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Vol. 28 No. 7 • April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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History<br />

Restored<br />

African schoolhouse<br />

rebuilt in Faust Park<br />





A nation<br />

committing suicide<br />

Historian Arnold Toynbee observed “an<br />

autopsy of history would show that all<br />

great nations commit suicide.”<br />

It’s hard not to think about this reading<br />

the results of the latest Wall Street<br />

Journal-NORC poll, appearing under<br />

the headline “America Pulls Back From<br />

Values That Once Defined It.”<br />

Only 38% of Americans now say<br />

patriotism is “very important,” compared<br />

to 70% in 1998. Thirty-nine percent say<br />

religion is “very important,” compared<br />

to 62% in 1998. And 30% say having<br />

children is “very important” compared to<br />

59% in 1998.<br />

The results that follow from these attitudes<br />

are not surprising.<br />

Marriage rates are way down. Birth<br />

rates are way down.<br />

In 1990, 67% of American adults<br />

between the ages of 25-54 were married.<br />

This was down to 51% in 2021.<br />

In 2020, there were 56 births in the U.S.<br />

for every 1,000 women ages 15-44. In<br />

1990, there were 70.9.<br />

And, among the births we do have, in<br />

2021, 40% of our babies were born to<br />

unmarried mothers.<br />

Not surprisingly, our population is<br />

hardly growing. In 2022, the U.S. population<br />

increased 0.4%, a modest increase<br />

from the 0.1% increase in 2021, the<br />

lowest annual population growth since the<br />

founding of the nation.<br />

Looking at the same polling data results<br />

among the youngest sector of our population,<br />

the picture looks even more dismal.<br />

Among those under 30, just <strong>23</strong>% say<br />

patriotism is “very important” to them,<br />

31% say religion is “very important,” and<br />

<strong>23</strong>% say having children is “very important.”<br />

What is important to Americans today?<br />

Although 70% say marriage is either<br />

“very important” or “somewhat important,”<br />

65% say belief in God is “very<br />

important” or “somewhat important,”<br />

73% say patriotism is “very important” or<br />

“somewhat important,” 91% say self-fulfillment<br />

is “very important” or “somewhat<br />

important,” and 90% say money is “very<br />

important” or “somewhat important.”<br />

The devaluing of marriage, children and<br />

patriotism, and the focus on “self-fulfillment”<br />

and money are, of course, signs of<br />

a culture sunk into egotism and materialism,<br />

with a loss of a sense of being part of<br />

something larger than oneself.<br />

It is not an encouraging picture for a<br />

country that hopes to have a future.<br />

Our health care and retirement systems<br />

depend on a growing population. Stagnant<br />

population growth means more and<br />

more retirees per each individual in the<br />

workforce. It’s why our Social Security<br />

system is bankrupt.<br />

Zero population growth means an aging<br />

population and increasing health care<br />

costs. In 2019, 56% of all health care<br />

costs were in age groups 55 and above.<br />

The overall burden of health care costs<br />

will continue to increase as the percentage<br />

of the population over 55 increases.<br />

There are also implications on national<br />

security of attitudes that devalue patriotism<br />

and national service.<br />

We now have a volunteer military. This<br />

can’t work with a population of young<br />

people who feel no sense of identity and<br />

obligation to their nation.<br />

Again, the results are predictable. In<br />

2022, the Army fell 15,000 short of its<br />

recruiting goal.<br />

National defense spending is 3% of<br />

GDP, very low by historical standards.<br />

The Wall Street Journal reports our<br />

Navy’s fleet of ships will shrink to 291 by<br />

2028 from 297 today. And the number of<br />

aircrafts in the Air Force is diminishing.<br />

Only 21% of those surveyed say that<br />

our country “stands above all countries in<br />

the world.”<br />

But our country is only the product<br />

of its citizenry. A free nation under God<br />

becomes less free, and less great, as the<br />

Creator is traded in for materialism and<br />

egotism.<br />

We have elections coming in 2024.<br />

President Joe Biden, assuming he runs,<br />

will run on more of what is destroying<br />

our nation. It is up to Republicans to run<br />

on principles and ideals, in hope that we<br />

can mend our rapidly sinking ship of<br />

state.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center<br />

for Urban Renewal and Education and<br />

host of the weekly television show “Cure<br />

America with Star Parker.”<br />

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4 I OPINION I<br />

April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />





Regarding citizen-initiated<br />

ballot measures<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Citizen-initiated ballot measures are<br />

the truest form of the democratic process.<br />

They allow citizens to put before all citizens<br />

an issue for a statewide vote that the<br />

state legislature refuses to act on. It circumvents<br />

the political and financial influence<br />

that dictates what issues our state<br />

representatives will act on or put before<br />

voters themselves.<br />

State legislatures have introduced a<br />

dozen bills to make it harder for Missouri<br />

voters to initiate and pass citizen-initiated<br />

ballot measures. These bills, among other<br />

hindrances, would increase the number of<br />

required petition signatures and raise the<br />

threshold to approve such initiates from a<br />

simple majority of voters to 60%. There is<br />

absolutely no reason for these bills other<br />

than to suppress the power of the people to<br />

govern themselves.<br />

In the past 20 years, 41 of the 64 citizeninitiated<br />

ballot measures on the Missouri<br />

statewide ballot have passed. This winning<br />

record is clear evidence that such initiatives<br />

are important to ensuring that the will<br />

of the people is being addressed. It is bad<br />

enough that the legislature has overturned<br />

some citizen-initiated ballot measures that<br />

won statewide approval, but now they<br />

want to make the rules even harder to get<br />

citizen-initiated ballot measures on the<br />

ballot and passed by a simple majority.<br />

Citizen-initiated ballot measures bypass<br />

the good-ole-boy network and override<br />

dark money that our representatives are so<br />

heavily influenced by. Don’t let our state<br />

representatives undermine this fundamental<br />

right.<br />

Cary Steinmetz<br />

Is Bragg another Beria?<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In a book that I am completing, I have<br />

had to again study up close a Russian by<br />

the name of Lavrentiy Beria. It was Beria<br />

who did a lot of the dirty work for Stalin.<br />

If Stalin wanted someone purged he could<br />

always rely on Beria. But of course, he had<br />

to make it look legal. So he will always be<br />

remembered for the following: “Show me<br />

the man and I will show you the crime.”<br />

Is it a coincidence that at the very time I<br />

began studying Beria for a second time in<br />

seven years that people in the news and on<br />

the internet are bandying about this same<br />

quote? Well maybe.<br />

Sad to say Donald Trump has met his<br />

Beria in the person of Manhattan District<br />

Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has seen the<br />

man and will now make the crime fit.<br />

What crime? Has there been an actual<br />

crime? Not according to a number of legal<br />

experts.<br />

This will be a first. A former President<br />

charged with a felony. And no doubt Bragg<br />

wants the Bragg-ing rights for getting the<br />

man we all know could replace Joe Biden<br />

whose presidency has been a train wreck.<br />

You may be interested to know that<br />

Beria was too good at his trade. Onlookers<br />

learned from him and fearing he would<br />

someday come down on them made the<br />

crime fit the man. Just like that, he was<br />

gone. Will it happen to Bragg? It is anyone’s<br />

guess. It won’t be Karma there is<br />

no such thing. It will be awakened voters<br />

wanting to keep America from copying the<br />

Soviet Union.<br />

Rev. Stephen A. Cakouros<br />

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April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />



Well, that’s a first<br />

On Thursday, March 30, a New York<br />

grand jury convened by Manhattan District<br />

Attorney Alvin Bragg issued an<br />

indictment against former President – and<br />

current presidential candidate – Donald<br />

Trump. This is the first time in more than<br />

two centuries of American history that<br />

a current or former president has been<br />

indicted on criminal charges.<br />

When historians look back on this era<br />

of American history, say from the years<br />

2000 to 2030, they may very well name<br />

it the “Age of There’s a First Time for<br />

Everything.”<br />

Let’s get a few things out of the way.<br />

First, even the staunchest anti-Trumpers<br />

would have to admit that the charges in<br />

this particular indictment, namely that<br />

hush money was paid to Stormy Daniels<br />

in a technically inaccurate manner per<br />

accounting standards, is less than compelling.<br />

Those same anti-Trumpers likely<br />

still believe that the former president<br />

colluded with Russia or incited an insurrection<br />

with the intent of overthrowing a<br />

U.S. Presidential Election. So a campaign<br />

finance snafu probably isn’t at the top of<br />

their “Sexiest Reasons to Indict Trump”<br />

list. Likewise, Trump supporters who<br />

focus on the flimsiness of the indictment<br />

are also missing the point.<br />

The charges are irrelevant, the import<br />

lies in the charging itself.<br />

The second thing to clear up is that<br />

while this indictment is unprecedented, it<br />

is not inconceivable. Article 1, Section 3<br />

of the Constitution states that a president<br />

who is out of office “shall nevertheless<br />

be liable and subject to indictment, trial,<br />

judgment and punishment, according to<br />

law.”<br />

Frankly, there is no explicit law which<br />

stops even a sitting president from being<br />

indicted on criminal charges. The Constitution<br />

is silent on the matter, only<br />

considering the act of impeachment.<br />

The U.S. Justice Department has twice<br />

affirmed (in 1973 during Watergate and<br />

2000 during Whitewater) that it has a<br />

policy against indicting a current president,<br />

but that is only a memo and not a<br />

law. It certainly does not and never has<br />

applied to local prosecutors.<br />

To put this in the simplest of terms, the<br />



surprise does not lie in the fact that Pandora<br />

has a box. She has had it the whole<br />

time, since the very start of our nation.<br />

The surprise is that on Thursday, March<br />

30, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin<br />

Bragg stepped forward, surveyed the<br />

scene, and said, “Sure, I’ll open that box.”<br />

Anybody who claims they know what<br />

happens next is a liar. The line is crossed,<br />

the taboo is breached, the box is wide<br />

open.<br />

The hope in writing this is that it offers<br />

perspective in the days and weeks ahead.<br />

It is certain that Donald Trump will<br />

ratchet up the rhetoric to as high a level<br />

as possible, claiming to be the victim of<br />

political persecution. He will be joined<br />

by leading democrats like Nancy Pelosi<br />

and Adam Schiff, who will no doubt step<br />

onto their soapbox and revel in: “No one<br />

is above the law!”<br />

Sounds great, but what does it look like<br />

in practice? Other than precedence, what<br />

has stopped an aggressive local prosecutor<br />

in Texas or Arizona from indicting<br />

President Joe Biden for failure to protect<br />

the border? Now that the floodgates are<br />

open, that not only seems feasible, but<br />

likely.<br />

In 1974, President Gerald Ford<br />

appeared before a House judiciary committee<br />

to explain his pardon of Richard<br />

Nixon.<br />

“I was absolutely convinced then as I<br />

am now that if we had had [an] indictment,<br />

a trial, a conviction, and anything<br />

else that transpired after this that the<br />

attention of the President, the Congress<br />

and the American people would have<br />

been diverted from the problems that we<br />

have to solve,” he said.<br />

In other words, he did what he did for<br />

the good of the country despite the massive<br />

political and personal price he would<br />

pay.<br />

Our country has problems today as<br />

well. Big problems, generational problems,<br />

global problems. Our hope is that as<br />

the contents of Pandora’s fabled box go<br />

careening about the land, our elected officials<br />

past and present call on Gerald Ford<br />

for strength and focus on what is best for<br />

the country. It’s feasible, but it sure feels<br />

unlikely.<br />

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Improvements underway<br />

on New Ballwin Road<br />

Resurfacing work has begun on a portion<br />

of New Ballwin Road from Manchester<br />

Road to Twigwood Drive.<br />

Crews began working on the East side of<br />

the road from Old Ballwin Road to Parker<br />

Drive. Detour signage will be posted<br />

throughout the duration of the project,<br />

which is slated to be finished in August.<br />

The project will repair deteriorated pavement,<br />

curbs and gutters. Benefits include<br />

a smoother driving surface, upgraded and<br />

more cost-efficient street lighting and<br />

intersection pedestrian signals.<br />

The city will receive federal reimbursement<br />

of 80% of the construction costs. The<br />

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Block Grant Program funds to assist in<br />

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Local cricket player honored<br />

Poojah Ganesh was given a proclamation<br />

by Mayor Bob Nation at the March 20<br />

Chesterfield City Council meeting.<br />

Ganesh has been an accomplished<br />

cricket player for a number of years.<br />

She began playing at the age of 6 and her<br />

love of the sport motivated her to join the<br />

American Cricket Academy and Club in<br />

2016. Originally, she was the only female<br />

on her team and that experience enabled<br />

her to develop extraordinary cricket skills,<br />

Nation said.<br />

At the age of 13, she became eligible<br />

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intra-regionals and regionals as well as the<br />

national cricket tournament in Florida in<br />

August 2021.<br />

At the under 19 women’s nationals,<br />

Ganesh was awarded the “best batter” designation,<br />

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Africa this year.<br />

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soon to Valley<br />

An amended site development plan has<br />

been approved for the Real Dill Pickleball<br />

Club at The District in Chesterfield.<br />

DLR Group Inc. submitted the plan for<br />

the proposed recreational facility/restaurant<br />

at The District, the 48-acre entertainment<br />

development north of North Outer 40<br />

Road and east of Boone’s Crossing.<br />

Real Dill pickleball clubs are designed to<br />

accommodate both competitive and recreational<br />

players.<br />

Plans show five indoor and two outdoor<br />

pickleball courts, an outdoor Wiffle ball<br />

field and an outdoor dining patio area.<br />

Modifications were made to the design<br />

presented to the city’s Architectural Review<br />

Board in November to provide for a more<br />

cohesive look throughout the development,<br />

city planner Alyssa Ahner said.<br />

A mixture of plantings will surround the<br />

perimeter of the proposed outdoor dining<br />

area and Wiffle ball field. Vine structures<br />

that will live on a 14-foot slatted screen wall<br />

will screen the indoor pickleball courts.<br />

To provide a safe playing experience in<br />

the evening, the site will provide 20-foot<br />

pole-mounted lighting features surrounding<br />

the outdoor playing field and the patio<br />

area, she said.<br />

The south side facing Interstate-64 will<br />

feature a large glass facade as the main<br />

focal point, which resembles The Factory<br />

located on the western end of The District.<br />

At its March 13 meeting, the Planning<br />

Commission approved the amended site<br />

development, landscaping and lighting<br />

plans, along with the amended architectural<br />

elevations.<br />

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50,000th resident as County Executive Dr. Sam Paige looks on<br />

(Kate Uptergrove photo)<br />


City will not pass tax<br />

increase to residents<br />

Wildwood has opted not to pass along a<br />

tax increase on gas utilities to its residents.<br />

The Missouri Public Service Commission<br />

recently approved a 7% rate increase<br />

on gas provided by Spire. The city currently<br />

imposes a tax of 5% on the gross<br />

receipts of businesses supplying gas in the<br />

city.<br />

Two options were provided to the City<br />

Council at its March 13 meeting.<br />

One option was not to pass along the<br />

tax increase to those residents using the<br />

service.<br />

Applying this method, the tax rate<br />

charged to households would effectively<br />

be reduced from 5% to 4.8% with an estimated<br />

revenue loss to the city of about<br />

$22,480, City Administrator Steve Cross<br />

said.<br />

Another option would be to maintain the<br />

gross receipts tax rate on the utility.<br />

Mayor Jim Bowlin recommended not<br />

passing along the tax increase given the<br />

“sound financial standing and the significant<br />

inflationary pressures of the current<br />

economic climate.”<br />

The council voted unanimously to<br />

approve the lesser tax rate.<br />

“We’re operating with balanced budgets<br />

and there’s no need to pile on more costs to<br />

our residents,” Bowlin said.<br />

New interim city<br />

administrator named<br />

During a special meeting<br />

held by the Wildwood<br />

City Council on<br />

March 27, Thomas Lee<br />

was appointed interim<br />

city administrator. While<br />

serving in this position,<br />

his salary will be $8,750<br />

per month.<br />

Thomas Lee<br />

Lee was hired as the economic development/communications<br />

manager for the city<br />

last June. He will continue to serve in that<br />

role as well.<br />

The city is in the process of hiring a<br />

new city administrator after Steve Cross<br />

announced his retirement in August. He<br />

was scheduled to work through the end of<br />

the year but ended up staying longer at the<br />

request of Mayor Jim Bowlin.<br />

As the interim city administrator, Lee<br />

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employee without the consent of a majority<br />

of the members of the city council.<br />

Wildwood currently has an issue on<br />

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administrator more leeway in making these<br />

decisions. Proposition 1 would change the<br />

city’s charter to allow the city administrator<br />

the power to hire and fire department heads,<br />

without the consent of the city council.<br />

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as interim city administrator.



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April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />



Faust Park reclaims a vital piece of Chesterfield history<br />

The St. Louis County Parks Department<br />

has added another gem to its collection of<br />

historic buildings in Faust Park. The addition<br />

of African Schoolhouse #4, a one-room<br />

school for African-American children, to<br />

the Historic Village was celebrated with a<br />

ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 25.<br />

“For the past 50 years, Faust Park has<br />

been essential to the preservation of the<br />

county’s numerous architectural treasures,”<br />

St. Louis County Director of Parks and<br />

Recreation Brian Schaffer said during the<br />

ceremony. “… buildings such as the African<br />

Schoolhouse #4 remind us who we are<br />

and where we came from.”<br />

The history of the little schoolhouse<br />

goes back more than 100 years and<br />

wouldn’t have existed at all if not for the<br />

determination and vision of a few key<br />

people. Before the turn of the 20th century,<br />

there was no school in <strong>West</strong> County for<br />

Black children. It was only after African-<br />

American residents sued St. Louis County<br />

in 1893, and won, that the modest schoolhouse<br />

was built. Completed in 1894, African<br />

Schoolhouse #4 was home to students<br />

ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade<br />

for 60 years.<br />

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam<br />

Page was on hand for the celebration. He<br />

Inside African Schoolhouse #4<br />

(Kate Uptergrove photo)<br />

said he believes the preservation of African<br />

Schoolhouse #4 provides a timely history<br />

lesson about the struggles of African-<br />

American residents of the time.<br />

“It can provide context to an important<br />

and painful time in our history – when children<br />

were taught in different schools based<br />

on the color of their skin,” Page said.<br />

It was only after the integration of public<br />

schools in 1954 that the need for the<br />

schoolhouse became obsolete.<br />

Doris Frazier, a longtime resident of<br />

Chesterfield, was a substitute teacher at<br />

the school at the age of 19. She came to<br />

the community in 1950 and remembers the<br />

struggles then to get equality in education<br />

for African-American students.<br />

“I’m very pleased to know we’ve come<br />

a long way,” Frazier told the crowd. “But<br />

we haven’t come far enough. Even though<br />

we’ve striven to educate our kids, it hasn’t<br />

been easy.”<br />

Frasier has been a local activist for<br />

more than half a century leading efforts to<br />

integrate public schools in the Rockwood<br />

School District in the 1960s. Later, she<br />

was head of the Civil Rights Commission<br />

for the city of Chesterfield. But personal<br />

accomplishment was not what motivated<br />

Frazier to decades of community dedication.<br />

For her, it was always about the children.<br />

“That’s what I was interested<br />

in,” Frazier said. “That our kids<br />

would have the same education<br />

as any other kid.”<br />

Preserving history<br />

The story of reclaiming and<br />

restoring African Schoolhouse<br />

#4 is a 40-year tale.<br />

At one time, the old school<br />

building was “lost” and not recognized<br />

for its historic value.<br />

For a long time, it was the possession<br />

of a private owner who<br />

merely used the structure as a<br />

place to park a vehicle.<br />

“It’s hard to believe that up<br />

until last summer, this historic<br />

building was a one-car garage,”<br />

Schaffer said. He noted that the<br />

county had contacted the previous<br />

owner numerous times about<br />

purchasing the building but to<br />

no avail. However, when the<br />

property changed hands recently,<br />

the new owner responded to the<br />

county’s calls and generously<br />

donated the building to be preserved.<br />

But that was only part of<br />

the old schoolhouse’s journey.<br />

When the county finally<br />

took possession, it was<br />

clear that it would take a<br />

lot to restore the schoolhouse<br />

to its former glory.<br />

“When they called me<br />

and we saw the remains<br />

of the school, I said, ‘Ah,<br />

they won’t ever be able<br />

to do anything to that<br />

(building),” Frazier said<br />

during her remarks at the<br />

ceremony. “But you’re<br />

witnessing today a wonderful<br />

example of what<br />

can be done.”<br />

Under the supervision<br />

of Jesse Francis,<br />

Faust Parks’s cultural<br />

site manager, the process<br />

to restore the school<br />

began last summer. Many<br />

hot summer days followed<br />

by cold winter<br />

ones would be spent by<br />

Francis and his crew as<br />

they meticulously disassembled,<br />

photographed<br />

and repaired the building.<br />

The county spent $15,000<br />

on the project and another<br />

$20,000 was contributed<br />

by the St. Louis County<br />

Parks Foundation.<br />

Doris Frazier<br />

Francis’ role wasn’t limited to the restoration.<br />

“Jesse worked tirelessly for many years<br />

to acquire the schoolhouse,” Schaffer said.<br />

“Checking in with dismissive landowners.<br />

Negotiating refusals and rejections for<br />

decades.”<br />

It’s no surprise that the one-room schoolhouse<br />

is of modest construction. It’s only<br />

15 feet by 19 feet. It’s hard to imagine<br />

today what it was like for one teacher to<br />

educate a tightly packed room of boys and<br />

girls ranging from kindergarten to eighth<br />

grade. There is no separate area for different<br />

subjects. There is no bathroom or sink.<br />

Only two pictures hang on its walls – one<br />

of George Washington, the other of Abraham<br />

Lincoln. A chalkboard stretches from<br />

corner to corner. Although new materials<br />

were used to replace sections that could<br />

not be fully restored, county park crews<br />

discovered a section of a chalkboard that<br />

still contains a portion of a lesson written<br />

in white chalk.<br />

African Schoolhouse #4 sits in the Historic<br />

Village next to the Alt Schoolhouse,<br />

which was built in 1806 and ran continuously<br />

in Ellisville until 1951. The oneroom<br />

Alt Schoolhouse also accommodated<br />



(Kate Uptergrove photo)<br />

students in grades one through eight.<br />

Also among the Historic Village’s transplanted<br />

historic buildings are the Yokel<br />

barn, the Mertz log cabin, the Conway<br />

House, the Davis House, the Sellenriek<br />

and Schlueter barns, the Spanish Lake<br />

Blacksmith Shop, the Fenton Mercantile,<br />

the Miles A. Seed Carriage House and<br />

other 19th century structures and gardens.<br />

The buildings are open for interior viewing<br />

during specific events throughout the year<br />

when historic character interpreters help to<br />

bring the village to life.<br />

Guided 1.5-hour tours, available by<br />

appointment, cost $4 per person for groups<br />

with a minimum of 10 people and can be<br />

scheduled by calling (314) 615-8336 or<br />

emailing TEmmons@stlouiscountymo.<br />

gov. A digital tour of the park can be<br />

accessed by scanning QR codes at each<br />

site. Soon an interactive history lesson on<br />

African Schoolhouse #4, complete with<br />

Frazier’s voice will be added.<br />

It’s only right that Frazier’s voice will<br />

become a permanent fixture in this piece<br />

of St. Louis history. As all those in attendance<br />

on March will agree, without the<br />

tireless advocacy efforts of this retired<br />

schoolteacher, this once precious place of<br />

opportunity would be lost in the forgotten<br />

memories of generations past.



April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


Local cities, state continue pursuit of opioid settlement funds<br />

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The Missouri Attorney General’s<br />

Office (AGO) recently outlined new<br />

settlements with opioid pharmacies CVS,<br />

Walgreens and Walmart, and opioid manufacturers<br />

Teva and Allerganm that could<br />

add an additional total of $350 million<br />

to Missouri and its political subdivisions<br />

(counties and cities) to be spent directly<br />

on opioid abatement and treatment.<br />

This $350 million is in addition to the<br />

almost $500 million Missouri is receiving<br />

over the next 16 years from previous<br />

opioid settlements with Johnson & Johnson,<br />

Cardinal Health, McKesson and<br />

AmerisourceBergen.<br />

The settlements resolve legal claims<br />

that Missouri has against the opioid<br />

manufacturers and pharmacies, resulting<br />

in needed funding for treatment centers,<br />

supplies of opioid overdose treatment<br />

Narcan, and other opioid addiction<br />

resources.<br />

According to the AGO website, the Missouri<br />

attorney general has signed the forms<br />

for the state to begin participating in the<br />

settlements with these pharmacies and<br />

manufacturers. At this time, political subdivisions<br />

must fill out participation forms<br />

to ensure they receive all settlement funds<br />

for which they are eligible.<br />

The process includes an incentive for<br />

the state and the political subdivisions<br />

to collect additional money if a certain<br />

number of political subdivisions sign-on<br />

to the settlement agreement. The additional<br />

money for the state goes to the<br />

state’s Opioid Addiction Treatment and<br />

Recovery Fund. These settlements could<br />

result in roughly double the new settlement<br />

base amount for opioid treatment<br />

and abatement. However, if not enough<br />

political subdivisions sign-on, the<br />

amount received could be half of what is<br />

possible.<br />

Under the settlement terms, Allergan<br />

will pay $2.37 billion over 7 years; Teva<br />

will pay $3.6 billion over 13 years and<br />

provide each state with an opportunity<br />

to directly receive shipments of Narcan;<br />

Walgreens will pay $4.8 billion over 15<br />

years; and CVS will pay $5.1 billion over<br />

10 years.<br />

The sign-on process already has begun,<br />

using a national implementation manager<br />

named Rubris. Currently, Rubris is<br />

sending information regarding the settlements<br />

to all qualifying political subdivisions.<br />

The deadline to sign-on is April<br />

18, 20<strong>23</strong>. Any political subdivision that<br />

does not participate cannot directly share<br />

in any of the settlement funds Missouri<br />

receives.<br />

Formulas, allocations and structures<br />

are still being worked out, so estimates,<br />

not exact dollars, are being used to illustrate<br />

what each participating political<br />

subdivision could receive.<br />

As counties and cities receive the<br />

information from the attorney general<br />

and Rubris, each goes through whatever<br />

process they have in place for signingon<br />

to the opioid settlement. Each political<br />

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potential estimated amounts from the<br />

settlement for local political subdivisions in<br />

<strong>West</strong> St. Louis County already signed-on are<br />

$152,486 (Creve Coeur), $129,440 (Chesterfield),<br />

$82,691 (Ballwin), $60,441 (Manchester),<br />

$56,188 (Wildwood), $54,805<br />

(Town and Country) and $48,442 (Eureka).<br />

Municipal settlements outside <strong>West</strong>’s<br />

readership area include $295,194<br />

(Hazelwood), $226,655 (University<br />

City), $215,849 (Florissant), $206,185<br />

(Maryland Heights), $196,019 (Kirkwood),<br />

$172,143 (Clayton), $141,594<br />

(Ferguson), $140,626 (Webster Groves),<br />

$97,024 (Jennings), $96,989 (Bridgeton)<br />

$93,825 (Crestwood), $75,033 (Overland),<br />

$74,272 (St. Ann) and $47,163<br />

(Bellefontaine Neighbors).<br />

St. Louis County is expected to receive<br />

$6,066,461 with St. Louis City receiving<br />

$4,555,115.<br />

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given the coveted Citizen<br />

of the Year award for 2022.<br />

Kane was honored<br />

during the Chesterfield<br />

City Council meeting on<br />

March 20 in front of his<br />

friends and family. Mayor<br />

Bob Nation presented him<br />

with a plaque and read a<br />

proclamation.<br />

“He has in so many ways<br />

earned the recognition that<br />

we’re about to congratulate<br />

him with,” Nation said<br />

of Kane. “I think everyone<br />

here knows how involved<br />

with the city Mike Kane<br />

has been. He’s been so<br />

supportive of our city, and<br />

the people who are either<br />

employed here or are<br />

elected, or volunteers, and<br />

so obviously very deserving<br />

of this award.”<br />

The proclamation was<br />

in recognition of his many<br />

contributions to the city and the community.<br />

“Mike is a passionate and tireless<br />

ambassador for all things Chesterfield,”<br />

he said. “He engages citizens, leadership<br />

and staff, creating interest in inspiring<br />

involvement in various aspects of community<br />

prosperity, culture and governance.”<br />

Kane is a longtime serving officer on<br />

the Chesterfield Historic and Landmark<br />

Preservation Committee (CHLPC), where<br />

he is instrumental in fundraising and distribution<br />

of the annual chesterfield historical<br />

calendar.<br />

“Mike was a driving force in establishing<br />

the Chesterfield Historic Museum, where<br />

he serves as an officer, event organizer and<br />

docent,” Nation said.<br />

Kane is also the official ambassador of<br />

Chesterfield’s Blake Mound and Cave<br />

archeological site where he organizes private<br />

tours and helps with ongoing restoration<br />

and research efforts.<br />

He’s an enthusiastic speaker, speaking<br />

during ceremonies at the Veterans Honor<br />

Park and provides guided tours of local<br />

landmarks.<br />

“Mike is truly deserving of this honor,<br />

Mayor Bob Nation presents Citizen of the Year award to<br />

Mike Kane at the City Council meeting March 20.<br />

particularly this year when he and his wife<br />

and daughters celebrate 50 years in Chesterfield,”<br />

Nation said.<br />

Kane also received a plaque that reads,<br />

“2022 Citizen of the Year Mike Kane<br />

– with sincere appreciation for your civic<br />

contributions and countless hours of service<br />

to enhance the quality of life in our<br />

community.”<br />

Mark Leach, a previous Citizen of the<br />

Year recipient, nominated Kane for the<br />

award.<br />

“There’s a lot of other people who could<br />

have gotten this, believe me,” Kane said.<br />

“When Mary and I moved here 50 years<br />

ago, we had no idea what 50 years would<br />

bring and I’m really glad we’ve been here<br />

all this time. Among other things, the more<br />

you’re here in Chesterfield, the more you<br />

appreciate it.”<br />

“My particular love is the history of<br />

Chesterfield.” Referring to the museum<br />

he helped establish, he said, “We have 10<br />

months to create our second one because<br />

the mall is closing, so come up and see us<br />

in the Heritage Museum in the mall.”<br />

Getting in one last opportunity to promote<br />

the museum, he invited people to<br />

visit and while there, hand out Chesterfield<br />

Heritage Foundation flyers.




The St. Louis County Justice Center is<br />

now partnering with St. Louis Community<br />

College (STLCC) to offer college credit<br />

classes to residents of the county jail. The<br />

classes offered to inmates who qualify for<br />

the program are the same classes offered to<br />

students at the community college campus<br />

locations and are taught by the same college<br />

faculty.<br />

There are currently just over 900 residents<br />

being held in the county jail; 80%<br />

of those are awaiting trial and are not yet<br />

convicted of a crime. The average stay in<br />

the jail is usually from six weeks to 18<br />

months. However, since the pandemic,<br />

some inmates have been waiting up to<br />

three years for their trial dates.<br />

Of the 900 residents, currently 128 have<br />

a GED and 300 have a high school diploma.<br />

None of the residents have graduated college.<br />

The idea behind offering the college<br />

credit classes is not only to set inmates on<br />

a better path in life, but to show them what<br />

they can achieve. Statistics show that if<br />

previously incarcerated people have jobs<br />

when they are out of jail they are less likely<br />

to commit another crime.<br />

Maj. Nate Hayward, manager of community<br />

corrections for the justice center,<br />

said there was a lot of interest when he<br />

first unveiled the program to center residents<br />

and that interest continues. Planning<br />

for the program began over Zoom in 2020.<br />

He explained that residents who apply to<br />

the program must submit a high school<br />

transcript or GED and should be residents<br />

of the center long enough to complete the<br />

classes. Students accepted into the program<br />

are students of STLCC.<br />

The first group of eight students, called<br />

a cohort, started two classes in January<br />

and finished in March. The classes are<br />

condensed into eight weeks much like the<br />

community college’s summer schedule<br />

and meet two or three times per week.<br />

The initial cohort took a college reading<br />

class and history class, earning six college<br />

credit hours. The second session began in<br />

late March with classes in oral communication<br />

and sociology. At the end of the<br />

second eight-week session the group will<br />

have earned 12 college credit hours.<br />

A second cohort of eight students began<br />

in March and a third cohort will be added<br />

after that group completes its first eightweek<br />

session. Cohorts can have up to 12<br />

students.<br />

Elizabeth Eisele, deputy chief of communications<br />

for the county executive, said<br />

three cohorts will be the limit for now.<br />

The credits students are earning can go<br />

toward general studies and are transferable<br />

to other higher education institutions<br />

in Missouri. Officials hope the students<br />

will continue their education at an STLCC<br />

campus or online once they leave the justice<br />

center.<br />

“I’ve never been presented with this<br />

opportunity,” said Jovotiney Powell, a<br />

resident participating in the program.<br />

“People will talk down to you where<br />

I’m from. This is a wonderful program.<br />

People face problems because they lack<br />

knowledge. The classes give me a sense<br />

of purpose.”<br />

Powell said his oral communications<br />

class, taught by STLCC faculty member<br />

Donna Trone, makes him more conscious<br />

of how he speaks to other people. He<br />

said he also enjoyed the history class and<br />

learning about how the past shapes the<br />

future.<br />

STLCC-Florissant Valley President Dr.<br />

Elizabeth Perkins said students will be<br />

able to complete substantial course work<br />

toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree<br />

depending on what courses they take. She<br />

April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


New program allows county jail residents to take college classes<br />

I NEWS I 13<br />

said so far the students at the justice center<br />

are doing a great job.<br />

“The class is just as hard wherever you<br />

take it,” Perkins said. “Every class has to<br />

be offered the same way to every student.<br />

We will not sacrifice education or quality.<br />

“The students who were in the first cohort<br />

did phenomenally well with their grades.<br />

They are so dedicated to doing so well, it<br />

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Rendering of the proposed Lutheran Senior Services’ Mason Pointe campus in Town &<br />

Country<br />

(Source: lssliving.org)<br />


It was standing room only at the Town<br />

& Country Board of Aldermen meeting on<br />

March 27 for the public hearing presenting<br />

Mason Pointe’s proposed remodel and<br />

expansion.<br />

Neighboring residents spoke both in<br />

favor and against the proposed redesign of<br />

one of the buildings on the Mason Pointe<br />

senior living center campus located at<br />

13190 South Outer Forty Road. Mason<br />

Pointe is owned and operated by Lutheran<br />

Senior Services (LSS), a faith based nonprofit<br />

organization that owns several senior<br />

living facilities in Missouri and Illinois.<br />

The proposal is to tear down an existing<br />

two-story building in order to build a<br />

new three-story building to accommodate<br />

underground parking and 75 independent<br />

living apartments on the floors above. LSS<br />

is also proposing to move the existing loop<br />

access road 80 feet to the south to accommodate<br />

the new building and build a new<br />

three-level retaining wall to accommodate<br />

moving the access road. The height of the<br />

berm that shields the building from neighboring<br />

residents’ sight lines will be raised<br />

and trees will be planted on top of the berm.<br />

The new independent living building will<br />

reduce the total number of residential units<br />

on the property by 54 units. This renovation<br />

will reduce the number of skilled nursing<br />

beds in the center, shifting more towards<br />

independent and assisted living units, and<br />

adding dedicated memory assisted living<br />

units.<br />

Gerard Carmody, an attorney representing<br />

nearby neighbors opposed to the plan,<br />

said that Town & Country residents simply<br />

do not want Mason Pointe to expand again,<br />

especially because its most recent expansion<br />

was just completed in 2020. At that<br />

time, residents were told by LSS employees<br />

who are no longer with the company<br />

that there would not be any more expansion<br />

on the site.<br />

Drew Redman, executive director of<br />

Mason Pointe, said that market conditions<br />

have changed since the pandemic and there<br />

is less of a demand for skilled nursing units<br />

and more for assisted and independent<br />

living. He noted that more senior citizens<br />

want to age in place and bring services in<br />

their home if needed, rather than going to a<br />

skilled nursing facility.<br />

During the pandemic residents in skilled<br />

nursing facilities were not allowed to<br />

receive visitors due to healthcare restrictions.<br />

Many elderly residents of skilled<br />

nursing facilities across the country died<br />

without having family by their side.<br />

Carmody also pointed out that two recent<br />

requests from other senior living facilities<br />

were withdrawn and rejected by the city.<br />

In 2019, the Clarendale senior living<br />

organization proposed building on the<br />

site that is now Town & Country Health<br />

& Rehabilitation at 13995 Clayton Road.<br />

That company withdrew its proposal after<br />

the planning and zoning commission voted<br />

to recommend the board of aldermen deny<br />

the plan. In 2020, Mari De Villa, located<br />

at 13900 Clayton Road, proposed plans to<br />

expand its campus as well. That proposal<br />

failed on a 4-3 board vote. Then alderman<br />

Jon Benigas voted no because he said<br />

the city already had quite a bit of senior<br />

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hensive plan was to have so much senior<br />

living, according to Town & Country City<br />

Administrator Bob Shelton, paraphrasing<br />

from minutes for the meeting in which that<br />

action took place.<br />

Shelton said the city’s comprehensive<br />

plan refers to senior living facilities being<br />

more concentrated in designated areas,<br />

like around the highway where Mason<br />

Pointe is versus Clarendale and Mari De<br />

Villa that are tucked more into residential<br />

areas. He said this is something board<br />

members might refer to while considering<br />

their vote.<br />

While opponents question the need for<br />

more senior living units in Town & Country,<br />

Redman said Mason Pointe’s long<br />

waiting list of 130 for independent living<br />

and another long waiting list for assisted<br />

living units is proof there is a need.<br />

Another concern from neighbors who<br />

can see the current Mason Pointe building<br />

from their property is that the new building<br />

proposed would be three stories tall<br />

instead of two. While the proposal is to<br />

dig down to lower the base of the building,<br />

it still would be 12 feet taller than it<br />

is now. Residents nearby are concerned<br />

about the view, especially at night when<br />

the lights are on.<br />

Alderman Ryan Mortland (Ward 3)<br />

asked LSS officials if they had considered<br />

alternative plans within the footprint that<br />

already exists on the property. Redman<br />

said they did not think the project would be<br />

viable on other parts of the 33-acre campus.<br />

Drainage fields and rainwater detention<br />

basins take up most of the area on the western<br />

and northeastern parts of the property.<br />

He noted that the building on the east side<br />

of the campus would not be viable because<br />

the independent living units would be too<br />

far apart to walk to the other side of the<br />

campus to partake in the campus’ amenities.<br />

Redman said the new plans will also<br />

allow them to offer dedicated assisted<br />

living memory care units, which do not<br />

exist today on the campus. The building<br />

LSS is proposing to replace is currently<br />

its assisted living building. According to<br />

Redman, the minimum age to live in the<br />

independent living apartments is 62. He<br />

pointed out that with the proposal, the<br />

property still complies with green space<br />

requirements, having 62% green space<br />

versus the 60% required. Attorney John<br />

Nations, representing LSS, also noted that<br />

the proposal fits with the city’s comprehensive<br />

plan and land use map.<br />

The second reading of the proposed<br />

ordinance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April<br />

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and useful to them. There are other<br />

programs out there that don’t lead to much.<br />

Either the degree is not accredited or the<br />

credits can’t be transferred. We want to be<br />

sure the work we do is going to be meaningful<br />

for their future.”<br />

Randy Holman, St. Louis County’s<br />

deputy director of justice services, said the<br />

cost of the classes is the same as the public<br />

cost at STLCC of $127 per credit hour. He<br />

said those fees are currently being paid out<br />

of a fund that is generated from commissary<br />

purchases made by the residents. Revenue<br />

in that fund is required by statute to<br />

go toward programming to benefit those in<br />

residence at the justice center.<br />

Holman noted that in order for the residents<br />

to pursue their education, the county<br />

is working with STLCC to have eligible<br />

students file their FASFA (free application<br />

for student federal aid) and apply for Pell<br />

grants.<br />

“Additionally, in collaboration with the<br />

community college, we are applying for<br />

a Department of Justice Second Chance<br />

grant,” Holman said. “That grant alone<br />

would fund the entire program for three<br />

years.”<br />

Holman said there also are outside<br />

sources that Justice Services Director Scott<br />

Anders has contacted which are willing to<br />

assist as needed. One example is Caritas<br />

Family Solutions, a nonprofit social services<br />

agency, that donated laptops for the<br />

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“They too realize the potential of giving<br />

our residents an opportunity to develop<br />

skills and education that will give the ability<br />

to find rewarding career paths that will<br />

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4-8 with rare deals, great reads and the<br />

opportunity to make memories as a book<br />

fair volunteer.<br />

Marilyn Brown has been involved for<br />

17 years as a Book Fair volunteer. Peggy<br />

Kornfein has been volunteering for almost<br />

20 years. Together the women are serving<br />

as co-chairs of the 20<strong>23</strong> event.<br />

“I remember when I was a teenager I<br />

would go to the Book Fair at what was then<br />

<strong>West</strong>roads and later Famous Barr in Clayton<br />

and I had fond memories of shopping<br />

there,” Brown explained as to why she<br />

started volunteering. “ I’ve always been a<br />

book lover and I want to get those books<br />

out there to people.”<br />

Proceeds from the Book Fair, now in its<br />

73rd year, benefit local nonprofit education<br />

and literacy programs. Since its inception,<br />

more than $1 million has been donated to<br />

local nonprofits. Its mission is threefold: to<br />

empower youth with literacy, to empower<br />

the community through its ongoing support<br />

of local charities, and to empower its<br />

volunteers through experiences that create<br />

lasting memories.<br />

“I love our mission,” said Kornfein, who<br />

began volunteering after retiring from<br />

teaching middle school. “It’s really exciting<br />

on opening afternoon to see people<br />

rushing in to buy books.”<br />

But it’s not only books that patrons are<br />

searching for; the Book Fair also is a great<br />

place to find rare and collectible movies,<br />

vinyl records, comics and ephemera with a<br />

large inventory that includes first editions,<br />

limited editions, out-of-print editions,<br />

signed copies and other treasures.<br />

Ephemera are paper goods such as postcards,<br />

flyers and pamphlets, and bookmarks<br />

that people collect.<br />

“In our Collector’s Corner, we have rare<br />

items that are generally priced from $20<br />

or $25 on up. Our pricing is usually about<br />

one-third to one-fourth of what a collector<br />

would pay online,” Kornfein said. “So the<br />

books and items that we sell in our Collector’s<br />

Corner are bargains.”<br />

The Book Fair offers books in “almost<br />

any category you can think of,” according<br />

to Brown.<br />

“We have fiction, history, politics, government,<br />

African-American books, literature,<br />

science fiction, plants, gardening,<br />

nature, pets, music, mysteries, a huge collection<br />

of children’s books … I could go on<br />

and on,” she said.<br />

And with every book sold, the promise of<br />

helping someone to read grows.<br />

“I don’t know how you can exist in<br />

today’s world if you can’t read,” Brown<br />

said, pointing back to the importance of the<br />

Book Fair’s mission. “Children who can’t<br />

read or can’t read well are at a disadvantage<br />

from the very beginning. So our support<br />

of those organizations that promote<br />

literacy just makes me feel so good.<br />

“At the Book Fair, I love seeing children<br />

looking through books. I remember seeing a<br />

little boy sitting under a table at the book fair<br />

while his mother was shopping and he had<br />

a book on his lap, reading – and I thought,<br />

‘Wow, this is what it’s really all about.’”<br />

The Book Fair, sponsored in part by <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong>, opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

May 4. On that day only, a $15 admission is<br />

charged. For those who want to ensure their<br />

place in line, line tickets can be purchased<br />

for $25 beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday<br />

morning. These placeholders allow patrons<br />

to leave the premises, come back before 4<br />

p.m. and keep their place in line.<br />

General admission is free on Friday and<br />

Saturday with sales taking place from 10<br />

a.m.-8 p.m.; all remaining books are halfprice<br />

from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.<br />

“The more money we make at the Book<br />

Fair, the more we can give back to the community,”<br />

Brown said.<br />

“And all of the money raised stays in the<br />

greater St. Louis area,” Korfein added.<br />

Volunteers, ages 12 and older, are still<br />

needed to ensure the Book Fair’s success.<br />

Volunteers serve as greeters, cart wranglers,<br />

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Local students win big in<br />

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The Foundry Art Centre held its first<br />

Regional High School Student Show featuring<br />

the talent of the region’s young artists.<br />

Accepted works were judged by<br />

regional professional artist Janie Stamm,<br />

Foundry Art Centre personnel and Mayor<br />

Dan Borgmeyer.<br />

Students receiving awards were:<br />

• Jessenia Roa, of St. Charles <strong>West</strong> and<br />

Mai Gannon, of St. Dominic, who received<br />

the Local 636 Awards.<br />

• Julia Kehoe, of St. Dominic and Mekhi<br />

Holden, of North Technical High, who<br />

received the Cozy Shop Awards.<br />

• Aly Juarez, of Troy Buchanan; Kaitlyn<br />

Brown, of Technical High School;<br />

and Kaye Latzel, of Francis Howell Central,<br />

who received the Blick Art Materials<br />

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• Linette Janonski, of Whitfield School,<br />

who received the Foundry Studio Artist<br />

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• Emma Casado, of Whitfield School,<br />

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• Lucy Gallagher, of Whitfield School,<br />

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• Juni Asikainen, of Whitfield School,<br />

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by the Bev Roy Hope Foundation.<br />

• James Wortham, of St. Charles <strong>West</strong><br />

High, who received the Mayor Dan Borgmeyer<br />

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• Caroline Tarleton, of Francis Howell<br />

Central, who received the Best of Show.<br />

Honorable Mentions were awarded to<br />

Mason Henke, of St. Charles <strong>West</strong>; Dinara<br />

Aladinova, of Pattonville High; Wayne<br />

Webster and Amir Muhammad, of MICDS;<br />

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Scholarships, awards given<br />

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Eureka High student Ciara Rhodes has<br />

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John Cary Scholarship, and Chesterfield<br />

Elementary’s Corey Howard and Rockwood<br />

Summit High’s Hannah <strong>West</strong> have<br />

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schools more easily<br />

during an emergency situation<br />

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Parkway’s Highcroft Ridge<br />

Elementary in Chesterfield.<br />

While the interiors of<br />

schools can sometimes<br />

seem like a maze for visitors<br />

who aren’t familiar with the<br />

corridors and different sections<br />

of the building, this<br />

ordinance should help.<br />

The new mapping system, called school<br />

premise identification, is a more uniform<br />

way to label school buildings, using color<br />

coordinated signs with large room numbers<br />

on display, so that first responders<br />

won’t need a map to navigate schools when<br />

they’ve been called for an emergency.<br />

A St. Louis County School Safety Task<br />

Force was formed three years ago by<br />

St. Louis County Council member Mark<br />

Harder (R-District 7) and included members<br />

of local fire protection districts, police<br />

departments, emergency management and<br />

Parkway officials. The task force created a<br />

draft ordinance for a standardized school<br />

labeling system of hallways and interior<br />

and exterior doors and windows.<br />

Highcroft will serve as an example to<br />

other school districts when they begin to<br />

implement the color coding system.<br />

Each zone of the school is assigned a<br />

color. In the ordinance it is recommended<br />

that the main entrance zone start with red<br />

and then the zones will go clockwise in<br />

the order of the colors of the rainbow with<br />

orange, yellow, green, blue and so on.<br />

Every door in each zone is labeled with a<br />

4-inch tall, color-coded room number. One<br />

sign is flat against the wall above the door,<br />

while another sticks out like a flag so that<br />

someone standing in a hallway can look<br />

down and see all of the room numbers in<br />

that zone. The color-coded room numbers<br />

are also placed inside the classrooms for<br />

students and teachers to be aware of in case<br />

they need to call for assistance.<br />

Color-coded directional arrows are<br />

placed at hallway intersections and a<br />

4-inch colored stripe will be placed along<br />

the bottom of the hallways to mark the<br />

zone. Firefighters requested the stripe be<br />

at the bottom of a wall or on the floor in<br />

case of a fire, because smoke rises and they<br />

would be able to follow the stripe along the<br />

floor of the corridor.<br />

On the outside of the buildings every<br />

window and door will be labeled with<br />

A color coded diagram of Highcroft Ridge Elementary<br />

details a new school premise identification system.<br />

(Source: Parkway Schools)<br />

6-inch tall numbers in the same color as the<br />

zone on the inside of the building.<br />

St. Louis County fire districts are deciding<br />

individually whether they will adopt<br />

the proposed ordinance as part of their fire<br />

codes. Once the ordinance is part of the fire<br />

code, schools would be required to comply,<br />

with the rollout expected to take two years<br />

for most school districts. Monarch FPD<br />

has already adopted the ordinance.<br />

Put simply, the labeling system:<br />

• Reduces the response time of first<br />

responders because they can go directly to<br />

the entrance closest to where they are needed,<br />

rather than through the main entrance.<br />

• Allows those in the building to provide<br />

better information to 911 dispatchers.<br />

• Allows everyone who enters the school<br />

to navigate the building with ease.<br />

“This system will help us get to students<br />

quicker,” said St. Louis County Police<br />

Chief Kenneth Gregory. “The sooner we<br />

can get to a situation the quicker we can<br />

end a situation.”<br />

Parkway’s Superintendent Dr. Keith<br />

Marty said they are proud that Highcroft<br />

gets to be the model school for the labeling<br />

system. Law enforcement and first responders<br />

will use it for training on the new system.<br />

Parkway officials said the price tag for<br />

all of the signage in Highcroft was $3,800<br />

and came from their facilities department<br />

operating budget. They estimate the cost<br />

for signage at the high schools to be significantly<br />

more based on the larger size of<br />

the buildings compared to an elementary<br />

school. Parkway has 29 school buildings<br />

in its district, along with two early childhood<br />

centers. Gov. Mike Parson recently<br />

made $20 million available to schools to<br />

promote school safety. Those funds will<br />

be distributed through the Department of<br />

Elementary and Secondary Education’s<br />

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Local robotics teams headed to world championship this month<br />


Two local robotics teams qualified for<br />

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robotics competition, after excelling<br />

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Team Force Green<br />

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Rockwood and homeschooled students,<br />

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Baz Dignam, Peter Himstedt, Tejus Krishnan,<br />

Joey Marchand, Aly Palmquist, Taha<br />

Shakeel, Shravya Sunkugari, Parthiv Voleti<br />

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The Eureka High Bosons also qualified<br />

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1,000-point club welcomes<br />

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Parkway <strong>West</strong> senior basketball player<br />

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A 6-foot-3 guard, King topped 1,000<br />

points in his next to last game in his career<br />

with the Longhorns.<br />

“It is a difficult feat to accomplish 1,000<br />

points,” said coach John Wright. “Tyler is<br />

only the ninth player in 55 years at Parkway<br />

<strong>West</strong> that has scored 1,000 points. It is<br />

a very exclusive club.”<br />

The basket came in a 51-32 Class 6 District<br />

quarterfinal victory over Waynesville. It<br />

was a 3-point field goal that sent King by the<br />

magic number. He scored most of his points<br />

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• • •<br />

Senior Brooke Coffey has topped 1,000<br />

points in her Incarnate Word Academy<br />

career. She broke the barrier in the Red<br />

Knights’ 73-31 win over St. Joseph’s Academy<br />

to claim the Class 6 District 3 championship.<br />

The 6-foot guard, an Illinois State University<br />

signee, scored a team-best 25 points<br />

against the Angels to go along with three<br />

assists and two rebounds in the victory.<br />

“Any time you can reach a milestone like<br />

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Word coach Dan Rolfes said. “So many of<br />

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carries the team. We’re a balanced team.<br />

So, to reach 1,000 points, that is special.<br />

“Brooke is just a 6-foot shooting guard.<br />

She’s very, very strong,” Rolfes said. “She<br />

shoots the ball extremely well. She has great<br />

court vision. She’s one of the best passers<br />

besides the point guard that I’ve ever had.”<br />

• • •<br />

Senior Binta Fall eclipsed the 1,000-<br />

point mark for her career in her last game<br />

with the MICDS Rams.<br />

The Rams lost 48-19 to the Vashon<br />

Wolverines in a Class 4 sectional game at<br />

Maryville University. Fall scored 12 of the<br />

Rams’ 19 points.<br />

“It is a big accomplishment, not many<br />

kids reach that level to begin with and<br />

Binta did it while maintaining a level of<br />

selflessness as a player that you love to<br />

see,” Coach Scott Small said. “She really<br />

turned it up in the last couple of weeks,<br />

which made this a possibility for her in the<br />

sectional game. She needed nine (points)<br />

and we knew that could be a tall task<br />

against a really strong Vashon defense,<br />

but she had a great first half and actually<br />

scored her 1,000 in the second quarter on<br />

a shot attempt just off the top of the key<br />

inside the three-point line.<br />

Fall became the 11th Ram to reach 1,000<br />

points in a career.<br />

“She did a lot for us and we are certainly<br />

proud of her time with us,” Small said.<br />

Fall will be attending Washington University.<br />

Her basketball career there is to be<br />

determined, Small said.<br />

• • •<br />

Whitfield senior Tkyiah “Te Te” Nelson<br />

reached the 1,000-point scoring milestone<br />

in the game against Riverview Gardens<br />

that the Warriors won 59-15.<br />

The 5-foot-9 guard finished the season<br />

averaging 19.8 points a game. She played<br />

in only 19 games as the Warriors had a<br />

shortened season when some players quit<br />

the team in mid-December.<br />

“It is an incredible milestone for any basketball<br />

player to reach the 1,000 point mark<br />

in a four-year span,” Whitfield coach Chris<br />

Ellis said. “You have to average double<br />

digits each year. This year, Te Te has far<br />

exceeded that amount.”<br />

Nelson is just the third girl at Whitfield<br />

to score more than 1,000 points. The big<br />

basket came in the Class 5 District 3 game<br />

at Whitfield.<br />

“We set her up for a 3-point shot in the<br />

right corner in the team huddle between the<br />

third and fourth quarters of the Riverview<br />

Gardens game at home in the first round of<br />

district play,” Ellis said. “She knocked it<br />

down without hesitation.”<br />

“Play was stopped, the announcement<br />

came on, she was presented with the game<br />

ball, and our Athletic Director Mike Roth<br />

had a 1,000-point autographed basketball<br />

for her after the game,” Ellis said. “One of<br />

our coaches, Santana Barnes, had a sweatshirt<br />

especially made for her and her 1,000-<br />

point accomplishment.”<br />

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CBC senior Jeremiyah Love recently<br />

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high standards of academic achievement<br />

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The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior running<br />

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the Class 6 state championship this past<br />

season. Love rushed for 1,292 yards and 22<br />

touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 370<br />

yards and five scores.<br />

In CBC’s 35-28, overtime win over<br />

Lee’s Summit North High School in the<br />

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three scores on the ground and caught three<br />

balls for 106 yards and two TDs.<br />

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the Class of 20<strong>23</strong> by Rivals.com, he was a<br />

first team Class 6 All-State selection.<br />

Love has volunteered locally with the<br />

Ethical Society of Police to address racebased<br />

discrimination within the community.<br />

He has also donated his time at an elementary<br />

school and as part of community beautification<br />

projects and has maintained an<br />

unweighted 4.05 GPA in the classroom.<br />

Love will play football on scholarship at<br />

the University of Notre Dame this fall.<br />

Chaminade’s Ward<br />

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Chaminade legends to reach the top of the<br />

all-time assist leaders.<br />

Ward just finished his last season with<br />

the Red Devils. He ended with 453 assists<br />

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But in the recent tournament held in Portland,<br />

Oregon, Lancia ended his high school<br />

career as an All-American.<br />

“This year I told myself through lots of<br />

hard work and success I wanted to win<br />

another state championship, but with that<br />

place in the top 5 in the nation,” Lancia<br />

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accomplished both of those goals so<br />

that all my years of hard work paid off.”<br />

Lancia, who began playing the sport in<br />

the sixth grade, won his second consecutive<br />

boys singles state title and took fifth in boys<br />

singles in the national event. In Portland,<br />

he also finished second in boys doubles<br />

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USA Racquetball High School All-<br />

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He credited his coach, Mike Williams,<br />

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“His athletic attributes in several different<br />

sports benefit him in racquetball,” Williams<br />

said. “He’s a standout soccer player<br />

and volleyball at Parkway and those skill<br />

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“Winning consecutive states is a feat<br />

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Adam is the first Parkway <strong>West</strong> player to<br />

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In the national tournament, Lancia<br />

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“Because I made it to the quarterfinals<br />

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Lancia played London Townsend, of Van<br />

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Lancia scored a 15-5,14-15,11-3 victory<br />

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hands. He finds people on time and on target.<br />

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“Absolutely, he’s one of our all-time<br />

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Oregon.<br />

On the girls side, Parkway <strong>West</strong> senior<br />

Gabi Badami and Lafayette’s Riley Graven<br />

and Annie Leath became all-Americans.<br />

Badami finished fourth in the No. 1<br />

White singles play. She lost 15-9, 8-15,<br />

11-5 to Meredith Motto, of Southridge<br />

High, of Beaverton, Oregon.<br />

The Lancers duo of Graven and Leath finished<br />

third in girls’ doubles. They defeated<br />

Grace Schoonmaker and Hannah Bradshaw,<br />

of Sprague, Oregon, 15-10, 6-15, 11-7.<br />

Graven also finished third in No. 1<br />

Gold singles play. She defeated Kareena<br />

Mathew, of Crescent Valley High in Corvallis,<br />

Oregon.<br />

For boys, Parkway <strong>West</strong>’s Adam Lancia<br />

and Tyler Yadzi and Lafayette’s Josh Lee and<br />

Jonathan Ruck earned all-American honors.<br />

Lancia and Yadzi finished second in No.<br />

1 boys doubles. They lost 15-9, 4-15, 11-4<br />

to St. Louis University High’s Luke Dannegger<br />

and Nicholas Heinlein.<br />

Lee and Ruck finished fourth in No. 1<br />

boys doubles. They lost to Kirkwood’s Zack<br />

<strong>West</strong> and Sam Neureiter, 14-15, 15-7, 11-1.<br />

Lancia and Badami finished fourth in<br />

mixed doubles. The two Longhorns were<br />

seeded fourth in the tournament. They lost in<br />

the semifinals to the pair of DJ Mendoza and<br />

Naomi Ros, of Douglar MacArthur High in<br />

San Antonio, Texas. They dropped the thirdplace<br />

match to Camden Schnebly and Elle<br />

Newton of Lincoln High in Portland.<br />

Jones makes history<br />

for Parkway South<br />

Parkway South’s Janiah Jones has won<br />

the first girls match in the program’s history.<br />

She also became the first female threetime<br />

state placer. Most importantly of all,<br />

she became the first state champion in the<br />

Patriots program history at the recent meet<br />

at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.<br />

Jones went 32-2 as a senior and won the<br />

Class 2 135-pound class with a 12-6 decision<br />

over Washington’s Annelise Obermark.<br />

“I feel very accomplished and grateful and<br />

very appreciative that I was able to do such<br />

an amazing thing for my school to make<br />

history,” Jones said. “I love the feeling of<br />

being able to say I accomplished something<br />

like this. It’s definitely surreal. I think this<br />

will always have a special place in my brain<br />

and heart to know that I am able to do such<br />

great things with the right support system and<br />

people behind me to achieve my goals.”<br />

Jones began wrestling as a freshman.<br />

That was coach Andrew Wallace’s first year<br />

leading the program.<br />

“I got into wrestling because of simply a<br />

joke. I missed my bus one day after school<br />

from my usual dilly-dallying and I knew if<br />

I told my mom I missed my bus I would<br />

be in big trouble,” Jones said. “One of my<br />

friends at that time also stayed after and<br />

she approached me with the joking idea of<br />

going to wrestling tryouts. I walked in and<br />

fell in love.”<br />

She was a quick learner and won the first<br />

girls match in South wrestling history. That<br />

match was against Lindbergh’s Mackenzie<br />

Fortna at 130 pounds. Jones won an 11-6<br />

decision.<br />

“I don’t remember much from the match<br />

but I will never forget the feeling of my<br />

hand being raised for the first time,” Jones<br />

said. “Pure satisfaction, bliss and adrenaline.<br />

It felt absolutely golden.”<br />

This year at state, she opened with a win by<br />

fall over Liberty North’s Alexis in the opening<br />

round. She followed that in the quarterfinals<br />

with a 3-2 decision over Lebanon’s<br />

Taylor Johnson. In the semifinals, she won by<br />

fall in 5:33 over Willard’s Ashlan Thompson.<br />

It was 0-0 going into the state final against<br />

a familiar foe. Jones had defeated Obermark<br />

during the district meet by fall. However,<br />

Obermark had upset the defending champion<br />

Crahan in the quarterfinals, So, Jones had to<br />

be ready to go.<br />

“Going into her final match, I told her<br />

that I’m proud of her already and that I had<br />

complete faith in her that she was going to<br />

do great things,” Wallace said. “I think that<br />

helped with her nerves and she went out<br />

into that match with no stress and left it all<br />

on the mat.”<br />

In the championship match, Jones won a<br />

big 12-6 decision.<br />

Jones said she hopes her legacy will be<br />

to help any girl realize she can do anything<br />

she wants.<br />

“I want to help grow women’s wrestling<br />

because we live in a generation where it<br />

isn’t a male sport anymore, it’s for all of<br />

us,” Jones said.



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A counselor’s advice for navigating new friendships at summer camp<br />


Meeting new people and making friends<br />

is a big part of the summer camp experience.<br />

The social skills kids learn at camp<br />

are an important part of development and a<br />

chance to expand their friend base outside<br />

of neighborhoods and schools.<br />

Most camps begin with ice breaker type<br />

activities to help campers get to know each<br />

other, whether it’s a day camp or sleep-away<br />

camp. Sitll, if a child is going to a camp and<br />

doesn’t know anyone else who is attending,<br />

it can be a little scary. Nicole Buesse,<br />

of Nicole B Counseling Services, LLC, part<br />

of the Tea Tree Wellness Collaborative in<br />

Wildwood, said she likes to remind kids that<br />

everyone is nervous going into social settings,<br />

even if they don’t show it.<br />

“They are stepping out of the school community<br />

with kids (they) haven’t met before,”<br />

Buesse said. “It’s natural to be nervous.”<br />

Role playing introductions ahead of time<br />

might help ease some nerves.<br />

Since many camps have restrictions on<br />

kids having phones or other electronics<br />

with them. With those taken away, kids<br />

might feel awkward. Buesse explained that<br />

those devices have become a sort of security<br />

blanket enabling kids to easily entertain<br />

themselves.<br />

“They might not know where to put their<br />

hands or where to look,” Buesse said of<br />

campers in the absence of technology. “One<br />

of the first things kids can do is say ‘Hi’ to<br />

other people and make eye contact and make<br />

it obvious that they are looking to make new<br />

friends. It’s OK to make<br />

eye contact and smile and<br />

walk up to someone who<br />

smiles back.”<br />

Making eye contact<br />

and smiling is a good<br />

sign that the other camper<br />

is also open to making a<br />

new friendship.<br />

Looking a little further<br />

into what other interests<br />

campers have in common<br />

helps kids decide who<br />

they want to be friends with, Buesse said.<br />

“I think when kids are looking at who<br />

they want to establish a friendship with<br />

at camp, they should look for somebody<br />

who they can be their self around. A new<br />

friend should make them feel comfortable,”<br />

she said, “someone with similar interests.<br />

Someone who thinks what I think is funny,<br />

they think is funny.”<br />

While things might be going great for a<br />

while at camp, it’s usually inevitable that<br />

some sort of conflict will come up. Conflict<br />

resolution is also an important skill that is<br />

good to learn when young.<br />

Buesse also reminds kids that they don’t<br />

have to be friends with everyone. It’s OK<br />

to decide not to move<br />

forward with a friendship,<br />

as long as they learn how<br />

to get along well enough<br />

to peacefully coexist,<br />

Buesse said.<br />

“Be comfortable with<br />

not being close and not<br />

feeling like you have to<br />

force a friendship where<br />

there doesn’t have to be<br />

one,” Buesse said. “You<br />

don’t want to think that<br />

someone doesn’t want to be your friend,<br />

but at the end of the day we all have friends<br />

that we gel with more and others where<br />

we realize that we aren’t meant to be best<br />

friends.”<br />

Busse also recommends campers seek<br />

out the help of their camp counselor to help<br />

smooth out tricky situations. If needed,<br />

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parents can have a meeting with camp personnel<br />

and see if there is any extra support<br />

they can provide and make sure they are<br />

aware of the situation that is making their<br />

camper uncomfortable.<br />

Buesse also has some advice for parents:<br />

Don’t pull an unhappy camper out of camp<br />

too soon.<br />

“If your child has a bad first day or two<br />

at camp, don’t be alarmed,” Buesse said.<br />

“Problem solve at home and be prepared to<br />

send them back. Withdrawing them from<br />

camp only reinforces that they can’t make<br />

new friends or problem solve.<br />

“Sometimes (campers) need to push<br />

through a tough situation to prove they<br />

really can do it. There are counselors there<br />

to help them through it and if they stick<br />

through it until the end they will learn something<br />

about themselves in the process.”<br />

Buesse said this is all good advice for the<br />

school year too.<br />

“Going to camp and making friends might<br />

seem like a daunting task, but they’ve done<br />

it before,” Buesse said. “They’ve been<br />

doing it in each new school year-new class,<br />

and learning new names. Even though it’s<br />

not school, it’s still the same thing; it’s just<br />

a different setting.”<br />

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For generation after generation,<br />

summer camps have been a beloved<br />

part of growing up. Themed day camps<br />

for younger children are an exciting way<br />

to introduce unique styles of learning,<br />

engaging with the world and expressing<br />

creativity.<br />

A research study from the American<br />

Camp Association suggests that “camp can<br />

have a major impact on a child throughout<br />

their life and camp practices lead to lasting<br />

learning.”<br />

Robotics and STEM (science, technology,<br />

engineering and math) camps certainly<br />

live up to that assessment, but so too<br />

do camps that focus exclusively on the arts.<br />

Camps that focus on the arts boast<br />

advantages that last beyond summer fun<br />

and socializing. Research proves that<br />

arts camps – from fine arts and crafts to<br />

theater, music and dance – benefit children<br />

in the areas of mental health, creative<br />

self-expression and even college<br />

preparation.<br />

Arts camps enhance creativity, encourage<br />

positive self-esteem and can help children<br />

develop social and emotional skills.<br />

According to drawchange.org, music and<br />

dramatic play enhance comprehension<br />

and multi-sensory skills, and hands-on art<br />

encourages creative exploration and selfexpression<br />

– skills useful in many aspects<br />

of life.<br />

Emma, a well-spoken 9-year-old who<br />

has attended a local theater camp for several<br />

summers, could not agree more.<br />

“I really like that you’re able to express<br />

yourself through acting and in front of an<br />

audience,” Emma said of her camp experiences.<br />

“I think it really builds character for<br />

kids and will prepare them for the world<br />

ahead of them.”<br />

On the other end of the spectrum, Brynin<br />

Henderson, a senior at Fort Zumwalt <strong>West</strong><br />

High, said her experience with a summer<br />

theater camp for teens gave her a glimpse<br />

of her future. Last summer, she spent three<br />

weeks at the DePaul University Summer<br />

Theatre Program in Chicago.<br />

“One of the greatest aspects I noticed<br />

was how much the program engaged my<br />

imagination and creativity,” Brynin said.<br />

“It made my love for theater grow because<br />

I was around people who were just as passionate<br />

about it as I am. I think we often<br />

forget that every production begins with a<br />

simple idea. Having the initiative, creativity,<br />

and freedom to develop an idea, is what<br />

makes you an artist.”<br />

The program consisted of 24 high<br />

Brynin Henderson arrives at DePaul<br />

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school students from around the country,<br />

who had accomplishments and interests in<br />

theater. Brynin said the people she met at<br />

the camp made an indelible mark on her<br />

life.<br />

“I met so many new people and we are all<br />

still friends and keep in touch,” she said. “I<br />

believe that it definitely made me a better<br />

collaborator because we had to compromise<br />

and prioritize teamwork through our<br />

projects.<br />

“Attending this program made me<br />

more in tune with my imagination and<br />

gave me more confidence as an artist.<br />

The college-style program also gave me<br />

a glimpse into what I will be experiencing<br />

next year, as I will be majoring in<br />

Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University<br />

in Los Angeles.”<br />

For campers of all ages, the opportunity<br />

to meet peers who are equally as passionate<br />

about their craft is one of the best parts of<br />

the camp experience. Additionally, painting,<br />

dancing, playing an instrument, singing,<br />

bringing a character to life on stage or<br />

doing a craft can relieve stress.<br />

For kids who have a tendency to act<br />

out in order to get attention, theater camp<br />

can provide a medium for them to express<br />

themselves in a safe and creative way. So<br />

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Tips for sending your shy child to camp<br />

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On the television drama “Scorpion,”<br />

there’s a young genius named Ralph. He’s<br />

brilliant but shy – and he has a secret:<br />

“Mom always said I’m an indoor cat, and<br />

sometimes that bothers me.”<br />

The truth is Ralph longs to be an outdoor<br />

cat, one that isn’t afraid to try new things,<br />

get dirty and turn strangers into friends.<br />

What Ralph needs is camp.<br />

Yes! “Indoor cats” can have fun, make<br />

friends and thrive at camp though there<br />

are a few tips to consider when choosing<br />

summer fun for your introverted child.<br />

Pick a camp that speaks to your child.<br />

Dad’s favorite camp may have revolved<br />

around sports. Mom may have thrived in<br />

theater and dance. But what a parent loves<br />

may not be at all of interest to their daughter<br />

or son. Ralph, for example, might prefer<br />

a science camp, and some kids don’t do<br />

well in the heat no matter how much Gatorade<br />

they drink. So even though you might<br />

want your child to get away from screens<br />

and out of the house, an indoor camp might<br />

be better suited to their needs.<br />

Enlist the help of a friend. A brave<br />

friend can help a shy kid find their inner<br />

strength. Even putting two shy kids<br />

together can help bolster their bravado.<br />

“Fake it ‘til you make it” didn’t become an<br />

axiom by accident. There’s value in putting<br />

on a brave face for a friend. Often,<br />

without expecting it, the child discovers<br />

that what they feared really isn’t scary, it’s<br />

fun.<br />

Send siblings to the same camp.<br />

Though they likely won’t be in the same<br />

group, just knowing that a brother or sister<br />

is nearby can be comforting.<br />

Seek out empathy and opportunity.<br />

Make sure the camp staff understands<br />

your child’s personality and will be patient,<br />

empathetic and kind. Shy kids may need<br />

more gentle persuasion than more outgoing<br />

individuals. They also need to know<br />

that it’s OK to decide not to try something<br />

or to try it with modifications that bring<br />

the activity back inside their comfort<br />

zone. Ask if the camp offers opportunities<br />

that can keep your child in close<br />

proximity to a camp counselor while also<br />

offering an opportunity for leadership. If<br />

the child is willing, assuming a role with<br />

some responsibility for fellow campers<br />

can help boost their self-confidence and<br />

esteem.<br />

Let them try something new. Who<br />

knows? Your video game enthusiast or<br />

Letting a shy child try something new and out-of-character may be exactly what they<br />

need to build confidence.<br />

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bookworm might secretly long to do<br />

something that seems very outside of their<br />

comfort zone, such as learning to ride a<br />

horse. While the thought of your “indoor<br />

cat” making that large a leap might terrify<br />

you, let them go. In fact, horsemanship can<br />

be a great resource for shy kids. Jennifer<br />

Forsberg Meyer, in an article for Horse<br />

& Rider, explained her view of why kids<br />

should learn to ride.<br />

“I was a shy, awkward youngster with<br />

glasses and braces, unsure of myself<br />

among my four beautiful sisters,” she<br />

wrote. “Horses were the great equalizer.<br />

They helped all of us – but especially me –<br />

navigate that tricky passage from girlhood<br />

to womanhood. My father used to joke<br />

about it. ‘Just get ’em horses,’ he’d tell<br />

other parents, especially of girls. ‘Get ’em<br />

horses and the horses will do the rest.’”

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Herding dogs to be among highlights of St. Louis Scottish Games<br />


The St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural<br />

Festival planned for May 6 at Schroeder<br />

Park in Manchester will provide a<br />

day for all to enjoy the treasures of Scottish<br />

culture. Among the playing of the<br />

pipes, the leaps of Scottish dancers and<br />

the groans of heavy athletic competitors,<br />

festival-goers may find themselves drawn<br />

to the bleats of sheep and barks of dogs.<br />

Working dogs herding sheep just might<br />

steal the show.<br />

A border collie herding demonstration<br />

is scheduled at 10 a.m. and again at 3:30<br />

p.m., according to festival board member<br />

Neal Morrison.<br />

Border collies were first bred hundreds<br />

of years ago in the border regions of England<br />

and Scotland to herd livestock, particularly<br />

sheep, explainer Robin Reasoner,<br />

who with Mary Mackenzie, will be providing<br />

the demonstration.<br />

The festival committee sought out Reasoner<br />

because she is known to give demonstrations<br />

that are true representations of<br />

those working dogs, Morrison said.<br />

“We wanted to have that purist view of<br />

what the dogs meant to the Scottish,” he<br />

said.<br />

Robin Reasoner and Trim herding sheep<br />

Reasoner said the talents of the dogs are<br />

impressive.<br />

“When they are working, they will<br />

take the place of anywhere from five to<br />

10 humans,” she said. “They have the<br />

stamina. They have the know how. Yes,<br />

we train them, but its more like becoming<br />

a team. The good ones are actually born<br />

with it.”<br />

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Their service to the Scottish farmer was<br />

essential, Morrison said.<br />

“The word ‘collie’ comes from the Scottish<br />

Gaelic word that means ‘useful’ so<br />

a collie dog is actually a useful dog,” he<br />

said.<br />

James Hogg, author of “The Shepherds<br />

Calendar,” said it well a couple centuries<br />

ago: “Without the shepherd’s dog, the<br />

(Source: Robin Reasoner/Tresa Laferty photo)<br />

whole of the open mountainous land in<br />

Scotland would not be worth sixpence,”<br />

he wrote. “It would require more hands<br />

to manage a stock of sheep, gather them<br />

from the hills, force them into houses and<br />

folds, and drive them to markets, than the<br />

profits of the whole stock were capable of<br />

maintaining.”<br />

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breed, border collies were more of an all<br />

around dog.<br />

“They might have protected the sheep<br />

some, but they were more of an all-around<br />

family and guard dog in addition to being<br />

able to do the work (of herding),” she said.<br />

Some livestock were guardian dogs,<br />

who lived with the sheep out in the fields<br />

and protected them from predators, she<br />

said.<br />

“Years ago they had a lot of wolves in<br />

the Highlands of Scotland,” Morrison<br />

said.<br />

Reasoner will bring five border collies<br />

and Mackenzie will bring two or three to<br />

the festival for the demonstrations. Audiences<br />

will see a variety of levels of herding.<br />

“We’ll do demonstrations. We have dogs<br />

who are competing in high level competitions<br />

in this country,” Reasoner said.<br />

The dogs will herd the sheep following<br />

the commands of the herders, Morrison<br />

said.<br />

In between the demonstrations, the dogs<br />

will be available for petting.<br />

“They are good with people,” Reasoner<br />

said. “The sheep will be here, but they are<br />

not particularly pets, although they are<br />

pretty laid back sheep, and are familiar<br />

with the public.”<br />

Just as a note, organizers of the festival<br />

are requesting guests leave their dogs at<br />

home because of the animal exhibits.<br />

Originally from Iowa and a fourth generation<br />

farm girl, Reasoner first got started<br />

with border collies when she began working<br />

at Purina Farms here in Missouri. It<br />

began as a hobby, she said. Although she<br />

now lives back in Iowa, she travels and<br />

does demonstrations several times a year<br />

focusing on performances that are true to<br />

the breeds historic working role.<br />

Mackenzie comes to the Scottish<br />

Games from the St. Louis area. She, like<br />

Reasoner, has always loved animals. Her<br />

parents were raised on family farms, and<br />

she spent her summers on the farms as a<br />

kid. She got involved in herding and agility<br />

with her Australian shepherds 20 years<br />

ago. When she got her first working-bred<br />

border collie in 2014, she began learning<br />

what the dogs could do and was hooked,<br />

she said.<br />

Opening ceremonies for the festival<br />

will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the park located<br />

at 359 Old Meramec Station Road.<br />

The festival will feature athletic competitions<br />

including heavy athletics, Highland<br />

dancing competitions, piping, drumming<br />

and mass pipe bands, local bands with<br />

Scottish character, children’s activities<br />

and Scottish and American food.<br />

Tickets can be purchased at stlouisscottishgames.com.<br />



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(Family Features) For those<br />

beginning the process of home<br />

buying, there are many factors<br />

to consider. Keep these ideas in<br />

mind as you conduct your search –<br />

whether it’s online or at a series of<br />

open houses.<br />

Consider future needs<br />

Because life is always evolving,<br />

it’s important to move into a<br />

home that has enough space for<br />

your family’s anticipated changes.<br />

While features and space are<br />

always prime considerations, don’t<br />

forget to look into the area schools,<br />

daycare options, parks and other<br />

kid-friendly amenities if you plan<br />

to grow your family in your next<br />

home.<br />

Look for flexible spaces<br />

Seek homes that offer rooms with<br />

multiple functions. For example,<br />

an office area may be suitable for<br />

a small child’s room, or a sunroom<br />

may be converted to a laundry area<br />

down the road. Unfinished basements<br />

are also blank canvases that<br />

can be customized to meet your<br />

family’s wants and needs.<br />

Get to know the area<br />

The purchase of a home goes well<br />

beyond the property line. Be sure to<br />

examine the neighborhood in which<br />

the house is situated. From the condition<br />

of the neighbors’ houses to<br />

highway access and the proximity<br />

of necessities like grocery stores<br />

and gas stations, be sure to take<br />

every factor into account to help<br />

ensure you’re selecting the right<br />

location.<br />

Find more tips to aid you in your<br />

home search at eLivingtoday.com.<br />

Lyndon Anderson, ABR, GRI, SRS with Berkshire Hathaway<br />

HomeServices Select Properties is devoted to providing his clients<br />

a level of excellence throughout their real estate experience.<br />

For more than 30 years, Lyndon has been a full-time agent and<br />

multi-million dollar producer. He is a people person and treats<br />

his clients like family. Lyndon loves working with first-time<br />

home buyers and takes pride in making the exciting process easy<br />

and fun. He has a terrific transaction coordinator who makes<br />

sure the process is as seamless as possible. Lyndon also buys as-is<br />

properties for quick sales, purchases and sells farms, and works<br />

with investors with 1031 tax-free exchanges and investment<br />

LYNDON<br />


REALTOR ® properties.<br />

(c) 314.496.5822<br />

www.iselltheearth.com • 314.775.2050<br />

Katherine Lovegren and Conner Matusek with Berkshire<br />

Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties are the “one-stop<br />

shop” real estate advisors. Their combined 30+ years of service<br />

includes working with a variety of buyers, sellers, investors<br />

and tenants. From helping first time home buyers to working<br />

with referrals of savvy clients, The Lovegren Team has found<br />

the art of listening and following through with an individual<br />

customized plan that produces successful results. Staging, hiring top<br />

photographers, referring competent professionals in the supportive<br />

industries for repairs, maintenance and inspections are all part of the<br />


TEAM<br />

REALTORS ® Katherine: 314.753.1354 • Conner: 314.960.8538<br />

www.KathyWillLeadUHome.com • (o) 314.775. 2050<br />

complete experience they coach their clients through every step of the<br />

way. They are currently working in St. Louis, St. Charles and Franklin<br />

counties.<br />


REALTORS ®<br />

The Kristi Lindgren Group is ready to serve your<br />

real estate needs in St. Louis and on the Emerald<br />

Coast along Florida’s glorious 30A.<br />

Kristi Lindgren and Scott Vogel make up<br />

the Kristi Lindgren Group and are both Realtors with Berkshire Hathaway<br />

HomeServices Select Properties.<br />

Whether you are searching for your dream home here in the St. Louis area<br />

or a vacation home on the Florida coast, the Kristi Lindgren Group provides a<br />

unique full-service experience to every client from listing and staging to home<br />

inspections, interior design and smooth closings.<br />

“We are committed to professionalism and putting your interests first,” Kristi said.<br />

Kristi, as a 20-year resident of St. Louis has a passion for the community and its<br />

residents. She also has residency on 30A, so she can be your “boots on the ground”<br />

for your dream beach home or investment property.<br />

Scott Vogel, a St. Louis native, has a broad understanding of the local market.<br />

His general contractor background and more than 15 years of experience in real<br />

estate investing makes him a great resource for his clients.<br />

With their commitment to hard work and individual attention, their goal is to<br />

provide superior service for their clients.<br />

“Building a relationship with each client is important to us, and we are excited<br />

to represent you in your home-buying and selling needs. We look forward to<br />

serving you!”<br />

(c) 314.541.8650 (o) 314-775-2050<br />

KristiLindgren.com • KLindgren@BHHSSelectSTL.com

OUTSTANDING Agents in the #1 Office<br />

in the #1 Company in the state of Missouri<br />

Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker Town & Country office<br />

636-394-9300<br />


Cindy DeBrecht, RRES, SFR and MBA of Coldwell Banker Realty –<br />

Gundaker Town & Country has 18 years as a top 1 % agent for a reason.<br />

She serves her clients with a combination of practical experience and<br />

superior service. Her 27 years of building experience means she knows<br />

a quality-built home when she sees one. Her concierge services focus<br />

attention on the details of buying and selling for a more stress-free<br />

experience for clients. Cindy not only knows how to negotiate, she has<br />

a team of designers, painters and many other trades to ready homes to<br />

sell, and she is always available whenever questions or concerns arise.<br />

A “St. Louis Magazine” 5 Star Agent year after year, call Cindy for a<br />

superior real estate experience.<br />

(c) 314.482.0393 • Cindy.DeBrecht@cbgundaker.com<br />


As a licensed agent since 1998, Sabina Dehn with Coldwell Banker<br />

Realty – Gundaker Town & Country understands the importance of<br />

being a local expert. Today, the Sabina Dehn Group is dedicated to<br />

providing real estate excellence through a concierge experience with<br />

their professional expertise and detailed service.<br />

Sabina and her team will handle the entire process with leadership,<br />

personal understanding and great optimism. They promise that clients<br />

will see success and begin their new lives feeling more empowered<br />

and energized. Along the way, Sabina will be there to lighten the load<br />

and elevate your experience.<br />

Call today to learn more.<br />

(c) 314.941.4000 • sabina.dehn@gbgundaker.com<br />


Georgia Ferretti of Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker Town & Country<br />

believes in serving her customers the same way she wants to be served.<br />

She listens closely to all her clients’ needs and wants. This has been the<br />

foundation of her success in real estate for the past 20 years.<br />

Communication is the key to all of her relationships. She believes<br />

that service does not stop after the contract and closing. At the end<br />

of the day, her approach is simple. Good agents are not a salesperson –<br />

they are an advocate, and that’s what she always tries to be with all her<br />

current and past clients. Georgia is a 16-year recipient of The Five Star<br />

Professional “Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent” award, as<br />

seen in “St. Louis Magazine.”<br />

(c) 636.675.0329 • georgia.ferretti@cbgundaker.com<br />


Debbie Midgley has been with the Coldwell Banker Realty –<br />

Gundaker Town & Country office for 29 years. Her aim is to provide<br />

you with the highest levels of service available in the real estate<br />

industry. She feels the key to a win-win client relationship is to have<br />

a clear understanding of your goals and to communicate openly<br />

and frequently. She credits her success in real estate to hard work,<br />

dedication to her clients and her attention to detail. Selecting a longterm<br />

real estate partner is an extremely important decision. Debbie<br />

welcomes the opportunity to partner with you concerning your<br />

personal real estate needs.<br />

(c) 314.610.7519 • debbie.midgley@cbgundaker.com<br />


Debbie Dutton, RRES with Coldwell Banker<br />

Realty – Gundaker Town & Country says, “It’s the<br />

smiles on closing day as my clients start a new<br />

chapter. It’s the fun of walking into a house and<br />

knowing your buyers love it. It’s the ring in your<br />

seller’s voice, when you bring a contract. And<br />

sometimes, it’s holding a client’s hand, helping<br />

them through a tough time. My clients! That’s<br />

why I’m in this business!”<br />

Her focus is on building a lasting relationship<br />

of trust. Together Debbie and her husband Rick<br />

have a good understanding of the important<br />

elements of a house. They look closely at houses<br />

her clients are considering to help them avoid<br />

potential problems during inspections and down<br />

the line. That kind of dedication brings a faithful<br />

client base.<br />

“My clients continue to come back to me long after the sale when they are looking for<br />

recommendations or when they have questions. I’m the first stop when a question comes<br />

up because I’ve built that trust. They know I care about them and they know I care about<br />

getting them in the right place,” Debbie said. Debbie was awarded the CBGundaker Star<br />

Award and honored with the St. Louis Magazine 5-Star Realtor award ten times. A client<br />

summed up Debbie perfectly, “Debbie Dutton knows real estate and the meaning of the<br />

word service.”<br />

Debbie specializes in the St Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson County areas.<br />

(c) 314.398.4909 • www.yourstlrealestateagent.com<br />


Whether you’re a first-time home buyer in search of your dream<br />

home, a seller looking to downsize or an investor looking for a great<br />

opportunity, a dedicated real estate professional like Jan Woods of<br />

Coldwell Banker Realty - Gundaker Town & Country can make all the<br />

difference. “I deliver unmatched customer service, and have a genuine<br />

desire to see your property goals come true,” Jan said.<br />

For sellers, she takes full advantage of CBG’s marketing tools to<br />

promote your property. She also stages your home to look its best.<br />

For buyers, she analyzes the local market to help you find the perfect<br />

home at the right price. Looking for a positive, helpful partner who will<br />

provide you with exceptional service? Call Jan today!<br />

(c) 314.6<strong>23</strong>.0929 • www.stlouishomesbyjan.com<br />


Born, reared and educated in St. Louis, Kathleen Woodworth knows<br />

your neighborhood! “I take pride in providing excellent service.<br />

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful and emotional process,”<br />

said Kathleen. “Thirty plus years experience in the industry has given<br />

me a deep understanding of the market and the skills needed to help<br />

clients successfully navigate the process. I am an agent empathetic and<br />

attentive to your needs. I will be here when you need me.”<br />

Kathleen has been recognized as one of the top Saint Louis Realtors<br />

and given the Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction title by “St. Louis<br />

Magazine” multiple times. “Without a doubt, Kathleen is the hardest<br />

working Realtor I’ve ever worked with,” said a recent client.<br />

(c) 314.308.0534 • kwoodworth@cbgundaker.com<br />

They Manage the Details, You Live the Dream!

Sue Kelly<br />

With 25 years of experience, Sue Kelly, a<br />

full-time real estate professional and top<br />

producer with the Compass Realty Group,<br />

knows the ins and outs of the real estate<br />

market. She understands value, pricing<br />

and negotiations, and as a St. Louis native,<br />

she knows the neighborhoods, especially<br />

<strong>West</strong> St. Louis County and the central<br />

corridor.<br />

More importantly, she cares about her<br />

clients, and her clients appreciate it.<br />

“I was a first time home buyer, so I knew<br />

next to nothing about how the process<br />

worked. Sue was able to help me win a<br />

bidding war on the first day my new home<br />

was on the market,” said Rachel, of <strong>West</strong><br />

County. “Once I am ready to move again, I<br />

know exactly who I am going to call.”<br />

Sue can help clients sell their present<br />

home and/or find and purchase their<br />

new one. She loves working with first-time<br />

home buyers and teaching them the ropes.<br />

Sue also has a network built over more<br />

than two decades to smooth the process.<br />

“I’ve done a whole lot of networking, and I<br />

have a lot people in hand – stagers, lenders,<br />

inspectors and designers – resources<br />

that will keep things easy for both sellers<br />

and buyers,” she said.<br />

As a Five-Star Top Agent Recipient, Sue<br />

is only content when her clients are 100%<br />

satisfied, and every client is her most important<br />

client.<br />

“We are incredibly impressed with Sue<br />

and her team’s professionalism and success<br />

in quickly selling our home,”said Troy<br />

and Lauren of Chesterfield. “We’d recommend<br />

her team to everyone!”<br />

Sue Kelly • 314.602.3533<br />

sue.kelly@compass.com<br />

The Laura MacDonald Team<br />

SimpsonHunsaker<br />

SimpsonHunsaker is dedicated to providing<br />

a fabulous experience that means<br />

minimal stress, fewer headaches and less<br />

ambiguity for their clients.<br />

The team possesses the perfect storm<br />

of knowledge – Ellen Simpson has Interior<br />

Design experience, 9+ years of real estate<br />

experience and 20+ years in appraisal experience,<br />

and Jeanne Hunsaker was Ellen’s<br />

real estate mentor with over 33 years of<br />

real estate experience. They joined forces<br />

in 2020 to streamline their approach to<br />

business. In January of 2022, Josh Worth<br />

joined the team bringing 15 years of home<br />

building and high-end remodeling experience.<br />

He has been a licensed agent for<br />

over 15 years and is an excellent addition<br />

to the team.<br />

Together, they utilize their decades of<br />

hands-on experience along with a calm<br />

demeanor and a sense of humor to make<br />

the home buying and selling process<br />

seamless. From search to signing, SimpsonHunsaker<br />

offers an unwavering dedication<br />

to excellence and a passion for<br />

helping others.<br />

Compass Realty is the No. 1 independent<br />

brokerage in the nation. Call the team that<br />

gives you time, talent, and experience!<br />

The SimpsonHunsaker team is driven by a<br />

simple goal: to create an absolutely stellar<br />

real estate experience.<br />

Ellen Simpson • 314.566.8859<br />

Jeanne Hunsaker • 314.210.0702<br />

Josh Worth • 314.504.8183<br />

simpsonhunsaker@compass.com<br />

Experience in real estate, empathy for clients<br />

and dedication to service are all qualities<br />

that have made the Laura MacDonald<br />

Team successful and well known throughout<br />

St. Louis over the last three decades.<br />

Laura, the lead agent, who put the team<br />

together has been selling real estate for 34<br />

years. She prides herself in placing herself in<br />

her client’s shoes, whether it is downsizing,<br />

relocating, building a home, or a personal<br />

transition. Why? Simple. Laura has personally<br />

done all of these moves and can empathize<br />

with her client about what needs to happen<br />

to make a smooth transition from beginning<br />

to end.<br />

When you first meet her, you will sense her<br />

level of energy, yet calmness as she listens<br />

to your goals. Laura is in your court! She has<br />

processes in place with communication as<br />

the goal and the reason for her team’s success.<br />

These core values are what have propelled<br />

Laura to excellence in her field and to<br />

consistently rank at the top. Ongoing education,<br />

along with the harnessing of technology<br />

also separates Laura from most other agents<br />

in her industry. Laura is a certified residential<br />

specialist, accredited buyers representative<br />

and holds credentials in new construction<br />

and luxury.<br />

In addition to Laura, two other women help<br />

make the team one of the best.<br />

Fabi Meyer is a highly motivated, extremely<br />

detail-oriented transaction coordinator that<br />

succeeds at any given task. She is a licensed<br />

real estate agent with over 20 years of experience<br />

in the industry. Her career started<br />

in the title business as a closing manager,<br />

where she developed a love for the industry.<br />

Fabi specializes in assisting other agents by<br />

keeping the transaction process smooth and<br />

concise with very clear communication. She<br />

is the one who makes sure all documents and<br />

timelines are completed and met.<br />

Andrea Lenzen, is the owner of De-Zign to<br />

Sell, who Laura recommends for staging services.<br />

A former Realtor of 30 years, Andrea<br />

saw that sellers needed guidance getting<br />

their homes market-ready and has been successful<br />

in reaching sellers’ goals and giving<br />

them the satisfaction of getting their homes<br />

sold.<br />

The talent of a great team, however, isn’t all<br />

that the Laura MacDonald Team has to offer.<br />

For example, the team offers market analysis,<br />

first home buyer assistance, senior living assistance<br />

and the use of a 12 foot moving box<br />

truck with a lift for free.<br />

After all, Laura put together a great team<br />

and a great service because she herself saw<br />

a need for better customer service and communication<br />

after experiencing “less than stellar<br />

service” on her first real estate experience.<br />

Recognized by her peers and her industry,<br />

Laura received 5 Stars in Excellence for 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

In the last year, Laura’s sale price to list price<br />

ratio for her sellers, on average, was 103.34%.<br />

Her clients have seen the difference Laura<br />

made towards a successful outcome.<br />

“Laura was not only a Realtor for selling<br />

and purchasing homes for me, she became a<br />

confident and friend. I’m not quite sure when<br />

she slept or ate since she seemed to always<br />

be available to answer any question ... She’s<br />

a true professional and knows the business<br />

so well. I knew I had a fighter to represent<br />

me. I knew she had my best interest at heart<br />

with all the decisions she helped me make.<br />

What was a lovely surprise is ‘the service<br />

after the sale’ that continues with the many<br />

perks she provides” wrote Kathy Elliott.<br />

“I’m a real estate agent with Compass Realty<br />

Group in Saint Louis and the nearby area,<br />

providing home-buyers and sellers with professional,<br />

responsive and attentive real estate<br />

services,” said Laura. “Want an agent who<br />

will really listen to what you want in a home?<br />

Need an agent who knows how to effectively<br />

market your home so it sells? Give me a call!<br />

I’m eager to help and would love to talk to<br />

you.”<br />

Laura MacDonald • 314.285.3160<br />

www.lauramacdonaldteam.com<br />

lauramacdonaldrealtor1@gmail.com<br />

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www.compass.com • 314.347.1658<br />

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April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />



Risto Kekich of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real<br />

Estate Chesterfield is known for being trustworthy and responsive to<br />

his clients’ needs. With his dependable, effective marketing strategies,<br />

relentless effort to produce the most competitive offers and quick,<br />

successful results, he is one of the best in the industry.“My clients<br />

enjoy smooth, stress-free experiences,” Risto said. “I keep them upto-date<br />

on all details so they can make well-informed decisions.”<br />

He ensures his buyers make solid investments and negotiates for<br />

the highest and best offer for sellers. Risto’s network of qualified<br />

contracting services makes buying and selling processes easier. His<br />

awards include Berkshire Hathaway’s LeadingEdge Society ‘21<br />

& ‘22, SuperStar Winner in ‘20, Top 3 Agents in the State of<br />

RISTO<br />

KEKICH<br />

REALTOR ® ristorealestate.com • (c) 314.498.8449 • (o) 636.<strong>23</strong>0.2664<br />

Missouri Residential Units in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices<br />

Network 2nd and 3rd Quarter ‘22.<br />




Vennessa Mastroianni is the owner and broker of Realty<br />

Masters, St. Louis, a team of knowledgeable and honest<br />

professionals whose top priority is service.<br />

“We view real estate as more than just a transaction,” Vennessa<br />

said.<br />

“Real estate sales happen when something big has happened<br />

in someone’s life – a new job, marriages, children. We help<br />

people through that transition.”<br />

Coming from a successful career in real estate in her home<br />

country of Australia, Vennessa moved to St. Louis, her husband’s<br />

native city, in 2010. She serves as a board director for Missouri<br />

Association of REALTORS®, Council of Independent Real<br />

Estate Brokers and Manchester Business Association.<br />

(c) 636.345.6534 • www.RealtyMastersSTL.com<br />

636.220.7830 • 14396 Manchester Road • St. Louis<br />

GARY<br />



<strong>West</strong> County small business owner and community supporter,<br />

Gary Hoeferkamp of Hoeferkamp Real Estate is an expert at<br />

handling home sales. His experience from personally selling<br />

over $100,000,000 in home sales, his industry connections and<br />

close work with clients have earned him a loyal following and a<br />

growing firm. To help sellers achieve the highest return, Gary<br />

utilizes an extensive network of experts and several professional<br />

marketing companies, including a stager, specialty photographers,<br />

an ad consultant, print materials, signage and social media; with<br />

a pre-marketing campaign designed to maximize buyer offers on<br />

market debut weekend. In today’s dynamic real estate market,<br />

choose the Realtor®️ with 33 years of selling homes and works<br />

hard for every client. Experience counts.<br />

www.HoeferkampRealEstate.com<br />

314.440.2400 • 1190 Meramec Station Rd., Ste. 206 • Manchester<br />


REALTOR ®<br />

Buying or selling a home can be a chaotic experience. Thankfully,<br />

realtors like Sue DeBellis with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices<br />

Alliance have a passion for helping clients. “I love to help clients<br />

make the transition of selling their home as smooth as possible and<br />

find the right house to make their home!” With Sue, clients enjoy<br />

the excitement of the buying or selling process, without the stress.<br />

She works in St. Louis County and has experience in St. Louis<br />

City, St. Charles and Warren counties. Her marketing tools, staging<br />

and photo/video services help seal the deal in a competitive market.<br />

She works with clients in single family homes, luxury homes and<br />

condominiums. As a lifelong St. Louis resident, she has personal<br />

and professional insight on relocation services and is a specialist in<br />

serving our senior community with their real estate needs.<br />

(c) 314.406.4283 • sue.debellis@bhhsall.com<br />

636.530.4051 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield<br />

CHERYL<br />


REALTOR ®<br />


REALTOR ®<br />


Cheryl Wambach, CRS, SRS, ASP, is an award-winning Realtor with<br />

Berkshire Hathaway Alliance Real Estate.<br />

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, Cheryl<br />

will take the time to understand your needs and preferences and guide<br />

you through every step of the process. Cheryl provides personalized<br />

service and goes above and beyond to find her clients their dream home<br />

or sell their property for the highest price possible. With 18 years of<br />

experience, an in-depth knowledge of the local market, and a passion<br />

for helping people succeed in real estate, Cheryl has built a reputation<br />

as a trustworthy, reliable and results-driven Realtor.<br />

Experience matters! Cheryl will put your needs first, work tirelessly<br />

to achieve your real estate goals and use her know-how to navigate this<br />

challenging market. Call her today!<br />

(c) 636-579-1482 • www.cherylwambach.com<br />

636-530-4043 • 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200 • Chesterfield<br />

Holly Even, a full-time REALTOR® with RedKey Realty<br />

Leaders is a dedicated agent based in Town & Country with<br />

experience in both the St. Louis and St. Charles area markets.<br />

Holly has a unique, customized approach to innovative<br />

marketing strategies and continually seeks the latest<br />

technological advantages to market homes on a global level.<br />

This helps assure that she provides top-notch customer service,<br />

from listing to closing and every step in between. Holly also<br />

offers private marketing presentations to individuals who want<br />

to know more. Call (314) 616-9431 to schedule a meeting<br />

today.<br />

Discover the Difference!<br />

DiscoverSaintLouisHomes.com<br />

(c) 314.616.9431 • (o) 314.692.7200<br />


When it comes to navigating the ever-changing world of<br />

real estate, it’s vital to have an expert at your side who has the<br />

experience to provide guidance each step of the way.<br />

Peter Lu with eXp Realty has been helping folks buy and sell<br />

homes since 2006. He has experienced the market’s highs and lows and has had<br />

great success helping his clients navigate through the good, the bad and the ugly.<br />

He is committed to helping clients find the home of their dreams without the<br />

stress and worry the process can entail.<br />

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, Peter’s passion for real estate and<br />

in-depth knowledge of the market makes him an invaluable partner. The Peter Lu<br />

Team prides themselves on their service, high standards and exceptional rates. Peter<br />

and his team have worked with clients from across St. Louis and <strong>West</strong> County,<br />

and in a myriad of municipalities. Whether you’re in the market for a new home,<br />

condominium or acres of beautiful land for a personal project or endeavor, Peter<br />

and his team have inside knowledge and experience about sought-after locations.<br />

For those who don’t know where to start, skip the guesswork and let Peter and<br />

his team help match you with one of the area’s many available properties. Their<br />

expertise even extends to locations like Rolla and St. James.<br />

Trust a real estate professional who will have your best interests in mind<br />

throughout every step of the process. Call Peter today at (314) 662-6578, and<br />

experience the difference first-hand.<br />

(c) 314.662.6578 • www.peterluteam.com<br />

866.224.1761 • 3636 S Geyer Rd Ste 100 • St. Louis

Experts in REAL ESTATE<br />

SARAH<br />

BRICKEY,<br />

REALTOR ®<br />

KRIS<br />

KIMERLE,<br />

REALTOR ®<br />

Sarah Brickey is a dedicated agent with RedKey Realty, helping<br />

buyers and sellers since 2004. Sarah goes above and beyond to<br />

help buyers navigate the challenging market and strives to make<br />

the home-buying process stress-free and fun! She also specializes<br />

in helping sellers prepare their homes to maximize the sales price.<br />

Small improvements can lead to big returns, she says.<br />

Her clients say she’s approachable, efficient, and informed with<br />

great communication skills. “Sarah was a delight to work with and<br />

always went way above and beyond to help us. She helped us find<br />

a house we love at a good price, even in a very difficult market for<br />

buyers,” said Jessica, a client.<br />

Sarah is all about “Helping you find the right house to call home!”<br />

sarahbrickey.com • 314.409.1721 • sarahbrickey@yahoo.com<br />


DELANEY,<br />

REALTOR ®<br />

For Rebecca Delaney, <strong>West</strong> County is more than her territory, it’s<br />

home. She raised her family here and after 13 years as a real estate<br />

agent, she knows the market, culture and the many benefits the area<br />

has to offer. “I have helped many buyers and sellers successfully<br />

realize their real estate dreams,” she said.<br />

In addition to her buying and selling expertise, she is experienced<br />

in investment real estate, rehabbing houses and relocation. “I am also<br />

a certified home stager and can help make homes look their best,<br />

attract more offers and decrease the time they are on the market.”<br />

Her in-depth market knowledge, exceptional negotiating skills and<br />

custom marketing strategies make Rebecca uniquely qualified to<br />

help clients accomplish their real estate goals.<br />

rebeccadelaney.redkeystlouis.com • 314.277.4035 • rddelaney@yahoo.com<br />

Kris has been selling real estate for 22 years and passionately<br />

cares for her clients, whether they are moving locally or relocating<br />

in or out of St. Louis. She works tirelessly to ensure that the stress<br />

of buying and/or selling is not felt by her clients and often jokes<br />

that the way she does real estate is very different than what people<br />

see on HGTV.<br />

While a lot of time is spent showing houses, countless hours<br />

are also poured into tough negotiations, problem solving, putting<br />

out fires and getting down and dirty to help her clients with<br />

whatever their needs might be. This is what Kris thrives on and<br />

is why most of her business comes through referrals from past<br />

clients and friends.<br />

kriskimerle.redkeystlouis.com • (C) 314.324.8660 • (O) 636.<strong>23</strong>7.6000<br />

MARTI<br />


REALTOR ®<br />

KAROL<br />

PLAWSKY,<br />

REALTOR ®<br />

Marti Merrifield, a full-time Realtor with RedKey Realty<br />

Leaders, has been helping clients make moves in the St. Louis<br />

and St. Charles markets since 2006.<br />

Guiding her clients through the buying, selling or building<br />

process, Marti is committed to their unique needs every step<br />

of the way. Recognized as a “5-Star Best in Client Satisfaction”<br />

Realtor for 17 consecutive years, she prides herself on becoming<br />

a trusted advisor who provides individualized service and topnotch<br />

marketing.<br />

Because every move matters, call 314-614-1985 today to learn<br />

how Marti can help you!<br />

MartiMerrifield.com • (C) 314.614.1985 • MartiMerrifield@gmail.com<br />

Karol Plawsky with RedKey Realty Leaders has served as a<br />

trusted real estate advisor for Buyers and Sellers since 2004.<br />

She dedicates herself to providing top-tier service through<br />

a customized approach in an ever-changing market. Karol<br />

offers unique marketing strategies, the latest technology, and a<br />

team of professional vendors to ensure a successful, stress-free<br />

experience. She believes consistent, timely communication with<br />

her clients is essential for positive outcomes. As one of her clients<br />

said, “Karol was an unwavering advocate who seamlessly walked<br />

us through the labyrinth of selling our home with skill and<br />

compassion. Her negotiation skills resulted in a quick sale over<br />

our asking price. Karol was perfect in every way, and she sets the<br />

bar for all other realtors.”<br />

KarolPlawsky.com • (C) 314.497.0033 • karol@redkeystlouis.com<br />

With 17 years of experience selling residential real estate,<br />

Chrissy Wagner of RedKey Realty Leaders understands that<br />

buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction – it’s a<br />

life-changing experience. “That’s why I am dedicated to providing<br />

exceptional, personalized service for all of my clients. Given the<br />

competitive real estate market, my goal is to make the selling<br />

and buying process as streamlined and stress-free as possible,”<br />

she said. Chrissy enjoys assisting her clients in reaching their<br />

real estate dreams. “I am grateful for all of the relationships I<br />

CHRISSY have had the opportunity to build over the years,” she said. “It is<br />

WAGNER, a privilege to do what I love to do every day, and I am looking<br />

REALTOR ® forward to assisting many new clients in 20<strong>23</strong>!”<br />

(C) 314.412.9938 • chrissy@redkeystlouis.com<br />

Jo Anne LaBat of Red Key Leaders <strong>West</strong> is an agent who truly<br />

loves assisting sellers and buyers with their real estate needs.<br />

“Working in real estate is both challenging and rewarding,” she<br />

said. “It is an environment that fosters constant learning, growing<br />

and evolving. This is where I thrive!”<br />


A resident of Chesterfield since 1998 and working in real<br />

estate since 2007, Jo Anne specializes in the marketing and<br />

sales of residential properties in the I-64 Corridor and St. Louis<br />

10333 CLAYTON ROAD | ST. LOUIS, MO 63131 314.692.7200<br />

REALTOR ® remarkable service. I welcome the opportunity to serve you!”<br />

Metropolitan Area. “My service is customized to each client’s<br />

JO ANNE<br />

161<strong>23</strong> CHESTERFIELD PKWY WEST | CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 | 636.<strong>23</strong>7.6000<br />

requirements. I am here to work for them and ensure they have<br />

LABAT, a smooth transition from start to finish. My goal is to deliver<br />

joannelabathomes.com • (C) 636.751.6338 • joanne@redkeystlouis.com




April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


I GOLF GUIDE I 37<br />

It’s spring. Fair skies and fairways are waiting and greens just keep getting greener. It’s<br />

time to play golf!<br />

These spotlighted courses offer a variety of experiences, beautiful vistas and challenges<br />

suited for beginners to professional golfers – all within a short drive. Some offer frequent<br />

play passes, camps for junior golfers, clinics for all ages and season passes.<br />

Birch Creek Golf Club<br />

499 North Service Road • Union, MO<br />

63084<br />

(636) 584-7200 • birchcreekgc.com<br />

With a mission of providing “quality golf,<br />

friendly casual service and affordable fees,”<br />

Birch Creek is geared for play-ability for<br />

all golfers. Green complexes are large and<br />

accessible. Each green has multiple pin<br />

placement areas and subtle rolls and breaks<br />

to make them challenging and fun for even<br />

the scratch player. Abundantly tree lined<br />

fairways, strategically placed fairway and<br />

greenside bunkers, water and lateral hazards<br />

combine to make Birch Creek Golf Club<br />

Creve Coeur Golf Course<br />

11400 Olde Cabin Road<br />

Creve Coeur, MO 63141<br />

(314) 432-1806 • creve-coeur.org<br />

Birch Creek Golf Course<br />

both enjoyable and challenging. Frequent<br />

players can also take advantage of discount<br />

plans and memberships.<br />

Wolf<br />

HOLLOW<br />

golf club<br />

4504 Highway 100<br />

636.390.8100 • www.WolfHollowGolf.com<br />

Spring Kickoff<br />

Creve Coeur Golf Course is a municipal<br />

nine-hole golf course where family comes<br />

first! Since 1924, the course has been offering<br />

open play, tournaments, and special<br />

events.<br />

Located in the heart of St. Louis County,<br />

Creve Coeur Golf Course is suitable for<br />

all golfers from beginner to novice.The<br />

course has a relatively short length and no<br />

sand traps, but that doesn’t make it an easy<br />

course. With a rating of 68.2 for men and<br />

Creve Coeur Golf Course<br />

68.8 for women, the course is a tremendous<br />

challenge. Sloped fairways, two tiered putting<br />

surfaces and short shots over water hazards<br />

add to the character of the course.<br />

Customer Appreciation<br />


Play ANYTIME Monday - Thursday<br />

ONLY $ 32.00 includes tax<br />

Fore Honor Golf & Events Center<br />

5300 Dulin Creek Road • House<br />

Springs, 63051<br />

(636) 671-0447 • forehonor.com<br />

At Fore Honor Golf & Event Center,<br />

you will not only find a relaxing 18 holes<br />

of golf on a beautiful course, but a purpose<br />

greater than par.<br />

Fore Honor’s mission is to honor all<br />

military, veterans, fire, rescue, police<br />

and first emergency responders with free<br />

green fee memberships and other opportunities.<br />

The course is a place for healing,<br />

caring, honor and golf. Whether you are<br />

new to the game or professional, there is<br />

something for everyone at Fore Honor. In<br />

Fore Honor Golf Course<br />

addition, the Events Center is a beautiful<br />

on-site banquet venue for weddings, fundraisers<br />

and other events. Come out and<br />

see it!<br />

Take the easy drive out and enjoy the beautiful,<br />

quiet setting of Wolf Hollow.<br />

Just 15 minutes west of Six Flags.<br />


Wolf<br />

HOLLOW<br />

golf club<br />

Wolf Hollow Golf Club<br />

636.390.8100<br />

Valid for four players per coupon. No photocopies accepted.<br />

Not valid with another discount offers. Expires 5/25/<strong>23</strong>. WNGG<strong>23</strong>

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Chesterfield’s<br />

Hidden Gem!<br />

This challenging 9-hole course is now open<br />

to the public. Course conditions have<br />

improved dramatically under new<br />

management. Be prepared to use<br />

every club in your bag as accuracy<br />

is a necessity. League play and<br />

group outings are welcomed.<br />

Frequent play packages are available.<br />

Four Seasons Country Club<br />

615 Broadmoor Drive<br />

Chesterfield, MO 63017<br />

(314) 496-5986<br />

fourseasonschesterfield.com<br />

Four Seasons Country Club, located<br />

behind Dierbergs at Olive and Woods Mill, is<br />

Chesterfield’s hidden gem. This 9-hole track<br />

has undergone a remarkable transformation<br />

under new management and is playable for<br />

all ages and genders. It is now open to the<br />

public. Inquire about league play, special<br />

outings, couple events, and banquet facilities.<br />

Stop in the upstairs bar to watch sporting<br />

events on the big screens and try food options<br />

from an expanded menu. Frequent player<br />

Four Seasons Country Club<br />

passes are available. With four tee offerings<br />

this golfing secret offers a layout that challenges<br />

all levels of play. Book tee times on<br />

GolfNow or call (314) 469-5986.<br />

615 Broadmoor Drive - Chesterfield, MO<br />

314-469-5986<br />

Call 314-469-5986<br />

for Tee Times<br />

or book on<br />

GolfNow.com<br />

Wolf Hollow Golf Club<br />

4504 Hwy. 100 • Labadie, MO 63055<br />

(636) 390-8100<br />

wolfhollowgolf.com<br />

A Gary Kern-designed 18-hole layout<br />

carved into the flowing hills of Franklin<br />

County provides challenging play for all<br />

skill levels and breathtaking views. Wolf<br />

Hollow’s mature wooded areas, lakes<br />

and spring-fed creek create natural hazards,<br />

adding to the character of this scenic<br />

course. Wolf Hollow Golf Club is truly an<br />

oasis for the serious, seasoned golfer and<br />

the beginner alike. Located just 15 minutes<br />

west of Six Flags St. Louis, at the gateway<br />

to Missouri Wine Country, Wolf Hollow<br />

Wolf Hollow Golf Club<br />

provides some of the best golf in the St.<br />

Louis area; a true Missouri golf experience<br />

near historic Labadie.<br />

Enjoy Great Golf at Affordable Fees<br />

in a Relaxed Informal Atmosphere<br />

Visit us soon to enjoy the beauty of our course<br />

and the comfort of our hospitality.<br />

Bring this ad in for a $5 range basket or $5 lunch.<br />

www.birchcreekgc.com / 499 North Service Rd. / Union, MO 63084 / 636-584-7200



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Below are some additional public area golf clubs for players to sample. All offer a range<br />

of course styles and amenities. As with most area courses, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> recommends<br />

calling ahead to check on availability, pricing and course conditions.<br />

St. Louis County<br />

Aberdeen Golf Club<br />

4111 Crescent Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-5465<br />

aberdeengolf.com<br />

Birch Creek Golf Course<br />

499 N. Service Road • Union<br />

(636) 584-7200<br />

birchcreekgc.com<br />

Crescent Farms<br />

745 Lewis Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-6200<br />

crescentfarms.com<br />

Family Golf and Learning Center<br />

3717 Tree Court Industrial Blvd. • Kirkwood<br />

(636) 861-2500<br />

familygolfonline.com<br />

Landings at Spirit Golf Club<br />

180 N. Eatherton Road • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 728-1927<br />

landingsatspirit.com<br />

Pevely Farms Golf Club<br />

400 Lewis Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-7000<br />

pevelyfarms.com<br />

The Quarry at Crystal Springs<br />

1 Crystal Springs Quarry Drive • Maryland<br />

Heights<br />

(314) 514-0154<br />

quarrygc.com<br />

Missouri Bluffs Golf Club<br />

18 Research Park Circle • St. Charles<br />

(636) 939-6494<br />

mobluffs.com<br />

Pheasant Run Golf Course<br />

205 Sports Circle • O’Fallon<br />

(636) 379-0099<br />

golf-headquarters.com<br />

Longer Drives<br />

Fore Honor Golf<br />

5300 Dulin Creek Road • House Springs<br />

(636) 671-0447<br />

forehonor.com<br />

Forest Park Golf Course<br />

6141 Lagoon Drive • St. Louis<br />

(314) 367-1337<br />

forestparkgc.com<br />

Incline Village Golf Course<br />

10220 Fairway Drive • Foristell<br />

(636) 463-7274<br />

inclinevillagegc.com<br />

Paradise Valley<br />

1055 Lochmoor Drive • High Ridge<br />

(636) 225-5157<br />

paradisevalleygolf.com<br />

Riverside Golf Club<br />

1210 Larkin Williams Road • Fenton<br />

(636) 343-6333<br />

golfriverside.net<br />



5300 Dulin Creek Rd.,House Springs,MO 63051<br />

(636) 671-0447<br />

www.forehonor.com<br />



to All Military, Veterans<br />

& First Emergency Responders<br />

(U.S. Armed Forces,<br />

Police, Fire, Rescue & EMT)<br />

Honoring all who<br />

Serve, Protect, Defend & Sacrifice<br />

Giving Back to Those Who Give Every Day<br />

(Bring ID)<br />

(A Cart Maint. rental fee still applies)<br />

We are the Proud Headquarters of the<br />


Mission & Vision of Honor, Respect, Healing & Wellness<br />


Leagues • Tournaments • Golf Outings<br />

Beautiful Rooms available for<br />

Weddings • Parties • Special Events<br />

Proceeds Assist the Fore Honor Foundation!<br />

See how you can help. Visit us online at<br />

www.forehonor.com<br />

LIKE<br />

US<br />

ON<br />

Facebook.com/westnewsmagazine<br />

Enjoy golf<br />

in the heart of St. Louis County<br />

Tapawingo National Golf Club<br />

13001 Gary Player Drive • Sunset Hills<br />

(636) 349-3100<br />

tapawingogolf.com<br />

St. Charles County<br />

Bear Creek Golf Club<br />

158 Bear Creek Drive • Wentzville<br />

(636) 332-5018<br />

bearcreekgolf.com<br />

Heritage of Hawks Ridge Golf<br />

<strong>23</strong>5 Pigeon Drive • Lake Saint Louis<br />

(636) 625-3836<br />

heritageofhawkridge.com<br />

Links of Dardenne<br />

7000 Brassel Drive • O’Fallon<br />

(636) 978-7173<br />

linksatdardenne.com<br />

Ruth Park Golf Course<br />

8211 Groby Road • University City<br />

(314) 727-4800<br />

ruthparkgolf.org<br />

Sugar Creek Golf Course<br />

5224 Country Club Drive • High Ridge<br />

(636) 677-4070<br />

sugarcreekgolfcourse.com<br />

The Highlands in Forest Park<br />

5163 Clayton Ave. • St. Louis<br />

(314) 531-7773<br />

highlandsgolfandtennis.com<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

Creve Coeur<br />

Golf Course<br />

11400 Olde Cabin Rd.<br />

Creve Coeur, MO 63141<br />

314-432-1806<br />

A public nine-hole course where family comes first!<br />

Book a tee time online at www.crevecoeurgolf.com

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Every April, Autism Awareness Month brings focus to the wide-ranging<br />

needs of those with ASD.<br />

(Source: Adobe Stock)<br />

HEALTH<br />



April is Autism<br />

Awareness Month<br />

“If you’ve met one person with autism,<br />

you’ve met one person with autism.” This<br />

popular quote from Dr. Stephen Shore, a<br />

college special education professor with<br />

autism, reflects the wide variety of symptoms,<br />

challenges and life experiences<br />

faced by those with autism spectrum disorder<br />

(ASD). Helping people understand<br />

and accept those with ASD, as well as<br />

highlighting current developments in diagnosis<br />

and treatment, are among the goals of<br />

Autism Awareness Month in April.<br />

According to the advocacy organization<br />

Autism Speaks, ASD includes a broad<br />

range of conditions characterized by challenges<br />

with social skills, repetitive behaviors,<br />

speech and nonverbal communication.<br />

Approximately one in 44 children in the<br />

U.S. is now identified as being somewhere<br />

on the spectrum, and boys are diagnosed<br />

with ASD about four times as often as girls.<br />

While children usually show signs of<br />

autism by age 2 or 3, some of its telltale<br />

behaviors, along with delays in reaching<br />

normal developmental milestones,<br />

often can be seen sooner. Getting an early<br />

diagnosis often means better long-term<br />

outcomes for those with ASD, because it<br />

allows for intensive therapy during a critical<br />

developmental period of the brain’s<br />

neural pathways related to language and<br />

social functioning.<br />

Literally hundreds of studies looking at<br />

how ASD could be diagnosed earlier in<br />

infancy, treated more effectively, or even<br />

prevented have been conducted in recent<br />

years. Although answers remain elusive,<br />

research has established a strong connection<br />

between gene mutations and ASD.<br />

For example, if one identical twin is diagnosed<br />

with ASD, the other is also impacted<br />

between 36% and 95% of the time, while<br />

its incidence is about 2% in the general<br />

population.<br />

There is currently no medical test to<br />

detect autism, but scientific progress is<br />

also being made toward identifying it<br />

earlier and improving its physical symptoms.<br />

One recent study found that tests of<br />

hair samples from several groups of onemonth-old<br />

babies, when tested for metabolism<br />

of certain metals, were more than 80%<br />

effective at predicting ASD. In another<br />

study, a small group of youngsters who<br />

received a gut microbiome “transplant”<br />

from a healthy person showed significant<br />

improvements in their ASD symptoms<br />

after two years.<br />

Note: United Services for Children and<br />

BJC Healthcare will co-sponsor a local<br />

ASD workshop, “Exploring the Spectrum,”<br />

on April 22. Please see the “On the calendar”<br />

section for details.<br />

Dark chocolate may contain<br />

heavy metals, study finds<br />

Easter is right around the corner … and<br />

the nation’s consumption of chocolate,<br />

often in bunny- or egg-shaped forms, will<br />

soon reach a peak. Millions of Americans<br />

will choose dark chocolate Easter treats<br />

due to its known heart-healthy benefits,<br />

including high mineral, antioxidant and<br />

fiber content and lower levels of sugar.<br />

However, those who enjoy dark chocolate<br />

at this or any other time of year may<br />

want to take note of a recent study published<br />

in Consumer Reports. It found that<br />

many popular dark chocolate brands contain<br />

potentially high levels of the heavy<br />

metals lead and cadmium, both of which<br />

are linked to health problems.<br />

For <strong>23</strong> of the 28 dark chocolate brands<br />

they tested, the researchers found that<br />

eating just one ounce per day would put an<br />

adult over the maximum safe level for at<br />

least one of these metals, using exposure<br />

standards established in California. Five of<br />

the tested brands contained levels over the<br />

limit for both lead and cadmium.<br />

Long-term exposure to even low levels<br />

of these heavy metals has been linked to<br />

various health problems – especially for<br />

children, whose bodies are smaller and still<br />

developing.<br />

According to the CDC, exposure to lead<br />

may impact nearly all organ systems in the<br />

body, but is especially dangerous for the<br />

central nervous system and brain. Lead<br />

can also cause conditions like anemia, high<br />

blood pressure and stomach problems. For<br />

both children and adults, cadmium exposure<br />

can lead to stomach issues as well,<br />

along with kidney damage.<br />

Motor vehicle deaths again<br />

reach historic highs in 2022<br />

If it seems to you that driving – whether<br />

you’re traveling around the St. Louis area<br />

or taking a cross-country car trip – has<br />

become more dangerous since the COVID-<br />

19 pandemic, you’re not mistaken.<br />

For the second straight year, U.S. traffic<br />

fatalities remained historically high at<br />

more than 46,000 in 2022, according to<br />

preliminary estimates released in March<br />

by the National Safety Council (NSC). A<br />

similar number of traffic deaths occurred<br />

in 2021, when they reached a level not<br />

seen in 16 years.<br />

In another alarming statistic, the “mileage<br />

death rate,” a national calculation of<br />

the number of traffic fatalities per 100<br />

million vehicle miles traveled, increased<br />

by nearly 22% last year compared to prepandemic<br />

measurements in 2019.<br />

“From drivers and passengers to pedestrians<br />

and cyclists, road users of all ages<br />

are perishing in preventable crashes in the<br />

United States,” NSC President and CEO<br />

Lorraine Martin said in a recent news<br />

release. “Words matter, and as a country,<br />

we need to learn and understand that there<br />

are no vehicle accidents… Each crash that<br />

occurs on America’s roads is entirely preventable<br />

and unacceptable.”<br />

Major factors cited by the NSC for the<br />

continued rise in fatalities include drivers<br />

traveling at excessive speeds, aggressively<br />

changing lanes, failing to observe traffic<br />

signals, and driving while impaired by alcohol<br />

or cannabis. Failure to buckle up before<br />

hitting the road is another contributor; the<br />

National Highway Traffic Safety Association<br />

(NHTSA) has reported that fatalities of<br />

unrestrained drivers or other occupants<br />

have increased by nearly 21% since 2019.<br />

Distracted driving also plays a significant<br />

role in fatal crashes, contributing to between<br />

8% and 9% of them, according to official<br />

statistics. This includes behaviors like texting<br />

while driving, other types of cell phone<br />

use behind the wheel, using vehicle electronics<br />

like GPS or audio systems, reaching<br />

for an object in the car, or eating.<br />

Other experts, however, put the number<br />

of deadly crashes involving distracted<br />

drivers much higher. For example, the<br />

National Distracted Driving Coalition estimates<br />

that accidents involving distracted<br />

driving – which can be difficult for authorities<br />

to prove and which many drivers don’t<br />

want to admit – may actually account for<br />

as many as 30% of traffic fatalities,<br />

Many traffic deaths also involve vehicles<br />

that are 10 years old or more. These cars<br />

are not equipped with the newest safety<br />

technologies such as automatic emergency<br />

braking and blind spot monitoring, which<br />

experts say could prevent many crashes.



At the same time, newer vehicles can<br />

present hazards as well. They tend to be<br />

larger and heavier than older ones, making<br />

collisions involving them more deadly.<br />

Both the weight and horsepower of cars<br />

sold in the U.S. are now estimated to be<br />

at all-time highs, and rapid continuing<br />

growth in the number of heavy, high-performance<br />

electric vehicles is also expected.<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8:30 p.m.<br />

This interactive class, offered virtually<br />

through Teams Meeting, is a great introduction<br />

to the basics of babysitting and<br />

is recommended for ages 10 and above.<br />

A workbook, first-aid kit, babysitter skills<br />

assessment and backpack will be delivered<br />

to each participant’s home prior to class.<br />

The cost is $25 per child. Please note that<br />

the child is the registrant; parents may sit<br />

in on the class at no additional cost. Register<br />

online at bjc.org/babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC offers a virtual Bariatric Surgery<br />

information session on Monday, April 17<br />

from 5:30-6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join a<br />

Washington University bariatric physician to<br />

learn about several surgical treatment options<br />

for weight loss available at Barnes-Jewish<br />

Hospital and Barnes-Jewish <strong>West</strong> County<br />

Hospital. There is no cost to participate. To<br />

register for a session or learn more, call (314)<br />

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Surgery-Information-Sessions.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital hosts April Showers:<br />

Mom & Baby Expo on Tuesday, April<br />

18 from 5-8 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Hospital<br />

Institute for Health Education, <strong>23</strong>2 S.<br />

Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. This<br />

free in-person event for new and expecting<br />

parents is designed to help parents in pregnancy<br />

planning through the transition to<br />

parenthood. An optional tour of St. Luke’s<br />

Birth Care Suites; and attendance prizes<br />

including an infant stroller/travel system<br />

are also included. Register for the event<br />

online at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<br />

CPR virtual course on Wednesday, April<br />

19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This two-hour virtual<br />

class, offered via Teams Meeting, uses<br />

the American Heart Association curriculum<br />

to teach hands-on CPR skills including<br />

adult hands-only CPR; infant/child<br />

CPR with breaths; introduction to adult/<br />

child AED use; and relief of choking in<br />

an adult, child or infant. This class is ideal<br />

for new parents, grandparents, babysitters<br />

(ages 10-15 if accompanied by an adult)<br />

and others interested in learning how to<br />

save a life. Each participating household<br />

will receive a CPR kit prior to the course<br />

date with infant and adult-size mannequins,<br />

class materials and a DVD for ongoing<br />

reference and practice (course does not<br />

include certification upon completion).<br />

The cost is $50. Registration for a seat in<br />

this class is for two people; enter the name<br />

of the person participating with you in the<br />

Partner/Other field during checkout. Register<br />

online by visiting bjc.org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers a virtual information<br />

session, Transform Your Life,<br />

Restore Your Health with MyNewSelf<br />

Bariatrics, on Thursday, April 20 from<br />

6-6:30 p.m. Join a St. Luke’s bariatric surgeon<br />

for this free informational seminar<br />

to learn more about options to help you<br />

achieve and maintain a healthy weight.<br />

Register to attend at stlukes-stl.com; for<br />

more information, call (314) 966-9639.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Healthcare and United Services for<br />

Children sponsor the ninth annual Exploring<br />

the Spectrum autism awareness event<br />

on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.<br />

at the Developmental Disabilities Resource<br />

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Club Road in St. Charles. This free event<br />

will feature information about a variety of<br />

autism resources and an opportunity to connect<br />

with autism service providers. Guest<br />

speakers include Dr. Michael S. Bunis,<br />

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MO State Autism Center, and Liz Gundlach,<br />

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• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone virtual class<br />

on Monday, April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. This<br />

class, offered online through Teams Meeting,<br />

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and family for times when the child will be<br />

home alone. A family workbook, emergency<br />

cards, family fire escape plan, parent checklist<br />

for assessing readiness and first aid kit<br />

are included. The registration fee is $25 per<br />

family. To register, call (314) 454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a special<br />

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cancer screening information; skin health<br />

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Living longer and better<br />

with ‘Life’s Essential 8’<br />

Last year, the American Heart Association<br />

released an updated group of healthy<br />

lifestyle measurements called “Life’s<br />

Essential 8.” They include four key<br />

indicators of cardiovascular and metabolic<br />

health (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood<br />

sugar level and body mass index); and four<br />

lifestyle-related health factors (smoking<br />

status, physical activity, diet and sleep).<br />

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tool to develop their own individual health<br />

“score.” Overall scores below 50 indicate<br />

low cardiovascular health; 50-79 are considered<br />

moderate; and scores of 80 and<br />

above indicate the highest level of cardiovascular<br />

health.<br />

Two recent studies showed the realworld<br />

impact of these factors on the health<br />

and longevity of older adults. Both found<br />

that people who scored higher on the Life’s<br />

Essential 8 metrics lived longer on average,<br />

and also lived more years without chronic<br />

diseases, compared to adults who had<br />

lower scores.<br />

The first study investigated whether and<br />

how these metrics were related to healthspan,<br />

defined as living free of major chronic<br />

illness like cardiovascular disease, type 2<br />

diabetes, cancer and dementia. It found<br />

that disease-free life expectancy accounted<br />

for nearly 76% of total lifespan for men<br />

and more than 83% for women who had<br />

scores in the “ideal” range. By contrast,<br />

disease-free life expectancy was only<br />

64.9% of men and 69.4% of women with<br />

“poor” scores of 50 or less.<br />

The second study found that adults with<br />

higher Life’s Essential 8 scores gained an<br />

estimated 8.1 years of life expectancy at<br />

age 50, compared to their same-age peers<br />

with lower scores.<br />

“The cardiovascular health construct studied<br />

in these two abstracts really does ‘nail’<br />

what patients are trying to do, which is find<br />

the fountain of youth. Yes, live longer, but<br />

more importantly, live healthier longer, and<br />

extend that healthspan so that you can really<br />

enjoy quality in your remaining life years,”<br />

said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D. Lloyd-<br />

Jones led the advisory writing group for<br />

Life’s Essential 8, and is also a past president<br />

of the American Heart Association.<br />

At the same time, research has also shown<br />

that most Americans have work to do when<br />

it comes to achieving optimal health. A previous<br />

study published in 2022 found that<br />

only one in five U.S. adults currently falls<br />

into the “optimal” heart health category<br />

with scores of 80 or above. The American<br />

Heart Association’s online tool, called My<br />

Life Check, enables anyone to determine<br />

their own cardiovascular health score based<br />

on the Life’s Essential 8 metrics.<br />

The profit motive in<br />

hospice care<br />

Hospice care has become an essential<br />

part of healthcare for people who have<br />

reached the last months of their lives. The<br />

number of Americans receiving hospice<br />

care has risen sharply in recent years, with<br />

about half of Medicare recipients who died<br />

in 2020 receiving hospice services compared<br />

to fewer than one-fourth in 2000.<br />

While hospice began as a communitybased<br />

nonprofit service, the number of forprofit<br />

hospices has quintupled in the past<br />

20 years. Nationwide, the percentage of<br />

hospices that operate for profit increased<br />

from 30% of all hospice providers in 2000<br />

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MATURE FOCUS, from page 42<br />

to 73% in 2020.<br />

This move to for-profit providers is<br />

impacting quality of care for hospice<br />

patients, according to a recent RAND<br />

Corporation study. It found that patients<br />

receiving care from for-profit hospices<br />

have worse experiences according to several<br />

metrics than those who receive care<br />

from traditional nonprofits.<br />

The study analyzed surveys completed<br />

by family caregivers of patients at more<br />

than 3,100 hospices nationally. It included<br />

the caregivers’ assessments of eight quality<br />

measures: hospice team communication,<br />

timely care, help for symptoms such as<br />

pain, respectful treatment, emotional and<br />

spiritual support, getting training to care<br />

for the hospice patient at home, overall<br />

rating of hospice care, and willingness to<br />

recommend the hospice to others.<br />

Across all of these quality measures, a<br />

substantially higher number of for-profit<br />

hospices were in the low-performing<br />

category compared to nonprofit hospice<br />

providers. Those who received care from<br />

for-profit chains reported the worst care<br />

experiences.<br />

Family caregivers of patients treated<br />

by for-profit hospices were also 5% less<br />

likely than those in not-for-profit hospices<br />

to “definitely recommend” the hospice to<br />

others.<br />

Previous research has shown that forprofit<br />

hospices often provide care differently<br />

than nonprofits; for example, they<br />

may employ fewer staff members with less<br />

specialized skills. The recent RAND study<br />

is the first to examine differences in quality<br />

of care by hospice profit status, from the<br />

point of view of families involved.<br />

A rapid rise in for-profit hospice providers<br />

has translated to lower-quality patient<br />

care in many cases, according to a<br />

recent nationwide survey by the RAND<br />

Corporation.<br />

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“Our results are not explained by the<br />

geographic regions the hospices operate<br />

in, or by the types of patients they care<br />

for…When choosing a hospice, families<br />

and health care professionals can look at<br />

the quality metrics available for hospices<br />

in their area on Medicare’s Care Compare<br />

website,” said Rebecca Anhang Price, the<br />

study’s lead author and a senior policy<br />

researcher at RAND. The findings were<br />

published in JAMA Internal Medicine.<br />

Taking insomnia seriously<br />

Sleep problems have become extremely<br />

common among American adults of all<br />

ages, but especially for those over 50.<br />

The Sleep Foundation now estimates that<br />

between 40% and 70% of older adults<br />

have chronic sleep issues, and up to half<br />

of cases may go undiagnosed – meaning<br />

many people are not discussing sleep problems<br />

with their healthcare providers and<br />

not attempting to treat them.<br />

But it’s important to take insomnia seriously<br />

rather than accepting it as a normal<br />

part of aging, according to a study recently<br />

presented at the American College of Cardiology’s<br />

annual scientific session. Over<br />

nearly a decade of follow-up, this large<br />

analysis showed that people who suffer<br />

from insomnia were 69% more likely to<br />

have a heart attack compared to those<br />

with normal sleep patterns. It also found<br />

that people who regularly get five or fewer<br />

hours of sleep per night were at the highest<br />

risk for a heart attack.<br />

“Insomnia is the most common sleep<br />

disorder, but in many ways it’s no longer<br />

just an illness…it’s more of a life choice.<br />

We just don’t prioritize sleep as much as<br />

we should,” said Yomna E. Dean, a medical<br />

student at Alexandria University and<br />

author of the study. “Our study showed<br />

that people with insomnia are more likely<br />

to have a heart attack regardless of age,<br />

and heart attacks occurred more often in<br />

women with insomnia.”<br />

While previous research has linked<br />

insomnia to cardiovascular and metabolic<br />

diseases, this analysis is the largest<br />

conducted to date, Dean said. It included<br />

information from nine large international<br />

studies, totaling nearly 1.2 million participants<br />

whose average age was 52. Its definition<br />

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having one of three symptoms: trouble<br />

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waking early and not being able to go back<br />

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Calling for heart<br />

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enough blood to support the organs. It’s<br />

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requires hospitalization – but even after<br />

inpatient treatment, studies have shown<br />

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the hospital within 30 days, and about a<br />

third die within one year. This is especially<br />

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heart failure survival rates. They tested a<br />

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a group of about 1,300 patients over age<br />

50 who were hospitalized for acute heart<br />

failure at six medical centers in California.<br />

About half of these patients were randomly<br />

selected to receive an average of<br />

five calls over a 180-day period, along with<br />

a blood pressure monitor and scale to take<br />

home. During the calls, nurses asked them<br />

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heart rate readings, and any unusual symptoms;<br />

those who reported anything abnormal<br />

received additional calls as needed.<br />

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nurse before leaving the hospital and one<br />

follow-up call at home.<br />

Among heart failure patients with the<br />

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the series of calls were 25% less likely to<br />

die over the next six months than patients<br />

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of the hospital longer than those who did<br />

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On the calendar<br />

St. Louis Oasis presents a free Aging<br />

Mastery Program on Thursdays, April<br />

13-June 15, from 10 a.m.-noon, live via<br />

Zoom. During this 10-week program, you<br />

will build your own personal playbook for<br />

aging well. Register by visiting st-louis.<br />

oasisnet.org (registration closes April 12).<br />

• • •<br />

Kick the Achiness of Arthritis, presented<br />

by St. Louis Oasis, is on Monday,<br />

April 24 from 10 a.m.-noon, live via Zoom.<br />

This free course focuses on the lower body,<br />

and is designed to help you learn the best<br />

ways to manage arthritis with exercise.<br />

Register at st-louis.oasisnet.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic<br />

Disease, sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital,<br />

is on Fridays, April 28-June 2, from<br />

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The free seven-week<br />

program, presented online via Zoom, helps<br />

people gain self-confidence in controlling<br />

their chronic disease symptoms and learning<br />

how health problems affect their lives.<br />

Space is limited, and advance registration<br />

is required by visiting stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC sponsors a Stroke Support virtual<br />

class on Monday, May 1 from 1-2 p.m.<br />

at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, 6<br />

Jungermann Circle in St. Peters. Class is<br />

also presented virtually via Teams Meeting.<br />

Whether you are a stroke survivor or taking<br />

care of a loved one, we invite you to join<br />

our online monthly support community.<br />

There is no cost to participate. Register to<br />

attend at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free<br />

community program, Mind + Body, on<br />

Tuesday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at<br />

the Chesterfield Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7<br />

Chesterfield Mall. Join a Holistic Stress<br />

Management-trained registered nurse from<br />

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of pain and your brain. Explore new and<br />

alternative strategies to support your current<br />

pain management plan. Register by<br />

emailing olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us<br />

or by calling (636) 812-9500.<br />

• • •<br />

Keep Your Keys, a St. Luke’s Hospital<br />

free community program, is on Tuesday,<br />

May 16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield<br />

Mall. Join St. Luke’s community educators<br />

to learn about how to keep your keys and<br />

continue to drive as you age. Offered in<br />

partnership with MU Healthcare, this presentation<br />

will cover staying medically and<br />

physically fit to drive, when and how to<br />

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road. Register by emailing olderadults@<br />

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9500.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Wednesday,<br />

May 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. This popular<br />

hands-on class offers updates on current<br />

trends in infant care and feeding, and<br />

provides tips on local and long-distance<br />

grandparenting. Registration is required for<br />

each person attending; the cost is $20 per<br />

person. Register online at classes-events.<br />




Mobility Plus: Keeping people in motion<br />


“We help people stay in their<br />

homes,” said Bob Bradley, owner<br />

of Mobility Plus in Ballwin. “We<br />

help them remain active.”<br />

With Bob at the helm, the medical<br />

equipment company helps people<br />

safely get up, get rolling, and get in<br />

and out of vehicles. He purchases<br />

and stocks only those brands that<br />

meet the high-quality standards of<br />

Mobility Plus, an award-winning<br />

mobility company and preferred supplier<br />

for the Veterans Administration.<br />

The Ballwin franchise carries<br />

stairlifts, lift chairs, wheelchairs,<br />

mobility scooters, walkers, rollators<br />

(similar to a rolling walker but with<br />

four pivoting wheels) and more. The<br />

equipment can be purchased, or rented<br />

if it is only needed temporarily.<br />

Another plus is that Bob is a skilled<br />

repairman, an asset that isn’t always<br />

available at other medical equipment<br />

stores.<br />

“Buy it from me and I’ll help with<br />

repairs, warranty or not,” he said.<br />

One mistake people make, Bob said,<br />

is purchasing their equipment online.<br />

Mobility equipment is used daily;<br />

(Mobility Plus photo)<br />

therefore, it needs to be exceptionally wellmade<br />

to remain effective and safe. Fit – a<br />

key consideration for comfort – also cannot<br />

be accurately calculated online.<br />

“I have seen people purchase really<br />

big lift chairs and they are normal-sized<br />

people. Those chairs swallow them up,”<br />

Bob explained.<br />

When people stop in at Mobility Plus<br />

they can experience first-hand how they fit<br />

in a variety of lift chair styles, all with different<br />

amenities.<br />

Lift chairs are designed to get people<br />

up from a sitting position easily. Some are<br />

designed to lift a person’s feet above their<br />

April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


heart to help with circulation issues.<br />

Some come with heat and massage.<br />

“They can sit in them and see what’s<br />

comfortable,” Bob said. They can also<br />

see the quality.<br />

Another piece of equipment that<br />

people should try before purchasing is<br />

a mobility scooter. Size and how the<br />

scooter will be used are important considerations.<br />

If a person is riding around<br />

the neighborhood, they should probably<br />

have a scooter that has some suspension<br />

to absorb the bumps and ruts. If it’s<br />

going to be used on tile floors or polished<br />

concrete, it probably doesn’t need<br />

that feature, Bob said. He added that<br />

renting the equipment first is a good way<br />

to try out a scooter or other equipment to<br />

make sure it’s comfortable and the right fit.<br />

“I’m willing to work with people to make<br />

sure what they have works for them,” Bob<br />

said.<br />

As for a stairlift, Bob said it is a piece of<br />

equipment that can be a lifesaver.<br />

“If it prevents a fall,<br />

it saves a lot of heartache,”<br />

Bob said. “If<br />

someone falls down<br />

the steps, they could<br />

be in rehab for a year.<br />

If you can prevent that,<br />


how much is it worth to you?”<br />

Bob said stairlifts also provide essential<br />

mobility. He recently installed a stairlift for<br />

someone who hadn’t been upstairs in her<br />

home for two months.<br />

“Newer homes have their master suites<br />

upstairs, and sometimes all you have<br />

downstairs is a half-bath,” he noted.<br />

Some of the highest quality stairlifts are<br />

designed to provide assistance for as long<br />

as 20 years. However, a basic stairlift can be<br />

purchased and installed fairly inexpensively.<br />

Bob said used stairlifts may also be available.<br />

To help people get in and out of their<br />

homes safely, Mobility Plus also provides<br />

and installs ramps. Some ramps are small<br />

and portable. Others are large and customized<br />

to meet the homeowner’s needs.<br />

To learn more about how Mobility Plus<br />

can help keep you, or a loved one mobile<br />

and safe, visit the Ballwin showroom<br />

Monday through Saturday, or simply call<br />

Bob to arrange an in-home appointment<br />

and assessment.<br />

Mobility Plus<br />

15461 Clayton Road • Ballwin<br />

(314) 608-5789 • mobilityplus.com/Ballwin<br />

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Honest Junk Hauling: Heavy lifting, clutter clearing help when you need it<br />



Co-owners Ben Boland and Jim Menner<br />

Jim Menner and Ben Boland,<br />

co-owners of Honest Junk Hauling,<br />

operate their business under<br />

one central idea: customer service.<br />

For a decade now, Jim<br />

and Ben have been helping their<br />

customers downsize, move, and<br />

declutter.<br />

“Every customer has different<br />

needs so we try our best to<br />

accommodate their needs,” says<br />

Ben. “I get a lot of calls from<br />

customers asking me how this<br />

works. Each customer needs<br />

something different so I follow<br />

up with a few questions of my<br />

own to pinpoint exactly what<br />

sort of service is required.”<br />

When it comes to hauling junk away,<br />

Honest Junk Hauling can handle anything<br />

big or small. A few examples of<br />

some of the most common things they<br />

haul away are furniture, appliances and<br />

garage, or basement junk. They can<br />

also take care of bigger tasks like tearing<br />

down an old deck, removing a hot<br />

tub, or getting rid of an old playset in<br />

the yard.<br />

Hauling unwanted items away is the<br />

most popular service Honest Junk provides,<br />

but they offer so much more. In fact,<br />

Honest Junk Hauling can help in a lot of<br />

different ways.<br />

“Sometimes you just need a few things<br />

moved around the house, which can prove<br />

to be pretty difficult. This is why we offer<br />

room-to-room furniture moving service”<br />

says Jim.<br />

“We can move a few pieces of furniture<br />

from one room to another or we can<br />

help organize your garage or basement.<br />

This service is becoming more and more<br />

popular.”<br />

If you recently bought or sold a<br />

house, Honest Junk Hauling can<br />

load or unload moving vans and<br />

pods. Selling and buying a house<br />

can be stressful. Why not let the<br />

Honest Junk crew take care of the<br />

heavy lifting?<br />

Another popular service Honest<br />

Junk Hauling offers is a trailer drop<br />

off. The trailer is brought to a location,<br />

the customer fills it, and then<br />

it’s hauled away. This is very useful<br />

for the do-it-yourself customer.<br />

“A lot of people choose this option<br />

when they want to clear things out<br />

as they go,” says Ben. “It’s great for<br />

the DIY remodeler or for someone<br />

who needs to take their time with a house<br />

clean-out.”<br />

When clearing out an estate many times<br />

multiple family members are involved in<br />

the process. Therefore, this usually means<br />

multiple people making decisions on what<br />

needs to be saved and what needs to go.<br />

Often, this can be a timely process and it’s<br />

beneficial to have a trailer parked in the<br />

driveway ready to be filled at their convenience.<br />

“Everyday we work to provide top notch<br />

service for our customers,” Jim says. This<br />

starts with the first phone call and continues<br />

on all the way through the completion<br />

of the project.<br />

“Our phones are always on,” insists Jim.<br />

As small business owners, it always surprises<br />

both Jim and Ben that there are so<br />

many other businesses that don’t answer<br />

their phones or at least return calls in a<br />

timely manner. “My dad owns his own<br />

business. When I was growing up, he was<br />

often on the phone with his customers after<br />

work while at home. I always thought this<br />

was kind of strange, but now I know that’s<br />

what it takes if you strive for great customer<br />

service,” says Ben.<br />

From day one, centering their business<br />

around the customer has been the primary<br />

goal of Honest Junk Hauling. Ten years<br />

later, Jim and Ben continue to focus their<br />

business around your individual needs.<br />

“We look forward to growing our business<br />

and helping more people in this great<br />

community,” Jim and Ben say.<br />

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I BUSINESS I 49<br />

The Best in Steaks,<br />

Seafood, Pasta & Mediterranean Cuisine<br />

Delayna and Michael Pascoe, the new owners of Tile & Bath<br />

Service, will continue the company’s commitment to excellence.<br />

Shown here with installers Derek Crooks and Victor Williams.<br />


BRIEFS<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Delayna and Michael Pascoe, the new<br />

owners of Tile & Bath Service, are committed<br />

to continuing the company’s nearly<br />

40-year legacy of quality products and personalized<br />

service. The same experienced<br />

craftsmen will continue to install highquality<br />

bathroom products, with a focus<br />

on allowing people to age in place. With<br />

40 years of combined experience, the Pascoes<br />

have the technical and interior design<br />

expertise for jobs of all sizes. Stop in to<br />

learn more at 14770 Clayton Road or call<br />

(636) 394-0315.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield-based developer Mia Rose<br />

Holdings has named Zac Deets as director<br />

of construction. Deets has 18 years<br />

of construction superintendent experience.<br />

He holds an Associate of Science<br />

in Construction Engineering from Morrison<br />

Institute of Technology. The firm<br />

has numerous multifamily developments<br />

in various stages of construction across St.<br />

Charles County.<br />

PLACES<br />

Mueller Furniture has donated a massage<br />

chair to Mercy’s Cardinals Adolescent<br />

& Young Adult Cancer Program/Cardinals<br />

Kids Cancer Center, which provides more<br />

than 4,000 treatments to pediatric patients<br />

each year. The zero-gravity therapeutic<br />

chair offers lumbar heating, seat vibration,<br />

adjustable massage strength, speed and<br />

precise body scanning. Mueller Furniture<br />

is a family-owned business with locations<br />

in Lake Saint Louis, Ellisville and Belleville.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield-based Black Raven AFC<br />

has announced today the acquisition of<br />

The Net Impact, a digital marketing and<br />

web development company also based in<br />

Chesterfield. As part of Unidev, The Net<br />

Impact was ranked number 13 of St. Louis’<br />

largest advertising, marketing and public<br />

relations firms by the St. Louis Business<br />

Journal. This acquisition will enhance<br />

Black Raven’s capabilities and expertise<br />

in the digital marketing and web development<br />

space.<br />

• • •<br />

Two of Delmar Gardens’ skilled nursing<br />

and rehabilitation centers – Delmar<br />

Gardens Meramec Valley and Delmar<br />

Gardens of O’Fallon were recognized by<br />

Newsweek as among the country’s Best<br />

Nursing Homes for 20<strong>23</strong>. The rankings<br />

are based on performance data, peer recommendations<br />

and handling COVID-19,<br />

relative to in-state competition. Results<br />

were compiled by Statista using Centers<br />

for Medicare and Medicaid Services<br />

(CMS) data to determine the performance<br />

of nursing homes. For peer recommendations,<br />

Statista invited over 10,000 medical<br />

experts to an online survey.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis-based architecture firms Lawrence<br />

Group and KWK Architects have<br />

announced a merger of the two firms. KWK<br />

is a nationally recognized higher education<br />

expert. Combined, the companies will have<br />

more than 140 employees to serve colleges<br />

and universities nationwide.<br />

• • •<br />

Design-build contractor Keystone Construction<br />

Company has kicked off construction<br />

on a new $6 million mixed-use<br />

building at 675 Spirit Valley <strong>West</strong> Drive<br />

in Chesterfield. The building will feature<br />

40,000 square feet of flexible space, which<br />

can be divided between one to four tenants,<br />

and accommodates a wide range of uses<br />

from warehouse, office, manufacturing,<br />

showroom and more. Keystone is serving<br />

as the design-build contractor; the architect<br />

is Dial Architects.<br />

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April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />




LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


Sake and Sakura is from 5:30-8 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 7 at the Missouri Botanical<br />

Gardens. Celebrate the blooming cherry<br />

trees (sakura) and enjoy the drums of St.<br />

Louis’ own Osuwa Taiko group. Limited<br />

samples of sake are included with admission.<br />

Japanese cuisine will be available<br />

for purchase. For guests ages 21 and older.<br />

Tickets on sale now at mobot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids is at 4<br />

p.m. on Thursday, May 4 and at 7 p.m. on<br />

Friday, May 5 at Visitation Academy, 3020<br />

N. Ballas Road in Des Peres. Look for tickets<br />

to be on sale soon at visitationacademy.<br />

org. Search “visual and performing arts<br />

events.”<br />

• • •<br />

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair returns<br />

to Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, May<br />

4-8. Learn more at stlouisbookfair.org or<br />

by reading the article on page 18.<br />


Eureka Masons Breakfast is from<br />

6:30-11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each<br />

month at the Masonic Lodge, 616 Stockell<br />

Drive in Eureka. Adults are $11 and children<br />

are $5. Ages 5 and under are free. Proceeds<br />

benefit Eureka High Scholarships<br />

and Shriners Hospital.<br />

• • •<br />

Bible Drive is now through May. Drop<br />

off used Bibles, Sunday school materials,<br />

Christian books or DVD/CD’s on the front<br />

porch of 114 Edward Drive in Eureka. Call<br />

Rocky Nethercot at (636) 575-3334 to<br />

arrange for larger sized donations. Love<br />

Packages, a non-profit organization annually<br />

ships Christian literature to people in<br />

need in English speaking countries. For a<br />

full list of needed and accepted materials,<br />

visit lovepackages.org/needed-materials.<br />

• • •<br />

Performing for Life is at 2 p.m. and 7<br />

p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Chesterfield<br />

Family YMCA, featuring an all adult<br />

variety show with dancing, singing, and<br />

juggling. Tickets are $15 at the door. For<br />

details, call (636) 391-5678 or email dancingthrulife@att.net.<br />

• • •<br />

Rock N Roll Bingo is from 7-10 p.m.<br />

(doors open at 6 p.m.) on Friday, April<br />

21 at the Ballwin Golf Course. Song clips<br />

replace traditional letters and numbers on<br />

the bingo card. Beer and soda provided. A<br />

cash bar is available. Bring snacks. Cost is<br />

$160 for a table of 8; $25 for individuals.<br />

Registration is open through April 19. For<br />

details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

American Red Cross Blood Drive is<br />

from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, April<br />

27 at the Manchester Justice Center, 200<br />

Highlands Blvd. Drive. To schedule an<br />

appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and<br />

search “63011.”<br />

• • •<br />

Girl Scouts Children’s Drive-Thru<br />

Book Drive is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, May 6 at the Crestview Middle<br />

School Parking Lot in Ballwin. Donate<br />

new or gently used children’s books for<br />

the Assistance League of St. Louis Books<br />

From Friends program. Donation boxes<br />

are also available April 24-May 5 at<br />

Ellisville Elementary, Holy Infant School,<br />

Kehrs Mill Elementary, St. John School,<br />

<strong>West</strong>ridge Elementary, Woerther Elementary,<br />

Crestview Middle, Selvidge Middle,<br />

Lafayette High and Marquette High.<br />

• • •<br />

NAMIWalks St. Louis is from 9 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, May 13 at Creve Coeur<br />

Park - Tremayne Shelter. There is no fee<br />

to register. Make an impact for mental<br />

health through the St. Louis Chapter of the<br />

National Alliance on Mental Illness. Every<br />

registered participant who raises $100 will<br />

earn an event T-shirt. For details, visit<br />

namistl.org/namiwalks.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Cardinals Mental Health<br />

Awareness Night is at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday,<br />

May 16 at Busch Stadium. Seats for<br />

tickets purchased through the National<br />

Alliance on Mental Illness, St. Louis website<br />

will be located in the left-field porch.<br />

Each ticket is $40 and includes a mental<br />

health awareness Cardinals hat and a free<br />

hot dog and soda voucher. For details, visit<br />

namistl.org/get-involved/stlouiscardinalsmhan.<br />

• • •<br />

Sportsman Dinner and Auction is at<br />

5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at the Ballwin<br />

Event Center, featuring a buffet dinner,<br />

raffle, silent auction and more. Proceeds<br />

will benefit Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation<br />

and Education. Tickets start at $45.<br />

For details, visit gatewaygreenheadsdu.org.<br />


Town & Country Concert Series is<br />

from 6-9 p.m. every third Friday of the<br />

month beginning Friday, April 21 and<br />

continuing through September at the Town<br />

Square in Town and Country. For details,<br />

visit town-and-country.org.<br />

• • •<br />

See EVENTS, page 52

April 5, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


Johnny’s Hideout is worth seeking for Cajun fare plus legendary burgers and wings<br />




Johnny’s Hideout<br />

Johnny Daus knows a thing or two about<br />

food. After successfully opening and managing<br />

restaurants for 40 years, he and his<br />

partners, Rick Pogue and Jake Kaestner,<br />

opened Johnny’s Hideout last September.<br />

Located along a wooded hillside off<br />

High Ridge Boulevard in Jefferson<br />

County, Johnny’s Hideout is definitely<br />

worth the drive. Its atmosphere entreats<br />

customers to hangout, imbibe and order<br />

up from a menu filled with foods made<br />

from recipes Daus made famous, including<br />

his wings, burgers and Cajun fare.<br />

“I’ve done everything from barbecue to<br />

pizza and fried chicken to Cajun, burgers<br />

and wings,” said Daus, who over his<br />

career opened two of Soulard’s eatery<br />

landmarks Carson’s and Joanie’s Pizza<br />

as well as the Rib Ranch and Rooster’s<br />

Fried Chicken. “I’ve been involved in it<br />

all. Even white tablecloth.”<br />

After selling his Soulard operation in<br />

2017, and after working with James Bommarito<br />

on Tony’s move to Clayton, Daus<br />

and his partners opened Johnny’s Hideout.<br />

“I came with my recipes, including my<br />

wing recipe that is 41 years old,” Daus<br />

said. “People come from miles around to<br />

get them.”<br />

The wings are lightly breaded and fried<br />

to perfection. Then, sauced with Johnny’s<br />

secret sauce, which is house made along<br />

with the Hideout’s other sauces and spice<br />

blends.<br />

His legendary, made-to-order burgers<br />

are a butcher blend that includes steak<br />

cuts and is seasoned with his proprietary<br />

burger spice mix. Topping the list<br />

of favorites is the Pub Burger, topped<br />

with English Cheddar and bacon, and the<br />

Johnny’s Texas Burger. Large, like its<br />

namesake, the hearty burger is stacked<br />

with two kinds of cheddar, house-made<br />

Jim Beam barbecue sauce, bacon and<br />

fried onion straws.<br />

“One of my top selling items besides the<br />

wings and burgers is my fried garlic bologna<br />

sandwich.<br />

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Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday; 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m, Friday & Saturday;<br />

11 a.m.-midnight on Sundays; closed on Mondays.<br />

It’s topped with lettuce,<br />

tomato, American cheese, deli<br />

sauce and pickles. I call it a<br />

fried bologna sandwich on<br />

steroids,” Daus said. “And if<br />

you want a great chicken sandwich,<br />

try our Southern Fried<br />

Chicken Sandwich. We hand<br />

bread and fry each chicken<br />

breast, top it with lettuce,<br />

tomato, pickles, slaw, and<br />

finish it with our own southern<br />

sauce. It’s awesome.”<br />

Johnny’s Fried Chicken<br />

Sandwich is served alongside<br />

Krack Fries, that are<br />

sprinkled with Johnny’s<br />

special black pepper blend. As the name<br />

implies, they are addictively good.<br />

For great tastes, don’t overlook Johnny’s<br />

Cajun offerings. Reflecting his days<br />

in Soulard are classics like red beans and<br />

rice and New Orleans Gumbo.<br />

“I have three shrimp dishes – Cajun<br />

BBQ Shrimp, Voodoo Shrimp and Buffalo<br />

Shrimp – that are as good as anything<br />

you’ve ever had,” Daus said. “For me it’s<br />

about flavor and taste. There isn’t anything<br />

that comes out of my kitchen that<br />

I don’t know how it is supposed to look<br />

like, taste and make. A lot of owners don’t<br />

Clockwise are Johnny’s famous recipe wings, the Fried<br />

Garlic Bologna Sandwich, Cajun Barbecue Shrimp and a<br />

Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with Krack Fries.<br />

even know where their kitchens are.”<br />

As the weather warms, guests can plan<br />

to enjoy the patio and the addition of barbecue<br />

to the menu.<br />

When asked what inspired him to create<br />

the recipes that fill the menu at Johnny’s<br />

Hideout, Daus said, “I like to make things<br />

that taste good and make people happy. I<br />

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not valid on retail items. Must be claimed in<br />

bakery during normal business hours. Not valid<br />

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• Clam Chowder<br />

• Lobster Rangoon<br />

• Frog Legs<br />

• BBQ Salmon<br />

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• Walleye<br />

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Children’s Menu<br />

Happy Hour Daily<br />

Party Room Available<br />

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EVENTS, from page 50<br />

Chinese Culture Days are from 9 a.m.-5<br />

p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday,<br />

April <strong>23</strong> at the Missouri Botanical Gardens,<br />

featuring Chinese cultural performances,<br />

music, art and authentic cuisine. $16 for<br />

non-member adults (ages 13 & up), $5 for<br />

children (ages 3-12) and $8 for members.<br />

For details, visit mobot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Midwest Fiber Festival is from 9<br />

a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 and<br />

from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at<br />

STLCC Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road<br />

in St. Louis, featuring hand-dyed yarn,<br />

raw fleece, fabric, sewing notions, looms<br />

and more. Visit midwestfiberfest.com for<br />

details. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Plein Air Art Event is from<br />

7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Wildwood<br />

City Hall. Artwork will be completed<br />

outdoors on location. Artists and photographers<br />

will capture a special location which<br />

will be revealed the day of the event. Fee<br />

is $40 for pre-registered participants prior<br />

to May 6 and $50 on the day of the event.<br />

Fee is $10 for students, (18 years old and<br />

younger) prior to May 6 and $20 for students<br />

on the day of the event. For details,<br />

visit cityofwildwood.com or call (636)<br />

458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Scottish Games is from 9:15<br />

a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Schroeder<br />

Park in Manchester. Celebrate Scottish<br />

tradition and culture. Includes the<br />

iconic caber toss, Highland dancing, Scottish<br />

clan gatherings, bag-piping, sheepdog<br />

demonstrations and more. Tickets are $25<br />

for adults ages 18 and over, $10 for youth<br />

ages 13-17 and children ages 12 and under<br />

are free. Adult tickets are $20 if purchased<br />

before midnight, April 21. For details, visit<br />

stlouis-scottishgames.com/tickets.<br />

• • •<br />

Craft Beer Festival is from 3-6 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, May 13 at Schroeder Park, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road in Manchester. There<br />

will be a variety of featured samples from<br />

over 20 craft breweries, food trucks, live<br />

music by the Johnny Henry Band and more.<br />

Tickets are $32 each. Free admission for designated<br />

drivers. For details, visit manchestermo.gov/577/20<strong>23</strong>-Craft-Beer-Festival.<br />


Arbor Day Tree Giveaway is from<br />

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the<br />

Kemper Center at the Missouri Botanical<br />

Garden. Staff will provide planting and<br />

care tips and will be available to answer<br />

tree care questions. Included with admission.<br />

Tree saplings available while supplies<br />

last. For details, visit mobot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

WFCG Garden Spring Clean is from<br />

9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the<br />

Wildwood Farms Community Garden.<br />

Help make the gardens ready for spring.<br />

Wheelbarrows, scoop shovels, pitchforks<br />

and hard rakes for mulch spreading are<br />

needed. For details, visit cityofwildwood.<br />

com.<br />

• • •<br />

Earth Day Maker’s Mart & Arbor<br />

Day Festival is from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 22 at Schroeder Park, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Handmade art and crafts, music and<br />

the planting of the Community Tree are<br />

featured. Free event. For details, visit manchestermo.gov<br />

and search “Maker’s Mart.”<br />

• • •<br />

Gnome & Fairy Festival is from<br />

11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at<br />

Kircher Park, 25 Williams Road in Eureka.<br />

Activities will include a scavenger hunt, a<br />

gnome craft, and flower potting. There will<br />

be live music and food trucks. Free with<br />

a non-perishable food item. Rain Date is<br />

Saturday, April 29. For details, visit eureka.<br />

mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Arbor Day Ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 28 at the Bussmann Shelter in<br />

Bluebird Park in Ellisville. Attendees will<br />

receive a free seedling from the Department<br />

of Conservation. For details, visit<br />

ellisville.mo.us; search “Arbor Day.”<br />

• • •<br />

Earth Day is from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 29 at Central Park, 16365 Lydia<br />

Hill Drive in Chesterfield. Outside recycling<br />

only. Free trees and wildflower seed<br />

giveaway for butterflies and pollinators. St.<br />

Louis Compost will be giving away three<br />

yards of compost per family on a first come<br />

first serve basis. Bags and containers must<br />

be provided. For details, visit chesterfield.<br />

mo.us/earth-day.html.<br />

• • •<br />

Pollinator Fair Days & Plant Sale are<br />

from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April<br />

29 and Sunday, April 30 at the Sophia M.<br />

Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield. Play<br />

games, make crafts, and meet experts to<br />

learn about how nature’s smallest animals<br />

help gardens in a big way. For details, visit<br />

missouribotanicalgarden.org.<br />

• • •<br />

City of Winchester Mega Event is from<br />

8 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at City<br />

Hall and includes free electronic recycling,<br />

document shredding, Arbor Day tree and<br />

shrub giveaway and a non-perishable food<br />

drive. For details, call (636) 391-0600.<br />

• • •<br />

Arbor Day Art Contest & Celebration<br />

is from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at<br />

Millennium Park, 2 Barnes <strong>West</strong> Drive in<br />

Creve Coeur. The celebration will include<br />

a plant giveaway, activities for kids, educational<br />

displays, tree planting demonstration,<br />

and a live performance by Babaloo Music



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& Fun. For details, call (314) 872-2511 or<br />

email, jrueschhoff@crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />


Kids Klub is from 10-11 a.m. on<br />

Wednesday, April 12 at the Eureka Community<br />

Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. For children<br />

ages 6 months–5 years accompanied<br />

by an adult. The cost is $9 for residents;<br />

$10 for non-residents. Pre-registration is<br />

recommended at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Animal Encounter is from noon-1 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, April 12 at Wildwood<br />

Community Park. Play, pet and feed animals<br />

in the petting zoo. Children must be<br />

accompanied by an adult. $5 per child. For<br />

details, visit cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Pages and Pals is at 10 a.m. on Thursday,<br />

April 13 at the Paul Schroeder Park<br />

Building, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester. For ages 2-5. Hear a story<br />

and do a craft. Must be accompanied by<br />

an adult. $5 for residents; $6.50 for nonresidents.<br />

Pre-registration is required at<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Route 66 Outdoor Movie Night will<br />

feature the movie “Cars” at 7:30 p.m.<br />

(movie starts at 8 p.m.) on Friday, April 14<br />

at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Main<br />

Street at Wildwood’s Town Center. For<br />

details, visit cityofwildwood.com and<br />

search “Route 66 Month 20<strong>23</strong>.”<br />

• • •<br />

Parent/Child LEGO Night is from<br />

6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the<br />

Manchester Parks Building 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road. There will be time to<br />

build, games, snacks and more. Cost is<br />

$22 for resident pair; $27 for non-resident<br />

pair and $10/$12 for each additional child.<br />

Event sells out quickly. Visit manchester.<br />

gov/parks.<br />

• • •<br />

Ignite Pool Party is from 6-8:30 p.m.<br />

on Friday, April 21 at The Point, 1 Ballwin<br />

Commons Circle in Ballwin. Pizza,<br />

drinks, and desserts will be provided. For<br />

ages 7-13 only. Bring a swimsuit and towel.<br />

There will be multiple contests throughout<br />

the night for a chance at winning gift<br />

cards to local restaurants and stores. Cost<br />

is $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents.<br />

Pre-registration required online or at The<br />

Pointe. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Fancy Tea is from 10-11:30 a.m. and<br />

2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and from<br />

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April <strong>23</strong> at<br />

the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in<br />

Chesterfield. Celebrate moms, grandmas,<br />

or aunts. $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers.<br />

To register, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org/fancy-tea-3214.<br />

• • •<br />

Youth Fishing Derby is from 9 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, May 6 at Central Park<br />

Lake in Chesterfield. Each registered child<br />

will have 2 hours to catch the most fish.<br />

Participants will be given a tally sheet to<br />

bring to an official to verify each catch. A<br />

parent or guardian must be present with<br />

the child. Bring your own equipment and<br />

bait. Check-in will be at the park pavilion<br />

the day of the derby. $5 per person. For<br />

ages 5-12. To register, visit chesterfield.<br />

mo.us/05-6-<strong>23</strong>-youth-fishing-derby.html<br />

• • •<br />

Art Lab is from 9:30-11 a.m. on May 13<br />

at The Paul Schroeder Park Building, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

This is a “studio” setting where young<br />

artists are allowed to explore different<br />

mediums. For ages 8-12. $20 for residents;<br />

$26 for non-residents per class. To register,<br />

visit manchestermo.gov/parks.<br />


The Route 66 Scavenger Hunt will go<br />

for the entire month of April, with clues<br />

posted on April 1. Participants will receive<br />

raffle tickets for exciting prizes, based on<br />

how many clues are successfully solved.<br />

For details, visit cityofwildwood.com/<br />

route66month20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

• • •<br />

Bingo is from 9-10:30 a.m. on the first<br />

and third Thursdays every month at the<br />

Manchester Parks Building. $2 per person.<br />

For details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber Blossom<br />

Bolt Run/Walk is at 8 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 8 at the corner of Long Road<br />

and Edison Avenue in Chesterfield. The 5K<br />

and 10K courses are out and back flat trails.<br />

There will be a Sprout Sprint for ages 10<br />

and under. To register, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com/events.<br />

• • •<br />

The Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch of<br />

the American Association of University<br />

Women presents Joell Aguirre, municipal<br />

manager with Republic Services at 10:30<br />

a.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Ballwin<br />

Golf Course and Event Center. Visit ballwin-chesterfield.com<br />

for details.<br />

• • •<br />

Stargazers Night is from 7:30-9 p.m.<br />

on Tuesday, April 25 at Fussner Field, 910<br />

Hazel Falls Drive in Manchester. Volunteers<br />

from the St. Louis Astronomical<br />

Society will be on site to answer questions.<br />

Free. Bathrooms will not be available. Visit<br />

manchestermo.gov for details.<br />

• • •<br />

Cinco De Mayo Wine and Paint Party<br />

is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at the<br />

Ballwin Golf Course. This is an amateur<br />

painting and canvas step-by-step instructional<br />

class to create an acrylic painting on<br />

a 16x20 stretched canvas. Bring a favorite<br />

wine/beer and snacks. Registration is $50<br />

for residents; $55 for non-residents. Supplies<br />

and instruction provided. Pre-registration<br />

is required at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tacos, Tequila and Tarantulas is from<br />

6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at the Sophia<br />

M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield.<br />

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and learn how<br />

tequila is made while enjoying animal<br />

encounters, music, appetizers, libations,<br />

and more. Ages 21-plus. $20 for garden<br />

members; $25 for the public and $15 for<br />

designated drivers. To register, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org/tacos-tequilaand-tarantulas-3215.<br />

• • •<br />

The <strong>West</strong> County Senior Lifestyle<br />

Expo is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday,<br />

June 13 at Greensfelder Complex in<br />

Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road in Manchester.<br />

Presented by The <strong>West</strong> St. Louis<br />

County Chamber of Commerce, the event<br />

features over 100 businesses, door prizes,<br />

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excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

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Licensed & insured. Affordable,<br />

dependable and available!<br />

VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />

DECKS<br />

(636) 337-7733<br />

• Deck Construction<br />

• Deck Repair/Upgrade<br />

• Fully Insured<br />

A+<br />

• No Money Up Front<br />

MarkHicksLLC.com<br />


Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

Technician in<br />

Grounds Department<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />


- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/<br />

hire/index or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Food Service<br />

Our Child Nutrition Assistants<br />

work school days only<br />

Part time or Full time,<br />

No experience needed.<br />

Starting Pay $13 Hourly.<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Retirement through PEERS,<br />

Perfect Attendance Days<br />

Manager positions available<br />

with full benefits.<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

or call 636-733-3253<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For position of:<br />

Part-Time Custodians<br />

(Temporary Position)<br />

-Flexible Work Schedule<br />

-Competitive Wage<br />

-No weekends<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/<br />

Viewjob.aspx?JobID=3198<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Outside Service Attendant<br />

$12/Hour<br />

Looking to fill our outside team,<br />

flexible hours, golf privileges,<br />

meals on duty, and more!<br />

Call (636) 227-9962<br />

or email<br />

briano@meabrk.org<br />

for more information.<br />


Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Positions of:<br />

-Plumbing Maintenance<br />

Technician-<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee<br />

Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

HVAC Maintenance Technician<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />


Mon, Thur & Fri - (Days)<br />

Car provided<br />

Retirees welcome<br />

Non-smoker<br />

Good driving record<br />

Call (636) 227-0186<br />

Leave message for Alicia<br />

Ext. 11 or<br />

email alicia@verchdental.com<br />

Only calls after 6pm<br />

will be considered.<br />



VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care Assistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. Weekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Call 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />



Private Home Health<br />

24 hr. Affordable<br />

Home Healthcare Service.<br />

Referencces Available.<br />

Call 314-620-3550<br />

or email<br />

trossiecares@gmail.com<br />


Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />



Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Call Joe 636-699-8316<br />



-Complete Outdoor Service-<br />

Mowing • Pre-Emergent<br />

Licensed Applicator<br />

Commercial • Residential<br />

Reasonable Rates<br />

Experienced & Insured<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

United Lawn Services<br />

Call Today (314) 660-9080<br />

curtis@unitedlawnservices.com<br />

www.unitedlawnservices.com<br />


Lawncare • Tree Care<br />

and Much More!<br />

Best Value and Best Price<br />

Local & Family Owned<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

Call Today<br />

(314) 799-1416<br />

www.turfguyslawncare.com<br />

Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />


Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming & Edging<br />

Stone & Brick<br />

Retaining Walls • Drainage Work<br />


636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<br />





Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />


Best Landscaping Values<br />

in Town!<br />

-Mizzou Crew-<br />

Mulch, Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups,<br />

Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Small Walls<br />

& Paver Patios.<br />

Hauling Services,<br />

Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

& Rough Carpentry<br />

Call/Text Jeff<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />


Call Now For Free Mulching<br />

and Lawn Mowing Estimate<br />

314-749-3947<br />

• MULCHING •<br />

-Spring Clean-Ups-<br />

Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Preen • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

Fertilizing • Dethatching<br />

-Now Offering Junk Removal-<br />



636-432-3451<br />






CALL OR TEXT NOW 636.214.7211<br />





Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

24 hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />




House Wash, Driveway/Walkway,<br />

& Patio Cleaning<br />

Starting at $399<br />

All Smiles Pressure Washing, LLC<br />

636-279-0056<br />



ALL CASH - AS-IS<br />

I have been buying and selling<br />

$<br />

for over 30 years.<br />

$<br />

No obligation.<br />

No commission.<br />

No fixing up.<br />

It doesn’t cost to find out<br />

how much you can get.<br />

Must ask for<br />

Lyndon Anderson<br />

314-496-5822<br />

Berkshire Hathaway<br />

Select Prop.<br />

Office: 636-394-2424<br />


J. D. Contracting<br />



• Emergency Repairs • Free Roof Inspections<br />

• Insurance Claims • Siding, Soffit & Fascia<br />

• Powerwashing/Decks/Staining • Insured<br />

Call Jim 314.7<strong>23</strong>.0027<br />




Text a<br />

request for<br />

a bid!<br />


Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />


Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,<br />

pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

Fully Insured • Free Estimates<br />

A+ BBB • A+ Angie's List<br />

Serving the Area Since 2004<br />

314-971-6993 or 636-<strong>23</strong>4-6672




2022 YEAR END<br />



SAVINGS ****<br />

%<br />

4.25APY**<br />


MONEY MARKET ***<br />

$50,000 AND UP<br />

%<br />

3.50APY**<br />







%<br />

5.00APY**<br />


DES PERES BRANCH | 11697 Manchester Road | Des Peres, MO 63131 | 314-626-6788<br />

CLAYTON BRANCH | 112 S. Hanley Road, Ste. 120 | Clayton, MO 63105 | 314-721-2265<br />


*A penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal. Fees could reduce earnings on the account. *Rates subject to change. Rates accurate as of April 5, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

**APY = Annual Percentage Yield. ***Preferred Money Market / Minimum Deposit to Open and Obtain APY is $50,000<br />

***/**** This account is limited to six transfers by check, draft, or similar order per monthly statement cycle. For these accounts, withdrawals made in person are unlimited.<br />

***Preferred Money Market Tiers to earn APY - Tier 1 ($50,000 -$99,999.99) - Tier 2 ($100,000 - $199,999.99) - Tier 3 ($200,000 and up)<br />

****Preferred Savings / Minimum Deposit to Open Account & Obtain APY is $5000. Restricted to non-commercial accounts only

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