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GOP voters weary of Trump’s<br />

‘Airing of the Grievances’<br />

Alex Anastasio voted for Donald Trump<br />

for president twice, attended Trump rallies,<br />

organized events for him and placed signs in<br />

front of her home. And she was deeply hopeful<br />

in the early days following the 2020 election<br />

that once all of the votes were counted,<br />

he would serve a second term – so hopeful,<br />

indeed, that she was initially involved in a<br />

voter recount effort in support of that.<br />

Weeks later, when it was clear he lost,<br />

Anastasio, a grassroots Republican dynamo<br />

who was a delegate for Trump, said she was<br />

disappointed but went about the business of<br />

life. Three years later, she said she has no<br />

doubt his indictment is politically motivated,<br />

but that does not mean she is supporting him<br />

in 2024.<br />

“We need someone with Trump’s policies<br />

without all of the drama,” she said, adding<br />

that drama cost Pennsylvania a lot in the midterms.<br />

“He should have stayed out of the U.S.<br />

Senate race and the governor’s race; both of<br />

those candidates cost state house and senate<br />

seats and congressional races.”<br />

“People may not understand this, but I lived<br />

and breathed Trump, so this isn’t something<br />

that comes lightly,” Anastasio said. “I took a<br />

lot of heat for supporting him in 2016 when<br />

no one thought he would win, and I am prepared<br />

for heat for not supporting him now, but<br />

it is time to look forward, not relive the past.”<br />

“No one owns me,” Anastasio added. “That<br />

is the beauty of being in the grassroots.”<br />

One week after Trump’s indictment stemming<br />

from his alleged mishandling of classified<br />

documents, a new poll conducted by<br />

CNN shows that while 71% of voters say<br />

politics played a role in that charging decision,<br />

that doesn’t mean 71% of them back him, let<br />

alone 71% of Republican primary voters.<br />

In truth, Republican voters are all over the<br />

place. Overall, 47% of them say Trump is<br />

their first choice for the party’s nomination<br />

for president, which is 4% lower than in last<br />

month’s CNN poll.<br />

Trump’s favorability among Republican<br />

voters also has dropped from 77% in May<br />

to 67% now; at the same time, the share of<br />

Republican-leaning voters who said they<br />

would not support him under any circumstances<br />

has jumped from 16% in May to<br />

<strong>23</strong>% now.<br />

In talking with Republican grassroots<br />

activists such as Anastasio and regular<br />

Republican-leaning voters … These Republicans<br />

are tired of his fixation with talking<br />

about only himself and not about the voters,<br />

a trait that they did not perceive him to possess<br />

in 2016, and his refusal to accept that he<br />

lost in 2020.<br />

(In a Fox News interview last week,)<br />

anchor Bret Baier asked Trump how he<br />

would win back independent female suburban<br />

voters who were turned off by Trump’s<br />

election lies and his criminal cases.<br />

“First of all, I won in 2020 by a lot, OK?<br />

Let’s get that straight. I won in 2020,” Trump<br />

answered, then peeled off a list of arguments<br />

to insist that he won.<br />

Baier was having none of it. “You lost the<br />

2020 election,” he said, adding there were<br />

several recounts in all of the swing states,<br />

and none of them produced evidence of significant<br />

widespread fraud, nor did any of the<br />

subsequent lawsuits.<br />

Voters also said they do deeply empathize<br />

with Trump over the unfairness of how they<br />

think he was treated by numerous institutions<br />

within the government and the press, but that<br />

should not be why they should vote for him.<br />

They watch each interview and each rally<br />

and see a montage of an airing of the grievances,<br />

akin to the “Festivus” celebration on<br />

the TV show “Seinfeld,” which is not the<br />

same man who once keenly understood that<br />

people were looking for an aspirational path<br />

for everyone to be part of.<br />

That aspirational sense is what made it so<br />

brilliant for Trump to swipe Ronald Reagan’s<br />

old “Make America Great Again” slogan.<br />

In today’s polling, Trump is still comfortably<br />

ahead of the other primary contenders,<br />

but polling is a snapshot of today, not the<br />

future. The other Republican candidates have<br />

barely begun to make their argument to GOP<br />

primary voters, and none of them have been<br />

on a debate stage to amplify that argument.<br />

It’s way too early to say who the Republican<br />

presidential nominee will be.<br />

After spending several days interviewing<br />

those voters, one can see there is a nuance<br />

that many reporters and strategists are missing.<br />

Namely, you can still have loved Trump<br />

for what he did as president, still think his<br />

policies were good for the country, still<br />

appreciate his willingness to go to the mat<br />

for the country, still think he is a victim of a<br />

political witch hunt – and yet still not want to<br />

vote for him in 2024.<br />

Anastasio said reporters and strategists<br />

shouldn’t just assume they understand how a<br />

voter’s mind works, especially Republicans.<br />

“Voters can walk and chew gum at the same<br />

time,” she said. “I can’t believe I have to say<br />

that to get my point across.”<br />

• • •<br />

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst and<br />

a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington<br />

Examiner.<br />

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Regarding crime in St. Louis<br />

To the Editor:<br />

The only thing worthwhile watching on<br />

St. Louis’ news lately is the weather forecast,<br />

which is usually wrong. Filling in the<br />

other 20-plus minutes and usually leading<br />

the broadcast is how St. Louis has become<br />

a dangerous place to live.<br />

After several weekends of so-called<br />

“flash mobs” terrorizing sections of the<br />

downtown area, there seems to be no<br />

response or answers from the so-called<br />

leaders of St. Louis. Just recently there<br />

was an Old <strong>West</strong> shootout at Washington<br />

Avenue and 14th Street where over a dozen<br />

youths under the age of 18 were shot.<br />

Unfortunately, one of them died.<br />

What is happening to this city? We have<br />

hired a police chief, Robert Tracy, who<br />

was to be the answer to shutting down this<br />

crime spree; so where is he?<br />

When there is a shooting, or a major crime<br />

is committed, the honorable chief of police<br />

is nowhere to be found. Is he ducking the<br />

media because he has no plan going forward?<br />

He has been our police chief since January of<br />

this year and the crime just keeps on coming.<br />

Why isn’t he addressing this wave of crime<br />

that has a grip on our city? Not once has he<br />

addressed his plan for his strategy or tactics<br />

to put a stop to this grip of crime.<br />

Another missing person in this scenario<br />

is the mayor Tishaura Jones. Whenever<br />

these thugs take over a part of our city,<br />

she becomes missing in action as well.<br />

Funny, whenever there is a groundbreaking<br />

ceremony, she is there wielding her<br />

silver spade for another photo op. Someone<br />

should tell her that being a mayor<br />

is more than posing for the public. So,<br />

when people wonder what happened to<br />

our economy, why businesses are leaving<br />

the city limits and after the last out at<br />

Busch Stadium the city cleans out like a<br />

cattle stampede, the citizens of St. Louis<br />

need more.<br />

This is sad for such a city that has so<br />

much potential going forward; but not<br />

until the supposed leaders of this city step<br />

forward with a plan that is going to make<br />

St. Louis safer.<br />

Michael Sargent<br />

Praise for the June 7 opinions<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Kudos to the authors of the June 7 opinion<br />

piece and three letters to the editor.<br />

Ms. Salena Zito nailed it with the inspirational<br />

article on Michael Block’s PGA<br />

performance.<br />

Ms. Deborah Doolittle and had a similar<br />

experience regarding assessments. My wife<br />

and I were both home when the “inspector”<br />

walked to our door and left the card, no<br />

knock or doorbell. I have it on video.<br />

A 25% increase in property value, a 13%<br />

increase in taxes while St. Louis County<br />

procures and raises pride flags everywhere.<br />

Had never thought about it until recently,<br />

but we’re being taxed on our unrealized<br />

wealth. I don’t see the county giving us<br />

money to improve our home’s appearance<br />

and value, yet they want to our property<br />

values to support them. Our local and federal<br />

government spending is out of control<br />

and needs to be reined in.<br />

Mr. Wayne Hartman was spot on regarding<br />

the Supreme Court. The only reason we<br />

hear of “potential” disclosure issues from<br />

the hypocritical left is to denigrate the conservative<br />

judges, get them eliminated, and<br />

have the rule of men enacted through the<br />

courts. Court-packing is their other path.<br />

Mr. David Gregory’s article on Kim<br />

Gardner’s, and the rest of the Soros-funded<br />

prosecutors’, lack of enforcement across<br />

the nation was music to my ears. These<br />

pro-criminal idiots told the voters what<br />

they would do and were voted in anyway.<br />

“Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free<br />

man’s power to make a fool of himself and a<br />

wreck of his Country” - Ambrose Bierce<br />

Jon Schulte<br />

Regarding the proper<br />

care of Old Glory<br />

To the Editor:<br />

As we celebrate Independence Day most<br />

of us proudly display the American flag.<br />

Neighborhoods, apartment complexes,<br />

local governments, schools, realtors and<br />

businesses all take part by decorating their<br />

property with various flag displays.<br />

I love seeing Old Glory on poles, front<br />

porches, mailboxes, and little yard sticks<br />

on Independence Day and other flag-flying<br />

holidays. They bring me a sense of national<br />

pride and thankfulness that we are all<br />

together in this “one nation.” Sadly though,<br />

days and weeks later, some of those same<br />

flags which had artfully lined landscapes<br />

and curbs will be found unattended, dirty,<br />

fallen, and broken. I once witnessed a Ballwin<br />

police officer stop and straighten a row<br />

of fallen flags at a neighborhood common<br />

ground.<br />

The laws for flag display are in U.S.<br />

Code Title 4 Chapter 1. Admittedly, it can<br />

be a chore to adhere to the letter of the<br />

law for all displays erected temporarily as<br />

decoration for holidays and festivities. But<br />

we should strive to meet the spirit of the<br />

law by caring for our flags keeping them<br />

upright and clean. So – Heavens to Betsy<br />

(Ross) – those of us responsible for displays<br />

should respect the flag and maintain<br />

them well so they don’t become a display<br />

of disrespect. To the rest of us, if you see<br />

a fallen flag, straighten it, or if you come<br />

upon a broken flag or one that has been<br />

lying in the rain-soaked mulch for weeks,<br />

politely collect it.<br />

Rob Roseman<br />

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aspirational legal doctrines ever drafted. It is breathtakingly simple:<br />

“nor shall any state ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal<br />

protection of the laws.”<br />

If you’re here, you are equal. We are all the same.<br />

Sen. Jacob Howard (R-Michigan) said that the amendment would give<br />

“to the humblest, the poorest, the most despised of the race the same rights<br />

and the same protection before the law as it gives to the most powerful,<br />

the most wealthy, or the most haughty.”<br />

The amendment, ratified in 1868 in the wake of the Civil War, held the<br />

most noble of intentions. The problem, of course, is that for a large part<br />

of our nation’s history, we were truly terrible at living up to those intentions.<br />

Segregation and “separate but equal” remained the standard of the<br />

next century.<br />

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narrow instances of racial preference. Diversity was deemed paramount in<br />

certain situations, such as university admissions.<br />

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Supreme Court decision known as the Bakke Case. Bakke basically held<br />

that a university could not institute a racial quota but could use race as a<br />

determining factor in admissions.<br />

Last week the Supreme Court effectively ended the practice of Affirmative<br />

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result will be a reworking of admission standards at educational institutions<br />

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The broader hope is that this decision will not result in limited diversity,<br />

but in a continued movement toward the “post-race” country that the<br />

Equal Protection Clause imagined 150 years ago. If you’re here, you are<br />

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Nation officially open the city’s new Logan Park (Source: Logan University)<br />

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New park opens near<br />

Logan University<br />

A grand opening for Logan Park took<br />

place June 20 on a beautiful, sunny day<br />

with city of Chesterfield officials and<br />

staff, Logan University representatives<br />

and residents in attendance.<br />

Logan Park is located on 12 acres<br />

along Schoettler Road. It is the first and<br />

only park in Ward 3.<br />

The park includes a small, ADA-accessible<br />

playground, a pavilion, restroom<br />

facilities, an 8-foot-wide concrete trail<br />

around the park, two pickleball courts<br />

and a parking lot. It was completed in<br />

phases beginning in August 2021. The<br />

park will be maintained by Chesterfield<br />

Parks, Recreation and Arts.<br />

At the grand opening, Mayor Bob<br />

Nation said initially the city was looking<br />

to purchase property for a park in<br />

that section of the city. After Logan University<br />

acquired the property, the city<br />

entered into a 30-year lease with the university<br />

for the Logan Park property at a<br />

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“It is a tremendous cooperating agreement<br />

that benefits not only the students<br />

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the residents of Chesterfield,” Nation<br />

said. He added that providing recreational<br />

opportunities is one of the city’s<br />

most important functions.<br />

Logan President Dr. Clay McDonald,<br />

who assisted in securing the arrangement,<br />

said he is pleased to have a park<br />

in the neighborhood. He noted that<br />

the park also has an 18-hole disk golf<br />

course.<br />

Resident input sought<br />

on Aquatic Center<br />

The city leaders are seeking resident<br />

input to guide their decisions regarding<br />

the Family Aquatic Center.<br />

Prime considerations in the pool’s<br />

future are the facility’s age, the rising<br />

cost of maintenance and the desire of city<br />

residents.<br />

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public forum rules at its June 20 meeting<br />

that went into effect on June 27. The<br />

new rules, sponsored by council member<br />

Ernie Trakas (R-District 6), establish two<br />

public forums at the meetings.<br />

The first public forum will take place<br />

at the beginning of the meeting, just after<br />

the county executive’s report, where<br />

the public can comment on, “any then<br />

pending bill (on the meeting’s agenda),<br />

order or communication or report from<br />

a county department or county official.”<br />

The second will take place at the end of<br />

the meeting, just before the council’s<br />

comments for the good of the order, and<br />

is for members of the public who wish<br />

to make statements or provide comments<br />

on any other matter.<br />

The total public forum time remains<br />

at 60 minutes, with 45 minutes set aside<br />

for the first forum and 15 minutes for the<br />

second forum, with leftover time from<br />

the first forum transferring to the second.<br />

Total time for each speaker remains the<br />

same at 3 minutes.<br />

The council has been debating the<br />

public forum rules since the beginning<br />

of the year when they voted to move the<br />

public forum section of the meeting from<br />

the beginning to the end of their meetings.<br />

This left the issue that members of<br />

the community would not have a chance<br />

to voice their concerns and opinions on<br />

bills that were being discussed and voted<br />

on at that meeting.<br />

“This is a good compromise and I think<br />

it’s appropriate for what we do here,” said<br />

council member Mark Harder (R-District<br />

7). “During that first public forum, they<br />

can talk about multiple agenda items, as<br />

long as they get it in their three minutes.”<br />

Trakas noted that anyone speaking will<br />

need to make a choice of when they want<br />

to speak and identify that.<br />

“They will not be able to sign up for<br />

both sections,” Trakas said.<br />

Council members to get raise<br />

The St. Louis County Council unanimously<br />

approved at its June 27 meeting<br />

to increase the salary of council members<br />

after the next election, with the<br />

raise applying to the seats that were up<br />

for election.<br />

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earlier this year to review the council<br />

salary. The commission recommended<br />

raising the pay for council members from<br />

$20,000 a year to $40,000, with an extra<br />

25% stipend going to the council chair to<br />

raise their salary to $50,000 a year.<br />

At the meeting, council member Mark<br />

Harder (R-District 7) said the raises will<br />

go into effect in phases, concurrent with<br />

elections.<br />

“Only about half of what will be realized<br />

will go into effect in 2025 and it will<br />

take until 2027 until the whole council<br />

has gone through an election,” Harder<br />

said. “The raise will be for new people<br />

voted into the council.”<br />

Council member Ernie Trakas (R-District<br />

6) said at the meeting that it’s a hard<br />

vote to give while the county’s budget is<br />

in a deficit, with the total increase amounting<br />

to $140,000 a year once implemented,<br />

but he was still in support of the bill.<br />

“Compensation for council members<br />

has been woefully deficient for way too<br />

long a time and this bill doesn’t even<br />

cure it completely,” Trakas said.<br />

Mental health<br />

providers honored<br />

St. Louis County Children’s Service<br />

Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce this<br />

year’s recipients of the John. M. Anderson<br />

Community Mental Health Provider<br />

Award and Excellence in the Field of<br />

Mental Health Award. Latosha Fowlkes,<br />

president and CEO of The Core Collective<br />

at Saint Vincent, has been awarded<br />

the Community Mental Health Provider<br />

Award. Dr. Lizette Smith, director of<br />

clinical programs at Our Little Haven,<br />

has been awarded the Excellence in the<br />

Field of Mental Health Award.<br />

The John M. Anderson Community<br />

Mental Health Provider Award is new<br />

in 20<strong>23</strong> and was designed to recognize<br />

and celebrate the outstanding contributions<br />

of individuals who provide onthe-ground<br />

care in the community. This<br />

award aims to highlight and celebrate the<br />

accomplishments of mental health professionals<br />

whose work directly addresses<br />

the needs identified by the community<br />

and actively works to reduce the stigma<br />

of mental illness in the Black/African<br />

American community.<br />

“We are thrilled to have Latosha Fowlkes<br />

and Dr. Lizette Smith as our 20<strong>23</strong><br />

awardees,” said CSF Executive Director<br />

Emily Koenig. “They are trusted community<br />

leaders who have dedicated themselves<br />

to making St. Louis a better place<br />

for those they serve. They deserve this<br />

recognition, and we are excited to honor<br />

them and their work.”<br />

Fowlkes also was selected as a 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Community Mental Health Provider<br />

awardee.<br />

With a strong focus on closing the service<br />

gap for youth transitioning out of<br />

foster care, Fowlkes has demonstrated<br />

her commitment to improving the<br />

well-being of vulnerable populations.<br />

Through her leadership and strategic<br />

vision, she has transformed St. Louis<br />

County and created collaborative spaces<br />

that offer holistic support and healing<br />

opportunities.<br />

In addition, Smith has been recognized<br />

with the 20<strong>23</strong> Excellence in the<br />

Field of Mental Health Award for her<br />

contributions to increasing access to<br />

mental healthcare resources in St. Louis<br />

County. With a career spanning almost<br />

two decades, Smith has been dedicated<br />

to creating a safe and healing environment<br />

for individuals impacted by abuse,<br />

neglect and mental or behavioral health<br />

needs.<br />

Smith’s notable achievements include<br />

the development of Keystone Outpatient<br />

Mental Health Services, where she<br />

directs oversight of clinical programs,<br />

provides clinical supervision and is<br />

responsible for coordinating accreditation<br />

and legal/ethical practice and grant<br />

funding management and administration.<br />

Both award winners were recognized<br />

at the St. Louis American Foundation’s<br />

Salute to Excellence in Health Care<br />

Awards Reception, presented by BJC<br />

HealthCare on Thursday, June 22, at<br />

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.<br />

Local writer receives state,<br />

national recognition<br />

Suzanne Corbett received multiple<br />

awards from the annual communications<br />

contest held by<br />

the National Federation<br />

of Press Women.<br />

Corbett, a freelance<br />

writer for local publications,<br />

received a<br />

third place for food<br />

articles for Gazelle Corbett<br />

Magazine, honorable<br />

mentions for travel articles for <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong> and print-based newspaper<br />

features for the St. Louis Post-<br />

Dispatch. Corbett also received awards<br />

from the Missouri Professional Communicators<br />

organization. She won six<br />

first place awards and two second place<br />

awards. First place categories included<br />

specialty food and general columns for<br />

Gazelle Magazine, travel and specialty<br />

business for <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> and for<br />

print based newspaper features for the<br />

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – a travel/history<br />

story on Laura Plantation.<br />

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Ellisville breaks ground on new combined city hall-police facility<br />


The end of life is approaching for the<br />

<strong>West</strong> County house that has long served as<br />

part of a city hall.<br />

On June 21, Ellisville officials ceremoniously<br />

broke ground on what will become<br />

the city’s new Government Center. The<br />

move to a new facility has been a long<br />

time coming and included an unsuccessful<br />

bid to relocate city hall to the former Tri-<br />

Star Mercedes dealership, on the western<br />

edge of the city. At that time, residents had<br />

expressed their desire to keep the government<br />

center more centrally located. Wish<br />

granted. The new government center, of<br />

approximately 21,600 square feet, will sit<br />

on the same acreage as the current city hall<br />

and police facility.<br />

“We have gutted the police building and<br />

relocated our police staff to open office<br />

space within the Mercy facility at Clarkson<br />

and Clayton,” explained City Manager Bill<br />

Schwer.<br />

The existing police facility will be renovated<br />

and expanded to include a second<br />

floor and a buildout into the existing parking<br />

lot, Schwer explained. In May, the City<br />

Council approved a contract with Wright<br />

Construction Services, Inc., of St. Peters,<br />

A rendering of the new Ellisville Government Center<br />

in the amount of $9,278,000 for that work.<br />

Once the new center is complete the current<br />

city hall, which includes that singlefamily<br />

home, will be razed and a parking<br />

lot will be paved in its place.<br />

“We still have the original bathroom that<br />

was in the home. It’s still there with its blue<br />

1-inch tiles on the floor and powder blue<br />

wainscot. All the bedrooms were converted<br />

to offices; the family room was converted<br />

to offices,” said Mayor Mike Roemerman,<br />

explaining how the 1950s-era home was<br />

incorporated into the city hall structure in the<br />

1970s. “From the front, you can’t really tell<br />

that the home and the city’s former police<br />

(Source: Archimages, Inc.)<br />

building were connected and merged; that’s<br />

because the city updated the facade when<br />

they completed the addition for the council<br />

chambers and additional office space.<br />

“When they completed the original city<br />

hall it was kind of an architectural gem and<br />

our new city hall is going to be an architectural<br />

gem only a much more modern one.”<br />

Archimages, Inc. is the architect of the<br />

new government center.<br />

Schwer said the time was right for something<br />

new.<br />

“We were going to have to do major<br />

renovations to the existing city hall or do<br />

something new, so I think the council made<br />

a good decision on renovating and expanding<br />

the police facility into a new combined<br />

government center,” Schwer said. “It will<br />

provide a gathering space for the community<br />

that we’ve never really had. If a<br />

large number of people come to our council<br />

meetings now, it’s standing room only<br />

with people spilling out into the hallway.<br />

Currently, there’s no place for an overflow<br />

crowd to sit, and it’s difficult to hear what’s<br />

happening in the chamber. But with the<br />

new center, there will be plenty of space<br />

and state-of-the-art video and audio.”<br />

Schwer also noted that the new center<br />

would have more and better meeting space<br />

for both staff and community members<br />

who may need to review documents, such<br />

as building plans.<br />

“We will literally have plan review<br />

space,” he said. “It’s better for court, too.”<br />

“We’re starting with a mostly blank<br />

canvas for the new center,” Roemerman<br />

added, “which allows us to design it with<br />

a much smarter layout in terms of how a<br />

city hall and police facility should function.<br />

From a citizen’s standpoint, the new layout<br />

will be much more user-friendly.”<br />

From the standpoint of law enforcement,<br />

See ELLISVILLE, page 12<br />

Manchester schedules open houses to discuss annexation<br />


The city of Manchester is set to host four<br />

open house sessions to answer questions<br />

about its proposed annexation of 1,400<br />

acres, or two square miles, of unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County that is roughly contiguous<br />

with the cities of Town & Country<br />

and Des Peres.<br />

The issue will be on the Nov. 7 ballot<br />

and a simple majority in both the unincorporated<br />

area and Manchester is needed to<br />

approve the annexation.<br />

Former Rockwood Superintendent Dr.<br />

Craig Larson will be on hand to answer<br />

residents’ questions along with other city<br />

officials. A Manchester resident for 30<br />

years, Larson is part of a 25-member committee<br />

called Growing Manchester: Our<br />

Future Together.<br />

“I did my own exploration into the facts<br />

about the personal property tax rate and<br />

other things,” Larson said. “I wouldn’t<br />

have joined with the city if I didn’t agree<br />

(with the annexation). The city goes out<br />

of its way to make sure the citizens are<br />

happy.” He pointed to the “personal nature<br />

of communications in the city.”<br />

“You can go up to city hall and talk to<br />

anyone,” Larson said.<br />

In terms of the proposed annexation, taxes<br />

and services are at the center of the debate.<br />

Taxes: The annexation would extend<br />

Manchester’s business district east to Barrett<br />

Station Road, resulting in increased<br />

commercial revenue, adding approximately<br />

100 more businesses. The city has a commercial<br />

property tax rate of 0.3150% and a<br />

merchant license fee that is based on gross<br />

receipts and business type. One of the arguments<br />

made by the county in its response<br />

to Manchester’s annexation plan is that the<br />

county does not have a merchant license fee.<br />

Commercial tax rates, currently at 8.5819%,<br />

will increase to 8.8969% after annexation.<br />

The county argues that this increase may not<br />

affect “big box” stores as much as it would<br />

affect a small, independent business.<br />

While the boundary does include more<br />

commercial property, that’s not why<br />

the city would receive more revenue,<br />

explained Manchester City Administrator<br />

Justin Klocke.<br />

“It’s because of the larger population and<br />

the pool sales tax we would receive. Added<br />

residents mean more revenue to the city<br />

and more commercial businesses,” Klocke<br />

said. “The number of residents determines<br />

the amount of sales tax revenue we will<br />

receive.”<br />

Manchester stands to gain approximately<br />

6,500 more residents if the annexation is<br />

approved. The city’s gain would be the<br />

county’s loss. If Manchester’s annexation<br />

is successful, Klocke said he thinks more<br />

annexations will follow, targeting other portions<br />

of unincorporated St. Louis County.<br />

The county is against the annexation.<br />

Services: While some of the services<br />

offered by Manchester might be slightly<br />

different from those provided by St. Louis<br />

County, Jacob W. Trimble, AICP director<br />

of planning for St. Louis County, said he<br />

doesn’t think unincorporated residents<br />

would notice much of a difference.<br />

Both provide trash services for residents.<br />

Manchester’s rate is $6 per month per<br />

household after a $13.42 subsidy from the<br />

city. The county questions how long that<br />

subsidy will last; it must be approved by<br />

the city’s board of aldermen each year. The<br />

county’s service fee is $15.50 per month.<br />

Klocke said the city’s board plan on continuing<br />

the subsidy for now. While some tax<br />

rates would go up for those in the unincorporated<br />

area, he said that increase would<br />

likely be offset in savings on their monthly<br />

trash bill. Trimble challenges that rationale.<br />

“Individuals are really paying for it one<br />

way or another,” Trimble said. “Either<br />

through taxes, or directly through their trash<br />

service. We find our (county) trash service<br />

is excellent and at competitive prices.”<br />

Both provide a sewer lateral program,<br />

which helps homeowners with the cost<br />

of residential sewer lateral service lines<br />

repairs should they be needed. The county’s<br />

program is cheaper, currently offers<br />

unlimited service cost repayment and has<br />

no application fee. Manchester’s program<br />

is capped at $6,000 for repayment and does<br />

See MANCHESTER, page 12<br />

City of Manchester<br />

Annexation Open Houses<br />

• Tuesday, July 18 from 4-7 p.m. at<br />

Pierremont Elementary, 1215 Dauphine<br />

Lane in the cafeteria<br />

• Thursday, July 20 from 4-7 p.m.<br />

at Barretts Elementary, 1780 Carman<br />

Road in the cafeteria<br />

• Thursday, Aug. 3 from 4-7 p.m. in<br />

the Parks Building at Schroeder Park,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

• Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m.-noon<br />

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MANCHESTER, from page 10<br />

have an application fee.<br />

Larson said increasing the size and population<br />

of Manchester would mean the city<br />

would expand its overall services to accommodate<br />

that growth and ensure the quality of<br />

services remains the same. Those expenses<br />

would be covered by increased tax revenue<br />

from the additional businesses.<br />

Other numbers to consider: Personal<br />

property tax: The current rate in unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County is 8.1279%; after<br />

annexation that rate would increase by<br />

0.3300% (Manchester’s personal property<br />

tax rate) to 8.4579%.<br />

Residential property tax: The current<br />

rate in unincorporated St. Louis County is<br />

7.0641%; after annexation that rate would<br />

increase by 0.3140% (Manchester’s residential<br />

property tax rate) to 7.3781%. However,<br />

with participation in the Missouri Tax<br />

Rebate Program, Manchester calculates its<br />

current tax rate at 7.0981% for households<br />

in the proposed annexation area. The rebate<br />

program protects the would-be new residents<br />

from an additional tax levy approved<br />

by Manchester voters (Prop S) to pay for<br />

street and sidewalk improvements. The city<br />

is currently paying off bonds that were sold<br />

to finance the improvements and will be for<br />

another 10 to15 years. However, Manchester<br />

Mayor Mike Clement said, “We will pay<br />

them off at an accelerated rate.”<br />

Because unincorporated residents would<br />

not benefit from the improvements, the city<br />

will rebate the Prop S portion of their property<br />

tax bill annually until the bonds are<br />

paid off. Once the city pays off the Prop<br />

S bonds, the rebate program will end for<br />

new residents, and the tax rate may change<br />

for all Manchester residents. Trimble questions<br />

the legality of this rebate proposal for<br />

the annexed residents.<br />

Hancock Amendment: Klocke predicts<br />

property tax rates will go down in 2024 and<br />

2025 because the Hancock Amendment<br />

limits how much revenue the government can<br />

make through taxes without voter approval.<br />

“When you expand your tax base through<br />

annexation, due to the Hancock Amendment,<br />

we have to lower our tax rates so<br />

we aren’t earning more revenue than previous<br />

year,” Klocke said. “This would be<br />

for commercial and residential tax rates.<br />

All property tax rates subject to our debt<br />

service levy would have a reduction if the<br />

annexation is approved.”<br />

Sales tax: Residents in Manchester are<br />

subject to a 1% higher sales tax.<br />

Larson urged residents to come and ask<br />

their questions in person at any of the city’s<br />

upcoming open houses.<br />

“While we are not against the county,”<br />

Larson said of the annexation poposeal.<br />

“It’s just that it’s more personal and you<br />

keep the funds local when you’re in a city.<br />

“By voting for the annexation you are<br />

not divorcing yourself from the county; it’s<br />

choosing to have a set of services delivered<br />

by the city instead.”<br />

Trimble questioned whether another<br />

layer of government is needed, which is<br />

what he said will happen if the annexation<br />

is approved. He said county officials are<br />

also planning some information sessions<br />

for the public, but those details have not<br />

been finalized yet.<br />

ELLISVILLE, from page 10<br />

Police Chief Steve Lewis said the new<br />

facility will help meet the needs of modern<br />

policing. He pointed to advances in building<br />

access, lighting and technology that are<br />

essential to keeping the public, police and<br />

city personnel safe.<br />

“The purpose of our building, while it<br />

houses our public servants, is also to be a<br />

showpiece and a showplace for the citizens<br />

of Ellisville. It is a place that we want our<br />

citizens to feel comfortable coming to,”<br />

Lewis said. “We were never able to conduct<br />

any type of classes for our citizens.<br />

None of the citizens’ police academies or<br />

things of that nature because we just didn’t<br />

have the space for it. So our intent moving<br />

forward is to work with our regional partners<br />

and come up with our version of modern-day<br />

training for the people of Ellisville.<br />

“That’s part of the key to the city hallpolice<br />

facility. We’ll be able to cross-use<br />

portions of city hall for citizen interaction<br />

that we’ve never been able to do. I think<br />

the facility will be something that citizens<br />

will be very proud of.”<br />

Another thing Roemerman said residents<br />

can be proud of is the responsible way the<br />

city approached planning and paying for<br />

the facility.<br />

“It’s very special to see where we’ve<br />

come as a city in regard to this project<br />

(planning new began in 2018) and how we<br />

have managed our finances, even through<br />

the pandemic,” Roemerman said. “We lowered<br />

expenses proportionately and appropriately<br />

and came out of the pandemic in a<br />

position to enter into this new government<br />

center project in a very secure manner.”<br />

Romerman noted that a large portion of<br />

the project’s financing is coming out of the<br />

city’s budget.<br />

“We’ve not had debt since 2017,” he said.<br />

“For this project, we did take on some debt,<br />

but we did so in a very smart manner. We<br />

locked in before rates went up and our investments<br />

in other funds are generating more than<br />

the cost of the loan. We have no prepayment<br />

penalty so we also can pay the loan off early.”<br />

The new government center is scheduled<br />

for completion in fall 2024.



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Public input sought by Metropolitan Sewer District rate commission<br />

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District<br />

(MSD) Rate Commission is hosting<br />

multiple public hearings this summer to<br />

gather the public’s input on proposed rate<br />

increases for wastewater and stormwater<br />

services. The first of those meetings were<br />

held in June, including one in Creve Coeur<br />

and one in Chesterfield. Up to eight additional<br />

meetings will be held in late July.<br />

This past March, MSD staff submitted<br />

a rate proposal to the MSD Rate Commission<br />

for fiscal year 2025 through fiscal<br />

year 2028 (July 1, 2024, through June 30,<br />

2028). The proposal includes increases in<br />

wastewater rates and additional funding<br />

for stormwater. While the rate commission<br />

has begun reviewing the technical aspects<br />

of the proposal, the process is at the stage<br />

where public feedback needs to be formally<br />

gathered through public hearings. To find<br />

upcoming meeting dates and times, visit<br />

msdprojectclear.org.<br />

$57.04 to $75.<strong>23</strong> on July 1, 2027.<br />

• If voters do not approve the use of<br />

debt at a future election, the monthly bill<br />

for the average single-family residential<br />

household will go from today’s $57.04 to<br />

$104.34 on July 1, 2025; decrease to $83.50<br />

per month on July 1, 2026; and increase to<br />

$87.72 per month on July 1, 2027.<br />

Stormwater Rates<br />

Per the proposal MSD staff has submitted<br />

to the rate commission, additional revenue<br />

would be raised to fund a stormwater<br />

capital program. The stormwater capital<br />

program would fund approximately $700<br />

million in projects primarily addressing<br />

flooding and erosion issues. The revenue<br />

for the stormwater capital program would<br />

be raised through two new, but separate,<br />

sources of funding:<br />

• A real estate tax of $0.075 per $100<br />

of assessed valuation is levied only on<br />

residential property. For a home whose<br />

assessed value is $176,000, the amount<br />

charged would be $2.08 per month or<br />

approximately $25.00 per year.<br />

• A fee of $1.05 per 1,000 square feet of<br />

impervious area – the area of a property<br />

that does not absorb stormwater – charged<br />

only on non-residential property.<br />

The new residential stormwater tax and<br />

the new non-residential impervious fee<br />

would be submitted to voters for approval.<br />

This election is meant to coincide with the<br />

possible wastewater debt/bond election,<br />

tentatively planned for April 2024.<br />

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Patrons who would like to attend a public<br />

hearing near their residence but who do<br />

not have transportation can access a free<br />

van service by calling (314) 335-2028. A<br />

24-hour notice is required as spots may be<br />

limited based on demand.<br />

Wastewater Rates<br />

MSD proposes spending nearly $1.65<br />

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Better services at a lower overall cost, and local<br />

decision making that will protect our property values.<br />

Attend one of our open houses to learn how<br />

annexation can make this possible for you.<br />

Learn more about Manchester’s exciting future, share your<br />

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everyone. Plus, learn how we can keep Manchester tax<br />

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Attend an open house and learn how YOU will benefit.<br />

Tuesday, July 18 • 4-7 p.m.<br />

Pierremont Elementary School • 1215 Dauphine Ln.<br />

Thursday, July 20 • 4-7 p.m.<br />

Barretts Elementary School • 1780 Carman Rd.<br />

Thursday, August 3 • 4-7 p.m.<br />

Parks Building at Schroeder Park • 359 Old Meramec Station Rd.<br />

Saturday, August 5 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.<br />

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Homeowner files lawsuit against<br />

Wildwood over solar panels<br />

Tom Downey isn’t waiting to see if the<br />

city of Wildwood approves his request for<br />

the installation of solar panels. Instead, he<br />

filed a lawsuit in federal court (the U.S.<br />

District Court for the Eastern District of<br />

Missouri) claiming his Fifth and 14th<br />

Amendment rights have been violated.<br />

Thomas R. Applewhite and Christian T.<br />

Misner, of Donner Applewhite Attorneys at<br />

Law, are representing Downey in the case.<br />

Downey claims the city is preventing<br />

him from installing a solar energy system<br />

on his privately-owned, owner-occupied<br />

residence, without offering just compensation.<br />

On Aug. 1, 2022, Downey applied for<br />

a conditional use permit from the city to<br />

install solar panels on the roof of his home.<br />

According to the lawsuit, he paid to get a<br />

certification from a licensed, professional<br />

engineer and secured a Smart Energy Plan<br />

incentive from Ameren Missouri valued at<br />

approximately $6,250. This incentive program<br />

will expire on Dec. 31. If the permit<br />

is not approved by July 7, he will likely<br />

lose the rebate from Ameren.<br />

Downey lives on Wynncrest Falls Drive.<br />

Many residents in the subdivision have<br />

stated at public hearings that they are<br />

opposed to roof-mounted solar panels that<br />

are visible from the street.<br />

In an effort to allow for more public<br />

input, the city has delayed Downey’s<br />

permit for almost a year.<br />

The lawsuit points to the Missouri Constitution<br />

that provides, “private property<br />

shall not be taken or damaged for public<br />

use without just compensation.”<br />

The United States Supreme Court has<br />

indicated three factors in determining<br />

whether a government regulation constitutes<br />

a taking of property: the economic<br />

impact of the regulation on the claimant,<br />

the extent to which the regulation<br />

has interfered with distinct investmentbacked<br />

expectations, and the character of<br />

the governmental action.<br />

“Downey has a protected property right<br />

to capture and utilize solar energy on his<br />

private property,” the lawsuit states.<br />

To limit the visual impact solar energy<br />

systems cause, new regulations proposed<br />

by the city would prohibit mounted systems<br />

from being placed on front-facing<br />

roofs, unless they are totally screened<br />

from public view. However, integrated<br />

systems, which don’t require external<br />

mounting hardware, can be located anywhere<br />

on the roof.<br />

“This new ordinance would severely<br />

impinge upon Downey’s solar panel installation<br />

– reducing the number of panels to<br />

roughly half of Downey’s planned use,”<br />

the lawsuit maintains.<br />

According to a state statute that went<br />

into effect this year, no deed restrictions,<br />

covenants, or similar binding agreements<br />

can limit or prohibit the installation of<br />

solar panels on the rooftop of any property<br />

or structure.<br />

“By contrast, the city’s proposed ordinance<br />

limits or prohibits installing solar<br />

panels and states as its purpose a concern<br />

about the impact of solar panels on<br />

property values, concerns about visibility<br />

and aesthetics, and concerns about tree<br />

removal,” the lawsuit reads.<br />

If permitted to install the solar panels,<br />

Downey claims he would earn the $6,250<br />

Ameren Missouri incentive, save considerable<br />

money on his electric bill, extend<br />

the life of his roof, and increase his<br />

home’s value.<br />

As a direct result of the “unreasonable,<br />

arbitrary and capricious acts of the city,<br />

through the acts of the mayor and the City<br />

Council,” Downey said he has been damaged<br />

in an amount as yet unascertained<br />

but estimated to be more than $75,000.<br />

Even if the city ultimately grants<br />

Downey’s permit to install the solar<br />

panels but grants that permit in accordance<br />

with the proposed ordinance, the<br />

city’s actions will still prevent him from<br />

installing panels on the sides of his house<br />

that face the street.<br />

Restricting the installation to only the<br />

back side of his home is economically<br />

unviable since those panels cannot generate<br />

sufficient electricity to offset their<br />

cost, Downey said.<br />

He is claiming inverse condemnation<br />

under Missouri law. In an inverse condemnation<br />

action, a plaintiff can recover<br />

compensation even when his or her property<br />

has not been formally taken by a governmental<br />

entity.<br />

As a result of the lawsuit, Downey said<br />

he has incurred and will continue to incur,<br />

attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees and<br />

the costs and expenses of litigation.<br />

The city is currently soliciting a survey<br />

from residents on solar panels and expects<br />

to have the ordinance on new solar panel<br />

regulations before the city council again<br />

in August.<br />

Regarding the lawsuit, Mayor Jim<br />

Bowlin said, “It’s essential we do what<br />

our residents want in regard to this issue,<br />

and our process protects all residents.<br />

This litigation – which has been repeatedly<br />

threatened since the beginning of<br />

the request for front-facing solar panels<br />

– won’t change that.”



City sells property to Monarch-<br />

Chesterfield Levee District<br />


In a long-planned transaction, Chesterfield<br />

plans to sell property to the Monarch-<br />

Chesterfield Levee District (MCLD) that<br />

was purchased with Chesterfield Valley<br />

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues.<br />

On Jan. 17, the City Council voted to<br />

authorize the execution of an intergovernmental<br />

agreement and property sale with<br />

the MCLD, authorizing a transfer of the<br />

property for $2.4 million. Now, six months<br />

later, a resolution was approved by the city<br />

council on June 20, authorizing the city<br />

administrator to execute the documentation<br />

for closing, scheduled for July 6.<br />

In 2004, the city acquired 37 acres of<br />

land using TIF revenues to be used as a<br />

stormwater reservoir and stormwater pump<br />

station at the west end of the Valley.<br />

City Administrator Mike Geisel said the<br />

land was purchased with the expectation<br />

that the levee district would purchase it<br />

from the city at some point.<br />

“It was important to purchase the land 19<br />

years ago at then current land prices before<br />

development occurred, before potable<br />

water and sewers were brought to the west<br />

end of the Valley, and certainly before this<br />

specific site was developed,” Geisel said.<br />

Old House can move forward with wine tastings<br />


Old House at Hog Hollow A liquor<br />

license request was reluctantly approved<br />

for the Old House in Hog Hollow at 14319<br />

Olive Blvd. during the Chesterfield City<br />

Council meeting on June 20.<br />

The license is for the retail sale of all<br />

kinds of intoxicating liquor by the drink,<br />

to be consumed on-premise, and Sunday<br />

sales. Owners of the historic 1859 home<br />

had plans to host events both indoors and<br />

outdoors with music and offer alcoholic<br />

beverages. However, improvements made<br />

on the home prior to the issuance of a<br />

Certificate of Appropriateness from the<br />

Chesterfield Historic and Landmark Preservation<br />

Committee (CHLCP) slowed the<br />

project.<br />

Then in May, the city council denied<br />

rezoning the property to commercial. The<br />

requested PC Planned Commercial District<br />

zoning would have allowed for a banquet<br />

facility or restaurant with seating for up to<br />

49 people, and retail sales, with hours of<br />

operation from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday<br />

through Sunday. Regardless the business’<br />

current zoning would allow the retail sale<br />

“Otherwise, the land cost would have been<br />

cost prohibitive.”<br />

During the flood of 1993, the Monarch-<br />

Chesterfield Levee District was flooded<br />

with 8 to 12 feet of water as a result of a<br />

breach of a portion of the levee. The breach<br />

caused the flooding of approximately 4,700<br />

acres of land along the Missouri River.<br />

In the fall of 1993, the United States<br />

Corps of Engineers began reconstruction<br />

of the levee to its condition prior to the<br />

flood. That reconstruction was completed<br />

in March 1994.<br />

Other improvements to the levee were<br />

made along the way. In February 2008,<br />

the levee district entered into a project<br />

cooperation agreement with the U.S. Army<br />

Corps of Engineers to construct 11.5 miles<br />

of levee system along the Missouri River<br />

and Bonhomme Creek to an elevation of<br />

three feet above the 500-year flood event.<br />

The district is planning to submit a grant<br />

application for the Industrial Site Development<br />

Program to construct a pump station<br />

in the <strong>West</strong> end of Chesterfield Valley and<br />

related infrastructure improvements.<br />

Proceeds of the sale will be set aside and<br />

placed into a fund established to provide<br />

for improvements in Chesterfield Valley,<br />

Geisel said.<br />

of alcohol if a liquor license was approved.<br />

On June 20, council member Mary<br />

Monachella (Ward 1) addressed the challenge<br />

before the governing body.<br />

“We have residents who would prefer<br />

that this liquor license not happen,” she<br />

said. “But the applicant is already zoned to<br />

have a liquor license, so we can’t restrict it<br />

to just wine and beer unless there is some<br />

sort of violation.”<br />

Monachella seconded the motion for a<br />

vote, after some prodding by Mayor Bob<br />

Nation, who said it was the council’s<br />

“perfunctory requirement” to vote on the<br />

license.<br />

City attorney Chris Graville added<br />

that the license could be revoked and not<br />

renewed if there are code violations.<br />

“As much as there may be apprehension,<br />

there is the additional supervision and the<br />

annual review of what they are doing on<br />

the property,” Graville said. “We will have<br />

better monitoring with this, as we have the<br />

ability to take something away if the rules<br />

are not followed.”<br />

With that, the council voted to approve<br />

the liquor license with only council member<br />

Barb McGuinness (Ward 1) opposed.<br />

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Missouri students took home multiple<br />

awards and a bronze medal last month in<br />

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contest in College Park, Maryland.<br />

During the 2022-<strong>23</strong> school year, over a<br />

half million students globally completed<br />

projects around the theme “Frontiers in<br />

History: People, Ideas and Events.” Over<br />

2,600 students, including 59 Missouri<br />

students, competed at the national level.<br />

Among those students was Rohan Deshpande<br />

of Marquette High, who received<br />

an Outstanding Entry Award for his senior<br />

individual documentary, “Economic Redevelopment<br />

over Community Preservation:<br />

The Frontier of Urban Renewal that Transformed<br />

our Cities.”<br />

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organized by the State Historical Society<br />

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performance, paper and website. The contest<br />

is open to students public, private or<br />

home school students in grades six through<br />

12, who are sponsored by a teacher, guardian<br />

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Library leaders lauded<br />

Parkway South High’s library was<br />

named one of nine libraries in the state to<br />

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To earn this recognition, libraries must<br />

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five main categories, including instruction,<br />

leadership, library environment, library<br />

management and staffing.<br />

The award highlights the library program<br />

for its commitment, collaboration and<br />

engagement with its students and staff in<br />

several areas of literacy. Murray and Pendleton<br />

engage readers with their nationally<br />

known Library Lit Loot program that<br />

provides a personalized monthly themed<br />

subscription box for students and staff<br />

throughout the school year and summer.<br />

The award recognizes their commitment<br />

to social and emotional literacy through<br />

offerings like Mental Health Awareness<br />

Week, Wellness Wednesday AcLab (Academic<br />

Lab), and Staff Wellness Makerspace<br />

Days.<br />

Finally, their innovations in technology<br />

and digital literacy include collaboration<br />

with St. Louis County Library, their recent<br />

addition of augmented reality to the Senior<br />

Art Show, and their high level of collaboration<br />

with teachers in the classroom.<br />

Murray and Pendleton are seen as true<br />

leaders beyond their library by presenting<br />

their innovative programming at the local,<br />

state, national and international levels.<br />

Rockwood ‘knocks it out<br />

of the park’ for AHA<br />

Rockwood School District students, staff<br />

members and families raised a comprised<br />

$152,845 during the 2022-20<strong>23</strong> school<br />

year for the annual American Heart Association<br />

(AHA) Kids Heart Challenge and<br />

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beyond the gym,” AHA senior development<br />

director for school engagement Jen<br />

Rogers said during a June 8 presentation to<br />

the Rockwood Board of Education.<br />

Over the years, Rockwood has raised<br />

$1.94 million for the AHA.<br />

This year, Woerther Elementary brothers<br />

Grayson and Camdyn were the top<br />

student fundraisers in the state of Missouri,<br />

collecting more than $6,600. As a reward,<br />

the brothers received a ride to school on a<br />

Metro <strong>West</strong> Fire Protection District engine.<br />

In all, 32 Rockwood students raised<br />

more than $500 during the drive, and nine<br />

raised more than $1,000.<br />

Woerther, led by physical education<br />

teachers Cory Hoots and Missy Poertner,<br />

raised the most money out of any Rockwood<br />

school, with $22,710.59. That total<br />

also placed Woerther at No. 7 in the state<br />

of Missouri.<br />

Blevins Elementary raised $18,362.22<br />

– good for 14th in the state – and Wild<br />

Horse Elementary ($13,757.75), Kellison<br />

Elementary ($11,097.73) and Stanton<br />

Elementary ($10,874.72) also raised more<br />

than $10,000.<br />

A total of 21 Rockwood schools and<br />

12,500 students participated in this year’s<br />

drive.<br />

“Your kids have knocked it out of the<br />

park with the impact they’ve had on our<br />

mission,” Rogers said.<br />

Local trap shooters<br />

score perfect sets<br />

Blake Thien, of CBC, and William<br />

Chauncey, of Lafayette High, recently<br />

scored their first perfect 200 hits straight<br />

out of 200 clay targets thrown as members<br />

of the Gateway Gun Club Youth<br />

Shooters. The achievement came during<br />

the recent Academics, Integrity and<br />

Marksmanship (AIM) competition in<br />

the American trap discipline at Brittany<br />

Shooting Park, Illinois.<br />

Thien and Chauncey also received elite<br />

awards for having GPAs above 3.0 while<br />

maintaining rigorous training regimes.<br />

It is a rare feat to score 200<br />

targets straight, and both did<br />

it on the same day in the same<br />

squad of five for the first time<br />

since the team was founded<br />

over 15 years ago said head<br />

coach Wayne Chauncey.<br />

The squad of shooters also<br />

included Michael Lumetta,<br />

Paige Griffin and Justin Kaimann.<br />

The squad had a combined<br />

score of 973 out of 1000<br />

“clay birds” shot.<br />

Gateway Gun Club Youth Shooters<br />

offers young men and women training<br />

in clay target sports with an emphasis on<br />

shotgun safety and competitive shooting<br />

Addison Keithly<br />

disciplines in American Trap and Skeet. It<br />

was founded by Ken Karcher. Those interested<br />

in learning more about the team can<br />

contact Chauncey at wayout@att.net.<br />

LaSalle Springs Middle<br />

student honored<br />

Addison Keithly, who recently finished<br />

eighth grade at LaSalle Springs Middle,<br />

was chosen as part of a select group of honorees<br />

from around the world in this year’s<br />

Character.org “Laws of Life” essay contest.<br />

The Laws of Life essay contest encourages<br />

middle school and high school students<br />

to reflect and write about a core<br />

value that means the most to<br />

them, and why. Keithly’s essay,<br />

“Kindness Makes Me Happy”<br />

was one of seven chosen from<br />

around the U.S. – and 13 total<br />

from around the world – as<br />

a 20<strong>23</strong> honoree in the fourth<br />

through eighth grade age range.<br />

“Your writing struck the<br />

judges as truly being ‘from<br />

your heart,’” Dr. Debra Matell<br />

Cohen, Character.org’s director<br />

of ethical education wrote to Keithly. “You<br />

were able to clearly express why the core<br />

value you wrote about is important to you,<br />

and you explained how the core value will<br />

remain a part of your identity wherever<br />

you go and whatever you do in life.”<br />

Character.org will celebrate this year’s<br />

honorees on its website and other channels<br />

in the coming months. Keithly’s essay can<br />

be read in its entirety at rsd.org.<br />

Liu places fourth in international<br />

science competition<br />

Alice Wang Liu, a junior at Marquette<br />

High and Science Coach participant placed<br />

fourth in the world in the chemistry category<br />

at the 20<strong>23</strong> Regeneron International<br />

Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron<br />

ISEF) in Dallas, Texas.<br />

Liu also won a third place, $2,000 special<br />

award from the American Chemical<br />

Society for her project, which contributes<br />

to a promising method for the development<br />

and incorporation of rapid testing devices<br />

to detect acetaminophen levels in the environment.<br />

The inspiration for Liu’s project was her<br />

concern about water and soil pollution.<br />

“I am an avid hiker and I started noticing<br />

pipes, water runoff, and new construction<br />

near my trails. When trying to figure<br />

out how to quantify the chemicals found<br />

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“She is an incredibly hard worker who<br />

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ISEF is the world’s largest global precollege<br />

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own transformative experience. The program<br />

grants a promising group of emerging<br />

upper school student leaders access to a<br />

Dale Carnegie leadership course each school<br />

year. Students then receive additional public<br />

speaking coaching from Whitfield<br />

faculty and staff and are<br />

provided multiple opportunities<br />

to practice these skills.<br />

“My dad put me in Dale<br />

Carnegie when I was a junior<br />

in high school,” Glassman said.<br />

“I was the only kid in the class<br />

and remember having to get up<br />

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and give speeches. It<br />

was incredibly intimidating at<br />

the time but also one of the most beneficial<br />

things I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of this<br />

innovation and one-of-kind partnership<br />

between Whitfield and Dale Carnegie that<br />

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confidence and skills needed to do what<br />

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and influence people.”<br />

The Glassman Leaders recently completed<br />

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with Whitfield’s proprietary character education<br />

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Affectionately known as The Habits, this<br />

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citizenship, helpfulness, leadership<br />

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the existing leadership development curriculum<br />

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Whitfield’s Glassman Leaders into confident,<br />

skilled and resourceful students.<br />

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




<strong>West</strong>minster Christian Academy seniors Margaret McDaniel and Calvin<br />

Van Heese with their Senior 10 Pillars Awards.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

SPORTS<br />

BRIEFS<br />


<strong>West</strong>minster names 10<br />

Pillars award winners<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Christian Academy seniors<br />

Margaret McDaniel and Calvin Van Heese<br />

have earned the most prestigious award the<br />

school’s athletic department hands out.<br />

The Senior 10 Pillars Award is given to<br />

one female and one male senior athlete<br />

who have embodied the 10 Pillars of Wildcat<br />

Athletics through their time at <strong>West</strong>minster.<br />

McDaniel is a four-year member of the<br />

swim and dive team and the tennis squad.<br />

Last winter, the Wildcats won the girls<br />

Class 1 state championship.<br />

Wildcats tennis coach Susan Barbee<br />

likes how McDaniel follows the 10 pillars.<br />

“I have read that it takes seven miles to<br />

turn a ship around,” Barbee said. “There<br />

are two things that I know. First, you definitely<br />

want Margaret on board your ship.<br />

Second, she would only need six miles.<br />

Margaret is no longer an acorn but a beautiful<br />

mighty oak.”<br />

Van Heese is a three-year member of the<br />

tennis and soccer teams. As an athlete, he<br />

is a two-time team district champion in<br />

tennis. This spring, he qualified for the<br />

state singles tournament.<br />

Soccer coach Dan Legters is among<br />

those backing Van Heese as a 10 Pillars<br />

award winner.<br />

“Calvin is the epitome of the 10 Pillar<br />

athlete,” Legters said. “His faith is important<br />

to him, he loves to support other<br />

teams, and as a soccer captain, he always<br />

found ways to encourage his teammates<br />

and pick them up. He played with passion<br />

and had a smile on his face because he<br />

enjoyed the process. He is humble enough<br />

to put others – his teammates, his team –<br />

first.”<br />

Lafayette girls track<br />

does well at state<br />

The Lancers finished third in the recent<br />

Class 5 state girls track meet at Jefferson<br />

City.<br />

Cardinal Ritter and Blue Springs were<br />

the top two teams.<br />

“We are more than pleased with how the<br />

Lady Lancers performed during the postseason,”<br />

Lafayette coach Rick Voss said.<br />

“They brought their A-game to the state<br />

meet and scored 49 points.”<br />

Junior Natalie Bernard won the 3,200 in<br />

10 minutes, 35.60 seconds. Senior Grace<br />

Tyson came in second.<br />

“We knew that Natalie was well prepared<br />

and that she and Grace would race hard for<br />

the win,” Voss said. “Natalie had pushed<br />

the pace really hard at sectionals, so we<br />

knew she had it in her. It was an impressive<br />

run by Natalie. She pushed the middle<br />

part of the race and took the lead and never<br />

looked back. Natalie and Grace are great<br />

teammates and have had a healthy competition<br />

all season.”<br />

It was Natalie’s first individual title at<br />

state.<br />

Senior Elissa Bernard came in fourth in<br />

the 3,200 in 20:54.36.<br />

“Elissa had a great state meet race in the<br />

3,200,” Voss said. “Elissa has had a great<br />

four years in the Lady Lancer uniform. We<br />

are so proud of her.”<br />

Natalie, Elissa, Tyson and sophomore<br />

Avery Brown were on the winning 4x800<br />

relay. The girls won in 9:09.99, which set a<br />

school and a Class 5 state record.<br />

“Avery led off with a great leg that got<br />

us up front, Elissa took the lead with the<br />

second leg and Natalie and Grace put a<br />

little distance between them and the pack,”<br />

Voss said. “Each leg was a personal record. “<br />

The win marked the third year the Lancers<br />

won the relay.<br />

“The ladies ran fantastic the whole weekend<br />

and outperformed their seeds in most<br />

events,” Voss said.<br />

High school football<br />

Lafayette’s Rick Voss has been inducted<br />

into the St. Louis Metro Football Coaches<br />

Hall of Fame.<br />

Voss has served many years of coaching,<br />

leadership, and service to student-athletes.<br />

Others inducted were Chaminade’s Dan<br />

Borkowski, Parkway North’s Clint Johnson<br />

and Jim Parks, De Smet Jesuit’s John<br />

Pukala.<br />

Voss said he was not expecting this honor.<br />

“(I’m) surprised, excited and humbled to<br />

be mentioned in the same breath with the<br />

guys in the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I have<br />

looked up to and learned so much from<br />

many of them.”<br />

Voss has been coaching at Lafayette<br />

for 30 years. At this time, he is the varsity<br />

assistant coach with the quarterbacks<br />

and the defensive backs. Additionally, he<br />

coaches girls track and field.<br />

“I have been lucky to have been able<br />

to spend my entire coaching career with<br />

one high school and I am thankful for the<br />

opportunity,” Voss said.<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster’s Muelhleisen<br />

awarded scholarship<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Christian Academy’s<br />

Ahren Muehleisen has received a $1,000<br />

scholarship.<br />

The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship<br />

was awarded by the St. Louis Sports<br />

Commission’s young professionals group<br />

– the Sports Commission Associates. The<br />

group recognizes high school seniors<br />

from the region who embody outstanding<br />

sportsmanship.<br />

Muehleisen will attend Montreat College.<br />

While at <strong>West</strong>minster, he was a swimmer<br />

and a competitive clay target shooter with<br />

a club outside of school. He has proven to<br />

be the epitome of sportsmanship. Whether<br />

it is thanking the officials after every meet<br />

or being the first person to check on an<br />

opposing swimmer who injured himself on<br />

the diving board before medical attention<br />

arrived, he always kept a positive perspective<br />

on what it means to be a good sport,<br />

his coaches said.<br />

“Ahren honors the game and is the first<br />

to assist scorekeepers that might have<br />

inadvertently scored incorrectly to keep<br />

the integrity and fairness of the competition<br />

intact,” trap shooting coach Jennifer<br />

Laurent said. “While it is common for<br />

other trap shooters to dismiss scorekeepers<br />

as hired entities and leave their empty<br />

hulls for others to pick up after competition,<br />

Ahren consistently models the more<br />

appropriate behavior of shaking hands<br />

with scorekeepers at the end of rounds and<br />

picking up anything left on the field.”<br />

The Sports Commission Associates<br />

created the Sportsmanship Scholarship in<br />

2009 to recognize and reward local high<br />

school seniors for their kindness, integrity,<br />

selflessness and civility in athletic competition.



Tyson leaves Lafayette as mega champ<br />

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


I SPORTS I 21<br />

Lafayette’s Grace Tyson with the 20 individual medals she earned in cross country,<br />

swimming and track and field in her career with the Lancers.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />


Grace Tyson graduated from Lafayette<br />

with more than a diploma. She also had<br />

lots of medals.<br />

Tyson earned 20 individual medals in<br />

cross country, swimming and track and field.<br />

Add that to two team cross country championships<br />

and a third-place track team finish<br />

in the 20<strong>23</strong> state track meet. In all, Tyson<br />

amassed an impressive <strong>23</strong> state medals.<br />

Tyson said it’s cool to see her hard work<br />

and determination pay off.<br />

She competed for four years in cross<br />

country and swimming; however, because<br />

of the COVID-19 pandemic, she ran track<br />

and field for three years.<br />

She was the Gatorade Missouri Player of<br />

the Year in cross country in 2022 and the<br />

Missouri Class 5 individual state champion<br />

in cross country in 2021 and 2022. She<br />

earned all-state honors all four years. She<br />

also was a member of the Class 5 team<br />

champions in 2020 and 2022.<br />

In swimming, she earned all-state honors<br />

all four years.<br />

In track and field, she was a Nike Indoor<br />

Nationals All-American with a sixth-place<br />

in the two-mile this year. She was a Class 5<br />

all-state honoree in the 1,600 and the 3,200<br />

in 2021, 2022 and 20<strong>23</strong>. She also was<br />

a Class 5 state champion in the 3,200 in<br />

2021. She was on the state champion relay<br />

in the 3,200 relay in 2021, 2022 and 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

Despite all her individual accolades,<br />

Tyson’s highlight as a Lancer was easy to<br />

decide.<br />

“Winning state in cross country two times<br />

as a team,” Tyson said. “Cross country is a<br />

team sport and the whole team has to work<br />

together and do their job for the team to do<br />

good. I like that it is 100-plus girls lining<br />

up and the fastest that day wins.<br />

“Cross country is my favorite season<br />

because I love the longer distance and the<br />

different and fun courses.”<br />

Besides being a superb athlete, Tyson<br />

excelled in the classroom. He was a<br />

member of the National Honor Society and<br />

finished with a 4.22 grade point average.<br />

Athletic ability and academics played a<br />

role in her being named the Gatorade Missouri<br />

Girls Cross Country Player of the<br />

Year. Tyson was the first to be chosen for<br />

that honor from Lafayette.<br />

The award, which recognizes not only<br />

outstanding athletic excellence but also<br />

high standards of academic achievement<br />

and exemplary character demonstrated<br />

on and off the field, distinguished Tyson<br />

as Missouri’s best high school girls cross<br />

country player in 2022.<br />

Last fall, the 5-foot-7 senior raced to the<br />

Class 5 individual state championship with a<br />

time of 18 minutes, 10.5 seconds. She helped<br />

lead the Lancers to the state title as a team.<br />

“Grace Tyson’s journey to repeating as<br />

Class 5 state champion was one of the<br />

most inspirational comeback stories in the<br />

country this season,” said Erik Boal, an<br />

editor for DyeStat.com. “She returned after<br />

being sidelined for seven weeks with a<br />

stress fracture in her foot to not only secure<br />

the title but also produce the fastest time<br />

across all classifications at the meet.”<br />

Lafayette girls cross country coach Jill<br />

Harmon agreed.<br />

“Grace always races to win. It doesn’t<br />

matter what race it is or what part of the<br />

season we are in, Grace is going to give<br />

her all every single race,” Harmon said.<br />

“Winning the state championship this year<br />

in cross country after being injured the<br />

majority of the season, truly showed how<br />

resilient Grace is. If people only knew how<br />

many hours she spent cross-training during<br />

the two months of her injury, they wouldn’t<br />

be surprised by her win. She did all the<br />

right things and then some more just for a<br />

chance to race at the end of the season.”<br />

She also won the Forest Park Invitational,<br />

Memphis Twilight Classic and Fort<br />

Zumwalt North Invitational.<br />

A member of the National Honor Society,<br />

Student Council (STUCO), Key Club and<br />

Fall Sports Leadership Program, Tyson has<br />

See TYSON, page 22<br />

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also donated her time to her school and<br />

in the surrounding community in several<br />

ways, including as a swim coach. She has<br />

also worked at the STL Food Bank, participated<br />

in the Adopt-A-Family Program<br />

with her local church, served as a Special<br />

Olympics leader and helped wrap Christmas<br />

gifts for kids as part of Lafayette’s<br />

STUCO program.<br />

“Grace is 100% deserving of being named<br />

Missouri Gatorade Athlete of the Year for<br />

Cross Country,” Harmon said. “Although<br />

she only raced a total of four times during<br />

the cross-country season, I think her running<br />

resume speaks for itself. She has been<br />

one of the top runners in the area for the<br />

last couple of years. Being named a Gatorade<br />

Athlete also speaks volumes about<br />

who Grace is as a student-athlete. She has<br />

dedicated her time not only to running but<br />

to her academics, clubs, and volunteer work<br />

making her a well-rounded individual.”<br />

It was an honor to earn that recognition,<br />

Tyson said.<br />

“It was super important because it was a<br />

big goal and incorporates community and<br />

academic standings,” Tyson said. “I also<br />

see who has won it before<br />

and it is really cool to be on<br />

that list and represent Missouri<br />

with this award.”<br />

Harmon enjoyed her time<br />

with Tyson and seeing what<br />

she accomplished.<br />

“There are truly not enough<br />

words to describe how proud<br />

I am of Grace. She is truly<br />

deserving of every medal<br />

and award she has earned,”<br />

Harmon said. “Grace is the<br />

type of student-athlete that a<br />

coach hopes to have once in<br />

a lifetime. Her positivity and<br />

work ethic was more than any coach could<br />

ask for.”<br />

Last winter, Tyson was a member of the<br />

200-medley relay team that finished seventh.<br />

She earned an eighth place in the 100<br />

butterfly along with an eighth-place finish<br />

in the 400 free relay.<br />

“Grace mainly swam the 200 free and<br />

100 butterfly for us,” Lafayette girl swim<br />

coach Todd Gabel said. “Grace is an excellent<br />

athlete. She was amazing running<br />

track and cross country but she also is an<br />

excellent swimmer. I enjoyed coaching her<br />

the last four years. She was a great leader<br />

in and out of the pool. She is a great athlete<br />

and, also a great teammate.”<br />

Swimming is important to Tyson. She<br />

began swimming at a young age.<br />

“I love to swim because that was my first<br />

love and what I did since I was 7,” Tyson<br />

said. “Racing at state with all the great girls<br />

is really cool. There are a lot of great girl<br />

swimmers in St. Louis. I love the swim<br />

team and coach Todd Gabel. Swimming<br />

makes me feel good and I have so many<br />

good friends in the swimming world from<br />

growing up swimming year-round in club.”<br />

Tyson capped her junior track season<br />

with runner-up finishes in both the 1600<br />

and 3200-meter runs. Her time of 4:54.79<br />

was the area’s best in the 1600 and her<br />

10:47.95 in the 3200 was the area’s second<br />

best. She also ran on Lafayette’s state<br />

champion 3200 relay team that won in an<br />

eye-popping 9:20.<br />

Lafayette girls track coach Rick Voss<br />

marvels at what Tyson has accomplished<br />

in track.<br />

“I can not say enough,” Voss said. “People<br />

only get to see Grace on race days. I get to<br />

see her every day in practice. She competes<br />

at practice just like she does at meets.<br />

Nobody outworks Grace. But she is also<br />

a great teammate and a quiet leader. She<br />

always has that great smile and positive attitude,<br />

even when the workouts are grueling.”<br />

This spring in her final state meet, Tyson<br />

came in second in the 1600 in 4:56.29.<br />

Kirkwood’s Josie Baker won the race.<br />

She also finished second in the 3200 in<br />

10:47.39. Her teammate, junior Natalie<br />

Bernard, finished first in 10:35.60.<br />

Lafayette’s 3,200-relay team (from left) Natalie Barnard,<br />

Grace Tyson and Elissa Barnard<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

Tyson praised both winners.<br />

“Josie had an amazing season and I’m<br />

super proud of her. I’m proud of my finish,”<br />

Tyson said. “I’m very proud of Natalie and<br />

she had an amazing season, too.”<br />

Tyson enjoyed being on winning 3,200-<br />

relay again. She ran this spring with Natalie<br />

Bernard, Elissa Bernard and Avery Brown.<br />

They finished the relay in 9:09.99.<br />

“It is one of my favorite races to do<br />

because it takes four girls to do this collectively,”<br />

Tyson said. “Plus, this year’s<br />

time was better than last year’s time. It<br />

feels amazing to three-peat and we didn’t<br />

compete as freshmen because of COVID.<br />

This time was a school record and a state<br />

meet record which is really cool.”<br />

Voss noted there was one constant in the<br />

past three relay championships.<br />

“This is the third straight year the ladies<br />

have won this relay and it has been a differ-<br />

See TYSON, next page



Area police departments test<br />

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St. Louis based tech company Make Way<br />

Safety is partnering with area police departments<br />

to test their emergency vehicle alert<br />

software that alerts drivers when an emergency<br />

vehicle is approaching or is stopped<br />

on the side of the road.The information is<br />

delivered to drivers and first responders via<br />

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Make Way President Bill Bader said the<br />

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drivers on the roadway. The National Highway<br />

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At the beginning of June the tech company<br />

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St. Louis County Police, St. Charles County<br />

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devices.<br />

The company uses a cloud-based mobile<br />

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communicates through an app on a driver’s<br />

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emergency vehicle to be on the lookout for<br />

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When a driver is 20-40 seconds away from<br />

intersecting an emergency vehicle in pursuit<br />

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On the calendar<br />

BJC offers a Head to Toe one-hour<br />

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BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

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• • •<br />

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Summer heat danger:<br />

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The brains of light to moderate drinkers<br />

showed fewer stress signaling<br />

responses compared to<br />

those who seldom or never<br />

drank alcohol. And when they<br />

looked at these same individuals’<br />

history of cardiovascular<br />

events, “we found that<br />

the brain changes in light to<br />

moderate drinkers explained<br />

a significant portion of the<br />

protective cardiac effects,”<br />

said senior author and cardiologist<br />

Ahmed Tawakol, M.D.<br />

“When the amygdala (the<br />

brain’s stress center) is too<br />

alert and vigilant, the sympathetic<br />

nervous system is<br />

heightened, which drives up<br />

blood pressure and increases heart rate, and<br />

triggers the release of inflammatory cells,”<br />

Tawakol explained. “If the stress is chronic,<br />

the result is hypertension, increased inflammation,<br />

and a substantial risk of obesity,<br />

diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.”<br />

He emphasized that while light to moderate<br />

drinking can protect the heart, even<br />

light alcohol consumption increases the<br />

risk of certain cancers. And drinking<br />

beyond the moderate level – defined as<br />

more than 14 drinks per week – starts to<br />

actually increase heart risks while overall<br />

brain activity starts to decrease, which may<br />

also lead to cognitive decline.<br />

Researchers have offered a new theory explaining how<br />

light to moderate drinking protects the heart.<br />

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“We are not advocating the use of alcohol<br />

to reduce the risk of heart attacks or<br />

strokes because of other concerning effects<br />

of alcohol on health,” Tawakol said. The<br />

study was published in the Journal of the<br />

American College of Cardiology.<br />

A recipe for turning<br />

back the clock?<br />

What if, by following a very specific<br />

– and some might say very demanding –<br />

eating and activity plan, you could actually<br />

get your body to start aging in reverse?<br />

That’s exactly what happened for nearly all<br />

of the women who participated in a recent<br />

eight-week program designed to impact<br />

measures of biological aging.<br />

The small group of six women were 57.9<br />

years old on average before starting the diet<br />

and lifestyle program … chronologically<br />

speaking. Afterward, when their biological<br />

ages were measured, five of the six showed<br />

reductions of between 1.22 and 11.01 years<br />

from where they began. On average, they<br />

shaved 4.6 years off their ages, according<br />

to these physical biomarkers.<br />

The program they followed included a<br />

daily diet packed with plant-based compounds<br />

called phytonutrients, and featured<br />

hefty servings of dark leafy greens, beets,<br />

several other colorful and cruciferous<br />

vegetables, and pumpkin and sunflower<br />

seeds. It also required 5-10 eggs per week,<br />

6 ounces of daily animal protein, and three<br />

weekly 3-ounce servings of liver or a liver<br />

supplement.<br />

They were required to eat all of their<br />

meals and snacks within a 12-hour window<br />

each day. Their intake of simple carbohydrates<br />

was restricted as well, and they were<br />

encouraged to consume a minimum of 8<br />

cups of water per day.<br />

To give all these nutrients a further boost,<br />

they also took supplements including a<br />

daily probiotic along with two daily doses<br />

of a fruit and vegetable powder mixed with<br />

water.<br />

Lifestyle modifications that participants<br />

were asked to work into their schedules<br />

included a minimum of 30 minutes of<br />

physical activity at least five days a week,<br />

at an intensity of 60-80% of their maximum<br />

perceived exertion level. They were<br />

encouraged to get at least seven hours of<br />

sleep per night, as well as find the time for<br />

two 10-minute meditative deep breathing<br />

sessions per day.<br />

The results of the trial, which were published<br />

in the journal Aging, follows a similar<br />

study conducted with a small group of<br />

men between the ages of 50 and 72. Using<br />

the same plan, participants in that group<br />

were able to reduce their biological ages<br />

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Depression and aging speed<br />

When older adults are struggling with<br />

depression, their bodies and brains may<br />

age faster than those of same-age peers<br />

who are not depressed, say scientists from<br />

the UConn Center on Aging.<br />

Their recent study of about 425 older<br />

people diagnosed with depression<br />

showed that the depressed seniors consistently<br />

had higher levels of inflammatory<br />

proteins in their blood. These proteins,<br />

produced by greater numbers of inefficient<br />

or “senescent” cells that release<br />

harmful substances throughout the body,<br />

were linked in the participants to poorer<br />

brain function. They consistently scored<br />

lower on cognitive tests, and had more<br />

physical problems such as unhealthy<br />

cholesterol levels, high blood pressure<br />

and cardiovascular disease.<br />

“These patients show evidence of accelerated<br />

biological aging, and poor physical<br />

and brain health,” explained Breno Diniz,<br />

a UConn School of Medicine geriatric psychiatrist<br />

and author of the study. “Those<br />

two findings open up opportunities for preventive<br />

strategies to reduce the disability<br />

associated with major depression in older<br />

adults, and to prevent their acceleration of<br />

biological aging.”<br />

The severity of a patient’s depression<br />

was not found to be related to their level of<br />

accelerated aging, however.<br />

As a follow-up to the study, which was<br />

published in Nature Mental Health, the<br />

UConn team is now investigating whether<br />

therapies to reduce the number of senescent<br />

cells in a person’s body can improve<br />

late-in-life depression. They are also looking<br />

at specific sources and patterns of proteins<br />

associated with aging, to see if this<br />

might lead to personalized treatments in<br />

the future.<br />

On the calendar<br />

St. Louis Oasis presents a Better<br />

Choices, Better Health - Diabetes virtual<br />

class on Mondays, July 10-Aug. 21,<br />

from 1-3:30 p.m. live via Zoom. Developed<br />

and tested by Stanford University,<br />

this course is similar to Living a Healthy<br />

Life with Chronic Conditions, but with<br />

a focus on diabetes. Classes are highly<br />

participative, building participants’ confidence<br />

in their ability to maintain active,<br />

fulfilling lives. The course is sponsored<br />

by BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital. Register<br />

for this free class series by visiting<br />

classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free community<br />

program, Understanding Hospice<br />

Care, on Tuesday, July 11 from 10<br />

a.m.-noon at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall (second<br />

floor inside the mall, next to Macy’s). The<br />

guest speaker will be Joanna Linneman of<br />

St. Luke’s Hospice Services. Register by<br />

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

or by calling (636) 812-9500.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Oasis presents Tiny Habits<br />

for Joyful Living, a three-session course<br />

on Thursdays, July 13-27, from 10-11:30<br />

a.m. at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall (second<br />

floor inside the mall, next to Macy’s).<br />

This in-person course will show you<br />

how to create more self-confidence, selfesteem<br />

and life energy using the Tiny<br />

Habits Method. Access to the internet and<br />

email are required. The cost of the course<br />

is $36. Registration is required and is<br />

available online at classes-events.bjc.org<br />

or st-louis.oasisnet.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Oasis offers a Stress Elimination<br />

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from 10 a.m. noon. This course, presented<br />

virtually via Zoom, will help you discover<br />

your current level of stress and help you<br />

learn strategies to reduce it. The cost is $7<br />

per person. Register by visiting classesevents.bjc.org<br />

or st-louis.oasisnet.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Coffee and<br />

Conversations, a new monthly in-person<br />

series presenting topics focused on living<br />

a healthy life, on Wednesday, July 21 from<br />

10-11 a.m. at the Desloge Outpatient Center,<br />

121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield,<br />

in Conference Room 3 of Building A. This<br />

month’s session, Mindfulness and Pain,<br />

will focus on how chronic pain can impact<br />

your quality of life and how you can learn<br />

mindfulness techniques and strategies to<br />

lessen your pain. The session is free. Register<br />

by visiting stlukes-stl.org.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Wednesday,<br />

Aug. 16 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the<br />

Missouri Baptist Medical Center Clinical<br />

Learning Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road.<br />

This hands-on class offers updates on current<br />

trends in infant care and feeding, and<br />

provides tips on local and long-distance<br />

grandparenting. The course fee is $20 per<br />

person (each person attending must register<br />

separately). Registration is available<br />

online at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital sponsors a Medicare<br />

101 presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 30<br />

from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive<br />

in Chesterfield, in Conference Room 3<br />

of Building A. This free class is offered<br />

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The grassroots organization, Manchester<br />

Cares, is still helping community members<br />

three years after local leaders and residents<br />

joined forces to help their neighbors during<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic. The group<br />

received its nonprofit status in January of<br />

this year. Organization president, David<br />

Bennett, said they are just getting started in<br />

terms of what they can do. As a nonprofit,<br />

the organization can accept donations to<br />

further its mission of neighbors helping<br />

neighbors.<br />

“While we are on the front end of discovery<br />

of how we will move forward, we are a<br />

bridging organization, helping people who<br />

want to help the people in need,” Bennett<br />

said.<br />

Over the years the organization has<br />

hosted food donation drives for Circle of<br />

Concern, blood donation drives for the<br />

Red Cross and veterans’ resource events.<br />

The group has focused its efforts on low<br />

income residents and veterans.<br />

Bennett said they help those who “fall<br />

through the cracks” and can’t find assistance<br />

through established agencies. The<br />

organization even helps low income Manchester<br />

residents resolve code violations<br />

pertaining to their property or dwelling.<br />

He said the new board, consisting of<br />

seven Manchester community members, is<br />

looking for ways to connect their resources<br />

with needs in the community. One initiative<br />

it recently implemented was providing<br />

a debit card for Manchester Police Officers<br />

to use if they see a need when they are<br />

patrolling the city. Bennett said the group<br />

learned that police officers were using<br />

money out of their own pockets to help<br />

residents.<br />

“The card is available to use at the discretion<br />

of the officer for the needs of the<br />

person they are helping,” Bennett said. One<br />

example he gave of how the card might be<br />



Manchester Cares: Connecting neighbors<br />

in need with those who want to help<br />

Manchester Cares Executive Board Members (front row, from left): Jinlian Yang, Linda<br />

Helm, Dianne Bennett; (back row) Mark Ribbing, Derrick Williams, Bill Nolte, president<br />

David Bennett and James Labit.<br />

used was related to officers who answer a<br />

domestic dispute call, particularly at night.<br />

“Members of the family need a place<br />

to stay for the night until a resolution is<br />

reached, or they might need a meal. This is<br />

a short-term solution,” Bennett said.<br />

Manchester community relations officer,<br />

Sgt. Meredith Absolon, worked with Bennett<br />

to make the debit card available. She<br />

said while the police have good relationships<br />

with local businesses, having the<br />

debit card will help in many situations.<br />

“Personally we’ve experienced some situations<br />

of individuals traveling to a certain<br />

location and they run out of gas,” Absolon<br />

said. “We fill up their gas tank. Or if we<br />

pull any kids out of homes we can get them<br />

a warm meal, or formula and diapers. We<br />

will use the debit card for an immediate<br />

need like that.”<br />

Absolon said some officers would even<br />

buy bicycle helmets for kids if they saw<br />

them out riding without one.<br />

Bennett said the group plans to track how<br />

often the debit card is being used in order<br />

to decide how much money to commit to<br />

the program. Its beginning balance was<br />

$500.<br />

Manchester Cares received start-up<br />

resources of $10,000 from the Manchester<br />

Board of Aldermen, Bennett said. Another<br />

$5,000 was donated by the Manchester<br />

United Methodist Church men’s organization<br />

and the organization has also received<br />

a grant from the Kauffman Foundation to<br />

help veterans. Bennett, who is a retired<br />

pastor at Manchester UMC, said individuals<br />

have been helping with donations, too.<br />

“We, as a community, want to own the<br />

responsibility,” Bennett said. “We are creating<br />

this relationship with our residents<br />

that we can channel the positive resources<br />

into meeting the needs of residents in the<br />

Manchester area.”<br />

To donate to Manchester Cares, or to find<br />

out more about ways to help the community,<br />

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Modern Kitchens & Baths – the latest features and decades of service<br />



When it’s time to make your<br />

home a more beautiful and<br />

enjoyable place to live with a<br />

newly remodeled bathroom or<br />

kitchen, choose a family-owned<br />

company with decades of dedicated<br />

service to its customers –<br />

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True to its name, Modern<br />

Kitchens & Baths have the latest<br />

amenities to combine with their<br />

time-tested cabinet lines.<br />

“We have a base cabinet<br />

pull-out lift that makes getting<br />

the Kitchen Aid mixer out of<br />

the cabinet much easier,” said<br />

Dave DuPree, co-owner with<br />

his brother Mike DuPree. “We also<br />

have cabinets for trash cans with two<br />

compartments, one for trash and one<br />

for recyclables. We have LED underthe-cabinet<br />

lighting.”<br />

Modern Kitchens & Baths also has<br />

a large selection of beautiful quartz<br />

countertops in brands such as Cambria,<br />

Silestone and Caesarstone.<br />

As for bathrooms, the latest trends<br />

include comfort high toilets, new<br />

flushing mechanisms, skirted toilets<br />

and bidet seats, Dave said. Modern<br />

Kitchens & Baths is also helping older<br />

people make accommodations by adding<br />

grab bars, taking out tubs and putting in<br />

showers, as well as installing shower seats<br />

and hand-held showers.<br />

“There are also a lot of new color options<br />

in bathrooms,” Dave said. “Manufacturers<br />

keep adding more choices which can be a<br />

good thing or a bad thing. We often hear<br />

there are ‘too many choices!’”<br />

Recently, the business has also been creating<br />

home offices for those who now work<br />

from home as well as custom closets.<br />

When it comes right down to it though,<br />

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products with options<br />

for households of various<br />

means and putting<br />

customer service first.<br />

Dave’s grandfather,<br />

Vernon S. DuPree first<br />

set up shop on South<br />

Kingshighway in St.<br />

Louis in 1950. He was<br />

selling metal cabinets.<br />

“There weren’t any<br />

box hardware stores<br />

back then. We were<br />

the go-to-place for medicine cabinets and<br />

range hoods,” he said. “We had avocado<br />

green, coffee brown and harvest gold.<br />

But as those stores came in, we changed<br />

our format from a do-it-yourself place<br />

to having crews to install wood cabinets.<br />

Now we have nine different crews to<br />

install cabinets. We even have father and<br />

son duos, one generation learning from the<br />

next. We have a long time sales staff, and<br />

we treat everyone like family including our<br />

customers.”<br />

“The same family has owned the business<br />

from the beginning till now. It makes<br />

a difference in this kind of business,” Dave<br />

said. “Our customers are not just numbers<br />

to us. Our name is out there. I think 73<br />

years in business kind of stands for itself.”<br />

Dave said businesses that do poor work<br />

fail. If a company’s prices are too high that<br />

also can put them out of business.<br />

“We have everything from very expensive<br />

cabinets to not expensive cabinets. We<br />

also do the whole project. We can do your<br />

countertops, flooring, backsplash tile and<br />

your cabinet lighting,” Dave said. “We’re<br />

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Covenant Contracting: Built on a foundation of trust, a promise to do good<br />


Will Reed built his business,<br />

Covenant Contracting, on a foundation<br />

of trust and a promise to<br />

use its profits for good.<br />

“The company has a mission<br />

of financing missionaries and<br />

helping the community,” Will<br />

said. “We have a 501(c)(3) called<br />

Changing Lives Ministries.”<br />

Currently, the company is<br />

helping several churches, pastors<br />

and missionaries.<br />

“Up to 25% of our profits go<br />

to charitable concerns,” he said.<br />

“People who use our company<br />

are also helping people. That’s<br />

what this company is about.”<br />

Will noted that the construction trade<br />

and his call to service have been a lifelong<br />

pursuit. He spent the first 20 years<br />

of his career working with his father on<br />

the East Coast.<br />

“I started cleaning up job sites when<br />

I was 12 or 13,” Will said. “I built my<br />

first addition when I was 17 years old.”<br />

When he left the east coast for Missouri,<br />

Will said his heavenly Father<br />

told him to build a company to finance<br />

the Kingdom. The result was Covenant<br />

Covenant Contracting<br />

Contracting. The name, Will said, is a<br />

reflection of the covenant the company has<br />

with its clients and their families.<br />

“We don’t just talk the talk; we walk the<br />

walk,” Will said.<br />

The company offers residential roofing,<br />

siding, gutters and trim as well as<br />

deck design and constructions, full home<br />

remodeling, basement additions, custom<br />

patios and screen rooms, and bathroom and<br />

kitchen remodels.<br />

“We are very skilled in large remodel<br />

jobs and additions,” Will said.<br />

“Covenant operates with extreme<br />

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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, 616<br />

Stockell Drive in Eureka. Adults are $11<br />

and children are $5. Ages 5 and younger<br />

are free. Benefits Eureka High scholarships<br />

and Shriners Hospital.<br />

• • •<br />

A used book sale is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, Aug. 27; from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.<br />

on Monday, Aug. 28 through Wednesday,<br />

Aug. 30 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

Aug. 31 at the Staenberg Family Complex,<br />

2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve<br />

Coeur. Patrons can stock up on reading<br />

materials in every genre. Preview day is<br />

Sunday with a $10 admission. Books are<br />

priced from .50 cents to $3. Free admission<br />

begins on Monday. Fill a bag for $5<br />

on Thursday. For details, visit jccstl.com/<br />

programs/used-book-sale.<br />

• • •<br />

The National Museum of Transportation<br />

Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. on<br />

Friday, Aug. 25 at the Aberdeen Golf Club,<br />

4111 Crescent Road in Eureka, featuring<br />

raffles, lunch and prizes. Registration is<br />

$125 per person at tnmot.org/golf.<br />

• • •<br />

If crêpes aren’t love,<br />

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Art From the Heart is at 5:30 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, Sept. 21 at Mungenast Lexus of<br />

St. Louis, 13700 Manchester Road, featuring<br />

the auction of 60 art pieces by the<br />

creative minds of Friends of Kids with<br />

Cancer’s art therapy patients and sibling<br />

artists. Guests can enjoy an open bar, photo<br />

booth, bites from local restaurants and<br />

more. Tickets are $50 per person and can<br />

be purchased at friendsofkids.com/art or by<br />

calling (314) 275-7440.<br />


Sounds of Summer Concert Series featuring<br />

The Big Rigs is from 6-10 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, July 8 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater,<br />

631 Veterans Place Drive. Free<br />

event. Guests can bring snacks and beverages.<br />

No full meals or glass.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring Fanfare<br />

is from 7-9 p.m. (gates open at 5:30<br />

p.m. with bingo at 6 p.m.) on Tuesday,<br />

July 11 at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd. in<br />

Chesterfield. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Concert Series featuring the<br />

Bryan Duckham Band is from 7-9 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, July 12 at the New Ballwin<br />

Park, 329 New Ballwin Road. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring Jeremiah<br />

Johnson is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

July 13 at Millennium Park, 2 Barnes<br />

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purchase. Bring a blanket or chairs and a<br />

picnic. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Concert Series featuring ARW<br />

Abby Road is from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

July 13 at Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek<br />

Road in Ellisville. Bring seating. No glass<br />

bottles. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Community Band Concert<br />

is at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at the Schroder<br />

Park Amphitheater, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road. Pack a picnic and a lawn chair<br />

and enjoy the sounds of summer. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Music on Main featuring Griffin and the<br />

Gargoyles is at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 21<br />

at City Hall, 16860 Main St. in Wildwood.<br />

Guests can bring lawn chairs, picnics but<br />

no glass containers and no pets. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Music in the Garden is from 6-8 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, July 28 at the Wildwood<br />

Farms Community Garden. Bring chairs<br />

and take a break to listen to music after the<br />

garden work is done. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

The Manchester Summer Concert<br />

Series featuring Rockin’ Chair is from<br />

7-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at Schroeder<br />

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

Guests can bring lawn chairs and picnics<br />

but no glass containers. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

The Eureka Block Party is from 6-10<br />

p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 on Central Avenue<br />

$<br />

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in Eureka. Food and drinks will be available<br />

for purchase from various food trucks<br />

and vendors. Outside food and drink are<br />

welcome, but no glass. Parking will be<br />

available along Central Avenue and at<br />

Geggie Elementary and Lions Park. For<br />

details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Days begins on Thursday, Aug.<br />

17 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 20<br />

at Vlasis Park, 300 Park Drive. The community<br />

festival includes live entertainment,<br />

carnival games, crafts, food, fireworks and<br />

more. For details or to become a vendor,<br />

visit ballwin.mo.us/Ballwin-Days.<br />

• • •<br />

A Shakespeare Festival Performance<br />

is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the<br />

Schroeder Park Amphitheater, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Free and open to the public. For details,<br />

visit manchestermo.gov.<br />


Little Explorers is from 9-10:30 a.m. on<br />

the first and third Wednesday of the month<br />

at various parks in Ballwin. Each week’s<br />

activities are created around a theme and<br />

themes change weekly. Every class will<br />

include a craft, snack and activities to get<br />

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The Crafty Chameleon: A place everyone can enjoy<br />


Starting small and taking small steps has<br />

made The Crafty Chameleon Brewery and<br />

Pizza big. So big that the restaurant is planning<br />

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“We started as a small craft beer bar, then<br />

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said Kerry Rozanski, Crafty Chameleon’s<br />

brewer and a member of its ownership team.<br />

That team includes Jay Quezada, Meghan<br />

Hawkins, Casey Welsh, Rob Burt and John<br />

Parks.<br />

“Our planned expansion will triple our<br />

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Rozanski said, “We try to carry local and<br />

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“We have seasonal spritzer made with<br />

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patio,” Hawkins said.<br />

The restaurant’s evolution has included<br />

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“When we added the kitchen things really<br />

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That’s not surprising given that its woodburning,<br />

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“I like to add candied bacon<br />

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The oven also sends forth a dozen different<br />

styles of wings, including the Chameleon,<br />

which changes frequently. All are brined for<br />

48 hours, then blasted in the wood-fired oven.<br />

“We have a lot of choices but when people<br />

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sauces,” Welsh said.<br />

Calzones, another favorite, are only available<br />

on Tuesdays. Each calzone is handstuffed<br />

with ricotta and mozzarella and<br />

served with a side of marinara sauce. Up to<br />

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


I 35<br />

Crafty Chameleon’s owners (from left) Kerry Rozanski,<br />

Meghan Hawkins, Casey Welsh and Jay Quezada hope fans<br />

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anniversary party from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.<br />

three additional toppings can be added for a<br />

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Mac & Cheese is the newest addition to<br />

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Chicken Mac. And just like the pizza,<br />

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“Crafty has something for everyone,” said<br />

Hawkins. “It’s a family place. It’s a guy’s<br />

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Family Aquatic Center in Chesterfield.<br />

The cost is $4 for residents; $5 for nonresidents.<br />

Adults are free. To register, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us/tot-time.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is from 10<br />

a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Saturdays<br />

at the National Museum of Transportation<br />

in Kirkwood. Included with museum<br />

admission. For details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<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. The first half-hour will be honk-free<br />

for sensitive ears.<br />

• • •<br />

Movie in the Pool: “Encanto” is at 8:30<br />

p.m. on Friday, July 14 at the Manchester<br />

Aquatic Center, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Part of the Dive &<br />

Jive event at the pool. Free with a season<br />

pass; after 5 p.m., admission rates apply.<br />

• • •<br />

Rubber Duck Race is from 10-11 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Chesterfield Aquatic<br />

Center, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield.<br />

Stop by the front desk to adopt ducks.<br />

First 20 to cross the finish line win. $5 per<br />

duck or 6 for $25. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us<br />

and search “Rubber Duck Race.”<br />

• • •<br />

Movies Under the Stars: “Family<br />

Camp” is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.<br />

9 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631<br />

Veterans Place Drive. Food and drink welcome,<br />

no glass. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Back to School Party featuring<br />

LustreLights is at 5:45 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Aug. 18 at City Hall, 16860 Main St. in<br />

Wildwood. Bring a chair and a picnic. No<br />

pets. For kids of all ages. For details, visit<br />

cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Movie Night: “Lightyear” is on<br />

Friday, Aug. 18 at Bluebird Park Amphitheater<br />

in Ellisville. Bring chairs and blankets.<br />

Movie begins at dark. Free event.<br />


River Walk is from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on<br />

Tuesdays/Thursdays and from 7:10-8:10<br />

p.m. on Tuesdays-Thursdays through Aug.<br />

11 at The Timbers of Eureka Pool, 1 Coffey<br />

Park Lane in Eureka. Participants can walk<br />

against the current in the lazy river. Water<br />

shoes are encouraged but not required.<br />

Ages 12 and under must be accompanied<br />

by an adult. Members are free. Residents<br />

- $6, non-residents - $7. For details, visit<br />

eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

GriefShare is from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays<br />

through Aug. 27 at Bonhomme Presbyterian<br />

Church, 14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield.<br />

GriefShare is a weekly seminar<br />

and support group to help people who are<br />

grieving the death of a loved one. Each<br />

session includes a video seminar and study.<br />

Participants can join the group at any time<br />

as each one is independent. Open to all.<br />

For details, call (314) 974-5435. Register<br />

at GriefShare.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Capital T, a Toastmasters Club, hosts<br />

an open house at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30<br />

p.m.) at the Rock Church, 15101 Manchester<br />

Road in Ballwin. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

Ride the Katy Trail is at 10 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, July 22 from St. Charles and<br />

Defiance. Meet at the Chesterfield Valley<br />

Athletic Complex <strong>West</strong> parking lot. Free<br />

event, but bring money to buy lunch in St.<br />

Charles. Available for all ages and abilities.<br />

Pre-register at chesterfield.mo.us. and<br />

search “Ride the Katy Trail.”<br />

• • •<br />

Garden Talk is at 1 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

July 30 at Passiglia’s Nursery and Garden<br />

Center, 1855 MO-109 in Wildwood. “Ornamental<br />

Grasses for Year-round Beauty.”<br />

For details, visit passiglia.com.<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 />

Rumble in Manchester Car Show is<br />

from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester, featuring Rockin’ Chair and<br />

local food trucks. The cost is $15 before<br />

July 22; $20 after July 22. For details, visit<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

The <strong>West</strong> County Senior Bowling Tournament<br />

is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 7<br />

at <strong>West</strong> County Lanes, 15727 Manchester<br />

Road in Ellisville. Food, drink, shoes and<br />

bowling balls provided. Free event. Open<br />

to persons age 55 years and older. Call<br />

(636) <strong>23</strong>0-9900 to register.<br />





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Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

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Text Reply<br />

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Rockwood School District<br />

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- 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 />

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- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

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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 />

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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 />

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or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />


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Hiring For Position of:<br />

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- 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 />

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- Long-Term Disability<br />

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Apply at:<br />

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or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

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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 />

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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 />



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 />

Park Maintenance Supervisor<br />

The City manages four park properties<br />

totaling 65 acres. The Park Maintenance<br />

Supervisor will carry out all duties<br />

relating to scheduling and performing<br />

maintenance of parks, park facilities and<br />

public buildings. Provide assistance and<br />

support services for recreational programs<br />

and special events. Serve as needed for<br />

snow removal during the winter months.<br />

Health Insurance and Pension Benefits<br />

Starting Salary Range is $45,000-$50,000<br />

For additional details and application visit<br />

town-and-country.org/jobs.aspx<br />


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Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

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Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

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Stone & Brick<br />

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• MULCHING •<br />

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Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Preen • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

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Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

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Lawn Repairs<br />

Erosion Water Control<br />

French Drains to Direct Service<br />

Water • Down Spouts Buried<br />

Top Soil • Sod • Mulch • Compost<br />

Brush Removal • Landscape<br />

Maintenance • Pruning • Flower<br />

Beds • Seeding • Fertilizer<br />

Applications • Decorative Stone<br />

Wall Work & Repairs<br />

Landscaping Lights • Planting<br />

of Bushes & Design<br />

Schedules are Available!<br />

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exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

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Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

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Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

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314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

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No job is too small.<br />


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Senior Discounts<br />

24 hours service!<br />

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Exterior Soft Wash<br />

Starting at<br />

1 Story $229<br />

2 Story $279<br />

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pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

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Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

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Free Estimates.<br />

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• Marriage Ceremonies<br />

• Vow Renewals<br />

• Baptisms<br />

• Pastoral Visits<br />

• Graveside Visits<br />

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Physicals<br />

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July 18 & 20<br />

Schedule your appointment today!<br />

FREE School Physical Hours<br />

July 18 9 am - 6 pm<br />

July 20 12 pm - 6 pm<br />


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