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Vol. 28 No. 12 • June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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STAR PARKER<br />

How about a presidential<br />

campaign about vision<br />

and principles?<br />

June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

WEST NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

I OPINION I 3<br />

With the most recent entry of former<br />

Vice President Mike Pence and former New<br />

Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the presidential<br />

race, I count now 12 Republican<br />

candidates in the field.<br />

Former President Donald Trump retains<br />

a strong lead in the polls, with Florida Gov.<br />

Ron DeSantis a strong second.<br />

But it is still very early in the game, and<br />

even the most casual observer of politics<br />

knows that the situation is fluid and what<br />

will be remains to be seen.<br />

What is clear is that in the big picture of<br />

things, Americans are not at all happy with<br />

the situation in their country.<br />

In the most recent Gallup polling, only<br />

18% say they are satisfied with the direction<br />

of the country. This is not new. Over<br />

the last 15 years, there was only one month<br />

in which more than 40% expressed satisfaction<br />

with how things are going.<br />

Looking at the breakdown by party ID,<br />

Gallup shows, as of April, only 4% of<br />

Republicans satisfied with the country’s<br />

direction, 16% of independents and 29%<br />

of Democrats.<br />

This tells me there is a big opportunity<br />

for change to a Republican presidency. But<br />

the question remains: Who and what will<br />

it take?<br />

More importantly, will the presidential<br />

campaign be another exercise in bumper<br />

cars, where the one who makes noise the<br />

best wins? Or will we hear and choose a<br />

vision for the nation and its future?<br />

Recently in a Wall Street Journal column,<br />

former Wisconsin governor and presidential<br />

candidate Scott Walker offered good<br />

advice.<br />

Walker was an enormously successful<br />

governor and conservative reformer in<br />

Wisconsin.<br />

This made him a star, and he entered the<br />

2016 presidential race. But he failed.<br />

He attributes his failure to running on<br />

his record rather than laying out a vison of<br />

“big, bold ideas” for the country.<br />

Rather than listening to consultants<br />

and running on his record, Walker says<br />

he wishes he had laid out an aggressive<br />

program like “a national flat tax, sending<br />

the responsibility for education back to<br />

the states and schools, work requirements<br />

for public assistance, and term limits for<br />

public service.”<br />

I think it’s good advice. But I would take<br />

it one step further.<br />

We need to restore discussion about what<br />

the country is about.<br />

Regarding issues, I know what I would<br />

like to hear. I have been writing about it<br />

for years.<br />

On the economic front, we must get our<br />

fiscal house in order. Republicans had success<br />

in the recent debt ceiling debate. But<br />

relatively speaking, it was a tiny victory.<br />

The country is still staggering under massive<br />

government and debt, which is retarding<br />

productivity and growth.<br />

A major part of the government burden<br />

is tied to our bankrupt Social Security and<br />

Medicare entitlement programs that no<br />

candidate has shown the courage to take<br />

on.<br />

On the social front, the country is dangerously<br />

aging because of the collapse of<br />

family and children and, for years, a free<br />

abortion regime.<br />

I want to see candidates take these things<br />

on.<br />

But more, we need candidates to talk<br />

about what our country is about. Who are<br />

we?<br />

Are we a free nation under God? If yes,<br />

what does this mean? What principles<br />

does this translate into regarding how we<br />

live and how we understand our government,<br />

our Constitution and how we are<br />

governed? And what policies follow from<br />

these principles?<br />

If we are not a free nation under God,<br />

what does that mean, and where does it<br />

take us?<br />

I return to the words in our Constitution’s<br />

preamble that say it is about securing<br />

“the blessings of liberty to ourselves and<br />

our posterity.”<br />

What does this mean?<br />

It is very nice talking about wokeness<br />

and the border and debt. But it has been<br />

too long since the American people were<br />

drawn into a discussion about the nation’s<br />

principles and ideals and what these mean<br />

for our lives and future.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center for<br />

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.”<br />

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4 I OPINION I<br />

June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

WEST NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR<br />

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Celebrating America<br />

To the Editor:<br />

The Declaration of Independence is<br />

dated July 4, 1776. Events prior to its signing<br />

led to the start of the greatest experiment<br />

in individual liberty the world has<br />

ever seen.<br />

Among the more remarkable statements<br />

in the declaration is the phrase “We hold<br />

these truths to be self-evident, that all men<br />

are created equal, that they are endowed<br />

by their Creator with certain unalienable<br />

rights, that among these are life, liberty<br />

and the pursuit of happiness.”<br />

The signers made clear that our rights<br />

come from our creator, not from the government.<br />

The signers further emphasized<br />

this point in the declaration by stating<br />

“That to secure these rights, governments<br />

are instituted among men, deriving their<br />

just powers from the consent of the governed<br />

…”<br />

The signers of the declaration were, for<br />

the most part, already successful and/or<br />

famous. They had little to gain in terms of<br />

wealth or fame from signing the declaration.<br />

In fact, they had much to risk in doing<br />

so. Some historical odds makers have<br />

estimated that the revolution set in motion<br />

by the declaration had, at best, one in five<br />

chances of succeeding. Had it failed, many<br />

of the signers would no doubt have been<br />

sent to the gallows.<br />

Legal scholars argue that the Declaration<br />

of Independence is not a legally binding<br />

document like the Constitution. That may<br />

be true. However, the declaration made it<br />

clear that it is the people that will decide<br />

their form of government.<br />

Today, the United States of America<br />

is the envy of the civilized world. It may<br />

have its faults, but it is still the preferred<br />

destination of people the world over seeking<br />

freedom and a new way of life. Let’s all<br />

take time this July Fourth to celebrate the<br />

Declaration of Independence and the great<br />

gift of liberty we all enjoy!<br />

Scott Ottenberg<br />

Regarding ‘A history lesson<br />

for 2024’<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In her commentary “A history lesson for<br />

2024,” Star Parker ignores the elephant in<br />

the room when she calls for Republicans to<br />

lay out a platform for 2024: the iconoclastic<br />

Donald Trump.<br />

As long as Trump is the front-runner, he<br />

will not stipulate his positions, because he<br />

only wants to attack; he does not want to<br />

constructively develop a position. Since<br />

Trump has been the Republican candidate,<br />

the party has not offered a presidential<br />

platform. His platform has been his personality.<br />

Trump has run monstrous budget deficits,<br />

has refused to guarantee entitlement<br />

reform, has abandoned international alliances,<br />

and has undermined the Department<br />

of Justice, conservative positions the<br />

Republican Party has traditionally supported.<br />

He has no ideology but his personal<br />

whims, and he will prevent the Party from<br />

making constructive proposals for 2024.<br />

Parker could rally the Republican Party<br />

by going elephant-hunting and declaring<br />

Donald Trump the most divisive figure in<br />

contemporary politics.<br />

William D. Tucker<br />

Regarding home assessment<br />

procedures<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In a letter published in the June 7 issue<br />

of <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>, Deborah Doolittle,<br />

of Wildwood, describes how an employee<br />

of the county assessor’s office asserted<br />

they had visited her home on Thursday,<br />

May 11, and found no one at home. A false<br />

statement since the owner was at home and<br />

saw the employee.<br />

I had the same experience on May<br />

18. An employee of the assessor’s office<br />

named “Ashley,” according to the card<br />

left on my door, asserts that she visited my<br />

home, knocked on the door (ignoring the<br />

prominent doorbell) and found no one at<br />

home. But I was home – sitting near a front<br />

window, reading, not 10 feet from the door,<br />

and my truck was in the driveway.<br />

My wife arrived home from shopping<br />

just as the employee left a card on my door.<br />

Ms. Doolittle wrote in her letter, “I would<br />

be interested to learn if this has happened<br />

to other Wildwood residents.” I cannot<br />

speak to Wildwood but it did happen to at<br />

least one Chesterfield resident.<br />

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6 I OPINION I<br />

June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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Between writing that snippet and this editorial, the Redbirds have dropped 10 of<br />

12 games. There is no evidence supporting the idea that the team intentionally lost<br />

those games to spite our optimistic outlook, but there is no evidence against that<br />

theory either.<br />

Whatever the reason for the team’s woes, what the Cardinals clearly need is a<br />

rainout. Remember the classic baseball movie “Bull Durham”? That team was<br />

mired in a losing streak. They were too in their heads. Kevin Costner’s character<br />

Crash Davis promises Mickey a rainout for the next day.<br />

MICKEY: It’s 90 degrees, there ain’t been a cloud in the sky in weeks.<br />

CRASH: Hundred bucks says I can get us a rainout tomorrow.<br />

Cut to the teammates breaking into the stadium, turning on the sprinkler system,<br />

and sliding around in the mud like children. They manufactured a rainout. They<br />

changed their own fortunes. The Cardinals need a rainout.<br />

In the offseason, the front office spent $87.5 million on catcher Willson Contreras.<br />

One month into the season, he was benched as the catcher for lack of game<br />

preparation. Two months into the season, he blamed a batting slump on a lack of<br />

confidence.<br />

CRASH: I’m Crash Davis. Your new catcher. And you just got lesson No. 1 –<br />

“Don’t think – it can only hurt the ballclub.”<br />

Outfielder Tyler O’Neil was called out by his manager early in the season for<br />

a lack of hustle. O’Neil has all the potential – and all the power – you could ever<br />

dream of. Injuries have been an issue his whole career, and now he’s battling a<br />

perception problem that he just doesn’t care that much. In “Bull Durham,” Nuke<br />

faces a similar problem.<br />

NUKE: How come you don’t like me?<br />

CRASH: ‘Cause you don’t respect yourself, which is your problem, but you<br />

don’t respect the game – and that’s my problem.<br />

To keep the Bull Durham analogy going, it is fairly obvious that Adam Wainright<br />

is the Crash Davis of the Cardinals. A crafty veteran with diminishing physical<br />

skills but an astonishing baseball mind. Waino deserves better than this in his<br />

last season.<br />

CRASH: Nuke’s scared cause his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here,<br />

we need a live rooster – is that right, a live rooster – to take the curse off Jose’s<br />

glove, and nobody knows what to get Jimmy and Millie for their wedding present.<br />

We’re dealing with a lotta [stuff] here.<br />

Of course, we also need to discuss second-year manager Oli Marmol. The players<br />

have wholeheartedly backed him. He was the front office’s handpicked choice.<br />

His team, however, is performing horribly in all aspects of the game.<br />

CRASH: They’re kids. Scare ‘em.<br />

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LARRY: Lollygaggers.<br />

SKIP: Lollygaggers. What’s our record, Larry?<br />

LARRY: We’re eight and sixteen.<br />

SKIP: Eight and 16?! How’d we ever win eight?<br />

LARRY: It’s a miracle.<br />

SKIP: It’s a miracle. This is a simple game, ya throw the ball, ya hit the ball, ya<br />

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Bunge Limited has announced that it<br />

has entered into a definitive agreement<br />

with Netherlands-based Viterra Limited, a<br />

private company. The merger will create<br />

an innovative global agribusiness company<br />

that will remain headquartered in<br />

Chesterfield.<br />

“The combination of Bunge and Viterra<br />

significantly accelerates Bunge’s<br />

strategy, building on our fundamental<br />

purpose to connect farmers to consumers<br />

to deliver essential food, feed and fuel to<br />

the world, Bunge CEO Greg Heckman<br />

said in the press statement announcing<br />

the merger. “Together, we will be<br />

positioned to increase our operational<br />

efficiency while innovating to address<br />

the pressing needs of food security, efficiency<br />

for end-customers, market access<br />

for farmers, and sustainable food, feed<br />

and renewable fuel production.”<br />

Viterra CEO David Mattiske added that<br />

his company looks “forward to joining<br />

with the Bunge team as we enter this next<br />

chapter, creating new opportunities for<br />

our people.”<br />

“The combined talent and experience<br />

of our workforce will allow us to offer a<br />

truly world-leading service across everything<br />

we do,” he said.<br />

ST. LOUIS COUNTY<br />

Newest section of<br />

Meramec Greenway opens<br />

Great Rivers Greenway and five collaborative<br />

partners will celebrate the opening<br />

of the newest extension to the Meramec<br />

Greenway along the I-44 bridge over the<br />

Meramec River on Saturday, June 24.<br />

The new paved, accessible path sits on<br />

the north side of the I-44 westbound lanes<br />

and now connects community members to<br />

five local parks.<br />

Free and open to the public, the community<br />

celebration event will feature a<br />

guided two-mile walk from Fenton City<br />

Park, live music by John Jarrett Music,<br />

free snacks from Kona Ice and TreauX’s<br />

Cajun BBQ, and nature activities for the<br />

whole family.<br />

The guided walk to Emmenegger Nature<br />

Park leaves Fenton City Park at 9 a.m.; the<br />

ribbon-cutting ceremony at Emmenegger<br />

Nature Park begins at 10 a.m.<br />

Parking is available exclusively at<br />

Fenton City Park, 1<strong>21</strong>5 Larkin Williams<br />

Road. Guests can either take the free<br />

shuttle bus between Fenton City Park<br />

and Emmenegger Nature Park or join in<br />

the Greenway Parade. The shuttle bus<br />

will run every 30 minutes from 9 a.m.-<br />

12:30 p.m. between Fenton City Park and<br />

Emmenegger Nature Park. The parade<br />

will leave Fenton City Park at 9 a.m. and<br />

proceed two miles along the Greenway<br />

between the parks. For either the parade<br />

or the shuttle bus, guests are asked to<br />

meet at the Main Shelter in Fenton City<br />

Park.<br />

Funding for the walking and biking<br />

path on the bridge was provided by Great<br />

Rivers Greenway’s designated local sales<br />

tax dollars. The Missouri Department of<br />

Transportation provided funding for the<br />

design and construction of the bridge substructure.<br />

The municipalities of Sunset<br />

Hills, Kirkwood and Fenton applied for<br />

a grant from the Municipal Parks Grant<br />

Commission of St. Louis County for connections<br />

from the bridge on both sides of<br />

the river.<br />

On the east side of the river, the bridge<br />

touches down at a new trailhead on<br />

Stoneywood Drive next to Emmenegger<br />

Nature Park on the border between<br />

Kirkwood and Sunset Hills. The trailhead<br />

features a covered picnic shelter, parking<br />

lot, bike racks, a bike fix-it station, native<br />

plants and a rain garden.<br />

The west touchdown point connects to<br />

the Meramec Greenway at the intersection<br />

of Rudder and Yarnell roads. The intersection<br />

now features a pedestrian crosswalk<br />

signal for people to safely cross Yarnell<br />

Road.<br />

County continues<br />

budget town halls<br />

St. Louis County has launched a simulation<br />

tool designed to engage the community<br />

in the budget process. The tool<br />

is available for use at stlcounty.abalancingact.com.<br />

In addition, the city has been<br />

hosting a series of budget town hall meetings.<br />

Two meetings remain:<br />

• Tuesday, June 27: Oak Bend Library,<br />

842 Holmes Ave. in Kirkwood<br />

• Thursday, June 29: Grants View<br />

Library, 9700 Musick Road in Affton<br />

In the town hall meetings, residents will<br />

be provided with a detailed overview of<br />

the budget process. The meetings will<br />

also walk people through how to use the<br />

budget simulation.<br />

All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.<br />

The interactive budget tool encourages<br />

residents to explore various budget scenarios<br />

and enables them to experience the<br />

complexities and trade-offs inherent in<br />

budget planning. Those choices will help<br />

inform elected officials as they seek sustainable<br />

solutions to the county’s current<br />

budget challenges.<br />

“Our goal is to make the budgeting process<br />

more accessible and transparent for<br />

our residents,” said County Executive<br />

Dr. Sam Page. “The budget tool provides<br />

residents the experience of balancing<br />

competing needs and limited resources.<br />

By engaging residents in this process, we<br />

will better understand what the public<br />

values in the services provided by county<br />

government.”<br />

ST. LOUIS REGION<br />

Guide showcases volunteer<br />

opportunities for all<br />

The United Way of Greater St. Louis<br />

recently released its Summer Volunteer<br />

Guide, featuring local volunteer opportunities<br />

for youth and families. The Guide<br />

can be found at stlvolunteer.org/syg.<br />

“As we celebrate the Volunteer Center’s<br />

90th anniversary this year, we are<br />

excited for people to take the opportunity<br />

to get involved in the collaborative effort<br />

to make the St. Louis region a better<br />

place for everyone to live and thrive,”<br />

said Rick Skinner, Volunteer Center vice<br />

president.<br />

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and keyword. Additionally, there are<br />

in-person, virtual and do-it-yourself opportunities<br />

available through the Guide.<br />

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The United Way’s Volunteer Center is<br />

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years. Of the $14 billion, the draft STIP<br />

details $10.5 billion in road and bridge<br />

construction contractor awards, averaging<br />

approximately $2.1 billion per year. It<br />

also includes $3.4 billion in state general<br />

revenue-funded projects, subject to the<br />

governor’s approval of the final budget.<br />

“Over the past two years, the cost<br />

of doing transportation improvements<br />

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from 20 to 30%. Aside from the new<br />

funding from the General Assembly, this<br />

year’s program didn’t add a significant<br />

number of projects to the last two years<br />

as we manage the fiscal constraints of<br />

the funding,” said Missouri Department<br />

of Transportation (MoDOT) Director<br />

Patrick McKenna. “We are able to continue<br />

our asset management efforts while<br />

also making critical improvements and<br />

upgrades to corridors and safety features<br />

across the state.”<br />

The draft FY 2024-2028 STIP lists<br />

transportation projects planned by state<br />

and regional planning agencies for fiscal<br />

years 2024-2028 (July 1, 20<strong>23</strong> - June 30,<br />

2028) and reflects the transportation needs<br />

of communities across the state.<br />

Those interested in seeing the program<br />

or offering comments can contact<br />

MoDOT by email to STIPcomments@<br />

modot.mo.gov, by calling customer service<br />

at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636),<br />

or by mailing a request to Transportation<br />

Planning, Program Comments, P.O.<br />

Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The<br />

program is also available at modot.org/<br />

DRAFTSTIP.<br />

The formal comment period ends July 6.<br />

Following the public review period, the<br />

comments will be presented to the Commission.<br />

The Commission will review the<br />

comments and the final transportation program<br />

before considering it for approval at<br />

its July 12 meeting.<br />

Arch expands free<br />

summer programming<br />

Gateway Arch National Park offers<br />

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• Coffee with a Ranger<br />

• Museum and Park grounds walking tours<br />

• Puppet programs<br />

• Ranger-narrated St. Louis Riverfront<br />

Cruises<br />

Also new this summer is Cobblestones<br />

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and hope from people who crossed<br />

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The new 3D experience is located in the<br />

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The draft FY 2024-2028 Statewide<br />

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The draft five-year program includes<br />

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A mixed-use development has been<br />

approved for a 12-acre site at the intersection<br />

of Main Street and Taylor Road<br />

in Town Center in Wildwood.<br />

Greenberg Development Company<br />

received City Council approval to begin<br />

developing 11 single-family dwellings on<br />

individual lots and 189 multiple-family<br />

units. A portion of the site was previously<br />

approved for the Prime Place project.<br />

The project’s proposal includes a<br />

single, four-story mixed-use building not<br />

to exceed 52,000 square feet. Residential<br />

units include a mix of studio, one-, two-,<br />

and three-bedroom units, all required to<br />

have either a patio, balcony or rooftop<br />

access.<br />

A second building will consist of 189<br />

units with supporting activities including<br />

a fitness gym, community room for<br />

Two developments are vying for the<br />

right to build in Wildwood’s Town Center.<br />

On June 5, the city’s Planning and<br />

Zoning Commission heard yet another<br />

revision of a development plan for a<br />

nearly seven-acre site at the southeast<br />

corner of Eatherton Road and Crestview<br />

Drive.<br />

Tony Bosworth, of TB Realty &<br />

Development, has proposed a residential<br />

development on the site. A plan was first<br />

presented in May 20<strong>21</strong>; then, revised in<br />

February 20<strong>23</strong>, reducing the number of<br />

proposed units from 69 to 65.<br />

Now, the plan has been revised again<br />

to reduce it to 60 single-family residential<br />

attached rental units.<br />

Latitude N38, as the project is known,<br />

will include 31 single-story homes and<br />

Developing the heart of Wildwood<br />

use and rental by residents, in-ground<br />

swimming pool, dog park and rooftop<br />

recreation areas. The residential units in<br />

this building also will be a mix of studio,<br />

one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, all<br />

required to have either a patio, balcony,<br />

or rooftop access.<br />

The first floor of the building that abuts<br />

Main Street will include retail, office and<br />

other business uses consistent with the<br />

property’s Downtown District designation<br />

of the Town Center Plan. The building<br />

cannot exceed five stories in height<br />

along its portions abutting Main Street<br />

and Taylor Road but will transition to<br />

four stories along the Taylor Road frontage.<br />

In the area proposed for Neighborhood<br />

General District zoning will be 11 singlefamily<br />

detached dwellings on individual<br />

18 two-story homes, along with 11 twostory<br />

townhomes. Homes will have twocar<br />

garages, about half with rear entry.<br />

The homes will range from 1,<strong>23</strong>3 square<br />

feet to 1,680 square feet.<br />

The lots on Eatherton Road will be<br />

similar to properties in Main Street<br />

Crossing, and those on the north end<br />

will be similar to Cambury Square,<br />

Bosworth said.<br />

A trailhead will be added in the northwest<br />

corner of the property and a bike<br />

stop will be on the west side, along with<br />

a 10-foot sidewalk along Eatherton.<br />

A public hearing was held June 5 for<br />

the rezoning of a 1.05-acre portion of the<br />

property that was proposed as commercial.<br />

McBride Berra Land Company LLC<br />

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Large mixed-use development approved for Town Center<br />

The proposed Greenberg development would include two mixed-use residential buildings with retail on the first floor in Wildwood.<br />

(Source: Stock & Associates)<br />

lots of at least 4,000 square feet.<br />

A minimum of two pickleball courts<br />

will be located on the east side of Taylor<br />

Road.<br />

The integration of art features will be<br />

required throughout the development in<br />

key public spaces and gathering areas. In<br />

addition, the developer will be required<br />

to provide a traffic impact study for Manchester<br />

Road.<br />

As part of the site development plan,<br />

a Phase I Environmental Assessment<br />

Report of the property indicating the current<br />

condition relative to past utilization<br />

of this tract of land is required.<br />

The city council approved the change<br />

in zoning to Planned Commercial District<br />

and the granting of a conditional use<br />

permit, with only council member Debra<br />

Smith McCutchen (Ward 5) opposed.<br />

P&Z considers two new Town Center developments<br />

also has proposed to build up to 131<br />

attached and detached single-family<br />

dwellings on an approximately 9.65-<br />

acre lot located on the north side of<br />

Crestview Drive, between Eatherton<br />

Road and Market Drive. That project<br />

would require a change of zoning from<br />

Downtown District to Neighborhood<br />

General District.<br />

This is not the first time the development<br />

has been before P&Z.<br />

In May, the company came before P&Z<br />

requesting a modification to the city’s<br />

Town Center Regulating Plan and a rezoning<br />

of 16.3 acres from 10,000 to 4,000<br />

square feet residential, with a Planned<br />

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Pickleball: Town Center<br />

vs. Community Park<br />

A discussion has been underway in Wildwood<br />

about placing a hardcourt area for<br />

pickleball, tennis and basketball in Town<br />

Center, as opposed to Community Park.<br />

Now the city may partner with a developer<br />

to get those courts built.<br />

At the City Council meeting on June 12,<br />

Greenberg Development Company received<br />

approval to construct a mixed-use development<br />

in Town Center. As an associated<br />

amenity, the development plan includes a<br />

minimum of two pickleball courts located<br />

on the east side of Taylor Road.<br />

Working with Greenberg is one possibility;<br />

however, Ideal Landscaping Group had<br />

previously supplied the city with the lowest<br />

bid ($400,000) to build four pickleball<br />

courts and a single tennis court that also<br />

can serve as two half-court basketball areas<br />

in Community Park. The question that has<br />

fueled the recent debate is whether Community<br />

Park is the right location for the<br />

courts, or would Town Center be better?<br />

Council member Katie Dodwell (Ward 4)<br />

maintains that there was no desire among<br />

residents to have pickleball or tennis courts<br />

in Community Park. However, during the<br />

city council meeting, resident James Vannest<br />

said the best place for the courts is<br />

Community Park. He said he walks through<br />

the park every day and that there are only<br />

two areas that get used – the playground/<br />

shelter and the dog park. He said the rest is<br />

a ghost town.<br />

“Community Park should be the crown<br />

jewel of Wildwood, he said. “It’s designed<br />

for recreation and pickleball is a recreation.”<br />

If the city chose to go the Town Center<br />

option, Joe Vujnich, director of planning,<br />

said it could save the city money.<br />

Developer Ed Kohn, of Greenberg Development<br />

Company, would do a lease with<br />

the city on an area of land south of Dierbergs<br />

that would be set aside for pickleball<br />

courts and a parking lot. Eventually, that<br />

land would be donated to the city.<br />

If that approach is taken, one or two of<br />

the pickleball courts would be reserved<br />

for tenants of the Greenberg development,<br />

while the other courts could be used at the<br />

discretion of the city.<br />

On June 12, the majority of the city<br />

council agreed to postpone entering into an<br />

agreement with Ideal Landscaping Group<br />

for the development of a hardcourt area at<br />

the southern end of the Great Meadow area<br />

in Community Park. That item had been on<br />

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Republic Services of Bridgeton and<br />

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Republic will provide service<br />

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yard waste collection and<br />

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Wildwood’s current solid waste license<br />

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Simply put, the main purpose of the<br />

Missouri Department of Transportation’s<br />

(MoDOT) Emergency Response Teams is<br />

to assist with clearing traffic lanes safely<br />

and efficiently to keep traffic moving as<br />

effectively as possible.<br />

In practice, however, it’s complicated.<br />

The program that began in 1993 with the<br />

creation of the Motorist Assist program has<br />

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department of MoDOT. Now MoDOT is<br />

celebrating the 30th anniversary of the program<br />

that provides dedicated crews who<br />

patrol local interstates.<br />

“From its beginnings in 1993, the emergency<br />

response program has evolved from<br />

helping provide a quick battery charge<br />

or a gallon of gas. Now our emergency<br />

response team helps respond around the<br />

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get the vehicles moved off the roadway,<br />

clearing the lanes as quickly as possible,”<br />

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MoDOT’s Emergency Response Team<br />

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St. Louis roadways.<br />

They do have some help clearing incidents<br />

on the roads, however. The emergency<br />

response team works in conjunction<br />

with MoDOT’s transportation management<br />

center and Gateway Guide in St. Louis.<br />

With more than 1,100 cameras and a 24/7<br />

customer service team taking calls from<br />

customers about roadway issues or concerns,<br />

the center helps coordinate emergency<br />

response efforts with the appropriate<br />

agencies, or dispatches MoDOT emergency<br />

(Source: MoDOT)<br />

response or maintenance teams to respond<br />

to various situations on the roadway.<br />

The center also uses various tools,<br />

including social media, the Gateway Guide<br />

website and overhead message boards to<br />

share information on road conditions with<br />

the public.<br />

Before drivers go, information can be<br />

accessed through the website, so they can<br />

check their routes for any major incidents<br />

or situations and take an alternate route if<br />

needed. On social media, real-time alerts<br />

on incidents, lane closures and the like are<br />

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On the road, Gateway Guide<br />

shares messages on the overhead message<br />

boards, warning drivers of lane closures<br />

ahead, so drivers can make last minute<br />

route changes, and slower speeds ahead, so<br />

drivers can slow down and possibly avoid<br />

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Every piece of the system works to help<br />

assist motorists in trouble, warn motorists<br />

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flowing as smoothly as possible.<br />

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the person behind the lens, the photos they<br />

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Each year, St. Louis-area photographers<br />

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A collective cheer, and maybe even a<br />

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County last month as students and families<br />

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Reflecting on graduation speeches,<br />

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and parents, these young adults are moving<br />

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whatever that may be. For the majority of<br />

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />

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school graduates nationally were enrolled<br />

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who come from different backgrounds. But<br />

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greater independence.<br />

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York<br />

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their lifetimes.<br />

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degree holders aged 22–27. For high<br />

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Olivia Phillips, <strong>21</strong>, and Evan Jenkinson,<br />

20, are class of 2020 Eureka High graduates.<br />

They both received scholarships to<br />

attend Missouri State University in Springfield.<br />

Jenkinson said this was the plan<br />

because “it was the thing to do.”<br />

They had always thought that attending<br />

a university after high school was the path<br />

they would take, even though they did not<br />

know what major to declare or career they<br />

wanted to go into. But after three semesters<br />

at the university, they both decided it was<br />

time to leave school. They lived together<br />

and worked in Springfield before<br />

deciding to move back to St.<br />

Louis in December 2022 and<br />

figure out what to do next.<br />

“Going to college was expected<br />

of me,” Phillips said. “My family<br />

told me that it was OK that I<br />

didn’t know what to do and that<br />

I would figure it out once I got<br />

there.”<br />

Phillips had a partial scholarship<br />

to attend the university, and<br />

received a little financial help<br />

from her mom, but the rest of the<br />

bill was on her. The scholarship<br />

also required her to be a full-time<br />

student. Working while being a<br />

full-time student was a challenge.<br />

“I had so much anxiety that I<br />

was wracking up all of this debt<br />

taking classes (when) I didn’t even<br />

know if they would count toward<br />

the degree I would end up getting,”<br />

Phillips said. “I didn’t want<br />

to graduate from college tens of<br />

thousands of dollars in debt.”<br />

Jenkinson agreed and questioned<br />

why graduating from college<br />

with five or six figures in<br />

debt has become normal.<br />

The price of college tuition and fees in<br />

the U.S. have increased by 1,200% since<br />

1980, according to the U.S. Bureau of<br />

Labor Statistics. During this time the Consumer<br />

Price Index for all items has risen by<br />

only <strong>23</strong>6%. According to the bureau, it cost<br />

$1,856 to attend a degree-granting public<br />

school in the U.S. in 1980, and $10,227 to<br />

attend a private school after adjusting for<br />

inflation. Since then, the figures have skyrocketed.<br />

In 2020, the average costs for a<br />

year of school at a public university was<br />

$9,403 and $34,059 for a private university.<br />

“Going to college to figure out what you<br />

want to do is the most expensive way possible<br />

to figure out what you want to do,”<br />

Jenkinson said. “If everything wasn’t so<br />

expensive it would be easy to go through<br />

college.<br />

“But for me, actively pursuing an<br />

unknown felt ridiculous. Now I’m coming<br />

to terms with (the fact) that I have to go get<br />

a degree if I want to get close to a six-figure<br />

paying job; or I’ll have to limit my means<br />

for the rest of my life because I didn’t want<br />

to get a four-year degree. People over 40<br />

don’t understand. They bought a house<br />

when it was affordable. Margins are so<br />

tight now. It’s so hard to save money now<br />

because everything costs so much.”<br />

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living back home, with Jenkinson’s parents.<br />

During their time away from school,<br />

they’ve both been working different jobs<br />

to figure out what they want to do. Phillips<br />

was able to get a job as a florist and enjoys<br />

it so much she would like to pursue horticulture<br />

as a career. She said she would like<br />

to work at the Missouri Botanical Garden,<br />

but not in the gift shop or at the front desk<br />

selling tickets. Jobs working with plants<br />

requires a degree, so she has enrolled at the<br />

St. Louis Community College (STLCC) to<br />

earn an associate’s degree in horticulture,<br />

which could get her a better job.<br />

“I wanted to work there before, but entry<br />

level is customer service and retail,” Phillips<br />

said. “I can’t really go in and do a sciency<br />

kind of job without a degree or years<br />

of experience.<br />

“Now I have a plan to get a horticulture<br />

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that out didn’t come from going to college;<br />

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degree from Meramec will open<br />

doors, at least in St. Louis.”<br />

Phillips said she is paying for her degree<br />

as she goes, as she can afford it, taking<br />

two to three classes a semester at a cost of<br />

around $1,200 per semester, compared to<br />

$8,000 at the university.<br />

She mentioned that there is a stigma<br />

attached to going to community college<br />

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coordinator of student success, academic,<br />

career and transfer advising at STLCC-<br />

Wildwood, said that is changing.<br />

“I think some of that might come from<br />

parents,” Steele said. “Back in the 80s it<br />

was even called ‘junior college.’”<br />

The two-year college option<br />

“I feel like in the past 30 years there isn’t<br />

as much of a stigma,” Steele said. “There<br />

are a lot of students at Lafayette (High)<br />

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time getting their associates degrees at the<br />

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Right now, the program is offered to a<br />

select group of qualified students; however,<br />

Steele said “Rockwood is even opening<br />

that up to families who want to pay for it.”<br />

Another avenue toward college for high<br />

school students is STLCC’s A+ Program,<br />

which pays full tuition at the community<br />

college for full-time students who have<br />

prequalified while in high school and<br />

maintain a college GPA of 2.5.<br />

Steele also mentioned the CORE 42 program<br />

that is available at all community colleges<br />

across the state. The goal of CORE<br />

42 is to provide a seamless transfer of 42<br />

credit hours to four-year institutions. Individual<br />

courses in the CORE 42 framework<br />

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“Going to college to figure out what you want to<br />

do is the most expensive way possible to figure<br />

out what you want to do.”<br />

public college or university in Missouri.<br />

Steele noted that transfer degrees are all<br />

60 credit hours, the equivalent of an associate’s<br />

degree.<br />

He noted that when students reverse<br />

transfer from a university to a community<br />

college, they can use their course credits<br />

toward an associate’s degree.<br />

“They can transfer in 45 credit hours<br />

and finish the last 15 hours here,” he<br />

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an STLCC campus) to get an associate’s<br />

degree from STLCC. There are so many<br />

jobs in America where the first requirement<br />

is a college degree.”<br />

He completely understands students<br />

like Phillips and Jenkinson, and said that<br />

STLCC works well for those who do and<br />

do not know exactly what they want to do.<br />

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can really see that path to where you want<br />

to get to. The student who is exploring, the<br />

first few semesters are a good time for that.”<br />

Another benefit of community college<br />

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other students and hearing what they have<br />

to say about what they want to do, can give<br />

students who don’t know what they want<br />

to do for possible career paths.<br />

Jenkinson said he is coming to terms<br />

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“I want to have a better flushed out plan<br />

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I’m working full time, but living in my<br />

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The Lafayette Lancers claimed second<br />

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27-25, 25-15, 25-<strong>23</strong> to St. Louis University<br />

High.<br />

The Junior Billikens have won the state<br />

title for five consecutive years.<br />

“Even though it was not the ending we<br />

wanted, getting second place at state is still<br />

a great achievement,” Lancers coach Whitney<br />

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She said she knew last winter that she<br />

was “going to have a competitive team”<br />

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In the first two postseason matches,<br />

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“They were aggressive and seemed to<br />

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Ralph called it a “great match against a<br />

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That win set up the SLUH title match.<br />

Ralph told her Lancers to “leave it all on<br />

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Next year, the Missouri State High<br />

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LAFAYETTE LANCERS<br />

The Lafayette Lancers beat Kickapoo 4-1<br />

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to the Final Four since 2006 when it settled<br />

for a fourth-place finish.<br />

Lafayette coach Ryan Butchart was<br />

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season.<br />

“This 20<strong>23</strong> girls soccer season was one<br />

for the record books at Lafayette,” Butchart<br />

said. “These girls are not only extremely<br />

talented but the unity and togetherness<br />

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culture in my first year as head coach, and<br />

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The Lancers finished with a 19-4 record.<br />

In their last game, Butchart said many<br />

players played well; however, two forwards<br />

took the team to another level.<br />

Junior captain Allie Kinner had two<br />

assists in the win. She finished the year with<br />

18 goals, 17 assists and four game-winning<br />

goals. Junior captain Emily Derucki scored<br />

the opening goal. She finished the season<br />

with 11 goals, 10 assists and five gamewinning<br />

goals.<br />

“They are both unbelievable talents,”<br />

Butchart said. “(They are) some of the best<br />

players to ever walk Lafayette’s halls.”<br />

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WHITFIELD WARRIORS<br />

The Whitfield Warriors scored a 6-2 victory<br />

over Pleasant Hill to win the Class 2<br />

third-place game.<br />

The Warriors, who won the Class 1 state<br />

championship one year ago, finished this<br />

season with a sparkling 16-2 record. They<br />

lost in early April to John Burroughs<br />

before falling 3-2 on penalty kicks in the<br />

state semifinal to Clayton.<br />

Coach Jeff Cacciatore said he had a great<br />

team to lead this spring.<br />

“I am fortunate to be able to coach such<br />

a talented group of players,” Cacciatore<br />

said. “Our final record of 16 wins and two<br />

losses was our best season on record since<br />

the program began in 1997.”<br />

Whitfield earned a 2-1 victory in penalty<br />

kicks against Orchard Farm in the quarterfinals.<br />

The Warriors were a key player short<br />

against Clayton.<br />

“We played without Brooklyn Rhodes,<br />

a senior middle back due to her red card<br />

against Orchard Farm,” Cacciatore said.<br />

“Clayton double-marked our striker Mia<br />

Devrouax, and we had a difficult time<br />

generating any offense after the first half.<br />

We scored two goals early in the game but<br />

Clayton battled back. We did our best to<br />

score the deciding goal in overtime but just<br />

didn’t have the pace or energy to do so.”<br />

So, Whitfield had to play for third place.<br />

“There is really nothing I can say to<br />

lessen the disappointment of losing the<br />

semifinal, except to let them know that<br />

they had a great season, the best ever, and<br />

they should thank one another for doing<br />

so,” Cacciatore said. ”<br />

High school girls track<br />

The Parkway Central girls finished third<br />

in the Class 4 state meet in Jefferson City.<br />

Kearney was first with 52 points followed<br />

by Pleasant Hill’s 50. Parkway Central<br />

ended with 48.5 points.<br />

Coach Ryan Banta was happy to see how<br />

well his Colts finished.<br />

“It was better than we expected to finish,”<br />

Banta said. “We thought top 5, maybe top<br />

4. The competition was so tight. I knew<br />

there was really six teams that could come<br />

away with a state trophy and four teams<br />

could win first.”<br />

Senior Josie Robinson finished eighth<br />

with a vault of 9 ½ feet.<br />

“She tied the school record earlier in the<br />

year,” Banta said.<br />

Junior Jiyah Owens finished second in<br />

the triple jump. She went 35 feet, 6 inches.<br />

“She was ranked 11th and ended up<br />

second in the state. She had an entire<br />

foot improvement over her personal best,”<br />

Banta said.<br />

Banta said he is very proud of the program’s<br />

consistency. The Colts have won<br />

district and sectional titles and finished<br />

second in each. The program has eight top<br />

5 finishes in a decade.<br />

High school baseball<br />

Lafayette reached the Class 6 quarterfinals<br />

after earning a 4-3 win over Vianney<br />

in the Class 6 District 2 championship<br />

game. Lafayette was the No. 5 seeded team<br />

in the district.<br />

The Lancers fell 5-1 to Jackson in the<br />

quarterfinal round.<br />

Lafayette won 11 of its last 14 games and<br />

finished its season with a 20-13-1 record in<br />

the first season under coach Cole DuPont.


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Parkway Central junior Skyye Lee is no<br />

stranger to the championship podium.<br />

As a sophomore, she made history for<br />

the Colts when she became the school’s<br />

first track athlete to win four events at<br />

the state meet. She claimed both hurdles<br />

events and was a key part of the 4 x 200<br />

and 4 x 400 relay teams. This spring, she<br />

claimed four individual state championship<br />

medals at the Class 4 state track meet.<br />

Parkway Central coach Ryan Banta was<br />

understandably impressed.<br />

“She had to run eight races over two<br />

days and two were hurdles. Those can<br />

cause problems for a talented, skilled athlete,”<br />

Banta said. “She’s a one-of-a-kind<br />

athlete and did something that never had<br />

been done.<br />

Skyye Lee<br />

“She had to go back-to-back in the 100-<br />

meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. She<br />

had to be pushed each time. You can’t<br />

jog in those races. She had to go all out.<br />

That led her to break the state record in<br />

the same race. Holy cow! What a talented<br />

athlete.”<br />

Lee completed the 100 high hurdles in<br />

13.36 seconds. That set a new overall state<br />

meet record and a school record. She was<br />

first in the 300 low hurdles in 43.31 seconds,<br />

first in the 100 in 11.67 seconds, and<br />

first in the 200 in 24.19 seconds. All three<br />

set school records.<br />

According to Missouri State High<br />

School Activities Association, Lee is the<br />

first female athlete to claim four individual<br />

state championships since before<br />

2000. Banta thought she could do it.<br />

“We talked in the winter that she could<br />

do the 100-meter dash and 100 hurdles<br />

back-to-back,” Banta said. “That’s a big<br />

ask. Qualifying for state is brutal. She had<br />

to run six races in the district. She had<br />

to come back at sectionals and run four<br />

races. Then eight at state. That’s a lot.<br />

“It was crazy what we asked of her.<br />

She did this as a junior. Ezekiel Elliot<br />

did it on the boys’ side and Alvin Miller,<br />

of Kirkwood, did it. To my knowledge,<br />

they are the only ones to win four races<br />

at state.”<br />

Originally it was going to be the 4 x 400<br />

relay for Lee’s fourth event at state, Banta<br />

said. However, Ladue laid<br />

down a “wicked time” in<br />

that event.<br />

“I thought we may have to<br />

go with a different strategy,”<br />

Banta said. “She was game<br />

to be on the relay. At district,<br />

I told her I thought she could<br />

win all four races. At sectional,<br />

I still thought it was<br />

doable. I asked if she wanted<br />

to make history. That’s why<br />

we did the 200 instead of the<br />

4 x 400. That’s what makes<br />

this all the more special.”<br />

Lee swept her four events<br />

at the District 3 meet at<br />

Parkway Central and the<br />

Sectional 2 meet at Mexico.<br />

“I just knew I had to run so<br />

I just made sure to keep my<br />

mindset clean,” she said.<br />

Before state, Banta emphasized<br />

to Lee she was going<br />

to become an elite athlete. If<br />

she could win the four individual<br />

events, it would give<br />

up a big boost. For sure she<br />

wanted to repeat her wins in<br />

both hurdle events.<br />

“That was important because I saw<br />

how much I dropped my time in my 100<br />

hurdles,” Lee said. “I surprised myself<br />

because I wasn’t expecting it. Setting a<br />

state record was really special.”<br />

Banta believes she may be able to take<br />

that talent and use it in bigger events in<br />

the future.<br />

“She may be able to bring out bronze,<br />

silver or gold down the road,” Banta said.<br />

“I’ve never seen the combination of abilities<br />

that she has. She can get even more in<br />

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Whether it’s your first or 20th visit, Branson is a onestop<br />

destination wrapped in Ozark beauty, seasoned with<br />

nostalgia and peppered with family-friendly options.<br />

Fire in the Hole<br />

Back in 1960, Branson’s big draw was Marvel Cave.<br />

What would become Silver Dollar City was built later as<br />

something for guests to peruse while waiting for a cave<br />

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The cave was originally operated by the Marble Cave<br />

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in 1889 and the miners abandoned their village, named<br />

Marmaros, which is Greek for marble. Later, the village<br />

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Silver Dollar City’s famous indoor roller coaster.<br />

Fire in the Hole opened in 1972. Its grand finale celebration<br />

is going on now – and you don’t want to miss it.<br />

Silver Dollar City marketing coordinator Sawyer Nichols<br />

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rode it as kids 50 years ago and who now plan to share one<br />

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The ride begins when visitors climb aboard the bucket<br />

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turns of the town the Baldknobbers set on fire. It ends<br />

when the train drops through water and guests shout, “Fire<br />

In The Hole!”<br />

Silver Dollar City expects to see record crowds and long<br />

lines for Fire in the Hole’s final season. To escape long<br />

lines, consider a Trailblazers’ pass that allows visitors<br />

front-of-the-line access. Those who make food discoveries<br />

a vital part of their vacation will want to check out Silver<br />

Dollar City’s Summer Tasting Passports. They’re the best<br />

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Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor. Pro tip: Be sure to indulge in<br />

a loaf of hot cinnamon bread from Clara Belle’s bakery.<br />

Before leaving the city catch the 50th-anniversary edition<br />

of Frontier Follies at the Silver Dollar Saloon and take<br />

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blacksmith swings his hammer to make a nail or watch<br />

a baseball bat carved on a steam powered lathe and stop<br />

at Brown’s Candy Shop. If you’re lucky a fresh batch of<br />

Miss June’s peanut brittle will be waiting for sampling.<br />

The Bigfoot Fun Park in Branson<br />

Shepherd of the Hills<br />

Before Marvel Cave and Silver Dollar City opened to<br />

guests, visitors came to the Branson region to enjoy Ozark<br />

mountain scenery and meet the people Harold Bell Wright<br />

wrote about in his 1907 novel, “Shepherd of the Hills.”<br />

Thousands traveled by train to see Old Matt’s Cabin, the<br />

hillside home and farm owned by John Ross, who served<br />

as the inspiration for Wright’s main character. Today, tourists<br />

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the place where Wright camped and recorded notes later<br />

used for his book. Both sites are part of a 90-minute tram<br />

tour that circles the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills site<br />

and includes a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at<br />

its famous outdoor drama, which has been performed outdoors<br />

since 1960.<br />

Through the decades, the play has evolved and is now<br />

packaged as a dinner show that includes a bluegrass preshow<br />

in its Playhouse Theatre. The meal is dished up in<br />

three courses and always includes something barbecued.<br />

When the outdoor stage is dark, the Playhouse lights<br />

up with indoor shows. Enjoying a return engagement this<br />

season is the Million Dollar Quartet. Based on one night<br />

in Memphis, the show features the music of Elvis, Johnny<br />

Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The newest show<br />

at Shepard of the Hills is The Funny Farm Feud. This<br />

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Try a family bike ride on the Katy Trail this summer. The Katy Trail State Park is the longest developed rail-trail in the country.<br />

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Explore the stars in the Gateway to the Stars program at the Gateway Arch. Learn about the coming solar eclipses. Find the constellations.<br />

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Wedged within this tiny downtown<br />

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Five minutes from Hollister is Pont<br />

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chairs and blankets. Personal food and beverages<br />

are allowed, but glass and tobacco<br />

products are prohibited. Pets are welcome<br />

to join the festivities, but they must be<br />

leashed and cleaned up after.<br />

Ellisville<br />

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Ellisville’s Parks and Recreation is<br />

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It’s not the day the Declaration of<br />

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on Aug. 2. Though we celebrate the signing<br />

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food and fireworks, the men who scrawled<br />

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Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Rush later<br />

described the “pensive and awful silence<br />

which pervaded the house when we were<br />

called up, one after another, to the table of<br />

the President of Congress,” to sign “what<br />

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own death warrants.”<br />

It’s not the day Congress agreed to<br />

declare independence from England.<br />

That decision was made on July 2 after<br />

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Congress voted 12-0 to declare independence<br />

with the colony of New York<br />

abstaining. John Adams reportedly wrote<br />

to his wife, Abigail, that future Americans<br />

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It’s not the day Thomas Jefferson<br />

began or finished his most famous work.<br />

Jefferson actually began his first draft of<br />

the declaration in June and he did not write<br />

it alone. Jefferson was its primary author<br />

but he also was part of a five-man committee<br />

appointed by the Continental Congress<br />

to draft a public statement explaining the<br />

reasons for declaring independence from<br />

Great Britain. The other members of that<br />

committee were John Adams of Massachusetts<br />

and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania,<br />

Robert R. Livingston of New<br />

York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut.<br />

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The Continental Congress agreed on the<br />

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colonial assemblies and the Continental<br />

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Teddy Johnlikes<br />

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Alicia Robinson<br />

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residents with a parking pass. These mandatory<br />

passes are limited and available on a<br />

first-come-first-served basis, so sign-up as<br />

soon as possible. Residents may register for<br />

a parking pass online at ellisville.recdesk.<br />

com or in person at the Parks Administration<br />

Building in Bluebird Park, open from<br />

8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.<br />

At 7 p.m., the night kicks off with an<br />

exciting performance by Griffin and the<br />

Gargoyles, a high-energy party band. Barbecue<br />

and drink vendors are available until<br />

9:15 p.m. when the spectacular firework<br />

show begins.<br />

Guests are encouraged to bring their<br />

own seating. They are also allowed to<br />

bring food and beverages, although pets<br />

and glass products are not permitted. Visit<br />

ellisville.mo.us for any event updates.<br />

Pathfinder Church<br />

Pathfinder Church, 15800 Manchester<br />

Road, is once again hosting a fireworks<br />

celebration for families and community<br />

members alike. The festivities, beginning<br />

at 6:00 p.m., include live bands, games for<br />

all ages, and complimentary food while<br />

supplies last. In addition to the exciting<br />

activities and music, there will be a brilliant<br />

view of the Ellisville fireworks display<br />

beginning around 9:15 p.m.<br />

Admission is free, though parking is<br />

somewhat limited. Guests are encouraged<br />

to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Guests<br />

may also bring food or beverages, but glass<br />

is not permitted. Pets are welcome, though<br />

they must be accompanied by a leash at all<br />

times and cleaned up after.<br />

(Source: City of Eureka)<br />

Eureka<br />

Central Avenue Spur<br />

The city of Eureka’s Independence<br />

Day celebration is taking place at Central<br />

Avenue Spur, 394 S. Central Ave. Parking<br />

is available along Central Avenue,<br />

the River Methodist Church and Geggie<br />

Elementary School. Parking is closed at<br />

Legion Park and Lions Park due to the fireworks<br />

launching station.<br />

The free night of fun kicks off at 6 p.m.<br />

with a concert featuring Steven Woolley<br />

and the Groove, a Folk/Soul musician. At<br />

9:15 p.m., the impressive fireworks display<br />

will begin. Seating is somewhat limited, so<br />

guests are encouraged to bring their own<br />

blankets for viewing. Guests are welcome<br />

to bring food or coolers, but please leave<br />

all glass bottles at home. For more information<br />

about this event, visit eurekamo.us.<br />

Manchester<br />

Paul A. Schroeder Park<br />

The city of Manchester is holding its<br />

Fourth of July celebration at Paul A. Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road.<br />

The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with a musical<br />

performance by Butchwax & The Hollywoods,<br />

a vintage eras band recently voted<br />

No. 1 in Missouri. Following the concert,<br />

fireworks will light up the sky.<br />

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn<br />

chairs and blankets for viewing. Concessions<br />

will be available until 9 p.m., but<br />

guests are permitted to bring their own<br />

food and beverages. Visit manchestermo.<br />

gov for more event information.<br />

Manchester United Methodist Church<br />

Manchester United Methodist<br />

Church is hosting its annual Fourth of<br />

July celebration in the parking lot of<br />

the church at 129 Woods Mill Road.<br />

Concessions open around 6 p.m.<br />

and include hot dogs, brats, burgers,<br />

beverages, potato chips, popcorn &<br />

snow-cones. All sales proceeds benefit<br />

Manchester’s Early Response<br />

Team, which assists victims of natural<br />

disasters.<br />

The fabulous firework show is<br />

scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Guests<br />

should bring a lawn chair or blanket<br />

for viewing.<br />

Twin Oaks<br />

Twin Oaks Park<br />

The annual Twin Oaks firework<br />

show will occur on Monday, July<br />

3, at Twin Oaks Park, 1 Twin Oaks<br />

Court. The spectacular fireworks<br />

are set to begin at 9:15 p.m. Guests<br />

should bring seating for viewing and<br />

are welcome to bring food or beverages.<br />

For more information regarding<br />

this event, visit cityoftwinoaks.com.


Community Events for Older Adults<br />

CLASSES<br />

n ARTFULLY AGING WATERCOLOR CLASS • First & third<br />

Mondays through August • 10-11:30 a.m. • No art training or skills are<br />

necessary. • $15 per session, includes all supplies. • Registration ends<br />

at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to class.<br />

n CARD MAKING • Thursday, July 6 • 10 a.m.-noon • Chesterfield<br />

Community Center • $10 residents; $12 all others, cash-only, paid at<br />

door. • Registration required.<br />

n CREATIVITY BREAK: CROSS STITCH BOOKMARK • Tuesday,<br />

July 11 • 1-3 p.m. • Chesterfield Community Center • $10 residents;<br />

$12 all others; includes supplies. • Pay at the door.<br />

n MEAL PLANNING FOR HEALTHY AGING • Tuesday, July 6 • 10<br />

a.m. • Chesterfield Community Center • Logan University nutritionist<br />

discusses meal planning, healthy eating habits. • Register via email.<br />

n FLAG PAINTING PARTY • Thursday, July 6 • 6-8 p.m. • Chesterfield<br />

Community Center • $40 per person. • Registration required.<br />

n RECYCLING & SUSTAINABILITY • July 19 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center • Registration required.<br />

n SENIOR PAINTING • Fridays • 9:30-11 a.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

Building • Drop-in classes. • All abilities. • Free<br />

n UNDERSTAND HOSPICE • July 11 • Information from St. Luke’s<br />

Hospice Services • 10-11:30 a.m. • Chesterfield Community Center •<br />

Register via email.<br />

FITNESS & SPORTS<br />

n 50-PLUS & FIT • Mondays, 8-8:45 a.m. or 10:20-11:05 a.m. or<br />

11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. • Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m. • Fridays, 10:20-<br />

11:05 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. • The Pointe • Drop-in classes. •<br />

Class size: 28 • Free for Pointe members; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n ARCHERY CLINIC • Sunday, July 16 • Noon-1 p.m. • $15<br />

resident; $18 all others • Registration required.<br />

n AQUA AEROBICS • Sunday or Monday evenings, July 9 - Aug.<br />

7 • 6-7 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. • Manchester Aquatic Center • $30 residents;<br />

$39 all others. • Registration required.<br />

n CLASSIC SILVER SNEAKERS • Tuesdays, Wednesdays &<br />

Fridays at 9-9:45 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10-10:45 a.m. • The<br />

Pointe • Drop-in classes. • Class size: 30 • Free for Pointe members;<br />

drop-in fee all others.<br />

n CHANNEL WALKING • Mondays - Saturdays • Variety of times<br />

are available; call (636) 391-6326, ext. 400 • Manchester Aquatic<br />

Center • $3 residents with ID; $4 all others.<br />

n DISC GOLF • Daily • 6 a.m.-10 p.m. • Bluebird Park<br />

n DISC GOLF • Daily • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

n DISC GOLF • Dawn to dusk • Railroad Park, 17410 Edison Ave.<br />

n FIT 4 ALL • Tuesdays, 11-11:45 p.m. • The Pointe at Ballwin<br />

Commons • Drop-in classes. • Class size: 28 • Free for Pointe<br />

members; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n PICKLEBALL LESSONS • Mondays & Wednesdays, July 10 -<br />

Aug. 2 • 8-9 p.m. • Bluebird Park • $80 residents; $85 all others.<br />

n PICKLEBALL • Daily • 6 a.m.-10 p.m. • Bluebird Park<br />

n PICKLEBALL • Daily • 8 a.m.-9 p.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

n PICKLEBALL • The Pointe. Call for details.<br />

n PICKLEBALL CLINICS • Morning sessions: June 27 & 29, July<br />

11, 13,18, 25 & 27 • Intermediate: 9-10:30 a.m. • Beginner: 10:30-noon<br />

• Evening sessions: July 2 & 29 • Intermediate: 5-6:30 p.m. • Beginner:<br />

6:30-8 p.m. • $15 with advance online registration; $20 drop-in fee.<br />

n PICKLEBALL LEAGUE • Eight weeks, starting Saturday, July 8 •<br />

8:30 a.m. • Online registration is required. • $100 per person.<br />

n RIVERWALK • Monday-Friday: 8-10 a.m. • Tuesday & Thursday:<br />

6:15-7:45 p.m. • Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center • Drop-in fees<br />

per day: $5 residents; $6 all others.<br />

n TAKE A HIKE • Saturday, July 15 • 9-10 a.m. • Central Park<br />

& Riparian Trail • Registration required with an active email for<br />

communication prior to the walk. • Senior Walking Club • First &<br />

third Mondays • 9 a.m. • Chesterfield Trails • Email olderadults@<br />

chesterfield.mo.us for details.<br />

n TENNIS • Open Play • Daily • 8 a.m.-9 p.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

n TENNIS • Open Play • Daily • 6 a.m.-10 p.m. • Bluebird Park<br />

n WATER AEROBICS • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. • Mondays,<br />

Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 a.m. • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45<br />

p.m. • Drop-in classes (Class size: 28) • The Pointe • Platinum free;<br />

residents $7; all others $9<br />

n ABLT [Water Aerobics] • Tuesdays & Thursdays • 9:30 a.m. •<br />

Drop-in classes • Class size: 28 • The Pointe • Platinum free; residents<br />

$7; all others $9<br />

n JOINTS IN MOTION (Water Aerobics) • Mondays, Wednesdays<br />

& Fridays • 10:30 a.m. • Drop-in classes • Class size: 28 • The Pointe<br />

• Platinum free; residents $7; all others $9<br />

n STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY • Tuesdays, Aug. 22 - Oct. 24 • 9:30-<br />

10:15 a.m. • Schroeder Park Building • $27 residents; $34 all others;<br />

free with Silver Sneakers or Renew Active • Registration required.<br />

n SENIOR POWER • Mondays, Aug. <strong>21</strong> - Oct. <strong>23</strong> • 9:30-10:15 a.m.<br />

• Schroeder Park Building • $27 residents; $34 all others; free with<br />

Silver Sneakers or Renew Active • Registration required.<br />

n CHAIR YOGA • Tuesdays • 1:30-2:30 p.m. • Residents free; all<br />

others $5 per class • Registration required, but can be made online<br />

up to one day prior to class.<br />

n MERAKI YOGA • Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m. (chair yoga);10:45-<br />

11:45 a.m. (morning flow) • Thursdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m. (gentle yoga)<br />

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n Ballwin – To register, call (636) 227-8950 or visit<br />

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n Chesterfield – To register, call (636) 812-9500 or<br />

email olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us<br />

n Ellisville – To register, call (636) 227-7508 or<br />

visit ellisville.recdesk.com<br />

n Manchester – To register, call (636) 391-6326,<br />

ext 401 or 402, or visit manchestermo.gov<br />

n Wildwood – To register, call (636) 458-0440 or<br />

visit wildwoodmo.recdesk.com<br />

• Chesterfield Community Center. • $60 5-class pass; $100 unlimited<br />

monthly pass • Registration required for passes. • $20 per drop-in class.<br />

n SILVER SNEAKERS YOGA • Wednesdays • 10:10-10:50 a.m.<br />

• This class is suitable for nearly every fitness level. • No registration<br />

needed. • Free with Pointe membership; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n YOGA SLOW FLOW • Fridays • 11 a.m.-noon • Residents free;<br />

all others $5 per class • Registration is required, but can be made<br />

online up to one day prior to class.<br />

n ZUMBA GOLD • Thursdays • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. • Get<br />

groovin’ at your own pace! • No registration needed • Free with Pointe<br />

membership; drop-in fee all others.<br />

SOCIAL & SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

n BINGO • Wednesdays, July 12 & 26 • 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center. • $5 per person, includes lunch; $3<br />

for extra bingo card. • Registration required, space is limited.<br />

n BOOK CLUB • Tuesday, July 18 • “The Personal Librarian”<br />

by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray • 11 a.m.-noon •<br />

Schroeder Park Building<br />

n BUNCO • Tuesday, July 11 • 1-2:30 p.m. • Chesterfield Community<br />

Center • $5 to play. • Registration required.<br />

n CINEMA DAYS • Tuesday, July 18 • “Sister Act” • 1-2:30 p.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center • $2 per person, includes popcorn. •<br />

Registration required.<br />

n COMMUNITY BRIDGE • Weekly on Fridays • 10 a.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center<br />

n MAHJONG MONDAYS • Weekly • 10 a.m. • Chesterfield<br />

Community Center<br />

n ELECTRONICS RECYCLING • Thursday, July 6 • Noon-5 p.m. •<br />

Bluebird Park • Fees apply for certain items. For details on what can<br />

be accepted and fees, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

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36 I HEALTH I<br />

June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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Some people feel like “mosquito magnets” during the summer; and<br />

research provides some clues as to why.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

CAPSULES<br />

By LISA RUSSELL<br />

Why are some people more<br />

attractive to mosquitoes?<br />

From the time he was a toddler, my<br />

<strong>23</strong>-year-old son has been tormented by<br />

mosquito bites at this time of year. They<br />

have always chosen him over any other<br />

human “food” available nearby, leaving<br />

behind itchy red welts that have spoiled<br />

many a summer evening for him.<br />

It turns out that he’s far from alone.<br />

About 20% of people of all ages find themselves<br />

feeling like a hungry mosquito’s<br />

favorite meal during warm weather, forcing<br />

them to either limit their time outside<br />

or repeatedly spray themselves down with<br />

sticky repellents before leaving the house.<br />

Although the science is not yet settled,<br />

following are some of the most common<br />

theories explaining why certain people<br />

feel like mosquito magnets, while others<br />

remain mostly bite-free:<br />

Genetics. Studies of twins have indicated<br />

a strong genetic influence on the frequency<br />

of being bitten by mosquitoes. Researchers<br />

from consumer DNA testing company<br />

<strong>23</strong>andMe also have identified genetic markers<br />

associated with mosquito bite frequency<br />

in certain people, as well as genetic traits<br />

related to bite size and itchiness.<br />

Blood type. Several studies have investigated<br />

whether blood type has any effect<br />

on how likely a person is to get bitten, with<br />

mixed results. However, some have found<br />

that those with blood type O may be most<br />

attractive to mosquitoes, while those with<br />

type A may be the least.<br />

Skin bacteria. Just as each individual<br />

has a unique gut microbiome, the same is<br />

true of the skin. Certain bacteria present in<br />

particular concentrations on your skin may<br />

act like homing beacons for mosquitoes,<br />

research has found.<br />

A study published last year in Scientific<br />

American found that each person has<br />

a certain “odor profile” based on the level<br />

of substances called carboxylic acids their<br />

body produces. This profile remains the<br />

same over time, regardless of variables<br />

like diet changes or even the type of soap<br />

a person uses, according to the study – as<br />

does the individual’s level of appeal to<br />

nearby mosquitoes.<br />

Mental well-being also a focus<br />

of Men’s Health Month<br />

Each June, Men’s Health Month offers<br />

an opportunity to remind the men in our<br />

lives about the importance of taking care<br />

of their health … a reminder many need,<br />

because men are often more hesitant than<br />

women to reach out for help when something<br />

feels “off.”<br />

Unfortunately, this tendency holds true<br />

for men’s mental well-being along with<br />

their physical health. Studies have shown<br />

that men are less likely to seek mental<br />

health services because they have internalized<br />

traditionally masculine traits such as<br />

stoicism, self-reliance and a sense of invulnerability,<br />

which can make them reluctant or<br />

too embarrassed to acknowledge problems.<br />

Although the social stigma around telling<br />

others about symptoms of mental illness<br />

is diminishing, that stigma remains<br />

more prevalent among men. Last year,<br />

the American Journal of Public Health<br />

published a review of studies dealing with<br />

the stigma surrounding mental illness; it<br />

concluded that men, even in younger age<br />

groups, are less likely to get help for psychological<br />

issues and face a “heightened<br />

risk for severe mental illness” as a result.<br />

That risk has given rise to some sobering<br />

statistics, particularly in the U.S. Nearly<br />

80% of deaths by suicide in this country<br />

are among men, and the annual suicide<br />

rate for American men is four times that of<br />

women, according to the Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention.<br />

Men may also be more likely than<br />

women to exhibit certain symptoms of<br />

a mental health problem. The National<br />

Institute of Mental Health lists some of the<br />

most prevalent signs experienced by men,<br />

which include:<br />

• Frequent anger, irritability, or aggressiveness;<br />

• Noticeable changes in mood, energy<br />

level, or appetite;<br />

• Sleeping too little or too much;<br />

• Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless<br />

or on edge;<br />

• Increased feelings of worry or stress;<br />

• Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or both.<br />

Recognizing the signs that you or someone<br />

you care about may have a mental<br />

health issue is the first step toward getting<br />

treatment. Just as with any health problem,<br />

the earlier that treatment begins, the more<br />

effective it can be.<br />

Healthy sleep requires<br />

quantity, quality and regularity<br />

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s<br />

prescription for optimally healthy<br />

sleep includes more than just getting a<br />

solid seven hours a night. It also calls for<br />

a consistent bedtime and wake time to<br />

help ensure the best possible sleep quality,<br />

according to a study presented at the recent<br />

SLEEP 20<strong>23</strong> annual meeting.<br />

For adults who meet these requirements,<br />

the payoff can be no less than a significantly<br />

longer life. The study found that<br />

people who got enough quality sleep on a<br />

regular schedule had a 39% lower overall<br />

risk of death than those who did not.<br />

Sleep scientists followed a diverse group<br />

of 1,759 adult participants in the Multi-Ethnic<br />

Study of Atherosclerosis for a median<br />

of seven years, controlling for variables<br />

among them such as lifestyle, health status,<br />

and pre-existing sleep disorders. Their sleep<br />

regularity and duration were measured<br />

using data gathered by wrist-worn monitors.<br />

There were 176 deaths from all causes in<br />

the group during the study period.<br />

“(Our) results suggest benefits of expanding<br />

the public conversation on getting ‘a<br />

good night’s sleep’ and broadening this goal<br />

to getting many good nights of sleep, in a<br />

Getting a good night’s sleep has major<br />

health benefits, but also comes with some<br />

requirements, according to sleep experts.<br />

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row, on weekdays and weekends,” said lead<br />

author Joon Chung, Ph.D, a postdoctoral<br />

research fellow at Harvard Medical School.<br />

“If sleep were an eight-hour pill, it would<br />

be beneficial to take the full dose at regular<br />

times, consistently.”<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. This<br />

interactive class, offered virtually through<br />

Teams Meeting, is a great introduction to<br />

the basics of babysitting and is recommended<br />

for ages 10 and above. The cost<br />

is $25 per child. Parents may sit in on the<br />

class at no additional cost. Register online<br />

at bjc.org/babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

Schnucks and St. Luke’s Hospital offer<br />

an Eatwell Market grocery store tour on<br />

Wednesday, July 5 from 2-3 p.m. at Eatwell<br />

Boones Crossing, 220 THF Blvd. in<br />

Chesterfield. Take a wellness-focused tour<br />

through Eatwell Market by Schnucks with a<br />

St. Luke’s dietitian. Participants will receive<br />

wellness resources, food samples and a $10<br />

gift card to use at Eatwell Market. The cost<br />

is $5; space is limited and registration is<br />

required. To sign up, visit stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC offers a Head to Toe one-hour<br />

online orientation on Wednesday, July 5<br />

from 6-7:30 p.m. During this free informational<br />

session, families will learn about<br />

St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s familyfocused<br />

weight management program<br />

called Head to Toe. To register for the session,<br />

visit classes-events.bjc.org or call the<br />

Contact Center at (314) 747-1005.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends CPR<br />

virtual course on Saturday, July 15 from<br />

9-11:30 a.m. at the <strong>West</strong> County Specialty<br />

Care Center, 13001 N. Outer Forty Road in<br />

Town and Country, in the Third Floor Conference<br />

Room. This class uses the American<br />

Heart Association curriculum to teach handson<br />

CPR skills including adult hands-only<br />

CPR; infant/child CPR with breaths; introduction<br />

to adult/child AED use; and relief of<br />

choking in an adult, child or infant (course<br />

does not include certification upon completion).<br />

The cost is $50. Registration for a seat<br />

in this class is for two people. Register online<br />

by visiting bjc.org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Vitamin<br />

ZZZ: Steps to Sounder Sleep on Thursday,<br />

July 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 1<strong>21</strong> St. Luke’s Center Drive<br />

in Building A, Conference Room 3. Are you<br />

one of approximately 60 million Americans<br />

who have a chronic sleep issue? Learn more<br />

about strategies for sleeping well at this free<br />

class. Register by visiting stlukes-stl.com.


June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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Robang Properties – helping homeowners find relief from their real estate predicaments<br />

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Mike Robinson knows that life happens<br />

– and his work in real estate places him<br />

exactly where he can help with the unexpected<br />

changes that come up for families.<br />

Robang Properties – Robinson’s home<br />

inspection, renovation and sales company<br />

– purchases homes for cash, often assisting<br />

families who may be facing relocation,<br />

job change or repair crises.<br />

“The most interesting thing about this<br />

business are the dynamics of the families<br />

Robang Properties helps,” he said.<br />

Robinson recognizes many of his clients<br />

have had a sudden loss or a change<br />

in jobs. Sometimes, a family inherits a<br />

house they need to sell or a home falls into<br />

disrepair without finances to do the necessary<br />

work. Some families may be moving<br />

a loved one into a care facility or need<br />

to downsize, and sometimes home sellers<br />

may not want to deal with real estate<br />

agents which can be a challenging process.<br />

“Life changes can be stressful,” Robinson<br />

said. “It’s never lost on me, the life<br />

changes people have to deal with when<br />

they move out of a house. I remember how<br />

hard it was to leave our home. We lived<br />

there 17 years and raised our three daughters<br />

there,” he said. “There are so many<br />

life memories in each room. It’s almost<br />

like a photo album.”<br />

Stacie and Mike Robinson<br />

When it’s time to sell, however, Robang<br />

Properties can reduce the stress associated<br />

with the sale of a home with a streamlined<br />

purchase process. Robang gives the home a<br />

free inspection and the homeowner a quote.<br />

A closing date is arranged within 14 days of<br />

the agreement. There are no further inspections,<br />

no contingencies on the contract, and<br />

homeowners are paid cash for their property.<br />

“When I make an offer, they can trust that<br />

I will close on that offer contingency-free,<br />

every time,” he said.<br />

A home ownership entrepreneur since<br />

1999, Robinson previously worked for a<br />

while as a grocery distribution sales representative.<br />

The money and hours were good,<br />

but the job wasn’t for him. “I just couldn’t<br />

work for other people,” he said. Instead, he<br />

From left, Hailey, Lauren, Stacie, Mike, Hannah.<br />

made the leap to self-employment and began<br />

purchasing homes for cash, refurbishing and<br />

selling them. Changing professions was difficult<br />

at first, but soon Robang Properties<br />

was experiencing success.<br />

“We got some experience under our belt<br />

and by 2004 we were doing pretty well,”<br />

Robinson recalled. “My wife Stacie earned<br />

her CPA as well as her realtor’s license,<br />

which helped the business tremendously.”<br />

Robinson realized he had really found his<br />

niche when working on new construction<br />

on The Hill converting two-family homes<br />

to single-family homes on the state streets,<br />

while simultaneously completing a historic<br />

rehab on Flora Place in St. Louis.<br />

“I was the third owner of that house<br />

after Henry Shaw,” Robinson said. “I got a<br />

kick out of modernizing houses but also<br />

keeping the character of the house, and<br />

making the deals with the homeowners<br />

and helping them. I said to myself, ‘this<br />

is made for me.’”<br />

While Robinson did much of the construction<br />

work back then, he has transitioned<br />

into more of a management role in<br />

recent years. I was younger then,” he said.<br />

After 20 years, Robinson is still surprised<br />

by predicaments families can<br />

experience, but he finds great satisfaction<br />

in offering them help through Robang<br />

Properties. “The relief comes when they<br />

pick the day they want to close and it’s not<br />

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don’t have to make any repairs. There’s<br />

relief because they don’t have to figure out<br />

what to do with their unwanted stuff. They<br />

can take what they want and leave the rest<br />

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Robinson ‘s 100% contingency-free process<br />

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38 I BUSINESS I<br />

June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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The National Security Agency has once<br />

again designated the University of Missouri–St.<br />

Louis as a National Center of<br />

Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense<br />

Education (CAE-CD). The designation for<br />

UMSL’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity<br />

Program will cover the next five academic<br />

years, until 2028. It is awarded to regionally<br />

accredited academic institutions offering<br />

cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates<br />

at the associate, bachelor’s and graduate<br />

levels. UMSL was the first university in St.<br />

Louis to receive the prestigious designation.<br />

• • •<br />

Metro <strong>West</strong> recently held a long overdue<br />

pinning ceremony to recognize the<br />

new and promoted employees from the<br />

past three years. Family and friends gathered<br />

at Station 2 in Castlewood to watch<br />

loved ones take their public oath of service.<br />

Individuals being recognized then received<br />

their badge by someone given the honor of<br />

performing the “pinning.”<br />

People<br />

Marty Lyons, President and Chief<br />

Executive Officer of Ameren Corporation,<br />

and Scott Hartwig, Commercial Banking<br />

leader and market executive for Greater<br />

St. Louis, will serve as chair and co-chair,<br />

respectively, of United<br />

Way’s 20<strong>23</strong> annual community<br />

campaign which<br />

begins in early September<br />

and runs through<br />

the fall. The campaign<br />

equips more than 160<br />

local nonprofits with<br />

vital funding and training<br />

resources and invests<br />

in a 16-county region<br />

throughout Missouri and<br />

Illinois that helps 1 million<br />

people annually.<br />

Hartwig<br />

Lyons<br />

Awards<br />

KAI Enterprises CEO Michael B. Kennedy<br />

has been named an Ernst & Young<br />

LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Heartland Award finalist. The business<br />

award honors transformative entrepreneurs<br />

and leaders of high-growth companies<br />

who are building a more equitable,<br />

sustainable and prosperous world for all.<br />

Kennedy was one of 30 finalists of 300<br />

hundred submissions. Headquartered in St.<br />

Louis, KAI is a Minority-Owned Business<br />

Enterprise (MBE) certified firm providing<br />

architecture, MEP engineering and construction<br />

services throughout the Midwest,<br />

Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth.<br />

• • •<br />

Larry Stough, owner of Super Slow<br />

Zone, a personal strength training studio in<br />

Ballwin, won medals in the 20<strong>23</strong> St. Louis<br />

Senior Olympics. Stough took awards in<br />

weightlifting, in the Leg Press Smith Sled<br />

with a weight of 500 lbs. And in the Olympic<br />

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Mason Pointe is honored to<br />

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Pointe’s overall score was 4.1 on<br />

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the things that matter most – the kindness<br />

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whether local transportation is provided,<br />

the quality of on-site caregiving,<br />

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“Knowing that our Best Senior<br />

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it that much more meaningful,” said<br />

Drew Redman, Mason Pointe Executive<br />

Director. “I view this as a benchmark<br />

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all to ensure we continue to create places,<br />

services, and opportunities for people to<br />

age well and with purpose and fulfillment.”<br />

The survey responses showed that residents<br />

enjoy an upscale lifestyle at Mason<br />

Pointe with happy hours, musical performances,<br />

fine dining, wellness support, and<br />

enriching activities. The caring team members<br />

who provide support were also rated<br />

highly. Some survey comments included:<br />

“We receive friendship, support, entertainment,<br />

and caring. These things would<br />

not be available to us if we still lived in our<br />

previous home. We moved here at the right<br />

time in our lives.”<br />

“We love the location! We<br />

can get to all our healthcare<br />

professionals within minutes,<br />

and we like the upscale<br />

neighborhood and pleasant<br />

surroundings.”<br />

“The staff is great. It truly<br />

feels like we’re embraced by<br />

friends and family.”<br />

These accolades are music<br />

to the ears of Mason Pointe<br />

team members.<br />

“I am so proud of our team<br />

members. Their hard work,<br />

caring, and dedication is directly reflected<br />

in these ratings,” said Redman. “Meeting<br />

the needs and preferences of older adults<br />

and supporting them as they continue to<br />

seek purpose and fulfillment is how we live<br />

out our mission of ‘Older Adults Living<br />

Life to the Fullest’ here at Mason Pointe.”<br />

As part of the Lutheran Senior Services<br />

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provides supportive, quality living for St.<br />

Louis County seniors and their families.<br />

When seniors and their families visit, they<br />

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with opportunities for each resident to live<br />

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Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals,<br />

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Within each of Mason Pointe’s offerings<br />

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WILDWOOD, from page 10<br />

trict. At that time, the project was described<br />

as having two-story attached and detached<br />

homes ranging in size from 1,300 to 1,400<br />

square feet, with large front porches, onecar<br />

garages and full basements. Homes will<br />

be oriented to avoid garage visibility from<br />

the perimeter of the site.<br />

The site includes a civic green at the<br />

center of the project and courtyards<br />

between building nodes. Other amenities<br />

include a walking path, fountain, sculptures,<br />

benches and a butterfly garden.<br />

However, that plan met with concerns<br />

from some nearby residents, which sent the<br />

developer back to the drawing board.<br />

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Department of Planning received a revised<br />

preliminary development plan that reflects<br />

two sets of changes: the proposed units<br />

located on the northern edge of the civic<br />

green public space have been removed as<br />

has the proposed access from the development<br />

onto Eatherton Road.<br />

In addition, the developer is proposing a<br />

garden wall and landscaping features in the<br />

area of the proposed roundabout, in lieu of<br />

two planned units.<br />

At the May 1 meeting, a representative<br />

of the Main Street Crossing subdivision,<br />

Bo Tierney, had proposed some type of<br />

buffer be placed near the new roundabout<br />

on Hwy. 109 that would be aesthetically<br />

pleasing. He suggested that McBride<br />

donate property to create a community<br />

floral conservatory.<br />

Jeannie Aumiller, counsel for McBride,<br />

said the developer took feedback from<br />

a neighborhood meeting held in May in<br />

making changes to the project’s design<br />

and layout. One of those changes is that<br />

McBride intends to limit the number of<br />

rentals to 25% of total units, once they<br />

have been sold, she said.<br />

Aumiller also mentioned that the previous<br />

changes made to the project doubled<br />

the central amenity green space and eliminated<br />

units in that area and increased the<br />

amount of parking.<br />

“We’re very proud of the changes we<br />

made, as a direct result of the feedback we<br />

received from neighbors,” she said.<br />

However, residents are still concerned<br />

about the density of the development and<br />

the additional traffic it would bring.<br />

“The number of cars added to Eatherton<br />

and Main Street will overwhelm the roads,”<br />

resident Christa Bush claimed, saying that<br />

the developments would add another 200<br />

cars per day to the area.<br />

Resident Bob Eaves noted that the city<br />

has added three major subdivisions in the<br />

last seven years.<br />

“I haven’t seen a lot of business growth,”<br />

he said. “The answer is not bringing in<br />

population and people. It’s what are we<br />

doing with those people and for those<br />

people.”<br />

The project has received support from<br />

local businesses. Dierbergs sent a letter<br />

to the city in favor of the project, in an<br />

effort to bring in more tenants and more<br />

customer traffic. Debi Donaldson, of the<br />

Wildwood Business Association, said she<br />

believes the city needs to spruce up downtown<br />

to make it more attractive and more<br />

of a destination.<br />

Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning,<br />

assured concerned residents that construction<br />

traffic would be limited to Main<br />

Street and not allowed on Eatherton Road.<br />

He also noted that the development is<br />

dependent on the extension of Main Street<br />

to Hwy. 109.<br />

Crestwood Drive is intended to become<br />

the future extension of Main Street, connecting<br />

into the existing roadway within<br />

the Main Street Crossing subdivision to the<br />

west and Taylor Road to the east.<br />

A “Welcome to Wildwood Town Center”<br />

sign will be placed at the entrance to the<br />

subdivision, according to Aumiller.<br />

Vujnich said he anticipates that a traffic<br />

study will be included as part of the site<br />

development plan. The developer is obligated<br />

to meet the requirements of the traffic<br />

study, he said.<br />

While the planning department does<br />

support the requested modification of<br />

the Town Center regulating plan and the<br />

rezoning of the properties, inclusive of<br />

the Planned Residential Development<br />

Overlay District, it does not support<br />

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It’s a summer of fun at municipal concert series across <strong>West</strong> County, including<br />

in Ellisville, where patrons danced the night away earlier this month.<br />

(Source: City of Ellisville)<br />

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CONCERTS/FESTIVALS<br />

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is<br />

from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at the<br />

Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans<br />

Place Drive, featuring Trick of the Tail.<br />

Free event. Guests are welcome to bring<br />

in their own snacks and alcoholic/nonalcoholic<br />

beverages. No full meals or glass.<br />

July 8 - The Big Rigs. For details, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search “Summer<br />

Concert Series.”<br />

• • •<br />

Music in the Garden is from 6-8 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, June 28 at the Wildwood<br />

Farms Community Garden, 16860 Main St.<br />

in Wildwood. Bring chairs and take a break<br />

to listen to music after the garden work<br />

is done. For details, visit wildwoodmo.<br />

recdesk.com/Community.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring ARW<br />

Abby Road Warriors is from 7-9 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, June 29 at Bluebird Park, 225<br />

Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. Bring<br />

seating. No glass bottles. For details, visit<br />

ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

The Manchester Summer Concert<br />

Series featuring Butchwax and the Hollywoods<br />

is from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4<br />

at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Guests can bring<br />

lawn chairs, picnics but no glass containers.<br />

Upcoming concerts are Rockin’ Chair from<br />

7-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring Fanfare<br />

is from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 at<br />

Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield.<br />

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins<br />

at 6 p.m. Free series. July 18 – Johnny<br />

Henry. For details, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com/events.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Concert Series featuring the<br />

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• • •<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring Jeremiah<br />

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July 13 at Millennium Park, 2 Barnes<br />

<strong>West</strong> Drive in Creve Coeur. Kiwanis will<br />

have BBQ, chips and soda available for<br />

purchase. Bring a blanket or chairs and a<br />

picnic. Aug. 10 - NashVegas. For details,<br />

visit crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Community Band Concert<br />

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Schroeder Park (amphitheater), 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Pack a picnic and a lawn chair and enjoy<br />

the sounds of summer. The next concert<br />

will be on Aug. 13. Free admission. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Music on Main featuring Griffin and the<br />

Gargoyles is at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July <strong>21</strong><br />

at City Hall, 16860 Main St. in Wildwood.<br />

Guests can bring lawn chairs, picnics but<br />

no glass containers and no pets.<br />

FAMILY & KIDS<br />

The Eureka Masons host breakfast from<br />

6:30-11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each<br />

month at the Meramec Masonic Lodge,<br />

616 Stockell Drive in Eureka. Adults are<br />

$11 and children are $5. Ages 5 and under<br />

are free. Benefits Eureka High scholarships<br />

and Shriners Hospital.<br />

• • •<br />

Little Explorers is from 9-10:30 a.m. on<br />

the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month<br />

at various parks in Ballwin. Each week’s<br />

activities are created around a theme.<br />

Every class will include a craft, snack and<br />

activities. For ages 2-5. Cost is $8 for residents;<br />

$10 for non-residents. Parents and<br />

guardians are free. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is from 10<br />

a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Saturday<br />

of each month at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Included with museum<br />

admission. For details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Tot Time is from 9:30-11:15 a.m. every<br />

Friday through August 11 at the Chesterfield<br />

Family Aquatic Center, 16365 Lydia<br />

Hill Drive in Chesterfield. Cost is $4 for<br />

residents; $5 for non-residents. Adults are<br />

free. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us/<br />

tot-time.<br />

• • •<br />

World Bird Sanctuary Education -<br />

Fledge Wings is from 10-11:30 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, June 24 at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall.<br />

Young learners will get to meet birds and<br />

interact with feathers, eggs, and more. All<br />

ages welcome. $10 per child. For details,<br />

visit chesterfield.mo.us and search “World<br />

Bird Sanctuary.”<br />

• • •<br />

Dive-In Family Movie Night – “Lightyear”<br />

is at 8 p.m. (entry at 7:30 p.m.)<br />

on Saturday, June 30 at the Chesterfield<br />

Aquatic Center,16365 Lydia Hill Drive.<br />

Admission is $4 for residents ages 18 and<br />

younger; $5 for resident adults and $7 for<br />

non-residents. All ages welcome. July <strong>21</strong> -<br />

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• • •<br />

Tons of Trucks is from 5-7 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, July 12 at Schroeder Park, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Free event. All ages welcome. Rain or<br />

shine. First half-hour will be honk free for<br />

sensitive ears.<br />

• • •<br />

Movie in the Pool - “Encanto” is at<br />

8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14 at the Manchester<br />

Aquatic Center, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. Part of the<br />

Dive & Jive event at the pool. Free with<br />

season pass, otherwise after 5 p.m. admission<br />

rates apply.<br />

• • •<br />

Movies Under the Stars - “Family<br />

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Good food, great service and comfortable<br />

surroundings have had Country<br />

Club Grill’s customers coming back for<br />

over 25 years. Owner John Cain credits<br />

his creative kitchen and service staff, a<br />

winning team that he calls “outstanding.”<br />

“I have a great staff,” Cain said.<br />

“When you have good people working<br />

for you, a nice atmosphere and good<br />

food that’s the trifecta. It’s the recipe<br />

for being successful and it’s how we<br />

can provide a consistent good experience.<br />

And that’s what people look for, a<br />

comfortable place where you can get a<br />

good meal and a good experience.”<br />

Country Club’s winning experience<br />

begins with its menu.<br />

“When people choose to come here, I<br />

feel we owe them the best experience<br />

we can give them. And that experience<br />

begins with the food,” he said. “You’re<br />

only as good as your last cheeseburger.”<br />

Cheeseburgers are a house specialty<br />

– hand pattied and cooked to order,<br />

Country Club Bar & Grill<br />

Guests can dress them any way they like<br />

them. That’s good news for those who<br />

like their burgers cooked medium-rare<br />

or well-done, with or without cheese<br />

and all the frills – lettuce, tomato,<br />

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One of Country Club’s most popular<br />

burgers is the Juicy Lucy, an inside-out<br />

cheeseburger that oozes melty cheese.<br />

But equally as delicious is the classic<br />

Bacon Cheddar Burger, and you can’t<br />

go wrong with the best-selling Double<br />

Smash Burger. Made on a flattop grill,<br />

the Double Smash Burger stacks two<br />

patties, draped with two slices of cheese,<br />

on a bakery-soft bun. It arrives dressed<br />

with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles and<br />

Wimpy Sauce, a tangy cross between<br />

Thousand Island dressing and Cajun<br />

rémoulade. It’s perfect on burgers and<br />

doubles as a great dipping sauce for fries.<br />

Like most of Country Club’s sauces<br />

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too.”<br />

It could be the aioli. Like<br />

all good sauces, it complements<br />

the flavor of the fish<br />

instead of overpowering it.<br />

That same principle holds<br />

true for Au jus. The classic<br />

dipping is a true complement<br />

to the CC Melt, Country<br />

Club Grill’s take on<br />

the French Dip. Built on<br />

garlic-buttered and toasted<br />

muffuletta-style bread, it<br />

features prime New York<br />

strip steak, aged and shaved<br />

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with melted Swiss, sautéed<br />

mushrooms and onions.<br />

Country Club’s commitment<br />

to quality can be<br />

Caption.......<br />

tasted in every bite.<br />

“We buy quality products to make<br />

everything we make. While a lot of<br />

people have cut corners and looked<br />

for cheap ingredients, we<br />

haven’t,” Cain said. “We have<br />

and always will look for quality<br />

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also Country Club Grill’s comfortable<br />

dining room, with its exposed brick<br />

walls, a cozy bar and fireplace, and its<br />

spacious, seasonal patio. And it’s the<br />

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631 Veterans Place Drive. Food and drink<br />

welcome, no glass. Free event. For details,<br />

visit chesterfield.mo.us and search “Movies<br />

Under the Stars.”<br />

SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

Coffee with the Mayor is at 7:30 a.m.<br />

on the first Thursday of the month at the<br />

Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N.<br />

New Ballas Road. Join Mayor Bob Hoffman<br />

for coffee. There is no set agenda<br />

and questions and comments are welcome.<br />

Donuts and coffee provided. For details,<br />

visit crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

A Ladies Lunch and Learn is from<br />

noon-1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the<br />

month at Chabad’s temporary space in the<br />

Chesterfield Mall. Enjoy lunch, learning,<br />

conversation and growth. Connect with<br />

local Jewish women. Free event, but donations<br />

are appreciated. For details and to<br />

register, visit jewishchesterfield.org or call<br />

(636) 778-4000.<br />

• • •<br />

Feature Fridays are every Friday morning<br />

at 10:30 a.m. in June at the National<br />

Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood.<br />

Hear the stories behind the features that<br />

make the museum a treasure trove. No reservations<br />

required, regular museum admission<br />

applies. For details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Farmers Market is from 8<br />

a.m.-noon, now through Saturday, September<br />

30 at 2<strong>21</strong> Plaza Drive in Wildwood.<br />

Vendor registration is now open. Details at<br />

cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Lavender Wreath Workshop is at 1<br />

p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at Passiglia’s<br />

Nursery and Garden Center, 1855 Hwy.<br />

109 in Wildwood. For details, call (636)<br />

458-9202 or visit, passiglia.com.<br />

• • •<br />

<strong>West</strong> County Vegetarian Supper Club<br />

hosts its monthly meeting from 5-6:30<br />

p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at <strong>West</strong> County<br />

Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Road<br />

in Town and Country, featuring Dr. Mark<br />

Huffman - “Food is Medicine: The Great<br />

Implementation Gap.” For details and to<br />

RSVP, email wcagsupperclub@gmail.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Hiking is from 5:30-6:30<br />

p.m. on Monday, June 26 at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield<br />

Mall. Learn about trip planning, clothing,<br />

footwear, basic route finding and where<br />

to hike in Chesterfield. Free program but<br />

pre-registration is required at chesterfield.<br />

mo.us and search “Hiking.”<br />

• • •<br />

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(Second floor, next to Macy’s.) Make a<br />

Fourth of July themed basket. Cost is $50.<br />

Bring a snack and drink. Registration is<br />

required at chesterfield.mo.us and search<br />

“Basket Weaving.”<br />

• • •<br />

John Drake Robinson - “A Road Trip<br />

Into America’s Hidden Heart” is from<br />

9-10 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 at The<br />

National Museum of Transportation, 2933<br />

Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood. Part of<br />

TNMOT 20<strong>23</strong> Speaker Series. Free admission.<br />

Advanced registration required. For<br />

details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Dive & Jive is at 6 p.m. on Friday, July<br />

14 at the Manchester Aquatic Center, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Enjoy great summer tunes while our staff<br />

hosts fun games for the whole family. Stay<br />

for the showing of “Encanto” on the big<br />

screen. All ages welcome. No coolers or<br />

outside food allowed in the aquatic center.<br />

For details, visit manchester.gov/parks.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Triathlon is at 6:45 a.m. on<br />

Sunday, July 16 at North Pointe Aquatic<br />

Center, 335 Holloway Road in Ballwin.<br />

Race includes a 300-yard swim, 9-mile<br />

bike and 3.4-mile run. Event fills fast. Register<br />

at mseracing.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Missouri Numismatic Society 63rd<br />

Annual Coin Show is from 10 a.m. to 6<br />

p.m. on Thursday, July 27; from 10 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. on Friday, July 28 and from 10 a.m.-4<br />

p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at the St. Charles<br />

Convention Center, featuring over 150<br />

coin dealers, U. S. and Foreign coins and<br />

currency. Free to the public and free parking.<br />

Scotsman will hold an auction at 5 p.m.<br />

on Friday. For details, visit missourinumismaticsociety.org/annual-coin-show.<br />

• • •<br />

Pet Painting Party is from 6-8 p.m.<br />

on Thursday, July 27 at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall.<br />

Cost is $40 per person. Pre-registration is<br />

required at chesterfield.mo.us and search<br />

“Pet Painting.”<br />

• • •<br />

Hoverflies is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, June 28 at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall,<br />

featuring George Todd, UMSL Ph.D. student,<br />

teaching how the insect pollinator is<br />

important for plant reproduction in natural<br />

ecosystems and global agriculture. Free<br />

event. Registration required by June 26 at<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search “Hoverflies.”<br />

• • •<br />

Garden Talk is at 1 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

July 30 at Passiglia’s Nursery and Garden<br />

Center, 1855 Hwy. 109 in Wildwood.<br />

“Ornamental Grasses for Year-round<br />

Beauty.” For details, call (636) 458-9202<br />

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with her camera in tow.<br />

Metz is a high-rise window washer.<br />

She said her love of photography actually<br />

inspired her career.<br />

“I love that I can incorporate my hobby<br />

with my career path,” Mertz said.<br />

The result of that collaboration is some<br />

truly stunning images, including her firstplace<br />

“Gargoyle Guardian” photograph.<br />

The black-and-white image shows the<br />

close-up of a winged warrior, perhaps<br />

“Japanese Garden in the Fall” by Kate Sprague<br />

a form of griffin, watching over the city<br />

below. The Gateway Arch gleams in the<br />

background.<br />

Of the gargoyles, Mertz said, “It’s just<br />

really cool being face-to-face with them.<br />

You get to see them from the ground but<br />

to be up there, that close to them is really<br />

special.”<br />

Her advice to novice photographers<br />

might include having a helpful grandmother.<br />

“My grandma knows how much I like<br />

photography so she sends me little newspaper<br />

clippings of different<br />

contests or different<br />

articles,” Mertz said.<br />

While Mertz resides<br />

in St. Louis City and<br />

Ahner is a Kirkwood<br />

resident, Judy Zhou<br />

lives in Manchester.<br />

She entered two<br />

images into the annual<br />

contest. Her first-place<br />

“Stormy Sky” photo<br />

was taken during a<br />

family vacation to the<br />

Grand Tetons.<br />

“When we walked<br />

to one of the scenery,<br />

it was amazing. The snow-capped<br />

mountains right there and (then)<br />

the sky just changed and there were<br />

some snow frays flying in the sky. I<br />

said, ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ It just<br />

happened for a couple of minutes,”<br />

Metz said, recalling in vivid detail<br />

the memory of her photo.<br />

Her winning entry “Stormy Sky”<br />

is a dramatic black-and-white image<br />

that juxtaposes a cluster of deadwood<br />

against those snow-capped<br />

mountains. A pool of still water lies<br />

in between.<br />

Other first-place finishers include<br />

Harrison Hunnicutt, whose “Hudson<br />

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level in the ages 5-13 category.<br />

Rithvika Thunuguntla claimed first<br />

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in the ages 14-20 category. In the<br />

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“Japanese Garden in the Fall.”<br />

Images of the winning photos in<br />

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Big TV’s • Fences • Decks • Trampolines • Swing Sets<br />

Above Ground Pools • Sheds • Railroad Ties • Pianos<br />

Exercise Equipment • Hot Tubs • Books • Paint<br />

Pool Tables • Garage/Basement Clean Out<br />

Remodeling Debris • Estate Cleanout<br />

$<br />

25 OFF<br />

Any Pick-Up<br />

Expires 7/15/<strong>23</strong><br />

cannot be combined with other offers<br />

Call TODAY and we’ll HAUL IT AWAY<br />

(314) 312-1077<br />

Locally Owned & Operated<br />

www.honestjunk.com<br />

CUSTOM DECKS<br />

SCREEN ROOMS, ENCLOSURES,<br />

REPAIRS, RESURFACE, PATIOS, STAMPED CONCRETE,<br />

4 SEASON ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES<br />

GENERAL CONTRACTOR | All Types Of Home Improvements<br />

Insurance Specialist, Fully Insured | A+ BBB Rating, 30 Years Experience<br />

FREE INSPECTIONS & ESTIMATES<br />

314-282-1991 | www.CovenantContractingSTL.com<br />

Licensed & Insured<br />

Driveways, Patios, Pool Decks, Garage Floors,<br />

Retaining Walls, Stamped and Colored Concrete<br />

ALL OF YOUR DECKING NEEDS<br />

• Wood<br />

• Vinyl<br />

• Composite<br />

• Aluminum<br />

Insured For Your Protection<br />

Painting Interior & Exterior<br />

Powerwashing<br />

Homes & Concrete<br />

Deck & Fence Staining<br />

Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Guards<br />

Window Cleaning<br />

Insured • Senior Discounts<br />

Call Chris 314-620-6677<br />

• Refacing<br />

• New Decks<br />

• Deck Repairs<br />

• IPE (Hardwood)<br />

Rlinkconstruction@yahoo.com<br />

314.607.8953<br />

FIND US ON<br />

636-938-ROOF (7663)<br />

Like us on Facebook<br />

Locally Owned & Operated by Rick Hinkson<br />

JL CONCRETE<br />

SEALING & CAULKING<br />

Residential and Commercial<br />

• Sealing (Prevents pitting)<br />

• Caulking (Keep out the weeds)<br />

• Power Washing (Fresh & clean)<br />

• Crack Filling (Keeps moisture out)<br />

• Fence Washing<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

Call Jerry Loosmore Jr. at 636-399-6193<br />

Locally Owned & Operated by Tim Hallahan<br />

Serving <strong>West</strong> County for 25+ Years<br />

636.458.6400<br />

timjhallahan@gmail.com<br />

westwoodpaintinginc.com


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June <strong>21</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

WEST NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

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I 47<br />

CARPET<br />

-CARPET REPAIRS-<br />

Restretching • Reseaming<br />

& Patching.<br />

No job is to small!<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />

CLEANING SERVICES<br />

SPOTLESS CLEANING<br />

SERVICES<br />

for your home or business.<br />

Specializing in everyday cleaning<br />

of homes, rentals, move outs &<br />

home buying, etc.<br />

Family owned & operated<br />

Call today (636) 777-9319<br />

to schedule your cleaninag<br />

or a FREE ESTIMATE.<br />

Email: spotless.dina@gmail.com<br />

COLLECTIBLES<br />

WANTED TO BUY<br />

• SPORTS MEMORABILIA •<br />

Baseball Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Collector:<br />

314-302-1785<br />

ELECTRICAL<br />

ERIC'S ELECTRIC<br />

Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

all. Emergency calls & backa-up<br />

generators. No job too small.<br />

Competitively priced. Free Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />

GARAGE DOORS<br />

DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Open–ers.<br />

Fast Repairs. All makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Free Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

Call 314-550-4071<br />

www.dsi-stl.com<br />

HAULING<br />

J & J HAULING<br />

WE HAUL IT ALL<br />

Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.<br />

Call: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />

SKIP'S HAULING & DEMOLITION<br />

Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters.<br />

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 />

HELP WANTED<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 />

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or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

COMPASSIONATE<br />

CAREGIVERS NEEDED!!<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 />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

CUSTODIAN<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 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 />

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 />

HANDYMAN NEEDED<br />

Normal household<br />

and yard duties in<br />

New Villa in St. Albans<br />

Text Reply<br />

314-420-0118<br />

HELP WANTED<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 />

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 $14 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 />

Technology Partners, Inc.<br />

seeks a Project Engineer<br />

in Chesterfield, MO.<br />

Responsible for establishing<br />

planned, periodic reviews of the<br />

overall effectiveness of SAP IT<br />

systems. Telecommuting Permitted.<br />

Apply at<br />

jobpostingtoday.com/<br />

Ref #93881<br />

Technology Partners, Inc.<br />

seeks Project Engineer<br />

in Chesterfield, MO.<br />

Understand the imaging<br />

algorithms and mechanics of the<br />

prototype devices; deploying<br />

and implementing them<br />

sin a production setting.<br />

Telecommuting permitted.<br />

Domestic travel 30%. Travel to<br />

unanticipated client locations.<br />

Apply at<br />

jobpostingtoday.com/<br />

Ref #16530<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

PRISTINE MIDWEST<br />

CONSTRUCTION LLC<br />

Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

pristinemidwest@gmail.com<br />

(314) 575-3879<br />

AFFORDABLE CARPENTRY<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 />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />

REMODEL & REPAIR<br />

Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />

LANDSCAPING<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 />

MORALES LANDSCAPE LLC<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 />

- FREE ESTIMATES -<br />

636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<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 />

• FAST & FREE ESTIMATES •<br />

TWO MEN & A MOWER<br />

636-432-3451<br />

WE SPECIALIZE IN<br />

RETAINING WALLS • PAVER PATIOS • DECKS<br />

FENCES • TREES • NEW LANDSCAPING<br />

LAWNS & MULCH AND MUCH MORE!<br />

Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />

Best Landscaping Values 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 />

PAINTING<br />

Interior and<br />

exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

Dickspainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!<br />

PAINTER<br />

DAN VOLLMER<br />

• I AM INCORPORATED INC. •<br />

INTERIOR SPECIAL 20<strong>23</strong><br />

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size<br />

(12’x12’ Walls 3 Room Minimum)<br />

FREE ESTIMATES: CALL DAN<br />

(636) 577-8960<br />

Exterior Painting!<br />

PET SERVICES<br />

PLUMBING<br />

LICENSED PLUMBER<br />

Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

24 hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />

• ANYTHING IN PLUMBING •<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 />

POWERWASHING<br />

Exterior Soft Wash<br />

Starting at<br />

1 Story $229<br />

2 Story $279<br />

All Smiles Pressure Washing, LLC<br />

636-279-0056<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri<br />

Notice is hereby given:<br />

The Board of Aldermen of the<br />

City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri,<br />

will at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,<br />

July 11, 20<strong>23</strong>, hold a public<br />

hearing at the Clarkson Executive<br />

Center, 15933 Clayton Road, to<br />

discuss the following two<br />

(2) items: 1) a request from the<br />

Masonic Temple to install an<br />

exterior, building mounted sign at<br />

15977 Clayton Road and to make a<br />

recommendation to the<br />

Board of Aldermen; and<br />

2) to discuss 405.080<br />

Use Regulations (3) Farms with<br />

added language stating: located on<br />

tracts of land comprising 3 or more<br />

acres and to make a<br />

recommendation to the<br />

Board ofAldermen.<br />

Sue McNamara, Mayor<br />

City of Clarkson Valley<br />

REAL ESTATE<br />

I BUY HOMES<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 />

TREE SERVICES<br />

GET 'ER DONE TREE SERVICE<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<br />

• COLE TREE SERVICE •<br />

Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL<br />

Free Vacation Bible School<br />

with dinner.<br />

Salem in Ballwin UMC<br />

14825 Manchester Rd.<br />

June 26 - 30<br />

5:30-8:00pm<br />

636-256-7171<br />

WEDDING SERVICES<br />

ANYTIME ANYWHERE<br />

- CEREMONIES -<br />

• Marriage Ceremonies<br />

• Vow Renewals • Baptisms<br />

• Pastoral Visits<br />

• Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry<br />

(314) 703-7456<br />

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If interested, email<br />

editor@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />

GOT IT<br />

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