4 percent!

(c) 314.662.6578 www.STLRemaxSelect.com

636.779.8080 • 174 Clarkson Road, Suite 100 • Ellisville

REALTOR®

Sean Banankhah

Integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy,

negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network are hallmarks

of how Sean Banankhah, GRI, managing broker of RE/MAX Select,

works. This certainly transfers to his managing his RE/MAX Select

office in Chesterfield. Listening, mentoring and guiding his real estate agents to become

successful in their business. He prides himself on being accessible, a good listener and

communicator, and responding quickly. In addition, Sean owns and operates Motto

Mortgage, a subsidiary of RE/MAX International in the same location. Sean listens to

his clients’ desires and gives forthright and candid advice. Sean’s motto is, “once a client –

always a friend.” He looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for the community with you.

(c) 314.374.7326 • www.STLRemaxSelect.com

636.779.8080 • 4 West Drive, Suite 110 • Chesterfield

Broker, Owner and Realtor

Charlie St. Onge

President/Owner

Cathy Shaw-Connely Real Estate Marketing Specialist

Charlie St. Onge, CCIM, is the president and the owner of St. Onge

Management & Exchange Corporation, which was established in 1993. Charlie’s

specialties include commercial property brokerage, sales, leasing, 1031 IRS

Tax Deferred Exchanges, property management, site selection, estate property

liquidation, lease versus own analysis and assists in the consulting of property

zoning and development opportunities. Charlie works one on one with his clients and helps them to define

their real estate goals and objectives that best suit their long term financial and business needs. Charlie is a

member of the St. Louis Association of Commercial Realtors and the Wildwood Business Association. He

serves on the St. Louis Commercial Board of Realtors Forms Committee, the St. Louis Realtors Advocacy

Board and is the LPC (Local Political Coordinator) for the St. Louis Realtors in the Ellisville area. Charlie

also serves as the chair of the Ellisville Economic Development Committee, is actively involved with his

church, his community and serves on the International Student Ministry Board of Directors.

(c) 314-591-6606 • www.stongemanagement.com

636.451.2725 • 623 Fairfield Valley Road • Pacific

Cathy Shaw-Connely with Tom Shaw Realtors is West

County’s hometown residential real estate marketing specialist.

She is a 15-time winner of the St. Louis Magazine Five Star

Real Estate Award for customer appreciation from 2006- 2020.

With decades of experience and millions in sales each year, she is one of the top

producing agents in the St. Louis area. She produced over $31 million in sales in

2019 alone. She prides herself, with the assistance of her team, on superior service,

follow-up, and being readily available to her clients. Whether it’s a home, acreage,

horse property, new construction or a farm you are looking to

sell or purchase, look no further and call Cathy today.

(c) 636.532.1922 • Squawky1@aol.com

636.346.4960 • 151 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd. • Chesterfield

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Teens awarded for talent

On Aug. 10, 16 finalists competed in the

10th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition’s

televised broadcast on Nine PBS.

Students vied for nearly $50,000 in college

scholarships, cash awards and special

prizes.

Two local talented teens were among

the scholarship and cash award winners.

Westminster Christian Academy student

Lizzy Crowe was awarded The Berges

Classical Performance Award, underwritten

by Jim and Cathy Berges, for her

ballet dance routine.

The band Tenpenny Tower received The

Voss Family Originality Award, underwritten

by Tom and Carol Voss. Recent Lafayette

High graduate Alexander Scheman

played electric guitar as part of the trio.

Kirkwood High senior Connor Fiehler

performed as lead singer and guitarist.

Christian High junior Parker Comparato

rounded out the trio on percussion.

The finalists’ acts were filmed in isolation

at the Fabulous Fox stage for the special

program. The professionally produced

show was written and directed by Broadway

actor, dancer, director, choreographer

and St. Louis native Tony Parise.

The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Finals can be streamed online at ninenet.org/

teentalent. Preregistration now is open for

the 2021 11th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent

Competition for high school students at foxpacf.org/programs/teen-talent-competition/.

Local students picked

for prestigious board

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

announced the members of its 2020-2021

student board of directors, who convened

Aug. 6 for the virtual board meeting.

High school seniors from across the

greater St. Louis area were selected to serve

on the student board based on a competitive

application process, which required an

essay and letters of recommendation. Students

meet monthly and gain a thorough

understanding of the Federal Reserve’s

role in the U.S. economy and experience

its unique partnerships with banks, businesses

and the community.

The 2020-2021 student board members

from the readership area are Prateek

Gautam, Marquette High; Andrew Gray,

Parkway West High; and Pooja Hukeri,

Lafayette High.

Hygiene and comfort at

heart of MICDS project

MICDS seniors Grant Purdy and Lucas

McCarty designed 3D-printed hygiene

hooks and ear savers for faculty and staff

for use this school year. Initially, Purdy and

McCarty were given access to the school’s

3D printers in their homes during the pandemic

to design face shields and masks.

“I made masks for my neighbor who is a

doctor and for my mom’s workplace and

received feedback to make them better,”

McCarty said. “However, realizing the

cost and time in making a lot for staff, we

decided to make hygiene hooks and ear

savers for teachers and staff at MICDS.”

They also included “how-to” videos for

proper use.

McCarty took the lead on retractable

hygiene hooks so that staff members could

turn door handles without touching the

knob. Purdy largely worked on the ear

savers so that prolonged mask use was

more comfortable for staff members.

“Throughout the process, we tinkered

with different filaments on the printer and

learned which ones are strong enough for

the hooks and flexible enough for the ear

savers,” Purdy said.

While students are beginning the school

year with online learning, many staff members

are working in the building and have

access to the ear savers and hygiene hooks.

A legacy of giving

The Lafayette High Lancers’ Class of

2020 is leaving behind a legacy of helping

others.

Instead of refunding the prepaid cost

of the overnight graduation event that

was canceled due to COVID-19, families

were given the option to pay it forward

by donating those funds to one of the

three charities. In total, the class of 2020

will be donating $7171.82. The donations

include $2,020 to Rockwood’s Got

Your Back Pack program, $2,325.91 to

CHADS and $2,325.91 to the Lawrence

Strawbridge Foundation. Another $500

was given to Lafayette to help with the

landscaping in the front of the school. In

terms of what that means for families is

that approximately 270 more families get

meal backpacks, the donation pays for an

entire year of programming by CHADS

at a school and four college trunks can

be sent with Strawbridge Scholars. Lawrence

Strawbridge Foundation was named

after a former Lafayette High student

who participated in the voluntary transfer

program. After his untimely death, the

foundation was formed to honor his life

by raising money to provide scholarships

and other kinds of financial support to St.

Louis children who are without the support

from their home community.

St. Louis ‘slams’ poetry

competition

For the second consecutive year, the St.

Louis UrbArts youth poetry slam team

won the championship at the 23rd annual

Brave New Voices International Youth

Poetry Slam Festival.

Due to COVID-19, the Washington, D.C.

event was held virtually.

The team was led by two members of

the 2019 championship team including

Marquette High senior and 2020 St. Louis

Youth Poet Laureate Sarah Abbas, and

recent Parkway North graduate Kaylyn

McKoy. The 2020 champion St. Louis

team also included local Parkway North

High senior Chris Lau.

Excellence in choral education

Brian Reeves, music and choral teacher

at Parkway North High, recently received

the Luther T. Spayde Award of Excellence

from the Missouri Choral Directors Association.

This award is the highest award

given by the organization.

This award is presented annually to

one outstanding member of MCDA who

demonstrates excellence as evidenced by

choral music training, performance and

scholarship, excellence as evidenced by

long-standing commitment to choral music

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It profoundly affects them to have to use

deadly force.”

Use of deadly force is at the helm of

the Floyd case. Video evidence suggests

that an officer pinned Floyd to the ground

by placing his foot on Floyd’s neck, causing

positional and mechanical asphyxiation.

Manchester’s policy on “strangle

holds” (and similar holds that restrict the

ability to breathe) reads: “Unless the use of

lethal force is justified, officers are strictly

prohibited from applying any sort of neck

restraint to a suspect-whether standing or on

the ground, whether handcuffed or not, that

restricts the subject’s ability to breathe or

restricts the flow of blood to the brain (any

sort of vascular hold is prohibited).”

The use of body cameras

Many area police departments have

sought approval to purchase body cameras

for their officers. Chesterfield Police

approved funding in 2017, St. Louis County

approved funding in 2019, while Ballwin,

St. Louis City and Manchester received

approval in 2020.

Will sees body cameras as a double-edged

sword with the benefit found in cases of

unsubstantiated complaints and for the

safety of officers. The downfall is that “the

public sees what the camera sees and not

what the officer sees.” Cameras also are an

expensive and time-laborious acquisition.

Manchester is in the bidding phase of

acquiring body cameras. Costs could range

from $30,000 to upward of $41,477 for 20

cameras and needed accessories. In addition,

they must create policies and standards as

well as officer training. Logistics also must

be in place to protect privacy guidelines.

From an ongoing standpoint, the city will

experience costs related to license keys and

maintenance per camera as well as those

related to storing footage.

Crime & West County

Recently, Ballwin, Town & Country,

Eureka, Creve Coeur, Chesterfield and

Manchester were named as the safest cities

in Missouri for 2020 by alarms.org. But

crime does come to West County.

“There are crimes but a lot of them are

localized to businesses like box stores with

shoplifters. Occasionally, crimes occur in

neighborhoods (such as car breaks and

thefts). They typically pick a more upperclass

neighborhood and a main thoroughfare

with an easy escape route,” Smith

explained. “They pick where they think no

one is paying attention.”

Smith has 23 years of experience with

Manchester Police. He attributes West

County’s safe communities to community

policing and outreach to the people who

they serve. Local police departments work

closely with neighboring communities to

make sure the region remains safe.

“We’re listening and doing what makes

sense. It’s important to listen to the community.

We’ve had a lot of support. We have

not had the issues other jurisdictions have

but we’re mindful and want to be proactive

and deal with them head on,” Will said.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support

because it has a mental effect on the officers

and affects morale.”

Help in the worst of times

To combat the emotional and mental

stress of policing today, area police officers

connect with ordained faith leaders in the

community, such as Chaplain Dawn Hewitt,

of the St. Louis Police Department.

Hewitt was inducted as a chaplain in

February 2017, but was an unofficial police

supporter back in May of 2014, just before

Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. She

entered into this volunteer position, serving

in the Fenton and West County precincts,

after realizing the day-to-day sacrifices

police officers make. Currently there are

about 30 chaplains serving across eight precincts

in St. Louis County.

“We support any way possible, such as

attending rolls calls, being present in meeting

areas, staging areas for demonstrations,

on ride-alongs and hospital visits. Where

they gather, we try to have a presence. We

are there to support and encourage,” Hewitt

explained.

When the big events occur, like the riots

surrounding the Michael Brown’s and

George Floyd’s deaths, it helps to have

the relationship already firmly established.

With the heightened sensitivities over the

last several months, Hewitt said this is an

especially important time to engage with

the community.

“Officers are disheartened that they are

lumped with someone they totally disagree

with. They are doing what they can to

change the dialogue. The (current) dialogue

projects that they are all racist. You sacrifice

so much and to be labeled by this one

wrongdoing is disheartening. They work in

an atmosphere doing their best to protect

and serve while being berated and judged

by every third person. The longer it goes the

harder it gets.”

Her response begs the question: How has

the disdain for police impacted recruits and

new officers-in training? Hewitt said they

aren’t walking away in fear. Those who

enter law enforcement enter it as a calling.

“There is a beautiful brotherhood/sisterhood

in arms. Experienced officers share

their experiences with the younger, less

experienced officers. It’s an easy place to

be idealistic, noble to the core of their being.

They enter it with thoughts of how they can

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make the world a better place,” Hewitt said.

“It’s tough to be in humanity at the worst

possible moments and attempting to bring

the best possible outcome. Most officers

will treat the suspect with respect, despite

seeing the worst in humanity.”

On the home front

The heightened anxiety affects more than

police officers.

Leaving the house with a gun on your hip

is not just another day in the office. Smith’s

and Will’s wives, Connie and Jaynee, know

this better than most.

Spouses and family members have a

unique perspective of the mentality of officers,

their state of mind and the stress of

policing creates on the family dynamic.

Despite being with Craig for 14 years,

Connie said, “You don’t get used to it. You

take deep breaths; you lean on close friends.”

It doesn’t get easier with time. Together

for 33 years, Jaynee said, “It’s always in

the back of your mind, even after all these

years. Keep faith. You say a prayer that he

will always come home.”

As a family with young children, the

Smiths understand the sacrifice they make

with holidays, birthdays, nights and weekends.

Still they believe wholeheartedly, as

do the Wills (with grown children now), that

it is a sacrifice worth making.

“Officers aren’t looking to see how many

lives they can destroy but how many lives

they can improve,” Hewitt shared. “This is

the story not being told. Bravely doing what

they are called to do. Nothing will deter

them if they are that committed.”

Connie believes more people support the

police than don’t; however, many stand in

quiet solidarity.

“If you speak up, you become a target,”

Connie said. Even taking a stand on social

media, placing a decal on a car, or wearing

a ball cap or shirt backing the blue can draw

negative attention.

Will tries to keep the negative publicity

off his radar, avoiding social media and the

news if possible.

“I don’t want to draw attention to myself

as an officer. It is such a good career, but it is

sad that it has to be that way,” he said.

The other side of the coin

There has always been criticism for law

enforcement, good cop vs. bad cop. The

difference is technology and social media.

With cellphones and social media, interactions

with police are recorded and shared,

which may or may not tell the complete

story. If a publicized case benefits the narrative,

it gains traction. But there is another

narrative that needs to be shared.

According to NLEOMF, since the first

recorded police death in 1786, there have

been more than 22,000 law enforcement

officers killed in the line of duty. In the

last 10 years, a total of 1,627 law enforcement

officers died in the line of duty, averaging

of one death every 54 hours or 163

per year. As of July, 65 officers have died

in the line of duty in 2020, which is in line

with 2019 statistics. According to the FBI’s

Uniform Crime Report 2018 Law Enforcement

Officers Killed and Assaulted Report,

there have been 58,866 assaults against law

enforcement officers in 2018, resulting in

18,005 injuries.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Chief John Hayden publicly stated that eight

of his officers have been shot in the line of

duty since June 1, 2020. Two officers died.

Retired Chief Davis Dorn was fatally shot

during the civil unrest spurred by the Floyd

protests. Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon

died Aug. 29 after being shot in the head

while responding to a shooting call near

Tower Grove Park. A second officer assisting

Bohannon received non-life threatening

injuries to his leg.

Finding connections

Along with Ervin, Clay Farmer, a former

police captain with service to the North

County Cooperative for nearly 20 years,

helped to facilitate the Kinections St. Louis

program. The duo had open and meaningful

conversations regarding policing in

America in 2020, use of force policies, legal

outlooks and other hot button topics.

The 10 invited guests had vastly diverse

background, including educators, medical

personnel, legislators and lobbyists.

“What they had in common were strong

personal opinions and a pre-bias coming

into it with personal police interactions and

opinions of what they’ve seen in the media,”

Ervin explained. “They all had a negative

past context of law enforcement. One came

from a law enforcement family whose dad

died by suicide from the stressors of the job.

They asked a lot of tough questions.”

This was not intended as a pro-police

event but to better understanding why different

scenarios end the way they do based

on procedures and scope of law. In addition

to gaining knowledge about use of force

training and the laws behind it, participants

also experienced two “Shoot, Don’t Shoot”

role play video simulations. This allowed

them to “live” the split-second decisions

police have to make.

“It really opened up the discussion and

their eyes to see interactions from a police

officer’s point of view,” Ervin added. “We

understand we make mistakes. The bigger

issue is when (police) deny they made mistakes.

Yes, we know we aren’t perfect.”

Hewitt agrees that the only way to change

the narrative is to have deep discussions

about race.

“If it’s heartfelt and you truly understand

the perspective of what others are going

through and are open to hearing each other’s

narratives, stories and truths then you really

gain a different perspective.”

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High school boys cross country

CBC’s Alex Murray has announced he

will to continue his academic and athletic

career at Rockhurst University. Murray

will run cross country for the Hawks,

located in Kansas City, Missouri.

High school baseball

Westminster Christian

Academy catcher Luc

Fuller has announced he

will continue his athletic

career in college. He will

play at Drury University

in Springfield, Missouri.

Fuller

High school girls volleyball

Peggy Shelton has left a successful stint

as the girls volleyball coach at St. Charles

High to take up the reins at MICDS.

“I’ve been coaching at St. Charles since

the 2006 season, the first year as the freshman

coach, and since then as the varsity

coach through the 2019 season,” Shelton

said. “I’ve been very blessed with some

tremendous teams (and) amazing coaches

and I have established relationships.

“We have always put our student-athletes

first, to make sure that they know they are

valued as a person and that we as coaches

are there to provide them with the support

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for them to be who they dream to be, on

the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Now, she will bring those talents to

MICDS, which finished 6-24 last season.

The last winning season for the Rams came

in 2016. She knows it will take hard work

to turn things around but she said she has

been “around the game of volleyball for a

really long time.” She knows how to coach

and she enjoys working with the athletes.

She is hopeful that there will be a season

this fall.

“I’m looking forward to the season and

I’m very optimistic that we are going to

have a good season, knowing up front that

we will face challenges but we’ll do so

together,” Shelton said. “The game of volleyball

isn’t like any other team sport, you

definitely need to have everyone carrying

their share to be successful.”

College hockey

This last season was nothing close to normal for the Rockwood

Thunder Volleyball Club. Tournaments were canceled, gyms were

closed due to the pandemic, and volleyball competition was put on

hold. In the midst of all this uncertainty, the Club achieved a milestone

and broke its record for college signings. A total of 23 out of 27 eligible

athletes singed to continue their volleyball careers and pursue a

degree at the collegiate level.

Here are the Rockwood Thunder athletes who have signed, where

they attended high school and where they will be this fall:

• Allison Beaton, Lafayette High, Truman State University

• Brooke Borgmeyer, Lafayette High, Spring Hill College

• Alexa Clark, Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, McKendree University

• Emma Comparato, Cor Jesu Academy, Saint Louis University

• Maeve Coulter, homeschooled, Fontbonne University

• Alyse Cundiff, O’Fallon Christian, Murray State University

• Hannah Feltz, Eureka, Missouri S & T

• Karrina Gall, Althoff Catholic, Indiana State University

• Taylor Guy, O’Fallon (Illinois), North Park University

CBC graduate Clark Kuster is a fourtime

NCHC Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

He was one of only five men’s NCAA

hockey players to be named Academic All-

America for this past season.

The College Sports Information Directors

of America (CoSIDA) announced

recently that Kuster was selected to the

2019-20 Academic All-America Division I

Men’s At-Large Third Team for his work

on the ice and in the classroom.

After the 2018-19 season, Kuster had

a decision to make about returning to St.

Cloud State for another season as a Huskies

defenseman or transfer to another

institution. An NCAA rule allows Division

I athletes to play immediately if they transfer

to another program after receiving their

undergraduate degrees.

Kuster, of St. Louis, received his undergraduate

degree last spring with a major

in psychology and a minor in human

relations. With his decision made, Kuster

began working toward his master’s degree

at SCSU in educational administration.

He is a five-time NCHC Distinguished

Scholar-Athlete and a five-time member

of the NCHC Academic All-Conference

Team.

Kuster served as an assistant captain for

the Huskies this past season, appearing

in 27 games, while tallying four points,

including his first collegiate goal. He also

added three assists in 2019-20. For his

career, he suited up in 40 games for SCSU

and compiled five points, while winning

a pair of Penrose Cups as NCHC regularseason

champion.

• Harmon, Trinity, Marquette High, The College of Wooster

• Taylor Hasbrook, Northwest, Maryville University

• Jayla Holcombe, East St. Louis, Murray State University

• Baillie Kearns, Lindbergh, University of Tennessee-Martin

• Abby Lynn, Borgia, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

• Rylee Miller, Wentzville Liberty, Missouri S & T

• Amelia Neels, Notre Dame High, Missouri Southern State University

• Blake O’Brien, Marquette High, Wilmington College

• Caly Otec, St. Pius (Festus), Missouri State University

• Gabby Sprich, Visitation Academy, Spring Hill College

• Katie Wemhoener, Althoff Catholic, Missouri State University

• Avery Wibbenmeyer, Perryville, Maryville University

• Alexis Williams, Oakville, South Florida University

• Becca Zaber, Visitation Academy, Arkansas State University

To date, the Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club has sent over 150

athletes off to play college volleyball on scholarships and to pursue

academic degrees across all collegiate divisions. The club is already

on track for another banner year for college signees from the 2020-21

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Earlier this summer, she defeated No.

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Cole trailed 6-0 in the championship

match but rallied to score an 8-6 victory in

the 19U freestyle competition.

Cole also followed the tournament

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or technical falls to prevail.

Does that make Cole the top

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and dad, Jesse Cole, thinks so.

“Faith has never been ranked No.

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and 112 (pounds) so she definitely

deserves it,” Jesse said. “There is

no one left that she needs to beat.

She has beaten all the top contenders.”

Cole, a junior, hopes to be back

in action in October. No doubt, the

bullseye on her back is bigger now

with the victory over Chavez.

The Super 32 is set for Oct. 24-25

in Greensboro, North Carolina. A

decision on whether the competition

will be held is expected this

month. That decision is dependent

on North Carolina moving out of

COVID-19 Phase 2 and lifting

restrictions on indoor gatherings.

The 2020 USA Wrestling Brian

Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals will be

held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Hyvee Hall inside the

Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

At both events, Cole will be looking to

build on her accomplishment at the Great

River Rumble. It was her first competition

since the state wrestling tournament in February

and she was eager to get back onto the

mat and compete.

“I was excited to compete again and get

mat time. I had no specific goals other than to

improve on my game plan,” Cole said.

She and Chavez had wrestled twice before

the Great River Rumble. Once was at the

world team trials; the other was at preseason

nationals. The results were the same. She lost.

Cole said she was apprehensive about

facing Chavez in the championship match.

“This was a very nerve-racking experience

because I had put a lot of pressure on myself

to compete well against her,” Cole said. “I

walked into that match knowing what a great

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As predicted, Cole started slow in the

match.

“The girl took her down three times in the

first period,” Jesse said. But Cole made the

adjustment to rally back.

“This was very much a mental game I

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played with myself in the match,” Cole said.

“I soon realized that for me to get back into

the match I needed to get to work on my

moves which I did. I changed my mental gear

and went to work.”

Jesse liked what he saw in his daughter

after the first period.

“Faith came out much harder in the second,”

he said. “(Faith) threw (Chavez) to her back

for four points to make it 6-4. Faith exposed

her back to tie up the match and got a takedown

with 10 seconds left to win the match.”

Cole was definitely happy with the outcome.

“This was a huge accomplishment for me

personally,” she said. “I was very happy

with my performance on the mat that day. I

was finally seeing results for my work. My

dad reassured me of the progress that I was

making lately and let me know that he was

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“... the journey was the prize.” – Brooke Williams

By BONNIE KRUEGER

Anne Mae (bow) and Ivy Williams

Established

in 1991

(Source: Leah Williams)

Despite the team name, muscle soreness,

strong headwinds, fog, lack of sleep – and

even boredom, the Williams family conquered

the Missouri River. From their first

paddle stroke in Kansas City to the final

row in St. Charles, “Imminent Mutiny,” as

they called their team, paddled together.

The team of dad, Brooke, and daughters,

Ivy and Anna Mae, dominated the Missouri

River 340, a 340-mile canoe or kayak race

across the state of Missouri. The race took

place Aug. 4-7.

Marquette High senior Ivy is a swimmer

and water polo player. Her older sister

Anna Mae, a 2020 graduate, is a diver and

pole vaulter. Training and conditioning

came first.

“We had to toughen up our hands and get

calluses so our hands wouldn’t blister. We

also needed to keep our bodies from stiffening

up,” Anna Mae said.

The best conditioning was getting in

the boat and paddling. Their runs ranged

from a short trek of 20 miles to the longest

practice run of 77 miles. Still, that was a

far cry from the race’s 340 miles. Racing

in the team division, the trio had 85 hours

to finish the race, with a personal goal to

finish around the 70-hour mark.

The team made impressive progress

on day one, traveling a total of

141 miles without stopping until

4:15 a.m. the next morning, a total

of 20 hours. The pace continued

for two more days.

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“The longer she goes

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Anna Mae was described as the team’s

cruise director, leading games, such as those

you might play on car rides. The mental

game was the hardest, staying awake and

keeping positive attitudes. Keeping each

other motivated was a team effort.

“Anna Mae liked to find shapes in

the clouds and ... in the trees,” Ivy said.

“Watching the sunset and the moonrise

each night, without any distraction, was

really special. We also saw some awesome

shooting stars and a bunch of bald eagles,

waterfowl and leaping Asian carp.”

Although the weather cooperated, at one

point, Brooke said the fog was so thick he

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With an eagle’s eye, Anna Mae served

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wing dikes, day beacons and navigational

markers.

She said that, “the race was very much a

community race.”

“You paddle next to someone and you

end up talking with them. It’s beneficial

to hear other stories and their plans for the

night,” Ivy added.

Imminent Mutiny is proud of its accomplishment

and is looking toward an even

better race time next year.

“We were very focused on finishing the

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2020 Proposed Tax Rates*

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individuals alike to investigate new disinfecting

formulas that not only provide

protection against microorganisms and

viruses, but aren’t so harsh. When disinfectants

are continuously applied they

can adversely affect human health and/or

pose an environmental concern.

This worldwide investigation recently

captured the attention of two longtime

Chesterfield residents.

Michael and Elaine Brauch had pursued

very different career paths before

the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this

year. Mike has owned and operated a

nationwide janitorial services company,

Interstate Cleaning Corporation, with

his brother John for more than 36 years.

Elaine, who has an extensive background

as a chemist, had worked in an EPA compliance

role with Missouri American

Water, among other positions.

Their paths converged after many discussions

about the skyrocketing use of

harsh disinfectant chemicals currently

being applied over and over, often many

times a day, in homes and businesses in

an effort to kill the coronavirus. Disinfectants,

they both strongly believe, are only

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Likewise, they believe disinfectants offer

no lasting protection and are doing far

more long-term harm than good from a

health and safety perspective.

Several months ago, the couple began

researching technologies as an alternative

to repeated disinfectant applications.

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The Brauchs assembled a task force

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decided PRO-Techs is a game-changer

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Compared to disinfectant chemicals, it

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surfaces are wiped down with disinfectants

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– and can provide protection through

20-30 machine washings.

The long-lasting protective barrier

PRO-Techs creates is “kind of like a bed

of swords sticking up from positively

charged molecules,” Mike said, explaining

how the product’s “electrical kill”

technology works. “When they contact

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them, those swords spear them and kill

them instantly.”

“Like many viruses, COVID-19 is transmitted

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As effective as they believe this technology

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Brauchs feel that finding a viable alternative

to potentially dangerous disinfectants

will also be important for future

health and safety reasons.

“Overuse of disinfectants is not only

dangerous to the environment. These

harsh, toxic chemicals eventually damage

surfaces and equipment, including sensitive

and expensive medical equipment,”

Elaine said. “These products are also

harming people, and health experts are

writing about it. The high level of disinfectant

use is causing worsening asthma,

irritating skin and breaking down the

skin barrier, which allows more pathogens

in. This has to lead to worse medical

problems for people.”

“It’s been a poor (cleaning) technique

that’s been used around the world, and

it’s just not sustainable from a cost

and health perspective,” Mike added.

“There’s a better way, and we think we’ve

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been either mild or totally asymptomatic,

health experts have been concerned

whether those people would have any

protection against getting the virus again.

However, a recent study from Sweden suggests

that even in cases where their blood

contains no COVID-19 antibodies, those

with mild or asymptomatic cases may

develop immunity.

The study found that immune cells called

memory T-cells, which can recognize

a previously encountered pathogen and

launch an immune response to it, provide

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said, 30 of the 31 people whose infections

were mild had memory T-cell responses to

the virus, and 27 had antibodies against it. Of

28 family members exposed to an infected

individual, 26 showed T-cell responses to

the virus, and 17 had antibodies.

Even after a very mild infection, they

said, memory T-cell responses were often

detectable months later, sometimes even if

no antibodies were present.

“Our findings suggest that the reliance

on antibody responses may underestimate

the extent of population-level immunity

against SARS-CoV-2,” said Buggert. The

obvious next step is to study whether

strong memory T-cell responses without

detectable antibodies can protect against

COVID-19 over the long term, he added.

Salmonella still spreading in

outbreak traced to onions

“Hold the onions” is still good advice in

many cities across the U.S., as an outbreak

of Salmonella Newport traced to a California-based

onion supplier in early August

continues.

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received through the end of July.

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cramps within hours or sometimes as long are also higher in calories. One small pat of

as several days after being exposed to the butter, for example, contains almost the same

bacteria. Children and adults 65 and older number of calories as 2 cups of raw broccoli.

are more likely to become severely ill, While eating a more energy-dense diet

according to the CDC.

involves putting veggies and fruits at the

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

advises that anyone who currently has eliminating any foods, according to the

top of your grocery list, it doesn’t mean

onions or onion-containing products at Mayo Clinic. Keeping portion sizes of

home, and is unsure of their source, should high-density foods small and filling your

throw them away immediately.

plate mainly with low-density choices can

help you rid yourself of the quarantine 15,

and prevent it from coming back.

Tips for fighting the

‘quarantine 15’

A number of informal surveys, along with Food introduction guidelines

reports from the American Heart Association

and the Mayo Clinic, suggest that many Most new parents would likely agree that

for babies challenged

Americans have put on some extra pounds starting their babies on solid foods is an

during the coronavirus pandemic. Long important and exciting milestone. Mainly

periods at home, closed gyms and aroundthe-clock

stress have led to weight gain currently recommended guidelines for

because of allergy concerns, though, the

which has been termed the “quarantine 15” introducing new foods can make the process

long and complicated.

in social media comments and jokes.

For those to whom the extra weight is But those guidelines may be unnecessary

not funny, dietary experts from the Mayo or even counterproductive, according to a

Clinic have designed the clinic’s Healthy recent nationwide survey of pediatricians

Weight Pyramid, which is based on a concept

called energy density. This principle Longstanding recommendations from

published in JAMA Network Open.

holds that eating mostly energy-dense but the American Academy of Pediatrics

low-calorie foods, such as fruits and vegetables,

allows you to eat a greater amount single-ingredient food at a time, then

(AAP) call for introducing infants to one

of food and feel more satisfied while also waiting three to five days to observe their

losing that extra weight.

children for potential allergic reactions

According to the clinic’s experts, three before trying another. However, nearly

main factors play a role in what makes a two-thirds of the pediatricians surveyed

food high or low in energy density: recommended waiting less than three days

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ing several days was helpful.

Many of the doctors surveyed also said

that, because food allergies become apparent

within minutes to a few hours after they

are eaten, the existing guidelines no longer

align with current knowledge about allergy

prevention. The long waiting periods

between foods may even be harmful, many

said, especially when it comes to preventing

peanut allergies.

Current guidelines for introducing babies to

new foods may be outdated, according to a

new survey of pediatricians.

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“There is now evidence that food diversity

helps to decrease the development of

allergic diseases in infants, and early peanut

introduction is an important peanut allergy

prevention strategy,” said Dr. Waheeda

Samady, the study’s lead author. She noted

that the current guidelines on new food

introduction may need to be reevaluated in

light of these changing practices.

On the calendar

American Red Cross Blood Drives

will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 from

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Alban Roe Catholic

Church, 2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood;

and on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 7:30-11:30

a.m. at Community Christian Church, 623

Meramec Station Road in Ballwin. A free

COVID-19 antibody test is included for a

limited time; results will be sent to your

Red Cross Donor app 7-10 days following

your donation. See other area drive locations

and register for an appointment time

online at redcrossblood.org.

• • •

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2020 Families Run for Ovarian Cancer

ROC Star 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk on

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants

can register now for this virtual event,

choosing to run or walk their own distance

on their own date at any location they

choose. Virtual event registration includes

a premium long sleeve race T-shirt for all

participants as well as a digital bib to share

online. Socially distanced packet pickup

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Public Hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., September 23, 2020 at Winchester City Hall, at which time

A Public Hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., September 23, 2020 at Winchester City Hall, at which time

citizens may be heard on the Property Tax Rates proposed to be set by the City of Winchester, Missouri.

The

citizens

tax

may

rates

be

are

heard

set to

on

produce

the Property

revenues

Tax

which

Rates

the

proposed

budget

to

for

be

the

set

fiscal

by the

year

City

beginning

of Winchester,

July 1,

Missouri.

2020 as

The amended, tax rates shows are to set be to required produce from revenues the property which the tax, budget after for all the adjustments fiscal year are beginning made to July conform 1, 2020 to the as

amended, rollback provisions shows to be of Section required 137.073 from the and property 137.115.2 tax, after R.S.Mo. all adjustments 1986 and Article are made X, Section to conform 22 of to the

rollback Missouri provisions Constitution, of Section following 137.073 the general and 137.115.2 assessment. R.S.Mo. The tax 1986 rate and is Article expressed X, Section in cents 22 per of One the

Missouri Hundred and Constitution, .00/100 Dollars following ($100.00) the general of annual assessment. valuation. The In tax accordance rate is expressed with H.B. in 1150, cents effective per One

Hundred January 1, and 2003, .00/100 property Dollars subclassifications ($100.00) of have annual been valuation. set forth: In accordance with H.B. 1150, effective

January 1, 2003, property subclassifications have been set forth:

ASSESSED VALUATION

CURRENT ASSESSED TAX VALUATION YEAR

PRIOR TAX YEAR

CURRENT 2019 2020TAX

YEAR

PRIOR 2019 TAX YEAR

2019 2019

Real Estate:

Real Residential Estate:

$17,527,140 $17,513,460

Residential Commercial $17,527,140 $ 3,915,209 $17,513,460 $ 3,895,281

Commercial

Personal Property

$ 3,915,209 2,672,099

$ 3,895,281

2,697,487

Personal Property $ 2,672,099 $ 2,697,487

GENERAL REVENUE FUND

Budgeted Property Tax

Property Tax

Funding Source GENERAL Revenues REVENUE - 2020 FUND

Rates - 2020

Real Estate:

Budgeted Property Tax

Property Tax

Funding Residential Source Revenues $ 29,000 - 2020 Rates $ 0.1770 - 2020

Real Commercial Estate:

$ 5,000 $ 0.1500

Residential $ 29,000 $ 0.1770

Commercial Personal Property $ 5,000 6,800 $ 0.1500 0.2610

The tax Personal rates outlined Property herein are merely $ proposed 6,800 and are subject to increase or $ decrease. 0.2610 The final tax

levies to be set by the City shall be established in accordance with the provisions of Section 137.073 and

The 137.115.2 tax rates R.S.Mo. outlined 1986 herein and are Article merely X, proposed Section 22 and of are the subject Missouri to Constitution, increase or decrease. and H.B. The 1150. final Said tax

levies determination to be set shall by the be City made shall in be accordance established with in accordance the most current with the information provisions as of to Section the 2019 137.073 assessed and

137.115.2 valuation for R.S.Mo. the City 1986 as and are now Article known X, Section and provided 22 of the by Missouri St. Louis Constitution, County. Information and H.B. and 1150. records Said

determination concerning the shall City's be rollback made in calculations accordance will with be available the most at current the Public information Hearing. as The to the City, 2019 in setting assessed its

valuation tax levies, for is not the proposing City as are to now increase known its and tax provided revenues by in 2020 St. Louis from County. the tax revenues Information permitted and records to be

concerning

produced, based

the City's

upon

rollback

the 2019

calculations

tax levies, exclusive

will be available

of new construction

at the Public

and

Hearing.

improvement.

The City, in setting its

tax levies, is not proposing to increase its tax revenues in 2020 from the tax revenues permitted to be

Board of Aldermen, City of Winchester

produced, based upon the 2019 tax levies, exclusive of new construction and improvement.

by: Barbara Beckett, Administrator/Treasurer

Residents of Winchester are afforded an equal

Board

opportunity

of Aldermen,

to participate

City of

in

Winchester

the programs and services of

the City of Winchester regardless of race, color, by: religion, Barbara sex, Beckett, age, disability, Administrator/Treasurer

familial status, national

origin or political affiliation. If you are a person requiring an accommodation, please call (636)391-0600

Residents or 1-800-735-2966 of Winchester (Relay are Mo.) afforded no later an than equal 4 opportunity PM on the third to participate day preceding the the programs hearing. and Offices services are of

the open City 9 AM of Winchester to 4 PM Monday regardless thru of Friday. race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status, national

origin or political affiliation. If you are a person requiring an accommodation, please call (636)391-0600

or 1-800-735-2966 (Relay Mo.) no later than 4 PM on the third day preceding the hearing. Offices are

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fraudulent posts they’ve found to date have to liver cirrhosis and death.

focused on unproven marketing claims for As the U.S. healthcare community gets

preventing or curing the virus, as well as ready to observe National Liver Awareness

fake testing kits. He said a “third wave” Month in October, a recently published

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from outside the U.S.

said its author, Dr. Johanna DiStefano of

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application such as Skype, the ous condition called nonalcoholic steato-

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The review also suggests that women of

average weight whose lipid, glucose and

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“Efforts to emphasize healthy diet and

regular physical activity should be urged

in middle-aged women as they approach

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help relieve symptoms of depression.

Given that knowledge, could taking a

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of older adults without symptoms? A

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The trial included more than 18,000 adults

over age 50, made up of approximately equal

numbers of men and women, who had no

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IU of vitamin D3 every day, and half received

a placebo. The trial continued for about five

years, and nearly 94% of those still living at

the end of the trial completed it.

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Taking vitamin D did not lead to any statistically

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A recent long-term trial found that taking a

daily vitamin D supplement does not prevent

depression in older adults. (Source: Adobe Stock)

or compared to the placebo group.

Although vitamin D supplements may

have other health benefits, the researchers

concluded, their findings do not support

the use of vitamin D by older adults to prevent

depression.

The trial itself was an offshoot of the

VITAL study, a large research project

on cardiovascular health conducted at

Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Grandma and grandpa

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In many families, grandparents serve as

an important and respected source of support

and advice – along with babysitting

services – for their adult children. Even

though they may spoil their grandkids

during visits, mom and dad appreciate their

help, the grandparents themselves delight

in their role, and all is well.

But in others, clashes over parenting

decisions and grandparents refusing to

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conflicts between parents and grandparents,

a recent national poll shows.

Nearly half of the U.S. parents who participated

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seven said they limit the amount of time their

child spends with that grandparent as a result.

Areas of conflict parents mentioned

most frequently involved discipline (57 %),

meals (44 %), and TV watching or other

screen time (36 %).

“Grandparents play a special role in children’s

lives … But they may have different

ideas about the best way to raise the child

and that can cause tension,” said Mott Poll

co-director Sarah Clark.

The annual survey, sponsored by Michigan

Medicine, was based on more than

2,000 responses from parents of children

ages 18 and under.

Differences in parenting between generations

can be a major source of conflict, Clark

added. For example, grandparents may insist

that “the way we used to do it” is the best

or only way. Failure to follow new recommendations

on child health and safety – such

as putting babies to sleep on their backs in an

empty crib – may also cause clashes.

Many of the parents polled said they

have tried to get grandparents to be more

accepting of their choices and household

rules, with mixed results; while about half

of grandparents made changes to meet

their requests, 17% said the grandparents

objected or refused to do so.

“Whether grandparents cooperated with a

request or not was strongly linked to parents’

Clashes between parents and grandparents

over decisions related to the grandkids are

causing rifts in many American families, a

recent poll shows.

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description of disagreements as major or

minor,” Clark said. “The bigger the conflict,

the less likely grandparents were to budge.”

The same parents who reported major

disagreements with grandparents were

also more likely to put limits on their time

spent with the kids, as well as more negative

impacts on the grandparent-grandchild

relationships in their families.

“These findings indicate that grandparents

should strive to understand and comply

with parent requests … not only to support

parents in the difficult job of raising children,

but to avoid escalating the conflict to

the point that they risk losing special time

with grandchildren,” she added.

On the calendar

St. Louis Oasis offers a seven-week program,

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Conditions, on Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct.

28, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The course

is presented in a live Zoom format. Sessions

include setting healthy goals, making

action plans, managing pain, embracing

nutrition and exercise, and more. Register

for this free course at stloasis.org.

• • •

St. Louis Oasis presents a Calls About

Falls on Fridays, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, from 11

a.m.-noon. During this weekly 6-session

series available via phone or Zoom, learn

about risk factors and prevention techniques.

All sessions are free. Register at stloasis.org.

• • •

Take the Mystery Out of Dietary Supplements,

presented by St. Louis Oasis, is

on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-noon live

via Zoom. A pharmacist will discuss vitamins

and other supplements. The session is free.

Register at stloasis.org.

• • •

BJC presents a free monthly caregiver

class, Home Care Choices and How to

Find Assistance at Home, on Tuesday,

Oct. 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish

West County Hospital, 12634 Olive Blvd. in

Creve Coeur, in the East Conference Room.

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Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA),

a cohesive family of more than 130 independent

insurance agencies in Missouri

and Illinois. Joining VIAA is Amy Russell

as its small commercial marketer. In

this position, she will handle new and

remarketed small commercial insurance

accounts on behalf of the alliance’s members.

Russell will also provide marketing

advice and support to the organization’s

producers, clients, and insurance company

underwriters. Russell earned both her master’s

degree in business management and

her bachelor’s degree in health management

from Lindenwood University.

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PEOPLE

Women of Achievement recently

announced the 2020 Women of Achievement

Award recipients – a selection of 10

volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan

region. This year, Ballwin resident Susan

Hockensmith, co-founder of Pony Bird,

Inc., a nonprofit organization in Jefferson

County that provides homes and services

for developmentally disabled and medically

fragile individuals, was announced as

a 2020 Woman of Achievement. Hockensmith

will be honored at the 65th Women

of Achievement Awards Celebration,

which will be broadcast Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

on Nine PBS. Visit the Women of Achievement

website at woastl.org to learn more.

• • •

Todd Lesher has joined Payne Family

Homes as vice president of sales and marketing.

In his new role, Lesher will be

instrumental in spearheading Payne’s sales

and marketing strategies. He will also oversee

the management of their design studio.

Most recently, Lesher served as area sales

manager for national homebuilding giant,

DR Horton. Lesher was responsible for all

facets of sales and marketing for 20 communities,

including 50 employees, in the

southern Chicago market.

PLACES

Restore Hyper Wellness opened its first

Missouri location at 1691 Clarkson Road

in Chesterfield. The whole-body wellness

facility specializes in local cryotherapy, IV

drip therapy, compression therapy, hyperbaric

oxygen therapy, infrared sauna, PBM

(red light therapy) and more.

• • •

Insurance Plus, LLC recently joined

AWARDS

Eighteen local Jewish organizations

have been granted over $58,000 in this

year’s round of Anything Grants funding,

with five of the recipients in the local readership

area. They include B’nai Amoona

Congregation; BBYO St. Louis; Hillel at

Maryville University; Temple Emanuel

and Temple Israel. Most recipients will use

the funds to address the impact of the pandemic

on the organization and its constituents.

Anything Grants are awarded by the

Staenberg Family Foundation, a supporting

foundation of the Jewish Federation of

St. Louis. Each grant will be equal to 50%

of the project budget.

EVENTS

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

is hosting Senior Transition/Aging

Gracefully, sponsored in part by West

Newsmagazine, on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from

6:30-8 p.m. at YMCA Chesterfield, 16464

Burkhardt Place. Seniors and caregivers

will learn about the many services and

merchants available to them in Chesterfield.

Hear from long-term care, in-home

care, senior living community, senior consultant,

and elder care attorney representatives

on how to age gracefully. The event

is free but registration is required online at

chesterfieldmochamber.com.

• • •

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

hosts its virtual general membership

meeting at 11:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Ben Weaver is the guest speaker on the

topic “How to Spend Less on your Marketing

in a recession and Sell More.” The

meeting is free, but you must register to

receive login credentials.

• • •

The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce

hosts its virtual general membership

meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday,

Sept. 23. The guest speaker to be determined.

This is a free meeting open to members

and guests. For login credentials and

registration, visit westcountychamber.com.

CITY OF WINCHESTER

CITY

FINANCIAL

OF WINCHESTER

STATEMENT

FINANCIAL

(UNAUDITED)

STATEMENT

(UNAUDITED)

JULY 1, 2019 THRU JUNE 30, 2020

JULY 1, 2019 THRU JUNE 30, 2020

Beginning Fund Balance, July 1, 2019

Beginning Fund Balance, July 1, 2019

RECEIPTS:

RECEIPTS:

Real Estate & Personal Property

Real

Utilities

Estate & Personal Property

Utilities

Fines

Fines

Park Programs

Park

Sales

Programs

Tax & Interest

Sales

Proposition

Tax & Interest

P

Proposition

Licenses &

P

Permits

Licenses

Cigarette

&

Tax

Permits

& Cable TV

Cigarette

Gasoline,

Tax

Vehicle

& Cable

Taxes

TV

& County Road & Bridge

Gasoline,

Miscellaneous

Vehicle Taxes & County Road & Bridge

Miscellaneous

Capital Improvement Reimbursement

TOTAL

Capital

RECEIPTS:

Improvement Reimbursement

TOTAL RECEIPTS:

DISBURSEMENTS:

DISBURSEMENTS:

Administrative

Administrative

Personnel-Admin., Park, Streets, Maintenance

Personnel-Admin.,

Public Safety

Park, Streets, Maintenance

Public

Streets

Safety

& Sewers

Streets

Park Department

& Sewers

Park

Maintenance

Department

Department

TOTAL

Maintenance

DISBURSEMENTS

Department

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS

Ending Fund Balance JUNE 30, 2020

Ending Fund Balance JUNE 30, 2020

RESTRICTED FUNDS

CAPITAL

RESTRICTED

IMPROVEMENT

FUNDS

SALES TAX

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT SALES TAX

BEGINNING BALANCE (7/1/2019)

BEGINNING

RECEIPTS AND

BALANCE

INTEREST

(7/1/2019)

RECEIPTS

DISBURSEMENTS

AND INTEREST

DISBURSEMENTS

ENDING BALANCE (06/30/2020)

ENDING BALANCE (06/30/2020)

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Barbara

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Beckett

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are afforded

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of race,

opportunity

color, religion,

to participate

sex, age,

in the

disability,

programs

familial

and services

status,

of

national

the City

origin

of Winchester

or political

regardless

affiliation.

of

If

race,

you

color,

are a person

religion,

requiring

sex, age,

an

disability,

accommodation,

familial

please

status,

call

national

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origin or

or

political

1-800-735-2966(Relay

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accommodation,

on the third day

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the hearing. Offices

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce’s

Summer Concerts presents

Billy Peek in a rescheduled

concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday,

Sept. 10 at Faust

Park in Chesterfield.

Attendees should

bring blankets and

chairs for seating.

The gates open at

5:30 p.m. Concessions

sold on-site.

The event is $5 to

attend. Kids activities

include a rockclimbing

wall, face

painting, balloon twisting,

laser tag and more. For tickets,

visit chesterfieldmochamber.com.

• • •

Through Sept. 19, the art of Laura Wheat

and Tim Kent from Canine Artists of St.

Louis is at the Longview Farm House Art

Gallery, 13525 Clayton Road. Hours are

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Masks are

required for entry.

• • •

A free fall Drive-In Concert and Movie

Series is on Friday nights in September

and October at the Ballwin Athletic Association,

1 Ballpark Drive. Vehicles will

be parked in designated parking spots

and attendees can sit on the passenger

side, outside next to their vehicle. Masks

are required outside of personal vehicles

unless eating or drinking. The BAA concession

stand will be open and serving

food and drinks. Upcoming concerts, from

7-9 p.m., are Fanfare (Sept. 18), Boomerangs

(Sept. 25) and Showdown (Oct. 2).

Upcoming movies, from 6:30-8:30 p.m,

are “Sonic the Hedgehog” (Sept. 26) and

“The Addams Family” (Oct. 3, animated).

• • •

Sky Wars, a pyrotechnic competition,

TOP PICKS

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• Manchester Homecoming Car

Show, 5K and Parade – Sept. 11-12

• StoryBook Walks in Central Park –

daily

• Canine Art Show at Longview

Farmhouse – through Sept. 19

• Art from the Heart online

auction – Sept. 14-17

is at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.) on

Saturday, Sept. 26 at The Village of Innsbrook

Fireworks Field, 13604 State Hwy.

M in Wright City. Children’s Festival

Area from 2-7 p.m. Tickets begin at $20

per person. Call (314) 730-0793 or visit

skywarsevent.com for details.

• • •

The Chesterfield Chamber’s 19th

Annual Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run is

from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 in

Chesterfield Towne Center, at

BENEFITS

the corner of Long Road

and Edison Avenue. Features

are a 5K and 10K

route and Children’s

Fun Run. Costs are

$25 for 5K participants,

$30 for 10K

and $15 for Fun

Run. Prices for

5K and 10 K will

increase after Oct. 1.

Race shirts not guaranteed

after Oct. 9. To

register, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com.

Friends of Kids with Cancer’s Art from

the Heart features more than 40 pieces of

art created by kids with cancer to be auctioned

virtually Sept. 14-17 with 100% of

the proceeds going to fund the charity’s art

therapy program. Raffles and 50/50 tickets

also will be available for purchase. To view

and bid on artwork visit friendsofkids.com.

• • •

20th Annual Tee Off for the Kids charity

golf outing is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.

10 at Pevely Farms Golf Club, 400 Lewis

Road in Eureka. $140 per player includes

lunch, beverages, refreshments throughout

the day and gift bag. Proceeds benefit SSM

Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

and the Knights of Columbus Charity

Fund. To register, visit kofc12022.org.

Hosted by the St. Alban Roe Knights of

Columbus in Wildwood.

FAMILY & KIDS

StoryBook Walks continue in Chesterfield’s

Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill

Drive, with “Charlie’s Boat” featured this

month. The walk consists of 18 stations

around the Central Park lake, starting at the

playground and consisting of two pages

out of a child’s book hand picked by staff

from the St. Louis County Library.

• • •

Bluebird Park’s Between a Walk and a

Hard Pace walking club meets at 9:30 a.m.

Thursdays at the Bluebird Park Administration

Building, 225 Kiefer Creek Road

in Ellisville. All ages and fitness levels

welcome. Walk the trails in Bluebird Park

while practicing social distancing. Dress

comfortably and bring a water bottle. Free.

• • •

The Manchester Homecoming’s Car

Show is from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11

in the lower parking lot at Paul A. Schroeder

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road. Free

to attend; $15 registration per car. To register,

call (636) 391-6326, ext. 401 or email

shardesty@manchestermo.gov. On-site registration

also from 3-5 p.m on Sept. 11.

• • •

Manchester Parks 5K Run, 1-Mile Fun

Run and 1-Mile Rover Run (1 dog per

registration) in Paul A. Schroeder Park

beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Registration and race times and costs at

manchestermo.gov, search 5K Walk/Run.

• • •

Join in the fun of Manchester’s first evening

Homecoming Parade at 7 p.m. on

Saturday, Sept. 12. The route is approximately

1.5 miles long. The parade steps off

and ends at Paul A. Schroeder Park. The

theme is “When Life Gives You Lemons.”

Entry forms are available at manchestermo.

gov, search “Homecoming Parade.”

• • •

A Porch Decorating Contest is from

Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Friday, Oct.

30 in the city of Ellisville. Residents and

businesses can decorate their porch or patio

for prizes. Free event. Pre-registration

required so photos can be taken of porches

and posted to the city’s Facebook page for

judging. For more information, visit ellisville.mo.us/571/Porch-Decorating-Contest.

• • •

Des Peres Fall Campout is from 6 p.m.

on Saturday, Sept. 19 through 7 a.m. on

Sunday, Sept. 20 at Des Peres Park Pavilion,

12325 Manchester Road in Des Peres.

Restrooms will be made available. Bonfire

for s’mores provided. Participants must provide

their own camping gear, s’mores and

food. Registration deadline is Sept. 13. Cost

is $8 per resident; $10 for others. Register

online at desperesmo.org/853/Campout.

• • •

Ellisville’s Epic Leaf Scavenger Hunt

is Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Oct.

30 at Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek

Road in Ellisville. Ten large leaves will be

hidden along the paved trails throughout

Bluebird Park on Sept. 22. The community

has until Friday, Oct. 30 to find all

the leaves. Describe each leaf found on

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Friday - Saturday: 11:00 - 10:30 pm

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

in Season!

Carryout

Children’s Menu

Happy Hour Daily

165 Lamp & Lantern Village

Town & Country

636-207-0501

*All fish subject to availability.

Party Room Available

at Big Bend Location

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Gift Certificates Available

631 Big Bend Rd.

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TUES-FRI: 9:30-5PM • SAT: 9:30-2PM

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CLOSED SUNDAY

EVENTS, from page 50

the Scavenger Hunt Form posted on the

website. Submit form to the Parks and

Recreation Administration office at 225

Kiefer Creek Road or email sgrobelny@

ellisville.mo.us before Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Submissions will be entered into a drawing

for prizes. Free event. Visit ellisville.

mo.us/572/Epic-Leaf-Scavenger-Hunt..

• • •

Chalkfest is from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday,

Oct. 3 at Bluebird Park parking lot, 225

Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. Ellisville

Parks and Recreation will host a Sidewalk

Chalk Contest. Artists of all skill levels and

ages will help decorate a lower parking lot

with temporary artwork. The parking spaces

will be spaced to allow social distancing.

Participants will have two hours to work.

Judging will begin at 11 a.m. Free event if

you bring your own chalk. City will provide

chalk for $4. Pre-registration required. Register

at ellisville.recdesk.com.

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Rockwood Alive & Well Virtual Wellness

Series is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday,

Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 22. The Sept.

15 theme is “Know Thyself.” The interactive

workshop addresses the importance of

physical and mental self-care. “Together

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Large Screen TV Pick-Up

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- includes

disposal fee)

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As the Coronavirus and its impact

continue to evolve and develop, we are

here to support you and are working

hard to ensure our team members

can continue to provide you with

uninterrupted, dependable, and safe

service. We are now offering discount

on curbside and garage pickups.

Thank you for your support

of our local small business.

$

99

(Each

additional

TV $50)

Expires 10-31-20

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We Triumph” on Sept. 22 will discuss the

power of positive changes in a community.

Both programs are presented by Alive and

Well Communities, a nonprofit focused on

addressing community trauma. To register,

visit tinyurl.com/RSDALS.

• • •

Open House at The Pointe at Ballwin

Commons if from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday,

Sept. 26. Guests can experience all

The Pointe has to offer for free; St. Louis

County Health guidelines will be followed.

• • •

Eureka Fall Classic – Pickleball Tournament

is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept.

27 at The Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park

Lane in Eureka. Open play and warm-ups

begin at 9 a.m. This tournament is nonsanctioned

but will follow all USAPA rules.

All St. Louis County safety guidelines will

be followed; masks must be worn at all

times except during actual play. Maximum

of 16 teams. Cost is $20 per team; the

registration deadline is Sept. 24. Register

online at eureka.recdesk.com.

• • •

Gardening for the Birds is at 10 a.m.

on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the West Pavilion

at Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive.

Learn how to create a backyard bird sanctuary.

This event is free but registration is

required by calling (636) 812-9500 or visiting

olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us.

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& Operated

Residential or Commercial

Jim Menner

co-owner

Now Offering Discounts

for Curbside & Garage Pick-ups!

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Hot Tub Removal

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STATE AUDIT, from page 16

dures need improvement. Procurement

documentation was not always retained

and the contracts may not have been

adequately reviewed or evaluated prior to

execution.”

SLEDP is a joint venture with St. Louis

City in which the county executive and the

city mayor appoint a leadership board for

the organization. SLEDP is charged with

driving economic growth in the region.

Each year tens of millions of dollars flow

through SLEDP to benefit area businesses

with loans, workforce development and

reinvestment grants.

Although the county council asked Galloway’s

office to conduct the audit after the

fallout of Stenger’s indictment and resignation,

at least one council member has a

problem with how Galloway did her job.

“I write today to express concern regarding

your audit of St. Louis County government.

The initial audit was presented

to the County Council on August 19 and

subsequently leaked to the St. Louis Post

Dispatch the following day in an apparent

attempt to target County Executive

Sam Page,” council member Ernie Trakas

(R-District 6) wrote in a letter to Galloway

dated Aug. 21. “As a Republican, my

County Executive Sam Page

interest is not to defend Sam Page, but to

defend the truth.”

Trakas, who also chairs the county’s

Ethics Commission, was disturbed by Galloway’s

failure to disclose her uncle’s prior

professional relationship with Stenger.

According to a 2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

article cited by Trakas, Patrick Lynn

was a political consultant to Stenger.

Lynn also served as a strategist to Mark

Mantovani during this most recent primary

season. Mantovani was a fierce opponent

of Page and finished second in the August

Democratic primary. Trakas accuses Galloway

of trying to deliver the draft audit

findings prior to the primary election as a

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(Source: County Executive Sam Page/Facebook)

“political missile” aimed for Page.

Response from Page

When West Newsmagazine reached out to

a spokesperson for Page, we were referred

to comments made by the county executive

at a news briefing on Aug. 24.

“I’m not really focused on the politics or

what’s going on in the background,” Page

said in response to a question about the

assertion made by Trakas that Galloway

could have been politically motivated.

“Politics is everywhere.”

While Page did not address any of the

audit recommendations specifically, he did

say his staff would review and respond to

each and “adopt the ones we think are good

ideas.”

For some, actions speak louder than

words.

Just five days after his comments on the

audit, Page announced a series of sweeping

changes to his staff. As was first reported

by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Page not

only shuffled around many high ranking

staff members but also changed nearly

everyone’s job titles.

More than a dozen changes in all were

announced. In some cases, new faces were

brought on board like Veta T. Jeffrey, formerly

of Midwest Bank Centre, who was

named chief diversity officer. Other familiar

faces were dismissed including two

former county council members: Barbara

Fraser and Pat Dolan. Several members of

Page’s growing staff will remain but with

new job titles. Page’s designated No. 2,

Winston Calvert, saw his title change from

chief of staff to chief strategy officer and

chief advisor.

Despite audit findings critical of the

county executive for not maintaining

clear and current job descriptions of

many positions in his administration, no

descriptions were released or immediately

available upon the announcement of the

staff changes.

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Removal

JAN 29 PUBLIC NOTICE JAN 29 TREE SERVICES

Cardinals Souvenirs and 2.5"

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Call Rory Schwartz 2"

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Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.

Exterior Painting! DEC NOTICE 02 OF PUBLIC HEARING

Managing Broker

Call Tom 636.938.9874

LINE AD: DEC 02 ❑ • COLE TREE SERVICE •

Private Collector: 314-302-1785

314.574.1111 Charles W. Chase

2.5" DEC City FEB 16 of 12Clarkson Valley, DEC Missouri FEB 1612

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Tree and Stump Removal.

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PET SERVICES FEB 26 Notice is hereby given: FEB 26

Trimming and Deadwooding. NOV 18 X

DECKS

DISPLAY The Board of Aldermen AD: of the City of

Prywitch, 4147-2022-5524-5290

Rick


Free Estimates.

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Clarkson Valley, Missouri, will at 7:00

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p.m. on

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Tuesday, October 6,

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Dog Grooming

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WEST MAR the Clarkson 25 Executive ❑ Center, MAR 15933 MRN 25 ❑

Deck Construction / Repair Notes:

LYONS

Full service grooming Clayton Road, hold a public hearing

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Floor / Hand Rail Upgrade

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Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,

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switches, outlets, basements, Part-Time Sales with Salary Spring clean-up, planting, GVM PLUMBING

JUL

Siding

08

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JUL 08

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Kitchen Remodeling, Wainscoting, • Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching

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structural & concrete repairs.

Garage Doors, Electric Openers. Rick Prywitch

25 years experience. Senior citizen

discount. each: 24 $45 hours. _____________

SEP FEB 2312

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Cabinets, Crown Molding, Trim, • Planting • Aeration • Sod Install

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